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The Importance of Protein in a Balanced Diet


Protein is an essential component of a diet. It helps the body repair damaged cells as well as make new ones.   What Is Protein, and Why Do I Need It?   Proteins are critical components of all tissues in the human body and have crucial roles in metabolism, immunity, fluid balance, and energy. The building blocks of protein are…

So, you want to build muscle?


The human body is just naturally lazy and will only develop enough muscle to deal with the loads placed upon it. So, if you want to develop more muscle, then you better get ready to do some hard work and prepare for slow gains, for the body will only respond to a combination of resistance training, diet and rest. After…

Turmeric Tea


As mentioned in my earlier post, health-benefits-turmeric, turmeric is known to have more than 600 health benefits! Since there are so many health benefits of curcumin, turmeric tea is one way of enjoying them.   How to Make Turmeric Tea 1 tsp cinnamon 1 clove 1 tsp fresh ginger pinch of fresh ground black pepper As much turmeric as you can…

Major muscle groups in our body


My previous post explained the benefits of muscle mass. In this one, let us discuss the various muscle groups in the body and strategies to help muscle gain. Knowing the major muscle groups and the weight lifting exercises that work each of these basic muscle groups is very important to improving your body. Building a balanced body can prevent injuries, improve…

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,…