Best Fruits to Eat When on A Diet

So there are limited choices when you are on a diet and although we are proponents for eating an overall balanced and healthy meal as opposed to following the newest and latest diet trends, we know that we have some inquiring subscribers who would like to know what fruits are best for aiding their diet and weight loss journey. Do keep in mind though that most of these fruits work best fresh and their sugar content is all the sugar you need – it is natural and unprocessed sugar that is easier for the body to process.

 

 

1. Citruses

Yes, old faithful – lemon, limes, grapefruits are some of the best citrus fruits you can use to aid in flushing out your system and helping reduce weight. Oranges are also great and can help give a little sweetness to lemon, lime flavored water and or drinks. Just be sure to use fresh, organic fruits, and skip the sugar.

 

2. Bananas

This fruit is satisfying and can help curb hunger and cravings for sugar. This fruit is chuck full of minerals and vitamins that are highly beneficial to the body and its various functions. But for the purpose of weight loss, they are highly beneficial and can help speed up the weight loss process.

Bananas help reduce appetite and have enough fiber content to help you feel full for a long time, as well as, help get things moving through the digestive system.

An added benefit of eating bananas is that it can provide a much needed boost in energy to help your carry on about your day or give you a nice jolt of energy to make that daily workout possible.

 

3. Apples

Apples are great all around and when organic, even better. This fruit is great for more than just keeping the dentist away. It provides many health benefits like boosting metabolism of the body, detoxifying the body, and promoting food bacteria flora in the digestive system to aid in efficient digestion and proper elimination of waste.

Apples not only help promote digestion, but can also help reduce overeating by helping you feel fuller for a good amount of time. So they can certainly help when it comes to dietary changes in order to lose weight.

 




 

4. Soursop

If you are fortunate enough to live somewhere where you can find an abundance of this fruit fresh, then by all means make every effort to include this fruit in your diet as well. This fruit is a fantastic addition to one’s diet and helps in cleaning the digestive tract and body of parasites and this in itself is highly beneficial when starting or embarking on a diet plan or dietary change.

Also known as guanabana, this fruit is an exotic fruit that boasts many helpful and healing properties among which is the reduction of cancer risks and helping in speeding up recovery of respiratory issues.

Guanabana, Soursop, or Graviola; whichever name you prefer to use…has so many uses that can prove very helpful over the course of a lifetime, so don’t overlook this one – leaves, fruit, and even the seeds have been said to be very, very useful.

 

 

5. Figs

This is a great fruit to include when on a diet, even though it tends to be a bit too sweet, it is fantastic for getting the bowels moving and ridding the body of toxic waste.

This is one of a few fruits mentioned in the Bible and well, when something is mentioned in the Bible it is often of great importance and benefit to our overall health, so it is certainly worth including in the rotation of fruits we often enjoy.

 

6. Guava

This is another exotic fruit that much like the soursop, you may be hard pressed to find, and once more if you are blessed to live where this fruit grows in abundance, then by all means, make use of that privilege and add it to your meal choices.

This fruits is highly nutritious and great for overall health and digestion. It provides a nice boost in energy and gives the body a great dose of antioxidants that in turn help keep the body healthy.

This fruit also satiates hunger and provides the body with lots of nutrients and gives a heap of fiber to get things moving through your bowels.

Eating this fruit can also help regulate metabolism which can prove highly beneficial to those who are looking to lose weight. This fruit is so beneficial and it doesn’t just stop with the fruit – the leaves are also wonderful and healing and are certainly worth using if you like drinking tea, but that is a whole other article on its own.

 




7. Mangoes

Mangoes are a fantastic fruit to include in your diet and will certainly help curb hunger cravings and while providing your body with much need vitamins and minerals and the added bonus of fiber. This seasonal, tropical fruit is absolutely delicious and can be added to smoothies and various exotic dishes/meals.

We chose mangoes to add to the list of fruits best eaten when on a diet because of the satisfaction it gives, even though it may be used in combination with other fruits and ingredients to help with gaining weight. To counteract any possibilities of it helping pack on the pounds we highly recommend eating this, as well as, almost all fruits on an empty stomach that way digestion takes place faster and you are able to benefit the most from the fruits can provide.

Check out this highly detailed article on mangoes if you would like to learn more about this fruit and it rich abundance of nutrients. You just can’t go wrong with this fruit.

 

 

8. Avocados

Avocados have been increasingly popular over the past few years and rightfully so…with just enough fats (the good kind), to keep your hunger pangs at bay, this fruit is certainly a must when it comes to maintaining  the course of your diet. However, as with most fruits and especially so fruits that supply fats (even though it is the good kind of fats), we recommend eating this fruit on an empty stomach as well, as it will provide the most benefit.

This fruit is loaded with plenty of nutrients and comes in many varieties that can each be appreciated for their unique flavors. Also, known as “alligator pears” mainly due to their shape and rough, bumpy skin, avocado have come to be a delight to many when added to soups, dips, and enjoyed much like butter on some toast. The creamy, smooth, and buttery texture of the flesh of the avocado makes it a great addition to a variety of cultural dishes that will leave your taste buds delightfully satisfied.

 

9. Pineapples

Pineapples are a wonderful, delicious, and refreshing fruit to include in one’s diet. They are great in smoothies, water and other beverages and can provide the body with plenty of nutrients. Whether you use them in yogurt, salads, or your morning smoothies, this fruit has many benefits from weight loss to helping with digestion. Just be sure to consume this fruit in moderation, especially if you are on medications to avoid any adverse effects.

 

 

10. Berries

There is an array of berries that can eaten when on a diet and they boast a considerable amount of antioxidants that are incredibly healing for the body. Unfortunately, there are berries that have earned a place on the dirty dozen list of fruits (for instance strawberries), but if you can grow them organically or purchase from a trusted farmer at your local farmers market, then that would be optimal.

These are great in smoothies, salads, milkshakes, and various other healthy dishes. With so many options to choose from (raspberries, strawberries, goji berries, blueberries, mulberries, etc.), you won’t get bored with the endless combinations you can come up with on a daily or weekly basis.

