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             Serious Risks To Your Health


 Alcohol Or Not?
There have been studies that suggest that moderate drinking reduces the risk of heart attacks. Alcohol actually increases the risks of high blood pressure, stroke, cirrhosis of the liver, brain and heart damage and some cancers. So, drinking a daily alcoholic beverage does not increase your healthiness and actually blocks your body's ability to burn fat properly. 

The serving sizes of a glass of wine, a can of beer, or a shot of whiskey all basicly have the same calories and nutrients (if any) per serving. Also remember that it impairs your judgement, so, "Think Before You Drink!"

Drink Milk?
Milk is the best value as far as a calcium and vitamin D source with its high absorbance capacity. Lactose intolerance prohibits a great number of people from drinking milk. You can now add lactase to the milk or buy it with lactase already added that helps with digestion in those lactose intolerant. Calcium is used for building teeth and bones and maintains bone strength. It's also used in blood clotting, maintenance of cell membranes and muscle contractions. Skim milk is actually higher in nutrients in addition to being lower in fat than whole milk. All this makes milk a "YES!" 


 Why Do Onions Make You Cry?
Onions contain sulfer and when sulfer mixes with water, it happens to cause heat. As you are cutting that onion, the sulfer gases are released and when they reach the fluids of the eye, heat is produced. The eye responds by tearing to fight the heat build-up. Simple enough, huh?


To Supplement or not?
It is said that Americans have the most expensive urine because of the body excreting expensive supplements instead of absorbing them. A daily vitamin definitely does no harm to you, but they should in no way be a substitute for eating healthy balanced meals. As they are called "a supplement" means just that, in addition to a proper diet. As far as diet supplements, stay far away from them, because they are not
normally tested for the validity of the contents. A diet supplement could have damaging ingredients in them to speed up your metabolism and can be dangerous. Like we recommend, take a daily vitamin if you want but still eat a sensible diet and exercise and you will be doing yourself a huge favor healthy and nutritionally wise in the long run. You will feel great also, and you will have the healthy glowing sheen of youth.   More >

 Low Fat, Or Low Carb? Products that claim to be low in fat are usually high in refined carbohydratyes which include sugar and white flour. These high refined carb foods are a leader in the causes of high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease. Even a so called "good for you" cereal will have sugar listed within the first few ingredients. So obviously, the rumor of eating cereal as a lose weight aid is not necessarily the answer. High carbohydrate foods also cause a rapid rise in blood sugar and a quick drop leaving you feeling hungry again. I know you have heard of someone eating a box of cookies in one sitting, but have you ever heard of someone eating a whole bag of carrots? The fiber in carrots are very filling and the cookies are just empty calories that are far less than filling. To answer the question, simply eating a combination of low fat along with low carb foods is the balancing act that seems difficult, but isn't.



 To Walk Or Not To Walk?
Walking is the simplest activity you can do. It requires nothing special besides getting up and doing it. Just comfy clothes and a decent shoe are the only supplies needed. If you would walk for 10 to 20 minutes, 3 to 5 times a week, you would reap great rewards. Walking burns fat, it strengthens the heart and lungs, lowers blood pressure, lowers cholesterol, and many numerous other benefits. Just start walking! Could it be any simpler?  More >


Emotional Eating, Anyone?
Common emotions that trigger eating include anger, depression, boredom, loneliness, even happiness can cause this. This is where the term "Comfort Foods" came to be. For instance, you are bored and go rambling thru the kitchen looking for a quick fix and the first thing you see is a cookie, or a piece of cake. Most quick foods are heavy in fat and simple carbohydrates which are only temporarily filling and cause more hunger for something quick and can lead to binge eating and eventually to heavy weight gain. It can be a vicious cycle. We recommend that when you get the urge to eat, stop and examine whether it is your stomach that is telling you that you are hungry, or is it your mind. If your stomach is not growling or at least a little uncomfortable from hunger, then it is emotionally driven. One of the reasons we gave for emotional eating that most people don't realize is happiness. When you go to a wedding, birthday party, or a holiday get together, people tend to over eat or binge on "empty calorie" foods in these situations also. Keeping a food diary where you write down everything you eat and why you ate it can help you get a handle on emotional eating. You don't have to log food for the rest of your life, just until you figure out those triggers and slowly eliminate those causes for eating. At least just remember this one tip: Asking yourself whether it is your stomach or your mind that is hungry can go a long way to curbing emotional eating.  




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