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World’s Most Luxurious Desserts

No one can deny that cloud nine feeling after eating a sweet decadent dessert!

For most of us, desserts are eaten after a hearty meal. There are cheap desserts for a quick sugar fix but do you know that there are ridiculously expensive desserts? So ridiculous that you would ask why these things even exist.

Below are the 5 most luxurious desserts which have gained popularity globally. Read more

11 Breakfast Meals Around the World

Ideally, you should eat breakfast to start your day right – gives you energy, satisfies your appetite and keeps you sharp.

Experts agree, skipping morning meals is not a good idea. You might experience hypoglycemia. It can catch you by surprise, before you know it, you already have the awful symptoms of low blood sugar.

Skipping breakfast would almost surely set you up for overeating — particularly during lunch. Overeating is never a good thing. It makes you crave the bad stuff and makes you eat the more than you can effectively metabolize, thus making you fat.

Food is a huge part of culture and you are certainly curious of what other countries have for their breakfast meals.

Let’s take closer look at various kinds of breakfast culture around the world. Read more

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Before and After Meal Habits

Whether we are aware of it or not, we all have our routines after eating a sumptuous meal, a ritual of some sorts. Some of these habits are gradually formed by nurture or taught by our elders.

When asked why we do such things, we all have our reasons — whether they are based on scientific fact or simply from myths or total ignorance, which was handed down from one generation to the next.

However one thing is for sure. We need to optimize our digestion and make most of the nutrients we consume and what you do after a meal has a significant effect on the process of digestion and metabolism of food. Read more

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How to Get Your Kids to Eat Vegetables

When you were a kid, your mom would always remind you,

“Eat vegetables! They’re good for you.” or “Eat this, not that.”

Those words would start countless of drama in your home. This usually ends up with you in tears as you forced yourself to eat the greens on your plate.

But you had your tricks. You had made your mom believed you finished your plate of veggies but little did she know that those green beans were in the dog’s bowl and the celery and asparagus were thrown out of the window.

As parents, it’s so challenging to make your children understand the idea of eating healthy foods such as vegetables. Sometimes you just want to give up and throw in the towel, and let the children eat their own way.

What is with these veggies that kids find so disgusting? Is it the texture? The color? Or the general taste?

Here are some tips to get your children to eat vegetables. Read more

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10 Health Foods to Get your Sexy On

You have been into different diet plans to achieve and support your fitness goal — which is to feel good and look even better.

To go along with your dieting, you also hit the gym to look hot and attractive. Moreover, wear cute clothes and try out new beauty tricks to come out pretty and elegant. The quest to look and feel sexier is within our nature.

There are plant-based foods that will help prepare your body and brain to feel and look sexier. Foods untainted with chemicals and that will surely improve your sex appeal and vigor. Hey, these foods can turn the heat up in your intimate relationships.

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Flowers You Can Eat and Their Benefits

Flowers are admired for their stunning colors, their sweet scent and varying facade. They bring superb impact in different special occasions when artistically arranged. It also symbolizes love, peace, and calmness. Some are easily cultivated, but some has special needs that favor their growth. Read more

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How to keep your mind and memory sharp

Do you keep on forgetting things or cannot remember names of familiar faces? If this is happening to you, maybe you’re having serious memory lapses. Memory lapses can happen at any age.

Memory loss can be caused by brain injury, neurological or organic problems, and maybe because of the fact that you’re getting old.

As you age, you expect your bones, muscles and entire body system to slowly get weak. You might lessen your physical activity because of some muscular strains or joint pains that will affect your daily movements. Along with your body, it is not surprising that your brain is also starting to experience “senior moments”.

The thought of your mind deteriorating is scary. So as early as possible, it is important to preserve your mental abilities and reduce the risk of getting severe forgetfulness — dementia.

Here are routines and exercises you can do to keep your memory sharp. Read more

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Fruit-Infused Water makes Hydration Interesting Again

Water is probably the most basic of needs for survival. Most adults know the importance of hydration and would drink water even without the feeling of thirst. Adults drink to hydrate and not just to quench their need. Read more

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Plant-based Meat and Protein is the New Food Revolution

Proteins are the building blocks of human life. They are many types that vary in function.

