Alkaline Water; Does it Live Up to the Hype?

24 Jul 2017 no comments Mathildeb

If you have spoken to someone drinking water out of a large glass bottle, they have probably told you how amazing alkaline water is and that you have to try it.

When you ask if it tastes different, they respond “no,” but then proceed to tell you there are numerous health benefits anywhere from being more hydrating and giving you more energy all the way to curing cancer!

So is Alkaline water a new miracle drink or a just the latest fitness fad? As a nutritionist, I speak to people every day that tell me they know they should be drinking more water but fail for a variety of reasons. I usually don’t buy into most health trends but if having a ½ gallon of water just in front of you creates an environment where you are drinking more water throughout the day then I am all for it!

What is the significance of the pH level?

The difference between alkaline water and regular tap water from your sink is the pH value. pH values measure how acidic or alkaline something is. These values range from 0-14. A pH value of 7 is neutral with values of 0-6 being acidic and values of 8-14 being alkaline. Our blood has a pH of approximately 7.4, slightly alkaline while our stomachs have a pH of 1.5 to 3.5, acidic.

Alkaline water has a greater pH value ranging from 7.5 to 9.5. It can be made by adding electrolytes to water or passing water through a water ionizer. Our bodies are naturally designed to maintain the proper pH levels needed for optimum functioning but with the standard American diet there is belief that the foods we eat are contributing to our bodies being more acidic than normal.

Some preliminary research shows that Alkaline water is more hydrating that regular water, it can ease acid reflux, reduce body fat, support healthy bones and neutralize acid in the bloodstream. The claim that has shown the most scientific evidence of being true is relief of acid reflux. Researchers tested alkaline water with a pH of 8.8 and found it inactivated pepsin, a digestive enzyme that is one of the main causes in reflux disease. However, there hasn’t been enough research to scientifically back any of these claims.

So should I be drinking more Alkaline water?

Based on scientific evidence the answer is not very clear cut. However, you SHOULD be drinking more water! Our bodies are 60% water and drinking more of it is beneficial for everyone looking to improve their health. Drinking more water can increase your energy levels, keep your skin healthy, aid in digestion, help flush out toxins in your body, and help with weight loss. Often when you think you are hungry you a really just thirsty and substituting high calorie drinks with water is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to shed a few pounds.

The health claims for Alkaline water may still be inconclusive but drinking more water has been a health craze before there were health crazes. Keeping a large bottle of water near you to encourage you to drink more is a tip I give almost everyday. So walking around with a large glass bottle seems to be a fad that has real benefits; it is not just a new fitness accessory. Not only is it good for you to drink more water but to drink out of glass bottle has benefits in itself. Plastic bottles can contain many harmful chemicals such as BPA, phthalate, PVC, and polycarbonate. These chemicals and substances have the potential to leach into your water and make you sick. Glass is made from all natural, sustainable raw materials that is 100% recyclable. So not only is drinking out of glass better for your health but its better for the environment! Americans buy an estimated 29.8 billion plastic water bottles every year, and nearly 8 out of every 10 bottles will end up in a landfill. Once there, it takes over 500 years for plastic bottles to break down.

The bottom line: A big part of the hype surrounding alkaline water and its health benefits is simply the hydration factor. Staying hydrated makes you feel better, period. There may be some extra health benefits to drinking Alkaline water that haven’t been fully proven by research but drinking out of glass over plastic has been proven to be better for your health and better for the environment. So drink more water, drink out of glass, and stay hydrated!

 

What are the different kinds of meal plans

04 May 2017 no comments Mathildeb

The food we ingest fuels our body and our ability to function daily. To be the best version of ourselves, we must be mindful of what we eat by making an active effort to make healthy choices. Healthy eating isn’t limited to an overly strict diet or depriving yourself of the foods you enjoy for the sake of being thin. Rather, its purpose is to improve health, increase energy and stabilize your moods.

With so many articles focused on nutrition and diet advice, it is easy to feel overwhelmed and confused. This article will present some simple tips to guide you in creating a delicious, healthy and varied diet that is good for both your mind and body.

Meal plans for weight loss

There is no shortage of fad diets to help you shed pound rapidly. These unsustainable extremes leave you feeling hungry and deprived. The best way to lose weight, is to make simple tweaks for a gradual loss.

1. Eat a balanced breakfast

Many people believe that skipping breakfast is a great way to cut calories and lose weight. This common misconception has the opposite effect as the subsequent hunger usually leads to people eating more throughout the day to satisfy their hunger.  Eating a proper breakfast helps boost metabolism, stabilizes blood sugar levels in addition to improving concentration and overall productivity.

For a nutritious start to your day, try having a bowl of whole-grain cereal with low-fat dairy topped with fruit.

