The Health Benefits of Curry Powder

As a staple of Indian cuisine, curry powder is a mixture of spices like turmeric, coriander seeds, dried chillies, curry leaves, cardamom, nutmeg and peppercorns. In fact, it originates from the Indian Subcontinent and is used in a wide range of traditional dishes in order to give them an authentic and recognisable taste. With this said, curry powder also comes with hidden health benefits too. Read on to find out more information…

Reduces Inflammation

Turmeric is a key spice that can be found in the most basic curry powder concoction and is widely known for its inflammation banishing qualities. In fact, it has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for centuries! By using turmeric friendly curry powders, diners can obtain effective relief from the inflammation cause by a wide range of condition like arthritis, irritable bowel syndrome and migraines.

Aids Digestion

There are a wide range of different bacterium in the gut that are necessary in order to complete the digestive process. With this said, difficulty digesting certain components in the diet can lead to problems like gas, bloating and stomach pain. Luckily, black pepper, turmeric and cumin are three spices used in curry powder that can aid digestion and reduce the onset of such symptoms.

Protects the Heart

Cardamom and sweet basil can be found in some varieties of curry powder and are known to benefit the heart considerably. In fact, they are known as vasodilators which means that they naturally lower a person’s blood pressure, reducing the likelihood of plaque in the arteries (atherosclerosis), heart attack and stroke.

It is safe to say that curry isn’t just a delicious traditional meal, it also comes with a secret stash of health benefits too! Royal Nawaab are an authentic Indian and Pakistani restaurant based in Manchester and London that specialise in crafting of a wide range of dishes, including curries that are made using a traditional curry powder blend. To find out more information, get in contact with a member of the Royal Nawaab team today!

3 Ways to Incorporate Turmeric into a Diet

Although the internet is inundated with a variety of bogus ‘health trends’ that boast unrealistic results, it is true that turmeric is an incredibly beneficial spice that should be implemented into one’s diet in one way or another. After all, it contains an active compound known as curcumin that has been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer and dementia. Read on as the team here at The Healthy Living and Fitness go over three different ways that turmeric can be added to the diet…

Drinks

Whilst the consumption of turmeric tea has been spoilt by internet advertisements that promise buyers unrealistic results, there are actually a wide range of benefits that can be obtained from making fresh tea from grated turmeric root. With this said, it should be mixed with additional ingredients like honey, milk and a citrus in order to improve the flavour and provide additional benefits.

Seasoning

Known for its pungent and bitter flavour, turmeric is a popular spice used in Indian cuisine in order to add an aromatic and distinctive tang to a wide range of dishes. As a result, turmeric can be implemented in the diet in order to season soups, meat and vegetables; however, it is important that it is used sparingly as just a small pinch manages to pack a lot of flavour and can overwhelm a dish with ease.

Curry

Turmeric may be known for its characteristic aroma; however, its bright orange colour means that it also functions as an effective colouring agent too. After all, there are a wide range of traditional Indian and Pakistani curries that utilise the spice in order to create bright and bold dishes that are bursting with flavour. As a result, curry is a popular dish that can be enjoyed in order to incorporate turmeric in the diet.

Western food doesn’t utilise as many spices as other cuisines which is why many people find it difficult to implement spices like turmeric into their diet. Luckily, there are a wide range of South Asian dishes that consider it an essential ingredient and there is no time like the present to develop one’s palate. Royal Nawaab are an authentic Indian and Pakistani restaurant that serve traditional dishes that rely on spices like turmeric. To find out more information, get in contact with a member of the team today!

The Different Types of Athletic Trainers

Exercise is difficult to define because it can be undertaken in a variety of different ways. After all, some people prefer the convenience of a gym whilst others like to partake in a particular sport in order to make the whole experience more enjoyable. With this said, people tend to underestimate the dangers of taking part in a sport without the correct footwear, especially when there are different types for each and every activity. Read on as we go over the top three…

Walking

Although there is very little need to invest in specialist footwear for day-to-day walking, those who frequently partake in long neighbourhood walks should ensure that their trainers are up to the job. After all, fashion footwear is known to lack support and breathability which means that they can cause blisters and foot sores when worn for an extended period of time. Luckily, walking shoes are one of the most affordable varieties of athletic trainers on the market.

