December 24, 2015
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Long before winter comes, black bears in the forest spend all their time eating everything they can sink their teeth into. During the summer, bears eat and eat and eat, trying to get as fat as they possibly can, and when the weather turns cold, they look for a place to curl up and then they sleep the winter away.
Now, the habits of bears might not seem like something you should try to follow. After all, doctors are always warning us humans that we shouldn’t overeat, and that we shouldn’t spend all of our time lying around, doing nothing.
But there is one part of the black bear’s habits that you should actually try to imitate, because it would be good for your health.
Black bears eat a lot of berries, of many different varieties, such as raspberries, strawberries, and blueberries.
Berries contain natural sugars and wonderful flavors. Unlike many other foods that are really good for you, but which don’t taste good, berries taste great.
And unlike many foods that taste great but which aren’t good for you, berries are among the most health friendly foods you can eat.
It’s only been within the last decade that scientists have started to pay a lot of attention to the health benefits of berries. And what researchers are learning about the health benefits of berries has a lot of exciting potential for human diets.
One of the first major experiments on the health benefits of berries took place at Tufts University about ten years ago.
Researchers were working with a group of aging rats. They fed them diets of various foods to see what the effects would be. Among the foods they tested were strawberries, blueberries, and spinach.
Now these rats were fairly old in terms of “rat years”. In fact, their age was equivalent to humans about 70 years old.
The foods the scientists tested were all very high in beneficial antioxidants, so the scientists wanted to see if any of these foods would boost the physical and mental capabilities of these aging rats.
The researchers found that while several of these foods seemed to offer some antioxidant protection, the rats that had been fed blueberries were the only ones that actually improved in their abilities.
In fact, the rats which had been fed blueberries were able to perform like much younger rats!
This was a very exciting find, and the scientists then wanted to find what it was in the blueberries that produced this very beneficial effect.
It turns out that the chemicals responsible for making these aging rats act mentally younger and perkier were the pigments in the skin of the blueberries.
The compounds that give ripe berries their beautiful colors are the very substances that have such strong anti-oxidant powers. And antioxidants are compounds that help repair some of the damage that happens to our body cells every day.
Scientists have discovered that the darker the berry, the more health benefits it has! Eating two thirds of a cup of blueberries will give you as much anti-oxidant protection as five servings of apples or squash.
The dark pigments in these berries seem to offer protection against cardiovascular disease, degenerative eye disease such as cataracts, and may offer some help in preventing some cancers, and bladder infections.
If the exciting results of the rat studies turn out to also hold true for humans, it may mean that compounds in these dark berries may help protect brain cells from the degenerative diseases of aging.
You can get this fantastic antioxidant protection whether you eat your berries fresh, frozen, or dried.
You can eat berries raw, add them to your favorite cereals, or make a smoothie drink with various berries, fruits, milk and yoghurt. Get creative and find ways to mix berries into your favorite recipes.
In North America, blueberries are available fresh or frozen year round. If you can’t get fresh berries, dried berries are also filled with very concentrated levels of the valuable antioxidants.
If you live in a place where blueberries are not easily available, look for other fruits and berries that have very dark red or dark purple colors.
Foods such as pomegranates, bilberries, cherries, black raspberries, saskatoons or serviceberries also have high levels of these very beneficial dark pigments. These foods offer benefits similar to the benefits of blueberries.
So, think about incorporating at least one habit of bears into your lifestyle – and make berries a frequent part of your diet!
December 8, 2015
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Inflammation is a major component in most Rheumatic pain conditions or rheumatic diseases, therefore it is adviceable to eat a good amount of food that reduces inflammation and reduce the consumption of food that contains inflammatory agents. Here are some simple dietary advices that may help reduce rheumatic conditions:
THINGS YOU SHOULD EAT TO REDUCE RHEUMATISM
Fish, espesially fat fish, fish oil, olive oil, walnut oil and raps oil should be a part of your diet. The fat in these types of food, omega-3-poly-unsaturated fat or omega-9-poly-unsaturated fat, reduces inflammation. However, if you add these type of oils to your diet, you should reduce the intake of other types of fat, so that you do not get too much fat.
You should also eat much vegetables, since also these make a body chemistry that reduce inflammation.
THINGS YOU SHOULD NOT EAT TOO MUCH OF
Do not consume much soya oil and corn oil, since these types of fat increase inflammation. Most food you buy that is ready to eat from the factory or restaurant contain these types of fat. You should therefore reduce the consumption of food you do not cook yourself.
