There’s lot’s of talk about superfoods these days, are the claims too good to be true?
Most of us know the basics when it comes to eating healthy; we all know that fruit and vegetables will help with a healthier lifestyle.
There’s also plenty of talk about the 5 A DAY which should be a variety of 5 different fruits and vegetables.
There are many benefits from eating the 5 a day:
- Fruit and vegetables are packed with vitamins and minerals
- They are an excellent source of fibre and antioxidants
- They can help maintain a healthy weight.
- They may also help reduce heart disease, stroke and some cancers
5 A Day is great but if you want to add even healthier foods to your diet consider some of the following superfoods, these may help you reach even higher levels of health and fitness.
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With all of the headlines that come out each day, it can be difficult to decide which ones are legitimate and which are going to be tomorrow’s old news.
For example, green tea has gone back and forth in the news – some stories proclaiming the wonders of it, while other stories say that it’s not quite the wonder drink that it’s made out to be. To make the best decision for you, perhaps you need the facts about green tea.
What is green tea?
What you may not realize is that green tea is actually black tea that hasn’t been processed in the same way. Green tea is minimally oxidized so that it retains the original green of the leaves as well as a milder taste. Black tea, on the other hand, is heavily oxidized, which is why it had a more biting taste. » Read more
The secret to getting super lean – I’m talking about being RIPPED, not just “average body fat” – is all about mastering the art of “peaking.”
Most people do not have a clue about what it takes to reach the type of low body fat levels that reveal ripped six-pack abs, muscle striations, vascularity and extreme muscular definition, so they go about it completely the wrong way.
Here’s a case in point: One of my newsletter subscribers recently sent me this question: » Read more
Almost anyone that’s picked up a set of weights has or will experience symptoms of overtraining at one point in there muscle building program. overtraining can lead to serious injury, chronic fatigue, and even muscle loss.
Overtraining is very common amongst athletes and particularly bodybuilders, since they figure that training as much as possible is the fastest way to massive muscle gains.
This couldn’t be any further from the truth however… » Read more
While most of us are familiar with calcium, we tend to forget that Vitamin D is also an important part of that equation. In order to build strong bones, we need both of these nutrients in our bodies.
But what’s most interesting about Vitamin D is that it can be naturally produced by the body when we exposure our skin to sunlight. It’s no wonder, then, that Vitamin D deficiencies are becoming more prevalent as we begin to cover our skin completely from the sun in order to protect from things like skin cancer. Maybe it is time to head out into the sun more often. And here’s why. » Read more
Of all of the vitamins we consume on a daily basis, Vitamin B is one of the most commonly discussed. With a wide variety of healthy benefits as well as scientific support, this is a vitamin that should not only be in everyone’s medicine cabinet, but it should also be made a part of a healthy diet.
Thankfully, Vitamin B is easy to add to a healthy routine, though it will become more challenging to those who do not eat meat on a regular basis. This vitamin is one that can truly help to protect your health as well as the health of others – read on to find out more. » Read more
One of the most popular vitamins on the market today is Vitamin C. It’s cheap, it comes in a variety of forms, and it seems to work wonders on any condition.
But you need to learn the facts about Vitamin C before you head off to pick up a bottle. Some of the claims may not be truthful as they seem. However, Vitamin C is still a vitamin your body needs in order to stay healthy, even if it isn’t the wonder drug it’s been made up to be. » Read more
Most of us are well aware that we need to get more nutrients and vitamins into our bodies. With all of the stress we face on a daily basis, we feel rundown, ragged, and even depleted.
In order to feel better, we need to make sure we are supporting our bodies as much as we are supporting our responsibilities. This means we need to get the vitamins our bodies and our cells need in order to produce energy and to repair damage. Vitamin A is one of the vitamins most of us are lacking in.
Because it’s primarily found in natural sources, if we’re not consuming a healthy and balanced diet, we might not be getting the recommended daily allowance. Here’s what you need to know in order to begin to add Vitamin A to your life. » Read more
Nearly everyone has heard of or knows a vegetarian in their lives. However, the concept can seem mysterious when you’re not a part of that kind of lifestyle. There are many myths surrounding vegetarianism and how it works, so to dispel some of these myths, here is a simple definition of being vegetarian as well as what benefits you can expect from trying it yourself.
What is a vegetarian?
A vegetarian is someone who decides to limit their consumption of animal based products. You can choose to abstain from animal products entirely – these people are called vegans. They don’t eat anything that comes from an animal and many don’t use anything in their lives that might have been produced from and animal or animal-related products (i.e. leather, honey, etc.). » Read more
Vitamins are substances that come from the products we eat. Each vitamin plays an important role in our health; it is believed that humans need at least thirteen vitamins to be healthy. However, depending on age and health some vitamins are not as necessary as others.
Some of the most important vitamins needed by the body are:
- Vitamin A: This vitamin is needed for growth, sight and healthy skin and hair.
- Vitamin B: The Vitamin B family is made up of a number of other B vitamins such as Vitamin B1, B2 B6, and B12. Vitamin B as a group is needed for the proper functioning of our nervous system, helps in promoting healthy skin and provides relief from stress. Each B vitamin has a special role to play in keeping us healthy.
- Vitamin C: This vitamin is ascorbic acid. It can strengthen the immune system which helps in the prevention of colds. It also helps us absorb iron and calcium.
- Vitamin D: Referred to as the sunshine vitamin because we get much of our daily requirement from sunshine (you still need to use sun protection in the sun to protect against skin cancer). It also helps in cell growth.
- Vitamin K:The proper functioning of our kidneys is dependent on this vitamin.
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