Most of the foods we enjoy are not always good for us. If you're trying to lose wieght or obtain a healthier lifestyle there are a list of foods that you should think twice about.
Research and consult with a licensed nutritionist before any major changes to your diet.
I recently experienced a very high craving for ice daily and through my research I found out about my iron deficiency . I've been taking One A Day For Women and now my strong desire for ice has gone away! It would require a large amount of food to receive the nutrients your body needs. Vitamin Supplements can help fill the gaps when our daily food intake is not enough. They provide 100 percent of the Daily Value or DV of the essential vitamins, minerals, and nutrients.
Multi Mineral Supplements For Women.
Always consult with your physician if you are experiencing any abnormal health issues.
By K. Graves
Studies show that it is not necessary for women to use soap to clean the vagina area. Regularly applying soap to this area can cause serious dry and unhealthy problems. A chronically dry mucosal lining can lead to a number of uncomfortable health conditions such as anal fissures, lichen sclerosus, chronic inflammation, and a tendency to experience infections.
How should you wash the vaginal opening, the penile opening, and the anal sphincter? Clean with warm or hot water. If you desire more intense deep cleaning, you can use warm or hot salt water. This alone should ensure a healthy, clean vagina. The vagina will clean itself inside your body with natural vaginal secretions.
Normal vaginal discharge is whitish, but may appear yellowish when it dries. If your vaginal discharge appears greenish when wet, you have itching or burning, your discharge smells extra-fishy or you think you're at risk for STDs, get it checked just to be on the safe side.
By K. Graves
Reference: Woman's Day, Dr Ben Kim
Table salt is the most common cause of water retention. Excess sodium makes the body hold extra fluids in the cells. When you cut down salt and high sodium condiments like soy sauce, you can quickly lose water weight. There is also a wide variety of salt substitutes.
Have you ever weighed yourself and noticed the scale is one pound more than it was the previous day? Most likely it is the amount of water your body is retaining. There are a few things that can cause water retention such as too much salt, sugar, dehydration, too much alcohol, dieting and women’s monthly cycle.
Drinking the required amount of water can increase bloat and discomfort during that time of the month.
This may sound a bit confusing, but it works - the more water you consume, the more water your body will release.
Drinking 8 to 10 glasses per day will help flush sodium and excess fluid from your system. A well-hydrated body is healthier and is less likely to retain water.
By K. Graves
Body measurements can be a useful way to track your progress. At times you'll see a loss of inches even when the scale isn't moving. To ensure accuracy, measure in exactly the same place and under the same conditions each time. Here are some helpful tips!
Common Body Measurements
Bust: Place the measuring tape across your nipples and measure around the largest part of your chest. Be sure to keep the tape parallel to the floor.
Chest: Place the measuring tape just under your breasts/pecs and measure around the torso while keeping the tape parallel to the floor.
Waist: Place the measuring tape about a 1/2 inch above your bellybutton (at the narrowest part of your waist) to measure around your torso. When measuring your waist, exhale and measure before inhaling again.
Hips: Place the measuring tape across the widest part of your hips/buttocks and measure all the way around while keeping the tape parallel to the floor.
Your body uses water in all its cells, organs, and tissues to help regulate its temperature and maintain other bodily functions. Because your body loses water through breathing, sweating, and digestion, it's important to rehydrate by drinking fluids and eating foods that contain water.
The Functions of Water
Water is a carrier, distributing essential nutrients to cells, such as minerals, vitamins and glucose.
Chemical and metabolic reactions
Water removes waste products including toxins that the organs’ cells reject, and removes them through urine and feces.
Transport of nutrients
Water participates in the biochemical break-down of what we eat.
Body temperature regulation
Water has a large heat capacity which helps limit changes in body temperature in a warm or a cold environment. Water allows the body to release heat when ambient temperature is higher than body temperature (1). The body begins to sweat, and the evaporation of water from the skin surface very efficiently cools the body.
Elimination of waste
Water is an effective lubricant around joints. It also acts as a shock absorber for eyes, brain, spinal cord and even for the foetus through amniotic fluid.
Reference: Nestle Water
Not everyone can afford to join a gym and some just may not have the time. Here is a video of some easy exercises that you can do right in the comfort of your own home.
Reference: Women's Health
Committing to losing weight and eating healthier is no easy feat. Many times we vow in January to lose 30 pounds by swim suit season and we forget about it by black history month. Why is that? It's because we over promise and under deliver. Losing weight and maintaining the weight loss is not an overnight success story. It truly is a lifestyle change.
If you still have the guts to make a healthy change here are some tips to get you started.
Whatever healthy goals you have set you can get them done with consistency. Don't give up on yourself. You can do it!
As always be sure to consult with a physician when starting a new exercise regimen.
It is the end of January and you can't seem to fit any exercise into your busy schedule! We've got something that will help you to get it in and hopefully create a healthy habit. Try the workout we've posted below. It should take about 20-30 minutes (depending on how long you rest in between exercises) and it will jump start your day. No time in the morning? No problem! Try doing it in the evening when everything has settled. You could even split the workout in half.
It may be a little rough in the beginning if it has been a while since you've engaged in any physical activity, but don't give up. Cut down some of the reps if it seems too much in the beginning and then work your way up. The idea is to get moving!
Of course with any physical activity, be sure you are able to participate and if you have any questions contact your physician.
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