Nourishing Oils for Your Skin and Hair

Are you weary about rubbing chemicals into your skin that are often found in today’s skin and hair care products? Natural oils can be used to effectively nourish and moisturize your skin, and sometimes they do a better job than the products you find at the drugstore or department store. Here are 10 nourishing oils you can use for better skin and hair.
Nourishing Oils for Skin and Hair

1. Olive Oil

Olive Oil

Olive oil is found in most people’s homes, but it rarely leaves the kitchen. Though it is a heavier oil, it can be used to effectively moisturise the skin. Rub 1 or 2 teaspoons of olive oil all over your body until it is absorbed. It will form a barrier holding in moisture. Look for organic extra virgin olive oil if possible.

 

2. Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is often found on super food lists because of all the healthful benefits. It can be used similarly as olive oil as a moisturizer for the skin and scalp. Rub a tiny bit between your hands and smooth it over your hair to reduce frizz. The healthy acids in the coconut oil are antibacterial and can prevent or reduce infections. Eat 1 or 2 teaspoons of coconut oil everyday to get the full benefits inside and out.

3. Jojoba Oil

Jojoba Oil

Jojoba oil is more expensive, but it is the ideal moisturizer for skin and hair because it most closely resembles the natural oil that your skin produces. If you use harsh shampoos that strip your hair and scalp of natural oils, use a drop or 2 of jojoba oil to replenish. Most people don’t like oily hair, but jojoba oil is light enough that using it as a moisturizer and frizz reducer is fine. Nourishing a dry scalp regularly may also help your scalp normalize and produce the right amount of oil once again.

4. Hazelnut Oil

Hazelnut Oil

Hazelnut makes a delicious spread for toast, but more importantly, it is great for the skin. As with most oils, it is very moisturising, but it is also great for those with acne prone skin. If you develop acne more quickly, you probably have oily skin caused by over-productive oil glands. Hazelnut oil can naturally calm the oil glands to ensure that they only produce enough oil to moisturise the skin instead of leaving it greasy.

 

5. Almond Oil

Almond Oil

Almond oil is one of the best oils for skin. It moisturizes, but it can also help reduce dark circles around the eyes, prevent premature aging, and remove dead skin cells. Use it as a cleansing oil by massaging it into dry skin for 1 minute and then rinsing off with a warm damp wash cloth. Almond oil can also help reduce inflammation for those who suffer from psoriasis or eczema.

 

 

6. Emu Oil

Emu Oil

Emu oil has been used for centuries to moisturize. These days, many people are taking advantage of the anti-aging benefits. It is known to help smooth out and prevent wrinkles especially around the eyes. It can also be used to help reduce pain and inflammation caused by injury. If you have joint problems, try using emu oil as a topical treatment.

 

7. Argan Oil

Argan Oil

Argan oil is similar to many other healthy oils in that it can hydrate skin and reduce frizzy hair. Add it to a facial mask to moisturize while tightening pores. Use it as a deep moisturizing treatment for your hair. Saturate your hair with 2 or 3 tablespoons of argan oil focusing on the length of your hair that is older and more brittle. Cover it with a plastic shower cap and towel, and shampoo it out in the morning. Your hair will be soft and shiny.

 

8. Avocado Oil

Avocado Oil

Avocados are well known for their healthy fats. These healthy fats can be used in a concentrated oil to help moisturize, but they can also help speed up healing of the skin. Add avocado oil to your diet to help lower blood cholesterol, and possibly prevent cancer

 

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9. Macadamia Nut Oil

Macadamia Nut Oil

Macadamia nuts are considered a treat because they are so expensive. Their mono-saturated fats can be used in beauty recipes to moisturize and reduce inflammation. Use a cold-pressed macadamia nut oil for the best results and quality.

 

10. Grapeseed Oil

Grapeseed Oil

Grapeseed oil is often used in cooking because it has a high smoking point. It retains its healthy fats even when raised to a high temperature. It can also be used topically. If you like the lightness of jojoba oil but you want something slightly more moisturising or less expensive, grape seed oil is a great choice. It is odourless and can be added to whipped butters such as Shea or cocoa butter.

While I don’t recommend using all 10 of these oils simultaneously, I do suggest picking a few to try out and experiment with. Check a local health food store or buy the products on-line. Mix them together or use with natural butters for the best results. What’s your favourite oil for skin and hair?

 

Essential Beauty Foods for Women

The food we eat affects us in many ways. Many foods enhance us on the inside with their composition of vitamins, minerals, and anti-oxidants. Yet many foods can also impact the way we look on the outside. While we already know that eating greasy foods, for example, can negatively impact our skin, there are actually many foods that support the beauty of our exteriors. The following ten foods are ideal for enhancing our outer beauty in healthful ways.
Essential Beauty Foods for Women

1. Strawberries

Strawberries

The cleansing potential of strawberries is perfect for enhancing the beauty of the skin. Eating strawberries helps your body flush out dead skin cells as well as other impurities. The vitamin C power of strawberries is also essential for repairing damaged skin; a single cup a day can help you support the body’s ability to repair damaged skin tissue.

