Diet & Fitness
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There’s no doubt that many of us are likely not meeting our daily vitamin and mineral requirements. But with all the product choices, and often-misleading claims about their disease-fighting capabilities, knowing which supplements to take can be confusing.
With unrealistic body images dominating popular culture, it’s no surprise that eating disorders are rising -for both men and women. They differ from normal diets in that they are extremes in eating and exercising behavior that can become overwhelming obsessions. Over time, people with eating disorders lose the ability to see themselves objectively (e.g. believing they are fat when they are dangerously thin).
Hitting the Sweet Spot
Is your weakness for cookies and ice cream sabotaging your weight loss efforts? It could be in your genes. Appetite is complex, with biological and environmental factors all influencing our food and beverage choices. New research also suggests that a predisposition to liking certain tastes, such as sweet or savoury, could be passed along from generation to generation.
From your stomach, which breaks down the meal you just ate into smaller bits, to your small intestine which helps your body absorb nutrients, a well-running digestive system is essential to good health.
Your gastrointestinal (GI) system has a huge job to do. It breaks down and absorbs the food you eat, sends essential nutrients into your bloodstream, and rids the body of waste. When that process becomes impaired, you’ll definitely feel it in your gut.
Bloating, Cramping and Frequent Washroom Breaks
Indigestion, heartburn, constipation and diarrhea are the most common complaints.
Derived from “vita”, meaning life in Latin, vitamins are organic nutrients that are necessary to convert food into energy. But the sheer amount of supplements available on the market can be overwhelming. Your age, lifestyle, diet and overall health issues all determine your vitamin requirements. Here’s the top five recommended by experts:
Natural and herbal products are substances that are not drugs, but have health claims associated with them. Usually found in nature, they include things like vitamins, minerals, herbal remedies and homeopathic products.
Fibre is the portion of food that cannot be digested. Foods containing fibre come from plant sources like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes such as beans, nuts, and seeds. There are two types of fibre – soluble and insoluble. And, just as their names suggest, soluble will dissolve in water while insoluble passes through your gastro intestinal tract unchanged.
No matter your age or health condition, your nutrition is essential to your health. Nutrition includes all the nutrients that you may eat – fluids, vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. And, as you age or your health changes, your nutritional requirements can also changes.
Vitamins are organic substances while minerals are inorganic substances, but both are needed only in small amounts.
Both prebiotics and probiotics are terms that you often hear in advertisements for food products, but what is the difference?
Prebiotics are functional foods or foods that have some sort of therapeutic use. They stimulate the growth and/or activity of one or more of the bacteria that are found in your bowel, for example soy beans, honey, artichokes, oats, unrefined wheat.
Memory, or remembering, is the mental ability to store and recall information. And, anyone who has forgotten where they left their car keys will know that memory is not foolproof! The nervous system is responsible for memory. The central nervous system or brain is like a main switchboard with all the various nerves that run throughout the body like telephone wires plugging-into and providing information to the main switchboard.
An elevated cholesterol level is a major contributing factor for heart disease and stroke, and adversely affects conditions like diabetes.
Calcium is the most abundant mineral in the body and is mainly found in bones and teeth. Too little calcium is the number one cause of osteoporosis, which is loss of bone structure with an increased risk for fractures. It is estimated that 1 in 3 women and 1 in 5 men over 50 years of age have osteoporosis.
Getting enough calcium should start when you are young because that’s when you build your peak bone mass.
At least half the world’s population drinks beverages or eats foods that contain caffeine – tea, coffee, chocolate, soft drinks, energy drinks.