Running

The way that we run may be similar to walking, however the impact that is placed on the joints is considerably higher. As a result, it is essential that frequent and dedicated runners invest in a high-quality pair of running shoes that are designed with their foot shape, pronation type and running style in mind. After all, a lack of support during on-road running can lead to avoidable ankle sprains and the formation of blisters.

Off-Road

As the most difficult variation of running, off-road or terrain tracks are known for their steep inclines and declines as well as their sudden ability to change surface. This means that runners must invest in footwear with a grip in order to ensure that any lose gravel will not cause an injury. In addition to this, off-road trainers are often equipped with waterproof features as these runners are often accustomed to deep puddles and muddy patches and their shoes must be able to keep up.

Here at The Healthy Living and Fitness, we want our readers to, quite literally, hit the ground running when it comes to athletics and exercise. With this said, the correct footwear is essential as a lack of ankle support when navigating the terrain of an off-road track can lead to a serious injury. To find out more information, check out Laced’s range of online trainers or speak to a member of the team today!

The Health Benefits of Anthracite

Here at The Healthy Living and Fitness, we want our readers to recognise the importance of lung health and how bad habits like smoking can lead to serious problems later in life. With this said, the quality of our air continues to decline each year due to the industrial combustion of fuels like coal. In fact, the government recently announced its plan to ban the domestic use of traditional bituminous coal in 2022 in order to target growing concerns regarding climate change. Luckily, anthracite will remain available. Read on as we go over some of the health benefits of burning anthracite coal…

What is anthracite?

As the oldest variety of coal, anthracite is found deep within the earth and has a glossy black appearance. After all, the fossil fuel is created during a process known as coalification where dead vegetative matters from millions of years ago is subjected to intense heat and pressure over an extensive period of time. Anthracite is known for being hard and brittle because it has been under these conditions for 300-350 million years!

Naturally Smokeless

One of the most notable characteristics of anthracite is its high carbon content of around 98%. After all, the heat and pressure of coalification removes moisture from the fossil fuel and this explains why peat, the youngest form of coal, is incredibly moist in comparison to anthracite. As a result of this high-carbon content, anthracite produces little to no smoke when it is burned and is known as a ‘naturally smokeless’ fuel which makes it popular in Smoke Control Zones where bituminous coal is banned.

Low Volatile Materials

The high-carbon content of anthracite also means that is does not contain many volatile materials like sulphur. After all, the burning of bituminous coal is thought to contribute to global warming fears and the increase of acid rain because sulphur dioxide combines with the moisture in the air when it is released into the atmosphere. Luckily, anthracite is an eco-friendly and health conscious fuel for domestic applications. 

Although the future of domestic burning may be impacted by the governments plans to crack down on bituminous coal, anthracite is a popular alternative due to its naturally smokeless qualities and ability to improve our air-quality. To find out more information, get in contact with the best coal merchants on the market at Pearson Fuels today!

3 Misconceptions About Exercise

Here at The Healthy Living and Fitness, we know how difficult it can be to change habits that have become a part of an individual’s lifestyle. After all, statistics suggest that around 38% of adults want to lose weight. With this said, many people approach a diet the wrong way and presume that exercise is the miracle fix that they have been looking for. Read on as we go over three misconceptions that people tend to have about exercise…   

Is cardio better than lifting weights?

The majority of cardio machines like treadmills and cross trainers provide gym-goers with a way to physically track the number of calories they are burning during each work-out. The problem with this approach is that it can lead people into a false sense of security regarding their eating habits because they believe that they can ‘burn off the calories’ later. In fact, many cardio fanatics also shun weight training because it doesn’t provide such a feature, however lifting weights actually creates an ‘after burn’ effect which means that more calories are burned long after the individual has finished their workout.

Why is static stretching before a work-out ineffective?

