Blood. You know you need it. But have you really thought about why you need it? Your blood is made up of both liquid and solids. The liquid part is referred to as plasma and is “made of water, salts, and protein. Over half of your blood is plasma. The solid part of your blood contains red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets” (National Institutes of Health (NIH)).
Just when I think I’ve heard it all, I discover that there are people who follow ‘junk food diets’ to lose weight.
Despite many reports to the contrary, the average American does not gain that much weight over the winter holidays.
It is my opinion that magnesium is a miracle mineral. It is one of the critical nutrients we need to stay healthy. It is an important cofactor for hundreds of processes and reactions in the body, including energy. It is also important in sugar breakdown and use, blood pressure regulation and muscle and nerve function, including the heart muscle.
Employee wellness programs have become ubiquitous. In fact, over 90 percent of companies, and the majority of government entities, offer some sort of wellness program for their employees. Many companies have installed gyms in the office space, offer employees “stand-and-stretch” breaks throughout the day, and provide healthier food options in cafeterias and break rooms. All have been shown to make a positive difference.
Vitamin D is one of the nutrients you need to stay healthy. As you may already know, it is sometimes referred to as the ‘sunshine vitamin’ because it is made with the help of the sun.
If we are lucky enough to grow old, we will experience some form of physical and mental decline. For example, we may not be able to move around as quickly as we did before. We may even forget things we used to remember.
Many people are buying collagen supplements and even collagen-enhanced food products, like snack bars and protein powders. Reportedly, sales of collagen-infused snacks and drinks in the U.S. reached $60 million during the past year. And in 2023, the value of the global collagen market is expected to reach $9.4 billion. Purchase of these products, like with most supplements, does not usually require any prescription or clearance from a doctor.
At some point, I believe that every parent on the planet has described their child as a picky eater. And children who are picky eaters usually push their plates away when the plate has vegetables and certain fruits.
Like myself, you probably have a spice rack or cabinet at home which house a variety of dried herbs and spices. They have a very long shelf life and are great flavoring agents.
I love farmers’ markets. They’re great for getting outside and changing up the sometimes mundane trip to the grocery store. It’s also great to support local businesses that offer fresh, healthy foods. It can also be beneficial to bring your child to a farmers’ market. Seeing the array of colorful, fresh produce and learning about where these foods come from can be empowering for children.
We all need sodium to stay healthy. Sodium is an essential mineral that helps regulate blood pressure. On the other hand, excess sodium in the diet may cause high blood pressure (hypertension) and heart disease.
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