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The Health Benefits of Coconut Oil

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Coconut oil comes from coconut- a major tropical food source. Even though coconut oil is used widely in the cosmetic industry and other manufacturing sectors, it is a great edible choice as well. Read on to learn more about what makes coconut oil a health freak’s first choice.

coconut oil benefitsAs a fruit, the coconut’s fibre has great nutritional benefits. And the oil extracted from it is also quite beneficial for your health. Unlike other sources of fat with LCFA (long chain fatty acids), coconut oil is comprised of MCFA (medium chain fatty acids) and that is what makes this oil a healthier choice than other oils. Medium chain fatty acids are smaller. They can get absorbed by our cell membranes quite easily and do not need any enzymes to break them first to make them fit for absorption. Since coconut oil is easily absorbed, they are easy to digest and reach our liver quickly- completely overriding the entire ‘long digestion and conversion to fat process.’ The fact that coconut oil is not converted into fat makes it the top choice for people wanting to lose weight or even simply stay fit and enjoy an increased metabolism.

Another great health benefit of coconut oil is its anti-microbial nature. The credit for this property of coconut oil goes to its key ingredient- lauric acid. When Lauric acid becomes monolaurin in the body, it shows anti-viral and anti-microbial features. Did you know that the medium-chain fatty acids and lauric acid in coconut oil are the primary ingredients found in human mother’s milk? And that is why it coconut oil carries the same anti-bacterial properties as the mother’s milk considered the best nutritional source for babies.

This means coconut oil can help you fight bacterial infections like throat infections, ulcers, gum diseases and urinary tract infections. It helps cancer patients as well because its antimicrobial properties stop the cancer from spreading and also strengthen the patient’s immunity. It is also anti-parasitic in nature and helps patients get rid of parasites like lice and tapeworms. Patients suffering from Giardia and Lamblia infections have also been able to overcome the diseases by consuming coconut oil. Coconut oil is an excellent antioxidant as well and keeps the body healthy. Its anti-viral properties have helped people fight diseases like measles, herpes, flu, hepatitis C, AIDS, SARS etc. In fact, coconut oil can help you fight yeast and fungal infections as well. In some cases, external application of coconut has been found useful in repairing human tissue and subduing inflammation. There are many other benefits of coconut oil Healthy people as well as patients consume cocnut oil to stay fit and strengthen their immunity.

 

What Is Fractionated Coconut Oil

Apart from these serious health benefits in fighting infections and diseases, coconut oil is used for cosmetic benefits as well. It is perhaps nature’s best moisturizer and works wonders when applied on the skin. People have used coconut oil to get rid of age spots, birth marks, burns, chap sticks, bug bites, dandruff, diaper rashers, smelly sweat and many other external skin ailments. Regular application of coconut oil has relieved people from the above mentioned problems and left them with healthy skin and hair. There are people who look younger and have nourished-glowing skin all because they use coconut oil on their faces. Expert body massagers use coconut oil when the client demands for complete relaxation. The oil gets absorbed in the body and works wonders while the masseuse kneads on the tired muscles. We hope these benefits encourage you to use coconut oil and enjoy better health and fitness.

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5 Healthy Thanksgiving Snack Ideas For Kids

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Thanksgiving is just around the corner, but you don’t have to reserve all the fun ideas for the day of Thanksgiving. You can celebrate all month long! A pediatric dentist in Fairfax put together this list of fun and healthy Thanksgiving snacks for you to try with your kids this month. These fun snacks would even be a great idea on the day of Thanksgiving to tide the kids until the big meal in the afternoon.

1. Turkey Vegetable Cups

Take your kids’ favorite vegetables and turn them into turkey feathers with these vegetable cups. Carrot sticks and bell peppers work the best for this idea because of their color, but celery and cucumbers could be a good addition to this snack too. Check out Be Different Act Normal for more turkey veggie cup ideas.

2. Turkey Fruit Tray

Create a fruit tray in the shape of a turkey with an apple or pear for the body and your child’s favorite fruits for the feathers. Strawberries, bananas, and grapes work great. You could even use melon balls to form the tail. Find a fun idea for this turkey fruit tray at Clean and Scentsible.

