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Skin Food: Cucumber Lemon Water Very Nutritious For The Skin And Body Healthiness

24 Oct

People are aware that cucumber is used for beauty regimen especially for reducing eye bags. However, only few know that cucumber is one of the most watery vegetable that can now be use for losing weight. Is it really possible to reduce weight by merely eating and or incorporating cucumber in your meal?

The truth is, yes that is so true. Cucumber is very nutritious for the skin and for body’s healthiness. As proof read on and find the health benefits of cucumber water diet and how does cucumber helps in losing weight.

1. Low calorie content – this plant has low calorie content and high water content. Calorie and fats is what causes human to increase weight.

2. Diuretic – though it has high water content also is has water retention that will aid you lose water which is the common reason of gaining weight.

3. Increase Fluids – water helps flush toxins in our body therefore drinking lots of water is of great help in your losing weight program. The fact that cucumber has high water content it is best to include it in your diet plan to increase fluid intake.

4. Fiber rich – it has fiber that helps in digestion and it helps in filling you up and encourages you to eat less. Better food digestion will help you Losing.

5. It contains protein, carbohydrate, sugar, vitamins K, C, B6 and A. Likewise it has foliate and potassium that is best for Pregnant mom.

These are only five among the many benefits of cucumber water diet. But don’t you know that cucumber has three different types and are taste subtly unlike.

• Lemon cucumber – it’s a round- yellowish-green cucumber with mild nice taste.

• Japanese cucumber – it is a long thin cucumber that has mild taste and best used for salads.

• American cucumber – this type of cucumber has many varieties that range from small pickling into large which is also best for salads. It has mild taste but some varieties taste bitter.

Cucumber can be intake even cooked or raw but what is well liked is raw cucumber. However, one should be cautious in eating raw cucumber that is brought from the supermarkets or nearest grocery store because it may contain insecticide or formalin for it to last longer. You can made cucumber into salad, juiceor soup to refresh and fulfill your appetite with the various nutrients it contains.

Losing weight can never be possible if you don’t know who you can partner with. Of course, when it comes to losing weight your partner is the food you ingest so try cucumber water diet and gain your ideal weight soon.

Since it is no more fashionable to serve bottled water, the trendy hostess needs to dish up the tab water. Last summer, I showed you how to serve a pitcher of waterwith fresh berries. The look was great but the taste of the water is not distinctively altered by the berries.

Cucumber water improves the taste of tap water. Spa aficionados already experience the benefits of cucumber water for improving the look of your skin. On top of it, this drink is simple to make at home.

Cucumber Water Recipe

In order for the cucumber to fully release its juice, you need to prepare it the day before your event.


  • 1 cucumber, sliced and unpeeled + 6-7 cucumber slices for decoration
  • 1 1/2 to 2 liters of water
  • 3 mint sprigs + 2 mint sprigs for decoration
  • Half a lemon, sliced and unpeeled
  • Ice cubes

In a pitcher, mix the water, cucumber, 3 mint sprigs and lemon. Let it rest on the fridge for 24 hours. If you prepare the water at the last minute, cut the first cucumber in three or four pieces. Then, squeeze the cucumber pieces to release all the juice.

Before serving remove the cucumber slices used to flavor the water. Then stir with a wooden spoon, add some ice cubes,  6 or 7 fresh cucumber slices and the remaining 2 mint sprigs. Enjoy this refreshing drink.

Fitness Model: Jennifer Nicole Lee Fun Fit Foodie Berry Delicious Dessert Recipe

2 Aug

Jennifer Nicole Lee is breaking the rules of healthy cooking with her Fun Fit Foodie Cookbook! She shows you that eating more not less will help you shed those stubborn pounds and that eating healthy goes way beyond the boring grilled chicken and broccoli dish! She shows you how you can create exotic, gourmet, delicious antioxidant meals in a flash, that your entire family will love-and which will help you shed pounds while still satisfying your taste buds! View vids now to see JNL in action in her Fun Fit Foodie kitchen!

Jennifer Nicole Lee is an Author, Fitness Expert, Lifestyle Consultant, FITNESS MODEL™ and most importantly a devoted wife and mother.

