Breathing is an involuntary response, yet deep breathing is a technique that many of us need to learn. When you’re stressed, you only take shallow breaths in the top of your chest. This causes a build-up of carbon dioxide in your lungs, eventually leading to a change in the pH of your lungs, causing acidity and cellular damage. Breathing deeply into your lungs, using your diaphragm muscle as a set of bellows, you encourage gaseous exchange at the base of your lung lobes. This allows for oxygenation of your blood, so the iron molecule can be escorted around your body to nourish cells. Yogic breathing teaches your body to relax, to breathe deeply and to ensure adequate oxygenation, thus nourishing cells and maintaining good energy levels.
Even though this article is about choosing foods with greater nutrient value, I really can’t talk about healthy food without first mentioning healthy ways to eat them. Eat with awareness, joy and appreciation. Observe and remember what is good about the meal and let go of anything that might not be optimal.
When trying to shed your winter coat in readiness for summer… there is a new trend – and it’s not an all-promise no-result new shiny gym machine… It is good old-fashioned, tried and true … boxing. And women are leading the way! Boxing and the aerobic-inspired boxercise is a total body workout that combines a mixture of cardio and high impact training that sees fast weight loss results as well as decreased stress levels!
Wouldn’t you love to have trim, taut abs like Pink. Well, this isn’t as elusive as it sounds. Your abs are one of the easiest muscles to strengthen, and by exercising them three to four times a week, you’ll start to notice results in as little as two weeks.
Three kids and and age against me I am living proof you can have a six-pack without spending hours doing sit-ups or having a carb-free (ho-hum) diet. Here are my tricks (Shhhh…. this is between you and me). And you know what the best side effect of this is? A strong core which we all need!
Looking After The Skin You’re In
Don’t we all wish we could turn the clock back and regain the skin we had as ‘20 somethings’- fresh, dewy, unlined and radiating health and vitality?
Our skin is our face to the world and as we grow older, the changes which take place are among the most visible signs of ageing. Our vital skin protects us from the environment, helps regulate body temperature, helps with fluid and electrolyte balance and houses receptors for sensations such as touch, pain and pressure.
Carbohydrate is the primary source of energy for your body and its functions since it is simpler to metabolise than fats or amino acids. All carbohydrates are broken down into glucose by the body. The more simple the carbohydrate, the quicker it is converted to glucose, causing an influx of glucose into the blood. This creates a spike in the levels of blood sugar (or blood glucose).
Cocoa is rich in magnesium, iron, copper, manganese, riboflavin and essential micronutrients for health and vitality. The high flavenoid content of cocoa has been scientifically linked to a reduced risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Cocoa contains theobromine that boost endorphins and increases mental alertness. Olive oil is my number-one favourite and I use it liberally in all types of cooking. This oil is beautiful-tasting, velvety and teeming with health benefits: it’s a rich source of antioxidants and mono-unsaturated fatty acids – one of the main reasons why a traditional Mediterranean diet is wonderful for heart health can be attributed to this oil. A splash of vanilla helps relax the nervous system and enhances mental performance.
Dates give a lovely natural sweetness that replace traditional cane sugar. They are also high in minerals, potassium, chromium, magnesium and iron. Cacao is high in magnesium and iron and contains more antioxidants than red wine or green tea. Cacao also contains compounds that act as stimulants believed to boost serotonin and endorphin levels in the brain. It contains the stimulants theobromine and caffeine that can increase alertness and give you a pleasurable sensation similar to the high people get after exercise.