December 24, 2013

Happy Holidays!!!

Greetings to all our readers, regular, irregular, and first-timers! Thank for taking the time that you did, let it be seconds or hours, to have visited our website during this amazing year that is about to come to a close.

We are going to slow down a tad for this holiday season, but rest assured, once the new year finally makes its way to us we will return to full gear and just keep on doing what we have been doing for the past years.

So happy holidays to you all, enjoy what’s left of this year, and look forward to the next one!

December 20, 2013

Step-by-Step Guide on Using a Coconut Oil Face Mask

Coconut oil is rapidly becoming most peoples’ go-to beauty product, being quite reliable as far as hair and skin care goes. It is only recently that people have begun using the oil for skin care, which is why many are still having trouble using it effectively.

What follows is a detailed step-by-step guide for creating and using your own coconut oil face mask so that you may benefit from the treatment’s full effectiveness.

Coconut Oil Face Mask
Coconut Oil Face Mask

  • Step One

    To begin with you will need to conduct a preliminary cleanse of your face with the coconut oil in order to get rid of all fungus and bacteria that may be lodged in your pores.

    To do so, simply rub a bit of the oil on your face and neck using your fingertips, following circular motions. Leave it on throughout the evening and wash it off at the end of the day to get rid of any residual oil.
  • Step Two

    This is where the preparation starts. Begin by putting four to five tablespoons of coconut oil into a bowl, mix it with three to four tablespoons of either sugar or salt, and then warm it up at a low heat and mix it. While it is warming up, put a few drops of vanilla extract or something similar in order to make for a great smell.
  • Step Three

    Once the mixture is ready you can use the coconut oil face mask instead of your night cream. Simply apply the coconut oil to your fingertips and make sure to rub some of it all over your face, from one end to the next.

    Rub the skin gently and in circular motions to allow your pores to absorb the cream faster, and then leave it on for the entire night.
  • Step Four

    Once you wake up in the morning, you will still have a decent amount of oil on your face from the mask, so simply wash it off with water or your facial cleanser. And that’s really all there is to making a coconut oil face mask at home!

Though these four steps may seem quite simple, rest assured that they will go a very long way towards ensuring your face remains moisturized, radiating, smooth and shiny. Simply remember to use the mixture at least once a day for five to six times per week, and you should see improvements in the very near future.

December 15, 2013

Is Coconut Oil Good for your Face? Understanding the Facts

For a little while now coconut oil, amongst numerous others, has tremendously gained in popularity as a powerful beauty product as far as your hair is concerned. Though many are content with using it for such a purpose, there are countless others who have decided to go above and beyond the call of duty, asking themselves “is coconut oil good for your face?”.

Though its effectiveness as a hair care product is beyond reproach, its use for skin care purposes is rather dubious at first sight, and so what follows is an in-depth look at why coconut oil is beneficial for your face.

Is Coconut Oil Good for your Face?

Understanding the Benefits of Coconut Oil on Face

So how exactly are we to determine how coconut oil would react when applied to human skin? Well, the safest path to our answer is examining the main ingredients found in virgin coconut oil and see how those affect our skin individually. In other words, we need to take a step back in order to take two steps forward later.

Vitamin E in Abundance

To begin with, the vitamin E is found in abundance in coconut oil, as well as virtually every other skin care product there is out there. It was proven through clinical trials that vitamin E can have beneficial effects on one’s skin, repairing dry and fissured areas while stimulating the growth of new cells in others.

On the long term, vitamin E also prevents the skin from cracking and becoming dry all over, not to mention that its antioxidant properties help the blood circulate to it, which in turn contributes to maintaining it in healthy condition.

Proteins Aplenty

Proteins are another ingredient coconut oil is extremely rich in, and as it happens, high amounts of them are typically found in reputable skin care products as they play a very significant role in tissue repair, helping the skin recover from any damage it has suffered.

If your skin is already undamaged, then the proteins will help to preserve it that way and help keep your face fresh-looking.

If you have skin problems then more proteins should provide some relief as they enhance the rate at which the skin repairs itself, something particularly handy for those who have acne and facial scarring.

