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When it comes to keeping fit, there are a host of responsibilities that you must taken on in order to ensure that the diet and exercise that you maintain has positive effects on the health of your body. In this article, we'll be talking about some simple ways to change your life in order to allow your lifestyle to be more beneficial to your level of fitness.
- Get your nutrition from a variety of sources. The wider the range of the foods you eat, the better your body can get the various nutrients and minerals that it requires to function properly. Sticking to a picky diet of the same foods over a long period of time can have negative consequences when it comes to your health.
- Whenever possible, include garlic as an ingredient in what you eat. Garlic is a veritable wonderfood, helping the body in a large number of ways. Garlic helps the immune system to function more properly, aids the thinning of the blood, and allows the body to produce hormones more readily.
- Keep your alcohol consumption to a minimum. In addition to increasing your risks of cancer and other health problems, alcohol has a lot of calories and little to no nutritional value. In addition, when you drink alcohol, your body's store of B-vitamins is decreased.
- Eat small meals throughout the day. Those who are totally in condition with their body tend to eat small meals roughly around 6 times per day. This allows the body to have a steady flow of nutrients throughout the day, and it also helps the body to regulate insulin, allowing better metabolism of fat and greater chance of building muscle.
- When you can, eat organic foods. While there aren't millions of options available when it comes to organic foods, they are the only known types of foods that are beneficial to health. Many of the ingredients found in common store-bought manufactured foods have not been thoroughly researched over long periods of time, and by eating organic, you ensure that your body is getting what it needs with no damaging additives.
- Be sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day. Getting a lot of water consumption helps the body to eliminate toxins more readily, which can help the body to operate in prime condition.
Of course, it takes more than a proper diet to find fitness in your life. However, following the above tips can be a great supplement to a regular exercise routine. Your body is your responsibility - take the reins today!
Jonathon Hardcastle writes articles on many topics including Fitness, Kids And Teens, and Employment
Diet and Eating
INCREASING PROTEIN INCREASES WEIGHT LOSS - Increasing protein intake to 25% of calorie intake increases both fat loss and weight loss, according to a new study. In this study, 65 obese patients consumed a diet containing 30% fat. They were divided into two groups. One group's diet contained only 12% protein and the other group is 25%.
After six months, the group eating the higher protein diet had lost 75% more weight. The group eating more protein also lost significantly more fat- 16.7 lbs. vs. 11.2 lbs.
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Better way to Cook Carrots -- Lightly cooking carrots and other vegetables actually frees up more of the beta-carotene they contain.
Best way to Cook Veggies -- Cornell scientists have found that microwaving vegetables is the best way to cook them to preserve their vitamin C. Steaming came in second followed by boiling, which reduced the vitamin C to half of the microwaved veggies.
Omaga 3 Fatty Acids from Fishoil -- New government dietary guidelines in England now recommend having two servings of fish each week, and at least one of them should be an oily fish - rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Studies show that eating just 7 oz. of fish a week is linked to a lower risk of heart attacks, strokes, breast cancer and rheumatoid arthritis. Scientists think that is partly due to the omega-3s, which all fish contain in varying amounts.
In choosing canned fish, choose albacore tuna, sometimes labeled "white" tuna. Canned tuna labeled "light" is not high in omega-3s. Or choose ANY variety of salmon.
With fresh fish, choose any variety of salmon. Almost all fresh tuna, however, is yellow fin, which is low in omega-3s. Bluefin tuna, which is served in many sushi dishes, is high in omega-3s.
OATMEAL WORKS! -- The best breakfast food with the most staying-power is oatmeal. Because it's rich in soluble fiber, its energy is metered into your body slowly, as you need it. You avoid the spike and dip in blood sugar that you get from boxed cereals and pastries. Tip: eat oatmeal 45 minutes to 1-1/2 hours before exercising to give your body time to absorb the slow release energy.
Keep Eggs Longer this way -- Eggs will last longer if you store them in the center of your refrigerator. They'll spoil more quickly if you store them in the egg cups on the door; that's the warmest spot in the appliance.
