Soak up the Sun for a Longer, Healthy Life!

Finally, some good news for sunbathers! Researchers have confirmed that the enormous health benefits of sunbathing can outweigh the potential risk of developing skin cancer. A recent University of Edinburgh study suggests that sunlight exposure has some great health benefits ranging from reducing the risk of stroke and cardiac arrest to lowering BP, and so on.

It is a well-known fact that sunshine exposure helps our body produce more Vitamin D and now scientists have found that it also helps in the manufacture of a blood pressure-reducing compound.

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Exposing skin to sunlight may help to reduce blood pressure, cut the risk of heart attack and stroke – and even prolong life, a study suggests. Researchers have shown that when our skin is exposed to the sun’s rays, a compound is released in our blood vessels that helps lower blood pressure.

The findings suggest that exposure to sunlight improves health overall, because the benefits of reducing blood pressure far outweigh the risk of developing skin cancer.

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Courtsey: http://www.sciencedaily.com

Beat Stress and Sleep Tight with Yoga!

Today, most of us are going through a highly stressful life, which induces alarmingly high levels of tension in our body and mind, thus depriving us of precious sleep at night. Without proper rest and sleep at the end of a hectic day, we are all in for dangerous health issues sooner or later. Thus the need of the hour is a fool-proof remedy for beating stress and the answer is Yoga!

Yoga has been there for centuries and been proven to calm your mind and relieve stress from your body. Certain yoga postures help you get a good night’s sleep when practiced before going to bed.

Read on for more info and stills of certain poses that when practiced in the evening help you get sound sleep at night.

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Sleep deprivation and stress can be a vicious cycle. We often have trouble falling sleep because we’re worried and anxious, and in turn, the fact that we didn’t get enough sleep makes us stressed the next day. According to a recent Huffington Post survey, sleep deprivation is a major source of stress among U.S. adults.

That’s where yoga comes in. By lowering stress levels, calming the mind and relieving tension in the body, the soothing practice can be an effective natural sleep remedy. Certain resting and inversion poses can be particularly helpful for combating restlessness and insomnia, especially when practiced in the evening or in bed before hitting the hay.

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Courtsey: http://www.huffingtonpost.com

For basic information about yoga and its benefits, go here!

Stay Alert and Relax with these Energy Boosters!

Ever wonder why you feel so drained and exhausted at the end of the day or worse even in the beginning of a day??! Heres why – Hectic lifestyles, unhealthy eating habits and poor sleep quality are robbing us of our body’s vital energy.

But thanks to more awareness about healthy eating and getting a good night’s sleep, living a stress-free and energetic life is not a dream anymore. From eating nutritious foods rich in antioxidants to following the right weight loss diet and not skipping breakfast, there are a host of things you can do to maintain high energy levels throughout.

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As busy and productive people with over-scheduled, stressful lifestyles (sometimes combined with little quality sleep and poor eating habits), it is no wonder so many of us feel drained.

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Fatigue breaks us down physically and emotionally and wreaks havoc on the immune system, making us more susceptible to illness, depression, and even chronic conditions like heart disease. But we have the power to change our habits, boost our energy, and feel terrific.

We all know that regular exercise, stress management, and getting at least eight hours of sleep are critical for combating fatigue. It also turns out that our eating habits directly affect our energy levels, and there are ways we can use nutrition to feel more energy throughout the day.

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Courtsey: http://www.health.com 

Visit our Wonder Foods page for more information on super foods that give all essential nutrients to keep you hale and healthy!

Easy Weight Loss in Summer with Fruits and Greens!

Summer time is here and the good news is its easy losing weight in summer than in winter, as we tend to drink lots and prefer light foods in summer! But as always, healthy eating is crucial for healthy weight loss.

Fresh veggies and fruits are available in plenty during summer and its up to us to make the best use of these ultra- nutritious foods. Turn to wonder foods such as melons, berries, greens, cucumbers, tomatoes, and beets, which are low in calories yet brimming with nutrients your body needs.

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The secret to weight loss is to choose healthy foods and take in fewer calories than you burn. And it’s just easier to make better food choices in summertime, when heavy, high-calorie dishes seem less appealing. The best foods for weight loss in summer are light, refreshing and, most important, keep you out of the hot kitchen.

