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Category: better nutrition

You may be sugar addicted …and not know it

Obesity, cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome, Type 2 Diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, fatty liver disease and even Alzheimer’s (Type 3 Diabetes) all have links to excess refined sugar and carbohydrate consumption. Yet Americans, on average, are consuming nearly 57 pounds of added sugars (sugars that aren’t in foods naturally), per person, every year. So, why are we literally poisoning ourselves with sugar? (a) We have no idea of the amount of sugar we are consuming in our diets; (b)…

Should we be standing …to eat?

I don’t know anyone who eats standing up …except me. But, when I did an investigation into the potential health benefits, I discovered plenty of evidence (surprisingly) that eating while standing can be better for you than sitting while eating. There are, however, a couple of potential hazards to eating while standing up: It’s easy to eat too fast and not really savor your food.  It’s called ‘mindful eating’   and it’s a very important health practice. It’s very important to…

Are You Eating Enough Fiber?

Chances are you’re not getting nearly enough plant fiber in your diet, …but so what? Turns out there are serious health consequences when we lack enough fiber in our diet. Here are six symptoms that will tell you if you’re short (97% of Americans are) : You’re hungry even after you eat, You’re constipated and bloated, You have high cholesterol, You need a nap after you eat, You’re gaining weight in the wrong places, You often feel nauseated, If any…

The Best Beverage for your Health

As you might expect, all the health experts agree that drinking plenty of pure, toxin and contaminate free water should be our number one beverage concern. Because our body is about 80% water, we need to consume between 12 – 15 cups of liquids per day. However, if you’re drinking only water, you’re not getting the antioxidants,  phytonutrients, and other specific nutritional benefits you’d get from other beverages.  Plus, good tasting beverages encourage us to consume more liquids during the…

The Truth about Chocolate

I love chocolate! …always have.  So imagine my excitement when I started reading about all amazing health benefits attributed to my favorite food. It’s being hailed as a superfood, because it: •    Contains more antioxidants than goji berries, acai and blueberries •    Has lots of minerals, including magnesium, iron, potassium, calcium, copper, zinc and manganese •    Increases the levels of some neurotransmitters, promoting well-being and brain health •    Reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease •    Reduces the risk of stroke…