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Nutrition Requirements of Your Senior Dog

Nutritional needs change as a dog ages. Many breeds of dogs enter their senior years at 5-7. Like humans, as dogs' age, their metabolism slows down. Obesity is one of the most common afflictions facing senior dogs. Stiff joints and muscles leave them wanting to run around less. As an owner of a senior dog, it is important to keep your dog exercising and it becomes more important than ever for your dog to get proper nutrition.

Shopping Tips for Dog Food from the Animal Protection Institute

Quality dog foods will breakdown the specific ingredients. Read the label to make certain your dog is getting the best food for his needs.

 

In 100 grams of food there should be:

 

1.2 Grams of Fiber
0.55 Grams of Calcium
14 or Less Grams of Protein
9 or Less Grams of Fat
Less than 0.28 Grams of Sodium
Less than 0.33 Grams of Phosphorous

 

Vitamins also are important to the mature dog.

 

Vitamin B...............aids metabolism and appetite
Vitamin A...............aids muscles and eyes
Vitamin E................aids muscles and eyes

 

Meat should be the first ingredient. The label should have the AAFCO Guarantee. Avoid if corn is listed two or more times in the top 5 ingredients. Check expiration date. Avoid foods with chemical preservatives like ethoxyquin, BHT, and BHA. Look for foods with natural preservatives such as tocopherols, Vitamin C and Vitamin E. Avoid bone meal, meat meal and other by-product ingredients. Rice is the most digestible of all grains. If grain is in the formula, rice is a good choice.

 

As always, check with your veterinarian before changing diet and supplements. Your vet can often recommend a prescription dog food that will be just right for your pet's changing needs. Keep your dog moving and eating right so you both can enjoy his senior years!

 

Dave Eckholm is the owner and creator of www.olddogpaws.com, a site dedicated to the care and comfort of our old friends. As our dog Tikki began to lose his eyesight and became grey around his muzzle, we were concerned for his quality of life. We searched for new ideas, resources and products to enhance his senior years. Old Dog Paws shares this information with all dog lovers so your friend can enjoy his golden years too!

 

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The Unified Theory Of Nutrition Part 1 of 3

 

When people hear the term Unified Theory, some times called the Grand Unified Theory, or even "Theory of Everything," they probably think of it in terms of physics, where a Unified Theory, or single theory capable of defining the nature of the interrelationships among nuclear, electromagnetic, and gravitational forces, would reconcile seemingly incompatible aspects of various field theories to create a single comprehensive set of equations.

 

Such a theory could potentially unlock all the secrets of nature and the universe itself, or as theoretical physicist Michio Katu, puts it "an equation an inch long that would allow us to read the mind of God." That's how important unified theories can be. However, unified theories don't have to deal with such heady topics as physics or the nature of the universe itself, but can be applied to far more mundane topics, in this case nutrition.

 

Regardless of the topic, a unified theory, as sated above, seeks to explain seemingly incompatible aspects of various theories. In this article I attempt to unify seemingly incompatible or opposing views regarding nutrition, namely, what is probably the longest running debate in the nutritional sciences: calories vs. macro nutrients. One school, I would say the 'old school' of nutrition, maintains weight loss or weight gain is all about calories, and "a calorie is a calorie," no matter the source (e.g., carbs, fats, or proteins). They base their position on various lines of evidence to come to that conclusion.

 

The other school, I would call more the 'new school' of thought on the issue, would state that gaining or losing weight is really about where the calories come from (e.g., carbs, fats, and proteins), and that dictates weight loss or weight gain. Meaning, they feel, the "calorie is a calorie" mantra of the old school is wrong. They too come to this conclusion using various lines of evidence. This has been an ongoing debate between people in the field of nutrition, biology, physiology, and many other disciplines, for decades. The result of which has led to conflicting advice and a great deal of confusion by the general public, not to mention many medical professionals and other groups.

 

Before I go any further, two key points that are essential to understand about any unified theory:

A good unified theory is simple, concise, and understandable even to lay people. However, underneath, or behind that theory, is often a great deal of information that can take up many volumes of books. So, for me to outline all the information I have used to come to these conclusions, would take a large book, if not several and is far beyond the scope of this article. A unified theory is often proposed by some theorist before it can even be proven or fully supported by physical evidence.

