Sunday, November 18, 2007

Eating Healthy

Eating healthy will help you feel great and have lots of energy so you can enjoy life more and have a strong immune system. Many people question the importance of healthy eating because they seemed to be fine not eating healthfully for many years. Eating healthy is always great for your body and your lifestyle, especially when it comes to your heart and the prevention of heart disease. If you are serious about eating healthy, you should become more educated about the foods you eat and the number of calories and amounts of nutrients they contain.

When it comes to eating healthy, many of us tend to make poor choices when grabbing an ice cream cone here, a slice of pizza there. But there are ways to keep watch over what we put in our mouths, and with some hard work and common sense, your job should be made a little bit easier. If you are the only one in your family eating healthy, those habits will eventually rub off on them too.

Healthy eating is an opportunity to expand your range of choices by trying a variety of foods especially vegetables, grains, or fruits that you don't normally eat. Research has shown that following a healthy eating plan can both reduce the risk of developing high blood pressure and lower an already elevated blood pressure. Good nutrition and a balanced diet will also help your children grow up healthy. Kids who take part in regular family meals are more likely to eat fruits, vegetables, and grains while spending less time snacking on unhealthy foods, less likely to smoke, use marijuana, or drink alcohol.

The most obvious health threat of eating too much fast food is weight gain or even obesity. A healthy diet doesn't have to mean eating foods that are bland or unappealing. Eating a healthy diet is important to preventing the development of heart disease risk factors, such as hypertension, high blood cholesterol, and being overweight or obese. Eating for your heart involves staying away from sugary foods such as candy, cookies, cakes, and pastries. Study results indicated that elevated blood pressures were reduced by an eating plan that emphasizes fruits, vegetables, and low fat dairy.

Making healthy meals is easy by incorporating more raw foods such as salads and vegetable juices, and focusing on the pleasure of eating healthy food rather than the calories. Choose sandwiches on whole-grain bread or a plain hamburger over fried foods or pizza. If you enjoy dairy foods, try to stick with no-fat or low-fat products. Your body needs nutrients like protein, carbohydrates, fat and many different vitamins and minerals such as vitamins C and A, iron and calcium from a variety of foods. Reduce the amount of fat you eat by choosing fewer high-fat foods and cooking with less fat.

Most fast food restaurants and restaurant chains post nutritional information about their food offerings on their web sites. Food labels contain a wealth of information about the healthfulness of the product if you know what to look for and how to interpret them. While efforts are underway to make menu labeling happen, consumers must rely on restaurants to voluntarily supply this information. Even without nutritional information while eating out, try to limit those foods with you know could negatively impact your health.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Chiropractic Care For Overall Health Benefits

Chiropractic is a holistic health care philosophy that helps the body function the way it was designed. As a result, there are many health benefits that can be derived from undergoing chiropractic care.

The first and most obvious benefit is back care and spinal realignment. We all experience back pain or discomfort at some point in our lives, whether it be from a sudden injury, or stress, or general wear and tear over the years.

Some common results of long-term wear and tear include discomfort from poor posture, from working at our desks, from hunching over kitchen counters that are too short, or from slouching on a couch.

Back-related injuries might be the result of a fall, or a car accident, or doing physical labor without proper lifting practices.

Even when we know that we should sit up straight, and that we should lift from the legs, not the back, we still often do inadvertent things that cause problems in our backs. Chiropractic care can straighten out our backs and make them feel much better through a process known as "adjusting" or "manipulating" the spine.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is another common ailment that can be fixed through chiropractic care. This condition is often caused by typing or using a computer too much, or incorrectly, and is characterized by a tingling or numb sensation in the hand, wrist or fingers, and the inability to open jars or pick up objects.

In some serious cases surgery is required, but often some simple manipulation from a chiropractor can do the trick. And oftentimes the Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is actually the result of a misaligned neck, in which case a neck adjustment might be the cure.

In fact, a poorly functioning spinal column can be the cause of many more seemingly unrelated illnesses. That back pain you're feeling can affect how the organs in your body function, particularly in the digestive tract, and hence your overall health.

A misaligned spine can also cause headaches, sore feet and legs, or pain in your arms. There is almost no limit to the bodily aches you may be feeling that can be helped through chiropractic care.

This is actually good news if you're looking for a one-stop shop for your health concerns. Because chiropractic is about overall body health, chiropractors can often give advice on nutrition, lifestyle, and other related topics.

