The olive plant has many benefits and health properties, with its best being the fruit. Olives, particularly olive oil, is often regarded as a food to avoid because it is a source of fat, but what if I told you it is a healthy fat? Confusing but once we explain we’re sure you’ll be running to stock up on some olives and some oil to drizzle on your salads.
Black olives- the ripe olives- are rich in fatty acids, holding more antioxidants than green olives. Black olives are very high in iron, which of course improves the ability of red blood cells to carry oxygen throughout the body. Having a lack of iron in your diet can make you feel cold or weak, as our tissues don’t get enough oxygen and our energy production can be lowered. The proper function of the immune system is dependent on having a sufficient amount of iron in the body.
Black olives also contain vitamin E, which has been shown to protect skin from UV radiation, guarding it from skin cancer and premature aging. By applying a few drops of olive oil to a freshly washed face you can use it to help gain a glowing complexion. Leaving it to work for 15 minutes before rinsing it off once a week should do the trick. You can even moisturize with olive oil before bathing or showering, and it works as a great conditioner for your hair when mixed with an egg yolk.
Monounsaturated fats, vitamin E and polyphenols found in black olives, have anti-inflammatory abilities, which can help dull the asperity of asthma, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis. Most suffering one of the three bone maladies had them brought about by high levels of free radicals. Researchers found that oleocanthal- a chemical found in olives- inhibits inflammation like a pain killer, acting like drugs such as ibuprofen.
The nutrients within the olives have also been known to neutralize free radicals. Free radicals are dangerous in our body as when oxidized cholesterol and blood vessels are damaged, while fat builds up in the arteries which can lead to a heart attack. The antioxidant nutrients in black olives obstruct this oxidation of cholesterol, helping to prevent heart disease and even colon cancer.
For those who don’t understand what monounsaturated fats are, they fat molecules that have one unsaturated carbon bond in the molecule. Unlike other fats when consumed in moderation they can be beneficial to our health, helping to reduce bad cholesterol levels in our blood lowering the risk of heart disease and stroke whilst providing nutrients to help develop and maintain our body’s cells.
One cup of black olives contains 17% of your daily fibre allowance and 10% of your daily recommended vitamin A allowance. The fibre is essential in helping to improve your digestive tract health by moving food through the system at a healthy pace by stopping any one part of the digestive tract from having to work harder than it should, whilst also supporting the ideal balance of chemicals and microorganism population required for a healthy digestive system.
The vitamin A is crucial for healthy eyes, as it improves night vision by helping the eye to better distinguish between light and dark. Vitamin A is also believed to be effective against age-related ocular diseases such as cataracts, macular degeneration, and glaucoma. Introducing olives into your daily diet or having at least 5 olives a week, can be enough.
If this information has made you want to go out and buy some olives- in particular the black ones- then why not try growing your own Standard Olive Tree? Then not only will you have a beautiful hardy long lasting tree to feature in your garden, but a direct olive source for you and your family.
Ah, so many choices, so little time. You have to agree with me when I say it’s not easy for us 21st century people to get a hold of our lives, and start making more of the healthy choices, especially for those of us who are part of the concrete jungles. While in the past workaholics were pointed out as a bad example, nowadays there are so many, that for most of us it’s deemed as something to be proud of – a life full of accomplishment and success.
Now, no matter how proud we may be, it’s a fact, working your days away leads to stress, then as a result to anger, and to quote the insightful and memorable Yoda : “Anger leads to hate, hate leads to suffering”.
Unless you want to be grumpy on a daily basis, with a bunch of extra kilos at that, and illnesses, it’s more than essential to spice your life with some hobby, particularly if it’s one that involves physical activity, like good ol’ biking.
As the sport suitable for people of all ages, biking is still as popular as ever because of its contribution to shedding extra kilos, preventing cardiovascular illnesses, cancer, and degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s, improving sleep, and the immune system, and most of all, increasing the lifespan – what’s not to love about biking?!
So, it would seem, now is as good a time as any to make this healthy hobby part of our lifestyles. Yet, the process of convincing yourself to do so every day, or at least more times a week, may be slow (trust me, I can tell from experience), though it shouldn’t be regarded as discouraging; if you want to get into the habit quicker, this is where biking accessories come in handy.