In general, major sources of protein are from animal meat. A huge majority of human population loves to consume meat. This is due to the fact that by nature, we crave for protein.

Lately, there is plenty of focus on vegetarianism and plant-based diets. It has been established that plants are great sources of protein as well.

The 68th United Nations General Assembly declared the year 2016 as the official “International Year of the Pulses”. Pulses — beans, lentils and peas — are cheap, low-fat source of protein. Typically, they have twice as much protein found in whole grains. They are with high fiber content, vitamins, and minerals. Read more

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Soup Detox. Cleansing the Body Through Souping.

Detoxing (detox) and cleansing started decades ago and now, they have become so popular and highly recommended.

The process usually utilizes fresh, natural products to eliminate harmful toxins and it is very appealing to many. Moreover, detox and cleansing diets are often nutritious and packed with essential antioxidants.

Cleansing diets nowadays come in different shapes and forms. There is a specific diet made to improve a particular organ or body system. There are also cleansing diets made specifically for weight loss and general health improvement.

Perhaps the most popular way to detox is through juicing. Simple and ease of preparation are its major pros. Another popular method is through souping or ‘soup detox’ and this cleansing method is trending at the moment.

A lot of people divert to soup as a replacement for juicing because of the following reasons: Read more

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Super Seeds – Best Things Come in Small Packages

They say “Sometimes best things come in small packages”, this is so true with plant seeds. They are tiny in size but super-packed with essential nutrients needed by the body. They are ideal to add to your daily meal to ensure you’re eating a balanced diet.

Today, seeds are becoming more popular in stores or markets, finding them in different preparations and packaging because of the ‘super seed hype’. They are excellent add-ons to various kinds of beverage — or added as an ingredient in bars, snacks, and baked goodies to intensify nutrient content. Most of them are even processed to extract oil and applied topically for a healthier skin.

According to a data collected from the previous year, most expert dietitians and nutritionists stated that seeds will top the super food trend this 2017.

Curious what are these so-called ‘super seeds’? Here’s what you should know. Read more

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Health and Fitness Trends to Look for in 2017

Over the years, health and fitness gurus crack their heads with new methods, and ways of making an impact within the fitness circle.

Some of the ‘new’ stuff are merely ‘remakes’ or ‘repackaged’ goods. They are not necessarily bad. In fact, they are beneficial for the most part — particularly for beginners. Many trends would fail and lose steam but many would last and even become ‘regular’ of health, wellness, and fitness if they are found to be effective by the masses.

So as you say good bye to the old, unhealthy you last year and start embracing the upcoming year like a breath of fresh air, let’s look at the health and fitness trends expected this year 2017. Read more

Collagen, essential for health and appearance of your skin

Collagen is an amino acid and the most abundant protein throughout the body. It is naturally produced by the body and plays an important role in your skin, bones, hair, muscles, liver and heart by providing elasticity, strength and serve as the “glue” that hold us together. However body’s production of collagen degenerates as you age and results in formation of wrinkles, degenerative joint pains and other collagen related complaints. Read more

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Best Weight Loss New Year’s Resolution Advice

Not surprisingly, losing weight is the most common New Year’s resolution. In 2014, almost 2 billion adults worldwide are overweight and about a third of that number is obese. That is a whopping 600+ million obese people!

Obesity kills. Being overweight is a major risk factor for lifestyle diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, osteoarthritis, and cancer.

Obesity is preventable and in theory, easy to remedy. However, in practice, it is extremely difficult because it requires lifestyle change.

Are you one of the weight loss resolutioners? Here are some useful tips for your weight loss mission this New Year. Read more

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7 New Year’s Resolution Tips

Before the year changes, it is customary to sit down and make a list on how to improve yourself for the coming New Year. These so-called ‘New Year’s Resolutions’ are promises to yourself — the changes you need to do, or the good things you need to continue doing for you to achieve the better version of yourself.