 

Over time, different lines of evidence, whether it be mathematical, physical, etc., supports the theory and thus solidifies that theory as being correct, or continued lines of evidence shows the theory needs to be revised or is simply incorrect. I feel there is now more than enough evidence at this point to give a unified theory of nutrition and continuing lines of evidence will continue (with some possible revisions) to solidify the theory as fact. "A calorie is a calorie"

 

The old school of nutrition, which often includes most nutritionists, is a calorie is a calorie when it comes to gaining or losing weight. That weight loss or weight gain is strictly a matter of "calories in, calories out." Translated, if you "burn" more calories than you take in, you will lose weight regardless of the calorie source and if you eat more calories than you burn off each day, you will gain weight, regardless of the calorie source.

 

This long held and accepted view of nutrition is based on the fact that protein and carbs contain approx 4 calories per gram and fat approximately 9 calories per gram and the source of those calories matters not. They base this on the many studies that finds if one reduces calories by X number each day, weight loss is the result and so it goes if you add X number of calories above what you use each day for gaining weight.

 

Even worse, this school of thought fails to take into account the fact that even within a macro nutrient, they too can have different effects on metabolism. This school of thought ignores the ever mounting volume of studies that have found diets with different macro nutrient ratios with identical calorie intakes have different effects on body composition, cholesterol levels, oxidative stress, etc. Translated, not only is the mantra "a calorie us a calorie" proven to be false, "all fats are created equal" or "protein is protein" is also incorrect. For example, we no know different fats (e.g. fish oils vs. saturated fats) have vastly different effects on metabolism and health in general, as we now know different carbohydrates have their own effects (e.g. high GI vs. low GI), as we know different proteins can have unique effects.

 

The "calories don't matter" school of thought

This school of thought will typically tell you that if you eat large amounts of some particular macro nutrient in their magic ratios, calories don't matter. For example, followers of ketogenic style diets that consist of high fat intakes and very low carbohydrate intakes (i.e., Atkins, etc.) often maintain calories don't matter in such a diet.

 

Others maintain if you eat very high protein intakes with very low fat and carbohydrate intakes, calories don't matter. Like the old school, this school fails to take into account the effects such diets have on various pathways and ignore the simple realities of human physiology, not to mention the laws of thermodynamics!

 

The reality is, although it's clear different macro nutrients in different amounts and ratios have different effects on weight loss, fat loss, and other metabolic effects, calories do matter. They always have and they always will. The data, and real world experience of millions of dieters, is quite clear on that reality.

 

The truth behind such diets is that they are often quite good at suppressing appetite and thus the person simply ends up eating fewer calories and losing weight. Also, the weight loss from such diets is often from water vs. fat, at least in the first few weeks. That's not to say people can't experience meaningful weight loss with some of these diets, but the effect comes from a reduction in calories vs. any magical effects often claimed by proponents of such diets.

 

Weight loss vs. fat loss!

This is where we get into the crux of the true debate and why the two schools of thought are not actually as far apart from one another as they appear to the untrained eye. What has become abundantly clear from the studies performed and real world evidence is that to lose weight we need to use more calories than we take in (via reducing calorie intake and or increasing exercise), but we know different diets have different effects on the metabolism, appetite, body composition, and other physiological variables...

In part II, I will get into the nitty gritty of why the two schools of thought can be brought together.

 

Will Brink writes for numerous health, fitness, medical, and bodybuilding publications. His articles can be found in Life Extension Magazine, Muscle n Fitness, Inside Karate, Exercise For Men Only, Oxygen, Women's World, The Townsend Letter For Doctors and many more. His website is www.brinkzone.com

 

How Is Your Pit Bull's Diet?: Dog Nutrition Tips

Part of being a loving, responsible Pit Bull owner is providing him with the proper diet to ensure he stays healthy. Many owners believe just because they purchase the most expensive brands of dog food for their Pit Bull that he is getting all of the vitamins and nutrients he needs, but often times, that is not the case. Humans can't meet all of their nutritional requirements by eating one particular food, and neither can your Pit Bull. You are the one who is in control of this day to day aspect of your Pit Bull's life, so essentially his health is up to you.

