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ACAI BERRY: THE BEST SUPERFOOD IN THE WORLD TODAY

Acai berry (correctly pronouAcai berry is known as the best super food in the world todaynced A-sigh-ee) is a small, rounded purple fruit from the berries family and prominently grows in the Amazon rainforest of Brazil. The amazing fruit, which is known today as the best super food in the world, contains tremendous health benefits with its almost perfect balanced nutritional properties. However, this fruit cannot be exported because it is highly perishable and even recommended to consume right away after plucking so  Brazilian manufacturers made it freeze dried and powdered to be transported to a high quality controlled production manufacturing food supplements. The supplements, in return, come in many varities:juice, capsules, smoothies and tablets. But according to consumers’ testimonies, the best of these varities are Extreme Acai berry capsules and Mona vie acai juice, these products are made from 100% natural ingredients of Acai fruit.

Extreme Acai berry is more potent than any other supplements that exist in the market today, it contains high amount of fibers which effectively flushed out toxin and waste substances from digestive tract and large intestine. It helps control weight gains and protect the system from possible chronic disorders like colon cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease. Acai berry contains anthocyanin, an antioxidant which has flavonoids and polyphenols content naturally found in plants and other fruits.

The powerful supplement is already featured in several credible shows like Today of CNN and Oprah Winfrey Show. Mona vie juice helps detoxify the body while retaining its essential nutrients providing a stronger stamina and mental focus. This is even praised as more potent than Goji juice and mangosteen juice because of acai berry ingredients, it also has a mixture of pomegranate, a wild fruit which contains high antioxidants that fight premature aging and cell deterioration.

Prestigious American broadsheets like The Wall Street Journal and the New York times are making great reviews regarding the goodness of Acai. American dermatologist and best-selling author Dr. Nicholas Perricone listed Acai berry as the number one food in the world today with respect  to  nutrition.

It has good amount of trace minerals which the human body greatly needed as daily food intake could not sufficiently provide the adequate body requirements of vitamins and minerals. Its powerful antioxidant content-Anthocyanin is 30 times stronger than one found in red grapes. It helps lower bad cholesterol, maintain normal blood circulation and prevent blood clotting. Clinical study of the University of Florida shows that Acai contains natural substances that alleviate cancer cells. It contains higher ORAC (ORAC, stands for Oxygen radical absorption capacity, this is a test developed by the Department of Agriculture in the United states to help determe the antioxidant measurement and its potency in foods) value than any other fruits.

Acai works both as Detox internal body cleanser and energy booster, some health benefits are the following:

  • Improves overall stamina
  • Control weight gain because it has high fibers content that help flush out excess fats and toxin leaving the digestive tract clean. It helps prevent constipation, bloating and future build up in the system.
  • It contains Anthocyanin, a powerful antioxidant, 30 times stronger than resveratrol in grapes. Anthocyanin-flavonoid and polyphenols both prevent cancer growth and cardiovascular diseases like stroke, highblood and heart disease
  • Alleviate diabetes and chronic diseases like leukemia and cancer.
  • It has natural Vitamin E necessary for healthy body cells and glowing skin.
  • Provide glowing and young-looking skin. The antioxidant properties of Acai berry fights free-radical attacks and inflammation, the main causes of premature aging.
  • It helps prevent insomnia and menstrual cramps.
  • It alleviates depression, improving one’s concentration and mental focus
  • It helps boost energy and alertness with its high organic vegetable protein contents, that’s why American and European athletes prefer Acai berry supplements to aid their work out regimen.
  • It improves sexual performance and promotes clear vision.
  • It has high level of celadrin, a natural substance in the body that helps lubricate cell membrane for proper joint functioning, therefore preventing arthritis
  • It has high amount of trace minerals, calcium, iron, potassium, zinc and phosphorus
  • It has complete amount of omega fatty acids which helps lower cholesterol, prevent blood clotting and improves proper blood circulation.
  • Improves immune system and overall wellness

FASTEST WAY OF CURING ACNE AND PIMPLE

Acne and pimples are the most irritating skin problems of the youth today, even adults are not spared from acquiring these frustrating outbreaks. Here are some tips to get rid of those pestering bacteria faster.

