Monthly Archives: October 2018

Why Is Oatmeal Good For You?

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Oatmeal is a ubiquitous breakfast staple enjoyed across all age ranges. Historically enjoyed throughout the USA and Europe, oatmeal is also gaining traction in developing countries because of its affordability and its health benefits.

Oatmeal is made of oats, which are packed with nutrients and are higher in fiber and protein compared to other grains.

Whether or not you’re on the HCG injections diet plan, you should consume healthy foods, and oatmeal is a fantastic choice. Here’s why:

 

Oats are very nutritious

Oats are a good source of B vitamins, minerals, and soluble fiber. Processing and cooking methods affect the texture of oats, but the nutrients contained remain the same.

Oats typically have manganese, a trace mineral important for development, metabolism, and growth; iron, which helps in transporting oxygen in the blood; magnesium, which aids in bone health and preventing osteoporosis; selenium, an antioxidant that helps in thyroid gland function, DNA production, and cognitive function; and zinc, which is necessary for strengthening immunity.

 

Oats are incredibly fulfilling

Oats contain beta-glucan that increases the feeling of fullness in your stomach, making you eat less and therefore decreasing your intake of calories. Beta-glucan also encourages the release of peptide, a hormone produced in the gut in response to eating. Beta-glucan is also a prebiotic, and it feeds the good bacteria in your gut.

 

Oats lower your bad cholesterol

The beta-glucan in oats aids in lowering LDL or “bad” cholesterol levels. This is linked to decreased risk for heart disease. Beta-glucan may also increase the excretion of cholesterol-rich bile, thus reducing the circulating levels of cholesterol in the bloodstream.

 

Oats improve blood sugar control

Diabetes is a pretty common disease. In America alone, more than 4,000 people are diagnosed with the disease every 24 hours. Type 2 diabetes accounts for 90 to 95 percent of those cases. It is caused by decreased sensitivity to the hormone insulin and is characterized by significantly high blood sugar levels.

The beta-glucan in oats can delay the emptying of the stomach and the absorption of sugar in the blood, thus resulting in lower blood sugar levels and improved insulin sensitivity.

 

So make sure to get your regular dose of oatmeal in order to reap its health benefits!

Simple Tips In Preventing Wrinkles

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Aging is an inevitable part of life. From the moment you are born, the process starts, and it doesn’t really slow down – at least not in the way you’d imagine. The best you can hope for is to stave off the physical manifestations of aging as long as you can.

As early as your 20s – considered to be the heyday of your youth – you should already start developing habits that will help you prevent wrinkles and other signs of aging. There may not be any magic elixirs that will let you achieve eternal youth, but lifestyle factors can go a long way in improving not only how you look but also your mental state and energy levels.

So what, in fact, should you be doing to combat aging? Read on to find out!

Count colors, not calories

Generally speaking, the more colors you eat in terms of fruits and vegetables, the wider range of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants you consume.

Try broadening your palate with deep leafy greens like kale and spinach, and add a dash of blues and purples with eggplants and beetroots. Don’t forget your reds, yellows, and oranges with carrots, turmeric, and peaches!

Choose healthy fats

Fats must be avoided, yes, but this is not applicable to all kinds of fats. There are some fats that are considered good fats, essential for brain health, hormone function, and strength of your hair, skin, and nails.

Avocados shot to popularity among health buffs for a lot of reasons, and of those include being a good source of monounsaturated fats. Aside from getting health benefits, you can also prepare avocados in several ways, as they pair well with various foods and salads.

Eat protein

Your body needs protein to build and repair your hair, skin, eyes, and skin. Protein also helps with various bodily functions, such as speeding up chemical reactions and regulating activities of the cells and organs.

Reach for grass-fed beef, pasture-raised chicken, and wild oily fish for your protein. Don’t forget your eggs too – the whole egg, not just the whites. If you’re vegan or vegetarian, you can try hemp seeds, sprouted legumes, and tempeh.

Drink plenty of water

Water is essential to the human body in a way nothing else is. Not surprising, since up to 60% of the body is made up of water. As such, it is imperative that you replenish constantly.

Drink water as soon as you wake up and before you go to sleep, and as often as possible. As a rule of thumb, you should consume about 2 liters of water each day.

Do these in conjunction with your HCG injections, and you’ll feel and look better and healthier!