Essential vitamins and minerals for winter


images72PRR3Y9At the first sign of a cold many of us reach for the vitamin C. But there is more to looking after your body during the winter months than the obvious. You might have considered a multivitamin supplement but wondered what all the minerals and vitamins listed as ingredients actually do. Each plays an important role in strengthening the immune system, boosting energy levels, improving your complexion and restoring vitality. We guide you through the maze of supplements. Continue reading Essential vitamins and minerals for winter

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Top Five Fruits and Vegetables


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The following lists can help add nutritional quality to your diet. I looked at variety and quantity of key vitamins and minerals, the amount of fiber, plus beta-carotene and phytochemicals — those non-nutritive components that have disease-fighting benefits. The description of nutritional benefits highlight their strengths, but this list is not all-inclusive. Continue reading Top Five Fruits and Vegetables

Fighting the cold and flu season


It is very important to consume foods high in Iron and vitamin C.

Iron
Most of the iron you consume goes to form hemoglobin, the substance that helps your red blood cells transport oxygen from your lungs to the rest of your body. The rest is stored in the bone marrow, liver, spleen and other organs.
Because iron also plays a key role in helping to prepare your immune system‘s infection fighters for battle, a deficiency may lead to colds. Continue reading Fighting the cold and flu season

Body Scan of a 250 lbs. Woman vs. a 120 lbs Woman


This image has been floating around the internet lately.

Notice the inflammation of the organs and the lower bone density.  The higher proportion of toxic waste stuck in the gastrointestinal tract.  The lower percentage of muscle.  The massive amounts of fat around the midsection.  If this doesn’t make you want to lose weight, I don’t know what will!

Obesity is a disease that affects approximately 60 million people in the United States, where women are especially affected. Over one-third of women between the ages of 20 and 74 are obese, the majority of them being African American or Mexican American. With more and more pre-packaged food and less and less activity, the number of obese people in America has steadily increased since the 1960’s.

The main cause of obesity in America is an improper lifestyle. There is no getting around the fact that today’s society does not make healthy food convenient. Not only are convenience foods high in sugar and saturated fats, but they are also much cheaper than healthier options. When you combine unhealthy food with a lifestyle built around time on the computer, you set yourself up for diseases caused by obesity. The cure for lifestyle caused weight problems is to make lifestyle changes, even if they are not convenient. These changes ensure a much better chance of having a life free from the diseases caused by obesity.

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