ANOTHER GOOD REASON TO EAT HEALTHIER -- Studies have shown that people with the highest levels of B6, B12 and folate in their blood did better on memory tests than those who had lower B-vitamin levels. Foods high in these vitamins include: mussels, oysters, chicken, asparagus, brussel sprouts, spinach, oranges, bran cereal and whole wheat bread. An added bonus: adequate folate, B6 and B12 levels have been associated with fewer heart attacks and strokes.
FROM SOUP TO NUTS -- In a surprise find, scientists have found that eating nuts, even though they are high in fat, may reduce bad cholesterol and help keep the arteries clear. People who eat nuts often (5+ times per week) are half as likely to have a heart attack or die of heart disease as people who rarely eat nuts. In a recent study, people who added walnuts to their diet say their cholesterol levels drop more than 22 points within weeks. Most of the drop-off was in the artery-clogging kind of cholesterol. Apparently, walnuts contain an alpha-linolenic acid, which the body converts to the more well known omega-3 fatty acid, which is found in fish oil.
Other good news about nuts is one ounce of nuts contains as much fiber as 2 slices of whole wheat bread. Nuts also contain vitamin E, which cuts the risk of heart disease, and they are loaded with the amino acid arginine, which protects arteries from injury and stops blood clots from forming.
What was also surprising, the people who added nuts to their diet, didn't gain any weight. Nutritionists think that possibly the nutrients in the nuts stopped their hunger pangs quicker and left them more satisfied than if they had eaten another type of snack.
SOUNDS GOOD, BUT HAVEN'T TRIED IT YET -- Orange smoothie: In a blender, mix 2 cups skim milk, 6 oz. frozen oj concentrate, 1/4 c sifted confectioners sugar, and 1 teaspoon vanilla. While blending, add 4-6 ice cubes. Blend until smooth. Makes three 8 oz servings. 170 calories, 0 fat.
ONION INFO -- Studies in the Netherlands show that people who eat a half an onion a day have half the risk of stomach cancer as those who don't eat any onions at all. Scientists think that the sulfur compounds in onions attack the stomach bacteria called Helicobacter pylori that's believed to cause ulcers and possibly stomach cancer. Studies in other parts of the world have reached the same conclusions.
If you like onions, an easy way to eat more is to bake them, they're delicious. Select a mild type of onion (such as a Vidalia or a Texas Sweet), cut off the top and bottom ends and peel off the tough outer layer. With a sharp knife, make several cuts through the top of the onion, cutting to within an inch of the bottom. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and a dab of butter. Microwave a few minutes until the onion is translucent. Makes a great side dish.
Fresh Seafood keeps longer -- The fresh seafood you buy at the supermarket will be safe to eat for up to two days if you rinse it under cold water when you get home, put it in a tightly covered pan filled with crushed ice, and store it in the refrigerator.
TIP FOR EXERCISERS -- Meal-replacement bars, sometimes called sports bars or energy bars, supply energy - in other words, calories. You can get the same boost with fewer calories from a piece of fruit, a cup of yogurt or a low-calorie granola bar.
DIETING TIP -- To find out how many calories that you need daily: multiply your current or ideal weight (in pounds) by 11 if you're sedentary; 13 if you do aerobic exercise for 20 minutes three times a week; 15 if you exercise for 20 or more minutes four or more times a week; and 18 if you do at least 1-1/2 hours of vigorous activity four or more times a week. The number attained represents the total number of calories you need in one day.
To calculate your maximum fat intake, divide your approximate daily calorie intake by 30.
SAFE COOKING -- A few tips to reduce your chances of coming down with a food-borne illness, such as salmonella: At the grocery store, bag raw meat separately from other foods, especially produce. Wash fruits and vegetables before eating them and rinse meat before cooking. Wash your hands, knives and cutting boards before and after handling food. Defrost food in the microwave or refrigerator, not on the counter. Cook meat thoroughly. Don't stuff poultry. Wash your sponges in the dishwasher periodically.
