All About Garcinia Cambogia

Medical experts define obesity as a medical condition where an individual has accumulated body fat to the extent that it has a negative effect on their health which in turn reduces their life expectancy and increases health problems too.

In order to determine whether an individual is obese, the body mass index is utilized. The BMI is a measurement that is obtained by dividing the weight of a person by the square of the individual’s height and if it exceeds more than 30kg/m2, then the individual is considered obese.

Obesity carries with it several health risk factors which include type 2 diabetes, heart disease, obstructive sleep apnea, certain types of cancer and osteoarthritis among others. Garcinia cambogia has been a blessing to individuals who are obese as the supplement has been beneficial in helping people to lose weight.
While it has been a blessing, in the market today, many companies have come up and are selling the supplement to consumers. What many consumers don’t know is the right ingredients for a safe and effective garcinia cambogia supplement.

Hydroxycitric acid

The supplements main ingredient is hydroxycitric acid which is a byproduct of citric acid. In order for the supplement to be effective and safe for use, individuals need to check the percentage available in the supplement they are purchasing.

A safe and effective product needs to have over 60% of HCA in order for it to work effectively in the body. Many unscrupulous producers have a found a way of adding fillers and binders into the supplement while also reducing the amount of HCA in the supplement.

This not only makes the product ineffective but also leads to the introduction of harmful chemicals into the body as a result of the fillers.

Some of the fillers and binders that are added into the product include maltodextrin, microcrystalline cellulose, stearic acid, croscarmellose sodium, titanium dioxide, macrogol and silica among others.

Chromium
Chromium is another ingredient found in the supplement and it’s needed for energy. It also helps to maintain steady blood sugar levels. Users who have a deficiency of chromium can suffer from anxiety, fatigue, glucose intolerance, inadequate metabolism of amino acids and an increased risk of arteriosclerosis.

Potassium
Potassium is another key ingredient found in the supplement and it’s vital for the overall growth of the body. It helps to maintain the proper nerve transmission functions in the body. It is included in the supplement since when one is dieting to lose weight, potassium usually decreases therefore the supplement helps to restore balance.

Calcium
Calcium is very vital in the body and it helps to strengthen the teeth and the bones. In the supplement it helps to improve weight loss by burning more fat therefore reducing the amount of fat stored around the body. Apart from that, it helps to prevent cardiovascular diseases.

Gelatin
Gelatin is used to coat the tablets and it’s beneficial to the body by helping to improve digestion through naturally binding to water and helping food to move easily through the digestive track.

This garcinia cambogia free trial guide covers all aspects of using garcinia cambogia for weight loss.

Mary D. Jordan / March 22, 2015 / Weight Loss

Water-or-Soda

Why You Should Choose Healthy Drinks Over Soda

Sodas are sparkling and sweet and delicious; but that does not mean they are good. In fact, the opposite is true. Doctors have found that there are a significant number of health risks associated with drinking soda pop. In addition to these health risks, each time you choose a soda over a healthy drink you are denying your body a range of vitamins and minerals it desperately needs.

Choosing a soda means you are not drinking a healthy beverage; and this means your body is suffering from the lack of those essential minerals and vitamins. There are many healthy options you could choose to drink instead of soda.

Why Should You Say No To Soda?

Although it may taste good it provides absolutely no value to your body at all. It contains no nutritional value; and in fact does more harm than good to your body. Soda is filled with calories and sugar and nothing your body can use. Even diet sodas do not have any nutritional value and in fact can be detrimental to your body. In stark contrast, healthy beverages contain minerals and vitamins that your body can use. Even just plan water can rehydrate your body without the extra calories that come with other drinks.

Sodas that contain sugar are powerful contributors to diabetes and obesity. The high fructose corn syrup (sweetener) content of soda has been linked to obesity. In addition to weight gain the consumption of soda has been linked to type 2 diabetes, not only because of its sugar content but also because of the effects it has on the body’s hormones. What About Diet Soda? Diet soda is no better. According to the results of at least one study, the artificial sweeteners used in diet sodas are linked to an increase in appetite, more difficulty in losing weight and more difficulty maintaining weight loss.

Soda causes damage to your teeth. The combination of the sugar in soda coating your teeth and the bacteria in your mouth forms an acid that causes damage to your teeth. In addition to the sugar, soda contains carbolic acid because of the carbonation, and this weakens the enamel on your teeth causing tooth decay and cavities. This means that even though diet soda may not contain sugar, it is still a danger to your teeth because of its carbonation.

Soda can also weaken your bones. The caffeine and phosphorous contained in the majority of sodas are believed to be linked to osteoporosis. In addition to this, there is a concern that those who drink soda do so in place of healthy drinks such as milk; which in turn means their bones are being deprived of calcium.

Soda can cause harm to your major organs. According to research, an increase in soft drink consumption could be linked to the chronic liver disease, fatty liver, as well as the development of metabolic syndrome which is a combination of symptoms that cause an increase in heart disease, along with chronic kidney disease.

