Showing posts with label Lifestyle. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Lifestyle. Show all posts

Monday, 21 December 2015

What’s Your Drunk Personality? (There Are Four Types)

Earlier this year, researchers at the University of Missouri–Columbia published a study in the journal of Addiction Research & Theory in which they observed 374 tipsy undergrad students and discovered each of them took on one of four personalities after a few too many: the Mary Poppins, the Hemingway, the Nutty Professor and the Mr. Hyde. The authors hope to use their findings to develop intervention strategies in the future, but we beat them to it.

Sunday, 20 December 2015

10 Facts About Coconut oil

Michele Chevalley Hedge
10 Facts About Coconut oil
10 Facts About Coconut oil

This tropical trooper comes with a host of health benefits. Here's 10 reasons to pick up some coconut oil today.

From beating sugar cravings to aiding weight loss, there are more benefits of coconut oil than most of us may realise.

1. All fats are not created equal

Coconut oil contains short term medium-chain saturated fatty acids (MCFAs), which is a "healthy" form saturated fat compared to trans fat. Trans fatty acid consumption is linked with heart problems, depression and increased cholesterol levels. What does consuming MCFA fats in coconut oil mean for your body? Our body metabolises these fats in the liver, immediately coverting this into energy (fuel for the brain and muscle function) rather than it being stored as fat.

2. Controls weight

One 2009 study looked at the weight loss link between women's consumption of coconut oil and found that it reduces abdominal obesity. Researchers discovered coconut oil is easy to digest and also protects the body from insulin resistance. To try coconut oil for weight loss start by adding one teaspoon to your diet and gradually work your way up to four teaspoons per day.

3. Eases digestion

If you suffer from poor digestion or tummy bloating try adding coconut oil to your diet. Coconut oil has been found to benefit digestive disorders including irritable bowel syndrome and microbial related tummy bugs. Fatty acids in coconut oil contain anti microbial properties, which have a soothing affect on bacteria, candida, or parasites that cause poor digestion.

4. Manage type 2 diabetes

A recent study by the Garvan Institute of Medical Research found that coconut oil protects against insulin resistance, reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes. MCFA fats are small enough to be absorbed into the cells where they're quickly converted to energy. It is this process that not only reduces the amount of fat we pack into storage, but improves insulin sensitivity.

5. Supports immunity

Coconut oil is made up of healthy fats lauric acid, caprylic acid and capric acid which contain antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral prosperities to boost the immune system. Lauric acid contains the highest concentration of MCFA fatty acids, approximately 75 per cent. The body turn this fat into monolaurin which is claimed to help heal viruses such as herpes, influenza, cytomegalovirus, helicobacter pylori and candida.

6. Boost metabolism

A study reported in the Journal of Nutrition found that coconut oil boosts metabolism. Researchers found that participants who consumed two tablespoons of coconut oil per day burned more kilojoules than those who consumed less. A speedy metabolism helps boost the body's immune system and keep weight off.

7. Slows fine lines

Coconut is not just for your cooking – it's a wonderfully hydrating treat for skin too. It keeps the skin's connective tissues strong, which prevents sagging and wrinkles. Apply coconut oil directly to your skin to soften the appearance of fine lines or use it daily on your face and body for a healthy glow. Be sure you use virgin coconut oil with no additives.

8. Cooks in high temperatures

Because coconut oil is a medium-chain saturated fatty acid, it gives it a higher smoking temperature than most polyunsaturated or monounsaturated oils. If you're preparing recipes that require high temperatures you should consider coconut oil for this type of cooking. Unlike olive oil which will oxidise at high temperatures, creating free radicals.

9. Stops sugar cravings

Instead of reaching for the lollie jar for an afternoon sweet hit, try eating a teaspoon of virgin coconut oil to beat sugar cravings. This is because good quality fat is more satiating than carbs, so if you cut down on sugar you will feel less 'ravenous'. Most of us do not realize but constant hunger is a major clue that your body is not being fed correctly.  With the proper amounts of fats and protein, you can fuel your energy reserves properly, and come off the sugar roller coaster that many of us are on.

10. Coconut oil is simple to cook with

Try this recipe for a nutritious high protein, gluten and dairy free coconut treat. 1 teaspoon of Niugini Organics Coconut Oil (available from health food stores)1 cup of almonds or walnuts1 cup of organic dates3-4 tablespoons of raw cocoa powderShredded coconut (check it contains no preservatives)Place all ingredients in a food processor. Roll into small bite size balls and roll into shredded coconut. Place in the refrigerator for 15 minutes to set.

Michele Chevalley Hedge is an accredited nutritionist, author and presenter. Visit her website

Sunday, 8 November 2015

Stop tossing in bed! Chew some almonds instead (+7 other foods to help you fall asleep)

Stop tossing in bed! Chew some almonds instead (+7 other foods to help you fall asleep)
Stop tossing in bed! Chew some almonds instead (+7 other foods to help you fall asleep)

Drinking a glass of milk to get a good night’s isn't helping you? Well, because you are not doing it right. Here are 8 foods that will help you catch some peaceful sleep. And to know how milk can help you, don't miss point number eight.

