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Include Barley Grass as One of the Ways to Have a Healthy Lifestyle

 
 
More and more people are turning to vitamin supplements as one of the ways to have a healthy lifestyle. More than half of Americans take a daily supplement and around 40% use a multivitamin supplement. In the UK alone the market for such supplements in 2009 was £670 million.

With doubts about the levels of nutrition in our diets, it is hardly surprising that we are looking for alternative ways to have a healthy lifestyle. It is interesting to understand what goes into supplements and how they manage to supply the goodness we require.
 

Barley Heads Held in the Hand on a Small Farm

 
This drive to find ways to have a healthy lifestyle means that certain foods have shot into the limelight and have been labeled ‘super foods.’ One of these new stars is barley grass.

Barley grass powder is found in many of the high quality supplements we take. It come from the dried leaves of the barley plant and as such can be considered a vegetable. The benefits of this food are astonishing and some have claimed barley grass on it’s own provides most of the nutrients the body needs.

Calcium is hugely important to the human body to build and maintain important hard structures such as teeth and bones and studies have shown barley grass contains up to four times the level of calcium found in milk.

Iron too is very important to our health. It underpins many of the essential processes that take place within our bodies; iron is vital in the production of red blood cells and in the distribution of oxygen molecules around from the lungs to the processes that demand it. The immune system also depends on iron for it’s correct functioning, as does the conversion of blood sugar to energy. Generally iron is a vital component in the construction and maintenance of cells within the body and is especially important in times of high stress, such as pregnancy (when the mother supplies iron to the unborn child) and exercise.

Barley grass has been shown to contain up to 22 times the level of iron than spinach. It also includes all the essential amino acids, 13 different vitamins and 12 minerals.

Interestingly barley grass also contains levels of chlorophyll. This substance is of course essential to plants and other life forms but has also been found to combat harmful bacteria within the human body. It has been proved to repair and rejuvenate damaged tissues.

Clearly barley grass is a useful substance if you are looking for ways to have a healthy lifestyle. When you next select a nutrition supplement, you could do a lot worse than look for one containing barley grass.

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Vegetarianism, Nutrition and Your Health

 
 
If you become a vegetarian, it is rarely to improve nutrition and your health, but more as a rebellion against the consumption of living animals. Many would consider a vegetarian diet to be unhealthy and some may label it unnatural.

The truth is a meat-free diet can be good for your nutrition and your health; as in all diets, care has to be taken to eat the right foods to enable the body to operate at its best. Nutrients that many of us consume from animal products can be found from other sources.
 

Salad and a Fork on a Red Plate

 
It is important to ensure a balanced, varied diet in the same way every person does.

There are certain nutrients you need to include to ensure the best for nutrition and your health.

Fish and eggs, for example, generally provide us with adequate supplies of Omega-3 fatty acids and these of course help the heart to function at its best. You may however have chosen a diet (and there are degrees of vegetarian diets) that excludes these food types.

To replace a source of required fatty acids, you will need to consider soy oil and beans, walnuts and seeds, such as flaxseeds. As with all the nutrients, if you find it difficult to eat the goodness you need, you might consider using a good quality vitamin supplement.

We all need calcium in our diets to ensure strong and healthy teeth and bones and this can be found in dairy products, otherwise dark green vegetables, such as broccoli and kale, will help, but also an increasing number of juices and cereals now include extra calcium.

Iron is an important part of your nutrition and your health no matter what your diet so it is essential to include sources in your food. Iron helps carry oxygen around in the blood. For vegetarians breakfast cereals, spinach, lentils, dried fruit and whole wheat breads can provide iron.

Dairy products such as milk and eggs can provide vitamin B12, as can soya milk and some breakfast cereals. A lack of this vitamin can affect nutrition and your health especially in the brain and nervous system: fatigue, depression and forgetfulness are early symptoms.

These are just some of the important nutrients our bodies need to function correctly. If you choose a vegetarian diet then you still need to ensure the maintenance of nutrition and your health from appropriate sources.

To find out more about nutrition for vegetarians, visit the Vegetarian Resource Group website.
 
 

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

 
 

Man Examining Vegetables on a Stall Lit by Electric Light

 
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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Nutrition And Your Health: Keeping a Healthy Lifestyle

 
 

Beautiful Lady in Red Top Looking Into the Camera

 

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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Reducing Cholesterol as One of the Ways to Lead a Healthy Lifestyle

 
 

Stunning Brunette in a Black Dress

 

More and more people are trying to find ways to lead a healthy lifestyle and yet the biggest killer in the United Kingdom, the United States and many other countries is heart disease. It makes sense for us all to deal with the causes of this killer and find ways to avoid them.

