CAN A CUP OF TEA REALLY IMPROVE YOUR HEALTH

There are so many different teas to choose from, I have my favourites, but always love to try a new one I haven’t had before.  Some teas can be beneficial to your health so read on to find out can a cup of tea really improve your health.

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Herbal Teas

Camomile Tea

This tea is one of my favourites and I regularly drink it before I go to bed. I drink it to help me unwind, but it can also help to alleviate digestive disorders, nervous tension and irritability,  It can reduce phlegm and ease hay fever which is a big one for me at the moment.

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Cinnamon

Cinnamon tea is known to alleviate colds, flu and digestive problems.  It also has the power to settle a stomach first thing in the morning.  A great builder-upper when you are feeling weak.

Echinacea

This tea stimulates the immune system and raises the body’s resistance to bacterial and viral infections, allergy reliever and it is particularly good for cleaning up problem skin.

Elderflower

Try this tea for soothing and clearing chesty coughs, colds and flu.  It relives wheezy and asthmatic chests, the symptoms of hay fever and rhinitis.  It fights fever and builds up the immune system. You also find this helpful 10 ways To Help Hay fever

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Fennel

Fennel tea can help to relive bloating, soothes stomach pain, indigestion and gas. It can also be known to calm inflamed joints.

Ginger

Great for morning sickness, colds and some digestive issues such as wind, indigestion and constipation. I drank this tea a lot when I had labyrinthitis because it helped to stop the sickness feeling. This may also be helpful How To Stop Feeling So Tired

Green Tea

Another one of my favourites. I drink green tea every morning. It is packed full of antioxidants, to assist in reducing free radical damage. It does contain caffeine which is why I choose to drink it in a morning.

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Nettle Tea

Nettle tea is one I tend to drink in an afternoon. This has been known to help the symptoms of hay fever which is definitely beneficial for me. It can also help ease arthritic inflammation.

Peppermint Tea

This is my go to tea for trapped wind and indigestion. It certainly works for me every time.

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There is so many amazing teas to try in the shops today, why not give them a try instead of having a cup of coffee and find out can a cup of tea really improve your health How To Boost Your Metabolism.

Enjoy your day and spend sometime outside if it sunny.

Karen X

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How To Feel Fuller For Longer

Do you take diet pills, appetite suppressants or slimming teas? These can take take a toll on your health. It is far better to tackle hunger pangs in a natural way. These simple tips can help in how to feel fuller for longer. You may also find this helpful Are You Struggling To Lose Weight?

Increase Your Fibre

Foods high in fibre will keep you feeling fuller for longer after you have finished your meal. Foods such as brown rice, bran, oats contain soluble fibre and therefore act like a sponge and soaks up moisture in the stomach. The fibre swells up, making you feel full, and also helps to release sugars slowly to prevent energy dips. You might like to try high fibre apples, avocados, beans, broccoli, nuts and seeds.

Eat More Protein

Do you get the 4pm dip? If you do try eating more protein with your meals. A high carbohydrate meal can make your energy and blood sugar levels peak and then trough. If you increase the amount of protein you will help your body convert carbohydrates to sugar more slowly. Healthy sources of protein include chicken, fish, chickpeas, quinoa, eggs, cheese and snack on nuts. Discover How To Get Enough Protein When you Don’t Eat Meat

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Keep Hydrated

If you are dehydrated the brain can confuse this signal as a sign of hunger. Before you consider what you are going to snack on have a drink or water and wait 20 minutes because this make just make the hunger pang go away. Try to sip water throughout the day and aim for 2 litres.

Break Those Back Habits

Are you really hungry? When we are tired, stressed or bored we often want to eat. This is a psychological craving. Do you eat out of habit such as wanting a dessert after you have eaten your meal? When you are low on energy or feel light headed you can crave something to satisfy the need quickly like chocolate, biscuits or crisps. Having an apple or some nuts will quickly sort out the problem and it will keep you fuller for longer.

Avoid Bad Habits

Unlike healthy, unrefined carbohydrates (such as brown rice and oats), refined carbohydrates, including white bread, pasta, sweets and biscuits are high glycaemic index and release sugars into your system quickly, giving a short term energy fix. This is why you be hungry again in a very short space of time.

Make Sure You Exercise

Exercise will not make you more hungry, it will actually help to prevent cravings and curb your appetite. Exercise helps to control your blood sugar and the body’s insulin response. After you have finished exercising make sure you eat something healthy and nutritious because this will help your body recover. Why Should You Exercise?

I have found it especially hard not to start snacking on biscuits and chocolate at the moment it is far more tempting when you are at home so much.

I do try think am I just bored or am I actually hungry. Hope some of these ideas help you to feel fuller for longer.

Have a good day

Karen x

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Why Should You Eat Avocados?

Why should you eat avocados? The avocado is one of the few fruits that contain fat and it also boasts a wealth of health-boosting properties. Discover the great benefits of avocados.

Avocadoes are an excellent source of monounsaturated fatty acids, as well as potassium, vitamin C, E, B vitamins and fibre.

The potassium helps fight off fatigue, depression, heart disease and strokes and is vital for healthy blood pressure.

Healthy monounsaturated fat helps to raise the level of ‘good’ cholesterol while slightly lowering fatty triglycerides.

Another type of fat in this amazing food is lecithin which plays a role in improving brain function. The body does require fat to help absorb nutrients such as vitamin E, which is also an antioxidant that neutralizes the damaging effect of toxins in the body, boost resistance to infection and has anti-ageing effect.

