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We all know the saying; nothing worth having comes easy in life. In this day and age, our list of things ‘worth having’ include money, fame, power, position, grand lifestyle and to be the best. This has come a long way from simpler times where health, a roof over their heads and food in the […]

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We all know the saying; nothing worth having comes easy in life. In this day and age, our list of things ‘worth having’ include money, fame, power, position, grand lifestyle and to be the best. This has come a long way from simpler times where health, a roof over their heads and food in the bellies what was accounted for a good living. Today, in the era of instant noodles and ready to eat meat, health has become a secondary concern to us. With this mentality, comes poor dietary habits, stressful jobs and lack of exercise. Quick and instant meals are all anyone has time for. With this comes, to no one’s surprise, the rise of instant noodles.

Instant noodles are precooked flour noodles that are boiled and dried into cakes to be packaged in plastic cups or packets. This has, in recent years, become a staple in most teenagers’ lives, especially college/university going students who don’t have time or money to afford a more nutritious meal. It also doesn’t hurt that instant noodles now come in hundreds of different flavors catering to the palate of different nationalities around the world. They also have a longer shelf life and can therefore, can be stored for long period of time.

Now I myself have been guilty of over indulging on instant noodles during all nighters or study sessions. It’s warm, soupy, and comforting. But have you ever looked at the ingredients mentioned on the back of each packet? Because I did that today and let me tell you, I don’t think I’ll be eating them anytime soon.

Other than certain words that I can’t even pronounce, one of the key ingredients on the package was MSG (Monosodium Glutamate). More commonly known as MSG, it is a chemical preservative derived from the petroleum industry that is used as an addictive to enhance flavors of processed foods. Although, its consumption in moderation is FDA approved, it has been a controversial ingredient known to cause many side effects. It has been known to cause spikes in blood pressure as well as nausea and headaches. Some studies show that it can have deteriorating effects on the brain cells. Some people who may be sensitive to MSG, experience what is known as an MSG symptom complex, characterized by tingling and numbness in the extremities, muscles spasms and headaches.

Instant noodles are also high in sodium, aka salt. A high salt content is directly linked to the development of hypertension and other cardiovascular diseases. Last year, The Washington Post had reported of a South Korean study conducted on the effects of instant noodles on human health.  According to the study, “Although instant noodles is a convenient and delicious food, there could be an increased risk for metabolic syndrome given [the food’s] high sodium, unhealthy saturated fat and glycemic loads,” said Hyun Shin, a doctoral candidate at the Harvard School of Public Health and a co-author of the study.

One of the arguments that people give in support of instant noodles is that it is low in calories. What they fail to mention with that is that they are also low in protein and fiber. These noodles are made with processed flour which, in large quantities can cause gastric trouble such as indigestion, but with the low fiber content of the whole meal, you can say hello to your new companion, constipation. Instant noodles are also extremely high is Trans-fat, aka the bad kind of fat. The kind that clogs up your arteries makes your heart weak and gives you chest pain. In summary, although you’re not consuming as many calories you’re sure as heck eating a bucket load of fat.

I would like to conclude by saying hey, look. I get it. We’re busy people who are slaves to society’s expectation and demands of a high functioning life. But if you can’t take some time out for yourself, just enough to eat something healthy, what is even the point? Next time you get hungry and need a quick fix, have a carrot.

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Do You Know Why Breakfast Is Important For You? http://htv.com.pk/life/do-you-know-why-breakfast-is-so-important-for-you Thu, 18 Jan 2018 12:33:07 +0000 http://htv.com.pk/?p=4584 The post Do You Know Why Breakfast Is Important For You? appeared first on HTV.

‘I never have time for breakfast’ or ‘I can’t wake up early just so that I can eat before leaving for work’ are excuses that we all use sometimes. The truth is, breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

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‘I never have time for breakfast’ or ‘I can’t wake up early just so that I can eat before leaving for work’ are excuses that we all use sometimes. The truth is, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Have you heard the quote ‘Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper’? This quote is a great way to remember what kind of nutrition your body needs at different times of the day. So, why should you eat breakfast like a king? Let’s find out!

What does Breakfast Mean?

Breakfast means the meal that “breaks the fast” and is the first meal that is taken after waking up from a night’s sleep. It is consumed early morning, before you start off with your daily routine.

