Just Keep Yourself Healthy!

A blog with all the latest on how to keep your body and mind feeling healthy!

Benefits Of Green Tea!

Health Benefits Of Green Tea!

Green tea has a number of great health benefits, and here they are:-

- Green Tea has a number of great antioxidants and anti-inflammatory activities. Flushing out the skin of all bad toxins and rejuvenating the old skin cells by fighting free radicals. A number of studies have shown that green tea neutralizes the harmful effects of UV on the skin. 

-  It has been suggested in certain studies that the chemical antioxidant ‘catechin’  can kill bad bacteria and virus that cause mouth disease and tooth decay! Keeping your mouth extra clean.

- We should all know this one, if not here’s why drinking green is popular to many dieters out there! Drinking green tea can speed up the metabolism, and we all know what happens when our metabolic rate increases, the pounds drop off. The polyphenol found in green tea works to intensify levels of fat oxidation and the rate at which your body turns food into calories.

- Scientists also believe that drinking green tea can keep our blood vessels relaxed, allowing them to better deal with changes in our blood pressure. This will also prevent the risk of blood clots, the primary risk of heart disease.

- If your diabetic, green tea is the right drink for you, regulating your glucose levels and preventing sudden blood sugar rises after eating. 

- Drinking those green tea leaves is thought to reduce the risk of high blood pressure, now that is something we all need!

- Theanine stands actively present in green tea, and is said to provide us with a relaxing and tranquilizing effect.  

- Scientists have proven it is a good cancer killer, green tea generates healthy cells around those cancer cells, preventing them from further growth.

There is just some of the reasons why we all benefit from drinking green tea. So get up the health shop and get yourself a box! My recommendation is Green Boar Green Tea, this one is really packed with antioxidants….http://www.greenboar.com/

GET YOURSELF FOR A RUN!

Its a fine day here in Malta! Not to hot and not cold so time to get myself out for a run!

Besides the number of health benefits running has on our body’s it has also been proven to keep us on top form physiologically. Running builds confidence and character, it provides us with stress relief and attitude boost. And lets not forget that ‘runners high’ it gives us, that is like no other!

Running out on that street gives us release of euphoria, and this is what gives us that runners high and general happiness when we are out running. Running has been used in the passed to treat mental illness and various addictions, it gives them something to focus on other than there illness or addictions!

Running will also improve your focus and determination in life. It trains your brain to do this by overcoming day to day running obstacles which will generally make overcoming things in life alot easier! 

When your running , with the wind in your hair and the music playing, you can create a sense of freedom! Knowing you can run as far and as fast as you wish. 

These are just a few physiological reasons why you should put on your trainers and see how far you can go!

Healthiness Of Nuts And Seeds!

I personally think that nuts and seeds are like a super food, they’re packed with protein, fats, energy and Nutrients! But don’t be scared of the fat, recent studies show that women that ate a small handful of nuts and seeds each day were skinnier than those who didn’t. With the exception of coconut and pine nuts, it is the most unsaturated fats out there, so just watch your portion.

Here i have listed a few of the healthiest for you: 

Almonds:  These are a great source of protein, magnesium, fibre, potassium and iron as well as vitamin B’s. They contain the highest level of calcium out of the nut family!

Hazelnuts: As well as being rich in Magnesium, potassium, iron, fibre, zinc and a whole load of vitamin E, they are lower in fat than most of our nuts! 

Pecan nuts: Pecans are a good source of protein and extremely high in unsaturated fats, with one ounce of pecan nuts containing around 200 calories.

Brazil nuts: They are another great source of protein, iron and zinc, also containing large amounts of calcium. I bet you didn’t know these are our main source of the essential mineral selenium! But eat them up fast as they are high in fat so are known to go rancid quickly! 

Pistachio nuts: Unfortunately these delicious nuts are almost impossible to buy unsalted, so most contain far to much sodium. However, they are still a valuable source of fibre, also containing iron, zinc, calcium and vitamin A. They also contain significant amounts of Vitamin E and potassium keeping those bad toxins out of our body!

