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Signs You Are Drinking Too Little Water

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There are really very few things in this world as precious and as refreshing as water. However, despite this, there are still a good number of people that deprive themselves of the many benefits of water by not drinking enough water on a daily basis. This damages their bodies in ways they might not even realize. Jumia Travel, the leading online travel agency shares 9 signs to help identify when you are not drinking enough water.

DRY MOUTH

If your mouth is always dry, it’s a clear sign you might not be drinking enough water. However, there are certain medications that cause dry mouth. In this case, the dry mouth might be a side effect of the drug and not caused by dehydration.

HEADACHES

If you are experiencing slight headaches, check yourself. Assess your water consumption in the past hours and determine if it has been less than adequate. Dehydration may be the cause of the slight headaches. A glass of water, preferably cold but not too cold, may help get rid of that headache.

REDUCED URINATION AND DARK-COLOURED URINE

If in a day, you rarely have to pee, it is likely you are dehydrated. Also, when you eventually pee, if your urine is dark yellow or worse, dark brown, it is a sign you are probably dehydrated and need to drink more water.

SLIGHT HUNGER PANGS

Slight hunger pangs especially after just eating not too long ago, may be caused by dehydration. Before grabbing a snack, try drinking a glass of water. If the hunger pangs recede, then chances are you were actually thirsty not hungry.

SLEEPINESS

This can be caused by many things but one of the causes is dehydration. In a bid to conserve the water in your body, your body slows down; this leads to lethargy and overall sleepiness. A cool glass of water can help perk your body up and give it what it needs to remain active.

DRY SKIN

Dry skin is one of the early signs of dehydration. If your skin always feels flaky and dry, and you seem to always have to apply lotion or lip balm to moisturize your skin when the weather is relatively humid, you could be dehydrated. This is also accompanied by lack of sweat, which leads to the body’s inability to wash away excess dirt and oil accumulated throughout the day.

DRY EYES

Without water in the body, your tear ducts dry up, a lack of or inadequate water in the body thus leads to dry bloodshot eyes. If you always experience dry eyes, a likely cause of this is dehydration.

DIGESTIVE PROBLEMS

Without proper hydration, the amount and strength of mucus in the stomach lessens, this allows stomach acid to eventually damage your insides, leading to heartburn and indigestion.

CONSTIPATION

When there isn’t enough water in your body system, the water that should be used by the intestines in the digestive process is used up by the colon. This lack of lubrication in the intestines leads to constipation.

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45 Tips To Live a Healthier Life

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Good health isn’t just about healthy eating and exercise — it also includes having a positive mental health, a healthy self-image, and a healthy lifestyle. In this article, I share 45 tips to live a healthier life. Bookmark this post and save the tips, because they are going to be vital in living a healthier life. 🙂

  1. Drink more water. Most of us don’t actually drink enough water every day. Water is essential for our bodies to function — do you know over 60% of our body is made up of water? Water is needed to carry out body functions, remove waste, and carry nutrients and oxygen around our body. Since we lose water every day through urine, bowel movements, perspiration and breathing, we need to replenish our water intake.Water

    Furthermore, drinking more water aids in losing weight. A Health.com study carried out among overweight/obese people showed that water drinkers lose 4.5 more pounds than a control group. The researchers believe that it’s because drinking more water helps fill your stomach, making you less hungry and less likely to overeat. I agree with that, and I have an added take that your body tries to retain whatever water you have when you don’t take in enough water, leading to increase in weight. Whereas when you regularly drink water, your body knows that it’s going to get its supply of fluids, so it doesn’t try to retain more water.

    The amount of water we need is dependent on various factors such as humidity, your physical activity, and your weight, but generally we need 2.7-3.7 litres of water intake per day. Since food intake contributes about 20% of our fluid intake, that means we need to drink about 2.0-3.0 litres of water, or about 8-10 glasses (now you know how the 8 glasses recommendation came about!). One way to tell if you’re hydrated — your urine should be colorless or slightly yellow. If it’s not, you’re not getting enough water! Other signs include: Dry lips, dry mouth, and little urination. Go get some water first before you continue this article!

