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Tips for planning a healthy diet

If you like this post - share it with others ! There is so much advice these days about how to eat healthy, but here are our top tips for planning a healthy diet for you and your family: A healthy breakfast can jumpstart your metabolism, and eating small, healthy meals throughout the day (rather than the standard three large meals) keeps your energy up and your metabolism going. Every change you make to improve your diet matters. You don’t have to be perfect and you don’t have to completely eliminate foods you enjoy to have a healthy diet.  The long term goal is to feel good, have more energy and reduce the risk of cancer and disease. Don’t let your missteps derail you—every healthy food choice you make counts. Start slow and make changes to your eating habits over time. Trying to make your diet healthy overnight isn’t realistic or smart.  Changing everything at once usually leads to cheating or giving up on your new eating plan. Make small steps, like adding a salad (full of different colour vegetables) to your diet once a day or switching from butter to olive oil when cooking.  As your small changes become habit, you can continue to add more healthy choices to your diet. Avoid fruit juices, which can contain up to 10 teaspoons of sugar per cup. These can be diluted with water.Canned fruit is often in sugary syrup, and dried fruit, while an excellent source of fibre, can be high in calories. Avoid fried veggies and those with dressings or sauces, as these generally contain too much unhealthy fat and calories. Listen to your body. Ask yourself if you are really hungry, or have a glass of water to see if you are thirsty instead of hungry. During a meal, stop eating before you feel full. It actually takes a few minutes for your brain to tell your body that it has had enough food, so eat slowly. 50-60% of the population is gluten sensitive or intolerant. I suggest trying an elimination diet where you eliminate all forms of gluten, seeds, and nuts from the diet. This allows one to easily begin to identify any  offending food because after the...

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6 Easy Steps for Weight Loss

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There are so many diets aroung these days, let us talk you through 6 easy steps for weight loss: 1. – Before you can start any diet program you need to be in the right frame of mind. If you do not feel good about yourself you probably will not want to choose healthy foods. You cannot expect the act of going on a diet to make you feel better about yourself. The only way you can choose to eat a healthy diet to lose weight is if you have a positive self-image.   2. – Eat whole foods that are as natural as possible. When you eat whole foods that are full of nutrients your body will know how much to eat and how much not to eat. You do not have to count calories because your body is a wonderful machine. If given the right nutrients you will be at the best weight for you, have plenty of energy and feel great. Eating highly processed empty calorie foods will cause your body to always be hungry because it’s trying to get the nutrients it needs.   3. – Drinking water is the best weight loss supplement known to… [read more]

If you like this post - share it with others ! There are so many diets aroung these days, let us talk you through 6 easy steps for weight loss: 1. – Before you can start any diet program you need to be in the right frame of mind. If you do not feel good about yourself you probably will not want to choose healthy foods. You cannot expect the act of going on a diet to make you feel better about yourself. The only way you can choose to eat a healthy diet to lose weight is if you have a positive self-image.   2. – Eat whole foods that are as natural as possible. When you eat whole foods that are full of nutrients your body will know how much to eat and how much not to eat. You do not have to count calories because your body is a wonderful machine. If given the right nutrients you will be at the best weight for you, have plenty of energy and feel great. Eating highly processed empty calorie foods will cause your body to always be hungry because it’s trying to get the nutrients it needs.   3. – Drinking water is the best weight loss supplement known to man. Most people do not know the difference from being hungry for food or thirsty for water. A great deal of times people eat when they should drink. You will generally not feel as hungry if you are getting enough water. You will be satisfying the thirst, which is confused for hunger. Water also helps you digest food better. Drinking water before you eat will help fill you up.   4.   Always chew your food well. Chewing your food well will ensure that you get the most nutrients out of your food. Getting the most nutrients will satisfy your body therefore you will eat less. Another benefit of chewing well is that it helps aide indigestion.   5. – Eat small, frequent meals in a day. Large meals tax your digestion system, making it work harder. Taking too much time in between meals makes you hungrier for the next meal.   6. – Increase your physical activity. Most...

