National Nutrition Month

Ever look for a good time to switch up your diet? Or better yet, you say next week, next month, or next year? You continuously put it off with no start date in sight. Well March is here and it’s actually known as National Nutrition Month. Why not start now? Even if you have been dieting, everyday there are new discoveries in nutrition so it’s always good toNNM 2014 LOGO keep an ear out to the latest and greatest discoveries. According to Manuel Villacorta of Fox News, their is a new hot diet.

One of the newer discoveries in nutrition is the Peruvian Superfoods diet. While superfoods doesn’t quite have a real clean cut definition, what it means to Manuel is foods that are rich in antioxidants, phytonutrients, and anti-inflammatory fats. These superfoods help fight against cardiovascular disease, cancer and diabetes and can also keep weight control, blood-sugar regulation and reduced inflammation in check. You may be already partially participating in this diet with foods like avocados and sweet potatoes. This diet goes deeper, with many of the foods originating from outside the United States, some Americans have yet to taste many foods within this diet.

There are many benefits to the Peruvian diet. With the Peruvian diet rich in Omega-3s and anti-inflammatory fats, it can lower triglycerides and blood pressure. It also contains monounsaturated fats which help reduce cholesterol and the risk of heart disease. The antioxidants and phytochemicals help reduce the risk of metabolic syndrome, cancer, diabetes, obesity, arthritis – all while increasing immune system support.

For more on this interesting diet, check out this article here.

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Is Nutrition an Important Factor in Fighting Alzheimer’s Disease?

Alzheimer’s is a disease that affects more than 5 million people in North America. At different stages of the illness, people will forget the names of their loved ones, life long memories and even control over their motor skills. Although millions of dollars have been spent in finding a cure, or even a way to slow down its progression, there is still much to be learned about Alzheimer’s and its triggers. Researchers have discovered that there are multiple factors that can increase someone’s chances at developing this illness- such as such as genetic make up, environmental surroundings and even lifestyle choices.

imgres-11With that being said, one specific area worth looking at is dietary restrictions and eating habits of people in all stages of Alzheimer’s. Despite the lack of concrete data, scientists are looking at specific foods that could potentially affect the illness’ progression in individuals. Tara Harwood works as a dietician at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, and in her line of work she has found a some correlation between the intake of Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Vitamin B and the decline of Alzheimer’s.

Another theory that is being looked at is the absorption of foods that are rich in antioxidant properties. Free radicals that are found in people with this disease weaken and destroy cells, which in turn further damages the body’s ability to fight the disease and stop its progression. The neurology department at Columbia University is studying the “Mediterranean diet,” which primarily consists of a wide variety of vegetables and fruits, healthy oils, fish and much lower intake of heavy meats like pork and beef.

The information towards dietary restrictions is still very vague and in the earliest stages of experimentation, however, there are still reliable clues one can follow in order to cope with Alzheimer’s. Leading healthy lifestyles, remaining active, eating foods that are low in saturated fats, and taking daily vitamins is a good way to defend yourself from the disease and hopefully slow its progression.

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Nutritional Tips When Training For a Marathon

Running a marathon is no easy feat, it takes dedication, hard work and following healthy eating habits that will allow your body to produce and sustain energy. Experts also suggest, if possible, people in training should work with a doctor and nutritionist in order to make sure they are getting in regular check ups and blood work testing. However, for those who are not able to, or do not have the time, below is a list of foods that could increase your performance while training.

1. Choose the Right Crabs

“Carbo loading” is a common term that is thrown out there by all marathoners in training, but the old school staples such as bread, bagels and pasta is a thing of the past. Nutritionist suggest that people should focus more on feaster to digest foods such as sweet patatoes, brown rice and quinoa.

2. High Quality Fats

Choosing high quality fats such as avocados, olive oil and coconut cooking oil is a great way to digest properly. Too much fat is dangerous because it slowed down the digestion process, which in turn decreases energy levels.imgres-10

3. Hydrate

Staying hydrated is extremely important. As you sweat, your body loses water and most importantly, electrolytes. Electrolytes are cell properties that allow the cell, and eventually the body, to retain water during your workouts. A very easy way to repair this would be by consuming sports drinks that restore these missing properties.

4. Protein and Power Snacking

Choose the right kind of protein that wont slow you down, and will hold you up the longest. Foods such as egg whites, fish and chicken breast are easiest to digest and will give you the most energy. Power meals and snacks are also important to keep your energy levels high- keep in mind the power ratio: 55-60% carbohydrates, 25-30% protein, and 10-20% fat.

Training for a marathon takes hard and consistent work. Keep in mind the tips mentioned above, and enlist a friend or fellow marathoner in training to boost your morale and give you the extra push you need in order to train as best you can.

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