Why? Because when you equip yourself with all the bits and pieces professionals have, you start feeling like one of them, and you can actually feel this hobby is really a part of your life, and take it seriously. Getting only the bike may be enough to get some of the people motivated to it, some of the time, but if you want to make the most of it, turning it into a habit to conquer streets, parks, and hills every day, to stay in shape, and reap all the benefits, the key to success lies in the acquiring of the adequate biking accessories.
Starting off by finding the reliable retailer, you can expect to come across a wide range of products, at affordable prices, from various brands – this goes for bikes, as much as it does for the accessories. At a first glance, it can be confusing due to the many options available, so here are the essentials you need for a safe, easy, and comfortable ride, to make this purchase less of a headache for you.
Using the bike as the means of transport, you’re going to park somewhere. Having this in mind, it’s important to get the peace of mind and ensure your bike wouldn’t be stolen by investing in a quality lock. That includes chains, as much as it does D-locks, so it’s up to you (and your pocket) to decide, just don’t forget to put this item in your shopping cart, unless you want to be buying a new bike every now and then.
Going from A to B with a bike also means you’re going to be carrying things with you (after all, it’s your transport, not just exercising means!), at least a few snacks in the form of protein bars for when on the road, to keep you energised, water and hydration mixes to keep you hydrated, electronics, additional clothes… and the list goes on. The bike can be as suitable for luggage as a vehicle, as long as you buy the right bag.
If you don’t mind getting a sweaty back and carrying the load yourself, you can go for one of the many choices of backpacks, just make sure there’s enough storage, in the form of compartments, and pockets, as well as helpful features, in the likes of sternum straps, and insulated pockets to keep things cool.
Leaving it to the bike to do the heavy carrying, there are many bags that would wow you with their properties, be it weather resistance, or storage, like the saddle bags, and rack-top bags. You wouldn’t have to worry about their safety either knowing there’s a lock designed especially for them, so word of advice is if you get one of the two, invest in a suitable lock too.
Other essentials of biking accessories have to do with the weather, since unlike vehicles, you are directly exposed to the outdoor conditions. When this is your daily exercise, and transport, day in and day out, season after season, it’s natural you won’t always take to the road when it’s sunny, but also when it’s raining, and even snowing. In terms of this, it’s more than important to invest in specialised waterproof, breathable, and visible clothing.
If you don’t have the budget to fully equip at the beginning, you should start off with the jacket, then as your rides get longer and longer, you could move on to wearing biking clothing with pride from head to toe, from all-things Lycra (like a true biker!), to specialised biking shoes with sturdy soles to withstand all the pedalling. You would no longer fear soaking!
Speaking of soaking, there are other biking accessories that would further help protect you from the weather, such as the mudguards. They are created to have your back, literally, so you can go on riding even while it’s raining, without getting your back soaking wet.
Additionally, there’s the helmet, and eyewear. The helmet isn’t as necessary as it might seem, because biking is all in all a safe sport, however, if you want to get the extra protection, make sure when you go on the quest for the ideal helmet that it’s the perfect fit, is stylish at the same time, and provides comfort.
As for eyewear, sun is always there – even on cloudy days the UV rays can be damaging, thus you can’t avoid this purchase. Then again, you wouldn’t want annoying insects getting in your eyes, would you? The cost-efficient alternative is the one with interchangeable lenses.
Once you start enjoying biking, there’s no going back! You’d get the urge to go for rides no matter the time of day, or night (having in mind night rides have magic of their own). Taking this into consideration, you can’t leave home without having the proper light source with you, both front and rear. While lights light your way, they also make you visible to the rest of the traffic, so they are a way of protection too.
If you want the best of the best, go for LEDs. Throughout the years, LEDs have undergone a great deal of changes, which made them that much powerful, and yet affordable as well. Along with the mighty beam, they are usually equipped with lithium-ion rechargeable batteries, and a design made of weatherproof materials, so you can count on durability. No wonder they are the prime choice of mountain bikers.
Years pass by, and we still require as much help as we can from tools. Biking is no exception. Sure, you may not be a handyman, as of yet, but the more you are in the company of your bike, the more you begin to understand it, and differentiate when it works properly from when it doesn’t.
