Drinking Iced Coffee Calorie Bombs?

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Coffee shops have always been a place to socialize, and in recent years they have become popular as a place to relax, study, surf the web, do schoolwork, and meet with new or prospective business associates.

Iced coffee has become one of the most popular drinks available at coffee shops.  These drinks became so popular that fast […]

Is Your Weight Loss Diet Sustainable?

Popular diet plans for vibrant health   Okay, you’ve made the decision to lose some weight, maybe a little, maybe a lot.  If you’re typical, you’ve dieted before.  At any given time, nearly 50% of American women and 25% of American men are on a diet.

A survey of 4,000 women by the Society for Women’s Health Research found that, on average, women go on two diets a year with each diet lasting about five weeks.  This means that by the time she’s 70 years old, the typical woman has been on 104 diets and spent a total of 10 years counting calories.  41% of the women surveyed said they felt they were constantly on a diet.

One-fourth of the women in the survey admitted that despite their efforts to lose weight, they didn’t lose anything at all.  The average woman has failed at 10 diets in her lifetime.

There are so many different diets out there that it’s difficult to determine which one is the best for you.

Advertisements on television feature claims to melt the fat off and show before and after pictures of men and women who have been successful.  They all look miserable and desperate in their “before” picture and bubbly and cheerful in their “after” picture. Continue reading Is Your Weight Loss Diet Sustainable?

Health Benefits of Pumpkins

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Halloween is the time of year when we think about pumpkins.  But it’s always the time of year to think about eating right.  In that regard, pumpkins are frightfully good for us, not in a jack-o-lantern but in our diet.

Pumpkins are very beneficial for heart ailments and also help in reducing cholesterol.  […]

Who Exactly Takes Nutritional Supplements and Why?

I shot this video in the parking lot of a local store that sells  nutritional supplements.  As you can see, the parking lot is busy,
and customers entering and leaving the store exhibit a wide range of age  and characteristics.

People who take nutritional supplements are sometimes labeled as
“Health Nuts” as if they were part of some weird minority. It might surprise you to learn that most U.S. adults, 68%, use dietary supplements according to an October, 2015 survey by the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN).

This Consumer Survey on Dietary Supplements, conducted by IPSOS Public Affairs, found that when it comes to safety, quality and effectiveness of specific dietary supplement categories, Americans have the most confidence in the “Vitamins & Minerals” category (85%).  Results show that the vitamins and minerals category has the highest  usage compared to specialty supplements, herbals & botanicals, and sports nutrition and weight management.  79% of male supplement users and 77% of  female supplement users take vitamins and minerals, followed by vitamin D (32%),  vitamin C (27%) and calcium (24%) which are three nutrients that government reports have  identified as shortfall nutrients. Continue reading Who Exactly Takes Nutritional Supplements and Why?

Still Giving Your Kids “Stone Age” Vitamins?

Fred Flintstone promotes stone age vitamins.Sweet, chewy “gummi” vitamin supplements are a hit with mommies and kids.  Kids like them because they’ve got cartoon characters and bright colors on the label and they taste just like candy.  Mommies like them because they believe they’re making up for any shortfalls in the diet they feed their kids (often heavy on fast foods and processed foods) and they don’t have to fight with their kids to take them.

Good nutrition is critical for children, who are in their growth years, when their bodies and brains are developing, and when they are especially susceptible to stress and infections.

Parents might be surprised to learn that many of these children’s vitamins aren’t nearly as beneficial for their kids as they think they are, because they contain synthetic and artificial ingredients.

Children’s vitamins with synthetic ingredients have the same achille’s heel as adult supplements with synthetic incredients:  They’re  missing the food matrix, the associated micronutrients, that vitamins found in nature come with.

Most nutrients like Chromium, beta-carotene and B-Complex are found in complex groups.  Amino acids, vitamine E, trace minerals and vitamin C all come in families.  It’s important that this family integrity is kept intact.  If it isn’t you are getting only the isolated vitamin and not all the other known and unknown factors, just as nature intended.