Five Reasons Why Breakfast Is Important

Breakfast is important because after we wake up in the morning our bodies need to be nourished to replenish its energy stores. Without adequate energy, you won’t be able to tackle the day with a fresh and active mind and body. That is exactly why you need to kick-start the day with a well-balanced meal crammed with adequate protein, carbohydrates and fiber.

Sets Metabolism into Motion

A healthy breakfast activates your metabolism (the process of burning calories). The consumption of an early morning meal increases the metabolic rate, which means breakfast actually revs up your body for the day ahead. A wholesome breakfast can provides you with essential nutrients needed by your body after the night’s fast. Three to four hours after you eat, your metabolism slows down. If you skip breakfast and eat something during lunch hour, the fact that you have been hungry since last night forces you to eat more to compensate for your hunger pangs.  With your metabolism exhausted from working in overdrive, chances are that you will pack on extra pounds which you don’t want.  A slow metabolism is one of the causes of weight gain.

Cranks Up Your Energy Level

Regular breakfast eaters are more energetic throughout the day in comparison to those who skip breakfast. This meal helps you gain the vital nutrients your body needs to generate energy and function optimally.

Helps You Focus

Breakfast improves your concentration level and helps you stay focused on your tasks. Research has established that those who skip breakfast have difficulty concentrating and take more time in tasks that involve. All parts of your body, including the brain, are in short supply of essential nutrients when you wake up in the morning. Skipping breakfast forces your brain to work harder than usual which leads to poor concentration, slow understanding and a difficulty in getting things done. When you skip breakfast, your body continues to fast until you eat later in the day.

Uplifts Your Mood

Research suggests that breakfast eaters are less irritable as compared to those who skip breakfast. Hunger can cause mood swings and when your body is lacking its needed nutrition it can trigger feelings of frustration. With a well-balanced breakfast you can stay positive and happy throughout the day.

Helps You Stay in Shape

Experts share that non-breakfast eaters are 4.5 times more likely to suffer from obesity and obesity related medical problems compared to those who eat breakfast daily. A wholesome morning meal can help you lose weight, maintain your current weight, and reduce the desire to snack on fatty, sugary foods.

What Are Some Healthy Breakfast Options?

Remember that all of the benefits that we’ve discussed so far cannot be obtained by eating just anything you find in the kitchen. It’s about eating the right things. Since you now know why breakfast is so important for you, you need to decide how to make it into a nutritious and healthy meal. It is always better to go for natural foods because most on-the-go breakfast meals are processed and contain artificial ingredients. We suggest the following options for you to include in your morning meal:

  • Low fat yogurt (Dahi) with fresh cut fruits.
  • Cottage cheese with porridge
  • Hardboiled egg(s) and brown bread
  • Cereals with high fiber content
  • Plain milk or fruit milkshakes
  • Fresh fruit juices

While it will take a conscious effort to wake up earlier in the morning to eat a well-balanced breakfast meal, it will be worth it. Why don’t you give it a shot for a week or two? You will notice the improvement in your mood, energy levels, concentration and eating habits yourself!

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10 Tips and Tricks for Faster Weight Loss http://htv.com.pk/lifestyle/10-tips-tricks-faster-weight-loss Thu, 18 Jan 2018 12:02:46 +0000 http://htv.com.pk/?p=18033 The post 10 Tips and Tricks for Faster Weight Loss appeared first on HTV.

Tired of those usual fad diets? Without a doubt, we spend our days filtering through the most recent research and getting some information about super-fit celebrities’ workout routines. Toward the day’s end, however, peeling off the pounds is pretty much as difficult for us as it is for any other person. These 10 tips and […]

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Tired of those usual fad diets? Without a doubt, we spend our days filtering through the most recent research and getting some information about super-fit celebrities’ workout routines. Toward the day’s end, however, peeling off the pounds is pretty much as difficult for us as it is for any other person. These 10 tips and tricks for weight loss might not be easy to stick to, but they have worked for me. Go for these true and tried tips for a faster weight loss.

1. Portion Control for Weight Loss

Portion control for weight loss

Portion control is essential when you eat food. If you are dining out, order two appetizers instead of a main course, and avoid the bread piece if you choose pasta. It is always better to eat smaller portions, that makes more sense, than to measure them and weigh them, which will not only you leave you hungry for more but, also play with your brain that how less you have eaten.

2. Keep Food on the Go

Keep food on the go for weight loss

Keep a snack that is healthy, such as a fruit or maybe some carrots or cucumbers that you can munch on through the day. This will not only end your hunger pangs, but also keep you away from those mindless cravings.