  2. Get enough sleep. When you don’t rest well, you compensate by eating more. Usually it’s junk food. Get enough rest and you don’t need to snack to stay awake. Also, lack of sleep causes premature aging, and you wouldn’t want that.
  3. Meditate. Meditation quietens your mind and calms your soul. If you don’t know how to meditate, don’t worry — learn how to meditate in 5 simple steps.Meditation at the field
  4. Exercise. Not just a few times a week, but every day. Movement is life. Research has shown that exercising daily brings tremendous benefits to our health, including increase of life span, lowering of risk of diseases, higher bone density, and weight loss. Increase activity in your life. Choose walking over transport for close distances. Climb the stairs instead of taking the lift. Join some aerobics classes. Take up a sport of your liking (see tip #5)
  5. Pick exercises you enjoy. When you enjoy the sports, you’ll naturally want to do them. Exercise isn’t about suffering and pushing yourself; it’s about being healthy and having fun at the same time. Adding variation in your exercises will keep them interesting.
  6. Work out different parts of your body. Don’t just do cardio (like jogging). Give your full body a proper work out. The easiest way is to engage in sports, since they work out different muscle groups. Popular sports include basketball, football, swimming, tennis, squash, badminton, frisbee, and more.
  7. Eat more fruits. Fruits contain a plethora of vitamins and minerals. Do you know that oranges offer more health benefits than Vitamin C pills? Taking in synthetic supplements is not the same as consuming the foods directly from nature. Satisfy your palate with these nutritious fruits: Watermelon, Apricots, Avocado (yes, avocado is technically a fruit!), Apple, Cantaloupe, Grapefruit, Kiwi, Guava, Papaya, Strawberries.Fruits
  8. Eat more vegetables. Like fruits, vegetables are important for good health. Experts suggest 5-9 servings of fruits/vegetables a day, but unfortunately most people don’t even have 5 servings! Some of my favorite vegetables include kidney beans, black beans, asparagus, long beans, french beans, sprouts, button mushrooms, and carrots. What are your favorite vegetables and how can you include more of them in your diet today?
  9. Pick bright-colored foods. Fruits and vegetables with bright colors are usually high in anti-oxidants. Anti-oxidants are good for health because they remove free radicals in our body that damage our cells. So get your fill of fruits/vegetables of different colors: White (Bananas, Mushroom), Yellow (Pineapples, Mango), Orange (Orange, Papaya), Red (Apple, Strawberries, Tomatoes, Watermelon), Green (Guava, Avocados,  Cucumber, Lettuce, Celery), Purple/Blue (Blackberries, Eggplant, Prunes). Here’s a full list under the color wheel.
  10. Cut down on processed food. Processed foods are not good because (1) most nutritional value is lost in the making of these foods and (2) the added preservatives are bad for our health.  Many processed foods contain a high amount of salt content, which leads to higher blood pressure and heart disease. Processed foods are anything that is not in its raw form. In general, most food in supermarkets are processed — the more ingredients it has on the label (especially the ones ending with ‘ite’ or ‘ate’), the more processed they are. Watch out for those with salt/sugar in the first 5 ingredients and go for natural, whole food as much as possible.
  11. Love yourself. How much do you love yourself on a scale of 1-10? Why? How can you love yourself more starting today? Read: How to Develop a Positive Body Image (series)Pink hearts
  12. Barefoot walking/running. There have been many proven positive benefits of barefoot walking/running, from better posture, less stress for your feet, less stress for your joints, etc . I’ve been running barefoot since May 2010 and loving it. Read: 10 Reasons To Run Barefoot
  13. Purge negative people from your life. Positive mental health is an important part of a healthy life. You don’t need toxic people in your life. If you feel that a friend is overly criticalor negative, let him/her go. If you’re dealing with backstabbers, let them go too. Watch my video: How to Deal with Backstabbers
  14. Purge negativity from yourself. You don’t need negativity from yourself either. Listen to the thoughts that come up in your mind and get rid of the negative thoughts that you hear. A lot of eating happens because one feels unhappy, so by staying in a positive state yourself, you cut out that unhealthy dependence on food to be happy.
  15. Journal out unhappy thoughts. One great way to purge negativity from within is to do brain dumping exercises whenever you feel frustrated. This is something I do with my coaching clients as well, where I ask them to journal out their deepest thoughts so that we can address them. Don’t keep these thoughts pent up inside you — it’s not healthy.
  16. Avoid trigger foods. Trigger foods are the foods that make you go berserk and binge like crazy after you eat them. Everyone’s trigger foods are different (mine used to be doughnuts, pastries, and chips), but generally trigger foods are candy bars, chocolate, confectionery, chips, cookies, or anything with a high level of refined sugar, salt, fat, or flour. These foods cause a blood sugar imbalance, hence triggering one to eat more. What are your trigger foods? Identify them and remove them from your diet.
  17. Breathe. Deeply. Oxygen is a vital source of life. You may know how to breathe, but are you breathing properly? Most of us don’t breathe properly — we take only shallow breaths and breathe to 1/3 of our lung capacity. Athletes are coached proper breathing techniques to get their best performance. A full breath is one where your lungs are completely filled, your abdomen expands, and there’s minimum movement in your shoulders.Woman breathing
  18. Address emotional eating issues. Emotional eating is eating to fill an emotion rather than real hunger. Do you eat when you feel stressed out, down or frustrated? Do you reach out for food when you hit a block at work? Chances are, you’re emotional eating. However, emotional eating will never make you feel happy, because you’re trying to fill a void that has nothing to do with food. Food doesn’t give you love or happiness; it’s just food. Why do you reach out for food when you’re down? How can you address it? Get to the root of the issue and address it. Read: How to Stop Emotional Eating (6-part series)
  19. Eat small meals. Choose several small meals over a few big meals a day. This balances out your energy distribution throughout the day. In general, eat when you feel hungry, and stop when you’re full (see tip #20). You don’t need to wait until official meal times before you start eating. Listen to your body and what it tells you.
  20. Stop eating when you feel full. Many of us rely on external cues to tell when we’re full, such as whether everyone has finished eating and whether your plate was empty or not. These are irrelevant: you should look at internal cues, such as whether your stomach feels full or not. Don’t feel obligated to eat just because there’s still food on the plate. Personally I like to stop when I feel about 3/4 full — if I eat till I’m totally full, I’ll feel uncomfortable as my digestive system goes into overdrive. Use your gut as your indicator (literally). 😉
  21. Go for brown carbs vs. white carbs. White carbs are refined grains like white rice, pasta, white bread, crackers, noodles, tortillas, wraps, anything with white flour and breading. The nutrients have been removed in the production process, leaving them rich in calories but low in nutrients. They also cause unhealthy spikes in our sugar levels. Go for brown carbs (unrefined complex carbs) instead, like brown rice, whole grain, oats, oatmeal (not the instant kind), and legumes. These come with nutrients and vitamins intact.Legumes
  22. Live a life with purpose. Positive health starts from within! Are you living a life of meaning? Are you living in line with your purpose? Since I started living in line with my purpose years ago, I’ve never ever been happier. And you can experience that too. Read: Discover Your Purpose in Life (series)
  23. Say no to oily food. Reduce your intake of fast food, fries, doughnuts, chips, wedges, and foods that have been deep fried. Not only are they very fattening (1 tablespoon of oil is 120 calories), deep fried food contains acrylamide, a potential cancer-causing chemical. According to a BBC report, an ordinary bag of crisps may contain up to 500 times more of the substance than the top level allowed in drinking water by the World Health Organisation (WHO)! I personally find that when I consume oily foods, I feel sluggish. There are better alternatives, such as grilled, steamed, stir-fried, or even raw food (see tip #41).