2. Eat more produce

According to the U.S. government’s 2005 Dietary Guidelines, adults should consume 7-13 cups of produce daily. You can do so by introducing more low-calorie, high volume fruits and vegetables to your diet. Try starting your lunches and dinners with a salad or bowl of soup. Opt for fruits and vegetables as healthy snacks. By doing so, you are skipping the high fat, high calorie alternatives while also enriching your diet with vitamins and minerals.

3Eat more grains

Add more fiber to your diet by swapping refined grains such as white bread, pretzels, cookies and cake for whole grain options such as whole-wheat breads and pastas, bran flakes, popcorn, whole-rye crackers and brown rice. Eating fiber leaves you feeling more full, making you more likely to eat more reasonable portions.

4. Eat low-fat protein as a snack

Consuming low-fat proteins as snacks is a nutritious way to keep you feeling full and curb your appetite. Some healthy options are low-fat yogurt, peanut butter with banana, nuts, and eggs. To avoid overindulging, experts recommend eating small portions every 3-4 hours to keep a steady blood sugar level.

5. Switch to lighter alternatives.

Dieting to lose weight doesn’t necessarily mean skipping out on foods altogether.

The easiest option to trim calories is to opt for low-fat versions of things you already eat such as dairy products, salad dressing, mayonnaise, etc. Some smart substitutions include hummus or salsa as a dip for your chips, using skim milk instead of creamer in your coffee, drinking water instead of juices and sodas, eating roasted sweet potatoes instead of loaded white potatoes and tossing your salads with vinaigrette instead of creamy dressing. Each substitution is a step closer to your ideal weight.

Meal plans for building muscle

When we think of gaining muscle, the first thing that comes to mind is spending countless hours in the gym lifting weights. Just as important as your time in the gym, is your diet. To build muscle, you need a high caloric intake to nourish your body as it grows in muscle mass. Here are some suggestions.

1.  Add more protein to your diet

Generally, you need to consume 70% – 80% of your body weight in grams of protein. As an example, someone who weighs 180 pounds, you would need to consume between 126 and 144 grams of protein daily to gain muscle. If you’re overweight, choose to calculate this number based on your ideal body weight. Good sources of protein include:

  • Lean red meat: beef, lamb, pork, bison, venison etc.
  • Fish: l salmon, tuna, trout, bass, mackerel etc.
  • Poultry breast: chicken, duck, turkey etc.
  • Eggs
  • Dairy:  milk, cheese, yogurt, etc.

Some vegetarian options include:

  • Quinoa
  • Soy
  • Chia
  • Hempseed
  • Buckwheat
  • Rice with beans or legumes

2. Add more carbohydrates to your diet

Carbohydrates play an important role as they allow your body to access the glycogen (energy) stores within your muscles while exercising. A diet with insufficient carbohydrates will break down muscles due to a lack of energy reserves. To gain muscle mass, carbohydrates should make up 40% – 60% of your diet, or an estimated 1500 calories daily.  Opt for carbohydrates with a low Glycemic Index as these are healthier and release their energy more slowly.  Some examples include:

  • Rolled Oats
  • Sweet Potato
  • Brown Basmati Rice
  • Wholemeal Rye Bread
  • Wholemeal Spaghetti

3. Eat healthy fats

A well-balanced diet gets 20%-35% of its calories from fats. As you know, not all fats are good for you. In fact, when choosing which fats to incorporate into your diet seek monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. These healthier options are actually good for you.  These include:

  • Fish
  • Flaxseed and pumpkin seeds
  • Nuts
  • Olive, sunflower, canola, coconut, peanut, and avocado oils
  • Soy products like soy milk and tofu

Stay away from the unhealthy fats which include:

  • High-fat cuts of meat
  • Butter, lard, margarine and vegetable shortening
  • Fried foods
  • Ice cream, candy and packaged snacks

Eating well is a necessary step to feeling strong and having a great, healthy body. With these suggestions, you are on your way to a happier, healthier you.

Five Foods For Energy Now

12 Apr 2017 no comments Mathildeb

Do you find yourself at work trying to power through the day? Small 150- 200 calorie snacks can be the key to replenishing your energy between meals.

Next time you’re feeling that midday slump, skip the coffee and try these 5 healthy foods for a quick boost.

Bananas

Rich in natural sugars, bananas pack a powerful punch.  Not only are they a good source of fiber, which helps promote long-lasting energy, they’re packed full of vitamin B-6 which improves cognitive function.

Almonds

Almonds are an easy to pack snack, making them perfect for that midday pick-me-up. Packed with protein, manganese, copper and riboflavin, ounce for ounce these are some of the most nutrient-rich nuts. The copper and manganese keep energy flowing by neutralizing cell toxins while riboflavin spurs oxygen-based fuel production.

Apples

High in fiber, these colorful treats will give you a more sustained boost than many other fruits. These easy to tote snacks are loaded with vitamins, minerals and good carbs, making them an ideal feel-good option.