While many people wait until they are in pain to visit a chiropractor, there is a lot to be said for preventative care as well. It is often much easier to encourage a healthy spine and body to continue to be healthy than it is to fix one that is already damaged.

And just like your car needs to be tuned up before there's damage to the engine, your body needs preventative care in order to continue running smoothly for years.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Water Weight Loss

Can you explain why so many diets cause water weight loss rather than true weight loss? You need to understand the concept of water weight loss, as opposed to fat weight loss if you want to lose some pounds. Obviously, the safer way of losing weight is to focus on fat weight loss rather than water weight loss. This is steady, long term fat loss and doesn't count any water weight loss you may experience on top of this during the first week or two (which is very common, but remember, the initial water weight loss is not the same as body fat loss). You can find a lot of pills on the market now days that encourage water weight loss.

Weight gain from overeating can cause unflattering changes to the figure, but it can be fought with a water remedy. Weight loss will not happen or remain consistent unless you drink water on a daily basis. Because your body consists mostly of water (50-70% of body weight), fitness magazines, newspapers and diet gurus all recommend we drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses. Drinking water helps a great deal in enabling you to lose weight. And if you drink hot lemon water in the morning, then it will three times fasten your process of losing weight, thereby enabling you to burn large number of calories.

Water helps to lose weight by boosting your metabolism rate, thus paving way for quick weight loss. If you've incorporated physical workout in your weight loss program, then it is recommended to drink more water, so as to make up for the loss of water that takes place through sweating while performing your exercises. A healthy weight loss strategy combines regular exercise with a well-balanced diet to run a daily calorie deficit of 500 calories. For weight loss the trick is to reduce losing water weight as much as possible so the body is forced to burn more body fat stores. Any weight loss exercise programs or diet should be started slowly and we advise you to always consult your doctor or physician beforehand.

Dieting often causes depression, anxiety, irritability, weakness and preoccupation with food. When it comes to dieting, there is a lot of bad advice out there. The most common objective of dieting is loss of excess body fat. Don’t believe claims about losing weight while you sleep or watch TV, or plans that claim to cause weight loss without dieting or exercise. Moderation is the key to dieting success especially any long-term success.

Water weight loss helps you get rid of bloated look and gives definition. Water weight loss confuses people who are actually losing fat. It simply concerns losing the water in our bodies. But whatever you do, don't resort to drastic water weight loss instead of burning away fat because you'll only be hurting yourself in the long run.

Until Next Time, Good Health and Well-Being!

Dave Kettner
Anti Aging Herbal Remedies

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Why is Nutrition so Important?

Two out of every three deaths can be traced to nutrition related causes, dietary deficiencies and overweight conditions. The most prominent causes of death in Western society are heart attack, stroke and cancer.

Other health problems are diabetes, osteoporosis, fatigue, digestive problems, stress, headaches, and obesity. All of these are based around nutrition.

Over two million premature deaths each year are due to nutrition related diseases with over 70% of premature deaths and doctor visits being diet and nutrition related.

Some of the problems in in diets are deficiencies in fiber, vitamins and minerals, and trace elements, as well as excesses in total/animal fat, total calories. salt and sugar.

The body needs cellular nutrition to be healthy. Within the body the 80 - 100 trillion cells, need protein, minerals, oxygen and water to live properly. Both health and disease begin with the cell. The cells are the living units that create life. We need our cells to grow, reproduce, detoxify and function. If you don't get key nutrition, the cell begins to break down. When enough cells break down, you start to feel the symptoms and if enough break down, it can lead to death.

What keeps cells from getting good nutrition?

A certain amount of the problem can be traced to the way food is grown and harvested. Chemicals, fertilizers, over processing/over refining of foods- e.g. instant foods, high fat/sugar foods, foods that have been processed to make them tastier, have a longer shelf life, etc. all contribute to extra calories, salt and sugar and destroy vitamins and minerals.

Did you realize that you would have to eat 4 bowls of spinach today, to match the iron from 1 bowl in 1930? This shows conclusively that our soils are being depleted.

We also keep our cells from getting good nutrition by the way we prepare our foods. We tend to over cook foods, thus taking away the minerals,vitamins and essential oils, robbing our bodies of the things that we need for proper health.

Sixty percent (60%) of Western culture chooses to eat junk food , which is high in fat, sugar, salt and calories. It is almost devoid of any nutritional value. It is already a disaster, before it even gets to your mouth.

Food needs to be digested, broken down into a useful micro-nutrient form and absorbed by the intestine, before any of the nutrition gets to the cells.