We eat in order to get the necessary fuel for our body functions and day to day activities. But not all fuels are created equal. Some meals send us on a crazy roller coaster ride of sugar highs and lows, while others manage to disturb our chemical balance less. This is where the glycemic index (GI) comes in. It can help you understand how what you eat affects your body, and guide you to make better food choices.
You might not be familiar with the notion of coffee as a healthy beverage. After all, this popular uplift drink received a lot of bad press and it was long believed it causes heart disease and cancer. Now, new research dismisses these claims and suggests that coffee can actually be good for you.
It appears that for most people, sipping freshly brewed coffee can help protect their liver and contributes to their performance and longevity. As researchers establish that 3 cups of coffee per day can form a part of a healthy diet and lifestyle, this beverage might once again become the darling of many consumers.
Refreshing, zesty and alkalizing. Lemons are one of those fruits I always like to stock in my kitchen. One way to assure you are never short of these yellow vitamin bombs is to freeze them. Yes, it’s perfectly all right to do that. In fact, every part of the fruit can be frozen, including the juice, and consumed at your convenience. Moreover, freezing lemons can bring some other benefits and make the preparation of food and beverages a lot smoother.
Nuts are a great way to compliment your diet. Full of fiber, rich in unsaturated fatty acids and a good source of antioxidants. Yet, few people take the full advantage of these small powerhouses. The average person in Europe and the US consumes only around 12 grams of nuts per day; and a large percentage of this comes from eating peanuts which are actually legumes.
If you ever had one, you know how uncomfortable and painful ingrown toenails can be. This fairly common condition, medically referred to as onychocryptosis, can easily spiral out of control and sometimes requires surgical treatment. Rather than waiting for it to resolve by itself – which is not likely to happen – and letting it get worse or even infected, take some steps to deal with it. There are many things you can try in the comfort of your home to fix the sore ingrown toenail.
Do you feel that your cheeks are too chubby and your baby fat forgot to disappear about a decade or two ago? If you’re complaining about face fat or if you feel that you have excess weight in your face, the chances are there is excess weight on other parts of your body, too. Since it’s very difficult to lose weight from one specific part of the body only, a general weight loss program is usually required, and this will target your face as well. Still, there are certain things you can try in order to diminish the plump appearance of your face and feel more confident about your looks.
Nasal congestion usually sorts itself out within a week or so. But, while it lasts, it can make your life really unpleasant. It’s no fun not being able to breathe normally. When you are sleep-deprived and walking around with a blocked nose, all you want is something to soothe the discomfort. Although many over-the-counter drugs are available, you might want to give some powerful home remedies a go first. Your kitchen cupboard stores many natural remedies that can help you find some relief. If you combine them with certain health practices and routines, you might be able to breathe and feel a lot better, a lot faster.
Readers of this website are already familiar with my enthusiasm for coconut oil. Now, there is even another reason to love it. When used in a certain way, coconut oil can make a bowl of white rice into a much healthier meal.
It’s true that white rice is a highly processed grain and has a high glycemic index. But, the effect food has on your blood sugar can be altered depending on what you eat it with. Researchers from Sri Lanka might have uncovered a Holy Grail of rice cooking that could shake the way we view and prepare rice. They presented their preliminary findings last month at the National Meeting and Exposition of the American Chemical Society.
Nobody disputes the fact that broccoli is a great vegetable to have on your dinner plate. In fact, this plant is considered one of the best superfoods. Rich in vitamins A, C and E, broccoli is renowned for its cancer-fighting capabilities and it’s also one of the top cruciferous vegetables . Most people, however, consume only the florets, and they bin the stem and leaves without realizing that they are throwing away an abundance of health-promoting nutrients. Find out how to prepare and eat broccoli the right way and get the most out of your super vegetable.
For quite some time now, there has been an ongoing discussion concerning mercury poisoning and ways people get exposed to this dangerous neurotoxin, and I’ve mentioned it in my article on how to detox from heavy metals. Consequently, some took fish off their menu, while others put the blame on amalgam fillings, also known as silver fillings. Many, including several official bodies, claim that routine mercury exposure does not present a health problem. However, too many doubts and conflicting study results exist to ignore the issue.