Friday, 6 November 2015

What's The Right Time to Put Deo on

With our humid weather, deodorant is possibly the one thing most of us won’t (or shouldn’t) leave home without applying every morning. But what if we told you this was the wrong time to put it on?

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Why You’ll Love This Inspiring No-Makeup Photo Series

Don’t get us wrong — we love a crazy, bold beauty look as much as the next makeup maven. One of our editors even spent the weekend testing out those ultra dark lip colors that have been trending. At the same time, there is something to be said for the power of going makeup-free. To further explore the relationship between makeup and women, photographer Steve Osemwenkhae created this stunning photo series aptly titled “No Makeup Series.”
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In the series Steve has photographed over 100 women without cosmetics. Accompanying the portraits is a quote from the woman featured with her thoughts about makeup. Osemwenkhae recently told Hello Giggles, “This project started as an idea to celebrate beauty, and now it has become something bigger than myself and my art. It’s a vehicle to showcase natural beauty, but also to change the narrative on how we define beauty as a whole.” Scroll on down to check out a few of our favorite photos and what each woman had to say about makeup.

Monday, 18 May 2015

3 things successful people do in their lunch break

Do you use the lunch hour to eat food at your desk in front of your computer or do you use it do to more meaningful things?

Does meeting with boss at 4 pm means you need to gobble up the food glued to your workstation and concentrate upon presentation?

It will be OK if you said 'yes'. But it won't be OK if you said yes to eating lunch while sitting at the workstations only eyeing your computer screen continuously.

Well you are actually not just hurting yourself but your career too by having a sad desk lunch.

By making simple amends, you can actually start doing what successful people do.

Check out these three things that successful people do during their lunch breaks.

Friday, 15 May 2015

Every Breath You Take

Anxiety is an emotion that all of us deal with on an everyday basis. Worrying about our future, our children, their future, the traffic, the weather, the maid, our family and what they will say, the validity of our decisions… the list stretches on for km. We worry because we keep using the problem-solving feature of our brains to run through every worst case scenario possible and try to prepare for it. Anxiety is the result of the anticipation of all the possible failures. Please do note that it isn’t prevalent in just people with high-pressure jobs or students who put pressure on themselves to perform and succeed. Each and every one of us is subtly pressurising ourselves to make sure that we tick all the boxes in every sphere of our lives. The resulting build-up of anxiety leaves us drained of energy, joy and, in many cases, our sleep and the resulting />
Intervention should not be just for the symptoms; it should also address that part of you where the anxiety and worry is stemming from. But the first step is to allow you to calm down and experience some relief. Hopefully, when your mind is relaxed, you can self-examine and re-evaluate your life’s priorities. Deep breathing can definitely help, as can the power of your imagination. The following is a process that doesn’t strictly come under the domain of the yogic sciences, but I still use it in almost every class to release stress and access mental equilibrium.

You can choose to either sit on a thick blanket against the wall or on a comfortable chair that supports your back without letting you slouch. Visualisation

Take deep breaths by expanding your stomach as you inhale and drawing your belly inwards as you exhale.

As you inhale, visualise yourself breathing in a soft white light.

And as you exhale, use your imagination and see yourself releasing gray smoke through your nostrils.

Let the white light represent peace of mind and relaxation.

Let the gray smoke represent stress, physical pain and lethargy.

Continue to breathe in and out till you feel yourself more at ease than before.

This visualisation can be repeated as many times as you want during the day.

Thursday, 14 May 2015

13 Things To Know Before Marriage

13 Things To Know Before Marriage
13 Things To Know Before Marriage

1. Whether You Want to Marry Your Partner (or Just Have a Wedding)

Go ahead, roll your eyes. But then heed my wisdom. When you’re at that age where one proposal leads to the next and to the next, as your single friends start dropping like dominos, it’s easy to get caught up in the engagement hoopla. But before you get in line, make sure you’re not just reacting to the pressure. Marriage isn’t like moving to Brooklyn. You don’t cross the bridge just because you’re the only ones without a brownstone. Unlike most other

Easy Exercises To Help Control Snoring

If snoring is hampering your partner’s sound sleep, simple mouth and tongue exercises can do wonders.

Researchers have found that these exercises can reduce frequency of snoring by 36 percent and total power of snoring by 59 percent.

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Can't Sleep? Try This Easy Trick That Will Put You To Sleep In 60 Seconds (Seriously)

Can't Sleep? Try This Easy Trick That Will Put You To Sleep In 60 Seconds (Seriously)
Can't Sleep? Try This Easy Trick That Will Put You To Sleep In 60 Seconds (Seriously)

A mug of warm milk, sleeping pills, ocean-wave-crashing noise machines: you've tried it all. But according to Dr. Andrew Weill, you can fall asleep in merely one minute sans the hassle if you do what's called the 4-6-7 breathing technique. In his Youtube video, Weill explains that this exercise "takes almost no time, requires no equipment and can be done anywhere." Um, sign us up, please!