5 Things You Do on a Daily That Slows Down Your Metabolism

 

You’ve heard it all before—what you need to do to speed up your metabolism is to eat more fibre-rich foods, drink more water, exercise, yadda yadda yadda. But other than knowing what’s right for your metabolism, you also have to know what’s not right.

There are certainly a lot of other things you might be doing that could be messing up with your body’s digestive functions. Read on to find out which of your daily activities is sabotaging your metabolism—and your weight loss goals.

  1. You Banned the Dairy Products

Calcium deficiency is a common condition, and some evidences show that it slows down the body’s metabolism processes. Treat dairy as your friend, and opt for the low-fat version. Consuming the right amount not only helps your metabolism, but also helps reduce fat absorption.

  1. Eating Too Little

When you skip meals or eat too little, your body is starved of the nutrients it deserves and as a result slows down your metabolism to conserve energy. This switches the body to survival mode and lets fat sleep in your body while accumulating more fat. To correct this, eat often and in moderate amounts, according to your daily energy requirements.

  1. Sitting All Day

Work hours in the office may require long hours of sitting at your desk. While this makes you productive at work, it’s doing the opposite to your metabolism. The quick fix for this: get up, stretch out and walk around for two minutes every hour. It will certainly make a difference, rather than letting hours pass by without some physical action.

  1. Doing Weights Too Fast

You may be sweating a lot for doing more curls with the dumbbells, but take it slow when doing the weights for maximum metabolism effects. Eccentric movements require more muscle work than the act of lifting; and that’s ideal since your body will need to burn more calories in order to repair muscle damage, hence the metabolism boost. If you want to pump up your metabolism for the next 72 hours, focus on slowing down eccentric motions at the gym.

  1. You Only Watch Dramas

Instead of re-watching The Notebook, binge-watch The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon or search for funny cat videos on YouTube. Scientists say that 10 minutes of good laugh can burn up to 10 calories.

Are you guilty of doing any of these habits? Don’t worry. It’s never too late to start leading a healthier life.

SPF Diet: Foods to Eat to Boost You Skin’s Natural SPF

 

Did you know that slathering sunscreen isn’t the only way to protect your skin from the sun’s damaging UV rays? Something that many of us do not know is that we can naturally boost our skin’s sun protection by simply eating the right food. It is time to get to know more about it, so here are some six foods that can give your skin additional sun protection.

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  1. Tomatoes

Eating tomatoes boosts the body’s lycopene, which is an antioxidant and carotenoid that counteracts the free radicals caused by too much sun exposure and minimizes inflammatory response to UV rays by the body. In a study, people who consume five tablespoons of tomato paste everyday for three months experienced 25 percent more protection from sunburn.

  1. Watermelon

Munch on some more melons because like tomatoes, they are also rich in lycopene. As mentioned, they protect the body from free radicals caused by pollution and sun exposure. The additional vitamin C also helps quickly restore any skin redness and damaged skin cells. Be sure to pick up the red variety, though, as yellow watermelons had lesser antioxidant and lycopene content.

  1. Green Tea

Freshly brewed green tea has incredible amounts of antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-aging effects on the skin. It is rich in catechins, a polyphenol that’s recognized as protective agent against UV radiation. And after steeping, do not throw the tea bag. When applied directly on the skin, the green tea reduces the sunburnt cells after sun exposure.

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  1. Red Grapes

Phytonutrients found in grapes helps slow down the formation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) that form in skin cells, which is linked to sun damage and skin cancer. Red grapes also contain proanthocyanidins and polyphenols that inhibit development of skin cancer from the sun’s harmful UV rays.

  1. Chocolate

Cocoa beans are naturally rich in flavanols, an antioxidant that helps significantly reduce inflammation and prevents damage to the skin. However, not all chocolates have this healthy benefit. Milk and semi-sweet chocolates—the kind usually found in Kisses—have higher sugar content, thus can trigger inflammation. Choose one with the highest cocoa content; the higher the amount of cocoa, the better its antioxidant quality.

  1. Green Leafy Vegetables

Green leafy vegetables are jam-packed with skin-protecting properties for one obvious reason: they’re colour! Kale, spinach and other dark greens have great amounts of carotenoids that provide the vegetables’ their vibrant colour and protect them from the damaging sun rays. When consumed, your skin gets a good dose of vitamin E, protecting you from UV rays and preventing hyper pigmentation..