 

2. Walnuts

Walnuts

Walnuts have the ability to enhance both skin and hair. Rich in vitamin E, protein, and omega-3s, these nuts pack a healthy punch for your tresses. Walnuts also help the skin retain its youthful glow by promoting the body’s natural detox ability and offering some skin protection from harmful UV sun rays. Delicious and healthy, walnuts are a great beautifying snack on the go

 

3. Red Peppers

Red Peppers

Red peppers are great for perfect skin. They help keep your skin nourished with the nutrients it needs to thrive and provide added protection from free radicals and harmful UV rays. They are also rich in vitamin E and beta-carotene which enhances the beauty of the skin. In fact, one of the best things you can do to keep your skin looking youthful is to include more red peppers in your diet. They are versatile and can be added to various types of cuisine for delicious results.

 

4. Greek YogHurt

Greek Yogurt

Not only is Greek Yogurt a great part of any diet and can enhance your fitness plan, it can support the beauty of your hair, nails, and even skin. This yogurt’s natural enzymes and lactic acid helps nourish and protect the skin as well as the nails and hair. Moreover, because it promotes a healthy digestive tract, it allows the body to more regularly get rid of waste and other toxins naturally which can certainly enhance the look of your body.

 

5. Eggs

Eggs

The rich protein content in eggs can enhance anyone’s tresses! Your hair needs protein to grow and for strength. Additionally, eggs have a high iron content which is also important for a healthy mane of hair. Iron promotes the body’s ability to deliver important oxygen to hair follicles; without it, there is increased risk for hair loss.

 

6. Olive Oil

Olive Oil

Olive oil is loaded with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory qualities. While many ancient as well as modern sources have written on the ways olive oil can be used topically to enhance the look of skin and hair, it is also a great beautifying agent when part of a diet. With its many health benefits, including its ability to promote heart health, olive oil is a must for a healthy diet as well as one designed with beauty in mind

7. Salmon

Salmon

The omega-3 fatty acids in salmon are essential for the body in general, but they also support hair growth. If you want to grow long and healthy tresses, be sure to include salmon in your diet. The omega-3s in salmon are found in your scalp as well as in the natural oils of your hair which are essential for keeping it moisturized. Well-moisturized hair is less prone to breakage and certainly helps the hair look beautiful and healthy too.

 

8. Blueberries

Blueberries

Blueberries are noted for their anti-aging benefits. They can help keep the skin looking healthy and youthful with their anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidant protection. They can even help your eyes look bright! Convenient and delicious, a snack of blueberries is always a good idea; add them to your morning cereal or oatmeal to benefit from their beautifying effects.

 

9. Oysters

Oysters

Since hair loss can be linked to a lack of zinc in the diet, eating zinc-rich foods like oysters has the potential to promote a thick and luscious crop of hair. Interestingly, oysters can even promote eye-lash growth! While other foods contain zinc as well, oysters also have a high protein content which is an essential building block for your hair.

 

10. Tomatoes

Tomatoes

Tomatoes have the unique ability to bolster skin cells so they are better able to guard against damage from UV rays. They are rich in vitamin A which the skin needs to prevent dryness. Well moisturised skin appears particularly attractive and youthful. The antioxidant power of tomatoes also helps keep the skin in excellent condition by providing protection from free radical damage. Ramp up their power by cooking them first; cooked tomatoes have even more unlocked nutritional power than fresh ones!

Incorporate these beauty foods into your eating plan and you will always look beautiful. What are your favourite beauty foods?

 

Foods You Shouldn’t Eat While on Your Period

If you don’t want to feel down during your period, you should pay attention to what you are eating during that time of the month. Did you know that there are certain foods you should avoid eating while on your period? When it comes to painful cramps, bloating and mood swings, food plays an important role. Although there is no magical cure for PMS, check out the list of the foods you shouldn’t eat while on your period to feel better.

 

1. Processed foods

 

Processed foods are a quick and easy choice, but they can make you feel even worse. For instance, canned foods and chips contain large amounts of sodium, which can cause discomfort and bloating. Choose wholesome foods and healthy snacks, such as a handful of unsalted nuts.

 

2. Fatty meats

 

 

Me Fatty meatsats contain high amounts of saturated fat, which can cause inflammation and pain. Moreover, if you are suffering from menstrual cramps, these fats can worsen your pain. This is one of the reasons why you shouldn’t eat fatty meats while on your period. However, if you can’t live a day without meat, try eating lean meats or fish.

 

3. Commercial baked goods

 

Commercial baked goods

 

I know, all those baked goods are so delicious, but unfortunately they contain great amounts of trans-fats, elevating the estrogen level. It can cause a pain in the uterus, when you are on your period. I suggest you to eat bread that is rich in fiber instead. If you stick to a healthy diet, opt for whole grain bread.

 

4. Sugary foods

 

Sugary foods

 

Cakes, cookies, candies and other sugary foods are all unhealthy options and you should never eat these foods, especially if you want to stay healthy and slim. Sugary foods boost your mood for only a little while. During your period, sugary foods worsen menstrual cramps and can even make you feel miserable. If you are craving sugar, opt for some sweet fruits such as peach, melon, or mango.

