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Consuming Sugar itself doesn’t cause Diabetes

Diabetes, which is excessive glucose in your blood, leads to serious health problems if left untreated.
Diabetes is a serious health issue. It’s the one of the leading causes of death across the world.

Consuming sugar itself doesn’t cause diabetes. But there is one way that sugar can influence whether a person gets type 2 diabetes.

Symptoms of diabetes include
– Fatigue
– Increased thirst, hunger and urination
– Blurred vision
– Numbness or tingling in the feet or hands
– Unexplained weight loss

Extra belly fat is linked to insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, and heart and blood vessel disease.

How is Diabetes gotten?
When we eat any kind of food, our body takes that food and turns it into energy (sugar) while digesting it. This is what gives us the energy we need. During this process, insulin is produced from our pancreas which controls the sugar in our bloodstream. This entire process is what keeps our body healthy.

Without the pancreas producing this insulin, the sugar will stay in our blood and begin to create serious health issues.

High blood sugar have been known to cause blindness, kidney failure, nerve damage, and other organ function problems, and if left untreated, it can be fatal.

There is more likelihood to develop type 2 diabetes if you are not physically active, overweight or obese.

Extra weight can causes insulin resistance and can be noticed amongst people with type 2 diabetes. Where the body fat is located also makes a difference.

How to test for Diabetes.
The way to truly test for high or low blood sugar level is to take a medical test.

Prevention.
– Get active
Exercising can help lose weight, Lower your blood sugar and also boost your sensitivity to insulin.

– Eat Fiber.
Foods high in fiber include fruits, vegetables, beans, whole grains and nuts. They help with prevention of diabetes.

– Choose an healthy lifestyle not just diet.
Choose to begin to live healthy. Drink water, exercise, eat fruits, know your numbers (BMI).

 

Live Fresh! Live Healthy!

So Fresh Neighbourhood Market expands its Investments by opening another Outlet in Yaba

So Fresh Neighborhood Market, a fast-growing indigenous brand that provides healthy meal options is opening in Yaba, a suburb in Lagos Mainland. In line with So Fresh’s mission – “Inspiring you to live Fresh! Live Healthy!” – the new outlet will be an inspiration for Yaba dwellers and workers to live the healthy life they have always wanted.

With an opening planned for 27th September 2018, So Fresh Yaba Outlet brings healthy eating and living to the fingertips of the Yaba people. So Fresh is always eager to give the customers a memorable healthy life experience and as such, the company encourages her customers to make it a daily lifestyle of living healthy especially through what is consumed into the body. In the contribution to the Millennium Development Goals, the company is committed to making healthy food accessible and ultimately ensure good health and well being for all Nigerians.

“We seek to bring the SoFresh Healthy life closer to the people by expanding our reach and opening more Outlets across the country. The Yaba Outlet being the Sixth is an evidence of our desire to build a healthy nation”, said Olagoke Balogun, The Managing Director, So Fresh Neighborhood Market.

So Fresh, which started (10 years ago) has grown geometrically, building a consistency of standard as its position itself as an international brand as well as a Nigerian brand that contributes to the economic growth of Nigeria through job creation as it continues to expand. Hence, So Fresh keeps adding value to the individual and to the nation at large.

So Fresh is Nigeria’s number one premium healthy food chain for a wide range of fresh, delicious, nutrient-rich and healthy meals.

Food that benefit your Body

“Eating the right food can lead to a longer and healthier life” is a simple statement many have been unable to actually live up to.

4 parts of the body and food that are helpful for them are listed in this post.

Brain
Meats, fish, and Milk products provide Vitamin B12 in order to prevent loss of memory during the aging process.

Almond, walnuts, coconut oil and green leafy vegetables also provide the brain with energy to remain young.

Bone
Yogurt, low-fat cheeses, and milk are good sources of calcium which helps the bones grow properly.

Muscle
Milk, lean meats, fish, other seafood, and beans can help provide the protein that your muscle needs.

Muscles are constantly building and breaking down, so they need sufficient protein for the rebuilding process.

Eggs are an excellent source of protein.

Heart
Fruits and vegetables like Whole grains, low-fat dairy products like yogurt and cheese, skinless poultry, lots of fish, nuts and beans are excellent for the heart.