Saturated Fats – Heaven’s Moisturizers

Because we are talking about an oil here, it kind of goes without saying that it is rather plentiful as far as saturated fats go, particularly triglycerides. Though you certainly don’t want to have too much of them in your system, an adequate dosage of saturated fats can minimize the appearance of pores and fix uneven skin tones.

In addition, applying the oil topically can make your skin appear smoother and a bit more plump, thus healthier. Finally, the saturated fats work wonders when it comes to moisturizing your skin.

Lauric and Caprylic Acids – Antibacterial Warriors

To finish things off, lauric and caprylic acids are the last major ingredients found in abundance in coconut oil, and as you can already guess, they bear plenty of benefits in terms of skin care. More precisely, these two acids have heavy antibacterial properties, helping to keep your skin healthy both on the inside and out by fending off potential and existing infections. The disinfectant properties are also quite handy for clearing the pores, especially the ones on your face.

And so, as you can see, answering the question “is coconut oil good for your face?” is only a matter of doing a bit of research. As it happens, the benefits of coconut oil for face are indeed numerous, making it worth a try if you want to keep your skin clear and healthy, and that goes double for anyone out there experiencing skin problems.

December 10, 2013

“Wheat Belly Cookbook” by William Davis – Arming Yourself with Recipes

When William Davis published Wheat Belly a little while ago, the world of dieting changed instantly and probably forever. In that book he basically made the case for wheat being one of the greatest contributors to the obesity epidemic, providing undisputable evidence to support his claims and even adding a plan of action at the end to help remove the ingredient from our diets.

However, considering that wheat is used in many of the products we consume it can be very hard to maintain a healthy and balanced diet without it, which is why Davis also wrote the Wheat Belly Cookbook.

Wheat Belly Cookbook: 150 Recipes to Help You Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health - Front Cover

So what precisely are you going to find in this cookbook? To begin with, the main course consists of 150 recipes, teaching you how to create the foods you love so much by substituting healthier products instead of the wheat, and perhaps even some new concoctions you haven’t heard of.

All of the recipes are very easy to replicate, with detailed step-by-step instructions and ingredients that are very easy to acquire at your local store. The recipes include breakfast quesadillas, peanut butter pie, bruschetta chicken, braised vegetable pot roast, and more.

In addition to the recipes included in this book, you are also going to learn a bit more about how wheat affects you as Davis decided to go even deeper in his research and provide us with additional information on the subject matter. Amongst other things you are going to learn about the concept of wheat withdrawal (affecting about 10% of people who give it up) and how to smoothly deal with it, how to prevent yourself from regaining your wheat belly when out at parties and restaurants, and various preparation techniques and strategies to help make your kitchen completely wheat-free.

All things considered, the Wheat Belly Cookbook is a very welcome addition to Wheat Belly, complementing it by giving us even more tools and knowledge to help us lose the wheat and drop the pounds. If you do not have the first book then I would recommend that you also get it, but if you are already convinced about the need to rid your diet of wheat and have a plan in mind, then this book may very well be enough to get the job done.

If you are experiencing health problems related to your weight, then I highly recommend you look into this book and at least try, for a little while, to rid yourself of wheat just to see for yourself if it will help you out.

December 8, 2013

“Wheat Belly” by William Davis MD – The Hidden Enemy

Wheat is one of those ingredients that is ingested at virtually every meal, being present in nearly every type of commonly-consumed bread or pastry there is. Due to the fact that most cultures on Earth see bread as being the most basic type of food we haven’t really looked into its effects or even wondered whether or not it is healthy for us.

Well, as it turns out, a man by the name of William Davis MD has performed an extensive amount of research into the effects of wheat on the human body, and with the help of countless statistics, case studies and scientific analyses he put together the book known as Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health.

Wheat Belly by William Davis MD – Front cover

What You Will Find in Wheat Belly

To get straight to the point, the book is divided into numerous sections, each one being dedicated to a specific aspect of how wheat affects the human body. For instance, we are taught about the adverse health effects wheat has on our system, about the problems people with high-wheat diets have been experiencing, how it contributes to the obesity epidemic, how today’s genetically-modified wheat is destroying healthy agriculture, how to live a wheat-free lifestyle, and more.

