Healthy Eating Tips

Have you found yourself on the couch with a bag of chips surfing the latest shows all too frequently? It’s an easy rut to fall into, but it’s just as easy to pull yourself up and head to the kitchen to prepare a healthy meal. The side effects of poor meal choices include lethargy, weight gain, high blood pressure and onset diabetes.  The side effects of healthy eating choices include increased energy, weight loss, healthy skin and increased metabolism. You don’t a huge budget or the skills of an executive chef to make healthy eating choices. Follow these recommendations from the healthy eating experts to jump start your healthy eating habits.

 

The two greatest changes you can make in your meal choices that will have the greatest impact on your health are the elimination of fast food meals and sugary sodas. Our bodies are not designed to process copious amounts of added sugar and sodium. Hyper tension and weight gain are the two biggest side effects of excess sodium and sugar.  Begin drinking water flavored with orange, lemon or lime slices. One of the easiest ways to start your new healthy eating lifestyle is to commit to spending a few hour every weekend planning and shopping for your meals and snacks for the week.  Load up on fresh vegetables and healthy proteins such as lean meats, fish, poultry and beans. Avoid overly processed foods with ingredients that are either unfamiliar or you cannot pronounce. The goal is to get back to basics and consumes foods as close to possible in their original state. Select fruits and nuts for healthy snacks. Quantity of food choices is just as important as quality. Protein portions should be roughly the size of your fist and vegetable and salad portions should ideally be the size of your open palm.

Finally, stay off the couch and begin practicing mindful eating. Take advantage of the awesome deals offered by Groupon coupons and invest in a dining table and chairs from the huge selection available from Design Within Reach.  Set the table regardless of whether you’re alone or serving your family. You’ll be much more aware of what you’re eating, the quantities and will find eating to be much more enjoyable when enjoyed at the dinner table. Best of luck to you on your journey towards new and improved healthy eating habits!

Magical Uses of Herbs to Help With Healing

HERBAL REMEDIES

Herbs have been widely used over the last few centuries when it comes to healing. Now, for many today, they think healing with herbs is strange and just not possible. However, certain herbs have always had an air of curiosity about them. While they appear insignificant cooking ingredients they actually open the door to potential. Thousands of people around the country and indeed the world have looked into herbs and their magical healing properties. Below are a few uses:

Easing Arthritis with Turmeric

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Turmeric is actually a wonderful little herb to use in everyday cooking. It contains a powerful little anti-inflammatory element (curcumin) and this is what helps to relieve pain caused by the condition arthritis. Turmeric can reduce swelling in the joints also caused by arthritis. Adding just a small dose to cooking can be wise and so very useful too.

Soothing Your Stomach with Ginger

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For those who suffer with stomach aches and pains, they are best soothing it was a pinch of ginger. You can also use ginger to prevent sore stomachs so it’s quite a versatile little herb. It is also said that ginger can help lower blood pressure and deal with some arthritis pain. Ginger is actually a powerful antioxidant so that is going to help deal with inflammation quite a bit. If you have suffered with stomach aches in the past or are frequently experiencing pain, you might find ginger helps soothe the problem.

Lowering Blood Sugar with Cinnamon

If you have high blood sugar levels and are in the danger zone then you may want to consider adding cinnamon to your diet. Of course, blood sugar levels need to be manageable so that they don’t cause a spike which could lead to diabetes. It isn’t impossible to lower blood sugar with a cinnamon extract.

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You can use a small amount cinnamon extract each day and find it reduces your blood sugar levels quite a bit. It’s also said to help lower cholesterol too which is always a bonus!

Recently I was also speaking to Dr Vidya, who is an Edmonton dentist and she was very vocal about the beneficial properties of cinnamon for the teeth and gums. Apparently the high aldehyde content  makes it a rather potent antimicrobial and antiseptic, especially in its oil form.

cinnamon bark is high in tannin and is an astringent, which helps. Astringents actually help in strengthening oral tissue and reduce any surface irritation or inflammation. It creates a protective barrier against infection. Cinnamon oil also is a natural antiseptic and can alleviate toothache.

Should You Utilize Herbs To Heal?

Herbs have been used for thousands of years when it comes to healing. Practitioners have been advising people to use herbs for many years and it has proven to be extremely popular amongst many, old and young. There are some who of course say herbs and healing is rubbish because only medicine can heal, however that isn’t always the case. There are some herbs which have been proven to heal or assist certain ailments and while they don’t cure illnesses they offer great assistance.

Healing Herbs

Using everyday herbs to help heal certain ailments isn’t such a bad idea. You can easily add cinnamon extract to teas or drinks and turmeric and ginger can be so easily added to most meals. There is no need to overload the body with herbs but small amounts can do so much good. You don’t know how effective herbs are going to be until you’ve personally tried them but it’s still worth considering. Herbs also offer a potential solution to certain pains.

Herbals That Alleviate Erectile Dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction remains an ailment for millions of men worldwide and its a cause for concern. However, most men aren’t sure how to deal with this problem and most of them don’t want to discuss the problem with their doctor either.

It’s not the easiest of subjects for men but it’s not the worst and you don’t have to deal with it alone. One potential way to approach solving this problem would be to make lifestyle changes and also maybe look into adopting an organic diet and some natural herbs. They have been around for a while now and have proven to be very popular with most men too.

What Herbal Supplements Are Available?

There are several herbal supplements that are popularly thought to help those suffering from erectile dysfunction like  ginseng, saw palmetto and horny goat weed. They are also easy to acquire.

Will Supplements Work?

There are clinical studies conducted that proved the effectiveness of red ginseng in the treatment of erectile dysfunction. Saw Palmetto has proven to help sexual alleviate sexual dysfunction in men with benign prostatic hyperplasia. There are other studies that explained the efficacy of herbs like Yohimbe, ginseng, Ginkgo biloba, maca, horny goat weed, and L-arginine.

However, please keep in mind, that there could be blockages or more physiological problems behind the sexual problems you experience and in all likelihood in such cases medical intervention will be necessary.

I think supplements are worth a shot for us Americans where Viagra is still very expensive and online pharmacy is mostly illegal unlike the UK where online doctor services are perfectly legal and there are online communities like pharmacyresearcher.com that even have sections for uk online pharmacy reviews.

Anyway, herbal supplements have been around for a number of years and have been heavily utilized too which should give an indication of the potential that lies with them. They are no miracle cure but they can certainly offer a lot of assistance and they may help deal with erectile dysfunction too.

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