Monday, 18 November 2013

Fighting Constipation

Yes I said - Constipation - the one topic that everybody shies away from. If you are suffering from this problem here are the causes and the solutions that will help you get rid of this uncomfortable situation.

What causes constipation:

Constipation is caused by the slow passing of stool and the lenght it spends in our colon. Our colon absorbs too much liquid from our stool making it hard, this makes it difficult for our rectum muscles to push it out of our bodies.

The common causes of constipation are:

  • Lack of water intake
  • Low fibre diet
  • Lack of exercise
  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Eatting a lot of dairy 
  • Over use of laxatives
  • Some medications such as pain medication and iron supplement

How to treat constipation

  • Eat ffods which a filled with fibre like fruits, vegetables and bran muffins.
  • Drink water and soups
  • Engage yourself in daily exercises

Sunday, 17 November 2013

Eggs for Life ( Health benefits of Eggs)

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When i was in senior primary my mother use to stuff me with eggs. Soon I came to hate anything that had eggs in it. But recently I have become quite a fan of these precious eggs after stumbling across these interesting benefits that they add to your health.

1. Good for your eyes

I'm a heavy reader and I spend most of my time infront of a computer. So it was lovely to learn that just one egg a day can prevent macular degeneration - a medical condition which usually affects older adults and results in a loss of vision.

2. Aids in weight loss

A breakfast which contains eggs will keep you fuller for longer.

3. Reduces risk of getting cancer.

The egg yoke is packed with a nutrient called choline. High intake of choline reduces the risk of breast cancer; choline also protects our livers from accumulating fat, helps regulate the nervous system, the brain and cardiovascular system.

4. Promotes healthy hair and nails

Eggs are high in sulphur and contain a wide array of vitamins and minerals which help keep your nails and hair healthy.

5. Protects your heart

Eatting two eggs a day increases your HDL the good cholesterol which protects your heart.

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

5 effective ways to Boost your Metabolism

Our metabolism is the rate at which our body burns off food. a speedy metabolism helps us burn fat faster. Here are a few ways in which you can increase your metabolism and burn calories faster.

1. Always eat breakfast

I always stress to people the importance of eatting breakfast because its the one meal that keeps us from starvation eatting and kick starts our metabolism.

2. Caffiene (Coffee or Black Tea)

Caffiene  helps your body release more fat burning hormonesand helps you burn more fat when working out.

3. Morning workouts

Working out in the morning gives you a long lasting calory burning effect which will help you burn more calories through out the day.

4. Eat more protien

Your body burns huge amounts of calories while digesting protiens.

5. Spice things up

Spicy foods don't only increase your heart rate but it also speeds up your metabolism.

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Cup a Tea ( Black tea health benefits)

I use to look at my Gran and wonder how in the world she managed to drink 5 cups of Black tea a day. Personal I don't like the taste of tea but being the curious self that I am, I went on a research spree to find out what are the health benefits of my beloved Grans tea.

Black tea is one of the mostly consumed teas in the world, maybe because it is a good alternative to coffee as it is high in caffiene.

1. Cancer Prevention

Black tea is loaded with polyphenols. This is an antioxident which helps protect your cells from DNA damage. Research has shown that women who drink black tea have a lower risk of getting ovarian cancer than those who don't.

2. Immune system Booster

Tannins and alkylamine antigens are substances found in black tea. Tannins helps fight viral infections such as flues and the alkylamine antigens helps boost your immune system's response to viruses.

3. Increased Energy levels

Black tea is loaded with caffiene. The invigorating effect of caffiene found in the black tea is said to be more than found in coffee.

4. Help clear blemishes and uneven skin

Place a tea bag in warm water and let it steep for a bit. Then rub the teabag on to your face. Do this for about two minutes. The caffiene contained in the black tea will tighten your skin and lighten dark areas.

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