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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 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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Way To Have A Healthy Lifestyle With Protocol In 2013

 
 

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You may have seen a few health and nutrition articles helping you decide on ways to have a healthy lifestyle in the year ahead. We have come up with a couple here on BeRavishing.com.

To coincide with the start of 2013 those clever people at Proto-col have also relaunched the health and beauty brand to help you look and feel great this year. They have examined the ways to have a healthy lifestyle available and have introduced new promotional packs to help you achieve them.

At this time of year especially, we feel down and unhealthy and it is times like this that we need a boost to our nutrition. Proto-col are offering a ‘Health and Wellbeing’ twin pack of the potent Green Magic multivitamin power and a vitamin D supplement.

Green Magic is largely tasteless and can be consumed in a variety of ways. One contributor on Twitter recently revealed she sprinkled the powder on ice cream but the more common method is to mix it in with your morning fruit juice.

Vitamin D is becoming better known now as a promoter of calcium in the body (and so giving healthier bones and teeth) but it is an important element in an effective immune system. In this way it could help us avoid the common cold. Recent research has also shown other benefits from the consumption of this useful vitamin such as reducing the risk of multiple sclerosis, ensuring good brain function and maintaining a healthy body weight.

Ensuring that healthy body weight is also the focus of another of the promotion packs from Proto-col. Green Magic is also included in the ‘2013 Weight Loss Program’ pack, which includes Thermo-Slim and Carb Blocker too.

Thermo-Slim assists the consumption of a healthy diet by using herbal technology to suppress feelings of hunger and boost the metabolism. This ensures you feel more motivated to take exercise and find your ideal size. Thermo-Slim is free of the potentially addictive Ephedrine.

Ephedrine is also excluded from Proto-col’s Carb Blocker. This product is derived from white kidney beans and blocks the enzymes responsible for the digestion of carbohydrates. This reduces the conversion of starch into glucose and so helps control body weight. Carb Blocker is safe enough to be used permanently and is safe for diabetics.

To find these two and other promotional packs in their new, striking packaging, why not visit LookRavishing.com?

Until now, the great products from Proto-col have only been restricted to selected areas of the globe but during 2013 new international distributors will be launched, this ensuring that many more people discover the ways to have a healthy lifestyle offered by Proto-col.
 
 

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Health And Beauty Tip Number 6: Nutrition For Young Skin

 
 

Pretty Young Suntanned Blond Girl Sitting In Front Of House

 
Many teenagers suffer from bad skin and struggle to make it look good again. One of the most important healthy skin tips for them is to keep their nutrition at its best.

Particularly useful for preventing acne and other skin ailments suffered in adolescence are zinc and vitamin A, but a good diet backed up by a course of quality nutritional supplements will ensure optimum skin health. Plus lots of sleep and water of course – but that is something many teenagers forget!

Protocol’s Vita Balance multivitamin tablets provide most of the needed nutrition and can be found at LookRavishing.com.
 
 

 

 

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Natural Diet Supplement: Breakfast Suggestions

 

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An important part of a healthy diet is eating a good breakfast every day. Of course the right natural diet supplement will help but a good breakfast is still important. This video includes some useful suggestions.

 

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Health And Beauty Tip Number 4: Natural Diet Supplement And Maintaining Calcium Levels

 

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You probably know it is worth keeping up your levels of calcium in the body, either through a healthy diet or a good natural diet supplement, and that calcium is important for bones and teeth but did you know your muscles depend on calcium too?

It’s true. Muscles cramp without enough of this useful substance and even the nerves controlling muscles need calcium to operate properly. One of the signs of a lack of calcium is muscle twitch (called tetany) and in extreme cases the heart muscles can fail.

If you do not have enough calcium the muscles will rob the bones to get their supply and exacerbate the problem of brittle bones, leading to an increased chance of osteoporosis.

Make sure that you have enough calcium in your diet or you take a calcium natural diet supplement now to ensure your body’s strength and function later.

Calcium is more important to the body than you realise.

To ensure your calcium health with an excellent natural diet supplement, visit LookRavishing.com.

 

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Natural Diet Supplement: 5 Diet And Nutrition Tips (Video)

 
 

Here are some useful basic tips on diet and nutrition.

 


 

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New Calcium Natural Diet Supplement

 

Fabulous Arched Backflip by Londons Festival Pier

 

Last year the Duchess of Cornwall had a fall and broke both her legs. Both her mother and grandmother suffered from osteoporosis, or brittle bone disease, and the Duchess is the President of the National Osteoporosis Society: the fear was that she too was suffering from the condition.

