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If you're like most people, you are already supplementing your diet with vitamins or at least thinking about it.

New At-Home Test Helps Design Custom Vitamins

New At-Home Test Helps Design Custom VitaminsIf you're like most people, you are already supplementing your diet with vitamins or at least thinking about it. But visit any health food or nutrition store and you are likely to see an overwhelming array of products, ranging from inexpensive multivitamins to highly specialized supplements that cost almost $400 a bottle. The choices can be daunting.Unfortunately, many of these supplements are designed as a one-size-fits-all approach for the average person, when in reality everyone has different metabolic and physiological needs. To make matters worse, many of the ingredients used in cheaper brands of supplements are in hard-to-absorb forms. Many otherwise healthy adults may be nutritionally starving their bodies. But discovering what makes you different can make a big difference in how you feel. A new option available is an in-home metabolic test, which is used to develop a customized vitamin supplement tailored to meet your individual needs. This simple test costs as low as $39.95 and is available through Ideal Health Inc. Previously, this test was only available through a doctor's office. Ideal Health offers the comprehensive test directly to the public through an alliance with one of the top biomedical laboratories in the nation. After more than 80,000 in-home tests, Ideal Health is the fastest-growing testing company of its kind. The test looks at free radical stress at the cellular level; detoxification ability; and the immune, nervous and circulatory systems. It is easy to use and includes an individualized medical package and a prepaid FedEx shipping label for fast pickup and next-day delivery directly to the lab.A team of scientists and nutritionists analyzes your test to determine your supplement formulation, which includes vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, amino acids and phytonutrients blended together and packaged in a one-month supply of daily supplement packets for a cost of $34.95 to $49.95. In today's world, our immune systems remain in a constant state of stress, which continues to result in fatigue, premature aging and increased health risks. A new era of in-home testing and customized supplementation will ensure proper nutrition and will empower people to improve their health.

The Trap Of An Eating Disorder

The Trap Of An Eating Disorder

There are many serious health and mental health issues that people deal with everyday in every part of the world. Many sicknesses and diseases are well known and understood by people while others remain mostly undiscussed and misunderstood. Having an eating disorder is one of the conditions that is rarely understood by most people.Struggling with an "eating disorder" is hard because it is a sickness that is not often recognized until it is fairly serious. People begin showing signs of having an eating disorder for many reasons. Some people are unhappy with their current weight or with the way their body looks. Others suffer the verbal abuse of a spouse or friend that makes hurtful remarks about weight or beauty. Still others who start having an eating disorder do so as a means of controlling a part of their lives when the rest of their life seems out of control. Whatever the reason that an eating disorder begins, it is an extremely tough sickness for people to conquer and be free of.Having an eating disorder is an extremely isolating thing to live with because it is not always noticable to the people around you. Most people who struggle with an eating disorder find a strange mix of comfort and angst in this. On one hand it is great that their problems can be kept secret from the ones around them, but on the other hand many times an eating disorder is a cry for the help and intervention of others.The isolation many people experience with an eating disorder becomes a trap that keeps them struggling longer and harder. They feel unable to seek help and yet unable to handle the pressures of the [*_*] on their own so that even those who have deep desire to be free from their [*_*] live for weeks, months or even years without the ability to see freedom as a real possibility for them.If you think you may be struggling with an [*_*], the best thing you can do is get help. Fight through the hardness and awkwardness of sharing your secret struggle. Trust that opening up to someone you love and trust about your [*_*] will help save you in the long run even if it feels easier to keep your problem a secret now. Make sure that you take the problem to someone that can really help you or at least find you the help you need. An [*_*], while it is extremely tough to deal with, does not have to mark the end of your dreams or your livelihood. Getting help is a necessary first step to finding healing and hope.

