Wednesday, December 11th, 2013
Small changes in a person’s diet can make a big difference. The phrase an apple a day has quite a bit of truth behind it, and should perhaps include ‘and a banana’. Consuming vegetables and fruits high in fiber and rich in antioxidants can truly help stave off the negative side effects a person would get from artificial processed foods. Apples and bananas are full of nutrients, and a far better choice than French fries.
Thousands of women every year are surprised to find that they have heart disease, the number one killer of women in America. Apples have become a common staple in the diet of women trying to lose weight and change their health. The fiber rich food fortifies hunger and can lower cholesterol over time. They can help reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, stroke and cancer. The riboflavin, vitamin B-6 and thiamin found in apples additionally help to keep the nervous system running smoothly and maintain healthy red blood cells. Recent research found that quercetin, an antioxidant found in apples, works to decrease the amount of cell death that is impacted by oxidation and inflammation ultimately increasing neurological health. This nutrient also has the ability to boost your endurance during a workout by increasing the amount of oxygen available to the lungs.
Bananas have just as prominently become a daily must-have in the diets of those trying to improve their overall health and even lose weight. The fiber in one banana has the ability to slow digestion and make you feel fuller, longer, which can be helpful to a person who is prone to overeat. This mass amount of fiber also helps keep a person’s system regular and on track. Bananas also contain tryptophan which is converted into serotonin by the body, helping combat depression. The FDA has officially approved bananas with the ability to prevent stroke, heart attack and lower blood pressure when consumed regularly. New research has exposed the major amount of fuel bananas can provide the body as well. The study was completed with cyclists who ate half a banana and water every 15 minutes during an extensive ride that lasted over 40 consecutive miles. The control group was given only a sports drink. All the participants finished at the same time and surprisingly had similar levels of glucose. The researches believe that the combination of potassium, vitamins, antioxidants and carbohydrates found in the fruit are the natural remedy to man-made ‘power’ providing food and drink.
Instead of grabbing a juice and a processed snack, choose an apple and banana and see the changes your choices can make.
Thursday, December 5th, 2013
Those who exercise regularly or sporadically range from a relaxed attitude and little dedication to those who prefer extreme and intense physical challenges. Regardless of a person’s physical fitness level, there are a few tips and tricks known by athletes, performers and competitors alike that could be beneficial to everyone.
Having knowledge in physiology and rehabilitation can help minimize the after-math of an intense sweat session, but for the rest of the population injury prevention is not always common sense. Strengthening your back can have a direct effect on lowering a person’s risk of injury during a work out. An easy and quick way to do this is to sit in the cow or cat position, with both knees and hands flat on the ground, with your back flat like a tabletop. From here, extend the same side arm and leg out to be parallel to the ground, in a straight line toe to finger and even with the level of the back. Hold for 20 seconds and then switch sides. This should be repeated at least 15 times, three or four times a week. Avoiding high intensity workout videos, which have become very popular very quickly, may be a good idea if you are at a low or medium level of workout intensity. Introducing your body to an overly intense workout could cause damage to muscle, tissues or joints if you are not in optimal shape or physically prepared for the stress.
A person doesn’t have to attend a gym every day to maintain a physically healthy life. Something as simple as using correct posture can make a world of difference over time. The muscles needed to keep the spine strait, shoulder blades down and head balanced over your neck are not utilized when slouching and when engaged, can legitimately increase core strength. Constantly sipping on water can directly influence a person’s energy level and the ability to have a more successful workout session. Even moderate dehydration can create adverse health effects and make a person more sluggish. It is recommended that a person consume between eight to 10 glasses of water a day, and more with heavy exertion.
And for a person who does engage in regular physical exercise, the ten minutes following a workout can be the most valuable piece of time a person has. It is during this brief amount of time that you can help your body to minimize after-workout pain and help muscle heal. Because damage to muscle tissue is what ultimately allows it to grow stronger, a healthy snack following exercise can allow the body the building blocks necessary to begin correcting what has been jeopardized. Allowing your body proper care and attention can help prevent injury and increase performance.
Wednesday, December 4th, 2013
Food fraud is the act of secretly exchanging a food product with another by creating, replacing or mimicking it for financial gain at the expense of the consumer. Fraudulent food can have severe and adverse affects on the health of those who ingest it, and could cause dietary or allergic reactions from the unknown and unlabeled contents. During a time of year when Americans seemingly consume more food, it may be important to know where your meals are coming from. Although it is a relatively difficult crime to bust, it still makes up around seven percent of the consumable foods brought into the United States.
Certain foods have a higher risk of coming from a source that may be dishonest. Honey specifically can be created and sold under fraudulent pretense. For example, the honey manufactured in China contains the antibiotic Chloramphenicol, illegal both in the U.S. and Europe. A distributor may purchase this honey and transport it to another country where it is repackaged and documented to reveal a different point of origin. An American company then, who is aware of the dishonesty, can legally purchase the honey and use it to make other products, use as an additive or sell as plain honey.
Research contained in the Food Fraud Database listed other common foods that may have a higher risk of fraudulence.
• Olive oil. This can easily be swapped for other oils, similar in color, including those treated with chlorophyll. Someone with a peanut allergy may run the risk of anaphylactic shock if accidently ingested.
• Coffee. Some devious manufacturers have knowingly sold chicory, twigs and leaves, parchment, corn, barley and caramel, all ground up and made to look, taste and smell like coffee.
• Milk. This dietary staple has been discovered to have been replaced with powdered milk product and urea. Additives like oil, detergent, caustic soda, salt and sugar has been found as well.
• Orange and Apple Juice. These fruit juices can contain high-fructose corn syrup, fungicide, synthetic malic acid, as well as a concoction of other fruit juices and paprika extract.
Although it may seem scary to consider, these food products do not have to be cut out of a person’s diet to avoid fake and dangerous additives. Purchasing groceries from a trusted store or supermarket that has a brand to uphold will care more about their name and providing good quality products. Purchasing foods from questionable sources and labels that are not popular and are exceptionally inexpensive may be too good to be true. Buying organic and local food can help be preventative with avoiding fraud, as well. A pint of honey should not cost less than a dollar, and if it does, it may be better to buy the other brand.