Coconut water – the perfect hangover cure!

Had too many New Year’s Eve cocktails? A dash of coconut is just what you need to banish your hangover.

ADD TO CART: We love the sweet taste of Kokomo natural coconut water, with just 274kJ per 330ml tetra pack, $2.50,

Coconut water contains five essential electrolytes including potassium, to restore the toasted body’s water balance. Its lauric acid can also help with stomach cramps.

Smoothie recipe for hangovers:

  •     2 cups of unsweetened coconut water
  •     2 cups of ripe mango (if out of season use frozen)
  •     2–3 tbsp of fresh lime juice
  •     ½ cup of ice
  •     2 sprigs of fresh mint

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Improve Your Look Dramatically With Plastic Surgery

Are you not satisfied with your look? Do you find it hard to mix with people for your appearance? We are living in a world where look matters a lot. If you are a bit look conscious, you will feel terribly bad if you find your nose & eyelid surgery, and even the body parts are not properly made. In fact, it might affect your confidence and self-esteem. The result is obvious. You will not be able to progress in your career. The restrictions in your mind will be a great hurdle. If you are going through this phase, you can try skin care & plastic surgery to find a suitable solution for your problem.

What is skin care & plastic surgery?

Different types of skin care treatments are available to deal with a specific skin condition. All skin care treatments do not involve a plastic surgery. Your dermatologist can suggest you some products to treat the signs of aging, dry skin, and a few other skin abnormalities. However, you might need a plastic surgery in Edmond when the products do not fit your needs.

What is a plastic surgery?

It’s a surgical procedure that deals with reconstruction, repair, or replacement of physical defects. It can correct different types of abnormalities including skin, maxillofacial structures, breast implants & augmentation, fillers-and-facial, extremities, hands, and external genitalia. Plastic surgery has become so popular for a last couple of decades. Now it is not limited to celebrities and privileged people. Anyone can consider a plastic surgeons Okc to correct a flat nose, lip, or any other structural defects that affect the look and confidence. In addition, plastic surgery has become affordable.

What are the complications associated with plastic surgery?

The complications are minimal to nil if you are a healthy person. Any healthy person can go with plastic surgery without expecting any severe side effect. However, you need to consult an experienced and reliable surgeon to maximize the benefits and to minimize the associated risks. If you are suffering from any chronic disease and you are in your old age, then it is better to discuss your medical history with the surgeon to know about the possible complications.

When it comes to the side effects, there might be swelling and discomfort for a few days. Your doctor will offer some post-care treatment that you need to follow for a couple of days after a treatment.

What are the pros and cons of a plastic surgery?

Plastic surgery is considered ideal to correct any defect. You can also contact a plastic surgeon to deal with aging problems. When done right, a plastic surgery can restore your confidence and look forever. Plastic surgery can boost the natural augments of body contouring in such a way that it can complement to your look.

When done wrong, a plastic can have negative impacts. Instead of serving your purpose, it can decrease your image and that is going to affect your confidence. You can expect oversized breasts, lips, and buttocks. A good and experienced plastic surgeon is able to enhance your unique look. You can get a celebrity like look within a couple of weeks.

Contact US:

Sawan Surgical Aesthetics
Address:209 Lilac Dr #200, Oklahoma City, OK
Phone: (405) 285-7660

Brown rice porridge

Health coach Stephanie Douglas has a recipe for turning last night’s leftovers into a wholesome breakfast porridge

Q: I’m trying to eat healthier and add more whole grains to my diet, especially at breakfast, but it seems like the only option is oatmeal. I want something warm and nourishing but I also don’t want to gain weight this winter. Another problem I have is with brown rice. I try to cook it but end up throwing out the leftovers. Do you have any advice?
– Natalie, WA

A: Bravo for trying to include more whole grains in your daily diet! Unlike refined grains such as white bread, rice and pasta, whole grains still have their endosperm and outer layer in tact. These features of the grains are rich in both fibre and B vitamins. Eating these will not only result in a vitamin packed meal but they help you feel fuller for longer – great if you’re watching your weight. Here is a recipe that puts that leftover rice to use and also serves as a healthy, delicious, comforting winter meal.

Leftover Brown Rice Porridge

•    1 cup cooked brown rice
•    2 tbsp water
•    2 tbsp sultanas
•    1 tbsp oats
•    1 tbsp honey
•    1 banana
•    Dash of cinnamon
•    Slivered or whole almonds (optional)
•    Almond or soy milk to serve (optional)

Bring oats to the boil with water and add cooked rice. Add sultanas, banana and honey and simmer until warmed through. For a crunchy texture and nutty flavour, add slivered or whole raw almonds. Serve with almond milk, organic milk or soy milk and a dash of cinnamon.  Decorate with your favourite fruit, such as berries or chopped nectarines.

