Monday, September 27, 2010

Aloe Vera for Health and Rejuvenation

Aloe Vera for Health and Rejuvenation

Aloe vera is a plant with a long reputation as a beauty, health and rejuvenation aid and topical medicine aid. The remarkable aloe vera plant is one of nature's best gifts, and has been used for medicinal purposes for thousands of years. Even a poem from Cleopatra's Day said that Cleopatra's famed beauty was enhanced by the gel of the ancient Aloe Vera plant!

Aloe vera certainly has a long and exotic history, and in recent years, the plant and its healing and rejuvenating properties have become big news in the health field. I personally swear by aloe vera juice being one of nature's own precious ingredients, and that it can alleviate a variety of human complaints!

While physicians of antiquity are said to have used aloe vera to treat a variety of conditions, including headache, skin inflammations, constipation and menstrual problems, modern medical references to this medicinal plant didn't appear until the 1930's and 40's.

A number of researchers have since reported on their use of the leaves and gel to treat radiation burns and skin ulcers. In 1957 another researcher reported on the use of an ointment made from powdered aloes to treat ulcers on amputation stumps and other skin conditions.

There's real clinical evidence of aloe vera's healing effect. Scientific studies have reported the reduction of many many ailments such as stomach disorders, indigestion, high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes and more. Aloe vera also aids circulation, increases energy and helps a woman get healthy skin and hair.

Even the word "aloe" means "medical plant." Scientifically and commonly known as aloe vera, that medical plant has a centuries-old reputation as an aid to feminine health and beauty. It's also a very effective ingredient in cosmetics - such as face and hand creams, lotions, and skin moisturizers. Moreover, drinking it will beautify the skin.

The aloe vera gel most often used in cosmetics is taken from the species known botanically as A. Barbadensis Miller (sometimes also known as A.Vera Tournefort ex Linne, or as A.vulgaris Lamark.) This gel is a water-thin, almost colorless liquid extracted from the peeled, spineless leaves of the plant.

Aloe vera truly is an ancient secret of natural beauty and has been used as a first aid product for centuries. Even Alexander the Great was advised to seize the island of Socotra to assure a ready supply of the plant to heal his warriors' wounds. And aloe vera is a popular house plant whose leaves are still used by many to sooth minor cuts and burns.

Herbalife, a global nutrition, weight-loss and skin-care company has countless satisfied customers of their Herbal Aloe Drink. Many of these people tell stories of how they were spared the pain of crippling arthritis thanks to Herbal Aloe Drink. Chronic ear infections have cleared up, and a diabetic's need for insulin was cut in half following use of the plant's juice.

Aloe vera can also take care of what's wrong with you and as a natural detox ingredient, will detoxify the body and cleanse it.

Aloe is a powerful cathartic used in laxatives for humans. Aloe vera approved by FDA as a natural substance in food comes from Aloe Perryi Baker, A. Barbadensis Miller, A. Ferox Miller, and hybrids of this species with A. Africana Miller and A. Spicata Baker.

Stress, coffee, cigarette smoke and poor eating habits can upset the stomach and impair digestion. Herbalife's Herbal Aloe Drink brings relief. The aloe plant is known to contain many beneficial substances, including enzymes, vitamins, minerals and amino acids. Herbal Aloe Drink combines the goodness of aloe, with a delicious citrus twist for a healthy digestive system.

Anyway, I do hope you enjoyed my article; 'Aloe Vera for Health and Rejuvenation - And Herbal Aloe Drink!' Until next time....

Ps; You can enjoy the benefits of aloe for skin and hair too with Herbalife's Herbal Aloe Skin and Hair Care lines.

Apple Cider Vinegar for An Inner Cleanse, Detox and Energy Boost

Apple Cider Vinegar for An Inner Cleanse, Detox and Energy Boost

If you drink apple cider vinegar regularly, then after a couple of weeks you'll notice that you have more energy, you've probably seen some weight loss and your skin will look better. It's not really that surprising though, because it improves the overall condition of the body!

Besides apple cider vinegar being an effective inner cleanse and detox aid, it's even a good remedy for insomnia and chronic fatigue. To enhance its positive effects, you can also use apple cider vinegar externally.

For insomnia or chronic fatigue, mix 1 cup of honey and 3 tsp of apple cider vinegar. Keep this mixture in a covered jar, near your bed. You can take 2 tsp of the this remedy, half an hour before bedtime. If this isn't enough, take another 2 tsp of the mixture, and if you wake up later at night - again.

One cup of apple cider vinegar, made from whole fresh apples, contain around 240 mg of potassium. Nutritionists and natural-paths often stress the importance of the ratio of sodium and potassium in the body for normal functioning of the nervous and muscular systems.

