The Worst Processed Foods List

The Worst Processed Foods List

Surely few people these days can claim to be unaware of how bad eating processed foods can be. A diet laden with large amounts of processed food is likely to reduce the chances of good health and increase the amount of body fat.

This article gives you the worst processed foods list so you know what to avoid.

Processed food is typified by the use of artificial ingredients, refined ingredients, and has been created using a chemical process. Here we list the worst processed foods that you may not be aware of…

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Sugary Drinks


Drinks high in sugar are one of the worst sources of sugar in most people’s diets.

When you consume large amounts of sugar it increases your cravings for more sugary foods, and eating large amounts of sugar can ultimately lead to many diseases not just obesity. Heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and high blood pressure are just a few of the associated illnesses.

 


Processed Meat


Meat, in general, can make up part of your healthy diet, processed meats, on the other hand, will not. Processed meats will often contain additives to make them last longer on the shelves, as you might have guessed these additives aren’t a great addition to your diet.

 


Cookies and Cakes


Cakes and cookies are delicious to eat, but we know full well they’re not a good dietary choice. They contain a little in the way of nutrients and are very calorific. Add to that a lot of refined sugar and trans fats, making these treats something to avoid.

 


White Bread


The nutrients that at one point were contained in the wheat flour has all but been removed in the refining process, leaving you with no nutritional benefits.

Whole grain bread is a better choice.

 


Low-fat Yogurt


Yogurt is a healthy choice, right? Not necessarily, many yogurts that make claim to be healthy are actually packed full of sugar.

Often extra sugar is added to make up for the reduced fat content, and if the yogurt has been pasteurized the good bacteria will have been removed.

 


Ice Cream


Ice cream is low in nutrition and high in sugar, so clearly a bad choice for a healthy diet. Larger portions also don’t help matters, but it’s just so tasty.

A healthy alternative would be to make your own with less sugar or adding sweetener instead.

 


French Fries and Potato Chips


Eating chips or fries has long been associated with increasing weight, and unfortunately, there isn’t a way to make them healthy. A better alternative is raw carrot or nuts.

The roasting or frying of potatoes causes a carcinogen to form and is best avoided, though boiling doesn’t cause this to happen.

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Fruit Juice


You would think that drinking fruit juice is a healthy option, but unfortunately, they contain high levels of sugar and therefore need to be reduced or removed from consumption.

 


Processed Cheese


Processed cheese is often made from un-fermented dairy by-products and may not contain any actual cheese. Other ingredients may include sugar, salt, and food coloring, which make it easy to see why this isn’t a good thing to add to your diet.

 


Agave Nectar


This sweetener may appear to be a healthy option, but in reality, it contains more fructose than you would expect. Fructose has been linked to an increase in the likelihood of developing diseases such as diabetes.

 


Pizza


Pizza is an obvious unhealthy food which is high in calories and made with ingredients which are frequently processed. If you want a healthy pizza make your own, using better ingredients than your local pizza parlor would.

 


Fast Food


Another obviously bad food, which is popular because it’s very tasty and very cheap. It is, however, a false economy, you will pay later with worse health and a higher chance of chronic disease.

 


Vegetable Oils


The rise in the use of refined vegetable oils has been linked to increases in cancer rates. Better to use olive, avocado or coconut oil.

 


Candy Bars


These sugary treats aside from being packed with sugar, contain refined wheat flour and other low nutritional value ingredients. Unfortunately, a high sugar food such as this doesn’t reduce hunger it just increases your body’s demand for more sugar.

Dark chocolate is a good alternative snack.

 


Margarine


Margarine has been created to mimic butter as closely as possible without actually being butter and as a consequence is packed with lots of bad things. These include refined vegetable oils and trans fats which you’ll want to steer clear of, better just to buy butter.

 


Sweetened Coffee Drinks


Coffee by itself can actually have a beneficial effect on your health, containing antioxidants and can reduce your chances of getting diabetes. As long as you don’t add sugar and cream it’s not an unhealthy choice.

 


Low Carbohydrate Junk Food


There has been a recent increase in the sale of low carbohydrate junk foods, which unfortunately contain little in the way of nutrition, but contain a lot of bad refined ingredients instead. Best to avoid them.

 


What Makes Processed Foods No Good for Us?


What Makes Processed Foods No Good for Us?

They are designed to taste great first and foremost, which means chemicals are used to create a nicer eating experience.

