High Fiber Foods Containing FOS Are Critical For A Healthy Diet

Many health and fitness fanatics do not know that they need to consume high fiber foods with FOS. What is it, why do you need it, and where can you acquire it?

FOS is the customary acronym for “fructooligosaccharide”. These are complex carbohydrates, or sugars that exist naturally in high fiber foods such as onions, garlic, leeks, and oats. One important trait of FOS is that it helps the body generate its’ own valuable bacteria in the digestive system. This is what is meant by the term “probiotic”. It’s the opposite of an antibiotic, which not only destroys the injurious bacteria in the digestive system but may also damage some of the beneficial bacteria that you need.

One reason you need high fiber foods with fructooligosaccharide every day is to prompt the accumulation of good quality bacteria, such as Acidophilus, Bifidus, and Faccium. Another is to assimilate nutrients from everything you eat more efficiently. Most high fiber foods only brush the intestines, but FOS also lends a helping hand in healthy digestion by helping to augment absorption of nutrients through the intestinal walls. In addition, you may be able to curb bad cholesterol and triglyceride levels by trapping fat and cholesterol in the intestinal tract, so they can be washed away more efficiently with other high fiber foods.

FOS is worthwhile to assist in the assimilation of complex carbohydrates, making them longer lasting, which is helpful for giving the body more energy as well as blood sugar management and an overal reduction in cravings for sugary snacks. Fructooligosaccharide from high fiber foods can help lessen the occurrence of yeast infections, Candida, or bloating and provide a natural way to care for symptoms of constipation, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or lactose intolerance. Another thing to appreciate about FOS is that it is being used in all natural, low calorie sweetener substitutes instead of artificial sweeteners and processed sugar.

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Blueberries, A Great Health Food

If you want a tasty fruit to add to your diet that promotes health, try blueberries.

Besides blueberries, the only other commonly grown fresh fruits in the United States that rate a little higher on the ORAC scale are dark grapes and pomegranates.Yes, these are also healthy fruits to eat, but it’s nice to have a variety, and blueberries lend themselves to not only being eaten fresh, but are useful in cooking and baked goods. 

What makes them so wonderful?

One important thing is blueberries are full of antioxidants.  While fruits like apples and bananas only rate around 200 on the ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorption Capacity) scale, blueberries rate a much higher 2,400.  Obviously, that means blueberries contain a lot more antioxidants than most fruits, making them a healthy addition to the menu.

The antioxidants in blueberries and other foods are important because they can prevent or slow the oxidative damage to our body.This is done by preventing or repairing damage damage done by free radicals that produced as by-products of cells in our body using oxygen.

Environmental factors that can also create free radicals in the body, such as pollution, radiation, cigarette smoke and herbicides.The cell damage escalates if antioxidants aren’t there to deal with the free radicals.  It also accumulates with age.

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What are the B Complex Vitamins?

There is much discussion about the B complex vitamin and how it is essential for the body to perform a multitude of functions. However, the B complex vitamin is not just one big complicated vitamin, as the name may imply.

There are actually eight B vitamins in the B complex vitamin as well as a few other related substances. The eight vitamins that make up the B complex vitamin are: thiamine or vitamin B1, riboflavin or vitamin B2, niacin or vitamin B3, pyridoxine or vitamin B6, cobalamine or vitamin B12, folic acid, pantothenic acid and biotin.  Related substances also in the B complex vitamin include choline, inositol and para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA).

Each component of the B complex vitamin has its own individual role within the body, yet it is when they work jointly as the B complex vitamin that they provide fundamental maintenance for the body to stay healthy. As B vitamins are water soluble, it is essential that an adequate amount of these vitamins are consumed on a daily basis. The body cannot store water soluble vitamins; this leads to a regular intake being required.

The B complex is of assistance for a number of health conditions and additional quantities may be needed at certain times in a person's life. Of course, there is a recommended daily allowance for the B complex vitamins that varies according to the sex and age of a person. Still, doctors and other health professionals have found benefits to increasing the intake of the B complex vitamin to help overcome certain illnesses.

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Making Healthy Food Choices for the Whole Family

It is sometimes hard making healthy food choices for the family when there is so much controversy in the media all the time.One day a product will be good for your health and tomorrow it will be bad for you.With all the various varieties of products and the media usually contradicting themselves on a daily basis it really is not at all suprising that people get confused.

There is so much choice these days when you walk around your local supermarket going up and down the numerous aisles, it is not surprising that people often find it hard to stick to a diet that fits in with healthy living.  There are a few basic tips you can do to help you shop better.

Never ever do your food shopping on an empty stomach, only go when you have had something to eat? The reasoning behind this is obviously because when your doing your food shopping with food on the brain and you are hungry you will almost always turn up at home having bought food you really don’t need, or actually wanted in the first place.On top of this it could be detrimental to the progress thats been made to all your healthy food choice campaign so far.

When you are going for your weekly shopping, always have a list with you and only purchase what is on that list nothing else not even a small treat, this way you have a good chance of only buying the health food you have on your list.  If you are buying boxed or canned food, be careful and read the labels.

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Beverages That Are Good For You

It’s almost time for summer in the nothern part of the world.  That means people will likely be drinking a lot more.  People are apt to be more thirsty during hot weather since the body loses fluids.

Consuming a soft drink full of sugar and chemicals isn’t a good way to replace lost fulids.  You don’t need artificial ingredients, high fructose corn syrup or massive amounts of other sweeteners, because there are lots of healthy beverages these days.


Yerba Mate is A Healthy Energy Drink 

Why not give Yerba Mate a try instead of a stew of chemicals?  It has 24 vitamins and minerals, 15 amino acids, and abundant antioxidants, making it a great natural alternative that also boosts energy.

One of the healthiest and most commonly used stimulants in the world, Yerba mate provides both energy and nutrition.  Yerba mate is a natural food full of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients.

It makes a great iced tea and is available in many flavors.  It’s also economical, because unlike most teas, the leaves can be infused several times since it does not become bitter when steeped for extended periods.

Besides loose leaf tea and as tea bags, Yerba mate comes already bottled and in lattes.

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How Safe Is What You’re Eating?

Have you thought about the safety of what you put in your body lately?

Take soft drinks for example. Coke is so acidic that it makes a great automobile engine cleaner, and it’s even rumored that it’s what the manufacturer uses to clean the engines of their own trucks. On top of that, the acidic liquid then sits, sometimes for years, in an aluminum can. Have you heard that aluminum in the body is associated with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia? That’s a combination I’d ask myself, “Is that safe?” I’d encourage you to do so as well.

What do you think about putting anti-freeze into the body?

Do you know that the main ingredient in anti-freeze is common in many “snack foods” found in convenience stores? Isn’t that convenient? Anti-freeze in a food – soon they’ll be marketing the benefits for those living in cold climates. Anti-freeze is also used in many personal care products – which people put directly on their skin. I’m not sure about you but I’m thinking this is another perfectly good time for, “Is this safe?”

Now, I’m going to encourage you to look at the ingredients on most any packaged foods. Do you know what half of the ingredients are? Another good time for, “Is this safe?” And perhaps, “How come all of these chemicals in my food?”

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