The Dangers of Diet Pills

diet pillsModern life seems to have brought with it some sort of urgency.

We have to have everything the exact way that we want it that second.

This is fine, for the most part. We can watch whatever TV program we want in an instant, and get a tan in under 10 minutes.

However, when it comes to losing weight, apart from surgery there hasn’t really been a quick alternative, at least there wasn’t until quite recently.

Diet pills are relatively new on the market and claim to help you to burn excess fat quickly.

Yet, despite many people thinking that this is an easy answer for them to drop a couple of pounds it can be easy to overlook the cons.

Here are the Top 3 cons that everyone should be thinking about before they resort to diet pills.

1) Diet pills aren’t a magic fix it all – without a healthy diet and regular exercise you aren’t actually fixing the problem.

Diet pills are an easy solution, but are they actually helping?

Wouldn’t it be easier and cheaper to change your diet, which if it has been super unhealthy may give you more energy and help you feel better about yourself?

What is the reason hat you are taking them?

Is there an underlying problem that you aren’t dealing with?

These are all questions that you should be taking into consideration before buying diet pills.

2) Not all diet pills are FDA regulated, especially on the Internet – when buying pills of any kind on the Internet there comes a certain risk.

Some may not even be what they say they are.

When buying medicine over the Internet you need to do your research and make sure that they have been properly regulated and checked.

If not, pop into your pharmacy and have a consultation.

3) Side effects – as with any medicine that isn’t 100% natural, diet pills have side effects.

Some of these side effects include irregular heart rate, paranoia and sleeplessness.

Processed Foods Vs Unprocessed Foods

processedProcessed foods have become a huge part of our lives, regardless of if it is in the form of microwavable meals for all the times that we come home late and are too sleepy to cook, or the cereal bars and takeaways that we buy on our way home.

But how do these processed foods affect our health?

And what about the processed foods that have been created that contain added vitamins and minerals like breakfast cereals?

Do they actually work or should we be choosing fresh foods over processed?

A couple of years ago processed foods were all considered bad.

They were high in salt and saturated fats and many people reasoned that ready-meals and high processed diets lead to obesity and ill health in children and adults alike.

Yet, with many adults being time poor and not being able to make an entire meal from scratch between getting home from a long day at work and dinner time food manufacturers have picked up on the fact that in order to succeed in todays economy they need to make their meals a little healthier.

From the “innocent” meals to low calorie options, to options with added vitamins and minerals there have been lots of developments in the food industry to help people choose healthier options.

However, just because something has extra vitamin C in does not automatically make it the healthier option, and if you really want the optimal amount of nutritional value it is always going to be better coming from fresh foods rather than processed.

This is because even though vitamins and minerals are added, or calories are reduced in processed foods, the things that they shout about on the packaging do not take into consideration the other ingredients.

For example, the meal may be low in calories, but how much nutritional value does it have? If it has added vitamins and minerals inside it, what is the sugar content like?

Processed foods aren’t evil. They are helpful and come in handy when you’re in a rush or simply are too sleepy to make a meal.

However, reading the ingredients and knowing exactly what you are buying is important, especially if you are something for it’s nutritional value.

Beauty and Confidence

beautyHumanity has been using natural remedies to get rid of their ailments or to treat them for hundreds of years, helping to cure any health ailments as well as to help women and men look their best.

Therefore, sometimes it’s nice to go back and see what they did in the past, the treatments that sound bizarre, and the recipes that you can never imagine trying yourself.

But then you stumble across something and it makes you want to make it right there and then just to see if it works.

Beauty treatments are a great example of this.

Beauty as a topic may seem odd, particularly in the context of health, however for generations beauty and feeling good about yourself has been something that is associated with having confidence or high self-esteem, and when these feelings are high, feelings such as self-doubt, stress and sadness become reduced.

The reduction in these emotions means that your immune system is not at as much risk due to the actions these things produces such as lack of sleep, poor diet etc. being reduced as a result.