Include all these nutritious food into your diet and slather a good amount of SPF every day for a skin that’s healthy inside out.

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How to Eat Healthy Even on Budget

If you ever believed that eating healthy is too expensive, then you’re not alone. Healthy options always seem to cost more and when you’re struggling to make the ends meet, even a single dollar can make a huge difference. Still, the cost of eating healthy food shouldn’t come in between you and your health. To help you with that, here’s how you can eat healthy while saving your hard-earned cash.

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  1. Create a grocery list and a weekly meal plan.

First thing’s first: Set an extra time each week to create your meal plan and grocery list. Doing this will ensure that you’ll only buy what you need without spending money on things that’ll just go to waste. But before you start with your grocery and meal planning you should first…

  1. Check out food sales and know what foods are in season.

Check the website of your favourite grocery store to see what foods are on sale this week so you’ll be able to plan your meals accordingly. Consider goods that are in season, and if possible, buy local to cut back on your cost.

  1. Consider goods that are marked down.

Most grocery stores in Singapore have a dedicated area for foods that are marked down as they approach their expiration date. Don’t be afraid of purchasing and eating these products. If you’re going to eat or freeze the products within the next few days, then consider taking the deal the next time you take a trip to the grocery store.

  1. Opt for non-animal protein sources.

Meat is a good source of protein, but it can be really expensive. So instead of having meat as your primary protein source, opt for plant-based sources like beans, chickpeas, and lentils. They can be used in different and delicious ways, and are super affordable. With this, you can already get your daily dose of protein without spending too much.

  1. Purchase seeds, nuts and spices in bulk.

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It’s no secret that you get more bang for your buck when you purchase ingredients in bulk. Most grocery stores have a section for bulk foods where you can buy as much or as little as you want.

  1. Buy frozen vegetables and fruits.

A lot of fruits and veggies can be pricey, especially if they’re out of season. So instead of purchasing fresh fruits, opt for the frozen ones. Not only are frozen goods cheaper, you can also store them for as long as you want without having to worry about it going bad.

  1. Make the most out of your freezer.

Your freezer might just be one of the under-appreciated, most underestimated, and overlooked appliance in your kitchen. Make the shelf life of your goods longer by freezing them before they go bad. Freeze fresh or leftover foods like burgers, soups, or salad dressings

  1. Repurpose your leftovers and place them in proper storage containers.

Don’t throw your leftovers in the garbage! Instead, toss them into a clean container and eat them the following day. If you want, you can get creative with your leftovers and repurpose them into a wrap, a salad or a soup ingredient. Just ensure that you use proper storage containers to make your repurposed dish last longer.

  1. Avoid purchasing expensive drinks.

One of the easiest ways to save some bucks and improve your health is to stick with drinking water instead of expensive, sugary drinks. Add some kick and flavour to your good old water by infusing it with berries, cucumber, lemon, melon or mint.

  1. Be organized and avoid unnecessary trips to grocery stores.

If you’re smart with grocery shopping and meal planning, then you should only need to visit the supermarket once, or twice a week. Before making another trip to the grocery store, ask yourself if you really need to go there. Keep your cupboards, freezer, fridge and pantry organized so you’ll know what products you have on hand, as well as to avoid purchasing stuff that you don’t need.

Eating healthy doesn’t always need to expensive. All you’ve got to do is be smart in planning your meals and groceries, and you’ll definitely be able to enjoy healthy and budget-friendly meals.

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Body Detox: Signs That You Need It and Ways to Do It

The word ‘detox’ seems to have subtly made its way into our daily language. These days, it’s become common to hear someone detoxing, whether by doing yoga, juicing or only eating vegetables – and perhaps you may need to join the detox bandwagon. Just look for these simple signs to know whether or not you need to try this health fad.

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Signs a Body Detox is Necessary

  1. Lack of Energy

If you’re consistently getting a 7- to 8-hour sleep, but you still doesn’t feel rested, then it might be time to consider getting a detox. The junk that builds up in your system, such as the foods you eat and the air you breathe, is what zaps your energy. By detoxing, you allow your body to flush out these substances, making you feel more energetic. As you detoxify your body, it’s also best to stop drinking coffee and other caffeinated drinks. Not only will these drinks make you feel sluggish, it’ll also leave you crashing once the ‘high’ is over.

