Vegetarian diets have been shown to improve the quality of one’s health dramatically. A healthy diet becomes especially important in a person’s golden years, making vegetarian eating habits a great place to start. These tips will provide ways that you can enjoy this lifestyle choice, providing the potential for many more happy and healthy years to come.
1. Focus on Organic Eating
Even though organic foods tend to be a bit more expensive than conventional groceries, the lack of additives and synthetic chemicals in your food will do wonders for your body. If possible, try to select fruits and vegetables with USDA certified organic stickers on them. Organic foods outside of the produce section are also available in many grocery stores.
Organic foods aren’t treated with hormones or preservatives. This means the food is... find out more ›
Accutane and other acne treatment products always bring along some side effects that make your skin super dry and cause rash, itching, cracking or peeling skin. Dizziness, dry eyes, joint pain etc may come along as well.
How about treating your acne without these undesirable effects? Then you got to try out these home remedies for acne. They're natural and easy to make and use.
1. Virgin Coconut Oil
Not all types of coconut oil benefit acne on the same level. Virgin coconut oil is particularly good for acne due to its stronger intrinsic antimicrobial properties and toxin-purging capability.
Make sure you get a real good quality virgin coconut oil (that smells aromatically like coconut) and you're ready to begin your natural acne treatment at home.
Each application you only need a very small amount so that a thin layer covers the affected area. Rub the oil gently until it gets absorbed into your skin. Leave it on for about 1–2 hours before you apply another layer. This is to prevent your skin from getting... find out more ›
Why do babies get constipated so easily nowadays?
Thanks to the infant formula that contains little or no dietary fiber and medium-chain fatty acids that are critical for infants to move their bowels regularly.
In contrast, exclusively breastfed infants are rarely constipated because breast milk has a good amount of medium-chain fatty acids that almost always help to soften stools and stimulate bowel movement for infants.
So, if you exclusively feed your baby infant formula, you need coconut oil since coconut oil has considerable amount of medium-chain fatty acids (especially lauric acid) that are also present in breast milk. Here are the 3-step guide to help your baby relieve constipation with the correct use of coconut oil.
Step 1: Choose Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
Virgin coconut oil carries the best nutritional structure for both health improvement and bowel movement. And if it's organic, that will be even better for infants since you wouldn't want to expose them to pesticides, unknown substances or artificial chemicals. So, make sure you choose only organic virgin coconut oil for your baby.
Side note: If you feel like using refined coconut oil since it costs relatively cheaper and it has no coconut odor, you can try... find out more ›
After clearing your acne, what's left behind are the scars. This is the next big thing you have to worry about because it still doesn't look good on your face though it's a lot better than having acne that causes not just ugliness but pain to your skin.
If you simply leave your acne scars just like that, the scars will heal by itself and fade over time because our skin has its own natural healing power. Of course, on the premise that you can withstand the sneering look from others. But if you want to expedite the healing process so that your skin will look flawlessly smooth and even in a shorter time, then you must use coconut oil for its strong benefits on acne scars.
By the way, coconut oil also benefits acne treatment. What I mean is, you can actually use coconut oil straight to treat both your acne and acne scars, rather than having to use a different treatment for acne and then use coconut oil for acne scars.
Now, let's see how coconut oil benefits acne scars.
1. Fight Germs
Do you know how much germs our skin has to deal with and keep off in just one second?
Millions of them.
While trying to fight off the bad guys, your skin will somewhat take longer to generate new cells to replace the discolored old cells that form acne scars. But if you bring coconut oil into the picture, its antimicrobial fatty acids will join... find out more ›
Frankly speaking, it's actually quite a challenge to list the disadvantages of coconut oil on skin especially this tropical oil has given me so much goodness and health benefits for the past 10 years. The only few so-called disadvantages I can think of are the way our skin reacts to the oil.
1. Causes Breakout on Skin
Coconut oil has created quite a hoo-ha among the acne sufferers. Because they got more breakouts than before they use it on their skin, they started to accuse coconut oil of being pore-clogging and hence, passing the verdict that coconut oil is bad for skin and causes acne. Even if you have no acne you should not apply coconut oil to your skin for fear you might get some tiny bumps popping up on your skin.
