The Worst Processed Foods List

The Worst Processed Foods List

Surely few people these days can claim to be unaware of how bad eating processed foods can be. A diet laden with large amounts of processed food is likely to reduce the chances of good health and increase the amount of body fat.

This article gives you the worst processed foods list so you know what to avoid.

Processed food is typified by the use of artificial ingredients, refined ingredients, and has been created using a chemical process. Here we list the worst processed foods that you may not be aware of…

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Sugary Drinks


Drinks high in sugar are one of the worst sources of sugar in most people’s diets.

When you consume large amounts of sugar it increases your cravings for more sugary foods, and eating large amounts of sugar can ultimately lead to many diseases not just obesity. Heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and high blood pressure are just a few of the associated illnesses.

 


Processed Meat


Meat, in general, can make up part of your healthy diet, processed meats, on the other hand, will not. Processed meats will often contain additives to make them last longer on the shelves, as you might have guessed these additives aren’t a great addition to your diet.

 


Cookies and Cakes


Cakes and cookies are delicious to eat, but we know full well they’re not a good dietary choice. They contain a little in the way of nutrients and are very calorific. Add to that a lot of refined sugar and trans fats, making these treats something to avoid.

 


White Bread


The nutrients that at one point were contained in the wheat flour has all but been removed in the refining process, leaving you with no nutritional benefits.

Whole grain bread is a better choice.

 


Low-fat Yogurt


Yogurt is a healthy choice, right? Not necessarily, many yogurts that make claim to be healthy are actually packed full of sugar.

Often extra sugar is added to make up for the reduced fat content, and if the yogurt has been pasteurized the good bacteria will have been removed.

 


Ice Cream


Ice cream is low in nutrition and high in sugar, so clearly a bad choice for a healthy diet. Larger portions also don’t help matters, but it’s just so tasty.

A healthy alternative would be to make your own with less sugar or adding sweetener instead.

 


French Fries and Potato Chips


Eating chips or fries has long been associated with increasing weight, and unfortunately, there isn’t a way to make them healthy. A better alternative is raw carrot or nuts.

The roasting or frying of potatoes causes a carcinogen to form and is best avoided, though boiling doesn’t cause this to happen.

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Fruit Juice


You would think that drinking fruit juice is a healthy option, but unfortunately, they contain high levels of sugar and therefore need to be reduced or removed from consumption.

 


Processed Cheese


Processed cheese is often made from un-fermented dairy by-products and may not contain any actual cheese. Other ingredients may include sugar, salt, and food coloring, which make it easy to see why this isn’t a good thing to add to your diet.

 


Agave Nectar


This sweetener may appear to be a healthy option, but in reality, it contains more fructose than you would expect. Fructose has been linked to an increase in the likelihood of developing diseases such as diabetes.

 


Pizza


Pizza is an obvious unhealthy food which is high in calories and made with ingredients which are frequently processed. If you want a healthy pizza make your own, using better ingredients than your local pizza parlor would.

 


Fast Food


Another obviously bad food, which is popular because it’s very tasty and very cheap. It is, however, a false economy, you will pay later with worse health and a higher chance of chronic disease.

 


Vegetable Oils


The rise in the use of refined vegetable oils has been linked to increases in cancer rates. Better to use olive, avocado or coconut oil.

 


Candy Bars


These sugary treats aside from being packed with sugar, contain refined wheat flour and other low nutritional value ingredients. Unfortunately, a high sugar food such as this doesn’t reduce hunger it just increases your body’s demand for more sugar.

Dark chocolate is a good alternative snack.

 


Margarine


Margarine has been created to mimic butter as closely as possible without actually being butter and as a consequence is packed with lots of bad things. These include refined vegetable oils and trans fats which you’ll want to steer clear of, better just to buy butter.

 


Sweetened Coffee Drinks


Coffee by itself can actually have a beneficial effect on your health, containing antioxidants and can reduce your chances of getting diabetes. As long as you don’t add sugar and cream it’s not an unhealthy choice.

 


Low Carbohydrate Junk Food


There has been a recent increase in the sale of low carbohydrate junk foods, which unfortunately contain little in the way of nutrition, but contain a lot of bad refined ingredients instead. Best to avoid them.

