Who Makes a Great Brand Ambassador?

September 22, 2018

This is a POST originally published on BrandChamp. I am republishing after I got the approval from Kyle.

Finding the perfect community of ambassadors to represent your brand can be a tedious process unless you know where to look and who to look for.

Anybody can be a brand ambassador. From customers to employees, ambassadors can be found for any company both internally and externally. But what makes a perfect ambassador? Is it how many followers they have on social media? What about the presence they garner in public? Are they willing to engage and establish relationships with potential buyers?

If you’re not sure where to start when recruiting ambassadors then keep reading to learn more about who makes a great ambassador and where to find them.


The first place to look when recruiting a community of ambassadors is internally at your brand. Look to your employees whether they’re new or senior. Any employee can be shaped and molded into a great brand ambassador. With their current knowledge of the brand’s products and services, employees are the perfect people to act as educators for potential buyers. An employee can also act as a spokesperson out of the workplace and provide a medium that people can seek advice from. Finally, employees have close followings on social media that usually consist of their friends, family members, and close acquaintances. A smaller engaged following is great for a brand because 92% of consumers turn to people they know for referrals above any other source.

Take the following into consideration.

  • According to the Edelman Trust Barometer study, employees rank higher in public trust than a firm’s PR department, CEO, or Founder.
  • GE started an employee ambassador program with a budget of $0 and trained the employees to tell GE’s story through their own experience. With the increase of online presence from employees, over $3 million worth of social media engagement was created.
  • 41% of people believe conversations with company employees to be the most credible specialist sources of information.
  • Brand messages are eight times more likely to be shared on social media when first distributed by employees than when distributed by the brand.


Of Course! Customers! First, look for the customers that have purchased from your store frequently over the past year. Avid customers make the best ambassadors because they’re the most inclined to produce content for your brand in exchange for the rewards and discounts you can offer them. At the end of the day, you want brand ambassadors that are truly excited about the opportunity to acquire products and discounts for promoting your brand to their followers. A loyal customer is always up to the challenge especially when it involves free and discounted swag from your brand!

If your company has a reward or loyalty program, reach out to the participants of your established programs to see if there are any interests there.

Consider these benefits for customer-centered ambassador programs


Micro-Influencers have a niche following and promote a certain subject (food, travel, sports, etc). They’re the people that your potential buyers look to for advice when considering your brand’s products. These influencers usually have 1,000 to 100,000 followers.

One example of some micro-influencers could be the members of a 4×4 offroading club for a 4×4 accessory store. Why? When potential buyers see the members and all their connections, they are provided with social proof that your brand is credible and used by other consumers.

Here are some stats on why Micro-Influencers are so important in today’s marketplace.

  • Influencers with less than 35K followers have the highest engagement rate (5.3%). As the number of followers increases to between 35K and 50K, the engagement drops by more than 50% to 2.5%. See the chart below.
  • 7 out of 10 Americans seek out the opinions of others before making a purchase. Of that group, 72% use their contacts on social media to find recommendations to buy goods and services.
  • Micro-influencers drive 22.2 times more weekly conversations than the average consumer


There you have it. 3 categories of people to seek out before or during the process of building an ambassador platform. Start internally then reach out to your brand’s avid customers and the micro influencers that are already covering your niche. By searching for these 3 groups of people, building an ambassador program will become less of an obstacle than expected.

Written by Kyle Kettner

Kyle is the Customer Success Manager at BrandChamp. He has lived and worked abroad the past 4 years in Southeast Aisa. Originally from Makakilo, Hawaii and a graduate of Northern Arizona University.


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10 Simple Workouts You Can Do At Home

September 22, 2018

Exercise is absolutely necessary for the fit body you’ve been meaning to build. But the idea of going to the gym every day and traveling back from it is quite off-putting. Besides, gyms can be quite expensive too for your budget, taking a toll on your time and money at the same time. But is gym the only way you can ensure a fit body?

Absolutely not! Exercises for weight loss, building muscles and even increasing stamina can all be done from home, and without any equipment too. These are quite simple and can help immensely to keep your fitness going strong. On an added bonus, these can also be done in 10-30 minutes, starting small and slowly building up as you grow stronger.

Check out these 10 simple exercises that are super easy to do regularly at home without any equipment, yet can do wonders to your fitness regime:


  1. Bodyweight Squat

Spreading your legs slightly more than the width of your shoulders, try to stand as tall as possible. The arms will be held straight out in front, keeping them at shoulder level, keeping them parallel to the floor. Keeping the lower back slightly arched, the rest of the torso has to be kept straight throughout the entire workout. Bracing the abs, pushing the hips backwards and bending the knees, lower your body as much as possible. Take a pause, and then slowly push yourself up to the initial position. Repeat 15-20 times. It is highly effective in strengthening the legs, toning the muscles of the thighs and hip, and increasing strength in the lower back region.


  1. Incline Pushup

Take up the position of a regular push up, just keeping your hands on a position that is raised, for example, a bench, a raised step of the stairs, etc. From your ankles to your head, keep the body straight. The body should be kept rigid, and then lowered until the arms cross the level of the elbows. Take a pause. Quickly raise yourself up to the initial position. Repeat 12-15 times. It builds muscles in the arms and chest. It is also a great exercise to strengthen your legs.


  1. Side Plank

Keeping your knees straight, lie down on your right side. Keeping the right elbow and right forearm directly below your right shoulder, prop you upper body up. The left hand should be on the left hip. Keep your stomach tight, and hold it like that, breathing normally. Lowly raise your hips into a position so that your body remains in a straight line from your shoulders to your ankles. Hold it for 30 seconds and then repeat on your other side. The side plank is really helpful in strengthening the torso and the chest.


  1. Hip Raise

Keeping the knees bent and feet flat, lie down on your back. The arms should be kept at your sides, the palms facing up, creating a 45-degree angle. Keep your stomach tight, and hold it that way, keeping breathing normal. Squeeze the muscles of your hip and raise your hip upwards so that your body remains in a straight line from shoulder to knee. Keeping the hip muscles squeezed the entire time, hold the position for 55 seconds. Lower your body and assume the initial position. Repeat 10 times. The hip raise is particularly effective for toning hip muscles and strengthening the torso.