Bread, cereals and products made of corn or cereals also increase the inflammation responce, especially if they contain wheat. Wheat causes a special type of inflammation in the intestines called celiac disease in some individuals, but may also trigger inflammation of non-celiac type. However, full-corn cereals and full-corn bread are valuable types of food, so you should not stop eating them. But if you eat bread or corn products at every meal, you should reduce your intake of these and eat more potatos, beans and peas.
THINGS YOU SHOULD IDEALLY NOT EAT AT ALL
You should absolutely not consume fat that has been chemically altered to give it another consistence. This type of fat has a very negative effect on the health and may be very potent inflamatory agents. Margarine, snacks, fast food and ready made cakes or cookies often contain this kind of fat. Unfortunately this type of fat is also often added to bread. A good idea could be to bake your bread yourself. Keep a water bottle handy.
Always consult your doctor as this is not for diganois.
November 24, 2015
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From the word go, the Football season seems provide a plethora of reasons to eat badly. It starts near Labor Day, and goes right on past to New Years. Typically during this time of year our eating habits include foods and drinks that are so delicious, yet carry negative effects.
So I thought how could someone have a fun football season, and still fit in their clothes that they wore during pre-season. Below are 10 that could possibly help you reach that goal they may seem like no brainers, but if you take heed you will survive another year without moving to the next waist size. Enjoy the season.
1. First things first, don’t even think about dieting during the holiday season. That is, don’t start a new diet. Your biggest goal during our most favorite season is to maintain your weight. This way you can partake in your favorite beverage and snacks without any guilt.
2. Another good way to avoid packin’ on the pudge is to stay seated, and far away from the food table.
3. Something simple and delicious. I would recommend bringing a light dip with either multigrain or wheat bread, so you have something that is somewhat healthy to munch on. There is a company (I think it has the title of chef in its name) that sells dips and breads that anyone can make, and are a healthy alternative to normal snacks. Just ask your wife, girlfriend, or any woman where you can find a beer bread mix.
4. The beverages tend to favorites for many during this time of year, so be wise in your selection. If you must have a mixed drink, try something like a clear liquor and diet soda, a light or ultra light beer, or a nice glass of wine. I know wine doesn’t scream manly, but it is an alternative. Keep a sports water bottle filled with water or a diet beverage. Remember this shouldn’t be painful, just well thought-out.
5. Good or bad, football games tend to be lengthy, use this to your advantage, and take part in the eating and drinking using a insulated water bottle at a slow pace. The slower your intake, the better chance you will fit in those size 38’s come spring time.
6. Chase the kids, or take a walk, whatever it is, make sure you keep up on some type of activity other than couch coaching, and channel surfing. Winter time is hard enough for many people with the cold and darkness, so some activity will help you gain or maintain physical and mental acuity.
7. Eat at home before you head to the football stadium, or over a buddies house. This should help prevent a complete submersion in to the food and drinks. Believe me when I tell you, you will feel much better knowing you don’t have to drive home with your pants unbuttoned, either because of pressure or an untimely stomach pain.
8. Eat some chicken wings, not the entire chicken. I think that’s clear, and best of all it applies to all food! And anyway, who wants to get stains all over their new Dallas Terrell Owens jersey.
9. If you have the chance to host a football game, stack the odds on your side by putting veggies, and light snacks out rather than the pizza and wings. I mean really, do we as men pay any attention to what we eat while we are watching a game. So long as the drinks are cold, and our food crunches, we are in heaven.
10. This rule applies all year long. Stay far and away from fast food joints. It may seem like a good idea while you’re on your way to the game, but we all know it’s not filling, and it’s to exit.
November 9, 2015
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Raise your hand if you have a sweet tooth? Oh c’mon, I know you do. My hand definitely shoots right up. I love sugar in its fullest, from cereals to candy and chewing gum, I pass my daily dosage of sugar early in the morning. Why is it we love sugar so much? Our taste buds are so accustomed to the sweet tastes that we drop on them all the time that regular food is downright boring to the palate. We owe much of this to our excessive sugar intake, but we can do something to curb and, maybe even, replace the extra intake of sugar. There are plenty of sugar substitutes that can help bring us a healthier and more balanced diet.
Sweeteners can be used to “liven” up our food and give us the sugar fix we’re looking for without actually having sugar. In the past, artificial sweeteners have been the main source to use as sugar substitutes but many have not been able to mimic the taste of sugar. These artificial sweeteners cannot be used for baking and do not have the same feel or texture as sugar. For that and many other reasons, we quickly give into our sugar cravings and go back to the real thing. The most commonly used sweeteners are saccharin and aspartame. These have been “sufficient” for many people, but we continue to seek for better alternatives that taste just like our sugar friend.
