What Are The Health Benefits of Ginseng?

What Are The Health Benefits of Ginseng?

The popular culinary root of plants in the genus Panax – Ginseng. But what are the health benefits of ginseng and why have so many cultures sworn by it’s ‘hidden qualities’ over the centuries?

Let’s take a closer look…

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health benefits of ginseng

 


Health Benefits of Ginseng


Many cultures throughout history regard ginseng as the miracle ‘man-root’ – shaped like a humanoid body with numerous benefits to general health. Ginseng has also been present in traditional Chinese medicine for hundreds of years.

It’s an incredibly slow growing plant that has really ‘fleshy’ roots that are currently classified three ways:

  1. Fresh (harvested before 4 years)
  2. White (harvested between 4–6 years)
  3. Red (harvested after 6 or more years)

Below are a selection of what have been referred to as ‘evidence-based’ health benefits of ginseng…

 


Potent Antioxidant


The antioxidant qualities in ginseng are know to act as a great ‘natural’ anti-inflammatory product. The ginsenoside compounds found within the root have been tested, and results show that they can inhibit inflammation and boost antioxidant capacity in cells.

 


Benefits For The Brain


Medical studies involving ginseng have also uncovered it’s ability to benefit certain mental functions. In some cases it has even been reported that test groups have felt feelings of calmness and good mood swings.

These ‘good feelings’ have even been felt by sufferers of Alzheimer’s disease.

 


Immune System Boost


Recent evidence suggests that ginseng could well strengthen the immune system in people with cancer (from a study that followed 39 people who were recovering from surgery for stomach cancer).

It is also known to enhance the effects of certain vaccinations.

 


Slowing The Ageing Process


Many health experts firmly believe that Korean Red Ginseng has the ability to slow down the ageing process.

How does it manage to do this?

Well, Korean Red Ginseng comprises anti-ageing substances like antioxidants and insulin-like substances – these are not usually found in other forms of the root.

This particular breed of Ginseng also helps supply blood flow to the internal organs (a process that normally slows down in older age!).

 


A Natural Energy Booster


Ginseng is a herb that has been employed to enhance stamina and strength for hundreds of years – it’s a pretty awesome natural energy booster!

It is used by athletes that frequently aim to naturally boost their physical performance AND it is known to work wonders with individuals who are coping with any disease-based fatigue.

Users of the herb claim that it is as effective as the effects of coffee, but it never gives you that ‘crashing’ feeling (making you jittery).

 


Addiction Aid


Many people who have been left ‘kicking the habit’, claim that ginseng helped them finally rid the addiction from their life. Most addicts go through hopeless amounts of depression and anxiety when they are facing withdrawal symptoms – Panax Ginseng is known to be helpful for lowering these feelings.

Note: A few of my friends also swear by ginseng as a great hangover cure…but I can’t stand 100% behind this…yet!

 


 What Are The Health Benefits of Ginseng?


What are your opinions on this wonder-root?

Do you know of any benefits that we have not covered in the article above?

If so, please leave them in the comment section below.

Stay Healthy! 🙂

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Why Obesity Causes Depression

Why Obesity Causes Depression

In this article we will be taking a closer look at why obesity causes depression, and alternatively, why depression CAN cause obesity…

Could the effects of being seriously overweight directly lead to depression, or does depression itself cause excess weight gain in the first place?

Let’s take a closer look…

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I’m Depressed…Will This Cause a Gain in Weight?


I’ll level with you here – it’s bad enough suffering from depression or anxiety…without throwing in the hand grenade of obesity to back it all up!

But, unfortunately, certain individuals who experience depression or anxiety, will also see some sort of weight gain go along with it.

You see, depression and anxiety can both be associated with overeating, and consuming the wrong types of food and a more sedentary lifestyle. As one can imagine – this sort of lifestyle will eventually move from being slightly overweight…to being obese.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have carried out numerous tests on this subject and they now believe that about 43 percent of adults with depression are obese. They also point out that kids who are depressed often suffer from weight problems.