The single easiest way to trim calories from your summer diet, experts say, is to load up on nature’s bounty. Produce is at its peak in summer. Delicious fruits and vegetables abound at farmers’ markets and in your local grocery. Besides being low in calories, produce is loaded with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber.

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Also check out this CNN video where Registered dietician, Marisa Moore talks about what kind of foods help in healthy weight loss during summer - Go here to catch the video

Courtsey: http://www.webmd.com and http://www.cnn.com

Visit our Wonder Foods page for more information on super foods that give all essential nutrients to keep you hale and healthy!

How to Catch a Good Night’s Sleep!

This is for all who have difficulty falling asleep at night because they are caught up in a web of thoughts; this is also for those who find it tough to stay asleep and count numbers backwards around midnight. A good night’s sleep is becoming very elusive for most of us, thanks to the stress we are accumulating throughout the day! But don’t lose heart!

The author of Good Night: The Sleep Doctor’s 4-Week Program to Better Sleep and Better Health, Michael J. Breus, a clinical psychologist, believes that customized advice is crucial in sleep-related issues. From having separate timings for a count down of the days happenings to switching your brains completely off during bedtime, this article will give you many problem-specific tips to sleep tight at night. Read on..

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In theory, getting a good night’s sleep is simple: Go to bed and wake up at the same times every day, exercise regularly, skip caffeine and booze late at night and ban TVs from your bedroom. These moves can set you up to get the seven to nine hours of rest your brain and body crave, many studies show.

Of course, if you have trouble snoozing, you’ve probably tried all this and are still tossing and turning. Hang in there: “With more customized advice, I can almost guarantee that your sleep will improve,” says clinical psychologist Michael J. Breus, PhD, author of Good Night: The Sleep Doctor’s 4-Week Program to Better Sleep and Better Health.

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Courtsey: http://www.foxnews.com

200 Calories of Everything, Almost!

Ever wondered how much of different foods you should eat to gain just 200 calories? Do you know what is the common factor among 385g of apple, 740g of mini peppers and 333ml of milk? Yes! They all give you 200 calories!! Isn’t that interesting?

Read on for a comprehensive list of different amounts of foods containing 200 calories. Plan your diet better with this gem of an information.

226grams tomato ketchup = 200 calories

Some foods have significantly more Calories than others but what does the difference actually look like. Each of the photographs below represents 200 Calories of the particular type of food; the images are sorted from low to high calorie density. When you consider that an entire plate of broccoli contains the same number of Calories as a small spoonful of peanut butter, you might think twice the next time you decide what to eat. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the average adult needs to consume about 2000 – 2500 Calories to maintain their weight. In other words, you have a fixed amount of Calories to “spend” each day; based on the following pictures, which would you eat?

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Courtsey: http://www.wisegeek.com

Also visit our Healthy Diet page to know more about how much calories can different foods give you!

After All, Not Bad being a Little Plump!!!

At last.. some relief for the not-so-slim! After all you need not work out sooo hard in hope of a perfect hour-glass shaped body and flat tummy some day! For its not really worth in the long run as this study shows..

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People who are overweight but not necessarily obese may actually outlive their thinner counterparts, a study has said. Men and women who are slightly plump live longer than those of a normal weight, the Daily Mail cited the study of around three million people, that was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Obesity experts have warned that the research should not be taken to mean that there were no negative health effects in case one was overweight.

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Also visit our Healthy Lifestyle page to know more about how to lead a healthy lifestyle!

How to Keep Fit During the Holidays!

Wow! The smell of holidays! Filled with festivities, get-togethers with friends and family, elaborate meals, and a lot of other exciting moments. What are holidays without those creamy munchies, fried poultry, and sugary candies, and tempting desserts? Even people who are very serious about their diet tend to lose control and overeat during the holiday season and you can’t really blame them!

Wait! Does all this mean you will have to forego your diet plans and fitness regimen during the holiday season? Not really. With some simple planning, you can still be on track. Read on for some great tips to keep fit and eat healthy while you have fun during your holidays.