 

WASH YOUR FACE

One of the most effective regimen in treating acne starts with washing your face, use mild soap with no irritating perfume and ingredients. Ivory mild soap and carrot based soap are just some of the best choices since they effectively eliminate excess oil in the skin surface.

 

BENZOL PEROXIDE AND SALICYLIC ACID

Buy products with ingredients like Benzol Peroxide and Salicylic acid; they kill bacteria-causing acne and pimples faster. After washing your face with mild soap, pat it dry and apply a pea size of the product with the above-mentioned ingredients around the affected area. Ideal application is during night time to have a more relax texture. The swelling will dry out the following morning and you are pimple free.

 

AVOID TOO MUCH SUN EXPOSURE

Even if you have no skin outbreaks, too much exposure to the sun is not a good idea because it can cause premature aging. The harshness of UV rays can trigger dryness of the skin making it prone to outbreaks. Protect yourself by applying sun block with SPF 20 and with green tea special ingredients. Green tea is anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial; it protects skin from pollution and damages.

 

EAT PLENTY OF FRUITS AND VEGETABLES

It is now a universal rule to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables because of various health benefits it contains. They are loaded with essential vitamins and minerals necessary for cleansing and detoxifying our body. Eat foods rich in fibers, beta-carotene, collagen, vitamin B-complex and amino fatty acids, they are good in fighting free-radicals and inflammation.

 

TAKE FOOD SUPPLEMENTS 

Vitamin A supplement is known to quickly renew skin cells leaving it free from inflammation, therefore giving you free from bacteria attack, Vitamin C is the supplier of collagen in the body, responsible for maintaining skin elasticity making it looks younger and smoother. Glutathione supplement is not only ideal for those who dream to whiten their skin but also to those who have facial problems like acne and pimple. Glutathione is a master antioxidant and central detoxifier that cleanse digestive tract making it toxic-free.

 

AVOID JUNK AND FATTY FOODS

Refrain from eating junk foods because they lacked essential nutrients for the skin, they have nothing but salts and other artificial flavoring. Fatty foods are those saturated fats that build up bad cholesterol and harmful elements that may result to chronic diseases in the future. It also makes skin oily and worn out.

DRINK PLENTY OF WATER AND SLEEP WELL

Drink plenty of water everyday to flush out bacteria-causing germs. In the absence of water intake the skin is more prone to dryness and greasiness causing inflammation and other irritations which may result to pimples and acne. Lack of sleep often makes the skin dry and rough which lead to outbreaks, try to take a habit of getting enough sleep to give your skin enough rest.

 

APPLY HOME MADE RECIPES INSTEAD OF COMMERCIAL

Try this beauty tips at home: 1 teaspoon of honey, 1 kalamansi juice, small amount of cinnamon powder and half mashed banana. Mixed all the ingredients until became fluffy. Wash your face with lukewarm water then pat dry, apply the mixture and leave it for 1 hour, then wash with cold water. Your skin became smooth, pimple free and young looking.

 

SECRET TO A BEAUTIFUL, YOUNG-LOOKING SKIN

Having beautiful skin gives us enough freshness and youthful glow, like sweet-scented flowers in the orchard

Having beautiful skin is like fresh and sweet-scented flowers in the orchard

Women generally are beauty conscious and vain, we spent enormous amount of time looking at the mirror, checking those sagging features and other unwanted adds-on “sign of progress”. Sometimes it horrifies us to see those irritating warts and lines slowly appearing in our precious skin, dark spots and other form of blemishes only add up to frustrations.

But before we began to freak wildly for these exasperating skin enemies and scampered on beauty products, we must first double check our lifestyle. Our physical appearance partly depends on what we dump in our stomach, greasy and fatty foods are often the culprit of rough and unwanted skin tones. We must bear in mind that unhealthy lifestyle contributed more to premature aging, forcing our body to accumulate free radicals. In addition, drinking alcohol, according to many health professionals, can triggers body cell deterioration, so it must be avoided. To protect our body cells and maintain those youthful glow, here are some practical tips to consider.

