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Revealed: Alkaline diet is Victoria Beckham’s Secret Weapon!

Alkaline diet reached headlines in January 2013 when Victoria Beckham tweeted about new Alkaline cookbook. That’s when this new idea got public attention. So what is it exactly?

Alkalizing diet, also known as acid or alkaline diet, focuses on the right PH levels of our body and urine by balancing acidic foods with alkaline foods. According to latest studies, after breaking down the food we eat, we are left with left-over products, referred to as ‘ash’. This substance can be acidic or alkaline, depending on the food we eat. If we eat mostly acidic foods (dairy, caffeine, alcohol), the ‘ash’ left as a by-product in our system can be a source of many diseases, such as osteoporosis and kidney stones. Alkaline cleansing theory recommends getting rid of acidic ‘ash’ with counter-balancing alkaline foods and powerful alkaline cleansers.

 

What acidic foods to avoid?

Anything that makes our body produce acid should be avoided. These are the following:

  • Meat – steer clear from any animal protein: chicken, pork, beef or lamb
  • Fish – it’s also highly acidic
  • Cheese – especially mature cheese
  • Wheat – most white breads and cereal
  • Refined sugars – preserves, fizzy drinks, cakes and sweets
  • Processed foods – canned products and ready meals
  • Caffeine
  • Alcohol

All the above products are said to produce low PH environment in our system, which is highly acidic.

 

Why acidic foods are bad for you?

If eaten in excess, the acid forming foods can cause a number of illnesses, including Urinary Tract Infection (UTI), arthritis, osteoporosis, kidney stone and even some types of cancer. Dodging canned foods is beneficial for other reasons too, which we have covered in our previous article: Top 11 toxic habits killing your body.

Sticking to alkalizing foods can not only improve your health and well-being, but also give you more energy (your digestive system will rest from chemically processed foods and meats), improve your complexion and help you lose weight.

 

What alkalizing foods to eat?

Here is the fun part! Alkaline diet actually lets you eat most yummy nutritious products out there. Just reading the list of recommended alkaline foods makes you feel a little bit healthier. Have a look yourself:

  • Alkalizing vegetables: broccoli, cabbage, spinach, kale, salad leaves, celery and cucumber
  • PH balancing vegetables: cauliflower, beetroot, onions, peas, potatoes and peppers
  • Ripe fruits: bananas, mangoes, watermelons, papayas
  • Juicy fruits: apples, berries, grapes, lemon, oranges, peaches and pears
  • Alkalizing proteins: almonds, chestnuts, tofu
  • New and ancient grains: amaranth, quinoa, rye, buckwheat
  • High quality cold pressed virgin oils: flaxseed oil, olive oil, pumpkin seed oil, hempseed oil
  • Alkalizing spices: cinnamon, curry, ginger, mustard, sea salt, basil, rosemary and thyme
  • Herbal teas

Note that some fruits such as lemons and oranges, while considered acidic have actually highly beneficial alkalizing effect on our system.

 

Why having good PH balance is important?

Our bodies are naturally capable of balancing acidic foods we eat. That is, if it’s not eaten in excess. Yet, overuse of tobacco, alcohol and caffeine can disrupt these functions. Also, if we already suffer from under-performing stomach, kidneys or other organs, we need to help our bodies to cleanse the acidic ‘ash’ by eating more alkalizing foods and using organic alkalising cleanser to balance our system to optimum levels.

 

Balance unhealthy diet

The regular American and European diets are packed with acid forming foods: processed packaged meals, sweets and all washed off with soda drinks and caffeine. Can you spot how little we eat of healthy alkaline foods to keep our guts performing correctly?

That’s the main reason behind the most common diseases, which can be easily avoided with the right diet and alkalizing cleansers.

For best results, balance your body first with organic alkalizing cleanse to start off with a blank canvas. This alkaline cleanser is available now on offer from our Amazon store. Buy it now and get a FREE UK delivery!

Top 11 toxic habits killing your body – change them now!

Each day our bodies are ‘bombarded’ with toxins, which can affect our regular functions and general health. Many common diseases such as flu, eczema and acne are initiated by acidic substances. Getting rid of those harmful elements doesn’t come easy to our system and we need to support it with the right counterbalancing foods. That’s the principle of alkalizing cleanse diet.

