GERD Disease

Gastroesophageal reflux disease, also known as GERD, causes symptoms such as persistent heartburn and acid reflux. The chronic condition, which is caused by inflammation and dysfunctions in the stomach, affects nearly one in five American adults. GERD’s causes and risk factors include obesity, untreated food allergies, smoking, leaky gut syndrome, high-stress levels, indigestion,…

Supercharge Your Family Workouts With Superfood Smoothies

Good nutrition plays an essential role in the health and fitness of your family. However, only 22% of toddlers and preschoolers, and only 16% of kids aged six to eleven get the recommended five or more servings of fruit and vegetables a day, Ohio State research reveals. Enter: smoothies. Delicious and packing an impressive nutritional punch, smoothies make it easy to get in the essential sugars, fat, protein, minerals, and vitamins that fuel your family’s fit lifestyle. You can sneak several portions of fruit and veggies into one smoothie — a lifesaver if you have fussy kids.

Carbohydrates: Don’t Avoid Them!

Carbohydrates are a group of organic compounds made of carbons that include sugars, starches, celluloses, and gums. They serve as a major energy source in the diets of animals and humans. They provide fuel for aerobic and anaerobic activity. Carbohydrates provide sustained energy for aerobic activity and immediate energy for anaerobic or high-intensity activities. It is essential that long-distance runners and high-intensity athletes intake adequate carbohydrates before, during, and after activity. The appropriate amount will depend on the length and intensity of the activity. Carbohydrates are needed to burn fat and are metabolic primers. When you eat carbohydrates, they are released into your bloodstream, cause insulin to be released, and provide energy to the cells and the blood. This means that carbohydrates, taken in the right amount and in small amounts, can aid in weight loss as well.

High Blood Pressure: The Silent Killer

High Blood Pressure or Hypertension is known as the silent killer. It is a condition that occurs without symptoms for many years and in most cases the cause is unknown. Genetic or environmental are the most explained reasons.

Blood pressure is the pressure your blood gives against your blood vessel walls as your heart pumps. Blood pressure rises with each heartbeat and falls when the heart relaxes between beats despite the fact that there is always pressure between the beats in the arteries.

Blood pressure is measured in millimeters of mercury. Normal blood pressure in adults should be less than 120/80 mm Hg. The higher, or top, number is called systolic pressure and represents the pressure at the peak of each heartbeat. It represents the when your heart is squeezing out the blood and the lower, or bottom; number is called diastolic and represents the pressure when the heart is resting between beats and filling with blood.

Podcasts for Keeping a Healthy Lifestyle

Check out these great podcasts for keeping a healthy and well-rounded lifestyle!
The Fit Coast- Your Fitness and Nutrition Podcast:                                  
These podcasts have everything you need from nutrition facts and life lessons to exercise tips. Get inspired with great tips of how to live a positive lifestyle and how to eat to stay healthy and fit. Find the right podcast for you as a fitness professional.
URL:http://thefitcast.com/category/podcast-episodes

You Are What You Eat: The Chicken and the Egg Part 1

This part of the series covers various types of poultry, not just chicken, as well as what they lay — eggs. All too often, people limit their fare to the point where what they eat is so boring that they either become compulsive, binge, or give up altogether. There is more to life than boiled, skinless chicken breast.That said, allow me contradict myself immediately by saying that every fitness foodie’s freezer should contain a large bag of flash-frozen boneless, skinless chicken breasts! As long as you know how to prepare them properly, they’re easy, quick and delicious, but don’t limit yourself. Live a little and enjoy Nature’s bounty.

Chicken – Since we’re on the subject, let’s start with the most common form of poultry in the United States. Like beef, there are several different varieties, such as capons (a castrated rooster – the same idea as a steer), roasters (usually large), fryers (the most common) and stewing hens (old layers used for making soup). Because of the demand, you can purchase either a whole chicken; what’s often termed “best of fryer” which leaves out the bonier parts; or only one part, such as drummettes, which are often prepared with a hot sauce for messy, albeit delicious, appetizers.

Pre and Post Workout Snacks

Looking to maximize your workout? Follow these steps to best nourish your body before working out and to launch recovery mode after a great workout.

Step 1: Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!

Although it seems like a simple task, it is absolutely essential! The body needs to be hydrated in order to process calories and have energy available for use. Without being hydrated, there is little your body can do to produce fuel.

Step 2: Pre-Workout Snack
The main goal of your pre-workout meal is to provide energy for your muscles to use. When it comes to fueling your body, timing, and consistency of your meal are the two most important things to focus on. So the best advice is to consume foods that are easy to digest and to allow the proper amount of time to digest.

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