What Foods Aggravate Diverticulitis

What Foods Aggravate Diverticulitis

You may (or may not) have noticed that the site had gone a little bit silent over the last month or so, and I apologise for this. Unfortunately I had an unscheduled hospital visit that completely knocked me off my feet, and it’s taken me a few weeks to feel ‘right’ again!

One ‘plus’ that’s come out of all this – I have a new subject to cover on this site…

Diverticulitis (or more specifically – what foods aggravate diverticulitis?).

It’s not a medical condition I was that clued up about before it hit me, but I certainly know a lot about it now. Talk about pain in the gut area – Wow, this condition takes you out BIG time!

Anyway, if you’re reading this article, you’re 99.9% likely to have experienced this stomach condition, so there’s no point me banging on about how painful it is. Let’s just get into the ‘guts’ of the subject matter (pun intended!).

 


What is Diverticulitis Disease?


Okay, this nasty little blighter is a rather sensitive disease that targets your digestive tract. It is considered a ‘serious’ medical condition that produces pouches in the lining of your intestine.

These pouches are called diverticula and they get inflamed from time to time – this is where the MASS of pain comes into play (and I MEAN pain!).

More often than not, diverticula occur without really causing any sort of pain, infection or inflammation. This less painful version is known as diverticulosis, a less serious condition than diverticulitis.

Diverticulitis is more common in people over 60, which is a bit of a bummer, considering I’m only 44!

Diverticulitis can lead to:

  • nausea
  • fever
  • severe abdominal pain
  • bloody bowel movements
  • abscess, or an inflamed pocket of tissue
  • fistula

Unfortunately I experienced a handful of these health problems and complications just recently.

Studies show that your diet can effect your diverticulitis, so read on to find out what foods you should be eating with the condition, and what foods you should avoid…

What is Diverticulitis Disease?

 


What Foods to Avoid With Diverticulitis


The main root causes of diverticulitis are still pretty much a mystery, so there are no known foods that are thought to ease symptoms of the condition. On top of this, the National Institutes of Health have even come out and said that you don’t need to avoid certain food groups if you have diverticulitis.

However, recent research seems to point to the fact that a diet that limits foods that are high in FODMAPs, can be beneficial for sufferers of diverticulitis. FODMAPs stands for fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides, and polyols – Foods which are known to make IBS worse.

The following are the more common choices that are put into the FODMAPs category:

  • fruits, such as apples, pears, and plums
  • dairy foods, such as milk, yogurt, and ice cream
  • fermented foods, such as sauerkraut or kimchi
  • beans
  • cabbage
  • Brussels sprouts
  • onions and garlic

 


High Fiber With Diverticulitis


IMPORTANT NOTE: If you are in the middle of a diverticulitis flare up it’s probably best to avoid anything that’s high fiber!

If however, you are not in the middle of a flare up, high fiber foods may be helpful for people with diverticulosis, and could even keep the lingering shadow of diverticulitis at bay.

During a flare up you will want to avoid the following fiber choices:

  • beans and legumes such as navy beans, chickpeas, lentils, and kidney beans
  • whole grains such as brown rice, quinoa, oats, amaranth, spelt, and bulgur
  • vegetables
  • fruits

High Fiber With Diverticulitis

 


Fatty & High Sugar Foods – NOPE!


If you’re not eating a lot of fiber, and you’re also stuffing yourself with foods high in sugar and fat, you could well be asking for trouble as far as diverticulitis goes (i.e. getting rid of them from your diet may help prevent diverticulitis or reduce its symptoms).

Here is a list of foods you should consider cutting down:

  • red meat
  • refined grains
  • full-fat dairy
  • fried foods

 


What Foods Aggravate Diverticulitis – Conclusion


A few years back, doctors were still telling Diverticulitis sufferers that they should stay away from nuts, popcorn, and most seeds. At the time, it was thought that these small pieces of food could enter the pockets in your stomach, and cause problems.

However, recent research seems to indicate that there is no evidence linking those foods with increased diverticular issues.

You are also recommended to stay clear of alcohol if you suffer from Diverticulitis…but I’m personally going to decide to ignore this recommendation (each to their own!).

Now it’s over to you – do you have any Diverticulitis issues or information you would like to share with us?

If so, we would love to hear from you.

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

What are the Health Benefits of Curcumin?

What are the Health Benefits of Curcumin?

I recently got a little ‘caught up’ in an article I was reading on a train journey to London that covered the rise of turmeric in certain health circles. This particular article was concentrating on the spice being added to certain skin care serums (which was a new one on me!).

