Your Body Wants To Fight The Flu

The body’s immune system is our first line of defense against attacks from germs, bacteria, and viral agents like the flu.

The immune system detects these harmful invaders and begins the process of isolating and destroying them. But the immune system only works if it has the fuel that it needs.

You see, the immune system is called a “system” because it is comprised of various organs and sub systems that work together in harmony. The major parts of the immune system include:

  • Thymus
  • Spleen
  • Lymph system
  • Bone marrow
  • White blood cells
  • Antibodies
  • Complement system (30 specific proteins which circulate in our blood plasma).
  • Hormones

Each part of the immune system depends upon proper nutrition in order to be able to function at peak efficiency. If even one component of the immune system under-performs, the entire system is at risk of failing.

A failed immune system leaves the body with no protection from any type of attack. That’s why HIV and AIDS are such devastating diseases.

Unfortunately, most people have diets that fail to provide even the minimum nutritional levels that our immune systems requires to do its work.

And that’s one of the major reasons why this flu season may be the worst one ever. Citizens of developed countries are eating diets that are high in saturated fats and sugars and low in vitamins and minerals.

Many citizens of underdeveloped nations are suffering from malnutrition and even starvation.

Whether the immune system is affected by too much of the wrong food, or not enough of any food is not what’s important right now.

What is important is that most people’s immune systems are ill prepared to ward off this latest flu menace.

But you don’t have to let your immune system fail you when you need it the most. You have options.

You can give your body’s immune system exactly what it needs to operate a peak efficiency, and you can do it without having to eat a variety of special foods or ingesting handfuls of vitamins and minerals.

All you need to do is Winterize your body by taking just one capsule per day.

You Are What You Drink

The average American today gets about 21% of their from beverages, consuming about 150 to 300 more calories than 30 years ago. Half of this intake comes from soft drinks and juice drinks.

Why?….portions are bigger, and the percentage of people consuming these beverages has gone up.

There is a connection with soda and juice drinks and obesity, as well as any beverages with calories. There are groups of adults who have tripled their daily intake of alcoholic beverages, and other adults who have started having a smoothie a day.

Studies show that weight gain occurs when you shift from noncaloric beverages to calorically sweetened ones. If you drink a beverage, whether it is a soda, alcoholic beverage or juice, you do not compensate by eating less food later.

Beverages are less satiating than solid foods. When you consume calories from beverages, you do not necessarily compensate by eating less food later.

Calories that come from liquid do not register with our appetite controls. In fact many individuals eat even more calories than they normally would when they have an alcoholic beverage before a meal.

Why?…alcohol lowers a persons inhibitions, as well as sets up a fall in blood sugar, which causes a person to want to more.

Water is really all we need to drink for a healthy balanced diet. Water does several things for our bodies.

First it quenches our thirst, second it helps to eliminate the high amounts of sodium found in our foods today, and third it helps our elimination system work more effectively.

Though an occasional alcoholic drink, fruit juice, soda or cup of coffee is ok, it is important for us to get back to basics and eat and drink in moderation to live healthier lives.

What should we drink? Below are recommendations made by Nutritionists for a balanced diet.

  • 6 to 8 servings of water daily.
  • 2 servings of unsweetened coffee or tea a day
  • 2 servings of milk a day
  • No more than 4 diet drinks a day
  • Either one alcoholic, sports drink, or100% fruit juice a day
  • One soda a day

4 Easy Health and Fitness Tips

The US has seen an enormous increase in the mumber of people considered obese by the medical community. In fact many call it an obesity epidemic.

To combat this we find all sorts of pharamceutical companies selling the “quick fix” pills, powders, and lotions that do nothing to actually help people take the fat off and keep it off.

Of course the same could be said of the diet industry as well. There are so many different diets going around now you could pick one a month and in a years time still have more to choose from.

What is truely needed are some sensible proven weight loss tips that people can implement no matter what their present physical condition is. That said let’s dive right in.

1 Drink more water.

All too often Americans are borderline dehydrated and so their bodies are working on the water starvation reflex and not flushing the toxins and junk out.

2 Eat more often.

I bet you thought I was going to say eat less. While it is true that to lose weight you need to eat less calories than you expend…you need to eat more often to get the metabolic furnace stoked up and burning right. Get it out of starvation mode. So start the day off with breakfast. Even an instant breakfast drink and a piece of fruit as we head out the door in the morning.

3 Move more.

Depending on your physical condition you need to be moving more. Use the stairs rather than the elevator, park farther out from the office or the store, go for a walk around the block, go dancing, play with your kids. Make it fun. Running is not the only way to burn more calories.

4 Finally, determine your “Why”.

Decide why you want to discard fat. Make your reason big enough to motivate you through the slumps that invariably happen.

Personally my reason was to be able to live to see my great grandkids graduate college. My youngest kids are 4 and 6 now. Besides I wanted to get out and play with them without being out of breath all the time.

Nutrition Consulting for A Healthier Life

Nutrition consulting can help you distinguish the bad foods you may be eating from the good foods that are lacking in your diet.

Sometimes we make the wrong food choices thinking that we are actually eating nutritiously sound food. Let’s take a look at some of the myths regarding carbs and proteins, and even fats in our diets.

First, when you ask a professional for nutrition advice, you are not going to be told to eat all protein or all carbs in your diet in order to achieve fat loss and muscle gain.

This is a huge misconception. Ideally, you should have equal proportions of complex carbs and high quality proteins in your diet daily, with fats being used sparingly.

However, there are some fats that are very beneficial to us, and sources of such fats include olive oil, nuts, and certain fish, such as salmon.

Usually, the only time you might be advised by a professional during nutrition consulting to eat a diet higher in protein is if you are into natural bodybuilding.

Even then, you will still be encouraged to eat lots of fresh fruits and veggies, as well as whole grains. Carbohydrates do not make you fat; overeating does. Carbs provide us with the energy we need to sustain our bodies throughout our workouts.

In addition, carbs release chemicals in our bodies that make us feel better. Protein, on the other hand, is used for muscle growth. Good sources of high quality protein include fish, lean red meats, poultry, and nuts.

The goal is to find balance in our diets as well as in the rest of our lives, which can help us with stress reduction and weight loss.

The Truth about Natural Bodybuilding Diets

Typically, natural bodybuilding diets contain a slightly higher percentage of protein in the diet than of carbohydrates. However, it seems that this latest craze of high protein diets has gotten out of hand.

True, if you are eating to build muscle, you want to make sure that your diet consists of high quality lean proteins that can help your muscles grow and repair themselves.

However, a diet that has virtually all of its calories coming from protein will ultimately cause problems for you. First, you will begin to notice that your energy level has dropped, because carbohydrates are responsible for giving us our energy.

In addition, you will be depriving your body of the balanced nutrients it needs that it can only get from foods high in complex carbohydrates.

The fact is, you can still get a ripped body if you consume carbohydrates. But, if getting lean, defined muscles is your ultimate goal, you may want to consume a slightly higher amount of foods rich in protein, without sacrificing other nutrients.

You might want to start off your day with an egg white omelette, wheat toast, and a small orange juice. This meal will provide you with carbs, protein, and some fat.

For lunch, you might opt for a grilled chicken salad, with lots of fresh veggies and low fat dressing. And dinner could consist of salmon steaks, salad, and brown rice, or another starch.

Of course you can snack in-between meals, with healthy foods, such as fruit, protein bars, or even peanut butter on wheat crackers.

This way, you will fuel your body throughout the day with the energy and nutrients it needs to perform at its peak.