It seems, some of your guiltiest pleasures actually may be good for you. This year at your holiday parties, pile your plate with lower-fat foods to limit high-calorie splurges. Here are some wise choices for you this season:
- Applesauce and Apples
- Cranberry Sauce (Unsweetened)
- Dark Chocolate
- Green Beans
- Pumpkin Pie
- Yams/Sweet Potatoes
Did you know more than a third of Americans don’t get enough sleep? It may not seem like a big deal, but it can actually have serious consequences on your health. Getting about six hours a night is linked to a 7% higher risk of early mortality, and sleeping less than six hours is linked to a 13% higher risk. To take it even further, lack of sleep is also linked to cardiovascular disease, accidents, diabetes, hypertension and more. It’s time to catch up on your beauty sleep!
A powerful way to prevent the aging process and create a youthful glow, micro needling utilizes small needles to create tiny holes in the skin with the goal of promoting collagen and elastin formation to improve skin texture. Studies have shown that it helps with skin rejuvenation and improves scarring, hyperpigmentation and even stretch marks. Keep in mind, it’s important to start on skincare in your late twenties. So, what are you waiting for?
Known as a cure-all for decades, there have been claims that apple cider vinegar can do everything from halt hiccups to whiten teeth. Another promising benefit is that it seems to help regulate blood sugar. It can also help to break down fat, prevent weight gain and help digestive health. Think of this as the utility player of your wellness puzzle!
While November is here and Thanksgiving is just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about the delicious menu we will soon enjoy. Whether you’re planning to host or attend a holiday gathering, here are a few things to consider for a heart-healthy Thanksgiving:
- Skip turkeys that are pre-based with butter.
- If you are using the turkey drippings to make gravy, skim off all the oil first.
- Cook the stuffing on the side instead of in the turkey.
- Give your favorite side dishes a healthy boost with lower fat, higher fiber ingredients.
- Fill your plate half full with salad and vegetable side dishes first.
- Enjoy your turkey with small amounts of gravy and cranberry sauce.
- Silence your sweet tooth with fruit.
The hormone ‘irisin’ was discovered in 2012 and it was found that hormone levels rise through exercise, converting bad fat into good fat. This conversion of the good fat burns more calories than exercise alone, which is beneficial for those looking to shed a few pounds. New research shows promise as a possible target to support those with obesity and type 2 diabetes, reduce plague buildup in arteries, and prevent inflammation in the cells.
Recently, scientists have found many new ways vitamin C can help you stay healthy and look and feel younger. First, antioxidants like vitamin C help turn back the clock and form collagen, which smooths fine lines and wrinkles. Some evidence shows it also reduces risk of cardiovascular disease, can lower the risk of cancer, boost brain power, save your eyesight and boost your immunity. Have you had your vitamin C today?
While honey and agave nectar are both trendy alternatives for sugar right now, it’s time to dig deeper into which is healthier. They seem to have about the same number of calories, but honey has a much higher GI (glycemic index). However, agave nectar consists of 75-90 percent fructose. To sum it up, it looks like honey is the healthier alternative to its competitor, is anti-viral, anti-bacterial, contains antioxidants and more.
For those who suffer chronic migraine headaches, the quest to find relief can be never ending. So, if you’ve tried other treatments with no luck, it may be time to try Botox. While Botox gained popularity as a wrinkle reducer, it wasn’t long before researchers recognized the potential of Botox for treating medical conditions, too. Depending on the case, it can help reduce the symptoms of migraine headaches including nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to lights, sounds and smells.
A major contributor to the aging process, chronic inflammation is indicated in a number of diseases. So, it’s important to incorporate beneficial foods into your diet to prevent or eliminate inflammation to maintain a healthy life. Some foods that have anti-inflammatory properties: chocolate, berries, fatty fish, cruciferous vegetables, avocadoes, green tea, mushrooms, olive oil, tomatoes and turmeric.