The Truth About Water Pills

The Truth About Water Pills

Water pills, also known as diuretics, are one of the most commonly prescribed pills by doctors to reduce blood pressure, treat heart failure, and to lower down swelling. However, nowadays, many people tend to self prescribe water pills to lose weight temporarily or even ease bloating. But after learning these facts about water pills, you may want to steer clear from self-prescribing them for weight loss or bloating.

It may be tempting to pick up some over the counter water pills to ease your bloating but it can also be very risky. The difference between over the counter water pills and prescription water pills is that you don’t know what’s actually in the OTC water pills since they aren’t controlled by the FDA. Additionally, they can cause serious damage to your body when you take them without knowing the recommended dose you should be taking.

Water pills may help you feel less bloated, but it only works temporarily since you’re losing water weight. Once you stop taking them, you’ll return to your normal body weight or in some cases, you may even end up gaining more weight. This happens when you take water pills or any other diuretic over an extended period of time because your kidneys may end up holding on to much more weight than you had before you started taking them.

So instead of taking water pills that may not even guarantee weight loss, focus on your diet more and exercise. Before taking any kind of medication, always talk to a doctor!

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Yoga in Bed for Better Sleep

Yoga in Bed for Better Sleep

After a long tiring day, all we look forward to is going home and getting some sleep. Yet sometimes, even doing something we need and love, like sleeping, can be hard due to our bodies aching or feeling sore. But what if we said that doing some simple yoga can help ease this pain and help you sleep better? Here are some yoga poses you can try in bed to ease your pain and help you get better sleep:

Fire Log Pose
First sit on your bed with your legs in front of you. Then bring each leg toward you, as if you were about sit cross legged, and then put your right leg on top your left leg and your right ankle on top of your left knee. Lastly, sit straight and slowly breathe in and out. This pose helps to combat lower back and hip pain.

Puppy Pose
Begin by getting into a tabletop pose. Then bring your hands forward, keeping your arms distant from your shoulder. Keep your hips above your knees and rest your forehead on the bed. Breathe in and out. This pose helps to ease pain located on your upper back.

Cobra Pose
Start by laying flat on your stomach. Place your hands right under your shoulder and keep your elbows next to your rib cage. Lift yourself using your back muscles and breathe in and out. The cobra pose helps to combat spine pain and also eases digestive issues.

Seated Forward Fold Pose
Sit up with your leg stretched out in front of you and make sure your heels are pushing forward. Fold forward over your legs and try your best to keep your back flat. This pose helps to release tension by stretching your muscles in your hamstrings and upper back.

Supine Hamstring Pose
Begin by laying flat on your back and lift either one of your legs. Then place both your hands underneath your thigh and pull your leg towards yourself. Make sure to not lift up your shoulders off the bed. Breathe in and out and then do the same using your other leg. This pose combats pain in the lower back and reduces hip pain.

We hope these simple yoga poses that you can do right on your bed help ease your pain and you get the sleep you deserve!

 

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Juice and Smoothie Tips for the Newbie

Juice and Smoothie Tips for the Newbie

Green juices and smoothies are the new healthy trend for people all over the world. If you’re new to this trend, don’t worry, we’re sure you’ll make an amazing, delicious and healthy drink after reading these tips.

Invest in a juicer

Green juices are supposed to be smooth in texture and a blender would not be able to do that. By investing in a juicer, you’ll be able to make smooth and delicious smoothies all the time!

The simpler, the better

It can be tempting to add all sorts of healthy fruits and vegetables in your drink, but you don’t want to add so much that the drink starts to look brown. Here is a simple juice recipe we’re sure you will love:

1 green apple, roughly chopped
1/2 bunch kale leaves
Handful of mint
1 bunch parsley
1 lemon
1″ piece of ginger

Don’t add too much ice in your smoothie
Adding too much ice in your smoothie will make the texture slushy like and it would taste very watery. If you want an ice cold drink, try freezing the fruits and vegetables itself.