Her motivational weight loss success story has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show, The CBS Early Morning Show, Fox & Friends, Inside Edition, & The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch, thus inspiring millions.

She continues to share and shine her light to help others realize and achieve their lifestyle goals, believing that everyone deserves to increase the quality of their life. Jennifer Nicole Lee’s mission is “to help increase the quality of everyone’s life.”


Declare Independence From Food Cravings With Strategies And Expert Tips

27 Jun


You’re entitled to life, liberty, and the pursuit of cheesecake—as long as you’re the one in charge of the food, and not the other way around. If you find yourself constantly surrendering to every delicious morsel that comes your way, it’s time to stage a revolution.

Unfortunately, cravings are hard to crack. Research has shown that everything from hormones, fluctuations in blood sugar levels, nutritional deficiencies, and emotional and psychological reasons can make you yearn for food, whether you’re hungry or not. But whatever the cause of your cravings, there are ways you can fight back. Make these strategies your first line of defense in every battle against chocolate, buttered popcorn, and any other tasty temptation.


Banish Blah Meals

A humdrum diet of unseasoned chicken breast and brown rice is a breeding ground for cravings—not because healthy foods are unsatisfying, but because your meal planning lacks variety (and your taste buds are snoring). A study published in the journal Physiological Behavior found that a nutritionally adequate but otherwise boring and restrictive diet leads to a large increase in the frequency of food cravings. Following a week of normal eating, the study participants were fed a monotonous diet consisting only of a nutritionally complete, vanilla-flavored liquid that was calorically equivalent to each participant’s normal diet. During the four days of the bland eating plan, participants experienced greater food cravings—especially for sweets and entrees, with 76 percent of cravings falling into those two categories.

No matter how delicious, the same three meals in rotation will get old really quickly. Plus, when you feel like a food is a punishment or unpleasant, you may be more susceptible to cravings because you’ll want to reward yourself for enduring it, says Bethany Thayer, RD, a spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association and manager of wellness programs and strategies for the Henry Ford Health System in Detroit. Make your healthy meals pop by sprinkling chicken with tasty herbs like rosemary and tarragon, trying exotic fruits and veggies like lychee and bok choy, and experimenting with new recipes. A little creativity in the kitchen will make your foods tastier and your diet seem less loathsome.


Take Food Off the Pedestal

Are daydreams of doughnuts your guilty pleasure? Unfortunately, our tendency to think about certain foods as off-limits only increases their appeal. This is especially true for dieters with long “do not eat” lists; studies consistently show that dieters report higher levels of food cravings than people on unrestricted diets. What’s more, even unappetizing foods can prompt cravings if they’re highly constrained. That was another surprising outcome of the Physiological Behavior study: Participants reported craving the bland vanilla drink even after they were allowed to return to normal eating—and despite disliking it.

The study’s lead author concluded in an article published in the Journal of Nutrition that the fact that even unpalatable foods could be desired and overeaten revealed that it may be the way in which foods are consumed, and not the taste, appearance, and smell, that gets us addicted. “Sometimes it doesn’t matter what the food is,” says Thayer. “As soon as you find out you can’t have it—you want it.” Placing fewer foods on the high-calorie restricted list and allowing yourself small tastes of your favorites could help keep cravings at bay.


Take Food Off the Pedestal

Are daydreams of doughnuts your guilty pleasure? Unfortunately, our tendency to think about certain foods as off-limits only increases their appeal. This is especially true for dieters with long “do not eat” lists; studies consistently show that dieters report higher levels of food cravings than people on unrestricted diets. What’s more, even unappetizing foods can prompt cravings if they’re highly constrained. That was another surprising outcome of the Physiological Behavior study: Participants reported craving the bland vanilla drink even after they were allowed to return to normal eating—and despite disliking it.

The study’s lead author concluded in an article published in the Journal of Nutrition that the fact that even unpalatable foods could be desired and overeaten revealed that it may be the way in which foods are consumed, and not the taste, appearance, and smell, that gets us addicted. “Sometimes it doesn’t matter what the food is,” says Thayer. “As soon as you find out you can’t have it—you want it.” Placing fewer foods on the high-calorie restricted list and allowing yourself small tastes of your favorites could help keep cravings at bay.