3. Shake Your Chocolate Craving Away

Shake your chocolate craving away for weight loss

It’s okay to be a fan of chocolate as long as you are using it as a flavor only. Keep a shaker cup on the go with some chocolate protein powder, if you really feel the need to have something sweet.

4. Keep Food in Non-Heat Containers

Keep it in non-heat containers for weight loss

If you put your food in non-heat containers, high chances are you won’t go for it. This will help you cut down on your portions of how much you eat.

5. Start Moving

start moving for weight loss

Regardless of the fact, that you’re not committing a whole lump of time to a workout, you can blaze a couple of additional calories by attempting to move more during the day. Take breaks to stroll around the workplace, choose stairs rather than the elevator, and park your car a little far from the office door, these are all simple yet effective approaches to up your calorie cut down.

6. An Early Last Meal of the Day

An early last meal of the day for weight loss

Try to keep your last meal of about 25 percent of your every day calories, and have it no less than a few hours before going to bed. Eating food late at night can be difficult to digest and will not let you sleep.

7. Brush/Floss Your Teeth

Brush Floss your teeth for weight loss

This is like putting a seal to the day. More people are likely to not only avoid, but want to eat after they have brushed or flossed their teeth. Therefore, brushing after dinner will make you less likely to eat again before you go to bed.

8. A Motivational Picture or a Note

A motivational Picture for weight loss

Having as a reminder, to what you were like, is a good strategy to set you back on the track. This will help you not only get buck up, but also help you show improvements which then again will be motivating. Even an inspirational note will work to reach your weight loss goals.

9. Stress Less

Stress less for weight loss

The more you stress, the more you intend to do things that can put on weight. For many, eating or sleeping more than they should, when they are stressed, give a chance to put on weight.

10. A Good Night’s Sleep

A good night’s sleep for weight loss

Not having enough hours of sleep can provoke you to eat more during the day. This will also cut back on your energy if you workout, so try at least getting seven hours of sleep every night.

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6 Diet Mistakes- Why You’re Not Losing Weight http://htv.com.pk/nutrition/6-diet-mistakes-youre-not-losing-weight http://htv.com.pk/nutrition/6-diet-mistakes-youre-not-losing-weight#respond Wed, 17 Jan 2018 11:18:28 +0000 http://htv.com.pk/?p=31465 The post 6 Diet Mistakes- Why You’re Not Losing Weight appeared first on HTV.

Do have an unhealthy relationship with your diet? Does it happen with you that every time you try to stick to your diet plan and be faithful to it, but end up grabbing a chocolate bar or pop corn to snack? You might be making diet mistakes then. Stop making diet mistakes and get in […]

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Do have an unhealthy relationship with your diet? Does it happen with you that every time you try to stick to your diet plan and be faithful to it, but end up grabbing a chocolate bar or pop corn to snack? You might be making diet mistakes then. Stop making diet mistakes and get in the pink with some easy weight loss tips.

Why You are Not Losing Weight on Diet

Don’t cheat your diet and start eating healthy food to shed those extra pounds. Here are some diet mistakes that are keeping you from getting in shape. Take a look.

Diet Mistake 1: Skipping Breakfast

Diet Mistake 1 Skipping Breakfast

You must have heard that breakfast is the main meal of the day. Well you’ve heard it right. Breakfast sure happens to be the major and essential meal of the day that must not be skipped anyway. When you wake up in the morning after eight hours of good night sleep, your body is famished and requires essential nutrients. If you don’t feed your body with diet essentials, it gets weak and you tend to eat more later during the day.

  • For your body to function optimally, kick start your day with a healthy breakfast that includes quality carbohydrates, protein and healthy fats.

Diet Mistake 2: Cutting Down Meals

Diet Mistake 2 Cutting Down Meals

Skipping meals affects your body glucose level. Stop skipping meals and eat full healthy meals regularly. If you are struggling to lose weight, you can always trim your meal size.

  • Opt for small frequent meals instead of full rich platter to satiate your food temptation.

Diet Mistake 3: Eating Out Hence Over Eating

Diet Mistake 3 Eating Out Hence Over Eating

You need to cope with the trend of dining out at a restaurant. Eating out once in a blue moon is okay. But if you happen to have one out of four meals in a restaurant often, this is sure not going to work for you. Get some tactics to deal with eating out.

Enjoy cooking meal at home if you want to look good and feel good. You don’t have to spend all your time cooking. Here are some quick and healthy food options.

