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Nuts in the diet: they provide health



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Nuts in the diet: they provide health
The contents

  • Food
    • Edible nuts
    • Historical facts
    • Use in cooking
  • Health
    • The nuts
    • Useful properties
    • Allergenic properties
  • Delicious recipes
    • Spicy mix for a snack
    • Spaghetti with nut sauce
    • Eggplant with nuts

The food should contain as many different elements, then it will be full and healthy. An important supplier of valuable vegetable protein, vitamins and minerals are the nuts. There are many different varieties.


Nuts are called the fruits of several trees and shrubs, having a solid shell, which is located inside the nucleus. It should be noted that some “nuts” is named incorrectly, in fact they are not. In particular, the peanut is not a nut, and Bob. Wrong name also applies to pine nuts, are actually seeds of cedar pine. Walnuts and coconuts are drupes. But for consumers it is not so important, as they are called, buyers are much more interested in their taste and useful properties of something that matters to power.

Edible nuts

The most common nuts that you can buy in Russian stores are the following: walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, cashews, peanuts, pistachios, pine nuts, coconut. Occasionally you can find pine nuts, pecans, macadamia.

Historical facts

Nuts included in the diet of people of primitive society. Talking about this archeological research, in which were found the remains of different types of edible nuts and, most interestingly, devices that scientists believe the guns to their pegs. The finds are from about 800,000 years. Among the found nuts were able to identify the almonds, chestnuts, pistachios, acorns. Even then, they were used for food.

Interesting that walnuts are very hardy and will spread. In particular, the ancient people took this as a meal. It turned out that the coconut even after three months of travel can germinate. Due to this, coconut trees quickly took root in the tropical zones of the southern and Northern hemispheres, even though these trees originate from Southeast Asia.

Use in cooking

Eat nuts, and also used for cooking various dishes to enhance the taste. Especially widely used in the manufacture of confectionery, dessert recipes, baking, sweets. Of them also cooked jam.

Nuts are used in traditional cuisine of many countries, especially those where they grow in abundance. We are most familiar Georgian kitchen where nuts are part of many recipes. For example, satsivi, pkhali from beans with walnuts, baje (walnut sauce with garlic), etc.

However, a number of nutritionists warn against excessive consumption of nuts as they are high-calorie food. Therefore, people who care about their own health, and are watching your weight, you should eat them in moderation.

The nuts

Many of them are rich with vegetable proteins. They also include vitamins E and B2. In addition, they include the minerals: calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, selenium and copper.

However, the main nutrients that they contain are essential fatty acids: linoleic and linolenic. They also include the amino acid arginine, which maintains the purity and elasticity of the blood vessels, and this in turn prevents the development of atherosclerosis. This is a good reason to include them in your diet.

The nuts are a large number of antioxidants, especially a lot of them in walnut. I must say that lately among the specialists of debate about the usefulness of antioxidants. According to the latest views, excessive consumption of foods containing antioxidants, can cause damage to health. As always, everything needs moderation!

Useful properties

Scientists have conducted various studies about the health effects of substances in the nuts. According to information received, they reduce the level of cholesterol in the blood. Also people food which includes nuts, less likely to experience heart failure and live a few years longer than the rest.

The main component that has beneficial effects on the cardiovascular system, is an unsaturated fatty acid omega-3. They also have a very low glycemic index (measure of the impact of carbohydrates in food on fluctuations of level of sugar in the blood). Therefore, it is recommended to use for people with diabetes.

Allergenic properties

Important note: nuts can excite allergies. The most allergenic of these are almonds, peanuts, walnuts and chestnuts. In a few cases can even be fatal.

Delicious recipes

Nuts are included in the recipes of many dishes: salads, appetizers, cookies, cakes, etc. Here are some of them.

Spicy mix for a snack

Put in a bowl 350 g of nuts (almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, cashews, etc.).

Good whisk 1 egg white. Add 0.5 teaspoon of red pepper, 0.5 teaspoon black pepper 0.5 teaspoon ginger powder, 0.5 teaspoon curry powder and 5 tablespoons of sugar. Mix gently.

Pour this mixture into bowl with nuts and stir to evenly coated.

Cover a baking sheet pastry paper and put her nutty mass.

Place baking sheet in oven preheated to 200 degrees, and bake 10 minutes.

Remove the pan, allow the nuts to cool completely and serve.

This mixture can be used as a light spicy appetizer for guests or to take her with me to the road.

Spaghetti with nut sauce

Crush them 100 g walnuts not too finely (a couple of pieces leave for decoration). Put them in a pan, pour 150 g of cream, 150 g of vegetable oil without smell and stir in 2 tablespoons of grated hard cheese varieties. Add salt, pepper and 1/3 tsp nutmeg. Heat the sauce at low heat, stirring constantly, until it thickens.

Cook 400 grams of spaghetti. Pour over hot water, drain and place on a large plate. Pour prepared peanut sauce. When submitting sprinkle the dish with the remaining nuts and a small amount of chopped green onions.

Eggplant with nuts

1 rinse the eggplant, peel it and cut into rounds 1 cm thick, Sprinkle slices with salt and leave them for half an hour, so they let the juice (it will be bitter). Then rinse them and put them on a baking sheet in an even layer.

Grate 50g cheese and 2 cloves of garlic. Pass through the grinder or blender 1/3 Cup walnuts. Finely chop 1 tomato and a few sprigs of cilantro or parsley. Mix tomatoes, herbs, grated cheese and chopped nuts. Add salt, pepper and stir.

Put this stuffing on the circles of eggplant evenly and place baking sheet in pre-heated oven. Bake the dish for 25-30 minutes.

So often enter the nuts in the recipes of the dishes you prepare, and you will enrich your diet with nutrients that will benefit your health!

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How to choose the right meat for the family diet



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How to choose the right meat for the family diet
The contents

  • Health: the role of meat in the diet, pros and cons
    • Why it can harm
  • Food: the rules of choice of meat
    • How to choose meat for cooking
    • How to defrost it
    • What you should know when buying meat
  • Recipes for delicious meat dishes
    • Pork in beer with prunes
    • Chicken legs in a spicy breading
    • Baked ham home

Family meals without meat. It is necessary for working men, growing children and pregnant women. How to choose a product to be of high quality and beneficial to your family members?