ECD (Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals) – most harmful and wide-spread toxins – interfere with hormone action, which in turn can affect our immune system, metabolism, sexual functions and other biological processes. The slightest imbalance can also have a large impact on our well-being.

 

What are EDCs?

Substances such as BPA (bisphenol A), phthalates as well as pesticides and persistent organic pollutants all belong to this group. Awareness of these harmful elements is slowly becoming priority for growing number of people.

What we often don’t realize that these substances can enter our system not only though the foods we eat but also through the way we store and prepare it. But that’s not all. According to World Health Organization (WHO), “human exposure to EDCs occurs via ingestion of food, dust and water, via inhalation of gases and particles in the air, and through the skin.”

Furthermore, other studies confirm that over 95% of us show exposure to phthalates through toiletries and household products.

 

11 toxic habits

How can you reduce exposure to toxins? Simply by making few changes to our daily routine – and maybe a shopping list. Please find below some of the most common ways we come across pollutants and other harmful chemicals.

  1. Storing foods in plastic food containers – these seemingly innocent storage boxes are crammed with BPA and other chemicals which in turn can leak into the stored food. Instead, opt for glass jars and containers to reduce the risk of contamination
  2. The same rule applies to the plastic water bottles
  3. Heating food in polycarbonate trays – the plasticizing chemicals can easily enter our food when heated
  4. Buying canned food – did you know that tins are lined with BPA? Always make sure to pick products in cardboard packaging or glass jars
  5. Baby bottles and toys – always read the label to confirm they are BPA free
  6. Drink only filtered tap water with EDCs removed (distilled water)
  7. Picking GMO and biodynamic foods – always pick products that are organic and GMO free
  8. Cosmetics and household products – read the labels and pick the environmentally-friendly items, which are phthalate-free
  9. Avoid receipts! Yes, taking them will not only cram your pockets, they will also expose you to toxic BPA, which is used to coat the paper
  10. Use vacuum cleaner with HEPA filter to prevent breathing dust particles full of EDCs
  11. Get rid of non-stick pans (coated with PFOA layer) and instead use ceramic, cast iron, stainless steel and titanium ones.

 

Detox with alkalizing diet

In order to balance the damaging acidic substances we inhale, we need to include more alkalizing foods in our daily diet and use powerful organic alkalizing cleanse to flush the toxins out.

What foods are best to stabilize our system? Anything that can balance out the acidic elements. At the same time we need to avoid all products that naturally ‘store’ the toxins in our bodies, such as: coffee, dairy products, alcohol and sugars.

 

Alkaline foods

Instead, let’s stock up on the powerful detoxifying products:

  • Fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables
  • Leafy greens are most alkaline – especially spinach
  • Tofu free from soya and ricotta
  • Hazelnuts, almonds, pumpkin and sunflower seeds
  • Coconut oil and virgin olive oil
  • Herbs and spices – such as oregano, turmeric, mint and parsley
  • Fresh garlic
  • Herbal teas – especially peppermint and chamomile
  • Green juice – green vegetables are very alkalizing, turn them into scrummy smoothie!
  • Lemons and lime – they will give you plenty of energy in the morning
  • Root vegetables – such as carrots, beetroot and celeriac have all strong alkalizing abilities
Is your diet killing your health? Discover 5:2 rule!

Fast diet, also known as 5:2 diet, follows a simple rule of eating what you want for 5 days and ‘fasting’ for the remaining 2. The idea behind is to let us lose weight gradually without missing out on favorite snacks.

 

What is 5:2 diet?

Fasting has been around for years, and the beneficial effects of this kind of diet appeared as early as in 1940s. However it was not until 2012 when this       plan took form of recommended way of losing weight. It was when BBC broadcasted episode of Horizon called ‘Eat Fast and Live Longer’, where doctor and journalist Michael Mosley told us of benefits of this diet. Dr. Mosley claims idea of fasting is ‘genuinely revolutionary’, which he supported by publishing a book on the subject in January 2013. That was quickly followed by another publication released by another BBC journalist, Katie Harrison, “The 5:2 diet book”.

 

Why is it better?

The principle was inspired by the soaring numbers of people fighting with obesity, at the same time when more and more restrictive diet plans being forced upon us. Those who commit to a strict diet feel deprived of their ‘guilty pleasures’ and more inclined to cheat. Fasting gives us possibility to eat what we want and still lose weight.