Potassium also neutralizes the harmful effects of excess sodium in the body - and is able to restore normal blood pressure.
Potassium prevents the accumulation of fluid in the body too, which occurs as a result of excess sodium.

In addition, it also helps to reduce hypertension. ACV also helps to prevent violations of energy. Traditional healers claim that high blood pressure, memory impairment, and even chronic fatigue can be treated with apple cider vinegar - because it contains a large amount of potassium.

Apple vinegar is also necessary to normalize the digestive process. Natural malic acid is a kind of building material too, connecting the cells of the body with alkaline and mineral elements. It forms the energy stored in the form of glycogen.

So, any of you who want to have ultimate feminine beauty and health - you can't do without ACV!
You can use apple cider vinegar in cooking and soaking food. You can also add it to a variety of sauces and dressings, for potatoes, vegetables, meat and fish.

Anyhow lovely, I do hope you enjoyed my article; 'Apple Cider Vinegar for An Inner Cleanse, Detox and Energy Boost!' Until next time....

The Importance of Nutrients and Protein for Women

The Importance of Nutrients and Protein for Women

Nutrients are substances found in food that nourish your body. Carbohydrates, proteins, and fats are all nutrients. Vitamins and minerals are also nutrients. It's best to get nutrients from foods, and preferably ORGANIC foods.

However, with modern food production techniques, these nutrients can be lost (and often are.) That's where nutritional supplements (such as Herbalife nutritional supplements) can help! Besides organic food, they provide a number of substances that keep you healthy.

Your body needs adequate PROTEIN daily for peak physical performance and healthy weight management. Unfortunately, many dietary protein sources, including meat, cheese and nuts, are also high in unwanted fat and calories.

However, Herbalife's Formula 3 Personalized Protein Powder, a proprietary blend of whey and soy protein, is a convenient way to increase your protein consumption. This protein powder also helps you maintain your ENERGY LEVEL level between meals and helps you to maintain lean muscle mass.

Now, let's get back to foods, and take a look at some healthy food choices;


For most of your fruit servings, choose a variety of fruits in various forms, such as;

Fresh, frozen, canned, or dried fruit. For example, try fresh apples, frozen blueberries, canned pears or peaches (without added sugar,) or dried apricots. Look for canned fruit packed in water or 100 percent fruit juice, instead of syrup.

However, go easy on fruit as it's high in calories and lacks fiber. If you have fruit juice, make sure it's 100 percent fruit juice with no added sugar.

Milk, Cheese and Yogurt

• Choose low-fat or fat-free milk, cheese and yogurt.

• If you have lactose intolerance, you can still get calcium from reduced-lactose milk, other milk products, and non-dairy sources of calcium. Many women with lactose intolerance can eat small amounts of milk, cheese, yogurt and other milk products without discomfort. Or you can take the enzyme lactase in the form of pills or liquid drops before you eat dairy products.

• If you can't or don't consume milk, cheese or yogurt, choose other sources of calcium, such as calcium-fortified soy drinks, calcium-fortified tofu, collard greens, sesame seeds, or fortified ready-to-eat cereals.

Meat, Beans and Foods High in Protein

• Choose low-fat or lean meats and poultry, such as chicken without the skin, or top round steak (a lean cut of beef.)

• Prepare meat, fish and poultry using low-fat cooking methods, such as baking, broiling or grilling.

• Vary your protein choices. Try fish, beans, peas, nuts and seeds. For example, try making a main dish without meat for dinner, such as rice or pasta with beans, at least once a week.

Anyhow lovely, I do hope you enjoyed my article; 'The Importance of Nutrients and protein for Women!' Until next time....

Apple Cider Vinegar for Weight Loss

Apple Cider Vinegar for Weight Loss

It's quite well-known that apple cider vinegar helps in weight loss and the fight against excess weight. It turns out that the pectin in it can help you to lose weight, by adjusting and speeding up the body's metabolism.

Besides using Herbalife nutritional/weight loss products daily, I personally drink a full glass of water with a spoon of apple cider vinegar added to it, several times a day. And it's so incredibly GOOD for you!

In addition, apple cider vinegar improves bowel function. It also normalizes the sodium-potassium balance of the body, helping to reduce the appetite and ultimately causing you to lose weight.

If you want to use apple cider vinegar to get healthy and to lose weight, drink it diluted in water, and drink it 30 minutes before meals.

The proportions are;

1-2 tablespoons of vinegar in 1 cup of water.

*Honey can also be added to the vinegar drink for a more palatable taste (but not recommended to add if you want to lose weight.)

