How Exercise Can Help You Live Longer

How Exercise Can Help You Live Longer

Beautiful fit senior couple in gym working out, doing push ups.

Most people want to live longer, but they also include the qualifier,” and remain active and independent.” Quality of life is the key. When you exercise regularly, it increases both longevity and the quality of those added years. The old saying, “Exercise adds years to your life, and life to those years,” is true. How does exercise help? It reduces the risk of several life-threatening illnesses, including the number one cause of preventable deaths, obesity.

Exercise helps build new cells and protects the chromosomes.

Stem cell research has opened new medical doors. Most people think of fetal cells when they hear stem cells, but your body continues to create them, no matter how old you are. The key is to remain active. The more active you are, the more stem cells you create. Stem cells are cells used to replace dying and damaged cells. Before knee replacement or other orthopedic surgery, many surgeons suggest increased activity to boost stem cell production. Exercise also helps protect older cells and extends their life by protecting the chromosomes. Each cell has a telomere that prevents the chromosomes from unraveling. It acts similar to aglets on the end of shoelaces. Exercise extends the telomeres to add longer protection.

When you exercise, you increase circulation.

Increased circulation provides more nutrients and oxygen to the cells. It improves respiratory efficiency and strengthens the heart. Like any muscle, the heart gets stronger the more you exercise it. Exercise also keeps the joints lubricated and muscles flexible. It affects your digestive process in several ways. Movement improves the passage of food through your digestive tract. Exercise also improves the balance of microbes in the microbiome. Exercise can help control obesity, which increases the risk of many life-threatening conditions such as heart attack, high blood pressure, diabetes, and certain types of cancer. Exercise also helps lower blood pressure.

Exercising regularly keeps you younger and less prone to injury.

Whether it’s strength-building, flexibility, balance, or endurance, all types of exercise make you less prone to injury. It can help prevent muscle pulls and sprains and reduce falls. Weight-bearing exercise can strengthen the bones and prevent osteoporosis. Exercise also reduces stress, which adds to aging. It boosts circulation to improve your skin and keep it looking younger. It puts pep in your step, so you’ll look and feel younger, too.

  • You can increase your activity level by taking walks or getting guidance in a group, semi-private, or private sessions with a personal trainer. Trainers design programs that meet your needs.
  • No matter what your physical shape, exercise is beneficial for almost all people of all ages. Always check with your healthcare professional first before starting an exercise program.
  • Increasing your steps to 10,000 a day can reduce mortality risk by 40%. Even if you only increase them as little as 3,000 extra steps a day, it can reduce mortality significantly.
  • Exercise brings relief to people with arthritis pain and other joint pain. It can help reduce back pain and prevent it. It lowers blood pressure, blood glucose levels, and cholesterol levels.

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How To Tell If I'm Dehydrated

How To Tell If I’m Dehydrated

Knowing the signs of dehydration is vital in Lakeland, FL, in all seasons, especially during the cooler months when you’re less likely to think you can get dehydrated. You might carry water everywhere, but if you’re not sipping on it frequently, it does your body no good. Each person’s symptoms will vary. Knowing all the symptoms helps you identify the problem and take action before it develops into a life-threatening issue.

If you feel exhausted, before getting coffee, drink some water.

Dehydration can leave you wiped out and ready to lay down. A cup of coffee can help because it provides the liquid your body needs. A bottle or glass of water is better. It contains no caffeine to make you jittery and doesn’t act as a diuretic, leading to future dehydration. When you drink water, if dehydration is the problem, you’ll feel a lift almost immediately. Dehydration can cause a headache, too. The brain has a high percentage of fluid. Fluid protects both the brain and central nervous system. Take a glass of water first and see if that helps before taking a pain reliever.

One simple test is the color of your urine.

The color of urine should be a light straw yellow. If it’s dark yellow to brown, it’s a sign you’re dehydrated. Clear urine is a sign you’ve overhydrated. No matter how simple the test is, you may not have enough urine to check if you’re dehydrated. It is one sign in babies and toddlers that mothers can identify easily. If there’s little moisture on the diaper and fewer changes, dehydration may be a problem.

Dehydration affects your blood pressure.