  1. Wall Push-up

Place your hands on a wall, keeping them apart shoulder-width. Keep your feet slightly apart, legs straight and abs engaged. Balancing on your toes, raise your heels and lean forwards, keeping most of your weight on your arms. Breathe in while bending your elbows and keep your body in a straight line from head to toe. Exhale while to come back to the initial position. Repeat 15-20 times. The wall push-up strengthens and tones the core, chest, triceps and shoulders.


  1. Reverse Fly

Holding equal weights in both hands, stand with one foot placed in front of the other. Keep the front knee bent and keep your back straight. Keep your arms under your shoulders, extended and palms facing each other. From your waist, slightly bend forward. Exhale, keeping your elbows slightly bent, and pulling your arms to the side to the level of your shoulders, and squeezing the shoulder blades together. Inhale as your assume your initial position. Repeat 10-15 times. The reverse fly tones the shoulders and the mid and upper back.


  1. Chair Dips

Take a strong chair and sit on its edge. Keep your hands right next to your hips. Sliding your hip off the edge, keep your elbows bent at 90 degrees. The back should be close to the chair. Assume the initial position. Repeat 10-12 times. This will strengthen your arms and legs.


  1. Step Ups

Go near the stairs or take a strong chair. Place your right foot on the stair, then step up with your left foot. Step down with your left foot and do the same with your right. Keep your chest lifted the entire time, and repeat with the other side. Try 12 more times. Keep weights in both hands as your strength builds up, increasing the speed with time.


  1. Butterfly abs

Lie down on the floor on your back, placing the soles of your feet together and keeping the knees apart in a relaxed position. Keep your hands under your head with the elbows spread. Holding the muscles of the abs tight, lift up your shoulders and chest. Go back to the initial position. Repeat 10-12 times. This will strengthen your core and back.


  1. Oblique Crunches

Lie down on the floor with your back. Keep your knees bent. Over the right knee, place your left ankle in a crossed position. Place your right hand under your head, and then gently raise your right shoulder bent towards your left knee. Repeat this exercise 10-12 times.  Switch sides and repeat 10-12 times more. This exercise is really helpful for your arms, legs, and shoulders and lower back.

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How and Why Drug Addiction Happens

April 25, 2018

Most people have a difficult time understanding addiction—this is a disease of the brain that quickly becomes chronic and is notoriously difficult to treat. From someone on the outside looking in, addiction can appear to be an issue of self-control or simply a byproduct of personal weakness. Unfortunately, drug addiction is a lot more complicated than it appears.

In reality, addiction is an internal motivation driven by a chemical reaction and often fueled by psychological issues. People can be predisposed to addiction—genetics do play a part. When someone is exposed to the perfect storm of factors, they find themselves struggling with something that carries a stigma and shame that’s associated with few other diseases.

What is Addiction?

The definition provided by the American Psychiatric Association states,

“Addiction is a complex condition, a brain disease that is manifested by compulsive substance use despite harmful consequence. People with addiction (severe substance use disorder) have an intense focus on using a certain substance(s), such as alcohol or drugs, to the point that it takes over their life.”

This definition only scratches the surface of what addiction really means. Addiction is a chronic disease, and it infiltrates every aspect of a person’s life. It becomes the only thing that they think about, and it drives almost every action throughout their day.

This happens when a person becomes physically and psychologically addicted to a substance. Chemical dependency occurs when the brain begins to replace some of its naturally occurring chemicals with those simulated by the drug.

The brain will eventually become completely dependent on the drug to create any sense of balance. As soon as levels of the substance start to fall within a person’s system, they can expect to experience uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms.

When someone becomes psychologically dependent on drugs, they use them to regulate their emotions and to control traumatic events in their lives. They start to become completely dependent on different substances to regulate the way that they’re living.

For someone who’s suffering from a severe active addiction, the first thing they think about when they open their eyes in the morning is their drug of choice. The last thing that they think about before they lay down each night is their next high.

Exploring Drugs and Alcohol

Not every person who tries drugs or alcohol will become addicted. Addiction is based on a combination of different genetic and psychological factors. If these things aren’t present, then the chemical reaction in their brain won’t stimulate a lasting relationship with drugs and alcohol.

There are plenty of people who can go out and drink on occasion without suffering from constant cravings; alcohol doesn’t take over their lives, and they don’t eventually turn to other drugs. There are also people who may try recreational or illicit drugs once or twice just to see what they feel like without any real consequence.

Taking any type of illegal substance is a risk factor because it requires the person to suspend their respect for the legal system. This blatant disregard is a symptom of addiction in and of itself. Although, it isn’t necessarily the precursor to full-blown chemical dependency.

For generations, the use of drugs and alcohol has almost been a rite of passage for certain socioeconomic groups. We’ve all seen videos of fraternities that involve heavy drinking and moderate drug use. This type of behavior has become normalized on several levels, making it all the more dangerous.

Some people may try drugs and alcohol as a result of a traumatic event or peer pressure.

Physical Motivation

It’s hard to pin down exactly why people become addicted to drugs. The physical motivation can come in a number of different forms. This is generally a chemical dependency, but addiction can be fueled by a need to self-medicate.

Addicted people may complain of pain that’s not associated with withdrawals and seek out illicit substances instead of a medical professional. The primary physical motivation stems from the chemical dependency and the unpleasant withdrawal symptoms that can occur.

Many illicit drugs mimic the natural “feel-good” chemicals that are produced by our brains—these are the chemicals that fight stress, induce relaxation, and stop the pain. When we take drugs, we create a rush of these chemicals and block the receptors that would normally reabsorb them.

This results in a surplus of these types of chemicals that cause euphoria and the good feelings we associate with illegal drug use.

A part of addiction is tolerance—your body becomes accustomed to certain levels of these chemicals and becomes totally dependent on the drugs to introduce them.

When drug levels start to fall in the body, the brain can’t compensate for the lack of chemicals. This results in the brain sending distress signals out to the rest of the body. These distress signals come in the form of withdrawals.

Withdrawals are made up of symptoms like chills, fevers, nausea, insomnia, body aches, seizures, and a myriad of other unpleasant side effects. Many will continue using just to stave off these withdrawal symptoms.