As you can imagine, these chemicals are unlikely to be nutritionally good for you. A cocktail of chemicals which is used to create an unnatural flavor isn’t really likely to also be a healthy choice too.

Not only are processed foods low in nutrients, but they’re unlikely to contain any natural source of fiber either, with many vitamins and minerals being removed during the refining processes also.

Refined carbohydrates tend to be a common feature of processed foods, and high levels of carbohydrates from an unnatural source do clearly not make for a healthy diet.

Processed foods normally also contain high levels of sugar, trans fats, and refined vegetable oils. None of these ingredients are something you should be indulging in for a healthy lifestyle.

Overall it seems clear, that eating large quantities of processed foods will lead to a much less healthy and likely shorter life.

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The Best Way to Start Getting Healthy

The Best Way to Start Getting Healthy

Sick and tired of the beast that is looking back at you in the mirror? In this article we will be taking a look at the best way to start getting healthy – change your lifestyle and feel more at home within yourself…

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I Hate That Bloody Mirror!!!


Yeah we’ve already covered that ‘mirror feeling’ – it’s happens every morning to 99.9% of us (seriously – it does!)

And you say to yourself, “When did this happen? How did I miss it? I’m going to trim down and get back in shape!”

Just one problem – you have no real idea where to start…and HOW to start!

This might be the very first time you’ve tried to shed that beer belly and get healthy. Sure, things didn’t exactly go to plan last time, or any other time you’ve tried it…but you’re convinced you are going to succeed this time…this time you are making a STAND!!!

Fat looking in the mirror

So, you slam into Google, and find website after website that promises a six pack within a fortnight…without dieting, without exercise…without doing ANYTHING!!!

Bingo – let’s do this…

They don’t work, you get overwhelmed, intimidated, feel like shit and crack open a beer…

 


What You Should be Eating


Let’s not beat around the bush here – we’re all grown ups and we know why we are in this shape…and what foods we’ve eaten to get ourselves to this point! 

You are fully aware that lean protein and vegetables are good for you – you are also aware that enjoying a beer with friends is a very important part of life (we all need to let off steam occasionally!).

Choose your food thoughtfully and make sure you eat enough. If you start putting exercise in your life AND start eating small amounts – it will work against your efforts.

Your metabolism will slow down to conserve what fuel your body does have, your energy levels will dip, you will struggle to reach the results you are after.

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Make it Easy For Yourself to Work Out


When you get home from work take a couple of minutes to lay out your workout clothes for the following morning/day/whatever time you exercise.

Have it all ready to go – water, whatever you need to exercise comfortably, and then set your alarm for the next morning (if you choose to exercise in the mornings!).

Make it Easy For Yourself to Work Out

Do all this before you start to unwind after getting home from work. This forces you to just get up and do it, and not have to take the time to find everything or make excuses for why you can’t.

 


Start Walking More!


Even if you manage to get out and run six days a week, the real key to lifelong fitness is to simply be more active – move more and eat less!

Just leave the car where it is for once – if the weather’s fine – walk (have you seen the price of petrol these days?). Try making a conscious effort to walk whenever and wherever you can.

I recommend picking up one of those fitness watches/bracelets – track yourself and see if you manage to hit 10,000 steps a day (don’t go for a FitBit – get a cheaper alternative rip-off for under $15!!!!).

 


Sleep is Also a Priority


There’s no point making plans to get healthier if you are staying up until one in the morning playing Call of Duty – long term health depends strongly on the amount of sleep you get.

Sleep is Also a Priority

On top of this – too little sleep can also impair weight loss efforts due to raised cortisol levels.

Aim for at least seven hours a night.

 


Stick to it – The 30 Day Habit


Yep – thirty days, that’s how long it will take you to create a healthy habit. And if you can stick to something for as long as that…the chances are you’ll get into a routine of making better choices naturally and without thinking about it later on.

Don’t go into it with ’30 days’ on your mind – just take it real slow and handle one day at a time. Some days you are going to ache…other days you may have picked up a cold etc…

Just aim for sticking to it for thirty days – regardless of what obsticales are put in your way.

 


The Best Way to Start Getting Healthy


Do you still have any concerns regarding the health journey you are about to take?

Have you tried to get healthy before and failed miserably?

If you have ANY questions regarding the subject we have covered here today, please leave them in the comment section below.

