all about nutrition and gut health
Summary: Our gastrointestinal tracts work hard to keep us healthy and happy. When gut health is compromised, we can face major health consequences. Here’s how to use good nutrition to keep your digestion humming along.
next on my reading list: Drop Dead Healthy by A.J. Jacobs
From the bestselling author of The Year of Living Biblically and The Know-It-All comes the true and truly hilarious story of one person’s quest to become the healthiest man in the world.
Hospitalized with a freak case of tropical pneumonia, goaded by his wife telling him, “I don’t want to be a widow at forty-five,” and ashamed of a middle-aged body best described as “a python that swallowed a goat,” A.J. Jacobs felt compelled to change his ways and get healthy. And he didn’t want only to lose weight, or finish a triathlon, or lower his cholesterol. His ambitions were far greater: maximal health from head to toe.
The task was epic. He consulted an army of experts— sleep consultants and sex clinicians, nutritionists and dermatologists. He subjected himself to dozens of different workouts—from Strollercize classes to Finger Fitness sessions, from bouldering with cavemen to a treadmill desk. And he took in a cartload of diets: raw foods, veganism, high protein, calorie restriction, extreme chewing, and dozens more. He bought gadgets and helmets, earphones and juicers. He poked and he pinched. He counted and he measured.
The story of his transformation is not only brilliantly entertaining, but it just may be the healthiest book ever written. It will make you laugh until your sides split and endorphins flood your bloodstream. It will alter the contours of your brain, imprinting you with better habits of hygiene and diet. It will move you emotionally and get you moving physically in surprising ways. And it will give you occasion to reflect on the body’s many mysteries and the ultimate pursuit of health: a well-lived life.”
why a low-carb diet may not be for everyone
“…there is a certain minimum carbohydrate threshold that you should not drop below. The sweet spot for most is 20 to 30 percent of your diet as carbs, but most likely 25 to 30 percent. Most of those calories can come from non-starchy vegetables, but you’ll probably need some starchy carbs, such as white potatoes or white rice, and starchy vegetables like carrots and squash.” “…some people can’t manufacture glucose from protein as well as others, so they need SOME starches in their diet or else they will suffer from metabolic stress.” – Dr. Mercola
July 17, 2012
Tagged brain health, Carbohydrate, cognitive function, Dieting, fat-loss, glucose, IQ, Low-carbohydrate diet, starchy carbohydrates, weight loss
From Psychology Today magazine, August 2012. Willpower diminishes as the day wears on, but anything that reduces stress, boosts your mood, or recharges your energy can also reboot your stores of self-control. The following five strategies may look like temptations and distractions, … Continue reading
Posted in Nutrition/Diet Building, Stress/Emotional Awareness
Tagged concentration, espresso, indulgences, nap, reality tv, self-control, snacks, stress, temptation, willpower, YouTube
Not a fan of chickpea hummus? Try this tasty alternative. It’s nutritious and low-carb! Serve with raw vegetales, raw crackers, (gluten-free) pita bread, or use it as a sandwich spread! Prep Time: 20 minutes Yields: 1 cup Ingredients: 1/2 cup … Continue reading
the healthy side of banans: the underrated fruit
Ripe bananas can help to improve your mood, immune system, hangover symptoms, nerve function, kidney function, nicotine withdrawal symptoms, and more! Find out how.
thinking on your feet: staying cool under pressure
Do you struggle when you’re put on the spot? Learn how to think on your feet, and cope when you’re put under pressure.
breathing test: how good is your breathing?
Breathing Tests to aid high blood pressure, anxiety, energy, weight loss, stress management, sleep, speaking, singing, longevity, sex and much more.
July 4, 2012
Tagged anxiety, breath, breathing, energy, high blood pressure, longevity, sex, singing, sleep, speaking, stress management, weight loss