Mushrooms Are Healthy

Mushrooms are healthyI just found this great article about how healthy mushrooms are for you. There is information here about how mushrooms are  low in calories, high in vegetable proteins, minerals, fiber, essential amino acids, and vitamins.

They write specifically about the Agaricus Mushroom, Cordyceps Mushroom, Maitake Mushroom, Reishi Mushroom, Shiitake Mushroom and the Yun Zhi Mushroom. There is a description of each mushroom and the benefits of them.

If you like mushrooms or are just curious about the health benefits this is a great article to read.

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The Secret Of Bodybuilders’ Success- A Tested Nutritional Plan

When you’re a bodybuilder, it’s essential that you find the right nutritional plan that goes along with your conditioning and goals. The foods you eat must be in line with your body type and future goals. Then, you need to know what your short and long term goals are as it concerns muscle growth and development. In order to avoid wasting time, you should approach your diet in a way that’s based on proven nutritional principles. You’ll have better results if you create a strategically planned diet and stick to it as much as possible. If you stick to the nutritional guidelines that follow, you’ll find it much easier to reach your bodybuilding goals.

You need to understand what you’re doing when you diet and become accustomed to knowing this. Most people know that glucose comes from carbs that we eat. The key is to eat lean carbohydrates to ensure you’re not eating too much. Your body will have too much glucose to metabolize if you eat too many carbohydrates. What happens next is your body is unable to burn the fat you need to while you exercise. No matter what type of food you eat, even if it is healthy, you will still consume some fat. That additional fat adds to this overall process, and you end up with more fat.

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While you do have to watch your intake of fat, it’s not a good idea to be too extreme about this. There is sound reasoning behind this approach as you will learn. You cannot completely avoid fats, nor would you want to try, as many healthy foods contain them. As long as the proteins and carbs that you generally eat are not high in fat, you will be getting what you need. As long as you are doing that, you will be assured of giving your body the fat it needs but no more. As many studies have shown, certain fats are healthy, which is why many people take fish oil supplements. Even though saturated fats (which are in animal protein) are often categorized as “bad” fat, your body uses these for some important tasks such as producing certain hormones, so you don’t want to avoid them completely.

You shouldn’t make it a goal to avoid eating any fat. There is sound reasoning behind this approach as you will learn. Some foods that are high in nutritional value also contain a certain amount of fat. So one easy approach is to just make sure you are eating carbohydrates and proteins that are low in fat content. As long as you are doing that, you will be assured of giving your body the fat it needs but no more. Omega type fats, as many people know, are necessary and beneficial. You even require a certain amount of saturated fat for hormones and other bodily functions.

A great deal of research has been done in the area of studies for proper nutrition plans to help bodybuilders. To get the results that you want, you need to carefully select the proteins and carbohydrates that you eat. By eating the right amount of protein, your metabolism will increase.

Always know what you are doing with your nutrition plan for bodybuilders. You must always know what you’re eating and why you’re eating it when you are weightlifting. Your performance and appearance goals may be set back by doing this.

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Facts on Vitamin A

Vitamin A deficiency can lead to night blindness and blindness thanks to the eradication of the cornea.

The capacity of vitamin A to stop these two visual difficulties and its mechanism of action in doing so is widely known. Contemporary reports suggest that vitamin A may affect some visible difficulties in people who are not vitamin A-deficient. Sorsby’s Fundus Dystrophy ( SFD ) is a retinal degeneration disorder which may result in night blindness and shares likenesses with age-implicated macular degeneration. Macular degeneration is the most usual reason for loss of vision in the elderly.

A Vitamin In an SFD family, it was found that vitamin An at 50 thousand IU daily resolved night blindness within a week in those members of the family who were at first stages of the sickness. The mechanism of this effect isn’t clear. Some other visible anomalies have also shown improvement from the employing of vitamin An analogs.

A Vitamin for Cancer Treatment and Prevention

Vitamin An and retinoids have been discovered to restrain expansion development, particularly those of epithelial origin, in a selection of in vitro ( in a lab dish ) studies. All-trans-retinol has been illustrated to suppress the malignant behavior of cultured cells transformed by radiation, chemicals or viruses, to delay the development of transplanted cancers and to stop malignancy in animals exposed to assorted powerful cancer agents.

