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Showing posts with label Health. Show all posts

Thursday, August 26


Tips to help you lose weight on a low budget


Losing weight requires one to change their lifestyle and adapt a new lifestyle which which will contribute positively towards their weight loss journey. This includes but not limited to "a healthy lifestyle", A healthy lifestyle is actually the best thing you can do for yourself and your family because not only will it help you lose weight but a healthy lifestyle helps prevent and manage chronic diseases such as high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke and cancer.

But a healthy lifestyle can be expensive. But in this article we will be giving you tips to help you lose weight without spending a lot of money!

One of the most affordable ways to lose weight is to remove red meat from your grocery list. Protein-rich meals are an important part of your weight loss journey but it doesn't necessarily have to be red meat, there are much more cheaper and healthier options such as chicken, fish, eggs, nuts, beans and pulses.

One of the most affordable and efficient diet plans is to have one meatless day per week. I know most of you love meat but it is no secret that meat is quite expensive so consider having atleast two vegetarian meals per week. Vegetables such as beans and lentils are not only cheap but they are also rich in protein, nutritious, easy to prepare and taste great.

Fish is also a great source of protein which is essential for your weight loss journey. But fresh fish is quite expensive, therefore we are going to opt for tinned fish such as pilchards or tuna, as long as it is tinned in water and not oils as it is much healthier. Most times frozen fish is cheaper than fresh fish so always compare prices. You might ask yourself how am i going to fit tinned fish in my affordable diet meals, making your own fishcakes can be very economical and they are also quite delicious. We will post a recipe for fishcakes with tinned fish for those that don't know how to prepare the dish.


If you are a sandwich lover then my advice to you is this, don't buy tinned meat and processed frozen meat such as polony, salami and viennas as they are high in fat and sodium making them unhealthy for you and your diet journey. Alternatively, use tinned fish and left over chicken for sandwiches and salads.

When you go shopping for the above mentioned products that will help you lose weight on a low budget, follow the tips below:

  1. Make a shopping list and stick to it. Never give in to the urge to buy something that is not on the list.
  2. Take a calculator with you, it will help you stick to your budget.
  3. Never go shopping when you are hungry.
  4. Plan a week's menu in advance and buy accordingly, this will also help you take advantage of weekly specials.
  5. Always compare prices. Go through all the shelves in the supermarket if you have to because they always put expensive items at eye level where they are easy to find and hide the cheaper items.
  6. Avoid wasting food by cooking just enough food so that you don't have to throw away food.
  7. Pack your own healthy lunch to work and avoid the cafeteria, that place is bad for your wallet and your waistline.
  8. Stay away from the convenience food part of the store, it contains food that are not only expensive but will make you fat as well. Food such as soda, cookies, processed foods and pre-packaged meals.
  9. if you can't go without snacking then snack on freshly cut fruits and vegetables. You can also buy large packets of raisins, nuts or dried fruits.
Another way to save money on vegetables is to start your own vegetable garden in your own backyard.

This is part one of our "Tips to help you lose weight on a low budget", part two will be posted soon. Thank you for reading and please don't forget to share!

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Tuesday, April 20


21 days banting challenge - Take advantage of this challenge and reduce extra fats

21 days banting challenge - Take advantage of this challenge and reduce extra fats


Prior to commencing a purposeful change to your diet, you should first understand your regular eating routine by tracking everything you eat and drink for a week.

You can track your usual percentages of carbohydrates, proteins and fats with an online food diary, or check out our suggestions for some great food tracking apps in our 21 Day Challenge Guide

We recommend that you follow the plan exactly as it is, especially the prescribed amounts of vegetables and water and eating at the regular intervals. And, if you can’t live without carbs, eat some; just make sure that they’re whole, unprocessed and nutrient rich.

We recommend you eat four meals a day. And every meal should contain:

  • Protein – one palmful of animal protein, that includes; fish, chicken, turkey, duck, pork, beef, lamb, shellfish and eggs AND
  • Fat – a thumb size, focusing on getting in your essential fatty acids like; avocado, olive oil, walnuts and flaxseeds AND
  • Carbohydrates – one to two handfuls of low-starch carbs such as asparagus, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, leafy greens, raw carrots, onions, tomatoes and eggplant.