Bear in mind, 5:2 diet is designed to deliver most comprehensive nourishment, as you do not need to steer clear of any food. Its’ main purpose is to keep us healthy, reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke and cancer, while improving out cholesterol and blood sugar levels. It is not to be treated as a miracle weight loss diet – the predicted pace of shedding weight is 1lb (0.46kg) a week.

 

Can you eat anything then?

Practically yes – during the 5 days. It doesn’t mean you should let loose and stock on cream cakes – but you can eat up to recommended daily calorie allowance – 2000 for women and 2500 for men. Have a nutritious breakfast, roast dinner and a healthy supper. There are practically no restrictions to the type of food you eat, as long as you stay within the 2000 calories limits.

Then on the remaining 2 days eat 25% of your daily allowance – 500 calories for women and 600 for men. You should almost starve yourself on those two days. It’s best top pick set days for that – avoid weekends, or family days – you know you won’t be able to resist and stick to a strict regime then.

 

What to eat on fasting days?

That’s a good question, 500 calories is very little and can easily fit in one hearty meal. The trick is to eat foods high in protein (which keeps us fuller for longer), yet low on calories. According to Dr. Michael Mosley, the foods to pick are:

  • Large servings of vegetables, especially leafy greens
  • Small cuts of lean meats, such as chicken breast or turkey. Roasted, not fried
  • Fish steaks and boiled eggs
  • Soups are great too, as they are hearty and filling
  • Salads with handmade vinegar dressing
  • Healthy meal replacement shakes

At the same time avoid carbs (white bread, pasta and rice) and sugary foods. Also remember to keep hydrated by drinking plenty of water. It will help you fight with hunger pangs – we often take thirst for hunger!

 

Is this diet for everybody?

Practically yes! It is a healthy diet with no strict limits. However, as with any diet, it is not recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding women. Also diabetics and those on prescribed medications should consult with GP before embarking on any new diet. Note these diet restrictions are not recommended for teenagers and children, who need complete nutrition to develop fully.

You might also notice drop in energy levels and dizziness on fast days, also headaches and problems with concentration. Remember to top-up your ‘nutrition batteries’ on regular days by eating more fruit, veg, plenty of wholegrain products and lean meats.

Thrush – Symptoms, Causes and Myths

Vaginal thrush is a condition caused by a yeast infection in the vagina and surrounding area. It usually is Candida albicans, also known as candida or vulvovaginal candidiasis. Candida, as we learnt in our previous article: How to Beat Candida with these 10 Everyday Foods – is harmless and lives on our skin, in the mouth, gut and vagina and only causes trouble when irritated (by poor diet, antibiotics, chemicals).

 

Who can get thrush?

Against a common belief, both women and men are prone to getting thrush at some point in their lives, but it’s fair to say women are more frequently diagnosed. Both genders in their 30s and 40s are most likely to be affected.

Some women are more predisposed to getting thrush than others yet it’s not clear why. Certain studies suggest that diabetes and particular medical conditions can link two together.

Other possible triggers include:

  • Wearing tight clothing preventing natural ventilation
  • taking antibiotics for longer period of time (1 in 3 women get thrush as a result)
  • using perfumed vaginal washes and bath products
  • going through chemotherapy
  • pregnancy
  • badly treated diabetes
  • weak immune system

Good news for many women out there will be confirmation that there is little evidence that using sanitary towels or tampons is a risk factor for developing thrush.

Despite not being classified as Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) or sexually Transmitted Infection (STI), thrush can still be passed on to a partner during vaginal, oral or anal sex, during foreplay or when sharing sex toys.

 

Symptoms of thrush

Some women, as they have discovered, don’t have any thrush symptoms whatsoever, while suffering the infection. Often only a cervical smear test reveals the illness by a sheer chance. Other women know right away something is out of order by noticing changes in their vaginal area.

So what are the most common symptoms of thrush we should be looking for?

  • Vulvar itching, irritation and soreness
  • Tenderness and redness of vagina and vulva
  • Vaginal discharge (like cottage cheese), which can thick or thin, but at the same time is completely odorless
  • Pain or discomfort during sex
  • Ache when passing urine

Men, who suspect thrush, need to look for the following signs:

  • Discomfort, itching or burning at the tip of the penis or under a foreskin
  • Redness and red spots around the penis area and the foreskin
  • A thick or thin discharge, similar to cottage cheese, under the foreskin
  • Pain when passing urine

Skin around genitals can be irritated and red, swollen or cracked. There are reports of sores on the skin, although these more often indicate presence of genital herpes.