 




Conclusion

We hope these and more fruits will make their way into your dietary plans and become a part of your everyday eating to help boost your health in the right direction and provide you with much needed supply of nutrients. When it comes to food, let it be natural and organic and it will be your medicine and much more. If there are any fruits that you enjoy in your part of the world, that you would like to share, as highly beneficial for diets, be sure to include a comment in the comments section below, we would love to hear from you.

 

 

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Best Alkaline Water

Water is great for the body, but alkaline water is even better. We have sampled several brands and found the best alkaline water out there. It tastes pure and the way water was intended to taste. Keep on reading to find out more about our top pick when it comes to alkaline water.

 




 

What to Look for When It Comes to Alkaline Water

Alkaline water is water that has been purified and treated to adjust the pH to a higher pH. The high pH level make it a great addition to any diet, because helps keep the body alkaline; however, there are many other factors that play into maintaining the alkalinity in the body.

When it comes to alkaline water the pH range should be at least an 8, preferably a 9. The more alkaline or higher the pH is (i.e. greater than 7) the better.

Essentia water provides a great alkaline pH, at a pH of 9.5. It is also free of chlorine and fluoride and is neatly packaged in a BPA free bottle. The water packaged by Essentia is purified by reverse osmosis and adjusted for pH and electrolytes added.

 

Why Choose Alkaline Water Over Regular Water

Regular water is usually at a neutral pH and is typically at pH 7, unless, you have hard water, then the hard water ions can cause pH to vary and be on the lower end of the pH scale, below pH 7. So, as far as pH is concerned, anything below pH 7 is considered acidic and anything above pH 7 is considered basic or alkaline.

What are the Health Benefits of Alkaline Water

Keeping the body alkaline can help keep diseases and illness at bay, therefore staying hydrated with the help of alkaline water will help the body replenish itself with “healing” water and promote a more productive healing process in the body.

Drinking alkaline water can help elevate the pH of the body overall resulting in a healthier body that is less susceptible to disease that typically thrives in an acidic environment.

 




 

Do keep in mind that the pH of your body will determine how effective drinking alkaline water will be for each individual, in other words the more acidic your body, the less effective alkaline water will be and it will take an extended amount of time for you to reap the benefits of drinking alkaline water.

To reap the benefits of drinking alkaline water, it is best to drink it first thing in the morning on an empty stomach, as well as, late at night before going to bed so you help promote healing of the body and reduc acidic confitions that can deter the body from properly healing itself.

The ability of helping in the body’s healing process makes alkaline water also a prime choice when it comes to detoxing the body, as it helps to boost the body as it gets rid of toxic elements and tries to return itself to a healthy state.

The only disadvantage we found with  this and most alkaline water (and regular bottled water) is that it is packaged in plastic bottles. If you can find alkaline water packaged in glass or boxed then all the better….

 

 

 

Is Alkaline Water Really Worth It?

The answer is a bold yes and if you venture to try it, then do so for a month and you will notice great benefits. One of which is youthful, glowing healthy skin that is free of blemishes. Based on this alone, we definitely agree that alkaline water is really worth it.

Conclusion

There are so many brands out there that sell bottled alkaline water as it is trending and more than likely to continue trending. So, we hope you enjoyed reading our article. We know our top pick for bottled alkaline water is sure to please. So, be sure to let us know if you try Essentia Alkaline Water and what you think of it. If you have any other brands of alkaline water you would like to include with our post, be sure to leave a comment in the comments section below.

 

 

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How to Lead A Healthy Life

We are all getting older everyday, some of us though are aging at a rapid rate, more so than others. We are using and abusing our bodies and expecting everything to work itself out within our self. Some of us however, have come to the realization at some point in our lives that our wealth is our greatest asset. Whether you realized this at a young or old age, the fact still remains that you realized it and have more than likely chosen to do something about it. For those who are still working on treating their body as the temple that it is, here are some tidbits on how to lead a healthy life.

 

Know Yourself

If you don’t know yourself, then how will you know what is good for you? Remember, one man’s poison is another man’s medicine. So get to know yourself! Explore new activities, i.e. hobbies, games…step out of your comfort zone. Test your limits within a logical realm of things.

Finding out how your body responds to foods is one way of getting to know yourself. Testing to see what works for you energy wise  is one way to make note of how the foods you put into your body affect you.

One man’s poison is indeed another man’s medicine, because you what someone else claims to boost their energy levels may leave you feeling drained, groggy, or unaffected in any shape or form.

You have to get to know yourself inside and out. The foods you eat do show on the outside, in other words, your skin is a visual representation not only of what is going on inside your body, but also, of what is feeding your body…your cells…. So if you love eating cheeseburgers, but you know that they impact you in a negative way, i.e. bloat, indigestion, constipation, whatever have you, then you certainly need to cut them out, regardless of how good they taste.

Educate Yourself

There is so much information on eating healthy nowadays that it is highly likely that you have come across plenty of health-related articles written on foods you can eat and how you can prepare those foods. So, you should certainly take the time to do your research and find out what foods are considered healthy and will benefit you health-wise.

 




 

Not all healthy foods are created equally, so do opt for organic and natural foods as opposed to the alternatives and when choosing premade healthy meals, make sure that the ingredients used are to your liking and are healthy, organic ingredients. And that none of the ingredients used are of undesirable origin or part of your health journey’s excluded list of foods. Which leads us to our next suggestion – make a list of foods that are considered healthy and that you would like eating on a regular basis. And if you come across foods you are not familiar with, then make sure to look them up. Find out what the benefits are and make a choice.

 

Prepare Yourself

Yes, much like a marathon you have to prepare your body to get ready for the journey it is about to embark on. A healthy lifestyle is not an easy lifestyle to lead, especially with the price of food going up in general, not to mention the high costs of organic and other naturally grown foods. It can prove difficult, as well as, discouraging to venture down the path of healthy eating because one’s budget might not allow.

Budgets and high food prices aside; there is also the issue of taste. Yes, healthy foods can be tasty, but let’s be really a good percentage of the time the tasty of healthy foods takes getting used to and let’s just say there’s a transition period. So, it is best to get one’s self prepared and ready to accept the change.