Health: the role of meat in the diet, pros and cons

Meat is the main source of animal protein in human nutrition, so it must be present in the diet. However, modern dietetics considers that its use should not exceed 25% of the total supply. Most of all it is necessary to limit fatty meat varieties (pork, lamb, fatty beef, poultry skin, etc.), as it gives many side effects. Instead, doctors advise to eat fish.

Why it can harm

Too large presence of meat and meat products in the diet can cause a number of diseases, e.g. cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, diseases of the liver, urinary tract, bones and joints, gout, malignant diseases.

Doctors believe that the damage to health of consumption of meat occurs because of incorrect conditions of livestock and of industrial methods of meat processing. These factors include:

  • improper maintenance of cattle, diseases, stress (for example, pre-slaughter stress),
  • harmful substances present in meat: antibiotics, pesticides, herbicides, steroids, tranquilizers, tetracyclines, hormones, etc. that enter it due to the fact that they are administered in feed to livestock to promote growth and prevent diseases or due to poor environmental performance,
  • feeding animals with food, which for them naficillin (fish meal, processed bones of deceased individuals,etc.)
  • the meat processing chemicals to improve its taste and inhibition of decomposition processes.
  • too long storage of meat after slaughter.

With that said, it is important to buy meat products only in a secure, safe places in which to conduct strict quality control. You also need to choose them right, strictly observe the shelf life of the product and the technology of cooking. This will allow to protect themselves from negative consequences that may arise from the use of poor-quality meat products and to preserve their health.

Food: the rules of choice of meat

Experienced cooks say the smaller the role of meat in the dish, the less stringent the requirements imposed on it. Here the shortcomings of the feedstock can be compensated with herbs, spices, garnish, etc. When the meat is only one part of the dish — for example, chakhokhbili, ABC — it may be lower grade. But if you are going to cook the pure meat dishes — steaks, chops, schnitzels — the original raw materials must be first-class, otherwise a proper taste will not work.

How to choose meat for cooking

The main, pay attention to the appearance of meat, its freshness and date of manufacture. Going to the store or market, do not look for meat specifically conceived dish. Better to choose the best and freshest of those pieces that you see.

For example, are you going to bake it in the oven a leg of pork, but a good piece for this is not found, all available you do not suit you. In this case, leave your plan for another time, and do buy a good piece that inspires trust in you, and think about what are you going to cook from it.

If you buy chicken fillets, legs, thighs, wings — also first pay attention not to the brand manufacturer, and appearance of chicken meat, its freshness, surface structure, color, smell.

How to defrost it

According to experienced cooks, you can use frozen meat, quality of food is not affected — provided that the meat has been properly frozen. According to the rules it should be frozen in an industrial environment vacuum-Packed shocking way (very quickly, at a temperature of minus 20 degrees). And then in the process of storage, it in any case should not be defrosted, otherwise it may develop bacteria that will have a negative impact on health.

The shelf life of properly frozen product is 180 days or more. For example, according to experts, the meat from the NZ Ministry of defence can be stored for 20 years.

If you want to defrost it, it must be done slowly. Too rapid a process affects its structure and taste. At room temperature to make it desirable. The best way to defrost is in the refrigerator. Remove it from the freezer, put in a deep bowl and put on the shelf of the refrigerator. Usually after 5-6 hours it will thaw (it depends on the piece) and will be suitable for cooking.

The second method is to defrost in cold water. Put it in a sealed plastic bag, then in a bowl of cold water. Every hour change the water to keep it cold. This method can also be used for cooking food.

The third way — in the microwave. True masters of cooking art suggest to use it as sparingly as possible, only in those cases when you need to urgently prepare a dish. To do this, first remove it from the packaging, put it in the appropriate bowl and place in microwave oven. For even defrosting every 3 minutes a piece should be removed and flipped. After complete thawing, allow it to rest half an hour, then it is possible to cook.

Chilled (not frozen) meat can be kept in the refrigerator no more than 3 days, otherwise it can deteriorate. However, if on all sides with oil or RUB with salt, the shelf life will increase by another 2 days.

What you should know when buying meat

Many Housewives buy ready-made mince, this gives you the opportunity to save time for family meals. Manufacturers of meat, as a rule, try to substitute expensive beef to cheaper raw materials: pork, chicken, beef scraps. This allows them to reduce the cost of the finished product.

Some types of raw meat manufacturer is entitled to use in the recipes of minced meat, sausages, frankfurters, wieners, etc. Is chicken skin, beef head, beef, etc. Such raw materials is also a supplier of animal protein and can go in nutrition.

But there is one important point: of the above raw materials are only permitted to use the product, which is produced according to TU (technical conditions). As you know, the one being developed by manufacturers.

But if the above raw materials used for the production of the products marked with GOST (state standard), it is administratively punishable offence.

According to the Supervisory bodies, rather larger percentage of products marked with GOST, really does not meet the standards of the state standard. Most often it refers to boiled, boiled-smoked and semi-smoked sausages, their recipes do not meet established standards.

Recipes for delicious meat dishes
Pork in beer with prunes

Peel 2 onions and 1 small carrot. Finely chop carrots, 1 onion and 4-5 sprigs of greenery (parsley, celery).

800 g pork pulp cut into medium cubes.

Pour into the pan 2 liters of beer, add the meat, carrots, onions and herbs. Simmer for 50-60 minutes, until the meat becomes absolutely soft.

100 g of prunes pour boiling water for 15 minutes to soften. Then drain and cut into strips.

Slice the second onion and fry in a pan until lightly Golden. Add the prunes and also lightly fry. Put all of it to stews. Add salt, pepper, stir. If necessary, add 1 teaspoon of sugar.

Serve with fried potatoes.

Beer in a dish will not be felt. It only gives the meat a very delicate flavor and softness.

Chicken legs in a spicy breading

Stir in a bowl 1 tablespoon salt 1 teaspoon black pepper 1/3 teaspoon red pepper, 1 teaspoon curry, 1 teaspoon hops-suneli 1 teaspoon of oregano, 4 crushed cloves of garlic.