  • The idea is to encourage healthy eating according to your nutritious diet plan.

Diet Mistake 4: Surviving on a Liquid Diet

Diet Mistake 4 Surviving on a Liquid Diet

This is the biggest diet mistake if you are doing this. Diet rich in non-fat milk, fruit juices, sugar-free soda, tea and coffee might get you prone to acid reflux. Don’t prolong the liquid diet. It‘ll work for a couple of days.

If you want to get on a liquid diet, avoid acidic fruits and juices. Good options may include avocado, carrot and papaya. You can also turn them into a smoothie for a delicious treat.

  • Instead of consuming juices, it’s better to eat fresh and raw fruit.

Diet Mistake 5: Nibbling on Bite-Size Snacks

Diet Mistake 5 Nibbling on Bite-Size Snacks

Craving for snacks is natural and absolutely fine. But focus on what you are snacking on. In-spite of eating fried potato chips, pop-corns and other processed foods, opt for some nuts such as almonds, cashews and walnuts. Processed foods have added salt and sugar whereas nuts are rich in vitamin E.

  • Flaxseeds are another good option.

Diet Mistake 6: Making Room for Desserts

Diet Mistake 6 Making Room for Desserts

Making room for desserts is not bad, but what’s more important is portion control. If you intend to diet, don’t starve yourself, eat healthy meals rich in fruits and veggies instead, and manage portion control- this is the best option on a diet.

  • Don’t eat the whole of that Belgian dark chocolate cake. Use teaspoon to have a bite. Don’t devour it but savor it to have that satiated feeling.

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Why Buy Organic Food? http://htv.com.pk/nutrition/buy-organic-food http://htv.com.pk/nutrition/buy-organic-food#respond Tue, 16 Jan 2018 10:38:08 +0000 http://htv.com.pk/?p=31415 The post Why Buy Organic Food? appeared first on HTV.

Do you know that the food you are consuming may be harmful and unhealthy to you and your kids?  How about getting back to the organic as an option and make organic food a major part of your diet! Organic products have an edge in food safety and are a smart food choice to make. […]

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Do you know that the food you are consuming may be harmful and unhealthy to you and your kids?  How about getting back to the organic as an option and make organic food a major part of your diet! Organic products have an edge in food safety and are a smart food choice to make. Packed with nutrition and taste, organic foods have healthy effects on the health physical and mental health.

Here are some benefits of healthy local food and reasons why people prefer or getting back to organic food as a healthy diet option.

Organic is Nutritious

Foods that are organically grown are said to have more essential nutrients- minerals, vitamins, micronutrients and enzymes, than the foods that are commercially grown. This is because the soil is nourished with sustainable practices. According to a research, organically grown fruits and vegetables such as spinach, carrot, cabbage and potato, provide an adequate amount of vitamin C whereas conventionally grown vegetables don’t.

No Pesticides

Pesticides are the chemicals that are routinely used in conventional farming and turning back to local and eating organic food is the only way to avoid the chemicals present in conventionally grown food. Treating foods with pesticides leave the residues and traces of chemical fertilizers that are apparently found in high percentages in the fruits and vegetables and can be harmful to the human body. Therefore, organic food prevents people from ingesting insecticides and pesticides that are commonly found in commercial products.

No GMO

Genetically modified foods are the foods that are produced from genetically modified organisms or GMO, whereas organically grown foods cannot be genetically modified. Opting for local foods is the best way to be sure that the food that has been genetically modified remains out of your diet.

Organic Foods are Free from Additives

Foods additives may lead to health problems such as asthma, heart strokes, migraine, hyperactivity and even food allergies. Going for organic food is the best way to avoid artificial flavors, colors and sweeteners or any sort of preservatives.

Some of the foods that should be consumed organic are organic milk- that is produced naturally without using antibiotics and synthetic pesticides, organic grains, organic fruits and vegetables (since they are rich source of essential nutrients) and also organic meat (where animals have free access to graze the fields).

Organic Foods Reduce Pollution

Pesticides are poisonous to the water supply and also spoil the worth of a fertile farmland. Organic farming does not involve the use of toxic chemicals or pesticides; however it requires responsible management of the soil and agriculture.

Organic Food Tastes Good

Organic or locally grown food tastes good because it is nourished and grown in well balanced and healthy soil. Organic and locally cultivated plants are healthy and strong plants. Therefore, mane people prefer consuming organic food for its good taste.

