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  • 11 Foods That Will Make You Gain Weight Naturally

    We have been posting how to lose weight articles these days. Several of our readers asked how about gaining some weight naturally. This article summarizes 11 techniques to gain weight naturally. Doctors say that having too low body weight can cause health issues like organ damage, lack of menstruation in women, and bone density loss to name a few.

    Individuals who are recovering from eating disorders may also be interested in learning how to gain weight a healthy way. It is certainly true that drinking sugary sodas and eating french fries all day will make you gain weight, but your body may suffer the consequences of poor diet and lack of nutrition. Nutritionists recommend that the best way to gain healthy weight is by eating natural, whole foods and paying attention to caloric intake.

    Here are 11 healthy foods that when eaten right can help you gain healthy weight…

    1. Lean Red Meat

    If you are trying to gain weight, enjoy some lean red meat. Steak contains a ton of protein and iron. But food experts warn that not all steak cuts are made equal. You want the fatty cuts where the meat is marbled. These cuts of meat will contain more calories, but they’ll also be way more delicious too! Look for rib-eye, t-bone, New York strip, and beef tenderloin. Red meat is high in cholesterol, so most food professionals don’t recommend it as part of a healthy diet more than a few times per week. Combining it with an unhealthy diet high in saturated fats could cause health effects.

    2. Real Nut Butters

    Natural peanut butter is packed with protein and fats, making it a great choice for people trying to gain weight the healthy way. One tablespoon contains around 100 calories and has 4 grams of protein. Real peanut butter is also high in folate, magnesium, vitamin E, and vitamin B3.

    You can enjoy peanut butter mixed into oatmeal, topping a slice of whole grain bread, or as a dip for apples. When picking a brand of peanut butter, try to find varieties that are all natural, meaning they don’t have a ton of sugar and other ingredients added.

    3. Whole Fat Milk

    Dietitians say that one simple substitution you can make when trying to gain weight is swapping your skim milk for whole milk. It’s only 60 calories more a glass as the fat is left in. When you keep the fat in milk, the vitamins and nutrients stay in the solution. Whole milk is high in vitamin D and A.

    Add whole milk where ever you would use skim, such as in oatmeal, cereal, sauces, or just as a glass of milk. If you enjoy milk in your coffee, you can also use cream here.

    4. Tropical Fruit

    An apple a day keeps the doctor away, but tropical fruit can help you gain weight. Fruits like mango, papaya, bananas, and pineapple are amazing choices according to food experts. Why? They are full of natural sugars and can give you great energy.

    Adding servings of fruit to your diet is a great and healthy way to gain weight.  If you find it difficult to eat enough fruits and vegetables in a day, try blending them to make a delicious smoothie.


    5. Avocado 

    These delicious green vegetables are an excellent way to add heart-healthy fats to your diet. One half of an avocado contains 140 calories, but also contain high levels of potassium, folic acid, and vitamin E. Avocado also are filled with B vitamins.

    Enjoy avocado added to salads, cut up on meat, or even spread on toast. Mash half a ripe avocado onto bread and season with salt and pepper. Delicious!

    6. Natural Granola

    Natural granola with no added refined sugar is a great cereal to enjoy if you are trying to gain weight. This tasty snack is made from rolled oats, sugar, and healthy fats (like nuts and coconut oil). More dried fruit and nuts can also be added.

    You can buy granola pre-made, but it’s easy to make at home too! Enjoy granola topped with thick yogurt, fruit, and a drizzle of honey. This breakfast will be high in protein from the yogurt, filled with fiber from the oatmeal, and sugar from the fruit.

    7. Whole Wheat Bread

    Nutritionists say that eating healthy bread products is a great way to start gaining weight. If you’re adding bread to your diet, look for whole grains. While white bread is what we all grew up with, it’s not the best for your health. By refining the wheat so much, we strip the nutrients out of it.

    Instead, opt for whole grain varieties. These contain a fiber and minerals that are missing in white bread. It will help you stay full for longer, and give you sustained energy.