 

However, the "calories in calories out" mantra fails to take into account modern research that finds that fats, carbs, and proteins have very different effects on the metabolism via countless pathways, such as their effects on hormones (e.g., insulin, leptin, glucagon, etc), effects on hunger and appetite, thermic effects (heat production), effects on uncoupling proteins (UCPs), and 1000 other effects that could be mentioned.

 

It is important to try to make sure your Pit Bull's diet consists of all the vitamins and nutrients he needs to be healthy. A lack of vital vitamins and nutrients can cause your Pit Bull to have stomach problems, bones that break easily, and have weight problems. You can take the best care of your Pit Bull, but if he doesn't have a proper diet, it isn't going to make any difference. Diet also plays a role in your dog's ability to fight off disease and infection, much the same as it does with humans. Your veterinarian can help made recommendations to help you provide the best diet possible for your Pit Bull.

 

When purchasing food for your Pit Bull, you should get a variety. Mixing up dry food and canned food will help give you a good mixture of ingredients and nutritional value that should help you to cover all the bases. Your dog will also enjoy the different textures of the food. They also enjoy bones and meant flavored treats. Pit Bulls prefer dog foods made of meat, as they are primarily carnivores. Meat is a good source of energy and helps your Pit Bull grow, but he also needs fiber and carbohydrates to help with food absorption.

 

Many Pit Bulls also love to eat vegetables, hard to believe, huh? Check with your veterinarian first to make sure it is okay, then try it out. If your Pit Bull likes them, he will be getting plenty of additional vitamins and nutrients that dog food alone may not offer. It will also help to add some variety into his diet. Making certain your Pit Bull's diet is up to par is one of your responsibilities as a loving owner. It is important to talk to your veterinarian to see what his thoughts are and what he recommends, but whatever you decide, your Pit Bull's health depends on you making smart choices on his behalf.

 

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Nutrition - Veggies: The Miracle Food

 

Continuing our series on healthy eating, this seems to be the perfect time to talk about fruits and vegetables and how critical they are to our health.

 

WHERE WE ARE TODAY:

The sad truth is that we (Americans) are just not eating enough vegetables. The proliferation of pre-packaged foods and heat-and-eat meals has just made it more convenient for us to add pounds, while robbing us of the health benefits of natural vegetables. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the average adult American eats 4.4 servings of fruits and vegetables a day, which is an increase from 3.9 servings a day when the 5 A Day program began in 1991. Children eat 3.4 servings a day, which is an increase from 3.1 servings a day in 1991.

 

WHERE WE NEED TO BE, AND THE BENEFITS OF GETTING THERE:

The goal is for each of us to eat at least five servings of fruits and veggies every single day. Research has shown that eating 5 A Day reduces the risk of cancer, heart disease, and other illnesses. Cancer, heart disease and stroke are the three leading causes of death in this country. All three are diet-related due to diets high in fat and too low in fruits and vegetables. People who eat 5 A Day have half the risk of developing cancer as those who eat only 1-2 servings a day. In fact, more than one-third of the 500,000 cancer deaths each year could be prevented by eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables.

 

Veggies are an excellent source of vitamins and fiber. Eating fruits and vegetables does more than reduce the risk of cancer:

Research continues to find strong links between increased fruit and vegetable consumption and the decreased risk of chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease, and stroke. Convincing evidence proves that fruit and vegetable consumption plays a positive role in the reduced incidence of cataracts, diverticulosis, high blood pressure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma, bronchitis, and osteoporosis. Eating 5 or more servings of fruits and vegetables daily will reduce health risks substantially.

