Month: January 2016

Zero Carb Diets: Why You’ll Lose Muscle

According to the CDC, approximately 70 percent of Americans are either overweight or obese. If you’re fighting the tide by going on a diet, make sure you educate yourself first. You might feel compelled to avoid sugars and carbs at all costs — but doing so could seriously harm your body. Carbohydrates are essential for your hormones and muscle building and maintenance. Your muscles are made up of protein, which are composed of only 20 amino acids. Your body uses carbohydrates to produce 10 of these, called nonessential amino acids. Your body can’t produce the other 10 (essential amino acids),...

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Eating These Foods Will Give You a Sexy Bronze Tan

Twenty percent of Americans have or will develop some kind of skin cancer. Sun exposure is the major cause of skin cancer — but does playing safe and staying out of the sun mean you can’t ever have that sexy bronze tan? Nope! All you need to do is eat these veggies and that bronze tan will naturally be yours. The secret is in the carotenoids. Carotenoids are antioxidants which protect your cells from oxidative damage. According to the National Institutes of Health, carotenoids decrease your risk for many diseases, including cancer and opthalmologic diseases. The magic happens when you...

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Why Outdoor Aerobics Trumps Your Expensive Home Gym

Science and medicine switch between opposing opinions when it comes to many things. Eggs were deemed bad not more than 40 decades ago, but now, physicians regard eggs as one of the best nutritional sources. The importance of exercise has withstood the test of time, and physicians still recommend people do it on a daily or weekly basis. But now, scientists and doctors are saying outdoor aerobics might be the best kind of exercise. According to Harvard University, regular physical activity reduces your risk of strokes, diabetes, and heart ailments. In fact, each hour of brisk walking you do...

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Having Worry-free Beach Fun: How to Avoid Jellyfish and Treat Stings

When you think of fatally poisonous animals, surely large snakes and black spiders with bad tattoos flash through your mind. However, did you know that the box jellyfish, Chironex fleckeri, is in the top 10 of earth’s most venomous creatures? Its venom can kill a person within 15 minutes. A swarm of them almost stopped pro swimmer Diana Nyad from completing her swim from Florida to Cuba. Even if you don’t swim near the Indo-Pacific waters, be aware of balloon-like objects in the water around you when going to the beach this summer. Avoiding jellyfish and protecting yourself from...

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Mercury Poisoning: How You Can Eat Seafood Worry-free

If you eat seafood frequently, you should consider upping your selenium intake. Most seafood is contaminated by mercury from commercial waste or has naturally absorbed it from its environment. Not only can selenium counteract mercury poisoning, but it’s also important for certain bodily functions. Increase your selenium intake by eating seafood containing high levels of selenium, or take a daily supplement. The National Resources Defense Council lists seafood by mercury content. Although the lowest mercury seafood category seems to contain harmless levels of mercury, recent research discovered that bodily mercury levels deemed safe can cause autoimmune diseases which are...

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