Month: November 2019

8 Health Tips to Get in Shape For the New Year For a New You!

With the new year approaching, the first resolution most people think about going for is a gym membership. Year after year the same thing happens. They really want to get into shape, and they know for sure that this year will be different. They sign up for a year membership and start their new goal with clear focus and determination.

Most people never make it past the first week. Why? Mostly because they quit when they realize how much work goes into getting back into the shape they once had. The fact of the matter is that it really is not as difficult as they think. They are just focusing on one aspect of overall wellness and burning themselves out on it.

In order to lose weight and keep it off for good, a person must develop the mindset necessary for living a healthy lifestyle. There is much more to being healthy than showing up to the gym every day. In fact, exercise is only one-eighth of the total equation. If you really want to achieve personal wellness, forget the gym and focus instead on improving the following 8 categories of health.

Diet & Nutrition

Health Tips #1: Diet & Nutrition

You already know the main reason you gained weight. Too many trips through the McDonalds drive-thru, late night snacking on junk food and poor dinner choices. You do not have to eat a diet of bland salads and yogurt, but you do need to limit the amount of trigger foods that you caused your weight gain. Replace your current American diet of high sugar, high-fat processed foods with those found in the produce and lean meat department as often as you can.

Nutritional Supplements

Health Tips #2: Nutritional Supplements

Now that our soils are more depleted of minerals than ever, and our farm animals are not fed properly, living a healthy lifestyle requires nutritional supplementation. I lost 70 pounds in 4 months and kept it off for over 15 years simply by drinking a soy-based protein shake for breakfast every morning and taking a few targeted vitamins. Why does this work? Because greasy bacon and runny eggs do not provide proper nutrition.

Fun & Recreation

Health Tips #3: Fun & Recreation

What makes you happy? Going to the movies? Ice Skating? Playing the guitar? Whatever it is, you must find time for it on a weekly basis (if not daily) in order to maintain good mental stability. Your activities and hobbies should not include junk food or alcohol. Going to the movies is watching the movie, not eating a tub of fatty buttered popcorn. Be happy with what you are doing without the unnecessary evils.

Hydration

Health Tips #4: Hydration

Drinking enough water throughout the day is the part of the equation that gets overlooked. People do not consider drinking as important as eating and it is! You should not be drinking soda or processed juices every day. Why? Because they deplete your body of vitamins and minerals while loading you up on sugar. Alcohol is even worse. Do yourself a favor and keep a water bottle with you at all times. Drink, drink, drink. I cannot stress this enough.

Stress

Health Tips #5: Stress

And speaking of stress, this is what happens when you do not allow yourself to have any fun in your life. This is just as important to living a healthy lifestyle as eating and drinking properly. Too much stress can cause major problems for your body. You only live once, so do not allow other people and events to get you so bothered and worried that you cannot live the lifestyle you deserve for yourself.

Unhealthy Habits

Health Tips #6: Unhealthy Habits

Not eating the wrong foods is just as important as eating the right foods. But unhealthy habits are not just about food, are they? Smoking and the use of other drugs, prescription or not, is probably the worst thing a person can do to their body. This is the only one you have! Take care of it. Alcohol is OK on occasion but not recommended on a daily basis to anyone interested in living a healthy lifestyle.

Weight Management

Health Tips #7: Weight Management

Have you ever noticed that weight loss really is not the issue that people struggle with? Most everyone has lost weight at one point in their life. Keeping that weight off is the obstacle that most people can not overcome. Think about it logically. If you gained weight by eating twinkies, then lost weight when you stopped eating twinkies, do not go back to eating twinkies. The person who eats twinkies on occasion (not every day) does not struggle with weight fluctuation.

Health Tips #8: Exercise

You knew this one was coming! It is totally possible to lose weight without exercising. I am living proof because my severe asthma prohibited me from doing it. The reason I can exercise now is because I got my body healthy through focusing on the other 7 categories. Once I began exercising, it only accelerated my weight loss and now helps to keep me lean. The key to exercise is not quantity but quality. A little bit every day will give you the best health benefits overall.

So there you have it! The 8 health tips to kick off the new year for a new you. Focus on improving each of these simultaneously as your one and only New Years Resolution and you will be on a successful path to overall wellness. Weight loss and poor health can be things of the past if you are just willing to make small changes on a daily basis.

coconut

How Healthy Is Coconut Oil

If you are not from a tropical country where coconut milk and oil is used for many purposes then you are curious to know what the benefits of coconut oil are.

Alright before I begin explaining the benefits of coconut oil, let me inform you that when you are looking to buy coconut oil don not be surprised to see a solid form of the oil because coconut oil at room temperature becomes solid and when the temperature goes  above 80 oF then it becomes liquid. coconut oil is unlike any other oil, so do not get worried and think coconut oil is good only if it is in liquid form.

