An antioxidant is a molecule capable of inhibiting the oxidation of other molecules. It can safely interact with free radicals and terminate the chain reaction before vital molecules are damaged. This way they may protect your cells against the effects of free radicals. Free radicals are molecules produced when your body breaks down certain food, or by environmental exposures like tobacco smoke and radiation. Our bodies produce free radicals all the time as a natural process of our cells using oxygen. There is no problem as long as there is a balance of antioxidants to free radicals in our system. When our bodies fall out of balance there is nothing to stop the hungry charge of free radicals as they seek to replace what they have lost. Their chief danger comes from the damage they can do when they react with important cellular components such as DNA, or the cell membrane. Cells may function poorly or die if this occurs. Free radicals and may play a role in heart disease, cancer and other diseases. It is estimated that 80%-90% of all degenerative diseases involve free radical activity
Antioxidant substances include: Beta-carotene Lutein Lycopene Selenium Vitamin A Vitamin C Vitamin E
Five common fitness habits that can hamper your progress include avoiding exercise due to sore muscles; ignoring severe pain; staying within your comfort zone; exercising without a plan; and avoiding strength training
While you can get away with skipping the warm-up when you’re doing a low- to moderate impact workout, not warming up can easily lead to injury when you’re doing high-intensity sprinting
Research suggests stretching is best avoided prior to strength training. But in other instances, such as when you’re doing high intensity sprinting exercises, prior stretching is imperative, and should NOT be skipped
Compelling and ever-mounting research shows that the ideal form of exercise is short bursts of high intensity exercise. This can dramatically cut down the time you spend exercising while reaping greater results For optimal health, you’d also be wise to incorporate aerobic, strength training, core exercises and stretching, for a well-rounded fitness program
Laughing not only eases stress, promotes social bonding, and lowers blood pressure, it may also boost your immune system. So bring some humor into your life, whether it's through friends or even a new TV show
While California’s GMO-labeling campaign failed to pass by an incredibly narrow margin last November, Proposition 37 catalyzed an enormous amount of awareness across the US that is the beginning of the end of GMOs in the US
More people are now aware of genetically engineered foods than we could possibly have ever reached through educational efforts alone, investing the same amount of money that we invested in Prop. 37
The tipping point of consumer rejection of genetically engineered foods in the US is almost here. Last year, the president of Whole Foods confessed that when a product becomes verified as Non-GMO or GMO-free, sales leap by 15-30 percent—a clear outgrowth of the Prop.37 campaign
Target’s brand will be non-GMO in 2014. Ben & Jerry’s will be non-GMO by the end of this year, and while Chipotle’s restaurants are working toward a non-GMO menu, they voluntarily started labeling in the meantime
Also known as "Superman," this move strengthens the muscles in your glutes and core, as well as the stabilizing muscles around your spine to help relieve pressure in the lower back.
How to do it: Get down on your hands and knees with your palms flat on the floor and shoulder-width apart. Brace your abs, and raise your right arm and left leg until they're in line with your body. Hold for 5 to 10 seconds. Return to the starting position. Repeat with your left arm and right leg. Continue to alternate until you've completed 10 reps on each side.
Those pesky PLU code stickers that you have to peel off your fruit and vegetables do more than just convey prices to the cashier. If you know how to read them, says Marion Owen at PlanTea.com, they can tell you a thing or two.
Conventional produce gets a four-digit number. Organic produce gets a five-digit number that starts with 9. Genetically modified items also get a five-digit code, but that code starts with 8.
Examples 4139: Conventional Granny Smith apple 94139: Organic Granny Smith 84139: GMO Granny Smith
If you want a full list of PLU codes, hit up the International Federation for Produce Standards, where you can look up the look-up the look-up codes and find out even more info. For instance, some PLUs are restricted to items grown in certain regions. (4138, for instance, denotes a Granny Smith grown in East/Central North America.) But if you want to decode those at the store, you'd have some memorizin' to do. And if you're really into it, here's the IFPS's PLU Codes User Guide (pdf). [via Lekkercraft]
Also, if you want a handy app to look up all PLU codes, try the “WhatVeggie” app for iPhone
Muscle weighs a lot more than fat and takes a lot less volume. Shape your body the way you want it. Building muscle is a great way to boost your metabolism which in turn will speed up the fat burning process. You also build and maintain the amount and thickness of your bones which will help preventing osteoporosis in your future.