Heart disease can be the effect of several things, including age, your sex (men develop cardiovascular disease more than women), ethnicity, smoking, high blood pressure and excess weight. Heart problems can also be inherited. One of the most significant causes however is a high level of cholesterol in the blood.

Cholesterol is actually useful to the body. It is a fat produced by the liver and is used in the construction of every cell in the human body. It is naturally carried in the blood for use around the body and has a wide range of uses. Cholesterol helps in the production of hormones (including sex hormones), insulates nerve fibres, determines which substances can pass through cell walls, helps produce bile, breaks down certain vitamins for use in the body (such as vitamins A, D, E and K) and changes Ultra Violet rays from the sun into vitamin D. So a lot of uses then.

Reference is often made to ‘bad’ and ‘good’ cholesterol. So-called bad cholesterol is termed LDL (low density lipoprotein) and it carries cholesterol from the liver. It is this version that causes the problems whenever there is an excess. The HDL (high density lipoprotein) on the other hand removes the cholesterol and returns it to the liver to be broken down or passed out of the body as waste. The HDL is the good cholesterol.

As with so many substances however, too much causes problems. High levels of cholesterol cause a variety of problems for the heart. The arteries can become narrow and blocked, the muscles of the heart cannot receive enough oxygen or a blood clot can block one of the key blood vessels.

So how do we ensure the correct level of cholesterol in our bodies?

As ever we should be looking for ways to lead a healthy lifestyle: we need to undertake regular exercise, get enough sleep (8 hours a night for many of us), drink alcohol only in moderation and avoid or stop smoking tobacco. Perhaps the most significant thing we can do however is to have a healthy diet.

Ensuring the right levels of nutrition in our diet is important to the fight against excess cholesterol. It works best in combination with the other methods above but it is still important. We need to eat the obviously healthy foods, such as fruit, vegetables, whole grains, nuts and oats but also ensure we get enough of the right fats. We need to reduce the level of saturated fats we consume and eat more of those rich in Omega-3: this can be found in rapeseed oil, olive oil and oily fish (salmon is a good example).

I think we all owe it to ourselves to ensure we find ways to have a healthy lifestyle and look after our hearts by controlling cholesterol.
 
 
Find out more about cholesterol and how to get to the right level by visiting the British Heart Foundation site.

If you are concerned that you are not finding enough Omega-3 foods, then you might want to take a look at the new Omega Essentials supplement to be found at LookRavishing.com.
 
 

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Nutrition and Your Health: Nutrition During Pregnancy

 
 

Black and White Image of Pregnant Lady in Front of a Window

 

There are few more stages in a woman’s life that disrupt nutrition and your health than pregnancy. On one hand your body is under stress and on the other you are trying to give your inborn baby the best start in life.

During this joyful time it is worth looking after your nutrition and your health. This is a great time to ensure you are as fit and healthy as you can be and, apart from anything else, you give yourself and your child the best opportunity to get the most from the experience.

Obviously the best way to ensure you get the best nutrition is to eat a healthy diet, as it always is, but during pregnancy there are vitamins and minerals that need a boost. You could stuff yourself with the foods that get you the extra nutrition but this is not always possible, perhaps as a result of your lifestyle or the lack of opportunity.

The best way to make sure you get the goodness both you and your baby need is to start a regime of good quality vitamin supplements that use natural ingredients.

So which nutrients will you need?

First of all, it is always worth consulting your doctor before taking any supplements, particularly to ensure it fits in with any treatment you may already be receiving with regard to pregnancy. However, all expecting mothers will need more of the basic building blocks of life including folic acid, vitamins C and D, calcium and iron.

To find out more about nutrition and your health during pregnancy, the National Health Service website has some useful information, as does the US News Health website.

Whatever happens it is worth getting your nutrition and your health right to ensure things go as well as possible and having your baby is as joyous an event as it should be.
 
Visit LookRavishing.com for a range of high quality nutrition supplements that can help you enjoy life at every stage.
 
 

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Nutrition and Your Health: Bioprene

 
 

Beautiful Afro Caribbean Lady In Green and White Bikini

 
Many of us are looking for ways to have a healthy lifestyle, decide to use regular vitamin supplements and yet are confused by the plethora of ingredients available.

One substance found in certain supplements is bioprene.

Black pepper has been seen as a healthy spice for centuries and is the worlds’ most traded spice, the majority coming from Vietnam. A wide range of illnesses was considered to be cured by black pepper: among them were gangrene, heart disease, indigestion, liver problems, lung diseases, insect bites and constipation.

Bioprene is an extract of black pepper and contains the active ingredient piperine, considered to be responsible for many of the health benefits attributed to black pepper.

In the few relevant studies available, bioprene is widely believed to help the absorption of nutrients in the gut, such as beta-carotene, selenium and vitamins B6 and C, but piperine has been shown to promote the metabolism and the production of energy. Thermogensis is the process of energy production from fat within the body and it is this piperine boosts. For this reason, bioprene is an important constituent of some slimming pills and supplements for athletes, bodybuilders and other sportspeople.