Some people start off by taking a regulated prescription for acute or chronic pain and end up becoming physically addicted to these drugs. The physical motivation is what drives their addiction, and it slowly takes over their lives. Prescription drug abuse has become another severe problem over the last few decades.

Psychological Motivation

Drug use can also directly stem from psychological trauma or other social factors. If you’re living in a home with parents or siblings who regularly and openly use drugs, it’s going to lower your moral expectations of substance abuse.

Many people start their drug addiction using because it’s what they’ve become accustomed to throughout their lives. It can also be another way to self-medicate for mental illness or for trauma victims suffering from something they don’t understand.

Some people who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) will turn to drugs as a way to numb the psychological pain, and to help them sleep through difficult times.

It can have an impact on a person’s ability to control their emotions, certain memories, and to respond in certain situations. There are also times when people have had traumatic events in their childhood that they simply don’t know how to overcome. This can lead to adult anxiety—which is another psychological motivation for the use of drugs and alcohol.

If someone has extreme social anxiety, they may turn to drugs or alcohol to make themselves feel more outgoing and comfortable in the situations. They may also try to use drugs to stave off panic attacks or to help them sleep when they become overly anxious.

Unfortunately, a psychological addiction often gives way to a physical one. It’s always best to speak with a licensed psychiatrist if you’re experiencing any type of psychological symptom that may lead to drug use.

Separating the Person from the Addiction

Addiction can be heartbreaking for the family and friends of the person suffering from the disease. They often feel like they’ve lost the addict to their drug of choice, and they have a difficult time seeing light at the end of the tunnel.

A person who’s suffering from addiction may adopt a completely different personality. It’s important to remember that this isn’t who they are. It’s a combination of physical and psychological symptoms that have led them to prioritize their drug use above everything else.

The person and their addiction are two separate entities. The addiction often motivates them to behave in certain ways that they otherwise wouldn’t.

Accountability is very important, but so is an understanding of addiction as an actual disease.

Choosing Help

Whether it’s via an intervention or a personally traumatic event, many suffering from addiction will eventually choose to seek help. This is a monumental turning point for those suffering from addiction. It means that they’ve acknowledged that they have a problem and that they don’t have control over their use of drugs and alcohol.

Recovery is possible. It’s important that everyone that was impacted by the addiction seek out their own individual therapy and personal salvation.

Diet Fitness Food Lose Weight

Best Healthy Diet Plan For A Fit Body

April 19, 2018

Do you desperately need to take care of your fitness programs but are awfully averse to working out? No worries, because we’ve got the perfect diet plan for you that’ll help you get a fit body in just 12 weeks!


Weight Reduction or Stamina Building?

What is it that you exactly want from your fitness diet? Most of you will probably say that you need to lose those extra pounds and get in shape. But very few know that weight loss, muscle building, stamina building- every component of the overall fit body are very much interrelated and in most cases, one automatically results in the other.

The key to any sort of fitness diet is focusing on proteins. Take a look at your daily meal. What are you having a normal day? List out the items you are having and see how much carbohydrates you are consuming daily. Is it at least fifty percent of your total food consumption every day? That’s probably the root of your problems. Too much carb not only ruins your fitness but also makes you hungry faster, whereas food rich in protein makes you less hungry and thus reduces your overall intake of food.


Basic Tips for the Next 12 Weeks!

Over the next 12 weeks, doing the following will complement your diet, and ease the process.

  1. Drink 8-10 glasses of water every day. If you absolutely hate drinking plain water, go for fresh fruit juice or smoothie. Make sure it doesn’t contain any extra sugar!
  2. Use stevia or xylitol to sweeten if you really need to. Do not touch the sugar pot.
  3. Drink 3-4 cups of green tea or black coffee since these are good for boosting your metabolism. Drink decaffeinated ones if the caffeine bothers you.
  4. Your focus will be on cramming your plate up with protein and veggies. Protein is the most fulfilling component you’ll find!
  5. Low carbs and low fat together can be a destructive duo. So while you focus on low carbs, make sure you get some healthy fats like oily fish or vegetable fat.
  6. Try to do some light workouts three times a week. Sometimes due to low consumption of food, our metabolism slows down and exercising can help boost that rate up. Just go for a walk, or swim, or just do some light weight lifting at home.
  7. Snack only if you need to. Skip it if you are not hungry.


The Diet Plan

Choose one set every meal from the given options. It’s important not to have the same thing every day. If you don’t hit your target by 12 weeks, you can continue the regime for longer till you are satisfied.

You might need to stick to both the snacks in the first week, but on the second week, try to avoid at least one snack. Your third and fourth weeks better be snack less.





Set 1

Half a cup of muesli in half a cup low-fat milk

Set 2

Wholegrain toast with cheese and tomato toppings, and an apple

Set 3

Veggies and two eggs

Set 4

Protein shake with three Brazil nuts, one scoop vanilla protein powder, two or three pieces of pineapple, 250 ml almond milk

Set 5

Greek yogurt with one cup berries and half a cup of seeds


Snack 1 (Optional)


Set 1

One cup of mixed berries

Set 2

One cup of low-fat yogurt

Set 3

One cup of fruit

Set 4

Two pieces of dark chocolate with half a cup of blueberries

Set 5

Half a grapefruit and an egg






Set 1

Chicken salad (100 g grilled chicken breast, peas, and tomatoes with olive oil dressing)

Set 2

Tuna Sandwich (100g Tuna, tomatoes, lettuce and two slices of rye bread)

Set 3

Turkey Wrap (100g Turkey breast and cranberry sauce in wholegrain pita wrap)

Set 4

Beans (200g mixed beans, chopped tomatoes, chopped garlic, chopped onion, all simmered, and served with steamed veggies)

Set 5

Smoked Mackerel (Mackerel cooked and smoked with a side of veggies in olive oil)


Snack 2 (Optional)


Set 1

A glass of low-fat protein shake

Set 2

A cup of nuts of your choice

Set 3

Pieces of veggies in low-fat hummus

Set 4

Half a cup of strawberries and half a cup of carrots

Set 5

Two tablespoon cottage cheese with celery sticks






Set 1

Lamb (100g lamb racks oven-baked, served with one cup vegetables and mustard)

