Food that improve circulation

Circulation problems and discomfort can bring various negative consequences, such as swelling in the legs, varicose veins and cellulite, among others. To avoid these problems, notes the next article where we present a list of foods that typically improves blood circulation.

Red pepper. This plant has a high level of beta-carotene, vitamin C and flavonoids, antioxidants to strengthen the capillaries.

Salmon. For the salmon has this property, you must give little cooking. When cooked, let it be with a pink in the center, so you manage to retain a higher amount of omega-3 fatty acid essential for good blood circulation.

Grapes. Rather than the same grapes, are the seeds of those contributing to improve blood circulation. Antiaging their molecules reinforce the walls of blood vessels.

The berries. The berries, such as raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, etc., Have a large number of flavonoids, a nutrient that protects and strengthens even the smallest capillaries and also inspires the heart.

Garlic. To exploit the properties of garlic oil you consume. This helps to lower blood pressure and improve blood circulation.

Legumes. Legumes are generally very healthy, but the lentils in particular help to improve circulation, thanks to its high content of zinc and selenium, minerals essential for the formation of collagen.

Brazil Nut. This type of nut, has a high content of selenium, a mineral found in collagen, necessary for the health component of the capillaries. Also, this nut has vitamin E, can strengthen the veins and arteries.

Citrus marmalade. The jam made from citrus fruits, especially orange, possess citroflavonoides, a type of antioxidant considered an excellent ally for toning the veins.

Cleansing Drinks

Well you know that drinking plenty of fluids is essential to be healthy inside and out. However, there are some beverages that are particularly cleansing. In the following article we present them.

The lack of liquid generates our body can not properly remove all toxins, which makes us feel tired and our skin and hair look dull and lifeless. Here we bring you the ultimate liquid that help us to purify our body. Write them down.


This is the ultimate cleansing drink. It is best that you find everywhere so you have no excuse not to drink. Start the day with a large glass of water and drink on an empty stomach at least another 7 throughout the day. Just do not drink more than 3 liters per day.

Fruit juices

The juices are also a good option to cleanse the body, plus they are antioxidants and provide us with essential vitamins and minerals. Try to prepare yourself and with 100% natural ingredients: water and fruits only. Forget the sugar, instead of debugging, poisoning our bodies. The grapefruit, orange, pineapple, cucumber and strawberries or strawberries are especially purifying.

Herbal teas

The agüitas of herbs, such as chamomile, fennel, matico, boldo, horsetail, among many others, are an excellent choice to cleanse the body. The same applies to green tea, white and red, which are also very good debuggers. If you want to drink hot tea and replaced by a coffee herbal agüita, yes, no sugar.

Vegetable soups

The soups or broths are a great option to debug our body, especially in winter. Prepare yourself at home tomato soup, squash, celery or parsley. Try to bring them too little salt and avoid ingredients like milk or cream. Instead, supplemented with olive oil or grape seed.

Why cant we drink sodas?

One of the best explanations in this home video.

Obesity in adolescents

You see it everyday, news and information that bring to the front our problem with our weight.  It is a national problem.  It’s not just your older sedentary population; it’s not just your overworked middle-age population; and it’s not just your nerdy teenage population.  It is a national epidemic.

The first question I always have, is how did we get here?  How did we go from one of the most physically fit nations, to just wallowing in our weight? 
Over the last thirty years, food nutritionists and the food industry as a whole have embraced the idea of lowering our fat intake.  This was a direct result of the information published by the government that encouraged less egg consumption because of the cholesterol found in eggs.  After that particular piece of information, doctors began to discover that when we consume fat, we have higher incidences of cholesterol problems.  The logical conclusion: fat must be bad for you.  And so, an entire generation as grown up with fat-free foods.  A whole generation grew up believing that fat was what made us fat, clogged our arteries, and generally caused ill-health. 