When your meal is a protein shake we suggest you use only a simple, protein source and water. Women should have .01 ounces/.3 grams per kg of body weight. Men should have .02 ounces/.5 grams per kg of body weight.

What to drink? Take your body weight in kg and multiply by 0.033 litres of water per day, then add an extra glass for every hour of exercise. You can also drink herbal tea, black tea or black coffee (with no sweeteners).

Foods to avoid? Dairy products, grains including oats, polenta, rice and couscous, wheat, fruit, legumes, starchy vegetables and soy apart from Tamari.



Remember, this eating plan is difficult; you’ll have moments where you want to chew your arm off, and times when you’d consider mugging someone for their french fries. When you’re faced with these challenges be sure to use your common sense and manage the balance between exercising restraint and giving your body the nutrients it needs. There’s no doubt that this 21 day fix will be hard, but once you slide gracefully into your skinny jeans in three weeks’ time, we’re pretty sure that all the pain will be forgotten.

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Sunday, April 5


What does it mean to 'recover' from CoronaVirus or Covid-19

What does it mean to 'recover' from CoronaVirus or Covid-19

Along with the daily spikes in confirmed coronavirus cases and deaths, a third, more hopeful number is also ticking upward: the number of people who have recovered from COVID-19, which on Friday topped 219,000.

So far, authorities have confirmed over 1 million cases of COVID-19 and 53,000 coronavirus-related deaths globally. According to predictive models, the pandemic has not yet peaked, meaning the world will continue to see jumps in all three coronavirus categories: cases, fatalities, and recoveries.

To recover form CoronaVirus or Covid-19 means you are just better than before because a virus doesn't die.Using available preliminary data, the median time from onset to clinical recovery for mild cases is approximately 2 weeks and is 3-6 weeks for patients with severe or critical disease.

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Thursday, April 2


VIDEO: Malema shares 3 weeks banting weight loss secrets - I am not sick, I’m just thinner

Julius Malema shares 3 weeks banting weight loss secrets

Health Tips From EFF CiC Julius Malema - How I Lost Weight

I am not sick, I’m just thinner because of Banting Rules – Malema

RUSTENBURG - eNCA’s Nickolaus Bauer caught the Commander in Chief of the Economic Freedom Fighters, Julius Malema in his car on the way to Rustenburg and asked him some off-the-cuff questions.
It seems Malema has some thoughts on more than solving South Africa's problems - Banting weight loss is also top of his agenda.
Malema was on his way to Sunrise Park near Rustenburg on Thursday.
Malema is in the North West to garner support for his party ahead of the local government elections.
He was set to wrap up his three-day campaign in North West with community meetings in Rustenburg, Marikana, Letlhabile and Brits.

Rumours have swirled on social media over the last couple of months about Malema’s shrinking girth. In May EFF national spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi confirmed that Malema had made a personal choice to join a gym and to follow banting rules so that he can be in better health.
Ndlozi laughed when asked about Malema’s belly fading away‚ and said: “He is on a gym and diet programme to look good and be in good shape.”
Watch video of Julius Malema's Banting weightloss

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Sunday, October 21


Silent banter loses 28kg in 4 months - 100% working method

Silent banter loses 28kg in 4 months - 100% working method

Nancy hudson from cape town has always struggled with her weight from a very tender age.

She quit school in matric because her feet could no longer carry her. At 18 years old she weighed 305kg.

She stayed home and found comfort in food, it was when the Doctor told her that if she doesn't change her diet she wouldn't live much longer.

She saw the banting page on Facebook but was too embarrassed to ask for help because she didn't want the members to view her pictures on her profile.

At 22 early this year she weighed 344kg when she started with banting.

SEE DIRECTIONS AND METHOD After a month of following the green list and avoiding the orange list she was now able to move herself from point A to point B.

That motivated her a lot,she was able to get out of bed make the banting pap and prepare food that contained fats. Bacon,vegetables and eggs were her favourite. Nutrients with fats.

The peanut butter bread challenge was one of her favourites and she indulged in that. She likes that when you are banting you eat and stop when you are full.