Set 2

Roast Beef (100g beef roasted, steamed vegetables and half a cup of pumpkin)

Set 3

Salmon (100g grilled salmon in garlic, honey and soy sauce with vegetables)

Set 4

Roast Chicken (100g roast chicken breast, sweet potato wedges fried in olive oil and a serving of vegetables)

Set 5

Tofu (150g tofu stir-fried, with ginger and garlic and a side of steamed vegetables)


Safety Protocol

  1. Do not miss a single meal! Since you are already taking less calorie than usual, skipping meals can result in dizziness, weakness and even gastrointestinal problems.
  2. Avoid alcoholic drinks during this time, since you’ll intake extra calories through them.
  3. Avoid all sorts of store-bought drinks like fizzy drinks, chocolate milk, and juice with sugar and preservatives.
  4. The beginning will be the hardest, so try your best to endure. A lot of the times, our brain mistakes our thirst for hunger, resulting in a lot of snacking. Take two sips of water and see if the hunger lessens.
  5. Have realistic expectations. Attaining total fitness may take years. It’s a way of living that with habit and regularity, slowly shapes up your body. Therefore, you cannot expect a drastic change overnight, nor should you despair when you don’t get it. Patience and regularity are components that you’ll need a lot!
  6. If you face difficulties in doing your day-to-day work, stop the diet plan immediately.
  7. If you have conditions like diabetes, blood pressure, or if you are pregnant or a lactating mother, do consult your doctor before you take up any diet plans.

Now that you are fully equipped with the knowledge to fight the battle and win that damn war, we wish you all the best. May the Force be with you!

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Anti-Aging Secrets

January 14, 2018

We all age with time, and there is no stopping it. But celebrities like Cindy Crawford and Meryl Streep have taught us one thing- that no matter what, aging can always be slowed down, and sometimes at an unbelievable rate!

Although when we step up for our quest of slowing down the inevitable, we most overburden our desperate minds with the various brands of anti-aging creams, lotions and leave-off mask, studies and real experiences show that the anti-aging process actually starts with the very basics, like our diet, physical activities and sleep. And while anti-aging creams may show visible difference within a short time, most of them come with their own range of side-effects, and complete dependence on these creams would probably not be counted on in the long run.

So, here’s a list of the 10 best, yet easily achievable ways that could be our greatest secrets to slowing the aging process down!


  1. Antioxidants, antioxidants!


No matter what anybody tells you, taking care of yourself always starts with a proper and well-maintained diet. Don’t be taken aback yet, because maintain a well-balanced diet doesn’t really have to be that accurate. Antioxidants help our skin fight the aging, and it can be found in plenty in Vitamins B, C and E. Fish and poultry are great sources of Vitamins B6 and B12, and vegetarians can rely solely upon chickpeas, one cup of which can meet 55% of one’s daily requirement! Wheat germ oil, sunflower seeds and almonds are great sources of Vitamin E. And citrus fruits like lemons and oranges are the easiest sources of your daily Vitamin C.


So, for your next meal, load your plate up with these amazing vitamins!


  1. Grab your Proteins


Proteins are great not only for your skin, but also if you are looking for some genuine weight-loss. A women should get at least 46 grams of protein each day.

“Proteins helps in construction of body mass and maintaining it, which is something we lose as we age,” says Keri Gans, RD, a nutrient consultant based in New York City. Protein also helps strengthen hair strands.


  1. Cut back on sugar and salt


Sugar, although a great carbohydrate, and thus a great source of energy, can be responsible for diabetes, obesity, heart diseases, and worse looking skin. In a study conducted in 2010, researchers came across the fact that sugar was largely linked to production of advanced glycation end products which are responsible for aging.

But if you have a sweet tooth, don’t worry, doctors say consuming a limited amount of sugar won’t do much harm!


Foods high in sodium make our body retain water, making our body feel bloated and heavy, giving our faces a puffier appearance, especially under the eyes. Instead of suddenly giving up salt, it can be reduced slowly, adding more flavors with pepper, herbs and lemon instead.


  1. Drink lots of water


Yes, it’s probably the oldest rule in the book, but not drinking enough water will take a toll on your skin. If you really can’t make yourself do it, try eating fruits, vegetables and natural fruit juices to give your body the amount of water it needs.


  1. Quit smoking and go easy with booze


If you haven’t had a reason good enough to quit smoking yet, trust me, this is it. Quit now. Besides giving you lung cancer and heart diseases, smoking can largely damage your looks. Smoking can cause premature aging, wrinkles, stained teeth, and even increased psoriasis risk. Dermatologist David Stoll says, “Smoking increases wrinkles due to facial motion, and it also has a vasoconstricting effect, which means it chokes off blood vessel circulation.”


And alcohol dehydrates the body, and dehydrated skin can look more dry, sallow and dull. White wine is also responsible for long-lasting stains in the teeth and damaged enamel.


  1. Manage Your Stress


Stress and depression not only ruin your mental health, but also can be devastating for your skin, as Dr. Lamb clearly mentions, “Aging effects are a direct result of stress and stress-related hormones.”


In 2013, a study in Denmark showed that stress attacks people at a cellular level, making the cells age faster. So stress shouldn’t be taken lightly. So, take a vacation, start yoga classes or learn how to meditate, and take care of that stress problem!


  1. Get Enough Sleep


As the 71-year-old celebrity Helen Mirren swears, “I try to sleep as much as possible. It’s very important” as her anti-aging secret, sleeping is more important than you think! Our tissues are built and damages repaired when we sleep. An average adult needs about 8 hours of sleep, and without it our internal affairs are affected. Besides, a good night’s sleep alone can help you fight stress and anxiety. So if you are getting too less, it’s time you started making up for it!


  1. Make working out a habit


Although our city life and daily chores, makes us want to just sit in front of the TV at the end of the day, find some time to work out a few times every week. Not only does working out help reduce weight and protect us from cardiovascular diseases, working out can also make us look younger than our age. Besides, the sweat after work outs help clear out dirt from the pores and deep cleanses our skin!


