Take charge of your health – it’s already March 2017!

The next bites of food that you eat, well, they really matter! And your next footsteps are so important at tightening up your muscles and waistline!

National Nutrition Month is under way, and we want you to be part of it now! Here are the tidbits you need to know!

3 Newsbits for National Nutrition Month

pickled-vegetables-21109701.  Fermented Foods. Lactofermentation occurs when natural bacteria consume starch and sugar, creating lactate. Digestion is enhanced, nutrients are preserved, and the following are produced: beneficial enzymes, B vitamins, omega-3 fatty acids, and probiotics (and no, probiotics didn’t originate in a commercial pill). Immunity is improved; probiotics aid pathogen-induced antibody production (80% of our immune system is in the gut). Fermented foods last long, taste great, and have been used for centuries: sauerkraut, cabbage, pickles, yogurt, kimchi, and kefir. Eat small amounts of fermented foods with each meal, and vary the source for up to 100 times more probiotics than supplements!

TomatoWAIST2. Exercise. The US Department of Health and Human Resources set the following physical activity guidelines (PAG): at least 150 min moderate-intensity, or 75 min vigorous-intensity aerobic activity per week (or a combination of both), with 2 days/week of muscle-strengthening. A 2017 PLoS One study by Schroeder et al showed more beneficial cardiac outcomes and a slimmer waistline with over 1 year of membership. Smaller waistlines over age 40 can be associated with less chronic metabolic syndrome, diabetes, and heart attack. So let’s get seriously motivated, shall we?

3. Mineral Water. Glass-bottled mineral water has health benefits of trace minerals such as calcium, bicarbonate (alkaline pH), chloride, iron, magnesium and silicon. In a 2013 Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease article, Davenward et al showed clinical improvement in 3 of 15 patients with Alzheimer’s disease who drank 1L / day for 12 weeks of mineral water with trace amounts of silicon. They found excretion of aluminum in the urine, thought to be from Alzheimer’s brain plaque formation. Other health benefits include: increased skin hydration, increasing the good cholesterol, HDL, and decreasing the bad cholesterol, LDL. For brands at alkaline pH, it may result in improved oxygenation of tissues and a less beneficial environment for cancer cell growth.

So Get Motivated!

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