The Anti-inflammatory Diet

It’s an age-old saying, “Eat an apple before going to bed, and you'll keep the doctor from earning his bread." Why apples? If that’s the thought running through your mind, here we are with some answers. Apples among other food products have anti-inflammatory effects which can regulate the body's inflammation to its optimum level.

Inflammation is the body’s way of generating power to fight out immediate threats from infectious foreign bodies, toxic chemicals, and even stress. In certain medical conditions, of which RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis) covers a major area the body inflammation level goes way beyond the normal level. According to Mansour Mohamadzadeh from the University of Florida, who directs the Center for Inflammation and Mucosal Immunology, "In a healthy situation, inflammation serves as a good friend to our body. But if immune cells start to overreact, that infl…

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Guidelines for Vegan Bodybuilding: Building Muscle on a Plant-Based Diet

Sometimes, people who follow a vegan diet think they can’t build muscle because they don’t eat meat. However, you can still get enough protein for muscle building when you eat a diet based totally on plant foods. A vegan diet is one that doesn't include any foods from animal sources. If you’re a vegan who’s interested in gaining body mass, here are some basic guidelines for bodybuilding.Eat More Protein Based FoodsOne of the main ways to build muscle is to eat more foods that contain dense protein. These include foods such as nuts, beans, whole grains, and seeds. Just be sure you avoid artificial meat products and other processed foods. You’ll need to include these foods in every meal and snack. For example, instead of just eating cereal or bread, add peanut butter, which is a legume and source of protein. Consume Sufficient Amounts of Essential Vitamins and MineralsPeople on vegan diets need to be sure they get enough essential vitamins and minerals that can be l…

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Vital diet mistakes to avoid when trying to lose weight

Individuals when trying to lose weight do face a lot of confusion when choosing the right weight loss plan and especially the right diet and nutrition that is effective. The internet is filled with a lot of dos and don’ts that can make you feel totally confused.  According to Ronnie Coleman, a professional body builder, the 3 major diet mistakes to avoid when losing weight are as follows: Insufficient protein – Protein is very essential for the body and if this is not sufficient in the body, it means that your body is being robbed of its potential strength and size. If your training is for good muscles then a minimum of 1g protein per pound of body weight is essential. This protein can be got from lean meat (fish, chicken, lean beef) eggs.   Eating bad carbs – it is not how many carbs to eat per day instead it is important to check what type of carbs you eat. Mostly these carbs can be got from whole grains, veggies, legumes and certain fruits. Keep simple ca…
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The Zone Diet

The Zone Diet exemplifies the saying that “We are what we eat.” What we put into our body greatly contributes to our overall health. For those people who finally decided to lose weight, or for those people who want to keep a healthy body, or for those active athletes who need to maintain their muscles’ rigidity; this type of diet may work for you. The Zone Diet craze was developed by Dr. Barry Sears, a biochemist. It is in the midway continuum of the recommended USDA food pyramid which promotes eating fruits and vegetables, meat, grains, low carbs, reduced fat intake, with the high-fat Atkins Diet. A good healthy diet gives a boost of energy and a sense of well-being. It also helps in flensing fat and packing on muscle. (more…)
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What is a Gluten-Free Diet?

Most of us may have heard of a gluten-free diet but many of us are not very clear as to what it really means. The dictionary meaning for 'gluten' is, a tough substance that remains when any grain (e.g. wheat) is washed to remove the starch. Gluten is a protein made up of two protein groups - glutelin and gliadin and is present in cereal grains like wheat, rye and barley and products based on them. Also, food like bread, pasta, noodles, pizza, crackers are gluten containing as also junk food like desserts (cakes, cookies, brownies), and biscuits, waffles, candies, etc. Processed foods containing malt / malt flavoring, salad dressings, mayonnaise, etc. too are said to contain gluten. Sauces and gravies using wheat flour as a thickener also contain gluten.   Foods that fall in the 'safe' or gluten-free category are cereals like rice, millet, quinoa, sorghum and flours of rice, soy, corn, potatoes, etc. Naturally available food like meat, fish and poultry products, fruit…
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