Monthly Archives March 2013

Raw Food Diet – Pros and Cons

March 31, 2013 Nutrition

rawfoodThe raw food diet is trendy ever since a number of celebrities like Demi Moore, Madonna, or Gwyneth Paltrow have embraced it. Raw vegan diet promoters are very excited about its benefits, which are indeed quite appealing. On the other side, there are voices who claim that it is based on several misconceptions.

The raw food diet is a plant based diet in which the food is not cooked over 104 degrees Fahrenheit (40 degrees Celsius) in order to preserve the enzymes. Fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, vegetable milk, sprouted grains are either eaten fresh, dehydrated or fermented. That is why they sometimes talk about the live food versus dead food. Raw foodists consider that during cooking the enzymes and a great deal of essential vitamins and minerals are lost...

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Stress – Too Dangerous Not to Handle

March 28, 2013 Mental balance

stressWhat is stress?

We all agree that stress – in its negative perception – is the feeling that we face a great pressure, too big to handle. Nevertheless, it is also true that everybody has his/her own limit. What is “too much” for me can be quite OK for somebody else or the other way around.

Usually we think of stress as being caused by external factors – the job or major life changes like a divorce or financial problems – but there are also internal factors. These may refer to a pessimistic attitude, lack of assertiveness or maybe some (too great) expectations which are not realistic.

Long-term exposure to stress can have serious negative effects on our health, causing heart diseases, digestive problems, insomnia and depression, autoimmune diseases...

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Apple Cider Vinegar for Beauty

March 25, 2013 Beauty

apple cider vinegarMade from fermented apple juice, apple cider vinegar is considered a complete natural remedy. It is said to fight bad cholesterol, high blood pressure, bowel disorder, contribute to weight-loss and even prevent the growth of cancer cells. Furthermore, apple cider vinegar is a top natural beauty product.

Hair

Probably the best known way to use it is for the hair. After shampooing, the vinegar is added in the rinse water – 1 or 2 tablespoons of ACV in a glass of water. It will remove the impurities and leave a shinier hair. Use 2-3 times per week. This is also considered a solution to make the hair stronger and prevent hair loss.

A solution with a stronger apple vinegar concentration – equal quantities of vinegar and water – is considered a remedy for dandruff...

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Cinnamon Health Benefits

March 21, 2013 Natural remedies

cinnamonWith its enchanting and unmistakable flavour, cinnamon is a tasty ingredient in many food products. It is also known as a natural remedy used in traditional Chinese and Indian medicine. Moreover, several modern studies found beneficial effects of cinnamon in case of health problems like diabetes or high cholesterol, while other studies could not establish the same connection.

Here are some of the cases in which cinnamon is said to have a positive effect:

- In Chinese medicine it is considered able to release blocked energies which can cause pain and abdominal problems. Thus, the vital energy or qi can circulate again in the body and the pain is relieved. It is also used to treat colds and improve circulation because of its warming effect.

- It could play a role in lowering the level of blo...

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Homemade Cleaners for a Better Life

March 17, 2013 Lifestyle

homemade cleanersNowadays there are a lot of ready-to-buy green cleaning products which are harmless for our health and for the environment as well. However, you can resort to homemade cleaners when you want to save some money or you have just run out of the usual cleaning products. When you decide to switch to homemade cleaners only it would be better to test them one by one, slowly, in order to find out what works better in your house. It may be a little more difficult at the beginning but it’s for you to decide whether it’s worth the effort or not.

The most common and effective natural cleaning products are vinegar, lemon and baking soda. Their effects can be enhanced by essential oils with antiseptic and antibacterial properties like tea tree essential oil or pine essential oil.

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Pilates and Physical Perfection

March 11, 2013 Sports

pilatesPilates is a body working routine that focuses on building flexibility and coordination of the body without creating muscle bulk. Pilates comes from the name of its inventor, Joseph H. Pilates. Born in 1883 in Germany, he was a very sickly child, suffering from asthma, rheumatic fever and rickets. Joseph began studying how to train his body through body building, gymnastics, and yoga techniques. Thus he managed to overcome his frailty and became a true athlete.

Later on, he dedicated his life to curing others with his own methods. During World War I he created special exercises and equipment for the injured patients who were immobilized. Pilates’s philosophy that physical and mental health are connected influenced his exercise program...

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Beetroot Nutritional Benefits

March 6, 2013 Nutrition

beetrootBeetroot may not be the tastiest vegetable but its properties make it worthy of our attention. The most common kind of beets are red beets which contain betalain pigments: betanin and betacyanins with anti-oxidant properties.

Regular consumption of beetroot has many nutritional benefits, as it is rich in fiber, minerals, vitamins and anti-oxidants. Beet can protect the blood vessels against coronary heart diseases and peripheral vascular disease and lower the level of bad cholesterol, especially through its fibre, carotenoids and flavonoids content. Hypertension, a journal of the American Heart Association published an article which read that drinking 500 ml of beet juice can reduce the level of hypertension only an hour later.

If you are planning to have a baby soon you should make a hab...

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Happiness in “Psycho-Cybernetics”

March 3, 2013 Mental balance

happinessI’m not a big fan of self-help books, many of them have as only purpose becoming a best-seller. They are often made of empty words with no practical advice that could lead to a real change in the reader’s life. But I enjoyed dr. Maltz’ Psycho-Cybernetics: A New Way to Get More Living out of Life very much, as I considered it is based on logical arguments that can really help us understand things better and make improvements.

He starts his chapter about happiness with a quote from dr. John A. Schindler: happiness is “A state of mind in which our think is pleasant, a good share of the time”. Later on, he argues that happiness is native to the human mind...

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