It is advised to consult your General Practitioner if you suspect having a thrush, as they can identify it on the spot and prescribe the best thrush treatment method.

4 common human parasites and the warning signs

Human parasites are little unwanted organisms living in our intestines, blood and on skin. They can be acquired from number of sources, which we have examined in our previous article – 9 everyday habits that lead to catching parasites. They feed on anything we eat and can cause a number of complications – from problems with gaining weight to anemia and insomnia.

There are over 100 different types of human parasites. It is possible to be infected with more than one at a time. Geohelminths (parasitic toxicity) touched hundreds of millions people worldwide. Children and older people are considered most likely to be affected. The most popular types of human worms are:

  1. Protozoa
  2. Roundworms
  3. Tapeworms
  4. Flukes

 

1 Protozoa

Minuscule, single cell protozoa, is most widespread in the parasite world. They multiply in human system, causing number of problems. Protozoa from cysts, when they enter a resting stage, can become resistant to extreme temperatures, chemicals and drying. It is easy to get infected if you have a weaker immune system – during a prolonged illness, stress or tiredness. Protozoa can be fought with a right diet and a powerful natural parasite cleanse.

 

2 Roundworms

These parasites prefer warmer climates and affect 25% of people. Roundworms can reach a size of a pencil and include other popular worms:

  • Hookworms
  • Whipworms
  • Pinworms
  • Trichinae

Hookworms prefer our digestive system and can travel along intestinal walls living of blood cells. Their infection often leads to anemia, diarrhea and nausea.

Whipworms are 3-5cm long and can be found in large intestine.

Pinworms mostly affect those living in USA and are as contagious as flu. They like crowded areas, like schools, day care centers, mental hospitals and swimming pools.

Trichinae are tiny worms living in muscle of infected animals, usually pigs. Eating undercooked meat may lead to infection, with symptoms such as intestinal disorder, fever, swelling, muscle pain and insomnia.

 

3 Tapeworms

These are the long ribbon like parasites inhabiting our intestines. They digest nutrients through their skin. Tapeworm larvae can be eaten by a person with an undercooked or raw beef, pork or fish. Infection symptoms include: dizziness, toxicity, unclear thinking, hunger pangs, poor digestion, extreme blood sugar levels or allergies.

 

4 Flukes

Odd shaped tiny flat worms include:

  • Blood flukes
  • Fish flukes
  • Intestinal flukes
  • Liver flukes
  • Lung flukes
  • Lymph flukes
  • Pancreatic flukes

Humans can end up with one of these by eating raw or undercooked seafood, infected chestnuts and watercress of drinking contaminated water. Symptoms vary from liver swelling, weakened lungs to blood clots.

 

Symptoms

As we can see human parasites can be acquired from various sources and live in number of places in the body. If you are worried you might be infected, look for these signs:

  • Constipation, diarrhea, gas or IBS (irritable bowel syndrome)
  • Improper digestion
  • Trouble sleeping, insomnia
  • Skin irritation – rashes, eczema, rosacea, hives
  • Muscle and joint pains
  • Grinding your teeth
  • Fatigue, exhaustion, depression, apathy
  • Not satisfied after meals
  • Iron deficiency anemia

 

Treatment

If you notice any of these symptoms persisting, it’s best to consult your doctor to test for parasites. The specialist will examine your stool samples (fecal testing) on few occasions, as parasites often enter hibernation, during which they cannot be detected. These checks will identify presence of helminthes and protozoa.

Scotch tape test, if needed, will reveal pinworms around anal area. The clinicians will take few samples to look for eggs under the microscope. In rare cases an x-ray might also be recommended.

Once the infestation is confirmed, you will be prescribed a right diet and a supporting natural parasite cleanse to help you ‘flush’ away the worms. It may take up to 6 months to get rid of the parasites completely.