Choose produce you enjoy eating
If you don’t enjoy eating some fruits or vegetables, don’t torture yourself by adding them into your juice or smoothie. Instead only add fruits and vegetable that you like for the best taste!


Don’t add ice cream in your smoothie

It may be tempting to add ice cream in your smoothie once in a while, but that would make it a milkshake. Instead of using dairy, consider adding almond milk or healthy fruit juices if you’re tired of water.

Need more great tips on how to make smoothies? Check out the infographic below!

How to Make a Smoothie

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Quick and Easy Weight Loss Tips and Adjustments

Quick and Easy Weight Loss Tips and Adjustments

Many people may think that losing weight is a long, hard, and strenuous journey and although the journey may vary from person to person, it can actually be pretty easy. We guarantee that small lifestyle changes and adjustments will make your weight loss journey much easier! Here are some quick and easy tips:

Drink Tea
Tea is proven to burn fat, boost metabolism, and reduce stress. Drinking a cup of tea will surely be a great way to start the morning.

Make a Smoothie
If you aren’t a big fan of tea, then you may want to start off your day with a smoothie. Use high fiber vegetables, milk or water, and some fruits and you’ll feel good and have loads of energy.

Track your Heart Rate
Tracking your heart rate while working out is important so you get the most out of all of your workout sessions. You get your maximum heart rate by subtracting your age by 220 and you find the minimum by multiplying that number by 0.7 By staying between these numbers while working out, you will see amazing results.

Find Healthy Substitutions
There are many delicious and healthy substitutions for unhealthy junk food. For example, Wendy Williams told E! News that she drinks coconut water and kale chips instead of soda or potato chips. Cut out snacks high in sugar or sodium and go for high fiber and protein snacks.

Cute Gym Outfit
Many people feel more motivated to exercise if they have the appropriate clothes or gear to workout in. Treat yourself by buying some cute gear and we’re sure you’ll enjoy working out in them.

Avoid Carbs at Night
By not eating carbs at night, you are doing yourself a huge favor. It means more fat burning hormones are being released while you sleep and it helps many overweight people lose almost half of their weight.

Use Apple Cider Vinegar
According to a Japanese study, two tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar were enough to help obese participants noticably lose weight in just 8 weeks. You can even mix it with different ingredients to make it taste good.

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Can Caffeine Make Your Workout Better?

Can Caffeine Make Your Workout Better?

Caffeine is one the most well known and accessible stimulants consumed by many people around the world on a daily basis. Sometimes on a multiple basis daily. It is great at helping anyone who drinks it feel more alert, and can help some people stay awake for long periods of time. If taken an hour or so before exercise, it can even help boost athletic performance tremendously. Not only can caffeine help an athlete feel more alert but it can also allow athletes to run, bike, and swim for longer and faster. It also allows exercise to feel less exhausting and it makes it easier for the muscle to burn fat. But, many coaches or trainers believe that caffeine would only boost performance if athletes would avoid consuming any type of caffeine prior to a big event. However, a new study proves that someone can drink a cup of coffee everyday and still have boost from the caffeine.

Bruno Gualano, a professor of physiology and nutrition at the University of São Paulo in Brazil, recruited 40 male cyclists to prove that caffeine will always boost athletic performance no matter how often an athlete consumes it. He and his team divided up the cyclists in to three teams: low-caffeine group, moderate-caffeine group, and a high-caffeine group. First, they were each given a caffeine pill, then an identical-looking pill as a placebo, and then no pill at all. After the 3 trials, the researchers compared their times. Almost all of the riders completed their ride 3.3 percent faster on average after they took a caffeine pill compared to when they had had no pill and 2.2 percent faster than after they took the placebo. The results were all the same among the three groups no matter how much caffeine drinks they usually had.

If you would like to have a better workout and feel less exhausted while exercising, we suggest you drink a cup of coffee an hour before! But we suggest doing everything in moderation and start off with small doses. One cup would be enough to help make your workouts easier!

