Foods Which Keep You Looking Younger

We all want to look younger for a longer time, but the question is: what do we do in order to look younger? There are people who invest a lot of money on skin treatments, but they are not aware that beauty literally comes from the inside and that what you eat will reflect on your skin and appearance. It is not enough just the avoid those foods that make us look older, but at the same time, we need to include in our diet anti-aging foods. Olive oil. It contains polyphenols which keep the heart healthy. Tomatoes are rich in lycopene, a substance which fights free radicals and which may protect against cancer. Eggplants contain nasunin, a nutrient that also combats the development of cancerous cells and Alzheimer’s disease. Blackberries contain antioxidants like rutin, which decreases the risk of heart attack. Basil. Like many other herbs, it is rich in antioxidants, like eugenol, which causes cancer cells to destruct themselves. Brussels sprouts. In these vegetables sulphur compounds are found, which block the enzymes, supporting tumour growth, reduce the risk of rheumatoid arthritis and protect the cartilages. Red grapes (their skin actually) contain Resveratrol, a substance with anti-inflammatory properties which improves skin aspect. Beans, peas and lentils contain fibre, which improves bowel movement, and folate, which repairs damaged cells. Flaxseeds are a source of omega-3 fatty acids, which decrease inflammation. Cheese. Because it contains calcium, which fights osteoporosis, and probiotics, which help your digestive system. Apples (not peeled) contain fibre for the digestive system and pectin, a soluble fibre which prevents cholesterol from gathering in blood vessels. Ginger with its antioxidants is able to alleviate inflammation and aches. Onions (fresh) inhibit the growth of Helicobacter pylori, which is responsible for stomach disorders. Spinach – it contains magnesium, especially when canned or cooked. This substance is important for muscle and...

The Significance Of Salt In The Human Diet

It is commonplace nowadays to hear or read all kinds of dietary recommendations. One of them is to take care about the daily salt intake. The excess of salt is linked to heart disease and other conditions, but at the same time, the sodium ions from the salt are needed by the human organism in order to perform certain essential functions. Our body cannot produce salt, so we need to take it from our food in order to maintain life and to be healthy. In order to sustain life, it is considered that a healthy adult needs at least 500 mg of sodium every day, and the recommended ratio is 1500 mg, or almost 4 grams of salt. On the other hand, we can’t always trust health organization recommendations, because they have a history of giving bad advice to people, such as the low-fat diet guidelines, which proved to be wrong. Salt is necessary for the human body in order to ensure cellular metabolism. It is a vital component of blood and lymph. Another role of the salt is ensuring the functioning of the nervous system (it is needed by neurons in order to send signals). Plus that certain nutrients cannot be absorbed in the small intestines in the absence of salt. If a mammal has a sodium deficiency, it will experience symptoms such as coma, heart failure, brain swelling, blood loss and cardiovascular collapse. Remote tribes which have a low salt diet have a shorter life expectancy. Either way, our body knows how much salt we need. When we have too much salt in our bodies, we feel thirsty and drink, leading to salt being eliminated through urine. A too high intake of salt becomes a problem, especially when you are consuming salt without noticing. This happens in the case of people who eat a lot of processed...

Foods Which Keep Your Teeth Healthy

There are multiple factors which can help us keep our teeth healthy for a longer time. One of the best recommendations is to go regularly to the dentist for a check-up, even if we don’t feel any discomfort. Another important aspect is a strict oral hygiene. The food leftovers which remain on our teeth are digested by bacteria which produce acids that dissolve the enamel surface of the teeth, leading to holes called cavities or caries. It is considered that foods containing carbohydrates are the most likely to cause this. A diet which keeps teeth healthy should, therefore, be poorer in sugars and starches; on the other hand, having a balanced diet and a proper intake of vitamins and minerals will help keeping our teeth healthy, too. So let’s see what foods are recommended for a beautiful smile. Milk Because it contains calcium, it will keep your teeth and jawbone strong. This mineral will also help your gums to stay healthy and you will avoid the periodontal disease. It can neutralize the acids in your mouth and even strengthen the protective minerals in the enamel. Cheese This is another source of calcium and some studies have shown that this food neutralizes the plaque acid and increases saliva production. Saliva washes away bacteria in the mouth. Peanuts They also do the trick of neutralizing acids. Fish It contains fatty acids which have anti-inflammatory properties. If you include these fatty acids into your diet, you will be more resistant to inflammation and infection and be less likely to suffer from gum diseases. Water It keeps your gums hydrates and stimulates secretion of saliva. When you don’t have the possibility of brushing your teeth after a meal, rinsing your mouth with water is better than not doing it at all, since it will wash away some of the leftovers. Tea and cranberries...