     

    8. Vegetable Oils

    Nothing beats the taste of oil for cooking or in salad dressings. Extra virgin olive oil, safflower oil, coconut oil, and peanut oil are full of flavor and heart-healthy calories when enjoyed in moderation.

    Plus, most oils are safe to use when cooking at high temperatures, unlike butter which will burn. Many vegetable based oils also have concentrated flavor, so you can use less when cooking.

    9. Nuts

    Nuts are a great snack for gaining weight. According to foodies, they are full of fat and nutrients, but also contain a great deal of fiber. Eating only a handful of nuts can keep you full for hours. Not all nuts are equal for fiber though.

    Almonds are a great choice, while macadamia nuts are very high in fat. Mixed nuts are a great option because you can get the nutritional benefit of many varieties in one snack. Add nuts to your salads, on top of Asian dishes, and in your breakfast cereals and oatmeal.

    10. Cheese

    Cheese is one of North America’s favorite foods. And for good reason, you can add cheese into almost any dish. It has all the nutritional benefits of milk products, but most cheeses are high in fat, making it a good product to have if you are trying to gain weight.

    Cheese comes in many delicious varieties, so pairing a cheese to your meal is a fun experience in moderation. Try goat cheese with eggs, Swiss with roasted chicken, and Parmesan on top of asparagus. On its own, cheese also makes a great snack because it’s high in protein.

    11. Potatoes

    One of the first things people cut when trying to lose weight are carbohydrates. Thus, add them back to your diet when you are trying to gain weight! The key is choosing carbohydrates that have nutritional value.

    Potatoes are a great choice because they’re high in protein (really!), full of fiber, and contain a ton of vitamin C. Eat potatoes with the skin on for optimum nutrition. Once they’re peeled, the protein is cut in half. Also, you can mix it up with mini reds and sweet potatoes that pack more flavor that white potatoes.

     

     

     

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  • The Appearance Of Your Tongue Is Related to Your Health

    #1 Lumpy white or yellowish cottage cheese appearance

    Diagnosis: Oral thrush or yeast infection.

    The yeast Candida albicans also found in female vaginal yeast infections may also infect the mouth. It may spread from your tongue, tonsils and other parts of the mouth. People who are in an immunosuppressed state such as those in Chemotherapy, Diabetics, taking antibiotics or immune system disorders are prone to this. Thrush is a simple yeast infection but don’t let it get severe! Your normal antibiotics don’t work against it or oral antifungal medications. Look for a specialist ASAP!

    #2 Scattered white patches

    Diagnosis: Leukoplakia.

    Leukoplakia can grow on both tongue and gums and is usually an early indicator of oral cancers. They are lesions with white plaques that are often painful. This is commonly seen in heavy and long-term smokers. Consult your doctor right away.

     #3 White with smooth pattern or film

    Diagnosis: Lack of oral hygiene!

    Is your tongue covered in thin white film but does not hurt at all? It just indicates you may be slacking off with that oral hygiene! You can see this in children too especially if they are still milk-drinkers. Just brush that tongue and all’s good!

      #4 Smooth Red tongue

    Diagnosis: Vitamin B12 deficiency and/or anemia

    So a smooth red tongue is ideal and healthy right? NOPE! A very smooth tongue is also abnormal. Remember that our tongue needs to have those small bumps in its surface called the papillae which helps us taste our food. In cases of vitamin and mineral deficiencies, these papillae shrink. This may be common among vegetarians due to lack of all nutrients found in meat. Having this condition makes the tongue sensitive to hot foods, and may easily feel scalded or burnt.

    #5 Red inflamed tongue (Strawberry tongue appearance)

    Diagnosis: Kawasaki disease or Scarlet fever

    This condition is far more commonly seen in children than in adults. It is also likely that it comes with other symptoms that are a cause for concern for your child such as high fever and rashes. Scarlet fevers are mild and is only a bacterial infection that can be easily treated. It is the other disease associated with this condition, Kawasaki disease that is deadlier. So if you notice your kid with unusually red tongue with inflamed papillae, consult a pediatrician immediately.