Sitting for extended periods of time is an independent risk factor for poor health and premature death. Even if you are very fit, if you uninterruptedly sit for a great percentage of the time, you’re still at an increased risk of dying prematurely
Research by the NASA scientist responsible for monitoring the astronauts, shows your body declines rapidly when sitting for long periods
Simply standing up over 30 times a day is a powerful antidote to long periods of sitting and is more effective than walking There are virtually unlimited opportunities for movement throughout the day, from doing housework or gardening, to cooking and even just standing up every 10 minutes. If you have a desk job you can find the same opportunity. Even if you have to set a timer, stand up every 10-15 minutes: go get a glass of water, stretch, walk around your desk, stand up to greet customers or co-workers. It only takes a few seconds and it can add years to your life.
It’s not how many hours of sitting that's bad for you; it’s how often you interrupt that sitting that is GOOD for you
1. MULTITASKING: Women - Multiple process Women's brains designed to concentrate multiple task at a time. Women can Watch a TV and Talk over phone and cook. Men - Single Process Men's brains designed to concentrate only one work at a time. Men can not watch TV and talk over the phone at the same time. they stop the TV while Talking. They can either watch TV or talk over the phone or cook.
2. LANGUAGE: Women can easily learn many languages. But can not find solutions to problems. Men can not easily learn languages, they can easily solve problems. That's why in average a 3 years old girl has three times higher vocabulary than a 3 year old boy.
3. ANALYTICAL SKILLS: Men's brains has a lot of space for handling the analytical process. They can analyze and find the solution for a process and design a map of a building easily. But If a complex map is viewed by women, they can not understand it. Women can not understand the details of a map easily, For them it is just a dump of lines on a paper.
4. CAR DRIVING. While driving a car, mans analytical spaces are used in his brain. He can drive a car fast as possible. If he sees an object at long distance, immediately his brain classifies the object (bus or van or car) direction and speed of the object and he drives accordingly. Where woman take a long time to recognize the object direction/ speed. Mans single process mind stops the audio in the car (if any), then concentrates only on driving.
5. LYING When men lie to women face to face, they get caught easily. Woman's super natural brain observes facial expression 70%, body language 20% and words coming from the mouth 10%. Men's brain does not have this. Women easily lie to men face to face. So guys, do not lie face to face.
6. PROBLEMS SOLVING If a man have a lot of problems, his brain clearly classifies the problems and puts them in individual rooms in the brain and then finds the solution one by one. You can see many guys looking at the sky for a long time. If a woman has a lot of problems, her brain can not classify the problems. she wants some one to hear that. After telling everything to a person she goes happily to bed. She does not worry about the problems being solved or not.
7. WHAT THEY WANT Men want status, success, solutions, big process, etc... But Women want relationship, friends, family, etc...
8. UNHAPPINESS If women are unhappy with their relations, they can not concentrate on their work. If men are unhappy with their work, they can not concentrate on the relations.
9. SPEECH Women use indirect language in speech. But Men use direct language.
10. HANDLING EMOTION Women talk a lot without thinking. Men act a lot without thinking
This is quite a young man. I love people with dedication. I'll take that over geniuses.
Pancreatic cancer is a devastatingly fatal form of cancer, and is typically regarded as the most deadly and universally rapid-killing form of cancer
A 15-year-old freshman high school student, Jack Andraka, invented a dipstick-type sensor to detect pancreatic, ovarian, and lung cancer that is 168 times faster, 26,000 times less expensive, and 400 times more sensitive than the current standard of detection. The test costs three cents, takes five minutes, and has a 90 percent accuracy rate
His primary research tools were Google, Wikipedia, and freely available research studies—online resources available to virtually anyone on the planet with an internet connection
Three lifestyle issues known to contribute to pancreatic cancer are sugar/fructose consumption, lack of exercise, and vitamin D deficiency
How to do a perfect push up. There are many variations to go to from there but this is a good basics. For beginner, you can start by doing the same things but using your knees instead of your feet as a fulcrum aka start on your knees but keep the perfect plank figure.
