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Totally Nut-tastic!

Not many of us know this, but a nut is down in the Oxford dictionary as, and I quote “a fruit consisting of a hard shell around an edible kernel.” The nut is in fact part of the fruit family, and contrary to popular belief, nuts are actually good for you when eaten in the correct way.

The following short list provided by the Healthy Hideout gives a quick insight into some of the best nuts available from most grocery stores. Why not look into getting some of these nuts into your diet as soon as possible:

Brazil Nuts – In addition to the usual nut health properties, the brazil nut is unique due to the high selenium content, a mineral proven to help protect against cancer, heart disease and even premature ageing. Limit yourself to a handful a day, as too much selenium can be dangerous. An easy way to incorporate Brazil nuts into your diet is to sprinkle them over rice and vegetable dishes. For a sweet treat, why not try them chocolate? Tasty!

Almonds – There are many arguments both for and against the almonds, as they’ve been derided as a calorific “easy to eat” party snack both high in fat and salt. However, take raw almonds without salt eaten in the correct quantities and you have yourself a great source of protein, fibre and antioxidants – all of which have been proven to help lower cholesterol and reducing the risk of heart of disease.

Cashew Nuts – This common bean shaped nut grows on the stalk of the cashew pear, used frequently in sweet and savoury Asian dishes. Cashews are a great source of magnesium, helping support healthy muscle & bone growth. The high-fibre properties of the cashew nut are also used in effective weight management when eaten in moderation.

Pistachio Nuts – Unsalted pistachios are a nutrient packed food dense with a considerable amount of vitamins and minerals, making them quite  a perfect snack. A single one ounce serving of around 30 nuts contains up to 10% of your daily requirements of fibre, magnesium and B vitamins. Perfect for keeping your immunity system strong and healthy.

Walnuts – These hard shelled nuts contain an impressive level of mono unsaturated fats, with more omega 3 than any other nut. Some studies have shown how walnuts can help fight against depression, whilst helping to maintain a healthy heart. Tests have shown how eating 8 walnuts a day can help lower cholesterol by up to 10%.

Top grooming tips – One for the guys!

Keeping yourself looking trim and tidy has plenty of benefits, from making you feel better psychologically, to the obvious benefit of being taken seriously or physically attracted to by others. Many of us live very hectic lifestyles often not finding any “me” time, but it can’t be stressed enough how important it is to spend time on yourself. It’ll do wonders for your being both long term and short term! Who knows, if you’re single and looking you may find it increases your chances almost ten fold.

Good grooming requires a good shaving kit!

Good grooming requires a good shaving kit!

Here are the Healthy Hideout’s top grooming tips:

Vegatables are your friend – It may seem an obvious card to pull, but in addition to all the vitamins and minerals, vegetables such as spinich, swiss chard and kale are packed with chlorophyll – a natural deodorant for the body. Munching on raw organic carrots can also help to keep your teeth looking clean and healthy.

After the shower is best – When you jump out of the shower or bath, your skin will be moist and more susceptible to absortion. Apply deodorants or antiperspirants at this time to ensure that the active ingredients have the best affect. Be sure to stick to alcohol free options to ensure that you don’t dry out your skin.

Look after your razors – If you find yourself constantly buying new razors for the morning shave, it may be worth introducing a small containers of mineral oil to your medical cabinet. The oil helps to stop the oxidation process that dull the edges, eventually rendering them useless. Be sure to clean the blade properly before use!

Go for the natural soothe – It may odd at first, but if your skin is easily irritated during or after a shave, try rubbing a small amount of olive oil into the affected area. If you do this before shaving, you’ll find that it helps the blade run smoothly across the skin.

Time running out? – If you need to make that meeting, or you’re late for a friend with no time to jump in the shower, here’s one that’s worked for everyone at the Healthy Hideout. Take a sink full of clean warm water and add four to five tablespoons of bicarbonate of soda, mixing throughly. Soak a clean flannel and rub yourself down before drying. It may seem desperate, but when time is of the essence it can be a lifesaver.

Keep Hydrated – It’s been mentioned plenty of times on the Healthy Hideout, but keeping your water intake regular can have a positive effect on how your skin looks. For more information, head over to our previous post “How much water should I drink a day?”

Do you want to live a long life?

A recent study has found that living a long life is more down to your lifestyle than your genes. This puts your personal life expectancy very much on your own shoulders. The experts noted that people who live healthy lifestyles in their 50’s are much more likely to live to 90 than those who are not so careful. Therefore, it does not completely follow that if your relatives have lived a long life then you will also enjoy this luxury.

While your genes will play an important part in your susceptibility to certain illness or conditions the study found that lifestyle played a far more significant role. The study was conducted by a group of researchers from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden and looked at 800 men who were born in 1913. The researchers then took detailed medical checks and questionnaires every 10 years to understand how the individual lived. The checks looked at whether the individual smoked, their diets, exercise routine, wage and standard of living.

MyPyramid - Steps to a Healthier You. (United States Department of Agriculture)

Out of the original 800 participants there were 111 who lived to the age of 90. It was found that once the participant had reached 50 then there was no noticeable correlation between when their parents died and when they would end up dying. The research, published in the Journal of Internal Medicine, found that those at 50 years old who did not smoke, lived in better houses, had lower blood pressures and only drank moderate amounts of coffee were more likely to live to 90 years old.

Lead researcher, Professor emeritus Lars Wilhelmsen, said: “We’re breaking new ground here. The study clearly shows that we can influence several of the factors that decide how old we get. This is positive not only for the individual but also for society as it doesn’t entail any major drug costs.”

Other studies have found similar results and have led to some believing that there are 4 factors that will significantly effect how long you live. These factors are: diet, psycho-spiritual, social and exercise. If we can live fulfilled, contented and rounded lifestyles then we greatly increase our chance of hitting the big 100!