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Are You Getting Enough Potassium?

Monday, April 12, 2010

Potassium is an important mineral whose importance is often overlooked. However, it plays a huge role in optimal functioning of both the heart and the nervous system. Potassium also plays a role in maintaining fluid and electrolyte balance in body cells. The average person should consume an estimated 2,000 milligrams of potassium per day. Excellent sources of potassium include: raisins, prunes, bananas, strawberries, watermelon, cantaloupe, oranges, beans, peas, turkey and fish.

  
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STARRPARENT 4/12/2010 8:50AM

    Thanks for the reminder!

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LLLAWSON 4/12/2010 8:00AM

    This is one mineral I am always trying to include in my diet due to leg cramps and blood pressue issues. Very important.


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WESLEYV 4/12/2010 7:57AM

    Thanks

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CARMEL466 4/12/2010 7:45AM

    I'm having trouble with this one. I am either too high or too low. Guess I need to sit down and get my menu updated to be sure to stay in range. Thanks for the information. Have a beautiful day.

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DTSM53 4/12/2010 6:41AM

  Thanks for the info!

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SVELTINGTON 4/12/2010 6:38AM

    Great info!
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Get The Flavor of a Flavonoid

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Have you had your flavonoids today? Be honest, have you even heard of flavonoid? Most people don't know the first thing about these flavonoids known for their antioxidant properties. While flavonoids are responsible for adding pigmentation to flowers and protecting plants from insects and other microbes, they've developed a reputation for preventing cancer and cardiovascular disease. Good sources of flavonoids include onions, chocolate, red wine, green tea, berries, citrus fruits and beans.

  
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DONNETTASUE 4/11/2010 9:49PM

  Thanks for the info.

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LLLAWSON 4/11/2010 9:22PM

    Thanks for the info. Knew they were good for me and in what, bus some of that is new info. Thanks.

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SVELTINGTON 4/11/2010 9:31AM

    I guess I need to buy more green tea
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or treat the chocolate chips as if the were medicine and make sure I "take" 5 a day.
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GOING2LSEITNOW 4/11/2010 8:31AM

    The chocolate got my attention. I love all these foods and I know I don't eat enough of them. Now with this information, I will try to find ways to add them to my daily food intake.

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PJSTIME 4/11/2010 7:21AM

    I do get lots of flavonoids as I drink green tea all the time and use beans and onions lots.
Have a great day. PJ

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Emphasize Healthy Fats

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Fats have gotten a bad rap over the years. However, all fats are not creative equal. There are good fats and bad fats. Good fats come from fish, nuts, avocados, seeds, olive oil and other foods. While they are high in calories, these foods contain omega-3s and omega-6s which are actually health-enhancing properties. These fats are responsible for improving conditions ranging from heart health to depression. Avoid bad fats such as saturated fats found in animal products like meat, dairy and eggs, and trans fats found in processed foods such as fries, chips, cakes and cookies.

  
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DONNETTASUE 4/15/2010 11:01AM

  I have learned the hard way about fat intake. About 6 years ago I had been on another one of my diets and was cutting out about 90% of fat intake. I was eating alot of fresh veggies, especially broccoli, and ended up in the emergency room. I wasn't eating enough fat to move digested food through my system. the pain in my digestive track was horrible. So now with the help of Sparkpeople I can track my fat intake and keep it in a healthy range. thanks for the info. emoticon

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DONNETTASUE 4/10/2010 9:28PM

  Great !...very good info! emoticon

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SVELTINGTON 4/10/2010 3:14PM

    I really enjoy my servings of good fats. Walnuts, salmon and peanuts. I enjoy them in moderation.

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Improve Your Sex Life, Lose Weight

Friday, April 09, 2010

A little weight loss can go a long way...in the bedroom. Research shows that losing just 10 percent of those extra pounds can dramatically improve your sex life. Experts say that's because people tend to have a better self image when they lose weight, making them more comfortable when it comes to intimacy. Shedding just 10 pounds can improve your libido. Following a low-fat diet that helps improve cholesterol and blood sugar levels will also boost your sex drive.

  
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DONNETTASUE 4/9/2010 11:13PM

  Verrrry interesting. thanks emoticon

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SVELTINGTON 4/9/2010 11:46AM

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LLLAWSON 4/9/2010 8:21AM

    So true.

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HANSEEN 4/9/2010 7:22AM

    I like it. Good motivation.

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GET BACK IN GEAR

Thursday, April 08, 2010

If you’ve hit the snooze on your 2010 fitness goals, try these five tips.

SET BITE-SIZED GOALS.
When you take too large a bite of food, you’re more likely to choke. The same is true when it comes to exercise. If you set a big short-term goal, like ‘I want to lose 20 pounds in a month’, you will usually fail; whereas short-term goals that are easy to achieve and doable tend to succeed. Try setting small monthly goals that are challenging and fun, such as getting strong enough to do 10 push-ups, and go from there.

FEELING IS BELIEVING
When it comes to looking your best, the key is not to get caught up in your reflection. Most of the people who burn out are very concerned with losing weight instead of enjoying exercise. So instead of focusing on how your body is changing, try focusing on how much healthier you feel. If you train for the mirrors, you will never be happy. Instead, train for how it make you feel.

PREPARE FOR FABULOUSNESS
Working out on a whim won’t get you very far. To be successful, the key is planning ahead. Know your schedule and organize your exercise time at the beginning of each week. Be sure to have a gym bag packed and ready to go. By getting your things together and putting them close to the door or in the car, you will have little room for excuses not to go.

VARY YOUR WORKOUT WITH THE SEASONS
If you’re fortunate enough to live in a climate with seasonal weather, use it to your advantage. Changing your workout program every six to eight weeks to accommodate weather conditions is a great way to stay motivated. During the winter, you can do yoga or strength training indoors. When the weather changes, head outdoors to walk, jog or bike. It’s a wonderful way to think about the year and making goals. There’s also an added bonus: Taking a break from an activity can actually improve your performance when you return to it.

GET A GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP
Getting a good night’s sleep is essential to a healthy lifestyle. Create the right environment by keeping your bedroom cool, dark and comfortable as well as quiet. Watch what you eat before bedtime by not eating too soon before turning in and staying away from caffeine, alcohol and nicotine at least 6 hours before you go to sleep.

  
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LLLAWSON 4/8/2010 8:05AM

    All these are good. So right on. Thanks for the reminders.

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SVELTINGTON 4/8/2010 8:02AM

    Excellent blog with great info!
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