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Is The Food You Eat Really Helping Your Nutrition and Your Health?

 
 

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An increasing number of people want to find ways to lead a healthy lifestyle and, as part of that, eat more healthily. Various campaigns quite rightly promote the idea of eating more fruit and vegetables to give our bodies the nutrition they need.

But is the food we eat really as nutritious as it should be?

It is an unfortunate consequence of modern life that much of the widely available food you probably consume has a reduced benefit on your nutrition and your health. Of course, as related in a recent article, fast food is of very little help at all but it is also true that much of the fresh food may not be as helpful as we would like.

There is a continuing debate regarding just how good is the food we eat with some authors believing the drive for more cost-effect mass production of food leads to a reduction of goodness and others (influenced by large food companies, cynics might say) claiming there is little change at all.

Jo Robinson, writing in the New York Times, believes we need to modify the varieties of foods we eat. The lines offered to us at the supermarket are selected on their profit potential and taste, leaving the most nutritious foods off the shelves. Varieties that provided good sustenance for previous generations need to be rediscovered.

A recent article from the Guardian and included on their website takes the debate further. Even meat has reduced benefits and over production may be reducing the nutrients found in fruit and vegetables. At the same time chemicals, such as pesticides, used in production are appearing in the food we eat. What could the effects of these be?

Now we also face eating Genetically Modified foods. We are told these are safe for us to eat but can we really be sure?

Writing on the Huffington Post website, Nicolette Hahn Niman also considers the ethics and problems of eating meat from factory farms. Do we really want to eat food produced in conditions of which we do not approve?

Nicolette makes some recommendations which apply to any of us wanting to ensure we find ways to lead a healthy lifestyle – and support ethical farming.

One of the best ways is to explore local shops and farmers markets where you can ask where the food is sourced and what goes into it.

This is something I have worked on in recent years – with some success. It does cost a little more but I have adapted by buying less and wasting less. It makes food shopping more interesting and enjoyable; producers and shopkeepers recognise me and sometimes offer samples to try. This approach to shopping also has the effect of stimulating the local economy (and reducing the dominance of huge supermarket chains).

Now is a great time to take more care over the quality of food you eat, your nutrition and your health.
 
 

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How To Make Skin Glow Naturally as You Exercise

 
 

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One of the most important ways to lead a healthy lifestyle is to get regular exercise. Many of us would like to look beautiful naturally and know getting fit is an important part of that but dislike the effort it takes and also do not want to appear in public looking red and sweaty.

With regard to the effort involved it is key to get into a habit of exercise. Decide what you want to do to get fit (something that you might enjoy): this might involve running, going to the gym, walking, swimming, cycling, a team sport or even gardening.

I always say that exercise could be taken to achieve something else apart from getting fit. This might involve walking or cycling to work or widening your social circle by joining a team or club. By taking your mind off the need to exercise and having another reason, you will find it easier to get fit.

Bear in mind however that a determination to lose weight can be enough to get started but having another reason will help you on those inevitable occasions when it gets tough (and it will!).

Generally once you have exercised regularly for 30 days you will find it becomes a habit and thus harder to stop.

During the London Marathon this year, the singer Katherine Jenkins ran in full makeup. This did surprise a few people as most opinions suggest you minimise the cosmetics worn when you exercise. Why? The idea is to keep the pores clear to allow sweat (okay, perspiration or ‘glow’) to exit naturally and not trap the dirt and bacteria.

Of course, mineral powder makeup does not block the pores anyway so it would seem, if you are going to wear cosmetics as you exercise, this is the more healthy option. Nonetheless it is much better to minimise the quantity but isn’t the natural look always the better choice for most women?

Most women prefer to be seen wearing some sort of makeup when exercising so use a light layer of moisturiser and a discrete lip colour. If you are exercising outside it makes sense to wear a sunscreen too; some mineral powder makeup does contain sun protection. Eyeliner and mascara are also probably the safer cosmetics to wear as they cover the least area of skin but remember to select a waterproof version or you are likely to end the day looking like you have been crying.

Just as you warm up and cool down before and after a workout, it is key to wash before putting on makeup prior to exercising and equally important to carefully clean off the cosmetics after and wash again: in this way you will avoid any danger of spots and rashes.

Olympic heroine Jessica Ennis always looks good when competing. She points out it makes her feel confident and, let’s face it, it you are exercising in front of millions then you want to look good. Jessica’s look very much emphasises her best features with the minimum of makeup.