Here are some pieces of advice on the most typical New Year’s resolutions. Read more

10 Foods that Bring Good Fortune this New Year

Many believe that certain things played important roles to make the coming year a bountiful one. Traditionally, you should have them prepared on New Year’s Eve in order for good luck to ride with you the following year — these include what color to wear, lighting of fire crackers which many believe will drive away bad elements, and specific types food to set on the table. Read more

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6 Ways to Battle and Prevent Cancer

We often ignore its seriousness particularly when we’re young and full of vitality. But slowly as we age and become more aware of our human mortality, we begin to fear the possibility of having the dreadful C-word. Read more

How You Should Spend Your Vacations

Everyone loves having long vacations. Whether you’re a student or a working person, vacation days are the best time to sit back, relax, and enjoy things we find interesting. Read more

Holiday Superfood: Roasted Chestnuts

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“Chestnuts roasting on an open fire…..” – Nat King Cole

The smell of roasted chestnuts is inevitably sweet and brings forth the feeling of excitement for the holidays.  Chestnuts are cool season crops — the reason why most Americans and other western countries consider chestnuts as an icon of the holiday season. Read more

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Health and Beauty Tips this Holiday Season

Yuletide season is fast approaching. This generally means you’ll be busy buying gifts for family, friends, and loved ones; stuff yourself with food from reunions, gatherings, and seasonal parties. This is the season when you are likely to go to bed late and get less sleep. Read more

9 Healthy Travel Snacks

Traveling can be a tough especially when you are trying to eat healthy. Whether you are traveling by plane, automobile, boat or train — it is best to prepare your on-the-go healthy snacks. Read more

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Dragon Fruit: Benefits of the Super Fruit

There’s a plant with an interesting-looking flower that produces a beautiful fruit which is usually dark red in color, or in some types, pink or yellow.  The skin is a thin outer layer with green-tipped and scale-like spikes resembling that of a mythical dragon — thus the name, Dragon Fruit.

Also known as Pitaya, the center of the Dragon Fruit is creamy white or fuchsia-colored flesh, dotted with tiny black seeds which gives way to many rich and natural properties.

At first, the look of dragon fruit may seem a little strange and one might wonder how it would taste. But when you do get to taste it, there’s a likely chance that you will love it.

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8 Benefits of Dragon Fruit

  1. Boosts Immune System
    Dragon fruit is high in vitamins and minerals that improve immunity; and prevents diseases and illness. The high levels of Vitamin C, B1, B2, B3 as well as calcium, phosphorous, iron, protein and niacin help provide an overall healthy body.
  1. Improves digestion and metabolism
    Because dragon fruit is rich in fiber, it aids in the digestion and improves bowel movements thus reducing the chances of constipation and irritable bowel syndrome. Studies also suggest that it promotes the growth of probiotics.
  1. Lowers Blood Glucose
    The high amount of fiber in dragon fruit helps regulate blood glucose levels. It inhibits the sugar spikes that occur after eating high glycemic index foods. This suggests regular consumption of the fruit could be helpful to avoid common issues associated to diabetes.
  1. Prevents Formation of Cancer
    Dragon fruit contains active antioxidants, phytoalbumin and carotene that fight cancer-causing free radicals and blocks tumor cell growth. Furthermore, lycopene, responsible for the red color in dragon fruit, lowers prostate cancer risk. Also minerals and fibers prevent the occurrence of colon cancer by washing out toxins.
  1. Controls Cholesterol Level
    This exotic fruit is also an excellent source of monosaturated fats which help to keep your heart in good condition. Monosaturated fats, considered a heart-healthy type of fat come from the small seeds embedded within the flesh of the fruit. It decreases bad cholesterol levels and replenish good levels thus lowering the risk of developing cardio related diseases.
  1. Anti-aging
    Dragon fruit has antioxidants that keep the skin tight and young.  It has also the nutrient phosphorous which is the most important components of cellular membranes and prevents premature aging.
  1. Reduces Inflammation
    Dragon fruit provides alkalinity due to its high vitamin and mineral content, helping to reduce inflammation and irritation in joints.
  1. Great for Sunburns
    Abundant in Vitamin B3, dragon fruit can moisturize sunburned skin and release heat from the affected area. The fruit’s flesh is combined with cucumber juice and honey, and just like aloe, if applied topically can soothe burned skin.

Dragon fruit is definitely one of the best “super fruits” out there.  It is nutritious, good source of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. There are no reported side effects in consuming dragon fruit. It is safe even for pregnant and breast feeding mothers.