Monday, September 29, 2014

How to Save at the Grocery


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Every grocery store are different so it will be a bit trickier to determine who got the cheapest products, but all these grocery store have the same or similar tricks to get you spending more money than you should have.

Avoid products that are for single use or products that are packaged for convenience. Products that are in Economy-sized isn't always cheap, the only way to be certain is divide the total amount by its unit to know the unit price.

If you like bagged salads, you'll be better off buying them separately. You'll have more lettuce and more dressing than purchasing a single packaged salad. Cut fruits is also more expensive than if you purchase the whole fruit in terms of unit price.

Products that have new features, tend to be more expensive than the regular stuff. Like for example, a toothbrush with new bristle. Why not buy an ordinary toothbrush that can also do the job, or a juice drink with new easy to drink bottle or no slip bottle.

Food stuff that is fortified and that say it's healthier, well if you are buying potato chips and they are offering less salt or less fat potato chips for a higher price look at the Nutritional label see if the amount of salt or fat are really high on the regular chips or if it's manageable. If you really want to eat healthy then avoid eating potato chips.

Another way to save huge on your grocery bills is always use coupons and buy store sales. 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Konjac Sponge

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What is Konjac and why is it special? Konjac Potato or also known as konjaku, konnyaku potato, devil's tongue, voodoo lily, elephant yam, snake palm, or konjak is a perennial plant that is native in Asia. It can be found in Japan, China, and Indonesia. Konnyaku or yam cake is made from the root of Konjac, it is cooked and consumed primarily in Japan.

Konjac has almost no calories it is 97% water, but is very high in fiber. Thus, it is often used as a diet food. It is also pH neutral that leaves skin perfectly balanced.

The tree was first discovered in the Indochinese region, and Konnyaku has been used in Korea, Japan and China for over 1,500 as food, dieting aid, medicine, and as beauty product. It is known for its health giving properties. The original purpose of the Konjac Sponge is for use on delicate baby skin. The Konjac Sponge exfoliate the skin, and it absorb dirt and pollutants. It is also packed with minerals and antioxidants and 100% non toxic since it is 100% natural.

There are a lot of types of Konjac Sponge, I tried the Bamboo Charcoal for oily and acne prone skin since my can be quite oily the sponge is very light and stiff once you soak it in warm water it turn silky soft and mushy. You can use cleansing products in small amount but it is not necessary. I used a little cleansing product and yes my face feels much more cleaner, free from oil and dirt. I've been using konjac sponge for two weeks and it really makes a difference, the sponge should last 2 to 3 months, totally worth the $10 price tag on Amazon.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

How To Maximize Running to Lose Weight

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If you want to drop pounds fast you need to watch your diet and maximize your running exercise. Running can burn a lot of calories as long you do it right. Here are some tips on how to get it done:

1. Run longer than you used to - in order to burn more calories, add miles to your regular running routine. Always challenge yourself, once you get used to that miles you cover increase it gradually.

2. Run on intervals - begin running fast for about 5 minutes, then jog for 2 minutes then run again. Try 5 repetition. This will help boost your body metabolism that will help you lose weight. It will also improve your endurance.

3. Increase intensity - run longer and try running uphill this will help you burn more calories and you will certainly lose weight.

4. Eat healthy food - there are no secret in losing weight, the lesser and the healthier you eat the more pounds you lose. Avoid fast-food and junk foods, eat more vegetables and fruits. Don't consider potatoes as vegetable.

5. Monitor your progress - check your weight once a week and see all the progress of your hardwork. This will certainly encourage you and it will give you more confidence in yourself.  

Monday, August 18, 2014

Instant Noodles is Not Good for You

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If you are like me in college, then you must also have survived college eating instant noodles which is heavy on the stomach and very light on the wallet. The main reason why college kids eat instant noodles is because it's easy to make just put hot water and wait for a few minutes and it is very cheap. However, a new study suggests that instant noodles are linked to diabetes and heart illness. The research was published in the Journal of Nutrition. It stated that instant noodles can raise the risk of Cardiometabolic syndrome. It increases the risk of developing cardiovascular disease, particularly heart failure, and diabetes specially in women.

The research is very important since a lot of people eat instant noodles, and with a research like this will give them knowledge on the risks on consuming too much. The study was done by Baylor Heart and Vascular Hospital (BHVH) researchers.

Hyun Joon Shin, MD, a clinical cardiology fellow at Baylor University Medical Center and a nutrition epidemiology doctoral student at Harvard School of Public Health led the research.

