Food and Health

02
July
2014

100-calorie snack ideas

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Sometimes it is hard to come up with snacks that are both easy to make and healthy for you. But never fear! We have come up with a great list of easy-to-prepare snacks that you can have on hand, or make very easily.

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25
June
2014

Alcohol and Dieting

How does alcohol affect you when you are trying to lose weight and be healthier?

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If you are trying to lose weight, one of the first things you will hear is that you should cut out the alcohol first. While this is largely true, isn't it possible to have an occasional drink and still lose weight? Read on to find out.

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09
April
2014

Alternatives to Cow's Milk

Find the best non dairy milk for you

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If you have a sensitivity to dairy or lactose, you probably don’t drink much cow’s milk. So what should you do if you want to have a bowl of cereal or make a recipe that calls for milk?

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08
October
2013

Boost Your Brain Power with These Foods

Learn about foods that can help improve your memory and concentration

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Do you have a bad memory and a hard time concentrating? It could be your diet! Read here to find out about foods that can help improve your brain.

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23
April
2014

Coconut Oil and its Health Benefits

Why to add coconut oil to your diet now

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Coconut oil is definitely a super food. Not only is it great for your hair and skin, but it is a great thing to add into your diet as well.

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26
August
2013

Coffee and Its Effects on Your Health

How coffee affect you, the good and the bad

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Some say coffee is good for your health and some say it is bad. Who should you believe?

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14
May
2014

Emotional Overeating: Causes, Triggers, and How to Stop

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09
July
2014

Fiber-rich lunch ideas

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25
February
2014

Foods That Are Bad For Your Teeth

Know which foods can damage your teeth

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When we go to the dentist, they typically only mention to brush your teeth twice a day and floss, but what they don’t tell you is that there are many foods that affect the wear and tear of our teeth. Many people do not realize the impact certain foods can have on the health of their teeth.

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17
February
2014

Foods that are Great for Your Brain

What foods are good for your brain power?

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In this article, we will take a look at some foods that are essential for our brain, and work to boost our ‘brain power’ each day.

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05
August
2013

Foods that are Great for Your Skin

Eat these foods to have radiant skin

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When it comes to your skin, you are what you eat. While skin health has been promoted endlessly in terms of creams, salves, Sun-smarts, etc., the role that foods play in keeping your skin soft, smooth, and radiant has been given somewhat less attention. However, the skin is an organ just like any other, and most foods that are healthy for your body are also healthy for your skin. Load up on these nutritious, skin-healthy foods and avoid the bad ones!

The good

Tomatoes

Tomatoes are full of lycopene, which is a phytochemical that aids in destroying free radicals, harmful compounds that are produced by, among other things, exposure to sunlight. Molecules such as lycopene help protect from sun damage.

Carotenoid foods

Carotenoids are orange-yellow plant pigments that, in addition to improving your eyesight, are stored directly beneath the surface of your skin. This pigment can give your skin that healthy glow without getting a tan. Foods high in carotenoids include mangoes, papaya, carrots, and sweet potatoes.

Fishz

Oily fishes such as salmon and tuna are extremely rich in omega fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids play a role in cell membrane structure, helping to keep cells rigid and properly hydrated. This gives your skin a vibrant, rejuvenated look. In addition, tuna is an excellent source of selenium, which is a key component of the protein elastin, which maintains the elastic properties of skin cells, keeping them smooth and tight.

Almonds

Almonds are packed with vitamin E, as well as monounsaturated (healthy) fats that, in addition to maintaining good cholesterol levels, helps maintain the structure of skin cells. Almonds and other tree nuts are also an excellent source of protein, which is needed to sustain cell processes and promote regeneration.

Spinach

Regular consumption of spinach has been linked to a significant reduction in the occurrence of skin tumors. This may be because spinach is loaded with compounds such as folate, lutein, and potassium, which aid in DNA repair. When you are over-exposed to sunlight, the DNA in your skin cells is damaged by UV rays. This makes DNA repair essential for the prevention of skin cancer later in life. Spinach is also an excellent source of iron, which helps maintain proper blood health and circulation, thus furnishing the skin cells with better sources of oxygen and nutrients.

Flax seed

Flax seed is a great source of fiber and omega-3 fatty acids. These fatty acids function in cell membranes to attract water and keep it within the cells. This in turn keeps the cells plump and hydrated, which smoothes wrinkles and promotes a healthy look.

Chocolate

While excessive consumption of chocolate, especially commercial milk chocolate brands, will provide an excess of fat and sugar that will be a detriment to your skin health, moderate consumption of pure or high-percentage chocolate or cocoa powder provides an excellent source of flavanoids, powerful anti-oxidants that protect against sun damage and smooth the skin. Other good sources of flavanoids include black and green teas.

Berries

Blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, and most every berry are loaded with anti-oxidants, which protect the skin against damage from a variety of sources.

The bad

When planning a skin-healthy diet, try to avoid the following foods or consume them in moderation:

  • Alcohol
  • Foods with high sugar content (candy, soda and other sweetened drinks, etc.)
  • Salt
  • White flour
  • Saturated fats and hydrogenated oils
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    15
    July
    2013

    Foods That Are Not as Healthy as They Seem

    Stay away from these "health" foods

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    These foods have a reputation for being healthy, but you'd better take a second look. They aren't as healthy as they seem!

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    28
    February
    2014

    Foods that Clear Up Acne

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    Acne is a pesky annoying problem, and sometimes it is difficult to know what caused it and how to clear it up. Learn about foods that can help.

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    30
    April
    2014

    Foods that Give You Energy

    Get energy all day long with these foods

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    Are you looking for foods that will give you the most energy possible? Check out this comprehensive list!

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    18
    February
    2013

    Healthy Breakfast: Why It Is So Important

    Healthy Breakfast: Why It Is So Important
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    Everyone has heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and there is a lot of truth behind that statement. Learn more about breakfast here and how it positively affects your daily routine.

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