 


So I’m Obese…Will I Now Suffer From Depression?


I’m guessing that 99% of you reading this…will already know the answer to the question…

Yes, unfortunately, obesity is often linked with emotional issues, such as sadness, anxiety, and depression. Studies over the last two decades indicate that people who suffer from obesity, had a 55 percent greater risk of developing depression than those who are slim.

Obesity is also the cause of what are often referred to as ‘risk factors for depression’ – pain in joints, diabetes and hypertension.

obesity is often linked with emotional issues

 


Will Stress Factor Into This Equation?


Yes,

Stress, along with anxiety, will frequently lead to depression.

Stress is also well known for bringing about a few negative coping mechanisms – one of which is turning to wrong kinds of food. This will obviously lead to some sort of weight gain…and eventually obesity (in some cases!).

However, there are two sides to this coin…

Stress can also be the cause behind weight loss, or other disordered eating habits.

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Can Prescription Antidepressants Aid Weight Gain?


A large majority of prescription antidepressants warn the user that weight gain could well be a side effect of taking the medication – this is certainly something you should watch out for.

ALWAYS read the small print with medication (let’s be honest – most of us just chuck it straight in the trash!).

 


What Can I Do to Combat Each Condition?


Certain prevention strategies for obesity and depression actually overlap – so you can use them to combat both conditions…

Always Try to Stay Active:

Exercise is a pretty awesome way of taking on both obesity and depression. First off the bat – exercise is a great way to boost natural depression-fighting endorphins. Secondly – exercise is well known for getting rid of that beer belly!

There is always going to be the challenge of motivation when it comes to suffering with depression, but remember – you will feel better after you exercise! 

Keep Talking:

It’s a simple one, but you’d be surprised at how many people struggle to take part in the activity…

Talk to someone.

It can be a friend, a family member, or a professional (a therapist or psychiatrist) – just talk!

taking on both obesity and depression

 


Why Obesity Causes Depression


It’s best to get a hold on obesity and depression early doors, because they can also lead to sleep problems, coronary heart disease, various forms of diabetes and hypertension.

Remember – this article is only meant to be a guide and I am in no way a medical professional. Obesity and Depression can be extremely serious conditions if left untreated.

Now it’s over to you – do you have any tips and tricks that you use to control obesity or depression?

Do you have any views on obesity and depression?

If so, we would love to hear from you. Please leave your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Foods That Act as Blood Thinners

Foods That Act as Blood Thinners

Okay – we’re on the anticoagulant medication trail today!

Yep, I know that’s a pretty big word for this time of the morning (well it’s morning where I am, anyway!).

To put it in layman’s terms – this article will be covering a selection of foods that act as blood thinners, or blood-thinning agents. The type of foods that are known to help with eliminating the build up of blood clots (and reducing the risk of heart attack and stroke!).

There are over-the-counter medications, usually prescribed by your GP, but what about those that want to take the more natural route?

Let’s take a closer look…

REMEMBER – I am certainly not a doctor, or any sort of medical professional – if you are prescribed something it is for a reason, so take it! The following natural examples SHOULD NOT be used as a substitute for prescription anticoagulant medication.

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Does Garlic Thin Blood?


Does Garlic Thin Blood?

Okay, this is a bit of a 50/50 one at the moment, and it’s hard to get a straight answer on the subject – does garlic thin blood?

A popular March 2001 medical article claimed that garlic was an excellent choice for naturally battling blood clots. To be precise – it exerts a mild inhibitory effect on platelet aggregation.

All well and good…

But, a later medical journal/article, stated that garlic does not have blood-thinning effects when taken alone at a daily recommended dose – this research was dated at May 2013.

So, at the time of writing this, most ‘experts’ believe that there is insufficient evidence on garlic’s blood thinning properties.