The Best Meal Plan For Your Diet Personality

The Best Meal Plan For Your Diet Personality

If you eat less than 3 meals a day looks like you don't care about your body. Spending most of your time eating or snacking plus forgetting to take your 1 hour exercise...I don't need to mention what would be the effect, but I strongly recommend you to read carefully these 3 eating plans, described bellow, and select the one you like most and think it's easy to follow.Plan 1Eat your breakfast, kiss your kids and go to work. Don't even think about food before the lunch-time. You will say: "This is easy, lunch is my first meal for the day." OK, but how many times you eat after lunch? I am not talking about your main meals, I am talking about snacks. If you have a solid breakfast perhaps you won't need candies, cookies etc. between lunch and dinner.At dinner eat only low calories foods and take a walk with your family. Enjoy yourself, forget about food. When you are back at home go to bed earlier than normal, so you can't get hungry again for the rest of the day.Plan 2If you are like me and most of my friends, you just don't have time for breakfast. I need to wake up at 6 am to have a breakfast before going to work. I like to sleep to the last moment, drink a cup of coffee and go out. I am not saying that's healthy, but it's my real way of life.What do you need to do in this case? Have a solid lunch with your fellows, but don't go too far thinking: "That's all, I will miss the dinner". Take a small meal in about 3 hours. Remember: no candies, only low calories foods.When you are back at home make sure that at least 5 hours passed, since your light afternoon meal, before eating again. It is highly important to have a light dinner again, or you will put some additional weight. After that take a walk or do whatever you want, but stay away from the kitchen.Plan 3Let's say you are a very busy person. During the day you can eat only on the go and don't have time to have a normal breakfast or lunch. Most of the time you eat 2 burgers and a salad from the nearest fast food restaurant. When you are back home for dinner, you are as hungry as if you haven't eaten for couple of weeks.The result? You take most of the calories at dinner. This means you will gain an additional unwanted weight. If this picture looks bad, I assure you it could get worse!And here is the solution: get the bag with your low calories home cooked breakfast and go to work. When you feel hungry eat your breakfast. Next meal need to be light too - salad and juice. Never eat too much at dinner. Even if your wife has prepared your favorite meal to make you happy, or got ready-to-cook food from the supermarket, be very careful measuring the amount of calories you take at dinner. No eating after dinner is allowed.In conclusion...The most difficult part in those 3 plans is the one, that you should not eat anything between your main meals. But this is another quite bigger topic and you can find more information about it at Weight Loss Advisor. One of the keys to success is to get yourself down to work twice as hard, and whatever you do: do not think about how hungry you are or how much time you have until next meal.

Plough or Not to Plough

Plough or Not to Plough

A couple of years ago, fresh from college and struggling to venture into science writing, I attended a seminar on crop biotechnology in Nairobi, Kenya. I vividly recall one guy from a multinational biotech company extol participants who included resource poor farmers, agricultural extension officers, the media, members of parliament and representatives of non-profit organizations, to consider integrating conservation tillage (CT) into Kenyas agricultural policies.Conservation tillage, he explained, preserves soil nutrients and reduces soil erosion. As soon as he mentioned this, one participant shot up, seeking to know how weed control would be done. Use herbicides, the guy snapped.This ignited a highly explosive debate about the pros and cons of conservation tillage that almost derailed the seminar. In a country where farmers are religiously allegiant to traditional farming methods, conservation tillage proved hard to sell.Some in the seminar even dismissed conservation tillage as a ruse to promote the economic interests of multinational biotech companies. I, too, couldnt resist dismissing proponents of CT as apologists for the biotech industry.Much water has passed under the bridge since then. I have come to appreciate that CT holds the key to sustainable agriculture, especially in developing countries. I must confess that I am not alone in this.Last week, for example, Rockefeller Foundation a non profit that works with resource poor farmers in poor countries released a report revealing that 75 percent of farmland in sub-Saharan Africa is severely degraded and is being depleted of basic soil nutrients at an ominous rate.The report, Agricultural Production and Soil Nutrient Mining in Africa, warns that unless farmers in sub-Saharan Africa fail to change their farming methods, food insecurity would worsen.This report is an endorsement of conservation tillage and African farmers are better advised to embrace CT.Conservation tillage is, certainly, the preferred farming method. Some would hasten to argue that conservation tillage promotes herbicide use whose impact on the environment can prove disastrous.With the emergence of herbicide tolerant genetically modified crops, farmers no longer need herbicides for weed control. And since the jury is already out on the safety of genetically modified crops they yield high and are environment-friendly farmers in Africa must embrace them. They bond perfectly well with conservation tillage.