At the root of the multitude of turmeric benefits is curcumin – a chemical that contains high amounts of special anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidants.

So what are the health benefits of curcumin?

How does it manage to turn turmeric into a ‘miracle spice’?

Let’s take a closer look…

The Fat Diminisher System is the complete game changer for men and women when it comes to losing weight – Find out more about this revolutionary product HERE

 


More About Curcumin…


Curcumin is a chemical or curcuminoid that is found inside a selection of plants, it has a vibrant yellowish colour.

It’s primarily found in turmeric, which is a strong medicinal spice that is from the same family as ginger. More often than not, you find turmeric in powder format which is used to give certain foods a good boost in their flavour (it’s a popular spice to add to curry dishes).

 


BIO CURCUMIN BENEFITS


It Can Tackle Inflammation


It Can Tackle Inflammation

Curcumin is known to have the ability of blocking the activity of several enzymes in the body that are well known for causing inflammation situations.

A recent study went as far as saying that aspirin and ibuprofen were nowhere near as effective as curcumin when it came to dulling down inflammation. Therefore, curcumin can be great for improving the symptoms of inflammatory conditions such as arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease and asthma.

 


Great For Skin Health


Great For Skin Health

We covered the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties of curcumin above, and it’s these positive properties that makes it a great ingredient for skin creams!

Many tests have concluded that curcumin can neutralize free radicals, which in turn prevent cell damage in the skin and improve the healing time of cuts.

Certain medical professionals now believe that curcumin can relieve the symptoms of psoriasis, scabies and radiation-induced dermatitis.

 


It Regulates Blood Sugar


It Regulates Blood

High blood sugar is serious stuff, and if it’s not handled in the right way, it can swiftly bring on diabetes symptoms which range from fatigue to unintentional weight loss. If this condition is allowed to persist, it can eventually lead to nerve damage and even loss of vision.

A recent study by the International Journal of Endocrinology Metabolism came to the conclusion that curcumin can reduce the symptoms of high blood pressure.

Apparently it can cut down the body’s glucose production, which in turn decreases inflammation, and increases the secretion of insulin from the pancreas.

 


Could it Fight Cancer?


Could it Fight Cancer?

Those of you that are regulars to this site, will already know that what you eat can have a powerful effect on cancer growth within the body.

Did you know that Curcumin is able to have an effect on enzymes which are directly linked to cancer development?

 


It Tackles The Formation of Blood Clots


It Tackles The Formation of Blood Clots

Stroke, deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism are all linked to the formation of blood clots and platelet aggregation.

Research suggests that curcumin modifies eicosanoid biosynthesis – this is process that has been directly linked to numerous different forms of inflammation. It can also inhibit platelet aggregation, which again, leads to blood clot formation.

 


A Cholesterol Aid


A Cholesterol Aid

It’s well known that one of the main risk factors for heart disease is higher levels of cholesterol.

The University of Indonesia held a study back in 2008 that came to the conclusion that curcumin reduced levels of both total and bad LDL cholesterol.

 


WARNING – Side Effects


Okay, we’ve covered the health benefits of curcumin, but it’s not all good news…

Below is a list of possible side effects that are linked to regular taking of curcumin:

  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Low blood sugar
  • Increased risk of bleeding
  • Reduced fertility
  • Increased menstrual flow

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

Interested in a 3 week Diet and Workout Plan that can change the way you look at food? Find out more HERE

A Simple Seaweed Soup Recipe

 

A Simple Seaweed Soup Recipe

For some unknown reason, we tend to get A LOT of interest with the seaweed-based articles we have published here in the past – so we thought we’d ride that wave a bit and offer you a simple seaweed soup recipe that we were introduced to about a month back.

Now, regulars to this site will already know that we only ever showcase newbie-friendly recipes here…because I’m not the greatest cook to walk this planet (Shock! Horror!).

So, do you fancy learning more about this diverse yet tasty soup?

Cool – let’s take a closer look…

The Fat Diminisher System is the complete game changer for men and women when it comes to losing weight – Find out more about this revolutionary product HERE

 


Seaweed Soup Recipes


Why Seaweed?


So, why seaweed?

Why don’t we make a soup outta chicken and be done with it?

Why are we opting to go for this bogey-looking sea material?