When you’re dehydrated, your blood pressure can increase or drop. The change in blood pressure is the indicator. Some people experience a sudden drop in blood pressure due to low blood volume. Others show an increase in blood pressure. That occurs because the body produces more vasopressin. Vasopressin constricts blood vessels to ensure an adequate flow. The thicker blood due to lack of fluid and constricted vessels causes a rise in blood pressure. It’s a rebound reaction to help prevent fainting. Look for signs of abnormally low or abnormally high blood pressure.

  • Dry cracked or chapped lips can indicate dehydration. The skin turgor test is another simple way to check. Take a pinch of skin on the forearm or abdomen and release it. If it takes a while to return to normal, it’s dehydration.
  • Your sleep-wake cycle may be affected by dehydration. It can shorten the cycle or cause you to awaken mid-cycle with a feeling of doom. If you wake up tired, drink more water earlier in the evening.
  • If your joints ache, they may be telling you to drink something. The fluid in the joints protects them and prevents bones from rubbing together, which causes joints to ache. It can lead to future damage.
  • If you suddenly lash out or feel defeated, it could be dehydration. Dehydration affects your thinking in many ways. It causes focus, concentration, and diminished memory. Stay alert by sipping on water throughout the day.

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Why You Shouldn't Eat After 8 PM

Why You Shouldn’t Eat After 8 PM

Most people have heard the saying that you shouldn’t eat after 8 p.m. Few know the reason behind that. It has little to do with the actual time of day or the average person’s bedtime. If you don’t get off work until 10 p.m. or go to bed early, eating after eight becomes your mealtime. If you eat three meals a day before 8 p.m., any food after that is snacking that adds extra calories.

A calorie is just a calorie no matter when you eat it.

If you only ate one 1,000-calorie meal a day and it was at 8:01 p.m., you’d probably lose weight if you had an average activity level throughout the day or into the evening. To gain a pound, you have to eat 3500 calories more than you burn. Most people require more than 1,000 calories a day to maintain their weight. The problem is that the more time you have to eat, the more likely you are to eat more. Studies show that eating your final meal after 8 didn’t cause weight gain, but eating after that final meal did. Most adults who eat late have eaten three meals already and their late-night consumption is snacking. It adds extra calories to their diet.

Late night snacking can interfere with the body’s sleep/wake cycle.

The cycle is called the circadian rhythm. It regulates the body and makes it more active during the day. That higher activity requires more energy, so insulin sensitivity is higher in the daytime. What is insulin sensitivity? Insulin is a messenger that tells the cells to open and uptake the blood glucose for energy. Eating late at night can interfere with that process since the body isn’t active enough to use the energy. It can cause insulin sensitivity that ultimately may lead to diabetes.

Eating close to bedtime may cause health issues.

Besides weight gain from overeating, it can lead to acid reflux and digestive issues. Sitting up after you eat and walking around helps digestion. It increases blood flow to the digestive system. Laying down slows the blood flow and doesn’t allow gravity to help. The acid and the food tend to come back in the esophagus. It can cause heartburn, threaten dental health, and even cause sinusitis, a hoarse voice, and a sore throat.

  • Late at night, you tend to eat “easy” foods to prepare. Most of these require opening a box or sack and snacking. These are high in calories and lower in nutrition. It’s all about what you eat, not when you eat.
  • One study showed that people who ate late at night between eleven p.m. to five a.m. Often consumed 500 calories more than those who only ate during the day. That causes weight gain.
  • Some people who eat at night eat more for emotional reasons than hunger. It may be boredom, sadness, or anxiety. People who eat for emotional reasons tend to make poorer food choices.
  • When you sleep, your stomach function slows. It’s busy repairing and regrowing tissues. That slow function doesn’t allow for proper digestion. It can cause nausea or an upset stomach in the morning.

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Ways To Exercise As A Couple

Ways To Exercise As A Couple

Many couples in Lakeland, FL join the gym together and then work out at different times. That might be a wasted opportunity. Sometimes, it’s because of childcare, while other times it’s simply scheduling convenience. Both are logical reasons, but why not take at least one day for time as a couple? Work out together and follow it with a healthy dinner out. It may cost more because of a sitter, but you can save money with semi-private training. You’ll learn routines you can do at home together.

Not all exercise has to take place in a gym.

