Sunday, July 18, 2010
Do you ever experience mood swings, get headaches, forgetfulness, feel sluggish after lunch, or have trouble concentrating? It's time to feed your brain!
Cardiologist and TV personality Dr. Mehmet Oz says, "The most potent treatments that we self-adminster are foods we eat." Some foods can feed our brains and others can restrict your brain. By managing our eating habits, you can increase your brain functions.
Dr. Oz also says that our brain works like our heart- when blood and oxygen can't pass through our arteries, it can't function properly. This is why it is vital that we avoid fried, artery clogging foods. Moreover, highly refined sugar stimulate blood blood sugar to rise, which impacts attention span.
Dr. Norman Rosentahal, a specialist in mood disorders, recommends that we take 800mcg B complex to help boost metabolism in the brain and in the body. B-complex wards off depression, helps to turn food into energy, which aids brain function.
Studies have shown that Ginko leaf extract has been proven to increase brain functions such as: socialbility, alertness, mood, intellectual capacity and memory.
In the article: "Feed the Brain," experts at LLuminari recommeded 5 top brain foods:
1. Walnuts and almonds: contain omega-3 fats
2. Brocolli and cauliflower: contains vitamin E and B-6
3. Salmon: helps the brian to manage stress
4. Vitamin-fortified cereal: has B complex and antioxidants
5. Whole grain crackers: will help to keep you focused
~ Source: Schnucks Cooks/Summer '10
Thursday, July 15, 2010
HCG is a hormone naturally produced in the body. It has many functions and is used medically to treat a variety of conditions. Clinically shown, this hormone allows the body to metabolize fat and use it as energy.
Moreover, HCG helps a person to lose up to 1-2lbs per day quickly and safely! HCG only targets the abnormal fat in a humans body and Burns FAT not Muscle.
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Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Cholesterol Myths – both Good and Bad
Most people think that cholesterol is always bad, but there are actually two types of cholesterol. LDL is considered the "bad" cholesterol, and HDL is considered the "good" cholesterol. If there is too much LDL in our bloodstream, it will form plaque on our arteries. Over time, this narrows our arteries and can eventually block blood flow completely. Dietary cholesterol actually isn't the primary reason for high cholesterol in the blood; it is high amounts of saturated fat and trans fat. To keep cholesterol low, you should eat unsaturated fats, eat fibrous foods, and exercise more.
Cholesterol Numbers and What They Mean
Every adult should have their cholesterol checked at least every 5 years. When you get a cholesterol test, you'll usually get back four different results. Here are the 4 categories and the healthy range you want to be in.
Total Cholesterol - less than 200 mg/dL (5.2 mmol/L)
LDL Cholesterol - less than 100 mg/dL (2.6 mmol/L)
HDL Cholesterol - greater than 40 mg/dL (1.0 mmol/L)
Triglycerides - less than 150 mg/dL (1.7 mmol/L)
If you are over or under the desired level on any category, it is usually indicative that a diet or exercise change is needed.
Protecting Your Heart with Vitamin E
You can find Vitamin E in many nuts, leafy vegetables and vegetable oils. While it cannot prevent a stroke, Vitamin E can still reduce your risk for heart disease.
Five Great Foods to Lower Your Cholesterol
1. Oatmeal and Oat Bran: These contain a high amount of soluble fiber, which can lower LDL.
2. Fish: Fish is a great source of omega 3 fatty acids, which lowers LDL and raises HDL.
3. Nuts: Not only are nuts high in fiber, but they contain the healthy fats you need to keep LDL in check.
4. Plant Sterols: This is found in foods like margarine, salad dressing, orange juice, and functional cookies. 2 grams per day will lower your LDL by 10-15%.
5. Soy: This popular meat replacement can lower LDL by up to 3%.
Benefits Aplenty with Plant Sterols
Plant sterols can be found in foods such as Benecol Spread, granola bars, Vita Tops Muffin Tops and fat free milk. To help your heart, you should eat a lot of plant sterols-packed food and stop eating foods with saturated fat. You should know that this does not balance out a diet rich in saturated fats. To be in control of your cholesterol, you should still eat healthy and exercise often.
About the Guest Writer - Deborah H. Land writes for the Cholesterol Lowering Diet Blog, her personal hobby blog she uses to help people lower bad cholesterol levels. For more heart healthy and cholesterol lowering diet tips, check out Deborah's blog.
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