 

HOW TO EAT MORE FRUITS & VEGGIES:

Americans are 4 times more likely to pick a processed snack, than a fruit or vegetable. In addition, Americans are 10 times as likely to select a carbonated soft drink than 100 percent juice. So how do we get more fruits and veggies into our diets? One answer is to select fruits and vegetables for a snack full of vitamins, nutrients, and good taste. Lose those empty calories! Strategies to reach the goal of 5 or more servings of fruits and vegetables a day also include having fruits and vegetables at every meal. Another way to make sure we get all the healthy fruits and veggies we need is to find new recipes that we might enjoy.

 

Some helpful tips to get the health benefits of veggies:

1) Eat 5 or more servings of fruits and vegetables a day.

2) Eat at least one high-fiber selection a day.

3) Eat cruciferous (cabbage family) vegetables several times a week.

4) Enjoy the most colorful fruits and vegetables often.

5) Eat at least one dark green vegetable daily.

 

COOKING & EATING TIPS:

"As soon as a fruit or vegetable is harvested or sliced, a process called oxidation begins," says Holly Brewer, R.D., a dietitian at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center in Las Vegas. "To fight the damage, the plant's cells use up their antioxidant stores, leaving less for you to eventually consume." The fix is to eat fresh produce within a day of purchase, or buy frozen instead. According to a University of Illinois study, fresh green beans retain only 36% of their vitamin C after six days, while frozen green beans keep 77%. Steam your veggies (or eat them raw) instead of boiling them. When boiled, or microwaved in water, veggies release their nutrients into the cooking water. Steaming them will prevent much of this nutrient loss. Another alternative is to make soups, stews and other dishes in which the cooking liquid is consumed.

 

Always choose fresh, whole fruits and veggies over canned or frozen - EXCEPT do not "stock up" on fresh fruits and vegetables because they lose their nutrients so quickly. When it's not possible or convenient to 'eat fresh', go with frozen instead of canned veggies. Always choose whole fruits & veggies over processed or juiced. For example, a whole apple is much healthier than a glass of apple juice. Too many juices add sugar, and almost all juices eliminate the fiber.

 

FRUITS & VEGGIES ON A BUDGET:

Sad but true, it is often less expensive to eat junk food than it is to eat healthy. Follow these tips to save money on produce:

1) Buy fresh fruit in season, when prices can drop drastically. For example, as the holidays draw near we'll see the price of oranges drop sharply (assuming the hurricanes in Florida didn't destroy the crop). In previous years, we've been able to buy an entire case of fresh oranges for about $10.

 

2) Stock up on frozen veggies when they're on sale. Many grocery stores sell frozen veggies as 'loss leaders', which means they sell them below cost just to get us in the door (hoping we'll also buy more profitable items). It's not uncommon to see 16 oz. bags of frozen veggies for 33 cents or even less during the week before Thanksgiving. Stock up and save!

 

3) Buy what's on sale. Every single supermarket in the country has some kind of produce on sale each week, so take advantage of the lower price. Take kiwi for example. While the regular price is often 2 for $1, a typical sale will bring the price down to 4 for $1.

4) Buy in bulk. Even though we don't want to 'stock up' on fresh veggies, how about buying more and splitting it with a friend or family member? For example, a 10 lb. bag of onions is much less expensive per pound than buying single onions.

 

5) Grow your own fruits and veggies. Gardening is fun, profitable, healthy and also great exercise. Remember that produce begins to lose nutrients the minute it is cut from the plant, so gardening gives us the healthiest foods available - the picked-to-table time is lower than what we'll find at the store.

6) Shop the local growers or processors. We've all seen those road-side stands where the local farmers sell their goods out of the back of their truck. Why not take advantage of that? Often, it's a fresher, healthier product for a much lower price than what we'd normally pay in the grocery store.

 

THE FINAL 'BITE'

Hopefully we've all learned something about fruits and vegetables, and how eating more of them can benefit our health. This is one of those rare times when it's okay to eat more. So get going to the garden or the produce section of the supermarket!

 

Tracie Johanson is the founder of Pick Up The Pace, a 30-minute exercise studio for women focusing on fitness, health and nutrition for maximum weight loss. Please visit http://www.letspickupthepace.com/ for more information.