The most effective way to prepare yourself to have a taste for healthy foods is to fast for at least 3 days. During these 3 days you can choose to drink water, but if you are a stickler for doing things as they should be done, then fast in the true sense of the word by refusing any food or drink. Please keep in mind if you have a healthy condition, then this is not advisable, without consulting your doctor. We know that fasting is not easy, but it certainly can be done.

In order to make your transition into those three days of fasting, you can start reducing your meals per day the week prior to your chosen days of fasting. For example, in the week prior to fasting, the first two days you should try going longer hours between eating your meals. Let’s say you eat 3 meals (if you eat more than 3 meals, then adjust accordingly and your may want to give your self a 2 week adjustment period before your 3 day fast), you can eat breakfast at 8a.m. then wait until 3p.m to eat lunch, and when dinner time rolls by around 6 or 7 pm you can eat lighter and you may even find that you are not even hungry. Basically, what you are doing is fasting intermittently all the while preparing your body to go completely without food for a longer period of time, in this case, three days. You can fast for more than 3 days if you choose, but three days seem to be plenty when it comes to adjusting taste buds, but if you find yourself craving your regular non-healthy food items, then you will need to fast for a longer time.

Fasting will prepare you and help you adjust to new flavors in the healthy foods you choose, as well as, remove cravings for unhealthy foods.

Clearing your pantry of unhealthy foods is also essential to making your healthy eating journey a successful one. This doesn’t mean throw out all your food if you have a pantry full of foods that are not healthy. You can simply give yourself time to either “A” eat what is decently healthy or “B” donate to a local food pantry…. It is up to you.





Restock your pantry over the course of 2 to 3 months and have a healthy array of foods that you know or have now discovered and like to eat. No need to rush out and get a bunch of “healthy foods” only to later find out you don’t like say kelp chips 2 months down the road with bags and bags of kelp chip snacks left to be eaten. Nor do you want to overspend in one setting for the sake of eating healthy. Stick to your budget and do take to time to explore and sample healthy foods that you may find appealing before taking the plunge and giving them room on your pantry shelf.

 

Find Time for Yourself

Finding time for yourself is becoming harder and harder everyday and with so many responsibilities and reasons to be distracted it is certainly no wonder that we often find ourselves running out of steam so to speak. So, do take the time to make yourself feel good and loved. You are a temple and temples that are treasured are well cared for…so take the time and adorn your temple and of course clear out some cobwebs while you’re at it.

What cobwebs? Well, emotional/spiritual clutter and even physical clutter are “cobwebs” that can obscure and hinder us. So clear them out. Don’ t let emotional baggage be your undoing. External factors that clutter our emotional, spiritual, and even physical state of being are just that external! But once we let those external factors become internal factors we find that they can be hard to get rid of and become a nasty cluster of “cobwebs” that keep us from being free and clear.

Meditation is a great way to let go of excess baggage and gives us mental clarity when approached the right way. Do keep in mind though that meditating can also bring about old repressed feelings/emotions that you must be willing and prepared to deal with in order to more forward in your healthy life journey.

 

Don’t Forget to Pray

From a Christian standpoint, prayer is everything. This is time you set aside to commune with the Father in an intimate way, i.e. getting to know God! If you are a Christian, then your day should always start with communing with God and you will see a vast improvement in how your day goes. Setting aside 30 minutes to an hour in the beginning of each day is doable, even if it means going to bed 1 to 2 hours earlier to make this possible.

Beginning your day with a prayer of thanksgiving and worship is the best way to start your day, followed by ten to fifteen minutes of reading your Bible (you can of course adjust this accordingly and do as the holy spirit leads you).

Throughout your day you should also make it a habit of praying, praising, and worshipping God and at the end of your day, prayer is just as important, as the beginning. This is when you can spend the most time communing with God and letting his presence in fill you. It is also during this time that you should take to the time to meditate on the word of God and or sit in silence after praying so you can hear God speak – this of course will take time to master if you are fairly new to Christianity or if you are not use to praying often.

Prayer alleviates the stresses of the day and provides an outlet what can become emotional baggage, i.e., the “cobwebs” in your temple. So, get in the habit of praying fervently and watch God move mightily in your life.




 

Sleep is Important!

Some may beg to differ, but in our book sleep is important and we will shout it from the rooftops, because we care! So, you might just be one of those people who can live off of 4 hours of sleep and be the most energic workhorse ever, but not a lot of people can do that, at least not without the aid of caffeine. In steps, the need for those 8 plus hours of sleep. For some 8 hours is just the bare minimum, while for others is just the perfect amount of rest. Well, now this is where knowing yourself comes into play. If you have gotten to know your body and how you react to foods, then you have more than likely chartered into this territory as well – how food affects you sleep and the need for more sleep.

Have you ever noticed that certain foods make you sleep longer? Or that after eating certain foods you feel a deep sleep coming on? Well, discussions of tryptophan aside, the way your body reacts to the foods you eat and their composition will often times determine how bright and bushy-tailed you are throughout the day and even the next day (especially if you eat dinner late). And just in case you may not already know, Tryptophan is the chemical present in certain foods that when present in high amounts often induces the need for sleep after eating such foods (think turkey chicken, nuts…).

Getting enough sleep will help counteract the dip in energy caused by some foods, and can help take you through the day without the need for a nap.

Sleep is most essential because it is a time of rest for the body and enables great healing. The process of healing is what keeps the body healthy and able to function like a well tuned machine. Without the proper amount of rest, healing can’t take place or at least not enough healing takes place and over time that gets compounded resulting in a weakened and even a sick body.

Find out what amount of sleep gets you feeling well rested and energized enough to take on the day and make it happen as often as you can. For some, the magical number is 6 hours and for others it may be twice as much, at a whopping 12 hours. No matter your required sleep amount, you will find that as you go deeper into your healthy eating journey, you may have a new number when it comes to required rest time. That number is most likely to level out over time, as your body becomes fully acclimated to healthy foods and the benefits they bring, but you will find that your sleep is more restful and your body will feel renewed. You may even notice any existing or chronic ailments have subsided or completely disappeared.

Sleep equals healing, so make it a top priority to get your healing rest. Be sure to check out this article on sleep.