Let’s Talk About Coconut

Coconut has tremendous health benefits.

Coconut is the fruit of the coconut palm. It can be eaten as food or used as medicine.
Oh Yes, Medicine! Coconut is taken by mouth for bladder stones, diabetes, high cholesterol, and weight loss.

Whether you are eating the ‘meat’ or sipping on the wondrous and tasty coconut water or you are consuming it as oil either in food or skin treatment, the benefits of the tropical coconut is huge.

 

 

Coconut oil is even thought to possess healing properties above any other dietary oils available.

Let’s take a quick look at a few!

  • Anti-aging capacity
    Coconut oil is a superb choice for keeping one young and beautiful.

Its antioxidant properties slow down the aging process by protecting the body from harm. The oil also helps to clean up skin disorders like eczema.

  • Healthy Bones and Teeth.

Eating coconut contribute to the building of strong bones and teeth. It helps increase the body’s capacity to absorb calcium and magnesium.

Coconut can be a great alternative for Vegans as well as those who are lactose intolerant.

  •  Super Body Guard.

Eating coconuts are very healthy for one’s immunity. They are antiviral, antifungal, antibacterial, and anti-parasitic, (sounds like superman). This means they kill harmful bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites.

If you consume coconut in any of its various forms – raw coconut, coconut butter, coconut milk, coconut oil, coconut water etc – it can help deal a lot of resilient illnesses like influenza, lice, throat infections, gonorrhea, urinary tract infections, bronchitis, tapeworms, as well as others caused by microbes.

Coconuts contain a high amount of a saturated fat called medium chain triglycerides. These fats work differently than other types of saturated fat in the body. They might increase fat burning and reduce fat storage.

 

 

You can enjoy coconut in our fruit splash, pineapple and coconut juice as well as flakes in our Parfait.

Walk into any of our outlets and enjoy the packed benefits of coconuts.

Four Effects of Music on Your health

“One good thing about music, is when it hits you, you feel no pain.” – Bob Marley

Music has always been here, probably long before man was created and though its means of production has evolved over the years, we still love to listen to them.

Knowing that music has far more use than just listening pleasure is indeed worthy of note.

  1. Improved sleep

Do you know that listening to classical music can help you sleep better? Classical songs have been proven to help those with insomnia sleep better, and of course you know sleep is essential for the body to function properly.

  1. Enhance blood vessel function

Listening to music you like usually cause happy emotion which usually results in increased blood flow in blood vessels.

  1. Stress Reduction

Music has been known to be a great stress reducer. Lying down to listen to a music of your choice can be a great way to unwind after work.

  1. Mood Enhancer

Music can elevate your mood in no time. Music can be a great mood regulator. If you are feeling down, jam a music of your choice and up your mood!

Regardless of the genre of music of your choice, music has a great impact on your health.

Would you rather Stand?!

There are always two sides to a story or anything in life.
The bad and the good.
Black and white.
Ugly and beautiful.
Standing and sitting…and as always, there will be people on both sides of the divide.

Standing versus Sitting, which really should we engage in more?

As much as standing for prolonged duration can have its effect, when properly balanced, it can be beneficial to the health.

  • Physical inactivity is the 4th leading risk factor of death globally, which means that 6% of deaths globally result from physical inactivity.

Sitting is a huge part of physical inactivity, hence the reason why standing wins.

  • Proper circulation.
    When standing in the right posture, there is improved circulation of oxygen in the blood.
  • You are more productive.
    When you stand, and move around, you are able to get more things done as blood flow to the brain increases helping to increase concentration.
  •  Prevention of disease.
    With standing and other physical activity becoming a part of your day, it can help normalize blood sugar helping to prevent related diseases.

But be reminded that sitting isn’t bad, PROLONGED sitting (and standing) is just the issue.

Stay healthy

Having Fun Is Healthy For You!

All work and no play doesn’t just make Jack a dull boy, it also makes Jack a very unhealthy boy!

As opposed to our thoughts that fun is a waste of time (well, it can be) , having fun has tremendous health benefits.

Simple activities like sharing a joke with a friend, playing video games, indoor or outdoor games, going for a swim or playing chess has incredible health benefits.

We put together four (4) benefits you can derive from having fun.