In other words, this book covers the topic from A to Z, telling you why wheat is bad for you, how you can change that, and everything is supplement by rock-hard proof collected after many years of research.

Is Wheat Belly Worth the Hype?

The author of the book, Mr. Davis, claims that giving up wheat will tremendously improve your health and help to deal with obesity problems. Though he certainly isn’t wrong, I must warn you that basing your entire weight loss regime on eliminating wheat from your diet isn’t a good idea. It may be a big step towards becoming as healthy as possible, but it certainly isn’t the only one you need to take to get there.

With that being said, all the information provided in the book is indeed interesting and eye-opening, and the plan of action provided in the end can certainly be followed to achieve results. Removing what the agricultural business is trying to pass as wheat from your diet and replacing it with the appropriate elements will most likely have beneficial effects on your health and on your weight; if those two are an issue for you, this is definitely a book you will want to look into.

The Final Verdict

With everything being said and done, I believe that thought the author may slightly exaggerate the effects of his methods, they can still be rather beneficial for those who choose to follow them to the letter, especially alongside other health and weight loss systems. If you are having trouble with your health or your weight, then it is very possible that the information in Wheat Belly will help to improve the situation and perhaps even set you on the right track to a complete recovery of your organism’s capabilities. I can do nothing but recommend this, and even those who don’t have any health problems will find the world of wheat to be much more interesting than they ever thought possible.

December 1, 2013

“The Healthy Green Drink Diet” by Jason Manheim – One Smoothie a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

Staying healthy in terms of not only your weight but also your immune system and your organs is rather difficult to accomplish these days. On one hand, your body needs tons upon tons of nutrients in order to function to the fullest of its capacity, and on the other, you simply cannot eat so many fruits and vegetables, or else you will explode and put on a lot of weight. Fortunately though, there are people out there such as Jason Manheim who have been looking for a solution, and in his case, it comes in the form of a book called The Healthy Green Drink Diet.

What is The Healthy Green Drink Diet?

To explain it as simply as possible, it is a recipe book which teaches you how to properly nourish yourself with an intake of one smoothie per day. The recipes in this book are composed almost exclusively of green vegetables, although it ought to be mentioned that Manheim doesn’t pass up and discriminate on ingredients simply because of their color… it just so happens that most things which are healthy for us are green.

What are the Benefits?

So how precisely is this book going to benefit you? For starters, there are numerous variations given for each and every recipe, preventing things from getting dull and repetitive, something most recipe books omit. There are also 80 color illustrations included with the book to help you with the preparation process.

Apart from that, drinking the recipes provided in the book will provide your body with a number of very healthy ingredients which are effective at maintaining your system in tip-top shape. For instance, the high alkaline content of green leafy vegetables contributes to lowering your acidity of your blood and to the remedy of numerous common ailments.

All of the drinks are very low in calories and fats, meaning you can consume them without shame or putting on any weight. Finally, the fact that it is a juice or a smoothie makes it a lot easier and more convenient for you to gain all the nutrients you need, providing you with a lot more than you would ever gain by eating.

What to Expect from it

Now, it should be mentioned that the recipes provided in this book were designed to supplement a healthy lifestyle, to strengthen your system and allow you to gain all the nutrients you need in a natural way without putting on weight. In other words, the drinks here won’t magically make you lose weight, nor will they sculpt your body for you. They will help to maintain a healthy body and can be used to accelerate the weight loss process, but alone they will only be good for strengthening your system against illnesses.

Now, that doesn’t mean these smoothies aren’t worth it. On the contrary, if you use them alongside a diet and an exercising regime, their benefits will be felt tremendously as you will start morphing into the healthiest possible self you can be.

All in all, the book doesn’t cost much, the ingredients are very easy to find, and all the recipes provided within will help you stay healthy and keep the weight off. If you need to improve your health, this book will certainly help set you on the right track.