  24. Cut out sugary foods. These are your candy bars, your pastries, chocolate, cookies, cakes, and jelly donuts. Not only do they not fill you, they trigger you to eat more due to the sugar rush they cause (see tip #16). Go for healthy snacks instead (see tip #36) — you’ll be more satisfied and happier.
  25. Go organic. Organic foods are foods produced without “synthetic inputs such as pesticides and chemical fertilizers, do not contain genetically modified organisms, and are not processed using irradiation, industrial solvents, or chemical food additives.” (Wiki) The organic movement is slowly catching on, with more supermarkets, especially in the US, offering organic options. Organic food tends to cost more, but hey — would you rather save some money and feed your body with pesticides or pay a few extra dollars for a cleaner, healthier body?
  26. Improve your posture. Good posture improves your breathing (see tip #17) and makes you look more smarter and more attractive. Read more: Benefits Of a Good Posture (And 13 Tips To Get One)
  27. Cut out soda and caffeine. Drinks with caffeine are diuretics, meaning they speed up the rate of urine production. Hence, these drinks do not contribute to your 8 glasses of water/day requirement — they actually take away from it! Furthermore, soda is unhealthy, causes weight gain, and is an artificial stimulant, among other reasons. Ditch your soda and go for plain water or vegetable juices instead! Read more: 5 Reasons To Quit Soda (And How to Do It)Soda Drinks
  28. Don’t drink alcohol. Like caffeine, alcohol is a diuretic. Not only that, alcohol is repeatedly proven to have negative effects on our body and health — impacting the proper functioning of our brain, liver, lungs, and other major organs. If you drink alcohol regularly, it’s time to cut it out, or at the very least, drastically reduce your consumption.
  29. Prepare your meals. Lately I’m beginning to appreciate the value of preparing my own meals. When you prepare your meals, you control what goes into them. No more being in a dilemma between eating healthy  and choosing between sub-optimal food choices. Get some quality kitchen equipment — it will be your best investment ever. I bought my blender 3 years ago and it’s been such a breeze making my own fruit juices!Home prepared meal
  30. Learn to say no. Don’t feel like you need to eat just because you’re out with friends or because other people offer you food. Simply say no and say you’re not hungry if you don’t feel like eating. Read: How to Say No To Others
  31. Bring a water bottle when you go out. That way, you can replenish your fluids whenever you want to. It saves you money as well and you don’t need to subject yourself to poor alternatives like soda, which increases your fluid outtake instead since caffeine is a diuretic (see tip #27).
  32. Dine at salad bars more often. Lately I’m falling in love with salad bars. Salad bars work like this: you pick your greens, you select X number of toppings (usually 6 or unlimited, depending on the outlet) and you finish off with a dressing. The variety is huge, it’s filling, and it’s extremely healthy.Salad bar
  33. Go for low-calorie, low-fat alternatives. There are many low-fat / non-fat alternatives today — from yogurts, to salad dressing, soy milk, spreads, ice cream, etc. Check out this comprehensive list: Lower Calorie, Lower Fat Alternatives. Of course, keep an eye on the overall calorie and other ingredients. Some food that is packed as “low/non-fat” may actually still be unhealthy, so you want to stay clear of them as well.
  34. Stop smoking. It has been extensively proven that smoking is detrimental to health, severely increasing the risk of lung cancer, kidney cancer, esophageal cancer (of our gullet), heart attack, and more. Smoking “light” cigarettes do not decrease health risks either. Bottom line: if you’re a smoker, quit for better health of not just yourself, but also your family and friends. If you don’t smoke, stay that way and don’t start.
  35. Avoid passive smoking. Second hand smoking (breathing in air from smokers) causes many of the same long-term diseases as direct smoking (Wiki). And did you know? According to CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), there is no risk-free level of passive smoking; even brief exposure can be harmful to health. Get away from smokers and avoid cigarette smoke where you can.
  36. Have healthy snacks. If you’re hungry at work, eat healthy snacks like fruits, salads, and vegetable juices. These are nutritional and don’t give you that sugar rush. Have them readily available so that you can get a munch and stop when you’ve your fill. Stay away from cookies and candy bars.Fruits
  37. Drink fruit/veg smoothies. I love smoothies because it’s a quick way to get vitamins and nutrients. Simply throw my favorite fruits and vegetables into the blender, wait for 30 seconds, and it’s done! I recommend to use a blender for fruits, rather than a juicer, as juicing generally remove the fiber of the fruit and creates large sugar spikes in your body (which is not healthy) due to the loss of fiber.
  38. Juicing. Juicing is where you extract the juice from vegetables/fruits (via a juicing machine). Since the fiber is stripped away, you are literally drinking the nutrients and minerals directly from the juice. Juices and smoothies complement each other — the former gives our digestive system a break while the latter gives us the fiber which aids our digestion. I recommend juicing for vegetables as it’s a great way to quickly get vitamins and nutrients without having to munch through a huge volume of fiber. If you’re new to juicing, learn more about it here and check out these sample juicing recipes.
  39. Try a vegetarian diet. First off, going vegetarian doesn’t necessarily lead to better health, because there are many unhealthy vegetarian food out there (fried food, white carb laden diets, etc). On that note, there are many proven health benefits of a vegetarian diet. I’m a vegetarian today because I tried it for 30 days many years ago and saw the positive effects for my mental and physical health. Try it out for 21 days and see how it works out for you. Get started here.
  40. Try a vegan diet. A vegetarian is someone who does not consume animal products. A vegan is someone who doesn’t consume animal or animal-derived products. This means no dairy, honey, cheese, milk, etc. So in that sense, it seems stricter in very meat-biased eating cultures, but it brings about even more positive benefits than a vegetarian diet. Learn more about veganism here and here.Salad
  41. Try a raw vegan diet. A raw vegan consumes only non-processed, raw vegan food: mainly fruits, vegetables and nuts. Notice the progression from vegetarian → vegan → raw vegan diet is toward foods that are naturally occurring. There are many reported benefits of switching from veganism to raw veganism, including increased youth, weight loss, increased energy, increased health benefits, and more. It’s an area that I’m exploring at the moment and learning more about. Learn more about raw veganism: Here, herehere and here.
  42. Get out more often. If you have a regular 9-5 job, chances are you spend much of your time holed up in the office and not a lot of time going out and having fun. During weekends, you’re probably busy with work or running errands. Make it a point to go out with friends at least once a week. Get some sun. Go out and have a change of environment. It’ll be great for your body and your soul.
  43. Exercise good dental hygiene. Not only does good hygiene make you a lot more desirable, it is linked with better health. Brush your teeth twice a day, rinse your mouth after each meal, and floss your teeth at night. Read: How to Attain Healthier Gums and Teeth: Path To Better Oral HygieneWoman brushing teeth
  44. Join classes. Dance classes, aerobics classes, tennis classes, ballroom dancing, scuba diving, and wakeboarding courses are all places to start. Going there also lets you socialize with a new group of people.
  45. Hang out with healthy people. You’re the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with, so the more time you spend around healthy people, the better it is. Eat with people who are health conscious and get workout buddies. It makes healthy living even more fun!
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“It’s harmful for Fanta and Sprite to be taken with Vitamin C” – Court orders NAFDAC to educate consumers

