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Anti-aging Health tips 0

Posted on March 11, 2013 by Grace

Best Anti Aging Tips

Science now proves that you can slow and even reverse the aging process, keeping yourself healthy, happy and energetic for years to come! Here are the keys to Anti-Aging?


Keeping you skin young with ALA

“Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA) a skin-healing nutrient can soften deep facial lines within eight weeks.  Yale research reveals that ALA speeds collage growth, reduces redness, puffiness and irritation; shrinks pores and erases fine lines!

Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA) Recommended Dosage:

300 mg. daily of Alpha Lipoic Acid


Keeping your metabolism young with Coconut Oil

Wish your body burned calories now as enthusiastically as it did a few decades ago?  It can! According to researchers at Tennessee’s Vanderbilt University, taking 4,000 mg. of coconut oil daily can boost an aging metabolism, helping women shed up to 10 pounds of fat in three months (without mega diet or lifestyle changes).

Top-quality brands include Nature’s Answer and Source Naturals.

Tip: 2 tbs. of extra virgin coconut oil daily can also do the trick!


Keeping you Brain Young with Cocoa

Popping a 450 mg. cocoa supplement daily relaxes blood vessels, boosting the flow of oxygen and nutrient rich blood to your brain, chasing away age-related memory and concentration problems in as little as three months.  Cocoa’s anti-oxidants are so healthy for your brain, they can even protect against dementia.


Keeping your Immune System young with Zinc

If your ability to fight off colds and other bugs is lagging, a zinc shortfall could be to blame.  The reason: As we age, our ability to absorb this immunity-boosting mineral gradually drops. Taking 15 mg. to 25 mg. of zinc daily can rev your immune system within three weeks, UCLA researchers report.

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Healthy Benefits of Safflower Oil 0

Posted on March 04, 2012 by Grace

The latest Ohio State University study on safflower oil found it’s not just your waistline that stands to benefit from the daily 2 tsp. of the stuff:

1. Better cholesterol levels!

Folks given safflower oil had a 14% increase in HDL, or “good” cholesterol, compared to folks who got a different oil.

2. A healthier heart!

Safflower oil was found to trigger an 18% decrease in C-reactive protein, a type of protein that causes inflammation directly linked to heart attacks.

3. Diabetes Prevention!

Women who took safflower saw their blood-sugar levels drop by up to 19 points which can go a long way toward staving off diabetes, say pros.

4. Shrinks Belly Fat!

To give credit where credit is due, the safflower oil phenomenon started with breakthrough research at Ohio state University.  The OSU team has now conducted multiple studies and found that non-dieters who get about 2tsp. of safflower daily melt a significant amount of tummy flab.  (By contrast, folks given different oils gain tummy flab.)  How does safflower work? Per the lastes from OsU, safflower raises levels of a little-known fat-fighting hormone called adiponectin.  “We believe the increase in this hormone is key,” says OSU scientist Marth Belury, R.D., Ph.D. Learn More about the slimming safflower oil. “Lose 6 pounds a week”.

Try Saf Slim Safflower Oil Belly Fat Transformation.

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Fiber Enriched Foods are key to weight loss 0

Posted on April 04, 2010 by Grace

Did You Know that research has shown that people who consume an additional 14 grams of fiber daily cut their calories intake by 10 percent?


Fiber increases weight loss because…

  1. Fiber increases the sensation of fullness and influences the hormones that regulate food intake. Fiber is full of nutrients our bodies need to feel satisfied, without fiber our bodies feel unsatisfied causing us to overeat and gain weight.
  2. Today many American’s diets are rich in processed foods. Processed foods have no real nutritional value (no poly fats, no protein, no vitamins or minerals or antioxidants) it is truly like ingesting sugar. A diet that is rich in processed foods will lead to weight gain.
  3. Fiber actually acts as a binding agent, it blinds to fatty deposits flushing them out of your system increasing weightloss. And it promotes a quicker movement of food through the digestive atract. Because fiber actually passes through our intestines, it actually carries fat and calories out, preventing the body from breaking down and absorbing some of the fat and cholesterol we ingest.

High Fiber enriched foods to choose from:

Apples, (1 med = 4.0 grams of fiber)
regardless of the type, are low in calories and high in fiber. They expand your stomach, so you’ll feel full longer, and require less food to satisfy your hunger.
Blackberries (1/2 cup = 4.4 grams of fiber)
are high in fiber and relatively low in sugar. Dissolved in water, blackberries form pectin, which helps to stabilize blood-sugar levels.
Raspberries (1 cup = 3 grams of fiber)
are low in calories and high in fiber . Immediately before serving, take chilled raspberries and rinse with cool water. Make a raspberry puree to pour over fruit salad or waffles.

