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These 10 foods have more potassium than that boring banana

If you know just one thing about potassium, it’s probably that it’s found in bananas.  Bananas are a portable, tasty source of potassium, but there other great foods that can help you reach your recommended daily intake, too. Potassium plays many important roles in the human body. You don’t hear as much about potassium as you do with say, vitamin C, fiber or even omega-3s, but 100,000 times every day, this electrolyte helps to trigger your heart to pump blood to the rest of of you body. It helps your muscles to move, your bones to stay strong and your nervous system to communicate. Low potassium intake has been linked with high blood pressure and kidney stones, according the National Institutes of Health. Less than two percent of people in the U.S. get the recommended 4,700 mg daily recommendation of potassium, according to The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). Yes, that means a whopping 98 percent of…

You can lose weight twice as fast with this diet method, research shows

When we want to shed some pounds, we typically look to dropping sugars and carbs from our diets. But a new study reveals that cutting back on sweeteners and breads might not be the most effective method after all. The most successful weight loss could come from ditching something more dieter-friendly at first glance — meat. The research published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition revels that dieters adopting vegetarian diets not only boost their metabolism but end up losing more weight overall — twice as much weight, in fact. A group of 74 participants with type 2 diabetes followed strict vegetarian diets of grains, vegetables, fruits and nuts. What researchers saw was that the vegetarian diet was twice as effective as the more common diet method at helping people shed pounds. Participants on the veggie diet lost on average 14 pounds vs. the typical 7 pounds. But the participants didn’t…

Adopting these 5 habits can add years to your life, study shows

Everyone wants a long, healthy life, but are we doing what is necessary to actually get there? A new study conducted by Harvard suggests that if American adults integrate five specific habits into their daily lives, their life expectancy will be increased by more than a decade. The recommended five habits are:  1. Don’t smoke 2. Eat a healthy diet 3. Get at least 30 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous exercise, daily 4. Maintain a healthy weight 5. Consume alcohol only in moderation The research, published last month in the journal Circulation, says that adopting these five healthy-habits could prolong your life expectancy at age 50 by a little more than 14 years of woman and a little more than 12 years for men. “The general population just needs to adopt a small step forward toward a healthier lifestyle,” says the lead researcher, Yanping, Li, MD, PhD, a scientists at the Harvard T.H. Chan School…

Creamy avocado, mango, smoothie with hemp hearts

Hemp hearts have been on the health food scene for quite a while now, but, for whatever reason, many people still haven’t given these delicious nutty seeds a chance. If you wish you could add even more nutritional oomph to your smoothies, salads and yogurts, it might be hemp seeds that you’re looking for. Hemp hearts are the edible insides of hemp seeds. They are said to have many health benefits because of their rich and diverse nutritional content. For starters, hemp hearts are a complete protein, so for vegetarians, or those trying to eat less meat, hemp hearts are a easy dietary substitution. They also contain essential fatty acids omega 6 and omega 3 as well as soluble and insoluble fiber. They’re packed with vitamins A, B1, B2, D and E as well as the minerals calcium and iron. But wait. There’s more! The combination of complex carbohydrates, protein and calories in…

Women who eat fast food, not enough fruit increase chances of infertility

Women who eat less fruit are harming their chances of getting pregnant, a new study has found. Australian researchers reported that women who ate fewer than three pieces of fruit per month were more likely to experience infertility in the upcoming year. The study, published in the peer-reviewed medical journal Human Reproduction, examined the diets of more than 5,500 women in Australia, New Zealand, the U.K. and Ireland. The collected data revealed that women who ate fewer than three pieces of fruit in a month took 50 percent longer to conceive than the women who ate more than three pieces of fruit in their diet each month. The study also looked at junk food consumption. Women who rarely ate fast food got pregnant on average a month faster than women who ate fast food at least four times a week. “We recommend that women who want to become pregnant should align their dietary intakes toward…