She would like to thank everyone in the banting page for always being so encouraging. 28kg down and still counting.
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Sunday, July 8


You are HIV positive if you see this 11 signs - Must Read and get Tested

You are HIV positive if you see this 11 signs - Must Read and get Tested 

When it comes to HIV transmission, it’s important to know what early symptoms to look for. Early detection of HIV can help ensure prompt treatment to control the virus and prevent progression into stage 3 HIV. Stage 3 HIV is more commonly known as AIDS.

Early treatment using antiretroviral drugs also makes the virus undetectable, which can prevent transmission to other people.

Early symptoms of HIV
The early signs of HIV may appear as symptoms similar to those caused by the flu. These can include:

swollen lymph nodes
sore throat
muscle and joint pain
ulcers in the mouth
ulcers on the genitals
night sweats

Early HIV symptoms generally arise within one to two months after transmission, although they can arrive as soon as two weeks after exposure, according to Moreover, some people may experience no early symptoms after they’ve contracted HIV. It’s important to remember that these early HIV symptoms are also associated with common illnesses and health conditions. To be sure of HIV status, consider taking an HIV test!
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Wednesday, January 31


7 Healthy Reasons to Drink Coffee

7 Healthy Reasons to Drink Coffee

Millions of people start their day with a cup of coffee. The habit of drinking coffee on the way to
office or college has completely settled in the minds of students, clerks, and even moms with kids.
It’s delicious, it smells great, it energizes, and it helps you wake up. However, few people know that
coffee also positively affects health. Here are seven reasons why you should drink a cup or two of
coffee every day.

1) Coffee prevents diseases

Studies conducted at Harvard have shown that 1-3 cups of coffee a day are beneficial to health because such dose significantly affect the risk of diabetes, reducing the probability of its developing. If you drink up to six cups a day, it will reduce the risk of the disease even more. Besides, the consumption of coffee reduces the risk of Parkinson's disease by 80% and the probability of cancer developing by 25%. Women that drink coffee reduce their chances of getting breast cancer by 40%.

2) Coffee helps you train more effectively

Before going to the gym, drink a cup of coffee. It will increase the level of endorphin in your blood in just afew minutes. Endorphins will cheer you up and charge you with vivacity for the upcoming exercises,thereby increasing the effectiveness and duration of training. If you want the best results, drink some coffee before pumping iron.

3) Coffee is good for health

A cup of coffee contains more than a thousand different antioxidants important for health because they lower the inflammation of the joints and remove toxins from the body. And antioxidants neutralize free radicals, which lead to weight gain. The more antioxidants you consume, the better you feel and look.

4) Coffee increases life expectancy

People, who drink coffee regularly, live longer than those who don’t drink it. It’s not very clear why this happens, but scientists tend to associate this with the antioxidants contained in the drink. Besides, coffee reduces the number of snacks you have during the day and improves the effect of exercises. The habit of drinking coffee successfully replaces the habit of smoking, and it’s much healthier, and this also affects life expectancy.

5) Coffee makes you smarter

Coffee not only energizes but also makes you think: the thing is that the main component of coffee,
caffeine, is a natural stimulant. In the modern world, this is the most widely used psychoactive component. Caffeine blocks the effect of adenosine, which strengthens the connections between neurons in the brain and causes the production of other types of neurotransmitters. All this leads to a stimulating effect and positively affects the brain and mood. Regular use of coffee can also help overcome emotional problems and improve cognitive abilities. Studies show that coffee improves thinking ability and problem-solving skills.

6) Coffee is good for the liver

Caffeine in coffee helps self-regulation of the liver. Its regular consumption can reduce the risk of such diseases as liver cancer or cirrhosis, as well as liver failure. In addition, caffeine reduces the likelihood of alcoholic cirrhosis. These benefits don’t apply to other caffeinated drinks, such as black and green tea.

7) Coffee reduces the risk of gout

Gout is painful, and, which is even more sadly, it can affect any person at any age. It strikes the joints and can immobilize a person for quite a long time. Drinking coffee can relieve pain and soften gout. Those, who consume coffee few times a day, have less risk of developing gout. This is due to the same antioxidants, which lower the level of insulin and uric acid which cause gout. The cons of drinking coffee

1) Coffee “kills” vitamins

Under the influence of caffeine, the body loses vitamin B1 which provides and regulates carbohydrate metabolism and the work of nerves. With its lack, the quality of the skin, memory, and hair deteriorates. So next time, think twice before drinking the sixth cup of coffee just to get a couple more hours of surfing the web, browsing your profile on the online dating site, or watching Netflix.