The Most Commonly Used Artificial Sweeteners

Apart from listing the most common artificial sweeteners, we also need to mention their effect on human health. When they first began to be introduced in our diet, they were considered a “healthy” alternative to sugar, which we all know how harmful can be. So lots of “sugar free” foods were released on the market, and such diet foods, usually low-fat, became very popular. But it was not a long time until scientists have begun to attract the public opinion’s attention on the dangers of these artificial substances. Let’s see which are the most frequently used and why we should avoid them. Saccharin This used to be the diabetic’s first choice to sweeten food. It had been produced in 1878 and became widely-used during sugar shortage periods, like World War I. It is 300 times sweeter than sugar. It was not replaced by other sweeteners for its health risks (headaches, skin problems, diarrhea or breathing difficulties, allergic reactions), but rather because of its unpleasant aftertaste. Aspartame It has replaced saccharin in many products worldwide. It has caused many medical debates and controversies and it is the most tested artificial sweetener. Reviews say that a link between aspartame and cancer has not been clearly established, while the allegations of causing neurological symptoms have not been proven either. Consumers have reported more often headaches. Concerns state that aspartame could play a role in mood disorders and memory problems. Sucralose It is made of chemically altered sugar molecules. It is 300 to 1000 times sweeter than sugar. Unlike aspartame, it is stable under heat. It is considered not to affect insulin levels. It has attracted many negative health claims, but it has been declared safe, even it has been tested mainly on animals. Cyclamate This sweetener is approved in 55 countries and is 30-50 times sweeter than sugar. Studies have shown that...

Why You Should Avoid Artificial Sweeteners

Most of the people concerned about healthy eating and especially by dieting are aware of the bad effects that sugar has on their health, but not all of them know that they should avoid artificial sweeteners, too. When shopping for food in the supermarket, you will see lots of products branded as dietetic or containing 0% sugar. Those who want to lose weight are easily attracted by these products, but don’t be fooled; they are packed with artificial sweeteners which can, in some circumstances, be even more dangerous than sugar. There are many ways that these substances affect your health. The first reason to avoid these substances is simple: they are artificial and since they are unlike anything you will find in nature, your body will consider them toxins. Some of these substances had a totally different purpose when they were invented, such as insecticide (it is the case of the Sucralose)! They will cause unpleasant symptoms like headaches, mood changes, nervousness, dizziness, nausea, depressions, insomnia, memory loss etc. Instead of helping you lose weight, they will do the contrary. Artificial sweeteners increase your appetite and you will end up eating more. They cause the level of insulin to rise for no reason (the body thinks you are ingesting glucose) and affect the metabolism. The body will try to store some glucose that is not actually there and you end up stimulating your hunger for sugar even more. These sweeteners will also contribute to developing the malady called metabolic syndrome, which makes you more prone to cardiovascular diseases. Artificial sweeteners may be non-caloric, but don’t consider this as an advantage. The body does not recognize them as food and they don’t bring any nutritional benefit. Many of them are said to be carcinogenic. They don’t even provide you with energy, as sugar does. Some artificial sweeteners like Sucralose eliminate...

Reasons To Exclude Sugar From Your Diet

Sugar is a widely used ingredient in modern diet. It is very common in processed foods, so your intake of sugar might be larger than you are aware of. Recent studies have correlated sugar to obesity, diabetes, heart diseases, cancer, Alzheimer, autoimmune diseases. But in what ways does sugar exactly affect our health? The first reason why sugar in unnecessary for your body, apart from doing it harm, is that it doesn’t contain any essential nutrients. It provides the so-called empty calories to your organism, without bringing any benefit. Another serious health issue caused by sugar consumption is diabetes. The organism of a healthy person is able to counteract the rises of blood sugar levels with the help of insulin. This hormone commands cells to burn the glucose. It prevents the use of fat as an energy source and it causes your body to remove the excess glucose from the blood. When your diet contains too much sugar, insulin resistance appears. This causes many diseases, such as diabetes, metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular diseases etc. Sugar is a carcinogenic factor and the link between sugar and cancer is insulin related too. Insulin is responsible for controlling growth and multiplication of cells, which is a trigger for cancer disease. Too much sugar in your body also favors inflammation, another possible cause of cancer. Sugar is considered by many experts as one of the most dangerous drugs. It causes addiction by releasing dopamine in your brain. Your organism perceives the rise of dopamine as a reward, thus you unconsciously feel the urge for more sugar. Sugar is a direct cause of obesity. It disrupts the mechanism responsible for satiety sensation. You end up eating more and more and you easily but surely become overweight. Ultimately, it is necessary to deal with another health issue – the increased level of cholesterol which leads to...

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