     #6 Purple tongue

    Diagnosis: Blood circulation problems

    So you didn’t drink Kool-Aid or had any grape or any other violet-colored foods, but your tongue is purple. This actually can signify a lot of different things but the main culprit mainly lies on your blood circulation. There may be problems with blood flow that makes the tongue deoxygenated or lacking in oxygen carried by blood. Some of the known causes of blood circulation problems are high cholesterol and hypertension, diabetes, chronic bronchitis, and even end-stage terminal illnesses. Consultation with specialists is a must!

     #7 Black hairy tongue

    Diagnosis: BHT (Black Hairy Tongue Syndrome) or Lingua Villosa Nigra

    Okay so this one seems pretty hardcore right? And even the name is so scary! So is this condition deadly? Apparently not. BHT or black hairy tongue is not really life threatening. It just results from the overgrowth of papillae and then it becomes colonized by bacteria. Normally, papillae don’t grow very long, but in cases such as prolonged tobacco use, chronic heavy coffee drinking, dryness of mouth or dehydration, use of certain medications, and poor oral hygiene overgrowth and discoloration may result.

     #8 Persistent red big or small lesions

    Diagnosis: Tongue cancer

    This is actually the one you must worry about. Normally in the earlier stages, these persistent, never healing and aggravating lesions may not present with any pain at all. Later on the lesion progress into tumors. Chronic heavy smoking is again found to be a major predisposing factor. Consult a doctor immediately when you see this condition.

    BUT!
    Do not mistake this with canker sores (mouth or tongue sores)!

     #9

    Differentiate the two lesions. Canker sores or cold sore may occur when we are stressed, had a little too much smooching and some HPV infection. It usually resolves by its own, and is only small sized and is not disseminated, though it can be painful.

    #10 Wrinkles and cracks

    Diagnosis: Aging!

    Believe it or not, it’s not only on the skin that aging can show, even in our tongues too! A wrinkly and cracked or fissured tongue may occur during old age. It is normally a harmless condition despite the unappealing appearance. It only becomes harmful when bacteria develop on the cracks resulting to painful sensations on the tongue, and foul smell. Maintain oral hygiene to prevent this. If you are already using implants or dentures, make sure these are also routinely cleaned or replaced and not harboring massive bacteria in it already.

     

    #11 Pinkish, with hills and valleys

    Diagnosis: Normal tongue

    Congratulations! You have nothing to worry about so far. If your tongue is healthy looking with the occasional grooves and normal sized papillae, then you are fine. Continue maintaining oral hygiene! :)

    So pay more attention to your tongue next time, they may say more than you think! And if you are gonna lock lips and tongue with someone, maybe it also pays to inspect first!

    Did you find this informative? Don’t forget to share and spread this by word of tongue!

     

     

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  • 6 Types Of Body Fat And Easy Ways To Get Rid Of It

    There are many ways to combat obesity but the problem is that certain methods don’t work for everyone. We need to understand the root cause of obesity before treating it. While experts have suggested some changes in diet such as reduce intake of toast and potato for controlling obesity, there are also a number of exercises to reduce the fat present on specific body parts.

    The key to fat loss lies in focusing on that portion where excess fat is present in the body. An extensive research was conducted to identify the type of obesity in different people. On the basis of that study, experts suggested 6 types of body fat and ways to fix it.

    Yorkshire health study classified 4,000 fatty persons into 6 different groups.

    (a) Young healthy females- Young women suffering from type 2 diabetes.

    (b) Heavy-drinking males- Men consuming a large amount of alcohol and suffering from few obesity disorders such as type 2 diabetes.

    (c) Dejected and anxious middle-aged- Mainly ladies with poor mental health and fitness. 

    (d) Rich and healthy aged- Generally those persons who are healthy but facing issues of liquor addiction and hypertension. 

    (e) Physically ill but cheerful elderly- Older people with a sound mental condition but suffering from chronic disorders such as degenerative joint disease.

    (f) Poorest health- Destitute persons suffering from a number of chronic diseases. 

    There are mainly 2 forms of body fat distributions.