2) It can deplete the nervous system

This is a result of the overdose, when coffee is too strong, and when you drink it too often. At the same time, the amount of substances that transmit signals to your nervous system is significantly reduced. Signs of nervous exhaustion include irritability, depression, frequent palpitation, and insomnia. To prevent this, you need to drink no more than 2-3 cups of coffee a day.

3) It washes off minerals from the body

Due to the diuretic effect, coffee can wash off calcium, magnesium, and other minerals and trace elements from the body. Because of this, a person, who regularly consumes coffee even in normal doses, may experience weakness, depression, heart problems, and headaches. You can partly prevent the excretion of nutrients if you add milk to the drink and consume vitamins and food supplements containing minerals.
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Wednesday, January 17


How to prevent listeriosis 

How to prevent listeriosis

Do not drink raw (unpasteurized) milk, and do not eat foods that have unpasteurized milk in them.

Wash hands, knives, countertops, and cutting boards after handling and preparing uncooked foods.

Rinse raw produce thoroughly under running tap water before eating.

Keep uncooked meats, poultry, and seafood separate from vegetables, fruits, cooked foods, and ready-to-eat foods.
Thoroughly cook raw food from animal sources, such as meat, poultry, or seafood to a safe internal temperature.

Wash hands, knives, countertops, and cutting boards after handling and preparing uncooked foods.

Consume perishable and ready-to-eat foods as soon as possible.

Persons in higher risk groups should heat hot dogs, cold cuts, and deli meats before eating them.
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Sunday, September 17


10 New Easy Ways to Prevent Stretch Marks

10 New Easy Ways to Prevent Stretch Marks

  1. Gelatin. Gelatin (like this or this) is a great way to prevent stretch marks. ...
  2. Hydration. Keep your body well hydrated. ...
  3. Coconut Oil. ...
  4. Vitamin C. ...
  5. Oil Treatments. ...
  6. Zinc. ...
  7. Calcarea Fluorica and Silicea. ...
  8. Stretch Mark Serum.

  9. Shea Butter or Cocoa Butter
  10. Eat for Skin Elasticity
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Monday, June 12


1 day - 24-Hour Banting Diet Plan To Get A Flat Stomach! Incredible!

1 day - 24-Hour Banting Diet Plan To Get A Flat Stomach! Incredible!

Although it is impossible to do abs overnight, it is possible to reduce bloating in the abdomen and look a few centimeters less.

Thanks to these foods and thoroughly-planned menu 24 hours you’re ready to wear a bikini.


Instant oatmeal with 1 cup of berries and 2 tablespoons peanut butter.

If you awake up very hungry: 2 hard boiled eggs and 1 cup of wild fruit.

Morning snack:

1/3 cup unsalted nuts and mandarin 1

If you are very hungry: celery sticks with 2 tablespoons of peanut butter.


2 cups green salad with ½ chopped cucumber, 10 Cherry tomatoes, ¼ cup grated carrots, ½ avocado, 1 hardboiled egg, 1 tablespoon sunflower seeds and a little lemon juice and vinegar.


180ml yogurt or sour cream with a little cinnamon

If you are very hungry: 1 cup chopped cucumber with vinegar and fresh spices.


150g salmon, boiled spinach with 1 teaspoon olive oil, 1 clove garlic and roasted root dill with any root vegetables (carrots, parsnips, celery, asparagus, daikon).
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Tuesday, March 14


10 Reasons You Should Drink Raw Milk

Ten Reasons you should Drink Your Milk Raw

#1:Raw milk is a living food.

#2:Raw milk is rich in beneficial bacteria.

#3:Raw milk is rich in food enzymes.

#4Raw milk is rich in natural vitamins.

#5:Raw butterfat is rich in Conjugated Linoleic Acid.

#6:Raw milk supports small farmers, not feedlots.

#7:Raw milk is not homogenized.

#8:Raw milk is easier to digest.

#9: Raw milk clabbers.