Since you can’t always know when a repair might be needed, it’s advisable to carry your own toolkit with you whenever and wherever on the go, having a pump, and spare parts you can count on in times of need. Don’t forget relying on specialised literature can also save the day, so if you don’t feel like carrying a biking book, at least download some in electronic form because no one goes on rides without electronics.
Now that you know more about the biking basics, it’s time to take to take to the road, and cycle away to health!
A lot of people have numerous rules regarding their health and looks. Sometimes willingly and sometimes being self-forced to turn away their eyes from sweet and tempting unhealthy snacks waiting to be eaten, people choose to follow the path of eating healthy to their destination – great looking body and the great feeling inside the body.
Even though having no objections about this admirable habit is a pretty reasonable thought, thinking that all the snacks on this world are unhealthy is, simply said, wrong. A lot of snacks are beneficial to you. Including them into your eating habits is the best way to obtain the maximum results from your diet and enjoy it as much as possible.
In a study conducted by a researcher at Brigham University in the United States, it was reported that people who live an unhealthy lifestyle, including unhealthy diets, were 66% more likely to report productivity loss than those who lived by a healthy lifestyle. Exercise is also said to release endorphins which can have positive psychological effects, such as a ‘euphoric high’. But what is it that leads to a productivity boost? MaxiMuscle investigate:
Of course, the physical benefits of a healthy lifestyle are clear – and easy to highlight because you can see them! Following a clean eating diet and a strict workout regime will keep you in shape, and help your body work towards a healthy, toned and defined body.
Diet is important! When losing weight and toning up, many professionals tell you that the results you see come from 80% diet and 20% exercise. Count your calories, and stick to the main macronutrients of carbohydrates, protein and essential fats. Carbohydrates are our main source of energy, and without energy, our productivity is limited. Protein also provides the body with energy, but is also the building blocks of muscle, bone, skin and blood. Protein is what helps your muscles repair following a workout. Dietary fats are required to provide the body energy and support cell growth – it is important to eat the right fats – too much fatty foods will result in weight gain.
Exercising is different to dieting. The physical benefits of exercising are apparent during exercise and after. The more you exercise, the better your fitness levels become — meaning you can exercise for longer. Following exercise, you might begin to see the results of hitting your fitness goals with defined muscles, six packs and toned booties. However, exercising, whilst it can release endorphins, also burns calories and takes up a lot of energy so it is vital that you fuel for a workout so that your performance and productivity is not limited. Many gym goers have protein powder or shakes before a workout for an added energy boost.
The majority of people who exercise and eat well only consider the physical benefits behind it – as discussed, the toned physique and controlled bodyweight, but there are many emotional benefits that come with a healthy lifestyle too. Many people have reported that exercise helps to reduce stress improve sleep, boost self-esteem and ward off depression and anxiety. This could be down to a release of endorphins during exercise. Endorphins interact with the receptors in your brain that reduce your perception of pain, whilst triggering a positive feeling in the body, similar to that of morphine.
Endorphins can help bring about feelings of euphoria and general well-being. But how does this effect productivity? Your frame of mind significantly effects how productive you are. Researchers from the Penn State University found in their study that the more physically active people reported greater general feelings of excitement and enthusiasm, compared with the less physically active people. Further research by the Harvard Business Review revealed that feeling calm, happy and energised were the main three influential feelings that drove the greatest levels of performance – showing a clear link between frame of mind and productivity.
So, if exercise and a healthy eating promote a release of endorphins and provide your body with more energy, which is turn prompts a euphoric and positive feeling in the body, then surely the positive effects of a healthy lifestyle can be linked to productivity.
Due to the increased global pollution and other worldwide dangerous consequences caused by our sometimes irresponsible attitude toward planet’s environmental health, the safety of our environment has today become one of the biggest concerns for society.
Causes of Earth Pollution
Food waste, deforestation and soil erosion, agricultural activities, mining activities, industrialization and nuclear waste are just some of the reasons why focusing on obtaining and maintaining or strengthening the awareness about the responsible and environmental-friendly lifestyle should be the primal goal for each individual.
Below are the 5 best ways we can do daily to help in saving our planet and significantly improve our lives by doing it.
