Low-fat diets were all the rage in the '90s, and people still seem to want to adhere to the all-or-nothing philosophy of dieting. But moderation pays off when you're devising a healthy plan for eating. Too little fat can be detrimental to many healthful goals. So how little is too little fat? The American Heart Association recommends that 30 percent of a healthy adult's daily calories come from fat. In fact, if you go lower than... Read More
By Elisabeth Kuhn
Maybe this sounds a little overdramatic, but unfortunately the reality is that excessive, untreated stress can actually kill you. When you're stressed, your body produces the hormone cortisol, which is designed to get your rear in gear as part of the fight-or-flight mechanism. However, this... Read More
I have been motivating and educating people on exercise and fitness for almost twenty years. I enjoy teaching people the truth concerning how their body works -- either for or against them -- depending on how they exercise.
I believe it's best to first exercise your mind before you exercise your body. Comedian Emo Phillips once said, "I used to think that the brain was the most wonderful organ in my body. Then I realized... Read More
For the morbidly obese, most of whom have tried the diet route without success, bariatric surgery may be the last best option. With the range of obesity related diseases and obesity itself on the rise, bariatric surgery and its quick weight loss may be the solution for a return to health for those who have tried and failed at the diet and exercise route.
Morbid obesity is defined by the National Institutes of Health as being 100 pounds or more... Read More
Often (unfairly) overlooked in the typical American diet, beans are something of a nutritional-and economical-powerhouse. Some studies have indicated that they could actually reduce the risk of developing certain chronic diseases, such as colon cancer. They can also help lower your cholesterol, which is one of the leading causes of heart disease.
Beans are delicious not only as a side dish but with a few additional ingredients, can... Read More
One of the benefits of exercise is that it improves cardiovascular fitness. Your heart rate, or pulse, is the number of times your heart beats in a minute and is an indicator of how hard your heart is working during exercise. Learning to monitor your heart rate will help ensure you are getting the most out of your workout without overdoing it.
At rest, the average heart beats around 50 to 90 times per minute. Very fit... Read More
All along, turkey has been associated to once a year family feasts. You know, the Thanksgiving turkey. The Christmas turkey. Roast turkey stuffed with some yummy stuffing, eaten with gravy or cranberry sauce is a must for the end of the year celebrations.
The fact is, turkey is such a healthy meat, it should not be reserved ONLY for Christmas and Thanksgiving. You should have turkey as part of your daily diet -- especially the... Read More
Honey has been beneficial to man for thousands of years. The Romans, early Greeks and Egyptians all used this marvelous natural product not only as a sweetener, but for many purposes, including antiseptic and offerings to their gods. Here's what you can do with the multitalented honey.
Health Benefits of Honey
Today honey is used in kitchens all over the world, and its health benefits are now becoming more and more apparent. As a sore... Read More
Dieting? Are you serious? Many people talk a big game when it comes to losing weight, but how committed are they when it comes to making the effort?
You can assess your own weight-loss efforts and initiative to get started by asking yourself a few questions. Are you waiting to get started? If you're waiting for a certain event or stressor to pass before getting started, then forget it. There will... Read More
How smart is Popeye? Smarter than you think. Popeye attributes his amazing strength to eating spinach, but he is also protecting himself against osteoporosis, heart disease, colon cancer and arthritis. The Journal of Nutrition recently published a report that spinach fights prostate cancer while The Nurses Health Study reveals women whose diets are high in kaempferol, a nutrient in spinach, reduce their risk of ovarian cancer by 40 percent.... Read More