Organic food is now commonly sold and easily available in super markets and grocery stores. So, the next time when you go for grocery shopping, consider buying something organic to reap the benefits. If you see a shiny, red apple, make sure it’s organic.

  • Check product labeled organic before buying it.

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Top 7 Brain Foods to Boost Your Brain Power http://htv.com.pk/mind-body/top-7-brain-foods-boost-brain-power http://htv.com.pk/mind-body/top-7-brain-foods-boost-brain-power#respond Mon, 15 Jan 2018 10:44:28 +0000 http://htv.com.pk/?p=31347 The post Top 7 Brain Foods to Boost Your Brain Power appeared first on HTV.

Eating well and healthy is not only good for your physical health, but it is beneficial to your mental health as well. Your brain, like every other organ in the body requires nutrients to function well. But which foods are essential to boost your brain power and keep your grey matter active? Eating the right […]

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Eating well and healthy is not only good for your physical health, but it is beneficial to your mental health as well. Your brain, like every other organ in the body requires nutrients to function well. But which foods are essential to boost your brain power and keep your grey matter active?

Eating the right food can help our aging process, efficient brain and body functioning and provide us an ability to get through the mental challenges. Check out the top 7 brain foods to boost your brain power.

1. Whole Grains

oatmeal-Brain Foods to Boost Your Brain Power

Whole grains are another healthy food for brain. Promoting cardiovascular health means promoting good blood flow to the body. Few of the best sources of brain foods that are rich in fiber content are oatmeal, brown rice, brown cereals, brown pasta and whole grain bread. Diet low in fiber and vitamin B can progress Alzheimer’s diseases in a person.

2. Walnuts

walnuts-Brain Foods to Boost Your Brain Power

Nuts are good sources of vitamin E and walnut is one of the best foods for brain health which helps prevent cognitive decline. Walnuts contain poly-saturated and mono-saturated fat that keeps our arteries clear. Walnuts contain memory-protective omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin B6. Omega-3 fatty acid is also heart healthy in keeping the arteries clear and the blood circulation strong that benefits the brain. Consume an ounce of walnut a day. Do not overeat it as it is high in calories.

3. Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin seeds Brain Foods to Boost Your Brain Power

Zinc plays an important role in regulating communication between brain cells and may affect our ability to develop memories. Just half a cup of pumpkin seeds contains more than half of your recommended daily intake of zinc. Eating pumpkin seeds raw is your best bet as roasting them can damage the fats and vitamins. To eat more of this nutritious food, toss a few pumpkin seeds onto your salad or drizzle the seed oil over your dinner.

4. Blueberries for Brain Power

blueberries- Brain Foods to Boost Your Brain Power

According to a research, blueberries are said to reduce the effects of age-related disorders such as Dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. A diet rich in blueberries is associated with improved memory retention, sharp thinking and faster learning. Blueberries also protect your brain from the oxidative stress and memory loss.

5. Salmon for Omega 3s

Salmon-Brain Foods to Boost Your Brain Power

Salmon is rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3s are essential for a healthy brain function. Sardines and herrings are other good options that provide the perks of omega-3s. Oily fishes contain DHA and EPA, and low DHA levels in a person are associated with higher risk of developing memory loss. Eat two to three servings of oily fish a week and extract the benefits for the normal functioning of your brain.

6. Dark Chocolate

Dark-Chocolate-Brain Foods to Boost Your Brain Power

Dark chocolate is said to be a healthy brain food. It is packed with antioxidants and natural stimulants that help you stay focused and enhance your concentration. Dark chocolate also increases the production of endorphins that contributes to improved mood.

7. Avocado

Avocado-Brain Foods to Boost Your Brain Power

Avocado is one of the best brain foods that helps promote brain health. It consists of mono-saturated fats which regulate healthy blood flow and a healthy blood regulation means a healthy brain. Although avocados are rich in fat content and calories, so must be consumed in moderation. Moreover, avocados are rich in oleic acid that contributes to speedy messaging within your brain.

Our brain, like every other organ in the body, needs energy to work, and the ability to focus and concentrate comes from the nutritious foods essential for brain. Add these healthy foods for brain to your daily diet and achieve the steady energy supply to the brain and keep yourself mentally alert and active throughout the day.

