Health and Fitness

How Sugar Can Ruin Your Health

Have you ever heard your grandmother or parent tell you that too much sugar isn't good for you? Bu, how can something that tastes so good be so bad for you?! I still remember one of my first encounters with that sweet, sugary taste... I was probably around 8 years old when my grandmother on my dad's side came over to our house to visit one weekend. She was infamous (and still is) for having a sweet tooth and thus, bringing over some delectable delight. When she opened up her bag, inside was a box of Funny Bones (as they are still called). My mother, begrudgingly allowed me to taste a piece of one. These Funny Bones consisted of a slightly harder, dark chocolate shell encasing a soft chocolate cake concoction; and inside of this chocolate cake was a delicious, slightly gooey sweet, peanut butter filling. It was heaven in the shape of an йclair! ! Of course, I couldn't resist asking for one more piece of this treat- just one more tiny, scrumptious morsel to send my taste buds into a tizzy!

Battle of the Grains - Brown Rice VS Quinoa

No matter how long you've been training, the issue of carbs is always a thorny one. Well-read bodybuilders know that even though processed grain products like white bread have their place in a diet (such as postworkout), whole grains, like oatmeal and brown rice, are generally the better choice for most meals. But what about "new" grains, such as quinoa? If it stood toe to toe with the vaunted brown rice, which would be crowned the champ? The winner-Quinoa. Before we get to the reason, we want to clear up one tiny, niggling detail. Quinoa isn't technically a grain. It's the seed of the goosefoot plant, a relative of spinach; it's been cultivated in the Andes Mountains for thousands of years-but because of its physically similar to grains and can be ground into flour, it's called a pseudograin. Quinoa dominates just about all the whole grains because it has lysine, one of the nine essential amino acids that you must get from your diet because your body can't synthesize it. Other grains have some lysine content, but not enough to count;

Benefits Of Calcium - Why I Order Milk In Restaurants

Do you know the benefits of calcium? Calcium might be almost as popular as vitamin C. Everybody knows about it. It's why adults always forced you to drink milk as a kid. My parents did. At dinner, I had to down a big gulpin' glass of milk before I could drink anything else. Thanks mom and dad! Why am I thankful? Because milk is one of the best food sources of calcium. And because it instilled a great habit; I still drink milk today. Any parents reading this, take note. Main Benefits Nothing new here. We all know that it's vital for healthy teeth, bones, and gums. But what about the lesser known benefits? Here's where you might learn something new. Other things calcium does: helps your body cut fat. A deficiency in calcium tells the body to go into "starvation" mode. It will stubbornly hold onto fat. However, with a high intake, your body will break down fat. helps the heart. Without it, blood vessels constrict and this puts you at risk of high blood pressure. helps premenstrual women.

Healthy Habits and Diet Fads Have Little to Do With One's Physiology

Many of the dietary rules we traditionally follow are arbitrary, and do not have much relation to what we really should be doing. There is no exercise that can keep one's skin and body youthful, although a fit person undeniably looks much better, is healthier, and is likely to live longer. Remaining youthful looking fundamentally stems from one's genetic inheritance. The science behind this essential 'dumb luck' depends on the life span of individual cells inside the human body. Each cell contains 46 chromosomes, which are derived from 23 mother and 23 father chromosomes. Each individual chromosome has a telomere at either end. The telomere, which is itself a DNA sequence, gives stability to the end of the chromosome, and prevents abnormal recombinations of the chromosomes. An enzyme, telomerase, replenishes the telomere across cell divisions. Telomerase is necessary for the maintenance and repair of the telomere, which extends the life of the cell. Telomerase does this by helping transfer genetic code information between nucleic acids.

You Know Nothing About Vitamins Until Now

Diet or exercise? Vitamins or supplements? Vitamin B6 or B12? These questions are asked several thousand times a day, all day, every day. You see, everybody wants to be healthy, fit and trim. Everybody wants to lead a healthy lifestyle, avoid the doctor and live well into retirement. Including myself! The most important thing we can do for ourselves is to understand the importance of a healthy lifestyle. Vitamins and minerals are essential for our health, regardless of our age. Most of our essential vitamins are available to us in the foods we eat. Proper diet, a well balanced meal, fruits and vegetables are nothing to take lightly. You see, I always thought I was doing the right thing. My diet was proper, I was active with sports and raising two kids. Then one afternoon it happened. And it happened fast and hard. The pain came quick, and the pain came hard. I was rushed to the emergency room, and other than remembering the ride there, grasping for comfort was a waist of time, because I never found it, I never remember entering the hospital.