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A Lagos High Court has ordered the National Agency For Food, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) to immediately direct the manufacturers of soft drinks; Fanta and Sprite (Nigeria Bottling Company PLC) to include a written warning that the content of the bottles cannot be taken with Vitamin C.

This was the result from a suit filed against the NBC and NAFDAC by Lagos businessman, Dr Emmanuel Fijabi Adebo and his company, Fijabi Adebo Holdings Limited.

His lawyer alleged that sometime in March, 2007, his client’s company purchased large quantities of Coca-Cola, Fanta Orange, Sprite, Fanta Lemon, Fanta Pineapple and Soda Water from NBC for export to the UK for retail purposes and supply to their customers. When the packages arrived there, fundamental health related matters were raised on the contents and composition of the Fanta and Sprite products by the UK Health Authorities, specifically the Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council’s Trading Standard Department of Environment and Economy Directorate.

The findings from the United Kingdom were corroborated by the Coca-Cola European Union and products were found to have excessive levels of “Sunset Yellow and Benzoic Acid “which are unsafe for human consumption. Due to the irregularities and harmful content of the soft drinks which can cause cancer to the consumer, the claimants could not sell the Fanta and Sprite products resulting in appreciable losses, as they were certified unsuitable for consumption and were seized and destroyed by the United Kingdom health authorities

Adebo’s Lawyer urged the court to declare that the Nigeria Bottling Company was negligent and breached the duty of care owed to their valued customers and consumers in the production of contaminated Fanta and Sprite soft drinks with excessive “benzoic acid and sunset” addictive. They also urged the court to direct NAFDAC to conduct and carry out routine laboratory tests of all the soft drinks and allied products of the company to ensure and guarantee the safety of the consumable products, produced from the Nigeria Bottling Company factory.

Although the Nigeria Bottling Company contended that the claimants claims are speculative, frivolous and vexatious and should be dismissed with substantial costs, NAFDAC did not file any defence.

In a judgment delivered by Justice Adedayo Oyebanji declared that NAFDAC has failed Nigerians by its certification as satisfactory for human consumption, products which in the UK failed sample test for human consumption and which became poisonous in the presence of  Vitamin C. He therefore ordered:

”That NAFDAC shall forthwith mandate Nigeria Bottling Company to, within 90 days hereof, include on all the bottles of Fanta and Sprite soft drinks manufactured by the company, a written warning that the content of the said bottles of Fanta and Sprite soft drinks cannot be taken with Vitamin C as same becomes poisonous if taken with Vitamin C.
”In consideration of the fact that this case was filed in 2008 and that it has been in court for 9 years, costs of N2 million is awarded against NAFDAC. Interest shall be paid on the costs awarded at the rate of 10% per annum until liquidation of the said sum.”
Source: pmnewsnigeria
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10 weird but true health tips

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Though unbelievable, these health tips are absolutely true

There are several health tips and it’s very difficult to know which ones are true and which ones are false. Beyond all that, there are some that challenge our knowledge of health and we present ten of such weird but true health tips.

Drink coffee to have a better nap

In a Japanese study that examined how to make the most of a nap, people who took a “coffee nap”—consuming about 200 milligrams of caffeine (the amount in one to two cups of coffee) and then immediately taking a 20-minute rest—felt more alert and performed better on computer tests than those who only took a nap.
Why does this work? A 20-minute nap ends just as the caffeine kicks in and clears the brain of a molecule called adenosine, maximizing alertness. “Adenosine is a byproduct of wakefulness and activity,” says Allen Towfigh, MD, medical director of New York Neurology & Sleep Medicine. “As adenosine levels increase, we become more fatigued. Napping clears out the adenosine and, when combined with caffeine, an adenosine-blocker, further reduces its effects and amplifies the effects of the nap.”

For healthy teeth, don’t brush after eating

Don’t brush your teeth immediately after meals and drinks, especially if they were acidic. Acidic foods—citrus fruits, sports drinks, tomatoes, soda (both diet and regular)—can soften tooth enamel “like wet sandstone,” says Howard R. Gamble, immediate past president of the Academy of General Dentistry. Brushing your teeth at this stage can speed up acid’s effect on your enamel and erode the layer underneath. Gamble suggests waiting 30 to 60 minutes before brushing.

To wear a smaller size, gain weight

Muscle weight, that is. If two women both weigh 150 pounds and only one lifts weights, the lifter will more likely fit into a smaller pant size than her sedentary counterpart. Likewise, a 150-pound woman who lifts weights could very well wear the same size as a 140-pound woman who doesn’t exercise. The reason: Although a pound of fat weighs the same as a pound of muscle, muscle takes up less space, says Mark Nutting, fitness director of SACO Sport & Fitness in Saco, Maine. “You can get bigger muscles and get smaller overall if you lose the fat,” he says. “The bulk so many women fear only occurs if you don’t lose fat and develop muscle on top of it.” Cut back on calories and add weight to your workout to lose inches.

To eat less, eat more

Grabbing a 100-calorie snack pack of cookies or pretzels may seem virtuous, but it’s more likely to make you hungrier than if you ate something more substantial, says Amy Goodson, RD, dietitian for Texas Health Ben Hogan Sports Medicine. “Eating small amounts of carbohydrates does nothing but spike your blood sugar and leave you wanting more carbs.” Goodson recommends choosing a protein such as peanut butter or string cheese with an apple. “They are higher in calories per serving, but the protein and fat helps you get full faster and stay full longer—and you end up eating fewer calories overall,” she says.

Skip energy drinks when you’re tired

Energy drinks contain up to five times more caffeine than coffee, but the boost they provide is fleeting and comes with unpleasant side effects like nervousness, irritability, and rapid heartbeat, says Goodson. Plus, energy drinks often contain high levels of taurine, a central nervous system stimulant, and upwards of 50 grams of sugar per can (that’s 13 teaspoons worth!). The sweet stuff spikes blood sugar temporarily, only to crash soon after, leaving you sluggish and foggyheaded—and reaching for another energy drink.

Drink water when you’re bloated

When you feel bloated, drinking water sounds as if it would only make matters worse, but it can often help, says James Lee, MD, gastroenterologist with St. Joseph Hospital in Orange, Calif. If you’re on a high-fiber diet, for instance, then your body needs more water to work more efficiently, says Dr. Lee. “Water mixes with water soluble fiber and makes it into a gel like substance. This affects the motility of the gut and reduces the symptom of bloating.” Drinking more water also relieves bloating caused by dehydration. When you’re dehydrated, your body clings to the water your body does have, causing you to puff up.

Ditch diet Coke to lose weight

You should ditch all soda, including diet. Research from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health revealed that overweight and obese adults who drank diet beverages ate more calories from food than those who drank regular soda. Additionally, a University of Texas study found that diet soda drinkers had a 70% greater increase in waist circumference than non-drinkers over the course of about 10 years.

“In addition, many people think ‘low-fat,’ ‘low-sugar,’ or ‘light’ means fewer calories, but that’s not always true,” says Goodson. “Typically when manufacturers cut something out and the end result tastes just as good, they’ve added something like additional sugar.”

