The REAL test for diabetes!

Worried about diabetes?  You should be, especially if you have a family history and/or poor diet!  8% of the population has diabetes, and it is one of the fastest growing “diseases”.  Diabetes causes heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, blindness, and lower-limb amputation.  If you’re not, you should be worried!  Most people know that we should all go for annual doctor visits.  As we get older, having you blood sugar tested should be one of the things on the doctor’s checklist.  However, most doctors test fasting blood sugar.  This test is ok, but only measure your blood sugar levels for that moment.  It’s a short-term test.  There is another test that is widely considered a better and more accurate measurement of your real blood sugar! (especially if you have or are at risk for diabetes) This test measures your long-term blood sugar. (what your average blood sugar levels have been for the previous 2-3 months)

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Tanning on the beach strengthens bones?!?

Ok, let me rephrase that.  It seems that vitamin D is actually more beneficial than calcium to preventing osteo-injuries like bone fractures in female athletes and osteoporosis and osteopenia in older women.  Below is an abstract from some research done, earlier this year.  It seem that having adequate vitamin D, is as much if not more beneficial as increasing calcium.  Probably because of vitamin D’s ability to help you absorb more calcium.  I’m not saying don’t get your calcium, all I’m saying is make sure you get plenty of vitamin D as well.

So how do you get more vitamin D?

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Boost Your Brain Power!!!

As you know, I’m always looking for great information regarding health, nutrition, exercise, or anything fitness and wellness related.

The link below is a reprint of a men’s health article.  Great info!

(It applies to you too ladies)

 

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Ch-ch-ch-Chia! It’s a SUPERFOOD!

Let’s talk about the heart.  Obviously heart health is an important factor in our fitness goals.  We all know heart disease is the number one killer of men, but did you know it’s also the number one killer of women too?!?  That’s right ladies, cancer, diabetes, stroke….they all take a back seat to heart disease. In the past I’ve mentioned how, high omega-3 fats, high fiber, lots of anti-oxidents (like CoQ10), and a good multivitamin are all important for a healthy heart.  I usually mention foods like fish/fish-oil, almonds, flax, avocados, etc as being great for heart health.

Well, here’s a new food for you!  The Chia Seed!Image

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Review of the Detour Oatmeal Bar

Nutritious eating is essential for a healthy lifestyle.  Unfortunately it’s not always easy to eat properly, particularly if you’re on the go.  Work, errands, kids, they all get in the way!  The easiest way to keep yourself on track is by including a meal replacement bar as a supplement to your diet.  A good supplement bar can help by acting as a nutritious snack between meals, or in an emergency, can even act as a replacement to one of your main meals.

The pitfall that many people fall into is that many “nutrition” bars out there aren’t very nutritious.  Many have too much sugar, a bad ratio of protein/carbs/fat, or just too many artificial and superfluous ingredients.  Sometimes they can be little more than a over-glorified Snickers bar with some vitamins, and a little extra protein.

However, not all bars are created equal.  One of my personal favorites is the Detour Oatmeal Bar.  I would categorize this bar as more of a meal replacement. (although really, whether or not a bar is a meal replacement or an additional snack, has more to do with how you account for your calories)  Either way, this bar is BIG!  It’s 4.2oz/120g in size. (that’s almost twice as big as some other nutrition bars)

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Review of the Bowflex Selecttech 552 Adjustable Dumbells

If you want to get a good strength workout at home, you’re going to need some dumbells.  If you don’t have much space, the Bowflex 552 SelectTech Dumbbells may be an ideal solution.  552 SelectTech Dumbbells combines 15 sets of weights into one using a unique dial system.  It’s one of the most space-efficient and flexible strength-training options available with its unique and effective design. With just the turn of a dial, you can automatically change your resistance on each dumbbell from 5 pounds all the way up to 52.5 pounds of weight. It adjusts in 2.5-pound increments (up to 25 pounds), enabling you to gradually increase the weight.

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Top 5 Brain Foods


The  Top 5 Brain Health Foods

Everyone loves lists these days, it seems. So while there are numerous natural foods, drinks, herbs and supplemental products that possess brain & body-enhancing properties, we’ve done the research for you and created a list of five all-natural, widely-available foods that we believe represent the  5 Brain Health Foods in the world.

Our list is based a variety of factors, ranging from overall proven health benefits (through multiple scientific studies from around the world), our own experience  using these foods regularly, lack of contraindications from these foods, and general availability of the foods to most people.

It’s important to keep in mind that just because we didn’t include a food like Turmeric or Sage or Walnuts in our Top 5, this doesn’t mean that those foods aren’t incredibly brain and health-friendly too; they just didn’t make our TOP 5.

So without further adieu, here are the  Top 5 Brain Health Foods worth considering adding to your diet if you haven’t already (of course, make sure you don’t have any contraindications with any of these foods by consulting your health care provider first if you’re not sure). These are not listed in order of priority, as all are beneficial in different ways and via different mechanisms: Continue reading

7 Ways to get stronger NOW!

When it comes to intermediate to advanced lifters and their weight training programs, they don’t just want to get strong; they want to get strong fast.

With that in mind, I’m devoting today’s post to some of my favorite strategies to increase strength quickly.  I talk a lot about longer-term strength and conditioning strategies, but figured it’d be a good idea to highlight some “quick fixes” today. Continue reading

Tips for a tastier Salad!

Salads are a great way to help lose weight, and more importantly stay healthy.  They can be relatively low calorie, and help you take in more servings of veggies.  The big problem people have with salads is that they’re boring.  Here are 5 ways to spruce up you salads!

Are you fit enough to play golf? ….yes, I said GOLF!!!

Ever been on vacation, played golf three days in a row, then couldn’t get out of bed the next morning because your back was on fire?

Ever gone to the driving range to fix your slice, tried a new swing tip and left with an aching elbow?

Ever swung at a ball next to a tree, hit a root beneath the ball and had a stabbing pain shoot through your wrist?

Congratulations, you’ve had a golf-related injury, which puts you in a group of about 18 million Americans. Golf injuries? I’m kidding, right? What’s a golf injury?

Poking yourself with a scorecard pencil? Foot blisters from that sand in your shoe? A sprained ankle from chasing the beverage cart?

A lot of people don’t even think golf is a sport. How can it have its own category of injuries?

Below is more evidence as to why exercising regularly is important.  Even the “easy” sports like golf, can be brutally demanding on the body.  It’s absolutely necessary to keep your body in top shape, to avoid some of these common injuries.   Continue reading