Health

Going vegan one day a week is good for your health & your wallet

Taking one day out of the week to practice a meatless diet is more about you’ll be can adding to your diet rather than what you take away. Generally households choose meat as the main dish of their meals. Switching to a plant based diet once a week is an opportunity to fill your plate with more vegetables, more grains, and legumes that provide nutritional value that your body may not always receive from meats like fiber, potassium and vitamin B6. You can also find solace in the idea that by going meat free just one day a week could help protect the environment and may contribute to decreasing greenhouse gas emissions.\r\nHow it helps your health\r\nSubtracting meat from your diet is less about what you’re taking away, and more about what you can add to your meals. More vegetables, fruit, and grains protects your body against heart disease and stroke. A…

Healthy eating: Get more Vitamin B12 out of your diet

\r\n \r\n\r\nAs women sometimes we count on one another for health tips, especially as age changes the way our body uses and produces energy. One thing you may have gone to your mother or best girl friend to find out is which vitamins you need to take. There’s plenty of variety in the supplement department. One general vitamin that we can’t get enough of is vitamin B12. It keeps your nerves and red blood cells healthy for the most part, and critical in many body processes. The older you get, the harder it can be to absorb vitamin B12 in the body. Strict vegetarians, drinkers, smokers, pregnant women, and the elderly are usually at high risk for B12 deficiency. Sure, you can take a daily supplement, but this is one complex vitamin that can be found in food sources you use every day. A few benefits of vitamin B12 include more energy…

The best foods to boost your immune system during flu season

There is a good chance that you or someone you know might catch a cold or the flu as temperatures begin to drop this season. There is no cure for the common cold or the flu, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t ways to help your body resist and fight infections. There are certain foods like berries, cabbage, and ginger that naturally provide the vitamins your body needs to recover when the cold weather gets the best of you. The most important vitamins to consider are vitamins, A, B6, C, and E, and minerals such as selenium, iron, and zinc. Stock up on these foods to be ready to put up a defense against the flu this season.\r\nRead on for 10 foods that will protect you this flu season

Vitamin D Is Essential to Your Health—Do You Get Enough?

Did you know that experts believe up to 77% of Americans could be deficient in vitamin D? Since D is a vitally important vitamin—it has been shown to affect about 3,000 genes in the human body, and is linked to the prevention of many diseases—getting enough D is something everyone should make a priority.\r\nWhy are we deficient?\r\nEven though it is one of the few vitamins our bodies can produce, we are often deficient because the only way to stimulate D production is through exposure to sunlight. Back when most people worked outside all day long, that was easy. But now, we tend to spend the majority of our time indoors. And since we’re aware that sun exposure can cause skin cancer, we slather on sunscreen every time we’re in the sun. That’s a good thing, but it means that we can’t possibly get enough direct sunlight to produce enough vitamin…

5 natural ways to conquer bloating

\r\n \r\n\r\nWhen you feel out of nowhere you’ve gained 10 pounds in less than a week, bloating may be to blame. 1 in 10 Americans suffer from bloating or some sort of abdominal pain on a regular basis. Any one of those people will tell you that it is all about what and how you eat that is the cause. There are a number of remedies to reduce gas and stomach discomfort. If you want to nip it in the bud long-term, slow down at the dinner table and cut fatty foods from your diet. You will see a change in the way your stomach feels after meals in no time!\r\n\r\nEating lots of fiber after or with your breakfast will keep your bowels regular therefore reducing the potential gas and bloating you get after eating. Things like carbonated drinks or really salty foods have to go. When cooking at home, replace salt or…

8 ways we all benefit from Vitamin E

Vitamin E is required for the proper function of many organs. It is also a powerful antioxidant, which means it helps reduce cellular damage caused by free radicals (naturally occurring substances which break down healthy cells and lead to aging and disease). As an antioxidant, vitamin E has multiple health benefits:\r\n\r\n Protects cells against free radical damage.\r\n Boosts immune system.\r\n Reduces inflammation within the body.\r\n Vitamin E also thins the blood by preventing blood platelets from clumping, which can aid in cardiovascular health. Additionally, it:\r\n Can strengthen capillary walls and aid in improving moisture and elasticity of skin.\r\n May help improve muscle strength and physical endurance.\r\n Can help decrease effects of PMS and lessen painful menstruation.\r\n May reduce chances of sunburn by helping protect skin against inflammation after exposure to UV radiation, when taken with vitamin C.\r\n\r\nYou can increase your vitamin E levels by snacking on sunflower seeds, peanuts, almonds,…

The truth about your gluten-free diet

Considering going on a gluten-free diet? Surely you’ve noticed that over the past 10 years gluten-free foods have slowly taken over our grocery stores. GFD excludes the protein gluten, which is found in grains (wheat, barley, rye). Just about every kind of food today has a gluten-free version. The treatment for the 1 in 100 people around the world living with celiac disease is now being disguised as a food trend.  Yet, over a million Americans are following GFD who don’t have celiac disease or a gluten sensitivity to treat. The question is, is a GFD good for everyone?\r\n\r\nA surprising truth is that there is no evidence that a GFD means a healthier you. If you’re just replacing grains and sweets, you won’t see much of a change in weight or energy like some myths point out about the diet. In fact, you’re actually putting yourself a risk by cutting…

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