9 everyday habits you do that lead to catching human parasites

We think that human parasites only affect those living in under developed countries, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, we do things every day that could cost us catching an intestinal worm. Really – these are habits you don’t even realize to be doing, or cannot be asked to do properly – washing fruits and vegetables, wearing gloves while gardening, even cleaning your cat’s bed. Should we look at 9 most dangerous habits we do that can lead to parasite infection? Of course we should…

 

1 Gardening

An abundance of parasites live in soil, so wearing protective gloves is a must. Potting in the garden can end up not only with a handsome tan but also with less handsome protozoa. These one-cell organisms live and multiply in human blood and tissue.

 

2 Not covering the food

Buffets attract not only human diners. Flies are also very keen on joining in. You see, flies sit on surfaces you wouldn’t even dare to look at – human feces, decomposing food and other spots. This is a dream environment for Giardiasis. These worms get into our system via contact with feces – so flies sitting on our food could easily spread the giardia eggs. Make sure you use food nets and serviettes when keeping snacks on a table.

 

3 Drinking infected water

Swimming can often lead to catching parasites, and it doesn’t really matter if it’s a country lake or a swimming pool. Never drink water from shared sources, avoid swimming in poorly monitored wells and getting into the water if you suffer diarrhea to prevent infecting others.

 

4 Not washing your hands regularly

We touch different surfaces during a day – hand rails, bus doors, shops’ counters – these are perfect places for worms! Roundworm is often found nesting in the backyards and city streets and can get to your system after touching the infected area. It is important to sanitize your hands during a day, especially if you are working outdoors or travelling.

 

5 Eating undercooked meat

Preparing your steak well done might actually save you from catching Toxoplasmosis – a parasite nesting in raw meat. It is important to cook your meat up to 160F (pork, beef and game) or 180F (poultry). Never taste the meat before it’s cooked. Toxoplasmosis infection can cause mild aches and pains and can lead to brain and eyes damage in more severe cases.

 

6 Not cleaning your cats’ bed regularly

Cats unfortunately can give us number of parasites, including protozoa, roundworms, giardia and toxoplasmosis. It’s recommended to clean the cats’ beds regularly while wearing disposable gloves.

 

7 Playing with dogs

While we all love big warm smooches, our pets can infect us with parasites found on the streets, in the feces or waste bins. Never allow your dog to lick your face. Wash hands after playing with dogs and groom them regularly.

 

8 Using second hand clothing and furniture

These are common hiding places for lice and flees. Make sure to disinfect thrift store clothing and bargain buys before using them at home.

 

9 Scratching anal areas

This can lead to spreading pinworm infection. Enterobiasis infects colon and rectum. Female pinworms crawl out and deposit eggs around an infected person’s anus area, while they are sleeping. This can lead to unwelcome symptoms such as anal irritation, restless sleep and swelling. Scratching makes the infection spread onto further areas we touch.

 

As you can see, catching parasite is easier than you think. But at the same time please remember that our body’s defense system can usually fight off the most common bugs. If however you need assistance, please consult a doctor, use special diet to ‘flush away’ parasites and pick a powerful Parasite Cleanse Kit to support you in your efforts.

How to kill a human parasite? 6 powerful foods to eat

Having parasites is not on anybody’s bucket list. But that doesn’t mean you will not encounter them at some point. Unfortunately this is not limited to impoverished countries, as human parasites can be picked up from various sources: raw fish (sushi), undercooked meat (beef or pork), even unwashed fruits. You are especially vulnerable to the attack of parasites when travelling abroad or eating out in places with poor hygiene. According to Center for Disease Control (CDC), several millions of Americans currently live with parasitic infection. How can you know if you have one?

There are few symptoms to look for:

  • Bloating
  • Cramps
  • Diarrhea
  • Allergies
  • Anal itching
  • Anemia
  • Low immune system
  • Blood in stools
  • Mood swings, anxiety or depression

Not all of the above symptoms imply human parasites, but if you notice few of them persist over long period of time, consult with your doctor.

What are the best methods of getting rid of parasites? The right diet is a start. You want to ‘flush’ them out with the foods they dislike and avoid foods they thrive in. We’ll discuss below all the foods that help eradicate human parasites, but first, let’s have focus on the ones to avoid:

  • Sugars (carbohydrates)
  • Bread, cakes, cookies, cereal, pasta etc.

Right diet, backed by Elle Belle parasite cleanser will help you eliminate the human parasites from the system. Bear in mind it might take up to two months to get rid of the organisms and eggs completely, so good amount of self-discipline is also recommended.

