Daily Tips – What is Metabolism?

The dictionary defines metabolism as the sum of all biochemical processes involved in life, or the sustaining of life. In application concerning our health, metabolism is related to the intake and use of food. In reference to the case in point it is our ability to utilize our food to the fullest extent. The body’s metabolism is a unique process for each individual person. No two people metabolize food at the same rate therefore no two people have the metabolism. …

Daily Tips – What Do We Really Need to Eat?

Today’s food diet consists mostly of meat and starch. The fast food drive thru at your local burger joint doesn’t offer a menu of fresh fruit and vegetables. We’ve become a nation of massive carbohydrate consumers. But that wasn’t the original plan. During the days of hunting and gathering, the daily diet consisted mostly of fruits, vegetables and other plant life. Meat was a scarcity, and bread was virtually non-existent. During this period in time, there was no problem with …

Daily Tips – What Does Water Provide in our Daily Digestion?

What happens to the food and water as they enter our digestive system? They are both necessary components of the digestive process. Our bodies need the water to effectively digest food and perform all the necessary functions we ask of it each day. You don’t stop to realize what we ask of this marvelous machine, we just take it for granted that it’s going to function properly. Do you know that your body is 98% water? Do you find this …

Daily Tips – Water and Healthy Eating

Our bodies need the water to effectively digest food and perform all the necessary functions we ask of it each day. You don’t stop to realize what we ask of this marvelous machine, we just take it for granted that it’s going to function properly. Let’s take a look at the relationship of healthy eating and our body’s daily intake of water. There is a direct correlation between eating healthy and consuming enough water to absorb the vitamins and minerals …

Daily Tips – What Foods Make Us Healthy?

The foods of the food pyramid are necessary for our optimal health. But in what quantities and which ones are the best? These are questions that must be tailored to our individual needs. So must the answer to what foods make us healthy be a unique one. Healthy for me, is not the same as healthy for you. Everyone’s nutritional needs are different, and everyone’s level of calorie consumption is different. We can examine some of the better foods, and …

Daily Tips – Vitamins, The Forgotten Element

Vitamins and minerals are more readily available to us than ever before, and we’re still no better equipped to actually determine what we need to take, than we were forty years ago. Just because we see the latest advertisement about a particular vitamin and decide the symptoms of deficiency apply to us, does not mean we need to rush out and purchase the product. The symptoms of deficiency for lots of vitamins and minerals are the same or overlapping. What …

Daily Tips – What About Salads?

. In case you’re not a salad lover, let me be one of the first to tell you that you’re missing one of the most delicious foods a person can consume. Salads come in all sorts of styles, combinations, and are served with so many various toppings, that you could probably find a different salad for every day of the month. One of my most favorite choices in dining is to go to the local buffet (they have a fabulous …

Daily Tips – Vegetables: The Healthier Snack

. The easiest place to affect our health is through our eating habits; in fact it’s the most effective solution to better health, sharing the spotlight with exercise. What about our food intake? What choices do we have to make eating a healthier occurrence? Vegetables are a great place to start. There are so many choices in the filed of vegetables, being picky isn’t even a problem here. It does not matter where your location, the time of the year, …

Daily Tips – The Four Food Groups

With the release of the new food group pyramid, there are officially five food groups. Oils and butters are now included as a food group; but for the purpose of this paper, we are still going to consider ourselves to have only four. The four food groups are grains, fruits, vegetables, meats, and dairy. Let’s take a look at each food group and discuss a few of the more important points from each group. Grains cover a broad range of …

Daily Tips – To Eat, or Not to Eat?