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4 Seeds You Didn’t Know Are Packed With Nutrition! http://htv.com.pk/nutrition/4-seeds-didnt-know-packed-nutrition http://htv.com.pk/nutrition/4-seeds-didnt-know-packed-nutrition#respond Sun, 14 Jan 2018 23:31:00 +0000 http://htv.com.pk/?p=31306 The post 4 Seeds You Didn’t Know Are Packed With Nutrition! appeared first on HTV.

Many people tend to ignore the health benefits of adding seeds to their diets. Consuming just a small amount of these superfoods can get you the daily dose of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that your body requires. Take a look at 4 types of these superfoods that have numerous nutritional benefits! 1.      Chia Seeds […]

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Many people tend to ignore the health benefits of adding seeds to their diets. Consuming just a small amount of these superfoods can get you the daily dose of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that your body requires.

Take a look at 4 types of these superfoods that have numerous nutritional benefits!

1.      Chia Seeds

4 Seeds You Didn’t Know Are Packed With Nutrition!1

The word chia comes from the Mayan language and it means “strength”. Chia seeds are one of the healthiest foods a person can consume. They were eaten by Aztec warriors in order to maintain their energy and endurance throughout battles.

Chia is packed with nutrients and yet low on calories.

One ounce of chia contains up to 137 calories. It contains 11 grams of fiber, 4 grams of protein, and 5 grams of omega-3 healthy fats. It is also rich in nutrients like calcium, magnesium, manganese, and phosphorous.

Chia is also full of antioxidants. Its high fiber and protein content also assists in weight loss.

2.      Hemp Seeds

4 Seeds You Didn’t Know Are Packed With Nutrition!2

At first, people were hesitant to consume hemp seeds as they come from the same species as cannabis (marijuana). However unlike their counterparts, these superfoods have numerous health benefits. They barely contain any of the compound that causes the drug-like effect in marijuana.

In terms of nutritional benefits, hemp contains over 30% fats. They are rich in two specific healthy fats i.e. omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.

One ounce of hemp contain 161 calories, 9.2 grams protein, 3.3 grams carbohydrates, 12.3 grams fat, and 2 grams fiber.

Thus, they also reduce the risk of heart diseases. Furthermore, hemp are a great source of protein, calcium, iron, zinc, vitamin E and sodium.

3.      Flax Seeds

4 Seeds You Didn’t Know Are Packed With Nutrition!3

Health benefits of flax seeds are known for over 6000 years. They help improve digestion, enable weight loss, balance hormones, fight cancer and stabilize blood cholesterol levels.

When it comes to the nutritional value, this superfood is considered the richest source of omega-3 fatty acids. Other than that, they are considered one of the best sources of lignans that are known to fight cancer.

A 7 gram serving of flax contains up to 37 calories, 1.3 grams of protein, 1.9 grams of fiber, and 2 grams of carbs.

4.      Pumpkin Seeds

4 Seeds You Didn’t Know Are Packed With Nutrition!4

Rich in nutrients like healthy fats, magnesium and zinc, even a small quantity of this superfood can be beneficial for health. These edible superfoods when bought, generally have their shells removed. These oval shaped flat seeds are full of nutrients.

A 28 gram serving contains up to 151 calories, 1.7 grams of fiber, 5 grams of carbs, 7 grams of protein, and 6 grams of omega-6 fatty acids. These seeds are also high in antioxidants, help protect against cancer, and improve prostate health.

Sources:

https://draxe.com/chia-seeds-benefits-side-effects/

https://draxe.com/7-hemp-seed-benefits-nutrition-profile/

https://draxe.com/10-flax-seed-benefits-nutrition-facts/

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Makeup With SPF – Does It Protect The Skin Against Sun? http://htv.com.pk/beauty/makeup-spf http://htv.com.pk/beauty/makeup-spf#respond Sun, 14 Jan 2018 11:46:36 +0000 http://htv.com.pk/?p=31230 The post Makeup With SPF – Does It Protect The Skin Against Sun? appeared first on HTV.

Just the idea of wearing sunblock to an afternoon outdoor party or a university event is a nightmare. The shiny-skin-and-oil-oozing look is not what you wanted to aim for! So what’s the solution? There are various makeup products in the market, like foundations and face powders, which offer built-in sun protection. But according to expert […]

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Just the idea of wearing sunblock to an afternoon outdoor party or a university event is a nightmare. The shiny-skin-and-oil-oozing look is not what you wanted to aim for! So what’s the solution? There are various makeup products in the market, like foundations and face powders, which offer built-in sun protection. But according to expert dermatologists, these are just not enough to protect you from the harmful sun rays. Therefore, it is essential to put on sunscreen lotion below the makeup layer, no matter where you are going during the day.

