El lichi no es una fruta común. Su aspecto es bastante peculiar y su sabor no acepta comparaciones. Es pequeño como una fresa, y tiene una cáscara áspera entre roja y rosada llena de protuberancias.
Su pulpa traslúcida recubre una semilla que no debemos ingerir por ser ligeramente tóxica. Pero más allá de su exótica apariencia, su agradable dulzor y su olor a rosas, este alimento resulta muy beneficioso para nuestro organismo por varias razones.
Una de las propiedades más importante de esta fruta originaria de China es su gran cantidad de vitamina C. Este antioxidante permite fortalecer nuestro sistema inmunológico y previene el envejecimiento prematuro. Además, nos protege de los radicales libres, y es estupendo para embellecer nuestra piel y cabello. También contiene vitamina B, una sustancia necesaria para mantener la salud de nuestra mente, nervios y corazón.
De igual forma, es rico en minerales como magnesio y potasio, nutrientes indispensables para el correcto funcionamiento de la musculatura. Y posee, en menor cantidad, calcio y fósforo, necesarios para la salud de nuestros huesos. Asimismo, tiene un alto porcentaje de agua, es bajo en sodio y pobre en calorías; así que es ideal para incluir en las dietas para adelgazar. También contiene oligonol, un polifenol que reduce la grasa abdominal, mejora la circulación sanguínea y nos protege de los rayos de sol.
El lichi es una fuente importante de fibra, lo que ayuda a combatir el estreñimiento y mejora la digestión. Igualmente, sirve para bajar la presión arterial y tiene propiedades anticancerígenas debido a los flavonoides presentes en su pulpa.
Esta fruta es poderosa; de allí que su popularidad haya aumentado con el pasar del tiempo. Actualmente existen más de 100 variedades en todo el mundo. Y es que a pesar de su rareza, no deja de ser un alimento exquisito del que podemos aprovechar sus propiedades. Si quieres salir de lo cotidiano, prueba el lichi; en helado es delicioso.
Erika De Paz
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Admit it … Women do everything possible to look good and take away those extra pounds. We've even dare to try some crazy ones! Here are 5 Steps to lose weight without harming your health.
Include these 5 effective tips into your daily routine and you will realize that losing weight was always a healthy possible choice, without having to try crazy diets.
1) Eat homemade food
This is precisely what will make you lower your weight. Homemade food is healthier because you control the amount of salt and fat in your ingredients. Take your lunch to work and avoid completely eating fast food.
2) Try snacks that are natural
You can eat snacks to boost your metabolism, but you must choose healthy options: a small handful of almonds, an apple, a cup of popcorn. Things always in good measure. These are the snacks that you cannot miss on your desktop for anxiety attacks.
3) Eat breakfast light
Make your breakfast no more than 300 calories. You can eat oatmeal with peanut butter, oatmeal pancakes, an arepa with 2 clear. The options are almost limitless! Do not forget to add fiber.
4) Train yourself into your daily routine:
Incorporate exercise into your day. Walk to work, take the stairs, walk your pet, dance while you clean your house. Any type of aerobic exercise is good for burning calories!
5) Eat more vegetables
The key to good nutrition is to include lots of vegetables to your dishes, because they are delicious, versatile, full of lots of fiber, nutrients and are very low in calories.
You know that losing weight is not impossible, as long as you set your mind to. Do not forget to mix a good workout with an easy diet to follow. Measure your efforts, celebrate your accomplishments and keep it going.
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Parsley is perhaps one of the most common herbs in our kitchen. It provides a nice smell, tasty flavor and some color to all your recipes; It also has interesting and amazing benefits for your health. Check out the amazing benefis of parsley.
This herb is excellent for your health, it helps your kidneys, prevents bladder infections and fights the high uric acid.This plant is perfect to take care of your body in a general level.
These are the 10 amazing benefits of parsley that improves your health:
- It contains antioxidants (flavonoids) and oils that take care of your skin and prevent the cells from being damaged.
- It is a natural anti inflammatory.
- It helps reduce the water retention in the body.
- It is a natural diuretic, it eliminates the excess of water in the body, depurates and cleans toxins and takes care of your kidneys.
- It is rich in calcium, vitamins A, B, C and K. Vitamin C is an essential component for your body if you want to prevent yourself from diseases and to strengthen your immune system.
- It is excellent against anemia.
- It strengthens memory and prevents diseases like Alzheimer, due to its great concentration of vitamins.
- It eliminates halitosis, especially when one chews the natural leaf.
- It is a natural source of potassium and magnesium.
- It prevents cancer and forbids the appearance of benign tumors up to a 80% thanks to its apigenin, a flavonoid within the parsley.
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Pistachios are delicious. Their flavor and beautiful color makes them perfect for any recipe. Before telling you the recipe for the dessert, I would like to tell you that an ounce of it contains 3grs of fiber and it is an excellent source of manganese, vitamin B6, thiamine, phosphates, healthy fat, and vegetable protein. Research has proved that lutein and antioxidants contained by the pistachios help protect you from cholesterol.
A small portion of 30 grams are approximately 160 calories, which makes it a very healthy snack. For all these days of rest, I recommend you try combining tropical fruits with coconut milk and pistachios.
This is a recipe for 4 people:
- 16 slices of your favorite tropical fruit: pineapple, mango, papaya
- 4 spoons of coconut milk
- 4 spoons of cut and peeled pistachios
To make it: put the fruit in a plate, add the coconut milk and finally the pistachios. Now you can enjoy without remorse!
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Before actually talking about it, let’s make it clear, what are parabens? They are a group of preservatives that can be obtained naturally from fruits like blueberries, or they can also be synthesized artificially, they protect products from microbes, fungus and bacterias.
Between 70-90% of beauty and pharmaceutical products contain it. Authorities consider these products low in toxicity that body can absorb and eliminate fast when consumed internally and when they are from natural origin it is not the same when they are synthesized and overused.
An Edinburgh University run a reseach in 2004 with carcinogenic tissues on breast cancer patients where parabens were to be discovered; there the controversy came out, and it has not been denied or fed by other research. Though some scientist believe that parabens imitate estrogens making them responsibles for the tumors.
As it happens with these and other additives, the overuse of products that contain them disables body’s possibility to eliminate them. So let's not overuse them.