Their research studied a total of 10,711 adults between the age of 19-64 years and with 54.5% of them are women. The found out that consuming instant noodles 2 or more times a week was associated with cardiometabolic syndrome. It also said that the result were more frequent in women, which is probably because of biological differences like sex hormones and metabolism.

They focused their research on South Koreans who have the highest consumption of Instant Noodles. So why not buy frozen veggies instead? It's healthier and also easy to prepare.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Breastfeeding Photo of Celebrities

Gisele Bundchen Breastfeeding
Gisele Bundchen Breastfeeding

Gwen Stefani Breastfeeding
Gwen Stefani Breastfeeding

Jaime King Breastfeeding
Jaime King Breastfeeding

Miranda Kerr Breastfeeding
Miranda Kerr Breastfeeding

Olivia Wilde Breastfeeding
Olivia Wilde Breastfeeding

Check out pictures of celebrities breastfeeding their babies to help glamorize and promote breastfeeding. Breastfeeding is a natural and healthy option of feeding your babies. Breast milk is the best for your baby, it offers a lot of benefits. It contains all the vitamins and nutrients your baby needs in the first 6 months of your baby's life. It also contains substances that fight disease and protect your little bundle of joy from illness.

American Academy of Pediatrics highly recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months. Colostrum, contains antibodies that help protect the mucous membranes in the throat, lungs, and intestines of the baby.

Breastfed babies have a lower incident of diseases as they grow older such as childhood diabetes, childhood obesity, multiple sclerosis, heart disease, and cancer before the age of 15. Babies who are breastfed have a lower risk of tooth decay.

Breastfeeding is also beneficial for the mothers, they connect emotionally to their babies and also it lowers the risk of breast cancer, ovarian cancer and anemia. It also helps lose weight faster for all the pound you've gained during pregnancy.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Ebola virus outbreak what we should know?

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The current outbreak of Ebola virus that is happening in Western Africa is the deadliest Ebola outbreak in history that has killed 729 people and infected about 1,323. The four West African countries affected are Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone. The deadliest outbreak before has just 224 deaths from 425 cases.  The current outbreak that began last March is from the deadliest form of the Ebola virus which is the Zaire Ebola virus that has 79% fatality rate.

The initial symptoms of Ebola is very similar to diseases like malaria and cholera, as well as the common flu, that means it can be difficult to detect.

Here is a list of the common symptoms of Ebola:

-Diarrhea
-Vomiting
-Stomach pain
-Sore throat
-Headache
-Weakness
-Cramps
-Aching in the muscles and joints

As the disease progresses, additional symptoms may include:

-Internal and external bleeding from the nose, mouth, ears and eyes
-Reduced liver and kidney function
-Rash
-Trouble breathing
-Bruising

If you believe you have been infected with Ebola you must be isolated from the public immediately.


WHO Ebola virus disease, West Africa – update



Thursday, July 24, 2014

New Study Suggest that Paracetamol is just like Placebo for Low back pain

Paracetamol

Paracetamol is our go to medicine for our low back pain, however according to a study taking paracetamol do not reduce pain nor it expedite recovery.

The Lancet medical journal research found that taking paracetamol to ease and cure low back pain is just like taking dummy pills (placebo). Christopher Williams a researcher at the University of Sydney in Australia said, "We need to reconsider the universal recommendation to provide paracetamol as a first-line treatment."

In their research, 1,652 patients with acute low back pain participated some of them were given paracetamol and others receive placebos. They receive doses 3x a day or as needed. The study showed that there is no major difference with the recovery period between the two groups, those who receive paracetamol and those who got placebos.

However, Professor Christine Lin who is also involve in the study said that "While we have shown that paracetamol does not speed recovery from acute back pain, there is evidence that paracetamol works to relieve pain for a range of other conditions, such as headaches, some acute musculoskeletal conditions, tooth ache and for pain straight after surgery."

"What this study indicates is that the mechanisms of back pain are likely to be different from other pain conditions, and this is an area that we need to study more," she added.

Paracetamol is also widely known as "acetaminophen" in countries like United States, Canada, and Japan. Known brand in the US is Tylenol, while in Australia it is Panadol.  

So if you are having lower back pains, popping pills won't cure it nor it will help you reduce pain. I would suggest stretching and exercise. Try this "3 Easy Stretches to Prevent Back Pain," it worked for me.

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