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Dragon Fruit April 24, 2008

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I have been having this obsession over Dragon Fruit for a week now and I just am so enjoying every bit of it.

It is not too sweet, rather bland, I like the crunch of the little black seeds . It is so tasty when it is chilled.

There are two types of dragon fruit; one is white fleshed while the other is red.

Health Benefits of Dragon Fruit:

* Contains high fibre and Vitamin C

* Helps to control the glucose level in Type 2 Diabetes.

You guys should go give it a try!

Much Love<3

Sharon

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Food For Your Skin April 12, 2008

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The health of your skin stems from within. The role of beauty products is for maintenance of our skin’s conditions.
Just like for a healthy body we need to eat well, it goes the same for our skin.

1. Nourish your Skin with Fish

Fish such as Salmon and Tuna are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, which is classified as a type of essential fatty acid. It has been also found to reduce inflammation as well as soothe skin conditions such as psoriasis and also dry skin problems.

Omega 3 Fatty acids are not being synthesized by our body, hence we need to obtain in from our diet. One such diet that is high in Omega 3 Fatty acid component is The Mediterranean Diet which emphasizes on diet full of fish, seafood, whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables and also garlic which are rich in Omega-3 fatty acida.
Another component of Mediterranean diet which boost a high level of Omega-3 Fatty acid is in Olive oil. Just one tablespoonful of olive oil per week is sufficient to clear pores as it is packed with antioxidants.

Other than the above-mentioned foods, you might also consider supplementing your diet with fish oil which which you can also obtain a high amount of Omega-3 Fatty acids. On top of this, fish oil is also rich in Vitamin A. Deficiency in Vitamin A might create alot of skin problems such as being prone to pimples. Evening Primrose oil is also recommended as it not only helps to maintain skin elasticity, it also helps to burn fats.
Exercise also promotes production of collagen and help delay the aging process altogether.


2. Fill your plates with Greens

Green vegetables are packed with antioxidants which helps to reduce inflammation and neutralise cell-damaging agents. 5 to 6 servings of greens per day is the recommendation. You should also include orange vegetables and fruits in your diet as they are high in beta-carotene which will be converted to Vitamin A in the body and help repairs damaged cells. It aids in the repairing process of conditions such as rough and irregular patches on the skin in cases of acne.
Some examples of such fruit and vegetables are carrot, pumpkin, peaches and apricot.
To prevent yourself from indulging in unhealthy snacks during the day at work or when out with friends, you may cut some healthy snacks such as cucumber , carrot and peppers and bag them as snacks.

3. Think Zinc

This is a very important mineral to healthy skin. It can alleviate conditions such as acne, dermatitis and eczema.
Zinc is present in wide array of foods, especially protein which are contained more in meat produce. As for vegetarians, you may also obtain zinc from dairy products, soy, lentils, nuts, seeds and wholegrain cereals. It is better to obtain your daily dose of Zinc from food to prevent an overdose. An overdose of Zinc might pose health problems such as anaemia, weakened immune functions and heart problems.

4. Chomp your hazelnuts, walnuts, pistachio and almonds

Nuts contains vitamins that gives you good skin as well as help to lower your ‘LDL cholesterol and raise the good ‘HDL’ Cholesterol which promotes a healthy heart.
Nuts are basically rich in fibre, potassium, folate, calcium and phytonutrients as well. Consume nuts which are unsalted and unsweetened to prevent loading up on unnecessary calories since nuts are high in fat. Examples of such healthy nuts are almonds, pistachio (which enhances energy and promotes normal appetite), Macadamia nuts (which is high in fibre and aid movements along digestive tract), Hazelnuts (Rich in Vitamin E which contributes to red blood cell formation and also a good source of Thiamine to enhance energy levels), Pine Nuts (which is a form of seeds, they are higher in monosaturated fat swhile being packed with Vitamins A,C and D).

