Everyone enjoys a summertime dip in the water, but did you know that your body is made up of 70% water? Every cell, tissue and organ in your body needs water to function correctly. For example, your body uses water to maintain its temperature, remove waste and lubricate joints. Wondering how to adopt a more hydrated lifestyle? Read these simple tips… Tips For Staying Hydrated: Water is best, but other drinks and foods can help you stay hydrated. Try herbal tea or water-rich fruits and veggies such as watermelon, tomatoes and lettuce. Drink water before, during and after exercise. Keep a reusable water bottle with you at all times – car, bedside table or office desk. Start and end your day with a glass of water. Feeling hungry? Drink water. Sometimes the sensation of thirst is confused with hunger. And research suggests drinking water may assist in a healthy loss plan. Drink water when you go to a restaurant. Not only does it keep you hydrated, but it’s also free!
Most folks understand the benefits of a daily aerobic workout such as brisk walking, bicycling or swimming. However, you may be missing a critical fitness component if you skip strength training.
You know that “I can’t believe I ate the whole thing” feeling? Perhaps you’ve been eating sensibly, but somehow you feel puffy and uncomfortable? This temporary abdominal distension is commonly known as belly bloat and it is different than the extra weight that many wrestle with.
Contrary to popular belief, dairy isn’t the only food that helps build strong bones. New research suggests there are other foods that can potentially slash your risk of osteoporosis by 50%.
Soon fresh blueberries will be cropping up everywhere from the corner grocery store to the local farmer’s market. This luscious beauty is America’s second favorite berry after strawberries. One of the few fruits native to North America, blueberries reach their peak in June and July.
Essential for brain health, a strong immune system and weight management, Vitamin D3 is a fat-soluble vitamin that your body can get through sun exposure, food or supplements. However, nearly 50 percent of the population worldwide suffers from vitamin D3 deficiency? Of those at special risk are older adults and those people with limited sun exposure. It’s dubbed the “sunshine vitamin,” because your body can make it through sun exposure. Therefore, health professionals now recommend getting at least 5-30 minutes of sun exposure daily. Sounds easy, eh? Well, for those living too far from the equator, getting that daily sunshine fix can be tricky. To add to the problem, vitamin D3 is found naturally in only a handful of foods, including cod liver oil, sardines, salmon, mackerel, mushrooms and raw milk. Don’t fancy fish and the like? Quality supplementation is advised to meet the recommended daily amount of 600 IU. There are many benefits to vitamin D3, but these three top our list of reasons why you should make friends with this super hero vitamin. Brain Power: Vitamin D is important for brain health and promising research has shown a link between Alzheimer’s disease and vitamin D deficiency. It’s not …
Looking for a tasty “superfood” to bump up your healthy diet? Coconut oil is surely the Swiss Army knife of superfoods with its unique combination of medium chain fatty acids that provide a myriad of positive health benefits. These fatty acids are metabolized different than saturated fats found in steak or cheese.
Chances are you’ve heard about the mega health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids. These polyunsaturated fats, which play a crucial role in cell function, are also helpful in reducing harmful inflammation that can be a harbinger to heart disease. What’s more, omega-3s have also been found to decrease triglyceride levels and blood pressure and may help to prevent fatal heart arrhythmias.
According to the North American Spine Society, approximately 80% of Americans will experience some kind of back pain in their lives. However, 90% of those folks will likely get better without treatment or by using conservative treatments such as anti-inflammatory medications, exercise and physical therapy.
Most of us are aware of the dangers of excessive sugar such as weight gain and type 2 diabetes. We have cut down on obvious culprits like gooey desserts and sugar-laden sodas. However, you might be surprised to learn this ubiquitous ingredient (under sneaky pseudonyms) can be found in a host of ‘healthy’ foods.