By now, you all have seen those bumpy, greenish-black globes called avocados in your grocery store. Avocado is considered by many to be a “superfood” and lots of people love the taste. They can be creamy and have a subtle flavor. Beyond taste, avocados have numerous health benefits, too.
Advantages of Eating Avocados
Protects Against Eye Disease
Avocados have the antioxidant, lutein, that is needed to help prevent eye disease. Not only that, but avocados also enhance the eye-disease-fighting nutrients in other foods when paired with them. Other good sources of lutein are: spinach, tomatoes, kale, carrots, corn, and other deep green, orange, or yellow-colored fruits or veggies. To get the most benefit for your eyes, toss sliced or diced avocado in a salad with spinach, carrots, red peppers, and corn.
Helps Lose Weight
Avocados do have a good amount of fiber in them – 3.4 grams of fiber in half an avocado. Fiber is an essential element to helping you lose weight and make you feel full. In addition, the oleic acid in an avocado creates a reaction in the brain to make you feel full after eating avocado. For a yummy, filling, less fatty treat, use mashed avocado instead of mayo or butter on a sandwich.
Protects Pregnant Women and Their Unborn Babies
Avocados have a high rate of folate, an essential nutrient that helps lower the rate of birth defects in pregnant women. An added bonus of folate is that it helps prevent heart disease and heart attacks as well.
Keeps Blood Sugar Stable
After you eat avocado, your blood sugar will be more stable and will not spike because avocado slows your digestion. This is important for people who cannot easily control their blood sugar levels.
It can increase the healthy cholesterol and lower the unhealthy cholesterol in your body. You can thank the oleic acid in avocado again for that. A plant chemical in avocados called betasitosterol also helps lower cholesterol.
Promotes Healthy Blood Flow
The monounsaturated fats are good for promoting healthy blood flow. Healthy blood flow is important for many body functions, such as aiding mental activity and decreasing blood pressure.
Provides Necessary Nutrients
Avocados are an excellent source of potassium, vitamin C, iron, and B6 as well. Just as with lutein, combining avocado with different fruits and veggies will aid in the absorption of immunity-boosting nutrients and vitamins. So don’t eat it alone!
Downsides to Eating Avocado
Although they obviously have enormous heath benefits, avocados also have downsides to them. First, they are high in fat and calories. With one avocado, you would be getting 30 grams of fat and 300-plus calories. However, it helps that the fat is monounsaturated fat, which is good for cholesterol and heart disease. Of course, like any other food, you want to eat avocados in moderation.
Secondly, not many people know that a person can be allergic to avocados. If you are allergic to latex, you may be allergic to avocados, too. An enzyme …Read More
Rowing machines are the best when it comes to complete aerobic fitness exercises. It is not only low impact on the joints, but also simultaneously works out the lower as well as the upper part of the body, thus providing an all-in-one fitness solution. Magnetic rower machines achieve the required resistance through strong electromagnets allowing the user to set the level of resistance they prefer for their workout. These are the quietest rowing machines among all the four types of rowing machines and are more compact.
When choosing a rower machine, users need to keep in mind the type of resistance that suits them the best. For example, a magnetic row machine allows a user to set a harder or gentler workout according to their need. Here is the list of some of the top magnetic resistance rowing machines reviews available in the market.
The York 3000 rower from the York brand offers several benefits to a user that many other machines do not offer. It is particularly popular among users for its flywheel, braking mechanism, adjustable handles and foot straps, retractable, comfortably padded seats and the most important of all, the 8 level resistance settings. While it is a compact and portable machine, it suited only for those weighing 110 kg and under.
Carl Lewis ROMF51
This machine was designed with a single pull mechanism which means one need not keep pulling at the machine for a better workout. The machine is fitted with a variable magnetic resistance, ensuring maximum force for even the most seasoned rower.
Pro Style Fitness 207 Rower
This machine is a magnetic resistance rower and a good choice for those interested in a low impact exercise option. It is a sturdy, comfortable machine usually used by those interested in working out at home.
LifeSpan RW1000 Rowing Machine
This machine is very easy to set up and even easier to use. It is designed for the frequent exerciser and at the same time is an excellent choice for someone interested in controlling their heart rate or losing weight. It is a very portable machine; however this is also seen as a con in some cases where users believe this makes the machine very flimsy.
Though there is plenty of magnetic rowing fitness machines available in the market, users need to choose the right kind of rowing equipment that suit their needs and these magnetic rowing machine reviews might help in making a better decision.…Read More
Good news! The “first ever comprehensive probe of the fitness and health benefits of all-terrain vehicle (ATV) and off-road motorcycle (ORM) recreational riding” proves riding is as good as it feels.
Conducted over several years by the York University Faculty of Health, co-supported by the Government of Nova Scotia and 3 riding associations, the study began with a meticulous countrywide survey to determine the ‘typical’ rider.
That was the entire first phase of this huge experiment.
Then researchers observed 128 riders, divided into 6 groups: 3 age classifications, male and female. After modifying these riders’ equipment, they could measure physical effects: heart rate; oxygen consumption; muscle fatigue and exertion, etc.
Riding an off-road vehicle requires genuine and serious physical effort. According to Canadian government fitness standards, it should positively affect your health.
