Blogs

TrishaVivona's picture

Is Nutrition a Personal or Public Issue?

There is much discussion these days about nutrition and healthy eating. Why has obesity become a major health concern in the United States? What can explain the growing interest in locally grown foods? Can local governments regulate what foods citizens can buy and consume? Why is healthful eating determined not only by what a person buys but also by where she lives?

All of these questions seem to lead to an even larger question: is nutrition a personal or public issue? The current thinking on this subject, as reflected in scientific studies, popular writing, and news reports tends to indicate that the answer to this question is “yes, nutrition is both a personal choice and a public responsibility.”

Family Grocery Day '09 018

Photo: “Family Grocery Day” at the Oak Cliff Boys & Girls Club in Dallas

johnny's picture

How to Lose Weight Using Cinnamon

In the weight loss and fitness industries, cinnamon is making waves because of its weight loss properties. If you’re wondering, “What is cinnamon good for?”, you’ll be pleased to find out that it has been linked to weight loss. The effects of cinnamon on weight loss are impressive and many fitness guru’s are spreading the word about how the simple spice can help people lose weight quickly.

Cinnamon Variaties

Cinnamon is not a miracle cure for weight loss, but it will help boost your other efforts and improve your odds of success. This spice is a great way to add flavor to bland foods while preventing the build-up of stubborn belly fat. When combined with diet and exercise, the results can be quite dramatic.

How Cinnamon Works

It is well-known that cinnamon and honey combined together have numerous health benefits. Honey and cinnamon for weight loss works on the body in three different ways.

BrookeChaplan's picture

Before and After Workouts: 5 Ways to Stay Safe and Healthy

With beach and pool season in full swing, many of us are trying to adopt an exercise regimen to keep our bodies in top shape. Summer is great because you can move your workout outside, and there is so much variety in exercise to try. Summer also provides for incorporating a mixture of fresh fruits and vegetables to rejuvenate your body before and after you exercise. Read on for some tips on how to keep your body safe throughout your workout this summer!

Jumping on the beach

Carolyn Heintz's picture

Prevention Can Help Maintain a Healthy Liver

Many Americans consume alcoholic beverages on a daily basis. From a cook battering food on the restaurant menu in beer, to a person drinking a glass of red wine for heart health, alcohol is being consumed in large numbers. While everyone certainly does not abuse alcohol, there are many that overuse the substance and unknowingly cause adverse effects on their liver.

The liver is the organ responsible for filtering blood before it passes to other areas of the body. Located on the right side of the stomach, the liver serves several other important metabolic functions as well. These include detoxifying chemicals and altering drugs. Enzymes can be found within the liver; it is their job to alter drugs through a process called drug metabolism.  As with any other organ, without care, the liver can be easily damaged through unhealthy activities. This is not limited to alcohol alone; fried foods or foods with high fat content can inflict irreparable damage on the liver and impede its functionality. The problem with alcohol in particular, however, is that the liver delays carrying out its other important functions in order to metabolize the additional alcohol in a person’s system.

Causes of Liver Disease

heavens786's picture

The 15-Minute-A-Day Workout For Miracle Results

Modern times are fast and furious. And they demand the best from you. Great performance, total focus and an endless hunger for more seem to be the basic requirements to make it in a world where results are top priority and they need to be delivered on time.

Which is exactly what a lot of people out there don't have anymore. The ever-increasing pace the world moves by demands not only perfection, but a virtual omnipresence and the imperative need to multitask at the best level to meet our goals and still have time to look our best.

Slimming machines, miraculous pills and exotic weight-loss treatments, they all appeal to our lack of time and the desire to keep our self healthy, young and beautiful.

And let's be honest. In a world filled with instant gratification-seekers constrained in tight schedules we all love a quick fix, especially when it comes to our body.

"I love to take care for my body. Both for healthy reasons and for my job, but sometimes I just don't have the time. I take care of my family in the morning and by the end of the day I am usually just burned out to do any physical activity. My exercise routines usually take place during the weekends, but I am missing the energizing factor that regular exercise gives to a day".

Ahsika Sanders's picture

Debunking Lies You’He Always Heard About Skin Care

All your life you have been told certain things about your skin that you have simply taken to be true. Things like greasy food will give you pimples, or that you are bound to age just like your mother. Luckily for you there are several misconceptions when it comes to skincare and we’ve compiled a few of the most common below.

