Wednesday, August 22, 2012

get healthy!

I love how there is always new information coming out on how to live healthier lives. Some get overwhelmed with fad diets and extreme limitations but I simply follow the guidelines that almost all research says, eat more fruits and veggies. I think the more I eat directly from the earth, the healthier I am getting. That being said, here is some recent facts and figures that I found interesting.
How many calories a day do I really need?
This is a great solution to understand your bodies specific needs. You should have 11 calories per pound if you spend two hours or less a week in the gym and 12 if you work out for three to four hours or have a physically active job. (Paulette Lambert R.D.,  Director of Nutrition at the California Health and Longevity Institute)

Why should I bust a move?
I knew there was more to dancing than zumba! Try dancing next time you are in a bind with work. Dancing engages multiple parts of the brain and can help you see problems in a new way and find solutions when none seem possible. Sorry for those of you in crowded offices... (Diane Duggan Ph. D. psychologist and dance therapist at NYU’s Steinhardt School)

Where's all the Vitamin C?
Kiwi! Kiwi’s bioavailability (the rate of absorption into body tissues) of vitamin C is 5x greater compared with the vitamin C in supplemental form, according to an American Journal of Clinical Nutrition study. Also Kiwi’s have 60% more vitamin C than oranges.

Why eat an extra pear?
25 grams of white-fleshed fruits and vegetables per day can potentially reduce your risk of stroke by 9% according to a study published in Stroke:Journal of the American Heart Association. Thats as simple as an apple a day (an average apple is 120 grams).

How can I make my skin shine?
Researchers at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland discovered that increasing your intake of fruits and veggies by about three servings a day bumps up rosy skin tones, giving you a more radiant-looking complexion in six weeks. The change is due to plant-based pigments like beta-carotene and lycopene, which are found primarily in red, orange and yellow produce. 

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