According to a new study done by Alpro, fad diets lead to short-term weight loss yet can often be a waste of time in the long term.
Whether you’re following the Atkins and Dukan The Fast Diet, The Alkaline Diet to The Baby Food Diet, The Blood-Type Diet, The French Woman Diet, The Paleo Diet and the new 5:2 regime, these often turn out to be passing fancies.
More and more slimmers are realising that the fad diet promises of shedding huge amounts of weight in just a few weeks are either false, or that the diets are impossible to follow.
The reality is that most of these diets are so impractible that most people give up within just a few days.
The key to long term health and weight loss success is to create healthy eating and healthy lifestyle habits and attitudes for life ! The Greek Mediterranean Diet
incorporates the basics of healthy eating.
The Mediterranean diet
has long been a favourite of doctors and dieticians, described by the Mayo Clinic as a heart-healthy way to eat. Reflecting the traditional cooking style of the countries that border the Mediterranean Sea, meals feature the foods and preparations typical of the area.
In the Mediterranean diet pyramid, every meal is ideally based on fruits, vegetables and mostly whole grains. These form the base of the pyramid, along with olive oil, beans, nuts, legumes, seeds, herbs and spices. Next are fish and seafood, which should be eaten often – at least twice a week. Poultry, cheese, eggs and goat’s yogurt follow next; moderate portions of each are acceptable daily or weekly. At the very top of the pyramid are meats and sweets; these foods should be enjoyed less often, only on occasion.
Research has shown that following a Mediterranean diet
reduces the risk of heart disease. Studies have also linked it to a reduced risk of cancer, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases.
While the health benefits are impressive and hard to argue with, even more important for food lovers is that dishes from this part of the world are both tasty and satisfying. Meals are based mostly on plant-based foods, healthy fats like olive oil are used instead of butter, flavourful seasonings and marinades take the place of salt, red meat is limited, lean proteins like fish and chicken are often grilled, baked or broiled and the occasional glass of wine is encouraged, though optional.
Mediterranean cuisine is naturally vegetarian-friendly and appeals to diners of all ages and nationalities. The sheer variety of ingredients and clean preparations yield dishes that are both comforting and yet have rich, complex flavours.
The most important component of the Mediterranean diet
might very well be social, with an emphasis on enjoying meals together with family and friends.
There has never been any secret to following a healthy diet. It always has been, and always will be, about eating the right foods as part of a balanced diet, and exercising, while allowing yourself a treat now and again.
When you’re feeling low, the one thing on your mind may be that jar of Nutella that you’re craving for. Fortunately there are other alternative foods which can cure a moody morning or a stressed-out afternoon. Here’s what the research says:
Stressed: Eat Dark Chocolate
Dark chocolate has been shown to help reduce stress hormones which circulate in your body during trying moments. A recent study by researchers in Switzerland, published in the Journal of Proteome Research, found that eating just 1.4 ounces of dark chocolate has the power reduce anxiety by lowering the stress hormones cortisol and catecholamines in the body.
Sluggish: Eat a Green Salad
Having trouble concentrating or feeling sleepy ? According to Joanna Dolgoff, MD, author of “Red Light, Green Light, Eat Right” have a dark green, leafy salad instead of a coffee. Folic acid or folate found in high amounts in dark, green leafy vegetables helps your body to process and lower homocysteine levels. High levels of homocysteine are associated with damage to blood vessels, in addition to interfering with the flow of blood and nutrients to the brain. Inefficient blood flow may leave you feeling sluggish or slow to process or recall information. Other folate -rich foods other than leafy green vegetables such as spinach and parsley are potatoes, fortified breads and cereals, beans, peas and mushrooms.
Irritable: Eat an Apple with Peanut Butter
Irritability can be a sign that your body needs fuel. It’s important to nourish yourself the right way with foods that don’t leave you with a blood sugar crash an hour later leaving you feeling agitated all over again. To blast irritability, “eat combination foods at each meal and snack,” says Dr. Dolgoff. Combination foods contain a carbohydrate in combination with either some protein or some fat. Carbohydrates are a great source of energy that quickly burns out. Adding some fat or protein will slow the digestion process, causing your sugar and energy levels to remain stable for a longer amount of time. A good example of a combination snack is an apple with almond butter. The apple is your healthy complex carbohydrate and the almond butter is a healthy fat. These types of healthy snacks gives you energy that lasts for hours.
Depressed, Anxious or Worried: Eat Sardines.
