What Is Anemia? And How To Up Your Iron.
"I’m sure you know of someone with iron-deficiency anemia or you may be that someone. In this video, we break down what this common anemia is and we get into things you can do to up your iron."
Linoleic acid and oleic acid are oils found in avocado, and can assist in lowering cholesterol levels.
People with high cholesterol who ate an avocado rich diet for 7 days had a significant reduction in triglycerides, total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, as well as a considerable increase in HDL cholesterol.
Avos are a good source of betasitosterol, and research shows that betasitosterol lowers LDL cholesterol.
"Breakfast is the most important meal of the day for some, but for those who manage to squeeze some gym time into their routine, pre and post-workout foods can be just as huge. While everyone’s nutritional requirements are different depending on their goals and activities, these snacks can offer the right balance of carbohydrates, fats, and protein to satisfy hunger, fuel workouts, and aid in recovery. Read on for Greatist’s 50 favorite pre- and post-workout snacks, including some go-to recipes from our trusted health and fitness pros.
The body works to build muscle and recover 24 hours a day, not just during that one-hour session at the gym. Luckily, smartly timed snacks can give the body the fuel it needs to gain muscle, burn fat, and recover as best it can. Pre-workout, that usually means grabbing a snack about 30-60 minutes in advance, depending on its size and contents, and how much that stomach’s actually grumbling. All ready to go? Check out these 50 options to start things right”
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NEW VIDEO: It can be a real challenge deciphering which food products are actually good for us and which ones are not, so today we’re going to round up our 5 top foods that sounds healthy, but in reality have a lot of junk.
A Basic Guide To Hydration Part II (Read Part I here)
In a previous post, I briefly mentioned that the consumption of sports drinks, as well as ready to go teas & coffees have skyrocketed in the last little while. Tons of people are becoming increasingly health conscious, and it’s kinda difficult and confusing to pick out what’s best for us when you walk into a store and see a million different coffees, teas, juices, smoothies, and sports drinks!!!
This is basically just going to be a little guide of how I choose what to drink, and why!
Basics of Hydration
Roughly speaking, your body is 50-60% water depending on how much muscle/fat you have. The more muscular you are, the more your body water % will fluctuate, as there is a lot more water in muscle than there is in fat. You body needs water to lubricate itself, to maintain balances of bodily fluids (such as blood), which in turn affect things like blood pressure and so on. Water is also involved in metabolizing food, cell metabolism, breathing, maintaing body temperatures, and everything inbetween.
How much water should I drink?
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Water & Hydration (Part 1)
"So I walked into the grocery store this morning to grab a few items, and to my surprise, there was an entire isle for water that I never noticed before. Yeah. An. Entire. Isle. What the hell?!
Kudos to companies for somehow managing to brand and package the free shit that comes down from the sky and out of our taps at home into thousands of products that differ in a million ways but yet… still just looks, tastes, and is the same for the most part. Perhaps living in Vancouver has enclosed me in a bubble of delusion that everybody just fills up their BPA free/glass water bottles/containers on a regular basis, but I honestly never thought there was an issue drinking water from our taps until I visited other countries.
When I was in Europe the first thing we were told was that the water from our taps was not for drinking, brushing our teeth, or even washing our faces. So basically we survived off of disgusting, expensive carbonated water from vending machines for two weeks. Yeah – not fun.
When we went to China? Same thing.
The states? A little better – but I wasn’t aware that people literally bought water constantly. Everywhere we went, people had 12-24 bottle packs of water in their shopping carts, and Walmart, Target, and every single place had a ton of bulk water for sale. To me it was a little ridiculous when I thought about the fact that people would go out and buy something that was readily available at home for next to nothing.
Well upon doing a little research, turns out that Vancouver/British Columbia provides one of, if not the best tap water in the world. So… sorry if you don’t live here. But I guess the fact that we have to pay over $1 million for a 2 room shithole that somehow passes for a house is our trade off?
“Hey our house is falling apart and we’ll be in debt for the rest of our lives for purchasing it, but at least we have yummy water!”
Anyways, let’s break things down shall we?
Bottled/Filtered/Tap Water – How the hell are they different?”
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Energy Bars vs Protein Bars
So here’s the thing – everybody nowadays is always on the go, and some of us really don’t have any time to prepare meals to carry with them all the time. I mean personally, I wake up at 5am to cook and always make sure that I have some sort of food with me at all times but I get it, I’m weird.
I took a food consumerism class last semester, and here’s the gist of what I learned:
- Purchases of prepared meals have skyrocketed
- Ready to go snacks/bars have increased in consumption
- The ready to drink beverage market has greatly expanded as well
And as you might expect, the more popular a type of product, the larger the market, and what we’re left with are a million choices for every single food item in our grocery stores. I was just in the drug store the other day browsing around, and there was probably like at least 20 different brands of energy/protein bars on the shelves.
I mean, that’s insane. Of course they all had their labels with claims created to kinda catch the attention of the average shopper, and I’m sure you know what I’m talking about.
“20% of your daily fibre!”
“6g of protein in each bar!”
“contains 10 antioxidants and minerals”
And really, unless you’re a nutrition student or just a food nerd like me, chances are that you’re really not gonna know what in the freaking hell they’re talking about. So, I thought I’d break it down so that you know how to shop for an energy/protein bar the next time you need something on the go.
What’s the difference between an energy bar and a protein bar?
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