Of course it’s not just the external that matters, but looking and feeling good plays a part in how we see ourselves and that is important.

Thus, we have compiled our favorite 3 natural beauty remedies from the past! (Good Luck!)

  • Fancy brightening your teeth? Mash up a strawberry and mix it with half a teaspoon of baking soda. We’re not sure how good this mixture tastes, but apparently rubbing it on your teeth, leaving for two minutes then brushing as per usual helps keep them white!
  • Suffer from large pores and hate primer? Try mixing the white of an egg with one teaspoon of corn-starch until frothy and then rub the mixture into your skin before leaving it for 20 minutes….
  • Want to reduce wrinkles? Crush some grapes to get the juice and then with a cotton pad apply to wrinkle prone areas (around your mouth and eyes, and your forehead) and rinse after 5 minutes!

Give them a try…

Food and Digestion

digestionWe spend quite a lot of time talking about foods that are great for your digestion, but sometimes it’s important to talk about the things that aren’t working – the foods that the body actually find’s quite hard for you to digest and that perhaps aren’t the best things to eat health wise if you are having digestion problems.

According to recent statistics, around 40% of the UK suffer from at least one symptom that is indicative of a digestive problem at any one time and these symptoms can range from bloating and wind, to stomach cramps, pain and diarrhea.

Although these symptoms aren’t too serious, they do cause a lot of discomfort and cause frequent doctors visits and often result in taking over the counter medication to help alleviate the problem.

However, by avoiding the foods that your body cannot break down, or find’s hard to break down can be a great way to save you time and money.

As such, we thought it would be a good idea to round up the top 3 foods that the human body has the most trouble digesting.

1) Foods that contain lots of fat, and foods that have been fried – These foods are terrible not only for your health, but for your digestion.

There is only a certain amount of fat and fried goods that your body can digest, so when you eat a lot of this at once it can cause digestive problems.

2) Dairy – Although dairy is great for getting your recommended daily allowance of calcium, there are lots of people whose bodies don’t produce enough lactose, which is an enzyme that breaks down the lactose in dairy.

When the body cannot break down the diary it cannot digest it, therefore resulting in one or more of the aforementioned symptoms.

3) Alcohol – Everyone understands that alcohol isn’t the best thing to drink and yet it’s one of the biggest trading industries.

However, despite this understanding, did you know that alcohol can actually inflame your stomach lining making digestive problems much more probable (at least until the inflammation has gone down)?

As with everything, it is too much of these things which is the problem, yet identifying the underlying issue is definitely the first step to relieving any digestive problem.

The Truth About Salt

saltIt’s hard to watch any cooking show without the chefs asking for more seasoning, more salt, more pepper – and when it comes to ready meals? They too are packed full of salt.

Of course, there has been lots of talk recently about salt being bad for you, ready meals are bad because they are packed full of salt…and table salt? Well, you should probably avoid it.

But is their any truth to this frenzy? And are their any health benefits that we can gain from adding a little salt to our diets?

Salt is in basic terms sodium chloride.

It is the sodium in the sodium chloride that makes health professionals wary.

This is because sodium in high doses can have serious side effects.

So, if you eat a lot of salt, or food with salt in it for a prolonged period of time you could end up with high blood pressure, and are at a higher risk of heart failure and kidney disease.

These illnesses develop due to the kidneys not being able to break down the sodium, which agitates the blood and affects the rest of the system.

However, sodium does have its advantages if it has been eaten in moderation, it is even necessary for the body to function.

The primary advantages of sodium are, it’s ability to help muscles and nerves work at their optimum level, and how it can actually regulate the bloods pressure and volume as it flows through the body, a stark contrast to if you intake too much.

Salt itself is not bad.

It should not be avoided and it should not be something that you are scared of eating or incorporating into your diet.

However, it is something that you need to keep an eye on.