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Kids Wing Chun Academy

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Kids Wing Chun Academy is a school that is based on teaching children of all ages discipline, good behaviour, respect as well as instilling self confidence and the skills of self defence. We recently had the oportunity to interview Sifu Jude Hudson.       1) How did you first get involved in Wing Chun (Martial Arts)? Brief History My brother told me about two men sparring, one was blind folded the other was not. when he asked why one of the men was blind folded he was told that it balanced the session as the other man was blind. We found a traditional Wing Chun school and started our journey; that was over 20 years ago.   2) What inspired you to create KWCA? The son of a close friend of mine had been badly beaten up at a party and this had affected me. I knew that I could help people like that to make sure that something like that would never happen again to them. At that time however, I was running a company and could not. A number of years later, I left that company and decided that I would invest everything my wife and I… [read more]

If you like this post - share it with others ! Kids Wing Chun Academy is a school that is based on teaching children of all ages discipline, good behaviour, respect as well as instilling self confidence and the skills of self defence. We recently had the oportunity to interview Sifu Jude Hudson.       1) How did you first get involved in Wing Chun (Martial Arts)? Brief History My brother told me about two men sparring, one was blind folded the other was not. when he asked why one of the men was blind folded he was told that it balanced the session as the other man was blind. We found a traditional Wing Chun school and started our journey; that was over 20 years ago.   2) What inspired you to create KWCA? The son of a close friend of mine had been badly beaten up at a party and this had affected me. I knew that I could help people like that to make sure that something like that would never happen again to them. At that time however, I was running a company and could not. A number of years later, I left that company and decided that I would invest everything my wife and I had into starting a school that would help children gain confidence, belief, and self defence skills using Wing Chun. I wanted to work with children as I could get to them early  to make life changes in their lives. Helping children to deal with confrontation and bullies, and  coupling this with a value system that promotes the right behaviour.   3) What are the benefits for children to get involved in Wing Chun?  Wing Chun is specifically designed to help build confidence and self belief through it’s unbelievable hand skills when taught a system correctly. Wing Chun is the antidote to protect themselves in all situations.   4) What’s different about Kids Wing Chun Academy?  Kids Wing Chun Academy focuses on teaching traditional Wing Chun at a younger age. We focus on imparting skills that will transition children from age 4 to 14 to 40. We have had a number of children that have left other schools to train...

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Green Apple & Ginger Healthy Smoothie Recipe

Green Apple & Ginger Healthy Smoothie Recipe

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For this nutricious healthy smoothie recipe you will need the following ingredients: 1 Apple, Cored 1 Handful of Spinach 1 Celery stalk 1 tbsp. Flax Seeds 1 inch piece of Ginger 1 Cup Water or Coconut Water Blend all ingredients together to enjoy your healthy smoothie. Health advangtages of this smoothie… 1. Apple skin contains a compound called quercetin, which can help reduce seasonal allergy symptoms. 2. Spinach is a good source or iron, and it is enhanced when taken with vitamin C. 3. Celery is full of natural sodium, which can help balance the fluids in the body. 4. Flax seed or linseeds are an excellent source of omega 3 essential fatty acids. These seeds have multiple benefits such as improving circulation, reducing inflammation and boost the immune system. 5. Ginger can help ease sea sickness, and also gives the immune system a boost.

If you like this post - share it with others ! For this nutricious healthy smoothie recipe you will need the following ingredients: 1 Apple, Cored 1 Handful of Spinach 1 Celery stalk 1 tbsp. Flax Seeds 1 inch piece of Ginger 1 Cup Water or Coconut Water Blend all ingredients together to enjoy your healthy smoothie. Health advangtages of this smoothie… 1. Apple skin contains a compound called quercetin, which can help reduce seasonal allergy symptoms. 2. Spinach is a good source or iron, and it is enhanced when taken with vitamin C. 3. Celery is full of natural sodium, which can help balance the fluids in the body. 4. Flax seed or linseeds are an excellent source of omega 3 essential fatty acids. These seeds have multiple benefits such as improving circulation, reducing inflammation and boost the immune system. 5. Ginger can help ease sea sickness, and also gives the immune system a...

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Creamy Tropical Fruit Cleansing Smoothie Recipe

Creamy Tropical Fruit Cleansing Smoothie Recipe

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This superfood smoothie recipe contains many natural anti-inflammatory properties and is an ideal drink after a wotkout or as part of a detox programme. Avocado are a good source of essential fatty acids, which help to keep the skin healthy. Ginger can help to boost your immune system and give you a good kick start to the day. Coconut water is an excellent source of potassium and is excellent at hydrating the body. Greens are rich in magnesium, which has many health benefits including reducing muscle cramps and regulating blood pressure.   1 Cup Frozen or Fresh Pineapple ¼ Avocado (should be soft but not mushy, green not brown.) 1 inch piece of Ginger 2 handfuls of Greens 1 Cup Water or Coconut Water   Smoothie Health Tips:  1. Pineapple contains a compound called Bromelain, which will help your body to break down and digest protein molecules. 2. Avocados contain all 9 essential amino acids, making it a complete protein! 3. Ginger can help to relax and soothe the intestinal tract 4. Greens will alkalize your body, which is important for the prevention of ill health.