Confront Your Cravings

The next time you feel a hankering for something chocolate, don’t ignore the impulse altogether. Paying attention to the sensation could help you fight off cravings in the future, according to the findings of a recent study published in the journal Appetite. The research showed that participants who were taught to accept their cravings by acknowledging thoughts of food without judgment and without acting on those impulses reported significantly lower cravings overall. Among other exercises, study participants were instructed to perform a “body scan,” a technique where attention is brought to each area of the body, starting with the toes and moving up to the top of the head. The body scan was meant to increase awareness and acceptance of bodily sensations including hunger, satiety, and craving. Researchers concluded that by taking a step back and observing a food craving, participants were able to recognize cravings’ fleeting nature and learn that they eventually fade.

One of the best ways to become of aware of cravings is to keep a food journal, suggests Thayer. “I encourage people to be very conscious of what they’re craving, as well as what’s driving that behavior. Do you feel physical hunger? Was there an experience that triggered the craving? If you keep track of all these things, you can identify patterns in your eating,” she says. Once you realize that your impulse is due to low energy or hunger, you can satisfy your body with a cup of coffee or a bowl of high-fiber cereal rather than reaching for a doughnut. You can also use a journal to monitor timing of meals and snacks—it’s best to eat every 4 hours to keep hunger (and snack attacks) at bay.


Say So Long to Stress

When the going gets tough, even the tough get snacking. A study published in the journal Nutrition Bulletin found a strong correlation between the secretion of cortisol, a hormone released during stress, and changes in food choice and increased caloric intake. Study participants ate 350 calories more on average and consumed greater amounts of saturated fatty acids and carbohydrates during stressful situations than they did during the baseline period.

Why do we carbo-load in times of distress? Foods with high energy density can temporarily boost levels of serotonin, a brain chemical that regulates mood. So after a bad day at the office or a big fight with a loved one, we reach for something sugary and carb-heavy to cope, according to a paper published in the journal Physiology and Behavior. “There could have been a time when you were feeling low or stressed—you ate something sweet, experienced that boost of serotonin, and then it became a conditioned response: Feel sad, eat sweets,” says Thayer.

Unfortunately, it’s a calorically expensive pattern to get into. While a simple carbohydrate such as sugar does boost serotonin, the feeling is fleeting, and you’ll have to reach into the candy bowl more times than you’d like to maintain it, says Thayer. One sweet snack turns into another to keep your energy up. A better way to fight sugar cravings long-term is to consume complex carbohydrates like whole grains rather than blood-sugar spiking white varieties, she says. And to stave off cravings in the moment, take a brisk walk or head to the gym for a full-blown workout if time permits. Studies show that people report a higher tendency to eat in order to distract themselves from stress; sidetrack yourself with a sweat session to curb cravings and get fit in the process.


Take a Lap

Studies show that chocolate is the most commonly (and intensely) craved food item. (It’s so prevalent that one Journal of Proteome Research study even links the type of bacteria living in the human digestive system to a desire for the sweet stuff.) While antioxidant-rich dark chocolate is a perfectly good snack in moderation, a relentless cocoa craving makes sticking to a single serving nearly impossible. But you can fight back. A study published in the journal Appetite found that a brisk 15-minute walk significantly reduces chocolates urges in regular chocolate eaters during and for at least 10 minutes following the completion of exercise. “Taking a walk provides distraction from your craving and reminds you of your long-term fitness goals,” says Thayer. “There’s also the mental component. If you’ve done something good for yourself—like taking a walk for exercise—it precipitates doing even more good for yourself. You’re less likely to eat the chocolate after the walk because it would undo the healthy practice you just performed.”

Can’t take a lap? Clench a muscle. A recent study in the Journal of Consumer Research found that firming muscles—whether in your hand, finger, calf, or biceps—can improve self-control, including overcoming the call of tempting foods when a craving hits.



Why Is Vitamin K Important Nutrient For Heart And Bone Health?!

