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Choosing The Best Vitamin and Mineral Supplements

Saturday, September 28th, 2013

Vitamins, minerals and other dietary supplements are not meant as a substitute for food. They cannot replace the nutrients in fresh, whole foods. However, when a diet falls short of essential nutrients like potassium, calcium or the B-complex vitamins, dietary supplements can take up the slack.

Vitamin and mineral supplements have many health benefits, and they fill the nutritional gaps when essential nutrients are missing from the diet. They prevent deficiencies that contribute to chronic health conditions. When combined with healthy foods, they boost energy, fight off colds and help regulate body functions.

Beyond filling the gaps in nutrition, supplementation can be advantageous in other ways. Calcium supplements strengthen the bones and reduce fractures in post-menopausal women. Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium and wards off certain types of cancer. The B-complex vitamins, eight in all, promote growth and development. The “power nutrient” known as potassium balances various body functions. (more…)

Signs of alcohol abuse

Monday, April 15th, 2013

That food is addictive is nothing new, in fact, as we have explained is capable of creating us sugar addiction by stimulating opioid receptors (the same stimulating drugs such as cocaine). The problem is that often we do not realize the extent of the problem and if we suggest that we have a problem with food would think: “Addicted to food I? If I can actually stop eating whenever Pig Tales … but first I’m going to finish this bag of chips”

Therefore, so that you can get an idea of whether you carry a healthy relationship with food, we will see five signs that can warn us that we are addicted to food:

signs of alcohol abuse

1. Binge:

Surely everyone at some point in their lives (on a birthday, a wedding or the first time I visited a buffet …) to the stimulus of many foods has been eating and finished off with a nice tribute. (more…)

Health effects of sugary drinks

Sunday, March 31st, 2013

Surely if you’re reading this, you may have heard on more than one occasion disservice to our health posed regular consumption of sugary drinks. As you know, there are more than drinks that provide a lot of sugar and calories for nothing. And say to change anything because not contribute more than that, empty calories that are not accompanied by any other nutrient of interest as vitamins and biologically active substances.

But in today’s article, in addition to the above, we want to highlight four undesirable effects that come with taking these drinks regularly.

consumption of sugary drinks

1. Increased fat around our organs:

It is the last stone fall on the roof of the multinational soft drink: Danish researchers have discovered that drinking a sugary soda leads to a significant increase in accumulation of fat around the liver and skeletal muscle, which may contribute to developing resistance insulin and diabetes. (more…)

Foods that cause body odor

Monday, March 25th, 2013

We are all aware that there are foods that cause bad breath but did you know that there are some kinds of food that cause body odor? In fact, generally speaking, it is caused by a chemical imbalance in the body, usually caused by poor nutrition, stress and excessive exercise, in addition to some drugs and bacteria.

When the factors generally produce odor acidity, the body expels salt through sweating, which helps to have a balanced chemical inside.

bad body odour

Apparently, the most common cause of this imbalance are some foods, which by its composition, can alter the pH levels and acidity, as well as affecting the sweating and other processes in the body. Want to know some of the foods that create body odor? Here we name them! (more…)

You really should avoid wheat and other cereals for a healthy diet?

Monday, March 18th, 2013

Currently, the growing wave of food thought to be responsible for identifying wheat products and other grains, as the new “evil food “. From this perspective, it is stressed that the consumption of these foods provokes undesirable fluctuations in blood sugar that end leading to insulin resistance or type 2 diabetes, also ensures that proinflammatory general, we predispose to caries, diseases cardiovascular and even cancer.

And, undoubtedly, one of the worse off is the wheat, and grounds, in their composition accommodate gluten, a protein that causes serious health problems in people with celiac disease.

wheat and other cereals

However, we also found more classical nutritional vision, which argues that the problem is not the grains and cereals, but the high intake of animal protein. Thus, it advocates a diet based on cereals, grains, legumes, fruits, vegetables and nuts as the key to maintaining optimal health. (more…)

What to eat with gastroenteritis

Saturday, March 9th, 2013

Have you suffered from gastroenteritis sometime? Sure, it is one of the most common diseases in Spain. This is an inflammation of the lining of the intestine caused by viruses, bacteria or parasites. It is spread through food or water contaminated by contact with an infected person. The best prevention is frequent hand washing. Symptoms include diarrhea, abdominal pain, vomiting, headache, fever and chills.