Thoroughly mix the spices and add 6 chicken thighs. Evenly distribute the seasoning over the chicken meat and put the bowl in the fridge for 2 hours.

Connect 250 grams of yogurt with 4 tablespoons of vinegar (or dry wine). Pour the meat with this marinade and refrigerate overnight.

Before roasting meat, put it in a colander to drain excess liquid.

Mix in a bowl 3 cups of flour with salt and pepper. Pairwise legs in the flour, making sure the batter covers them evenly. Fry them in a deep frying pan in a very hot vegetable oil. After frying, place them on a paper towel to drain excess oil.

Baked ham home

You will need a good 800 g pork pulp. Rinse the meat and Pat dry with paper towel. Then a sharp narrow knife, make several deep cuts. Insert 4 cloves of garlic, 4-5 pieces of cloves, 4-5 pieces black pepper peas.

Preheat the oven to 180-200 degrees.

RUB pork with salt, pepper and vegetable oil. Then carefully wrap it in foil along with 2 Laurel leaves (leaving an air gap between the meat and foil). Put it on a baking sheet on the bottom, pour water so that the liquid layer was 1 cm. Reduce the heat to medium. Cook the pork for 2 hours, adding water to pan as needed.

15 minutes before end of cooking open the foil to keep the pork has acquired a ruddy delicious crust. Then remove it, let cool and slice with a knife wide flat pieces.

Recipes for meat dishes to include dishes from beef, pork, chicken, Turkey, rabbit, liver, kidneys, heart, etc. — all not to enumerate. Try to prepare meals taking account of the advice of nutritionists, it will let you more effectively take care of the health of the family.

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Smoothie Bowl: a new trend in nutrition



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Smoothie Bowl: a new trend in nutrition
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  • Smoothie Bowl: new nutrition
  • The role of nutrition with a Smoothie Bowl in weight loss
  • Smoothie Bowl recipes for a healthy diet
    • Berry Smoothie Bowl
    • Nutritious Smoothie Bowl

Many popular nutritionists and fitness bloggers actively discuss and promote this relatively new trend in the field of nutrition as a Smoothie Bowl. What is its difference from traditional smoothies? What is its benefit to the organism?

Smoothie Bowl: new nutrition

Judging by the name of the dish, Smoothie Bowl (literally “Plate/Bowl Smoothie”), fans of proper nutrition simply replaced the usual smoothie Cup on the plate. However, differences do exist, and they are quite substantial.

Smoothie Bowl contains more ingredients and has a high nutritional value. It is usually add pieces of fresh fruit and vegetables, seeds, grains, dried fruits and crushed nuts, which makes the dish a perfect help for organizing a healthy diet. Another difference of this dish is that it must be eaten with a spoon. To drink as a cocktail it will not work.

Nutritionists claim that Smoothie Bowl is not only healthy and nutritious, but also easy for the digestive system. However, although three-quarters of the meal is a smoothie, limit the calorie content is quite simple if you add too much topping.

Various additives is not only an aesthetic component, giving a wide field for experiments, but also a way to extend the meal chewing more solid food. For proper alignment of components you can use a universal scheme, which will greatly facilitate proper nutrition:

  • based smoothie decided to take any fresh fruit and vegetables as well as leafy greens;
  • as a liquid Foundation, use any vegetable (or cow) milk as well as dairy products or fruit juices;
  • to sweeten the meals take a small amount of honey or fruit syrup;
  • topping is chosen on the basis of personal taste preferences — it can be pieces of fruit, cereals, seeds, nuts, and more.

Smoothie Bowl can be not only a snack, to facilitate healthy eating but also a meal. Most often this dish is served for Breakfast, because it is well nourishes the body, does not overload the digestive system and helps to prevent excess weight (long-term).

The role of nutrition with a Smoothie Bowl in weight loss

Nutritionists say that one of the easiest ways of transition to proper nutrition is a gradual caloric restriction. Abandon harmful food and reduce portions will help Smoothie Bowl. Dish does not create heaviness in the stomach and allows you to saturate the body with almost a daily dose of vitamins and minerals. However, thus replacing a full meal, remember that each “plate smoothie” contains about 500 calories. Therefore they are not suitable for snacking, especially for those who want to lose weight.

In order to properly include Smoothie Bowl system weight loss, you need to remember some key points:

  • there is a Smoothie Bowl should be slowly, thoroughly chewing solid ingredients that will allow you to get maximum enjoyment from food, to experience the feeling of fullness and organize the work of the digestive tract;
  • “a smoothie bowl” can serve not only Breakfast — various options, which are based on yogurt, berries or vegetables, can be a great replacement for lunch or dinner;
  • Smoothie Bowl can “dilute” the taste is not the most pleasant of products to be included in a proper diet, for example, celery stalks, spinach, flax seeds.

Regular consumption of a Smoothie Bowl, which meets the individual needs of a particular person, will not only help to adjust the power, but will save from a couple of extra pounds. Nutritionists recommend active to include a “smoothie bowl” in the diet in winter, when food is especially felt the lack of vitamins and other nutrients.

New to the smoothie making suggest to use the following guidelines:

  • to obtain a soft and tender structure it is necessary to cut the skin of fruit and vegetables (citrus cut required);
  • the most successful combination of ingredients for preparation of Smoothie Bowl are considered the fruits with dense pulp, are combined with more juicy;
  • to prepare a thick, cold and refreshing meals instead of the usual ice you can use frozen fruit or pieces of fruit;
  • for more rich and interesting flavor it is necessary to combine sweet and sour fruits;
  • acceptable alternate natural yogurt with other dairy products are low fat;
  • Smoothie Bowl is recommended to use only freshly prepared (however, if desired, blanks can be stored in the refrigerator for several days).

Smoothie Bowl fits perfectly into a healthy diet, largely due to the method of preparation. Indeed, by procedure of grinding in the dish retains all the fiber and other nutrients. Besides, it is subjected to heat treatment, and temporary exclusion of animal food gives rest to the pancreas.

