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How To Soothe An Upset Stomach

Whether it’s that time of the month, an incoming cold or even something you ate – an upset stomach is never pleasant to deal with. The only way to feel better is to relax and take it easy, avoid junk food which will only make the problem worse and treat yourself with tea and fluids. You can also try the following home remedies which are sure to have you feeling better in no time.

Don’t over-eat

Avoid making the mistake of over-eating, especially during lunch and dinner time. This can only lead to an upset stomach which we all know is annoying to deal with. Snack often throughout the day on fruits, vegetables, nuts and yoghurt to keep your system regular.

Yoghurt

Although some forms of dairy may not be the best when paired with a sore tummy, yoghurt is packed with probiotics (good bacteria), which is sure to have you feeling better faster. Enjoy with nuts and wholemeal flakes to take the edge off.

Pukka tea

Pukka tea is specially formulated to provide powerful medicinal benefits which are fantastic for people suffering from an upset stomach. Lemon, ginger and manuka honey ($7.95) offers a modern take on a traditional winter remedy, and helps to soothe sore throats and calm down an upset stomach.

Limit fruits

Some kinds of fruits including apples, orange and melons are known to cause stomach related issues in some people. It is best to stay away from these fruits if you don’t have the best success rate when it comes to digesting them. If you’re still lacking that hit of vitamin C, why not take a chewable multi-vitamin instead.

White rice

There’s a reason why chicken soup always makes us feel better! Bland foods such as white rice, boiled potatoes and dry toast help to absorb extra fluids in the body and also keep the body full and satisfied.

Ginger

Not only is ginger great for relieving the symptoms of nausea and vomiting, but studies show they help our overall health. Throw in one gram of fresh, powdered ginger into your green tea to relax your stomach.

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September 7, 2014

7 Best Foods for Healthy Skin

Most of us spend a lot of money on skin care products, but you may be ignoring the real secret to healthy skin—what you eat. Some foods are high in nutrients that prevent acne, soften wrinkles and promote clear, younger-looking, radiant skin. Here are seven favourites that can help you glow from within.

Yoghurt

Just one serving each day of this delicious dairy food can make your skin smoother and softer. The secret ingredient is protein, which helps skin become firmer and more resistant to developing lines. The best choice for skin is Greek yoghurt, which can have twice the protein of the regular kind.

Walnuts

Snacking on these tasty nuts can improve your skin’s texture in several ways. Walnuts are rich in omega-3 essential fatty acids that can improve the elasticity of your skin, plus they’re full of the mineral copper, which can boost the production of collagen. Eating walnuts can also reduce skin inflammation for fewer breakouts.

Soy

If you’ve been troubled by brown spots on your skin, try snacking on edamame or adding soy milk to your latte. Soy has proteins and minerals that can reduce hyper-pigmentation of the skin. Consuming soy can also benefit the hair and nails.

Oatmeal

The best oatmeal for healthy skin is the less processed steel-cut variety because it retains more vitamins. Also, it helps to keep your blood sugar stable by taking longer to break down in your body. This is important because spikes in blood sugar can elevate your body’s level of androgens—the hormones that contribute to wrinkles.

Carrots

Carrots are chock-full of vitamin A, which is not only good for your eyesight, it can help clear up breakouts. Vitamin A helps to prevent the overproduction of cells in the outer layer of the skin, where dead cells can combine with sebum to clog your pores. Plus, they can slow the development of skin cancer cells.

Dark chocolate

No, chocolate does not cause breakouts, instead it can actually be good for your skin! But look for chocolate with a higher cocoa content, which means more of the good stuff and less butter and sugar. Dark chocolate is high in antioxidants called flavonols that can reduce skin roughness and help to protect against sun damage. Just don’t use this as an excuse to binge on chocolate —a few squares a day are enough.

Avocado

This delicious fruit is probably the number one food for healthy skin because the avocado is supplied with essential oils and B-complex vitamins that can soothe and nourish your skin. Especially important is vitamin B3, also called niacin, an anti-inflammatory that can soothe irritated, blotchy skin. Just one avocado can supply more than 25% of your daily need.

What’s your favourite food for healthy skin?

September 5, 2013