#10. Raw milk supports your local economy.
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Don’t Go About Kissing Everyone, New HPV Virus Erupts in Africa, Doctors Say Kissing Is The Transmitter Of Virus

Don’t Go About Kissing Everyone, New HPV Virus Erupts in Africa, Doctors Say Kissing Is The Transmitter Of Virus.

People in South Africa have been warned against kissing due to an outbreak of Human Papilloma Virus, which has seen several students admitted in Johhanesburg after testing positive to the disease.

HPV is an infectious viral disease which cause mouth cancer and is transmitted through infected body fluids and that’s why students have been warned against kissing.

The symptoms include sore throat, severe headache, High fever, Vomit and abdominal pains
“We were told that public health officers from this area are working round the clock to know the root cause of this, But we are being advised even on to avoid kissing and exchanging body fluids,” A third year public health student from Johannesburg University said.

The HPV is gradually circulating In South Africa and will soon hit the other parts of Africa.
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Friday, March 10


If You See These 13 Symptoms, Do An HIV Test Immediately

If You See These 13 Symptoms, Do An HIV Test Immediately

These are 13 Must See HIV Symptoms..

Here are some of the signs and symptoms that may come with HIV infection:

1. Fever:

If you have practiced unprotected $e_x, watch out for fevers as a symptom of HIV. Early after being infected by HIV, you may experience flu like symptoms. This can include a low grade fever that does not respond to medication. You may experience night sweats as a response to the fever. The fever is an inflammatory reaction to the virus entering your blood stream.

2. Sore Throat:

Sore throat may be an early indicator of HIV infection. This may be an early symptom as the body reacts to the viral infection. It can also occur later in the disease as the infected individuals immune system becomes compromised. Sore throat may be caused by thrush in the mouth or esophagus, and ulcers. Chronic throat problems should be checked out by your family doctor.

3. Body Pain:

Sore muscles and joint pain are common symptoms of HIV infection that occur in the early flu like phase. This can be caused by the swollen lymph nodes, or from rheumatic illnesses. Rheumatic disease affects the muscles and joints of the body, causing inflammation. This disease can lead to arthritis, fibromyalgia, and vasculitis. Some HIV medications can also cause these symptoms.

4. Cough:

A dry, persistent cough can be a long term symptom of HIV infection. This symptom is not typically cured with medications like antibiotics and cough suppressants. Coughing may be an early symptom as the body reacts to the new virus. It is also a long term symptom caused by the damaged immune system. The cough may develop into pneumonia, which can be a serious symptom with dangerous effects.

5. Swollen Lymph Nodes:

Swollen lymph nodes may be a starting sign of HIV infection. 67% of HIV sufferers may experience some sort of lymph node swelling. This commonly occurs in the neck, under arms, and groin region. Lymph nodes are distributed all throughout the body so any abnormal swelling could be a symptom. Lymph nodes swell as the immune system is activated and the body fights off infection.

6. Headaches:

One of the first symptoms of the flu related symptoms of HIV is an unrelenting headache. The headaches may develop into chronic debilitating migraines. Migraines become chronic after affecting a person for 15 or more days per month. 50% of people infected with HIV will experience headaches as a symptom, while 27% will experience chronic migraines. This is compared to the general population, where only 2% of people suffer from chronic migraines.


7. Weight Loss:

Weight loss in HIV infected individuals is common through the progression of the disease. When first infected, the flu like symptoms can cause nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting. This can cause a temporary loss in weight. As the illness progresses, weight loss can be caused by a condition called “AIDS wasting”. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services categorize a person as having AIDS wasting when they have lost 10% or more of their body weight, and have experienced related weight loss symptoms for a period greater than 30 days.

8. Yeast Infection:

As HIV develops, the infected persons immune system becomes compromised. One of the starting symptoms of a failing immune system is bodily infections. Yeast infections are very common, and they affect more than just women. The cause of this infection is a fungus called Candida. It can affect the body in different ways, such as v@_ginal yeast infections, thrush, intestinal infections, and more. Getting rid of these infections may prove futile until HIV medication is in place. 

