“Diet & Nutrition“:
Articles about dietary practices, principles and the nutritional implications of various foods and supplements. Topics address a broad spectrum of interests, from weight loss to disease prevention.
“Diet & Nutrition“:
Avoid using the holidays as an excuse to overeat and bake more treats. Consider holiday meals like any other meal out of the year and bake seasonal treats in moderation. When it comes to the holiday meal, choose more fresh vegetables, lean protein, and whole grains. Avoid eating dinner rolls, loads of mashed potatoes, and an entire pumpkin pie. There are many healthy alternatives to traditional holiday meal fixings.
Omega 3 fatty acids are praised more for their health benefits, but all three omega fatty acids are essential to normal metabolic functions in the body. The fatty acids omega 6 and omega 9 receive less attention, because they are more common in our diet.
Drinking sodas, diet sodas, juice and sugar-drinks can derail weight loss efforts in multiple ways. They are absorbed quickly, which create a rapid rise in insulin, causing negative effects on the body. Caffeine drinks also stimulate insulin production, contributing to weight gain.
Not all carbohydrates are created equal, and there is a good reason carbs have become public enemy number one, when it comes to weight loss efforts. If you are serious about long-term weight loss, understanding how carbs affect your results is vital to your success.
As wonderful as the holidays are, they can also be a time of increased stress. One-third of Americans are living with intense stress that is having a negative effect on their health, work productivity, and relationships. Chronic stress can even be associated with multiple illnesses: heart disease, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, cancer, allergies, infertility, irritable bowel syndrome, endocrine and autoimmune diseases.
To those who follow a Pollyanna diet, nutritional supplements are a silly waste of money. Someone who is Pollyannaish will believe proper nutrition can be achieved by eating the proper quantities of correctly balanced foods. A Pollyanna must rely on idealist assumptions to support their perspective.
Recalls and warnings on OTC (over-the-counter) cough and cold medicines abound. They are not only considered unsafe for children, but adults can also have bad side effects. Before you reach for cold medicine claiming to solve your stuffy head, congestion, cough woes, it would be good to review valid reasons for avoiding these products, and opt for natural remedies instead.
Nutrition is an important key to increasing our sense of well-being. Improved nutrition affects the body's chemical balances, so that we feel better physically. This also helps the chemical balances in the brain, so that our moods and the abilities to cope with stress improve.