 

Eliminate Stress Through Proper Nutrition

 

Just like a vehicle needs proper fuel and maintenance to perform properly, so does the human body. Over time, abuse and neglect can lead to a wide array of problems and eventual breakdown. Stress has the same effect on the body, over time it causes a variety of symptoms, which left untreated can lead to life-threatening illnesses like heart disease and cancer. A well-balanced, nutrient rich diet is essential for health and stress reduction. Simple adjustments to your diet now can immediately reduce the effects of stress, which in turn will give you more energy, make you stronger, and more resistant to disease.

 

Stress Busting Foods

* High fiber foods, including fresh fruits and vegetables and whole grains, increase serotonin (a mood enhancing hormone) in the brain, naturally reducing the effects of stress.

* Eat raw fruits and vegetables often. They are not only higher in vitamins and minerals than cooked foods; they also contain natural stress reducing compounds called flavonoids.

* Low fat dairy and yogurt are recommended because they are high in calcium and magnesium. Foods high in calcium and magnesium have been shown to reduce stress because these two nutrients relax muscle fibers.

Things to Avoid

 

* Avoid foods and drinks that are filled with stimulants like caffeine which tax the nervous and immune system. Chocolate, coffee, and most teas should only be used in moderation. In addition, there are toxic levels of acid in most soft drinks which rob the body of calcium (one of the natural stress busters).

* Sugar is another food that can trigger stress because it causes rapid fluctuations in blood sugar levels. Sugars are hidden in many foods under names like dextrose and sucrose.

* As much as possible avoid packaged meals and snacks that contain artificial colors, flavors, additives, and preservatives. These chemicals are hard on the body because they are not recognized as natural, therefore the body responds defensively to them, straining the immune system.

 

Unfortunately, many foods are loaded with refined sugars, bleached flours, additives, preservatives, and other toxins that can compromise health. Many foods today lack vital nutrients and as a result you may not be getting the nutrition you need to counteract the effects of stress. In most instances, diet alone is not sufficient in meeting individual nutritional needs. A good multi-vitamin and/or herbal supplements can help ensure proper nutrition, and as a result help you reduce stress. In particular there are a few vitamins that are essential for stress management.

 

Stress Vitamins

There are a couple of vitamins that have been shown in studies to greatly prevent and/or reduce the signs of stress. According to Psychology today, people with high levels of vitamin C do not display the expected signs of mental and physical stress when subjected to intense psychological stresses. In addition, the family of B-vitamins strengthens the nervous and immune systems, which allows them to better combat fatigue brought on by stress. The B vitamin Niacin also helps the body effectively release energy from carbohydrates, balancing and leveling blood sugar levels which also reduce stress.

 

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Optimal Infant Nutrition

Practicing proper infant nutrition will have life-long effects for your baby and is the very best way to give your child a good start in life. It is more likely your child will be healthy, happy and continue with good habits if they are begun early in life. The very first step towards proper nutrition for your infant is to decide whether to breastfeed or bottle-feed. It is important to consider that mother's milk is the best milk for your baby. Breast milk is designed to be perfectly in tune with your baby's nutritional needs at every stage, from birth through toddlerhood. Your milk will contain healthy proportions of fats, proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, antibodies, and countless other beneficial substances that are probably not yet identified by research. There is no better, healthier, more natural nutrition for your baby than the milk made by you.

 

If you decide to breastfeed, look into books and support groups to help you along the way. Many mothers have questions arise and it is good to know where to turn if you should need the support. There are many myths that abound about breastfeeding and you owe it to yourself and your baby to know the truths. La Leche League and books by this organization are good resources.

 

It is optimal for your baby to nurse from the moment of birth until at least a year if not more. It is optimal to nurse your baby exclusively on demand, night and day. It is possible, however, to supplement with formula while nursing as well as pump and save milk to feed in bottles as well. Nursing can fit into almost any lifestyle if proper adjustments are made and prepared for. Breastfed infants are generally less likely to become ill, have more robust immune systems, and less likely to experience a myriad of health complications later in life than their formula fed counterparts.

