Did you know that…

November is Pomegranate Month?

The Pomegranate has been with us for a very long time, stretching back through history to its first recorded appearance in Ancient Egypt, where it was used for the treatment of various infections and even tapeworm. We can then see it in Ancient Greece where it was considered the fruit of the dead, and was associated with the Hades and Persephone myth, where her consumption of six seeds led to her spending half the year locked in the land of the dead.

Pomegranates are more than just a simple fruit, they’re packed of Vitamin C, dietary fiber, folates, and much more. They’re truly little treasure-troves of health and nutrition, with a reputation for being something of a miracle cure. Such was its popularity that POM has used it as the foundation of its entire product line, citing anti-inflammatory, anti-disease, and anti-oxidant properties as just a few of its benefits.

Such wonderful rich and beautiful fruit deserves a celebration, and that’s what Pomegranate Month brings it.

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Source: daysoftheyear.com 

ZOA FUNDRAISING

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Our trip to Zambia is getting closer and closer, now I am trying to improve our fund-raising. In order to help our Orphanage in Zambia, to help children to handle the future of their country and be then able to have a better future themselves, I am especially working on the fund-raising for the clothes and shoes, and also trying to raise money to be able to check the health of these children. I am really excited about this project. Even 5 francs per each of you could really be meaningful for ZOA and so for the children. It could pay their meals and a future education for them . Even if 5 francs don’t seem like a lot, I wish people could understand that just 5 francs can actually save a life in Africa.

 

 

 

 

 

Getting ready for the summer

Girls from our House are getting ready for the summer. It is the time to get rid of all the fat we gained during this winter. Some of us go jogging every evening when they don’t have much homework to do. I think it is a very good thing to do because by partaking in a 30 minute daily jog, your heart will grow stronger and healthier. Running will help you increase your blood circulation and overall improves your health. In short, you’ll live longer and remain healthier throughout your life – especially if you continue your jogging habit on a regular basis throughout your life.

One of the biggest benefits of a daily jog is weight loss. Individuals who are looking to lose weight and get healthy would benefit from a daily jog. Jogging increases the body’s metabolism and helps burn fat.
Therefore, a daily jog will help you lose the weight in a healthy way when compared to taking a pill, having weight loss surgery, or using a crash diet to reach your fitness goals.

So I think we all should start this healthy activity and those who already started… just keep it up 😉

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A healthy diet…

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As summer is getting closer, most girls have started following a diet although they are already skinny enough. Here are some eating tips for a healthy diet, I hope it will be useful for you guys ;))

Healthy eating tip 1: Set yourself up for success
To set yourself up for success, think about planning a healthy diet as a number of small, manageable steps rather than one big drastic change. If you approach the changes gradually and with commitment, you will have a healthy diet sooner than you think.

Healthy eating tip 2: It’s not just what you eat, it’s how you eat
Healthy eating is about more than the food on your plate—it is also about how you think about food. Healthy eating habits can be learned and it is important to slow down and think about food as nourishment rather than just something to gulp down in between meetings or classes.

Healthy eating tip 3: Eat more healthy carbs and whole grains
Choose healthy carbohydrates and fiber sources, especially whole grains, for long lasting energy. In addition to being delicious and satisfying, whole grains are rich in phytochemicals and antioxidants, which help to protect against coronary heart disease, certain cancers, and diabetes. Studies have shown people who eat more whole grains tend to have a healthier heart.

Healthy eating tip 4: Enjoy healthy fats & avoid unhealthy fats
Good sources of healthy fat are needed to nourish your brain, heart, and cells, as well as your hair, skin, and nails. Foods rich in certain omega-3 fats called EPA and DHA are particularly important and can reduce cardiovascular disease, improve your mood, and help prevent dementia.

Healthy eating tip 5: Limit sugar and salt
If you succeed in planning your diet around fiber-rich fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein, and good fats, you may find yourself naturally cutting back on foods that can get in the way of your healthy diet—sugar and salt.

Benefits of drinking water ;)

Your body is about 70% water, the majority of your blood and every cell in your body is composed of water. Therefore, you need water to function properly. I read in the magazine that for men roughly 3 liters (about 13 cups) of water are needed in a day. For women it is 2.2 liters (about 9 cups) of water a day. And here are the 9 benefits of drinking water:
1. Increases Energy & Relieves Fatigue – Since your brain is mostly water, drinking it helps you think, focus and concentrate better and be more alert. As an added bonus, your energy levels are also boosted!
2. Promotes Weight Loss – Removes by-products of fat, reduces eating intake (by filling up your tummy if consumed prior to meals), reduces hunger (hello natural appetite suppressant!), raises your metabolism and has zero calories!
3. Flushes Out Toxins – Gets rid of waste through sweat and urination which reduces the risk of kidney stones.
4. Improves Skin Complexion – Moisturizes your skin, keeps it fresh, soft, glowing and smooth. Gets rid of wrinkles. It’s the best anti-aging treatment around!
5. Boosts Immune System – A water guzzler is less likely to get sick. And who wouldn’t rather feel healthy the majority of the time? Drinking plenty of water helps fight against flu, cancer and other ailments like heart attacks.
6. Natural Headache Remedy – Helps relieve and prevent headaches (migraines & back pains too!) which are commonly caused by dehydration.
7. Prevents Cramps & Sprains – Proper hydration helps keep joints lubricated and muscles more elastic so joint pain is less likely.
8. Puts You in a Good Mood – When the body is functioning at its best, you will feel great and be happy!
9. Save Money! – Water is FREE! Even if you choose bottled/filtered water, it’s STILL cheaper than that high sugar and fat-filled latte!

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Stay healthy!!!

Winter is coming and it means that there is a big risk for us to get sick. A very easy way to keep yourself healthy is to eat fruits! Fruits are loaded with vitamins, minerals and other nutrients, which are essential for our body and also strengthen our immunity towards diseases. Fruits like oranges, blueberries, strawberries  keep cancer, heart attack and other coronary diseases away. Vitamin C in these fruits keeps our blood pressure in check. Antioxidants in cherries, raspberries and blueberries fight free radicals and repair the damaged cells in our bodies. Enough reasons why fruits are good for health! So I strongly recommend you to eat fruits every day 😉 And as we girls always want to keep our weight in check, fruits help us with that!  They are very low in calories and are beneficial for those who want to lose weight. One can always substitute fruits for any regular food they eat and, as fruits consist mostly of water, they can make the stomach full and curb down the craving for more foods 😉 Stay healthy!!!