Drink a hot beverage to cool off

Which will cool you off faster on a steamy summer morning: iced coffee or hot? Two recent studies say the latter—and so do other cultures where drinking hot tea in hot weather is the norm, like in India. When you sip a hot beverage, your body senses the change in temperature and increases your sweat production. Then, as the sweat evaporates from your skin, you cool off naturally

Exercise when you’re tired

After a long, exhausting workday, exercising sounds like the last thing you’d want to do, but getting your sweat on will actually energize you. Fatigue along with mood and depression improved after a single 30-minute moderate intensity exercise session, according to a study published in Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. “Everything we do uses oxygen, so when you exercise it helps you work more efficiently and you don’t tire as easily,” says Nutting. “You also function better mentally.”

Handwrite notes to boost your brainpower

Typing notes enables you to jot down more material, but you’re more likely to remember those notes if you handwrite them, according to research from Indiana University. “To learn something means you have processed it,” says Dr. Towfigh. “And when you take handwritten notes you ‘process’ or learn more information. You begin the learning process as you listen to the lecture.” Plus, since you look at the page on which you are writing, you naturally review the material and reinforce the information you’ve already processed, Dr. Towfigh says.

antibacterial soap to prevent illness

Reaching for the soap bottle labeled “antibacterial” won’t necessarily reduce your risk of getting sick or passing illness to others—in fact, there is no evidence that antibacterial soaps are more effective than regular ones. What’s more, long-term exposure to some ingredients in these products, such as triclosan, may pose health risks like bacterial resistance or hormonal effects,

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New study shows that eating groundnuts daily may help us live longer!

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Research has also shown that eating nuts daily may help us live healthier lives. A 2016 analysis of 29 studies and up to 819,000 people revealed that 20 grams of nuts a day (equivalent to a handful) can cut people’s risk of heart disease by nearly 30%, their risk of cancer by 15% and their risk of premature death by 22%.

The study included all kinds of tree nuts, such as hazelnuts and walnuts, and peanuts. Other research has suggested that eating nuts every day in place of carbohydrates can help control type 2 diabetes. Although it may be nuts to not include nuts in your diet, it’s important to watch portions, because calories in nuts add up quickly.
To reduce the calorie load from nuts, choose raw or dry-roasted instead of oil-roasted nuts. A quarter-cup of oil-roasted almonds has 238 calories, but the same amount of dry-roasted almonds has 206 calories.
Nuts are rich in heart-healthy polyunsaturated fats and monounsaturated fats, which lower LDL or “bad” cholesterol; plus, they are a good source of phytosterols, compounds that help lower blood cholesterol. They are packed with fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals, including folate, vitamin E, potassium and magnesium.
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Jollof Rice Chronicles : A Jollof Sunday

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Cheers to a yum recipe on a blessed Sunday afternoon. It’s the norm really,eating rice on sundays. Be it white rice or jollof and yes…that chicken. Here’s a sure recipe for jollof rice and delicious chicken just in case you want to try something new

Ingredients

  • 2 De Rica of rice
  • Tomato stew/sauce
  • Chicken (whole chicken, drumsticks or chicken breast)
  • Pepper and salt (to taste)
  • 2 medium onions
  • 3 Knorr cubes
  • 2 teaspoons thyme( be careful with your thyme so that it doesn’t overwhelm your meal)
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder
  • Vegetables(carrots,spring onions,green pepper,sweet corn) (depending on your taste)

Before you cook Jollof Rice

  1. Prepare the tomato stew by frying your pepper and seasoning it. Make sure your onions are thinly sliced to ensure that it does appear too much in the stew.
  2. If you will use whole chicken then wash and cut it into pieces. Cook with the thyme, Knorr cubes and  onions (chopped) When done, grill it in an oven. You may also fry it. This is to give it a golden look which is more presentable especially if you have guests for lunch.
  3. Parboil the rice . Rinse the parboiled rice and put in a sieve to drain.

Cooking Directions

  1. Pour the chicken stock and the tomato stew into a sizeable pot and leave to boil.
  2. Add the drained parboiled rice, curry powder, salt and pepper to taste. The water level should be the same level of the rice. This is to ensure that all the water dries up by the time the rice is cooked.
  3. Cover the pot and leave to cook on low to medium heat. This way the rice does not burn before the water dries up.
  4. If you parboiled the rice, the rice should be done by the time the water is dry. Taste to confirm. If not, you will need to add more water and reduce the heat to prevent burning.
  5. You can spice it up by adding 2 well known vegetables few minutes before it done to avoid it being too hard or too soft. you can also stir fry the chopped vegetables before adding them to your meal.
  6. Keep cooking till done.
  7. Serve with Fried Plantain, Moi Moi, Salad or Coleslaw.

Enjoy your meal!

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Dear Woman; Promiscuity Among Women Increases Risk Of Cervical Cancer

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Dr Uchenna Iroka, a medical practitioner, says multiple sexual partners among women increases risk of developing cervical cancer.
Iroka, from the Department of Accident and Emergency Unit, Minna General Hospital, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday.

He described cervical cancer as a cancer of the uterus (womb) that grows around the narrowing part of the lower uterus often referred to as the neck of the womb.

He listed vaginal bleeding during sexual intercourse, foul smelling discharge, pains during sex and post menopausal bleeding as the symptoms of cervical cancer.

The others were smoking, which he noted, weakens the immune system, long-term mental stress, giving birth at early age, several pregnancies and contraceptive pill which also increases the risk of cervical cancer.

He disclosed that women within the age of 50 years and above were at risk of developing cervical cancer.
He said that women who engaged in sexual intercourse with different men were also at risk of contacting Human Papillioma Virus, especially type 16 and 18 associated with cervical cancer.

He advised people to stick to one partner, noting that multiple partners exposed them to contacting deadly diseases.
According to him, young ladies should go for pap-smear test from time to time to know if they are sexually active or not.
“If the pap-smear test is negative, the person should be vaccinated and if the test is positive, it is an indication that the person is likely to develop cancer in 20 to 30 years time.At that point, the person can commence treatment to prevent it from developing. Most cervical cancer is squamous in 90 per cent and adenocarcinoma in about 5 per cent.
“Treating cancer depends on the stage it is discovered. Most people in developing countries unlike in the developed countries are ignorant, that is why the disease is discovered late,” he said.

He said treatment modalities for cancer, include surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy while the three modalities could be combined.
The medical practitioner advised young ladies to get vaccinated whether they were sexually active or not.
Iroka also advised Nigerians, especially women, to go for regular cancer screening, stressing that regular screening helps to detect the disease at early stage and reduces number of death.