7 Jun


Vitamin K is one of those vitamins that you do not seem to hear a lot about in the media or in the doctor’s office. So what is vitamin K and why should you care about it?

Vitamin K is an important nutrient for heart and bone health. There are two natural forms utilized by the body, including Vitamin K1 and K2. Vitamin K1 is used for blood coagulation, while K2, which is mostly found in meat, liver, cheese, and egg yolks, is used for calcium regulation. With prevailing low-fat and vegetarian diets, many of us eat reduced amounts of meat and opt for egg white omelets, basically eliminating the richest source of this essential vitamin. As a result, many people may be deficient in K2.

Natto, a fermented form of soy, native to Japan, is an excellent source of K2, but is not common in the United States. K1 is found in leafy greens such as kale, spinach, chard, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, parsley, and romaine lettuce. To get enough K1, however, you would need to eat an abundance of these foods daily, which unfortunately, most of us do not do. While K1 is also not very well absorbed by the body (usually about 10%, but absorption is improved when consumed in conjunction with fatty oils, so pour on that olive oil!), K2 is more bioavailable for the human body. Both vitamins work together to prevent cardiovascular disease in that K2 controls calcification in your arteries and K1 helps to thin the blood. Find out more by visiting http://www.DrEliaz.org.

Calcification of the arteries is a form of cardiovascular degeneration that can begin at an early age but usually goes unnoticed until more serious problems arise. K2 helps prevent this process by deciding where calcium gets delivered in the body. K2 ensures that the calcium you consume is deposited in your bones, not in your blood vessels and other soft tissues. Heart Disease Specialist, Dr. William Davis explains, “Normal deposition of calcium occurs only in bone and in teeth. Abnormal deposition of calcium in the body occurs in three places: the inner lining of the arteries of the body (the intima) that causes atherosclerotic plaque; the muscle layer of arteries (“medial calcification”); and heart valves. K2 appears to be the form of vitamin K responsible for controlling these phenomena (not K1, the form that plays a crucial role in blood clotting).” It is easy to see why Vitamin K2 is important in preventing heart disease and osteoporosis.

Without enough vitamin K (both K1 and K2), the vast majority of the population are at risk for age-related disease. Your arteries receive calcium they do not need or want, and your bones become more porous since the calcium is not delivered to them.

K2 also helps promote blood vessel elasticity by safeguarding elastin, the core protein in the muscle fibers primarily responsible for the elasticity of the arterial wall. Existing elastin is damaged and new production is inhibited by calcium deposition. If you are at risk for cardiovascular disease and/or osteoporosis, consider adding full spectrum Vitamin K supplementation to your diet. And if you are vegan or on a strict diet, it may be wise to consider K2 supplements. Adding some hard cheese to your diet or a hardboiled egg for a fast breakfast may greatly improve your heart health and decrease your risk for osteoporosis.

Life And Living/Newsroom

Perfect Snack Treat: Lyzabeth’s Ultimate Trailmix BODYFEL

5 May

Lyzabeth Lopez

Overall Goal:  To stay healthy and fit as a lifestyle and to motivate others to do the same through my video blogs http://www.youtube.com/lyzabethlopez & my workout http://www.hourglassworkout.com xoxo

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Gonorrhea Resistantance To Drugs Used To Treat The Disease

27 Apr

Researchers warn that the sexually transmitted disease gonorrhea is winning the battle against medicine’s arsenal of antibiotic treatments.

Researchers in both US and UK recently expressed concern about the increasing number of cases of gonorrhea found in each country that are resistant to certain drugs used to treat it, noting its “catastrophic” implications for the future of controlling the disease.

In 2009, nearly a quarter of strains of gonorrhea tested in the US were resistant to drugs commonly used to treat the disease, including penicillin, tetracycline, fluoroquinolones, or a combination of these, stated health and science news website MyHealthNewsDaily on April 19. Early data from 2010 provides even scarier news: gonorrhea is showing resistance to the only drugs physicians have left to treat it, a class of antibiotics called cephalosporins.

