why women should lift weights

when i would go to the gym, one of my neighbors who is a fitness instructor would ask what routines i do and mention that it is important to lift weights. since i do lift weights occasionally, around 2x a week, i didn’t probe further as to why.

according to Prevention Magazine, here are nine reasons why women should strength train at least two or three times a week. Continue reading “why women should lift weights”

skip the fat-free option

Sometimes eating fat-free could be risking your health. According to an article from Woman’s Day, you may not want to choose fat free options for these items: Salad Dressing While fat-free dressings are lower in calories than fat-based dressings, they block absorption of fruits’ and veggies’ nutrients, like carotenoids which protect your body’s cells. According to the study, dressings with monounsaturated fats (from canola and olive oil, for instance) boosted the absorption of the veggies’ carotenoids. Dressings made with polyunsaturated fat (from soybean oil) and saturated fat (from plain old butter) helped absorption, too, but it takes more dressing to … Continue reading skip the fat-free option

risks from calcium supplements

the recommended daily intake of calcium per day is 1200mg for healthy bones. to make sure one can reach that goal, calcium supplements help when one doesn’t have enough with food. but a new study links calcium supplements with greater danger of heart attacks, strokes and other cardiovascular issues. the study did not show that calcium supplements were the actual causes of the issues but that those who took it were in the group who has more heart attacks. the result? having too much or too little calcium is not good. consuming ~820mg calcium in one’s diet daily, helps lower … Continue reading risks from calcium supplements

6 foods that fight pain

instead of taking medication, changing one’s diet can help fight pain. Anti-inflammatory herbs and spices: turmeric, garlic, ginger, cinnamon, tart cherry, curry rosemary Non-animal sources of protein: fish (canned salmon, black cod, tuna, sardines, halibut, mackerel, herring, anchovies), legumes, dried beans (lentils, soybeans, black beans), grains (quinoa, millet, spelt), and plant (pumpkin seeds, walnuts, flaxseed) Healthy fats: coconut oil, olive oil, grape-seed oil, avocado, ground flax, nu butters, omega-3 fortified eggs Wide variety of plants: kale, whole grains, beans, lentils; whole rainbow: dark green, red, orange, yellow, blue and purple fruits and vegetables; whites (cauliflower, garlic, onion); blacks (black beans) … Continue reading 6 foods that fight pain

surprising causes of depression

Trauma, grief, financial troubles, and unemployment are a few well-known triggers for depression but there are some other lesser know reasons: Poor sleep habits Smoking Thyroid disease Facebook overload (unrealistic view of the world) End of a project or show (something important comes to an end) Where you live (living in urban settings have 39% higher risk of mood disorder) Too many choices (sheer number of options can be overwhelming) Lack of fish in the diet (low intake of omega-3 fatty acids) Poor sibling relationships Birth control pills (side effects) Rx medications (side effects) Summer weather (body experiences delay in adjusting … Continue reading surprising causes of depression

buy organic corn

as more studies are done on genetically modified foods, more health risks are learned. a natural insecticide, Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt), used to genetically modify corn produces a protein that when absorbed by humans results in detectable levels of toxins are found in the blood of pregnant and non-pregnant women. lab research shows that this toxin has toxic effects on human kidney cells. it doesn’t seem like this issue has been raised to an alarming level yet as it is very hard to find organic corn. but there are a few places, i.e trader joe’s frozen section has Organic Super Sweet … Continue reading buy organic corn

jog for longer life!

i’ve never been a “runner” – i don’t care about speed or have the ambition to go faster than anyone. i like go about my own speed and push myself to get in 45 minutes to 1 hour each time. with a little more work, i can reap the rewards of the this: according to a Danish study, jogging can add about 6 years to your life! in a study of non-joggers and joggers, researchers found that male joggers can extend their life by 6.2 years and women by 5.6 years from jogging at a slow pace 1 to 2-1/2 … Continue reading jog for longer life!

cures for minor ailments

here are some healing ingredients to ease minor ailments Honey for minor cuts and burns, cough or sore throat Apply warm honey to a minor cut or mild burn, then put a gauze bandage on top; change the dressing daily. However, if you have a burn or wound accompanied by swelling, fever, or pain, check with a doctor instead; it may require oral antibiotics Salt for sinus congestion, sore throat – For a sore throat, dissolve half a teaspoon of non-iodized salt in an 8-ounce glass of water, and simply gargle the water. – To flush out your sinuses, fill … Continue reading cures for minor ailments

additional healthy foods

we know some foods are healthy but there are others that are just as healthy. if you like … Broccoli, try: Bok choy Apple, try: Persimmon Steak, try: Goat Oatmeal, try: Buckwheat Muenster cheese, try: Edam cheese ________________________________________________________________________________ read article on Yahoo! Health from The Editors of Men’s Health: 5 Healthy Foods You Aren’t Eating Continue reading additional healthy foods

9 foods that cure

instead of medicine, here are 9 foods that can provide some relief: Aloe Vera Grow it: Plant in pots placed in full sunshine. Water well. Use it: Break open the thick leaves and apply the gel that seeps out to your skin to soothe sunburn. Basil Grow it: This sweet, fragrant annual is ideal for growing in pots. Pull off the white flowers as soon as they appear to keep it from going to seed and your herbs from tasting bitter. Use it: Rub crushed leaves on your temples to relieve headaches. Pour boiling water over basil leaves for a … Continue reading 9 foods that cure

metabolism-boosting foods

here are seven metabolism-boosting foods from Cosmopolitan: Chicken Breast Chicken is packed with protein, which is essential for maintaining muscle mass-and the more muscle mass you have, the more efficient you are at burning calories. Protein takes more time to digest than carbohydrates, so you’ll feel full longer. Greek Yogurt Calcium consumed in tandem with an amino acid found in dairy products has been shown to burn fat. It has more protein that the regular kind-so you boost the fat-burning benefits. Green Tea Consuming two to four cups of fresh brewed green tea daily can help you burn about an … Continue reading metabolism-boosting foods

hotspots for human longevity

in the US, average life expectancy is 78.49 years, well above the world’s norm. many experts attribute this to ongoing medical developments. despite this, the US ranks 50th on the CIA’s life expectancy list. according to the World Factbook, these 10 nations seem to have discovered the secret to longevity: 10. Italy Average Life Expectancy: 81.86 years Many experts draw a connection between their longevity and diet. the antioxidants found in olive oil and red wine – two key features of an Italian meal – can improve cholesterol, prevent blood clots, and stave off heart disease, according to the American … Continue reading hotspots for human longevity