Having lots of meals with too much salt in can be bad news for your health, yet a little sodium chloride goes a long way to helping you remain fit and healthy!

We’re On Amazon

amazonNature and Life is very excited to announce that our Beta Glucan 500 is now available on Amazon.com!

Amazon, as you may know is a great provider of new, refurbished, or used items often at low prices.

It’s also super convenient to shop from and a great online outlet that we’ve been working hard to launch on for a while!

It is hardly believable that the go-to online shop was founded by Jeff Bezos in 1995 as a platform for buying books online shipped from his garage in Seattle, Washington, and now it stocks our Beta Glucan!

Our Beta Glucan can be shipped world wide, although we’ve decided to launch with the American market on Amazon.com.

With more than two million small businesses, retail brands, and individual sellers retail their offerings on Amazon however, we can’t wait to share our product with a wider audience.

For those of you who don’t know our Beta Glucan is a completely natural immune system activator.

This means that it effectively boosts your immune system and enables it to work at its optimal level – great if you have been feeling poorly or rundown and extremely effective if you have allergies.

Due to the completely natural nature of the Beta Glucan and the high purity level, (the highest purity of Beta Glucan on the market at 92-97%) it also means that regardless of any allergies that you may have already, you will not have an allergic reaction to them.

They are also completely vegan and great for anyone who aspires to have an active and healthy lifestyle.

If you’re interested in buying our Beta Glucan 500 you can either buy them on our site www.natureandlife.com or via our Amazon.com page 

What’s more, if you go and “like” our Facebook page, there may even be a discount code floating about you can use!

Repetitive Strain Injury(RSI) and What You Can Do About It

RSIRepetitive strain injury is an injury that you have sustained through carrying out an action repeatedly over a long period of time.

Usually the muscles that you are using become stiff and painful and it can be difficult to understand why, particularly if the action that is causing it is part of your every day routine. Unfortunately, for many people the reason that they develop this illness is that it is.

When mobile phones first started to become commonplace many health professionals were warning about using the text feature too often.

It was thought that using your thumbs to press the keys would lead to muscle strain and repetitive strain injury, particularly in teenagers and children who’s bodies were still developing.

Now however, keypads are a lot more commonplace, with many people now working behind computer screens and tapping away at their keyboards meaning that a lot more people are experiencing nerve pain and repetitive strain injury from every day tasks that are unavoidable.

However, the good news is that there are ways around this.

The main ways that you can avoid repetitive strain injury yourself is to recognise what actions that you are doing for a long period of time and then make a conscious effort to take regular breaks.

Of course, this is not always possible yet relaxation techniques can also help to relieve symptoms. Furthermore, If you know that you are developing repetitive strain injury it is important to seek help from a medical health professional.

You may think that it isn’t that serious, but pain, particularly nerve pain can be serious.

Your doctor may advise that you go to physiotherapy sessions to help build up strength in the muscles, or give you anti-inflammatory drugs to help you cope with the pain.

It is important to realize that repetitive strain injury can be caused by anything and that it’s not only your phone and laptop that you have to be careful of.

Anything that you do that involves a repetitive action can lead to it, so be aware of your body and don’t be afraid to ask for help.

The Health Benefits Of Tea

teaTea is often seen from the outside as the staple of British life, and in most instances, it probably is.

Regardless of if the tea is “English Breakfast Tea” or green tea, it can be found in most people’s cupboards – and this is fantastic news for our wellbeing, as tea is a fantastic antioxidant and contains lots of health boosting properties!

The antioxidant properties that tea contains are important primarily because they remove the toxins from our blood stream.

These toxins can be anything from environmental pollution to alcohol, and when they are present in our blood stream they can damage cells, leading to illnesses such as cancer.

This is not to say that tea is a cure for cancer at all, but theoretically eating and drinking things with antioxidant properties reduce the amount of toxins in our blood stream therefore reducing the chance of illness, much like when Beta Glucan activates the immune system it enables it to work at a higher level.

