Monday, October 31, 2011

Healthy Ways To Add Years To Your Life

If you think that you can have long life based on how long your grandparents and parents live, then you’re partly correct. Though genetics have an impact you still have more control of how long you should live that is based on your lifestyle choices says Dr. Michael Roizen, chief wellness officer at the Cleveland Clinic. He stated certain habits that will certainly add years to your life.

1. Go to Bed 15 minutes earlier: Add 3 years to your life

This habit will help you get an extra 7.5 hours of shut-eye in a month. Because sleep is very much important since it is when every organ and system in your body repairs, restores and resets itself. Not having enough sleep compromises on how well your entire body functions and the negative impact it brings.

2. Walk 30 minutes a day:  Add 2.2 years to your life

It is the simplest form of exercise that everybody can do. Just a 30 minute walk a day, it can already keep your weight steady and can lower your risk of heart disease and diabetes.

3. Get up and move: Add 5.6 years to your life

Just as giving yourself time to walk 30 minutes a day will make your overall daily life more active. Getting up of at least 100 minutes of movement a day can give you the biggest health benefits. Movements like sweeping the floor, dusting windows, washing the dishes, cooking, stretching or anything that you can do to make your body moves.

4. Floss daily:  Add 3.5 years to your life

According to research that people who do the most sitting have an increased risk of heart disease because sitting for a long period of time allows fat to continue circulating in your bloodstream longer, which in turn slows the ability of HDL(the good cholesterol) to clear plaque from your arteries. A healthy smile can also lead to a healthy heart. Many studies reveal that periodontal and cardiovascular diseases are linked. That is why you should floss in the morning and at night that will help improve your health.

5. Eat healthy: add 14 years

Food has a very big impact on the genes that accelerate or that slow down the aging process of the body. Therefore eating is not only eating anything that you want it is choosing the “good and healthy” ones. Eat at least five servings of variety of fruits and vegetables daily. Eating different fruits and vegetables can give a thousands of different disease fighting nutrients says Dr. Katz.
Eating fish which is rich in omega3 fatty acids twice a week can help fight heart disease, stroke, hypertension, depression and even Alzheimer’s disease and
Go for fiber-rich whole grains. Spooning up a high-fiber breakfast cereal instead of a more refined, sugary one cuts your risk of heart disease and diabetes by nearly 30%.
6. Have more sex with your partner: add 8 years to your life
I was a little bit amazed of this tip, anyway that’s according to their research then it must be true. Being in a satisfying relationship is good for your heart and soul. Women in a healthy monogamous relationship are significantly healthier compared with those who are either unhappy or sexually inactive says Dr. Roizen.
7. Don’t text and drive: add 2 years to your life
Studies shows that texting while driving and driving while drunk increases your risk of being in a serious accident, which means you will die at any age.

8. Mange stress: add 4 years
Of course you cant control when and overloaded work and family obligations might hit but how you handle stress has the biggest impact to your health. When you are constantly tense, your blood pressure, heart rate and levels of the stress hormone “cortisol” will also raised which increases your risk for heart disease, stroke and Alzheimers disease and many more. What you can do is to exercise, 15 minutes walking and breathing can be of great help. Being involved with friends or in a community can swept away your stress. A British study shows that people who chewed a gum had less work-related and overall and depression than those who didn’t get this oral fix. It is because chewing a gum can stimulate the vagus nerve which helps the body relax and increases levels of serotonin, a brain chemical that makes the person feel calmer and happier.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Bad Odor Remedies

Sometimes we cannot avoid that smell unpleasant especially when we undergo a hard days work, workout or when the weather is too hot that sweat us much or we can still smell bad because of the food that we eat, after taking off our heels and shoes. Of course it’s a normal thing after all, but we need to fix it before others will notice it. Surprisingly we can have a quick fix for the not so sweet smells in our life that can be found in the kitchen. Yes, so easy to reach bad odor remedies that will help us to achieve a full body freshness.

Aside from being a healthy drink, it’s also good at keeping stinky feet. It is because both green and black teas have the tannic acids hat will help keep your feet dry, thus preventing the root of your foot odor problem which is perspiration. As we all know that perspiration has a fowl odor especially when the naturally occurring bacteria on your skin interact with your feet’s perspiration, the result is the equivalent of an odorous perfect storm in your shoe. But if you can limit the moisture in your feet you can hamper the horrible smell. This is what you are going to do, make a pot of tea and pour it into a tub big enough to fit booth tootsies. Once it has cooled, soak your feet for 10 minutes. You can do this remedy once a day. Just a reminder, tea may stain your skin so wash it quickly with soap and water to remove discoloration.