 


What Makes Processed Foods No Good for Us?


What Makes Processed Foods No Good for Us?

They are designed to taste great first and foremost, which means chemicals are used to create a nicer eating experience.

As you can imagine, these chemicals are unlikely to be nutritionally good for you. A cocktail of chemicals which is used to create an unnatural flavor isn’t really likely to also be a healthy choice too.

Not only are processed foods low in nutrients, but they’re unlikely to contain any natural source of fiber either, with many vitamins and minerals being removed during the refining processes also.

Refined carbohydrates tend to be a common feature of processed foods, and high levels of carbohydrates from an unnatural source do clearly not make for a healthy diet.

Processed foods normally also contain high levels of sugar, trans fats, and refined vegetable oils. None of these ingredients are something you should be indulging in for a healthy lifestyle.

Overall it seems clear, that eating large quantities of processed foods will lead to a much less healthy and likely shorter life.

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Simple Foods That Help Fight Colds

Simple Foods That Help Fight Colds

In this article we will be taking a look at a handful of simple foods that help fight colds. Find out what food choices are best to boost your weak immune system and kick that cold into touch!

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Foods That Help Fight off Colds


Your head is pounding, your nose won’t stop running, your bones ache and you can’t stop sneezing – it’s cold virus time yet again!

While cold symptoms vary, all versions of the common cold are respiratory infections caused by more than 200 possible viruses…that’s a lot, isn’t it?

Think about it for a minute – if you have a weak immune system, you are opening the doors for over 200 viruses to walk into your bloodstream!

Thankfully, there are numerous foods and nutrients that can play helpful roles in prevention or treatment of pesky viruses.

So let’s take a closer look at them…

 


Sardines


Sardines

New studies have concluded that the high levels of omega-3 fats in sardines are an excellent way to fix a weak immune system. Apparently these fish fats do a great job of boosting your functioning of immune cells.

Sardines are actually a great choice if you are going for omega-3 fats, as a three-ounce serving of canned sardines provides 1,259 milligrams of omega-3 fats (much more than larger fish like trout).

 


Garlic


Garlic

Yeah okay – it’s a bit of a bind putting up with the smelly breath all day (especially if you are in work!), but allicin, the major active component found in garlic, is wicked for taking on the common cold.

This allicin gives garlic it’s antimicrobial and antibacterial properties. It’s also pretty awesome for healthy gut flora, which rids the body of toxins, bacteria and viruses.

So forget about the smell – get on the garlic (besides, you don’t want to get within breathing distance of someone with a cold anyway!).

 


Oysters


Oysters

Got to be honest with you here – not my first choice of foods when I’m 100% healthy, let alone feeling ill and queasy!

But, Oysters contain more of the nutrient Zinc per serving than any other food…and zinc is pretty handy when it comes to colds.

According to research published in a Canadian medical journal in 2012, zinc appears to shorten the duration of cold symptoms in adults.

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Food Rich in Vitamin C


Food Rich in Vitamin C

Foods rich in vitamin C still top the list when it comes to PREVENTION of cold viruses…although recently, arguments have arisen regarding how useful it is when you’ve already succumbed to the illness.

Simply look at your diet and ask yourself – are you eating enough fruit and veg every day to support the healthy function of your immune system?

You’d be surprised at how many people are not!

Dark green vegetables, peppers, kiwi fruits, citrus fruits – make sure your daily diet is up to scratch.

 


Oats and Barley


Oats and Barley

Oats and barley are well known for keeping us full and satisfied due to the amount of water-soluble fiber called beta-glucans they contain. What most people don’t know is that this fiber can increase the number and function of protective immune cells.

Simply put – beta-glucans do a great job of boosting your immune system!

 


Eggs


Eggs

I don’t know about you, but, the last thing on my mind when I’m feeling under the weather…is cooking something complicated…

So how about eggs?

Seriously – we’re back onto the zinc subject once again!

Yeah, eggs provide you with a decent dose of zinc, which we already know, helps shorten the duration of cold symptoms in adults.

Why not try scrambled eggs – a quick sprinkle of Aromat and bang them in the microwave for 2 minutes (lovely on toast!).

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Good Old Chicken Soup!


Good Old Chicken Soup!