HOTTER THE BETTER? -- Chilies contain both soluble and insoluble fiber. Fresh green chilies provide more vitamin C than oranges.
MILK TIP -- Don't keep milk out on the table while you're eating a meal. Milk's shelf life is reduced by 50% for every 5 degrees it rises in temperature above 40 degrees Fahrenheit.
How to Seal Cracked Eggs -- If an egg cracks while you're boiling it, remove it from the water, pour salt on the crack, then return the egg to the water. The salt will seal the crack.
GOOD FOR YOUR HEART -- If you use margarine, choose brands that list a liquid vegetable oil as the first ingredient, and that have no more than 2 grams of saturated fat per tablespoon. Choose soft margarine, not stick margarine, to limit your intake of cholesterol-raising trans fatty acids. The more liquid the margarine is, the less hydrogenated it is and the fewer trans fatty acids it contains. (The four top sources for trans fatty acids in the American diet are margarine, red met, cookies, and white bread.)
JUICE NEWS -- Oranges stored at room temperature yield twice as much juice as those stored in the refrigerator.
WATCH THAT EATING OUT -- In a recent one-week study of 129 women, those who ate at least eight restaurant/fast food meals a week averaged 2056 calories and 80 grams of fat a day. Those who ate out only three restaurant meals a week averaged 1768 calories and 61 grams of fat a day. Studies show that people choose food in restaurants that they wouldn't keep at home because of their high calorie/fat content.
CALCIUM UPDATE -- The average American boy drinks three cans of soda a day, and two glasses of milk. The average teen girl drinks two cans of soda and a cup and a half of milk. If teens, especially girls, don't do something about increasing their calcium intake, they may be suffering from osteoporosis in the coming years. You can build up peak bone mass only between the ages of 11 and 25. Diets high in protein cause calcium loss. Vegetarians who eat less protein lose less calcium in their urine; therefore, they may need to consume less calcium. Teens who eat the typical American meat-based diet should be especially careful to get enough calcium, i.e., four or more serving of calcium-rich foods every day.
THE CRANBERRY DRUG -- Generally speaking, drinking lots of fluids is the best way to flush out the bacteria that cause urinary tract infections. But some fluids are better than others. Cranberry juice is probably the best because it helps prevent bacteria from anchoring to bladder walls. The key is to drink real cranberry juice, not those cranberry juice cocktails - it has to be really tart to work properly.
WOKS UP, DOC? -- One study found that Chinese food cooked in a steel wok has eight times more iron than food cooked in glass cookware.
SOMETHING TO TRY -- If you don't want to give up butter completely and don't want to use margarine (usually high in dangerous trans-fatty acids), combine 1/2 cup room temperature butter (1 stick) with 1/2 cup canola oil or olive oil. Put them in a blender or food processor and blend until thoroughly combined. It will be the consistency of yogurt or thick cream. Spoon into a bowl, cover and refrigerate until firm. Herbs or fresh crushed (not powdered) garlic may be added for a unique taste. This butter has half the saturated fat of regular butter and, unlike most margarines, negligible amounts of hazardous trans-fatty acids. It also spreads well at refrigerator temperature.
FOR YOUR INFO -- Vegetables and fruits with the deepest colors contain the highest levels of antioxidant nutrients.
ONIONS HELP ASTHMA SUFFERERS -- Naturopathic doctors treat asthma with onion juice. That's because onions contain compounds that relax the bronchial muscles and prevent spasms. Blend two ounces of onion juice with two ounces of carrot juice and two ounces of parsley juice, then drink this blend twice each day. Of course, use this remedy in conjunction with proper medical treatment.
FYI -- Flax seed oil must be refrigerated. It's also best to refrigerate opened canola oil and shelled nuts to keep them from turning rancid and dangerous to your body's cells. Olive oil doesn't need to be refrigerated, just keep it in a cool, dark place.
ULCER INFO -- Studies show that cabbage is able to help ulcer sufferers. Cabbage contains a lot of glutamine, an amino acid that has been shown to heal ulcers. The recommended dosage is to have at least one healthy serving of steamed cabbage each day for two weeks.
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