If anxiety and worries are consuming your day, consider eating omega-3 rich foods such as sardines. Omega-3 fatty acids may help to calm you down. Extensive research shows that the regular consumption of omega-3s support both the prevention and treatment of clinical depression and that it may also help to reduce anger and irritability. Stephen Ilardi, PhD, author of The Depression Cure, mentions that while there are plant-based sources of omega-3s, it’s best to stick with fish. Coldwater fish such as salmon, herring, sardines and mackerel has plentiful amounts of the specific form of omega-3 which strongly boosts mood.
Angry: Sip Chamomile Tea
Whatever the reasons for feeling angry, sipping a cup of chamomile tea may help calm you down. The most recent study, from the UK's University of Nottingham Medical School, found that chamomile significantly relaxed blood vessels and smooth muscle fibers. This effect was due to three of chamomile's central constituents, apigenin, luteolin and bisabolol – all hydroxylates.
Sad: Have a Few Bananas.
Cheer Up ! Bananas contain tryptophan that the body converts into serotonin. Bananas can make you relax, feel happier and improve your mood.
Giving in to your urges and eating to crave desires on vacation is a temptation that snares many people, yet following a few tips can help travelers enjoy healthy vacations. Following a few tips can help vacationers have healthy yet enjoyable vacations. Buying food in advance, knowing which foods to eat, and ordering the healthiest meals in restaurants can increase the healthiness of vacation experiences. Pack Healthy Snacks
Snacking is one of the prime pitfalls of vacationing, but taking healthy snacks aboard a plane or in the car can eliminate unhealthy snacking. One of the simplest healthy snacks a person can take on vacation is an assortment of fruits. Apples, pears, peaches, oranges, and bananas are all excellent healthy snack choices. Power bars can also be healthy snacks
, although consumers have to be label-savvy. Some of these bars have too much sugar and too little nutritional value, but the health-conscious consumer may be able to find bars with decent fiber and protein content without all the fats and sugars. Wholegrain crackers are also good healthy vacation snack foods. Buy Healthy Food on Arrival
How much a vacationer can store will depend on how much and what type of storage space is available in the room; having a refrigerator and/or microwave can open up some possibilities. Yogurt is often a great healthy snack, especially if it is low fat. A refrigerator can also chill healthy drinks as well as sandwich makings that will be healthier than many restaurant alternatives. Even without refrigerators, travelers can still buy healthy drinks and take advantage of the complimentary ice most hotels offer. Fruit cups are also good options; applesauce cups may also be healthy, although consumers will need to make sure they are not buying cups with too much sugar. Take Advantage of the Hotel’s Amenities
Travelers need to know what sorts of healthy amenities their hotels offer. Continental breakfasts can be dangerous with their sugary cereals and fattening pastries, but they can also have free yogurt, healthy cereals, boiled eggs, and oatmeal. Hotels may also offer room service options that are healthier than their restaurant counterparts. Some hotels may have policies against cooking in the room, but others would not object to a guest using a slow cooker to prepare healthy, nourishing meals in room. Often times determining which of the hotels have the amenities necessary be difficult. I did a lot of research in the past to determine which hotel was my best often. I recently stumbled upon a great site that I have been using ever since. The site is called Gogobot and they offer consumer reviews ranging from hotels
and amenities, to restaurants, to things to do. This was extremely helpful in my most recent trip to San Francisco where I wanted to ensure that my beach body stayed the way I worked so hard to get it. Choose the Healthiest Meal at a Restaurant
Going out to eat is more or less inevitable while vacationing, but savvy consumers can still make the healthiest selections
in a restaurant. Health-conscious diners should avoid battered, breaded, fried, or deep fried dishes as well as rich, buttery sauces. Fish is often the leanest meat, especially if it has been grilled, seared, or baked. Bright-colored vegetables are often healthier than their duller counterparts, and all you can eat dishes should be avoided. Buffets are a toss-up as they present the option of eating too much yet also often include healthy dinner options. Diners should also pay careful attention to the menus as restaurants often designate certain meals as healthier than others.
As you can see, with a little research and a little planning ahead from helpful resources, it is possible to maintain your healthy lifestyle regardless of what city you are staying in!
Exercise is a key contributor to living a healthy lifestyle. It improves your quality of life, health and puts you in a better mood. Most of us find it difficult to fit in a consistent exercise routine into our daily lives.
Sneaking cardio into daily life can save time and improve fitness. The more time getting moving in our daily lives means less time sitting, which can lower the risk for heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and early death. While intense exercise is good for us, it doesn’t completely erase the effects of a sedentary lifestyle, so making an effort to get moving throughout the day can have some serious long-term benefits.
