Nutrition

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About Omega 3 Fish oils

Question: What’s all the fuss about Omega 3 fish oils? What do they do for my body?

Answer: Omega 3 fish oils are a substance that can be found in the bodies of fish. However, eating fresh fish is no longer recommended. The mercury levels that are prevalent in almost all fresh fish these days can be very detrimental to your health. However, companies have manufactured fish oil that is mercury free by processing the oils that naturally occur in the fish. Omega 3 is a type of fat that is essential for human health. Omega 3 contains two fatty acids that benefit the human body greatly, which are known as DHA and EPA.

These fatty acids have been linked to helping prevent heart disease, cancer, and many other diseases. DHA is also required by the human brain. Low levels of DHA in the brain have been linked to depression, schizophrenia, memory loss, and an increased chance of being stricken with Alzheimer’s disease. Therefore, the regular and repeated consumption of Omega 3 fish oils can greatly help affect the quality of your life for the better. (more…)

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About Vitamin C – The Wonder Vitamin?

Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid) may possibly be a “wonder vitamin” in some people’s books.  A lot of claims have been made for it in the past few years, not the least of which was Dr. Linus Pauling’s claims for its ability to prevent and lessen the duration and intensity of the common cold when taken in large doses.

Unfortunately, although vitamin C is anti-viral and does support the immune system, it is not necessarily a magic bullet that will defeat the common cold or even cancer!  In fact, some recent studies seem to be indicating that Dr. Pauling’s claims might be a little overstated.

Vitamin C, like most other vitamins and mineral supplements primarily helps the body do its job effectively.  Deficiencies of vitamin C CAN predispose the body to certain ills, and proper intake either through daily diet or vitamin supplementation can HELP prevent certain conditions and illnesses.  Vitamins and mineral supplements should never be used as the only path to health, but should be part of a lifestyle that includes overall attention to nutrition, activity (okay, exercise), proper rest and sleep, and enjoyable forms of recreation and relaxation.  I personally would throw in yoga and meditation, but those are MY enjoyable forms of recreation, relaxation, and exercise, I guess.  You will have to find what works best for you. (more…)

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7 Reasons to grow your own organic vegetable garden

During the last decades there has been a change towards mechanization and homogenization of farming, which uses pesticides, additives, herbicides, synthetic fertilizers and mass-production techniques. All this is clearly affecting mankind’s health, and new diseases are spreading rapidly amongst humans and animals (bird’s flu being the most recent one).

The World Health Organization produces reports to show how the use of chemicals and other products on food, coupled with the manufacturing processes involved, are actually a threat for our health.

If you have space for a few pots or even a small piece of land, it is a wise decision to grow your own organic vegetable garden. Today I’m presenting you with seven reasons for doing this: (more…)

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3 “Must Do” – Steps To A Happier & Healthier Day

Losing weight and maintaining the weight loss for an extended period of time requires some simple lifestyle adjustments. As long as you keep your adjustments within a sustainable reach, you should be able to lose weight and keep it off without much shock and interruption to your daily life.

Not surprisingly, losing weight does not have to require extended trips to the gym or engagement in some fad diet. Here are there steps to a healthier day that can help you slim down on weight without slimming down on your free time. (more…)

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8 ingredients you never want to see on nutrition labels

The year was 1950, and The Magic 8-Ball had just arrived in stores. It looked like a toy, but it wasn’t. It was a future-telling device, powered by the unknown superpowers that lived inside its cheap plastic shell. Despite a bit of an attitude–“Don’t count on it,” “My reply is no”–it was a huge success. Americans, apparently, want to see their futures.

A few decades later, Congress passed the Nutrition Labeling and Education Act that, among other things, turned the 45,000 food products in the average supermarket into fortune-telling devices. Americans inexplicably yawned. I’m trying to change that. Why? The nutrition label can predict the future size of your pants and health care bills.

