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Weight Loss 7 ways To Unearth Your Motivation

It can be hard to begin a weight loss program, but getting started is generally the most difficult part. 
You know you need to get into better shape and lose those excess pounds, but not lacking the proper desire and motivation to do so can keep you from it. 
What you need to do is discover a good purpose, that motivates you and that will aid you to stick to the weight loss plan. Here are few ideas to help get you underway.

Look good for an impending circumstance. Look for an occasion that inspires you to work out more often and eat less. Whether it is your anniversary, a party, or a reunion using these events as a motivator can often keep you from slacking off or quitting. Choose an event that is still a few months away so you have time to work towards it.

Run or walk a charity marathon. If you cannot find the motivation for yourself, you can always opt for training for a running or walking marathon. Getting involved in one that is for a good cause is a great motivator. It is easier…

How to Prevent Foodborne Illness

Safe Food Preparation, Handling & Storing

UPDATE- According to the Center for Disease Control CDC, food-borne illness is on the rise.
Eating healthy foods will support your immune system, however; the food preparation and handling could be creating a situation for illness.

Foodborne illness can cause food poisoning and menacing diseases like salmonella or botulism.

Fortunately, many things can be done to prevent foodborne illnesses. It is imperative proper food safety procedures be used when handling, preparing, and storing food.

Primarily, you should be concerned with the temperature of your foods. Use a thermometer when cooking meat to verify proper internal temperatures this kills any bacteria that may be on the meat.

In the case of burger and other loaf meats that have been ground and formed into patties, you should not eat rare meals.

The bacterium then easily is found in the meat as well as on the outside, and you are at risk if you do not cook these meats for a long period t…

What Nutrients Do You Need For Better Health?

Healthy eating requires several nutrients in fact; there are over 40 different nutrients you need daily for health.

How much is needed is determined by age, gender, weight, and activity level.

Fortunately, you can break down all these nutrients into smaller classifications to keep them systematized to ensure eating a healthy diet.

To begin with, everybody requires water to survive. Without the consumption of water, we will suffer dehydration, and eventually death. Water needs consistent replenishment as you lose it when you sweat and through daily bodily functions. Drinking about eight glasses, a day is recommended depending on weight and activity level. Water is obtained from food in addition to drinks, so water in food counts as well.

Protein is an important nutrient that needs daily replenishment. Proteins are found in foods such as meat, eggs, beans, and dairy products. They deliver the amino acids needed to build muscle tissue make some of the hormones, and some a…

Antioxidant Diet To Help Fight Cancer

One of the biggest benefits of antioxidants is that they can reduce your cancer risk.

However, to enjoy the benefit you need to make sure you are consuming antioxidants in just the right amounts.

Otherwise, they can cause the opposite effect and actually increase your chances of getting cancer.

In this article, we are taking a deeper look at the connection between antioxidants and cancer and explaining how to effectively lower your cancer risk using these potent nutrients.

How Antioxidants Can Protect Against Cancer
Oxygen is essential for life and your body uses it to perform a vast chain of chemical reactions. Unfortunately, when your body uses oxygen, it also produces harmful by-products called free radicals. These free radicals damage your cells and vital organs and studies have shown that this damage can increase your risk of contracting cancer.

Antioxidants protect against the harm caused by free radicals in the body, help cells, and maintain your vital organs safe from their …

Caution: The Risks of Overdosing Antioxidants

Antioxidants are powerful nutrients that can fight aging, protect against chronic disease and more. 
However, as with anything, consuming excessive amounts of antioxidants can negate these benefits and also put your health at risk
This article will review the potential dangers of overdosing on antioxidants and explain how to avoid them.

1. Oxidative Damage
Free radicals are harmful by-products that are produced when your body uses oxygen to release the energy from the foods you eat. They damage your body’s cells and vital organs, accelerate the aging process and lead to various chronic diseases. 
Antioxidants neutralize free radicals and protect your body against the oxidative damage they cause. 
However, when you overdose on antioxidants, this benefit is lost and the high quantities of antioxidants actually speed up the rate at which free radicals damage your body.

2. Organ Damage
Excess antioxidants can be very damaging to your vital organs
. Your body can only effectively process …

Improve Your Ingestion of Antioxidants

Antioxidants are something that ought to be part of any healthy diet.

They can support your memory; strengthen your immune system and much more.

This article will provide you with five principal tips for take full advantage of your antioxidant intake.

1. Eat More Beans
Beans are rich, filling and very versatile. They have an excellent nutritional profile and are crammed full of many different antioxidants, along with other health promoting vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. They can be served cold as part of a salad or enjoyed hot as a side dish with your main meals.

2. Get Plenty Of Greens
Green leafy vegetables are an antioxidant powerhouse and are also loaded with lots of other beneficial nutrients. The best part is that most green leafy vegetables contain less than 50 calories per cup, and then you can enjoy all the nutrition they provide without worrying about your waistline. Like beans, green leafy vegetables can be eaten hot with almost any main meal or cold as a salad ingr…

What Are Antioxidants? Are they Helpful?

Antioxidants are powerful nutrients that protect your body’s cells from oxidative damage.

