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author: Lori Zikuska | 13.11.2018 at 10:38 | 0 Comments

Avoiding a Cold and Staying Fit and Healthy in Winter: Top health tips for workout and diet in the wintertime

It’s November and that means it’s peak season for runny noses and coughs. Cold viruses and bacteria have an easy job in cold weather, with drizzling rain and grey skies. At the same time, with the right workouts and a few tips, it is super easy not only to stay healthy but also to be able to still give your all in training.

#1 Avoiding a Cold and Staying Fit and Healthy in Winter: The extra boost for immune system and body’s defenses

Your immune system has to work hard in the winter, especially when more and more people around you are catching colds.
The right diet can help your body to activate its defenses and up your immune system functions.
Light food avoids unnecessary stress for the digestive system. Chicken or vegetable soup can be very soothing in fall, too. Fresh fruit and veggies provide plenty of vitamins. Also make sure to keep an eye on your mineral intake: Zinc for example is very important for the immune system, as it degrades free radicals and protects the cells. On top of that, you body needs an extra amount of amino acids now. Protein requirements go up by 30 to 40% during a cold or infection.
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Of course, you should also drink plenty of water, as sweating in the sauna or during a workout mobilizes your body’s defenses as well.

#2 Avoiding a Cold and Staying Fit and Healthy in Winter: Appropriate training and lots of exercise in fall

Sweating is not the only positive effect physical activity has on the immune system. After a workout, the number of leucocytes in the blood increases, more antibodies are available and organs like spleen or lymph nodes are better supplied with blood. This all increases the body’s own defenses.
However, intensive and hour-long physical stress might weaken the immune system. Due to the so-called Open Window effect, the body becomes vulnerable and more prone to illness.
If you already have a cold or even the flu, working out is not an option either. In the worst case, the infection will strain your cardiac muscle which can lead to serious harm. In this case, it is better to relax or go for a slow-paced walk.
If you work out in a gym, make sure to disinfect all machines and weights – they can be quite the germ factory!
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#3 Avoiding a Cold and Staying Fit and Healthy in Winter: Avoid contagion and fight off infections

Even a few small tips can help avoiding to catch a cold from contagious people around you: Wash your hands regularly, especially if you use public transport a lot. Don’t forget to disinfect your smartphone every now and then! In general, you should also sleep enough and avoid stress.

If you get a sore throat or stuffy nose despite these tips and the immune system boost, there are plenty of home remedies to help you get better. Nasal irrigation with salt soothes nasal mucosae and helps free up nasal congestion. Inhaling steam, for example from a chamomile mixture, will do the respiratory tract good. Warm compresses can aid with a temperature and help your body to quickly get rid of the cold.

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author: Lori Zikuska | 08.08.2018 at 08:58 | 0 Comments

Top 5 Cooking Tips for Healthy Lunches: Quick and Easy Make-Ahead Recipes for Your Lunch Break

Being short on time during the week doesn’t mean you have to eat unhealthy, over-processed meals or call the delivery service to order pizza. These 5 super easy, super yummy recipes for vegetarians, vegans and omnivores are perfect to make ahead and bring to work!
 
#1 Top 5 Cooking Tips for Healthy Lunches: Hummus and vegetable wrap (vegan)
Per serving:
2 tortilla wraps
50 g hummus
1 bell pepper
¼ cucumber
1 carrot
handful lettuce leaves
Preparation:
Wash the lettuce, cut the bell pepper into small strips, thinly slice the cucumber and carrot. Heat tortillas in the oven (or use a frying pan) for a few minutes, then spread half of the hummus on each tortilla. Evenly layer veggies on top of the wraps and roll them up.

#2 Top 5 Cooking Tips for Healthy Lunches: Salad in a jar with eggs/salmon/chickpeas (optionally vegetarian/vegan)
Per serving:
2-3 handfuls of your favourite greens
5 cherry tomatoes
2 eggs (vegetarian) or 1 big salmon filet or ½ can chickpeas (vegan)
oil, seasoning to taste
Dressing:
1 Tbsp. mayonnaise
1 Tbsp. Greek yoghurt or soy yoghurt
1 Tbsp. water
½ Tsp. lemon juice
salt, pepper, herbs
Preparation:
Wash greens, cut tomatoes in half or smaller. Mix all the ingredients for the dressing in a blender or add to a clean jar, screw on the lid and shake well. Boil the eggs, let cool, peel and cut into quarters. Alternatively, roast salmon or chickpeas in a frying pan and season to taste. Layer lettuce, tomatoes and eggs/salmon/chickpeas in a big jar. Pour dressing into a small jar. This way, you can add the dressing only immediately before eating to prevent your salad from getting soggy.

#3 Top 5 Cooking Tips for Healthy Lunches: Grilled vegetable sandwich with chicken or tofu (optionally vegan)
Per serving:
1 ciabatta bread roll
¼ bell pepper
1 medium piece of zucchini
1 medium piece of eggplant
200 g chicken breast or ½ block of tofu (vegan)
few lettuce leaves
olive oil
salt, pepper, Italian herbs
Preparation:
Cut the bread roll, slice the bell pepper, zucchini and egg plant. Heat olive oil in a frying pan, roast veggies and season to taste. Cut chicken or tofu into even strips, roast and season. Veggies and chicken or tofu can be grilled on a barbecue as well. Spread all ingredients onto one half of the bread roll, top with the other half.

Extra Tip: Add some (soy) curd cheese with herbs


 
#4 Top 5 Cooking Tips for Healthy Lunches: Peanut butter banana power smoothie (vegetarian or vegan)
Per serving:
4 Tbsp. plain rolled oats
1 banana
100 ml milk (vegetarian) or plant-based alternative (vegan)
1 handful baby spinach leaves
1 Tbsp. flaxseed or chia seeds
1 Tbsp. organic peanut butter
Bonus: 10 g amino4u powder
Preparation:
Slice the banana, put all ingredients into a mixer and blend until smooth. Best to be stored and carried in a mason jar.