Smoothie Bowl recipes for a healthy diet

Smoothie Bowl to include in the daily diet is quite simple. It is only necessary to select multiple components for liquid base, add top with a pair of crisp Superfoods (to enhance nutritional value) and cut into slices of your favorite fruits. This universal formula you can come up with many options “smoothie in a bowl”. Examples of the most simple and easy to prepare recipes are the following:

Berry Smoothie Bowl

Grind in a blender 1 Cup any fresh or frozen berries (blueberries, raspberries, currants), 1 banana and half an Apple. As a topping you can use banana slices, flax seeds and chopped nuts.

Nutritious Smoothie Bowl

Grind in a blender until smooth avocado, a pear, a small bunch of fresh mint and a quarter Cup of coconut milk. On top lay the slices of pear, crushed hazelnuts, poppy seeds (or any seeds).

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How to instantly get rid of leg cramps one exercise


Cramps are sudden and involuntary contraction of one or more presumably relaxed muscles, making the affected part of the body is temporarily inoperative. The most notable symptom is a sharp pain, and the sensation of rigid hardness under the skin at the touch.

The movement of muscles is a core biological function that allows you to exist. Your muscles make every movement possible: on Cycling to washing dishes. To achieve this, muscles do two maneuver: contract and relax many times during the day depending on the work performed, which determines the brain. Reduction occurs when the nervous system sends stimuli. This frees up the calcium in the muscles that you want to use.


Muscle, on the contrary, secrete an enzyme called acetylcholinesterase that allows them to stretch and rasslabitsya. The body can move properly, your muscles and simultaneously perform both of these actions.


What actually causes cramps?

As mentioned previously, contraction and relaxation are two simultaneous actions that allow the muscles to accomplish the intended purpose. However, what occurs when relaxed muscles contract? The result are seizures, usually called in English speaking countries “charley horse”.


Cramps are sudden and involuntary contraction of one or more presumably relaxed muscles, making the affected part of the body is temporarily inoperative. The most notable symptom is a sharp pain and the sensation of rigid hardness under the skin at the touch.



Cramps occur mainly due to excessive use of muscle or when you stay in one position for an extended period of time.


Other possible causes include:


  • Poor circulation: constriction of arteries in the legs can cause symptoms similar to seizures.
  • Pinched nerve: a pinched nerve in the spine can also lead to joint pain in the legs, which usually worsens if you are long go.
  • Mineral depletion: an unhealthy diet can cause a lack of minerals, which eventually leads to muscle spasms.




How to instantly get rid of leg cramps


In the lower part of the torso cramps usually occur in the calf muscles. If they appear after a strenuous workout, this exercise can help immediate relief from pain:


  • Stand in 60-190 cm from the wall, putting feet on the floor.
  • Bend forward and lean on the wall. You will feel your calf muscles stretch.
  • Repeat several times a day to increase the strength of the calf.


Another strategy is to put a heating pad on the affected muscle. If not, help warm bath. If both methods don’t work, put the ice pack directly on the muscle with the spasm, it may be effective.


Menstrual cramps can be treated with heat


Menstrual cramps can be treated in various ways. One popular method is to put something warm on your stomach to ease the pain. Any device or approach will be suitable, for example, a hot water bottle, a towel soaked in warm water or a hot bath – the most important thing is to put something warm on your stomach.


Also it is important to avoid foods that cause bloating, as they can aggravate symptoms. This includes caffeine, salty foods, alcoholic beverages and fatty meals.


In addition, you can add “proactive exercise” in your training plan: you need to strengthen the cor, to make it stronger, it’ll help with cramps.


Lubrication of the abdomen with essential oils can be an effective strategy. They are filled with unique compounds that can help reduce pain, inflammation and discomfort, and also to relax.


Potentially effective choices include:


  • Lavender
  • Cinnamon
  • Rose
  • Cloves
  • Almonds


Stomach cramps treated much the same as menstrual


Abdominal cramps occur when the abdominal muscles are reduced. The main reason is the stress associated with exercises focused on the bark or other vigorous workouts.


In other cases, spasms of the stomach contribute to dehydration, accumulation of gas or the occurrence of digestive problems such as constipation.


Like menstrual cramps, stomach cramps can be treated by putting something warm on the affected area. You can also Supplement your treatment with massage to provide extra relaxation.


Alternative treatments, such as chamomile tea, can also help soothe an upset stomach, and in addition, you can use the following essential oils:


  • Mint
  • Ginger
  • Chamomile
  • Cumin


Spasm of the neck muscles is often the result of poor posture


Muscle spasm, also known as a stiff neck, usually occurs when the neck muscles weaken over time due to overuse or poor posture.


Actions such as tilting your head when working at the computer, as well as driving or using your smartphone for long periods of time can weaken your neck muscles.


If you don’t know how to get rid of the spasm and you have experienced it before, this simple procedure can help:


  • Find the sore spot and put on his one hand.
  • Push down with your fingers on the affected area, but not so much to cause a sharp pain.
  • Slightly rotate the head in the opposite direction of the cramp, and tilt it diagonally.
  • Repeat steps 1 – 3 about 20 times.


As soon as your neck will feel better, try this simple exercise from the Cleveland clinic, which is designed to reduce the risk of spasms of the neck in the future:


  • Rotate shoulders back and down 10 times.
  • Squeeze the shoulder blades together 10 times.
  • Place your hands behind your head and push it, then hold for 30 seconds.
  • Tilt your head from shoulder to shoulder 10 times on each side.


Finally, make sure that you maintain the correct posture, regardless of what you do, for example, a computer monitor at eye level and often move neck while driving to keep your muscles flexible.


How to get rid of the cramps of the hands with stretching

Hand cramps are usually caused by dehydration, injury or overuse. In some cases, however, they may be a symptom of rheumatoid arthritis.


According to Dr. Kelly Viselman of Wellstar Medical Group, joint inflammation caused by arthritis, usually affects the function of muscles. Even more confusing, the fact that the pain caused by inflammation may be felt as a cramp.


Fortunately, to ease her easily by performing a simple stretching exercise:


  • with his good hand slightly vignette ago the fingers of the hand with the cramp.


You can also Supplement this method by wrapping the arm in foil to heat or to expose it to warm water.


Your diet plays an important role in the prevention of seizures

Although home remedies can effectively treat the cramps, when they appear, do not neglect your nutrition. Eating unhealthy foods causes a vitamin deficiency, which can ultimately affect how your body.


