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Defying the Aging Process

71There are many areas you’d need to consider when attempting to look as young as possible.

One example is what you eat. This short article is a quick summary of food that help you look your best, and food that work against your objectives.

Fast Foods
We all know how quick, convenient and tasty fast foods are.

What we also need to know is how much fast foods can promote aging.

Try to eat grilled meat whenever possible. Drink water instead of soda.

Examine the menu in front of you and seek out low-calorie options. Thankfully, more and more restaurants provide this information in their menus.

Fruit Drinks
Do not just trust the branding on your canned fruit drink, but look at the label carefully. Don’t buy anything that’s more sugar than actual fruit extract.

Your best bet is to shop at health food stores and organic supermarkets. Consider purchasing fruit juices with high polyphenol content such as green tea (good) and pomegranate juice (better).

Several research done so far have shown polyphenols to have excellent anti-aging properties in their chemical compound group. One important job they perform is to soak up free radicals in your body like a sponge.

Reduce Your Salt Intake
Too much salt causes blood pressure and fluid retention to increase. Women after fifty years of age are more susceptible to this occurrence.

Don’t Forget Your Teeth and Bones
You’ll need to take good care of your calcium intake and absorption to reduce the risk of osteoporosis.

Citrus fruits such as lemons and oranges contain bioflavonoids that strengthen the structure of your teeth and bones.

The Vitamin C present in these citrus fruits also helps in ensuring sufficient calcium absorption.

Chow Down On That Fiber
Incorporate fiber in all your meals.

Doubling up your daily fiber intake right now will ensure your body absorbs fewer, unnecessary calories.

Detox
Detoxification can range from a one-day fast to taking detoxing beverages and soups which you can live on for two days to a week. There are also detox herbs on the market that you can consider.

The goal of any detoxification program is to jump-start aging metabolisms, stops cravings, reduce water weight and restores the liver’s natural fat-burning power.

Apple Pectin
This helps the body get more efficient at burning calories by dumping wastes and toxins from our body.

Cayenne Pepper
Another detox candidate food. Cayenne peppers stimulates your metabolism by introducing a “heating” effect on the body. This stimulates blood circulation, opens up the pores and promotes detoxification through perspiration.

Flaxseed
Ingesting flax seeds helps suppress our appetites. These also cleans toxins and wastes from our body.

Ginger Root
This stimulates our metabolism and prevents water retention.

Parsley
This wonderful herb acts as a natural diuretic.

Peppermint
This stimulates circulation and opens up pores.

Psyllium Husk
This boosts our metabolism and acts as a natural laxative.

Good Foods You Should Be Eating More Of

70Raw Foods

The most nutritious foods that you can eat are raw foods. These can also be known as living foods. The reason they are called raw is because they have not been cooked, boiled, baked or frozen in any way. They have not been interfered with by humans. They are in their natural form and state.

In their raw form foods contain a very important component called enzymes. Enzymes are very important for plants to grow and they play an important role in maintaining the health of our bodies. All natural food contains these important enzymes. They help to heal and nourish our bodies, give us energy and improve our digestion.

With today’s modern most of the food we eat is cooked in some way. The problem with cooking is that the heat can destroy most if not all the enzymes in natural food.

Good Carbohydrates

These carbs can also be referred to as complex or healthy carbohydrates. These types of food have no refined or processed additives or sugars added to them. Foods that have good carbs include fruit, vegetables, grains and rice. For example, the sweetness of ripe fruit is created through the formation of natural sugars that are contained within the fruit. These naturally forming sugars are easily digested and help to metabolize the body more effectively. These foods can help improve our brain function, emotions and energy levels.

Good Protein

Protein plays an important role in the repairing and strengthening of the body’s muscles. The proteins found in natural foods such as vegetables can be easily digested by our body. The most effective of these are sprouts that are grown from the seed. Good protein can be derived from healthy organic raw meat however, it is better to reduce your reliance on eating too much meat. Eating plenty of vegetables, seed sprouts and beans will provide you with an excellent source of good protein.

Organic Food

Organic food is becoming more and more popular and for a very good reason. High industrialized farming practices use chemicals and pesticides in the growing of fruit and vegetables. These chemicals get into the soil and then into the fruit and vegetables we eat. There is no medical research that I know of that concludes that these chemical do us any good. Organic foods do not use any chemicals are pesticides in the soil they are grown in. Not only are they better for you they taste better too.