 

5. Ice cream, cheese and cream

 

Ice cream cheese and cream

 

I don’t know about you, but I like dairy products, but they contain fats and have the same effects as most fatty meats. From personal experience, I can recommend you to avoid eating ice cream, cream and cheeses while on your period. Also, try to avoid creamy or cheesy dishes when cooking. If you crave ice cream, choose a non-dairy gelato with no added sugar.

 

6. Caffeine

 

Caffeine

 

Caffeine contributes to cramps and can cause irregular periods. Moreover, it can cause mood swings and sleep difficulties. It’s recommended to avoid drinking coffee during your period. You can drink teas instead, though many of them contain caffeine, but it has less caffeine than coffee. It’s also recommended to avoid drinking energy drinks

 

7. Alcohol

 

Alcohol

 

Alcohol worsens PMS symptoms and cramps and it can also cause mood swings and lead to depression. The thing is, alcohol can act as a blood thinner, increasing your flow and causing more discomfort. Enjoy your cup of tea and stay away from alcohol and coffee.

Most women experience discomfort during their period. If you are one of them, avoiding consuming these foods and drinks may be the perfect solution for you. What’s your favorite food to eat while on your period?

HAVING HEALTHIER HAIR

Most people want to have a nice looking hair be a man or a woman.Here are some little tips on having a great hair:

1. Little intake of vodka

Vodka isn’t only reserved for the turn up—it can actually encourage hair growth. There is a scalp stimulator recipe that combines two teaspoons of vodka, 5 drops of lavender, chamomile and rosemary oil with one tablespoon of distilled water. This mixture is then massaged into the scalp to kill germs and open up the hair follicles to encourage hair growth.

2. Taking biotin

Taking biotin or a dietary supplement that contains biotin can significantly contribute to growth during your transition. Biotin is vital to cell proliferation making it an effective tool for hair growth. Biotin also renews the follicles and roots of the hairs that are already growing which will result in thicker, fuller and healthier hair.

3. Aloe vera

Apply aloe Vera gel to your scalp to stimulate growth. It’s traditionally used to promote hair growth—especially in those suffering from alopecia. It may help to activate new hair growth on bald spots of your scalp and prevent hair loss.

3. Massage

Did you know a simple massage could increase growth? Simply massage your scalp for 30 seconds to a minute. This helps open up blood vessels and increase blood circulation which will deliver oxygen and essential nutrients to the hair follicles. This enables healthy hair growth.

4. Coconut oil

Pre-Poo With Coconut Oil: I like to pre-poo my hair with a mixture of conditioner and coconut oil before I shampoo. Coconut oil is known to protect the hair from protein loss when used as a pre-shampoo treatment. In other words, it helps prevent damage to the cuticle. Less damage mean stronger fuller cuticle, which gives you thicker hair.

Try those tips and you will see big and great changes,all the best.

EASY TIPS FOR MAKING MEALS HEALTHIER

Looking for a few easy ways to make your meals healthier? Then look no further since I have a few effective tips for you. We all know that healthy eating is the key to a longer life, but sometimes we think that we eat healthy when actually we make our healthy meals unhealthy by adding unnecessary ingredients. With these simple tips and tricks, you will make any meal healthier in no time!

1. Use avocado instead of Mayo

Did you know that a tablespoon of your favourite Mayo can contain around 100 calories and 9 grams of fat? If you are going to make an egg salad, a tuna salad or a chicken salad, try adding avocados to your salad instead of mayonnaise. Although avocados still contain fat, they are much healthier than mayonnaise. If you don’t have avocados, you can add Greek yoghurt to your salad. Greek yoghurt is an excellent source of protein, which helps promote fullness.

2. Use olive oil instead of vegetable oils

If you use vegetable oils such as canola oil, corn oil, and soy-bean oil, you will never make your meals healthier. These oils are highly refined and they can damage your health, especially when heated. Opt for olive oil as a cooking oil instead. You can also use a coconut oil. Both olive and coconut oils do better with medium to high heats and they’re much healthier

3. Use spices instead of salt

We often add a sprinkle of salt or a pat of butter to our meals to make them taste better without realizing that we add unnecessary fat and sodium to our meals. One of the best ways to make your food healthier is to use different spices instead of salt. You can flavor your meals with dried and fresh herbs such as parsley, cilantro, dill, garlic, basil etc. You can also use dulse to add essential iodine and natural sodium to your diet.

4. Add less sugar

There are many reasons to give up sugar, but if you can’t do it, at least try to consume less sugar. Sugar is the key factor to most health problems. It can contribute to diabetes and osteoporosis, weaken your immune system, cause kidney damage, upset your body’s mineral balance, speed up the aging process, and many more. I think it’s a crucial reason to give up sugar. Try using stevia instead of sugar to make your drinks and meals healthier.