The truth about holiday foods: It is no secret that holiday food does not top the list of healthy foods. Add to it the winter which makes you want more hot meals to keep you warm and cosy. But indulging in these yummy foods, which you shun all year round, adds up to your winter weight and you will have a tough time losing it after your holidays. Just watch out for rich foods such as cookies, eggnogs, and cheesecakes, which are the main culprits that help those pounds pile up. While it might not be good to completely say NO to these foods, try and regulate your intake of these yummy goodies so as to maintain your healthy weight.

Be realistic about your weight loss plans: You might want to relax your weight loss plans and rather focus on maintaining your present weight during the holidays so that you don’t get overly disappointed.

Follow healthy cooking practices during holidays: Make your favorite dishes with less fat and promote a sense of healthy eating. Some simple tips for doing this are: add more fruits, onions, and garlic to your dressing; avoid frying foods, try roasting instead; de-skin your turkeys before roasting them; use low-fat diary in your holiday recipes; use less of fresh cream and fattening frost in your holiday desserts.

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Find time for exercise: With so much going around during holidays, fitness and diet really don’t top the list in your mind. Celebrations are considered healthy as they give rise to positive feelings and strengthen the bonding with family, friends and the community. Nevertheless, it can be a stressful time with so much of hectic planning and arrangements to take care of. This makes finding time for exercise all the more important as a good work out is a great stress buster. Make it a point to find time for work out daily or atleast take a relaxing 15-min walk in the evening. Remember, it will also help you shed those extra holiday calories.

Avoid skipping meals: Keep eating small meals throughout the day so that you don’t overeat at the big party. Having a light fruity snack just before leaving for a party will help control your appetite at the buffet.

Choose your food wisely: At the party, prefer nutritious foods to high-calorie ones. Fresh fruit and veg salads can be a very tasty treat too. Also prefer fish to meat for your source of protein. Run through the menu and pick your favorites and fill your plate, but be sure to include some fresh veg and fruits. Skip all others and discourage the craving to taste everything on the table.

Don’t overfill your stomach: Stick to small portions at the party, keep it light and have a satisfying meal, not a stuffy one. An over-filled stomach will make you uncomfortable and take away all the fun from enjoying the party.

Limit intake of alcohol: Alcoholic drinks being an integral part of holiday eating, care should be taken not to over-do your social drinking. Always fix your limit and stay within that. Also remember, alcohol can induce over-eating!

Forgive yourself: If overeating happens against all odds, don’t go on that infamous guilt trip. Instead think about keeping the next meal light. That should balance and take care of your weight gain. Remember, just an extra piece of pie cannot cause a weight gain. It takes about 500 extra calories per day to gain a pound of weight. So stop fretting and think about what next!

We hope these tips help you enjoy the holiday season without compromising much on your diet and fitness plans, while enjoying your favorite holiday dishes and activities.

Happy and Healthy Holidays, Have Fun!

Walk Your Way to a Healthy Heart

All wonderful women out there! If you walk a lot either as part of your daily chores or commute to work or as part of your exercise regimen, here is some good news for you. A Brazilian study has shown that women who walk atleast 6000 steps a day are more likely to have a healthy heart and are less prone to diabetes!

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Walking 6,000 or more steps daily, ensures a healthier life for ageing women, besides lowering their risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease, says a study. Although other studies have shown the value of structured exercise in lowering health risks such as diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease, this study has shown that habitual physical activity – whether it comes from exercising or just activities of daily living – has the power to improve women’s health.

Walking is good for your heart

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Courtsey: http://www.msn.com

Also visit our Healthy Lifestyle page to know more about how to lead a healthy lifestyle!

Switch to a Colorful and Nutritious Diet

Enough is enough! We have had a lot of discussions on different diets, their tastes and so on. Now let us talk about colors!  Do you see many different colors on your plate? If yes, chances are you are having a very nutritious diet!

Yes, the colors in foods are given by their unique ingredients and each of them are beneficial to our health in their own way. For example, the carotenes give orange color to carrots and help the body fight diseases like cancer, the anthocyanins give purple color to grapes and are good for your kidneys and eyes, the lycopene makes your tomatoes and apples red and are anti-cancerous!

View this Slideshow for more info on colorful diets!

Colorful foods - greens, carrots, carotenes, orange, lycopenes

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Also visit our Wonder Foods page for more beneficial foods that aid in general well being of the body!