  1. Cleanse, Exfoliate and Moisturize!


While all the aforementioned tips will help your skin from the inside, your skin would still need some help from the outside. Cleansing properly with a mild face wash or cleanser is very important, especially before going to sleep. So is moisturizing properly every day. And to keep the glow alive, the skin should be exfoliated every now and then, in soft motions, since over-exfoliating could damage the skin! But always remember to use products that are made for your particular skin type!


  1. Bathe in the morning Sun, avoid the rest!


The soft sun in the morning is quite good for the skin since a major portion of the daily Vitamin D is obtainable from sunbathing. But for the rest of the day, stay away from sun since sun damages skin at all levels. Don’t forget your sunscreen and use an umbrella if necessary!

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10 Natural Foods That Help You Fight Cancer

November 26, 2017

Cancer affects millions of people each year. Considered one of the major health issues, The United States alone registers around 1 million cancer patients each year. The abnormal behavior of cells resulting in cancer, tumors, and metastasis has given rise to a record number of deaths per year.

Although the general frustration regarding the lack of a trustworthy and easier cure of this wide-spread hazard is huge, researchers have made significant progress on ways of ensuring that you don’t have this disease in the first place. As the old saying goes, “Protection before Cure”, we can easily fight can by protecting ourselves with simple foods that are available at the local grocery store. Some of these items are already in our daily menu, and just adjusting the number of intakes can give us a much-needed protection without an added hassle!

So, next time you are at the grocery store, pick up some of these items which could actively protect you and your family from the risk of cancer:

1. Green Leafy Vegetables

Exceptionally rich in vitamins, mineral, enzymes, and antioxidants, green leafy veggies are quite low in calories, salts, fats and other toxic elements. All leafy green veggies like spinach, kale, collard greens, romaine, arugula, etc. are known to combat cancer. They also have antibacterial and antiviral properties, protecting the body from inflammation.

2. Cruciferous Vegetables

Broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, etc. fall into this category and are powerful foods to fight cancer. They contain Vitamin C and master antioxidants that help fight cancer to a huge degree.

Broccoli contains the highest amount of sulforaphane, which is a component known to boost the protective enzymes present in the human body, which in turn expels toxic elements that can cause cancer. Very recently, a study at Michigan University found out that sulforaphane successfully targets the stem cells of cancer, which usually are responsible for the growth of the tumor.

Research suggested that there is no limit to the amount of broccoli you should consume and so more the amount, better the protection. So, starting from flavored broccoli salads to a broccoli-topped pizza, consume broccoli all you can!

3. Tomatoes

This everyday juicy fruit contains a high amount of lycopene, which is a carotenoid responsible for the red color in tomatoes. In a recent study, lycopene had stopped the endometrial cancer growth. Endometrial cancer alone is responsible for about 8,000 deaths every year.

Research says that cooked tomatoes are even better than uncooked ones since the process of heating allows the lycopene to be more absorbable by our bodies. Tomatoes are especially beneficial for preventing lung, prostate and stomach cancer. Experts say that having tomatoes around 7-10 times per week can reduce the possibility of prostate cancer by about 40%.

4. Berries


All sorts of berries contain phytonutrients that fight cancer, especially black raspberry which is packed with anthocyanins. Anthocyanins can considerably slow down growth in premalignant cells and prevents the formation of new blood vessels, says Dr. Gary D. Stoner of Ohio State University College of Medicine. Half a cup of berry every day can do the trick, especially when there is a high risk of esophageal, oral and skin cancer.

5. Beans

A Michigan State University research showed that black and navy beans significantly reduced the risk of colon cancers in lab rats. The fatty acid butyrate present in these legumes has the cancer-protective capacity and just half a cup a few times a week is enough. Dried beans are especially effective against breast cancer.

6. Garlic

Highly regarded from old times for its healing properties, garlic protects nitrosamines which are carcinogens formed in the stomach and intestines when nitrates are consumed. Nitrates are commonly used as food preservatives and pose much threat to our health. An Iowa Women’s Health Study found out that garlic can reduce the risk of colon cancers by up to 50%.

If you are repulsed by the strong smell of garlic, just chop a small clove and put it in the sauce, stew or soup you are making!

7. Walnuts

Walnuts contain phytosterols, which are basically cholesterol-like molecules mostly available in plants. According to Elaine Hardman, Ph.D., from the Marshall University School of Medicine in Huntington, West Virginia, the phytosterols from walnuts has been found to block estrogen receptors which are present in breast cancer cells, and subsequently, slowing down cancer cell growth. Walnuts also fight against prostate cancer. An ounce a day of walnuts is enough to protect you from these cancers.

8. Organic Meats

Many specialists recommend organic meat, as well as chicken and beef liver, to fight against cancer. Extremely high in vitamin B12, organic meat is one of the densest food rich in nutrients. The minerals present can also help a cleaner liver and boost the natural capacity of the body to expel toxins. The selenium, zinc and Vitamin B can also act as the detox for the blood and intestines, help production of bile, and create balance in the hormones, reducing the risk of infections.

9. Orange Fruits and Veggies

Fruits and vegetables with bright pigmentations, like citrus fruits, pumpkins, sweet potatoes, squash, etc. are usually packed with carotenoid antioxidants. Carotenoids are basically derivatives of Vitamin A, which are easily available in these fruits and vegetables. The beta-carotene alone is a very effective component that helps to boost the immunity of the body, fighting cancer in skin, eyes and other organs, as well as, detoxifying the body. Besides, lutein and zeaxanthin prevent many disorders of the skin and eyes, creating a strong filter against harmful blue wavelengths of high energy.

The doctors suggest to ‘eat the rainbow’, meaning, loading up your plate with foods of different colors!

10. Mushrooms

A number of research conveyed on the properties of mushrooms provide evidence that ‘medicinal’ mushrooms, for example, the varieties of cordyceps, maitake and shiitake mushrooms, help the immunity of the body and actively protects the body from cancer.

If the medicinal varieties are not readily available, even button mushrooms contain components that vigorously fight cancer.