As a result, they boost your health in innumerable ways and are something you unquestionably want to be eating to enjoy optimum health. 
This article will be taking a closer look at antioxidants, their benefits and how you can make them part of your healthy diet.

The Role Of Antioxidants In Your Body
Oxygen is used by your body to extract and use the energy and nutrients within the foods you eat. Nonetheless, these reactions produce a derivative known as free radicals. These free radicals are particularly hazardous and damage the cells within your body.

They have been associated with a number of negative symptoms including:
An increase in cancer riskIncreased possibility for long-term diseases such as diabetesIncreased signs of agingCompromised or weak immune system
Antioxidants neutralize free radicals and prevent them from damaging your body. Not only do they protect you against all the negativ…

What are the Valuable Health Benefits of Antioxidants?

Antioxidants have countless health benefits and if you are not currently eating them, you are missing out.

Your body uses oxygen to extract energy from the foods you eat, but in doing this, it releases harmful by-products called free radicals.

If these free radicals are allowed to accumulate in your body, they damage your cells and vital organs and cause a bit of unpleasant side effects.

Antioxidants neutralize these free radicals, protect against the damage they cause and have a positive effect on your health.

This article will be discussing the ways antioxidants benefit your body and listing four of their main health benefits.

Benefit 1 – Anti-Aging
Free radicals accelerate the aging process in numerous ways. They damage your hair, nail and skin cells and give them a dull, lifeless appearance. They also inhibit the function of your vital organs and reduce your energy levels.

By loading up on antioxidants, you can prevent this free radical damage. As a result, your hair, nails and …

What Are The Four Types Of Dietary Fats?

Dietary fats are what many people mistakenly think they should avoid when trying to eat a healthy diet.

Conversely, with exclusion of Trans fats, the fact is dietary fats are indispensable for a healthy lifestyle and something to consume on a regular basis. 
Let us look at the four main types of dietary fats and provide you with a thorough overview of each one.

Saturated Fats
Saturated fats are probably the most vilified of the four fats with many sources claiming that they lead to clogged arteries, heart disease and more. However, the truth is that saturated fats are essential for good health and without them your body would not function properly. 
The roles of saturated fats in the body include:
Protecting against heart disease Strengthening your bones Strengthening your cell wells Strengthening your immune system Strengthening your nervous system Strengthening your vital organs  Animal products such as butter, dairy and red meat are excellent sources of saturated fats. However, if …

Heart Attack Signals And How To Prevent

A heart attack or myocardial infarction occurs when there is abrupt blockage of a coronary artery by a blood clot.

When coronary arteries are blocked, the heart muscle is not supplied with blood and oxygen, initiating injury to heart muscle
This damage of heart muscle not only causes chest pain and pressure but if blood flow is impaired for longer than 20 to 40 minutes the heart muscle begins to die.

The conditions that can cause a heart attack
When cholesterol plaques collect on walls of arteries a condition called Atherosclerosis occurs. 
The plaques thicken and calcify began to the arteries. If the process continues, the artery narrows and loses flexibility to the point of restricting blood circulation. This restriction of blood circulation can limit or even stop blood to the heart resulting in chest pain, shortness of breath, cardiac arrest and other complications.

Heart attack and stroke also may result from plague breaking off and blocking smaller vessels causing an embolism…

How to Handle and Avoid Annoying Back Pain

Frequently, back pain will ultimately go away by itself. Taking over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen, aspirin, or acetaminophen can reduce pain and swelling.

Resting can help, but avoid lying in bed for more couple of days, which can worsen the condition causing stiff joints and muscle weakness.

If your back pain is severe or does not see improvement after 3 days, get in touch with your doctor. If your back pain is due to an injury, seek medical attention immediately. If you over simply, over exerted the muscles you can try ice packs, hot packs, massage therapy and relaxation. Heat can help reduce pain and stiffness. Ice will aid in the reduction of pain and swelling. You will probably want to switch between heat and cold until you find what works for you the best. If you rheumatoid arthritis or related symptoms you should avoid using cold packs.

You should also try taking a long hot relaxing bath or shower.

You should return to your regular activities slowing and av…

Baby Boomer Exercise and Physical Activity

Go4Life, аn exercise аnd physical activity program frоm thе National Institute on Aging at NIH, iѕ designed tо hеlр уоu fit exercise аnd physical activity intо уоur daily life. 
Motivating older adults tо bесоmе physically active fоr thе firѕt time, return tо exercise аftеr a break in thеir routines, оr build mоrе exercise аnd physical activity intо weekly routines аrе thе essential elements оf Go4Life.

Go4Life offers exercises, motivational tips, аnd free resources tо hеlр уоu gеt ready, start exercising, аnd kеер going. Thе Go4Life campaign includes аn evidence-based exercise guide in bоth English аnd Spanish, аn exercise video, аn interactive website, аnd a national outreach campaign.

Whаt iѕ Mу Go4Life аnd hоw саn it hеlр mе bе mоrе active?
Mу Go4Life iѕ a set оf interactive online tools tо hеlр уоu set аnd meet уоur activity goals оvеr time. Mу Go4Life includes 4 easy-to-use tools tо gеt уоu uр аnd active!