 

The important thing to note is that, from the above list, only skim milk gives us the protein and calcium we need without attaching too many calories. Yes, the Starbucks Caramel Mocha Whip has 13 grams of protein, but at a cost of 470 calories (this is about 25% of the TOTAL calories a typical woman should have in one day!).

 

If you decide to bottle-feed, there are many iron-fortified formulas available that can provide adequate nutrition. Infant formulas contain nutrients for proper growth and nutrition. You should consider formulas supplemented with healthy fats called DHA. These fats are essential for optimal eye and brain health and are not yet found in every formula. It may be important to try different formulas if your infant experiences gas, pain, or rashes. There are many formulas available on the market from cow's milk to soy to goat's milk. Try to get the most natural formula possible and avoid hydrogenated fats, large amounts of simple sugars, and lots of additives, dyes, etc. If possible, ask a reliable doctor, naturopath, or someone you trust about the best formula for your baby.

 

When your infant is about six months old, solid foods may be introduced. Be mindful not to start solid foods unless your infant has shown signs of readiness. Signs of readiness include demonstrating good head control, the ability to sit, and the loss of the tongue thrust reflex. You may also notice your baby becoming very interested in your food with the desire to try it. It is normal for a baby of four months to begin to show readiness and yet some other babies don't have genuine interest until over a year. In general, the longer you wait to introduce solids, the better. This delays any allergen response and allows your baby's intestines to mature enough to be able to handle food. You may begin with pureed fruits and vegetables. Raw, ripe, and soft is best. Bananas, grapes, avocado, papaya, mango, applesauce, pears, and the like are good places to start. You may add a bit of breast milk or formula to the mix for an identifying flavor to make new foods more acceptable to your baby.

 

Offer one new food every couple days and wait. If you notice any unusual reactions delay the offending food for a couple more months. Foods to wait on are egg whites, regular milk, citrus, strawberries, all nuts and seeds, wheat and all wheat products, and any food that your infant cannot chew well or may choke on. All sugary foods, food with dyes, artificial additives, sodas, etc should not have a place in a baby's diet.

 

After your infant has started solids, your may also add water to your infant's diet. Physicians prefer water, as juice contains sugar and calories that infants do not need. The water is needed especially if any of the given foods are cooked. By creating good habits with breastfeeding, bottle feeding, and eventually solids, your infant will receive proper nutrition during their formative first years. These habits of proper infant nutrition will create healthy lifelong nutritional habits and contribute to a healthy adulthood.

 

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Nutrition - What To Drink?

In this series of articles we're looking at nutrition. So far we've talked mainly about desserts, meat and veggies....which are the three components of most meals. As we wrap up our focus on 'what to eat', we're going to examine what we should be drinking. If it's true that "we are what we eat, from our heads to our feet" then we can also accurately claim that we are what we drink. Make no mistake about it, it is entirely possible to get fat by simply consuming too many fattening drinks. Even if we closely watch what we eat, we can still do some severe damage to our scale if we don't watch what we drink.

 

Check out the facts on the following drinks:

* Root Beer 12 oz. can = 180 calories

* Starbucks Caramel Mocha Whip 16 oz. = 470 calories

* Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Creme Whip 16 oz. = 500 calories

* Coca-Cola 32 oz. (fast food size cup) = 310 calories

* Orange Juice 10 oz. = 140 calories

* PowerAde 21 oz. = 140 calories

* Skim Milk 8 oz. = 80 calories

* Water any size serving = 0 calories

 

The issue many of us have is that we regularly consume massive quantities of regular soda. The fast food chains and convenience stores haven't exactly helped us in this area, either: the 'small' and 'regular' sizes have been removed from many menus only to be replaced with 'SuperSize' and 'Big Gulp' sizes. (Whatever happened to the regular 'gulp' size, anyway?) We've even seen some gas stations selling a super-tanker 44 oz. size soda, which packs at least 400 calories!

 

Now in comparison let's look at a double-serving of milk (16 oz.) so that it will be the same as the Starbucks serving size: that same amount of skim milk as 16 grams of protein (vs. 13 for the coffee) and only 160 calories. Calcium is one of the nutrients most likely to be lacking in the American diet. The calcium found in milk helps build and maintain strong bones and teeth. This mineral also plays an important role in nerve function, muscle contraction and blood clotting. Each 8-ounce glass of milk provides 300 mg or 30% of the Daily Value (or recommended intake).

