Chapped Lips?

Lots of factors can cause chapped lips – the air, sun, humidity, decrease in water content, and more. If you constantly have a problem with chapped lips, check out some of the following tips to make sure your lips are always smooth and refreshed.

1. Apply lip balm. Of course, this is the number one method to avoid chapped lips. However, many people still forget to constantly apply lip balm. You can also use petroleum jelly.

2. Drink a lot of water. This increases moisture in the tissues and prevents lip drying. As much as possible drink at least eight glasses of water a day.

3. Avoid caffeine. Caffeine is one of the fastest ways to dehydrate, so better cut down if you’re a caffeine addict or switch to low-caffeine or decaf options.

4. Eat foods with lots of vitamins and nutrients. Chapped lips can signal nutritional deficiency. So make sure you aren’t lacking in all the important vitamins like calcium and magnesium.

How do you prevent chapped lips?

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Did You Drink Your Milk Today?

As a child, I never liked milk. I would throw the glass of milk my mom prepares for me every morning in the sink (baaad, I know). But now that I’m 23, I feel like my bones are not as strong as I want them to be. Hence, I’m trying to incorporate drinking milk into my lifestyle. After all, milk is a complete food, packed with most of the essential vitamins and nutrients our body needs everyday. So it’s not just about bones and calcium.

Milk is great for overall health because it is one of the world’s most complete foods and there’s no other drink that is as nutrient-filled as milk. Of course, it is also the richest dietary source of calcium, that’s why all babies and kids are required to drink it. But that doesn’t mean adults should stop drinking milk. Everyday, it seems that more and more sicknesses are naturally occurring and we need all the nutrients we can get. Most especially, we need milk to stop osteoporosis from occurring when we get older.

Worried about getting fat when you drink milk? Fear not because there are many low-fat and even non-fat versions. Can’t stand the pure taste of milk? You’re not alone. When I found out that I still can’t stomach pure milk, I bought Anlene’s chocolate flavored milk that tastes a lot better. Good news is there is a lot of flavored milk as well in the market so take your pick.

Before you even start worrying of buying all sorts of vitamins and eating all sorts of food to fill up your deficiencies, maybe you just have to drink a glass of milk everyday, for starters.

Care to share your thoughts on milk? 🙂

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Oh My Yogurt

One of the simple, accessible, and healthy snacks I like to eat is yogurt. I love how I can indulge in something fruity and semi-sweet without being too scared of the calories. Of course, it also depends a lot on the brand and flavor of the yogurt. For me, I like strawberry and chocolate flavors in general. How about you? 🙂 Well, regardless of what type of yogurt we like, here’s a list of just a few of the benefits we can get from it.

1. Yogurt is a wonderful source of calcium because it can provide up to 40% of the daily calcium value we need. And we all know how good calcium is to our body. It not only keeps our bones and teeth strong, it also promotes overall strength and wellness for more years to come.

2. Yogurt helps boost our immune systems because of its friendly bacteria composition. Yogurt fights against bacterial infections and diseases like food poisoning. A healthy level of good bacteria is also great for digestive health.

3. Yogurt is a great alternative food to the lactose intolerant or simply to the non-milk drinkers, like me. I was born with a natural aversion to milk but I’ve always loved all the other dairy products like cheese and of course, yogurt.

4. Yogurt can be served in a lot of ways, so if you or your kid don’t really like yogurt in its solo state, you can incorporate it into other stuff so you can still avail of all the health benefits it can give. For instance, you can serve it with nuts or your favorite fruits like bananas, strawberries, raspberries, or peaches. You can also add a different flavor, like chocolate or mocha. You can also substitute it for high fat ingredients like heavy creams. You can even make it into delicious ice cream. There are a lot of easy to follow yogurt recipes on the net.

5. Yogurt doesn’t make you fat. Of course, there are sugarless and with-sugar versions of yogurt, so it’ll be good to check on the labels first or do your research before buying a particular brand. Nevertheless, yogurt in general contains much less sugar, calories and fats than the usual sweet snacks like ice cream or pastries. If you want to be absolutely strict about it, choose the sugarless and zero-fat versions.

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