Well, apart from the fact that seaweed is pretty darn tasty (when prepared the right way!), it also contains a number of benefits…

  • Seaweed is pretty awesome when it comes to your digestive health. Apparently it can strengthen gut mucus and slow down the digestion process, so the food releases it’s energy at at a much slower pace.
  • It is really low in calories and instead packed with nutrients. We are unable to farm the sea, so seaweed will see a sustained exposure to minerals.
  • Seaweed is known to have heavy-duty detox properties and is great at mopping up certain toxins within your system.
  • It makes a super-magical illness potion. Well, not exactly super-magic…but in Ireland and the Caribbean, seaweed-based drinks are consumed when one is under the weather, and needing a natural ‘pick me up’!

Okay, I could go on and on here…but you kinda get the picture already…

Seaweed pretty much rocks from a health point of view.

Now let’s get back to creating that seaweed soup…

 


Simple Seaweed Soup Recipe


Ingredients For 4 Servings:

Before we start, I should point out that this recipe is set up for Korean-style (brown) seaweed soup. It’s a big thing in Asia as many women believe it is the perfect soup to eat after they have given birth (it’s regarded as a ‘birth food’).

Korean women believe that the seaweed helps them produce quality milk for their newborn babies.

Anyway…

Ingredients For 4 Servings:

  • 30g dried (brown) seaweed
  • 1 dessertspoon of sesame oil
  • 100g very thinly sliced fillet steak
  • Salt
  • 4 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon very finely chopped garlic
  • 1 1/2 litres (2.5 pints) of cold water

Okay – so you’ve got all the ingredients in order…how do we cook up this bad boy?

Well, it takes no more than 10 minutes to prepare, and is ready in about 30 minutes (those of you that are good at maths will note that this is a 40 minute recipe!).

  1. Soak seaweed in water until it becomes nice and soft, then drain it off and cut up into pieces about 3cm long
  2. In a medium pot, heat sesame oil over medium heat. Add beef, pinch of salt and 1 teaspoon of soy sauce. Fry for one minute.
  3. Add seaweed, remaining soy sauce and stir-fry gently again for another minute.
  4. Pour in enough water to cover ingredients; bring to a boil.
  5. When it is boiling, add garlic and rest of water.
  6. Simmer for half and hour, then serve!

 


The Ultimate Newbie’s Seaweed Soup


The Ultimate Newbie's Seaweed Soup

There – that wasn’t too hard was it?

The perfect recipe for newbies looking to cook up a bit of (health conscious) seaweed soup.

We would love to hear your thoughts on this recipe – did you make any changes to it? Did you add that ‘something special’ that you would like to share with us here?

Do you have any seaweed soup recipes that you feel are better than this one?

If so, we would love to hear from you – please leave your thoughts and opinions in the comment section below.

Interested in a 3 week Diet and Workout Plan that can change the way you look at food? Find out more HERE

4 AWESOME Soy Protein Shake Recipes

4 AWESOME Soy Protein Shake Recipes

I was recently contacted through this website by a visitor who had noticed that we had stopped releasing articles involving recipes about a year back…and she was right!

What was the reason for this?

Well, no reason in particular really – we just had a lot of (what we thought were) interesting health subjects we wanted to cover first.

This message concluded with the lady in question suggesting a recipe topic that was not exactly covered that often online – soy protein shake recipes. This turned out to be a pretty cool suggestion…

The Fat Diminisher System is the complete game changer for men and women when it comes to losing weight – Find out more about this revolutionary product HERE

 


The Berry Blast Soy Milk Smoothie


Apparently, this is one of the easiest soy-based smoothie recipes you can find online…so we figured we should include it first on this article (well, we’re not all at the level of Gordon Ramsey – are we?).

It takes under 5 minutes to create.

Ingredients (For 1 Serving)

  • 1 cup soy milk
  • 10 blueberries
  • 10 blackberries
  • 1/2 banana

A simple enough process really – place all of the ingredients above in a blender and turn on for about 10 seconds. Give it a good stir and Bingo – ready to drink!

If you find the smoothie a little sour or bland you can always swap over the fruits for blueberry jam (not exactly great for you dieters out there – but sweeter all the same!).

NOTE: This will probably end up being quite a pricey smoothie if you opt to drink it every day. Blueberries and Blackberries ain’t exactly the cheapest fruit you will find at a grocers…

 


Peanut Butter Soy Special


Are you partial to a spoonful of Nutella?

Like spreading a generous helping of peanut butter on your toast in the morning?

Below is a pretty nifty smoothie invention combing both the above ingredients…

Ingredients (For Two Servings)

  • 1 Banana
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Nutella
  • 1 tbsp Smooth peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup Vanilla Ice Cream
  • 1/2 cup Chocolate Ice Cream
  • 300 ml Soy milk
  • 150 ml Water

Simply boil a little water in a pan and add both the peanut butter and Nuttella, then stir them both in until the mixture is nice and smooth. Poor the mix, along with the soy milk, into the blender.

