Do you drink a lot of water? Have you tried to drink water...keeping that water bottle filled at your desk, bringing in the car, only to drop off again? There are many benefits to drinking water, the most promising, being the detox benefits.
I drink as much water as possible everyday. It is recommended that a person drink at least half of their body weight in ounces every day. For example, if you are a 140 pound female, you should try to consume 75 ounces per day. I weigh about 118 pounds and drink probably 80-100 ounces of water every day. You are probably thinking that is crazy, but this is Habit "numero uno" that all of my clients establish before making any other significant changes in their behaviors.
Since I have started drinking so much water I have noticed some beneficial improvements in my health.
Most of these can be attributed to just staying super-hydrated.
The Paleo diet is all the rage now and some men swear by it for weight loss and building lean muscle mass. We follow a basic paleo-styled diet when we go through the "21-Day Cleanse". In a lot of ways, I think it is just a highly vegetarian diet with some meat thrown in!
But, Is it an optimal choice for women?
Does it give women the nutrients they need to reach their weight loss goals without lacking a vital source of vitamins and minerals?
It is no secret that men have a different bodily makeup than women and so it's only fair that each diet be valued with gender in mind. The Paleo diet does have some disadvantages but as a whole, it is a very good choice for women.
Restricts Sugar - Sugar is evil for women. It's one of our biggest cravings but wreaks havoc on our hormones. Itís also really easy to over eat sugar causing unnecessary weight gain. Being overweight causes excess estrogen. Excess estrogen makes women crazy wo...
Genetically Modified Foods, or GMO's, have really been scrutinized lately. We all know why they exist. Corporations are looking to make a “better” product that they can make cheaper than the competition. They take their crops into their little labs and genetically engineer them to withstand many of the common crop problems today or other reasons.
The problem is, these foods aren't natural, and recent studies show that whatever scientists are doing behind the scenes are affecting our bodies. One such way directly involves women and their hormones.
Most Common Genetically Modified Foods
Corn: Almost 85% of corn grown in the U.S. is genetically modified.
Soy is the most heavily modified food in the United States modified to have higher levels of oleic acid, an omega-9 fatty acid that may lower bad cholesterol, and is naturally found in olive oil.
Alfalfa that is genetically engineered is made so to resist the herbicide Roundup.
I love when Spring arrives and I can venture out to the local farmer's market! I am always looking for the cleanest varieties of produce that I can find. It is often suggested that eating seasonally is a great idea, but it is rarely explained why. Look at any restaurant menu and they will proudly boast about their “Seasonal Fruits” dessert, or go in to any supermarket and wonder at their seasonal vegetables. Local, seasonal foods are all around us, and yet so many of us remain ignorant as to the real reasons why we should care. When it comes to making food choices, there are generally 3 main reasons to pick one food over another. Is it cheaper? Does it taste better? Is it healthier? Let’s consider local, seasonal foods under those 3 headings.
Save Money at the Local Farmer's Market
Is it Cheaper?
By its very nature, seasonal foods are cheaper than foods out of season. The reasons for this are simple; when something is in season, there is ple...
Breast Cancer: Exercise An Important Part of Prevention
October 21, 2013, 12:00AM
By Andrea Metcalf
According to the American Cancer Society, about 232,340 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women this year. Although the risk for developing breast cancer includes many factors that you are born with, including gene mutations (BRCA and others), family history and even reproductive factors like early onset of periods or late menopause, lifestyle factors are key to risk prevention as well. This is good news for so many of us!
Studies have shown that lack of physical activity and obesity increase the risk for developing breast cancer. Research shows a 20 to 40 percent reduction in risk for breast cancer with a consistent exercise program that includes at least 150 minutes of moderate activity per week. Additionally, those diagnosed with breast cancer who are obese are more likely to die of their disease than women who maintain a normal body weight.