 


How Much Does Fish Oil Thin Blood?


How Much Does Fish Oil Thin Blood?

It’s now common knowledge in health circles that fish oil, and fish, contain high levels of the omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA. Now, these fatty acids definitely contain elements that contribute to blood-thinning effects.

You can find high levels of food source EPA and DHA in fish (salmon, tuna, sardines and cod). You can also buy doses of fish oil over-the-counter in supplement format (capsule and liquid formats).

The American Heart Association believes that just two generous portions of fish a week will change your overall risk of coronary heart disease.

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Vitamin E’s Blood-Thinning Properties


Vitamin E's Blood-Thinning Properties

Vitamin E has exhibited blood-thinning properties in laboratory situations on a number of occasions – all of them seem to be dose dependent.

What does this mean?

Well, you need large quantities of this vitamin to see these sort of effects. To be brutally honest with you – there are positive signs there, but more research is needed on Vitamin E before you can call it a natural blood-thinner.

If you are still interested, Vit E can be found in foods such as eggs (yolks), whole grain options, seeds and nuts.

 


Coumarin Food


Coumarin Food

A really common medication prescribed for people with heart conditions is a blood-thinning medication called warfarin. Did you know that warfarin is a derivative of a naturally occurring, plant-derived chemical called coumarin?

Well now you do!

There are thousands of coumarin-containing herbs available but don’t get your hopes up – they are typically very weak and are nowhere near as powerful as the warfarin medication.

Some medical experts have actually gone as far as warning warfarin-takers away from coumarin-rich herbs to avoid possible additive effects (just in case!).

Here are some examples of coumarin-containing herbs:

  • Angelica root
  • Anise
  • Arnica flower
  • Chamomile
  • Licorice root

 


Foods That Act as Blood Thinners


The most important thing to take away from this article is the fact that NONE of the above should be used instead of the blood-thinners you were prescribed – you are on that medication for a reason!

Always discuss your medications, supplements and dietary choices with your doctor/GP/Health Care worker BEFORE you start taking anything.

If you have any thoughts or opinions on the subject we have covered above, please leave them in the comment section below.

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The Benefits of Lemon Water For Weight Loss

The Benefits of Lemon Water For Weight Loss

The versatile citrus fruit that offers awesome antibacterial and antiviral properties…but how effective is it in weight loss?

This article will be covering a few of the benefits of lemon water for weight loss, and other health concerns.

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Hot Lemon Water For Weight Loss


The antibacterial and antiviral properties in this popular citrus fruit make it a great natural booster for your immune system. It’s also a great choice when it comes to detoxifying your system, and (certain health experts believe that it) aids in cleaning the liver leading to better digestive health.

I’d always heard about the Vitamin C side of things – most of us have by now, but I was surprised to find out about all the health ‘extras’ this yellow bombshell offered…particularly in the weight loss world!

It is rumored to be an effective dieting agent because it increases the body’s metabolic rate (many celebrities go along with this angle!), but it also offers a few ‘less known’ health perks…

lemon juice and water for weight loss

 


1) We touched on the Vitamin C angle above – most of us have sat through the lecture off our mum…through a hundred different cold viruses over the years! The Vitamin C in lemon juice is very effective at taking on and eliminating immune system deficiencies.


2) A simple glass of lemon juice with warm water before we tuck into our breakfast, helps in maintaining the pH balance of the body.


3) Lemon juice contains a high amount of antibacterial properties that take the battle to infections and act as a pretty ‘boss’ detoxifying agent.


4) There are numerous claims that lemon juice is great in aiding digestion, but recent research has watered down this claim somewhat. If you are interested in finding out more about lemon juice and digestion, I recommend checking out this interview with Ian Musgrave from The University of Adelaide – The Truth About Lemon Water On Digestion And Detoxification.


5) Lemons contain decent amounts of potassium, calcium, phosphorus and magnesium…and are A LOT cheaper than purchasing the supplement formats of these health boosters!