1. Serotonin Secretion.
Our most basic processes such as body temperature, sleep patterns, memory, and mood are regulated by a chemical called serotonin. Having fun, relaxing and connecting with people helps increase your Serotonin level.

2. Stress Stopper!
Having fun is like having a bank of energy that you can call upon when you feel stressed because let’s face it, being stressed is almost unavoidable, however when you engage in fun activities it helps you cope better with stress.

3. Social Status
Taking time to enjoy activities and conversations with friends gives us a sense of connection, usefulness, and meaning that can be more powerful than any prescription.

Brene Brown, a sociologist who specializes in human connection, says, “As psychologists from Maslow to Baumeister have repeatedly stressed, the truth of the matter is that a sense of social connection is one of our fundamental human needs.” – HeelThatPain.com

4. Sound Sleep.
Spending time laughing, playing, having fun, relaxing or participating in leisure activities you enjoy can also help you sleep more soundly.

Now, ensure you add fun time to your schedule this weekend.

EAT FOR THE FUTURE NOW

It is true that your future will be a reflection of the books you’ve read and the company you keep, but also your future will also be decided by the type of food you take into your body.

That might sound like an outrageous claim, but it’s important that you begin to eat healthy for your future sake. Good health is way beyond the way you look in a mirror, your internal self is key.

Our bodies function on the information (food) that it receives. Not eating enough, eating too much or unbalanced meal can send the wrong message to the body which ends up developing into health conditions such as heart diseases, obesity, diabetes etc.

The nutrients from food give our bodies instructions about how to function. When the body is exposed to bad eating habit or an unhealthy lifestyle, these disorders begin to pile up over time, waiting for the future to blow up. The best is to avoid it.

      Eat your Colours

This might sound cliché but it doesn’t make it less true. Filing your plate up with several colours for every meal practically ensures that you consume a varied intake of healthy fruit and vegetables, which provide an abundance of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

Find the fruits and vegetable you enjoy and mix them into your diet. Fish should also be fitted into your meal from time to time.

      Stay Hydrated

Did you know that almost any ailment is at least slightly alleviated by a high-water consumption? This is because a hydrated body is the optimal and natural state of health. It helps to flush toxins, reduce inflammation, lubricate joints, support your metabolism and improve energy, digestion and mental performance. You’ll most likely get an increase in health and vitality just from upping your water intake alone.

   Keep a healthy lifestyle

Avoid habits like smoking and drinking. Develop a culture of exercise. Have a routine that ensures your muscles and joints are active.

We hope this helps. Map your future health now.

LET’S CHAT – So Fresh Round Table with Bunmi George

Let’s chat! It’s the So Fresh round table with Bunmi @shreddergang

Have you ever felt living healthy is overrated, boring or just too stressful?
Well join us at the So Fresh Round Table for a quick 25 minutes deliberation on Maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle.

 

 

• Venue – So Fresh Opebi Outlet (71, Opebi Road, Ikeja, Lagos)
• Date – Thursday, 3rd May 2018
• Time -12:00am & 12:30 am (There will be two sessions)

Come ready to get your Fresh Game On!

Live Fresh! Live Healthy!

Its a FREE event!
Everyone is invited!

Fruit Juice Versus Raw Fruits

 

Is it a myth or a fact, that a glass of fruit juice is as healthy as having a bowl of fresh seasonal and regional variety of fruit?

Oh well, we all have our preferences. A long walk on a sunny afternoon will definitely end perfectly with a refreshing cup of chilled juice rather than struggle to fit the apple between the teeth. Fruit juice always comes in easy and handle for people who find chewing stressful or do not like the idea of cutting through the fruits.

However, there have been several discussions about how much nutritional value is lost in the process of juicing a fruit. It is actually difficult to say which one gives more nutrition. Although eating whole fruit is considered to be the best way of attaining the full benefits of fruits, fruit juices are also easy and healthy options. Of course, if the fruit juice is composed of 100% fruit without extra preservatives or additives, then it has as many nutritional values.

