It’s time to consider the gastrointestinal (GI) tract in a new light. Though it has the unglamorous function of breaking down food products and excreting the waste, it’s also a willing participant in the epic and heroic battle of good versus evil—bacteria, that is.
Muhammad Ali once said, “Champions aren’t made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them—a desire, a dream, a vision.” I might be bold enough to add good nutrition to that list.
It might be easier to predict the movement of the stock market than to anticipate the moods of teenagers. In a matter of an afternoon, their characters may change from silly to sullen, from needing a hug to wanting solitude. But, one thing is for sure. Their growing bodies desperately need great nutrition.
Did you know that omega-3 deficiency can be deadlier than eating too much trans-fats? Last month’s Research News section offered this interesting finding from the Harvard School of Public Health, in which researchers found that getting too few dietary omega-3s accounted for 72,000–96,000 preventable deaths in the United States in 2005 (see August issue, page 10).
If “you are what you eat,” then why not turn to superfruits for super health? Shoppers are asking themselves this question, believing superfruits offer a win–win scenario with delicious taste and feel-great benefits (many of which are data supported).
Vitamin E supplements are about the size of a dime, but their health benefits are far greater than their stature. This tiny, fat-soluble vitamin offers multifaceted benefits and is an essential part of maintaining cell growth, cognitive ability and reducing free radical damage.
If you feel like challenging the adage, "You can never have too much of a good thing," make the case with carbs. Eating too many refined carbs and sugar (combined with not enough exercise and some genetic factors thrown in) may put one at risk for diabetes.