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20 Most Beautiful Royal Women Around the World

Let’s face it: Kate Middleton and her sister-in-law Meghan set the bar really high. But are they really the best-looking royal women out there, or just the most famous?

We invite you to take a look at the most beautiful royals on Earth and decide for yourself!

Without further ado, below is the list the most gorgeous royal women alive. We bet that some of them you never even knew existed!

Amelia Windsor

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Lady Amelia Sophia Theodora Mary Margaret Windsor is the daughter of George Windsor, Earl of St Andrews, and a 38th royal in the line of succession to the British throne. Amelia is never going to reign, but it seems that she’s pretty content with her career as a model and fashion editor. Dubbed “the most beautiful member of the UK royal family” by Tatler, Amelia tops our list of world’s most stunning royal women.

10 Minutes of Yoga to Jumpstart Your Work Day

Not everyone is a morning person, so finding the energy right out of bed can be a bit of a challenge. You may even find heading to bed earlier an ineffective solution to your morning woes.

With these ten 10-minute exercises, you’ll feel more energized after getting out of bed. A long day of work or running errands will no longer stress you out as long as you make these exercises a regular part of your workout/cooldown routine!

Boat Pose

If you’ve never rowed crew, then you’re missing out on one of the most muscle-toning workouts ever. You can maximize the effect by holding the boat position for roughly 10 minutes at a time. Within the first minute or two, you may feel an intense burn in your abdomen. The effects of the boat pose include improved balance and digestion, two things that you’ll need to feel better in the morning!

15 Signs You’re Eating Too Much Sugar

Even the least health-conscious of us know that too much sugar is not good for the mind, body, and soul. Perhaps as a way to reduce your sugar intake, you’ve eliminated or at least reduced chocolate cake, breakfast pastries, and fizzy drinks from your diet. But you should really ask yourself:

Is this enough?

In 2016, a study found that over 70% of the average American’s diet consists of ultra-processed foods. If you didn’t know, processed foods are injected with large amounts of flavorings, colorings, preservatives, and sugar. Of course, the most effective way to reduce your sugar intake is by reading food labels closely, but if you’ve already gone too far in life without doing so, then pay attention to the subtle hints your body’s trying to give you.

Below are the top 15 telltale signs that you’re more sugar than human!

You’re hungry all the time

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Sugar does not contain fiber or protein — two nutrients that alleviate hunger. Instead, what sugar does is send your blood glucose skyrocketing before plummeting back to earth. This, in turn, causes you to crave more sugar to reach that sweet high.

Sugar can be found in foods like processed bread, so think twice before munching on a loaf while waiting for your entree to arrive. If you have a choice, opt for a salad instead of bread, and order lean meats like chicken breast or fish for dinner.

22 Foods You Should Never, Ever Eat Past the Expiration Date

Let’s face it: we’ve all been that person who’s lazy to run to the grocery store and would rather slice the greenish mold off a block of cheese and go on to make a sandwich. But hey — who’s judging?

The truth is, you can do this a lot, and still get away safely — as long as you know exactly the foods not to gamble with. So, if you often find yourself by the fridge at night with a pack of munchies a few days past the expiry date, read on!

While some expired products may simply lose quality in taste, others will grant you a trip to the nearest ER. Below are the top 20 foods that can put you in serious danger!

Oysters

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It’s a good practice to exercise caution with a batch of oysters that’s been left out at room temperature for too long, and eating oysters that are past expiry date is out of the question. Not only does the spoiled oyster smells horrendous, but it can also be contaminated with pathogenic bacteria known as Vibrio Vulnificus which causes severe (and in some cases, even life-threatening) poisoning.

Everything You Need To Know About Collagen

Most people on the planet, regardless of gender, would automatically be drawn to a magical potion or concoction that promises everlasting youth. Unfortunately, such a potion doesn’t exist and there’s no way to grow older and wiser without a few age lines. Right?

Over the last couple of years, you may have found the term collagen being thrown around as the next best thing to happen to health and beauty. People have given their testimonies on how well collagen has helped in treating certain ailments like leaky gut, hair loss, and stiff joints.

However, we already know that when something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. So what’s the deal with collagen? Why are there so many types? What benefits do they offer? And most importantly, does taking collagen really work?

What is collagen?