Most people use artificial sweeteners to lose weight and/or because they’re diabetic and need to avoid sugar. Ironically, nearly all the studies that have carefully analyzed artificial sweeteners show that those who use artificial sweeteners actually gain more weight than those who consume caloric sweeteners. Studies have also revealed that artificial sweeteners can be worse than sugar for diabetics
In 2005, data gathered from the 25-year long San Antonio Heart Study showed that drinking dietsoft drinks increased the likelihood of serious weight gain, far more so than regular soda. On average, each diet soft drink the participants consumed per day increased their risk of becoming overweight by 65 percent within the next seven to eight years, and made them 41 percent more likely to become obese.
There are several potential causes for this, including: -Sweet taste alone appears to increase hunger, regardless of caloric content. -Artificial sweeteners appear to simply perpetuate a craving for sweets, and overall sugar consumption is therefore not reduced—leading to further problems controlling your weight.4 -Artificial sweeteners may disrupt your body's natural ability to "count calories," as evidenced in studies such as this 2004 study at Purdue University,5 which found that rats fed artificially sweetened liquids ate more high-calorie food than rats fed high-caloric sweetened liquids.
There is also a large number of health dangers associated with artificial sweeteners and aspartame in particular. But this will take an entire new blog post.
One McDonald's Big Mac contains 540 calories, 29 grams of fat, and more than 40 grams of highly-processed, blood-sugar-spiking carbohydrates.
And that doesn't even count the fries and soft drink that you KNOW you're going to order with it.
At the same rate, here are a few alternative food choices and amounts that will land you at the same 540 calories:
140 medium strawberries 5 medium bananas 1 QUART of plain Greek yogurt 14 oz of grilled chicken breast 17 cups of broccoli 6 and 1/2 cups of blueberries
Better yet, go ahead and eat ALL of this in one sitting:
4 oz of grilled chicken (120 cals) 3 cups of broccoli (90 cals) 1 medium banana (100 cals) 8 oz of plain Greek yogurt (130 cals) 10 medium strawberries (40 cals) 1/2 cup of blueberries (40 cals)
So basically, you have an OVERFLOWING plate of chicken and veggies and then a HUGE dessert of yogurt and fruit. I mean, that's a massive quantity of food right there. In fact, most people wouldn't even be able to finish it.
And guess what? It still contains fewer calories than ONE Big Mac and it's WAY healthier.
Simply put, you don't have to starve yourself (at all) to lose weight and shed those stubborn pounds...you just need to learn how to choose the right foods, and then eat your heart out.
Food that you may think are good for you, but are not.
1.Microwave popcorn: It contains nearly 4 dozen chemicals. A newstudyhas found that the chemical ingredient responsible for that
butter taste in microwave popcorn may actually speed the progression of
Alzheimer's disease. And if all the chemicals are not deterrent enough for you,
also consider the fact that microwave will kill all the enzymes in your food, aka
everything that is good and nutritious.
A better alternative is air popped or in a
corn popper, using coconut oil and your own blend of spices.
2.Light salad dressing: Read
the ingredients on the bottle. They are usually filled with preservatives and other additives you
can't pronounce—not to mention sodium and sugar. A better alternative is to drizzle olive oil, and
balsamic vinegar or lemon juice, add a few fresh or dried herbs, some Himalayan
sea salt and fresh pepper….. much much healthier and so much more delicious.