6) Over the last couple of decades, many dermatology experts have come forward and suggested that lemon water can be used as a remedy for many kinds of skin problems. Top of the list is acne, rashes, wrinkles and dark skin spots.


7) Lemon as a citrus fruit, has a lot of natural anti-inflammatory properties. Therefore, hot lemon water is excellent for battling respiratory tract infections, sore throat and inflammation of the tonsils.


8) Like gulping through your sports drink when you are in a workout session? Expensive aren’t they? Lemon juice and water is a great ‘cheap’ alternative to these sports drinks, as it keeps the body hydrated as it provides electrolytes.


9) Did you know that this lemon juice and water concoction can aid your dental health as well? Seriously, many people swear by it as a painkiller for toothache, and it’s also known to prevent gingivitis.

 


The Benefits of Lemon Water For Weight Loss


At the end of the day – we all know that coffee isn’t exactly great for you…especially three cups in succession…just to get going every morning!

Do you think that you could switch the black tar for lemon juice and hot water?

You now know the benefits – give it a try! 🙂

If you have any thoughts or opinions on the subject we have covered here, please leave them in the comment section below.

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Healthy Travel Options – Why Travel in an RV?

Healthy Travel Options - Why Travel in an RV?

I came across this subject on a television show about a month back and I just had to make a mental note of it, so I could include the topic on this site – why travel in an RV?

Granted, it sounds like a strange subject for me to cover, but it’s a fascinating health angle – apparently, traveling by RV may be one of the healthiest – and least stressful – ways to travel.

Check it out…

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The Road Trip


I’ll level with you here – I’m a tall guy and therefore I’m not the biggest fan of road trips or camping (tents are nowhere near big enough for my comfort needs!). But, the idea of taking a road trip is still romantic and exhilarating, even though I know I’m not going to be that comfortable during it!

I do love the idea of just jumping in a vehicle and setting off to discover the vast and varied landscapes my country has to offer.

Below are a few health reasons you may want to opt for the open road on your next vacation, instead of taking the more traditional germ magnet options…

 


1) Think About Your Immune System


We’d all agree that airplanes and airports are popular destinations for those of us looking to take a holiday, right?

Yep – a LOT of people go through these areas on an hourly basis. This is the reason so many airports, and the airplanes that land/depart from them, are riddled with germs.

Think About Your Immune System

A recent study by a popular insurance quotes website resulted in some shocking facts coming to light – airport check-in kiosks and water fountain buttons were way more ‘infested’ than any place you can find in your home (and that includes the bloody bathroom!).

It gets worse…

When you board the plane, you are then in danger of the disease-ridden fold-down tray table (yep – the one you eat off!!!). Apparently most of these trays are covered in eight times the amount of bacteria you’d find on the lavatory flush button.

Have I managed to put you off your food yet?

 


2) Control Your RV Diet


We’ve covered it in numerous articles on this site before – so it’s a FACT

People who cook for themselves, end up with a healthier diet than those who opt to eat out (as I pointed out above – it’s a FACT!).

In an RV, equipped with a kitchen, you’re able to avoid the typical pitfalls of eating on the go.

I’ve done it myself on numerous occasions, especially going through the London systems as I try and get to Paddington Station…and home to Wales! 🙂

Control Your RV Diet

Fast food is everywhere, you’re starving and you have little time – what ya gonna do?

Bang up a Burger King or a slice of Pizza etc – it’s quick, it’s easy and most of the time…it don’t cost that much!

On a RV trip you are free to stop off at any grocers or farmer’s markets you want. Get back to your traveling base and whip up a healthy meal for the family.

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3) The Nature Boost


Recent studies show us that simply looking at, and being in nature, brings peace to the brain. Sure, it sounds a little ‘hippie’ and ‘new age’, but there is a lot of truth behind it.