A faster metabolism means consumed food will digest faster, fats will be burned and nutrients will be absorbed at a quicker rate. Clearly it makes sense to use bioprene to encourage a more efficient use of nutrients.

Studies dating from some years ago suggested there might be a toxic quality to black peppers but the increased usage in recent years has proved this conclusion was inaccurate.

If you are looking for ways to have a healthy lifestyle then products including bioprene may be a part of that.

Proto-col’s Thermo-slim product contains bioprene to aid your metabolism. Find out more at LookRavishing.com.
 
 

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Choosing a Good Food Supplement for Nutrition and Your Health

 
 

Breakfast And Dietary Supplements On A Worktop

 
Many of you now understand the importance of nutrition and your health in order to enjoy life. Few of us however are willing to ensure we have a balanced diet that gives us the nutrients our bodies need, turning instead to the use of nutrition supplements.

In 2010, the US market for dietary supplements, the biggest, reached $28 billion, an increase on the previous year. The trend is the same in many other western countries and sales of dietary supplements in China reached $10 billion in 2012.

These supplements, with their impact on nutrition and your health, obviously represent a huge market. But should we just take the cheapest brand or are some better than others?

In reality it would be wise to consult a medical professional before undertaking any major change in lifestyle that would impact your health, either positively or negatively. Be sure that food supplements are right for you.

Also research the products available and understand what nutrients would benefit you most. A good multi-vitamin would have the best positive effect on your nutrition and your health. There are basic vitamins and minerals your body needs to operate effectively so make sure any health supplement you take will include these.

The Internet gives us plenty of opportunity to understand which nutrient does whiter and it would be worth having a chat with your family doctor about what would be best for you. Older ladies, for example, may suffer from a reduction in bone strength (osteoporosis or ‘brittle bones’) so an extra influx of calcium would be very useful.

There are few side effects connected to dietary supplements – but there are a few. Problems may particularly occur if you are already taking medication, are recovering from an operation or are pregnant.

The quality of dietary supplements can vary too. As is so many other examples, you tend to get what you pay for so cheap brands may not be as effective as a high quality product.

The supplements most effective on nutrition and your health tend to be made from natural ingredients. The body tends to accept such substances more readily. Also be aware that better quality supplements have a better coating. Cheaper products have plastic-derived coatings that may not dissolve in the gut and pass out complete.

Get into the habit of dropping one tablet of any new supplement into a glass of water: it should start to dissolve within an hour. You can always drink the water afterwards, if you are afraid of wasting it!

The key is to research any dietary supplement before you buy. Understand what it contains, find any reviews that may be available, take professional advice and ensure that the product will indeed have a positive effect on your nutrition and your health.

A good, balanced diet is always a priority but, if you cannot achieve that, ensure you take the best and most appropriate supplement you can.

Discover more about taking health supplements on the US Department of Dietary Supplements website.
 
 

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Health And Nutrition Articles: Nutrition For Your Eyes

 
 

Beautiful Lady With Brown Eyes Looking Into The Camera

 
Ensuring the correct nutrition is one of the key ways to lead a healthy lifestyle. The body’s processes rely on the consumption of vitamins and minerals to function.

Each part of the body benefits from a slightly different concoction of substances to ensure optimum performance.

The eyes, for example, require certain vitamins and minerals. Research has shown that increasing the level of these nutrients can help prevent or even reverse certain eye conditions.

Folk lore has always told us how carrots are good for seeing in the dark and in reality eating carrots could indeed be one of the ways to have a healthy lifestyle – certainly as far as the eyes are concerned.

Carrots, spinach, kale and butternut squash all contain beta-carotine, which, when combined with vitamins C and E can reduce the level of macular degeneration in the eyes.

This is also true of Omega-3 fatty acids, found in foods such as cold-water fish (salmon, mackerel and herring) and in walnuts. Omega-3 can also prevent dry eyes.

Green leafy vegetables, such as broccoli, and eggs provide Lutein and Zeaxanthin and this also reduces the risk of chronic eye diseases. Cataracts and the effects of age can be held at bay using these two substances.

Vitamins C and E have already been mentioned and these two act as powerful antioxidants, protecting the cells of the eyes from free radicals, which can break down the healthy tissue in the eyes.

It is wise therefore to ensure you maintain your nutrition in order to prevent problems with your eyes.

You should of course use a healthy, balanced diet as one of the ways to lead a healthy lifestyle but taking a good quality health supplement could back this up. Go to LookRavishing.com to discover new March offers on nutritional supplements.

Find out more about eye health on AllAboutVision.com.
 
 

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