Most people recover without treatment, although it is necessary to adjust the diet and fluids if they suffer a gastrointestinal infection. An astringent and non-fiber diet, along with good hydration by increasing intake of sports drinks or oral rehydration salts, relieves symptoms and speeds recovery. Want to know what to eat to have this infection?

gastroenteritis

Drink plenty of fluids

The first day is essential to drink plenty of fluids to help flush the germs in the body and prevent dehydration. They recommended the lemon water, or relaxing digestive infusions, fruit juices without pulp, the oral rehydration drinks and isotonic. (more…)

What nutritional factors and help maintain muscle strength as we fulfill years?

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

A new review from the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) has examined the role of nutrition in sarcopenia (remember that sarcopenia is the loss of muscle mass and strength associated with aging and sedentary lifestyle), highlighting the importance of dietary factors, both as time of preventing favor it.

Thus, the working group of the International Osteoporosis Foundation has examined the evidence from all available studies which addressed the role of nutrition in sarcopenia, finding a special importance in protein intake in the acid-base diet, the ratio of vitamin D / calcium and other micronutrients as well in some B vitamins.

sarcopenia

Although the most obvious intervention to prevent sarcopenia is to exercise against resistance such as working with weights or the weight of the body, Professor Jean-Philippe Bonjour, one of the authors of the study and professor of medicine at the service bone diseases of the University of Geneva ensures that: (more…)

Risks of Fasting

Saturday, February 2nd, 2013

Surely you’ve heard on occasion that fasting is good for health and to maintain the body, but the fact is that the benefits that are attributed to this practice (cleanse the body, help weight loss, remove toxins, increase longevity …) are not corroborated.

However, if they are proven the risks to health may exist in some cases depending on the duration and the restriction of the fast and depending on the use of certain supplements that accompany.

Risk of fasting

Detoxing

Although many people blindly believe it, live is not a result of direct stop eating for a few days a year. Neither is entirely true what is said about the elimination of toxins during fasting. The healthy human body is able to perform this function on its own through the apparatus circulatory, digestive and excretory systems. (more…)

Proposals for different objectives breakfast

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

Surely you have heard it many times that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. And although personally I would not make this statement with absolute firmness (as it will depend on many factors, lifestyle of each person and the importance we give to this first day) what if I have clear is that the breakfast is, many times, the food with poorer nutritional quality.

And, the typical glass of milk with cocoa powder (or / and sugar) together with breakfast cereals, biscuits, muffins or toast white bread with jam and butter is, at least, quite improved. Because the predominant tendency in this type of breakfast is too much sugar and refined carbohydrates, low fiber intake, an improved quality of fats and proteins provided, and a very poor contribution of vitamins, minerals and biologically active substances.

So today we want to make you see that there are many more options for breakfast than you imagine. And what is more important: most of them are much more nutritional and organoleptic interesting! So I guess you have guessed that what today we bring are various proposals for breakfast.

breakfast

It’s we have classified as targets, but it goes without saying that it is not necessary to make breakfast for a particular purpose proposed to see it achieved. That is, by following a different breakfast that proposed could be achieved the objective set. And this is because it all depends on what we do in the rest of the day’s meals and lifestyle we lead. (more…)

Nutritional properties of pistachios

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

If you like nuts, you’ve more than once consumed pistachios. This is a dry fruit originating in West Asia, where consumption has become popular in the Mediterranean for thousands of years.

When you eat, not only enjoy its excellent flavor, but you can benefit from all its properties in the face of preventing disease and improving health status.

properties of pistachios

Its use reduces the level of cholesterol in our body bad, increasing the good, so it is highly recommended for those suffering from hypercholesterolemia. Furthermore it has been shown if consumed in moderation, there is an increase lutein levels in the body, an antioxidant that protects against bad cholesterol and reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease. (more…)

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