Woman with an umbrella

Genetics plays the biggest role in how your skin will age.

Many people think that because their mother started getting wrinkles when she was 38 that they will too. You have been taught to believe that you will inherit your family’s tendency to develop wrinkles early or that we are going to be wrinkle free well into our 50s because our grandmother was. That is simply not the case. You have to consider the life you live including your stress levels, sun exposure, how well you care for your skin, your diet and so much more. True you are genetically predisposed to how you look, but your habits are a major factor in considering how you will age. So check your bad habits at the door. You can start by not smoking, wearing sunscreen, maintaining a healthy diet and finding a good skin care regimen that works for your skin and sticking to it.

Gareth Evans's picture

PowerLine PSS60X Squat Rack Review

It’s taken me about ten years to put it together, but I have a pretty decent looking gym in my garage at home. I have a few hundred kilograms of weights, a bench, chin up bar, boxing bag and a rowing machine; there’s very little that I can’t do in there.

If one thing annoys me, however, it’s that I can’t do squats properly. I don’t own a squat rack that can comfortably house the sort of weights that I want to lift. If I want to do squats, I usually end up doing squat jumps or front squats, as the weight that I use is lighter than when I perform traditional squats.

As a rugby player, this inability to do heavy squats at home can be infuriating. After all, as any rugby player will tell you, strength and explosive power in your legs is imperative in rugby, especially if scrummaging is part of your job, as it is with me.

Jaime A. Heidel's picture

Get Skinny with Healthy Junk Food

If you want to get skinny, you’ll never do it by gobbling down junk food. You can’t do it on celery and water either. The key to shedding pounds and finally getting into shape is understanding your food cravings and responding to them appropriately.

You crave junk food for a good reason. For one, you need protein, fat, and sugar to survive. If you deny yourself these necessities, your body will go into starvation mode and you’ll never lose weight.

Spicy Hummus with Pita Chips

The burgers, fries, potato chips, and snack cakes you crave don’t give you the right amount of protein, fat, and sugar. Instead, they use chemicals to fool your body into thinking you’re taking in these necessities.

It has been proven that junk food manufacturing companies spend millions of dollars figuring out just how to fool their customers into thinking they’re eating something healthy. The New York Times put out a report earlier this year that really broke down, “The Extraordinary Science of Addictive Junk Food”.

Questions: 
How Many Times Have You Been On a Diet?

What You Need to Do After Gastric Sleeve Surgery

Gastric sleeve surgery is an obvious and easy choice for those looking for a solution to their personal obesity. It's a choice made after failed attempts at just about every other option. It is not without pain or risk, but it can mean a much better future for the patient - given that the average weight loss after gastric sleeve surgery is 60% of the excess weight.

How It Works

During surgery, about 85% of the stomach is removed. This creates a tubular or sleeve-like stomach with a capacity of 60 to 150 cc. The stomach is reduced, but it keeps functioning as before surgery. Any weight loss after gastric sleeve surgery is better than no weight loss at all. But, you still need to work on long-term lifestyle changes.

A 100- pound weight loss can be expected. And, once you are comfortable enough to move, you can expect the weight loss to continue and increase over a 12-18 month period. This is different for every one, but such results are not unreasonable.

Eating Once Again

The upside is that there are few restrictions on food selections after gastric sleeve surgery. The downside is that, with only half the stomach remaining, some of the nutrition absorbed by the stomach and of the hormones produced in the stomach disappear.

John Howard's picture

Cosmetic Surgery Addiction - How To Know When To Stop

For most people, cosmetic surgery is a one off occurrence.  Usually, these people will keep saving up so that eventually they can afford to alter the part of their body they are least happy with.  This might involve a nose job, breast augmentation or a facelift.  However, for some, cosmetic surgery is an addiction and it’s important that you know the warning signs before you get hooked on altering your body beyond recognition. 

Is There Really Such a Condition as Cosmetic Surgery Addiction?                                                      

Cosmetic SurgeryWhen we think of the word ‘addiction’ we tend to think about substance abuse or gambling addictions, to name a few examples.  However, addictions have many forms and can manifest themselves in ways that can take us completely by surprise.  Cosmetic surgery addiction is a behavioral addiction - sufferers become addicted to seeing the changes in their body and develop a skewed image of themselves and unrealistic expectations.