So how much cardio is enough, and what are some ways to fit it in? The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends 150 minutes per week of moderate aerobic exercise, plus two days per week strength training.
Whether it’s 30 continuous minutes of activity or three 10 minute sessions, here are 12 simple ways to get more active even for the busiest person.
1. Take The Stairs: But consider taking them one at a time, not two. Researchers found that while the rate of caloric expenditure is higher when taking two at a time, the burn over an entire flight is more when taking one at a time. In one study, participants climbed a 15-meter stairway five times a day with an average of 302 calories burned per week using one step and 266 calories per week using the double step..
2. Meetings On The Go: Hold walking meetings with co-workers. While moderate walking uses almost two-and-a-half times the energy of sitting in a meeting, mobile meetings can also strengthen work relationships, improve health, and boost creativity.
3. Hydrate frequently: Getting lots of water means more trips to the bathroom (drinking water might also help ramp up metabolism). Pick a bathroom on a different floor, and visit it often.
ON THE GO
4. No more lazy layovers: Stuck in the airport because of a delayed flight? Don’t just sit there. Do terminal laps, but skip the moving sidewalks!
5. Ditch the drive: Bike or walk to work instead. In addition to adding stress, commuting via public transportation or car can rack up sitting time and lead to weight gain.
6. Cleaning machine: Chores need to get done, so why not make them into a workout? Vacuuming can burn about 75 calories in half an hour, while washing the car uses more than double that.
7. Search for shade: While running errands, park in the shadiest spot, not the closest, to log more steps and keep the car cool.
8. Grocery Laps: Browsing the perimeter of a grocery store can do more than just promote healthy food choices. Take a couple of laps to compare prices and rack up some steps! Pushing a cart around the grocery store uses 105 to 155 calories in a half-hour. Bonus points for lugging home the groceries.
9. Shake it up: Dance to your favorite beat. Just 30 minutes, about seven or eight songs of fast dancing can use up 180 to 266 calories..
10. Sexercise ! 30 minutes of sex can burn 85 calories or more. “It may not sound like much, but it adds up: 42 half-hour sessions will burn 3,570 calories, more than enough to lose a pound.
11. “Shopping is my cardio”: Carrie Bradshaw's words of wisdom. A two-hour shopping expedition uses almost 300 calories, or 75 per half-hour. Shoppaholics hit the shops !
12. Game night: So-called “exergames” such as the Wii Fit Plus have been shown to use up to three times more energy than just sitting. But while these games are better than lazing on the couch, energy burn can vary quite a bit depending on the game.
As you can see, exercise doesn’t have to be done at the gym, on a track, or even in workout clothes. Little bits of exercise throughout the day can add up — just get creative! Pair some of these exercise tips with some strength training and you’ll be meeting the weekly recommendations for exercise.
Thirty per cent of infertility is due to two extremes, being overweight or underweight according to the National Infertility Association in the United States.
Experts say reducing extra weight by even 5% can enhance fertility.
Creating healthy eating habits and being your ideal weight is a good first step for women who are looking to conceive.
A healthy diet and lifestyle will potentially help with fertility but will also influence the baby’s health and well-being, intelligence and reduce the risk of complications during pregnancy.
A recent study has shown that following a Mediterranean diet boosts your odds of having a baby.
Let’s not leave men out of the baby making process. Male obesity may affect fertility by altering testosterone and other hormone levels. Men who would like to have a baby also have a responsibility to maintain a healthy body weight and consume a healthy, nutritious diet.
- Increase your intake of monounsaturated fats, such olive oil and avocado and reduce intake of foods with trans and saturated fats.
- Consume red meat once a week and add in more vegetable protein to your diet
- Add more fiber to your diet by consuming whole grains, vegetables and fruit.
- Incorporate more vegetarian sources of iron such as legumes, nuts, seeds and whole grains. Dried apricots are also very high in iron.
- Create a healthy eating pattern and reach your ideal weight
- Consume high-fat dairy or preferable goat’s or sheep’s yoghurt, instead of low-fat dairy. A Harvard University study showed that women who ate more than two portions a day of low-fat dairy foods were 85% more likely to be infertile due to ovulatory disorders than those who only ate it less than once a week.
- Regularly take a wholefood supplement which boosts fertility such as maca, bee pollen and Propolis, royal jelly, and spirulina.
Approximately 40% of infertility issues are attributed to men, according to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. — AFP Relaxnews
Can eating specific foods fuel to spark your sexual appetite and increase
libido ? As Dr. Nalini Chilkov L.A. c., O.M.D., says “Love foods that stimulate desire are prized in cultures worldwide. These foods have circulatory, relaxant and muscle strengthening effects, or visual, tactile or sensory impact that stimulates the psyche. The brain, after all is the largest sexual organ in the body.”