 

The vitamin D found in milk helps promote the absorption of calcium and enhances bone mineralization. Milk is one of the few dietary sources of vitamin D. Each 8-ounce serving of milk provides about 25% of the Daily Value. Lowfat and fat free milk have the same nutrients as whole milk with little or no fat. The American Heart Association endorses fat free and lowfat milk to reduce fat in your diet, but still get nutrients you need every day.

 

About three-fourths of Americans (or about 75%) do not get enough calcium in their diets. Nine out of 10 women and 7 out of 10 men fall short of current calcium recommendations. Many studies suggest that fat free or lowfat milk, as part of a lowfat diet, may help reduce the risk of hypertension.

 

Hypertension or high blood pressure afflicts one in four Americans and is the leading cause of heart disease and stroke. The American Heart Association recommends fat free and lowfat milk

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Chocolate milk is just as healthy of a drink as white milk. Lowfat and fat free chocolate milk packs in the same amount of calcium and nutrients as white milk, making it a great tasting way to grow strong, healthy bones. Drinking milk now helps prevent osteoporosis when you get older. Osteoporosis affects 28 million Americans and one in five of those affected is male.

 

Milk helps build strong bones because it's rich in calcium and vitamin D, which can double the amount of calcium absorbed by your body. You should drink more milk to help prevent osteoporosis

 

Milk is a great nutrient package of 9 essential vitamins and minerals, including calcium, vitamins A, D and B12, protein, potassium, riboflavin, niacin (includes niacin equivalent) and phosphorus. Milk provides good nutrition for your body. The choice is clear: choose skim milk and water as your beverages of choice and watch the pounds drop off. At only about 13 cents per serving ($2 per gallon), milk makes an economical choice as well. We'll see you at the dairy case!

 

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Chinese Green Tea - Health, energy, and nutrition have become the primary focus in today's society. Everywhere you look there are ads for nutritious foods, energy drinks, buys for the health-conscious shopper. But unfortunately, today's fast paced world leaves very little time for you to devote to yourself, even enough time to exercise.

Chocolate Chip Cookies - Most soccer athletes do not have a clear guide of what to eat to prepare for a soccer match, what to eat after a soccer match and how to maintain a rich high carbohydrate diet. There are nutritional guides that soccer players of all level must and should follow in order to put themselves in a beneficial position before matches.

Nutrition Supplement Drink - A cataract is the clouding of the eye's lens and is one of the most commonly-performed procedures in the U.S. The federal government spends more than $3.4 billion annually treating cataracts through the Medicare program. However, it has been estimated that, if the progression of this eye disease could be slowed down by a decade or so, a 45% drop in annual cataract surgery would follow.

Digital Nutrition Scales - (NC)-Recent research has shown a benefit of certain nutrients in reducing the risk of degenerative diseases of the brain. Antioxidants, such as vitamins E, C, B12 and folic acid have been shown to play an important role in healthy brain functioning.

Essential Amino Acids - A man's health is a very important aspect of his life. To say that "health is wealth" is not only to utter an old, used up mantra, but to mean that for most human beings, staying fit and healthy is parallel to being wealthy, for a person's everyday life is influenced mainly by the state of his mind and body, especially by the presence and absence of certain diseases.

Healthy Nutrition Plans - Are you wondering about how to optimize your protein intake? There are many factors that come into play when choosing sources for protein. Certain proteins are not absorbed well by the body, while other types of protein bring a high fat content with them into the body.

Healthy Saturated Fats - If you went to AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) meetings to get sober, you remember the overabundance of coffee and cookies available (not to mention smoke). At OA (Overeaters Anonymous) meetings you find a number of people who are coming from other 12-step meetings, people who originally treated their alcohol or drug addiction and now find that their eating has become compulsive.

Healthy Weight Pyramid - There are many nutrition supplements at your local health food store. So many to choose from so confusing which ones are the right ones. How many should you take? Here you will learn what you need to take for the best health benefits.

