12
Jun
11

Eat your Vitamins

“I believe that it is possible to stay healthy into ripe old age and to prevent, stabilise and even perhaps to reverse, many of the chronic degenerative diseases.

Underpinning all my research and advice is this simple fact. Given the right nutrition and lifestyle, our bodies have amazing powers of self-healing and regeneration.”

12
Jun
11

Eating Healthy Foods

We can’t look at a pyramid these days without thinking of food and healthy eating. There was the U.S. government’s Food Guide Pyramid, followed by its replacement, My Pyramid, which was basically the same thing, just pitched on its side. The problem was that these efforts, while generally well intentioned, have been quite flawed at actually showing people what makes up a healthy diet. Why? Their recommendations have often been based on out-of-date science and influenced by people with business interests in their messages. The newly-unveiled MyPlate icon is an improvement, yet still doesn’t go far enough to show people how to make the healthiest choices.

But, there’s a better alternative: the Healthy Eating Pyramid, built by the faculty in the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health.

06
Jun
11

Combating Vitamin D Deficiency

While sun exposure causes us to produce vitamin D in our skin, a little bit of ultraviolet light also boosts vitamin D production in a place you might not expect – fresh mushrooms.

Vitamin D is essential for building and maintaining strong bones, but it is notoriously difficult to obtain through dietary sources. Fatty fish are some of the few foods that naturally contain vitamin D.  Most food sources of vitamin D such as milk and breakfast cereal have been fortified.

Interestingly mushrooms contain ergosterol, a precursor to vitamin D2.  When mushrooms are exposed ultraviolet (UV) light, vitamin D2 levels increase dramatically.

Now, your regular grocery store mushrooms are grown in the dark, so they don’t contain high amounts of vitamin D2, but companies have recently begun to produce special UV-treated mushrooms that have provide close to 400 IU of vitamin D per serving.

To put that in perspective, the IOM recently recommended that the recommended dietary allowance for vitamin D be increased from 200 IU to 600 IU.  So in theory, you could come close to meeting your vitamin D requirement by consuming a single serving of these UV-treated mushrooms.  Mushroom Facts.

                                                                                                                                                                  Don’t eat if they look like this!

01
Jun
11

Substances to watch out for in food.

There are many additives to avoid in processed food today.

01
Jun
11

What’s Healthy

A healthy diet is one that helps maintain or improve health. It is important for lowering many chronic health risks, such as obesity, heart disease, diabetes, hypertension and cancer. A healthy diet involves consuming appropriate amounts of all essential nutrients and an adequate amount of water. Nutrients can be obtained from many different foods, so there are numerous diets that may be considered healthy. A healthy diet needs to have a balance of macronutrients (fats, proteins, and carbohydrates), calories to support energy needs, and micronutrients to meet the needs for human nutrition without inducing toxicity or excessive weight gain from consuming excessive amounts.

23
May
11

Nutrition yea!!!

23
May
11

Expecting a Child?

I found this video informative, and interesting.  Hope you enjoy.




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