Archive for March, 2009

Food – The Mind-Body Connection (pt 1)

What you put in your body determines how you will look and feel. When you eat a balanced diet, it shows: You have more energy, your skin has a natural glow, your hair looks healthier, and overall you feel good about yourself.

The key to a healthy lifestyle is moderation.  Eating fries or ice cream once a while is fine, but overdoing it mostly will raise your sugar level or even cholesterol.  You feel sluggish and cause you to gain weight.

Remember that the food you eat today will affect how you feel tomorrow.

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Diabetes Root Cause

What causes diabetes?

Too high the sugar level in your blood.

I’ll let you know more…

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Red Meat May Shorten Lifespan

A study by the U.S. National Cancer Institute has found that eating a diet high in red meat and processed meat could increase the risk of dying from heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s, stomach ulcers, and other diseases.

The study of 500,000 people found that if those who ate the most red meat (about 4.5 ounces per day) reduced their levels to the amount eaten by the lowest 20 percent (about half an ounce per day) it would save 11 percent of men’s lives, and 16 percent of women’s lives.

Meat offers protein and vital nutrients  and giving up meat entirely is not a practical option.

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5 Ways to Cook/Eat Vegetables

There are many ways to cook and eat your greens. Here are 5 yummy cookings.

1. Eat them raw

2. Steam them

3. Cook them with soy sauce

4. Vege soup

5. Decorate your plate of meat, chicken or pork with vegetable like salad

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Fish Maybe Brainy Food

Fish - Good for Brain?

Fish - Good for Brain?

Swedish researchers found that among nearly 5,000 15-year-old boys they surveyed, those who ate fish more than once per week tended to score higher on intelligence tests three years later.

Researchers believe that the omega-3 fats found in fish — particularly oily fish like salmon, mackerel and, to a lesser extent, albacore tuna — are important to early brain development and to maintaining healthy brain function throughout life.

The new study appears to be the first large-scale one to look at the effects of fish on teenagers’ intelligence, lead researcher Dr. Maria Aberg, of Goteborg University, told Reuters Health.

SOURCE: Acta Pediatrica, March 2009.

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Keeping Acid-Alkaline Balance in Our Body with Right Diet

 
Eating fruit to balance acid-alkaline ratio

Eating fruit to balance acid-alkaline ratio

Inside our body contains acid and alkaline, and with right balance of acid and alkaline, our body is able to assimilate minerals and nutrients properly.

A healthy body must maintain adequate alkaline reserves to meet emergency demands. When excess acids must be neutralized, our alkaline reserves are depleted leaving the body in a weakened condition.
 
The main reason for inbalance of acid/alkaline ratio inside our body is due to poor dieting. Poor dieting can be consuming too much high in acid-producing animal products like meat, eggs and dairy, and far too low in alkaline-producing foods like fresh vegetables.
 
Poor acid-alkaline ratio inside our body can cause many health problem, such as cardiovascular damage, obesity, kidney stones, etc.
 
pH (potential of hydrogen) is a measure of the acidity or alkalinity of a solution. It is measured on a scale of 0 to 14—the lower the pH the more acidic the solution, the higher the pH the more alkaline (or base) the solution. When a solution is neither acid nor alkaline it has a pH of 7 which is neutral.
 
A simple test on our urine or salivia can help checking the balance acid-alkaline ratio in our body.
 
Get back to basics by aiming for at least 60 percent of your meals to be fresh and unprocessed, packed with these foods:   

  • Greens
  • Sprouts
  • Cruciferous veggies
  • Citrus fruits (especially lemons)
  • Fermented veggies (like sauerkraut)  

 

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Healthy Diet to Ward Off Belly Fat

Healthy Diet Ward Off Belly Fat

Healthy Diet Rip Belly Fat

Want to get rid off that belly fat?

Researchers found that among nearly 3,000 middle-aged adults, those who maintained a healthy diet — including lots of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and low-fat dairy — generally had less abdominal fat than those with less-desirable diets.

Of course changing your diet alone is not enough.

You need to:

1. Exercise regularly – about 3 to 4 times a week, for 20 minutes a day

2. Quit smoking – latest findings done by Dr. Esther A. Molenaar of the University Medical Center Utrecht, Netherlands show that smokers may nevertheless have more deep abdominal fat.

3. Stop drinking – High alcohol intake results greater visceral fat in men.

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