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Guest Contribution : Clover – Living a Beautifully Healthy Life

One look at the supermarket shelves reveals the huge growth in alternatives to anything and everything, including milk. The secret is to let your diet lead you to an oasis of calm and health. When you are stressed out chances are your diet takes a plunge for the worse, You may eat the whole shebang, or lose your appetite altogether. No matter how you deal with it, stress affects your body in more ways than one and by eating incorrectly you could be doing yourself harm. Choose wisely what you put in your mouth and you can help your body with the war on stress.

Place antioxidant-rich foods on your grocery list – these include tomatoes, apricots, almonds, hazelnuts, mangoes, peppers, pilchards, mussels, broccoli, carrots, paw-paw and spinach.

The benefits of milk:

Milk contains the amino acid tryptophan, which is converted into vitamin B3 by the liver. It then helps raise serotonin levels, a neurotransmitter that helps the body regulate appetite, sleep patterns and mood. Because of this ability, tryptophan has been used in the treatment of a variety of conditions, most notably insomnia, depression and anxiety.

Eating smart:

Oat-enriched smoothie

If you simply cannot face a big breakfast, it might be a great idea to bulk up on your smoothie with a handful of oats.

Ingredients:

One serving:

1 banana

1 teaspoon of honey

90 ml full cream milk

125 ml plain yoghurt

½ cup raspberries

1 ½ cup rolled oats

Method:

Add all the ingredients to a blender and process until smooth. Serve immediately.

A common reason for striking cows’ milk and dairy products off the menu is having a low level of the enzyme lactase needed to digest the milk sugar, lactose. Lactose intolerance is quite common affecting at least 33% of people worldwide. Moderating your milk consumption can prove to be beneficial.

Although some experts blame cows’ milk for the increased risk of health problems, others argue that its complex mixture of nutrients has health benefits:

  • Milk is rich in calcium which is required for strong bones and teeth, and for a healthy functioning heart. A 250 ml glass of 2% low-fat cows’ milk offers 24% of the adult nutrient reference value of calcium (1300 mg a day).
  • Milk contains good fats too – Milk from grass-fed cows contain “good “unsaturated fats. Replacing the “bad” fats with the “good” fats in a diet will reduce heart-disease risk. Milk also has conjugated linoleic acid, which assists in reducing cholesterol.
  • Vitamins and minerals – Milk is full of vitamins, minerals and other biologically active health-boosting compounds.
  • Probiotics – fermented milk products that have live cultures, such as yoghurt, contain probiotics – these are linked to a range of health benefits such as an increased immune function. Try adding low-fat yoghurt to your bowl of muesli in the mornings.
  • Weight control – Full cream milk passes through the gastric tract slowly, which can help to regulate blood sugar levels and appetite.

Remember that living a beautifully healthy life is what really matters at the end of the day.

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Foods That Make You Pretty

Sick of spending loads of cash on beauty products and not seeing any results? Why not turn to Mother Nature instead? She is, after all, a woman herself!

Almonds: Nuts in general are high in vitamin B complex, which help with not only skin cell restoration but also hair growth and dry skin. Which will also help you fight against wrinkles and leave your skin and hair pretty and glowing.

Avos: Avocado’s have mono-unsaturated fats will give you clear, soft and smooth skin, but be careful not to over-indulge because it is still FATTY and you’ll be packing on the pounds quickly. Also, avo’s are great face masks too!

Salmon and Tuna: They are  loaded with Omega-3 fatty acids that do wonders for the body and they are also high in vitamin D, which is great for skin because it helps keeps it fresh and promote an overall healthy appearance. So while being in the sun can provide loads of vitamin D, these days it’s not so safe for your skin to be outside without using loads and loads of sunblock! So instead, chow some Salmon or Tuna.

Raisins: Oleanolic Acid, one of the phytochemicals present in raisins, plays crucial role in protecting your teeth against tooth decay, cavities, brittleness of teeth etc. It effectively prevents growth of Streptococcus Mutans and Porphyromonas Gingivalis, two of the species of bacteria which are most responsible for cavities and other dental problems. In addition, it is rich in calcium which is very good for promoting dental health, as it prevents breaking or peeling away of teeth and enamel and makes them strong. One more interesting thing about raisins is that the longer they stick to your teeth, the better, as it ensures longer contact of Oleanolic Acid with the teeth preventing growth of bacteria. Boron present in raisins plays a very important role in checking growth of germs in the mouth as well promotes health of bones and teeth.

Dark Chocolate: According to latest medical research studies, health benefits of dark chocolate may truly boost human health and provide variety of health benefits of dark chocolate. Dark chocolate is enriched with the health compounds, medically known as flavonoids that act as a traditional curative remedy for treating various body ailments and offering various health benefits of dark chocolate. It is known to lower cholesterol levels, boost immunity, cure depression and enhances the production of endorphins, which makes you feel great.

So, eat pretty my little pretty pouters!

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