Well I had to include this one really, didn’t I?

I’d go as far as saying that 99.9% of you reading this have heard those immortal words from your mother: “Chicken soup is the best thing for a cold”

Well, I wouldn’t go as far as saying it’s the BEST thing for a cold…but mommy was partly right!

Research shows chicken soup calms congestion and mucous. On top of that, the hot broth prevents dehydration and can soothe a sore throat.

Listen to your mother guys – listen to your mother!

 


Cold Green Tea


Cold Green Tea

Can’t really put this one in the food category – but it’s interesting enough to include here anyway…

Green tea is known for being jam-packed full of antioxidants. Now, these antioxidants are pretty awesome at helping out your immune system, even when you’re already sick.

Why drink it cold?

Well, the hot water tends to kill off a portion of the antioxidants.

 


The Best Foods For a Cold


Now it’s over to you – do you know of any foods that help fight colds that we have not covered here today?

If so, we’d love to hear from you!

Please leave your suggestions in the comment section below.

The Best Morning Protein

The Best Morning Protein

How many times have you quickly toasted a couple of slices of white bread in the morning to eat in the car…only to find yourself completely starving two hours later?

This time of hunger is a dangerous period for calories – you’re already in work and the snack machine is the ONLY option!

In this article we will be taking a look at the best morning protein you can consume instead of the worthless carbs – stay full until lunch time and keep well clear of those 10:30am blues…

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A Great Egg-Sample (See What I Did There?)


A Great Egg-Sample

For some unknown reason, a large majority of dieters swoon and faint when I tell them I often enjoy eggs in the morning.

We all know that the ‘yellow’ or ‘yolk’ in the egg isn’t exactly great for a diet…but who sits down and eats four egg yolks for breakfast?

Not many of us!

You see, the truth of the matter is that egg yolks have very little effect on your blood cholesterol and can even HELP with weight loss issues.

There are approximately 6 grams of high-quality protein in each egg you consume – this means they are an excellent choice of food for fending off hunger pangs.

When you manage to stay full until lunchtime – you are keeping your weight loss efforts on-course!


Low-Fat Dairy Choices


Low-Fat Dairy Choices

Not really my cup of tea, but there’s no getting away from the fact that low-fat dairy is a quality source of complete protein (and it’s a great choice for those of us who are eating ‘on the go’ in the morning!).

A good friend of mine, who has seen TREMENDOUS success through her weight loss efforts, swears by Greek yogurt.

She pointed out that it is high in calcium, potassium and vitamin D, and also contains about 17 grams of protein (per approx 5 to 7 ounces).

If you are partial to a little smoothie in the morning, and you can stomach Whey Protein, you should really think about combining the two – Whey contains around 25 grams of complete protein per scoop!


We’ve all Gone Nutty!


We've all Gone Nutty!

My favorite protein choice – at any point in the day (I’m a BIG fan!)

By simply adding a small portion of nuts to your choice of breakfast, you are effectively adding around 4 to 6 grams of protein. Don’t forget – certain nuts offer much higher levels of protein than others (almonds, cashews and pistachios).

If you don’t really fancy nuts in the morning – why not try a bit of organic peanut butter?

I’ve found that a lot of dieters who don’t like nuts, actually warm to the taste of peanut butter.

Remember – ORGANIC peanut butter for dieters (not the cheaper manufactured store version!).

Certain studies have also concluded that the right kind of peanut butter, can in fact moderate blood sugar levels.


Do You Really NEED That Bacon?


Do You Really NEED That Bacon?

Bacon and sausage are lovely in the morning, in my book, there’s nothing better for breakfast!

They are decent sources of protein…but they are also pretty shitty in regards to heart disease and cancer.

So what’s the alternative?

What healthy meats can you eat for breakfast that are packed with protein?

Well you can always make your own sausages…out of meats that are more acceptable from a health point of view!

Seriously, turkey or chicken can make great sausage patties when combined with simple ingredients – onion, fennel seeds, oregano, salt and pepper seasoning…

Think outside the box, and see what comes out the other end!

Not in the mood for sausages?

No problems!

Ever heard of the rich kids eating salmon and eggs for breakfast?

This is for a reason.

