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Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Best time to eat Apples in a day

South Korea, a famous saying about apples goes like this: eating apples in the morning is like eating gold, while eating an apple in the evening is more like eating poison. Yikes! An American version of the saying similarly praises apples with “an apple a day keeps the doctor away,” but without clarifying when to eat apples. At least according to South Korean folklore, looks like we are advised to eat apple earlier in the day, but not later in the evening. Is there any scientific ground for that?

Health benefits of eating an apple are related to bowel movement. It is known that apple peel is very rich in dietary fiber like pectin. Thus eating an apple after your morning meal gently stimulates the bowel movement. So if you have irregular bowel movements or constipation, an apple in the morning can be a great help.

In addition, pectin can protect lactic acid, and help lactic acid bacteria grow well in the colon. Lactic acid so grown up can act as a treatment and prevention mechanism of constipation, and help eliminate carcinogens. Pectin itself can also help carcinogens and heavy metals getting discharged out of the body. Furthermore, organic acids abundant in apple helps with digestion, by proliferating beneficial bacteria within the colon.

However, when an apple is eaten in the evening, the very same pectin which helps with bowel movements actually puts a burden on the intestinal digestive functions. You will have gas filled up in your bowel later in the bed, due to partially digested cellulose. In this case you will end up going to toilet several times while sleeping, and will not feel refreshed when you wake up in the morning. In addition, organic acids inside apples can increase your stomach acid beyond your comfortable level. With all these ill side effects, it’s not advised to eat apples after dinner or during night time.

But you don’t have to unnecessarily get paranoid. If you have normal digestive functions and healthy stomach, it’s not too bad to eat apples any time throughout the day. You should be aware that it’s always good to eat apples unpeeled since peel and its underlying flesh are where apple’s various nutrients including fiber, vitamin C are concentrated.

Saturday, 23 July 2016


To most people, a smell isn’t just a fragrance — it’s a memory.( When a warm breeze blows the smell of fresh flowers, you’re instantly rocketed back to your first dance and the corsage your date brought.

And these nostalgic ties aren’t just a coincidence — there’s science behind why we cherish these aromas. Our olfactory response is directly linked to the emotional center of our brain, causing a flood of warm and fuzzy feelings with a simple sniff. Unlike touch or taste, scents are directly correlated with past experiences. It’s no wonder the smell of rain or the scent of a swimming pool makes us so reminiscent.

But aside from their memory-inducing powers, certain scents can also do amazing things for our mind and body. From stress relief to headache relief, certain aromas have a way of making an impact.

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Improve Your life by sleeping in the Buff

A study has been released stating that less than 10% of Americans sleep naked. How in the world is this number so low? I sleep naked whenever I can get away with it (ie. not expecting company, not camping, etc) and experts actually say that sleeping in the all-together is good for you. Below are just some of the health benefits, physically and psychologically, you can reap when you ditch the jammies and embrace those sheets!

1 – Statistically-speaking, people sleep better when they’re naked. Your body temperature naturally declines as you sleep and, when you sleep wearing thick pajamas or heavy blankets that keep you warm, keeping too warm will disrupt that cycle. This can cause you to toss and turn, reducing your quality of sleep and decreasing the amount of REM sleep you achieve.

2 – It airs you out, both upstairs and downstairs. This is good for men, but even better for women. This also helps those who have folds of fat. Sleeping in the nude helps prevent the growth of yeast and bacteria while drying out spots of perspiration and keeping the body comfortable.

3 – Speaking of which, chances are you’ll lose weight faster.When you sleep solidly through the night, it lowers cortisol levels. Waking up with too much of this hormone makes you hungrier and more likely to consume high-calorie, non-nutritional foods.

4 – Being too warm during the night also affects how the body releases some of its anti-aging hormones. When the temperature drops, the body releases more hormones that keep hair looking healthy and skin taut.

5 – You’ll be more likely to be frisky. Skin-to-skin contact increases bonding hormones such as oxytocin as well as making you more sensitized to your partner’s touch. It will increase feelings of trust, connectivity, and lower your heart rate… at least until the lovemaking begins.

6 – You’ll feel more confident during the day, as well as have more energy. Both of these are side effects of sleeping well, but they deserve their own mention because most people lack these feelings in their everyday lives.

7 – Wearing less clothes means more blood flow, which means less pain. This help eliminate discomfort from the abdominal region and even waist pain as well as tension. Tight elastic bands don’t do you any favors and should be either loosened or disregarded entirely for a more comfortable rest. There’s even research that shows sleeping naked benefits those who have difficulty sleeping, like insomniacs, as it feels comforting.

8 – There are some reports that bare skin absorbs nutrients more effectively than when clothes are on. Going naked accelerates the skin’s repair processes and uninterrupted airflow will help. Sleeping naked allows sebaceous glands to work at full capacity, which improves the body’s metabolic rate.

