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Water the key to Detox

  • The Importance of Staying Hydrated

    Taking a walk on the beach, lounging by the pool, or sightseeing on a trip may sound like the perfect ways to spend the days of summer. But it’s easy to forget that any outdoor activity during this season can lead to an increase in sweat. Our extra perspiration is not just a factor of heat, but a sign that our bodies are losing fluids and that we need extra hydration. In fact, our bodies lose water when we go to the bathroom, sweat, and even when we breathe. We know that drinking water every day is essential for our bodies, and since we lose more water when the weather is really hot, it’s even more important to stay hydrated during the summer.

    Importance of Staying Hydrated

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  • How to BBQ the Healthy Way

    When thinking about ways to celebrate summer, outdoor BBQs are at the top of the list. There’s nothing like being outside, enjoying the warm weather, while feasting on favorite grilled foods and seasonal dishes. But summer favorites, like hot dogs, hamburgers, pasta salad and potato salad are not always waistline friendly. It can be difficult trying not to overindulge in BBQ dishes and treats. And with it also being swimsuit season, many of us want to avoid consuming extra calories. To help navigate your way through your next BBQ party spread, consider offering these healthier options at your next cookout.

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  • Go Cuckoo for Coconut!

    Coconut

    In the past, when one thought of the word coconut, it conjured images of tropical, far off places. Even thinking of the smell of coconut, you might associate it with sunscreen or a favorite cocktail. But today, coconut is more accessible than ever. We’re finding it on our grocery store shelves, at your favorite restaurants, and mentioned in new recipes in our monthly magazines. This new obsession with coconut has nothing to do with tropical vacations. Instead, there’s a huge buzz about coconuts because of the amazing health benefits that come from this fruit. Below you’ll discover not only the health benefits of coconuts, but also four easy and accessible forms of coconut: Coconut Oil, Coconut Milk, Coconut Water, and Coconut Flour. By the time you’re finished reading this, there’s a good chance you’ll be cuckoo for coconuts too!

    Coconut Oil: This form of coconut has recently become quite popular, and is probably the form of coconut that has piqued your interest the most. At room temperature, coconut oil is a solid, and you’ll find it in a jar or tub near other cooking oils in your grocery store. It’s used for cooking, like one might use olive oil (coconut oil becomes a liquid as it is heated), and in baking to replace butter and other oils. Although coconut oil is high in saturated fat, it is favored over butter and oils that contain hydrogenated trans fats because it is cholesterol free. Scientists also think that there are more health benefits in coconut oil that have yet to be discovered.

    Coconut Milk: Brewing coconut meat and water is what yields coconut milk. It’s rich and thick, almost like a cream. Although it is high in fat, lighter versions are available and just as flavorful, and cut out two-thirds of the fat and calories. However, the unique fatty acids in coconut milk may actually provide health benefits like aiding weight loss, improving immune function, reducing heart disease and improving skin and hair health.

    Coconut Water: You’ve probably been hearing about coconut water for while now. It’s a favorite among those who exercise because it is a great hydrator and has been nicknamed “the natural sports drink.” A 1 cup serving provides more than 10 percent of your daily dose of potassium, an electrolyte you lose through sweat. You can find coconut water in the refrigerated section or near shelf-stable waters and other natural fruit juices in your grocery store. Although coconut water can be enjoyed on its own (many people prefer it chilled), it is a great replacement for water or juice in your favorite smoothie.

    Coconut Flour: This form of coconut is probably the one with which you’re least familiar, but could provide the health benefits that you might be most seeking. Available near other gluten-free flours, coconut flour is a healthy way to add rich coconut flavor to your baked goods. Besides being gluten free, coconut flour provides 5 grams of fiber per 2 tablespoons and is low in saturated fat. Adding coconut flour to baked goods also lowers the glycemic index, which makes it an ideal ingredient for diabetics and those following a pre-diabetic diet.

    The various forms of coconut make it an option that everyone can consider. Once you try one of these coconut-derived ingredients, you’re likely to want to experiment with the other forms of coconut. Before long, you’ll be enjoying all the health benefits coconut has to offer. And then you’ll truly know what it’s like to be cuckoo for coconut!

    Resources:
    http://www.eatingwell.com/nutrition_health/nutrition_news_information/health_benefits_of_coconut_coconut_oil_coconut_milk_coconut_water_coconut_flour
    http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/coconut-oil-and-health
    http://www.livestrong.com/article/409614-the-health-benefits-of-coconut-milk/

  • Beach Eats: Why Summer is the Perfect Time to Add More Fish to Your Diet

    Beach Eats

    Most summer vacations will involve some time on the beach, near the ocean or a lake. While you’re vacationing at the beach, you’ll want to take advantage of the local fish available. In fact, summer is the perfect time to add more fish to your diet. It’s easy to prepare and cooks quickly. Fish can be prepared in the oven, on the stovetop, or you can avoid heating up the kitchen by cooking the fish out on the grill. In addition to eating fresh, local food, fish is also one of the healthiest proteins for you, which is why the American Heart Association recommends that you eat fish at least twice a week. If you’ve ever been curious about adding fish to your weekly meal routine, but have been intimidated by how to prepare it, read on for cooking tips and information on the health benefits of this main dish.

