Fact Or Fiction: Soy Can Affect Male Fertility

October 15th, 2008

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A new, small study has shown that men who consume soy every couple of days have lower sperm counts than men who don’t eat soy.However, there is a debate about this study because Asian men, who traditionally eat a great deal of soy, do not appear to have any problems with their fertility. They have been having children with no difficulty for some time.

Those who refute this most recent study say that the reason for the differences in the sperm count must be attributed to some other factor, such as the high rate of obesity in Western men and normal variations in sperm counts that are seen in men.

More studies are needed to determine whether soy really affects fertility or if the lower sperm counts come from something else.

Tips To Help You Stay on Track

October 14th, 2008

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There are many things that you can do to help you stay on track while you are dieting. First thing you need to remember is to accept yourself and love yourself for who you are and stop beating yourself up over being overweight. This will go a long way in helping you get through your diet. If you are comfortable with who you are no matter what, those rough moments when you slip off the diet won’t be such a big deal.

One of the most important things that you can do is watch the amount of water you drink and make sure it is enough especially when you are exercising.

Reward yourself when you do well or meet a goal. This goes a long way towards keeping you motivated to continue. Write down your goals starting with little ones that you can accomplish quickly. Avoid the obvious like chocolate and alcohol. Snack on nuts when you do feel the need for a snack. Nuts are cholesterol free and full of nutrients that will help your heart. Eat negative calories, which mean foods that take more calories to digest than they are worth like Brussels sprouts, broccoli, carrots, celery, apples, kiwi’s celery and strawberries.

7 Pregnancy Myths Every Woman Should Know

October 10th, 2008

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Every woman that has ever been pregnant has come to know various myths about pregnancy. For example, one of the classics is holding some type of pendulum over the pregnant belly to determine the sex of the baby. Sorry, but this is just not quite as accurate as the good old sonogram. You also can’t tell by how fast the heartbeat is. You can’t even tell by the way the mother carries the baby, like if it is low it is a boy.

Most mothers would also agree that the amount of heartburn you had while you were pregnant had absolutely nothing to do with how much hair your baby had. Mothers to be everywhere can feel better about raising their arms over their head. This act will not cause the umbilical cord to wrap around your babies neck.

There is a slew of theories of what a pregnant mother can’t do when they are pregnant like taking a bath or exercising and these are totally not true either. Pregnant women everywhere relax in nice warm baths without cooking their children.

5 Diet Myths

October 9th, 2008

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There are so many popular diets out there today for people to try it can be a full time job just distinguishing between them. Along with tons of diets comes tons of diet myths.One of the most popular myth is that a no fat diet is good for you. You must have some fat in your diet for energy among other things. Also, it doesn’t matter what time of day you eat even if it is ten o’clock at night. What does matter is how much you actually consume in one day.

Think vegetarians can gain muscle? Think again. Vegetarians can get more than enough protein from other source such as cheese and beans. What’s more, you can actually cause your body harm in the future by consuming too much protein.

It is said that fattening foods make you fat faster. This is not true. Weight gain is a slow process and the couple extra pounds that you see on the scale after dinner are from fluids not weight gain.

A favorite myth for many is that you will automatically gain weight if you quit smoking. Well, it makes a great excuse to not quit smoking but really isn’t true. As a matter of fact, some people actually lose weight when they quit. If the cravings are handled with food, you will gain weight. If they are handled by chewing sugar free gum or on a straw or toothpick, you won’t.

Use Super Foods to Boost Your Diet

October 8th, 2008

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Weight loss is a critical issue in today’s society with obesity on the rise and people finally realizing what being overweight is doing to their bodies, their health and eventually their lifestyles.

When you are overweight, your body is obviously not in the best shape it can be in and therefore does not function the best that it can. Diseases caused by being overweight are becoming more prevalent and people are starting to take notice. They are also trying to figure out ways to do something about it. One way that they can help increase their weight loss is by eating lots, of what some people call, super foods.

These foods are basically foods that actually burn more calories digesting them, than the food had to begin with. So if you eat one of them and it has 50 calories and it takes 75 calories to burn those 50 calories, you have lost 25 calories by eating that food. Some of these super foods are green tea, soup, green salads, yogurt, beans, water and grapefruit. Incorporate some of these foods into a healthy, balanced diet and you should start to see an increase in weight loss.