So what did we do? We turned to carbs to make up for the loss in taste of food that had the fat removed; for you see, fat is what gives many of our foods their delicious taste.  When you remove the fat, the taste must be artificially injected into the food.  The end result is a food that is higher in carbohydrate content, but lower in fat.  Hence, all the wonderful labels displaying  the claim of “fat free” but neglect to mention the higher level of carbohydrates.  Lowered fat should have created a population of slim, trim, healthy people. Right?
We could not have been further from the truth.  As it turns out, fat is a necessary part of our metabolic processes.  We need the fat in order to properly utilize many of the vitamins and nutrients we consume.  When did we make this discovery?  Probably some thirty years too late for some people.
Now, we have an entire generation of young people, who have because of their high carbohydrate food choices, become a nation of obese adults.  Never before has a nation recorded the kind of obesity problems this nation is facing now.  Never before have we ever had so much, to have so little.  These young people are experiencing low self-esteem, weight related health problems, and whole host of emotional problems, thanks to obesity issue.  How can we try to help them correct this problem?
According to the guides published by the USDA, calorie needs vary from one age group to another, one gender to another.  So how do you determine what your individual needs are?  You can setup a journal for recording your daily caloric intake for about a month.  Make a note of your weight each day.  If you don’t gain any weight during the course of that month, you’re eating your recommended calorie level in order to maintain your weight.  Now, take that calorie information, use the food pyramid and comprise a combination of foods that will help you achieve this recommended daily intake, and still be enough to be filling and please the palette. You now have an individualized healthy eating plan.  This is the safe sure way to reach weight loss goals.  It didn’t become a problem overnight, and it won’t go away overnight.

Who's healthier?

Now, here’s a tricky question. Do you suppose your health is related to your natural handedness tendencies?  This is a question that has actually been studied and reviewed by member of the medical field, and to the best of their ability, there is no conclusive evidence that your natural handedness tendencies has anything to do with your state of health, or your disposition to any particular state of health.
Our overall state of health is dependent upon several factors: our diet, our exercise, our work habits, and our genetics.  The first three contributors cross all natural tendency of handedness lines, and we find we have all forms of handedness in all sort of occupations, with all sorts of eating habits, and exercise habits.  When you talk about our genetic disposition, you really have to understand that as a person, we received input from two parents: a mother and a father. While it is true that we normally take many of our traits from our parents, our natural tendency for handedness can come from as far back as a great-grandparent.
Our health is the culmination of inherited possibilities, and daily consistencies.  We might inherit the potential for heart disease, but if we live a life of good eating habits, good exercise habits, and attend to nutritional and rest requirements; we can often overcome the inherited potential.  We can glean some information from what has been learned about natural handedness tendencies to make some assumptions about a person’s personality traits that might contribute to the overall health of the individual, but nothing that can be tied directly to the “handedness” of the individual.
First of all, there is only about 10% of the population that is left-handed.  Now, if you’re trying to conduct research, on any topic, you need a more even distribution of subject matter.  If 90% of our population is right-handed, there is no way to get a proper perspective on comparative features.
The explanations of right-handed versus left-handed are still very vague generalizations, and no one group has been able to successfully explain why we are one way or the other.  Since we aren’t even able to agree on the reasons for the existence of a preference, how could we possibly study the health of one group versus the other, and come up with any usable information?
What we can determine are some general characteristics of one versus the other, and draw “generalizations” from that information.  Most often, left-handed people are less cautious than right-handed counterparts, leading us to assume that there are more health-risks for the less cautious.  Second, there is the belief that left-handed people are more creative, more extroverted than right-handers; this would lead us to assume that again, left-handed people are more exposed to opportunities for ill-health or accidents.
In all of this generalization however, there is this fact: there are more left-handed women than men, and women tend to live longer than men.  This evidence simply throws all other generalizations into a quandary.  Does our handedness affect our health, I think not.

Metabolism: What Is It?

The dictionary defines metabolism as the sum of all biochemical processes involved in life, or the sustaining of life.  In application concerning our health, metabolism is related to the intake and use of food.  In reference to the case in point it is our ability to utilize our food to the fullest extent.
Some people have really high rates of metabolism.  In other words, when they consume food, their bodies burn it up almost as fast as then consume it.  Then there are those of use who use our food intake so slowly, as to not even notice that we’re burning calories.  These people who burn quickly are often slim and trim, the people who burn more slowly are the people with a tendency toward obesity.
The body’s metabolism is a unique process for each individual person.  No two people metabolize food at the same rate therefore no two people have the metabolism.  We all use our calories at different rates, with different results.  Our metabolism, like our fingerprints is unique to each of us.  But the need to understand and accommodate this metabolism is an issue that we all face.
All of this metabolic process is related to our calorie intake, our vitamin and nutrition needs, our thyroid and endocrine production, and how well all of these processes come together.  For years, people have sought ways to raise the metabolic rate.  If you can raise someone’s metabolic rate, you are then better able to control the burn of calories, especially for overweight or obese people.  This would make the goal of better or improved health a much easier reality for those people. 
Efforts to date have produced very little results.  There are foods that we can consume that naturally raise our metabolic rate, but not to a great extent.  What we need is a way to directly alter the rate.  We need to be able to raise our metabolism to a point where we can actually see a benefit. 
What determines our metabolic rate, as far as our genetics?  Generally, we tend to inherit the same tendencies for metabolic rates, body frames, and other related body functions from our parents.  Thus, the origin of “well, she comes from big people; naturally she’s going to be big”. 
Right now, the greatest results in raising our metabolism come from exercise and building our muscle mass, while reducing our body fat.  Adding more muscle to the body, in turn causes us to burn more calories, and this helps to elevate our metabolic rate.
Our metabolism functions also depend on how well we have taken care of our nutritional needs.  The process of burning calories and creating energy is a delicate one, and one which must be carefully tended, or it can become imbalanced.  It is often through these natural imbalances that we tend to “inherit’ our metabolic rate. 
I believe through careful analysis, and attention to each person’s unique needs, we could bring about a more natural balance of the metabolic burn vs. the calorie intake. To a level where optimal health and weight control are in equilibrium.