If you like this post - share it with others ! This superfood smoothie recipe contains many natural anti-inflammatory properties and is an ideal drink after a wotkout or as part of a detox programme. Avocado are a good source of essential fatty acids, which help to keep the skin healthy. Ginger can help to boost your immune system and give you a good kick start to the day. Coconut water is an excellent source of potassium and is excellent at hydrating the body. Greens are rich in magnesium, which has many health benefits including reducing muscle cramps and regulating blood pressure.   1 Cup Frozen or Fresh Pineapple ¼ Avocado (should be soft but not mushy, green not brown.) 1 inch piece of Ginger 2 handfuls of Greens 1 Cup Water or Coconut Water   Smoothie Health Tips:  1. Pineapple contains a compound called Bromelain, which will help your body to break down and digest protein molecules. 2. Avocados contain all 9 essential amino acids, making it a complete protein! 3. Ginger can help to relax and soothe the intestinal tract 4. Greens will alkalize your body, which is important for the prevention of ill...

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Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) Introduction

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Click on the video to play:   Emotional Freedome Technique (EFT) introduction by video.

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Protector

Protecor is a delicious tasting liquid supplement that can help maintain a healthy heart and circulation. The main ingredient in Protecor is hawthorn berries, which are traditionally known to help support the cardio-vascular system. In addition, pomegranate, red grapes and vitamin E provide the body with anti-oxidants, which help the body to fight free radicals. Magnesium helps the body with many important metabolic processes and it helps relax the muscles including the heart.

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Momordica fruit and cinnamon complex

Momordica fruit and cinnamon complex with chromium, zinc, selenium and vitamin B1.

Momordica fruit comes from the plant Momordica charantia (bitter melon) which has been used in Asia for many years. Cinnamon bark is a spice commonly used on biscuits and cakes. The special phyto complex of momordica powder and cinnamon powder supplies the body with a wide spectrum of ingredients such as polypeptides and glycosides (momordn, charantin). The trace elements chromium, zinc and selenium are vital to antioxidant systems to help fight free radicals in the body. Vitamin B1 plays a role in carbohydrate metabolism.

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Floradix

A womans first choice for health, energy and vitality.

Floradix contains an easily assimilated form of organic iron, extracts of carefully selected herbs, delicious fruit juices, and vitamins C and B complex. It helps to utilise food energy sources and has an important role in the maintenance of normal health and vitality.

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Floravital

Floravital contains the same ingredients as the classic Floradix formulation for health and vitality. However, the Floravital formulation is yeast and gluten free with no added sugar.

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Kindervital

Your first choice for your child’s health.

Kindervital for children is a high quality liquid multivitamin and mineral preparation. It contains essential vitamins A, B complex, C, D and E together with Calcium for strong bones and teeth.

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Kindervital for Children Fruity Formula

Your first choice for your child’s health.

Kindervital Fruity Formula is a delicious tasting food supplement which provides calcium and nine essential vitamins. It is an ideal multivitamin with calcium product to help maintain health and vitality in children whose diet may be deficient in some of the goodness that they need. As all nutrients are already dissolved in a liquid formula, the vitamins and calcium can easily be absorbed by the body.

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Warming Blueberry & Ginger Healthy Smoothie

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         1 Cup of Frozen Blueberries

 1      1 Frozen Banana

     1  1 Handful of Kale (or spinach or other greens)

         1  inch piece of Ginger

 1      1  Cup Almond Milk, Coconut Milk, Coconut Water or Spring Water

 

 

If you like this post - share it with others ! A healthy smoothie can be a great way to boost your immune system For a warming blueberry & ginger smoothie blend together the following ingredients: Blueberries Bananas Kale/greens Ginger Coconut water Health Tips: 1. Blueberries can help to support memory retention and heart health. Brain food! They can also help to reduce blood pressure. Coloured fruits are high in antioxidants. These fruits are also a good source of vitamin C. This vitamin has been found to improve heart function and reduce atherosclerosis. 2. Bananas contain a particular type of fiber that can help restore normal bowel function. Banana’s are also a good source of magnesium, which is essential for bone health as well as the cardiovascular system. 3. Kale is rich in iron, and important mineral for red blood cells. This leafy vegetable is a good source of vitamin K and antioxidants. 4. Ginger has been used as a cure for nausea for centuries. It’s also a warming root! Ginger is marketed as a remedy for travel sickness, morning sickness and digestive complaints. It is also effective at treating stomach cramps associated with PMS. Traditional medicine viewed ginger as a warming food. It was regularly prescribed for health conditions that were caused by coldness in the body, such as...