9. Fatigue:

Fatigue associated with HIV may be the most under-reported symptom. Many people suffer from chronic fatigue but do not realize it is a medical condition. Chronic fatigue is tiredness that cannot be alleviated with rest. Fatigue is first reported in the flu like symptoms that accompany the early stages of HIV. Once this phase is complete, fatigue may not appear until AIDS develops.

10. Skin Rash:

Skin rash is one of the most common symptoms of HIV. Called the “HIV rash”, this symptom can be seen in approximately 85% of cases. The rash may develop into blisters at the warm moist areas of the body, including genitals and facial regions. Most rashes develop on the trunk of the body. The appearance of the rash is red bumps that may itch and peel.

11. Night Sweats:

As the HIV infection develops in the body, flu like symptoms can appear. One of the most annoying and notable symptoms is night sweats. The sufferer may go to bed at a good temperature, but through the night may experience widely ranging body temperatures, going from very cold to very hot quite quickly. The physical response of the body is to pour sweat to regulate the temperature. The person may wake up soaking wet and have to change their sheets and clothing.

12. Cold Sores:

Cold sores can be a symptom of HIV. Cold sores are caused by the Herpes Simplex virus. It can occur as genital, rectal, or oral herpes. Anyone can be infected with herpes, regardless of their HIV status. Those who are infected with HIV and have cold sores may suffer from recurrent outbreaks of the herpes virus.

13. None:

The most dangerous symptom of HIV is having none at all. Many of those infected do not know they are. This can be particularly dangerous as the person may continue to have unprotected $e_x, potentially spreading the disease. In 2001, it is estimated that less than 1% of the population has been tested for HIV. In South Africa, it is estimated that over 5 million people are infected. If you think you are at risk for HIV, get tested right away.
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Friday, February 3


11 New Banting Commandments for Beginners 2017

11 New Banting Commandments for Beginners 2017

The first thing one needs to remember is that weight loss is unique to every person. During your first few months of Banting, you’re probably going to experience dramatic weight loss as your body adapts to the new diet.

1. Eat enough animal fat.
2. Eat enough vegetables.
3. Don't snack.
4. Don't lie to yourself.
5. Don't over- or under-eat.

6. Don't eat too much protein.
7. Be alert!
8. Avoid too many fruits and nuts.
9. Control your dairy.
10.  Be strong!
11. Always remember the above 10 rules.
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Saturday, January 28


How To Remove Stretch Marks Naturally (Works 100%)

How To Remove Stretch Marks Naturally (Works 100%)

Stretch marks are visible greenish lines on the skin surface, with an off-color hue. Stretch marks are mainly found in the abdominal wall, but can also occur over the thighs, upper arms, buttocks and breasts.

Sometimes stretch marks can cover large areas of the body. While pregnancy is the main cause behind stretch marks, other reasons can be sudden gain or loss in weight, rapid growth, heredity factors, stress and changes in physical conditions.
Fortunately, there are several natural ways to reduce the appearance of stretch marks.

1. Potato Juice
Potato juice contains vitamins and minerals that foster growth and restoration of skin cells.
Cut a medium-sized potato into thick slices.Take one of the potato pieces and rub it gently on the stretch marks for a few minutes. Make sure the liquid from the potato covers the affected area.Allow the potato juice to dry for some time and then wash it off with lukewarm water.

2. Sugar
Natural white sugar is one of the best natural remedies to get rid of stretch marks. You can use the sugar to exfoliate your skin.

Mix a tablespoon of raw sugar with some almond oil and a few drops of lemon juice.

Mix it well and apply it on the stretch marks and other skin areas.Gently rub the mixture on the skin for at least 10 minutes every day before taking a shower. Do this for a month or so and watch your stretch marks become lighter.

3. Aloe Vera
Aloe vera is effective in the treatment of many skin problems. It has various essential nutrients and active compounds that can be used in the treatment of minor burns, while its healing and soothing properties can be used to get rid of stretch marks. There are a couple of ways to apply it.
You can directly rub aloe vera gel on the affected skin area, leave it on for a few minutes and then rinse the skin with lukewarm water.Another option is to make a mixture with one-fourth cup of aloe vera gel, oil from 10 vitamin E capsules and oil from five vitamin A capsules. Rub this mixture onto the skin until fully absorbed. Repeat this process daily.