5. Add more vegetables to your stews, casseroles and soups

Veggies are rich in essential vitamins and minerals, and they are good for your overall health. Try adding more veggies to your dishes, even to those that don’t include veggies. After all, it’s not difficult to add some frozen broccoli to your rice casserole or sneaking some peppers and mushrooms into your lasagna. A little extra vegetables never hurt anyone.

6. Use water instead of broth

Many store bought broths as well as stocks contain plenty of salt and other terrible ingredients including MSG. You can braise foods in organic, low sodium broths to make your meals healthier. But I highly recommend you to use water instead of broth. If you have time, you can even make your own home-made stock with leftover bones.

7. Use whole grains instead of refined grains

When you make bread, pasta, or rice dishes, consider using whole grains instead of refined grains to make your meals healthier. For instance, use whole grain brown rice instead of refined white rice or eat whole-wheat bread instead of white bread. Studies show that consuming whole grains instead of refined grains reduces the risk of numerous chronic diseases.

8. Use low-fat cheese

If you often use cheese in your recipes, try using low-fat cheese to reduce the saturated fat intake. When you order pizza or make your own pizza at home, skip the extra cheese or add a little of it to your pizza. It’s better to add more vegetables than cheese. Although cheese is high in calcium, studies show excessive dairy consumption can increase your risk of osteoporosis.

Make your casseroles, soups, and pasta dishes healthier by switching up several ingredients and cooking methods, and you will feel better and look better as well. What are your tips for making any meal healthier?

 

 

FOODS TO EAT TO INCREASE YOUR IRON INTAKE

Iron is an essential nutrient that carries oxygen through the blood to the rest internal organs of the body. Iron deficiency can cause weakness, fatigue and even anemia. Luckily, there are certain foods we can eat to boost our iron intake. These foods are particularly essential for women since they lose blood monthly during menstruation. While a blood test can help you find out if your iron levels are low, consuming iron-rich foods will certainly give you some boost. So, if you are looking to increase your iron intake, here are a few delicious foods you should incorporate into your daily diet.

   1. Oysters

Although you can’t eat oysters every day, it’s worth eating them every now and then. 3 ounces of oysters have more than 30 percent of your recommended daily iron needs. In case you can’t find fresh oysters, you can use canned oysters in a seafood taco or pasta sauce. Canned oysters are also high in iron, therefore they can help increase your iron levels.

 2. Spinach

If you are trying to get more iron, make sure you add spinach to your daily diet. Spinach boasts numerous health benefits, so why not reap them all while increasing your iron intake? You can use spinach in your salads, vegetable soups, smoothies or just pile it on your sandwich. Have you ever tried sautéed spinach? It’s a super tasty side dish that you can serve with fish or chicken. Spinach has over 10 percent of your recommended daily iron needs.

3. Beef

Another delicious food to eat to increase your iron intake, of course, if you are not a vegetarian, is beef. 3 ounces of beef have about a quarter of your recommended daily iron needs. Opt for ground beef or lean steaks to keep your calorie and saturated fat intake under control. After all, what can be better than a juicy, thick grilled steak? Though, you can also add beef to burritos, stews or salads.

4. Tuna

One of the easiest choices for a quick and tasty lunch is definitely canned tuna. I like canned tuna on whole grain crackers or whole grain bread with sliced vegetables and fruits on the side. Enjoy your lunch and increase your iron intake at the same time. Perhaps the best thing about canned tuna is that it’s inexpensive, so everyone can add it to their everyday eating plan. You can add tuna to your pasta or salad. Stock up and boost your iron levels in no time

5. Cereal

If you don’t like eating meat, consuming cereal is one of the best ways to increase your iron intake. In many cases, cereal contains your entire day’s recommended iron intake in just one serving. Although cereal makes a good breakfast, you can eat it for dinner too. I also like using cereal in my trail mix.

6. Crab

When I go out for seafood, I love having a huge plate of crab legs. I know that I do myself a favor by eating them. Crab is an excellent source of iron. Although a plate of crab legs will not meet your entire day’s recommended iron intake, they definitely contribute. Tasty and healthy, isn’t it?

7. Chicken

If you prefer chicken over beef, then try to add it to your diet to increase your iron intake. Chicken is not as rich in iron as beef, but it can still help you to boost your iron levels. Dark meat like the thigh contains a bit more iron than the white meat like the chicken’s breast. But if you keep your calorie and fat intake low, choose the whiter meat. You can use chicken in your soups, salads, tacos, wraps and burritos, or eat it grilled.

8. Nuts and seeds

If you are a vegetarian and you are trying to boost your iron intake, nuts and seeds are a must. They are rich in natural fats and are high in iron. Pine nuts and sesame seeds have the highest levels of iron. A handful of seeds or nuts, especially on a busy day, is a wonderful way to fuel your body and get your iron.

Shrimp, dried fruit, grits, molasses, beans, tofu, lentils, bread, and pork are other excellent sources of iron. It’s important to watch your iron intake in order to avoid numerous health issues. What’s your favorite way to increase your iron intake?

