Are daffodils good for you?

As many people know, daffodils are generally referred to as flowers or plants that you can add to your garden during the springtime, and they grow in many different parts of the UK, so it’s not uncommon to see them from March onwards. That said, what not everyone does know, is that many people use daffodils to create medicine. The bulb, leaf and the flower are used to make the medicine, so what are the so-called health benefits:

Well, daffodils bulbs contain chemicals that help reduce pain and right now daffodil is also being studied for possible use in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. So there you have it, there are two big advantages right there, but it’s worth noting that these are not proven to work. In fact, despite serious safety concerns, people take daffodil for whooping cough, colds, and asthma. They also take it to cause vomiting.

So what are these concerns?

Well, generally it is accepted that a daffodil is unsafe for use. Merely chewing on the stem may be enough to cause a chill, shivering, and fainting. Daffodil can cause irritation and swelling of the mouth, tongue, and throat too. Daffodil may also cause salivation, diarrhea, brain and nerve disorders, lung collapse, and death.

This is why you should never use daffodils for health reasons in any situation. You will see a lot of pros and cons about the plant online. Some people argue that it can be applied to wounds, burns, strains and joint pains as a plaster, yet on the other hand you have people saying that it causes more problems. If you are keen to play it safe though, we would not recommend using this plant for health purposes, no matter who has recommended it. It’s been well known for hundreds of years now and the sheer fact that we’re not able to provide its health benefits as yet goes to show there probably isn’t that much the plant offers, and whatever issue you have with your health, there will be better options out there.

Daffodils are perfect for placing in your garden though and that’s exactly what you should use them for. If you take the time to grow daffodils in your garden it can be very rewarding and you’ll have some lovely vibrancy complementing your lawn in spring and summer. It’s no surprise why so many brides choose daffodils as their wedding flower in the spring months, and it’s extremely popular in the UK. But it’s not popular for health reasons, trust us! Just remember, at this moment in time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for daffodil, and you could cause more harm than good, so ignore those telling you to use it as a treatment and enjoy it as a flower in your garden instead.

Binge Eating: Why you should avoid going over the top at Christmas

Christmas is a time to indulge in sweet treats and calorific foods that are so comforting and warming. That’s what the adverts tell you at least, but don’t accept this. One month of going overboard on fatty foods can be detrimental to your health, and it can undo the amazing work you’ve achieved in recent months. There’s time for the odd mince pie or Christmas cake, and of course the turkey, stuffing and ‘pigs in blankets’ on Christmas day, however, this does not mean that you need to binge-eat for the entire month just because ‘it’s Christmas’. Take it easy and remember that your body still needs good fibre and nutrition, so keep those veggies, nuts, greens, fruits and proteins coming your way. Keep exercising too, and your body will thank you in January when everyone else in your workplace is left heavy footed, bloated and napping!

Top ways to eat avocado

Avocado has become increasingly popular over recent years, and that’s due to its many health benefits. It is always nice when we find a delicious tasting food that is actually beneficial to our health. Avocados contain good fats and are a great food for those that take part in a lot of exercises. We have outlined our favourite ways to eat avocado:

Smoothie- Avocados work so well in smoothies as they help produce a creamy taste, without adding fatty cream. Their natural health benefits can be consumed in combination with other tasty foods such as peanut butter, berries or green leafs.

On Toast- Nothing beats avocado on toast for breakfast. This meal will set you up for the day, and you get to eat the avocado in its natural form, yummy.

Brownies- If you are trying to live a healthy lifestyle but still crave a sweet fix, try making chocolate brownies, the healthier way. Use avocados instead of oil and butter and use dark chocolate over milk varieties. You will be surprised at how great these sweet, healthy treats taste.

Training for a half marathon

Taking part in a half marathon is a good test of your fitness and stamina as you push your body to its limits trying to achieve a personal best.

Running just over 13 miles cannot be achieved in a day unless you want an injury of some kind. You should follow a strict training plan to reach this target safely and healthily. Your training plan should start by easing you into shorter runs at a steady pace, the distance and effort levels will begin to increase over time. Training for a half marathon can safely be achieved in 12 weeks if you are already a relatively fit person.

A great way to train for a half marathon is by getting a friend to join you in the race and with the training too. This is a good training tactic as you will be able to support each other and spur each other on.

Health benefits of chia seeds

Chia seeds are becoming a healthy diet choice due to their rich source of nutrients and antioxidants. There are many ways that you can add chia seeds to your daily diet, you can sprinkle them onto yoghurt, add them to instant oats pots or even eat them whole. Adding chia seeds to your diet is a great idea as they add so many benefits to your health.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids- With high levels if this type of acid, you may see benefits of inflammation reduction, reduced cholesterol levels and enhanced cognitive performance.

Antioxidants- The high amount of antioxidants allegedly helps to protect the body from cancer and ageing.

Fibre- This helps with bowel regulation, lowering cholesterol and reducing inflammation. In 2 tablespoons you will have consumed one-third of your recommended daily intake of fibre.

Fills you up- Chia seeds have a gelling action, and this combined with protein and fibre, can make you feel fuller for longer, helping with weight loss as you may be less likely to feel the need to snack.

Avocados; The main health benefits

Did you know that an avocado is a fruit? Well, it is. Avocados are a very popular fruit widely available all over the world.

Avocados are not only popular but are also a highly nutritious fruit. Avocados are rich in Vitamins K, C, and B6, along with minerals like potassium, copper and folic acid. Avocados are a good source of dietary fibre too. It is almost surprising how it tastes so creamy and fabulous. Vegan, vegetarian, and raw food enthusiasts use avocados in pies, smoothies, soups, desserts, or anything that you may want a creamy texture with.

It is the perfect fruit for those who want to lower their cholesterol levels or want to just keep it under control. Oleic acid, which is a monounsaturated fat, is perfect for fighting cholesterol. The fruit is high in potassium, which helps to protect from circulatory problems like heart disease, stroke, and high blood pressure. A diet rich in avocado is thus recommended for those with heart and cholesterol problems.

It would not be wrong to say that avocado is a super fruit and a great addition to anyone’s daily diet.

Acai Bowls; The Healthiest breakfast

Acai is not only a delicious tropical fruit; it has an array of health benefits too. Acai bowls are basically a smoothie of Acai berries topped with delicious fruits, granola/muesli and for those peanut butter lovers, you can even top it off with natural peanut butter. This all sounds too good to be true, how can something that tastes this incredible be so good for you?

Many of the Acai bowls are not made from Acai fruit but Acai puree, still providing you with all the health benefits. The breakfast bowls can be made to cater to most diets such as lactose free or gluten free, simply substitute the dairy content with almond or soy based products, and opt for a gluten free granola or muesli.

The main benefits of Acai berries are weightless, improves digestion, heart benefits, skim improvements, immune system booster, anti-ageing and so much more.  So if you haven’t tried an Acai bowl yet, you sure are missing out.