Packed full of heart-healthy fats and protein – salmon is an excellent breakfast choice.


Morning Protein Foods


Now over to you…

What are your high-protein choices for breakfast?

I’m sure you’ve got a few tasty ideas that would add value to this article!

Please consider leaving them in the comment section below.

Stay Healthy! 🙂

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Foods That Are Good For Your Immune System

Foods That Are Good For Your Immune System

The correct foods can form a barrier for your body against illness, and can also help you recover quicker if you do experience bad health.

Your kid brings a bug home from school, the guy next to you on the train is sneezing, you share a car trip with a coughing mate…

Surely you are going to ‘get it’ this time?

But, you have more power in your hands than you think – your immune system is your BEST line of defense

In this article we are going to be taking a look at a great selection of foods that are good for your immune system.

Eat right, feel right and boost your body’s first line of defence!

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Foods Good For Your Immune System


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Foods Good For Your Immune System

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Foods That Boost Your Immune System


I was more than surprised to find out that your body’s fight against illness starts off in your mouth – did you know that saliva is packed with powerful antimicrobials like lysozyme, alpha-amylase and lactoferrin?

It’s a pretty hard task for ANY germs to get past this initial line of defence – those tough cookies that do manage it…end up having to take on our stomach’s hydrochloric acid.

If they are hard enough to win that battle – they then have to take on our digestive system which holds special proteins and chemical compounds.

Finally the germs will reach our own personal army of good bacteria – our final, powerful, line of defence.

This line of defence is what we need to feed – we need to keep this bacteria in tip-top condition!

A well thought out, and healthy balanced diet, that supports your immune system, is your best defence in avoiding sickness bugs in the first place.


The foods that are covered in the infographic above are great examples of what you need to eat to keep your good bacteria in order and boost immunity.

If you have any questions regarding these foods OR you would like to add a food to this list, please use the comment section below.

Stay healthy! 🙂

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What Are The Health Benefits of Beetroot?

What Are The Health Benefits of Beetroot?

Today we will taking a look at an ancient, prehistoric super-food that naturally sprouted up along coastlines in North Africa, Asia, and Europe.

When early man first encountered this vegetable he only consumed the greens off the plant – the actual ‘beet’ wasn’t consumed until Roman times

So, what are the health benefits of beetroot and why should we include it in our daily diets?

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 the health benefits of beetroot


The Health Benefits of Beetroot


Beetroot contains a large amount of nitrates which supply the body with lots of natural energy – great for those of us that like to take part in cardio or sport.

They are ram-packed with quality fiber which helps look after our digestive systems (taking on bad stomachs, diarrhea, constipation and even colon cancer!).

Beets also help keep our mind’s sharp due to the amount of natural potassium they contain – helping to transmit nerve impulses.

Expectant mums are advised to eat beetroot due to the folic acid content of the veggie – great for the development of embryos and prevention of spina bifida.

The ‘purple veggie beast’ is also topped up with a load of the mineral calcium – vital for developing and maintaining strong bones.

On the vitamin side of things – beets are very high in the vitamin C. This vitamin is great for taking on colds and infections and keeping the immune system in tune. Vitamin A is also present in the foodstuff – high levels of vit A can aid clear eyesight and also keep your skin cells healthy.

Beetroots also contain an antioxidant named Betalain which protects cells from damage and helps with the prevention of cancer.


Raw Beetroot Health Benefits


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Now over to you!

What are your thoughts and opinions on beetroot?

Do you have a favorite beetroot recipe?

Please leave your thoughts and opinions in the comment section below.

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The Functions of Antioxidants

The Functions of Antioxidants

I couldn’t help but notice that many health conscious individuals like to throw about antioxidants as a kind of buzzword…but most of the time they don’t really know what the word means!

In this article we will be taking a look at the functions of antioxidants, their benefits and general facts, in infographic format.

By the end of the article you should have a decent knowledge on the subject…

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The Role of Antioxidants


Okay, before I start banging on about the subject, it probably makes sense that you go through the information in the image provided first (after all – that’s what you’re here for!)…

antioxidants facts in image

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The Antioxidant Effect


Our bodies create free radicals and then create antioxidants to keep these free radicals in check. There’s only one problem though…

The body seems to be a lot better at creating these free radicals (i.e. in most cases, free radicals far outnumber the naturally occurring antioxidants).