The US-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), who issued the 2009 data last month, notes that if left untreated, gonorrhea could spread to the blood or joints, and could even be life-threatening. People with gonorrhea typically show no symptoms, although it can lead to complications, such as infertility and in women, chronic pelvic pain, and in men, a painful testicular condition known as epididymitis.

International experts, such as the CDC and the World Health Organization, are working on strategies to prevent the emergence of antibiotic resistance, and strongly advocate practicing safe sex and getting screened for sexually transmitted diseases, including gonorrhea, if you are sexually active.

Life and Living/ Newsroom

Healthy Eating: Living The Heart-Healthy Way

9 Feb

Nobody you know of in your family has ever had heart problems, and so you feel that it’s of no concern to be aware of the risks living an unhealthy lifestyle can cause. Suddenly you’re finding it more difficult to walk up a flight of stairs without feeling as if you’ve just ran a marathon. It’s time to pull up your socks and get to thinking about how to live the heart-healthy way.

What is World Heart Day? The World Heart Day was created only to inform people about the seriousness of heart disease and stroke—both which are the leading causes of death globally. This year, World Heart Day falls on September 26, 2010. Statistics show around 17.1 million people die of cardiovascular diseases every single year and at least 80% of these deaths occur in developing countries alone. The World Heart federation works tirelessly to educate people about the importance of a healthy lifestyle, a healthy diet and regular exercise.  Here are a few tips you can adopt every day, which are guaranteed to make a difference for you and your family: Read More……

Written By: Sanjana George

Source: Open Talk Magazine  12/12/2010

Top Remedies: 6 Signs To Being Over Stressed

28 Jan

Long and odd working hours, poor eating habits, lack of exercise and disturbed routine can severely affect your health.

Every time you are over-stressed, your body fights for re-balance, but excessive stress can cause various problems like heart disease, sleeping disorders, migraines and other chronic illnesses.

Most of the time our body signals the symptoms of stress, but most of us are not tuned or educated enough to understand them.

It is important to listen to what our body says and take steps early on to avoid serious problems later. Here are some signs that your body shows when you are overstressed. Read More…...


Written By: Bhuvanes Changrani
Source: Open Talk Magazine  12/12/2010

The Importance Of Healthy Food And Good Nutrition

22 Jan

Many people do not consider eating healthy food because the cheesy and fried stuff is tastier. This is the primary reason for the formation of diseases all around the world. In 1950, the average age of a human being was 76, while today it is 63. If this continues, humans will become extinct one day. So, if you want to serve the humanity, please consider eating healthy food once in a while.

We spend a lot of money on our luxurious like Playstations and furniture, but we hardly consider buying quality food products. If you take in food with proper nutrition then you can easily avoid diseases. You should remember that the amount of sleep you get also plays a major role in determining your health. So, if you sleep for the appropriate amount you have very little to worry about. Read More….

Written By: Kadeine Washington
Source: Open Talk Magazine  12/12/2010 00:04:00

Top Cancer Fighting Superfoods

28 Dec

Did you know that Mother Nature has a wonderful bounty of nutrient rich products that provide wholesome goodness for you? Are you eating right and giving your body the precise nutrition it needs? If not, then it’s time to meet nature’s superheroes or superfoods as we know them.

Food as we know it is being studied more closely than ever. There is substantial amount of research being conducted to better understand how foods nourish our bodies, how they can heal various disorders, how some foods provide multiple benefits and so on. There is no one set definition for the term ‘superfoods’, but they are in an exclusive class of their own.

Superfoods in general are low in calories; contain good amounts of omega 3 fatty acids, are high in fiber, contain disease fighting antioxidants, and are rich in vitamins and minerals. They have also been found to lower blood cholesterol, regulate blood pressure, protect from heart disease, increase body metabolism; which in turn helps burn away fat, cleanse the body of toxins, and even help protect against cancer. The good news is that these superfoods are easily available and are most likely already in your kitchen. Its’ time to make these superfoods a part of your everyday nutrition-

Berries – Load up on blueberries, cranberries, acai berries and black berries whenever you need a snack as they are incredible little packages of health benefits. They are rich in antioxidants, phytonutrients, and have high water and fiber density. They are also low in calories and packed with vitamins. They are most potent in their raw form, so mix them up into a delicious smoothie or add a handful to a cup of yoghurt. Enjoy an immunity boosting treat!