Coconut oil gives the skin the moisture
Coconut oil gives the skin the moisture

Coconut oil for the skin is great as it gives the skin the moisture it needs and it also fights of the free radicals that destroy connective tissues that our skins are made up of. When these connective tissues become weak due to the attack from these free radicals they lose their elasticity and that’s when we notice our skin beginning to wrinkle.

Many people prefer using lotions with coconut oil in it but the thing with lotions is that they have a higher content of water than coconut oil, so in the beginning of application the skin feels good but in the due course when the lotion is completely absorbed by the skin and the water dries up the skin gets back to its normal wrinkly form.

Like coconut oil is good for the skin so is coconut water good for the body’s metabolism. Drinking a lot of coconut water will help in digestion and keep you hydrated.

Coconut oil is good for the skin
Coconut oil is good for the skin

Furthermore, coconut oil also seems to help people with thyroid, heart, diabetes and blood sugar problems. It is found that coconut oil actually reduces the absorption of sugars in our blood stream and also helps the pancreas in secreting the right amount of insulin.

It is a misconception that coconut oil will clog the arteries and interfere with blood circulation but in fact the opposite is true; it improves the circulation of blood. People with diabetes particularly complain about losing feeling in their feet and hands but after they consume coconut oil they do see significant changes and begin to feel with their feet and hands once again.

1. What is virgin coconut oil?

Virgin coconut oil is defined as “oil obtained from the fresh mature kernel of the coconut, by mechanical or natural means, with or without the use of heat, without undergoing chemical refining, bleaching or deodorizing, and which does not lead to the alteration of the oil”.

It is called “virgin” due to its pure, raw, pristine and unadulterated state.

2. What will virgin coconut oil do for me?

This is actually quite a hard question to answer on the website, simply because we are not allowed to make claims about the benefits of VCO, regardless of whether they are true or not.

The UK Food Labelling Regulation 40(1), Schedule 6, Part I (1) & (2) states; ” A claim that a food has the property of preventing, treating or curing a human disease, or any reference to such a property, is prohibited”. This claim is unacceptable……..WHETHER IT IS TRUE OR NOT.

So what can we do? We can really only ask you to do a little research yourselves, apparently we are not even allowed to use quotes from books.

Let us just state a few facts that should not be breaking any laws.

Virgin coconut oil does not contain any trans fatty acids and does not break down at high temperatures.

Virgin coconut oil is known as a lauric oil, due to its high quantities of lauric acid. When synthesized in the body, lauric becomes monolaurin, which is found in abundance in mother’s milk.

Millions of people around the world use coconut oil as a conditioner for their hair, invariably in countries where people have the most beautiful, strong and silky hair.

Virgin coconut oil does not contain any cholesterol.

I am really sorry for the lack of information in this section, but laws are laws, and we have to abide by them.

Coconut
Coconuts

3. How do I know if your virgin coconut oil is organic?

The simple answer is, you don’t. The same as you don’t know about any other product either. Companies that are certified organic can change their GMP the day after they get the certification, or change the supplier of their ingredients. I am afraid you have to take our word for it.

Let me explain that over 80% of the coconuts grown in The Philippines are grown organically. The farmers can’t afford fertilizers and pesticides, even if they were needed, which they are not.

The reason small companies in poor countries are not certified organic, is purely down to money…..Isn’t that always the case……Big companies can afford to buy organic certification, small companies in poor countries can’t. For us to get certification from US, European, or Australian organic certifiers, would cost well in excess of $5000. We would have to pay for them to send a representative to the Philippines. (Other countries do not accept organic certification by organic certifiers based in The Philippines, so there is absolutely no point in taking the cheap option.)

The big factory producers can afford to pay for any certification they want. Our oil is far superior to theirs, purer, more natural, produced using better coconuts, but they buy the organic certification which we can’t afford……..Even though, we, like the vast majority of VCO producers in the Philippines, use organic coconuts.

4. Is your oil 100% pure?

It is honestly the most natural oil you can find. It is cold-processed, ( ANH Absolutely No Heat ), filtered by hand up to 8 times, using 8 and 5 microns filter paper. We are happy to show analysis reports, to prove how good this oil is. (It is definitely NOT refined, bleached and deodorized oil, passed off as VCO).

5. What does ANH stand for?

Having read the previous question, you now know the answer to this one, however, it deserves explanation.

Most people recognize that cold-processed VCO is the best, most natural and most potent VCO. As producers who use the cold-process method of production, we are extremely proud of the final product. We are delighted to inform customers that it is cold-processed oil, hoping they will know that it is by far the finest VCO available.

Unfortunately, other companies are quite happy to confuse the public, by labelling their oil “cold-pressed”…..and believe me it works…….Cold-processed, cold-pressed, you go to any of the forums on coconut oil and people genuinely do not know the difference. Let me just tell you that cold-pressed oil is invariably heated after the pressing, of course the companies will not tell you that.

So the producers who do not heat their oil had to come up with something to counter the confusion, and ANH is the outcome. Absolutely No Heat is used during production of our oil, so that is what we put on the label, and that is how the finest virgin coconut oil will become known………..ANH.