So, we really need to try and find some external sources of antioxidants if at all possible – try our hardest to level the playing field (between free radicals and antioxidants!).

But it doesn’t just stop there, oh no…

Antioxidants also benefit:

  • Vision
  • Bone Growth
  • Cell Function
  • Fighting Infection
  • Protection Against Cataracts
  • Cardiovascular Diseases
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Sun Damage to the Skin
  • Repairing DNA
  • Can Help Slow The Aging Process

The bottom line here is that you really should listen to your mother – eat up all your fruit and veggies and you’ll grow up to be a big strong boy/girl. 🙂


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The Health Benefits of Marmite

The Health Benefits of Marmite

So, you either love it or hate it – the awesome (yeah I love it) super-food named Marmite!

I personally think it boils down to what your mother gave you as a kid – Marmite is a strange enough taste, but if it is introduced early enough in your life you will take to it…and never let go!

In this article we will be taking a closer look at the health benefits of Marmite – most of us know it is good for us, but we don’t really know WHY it is good for us…

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Awesome Facts About Marmite…


Awesome Facts About Marmite...

Yeah, you can tell I’m an addict, can’t you?

But we before we dive into the benefits of Marmite, I thought it’d be cool to cover a few little known facts about the dark super-spread…

#1 Who Invented Marmite?

This popular super-food was actually invented by accident by a German dude named Justus Liebig (he was a scientist in the 19th century). He was messing about with brewer’s yeast and eventually came to the conclusion that it could be separated and concentrated into bottles.

He also discovered that it actually tasted pretty boss as well!!!

So, Liebig’s discovery was taken one step further in 1902, when the Marmite Food Company was founded in Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire.

There just so happened to be a mass of brewers in the Staffordshire area at the time, so getting hold of the yeast was a walk in the park!

#2 Marmite Helped Win The War!!!

Not sure whether or not this is a ‘Marmite Urban Legend’ but here we go anyway…

Apparently Marmite was included in soldiers’ rations in World War I, and later in World War II. In 1999 it was also sent over to the troops in Kosovo (the homesick soldiers needed something to remind them of Britain!).

#3 It’s So Awesome – It’s Got It’s Own Sculpture!!!

Seriously, it’s true!

The company that own the Marmite brand are called Unilever (they are a conglomerate) and they were so pleased with the product’s popularity, they decided to get a £15,000 sculpture made.

The sculpture is shaped liked the traditional Marmite jar and bears the nickname of ‘The Monumite’.

It currently stands outside the main library in Burton-on-Trent.

#4 Marmite (Apparently) Acts as a Mosquito Repellent?

Not sure about this one, but it was a listed ‘fact’ in several UK newspapers – apparently, Marmite keeps the mosquito at bay?

Now, this could mean spreading it all over your skin, which would be hideous…or it could mean simply consuming it (which I tend to lean towards!).


The Reported Health Benefits of Marmite


The Reported Health Benefits of Marmite

  1. It helps you sleep. Apparently the extremely high levels of magnesium in Marmite can help you get a better level of shuteye at night. This high level of magnesium apparently helps the body calm the nerves – leading to a more peaceful night’s sleep.
  2. It can help prevent dementia. Researchers from York University claim the high concentration of Vitamin B12 in the yeast extract increases levels of chemicals in the brain which are thought to protect against neurological disorders.
  3. It acts as a vitamin supplement. That’s right – no need to pay those ridiculous prices for over-the-counter vitamins any longer! Apparently, the super-spread is packed with B vitamins (not just B3) that are essential for good health. One researcher claimed that a regular serving could provide as much as an expensive supplement!
  4. It’s good for your heart. Being a (young) sufferer of arrhythmia – this was an extremely important fact for me. As I touched on above, Marmite contains high levels of the B Vitamins…including Vitamin B1 (good for preventing cardiovascular disease).
  5. It’s a hangover cure. Yep, you read that correctly – Marmite can act as a pretty awesome hangover cure! When you’ve drunk too much, the alcohol depletes your body’s store of B Vitamins (which leaves you feeling pretty shitty!). Marmite can quickly replace these lost vitamins…and lead to a smoother hangover recovery day!
  6. It’s BOSS for your babies. You will find that a high percentage of pregnant women LOVE to consume Marmite. Now, some of them may not exactly like it, but it’s high folic acid content is great for that unborn nipper! Folic acid is essential for pregnant women and anyone hoping to conceive, as it can help to prevent birth defects such as spina bifida.