    There are mainly 2 forms of body fat distributions.

    Android and Gynoid. 

    Android fat distribution

    Android fat distribution

     As described by PositiveMed: "An ‘android’ fat distribution pattern is so called because more men than women exhibit it. You may have heard it described as an ‘apple’ body type when the waist circumference is greater than that of the hips.”

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    Gynoid fat distribution

    Gynoid fat distribution

     

    As described by PositiveMed: “A ‘gynoid’ distribution is most commonly seen in women. This is what many call the ‘pear’ body shape. In this pattern, hip circumference is greater than waist circumference.” Check out the 6 types of body fat and easy ways to get rid of it.

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    1) Upper Body Obesity (Android)

    1) Upper Body Obesity (Android)

    If one doesn’t exercise and eats too much, then there are chances of suffering from upper body obesity. Reduce the intake of sugar and workout for half an hour daily. Still if you don’t get expected results, then you may seek the help of a healthcare expert.

    2) Stomach-Centered Obesity (Android)

    Excess fat on the tummy can be accumulated due to tension, anxiety or depression. You may opt for pairing exercises and relaxation techniques to get rid of this fat. For best results, you can take the help of physiotherapist.

    3) Lower Body Obesity (Gynoid)

    3) Lower Body Obesity (Gynoid)

    Most women suffer from this type of body fat. Lower body exercises and cardiovascular workouts are the solutions to combat this fat. It’s little tough to loss fat from this portion but don't give up. Take guidance from a certified trainer to get results in a quick span of time.

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    4) Swollen Stomach Obesity (Android)

    4) Swollen Stomach Obesity (Android)

    Swollen stomach can be caused due to high alcohol intake and breathing issues. Just reduce the consumption of alcohol and do breathing exercises daily.

    5) Lower Body Obesity that Includes Lower Legs (Gynoid)

    5) Lower Body Obesity that Includes Lower Legs (Gynoid)

    This type of obesity in which the entire legs get swollen occurs mainly in pregnant women. Water aerobics is the only way out to remove fat from the lower legs.

    6) Large, Protruding Stomach with Upper Back Fat (Android)

    6) Large, Protruding Stomach with Upper Back Fat (Android)

    This type of obesity is similar to the first one. It is also caused due to inactivity and the only solution is to work out every day. Reduce the intake of sugar in your diet and eat in small proportions. The only way to reduce fat is to know the portion having excess fat in the body. Still if your weight loss programs are not giving any results, then there may be some hormonal or hereditary issues. You must consult a healthcare professional in such situation. Please share this health information with your friends and family.

     
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  • 16 Effective Home Remedies For Tonsillitis

    Tonsillitis is known as the condition where the lymph nodes or the tonsils located at the back of our throat tend to get inflamed. This usually happens because of drinking very cold drinks or ice that is contaminated with germs. On the other hand, it is also known that tonsils can get inflamed because of coughing too much. Nevertheless, here are some home remedies that can help you in reducing the problem to a great extent.

    Here Are The 16 Effective Home Remedies For Tonsillitis:

    Gargle

    Nothing works more than soothing the tonsillitis than a hot water gargle with some salt. Basically, this combination reduces the swelling in the tonsillitis area and also the salt constrains or restrains the infection. As a result, you are able to eat and swallow better. Do this at least 3-4 times a day.

    Salt Water Gargle

    Hot Tea

    Hot tea made with some ginger and honey is highly recommended as an effective cure for tonsillitis. Ginger is known to have properties that are antibacterial and prevent the infection from getting worse. On the other hand, honey soothes the throat and makes it easier to swallow while fighting other signs of infection.

    Hot Tea

    Milk And Turmeric

    One of the common issues with tonsillitis is that you are unable to sleep properly. This happens because there is too much of interruption and trouble in the lymph nodes. A hot cup of milk combined with turmeric not only soothes the throat but it also helps to reduce swelling. The turmeric helps in fighting the infection and prevents it from getting worse. 