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Is that even possible? To carry a matte-SPF look with satin finish during the day? Yes actually, there is! You just have to follow the tips listed below.

Proper Matte Sunblock

You need a sunblock, of at least 15 SPF, to get the required coverage in the sun. When shopping, make sure to look for a sunblock that has either of these 3 ingredients in combination with octocrylene:

1. Avobenzone|
2. Zinc oxide
3. Ecamsule

According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, these ingredients protect the skin against UVA and UVB rays. If you want a neutral look, then avoid products that contain zinc oxide or titanium dioxide.

Apply Sunblock Properly

Make sure you apply an even, thin coat of sunblock all over your face and neck. Dab a little on the ears too and put tissues on top of the face to remove excess. Don’t wipe the tissues, just dab it a little. If you feel it’s important, then use separate SPF cream for the eyes and under eyes.

Next comes Foundation with SPF 15 or More

Now comes the turn of the foundation that has SPF 15 or higher. You can also use a simple tinted moisturizer if that’s what you like. Go for foundations that have photo finish or matte finish.

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Use Face Powder

Face powder is necessary as it sets in all the layers of moisturizer, sunscreen and foundation. Get a compressed powder because it naturally causes a shield between your skin and the sun. Clinique and YSL’s face powders provide good, light coverage.

Lips are just as Necessary to Prep

You may think that putting on lip balm and lipstick is enough, but your lips are just as vulnerable to sun rays as any other part of the body. So make sure you use a lip balm or lipstick that contains SPF 15 or more. Be sure to dab a little powder on your lips over a tissue as that will keep the product on longer.

Re-application

No matter how good your sunblock is, you will need to re-apply it later during the day. The Skin Cancer Foundation suggests reusing the products every two hours if you plan to spend the day mostly in sunlight. So be sure to take some time out and pay attention to your skin.

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How to Make Healthy Habits Stick http://htv.com.pk/lifestyle/make-healthy-habits-stick http://htv.com.pk/lifestyle/make-healthy-habits-stick#respond Sun, 14 Jan 2018 07:00:34 +0000 http://htv.com.pk/?p=31298 The post How to Make Healthy Habits Stick appeared first on HTV.

Your food is not the only source to keep you healthy, but your habits too play a pivotal role in keeping you fit and well. But how to stick to your healthy habits is the concern of many of you out there. You probably know a lot about eating well, super foods for a healthy […]

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Your food is not the only source to keep you healthy, but your habits too play a pivotal role in keeping you fit and well. But how to stick to your healthy habits is the concern of many of you out there. You probably know a lot about eating well, super foods for a healthy eating and how to live a healthy lifestyle, but making healthy habits stick might be challenging initially that later comes around well.

How to Make Healthy Habits

Sticking to your healthy habits is good and to do so you have to keep yourself motivated and self-interested to make your healthy habits your default response.

Be Clear About Your Goals

Acknowledge what you want and what you want to crowd out from your plan. Aim for achievable and realistic goals. For example if you plan for a post-dinner walk to lose weight, then stick to it. Outline how you’ll do it, plan for it, stay motivated and set a target. Once you get into it, it will become habitual. Try it for three to four days and eventually it will come to you naturally.

  • Stop putting your lifestyle and health plans on the back burner and start prioritizing them.

Be Optimistic

Make healthy habits stick by being optimistic. Positive thinking will always benefit you in the long run. But remember one thing, Rome wasn’t built in a day. So don’t think that you can stand firm to your habits overnight. Give some time. The more you work the stronger they get. If you’ve missed a day, this should not scuttle your attempt at continuing it.

  • Don’t get discouraged. Just pick up where you left off and continue focusing on your aim.

Do Something that You Automatically Do

What do you do when you wake up in the morning? Off course brush your teeth since it’s in the routine. You don’t give yourself a choice whether you’ll brush your teeth or not. You simply do it. Similarly, eating healthy, getting enough sleep, walking a dog, all fall in the same category. In the same way when you think of a new routine or a healthy add-up to your lifestyle, connect it with something that you do involuntarily.

  • Make the chain natural and stick related tasks together. Initially it might be challenging, but with time it will become habitual.