Is Marmite Good For You?


Is Marmite Good For You?

Not a bad little pot of dark spread is it?

Now it’s over to you…

Have we missed out any Marmite health benefits you feel are important?

What’s your favorite way of eating Marmite? (try it with a mature cheddar – lovely!).

Are you a lover or a hater of the super-food?

Please leave your thoughts and opinions in the comment section below.

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Stay Fit and Live Well – Great Video Channel

Stay Fit and Live Well - Great Video Channel

I thought we’d mix things up a little bit today and take a step away from the more ‘traditional’ posts I put up on here.

I was actually in two minds whether or not to post this article to the Video Section of the site, but I felt the whole channel (we will be covering) needed a mention in a short article…

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Carly Rowena


Carly Rowena is a Personal Trainer and Fitness blogger from the UK (I’m not biased – honest!) and her channel was brought to my attention by a very informative article titled 15 OF THE BEST HEALTH & WELLNESS YOUTUBE CHANNELS.

I should start by saying that ALL of the channels covered in the linked article were quality, but Carly’s stood out the tallest (from my point of view!).

Below is an example of one of the video releases she posts to her channel:

She describes herself as “the girl next door who never wants to have to turn down a meal just to stay in shape, I’m all about independence and finding a healthy and happy way to feel incredible in our own skin”.

I think that this is the most important factor for me – she’s incredibly easy to relate to and her videos don’t really make you feel like a health failure!

On her website she goes on to happily admit that she struggled to find a career that fit around her all through her life, and finally took to YouTube in the hope that it would point her in the direction of her talents.

Well her view count and her subscriber list suggest that she really has finally managed to pinpoint a career she rocks in!

As I said, this post/article is a step away from the norm today, but if you are interested in finding a new YouTube channel that offers simple and effective advice on how to stay fit and live well – this channel is definitely worth checking out.

Here is the link – https://www.youtube.com/user/Carlyrowena

I’ll end by pointing out that these channels need comments/support to grow even bigger – so please don’t leave any comments underneath this article (for once!). If you enjoy Carly Rowena’s videos let her know by voicing your opinions below her uploads or even subscribing.

I hope you enjoy the channel as much as I did!

Stay Healthy! 🙂

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Increased Water Intake For Weight Loss

Increased Water Intake For Weight Loss

People always look for the easiest way to take on their expanding waistline, and to be honest with you, I’m no different at the end of the day!

I like running…but I also hate it at the same time.

I love seeing the weight slip off my bones when I’m exercising…but some mornings I really can’t be arsed to get out of bed and get my body moving!

Sometimes exercise is not even an option for some people – what then?

Well, today we are going to look at increased water intake for weight loss – does this form of weight loss work and if so…why aren’t more people trying it out???

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Why is Drinking Water Good For Weight Loss?

When all is said and done – ‘calories in versus calories out’ is still a VERY real thing when it comes to weight loss (so please don’t think this article is going to be the ‘magic bullet’ for your dieting problems!).

But, how much water you drink plays a huge role in determining what side of that equation you come out on.

Why is this?

Let’s take a closer look…


#1 REAL POWER FOR YOUR EXERCISE ROUTINE


REAL POWER FOR YOUR EXERCISE ROUTINE

Working out when you are dehydrated is a waste of everyone’s time…well…a waste of your time (more specifically!).

Your workout/exercise will be half-cooked from the off and your fat loss will suffer as a result.

It’s worth noting that you never really feel that thirsty until your body gets rid of about 2% of it’s water content – unfortunately this is the usually the exact same point where your energy for working out takes a fall.

Therefore it is recommended that you drink at least 16 ounces of water before you go for a run, hit the gym, swim, whatever!

On top of this you should be looking at another eight ounces of water every half hour during your sweat session.

It is possible to check that you are getting enough water for your workout by simply weighing yourself before (and then after) your chosen exercise.

