Nutrition Tips

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1. Your daily vitamins could be killing you.  Blasphemy?  Nope, just the truth, that is if we’re talking about Vitamins A and E.  Numerous studies have linked these vitamins to increased mortality from heart disease, cancer, etc.  The reason?  High levels of antioxidants in these vitamins significantly decrease your body’s immune system over time.  (Cosmopolitan Magazine, 2013)

2. “Health” foods aren’t usually healthy.  “Many foods marketed as being healthy or beneficial for weight loss is often times calorie bombs”, says Dr. Oz, “using excessive amounts of sugar to compensate for reduction in fat.”  The main culprits?  Protein bars, yogurt, premade smoothies, dried fruit, fat-free anything, and sushi.  Incorporate healthy fats into your meal instead like real peanut butter, avocados, etc.

3. One of the easiest health moves?  Just add lemon.  According to the National Academy of Health and Dietician, squeezing some lemon into your water may be one of the most beneficial things you can do for your health.  At less than 50 cents each, this wonder fruit has more vitamin C than oranges and is loaded with potassium.  They also help cleanse your system, aid in digestion, and purify the liver.  What does this mean for you?  Clearer skin and a body free of impurities!

4. The truth about eggs: Contrary to popular belief, eggs are great for weight loss and don’t affect your cholesterol levels negatively, as long as you eat in moderation.  Additionally, the yolk is where all of the nutrients in eggs are, so don’t stick to just egg whites!  (Livestrong, 2013)

5. The real cause for your acne? It has long been touted that certain foods cause acne, but it’s not the one you might think.  According to Medline Plus, recent studies show the main culprit is actually milk.  The reason?  Milk, especially skim/nonfat, is heavily laden with androgen hormones, a long time perpetrator in the acne department.  Additionally, between 75% and 90% of milking cows are pregnant, adding more hormones. (Medline Plus)

6.  Still fighting breakouts? Take the low glycemic route. Processed carbohydrates, like cookies, white bread, and those Cheez-It’s you’re reaching for in your backpack are high on the glycemic index.  According to research conducted by AcneNet in conjunction with Medline Plus, higher rankings mean a greater spike in your insulin or blood sugar levels which trigger the release of those villainous androgen hormones, resulting in those stressful breakouts that seem to make an appearance at all of the worst times.  Do your skin and your body a favor and don’t eat anything processed!

7. On that note: Okay, this one is quick.  Make a point to look at the ingredients list on the food you’re eating.  If there is anything that you can’t pronounce, OR if the list is more than 2 inches long, just don’t go there.

8. Hey, it’s okay…: Sometimes you simply need that blended Frappuccino, and “no” is not an acceptable answer.  With a few easy switches, you can knock down the calorie count from 460 to 90 by simply ordering it “light” with no extra whipped cream.  Even if you splurge a bit more, according to US Dietary Guidelines, if you eat 2,000 calories a day, 260 are allowed to be “empty.”  So, go ahead- indulge in that Oreo, slice of cheese pizza, or peanut M&M’s, all of which happen to be “naughty” foods that aren’t so bad after all because of certain nutritional elements like protein and calcium.

 

 

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