All-trans-retinoic acid is an authorized drug for the treating of acute promyelocytic leukemia. While the employment of retinoids has demonstrated anti-cancer activity for some sorts of cancers, it’s not demonstrated to be a universal cancer treatment.

A 2 year study ( EUROSCAN ) of high-dose retinyl palmitate showed no benefit-in conditions of survival, event-free survival, or secondary first tumors-for patients with head and neck cancer or with lung cancer, lots of whom were prior or current smokers. The utilization of vitamin An and vitamin An equivalents for cancer treatment is a juggling act between the healing benefits and potential lethality.

A Vitamin Antioxidising properties Vitamin A deficiency has been found to cause oxidative damage to liver mitochondria in rats. Vitamin A has been found to protect against chemical inspired lipid peroxidation in the heart, brain and liver. A Vitamin for immune mechanism support Vitamin A deficiency ends in a reduced resistance to infection having an effect on both cell mediated and antibody mediated immunological responses. Nonspecific immune reactions concerning neutrophils, macrophages and natural killer cells, are also influenced by vitamin A deficiency. Retinol might also excite the immune reaction in animals and folks who aren’t vitamin A deficient. In animal studies, high applications of retinyl palmitate have been discovered to excite the nonspecific protection mechanism and improve the antibody reply to explicit antigens. In one study, surgical patients developed lymphocyte enlargement after a week of treatment with high shots of vitamin A. The effects were only apparent toward the end of the seven day period. Vitamin A’s effects on protection seem to be broad. It was demonstrated a bunch of years ago that high-dose vitamin A can seriously protect against some of the immune-depressing results of radiation and cancer chemical treatment. Animal studies, in vitro studies, and some human studies, have shown that vitamin A can protect immune function by helping to maintain the integrity of epithelial barriers to infection and by turning on phagocytes and cytotoxic T-cells. An in vitro experiment proved that a sort of vitamin A found in breast milk represses herpes simplex virus-1.

Here is a link to more nutrtional information and health advice.

Digestive System Care

This is the first in a series of posts about the different systems in our bodies and how to care for them.

Digestive system:

We have all heard you are what you eat so I like to eat well. It happens, sometimes we don’t treat our digestive system right. When the pizza and donuts make it past my lips and enters my digestive system there is no way I’m gonna let myself turn into a pizza faced donut shaped body.

Water, water and then some more water.  Can I say it again, drink water and clean your system. Do you wash your dirty clothes with soda or juice? No you wash with water and soap.  When it comes to soap for the digestive system pick your brand that works for you.  I choose wheatgrass, but there are so many ways out there that cleanse your digestive track. Try a few and see what works for you. It can be a simple salt water cleanse once a week or use of a basic cleanse product. Then take 5-10 minutes to do some abdominal exercises.

It might amaze you how much better you feel just by keeping your digestive system healthy. Give it a try!

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Great Pasta Sauce

Here is a wonderful recipe that we made last night. So Yummy!

Winter Red Sauce over Spaghetti Squash

Ingredients:

1 medium organic spaghetti squash
1 can organic tomato sauce
1 can organic tomato paste
3 tbs virgin organic olive oil
1/4 to 1/2 cup gimme lean soysage (sausage)
1 small organic green pepper
1 small yellow onion
1/2 cup mushrooms
2 cloves garlic
2 tbs organic Marvini crushed fresh Italian seasoning or to taste, up to 3 tbs.
2 tbs organic brown sugar
2 tsp sea salt
1 tsp pepper

Preheat oven to 350.
Wash squash and split length wise, scoop out seeds. Place cut side down add about 1 inch water to glass baking dish. Bake for 45 minutes.

In large sauce pan simmer olive oil, soysage, onion, pepper, and garlic until tender.
Add mushrooms and saute for about 3 more minutes.
Add tomato sauce, fill can with water and add
Add tomato paste and Italian seasoning.
Add brown sugar, salt, and pepper.
Cover and simmer till spaghetti squash is done.

When squash is done, fork out the inside and plate it, butter the squash for a richer dish. Spoon Red sauce over top sprinkle with parmesan cheese. This is a colorful healthy winter dish that will give you energy to face the coldest night.