2. Cornstarch
Other way to stop bad odor on your feet is by using cornstarch. Have you noticed at the end of the day after slipping off your shoes you can smell something- like yucky? That’s because closed-toe shoes tend to corral odors. It’s normal for feet to perspire but tight, unbreathable shoes trap sweat that eventually causes them to stink. That is why cornstarch is a good fix for the problem because the powder absorbs excess moisture and neutralizes odor and aside from that its soft granules are more comfortable on feet than traditional baking soda. Just sprinkle some           cornstarch into your shoes as soon as you get home.

3. Parsley

Problem with bad breath? There’s no need for expensive mouth wash this time. Some fresh herbs such as parsley, peppermint and spearmint can be use as breath freshener. The strong oils contain within them help to overpower nose-offending scents. These herbs can act like a mouthwash to temporarily mask odors. It also leaves a pleasant aroma to the mouth. So go ahead much up your parsley garnish after dinner, even though the results will only last for a few minutes but it’s better than nothing at all.

4. Citrus
It’s more than just a refreshing snack, eating fresh citrus like lemons and oranges can help limit musky smells that lingers on your skin. The acids in citrus fruits help flush water through your body. It also contains fibers that move through your system and flush out toxins that contribute to body odors. So if your body starts to get a little embarrassing, try to eat grapefruit at breakfast or dig some juicy, sweet orange for dessert.
5. Milk
Every food that we eat is spice up with garlic, onions, pepper and other spices that may cause bad breath into our mouth. Try to drink a glass of milk with your meal. It was found out that drinking beverages with high water and some fat content like milk may help reduce garlic breath and mask the garlic odor during eating. 

Friday, October 28, 2011

Six Reasons Why We Need To Sleep

As a healthy rule, a person needs to sleep at least 8 hours a day. Unfortunately, the first thing that we do is trying to finish what we have started and we forgot that it’s already time to SLEEP. Sleep can sometimes feel like a luxury, but it is one “indulge” you can’t afford to skip. Why need to sleep? Below are some of the important reasons that we should take into consideration every time we lack of sleep.

1. Better Brainpower

Oftentimes, we only have six hours or less of sleep or in the same way staying awake for up to 48 hours straight. Keeping that schedule for a period of two weeks and you’ll impair your reaction time, thought processing and memory. In other words, our ability to drive a car, to think quickly on the job, the ability to remember names and events, the efficiency to our job will go down and drain if we lack sleep. So why risk ourselves? Get enough sleep and importantly go for the required hours and you will be a very effective person in everything that you think and do.

2. Stronger Immunity

If you practice the eight hours sleep per night your body will be stronger to catch up infection such as colds and fever.
3. Slimmer Figure
Women who sleep five or less hours a night are one third more likely to gain at least 33 pounds over the next 16 years compare to those who get seven to eight hours of sleep. It is because a person will produce more of the appetite promoting hormone ghrelin and less of the satiety producing hormone leptin when his low on sleep.

4. Less Disease
Of course when a person gets enough sleep he has a strong immune system that will fight against sickness as compare to people who sleeps for an average of five hours or fewer of sleep weakens the body’s ability to regulate blood sugar levels, which may double the risk for type 2 diabetes, according to Diabetes Care. And people who sleep five or fewer hours a night are 50 percent more likely to develop high blood pressure than are those who get more than six, possibly due to their elevated levels of the stress hormone cortisol, which strain the heart, the journal Sleep reports.

5. Healthier Hair

You can probably notice that when sleep few hours over time, your strands become brittle and thin. That’s because sleep deprivation can cause your body to churn out cortisol (a stress hormone that interferes with cell functioning, wreaking havoc on your hair even to your health as it may lead to chronic pain, depression, cognitive issues and heart problems). But if you get enough sleep as required, you’ll reap the benefits of growth hormones at their peak because the neurochemicals build new cells and repair damages ones including those in hair follicles.