Collagen is the most plentiful type of protein found in our bodies. It’s the building blocks to create skin, connective tissue, and bones. Collagen is also helpful in filling in any cracks in our bodies so our bones and skin don’t lose their structural integrity. So if we have so much collagen, then why do we age and why do our bones become brittle as we grow older?

Unfortunately for our bodies and our looks, collagen production decreases by approximately 1% every year by the time we reach 20. By the time we hit our 40s, we’ve lost up to 20% of our collagen levels which means thinning hair and sagging skin.

Types of collagen

In our bodies alone, we’re dealing with 20 types of collagen, but the most common types are types I, II and III (the names aren’t very creative but at least they’re easy to pronounce!)

Type I makes up about 90% of the collagen in our bodies. It is found in scar tissue and used to repair tendons, bones, skin, and ligaments. Type II makes up the cartilage between our joints and vertebrae. Type III is found in bone marrow and many of our organs.

The natural way of obtaining collagen is by consuming meat (fish, beef, chicken) and fish. Of course, there’s no vegetarian alternative since plants don’t have connective tissue. Beef will provide the largest amount of types I and III collagen which will help skin, joints, hair, and our stomachs. Fish and other sea creatures contain higher amounts of type II which can combat cartilage degeneration.

What about collagen supplements?

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If you’re over the age of 25 and are worried about what a reduction in collagen production can do to your body (saggy skin, thinner hair, etc.) then yes, taking collagen supplements is a good idea. You only require about 5 milligrams of collagen a day which is easily obtainable in supplement form. The good thing about over-the-counter collagen supplements is that they don’t just provide you with the much-needed collagen to fight the symptoms of aging, but they also contain vitamin C which improves the absorption of collagen.

The effects of taking collagen in supplement form have been studied extensively. The most prominent research was done in 2013 and found that groups who had taken collagen supplements during the duration of the study found significant improvements in skin elasticity – i.e. healthier, younger skin – than those who had taken placebos. In short, collagen supplements do work, especially if they’re fortified with vitamin C.

However, if you’re afraid of taking pills or are just looking to go at it the old fashioned way, just increase your consumption of meats and fish. In fact, if you can stomach it, drink beef bone broth straight from the pot. This stuff is rich in collagen and amino acids. However, to get the same beneficial effects of collagen supplements, you’d probably have to drink around a gallon of bone broth daily.

Is It Possible To Drink Too Much Water?

As children who’ve spent our days running and biking under the hot, scorching sun, we’ve been told repeatedly by doctors and teachers that we need to drink more water – at least seven glasses of it. Our bodies expel water in several ways, including sweating, breathing, urinating, and even talking, so it only makes sense that we need to drink water to make up for water loss.

Most people unknowingly go through life without any idea that they’re dehydrated. For these people, having an extra glass (or five) couldn’t hurt. Even though our bodies need water to lubricate joints, protect tissue, and maintain proper body temperatures, too much of a good thing can actually be detrimental to our overall health.

You see, being overhydrated can be just as dangerous as lacking proper hydration. When we consume too much water, we can suffer from a condition known as hyponatremia (water intoxication) which causes our cells to flood. An imbalance of sodium in the bloodstream can cause mild problems like headaches and muscle spasms. However, more severe symptoms of being overhydrated include seizures and even death.

Causes of overhydration

The simplest cause of being overhydrated is drinking more than your kidneys can handle. Most people think that this is the only reason for overhydration, but it’s actually a bit more complex than that.

You see, the main cause behind overhydration has more to do with water retention or a lack of ways to expel water from the body. People suffering from conditions that limit their ability to excrete water are at a higher risk of suffering from overhydration. The weather also plays a role in how hydrated or overly hydrated we can become. When it’s abnormally hot or cold outside, our bodies will beg for us to consume more water.

How much water do I really need?

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There’s really no “right” amount of water that everybody in the world needs to drink. Some doctors recommend around 15 cups daily for men and 12 cups for women, while others would argue that it’s significantly more. Like sugar and meat, the poison is in the dosage and not the food items themselves. It’s all relative based on your way of life.

Staying physically active is a great way to get rid of excess water in our bodies. If you live in the gym, you could probably literally drink a gallon of water every hour and not suffer from overhydration. Athletes should really let thirst guide them on how much water to drink. When we exercise, we get rid of water by sweating and panting. That, and also going to the bathroom regularly.