Take care to look your best as you exercise and you will find getting fit to look beautiful naturally will be less of a chore.
 
 

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Using Nutrition and Your Health To Deal With Ageing

 
 

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Most of us accept that we become less capable as we grow older: however this need not necessarily need to be the case. There are ways to have a healthy lifestyle that could slow down the rate at which we age.

Obviously age is a number but it depends on how we treat our bodies as to whether or not that number converts into reduced physical abilities.

I suppose it seems obvious when we see the advertising telling us of the dangers of smoking and excess drinking that such bad habits can shorten our lives. Not many of us realise however that regular exercise, good nutrition and the right amount of rest can lengthen our lives or, at least, our active lives.

The great explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes will be 70 years old next year. His daily routine involves running for two hours near his farm on Exmoor. He has completed a number of marathons, including some in extreme conditions, and a few of years ago a medical check-up found he has the fitness of most 25-year-olds.

Obviously we do not need to go to the lengths of someone like Ranulph Fiennes to stave off the effects of ageing but there seems little doubt that a healthy lifestyle can help.

Find out more about using ways to lead a healthy lifestyle to help cope with ageing on the New-Star.com website from Shawnee, Oklahoma.
 
 

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How Fast Food Affects Nutrition and Your Health

 
 

Burger and French Fries Lying on a Table

 
Obesity and diabetes are becoming all-too common problems, with the World Health Organization estimating there are 347 million people worldwide with diabetes and 200 million considered obese.

Eating the wrong foods can have an effect on nutrition and your health and leads to excess body weight and conditions such as diabetes. One of the ways to lead a healthy lifestyle is to watch what you eat and avoid fast foods as much as possible.

One of the reasons conditions such as obesity and diabetes has become such a problem is the easy access to fast food. To many, the fare offered by many food chains tastes good, is cheap and readily available. Sadly it also lacks the nutrients our bodies require and contains too much sugar, salt, fat and chemicals.

Salt (sodium chloride) contains 40% sodium. Excessive sodium increases blood pressure, leading to cardiovascular diseases, stroke and hypertension. There is some evidence too that indicates sodium can reduce the calcium content of bones, so weakening them, and can damage the kidney.

But it is not just salt that damages nutrition and your health. The Daily Mail recently reported on a study that found the combination of additives found in foods such as fried chicken and chips (French fries) could also affect the liver to the degree found in hepatitis sufferers.

The lack of nutrients in fast food means the good effects from eating a meal are short-lived. The sugar found in many foods may give the consumer a short burst of energy but this results in a greater energy crash when the effects wear off. Soon after eating a fast food meal, people find they experience fatigue and mood swings leading to a need for another sugary intake.

Eating the right wholesome foods with the right vitamins and minerals would mean the body finds an optimum operational level and so energy levels continue at a more constant rate. Performance improves with the correct diet.

Of course many fast foods also contain large quantities of saturated fats, an excess of which will lead to overweight and obesity. This will result in an increased danger of heart disease and diabetes as well as operational problems resulting from carrying extra weight, such as arthritis and joint damage.

Other studies have found that fats food affects nutrition and your health in other ways too. A further Daily Mail article reported on studies that discovered skin problems in children who regularly consumed fast foods. Teenagers eating regular fast food meals had an increased risk of severe eczema or rhinitis. The same article also points to results showing an increase of asthma cases related to fast food consumption.

Another worrying effect of fast foods has been highlighted by a study undertaken by the University of Liverpool. It seems the regular consumption of fast foods can also damage the function of the brain; an excess of triglycerides fats and inflammatory molecules as a result of eating fatty foods prevents hormones from protecting and encouraging the growth of neurons in the brain.

Fortunately the same study found the consumption of Omega-3- rich foods (such as oily fish) or supplements could reduce the damage.

Clearly one of the key ways to have a healthy lifestyle is to reduce the amount of fast foods we eat and replace them with locally produced, fresh food: especially fruit and vegetables. If more nutrition is needed then a good supplement containing natural ingredients should be considered.
 
 

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Nutrition And Your Health: Keeping a Healthy Lifestyle

 
 

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Finding ways to have a healthy lifestyle is not for a few trendy people: it is a way of life to which we should all aspire.