Why Drink Water

drink waterDrink Water

I hear this all the time. “Drink your water young man!” Why? All the answers I get are things like “Well it’s good for you” or “you know our bodies are 80% water!”

Here are some answers that make sense to me.

Lose Weight

Water is great for losing weight. Drinking water instead of soda or drinks with more calories and sugar can help you lose weight because your body has no calories to burn and water is a good appetite suppressant. Who knew!

Have More Energy
I know when I drink more water I have more energy. It turns out that I am dehydrated most of the time so when I can drink enough water it alleviates the symptoms of dehydration which are a lack of energy, fatigue, muscle weakness and general malaise.
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Body Cleanse
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Decrease Heart Attack Risk
There was a study done over six years that showed people who drink more that 5 glasses of water a day had a 41% decreased risk of a heart attack than those that drank 2 glasses.

Just Feel Better
Basically the best reasons to drink water for me is that it makes me feel better. So I have my bottle of water right by my side and I’m going to drink more water.

Happy Hydrating!

The Truth About Corn

Here is a great article about corn by Isabel De Los Rios author of  The Diet Solution Program

There’s nothing like a good piece of corn on the cob at your summer barbeque or your buttered popcorn to go along with your favorite movie, right? Or wrong?

This question seems to be coming up more and more often…

Isabel, are corn and foods made from corn allowable on The DSP?

Well, the answer is yes, BUT there are a few details you need to know first (you didn’t think I was just going to leave it at that, did you?)

It’s been approximated that about 60% of the corn, now in the U.S., is genetically modified (although, I do think this number is higher now). The practice of genetically modifying corn began in an attempt to make corn crops resistant to certain pesticides. This helps the farmer because they are then able to grow a larger crop because it is easier to fight off pests (they can spray the crops with pesticides and get rid of insects without damaging their crop).

Sweet corn has also been genetically modified (now called Bt-corn) so that it produces a poison which kills harmful insects. This means the farmer no longer needs to fight insects with insecticides.

Now although some of these may sound like a good thing (especially if you’re a farmer!), we need to consider how GMO foods respond in our bodies and what kind of long term effects they can have on our health.

Well, because the introduction of GMO foods is still relatively new, we’re in a way being used as “guinea pigs” in a massive experiment (Yikes!). In April 2007, Arpad Pusztai, from the Rowett Research Institute in Aberdeen, UK, announced that experiments had shown intestinal changes in rats caused by eating genetically engineered potatoes (and I don’t know about you, but I’m not happy about anybody trying to mess with my intestines).

This actually doesn’t surprise me. It’s amazing to me how many more people now complain of things like irritable bowel syndrome and other nagging digestive problems. I’m not saying that eating GMO foods is the only cause for these conditions but I’m sure it’s a significant contributor (along with processed foods, but that’s a story for a different day).

Ok, so what if you’re able to get non-GMO corn? (Which it is difficult to know which brands and items are GMO and which are not) where does corn fit into your DSP meal plan?

First, your body reads corn as a grain, NOT a vegetable so if you are to include it into your meals, this will be the grain (carbohydrate) for your meal. So having corn and brown rice would be having 2 grains in one meal. This is not necessarily off limits and not “bad” in any way, just consider if you are someone who is sensitive to grains, you will lose weight faster by greatly reducing the number of grains you eat each day. You may want to take 2 – 3 weeks and follow the “no grain” meal plans in the Diet Solution manual and see if that helps break through any weight loss plateaus and/or helps your digestion.

What about microwave popcorn?

Well even the organic varieties contain preservatives (of course to keep them in the bag) and have been shown to contain the same chemical coating in the bag that is used on non-stick cookware (double YIKES!). I would stay away from this stuff.

How about air popped popcorn?

This is your best bet and can definitely be used as an occasional snack. But notice I said “occasional”. Remember most people lose weight faster by decreasing (not necessarily eliminating) many grains. Snacking on popcorn every day could and most likely will, impede your weight loss efforts.

I hope this information helps you to make a more informed decision at your next barbeque and at your next movie night. Remember, corn is not off limits by any means, just remember you’re looking for the non-GMO varieties and including it as a grain and not a vegetable into your meal plans.

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