There's no denying that garlic is a miracle plant – it is anti-fungal and antibacterial, boosts our immune systems and is anti-inflammatory. But did you know garlic is also used to repair damaged hair and facilitate its strong, healthy growth? Whether your hair is damaged from products and styling tools or from nutrient deficiency, garlic…
Whether you are a full time vegetarian, taking a break from meat, or simply trying to cut down, it is important to make sure that you are getting enough protein in your diet. Protein is a crucial part of our diet. It is a macronutrient, which means our bodies require a large amount of it. Protein helps to promote tissue growth, strengthen nails, grow hair, assists with bone health as well as enzyme and hormone production.
Fermented foods are all the rage of late. Whether it be kimchi or kombucha, more and more we are hearing of the wondrous benefits of fermented products. Consuming fermented foods and beverages can help to regulate the digestive enzymes in our gut and provide a host of benefits.
In the past few months, the writer of this blog has discovered apple cider vinegar. Apple cider vinegar results from 2 fermentation processes: first the fermentation of apple juice into apple cider, and then the final fermentation of the cider into vinegar. The taste is a bit off-putting to many because it’s quite sour and tangy. When drinking apple cider vinegar, one should couple a shot glass worth of it inside of a glass of warm water. This will protect the esophagus, as the vinegar is extremely acidic. Apple Cider can also be used in a variety of other ways besides direct consumption; we will go over a few here.
Once you become accustomed to the taste (as many do within the first couple of drinks), you will reap the many benefits that apple cider vinegar has to offer. Here we will list some of these benefits and hopefully by the end of reading this article, you will be on your way to the store to buy some!
With the holidays coming to an end, most of us may be feeling our clothes tighten around the waist from all of the delicious treats and alcohol consumed this month. No doubt, it’s been a pleasure to indulge, but we must not forget how important our health is!
Perhaps, New Year’s resolutions were designed to help combat the guilt of holiday indulgence, rather than truly shape the upcoming year. Either way, let’s get out of the holiday slump and get into healthy habits that will make us alert and ready to face the challenges ahead and reach our goals in 2015. Urban Health has compiled a list of the 5 resolutions we think will help transform your health this year. Though you might have heard (or made) these resolutions yourself before, we have some practical advice on how to implement these changes and finally make those healthy habits stick!
I have been a full-time vegetarian since November 2013 after having toyed with the idea several times before (I tried to become one, but never succeeded until now). Many people have asked me why and how. Here goes.
We all have favourite flavours that we like in our food. Some enjoy hot cayenne while others love cinnamon or fresh peppermint. Without the many spices of the world, our food would surely taste bland and boring! But there is more to spices than simply flavour–spices contain many health benefits unknown to the common observer. Spices are full of phyto-nutrients, essential oils, antioxidants, minerals and vitamins, which can help us in a number of various interesting and potentially life-saving ways.
Let’s explore some commonly used spices together to become better acquainted with the healing benefits of spices. Szechuan peppercorns have been used by Native Americans as a toothache remedy as well as a cure for many various digestive ailments.
FODMAPs is a group of short chain carbohydrates standing for Fermentable, Oligo-, Di-, Mono-saccharides and Polyols. The FODMAPs diet was created at Monash University by professor Peter Gibson, who has also conducted extensive research on gluten intolerance.
In recent months there has been a great deal of controversy in regards to the scientific validity of gluten intolerance. This is not to be confused with celiac disease, in which extreme allergic reactions to any amount of gluten can result in very severe intestinal distress lasting up to a week. Gluten intolerance instead has come to be known as bloating rashes and other symptoms, which commonly last no more than a few hours and up to a day. Recent, studies have come to light which are leading some to question whether gluten-intolerance is a real phenomenon or instead has been fabricated and overemphasized. In order to understand these claims and reach the truth, we must look at why the claims are being made and additionally view any counterarguments present.
If you are living in Asia (and even if you are not), you know how popular Japanese food is. Japanese cuisine has been deemed by many as very health-friendly, due to its high levels of nutritious fish protein and generally low amounts of grease. Tied with South Korea, Japan “performed the best when it comes to healthy eating habits and food availability”; both Japan and South Korea have extremely low rates of diabetes and obesity.
On the surface one might think many Japanese foods are safe for those sensitive to gluten. However, there are many sources of gluten in Japanese cuisine, and those with who have celiac or are sensitive to gluten should be aware of gluten sources in Japanese food and any possible substitutions.
Eating a diet full of different fruits and vegetables is essential to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. However, it is important for us to combine the right types of fruits and vegetables to keep our diets balanced. An easy way to do this is to eat a colorful diet. Here we will give you some guidelines for the different health benefits, broadly speaking, that different colored fruits and veggies offer.