5. Don’t forget your 2 F’s (Fluid & Fibre)

Our body cell comprises of 70% water which is constantly depleted and hence needs to be replenished throughout the day.
People often misinterpret the condition of puffiness. It is often believed that if we get skin puffiness, our cells are full of water, in fact it is otherwise.
When our cells are lack of water which is essential, our cells tend to retain water as a response to deficiency in fluid. This results in puffiness and unhealthy looking skin.
Alot of us feels mistakes thirst for hunger, the next time you feel the urge of bingeing on that snack, try gulping down a glass of water and you will probably discover that you could easily refuse that snack you were about to pick up.
Consuming sufficient fibre prevents constipation and also aid waste excretion, this prevents toxins from building up in our body.

6. Get a daily dose of exercise

Exercise encourages your heart to pump oxygen into your bloodstream. Perspiring helps to rid toxins out of your body. Exercise also helps one to deal with stress effectively so as to prevent frowns and a tired complexion from showing up on your face which might ultimately lead to wrinkles. You may choose from a range of workouts such as yoga, running, swimming, spinning, boxing and pilates.

 

Top 5 Best and Healthiest food April 11, 2008

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Load your body with nutrients packed food and feel your body going longer distance with you.

1. Salmon They are a good source of Proteins and Omega -3 Fatty acids which helps lower LDL Cholesterol and increase the HDL Cholesterol levels. Cholesterol cannot dissolve in blood. They are transported via lipoproteins which are namely Light Density Lipoproteins (LDL) and High Density Lipoproteins (HDL). LDL are considered the “bad”. With too much of it circulating in the blood, it will slowly build up on the inner walls of arteries leading to the brain and heart. Together with other substances, it will form plague which is a thick and hard deposit causing arteries to be narrowed, decreasing its flexibility. This condition is known as artherosclerosis, if a clot is form heart attack or stroke may result. HDL are the “good” cholesterol, it tends to carry cholesterol away from the arteries and back to the liver, where it is excreted from the body, thus slowing the build up of plague, preventing the formation of clot and hence a heart condition. There, it is important to consume foods that helps lower the bad LDL cholesterol and increase the good HDL cholesterol to have a healthy heart.

2. Soy They contain a high quantity of proteins which comprise of essential amino acids. They are dense in calcium, Iron, zinc, Phosphorus, magnesium, Vitamin B, Omega 3 fatty acid and fibre. They are also packed with isoflavones, which studies have shown can help decrease risk of heart diseases. Isoflavones have shown through research to aid in the decrease of LDL and helps soothe menopausal conditions. Calcium in soy helps to strengthen bones structure to prevent bone loss as we age.

3. Greens They are packed with Vitamins A & C, iron, Calcium, phytonutrients, fibre, low in calories and are mainly filling for the stomach. Examples of greens are namely: Spinach, Kale, collard green, Bok Choy, Broccoli, asparagus, green beans, etc. Phytonutrients are a natural substance found in foods of plant origin, which play a potentially beneficial role in the prevention and treatment of disease. The best known phytonutrients are carotenoids, flavonoids and isoflavones. Carotenoids include yellow, orange, and red pigment in fruits and vegetables. Dark, green, leafy vegetables are rich in the carotenoid, beta- carotene but the usual yellow color is masked by the chloraphyll the green pigment in the vegetables. Flavonoids are reddish pigments, found in red grape skins and citrus fruits, and isoflavones can be found in peanuts, lentils and soy.

4. Berries Little known that these small little fruits are full of Vitamin C, folate, fubre and phytonutrients. They also contain antioxidant which can help fight free radicals and are known to be a disease – fighting food. For instance, cranberries and blueberries helps fight painful bladder infections.

5. Whole Grains A grain is considered whole when all three parts – bran, germ and endosperm – are present. Some examples of such are wild rice, brown rice, quinoa, barley to name a few. They are packed with Vitamin B and E, Magnesium, Iron and Fibre. Whole grains have been shown to reduce the risk of heart diseases by decreasing cholesterol levels, blood pressure, and blood coagulation. Whole grains have also been found to reduce the risks of many types of cancer. They may also help regulate blood glucose in people living with diabetes. Other studies have also shown that people who consume more whole grains consistently weigh less than those who consumed less whole grain products. Are you motivated to packed your meals with the above foods yet?