Some experts have even gone as far as saying that nature, and the views it provides, can boost your mental health long-term and may even help protect against mental illness.

See nature in a RV

So get out on that open road and take in the beautiful natural landscapes that your country offers – it’s good for your mood, and good for your mental health!

 


4) Sleep Naturally


I don’t know about you, but I struggle BIG TIME to fall asleep on a long plane journey. Maybe it’s down to my height? Maybe I work myself up too much and I’m too bored?

No idea what it is really – but sleeping naturally comes hard to me (and many others) when I’m on a plane!

RV holiday rambler

In 2014, Expedia released results of a report they had carried out on Airplane Etiquette – it was a kind of survey. They claim that after they asked 1,000 Americans about on-board behavior…just over 15% of them admitted to using ‘cheeky methods’ to get some shut eye on plane journeys.

Cheeky methods?

Well, that’s my way of politely saying medication or alcohol.

I can level with this, as I’ve done it many times before in the past.

You’ll never have this problem on a RV journey – you can always sleep in a bed, and you can even take your own pillow along if you want to!

Simply pull over in a safe area, or even a cheap campsite, and get a good night’s sleep before you carry on with your adventure.

 


5) Remove The Package Holiday Stress


Finally booking a holiday gives you a great feeling…initially…

But when it comes to getting to your destination, and meeting certain deadlines, the stress starts to seep through.

These types of holidays give you zero control over your plans or pace – never a calming influence on your general mental health.

Take back control and be in charge of your own adventure for once – get up when you want, eat when you want, travel when you want…and control your own vacation for once!

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Why Am I So Tired All The Time Even When I Get Enough Sleep?

Why Am I So Tired All The Time Even When I Get Enough Sleep?

So….

You sleep like a baby, and it’s not as if your job is putting you through miles of cardio every day…

But still you feel tired!

Why am I so tired all the time even when I get enough sleep?

Here are the several things that could explain your sluggishness…


Fatigue Caused by Anemia


The exhaustion brought on by anemia is the result of a lack of red blood cells. These cells are responsible for transporting oxygen out of your lungs, and into the body’s important tissues and cells.

So how does anemia come about? Why is it affecting you all of a sudden?

Well, slow but steady iron or vitamin deficiency can be behind this medical condition – are you eating the right foods?

Injuries that could lead to blood loss or internal bleeding, also bring on anemia.

More serious medical issues like rheumatoid arthritis, cancer, or kidney failure can also be behind a bout of anemia.

So how do you know if you’ve got anemia, what are the symptoms to look out for?

Well first off the bat – you’ll be pretty tired (go figure!).

Other symptoms include extreme weakness, difficulty sleeping, lack of concentration, rapid heartbeat, chest pains, and headache.

Most types of simple exercise will absolutely exhaust you: walking down the street, even taking the stairs (both will result in a loss of breath).

Fatigue Caused by Anemia

 


Dehydration – Are You Drinking Enough Water?


This one actually caught my father (who’s 72) out!

We were worried about the state of his heart due to his extreme bouts of fatigue…but it turns out that a diet of mostly coffee, and red wine at night…is NOT good enough for the human body.

Let’s be honest – he’s old enough to know better! 🙂

Anyway, dehydration is no small matter; it can cause fatigue, lower back pain, bags under the eyes and anxiety, to name just a few symptoms.

He (my dad) made a few lifestyle changes – mainly by buying a mountain bike and drinking pints of water throughout the day…and it worked like a charm.

Experts say that even mild dehydration, brought on by simple daily activities, can alter a person’s mood, energy levels and memory function.

Are you drinking enough (plain) water every day?

Dehydration - Are You Drinking Enough Water?

 


Thyroid Disease


The Thyroid gland is often referred to as the ‘master gland’ because the hormones it secretes impact almost every bodily function.

The regulation of body temperature, your heart rate, how much protein you produce, metabolic rate and overall energy levels – are controlled by this ‘master gland’.