3.Trail Mix: The
commercial ones are usually filled with over processed nuts, peanut, sugary
dried fruits, chocolate, sugar, salt and preservative. The concept of trail mix
is phenomenal. Make your own! Use raw nuts, home dried fruits (sparingly). If
you want extra flavor, drizzle the nuts in coconut oil, roast at 200 degrees for around 6-8 hours, season
immediately when out of the oven (Use any spices you like…. Himalayan salt and
pepper, chili powder, garlic, chipotle, unsweetened cocoa powder)
4.Granola:With rolled oats, nuts, and dried fruits, granola
seems so healthy. What is misleading though is how much sugar and extra
calories are lurking in granola. A bowl of this stuff can easily contain 500 or
5.Flavored fat free or sugar free yogurt: do not get deluded by the “fat free” labels. Fat is
not your enemy. Bad fat is your enemy. With flavored yogurt, sugar content
should be your concern. As for the sugar
free, it is replaced by artificial sweetener who can be much more damaging to
your health. Use plain yogurt, add fresh fruits or berries, and sweetened with
raw honey, maple syrup or Stevia.
6.Flavored soymilk, rice milk or almond milk: read your labels. Most of those are
usually packed with sugar, which counter the wholesomeness of the drink. As for
the soy, the vast majority of soy grown in the US is
genetically modified (GM) soy. Soy contains a number of problematic components
that can wreak havoc with your health. The only soy you should consume is
a sugary caffeinated drink. It will give you an unnatural boost of energy.
One hour after drinking Red Bull, your blood system becomes abnormal, as might
be expected from a patient with cardiovascular disease. If you’re drinking energy drinks for the reason most people do -- to get
more energy – know that there are far superior options than artificial energy
drinks. Humans are not naturally sluggish or constantly tired. This lethargic
state is something that many of us have brought on ourselves with poor life
choices or toxicity in our bodies
8.Smoothies:Smoothies have long been the darling of the
health-food world. Although some smoothies made with simple, whole-food
ingredients can be healthy, don't get fooled into thinking anything with the
name "smoothie" is good for you. Some smoothies are made with lots of
added sugars, high-calorie ingredients like chocolate syrup, or even use
full-fat ice cream as a base. Your best smoothie bet?Make one at homeso
that you know exactly what's in it!
9.Turkey sandwich:You've probably heard that when in
doubt of what to order out, a turkey sandwich is always a safe bet, right?
Well, it depends on where you're eating. Highly-processed deli meats can be
high in nitrates and sodium, which is hard on the heart and health. Not to
mention that turkey sandwiches are oftentimes loaded with processed mayo ,and
include huge portions of bread (white or wheat, too much is too much). Better
choice? Make one yourself using nitrate free fresh turkey, substitute the mayo
for mashed avocado, add onions , tomato, mustard and spices for that extra
flavor. Instead of a huge bun, roll the turkey in a lettuce leaf of a whole
with yogurt, granola, and fresh fruit, a parfait seems pretty harmless, but unless
it is made at home withthe right ingredients, this "healthy" snack can easily contain heavy
dessert-like numbers for calories, bad fats, and sugar. Use some plain yogurt,
fresh berries, and raw nuts for crunch.
Just because it is fish, it does not mean it is healthy. Fish needs to be fresh
water fish from a good non contaminated source. Then it needs to be cooked
properly: not battered and deep fried. Adding copious amount of chemical laden
“secret sauce” and a huge white bun only destroys it further. Use Alaskan Wild
Salmon, grill, bake or fry it in coconut oil. Wrap it in a lettuce leaf or a
whole grain wrap with avocado, veges, mustard, spices and NOW you have a
healthy fish sandwich.
same thing than with the fish sandwich. Use good quality hormone free chicken.
Use it in the same manner as above mentioned
13.Low fat muffins: I hate anything low fat. Good fats are necessary. Bad fats are harmful.
You want to have a healthy muffin? Bake it yourself. Use applesauce, coconut
oil or avocado for a fat. Use whole grain flour cut with oatmeal. Use Baking
Blend Stevia or raw honey for a sweetener. Add fresh fruits of berries. In the
process of labeling things low fat, people forget to look at the sugar content
and the quality of the other ingredients.