#Taste Without Waste
BPI consumer packaging, a flexible packaging company, made a survey in England which showed that 80% of respondents do recycle, but 24% of them said they don’t completely understand the process of recycling.
Having this in mind, it is easy to understand why food waste is the big problem we are dealing with today.
The proof of the devastating consequences caused by this unhealthy process is the fact that one-third of the global food production is lost or wasted annually.
Recycling is very important because for few reasons :
The result of not burning the garbage is the instant minimization of pollution.
It helps us save the natural resources such as trees, by not cutting them.
It helps us in saving our resources and expenses.
Also, the way products are packaged while being transported or kept in shops and homes is very important.
Knowing that flexible packaging can greatly protect the goods, make less pollution and, therefore, succeed in decreasing the food waste while doing so, companies such as BPI play a very important role in keeping our environment healthy.
Getting Out of the Vehicles
The another great way to decrease environmental pollution is by changing our methods of travelling.
C02 caused by driving the vehicles is poisonous for the air we are breathing every day. In order to make it safer to breathe, we should give our best in changing the habits of driving to work, home etc. and replacing cars, motorcycles, busses or trams with driving a bicycle or simply walking to our destination.
Another very useful and important benefit of these environmental-friendly methods of travelling is the improvement of our own health. We get the chance to have everyday exercises, to look healthy, feel healthy, and last but not least, breathe the much healthier air!
Also, getting used to walking and driving a bike can save us a lot of money that would be wasted for gas if we were driving vehicles.
Reducing the Electricity
Reducing our electricity is yet another effective and payable way to both improve the environment’s health and spare some money in our pockets.
The reason why less energy is better for the environment is because the higher usage of energy increase the amount of toxic fuels sent in the air.
Using a smart hub instead of regular one will adjust the room’s lighting to every time of the day.
Also, electricity can be spared by reducing the unnecessary heating or cooling and replacing classic lightbulbs with LEDs.
On the global level, the development of solar power systems which use the pure energy from the sun also help reducing poisonous gasses and dependence on fossil fuel.
Spending Less Water
Wasting the water is very impactful on the environment’s health.
Measuring and controlling the water we spend is something we can do daily to prevent this from happening.
Comparing the monthly bills, checking for water leaks, using less water to shower and watering the lawn are some of the best tips to reduce the water usage.
Switching to Online Payment
Surrounded by our obligations to pay the bills, services and products, switching to online payment and decreasing the need for paper might be a good idea.
Signing up and using it is very simple, quick and cheaper way to transfer our money wherever and for whatever we want.
This method of paying also allows us to use our money at any place with internet connection.
Unfortunately, the environment we live in is more or less polluted. We seldom get to breathe fresh air in our so-called modern era. In spite of the external pollution, some people resort to consuming alcohol, smoking cigarettes or injecting drugs without keeping in mind that they are injecting toxins or poisonous stuff in their body. For some, it is an addiction and for others, they have no control over it whatsoever. For all those who want to live a toxin-free and healthy life, it is the high time to start detoxing their body and mind.
But first let’s be clear about what detoxing really is. Detoxing is simply an act of removing all the toxins you knowingly or unknowingly introduce to your body. It affects your liver, heart, brain and lungs that leads to various diseases, including asthma, cancer and heart attack. In order to save yourself from all these dreadful diseases, you need to keep an eye on what food you consume and what kind of air you breathe in. Sometimes, it becomes unavoidable to prevent yourself from all of this, but certain precautionary measures and actions should be taken so that you become healthy and stay away from those diseases.
The food items we buy at supermarkets and other stores, such as vegetables or fruits, may or may not contain a high level of toxin in the form of preservatives and drugs injected in or sprayed over them. But the chances are high since that is the only way they can store all these items for a long period of time. After all, they have a limited shelf life.
However, nowadays, it is easier to find organic foods in many stores because people are now well-aware of the benefits of consuming them. Stick to an organic diet so that the chances of consuming toxins are reduced to a considerable extent.
Liver being the main detoxifier of our body is the one that gets affected the most when you drink alcohol. It cannot function properly when alcohol is consumed because it takes a lot of time to detoxify. So daily consumption is very harmful, which could even lead to cancer.