Stephanie is an AADP certified health coach and blogger at

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The Factors That Matter When Identifying Matches

Whether someone is waiting for a bone marrow match or hopes for a stem cell transplant, there are relatively few factors that matter in determining who would be a match. We’ll address those here.

Tissue Type

The first requirement is that the donor be a match to the patient’s tissue type. The human leukocyte antigen or HLA tissue type is the most important. Every donor in the bone marrow match registry provides a DNA sample that is tested for six basic HLA markers. Anyone who is a good match based on those criteria for a patient will be sent for additional tests; whoever has the closest HLA markers is considered the best match.

The most likely match in terms of HLA is going to be a family member. The second most likely will be someone with the same ethnic background. This is why the bone marrow registry has been desperately seeking ethnic minority donors – because there are many willing white donors but their bone marrow just isn’t a match for many minorities who need such donations.

The fact that you are always a match with yourself has been one justification for storing cord blood from newborns. There have already been several bone marrow transplants using a child’s own cord blood. Cord blood from siblings conceived as “saviors” for a sibling with blood cancer is an ethically gray area, but it has saved a number of lives. Cord blood harvesting is being touted as an investment in your child’s health, too, because it is a safe source of cells for stem cell transplant for the child at any point in their lives.

Blood Type

If someone is in need of a bone marrow transplant procedure priority will be given to donors with the same blood type as the recipient. After receiving a bone marrow transplant from someone of another blood type, the donor’s body may change blood type over time to match that of the new bone marrow.

Donor Health

Donor health is always a factor to consider when determining who can be a donor. Bone marrow donation doesn’t pose the same health risk that donating an organ would, merely inconvenience and discomfort. However, the donor’s poor health could still preclude them donating bone marrow or stem cells. For example, someone with a deadly disease like HIV or Hepatitis C cannot be a bone marrow donor unless the recipient also has that disease.

Donor age has been found to be associated with long term survival and disease-free status for recipients of bone marrow, and it is probably relevant in other stem cell transplants as well. Your bone marrow and organs are as old as you are. You may be in excellent health for a 60 year old, but the recipient’s odds of survival are higher if they receive a transplant from an equally good match who is 26. A scientific study found that five year survival rates for recipients were 33% if the donor was under 30, 29% for donors between 31 and 45, and 25% if the donor was over 45. For patients receiving bone marrow from someone who wasn’t as good of an HLA match, survival rates were 28% when donors were under 30, 22% if donors were under 45, and less than 20% if donors were over 45. The impact of age on the survival rate of the recipient would mean that it is better to select a sibling donor over a parent and a child over a sibling.

Donor sex turned out to be a complicating factor. A female donor who had multiple pregnancies seemed to have trace amounts of her children’s stem cells in her body that carried over to the recipient. Recipients of their bone marrow suffered graft-versus-host disease at a rate of 55% versus 44% for everyone else. Solutions to this include preferring a male donor over a female one, the female who has never been pregnant, or selecting the youngest female donor on the assumption they’ve had fewer children.

Andréa Albright’s bikini workout

 Want a fitness model body? Our January cover model Andréa’s Albright shares her bikini blaster tri-set.

The rules: A tri-set is simply three exercises back to back. 

1. Walking lunges

Start by doing lunges across the room. No weight is needed. This just gets you warmed up and the blood moving.

2. Chair step-ups

Next comes step-ups on a stable bench or chair against the wall, doing 10 to 15 reps for each leg.

Do not alternate legs; this keeps the tension on the glute and thigh muscles.

This is what I call The Time-Tension Principle™ which gives you more results in less time. This increases an enzyme in your body called AMPk as well, which helps burn even more fat.

3. Bridge pose

Finish off with bridge pose, taking long, slow, deep breaths. This calms you down while tightening and toning up the butt and thighs.

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9 satisfying snacks

Looking for healthy snack ideas? Here are 9 satisfying snacks will keep you going ’til dinner.

* 1 piece of fruit such as a banana or an apple or 2 small pieces eg. apricots, plums or kiwifruit

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Healthy snacking – 4 rules to live by

It’s 3pm and you’re in an all-too-familiar standoff with the office vending machine. So what are the rules of healthy snacking?

1. Monitor portion size/kJs

Shoot for 600 to 800 kJ for a nutritious, filling snack that will deliver adequate energy to get you through to the next meal. If you’re training for more than an hour a day, you can afford to (and probably need to) increase the energy count of each snack or add one or two extras. Just don’t forget that post-workout recovery shake counts as food!

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Modern-day meditation

According to research, meditation reduces high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels. David Goding investigates its far-reaching health benefits.

The science of meditation is at once very simple and incredibly complex. On a basic level it requires little more than inner calm and focus though it provides us with a wealth of lasting mental and physical benefits. In fact, meditation may well be the third cog in the wheel of health — along with diet and regular exercise — that provide us with ultimate health and wellbeing.

A recent US meta analysis of 20 individual studies conducted by Connecticut University found that regular meditation produced slower heart and breathing rates, improved blood flow and decreased the chance of suffering from depression and mental health issues.