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Take it Easy with the Vitamin D!

Take it Easy with the Vitamin D!

When vitamin D is taken at moderate levels, it has many excellent and necessary health benefits. It’s great for fighting various different bone diseases and even goes as far as to preventing the flu. However, a recent study suggests that people are ingesting way more vitamin D than they should be. Researchers found that 18.2 percent of Americans ingest more than 1000 IU than they need. Ingesting more vitamin D than you need in your body can lead to developing hypercalcemia, which is when you have too much calcium in your blood, and this can cause issues like fatigue, kidney problems, weakness, and poor appetite.

Vitamin D is produced when our skin is directly exposed to enough sunlight. However since it is best to avoid direct contact from the sun’s UV rays, it is advised to only spend about 10 to 15 minutes unprotected in the sun for vitamin D. We also get vitamin D through the foods we eat fairly regularly, such as milk, orange juice, salmon and eggs.

Since vitamin D is regulated in our bodies, people who have too much vitamin D in their system likely have it as a result of taking supplements. The reason why so many people have been excessively ingesting vitamin D supplement pills in the past few years is because of all the new research being found that proves all the beneficial effects of vitamin D. Although it is very important to maintain the suggested daily intake and amount of vitamin D required in our bodies, too much of it is never good for you! It can turn toxic, and lead to nausea, vomiting, weakness, frequent urination, bone pain, and kidney problems.

But when done properly, here are some of the health benefits of vitamin D:

  1. Better bone health
  2. Prevention of rickets and osteomalacia
  3. Prevention of osteoporosis and fractures
  4. Improved physical performance
  5. Protection against multiple cancers
  6. Beneficial for brain development and function
  7. Improves cognitive functions
  8. Reduces risk of Parkinson’s Disease
  9. Beneficial in Multiple Sclerosis
  10. Improves sleep quality
  11. Reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease
  12. Reduces blood pressure
  13. Prevents obesity and metabolic syndrome
  14. Reduces severity of asthma
  15. Protects kidney function
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Check Out the Foods that Nutritionists Avoid the Most

Check Out the Foods that Nutritionists Avoid the Most

It’s always best to eat foods in moderation. However, there are actually a few foods and drinks that nutritionists suggest cutting off altogether. Here are some foods and drinks that nutritionists never eat or drink and believe should be cut off from our diets as well, in addition to varieties to opt for should you decide to give in to the craving:

Soda

Sodas are made up of mostly sugar and other ingredients that are potentially harmful. Additionally, sodas contain many calories and it’s best to avoid drinking soda at all because there are no nutrients. We suggest drinking healthier drinks like tea or a homemade smoothie!

Reduced Fat Peanut Butter

The fat in peanut butter is actually a very healthy monounsaturated fat. When it is removed, it is replaced with many types of sugars and is far worse than regular fat peanut butter. So don’t be fooled by the “reduced fat” label on the peanut butter bottle the next time you buy peanut butter. Stick to the original!

Hot Dogs

No matter what type of meat hot dogs contain, they are always very highly processed. Hot dogs also contain ingredients that are laced with cancer-causing nitrates which make hot dogs one of the most unsafe foods to eat. There are so many other items you are better off

Margarine

Margarine is often used as a replacement for butter but is very highly processed. It is extremely high in saturated fat and like peanut butter, it’s best to stick to the real thing. But, if you deal with high blood pressure or cholesterol, we recommend enjoying it in moderation or using trans fat-free margarine instead.

American Cheese

American cheese is factory made cheese that has many added chemicals and is very high in saturated fat. Eating highly processed foods like American cheese is linked with chronic inflammation which increases the risk of developing diseases like cancer. Instead of eating American cheese, try mild cheddar which is not as nearly processed.