 

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Natural Treatment For Depression and Anxiety

Natural Treatment For Depression and Anxiety

We all experience bad weeks, that eventually lead to the point where we don’t really want to get up and handle the day in front of us – life is challenging, that’s what makes it interesting (most of the time!).

But what happens when you get this feeling every time you wake up?

That uncomfortable feeling that seems to grip every inch of your body – what’s the point? Why bother?

Depression is a serious issue – just ask anyone who has suffered from it.

The most obvious solution is to take yourself down to the local surgery, get loaded up on a course of pills…

But they bring the side effects – and the news surrounding antidepressants hasn’t exactly been positive over the last decade or so…has it?

In this article we will be taking a look at options for a more natural treatment for depression and anxiety.

Now, I’m not a doctor, or even a medical professional – these treatments are based on information I have gathered over the years.

I’m not promising miracles here – but they have been known to bring out brilliant results in some cases (and they’re completely natural!).

Perhaps one or a combination of these treatments can help you to feel like yourself again…

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St. Johns Wort For Depression


St. Johns Wort For Depression

Before we go into this herb – I should point out that there are dangers involved when mixing it with a selection of antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications.

If you are considering using this option for depression – please, please, please check with your doctor first IF you are using medications!

There are actually records stretching back hundreds of years involving St. John’s Wort being used for depression. A recent study (around the 2010 mark!) in Europe concluded that it has effective properties that fight depression and a lot less side effects than regular medications.

It is worth pointing out that this report was only handling people with ‘moderate’ depression.


Ashwagandha Uses and Benefits


Ashwagandha Uses and Benefits

Indian Cherry, or Ashwagandha, is a herb that has been used for hundreds of years by Indian practitioners.

It apparently naturally aids the thyroid and adrenal glands, in turn helping you handle the stress levels you feel. It’s also pretty good at creating a calming effect over the central nervous system – killing off anxious feelings.

Ashwagandha is also known for it’s sedative effects, resulting in many people taking it to handle depression-related insomnia.


Yoga Poses For Depression and Anxiety


Yoga Poses For Depression and Anxiety

If your depression levels are bringing on unnatural feelings of anxiety, Yoga could be a great way to find some peace!

Our bodies contain a stress hormone called cortisol and many Yoga experts believe that certain poses can help reduce this hormone.

Yoga is a great way to improve and strengthen the link between mind and body – helping you feel more in control of your emotions and your primary thoughts.

For more information on Yoga poses for beginners, check out this video here.


Does Exercise Help Anxiety and Depression?


Does Exercise Help Anxiety and Depression?

Yes, in the past I have personally found exercise to improve my mood when the whole world seems to be coming at me from all sides!

You don’t have to run miles and miles every day – a simple half an hour walk will improve your overall state of mind.

A recent study from the University of Toronto concluded that even moderate levels of exercise are great from stopping various forms of depression setting in, and taking over your life.


The Benefits of Psychotherapy For Depression


The Benefits of Psychotherapy For Depression

Sometimes, something as simple as having someone to listen to you is enough to stem the tide of depression.

A psychotherapist is trained to listen and can support you in having more positive thoughts throughout your week.

Psychotherapists can put you through a course of Cognitive therapy – an effective way of locating negative thought patterns then changing their path, leading them to less harmful parts of the brain.

With consistent questioning and challenging, psychotherapists can alter these damaging thought patterns and even change the setup of your brain to a more positive one.


Natural Treatments For Depression


Now it’s over to you – have you had any experience with using natural treatments for depression?

I’ve also heard that music therapy and Meditation/Mindfulness can help – do you have any personal experience with these?

We would love to hear about your experiences with handling depression, please consider leaving them in the comment section below.

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The Dangers of MLM – Health Products

The Dangers of MLM - Health Products

This is probably one of the most important articles we have published to this site since it’s launch…and we really should have got around to it much, much sooner!

Most of you have probably already noticed that we promote a handful of select health products on this site, here is one example.

Now, we only promote well known products that have been tested by ourselves or our writers – we are able to stand behind these options without any sort of worries.

Why?

Well, these products are stand alone products, designed to provide a solution to your health problems, with money back guarantees included.

They ARE NOT MLM PRODUCTS!

In this article we will be taking a look at the dangers of MLM setups – a marketing industry that seems intent on taking over the health niche…with overpriced and frequently ineffective products.

If you have ANY sort of interest in diving into the health MLM setup – READ THIS ARTICLE FIRST!


