"Drink 8 glasses of water each day" is what we hear all the time but what weight loss benefits do we get from drinking water? All functions within the body require the presence of water. A well hydrated body enables these functions to occur quickly and efficiently. All chemical processes involve energy metabolism and drinking plenty of water will make us feel more energetic and boost our metabolic rate. Water is a vital component of our being alive. Like the oxygen we breathe in order to survive, water and it's effect on our bodies is essential for life. It helps with many tasks including temperature regulation, cardiovascular function, waste product removal and metabolism.
Our bodies change as we get older and so should the way we treat them. In your 30s you're still a young adult and, although you may notice a few signs of wear and tear, mostly everything is well in your world! But the problem that many women find most annoying is a fat or protruding stomach, something that can happen at this age, even if you haven't children. Lack of abdominal exercises is the major culprit, but what you eat can help or hinder. Most of us also notice the start of small lines on the face and drier skin- again, food can help. For your stomach - Avoid simple carbs, such as white bread, white pasta, cakes and biscuits. These cause your body to retain fluid and your stomach to swell.
Even women who have never had a problem with weight gain throughout their lives can find themselves putting it on during their 40s. By the end of the decade, the perimenopause, which is the phase leading up to the menopause, often begins and hormonal changes can put inches on your waist and bust. Energy levels may take a dip, too. For your weight and energy level Avoid high-sugar foods and added sugar. Sugar contains no good nutrients and can cause artificial dips and highs in energy, as well as being addictive. Cut right back on alcohol, which has a similar effect to sugar. Go for low-GI foods, such as pulses and vegetables/ to help keep your midriff slim and avoid those dips in energy levels.
During the menopause and early post-menopausal years, especially if you are still working and have a family at home, tiredness can be a major problem. Sometimes this is exacerbated by insomnia. There may be menopausal symptoms, such as hot flashes and mood changes, too. Your diet can significantly help with all these. Here are some tips you can use to prevent tiredness, hot-flashes and insomnia. For tiredness Eat regularly and include plenty of protein foods, such as eggs, fish and pulses, which will keep your blood-sugar levels even. Choose lean red meat, wholegrains, nuts and seeds, which contain iron for healthy blood and magnesium for energy release.
Most of us find periods of aching joints and general pains come along once in a while by the time we hit 60. Exercise is the best way to keep joints supple and pain-free, but what you eat will help as well. Most people also worry that their brainpower will diminish as they get older. The right diet can keep your memory and sharpness on top form. For joints - Trials show that fish oil can help pain, inflammation and stiffness, so regularly eat oily fish such as salmon, mackerel and sardines. Olive oil may also help morning stiffness - in trials, 2 teaspoons a day helped. A diet low in saturated fat helps the oils above to do their work. A high- vitamin-C diet helps slow progression of arthritis.
Dramatic changes to your diet may seem unreasonable, undoable, unfathomable. If you can wait a bit to loose the weight here are 10 simple and easy ways to cut calories. Simple every day choices, that really don't change the menu too much can seem almost effortless but can make a big enough difference. Cutting 50 calories a day can equal a pound a month. That may not seem like much, but then again you aren't really doing that much different. 1. Down Size that Tortilla- when shopping for tortillas you will notice they come in a variety of sizes. Choose the 8" instead of the normal 10". Then stick to the same serving size. Those few inches won't seem like a sacrifice but you will save about 40 calories.
Six grams of salt is the recommended daily allowance for an adult. Many of us consume more without realising. Limiting salt intake is important for reducing the risk for high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease. Reseach shows that by limiting your salt intake in your daily diet not only reduces the risk of stomach cancer but also protects against heart disease! It's time to give up salt and start to use some tasty, healthy alternatives.. HERBS Herbs add flavour and colour to food plus they're packed with vitamins and minerals. Basil, which is high in antioxidants, tastes terrific when combined with lycopene-rich tomato sauce, so serve with pasta for a quick evening meal.
In our quest to shed the fat its nice to have every little advantage we can get. So lets look at 4 simple food choices that can ramp up your metabolism and get that calorie burning furnace operating at peak efficiency. Chug A Jug Ok this first food type may not be considered food per se, but it is a nutrient. In fact it is probably the most important nutrient - Water. Now yo know that you need to consume lots of water to keep your metabolic processes working. But did you know that water with one simple twist could jump your metabolism. The twist? ICE. Adding ice to your water cools your core temperature to the point that it forces your body to stoke the furnace to get your body temperature back up to snuff.
When I was a kid there was a school lunch slogan "You are what you eat." If that were true what are you: a Big Mac or a smoothie? Lets look at a typical fast food meal: Big Mac, fries and a soda. It is processed, full of fat, sugar, preservatives, and flavorings. A guy, who despised fast food, was brought a Big Mac. He forgot about it for a week or so. Then he pulled it out and it looked just the same. It was a little harder, but no rotting or growth on it. He has now kept it for over seven years, to show his students. Fries are made from potatoes. Although they are a vegetable they are full of starch and simple carbohydrates that spike blood sugar.
Vitamins are organic compounds that are vital to the growth and maintenance of your body. Vitamins C and B are the water soluble vitamins. They are not stored in the liver as are the fat soluble vitamins, A, D, E and K. A well balanced diet should include a good intake of the correct levels of vitamins. This is usually the case, but extra care must be taken that your diet is well balanced. Following are instances where you may need help: 1. Dieting may reduce vitamin B complex and Vitamin C; 2. Heavy smokers may lack vitamin C; 3. Heavy drinkers may be short on some B vitamins; 4. The Elderly may need more vitamin B complex and Vitamin C; 5. Vegetarians may be lacking in B12, which is often found in meats;