The Benefits of Probiotics

  • By: Tom
  • On: 07/30/2011 15:56:25
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If you are someone that suffers from indigestion or other stomach issues probiotics may be something you should look into.

Be Cautious of Guacamole and Salsa When Eating Out

  • By: Tom
  • On: 07/22/2010 14:37:31
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I recently read an article about eating out in places that serve salsa and guacamole and that you need to cautious about eating them. These two foods are both uncooked and therefore have no heat to wipe out bad bacteria. They can carry the same risk as being at home and not washing your hands or if your refrigerator isn't working properly. Also at times these foods could be made in very large batches where contamination ca affect many. Be sure and check with the place you are eating at about these foods and how long ago they were made and how long they have been sitting out you want to avoid getting food poisoning.

Don't Become Discouraged by the Gym

  • By: Tom
  • On: 07/19/2010 09:02:37
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In the beginning of your exercise plan it can be easy to get discouraged. All you need is the right approach to keep you on track so here are a few things to think about:
Find a gym that fits with what you're looking for. Most cities have several gyms, so shop around until you find that you get a feel for one. It's a good idea to find a gym that is nearby your work and home so it's not too much effort to get to. Find a gym that isn't too expensive so that the price tag doesn't keep from you going on a regular basis. Many gyms offer discount packages or guest passes, take advantage. Take classes or use equipment that you like, this  will keep you motivated. Set up a rewards system for yourself and you can train yourself to look forward to exercising since you will have set up a treat for yourself by accomplishing the goal you set for yourself. Going to the gym with a friend or family member can really help keep you motivated, you will be getting support in going to the gym. Most of all be easy on yourself and enjoy going for a workout.

Eating Healthy on the Road

  • By: Tom
  • On: 07/09/2010 16:11:43
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It can be easy to just get some snack foods at the 7-eleven or the gas station when you're road tripping, but you don't want to get into that habit. If you must stop at a gas station look for refrigerated things with an expiration date. Nowadays fast food places have salads and sandwiches, if you must have the burger try the kid's meal. You can stop at a greasy spoon diner that usually serves breakfast all day or very late in the afternoon and should have healthy options like oatmeal, or a veggie omelette. You are sure to find a mexican restaurant which usually has many healthy options and have some guacamole to get some healthy fats. if you can find a deli or a subway you will be able to build your own sandwich. Another great idea is to bring as much of your own food as you can. pack a cooler with things that need to stay cold and bring snacks like nuts and dried fruit. You can save some money this way as well having your own stash and won't be left with nothing if you are driving late at night and there is no place to stop to eat.

Eating More Vegetables Decreases Wrinkles

  • By: Tom
  • On: 07/05/2010 15:52:27
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As if we really need more reasons to eat vegetables, a new study from japan studied over 700 Japanese women. They measured surface lipids, hydration, elasticity and vegetable intake. Even with controlling other variables like smoking, sun exposure and age they found some interesting things. The higher dietary fat intake of saturated and mono saturated was associated with improved skin elasticity. There was a decrease in skin wrinkles around the eyes with women who had higher intakes of green and yellow vegetables. Adjusting the intake of green and yellow vegetables, higher levels of saturated fat were associated with worse skin wrinkling. However, even with these results further studies with more accurate measurements methods are needed to see the role of daily diet in the aging of the skin.

Palm Sugar the Next Natural Sweetener

  • By: Tom
  • On: 06/23/2010 15:17:33
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It can be daunting trying to find natural sweeteners that are low-glycemic, without high fructose corn syrup and taste great.  Palm sugar seems to be the next best thing. Palm sugar is nutrient-rich and low glycemic and it looks and tastes almost like real sugar. It comes from the flowers that grow high in coconut trees which are opened to collect the liquid flower nectar. It is then air-dried to form crystalline sugar. It is also naturally rich in several vitamins and minerals including zinc, potassium, iron and B vitamins 1, 2, 3 and 6.  Palm sugar has been known to deliver a slow release of energy which sustains the body through your daily activities without experiencing the highs and lows you get with cane sugar. The only disadvantage there seems to be is the price, organic palm sugar can cost $8-$10 per pound here in the US. Shop around online and locally and you may be able to find a lower price, but still well worth the cost for a healthier sweetener.

Lowering Soda Intake May Lower Blood Pressure

  • By: Tom
  • On: 06/21/2010 15:24:16
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The Journal of the American Heart Association recently published an article about the consumption of sugar-sweetned beverages affect on blood pressure. Drinking just one less sugar-sweetened beverage a day showed a drop in blood pressure among 800 adults who had elevated blood pressure. However researchers do not believe this proves that these beverages cause high blood pressure and believe further research is needed. Beverages in sugar like soda have already been linked with the risk of obesity and diabetes which both can cause high blood pressure. American adults consume an average of about 28 ounces of sugar-sweetened beverages per day. This includes drinks sweetened with sugar and  high fructose corn syrup. If Americans cut out just one soda they could really decrease their risk of high blood pressure.

More Sleep May Make You Smarter

  • By: Tom
  • On: 06/11/2010 15:20:02
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New research adds to the fact that sleep can improve your every day performance. This is especially true for athletes. Researchers at Stanford University find that getting extra hours of sleep can help improve football player's performances when doing drills. Even when they thought they were getting enough rest at night they showed moderate levels of daytime fatigue. Going beyond the athletic side of things a new study showed that the sleep habits of preschool children played a unique role in their development.  This study surveyed children from 9 months old through kindergarten. The children who had a specific bed time rule had higher scores on language and math skills. They were small but significant differences but a very good example of the power of a good night's sleep.

Stop Eating Processed Foods

  • By: Tom
  • On: 06/04/2010 15:17:24
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I found an article about a new book out called "Real Food Has Curves: How to Get Off Processed Food, Lose Weight, and Love What You Eat" by Mark Scarbrough. The book walks you through the process of weaning yourself from packaged and processed foods. T do so you need to start by selecting and tasting something fresh and committing to bettering your food. The book also talks about how to tell what "real" foods are like fresh orange juice, not juice from concentrate. The less processed the food, the better. Also something else that I found very interesting is where he talks about how grocery stores set up the food for sale by having more expensive foods that have ingredients of corn syrup and high fructose corn syrup at front and center. he gives great information about when to forgo "fake" foods and what to opt in for instead. To learn more and find healthy recipes check out the blog.

Studies Link High Blood Pressure to Bad Air

  • By: Tom
  • On: 05/27/2010 14:11:03
  • In: Health
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In Salt lake City there have been two new studies that show bad air being linked to high blood pressure and heart related deaths. Utah is the most concerned because five cities in the state have experienced the worst air in the nation many times during the winter months. The Heart Association found that breathing particulates for long periods of time can increase the risk for a heart attack and in the end shorten their life. According to an air monitoring manager, particulate is very much like dirt filling up your sink and stuff that gets trapped in your vacuum bag. Researchers also found that people who live in urban areas with pollution from cars and power plants have higher blood pressure than those who do not. On the good side, it has been shown that reducing particulate intake can reverse any negative effects to a person's health in a few years.
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