Dark Chocolate

Rich in antioxidants, this yummy treat contains caffeine to help keep you alert and productive throughout the day. It’s also great for your skin!

Greek Yogurt

This portable snack contains twice the amount of protein of other yogurts, making it a great source of delicious energy. It’s also the perfect snack for slimming your waistline!

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Markup: Image Alignment

11 Jan 2013 no comments Mathildeb

Welcome to image alignment! The best way to demonstrate the ebb and flow of the various image positioning options is to nestle them snuggly among an ocean of words. Grab a paddle and let’s get started.

On the topic of alignment, it should be noted that users can choose from the options of NoneLeftRight, and Center. In addition, they also get the options of ThumbnailMediumLarge & Fullsize.

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The image above happens to be centered.

Image Alignment 150x150The rest of this paragraph is filler for the sake of seeing the text wrap around the 150×150 image, which is left aligned

As you can see the should be some space above, below, and to the right of the image. The text should not be creeping on the image. Creeping is just not right. Images need breathing room too. Let them speak like you words. Let them do their jobs without any hassle from the text. In about one more sentence here, we’ll see that the text moves from the right of the image down below the image in seamless transition. Again, letting the do it’s thang. Mission accomplished!

And now for a massively large image. It also has no alignment.

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The image above, though 1200px wide, should not overflow the content area. It should remain contained with no visible disruption to the flow of content.

Image Alignment 300x200

And now we’re going to shift things to the right align. Again, there should be plenty of room above, below, and to the left of the image. Just look at him there… Hey guy! Way to rock that right side. I don’t care what the left aligned image says, you look great. Don’t let anyone else tell you differently.

In just a bit here, you should see the text start to wrap below the right aligned image and settle in nicely. There should still be plenty of room and everything should be sitting pretty. Yeah… Just like that. It never felt so good to be right.

And just when you thought we were done, we’re going to do them all over again with captions!

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Look at 580×300 getting some caption love.

The image above happens to be centered. The caption also has a link in it, just to see if it does anything funky.

Image Alignment 150x150
Itty-bitty caption.

The rest of this paragraph is filler for the sake of seeing the text wrap around the 150×150 image, which is left aligned

As you can see the should be some space above, below, and to the right of the image. The text should not be creeping on the image. Creeping is just not right. Images need breathing room too. Let them speak like you words. Let them do their jobs without any hassle from the text. In about one more sentence here, we’ll see that the text moves from the right of the image down below the image in seamless transition. Again, letting the do it’s thang. Mission accomplished!

And now for a massively large image. It also has no alignment.

Image Alignment 1200x400
Massive image comment for your eyeballs.

The image above, though 1200px wide, should not overflow the content area. It should remain contained with no visible disruption to the flow of content.

Image Alignment 300x200
Feels good to be right all the time.

And now we’re going to shift things to the right align. Again, there should be plenty of room above, below, and to the left of the image. Just look at him there… Hey guy! Way to rock that right side. I don’t care what the left aligned image says, you look great. Don’t let anyone else tell you differently.

In just a bit here, you should see the text start to wrap below the right aligned image and settle in nicely. There should still be plenty of room and everything should be sitting pretty. Yeah… Just like that. It never felt so good to be right.

And that’s a wrap, yo! You survived the tumultuous waters of alignment. Image alignment achievement unlocked!

Markup: Text Alignment

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This is a paragraph. It should not have any alignment of any kind. It should just flow like you would normally expect. Nothing fancy. Just straight up text, free flowing, with love. Completely neutral and not picking a side or sitting on the fence. It just is. It just freaking is. It likes where it is. It does not feel compelled to pick a side. Leave him be. It will just be better that way. Trust me.

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This is a paragraph. It is left aligned. Because of this, it is a bit more liberal in it’s views. It’s favorite color is green. Left align tends to be more eco-friendly, but it provides no concrete evidence that it really is. Even though it likes share the wealth evenly, it leaves the equal distribution up to justified alignment.

Center Align

This is a paragraph. It is center aligned. Center is, but nature, a fence sitter. A flip flopper. It has a difficult time making up its mind. It wants to pick a side. Really, it does. It has the best intentions, but it tends to complicate matters more than help. The best you can do is try to win it over and hope for the best. I hear center align does take bribes.

Right Align

This is a paragraph. It is right aligned. It is a bit more conservative in it’s views. It’s prefers to not be told what to do or how to do it. Right align totally owns a slew of guns and loves to head to the range for some practice. Which is cool and all. I mean, it’s a pretty good shot from at least four or five football fields away. Dead on. So boss.

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This is a paragraph. It is justify aligned. It gets really mad when people associate it with Justin Timberlake. Typically, justified is pretty straight laced. It likes everything to be in it’s place and not all cattywampus like the rest of the aligns. I am not saying that makes it better than the rest of the aligns, but it does tend to put off more of an elitist attitude.

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