14.Gluten free products: Gluten sensitivity is a huge issue nowadays. But because it is labeled
gluten free does not necessarily make it healthy. If it's packaged or processed -- gluten or no gluten
-- it's not as healthy as other whole foods you could be eating. Again learn to
read your labels.
15.Frozen diet dinners:A pre-portioned frozen meal may be
convenient and seem like a great way to keep your calories in check, but when
it comes to nutrition, most diet dinners just don't stack up. Filled with
preservatives, too much sodium, and few veggies, these are better left in the
16.Canned soup:The lining of cans contains the suspect chemicals bisphenol-A and
phthalates, both of which can mimic human hormones. This is very detrimental to
your health as they can leach into your food.
On top of it most canned soups have very high sodium content. Cans are
wonderful emergency backup food though. Just try to find the cans that are BPA-free
cans. Same with plastic containers.
17.Spinach pasta:Pasta made with spinach may seem
healthier than white (or even wheat) pasta, but sadly, it's not. Although the
noodles may be green, the amount of spinach actually in there is so small that
it doesn't add up to much benefit—and it certainly doesn't justify eating a
huge bowl of it. You're far better off having a half cup of whole-wheat pasta
and a side salad with spinach.
18.Wheat bread:Don't be fooled by wheat-bread products. If the
package doesn't specifically say "100-percent whole wheat,” then it's
probably mostly white bread with just a little wheat flour mixed in for
marketing. Also make sure each slice has at least 2 grams of fiber—another mark
of a healthy bread. Check for sugar content and chemical content in the list of
ingredients. If the list is too long or too difficult to read, pass on the
bread. Choose a simpler version with a short and chemical free list of
19.Diet soda:The word "diet" doesn't always equal
healthy, and that's certainly the case for diet soda. Made with artificial sweeteners
and flavorings, it's not only unnatural and high in sodium, but regular diet
soda drinkers have been shown to eat more calories after consuming diet cola. A healthier approach: sparkling water with
added stevia and berries for flavoring. It is delicious and refreshing and
still calorie free.
20.Reduced fat peanut butter: There is the high and mighty “reduced fat” again. This one
is simple: read the list of ingredients. For peanut butter it should only say
“peanuts”. You can have added sea salt to it but absolutely nothing else. Try
other nut butter as well. Almond butter, cashew butter, etc are all healthier
version. Especially with all the peanut
over processed fruits covered in a sugary syrup, and all stored in a chemical laden
can. Yum. Use fresh fruits!!!
fruits are awesome when eaten whole. When you extract the juice out of the
fruit you just took the sugary water, and left the fiber and enzymes out of it.
All those are necessary to balance things out. If you are juicing yourself, try
and blend the pulp thru it by making it in a smoothie.
23.Baked beans: Beans are awesome because they're so high in
fiber and are a plant-based source of protein. The commercial baked
beans can be loaded with sugar and sodium. If they are canned you are dealing
the same issues as canned soup, chemicals leaching in your food. Homemade baked
beans are amazing. They are lengthy to cook but very simple and delicious. Go
ahead bake a big batch and freeze in single portions so you can have them when
24.Pretzels : most pretzels have no real nutritional value and
are made with white flavor, which quickly converts to sugar in your
bloodstream, spiking your blood sugar and causing you to want to eat more and
25.Veggie chips:The pieces of actual veggies in veggie chips are
so thin and so processed—whether they're baked or fried—that most of the
nutrition from the original vegetable is gone. You can thinly slice vegetables and bake them
in the oven with a drizzle of coconut oil
until they become crispy. Spice them up when you take them out. They
will store very well in a cool place for many week. Easy way to satisfy your
craving with something crunchy.
again read your labels. Most of those bars are loaded with bad fats, sugar and
preservative. They are nothing more than a high priced fancy candy bar.
27.Sports drink: sports drinks are little more than flavored water
mixed with sugar and electrolytes. An easy alternative is: coconut water
with a pinch of Himalayan sea salt and a few drops of Stevia. Delicious and it
will fill your need for hydration and electrolyte replenishment.