It is estimated that 80 percent of people are deficient in magnesium, a mineral that plays a vital role in the healthy functioning of muscles. Its low level can lead to seizures and other diseases of the musculoskeletal system, such as fibromyalgia and chronic back pain. Potassium is another mineral that is associated with convulsions.


To reduce their risk, it is important to consume healthy food to your body operating at their peak. Sources rich in magnesium include dark leafy greens such as Kale and spinach. You can also consume unpasteurized raw nuts such as almonds and hazelnuts, and fruits such as apples. Good sources of potassium include avocado, papaya and wild Alaskan salmon.published econet.ru.

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Cardiovascular system: Magic points for health promotion


Emotional stress affects the heart. And Vice versa: any infringement in the heart, even neurotic character that cause anxiety, which exacerbates the disorder in the brain stem. The best way is to avoid mental and physical exhaustion, sleep deprivation, stimulating food and drink, Smoking, lead a regular lifestyle. Appeared the symptoms can be eliminated, using a method of shiatsu.


A busy lifestyle often causes palpitations, shortness of breath, discomfort in the heart area, sometimes the pain and other symptoms, observed in the organic diseases, such as lesions of the heart valves, postinfarction condition. These neurotic symptoms are due to a dysfunction of vasomotor center, located below the hypothalamus in the brain stem,with circulation throughout the body, act directly on the heart and, introducing disorder in the activity of nerve centers in the hypothalamus, causes shortness of breath, fever, increased sweating.


Method shiatsu: strengthening the heart


Because the brain is a transmitter of all kinds of feelings, emotional stress affect the heart. Conversely, any disturbances in the heart, even neurotic character that cause anxiety, which exacerbates the disorder in the brain stem.


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The best way out of this vicious circle is to avoid mental and physical exhaustion, sleep deprivation, stimulating food and drink, Smoking, lead a regular lifestyle.


Appeared the symptoms can be eliminated, using a method of shiatsu on the head, upper limb, zone of the medulla oblongata, shoulders (especially the left), the area of attachment of the pectoralis major muscle, epigastric region.


Palms of the hands press deeply, but gently (see figure).



Fig. Point for the pressure to strengthen the heart:

a – point on the crown;

b – point on the medial surface of the upper limb;

in – dot over the medulla oblongata;

g – point on the right shoulder blade and okolomatocnah line;

d – points located at the front edge of the deltoid muscle;

e – the point in the epigastrium.published econet.ru.

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P. S. And remember, only by changing their consumption – together we change the world! © econet

Psychological diet: the Best diet for weight loss


The secret of rapid weight loss everyone has their own – someone generally eats nothing, and someone exhausting itself, reinforced training. But both are not very positive impact on health. Maybe the secret to losing weight is very simple, and the whole thing in your relationship to food?

Habits laid down in childhood, affect your current relationship to food. And attitude determines how and how much you eat. You will be able to change old ideas into new, more rational. There will be a glut, if you eat when not hungry. Habit, which does not stop in time, was laid in childhood. All old habits “to expose”. Then we can deal with them and to change attitudes to food.


Which of the described situations fit you? Think about how they affect your current habits.


10 situations from childhood that affect your current eating habits


1. Every time you cried as a child you were given something delicious. Now do you think that food can calm you down.


2. You might not to feed when you were crying from hunger. Your mother believed that children often cry, there is nothing wrong, and it may have been just too busy. Soon you become afraid of hunger. As a result, now you eat constantly, so as not to give him to approach you.



3. Your mother was feeding you and punished you when you refused to eat. Now, when you to eat, you can’t say “no” because I’m afraid you’ll hurt.


4. Your parents extolled the restraint. Now do you think that spontaneous action is a sign of weakness. If you overeat, then feel guilty(oops).


5. You were taught not to leave anything on the plate. Now you think that throwing away food is a sin. And be sure to eat all that is on it.


6. You’ve never seen anyone in your family openly expressed their anger. Instead, all had to extinguish that feeling. Now, when you feel anger, you eat.


7. Eating was always done at a set time. Now you just eating by the clock. It is a bad habit says: “There is no time – is harmful and even dangerous.”


8. Always, when you were good-good, you were rewarded with something sweet. Now, when you think you are clever, you reward yourself with chocolate or cake.


9. All your family eat fast because the food is not looked upon as something important. Now there’s a fast your habit.


10. The food was given a lot of time and attention. Now in retaliation, you do not consider it necessary to treat her this way, and all the time chewing.




Check your old ideas and start to get used to the new


Old ideas: Food will make me fat(oops).

True: Extra weight you gain due to overeating. The body is not able to burn so many calories. You can lose weight even eating ice cream if total calorie intake is not great.

New complaint: Too much food will make me fat(oops).


Old ideas: There are “bad” and “good” food.

Truth: food must not be approached from the point of view of moral criteria. You will not become better or worse depending on what I eat. Just, one diet is useful, the other harmful.

New idea: Food can be helpful or harmful for me.



Old ideas: If I eat a little, all right.

Truth: the Amount of food eaten depends on how much you pay attention to the signals of the stomach. If you are waving a hand to the feeling of hunger, you are not better than the one who eats. Food is essential in order to maintain vitality.

New ideas: I eat as much as you need to eat without harming their health.


Old ideas: If I have overeaten(a), means I’ve lost(a) control.

Truth: When you eat, food “hijacks” the brain control over your stomach. You need to hear that “says” your stomach.

New views: Overeating says that I have to(for) change their perceptions about food.


Old ideas: My appearance tells me how much I need to eat.

Truth: Because the amount of food you eat affects your health. Listen to your body.

New ideas: If I eat the amount of food that requires stomach, I look better


Old ideas: Food improves my emotional health.

Truth: If you don’t hate yourself for overeating.

New ideas: To improve the emotional well-being, I will praise himself.


Old ideas: Food — a lesson that helps you to relax.

Truth: Sometimes it’s nice to relax and have fun. You will be more productive, taking time for fun. But the food is not the best substitute for entertainment and recreation.

New representation: I have the right to relax at any time at my request. During the holidays is not at all necessary.