Fruit juices are usually available in two forms, 100% fruits juices and as fruit pulp + water + sugar. To increase the shelf life of some fruit juice, preservatives and additives are added. Most packages fruit juice comes with preservatives which can reduce the nutritional value of the fruits combined in a bottle or pack. Homemade fruit juice on the other hand as most preferred, they form a better way of ensuring that one gets all that a fruit as to offer including the fibre contents as whole fruits. This is provided there is no addition of artificial flavours and preservatives.

When you make fruit juice at home, try to add the edible skin of the fruits to the juice to gain even more nutritional value.

Things to Remember About Fruits
1. Taking all the fibre contents in a fruit promotes healthy digestion and prevents constipation.
2. Never eat fruits along with your main meal; this can result in severe acidity and digestive problem because fruits are usually mildly acidic in nature. Always eat fruits before or after your meals, leaving an hour or two of separation.
3. It is always recommended to eat fruit on an empty stomach, or at least after a relatively light meal. Fruits on an empty stomach help to delay greying of hair, nervous outbursts, dark circles under the eyes, and balding.
4. Never drink water immediately after having fruits as it can result in high acidity.
5. Fruits should be eaten in the morning, as this helps in detoxification and also aids in weight loss. Although these benefits can be gained by eating fruits at any time during the day, morning is said to be the ideal time for them to have their greatest effect.
6. Try not to keep fruits in very hot or very cold places, this reduces their shelf life, a moderate, dry, cool temperature is suggested for storage.

   

HEALTH BENEFITS OF ALMONDS

Do you know how beneficial almonds are for your health?

HEALTH BENEFITS OF ALMONDS:
1. They reduce the risk of heart attack.
2. They provide healthy fats and aid in weight loss:
3. They lower ‘bad’ cholesterol
4. They protect artery walls from damage
5. Almonds help build strong bones and teeth.
6. Almonds lower the rise in blood sugar and insulin after meals.
7. They nourish the nervous system and improves brain health
8. They alkalize the body.
ALMOND NUTRITION:
Almonds are made up of over 13 percent protein.
Excellent source of vitamin E, magnesium, fiber and protein.
Almonds are filled with minerals such as magnesium, copper, potassium, calcium, phosphorus and iron, and also B vitamins.
A one-ounce serving of almonds contains about the same amount of antioxidants as a serving of broccoli.
Almonds are one of the best whole food sources of vitamin E, with about one third of the daily value per ounce.
Heart-healthy with monounsaturated fat, almonds are also cholesterol-free.
20-25 almonds contain as much calcium as 1/4 cup of milk.

5 Tips for eating or cooking:
Get these tasty nuts into your diet, in a variety of ways
1. Eaten raw, use in salads
2. Almond flour in gluten-free cooking and baking.
3. Almond Milk with its mild flavor and light color is a very good alternative for diary milk
4. Almond oil is good for cooking at high temperatures; it has a high smoke point.
5. Use on the skin and in hair: It’s so gentle and moisturizing that it is great for baby massage.

WHY BERRIES?

WHY BERRIES?
They may be little, but berries are big on antioxidants & vitamins

These antioxidants helps our bodies fight oxidative stress caused by free radicals that lead to illness.
Eating a diet rich in antioxidants will improve your health, protect your skin and hair, and prevent certain diseases. All fruits and vegetables contain antioxidants, but berries are some of the richest and best sources.

In addition to antioxidants, berries are “juicy foods,” which means they contain lots of water. Juicy foods are great for #weightloss because they fill you up quickly, while driving down the calories. Berries also contain fibre which aids in weight loss and helps lower cholesterol and blood pressure.

DO YOU KNOW berries have been indicated in slowing down the aging process and enhancing brain function.
What more they are highly versatile can be used in smoothies, parfait, food toppings & garnishing, desserts, salads, snacking and the list goes on

Time to stock up on berries!

