Thursday, August 18, 2016

The advantages and disadvantages of drinking coffee

Pros and Cons of drinking Coffee
So, is coffee good or bad for you?

There has long been debate over whether coffee is ultimately good or bad for the body.

A stream of studies have prodded its link with heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s, obesity, the risk of stroke and more.

What morning coffee is really doing to your body throughout the day

  • Coffee can have a drastic effect on your body and mood
  • Caffeine increases alertness and stimulates the production of adrenaline
  • It also causes a spike in blood pressure and a tightening of the veins
  • Coffee gives your metabolism a kick but can also irritate your bladder
  • The jury is out on whether coffee is good or bad for you in the long run

by: Steven Trask

A cup or two of coffee is an early-morning ritual that many rely on to start the day.

Although people love to perk up with their morning cup, most are oblivious to the longer-term effects of coffee and caffeine.

With that in mind, lets lifts the lid on your coffee cup to discover what your wake-up brew really does to your body.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Proven Ways To Improve Your Relationship

Happy Couple
by: Farah Averill

Do you feel like your relationship isn’t quite what it used to be? To help you revive your relationship, we’ve reviewed a serious body of research to bring you the 10 most powerful, scientifically proven ways to improve virtually any relationship.

These tips also happen to be the key ingredients that go into making a good relationship work, so even if you think everything’s great, you can use this list as a diagnostic tool to make sure you and your partner are on the road to relationship bliss.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Pineapple and Broccoli can stop superbugs, cancers, heart disease and diabetes

Pineapple and Broccoli
Can the enzymes found in the stems and roots of pineapple fruit and broccoli help in the war against drug-resistant superbugs, coronary heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and several types of cancer?

Two separate reports suggest that pineapple and broccoli may provide the next novel drugs for superbugs and chronic diseases.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Keeping fit in middle age boosts health and cuts risk of stroke

Couple jogging
Being fit in your 40s could cut your risk of a stroke in your 60s.

Research has shown that men and women who are very fit in their mid to late 40s are a third less likely to suffer a stroke aged 65-plus than their couch-potato friends and colleagues.

The result is important because stroke is the fourth-biggest killer, claiming twice as many women’s lives as breast cancer and killing more men than prostate and testicular cancer combined.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Best High-Fiber Foods for Weight Loss

Fiber Diet
by: Dana Leigh Smith

The words "diet" and "fun" are rarely—if ever—used in the same sentence, likely because most people associate slashing calories with feelings of hunger and deprivation. But it doesn't have to be that way!

Believe it or not, it is possible to lose weight rapidly by eating delicious, filling foods that will keep you satisfied all day long. How? By ensuring your meals and snacks are rich in fiber. (Most Americans are only getting a fraction of the daily recommended 25-38 grams.) Yes, the same nutrient associated with keeping us “regular” is also a powerful hunger zapper. By filling you up for fewer calories and slowing the rate at which you digest, fiber-filled fare will keep you satiated longer, which can significantly aid weight loss efforts.

Not sure which foods are filled with the nutrient? Fear not! Below, you’ll find some of the best sources, ranked in order from the least nutrient-dense to the most potent. Head to the grocery store and stock up on these items to keep your bod healthy and trim.

How to help your hangover

by Jen Christensen

Here's the secret to avoiding a hangover.

Don't drink.

Or at least drink in moderation, doctors say.

OK, if you know yourself too well and can't help but over-enjoy, then you may want to read this carefully. Preferably in a dark room without a lot of noise if you just desperately did an Internet search for "hangover cure."

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Easy Tips for Planning a Healthy Diet and Sticking to it

Healthy Diet
Healthy eating is not about strict dietary limitations, staying unrealistically thin, or depriving yourself of the foods you love. Rather, it’s about feeling great, having more energy, improving your outlook, and stabilizing your mood.

If you feel overwhelmed by all the conflicting nutrition and diet advice out there, you’re not alone. It seems that for every expert who tells you a certain food is good for you, you’ll find another saying exactly the opposite. But by using these simple tips, you can cut through the confusion and learn how to create a tasty, varied, and healthy diet that is as good for your mind as it is for your body.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Coping with a Breakup or Divorce - Moving on After a Relationship Ends

Coping with a Breakup or Divorce
It’s never easy when a marriage or significant relationship ends. Whatever the reason for the split—and whether you wanted it or not—the breakup of a relationship can turn your whole world upside down and trigger all sorts of painful and unsettling feelings.