Apples - Crunch Your Way to Healthy Nutrition

There's no easier way to add a dose of nutrition to your day than by crunching on a tasty apple. You probably first experienced its delightful flavor as a baby, when applesauce introduced you to real food. And now, whether it's a Granny Smith, a McIntosh, or a Red Delicious, you think of apples as old friends. Grown throughout the world, apples are high in fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. They're fat-free, cholesterol-free, and low in sodium. In short, eating apples is a smart part of a healthy lifestyle.6 ways apples keep you healthyRegulates your day. You don't have to worry about staying regular anymore. Whether your problem is visiting the bathroom too often or not often enough, apples can help.A British researcher, Dr. D.P Burkitt, believes one of the easiest ways to prevent all sorts of illnesses, is to avoid constipation. He calls the diseases caused by chronic constipation "pressure diseases." Appendicitis, diverticular diseases, hemorrhoids, hiatal hernias, and even varicose veins can all be caused by straining to pass small, hard stools.Just one apple with its skin contains 4 to 5 grams of fiber - the most important nutrient in keeping your bowels working like a well-oiled machine. Keeping yourself regular without relying on harmful laxatives could be as easy as replacing that afternoon snack of potato chips or cookies with a crisp, delicious apple. And think of the calories you'll save. The average apple has about 80 calories while a serving of chips weighs in at 150 calories and you'll get about 200 from just a few cookies.But that's not all apples can do. They're also good for diarrhea, thanks to an ingredient called pectin. This carbohydrate has a congealing effect in your intestines that helps firm things up and return you to normal. Applesauce is actually the best apple product for diarrhea, since it's made without the high.-fiber skin. But watch out for extra sugar. Some brands of applesauce dump a truckload of sweeteners into an otherwise healthy food, and too much refined sugar could make your diarrhea worse.Keeps your body young. By now you know antioxidants can protect you from many of the diseases that seem to be a part of aging. In fact, so many people are taking supplements for antioxidant protection that it's become a multibillion-dollar industry. But the evidence is mounting that whole foods can do more for you than pills.When scientists compared a 1,500-milligram vitamin C supplement to one small apple, the results were astounding - the antioxidant values were equal. That means a fresh apple has more than 15 times the antioxidant power of the recommended daily dose of vitamin C. And that's just for starters. The researchers also found an ordinary apple was able to stop the growth of colon and liver cancer cells in test tubes. Unpeeled apples were especially effective. The question you need to ask yourself: Why waste money on flavorless supplements when you can get better antioxidant firepower from a sweet, crunchy fruit?Cuts your risk of heart disease. Sometimes it's hard to remember which food is good for which part of your body. The next time you pick up an apple, examine it carefully. It's shaped a bit like a heart - and that should help you remember apples are good for your heart.It's the magnesium and potassium in apples that help regulate your blood pressure and keep your heart beating steadily, and it's the flavonoid quercetin, a naturally occurring antioxidant, that protects your artery walls from damage and keeps your blood flowing smoothly.In fact adding flavonoid-rich foods like apples to your diet has been scientifically confirmed to lower your risk of heart disease. There's proof of this in a study of Japanese women who ate foods high in quercetin. They were less likely to get coronary heart disease than other women and they had lower levels of total and LDL, or bad, cholesterol.Strikes at the heart of strokes. Apples are even a smart choice for helping avoid strokes. Scientists aren't sure which ingredient in this multi-talented fruit to credit, but the connection is clear - people who regularly eat apples are less likely to have strokes than people who don't.Protects your joints. In areas of the world where fruits and vegetables make up a large part of the diet, very few people get arthritis. Compare this to modernized countries where fruits and vegetables have been replaced with fast, processed food and you'll find up to 70 percent of the population suffers from some form of arthritis. Just a coincidence? Not according to nutrition experts. They link this trend in part to boron, a trace mineral many plants, including apples, absorb from the soil.If you eat like most people, you'll get about 1 to 2 milligrams (mg) of boron a day, mostly from non-citrus fruits, leafy vegetables, and nuts. Experts believe, however, you need anywhere from 3 to 10 mg a day to affect your risk of arthritis. To boost your boron intake to this level, you'd have to eat more than nine apples a day.This is probably an unreasonable amount for most people, but don't despair. Pair an apple with other boron-rich foods like a few tablespoons of peanut butter and a large handful of raisins, and you'll not only have a delicious afternoon snack, but you'll make your joint-saving quota of boron at the same time.Helps you breathe deeply. Your lungs are assaulted every day by cigarette smoke, air pollution, pollen, and other air-borne nasties.On top of that perhaps you suffer from asthma, emphysema, or similar lung condition. If all you want to do is take a deep breath, then grab an apple.A five-year study of more than 2,500 men from Wales found those who ate five or more apples per week were able to fill their lungs with more air than men who didn't eat apples. Experts believe you might be getting some special protection from the antioxidant quercetin. Unfortunately, eating apples can't reverse a lung condition you already have, but you just might add a new line of defense against further damage.Pantry pointersBuy apples that are unbruised, firm, and have good color. Take them out of their plastic bag and store them in your refrigerator - loose in the produce bin or in a paper bag is best. And since they will absorb odors, keep them away from strong-smelling foods like garlic and onions.

