Eternal Lifestyles » nutrition http://eternallifestyles.com Live Healthy, Live Long, Live Young Tue, 11 Jun 2013 00:03:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8 How to Get the Protein You Need (and Heal Faster) http://eternallifestyles.com/heal-faster-protein-sources/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=heal-faster-protein-sources http://eternallifestyles.com/heal-faster-protein-sources/#comments Thu, 25 Apr 2013 12:01:05 +0000 http://eternallifestyles.com/?p=274 Out of all the nutrients we eat every day, you better believe protein is one of the most important. You hear about it all the time – better get your protein – and they’re not joking. Amino acids are the essence of protein. They help build and maintain your muscle. They’re also what help wounds heal. Without protein, […]

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Out of all the nutrients we eat every day, you better believe protein is one of the most important.

You hear about it all the time – better get your protein – and they’re not joking. Amino acids are the essence of protein. They help build and maintain your muscle. They’re also what help wounds heal. Without protein, healing is out of the question.

Every human needs to eat about 10 to 15% of their total calories each day in protein. A good rule of thumb is 0.4 grams per pound of body weight. [1]

You should also eat a solid protein source, either plant or animal based, with each meal.

But getting your protein doesn’t have to mean beef, chicken, or fish. There are a lot of other protein sources you might not know (or forgot) even have protein.

Aren’t sure about the smartest ways to meet your protein needs? Here are some easy ways to get the protein you need and stay as healthy as a horse.

Legumes: You hear this term a lot, but a lot of people forget about all of the food items it can refers to. Lentils, peanut butter, black beans, refried beans, hummus, garbanzo beans (and every other bean under the sun), adding legumes to your meal is a great way to get your protein. Try adding more beans to all of your food – salads, soups, side dishes. White Northern beans are especially tasty as a meat substitute in pasta dishes.

Nuts: By keeping a can of almonds at your desk or in your car, you can get protein on the go. Sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds, walnuts and cashews, every nut has a good amount of protein. Eating 10 to 20 almonds a day for example has been recommended by doctors for several years now.

Veggies with protein: There are a number of vegetables out there that have a fair amount of protein. Broccoli, asparagus, spinach, kale and collard greens all have protein. As long as you make your salads with spinach, you already have a good amount of protein going, which is a great thing if you’re a vegetarian.

Protein powder: Ok this one is obvious, but protein powder is one of the most popular ways to get your protein needs met quickly.

The most commonly available is whey protein powder, but if you are a vegetarian, you can buy soy, hemp, rice or even pea protein powder.

Just one scoop of protein powder can meet a 1/3 of your daily protein need. Put a scoop in your smoothie or hot cereal. It’s also delicious in pancake batter (and even gives it extra thickness).

Protein powder can usually be found at most big box stores in the vitamin aisle.

Just remember the next time you get sick, increase your protein intake right away. It gives your body of fighting chance. After all, why do you think Popeye ate so much spinach?

[1] http://www.today.com/id/14563169/ns/today-today_health/t/protein-how-much-do-you-need/

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Caffeine: Finding the Right Balance http://eternallifestyles.com/caffeine-finding-the-right-balance/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=caffeine-finding-the-right-balance http://eternallifestyles.com/caffeine-finding-the-right-balance/#comments Wed, 10 Apr 2013 11:32:48 +0000 http://eternallifestyles.com/?p=376 We’ve all done it, drink too much. Whether you’re at a friends weekend BBQ, the big game, or just kicking back and watching a movie at home, having a few too many often has unintended consequences. Your head may hurt later, and you may have trouble sleeping. Your movements may become jerky after an initial […]

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We’ve all done it, drink too much. Whether you’re at a friends weekend BBQ, the big game, or just kicking back and watching a movie at home, having a few too many often has unintended consequences. Your head may hurt later, and you may have trouble sleeping. Your movements may become jerky after an initial boost of energy, and others may even begin to comment on how many you’re putting away.

No one wants to go through that, and that’s why limiting the amount of caffeine you get from soda and coffee is such a good idea. Having a little is fine, but once you start having a lot, problems tend to arise. Ask yourself this question: How much caffeine do I really need? I love having a can of Coca-Cola now and again, but having six each day doesn’t appeal to me. A little coffee in the morning is nice, but I avoid it like the plague before bed.

Caffeine is the most heavily used psychoactive substance in the world, and for good reason. The Coca-Cola Company’s logo is one of the most recognizable in the world, and Starbucks recently removed the English from its logo to have a broader appeal across all countries. You’d almost have to live on the moon to escape the effect of caffeine advertising, and if their Super Bowl advertisements are any indication, you may not be safe there for much longer either. Try not to get sucked in by advertising, and while it’s hard not to let it influence our consumption habits, it can be done.

Caffeine certainly isn’t as bad as a lot of substances out there, but it does affect your body in similar ways. Reaction times are often increased with caffeine intake, as your alertness and general well-being. And having a cup of coffee each day or a single can of soda isn’t going to kill you. But when your caffeine consumption becomes excessive, you’ll run the risk of becoming dehydrated. After all, when you’re drinking a lot of beverages that caffeine is delivered in, like soda and coffee, you’re not drinking water. If you don’t have enough water in your system, you could start to have headaches. And there goes that general sense of real being you had going for you with that one cup or can.

A little caffeine is alright, but too much is not. Find a balance that works for you, and keeps the feel good mood that caffeine provides from turning bad.

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Prostate Cancer Risks Are Reduced Almost 50 Percent By Grapeseed Extract http://eternallifestyles.com/prostate-cancer-risks-are-reduced-almost-50-percent-by-grapeseed-extract/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=prostate-cancer-risks-are-reduced-almost-50-percent-by-grapeseed-extract http://eternallifestyles.com/prostate-cancer-risks-are-reduced-almost-50-percent-by-grapeseed-extract/#comments Sat, 30 Mar 2013 03:45:23 +0000 http://eternallifestyles.com/?p=48 David Gutierrez found a study from 2011 that found men who regularly took grape seed extract were 41 percent less likely to have been diagnosed with prostate cancer six years after the study, than men who did not take grapeseed extract regularly. He also mentions that women participants who had any history at all of using grapeseed […]

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David Gutierrez found a study from 2011 that found men who regularly took grape seed extract were 41 percent less likely to have been diagnosed with prostate cancer six years after the study, than men who did not take grapeseed extract regularly.

He also mentions that women participants who had any history at all of using grapeseed extract were 43 percent less likely to develop hematologic cancer.

Prostate cancer risks are reduced almost 50 percent by grapeseed extract.

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Sugar Can Take a Serious Toll on Your Health – CBSNews http://eternallifestyles.com/sugar-can-take-a-serious-toll-on-your-health-cbsnews/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=sugar-can-take-a-serious-toll-on-your-health-cbsnews http://eternallifestyles.com/sugar-can-take-a-serious-toll-on-your-health-cbsnews/#comments Thu, 28 Mar 2013 13:39:33 +0000 http://eternallifestyles.com/?p=142 The post Sugar Can Take a Serious Toll on Your Health – CBSNews appeared first on Eternal Lifestyles.

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