6 Foods that Fight Off Belly Bloat

6 Foods that Fight Off Belly BloatIt’s time to de-puff that pouch! Bloating — fluid building up between cells in your body — can be caused by poor digestion, too much sodium, or your period. But according to experts, if you pay attention to what you’re eating, you can usually avoid it. Good news, right? Stay in bikini-ready shape all year long with these bloat-busting bites.

Water with Lemon
A lot of people skip sipping on water when they are bloated, when in reality they should be doing the opposite. “People tend to think that when they’re holding on to water they should cut back drinking it, but that’s not the case,” says David Grotto, RD, a FITNESS advisory board member and author of 101 Foods That Could Save Your Life and The Best Things You Can Eat. Retaining water is actually your body’s way of holding on to fluid so you don’t dehydrate. If you’re having a bloating problem, that’s the time you want to push fluids, not restrict them, says Grotto. Since lemons are a natural diuretic and a gentle laxative when added to warm water, consuming the liquid can help reduce the amount of salt retained in the body. Just make sure you drink from the glass and not through a straw, so you don’t take in any extra air. [Read more...]

4 Biggest Mistakes You Make With Your Juicer

4 Biggest Mistakes You Make With Your Juicer1. Starting with room temperature produce
Hoping for a cool, refreshing beverage? Believe it or not, extracting juice from fruits and vegetables generally causes the temperature of the juice to rise about 10 degrees. For a refreshing drink, be sure to start with cold produce.

2. Not compressing ingredients
To get the most juice from leafy greens, roll the leaves together into a ball prior to juicing. Compressed, you get more juice because you’re pressing the veggie — not just air. [Read more...]

How Do You Make Leche Flan So It Turns Out Creamy & Firm?

How Do You Make Leche Flan So It Turns Out Creamy & FirmMarifer writes: “How do you make leche flan creamy but firm? I’ve been trying for so long, but my leche flan always turns out runny. Please give tips on how to make leche flan, because it’s so hard to make!”

Chef Ramon Antonio says: First of all, consider the eggs you use. Freshness is more important than egg size. Free-range or farm eggs are far better in flavor and quality than the sapid supermarket ones we have all grown accustomed to. You would actually say you have not tasted the real flavor of eggs until you have tried a freshly-laid one in a farm. [Read more...]

Scientists Figure Out Why Fiber Fills You Up

Scientists Figure Out Why Fiber Fills You UpExperts have long suggested that fiber keeps us feeling full because it takes a long time to digest, but new research challenges that notion-and may point the way to a new anti-hunger pill. The key is a short-chain fatty acid called acetate, which emerges as fiber is digested. Acetate then makes its way to the brain’s hypothalamus, where it builds up and triggers chemical reactions that tell us we’re full, Time reports. Researchers reached this conclusion by scanning the progress of a dietary fiber called inulin through the bodies of mice.

Those mice who ate fatty diets rich in inulin gained less weight than mice who didn’t eat inulin. But one electrophysiologist not related to the study points out that the mice were fed dietary fiber levels of about 11%. He tells Nature that at such a level, “the room would be full of mouse farts”-and perhaps the mice were eating less because they felt gassy. The researchers plan to next test the idea in humans. [Read more...]

The Slow death of Purposeless walking

The Slow death of Purposeless walkingWalking is a luxury in the West. Very few people, particularly in cities, are obliged to do much of it at all. Cars, bicycles, buses, trams, and trains all beckon.

Instead, walking for any distance is usually a planned leisure activity. Or a health aid. Something to help people lose weight. Or keep their fitness. But there’s something else people get from choosing to walk. A place to think. [Read more...]

Quick Romantic Getaway

Romantic GetawaySummer vacation is a time couples in love joyfully anticipate. When the weather warms, it’s really a great time to make a quick romantic getaway. Well, it’s not difficult to set up your first summer vacation, whether you’ve taken a summer vacation together before or this is your first time planning one. It just takes a little time to do some research. And instead of having to rush to an airport and worry about schedules, you can be free as birds on a road trip, if you do a little planning ahead of time. First, decide on where you want to go and think how much time and money you want to spend on transportation. And if you can’t imagine a summer vacation without looking for bal harbour real estate then choose from their wide array of harbor condos, now for sale or for rent.

10 Spring Juice Essentials

10 Spring Juice EssentialsDetox deprived? Stock up on these healthy juice essentials to supercharge your liquids.

1. Strawberries

“Strawberries feel like spring,” says Lianna Sugarman, founder of LuliTonix juices. “They’re rich in vitamin c, high in antioxidants and are excellent for skin health and beauty.”

2. Arugula

“Arugula is very cleansing, high in chlorophyll, is great for bone building and mental sharpness,” explains Sugarman. And lettuce in general is a “brimming with micronutrients, super hydrating and very cleansing,” she says. “They’re wonderful in blends and juices because they add a light fresh taste. [Read more...]