It is incredibly common to carry out a pre-workout stretch and there are thought to be many benefits obtained from such a routine. With this said, static stretches like holding the ankle to the buttocks or crossings one’s arm across their chest can be counter-productive because they do not warm the muscles up and prepare them for a work-out. As a result, it is advised to perform dynamic stretches like jumping jacks, high kicks and mountain climbers instead.

How long should it take to lose weight?

One of the most problematic misconceptions about exercise is that it will provide instant weight-loss results when the act of losing fat is heavily reliant on a person’s diet rather than their workout schedule. In fact, it is recommended to aim for a loss of just 1-2lb a week depending on the starting weight of the individual because losing weight too quickly is not only unhealthy, it is also unrealistic.

When it comes to weight loss, it is important that people approach their routine with an open but realistic mindset. After all, it is impossible to out-train a bad diet. With this said, the correct footwear and equipment is a necessity in order to prevent injuries and help people get the most out of their workout. To find our more information, check out Laced’s range of online trainers today!

The Importance of Carbon Monoxide Detectors

There are many laws in place that make it a legal requirement to install a smoke alarm inside residential and commercial properties. With this said, statistics from a 2017 study found that around 46% of homeowners didn’t have a carbon monoxide alarm in place whilst 23% didn’t even know what they were. Since CO poisoning claims around 50 lives a year, the team here at The Healthy Living and Fitness have decided to go over three reasons why a detector is so important…

Can carbon monoxide be easily detected?

Many property owners are unaware the carbon monoxide is notoriously difficult to detect because it does not have a distinctive aroma, colour or taste. As a result, people without a detector in place will inhale small amounts of carbon monoxide for several weeks before the effects of carbon monoxide poisoning start to exhibit which is why it is important to invest in an alarm.

Why is carbon monoxide poisoning dangerous?

Carbon monoxide enters the blood stream when it is inhaled and this means that prolonged exposure to the gas can lead to a dangerous medical condition called carbon monoxide poisoning. This occurs when the oxygen in the blood is gradually replaced by carbon, preventing the body from obtaining the oxygen it needs to survive. Known as a silent killer, carbon monoxide poisoning is often mistaken for flue because the symptoms include headaches, weakness, dizziness, nausea and shortness of breath. Many homeowners find out they have high levels of CO inside their property after falling ill, however a detector can alert people to very small levels and ensure that the problem is dealt with before carbon monoxide poising manages to take hold.

How does a carbon monoxide detector work?

There are a variety of different types of carbon monoxide alarms available on the market that all work in different ways to alert homeowners to the presence of the dangerous gas. For example, biomimetic sensor systems have a gel that changes colour when carbon monoxide is absorbed which then triggers the alarm; metal oxide semiconductor systems have a silica chip circuitry that lowers the electrical resistance when carbon monoxide is detected, triggering the alarm; and electrochemical sensor systems are fitted with electrodes that are immersed in a chemical solution and sense electrical current changes caused by carbon monoxide to trigger the alarm.

As one of the most dangerous gases around due to its lack of taste, colour and smell, carbon monoxide is often created during the incomplete combustion of carbon-based fuels like coal, firewood and gas. As a result, the team at Pearson Fuels are urging homeowners to invest in a carbon monoxide detector. To find out more information about burning residential fuels safely, get in contact with the best coal merchants on the market today!

How to Stay Active and Motivated During Winter

As the evenings get darker and the temperatures gets colder, our motivation to exercise can dwindle quickly. After all, the summer sun has a lot of influence on our desire to get moving and that is why many people find it so difficult to remain active during the cold season. Here at The Healthy Living and Fitness, we believe that there are a few simple changes that can be made in order to ensure that winter doesn’t spoil months’ worth of progress. Read on to find out more…

Does exercising with a friend help people stay on track?

Working out solo can be counterproductive because many people find it difficult to motivate themselves. On the other hand, having another person rely on your presence at the gym, sports hall or local park can be encouraging and reduces the likelihood of a person repeatedly skipping their workouts. After all, accountability is a two-way street when it comes to exercising with a friend.

Can sleep deprivation affect an exercise routine?

