What does the food you eat have to do with how your brain functions? Turns out an awful lot. While we’ve always known that what we eat affects our bodies and how we look but also what we eat takes a toll on our brains. Yes, brain foods matter (especially for our gray matter). See, our bodies don’t like stress. Who does? When we’re stressed out — whether it’s physical, like someone jumps out at you from a dark alley, or mental, like you have a major project due at work — our bodies release a response; inflammation occurs.
Did you know remedies straight from the kitchen can banish an occasional headache or upset stomach, etc.???….When you think of the word “inflammation” you should know that it is your body’s complex response to fight off harmful pathogens, irritants, and damaged cells in the body, and kick-start the healing process. But what does this all have to do with food? Our gut helps keep our body’s immune responses and inflammation under control.
Brain foods rich in antioxidants, good fats, vitamins and minerals provide energy and aid in protecting against brain diseases. Eating a variety of whole, nutrient dense foods can treat so many health issues at one time. Eating well is good for your mental as well as your physical health. The brain requires nutrients just like your heart, lungs or muscles do. Your food choices may be the most influential variable you can control that relates to the health, vitality, and functionality of your precious brain.
Although research linking diet and dementia is still being done, one can assume there are a few important relationships between nutrients and brain health that are worth exploring. Having a nourishing, well rounded diet gives our brain the best chance of avoiding disease. If your diet is unbalanced for whatever reason, you may want to consider a multivitamin and mineral complex and an omega-3 fatty acid supplement to help make up a few of the essentials.
Steelhead Trout: Nutrition, Benefits, & Recipe
Lean protein, dense food and high protein serving; contains about 58 calories per 3 ounce portion (22 from fat), 7.6 grams of protein, 59 grams of cholesterol and no carbohydrates.
Rich in Omega 3 fatty acids, as well as small amounts of mono and poly unsaturated fats which promote cardiovascular health.
Contains high antioxidants such as Vitamin E and B12, which help boost metabolism and produce red blood cells.
Contains Selenium, helps function of endocrine glands such as the thyroid.
Contains Vitamin D which aids in the absorption of bone-enriching calcium; also helps your immune system and muscles function.
* 1 steelhead trout or salmon fillet
* 4 tablespoons butter
* 2 shallots, minced
* 2 garlic cloves, minced
* 2 tablespoons fresh dill, minced
* salt, pepper
* 1 teaspoon of zest
* 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed juice
1. Preheat the oven to 450 °F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil as the skin will stick to the pan; spray the foil with some cooking spray or oil.
2. Place the fish on the prepared baking sheet and season with sea salt and pepper, garlic, some lemon, parsley, onion powder, any other spices you want to use for taste. Squeeze in half of the lemon juice.
3. Roast in the oven for about 20-25 minutes depending upon your oven. The best way to check for doneness is to use a fork to gently prick the fish, and if it flakes easily, it’s ready.
4. Use two spatulas to take the fish off the baking sheet in one piece, or cut it into sections for serving.
5. Squeeze the other half of the lemon juice over the fish and garnish with a little dill at the end (optional).
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Love your Yourself Inside & Out…….Ladies if I can say one thing it’s this; results do not just happen overnight. You can’t expect to see huge changes in 2,3,4 weeks. The whole purpose of dieting and working out is to live a healthier way of life; balanced and variety. Yo Yo Dieting and Crash Dieting are what lead to binging and other disorders associated with negative emotions. The mind and body is a powerful tool. Make SMART, REALISTIC GOALS for yourself. Are you going to lose 5-6 lbs a week? No. Are you going to lose 7-8 in 2 weeks? No. Real true weight loss NO; maybe water weight. But not where it stays off. The whole process is slow, takes time; nothing comes easy, and if it does well it’s too good to be true and the weight will come right back.
Learn to love yourself and enjoy the process. It will never be easy but it will be WORTH IT in the end!!! Day by day you are changing and you do not even notice it. Do not obsess over the scale and the number on it. It will mess with you instead look at yourself in the mirror and say, “I am beautiful, I am loved, and I CAN do this”. Mindset is key. Your stronger than you know and your never alone. #love #healthy #goals
If I lift weights, will I get bigger muscles? In most cases the answer to this common question is, No. We all know that person in our lives that is trying to gain muscle, he or she is doing all the workouts, working with weights, and drinking protein shakes etc. But when we look at them we just don’t really see much difference right? Well, that’s because it takes a long time to build new muscle tissue and even longer time for that tissue to become stronger and larger.
Weight training – the benefits
If you lift weights you will get stronger yes, but how much stronger you get is up to you and how much you challenge yourself. That, in turn, will define the size of the muscles you gain if you gain much at all. Most of us will actually just activate the muscle we already have that was for the lack of a better word ‘asleep’.
Whether or not you will get bigger muscles (hypertrophy) depends on three basic factors: genetics, gender, and training intensity. Genetics is mostly a muscle fiber type; people with predominantly fast-twitch fibers acquire larger muscles more easily than people with predominantly slow-twitch fibers. In relation to gender, males acquire larger muscles than females do, because males have greater amounts of testosterone and other sex hormones that influence protein metabolism. Thus, females experience less muscle hypertrophy with strength improvement than males do. One my assume your training intensity may be the only factor you can control.
Hypertrophy results from an increase in the number of contractile proteins (actin and myosin, produced by the body in response to training), which in turn increases the size of the muscle fibers. It can be stimulated any time the training intensity is high enough to overload the muscle if that’s the goal.
Your body type (there are 7) will already predetermine what you can physically look like when weight training. It is common sense to assume the taller person or athlete will never look like a power lifter or a front row rugby player. No gymnast will ever look like a catwalk model either, there are just some spectrums you will never get close too; one many assume. Just be smart, be careful, and know what your doing if your not under supervision of a fitness professional. Overall weight training can change your life and improve your health if done correctly.