  1. Severe Difficulty in Concentrating

Ever find yourself having a difficult time focusing on a task at hand? Then this could be a detox red flag. Apart from concentration problems, having excessive candida fungus in your body also triggers health problems like eczema, yeast infection, and digestive issues. So make it a point to perform a candida cleanse to restore your mind’s concentration and focus.

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  1. Problem Losing Weight

Having problems losing weight, despite exercising hard, is another sign that you should go on a body detox. Get rid of the toxins in your body by consuming fresh salad with ingredients like alfalfa sprouts, avocado, carrots, chia seeds, cucumbers, quinoa, spinach, and tomatoes. Also, make your own salad dressing using olive oil, lemon, citrus, fresh herbs, and salt and pepper to have a tasty dressing sans all the artificial colours and flavours. In the process of flushing out the toxins from your body, expect that you’ll drop a few pounds so make sure that you eat a more balanced diet.

  1. Skin Problems

Ever experienced having rashes or acne breakouts for no apparent reason? If so, you may need to look inward to discover why your skin is going through such changes. Are you drinking lots of water? Have you been eating lots of processed foods lately? Are you overindulging in nicotine or alcohol? Are you exposed in an environment where moulds are present, and you breathe in airborne toxins?

If you answer to all of these is yes, then consider undergoing a body detox for a short period of time to see if the symptoms lessen. Excessive toxins in the bodyoften causes skin problems, so try spending lesser time on places that expose you to such toxins.

  1. Difficulty in Sleeping

When our body is loaded with toxins, it struggles to efficiently carry out some of its natural functions. In this case, toxin build-ups make the body produce less melatonin, a hormone that regulates sleep and wake cycle. When your body struggles to properly produce this hormone, your sleep cycle becomes thrown off, causing you to find it difficult to fall or stay asleep. Fortunately, going on a body detox can easily fix this problem. Detoxing allows your body to be more in tune with nature and work in its natural state, which then helps in creating a healthy circadian rhythm.

How to Perform a Body Detox

Some of the easy ways to detoxify your body is to steer clear from the harmful chemicals in your household products, and avoid consuming foods with artificial additives. Doing yoga is another wonderful and easy way of having a body detox as it allows every part of the body to compress, stretch and twist. Such movements facilitate the removal of waste products from the tissues and extremities of the body that a simple jog and bike ride in your area in Singapore can’t reach.

It’s no wonder that detoxifying became a part of our daily language. The process offers a great deal of benefits for our mind, body and soul that it became a word known for health and happiness.

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The Health Benefits of Reclining Chairs  

 

 

In terms of furniture, you only see it as useful in the conduct of everyday lives however, you do not think beyond what it can offer. Take the reclining chairs for example. You have to know that reclining chairs present health benefits aside from aesthetic value. Recliners benefit the body in more ways that you can think of. The good news is that there are many choices here in Singapore that you can consider.

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Here are the health benefits of reclining chairs:

  • It can relieve stress: There are many triggers of stress and sometimes, you do not know it. The thing is, stress is only a state of mind but it can exacerbate any health conditions if you let it control your life. The trick here is to look for stress relievers. It may be as complicated as going abroad to travel or as simple as buying a reclining chair. Doctors highly recommend that you take an hour rest outside the bedroom and reclining chairs can help you with that task. Resting can alleviate stress and it will manifest in your health.
  • It can reduce pregnancy pain: When women are pregnant, it is hard to go about everyday life comfortably – the aching joints, swollen ankles and tight fingers make things hard. Many pregnant women consider lying down but if it is for a long time, the pains and aches intensify. The best course of action is to sleep in a recliner. Though not all prefers this.

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  • It can lessen achy joints: It is indeed inconvenient and painful to endure stiff and swollen joints. Recliners can help these people since it can facilitate better circulation and angle the joins properly. For people who are suffering from arthritis, a recliner chair can be a great help.
  • It can improve circulation: As mentioned earlier, a recliner chair can improve the circulation. If you have a job that requires you to stand all day long, there is a tendency of heavy feet and swollen joints.

The reasons mentioned above should be enough for you to consider reclining chairs. If it is not too much to ask, you have to choose a chair that gives you value for your money. Looking for that perfect reclining chair is easy since it is widely available in the market.

If you are still not convinced to consider reclining chair, perhaps you have to stick with your typical sofa or your ottoman. This kind of furniture is a bit bulky and they can consume a lot of space. Whatever you choose, the important thing is you are comfortable at the end of the day.

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