3. Apple and Peanut Butter Turkey

Give your kids their fruit and a healthy dose of protein with this well-balanced snack. Use small cups or cupcake liners filled with peanut butter for the base and apples for the feathers. You can even give your kids the peanut butter base with the apples and grape on the side so they can make their own turkey before they eat it. Find a tutorial at The Party Animal.

4. Crescent Roll Cornucopia

Combine veggies, Pillsbury crescent rolls, and cheese to make this yummy and fun snack. Add a side of ranch dressing to dip the veggies in. You can let the kids pick out their veggies and fill their own cornucopias too. Find the full tutorial at Kid Friendly Things To Do.

5. Turkey Cheese Snack

Transform little Babybel cheese disks into mini turkeys! All you need is the cheese, cloves, and almond slices. You could even use this for a fun creative activity with your kids and teach them how to make their own cheese turkeys. Find the full tutorial at Living Locurto.

 

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How Important Is Your BMI With Regards to Your Health?

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How Important Is Your BMIDid you know that Body Mass Index (BMI) was devised in the 1800s? Given that we are now in the 21st century, this scale of measuring healthy weight levels is extremely simplistic. Losing weight the natural way by adapting your lifestyle and eating naturally is more sustainable than short-term crash dieting or cutting out food groups but should you be measuring your BMI to determine how healthy you are?

Diabetes Risk

Being overweight strongly correlates with increased diabetes risk. However, studies have shown that waist size is linked to the risk of developing diabetes, regardless of BMI. Males with a waist size of 40.2 inches were found to have the same or higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes than obese males showing that BMI may not be quite as accurate as once thought when determining how healthy you are. An individual with slim legs and arms may still carry much weight around their middle ergo BMI measurements may not necessarily indicate you are overweight and at risk of diabetes.

Weight and Diet

Body Mass Index is weight in kilograms divided by height in meters squared. However, this does not take into account muscle mass, water weight and individual characteristics. There is a high chance you will be diagnosed as underweight or overweight even when you are not. Slim people may still have high levels of fat around the organs making BMI a poor indicator of the risk factors for stroke, arthritis and even dementia. Those who appear overweight may exercise and eat a balanced diet. The most effective way to stay healthy inside and out is to eat naturally. Eating a high fat, low carb diet can encourage weight loss if portion controlled but eating all natural foods instead can be healthier. Studies show that organic foods contain higher levels of healthy antioxidants meaning you will obtain more nutrition from fewer portions.

Effects of Stress

Effects of Stress

Outside factors such as stress and mental illnesses can have an effect on overall health. Those with a healthy BMI may still be at risk of other conditions such as high blood pressure. Recent research showed that increased activity in a certain area of the brain leads to excess production of white blood cells. Chronic stress also contributes to the production of more white blood cells which form plaques in the blood vessels causing heart disease. Although stress can lead to overeating causing health issues, stress appears to independently have an effect on health regardless of BMI.

Taking your overall lifestyle into account should have more ‘weight’ than merely measuring your BMI or weight in general. Your state of mind, how healthy you look, your approach to stressors and your attitude to diet and exercise will all factor in when it comes to your long-term health.

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The Big Concept Of Facial Yoga And Facial Exercises

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How to look younger via facial exercises is becoming virtually as popular as cosmetic surgery. But what trouble areas on the face and neck really benefit from face exercises, and how?

It never ceases to amaze me when people ask me for a face exercise technique that will cure bags under the eyes, or solve their turkey neck dilemma, lift hog jowls, or get rid of eye wrinkles. Sure, there are facelift exercises for targeted regions of the face, but one needs to see the big picture to treat the specific symptoms of aging via yoga facial exercises.

Why is this crucial? Particular facial and neck regions regarding sagging skin is incumbent on the toning of other spots on the face. Thus, by giving one facial part a good workout can result in the success of another area.

The Big Concept Of Facial Yoga

Here are a few of the areas that facial exercise programs aim for and can truly help smooth out shallow and profound wrinkles, raise sagging face and neck skin, and give back face colour to the individual:

1. The forehead

Facelift exercises can target the furrows on the brow created by years of frowning and stress. Lifting the brow can help eye wrinkle problems.