These benefits are widely acknowledged to have a multitude of healthy flow-on effects, including the ability to lower cholesterol levels, blood pressure and blood glucose levels, improve respiratory function and even reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.

In stimulating the nervous and immune system response, meditation has also been shown to reduce the symptoms of asthma and reactions to allergens.

“Regular meditation helps you to develop coping mechanisms that enable you to deal with obstacles in life,” says Jenny Petridis, Meditation Facilitator from Prana House.

“Physically your body becomes a lot more relaxed. You don’t realise how much tension you hold in your body and most of the time we don’t breathe correctly. As well as having psychological benefits, the practice of meditation initiates changes in physiological functioning, including reduction in heart rate, oxygen consumption and stress hormones.”

The ability of meditation to reduce stress has seen its introduction to hospitals in cases of chronic or terminal illness, where it is used to reduce complications, promote immune system functions and an improved attitude by the patient. In short, reduced stress means improved health.

How meditation affects the body
Meditation has been shown to have a direct effect on the two major players of the autonomic nervous system, which regulates the functions of organs and muscles throughout the body, including the heart and the digestive system.

Firstly, it works by reducing the activity in the sympathetic nervous system. This is the part of the autonomic nervous system responsible for the ‘fight-or-flight’ response when stressed — causing heart rate and breathing to go up, blood vessels to narrow and muscles to tense up.

The effect of meditation on blood pressure is measurable and the benefits to our heart health significant. Muscle tension drops to almost nil during meditation. As pain is often tension related this results in considerable pain relieving benefits.

Secondly, meditation increases the activity in the parasympathetic nervous system, the part responsible for the ‘rest-and-digest’ response — causing heart rate and breathing to slow, blood vessels to dilate improving blood flow as well as stimulating the digestive process.

A 25-year US study conducted by the Office of Alternative Medicine of the National Institutes of Health found that that the longer people meditated, the greater the benefits. They found that subjects that had meditated regularly for five years were physiologically 12 years younger than the non-meditating subjects. Those that had meditated for less time were physiologically only five years younger than the control group.

Backing this up is a separate study conducted by Dr David Orme-Johnson, a research psychologist at Iowa’s Maharishi International University, that found that regular meditators over the age of 40 visited their doctor 73.7 per cent less than non-meditators, had 87.3 per cent fewer admissions to hospital for heart disease and 55.4 per cent fewer admissions for tumour related illness.

How meditation affects the mind
Meditation has also been shown to significantly calm brain waves leading to a generally more relaxed and less anxious state of mind. EEG analysis shows that brain activity during meditation is actually very similar to that during sleep.

This has been shown to improve cognitive function and offer significant benefits for conditions such as depression, anxiety, headaches, stress, ADHD and insomnia.

Meditating before bedtime has been shown to be one of the most effective remedies for breaking the pattern of sleeplessness and offers a very real alternative to sleeping drugs. This is particularly relevant when you consider that lack of sleep is not only on the rise throughout the Western world but is now the number one reason people visit their GP.

When creative visualisation or guided imagery is used on top of this the results can be even more powerful.
“Setting out the positive intention in meditation really enables you to feel that you are the creator of your world,” says Petridis.

“This kind of visualisation is commonly used in the sporting arena. If you visualise yourself winning that race, you start to feel that you are actually winning the race. You are rewiring the brain and it’s as if your brain is tricking your body into doing it.”

The technique, once perfected, can be used for all manner of purposes, from simply going into your day with a positive outlook and purpose to achieving physical healing, depending on your focus. As a mental rehearsal it can be used before a stressful or potentially painful event such as surgery or childbirth in order to relieve anxiety and pain.

Getting started
Meditation is probably the best ‘self-help’ therapy you can do. Though some people find meditating a lot easier than others, everyone can achieve a meditative state with practice, at least to some degree.

“A lot of people say they can’t meditate but in most cases it’s about finding out what works for you, what resonates,” says Petridis.

There’s no right or wrong or strict rules you need to follow, you don’t even necessarily have to sit still. You could meditate while gardening or going for a walk.”
Petridis says that a lot of people get put off by the perceived seriousness and levels of concentration involved.

“A lot of people are intimidated with meditation and think they have to sit in a certain posture and there can be nothing going on in their mind,” she says. “You need to think to yourself that it’s going to be fun. Look around and see what entices you and when you do go to a meditation class don’t take it so incredibly seriously, just relax and enjoy it. Stick with it and don’t be hard on yourself and you’ll find that it will naturally happen.”

To start with, Petridis suggests setting aside 15 minutes three times a week for the practice of meditation.

“Everyone can find 15 minutes to meditate,” she says. “Find a quiet space, take some time out and concentrate on doing some deep, even breathing. Before you know it you’ll become addicted to it and you’ll probably end up increasing the amount of time you spend meditating.”

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