Healthy Drink Alternatives

The good news is that there are endless options for replacing soda with healthy drinks. A few healthy alternatives to soda:

Water. This is the ultimate healthy drink. It has no calories and is essential in keeping the body hydrated. It is also the transport system for getting nutrients to the cells of your body and removing cellular waste. Drinking plenty of water will increase the appearance of your skin and will improve the health of your organs in addition to many other benefits.

Fruit Juice. Straight fruit juice contains a lot of sugar so it is best to drink it as an addition to seltzer to add flavoring. Instead of drinking juice it is better to eat a whole fruit since that will give you the fiber from the fruit as well as the nutrients from the juice.

Milk. Milk is an essential drink that contains nine essential nutrients but very few calories. An 8 ounce glass of nonfat milk contains only 80 calories.

Tea. All teas have been found to contain high levels of antioxidants which help to protect the body from damage. This applies to black tea as well as herbal and green tea.

Powdered Drink Mixes. These drinks do not contain the carbonation that damages teeth that come in the sugar-free soda varieties. Powdered drink mixes can give you a fix of sweetness without causing harm to your overall nutrition.

Cutting up fresh fruit and adding it to a tall glass of water is an excellent way to benefit from flavor as well as nutrition. Try replacing soda with healthy drinks and experience the difference it makes to your body and the way you feel.

Mary D. Jordan / February 28, 2015 / Choose food wisely

What Fruits are Good for Diabetics

Why Fruits And Vegetables Are Essential To Your Health

The imbalance of the average American’s diet is startling. With only around three servings of fruits and vegetables per day – substantially less than the amount recommended by the HHS (Department of Health and Human Services) and the U.S. The new guidelines issued by the USDA (Department of Agriculture) states that the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables per day is 5 to 13 servings, depending on the number of calories your particular body needs.

For many, supplements seem like an easy alternative; and it is a common misconception that taking supplements is as good as eating the vegetables or fruit themselves.

The difference is that in fresh vegetables and fruit the nutrients work together. According to research conducted at the University of Hawaii in Manoa over the past 5 to 10 years, vitamin supplements do not provide the same benefits we receive from fresh food. The Dietry Guidelines created in 2005 by the USDA and HHS which are reviewed every 5 years state that because fresh foods contain naturally occurring ingredients such as flavonoids and carotenoids they are the best source of nutrients.

Apart from the nutrients we are already aware of in the fruits and vegetables there are in fact many that have not yet been discovered. The nutrients in fresh foods are consumed in combination with each other rather than singly. This means they may act in synergistic ways that affect our health. As an example: For those who don’t get enough iron (young women in particular) eating a fruit or vegetable that is rich in vitamin C (which enhances iron absorption) with an iron-rich food such as spinach will increase their iron levels.

Many illnesses may be prevented by vegetables and fruits. Your risk of cardiovascular diseases, type 2 diabetes and stroke, along with some types of cancer may be reduced through eating certain vegetables and fruits. Nearly 110,000 people were examined in The Nurse’s Health Study and Health Professionals Follow-up Study over the course of 14 years. Part of the study results showed that the more vegetables and fruit participants ate daily, the lower the chances were that they would develop cardiovascular diseases.

The relationship between cancer prevention and fruits and vegetables has been more difficult to prove. Having said that, recent studies have revealed that certain types of fruits and vegetables are associated with lover rates of some forms of cancer. For example, according to the American Institute for Cancer Research and the World Cancer Research Fun, high intakes of non-starchy foods such as leafy greens, cabbage and broccoli lower the risk of colorectal, stomach and mouth cancer. While studies regarding lycopene and prostate cancer have been mixed, it is believed possible that this carotenoid that gives tomatoes their red color may help to reduce the occurrence of prostate cancer.

Perfect for maintaining a health weight, fresh fruits and vegetables are low in calories and fat and contain high levels of water and fiber, resulting in a feeling of being full. This is especially useful for those who want more filling calories without the extra weight gain Fiber also helps to keep you “regular”.

Get Your Fill Of Fruits And Vegetables

Make sure that you eat a wide variety of fruits and vegetables. Different colors of produce will give you a different range of nutrients.

The amount of calories your body needs each day will dictate how many servings of fresh vegetables and fruits you should be eating. A good guideline is to eat a vegetable or fruit at every meal and for every snack.

Although fresh produce is best, if you can’t get it because of accessibility, season or cost, it is better to use frozen, canned or dried options than non at all.

Since a bowl of salad or plate of fruit each day could be the key to preventing serious illness, it is certainly worth making the effort to prioritize it. Getting organized by preparing fruit and vegetables in advance to fit in with your busy schedule can help you to make it easier to support your health. Making fruit and vegetables as easy to eat as convenience foods can make all the difference to your long term health.

Mary D. Jordan / February 27, 2015 / Fat-fighting