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Healthy Checklist for a Healthy Person

October 23, 2017

A healthy life is a dream for all of us. And people think that they do not have that intention to live their life healthily. People now lead a very busy life. They do not have any time to care for them. And they do not get that chance to take care of them. That’s why, now they face the problem of obesity, type two diabetes, lunch problem, and many other health problems. That’s the reason, they find the healthier life to be a dream catcher life. This perception is for busy people. And some people think that a healthier life is for the person who does yoga or does exercise, and the healthy freak people. But they all should come out from the barrier that, all the health conscious people needs to be healthy. To live a long time, you need to lead a healthy life.

So, today we will learn some healthier tips, that would make our life a healthier one, as well as, it will make us a balanced way to live our life healthily.

1-Early to rise makes a man healthy

There is a saying that,

Early to bed and early to rise

makes a man healthy,  wealthy and wise.

So to be that wise and healthy person,  you need to wake up early in the morning and sleep early at night. A healthier person never delays in taking his nap properly. He tries to sleep at least 8 hours per day. And a healthier life chart says us to take a nap of total 8 hours daily. So we should practice to sleep early at night, and tries to wake up early. If we do so, our days will seem long, as well as, we will get the positive vibes to work freshly every day. If we take our sleep late at night and wakes up early, it will make our mind unmindful, as well as we can’t work properly because of lack of sleep. So it’s  for us to take the proper amount of sleep, to get a healthier life.

2-Lukewarm water

Your morning should be started with a glass of lukewarm water. This water will make you healthy from inside. As we came to know, water is called another name of life. So, water will be needed for us from the very time of our life. And a lukewarm water will break the fat level of the body. And if we maintain this system of taking warm water, it will keep us healthy from inside. And will give us the enthusiasm to work better and harder for the rest of the time.

3-Honey will work better

Honey seems to a medicine from a long time. People used to use this medicine, for various purposes. And a healthy life needs the scent of honey every day. Sugar is an external sweetener for us. People became the victim of obesity because of this sweetener. And we can’t see this dangerous weapon, that is finishing our life. So, we need to find some natural way for the sweetener. And honey works best here. It gives us the sweetest taste that we always wanted. So the natural way keeps us separated from extra sweetness, that is causing harm to us. So honey leads us to a healthier life.

4-An Apple keeps a doctor away

It’s actually a says, but works the best of them all. Not like other says, it shows it’s true color. That is, it works best for them all. An apple contains vitamin, mineral as well as water level. An apple contains so many healthy things in itself that it’s called to be a complete food. So, only this compliment makes us feel a positive vibe about this fruit. So we need to take an apple daily to get a life which is healthy.

5-Fruits are your best friend

Only various types of fruits can give you a healthy life. Yes, you are hearing me right. Fruits are the main source of vitamins, minerals, acids, fats, sweeteners, and so on.Various kinds of fruits contain various types of vitamins. Every type of fruits gives us different kinds of vitamins. It gives us a healthier check on health also. So, we need to take different kinds of fruits. And obviously, one fruit daily. So that, this routine will keep a balance in our body. So, we can see that fruits are the main door to get a healthier life.

7-Exercise is a must

You need to take exercise regularly. This will make your body work properly. Because the limbs of our body feel dizzy or work less due to continuous work. Or perhaps, not for working at all. So you need to take a walk regularly at least for 45 minutes per day. Because due to a walk, all our limbs will start working together. And it makes the limbs to work properly. Sometimes you may feel that your limbs are jammed between each other. They are not working at all. So this regular walk will make them move. And the joints of our body will start working. So you need to do a walk regularly, because of this situation. And yes, this is also a staircase for a healthy life.

8- Use stairs instead of lift

Yes, you will say now that, you are exhausted after a long-scheduled work. But my friend, if you want to live a more time in this beautiful world, then you obviously need to make your bodywork.

If you think that, you will hold a can of Pepsi, and a burger in another hand and this two things will make your life easier, then you are living in a wrong perception. Yes, this food will make you lazy, as well as worthless than a drum, who is all empty. So, I’m not your enemy for food, I’m just trying to say is, walk down to your stairs. This habit will make you live longer, probably 2 years more, in this world.

9-Think of the green vegs

Probably you will not find this point much friendly. Yes, I know, you don’t want to have vegetables. But if you want a healthy life, you need to take green vegs daily. And I repeat, daily. This vegetable will remove the bad cholesterol from your body. The bad cholesterols that are living in your body, due to junk foods, that will all disappear in front of vegetables. So your health needs the punch of green as well as colorful vegetables in your body and health.

10-Green leafy vegetables and seeds

Seeds are such that, they contain the mostly good things than all other foods. They work better than the food supplement also. The seeds itself, call them a complete vegetable itself. And the green leafy vegetables contain the most pungent taste, as well as the most healthy nutrition in.itself. Green leaves contain Vitamin A. Which is the most needed vitamin among all. So you need to have green leafy vegetables for your body itself.

11- Nuts are your friend

Nuts like almonds, peanuts, are the most known in the nut world. Almond is widely known for its taste, as well as it’s nutrition. People use Almonds for sharper brains. And it’s oil for stronger hair. Peanuts are the source of strength. It’s been said that taking 15-20 nuts regularly will keep you aloof from skin problems. Skins are our part and parcel of our body. And a healthier life’s shadow is displayed through his /her skin. So you need to take nuts regularly.

10-Green tea and black coffee

Sounds tasteless, no? But trust me, if you are health conscious you need to take one cup daily. And trust me, all your health problems will vanish. Green tea works best for cholesterol control. It has an element in.itself that will fight against all your health problem. This green tea is good for caught and cold. If you take a cup of green tea with ginger, your caugh will vanish quickly. And black coffee works for fat cutting scissor. If you are not trusting me, then take a cup regularly for 1 week. You will feel the change in your own self. It works faster than any other medicine. So try this habit of taking green tea or black coffee.

11-Tea without sugar and milk

Many of us are addicted to tea. It’s for our evening snack. But a cup of tea with milk and sugar is not good for our health. So you need to take tea, without sugar and milk. If it’s not possible, then try to take once in a week. This practice will lead you to the goal of a healthy life.

