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The Top 5 Health Supplements Women need: Are You Getting Enough Of Any Of Them?

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Life is all about change. We’re constantly changing from the moment we’re born, and as women we pass through several phases of life where our bodies’ needs fluctuate. From puberty, to pregnancy, to menopause and beyond, we all need certain nutrients that our bodies can’t, or cease to manufacture, but which are essential for our complicated internal mechanisms to function properly.

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Miracle Chinese Detox

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Living in Hong Kong I am surrounded by an abundance of fresh vegetables, live fish and meats on the streets. The melange makes for a very colourful neighbourhood – the aroma however, is another story.

One amazing thing I found here tucked away in a Chinese traditional medicine shop is a root herb known for its detoxifying benefits and ability to get rid of bloating – He Shou Wu (or Fo-ti Root).

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Butter Lover

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Butter makes you fat, raises cholesterol levels and clogs arteries right? – Wrong.

Ever heard of the weight loss supplement called CLA? Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) can help accelerate fat loss and is also known to act as a cancer fighting agent. Butter has an exceptionally high CLA concentration. Infact, adding a teaspoon of butter to your vegetables makes them healthier. The healthy saturated fat in butter assists your body in absorbing vitamins A, E, D,  K as well as other key minerals like calcium, magnesium, selenium and iodine. In short, to reap the benefits of these vitamins and minerals you need to include high quality saturated fat (like butter) in your diet. Including butter as part of your meal may also curb hunger. The fat in butter provides a steady form of energy, unlike the see-saw energy from carbohydrate foods like sugars and grains that can leave you feeling hungry shortly after.

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Is Aspartame bad for you?

We all know that too much sugar will make you fat but what will too much artificial sweetener do?

The debate as to whether or not artificial sweetener (or Asparatame) is bad for you still rages on however the general consensus is a BIG FAT YES! Here are a few facts I’ve dug up that may raise a few eyebrows.

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How to choose the best supplement for you

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Google the word ‘vitamin’ and over sixty million search results will appear with the most outrageous health claims. With supplements like ‘Women’s Super Miracle Bullets’ boasting to boost libido, relieve PMS and improve your overall health (not joking, that product really does exist) it’s hard to know what to choose.

If you are going to take a supplement (or already do) it’s important to know what you’re taking. Many supplements are man made, indigestible and have nasty additives in them. So your first rule of thumb when buying supplements – go natural.

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Gracious Goat

A relaxed and healthy weekend for me begins with a trip down to the Farmer’s Markets picking up fresh produce, mindlessly eating a pastry (or two) and fawning over the soft French Chevre (goat’s cheese). Now, I wouldn’t advocate scoffing pastries all weekend but I would recommend indulging in some Chevre.

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Saturated Fats are HEALTHY

Further to Sarah’s discussion, the fat-soluble vitamins are in the fat and the skin; and nutrients like Vitamin D, so long as it’s a true free-range organic in the case of chicken. However, don’t eat chicken too often. Being high in Omega 6 fats, it does not have the same health benefits and healthy fats as grass-fed beef.

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Myth: It is healthier to remove chicken skin before eating

FALSE. A chicken breast will always be lean—skinned or not. What’s more, 55 percent of the fat in the chicken skin is monounsaturated—the heart-healthy kind you want more of, says Amy Myrdal Miller, MS, RD, Program Director for Strategic Initiatives at The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone.

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4 Realistic Health Tips To Improve Your Life

Let’s talk balance. I think it’s truly unrealistic to exercise every day, eat healthy and resist temptation all of the time… after all life is for living right? So how do we maintain balance in our quest for a healthy mind, body and soul… here are a few simple and realistic things you can try adapting into your life now to improve and maintain your overall health:

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Eat Chocolate for your Health


Doing the weekly grocery shop around Easter is always a very good test of will power! As I walked into the supermarket yesterday, bombarded with chocolate Easter eggs and being (what some people would term) a chocoholic I dig deep, very deep resisting the temptation to buy the whole display!

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