Sunday, December 7, 2008

Junk Foods Kill.

All of the following are health hazards.

Fatty foods

High salt levels

Sugar and most artificial sweeteners.

Americans now consume roughly 25 times as much sugar and equivalents as was typical around 1900, which is not healthful. Refined sugar, high fructose syrup, and the
three major artificial "no calorie" sweeteners (aspartame, saccharin, and sucralose) release chemicals into the body,
and high usage has been implicated in headaches, cancers, lupus, and multiple sclerosis.

Anyone wanting to lose weight should not ingest any sweets that are not natural to foods, such as fresh or dried fruits.

Instead of candy, try a handful of raisins and almonds, nuts which provide beneficial Omega-3 fatty acids like those found in fish.

It is interesting that children taking drugs for "Attention Deficit Hyper Activity Disorder" (ADHD), such as Ritalin, often get better when all processed sugars are removed from their diets, and the drugs stopped.
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What is the South Beach Diet?

So you’ve heard about The South Beach Diet. You know people on the South Beach Diet. But just what is it?

The South Beach Diet teaches you to choose what you eat more carefully, encouraging you to eat the right fats and the right carbohydrates. It is not a low carbohydrate diet and it is not low fat.

The South Beach Diet is a clinically tested diet that was masterminded by renowned cardiologist Dr. Arthur Agatston, and is designed to improve your overall health as well as help you to lose weight.

So just what kinds of things can you still eat while you’re on the South Beach Diet? You can still eat eggs, cheese, chicken, fish, fruit and vegetables, beef and a wide range of other things including nuts and healthy oils. You can even drink tea and coffee. Having said that, you are allowed these foods at different times throughout the program.

While undertaking the South Beach Diet you eat three balanced meals per day and are encouraged to eat morning tea, afternoon tea and dessert. As with any kind of diet you also need to drink plenty of water!

Those on the South Beach Diet are also encouraged to take part in online forums, fill in food journals and use other online interactive materials to help keep on track and find support from other people also using the South Beach Diet.

Article by health writer Kate Wiley of Health in 1 and Advice on Health
You may use this article on your website providing you include the above author bio and active link to our health sites.
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"Modern" diets and supplements.

For the majority of people who don't raise their own foods, diets can be deficient in vitamins and minerals. In fact, it was the study of diet deficiencies in the USA and other countries that led to the creation of vitamin and mineral supplements.

Since my late youth, when I left the farm, I have included supplements in my diet. Now I take "therapeutic" blends of vitamins, helped by mineral tablets that are high in often neglected components, such as calcium and trace elements. I do NOT take "mega doses"; some vitamins are toxic at high levels.

But exercise caution. Supplement marketers have some of the most profitable markups short of prescription medicines. Read what you can learn on the internet searches, including reputable experts, such as

Herbal foods and supplements are a totally unregulated part of the economy. Some pretty outlandish claims have been made. Some "miracle herbals" can actually be toxic.

From time to time, I might suggest makers of supplements that I think are worth visiting on the internet. Read what
you can find, and make informed choices.

I welcome comments from people who have good or bad experience from various supplement sources.
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Soy Foods for better health

Soyfoods aid longevity. Although a few authors dispute this, most literature found on the reputable internet sources show that traditional soyfoods, especially those
with live cultures, correlate with reduced risks of various diseases without negative side effects. But the maximum benefit comes from using soy foods to replace a large
fraction of the diet normally occupied by high sources of saturated fats.

In other words, don't just add soymilk and soy shakes, soy based artificial cream toppings to your diet. Instead, replace 30 to 60 percent of your red meats with tofu, miso, tempeh, edamame, and so forth. Also use baked, broiled, or grilled chicken, fish, and other foods that are not fried.

Soy Beans are unique in the plant world, in that they provide all of the "essential" amino acids (proteins) and fatty acids that the human body can not make, plus numerous
"plant hormones" that protect against various ailments, such as cancers, diabetes, heart disease, memory loss, menopause, osteoporosis, PMS, stroke.
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