Re-energizing lungs are also necessary for a healthy life and you can do this through detoxing your body. Even though quit smoking campaigns are all around us, people still resort to smoking. It is one of the leading causes of death which kills them slowly and painfully. Lungs get re-energized when you stop smoking and it is one of the best ways to detox your entire body. Be sure you get a nicotine patch or a chewing gum so as to control the urge of smoking every now and then.
Food is one of the main sources of our survival, but we often eat without even checking the merits and demerits of the food we eat. We should be cautious about our priorities because our body might not be able to take junk or poisonous food for a long time.
Our lifestyle today is very different from the past. The food habits of us often lead to many health problems. Children want only fast food and when their parents are busy with their work, they go for instant food supplements available on the market. Sugar is one thing that almost everyone loves to have. We all adore food and we have an extra love for desserts and chocolates. The recommended sugar intake for a normal person is 25 grams per day, but we often surpass this to keep our taste buds happy.
The over consumption of sugar and sweet is not always good for health. Many people deny giving up on sugar, but this is necessary to improve their health. There is a large amount of calories in sugar and most of the food we eat also contain sugar, including fruits, vegetables and grains. Instead of having desserts, you can have some fibrous food which might be very good for your health.
The benefits of giving up sugar are innumerable. When you avoid it, you can reduce the risk of getting diabetes. Diabetes is a common disease often caused due to regular consumption of sugar. So it would be better to stop taking it right from today. If it is not possible to entirely give up then make up your mind to reduce your sugar intake little by little every day. Sooner or later, you will be able to totally avoid it.
Moreover, if you want to look younger and beautiful, start avoiding sugary food. It is a known fact that people who avoid sugar stay healthier even when they are old. Sugar even reduces your energy level. After having a heavy sweet content, your body becomes weak and you end up falling asleep, leading to weakening your immune system.
You can make a chart to measure how much sugar you take every day and then reduce the amount gradually. But if you have strong cravings for sweet after a few days, you can go for something healthy, such as fruits that are rich in fiber. This way, you can reduce your sweet cravings little by little and the end result would be a healthy you. Also, you can have dark chocolate since it has lesser sugar content in it.
So take the challenge of avoiding sugar right now and live a healthy life.
“Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise” – we all are quite familiar with this proverb. But we often sleep late and wake up early because we don’t want to miss out our class or be late at office. A person should sleep for at least 6 hours a day. If you don’t get enough sleep at night, you will feel lazy and sick the next day. Sleeping well improves your both physical and mental health.
Here are some methods on how to improve your sleep.
Some of us stay wide awake all night without any sleep. We move to our right and left so as to fall asleep. We are compelled to stay awake because of our stress or probably because we have slept all day and therefore we find it difficult to sleep at night. You should avoid sleeping during the day but it will be okay to take a nap for 20-30 minutes.
However, you should not sleep for longer hours during the day. It is a fact that sleeping during daytime makes it difficult to sleep at night. Darkness improves the quality of your sleep and some hormones are produced when its dark that help you sleep better. You can even wear an eye mask so that no interference of light can bother you. If you are scared of the dark, you can use a dim light.
Regular exercise helps one sleep better. A good workout will keep your body fit and at night, you will feel relaxed and therefore you will go to bed early. You should also live a stress-free life. Stress often has a bad effect on one’s health and if you’re stressed, you will find it difficult to sleep well.
You can also listen to some soothing music that helps you fall asleep easily. We all sing lullaby to babies to make them fall asleep. Likewise, you can listen to some calm music for a better sleep at night.
Over usage of smartphones and laptops is not only bad for your health, but also for your sleep. We often watch late night shows or chat with friends, missing out the much-needed sleep. Thus, it is important to minimize the use of such devices at night for better sleep. However, you should never go to bed with a full stomach or an empty stomach. Make sure to eat a moderate amount of food before you go to bed.
Another way to improve your sleep is to create a perfect sleeping environment. A dark room with a comfortable temperature is needed. A routine is also always necessary for everything you do. So for a better and deep sleep, you should set up a time to go to bed and to wake up. You should get at least six hours of sleep daily. You can also meditate if you can’t easily fall asleep at night.
Tea is one of the common beverages preferred by people from all around the world. Once you start drinking it, you will feel like drinking every day since it will help you stay awake and give you energy to carry out your daily activities. There are different types of tea for you to enjoy, such as green tea, black tea, white tea, oolong tea, pu-erh tea, red tea, chamomile tea, Echinacea tea and hibiscus tea.