6. Younger-looking Skin

Having a good night sleep, your skin goes into repair mode. Blood flow increases and with it, skin’s oxygen supply; amino acids also kick into action, producing collagen, which helps fight lines. But you can obtain the benefits only if you’re sleeping enough—the seven to eight hours ideal. And you’ll look so gorgeous, and when somebody will ask, what have you done? Your easy answer: Nothing—but sleep in!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Easy Ways To Drop Pounds

Cutting out calories as a means of losing weight was then so easy then we’d all be at our ideal weight. Unfortunately, dieting comes with all sorts of obstacles that make us tough to stay on track. For dieting can leave you famished, rob you of energy and take up too much time. And if that is the case no wonder that they rarely work. But it can be done in some other way. Try these simple solutions for fighting huger and fatigue and at the same time save your valuable minutes every day. You can now drop your pounds in a very easy way.

To turn off hunger:
  1. Chew gum before a meal.  This habit will stimulate your jaw nerves connected to the brain region which is responsible for satiety. As a result you will feel less hungry, put down your fork sooner, and effortlessly trim calories off your meal.
  2. Get hip to Water. Water dense fruit and veggies fill you up for few calories and sipping plain water before or during meals may help curb your hunger. So drink up!
  3. Move it. Exercise may lower hormone levels and raise levels of an appetite-suppressing protein.

To fuel your slim down
  1. Reach for Vitamin B. Our body uses vitamin B to convert food into energy. Choose meals and snacks top with B sources such as skim milk, peanuts, poultry and leafy greens.
  2. Walk hard. A brisk 10 minute walk provides a quick energy flow that lasts up to two hours.

To save hours:
  1. Double down. Make a few batches of your healthy meals and wrap up some leftovers for the next meal or you can freeze some servings for the next day which don’t need your time for preparation.
  2. Map out your menu. You must plan your menu for a week so that it will be easy for you to decide on what to eat.
  3. Smart Preparation. Right after you get home from the supermarket, clean and trim veggies and other ingredients for later meal making. Wash fruits and other snacks and put it in a resealable bags so that when you hits hunger you will have a healthy food on hand.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Foods That Fight Skin Aging

Getting older is fine because we all go through that stages of life but looking older is not much to be proud of. It is a fact that we all pass this stage of aging but we can delay the process of looking old by eating some of these foods like strawberries, pineapple and other delish foods. Aging is not a problem anymore if we continuously take care of our health and mange the foods that we intake. Below are some of the foods that we should eat to stay healthy and look younger.

1. Vitamin A
Our skin has several layers, the dermis which lies below the surface layer of the skin and the epidermis which contains all the collagen, a protein that gives the skin plumness and elasticity. Now vitamin A helps increase the collagen production and thickens the dermis which will make the skin looks fuller and bounces back more readily. Vitamin A is also an antioxidant which helps repair the free radical damage to skin cells that leads to wrinkling and sagging.
Good Sources: Sweet potatoes (28,000 IUs each); leafy greens such as spinach (23,000 IUs per chopped, cooked cup), kale (19,000 per cooked cup) and broccoli (2,400 IUs per cooked cup); bright red, yellow and orange produce such as carrots (27,000 IUs per cooked cup ), cantaloupe (5,400 IUs per cup), sweet red bell peppers (4,700 IUs per cup) and red chile peppers (428 IUs each); asparagus (600 IUs per four spears)

2. Vitamin C
Vitamin C is also an antioxidant and helps mop up free radicals before they do any damage to our body.

Good Sources: Red bell peppers (152 mg each), broccoli (101 mg per cooked cup), strawberries (98 mg per cup), papaya (87 mg per cup), pineapple (74 mg per cup), kiwifruit (70 mg each), cantaloupe (59 mg per cup), cauliflower (46 mg per cup)

Monday, October 24, 2011

Superfoods for Acne Problem

This seems to be a problem of anybody which appears even after high school age, but getting plenty of these three nutrients will help banish blemishes whatever your age now.

1.      Vitamin A.
According to Dr. Jody Levine, a dermatologist in New York City that this is an antioxidant that helps thins the epidermis or the outer layer of the skin that produces dead cells which can clog the pores. It also dries up sebum, the gross oily, waxy stuff your skin glands produce, that mixes with dead skin cells to create clogs and transport you to Zitville. The daily value of vitamin A is 5,000 international units (IUs). So it is better to get at least much of it and pair it with healthy fats such as oilive oil or avocado. Vitamin A is a fat soluble vitamin so the body will absorb it better.