In order to make the most out of a workout, it is important to get enough rest during the night. After all, sleep deprivation is a chronic state of sleepiness that occurs when people are in a constant ‘sleep-debt’ because they do not get the recommended number of hours of sleep per night. Since this condition can have adverse effects like irritability, weight gain and drowsiness, it can affect the quality of a workout considerably.   

Why is the right footwear so important?

When the weather changes during winter, it is important to be prepared for the how the ground will change too. After all, frost, ice and snow can make outdoor running very dangerous without the correct footwear and that is why it is vital that outdoor runners invest in a high-quality pair of trainers that offer the support and tread necessary to prevent injuries that may setback months’ worth of summer progress.

Here at The Healthy Living and Fitness, we want to encourage our readers to wake up earlier in order to fit in the activity that is necessary in order to lead a healthy lifestyle. After all, dark skies and a cold breeze should never be an excuse to hit the snooze button one too many times! To find the most supportive running footwear that will protect and perfect your sprinting style, check out Laced’s online trainers‘ collection today!

5 Vegetables You Shouldn’t Eat Raw

Although we spend our childhood trying to avoid vegetables at every opportunity, we often realise their importance in our diet by time we become adults. After all, they contain a variety of important and essential vitamins, minerals and nutrients that we need in order to survive. With this said, there are some vegetables that aren’t as beneficial, or tasty, when they are eaten raw. Read on as we go over the top five veggies that should always be cooked prior to eating…

Asparagus

Known for its cancer-fighting nutrients, asparagus is a stalky vegetable that isn’t dangerous when eaten raw but isn’t very pleasant. After all, it has a very rough texture due to the plant fibres that it is made from which means that cooking will make it easier to chew and digest. In fact, steaming or sautéing asparagus in olive oil and lemon juice can add a lot of exciting flavours.

Mushrooms

With their potassium-rich content, mushrooms can be safely eaten raw but the cooking process allows these nutrients to be absorbed by the body in higher quantities. After all, not consuming enough potassium can lead to a condition known as hypokalaemia. Interestingly, mushrooms are a versatile vegetable which means that they can be fried, roasted, sautéed or steamed.

Potatoes

There are some vegetables that can be eaten raw but are most beneficial when cooked; potatoes are dangerous when they are not cooked prior to consumption because they contain a lot of toxins that can harm the body. In addition to this, they are a starch-filled vegetable which is very difficult for the body to digest in such large quantities when uncooked and can lead to digestive upset. As a result, potatoes should always be boiled, baked or roasted.

Sprouts

Brussel sprouts are known as a cruciferous vegetable and this means that they contain some sugars that can be difficult to digest by the body in a raw state, causing gas, bloating and abdominal pain. As a result, it is advisable to cook sprouts before eating them because the sugars are adapted during the preparation process which makes them easier to digest.

Spinach

Many people are surprised to find out how much spinach shrinks during the cooking process. In fact, raw spinach contains oxalic acid and whilst it isn’t considered dangerous, it can interfere with the absorption of important nutrients like calcium and iron. Plus, the shrinkage of spinach when it is cooked means that more can be consumed in one sitting and increases the nutrients that are obtained.

Here at The Healthy Living and Fitness, we know how important a healthy diet is as vitamin deficiencies can arise when we do not consume a balanced diet. With this said, it is always advisable to cook certain vegetables before they are eaten because the preparation process allows the body to digest them much easier. To find out which vegetables can be safely eaten raw, get in contact with a member of the Healthy Living and Fitness team today!

The Difference Between Full Body Workouts and Bro Split Workouts

Hitting the gym can be hard enough without worrying about which workouts are popular. After all, the fitness fanatics and experienced athletes tend to understand the ins and outs of the industry in order to figure out which approach is the most effective for their requirements and goals. Interestingly, most gym goers tend to opt for a full body workout, which targets every muscle group in the body during each session, or a ‘bro split’ workout, which separates muscle groups into a routine that targets them separately and vigorously. Read on as the team here at The Healthy Living and Fitness go over some of the differences that separate them once and for all…

What are the pros and cons of full body workouts?