But there are plenty of things you can do to get through this difficult time and move on. You can even learn from the experience and grow into a stronger, wiser person.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Ways to Get Quality Protein - Making Protein Choices to Boost Energy and Improve Health

Quality Protein
Protein is in many of the foods that we eat every day, but for something so common, it’s often a misunderstood part of our diets. Think of protein and you might think of a huge piece of steak sizzling on a grill, the latest energy bar touting to banish fatigue, or a protein shake promising to fuel amazing muscle growth. Yes, these foods are all packed with protein, but when it comes to making the best protein choices to keep your body and mind healthy, quality is just as important as quantity.

What is protein?

Protein is a vital nutrient required for building, maintaining, and repairing tissues, cells, and organs throughout the body. Every cell in your body contains protein and it is a major part of the skin, hair, and nails. Protein forms body chemicals, such as enzymes, that are responsible for the many metabolic processes that sustain life. When you eat protein in food, it is broken down into the 20 amino acids that are the body’s basic building blocks for growth and energy. The amino acid tryptophan influences mood by producing serotonin, which can reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety and improve overall cognitive function.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Stress Management - How to Reduce, Prevent, and Cope with Stress

Stress Management - How to Reduce, Prevent, and Cope with Stress
You may feel there’s nothing you can do about stress. The bills won’t stop coming, there will never be more hours in the day, and your work and family responsibilities will always be demanding. But you have more control over stress than you might think.

Stress management is all about taking charge: of your lifestyle, thoughts, emotions, and the way you deal with problems. No matter how stressful your life seems, there are steps you can take to relieve the pressure and regain control.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Diet of cheese, red wine, salmon and peanuts can help prevent blindness

cheese, red wine, salmon and peanuts
As the childhood saying goes, 'eat your carrots and you'll be able to see in the dark'.

While years of scientific studies have debated the issue, the premise is one which escapes most of us.

The importance of a healthy, balanced diet is readily accepted by those desperate to shed pounds to become a slimmer version of themselves.

The motivation to pile our plates high with fruit and vegetables, wholegrains and other nutritious treats is often solely focused on achieving a sleaker physique.

But, unbeknownst to many dieters, is that the beneficial effects of a healthy diet go further, helping to maintain the health of their eyes.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Using Lemon Juice Instead of Toxic Chemicals for Health, Cleaning and Beauty

Using Lemon Juice Instead of Toxic Chemicals for Health, Cleaning and Beauty

by: Elizabeth Walling

Contrary to all those catchy commercials, you don’t need to use expensive products and toxic chemicals to clean your home, ease a cough, or soften your skin. Lemon juice can replace countless bottles of overpriced chemicals for a fraction of the cost.

1. Deodorize and Disinfect Your Kitchen
Surfaces like refrigerator shelves, counter tops and cutting boards need to be clean, but I can’t imagine using harsh chemicals where I prepare and store food. Lemon juice is perfect for disinfecting all of these surfaces without leaving behind a toxic residue. It also removes unpleasant stains and odors, so my kitchen is fresh and clean.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

How to Recognize and Stop Emotional Eating

Emotional Eating
We don’t always eat simply to satisfy hunger. We also turn to food for comfort, stress relief, or as a reward. Unfortunately, emotional eating doesn’t fix emotional problems. It usually makes you feel worse. Afterward, not only does the original emotional issue remain, but you also feel guilty for overeating.

Learning to recognize your emotional eating triggers is the first step to breaking free from food cravings and compulsive overeating, and changing the habits that have sabotaged your diets in the past.

Monday, December 28, 2015

How To Lower Cholesterol, Prevent Heart Disease and Improve Cardiovascular Health

Heart Healthy Diet
While you may be tempted to eat unhealthy foods when you feel stressed, anxious, or depressed, it’s important to think about your heart health even when you’re feeling down.

If you are concerned about your cardiovascular health or have already been diagnosed with high cholesterol or heart disease, the food you eat can be just as critical for your heart as controlling your weight and exercising. In fact, a heart-healthy diet can reduce your risk of heart disease or stroke by 80%.

By understanding which foods are healthiest for your heart, you may be able to lower cholesterol, prevent or manage heart disease and high blood pressure, and take greater control over the quality and length of your life.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Diabetes Diet and Food Tips - Eating to Prevent, Control and Reverse Diabetes

Diabetes Diet
Diabetes is on the rise, yet most cases are preventable with healthy lifestyle changes. Some can even be reversed.

Taking steps to prevent and control diabetes doesn’t mean living in deprivation; it means eating a tasty, balanced diet that will also boost your energy and improve your mood. You don’t have to give up sweets entirely or resign yourself to a lifetime of bland food.