Important Nutrients Every Woman Needs

Everyone’s nutrient needs are not exactly the same. While most people benefit from the same vitamins and minerals, a woman’s needs can be a little different because her body goes through different things throughout life. Here are 10 nutrients that are important for women to get.

1. Folic acid

Folic acid is especially important for women of child-bearing age, but all women benefit from this vitamin. For women of child-bearing age it’s an important vitamin because it promotes healthy pregnancy. Lack of folic acid can result in neural tube defects that lead to cerebral palsy. In addition to taking a prenatal vitamin for folic acid, you can get folic acid from leafy green vegetables, avocado, and liver.

2. Iron

Iron is important for growth and development. Deficiency of iron can result in fatigue, insomnia, and lack of concentration. Iron stores and carries oxygen around the body. Women lose blood on a monthly basis during menstruation, which results in iron loss because iron travels through the blood. It’s important that woman make sure they get enough iron during this time to replenish what is lost. Good sources of iron include red meat, broccoli, kidney beans, and liver

3. Calcium

Calcium is an important mineral for keeping bones and teeth healthy and strong. It’s needed throughout life and even more so as we age because around age 35 we begin to lose calcium. Calcium is also a factor in staying slim and reducing PMS symptoms. Good sources of calcium include milk, cheese, spinach, kale, almonds, and black beans.

4. Vitamin D

Vitamin D is an important vitamin that many people don’t get enough of. If you want to know if you’re getting enough, you can ask your doctor to check your levels. Most people get vitamin D from the sun, but it’s not always as easy as that. A supplement is a good idea if you avoid the sun or live in a place that doesn’t get sun for months on end. Vitamin D is beneficial for mood, breast health, and the absorption of calcium, which is important for bones and teeth.

5. Magnesium

Magnesium is involved in many of the chemical reactions that happen in the body. It is an important nutrient for nerves, muscle tone and keeps bones strong. It also helps keep osteoporosis at bay. Magnesium can help to prevent cardiovascular disease and regulate blood pressure. Sources of magnesium include pumpkin seeds, spinach, black beans, halibut, and almonds.

6. Vitamin E

Vitamin E, which is found mainly in fatty foods like oils, nuts, and seeds, is a powerful antioxidant. It fights free radicals, the unstable oxygen molecules that are formed as a result of normal metabolism and exposure to strong ultraviolet rays, air pollution, and cigarette smoke. Vitamin E is key for strong immune system and healthy eyes and skin.

A woman over age 19 needs 15 milligrams of Vitamin E each day, so make sure you snack on almonds or sunflower seeds and add them to cooked whole grains, salads, and steamed veggies. A nut butter sandwich on whole wheat or whole grain bread is also a perfect snack.

7. Omega-3 Fatty Acids

One of the good fats, omega-3 fatty acids are another essential nutrient every woman needs. Omega 3’s help reduce blood pressure, inflammation and lower your risk of numerous chronic diseases including heart disease and cancer. Every woman needs 1.1g of these good fats per day. Wild salmon, non-white tuna, halibut, herring and sardines are all excellent sources of omega 3 fatty acids.

8. Potassium

Potassium plays a significant role in transmission of nerve impulses, normal muscle contraction, and fluid balance. It also serves to promote healthy and strong bones, and it’s essential for energy production. Many foods are rich in potassium. All meats, chicken and red meat, and fish like cod, salmon, sardines, and flounder are great sources of potassium. Some other sources include fat-free yoghurt, sweet potato, spinach and broccoli. Potassium-rich foods can reduce your risk of high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke. A woman over age 19 needs 4,700 mg of potassium each day.

9. Vitamin C

Vitamin C is an important nutrient for maintaining a healthy immune system. It is a powerful antioxidant that can help ward off cell damage. Vitamin C is also crucial for the production of collagen, the essential part of the connective tissue that helps keep skin, muscles, and other tissues healthy. Women 19 and older need 75 mg of Vitamin C per day. Sweet red pepper, oranges, kiwi, strawberries, cantaloupe are some of the best sources of Vitamin C.

10. Fiber

Fiber helps promote normal bowel movements and prevent other intestinal problems, including diverticular disease. Women 19-50 years need 25 grams of fiber per day, and women 51 and older need 21 grams each day. Some of the best sources are fruits and vegetables, whole-grain breads and cereals, and whole grains like millet, quinoa, barley, wild rice and cracked wheat. Fiber-rich foods help reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease and cancer.

Vitamins and minerals are needed by everyone, but women need to be sure to get certain ones because they go through pregnancies, menstruation, and even dieting that can deplete the nutrients that are needed the most. It’s important to get vitamins and minerals from food sources whenever you can. Don’t rely on supplements alone to give you what you need. A supplement is an addition to what you’re already getting as kind of a safeguard.