    • Good source of protein: Unlike fatty meat products, fish is low in saturated fat and a great source of protein.
    • Heart healthy: The Omega-3 Fatty Acids in fish benefit the heart and help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. Fish high in Omega-3 Fatty Acids include salmon, lake trout and albacore tuna.
    • Ways to prepare: The healthiest way to eat fish is to grill or bake it—just avoid frying. You should also try to choose low-sodium and low-fat seasonings. Fish tastes delicious with a sprinkle of spices, squirted with lemon, or seasoned with fresh herbs.
    • Cooking fish: Since fish is delicate, prevent it from drying out by cooking it quickly over high heat, by grilling or broiling it. To grill fish, brush it with oil or spray it with a nonstick spray. Place the fish near the edge of the grill, away from the hottest part of the fire. Check the color and doneness after a few minutes of cooking. To broil fish, follow the directions for grilling the fish, but cook it under the broiler in a foil lined dish for easy cleanup.
    • Keep in mind: When increasing your intake of fish, it’s important to be aware of some risks that can be factors for certain populations. Children and pregnant women should avoid eating certain fish (like swordfish, tilefish and king mackerel) that contain high levels of mercury. It’s also important to be aware of environmental risks in the area where the fish has been caught. However, for most, the benefits of eating more fish outweigh the risks. Check out the Consumer Guide to Mercury in Fish from the Natural Resource Defense Council, or local advisories.

    Do your heart and health a favor, and add fish to your weekly menu. By trading out fish for one of your regular go-to meals, you are likely cutting out unhealthy foods that are high in saturated fats from your diet. And fish is one of the most convenient proteins to make because it cooks so quickly. And there’s no time like the summer to explore the world of fish. When you’re in the mood for something simple and fresh, fish can reflect what you’re craving. Easy and delicious recipes can be found on the Internet or in your favorite cookbook. If you live near or are planning to vacation near the beach, take advantage of this fresh and guilt-free food—beach eats!

    Resources:
    http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/GettingHealthy/NutritionCenter/HealthyDietGoals/Fish-and-Omega-3-Fatty-Acids_UCM_303248_Article.jsp

    http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/More/MyHeartandStrokeNews/Eating-Fish-for-Heart-Health_UCM_440433_Article.jsp

    http://allrecipes.com/howto/healthful-ways-to-cook-fish/

    http://www.nrdc.org/health/effects/mercury/guide.asp

  • Foods that Boost Brain Power

    Foods that Boost Brain Power

    In addition to getting your body in shape, have you ever considered trying to get your mind in shape? Believe it or not, what you eat can affect your thinking and age-related memory loss. Certain foods are abundant in compounds that promote neurons, encourage neurotransmitter production, decrease inflammation, and defend against neural degeneration. For clarity and boosted brain power, now might be the time to add the following foods to your diet to get your mind in shape. Continue reading

  • Why Whey Protein?

    Protein is one of the essential nutrients needed to fuel your body. It is necessary for building strong bones, developing muscle, producing healthy skin and restoring other tissues in your body. If you’re looking for a quick and effective way to increase your protein intake, you may have looked into supplementing meals and post-workout snacks with protein shakes. If you are new to the world of protein shakes, you’ll soon discover not all are created equal. One of the best forms of powdered protein is whey protein. Whey protein provides numerous health benefits and helps your body get the most out of your workouts. Here are six smart reasons to add whey protein to your diet:

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  • How to Train for a Marathon

    Train for a Marathon

    Running has become increasingly popular in the past few years. Besides the fact that it’s a good way to get fit, running is also accessible to the masses (all you need is a pair of running shoes), a great social activity to do with friends, and a way to test to your endurance with personal goals. If you are a runner or would like to become one, a great motivation is signing up for a race. Chances are, if you’ve signed up for one race, you’ve followed up with several more. The ultimate test for a runner’s endurance is a marathon. There’s a huge sense of accomplishment when you cross that finish line after 26.2 miles.  Continue reading

  • Surprising Sources of Hidden Sugar

    Surprising Sources of Hidden Sugar

    Whenever you think of foods laden with sugar, soft drinks and sweets like candy or cupcakes probably come to mind. In an effort to improve your eating habits, you may have cut these sugary drinks and sweets out of your diet. What you don’t realize is that sugar is also hiding in your snacks and meals, and you don’t even realize how much you are consuming. In fact, there’s a good chance that one of your go-to snacks or favorite condiment has the same amount of sugar as that soda you’ve been avoiding. Let’s investigate some of the hidden sugar culprits: Continue reading

  • Zumba: Have Fun while Getting Fit!

    Zumba fitness classes seem to be all the rage right now. But for some of us, all we know is that this workout has a funny name and involves some type of dance routine. Trying a Zumba class may peak your curiosity, but you still might have a lot of questions. Read on to find out why Zumba is so popular and a great workout option.

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  • Natural Bug Bite Remedies

    As the numbers on the thermometer rise, so does the amount of time we spend outside. And the more time we spend outside, the likelier we are to suffer from one of the most irritating side effects of spring and summer—bug bites. What is one to do? Rush to the store? Or suffer in silence, give in and itch away? You might be surprised about the number of natural bug bite remedies you may just have at your fingertips. When you find yourself annoyed by a bug bite, try reaching for one of these natural remedies:

    1 .Ice: Cooling the insect bite with ice can provide temporary relief of itching and decrease the swelling.

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