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  1. Exercise & Diabetes

    Glucose is sugar that is an important energy source in living organisms and is a component of many carbohydrates.  Most of the food we eat is turned into glucose for our bodies to use for energy.  The pancreas, an organ that lies near the stomach, makes a hormone called insulin to help glucose get into the cells of our bodies so it can be used for energy.  Diabetes is a disease in which blood g…Read More

  2. Target Heart Rate

    Target Heart Rate simply means the heart rate range that’s best for a given individual.  The target heart rate zone is generally calculated by using a percentage of one’s maximum heart rate, which is the maximum number of beats per minute the heart of an individual is capable of beating based on their age and physical condition.  An estimate of a person’s maximum age-related heart rate can…Read More

  3. Are You Exercising Within Your Target Heart Rate Zone?

    To determine whether you are exercising within your target heart rate zone, you must monitor your heart rate.  This can be done by a couple of methods.  The easiest way is to invest in a heart rate monitor.  Such a device consists of a strap that you place around your mid-section, and a wrist watch.  The two communicate with one another and your heart rate is displayed on the wristband.  This…Read More

  4. How Much Exercise Is Needed To Lose Weight?

    When it comes to weight loss, people vary greatly in how much physical activity they need based on their body type, metabolism and exercise intensity.  That said, most people will need a high amount of physical activity unless one’s diet is adjusted to reduce the amount of calories being consumed.  The more vigorous your exercise program, the more calories per hour you will burn.  What do we …Read More

  5. Stress Reduction

    Statistics show that 9 out of 10 adults have experienced serious stress.  Stress is a part of everyday life but has become more of a problem since the introduction of technology into our already fast paced lives.  Time constraints, feelings of inadequacy and unrealistic expectations can all lead to feeling stressed out.  A certain amount of stress can be useful as a motivating factor but too mu…Read More

  6. Carbohydrates

    Carbohydrates are the body’s main source of energy.  When carbohydrates are broken down by the body, glucose is formed, which is essential to fuel, build, and repair the body.  There are complex carbohydrates and simple carbohydrates, also known as sugar.  Each has a vastly different effect on the body.  Complex carbohydrates consist of three or more sugars and are fiber-rich.  They may als…Read More

  7. Proteins

    Protein is an essential nutrient, made up of amino acids, which helps form the structural components of body tissue, such as muscle, and also is used in many biological processes, such as growth and brain function.  Our bodies do not make sufficient amounts of amino acids, which are essential for good health.  Therefore, we must get them through our diet.  Although there is much debate about th…Read More

  8. Fat

    Dietary fats are classified as monounsaturated, polyunsaturated, and saturated, based on the structure of their fatty acids.  Monounsaturated fats from things such as avocado, peanut, flax, and olive, are good sources of fat for the body.  Like everything else, however, they need to be consumed in moderation.  Polyunsaturated fats can be obtained in foods such as nuts, seeds, and vegetable oils…Read More

  9. Vitamins & Minerals

    Vitamins such as A, B (there are several), C, D and E, and minerals, like calcium, iron and sodium, are needed by the body to trigger chemical reactions necessary to maintain good health.  Vitamins enhance the body’s use of carbohydrates, proteins and fats and are critical in the formation of blood cells, hormones, nervous system chemicals known as neurotransmitters, and DNA.  Minerals are sma…Read More

  10. Water

    Water is quite possibly the single most important component in maintaining good health throughout your life.  Most people don’t realize that the body is predominantly made up of water, with a healthy woman being between 50-60% water, and a healthy man being between 60 -70%.  Water is responsible for cellular life, chemical and metabolic reactions, transporting nutrients to cells, body temperat…Read More