Anti-aging foods, Beauty

12 ways to slow the aging process with food, fewer calories and exercise

 

Young WomanBeauty isn’t just skin deep. Total body wellness is just as important as skin deep. I realize cosmetic surgery is a fast way of completing the exterior process, but you need to help the inner as well. If you want your muscles, cells, and organs to function properly, nourishing them is just as important. Foods rich in antioxidants prevent oxidative stress and get rid of aging free radicals.

New studies have shown that also eating less can slow the aging process by cutting calories which slows down the aging process in our cells. Cells make proteins which when slowed down ribosomes have time to repair themselves.

  1. Green Tea – Rich in antioxidants helps with free radicals that can cause wrinkles and other signs of aging.
  2. Lemon Juice – Removes marks from your skin and can aid in helping your nails look brighter and whiter.
  3. Fruit – Citrus fruits are full of antioxidants
  4. Apple Cider Vinegar – For acne and scars, it cleans your skin when rubbed on the face gently.
  5. Nuts– Cell membranes are rich in polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats which are essential fatty acids.
  6. Bell Peppers – Full of Vitamin A, a huge contributor for healthy and glowing skin.
  7. Cinnamon – Helps in burning fat in the body.
  8. Cruciferous vegetables – Such as broccoli, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts are rich in sulfur and antioxidants.
  9. Grains – Oats, brown rice, and quinoa – are not stripped of their nutrient-rich germ and bran layers in the way refined grains have.
  10. Tomatoes – Tomatoes are one of the richest sources of lycopene, a powerful antioxidant (it’s also found in carrots, watermelon, and other red vegetables and fruits).
  11. Fish – Mackerel, sardines, and salmon (oily fish) contain omega-3 fatty acids, which can help combat inflammation in the body.
  12. Exercise regularly – Almost any amount and type of physical activity may slow aging deep within our cells, a new study finds.

I always say that eating healthy is the answer to not giving the Big Pharma our hard earned money and you can look beautiful as well. Couldn’t hurt, right?

 

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Bloating

20 Natural Ways to get Rid of Bloating

Bloating

Many people complain about intestinal gas, but what one person complains about, may not mean what the other person is complaining about. To understand how the gastrointestinal tract works and how you are being affected is important to make the necessary changes to improve or prevent this in the future.

When you eat or drink, a small amount of air is carried into the stomach. When you eat food, it is then churned into small fragments, which then go into the intestine. After your stomach empties the small intestine it contracts moving everything south. And when it goes south is when you absorb food’s nutrition, such as minerals, calories, and vitamins. The liquid that becomes indigestible waste then goes into the large colon (bowel). Water from the liquid fragments is then reabsorbed and this is how stool formed.

If you follow a simple diet and lifestyle changes you may be able to reduce gastrointestinal gas and relieve symptoms.

Females are more likely to get intestinal bloating after eating than men. Aren’t we lucky!  Bloating is caused poor or disorganized contractions. Also, if the muscles are too relaxed, this can cause bloating as well.

A condition in which there are disorganized movement and spasm of the bowel is called Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). Your stomach can bloat from eating too quickly and your stomach not being happy with what you just fed it.

We already know that beans and milk cause bloating, but I’ve compiled a starter list below to give you a little knowledge on what foods can trigger bloating.

Vegetables

  • Cabbage
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Cucumbers
  • Kale
  • Sauerkraut
  • Kohlrabi
  • Asparagus
  • Radishes
  • Onions
  • Potatoes
  • Rutabaga
  • Turnips
  • Garlic

Fruits

  • Prunes
  • Apricots
  • Raisins
  • Bananas
  • Apples
  • Fatty Foods
  • Pan-fried or deep-fried foods
  • Fatty meats
  • Cream sauces
  • Gravies
  • Pastries

Liquids

  • Carbonated beverages
  • Powders
  • Medications
  • Dairy Products

Natural ways to help bloating

  1. Let the gas leave the body. Yes, fart!
  2. Drink Peppermint Tea
  3. Eat ginger
  4. Eat some caraway seeds
  5. Drink some chamomile tea
  6. Take some activated charcoal
  7. Eat pumpkin
  8. Drink warm lemon water
  9. Chew your food thoroughly
  10. No talking while chewing
  11. Exercise
  12. Eat anise seed
  13. Take probiotics
  14. Don’t drink cold beverages while eating
  15. Reduce salt
  16. Do not eat fruits after a meal
  17. Eat digestive enzymes
  18. Treat constipation
  19. Eat smaller amounts of food
  20. Meditation

References:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16143143

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3388350/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3264926/

 

 

 

Pistachio

9 Surprising Facts About The Pistachio Nut

Pistachio

 

 

Pistachio Nuts were a common food since 6750 BC. They are a member of the cashew family and originate from Asia and the Middle East.

Pistachios are eaten whole, salted, roasted or fresh.  Pistachios are also used in ice cream, butter, and a paste.

Pistachios not only taste great but have nutrients carbohydrates, proteins, fats, dietary fiber, phosphorus, potassium, thiamine, vitamin B-6, beta-carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc, copper, manganese, vitamin C, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, folate, vitamin E, vitamin A, and vitamin K.

Out of all the nuts out there, pistachios contain the highest amounts of potassium, γ-tocopherol, vitamin K, phytosterols, and xanthophyll carotenoids.  Clinical studies suggest that pistachios help maintain healthy antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activity, glycemic control, and endothelial function. When consumed in moderation, pistachios may help control body weight because of their satiety and satiation effects and their reduced net metabolizable energy content.

In another study pistachios (roasted) have a lower fat content than any of the other nuts out there.

Health benefits of pistachios include aiding in

Type 2 diabetes – Pistachio nuts as a snack has beneficial effects on glycemic control, according to a study.

