Nutrition

Carbohydrates

Posted in Nutrition on May 13th, 2011 by marie – Be the first to comment


Carbohydrates are one of the macronutrients. There are two main types of carbohydrates, complex carbohydrates and simple carbohydrates. Carbohydrates include sugars, starches, and dietary fiber:

Sugars (Simple carbohydrates)
A simple carbohydrate composed of one unit – a monosaccharide, such as glucose or fructose – or two joined units – a disaccharide, such as lactose or sucrose. Sugars include: read more »

Estimated Calorie Needs Per Day

Posted in Nutrition on April 26th, 2011 by marie – Be the first to comment

These are the estimated amounts of calories needed per day to maintain calorie balance for various age groups and gender at three different levels of physical activity – sedentary, moderately active, and active. read more »

It’s Not So Hard to Eat a Balanced Diet

Posted in Nutrition on April 19th, 2011 by marie – Be the first to comment

You may already be eating a balanced diet and don’t even know it. The sample menu below provides the “minimum amount recommended” for each of the food groups from the USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans. You might even have room to add more grains or fruits and vegetables.

A Sample Menu read more »

Get the Latest News on Tainted Products

Posted in Nutrition on March 25th, 2011 by marie – Be the first to comment

Stay Up-to-Date on Tainted Products Marketed as Dietary Supplements

The FDA (US Food and Drug Administration) wants you to be aware that there are many tainted and fraudulent products you can buy that are marketed as dietary supplements. These products may look like dietary supplements, but they are NOT legal, and they are VERY dangerous and can cause serious injury to you, including stroke, heart palpitations, kidney failure, liver injury, and even death. read more »

Eight Tips for Heart Health

Posted in Diseases & Disorders, Exercise, Workouts, & Fitness, Men's Health, Nutrition, Weight Loss - Weight Gain, Women's Health on March 15th, 2011 by marie – Be the first to comment

There are certain risk factors for heart disease that you have no control over and cannot change, such as getting older or having a family history of early heart disease. But you do have control over other major risk factors for heart disease that you “can” change, such as being physically inactive, not maintaining a normal weight, being overweight, smoking, high blood cholesterol, high blood pressure, not eating healthy, and diabetes.

1. Physical Activity
You can become physically active and stay physically active. Physical inactivity is one of the several major risk factors for heart disease, and the good news is… you can do something about it. Get up and get moving!! Regular physical activity helps to lower your risk of heart disease by burning extra calories, which helps you to lose excess weight or stay at your desirable weight. read more »

Smoothie Cubes for Your Brain

Posted in Nutrition, Recipes on February 21st, 2011 by marie – Be the first to comment

Prevent Memory Loss, Dementia, and Alzheimer’s Disease

This drink has the power to prevent:

  • Memory loss.
  • Dementia.
  • Alzheimer’s disease.

This recipe is simple to make, and is full of omega-3′s and acetylcholine. Omega-3′s and acetylcholine are critical for brain health.

Ingredients
1 banana
1/4 cup blueberries
1/2 cup apple juice
1 tsp flaxseed oil
A handful of hemp nuts (seeds)

Directions
1. Mix all ingredients and blend in a blender until smooth.
2. Pour into ice cube container and freeze overnight.
3. Put 4 ice cubes in your coffee mug in the morning and on your way to work drink it as it melts. If you don’t work, enjoy this drink at home!!

Bananas
Bananas are high in antioxidants, serotonin and dopamine. Dopamine boosts your memory and attention. Serotonin elevates your mood and helps control your memory, learning, and appetite. read more »

Bananas Are Good for You

Posted in Nutrition on February 19th, 2011 by marie – Be the first to comment

Many athletes choose bananas as their choice of fruit.

Bananas have both a high amount of potassium and carbohydrates.

Bananas are inexpensive.

The best eating quality has been reached when the solid yellow skin color is speckled with brown.

Bananas with green tips or with practically no yellow color have not developed their full flavor. read more »

Chamomile

Posted in Nutrition, Vitamins - Supplements on February 16th, 2011 by marie – Be the first to comment

Common Names - chamomile, German chamomile
Latin Names - Matricaria recutita, Chamomilla recutita

There are two types of chamomile that are used for health conditions – German chamomile and Roman chamomile. German chamomile and Roman chamomile are thought to have similar effects on the body, but the German variety is more commonly used in the United States.

The flowering tops of the chamomile plant are used to make teas, tablets, capsules, and liquid extracts. read more »

Dietary Guidelines for Americans

Posted in Nutrition on December 2nd, 2010 by marie – Be the first to comment

The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) provide nutritional advice for Americans that are 2 years of age and older about how to make food choices that promote good health, to help reduce the risk for major chronic diseases including those that are at increased risk of chronic diseases, and to reduce overweight and obesity through improved nutrition with emphasis on reducing calorie consumption and increasing physical activity.

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans is released every five years by the Secretaries of USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) and HHS (United States Department of Health and Human Services). read more »

Be Your Healthiest

Posted in Nutrition on November 13th, 2010 by marie – Be the first to comment

A healthy body needs nutrients – like vitamins, minerals, proteins, carbohydrates – for growth, development, energy, and running all of our body systems.

Those nutrients should come mainly from the food we eat. Our body needs food to keep it going, but not just any food.

To be our healthiest, and to look and feel our best, we need to give our body the right kinds and amounts of fuel. read more »