Good Foods to Eat When Breastfeeding

69Breastfeeding mothers should always maintain a balance and healthy diet, and takes plenty of fluids to produce more breast milk. Your daily diet shall include all the basic food groups such as calcium, protein, iron and vitamin. Breastfeeding mothers normally require more calories than a new mother without breastfeeding.

If you are breastfeeding fully, your diet shall include 2700 kcal per day. However, your calories intake shall be reduced after weaning from breastfeeding to 1800 kcal per day. It is very common that you will feel thirstier; therefore, it is essential for you to drink enough water to quench your thirst. You could also drink a glass of water before and after you breast feed.

A healthy breastfeeding diet is more on good quality of food rather than the quantity of food. A healthy daily diet shall include:

1. 50% of grain (such as oatmeal, cereal, wheat germ etc)

2. 20% of vegetables, beans and peas (such as carrots, pumpkin, spinach or other green vegetables, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, soybeans, red beans, kidney beans, pinto beans etc)

3. 10% of fruits (such as prunes, bananas, oranges, grapefruit, honeydew melon)

4. 10% of various nuts, seeds and seaweed (such as almonds, hazelnuts, pine nuts, peanut, peanut butter, sunflower seed etc), and 5. Last but not least 10% of meat and fish (such as lean beef, pork, lamb, shrimp, clams, oysters, cod, rainbow trout, halibut etc). 6. You could also add some milk products to your diet such as low-fat milk and low-fat or fat-free yogurt.

Good foods that help in maintaining a healthy and balance diet for breastfeeding:

1. Beans and peas like soybeans, kidney beans etc are your source of protein. They also rich in vitamin B. It is a good source of food to lose weight while breastfeeding without affecting the quality of breast milk.

2. Raisin, almond and others nuts contain higher iron, calcium and fiber than fresh fruits, and also a very good replacement for fruits which might lead to gaining weight.

3. Clams, oyster, dried scallop are enriched with iron. You could add this group of food into your diet to prevent anemia.

4. Seaweed is a high fiber, zero-calorie food which also helps in reducing cholesterol. 5. Spinach, cabbage and green vegetables would improve the metabolism of your body.

Nursing mothers need to aware on certain food intake, as any food that you have included in your diet would pass into your breast milk. You are advice to avoid taking a lot of spices, vinegar, ginger and sesame oil. Fish like swordfish, king mackerel, shark and tilefish are not suitable for you as a breastfeeding mom, as these fish contain high levels of mercury. You are also advice to avoid any alcoholic beverages. Beverages with caffeine such as coffee also not recommended. However, a moderate amount such as 2 cups a day would not affect much on your breast milk if you cannot avoid it. You shall stop smoking if you are a smoker. Even the secondhand smoke is not good.

Breastfeeding mothers are advised to aware that any drugs should be taken under a professional description. Although the amounts of drugs which will be presented in the breast milk is low and the concentration is too low to cause any hazard to the baby, you are urged to get the professional advice before taking any drugs. You should seek professional advice on the suitability used of any drug before attempting for self medication.

Breatfeeding your baby requires extra calories in your diet; therefore, you need to ensure that your diet and food that you take daily includes all the essential diet in the food groups. The type of food you take will affect the quality of your breast milk for your baby.

 

13 Hidden Foods For Good Libido

68You rarely heard NO from a man when asked to have sex. Even doctors see men as sexual automatons who always want to have sex. But if you hear some man saying no to sex or your husband or boyfriend says ‘not today’, you should sense that there might be something wrong.

But you can correct the issues at the initial stage by adding some wonder foods into your diet to boost the libido and get back into the mood and enjoy the sexual pleasure.

Avocados: It is known to increase arousal in both male and female. And the level of energy for sexual activities.

Tomatoes: It contains lycopene, which is good for a man’s prostate health.

Chocolates: It is a great food for great sex and also increases sexual stamina.

Saffron: It improves the sexual performance and benefits sex life.

Broccoli: This wonder veggie boosts the libido of both man and women. It also improves the blood circulation.

Cloves: This magic spice has been used since centuries to treat male sexual dysfunction. Ginger also helps in enhancing libido.

Black raspberries: This fruit enhances sexual endurance as well as libido.

Watermelon: The ingredient called phenylethylamine present in watermelon boost up the serotonin and endorphin level.

Eggs: Eggs are high in protein and help in erectile dysfunction.

Lettuce: Lettuce with olive oil and vinegar rev up your libido as it contains opate which activates sex hormones.