Carrying out a full body workout is the best way to ensure that an individual feels the full benefit of their exercise regime as every single muscle group is targeted simultaneously. As a result, missing a day here and there won’t be as worrisome. With this said, overtraining can have a negative effect on the body as lifting heavy weights multiple times a week can put a lot of strain on the muscles that are used, especially when they aren’t given enough time to repair.

Who should utilise a full body workout?

Since a full body workout can help athletes maximise their calorie burn and fat loss, it can be a very effective option for those who have a lot of excess weight to lose. After all, continuously moving is the number one way to trigger the body and convince it to utilise energy from the fat reserves as spot training individual muscles doesn’t produce results as quickly.

What are the pros and cons of bro split workouts?

The ‘bro split’ is the name given to a series of workouts that separate the muscle groups in the body and target them individually. This gives athletes more control over the development of their physique as it is easier to spot train specific muscles and shape them accordingly. In addition to this, the workouts are often tougher but more manageable because people find that they spend less time in the gym. With this said, the bro split is a muscle-based exercise regime which means that the overall calorie burning is much lower compared to full body workouts and skipping a day here and there can lead to muscle and strength imbalances, reducing the control that the individual has over their routine.

Who should utilise a bro split workout?

Since the bro split regime requires dedication and commitment in order to be effective, it is often utilised by bodybuilders and fitness models in order to tone their physique and increase their muscle size. As a result, it is recommended that only experienced lifters and athletes utilise this type of workout as the amount of time and experience that is required can be off-putting for a beginner that has never stepped foot in a gym before.

Here at The Healthy Living and Fitness, we believe that beginners should be well-informed before they make a decision about the type of workout that they are going to carry out. After all, bro-split workouts were popularised by bodybuilders but can be incredibly challenging for an individual with low confidence in a gym environment. To find out more information, get in contact with a member of The Healthy Living and Fitness team today and ask about our top tips for first-time gym goers!

The Scary Truth About Sugar

It seems like there is a new food related health scare in the news each day and this can make it difficult to know what we should and shouldn’t be eating. In fact, sugar is one the biggest problems that healthy eaters face, especially when it comes to processed food, because the majority of people tend to eat much more than the daily recommended amount of 38 grams for men and 25 grams for women. Read on as The Healthy Living and Fitness team go over the scary truth about sugar nobody wants to hear…

The Science of Sugar

There is no doubt that the human body needs sugar in order to function. After all, it makes up our DNA, powers our cells and even helps us store energy for use at a later date. In addition to this, plants will even make their own sugar through a process known as photosynthesis which shows that every living organism requires this molecule for survival.

How Many Different Types of Sugar Are There?

When people think of sugar, they tend to picture the type that goes into a hot drink and are surprised to discover that there are a lot of different types found in the foods we eat. For example, table sugar is known as sucrose and this comes from sugar cane, fructose is the sugar found in fruit and honey, galactose is the sugar found in milk and dairy, glucose is the sugar found in fruit and vegetables, lactose is the sugar found in milk and is made from glucose and galactose, maltose is the sugar found in barley and sucrose is made from glucose and fructose and can be found in plants.

How Sugar Affects Our Health

It is important to remember that there is a distinct difference between natural sugars, such as the fructose found in fruit, and added sugars, such as the sugar found in breakfast cereal, ready meals and even protein bars. This is because these are used by food manufactures in order to make our food taste better and last longer so that we are more likely to buy it again.  Unfortunately, too much added sugar in the diet can increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, raise blood pressure and even overload the liver in the same way that too much alcohol does. In addition to this, sugar is said to be as addictive as some class A drugs.

Here at The Healthy Living and Fitness, we believe that it is important to deal with our food related worries at face value. After all, it is impossible to cut out every single thing that the media claims to be dangerous or harmful. In fact, some forms of a sugar are actually good for the body and it is the processed sugar found in cereals and ready-meals that we should be avoiding which is why it is always better too cook a meal using fresh ingredients. To find out more information, get in contact with a member of the team today!