 

Eat Well and Eat to Be Well

Eating well is essential to leading a healthy lifestyle. Take the time and prepare as healthy a meal as you can and do so as often as you can by setting time aside to meal prep for the week. In order to eat well and eat to be well, you have to make choices that may involve sacrificing time spent doing other things such as Instagram, Facebook, or perusing YouTube. Or you may have to sacrifice and indulgence or two whether it your favorite cup of latte or your favorite flavor of ice cream. This is not to say you shouldn’t give yourself an off day or have treats every now and then…we are simply saying regular indulgences that do not benefit your health or contribute to you eating healthy and being well should be reduced to a bare minimum.

Eat well almost always results in being well, so watch what you eat and drink plenty of water.

 

 

 

Water! Water!

Help your body out and keep it hydrated and there is nothing better to do this with than Water! Water, is a must when it comes to living a healthy life and there is absolutely no substitute! Check out this article for reasons why you should be getting your fair share of water and then some.

Water is powerful and life sustaining. Did you know you could survive days without food, but only 7 days without water? Of course, this number could be less based on the person. If you are already depleted of water or dehydrated, you would have a hard time surviving beyond 3 days without any source of water. This is because our body is overall comprised of 60 to 70 percent liquid and you guessed it, water is the primary source.

So, make it a priority to stay hydrated, even if it means putting in a reminder on your smartphone, tablet, or watch…and even, your calendar. Water is a must!

There are variety of ways to enjoy water and encourage yourself to drink water so no excuses! Limes, Lemons, a drop or two of Calamansi juice and or tamarind juice are just a few ways to add some flavor to your water, not to mention watermelon or cucumber juices…you have a myriad of options.

Get your water through the fruits and veggies you eat as well – watermelon is one such fruit chuck full of water and amazingly hydrating and so are cucumbers, zucchinis, cantaloupes, coconuts to name a few.

As far as veggies and greens are concerned celery, cabbage, leafy greens like lettuce and spinach are fantastic sources when it comes to obtaining a good daily intake of water.

 

 

Conclusion

Leading a healthy life or lifestyle is certainly something that can be done and when armed with the right knowledge base, it becomes even easier to do. Don’t be too hard on yourself if takes a few tries to get it right, all that matters is to taking the steps to a better and healthier life.

 

Note

Now that you know our tips on how to lead a healthy life, do take the time to share you tips as well or you can certainly leave a comment and let us know if there’s anything we may have left out and do feel free to subscribe to our email list (it’s free) and our youtube channel coming soon. And by the way if you liked reading our article(s) chances are your friends and family might enjoy reading it as well, so be sure to share, like, pin it, link it, and give us a shout out on facebook and don’t be shy to let us know you did, we will certainly check it out. 

 

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Engaging Your Kids When it Comes to Eating Healthy Foods

When it comes to eating healthy, it is highly important for kids especially since they are still growing. As parents we all know it can be difficult to get our children to eat healthy especially if we are dealing with picky eaters. So, here are a few tips to help even the pickiest of eaters and that can help with engaging your kids when it comes to eating healthy foods.

 

Introducing Your Kids to A World of Healthy Eating

Try getting your kids into gardening at an early age, especially if you like tending to a garden. It is not only a great pastime,  it is also fun and adds to quality time spent together. Plus you get a good workout while you are at it.

For little kids, cutting  fruits and veggies into fun shapes can make for a smoother transition to healthier snacks or substitutions. It sparks their curiosity and makes healthy eating less of a battle.

Plus you can enlist their help by handing them the butter knife, yes, I said butter knife (a flat, rounded knife with no sharp edge) . It may not be proper etiquette,  but for safety reasons it certain will do the trick (believe me, its personally tried and true and prevents accidents). We have tried my butter knife method to cut many fruits and some vegetables and it works just fine even with apples; however,  I would recommend limiting its use to just soft fruits.


Cookie cutters also make for a good,  quick way to safely cut fruits into fun shapes and make for healthy fast food.

Dinner knives like this with a thin serrated edge also work as well.  Also, it helps your kids feel good about themselves when they can help mommy or daddy cut up those fruits for their fruit salad or snack time.

 

 

You can also add vegetables your kids favorite meals,  spaghetti is a great one for incorporating fresh veggies whether you choose to dice them up into tiny pieces or simply puree a variety of veggies and add it into the spaghetti sauce (half a cup to a cup of mixed veggies usually makes for a tasty addition to plain spaghetti sauce or even one already packed with veggies).

 

To Dip or Not to Dip

Adding tasty (and healthy) dips can also make healthy foods fun for kids.

Next time, try a little bit of plain yogurt with a bit of agave syrup and or honey as a slightly sweetened dip for some fruits (apples,  melons, pineapples, cantaloupes,  pears, are just a few) and even vegetables (think carrots). This dip goes very well with these and will encourage your kids, especially the wee little ones to finish their fruits and veggies. Just be sure to not make it sugary as that will take over the taste and take away from the healthiness of eating fruits and veggies.

You can also switch things a bit and add a small amount of caramel for an added treat every now and then.

Fruit preserves or a simple blend of fruits are a great addition for creamy dips and yogurt blends and help make healthy snacks more appealing.

 




Tips for Making Healthy Snacking Work 

Take it slow when introducing new fruits especially when it comes to exotic fruits not just for the sake of allergies, but to give them time to get used to the taste. You can add a couple of pieces along with their favorite fruits or vegetables and see whether they notice.

If they don’t notice,  you can always make it into a game of what does it taste like and guess that  new vegetable (or fruit).

 

Wrapping It Up

Hope you find these toys and tricks helpful in engaging your kids when it comes to eating healthy foods. If you find this article helpful,  don’t forget to like and share on Facebook and other social media outlets. If you have other tips or tricks you would like to share or have us add to our article, please do take the time to post them in the comments section below we would appreciate it.

 

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Cures Everything Except Death | Healing Foods

There are a plethora of foods that are considered healing foods as long as you do your research you will come across a variety of foods that you can eat to help heal your body. The healing food I am about to discuss is quite a phenomenon, it has been known to help cleanse the body, heal arthritic pain, help the body detoxify, among other great properties. Healing Foods overall are a great addition to anyone’s diet and this is no exception it has been stated to cure everything except death – now that is a statement of the century in my book. Whether the statement is true it is up to the individual to decide.