Why MLM is BAD News…


Okay, before we go any further, we should really look deeper into the subject of MLM

What is MLM?

When you join a MLM opportunity you are signing up with a company to become their independent distributor.

As a distributor, you don’t just make money selling the product itself, but also from signing other people up who also sign other people up…and you make commissions on this ‘downline’.

As you can already see – we have moved away from the actual health product and are now concentrating on roping new distributors in (building a downline!).

Below is one of my favorite videos on the subject of MLM setups. Not all of you may be fans of John Oliver from HBO, but in this case, on this subject…he hits the nail right on the head…

 

What is The Difference Between MLM and a Pyramid Scheme?


Nothing at all!!!

There, I said it.

Hundreds of thousands of MLM ‘distributors’ will try their hardest to tell you otherwise…but they are only desperately trying to cover their own asses!

In most cases, a large majority of these distributors are already in over their head and are clinging onto their bank account overdrafts as we speak – they NEED you to sign up underneath them!

The compensation plans, and EVERY MLM SETUP is shaped like a pyramid, like so…

What is The Difference Between MLM and a Pyramid Scheme?

Seriously guys – what does that chart shape look like to you?

A pyramid.

Yet this is the shape of every working MLM setup…and they still try to convince you it is not a pyramid scheme!

MLM companies may sell products such as dietary supplements and health options – BUT their main source of income comes from mass recruitment.

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Multi Level Marketing Business Plan Template


So you have an interest in the subject of health and wellness – cool, so do I!!!!!

What’s the next step?

Try and make some money off this interest?

Yeah, why not, you have a good knowledge and it would be great to work around a subject you enjoy, right?

Unfortunately a simple Google search into ‘start a online health business’ will bring up a tidal wave of opportunities that are not right for you.

Oh, they’ll say they’re right for you – but they’re not.

These opportunities will be MLM based – they near enough taken over certain sectors of the health niche.

If you take up one of these ‘business opportunities’ you won’t ever own a business.

Multi Level Marketing Business Plan Template

Most people who fall into this trap have been persuaded by promises of passive income from very little work, speedboats and large mansions…

You get the picture, right?

Many MLM participants regard themselves as running their own business. However, this isn’t really true because to run your business you need some degree of control over the following:

  1. You need to be able to choose what products your business sells
  2. You need the chance to haggle or negotiate prices and shipments with your CHOSEN suppliers
  3. You need to be able to set the price on each of your products
  4. The marketing side of your business needs to be run by YOU and YOU ALONE!

MLM distributors who love to call themselves small business owners are full of the brown stuff – they don’t have any control over the four points I have covered above.


Becoming a Hustler


Starting a Health Business

This is the saddest part of choosing a health and wellness MLM setup – people won’t like you.

I know that sounds a bit strong, but it really is true.

How popular are hustlers? Do like like being badgered into buying something whenever you speak to certain individuals?

No, neither do I.

But that’s what you become when you take on health products from the MLM sector – a hustler.

A desperate individual who NEEDS to flog more products or rope more people in…just to make their initial investment back…or just to get out with their head above water.

Did you know that over 99% of MLM distributors make a loss and less than 1% make the lifestyle changing money they all advertise with?

Now that’s shocking!!!


Starting a Health Business


EVERY multi level marketing (MLM) opportunity will require some sort of payment for you to join – period.

But why are you paying for the opportunity to work…when you can get started for FREE?

Seriously, you can build your very own business in the health and wellness niche, for FREE!

If you are interested in learning how to succeed in this business without having to use your credit card – you may want to check out the education these guys offer here.


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Foods That Are Good For Your Immune System

Foods That Are Good For Your Immune System

The correct foods can form a barrier for your body against illness, and can also help you recover quicker if you do experience bad health.

Your kid brings a bug home from school, the guy next to you on the train is sneezing, you share a car trip with a coughing mate…

Surely you are going to ‘get it’ this time?

But, you have more power in your hands than you think – your immune system is your BEST line of defense

In this article we are going to be taking a look at a great selection of foods that are good for your immune system.

Eat right, feel right and boost your body’s first line of defence!

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Foods Good For Your Immune System


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Foods Good For Your Immune System

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Foods That Boost Your Immune System


I was more than surprised to find out that your body’s fight against illness starts off in your mouth – did you know that saliva is packed with powerful antimicrobials like lysozyme, alpha-amylase and lactoferrin?

