Probiotic Foods to aid in Digestion

Probiotic Foods to aid in DigestionThese days, you may be hearing a lot about probiotics, but the fact is that they are not something that is new. The word probiotic has a Greek origin which means ‘for life’. They are a type of good bacteria that can provide protection from bad or harmful bacteria in the body. Probiotics are found in fermented food and today, they are also available in supplement form. A number of studies have shown that probiotic foods can really aid in digestion. So, here’s a look at some of the common probiotic foods that you can consume for proper and healthy digestion.

Yogurt

Yogurt is the most common source of probiotics. Studies have suggested that probiotics can help find relief from lactose intolerance, diarrhea and other common digestive problems. If you are considering yogurt as your source of probiotics, ensure that you buy varieties that contain active and live cultures.

Miso Soup

Miso soup is made from fermented soybeans and it is a Japanese staple. If you visit a Japanese restaurant, you may be served miso soup with your sushi. But, you can also prepare this soup at home. You can follow the traditional recipe and make the soup from scratch or you can buy soup mix from the supermarket and simply prepare it by adding water and bringing it to a boil. Soups are great before a meal so consuming miso soup before you start your meal can really nourish your digestive system. Read more

Natural Home Recipes for Glowing Skin

Natural Home Recipes for Glowing Skin1.Banana-Milk Mask

Mash a banana and add some milk to this and apply this mask on your face to get a glowing and smooth face instantly. This homemade facial mask can act as a pre-party glow mask which you can use prior to going to any party.

2. Pumpkin & Honey

To get glowing skin at home, try a pumpkin face mask enriched with Vitamin C, A and Zinc. Boil pumpkin and take 2 spoons of pumpkin puree and 1/4 spoon of milk, one spoon of honey to make a natural face mask. Dab this cooling and soothing mask on your face to get glowing and supple skin naturally.

3. Aloe Vera Mask

Mix aloe vera pulp and glycerin to apply on your face. Men can try this face mask post shaving.

4. Oatmeal Mask with Chamomile & Honey 

Mix chamomile tea and oatmeal powder in equal measure and add 2 spoons of honey and 2 drops of almond oil to this mix. Slather this mix on your face for 20 minutes. This home remedy helps you get fair and glowing skin at home like a home facial. Read more

What to Eat Before Working Out

Eat Before WorkoutIf you are looking to get the most out of your workout, then it is important to eat the right kinds of food beforehand. Although you may not be willing to pack in calories before the session, there are a number of foods you can eat to fuel your workout. Apart from helping you maximize your efforts, these foods can also prevent low blood sugar, fatigue and lightheadedness during the workout. Here is a list of foods you must consider eating before working out.

Bananas

Bananas contain fast acting carbohydrates which can actually provide useable energy during a workout session. Bananas also contain potassium which can help in the proper functioning of muscles and nerves. Bananas are the perfect pre-workout snack for all those who workout first thing in the morning. Those who tend to skip breakfast before their workout can benefit greatly by having a banana at least 30 minutes prior to working out.

Chickpeas

Another easy pre-workout snack is chickpeas. Chickpeas contain carbs, fiber and protein that are essential for fuelling your workout. Before the session, eat at least ¼ cup of chickpeas to give you 9 grams of fiber, 30 grams of carbohydrates and 10 grams of protein. Read more

Chocolate-Covered Banana-Oat Cookies

Chocolate-Covered Banana-Oat CookiesIngredients:
3 Bananas
2 cups rolled oats
Optional ingredients:
walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, dried fruits, and/or pieces of dark chocolate

Preparation:
First blend the bananas. Once the bananas are blended, put them with the other ingredients in a bowl and mix together till you have a good blend of all the ingredients.
Use fingertips to make small balls or different shapes by hands or cooking molds.

The cookies will get their sweetness  from the bananas and the other ingredients such as dried fruits or the dark chocolate. If you wish a sweeter taste you can add 1-3 teaspoons of row honey.

Bake for 15 minutes at 390 ºF

After the cookies are baked you can cover them with melted dark chocolate.

What To Eat After Working Out

What To Eat After Working OutAfter working out at the gym, you must ensure that you eat the right type of food. This is because the food you eat following your workout session is the most important of all that you eat during the day. When you hit the gym, excess energy is stored in the muscles in the form of protein and glycogen and when you perform some exercises, the body uses the fuel from the pre-workout meal you have taken. When this much fuel is not enough, then the stored glycogen is used up. However, after you come back from your workout session, the muscles start to break down because the protein levels drop. In order to prevent this, you must eat food that will help you reload the depleted muscles. In this post, we will take a look at what food you must eat following your workout.

