Calories in Foods And Calorie Intake Information

October 19th, 2011 marksmith Nutrition Advice 0

The energy that we get from food is usually calculated in the form of “calories”. Food is made up of a number of different nutrients, and each of these nutrients contains a different amount of energy. The basic nutrients are protein, fat, carbohydrates, fiber, minerals, vitamins, and water, in addition to which food also contains other substances such as antioxidants. Not all of these substances contain energy – proteins, fats, carbohydrates, fiber, and a few other substances such as ethanol, polyols, and organic acids do contain energy. However, minerals, vitamins, antioxidants, and of course water do not have any caloric value. Spices and substances such as caffeine also have no caloric value.

A certain amount of energy is needed by all human beings in order to be healthy and function normally, and this means that a certain number of calories must be consumed. In general, it is recommended that men consume 2500 kilocalories (1 kilocalorie is equal to 1000 calories) per day, and women consume 2000 kilocalories per day. These numbers are of course not absolute – every individual is different, and may need more or less calories, depending upon their metabolism, age, and levels of activity, including mental activity.

If your caloric intake is considerably more or less than what it should ideally be, then your health will suffer. Malnutrition and starvation rarely occur in the developed world, but they are not unheard of, and may occur as a result of conditions such as anorexia nervosa or depression, in this situation stress and depression help will be required. On the other hand, an excessive calorie intake is quite common in developed and even developing countries. This can sometimes be due to consumption of the wrong type of food and an excess of certain nutrients, but also an overall calorie consumption that is much higher than it needs to be.

If you are overweight and trying to lose weight, it is important to keep track of the calories you consume. What you consume is important, but you should also keep track of how much you consume. In general, if you are trying to lose weight you need to burn more calories than you consume. Most commercially available, packaged foods today display a variety of nutrition facts, including the calories contained in the food. In addition, there are plenty of books and online resources that provide nutritional information on other foods that do not have packaging and nutrition details. Some websites even offer a calories counter that you can use to conveniently calculate your daily calorie intake.

What Are Toxins?

July 25th, 2011 David Nutrition Advice 0

Toxins, toxins and more toxins! The word toxins are mentioned all of the time but what exactly is it and why should I flush my system of toxins? It’s important to know and understand all about toxins and why you need to get rid of them as soon as possible.

Toxins can cause the body a lot of harm when they are not flushed out of the system the right way. They are also known as Exogenous toxins and they come from a variety of external sources such as drugs, car fumes, smoke, lead, dental fillings, factory pollution and much more. In time those toxins can build up in our system causing us harm.

Not only are toxins created from external sources, but they are also present in the foods we eat. Eating the right foods and living a healthy lifestyle are vital components to our existence. Too much acidity in your blood steam can have devastating effects on your vital organs. As a result, eating too much red meat, and highly processed will create a pH imbalance pack full of toxins and bacteria, and it becomes a complete mess.

What happens when these harmful toxins build up in our body?

Listed below you’ll find some of the things that can happen when toxins build up inside of us:

  • Diabetes
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Depression
  • Parkinson
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Obesity
  • Migraines
  • Digestive issues and problems
  • Cancer
  • Aging premature

How do you prevent all of that from happening?

You have to protect the gut flora and avoid trying to expose your body to even more toxins. A juice diet is a great way to flush those harmful toxins out of your body.

Detoxing your system also helps to improve your health plus vitality. If you’ve been feeling sluggish or might not have enough energy then detoxing can even help with giving you more energy.

The kidneys start to function better and the skin often times becomes clearer when you’re on a detox diet because of all the toxins leaving your system. You’ll also be reducing the chance of you getting heart disease, depression, cancer and even reduce how much stress you have in your life.

A detox diet is also a wonderful way to lose weight and when you start to lose weight and your energy increases – just imagine how much better off you’ll be and feel! So, what are you waiting for? Get rid of those harmful toxins today!

10 Ways to Prevent Hangovers

May 25th, 2010 admin Nutrition Advice 0

Everyone knows that moderation is the key to prevention of hangovers. But sometimes one drink becomes two, two drinks become more and a hangover follows. Since moderation did not work the night before, the fate of your day now rests squarely on the shoulders of prevention of the pounding head, nausea, and all of the other delightful symptoms associated with a lesson learned.

Below are ten easy tips for prevention of a hangover, so an evening of fun will not ruin the next day, next time:

1. Drink alcohol in moderation. Obviously the most key component of prevention of hangovers is that of not drinking too much in the first place. Know your limits
and remain aware of how much alcohol you take in.

2. Drink plenty of clear liquids. In between alcoholic beverages and before going to bed after your night out, ensure you drink plenty of water or other clear
fluids. Electrolyte and sports drinks are also very good for fighting the dehydration caused by the alcohol in your cocktails, wine, or beer.

3. Eat simple sugars and carbohydrates before going to sleep. When you arrive home after your night out, nourish your body with food that will help it metabolize the alcohol and neutralize an acidic stomach. A great suggestion for this is simply honey on toast. The honey contains the fructose for quicker processing of the alcohol and the toast is high in carbohydrates to soothe the acidity in your stomach. Beyond the carbs and sugars, eggs contain cysteine which may also help prevent a hangover and milk’s calcium can also be beneficial.

4. Take aspirin, but at the right time. Aspirin slows down the body’s ability to process alcohol, if taken before the alcohol is consumed. So contrary to popular belief, taking aspirin before drinking can aid in development of a hangover, not prevention of one. However, it is beneficial to take two aspirins before going to sleep after indulgence. Whatever you do, do not take acetaminophen which can cause liver damage if mixed with alcohol.

5. Avoid greasy foods. Eating heavy, greasy, or acidic foods after drinking is like adding fuel to a fire. You know which foods are considered “sketchy” for your own stomach on a good day, so really avoid those after alcoholic beverages when your stomach is even less resilient.

6. Take Vitamin B1 or Thiamine. In taking B vitamin complex you are replenishing some of what alcohol depletes and this may prevent the headache associated with a
hangover.

7. Exercise. It may sound slightly off balance to exercise after drinking, but if you are physically able to safely do so, consider getting some exercise to oxygenate your body’s cells and speed up metabolizing of the alcohol.

8. Take a spoonful of baking soda. In a glass of water this helps balance acidity of the stomach and prevents queasiness. Do this before bed or first thing in the
morning after your night out.

9. Drink bouillon or soup. Bouillon is high in both salt and potassium, both of which are depleted during consumption of alcohol.

10. Get plenty of rest. Sleep will provide the time your body needs to recover from the damage caused by alcohol.

Clearly the best prevention of a hangover is abstinence from alcohol altogether. But if a few drinks are in order, simply ensuring you replenish the right nutrients, rest, and otherwise help your body rebalance itself after the drinks will aid in ensuring the next day is misery free.

By Matthew Sawyer