He called on religious and traditional leaders to encourage women in their domain to go for regular breast and cervical screening, adding that such facilities were available in government hospitals

Source : Guardiannewsng

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Beauty Hacks To Get That Face Glow

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When it comes to our beauty routine,we are always looking for that one style hack that will keep our face glowing in a natural irresistible manner.

Taking care of your skin can be a big investment, so we’re always down for tricks that don’t take a big bite out of our paychecks. Which is what led us here

Give Yourself a Facial Massage
Got puffy eyes? No problem. Sure, you could stock up on eye cream…or you could use your fingers to give yourself an under-eye massage. “Use your ring fingers to press gently on the orbital bone, moving from the inner to outer corner of your eyes and repeating two to three times,” says celebrity facialist Cecilia Wong. “This will not only stimulate circulation, but it also helps minimize fine lines and reduce inflammation.

Wash Your Hands
…And not only after you go to the bathroom.”Your hands are covered in tons of bacteria from touching doorknobs, keyboards, etc.,” says celebrity esthetician Joanna Vargas. “When you touch your face, you’re spreading that bacteria to your skin, which then can trigger breakouts and other skin problems.” If you don’t have easy access to a sink but know your hands are grimy (i.e. you just got off the subway) at least make your face a hands-free zone.

Cleanse Your Skin From the Inside
“Squeeze fresh lemon into a mug full of hot water and drink when you wake up,” says Rouleau, adding that you can always sub in lemon juice. “This helps flush out and purify the body internally, potentially reducing toxins and bacteria in the small intestine that can lead to acne.”

Make a DIY Peel
Homemade masks are a dime a dozen, but homemade peels? Not so much. This one, a favorite of celebrity facialist Georgia Louise, requires a few household staples: baking soda, water, and a splash of lemon juice. Mix two teaspoons of baking soda with one teaspoon of water, and squeeze in a little lemon juice. Apply it to your face and let it dry for five minutes before rinsing with water. Allot another five minutes for checking out your newly radiant skin.

Drink Water:

As we know there are many health benefits of drinking water and juices, one of the best is to help your skin to purify the impurities, and glowing skin tips are incomplete without the inclusion of this essential point. Water cleanses the body and eliminates the toxins and waste

  • Use natural herbal products for your face
  • Avoid bleaching creams and lotions with too much chemicals
  • Add salt to your facial scrub
  • Always clean off your makeup before you sleep
  • Let your face breathe!! Makeup should not be an everyday thing,try to go natural once in a while
  • Do not take oily products in excess;its bad for your skin and health in general

This is what we have for now. To be continued…

Source : Glamour.com

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10 Reasons Why You Should Reduce Your Sugar Intake

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Avoiding suicide by Sugar. Sugar is sweet. Sugar is addictive. Sugar is dangerous too. You’ll always hear from your doctors and friends that sugar is bad for your health but they haven’t really given you any ssubstantial reason why. Usually,it is advisable to avoid sugar completely if you can or take as little as possible.. Just in case you haven’t been convinced by the reasons you have been given,take a look at these

It contains no essential nutrients and is bad for your teeth: You’ve probably heard this a million times before… but it’s worth repeating. Added sugars (like sucrose and high fructose corn syrup) contain a whole bunch of calories with NO essential nutrients. For this reason, they are called “empty” calories. There are no proteins, essential fats, vitamins or minerals in sugar… just pure energy.When people eat up to 10-20% of calories as sugar (or more), this can become a major problem and contribute to nutrient deficiencies.

Sugar is also very bad for the teeth, because it provides easily digestible energy for the bad bacteria in the mouth

Sugar Can Cause Insulin Resistance, The beginning Of Metabolic Syndrome and Diabetes

Insulin is a very important hormone in the body.It allows glucose (blood sugar) to enter cells from the bloodstream and tells the cells to start burning glucose instead of fat.

Having too much glucose in the blood is highly toxic and one of the reasons for complications of diabetes, like blindness.

One feature of the metabolic dysfunction that is caused by the Western diet, is that insulin stops working as it should. The cells become “resistant” to it.

This is also known as insulin resistance, which is believed to be a leading driver of many diseases… including metabolic syndrome, obesity, cardiovascular disease and especially type II diabetes

Sugar Can Give You Cancer

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Cancer is one of the leading causes of death worldwide and is characterized by uncontrolled growth and multiplication of cells.

Insulin is one of the key hormones in regulating this sort of growth. Based on this, many scientists believe that having constantly elevated insulin levels (a consequence of sugar consumption) can contribute to cancer.

In addition, the metabolic problems associated with sugar consumption are a known driver of inflammation, another potential cause of cancer.Multiple studies show that people who eat a lot of sugar are at a much higher risk of getting cancer.

Due to its Effects on Hormones and the Brain, Sugar has Unique Fat-Promoting Effects

Sugar is also highly addictive.Like abusive drugs, sugar causes a release of dopamine in the reward center of the brain. The problem with sugar and many junk foods is that they can cause massive dopamine release… much more than we were ever exposed to from foods found in nature.

For this reason, people who have a susceptibility to addiction can become strongly addicted to sugar and other junk foods.The “everything in moderation” message may be a bad idea for people who are addicted to junk food… because the only thing that works for true addiction is abstinence.

  • SUGAR Raises Your Cholesterol and Gives You Heart Disease: For many decades, people have blamed saturated fat for heart disease… which is the #1 killer in the world. The evidence however is mounting that sugar, NOT fat, may be one of the leading drivers of heart disease via the harmful effects of fructose on metabolism.
  •  Sugar is a Leading Contributor to Obesity in Both Children and Adults:

Obese Man on a Scale, SmallerThe way sugar affects hormones and the brain is a recipe for fat gain disaster.

It leads to decreased satiety… and can get people addicted so that they lose control over their consumption.

People who consume the most sugar are by far the most likely to become overweight or obese. This applies to all age groups.

One of the most important things you can do if you need to lose weight is to significantly cut back on sugar consumption

 

  • Sugar plays a role in the cause and the continuation of acne.
  • Sugar can ruin the sex life of both men and women by turning off the gene that controls the sex hormones.
  • Sugar can cause fatigue, moodiness, nervousness, and depression.
  • Sugar can make many essential nutrients less available to cells.
  • Sugar can increase uric acid in blood.
  • Sugar causes inflammation.
  • Sugar can decrease testosterone production.
  • Sugar impairs spatial memory.
  • Sugar can cause cataracts.
  • Sugar is associated with higher rates of chronic bronchitis in adults.
  • Sugar can cause arthritis.
    • Sugar can elevate glucose and insulin responses and return them to fasting levels slower in oral contraceptive users.
    • Sugar can increase reactive oxygen species (ROS), which can damage cells and tissues.
    • Sugar can cause hyperactivity, anxiety, inability to concentrate and crankiness in children.
    • Sugar can produce a significant rise in triglycerides.Sugar can cause learning disorders in school children
  • Sugar reduces the body’s ability to defend against bacterial infection.
  • Sugar causes a decline in tissue elasticity and function – the more sugar you eat, the more elasticity and function you lose.
  • Sugar in soda, when consumed by children, results in the children drinking less milk.