1. Limit sun exposure– this can badly damage the elasticity of the skin. UV rays can caused skin irritations and wrinkles. When engaging in outdoor activities, try to cover yourself by wearing long brimmed hat, longsleeves and scarf. Don’t forget to apply sunblock with SPF 20+ for additional skin protection.

2. Get plenty of rest and sleep– our body needs enough rest to relax our tired muscles, various health bulletin already warned the public that lack of sleep and rest can lead to deterioration of body cells. If we don’t have enough sleep, dark circles around eyes are visible making us look old and worn out.

3. Get some body stretching and mild exercise-mild exercise doesn’t requires you to rush to the nearest gym for a rigorous work out, walking and jogging are enough formula to stretch tired muscles. Climbing up stairs is more ideal than going up with elevators or escalators. Stretch your arms and feet when waking up in the morning before making a trip to the bathroom.

4. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables and drink a lot of water-fruits and vegetables are very ideal to maintain supple and smooth skin. Vegetables and fruits moderate weight gain in the body, plus they are loaded with vitamins and minerals that can be easily absorbed, preventing clogs in the digestive system and allows regular blood flow. Fiber rich foods help the body removed toxic and other waste materials including unwanted calories. These can help the skin visibly radiant. Drink plenty of water to flush off bacteria and retain the skin’s natural moisture.

5. Take antioxidants, especially Lycopene-Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant which helps the skin fights premature aging. According to some studies conducted, it is twice stronger than beta-carotene and ten times stronger than vitamin E. It also plays a vital role in protecting the skin against damages from the sun. It is being said that unsalted Tomato puree has abundant content of Lycopene, other sources include, grapefruit, guava, water melon and fresh tomato. 

6. Eating habits and home made remedies-try this at home, boil 2 peeled carrots and potatoes and make it as your snacks instead of junk foods. Try mixing banana, honey and fresh milk and use it as body scrub and facial scrub, with weekly application, your body and face will have an even skin tone and look smoother and younger. Avoid too much soft drinks, it will only dries up your skin. Important note:according to a health home magazine, cola drink and coffee which are categorized as caffeinated beverages, can block the absorption of Folate-a B vitamin group necessary for renewal of skin cells. Folate is also recommended for women who are in the childbearing stage because this helps prevent birth deffects. But most of all, stay positive towards life, it helps radiate your skin both inside and out.

Understanding Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)and how it can be prevented

WHAT IS UTI?
UTI stands for Urinary tract Infection, it commonly affects the bladder (sometimes ureters and kidneys) because of the presence of bacteria in the urinary tract system. The urinary tract system of the human body is composed of tubes and containers necessary to store and remove urine from the body. The upper tract placed kidneys which produce urine by removing waste and water from the blood. The lower tract has two narrow tubes called ureters that connect the kidneys. The urine, when stored in the body travels down to the narrow ureters and stuck up in the bladder, at the bottom of the bladder, a small tube can be found, this is called urethra which then removed the urine out of the body.
It is estimated that 50% of women will experience UTI in their lifetime.

HOW UTI DEVELOPED?
Urine is bacteria-free. But if bacteria comes from outside (usually through the urethra), it will slowly develop into UTI. The most common bacteria that will trigger UTI usually occur in the large intestine. The most common type of UTI is bladder infections, scientifically called cystitis. These bacteria moved to the upper tract through ureters causing a kidney infection which is a more serious infection and needs medical attention right away.

