• 27May

    A health and balanced diet should always provide the necessary vitamins and minerals that someone requires. Despite this it seems that many people still take vitamin and mineral supplements to compensate for their diet, for anyone that does so it is important to note that taking these supplements on a long-term basis can have some damaging effects. There are of course some instances where individuals might need to take these supplements, for example pregnant women or those trying to conceive might be advised to take folic acid supplements, which help to reduce the risk of spina bifida. For people that do not get as much sun as they should due to environmental factors might benefit from vitamin D supplements, and children from six months to four years old can find that vitamins A, C, and D are beneficial during growth.

    There are two main types of vitamins, water-soluble and fat-soluble vitamins. As you would expect fat-soluble vitamins are typically found in fatty foods that contain animal fats such as butter and lard, dairy foods, vegetable oils, liver and oily fish. Fat-soluble vitamins are used in the body every day, however this does not mean that they need to be included in a daily diet. Your body will not require thee vitamins immediately, instead they are stored in the liver and fatty tissues for future use. Fat-soluble vitamins can be stored up and left until they are required but having too much of them can also be harmful. Fat-soluble vitamins include vitamins A, D, E and K.

    Unlike fat-soluble vitamins water soluble vitamins are not stored in the body and therefore have to be replenished more frequently. An excess of water-soluble vitamins in the body is easily resolved as they are passed when urinating. Because their vitamins can be

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  • 27May

    Healthy vegetarian diet emphasizes on the consumption of plant based food that not only contain nutrition but also has more fiber, low-fat, low-cholesterol and a good amount of carbohydrates. Adhering to vegetarian diet nutrition emphatically facilitates the possibility of keeping several health problems like diabetes, cardiac disorders and cholesterol problems at bay in spite of a few disadvantages associated with such dieting procedures. Go through this article to know the pros and cons of vegetarian diet nutrition in detail.

    Strict vegetarian diet nutrition plan generally contains peas, beans, lentils, soy nuts, fruits, vegetables, fruit juices, salads, steamed vegetables. Relatively lenient vegetarian diet nutrition generally constitutes milk based products and egg based food items in addition to the vegan diet.

    Vegetarian Cooking Tips

    In order to have legumes as the major constituent of your diet, you can think of making soups and stews that feature legumes as their main ingredient. Beans can be added to raw veggie salads. Rather than having potato chips or coke for snacks during lunch, you can resort to the intake of soy nuts.

    In order to avoid gas formation in the gut, you can opt to have canned beans. Ensure that they are completely cooked by smashing them between your fingers for that would make them easily digestible. If need be, opt to have a mixture of ginger essence with honey and lime for enhancing the digestive capabilities.

    Soaked and cooked legumes are a great source of protein that is enormously healthy. Slow/hot/quick soaks can be used when cooking legumes.

    The Pros

    As per the reports from the Diabetic Care journal, vegetarian diet nutrition has proven to have an edge over the food prescribed by the American Diabetic Association (ADA) for diabetic patients in the studies conducted in the year 2006 for 43% of examines have reported to have an enormous improvement in

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  • 27May

    There’s a huge supply of gym, bodybuilding and fitness shirts online, so where do you start?

    Miscshirts.com is a premium gym and fitness clothing store that ships internationally to almost all modern countries, including Asia, the UK, US and Australia to name a few. They have a huge range of products, from hoodies to shirts, gym bags to iphone cases, and tank tops to sweatshirts. Something for everyone!

    The designs at Miscshirts are all custom designed, so you can rest assured what you’re seeing on this site won’t be at your local Target or anything like that. Designs are regularly updated and rotated, with multiple new designs going up every month! But relax, all your old favourite designs get archived, so you tear your favourite -light weight baby- shirt in the gym, you can get another!

    Obviously, there are the -misc- targeted products, directed at the bodybuilding.com misc forum, the designs range from funny misc memes to more serious, everyday gym wear.

    Miscshirts operates through Cafepress, a globally trusted and proven clothing producer and distributor. Their products are all guaranteed to be of the highest quality, and in fact, their fitted t-shirts are American Apparel, a brand known for the quality of their shirts!

    They also have special offers and deals they post on their facebook and through their mail list, so be sure to get onto that. But in all honesty the prices are very reasonable for the designs and products they offer.

    Buying shirts and other gym wear online is super easy and streamlined. You just ad your products to cart, put in your details, and checkout! Then wait for the product to arrive on your doorstep. Shipping generally takes a week if you’re in the US, and a couple more weeks

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  • 26May

    If you are a woman who has recently turned 40, don’t panic! You have to maintain a sense of perspective when a major milestone is reached. Sure, you’ll never be 20 again, but aren’t you glad of that in many respects? Because you are no longer 20, you need to start taking better care of yourself if you haven’t already: as your body ages, you need to start supplementing its natural functions with extra nutrition, vitamins, and minerals. Here is an overview of the top four supplements for women over 40.

    1. Calcium, Magnesium, and Vitamin D

    These vitamins and minerals often come rolled up into one with a good multi-vitamin. If you have a family history of osteoporosis, you’ll want to take increased levels. Make sure you contact a nutritionist or your physician to determine a daily dosage that’s just right for you. Although you may not experience the effects of osteoporosis for another decade or more, the time to prevent it is NOW. Women begin losing bone mass at the rate of 1 percent a year beginning at age 35. Most women do not consume enough calcium-rich foods to make up the difference: a supplement is the way to go.

    2. Omega-3 Fish Oil

    Heart disease is still the Number One killer of American women. The best prevention against heart attacks and coronary disease is to live a healthy lifestyle: maintain reasonable weight, quit smoking, and be careful what you eat. Omega-3 fish oil supplements are invaluable in preventing heart disease in women.

    3. Anti-Cancer Combinations

    If you are at risk for cancer, you can take a combination of different supplements that may help to prevent the disease: Vitamins E, C, and B-complex; ginseng; grape seed extract; garlic; and Echinacea. If you haven’t already, limit your exposure

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  • 26May

    Whether you are new to meditation or well experienced with yoga or tai chi, anyone can learn basic chakra meditation. Each has its own rewards and benefits. Unlike yoga or tai chi, anyone can practice chakra meditation since there is not the same physical aspect to it. Also, chakra meditation can be practiced almost anywhere. All you need is a quiet place where you will be undisturbed and about 15-20 minutes. Wearing comfortable, loose fitting clothing is recommended but not required.

    Before beginning, it is important to ground yourself in order to get the full effect from the chakra meditation. Some people do this by walking through a lawn barefoot, reconnecting with nature. This can also be done by sitting cross-legged on the floor or sitting with your legs folded under you and concentrating on your breathing.

    To help clear your mind in preparation for chakra meditation, first choose a focal point. If you are more comfortable with your eyes open, focus on a point on the floor 5-10 feet in front of you, but instead of looking directly at it, look through it. If closing your eyes is more comfortable, mentally focus on the spot between your anus and genitals. This spot is the location of the root chakra, the foundation of the chakra system. Allow your mind to clear. If you notice your mind starting to wander, gently guide it back to your focal point.

    Breathe in and out slowly, making each breath deliberate. As you do this, you should feel your body and mind start to relax and center. Once completely relaxed, you will be ready to begin the chakra meditation. As a rule of thumb, it is not recommended to skip this step when practicing chakra meditation because a quiet mind and body is more open

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