Archive for March, 2013

What Is The Western Diet And What Is So Bad About It?

What Is The Western Diet And What Is So Bad About It?

If you live in the U.S. or any Western country, you will probably have heard about the Western diet and how bad it is for our health. The first time I heard the term, I thought: what’s wrong with the way I eat? I am a Western woman, but do I actually eat a Western [...]

Top 40 Foods High In Vitamin B3

Top 40 Foods High In Vitamin B3

Vitamin B3 is also known as niacin (nicotinic acid). All B vitamins help the body to convert carbohydrates into glucose, which is used to produce energy for all body processes and our daily activities. B vitamins also help the body use fats and protein. They are needed for healthy skin, hair, eyes, and liver, for [...]

STEP 4: Stop inflammation with every meal

STEP 4: Stop inflammation with every meal

Inflammation doesn’t just affect the joints and cause arthritis; it can occur anywhere along the miles of blood vessels in the body. In fact, recent research shows that chronic inflammation of the blood vessels is an important factor in aging and age-related diseases, including heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer, and Alzheimer’s disease. A major contributor [...]

STEP 10: drink green tea

STEP 10: drink green tea

Unlike black and oolong tea, green tea is not fermented, so its active ingredients are not changed. Some of those ingredients include polyphenols, potent antioxidants that appear to help protect against various cancers. Green tea is also credited with helping regulate blood glucose levels, lowering cholesterol levels, and helping promote weight loss. The polyphenols in [...]

Fruits and vegetables

Fruits and vegetables

It’s no secret that fruits and vegetables are a critically important part of an anti-aging diet; after all, they are a super source of age-defying antioxidants, fiber, and other nutrients; they are low in fat and sodium, and they have no cholesterol. Add to this list the fact that there are dozens and dozens of [...]

Good fat / Bad fat

Good fat / Bad fat

It’s become common practice to classify fat into two categories—“good” and “bad”—to make it easier to identify which ones you should include more of in your diet and which ones to reduce or avoid. Certainly when we talk about fighting aging, we want to optimize the benefits of good fats and minimize the damage from [...]

Calcium — keep your bones healthy.

Calcium — keep your bones healthy.

There’s no bones about it, you need adequate amounts of calcium to keep your bones healthy. Calcium is especially critical for bone health, and for the 44 million Americans for whom osteoporosis is a major health threat. The National Institutes of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases reports that 10 million Americans already have osteoporosis [...]

Eat for longevity

Eat for longevity

Three or more times a day, you have a chance to fight aging with food! Your food choices are one of the most important ways you impact your health, and so it’s vitally important that you understand the basics behind what makes certain foods good partners in the fight against aging. We say “partners” because [...]

STEP 3: Enjoy an abundance of antioxidants

STEP 3: Enjoy an abundance of antioxidants

We’ve mentioned the impact that free radicals have on aging, so you need lots of antioxidants to fight off these nasty damaging molecules. The accumulated harm to cells, tissues, and organs caused by free radicals is a key contributor to aging and many diseases associated with growing older. Great sources of antioxidants are fresh fruits [...]

Abbreviations and symbols

Abbreviations and symbols

Here are the abbreviations and symbols you will see in the nutrition counter. cont = container g = gram mcg = microgram mg = milligram mL = milliliters Na = not available; the product may contain this substance but the manufacturer or company does not list this information on the label oz = ounce pc(s) [...]