Some of the common health benefits of tea include the following:
Acts as an antioxidant:
Tea is not only considered to be a good alternative for consuming coffee that contains more caffeine, but it also comes with more health benefits. Tea acts as an antioxidant and helps you stay away from numerous diseases, such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, cholesterol and clogged arteries. Tea will also help you lose weight and keep you wake if you are sleepy. It contains antimicrobial quality as well.
Helps in losing weight:
Overweight causes many life-threatening diseases and therefore people struggle hard to lose weight at any cost. The best natural remedy for losing weight is drinking tea. With the right amount of tea in your body, you will find yourself losing pounds slowly. Instead of spending a lot on medicines and surgeries, you can switch on to drinking tea.
Keeps your mood lightened up:
If you are in a state where you find yourself working for hours after hours without any break, you can drink tea to keep yourself alert and concentrated. Tea has the benefit of keeping your mind relaxed which in turn lightens up your mood. It is the best remedy not only for those who work at night but also for everyone who is not in a good state of mind. A cup of tea will surely bring a smile to your face.
Protects your bones:
A recent study has found that green tea has the benefits of keeping your bones strong and intact. A plant called Moringa, which is derived from the Southern Asia, is known to have medical properties that help in protection of bones. It is rich in calcium, iron, vitamin A and vitamin K.
Boosts your immune system:
Those who are prone to diseases every now and then should drink tea since it can help them in boosting up their immune system and keeping them healthy and strong. Tulsi tea and holy basil have the properties of helping the body fight against diseases, like cold and fever, which are very common nowadays.
Soothes pain caused in your digestive system:
If you ever suffer a tummy ache or any other problem related to the digestive system, such as loose motion or constipation, tea will help in soothing your pain to a great extent. A cup of hot tea is all you need to get your bowel function properly.
So have your cup of tea right now and enjoy all these health benefits.
Chocolate is everyone’s favorite no matter where they live and we always have extra cravings for chocolates. Kids are simply crazy about it and they keep eating it with a smiling and happy face. These days, chocolate has become a common ingredient for baking goods and luscious chocolaty cakes as well as brownies. But we are often frightened to have chocolate because we fear it is very bad for our health. But you will understand that you were wrong all this time should you know these health benefits of chocolate.
Eating a moderate amount of chocolate every day is actually very healthy, though we stop our kids from having too much chocolate because it ruins their teeth. However, you may do not know that the cocoa in chocolates acts as a thin layer that prevents your teeth getting from bacteria.
We always think of the negative side but there are actually many benefits of having chocolate. A chocolate bar a day gives you energy. Instead of smoking and ruining your health, have some chocolate due to the benefits it has and we also know that no one actually hates chocolate.
Chocolate even helps in increasing the blood flow in your body. This further improves the supply of blood to your brain and thereby it dilates blood vessels, making your brain effective to do any mental activity. The more the cocoa content in the dark chocolate, the lesser will be the sugar content; thereby reducing the sugar level in your body. Chocolate is also good for the heart since it keeps you from developing any kind of heart disease. Are there any athletes out there? Start eating dark chocolate because it will boost your energy.
A wide variety of chocolate is available in the market these days. We have dark chocolate, white chocolate and even rich cocoa chocolate. It is said that dark chocolate is very good for health because it improves your ability to see through low contrast vision while you are driving in a bad weather situation.
There is always an aversion towards food during pregnancy. Chocolate is preferred for pregnant women since it helps sort out many pregnancy problems. Dark chocolate improves the functioning of arteries and prevents white blood cells from sticking to the walls of blood vessels. The flavonoids in dark chocolate even prevent one from sunburn.
Moreover, stress can be relieved through consuming chocolate. As a result, when you want to attend a job interview or take part in an exam, have a piece of chocolate. Soon, you will be relaxed and it might even improve your memory. Chocolate also comes as a great antioxidants food supplement.
Finally, there is no age limit to having chocolate and everyone can have it in a moderate amount every day. It will keep your heart healthy, give you energy and improve your memory power. So have chocolate without any fear and live a healthy and happy life.