There are still too many people who would ask ‘How is nutrition related to health?’ In other words, they have no idea that our health is related to our habits.

Only this week I worked with a mature lady who finds herself stressed most of the time and, to combat this, she drinks sugary energy drinks and eats junk food. I am too much of a gentleman to point it out but it is very clear to me that her teeth are in a bad way and she is rapidly putting on weight.

In the same way, I also work with quite a few individuals who drink too much and smoke constantly. There is no point in my telling you that their eating habits are as healthy.

Do we really have so little respect for our bodies and our health that we risk ill health later on?

Living a healthy life is not a one-off fad: it is a series of habits we have to follow day in, day out to get the benefits of a better body, looking good and feeling well.

Shely Tanily is a student trying to be healthy. Read her argument for healthy habits on the Healthy Entrepreneur blog.
 
 

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Health and Nutrition Articles: Looking After Your Feet

 
 

A Selection of Feet on a Wooden Floor

 
I take particular care of my car tyres as I realise they are what holds my car to the road and get as much wear as any other part of my car: perhaps in the same way I should take more care of my feet.

Your feet take a good bashing whatever you do in life (except sleep!). For this reason we should really look after our feet as one of the ways to lead a healthy lifestyle. As too many people have discovered, if we do not look after our feet, we can find moving around quite difficult.

In many ways we need to ensure our feet are as healthy as possible.

The first thing to remember is that our feet need as much nutrition as any other part of the body, so if we feed ourselves the right nutrients then all our immune systems, skin and bones will benefit and work to their best.

Bear in mind too that the condition of our feet can also affect the operation of the rest of the body. Walking awkwardly through problems with the feet can make us compensate in other ways, leading to problems in the back, knees and hips.

If we really are dedicated to the ways to lead a healthy lifestyle then it would be worth looking after our feet by wearing the right kinds of shoe. A new trend is wearing no shoes at all to let the feet breath but, as this is not always practical, we need to consider whether some ‘fashionable’ footwear is really worth wearing. High heels and restrictive footwear can lead to painful bunions, corns and cracked heels.

Sensible shoes are really the best option for regular use. Intriguingly, experts say the best time to go shoe shopping is in the evening when your feet are slightly swollen: shoes bought then will be less tight during the rest of the day.

There are a few tips to take care of your feet, particularly if you get regular exercise that might put even more stress on them. Runners, hikers or even those who are on their feet all day for work should take care to ensure their feet get the attention they deserve.

It is always worth keeping your feet clean and dry. Keep the area between your toes dry (dry them after a bath or shower); fungal growths such as athlete’s foot thrive in damp conditions. As with all skin, it is worth moisturising your feet every day.

Massage will ensure the mass of bones and muscles in the feet will operate at their best. This will also help to relieve sore feet so it is worth doing this before you go to bed. You might also consider giving the soles a scrub with a pumice stone to remove any dead skin.

The Proto-col Instant Pedicure product, found on LookRavishing.com, will give your tired feet the treatment they deserve, with its blend of essential oils, dead sea salts and refreshing fragrance.

Cut your toenails regularly to avoid any damage but avoid cutting the corners as this can lead to painful ingrowing nails. By all means finish off with a layer of nail polish.

If you are sat down watching television or in a bus or train, it is always worth exercising your feet by wiggling your toes and rotating your ankles. This too will refresh your feet and remove any stress resulting from repetitive actions during the day.

Should you suffer from diabetes or any other condition that affects the circulation, it is so important to consult your medical advisor on ways to watch and improve the condition of all your extremities.

Even though they are generally overlooked, the feet are so important to our day-to-day activities. If you are serious about ways to lead a healthy lifestyle, you should include time to look after them.
 
 

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Applying Your Mineral Powder Makeup

 
 

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How many women have chosen just the right mineral powder makeup to work with their skin only to find that they cannot find the right look for them or the best way to apply the makeup?

Applying cosmetics requires common sense and a little practice. Few people can really tell you how to achieve the look you want – the look that will make you look at your best. There are however some general principles to help you.

By far the best look for most people is the natural look with a little makeup as possible. The best makeup artists know that the ultimate look is the one that leaves people guessing whether you are wearing any cosmetics or not. You need to learn how to emphasize your best features – and reduce any of which you may not be proud.

To learn more about applying mineral powder makeup, Angela Zalameda has some great tips in her article on the Beauty and Fitness Journal.
 
 

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