To balance his energy:
SAMBA goes for walks twice a day.
To keep him in shape & socialized:
He runs and plays in the park
three times a week
Samba (Schnauzer) and
Batucada his friend
Why should you include bananas in your diet?
As soon as we hear the phrase “weight loss” the first thing that comes to our mind is hunger, restrictive diets, and excessive workout. However, most of the time, the person ends up breaking the diet and giving up on the whole diet program. There are some foods that are very rich in nutrients, which will provide you with the necessary daily intake of vitamins and significantly reduce your appetite, preventing you from feeling hungry. One of these foods is banana. Following are some benefits of including bananas in your diet.
Bananas are known for being rich in potassium. This nutrient is very important to maintain the right level of fluids in the body. To achieve this, potassium and sodium work hand in hand. The balance of the potassium-sodium combination in the body helps the kidneys work properly. The process as a whole functions by sucking out the extra fluid from the blood cells when they are in the kidneys. Those fluids are later stored in the bladder to be released. The extra fluids in the body may cause you bloating which does not go hand in hand with weight loss. Further, potassium is important to regulate the muscle contractions, and have enough energy to work out.
Magnesium is a vital mineral to the body’s function. Magnesium helps maintain normal blood pressure, strong bones, and stable heart rhythm. Without this mineral, the body cannot produce ATP (the energy molecule) and the muscles would be constantly contracted. Studies done by the National Institute of Health proved that magnesium is included in more than 600 chemical reactions in the body. These reactions are mainly done to create energy, form new proteins out of amino acids such as tryptophan, create and repair DNA, regulate neurotransmitters such as serotonin, and regulate the muscle contractions. Magnesium is also a crucial element in your workout. Research from the National Health Institute proved that your body needs 10%-20% more magnesium when you are exercising. Magnesium also helps reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease by maintaining a steady heart rhythm.
In many experiments, phosphorus was associated with BMI (Body Mass Index). Studies showed that this mineral is very important for people who are willing to lose weight. One 12-week study tested the effect of phosphorus on weight loss. The study consisted of participants between 18 and 45 years old who were randomly assigned to two groups. One group took phosphorus supplements 3 times a day (with each meal). On the other hand, the other group took the same amount of placebo. The findings were as follows; first, phosphorus caused weight loss, reduced the waist circumference, and lowered the BMI. Second, phosphorus reduced appetite and participants reached the fullness level with less food. These results proved that phosphorus can be a beneficial nutrient for those who want to lose weight. Adding bananas to your diet may give you a good feeling as well as help you lose weight.
Tryptophan is the amino acid from which serotonin is created. It is an essential element in the brain’s function. Dieters are advised to include foods rich in tryptophan in their diets due to its benefits on the psychological health. Consuming enough tryptophan can help you prevent depression, anxiety, poor cognition, mood disorders, and insomnia, among other brain conditions. Although tryptophan has no direct relation to weight loss, but it is the component that would help you have a good feeling about your diet and the efforts you do to reach your weight loss goals. Adding bananas to your diet can be considered as an antidepressant that you take during the days you feel down.
Similar to tryptophan, phytoalexin is not directly linked to weight loss. Instead, it is a nutrient that can function as an antibiotic due to its known antimicrobial capacities. Jonathan D. Walton, Koichi Yoneyama, and Masahiro Natsume define phytoalexins as antimicrobial constituents that the plants produce to fight infections. According to this definition, phytoalexins found in bananas can be considered an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory substance that can help you prevent premature aging, and reduce the discomfort you may get due to your appearance after weight loss. Recent studies showed also that the regular consumption of phytoalexin can lead to the prevention of cardiovascular disease caused by poor diets.