Walking, hiking, bike riding, and dancing are excellent types of exercise for couples. You can do other things besides weightlifting and calisthenics. Anything that gets you up and moving is good. Whether you walk the mall, jump rope, or turn up the music and dance together, you’re getting exercise. It doesn’t have to cost money or require a lot of equipment. Inexpensive children’s toys like hula hoops, can be a fun couple’s workout challenge.

Workout buddies are recommended for many reasons.

Why not make that workout buddy your significant other? A partner can check your form, hold you accountable, and be part of the exercise. If you’re doing sit-ups, your favorite person can sit on your legs to maximize the benefits. You don’t need a piece of equipment to do it. Hook squats are fun, but you need a partner. Stand back to back and lock arms, then squat until your thighs are parallel to the ground. Sidestep in that position, making a complete circle clockwise, then switch and do the same thing counter-clockwise. You can even do wall squats together, using each other’s backs as the wall.

Before you start set the rules.

Having a spouse or significant other as a workout partner can provide motivation. It can make your workout more effective and keep you working hard. It also can improve your relationship, but the opposite of all these things can also be true. Both parties should be dedicated to exercising together and sticking with the scheduled time. If one partner isn’t, instead of keeping the other motivated, it can destroy motivation. There should be a reward for sticking with the program and a penalty for the person who skips it. The penalty can be chore-related. Scheduling the time and having rules to follow can help prevent problems.

  • Create goals that fit your fitness level. The plan should include all types of training: flexibility, strength, endurance, and balance.
  • When you’re making plans, commit for a shorter period, such as a month or two. At the end of that time, reevaluate to see if you want to continue. A short-term goal is easier to keep.
  • If you don’t have weights for strength training, use resistance bands. They’re inexpensive and easy to store.
  • We can help you get started with semi-private training. Ask your personal trainer for exercises you can do together at home. Everyone is different, and so is their progress. Expect one person to improve faster than the other.

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Delicious Treats You Can Have In Moderation

Delicious Treats You Can Have In Moderation

Snacking is almost an American tradition. You see it in commercials and commonly on TV shows. If you started eating healthier, healthy snacks should also be on the menu. Sometimes, you want more. You want special treats that you used to eat before your dietary changes. You can still have them, but you must eat them in moderation and only occasionally. If weight loss is one of your goals, try to keep the portion size between 100-200 calories.

Start by creating individual sizes.

Most treats people crave are not only high in calories but also unhealthy. They contain high amounts of sugar and often have no redeeming quality unless it’s the pleasure you get when you eat them. Most contain high amounts of sugar, fat, and-or salt. They’re created to make you want more. You can avoid over-eating by dividing larger sizes into 100 to 200-calorie portions and limiting yourself to one portion.

Nuts and trail mix are healthy treats you can consume daily but in moderation.

You can purchase individual bags of nuts, but most of them are highly salted and oil roasted. You’re better off buying raw nuts and creating individual-sized bags. Walnuts, pistachios, and pecans are good choices. You can add pumpkin or sunflower seeds to your mix. For a little sweetness, add pieces of dried fruit or a small amount of dark chocolate.

If you want cake, make it angel food.

People often miss their sweet treats when they switch to a healthier lifestyle. Sometime, that sweet apple or those grapes won’t do. When you’re at that point, consider angel food cake. One slice is just 72 calories. Top it with sliced strawberries or blueberries and 2 TBSP of non-fat topping for another 100 calories and you have a delectable dessert for under 200 calories. You could even sprinkle on a few shavings of dark chocolate.

  • Make a parfait with Greek yogurt, a half banana, fresh or frozen cherries or berries, and nuts. Layer it in an 8-ounce Mason jar. Put on the lid and refrigerate. It’s about 115 calories.
  • Make a healthy dip and cut up fresh veggies for a treat that will fill you up without adding extra calories. Avoid eating too much dip, since even the healthiest options are often higher in calories.
  • Sweet treats that are fit for a gourmet meal are strawberries dipped in dark chocolate. Use chocolate chips or a square of dark chocolate with a high percentage of cacao. Microwave the chocolate to melt it, then dip the fruit. You can also dip frozen bananas on a stick.
  • Choose popcorn over potato chips but make the popcorn yourself. Air-popped or homemade microwave popcorn are good options. You don’t need oil to make microwave popcorn, just a bowl with a loose plate to cover it.

