Monday, 31 December 2012

Water

Just how much water one needs? Well, according to bodyandsoul.com.au:
•Men: 2.6 litres a day – about 10 cups. •Women: 2.1 litres a day – about 8 cups. •Pregnant women: 2.3 litres a day – about 9 cups. •Boys 14-18: 1.9 litres a day – 7-8 cups. •Boys 9-13: 1.6 litres a day – about 6 cups. •Girls 14-18: 1.6 litres a day – about 6 cups. •Girls 9-13: 1.4 litres a day – 5-6 cups. •Children 4-8: 1.2 litres a day – about 5 cups. •Toddlers 1-3: 1 litre a day – about 4 cups.
We all know that water is important. For once, it hydrates us and when one is hydrated all the bodily functions are then facilitated. In as much like business card printer to businesses, it's the fuel or the start.
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Not Over Yet

It's the last day of 2012 and bodyandsoul.com.au has suggested 10 foods that one should eat this year. Curious? Here they are:
Black rice Black rice is one of our new superfoods. It contains high levels of health-boosting antioxidants called anthocyanins, which are also found in blueberries. Just one spoonful of black rice bran contains more antioxidants than a spoonful of blueberries. Antioxidants are important for neutralising free radicals in the body that cause damage to cells and cause chronic diseases such as cancer and cardiovascular disease. Black rice is available from health-food stores or websites and can be cooked the same way as other rice varieties. Beet greens Beet greens, the leafy tops of beetroots, are delicious steamed or stir-fried with olive oil, garlic and lemon, or added to soups, risotto, quiches or stir-fries. They are rich in vitamin C; one cup contains 60 per cent of your recommended daily intake. Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant and helps support immune function and wound healing. Beet greens also contain beta-carotene, which converts to vitamin A and aids healthy eyesight and gums. Beet greens are ideal for pre-pregnancy diets, as they are a rich source of folate and iron. Kefir Kefir is a fermented milk drink, considered a probiotic food. It contains more than 30 beneficial bacteria. Including kefir in your diet will help promote a healthy balance of intestinal flora, which will improve digestion, boost immune health and help to produce vitamins B12 and K. Kefir also provides plenty of calcium and magnesium, to look after your nervous system, and vitamin A and D, to support immune function. Kefir is a great source of protein and is rich in the amino acid tryptophan, which is known for its calming effect and sleep support. Kefir is best drunk on its own or added to smoothies. It is available from health-food stores. LSA LSA, made from ground linseeds, sunflower seeds and almonds, is an easy, extremely versatile way to add extra nutrients to meals. LSA is rich in protein, which helps to keep your blood-sugar levels balanced and curb sugar cravings. LSA will provide you with a good dose of healthy omega-3 fats to promote a healthy heart and brain function, and it contains important minerals such as calcium, zinc and magnesium. Try adding a spoonful of LSA to muesli or other breakfast cereals, smoothies, yoghurt, rice dishes or muffin or cookie mixtures. Purple berries Purple berries, such as acai, elderberry, blackcurrant and chokeberry, are some of the richest sources of antioxidants of all fruits. They are about 50 per cent higher in antioxidants than more common berries. Their dark purple colour indicates high levels of the powerful antioxidants anthocyanins. Including these berries in your diet will help protect you from chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease and cancer, and help slow down the ageing process. Purple berries are excellent sources of vitamins A and C, which are both important immune-boosting nutrients.
I can't say that I tried most of them but the first one, I certainly have. I actually miss it now that I have read about it. It's like those posguys for Honeywell barcode scanners... you remember/miss/like them when you hear about them. So what are you waiting for? There's still half a day or one and half a day in other parts of the world.
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