The best diet for weight loss mental.published econet.ru.

Based on the book “How to get rid of food addiction – a step-by-step technology”, the author – a practicing psychotherapist Alice Katz

If you have any questions, ask here

P. S. And remember, only by changing their consumption – together we change the world! © econet

14 amazing ways to use witch hazel


By the time of arrival of the fathers-pilgrims in the seventeenth century, native Americans have used witch hazel. The first settlers soon found out the secret of its use for many health disorders. It is an extract from the leaves and bark of a plant called “Hamamelis virginiana” (lat. Hamamelis virginiana). This extract is still used for various purposes in our day.

Use witch hazel to treat acne

Witch hazel can act as an effective treatment for acne because it contains tannins that make it an effective astringent that removes fat from the skin. It can have a depressing effect on the growth of bacteria and accelerate the healing. Procyanidins, resin and flavonoids in its composition help to relieve redness and irritation. Some prefer to apply the liquid on the face with a cotton swab, whereas others the therapeutic effect is more pronounced if you add in a bottle spray gun with the tool 10 drops of tea tree oil. In this case, the composition is sprayed on the face, three times a day, avoiding contact with eyes and mouth. Tea tree oil if you wish, you can replace the lavender oil, Clary sage or juniper berries.

Use witch hazel is to soothe the irritation after shaving

Due to the contained tannins, witch hazel can act as a natural antiseptic. Thus, they can reduce inflammation of the rash that developed after shaving. To try to cope with the frustration of using this tool is very simple: just apply it on a cotton swab and blot the affected area.

Apply the witch hazel with the rash caused by chickenpox

Itchy rash chickenpox can deliver significant discomfort. Some causes relief treatment rash with witch hazel. Try to remove itching caused by the rash, using the following recipe.


  • 1 tablespoon of honey;
  • 40 drops of lavender essential oil;
  • 15 drops lemon essential oil;
  • 5 drops of peppermint essential oil;
  • 15 drops of essential oil of bergamot;
  • 1/2 Cup (120 ml) aloe Vera gel;
  • 1 teaspoon oil of carrot seeds;
  • 1/2 Cup witch hazel.


  • Mix in the vial-dispenser honey, essential oils, aloe Vera gel and oil of carrot seeds.
  • Add the witch hazel, then shake well until a homogeneous mixture.
  • Spray on rash caused by the chickenpox.
  • Apply witch hazel with diaper rash from diapers

    Witch hazel can have a significant calming effect on the skin and help to maintain it clean. Due to its astringent properties, it can be a great choice to treat diaper rash from diapers. The following is a prescription remedies for the treatment of diaper rash from the diapers that you can prepare at home.


    • 2 tbsp aloe Vera gel;
    • 2 tbsp. witch hazel;
    • 7 drops of lavender essential oil.


  • Place all ingredients in a bottle spray.
  • Shake well.
  • Before putting on the diaper spray onto baby’s skin in the diaper area.
  • Shake well and repeat the application at every diaper change.
  • Use witch hazel for cuts and scrapes

    The astringent properties of witch hazel can help to tighten the pores of the skin. It can also pull the edges of the cuts and scratches. It has anti-inflammatory properties that helps reduce swelling around the injury. One of the best ways to use this tool for cuts and scrapes — dilute it with an equal amount of water and then to water damage or wet it.

    Apply witch hazel to fight scars and stretch marks

    Applying witch hazel directly on scars and stretch marks can help reduce their pores, located around them. Some recommend applying a small amount of liquid directly into the skin, then for a few minutes to cover the treated area wet Terry washcloth, after which means to wash.

    Use witch hazel for inflammation of the skin

    The witch hazel contains up to 10% of tannins with astringent properties. It can effectively kill the bacteria, causing inflammation of the skin. It can also tighten pores hemorrhoids to help reduce swelling and bleeding. There are also indications that the application of this tool on the skin can help to cope with psoriasis and eczema.

    This liquid can help with pain caused by sunburn. Just dampen it with a soft cotton cloth and cover the affected area for 20 minutes; repeat up to four times a day.

    Apply witch hazel and varicose veins

    According to the research, the joint use of Apple cider vinegar and witch hazel can be an effective way to get rid of varicose veins. Some researchers suggest that regular use of such tools can strengthen blood vessels. Wishing to try it is proposed to moisten a soft cloth with this liquid and apply it on the affected area. Varicose veins you can also add this tool in the tub.


    • 20 drops of witch hazel;
    • 10 drops of essential oil of Helichrysum;
    • 10 drops of lavender.


  • Fill the bathtub with warm water.
  • Add witch hazel and essential oils.
  • Stir.
  • Take a bath for 15-30 minutes.
  • Repeat daily for 30 days or until the disappearance of varicose veins.
  • Use witch hazel for dry skin

    For a long time people have used witch hazel for dry skin, because it can help the skin to retain moisture. You can easily prepare the means for skin care that will help to keep it moisturized and clean it. Below is the recipe by which it is possible to cook excellent non-alcoholic toner for the skin.


    • 1 3/4 cups (420 ml) of water;
    • 1 tbsp aloe Vera;
    • 1 tablespoon of witch hazel;
    • 1 teaspoon liquid Castile soap;
    • 10 drops of grapefruit seed extract;
    • 1 teaspoon of almond oil;
    • 6 drops of orange essential oil;
    • 6 drops of lavender essential oil;
    • 1 roll of paper towels;
    • 1 container for towels.


  • Bring water to a boil to sterilize it, and then allow to cool.
  • Pour in a bowl of water, aloe Vera, witch hazel and Castile soap.
  • Add the essential oil. Mix until a homogeneous liquid.
  • Paper towel roll cut in half.
  • To load paper towels into the mixture.
  • Place in a container and regularly clean the skin, helping it retain moisture.
  • Apply witch hazel in eye fatigue and dark circles under them

    Thin skin under the eyes often swells when there is not enough to drink or not to sleep. With the appearance of “bags” under the eyes witch hazel can be the tool that will solve the problem of tired eyes and dark circles under them. Massage the liquid into the skin under the eyes and let it soak for a few minutes. Then rinse with clean water, avoiding contact with eyes.