It’s a pretty hard task for ANY germs to get past this initial line of defence – those tough cookies that do manage it…end up having to take on our stomach’s hydrochloric acid.

If they are hard enough to win that battle – they then have to take on our digestive system which holds special proteins and chemical compounds.

Finally the germs will reach our own personal army of good bacteria – our final, powerful, line of defence.

This line of defence is what we need to feed – we need to keep this bacteria in tip-top condition!

A well thought out, and healthy balanced diet, that supports your immune system, is your best defence in avoiding sickness bugs in the first place.


The foods that are covered in the infographic above are great examples of what you need to eat to keep your good bacteria in order and boost immunity.

If you have any questions regarding these foods OR you would like to add a food to this list, please use the comment section below.

Stay healthy! 🙂

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What Are The Health Benefits of Beetroot?

What Are The Health Benefits of Beetroot?

Today we will taking a look at an ancient, prehistoric super-food that naturally sprouted up along coastlines in North Africa, Asia, and Europe.

When early man first encountered this vegetable he only consumed the greens off the plant – the actual ‘beet’ wasn’t consumed until Roman times

So, what are the health benefits of beetroot and why should we include it in our daily diets?

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 the health benefits of beetroot


The Health Benefits of Beetroot


Beetroot contains a large amount of nitrates which supply the body with lots of natural energy – great for those of us that like to take part in cardio or sport.

They are ram-packed with quality fiber which helps look after our digestive systems (taking on bad stomachs, diarrhea, constipation and even colon cancer!).

Beets also help keep our mind’s sharp due to the amount of natural potassium they contain – helping to transmit nerve impulses.

Expectant mums are advised to eat beetroot due to the folic acid content of the veggie – great for the development of embryos and prevention of spina bifida.

The ‘purple veggie beast’ is also topped up with a load of the mineral calcium – vital for developing and maintaining strong bones.

On the vitamin side of things – beets are very high in the vitamin C. This vitamin is great for taking on colds and infections and keeping the immune system in tune. Vitamin A is also present in the foodstuff – high levels of vit A can aid clear eyesight and also keep your skin cells healthy.

Beetroots also contain an antioxidant named Betalain which protects cells from damage and helps with the prevention of cancer.


Raw Beetroot Health Benefits


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Now over to you!

What are your thoughts and opinions on beetroot?

Do you have a favorite beetroot recipe?

Please leave your thoughts and opinions in the comment section below.

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The Functions of Antioxidants

The Functions of Antioxidants

I couldn’t help but notice that many health conscious individuals like to throw about antioxidants as a kind of buzzword…but most of the time they don’t really know what the word means!

In this article we will be taking a look at the functions of antioxidants, their benefits and general facts, in infographic format.

By the end of the article you should have a decent knowledge on the subject…

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The Role of Antioxidants


Okay, before I start banging on about the subject, it probably makes sense that you go through the information in the image provided first (after all – that’s what you’re here for!)…

antioxidants facts in image

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The Antioxidant Effect


Our bodies create free radicals and then create antioxidants to keep these free radicals in check. There’s only one problem though…

The body seems to be a lot better at creating these free radicals (i.e. in most cases, free radicals far outnumber the naturally occurring antioxidants).

So, we really need to try and find some external sources of antioxidants if at all possible – try our hardest to level the playing field (between free radicals and antioxidants!).

But it doesn’t just stop there, oh no…

Antioxidants also benefit:

  • Vision
  • Bone Growth
  • Cell Function
  • Fighting Infection
  • Protection Against Cataracts
  • Cardiovascular Diseases
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Sun Damage to the Skin
  • Repairing DNA
  • Can Help Slow The Aging Process

The bottom line here is that you really should listen to your mother – eat up all your fruit and veggies and you’ll grow up to be a big strong boy/girl. 🙂


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The Best Healthy Foods For The Heart

The Best Healthy Foods For The Heart

These days, the typical ‘rat race’ of everyday life seems to frequently stand in the way of being able to cook a healthy meal at home. Simply put – not many of us have the time!

It’s sad but true – fast food and convenience options often win the day, with most of us struggling to find the time to fit in breakfast, lunch and dinner.

We all seem to forget that the food choices we make can drastically affect our heart health, energy and appetite control.

In this article we will be taking a look at a great selection of healthy foods for the heart (my top choices!)…

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Put Down The Haribo – Pick up The Watermelon

Put down that bag of chewy gelatin-filled disasters – if you want to satisfy your sweet tooth AND look after your heart why not try a couple of slices of fresh watermelon?