Heart Health – Pistachios have been studied for many years in reference to cardiovascular disease. Studies show a significant drop in cholesterol when consuming pistachios. Five published randomized cardiovascular trials have shown that pistachios promote heart-healthy blood lipid profiles.

Blood Pressure – Pistachios are rich in mono- and polyunsaturated fatty acids, which may reduce hyperglycemia and improve metabolism.

Weight loss – Researchers found that pistachios have satiety and satiation effects. Another study with individuals in a weight loss program demonstrated lower body mass index and triglyceride levels who consumed pistachios versus pretzels. Epidemiological studies have failed to find any association between nut or pistachio consumption and either weight gain or an increased risk of obesity

Cancer – Pistachios have vitamin E and other antioxidants in them may reduce the risk of cancer.

Absorbing Iron – A study conducted found that pistachios are high in copper, which helps the body absorb more iron therefore helping in not getting anemia.

Improved Digestion – In a study, they suggest pistachios have prebiotic characteristics and contain non-digestible food components such as dietary fiber, which remains in the gut and serve as food for naturally occurring bacteria.  Pistachios also contain phytochemicals that could modify microbiota composition. Foods with prebiotic properties may enhance the growth of beneficial bacteria in the digestive tract.

Fiber – A serving of about 1 ounce or 30 grams of pistachios contains about 3 grams of dietary fiber, more than enough to get your digestive tracts working at excellent capacity.

Erectile Dysfunction – Turkish researchers revealed results from a study that eating 3-1/2 ounces of pistachio nuts a day for 3 weeks led to improved sexual function in men with ED.

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Do you know 11 things cabbage is good for?

I’ve been eating a lot of raw organic cabbage for many years.  There are so many blogs on what to eat and which is the best. The important thing to know is that cabbage should be eaten raw to get the most benefits from it. When you cook cabbage, it loses nutrients such as Vitamin C and makes it more difficult for the body to absorb the other nutrients.

 

Cabbage can be purple, green or white and is related to the broccoli and cauliflower family (cruciferous vegetable family). The purple cabbage an excellent source of vitamin K, vitamin C, and vitamin B6 and cabbage is a good source of choline, calcium, selenium, such as riboflavin, thiamin, iron, pantothenic acid, phosphorus, vitamin B2, magnesium protein, and niacin. It’s also a wonderful source of dietary fiber, vitamin B1, folate, copper manganese, and potassium.

  • Eye health – It contains beta-carotene which helps in prevention of macular degeneration of the eyes and helps to keep cataract at bay.
  • Weight loss – low in calories at a half a cup, you are only eating 17 calories.
  • Brain health – The Vitamin K and anthocyanins in cabbage help with mental function and concentration. It prevents nerve damage, helps to improve your defense against Alzheimer’s disease, and dementia.
  • Premature aging – The Vitamin – C helps with the aging process and keep the skin looking youthful.
  • Muscle pain – Steaming these leaves and putting them on your arthritis, gout or overexertion. Leave them on for 10 minutes until they are limp.
  • Skin Care – The Vitamin E in cabbage is effective in helping people who suffer from eczema, psoriasis, acne, rashes, insect bites, leg ulcers, and wounds.
  • Constipation – Cabbage is extremely high in fiber.
  • Hair Care – If you apply its juice starting at the roots for an hour. Shampoo after and you’ll notice how soft it is. The Vitamin A in it helps with hair growth.
  • Anti-inflammatory – It helps with inflammation because it is high in amino acids.
  • Immunity Booster – Cabbage is high in Vitamin C.
  • Cabbage also helps with inflammation in cancer, obesity, cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

About a year and a half ago, I found the recipe below and thought I would share it with you and is eaten raw.

  • 2 cups shredded red cabbage.
  • 2 cups shredded green cabbage.
  • 1 tablespoon raw organic apple cider vinegar (sometimes, I add more to my liking)
  • 1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt.
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper.
  • 2 Gala apples, cored and very thinly sliced.
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, toasted and chopped.

Mix it all together and viola.

 

 

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Organic Coconut Oil Benefits

CoconutsCoconut oil is beneficial in so many ways, and more and more people are realizing it. Don’t let the fact that is high in fats discourage you though because they are MCFA’s and are very easily digestible.

There are many health benefits of coconut oil:

  • Weight loss – it is helpful by making you feel full and eat less
  • Immune System – A wonderful antibacterial, anti-fungal, and antiviral for diseases today in the body. Example – Candida
  • Heart diseases – lowers blood pressure by regulating blood cholesterol levels, as well as triglycerides.
  • Hair Care – makes your hair grow longer, thicker, and faster.
  • Skin Care – Coconut oil works great as a face cleanser, sunscreen, and moisturizer. And it helps with skin disorders Eczema, dandruff, psoriasis, and dermatitis.  The fatty acids (Caprylic and Lauric) in coconut oil reduce inflammation internally and externally and moisturize making them a great solution for all types of skin conditions.
  • Tooth decay – swooshing this in your mouth 10 to 20 minutes a day, helps with plaque and prevents cavities or even cures cavities
  • Osteoporosis – prevents bone loss.
  • Cancer – kills over 90% of colon cancer cells just after 2 days according to a University of Adelaide study. It also helps with decreasing the toxic and often devastating side effects of chemotherapy.
  • Energy and Endurance – Coconut oil is easy to digest and allows you to sustain more energy and increase metabolism. When taking a quality non-processed coconut oil, you can get the most benefit as MCFA’s are sent directly to the liver to be converted into energy.

If you aren’t sure which coconut oil to purchase, I suggest Spectrum Naturals, Organic Coconut Oil. It is USDA Organic Certified and GMO-free. You’ll find that it is extremely inexpensive. It is also good to use it sparingly when eating it, as Harvard University Explains