Well, that's not true.
The reason for coconut oil to break out more acne is not because it clogs pores, but because of the... find out more ›
It may seem easy to just put some coconut oil on your skin and your skin will become good and glow. Actually not. Some people got some "side effects" by using coconut oil the wrong way for skin care.
1. Applying Too Much in One Sitting
You should apply a thin layer and wait till this layer gets absorbed before you put on another thin layer. The reason for doing this is our skin can only absorb that much of the oil, so if you apply too much the oil will simply sit on your skin for hours and will make you feel greasy and dirty as dust in the environment sticks to you.
A small amount goes a long way.
2. Freaking out on Breakout
Even when you have a clear skin (without acne), you may experience breakouts in the form of small oily whiteheads. This is due to toxins being drawn to the surface of your skin by the detoxifying effect of coconut oil.
That is why acne sufferers who try to use coconut oil to treat their acne problems freaked out when their acne becomes... find out more ›
A fat that burns fat indeed, but you may not see much weight loss or worse, gain more weight with ingesting coconut oil if you make these mistakes...
1. Inadequate Coconut Oil Intake for Fat Loss
You have learned that coconut oil burns fat and promotes weight loss, right? Then it makes perfect sense to take as much as you can (I mean, not to the extent that gives you too many runs making you look like having a diarrhea).
If you're still using corn oil, safflower oil, sunflower oil, peanut oil or other unsaturated oils, use them in other ways like greasing your wooden furniture, oil pulling (if you're fine with swishing oil in your mouth), lubricating mechanical parts or whatever you can think of instead of using them as cooking oils because unsaturated fats in these dietary oils can... find out more ›
What are the differences between coconut oil and coconut milk?
Coconut oil contains 100% fats whereas coconut milk contains only about 20% fats and the rest are water, proteins, carbohydrates, minerals and vitamins.
Although coconut milk is the diluted version of coconut cream, consuming coconut milk is almost like consuming the whole coconut since the nutritional composition of coconut milk is pretty similar (but with some differences in the nutritional amount) to a whole coconut that contains coconut meat and water.
But you won't find such a rich mixture of nutrients like carbohydrate, protein, calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium and zinc etc in coconut oil. However, coconut oil does contain very small amount of fat-soluble nutrients like... find out more ›
As far as I'm concerned, coconut oil is extremely good for skin care such as moisturizing skin, blocking UV radiation and treating acne. But there are some specific details you need to know in order to maximize its uses as a skin moisturizer, sunscreen or acne treatment lotion. Let me show you.
1. Skin Moisturizer
If your skin is dry and it even cracks , like on your palms or heels, apply a small amount of coconut oil and then rub it gently until your skin absorbs it. Re-apply as often as the dryness of your skin requires.
Some people say that coconut oil sinks into their very dry skin quickly, but it does not moisturize their skin deep enough. Actually, if you re-apply as often as necessary, even with very dry skin, the dryness will go away within a day and cracks will heal in 3-7 days, depending on how deep the cracks are.
Trust me. I'm the kind with very dry skin for years particularly in a low humidity environment. My palms crack and become flaky easily. My heels crack even more easily. Coconut oil saves them all and return them with a smooth, flawless texture.
Of course, you should also drink enough water. Don't rely on coconut oil alone even though moisturizing skin is one of its best uses. Coconut oil plus water will help to keep your skin more flawlessly smooth and supple at all times.
Special note for uses of coconut oil on heels and lips: Heels normally heal relatively slower due to... find out more ›
You can't possibly finish off a jar of virgin coconut oil in just a day, so you must know how to store it to make sure its health properties (hence, health benefits) do not degrade over time like the best grade olive oil.
1. Cool or Warm Places?
Storing virgin coconut oil in a cool, dry place sounds good. But it may not apply to all people residing in different regions.
If you're living in countries like Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand or Indonesia where there is no winter, it's ideal just to keep virgin coconut oil in a cool, dry place since it will always stay in liquid form and ready to be used.
But if you're residing in regions where your room temperatures tend to fall below... find out more ›