GOING GLUTEN-FREE

Gluten is a particular kind of protein that is not found in eggs or meat but is in barley, rye, wheat and triticale (a cross between wheat and rye). Going gluten-free means avoiding these grains. A gluten-free diet is essential for those who have celiac disease, a condition that causes inflammation in the small intestines, or gluten allergies.  Symptoms of celiac disease include anemia, constipation or diarrhea, bloating, gas, headaches, skin rashes, joint pain and fatigue.

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A DIET FOR HEALTH & WEIGHT LOSS

Have you noticed? Look around and you’ll see a majority of Americans who are either overweight or obese. Look in supermarkets and you’ll see a plethora of food products, many of them processed or high-fat and/or sweet laden.  Consuming such a diet often leads to poor health and weight gain. It is not surprising that the leading cause of death in the United States is heart disease. A number of diseases, including pre-diabetes, diabetes, stroke and depression, are linked to how we eat .....

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ANTIBIOTICS IN OUR FOOD

Just what is in the food we eat? Considering the food chain, did you know adding antibiotics to food dates back to the 1940s? Antibiotic use has led to a dramatic reduction in illness and death from infectious diseases, yet there is a downside to this practice. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and others encourage health care professionals and patients to use antibiotics more wisely and seek education and understanding about both the risks and benefits of using them.

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Summer is finally here, and you want to get your weight down and be in the best shape ever. This summer, make it your mission to reach your weight-loss goals – the same ones you probably set for yourself at the beginning of the year.


Getting in shape does not happen overnight. It takes time and dedication. Simple tweaks to your diet and exercise regimen can have a large impact over time. Weight loss is not just nutrition or just exercise. It is the combination of nutrition and exercise that will help you obtain your ultimate fitness goals and have a better, healthier quality of life.


Fortunately, it’s never too late to start down the path to health and wellness. Follow the guidelines below so you can put yourself on a fast track. Turn these tips into lifelong habits to ensure lasting success.


FITNESS TIPS FOR LOSING WEIGHT

TANIQUA WARD, M.S.

TaNiqua Ward is a staff writer for Health & Wellness magazine.

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do 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity each week to stay healthy and prevent weight gain. The ACSM also recommends adults who want to lose weight do more than 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity for modest weight loss each week and more than 250 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity for significant weight loss each week.


It is important to incorporate a combination of cardio and strength training exercises. Cardio exercises will help you burn more calories. The strength training will burn fewer calories, but it will help you stay toned. Be sure to pace yourself. Start your exercise regimen slowly and progress from there to prevent injuries and burnout. One of the best ways to increase your intensity is to do intervals. Intervals consist of brief bursts of high intensity, followed by a more moderate pace. You can try doing intervals throughout your workout to help build endurance and take you to the next level.