All it takes is adding a few key foods into your diet to boost libido and get back in the mood. So dump the Viagra, here’s the list of the top sexy power foods that can boost your sex drive naturally.
Beetroot: Improves sexual health and stamina. Also known as ‘natural Viagra’, beetroot has been commonly used in a number of ancient customs to boost one’s sexual health. Since the vegetable is a rich source of nitrates it helps release nitric oxide into the body, widening the blood vessels, and increasing blood flow to the genitals – a mechanism that medicines like Viagra seek to replicate. Another factor is that beetroot contains a lot of boron, a chemical compound that is important for the production of the human sex hormone.
Watermelon: This juicy red fruit could be the new sexual star. While watermelon is 92 percent water, the remaining eight percent contains the phytonutrient citrulline, which converts to arginine, an amino acid that relaxes blood vessels, according to 2008 research from Texas A&M University’s department of horticultural sciences. Although not as organ-specific as drugs that treat men’s erectile dysfunction, watermelon may help improve blood flow to erectile tissue (present in the female clitoral area as well as the male penis), increasing arousal. Scientists at the university’s Fruit and Vegetable Improvement Center are now working on increasing the fruit’s citrulline content.
Oysters: have long been suspected as a love drug. Cleopatra and Casanova had one thing in common, they loved oysters. Legend has it that Casanova ate dozens of oysters per day. The Venetian romancer once seduced a vestal virgin by seductively sliding an oyster from his mouth to hers. If that doesn't get you in the mood, I don't know what will! In fact, current research proves our suspicion. Oysters improves dopamine levels which boosts libido in men and women. Oysters are also high in zinc which is vital for testosterone production and healthy sperm.
Chocolate: Dark unadulterated chocolate is a superfood. It has more antioxidants than green tea or red wine. It also contains a stimulating chemical known as phenylethlamine, that stimulates the sense of excitement and well being. The Journal of Sexual Medicine published a study that found, women who enjoyed a piece of chocolate every day had a more active sex life than those who didn't.
Asparagus: is high in a B vitamin known as folate that aids in increasing the production of histamine. Histamine is important for a healthy sex drive in men and women.
Maca: Is known by many as Peru's natural Viagra. Apparently this natural root has been known throughout Peru's history as a sex enhancing root passed down by the Inca. The maca plant is used by the Peruvian culture to increase strength, stamina, energy, fertility and libido.
Pumpkin Seeds: are high in zinc which is essential for healthy sperm production and preventing testosterone deficiency in men. They are also loaded with libido vitamins and minerals like vitamin B, E, C, D, K and minerals including calcium, potassium, niacin and phosphorous
Celery: You wouldn't normally think of celery as a libido inducing food, but eating celery actually increases the pheromone levels in a man's sweat, making them more attractive to women.
Hot Peppers: The stuff that makes chilies hot, capsaicin, can actually rev up your libido. Have you ever noticed a natural high when eating chilies? Capsaicin promotes the release of chemicals that can raise your heart rate and trigger the release of endorphins that give you a natural high, which pumps that libido!
Black Raspberries: Both the berries and the seeds will get you in the mood. “This phytochemical-rich food enhances both libido and sexual endurance," say Drs. Anna Maria and Brian Clement, authors of 7 Keys to Lifelong Sexual Vitality. Consume 10 black raspberries or a tablespoon of seeds a few hours before getting busy.
Figs: Figs will have you and your partner acting like teenagers again. "They're considered excellent stimulants of fertility and enhance the secretion of pheromones," say Drs. Clement. Feast on up to five figs before getting it on and find out for yourself.
Ginseng: Researchers at the University of Hawaii found that women who took a ginseng supplement significantly upped their libido in a month, and 68 percent also said their overall sex life improved dramatically. "
Saffron: Though on the pricey side, this spice is a treat for your stomach and sex life. Researchers at the University of Guelph have found that saffron can improve sexual performance. To use, Glassman suggests soaking the threads in hot liquid for 15 minutes then adding to any grain like rice, quinoa, or barley -- or use it in a soup or stew.
Processed Baked Goods: Libido Killer These processed foods will zap your sex drive, giving you a great reason to avoid them. "Baked goods contain saturated trans fats that wreak havoc on human cells, including the immune system," say Drs. Clement. "They surround the cells, coagulating them so that vital food glucose can't be absorbed and remains in the blood, raising blood sugar and lowering libido. The fats also clog ventricles, reducing oxygen to sexual organs, and prevent the spleen from producing enough white blood cells, so eggs and sperm have difficulty multiplying."