#5 Top 5 Cooking Tips for Healthy Lunches: Sweet potato chili (vegan)
Per serving:
¼ onion
1 clove garlic
1 medium sweet potato
½ can kidney beans
½ small can sweet corn
½ can tomatoes, diced
olive oil
salt, pepper, cumin, chili powder, cilantro
Preparation:
Finely chop the onion and garlic, sear in a pan. Dice the sweet potato and roast with the onion and garlic. Drain the kidney beans and sweet corn, rinse and add to the pan. Deglaze with tomatoes and let simmer until the sweet potatoes are soft. Season to taste.

Healthy Lunch Recipes Bonus Tip:
Add amino4u powder to these recipes for an extra boost of protein. Simply stir a few spoons into the hummus or salad dressing and enjoy amino4u on the go!
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author: Lori Zikuska | 11.07.2018 at 13:49 | 0 Comments

Domestic Superfoods: Healthy and cheap foods on your doorstep

Everyone talks about superfoods: Foods with allegedly especially positive health effects. They are rich in vitamins, proteins and nutrients. Especially exotic foods like chia seeds, acai berries, avocado and pomegranate are known as superfoods. But there are also superfoods that are not grown somewhere at the other end of the world and transported an infinite amount of miles: Domestic superfoods on your doorstep!

#1: Domestic Superfoods: „Wild fruits“ instead of exotic fruits

Basically, superfoods are completely normal foods you can buy at your supermarket. The special nature of superfoods are the contained secondary plant substances which care for your fitness, power and healing. The hype about superfoods from overseas is big, but it’s much more important to focus on the superpowers of our domestic superfoods. Blueberries, black currants and elderberries contain comparable nutrients to acai berries or goji berries. The deep red color of the domestic berries contains the so-called antioxidants which slow down the aging process of the plant cells as well as the human cells.
Apples are a good alternative for goji berries, when you choose the right type. „Old“ apple types like Belle de Boskoop or Cox Orange act antioxidative, are rich in vitamin A and include more polyphenols than newer apple types.

#2: Domestic Superfoods: Linseeds instead of chia seeds

They are significantly cheaper, but as healthy as the famous chia seeds from South America: Linseeds. They contain many important dietary fibres and are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Walnuts are also a good substitute for chia seeds – they’re able to lower the cholesterol level and reduce the risk of cancer through antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids. Nettle seeds are very valuable as well. They comprise a lot of proteins and plenty of minerals.



#3: Domestic Superfoods: Broccoli instead of wheatgrass

A good alternative for wheatgrass are green vegetables like broccoli. Both are rich in chlorophyll, the dye plants owe its green colour to. Chlorophyll binds toxic substances which result from metabolic processes and guides them from the body. Furthermore, it has an anti-inflammatory effect.
Green vegetables are rich at vitamin C and magnesium, in general. Finally, broccoli and green cabbage are worth to be highlighted as domestic and cheap superfood alternatives.
Further domestic superfood-vegetables are horseradish, parsnips and Jerusalem artichokes.



With this in mind, we wish you lots of fun at your next grocery shopping trip, exploring the domestic power plants.  While you’re doing something for your conscience and your wallet, at the same time your health will be pleased!
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author: Lori Zikuska | 13.06.2018 at 09:47 | 0 Comments

Fit in everyday life: Regeneration through sports, food and sleep

Everyone needs regular recovery periods to calm down and gather energy. When you’re always on the run and rarely take breaks you soon realize: You’re doing your health no favour! The results are disturbances in sleep and concentration and a decrease of muscle strength. If you want to take better care of your body, read this article about how to integrate regeneration into your everyday life:

#1: Regeneration through sports

First of all, you need a structured workout routine. It’s important to work out regularly – otherwise your body cannot get used to the burden of exercising. Your basic endurance is significant for the frequency and the lengths of your workouts. The fitter you are, the less recovery time you need.  Apart from this, you should keep in mind that it is important to have at least one day off between your workout sessions.  
One day endurance training, another day strength training – your body needs variety! In addition, through alternating longer and shorter training modules you keep the burden at bay.
Frequently forgotten but more than important is warming-up your body before working out and cooling down afterwards. For example, stretching exercises and slowly phasing out after running or cycling for up to 10 minutes are active regeneration measures.

#2: Regeneration through food

20 - 22 hours between workouts are essential because during this time your body gets adjusted to your training level. Nutrition plays a big role during that time. Same here: Variety rules! In all circumstances your food plan should include proteins, carbs and vitamin C.
The first 45 minutes after your workout play a decisive role. Especially during this time it’s easy to affect your regeneration positively through food: Regulate your liquid and mineral intake and take care of the blood glucose balance. Moreover, your body needs proteins for replenishing the glycogen reserves. One more important rule: After sports, you should never consume alcohol, because it’s cytotoxin for your body and hinders the regeneration massively.



#3: Regeneration through sleep

Besides the two active regeneration measures of sports and food, sleep is meant to be a passive regeneration measure. Enough sleep is necessary to feel fit. If it’s not possible for you to sleep around 7 hours daily, you should ensure to take breaks at work, especially when you feel stressed. Also, sauna sessions, massage and heat and cold therapy (for example kneipp’sche applications) are really pleasant passive regeneration measures.
It really is that easy! Regeneration through sports, food and sleep. Three anchors you can orientate yourself on every day and especially when you feel stressed and tired in your daily life. We hope this article supplied some suggestions for a more relaxed lifestyle.
 
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