Now, let’s focus on the foods you need to stick to in order to destroy human parasites:

 

1 Garlic

We discovered so far garlic is not only recommended to beat candida, but also has strong anti-toxic abilities when fighting most common intestinal worms: giardia and roundworms.

 

2 Green onions

These power bundles are jam packed with anti-parasitic sulfur compounds. Onion juice is very effective against human parasites, especially tapeworm and thread worms. Most recommended dosage is to drink 2 tsp. of onion juice 2 times a day for about two weeks. Just like garlic, green onions when crushed, release an allinnase enzyme.

 

3 Coconut

We love this plant more and more. Coconut oil is most commonly recommended when fighting parasites. Why? It is rich in lauric acid which completely detoxifies the system and kills or inactivates protozoa, most ringworm species and Giardia lambia – even in the first stages of their development.

For best results, drink fresh coconut juice and eat the coconut meat first thing in the morning, followed by 4 hours of fasting.

 

4 Pumpkin and sunflower seeds

Many researchers proved that both of these seeds contain natural chemicals helping to paralyze the human parasites. They are not killed instantly, rather they are prevented from attaching to our stomach and they get flushed out by our natural digestion.

 

5 Papaya seeds

This sweet oriental fruit has most amazing capacities to kill the common human parasites, including tapeworm. Recent study by Maryland Medical Center and Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Medicine showed that a group of people who got to eat papaya seeds mixed with honey each day cleared their system in 23 out of 30 cases. It is often recommended for frequent travelers to eat a spoon of papaya seeds each morning on an empty stomach. It is also worth remembering to chew the seeds thoroughly instead of eating them in full.

 

6 Pomegranate

Pomegranate also has a strong potential when fighting parasites. According to Dr. Ann Louise Gittleman, pomegranate juice can eradicate the more common intestinal worms when drank consistently for 4-5 days at a time. Make sure to drink plenty of this juice to profit from the full benefits – ideally 4 glasses each day.

 

Other foods to include in your diet are:

  • Almonds
  • Horseradish
  • Aloe
  • Thyme
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Bitter melon
  • Carrot juice and cranberry juice
  • Fennel seed tea
  • Pungent spices
  • Fermented foods
Discover 5 incredible facts about krill oil

Krill (Euphausia superba) is a crustacean found in colder oceans – around the coasts of Antarctica, Canada and Japan. They are mainly a source of food for other bigger animals: whales, seals, penguins and fish. In Norwegian ‘krill’ means ‘whale food’. Krill has red or pink exterior derived from the type of plankton they eat. The Omega-3 fatty acids found in krill are the main reason why this crustacean is growing in its’ popularity.

But Omega-3 acids are not the only reason why we love Krill Oil so much here in Elle Belle UK. Discover below 5 incredible facts you might not have known about it.

 

1 Improves Brain Functions

Krill oil, rich in omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids EPA (Eicosapentaenoic Acid) and DHA (Docosahexaenoic), supports our sharp mind. Did you know that brain is the ‘fattest’ muscle in our body? Yes, it contains up to 60% fat, therefore having a diet rich in healthy fats is more than beneficial for your concentration and mental stimulation. Number of studies showed that Omega-3 EPA and DHA improve not only our memory, but also attention and moods. Omega-3 fatty acids are equally essential in the brain development for kids, teens as well as adults.

 

2 Maintains healthy glowing skin

According to ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity), krill oil shows astonishing qualities when it comes to fighting free radicals. These pesky little molecules are responsible for reducing our youth cells. Anti-oxidants found in krill oil stop free radicals from damaging our looks to an incredible extent. Krill oil received 43/100 score on the ORAC scale, comparing to 8/100 given a fish oil. Astaxanthin is a very powerful antioxidant and it’s mostly found in krill oil. Therefore introducing these capsules into our diet not only makes you smarter, but also full of youthful glow.

 

3 Lowers bad cholesterol

Omega-3 fatty acids from krill oil are absorbed by our body in more natural form than fish oil. That means we can enjoy their features to the fullest potential. What are these? Omega-3 can lower producing ‘bad’ cholesterol (low density lipoprotein LDL) and boost production of ‘good’ cholesterol (high density lipoprotein HDL). High levels of LDL may often lead to heart disease, coronary artery disease and a stroke. By consuming healthy forms of krill oil, we help our body protect against these.