According to statistics from the International Osteoporosis Foundation, an estimated 75 million people in the USA, Europe and Japan suffer from brittle bones and there were around 9 million new osteoporotic fractures during the year 2000. The cost of treating sufferers is estimated at $5.2 billion each year. In women over 45 years of age, osteoporosis accounts for more days in hospital than many other diseases, including breast cancer and diabetes.

The problem is going to get worse too. 1 in 3 women over the age of 65 are prone to fractures, as are 1 in 5 men. By the year 2050 the number of people in Europe and America living beyond the age of 80 is set to triple.

So how can we avoid becoming part of these statistics?

Calcium is the substance that hardens the bones. Actually the real strength in the bones comes from a combination of collagen and calcium. Minerals such as calcium bind to the collagen to form bone.

But it is not just the bones that benefit from calcium. The substance is abundant in the body and maintains the strength of nails and teeth too.

It was the case that we would simply drink lots of milk to build up the calcium levels in our bodies and this has been largely successful in the past. However it is becoming widely accepted that over farming has lead to a reduction in the goodness we receive from various foodstuffs and this is beginning to be understood in the case of the calcium benefits of milk too.

Unfortunately too many cows are being fed on artificial feedstuffs and even those grazing on open meadows may be eating grass reduced in nutrition.

So what do we do then?

While calcium is still found in milk, we need to use nutritional health supplements to increase the calcium we take in. During the Proto-col National Conference earlier this year Managing Director of Proto-col, James Greenwell, launched a new Calcium Complex capsule.

This new product contains both calcium and collagen to help to strengthen bones. However there are other trace substances and vitamins included to ensure bone health and indeed the absorption of calcium to where it is needed.

The figures on osteoporosis are sobering but I think we all owe it to ourselves to give our bodies’ structure the strength it requires for good health and safe living.

The emergence of any new and effective natural diet supplement should be welcomed.

 

To find out more about Proto-cols new Calcium Complex natural diet supplement, go to LookRavishing.com.

 


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The Wartime Diet And Nutritional Health Supplements

Vegetable Display Including Carrots

The wartime generation from the nineteen forties in Britain are generally considered to be perhaps the most healthy generation of all. Why is that? Could their experiences help us understand why there is so much obesity in the western world today and why so many of us need to take nutritional health supplements.

For around fourteen years the supply of food was severely restricted mostly due to the attempted blockade of supplies by the German navy. It has to be remembered that around 70% of the country’s food was imported before the war.

So started a culture of minimal waste, innovative recipes and the famous ‘Dig For Victory’ campaign that created vegetable plots from most available areas of land. Equally of course everyone was motivated to be more active in his or her life and, in any case, life was more physical as the world of labour saving devices had not yet arrived.

Sugar was radically restricted too so unnecessary consumption of that potentially unhealthy substance was reduced.

The reality was everyone had to think carefully about what they ate. Perhaps we should do the same now.

Modern thinking tells us to eat a minimum amount of fruit and vegetables to gain the nutrition we require. In Britain at present the figure is said to be five portions of fruit and vegetables per day. Supermarkets have indeed latched on to this for marketing their own fresh produce.

However I have to sound a note of caution here. How do we know the nutritional content of each individual item of fruit or each portion of vegetables?

The truth is we do not know. Of course we read that carrots contain so much goodness and spinach too and all the other lines we eat. But did you know the content varies considerably depending on how or where the items were grown?

In 1940 a cupful of spinach contained around 150 milligrams of iron, now it is believed to be around two milligrams. Some nutritional experts are saying the daily allocation of fruit and vegetables should be increased from five to eight servings, even perhaps as high as twenty.

Grow Your Own Vegetables Wartime Poster

Why are we getting less from our food?

The problem arises from the production, transportation and storage of the food. To grow fresh produce in sufficient amounts, faster and so in a more cost effective manner, producers are growing the appropriate plants in an artificial environment. As the environment can be controlled, factors can be altered; for example, through the use of artificial light, days can be shortened so the plants grow faster and mature in less time. The downside of this is the nutrients have less time to form. No wonder the natural diet supplement industry is booming.

Another problem is the extensive use of fertilizers, which can leach nutrients from the ground, and incorrect rotation of land ensuring the goodness cannot be returned to the soil.

Now we have another clue as to why the wartime generation was more healthy. Remember their fruit and vegetables were often home grown and certainly without the ‘advantages’ of modern production. Also their cattle grazed on grass and not on artificial feedstuffs. The nutritional content of the food was better.