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The Best Outdoor Exercise Ideas In The Heat

The Best Outdoor Exercise Ideas In The Heat

You’ll get huge benefits from outdoor exercise in the heat. It can boost your metabolism and improve exercise efficiency. You need to acclimate your body to the heat to let your body make adaptations. People in Lakeland, FL can do that by taking their workout outdoors a few days a week all year. As the weather slowly gets hotter, you’ll adjust as the temperature rises. Exercising outside in the heat has its drawbacks. It can be dangerous if you’re not in peak shape. People with health conditions, are older, or taking medications, should check with their healthcare professional first. Exercise smarter in the heat.

Ride a bike and feel the wind in your face.

Experience one of the many Lakeland bike paths in parks or the Lake-to-Lake bikeway system. You’ll get exercise and a gorgeous view of the outdoors. Riding a bike or exercising outdoors has its benefits. It can help reduce chronic inflammation that can negatively affect all parts of your body. It also lowers your stress level and reduces cortisol which contributes to belly fat. The combination of sun, fresh air, and exercise can lift your spirits, too.

Walk, run or hike in a wooded area.

Just being around greenery improves your spirit. Take a walk in Hollis Garden and enjoy the greenery. Turn the walk into a HIIT—high intensity interval training—workout by modifying your pace. Walk or run at peak intensity for a minute or two, then reduce it to recovery for the same time or longer. Repeat throughout the walk. Take a hike in one of the many parks for a more challenging session. Colt Creek, Loyce Harp Park, and Gator Creek Reserve Trail are a few ideal places to hike to enjoy the outdoors as you exercise.

Exercising in the heat just became cooler in the water.

You’ll get many benefits from exercising in the water. Your body is buoyant, so it’s easier on the joints. You’ll also be pushing against the resistance of the water, so simple movements burn more calories. You can choose from one of the many swimming pools in the city to do pool exercises. If you want more adventure, go kayaking or paddleboarding at Lake Crago Outdoor Recreation Complex or go to Colt Creek for canoeing and kayaking.

  • If you’re out of shape walking any distance can be dangerous outside. You can help Rover get exercise too. Take him to Lake Crago Dog Park for a walk.
  • Spending time being active has other benefits, like improved eyesight. A study of 2,000 schoolchildren showed that those who played outside improved their eyesight by 8% compared to those that didn’t.
  • Reverse mental burnout by getting outside more often. Studies show that getting out in nature improves mental energy. The study found that just looking at pictures of natural settings helped.
  • Use your backyard as your gym but keep the workout short. You can jump rope or hula hoop and make it a time for family fun.

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Reasons To Document Your Fitness Journey

Reasons To Document Your Fitness Journey

Why do personal trainers document your fitness progress every time you work with them? One reason is that it helps identify whether the program is working. The trainer can look at your beginning weight if weight loss is a goal and compare it to your present weight. He or she can compare the number of sets and repetitions you can do of a given exercise and see if there’s an improvement. The trainer also knows that tracking your workouts and progress can help determine what to do next.

Your goal can determine how you track your progress.

Some people enter a fitness program for reasons other than building more muscle and shedding fat. Some want to improve athletic performance, while others just want to manage a condition, like high blood pressure or insulin resistance. You need to document the signs that are vital to your goal. If you want to build muscle and lose fat, track your weight and measurements. If you want to be healthier, track blood pressure, blood sugar levels, or other factors regarding your health. If you’re working out to build strength, track the amount you can lift and for tracking endurance, track miles run, stairs climbed, or heart rate.

How can documenting your fitness journey help?

When you write down a workout, you can do it quicker and not stop to remember what to do next. You can see the progress you have made. Getting fit takes a while and occurs in small increments. You might not realize how far you’ve come. Documentation can create a picture of your journey. Looking back at your progress can provide inspiration to continue when your motivation is dragging.

Tracking can turn fitness into a game.

If you’re competitive, especially with yourself, documenting your progress helps. Most competitive people strive to outdo their last workout when they track and achieve or surpass their daily goal. Tracking your progress also holds you accountable. You may think you’re getting fitter and doing more, but the numbers don’t lie. They can prove it one way or the other. Documenting your journey helps keep you focused on your goals.