Anti Aging Treatments - Life, these days, is at such a fast pace, many people do not take the time to eat properly, thereby shortening their lives. When people do not eat right, their body cells cannot repair themselves. It is increasingly difficult to supply the family with the proper nutrition, because of the depletion of minerals and nutrients in farmland.

Herbal Diet Pill - Real stories are windows into the practical application of orthomolecular nutrition We live in an age where we are constantly being bombarded with conflicting information by people selling us products or services to earn a profit -most of which turn out to be of no value or benefit. In this case, however, you are being made aware of your body's most elemental requirements for health and healing.

Herbal Nutrition Supplement - A new study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry shows that children who experience malnutrition exhibit strikingly increased behavioral disorders and aggressive behavior as they grow older. The study looked at children between the ages of eight and 17 years, and found some rather shocking statistics about their behaviors.

Herbal Nutrition Supplement - A new study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry shows that children who experience malnutrition exhibit strikingly increased behavioral disorders and aggressive behavior as they grow older. The study looked at children between the ages of eight and 17 years, and found some rather shocking statistics about their behaviors.

Herbal Nutrition Supplements - We are born inherently with the best doctor in the world - our immune system. When the immune system is funtioning proberly, it should serve as a strong defense from most illness. Nutrition and proper care of the body can do wonders for the immune system. Regardless of the condition of our health, our bodies constantly require nutrition.

Health Care Practitioner - Have you taken your vitamins today? Do I sound like your mother? Most doctors now recommend taking a good daily multiple vitamin. This is quite a reversal for many physicians who previously thought vitamins were a “waste of money”. Well, they were partly correct. Many vitamins and supplements ARE a “waste of money.

High Glycemic Carbohydrates - Once a child reaches their toddler years, ages 1 to 3, feeding can become a challenge. Developmental changes are occurring at this age. Toddlers are trying to gain independence and control and meals are part of that pattern. Keep in mind that good sense as well as planning will make this transition a smooth one.

High Quality Vitamins - Hair loss is a genetic/hormonal process that can affect both men and women. Hormones that bind to hair follicles can cause an imbalance in the biological processes that cause hair growth. Eventually, excess hormonal action on the follicle causes hair to stop growing and the follicle dies.

Increased Nutrient Needs - Legendary bodybuilding trainer Vince, "The Iron Guru" Gironda was famous for saying, "Bodybuilding is 80% nutrition!" But is this really true or is it just another fitness and bodybuilding myth passed down like gospel without ever being questioned? Which is really more important, nutrition or training? This IS an interesting question and I believe there is a definite answer.

Well Balanced Meal - A good nutritious diet is a basic requirement for every individual in order to live a healthy life. Today, health is everyone's top priority, which can be ensured only by good nutrition. Here are the ten important reasons as well as steps to prove that you must ensure good nutrition if you are willing to lead a healthy life.

Healthy Diet - The rise in families substituting a trip to McDonald's, Burger King, Wendy's, etc. for a family meal at home is likely one of the causes for the increase in overweight kids, but it is not the only cause. Other factors are also to blame, including an increased time watching TV and playing video games, decreased time in physical activity and unhealthy food choices.

Gestational Diabetes - Research results indicate that Diabetes is the leading cause of chronic kidney disease. Final stage of kidney disease is kidney failure and is known as nephropathy. According to the Centers for disease Control, over 17 million Americans have diabetes.

Professional Teeth Whitening - As more and more consumers become obsessed with feeling better and looking good there has been an insatiable demand and appetite for products or services that help them to accomplish these goals. The idea of teeth whitening is no exception, as it has rapidly become a very popular method of improving the appearance of an individual in a positive way.

 

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Proper Acne Skin - Back in 1822, a small shrub was discovered in the desert near Baja California by a botanist named H. F. Link. Mr. Link named this new plant after a fellow botanist from the U.K. named T. W. Simmonds. The proper named of the Jojoba plant is Simmondsia chinensis. It wasn't until after the U.S. banned whale hunting that this plant started to be cultivated.

 

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