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Astaxanthin Supplements

Astaxanthin Supplements

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Choosing a good one from the range of astaxanthin supplements on the market should be fairly straightforward as there are few synthetic versions of the antioxidant on the market for human use. However, animal feeds, particularly salmon farm feeds, often contain the synthetic version of the nutrient so it is not necessarily beneficial to eat such animal products as a strategy for boosting astaxanthin consumption. A good quality astaxanthin supplement would be derived from marine microalgae, rather than grown synthetically on fungus, and would have been manufactured using a hexanefree process providing a minimum of 4mg per tablet. Astaxanthin supplements should betaken with a little fat for better absorption, as is with betacarotene supplements, and should not be taken alongside medications or supplements that block fat absorption. Astaxanthin is a strong anti-inflammatory which blocks COX2 enzymes but which does not have the side-effects associated with prescriptions pain medications, such as indigestion and heartburn.  It can help with painful arthritis, menstrual cramps, and even as a supplement to help when headaches strike.   Astaxanthin is also able to help retinal cells fight off free radical damage and, therefore, combat macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and simple eye strain and vision decline.  … [read more]

If you like this post - share it with others ! Choosing a good one from the range of astaxanthin supplements on the market should be fairly straightforward as there are few synthetic versions of the antioxidant on the market for human use. However, animal feeds, particularly salmon farm feeds, often contain the synthetic version of the nutrient so it is not necessarily beneficial to eat such animal products as a strategy for boosting astaxanthin consumption. A good quality astaxanthin supplement would be derived from marine microalgae, rather than grown synthetically on fungus, and would have been manufactured using a hexanefree process providing a minimum of 4mg per tablet. Astaxanthin supplements should betaken with a little fat for better absorption, as is with betacarotene supplements, and should not be taken alongside medications or supplements that block fat absorption. Astaxanthin is a strong anti-inflammatory which blocks COX2 enzymes but which does not have the side-effects associated with prescriptions pain medications, such as indigestion and heartburn.  It can help with painful arthritis, menstrual cramps, and even as a supplement to help when headaches strike.   Astaxanthin is also able to help retinal cells fight off free radical damage and, therefore, combat macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and simple eye strain and vision decline.   Supplements for the skin should almost certainly contain astaxanthin as this antioxidant acts like a sunscreen from the inside out, protecting cells from ultravioletA radiation. Anyone prone to sunburn or who has freckles, skin spots from ageing or who spends a lot of time in the sun may wish to include this supplement in their daily regime.   In the future it may be that functional foods can provide all the astaxanthin we need as research has found that tomatoes produce vast amounts of astaxanthin, doing away with the need for supplements to get the health benefits of this powerful antioxidant.  ...

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What is Astaxanthin?

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Astaxanthin is an antioxidant that is thought to be more than 6000 times more powerful than vitamin C, but what is it and where can you get it from?

If you like this post - share it with others ! Astaxanthin is an antioxidant that is thought to be more than 6000 times more powerful than vitamin C, but what is it and where can you get it from? As a carotenoid, astaxanthin is a fat-soluble pigment found in marine algae and in animals such as salmon and flamingos where it is responsible for the pink colour of their feathers and scales. Just like fish and fowl we can also benefit from astaxanthin from natural sources and the market for microalgae and synthetic astaxanthin supplements has really bloomed in recent years. This nutrient plays a role in defending your cells against free radical damage. This kind of cellular attack is a key contributor to the ageing process and can instigate changes leading to wrinkles, dementia an heart disease. Astaxanthin is a great candidate for slowing down these processes as it’s fat-soluble nature means it can get to places that other, water-soluble antioxidants cannot reach. Antioxidants like astaxanthin are also able to counteract the free-radicals produced when we exercise, making it possibly helpful for athletes wanting to recover faster, increase endurance, and improve strength and stamina. These benefits have however been both supported and disputed in studies but there are plenty of other reasons to take the supplement while further studies are carried out. Astaxanthin is amongst excellent company with betacarotene and lutein as other examples of some of the more than 700 naturally occurring carotenoids that give fruits and vegetables their amazing array of colours. Purple aubergines, orange peppers, green kale and even the blue colour of blueberries are all caused by the combinations of these protective pigments with chlorophyll and other phytochemicals. However, unlike betacarotene, astaxanthin is only found in a limited range of foodstuffs, namely the microalgae Haematococcus pluvialis and in the animals that eat this algae, such as krill and salmon. In order to ingest enough astaxanthin to be of benefit a person would have to eat huge amounts of high quality salmon or flamingo meat, which would prove both costly and potentially harmful in regards to heavy metal toxicity and the negative effects of such consumption of animal products. Instead, obtaining a dose of...

