lifetime health food label
Going to a store and thinking of a healthy meal? Lifetime health conditions are not born overnight but are done through routines and best attitudes. Naturally, your choices of foods are part of choosing how to live healthy and youthfully in life. The supermarkets are the best avenues to know how you work in the kitchen. What you buy is what you prepare and what you prepare is what you are going to eat.

Basically, have you made it a habit to check the label? How do you choose a product amongst the others of its kind? One of the best health tips for a better life begins at your choice of food. Here is how you will know what is on the label:

  • Serving size. Serving sizes are standardized to easily compare similar foods; they provide information like cups, number of grams per serving, pieces, and etc. The serving size provides you basic information on how to count your calories.
  • Limit these nutrients: Trans Fat, Saturated Fat, Sodium, and Cholesterol. Some food labels color this yellow; meaning, you must limit the intake of these nutrients. Many chronic health individual conditions like heart disease, high blood pressures, and some cancers are caused by the excessive intake of these nutrients. 
  • Get enough of: dietary fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Calcium, and Iron. These are the nutrients you need for a balance meal. Lack of these nutrients makes the food a junk; this is the reason why there are “junk foods.” For good reasons, even less nutritious foods are fortified with vitamins. Be careful with this and do not be fooled, weigh first if the benefits outweigh the disadvantages in choosing the right foods you eat. Ideally, you must choose the best number of health benefits compared to its disadvantages.  
  • Know the percent Daily Value (DV). Most uses the 2,000 calorie diet while little uses the 2,500 calorie diet. Whichever it is, know your average daily calorie needs so that you will know the DV. For example, if the percent Daily Value says that you get 30% of Calcium in one serving, then you need 70% - 90% more of it in a day depending on your daily activities. 
  • Know what is organic. Foods labeled with “100% organic” contain organically grown ingredients except with added water and salt. “Organic” can be used if 95% of the ingredients are organic and “made with organic ingredients” if 70% of the ingredients are organic.
  • Be keen with the “low”, “reduced”, “-free” terms. Low calorie foods contain less than 40 calories per serving. Low-fat foods contain less than 3 grams of fat per serving. Low-sodium foods contain less than 140 grams of sodium per serving. Foods with “reduced” on the label (like “reduced sugar” or “reduced calorie”) must contain at least 25 percent fewer calories than the regular version of the same product. Calorie-free foods have less than 5 calories per serving, and fat-free foods can have up to 0.5 grams of fat per serving. The same holds for sugar: Foods can have 0.5 grams of sugar and still be labeled sugar-free.
  • The difference between “made with” and “100 percent” labels. When you buy whole-grain products and fruit or vegetable juices, be sure to look for the label “100%” (and double-check the ingredient list). If a bread label, for example, states, “made with whole grains,” it may not contain many. Likewise, many fruit juice beverages contain as little as 10 percent actual juice — and often lots of sugar.
Finally, are all these health claims on food labels for real? On a good stance, the FDA allows certain lifetime health claims to be made on food labels. In some cases, food labels may state that certain ingredients may affect normal structure or function of the body, such as “fiber maintains bowel regularity,” but may not state that an ingredient prevents or treats disease. On the other hand, dietary supplement labels must state that the product “is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease” because their claims are not evaluated by the FDA. A few qualified health claims are allowed on labels, such as “Scientific evidence suggests but does not prove that eating 1.5 ounces per day of most nuts as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol may reduce the risk of heart disease.” In these cases, the labels must adhere to strict wording that is determined by the FDA for accurate lifetime health tips and  information on consumers.

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Posted by Benjamin Robert Johnson on Friday, March 26, 2010

lifetime health muscle building
Intensity is what builds muscle mass to achieve better lifetime health condition. The greater the intensity of your workout, the better results you can get for a well defined and bulked up muscles. Muscles are also one of the effective elements for fat loss, weight loss or even weight gain. For some who have grown obese or overweight, building muscles takes fats for energy and thus it gives you a lean look. For those who are underweight, muscle building provides bigger and leaner body making them look bigger rather than limpy.

However, a lot of individuals find muscle building, exercises, or even workouts difficult. Lifting weights? What is in it for you? Tiresome. Indeed, people need to psych up to get the best results. Without the right frame of mind, none can get the lifetime health benefits they want to achieve.

Fortunately, here is some effective techniques on how to boost your mental and physical intensity for better health benefits and results:
  • Begin with the end in mind. Before any workout, clearly envision your entire routine – know each set and repetition you need to do. Focus your mind on the muscles that you want to develop and how you will execute each exercise to build up those muscles.
  • Stick to your goal. Establish the weight that you want to lift, the repetitions that you want to do, and the phasing of every set. This gives you focus enables you to execute successful moves.
  • How big do you want it to be? Establish your physical goals of how big you want your muscles to be. How big do you want your arms, shoulders, thighs, butt, and etc? Always keep in mind the balance.
  • Persevere and focus. Keep your focus all throughout the exercise to get the maximum benefits. Always keep your mindset all throughout the entire workout. Your health concern here it is to maintain your strength, stamina, and endurance.
  • Keep a record. After every workout, keep a record of your reflections. Is your mind in focus or is it wondering somewhere else during the exercise? Were you distracted? Did you get the most reps in the exercise? What is your health concern?
Now that you know your performance, it is easier for you to improve. Make yourself accountable of your own record. Your record will show your improvement. If possible, take 10 minutes or so before your workout to reflect on the past workouts you have done and how you can improve them. Greater lifetime health benefits are expected for those who know how to build their muscles well.

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Posted by Benjamin Robert Johnson on Sunday, March 7, 2010