Tips to keep you young

Diet. The secret of youth is to have a balanced diet. Follow the instructions we have gave to ensure a comprehensive intake of nutrients and antioxidants needed.

Cook properly. Heat, light and excessive cooking can damage food, degrading its entirety. So, try to consume as much as possible fresh raw foods, as well as without peeling.

Avoid oxidizing agents. Every day we consume items that eventually degenerate our bodies. Among them is the snuff, alcohol, coffee, energy drinks and refined foods mainly. Try to avoid regular consumption of these items.

Start today. Do not wait until turning 40 to begin to care. The oxidation process is something that accompanies us throughout life. So, change your habits today, the sooner you start to take adequate food, more delayed and reduce the cellular oxidation.

How to eat at every stage of life

Our food is not the same in different moments of our lives. The tastes and needs are changing. It is therefore essential to know how should eat at every stage. Find out in the next article.

Women especially must take care what and how we eat throughout our lives, due to the many changes in our body, puberty and adolescence, pregnancy and lactation and after menopause. For our body and mind are in perfect condition, it is necessary to maintain certain dietary habits in each of these stages.

Puberty and adolescence

During this period of growth our bodies and minds require extra energy to develop properly. However, today food is a problem in adolescents. Eating disorders at this age tend to collect the most number of victims, almost always the product of excessive cult of thinness promoted by the media. It is important during this stage to avoid an obsession with weight, eating habits and promoting healthy lifestyles.

The food in this period is very important because the customs that are purchased here, which will retain in adulthood. The intake of nutrients during puberty and adolescence is important. The bones are calcium, capturing the life and need all our body in general is moving from childhood to an adult body, so that nutritional needs are greatest. The greater physical wear and intellectual product of the study also make it necessary to complete feeding.

So, during this stage is essential in a balanced diet that includes all kinds of nutrients, and never skip a meal. Isocaloric diets at this age should be avoided, and if necessary, must be supervised by a professional.

Pregnancy and lactation

During this period our bodies has important hormonal changes, against which we must make some changes in our eating habits.

Nutrition during pregnancy should remain wide, but there are certain nutrients that we must strengthen, such as calcium, folate, iron and iodine. You should eat plenty of fiber, liquid and avoiding fatty foods and caffeine. This is achieved by eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, dairy products, whole grains and seafood such as fish and shellfish.

In the energy needs of breastfeeding mothers tend to be higher than during pregnancy. You should take plenty of water and calcium intake should be strengthened. It is also important to restrict certain foods that give a bad taste to milk, which we'll find out by the reaction of the baby.


This period brings major hormonal changes in a woman's life, which affect all areas. Bone mass decreases due to reduced estrogen production, cholesterol tends to increase because of increased blood lipids, and skin and hair are very dry and dim. These changes usually also carry psychological consequences, such as listlessness, negativism, and sometimes depression.

A healthy diet can help buffer these effects. Betting on a diet rich in vegetables, fruits and vegetables, as well as in cereals and carbohydrates comprehensive. Fats should be reduced only to the good, such as olive oil, omega 3, almonds, etc. Fish is an ideal food at this stage, since it has fewer calories and delivers the necessary nutrients. Dairy products are important, but should be preferred skimmed. Meals should be regular and in small amounts and must be practiced a sport three times a week.

Chiropractic Care: A Benefit to the Well Individual?