 

  • Sugar can lead to ovarian cancer
  • Sugar eaten during pregnancy and lactation can influence muscle force production in offspring, which can affect an individual’s ability to exercise.

 

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Why Ginger Is Good For You

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Ever wondered what ginger could do for you? Yeah,I know it’s not a crowd favorite but next time you have an option to take ginger for your tea or in your meal,here are a couple of points in favor of ginger. Ginger can be used fresh, dried, powdered, or as an oil or juice, and is sometimes added to processed foods and cosmetics. It is a very common ingredient in recipes.The unique fragrance and flavor of ginger come from its natural oils, the most important of which is gingerol.

Gingerol is the main bioactive compound in ginger, responsible for much of its medicinal properties. It has powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects

  • It controls diabetes:Ginger May Drastically Lower Blood Sugars and Improve Heart Disease Risk Factors. This area of research is relatively new, but ginger may have powerful anti-diabetic properties. In a recent 2015 study of 41 participants with type 2 diabetes, 2 grams of ginger powder per day lowered fasting blood sugar by 12%. It also dramatically improved HbA1c (a marker for long-term blood sugar levels), leading to a 10% reduction over a period of 12 weeks. Gingerols are widely known to naturally improve diabetes and enhance insulin sensitivity. Building off this knowledge, a 2006 study out of the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry discovered that they could also suppress sorbitol accumulation in human blood cells and sugar-fed rats. Simply put, ginger not only helps prevent and reverse diabetes itself — it protects against and improves diabetic complications like diabetic retinopathy!

 

  • Treats morning sickness: Ginger is said to be highly effective against morning sickness. For example, it has a long history of use as a sea sickness remedy, and there is some evidence that it may be as effective as prescription medication. It can also relieve nausea and vomiting after surgery, and in cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy but it may be the most effective when it comes to pregnancy-related nausea, such as morning sickness.Although ginger is considered safe, talk to your doctor before taking large amounts if you are pregnant. Some believe that large amounts can raise the risk of miscarriage, but there are currently no studies to support this.

 

  • Ginger powder can also significantly reduce menstrual pain: Menstrual pain (dysmenorrhea) refers to pain felt during a woman’s menstrual cycle and ginger helps reduce the pain. Ginger is known for its anti-pain property. Very similar to how capsaicin works to relieve pain, gingerol acts on vanilloid receptors, which are located on sensory nerve endings. Similar to the initial intense burning feel you get when you consume spicy pepper, ginger’s burn only lasts but a second, and researchers discovered that it “affects the pain pathways directly but also relieves the inflammation, which in itself causes pain.”
  • It works against fungal infections
  • It helps to reduce muscle pain and soreness

     

  • The anti inflammatory effects can help fight against osteoarthritis
  • Ginger helps to treat chronic indigestion
  • It can help improve brain function and protect against Alzheimer’s disease
  • The active ingredient in ginger can also help fight infections

There are many forms and ways you can use ginger to benefit your health. The most common forms of ginger include:

  • Raw Ginger — You can put raw sliced ginger (the size of your thumb) in a smoothie every morning or use it in making homemade veggie juice.
  • Ginger Essential Oil — The most potent form of ginger is ginger essential oil because it contains the highest levels of gingerol. This is the major way ginger can be used as medicine. It can be taken internally to treat health conditions or rubbed topically with a carrier oil on an area of pain. Typically, two to three drops of essential oil is the recommended therapeutic dose.
  • Ginger Tea — This liquid form of ginger is commonly used to relieve nausea, settle the stomach and relax the body. Have one cup two to three times daily to reduce inflammation. Also, adding a bit of raw honey and lemon to the tea makes it taste great!
  • Ginger Powder

Source: @draxe.com,@authoritynutrition.com

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Can Salt Water Prevent Pregnancy?,Other Uses Of Salt

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Other than it’s domestic purposes,have you ever wondered what else you could use salt for. In its simplest definition,salt is sodium chloride,a white crystal found in sea water which is used for preserving and seasoning food.
However,there are many other beneficial purposes of salt for the body,especially the skin. For example,it is natively used for treating eczema, dry itchy skin and pimples. It also has antibacterial and anti fungal properties for treating some skin bacterial infections.
Furthermore,it can also be used for sore throats,toothaches,postnasal drip,bee stings,mosquito bites,painful gums,poison ivy,poison oak. Modern science however,does not endorse all of the traditional remedies of salt.

Bee stings and bug bites: Work a mixture of salt and water into a paste that will stick to a bee sting or bug bite. Apply the paste, and let sit until dry. This should relieve any itch or pain.Combine equal parts baking soda and salt, then brush onto a sting or bite area to help relieve itch.Treat a mosquito bite by soaking it for a few minutes in saltwater, then applying an ointment made of salt and lard.

Burns or Injuries: A severe burn in your mouth from eating something very hot can be relieved by rinsing with saltwater every hour or so. Use 1/2 teaspoon salt in 8 ounces warm water.
Biting the tongue or cheek can result in a large amount of blood but is rarely serious. To help ease the pain, rinse mouth with 1 teaspoon salt in 1 cup warm water.

Gums: Swish with 1 teaspoon salt in 4 ounces warm water when gums are painful. If you have an abscess, the salt will draw out some of the infection. Any gum pain should be treated by a dentist as soon as possible.

Toothaches: As a temporary remedy for a toothache before going to the dentist, rinse your mouth with a mixture of 4 ounces warm water, 2 tablespoons vinegar, and 1 tablespoon salt.Add 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon baking soda to 8 ounces warm (not hot) water. Gargle with the mixture 3 times a day to ease your sore throat. If pain persists longer than 3 days, contact a physician.
Poison ivy and poison oak: Help poison ivy clear up more quickly by soaking irritated skin in hot saltwater.
Allergies: Irrigating the nostrils and sinuses with saltwater is an excellent way to control persistent, annoying allergy symptoms.Dissolve 1/2 teaspoon salt in 8 ounces room temperature water. Draw mixture into a nose dropper, and inhale liquid through your nostrils. Repeat several times for each nostril, using 2 or 3 drops of the solution each time. When you are through, blow your nose until no discharge remains

Even for your facials,it is often recommended to add a bit of salt to your mixture for balance.
After you take a shower or bath and while your skin is still wet, sprinkle salt onto your hands and rub it gently all over your skin. This salt massage will remove dry skin and make your skin smoother to the touch.

