Beverages Boost Calorie Intake, But Many View Fluids As Calorie-free!

 
Beverages - and not just alcohol - are a significant if little recognized source of calories in North American diets. Yet many people seem to believe that if a calorie is ingested in fluid form, it's a freebie. "They just don't put it in the same category - they're not eating, they're quenching a thirst," says Richard Mattes, a nutrition professor at Purdue University in Indiana who has done extensive research on beverage consumption. Sure, most people know a thick milk shake, a sugary cola or a pint of beer isn't the best choice for someone on a diet....
 

(Fitness) Health Thoughts, Living on the Health Minimum Wage?

 
Random thoughts taken from valuable sources, what many nutrition experts consider to be the most important nutrients and health habits a person should have to help them stay healthy long term. We would categorize them into the following areas. Dietary Fiber - Fiber is extremely important to your health in a number of different ways. According to the National Institutes of Health one of the common causes of constipation is not enough fiber in the diet. Fiber promotes cardiovascular health plus in studies has been indicated to help lower harmful cholesterol levels when combined with a healthy diet....
 

Understanding Amino Acids and their Importance in Diet

 
The importance of protein in a healthy diet is well known to nutritional scientists, and widely understood by the general population. Indeed, every bodily system is directly or indirectly supported by protein. For example, protein supports the structural development of cells, helps ensure the integrity of tissue, aids digestion, carries hormones, and strengthens the immune system[i]. More recently, however, the motivation for people to choose protein-rich foods has been fueled by carbohydrate-free and carbohydrate-reduced diets, such as the Atkins?...
 

Food for Healthy Nails

 
Nails are a protective horn at the end of our most sensitive extremities: fingers and toes. They can often become injured from accidents or crushing weight such as heavy walking or running. They can also become infected from bacterial or fungal infections as well as separated from the nail bed or chipped from harsh weather. The nails are often a reflection of our overall health or nutritional deficiencies. Some ways to listen to what your nails are trying to tell you are: ? Iron/Protein/Calcium Deficiency = brittle, concave, ridged, white half moons ?...
 

How to Use Flax Seed

 
There are brown and golden colored flax seeds. The golden cost more but there is not difference in their nutritional value. You can grind them up in a grinder and add them to your smoothies. It is best not to use them in any cooking recipes. Heat destroys the value of the flax oil and makes it toxic. I don't recommend you buy ground up flax seeds as found on websites or in health food stores. Once you grind your flax seeds, you need to use them in your drinks or food soon after grinding so they don't lose their nutritive value....
 

Organic Food - The Benefits of Natural and Organic Produce

 
Having spent most of my life living off of junk food, I was pretty shocked when I started learning about what goes into the produce we consume every day from the grocery store. Most of the produce you would buy at the grocery store has been genetically modified to be more appealing to the customer. But, evidence suggests that genetically modified food can be harmful to your health. There are very few regulations on genetically modified food, and there aren't any long term studies on how they affect human health....
 

Natural Foods Defined

 
With so many people concerned about natural and organic foods these days, it's useful to stop and really take a look at what "natural" and "organic" foods really are. We all know that natural and organic foods are better for us than highly processed or artificial foods, but do we really know which foods are natural and organic? When you buy food that is labeled "natural," what does that really mean? What about "organic"? So what can the savvy nutritionally-conscious consumer do about this?...
 

Fluoride Damages Childrens Bones, Study Says

 
White-spotted or yellow splotched teeth may reveal more than needed expensive cosmetic dentistry. Children with fluoride-discolored teeth (dental fluorosis) are more likely to have bone damage, according to a study published in the journal "Fluoride." Despite living in a low-water-fluoride district, 132 Tibetan children, aged 8 to 13-years-old, developed dental fluorosis from dietary fluoride sources such as brick tea, a popular Asian drink, fed to children as young as two years old. (1) Wrist x-rays reveal that 96% of those children with dental fluorosis had "developmental skeletal abnormalities" including carpal bone hardening or thickening....
 

Set Your Fat Thermostat at a Healthy Level

 
Have you ever watched someone who appears thin and healthyeating a piece of chocolate cake and wondered how they staythin? Part of the reason is that they have a set-point intheir brain that keeps their body fat and weight fromvarying~ that is, until they do something that causes thebrain to change its settings for weight control. That's what happened to me when I quit smoking. I'd beenslender all my life until I stopped smoking and gainednearly 25 pounds! Quitting nicotine had triggered achemical process that altered a weight control function inmy brain....
 

Best Skin Diet For Healthy Skin

 
"You are what you eat." Does it sound familiar? You probably have heard of it. And yes, it is true. What you eat affects how well you are and how you look - today and for the years to come. Balanced diet is needed for optimal health and well - being; as well as having a healthy skin. However, balanced diet is primarily set to prevent malnutrition and vitamin/ mineral deficiencies. The aim of this article is to provide tips that will help you achieve the skin you have always longed for....
 
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