Can Fat Be Your Friend?

October 7th, 2008

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Many people have difficulties understanding the concept of fat and whether it is good for you or not. Unfortunately, this is one of those things that does not have one clear, all-encompassing answer. It is the same as the situation with carbs, another highly confusing area of the diet.The problem seems to be that there is bad fat that is bad for you no matter what. It will make you fat and increase your chances of developing heart disease, high blood pressure and cancer.

On the other side of the table though, is that fat is something that your body needs to survive.

Some fats supply essential fatty acids such as linolenic acids which are needed for the metabolizing cholesterol, producing prostaglandin and fort the absorption of fat soluble vitamins such as A, D, E and arytenoids. Fat cells are stored in the body and provide insulation, store energy, and provide cushioning for organs. Many new reports are now saying that there was not really enough evidence in previous reports to make the general statements that were previously made such as that fats cause cancer.

Inner City Neighborhoods Looking for Healthier Foods

October 6th, 2008

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Inner city neighborhoods are one of the worst neighborhoods in this country when it comes to being able to find quality food to feed your family. Many of these neighborhoods have an abundance of fast food restaurants with very few places to get quality foods at a reasonable price. Many of these restaurants are there with the sole purpose of supplying jobs for many people in inner city neighborhoods. However, it is leaving the neighborhood overcrowded with no place to turn to if the residents would like to feed their families better food than what they can get at these restaurants.

Many of these neighborhoods are turning to the open farmer’s market type of situation where local farmers can have the opportunity to grow and sell their organic foods. This is a great option that is much healthier and gives people a place to earn the money from selling what they grow.

Unfortunately, the debate seems to be whether these communities can afford to reject badly needed jobs for local residents. Compared to the drug dealers, gangs and petty thieves some might say fried chicken restaurant that helps people earn an honest living isn’t really all that bad.

Reduce Carbohydrates and Improve Your Health

October 2nd, 2008

bread.jpgCarbohydrates are necessary for your body but more people are realizing that, some carbs are better than others. Diabetics have found that by reducing the amount and type of carbs that they eat, they can help control their blood sugar levels and feel better. In addition, by keeping their blood sugar levels more controlled they will also prevent further complications from their diabetes from developing.

Another new factor is that by eliminating most of the carbs from your diet, people began losing weight.

With all the fad diets and the amount of information bombarding us daily about what is healthy and how to lose weight quickly the nation was starting to lose faith that it is possible to lose weight. All natural grains are carbohydrates but they are slow carbs that give your body energy. It wasn’t until man figured out how to take those grains and make breads and pastas by adding preservatives and chemicals to make them taste better and look better that all their nutritional value was altered. As these new, faster burning carbs came along, society loved the taste and how easy to cook they were but are discovering what they sacrificed for taste and convenience.

Help The Economy, Go On A Diet!

October 1st, 2008

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It’s true!

Researchers are saying that if Americans cut their caloric intake and lost weight the energy crisis that is currently taking place, could be averted. That sounds too good to be true, but it’s not.

On average, a normal American eats between 50% and 100% more calories than recommended.

All of those calories have to be produced, shipped and stocked. By the time you pay the plants to produce them and the truckers to drive them to their destination and the people at the store to put them on the shelves it’s no wonder that things cost so much. If we used less food we’d have lower prices and we’d have more land for other things, instead of cultivating it all (which also costs money) to be used to grow more food.

Kids Snacks Can Be Healthy

September 30th, 2008

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Snacks can be considered a dirty word in some households but many doctors and nutritionists recommend to everyone, not just kids, to eat five or six small meals a day rather than three large ones to live healthier and lose weight. Just like with diabetics, by eating smaller meals throughout the day, something l like to call grazing, you keep the blood sugar levels at more controlled levels with less ups and downs. Diabetic or not, this is healthier for you than constantly jumping up and down.By providing healthy snacks for your kids, snacks can actually become a good thing for them rather than a dirty word that everyone associates will sugar filled goodies.

Some good examples of healthy snacks for your kids are granola, fruit smoothies, popcorn and raw veggies with a low fat dip to dip them in. For more options, think outside the little three meals a day box. Who cares if they eat breakfast foods in the morning or at night? It really doesn’t matter when they eat so much as what they eat and if the foods they are eating is providing them with the nutrients their bodies to remain healthy and grow strong.