 

4 Increases mobility

We all suffer from stiff joints from time to time, and it’s more noticeable as we age. Omega-3 has been praised by many for its’ wonderful benefits for improving flexibility, and krill oil contains this highly digestible fatty acid by bucket loads. Omega-3 not only reduces stiffness but also improves joint care and lowers distress.

 

5 Keeps PMS in check

Now this will speak volumes to many of us. By the end of the day, who enjoys this moody, painful time before the period? No – me neither. Good news is, krill oil has been proven to ease that pre-menstrual time and reduce cramps, fluid retention and mood swings. Researchers found that krill oil can significantly reduce distress associated with PMS and bring comfort to cramps and swelling. The fatty acids found in these crustaceans have shown more system friendly abilities than the ones found in the fish oil.

 

We have discovered great health benefits of krill oil and it’s worth noting few additional facts. Always consult your doctor before taking krill oil, especially if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or are breast feeding. When choosing a krill oil, pick the one that is organic, in order to comply with most environmentally friendly method of catching it. Many common fish die during the cheap process of getting krill oil, so it’s worth of paying a little bit extra for a guilt-free product and your peace of mind.

How to beat candida with these 10 everyday foods

Candida albicans is a common yeast disorder. We all have healthy yeasts living in our mouth, guts and vagina. But these can get out of control when affected by antibiotics, stress, contraceptive pills and diet high in sugars.

Once disturbed, the yeast infection can cause problems such as thrush, urinary tract infections, bloating and thinning hair. If you notice these symptoms persist, it’s best to consult a doctor to diagnose candida.

A special diet is mostly recommended to treat candida. This fungal infection thrives in the certain foods we eat, so ‘starving candida’ is the best approach. You need to stick to a very strict diet over a period of three months in order to get rid of it.

What foods to avoid: anything sweet, fermenting and with a long shelf life – sugars encourage fungus, so anything sweet is forbidden – sorry guys! Other things to dodge are:

  • Yeast (bread, gravy, spreads)
  • Fermented products (vinegar, alcohol, ketchup)
  • Mouldy cheese
  • Dairy products
  • Mushrooms
  • Tea and coffee
  • Sweetened and fizzy drinks

It may sound like you are depriving yourself of the good stuff, but remember, it’s only for three months! Besides there are still plenty of good foods you can eat to beat candida. Let’s look at them below:

 

1 Almond Butter

If you love a bit of spread on your toast, opt for a non-dairy almond butter. Delicious nutty alternative, it can also be stirred into your breakfast porridge. Remember to swap regular bread for yeast-free soya bread

 

2 Dairy-free milks

These low calorie drinks are getting more and more brownie points! They not only are the most recommended post-workout recovery drinks, are delicious with our bestselling Slim Shakes but also are advised as a non-dairy alternative to cure a candida. Is there a stopping to their goodness?

 

3 Coconut oil

Whether you know it or not, coconut oil is the most powerful anti-fungal food out there. It contains Lauric acid and Caprylic acid, both preventing Candida growth and strengthening of our immune system. Hence coconut oil is most commonly recommended when fighting Candida.

 

4 Garlic

This little bundle has super powers! It is not only jam packed with vitamins and antioxidants, but also has antifungal qualities to beat Candida while boosting your immune system.

 

5 Nuts and Seeds

The healthy and nutritious grain mix has highly antibacterial abilities, while improving our digestive system. Nuts are also rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, known for their anti-parasitic, anti-viral and anti-fungal properties. Perfect in a breakfast cereal served with generous helping of non-dairy soy or coconut milk.

 

6 Olive Oil

Olive oil naturally contains a chemical called Oleuropein, derived from olive leaf. This plant extract has potent anti-fungal properties supporting your fight with Candida. It can also regulate sugar levels in your system, stopping the infection from spreading.

 

7 Ginger

Ginger for long has been recognized for its’ detoxing capabilities. It is widely used to stimulate digestion, help reduce intestinal gas and treat the inflammation, so often caused by Candida overgrowth. What’s the best way to utilize the refreshing power of ginger? Try a delicious ginger and lemon tea. Here is the recipe:

  • Peel and grate 1 square inch of ginger
  • Mix it with 2 cups of hot water
  • Boil for 20 minutes
  • Cool down and serve with a wedge of lemon

Drink warm or cold depending on the weather.