The high content of vitamin C and E in avocado is excellent for helping to keep your skin soft, supple and healthy. Also assists in maintaining glossy hair.

Avocados contain lutein which has been known to help protect against eye problems and cardiovascular disease.

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Its omega-3 content helps to lubricate joints and arthritic symptoms.

You will also find vitamin B6 which is essential for helping the body to release energy from food. The folic acid promotes reproductive health.

Some people avoid avocados because they contain fat, but they are so wonderful for you.

When you are preparing your avocado be careful as the majority of the nutrients are found in the dark green flesh near the skin.

As you can see avocadoes are an amazing food and have so many health benefits and they taste good too!!!

Have an avocado today and give your body a health boost.

Karen x

Lentil Cottage Pie – Great Vegetarian Option

If you are stuck for ideas on what to cook today, this is a great alternative if you don’t eat meat or you fancy a change from meat.

Serves 2

Ingredients

1 tbsp rapeseed oil

1/2 red onion

1 carrot finely chopped into small pieces

1 clove of garlic crushed

1tbsp tomato puree

400g can chopped tomatoes

1tsp dried thyme

75g dried split lentils

350ml vegetable stock

white and sweet potatoes for the mash

25g cheddar cheese grated

Method

Peel the potatoes and place in a pan of water, but do not set off cooking yet.

Heat the oil in a large pan over a medium heat. Add the onion and carrot and cook for 8-10 minutes.

Add the garlic and cook for a further minute.

Add the tomato puree, chopped tomatoes and thyme.

Set off your pan of potatoes to cook.

Stir in the lentils, vegetable stock, then simmer for 25-30 minutes, stirring occasionally until the mixture is reduced and creamy.

Preheat the oven to 200 / Gas 7

Pour the lentil mixture into an ovenproof dish and spread out evenly.

Mash the potatoes and spread evenly over the lentil mixture.

Sprinkle over the grated cheese.

Cook in the oven for 10-15 minutes until crisp and golden.

Serve immediately with any other vegetables of your choice.

Hope you enjoy it if you give it a try.

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How To Get Your 5 A Day Every Day In An Easy Way

Do you struggle to get your 5 portions of fruit and vegetables per day. It can be easier than you think. Firstly have a look at what you are eating each day. Secondly think how you can make small changes.

Key facts

Fruit and vegetables are key to a healthier lifestyle.

They taste great and add variety to any meal.

Your 5 a day should consist of as many different coloured varities as possible.

Eating a variety of fruit and vegetables will give you plenty of vitamins and minerals.

They are also a good source of fibre and antioxidants.

All these nutrients are good for your health.

Fruit and vegetables are generally low fat, low calorie foods.

so eating them instead of foods high in fat and added salt gets you on your way to keeping healthy and losing weight.

Remember – fresh, frozen, canned, chilled pulses, 100% unsweetened juice and dried fruit and vegetables all count towards your five a day.

Buy fresh fruit and vegetables when they are in season.

This means that they are not only cheaper, but tastier too.

what counts as a portion?

If you are confused as to what counts as a portion, here are some examples.

A portion counts as 80g which is roughly a handful.

1 medium apple

3 celery sticks

3 heaped tablespoons of canned sweetcorn

7 cherry tomatoes

1 handful of carrot sticks

1 medium banana

3 heaped tablespoons of fresh or frozen peas

1/2 an avocado

3 heaped tablespoons of cooked kidney beans

2 broccoli florets

2 medium plums

8 brussels sprouts

1/2 large courgette

1 medium onion

12 chunks of pineapple

3 whole dried apricots

Ideas on how to increase your 5 a day

Have 100% unsweetened fruit juice 150ml with your breakfast

Snack on fruit, dried fruit or vegetable sticks mid morning or afternoon

Add a side salad to your lunch

Have an extra serving of vegetables with your evening meal

Add tinned tomatoes to a homemade casserole

Make homemade soup

Make your own tomato sauce for pasta

Make your own smoothie – just remember they count as a maximum of 2 of your 5 a day

There is lots of ways to get your 5 a day.

Some don’t involve any cooking and are easy to prepare.

Hope you have a good day.

Karen

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Do You Suffer From Urinary Tract Infections?

Do you regularly suffer from urinary tract infections?

If you have or suspect you have a urinary tract infection you need to see a doctor. If you are prone to getting them, there are steps you can take to help prevent them.

Water

Firstly drinking plenty of water throughout the day keeps urine diluted so that bacteria have less chance to group together on the walls of the urethra and cause problems. It also stimulates you to urinate more often which helps to flush the walls of the urethra where bacteria may be clinging.

Try to have 8-10 glasses of water per day.

Cranberry And Blueberry Juice

In addition research has suggested that an antioxidant compound found in cranberries and blueberries called epicatechin, may work directly on bacteria. Cranberry compounds also appear to weaken bacteria cells.

Plain Yogurt With Active Cultures

Secondly buy plain natural yogurt that contains live bacterial cultures which help keep up your guts population of good bacteria, which in turn keep bad bacteria in check.

Probiotics

Lactobacillus Acidophilus and Bifidobacterium are best known probiotics (good bacteria) that can help support a healthy immune system. These can be bought at health food stores.

If you do suffer from urinary tract infections there is ways to try and prevent them.

Have a good day.

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