Elements to add to your diet
There are various recipes of juices and smoothies that can be included in your diet when it comes to weight loss. One of these recipes can be the banana smoothie. To prepare this drink you will need one banana and half a glass of plain non-fat natural yogurt. These ingredients can be adjusted according to your preferences. The ingredients in this smoothie are rich in calcium and protein, which are believed to help improve the body’s capacity of fat burning without impacting the muscles. Studies have shown that dieters who included yogurt in their diets (3 times a day) lost 81% more fats around their waist than those who did not include it. Moreover, you can add coconut oil, lemon juice, flaxseed or ginger powder to your diet. These ingredients can lower cholesterol, improve your body metabolism, as well as lower high blood pressure.
Some of these ingredients may cause side effects or even complications to some dieters with particular health conditions. You may want to remove ginger and cinnamon from your smoothie recipes if you suffer from high blood pressure. These ingredients would make the hypertension worse. Also, pregnant women should limit their daily intake of ginger to 1 g a day. Talking to your doctor about your individual needs and conditions is important before starting a diet, or adding a particular ingredient to it.
The banana smoothie can be the best choice if you are a breakfast skipper because it won’t make you feel full, however, it will give you enough energy to start your day.
Keep in mind that to safely and surely reach your weight loss goals you have to make sure that you are having two elements; healthy eating and consistent exercise.
Most people believe that apples are healthy, but guess what? It’s not exactly true. Actually, apples involve several risks that may urge you to make a trip to the doctor. Besides, a portion of this fruit may be deadly. Let alone the pesticide residue and allergens that could seriously harm your health. Here are the downsides of apples, and a few ways to lower the risks:
The amygdalin in apple seeds turns into deadly cyanide if the seeds are chewed or crushed. Basically, this serves as a defense mechanism for the fruit since cyanide affects the oxygen supply reaching the body cells, and might kill a person within a few minutes, if eaten in sufficient amounts.
Sure, the unintentional ingestion of one or two seeds won’t kill you, but might cause side effects, like dizziness, weakness, confusion, headaches, nausea, vomiting, and cramps. Swallowing the seed uncrushed is not a cause for concern, since it will pass through the digestive system undigested. Remember, the conversion to cyanide does not occur unless the seeds are crushed.
Apples produce a natural wax coating that producers wash off before sending them to the market. Plus, they use a synthetic wax instead to impart that glossy and firm look. This hides the age of apples and makes them look fresh.
Overall, this waxy coating is thought to be safe, but many people report certain health complications, like respiratory distress, ulcers, or infections, after eating an apple – and the wax may be responsible for that. What’s even more alarming is that this coating is used in organic and non-organic apples. Fortunately, there are some individual brands that avoid it. Do your research to find out if non-waxed apples are available in your location.
Modern food production harbors a number of hazards. That’s why we always opt for the most natural products in an attempt to preserve our health. But when it comes to unpasteurized apple juice or apple cider vinegar, the consequences may be severe.
A large number of people report being dangerously sick after the ingestion of E.coli and cryptosporidium, present in unpasteurized apple beverages. For this reason, children, older adults, pregnant women, and those with a weak immune system should drink pasteurized apple juice and cider, if they need to.
Bear in mind that when you drink the juice alone, you get pure sugar without the fiber to reduce it.
The Environmental Working Group classifies apples among the Dirty Dozen list of foods that contain high doses of pesticides. As a matter of fact, apples have been ranked at the top of the list for more than five consecutive years.
Due to the waxy coating, pesticides are hard to wash off the fruit. Therefore, try to swap conventional apples with organic apples, though they can be highly expensive!
You should be fully cognizant of the fact that pesticides can be toxic and might cause several health issues, including allergy, respiratory tract irritation, nausea, diarrhea, headache, fatigue, loss of consciousness and seizures.
While many people think that eating apples promotes a healthy lifestyle and supports their weight loss objectives, it may come as a surprise that this fruit might not help you lose weight. Moreover, it stops you from shedding those extra pounds you’ve been working hard to lose.
The reason behind this is that apples feature many carbs. Even though they are not simple carbs that cause your blood sugar to climb, they offer ready fuel for energy that the body does not require to burn fat. Besides, the fiber in apples may cause bloating and gas, making you look heavier than you are.
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