Monthly Archives: May 2013

3 Great Health Tips For The Summer

  1. Start Juicing

Juicing is a little different than making smoothies. A juicer doesn’t just blend everything together, it removes all of the fiber. This makes vegetables far easier to drink. If you have tried blending root crops like carrots into a smoothie you will know they are not the easiest thing to drink. When it comes to juicing anything goes. You can pretty much put any vegetable in there and it will taste OK as long as you add something sweet like an apple.

Juicing does cut out the fiber content so you will want to make sure you are getting this elsewhere in your diet. Oats for breakfast and wholewheat bread are good for fiber. You can easily get your “5 a day” with just one glass of juice. Try 3 vegetables and 2 fruits at first but be careful not to add too much fruit as many (like apples) are very high in sugar.

2.  Take Up a Sport or Physical Activity as a Hobby

Lets face it, most of us just don’t enjoy running on a treadmill or lifting weights in a gym. Our intentions are good but we just never make use of those gym memberships. In the UK Brits waste an estimated £37 million a year on unused gym memberships (source- Which.co.uk).

The answer is to find something you enjoy instead. This is easier said than done, but it makes all the difference, especially if you can find a partner to join you. For couples a popular choice is rock climbing. Women can be put off at first because they don’t want to break fingernails or get muscles in their arms. You needn’t worry though because climbers usually have quite slender bodies. Climbers are taught to try and use their legs more than their arms whenever possible, so it is actually a great all over workout.

Another one popular with couples is dancing. Salsa in particular is extremely popular at the moment and is suitable for couples of all ages. Men may need a little cajoling at first but many quickly become hooked. There are many different styles of dancing so the best thing is to take a few classes until you discover the right one for you.

 3.  If All Else Fails Try Self Hypnosis

Self hypnosis is proven to be effective for a wide range of health and emotional issues. Stop smoking hypnosis is well worth trying if you are ready to quit cigarettes. Like with all forms of self hypnosis, you need to have an open mind and be ready to relax and concentrate for the audio sessions to be effective.

If you are having issues with eating then you could try gastric band hypnosis. This imitates the effect of a surgical gastric band. Of course the virtual gastric band is a far easier and less expensive route to take. It can help over-eaters to cut back on unhealthy foods. Hypnosis can also help you to get motivated to exercise, stop drinking too much alcohol and much more. Although not effective on everyone it is well worth trying for the price of a CD or Mp3 download.

Why you Should Introduce Super Foods into your Diet

We have all heard the buzz about so called super foods. The hype is most certainly
deserved in many cases. These are foods which have unusually high levels of vitamins
and other nutritional benefits. In some cases they can help with specific diseases and
other conditions.

Turmeric health benefits are particularly impressive. This is a spice most commonly found
in Indian cuisine. It is said to help with a long list of health issues from cancer to arthritis. It
is most famously known as a powerful anti-inflammatory which can help with hives and
possibly inflammation of the liver. It is best not to consume it raw however. In order to have
it absorb into the blood stream it is advisable to boil the power (or root) for 10 minutes.
Adding oil and pepper can also help with absorption.

One of the most healthy vegetables are beets. This root crop is jam packed with nutrients
and is easily incorporated into salads. It is also the ideal item to use if you prefer juicing
vegetables. Celery is another particularly healthy vegetable which is one of the few foods
that actually makes you loose weight as you eat it.

When it comes to fruits acai berries have been big on health circuits for a good few years
now. This exotic berry is packed with antioxidant properties and is a massive seller. Be
careful when buying canned acai juices though, as they are often made with the less
potent powder and may contain artificial sweeteners.

If you are a fan of smoothies then two things you should include are kale and chia seeds.
Kale is in the cabbage family and is an awesome addition to a fruit smoothie. Chia seeds
are easily added to smoothies, they can be ground down in many blenders before the fruit
is added. Flax seeds are another similar super food which can easily be sneaked in to
smoothies and other dishes.

For snacks the first option is almonds. This is an ideal snack food as it slow-releases
energy. If you feel tired at all during your day, just snack on a few almonds and you will
soon feel better. They also contain large amounts of Vitamin E and manganese. Yogurt is
a fantastic snack food which can also be used for desserts. Never buy sweetened yogurt
as that contains masses of sugar. Instead add the far healthier option of honey (which
itself is a super food in many people’s eyes). Then sprinkle over fruit like cherries,
blueberries and thinly sliced almonds.

You can find more information at Top 10 Super Foods.