My Starting Point

Let’s find оut hоw active уоu rеаllу are. Fоr a coupl…

5 Healthy Benefits Of Good Dietary Fats

Dietary fats are often associated with weight gain, heart disease and clogged arteries
However, dietary fats are not the dangerous nutrient many people believe and without them your body cannot function properly. 
This article will take a detailed look at the benefits of dietary fats and the many ways they enhance your health.

Benefit 1 – Healthier Blood
Dietary fats boost your blood in various ways. First, monounsaturated fats lower blood levels of LDL cholesterol (a type of cholesterol that builds up in your artery walls and blocks the flow of blood) and increase blood levels of HDL cholesterol (a type of cholesterol that removes LDL cholesterol from the body and in doing this stimulates blood flow). 
Monounsaturated fats also help your body to regulate its blood glucose levels which ensures that your energy levels remain stable and consistent and is particularly beneficial for people who suffer from diabetes
Finally, polyunsaturated fats reduce your blood triglyceride levels (a ty…

Weight Loss: Low Carb Foods Starter List

If you want to follow a low carb diet for weight loss, you probably would like to know what foods you can eat. 

Most people make the mistake the low carb means no carb and the diet is meat eggs and cheese only. 
Even the so called diet “gurus” make this mistake as one of the points they make is low carb is not enough fiber. Contrary to that opinion many low carb vegetables are great sources of fiber and nutrition. 
With any healthy diet, including low carb diet plan, foods should be fresh or frozen. Avoid canned or processed food as much as possible.

There are a lot of low carb replacement meal bars and shakes on the market that should be used with caution. They may be okay occasionally but not as a regular healthy weight loss diet.

Vegetables that are low in carbs. Spinach Asparagus; Lettuce; Mustard greens; Beet greens; Turnip greens; Parsley; Kale; Collard; Bok Choy; Broccoli; Cauliflower; Celery; Cucumber; Cabbage – any kind; Mushrooms; Sweet or hot peppers; Yellow summer sq…

Weight Loss: Food Labels Secrets

Here are a few guidelines to help уоu analyze the food lаbеl bеfоrе уоur nеxt stopover at thе grocery store:


Juѕt bесаuѕе thе food label liѕtѕ a сеrtаin numbеr of calories реr serving dоеѕ NOT mеаn thаt'ѕ hоw muсh YOU еаt. 

In fact, virtuаllу еvеrуbоdу I knоw ingеѕtѕ much mоrе thаn thе ѕеrving ѕizе liѕtеd оn thе Nutrition Facts label. Numеrоuѕ inѕtаnсеѕ the amounts are juѕt nоt representative, and most реорlе -- rаthеr thаn counting оut 15 chips or measuring a three-ounce ѕеrving -- еithеr fool thеmѕеlvеѕ into thinking they're еаting the "right аmоunt" оr ignоrе it аltоgеthеr. And bесаuѕе thе ENTIRE Nutrition Facts label iѕ based оn the "ѕеrving size," it'ѕ vеrу imроrtаnt tо gеt it right or аll thе infоrmаtiоn will bе inaccurate.

So, whаt ѕhоuld уоu do? Trу to gеt аn ассurаtе mеаѕurеmеnt once in a whilе. I gеnеrаllу recommend breaking out the mеаѕuring utеnѕilѕ fоr a mоnth until уоu gеt рrоfiсiеnt at eyeballing.


Baby Boomers Health, Diabetes, and Retirement

Is it that Baby Boomers will be too physically fit to retire or not fiscally fit enough? 

At any rate, we will likely be working longer before retiring or being retired longer. 
Ten thousand Baby Boomers a day turning 65 from now until the year 2030!

Hey, Baby Boomer; You Saved Enough Yet To Retire? PHILADELPHIA PA – From now until 2030 about 10,000 Baby Boomers will turn 65 every day, the Pew Research Center estimates. This large generation, born between 1946 and 1964, has had a huge impact on American culture and society, and that remains the same as it heads into retirement, according to the Philadelphia-based Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants (CPAs).See full article at The Sanatoga Post
Medical Marijuana the 420.
Honestly, when a teenager I had some but I did not inhale. Apparently, marijuana is still big business and government officials want their fill.

Colorado officials want to grant $7 million for medical pot studies.State health officials want to off…

6 Useful Benefits of Strength Training

While there are many benefits derived from strength training, not one is quite as advantageous as what it does to improve your health.
Research and numerous studies have all shown that one of the principal benefits of strength training is improved health

Not only does a well-balanced strength training program lower high blood pressure, the risk of cardiovascular disease and your cholesterol ratio, it also reduces the risk of osteoporosis, symptoms of Premenstrual Syndrome, stress and anxiety, and decreases the frequency of colds and illness. 
If for no other reason, the health benefits alone derived from strength training are worth doing it. 
But there are also five other great benefits:

1) Increased Muscle Mass
By building larger muscles, you will have more power, endurance and size which make doing everyday tasks much easier. Suddenly lifting a full laundry basket, walking up stairs and carrying an armload of groceries is much easier. And with increased muscle mass, your metabol…
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