The negative effects of soda

Most of us drink soda. Some drink more than others. And probably many regular soda drinkers are aware that soft drinks are bad for the health.As soon as soda’s swallowed, the pancreas is notified and rapidly begins to create insulin in response to the sugar. Insulin is a hormone the body uses to move sugar from food or drink into the bloodstream, where cells are then able to use sugar for energy.Within just 20 minutes, blood sugar levels spike and the liver responds to the insulin by turning sugar into fat for storage.Within 45 minutes of gulping down a single 20-ounce glass of soda, caffeine from the drink is fully absorbed, and as a result your pupils dilate and blood pressure rises. The body produces more dopamine, which stimulates the pleasure centers of the brain just like a low-grade line of cocaine.

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The truth about red meat

Red meat in a pure form is a good source of protein and vitamin B and has been a key part of the human diet. In general, red meats are any meats that are reddish in colour when uncooked. For the most part, this consists of meat from mammals such as cows and sheep. However, the meat of some birds is considered red as well, such as duck and goose. Red meat gets its colour from myoglobin, a protein which helps the body utilize oxygen more efficiently in aerobic respiration. The higher concentration of myoglobin in red meat makes it distinguishable in colour from white meat.Red meat is a rich source of protein, saturated fat, iron, zinc and vitamin B. Red meat can play a beneficial role in reducing the risk of iron deficiency Anaemia .Some estimates suggest two thirds of the human population are deficient in iron.Protein is also a key player in a healthy body; muscle mass, the production of antibodies and the immune system.

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How to stay healthy in winter

Winter is a time of playing in the snow and sipping hot cocoa. These months of unpredictable and sometimes dangerous weather is also a time that families should take extra care to keep safe.In winter, viruses and bacteria abound like snowflakes. Work and school environments test our immune systems. And exercise likely takes a backseat when icicles are in view. But don’t despair. You and your family can hang onto good health in spite of the challenges. Here’s how.

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The proven health benefits of daily exercise

We all know that exercise is important in our daily lives, but we may not know why or what exercise can do for us. Regular exercise can help protect you from heart disease and stroke, high blood pressure, noninsulin-dependent diabetes, obesity, back pain, osteoporosis, and can improve your mood and help you to better manage stress and exercise can make you look great – younger, fitter and thinner.Regular physical activity can improve your sex life, decrease your cancer risk, make your skin glow and more.The health benefits of regular exercise and physical activity are hard to ignore. And the benefits of exercise are yours for the taking, regardless of your age, sex or physical ability.

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A Vocabulary for Sleep

When you’re feeling exhausted, only one word seems to matter: sleep. But a number of sleep disorders and other problems can keep you from catching those zzz’s. To help you understand what could be keeping you from the rest you need, get familiar with the vocabulary of sleep issues.

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PrivaCare help me! What is the deal with cholesterol?

We have all heard about it, worry about it, but do we really know the truth about cholesterol? Lets take a closer look at what it is, the negative aspects, and how to manage.  Did you know there are super foods you can eat lower cholesterol levels? Thats right, SUPER FOODS! More details below.

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High Blood Pressure / Hypertension Tips

What is blood pressure? Blood pressure is the force of the blood pushing against the artery walls. The force is generated with each heartbeat as blood is pumped from the heart into the blood vessels. The size and elasticity of the artery walls also affect blood pressure. Each time the heart beats (contracts and relaxes), pressure is created inside the arteries.

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