Monitor Your Progress and Reward Yourself

This really makes a difference. Keep a check on your progress and reward yourself at the end of the day by appreciating yourself for the tasks that you have fulfilled by sticking to them. It could be as simple as to get your hands manicured, buy flowers for yourself or make a hot cup of coffee. Pick something that pleases you. By doing this you’ll also be motivated in developing healthy habits and sticking to them.

  • Reward yourself and keep going, you deserve it.

Get ready for the change. Focus on the new healthy habits you are aiming to slot in your routine. Know the benefits and consequences of those changes. Whether it’s controlling your cholesterol, taming your sweet tooth or incorporating a routine workout, developing healthy habits just need an initial effort to make your resolutions succeed.

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5 Must-Haves for a Healthy Diet http://htv.com.pk/nutrition/5-must-haves-healthy-diet http://htv.com.pk/nutrition/5-must-haves-healthy-diet#respond Sat, 13 Jan 2018 10:21:56 +0000 http://htv.com.pk/?p=31275 The post 5 Must-Haves for a Healthy Diet appeared first on HTV.

Feeling exhausted while climbing up the stairs even though you’re physically fit, or feeling drowsy after having your meals, can be a sign of lack of essential vitamins and minerals in your diet. The main source of nutrients your body needs come from the diet that you consume. Keeping your food patterns balanced and rich […]

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Feeling exhausted while climbing up the stairs even though you’re physically fit, or feeling drowsy after having your meals, can be a sign of lack of essential vitamins and minerals in your diet.

The main source of nutrients your body needs come from the diet that you consume. Keeping your food patterns balanced and rich in essential nutrients will help you sustain a good health. Find out about the 5 must haves for a healthy diet.

Energize your Body with Vitamin E

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Vitamin E is a fat soluble compound packed with antioxidants. It is involved in immune functions and helps prevent chronic diseases. Vitamin E is one of the chief nutrients required for the proper function of many organs in the body such as preventing heart disease and protecting against cancer. It also helps improve the texture of your skin, hair and nails.

Major Sources: Vitamin E is found in many foods including cereals, meat, poultry, fruits, vegetables and vegetable oils. A bowl filled with cereal/ oat meal for breakfast will deliver you your vitamin E intake of the day.

Eat Iron Rich Foods

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You might not think of iron as being a nutrient, but you may be surprised to learn that low iron is the most common nutritional deficiency. Iron is an essential mineral that carries oxygen from lungs to other parts of the body and iron deficiency may lead to anemia, cause fatigue and other health ailments such as brittleness of nails and skin problems.

Major Sources: Iron is found in Legumes, lentils, green leafy vegetables, beef, whole grains, bread, cereals and dry fruits too have good iron content. Iron, when consumed in balanced amount provides a number of benefits such as hemoglobin formation, regulation of body temperature, promote muscle function and brain function.

Zinc for Immune System

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Zinc is a powerful antioxidant and is found in every body tissue. It helps prevent cancer and regulate metabolism. Zinc is vital for fertility, immune system, used to treat anorexia and also improves cardiovascular health. Zinc deficiency can make both men and women infertile.

Major Sources: The chief sources of zinc are red meat, poultry, sea food, dairy products and cereals. You can also have beans for a healthy zinc supply to your body.

Get Potassium from Fruits & Veggies

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Potassium is one of the must-have nutrition crucial for your body and is vital for heart, kidneys, bones and other organs of the body to function properly. A diet low in potassium will lead to higher risks of arthritis, heart disease, high blood pressure and digestive disorders. Potassium deficiency is more common in people who are athletes, have physically demanding job, eating disorders and smoke.

Major Sources: You can get potassium naturally from fruits such as banana and avocados; almonds and peanuts, green leafy vegetables, potatoes and citrus fruits. Eating diet rich in fruits and vegetables is a good way to get enough potassium for your body. You can also eat dairy products, meat, fish and whole grains since they are best sources of potassium and a part of a healthy diet.

Improve your Muscle Function with Magnesium

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Magnesium is another crucial mineral to stay healthy and has multiple health benefits. It aids absorption of calcium in the body, regulates protein synthesis, promotes muscles and nerve functions, controls blood glucose levels, prevents osteoporosis, constipation and insomnia.

Major Sources: You can get enough magnesium from green leafy vegetables, fish, whole grains and wheat germ. You can also munch on almonds since they are a rich source of magnesium.

Nutrients are essential to our body and deficiency of any of these may lead to serious health issues. So to obtain an optimal health, balanced and healthy diet is the key.

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