This is how much you can subtract from the scale because of your clothes

We all want an accurate — if not favorable — number to show up when we step on a scale at the doctor’s office. But clunky boots, thick sweaters or just the mass of all clothing items combined makes us feel like we’ve been gypped out of learning our real weight. Well, thanks to a study completed at Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center published in the International Journal of Obesity, we have a ballpark guess as to how much weight we can subtract if weighed while wearing clothes. The study tracked 50 men and women for an entire year. Every time the participants checked in they were weighed with and without clothes on. The results? Women, on average, wore just over 1.75 pounds of clothing, while men’s clothing added just over 2.25 pounds. The study didn’t factor in shoes, which can vary greatly, so be sure to take those off before…

All calories are not created equal, new study shows

We’ve all been told that if you eat less calories and exercise regularly, you’ll lose weight. It’s harder than it sounds, but it’s been touted as the only true path to weight loss success. But the Journal of the American Medical Association is saying this just isn’t so. While exercise still stands as an important part of weight loss, smaller portions and fewer calories have less to do with weight loss than we’ve been taught. Instead, the study pinpoints exactly what dieters much ditch in order to lose weight: refined grains, processed foods and foods with added sugar — no surprises there. The research was conducted by Christopher D. Gardner, director of nutrition studies at Stanford Prevention Research Center. Around 600 people were split into two different diet groups. One at “healthy” low carb and the other “healthy” low fat. Dietitians trained both groups to eat home-cooked, minimally processed whole foods. Both…

7 myths about apple cider vinegar you probably believe

Losing weight usually comes down to eating healthy and incorporating fat-burning workouts into your regular routine. But after sweating at the gym every day and meal prepping bland chicken breasts for weeks, it’s easy to want to see drastic results right away. Unfortunately, that’s not how things work. Results can be incredibly slow, so it’s easy for impatient people to turn to supplements. Enter apple cider vinegar, which has earned a reputation for everything from fat-burning to curing diabetes. While there are plenty of potential pros associated with the substance, there’s no need to swallow spoonfuls of the stuff every morning. So what is actually true about the tonic? Before adding apple cider vinegar to your daily diet, read below to separate fact from fiction. Myth: It helps you lose weight fast.  There is not much science to back the claim that apple cider vinegar kick starts the metabolic process that results in…

Guilt-free foods you can eat endlessly without gaining weight

Everything in moderation. But luckily, “moderation” with these 15 foods means something much more than most. The high water content, high fiber content and low calorie counts mean that you can pretty much eat these foods until you’re totally sick of them without seeing a bit of added weight on your frame. Of course you can overdo anything, but for a quick guide of what to guiltlessly grab from the fridge, start here. Blackberries Eating blackberries aids in digestion and helps us to stay alert. They are said to tighten tissue and give our skin a more youthful appearance. Like most berries, blackberries are rich in vitamin C and antioxidants known as bioflavonoids. Get all of this for only 62 calories per serving. Kale With 33 calories per cup, eat as much kale as you want without worrying about your waistline. It also contains three grams of protein and 2.5…

Stay full all morning with a BANANA, SPINACH, PINEAPPLE CHIA SMOOTHIE

Kick start the new year with healthy recipes that make you feel great. No matter what type of diet you follow, most folks can get on board with meals and snacks that use whole foods and little-to-no processed ingredients or sugars. Smoothies are a great way to pack plenty of nutrition into a five minute meal. As you grab a glass and head out the door, it will quickly become part of your healthy routine. This recipe will keep you full for hours, so if you’re skeptical of smoothies, start here. The chia seeds and banana will see to it that I’m right about that! Banana, spinach, pineapple chia smoothie Serves 2 Ingredients 2 cups skim milk (or your favorite non-dairy milk) 1 cup frozen pineapple chunks 3 handfuls of baby spinach 2 tbsp chia seeds 2 ripe bananas Directions Add all ingredients to the blender, and puree on high for about…