Interestingly, apple cider vinegar is an ingredient in some my Herbalife nutritional and weight loss supplements for the very same reasons. Those supplements (along with my daily apple cider drinks) are effective in reducing the feeling of hunger - that ultimately allows you to consume less food.

To lose weight, reduce hunger and
speed up your body's metabolism, it's also recommended to add apple cider vinegar to various salads, and replacing common salt with it. As an excess of salt is known to be harmful to the body and prevents weight loss.

Anyhow lovely, I do hope you enjoyed my article ; 'Apple Cider Vinegar for Weight Loss.' Until next time....

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Women, Weight Loss and Burning Calories

Women,Weight Loss and Burning Calories

Women really need to commit themselves to healthy eating as they have special nutritional needs throughout life. Healthy eating also means there's a balance between the number of calories you eat and the number of calories you burn. And burning calories is essential for weight loss.

What's a calorie anyway? Well, a calorie is simply the measure of the energy used by the body - and of the energy that food supplies to the body.

Carbohydrates, proteins, fats and alcohol all have calories. And your caloric needs are determined by your age, your size, how physically active you are, whether you're pregnant or breastfeeding, and other special conditions.

Your caloric needs also depend on whether you want to lose or gain weight - or keep your weight where it is.

Your body burns calories two ways;

• Through daily routine activities and body functions, such as sitting, moving around, breathing, and digesting.

• Physical exercise, such as walking, jogging, dancing, biking or other forms of exercise.
It's also wise to get personalized recommendations, as well as nutritional advice from reliable sources. Here are three options;

• You can use one of the many online food pyramid guidance systems to help you make healthy food choices. These will show you what kinds and how much food to eat each day.

• You can see a registered dietitian for a personalized nutrition plan. Your doctor can provide a referral.

• You can enroll the help of an Independent Herbalife Distributor to lose weight, who's also a qualified life/ weight loss and vitality coach (ME!)

Anyhow lovely, I do hope you enjoyed my article ; 'Women, Weight Loss and Burning Calories.' Until next time....

Good Nutrition for Healthy Living

Good Nutrition for Healthy Living

Life can certainly be hectic can't it? And sometimes it can be quite hard for a busy woman to take the time to make healthy food choices (I think we've all been there!) However, making wise food choices, along with regular physical activity, is so worth the effort.

A healthy lifestyle can offer BIG benefits to your health - now
and in the future. It can also transform your entire life!

In addition, healthy eating habits can help any woman feel her BEST - today and every day. And as a plus, good nutrition and healthy living enables a woman to reach and stay at a healthy body weight.

What about the healing and rejuvenating properties of certain foods, that can help a woman gain radiant health, energy and vitality? Well, good nutrition and healthy living can certainly do that. Moreover, a healthy diet and lifestyle can help you lower your risk of some chronic diseases. Dramatically!

Such a lifestyle will also assist those of you wanting to have children to have a healthy pregnancies and babies.

A Healthy Eating Plan for Women

You might have felt confused by all the conflicting information you hear out there about WHAT'S healthy to eat. But there's some tried and proven diets, as well as nutritional diet programs out there that can also help us to make wise food choices.

One such nutritional diet/weight loss program is Herbalife. It's an amazing product that enables you to get healthy and lose weight - quickly. And millions of lives have been positively transformed by this particular nutritional/weight-loss program as it helps the body to heal itself of disease. It also gives you an undeniable BOOST of energy and vitality.

I'm currently on the program and will stay on it! I also can't praise enough! And having suffered an auto-immune disease for much of my life, as well as having survived breast cancer recently, I wanted to find the BEST possible nutritional program.

In addition, with the right balance of essential nutrients daily, health and vitality FLOURISHES. Herbalife's Targeted Nutrition products, based on their exclusive Cellular Nutrition® technology, deliver vital nutrients at the cellular level, to support total well-being and promote long-term good health.

A healthy eating plan also includes the following;

• Fresh fruits and vegetables
(preferably organic)

• Whole grains
('Bible Bread' is wonderful)

• Fat-free or low-fat versions of milk, cheese and yogurt - as well as no-dairy milk products such as rice or soy milk (non-dairy is preferable)

• Lean meats, poultry, fish, dry beans and peas, eggs and nuts

Now, for good nutrition and healthy living, what should we limit in out diets? Well lovely, your healthy eating plan should be low in;

• Saturated fat/trans fat

• Cholesterol

• Salt (sodium)

• Added sugars

• Added preservatives

• Alcohol

Anyhow lovely, I do hope you enjoyed my article ; 'Good Nutrition for Healthy Living!.' Until next time....