12-Ditch the salt

High blood pressure is the salt only. It may cause you hypertension. not only that, it will give you extra body fat. So use cutting down your salt from your food. If you can’t do this instead, then try to take a meal daily. And if this is also not possible, then try to do this once in a week. Certainly, you will feel that you are feeling much lighter than earlier. Thank me later.

13-Add spice and herbs to your life

You may add herbs and various types of spices to your food. And try to make your meal at home. Instead of extra sauce to your food, you can add cinnamon, cardamon to your food. Or you can add black pepper, without adding extra spice sauce to your food. This sauce will lead you to the destruction of your body. Use ginger for the spicy flavor to your food. And the other spices such as paprika, oregano, thyme, basil for the herbal taste to your food. The most famous Asian spice, known as garam masala, will give your taste bite a twist to food. So why to worry, just go and bring all those magical spices to your home.

14-Cook your meal by yourself

This is one of the most important tips for a healthy life. If you try to cook your meal by yourself, you may get the touch of food. And could keep you aloof from the junk food. Sometimes you may feel that those foods are the heavenly ones. And try not to cook for you. It’s like an excuse for cooking at home. So you need to leave this excuse, for your healthy life. So try to cook at home, this practice could make you a great chef.

15-Do not over seat

It is the most deadly weapon that is finishing us day by day. Yes, it’s killing us. And it is obviously not good for our health. As we became busy, and don’t have time to do the activity work with our work life, so it’s been a burden for us that sitting work. You need to stretch your body at least once in a day. Because stretching helps you for better digestion. So see? this exercise works for your healthy body.

16-Go out for a walk

Don’t you feel bored staying at your home all day? or an office? Please try to go out for a walk with your oneself, or your puppy. Just don’t sit at home. That’s the only remedy for your mind and health. Your mind will remain fresh due to fresh air, or talk and meeting new people around. Your mind also needs some refreshment for such hectic lives. And your mind needs fresh talking rather than social media. So try to step out of your house, to meet people rather than virtual life to real life. This works as a herbal.medicine for your mental health.

17-Yoga will show you path

It is the complete solution for your health and mind. Do not worry about the outer world. Yoga from inside will keep you calm. It will help your body to shape it down. Yes without working out at the gym, yoga gives you a perfect shape to your body. At first, it may not seem easy or enjoyable t you. But whenever you get the result, you will fall in love with yoga. So try this at home. Or you may take the help of youtube, or Internet. Yoga will seem preferable to you then.

18-Work for your own

You may have a hobby, right?  But with the flow of time, it may fade down due to the pressure of your work, or you may have lost interest there. Try to regain your interest or hobby. This works like a magic. This magic will flow all your stress. And believe me, your all-day hazardous life will end in a second. Your hobby may be gardening, photography, ticket collecting, fishing, gaming, stamp collecting. Or maybe it’s simply shopping. So don’t waste your time in thinking about the negativity of your life. Work for your brighter future. And your hobby will leave you to that level. So try to make sense, try to believe in your oneself. And look how beautiful the world seems to you.

19-Keep the negativism aside

Our life becomes very hectic now-a-days. If we try also, we can’t come out from this life. We need to settle down with this life. But not with the negativism. We need to get a world out of negativity from our inside. Negative thoughts are the main cause of our destruction today. Our young generation, due to depression, takes the help of nicotic things. They now are addicted to drugs, shisha or many other things. All these things are responsible for the depression of our generation. Not only this generation, pressure of office, or other sector leaves us down. So we need to keep us aloof from those negativity. And this thing can be done only by says positive words. Positive vibes will only come, when we try to convince ourselves that, we can do the positive things. And this will help us to regain our confidence.

20-Be social

Here social doesn’t mean to be virtually social. You need to be social with your family members. You need to talk nicely with your family, friends, and neighbors. It’s not like, you need to talk with them outside. You can meet new people at the park, gym or any other area. So be nice to them.

21-Take a good sleep

A man roundly needs to sleep 8-9 hours per day. Or mayo bet more than that. But it’s a blessing for everyone. Try to sleep soundly. If you can’t, then go to your doctor. Or our nature gives a remedy for this. Take a cup of hot milk before sleep. You will get a heavenly sleep without fighting with your negative minds.

22-Try to do newer things

Our health feels bored in everyday work. You need to try newer things, for the betterment of your own health. Our health and mind need

entertainment. And newer stuff will give your mind a proper change from this regular life boredom. Our life becomes the slave of our daily life activity. To give it a twist, we must do newer stuff. We can try new dishes for cooking or can go for a wildlife adventures tour. You can also try bungee jump for the newer taste of life. All these things will give you the taste of regaining your life. So try one of these things, to live your life to the fullest.

23-Smile with a little

You may not be a millionaire or billionaire. Or you may be the happiest people live on this earth.Because the people may not have that happiest moment that you lived with your family, or with your loved one. Because they missed that moment because of earnings more and more wealth. So try to live happily with what you have. Because the person may not have the same. Sometimes it feels to us that, the other side of the fence is much greener than this side. But we are wrong here. It may not be the same always.  Minimalistic life could give you the best days of your life. So try to enjoy the minimalist life. Because peace prevails here.

24- Try to spend time with your own

Everyone needs the time to know thyself. Because with this busy schedule of our life, we forget that we do have a life of our own. We need to smile, we need to take care of ourselves. But this schedule is such that, we can’t come out from this. So we need to give ourselves some time. And we need to spend the time lonely and only with our oneself. No one could have the acceptance to come then. This meeting with ourselves will try to find a new me. We can get the chance to know us. And can do a lot more things with us. It gives us a positive vibe in our life. So it’s like a medicine to come close to us.

25-Come close to nature

Nature has a positive vibe in itself. It has all the solutions to their problem. So we need to surrender ourselves to nature. Nature has itself a strong power to divert our mind. And our mind is just a slave of nature. The time it surrenders to nature, that time it will take teachings from nature. So we need to give our body, the chance to regain us. The chance to purify us, from the scents of nature. So try to surrender yourself to nature.

We tried to show you the healthiest ways for living your life. If you want a life, hazard free and mountainous, then try to follow these rules. They will surely lead you to a healthier life. And another thing. Try to smile every day. Your smile is a great power for you and for your loved one also. So try to sell the happiness around you. Only these happiness will give you a peaceful and healthier life that you cherished for. Keep happy and keep healthy. All the best for your upcoming life.