 




 

Disclaimer: As with all claims whether it be natural foods or medicines that are synthetically made, please remember to do your research. Do your diligence to make sure what you put in your body is healthy for you. Also, always consult with your physician before undergoing any new regiments that can impact your health.

Make sure that you are introducing this product gradually and not in a manner that may cause any harm or possible reactions that are unfavorable. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, do consult with your doctor before using this product. Also, make sure if you are using any medications to consult with your doctor and confirm that there will be no interactions with your medication.

Cures Everything Except Death

This eye raising statement can definitely raise some doubts in the minds of many people. Now at this point you may be wondering what exactly is this healing food that can cure everything except death. So, without further adieu, this awesome, wonderful healing food is (drum roll please…) Black Cumin Seed Oil. This oil is also known as black onion seed oil.

 

Black cumin seeds

 

If you have ever heard of Kalonji (used in Indian flat breads such as Naan) or black caraway seeds, then you more than likely are familiar with black cumin without realizing it.

This oil has been around many of years and has been used for a variety of therapeutic and healing properties. From cooking and making flat breads such as naan to topical skin care applications, this oil is a super versatile oil to have and use on a regular basis.

It has properties that prove to be highly beneficial (in more ways than one) to almost anyone. Such properties include anti-inflammatory properties, as well as, antioxidant properties.

 

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All the Benefits of this Oil

Black Cumin Seed Oil, is a superb supplement to add to your daily supplements. It has been touted to help ease and in some cases heal arthritic joint pain, especially when used topically. This is all due to its aforementioned anti-inflammatory properties.

Thymoquinone is the chemical compound that is responsible for black seed oil’s anti-inflammatory, as well as, antioxidant properties.

Studies have shown that this compound can help kill cancer cells by activating cell death or apoptosis. however these studies are limited to just cellular levels of testing as opposed to human clinical trials. But there is an abundance of testimonies as to the health benefits of this oil.

 




The Many Ways to Use This Oil

Arthritic joint care, pain relief, skin care, digestive problems, headaches, allergic reactions, issues with blood pressure, and immune system boosting properties /ability to help fight off illnesses, as well as, heal infections These are just a few of the health benefits that this oil can provide.

Other health benefits include, but are not limited to reduction of inflammation, treatment of disease such as diabetes, cancer, and heart disease are some of the major ways in which this oil can prove to be helpful.

It’s anti-inflammatory properties make it a great topical application to use in any cases where you may find inflammation, whether joint related or a tumor found in or on the body.

This oil is best taken as a liquid although it not does not have a highly palatable taste. If you find the taste highly intolerable, then the next best option you have is to take it in capsules. Do keep in mind though that this form (encapsulated form) has been reported to be less effective….

This oil has many benefits for the skin and is highly useful in treating skin problems such as acne and even allergic reactions and skin sensitivities like eczema.

 

 

Conclusion

Although there are many health benefits to using black cumin seed oil, one should always exercise caution when trying something new.

If taking this oil, do make sure that you are taking the daily recommended dosage once you have undergone a slow introduction to your system.

If you have tried many avenues for pain or inflammation relief, or even ways of relieving allergic or skin sensitivity issues such as eczema or even psoriasis, then by all means, do consider giving black seed oil a try. It may prove to be highly versatile and can provide you with many uses that will prove to be very beneficial to you in the long run.

Click here if you would like to try black seed oil.

Let’s get a discussion going, let me know your experiences with black cumin seed oil whether good or bad.

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Teas You Can Drink without Adding Sugar

If you are like me and are trying to cut down on sugar, but you love having your morning cup of tea, here are some teas that you can enjoy without having to use any sugar or very little if you so choose. These teas also pair very well with honey, as a sugar substitute, and are what I consider to be some of the best teas you can drink without adding sugar.

 

 

 

 

  1. Rooibos Tea – caffeine-free tea that has many health benefits from relieving headaches, to allergy relief, and with the added bonus of antioxidants. Red Rooibos Tea is a fermented herbal tea that is great for bone health, preventing premature aging, insomnia, headaches, allergies, asthma, and helps boost your body’s immune system, among other benefits. It contains a variety of minerals like calcium, zinc, copper, iron, manganese, and potassium among many others.

  2. Lemon Tea – not only do you get the added bonus of a boost in vitamin C, but this tea helps strengthen your immune system, clear out your sinuses, and also helps in soothing any problems with the throat. This tea is also great for detoxifying the body and cleansing out the system in a gentle, but effective manner. It is an absolutely refreshing tea and is great for relaxing and energizing the body. It in itself can be used as a substitute for sugar in other teas that are less palatable or require a great deal of sugar. By adding this to your other teas you can also increase the effectiveness and benefits absorbed from your tea. A big plus is that lemon tea contains ascorbic acid which is a great antioxidant and citric acid which can be beneficial when it comes to digestion. If taking medications or if you have high blood pressure it is best to consult with your physician before undertaking a regular regimen of drinking lemon tea.

  3. Ginger Tea – besides being a belly fat burner, this incredible rhizome (rootstalk) is highly beneficial in many aspects, one of which is its use as a tea. As a tea, it provides various benefits, such as reducing any congestion and opening up nasal passageways. It is a fantastic tea to drink on a regular basis, especially for sinus sufferers as it helps clear out any congestion and can be highly beneficial in preventing further congestion. It is high in magnesium and other minerals. And can be a fantastic remedy that helps boost the immune system thereby helping to ward off colds, the flu and the occasional cough.  It can also promote digestive health, as well as, respiratory health. Other benefits include but are not limited to an increase in weight loss by blocking fat absorption from food, breaking down fat, and preventing storage of new fat, therefore, helping keep a slimmer figure. Ginger tea has also been shown to improve  brain function, help with reducing nausea and vomiting, and relieve muscle pain and joint pain due to its anti-inflammatory properties. Do consult with your physician if using or taking any medications as Ginger is known to thin the blood.

  4. Turmeric Tea – yellow or white, (although yellow turmeric may be easier to find) but of all the teas listed, turmeric tea may be a bit too strong and more so on the bitter side of things, however, I find that in due time, the taste is highly palatable with very little honey or sugar, but preferably honey. Great for relieving inflammation and pain and highly beneficial for those suffering from rheumatoid arthritis. This rhizome also has immune boosting abilities and has been shown to help the immune system fight against cancer cells. It contains  antioxidants and has been shown to have antiviral, as well as, antibacterial properties. As with ginger tea, please consult your physician when taking other medications before implementing its use on a regular basis.