If you can’t shimmy out of those pajamas at the bedroom door for whatever reason, reducing your linens will be a big help. Don’t pile on the comforters and quilts, try for just a sheet for a while. Lose those pajama sets and skimp down to a nightshirt, foregoing underthings, at least right before you hit the hay.

Friday, 15 July 2016

Benefits of Skin Icing

Glowing Skin

The ice cubes, when applied to skin help in the blood circulation of the skin, which gives the skin a healthy natural glow. To give the skin a more radiant glow, apply on your face an ice fruit cubes.

Dark Circle Treatment

A combination of rose water and cucumber juice when frozen can be used under the eye circles.  This combination will reduce the puffiness as a result of some previous activities.

Reduces Blemishes

Ice cubes can help reduce the redness and inflammation of blemishes and pimples. You can apply the ice cubes directly on the acne just for a few seconds until it becomes numb. You can do this every other day at night.

Skin Toner

Ice cubes are a cheap toner or skin smoother. You can use this method before applying the makeup, because the pores underneath the makeup are minimized, and that leaves your foundation flawless and smooth.

Prevents Wrinkles

Icing reduces the appearance of wrinkles, and also ease the signs of aging.

Makeup Substitute

If you don’t have time to put on makeup, apply the ice cubes with a cloth wrap, in order to get the fresh and radiant look without the traces of makeup. You will get a natural look.

Few Tips About Skin Icing

Skin icing can be done without the use of cloth wrap, but remember to wear the gloves in order to hold the ice properly.Use cloth wrap or wash cloth to apply the ice on the skin. That will have the same effect like when you apply the ice directly on the face.The extreme cold can easily break the capillaries under the skin, so don’t use the ice cubes directly from the freezer if you want to use a bare ice cube.If the cold from the ice cube becomes too uncomfortable, stop the process. Avoid icing one place for more than 15 min.Don’t use bare ice cubes on the skin that has already broken capillaries or don’t use the ice for a long time.Fill the water for the ice cubes with cucumber, lemon, rose water, green tea, chamomile tea and other safe ingredients depending on your type of skin.

Benefits of drinking hot and cold water

Drinking enough water to keep ourselves hydrated is more important for health than its temperature when consumed. So, it does not matter whether water is cold or warm. Under normal circumstances, the energy our body expends to bring the temperature of water or food we eat closer to inner core temperature is negligibly low.

A lot of people like the taste and feel of drinking cold/beverage water in hot weather or hot water in cold weather. It's just personal preference. Interestingly, cold water is absorbed faster than warm water through your intestine, so drinking cold water after an intense workout can hydrate you and bring the core temperature back to normal "slightly, but not significantly" faster than warm water. Also, in rare cases, swallowing/gulping down cold water/beverages can cause bradycardia (abnormally slow hearbeat), headache, or syncope (temporary loss of consciousness caused by a fall in blood pressure) in few individuals. 

Thursday, 14 July 2016

The Avocado fruit,more than just a dip

The closest most of us get to eating avocado is the guacamole dip at a Super Bowl party, and that's a shame.

It's true that avocados are relatively high in fat and calories (138 calories and 14.1g fat in half a medium-sized avocado), and maybe that's why you've steered clear from them. But they are also high in both the soluble and insoluble fiber that your body needs to keep the digestive system running smoothly – it's a natural detox. And that soluble fiber will slow the breakdown of carbs in your body and so help you feel fuller, longer. What's more, the oleic acid which abounds in avocados triggers a feeling of satiety in your brain.

The unsaturated fats from avocados slow your digestion and will help keep your blood sugar from spiking after a meal. They will also help lower your cholesterol levels.

Avocados are also loaded with carotenoids, and you should care because these Vitamin A-esque compounds are champs in the fight against eye disease and certain forms of cancer.

The high levels of folate in avocados will decrease your risk of depression. The folate helps to prevent the build-up of homocysteine, a substance that can impair circulation and delivery of nutrients to the brain.

Your unborn baby will appreciate all that folate, as well. The compound reduces the risk of miscarriage and neural tube defects. Research shows that the folate level of both mom and dad has an effect upon the risk of birth defects.

Avocados can even help you fend off osteoporosis. Half of an avocado provides approximately 25 percent of the daily-recommended intake forvitamin K which is essential for bone health. Vitamin K can support bone health by increasing calcium absorption and reducing urinary excretion of calcium.

Avocados contain a natural plant sterol called beta-sitosterol. Regular consumption of beta-sitosterol and other plant sterols has been seen to help maintain healthy cholesterol levels. Not only that, but beta-sitosterol is also used to reverse hair loss and treat prostate enlargement

So re-acquaint yourself with the avocado, even though it's a long way from bowl game season. But be mindful of the guacamole – all the chips that accompany it can erase much of the avocado's benefits.