The holiday season is upon us and along with it comes season's greetings, good wishes and the ever-present holiday cheer consisting of plenty of food and drink. It's hard not to indulge ourselves in all the snacks, large meals and rich desserts we're continually offered during this festive time, but the consequences of overindulging can leave us feeling not so festive. Two of the most common physical side effects of overeating are indigestion and heartburn. Our body works hard to digest the food and drink we consume, and the foods we choose to eat can make all the difference in how our digestive system deals with it. Processed, refined and dead foods are ever present throughout the year in the typical North American diet and even more so during festive occasions.
A lot of mistakes are made inside the gym, but there is also an overabundance of erroneous decisions outside the gym. Implementing a strong nutritional basis for your goals is key, allowing your body to perform to it's optimum potential. The problem? Many people do not have the knowledge to build an effective yet healthy diet, ensuring that their goals are met and retained. There are many diets out there that warp your metabolism and destroy your body, resulting in a few pounds lost at the cost of your body's ability to burn more fat in the future. Only with proper nutrition can you obtain and keep the results. Read more to find out how to set one up right now.
Health and nutrition are hot topics in the news, in magazines, in school, at your doctor's office, and even on Twitter and blog sites. Today, we hear about health and nutrition everywhere. When Did Health and Nutrition Become Important? Health and nutrition became an important focus during World War II when a committee was formed to investigate how nutrition might "affect national defense" (Nestle, 35). Since then many ideas have been presented to ensure people maintain a good healthy lifestyle. In 1941 the Food and Nutrition Board met to set recommendations for a standard daily allowance of each type of nutrient needed by our bodies. Initially, the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) standards provided nutritional guidance specifically for the armed forces and for people overseas who needed food relief.
The glycemic index (GI) is a really handy tool for anyone who is concerned about his or her blood sugar levels. The way that glycemic index values work is as follows: since foods have differing compositions, they are broken down by the digestive system at different speeds. Once the digestive system breaks down a given food, it is turned into glucose and hits the blood stream. In general, its best to avoid foods that are high on the Index as those foods can cause fluxuations in blood sugar levels. This means you can experience the dreaded "sugar rush" and the accompanying fall in energy. There can be serious medical consequences in allowing your blood sugar levels to get "out of whack.
What's the old saying you can never be too rich or too thin? I don't know if that statement could ever be more relevant than it is today. There aren't any two subjects that are talked about more than money and weight loss in our society. The funny thing is both of these subjects are related in some strange ways. One would think that the more money you have the more overweight the person may become. But in our country just the opposite is true. The United States is the only country in the world where the poorest segment of its population is also the most overweight. At first the statement might not seem to make sense but when you consider that the healthiest foods tend to be the most expensive foods it becomes easier to understand how this phenomenon can actually take place.
Carotenoids, found in green leafy vegetables and colored fruits, have been found to increase visual performance and may prevent age-related eye diseases, according to a study in the Journal of Food Science, published by the Institute of Food Technologists. Authors from the University of Georgia compiled the results of multiple studies on the effects of the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin on visual performance. These carotenoids play an important role in human vision, including a positive impact on the retina. After reviewing the various studies, the authors concluded that macular pigments, such as lutein and zeaxanthin do have an effect on visual performance.