  5. Chamomile Tea – this tea is great for use when it comes to bedtime; however, it is one of those light teas that has a very pleasant taste and with very little need for any sugar. Not only is it a great sleep aid, but it also aids in digestion. It is a wonderful tea useful in lowering the possibility of heart disease and a variety of other diseases, such as, cancer. Other benefits include strengthening the immune system, soothing a sore throat, clearing nasal passageways, and reducing stress.

  6. Rosemary Tea – This is a wonderful tea that helps detoxify the body and it helps the body fend off bacterial infections. It is also highly beneficial in improving blood circulation. It is chock-full of nutrients and lots of antioxidants. With its pleasant smell and taste, it is of no surprise that it requires little to no added sugar. Rosemary tea is great for memory and may delay early onset of Alzheimer’s disease, as well as, dementia. It is also an anti-inflammatory tea and can be used to treat chronic inflammation of the joints. This tea is an emmenagogue, meaning that it can stimulate and blood flow when it comes to menstruation. Also, if you are trying to get pregnant or are pregnant, please do not drink this tea as it can cause problems with pregnancy and can possibly cause fetus to be aborted. Consult with your doctor if taking any medications  to ensure that rosemary tea does not interact with them in a negative way.

  7. Hibiscus Tea – this tea is great for reducing inflammation, treating liver diseases, and boosting the immune system. It has also been shown to reduce blood pressure. Hibiscus Tea helps prevent heart disease by lowering bad cholesterol.  This is a beneficial tea for Type II Diabetics as it has been shown to help regulate blood sugar levels.

  8. White Tea – contains high levels of antioxidants and is highly beneficial in reducing the risk of heart disease and cancer. It is also great for reducing the signs of aging.There are many benefits of this tea and its smooth and light taste make it a fantastic option when it comes to tea time with very little need for sugar.

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Coffee, Is It or Isn’t it Good for You

 

There has been plenty of debate about this -coffee is thought to be good for you and there are those who think that it is bad for you. We all know that too much of anything can be bad for you no matter how good it is. So when it comes to coffee, is it or isn’t it good for you? Well, for now the answer is YES, coffee is good for you!! And it can even increase your chances of living a long life – now this is fantastic news for coffee drinkers the world over!

According to a study published by JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association), coffee can help improve longevity.

Researchers studied over half a million people in the United Kingdom and determined that coffee was indeed good for your health and not as bad as originally thought. There was a varying range in the number of cups drank per day for the individuals that were involved in the studies. Some drank as much as, 8 or more cups of coffee per day and others drank, as little as, a cup or less.

The research conducted concluded that those who drank two to three cups per day had a 12% chance of lowering the risk of death compared to those who didn’t drink any coffee (Erikka Loft field, a research fellow at the National Cancer Institute). And a big plus is that it did not matter whether the coffee was decaffeinated or caffeinated, brewed or instant – either way the benefit was still there – increased longevity.

Antioxidants Present in Coffee

Coffee is rich in antioxidants and there are various antioxidants present in coffee. These antioxidants can help with losing weight preventing diabetes and some forms of cancer. Benefits of eating foods that are high in antioxidants is that these antioxidants help get rid of free radicals in the body.

For those who do not know, free radicals are responsible for creating diseases and causing damages to various parts of the body. The antioxidants present in beverages such as coffee help the body rid itself of free radicals by flushing it out of the bloodstream naturally.

Though there are negative thoughts and beliefs based on past studies conducted in relation to coffee and its impact on health, the benefits that the high levels of antioxidants found in coffee provide may prove it worth it.

Cafestol, is one of those antioxidants found in coffee. It moderates the acid in the intestine and helps in preventing inflammation in the brain.

Trigonelline is another antioxidant found in coffee, it degrades when the coffee is roasted into vitamin B3 otherwise known as niacin or nicotinic acid. This antioxidant helps prevent dental cavities and has proven to be at antibacterial compound.

Chlorogenic acid is abundant in roasted coffee as well as green coffee, it is a compound that is both antibacterial and anti-inflammatory and it’s highly beneficial to the body and helps to maintain it in a healthy state.

 

 

Antioxidants in the form of phenols also found in coffee are highly beneficial in neutralizing free radicals and removing the negative impacts caused by oxidative stress.

These are just a few of the antioxidants present in coffee and their various benefits. With so many antioxidant benefits, coffee is definitely not something to shy away from, but to use in moderation.

 

 

Still Wondering, Is that Cup of Java Really Worth It?

There’s nothing like a hot cup of coffee to help wake you up in the morning. For some, coffee is even a reason to get up in the morning and go to work. Whatever your reason; drinking coffee in moderation can prove highly beneficial. And if you want your morning cup of coffee to be even more so beneficial, be sure to buy organic coffee beans and grind them up yourself right before you make that cup. This provides you with all the natural and beneficial oils  that the coffee beans will release  once grounded. Also, grinding your own coffee beans provides you the satisfaction of knowing what is going into your cup. That is because pre-ground and instant coffee can sometimes contain filler ingredients that you may not want in your cup of coffee. Therefore, diminishing the quality, as well as, benefits that you get from your coffee.

When used appropriately, coffee can be very good for your system, it not only acts as a laxative, but it can also act as an energizer for your mind and body (albeit temporarily).


There are great benefits to drinking coffee. The biggest one being that it is an excellent source of antioxidants which aids your body in fending off disease.

The study published showed that non-coffee drinkers had shorter life spans in comparison to those who drank one and even up to eight cups of coffee a day.

Other Studies have shown that drinking coffee is great for improving moods and also reduces the risks for various diseases such as colon cancer and type 2 diabetes.

 

As with everything, moderation is the key. So with that in mind, take heed when it comes to excessive indulgence in regards to coffee drinking.  Worst case scenario, over-indulging in coffee can send someone to the hospital. So keep in mind that you are ingesting a stimulant due to the caffeine present in your coffee (unless you are drinking decaffeinated coffee which has very small amounts of caffeine). And do take heed to warnings signs from your body in response to too much caffeine.  Such signals can be a crazy array of symptoms like headaches, heart palpitations, muscle spasms, and the jitters.