  • Documenting your journey provides a snapshot of each day’s success or failure. You can make it more visual by adding monthly photos of yourself to the documentation process.
  • Don’t forget to track how you feel each day. Do you feel more energetic? Are you happier? Exercise can help reduce depression and improve your mood. The more you include in documentation, the more reasons you give yourself to love what regular exercise adds to your life.
  • The first step for any fitness program is to have specific goals and a specific timeline. Documenting your journey isn’t as effective unless you know where you want to end. Clear goals and documented progress increase the chances of success.
  • Unless you track your progress, you won’t realize when you have small and large successes. Realizing when you’re successful and celebrating it can boost your motivation, improve your attitude, and keep you focused.

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Plant-Based Diets For Athletes

Plant-Based Diets For Athletes

We do team training at Habitat Health and Fitness in Lakeland, FL, so we work with many athletes. We also believe that inside every person is a hidden athlete waiting to emerge. Clients often wonder if plant-based diets could fit into an active, athletic lifestyle. The answer is yes, but it takes a lot of planning to ensure it contains all the nutrients necessary. There are as many ways to go plant-based as there are people. Each diet should be individualized and healthy.

Is a plant-based diet the same as vegan?

The answer is no. A plant-based diet could include animal products, such as eggs, milk, fish, and meat, but on a more limited basis. It could include fish, but not red meat or poultry. No matter what type of plant-based diet that’s chosen, ensuring the food is healthy is the primary goal. Even if you’re eating a plant-based diet, if it contains white bread, French fries, and highly processed snack food, you won’t perform as well or get the health benefits you desire.

There are difficulties with vegan diets and some vegetarian diets.

The more rigid the plant-based diet, the more potential there is for too little iron and vitamin B12. People on vegan diets may lack calcium and need to know how to balance plant protein to ensure they get all essential amino acids daily. Including a variety of plant protein sources helps solve the problem with amino acids. To increase iron, focus on legumes, nuts, and dark green leafy vegetables. You need iron and B12 to deliver oxygen to the muscles. B12 is in nutritional yeast and fortified foods. Calcium is in milk products, but if those aren’t part of the personalized diet, collard greens, kale, fortified products, and bok choy are also rich in calcium.

Many famous athletes eat a plant-based diet.

Athletes are choosing to eat more vegetables and cut back on meat. Some don’t call it plant-based, just plant-focused. Why do they do it? It can promote weight loss to help you reach and maintain your healthiest weight. Many people say it increases their energy level and boosts their performance. It’s why many collegiate and professional athletes choose a plant-based option. It can help lower blood pressure, reduce inflammation, improve your cholesterol profile, and improve digestion.

  • You won’t get your desired results if you eat highly processed food. Stick with whole foods and food without added sugar.
  • Always check the source of protein when choosing meat substitutes. Pea and bean protein are good but avoid soy protein isolate or wheat gluten. Check the sodium content and amount of saturated fat.
  • A diet that’s focused on plant consumption can help speed up the recovery process after a tough workout. A plant-based diet also may lower blood viscosity, making it easier to deliver oxygen to muscles and improving performance.
  • Identify the degree of plant-based diet that’s right for you. It’s often difficult to stick with a strict vegan diet, so opting for a more moderate form might be right for you.

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Stay Hydrated This Summer

Stay Hydrated This Summer

The hot weather of summer should remind everyone to stay hydrated. Unfortunately, it doesn’t always happen. In warmer weather, you sweat more. Unless you replace the lost liquid, it doesn’t take long before you start to notice the symptoms of dehydration. Thirst is the first sign of dehydration, but not all people notice their thirst. Some think they’re hungry when in reality, they’re thirsty. Dark-colored urine, headache, nausea, fatigue, confusion, and dizziness are other signs of dehydration. You don’t have to wait for the signs to appear if you carry water with you and sip on it frequently. It’s one way to stay hydrated.

Some people don’t like to drink water.

While other liquids and even juicy fruits can keep you hydrated, drinking water is best. Coffee and tea contain caffeine that acts as a diuretic, so you’ll void more frequently. That can create a net sum of zero added fluid. Soft drinks also contain caffeine and high amounts of sugar or sugar substitutes. Sugar adds pounds, while artificial sweeteners can increase your waist circumference and add belly fat. If you don’t like plain water, try infused water. It’s water lightly flavored with fruit, herbs, or vegetables. Slice the fruit or vegetable or crush the herbs and put them in the water, let it remain for two hours, then remove and refrigerate. It has the essence of fruit, vegetable, or herb, but with no calories.

