The amazing things sugar can do far surpass the momentary happiness on your tongue after consuming a mouth full of it on a fresh donut or in your morning coffee. Unfortunately, sugar can also throw off the body’s homeostasis and create many short term and long term problems. Excess sugar may result in a number of other significant consequences such as achy joints, acne, wrinkle, digestive problems, mood swings and a slew of metabolic affects.
In almost all parts of developed countries and third world countries as well, people are ingesting entirely too much sugar. So much that we are reprogramming our bodies’ digestive and other internal systems. Our insulin levels are going haywire and more and more people are developing type-2 diabetes. Even if when people are not afflicted with this form of diabetes, eating too much sugar has a profound effect on how our bodies operate from the inside out.Take a Tour
In all developed countries and most undeveloped ones, women outlive men, sometimes by a margin of 10 years. In the U.S., average life expectancy at birth is about 79 years for women and about 72 years for men.
Harvard researchers studied people who live 100 years and more to conclude that menopause is a major determinant of the life spans of both women and men. A women’s life span depends on the balance of two forces. One is the evolutionary drive to pass on her genes; the other is the need to stay healthy enough to rear as many children as possible. Menopause draws the line between the two. It protects older women from the risks of bearing children late in life, and lets them live long enough to take care of their children and grandchildren.Take a Tour
Longevity is affected by genetic traits and environmental factors. Research shows that nutrition is a major determinant in longevity, and a balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables, complex carbohydrates, fish and adequate water may extend life of not only the young, but the elderly population as well.
According to a recent governmental nutrition study, Americans are consistently eating far below the daily recommended suggested servings of fruits and vegetables, which provide the best variety of vitamins and minerals. In fact, 69 % of Americans do not get enough green; 78 % fail to get enough red; 86 % don’t get enough white; 88 % don’t get enough purple and blue; and 79 % do not get enough yellow and orange. Not just that, we tend to eat the same few produce over and over again.Take a Tour
1. Exercise Super Charges Brainpower
Not only does exercise improve your body, it helps your mental function. Exercise increases energy levels and increases serotonin in the brain, which leads to improved mental clarity. All that makes for a more productive day and happier employee which equate to better employee retention.
People who are active and who exercise are much more productive at work. Improved productivity not only makes you a better worker, it makes things better for everyone in the workplace. Companies with less wasted work hours and less sick time end up with lower health care costs — and an improved bottom line. That is why so many companies either have gyms at their offices or help to pay for employees to have gym memberships.Take a Tour
According to the American College of Sports Medicine and YMCA, performance-related fitness is linked to athletic performance (for example: a 50-yard dash time or the ability to maneuver around obstacles quickly) and is linked to speed, reaction time, and coordination.
Health-related fitness is linked to fitness components that may lower risks such as high blood pressure, diabetes, or low back pain. Health-related physical fitness includes the following components:
•Aerobic fitness – ability of the heart and lungs to deliver blood to muscles,
•Muscular strength and endurance – enough to do normal activities easily and protect the low back,
•Flexibility – ability to move your many joints through their proper range of motion, and
•Body composition – not too much body fat, especially around the waist
College offers many delicious temptations. You are finally on your own and free to eat what you want, when you want it, and NO ONE is there to tell you no or shove more liver and peas onto your plate. You can pile on the portions in the dining hall, eat dinners of all the junk food (pizza, burgers, French fries and ice cream), and indulge in sugary and salty snacks to fuel late-night study sessions. In addition, you may not get as much exercise as you did in high school, and staying out late with friends (including 3 am social dining) have led to horrible eating habits and, well, a few gained pounds.Take a Tour
Have you been wondering about the health benefits of goji berries and goji juice? Some claim that goji berries are the next fountain of youth. But what is the goji berry and can it really prevent chronic illness? And do dried goji berries have side effects? Here are answers to your questions.Take a Tour
There has been some dabble into the up and coming popular basil seeds (that resemble chia seeds), in that they may help control blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes (according to the Sutter Gould Medical Foundation). Why is this so? Basil seeds seem to help the controlling of blood sugar in test subjects, and in dieters, it has the potential to help reduce appetite and food cravings and to keep weight loss efforts on track. There are great claims that basil seed drinks help with weight loss, but lacking in sufficient research, these claims have yet to solidify just yet. In Asian countries, such as Thailand, basil seeds are made into a drink, and stores sell these drinks in cans. The intact seeds, combined with water, sugar, honey and sometimes coconut milk, create a thick drink with a consistency similar to tapioca. The traditional recipes, however, are high in sugar. Also in Asia, it is the main ingredient in Italian cuisines.Take a Tour
What is nutritional yeast?
Have you ever heard of nutritional yeast? What is so magical about this amazing food? Also termed by numerous doctors and nutritionists as a super food, nutritional yeast benefits stem from the fact that it is a rich source of vitamins, proteins and a number of trace elements. It has a light cheesy flavor, and can be sprinkled on foods such as eggs or added to gravies for enhanced flavor, too.Take a Tour
Go beyond raisin bran cereal and elevate the quality of high-fiber foods in your diet!
Fiber (along with adequate fluid intake) moves quickly and relatively easily through your digestive tract and helps it function properly. A high-fiber diet may also help reduce the risk of heart disease and diabetes.
Let’s check out the fiber content of some good-for-you foods. Make sure to read nutrition labels to find out exactly how much fiber is in your favorite foods. Women, try to eat at least 21 to 25 grams of fiber a day, and men should aim for 30 to 38 grams a day.Take a Tour