    Use witch hazel to remove ticks

    Witch hazel was also nasty to the mites. When detection of mites is possible to apply some of the liquid. The tick is likely to weaken his grip, and it can be carefully removed and the affected area cleaned with the same tool. You can do to avoid ticks, using the following repellent that also repels mosquitoes and other biting insects.


    • 2 tbsp. witch hazel;
    • 2 tbsp. water;
    • 10 drops lemon essential oil;
    • 10 drops of essential oil of geranium;
    • 1/2 tsp of glycerin.


  • Put essential oil in a bottle spray.
  • Add the witch hazel, water, and glycerin.
  • Shake well until a homogeneous liquid.
  • Spray liberally before going outside.
  • Repeat the application as needed.
  • Apply witch hazel as household cleaning products

    Prepare natural cleaning agent based on witch hazel in the home.


    • 1/2 Cup (120 ml) of witch hazel;
    • 1 Cup (240 ml) of water;
    • 1 tbsp lemon juice.


  • Mix all the ingredients in the vial-dispenser.
  • Spray on the area you plan to clean.
  • Leave for five minutes.
  • Wipe dry with a soft cloth.
  • This fluid can also provide good means for washing of glasses. Just use it to wipe the glass or mirror and then let to evaporate.

    Use witch hazel for healing “fever” on his lips

    Many people find that witch hazel helps them to get rid of the caused by the herpes virus “fever” on his lips. Just moisten them a vial of “rush” and leave it that way. The astringent properties of witch hazel can help the rash to pass quickly.

    Use witch hazel for deep cleansing of the scalp

    Anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties of witch hazel make it a good tool for deep cleansing of the scalp. Before treatment the hair should be divided into strands. Wipe the exposed scalp with a cotton swab soaked in the liquid, leave on for five minutes, and then rinse with shampoo.

    This article was written by staff writer iHerb.

    Recipe gluten-free granola, simply overflowing nutritional value


    Granola is usually considered to be a useful porridge, usually eaten for Breakfast, but it is often a lot of sugar and not much protein. The proposed recipe allows you to change it, and yet it has no gluten.


    • 2/3 Cup (150 ml) raw coconut
    • 6 tablespoons sesame seeds or flax
    • 4 cups (900 ml) peeled raw nuts
    • 1/2 Cup (112.5 ml) of sunflower seeds
    • 4 tablespoons melted coconut oil
    • 4 tablespoons maple syrup
    • 1.5 teaspoons cinnamon
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 2/3 Cup (150 ml) dried cranberries or raisins


  • Cover the baking pan measuring 9 by 13-inch (22.9 by 33 cm) with parchment paper and preheat oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit (149 degrees Celsius).
  • Set aside the dried cranberries and all other ingredients place in a large bowl. Stir well to cinnamon, butter, syrup and vanilla extract evenly coated.
  • Spread the mixture evenly over the baking sheet and place in oven.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the walnuts become crispy and the coconut is Golden.
  • Let cool and then add the cranberries or raisins and mix again.
  • Store in the refrigerator in a glass jar. The mixture will not go bad for a week.
  • This recipe makes approximately 12 servings at half a Cup. You can eat as cereal with your favorite milk or just as a snack.

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    This article was written by staff writer iHerb.

    Homemade lip balm for diaper


    Purchased at the store remedies to help to protect baby’s tender skin, however, home remedies is able to provide the use of natural ingredients, often no less effective than the purchase, but existing is much softer.

    This homemade balm for diaper contains only natural ingredients to protect delicate skin, while helping her heal if necessary. Shea butter creates a natural barrier to moisture loss, protecting the skin from contact with urine. The oil also helps maintain the natural moisture level of the skin and moisturizes it at the penetration. In addition, Shea butter has anti-inflammatory properties, assisting in the healing process of chapped or irritated skin.

    Coconut oil has antimicrobial properties and is able to protect the area of the baby’s diaper from yeast organisms. Yeast also known as Candida, are a common problem for babies and contribute to the appearance of rashes in diapers. The oil also has anti-inflammatory properties and acts as an emollient to maintain moisture and softness of the skin.

    Homemade lip balm for diaper with Shea butter


    • ½ Cup Shea butter
    • ¼ Cup coconut oil
    • ¼ Cup olive oil, cold pressed
    • 5-10 drops essential oils


  • Place the Shea butter and other oils in a medium-size pot.
  • Melt ingredients in a double boiler. Alternatively, place the ingredients in a glass bowl and melt them in the microwave, checking every 30 seconds.
  • Add your favorite essential oil and mix thoroughly.
  • Let the mixture cool and harden at room temperature. This process can be accelerated by putting the bowl with the mixture in the refrigerator.
  • Cool the mixture, mix the balm with a mixer until it acquires the consistency of cream.
  • Place the balm in an airtight container with a lid. Mark balsam for safe storage next to the food.
  • Storage balm for diaper in the fridge is an opportunity at any time to soothe baby’s skin, easing irritation. The product retains freshness for 6 months.
  • This article was written by staff writer iHerb.

    Types of pedicure, their differences and peculiarities


    Chiropody is less popular than manicure. Most of the ladies remembered about it only in the warm season, when you start going to the beach, wear open summer shoes. However, to take care of their legs need all year round, because this procedure include not only nail care but also skin, helps to get rid of calluses, corns, to prevent their occurrence. To preserve the attractiveness of the feet, softness of the skin on them now used several types of pedicures, each of which has its advantages and disadvantages.


    • The rules of the run
    • Classic
    • European
    • Hardware
    • Combo
    • SPA-pedicure
    • Unusual ways

    The rules of the run

    To care for the skin of feet and nails regularly. It is best to do this every two weeks to perform professional pedicure in the salon, however in the absence of such opportunities is quite real to cope at home. It allows you to clear the dead skin on the feet, to remove or smooth away calluses through exfoliation to moisturize and soften the skin, to Polish and improve the shape of the nail plate thoroughly to remove accumulated dirt under the fingernails.

    The main differences between the different ways pedicures are the price, the duration of its implementation, methods of processing, the instruments used, coatings on the nails, get the effect. In the beauty salon on the choice we can offer the following types of pedicure:

    • classic (edging);
    • European;
    • hardware;
    • combined;
    • permanent;
    • SPA-pedicure.

