Being fit and healthy isn’t all about going to the gym or not having any excess weight on your body. It’s also about sleeping well, having enough energy and looking after your skin, hair and nails.
The foods we eat make up a big part of how we feel, look and act in general. A better diet will help you in many different ways, so here are some of the top healthy eating foods to help to fuel your fitness levels and general health.
Studies repeatedly show that exercising is not only good for our physical health but you can exercise to feel good mentally.
When we start to exercise, our heart starts to beat faster. Our brain interprets the increased heart rate as part of a “flight-or-fight” response to an impending danger. To protect itself, and the rest of your body in preparation of the upcoming danger, it releases a protein called BDNF (Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor) along with endorphins.
Over recent years, fat from food has gotten a bad rap. When mentioned, most people react like fat is a bad thing. And it can be. But it’s also one of the critical macronutrients of the three that the body needs to perform at optimal levels. These are protein, carbohydrates, and fat.
The issue that comes into play with fat from food is the type of fat and amount.
Food is necessary to keep us going and giving us energy throughout the day. Anyone who has ever tried to work without breakfast or lunch can relate to that. But food can actually be responsible for a lack of energy too, if you eat the wrong things.
One important part of a successful exercise regimen is post-workout nutrition. The best foods to eat after a workout will quickly and efficiently restore the body’s energy and nutrients.
During exercise, the body breaks down muscle protein structures and glycogen. You also lose a lot of water through sweat.
Therefore, the key to any great post workout meal-plan revolves around replenishing glycogen levels, rehydrating the body and providing essential nutrients that aid tissue repair. To help you get started, here are some suggestions for some great foods to eat after a workout. Continue reading “Top 5 Foods To Eat After A Workout”
Before exercising, it’s important to fuel your body for the work that it’s about to do. If you don’t eat before a workout or eat very little, it will likely lead to quick fatigue and weakness due to low blood glucose.
On the other hand, consuming too much food before exercise may cause stomach discomfort, nausea or cramping. The timing of meals can also affect energy levels during exercise. So what should you eat before a workout and when should you eat it?
On the surface, sugar and salt seem like two innocuous minerals that improve the taste of food. In fact, when taken in moderation at the recommended levels, sugar and salt can be beneficial to maintaining a healthy body.
But sugar and salt have an insidious side that when eaten in excess, can raise havoc with your energy levels.
You may have heard that cutting carbs can lead to significant weight loss. Is this another one of those health recommendations that will soon be changed?
First we were told that eating fat makes you fat. Now we know that’s incorrect. It’s eating sugar makes you fat. Fats are needed as a part of a healthy diet.
We were also told you shouldn’t eat more than one egg a day because of a link to cholesterol. Now we know eggs aren’t linked to high cholesterol levels, so eating a couple of day won’t do you any harm.
We all crave that time of year when we get to show off some skin and enjoy being outdoors in the warm, sunny weather. However, the best part about summer is that it brings us a plethora of fresh fruits and vegetables.
And they’re all filled with amazing health benefits.
Find ways to add 5 to 9 servings of fruits and vegetables to your daily diet. A serving refers to 1 cup of fruit or 1/2 cup of dried fruit. The same applies to vegetables. Fresh fruits and vegetables fill your belly and make you feel more satisfied and full.
Here are 10 of the best fruit and vegetables for a healthy summer diet.