• DASH Diet and Mediterranean
    Diets,  Health,  Nutrition,  Weight Loss

    What the DASH Diet – Does Not Do

    Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension. A.K.A, the “DASH” diet. What the DASH diet doesn’t do? – this is not a weight loss diet (such as the Keto diet). However, the 2018 U.S News and World Reports “Best Diets Rankings” placed the DASH Diet as #1 out of 40 other diets evaluated by a panel of experts. Some major factors in the rankings are – long and short term weight loss, easy to follow, and overall health benefits. Director Kathy McManus – Department of Nutrition at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital states; “it has all the attributes of a diet that promotes overall health”   What do you eat on the…

  • 5k Training Plan
    Fitness,  Health,  Weight Loss

    Running Tips for Beginners

    Running is extremely good for you. That’s not my opinion as the writer of a health blog…that’s science! Jogging just ten minutes a day can reduce your likelihood of dying from a heart attack. Obviously, running helps you lose weight, too. You’ll breathe better and enjoy lower cholesterol and triglycerides if you run regularly. Still not convinced? How about the fact that running is also an effective treatment for depression? If you can’t imagine yourself running, then it’s time to expand your mind. Humans are superb runners. Our long legs give us an efficient stride. We can run long distances without overheating. And no matter what shape you’re in, your…

  • healthy woman eating fish
    Diets,  Fitness,  Health

    Pescetarian

    There’s some pretty good research out there to support vegetarianism. Vegetarians are 25% less likely to die of heart disease, for example.  Now the news about being Pescetarian. There are some risks associated with full vegetarianism. It can be hard to get enough protein on a strict vegetarian diet. It can also be hard to eat out. Some people are attached enough to meat that just giving it up can seem too difficult. That’s why some vegetarians opt to make an exception for fish. This practice is called pescetarianism.   Pescetarianism   Pescetarianism is the practice of eating fish in addition to a vegetarian diet. In other words, if you’re…

  • Fitness woman sugar free
    Health,  Nutrition,  Weight Loss

    What Happens When You Quit Sugar

    It’s no secret that sugar is bad for you. Studies show that too much of the sweet stuff causes diabetes, hypertension, obesity, and kidney disease. This isn’t a small problem! The average person should only have a few teaspoons of sugar per day. Women should stick to 25 grams, or six teaspoons, and men can only have up to 38 grams, or nine teaspoons. However, the average American consumes 82 grams (19.5 teaspoons) of sugar per day!   With sugar abuse being such a problem, it’s not unreasonable to suggest a drastic solution: giving up sugar completely. It’s not as hard as it sounds!   No Sugar Diet   It’s…

  • foods high in vitamin D
    Health,  Supplements

    Vitamin D Deficiency

    You’ve probably heard of vitamin D deficiency. Vitamin D is famous for being a nutrient you can get from the sun, making it a great excuse to go to the beach! You can get it from some foods, too, including egg yolks and fish. If you have enough, your bones will be healthy and strong. But in this age of office work, obesity, and prepackaged food, it’s easy to develop a deficiency. What happens when you don’t get enough vitamin D? And how can you avoid developing a vitamin D deficiency?                                                 Vitamin D Deficiency   Let’s start with the basics. Vitamin D is a fat-soluble steroid.…

  • GABA
    Fitness,  Health,  Nutrition,  Supplements

    GABA

    If you’ve been reading my blog, then you know that there are a lot of different factors that feed into good health. Your physical condition is the most obvious one, mostly because you can see how you’re doing by looking in a mirror! One of the big players in mental health is a chemical called GABA. If your brain is making this substance normally, then you’ll be able to relax, sleep, and move normally. But if your GABA levels are low, you may find yourself feeling tense, unable to rest, and achy. It’s easy to eat right and exercise and that’s all that most people think about. But your health goes…

  • Sauerkraut variety preserving jars. Homemade red cabbage beetroot kraut, turmeric yellow kraut, marinated cauliflower, carrots and radish pickles. Fermented food.
    Health,  Nutrition,  Supplements

    Fermented Foods

    You can eat some foods raw. Other foods you can expose to heat. But cooking with fire or peeling an orange are just the basics. If you’re curious about alternative ways to make food, you’ve got to try fermentation. Fermentation is a science experiment that’s good for you. Fermentation is Food 3.0. Not only that, but fermented food is delicious, and there’s more of it out there than you think! Best Fermented Foods Depending on your culture, you may already know a lot about fermented foods. If not, then prepare to expand your world! The nation of Korea is famous for its vast array of delicious fermented cuisine, including kimchi,…

  • what is fasting
    Diets,  Fitness,  Health,  Nutrition,  Weight Loss

    Definitive Guide to Intermittent Fasting in 2018

      Getting healthy is a delicate metabolic balancing act. Worse, it usually calls on your math skills: many dieters count the calories in every apple and carrot to lose weight. This method does work. But not everybody wants to micromanage their meal. Talk about taking the joy out of cooking! Isn’t there a simple, straightforward, logical system out there that lets you both eat and lose? Well, since you ask, it so happens that there is another way. And it’s easier than it sounds at first. What is Fasting Fasting is the hot new trend in weight loss, weight management, and general health. For a designated, carefully controlled period of…

  • Super Powders
    Diets,  Fitness,  Health,  Nutrition

    See Why Your pH is Critical for Your Health

    These days, eating your vegetables is a no-brainer. A healthy diet gets you halfway to a healthy body, and then you run, bike, or swim the rest of the way…right? In fact, total body health goes much deeper than eating your veggies and exercising. Everything you put into your mouth has an effect on your body’s chemical makeup. More specifically, what you eat can change your body’s acidity. And that can change your health. What is proper pH? What is pH? Buckle up for some chemistry! I promise it won’t hurt. pH is a scientific way to measure the acidity of a substance. In the strictest, most brainy definition of…

  • 2018 Nutrition Breakthroughs
    Fitness,  Health,  Nutrition,  Weight Loss

    6 Health Hacks Known Only to Those Living in 2018

    The year 2018 brings advancements in health and nutrition not seen elsewhere in history. 1. 2018 Advancements in Health Trackers You have seen wrist band type health trackers like the fibit. But I bet you don’t have health tracking shorts! In 2018 we are seeing practical uses of WBAN’s (wireless body area networks). These are low energy sensors connected to patients that allow for telemedicine and remote patient monitoring as well as bio feedback and assisted living Fibit’s – so far this seems to be the leader in wearable health trackers. The runner up is Garmin.  Motiv Ring – an interesting twist on health scanners. This ring has fair reviews…