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Watermelon: 9 benefits for your health

Watermelon: 9 benefits for your health

Watermelon is a delicious and refreshing fruit and the most important: good for your health!

It contains only 46 calories (for 340gr) and is rich in vitamin C, vitamin A, and other plant-based compounds.

Discover 9 health benefits:

🔸Hydration

Watermelon is composed of 92% water, which can hydrate your body and may increase the feeling of fullness.

🔸Nutrients and beneficial plant-based compounds

Watermelon is low in calories and rich in nutrients, especially carotenoids, vitamin C and cucurbitacin E, all linked to many health benefits.

🔸Cancer prevention

According to some studies, watermelon has some compounds that may help prevent cancer, such as cucurbitacin E and Lycopene. Lycopene is associated to cancer reduction for cancers of the digestive system. Cucurbitacin E is linked to a slowdown in tumor growth.

🔸Heart health

Watermelon contains beneficial compounds for your health, such as lycopene, citrulline and other vitamins and minerals (vitamin A, B6, C, magnesium, potassium). Some studies suggest that lycopene may help reduce cholesterol and high blood pressure.

🔸Inflammation and stress

Lycopene and vitamin C are antioxidants that can treat inflammations and oxidative stress.

🔸Macular Degeneration Prevention

Lycopene, with its antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, can help to keep your eyes healthy and protect you against age-related macular degeneration.

🔸Relieve muscle soreness

Eating watermelon can help relieve muscle soreness. This is why watermelon juice is a good drink after workout thanks to its high content in citrulline.

🔸Skin and hair care

Different nutrients in watermelon are good for your hair and your skin.

🔸Digestion

Watermelon is rich in fibers and water, both important for healthy digestion.

 

Quick healthy recipe: Tomatoes and Spinach quiche

Quick healthy recipe: Tomatoes and Spinach quiche

A quick healthy recipe, easy to prepare and high in protein.  Be ready to hit the day!

Ingredients:

🔸300g spinach

🔸150g tomatoes

🔸5 eggs

🔸40g grated gruyere cheese

🔸2 onions

🔸150g white cheese 40%

🔸1 puff pastry

🔸salt

🔸pepper

Instructions

  1. Distribute the puff pastry into the pie dish. Prick crust with a fork in several places. Preheat oven to 200°C.
  2. Wash the spinach and tomatoes. Finely cut the onions and cook them in a pan with olive oil. Then add the spinach.
  3. In a salad bowl, whip the eggs with the white cheese. Add salt and pepper
  4. Spread the spinach and the grated gruyere cheese on the puff pastry. Pour the eggs and the white cheese, then add the tomatoes.
  5. Bake for 30 minutes
  6. Then add the onions and bake again for 5 additional minutes

Natural remedies to get rid of headaches

Natural remedies to get rid of headaches

A headache is a common symptom that a lot of people deal with in their daily life. We can distinguish several types of headaches, from moderate to severe. Although numerous medications are available in the market to relieve headache symptoms, we can also identify some natural treatments to get rid of headaches:

🔸Drink water

Different studies have shown that in most cases, headache symptoms are due to dehydration. Drinking water can help relieve a headache within 30 minutes to three hours. Being dehydrated can also reduce concentration and cause irritability. Drink enough water throughout the day in order to stay hydrated and to feel good!

🔸Magnesium intake

Magnesium is an important mineral that helps control sugar blood and nerve transmission. Studies have demonstrated that 600mg of oral magnesium per day could reduce the frequency and the pain of headaches.

🔸Sleep well

Sleep deprivation can have negative effects on your health and may also cause headaches. On the other hand, sleeping for too much time could also cause headaches. The right amount of rest should be between seven to nine hours of sleep by night.

🔸Use oil essentials

Essentials oils are composed of aromatic compounds from different plants which bring therapeutic benefits. The Peppermint and lavender essential oils can also release a headache, by applying a few drops to the upper lip or simply by inhaling.

🔸Drink Caffeinated Tea or Coffee

You can get rid of headaches by drinking tea or coffee (containing caffeine). But on the contrary, if you used to drink coffee every single day and you stop it suddenly, it may affect you by causing a headache.