Wholegrain breakfast cereal

You can eat wholegrain breakfast cereal at any time, but you can get the most benefits out of it when you eat it after your workout. Wholesale cereals are rich in protein, fiber and carbohydrates. They are perfect for restoring the muscles that tend to break down after your training session. You can include yogurt or milk to your cereal and make it a substantial after-workout snack. Read more

7 Foods To Fight PMS

7 Foods To Fight PMSMood swings, anxiety, irritability, headaches and bloating are some common premenstrual symptoms. You may not experience all of them, but a single one can spoil your day. It is common to reach out for salty food to curb that craving or even get mad at your best buddy over a small thing. There are over-the-counter medications available to help find relief from stomach cramps, but did not know that there are certain foods which can actually help you during this time of the month. Let’s take a look at 7 such foods that can help fight PMS.

Low Fat Yogurt

Think of yogurt when you are craving for something filling. One cup of low fat yogurt can provide good amounts of calcium. Foods rich in calcium can actually lower the risk of developing PMS and this has been proven by a number of studies and researches.

Grilled Salmon

Omega 3 fatty acids can help overcome the blues that come along with your period and grilled salmon is one of the best sources of fatty acids. Read more

8 Foods You Should Not Refrigerate

8 Foods You Should Not RefrigerateYour grocery shopping for the month has been done and now your fridge is overflowing with all the foods that you think should go in there. On some foods, you can see labels that say “refrigerate after opening”, but on foods without such labels it is pure assumption that they should be kept in the fridge. While it does make sense that tomatoes will stay fresh longer if they are refrigerated, did you know that refrigerating such foods can alter their flavor and even reduce their nutritional value?

Some foods that you thought would be better in your fridge are actually best kept at room temperature. Continue reading to find out which 8 foods you should not refrigerate.

Tomatoes

The first on the list is of course tomatoes. Keeping tomatoes in the fridge makes them mushy and it also promote cell break down. The cold temperature also breaks down acids and sugars in the tomato causing them to lose their beautiful flavor. You should keep tomatoes at room temperature, away from direct sunlight. Read more

Foods That Have Healing Properties

Foods Have Healing PropertiesEating food is important to the body but only if you eat the right types of food. Simply said, the right type of food would contain some healing properties that you never imagined. This is a fact that is known since the beginning of time. Long time ago when people were sick they were simply given specific types of food to heal them. Over the years this is something that has been overlooked. Fortunately, there is still hope in making use of foods that have got healing properties. For example, veggies, fruits and other unprocessed foods might be of great importance for the body to ward off diseases.

Below are some of the superfoods that you should consider eating since they are nutritionally beneficial.

Banana (remedy for anxiety and stress)
Bananas are an excellent choice to relieve on anxiety and stress. The best part is that they only have 105 calories and less amount of sugar. They also contain vitamin B6 and this nutrient is important to the brain since it helps in the production of serotonin. This is the substance that helps in fighting stressful circumstances.

Honey (remedy for indigestion)
The main reason why honey is recommended to be part of your breakfast is the fact that it helps in the digestion process. It contains nutrients that strengthen the digestive tract. Moreover, honey is famous for antiviral and antibacterial effects. Read more

Weird Tricks That Promote Weight Loss

Weird Tricks Promote Weight LossThe first thing that comes to mind when exercising is mentioned is losing weight. Well, this is true considering the fact that regular exercise will ensure that your heart beats faster hence increasing the metabolism process. There are different techniques that people will opt for in losing weight. Some of the weirdest tricks are as discussed below:

Eating while facing the mirror
Eating while facing the mirror will make your mind alert to the foods that you would be taking in. Certainly, by looking at yourself eat will bring in a lot of questions about the type of food that you are eating. For example, chances are that you might ask yourself whether you are eating healthy foods. This awareness will ensure that you consume less and thus help in reducing weight.

Eating with men
This is somewhat funny but it is very true. Ladies, what do you try to do when eating next to a man? You try to show out that you are a ‘lady’ by eating less right? Indeed ladies would try their best to prove to men that they do not eat a lot. This eventually would lead to a reduction in the food intake and in the end also help in reducing weight. Read more