Drinks That Help You Lose Weight

If you have decided to lose the extra pounds, then you surely know that the only way to do that is by combining workouts with a healthy, balanced and nutritious diet. However, there are some types of drinks that will speed up the fat burning and help you lose weight quicker than you normally would, and here you will find 5 of the most efficient ones:

1. Detox Juices

Detox juices are certainly your most trustworthy allies in your battle against the extra pounds – you can easily make them in your kitchen, either entirely out of fruits or vegetables or by combining these two. Citrus fruits are known to have a powerful detox capability, therefore if you are looking for foods to help you purge all the toxins that have gathered inside you over the months then you must certainly include them in your detox juice. High-fiber root foods such as ginger, carrots or apples are also highly recommended for these juices, as they are known to also support the correct functioning of your digestive tract, not to mention the wealth of antioxidants that they deliver to your body.

As you may know already, antioxidants are essential as they protect your body from the negative effects of the free radicals that can wreak havoc on your health if you allow them two. One eight ounce glass of detox juice per week will certainly keep all these problems far away from you! These juices have a double benefit – while they help your body get rid of the toxins, chemicals and all the dangerous substances that have accumulated inside your intestines, they also help you lose weight in the fastest and most natural way. One thing is for sure, though: all those who want to shed pounds yet stay healthy at the same time must go through at least one or two detox sessions throughout the course of a year.

2. Vegetable Juices

Vegetable juices, on the other hand, can also benefit your weight loss efforts in the long run and it is a known fact that the most suitable type of veggies for weight loss are the cruciferous ones. No matter if you juice them alone or you use them in conjunction with other fruits, these veggies (cabbage, kale, broccoli or cauliflower) will be your most efficient fat fighting weapon, and there is no better way to keep all the toxins away. Another notable benefit of the vegetable juices is that in addition to helping your body fight free radicals and keeping you healthy, they will also balance the hormone levels in your body and prevent the hormone disruptors from interfering with the normal hormone levels. Cruciferous veggies are very rich in natural phytonutrients that are perfect for reducing the overall amount of body fat, for reducing inflammation and controlling the blood sugar levels, for balancing the hormone levels, boosting your metabolism as well as providing a thorough general detoxification.

3. Green Tea

Green tea has been used for hundreds of years due to its numerous benefits, and weight loss is just one of them – although green tea alone will only help you lose a few pounds, it will certainly serve as a great addition to your diet in the long haul. No matter if you do not have the time or you do not like to workout on a regular basis, drinking one cup of tea per day will deliver all the antioxidants you need and it will also help you burn fat at a faster pace, by boosting the metabolism. These teas are perfect for burning more calories as well as for increasing your overall energy levels and for suppressing your appetite. As a matter of fact, this is exactly the main mechanism of action of these teas as they help you shed the extra pounds by suppressing your appetite, thus decreasing the amount of food you would normally consume on a daily basis. Green tea is very popular among the Japanese people, and it is said to also help you reduce stress and relax better.

4. Fruit Juice – Cranberry And Pear

Fruit juices are delicious, easy to prepare and very rich in nutrients, vitamins and minerals – besides this, there are literally hundreds of different fruits you can choose from and pear and cranberries are only two of the most delicious, most efficient and most sought-after ones given the fact that they contain high amounts of vitamin C. Not only will the cranberry and pear juice help you lose weight by boosting your metabolism (your body’s natural fat burning machine), but it will also increase your overall energy levels and deliver your body all the essential vitamins and proteins that it so much needs. At the same time, it is a known fact that the cranberry juice is essential for preventing various infection of the bladder, such as the infection with the E-coli bacteria. Pears, on the other hand, add magnesium, potassium as well as phosphorus to your fruit juice and they are essential for a healthy lifestyle, not to mention that they are very rich in Vitamin C and Calcium, the latter being particularly important for keeping your bones healthy and strong.

5. Black Coffee

Last, but not least, it is a known fact that if consumed with moderation, black coffee can have a plethora of health benefits – not only does it contain antioxidants that fight off free radicals and lower the risk for certain types of cancer, but it can also reduce the risk for diabetes as well as heart disease. At the same time, caffeine is perfect for boosting your metabolism and for increasing the number of calories you have burned. Be careful, though, because if you want to lose weight by relying on black coffee you will have to consume it without any milk or sugar, as any sweetener can increase its calorie count!

To conclude, these are the top 5 most efficient drinks that you should embed in your diet if you want to lose weight quickly and naturally, without resorting to any pills or supplements that may have side effects.

Foods to Eat Every Day for Perfect Skin

Are you tired of using different expensive and ineffective beauty products? It’s time to throw away all those ineffective products and start eating foods for perfect skin. I went from terrible acne five months ago to not having acne now. It was hard, but it was possible, and less expensive than turning to pricey products. While some foods can aggravate your skin, others can enhance it.
1. Red bell peppers

Red bell peppers are a tasty vegetable that can be enjoyed either cooked or raw. One red bell pepper contains more than 100% of your daily vitamin C needs. It also contains significant amounts of dietary fiber and vitamin B6. Moreover, it is rich in carotenoids that can help prevent wrinkles and increase blood circulation to your skin, helping it look more youthful. Due to their carotenoids, red bell peppers are also great to fight acne.