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Top Nutrition Blogs That Accept Guest Posts

February 12, 2017

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Effect of Poor Nutrition on Child Development

October 31, 2016

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photo credit: child-encyclopedia

Who doesn’t like to cuddle a chubby cheeked cutie pie? It’s like heaven when they smile at you and try to play with their little hands. You can find inner peace when you look at them, and they are the future of a nation.

If you look at the good looking baby suffering from the physical and mental problem, it’ll make your mood off! This mainly causes due to poor nutrition. So Parents need to be more aware of the impact of poor nutrition on child development.

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Best Healthy Breakfast Food for Healthy Body

October 14, 2016
breakfast food

Getting up late in the morning, you always rush out the door for school or office. You start the day with an empty stomach and feel drowsy and fatigued which hamper your work at the same time. At the lunch break, what do you do? You shovel the unhealthy food into your mouth to gain energy and ended up overheating.

This is a bad practice. Eating breakfast strengthens brainwork and keep your body fit and healthy. Unwilling to make breakfast meal in every morning, some avoid doing breakfast.

So look up the list below where you can take your breakfast food without preparing the meal.


coffee, breakfast food

Coffee works as a great mood booster to start your day. It’s very refreshing and improves your mood and mental performance.


  • Drinking a cup of tea reduces risk of several diseases like diabetes and prostate cancer
  • It increases metabolic rate and fat burning.
  • Rich in antioxidant to reduce inflammation and protect cells lining your blood vessel and reduce the liver disease risk. (20, 21, 22, 23, 24).

It’s better to skip flavored drink with skim milk.

So, a cup of coffee in the morning will give you a good start of the day, free from drowsiness and offer you mental refreshment!


eggs, breakfast food

Eggs are protein enriched delicious food and keep your tummy full all the morning.

Once it was ignored for dietary cholesterol but now considered as a healthy protein with nutrient vitamin D.  From the research it’s found that it has less impact on blood cholesterol than it was thought before.


  • Egg yolks have lutein and zeaxanthin which help to prevent cataracts and macular degeneration. (4, 5)
  • The best source of nutrient, choline is essential for liver and brain. (6)
  • High in protein that helps to reduce calorie intake and also maintain blood sugar and insulin level.(1, 2, 3)



oatmeal, breakfast food

If you crave for cereal for morning breakfast, oatmeal is the best choice.


  • Enriched with beta glucan fiber to lower cholesterol and increase heaviness or fullness after having the meal.
  • Rich in antioxidants to protect fatty acids from being rancid. It helps in decreasing blood pressure and protects heart.(30, 31, 32).
  • Oats are gluten free but processed with gluten grain (33). So precaution for the celiac diseased people to buy the gluten free oats.
  • Oats are also rich in omega-3 fatty acids, potassium, and folate.

Avoid flavored kind because of the addition of high sugar. Instead, prepare it with milk and also you can use toppings like banana nuts or almonds, etc which will make your breakfast healthy, nutritious and yummy!


Green Tea

green tea, breakfast food

Don’t like coffee that much? No problem at all. Have a cup of tea instead.  Among black, green or white tea, green tea is healthiest of all. All tea provide antioxidants.


  • Healthiest beverage to offer good metabolic rate and improve mood at the same time (15, 18, 19).
  • It has antioxidant named ECGC to protect the nervous system, brain and heart (62, 63, 64, 65).
  • Helpful against diabetes where it’s found from the study that regular green drinker has controlled blood sugar and insulin level (61).


Greek yogurt


greek yogurt, breakfast food

Creamy and tangy greek yogurt is delicious and nourishing and enriched with plenty of protein. It’s made by straining liquids which make it more concentrated in protein.


  • It’s prescribed for weight loss. Because of the ‘thermic effect,’ it reduces hunger and increases metabolism after eating. (9, 10)
  • It increases hormone level to give fullness.
  • Some yogurt contains probiotics which help to stay your guts healthy.
  • Full-fat yogurt consists of CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid) which reduce breast cancer risk and increase fat loss (12, 13).

So, at the time of buying select non-fat variety yogurt and add fruits like berries  to sweeten your breakfast meal to keep you full all day long.





berries, breakfast food

Berries are enriched with vitamins and minerals and low in calorie. Berries include strawberry, blueberry and raspberry to pile up in your cereal and yogurt for healthy breakfast food in the morning.


Blueberries are delicious superfruit which can be taken as fresh or frozen one.


  • Low in calorie and improve memory system in your body and help in metabolism and controlling blood pressure.
  • It’s a good source of antioxidant.


Red colored strawberry looking raspberries are a perfect topping for yogurt, oats or pancake and even for the smoothie… It elevates the breakfast meal to a high level.


  • High in vitamin C, vitamin K for building strong bones.
  • It consists of a kind of antioxidant to fight against cancer.



Delicious and mouth watering strawberries are almost favorite to all. It’s used in making cake and also used as toppings.


  • Contains vitamin C and high amount of folic acid and fiber.
  • From the study, it’s found that it reduces the risk of heart attack.


kiwi, breakfast food

Kiwi is tart but delicious fruit which you can add it in your breakfast meal.


  • Rich in potassium and copper
  • It has more fiber than banana and assists in digestion
  • It has a good amount of vitamin C like orange.
  • Mitigates constipation problem in the patient, having bowel syndrome.



banana, breakfast food

Banana is a delicious and healthy fruit which can be kept in your breakfast list.

Some avoid this food for being high in calorie and starch. So for that buy yellow with a touch green banana which is a source of resistant starch.


  • Healthy carbohydrate to keep you full, all day.
  • It has healthy dose of potassium to lower blood pressure naturally

Slice it to use as toppings. Again, make a yummy banana pancake with honey and berries as toppings to have healthy and mouth watering breakfast food.

Whole-wheat bread

whole wheat bread, breakfast food Bread is the most common breakfast food in almost every house.Your choice will bring a big difference to your healthy body. Whole wheat bread is more nutrient and has fiber compared to white bread.


  • Carbohydrate-enriched food.
  • Gives energy to do the work properly keeping you full for a long time.