Thyroid disease may be the main cause behind your feelings of sluggishness, here are some of the more common symptoms:

  • fatigue
  • moodiness
  • muscle and joint pain
  • weight gain or loss
  • vision problems
  • poor work performance
  • changes in body temperature
  • changes in appetite

There are a handful of remedies linked to Thyroid disease, but we would obviously recommend a visit to your GP/doctor to find out which is the most suitable course of action for you!

Tiredness Due to Thyroid Disease

 


Weariness Caused By Emotional Stress


We all get a little stressed out from time to time – but did you know that this kind of emotional turmoil could be the key to why you are feeling so tired all of the time?

Emotional stress can play havoc with your energy levels, especially when/if this stress reaches point of an anxiety disorder or effects your sleeping patterns.

Emotional stress can be linked to your genetics, your diet, your lifestyle choices, poor gut health and individual brain chemistry.

Stress and anxiety are not to be treated lightly, they are currently the most common mental illnesses in the U.S.

Weariness Caused By Emotional Stress

 


Poor Choice of Diet


At this point in the article, you might have noticed that your choice of food has a say in how your energy levels balance out.

Your diet effects your hormone levels (causing imbalances), the quality of your sleep, your overall mood and current outlook on life, and your body’s neurotransmitter function (depression and anxiety).

Over the last couple of decades, the word ‘carboholic’ has started to pop up here and there, and is often linked to overall tiredness in health.

What is a carboholic?

Well, simply put – it’s someone that consumes way too many carbohydrates in their diet. Carboholic’s tend to feel tired more often than people who stick to a healthy, balanced diet.

You often find that individuals that overeat grains, refined carbs and sugary foods, tend to lack healthy fats, proteins and vegetables in their diet (all of which support ongoing energy).

Poor Choice of Diet Leading to Tiredness

 


Why Am I So Tired All The Time?


If you have any questions, thoughts or opinions on the subjects we have covered above, please feel free to use the comment section below.

 

SOURCES:

Disclaimer: The writers on this site ARE NOT medical professionals. We simply research trustworthy sources and put together our own articles on subjects.

The articles sources we used for this post include 7 Reasons You’re Tired All The Time6 Medical Reasons Why You Might be Feeling Tired all the Time and Reasons You’re Always Tired.

Is a Sweet Potato Good For You?

Is a Sweet Potato Good For You?

This article will be covering the health benefits of the rather popular sweet-tasting root vegetable – is a sweet potato good for you, and if so, WHY is it good for you?

Let’s take a closer look…

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Why Are Sweet Potatoes Good For You?


why are sweet potatoes good for you

 


Health Benefits of Sweet Potatoes


Sweet potatoes are considered as having a high nutritional value due to the amount of fiber and vitamins and minerals (iron, calcium, selenium, B vitamins and vitamin C) they contain.

The Vitamin B6 in the vegetable helps reduce the chemical homocysteine in our bodies – this chemical is known to have rather sinister links to degenerative diseases (heart attacks are top of the list!).

The strange orange color of the potatoes is due to the fact that they are high in carotenoids like beta carotene. These carotenoids help keep your eyesight in check and also boost your immunity to disease (they are part of the antioxidant family that fights cancer and the effects of aging).

So, interested in taking on this versatile veggie in some sort of recipe?

Roasted, puréed, steamed, baked, or grilled – the possibilities really are endless.

To finish of this article, I’ve included a couple of simple sweet potato recipes that might take your fancy. Don’t forget – the internet is a wealth of information when it comes to locating new meal ideas, so if the recipes below don’t do it for you, simply search for a few more!

 


Roasted Sweet Potato & Carrot Soup


A versatile vegetarian soup recipe that will do a great job as a meal starter or a healthy lunch alternative…

Click to enlarge:

Roasted Sweet Potato & Carrot Soup

To save time with soup recipes I’d always recommend using a blender, or soup maker, to mix up the ingredients within seconds!