Peanuts - I bet you didn’t know that peanuts are actually a pulse and are part of the legume family, along with Peas, beans and lentils. They are high in protein and comparatively low in fats. They are a good source of fibre, magnesium, iron and zinc, and one of our highest sources of vitamin D. Try to buy the unflavored versions when possible, and look out for peanut butter which doesn’t contain hydrogenerated fats! 

Walnuts - These beauty’s are one of my favorites, being low in saturated fats, high in polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats. They provide protein, iron, zinc, vitamin E and Folate.

Cashew nuts - Cashew’s are great to add into all sorts of recipes you cook! I especially enjoy them in my Chinese. They are a good source of potassium  protein and Folate. Also containing some Vitamin A and Iron. 

Pumpkin seeds - Now we all know these are one of the things we should all eat! Containing fibre, magnesium, potassium and also being an excellent source in protein, iron, phosphorus and zinc. Chuck em in with savory and sweet dishes and boost your natural health!

Sesame Seeds - Containing protein and magnesium they are an exceptional source calcium, and vitamin B. Mainly containing niacin and Folate. Look out for the sesame pastes which  you will find at most health shops and just add it to some bread for your lunch. 

Sunflower seeds - I enjoy to chuck these ones in with my muesli just after I wake!  They are particularly high in potassium and phosphorus, also containing protein, B vitamins, iron, calcium, zinc and selenium. Also being one of our best sources of Vitamin E. You can also add this one to recipes such as breads and cakes!

- Eat nuts int he afternoons as your daily snack, they will fill you up and stop that peckish cake feeling!

- Grind your nuts up and add them to delicious smoothies and fruit juices.

- Add them in with your cereals in the morning to get a great nutrient boost to the day.

- You can put them into almost all recipes to add to the health, and of course emphasis the taste!

8 Healthy Fruits You Should Be Consuming Every Day!

Blueberries, Oranges, Bananas, apples, Kiwi’s, Grapes, Strawberries and Papayas! These are some of the main fruits we should be eating, they are super good for your health! image

Blueberries - Firstly, these are rich in vitamin K and Vitamin C which helps absorption of Iron, and improves your immune system. These little round balls contain anthocyanin which is an anti-inflammatory which can prevent your artery’s getting constricted due to stress! It is also known from some of the studies that blueberries can slow down the aging of our nerve cells.  Overall they are packed with antioxidants to which will throw out all those bad toxins and get your body super clean! 

Oranges - These are packed with vitamin C mainly which is the most beneficial nutrient! It can build up your immune system and can prevent more serious problems such as: Cardiovascular disease, Cancer, stroke and eye problems! It can also help keep out skin super juicy and keep up continuous cell reproduction in order for our skin to heal better!

Apples - Make sure you eat up that skin so you can get all the fiber you need, it contains both soluble and insoluble fibers, giving you 15% of your daily needs!

Bananas - High in potassium and low in sodium they can help to lower your risk of high blood pressure and stroke! Cavendish yellow bananas are the most popular banana around, and are favorites to many athletes, providing them with a quick energy boost! 

Kiwis - Kiwis contain almost twice as much vitamin C as oranges! Plus they lower the risk of cataracts and can even look after your DNA!

Red and Purple Grapes - These are a source of resveratrol, an extremely powerful antioxidant that can protect you against heart disease. And this doesn’t mean you have to down those glasses of red wine,  you get almost five times the amount of resveratrol in a cup of grapes than you do in five glasses of red wine!

Strawberries - Just for starters, there another great form of antioxidants and Vitamin C! But these little red juicy fruits, full of flavor can hold the shield up against type to diabetes type two, and prevent heart disease and inflammation.

Papayas - Funnily enough they contain papain, which is clearly stated in the title of the fruit! Papain can help the digestive system and are a good source of Folate. Folate is an important acid and is a member of the vitamin B family. Folate can enhance the bodies metabolism and promote and restore cellular growth.

If you can’t handle all that fruit in one day there is no excuse not to eat it! Get out the blender and make some amazing smoothies That way your just pouring your self another sweet tasting drink, but this time full of everything you need to keep your body active and healthy!