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Vitamin D is an extremely important vitamin that has powerful effects on several systems throughout the body. Unlike most vitamins, vitamin D actually functions like a hormone, and every single cell in your body has a receptor for it. Your body makes it from cholesterol when your skin is exposed to sunlight. It’s also found in certain foods such as fatty fish and fortified dairy products, although it’s very difficult to get enough from diet alone. Vitamin D deficiency is very common. It’s estimated that about 1 billion people worldwide...

Potassium affects the way neuromuscular cells discharge energy (depolarize) and then regenerate (repolarize) that energy to be able to fire again. When potassium levels are low, the cells cannot repolarize and are unable to fire repeatedly, and muscles and nerves may not function normally. // 1. Muscle Weakness Weakness is a decrease in the strength in one or more muscles. In the strictest sense, the medical definition of weakness refers to loss of muscle strength. Weakness may be generalized or may affect one muscle or muscle group...

If you’re already eating plenty of the following foods that lower cholesterol naturally, keep up the good work! But if your idea of eating well is to opt for the “buttered popcorn” instead of the “extra buttered popcorn,” consider adding these healthy choices to your diet. // 1. Salmon & fatty fish Omega-3 fats are one of the natural health wonders of the world and have been shown to ward off heart disease, dementia, and many other diseases. Now these fatty acids can add yet another health benefit...

With over half of cancers being avoidable, it seems that we need to take a closer look at what we are subjecting our bodies to that might be at the root of the cancer epidemic. One of the greatest exposures to cancer is in what we eat. Below you’ll see 5 cancer causing foods to avoid. // 1. Hydrogenated Oils Hydrogenated oils, like vegetable oil, contain trans fats. It’s considered to be the worst type of fat there is. It’s known to cause cancer, heart disease, and immune system problems. In fact, there is no safe amount of...

When it’s resolution time, the first thing on your list may be to lose weight and eat more healthfully. But how exactly do you go about doing that — and how do you keep yourself from becoming a resolution dropout before long? Here are some suggestions for some tried-and-true — and very doable — behavior changes that will help you lose weight. // 1. Cut back on trash – literally Resolve to cut down on the amount of trash you produce from food boxes, bags, plastic bottles and take-out containers. This simple...

How do you eat a nutritious diet while keeping your grocery bill low? The good news is that cheap eats aren’t necessarily unhealthy. You can cut food costs by eating more meals at home and by making sure they feature some of the healthiest foods from your supermarket — foods like whole grains, vegetables, and beans. // Vegetables For starters, don’t be afraid to buy frozen vegetables in the freezer section of your local grocery store (or even canned vegetables). Sure, I love fresh veggies, but since frozen veggies are picked...

Eating breakfast isn’t just for kids. Although you’ve probably stopped growing, your body is constantly renewing itself, replenishing your skin, hair and nails, replacing old tissues with new, breaking down and rebuilding bone and generally keeping your body in the best shape possible. So that’s one really good reason to eat breakfast. How about five more? // 1. You will boost metabolism   When you’re awake, you probably rarely go 8 hours without eating. Of course, when you’re asleep, you go that entire time...

When you’re working out several times a week to get fit and lose weight, you want a routine that offers maximum results in the minimum amount of time. The following 8 moves—done properly—are all you need to achieve the slim, taut body you’re after // 1. Lunges There are many variations to the lunge, but the plain Jane forward lunge is still very effective for weight loss, as it works multiple muscles at once (think: glutes, quads, and hamstrings) for max calorie burn. Get ready to move those short-shorts to the front...

If you were to describe The Perfect Food, it might go something like this: healthful, delicious, bigger than a morsel and filling enough to fight hunger for hours. Foods that promote satiety—a feeling of lasting fullness—do exist. What makes some grub extra satisfying? Fiber and protein can help. Getting more bang for your bite matters, too: Low-energy-density foods, which yield big portions for few calories, allow you to eat more without gaining weight. Want some of that? Make room for these secret-weapon picks. // 1. Potatoes During...

Fish is among the healthiest foods you can eat. It’s filled with good fats and protein, and has been shown to fight heart disease, boost brain health, and more. You can easily cancel out these health benefits if the fish you eat is contaminated with mercury, antibiotics, or harmful chemicals. Use this quick guide to help you steer clear of suspect species that carry higher-than-average health risks. // 1. Tilapia Did you know that in some regards, eating tilapia is worse than eating bacon? It contains very low levels of beneficial...

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