I think when it comes to this you have to use your own personal judgment and if coffee is not good for your body and causes any health issues, then by all means, stay away from it. However, if you have no problems with coffee, then most certainly continue drinking it, but do so in moderation.

For all sinus sufferers out there, be sure to pace yourself when it comes to coffee as this can aggravate sinuses. However, if you are not suffering from sinusitis or any sinus issues, then there is no need to worry about enjoying that morning cup of java. After all, there is just something undeniably comforting about having a hot cup of coffee in the morning, especially for those who are always on the go.




Dealing with the Naysayers

So, there is no longer any need to shy away from your daily coffee fix, but I’m sure you won’t be hard-pressed to find those who beg to differ. Since a cup of coffee a day has been shown to increase your longevity, coffee lovers can now make a strong argument against those who may voice their disdain for coffee drinking. As long as you’re enjoying a cup of coffee with as little sugar as possible and little to no creamer, coffee can be highly beneficial and is quite okay to drink on a regular basis.

 

Summing It Up

This study has help to shed some light on the benefits of drinking coffee, but let’s be realistic, other factors come into play, like lifestyle choices in food, exercise, etc. Not to mention, external factors such as stress and other environmental factors. So if you enjoy that morning cup of brew go ahead and drink up! But do remember to do so responsibly that means no packing on the creamer or the sugar and drink in moderation!!!

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Joining a Healthy Living Program

So, if you are someone who likes a more hands-on approach when comes to living a healthy lifestyle, then you may want to consider joining a healthy living program. This is a program that helps you keep track of eating healthy and staying physically active.

There are various programs available out there some of them may come at a nominal cost where as others may be on the expensive side of things; however, these programs can prove highly beneficial in helping you stay healthy in the long run.

 

Coupled along with various healthy living blogs and websites, achieving a healthy weight and or healthy lifestyle is very attainable. Whether you decide to enlist the help of a healthy living program is really up to you. However, if you find yourself on what seems to be roller coaster ride when it comes to leading a healthy lifestyle,  I have compiled various positive reasons for considering or joining a healthy living program. And I have included how it can benefit you in making a healthy lifestyle an everyday routine.

 

The following are great options when looking for a Healthy Living  Program:

    1. Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program, this is a program designed by experts and one that provides you with a Clinic Certified Wellness Coach that will direct you throughout the program. They have a facility dedicated to providing you with personalized and customizable experience.
    2. Real Living Nutrition Services, this is a program created with a series of check and balance systems put in place to help you continue on with a healthy lifestyle. They provide you with E-coaching /online sessions as a means of maintenance and support when you need it. Coupled with help when it comes to meal planning, you just can’t go wrong.



 

  1. YMCA, the Y has various health programs to help you attain a healthy lifestyle not just through fitness,  but by taking a holistic approach when it comes to Wellness. I have several programs for various ages and health background, such as their Diabetes Prevention Program, their Livestrong Program for cancer survivor patients, and they even have programs, such as 5210 Y Healthy Hero Program,  made specifically for children to help your child learn healthy habits and stay active.

If it is just not possible to include a Healthy Living Program in your budget, option #3 might serve you best or other options such as an exercise or workout app that provide directions, along with an animated instructor to provide a visual demonstraton, coupled with a diet tracking and healthy recipes app might just prove to be helpful enough.

 

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Music as Therapy and Much More




Music soothes the soul and is proving to be much more. It is highly therapeutic and can be highly beneficial to the brain development of fetuses as they grow in their mother’s womb. It is even helpful in the brain development (improvement of mental capacity and capabilities) of newborns, toddlers, and young children up to the age of 5. We as human beings have come to learn the use of music as therapy and much more.

Which Type of Music is More Beneficial and How

With classical music and instrumentals being the most beneficial, findings have been published that support the therapeutic capabilities of music. Various studies such as this have shown that classical music lowers blood pressure and heart rate. And to go a step further, another study produced findings that when coupled with antihypertensive drugs, music proved beneficial for those suffering from hypertension. It works in harmony with antihypertensive medications helping these drugs to perform more efficiently in reducing the symptoms affecting those with high blood pressure or hypertension.

 

 

Music is also helpful to those with heart conditions, by helping the heart and blood vessels perform efficiently. Such music (Classical and instrumental music) work by calming the nervous system and helping stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system which is responsible for reducing blood pressure and slowing down heart rate.

 

Closing

Music is a great part of life that we must take time to enjoy and even use therapeutically for the betterment of our health. It has such a powerful effect on the mind, body, soul, and spirit that it should not be easily disregarded. Music can uplift and brighten your day, so definitely take the time to make use of it wisely (i.e. while taking a long soak in the tub, relaxing at home, while taking a walk, while exercising at the gym, etc.) and you will be able to reap its wonderful benefits.

 

 





 

 

 

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Why is Exercise Essential and how to Ease into Exercising

 

Nothing beats a good workout when it comes to invigorating the body and giving it that extra oomph or get up and go kind of energy we all crave and sometimes fall short of. There is no doubt, that the body is a well-structured vessel that needs to be put to work because when we switch to a sedentary lifestyle, we often witness the discord it creates in our bodies. So why is exercise essential?

Exercise is not only great for maintaining our bodies in good shape, but it is also great for sharpening the mind as well. Just try it! You can start by easing into it. A week of consistent exercise will often get you feeling so invigorated that you will wonder how you ever got on without it.

Many Ways to Exercise Your Body without Equipment

Often when the word exercise pops up, we think of gyms and workout equipments, but that is not necessarily what we need on a day to day basis to qualify as exercise. Various acts around the house and outside can help us maintain our bodies in a well conditioned state. I’m sure you have noticed how vacuuming the entire house can sometimes result in you working up a sweat. And it doesn’t just end there, the variety of stretches that are involved in cleaning around the house can leave you feeling like you have put in some exercise time. In a sense what I am trying to say is that our body is happier when it is in motion and able to move about in a variety of ways whether it is through natural movements (i.e. stretching, walking – any form of exercise without the use of equipments or via mechanical means (use of workout equipments). I am more so a fan of the former than the latter; I prefer a stroll or jog, with the occasional bike rides, as opposed to gym or stationary workout equipments.