4. Water
Keeping your body well hydrated helps protect the skin from many kinds of problems. Well-hydrated skin results in regular detoxification of skin pores and restores elasticity, which will help a lot in getting rid of stretch marks. Try to drink one to two glasses of water several times during a day. Experts say a minimum of 10 glasses of water per day is the best way to keep the body hydrated.
It will also make your skin soft and help maintain its elasticity. It is advisable to avoid coffee, tea or soda as they can cause dehydration.

5. Lemon Juice
Another simple ways to lessen stretch marks is to use lemon juice. Lemon juice is naturally acidic which helps heal and reduce stretch marks, skin injuries, acne, and other scars.
Rub fresh lemon juice gently onto the stretch marks using circular motions. Allow the lemon juice to soak into your skin for at least 10 minutes before rinsing it off with warm water.Another option is to mix equal quantities of cucumber juice and lemon juice and apply the mixture on the stretch marks.

6. Olive Oil
Olive oil contains a lot of nutrients and antioxidants that help improve various skin problems including stretch marks.

Massage slightly warm pure olive oil into the affected skin area. This will improve the blood circulation and reduce the stretch marks to a great extent.Leave it for half an hour so that the vitamins A, D and E present in the oil are absorbed by the skin.

You can also mix olive oil with vinegar and water and use it as a night cream. This will keep your skin stay moisturized and also exfoliate the skin.
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"Skin is 75 percent collagen, which is responsible for making it smooth and elastic. To make collagen in the body, you need enough protein in your diet," shares Lisa Hayim, registered dietitian and founder of The WellNecessities. "These can be found in low-fat foods and cholesterol sources through whole grains and legumes, such as beans, peas and lentils."


Already melting away fat with tea? Now it's time to melt away stretch marks. "Its fluid is hydrating, so it plumps up cells to help skin look fuller, more supple and less withered," The Nutrition Twins comment. "Plus, it contains powerful antioxidants that help to keep cells healthy and fight damage, including the damaged cells from stretched skin." Kelly Choi, food journalist and author of The 7-Day Flat-Belly Tea Cleanse, adds that tea can help slow the aging process. "According to a Case Western Reserve University study, an extract of white tea leaves may help fight wrinkles and keep your skin looking young," Choi says. Her book and tea cleanse plan has been such a hit that test panelists lost up to 10 pounds in one week!


Better start loading up on this nutritious mineral! "Zinc is essential for collagen production, which is the connective tissue that holds the skin together. Zinc is also necessary to repair skin wounds," offers celebrity nutritionist Lisa DeFazio, MS, RDN. "Zinc-rich foods include meats, fish, Brazil nuts and turkey." If you want to keep your zinc intake to plant-based foods, follow this list from Julieanna Hever, MS, RD, CPT, a plant-based dietitian and author of The Vegiterranean Diet and The Complete Idiot's Guide to Plant-Based Nutrition: Beans, peas, lentils, peanuts, tofu, tempeh, nuts, seeds, and oatmeal. So many options!


"Hydrate! In order to keep your skin more elastic, make sure to stay well-hydrated," Hever suggests. "Consume at least half of your body weight (in pounds) in ounces of water every day. For example, a 130-pound woman should aim to drink 65 ounces of water each day. Emphasize water-rich foods like fruits and vegetables in your diet for further hydration along with added crucial nutrients and fibers, too." If you get bored with plain water, try one of these 50 Best Detox Waters for Fat Burning and Weight Loss.


"Vitamin D plays a role in skin regulation, and, therefore, may play an important role in stopping the epidermal atrophy that occurs from overstretching or rapid growth," comments Hayim. "Fish oil is one of the richest sources of vitamin D, followed by swordfish, tuna, and egg yolks." Bonus: Fish oil may also help you beat belly bloat.



But really, though. "It's reason number 999 to eat at least nine servings of fruits and vegetables each day," Hever states. "They contain an abundance of key nutrients for skin health such as vitamin A (found in dark orange, red, and green foods), vitamin C (in citrus, berries, and melons), and E (in avocados and leafy green vegetables)."


