Fiber – we can’t digest it and it provides us with no calories or nutrients, yet we know that it’s good for us and most of us need more. What is it exactly, and what is it about fiber that makes it so healthy for us? What is Fiber? Fiber is simply the part of the plant foods we eat that we aren't able to break down in our digestive systems. There are two types of fiber: soluble and insoluble. Soluble fiber will form a gel when dissolved in water. This type of fiber will slow down the … [Read more...] about Does Fiber Help You Lose Weight?
I would like to start this post just by saying that I know that there are many horrors of alcohol abuse and not just benefits of beer and that there are many reasons why drinking alcohol may lead to an early exit. But at the same time I just bottled my fourth batch of home made beer, Barons Beer actually, and thought that it would be fun to come up with a great big list of why beer is good for you. Health Benefits of Beer For All Of Us Cancer preventer - A compound found only in hops, which … [Read more...] about Health benefits of Beer
Vitamin D is found in many dietary sources such as fish, eggs, fortified milk, and cod liver oil. The sun also contributes significantly to the daily production of vitamin D, and as little as 10 minutes of exposure is thought to be enough to prevent deficiencies. The term "vitamin D" refers to several different forms of this vitamin Two forms of Vitamin D are important in humans: ergocalciferol (vitamin D2) and cholecalciferol (vitamin D3). Vitamin D2 is synthesized by plants. Vitamin D3 is … [Read more...] about Vitamin D Requirements, Deficiency, and Supplementation
A few months ago I rolled out a series of emails that people could subscribe to for free. You may have seen the sign up form on other pages of this blog but I wanted to remind you about it now that spring seems to be poking out around the corner and so many of us are thinking about improving our fitness for the summer. The series of emails comes every second day for 21 or so days and each day is dedicated to something different. Everything from eating, cardio, weights, water, protein, … [Read more...] about Reminder of 21 day free fitness tips
A total of about 100 eating tips for a healthier lifestyle. These are a giant list of simple and easy eating tips that can help you live healthier starting today. Do you think you can integrate 100 eating tips into your life right now? I don't. The best thing to do is to copy this list somewhere, or email the link to yourself and just come back and add one every week or so. Before you know it you will have changed your life for the better! 100 Healthy Eating Tips 1. Add just one fruit or … [Read more...] about 100 Eating Tips For A Healthier Lifestyle
I just found a great research article on Vanadium. Vanadium is a trace mineral that we all get a little of in our diet. I used to take Vanadium back in the early 90's as it was supposed to promote better cell maintenance for training. I have not used it since but have found some more information on Vanadium today. Vanadium Plays Role In Speeding Recovery From Infections Several animal studies and a few very small human studies suggest that vanadium may reduce blood sugar levels and … [Read more...] about The Power of Vanadium For Muscle Recovery
Magnesium is an extremely important mineral to both your loss goals and your health. In fact, it’s the 4th most abundant mineral in your body and it’s constantly being depleted. Half of your magnesium is contained within your bones. The rest is found in your cells and blood. It’s needed to carry out more than 300 processes and reactions in your body. A deficiency in magnesium could cause complications and problems. Increasing your intake of magnesium is likely to have positive effects on … [Read more...] about Why You Need Magnesium
We all know that Antioxidants are a great way to help cleanse our body and reduce inflammation. But, what is the reason that an athlete may need more antioxidants than anyone else and how do antioxidants help athletes? Why do athletes use Antioxidants? Some athletes say that antioxidants help protect the body from free radicals. What do the advocates say? Antioxidants such as vitamin C, vitamin E, CoQ10, glutathione, and alpha lipoic acid are important supplements for everyone, but … [Read more...] about Antioxidants for Athletes
Zinc is a nutrient that people need to stay healthy. Zinc is found in cells throughout the body. It helps the immune system fight off invading bacteria and viruses. Why Do You Need Zinc? The body also needs zinc to make proteins and DNA, the genetic material in all cells. During pregnancy, infancy, and childhood, the body needs zinc to grow and develop properly. Zinc also helps wounds heal and is important for proper senses of taste and smell. Zinc preparations can protect against … [Read more...] about The Critical Importance of Zinc In Your Diet
I found this article at Sign on San Diego. It is a geat article on the value of these "other" egg products that we see in stores. I only eat eggs on the weekend when I am hungry for a bigger breakfast with the kids and have always wanted to know more about these eggs. I bought them once and they tasted like eggs but just never bought them again... Remember the days when shopping for eggs was just a question of large or jumbo? The Emergence of 100 Types of Eggs Today's supermarkets present … [Read more...] about Eggs in a box instead of a carton
When they use the term "B complex," scientists are tacitly admitting that they do not know all the vitamins that compose it. Yet experiments with animals indicate that the B vitamins may turn out to be the most remarkable treasure house of human health thus far discovered. The entire B complex (not the individual and better known B vitamins) appears to be a preventive o£ baldness and of gray hair, at least in animals, as we shall later see. Greater B intake in animals is believed by … [Read more...] about Thiamine – B Complex Vitamins
Chromium is a mineral that humans require in trace amounts. Actually the reccomended intake of Chromium is 120 µg (micrograms) although its mechanisms of action in the body and the amounts needed for optimal health are not well defined. Chromium History Chromium is known to enhance the action of insulin, a hormone critical to the metabolism and storage of carbohydrate, fat, and protein in the body. In 1957, a compound in brewers' yeast was found to prevent an age-related decline in the … [Read more...] about Chromium – a Possible Help for Diabetes?
Fats are always looked at as a negative in a diet...well in almost all diets anyway, as Atkins tends to think that they are OK. The reason that most people try to avoid fats is that they tend to be less of a priority for your body to metabolize; the body would rather metabolize the carbohydrates and then Fat or Protein. Another issue with fat is the number of calories per gram, a gram of fat has 9 calories as opposed to Protein and carbohydrates which have 4 calories per gram. So your body … [Read more...] about Fats in your diet – What To Eat What to Avoid
Fiber is one of those things that we are told to eat more of yet there should be some confusion. Not all fiber is alike. Most Americans know that foods high in fiber are full of nutrients because they are less processed. There are two kinds of dietary fiber and you need both. Two Types of Fiber Insoluble fiber (the type that does not dissolve in water and is found in wheat bran, oats, whole grains and vegetables) helps promote regularity, prevent hemorrhoids and diverticulosis. It may also … [Read more...] about Facts on Fiber – As well as much better sources than bread and grains
We all have the best of plans when we walk into a grocery store but sadly once we get in and through the aisles there are lots of sifferent choices that we have to make. Some of these choices are good or bad, and often it is hard to decide which choice is best. I found the following article that is a must read before you next go to the grocery store: Some Healthier Choices at Your Grocery Store Some Healthier Choices at Your Grocery Store Here are a few changes you can make the next time … [Read more...] about Healthier choices at the Grocery Store