Unfortunately, these labels aren’t as clear and direct as the Magic 8-Ball. Consider the list of ingredients: The Food and Drug Administration has approved more than 3,000 additives, most of which you’ve never heard of. But the truth is, you don’t have to know them all. You just need to be able to parse out the bad stuff. Do that and you’ll have a pretty good idea how your future will shape up–whether you’ll end up overweight and unhealthy or turn out to be fit, happy, and energized. (more…)

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Start the Day Right

Make the most of your breakfast.

It’s the most important meal of the day, so why do you either skip or skimp breakfast? After all, the benefits of eating breakfast can’t be ignored. But it’s not just eating breakfast that matters. It’s what you eat as well.

Why should you add breakfast to your already rushed morning routine? And what are the best and the worst food choices to jump start your day?

Breakfast Benefits

Research has shown that adults who eat a healthy breakfast on a daily basis are more likely to manage their weight; eat more vitamins and minerals; have lower cholesterol levels, which lowers the risk for heart disease; eat less fat and cholesterol; have better mental focus; and enjoy increased energy for daily tasks. (more…)

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Women’s Nutrition Through the Ages

What women should eat throughout life.

Throughout her life, a woman’s body goes through various changes from childhood to adolescence, the childbearing years, menopause, and beyond.

During these various life stages, a woman’s body requires different amounts of certain nutrients in order to function at it’s best.

Are you meeting the nutritional needs for your stage of life? Keep reading to find out.

Childhood

Young girls require nutritious, calorie-packed food to ensure proper growth. Kids need balanced diets that include a variety of foods from the four main food groups: breads, pasta, and cereal for energy, fiber, vitamins, and minerals; fruits and vegetables for fiber, vitamins, and minerals; milk and dairy for calcium, vitamins, and minerals; and meat, fish, and eggs for protein, iron, vitamins, and minerals. Foods from the fifth food group (fat and sugar) should be limited. (more…)

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6 delicious ways to snack on superfood chia

By now, you’ve heard about chia as the hot new healthy ingredient.  But you probably have no idea what do with it. You aren’t alone. For many of us, our experience with chia is limited to Chia Pets, those kitschy animal-shaped lawn ornaments that were popular several years ago.  But when eaten, chia seeds are a nutritional no-brainer, loaded with omega-3 fatty acids. And since they can be eaten raw, they’re an easy way to up the health factor of just about any meal. (more…)

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Eat Your Heart (Attack) Out

How you can manage high cholesterol with a fork, knife, and spoon.

It’s not dangerous until it becomes deadly. Then, your high cholesterol is all you can think of. When this cholesterol pairs up with fat and other substances to create plaque, it often builds up in the arteries, ultimately restricting blood flow to your heart and the rest of your body.

With reduced blood flow, your heart is forced to work overtime. Thankfully there are ways to lower your cholesterol level. One of the best ways to lower cholesterol and prevent it from getting out of hand in the first place is being conscious of what you put into your body.

As approximately 25 percent of your body’s cholesterol comes from what you eat, choosing carefully can give your arteries, heart, and the rest of your body the upper hand against high cholesterol. Keep reading to find out what you should be eating as part of your heart- and artery-healthy diet. (more…)

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Cellulite, Be Gone!

New treatments show promise of reducing the appearance of cellulite. Which ones can you trust?

Thin, normal weight, and overweight women (and some men as well) struggle with the same “flaw”: cellulite. It’s found on people of all shapes and sizes, no matter how toned and muscular. Usually seen on areas of the body with fat deposits such as the thighs, buttocks, hips, breasts, upper arms, and abdomen, cellulite is dimpled or bumpy appearance on the skin.

Caused by uneven distribution of fatty tissue under the skin’s surface, cellulite is harmless and completely normal. However, it can be unsightly, causing you to be self-conscious about wearing a swimming suit or shorts.

If you’re looking for a way to rid your body of cellulite, you’ll find many products and services that claim amazing results. Unfortunately, most of your options won’t make much of a difference—if they make any difference at all. Since you don’t want to waste your time or money on creams or massages that won’t work, keep reading to find out what to look for and what to avoid when you’re trying to cover up those areas plagued with cellulite. (more…)

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The Mediterranean Diet: More Than a Diet

It’s a way of life.

