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Learn to Prefer Foods with Less Fat and Sugar

Although people are born with a love of sugar and a predisposition to enjoy fat, those preferences can be replaced over time. If you’ve already made the switch from whole milk to lowfat or fat-free milk [more…]

Buffin' Up Your Body of Knowledge as a Personal Trainer

A great way to get real-world experience before you try hanging your personal-trainer shingle is to become an intern or an apprentice. Internships and apprenticeships allow you to discover the technical [more…]

How Your Body Uses Vitamin E

Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin essential to a healthy diet. This important antioxidant nutrient protects cells and tissues from damage by free radicals generated by chemicals and oxidized fats. [more…]

The Ongoing Vitamin C Controversy: Megadose Cure-All?

Chemist Linus Pauling made megadosing vitamin C popular among many people who keep a close eye on nutrition and their diet. In 1970, he published Vitamin C and the Common Cold [more…]

Multiple Factors Contribute to Development of Eating Disorders

Dieting is one possible reason for eating disorders, some people argue, because the disorders share dieting as a common thread. They think that if dieting didn’t exist, there would be far fewer eating [more…]

Avoiding Roadblocks to Stress Reduction

If you recall your last attempt at losing a few pounds or getting rid of all the clutter in your house, you may recognize that good intentions do not always guarantee success. Usually, you encounter one [more…]

Processing Carbohydrates Properly with Chromium

Chromium is a trace mineral essential to sugar and cholesterol metabolism. The average American diet is deficient in this mineral nutrient due to its scarcity in the food and water supply. Chromium is [more…]

Factors That Prompt Weight Gain

Weight gain doesn’t always depend on diet, genes, or lack of exercise. Other factors like quitting smoking and taking medications can cause you to gain unwanted pounds no matter how closely you follow [more…]

Who Benefits from Fat and Oil Supplements?

All fats in foods have their place in your diet when you eat them in their whole natural state in flax seeds, fresh fish, and whole corn. If you have a perfect diet without foods cooked with fats, you [more…]

Staying Fit While Traveling

When out of town, it's easy to use traveling as an excuse not to exercise. This is a grave mistake, because adding fitness into your schedule can enhance the experience of your business or pleasure trip [more…]

Avoiding Herb and Food or Drug Interaction

Science has actively and intensively studied how drugs interact with other drugs and how foods and beverages can increase the risks or decrease the benefits of drugs. Not much testing has been done with [more…]

Inviting Heart Disease: The Couch Potato Connection

While you're sitting still, your heart is beating at 70 to 80 contractions per minute (unless you're extremely fit). With each contraction, the right ventricle discharges about three-quarters of the blood [more…]

Where You Carry Your Fat Matters to Your Health

Your degree of risk for developing weight-related health problems depends on how overweight you are and where you store your excess fat. Body fat that accumulates around the stomach area poses a greater [more…]

Relating High Blood Pressure to Caffeine Consumption

Caffeine is a chemical compound in the leaves, seeds, and fruits of more than 63 plant species, but it most commonly comes from coffee and cocoa beans, cola nuts, and tea leaves. But coffee isn't the only [more…]

Carbohydrate Loading for Sustained Physical Exertion

Some athletes add extra carbohydrates to their diets. This practice, called carbohydrate loading, increases the amount of glycogen stored in muscles. This carb-loading diet is not for everyday use, nor [more…]

How to Add Fiber to Your Diet

Fiber doesn’t contain nutrients, but it is essential to a healthy diet. A high-fiber low-fat diet is healthful for your heart and digestive system. Looking for quick and easy ways to add fiber to your [more…]

Recognizing and Responding to Colic

Approximately 25 percent of babies experience colic— a condition that causes babies to cry inconsolably for at least three hours a day at least three days a week. Keep in mind that this is the [more…]

Considering the Cost of Addiction to Families

The degree of distress experienced by families affected by addiction is usually underestimated. In all normal situations, families try to take care of each other, especially in times of illness. What happens [more…]

Dealing with Anticipatory Grief and Caregiving

Anticipatory grief is the name given to the angst and sorrow that accompanies the knowledge that your loved one almost certainly is going to die from whatever disease or debilitating condition he's suffering [more…]

Sticking to Your Diet at Mexican Restaurants

A flour tortilla is nutritionally sound, but roll it around a filling and deep-fry it, and you have a high calorie diet buster. The good news for dieters is that Mexican cuisine places minimal emphasis [more…]

Finding the Right Reiki Practitioner for You

Reiki practitioners come in all ages, shapes, and sizes. You can even give Reiki to yourself if you have studied Reiki. Here are two types of Reiki practitioners you'll encounter: [more…]

Dodging the Hazards of Multitasking

You may be one of the millions of people juggling several tasks at once. This kind of complicated balancing act has been referred to as multitasking, because you're doing more than one thing at time. Multitasking [more…]

Moving Beyond Type A: Taking Off Your Watch

Type A's are obsessed with time. "This is taking too much time," "Damn it, it's getting late — I'll never get finished on time," "I wish they would hurry up. [more…]

Silica: Mineral Nutrition for Healing Fractures

According to some sources, silicon (commonly referred to as silica) is an essential macromineral nutrient — meaning you need to include sources in your diet. Others claim that although it is important [more…]

Fast Food Serves Super-Size Fat and Calories

Eating out frequently, especially in fast-food restaurants, means that you’re probably missing out on many nutrients and eating more fat and calories than you want or need. A diet of fast food has several [more…]

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