Xylitol is a naturally occurring substitute that many people do not know about. It looks and tastes just like sugar but doesn’t carry the unhealthy side effects such as tooth decay and cavities that come from excessive amounts of sugar. It’s healthier for us and is an easier way for us to cut back on calories and will help satiate the sugar cravings we all get. Xylitol can be used to bake all your favorite foods and is in crystalline form just how we are used to sugar.
Sugar is a huge part of many of our lives, but causes problems when eaten too much. Diabetes in kids is a growing problem and is partly due to eating too many sugary foods and a lack of exercise. Weight gain among children and adults can be attributed to sugary and fatty foods. Sugar poses a problem for all, but if consumed in proper doses, then it is not bad for us at all.
Other than Xylitol, there are many other natural sweeteners we can turn to that will give us the sugar we need. Honey, fruit juices, maple syrup, and fructose are other alternatives that many use to substitute for regular sugar. Natural sweeteners are a healthy alternative to regular sugar. Remember that consumption is the key. Any food, including sugar, consumed in moderate amounts is not harmful.
So it’s up to each person to take care of their body and watch the amounts of sugar eaten. Sugar is in most foods and that’s why we like to eat so much. We can be responsible in the amount of sugar that we consume and have artificial or natural sweeteners if desired. Fruit flavored water can also be a great substitute to sugar craving. Keeping a glass water bottle on hand will allow you to quickly reach and drink this type beverage for your sweet craving.
October 22, 2015
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Vary your activity by walking, jogging,cycling, dancing, swimming, playing a sport or anything else that keeps you moving each day.
Set weekly goals, and then start slowly, gradually exercise longer and harder. Make your goals specific and realistic so you don’t get discouraged for example: Add 10 minutes to your workout weekly.
Squeeze it in by breaking up your daily exercise three 10 to 20 minutes blocks.
Schedule it- Put exercise on your calendar like a meeting. you’ll be less likely to skip it.
Turn Tv into healthy habit by using a workout video or exercise on a treadmill or mini trampoline while you watch your favorite show.
Buddy up-Stick to it by working out with your partner or a pal. You can help encourage each other to stay on track.
Move around more in your daily life-Take the stairs instead of the elevator, park farther from the door, or do active chores like mopping or gardening.
Hydrate- Drink plenty of water. Use a glass water bottle or stainless steel sport water bottle for interest.
October 19, 2015
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*Eat fruits and veggies at every meal to help you fee full.
*Make at least half your carbs whole grain-you’ll get fiber andfeel full more quickly.
*Avoic or limi alcohol- its high in calories. Stick to one drink for women and two for men.
*Vary your veggies so you don’t get bored. Try eating a combination of colors for a better mix of vitamins.
*Choose low fat or fat free dairy products.
*Use spices instead of sauces or salt.
*Use a no-calorie sweetener instead of sugar.
*Trim the fat from meat or poultry, buy lean cuts. And grill, bake or boil instead of frying.
*Eat breakfast, so you don’t over eat later.
*Drink water using a glass water bottle in stead of soda.
October 15, 2015
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- Daily Health News
- Joseph Feuerstein, MD
To many of us, drinking plain old water is pretty boring. Yes, we all know that good health requires good hydration—but water alone doesn’t titillate the taste buds, which is one reason why many people instead guzzle bad-for-you beverages (such as soda and energy drinks) or sky-high-in-sugar fruit juices.
There is a better solution: Adding all-natural ingredients such as fruits, vegetables and herbs to water can infuse water with flavor and a bit of nutritional oomph, turning ho-hum H20 into a truly tasty and especially healthful beverage. There are lots of easy ways to create a spa-worthy water bar at home—and we’ve got some great taste combinations.
Why not just buy flavored water? Some commercial flavored water products contain high levels of acids that can soften tooth enamel, leading to erosion and increased sensitivity (though to be fair, this also can happen when you add a natural citrus juice such as lemon to water)…it is much more economical to make your own…and you get to create the exact taste you want.
HOW IT DOES A BODY GOOD
If flavoring your water encourages you to drink more of it, then the small effort involved is well worthwhile. That’s because good hydration is essential for maintaining proper organ function…preventing constipation, muscle spasms and headaches…flushing toxins out of your body…keeping energy up…and keeping food cravings at bay.
“You cannot overestimate the importance of water to your health, given that the human body is more than 50% water,” said Joseph Feuerstein, MD, an assistant professor of clinical medicine at Columbia University and director of integrative medicine at Stamford Hospital in Stamford, Connecticut. How much water do you need? A good guideline is to drink at least 64 ounces per day—or even more if the weather is hot…if you’re working out…or if 64 ounces isn’t enough to keep your urine clear.