To eat or not to eat? This is a question that confronts us daily, as we go from home to work, work to home, and back again. We have designated times for breakfast and lunch. Dinner would be the only place where we really have any freedom as to the time we consume our meal. But do we really want something to eat? Are we really hungry? Or do we eat simply because the time to eat has arrived? With …

Daily Tips – The Lesson We Learned from Carbs

Over the last thirty years, food nutritionists and the food industry as a whole have embraced the idea of lowering our fat intake by raising our carbohydrate intake. This belief was a direct result of the information published by the government that encouraged less egg consumption because of the cholesterol found in eggs.   After that particular piece of information, doctors began to discover that when we consume fat, we have higher incidences of cholesterol problems. The logical conclusion: fat …

Daily Tips – Vegetables: The Best and The Worst

As a teen, most of us don’t even care if we’re eating right, or begin to understand the implications of poor eating habits. As we age, however, we do begin to notice the effects of improper exercise, poor eating habits, and how they affect our health. Today, as the baby boomers begin their retirement years, health concerns and questions are on the rise. These aging boomers are more concerned than any previous generations about their good health, their ability to …

Daily Tips – The Food Pyramid: Good or Bad?

When the USDA established guidelines for our daily food requirements and set up the “food pyramid” the entire nation embraced the information and took it for absolute divine truth. I’m afraid, however, upon further examination, maybe we should have thought about this a little more.   The food pyramid did do more than anything prior to educate people about the need for consumption of some items from each of the food groups. We need something from all of them in …

Daily Tips – Unhealthy Eating Contributes to Health Disorders

. As a teen, most of us don’t even care if we’re eating right, or begin to understand the implications of poor eating habits. As we age, however, we do begin to notice the effects of improper exercise, poor eating habits, and how they affect our health. Today, as the baby boomers begin their retirement years, health concerns and questions are on the rise. These aging boomers are more concerned than any previous generations about their good health, their ability …

Daily Tips – The Young People and Obesity

Today’s young person faces not only the challenge of acquiring an education, learning to interact with their peers, and surviving their parents, but they must also escape the national epidemic of obesity. Thanks to better medicine and foods supplemented with vitamins and minerals our young people’s overall health has never been better. The problem they now face is in controlling their eating and developing good eating habits. It’s no wonder that our youth are overweight. We demand less of them …

Daily Tips – Our National Obesity Epidemic

You see it everyday, news and information that bring to the front our problem with our weight. It is a national problem. It’s not just your older sedentary population; it’s not just your overworked middle-age population; and it’s not just your nerdy teenage population. It is a national epidemic. The first question I always have, is how did we get here? How did we go from one of the most physically fit nations, to just wallowing in our weight? The …

Daily Tips – Our Growing Weight Problems

You see it everyday, news and information that bring to the front our problem with our weight. It is a national problem. It’s not just your older sedentary population; it’s not just your overworked middle-age population; and it’s not just your nerdy teenage population. It is a national epidemic. The first question I always have, is how did we get here? How did we go from one of the most physically fit nations, to just wallowing in our weight? Over …

Daily Tips – Lower Fat Means Higher Carbs

Over the last thirty years, food nutritionists and the food industry as a whole have embraced the idea of lowering our fat intake. This was a direct result of the information published by the government that encouraged less egg consumption because of the cholesterol found in eggs. After that particular piece of information, doctors began to discover that when we consume fat, we have higher incidences of cholesterol problems. The logical conclusion: fat must be bad for you. And so, …

Daily Tips – Nutrition and Eating: Friends for Life

I’ll bet you’ve never even taken the time to consider what your nutritional needs might be, or the importance of that nutrition on your health. Did you know that if the brain doesn’t get enough protein, it doesn’t develop correctly, or if the healthy female body doesn’t get enough flax oil, omega-3 and omega-6 her body’s metabolism will not function correctly and she is more susceptible to weight gain? All these pieces of information and many more are contributing factors …

Daily Tips – More Fat, Less Carbs

Over the last thirty years, food nutritionists and the food industry as a whole have embraced the idea of lowering our fat intake. This was a direct result of the information published by the government that encouraged less egg consumption because of the cholesterol found in eggs. After that particular piece of information, doctors began to discover that when we consume fat, we have higher incidences of cholesterol problems. The logical conclusion: fat must be bad for you. And so, …