While riding, riders’ use of oxygen increased by 3.5 to 6 times their level at rest. That’s 600% more! And according to standards set by the American College of Sports Medicine, that constitutes moderately intense physical activity.
That same moderate intensity taxes the heart and fatigues the muscles. How much? About the same amount as those other individual sports you take at your own pace, like skiing, golf or climbing.
A typical ATV ride was 2-3 hours; ORM was 1-2 hours. The amount of work required in the upper body and arms, if practiced regularly, was enough to increase muscle and skeletal fitness. And how regularly did they need to ride to begin realizing that increase? Just once or twice a week!
Researchers also noticed the emotional high that fit people always talk about: “enhanced quality of life and stress reduction”. This surprised no riders.…Read More
Are you looking for a good dental office? How to choose a dentist overseas? How to choose a dental care centre which offers good service? Searching for the right dentist? These may be some of the questions on your mind if you’re looking for a well qualified dentist.
There are a few key points one should keep in mind when selecting a good dental office.
The most important is the qualification of the dentist. Ensure that the dentist is licensed in the country where he/she is practicing. Look for the credentials, dental school he graduated from and their experience in this field. It is definitely very important to find the right dentist for your dental needs whom you’re comfortable with. When searching for a good dental clinic, be sure you pick a place in which you will receive the attention that your require. It needs to be open conveniently and offer extended and emergency services to its patients. Low cost, affordable dental treatment and maintenance visits to the dental office are equally important factors.
If you are looking for a best dental clinic to solve your teeth problems, look for one which can provide quality dental services with client satisfaction. A good dental clinic should be well equipped with the latest in technology like Digital X-rays, Intra-oral cameras, microscopes, patient education video and monitors, latest equipment and a good quality dental chair. It is extremely important that they maintain ‘High Sterilization Standards’, list their ‘Clinical Protocols’, use branded and tested ‘Materials and Products’, and have a primary and experienced Dentist with other Dental Specialists in-office. A good and qualified dentist along with his team and other specialists should be able to provide a comprehensive and complete dental care for the individual and the entire family.
Most reputable and good dental offices have their own websites with provision for making appointments. Both Domestic and International Appointments can be made using these forms available on their websites. Some good dental offices will also have the provision for Online Consultation, ‘Live Chat’ and ‘Patient Feedback Forms’. Reading ‘Patient Testimonials’ either available in their websites or on Google is a very useful tool in assessing the quality of dental service and reputation of the dentist. Check for Memberships, Affiliations and other Certifications of the dental office.
To keep your teeth healthy, it is essential that you visit your dentist every six months called as ‘recall’ visits. During this visit the dentist will re-examine your teeth and gums, check for any decay or cavity, clean your teeth, and discuss tips to maintain your oral hygiene and emphasize on preventive dentistry. A good dental examination with proper X-rays is a must for proper diagnosis.
Today dentistry has evolved tremendously and even for those people who have lost their teeth, many affordable treatment options are available to stay healthy and regain their beautiful smile. Missing teeth can be replaced by implants, bridges, dentures or partials. With Teeth-in-an-Hour by Nobel Guide the patient can go home with a …Read More
1. You’ve probably remembered it wrong anyway – Don’t you find that the lead up to the ‘big’ birthdays is always so much worse than getting there? I was so worried about hitting 40 I spent a whole year thinking I was 39 and missed out on being 38 completely. Did I learn by this mistake? No. It happened all over again leading up to 50. I was 49 for two years and never 48. The only good thing is that when I got to the Big Zeros it wasn’t nearly as bad as I feared and all age anxiety disappeared. Until the next time.
2. You haven’t grown up yet let alone old – I’m 55 years of age but I sum up strangers I know nothing about far too quickly and still, for the first few moments anyway, believe every single thing that I’m told. I think big sunglasses make me look cool and sexy and I still believe I’ll have that strawberry pink villa in Provence one day. Or maybe it’ll be the whitewashed beach shack in Greece, just as soon as I’ve worked out if I’m going to be rich or poor when I grow up.
3. You look hot – why ruin it? – Age truly is just a number, a guidepost if you like. Like dress size. Just because you bought that size 16 wool coat doesn’t mean you are a size 16. You could be a 14, a 12 even, looking for that bit of extra give in the fabric for your money. Lying about your age only becomes a problem when you lie to yourself. We all have to be wary of mutton dressed as lamb whatever decade we’re in. Vivienne Westwood believes that clothes, if you get them right, can be so empowering they can actually change way you think.
4. Only your doctor knows the whole truth, your dentist the whole tooth – I remember being horrified the first time my doctor used the M, menopause, word during a regular check-up. Insulted even. And again, I was the tiniest bit miffed when my dentist took an X-ray without asking if I could be pregnant. Why, when it’s such a natural part of life all women go through?
5. Impertinent questions don’t deserve straight answers – And why, exactly, is it rude to ask a lady her age? Where did that come from? Well, whilst men can remain fertile until they’re in their 80s, it’s all over for us women (I nearly said girls there) decades before. It’s nature’s way of course, childbearing being so much more physically demanding on our bodies. But the role of reproduction in the great game of love and marriage plays such a major part in our adult lives it can be hard for some of us to accept that that part of ourselves has gone forever. This is the theme of my new novel, Ten Good Reasons To Lie About Your Age. Men might die …Read More