The flavor-adding ingredients also enhance the nutritional value of the water—just a bit, but enough to make a difference. “Just as some foods, such blueberries and acai, are called ‘superfoods’ because of their multiple health benefits, adding healthy substances to water turns it into a ‘super drink,’” said Dr. Feuerstein.
An infusion is a drink prepared by soaking fresh or dried plants. This process allows many nutritious substances from the plants, such as vitamins and antioxidants, to seep into the water. Using hot water essentially “cooks” the plant, which can transform some of the substances (sometimes in ways that lessen their nutritional value) and/or alter the taste of the beverage…using cold water requires more soaking time to extract the nutrients but is a gentler form of extraction for some of the delicate compounds found in the plants, Dr. Feuerstein said.
Simply slice or mash the ingredients, add them to the a pitcher or glass water bottle, fill the with water and let soak in the refrigerator for at least two to four hours.
Experiment with various types of fruits, veggies and herbs, using them alone or in combination, to see which types of flavored water you like best. With fruits, riper generally is better—in fact, creating flavored water is a great way to use up overripe fruit. As for how much to use, it totally depends on what tastes good to you, though generally you’ll want to use enough plant ingredients in your infusion to bring about some change in color in the water, Dr. Feuerstein said. You can strain out the plant ingredients before drinking the infusion or leave them in if you prefer.
Tasty combinations to try…
- Pineapple, peaches and mint
- Cherries and basil
- Berries, citrus fruits and ginger (peeled and sliced)
- Watermelon and lime
- Cucumber slices, cilantro and dill
- Peppers, carrots and thyme
- Tomatoes and oregano
Different ingredients provide different health benefits—for instance, if you want to…
- Freshen the breath, clear congestion—use mint, basil and/or lime.
- Boost the immune system, aid digestion—use strawberries and/or kiwis.
- Relieve bloating, satisfy the appetite—use cucumber, orange, lemon and/or lime.
For more ideas: Check out this recipe page on Pinterest.
Source: Joseph Feuerstein, MD, assistant clinical professor of medicine, Columbia University, New York City, and director of integrative medicine, Stamford Hospital, Stamford, Connecticut.
October 15, 2015
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Hydration may help prevent illnesses. But for those already sick, hydration can help alleviate cold and flu symptoms, as well. A few ways hydration helps during cold and flu season are that drinking more fluids may boost immune system function, helping fend off illnesses.
Increasing fluids can help prevent dehydration caused by vomiting, diarrhea or excessive sweating due to high fever. Hydration may help keep the nose and throat moist and help loosen mucus.
There are also a few reasons drinking enough water is good for children throughout the year. First, hydration is critical for proper immune system function. Water helps the body flush out harmful toxins, absorb nutrients more efficiently and helps promote proper lymph function. Thus, staying hydrated enables the body to better defend itself against harmful germs.
If your child does become sick, staying hydrated can also help relieve cold symptoms. For instance, drinking fluids when battling a cold can help break up mucus and relieve congestion, as well as replace the additional fluids that are lost due to fever. Several studies have shown that children who are hydrated have better concentration during class and more sustained energy .
October 13, 2015
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For many years I had read the suggestion to drink lemon water the first thing every morning. The fact is I also would start and then stop many times: However having a glass of lemon water in the morning really does seem to leave me feeling refreshed, energized and less longing fora quick snack. Its best to use slightly warm or room temperature water. Really cold water can negate the benefits. You can use two tablespoons of Santa Cruz 100 % natural lemon juice or simply squeeze in the juice of half a lemon. If your weight is less than 150 pounds. If you weigh more than 150 pounds, use a whole lemon or three tablespoons.
If you choose to try this read and take note of some benefits of using lemon water in a glass water bottle:
Lemon water has been none to increase energy. Instead of always start your morning with a cup of coffee, try switching to lemon water instead. You might be surprised at how alert you’ll feel. It’s also helps to ward off a cold. Citrus juice can help strengthen your immune system and fend off symptoms of a cold.
Many today spend large amounts of money on skin care so why not take advantage of Lemon water to improve your skin. The vitamin C in lemons can help boost collagen production and prevent new wrinkles from forming.
Next you can also kick-start your digestion. Starting your day with a glass of lemon water can wake up your digestive system by flushing out toxins and hydrating your whole body and support you liver function. There’s evidence that shows that lemons can help the liver better remove toxins and prevent new infections from forming.
Finally if you suffer with bad breath. Lemon juice acts as a disinfectant, getting rid of bad bacteria in your mouth and improving your breath and like bananas, lemons contain plenty of potassium, which helps promote brain health.
September 28, 2015
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