So what if you don’t exercise but rather stay in front of the computer all day typing away? We’re not judging here, but if you choose this sort of lifestyle then your body needs less water to keep it optimally hydrated. 7 or 8 glasses of water a day should be sufficient to keep your muscles and brain hydrated and functioning normally.

How to treat overhydration

Unless you have a serious addiction to water, treating overhydration can be quite simple. The first thing you need to do is evaluate whether you’re drinking far too much. If you are, then cut your water intake to about four cups a day.

More serious cases of overhydration will require a visit to the doctor’s office. More often than not, if they feel that your case requires medicinal treatment, you’ll be prescribed diuretics which will cause you to urinate more.

In the most serious instances where visible swelling is found in the limbs and lungs, you may need to spend a few nights at the hospital. A serious imbalance of electrolytes can lead to death if left untreated.

So in conclusion…

Yes, it is possible to drink too much water, and being overhydrated is just as dangerous as dehydration. Both of these conditions create an imbalance of sodium and electrolytes which is never good. In many cases of overhydration, cutting back on water consumption or going to the bathroom more often can be quick fixes, but in serious cases of overhydration, you may require professional care.

Depression Starts In Your Gut (And Can Be Ended There)

If you’re used to thinking of your stomach and bowel as of in-and-out food container and nothing else, the results of some recent studies will make you think again.

Scientists have only recently begun to understand the huge role intestinal microflora plays in our overall health — and, in particular, mental health. The intestinal microbiome (a.k.a. the countless microbes that live inside our gastrointestinal tract) is sometimes referred to as the second genome and even the second brain, because, as it turned out, it can massively affect our overall well-being through various mechanisms, some of which are still being researched.

More and more scientific research data is being published on the connections between intestinal microflora and mental health. Keep reading to learn why this line of research can revolutionize the way we treat and prevent depression!

The surprising truth about the gut-brain connection

Let’s face it: we’ve all felt the gut-brain link rather vividly at times, specifically when we were badly stressed out (who didn’t lose their appetite before a dreaded exam?)

There are actually evolutionary reasons behind this particular effect: slowing down of the digestive system is the part of our fight-or-flight response.

The mechanism that enables our intestines and brains to cooperate so effectively is the informational brain-gut highway also known as the vagus nerve. It is the longest nerve in our body which connects the nerve cells of our brain with those of digestion organs (including stomach, intestines, and pancreas). Another way in which communication between the intestines and the brain occurs is through the endocrine and immune systems.

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So let’s cut to the chase: with the communication being set up so well between the intestine and the brain, what happens when our gut detects a potential threat and responds with intestinal inflammation?

The change in intestinal microflora affects the function of the intestine itself — and spreads to the central nervous system as well. The inflammation spreading to the brain may then become an essential factor in the development of depression. Anxiety and depression, in turn, trigger gut inflammation; as a result, an infinite loop of depression and inflammation fueling one another can be formed.

What causes gut inflammation in the first place?

Intestinal inflammation is in most cases caused by improper and unbalanced nutrition, exposure to chemicals in the polluted environment and heavily processed foods, lack of physical activity, prolonged periods of stress, and other incompatibilities between the life human body evolved to live, and the life that we actually have in the modern world.

Other reasons include chronic diseases of the digestive system, reduced immune response, allergic reactions, and side effects of certain pharmaceuticals. Hereditary and genetic factors may also be to blame.

The “real” antidepressants

Based on the newly discovered fact that inflammation and depression go hand in hand, some specialists believe that treating the inflammation as a root cause may enhance recovery from depression and reduce the risk of its recurrence. Treatment that lowers inflammation and restores healthy intestinal microflora might turn out to be as effective in treating depression as the actual antidepressants.

Furthermore, lowering the risk of intestine inflammation over time (through long term dietary and lifestyle changes) might play a significant role in preventing the development of depressive disorders in the future.

In conclusion…

Discovering this strong and previously unknown connection between gut health and mental health may enable scientists to develop entirely new, more effective ways to prevent and treat depression. In the meantime, we can rely on the knowledge we already have: your gut can be making you depressed or anxious, and in that case, healing your gut means healing your mind.

Here’s to mental health!

The Little-Known Health Benefits of Bone Broth

Bone broth is the liquid you end up with after slow cooking the bones and connective tissues of various animals (pig, cow, chicken, or even fish) in water with spices, herbs, and optionally some vegetables.

