Hay-fever herbal remedies

Summer is here! And so is hay fever!

Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to walk through the park, breathing in the summer air, laying in the sun on the grass without being a snotty, sneezing, snivveling mess?

Here are some herbal remedies said to help with symptoms and ease the allergy…

Chamomile tea is reputed to relieve hay fever symptoms. Some herbalists suggest smearing chamomile and lemon oil on a tissue and inhaling to prevent hay fever symptoms.

Ginger tea and raw honey works to break up chest congestion and loosen phlegm. It strengthens the immune system and acts as a natural antihistamine.

Green tea blocks the production of histamine and is one of the best homemade remedies for building the immune system.

Peppermint tea relieves nasal and sinus congestion. Drink it cold to sooth coughing associated with hay fever and allergies.

Butterbur reduces inflammation, blocking histamines and leukotrienes. Studies suggest the herb is effective for relieving sneezing, itchy eyes, sinus congestion and headaches. People allergic to ragweed or chrysanthemum should avoid butterbur.

A Cool Trick to Redirect Calories to Muscles Instead of Fat

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Want a cool trick to help your body decide how to use those calories you just ate? Exercising right before and shortly after a big meal can help to activate a protein inside your muscle cells called Glut4. GLUT-4 is a protein that, when increased, tells your body to put calories into muscle tissue, instead of fat cells.

 

Here is how you activate your glut-4

Step 1: Do 60 -120 seconds of exercise right before eating (i.e. squats, lunges, push-ups, etc.)

Step 2: Eat a meal

Step 3: 90 minutes after your first bite, do another 60-120 seconds of exercise

 

Doing this will allow more calories to flow toward your muscle cells than fat cells.

 

This article was authored by Michael Volkin, inventor of the all new Weight Loss Stack 52, the most fun and unique way to lose weight. 

Gluten Free Parsnip Hash Browns

This is for our beautiful Gluten Free readers, we look after you too <3

Serves 6

 

Ingredients

  • 450g waxy potatoes (such as Charlotte)
  • 350g parsnips or other root veg
  • 1 small onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 4-5 tbsp sunflower oil

To serve

  • 6 rashers of streaky bacon or slices of prosciutto
  • 6 stems of cherry tomatoes on the vine
  • 6 eggs

 

Method

  1. Peel and coarsely grate the potatoes and parsnips – if you’re using a food processor, attach the medium grater. Squeeze out as much liquid as possible with your hands and put them in a bowl.
  2. Stir in the onion, garlic, egg and season if you like. Divide the mixture into six and roughly shape into flat cakes. Heat 2 tbsp of the oil in a large non-stick frying pan and fry three of the cakes on a low heat for 4-5 mins on each side until golden and tender. Transfer to kitchen paper with a slotted spoon and leave to cool while frying the remainder, adding remaining oil as necessary. Meanwhile grill the bacon and tomatoes, poach the eggs and serve alongside.

 

How to Know if Your Diet is Plotting to Kill You

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This guest post was written by Michael Volkin, inventor of Weight Loss Stack 52 (currently undergoing crowdfunding), the most unique and fun way to lose weight.

How to Know if Your Diet is Plotting to Kill You

Is your diet actually bad for your body? It’s possible! Diets that restrict calories, and even some fad diets, can be harmful to your health in many ways. Don’t let the appeal of quick weight loss take trick you into harming your health.

A starvation diet is where you don’t consume the required calories and nutrients your body needs on a day to day basis.The fad starvation diets that are popular now include the Master Cleanse, the Ultra Extreme Calorie Restriction Diet, and the Clear Liquid Diet. Among other health concerns, each of these diet plans can lead to malnutrition. Malnutrition can cause emotional swings in the near term and liver and heart issues in the long term.

As an alternative to a starvation diet, you could try a healthier detox diet. Some of these include the Dr. Oz’s 48 Hour Cleanse, Clean Program Diet and the MediFast Diet.

But let’s be honest, diets suck. Here is a general rule of thumb to help you know if the food you have on the plate in front of you will contribute to your weight gain, or help you lose weight: The more humans have monkeyed around with your food, the worse it is for your body. By that statement I mean, is your food processed? Does it contain ingredients on the label you can’t read easily? Is the expiration date on the package past the next scheduled Olympics?

To lose weight, and keep it off, don’t overthink it. A balanced diet of fresh foods containing healthy fats, protein and carbs, mixed with a little exercise will do the trick every time.

 

We Made It To 6 Months!

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We started as an idea and a dream 6 months ago, and we’re live and kicking 6 months later!

