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Healthy living advice and Sports Nutrition
The world we now live in has become very confusing when it comes to eating healthy and general Healthy Living. It seems almost every day a bunch of scientists or so called experts have discovered new health secrets or foods that should be avoided at all costs. The aim of this site is to separate the facts from the fiction and deliver reliable tips, nutritional info and guidance so that you can make up your own mind as to how you would like to achieve your healthy living or personal goals.
Athletes and regular trainers looking to improve their performance require strict diets and a more indepth knowledge of nutrition. Energy requirements have to be met in order to get the most out of your training and sport. Understanding how the body`s energy systems work will help you to understand how your diet is just as important as your training. For a detailed view into nutrition, its roll in sport and the body`s requirements, go to the sports nutrition pages.
Nutrition can be a very complex subject, knowing the types of nutrients, what they do for our body`s and how much of these nutrients we should be consuming on a daily basis can be very difficult to grasp. First of all it is important to understand that depending on what your personal goals are will determine how deep you need to go into nutrition. For instance, an average day to day person looking to be fit and healthy needs a balanced diet of fats, carbohydrates, protein, calcium, vitamins, minerals etc which can be easily achieved. In this section a table can be found that includes all the major nutrients and minerals and the food group they can be gained from. Also included are the respective health benefits that particular nutrients and food types deliver, I hope this will be particularly helpful to people fighting diseases such as cancer, however it also very useful to have the correct diet in order to try and prevent diseases or even just to eat the right stuff in order to improve your energy levels on a day to day basis. A good guideline for this is the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) and the Reference Nutrient Intake (RNI). If however your goals are to build muscle, or maybe your training for a marathon or even a particular sport then getting the right balance of each particular nutrient is highly important in order to improve strength, stamina or pace and to recover sufficiently. This is referred to as sports nutrition. In all the foods that we eat there are many different types of nutrients and many different quantities of each them. In order to help you understand what each common type of meat, fish, fruit, veg, dairy products and bread contain, I have included a food composition table that shows all foods and their nutritional values. This is particularly useful when deciding on a diet balance to go for as knowing the foods that contain the nutrients you need will help you to achieve your goals.
A great way to get the extras you need for your diet is by the use of supplements. This could be anything from protein drinks or bars used for building muscle mass, energy supplements to fuel your training or event, or simply just vitamins and minerals to help stock up your intake where needed. As there are many different types of supplements used for many different purposes I have tried to compile a simplified list in order to help you decide what`s best for you.
Nutrition and Recipe books
For anyone looking to gain a better understanding of nutrition and how it contributes to your health, a good nutrition book is extremely useful. Similarly, athletes and students can benefit from the many books available in areas such as sports nutrition which are a great aid in helping you to understand how nutrition can improve performance. Also included are a number of excellent rceipe books for delicious healthy meals.
Healthy Eating Tips
Eating healthy is extremely important for maintaining health and understanding the basics can help you to avoid ilnesses and diseases as well as aid you in living a healthier, fuller life. I`ve included a number of quick pointers that are easy to remember but vital in ensuring your diet is helping you to stay healthy.
Losing weight can be difficult, especially when you don`t understand exactly how to. A hot topic amongst many people,losing weight requires a good uderstanding of what contributes to being overweight. Following a few guidelines with a little determination can help you to achieve a healthier, fitter you.
There are many nutrition and diet myths out there that contribute to a poor or ill informed understanding of what is healthy and what isn`t healthy. To help clear some of these up I have included a list of popular health and diet myths.