Top 10 Energy-Boosting Nutrition Strategies

Top 10 Energy-Boosting Nutrition Strategies

There is an energy crisis in America—and I am not talking about natural resources. We all want to feel alert, well-rested, and energetic, but for many of us this is more of a dream than reality. As busy and productive people with over-scheduled, stressful lifestyles (sometimes combined with little quality sleep and poor eating habits), it is no wonder so many of us feel drained. Fatigue breaks us down physically and emotionally and wreaks havoc on the immune system, making us more susceptible to illness, depression, and even chronic conditions…

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A Superfood Smoothie Bowl You’ll Love

A Superfood Smoothie Bowl You’ll Love

If you’re looking  to take your healthy breakfast to the next level, you could transform your morning smoothie by  a) Making it into an eat-with-a-spoon smoothie bowl; b) Adding some health-boosting superfoods; or c) All of the above. Aussie nutritionist Lola Berry chose C for this recipe, featured in her book, The Happy Cookbook. It’s packed with good-for-you and delicious ingredients (hello acai, blueberries and chia seeds), it comes together in seconds and its thicker texture gives it staying power, so you won’t be hitting the vending machine before lunch. (No wonder Lola has…

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9 Healthy Snacks to Pack for the Beach

9 Healthy Snacks to Pack for the Beach

Who doesn’t love a day at the beach? The sea air, the sand, the waves…the snacks. Although the occasional hot dog or greasy fries won’t kill you, they probably won’t leave you feeling your best, either. We created a list of some portable snacks to tote along that will silence the call of the snack bar, satisfy any craving, give you plenty of energy to enjoy the day and keep you looking hot in your swimsuit. Enjoy! Skinny Pop All Natural Popcorn : Sure, you can buy popcorn at the…

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Hangry, are you?

Hangry, are you?

Science agrees that ‘hanger’ is a real physiological reaction and not just useful slang. How can you manage your raging tummy? Ever notice kids getting cranky as mealtime approaches? ‘Hangry’ is the latest portmanteau term (hungry+angry) to join the dictionary of urban slang. Kids though are not the only ones susceptible to fits of rage as their blood sugar drops. If you find yourself getting crotchety as a meeting drags into lunch or if you miss a snack, here’s how you can get through it without losing your cool. Why…

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Regular nibbling on nuts linked to low inflammation

Regular nibbling on nuts linked to low inflammation

Regular nibbling on nuts linked to low inflammation (Richard Coombs/Getty Images) Eating a handful of nuts five times per week may reduce inflammation, a condition that contributes to heart disease, diabetes and many other chronic illnesses, say the authors of a recent U.S. study. This inflammation-dampening effect might be the secret to the health benefits of nuts, the study team writes in American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Past research has linked eating nuts to lower rates of heart disease and diabetes, but the exact reason was unknown, senior study author…

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Getting enough omega-3 may cut risk of diabetic retinopathy

Getting enough omega-3 may cut risk of diabetic retinopathy

Getting enough omega-3 may cut risk of diabetic retinopathy ( Jose A. Bernat Bacete/Getty Images) For adults with type 2 diabetes, following a Mediterranean diet including at least two servings of fatty fish per week may lower the risk of diabetic retinopathy, according to an observational study from Spain. The researchers analyzed data on people participating in a larger randomized trial known as PREDIMED, which ran from 2003 to 2009 in Spain and tested a Mediterranean diet with added extra virgin olive oil or nuts against a usual comparison diet…

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Drinking green tea could prevent artery explosion

Drinking green tea could prevent artery explosion

Drinking green tea could prevent artery explosion (Getty Images) Your love for green tea might save you from abdominal aortic rupture — a deadly condition of the main artery of the body that often turns out to be a silent killer, researchers say. The findings showed that green tea polyphenol, which is a major component of green tea, can help in preventing the abdominal aortic aneurysm — a condition in which the main artery becomes overstretched and bloated. In the study, the team treated rats with enzymes that induce abdominal…

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Soluble corn fibre can help women build stronger bones

Soluble corn fibre can help women build stronger bones

Soluble corn fibre can help women build stronger bones (Getty Images) Supplementing food with soluble corn fibre at two critical times in a woman’s life – adolescence and post-menopause – can help build and retain calcium in the bones, two studies have found. “We are looking deeper in the gut to build healthy bone in girls and help older women retain strong bones during an age when they are susceptible to fractures,” said Purdue University Professor Connie Weaver, who was associated with both the studies. “Soluble corn fibre, a prebiotic,…

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Eat oranges to ward off heart disease, diabetes risk

Eat oranges to ward off heart disease, diabetes risk

Eat oranges to ward off heart disease, diabetes risk (Getty Images) Higher intake of citrus fruits like oranges and lemons can help keep you healthy as well as prevent harmful effects of obesity-related heart disease, liver disease and diabetes, a study has found. Citrus fruits contain large amounts of antioxidants, a class of which are called flavanones. When humans consume a high-fat diet, they accumulate fat in their bodies. Fat cells produce excessive reactive oxygen species, which can damage cells in a process called oxidative stress. These oxidative stress coupled…

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9 Amazing Black Grapes Benefits: From Heart Health to Gorgeous Skin

9 Amazing Black Grapes Benefits: From Heart Health to Gorgeous Skin

Black grapes, which are known for their velvety colour and sweet flavour, come packed with nutrients and antioxidants. With their cultivation dating back to 6,000 to 8,000 years ago, they are said to be the oldest cultivated fruit in the Near East and Europe, and are botanically known as Vitis vinifera. There are two widely known species of black grapes: the old world species is native to the area across the southeast coast of the Black Sea (near the south of the Caspian Sea) to Afghanistan and is still found…

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