Dairy: Libido Killer Dairy addicts may want to switch to a lactose-free alternative. The Clements say that the lactic acid in dairy and oxygen-destroying elements can squash a libido at any level, so try to limit it to small portions three times per week. The calcium found in dairy is linked to cell and sexual health. When cells are healthy, they increase sensitivity for better circulation to genitalia, thus giving you more pleasure. Stock up on calcium-rich almond milk, leafy greens, cabbage, broccoli, and sardines.
These seventeen detox foods have been shown to provide the best all-round nutrients that will work hard to get rid of the toxins in your body.
"An apple a day keeps the doctor away" was the first nutritional advice myself and many children heard from their moms. For this reason we call them "the first powerfood."Scientists in the Ukraine have used apples to purify the area around Chernobyl after the nuclear leak. Apples contain pectin, Vitamin C, quercetin and antioxidant nutrients that lower fat and cholesterol levels. Pectin is a fiber also found in citrus fruits, beets and berries, that binds heavy metals (such as lead and mercury) in the colon and encourages their excretion. It also helps the body excrete food additives.
Would you believe that the avocado is considered by many nutritional experts to be a perfect food? It's considered a superfood by many. Avocado contains glutathione, an antioxidant that fights free radicals. This combines with fat soluble toxins, particularly alcohol, to make them water-soluble. Levels of glutathione decrease as we age which could explain why hangovers worsen as we get older. Researchers at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, USA, found that elderly people, whose levels of glutathione were higher, were healthier. They were also less likely to suffer from arthritis, which many experts believe is a disease aggravated by excess toxicity.
The ancients considered the artichoke full of health benefits, using it as an aphrodisiac, a diuretic, a breath freshener, and even a deodorant. Artichoke increases bile production. One of bile’s functions is to carry toxins to the bowel where they can be excreted. According to research, artichoke can increase bile flow by 127 per cent in 30 minutes after being eaten. Studies from the University of Tubingen in Germany show that damage to the liver caused by free radicals is dramatically reduced when artichoke extracts are present.
The Romans were known to use the beetroot to maintain their sexual health and as a blood-purifying tonic. It is able to absorb toxic metals. At Leadville, a polluted mine site in Colorado, USA, beets and other crops such as carrot and banana are being used to filter 70 per cent of pollutants from water. Beetroot also contains methionine, which helps to reduce cholesterol levels and purify natural waste products from the body.
Cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts and their cruciferous cousins are among the healthiest things you can eat. Sulforaphane is released when eating cruciferous vegetables such as Brussels sprouts and cabbage, but particularly broccoli. Sulforaphane has anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties.
Garlic has a variety of potent sulphur-containing compounds which are the reason for its characteristic pungent odour. Allicin, the vital compound among them, is known to have great anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-oxidant properties. Toxins such as mercury, certain food additives and chemical versions of the hormone oestrogen bind with sulphur, enabling the body to excrete them.
Packed with more vitamin C than an equivalent amount of orange, the bright green flesh of the kiwifruit speckled with tiny black seeds adds a dramatic tropical flair to any fruit salad. Vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant, which also helps the body manufacture the vital detoxifier glutathione. A study published in the American Journal of Nutrition found that when people were given 500g of vitamin C a day, levels of glutathione increased by 50 per cent in just two weeks.
Prunes are primarily famous for being a laxative because they are rich in fiber. These are the ultimate antioxidant food and provide twice as many antioxidants as blueberries, their nearest competitor. They contain tartaric acid, a natural laxative and dihydropheyl isatin, which triggers the intestine to contract. Prunes reduce the time faeces stay in the system thereby reducing the risk of toxic re-absorption.
Scientists have recently concluded that sea vegetables offer perhaps the broadest range of minerals of any food found on earth. Studies at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, have shown that seaweeds will bind in the body with radioactive waste.
Watercress is the latest wonder food in the battle against ageing. It increases detox enzymes in the body, and may act directly on particular toxins. When smokers were given 170g of watercress a day at the Norwich food research Centre in the UK, they excreted higher than average levels of known carcinogens in their urine.
Alfalfa is a very nutritious herb with many benefits. A natural detoxifying agent, alfalfa has been used for centuries to support good health. High in a fibre called plantix, alfalfa has the ability to bind to toxins including some drugs and food additives. This isn’t the only benefit, as it is also rich in the minerals, amino acids and fatty acids which our body needs for good health and detoxify.