Sources of Vitamin A.
Sweet potatoes (28,000 IUs each); leafy greens such as spinach (23,000 IUs per chopped, cooked cup), kale (19,000 IUs per cooked cup) and broccoli (2,400 IUs per cooked cup); bright red, yellow and orange produce such as carrots (27,000 IUs per cooked cup), cantaloupe (5,400 IUs per cup), red bell peppers (4,700 IUs per cup) and red chile peppers (428 IUs each); asparagus (600 IUs per four spears)

2. Zinc

It is a mineral that helps tame skin’s oil production, less oil means less sebum and fewer pimples. The required daily allowance (RDA) for zinc is 8 milligrams.

Sources of zinc
Raw oysters (76 mg per six oysters), fortified breakfast cereals such as Total (15 mg per ¾ cup), canned blue crab (5 mg per cup), turkey (4 mg per cup), beef sirloin (4 mg per 3 ounces), pork loin (4 mg per 3 oz), part-skim ricotta (3 mg per cup)

3. Omega-3 Fatty Acids

They are responsible for maintaining the body’s essential oils, the healthy, non-pore-clogging kind that keep skin cells from drying out, flaking and congesting pores. They also have anti-inflammatory properties that aid with healing. According to Kristin Kirkpatrick, R.D., a nutrition advisor that “Acne is a teeny little wound on your face,” There’s no RDA for omega-3s; Kirkpatrick suggests aiming for 600 mg daily.

Sources of Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Flaxseed (1,600 mg per 1 tablespoon), canola oil (1,300 mg per 1

Friday, October 21, 2011

Feel Richer With Android

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

People With Mole Age Slower

There was a study conducted by researchers at Kings College London and was first established in Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention Journal which was presented to a group of doctors and scientists at the UK’s Royal Society of Medicine Conference.
Scientists found that an abundance of beauty marks is correlated with stronger bones, firmer muscles, a healthier heart and eyes, fewer wrinkles, and even a nearly 50 percent reduction in the risk of osteoporosis. Scientists say the link stems from the fact that people with moles have longer telomeres -- the region of DNA found at the end of every chromosome that serves as a plastic cap to keep chromosomes from unraveling and mutating.

As humans age, their telomeres naturally shrink. Shortened telomeres are responsible for causing all types of conditions associated with aging including wrinkles, hair thinning, arthritis, weight gain and loss, high blood pressure, diabetes, vision and hearing loss.

But in spite of these results, preserving your telomere length has to do with more than just possessing beauty marks. Other factors such as a poor diet, smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, obesity and psychological stress can also cause your telomeres to shorten faster than natural cell division alone. Meanwhile, exercising has been linked to longer telomeres.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Clothes To Wear To Hide Problem Areas Of Your Body

Nobody is perfect here on earth and that’s a reality. Nobody can say that she has a perfect body figure, perfect skin and everything. Even celebrities and famous actresses have problems with their body that is why they go for some enhancement of their body. But for those who cannot afford to pay for the doctor nothing to worry about because you can still look gorgeous and beautiful even with your extra sizes by doing some simple tricks. What each person considers a problem area may be different to the others. Some women may love to flaunt their sizable bust while others may be looking to cover up and focus on their shapely legs. So it depends on you on which to show up as long as it gives the best of your personality. Below are some of the problem areas of our body and the solution to the problem.

Problem 1. Large Bust
Solution:    Most women think that by wearing a turtleneck blouse or dress will hide the figure but they’re actually making their breasts appear larger. The solution to keep it slim, is a top with a scoop neck, which balances the proportion and directs the gaze to your collarbone area and face.

Problem 2. Untoned Arms
Solution:    Instead of covering up flabby arms, go for a top with a three-quarter length sleeve. By doing so, it ends at the thinnest point of your arm which is the elbow, the sleeve creates a slimming illusion.

Problem 3. Big Butt
Solution:     Stay away from pants that taper at the ankle and tops that are too short. Instead, wear a more flattering combo like a pair of flared jeans and  a patterned top that hits at hip length. 