🔸Drink Ginger Tea

A study has shown that 250 mg of ginger powder was as effective as the traditional headache medication in order to relieve the headache pain. Moreover, drinking ginger tea can help reduce nausea and vomiting.

Being happy for a healthier life

Being happy for a healthier life

“Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim, and end of human existence.” Aristotle

The ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle pronounced these words more than 2,000 years ago, and they still ring true today.

Happiness is a large topic that illustrates the experience of positive emotions, such as joy, contentment, and satisfaction.

Some new researches show that being happy is not only the feeling of a positive mood, it also brings potential benefits for your health.

We will discover why being happy could help you to be healthy.

Happy people tend to eat more fruits, vegetables, and grains.  A study made on more than 7,000 adults showed that people with a positive well-being were 47% more likely to eat fruits and vegetables than people with a less positive attitude. Fruits and vegetables are associated with numerous benefits: reducing the risk of diabetes, strokes and heart diseases.

During the same study, researchers also demonstrate that people with a positive well-being were 33% more likely to make a physical activity (with 10 or more hours per week). A regular workout helps increase your energy, build strong bones, eliminate body fat and reduce blood pressure.

Moreover, being happy can help you sleep better which can significantly increase your concentration, productivity, performance and it is important to maintain a healthy weight.

Another study of over 700 adults showed that people with a less positive well-being experienced 47% more sleeping problems (troubles to fall asleep or difficulties to stay asleep).

But if being happy makes you healthier, the other way works too! You can increase your happiness by being healthy!

There are different ways to increase your happiness: express gratitude, get active, get a good night’s rest, spend time outside, meditate and eat healthier are all great ways to help improve your mood!

 

The health benefits of oats

 

The health benefits of oats

I don’t start my day without eating a steaming bowl of freshly cooked oats with coconut milk. Now I know why and I won’t stop.. Did you know that oats are considered as the healthiest grains on earth?

Indeed, different studies prove that oats and oatmeal (porridge) are incredibly nutritious and well-balanced: oats are high in fibers and contain a lot of vitamins, minerals, proteins, and antioxidants. You can find oats in a lot of ingredients such as cookies, granola bars, muffins, some pastries,…

The types of oats

  • Instant (quick) oats: quick oats are created by rolling the oat flakes thinner or by steaming them longer. The texture changes and sometimes it can be a little mushy if you cook it too long but the nutritional value is the same.
  • Rolled oats: also called old-fashioned oats, these are the result of steamed oat groats rolled into flakes. They stay fresh longer and the cooking time is higher than instant oats because the flakes are thicker.
  • Steel-cut oats: also called Irish oatmeal, steel-cut oats are simply the result of cutting groats in two or three pieces. It takes less time to cook because the pieces are smaller.
  • Scottish oats: These are similar to steel-cut oats but instead of cutting the oats, these are ground and the result is creamier.
  • Whole oat groats: also called “grain kernel”, these are the most intact form of oats. In other words, oat groats are cleaned and harvested oats. People used to eat them less often because the cooking time is about 50-60 minutes.

Rich in fibers

The rich soluble fibers of the oats provide a lot of health benefits. First, they significantly help lowering cholesterol levels and as a consequence, it reduces the risk of coronary heart disease but also cardiovascular disease risk.

According to some findings published in BMJ, “a high intake of dietary fiber, in particular, cereal fiber and whole grains, was associated with a reduced risk of colorectal cancer.” 

Oats are also very filling and this is thanks to a powerful soluble fiber called Beta-Glucan. This fiber will give you the sensation to be full and consequently reduce the risk of obesity. You will eat less and later during the day so that it may help you to lose weight. 

The Beta-Glucan also reduces blood sugar levels and improves insulin sensitivity.

The fiber inside the oats is also a good remedy to relieve constipation and allows to have a better intestinal transit by reducing glucose absorption.

Rich in antioxidants

Oats contain a lot of antioxidants (such as polyphenol and avenanthramides), helping lowering blood pressure, leading to better blood flow and acting as an anti-inflammatory and anti-itching if it is applied to the skin (a lot of skin care products contain oats).

In summary, oats are among the healthiest foods you can eat.

 

5 things you think are healthy

5 things you think are healthy

With the current trending of eating well, new products hit the market every week pretending to be healthy and nutritious.  But in fact, many food companies are selling products that are actually burst with additives chemicals and other suspicious ingredients that can have bad effects on health.