Healthy Dining Out

With our busy lives these days we are more apt to dine out, pick up take out food, or have food delivered to us. The problem is we are not aware of the calories and fat we are consuming when we continually eat food other than what we, ourselves have prepared. The average dinner meal at a restaurant is 1200 calories, and 60 grams of fat. Men should not have more than 70 grams of fat a day, and women 40 grams of fat a day. One meal alone can make up one whole days worth of fat, or two, in the case of womens diets. If you do find a meal that is low in fat, make sure you do not consume such a large serving that you eat more calories than you should.There are restaurants out there that do have meals considered lower in fat and calories. If you do not see it on the menu ask your server for the information. Remember low carb is not low-fat. When you are eating a low carb meal out at a restaurant you are usually eating high-fat. Make sure you do not take in more than 20 grams of fat in a meal. Below is a list of restaurants that offer low-fat meals. RESTAURANTS APPLEBEES CALIFORNIA PIZZA KITCHEN CLAIM JUMPER CHILIS MACARONI GRILLTGIF FRIDAYS MIMIS CAF OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE TONY ROMAS FAST FOODARBYSBURGER KINGCARLS JR.CHICK-FIL-AJACK IN THE BOXMC DONALDSSUBWAYWENDYSKFCWe use food as an important part of our cultural and social lives to connect with one another. We also use it as a comfort when we have had a bad day, a bad week, a bad month, or a bad year. Reducing the foods we do not need helps us stay healthy in mind and body.Remember, even though we are overwhelmed, stressed out and tired, we must make healthy decisions when it comes to what we eat. Trans fat, found in most cooking oils in restaurants- is the worst kind of fat you can put in your body. It increases the level of blood fat called triglycerides, and has even been found to contribute to insulin resistance, which raises the risk of Type 2 diabetes. Children as young as 10 years old are developing heart disease and diabetes. Set an example for your children and ensure you both will live long, healthy lives.

Summary

If you're like most people, you are already supplementing your diet with vitamins or at least thinking about it.