Strawberry: There has to be good blood circulation in both men and women for proper sexual functioning and Strawberries are the richest source of antioxidants which is good for your arteries as well as your heart. Moreover, Strawberries are the richest source of vitamin C which increases the sperm counts in men. If you really want to boost up your libido, dip Strawberries into the dark chocolate which includes methylxanthines. It will surely activate your libido.

Alcohol: If you are planning to go on date, a glass of wine will make you feel chatty and relaxed, and it is the social lubricant which gets strangers talking to each other. But, keep in mind that too much alcohol dampens sexual desire, decreases sensitivity and arousal. It may also lower inhibitions.

Almonds: Almonds are the best source of Vitamin E, selenium, zinc which is important for your reproduction as well as sexual health. Selenium can deal with infertility issues and Vitamin E can improve your heart health. Zinc is very important to produce sex hormones in men and automatically boost up libido.

Proper blood circulation is very important for your sex organs, therefore selecting foods that contains a good amount of omega 3 fatty acids is a great idea to boost up your libido.

The Foods You Think Are Healthy, But Aren’t

67There are a lot of foods out in the world that have been promoted as healthy, but they actually are not. Certain food products get advertised as healthy to make us believe they are good for us.

The reality is that there are many unhealthy foods we perceive as “healthy.” Knowledge is power, so here are some “supposedly good” foods that you should stay away from.

Canned Tomatoes:

Since tomatoes are prominent in many delicious recipes, this is hard to hear. You are better off using fresh, organic tomatoes to make those recipes. Why aren’t canned tomatoes good for you? Most cans contain BPA, which is a toxic chemical that leads to an increased risk of developing prostate or breast cancer, diabetes, heart disease, or other health problems. Tomatoes are naturally acidic and that causes the BPA to leak into the food. Some cans say that they are BPA-free. Don’t be fooled! Companies started removing BPA from products after severe pressure from the public, but they started using another product called BPS, which is just as bad. Avoid cans and go for glass jars.

Salad Dressings:

We like eating salads with different flavors. Our taste buds have become used to salad dressings, but most all of them are unhealthy and counteract the nutrients of the vegetables. Most salad dressings are full of sugar, vegetable oils, artificial chemicals, and trans fats. A great way to get the proper nutrients from salads is to make your own dressings. Apple cider vinegar and extra virgin olive oil are the two best ingredients for salad dressings. Add the spices or herbs of your choice, or try this recipe.

Vegan Junk Food:

It doesn’t mean it’s good just because it has the word vegan in it. It’s still junk food, which means it’s processed. Case in point.

Pre-made Smoothies or Juices:

Those pre-made or store bought smoothies and juices aren’t as healthy as you think they are. These smoothies are not the best kept health secret. They are actually loaded with sugar and can contain 680-1,000 calories. The high sugar content in these can cause blood sugar levels to spike or drop, which can lead to type 2 diabetes. Even those bottled green drinks aren’t giving you the healthy nutrients you think you’re getting. There can be as many as 50 grams of sugar in one of those bottles. You are way better off making your own smoothies or juices to actually get the nutrients from fresh fruits and veggies.

Trail Mix:

Trail mix is a great snack, if you make it right. Most people like the ease of grabbing a handful or a small bag of trail mix to snack on. The reality is that most trail mixes are high in calories, contain high amounts of sodium and sugar, have chocolate or candy-coated pieces, or have dried fruit, which contains sulfur dioxide and sugar. Most trail mixes are full of trans fats, refined carbohydrates, and simple sugars. Look for trail mixes that have unsalted nuts and no sugar. Better yet, make your own using raw, unsalted nuts and seeds and freshly dehydrated fruits.

Soy Protein Isolate & Unfermented Soy Products:

The health facts you have come to believe about soy are lies. The number one problem with soy is that 90-95% of soybeans, from which soy is derived, grown in the US are genetically engineered. Most soybeans are designed to be “Roundup ready,” meaning they are supposed to survive lethal herbicides. The primary ingredient in Roundup, glyphosate, can disrupt the female reproductive cycle. Whether or not you eat soy milk or tofu, you have to pay attention to labels because there are many names for soy additives. You can be eating genetically modified foods without even knowing it. In addition to soy protein isolate, you should avoid all unfermented soy products. You should only eat soy products if it is organic and has been properly fermented. Other than that, stay away from soy.

Whenever you buy food, be it organic or locally grown, look for the highest quality product you can get. Avoid foods that have been grown with pesticides, genetically modified organisms, and have added growth hormones. Seek out your local farmer’s market or organic grocery store to get the best foods you can. Places to get actual healthy food are more abundant and closer to you than you think.