“The synthetic vitamins may be identical with naturally occurring substances or closely related.  The close relations, although useful in many ways, pose some problems in that they may have only a fraction, whether large or small, of the biological activity of the natural products…  Synthetic vitamins may perform some of the functions of their natural counterparts while being useless for others.  But what may be more important is the fact that synthetic vitamins, prepared from chemicals instead of nature, are frequently less active biologically than their natural counterparts, thereby reducing any beneficial effect they may have.” – Isobel Jennings of Cambridge University.  Continue reading Still Giving Your Kids “Stone Age” Vitamins?

The Sweet Language of Life – How Our Cells Communicate

Glyconutrients for Vibrant HealthMost people are aware of scientific research that has established diet as an important component of good health and more of the general public are paying attention to nutritional intervention.

Glyconutrients, a class of nutrients that appear necessary for maintaining health, have gotten a lot of attention in the scientific community in recent years. Information concerning glyconutrients, glycobiology, and glycoproteins fills volumes of textbooks and thousands of medical research articles.  To date there are over 40,000 publications on the research of glycobiology and the study of these important glyconutrients.

However, the public’s knowledge of glyconutrients and their importance to maintaining health is limited.

The human body is incredibly dynamic; every day, it is maintaining, protecting and regulating its 60 trillion cells.  It replaces 150 to 500 billion cells daily.  Central to the body’s health is the cell’s ability to maintain its function properly.  Cells must also be nourished, protected and supported.

Glyconutrients are monosaccharides or carbohydrates that are vital for the correct structure and function of cells in our bodies.  As the name monosaccharides indicates they are sugars.

When most people think of sugar, they think of that sweet white granulated stuff that many people put on their breakfast cereal or in their morning coffee. Diabetics think of sugar as something to avoid because it will raise their blood sugar.  Glyconutrients are not that kind of sugar.

Science has found that glyconutrients are important for cell to cell communication and the proper functioning of our immune system.

Proper cell to cell communication is necessary for our body to function properly.  For instance our digestive system needs to know which food components to absorb into the blood stream and which to ignore.  Without proper cell to cell communication our immune system wouldn’t know which cells to attack and destroy and which cells to protect.  Continue reading The Sweet Language of Life – How Our Cells Communicate

The Hidden Dangers of Yogurt

light yogurtYogurt is healthy for us right? 

Most of us have come to believe so.  Yogurt has become so synonymous with healthy food and dieting that when we see somebody eating it we automatically assume that they’re on some kind of diet or health routine – and most likely they are.

Many of these people would be surprised to learn that the yogurt they’re eating is probably not healthy for them, especially if it’s processed yogurt.

In recent years yogurt makers have had great success in making their product more attractive to the mainstream market by packaging it in convenient containers, and adding flavoring, coloring, preservatives and other “unnatural” additives.

Some people indulge their sweet tooth by enjoying frozen yogurt as an ice cream substitute thinking that it’s healthier and lower calorie than ice cream.

It seems like frozen yogurt “parlors” have popped up everywhere.  There, yogurt is available in a flavorful soft-serve consistency, and customers can add toppings like candy sprinkles and M&M’s.  Many do, figuring they’ve saved a lot of calories by eating yogurt instead of ice cream.

The truth is that many of the top brands of yogurt are unhealthier for us than eating a bowl of ice cream.  Continue reading The Hidden Dangers of Yogurt

Which Diet Is Best For You?

Popular diet plans for vibrant healthOkay, you’ve made the decision to lose some weight, maybe a little, maybe a lot.  If you’re typical, you’ve dieted before.  At any given time, nearly 50% of American women and 25% of American men are on a diet.

A survey of 4,000 women by the Society for Women’s Health Research found that, on average, women go on two diets a year with each diet lasting about five weeks.  This means that by the time she’s 70 years old, the typical woman has been on 104 diets and spent a total of 10 years counting calories.  41% of the women surveyed said they felt they were constantly on a diet.

One-fourth of the women in the survey admitted that despite their efforts to lose weight, they didn’t lose anything at all.  The average woman has failed at 10 diets in her lifetime.

There are so many different diets out there that it’s difficult to determine which one is the best for you.