Itchy skin: Soaking in a tub of saltwater can be a great itchy skin reliever. Just add 1 cup table salt or sea salt to your bath water. This solution will also soften skin and relax you.

Odors: To remove onion odor from your hands, sprinkle on a little salt, then moisten with a bit of vinegar. Rub your hands together, and rinse.

Cleansers and Toners: Mix 1 teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon olive oil in a small bowl, then use the mixture to gently massage your face and throat, being careful to avoid contact with your eyes. Follow by washing with your usual face soap.To reduce oiliness, fill a small spray bottle with tepid water, add 1 teaspoon salt, and spray on your face. Blot your face dry.

Mouthwash and toothpaste: Mix 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon baking soda into a 4-ounce glass of water. Use this solution to gargle and freshen breath. A mixture of salt and baking soda makes excellent toothpaste that can help whiten teeth and remove plaque, which contributes to cavities and gum disease.To make toothpaste, pulverize salt in a blender or food processor, or spread some on a cutting board and roll it with a pastry rolling pin to crush salt into a fine sandlike texture. Mix 1 part crushed salt with 2 parts baking soda, then dip a dampened toothbrush into the mixture and brush your teeth.

Salt removes stains on clothing, maintains bright colors, and can eliminate an iron’s sticky spots.

CAN SALT PREVENT PREGNANCY?
No,it cannot. using salt to get rid is just putting yourself at risk because it cannot help you to avoid getting pregnant. Why? Because many of our bodily functions require a strict balance between water and other chemicals,one of which is salt. The body attempts to equalize the concentration of salt with respect to total body water. By drinking salt water,your body is forced to release water from cells to counteract the surplus influx of salt. this sometimes leads to heart diseases,high blood pressure and obesity in many people. Suffice,to say,what you don’t know sometimes,can actually kill you. Do not be lulled into false medications and remedies. Always see a physician first

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9 Ways In Which Dating Helps You Keep Slim

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We all know those women who never seem to order a salad at dinner or ever moan about starting a diet but yet they stay so slim, but why? The reasons why they stay so easily slim are because they are dating. Many women don’t realize how much dating can actually help keep them slim.

There are a number of different reasons why dating can help keep us slim which can be seen in this blog post. At a glance, it would be easy to say that they are in fact doing all the things that standard diets say not to do. It can be very frustrating to see them enjoying brownies when we’re stuck eating a bunch of leaves.

Here is how dating can help keep women slim and how we can start eating and thinking like a dater:

1.     They Have Treats On Dates

While we’re looking forward to having a piece of dark chocolate on Friday night, they are looking forward to their date. They don’t look forward to having treats because they usually share a dessert with their date anyway. They look forward to the date itself more than the treat. This means that during the week their mind isn’t constantly thinking about food and naughty treats. They are more likely thinking about what they are going to wear and have their hair like. This frame of thinking is what helps them avoid naughty treats without even knowing it.

2.     They Talk A Lot Over Dinner

When we eat dinner at home, we usually just have our heads down and eat without much conversation. This means that we are eating our food fast and probably not digesting it properly. Women who are dating will be more likely to talk a lot more over dinner with their date as they get to know each other and have fun. They will be eating a lot slower which means they’re body is able to better break down the food and digest it.

3.     They Eat Non Processed Foods On Dates

On a Friday night after a long week at work, we’re more likely to head to the take away or have a microwave meal than cook a meal from scratch. While we’re eating our way through a processed meal, women who are dating are out eating a freshly cooked meal at a restaurant.

When looking at ways to get slim or stay slim we see nearly all diets listing processed foods on the list of things to avoid. Instead of heading to the take away or a microwave meal on a Friday night, head to a restaurant to save time cooking.

4.     They Have High Self Esteem

Women who are dating will more than likely have high self-esteem because they are feeling confident from the attention they’re getting from the men or man they’re dating. Women who have low self-esteem tend to binge eat as they feel a bit low. When we are feeling low, it is natural to want to turn to comfort food. To avoid this happening, go out with your girlfriends and take up new hobbies to improve your self-esteem.

5.     They Cook Fresh Meals At Home

When women who date aren’t going out to restaurants, they are cooking meals for their dates at home for a cozier environment. Because they are trying to impress the man they are dating with their culinary skills, they cook some of the healthiest dinners. This is because they will likely use fresh ingredients and experiment with different ingredients and flavors. Women who are in long term relationships can do this too though. They can treat their man to a beautiful gourmet style meal every week using the freshest ingredients.

6.     They Don’t Count Calories

When eating out at a restaurant, women who date tend not to count the calories as it could potentially take some of the romance and fun out of the date. When they cook a meal at home for their date, they won’t count calories because they know that he will need a good hearty meal and not salad to win him over. Sometimes counting calories can lead to stress and stress can actually lead to weight gain and slower metabolism. Food should always be enjoyed and not counted. Listen to what your body wants and what it does not want instead.

7.     They’re More Conscious Of Their Appearance

Women who date take more time on their looks than women who are in relationships. They tend to set more boundaries while dating in terms of letting themselves go, as they are still at a stage where they want to grab the attention of men and impress them with their appearance as well as personality. Therefore they make more of an effort to hit the gym, to go for regular hair trims and to perfect their makeup. It is all too easy to get too comfortable in a relationship and forget about your appearance. Start hitting the gym or go running to stay slim.

8.     They Rarely Feel The Blues

Because women who date are always out and about having fun, they rarely feel the blues that other women might feel. Because they don’t feel the blues, they are less likely to turn to comfort food and binge eat. It is natural for us to turn to food when we’re feeling a bit low. When feeling low, hit the gym and work it out instead of turning to comfort food. The alternative is to make improvements in your life so that you don’t feel the blues regularly.

9.     They Shake What Their Mamma Gave Them

Women who are dating regularly go out to town with their girlfriends and spend most of the night on their feet dancing. While some women are spending 30 minutes a day doing a boring workout, other women are out enjoying themselves and dancing for hours through the night. There is no better workout then letting go and having fun on the dancefloor. Every woman should make time to go out with their girlfriends and dance the night away.

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