The diet and lifestyle of those who reside along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea have received much attention the past few years. The rest of the world has taken note of the benefits of what is known as one of the healthiest diets out there: the Mediterranean diet. Benefits include a longer life expectancy and less chance of developing a number of chronic diseases such as heart disease, certain cancers, type 2 diabetes, obesity, metabolic syndrome, dementia, Parkinson’s disease, and Alzheimer’s disease.

Sound good? Here are the basics of the Mediterranean diet and ways to make it part of your life.

Good Taste = Good Health

The Mediterranean diet emphasizes plant foods, healthy fats, herbs and spices, fish, poultry, and red wine in moderation. The eating habits of this area of the world are just a way of life not a strict, restrictive diet. A variety of healthy foods are enjoyed and eaten leisurely, often with family and friends. And plenty of physical activity is built into one’s lifestyle, not forced.

If the divine creator has taken pains to give us delicious and exquisite things to eat, the least we can do is prepare them well and serve them with ceremony. – Fernand Point
Plant-Based Foods

Fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, and whole grains are all plant-based foods. It should be no surprise to you that these foods are the base of a healthy diet. After all, the majority of any diet should be comprised of plant-based foods.

The Mediterranean diet recommends 7 to 10 daily servings of fruits and veggies. Unprocessed, whole -grain foods are also emphasized. Pastas, rice, and breads are staples. (more…)

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What Are Your Kids Eating?

It may matter more than you think.

When feeding your child, do you consider French fries a serving of vegetables or a cup of fruit punch as a serving of fruit? Do your kids snack on chips and cookies when they’re hungry or soda when they’re thirsty? If so, you could be encouraging unhealthy eating habits in your child. While an unhealthy choice here and there is okay, unhealthy patterns start early and are difficult to break.

And when you establish an unhealthy diet when a child is still growing and developing, you’re setting the stage for a host of health problems. At the root of these problems are obesity and a lack of appropriate nutrients. (more…)

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The Scoop on Supplements

Are they right for you?

When it comes to supplements, one thing that is forgotten is what they are: supplements. The term supplement means to add on, enhance, improve, complement, or accompany. In other words, they’re not seen as absolutely necessary for good health, but rather as nice extras that can benefit some.

And while supplements can’t replace a healthy nutritious diet, they can make up what may be lacking in your diet. Hence why store shelves are full of vitamins, herbs, and other dietary supplements. How do you know if they’re safe or beneficial for you?

You’re about to find out. (more…)

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How a diet journal can help you lose weight

Dear Diary…

Want to lose weight and keep it off? Research has shown that the most effective way to reduce the number of calories each day is to keep track of what you eat.

Multiple studies have shown the benefits of recording what foods you eat and what activities you perform when it comes to reaching your weight loss goals.

So if you want to lose weight, the first thing you need to do is start a diet and exercise journal. Here are some things you should know about keeping a diet and exercise ledger. (more…)

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The Truth About Flaxseed

Though small in size, flaxseed packs a big, powerful punch.

“Size doesn’t matter.” You’ve heard this saying over and over, and when it comes to the flax seed, it’s absolutely true. Derived from the flax plant, flaxseed may be the size of small sunflower seeds, but it is jam packed with disease- and cancer-fighting ingredients.

What should you know about this sizeable health food?

The History

The flax plant has been around for centuries. In fact, according to the Flax Council of Canada, flaxseed was grown in ancient Babylon around 3000 B.C. (If you’re doing the math, that was 5,000 years ago.) Fast-forward to the eighth century. King Charlemagne was so convinced of the health benefits of flaxseed that he decreed laws requiring the people to eat it. Talk about someone loving flaxseed! Today, 13 centuries later, researchers suspect the king of flaxseed may have been on to something. (more…)