Most are nothing more than sugar water with artificial flavor. Once again make
your own: cheaper and much healthier. Are you starting to see a pattern here?
29.Rice cakes: rice cakes may have a nice crunch with few
calories, but there's little nutritional value in them. Plus, the new flavored
varieties have the added downside of having sugar and salt in them. While fine
as a treat in moderation, these aren't really giving your body much nutrition.
while yogurt is good for you in general, you have to be weary of the added
sugar, artificial flavoring and coloring.
read your labels. A lot of them are just glorified candy bars.
raw nuts are the best! When you start pasteurizing them and covering them in
bad fats, coloring, sugar and artificial flavoring, you are on the losing end.
It is extremely easy to flavor raw nuts and keep them healthy. Don’t sacrifice
your health for convenience.
33.Fast food salads: The ingredients are of questionable quality, some of the meat will be
reconstructed meat and the salad dressing is nothing short of a chemical lab
experience. Salads are too easy to make to not treat yourself to something
good. I love salad in a jar: I layer meat, dressing, different veges in a large
Mason jar and store it in the fridge. When in a hurry grab. All you have to do
is shake and enjoy. They will keep in the fridge for up to 5 days. Just be careful how you layer so you do not
get soggy lettuce.
34.Croutons : Whether they're whole-wheat or white, baked or
fried, croutons do not offer much nutritional value. If you like them for their
crunch, try tossing crunchy veggies like green pepper strips or heart-healthy
walnuts in your salad instead.
35.Fruit snacks:Whether it's a fruit roll-up or those little
gummy fruit snacks, even if it's all natural, you're better off eating a piece
of real fruit. You'll be more satiated, you'll consume less sugar and calories,
and you'll get more nutrition bite for delicious bite.
sacrifice your health for convenience. You can either spend a little time in
the kitchen or a lot longer time in the Dr’s office/hospital later on.
This list is not complete by any means but the following are
basics that should be included in your diet.
1.Organic pastured eggs:
single egg contains:
•Nine essential amino acids
•One of the highest quality proteins you can find. Proteins
are nutrients that are essential to the building, maintenance and repair of
your body tissues such as your skin, internal organs and muscles. They are also
the major components of your immune system and hormones
•Lutein and zeaxanthin (for your eyes)
•Choline for your brain, nervous- and cardiovascular systems
2.Organic coconut oil
•Promotes heart health
•Promotes weight loss
•Support immune system
•Support healthy metabolism
•Providing you with animmediate energy source
•Supporting the proper functioning of your thyroid gland
3.Raw organic almonds
•rich in phytochemicals
•they are rich in : Vitamin E, Magnesium, Protein, Fiber,
Potassium, Calcium, Phosphorus, Iron
4.Wild Alaskan Salmon
•Essential animal based omega 3 fats (EPA, DHA)
•Rich in anti oxydants
•High quality protein
•They are an excellent source of healthful raw fat. They
also provide close to 20 essential health-boosting nutrients
Kale is an inexpensive cruciferous vegetable that can help
ease lung congestion, and is beneficial to your stomach, liver, and immune
system. It's an excellent source of multiple vitamins and other nutrients.
7.A good quality whey protein
A high-quality whey protein must be:
•Derived from grass fed cows
•Free of hormones
•Free of artificial sweeteners and sugar
8.Raw organic grass fed butter
•Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA)
•Vitamins (A, D, E and K2)
•Wulzen Factor, a hormone-like substance that prevents
arthritis and joint stiffness, ensuring that calcium in your body is put into
your bones rather than your joints and other tissues. The Wulzen factor is
present only in raw butter and cream; it is destroyed by pasteurization.
9.Raw organic grass fed kefir and/or
•It is an excellent way to boost your immunity and increase
your daily energy.
•The bacteria that make the kefir or yogurt consume most of
the lactose in milk, which can be a problem for someone with insulin resistance.
•It helps maintain healthy balanced gut flora with their