Which ingredient should you remove from your diet? We have prepared for you a list of 5 foods that you should avoid and other options that you can swap in instead.

  1. ATLANTIC SALMON

Although the fish can be considered as a healthy ingredient with essential micronutrients and numerous health benefits, you should be careful with the farm-raised salmon mainly known under the name of “Atlantic salmon”. Indeed, according to a study led by the National Institute of Nutrition and Seafood Research in Norway, the consumption of farmed salmon containing persistent organic pollutants causes insulin resistance and obesity. 

You can use other types of fish as an alternative, providing you the dose of omega 3 you need in your healthy menus such as the Alaskan wild-caught salmon, the Atlantic mackerel, or Pacific sardines.

  1. STORE-BOUGHT GRANOLA

Even if the granola doesn’t contain as many calories as pancakes with Nutella, we can’t consider it as a healthy breakfast. The high quantity of sugar in granola can lead to a higher risk of cancer, diabetes, and obesity (especially if it is the first thing you eat in the morning). A good alternative will be to cook your own granola at home using oats, nuts, seeds, and dried fruit.

  1. FRUIT JUICE

While the fruit juice was recommended over the years thanks to its contribution of vitamin C, nutritionists change their mind. Drinking a fruit juice will bring you the sugar found in the fruit but without the fiber. The fiber plays an important role because it helps slow down the absorption of sugar, reducing the risks of heart disease, diabetes, obesity and high blood pressure. Eating the fruit in itself is a better alternative for your health.

  1. VEGGIE CHIPS

The veggie chips are a new concept consisting of chips being prepared using vegetables. Even if it seems really appealing and guilt-free, the veggie chips are not healthy: high in sodium, fat and artificial ingredients. Marketing strategy again. The best alternative: try to cook your own veggie chips or prefer another snack such as air-popped popcorn, roasted chickpeas, or toasted pumpkin seeds.

  1. ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS

The artificial sweeteners such as aspartame or sucralose are actually doing the contrary effect of what you really want. In other words, it, will increase your appetite and might contribute to weight gain. If you like to add a touch of sweetness to your food or drinks, prefer natural ingredients such as fresh fruits, stevia, or raw honey.

 

 

8 Steps to Become a Runner… For Anyone Who Doesn’t Really Like Running

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Running is a love/hate-activity for most people. It takes some willpower to get going, it hurts a bit during the run, but the feel-good payoff afterward makes it worth the effort.

But for others, running is just a hate-activity, as in “I hate running!”

And that’s completely fine. You don’t have to run to be fit and healthy. At the same time, have there ever been instances when you wish you liked it? (I bet you have.)

Whether it’s the social aspect of running with friends, all the amazing fitness benefits running offers or the opportunity to train for a goal or raise money for charity, running certainly does have its perks.

There are 8 simple steps to become a runner — even if you think you don’t like running.

 

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6 REASONS TO GET MOVING

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Even small amounts of physical activity can be good for your health. But do you know all the reasons why?

If the thought of exercise turns you off, it may be time to reframe your perspective. Research shows that it’s not just structured exercise but any type of physical activity that has benefits. This means anything that gets you moving—a walk with a friend, raking leaves in the yard, climbing several flights of stairs—counts, as long as it gets you moving for a sustained amount of time. And any amount of physical activity is better than none. This means getting moving for just 15 minutes a day can start to bring benefits, especially if you are usually not active.

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Get outdoors to get achieve

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Use this field guide to help you reconnect to the natural world.

For many people, an exercise routine means getting in a car, driving to the gym, slogging away on an elliptical machine and then retreating back to their homes or offices, where they sit down in front of the blue glow of a computer, TV or tablet. But there’s something missed when exercise takes place only in indoor gyms and fitness studios. Trading up some of your gym time for time on the trails, the river or the bike path can bring benefits beyond improved fitness.

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3 Essential Steps To Set and Reach Your Goals

Living a life without setting goals has been said to be like sailing a ship without a planned course.

The process of creating goals helps you choose where you want to be in life. By knowing what you want to accomplish, you know what you have to focus on and put your efforts into.

However, you need to avoid common mistakes that make you get off track and give up, as you are on your way to achieving your goal.

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