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Omega The Almighty

March 27, 2009 by  
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Can you reduce your blood pressure and your risk of heart attack simply by getting two teaspoon of vegetable oil and six to 10 walnuts halves into your diet daily? Yes, you can!

Omega-3 in various Oils, Image Source: Choice.com

Omega-3 in various Oils. Click on the Image for larger view. Image Source: Choice.com

Findings of two recent international studies show that as long as the vegetable oils you use are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids-known to lower triglycerides, slow hardening of the arteries, reduce heart attacks, and more- your risk of having a heart attacks can be reduced by about 59%. The omega-6 fatty acids found in walnuts also help keep blood pressure low, and that decreases the risk of heart attack and stroke.

Next time you are looking to cook up something special, or just enjoy a salad, choose your oil from among those rich in Omega-3 and/or Omega-6. These includes soybean, canola, flaxseed, safflower, sunflower and corn oils. You can also get a solid servings of fatty acids by munching on a few walnuts as a snack, or enjoying a meal with tofu, tuna, salmon or sardines as a main course.

Go Fish

Omega-3 fats are good for your heart, but they can also be a boon, but they can also be a boon to your waistline. In a multicenter study involving 232 overweight volunteers on a reduced-calorie diet, researchers found that when the dieters ate a meal rich in fatty fish, they felt fuller longer than those who’d eaten leaner fish, such as cod. The reason? High levels of Omega-3s may prompt the body to produce more leptin-the harmone that signals fullness-which may lead you to eat less food throughout the day, scientists hypothesize.

People with heart diseases may want to take supplements to ensure they get the proper amount of the heart-healthy fatty acids. Some heart patients, including those with severe angina, seriously compromised heart functions, or potentially lethal ventricular rhythms should speak with their doctors before taking fish-oil supplements

Source: American Heart Associations, Department of Health and Human Services, Heathmonitor
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How to beat a beer belly

March 27, 2009 by  
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First the good news: Beer may not be to blame for the, er, ballooning belly your guy has acquired with age. A study done in the Czech Republic, which tops the world in beer drinking (per-person consumption there is about 156 quarts a year compared with 108 quarts in the U.S.), found no connection between the beloved national beverage and beer bellies.

beer-bellyYou may also be able to let him off the hook in the willpower department. Research suggests that some beer bellies are genetically programmed. An Italian study showed that men with a certain genetic variant are more than twice as likely to become overweight and develop beer bellies as other guys if they don’t watch what they eat and exercise regularly.

But most of the time the problem isn’t in the genes and has little to do with beer. The cause of that growing gut is usually a lot simpler: Eating too much and exercising too little. Unfortunately, having a beer belly isn’t a trivial concern. “Abdominal obesity,” the fat that collects around the middle, increases a man’s odds of developing heart disease, diabetes, some types of cancer, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, high cholesterol, and other health problems.

How big is too big?

A glance in the mirror will probably tell your guy all he needs to know about the state of his belly, but if “proof” is needed, here’s how to check:

  • Measure around his (bare) belly between the lowest rib and just above the hipbone.
  • To determine the size of his hips, place the tape measure between the top of the hipbone and the crotch.
  • To calculate waist-to-hip ratio, divide waist measurement by hip measurement. If you don’t trust your math, enter his waist and hip sizes on this website, which will do the calculation for you: www.healthstatus.com/calculate/whr.
  • If his ratio is more than 0.95, it’s time to get a handle on those “love handles.”

Bye-bye belly

The only way to get rid of belly fat is by losing weight. Spot exercises alone won’t work. Although sit-ups to strengthen abdominal muscles will help hold the belly in, they won’t melt the fat. On the plus side, once he does start to pare the pounds, belly fat is the first to go.

A guy’s best exercise bets are walking, jogging, biking, swimming—anything that raises the heart rate and lets him know that he is exerting himself. Of course, if a man is overweight and/or has knee or other health problems, he should check with a doctor first.

Pushing your guy to shrink that beer belly may take some effort, but his health is worth it. If he balks, remind him that the calories in 12 ounces of beer range from a low of 67 for one brand of “lite” to 210 for porter and stout. With enough exercise, and careful calorie counting, he may be able to lose the belly without giving up (all) the beer.

Source: This article was submitted by John Adams of Ohio, source of the article is unknown at the moment.
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Stay in Shape using 6 Healthy Tips

March 23, 2009 by  
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jogging1. Portion control! There is no reason to pile food on your plate! Just take a reasonable amount, and you should be good! Overeating is a huge problem in America because we don’t know when to stop!

2. Eat slowly. I know when you are really hungry that can be hard, but if you take time and chew everything slowly, you are less likely to overeat. How crazy is that? Just slow down, and enjoy the food.

3. If you don’t like the food, don’t eat it. I know that sounds silly, but we tend to just eat whatever is in front of us, whenever it is there. But if you only eat what you really like, that will also cut down on your food intake.

4. Don’t park close to the store. I know everyone wants the “prime” parking places, but it won’t kill you to walk the extra few hundred feet from the car to the store.

5. Switch it up! Don’t eat the same thing every week. Variety is the spice of life, and trying new things is good for your digestion as well!

6. Eat as much fresh food as possible. I know its tough sometimes, but be sure you aren’t always eating packaged food. They tend to have much higher amounts of sodium and other bad things for you.

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I Hate Cabbage!

March 21, 2009 by  
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Urggghhh the smell of boiled cabbage, the taste, the texture of raw cabbage…. Absolutely hate all forms and manifestations of cabbage. Might have something to do with the ‘cabbage soup’ my mum used to make and have us drink/eat because it’s ‘good for you’ (don’t ask, she had a lot of strange recipes). Anyway, whatever the reason you couldn’t pay me enough AIG retention bonus to touch the stuff. And I don’t much care for cauliflower or brussels sprouts (yet another type of cabbage!) either. However, I’m totally committed to eating healthy now so what’s an honest ‘gross-vegetable-hating’ gal to do? Turns out, the answer is really easy – find vegetables I love and load up on them! I’m talking broccoli, peas, carrots, string beans, okra, collard greens, spinach in any form (steamed, stewed, raw, nuked, dipped, moussed, quiched, basically I’m yet to find a ‘non-yummy’ spinach recipe). So that’s my plan, eat good food that I love not just because it’s ‘good for you’ and stay well away from ‘good for you’ food that I abhor. Figure I stand a better chance of keeping the diet changes permanent that way. What do you think?

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Featured Post Popularity Contest

March 17, 2009 by  
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The winners of this contest will be announced on the April 18th, we apologize for the delay. in selecting the winners. To be fair, we will only count comments enter as of April 10th.

There was fun debate among the authors about the popularity and relevance of the articles we publish on this website. So we decided to ask you, our readers.

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