Rich in vitamin C, asparagus is also packed with fibre and the antioxidant rutin, as well as being another rich source of glutathione. Research as the Vegetable Research Unit at Cornell University, USA, shows that it stimulates the kidneys and bowel, increasing the rate at which toxins leave the body.
Exceptionally high in minerals, bananas can reduce the uptake of heavy metals. Bananas also provide potassium, which helps to regulate fluid in the body and reduce fluid retention. The less fluid you retain the more toxins you excrete.
A bowl of bran cereal contains 15g of fiber - half the recommended daily amount. This is beneficial for cleansing as fiber cleans the bowel and stimulates its movements thereby decreasing the time food spends there and so reducing the risk of toxin re-absorption. Wholegrain cereals have also been proven to contain high levels of antioxidants.
Brazil nuts are packed with selenium, a mineral that may protect against prostate cancer and other diseases. Selenium is a vital detox nutrient which neutralizes free radicals created in the body, particularly those caused by smoking.
With this crunchy orange powerfood, you get vitamin A and a host of other powerful health benefits including beautiful skin and cancer prevention. It is a vital source of the antioxidants alpha-and beta-carotene Carrots mop up heavy metals in the body, reduce cholesterol levels in the blood, which in turn, lowers the risk of arterial furring and promotes heart health.
Eggs contain high levels of lecithin which helps improve fat digestion in the body which aids the liver and also improves liver function. Eggs also have cysteine which helps to prevent damage from alcohol.
On this trip to Zambia, I came across Moringa Leaf Powder. I’ve been adding into my daily smoothies. It has a much milder flavour and scent very similar to wheatgrass powder, therefore making it easier to swallow ! :))
Moringa, also known as the Miracle Tree, is a multipurpose plant, as the leaves, pods, fruits, flowers, roots and bark of the tree can be utilized. What are the health benefits of moringa ?
Scientific research confirms that these humble leaves are a powerhouse on nutritional value. Gram for gram, moringa leaf contains:
· 7 times the vitamin C in oranges
· 4 times the calcium in milk
· 4 times the vitamin A in carrots
· 2 times the protein in milk
· 3 times the potassium in bananas More Benefits
- If moringa leaves were to be eaten by one and all, the world will be free of anemia as it contains three times more iron than spinach.
- Moringa helps in balancing the cholesterol levels in the body.
- Essential Amino acids are also found in moringa.
- Moringa is also said to balance sugar levels, hence it is helpful in the fight against diabetes.
- The body's natural defense mechanism increases with the consumption of moringa in the daily diet pattern. Since it is an immunity-stimulant, it is prescribed for AIDS afflicted patients.
- Moringa leaves can be consumed to stimulate metabolism.
- It is also said to improve digestion.
- It is a nutrition booster and is known to promote a feeling of well-being in people.
- If you are looking for non-sugar based energy, then moringa leaves is the answer. Thus, it will also help in the weight loss process.
- The cell structure of the body is stimulated by the moringa leaves.
- It is especially useful for lactating mothers. The consumption of moringa has shown dramatic increase in the quantity of breast milk.
- It is also famous for its anti-bacterial properties.
- The paste of the moringa leaves is said to beautify the skin and is hence applied by women regularly.
- It protects the liver and kidneys.
- It can also be used as a water purifier.
- Moringa species have long been recognized by folk medicine practitioners as having value in the treatment of tumors. Studies examined certain compounds for their cancer preventive potential. Recently two of these compounds were shown to be potent inhibitors of activation of lymphoblastoid (Burkitt’s lymphoma) cells. One of these compounds also inhibited tumors in mice bred to be prone to tumors. In another study, Bharali and colleagues examined skin tumor prevention following ingestion of drumstick (Moringa seedpod) extracts. In this mouse model, which included appropriate positive and negative controls, a dramatic reduction in skin tumors was demonstrated. More rigorous study is required in order to achieve a level of proof required for full medical endorsement of Moringa as, in this case, a cancer preventative plant.
What are known side effects of moringa?
- According to Optima of Africa, Ltd., a group that has been working with the tree in Tanzania, "25 grams daily of Moringa Leaf Powder will give a child" the following recommended daily allowances: Protein 42%, Calcium 125%, Magnesium 61%, Potassium 41%, Iron 71%, Vitamin A 272%, and Vitamin C 22%. These numbers are particularly astounding; considering this nutrition is available when other food sources may be scarce.
Dr. Lowell Fuglie, based in Senegal and considered as one of the experts about moringa says that to date there has not been any known negative side effect even in the daily consumption of moringa.