A top source of antioxidants and fiber, it also contains high levels of lycopene – which has been linked to a lower risk for heart disease and cancer.

Watermelon is also a top provider of vitamins C and A, along with potassium and magnesium.


Simple Tomatoes

Like watermelon, tomatoes are rich in lycopene as well as vitamin C, and are easy enough to throw into any old dish!

I often find that simple pasta is a good way to go – there are so many easy sauces that can be made with fresh tomatoes and oregano. Tinned tomatoes are always a quicker and cheaper option, but stick to fresh if you can!


Do You Like Avocados?

I only ask the question as I am not the biggest fan of this food…but it is a great choice for heart health at the end of the day!

Avocados are loaded with healthy monounsaturated fats and are a good source of potassium. Now, potassium is a pretty awesome mineral when it comes to heart health because it is particularly good at controlling your blood pressure.

On top of this they contain high levels of carotenoids which are often linked with a decreased risk of death from cardiovascular disease.


Eat up ALL of Your Greens Please! 

You always used to hear your mum bang on about them often enough during dinners…and this was for a reason!

Collard greens are pretty awesome!

They have a tiny calorie count and are very high in vitamins K, A and C, as well as folate, manganese, calcium and fiber. These vitamins and nutrients allow your blood to clot normally therefore helping to prevent calcification of your arteries.

They taste pretty good too! 🙂


Walnuts!!!

Such as simple little snack – I’m often amazed at the amount of people who choose to ignore the health benefits of this tasty little blighter!

Easy to munch on right out of the bag or simply sprinkle over any old salad – walnuts improve your heart functions through their high levels of healthy omega-3 fats and antioxidants.

Don’t worry about the calorie stigma attached to nuts – just two ounces of walnuts a day can improve blood vessel function among people with diabetes AND provide protection for the heart.


This Sounds a Little Fishy – Salmon! 

Salmon is a great food option for those looking to keep their heart in ‘tip top’ condition. I recently read through a study that pointed to the fact that regular consumption of fish can lead to a 30 percent lower risk of developing coronary heart disease over the long term.

You see, cold water fish (salmon) contains really high levels of omega-3 fats which are known to lower blood pressure and can help prevent irregular heart rhythms.


My Favourite – Peas

Even as a kid, peas to me have always been the easiest vegetable to get through on a plate. They are simple enough to sneak into just about any groovy dish you can think of!

You don’t even have to go for the the more expensive organic options – the frozen versions are actually flash-frozen at the peak of ripeness!

High in fiber and good for the heart – try slipping them into one of your home cooked dishes this week.


Oats – Oatmeal

By now, most of us should be aware that obesity is not exactly great for the health of your heart…right?

Whole grains will help in your fight to keep your heart healthy AND help with the battle of your bulge!

Remember – overweight individuals are more likely to suffer from heart disease and heart-related complications. Oatmeal is the perfect way to start your day off in a heart-friendly manner.


Healthy Foods For Your Heart

So you’ve read my suggestions above – which of them is your favourite? Which of them has already been added to your diet? What heart healthy foods do you think I should add to this list?

Please leave your answers in the comment section below.

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Getting Healthy at 40

Getting Healthy at 40

Does the term mid-life crisis mean anything to you? Well, some say that life (really) starts at forty…a time when your goals in life are either clearly defined (or partly accomplished), or in shambles…a time to think about healthy living!

For the wise ones (like you presumably…), getting healthy at 40 is not just an option…it’s a prerequisite.

Transitioning from young adulthood into the middle-age comes with its own bag-full-of-turmoil… your overall health is only one of the major concerns.

Turning 40 means that you have to deal with “realistic” future possibilities of suffering certain health conditions associated with advanced age such as cancer(s), cardiovascular problems, and other complications such as diabetes.

All those who maintain a healthy lifestyle until they’re 40 years old should continue to do so without faltering…those who don’t should quickly pick up the habit.

Here we’re talking about healthy habits like eating right, engaging in some exercising, quitting all forms of substance abuse including smoking tobacco (or moderating alcohol intake), and ensuring sufficient sleep.

This is basically avoiding all etiological factors that may lead to health risks and consequent chronic conditions.

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So How Can You Promote Self Healthy Living at 40?

