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One past time that people love to do is eating. This can happen at anytime aside from the three basic meals of the day whenever the person is craving for something.

Whenever the individual buys the snack or meal to suit that craving, little attention is paid on how much cholesterol the food has. In fact, a lot of those of the dishes made in fast food joint are unhealthy which has prompted McDonald’s to print the calories, cholesterol and other things on each product given to the customer.

The growing number of those who are overweight and obese has caught the attention of doctors since this means there are a lot of people now who are considered to be high risk of suffering from heart disease or stroke in the United States.

Aside from advising people to visit the doctor annually, many are suggesting to make some lifestyle changes before it is too late. This usually means making some changes in the food being eaten since this is the only way to control the amount of cholesterol going in the system.

So what type of foods must be avoided to have lower levels of cholesterol in the body? The first is reducing the quantity of red meat being consumed. A good example is steak, ham and bacon that is high in fat.

Giving it up will be difficult so eating smaller portions should be done especially for those who are moderate or at a high risk of getting a heart disease or a stroke.

Fried food such as hamburgers and fries should also be avoided. The ingredients and oil used in cooking these things are also high in cholesterol that could be dangerous to one’s health. This also includes pre-packaged frozen meals that a lot of people will just throw in the microwave after a long day at the office.

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Natural Remedies for Menstrual Cramps

It’s that time of the month and you already are not looking forward to it. Maybe you have bloating during or before your menstrual period or your cramps are too uncomfortable to bear. There are some natural ways to treat your body to help take the edge off of your menstrual problems, here are just a few things to get you started:

1.Increase Omega-3 fatty acids. The intake of these oils which are found in fish such as salmon, mackerel, sardines, and anchovies can lesson menstrual cramps.

2.Try Magnesium. Magnesium is a mineral found naturally in foods such as green leafy vegetables, nuts, seeds, and whole grains. It is also available as nutritional supplements. In 2001, researchers with the Cochrane Collaboration reviewed three small studies that compared magnesium and a placebo for dysmenorrhea. Overall, they found that magnesium was more effective than placebo for pain relief and the need for additional medication was less with magnesium use.

3.Taking dietary adjustments starting about 14 days before a period may help some women with certain mild menstrual disorders, such as cramping. The general guidelines for a healthy diet apply to everyone; they include eating plenty of whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, and avoiding saturated fats and commercial junk foods.

4.Salt Restriction. Limiting salt may help bloating.

5.Reduce Caffeine, Sugar, and Alcohol. Reducing caffeine, sugar, and alcohol intake may be beneficial. The effects of alcohol are mixed. One study found that women who drank less wine had less menstrual pain than those who drank more wine. Another reported that regular consumption of alcohol lowered the risk for developing cramps, but it actually increased the length of cramping time in certain women. In (Read more ...)

The last thing you want to worry about on your wedding day is being able to fit into your beautiful dress. Most brides scramble to lose a few pounds before the big day, with some dedicating themselves to strict diets and exercise regimes months in advance.

Any easy way to slim down before your wedding day without spending six months dieting is to do a detox program with a series of colonics. Detoxing allows your body to naturally shed pounds and kick-starts your metabolism quickly by cleaning out the GI tract. Colon Hydrotherapists estimate that the average person is carrying between 5 to 20 pounds of excess weight in the colon. Being overweight can make this number even higher. Colonics help flush the body of this waste and toxic material by helping to shed the accumulated matter that can build up inside.

Detox programs are often used by celebrities who want to lose weight quickly before an event or hitting the red carpet, and weddings are no exception. A 21-day detox with colonics will give you fantastic results that would compare to months of dieting. Additionally, a detox is a much safer way to shed pounds than dieting because it allows the body to heal itself by first cleaning up the internal environment. This allows your metabolism, your digestion, and all of your organs to function at optimum level.

Brace yourself. It gets even better. Detoxing will not only make you look fabulous in your wedding dress, but it will give you a radiant complexion, more energy, and a vibrant feeling that will only enhance your bridal glow. A detox program is easy to follow, gives quick results, and can be a great way to look your best before any special event.

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