What are the antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds present in moringa?Antioxidants:
Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Vitamin B (Choline), Vitamin B1 (Thiamin) , Vitamin B2 (Rivoflavin), Vitamin B3 (Niacin), Vitamin B6, Alanine, Alpha-Carotene, Arginine, Beta-Carotene, Beta-Sitosterol, Caffeoylquinic Acid, Campesterol, Carotenoids, Chlorophyll, Chromium, Delta 5- Avenasterol, Delta 7 Avenasterol, Glutathione, Histidine, Indole Acetic Acid, Indoleacetonitrile, Kaempferal, Leucine, Lutein, Methionine, Myristic-Acid, Palmitic Acid, Prolamine, Proline, Quercitin, Rutin, Selenium, Threonine, Tryptophan, Xanthins, Xanthopyll, Zeatin, Zeaxanthin, Zinc. Anti- Inflammatory Compounds:
Vitamin A, Vitamin B1, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Arginine, Beta-Sistosterol, Caffeoylquinic Acid, Calcium, Chlorophyll, Copper, Cystine, Omega 3, Omega 6, Omega 9, Fiber, Glutathione, Histidine, Indole Acetic Acid, Indoleacetonitrile, Isoleucine, Kaempferal, leucine, Magnesium, Oleic-Acid, Phenylalanine, Potassium, Quercitin, Rutin, Selenium, Stigmasterol, Sulfur, Tryptophan, Tyrosine, Zeatin, Zinc.
There are over 46 antioxidants and 36 anti-inflammatory compounds all naturally occurring in the moringa plant. That is why it is referred to as the best natural source of anti-oxidants.
What are the vitamins and minerals present in moringa?VITAMINS:
Vitamin A (Alpha and Beta Carotene), B,B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, C, D, E, K, Folate (Folic Acid), Biotin and much more. MINERALS:
Calcium, Chloride, Chromium, Copper, Fluorine, Iron, Manganese, Magnesium, Molydenum, Phosphorus, Potassium, Sodium, Selenium, Sulfur, Zinc. AMINO ACIDS:
Isoleucine, Leucine, Lysine, Methionine, Phenylalanine, Threonine, Tryptophan, Valine, Alanine, Arginine, Aspartic Acid, Cystine, Glutamine, Glycine, Histidine, Proline, Serine, Tyrosine. OTHER NUTRIENTS:
Chlorophyll, Carotenoids, Cytokins, Flavonoids, Omega 3,6 9 oils, Plant Sterols, Polyphenols, Lutein, Xanthins, Rutin and many more.
Can moringa supplements be taken with other prescriptions?
Moringa supplements is a 100% natural product made from the parts of the Moringa tree. People in India are taking moringa for hundreds of years as a staple food and have not reported any problem since then. However, we suggest you to consult with your physician whether you can take these supplements along with other prescription medicines.
What is the best method to take the moringa powder?
The best way is to add it to a smoothie or half a glass of fresh juice. E.g. orange juice.
Adults Daily Dosage is: 1 tablespoon for good health
2 tablespoons a day for fighting ailments
Children (1 - 7 yrs old): 1 teaspoon a day for good health
2 teaspoons a day for fighting ailments
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Are struggling with trying to suppress your cravings? Then guess what? There are actually foods that can effectively suppress your appetite.
If you’re like the majority of people, you’re probably fighting a constant battle with your weight. Whether you want to shed a few pounds, gain weight or just maintain whatever your current weight is, healthy eating can be quite confusing with all the contradictory information out there.
Fortunately, for those of you who like to eat, there are foods that can actually help fight hunger attacks, helping you reach your weight goals. When you aren’t feeling hungry you can focus more on eating nutritious foods in the right quantities to reach your desired results.
Here are the top ten foods to try:
It’s as simple and easy as drinking two glasses of water 30 minutes before a meal. In a study dated August 2010, people who drank two glasses of water before a meal, ate between 75 and 90 fewer calories at the meal than those who didn’t drink water. Love that H2O!
Apples of all varieties and types help suppress hunger. Apples are filled with soluble fiber and pectin, which help you feel full. They also regulate your glucose and boost your energy level
Just a handful of almonds are a rich source of antioxidants, vitamin E, and magnesium. According to a study presented at The 2006 Obesity Society Annual Scientific Meeting Almonds have also been shown to increase feelings of fullness in people and help with weight management. The next time you’re feeling puckish snack on almonds for your next healthy snack ! A little note here. They are easier to digest if you soak them in water from the night before.
Full of fiber and heart-healthy monounsaturated fat, avocados suppress appetite when eaten in moderation. In fact, the fats in these fruits send signals to your brain that tell your stomach that it’s full!
