Most nutritionists agree that consuming processed meats correlate to potentially developing diseases such as high blood pressure and heart disease. But scientific research now suggests that enjoying too many savory steaks or juicy lamb chops can actually put you at higher risk for developing colon cancer. The reasoning behind this link relates to meat as a carcinogenic; primarily red meats and processed meats. But before you take a bite of that hamburger or cut into that steak, you should understand how and why eating certain meats can potentially put you at a higher risk for developing colon cancer. Continue reading “Does Eating Meat Cause Colon Cancer?”
Metabolism. We’ve all heard of it, and we’ve likely all talked about it. We may even know if ours is slow or fast. But how much do we really know about metabolism? If you were asked to explain it, could you? Does it even matter if you know anything or nothing at all about your metabolism? Actually, knowing how your metabolism works can help you to make better choices in your diet and exercise routine. It can even help you to decide what kinds of exercise and foods will work best for your particular metabolism. The simple answer to the above question is: metabolism is the rate at which your body can process the foods you consume. Of course, there’s a lot more to it, and the more you know, the better off you, your body, and your fitness results will be. Here’s some info from gastroenterologists in Queens on the subject of metabolism. A top GI doc near you can help you to understand how metabolism works and how to use this to achieve results you desire.
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Food is fuel. So perhaps a better term for these foods is super fuel—because that’s what your body receives when you eat them—fuel that supercharges you. Think about this … you wouldn’t put just any old junk into your car’s gas tank, right? Of course not! You put gasoline in your gas tank—because, well, that’s all it will take without harming your car. Yet many of us think nothing about putting junk inside our bodies. But isn’t your body so much more important than your car? Now, think of it this way … eating super foods is like not only putting gasoline into your car’s gas tank rather than junk; it’s like putting premium ultra-supreme super-duper unleaded gasoline into it! And with each super food you eat, your body gets that much stronger and healthier. If you’re searching for daily health tips (and you must be—otherwise you wouldn’t be reading this article!), you’ve come to the right place. Following is important information about super foods—what super foods are, their history, how they got to be called ‘super foods,’ as well as which foods have the power to keep your body functioning properly. Continue reading “What Are Super Foods?”
The most succinct definition of the ‘Microbiome’ is the entirety of microorganisms and their accompanying genetic material that we have in our bodies. Wait–is there that much microorganism activity going on in our bodies that there’s a whole separate word for it–not to mention world encompassing it? Absolutely. In fact, in the breakdown of cells making up the human body, you might say we humans are about 90 percent inhuman! A better explanation of that statement would be that the human body includes literally trillions of microorganisms and their combined genetic matter. And therein lies the Microbiome. Following is more detailed information about the fascinating world of the Microbiome that will help you better understand the Microbiome and what it has to do with your health. Continue reading “What is the Microbiome?”
Most Americans get very little nutrition in their daily diets. According to the President’s Council on Fitness, the typical American diet exceeds the recommended intake limits in four categories, including fats and added sugars, sodium, saturated fats, and refined grains. It also reports that most Americans eat less than the recommended amounts of fruits and vegetables, and 90% of all Americans eat more sodium than what is recommended for a healthy diet. However, perhaps what is most shocking is that the average calorie consumption has increased by 600 calories per day in the past four decades! If one of your goals this year is to eat a healthier diet, here are some tips for living a healthy life that will help you make better decisions every day from here on out so that you can look forward to a long and healthy future.
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Most of us are looking for daily health tips that will help us maintain good health. That’s why millions of Americans take vitamins on a regular or at least semi-regular basis. In fact, vitamin use is so prevalent in our society that vitamin sales top 12 billion dollars annually, with their numbers growing daily. Vitamin C, vitamin A, B complex, multivitamins, women’s vitamins, men’s vitamins … the list seems endless. But what benefits are we getting from our vitamins? Are there multiple benefits from each? And does age or gender really matter when it comes to the vitamins you take? Of questions, there are many. Following is a list of the most important vitamins and how each works in the body.
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Sit up straight and eat your vegetables! How many times did Mom nag you with this line when you were growing up? Well, now you’re all grown up, and, if you want to slump down at the kitchen table, or rest your head on your hand while downing your cornflakes… so be it. But, when it comes to eating your veggies, take Mom’s advice to heart.
Produce packs a punch – it’s so easy to get the doctor-recommended two to seven servings of fruits and veggies daily, but to do so, what works best for you? How do you get the most nutrients out of the produce you choose for your drinks, snacks and meals?
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There’s an old saying that “you are what you eat”, if that is true, you want to put the most healthful foods into your body to ensure that you stay in optimum health. Your diet plan should be diverse, with a wide variety of nutrients and healthful substances, and, of course, you want your meals and snacks to be tasty as well. That’s a tall order isn’t it? But, if you follow the Government guidelines and select your meals from each of the major food groups, your reward will be good health the rest of your life.
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If you are of a certain age, you remember eating white Wonder bread as a kid. Kids liked that soft squishy bread that Mom piled high with peanut butter and jelly. Back in the 60s, the catch phrase for white Wonder Bread was “Wonder helps build strong bodies 12 ways” because this bread was chock full of nutrients. Through the years, Wonder Bread has added to their product line, so, in addition to the classic white bread, you can now get the same texture of bread but in whole grain. Mom is doubly happy to serve it to the kids and it still has that same moist texture that kids loved.
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There is a popular expression people often use about “comparing apples to oranges” sometimes it is used in a rather snarky manner, as if to indicate that there are apparent differences between two items – in other words, the distinction is a “no brainer”.
Even though that delicious orange orb with its dimpled appearance versus the apple which could take on any number of appearances (red, green or yellow, not to mention some 2,500 varieties of apples grown here in the United States), those two fruits have something more important in common – they are good and good for you.
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