MAGIC NUMBER 5

As the new year approaches, and you make your new year goals and objectives, don’t forget to think about your food habits. Let’s talk about the magic number 5.
Getting just five portions of fruits and vegetables into your daily meals will keep you healthy and your body in good working order. Incorporating fresh #juices #smoothies whole #fruits and #vegetables into your daily routine will ensure a healthy and balanced diet. Find below quick tips to help you achieve this

IDEAS TO HELP YOU GET INTO THE 5-A-DAY HABIT:
1. Start with the FIRST MEAL of the day, eat fruits and veggies as salad, smoothies, freshly made juices, use as cereals toppings or in a parfait

2. Get extra energy from fruit or vegetable as SNACKS during the day.

3. COOL DOWN with a refreshing all 100% natural fresh and wholesome fruit and vegetable juice after workouts or just trying to rehydrate during the day

4. Use fruit and vegetables as INGREDIENTS and use a rainbow mix of fruits as DESERT

SAMPLE DAY PLAN:
•BREAKFAST
A bowl of wholegrain breakfast cereal with a sliced banana, apple, berries, pineapples and a glass of pure fruit juice/smoothies.
•MID-MORNING SNACK
Munch your favorite raw fruits or vegetable – cherry tomatoes, apple slices, orange, sweet pear, carrots or celery sticks.
•LUNCH
Add a side salad, to your lunchtime sandwich, pasta, rice or other whole grain meals
•MID-AFTERNOON SNACK, ditch the biscuits for fresh melon slices or a small pack of dried raisins, prunes or other dried fruits.
DINNER
Indulge in a spicy chilli or hearty winter casserole packed full of seasonal vegetables

DIABETES POWER FOODS

When you think of managing blood sugar, odds are you obsess over everything you can’t have.

While it’s certainly important to limit no-no ingredients (like white, refined breads and pastas and fried, fatty, processed foods), it’s just as crucial to pay attention to what you should eat.

We suggest you start here. Numerous nutrition and diabetes experts singled out these power foods because

1) They’re packed with the 4 healthy nutrients (fiber, omega-3s, calcium, and vitamin D) that make up Prevention’s Diabetes DTOUR Diet, and

2) They’re exceptionally versatile, so you can use them in recipes, as add-ons to meals, or stand-alone snacks

• 1. Beans • 2. Dairy • 3. Salmon • 4. Tuna • 5. Barley • 6. Oats • 7. Berries • 8. Dates • 9. Greens • 10. Lentils • 11. Flaxseed • 12. Walnuts • 13. Peanut butter • 14. Dark chocolate • 15. Plantain flour

WHY EAT TOGETHER AS A FAMILY

Getting the whole family for meals this days almost seem impossible!
But wait a minute, you really want be doing it as often as you can, because research is beginning to show that eating as a family has great benefits for your children and teenagers. Here are a few reasons to do so

Reason #1: Communication and Well-Being

Conversations during the meal provide opportunities for the family to bond, plan, connect, and learn from one another. It can be a unifying experience for all.

Reason #2: Model Manners (and more)

Family mealtime is the perfect opportunity to display appropriate table manners, meal etiquette, and social skills. Keep the mood light, relaxed, and loving.

Reason # 3: Expand Their World…One Food at a Time

Encourage your children to try new foods, without forcing, coercing, or bribing. Introduce a new food along with some of the stand-by favorites.

Reason #4: Nourish

Meals prepared and eaten at home are usually more nutritious and healthy. They contain more fruits, vegetables, and dairy products along with additional nutrients such as fiber, calcium, vitamins A and C, and folate. Home cooked meals are usually not fried or highly salted, plus soda and sweetened beverage consumption is usually lower at the dinner table.
Make this a part of your healthy lifestyle resolution as you head into 2015

FRUIT BASKETS AND GIFT HAMPERS FOR CHRISTMAS

It’s that time of the year again to share, give and spread the love.

We would like to introduce to you our unique and exotic range of fresh wholesome products, to show appreciation and love to your clients, customers, acquaintances and loved ones. Let’s help you delight and wow your loved ones.

  • Fruit Baskets a rich, delicate selection of juicy farm fresh, whole fruits nicely packaged.
  • Combo Basket a rich combo of carefully selected juicy farm fresh whole fruits & exotic groceries
  • The Classic Baskets a wide range of assorted, unique & exotic groceries & gift items.
  • Fit Pack a rich assortment of whole organic, natural healthy groceries from around the globe

1 Exotic Cuty 2 Exotic Splash 3 Value Basket 4 Tropical Classic

5 Fresh Combo 6 Deluxe Combo 7 Jumbo Combo 8 Compact classic 9 Classic goodness 10 Jumbo delight 11 The Amazon 12 Fit cuty 13. Nature's Goodness So fresh Xmass Sales flyer