Red Meat

Red meat should not be consumed for many reasons. Trimethylamine N-Oxide, produced when a compound in the meat metabolizes, is linked to inflammation, heart diseases, and atherosclerosis. A sugar molecule, Neu5GC, found in red meat promotes chronic inflammation. Compounds, like polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, heterocyclic amines, and advanced glycation end products are all carcinogenic compounds formed after the meat is cooked. Overall, it is best to avoid eating red meat as it can have many negative effects.

Raw Milk

Raw milk could contain many harmful bacterias and cause illnesses such as food poisoning. Always make sure to drink pasteurized milk to avoid any negative effects on your body.

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Don’t Blame Metabolism on Age-Related Weight Gain

Don’t Blame Metabolism on Age-Related Weight Gain

As many people age, they tend to lose interest in taking care of their body physically. In some cases, many feel that they may be past their prime, and in other cases, they would blame their metabolism rate for being the reason why they gain weight. In reality, the weight gain that comes as people get older has very little to do with metabolism.

Okay, we must say that yes- every year from age 30 onwards our metabolism rate does indeed begin to slow down, however, it slows down at a very minimal and almost unnoticeable rate. Instead, the weight gain that comes with older age has to do with the fact that as people get older, they tend to get less active. Even if you didn’t formally exercise as a kid or teen, you did surely go out more and be more active. You played with friends in the park, and took part in other physical activities such as dance or gymnastics routines. At the very least, you simply ran around more from store-to-store, or from school to your job. And those things pretty much tend to come to a halt once people become established in their careers and adult life in general.

At first, the idea of gaining weight as a result of being less active at an older age may not seem so relieving. However, it actually is very alleviating because now you know that you can slowly work your way to start being active and do something to prevent age-related weight gain! The best calorie-burning and weight losing activity is simply to just get active. Making small changes in your daily life that you know will lead you to becoming a more active person overall can efficiently help you avoid gaining those extra pounds. For instance, by doing something as simple as taking the stairs more often, you may notice feeling more energized and motivated to being more active. Staying more active is also great for avoiding diseases like diabetes and heart disease that people commonly develop at an older age.

In addition to being less active, as people get older they tend to not pay attention to what foods they eat and are more likely to eat unhealthy foods. We advise you to stick to multiple small portioned healthy meals throughout the day, and be mindful of what exactly you are eating. By staying active and eating healthy, you can definitely steer clear of age-related weight gain.

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Prehistoric Women Were Stronger Than All Of Us!

Prehistoric Women Were Stronger Than All Of Us!

When someone tells you to think of women of the past, what do you imagine? Frail fair maidens in pretty dresses picking flowers? Well not so fast! The women of prehistoric times were fierce! They would have put the Olympians of today to shame, and science proves it.

Bio-archaeologists at Cambridge University have done the unthinkable by comparing old female bones to the bones of female athletes today. According to the results, the women of the past are actually much stronger than female athletes today. They were even stronger than the women in the Cambridge University rowing team. Since the bone is a living tissue that can be tested to see how strong it is by judging the physical impact and strain on it, archaeologists thought it would be best to compare the bones with today’s women’s bones to determine their strength. Although the women from the Neolithic era (about 7,400 to 7,000 years ago) have about the same leg-bone strength as the rowers from Cambridge University, their arm bones are almost 11-16% stronger than the athletes. The women of the Bronze Age (about 4,300 to 3,500 years ago) had about 9%-13% stronger arm bones but 12% weaker leg bones.

Here’s an interesting slide show we came across on Slideshare, which further expands on the lifestyle of Neolithic women:

Researchers believe that the reason why women of the past had much stronger arm strength and about the same leg strength is because at the time, they were in charge of manually planting fields, grinding grains, and harvesting crops using their hands. It’s a lot of heavy labor, which isn’t quite carried out nowadays. Considering the fact that women had many different tasks to do in the past, it is hard to determine exactly which task helped them most to develop strong and healthy bones. One thing for sure though is that all the tasks relate to repetitive physical labor. Although the women of the past were not generally thought to be athletic, turns out that they actually possessed the strength to defeat the female athletes of today.

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