 

8 Herbal teas

While regular black tea and coffee are off the list while fighting candida, re-discover abundance of herbal teas! Remember to avoid fruit teas though. The best flavors to try are chamomile, mint, cinnamon and ginger tea.

 

9 Lemon and Lime Juice

Lemon and lime juice can boost your colon functioning and stimulate digestive system. They are also perfect pick me up if you miss your morning coffee!

 

10 Cayenne Pepper

This spice is a natural support to our immune system; it helps digesting the food and easing constipation. It can also clean the bowel of Candida fungus and other toxins.

7 surprising facts about dairy free milk

We are getting increasingly concerned about cow’s milk. It’s not only if you are lactose or gluten intolerant. Many people turn vegan and pull away from animal source foods. Others like me, a reformed vegetarian, are conscious about animal welfare and the conditions they are kept in. Whatever your reason, there is number of milk alternatives available that can successfully replace dairy-milk and greatly improve your diet. In this article we’ll focus on the milk substitutes and list their surprising and little-known benefits.

 

1. Perfect Post-Workout Beverage

Non-dairy milks are packed with nutrients your body craves after the exercise. The vitamins and minerals found in the non-dairy milks make them the most recommended muscle recovery source. What are key ingredients of the perfect post workout meal? Foods rich in Vitamin E, proteins and carbohydrates help replace muscle glycogen and aid in protein synthesis. Taking solid meal to the gym is not always viable, so milk shakes are the most convenient and popular option. Most recommended post-workout dairy free drink is soy milk, with 8g of protein and 9g of carbs matches the regular reduced-fat milk (2%).

 

2. Cholesterol Free

Milk substitutes are often recommended for those with high cholesterol. Especially almond milk, full of healthy omega-6 and unsaturated fats, is the most popular non-dairy beverage of choice for people with high cholesterol and heart problems.

 

3. Rich in Anti-Oxidants

Milk alternatives are packed with nutrients and vitamins to enhance your everyday diet. They are also praised by people intolerant of gluten and lactose. But did you know that apart from all these goodness, plant based milks are also full of anti-oxidants? Yes, almond, macadamia and oat milk in particular contain high levels of vitamin E and anti-oxidants fighting free radicals, responsible for the aging process. Oat milk is notably beneficial – it is an optimum source of folic acid, vital in repairing DNA, producing red blood cells and preventing anemia.

 

4. Hypoallergenic

Majority of milk substitutes are perfectly safe to consume on dairy, gluten and lactose free diet. Those of us with nut allergy can pick nutritious coconut, soy, sheep or oat milk. Furthermore, rice as being hypoallergenic, produces milk perfect for those intolerant of soy, dairy or nuts.

 

5. Can Enhance Your Cooking

Yes, the creamy textures and nutty hint of almond, macadamia and flax milks make them perfect choices for milk shakes, pancakes and coffees. Try the flavored vanilla, chocolate or strawberry variety with your morning cereal. If you love Thai cuisine, you’ll be glad to add creamy and rich coconut milk to enhance the rich palate and smooth texture. Remember, always store the coconut products in a room temperature, as they turn solid when kept in the fridge.

 

6. Perfect on a Diet

Dairy-free milks are proved to support us on a weight loss. Low in fat and calories, they are perfect and filling base for cooking, adding to tea or coffee or preparing delicious flavored low calorie slim shakes.

 

7. Packed with Vitamins

Dairy-free milks, although less generous with protein when compared to a regular milk (soy milk is the only exception), are an abundant source of other vitamins and minerals. Soy and almond milk both have 45% of calcium – compared to 30% in dairy milk – while coconut milk can supply over 30% of Vitamin D – while cow’s milk has only 25%.

 

Dairy-Free Milks – Nutrition Facts (per cup)

MilkCaloriesCalciumFatsSugarsProteinsCarbsVitamins
Dairy nonfat9030%013g8g13gB12, D
Dairy 1%11030%2.5g13g8g13gB12, D
Dairy 2%13030%5g12g8g12gB12, D
Soy10045%3.5g6g6g9gB12, D, E
Almond6045%2.5g7g1g8gD, E
Coconut8010%5g7g1g8gC, E, B1, B3, B5, B6
Rice1202%2.5g10g1g23gA, B12, D

 

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