We don’t often think of the chiropractor until some part of our body isn’t functioning as it should, most often our back.  But what about chiropractic care for the well individual?  Is it a benefit to the well person, to visit a chiropractor when really nothing is wrong? You bet it’s a benefit and here’s why.
The very nature of chiropractic care is the belief in the body’s own healing properties.  Quite often, we can have small problems in one area of our body, and not even realize it until the effect is felt in a much larger way, somewhere else.
The practice of chiropractic care focuses on the relationship between your spine and your nervous system.  The spine is the structure, and the nervous system is the function.  Chiropractic believes these two systems work in unison to keep and then restore your body’s health.  The word “chiropractic” is taken from Greek, and means “done by hand”.  This is exactly how chiropractic care works.  The chiropractor uses his or her hands to manipulate your body, and help it to heal itself.  It is the branch of the health sciences which focuses on the neuromusculoskeletal system.  That’s a very big word to simply say how your spine and nervous system work together.  The spine is the highway for your central nervous system; if the highway is blocked or traffic is jammed, they are usually able healers. Many cultures, the Egyptians, the Greeks, the Chinese, and even the Africans have used some form of chiropractic care for hundreds of years.
Why has it taken so long for chiropractic care to receive its proper recognition in western medicine?  Because by its very nature, it creates a divide between traditional, western philosophies and practices and what the chiropractor practices.  In modern, western medicine, prescription drugs play a huge role in our healing process.  To circumvent all those years of development, and investment on the part of the drug companies, is like climbing a rock cliff.  It has taken many years, much evidence, and the demand of the general public to finally make progress towards the implementation chiropractic medicine as a realistic form of healing.
Chiropractic care in the western civilizations however has experienced many hurdles on its way to becoming one of best forms of back care and preventive medicine available today.  To date, much research has been done and much material published on the benefits and cost-effective nature of chiropractic treatment.  The number of Americans who seek chiropractic care has more than tripled in the last ten years, and continues to grow each year.  It is a known fact, if you’ve ever visited the chiropractor, the philosophy works, your body feels better, it heals better, and you aren’t cut, drugged, and off from work for 6 weeks to recuperate.  It is interesting to note here, that chiropractors are still classified as holistic healers.  In other words, they believe in the whole body approach to healing.  So do the acupuncturists, and the herbal healers. It would seem to me, that traditional medicine as had a lot of catching up to do, and they thought they were in the lead!

Acupuncture: A Benefit to the Well Individual?

Before we begin a discussion about the benefits of acupuncture, let’s talk about the origins of acupuncture.  It was first used in China over 2000 years ago, and is one of the oldest medical procedures in the world.  It is a family of procedures that stimulates the anatomy of the body and helps to balance the energy flow throughout the body.  It is this kind of acupuncture that is practiced in the United Sates today, through the use of tiny, metallic needles placed in affected areas and manipulated by hand or by electrical stimulation.

Acupuncture is the basic foundation for Traditional Chinese Medicine and is based on the belief that there are two opposing and inseparable forces within our body.  They are known as the Yin and Yang of the entire person. The Yin is representative of the cold, slow, or passive principle, and yang represents the hot, excited or active principle.  A healthy state is achieved by maintaining a balance state of the yin and yang.  This is done through vital pathways or meridians that allow for the flow of qi, or vital energy.  The vital energy flow occurs along pathways known as meridians. These meridians connect over 2,000 acupuncture points along the body.  There are 12 main meridians, and 8 secondary meridians.  Although traditional western medicine does not completely understand how acupuncture works, the proof that it does work has been shown in several studies conducted by western medical facilities.

Now, let’s move to the question of does it work?  According to the National Institute of Health, the answer would be yes.  Acupuncture has been shown to be effective in many areas of health care.  Areas such as postoperative nausea, chemotherapy side effects, osteoarthritis, low-back pain, headache, menstrual cramps, addiction, carpal tunnel syndrome, and asthma, just to name a few.  The study revealed that acupuncture was able to provide pain relief, improve function and mobility of joints due to arthritis inflammation, and served to complement standard care.

Although there are many who would doubt the effectiveness of acupuncture, once they are a patient, they are believers.  It has been proposed that acupuncture works and produces its effects through regulating the nervous system.  The theory proposes that since acupuncture produces its effect through regulation of the nervous system, it induces the release of endorphins and immune system cells at specific sites on the body. There is also the theory that acupuncture alters the brain chemistry by the changing the neurotransmitters in the brain.

Without doubt acupuncture was a benefit in the study, and as a patient myself, I can vouch for the wonderful effect it has had on my back.  Although acupuncture is classified as an alternative medicine therapy, and there is still much to be understood about the way it works, it is a proven aid in maintaining optimal health.

But what about the well individual, can acupuncture provide a benefit to them?  Absolutely.  Because acupuncture works off the belief that we must maintain balance of our vital energy flow in order to remain healthy, acupuncture serves as the tool for realignment.  Our vital energy flow can be out of balance, and we still feel and appear quite healthy.  It is in this capacity that acupuncture serves as a sort of preventive medicine.  Checking and balancing the flow of energy on the meridian points in your body is like your car receiving a tune-up before it is in need of a repair.