Posts Tagged ‘drink’

Prevent ageing

May 17th, 2009

Besides relying on miracle potions, you can also prevent premature ageing by following these simple steps.

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  • Eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables a day as they contain antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that help the skin renew itself.
  • Exercise at least 40 minutes three times per week. Not only will you tone up and lose weight, the toxins in your body will be removed via the sweat.
  • Drink up! Seventy per cent of our body is composed of water. Therefore, replacing the amount of fluids that we lose is essential.
  • Moisture religiuously. Dry skin looks dull and lacklustre. Slather on moisturiser for that healthy glow.
  • Avoid excessive sun exposure. Sun exposure is the main culprit of premature ageing. Stay under the shed, wear a hat. Always apply sunscreen of at least SPF 15 to exposed areas of the skin.
  • Daree to dream. People who are busy going after their dreams will hardly notice the years. They are also more active and positive in life.
  • Smile. They use fewer facial muscles and lighten up the face, making you appear more youthful.


  • Enjoy life. Take up a new hobby. Go on a vacation. Being contented helps you stay young.

What’s your optimum water intake?

April 28th, 2009

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This isn’t an easy question to answer. A part from the foot-long list of bodily functions mentioned in the previous article that need water for their efficacy, there are host of other functions your body does that also require water. Your lungs for instance, expel between two and four cups of water each day through normal breathing and even more on a cold day. If your feet sweat, there goes another cup of water. If you make half a dozen trips to the bathroom during the day, subtract six cups of water. Studies show that on average, on a typical day without exercise or exceedingly hot weather, we lose about 10 cups of water through perspiration, breathing, urination and bowel movements.

So it’s not rocket science to conclude that we have to consume plenty of water to replace these lots of fluids for our bodies to function at optimum capacity. But how much is enough? Again, this is not an easy question to answer. A healthy adult’s daily fluid intake  can vary widely. Most adults need 8-12 cups of water each day. However there is no such thing as a standard, optimum quantity. The required fluid intake will vary from person to person, contingent on several factors, including how much you eat, how active you are, the climate you live in and your health status.

DIET

Start with one cup of water for every 250 calories you eat. If you consume 1,750 calories per day, you need to drink seven cups of water. But if you consume more than 2,250 calories, then aim to down nine cups a day.

EXERCISE

Tack on an additional cup for every 30-45 minutes of moderate intensity workouts (e.g. walking or swimming ); two cups for high intensity like running or playing tennis. If you exercise for more than an hour at a clip, weight yourself pre and post exercise and for every pound you shed, add two and a half cups to your fluid intake.

ENVIRONMENT

Drink additional water in hot and humid weather to help lower your body temperature and to replace what you lose through sweating. And altitudes greater than 2,500 meters can also affect how much water your body needs. Higher altitudes may trigger increased urination and more rapid breathing, that uses up more of your fluid reserves.

HEALTH STATUS

Fever, vomiting and diarrhea cause your body to lose extra fluids. To replace these fluids, drink more water or oral rehydration solutions. Women who are pregnant or breast-feeding need additional water to stay hydrated and to replenish lost fluids, especially when nursing. The Institute of Medicine recommends that pregnant women drink 2.3 liters ( nearly 10 cups ) of fluids a day and women who breast-feed consume 3.1 liters which is about 13 cups of fluids a day.

Your curren total fluid intake is probably adequate if you do not feel thirsty and you produce a colorless or slightly pale, yellow urine. Strong smelling or dark urine could simply mean you are not drinking enough water and your urine is thus very concentrated. The same applies to skin odor. If you feel that a bad odor persists on your skin even after bathing, this is the result of an accumulation of toxins. Simply drink more water to aid in eliminating them from your system.

Do note however that thirst is not a reliable indicator of when to drink water. By the time you are thirsty, you are probably already mildly dehydrated. Besides, the older you are, the less likely you are to sense that you’re thirsty. And during vigorous exercise, an important amount of your fluid reserves may be lost before thirst kicks in.


Green tea for weight loss

November 12th, 2008

Due to its properties which helps people to maintain god health and lood circulation as well as the ability to help in weight loss, gren tea has been made popular and been used in many forms from soap to even starbuks greentea and green tea ice cream…my goodness…yummy!

Research shows green tea does have efficacy as a weight-loss aid.This is partially due to its caffeine content which act on the sympathetic nervous system to increase catecholamine for example epinephrine and norepinephrine production.Catecholamines facilitate the release of free fatty acids from adipocytes (the fat cells) by allowing fat to  be utilized for short term energy for up to several hours after digestion.

Green tea is more than just a caffeine fix.It contains unique compounds called catechins which helps to increase metabolism.Catechins inhibit an enzyme which responsible to degrade norepinephrine therefore allowing this powerful enzyme to circulate in our body.Hence,the resting energy expenditure is greater than during the time you consume caffeine alone.

Now, that said, green tea isn’t a miracle drink!..huhuhu..( coz I was once thought it WAS…:p ). sO DON’T expect to guzzle gallons of green tea yeah and just sit back and relax while hoping it will help melting all your expensive sorage of fat away. Weight loss will be modest, perhaps a few pounds over time. But drink a metabolic-enhancing properties like green tea considering it can replete vitamins and antioxidants will definitely help your process of losing weight and maintain your body in its peak condition. There is also evidence in the newspaper ( but i couldnt remember when and which paper coz it was like a few years ago ) telling that it works to increase bone density and stave off cardiovascular disease by 57%!

From my experience, my reading and well yeah what i shared with some fitness trainers and friends, green tea should be consumed before exercise to delay musular fatigue. It should be consumed hot but not cold because the effectiveness or shall I called “absorbtion” of the green tea is about 50%-70% if consumed during hot compared to drink when cold it is only up to 40% max.

Try to buy the green tea the dry leafy type not the processed one like in the tea bag.

People, make sure you guys drink your green tea plain and try to abstain from consuming it several hours before bedtime a sit is a caffeinated produc so it can interfere with your circadian rhythms and throw your sleep/wake cycle out of whack. Otherwise, drink it nd enjoy the effects but dont forget to exercise!

So as the chinese says, YAMCA!  it means glass up!