Finding out details about your family’s health history is a good way to start. Certain health problems (or risks) may be as a result of some genetic predisposition.

All notable changes in your emotional, and mental health must be reported to your physician.

You should ask your doctor to recommend suitable procedures for immunization, screening, and general routine health exams.

Of course, you should also pay attention to your physical and social safety by adhering to laws and regulations that govern your day to day living.

So how can you promote self healthy living at 40?


What Health Concerns Are Common for 40 Year Olds?

Blood Sugar – The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) reports that about 26 million Americans live with diabetes but only 14% of adults aged between 45 and 64 have been diagnosed. The rest live with the disease without any knowledge of the diabetic condition. The risk for diabetes, especially type 2 diabetes, increases significantly with age.


Heart Health Indicators – These include homocysteine and triglycerides levels, High Cholesterol, RHR (resting heart rate), and blood pressure. Cases of Blood Pressure and Cardiovascular Complications tend to develop slowly over time and the risks become even more amplified as individuals grow older. Individuals at 40 or older are more likely to face severe medical conditions such as stroke or heart attack. Medication or adopting certain lifestyle practices may be necessary to avert any occurrence of advanced heart related illnesses.


Sexual (and Reproductive) Health – Human sexuality is an integral part of your health at 40 (or in your 40’s) and the common dysfunctions experienced as individuals age include ED (erectile dysfunction) due to testosterone deficit and perimenopause for females, STIs or STDs (including HIV/AIDS), and BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia) among others. Approximately 50% of men aged between 40 and 49 years suffer transient (or occasional) impotence but menopause may set in at age 51 or older. These conditions (especially menopause) may cause irritability, poor mental and emotional health, as well as hot flashes for the women.


Stress or Tension – Although the responsibilities that come with advanced age – specifically at 40 – are virtually unavoidable, any individual faced with general life issues such as family obligations, career choices, or finances can still avoid being overwhelmed by enjoying (and maintaining) close contact with loved ones, exercising/ physical activities, adopting better eating habits, and practically staying away from situations that may cause the development of stress.


Osteoporosis – It is a well known fact that peak bone strength and density dwindles gradually once an individual hits 40. This leads to weakened bones and thus the susceptibility to fractures among other related bone problems. Women who go into menopause at the age of 40 or older are at a higher risk of osteoporosis. This situation can be remedied through healthy diets and regular exercising.


Loss of Hearing or Vision – In addition to decreased senses of taste and smell, individuals in their 40’s may also experience changes in hearing and vision. You may find that you suddenly need glasses or worse, hearing aids.


Homeostatic Imbalances – These include conditions such as an erratic bladder or urinary (and sometimes defecation) incontinence, problems with the digestive system including complications like ulcers. Basically what happens once an individual hits 40 is that the entire body system goes haywire. Nothing seems to work like before.


Body Weight Issues – Your body’s BMI (Body Mass Index) is another issue that you have to deal with in your 40’s. Sometimes it becomes excessively hard to maintain your body weight even with a strict exercise regimen and a healthy diet. Your weight distribution determines whether your weight is healthy, or whether you’re on the verge of being overweight…or obese. Comparing your hip size to your waist size helps in estimating the risk of developing weight-related health issues.


Depression and Anxiety – Mental and emotional health become a great concern at 40 as a result of extreme mood changes, anxiety, loss of energy, the inability to experience pleasure, loss of interest leading to withdrawal from usual social interactions and/or activities, and basically an all round case of apathy towards matters that were previously important. Screening your mental health can help bring your “groove” back or at least make sure that you never lose it in the first place.


Problems of the Skin – Nobody wants alligator (or overly sensitive) skin but sadly this is a condition that cannot be helped for some individuals in their 40’s. Changes in skin type, aging spots, adult acne, wrinkles, and sun damage (occasionally leading to skin cancer) are just some of the skin health issues you have to deal with in your 40’s. Wearing sunscreen with an SPF rating of 15 or talking to a dermatologist is a good way to deal with skin-related problems.


Unremitting Ache – Finally, there’s the issue of everything aching. Back pain, tendonitis, arthritis, and generally painful joints also seem to be prevalent among individuals older than 40 years. Talking to your physician is very important when these symptoms are observed…or felt.


Recommendations For Healthy Living at 40

Different recommendations can be made for individuals based on the personal risk factors, family health history, and lifestyle choices made throughout the years.

Physicians can easily advice you on routine tests, medical exams, or screening procedures to help in health risk assessments.