SYMPTOMS OF UTI
Sexually transmitted diseases are another reason for UTI. Sexually active women are more prone to UTI and women after menopause. Women who engaged in sex often attracted bacteria to the urinary tract system, menopause women losses estrogen hormones causing the thinning of the urethral tissue therefore prone to bacteria because in the absence of estrogen, vaginal ph changes and reduced the number of good bacteria in the vaginal area to fight bad bacteria. Below are the common symptoms of UTI
a. Burning sensation while urinating
b. Frequent urge to urinate (passing only small amounts)
c. Pressure in the lower part of the abdomen
d. Blood in the urine
e. Bad odor in the urine

WOMEN ARE EASILY THE TARGET OF UTI
UTI usually affects women because of the short length and location of urethra of women compared to men. It is a prime entry point of bacteria to the urinary tract system. Bacteria from the nearby rectal area can migrate to the urethra. Women who are on the post-menopausal stage losses estrogen hormones which enable to body to produce good bacteria around the vaginal area.Using of birth control like spermicide and diaphragm increase the chances of acquiring UTI

MEN ARE AFFECTED TOO
Men can get UTI too, often the result of obstruction flow of urine. Men who are unable to urinate can attract bacteria to the urinary tract system. Another reason is inflamed prostate gland which restrict urine flow

HOW IT CAN BE TREATED
Uncomplicated UTI is commonly treated by antibiotics, left untreated UTI can progress to the upper tract which endangered the kidney.

HOW IT CAN BE PREVENTED
UTI can be prevented by drinking many liquids to flush bacteria, drink a lot of water at least 8 glasses a day, Cranberry juice may be protective because of its too acidic taste which can fight bacteria in the body, take Vitamin C. One must avoid too much soft drinks, salty and junk foods. Soft drinks can dries up the body which can create more bacteria. Urinate frequently when you feel the urge to urinate, bacteria will grow when urine stays in the bladder for too long. For sexually active individuals, urinate after each sexual activity to flush out bacteria.

Sources: health and home magazine and Mayo clinic health bulletin

SOURCES OF CALORIES

A calorie is a unit of measurement, but it does not measure unit of length. It is a unit of energy. Say for example, a certain food contains 100 calories, it’s a description of how much energy your body can get from eating that particular food. Calories are not bad for our body, in fact human body badly needs calories to get enough amount of energy, but eating too many calories and not burning them could be resulted to weight gain. There are foods containing more calories especially junk foods and fatty foods, but vegetables and fruits contained few calories.

Our body should have balanced activities to moderate weight gain. If you consumed foods with high calories, it is good to burn them with physical activities. But it is not recommended by health experts to burn all the calories your body accumulates, because our lungs and heart need them also to function well. Watching TV is not the most ideal hobby because it makes the body rest and the excess calories will stuck up in the muscles.

Here are the four sources of calories:

ALCOHOL
Among the four sources of calories, alcohol provides higher caloric content, but these calories have no essential vitamins and minerals attached. Alcohol-contained foods is converted into fat, unable to digest carefully, this will be stored in the body, which sometimes triggers obesity. But when taken in moderation, alcohol-contained foods may be beneficial as it increases the level of high density lipoproteins in the body. Too much alcohol intake has bad effect to over all health as this may contribute to diseases such as multiple liver failure, brain damage, weakening of the heart muscles and premature aging, it can also increased the risk of all forms of cancer. Red wine, according to some health studies, shows some beneficial effects because of the presence of resveratrol in grape skin, an antioxidant that helps slow cardiovascular diseases like hardening of the artery, but this should also be taken in moderation.

CARBOHYDRATES
Carbohydrates when broken down in the digestive system will form glucose, which is the essential source of energy and tissue protein. Our central nervous system-the brain and the spinal cord-depends on glucose for energy requirements, thus without carbohydrates, our body slows its alertness and dropped down the level of normal functioning. Carbohydrates rich foods are whole grain cereals, brown rice, bread, pasta, corn, beans, peas, potatoes, fruits, vegetables and meat products. These foods when taken are slowly broken down into glucose and absorbed by the body. But carbohydrates should be aided by soluble fibers to aid the proper digestion process. Soluble fibers include apples, strawberries, oats, citrus and other fruits. It will help support the body by slowing down the process of glucose thereby lowering cholesterol level. Insoluble fibers in leafy vegetables, whole grain products help prevent constipation.
FATS
Fats can be classified as saturated, monounsaturated, polyunsaturated. Sources of saturated fats are eggs, milk and meat, saturated fats also contain cholesterol, which is manufactured by the liver and small intestine, by this reason, the body does not need cholesterol from food sources. When we consumed too much saturated fats, it will tend to increase lipoprotein (often called bad cholesterol) in our blood stream, this will leave additional coating of cholesterol in the artery walls and slowly clog the arteries. The narrowing of the arteries makes the heart to pump harder and refused to spread the supply of blood into other parts of the body, this activity leads to the tiring of the muscle of the hearts that causes heart disease and hypertension, other various diseases may drawn out also including obesity and cancer.

Monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats (also called good cholesterol) can be obtained from vegetable oils, nuts, olives and avocados. They are essential fats that needed our body to store energy and renew body cells. Fats are the most important component sources of energy our body needed. It is important for the absorption of fat-soluble foods and supplements including Vitamins A, D, E and K, with out fats, these vitamins could not be absorbed fully by our body. Fats are important protectors of the human body from extreme temperatures of heat and cold.

PROTEIN
Proteins composed of complex nitrogen-containing compounds that build and repair body tissue. Proteins also form antibodies, enzyme, hemoglobin and hormones. Proteins also are made up of essential fatty acids which can be obtained from milk, eggs, meat and fish. Deficiency of protein can hamper growth developments and prevent the body to fight infections. But too much protein can endanger body’s functioning, because it will force the kidney to eliminate the excessive waste products.

The Importance of Fibers in the diet

Fiber rich foods are essential in every person\'s diet to avoid chronic diseases in the future

Fiber rich foods are essential in every person's diet to avoid chronic diseases in the future

Fiber consists of plant cellulose and other indigestible materials in foods, unlike other foods, fiber rich foods cannot be digested by the human body. The volume it adds in the stomach and intestine during digestion provides more time for absorption of nutrients. It helps promote bowel regularity and avoid constipation.

The importance of fibers in our diet stretches back to the basic knowledge that our body constantly needs “cleaning” and “sweeping” off toxic and other corrosive materials that accumulated during irresponsible eating habits, without the support of fibers in our diet these unwanted materials will trigger long time disease and other chronic illness later on including colon cancer. Fiber rich foods help lower blood cholesterol level because they are relatively low in fats and high in nutrients, it has also a high tendency in treating obesity and diabetes.

However, health professionals warned the public that too much fibers is not also good for the body because it can affect the absorption of some important minerals like iron, calcium and zinc, they recommended at least 25-30 grams per day instead.

Dietary fibers can be obtained from consuming oat bran, oatmeal, beans, peas, rice bran (brown rice has more fiber content compared to white processed rice), fruits and leafy vegetables. Fruits and vegetables contained higher fibers when consumed unpeeled. Whole fruits have higher value of fibers compared to fruit juices. Fibers cannot be found in meat and other meat products.

Fiber rich foods are very important to person who wanted to eliminate extra pounds in their body, it has the capacity to remove fats and control calories and absorbed more nutrients essential in maintaining healthy diet. It is a crucial step to consider taking fiber first before putting your body in a strict exercise regimen.

RESVERATROL IN RED WINE

Resveratrol is abundant in grape skin

Resveratrol is abundant in grape skin

Resveratrol in Red wine offers many health benefits and one of the reasons of the so called “French Paradox”. Resveratrol is an antioxidant that abundantly found in the skin of grapes used to ferment wine. The “French paradox” is the term used to describe the amazing lifestyle of french people who have a high consumption of wine but relatively low in cardiovascular diseases. Resveratrol helps prevent cardiovascular disorder. However, medical research shows no enough evidence whether red wine has an abundant content of resveratrol compared to white wine.

Nevertheless, health practitioners warned the public not to respond this information with excitement good enough to consume high amount of alcohol. Alcoholic beverages are still dangerous to everybody’s health. Even wines, which are not catergorized as hard liquors, should be taken in moderation.


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