Problem 4. Muffin Top
Solution:    Do not buy pants that are too tight or shirts that are made of thin or sheer material. Instead go for pants with a higher waist in order to keep the lower belly covered and add a loose top with a pattern that attracts the eye.

Problem 5. Thick Thighs
Solution:     Do not wear skinny pants because it can only emphasize the figure. You wear wide leg trousers which happen to be a big fall trend but give the illusion of a long thin leg. Also avoid tight skirts that hit at midcalf instead opt for A-line looks.

Problem 6. Sizable Tummy
Solution:    This problem experienced by most moms especially after giving birth. A great go to combo is a tunic and leggings. The tight leggings draw attention to slender stems and drapey loose top will cover the belly fat.

So no more worries about extra sizes of your body parts, it is how you carry yourselves and still look beautiful to everyone.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Habits That Are Giving You Belly Pudge

As much as we want, we don’t like to see ourselves bulging with too much fat. We do lot of exercises, diet, taking diet pills and many ways to cut off the fats. But don’t you know that certain behaviors and practices can actually add fat to your body? Yes, that’s true and that’s we need to know now. Below are some of the practices which we think can help to slim down our body which actually not. 

       1. You skip Meals. This tactic is not good. You will end up hungry later on that you can’t help but eat  
           more. And when you do that, more fat will certainly find its way to your midsection. What you can do 
          is to eat small to medium size meals every three to four hours, this will fills you up without resulting a 
          layer of excess fat.

 2.      You Go Vegetarian. Most women often avoid foods from the meat, fish and dairy groups because they think they are packed with calories and fat but, remember these foods are protein superstars that help boost your metabolism to fend off tummy pudge. You can opt for low-calorie, low-fat choices to sustain your daily protein requirement.

3. You think bread is bad.White bread, yes, but whole-grain breads and cereals is a great help. These will allow insulin levels to rise more gradually, reducing the chance that you’ll add fat to your belly. Take wild rice, oatmeal, or whole-wheat tortillas once a day can make a difference.

4.      You’re Crunched-Crazed. Sit-ups tone muscle but they don’t have any effect on the layer of fat covering them. So instead of wasting all your time on crunches, spend an extra 10 minutes on the treadmill.
5.      You Booze a lot but infrequently. Alcohol has lots of calories yet doesn’t fill you up at all. So when you binge-drink, nutritionists say, you’re basically inviting fats to settle on your midsection. If you crave a drink, make it red wine, it can help fight pooch.

6. You eat “Lite” products. You think you are doing a good diet option by opting for sugar-free yogurt, diet soda, or any other snack labeled with low-fat or low calorie but in reality these foods are often loaded with artificial sweeteners, which believe to trigger your metabolism to increase fat storage.

7. You think fatty foods are the enemy. Foods high in monounsaturated fats help burn off belly fat and lead you to consume less. Nutritionists recommend slicing one quarter of an avocado onto a sandwich or drizzling olive oil and vinegar on your salad.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Get Up Early and Stay Thinner and Happier

A new study conducted and finds out that people who get out of bed by 7:00 am do better in the workplace and have a lower chance of being depressed, stressed and overweight. According to Dr. Joerg Huber of Roehampton University in London that morning people tend to be healthier and happier as well as having lower body mass indices.

Another study in the US found out that people who habitually stay up late and sleep in late, eat more fast food and overall calories and less fruits and vegetables. They tend to have a higher body weight and have difficulty with weight loss than people who have more normal sleep routines.

So change your sleeping routine and see the change in yourself.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Fruits Loaded With Vitamins and Nutrients

When it comes to nutrition fruits are the best source of it. They are the natural source of vitamins and nutrients that are needed by our body. Below are some of the fruits that we must eat everyday.
Apples. They are rich in vitamins and fibers which are good for digestion. Be sure to eat the skin  as most of the nutrients are found there.


Oranges. Aside from fiber, oranges are rich in vitamin C, a real cure-all to most diseases as some people contend. So eat as is or drink as juice.

Bananas. They are considered the most complete of fruits as they contain most of the vitamins and nutrients the body needs. This is also the reason why eating a banana is good if you are in a rush and why athletes are admonished to eat bananas when training, as it is a ready meal. It is also rich in phosphorus.

Strawberries. This fruit is rich in folate and other vitamins. Also some studies actually indicate that this fruit may protect the body from cancer.