A red bell pepper is a perfect, low calorie snack that contains about 30 calories and has a really satisfying crunchy bite. Keep slices of red bell peppers in the fridge, so you will always have something healthy and tasty to reach for when you are having a snack attack. The fiber that a bell pepper contains will help you to feel full longer with very little calories. Plus, you will have a flawless skin!

2. Dark chocolate
This is one of my favorite foods to eat every day for perfect skin! Dark chocolate is rich in antioxidants, fatty acids and flavanols that promote glowing skin. The antioxidants in dark chocolate will help reduce roughness in your skin and protect it against sun damage. Moreover, cocoa relaxes arteries, increasing blood circulation that leads to healthier skin.

I usually buy cocoa powder or raw cacao for less fat. And if you like dark chocolate, eat your ounce of dark chocolate every day and make sure you choose at least 80% cacao content in order to avoid milk and added sugars found in a traditional chocolate bar.

3. Salmon
Salmon is an excellent food to fight stress, anxiety, and depression. Salmon also provides most of your daily vitamin D needs. And as you may already know, Vitamin D is responsible for keeping your heart, bones, colon and brain healthy. It also helps prevent colon cancer, anxiety, depression, heart disease and bone disease.

Salmon is also rich in omega-3 fatty acids that are excellent for fighting inflammation, wrinkles and acne. Its high omega-3 content also helps hydrate your skin from the inside out. Moreover, eating salmon keeps your scalp hydrated and promotes strong, healthy hair.

4. Coconut oil
Coconut oil is one of the richest sources of saturated fat with about 90 percent of calories as saturated fat. It contains lauric acid, a powerful antibacterial and antiviral agent that keeps away viruses, infections, inflammation and acne. Coconut oil is also rich in essential fatty acids and Vitamin E, which are perfect for keeping your skin moist, soft, and wrinkle-free.

I use coconut oil as a body cream and consume 1 tbsp. of raw coconut oil every day. Coconut oil is especially good for your thyroid. Plus, there’s considerable evidence that this oil can help lose weight. So many health benefits, don’t you think?

5. Green tea
Well, so I know green tea is actually a beverage, but tea leaves come from a plant! Even though I love black tea, I drink green tea every day because I know that it is a great source of antioxidants and a unique amino acid, L-theanine that helps relax your body and lower stress.

When the tea is hot, the bionic brew releases catechins, a kind of antioxidant with proven anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties. Green tea may also reduce your risk of developing high blood pressure. Drink 3 or more cups of tea every day for better results.

6. Spinach
Spinach is a healthy and nutrient-rich food you should certainly include in your everyday diet. You may hate spinach, but it is a wonderful source of iron, folate, chlorophyll, Vitamin E, magnesium, Vitamin A, fiber, plant protein, and Vitamin C. Due to their antioxidant abilities, Vitamins C, E, and A are especially great for your skin.

Spinach contains antioxidants that fight against all types of skin problems. Add it to your everyday diet and see what happens. By eating spinach, you’re just cleaning your skin from the inside out!

7. Seeds
Chia seeds, hemp seeds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, and flax seeds are all great for your skin. Pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds are both rich in selenium, Vitamin E, magnesium and protein. Selenium and protein keep all wrinkles away, Vitamin E enhances moisture in your skin and magnesium lowers your stress levels. The healthy Omega 3 fatty acids in flax, chia and hemp seeds are perfect for fighting wrinkles and acne. Plus, these seeds are rich in protein.

Just sprinkle seeds right on top of your salad or oatmeal and enjoy the great taste as well as perfect skin. I like to add seeds to a fruit yogurt, I think it tastes even better. I also add raw pumpkin seeds in my oh-so delicious smoothies. And what are your favorite seeds? How do you eat them?

8. Celery
Another food to eat daily for perfect skin is celery. Many of us underestimate this veggie, but celery contains Vitamin K that keeps the blood circulation healthy and helps to reduce high blood pressure. This can reduce your stress level, and as you know stress can cause bad skin, migraines and even cancer.

Celery also contains natural sodium, potassium and water, and can help to prevent dehydration. I hope you know that dehydrated skin means dryness, flaking, wrinkles, and even breakouts. Make sure you consume celery every day or at least every other day. If you are counting calories, don’t worry, celery is very low in calories!

9. Papaya
Papaya is a wonderful fruit which has a rich history and numerous nutritional benefits. It is very low in calories (only 39 calories per 100 g!) and also contains no cholesterol. So if you are trying to lose weight, consider eating papaya every day to maximize its health benefits.

A great beauty food, papaya is low in fructose and is excellent for digestion! The antioxidant nutrients found in it, including Vitamins C and E and beta-carotene, are great at reducing inflammation and acne. Moreover, Vitamin C may also protect your skin against sun damage.

10. Carrots
Carrots are good not only for your eyes, but also for your skin. They are especially good for clearing up breakouts. Carrots are rich in vitamin A and they help prevent the overproduction of cells in the outer layer of the skin. That’s where excess sebum combines with dead cells and clogs pores.

Another great reason to snack on some carrots is because Vitamin A reduces the development of skin-cancer cells. So make sure you nibble on a half-cup of baby carrots every day for perfect skin. I love carrots and I think they make a great snack.