Artichokes (1 larger = 4.5 grams of fiber)
are high in fiber and low in fat. They require little preparation, but are time-consuming to eat – which means you’ll eat less! To prepare artichokes, wash, pull off the outer and lower petals, and trim off the pointed tips of the outer leaves. Boil them standing upright for about 30 minutes, until center petal pulls out easily. Serve hot, cold, or at room temperature.
Cabbage (cooked cabbage = 3.0 grams of fiber)
contains vitamins and fiber, with the fewest calories and least fat of any vegetable.
Corn (1/2 cup = 5.0 grams of fiber)
is a high-fiber, hearty, appetite-curbing vegetable. Sprinkle with herbs or fresh-squeezed lemon juice instead of butter, or rub with a wedge of lime and a sprinkle of chili pepper.


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Weigh-less with these 5 essential tips to Losing Weight 0

Posted on April 02, 2010 by Grace

Increase Your Weight Loss by Adding More Fiber to your Diet!  Did you know that eating more fiber increases your weight loss?

Fiber is key to a healthy diet. Studies have shown that most people with high fiber diets lose more weight.  Fiber actually acts as a binding agent, it blinds to fatty deposits flushing them out of your system increasing weight loss. Most experts suggest 25 to 30 grams of fiber per day.

A recent study published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association looked at the diets of 52 overweight/obese people and compared them to 52 normal-weight people. Results indicated that the diets of the obese group had higher amounts of fat, saturated fat and cholesterol, and lower amounts of fiber intake.

The USDA recommends the following amounts of fiber intake per day:

  • 25 grams for women
  • 38 grams for men
  • 28 grams for pregnant women
  • 29 grams for Breast feeding Women



Click here for a complete list of  foods and their fiber amounts (fiber increases weight loss so start including fiber in your diet today): 



Tip: Set goals and gradually work up to including  25% to 30% of fiber into your daily diet. You don’t have do it all at once.

1. Make healthy Snack Choices:

Choose low Calorie Popcorn

Popcorn Benefits:

It is very low in calories and high in fiber. Use a tablespoon of herb flavored Olive oil (i.e parsley, basil, oregano, ect.) to pop the corn. The herb flavored olive oil gives the popcorn a great taste. You can also use Leggio’s Italian Gourmet Dipping and Cooking Olive Oil,or another brand of dipping Olive Oil.  This adds a lot a flavor to your popcorn just try it you will love it. Let us know what you think?

Just 4 cups of popcorn = 120 calories,

4grams of fiber and it taste great you can’t go wrong!

Choose high fiber Almonds

Almonds are full of nutritional value and a high source of fiber. There benefits are endless, a cup of almonds is 143 calories and has 11.3 grams of fiber, so choose this great tasting snack to increase your weight loss. Have a half of cup of almonds @ 71 calories for your nightly snack, it will keep you on track to your weight loss goals while satisfying your nightly snack cravings.

Almond Benefits:
Almonds are not only important to weight loss but they  help in preventing cancer, heart diseases, diabetes, digestive system problems etc. Almonds are also found to be helpful in preventing , high blood pressure situations, cholesterol, weight problem etc.

2. Cut down on the Bad Carbs and you will significantly reduce your sugar consumption.

What are bad carbohydrates and why do these foods increase weight gain? Here’s how:

Bad carbohydrates are foods that have been refined and processed.  They are unnatural, artificial foods. Bad carbohydrates have little to no nutrients, most of the nutritional values has been removed from these foods. Supermarkets are loaded with processed foods because they are cheaper to produce, and more profitable for manufacturers.

Bad Carbohydrates are processed foods that are stripped of nutrients and contain mainly sugar. Bad carbohydrates include; white flour breads, most store brand cookies, snacks, chips, white pastas and sodas.  The key is to look for foods that contain good carbohydrates such as; whole wheat flour check the ingredient label for whole wheat flour not enriched or while flour.

Benefits of eating good carbohydrates: Improve your health while losing weight.

3. What are you weighting for? Get Moving.

First think about an activity that would work for you.  Is it running, walking, biking, yoga, etc. figure out what works best, start off slowly and work up to your goals?

You will be surprised on how quickly your energy level starts to increase and you really will start to feel and look better.

Adding a pound of muscle mass will cause you to burn up to 50 extra calories per day, even when you’re just sitting down.

Imagine how much faster you could lose weight if you replaced 10 lbs of fat with muscle?

Get started today!

Click here to visit the fitness room for exercise tips and tools.

5. Find out your daily calorie intake this will determine how many calories you need to cut to start losing weight.

Click here to get started look for the the CALORIE CALCULATOR

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