There are so many fun and easy ways to exercise or move your body, that it truly can be done on a daily basis and every bit counts – all things considered, it is a plausible venture. The best way to approach this is to look at it as if you are trying to develop a good habit. Good habits are totally worth it, but do take time to develop, so set your mind to it that you will be in it for the long run (pun intended) and remind yourself that even baby steps count, so keep it moving!

Here are some of the many ways you can incorporate exercise into your daily schedule a little bit at a time:

> Do a 5-minute stretch 30 minutes after waking up (to give your body time to adjust and get things flowing/more fluid). You can build on from there up to about 15 minutes.

> Take a 5-minute walk around your building at work during lunchtime (preferably, a 10-minute walk if time permits).

> If applicable, take the stairs instead of elevator, especially during lunch or at the end of the day.

> Take time to move about every 2-3 hours if your job involves a lot of sitting (every hour if possible, as long as productivity is not affected) – take about 5 minutes or so to stretch at your desk or walk around (use your foreknowledge of your workplace environment and immediate surroundings, as to not cause any distractions or issues with coworkers).

> Choose 1 or 2 days out of the week and park far away from the entrance to your building and do some walking.

> Do lunges when you vacuum and stretch your upper body as much as you can as you reach to move the vacuum around – the same can be done when sweeping or clean and dusting.

> Dancing to your favorite music is a fun and easy way to get in some exercise with the added bonus of relaxing your mind and releasing stress even faster. Plus it can be incorporated into doing chores around the house, like vacuuming. If you would like a more focused approach to dancing as a form of exercise, then there is always Zumba!





 

Exercising with an Equipment

When it comes to working out with an equipment, the choices are endless. There are basic, complex, and equipments that fall somewhere in between the aforementioned. Starting off with the basics, here is a list of equipments and or tools that when used correctly can give you a great workout and in some cases, a total body workout.

 

 

1. Punching Bag – an awesome way to get a total body cardio workout, punching bags are definitely an old, but good way of getting a great full-body workout, especially if you incorporate all the right moves (whether at home or at the gym).

 

 

2. Stability Ball / Swiss Ball / Yoga Ball – whichever name you choose, these balls are tools you can use for building core strength, but can also be used to work the upper and lower body.

 

 

3. Medicine Ball – these are weighted balls used in strength training and are commonly used in sports medicine, but can be a beneficial addition to anyone’s personal workout plans.

4. Step Platform or a set of stairs – find a set of stairs at in your neighborhood or if you live in a two-story home, then make use of those stairs. Using the stairs at home (six or more times a day) can help improve heart rate.

 

 

5. Jump Rope – this is a super cheap way of getting a great cardio workout and can be very beneficial to improving your cardiovascular system (your heart and blood vessels [arteries, and veins]). It is also beneficial for working out the lower body (i.e. toning up your legs).

 

 

Other tools and equipments that can be used for working out includes the pull-up bar, kettle bell, great quality dumbbells, resistance bands, Bosu Balls, and even a chair, which is a great for a total body workout – from stretching to light or low intensity aerobics.

 

Gym and At Home Gym Equipments

Among the myriad of equipments built for working out, there is always good ‘ole faithful – the treadmill. But if your want to venture beyond this, then the following might just be for you.

1. Elliptical – great for low intensity workouts; the gliding motion is easier on the body, and can prove a worthy venture for those who suffer from back pain.

 

 

2. Air Bike – great for HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training), this bike gets your legs and arms moving for a full body workout. It uses wind resistance to moderate your workout intensity, in other words, the harder you pedal the more resistance you get from the fan. Great for low impact (easy on the body, especially your joints) workout, plus you have the added bonus of the built in fan to help circulate the air as you work out.

 

 

3. Rowing Machine – great for working out the lower body, but can also be used to work out your back, arms, core, and not just those legs muscles especially if used correctly.


4. Recumbent bike – a great equipment set apart from a regular exercise bike due to its reclined backrest with a bucket seat to boot. It can be a fantastic equipment for strengthening the lower body and improving cardiovascular system if used properly (moderate to high intensity is beneficial). The reclined position of this bike make it a great option for those with neck or any upper body issues that prevent or make it difficult for them to stay in an upright position.

 

 

5. Chest Press Machine – as the name implies, it is great for working out your chest primarily. Provides a great strengthening workout for the upper body with the added bonus of toning the shoulders and of course, arms.

 

6. Leg Press Machine – great piece of resistance equipment for toning up your legs with less likelihood of injury, as it ensures proper positioning of your back, as well as, legs during your workout sessions.

 

Easing into an Exercise Regimen

Follow the golden rule and start small and work your way up; after all, you don’t want to over exert yourself before you’ve even gotten started on your newfound chapter to building a healthier you through exercise. A good start would be 15 minutes every other day – 5 minutes of stretching before you begin and 10 minutes of a low intensity workout. But, be sure to listen to your body and adjust accordingly. Typically, around week 2, your body will be acclimated to your 15 minutes session of low intensity workout and you may then push forward by adjusting your time frame by 5 minute increments (up to 10 minute increments if you feel up to it). Do this for at least 2 months and you will be well on your way to building a habit of exercising, so much so, that you will be able to adjust your routine to include both low and moderate intensity workouts and move onward to even high intensity workouts within 4-6 months (12 at the most), that is if high intensity workout is your goal. Otherwise, stick with moderate intensity workouts and keep your body in motion with a regular, weekly exercise schedule. Just remember, you don’t have to stick to the same ‘ole routines, keep it interesting and switch it up every 2 weeks or so and create a series of exercise routines you know you enjoy.

 

Conclusion

If you have made the decision to include exercise in your health routine, rest assure there are plenty of options out there whether an exercise machine or a basic tool to help you meet your fitness goals. You are bound to find something that works for you! The choice is up to you on what you choose to do exercise wise, but there is no doubt that a sedentary lifestyle benefits no one and often times proves to be detrimental to one’s overall health. One of the major keys to improving and maintaining a good health is exercise; it is essential!! And we have plenty of opportunities and ways to exercise, as well as reasons.

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