    In addition to these some salons perform other, at first glance somewhat unusual kinds of nail care and skin of the feet.

    Important: When performing a pedicure at the salon be sure to ask the master, how is disinfection of instruments. You must have a special sterilizer with high temperature processing to ensure the destruction of bacterial, viral (HIV, hepatitis), and fungal pathogens.

    As a coating on the nails at the end of the procedure is applied to a conventional decorative coating with a top coat, transparent nail Polish with therapeutic properties (firming, prevents delamination, nutritional) or stable, not washed for 2-3 weeks gel Polish.


    Classic manicure has been used for over a hundred years, is therefore considered the oldest. It is done manually by using special tools: scissors, wire cutter, various nail files, pumice, floats, brushes.

    The classic pedicure to soften cuticles and hard skin of the foot is pre-steamed in a warm bath for 5-10 minutes. Usually add sea salt, soap, cosmetic oil, herbal extracts (chamomile, calendula, plantain). The cuticle then push back to the hole and carefully cut with scissors or tweezers. Nails cut, file, give them the correct form and of the foot and the heel are suitably cleaned with a pumice stone, trowel or brush. At the end of the procedure, perform a foot massage with moisturizing, nourishing creams or oils and nail varnish selected.

    The advantage of a classic pedicure is the opportunity to perform in the home, availability, and low cost. The disadvantages include:

    • high probability of infection when poor-quality compliance-disinfection of instruments and containers for baths;
    • the use of cutting tools;
    • a feeling of thinning of the skin in the treated areas;
    • pain and discomfort during removal of rough calluses;
    • risks of accidental cuts, especially for the inexperienced masters, which is an open gate for getting into the bloodstream infection;
    • removal of all the steamed fabric, partially including normal, not dead;
    • excision of ingrowing of the nail, leading to even greater aggravation of the problem.

    Due to the high risk of violation of the integrity of the skin classic manicure is not recommended to patients suffering from diabetes and other diseases, leading to deterioration of blood circulation of feet and people with delicate, sensitive skin.


    European pedicure many experts believe a variation of the classic. The difference lies in the fact that not removing the cuticle with scissors or clippers, my legs are steamed in a bath.

    The cuticle is treated with a special hypoallergenic formulations based on chemicals. Such compositions are applied to the cuticle, and then she just shifted and scraped with a wooden stick. For removing hard skin on my feet used emollient creams, which are applied with light massage movements, then soft floats or scrapers. At the end of the procedure, perform a relaxing foot massage with nourishing oils or creams.

    European pedicure is one of the safest. The tools used to soften and remove cuticle, continuous use will also contribute to the slowdown.

    Note: Calluses and corns tend to occur in women wearing high-heeled shoes, uncomfortable shoes, feet are constantly exposed to long-term physical exercise.


    Hardware pedicure method has been developed and launched over 40 years ago. When it is executed using a special device, equipped with tips (cutters) of various shapes and diameters, making it possible to perform certain tasks:

    • remove the burrs, the cuticle;
    • to give shape to the nail plate;
    • to clean, grind, Polish the surface of the nail plate;
    • to remove rough skin, calluses, corns.

    Before the session the skin and nails treated with antiseptic, and then softening with a solution or cream that attacks only dead Horny cells. The procedure is performed only on dry, my legs are soaked.

    This type of pedicure is safe and gentle, suitable for all skin types, including very sensitive. It is also fast performance, no discomfort, the risk of damage to living tissue during removal of corns, calluses, slowing the thickening of the skin, the risk of cuts and other injuries, the possibility of delicate treatment even in remote places. From the disadvantages are the need for in advanced cases, a few treatments after a certain period of time to achieve the desired result, some people may be unpleasant buzzing sound of the device.

    Cost pedicure will cost about 30% more expensive than classical, to comply with its recommended once every 2-4 weeks. Available devices for home use.


    Combined, or mixed pedicure is a Union of classical and hardware types. In some cases it allows to achieve better results than using them individually. During this procedure, the legs are first steamed in a tray, then with a grinding machine carried out the treatment of the skin of feet and heels. The cuticles are removed with scissors, the nails are processed manually.

    Video: About the features of different types of pedicure


    SPA-pedicure is the perfect treatment for skin that is recently gaining popularity. After doing his pre-held hardware or a classic pedicure.

    During the procedure, the use of cosmetics based on extracts of plants, essential and base oils, seaweed, mud, paraffin, thermal water provides relaxation, stress relief, nutrition the skin. First, make aromatic foot bath with the addition of natural ingredients, then follow the exfoliation with natural scrub, nourishing mask. At the end of the relaxing massages.

    SPA pedicure despite the duration and high cost is the most pleasant kind of pedicure. As a result of its regular run of foot always look well groomed and beautiful, the skin becomes soft, smooth to touch, improves its color.

    Unusual ways

    For women who love to experiment and always looking to try something new, many beauty salons can offer a completely innovative types of pedicures. For example:

  • Chocolate, or Norwegian. In addition to the normal pedicure consists of treatment of the skin scrub of sea salt and ground coffee, milk baths. At the last stage on the area stop in several layers of applied wax with cocoa, roll up the wrap, put on warm socks and chocolate suitable stand 30 minutes, then gently remove the wax and wash feet with warm water.
  • Wine. A consistent execution of the foot bath, homemade grape wine, peeling the skin with a scrub made of dried grape seed, and other components of the massage with grape seed oil and mask on the basis of their extract.
  • Fish. Cleaning stop if this procedure is carried out little fish Garra rufa. They tear off from the skin surface dirt and dead skin cells and promote healing of wounds, rejuvenate the skin by exposing it to a special enzyme contained in the saliva of these fish.
  • Acid. Is to use to combat calluses and rough feet skin creams containing lactic, fruit or other acids.
  • Pedicure with hot stones. In addition to the regular pedicure includes a foot massage and applying to them hot stones. The procedure helps to eliminate fatigue, relieve pain in the legs.
  • Interesting: One of the varieties of pedicure is permanent. Difference is that on your nails apply a coating of acrylic or gel, which allows to increase the length and adjust the shape of the nail plate.


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