Advertisements on television feature claims to melt the fat off and show before and after pictures of men and women who have been successful.  They all look miserable and desperate in their “before” picture and bubbly and cheerful in their “after” picture.

I wish they’d publish the name and telephone numbers of these people so that I could check up on them a couple of years later!  Maybe I’d ask them to send me a picture.  I suspect they’d be looking more like their “before” picture than their “after” picture.  Odds are that they’re already searching for a different diet to try.

In an effort to help Americans weed through what seems like an endless array of weight-loss plan options, the magazine U.S. News & World Report recently published the results of their six month study on the best diets.   Continue reading Which Diet Is Best For You?

Strategies About Subway Diet

Jared Fogle lost weight for vibrant health.Mention the diet that relies on eating sandwiches in place of two meals a day and people will instantly recognize Jared and the Subway Diet. If you ever wanted to know how this whole thing got started, keep reading.

Jared Fogle worked his way through college by working at an adult book store.  Like many people he sat around too much and ate too many snacks – his habits causing him to balloon to 425 pounds.  Jared realized his weight was critical and so started looking for a way to drop some pounds.

He tried and failed with many diets because he had too much time and too much temptation to cheat.  One day he noticed a Subway sandwich store about a mile and a half from his apartment.  Unknown to Jared he was about to take his first step towards the Subway diet.  Jared changed his daily diet to nothing but a sandwich, baked chips and a diet soda for lunch and dinner, walking the 3 mile round trip for each meal.  His caloric intake plummeted from about 10,000 calories each day to only 900, with 6 miles of walking added for good measure.  The result of Jared’s personal Subway diet was a loss of 245 pounds in only a year.

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You don’t have to walk three miles to and from Subway and eat there every day to lose excessive weight.  The OsoLean Diet Plan combines OsoLean, eating right, and daily activity to burn fat and keep the lean muscle.  In addition it carries a 6 month guarantee.

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How did this Subway diet become a national ad campaign for the Subway chain?  After losing the weight Jared ran into a friend who worked with the school paper.  After Jared told him how he had lost so much weight, this guy turned it into a feature for the paper.  Someone at Men’s Health magazine read about Jared and decided to include his diet in a feature about crazy diets that work.  A subway franchisee in Chicago brought the story to the attention of his advertising people who talked to Jared to make certain it was legit.  The local agency brought the idea to Subway’s national ad agency, but they hated the idea, so the local guys paid out of pocket for Chicago commercials featuring the Subway diet.  Continue reading Strategies About Subway Diet

Get Fat! Omega-3 Fatty Acids That Is.

Omega-3 SupplementsWhen the words oils and fats are mentioned, health-conscious individuals tend to run for cover. What they fail to realize is that there are good fats and bad fats.  Complete avoidance of intake of oils and fats would actually be detrimental – rather than beneficial – to their health.

The Truth about Fish Oil

Essential fatty acids must always be part of our daily diet – without them, we take one step closer to our deaths.  Essential fatty acids are divided into two families: omega-6 EFAs and omega-3 EFAS.

Although there are only very slight differences to distinguish the two groups of essential fatty acids from each other, studies have revealed that too much intake of omega-6 EFAs can lead to inflammation, blood clotting and tumor growth.  The good news, however, is that the opposite is true for omega-3 EFAs.  Omega-6 EFAs can be found in vegetable oils while omega-3 EFAs can be found in fish oils among other foods. 

Omega-6 vs. Omega-3

Physicians and scientists believe that the imbalanced intake of omega-3 and omega-6 EFAs is the cause behind increasing cases of various health problems.

As mentioned earlier on, omega-6 EFAs can be found in vegetable oils.  This includes but is not limited to corn oil and soy oil, both of which contain high amounts of linoleic acid.  Omega-3 EFAs on the other hand can be found also in marine plankton and walnut and flaxseed oils.  It should be significant to take note that fatty fish and fish oils contain eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), fatty acids that have been observed to provide many benefits to the human body.  In the early 1970’s, a study on Greenland Eskimos have revealed that one of the major reasons why they rarely suffer from heart problems is because of their high-fat diet (mainly composed of fish).  Continue reading Get Fat! Omega-3 Fatty Acids That Is.