Antioxidants are also important in keeping your skin looking healthy.

It’s hard to believe that many people spend lots of money on moisturisers and facial cleansers that claim to be able to reduce wrinkles and keep skin looking healthy, but are completely unaware that what they put into their bodies has a major effect too.

By flushing out all of the toxins from your skin, antioxidants can also make your skin look healthier and cleaner, preventing breakouts and leaving you with healthy looking skin.

Of course, tea also has other health benefits.

Green tea has been proven to help boost exercise endurance, can help fight free radicals (which can damage the bodies DNA), and can help to keep you hydrated.

There are also lots of different types of teas, particularly green teas that are mixed with other herbs that can help keep you awake, or even help you sleep.

It’s an easy and inexpensive habit to pick up, so why not grab a cup of tea, it’s good for you.

Why You Should Eat Your Greens

greensYour parents always told you to eat your greens, that it would make you grow up big, strong and healthy. But is there any truth in it?

Well, the phrase “you are what you eat” may be overused but it’s true.

What you put into your body has been proven to have an effect on how it works.

This isn’t to say you should completely cut out things that are ‘fattening’ or rich in certain nutritional values from your diet, its about getting the balance right so that you are getting the optimum nutritional benefit from your food, and green leafy vegetables often contain lots of nutritional goodness.

It is generally recommended that you have five portions of fruit or vegetables a day, and it’s good to make at least three of these the green kind.

This is because your greens are full of vitamins, minerals and immune boosting properties.

Some are even so packed full of calcium that they can help reduce the risk of osteoporosis, which is great news if you aren’t very fond of dairy products like milk or cheese.

Often they also contain lots of water too, which is brilliant for helping to keep your body hydrated, and is equally as good for both your skin and hair, both of which need to be hydrated to be kept looking their best.

So yes, leafy greens are good for you, and generally when added to a healthy diet will help make you strong and healthy, particularly when they are added to an otherwise healthy lifestyle.

What is more, they also contain lots of disease fighting properties that help to boost the immune system, so if you don’t want to get sick, make sure that you stock up on those green vegetables, and be sure to tell everyone that you really should always eat your greens.

Where Do Allergies Come From?

allergiesOne minute you’re perfectly fine.

You’re able to eat nuts and gluten and milk, but the next?

You’re intolerant or you’ve developed an allergy.

Of course, it’s true that some people know from a young age that they are allergic or intolerant to a food or drink, but it doesn’t always work that way, and when it doesn’t it can be particularly dangerous, especially with severe reactions.

But how do allergies develop? Are they a sign of general ill health? And are their any steps that you can take to help prevent yourself from developing allergies, or from any existing allergies from getting worse?

The general consensus when it comes to allergies is that the problem exists within the immune system. The allergic reaction, usually physical such as a rash, swollen throat, itchy ears, sneezing and watery eyes is your bodies way of saying that something is wrong, that there is an intruder entering your body that shouldn’t be there.

As the body thinks that there is something bad entering it, it therefore violently tries to reject it, namely as a method of protecting you. However, nuts for example aren’t bacteria, and are not going to make you sick.

The bodies reaction is an overreaction, and this is because the immune system is overreacting to the stimuli (in this case nuts), regardless of if it is actually dangerous or not.

The reaction takes place because the macrophage cells can become activated by anything, and when these cells become sensitised to anything (including dust, pollen and food or drink) allergic reactions can occur.

The macrophage cells are also the reason that you can be perfectly fine eating something one day, and then the next day have a reaction. Once the macrophage cell recognises the substance that has triggered its sensitisation beforehand, it will react more to it the second or third time causing physical symptoms.

The only thing that you can really do to fix this is to help regulate your immune system.

Your immune system is heavily dependent on your lifestyle, so the more healthy you are, the better your general wellbeing and more active your immune system is at targeting threats without overreacting to external stimuli.