State fairs seem to be an all year event, highlighting carnival games, vertigo educing rides, world record size animals, artist exhibits, and music concerts. Perhaps even a greater draw than those listed above is the food. Anything fried or artery clogging, from batter fried beer, to fried pats of butter. Perhaps it is time where people defiantly claim their freedom from intentionally seeking out non-GMO, organic and seasonal foods. (Perhaps not). At any rate, there is an up side to the 24/7 health conscious and perhaps overly nutty (by mainstream middle-America terms) foodie; there is a growing trend for health fairs to carry healthier food options! Let’s look at examples and ways you can eat healthier at local and state fairs (if you choose to).Take a Tour
There has ben rising controversy between trusted health institutions, such as the American Heart Association , the Center for Science in the Public Interest, the Institute of Medicine and the Center for Disease Control as to the proper healthy levels of sodium the average person should consume on a daily basis. The many reports that have been conducted to arrive at such conclusions range from 1,500 mg daily to 2,300 mg or more a day. While statistical trends on sodium consumption across western nations seem to keep rising, there are reports that prove otherwise, that sodium consumption is down. With such conflicting information, knowing the proper amounts of sodium to eat daily can be very confusing to consumers. Let’s make it easier and understand the facts about exactly how much sodium is too much.Take a Tour
Everyone should stash their cabinets, lunch bags, sports and travel packs with healthy seeds. People should be eating them daily because of their amazing benefits. Seeds are embryonic plants and the origin of nutrition. They are a living food. When you think of how a plant has to fully mature to produce a seed itself, know that their seedlings are jam packed with powerful amounts of vitamins, minerals, proteins, essential oils and dormant enzymes to help with digestion, absorption and assimilation. Seeds are very versatile and provide cooking oils, beverages, spices, healthy food additives and healthy, nutritious calories. Below are the top ten healthiest seeds on Earth and how to consume them.Take a Tour
Mushrooms are a fabulous source of Vitamin D, antioxidants, immunity boosting vitamins and minerals and metabolism booster. There are many different types of mushrooms that yield various benefits. The following are the top 8 types of mushrooms and the greatness they provide the body once consumed. Eat mushrooms daily or as much as you can. It is also said to be an anti-aging and bladder detoxifying superfood!Take a Tour
Polyphenols is a powerful antioxidant that plays important roles in the prevention of degenerative diseases, such as cardiovascular diseases and many types of cancers.
Polyphenols are the most abundant antioxidants in the diet. For perspective, they are 10 times higher in immunity boosting potency than the intake of vitamin C, 100 times higher that the intakes of vitamin E and carotenoids (American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2005). Main dietary sources are fruits and plant-derived beverages such as fruit juices, raw coconut water, tea, coffee, and red wine, but many vegetables, fortified cereals, cocoa, and dry legumes also contribute to the total polyphenol intake. With recent exposure (last 12 years) of the amazing effects that these flavonoids (sub class of polyphenols) and other polyphenols found in the plants and vegetable kingdoms, the health food market is packing in the spin on packaged foods with these miracle polyphenols in them. Know that the best way to enjoy such antioxidants and have them bioavailable in the body is to eat and drink them from organic, unrefined and raw sources.Take a Tour
Those late night pharmaceutical infomercials asking viewers if they have difficulty controlling the movement of their legs and often feel a tingling sensation that keeps them from getting a good night’s rest is actually a real diagnosis in current medical books (though many non-western medicine practitioners would disagree). The laymen’s term is restless legs syndrome (RLS), and it is a disorder of the nervous system that affects the legs and causes an urge (voluntary) to move them. Because it usually interferes with sleep, it also is considered a sleep disorder.Take a Tour
New research has identified specific nutrients that help people be better protected from harmful environmental factors and stress, hydrate their complexion and skin cells, keep their organs functioning more efficiently and properly, boost energy, lose weight, and look and feel younger. Nutrition plays an extremely important part in limiting the aging process in people (and all living beings, for that matter).
Why not better prepare yourself against the risk of cancer, heart disease, and diabetes by incorporating these Anti-Aging foods as necessary staples in your diet and food plan? As a simple rule, fresh fruits and vegetables are almost always high in flavonoids and carotenoids, 2 powerful plant-based antioxidants, which help aid in removing free radicals from the skin and body that cause people to age prematurely.Take a Tour
African Mango Products are the newest weight loss craze, which followed the green tea and acai pill diets of last season. Since featured on the popular Dr. Oz show recently, the sales of African Mango blends, seeds and extracts have increased ten-fold overnight. Is this the true natural metabolism booster and fat burner that Hollywood claims it is? What is behind this claimed Superfood?Take a Tour
Actively growing children need food at regular intervals to fuel their bodies and brains. Eating wholesome healthy breakfasts not only increases the chances of an overall healthier diet into adulthood, it improves a child’s ability to concentrate and perform in structured environments such as school and will allow them to be more physically active, attentive and less irritable. Skipping breakfast, or giving children the wrong type of foods to eat in the morning sets them up for the potential for compromised school performance, attention loss, aggressive behavior and sluggishness.
Because marketing gurus know that people are predisposed to love sugar and fat, they specifically target children’s foods to gain profits.
Foods to avoid giving children for breakfast include:Take a Tour
The amazing things sugar can do far surpass the momentary happiness on your tongue after consuming a mouth full of it on a fresh donut or in your morning coffee. Unfortunately, sugar can also throw off the body’s homeostasis and create many short term and long term problems. Excess sugar may result in a number of other significant consequences such as achy joints, acne, wrinkle, digestive problems, mood swings and a slew of metabolic affects.
In almost all parts of developed countries and third world countries as well, people are ingesting entirely too much sugar. So much that we are reprogramming our bodies’ digestive and other internal systems. Our insulin levels are going haywire and more and more people are developing type-2 diabetes. Even if when people are not afflicted with this form of diabetes, eating too much sugar has a profound effect on how our bodies operate from the inside out.Take a Tour