Cutting Out the Sugar

Did you know that the average American consumes 2-3 pounds of sugar each week? This is not surprising considering that highly refined sugars in the forms of sucrose (table sugar), dextrose (corn sugar), and high-fructose corn syrup are being processed into so many foods. Here are just a few bread apple sauce fruit drinks cereal mayonnaise peanut butter ketchup spaghetti sauce microwave meals frozen potato products jams and jellies frozen meat products lunch meats Sugar Facts The average American 135 lbs. of sugar per person per year! From 1887-1890, the average consumption was only 5 lbs. per person per year! Sugar raises the insulin level, which inhibits the release of growth hormones, thus depresses the immune system. Some breakfast cereals have 4 or more teaspoons of sugar added to each serving! Canned fruits that are packed in heavy or light syrup may give you 1 to 2 teaspoons of added sugar if you eat the syrup. How to Cut back on the Sugar Eat more vegetables and fruits. Drink unsweetened fruit juices, not fruit drinks.

Foods That Make You Feel Great and Stay Healthy, Part 1

Don't fill your diet with nutrient weaklings. For better health, go for these superstar foods instead. There are some foods that are better than others. All of these foods are high in nutrients have been proven to support you immune system and fighting disease. I have made a list of some of these foods. Implement as many of them as you can into your daily diet. You will be happy that you did. Olive oil Olive oil is one of the healthiest oils. It is a big player in heart health. It is rich on monounsaturated fat which causes less hardening of the arteries than other fats. It also contains antioxidants that may lower blood pressure., Cold pressed extra virgin olive oil is the best choice of olive oils. Papayas This delicious fruit is full of beta carotene and vitamin C. This fruit boosts your immune system and fights cancer. It is a good source of fiber and enzymes that aid the digestion process. It also aids in the healing of wounds and tissue injuries. This magical fruit even provides support with inflammatory disease like hay fever and arthritis.

Foods That Make You Feel Great and Stay Healthy, Part 3

They say that you are what you eat. If that is true, most of us are in trouble. I complied a list of foods that, if you eat, will make you feel more energetic, and all around better. Enjoy these foods and watch your body change as it becomes more nourished and healthy. There are some foods that are better than others. Foods that are high in nutrients have been proven to support you immune system and fighting disease. I have made a list of some of these foods. Implement as many of them as you can into your daily diet. You will be happy that you did. Almonds Almonds are better than other nuts because the unsaturated fat in them can help lower your cholesterol. They are one of the best benefits of vitamin E. Vitamin E protect you body against high blood pressure and heart attacks, They are also high in Calcium and magnesium, vitamin B, niacin and riboflavin Apples Apples fight the free radicals that lead to heart disease and cancer. Eat them with the peel on to boost your fiber intake, this can lower cholesterol.

Why is Organic Food Good For You?

I would imagine that you have heard the phrase "you are what you eat?" Well this phrase essentially answers the question why is organic food good for you. The foods we consume are usually the best indicator of just how healthy our bodies are. So the real question we have to answer is what's so good about organic food anyway? Well, first of all organic foods has to be produced according to certain production standards and are legally regulated if they are to bare that "organic" logo. These foods have to be grown without the use of conventional pesticides, aartificial fertilizers, human waste, and sewage sludge. And they are processed without the use of ionizing radiation or food additives. Livestock has to be grown without the use of routine antibiotics and without the use of growth hormones. What does this mean for us? Well basically it means that organic foods do not have all of the chemicals and toxins that are found in non organic foods. Some of these chemicals, for example, DDT can be poisonous.

High Fiber Foods Can Help Cut Your Appetite

Bran Cereals can help you lose weight when consumed at the right time and in the correct combination. People in North America exercise less and eat more calorie rich foods now than they did in the 1960's and 1970's. In the United States about 66% of the population is overweight or obese. That is a staggering amount of the population. Health expert have been trying to find simple and painless ways of helping people eat less and exercise more. A study done at the University of Toronto showed that; people who consumed a bowl of high insoluble fiber cereal (33 grams) 75 minutes before a buffet meal ate about 100 to 200 fewer calories at the sitting. The high-fiber cereal was found also to reduce blood sugar levels after the meal as well. The study found that eating low fiber-cereal, white bread of even drinking water before the feeding had no effect on the caloric intake that people consumed or blood sugar response. Which indicate filling up on water will not decrease a person's appetite.

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