 


BBQ Brisket with Crunchy Coleslaw & Sweet Potato Wedges


The man himself – Gordon Ramsay!

Gordon takes on an American classic with some sides in this video recipe tutorial…

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 Way to Start Getting Healthy

The Best Way to Start Getting Healthy

Sick and tired of the beast that is looking back at you in the mirror? In this article we will be taking a look at the best way to start getting healthy – change your lifestyle and feel more at home within yourself…

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I Hate That Bloody Mirror!!!


Yeah we’ve already covered that ‘mirror feeling’ – it’s happens every morning to 99.9% of us (seriously – it does!)

And you say to yourself, “When did this happen? How did I miss it? I’m going to trim down and get back in shape!”

Just one problem – you have no real idea where to start…and HOW to start!

This might be the very first time you’ve tried to shed that beer belly and get healthy. Sure, things didn’t exactly go to plan last time, or any other time you’ve tried it…but you’re convinced you are going to succeed this time…this time you are making a STAND!!!

Fat looking in the mirror

So, you slam into Google, and find website after website that promises a six pack within a fortnight…without dieting, without exercise…without doing ANYTHING!!!

Bingo – let’s do this…

They don’t work, you get overwhelmed, intimidated, feel like shit and crack open a beer…

 


What You Should be Eating


Let’s not beat around the bush here – we’re all grown ups and we know why we are in this shape…and what foods we’ve eaten to get ourselves to this point! 

You are fully aware that lean protein and vegetables are good for you – you are also aware that enjoying a beer with friends is a very important part of life (we all need to let off steam occasionally!).

Choose your food thoughtfully and make sure you eat enough. If you start putting exercise in your life AND start eating small amounts – it will work against your efforts.

Your metabolism will slow down to conserve what fuel your body does have, your energy levels will dip, you will struggle to reach the results you are after.

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Make it Easy For Yourself to Work Out


When you get home from work take a couple of minutes to lay out your workout clothes for the following morning/day/whatever time you exercise.

Have it all ready to go – water, whatever you need to exercise comfortably, and then set your alarm for the next morning (if you choose to exercise in the mornings!).

Make it Easy For Yourself to Work Out

Do all this before you start to unwind after getting home from work. This forces you to just get up and do it, and not have to take the time to find everything or make excuses for why you can’t.

 


Start Walking More!


Even if you manage to get out and run six days a week, the real key to lifelong fitness is to simply be more active – move more and eat less!

Just leave the car where it is for once – if the weather’s fine – walk (have you seen the price of petrol these days?). Try making a conscious effort to walk whenever and wherever you can.

I recommend picking up one of those fitness watches/bracelets – track yourself and see if you manage to hit 10,000 steps a day (don’t go for a FitBit – get a cheaper alternative rip-off for under $15!!!!).

 


Sleep is Also a Priority


There’s no point making plans to get healthier if you are staying up until one in the morning playing Call of Duty – long term health depends strongly on the amount of sleep you get.

Sleep is Also a Priority

On top of this – too little sleep can also impair weight loss efforts due to raised cortisol levels.

Aim for at least seven hours a night.

 


Stick to it – The 30 Day Habit


Yep – thirty days, that’s how long it will take you to create a healthy habit. And if you can stick to something for as long as that…the chances are you’ll get into a routine of making better choices naturally and without thinking about it later on.

Don’t go into it with ’30 days’ on your mind – just take it real slow and handle one day at a time. Some days you are going to ache…other days you may have picked up a cold etc…

Just aim for sticking to it for thirty days – regardless of what obsticales are put in your way.

 


The Best Way to Start Getting Healthy


Do you still have any concerns regarding the health journey you are about to take?

Have you tried to get healthy before and failed miserably?

If you have ANY questions regarding the subject we have covered here today, please leave them in the comment section below.

 

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