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Lemon & Ginger Green Healthy Smoothie Recipe

Lemon & Ginger Green Healthy Smoothie Recipe

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Smoothies are a delicious way of taking in a variety of vitamins. Here is a lemon & ginger green healthy smoothie recipe. Lemon juice can also help to alkalinize your digestive system. This can help to prevent illnesses such as arthritis, eczema and gout. The following ingredients make a delicious and nutritious smoothie: 1 Rib of Celery 1 Frozen Banana 1 Cup of Cucumber ½ Lemon, Peeled 1 inch piece of ginger 1 Cup of Water or Coconut Water   1. Celery will help to alkalize the body – keep in mind that an acidic body is not a balanced body. 2. Bananas can be used in many cold drink recipes to add creaminess without dairy. 3. Cucumbers can be juiced, and that juice can help to relieve acid reflux. 4. Lemon juice can help to clean out the liver. 5. Ginger is a carminative, meaning it will help to cleanse and sooth the digestive system.  

If you like this post - share it with others ! Smoothies are a delicious way of taking in a variety of vitamins. Here is a lemon & ginger green healthy smoothie recipe. Lemon juice can also help to alkalinize your digestive system. This can help to prevent illnesses such as arthritis, eczema and gout. The following ingredients make a delicious and nutritious smoothie: 1 Rib of Celery 1 Frozen Banana 1 Cup of Cucumber ½ Lemon, Peeled 1 inch piece of ginger 1 Cup of Water or Coconut Water   1. Celery will help to alkalize the body – keep in mind that an acidic body is not a balanced body. 2. Bananas can be used in many cold drink recipes to add creaminess without dairy. 3. Cucumbers can be juiced, and that juice can help to relieve acid reflux. 4. Lemon juice can help to clean out the liver. 5. Ginger is a carminative, meaning it will help to cleanse and sooth the digestive system....

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Home Remedies for Heel Pain

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Natural home remedies that can help to ease heel pain include: a)      Rest your heel. Avoid overexertion and walking in long distances, or standing for longer periods of time. When you rest your heel, you avoid putting stress and further inflammation to the affected heel, thus aiding the healing process. b)     Place ice packs on the inflamed heel. This can reduce the inflammation. Alternating warm and cold compresses works fine. c)     Elevate your legs at times in a day to aid proper circulation and prevent further swelling of the inflamed heel. Avoid positions that can disrupt good circulation like crossing your legs. d)     Use good fitting footwear. The footwear must have a good arch with a slightly raised heel. This limits the stress on your heel, and gives support and cushion to your feet. The best example should be running shoes. e)   Exercise.  It helps to do a little stretching of your calf muscles and plantar fascia. Stretching them out can aid in easing the discomfort and recovery. With exercise, there is the stimulation of the release of calcium which is good for bone and muscle development/healing that’s why exercise can help fasten recovery. When doing the stretching exercises,… [read more]

If you like this post - share it with others ! Natural home remedies that can help to ease heel pain include: a)      Rest your heel. Avoid overexertion and walking in long distances, or standing for longer periods of time. When you rest your heel, you avoid putting stress and further inflammation to the affected heel, thus aiding the healing process. b)     Place ice packs on the inflamed heel. This can reduce the inflammation. Alternating warm and cold compresses works fine. c)     Elevate your legs at times in a day to aid proper circulation and prevent further swelling of the inflamed heel. Avoid positions that can disrupt good circulation like crossing your legs. d)     Use good fitting footwear. The footwear must have a good arch with a slightly raised heel. This limits the stress on your heel, and gives support and cushion to your feet. The best example should be running shoes. e)   Exercise.  It helps to do a little stretching of your calf muscles and plantar fascia. Stretching them out can aid in easing the discomfort and recovery. With exercise, there is the stimulation of the release of calcium which is good for bone and muscle development/healing that’s why exercise can help fasten recovery. When doing the stretching exercises, you have to be very cautious to avoid exacerbation of the heel pain. Also, if your heel is VERY MUCH INFLAMED, DO NOT ATTEMPT to exercise. It is best to rest the affected foot to reduce the inflammation. Remember that. You need to be patient as it would take time to completely heal. It’s best to start with limiting your activities and following the above natural home remedies for heel pain....

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