Nuts – You may have heard that nuts aren’t good for people trying to lose weight but the key is to enjoy them in moderation. Nuts are chockfull of protein, essential fats, vitamins and even antioxidants. When eaten in proper proportions, they actually help to lower cholesterol, boost heart health and are ideal snacks to enjoy. Almonds, walnuts, pecans, peanuts and pistachios are the best varieties of nuts to stock in your kitchen.

Yoghurt with live cultures – Yoghurt provides your body a high dose of calcium as well as protein and potassium. Nutritionists recommend eating yoghurt that contains strains of live cultures, because it helps to increase the amount of good bacteria in the body; thus reducing the multiplying of bad bacteria, aiding in improving the digestive tract, and has been proven to strengthen the immune system. In fact, various clinical studies are being conducted into understanding the wide variety of other benefits that yoghurt provides. The best way to eat yoghurt is as a daily snack between meals. If you prefer a sweeter version, simply add some sugar or throw in some diced fruits. You could even blend some fruits together with yoghurt and create a highly nutritious smoothie in the morning.

Eggs – If you have cholesterol problems, you may be advised to limit your intake of eggs to not more than 2 per week. Eggs are superfoods because they are highly nutritious, contain loads of protein and are easily available. Studies show that people who ate two eggs at breakfast time were more content up ‘til lunch time and ate lesser throughout the day than those who did not. The egg yolk is full of essential vitamins and aides in brain development; which includes mental sharpness, clarity and improved memory. Go for boiled eggs over other cooked varieties!

Salmon – Salmon has an abundance of heart health boosting omega rich fatty acids, and is low in calories and saturated fat. Salmon is also an excellent protein source. Because of this, nutritionists recommend at least two servings of salmon per week. The best way to prepare salmon is through grilling or baking. Enjoy it in a salad with some tobasco sauce or salsa, or simply team up one portion with a handful of vegetables for a fulfilling meal.

Beans – Vegetarians will be glad to know that beans have plenty of insoluble fiber (which helps rid the body of toxins), have been proven to lower blood cholesterol, are a great protein source, contain potassium and magnesium and also help you stay full for longer. Steam a handful of beans with other vegetables like carrots, enjoy them as a salad or include them in a soup. Before cooking them, wash them well but don’t remove the runners on the sides.

Cruciferous Vegetables – Mom wasn’t wrong when she made you eat your vegetables. Broccoli is one of the best known cruciferous vegetables, which is a great source of vitamins, contains fiber, and even possess cancer protecting properties. In fact, they are a favorite with people who battle weight gain. The best way to cook them is by lightly stir frying, steaming, and grilling, but make sure not to over-cook; thus ridding them of all the great nutrients. Add them to soups, salads, side dishes or enjoy them as a snack by themselves.

Oatmeal – A bowl of oatmeal with a handful of fruits is a great way to begin your day. Oatmeal takes time to digest in the body leaving you full for a longer period, is high in fiber, and has been proven to be great for your heart. Because oatmeal is a slow release carbohydrate, it does not have an impact on blood sugar levels. Oatmeal will provide you a wonderful boost that lasts throughout the day.

Olives – One reason why people who follow the Mediterranean diet have such healthy hearts is largely thanks to the olives that are present in their diet. Olives are full of healthy fats and also have anti-inflammatory properties. They are not only great for your heart but also keep you fuller for long.

Green Tea – Whenever you are in the mood for a beverage, make a cup of green tea. Green tea has been proven to increase metabolism, promote better heart health, speed up digestion, help in regulating blood sugar and provide your body a cocktail of antioxidants. It’s a great aid in weight loss and even has natural de-stressing properties.

Adding just a few of these super-foods listed will have great benefits for your life to come. You will find yourself with more energy, less stress, and a greater sense of well-being. So stop by your favorite supermarket today!

Written By: Sanjana George

Source: Open Talk Magazine

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