Their vibrant hue and refreshing taste might perk you up like it ain't no thang—and it turns out they may work to perk your skin up, too: "Oranges are rich in water and help to fill the spaces between cells, minimizing the appearance of stretch marks," explain The Nutrition Twins, Lyssie Lakatos, RDN, CDN, CFT and Tammy Lakatos Shames, RDN, CDN, CFT, authors of The Nutrition Twins' Veggie Cure. "Plus, their vitamin C helps to make skin more supple and their antioxidants help heal the body from damage." For more foods that are awesome choices for antioxidants, check out these 15 Most Antioxidant-Packed Fruits & Veggies—Ranked!


Incorporating healthy fats into your diet will also provide elasticity and promote healthy skin, suggests DeFazio. "Avocados are an excellent source of vitamin E and will help prevent stretch marks," she says (see tip #16!). Be sure to check out our 8 Best Fats for Weight Loss!


ICYMI: Omega-3 is an essential fatty acid your body can't make, and is, therefore, essential to get through the diet. And omega-3 fatty acids play an important role in skin health, too. "They help promote growth and skin repair by keeping skin moisturized and reducing inflammation," offer The Nutrition Twins. Fish is a great way to get omega-3s, but make sure you're choosing the right kind with our exclusive ranking of fish.

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You already love popping 'em in your overnight oats, so why not find more ways to add these wholesome rockstars to your diet? "The American Academy of Dermatology notes that vitamins and other nutrients have antioxidant properties that protect the body from the free radicals that are partly responsible for stretch marks," states Hayim, who recommends adding these fruits into your routine on the reg. "These are available in the form of supplements, but it is better to get these nutrients from your diet to maintain skin health."


It's hard to find something more delicious than the humble sweet potato. And your skin cells may love them as much as your taste buds: "Sweet potato is one of the richest sources of Vitamin A, which aids in the development of new skin cells and can help diminish the stretch marks. Some other good sources of vitamin A are cantaloupe, dark leafy greens, and mangoes," offers Hayim. Bonus: We've got you covered in sweet potato-ville with 20 sweet potato recipes for weight loss!


Not just an infused water hero, cukes reign supreme as an all-around champ: "Cucumbers' high water content help us to stay hydrated, which promotes skin elasticity and collagen formation. In addition, staying hydrated helps flush out toxins and maintain a healthy skin complexion," says Hayim. No wonder they are so great at de-puffing undereye circles!


We're all about this juicy, red, seeded fruit: "They are rich in vitamin C, which helps with collagen formation," offer The Nutrition Twins. "Collagen helps to keep your skin strong, yet elastic, making stress marks less likely. Tomatoes are also rich in lycopene, which acts as a natural sunscreen. The sun creates more damage, making stress marks worse, so tomatoes protect against this." Amazing hack we bet ya didn't know: Cooked tomatoes are actually richer in lycopene than raw. For more incredible tips like that, check out these 32 Kitchen Hacks for Healthy Eating.

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"Collagen treatment for stretch marks have been effective in reducing indentation," shares Hayim. "These two foods are very high in Vitamin C, which is necessary to make collagen." Both happen to be excellent omelet stuffings, too. Just sayin'.


"Rich in omega-3 fatty acids, they will help to minimize inflammation that is associated with damage from stretch marks," comment The Nutrition Twins. "Their oils also help to moisturize the skin and keep it hydrated and smooth, reducing the appearance of stretch marks." P.S. This oceanic rockstar also made our list of the 30 best foods that uncover your abs for under $1!

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"Vitamins A, C, and E promote healing," says DeFazio. "Vitamin C helps to limit stretch mark development because it aids in skin collagen formation. Vitamin A contributes to the development of skin cells, and Vitamin E helps the body create more Vitamin C." Foods high in vitamin C include oranges, sweet potatoes, and blueberries while vitamins A and E are found in dairy products, avocados, and sunflower seeds. Hello, yogurt and berries snack break...


Whether you flip 'em, boil 'em, or scramble 'em, these oval-shaped stars may be beneficial to combatting stretch marks. "They're a great source of protein, which is essential for youthful skin. Collagen is made from protein, and collagen is responsible for our skin's elasticity," say The Nutrition Twins. "The more elastic the skin, the less likely to show stretch marks." Discover more about What Happens to Your Body When You Eat Eggs here!
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