Another aspect of life in the 1940s that differs greatly from today is the concept of so-called ‘fast food’ had hardly taken off. Of course there were fish and chips available but even then the fish was likely to be fairly fresh and nobody could afford to overeat in any case.

Now we have a great variety of foods available and there is little restriction on what we eat. Sweets and chocolates are very common (remember the American troops arriving in Britain during the Second World War could bribe people with otherwise scarce chocolate) and fats food outlets are very common. Processed foods containing a wide range of additives and preservatives are sold in high volumes.

It is not entirely clear exactly what illnesses are caused by the modern diet but it seems likely poor nutrition is the cause of quite a few. So many people need nutrition health supplements.

We should take heed of the lessons provided by the austere wartime diet and the difference in health between then and now. A change to a healthier balanced diet (perhaps with more home grown or at least locally bought produce), more exercise and nutritional health supplements will probably make a huge difference to our health.

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The February 2011 Proto-col National Conference

Product Display At Protocol Business Conference

On Sunday 6 February 2011, the Proto-col health and beauty company held it’s twice a year national conference and everyone from the company and a good representation of the consultants attended. Also there were some fascinating guest speakers.

The even was held at the Stareton Hall on the Royal Showground near Stoneleigh, Warwickshire, in the UK.

Snacks and beverages were available as were a range of product displays, staffed by knowledgeable staff and distributors ready to answer any questions asked. Proto-col staff ran an efficient product purchase system with a discount available for items bought at the event.

The introduction to the day was by National Trainer Dave Butler, followed by a quick welcome from Managing Director James Greenwell.

The first speaker was celebrity makeup expert Tally Bookbinder who did a demonstration of the Proto-col all natural makeup using as a model Louise Helyer. Apart from helping at the event and being a very professional model, Louise is also representing Great Britain in the Modern Pentathlon: just one of the athletes supporting the conference.

Tally shared her opinions of the all natural makeup produced by Proto-col as well as hints and tips on application and the features of the products. Having recently worked on the television show ‘Snog, Marry, Avoid,’ Tally was particularly interesting on the abuse teenagers and young women generally give their skin and how the all natural makeup from Proto-col is a better choice.

James Greenwell Talking At Protocol Business Conference

Next James Greenwell introduced nutrition expert Professor Greg Whyte who produced his usual blend of entertainment and fascinating insights into the world of sports nutrition. Of course Professor Whyte’s information was related to the nutritional health supplements supplied by Proto-col and this and other knowledge from the day will appear in future posts on BeRavishing.com.

Particularly of interest was Professor Whyte’s explanation of the problems experienced by athletes: this was particularly well illustrated by a video of triathletes losing the use of their limbs as a result of poor nutritional preparation. Equally interesting was the understanding that sports nutrition can be relevant in everyday situations, including the struggle some people have simply to get up stairs.

James Greenwell returned to introduce three new products, Skin Plus, Calcium Complex and L-Carnitine, which will also appear on the pages of this website shortly. During his launch of these nutritional health supplements, James provided the audience with further fascinating insights into the working of the human body.

Following a short break, James returned to explain some administrative changes, including improvements to the sales websites (such as LookRavishing.com) and monthly meetings. He also announced Proto-col nutritional health supplements are now available in a Harley Street health centre.

At the event those attending had brought along children’s books in response to an appeal from James to provide them for the children of St Lucia following damage to the island’s schools in a recent hurricane. James explained how the idea had come about and the success of the programme so far (if you would like to find out more about the Proto-col St Lucia appeal, you can visit the company’s Facebook page).

James then introduced motivational speaker Andy T. Hansen. Andy gave an entertaining but hard-hitting talk explaining how the present financial problems within the economy represented a great opportunity for the company and how we could set goals to achieve what we want.

Dave Butler returned to the stage to introduce a group of exciting incentives for consultants during 2011: these range from vouchers to a theatre break and a holiday to Barcelona. Dave then went on to give tips to the audience as the best ways to expand their individual businesses.

Everyone left the event better informed as to the immediate future of the company and a useful goody-bag laden with CDs, DVDs, new product information, details of the new incentives and other useful items. Many of us also left with a bag of products purchased at the event and a new confidence in both the products and the Proto-col company.

The next such conference is on Sunday 25 September, although there are also monthly meetings held around the country. If you would like to attend any of these events, please use the contact form on this page. Further details can be found on the ‘Events’ tab on LookRavishing.com .

Andy T Hansen Talking At Protocol Business Conference


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