Why Muscle Mass Is Important


Many people focus only on cardiovascular exercise at the gym.  While “cardio”, as it is often referred to, is great for your heart, cholesterol, blood pressure and helps burn calories, strength training is also an essential component of a balanced fitness program. It can slow the muscle loss that comes with age, build the strength of your muscles and connective…

Health Benefits of Turmeric


Turmeric is a powerful herb for fighting and potentially reversing disease. Turmeric is an old Indian spice with a powerful medicinal compound called ‘Curcumin’. Antioxidant: Curcumin has the ability to quench free radicals that can cause mutation in our DNA. Cancer Preventative: The cancer-causing effects of cigarette smoke, barbecuing, and smoke of any kind are suppressed by curcumin. Anti-Inflammatory: Curcumin’s…

What happens when a person quits smoking


The benefits start just minutes after quitting. If you have been smoking for a while, you might wonder if quitting is even worth it. You wonder, “The damage is done, so does it really make a difference?”. Absolutely. Your body has an amazing ability to heal itself, and it happens quicker than you think — less than half an hour after you…

Why smoking is bad for your health


Cigarettes are made from tobacco. The tobacco plant is the only plant ever discovered to contain the drug called nicotine. Nicotine is a very strong poison that can kill a human in less than an hour if even a small amount is injected into the blood-stream. Tobacco smoke contains very tiny amounts of nicotine that are not deadly, but are…

Why alcohol is detrimental to weight loss


Simply put, alcohol can sabotage your weight-loss efforts. In any fat loss plan, there are three main components that should be priority: Diet, Exercise, and Sleep.   1. Alcohol Supplies Almost Twice As Many Calories As Protein And Carbs At seven calories per gram, alcohol supplies almost twice as many as protein and carbohydrates. In fact, alcohol has only two…

Why sleep is important


Sleep plays a vital role in good health and well being throughout your life. Getting enough quality sleep at the right times can help protect your mental health, physical health, quality of life, and safety. The way you feel while you are awake depends in part on what happens while you are sleeping. During sleep, your body is working to…

Why fruit juice is not healthy


Fruit juice is often perceived as healthy. That is understandable, given that it is natural and has the word “fruit” in it. However, what many people fail to realize is that fruit juice is also loaded with sugar. In fact, fruit juice contains just as much sugar and calories as a sugary soft drink. Take a look at the breakdown…

Common Strength Training Misconceptions


The term strength training refers to any exercise which involves the use of resistance (example weights, body-weight) to increase muscular strength and the size of skeletal muscle or any exercise which increases strength, shapes and tones body shape. Here are some of the myths and misconceptions I have heard about weight training:   Weightlifting causes high blood pressure For years,…

Strength training and its benefits


Muscles: There are three types of muscle tissue: Visceral, cardiac, and skeletal. Visceral muscle is found inside of organs like the stomach, intestines, and blood vessels and they makes organ contract to move substances through the organ. Found only in the heart, cardiac muscle is responsible for pumping blood throughout the body. Skeletal muscle is the only voluntary muscle tissue in…

Carbohydrates and Blood Sugar Levels


When we eat food containing carbohydrates, the digestive system breaks down the digestible ones into sugar, which enters the blood. In this article, I would like to explain what happens to our blood sugar levels when we eat different types of carbohydrates.  Take a look at the following video.     Here are some examples of food containing complex (good)…

Cereal Killer!


The supermarket aisle is filled with colorful boxes of breakfast cereals.   You see labels that use all the right buzz words and phrases such as ‘Natural’,  ‘Packed with essential vitamins and minerals’ ,  ‘a healthy breakfast’ but are they really as healthy as they portray themselves to be? Or are they high in sugar and refined carbohydrates?    …

Beware of Sugar!


Diabetes has become a very serious health problem across the globe. The WHO predicts that in the next 15-20 years, the number of diabetics will rise to almost double the adult population in developing countries. Type 2 Diabetes now affects as many children, as young as eight years old. Many people consume more sugar than they realize. You need to…