5. Dark Chocolate
Love chocolate but have no self control with it? Try slowly savoring a piece or two of dark chocolate with at least 70 percent cocoa the next time you crave it. Just a little dark chocolate helps to lower your cravings because the bitter taste signals the body to decrease your appetite. Not to mention that the steric acid in dark chocolate helps slow digestion to help you feel fuller longer.
This hot cereal is high in fiber and low on the glycemic index, which means it fills you up and takes a long time to digest. Research has shown that diets high in slow-burning carbohydrates like oatmeal suppress the hunger hormone grehlin more effectively than diets high in fat do. In fact, when you eat oatmeal for breakfast, you may find that your appetite is lower at lunchtime. Steel-cut or rolled oats digest more slowly than the "instant" variety do, so it's worth taking a few extra minutes in the morning to prepare your breakfast the old-fashioned way.
When people eat eggs, rich in protein, at breakfast, they felt more satisfied and consumed fewer calories throughout the day, compared to those who ate a primarily carbohydrate meal like a bagel.
“Compared to the bagel eaters, overweight women who ate two eggs for breakfast five times a week for eight weeks, as part of a low-fat, reduced-calorie diet, lost 65% more weight, reduced waist circumference by 83%, reported higher energy levels, and had no significant difference in their ... blood cholesterol or triglyceride levels," reports researcher Nikhil V. Dhurandhar, PhD.
The fiber in beans increases CCK, a digestive hormone that's a natural appetite suppressant. A research study at the University of California at Davis found that men who ate a high-fiber meal containing beans had CCK levels that were two times higher than when they ate a low-fiber meal. Beans also keep your blood sugar steady, which helps stave off hunger.
9. Pine nuts
Pine nuts actually contain a compound known as pinolenic acid, which is a polyunsaturated fat that curbs your hunger. They’re also high in protein which helps build strong muscles.
Celery is a low density food and this humble vegetable can actually control your appetite. It only has 8 calories per stick but it takes a lot of chewing to digest it. You get more bite per calorie and it feels like you are eating more when you aren’t
Golden Rule No. 1: Eat A Vibrant Fruit Meal A Day
Fruits are cleansing, help strengthen our immune system and are high in antioxidants. Fruit should be eaten on an empty stomach and preferably in the morning.
The three main ways which you may eat fruit are by having a fruit smoothie, a fruit salad or whole fruit pieces such as an apple or a banana. It is best to add some protein or fat to the fruit meal such as a tablespoon of yoghurt, raw nuts and seeds or coconut oil. Golden Rule No. 2: Add In A Fresh Raw Salad Meal A Day.
Salad should make up 4/5 of your plate. The remaining 1/5 is made up of toppings. Below are some topping ideas you may choose from:
Beans, chick peas, lentils
Raw nuts and seeds (e.g. walnuts, sunflower seeds, pine nuts)
Steamed vegetables (artichokes, green beans, boiled potato)
These are just some suggestions, feel free to use your imagination and create your own healthy delicious salad ! Golden Rule No. 3. Use Herbs And Spices Daily
The World Health Organization estimates that 80 per cent of the earth’s population today depends on plants to treat common ailments.
An easy way of incorporating herbs in your daily routine is by drinking them as teas and using their essential oils.
A simple way of preparing teas is to place the herb or herbs in a large 1 ½ liter thermos, pour boiling water over them, close the thermos and let them steep for a minimum of twenty minutes. Drink the tea throughout the day.
Some Common herbs to consider using are: peppermint, fennel, chamomile, sage, dandelion, ginger, rosemary and nettle. Golden Rule No. 4. Take Wholefood Supplements Everyday
Supplements which are whole, organic, plant based, derived from natural sources and are minimally processed are always the preferred choice. Given our polluted and stress filled world it can be difficult, if not impossible to get our full quota of nutrients in our diet. Golden Rule No. 5. Exercise
Regular exercise can firm muscles, shed pounds, and add a healthy glow to your complexion.
Add in 30 minutes of aerobic exercise at least three times a week. Golden Rule No. 6. Limit Exposure To Toxins
There are so many new substances, some highly toxic in nature, which are proving difficult for both the Earth and our bodies to handle.
Golden Rule No. 7. Fun And Laughter ! Play :
- Avoid Plastic.
- A shopping guideline to follow is: “If you can’t pronounce it, don’t buy it.”
- Use personal care products you can eat !
Quite simply ….. take time out and have Some Fun !
Health and wellbeing includes this balancing of challenge and nurturance.