The results can help encourage healthy lifestyles or provide general guidelines for living healthy at 40.

Here are some health-related recommendations for individuals in their 40’s…

* Immunization against hepatitis and pneumonia, sepsis, or meningitis as often as the doctor recommends; annual influenza shots; and a booster shot for tetanus every ten years.

* Women in their 40’s can get additional screening tests such as pelvic exams, breast or mammogram tests, pap smears, or bone density testing as often as recommended by the physician. On the other hand, men in their 40’s can get tested for testicular issues including risks for prostate cancer, as well as PSA testing.

* Generally, getting healthy at 40 requires you to have regular physical exams (every 2 or 3 years) or as recommended by a professional, dental check-ups and/or cleaning; screening for cholesterol levels, blood pressure, colorectal cancer, and diabetes; examining both baseline EKG and skin cancer risks; and lastly, a comprehensive hearing and vision exam.

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That Tricky Area – Causes of Weight Gain in Stomach

That Tricky Area - Causes of Weight Gain in Stomach

Well it’s that area again folks – even the fittest of us struggle to keep tabs on that spare tire area around the abdomen!

There are several main causes of weight gain in the stomach area and some of them you have the power to change.

There’s nothing worse than taking on a strict cardio regime only to see that stomach expand even further – you are losing weight everywhere else…why not your stomach?

Have you taken on the wrong kind of workout? Is this down to family tree genetics?

Let’s take a closer look…

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Abdominal Weight Gain Causes

Let’s not beat around the bush here – when we complain about a fat stomach we are really complaining about a fat abdominal area (that is where we are gaining the weight!).

The abdomen is the section of your body between your chest and pelvis – your stomach is nothing more than a ‘machine’ that digests the food you put inside yourself.

So what is the most likely cause of abdominal weight gain?

Well the obvious answer to this is just general weight gain – the weight your body takes on overall.

And why is this weight gain happening? (as if you need to ask…)

You are piling way too many calories in your body and you are not getting enough exercise.

Simply put – eat less and move more!!!!


Hormones & Age

Unfortunately, the older you get the slower your metabolism becomes and this means you are a lot more likely to gain weight in certain areas.

As we get older the fat distribution changes inside or bodies leading to more fat being dumped in the tummy area.

This seems to happen more with women – especially after the menopause.

Hormones & Age


The Meaty Kinda Diet

This was actually a little bit of a surprise to me – but it’s backed up by the International Journal of Obesity.

Apparently meat eaters are much more likely to gain weight in the abdomen than anywhere else in their body!

So if you like to chomp down on a steak a couple of times a week you may want to re-think your dietary direction. The same goes for pork and chicken (yikes!).

The Meaty Kinda Diet


Depression

The University of Alabama at Birmingham actually conducted a study that lasted 15 years on the link between depression and weight loss.

They discovered that study participants who initially reported that they were going through bouts of depression, were much more likely to experience abdominal weight gain (when compared to the study participants who were not depressed!).

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Fancy a Beer??

This is the part of the article that 99% of you (including me) are going to ignore…but facts are facts I’m afraid!

Drinking alcohol increases the amount of calories you are putting into your body – period!

Alcohol is terrible for abdominal obesity – period!

The European Journal of Nutrition carried out research which concluded that people who drink over 3 alcoholic drinks a day are way more likely to see ‘tummy trouble’ in their weight gain…regardless of the amount of physical activity they took part in!

Alcohol & Belly Fat


The Genetic Link

Some of us are just plain unlucky…according to the International Journal of Obesity and Related Metabolic Disorders.

Yep, some of us are doomed to live out our lives ‘a little tubby’ due to the genetics passed down to us through our family tree.

But it’s not all doom and gloom…well…it isn’t if you’re a man anyway!

That’s right – genetics are more likely to play a role in abdominal fat in women than in men. Men tend to get a spare tire due to lack of exercise and a shitty diet!

The Genetic Link


Causes of Weight Gain in Stomach

Abdominal fat isn’t just uncomfortable and…undesirable???

It’s also linked to a variety of different health conditions…

Heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, insulin resistance and high cholesterol levels.

So if you notice the spare tire getting bigger it’s probably time to rethink your diet and introduce a bit of fitness into your lifestyle. Remember – your health could well be at risk!

If you have any thoughts or opinions on the subject we have covered above, please leave them in the comment section below.

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