    Milk and Turmeric paste

    Hot Shower Or Steam

    Taking a hot shower is highly suggested for relieving the tonsillitis. Basically taking steam or even a hot shower tends to create a misty environment that is humid. In such environments, the itchiness and scratchiness caused because of the tonsillitis is reduced.

    Cold Compress or Shower

    Onion Juice

    Another easy remedy here would be drinking the juice of an onion with some honey. Keep having one spoon every 3-4 hours. Doing so helps in creating a coating on the tonsil areas that reduces itchiness. It also alleviates other symptoms and prevents the inflammation from getting worse.

    Onion juice

    Holy Basil With Ginger And Lemon

    Often the cause of swelling in the tonsillitis is because of coughing and excessive strain on the lymph nodes. So here, the focus should be on reducing that strain. Having the juice of holy basil combined with ginger and lemon juice helps in boosting immunity and improves the condition.

    Holy Basil With Ginger And Lemon

    Orange Juice

    Being rich in vitamin C, orange juice is highly recommended for getting rid of tonsillitis swelling. For making this remedy work, you should have at least 2 glasses of orange juice in a day. Avoid eating the fruit because it is rather fibrous for this period.

    Orange Juice

    Chicken Soup

    A hot cup of chicken soup goes a long way in reducing all of that swelling and irritation caused because of the tonsillitis. For this remedy, you need to slowly sip on the hot chicken soup and make sure you hit the back of your throat when swallowing. This reduces the symptoms drastically.

    Chicken Soup

    Carrot Juice

    Like orange juice, carrot juice too is rich in different kinds of vitamins, especially vitamin A. This is a vitamin that speeds up the healing process and helps in reducing the inflammation here. Have at least one glass every morning for long term relief.

    Carrot Juice

    Beetroot Juice

    A rich source of iron, calcium and other nutrients, beetroot is known to increase the healing process. You can consume beetroot in boiled or raw forms or even as a juice. Just increase your dosage.

    Beetroot juice

    Warm Mustard Oil

    Rubbing some warm mustard oil on the throat and then covering up the same with a towel or napkin is highly suggested. Doing so helps the oil to penetrate through the layers and keeps the throat warm to soothe tonsillitis.

    Mustard Oil

    Lemon

    You cannot have cold lemonade but a cup of hot honey and lemon water is always soothing. Again, it heals the infection and swelling internally with a high dose of vitamin C to quicken the healing process.

    Use A Slice Of Fresh Lemon

    Fig Paste

    Soak figs overnight and then mix them with some mustard seeds in a blender. Apply this paste on the outside of the neck. It creates a warm environment for the tonsillitis swelling and reduces the same.

    Fig Paste

    Alcohol Gargle

    Mix a few spoons of vodka with water and then use this as a gargle. Alcohol is known to reduce all related symptoms of tonsillitis, especially vodka. Even a small drink might do wonders here.

    Alcohol Gargle

    Sugar Candy

    Sucking on sugar candy or keeping the same in your mouth helps in creating flow of saliva, which keeps the tonsil moist and prevents too much coughing. This in turn reduces the swelling and helps in faster healing.

    Sugar Candy

    Have Ice Cream

    And finally a treat. Ice cream ironically helps in treating tonsillitis. The cold sensation it creates on hitting the back of the throat, numbs the senses there and reduces pain temporarily. But make sure you keep gargling after some time.

    Ice cream

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  • If you want to continue drinking Coca-Cola, do not watch this!

    This simple experiment will change the entire way you view your Coca-Cola...and NOT in a good way. 

    Start with a standard size bottle of Coke and some milk. 

      Go ahead and pour as much of that milk into the Coke as you can fit.
     
    Slightly gross drink mixing idea but doesn't seem too bad, right? Just wait.

    Cap the coke bottle and let it stew. Just leave it for about six hours.

     
     
    Maybe go watch some Dana or Mogachoch episodes to buy some time :)

    After the six hours... feast your eyes. 

     
     You have pond scum in the top of the bottle... 
     
     ...and THAT DISGUSTING STUFF on the bottom! 
     
     
    It's better to drink just water! If you agree, please share with your friends.
     
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