A cooked bone broth is typically used either as a base for culinary creations such as rich soups and stews or as a hot, nutritious beverage. In either case, it packs a serious punch!

In fact, the rich and versatile bone broth is a lot more healthy than it’s usually given credit for. Let’s explore the surprising health benefits it has to offer!

1. It packs a ton of nutrients

First off: bone broth gives you the collagen (a.k.a. modern day magic beauty potion) directly from the bones that contained it.

Besides, bones are rich in other essential nutrients such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, and phosphorous. Bone marrow, in turn, contains vitamins A and K, fatty acids, iron, selenium, manganese, and zinc.

Now: no one knows the exact composition of nutrients you would end up with, should you cook one, but some argue that well-cooked bone broth gives your body exactly the nutrients it needs to thrive — in an easily digestible form.

It is, however, crucial to understand that not all broth is created equal: the nutritional value of your broth will depend hugely on the quality, quantity, and variety of bones and tissues that went into it, so be generous while filling up your shopping basket. Adding extra ingredients, such as vegetables and herbs, will bring even more nutrients into an already powerful mix!

2. Fights inflammation

Chronic inflammation, if not addressed, may lead to a number of serious diseases including arthritis, heart disease, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s disease. Eating plenty of anti-inflammatory foods is therefore essential for our overall health.

Fortunately, a properly prepared bone broth has exactly those strong anti-inflammatory effects our bodies so badly need. For the same reason it makes a great recovery drink for post-workout sore muscles!

3. Supports weight loss

An interesting feature of the fatty acids contained in bone broth is that they can reduce your hunger, therefore helping you eat less and achieve your weight loss goals.

The best part? The bone broth itself is rather low in calories, but still promotes feelings of fullness thanks to the gelatin it contains. This feature is hard to beat — in fact, there is even a weight loss program which is basically a bone broth fast!

4. Benefits joint health

Even if you’ve never heard of bone broth, you’ve definitely heard of collagen — the main protein found in tendons, ligaments, and bones.

Bone broth is a source of gelatin, which breaks down into collagen during the digestion process, and supposedly increases the natural amount of collagen in the tissues. This can be especially beneficial for those suffering from rheumatoid arthritis.

5. Improves sleep

At last, bone broth contains glycin — an amino acid that has been shown to promote sleep, so keep this fact in mind if you’re having difficulties falling asleep or maintaining deep sleep throughout the night.

Improved sleep results in better focus, memory and mental function during the following day — something we could all use a little more of!

19 Foods To Improve Your Digestion

We tend to focus so heavily on certain organs – heart, lungs, liver, and skin – that we completely neglect digestion. Our digestive tracts play a huge role in determining our overall health. It’s completely responsible for how well our bodies process nutrients and eliminate waste.

Unfortunately, many people unknowingly suffer from digestive problems such as cramping, gas, and stomach pains. Conditions such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and Crohn’s Disease can actually open up new doors to more serious problems. The good thing is that maintaining a healthy digestive tract isn’t all that difficult as long as you’re willing to consume the right type of foods.

Here are 19 foods that are most effective at improving digestion!

1. Apples

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The two most beneficial fruits on the planet are apples and bananas, but it’s the former that does wonders for our tummies. Apples are rich in a type of soluble fiber called pectin which is broken down directly by the gut flora living in our colons. Pectin resolves bowel issues like constipation and diarrhea by increasing the volume of our waste and eliminating it quicker.

Top 50 Superfoods That Can Save Your Life

Why should a person pay attention to which food they consume? Will it really make a difference to their bodies?

A nice and healthy diet is crucial in maintaining your physique and mind. Many types of food can aid and affect the body in different ways. One type of food might contain certain properties that another might lack, which is why a variation in the diet is important. An optimal weekly diet plan should contain vegetables, meats, whole grains, fruits, and low-fat dairy products. Maintaining an optimal diet can lower the risks of many health concerns and diseases.

Below are the 20 foods that would make a great part of your weekly diet.

1. Blueberries

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Blueberries are a type of fruit that contains many healthy components. This fruit is rich in fiber, vitamin A, and vitamin C. According to research, blueberries are also an antioxidant that can help prevent cancer, diabetes, and age-related memory problems.

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