2. Under the eye wrinkles, crow’s feet and eye bags

Facial exercises can diminish the thickness and fullness of eye bags and eradicate dark eye rings, and get rid of small lines around the eyes.

3. Sagging cheeks and face skin

Cheek exercises will elevate the face skin and perk up the whole face structure and toning of the cheeks, iron out laugh lines, and remove a double chin, giving the jaw line a more chiselled form.

4. The mouth vicinity

Face exercises are at hand to assist with smile and laugh lines, the fine wrinkles that develop above the mouth, particularly pertaining to women. This helps the chin or double chin and lifts the neck skin in the direction of the jaw, thus eradicating. or lessening turkey neck syndrome.

5. Chiselling the jaw line region

Most facial toning systems also aim for this area to assist with refining the jaw line and help with the double chin phenomenon. Work this spot, and it also benefits the neck area.

6. The neck region to eradicate the curse of the turkey neck

Older men and ladies from their 40’s can easily be afflicted with extra hanging skin on and about the neck region, which can be embarrassing and unattractive. By exercising the underlying tissue on either sides of the windpipe can really develop the muscles in the neck area and draw the droopy skin taut.
In a nutshell, what I’m pointing out to you is that regions spread out on the upper areas of the face will also help lower parts of the face, which will comprise the problem region that needs attention e.g. A double chin challenge could be resolved by implementing a mixture of a double chin exercise, a cheek exercise, and a jaw line exercise for enhanced results. The combination is exponentially more potent than just using a double chin exercise to eliminate a double chin problem.

Best Yoga Facial Exercises for Anti AgingThe lower your problem area is on your neck or face, the more you should focus on the upper face regions together with the problematic area. Facial exercises are more about the big picture to eradicate a particular problem.

This is because facial exercises need to be performed on acupressure points (the same points acupuncturists exploit) because the body works on energy and blood flow points. Massaging the precise points with one’s fingertips enhances the blood and oxygen flow to the cells, muscles, and tissue below the skin, and needless to say the skin itself.

By following a good DIY facial toning system, one will not only resolve, or at worst lessen the problem, but the individual will also end up looking up to 10 to 15 years more youthful and feeling a lot more confident to “face” their friends and relations.

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5 Fun Halloween Activities to Keep You Fit

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Fall is among us. The kids are back in school. The weather is cooling down. And the excitement of the holidays approaches. Another thing that tends to happen at this time of year is that our fitness levels “fall”…get it? No?

Anyway, physical fitness tends to drop by the wayside and doesn’t rank high on the priority list when there’s so much to do. So, our friends at Quality Home Fitness have put together this list of activities you can, and might already have planned to do this fall.

1. Pumpkin Patch

Take your kids to a pumpkin patch. There a tons of activities at pumpkin patches that require physical exertion. Race a friend or your child through the corn maze, jog along behind the hayride, haul large pumpkins home for carving. And that’s only a few of the possibilities.

2. Carving Pumpkins

Carving pumpkins can take some serious work! Tone those arms by carving and scooping out pumpkin guts. If you want to add a workout in while your kids are carving pumpkins, use a pumpkin for your weight in the place of a medicine ball. Do some squats, calf raises, lunges, and arm raises all while holding a large pumpkin.

3. Trick-or-treating

Take your kids trick-or-treating. But don’t drive them, walk! Pick a route that you want to go, preferably with lots of lit up houses, and go on a walk while your kids trick-or-treat. Keep moving while you wait for them to stop at each house, whether that’s doing static stretches, walking in place, or jumping. Have fun with it and make it up as you go!

4. Dance Party

Have a Halloween dance party! Invite friends, or kids’ friends over, and dance the night away with Halloween-themed music. This will give you a chance to wear your costume more than once, too! Be sure to keep some cool punch stocked up and stay hydrated for this fun workout.

5. Haunted House

Go to a haunted house, haunted maze or haunted forest. You’ll get your sprints in at these spooky venues when clowns come at you with a chainsaw. Get your heart rate going and keep moving throughout the whole experience.

Don’t let busy times keep you from being fit. Incorporate your workouts into the daily activities that the season requires of you, and have fun!

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