If your ‘after exercise weigh’ is 2% (or more) less than your ‘before exercise weigh’ – you ain’t drinking enough to handle the exercise routine!


#2 A GREAT BOOST FOR YOUR METABOLISM


A GREAT BOOST FOR YOUR METABOLISM

Every time you consume food or have a drink, your body needs to work to process it – in a nutshell – it has to burn calories.

This process is known by the term ‘diet-induced thermogenesis‘ – a bit of a mouthful really!

Research points to the fact that increasing your water intake by 1.5 liters every day could increase your daily caloric burn by about 200 calories.


#3 ARE YOU REALLY THAT HUNGRY?


ARE YOU REALLY THAT HUNGRY?

I’m pretty sure that 99% of you reading this article have already come across the claim that water can fill you up, killing off hunger pangs in the process.

Well that never really worked for me – water can control your hunger in a much more efficient way anyhow…

Water has a rather unique way of finding out exactly how hungry you are – it pinpoints your REAL hunger level.

Did you know that a majority of the feelings we get when we’re hungry also raise their head when we are really thirsty?

That empty feeling of a gurgling stomach, low energy levels, and even light-headedness can be linked directly to a lack of water intake.

So when you feel hungry, you can simply drink approximately 16 ounces of water to see what effect it has. Are you still hungry or do you feel a little more satisfied in the hunger department?


#4 WATER GIVES YOU EXTRA ENERGY


WATER GIVES YOU EXTRA ENERGY

When you have energy coursing through your veins your workout will always be a good one – you are going to absolutely smash it!

Not only that, energy actually helps you get your ass in gear and get up from that sofa in the first place!

Water makes up nearly 70 percent of the human body and keeps your cells firing. This means that it supplies your aching muscles with oxygen and nutrients and also manages to keep your brain focused.

Remember – a focused brain is essential for a successful weight loss regime!


#5 WATER KEEPS THE ‘NASTY’ DRINKS AT BAY


WATER KEEPS THE 'NASTY' DRINKS AT BAY

This is the real ‘biggie’ for me and my weight loss efforts – water manages to replace all of those nasty drinks that pile empty calories into your body.

Time and time again I hear people state that “Oh but water is so boring – I couldn’t drink it all day long…”

Absolute rubbish – you just need the willpower to get used to it (like anything new in life).

It’s a known fact that drinking more water will actually get rid of those ‘soda thoughts’, and eventually put you off the idea of going for that tin of Coke.


Increased Water Intake For Weight Loss

Now it’s over to you – what are your thoughts on increased water intake for weight loss?

We would love to hear your experiences with this form of weight loss in the comment section below.

Stay Healthy! 🙂

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The Benefits of Taking Echinacea

The Benefits of Taking Echinacea

I suppose I should start by saying that the early days of my relationship with echinacea were a pretty stormy affair – it was introduced to me by an ex-girlfriend who had a great deal of knowledge on natural remedies.

If I’m honest with you – in those days (early twenties) I thought she was full of s##t!

Back then natural remedies were well known, but most of us were blissfully unaware of how effective they could actually be.

So, bearing this in mind, why am I choosing to write an article on the benefits of taking echinacea?

Good question, I’ll explain…


What is it With Plane Journeys and Viruses?

So I was going out with a girl that was well into her natural remedies…well….natural EVERYTHING really!

That wasn’t really a problem – it’s what first attracted me to her. She was different, and very good looking! 🙂

Anyway…

We had been seeing each other for about a year and we decided to take a 10 day holiday to Eastern Europe, which turned out to be great, but the plane journey home managed to infect me with one of the most hideous cold-type viruses I’ve ever had the displeasure of experiencing.

I was in a bad mood – my holiday felt like it had been ruined by this last gasp virus and I was stuck back in the Welsh weather feeling awful.

It didn’t take long for my ex to get on the herbal train and start banging on about what natural remedies could clear this infection up. I was in no mood to argue with her as I didn’t have the energy…

So I started taking her ‘top’ suggestion of echinacea.


It Worked!!!

Yep, it really did work…surprisingly well!

So, echinacea was my first real step into the world of natural remedies, and I was curious to find out more about this herbal savior that sparked my interest in healthier living…


What Exactly is Echinacea?