Do you forget to drink water?

There are phone apps that will remind you to drink, track your liquid intake, and provide rewards for reaching your goal. You can set your phone alarm to ring periodically to remind you to drink more water. Develop a schedule and create a habit of drinking more water. Make your schedule coordinate with your day. If you take a break at ten, drink a glass of water. You can even tie it into your restroom break. Think of it as an empty followed by a refill.

Think of all the benefits of drinking more water.

Understanding the benefits of water can help you drink more. Drinking more water can help you lose weight. Studies show if you drink a glass of water before a meal, you’ll eat less. It also helps you burn more calories by providing energy and boosting your metabolism. Consider water, your magic elixir that is the quicker-picker-upper. It outshines coffee in most cases. If you’re fatigued, you may just be mildly dehydrated. Try a glass of water before getting a cup of coffee.

  • You can hydrate by eating watermelon or other high-water-content food. Hydration can also come from the food you eat.
  • The older you get, the faster you dehydrate. In seniors, dehydration can cause symptoms that resemble dementia and senility. If you’re caring for a senior, give them liquids frequently.
  • Drinking water can help with the headache after a night on the town that included too much alcohol. The headache comes from the dehydration caused by drinking alcohol.
  • Regular hydration helps your skin look more youthful. It keeps it plump and prevents wrinkling and drying.

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Health Benefits Of Carbohydrates

Health Benefits Of Carbohydrates

People working out at Habitat Health and Fitness know it takes more than just exercise to achieve their goals. It also takes a healthy diet. A healthy diet should include all macronutrients, including carbohydrates. Carbs get a bad rap. They’re blamed for weight gain and various maladies. Not all carbohydrates are bad. Some provide health benefits you can’t get any other way. The carbohydrate category is broad and includes both healthy foods like vegetables and fruit, and unhealthy ones like sugar and highly processed food.

Why are carbohydrates important?

Carbohydrates are one of the three categories of macronutrients. It’s one of three categories, with the other two being protein and fat. broad. It includes starch, sugar, and fiber. Carbohydrates provide the body with energy. There are simple and complex carbohydrates. Simple carbs digest rapidly and spike the blood sugar. Complex carbs take longer to digest. Carbs can be fiber. There are two types of it, soluble and insoluble. Soluble fiber bonds with water creating a gel. The gel not only adds moisture to excrement to make it easier to pass, but it also feeds the microbes in the gut that keep us healthy. Insoluble fiber doesn’t digest but adds bulk to the stool.

There are good carbohydrates and bad carbohydrates.

Fruits and vegetables are carbohydrates, and so are whole grains. Those are healthy foods. They contain fiber and other nutrients like vitamins and minerals. Highly processed foods and foods with added sugar are also carbohydrates, but they have no nutrients. They only provide energy—calories. They digest quickly, so they cause a spike in blood glucose and an increase in insulin. When that happens too often, it can cause insulin resistance, obesity, and other problems.

Carbohydrates aren’t bad.

Eating too many of the wrong types of carbohydrates is unhealthy. That doesn’t make all carbohydrates bad. You’ll find many of the healthy carbs in the produce section of the grocery. These foods contain fiber, starch, and nutrients. Fiber prevents blood sugar from spiking by slowing sugar absorption. It feeds beneficial bacteria. Whole grains also contain fiber and other nutrients. All foods with fiber fill you up quickly and keep you feeling full longer, so they aid in weight loss. To be your healthiest, you need carbs in your diet, but they must be healthy carbs.

  • One type of starch is resistant starch. Like soluble fiber, it feeds the beneficial bacteria and the cells in the large intestine. Resistant starch helps prevent metabolic disease and colon cancer, increases insulin sensitivity, and aids in weight loss.
  • Foods high in carbohydrates provide nutrients that many high-protein animal products can’t provide. They include phytonutrients, vitamin C, and fiber. Phytochemicals are plant compounds that play a vital role in health.
  • Food can fit into several categories at the same time. While nuts contain carbohydrates, they also contain protein and fat. Milk is the only animal product containing a significant amount of carbs.
  • Avoiding food with added sugar can help both the body and the mind. A diet high in sugar can affect cognitive functioning, memory, mood, and create cravings for even more sugar.

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