 

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Foods to Keep You Full!

I hate that feeling of having just eaten and not even 40 mins later, I start feeling peckish – So I walk to the kitchen, open the fridge about 10 times as nothing in there seems like it will satisfy that peckishness…

Here are some foods that will fill you up for longer which will in turn help you lose weight!

1. Porridge

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Porridge is a great breakfast choice for keeping you full until lunchtime.

Oats are a wholegrain, which means they contain all three parts of the grain – the nutrient-rich inner germ, the starchy endosperm and the fibre-rich outer bran layer.

Top tip: to keep calories down make porridge with water or semi-skimmed milk and sweeten with an artificial sweetener rather than syrup or honey. Adding fresh fruit such as berries or a banana will add even more fibre to keep you going for longer.

2. Potatoes

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The humble spud is often seen as a dieting enemy, but research reveals that potatoes actually help to fill you up thanks to them being packed with starchy carbohydrates.

When looking at the Satiety Index and which 38 foods kept us the most full for two hours after eating them, boiled potatoes came in at the top spot, beating wholegrain bread, brown rice and bananas.

Top tip: as an alternative to chips, make wedges. Simply cut a medium potato into eight wedges, spray with a spray oil and bake until the inside is soft and the outside is crunchy.

 

3. Soup

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There’s heaps of good research to suggest that eating soup before a meal improves satiety so you eat less and take in fewer calories as a result. It’s far more effective – and a whole lot tastier – than drinking a glass of water with a meal to help fill you up.

Tip tip: opt for low-fat varieties, rather than filling up on rich, creamy soups. Good soup choices include vegetable, bean, lentil, mushroom, chicken, carrot and potato soup.

4. Eggs

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Research shows that eating eggs for breakfast can help to stop hunger kicking in so that you eat less for the rest of the day, and lose weight as a result. In one study, overweight or obese women who ate eggs rather than bagels for breakfast reported greater feelings of satiety during the morning and consumed significantly less calories, protein, carbohydrates and fat at lunchtime

Top tip: avoid fried eggs and instead go for boiled, scrambled, poached or make an omelette using a spray oil.

 

5. Oranges

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When it comes to foods to fill you up, most of you might think bananas would be the number one fruit choice. But according to the satiety index, oranges are almost twice as filling as bananas for the same amount of calories.In developing the satiety index, Australian researchers gave volunteers 240 calories worth of food – that equates to around 240g of banana (two large bananas) or 650g orange (four oranges).

Top tip: choose a whole orange rather than orange juice. It contains more fibre, and research shows that drinks don’t fill us up as much as food.

Thinking about all of these foods is making my mouth water….! :)

18 Smoothie Recipes That Will Make You Feel & Look FITilicious!

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Tuesday was a beautiful day in Montreal! You know that awesome feeling when you take a breath of fresh air and all you can feel is SPRING?! Love, love, love it!

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To me, spring is a time of rebirth, starting fresh and refocusing on things that do matter. It is also the time of the year when the temperature finally starts to climb up. It may sound weird, but when it is warm outside, I lose appetite. I am simply not hungry. Therefore, the idea of getting all necessary nutrients in becomes so much more important. And what could be more exciting than fueling with smoothies?! *Please, be careful here, I am in no way encouraging anyone to replace any meals with smoothies. Your diet should be well-balanced and carefully composed according to the level of your physical activity.* 

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The Secret to a Good Nights Sleep!

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We all want to be healthy, and we’re always told ‘eat healthy food’, ‘do more exercise’. Yes, we do need a good balance of a healthy diet and exercise but another important factor is sleep.

Getting the right amount of sleep for your mind and body is extremely important. During sleep, your body is working to support healthy brain function and maintain your physical health.

Nutritional Therapist, Kerry Torrens (full article here) gives some advice on how small diet changes can help you get to sleep.

  • Swap sugary cereal for a wholegrain alternative topped with milk and a sliced banana.
  • Choose protein foods that are rich in an amino acid called tryptophan. This helps boost the sleep-inducing hormone melatonin. Chicken and turkey, milk and dairy, nuts and seeds are all good choices.
  • Combine these with rice, pasta or potatoes to help the body get the most benefits from tryptophan. Try a chicken and noodle stir-fry or similar. Drink warm milk with a cracker or oatcake before bed.
  • Reduce your caffeine intake gradually. Try decaffeinated coffee or caffeine-free drinks like red bush tea.
  • Build relaxation and exercise into the day to help manage stress.
  • Avoid using a computer late in the evening as the light from the screen can have a stimulatory effect.