Surprisingly, echinacea is nothing more than a member of the daisy family – a bog standard plant at the end of the day!

It’s often referred to as a purple coneflower, which rolls off the tongue a lot easier.

What Exactly is Echinacea?

The name derives from the Greek word ekhinos (hedgehog) because the cone looks a lot like a small hedgehog.

Overall, there are nine distinct species of this plant but many of them are considered ‘endangered’ so it’s important to be sure about what you are picking (we don’t want you to get into trouble do we?).


Will I Find It Growing at the Bottom of my Garden?

Well at a guess – no…

Unless you live in the central and eastern parts of the good old US of A.

Research indicates that the Native Americans used the flowers, leaves and roots of this plant for remedies, centuries ago.

These days it is certainly re-gaining popularity and can be easily harvested and cultivated in these American areas (central and eastern parts).


The Benefits of Taking Echinacea

What are the benefits of taking echinacea? Although there seems to be an infinite number of echinacea benefits, these are the ones which stand out…

1) Combats Cancer

This was a really surprising one for me – and I only found out about it recently (about two months ago!).

Apparently recent research on this plant seems to indicate that phytochemicals contained in it are great for the fight against tumors.

Now, I’m no doctor, and I struggle to re-word medical reports (who doesn’t?). So, if you’re interested in finding out more about echinacea in cancer treatment I recommend checking out one of the in-depth articles about it online.

Here is a decent one I came across this morning – echinacea in cancer treatment.

2) Gives The Immune System a Good Kick!

This wonder plant manages to cut the chances of having a cold by 58% – that’s from a study published by the University of Connecticut.

On top of that, the study also concludes that echinacea reduces the duration of the common cold by almost 48 hours.

3) It Acts as a Natural Painkiller

Apparently, the Great Plains Indians first started using echinacea when they discovered it acted as a powerful painkiller. Headaches, stomach pains, toothache…even snake bites!

You name it and echinacea can probably nail it on the pain front!

Some common ways to use echinacea to combat pain is to drink the herbal echinacea tea.

You can also opt to mash it down into a paste and apply it directly to the area on your body that is causing you pain.

4) It Can Act as a Laxative 

As I touched on above in the painkiller section – echinacea is particularly effective at healing gastrointestinal (or stomach) problems.

Medical Herbalism have published a report that recommends echinacea as a mild and natural laxative for constipation relief.

From what I gather, the tea version of the plant is best for this. One cup a day can relieve the more ‘common’ pressure, whilst two to three cups can really help with sudden bouts.

It goes without saying that you should probably not go overboard with this herbal consumption – always read the supplement packet before ingesting the plant (there are guidelines you know!).

5) It’s Good For Your Skin

Actually, my partner pointed this fact out – so you can thank her for this section of the article (because I had no idea that echinacea benefits the skin!).

Armando González Stuart, PhD, has written and published a paper on how the Native American tribes have used echinacea for skin conditions over the years. Apparently it is very effective on…

  • Arthropod bites
  • Eczema
  • Inflammatory skin conditions
  • Psoriasis
  • Snake bite
  • Skin infections
  • Stings
  • Wound healing

He also believes that the Native American tribes used it for skin regeneration.

6) It Helps in the Fight Against Mental Health

Again, this is a subject I have read about…but I’m no medical professional at the end of the day!

Echinacea angustifolia is a species of the plant which is known to help with adults and children who suffer from ADD/ADHD.

Apparently, this form of the plant can help with the anxious feelings, depression and social phobias they suffer.


Echinacea – Conclusion


Echinacea

Well all of this has been pretty positive so far right? What a wonderful plant!

But please stop for a minute and remember that too much of any supplement is probably a BAD idea!

Apparently, high doses of echinacea can sometimes cause nausea and dizziness, particularly in those who have allergies.

I’ve also heard that overdosing on the plant can lead to diarrhea, disorientation, dry mouth, fever, headache and insomnia.

As always – it’s a good idea to read the guidelines before taking ANYTHING!

What are your thoughts on this natural wonder plant?

Have you used it to cure any problems that I have not mentioned in the article above?

Over to you – we would love to hear about your experiences with echinacea, please leave them in the comment section below.