With these tips, you can still take pleasure from your meals without feeling hungry or deprived.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Recognizing, Preventing and Reporting Child Abuse / Neglect

Stop Child Abuse
Child abuse is more than bruises and broken bones. While physical abuse might be the most visible, other types of abuse, such as emotional abuse and neglect, also leave deep, lasting scars.

The earlier abused children get help, the greater chance they have to heal and break the cycle—rather than perpetuate it. By learning about common signs of abuse and what you can do to intervene, you can make a huge difference in a child’s life.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Help for Abused Men - How to Escape Domestic Violence

Abused Man
While the majority of domestic violence victims are women, abuse of men happens far more often than you'd probably expect.

Typically, men are physically stronger than women but that doesn't necessarily make it easier to escape the violence or the relationship. An abused man faces a shortage of resources, skepticism from police, and major legal obstacles, especially when it comes to gaining custody of his children from an abusive mother.

No matter your age, occupation, or sexual orientation, though, you can overcome these challenges and escape the abuse.

Monday, December 14, 2015

How To Protect Yourself and Escape from Domestic Violence

Help for Abused Women
Getting out of an abusive or violent relationship isn’t easy.

Maybe you’re still hoping that things will change or you’re afraid of what your partner will do if he discovers you’re trying to leave. Whatever your reasons, you probably feel trapped and helpless. But help is available. There are many resources available for abused and battered women, including crisis hotlines, shelters—even job training, legal services, and childcare.

You deserve to live free of fear. Start by reaching out.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Domestic Violence - Signs of Abuse and Abusive Relationships

Stop Domestic Violence
Domestic violence and abuse can happen to anyone, yet the problem is often overlooked, excused, or denied. This is especially true when the abuse is psychological, rather than physical.

Noticing and acknowledging the signs of an abusive relationship is the first step to ending it. No one should live in fear of the person they love. If you recognize yourself or someone you know in the following warning signs and descriptions of abuse, reach out. There is help available.

Monday, December 7, 2015

Tips for Getting a Good Sleep

Getting a Good Sleep
When it comes to sleep, it’s not just quantity that matters—it’s quality. How you feel during your waking hours hinges greatly on how well you sleep.

Similarly, the cure for daytime fatigue and sleep difficulties can often be found in your daily routine. Your sleep schedule, bedtime habits, and day-to-day lifestyle choices can make an enormous difference to the quality of your nightly rest.

The following tips will help you optimize your sleep so you can be productive, mentally sharp, emotionally balanced, and full of energy all day long.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

How to Stop Snoring - Cures, Remedies and Tips

How to Stop Snoring
Just about everyone snores occasionally, but if snoring happens frequently it can affect the quantity and quality of your sleep and that of your family members and roommates.

Snoring can lead to poor sleep and daytime fatigue, irritability, and increased health problems. If your snoring keeps your partner awake, it can also create major relationship problems.

Thankfully, sleeping in separate bedrooms isn’t the only remedy for snoring. There are many other effective solutions available to help both you and your partner sleep better at night and deal with the relationship problems caused when one person snores.

Monday, November 30, 2015

The Truth About Pregnancy Stretch Marks

Pregnancy Stretch Marks
by: Elizabeth Krieger

Many things change after you have a baby -- schedules, sleep time, and sense of freedom, to name a few.

Along with a changing schedule, there are the many physical changes you’ll see. Chief among them is stretch marks. For many women, stretch marks are as much a part of having a baby as diapers and feedings.

High-Risk Pregnancy - All You Need To Know

High-Risk Pregnancy
Your pregnancy is called high-risk if you or your baby has an increased chance of a health problem.

Many things can put you at high risk. Being called "high-risk" may sound scary. But it's just a way for doctors to make sure that you get special attention during your pregnancy. Your doctor will watch you closely during your pregnancy to find any problems early.

The conditions listed below put you and your baby at a higher risk for problems, such as slowed growth for the baby, preterm labor, preeclampsia, and problems with the placenta. But it's important to remember that being at high risk doesn't mean that you or your baby will have problems.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Pregnancy and Prenatal Vitamins

Pregnancy and Prenatal Vitamins
Eating a healthy diet is always a wise idea -- especially during pregnancy. It's also a good idea during pregnancy to take a prenatal vitamin to help cover any nutritional gaps in the mother's diet.

Prenatal vitamins contain many vitamins and minerals. Their folic acid, iron, iodine, and calcium are especially important.