You don’t have to eat all these foods every day, but even some of them would be great! Be sure to avoid junk foods, too much sugar, trans fats and refined carbs for the best skin possible. Which of these foods do you eat every day? Share your thoughts, please, and thanks for reading

START EATING AVOCADO AS A HEALTHY FRUIT

1. Avocados Are Very Rich in Carotenoids
Avocados are well known for their numerous health benefits, as well as for their delicious taste. No matter if you eat them raw or juice them, avocados should be part of your daily diet, since they will increase you mineral and vitamin intake, and will also lower the long-term risk for various diseases and ailments – including some that can be fatal.
Avocados contain a plethora of nutrients, and carotenoids (lutein, in particular) are certainly the most important ones, given the fact that they protect you against eye disease. Your sight is by far one of your most valuable assets, and while it is true that it inevitably degrades as we age, there is something we can do to slow down the process and even reverse eye disease, in certain cases. As is often the case, it starts with a good, balanced and nutritious diet – one that involves eating at least one avocado per day, since this is undeniably the best way to get the carotenoids (from lutein and alpha-carotene to beta-carotene, tocopherol and zeaxanthin) that your body so much needs. Besides this, avocados taste great, and you can easily add them to your salad – this is certainly the best way to increase your daily lutein intake, rather than resorting to pills and dietary supplements.
2. Avocados Are Great for Lowering Your Cholesterol

As you may already know, there are two types of cholesterol: the ‘good’ cholesterol and the ‘bad’ cholesterol. The latter can wreak havoc on your arteries and your vital organs, if you don’t do something about it. It often happens that fatty foods and sugar are the main culprits behind high levels of bad cholesterol, but fortunately you can easily keep it under control by simply eating avocados on a regular basis. By consuming avocados, you lower your cholesterol in a fast, efficient, natural and side-effect-free way – mainly due to the high amounts of oleic acid present in this delicious fruit. By lowering your level of LDL cholesterol due to its high folate content, avocados will also lower your risk of developing heart disease.
3. Avocados Are Your Greatest Allies in the Battle Against Extra Pounds

If you are trying to lose some weight, there is no easier way to do it than by consuming more avocados, and for a good reason. These fruits are very rich in fiber, which are known to fill your stomach and make you feel full for a long period of time. On average, one medium-sized avocado contains around 7 grams of fiber, both soluble and insoluble. Fibers are essential for the health of your immune system – especially the soluble ones, since they help your body break down carbohydrates. On the other hand, the oleic acid content described earlier also ‘tricks’ your mind into thinking that you are full, which means you will likely reduce your average food intake. This feeling of satiety is precisely what makes avocados your greatest allies in the battle against those extra weight.
4. Lower Your Blood Pressure
Hypertension is a condition that affects millions of people around the world, and unfortunately it is often ignored due to the fact that it is asymptomatic, which means that it typically has no noticeable signs whatsoever. However, many people neglect their hypertension until it is too late and it has already caused extensive damage to their heart, veins and arteries. Avocados can help lower your blood pressure in a natural and efficient way, since they are very rich in potassium and magnesium – two essential compounds for treating hypertension. As a matter of fact, avocados are richer in these two nutrients than most other fruits, such as bananas or kiwis.

5. Avocados Will Improve Your Blood Flow and Keep Your Brain Healthy

These two aspects are interconnected, since a brain can only be healthy if the blood flows correctly throughout the body. However, impaired blood circulation is very common these days, and avocados can help improve your blood flow, despite being a fatty food that has a high caloric index. This is why avocados are highly recommended for both adults and the elderly, since it can prevent or at least slow down the decline of your cognitive abilities.
6. Avocados Can Reduce the Risk for Breast Cancer

The incidence rate of breast cancer has increased a lot over the past several years, and this is known to be one of the most aggressive types of cancer out there. Fortunately, a balanced diet that includes at least half an avocado per day can reduce the risk for breast cancer, thanks to their high content of monounsaturated oleic fatty acid, vitamin E and lutein. Not only are avocados rich in carotenoids, but they also help your body absorb the carotenoids from other fruits and vegetables. These ‘superfoods’ are also great for preventing prostate cancer, and it is believed they can even be added as part of the treatment scheme for the disease because the tocopherol content in avocados inhibit the growth of androgen-dependent prostate cancer cells, according to a study published in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry. The vitamin E also turns off what are known as ‘signaling agents,’ which stimulate the production and reproduction of cancer cells, thus slowing the progression of this potentially fatal disease.
6.Helps in fertility
It is known to be a fruit that increases the chances of high fertilization in any woman.
To sum it all up, avocados should become part of your daily diet, regardless of how you choose to consume them. No matter if you eat avocados because of their unique taste or simply because you care about your health and overall well-being, these superfoods will certainly benefit you in the long run. However, you must be careful not to exceed the recommended daily amount of avocados, since these fruits are very fatty and could have the opposite effect in great amounts – especially if consumed for their weight-loss properties and high fiber content.