Cut the banana in quarters on place in the blender – then add either chocolate ice cream or vanilla ice cream (or both if you’re feeling a little adventurous!!).

Bend it all up and drink it all down – lovely!

Interested in a 3 week Diet and Workout Plan that can change the way you look at food? Find out more HERE

 


Energy Soy Protein Shake


A energy-bursting smoothie that is ram-packed with protein and isoflavones, and is great at giving your immune system a boost. A lovely shake that makes an ideal choice of breakfast.

Ingredients (For One Serving)

  • 500 ml soya milk
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 walnuts
  • 2 medium apple
  • 4 drops vanilla essence
  • 1 sprig mint leaves

First of all – cut up the apples and leave two very thin slices to one side (this will be used later as a nice garnish). Add the apples, soya milk, sugar and vanilla essence into the blender and blend for a couple of minutes.

Pour pureed mixture into a tall glass.

Crush up the walnuts and use, along with apple slices and washed sprig of mint leaves, to garnish the smoothie.

Drink! 🙂

 


Icy Smoothie-Pops!


And now for something a little different…

Ingredients  (Makes a total of 14 servings!!!)

  • 1 cup (each) fresh fruit
  • 3 tea spoons of sugar
  • 1/2 cup yogurt
  • 1/2 milk (or soy milk)

Put the fruit you’ve chosen to use in a cup then mash up a little with a fork – add yogurt, sugar, then milk. Put into the blender and blend down until you have a smoothie like texture that will settle nicely in the ice trays.

You can enjoy the Icy Pops after about two hours but I prefer leaving them in the freezer overnight (the texture of them is much nicer the next day!).

 


Soy Protein Shake Recipes


Now it’s over to you – do you have any Soy smoothie recipes that you would like to share with us?

Do you have any questions about the recipes we’ve covered above?

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

Looking to lose weight the quick and healthy way? Check out the Breakthrough Fat Diminisher Principles HERE

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.

Interested in a 3 week Diet and Workout Plan that can change the way you look at food? Find out more HERE

 


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.

The Fat Diminisher System is the complete game changer for men and women when it comes to losing weight – Find out more about this revolutionary product HERE

 


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.

Looking to lose weight the quick and healthy way? Check out the Breakthrough Fat Diminisher Principles HERE

 

 

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…

The Fat Diminisher System is the complete game changer for men and women when it comes to losing weight – Find out more about this revolutionary product HERE

 


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.

Interested in a 3 week Diet and Workout Plan that can change the way you look at food? Find out more HERE

 


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.

The Old School New Body program offers unique and effective solutions to lose weight and prevent aging. Find out more HERE

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!

Looking to lose that weight and improve your metabolic health? Check out our review of the Fat Diminisher System HERE

 


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.

Interested in a 3 week Diet and Workout Plan that can change the way you look at food? Find out more HERE

 


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!).

The Fat Burning Kitchen Guide – Your 24 Hour Diet Transformation to Make Your Body a Fat-Burning Machine. Find Out More HERE!

 


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…

The Fat Burning Kitchen Guide – Your 24 Hour Diet Transformation to Make Your Body a Fat-Burning Machine. Find Out More HERE!


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! 🙂

The Fat Diminisher System is the complete game changer for men and women when it comes to losing weight – Find out more about this revolutionary product HERE

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!

Looking to lose that weight and improve your metabolic health? Check out our review of the Fat Diminisher System HERE


Foods Good For Your Immune System


Having problems viewing the text on the image below?

No problems!

Simply hover over the image, click on it, and you will be taken to a separate tab where the image will be displayed in it’s original dimensions.

That tab will also include a magnifier tool.

Foods Good For Your Immune System

Interested in a 3 week Diet and Workout Plan that can change the way you look at food? Find out more HERE

 


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! 🙂

The Fat Diminisher System is the complete game changer for men and women when it comes to losing weight – Find out more about this revolutionary product HERE

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?

The Fat Burning Kitchen Guide – Your 24 Hour Diet Transformation to Make Your Body a Fat-Burning Machine. Find Out More HERE!


 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


If you are having problems viewing the beetroot infographic above, simply click on the image and you will be taken to a separate tab with a magnifying tool.

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.

The Fat Diminisher System is the complete game changer for men and women when it comes to losing weight – Find out more about this revolutionary product HERE