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7. The Most Beautiful Fruit

Newman Ph.D., Robert A. Basic Health Publications ePub

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hen it comes to exterior beauty, studies indicate that pomegranate extracts have much to offer your epidermisthe outer layer of the skinother than its ruby juice turning your hands red. These days, pomegranate is a key ingredient in skincare and bath products. The oil from pomegranate seeds may help prevent signs of wrinkling. Pomegranate seed oil has the potential to facilitate skin repair by promoting regeneration of the outer skin layers. Topical application of products containing pomegranate has been effective in preventing sun damage. Recent studies also indicate that pomegranate extract inhibits the growth of skin tumors.

Anti-Aging Help

Though the quest for eternal youth is an ancient pastime, the demand for anti-aging products and medical treatments applied for the purpose of turning back the clock on the skin-aging process has gained momentum in the past couple of decades. Americans spend more than $12 billion each year on cosmetics and skincare products to hide or prevent the signs of aging.

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7. Secrets of Fit, Energized Families

Keeling, Knute Basic Health Publications ePub

Sometimes, it just takes a small, simple tip from a parent who’s already living a Fit Family Lifestyle to move others more in that direction. In this short chapter, I’ll share with you some of these kinds of tips.

Some of the following ideas come from my own family habits; others were gathered from clients of mine who have figured out their own tips and tricks for staying fit and energized in the midst of the chaos of working, running their households, and raising their children.

I’m always stunned to find that families who live in our area often don’t know where the parks are. Find your own local parks. When the weather is agreeable, you and your children can spend lots of time there, playing, picnicking, and spending quality family time.

Our friend Douglas tells us that they make it a goal to do something physical every night after dinner, particularly in the summer. They might go to the park and take a ball, play chase, kick the ball around under the pretense that they’re practicing soccer, climb ladders, slide down slides. “Anything—for at least thirty minutes. It is our bonding time. It gets everyone outdoors and active, and tires the kids out so that they sleep better.”

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5. Nutrition and Exercise

Lovitt M.A., Michelle Basic Health Publications ePub

Nutrition and Exercise

As part of your exercise program, it is important to understand basic nutrition and how it relates to your metabolism, muscle fiber type, specific exercise plan, and overall health. When you are starting to exercise, or embarking on a quest to become healthy, it is imperative to become educated on how your body utilizes calories from food, and to be aware of the many misconceptions regarding what constitutes a balanced diet. After much research on this topic, we came up with what we believe to be the best nutrition plan available. Surprisingly, it is not expensive and there is no magic pill to take. It is a balanced diet, eaten in moderation.

Moderation in your diet means eating small amounts of food several times a day. Remember, it is never healthy or recommended to overdo a good thing. For example, if alcohol and sweets are consumed in moderation, they can be part of a realistic, healthy, well-balanced diet. It is only when they are consumed in excess that they become harmful and can have a negative impact on your health.

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12. Survive the Drive

Donkin Dr., Scott W. Basic Health Publications ePub

Accident prevention should be foremost in your mind when thinking of surviving and thriving. As a driver, you have much power when it comes to preventing accidents. Many factors go into maintaining a safe driving record, not the least of which is your health. Accident prevention starts with a healthy body and mind and continues with avoiding risky situations, such as driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Exercise, proper nutrition, and proper breathing are the keys to keeping yourself alert and in control.

WHAT CAUSES ACCIDENTS

Research conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has indicated that the vast majority of traffic accidents in the United States are the result of human error, the three main factors being excessive speed, improper outlook, and inattention. Other factors that cause crashes are brake failure, slick roads, or tire problems.

Excessive speed speaks for itself, but improper outlook includes aggressive driving, driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, following too closely, improper lane changes, and running traffic lights. Inattention includes driving while doing other things, like changing radio stations, eating, lighting cigarettes, reaching for objects in the vehicle, talking on cellular phones, and watching pedestrians or other attractions on the side of the road. Inattention also includes fatigue-related symptoms and falling asleep at the wheel.

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10. Minerals and the Prostate

Murray, Frank Basic Health Publications ePub

Of the many minerals and trace minerals essential for good health, zinc and selenium are the ones most beneficial to the prostate.

Zinc was initially shown to be biologically active over 100 years ago, but it was not until the early l960s that it was shown to be an essential nutrient for man, according to Foods & Nutrition Encyclopedia. While the mineral is found throughout the body, the highest concentrations are in the eyes, hair, nails, prostate gland, and skin. The body contains about 2.2 g of zinc, more than any other element except iron.1

Zinc is a component of several enzyme systems that are involved in digestion and respiration. It is necessary for the transfer of carbon dioxide in the red blood cells; for the proper calcification of bones; for the synthesis and metabolism of protein and nucleic acid; for the development and function of the reproductive system; for wound and burn healing; and for the ability to taste accurately.

A subclinical deficiency of zinc can be a problem for many Americans, especially men, who may not get the recommended dietary allowance of 15 mg/day, reported Robert A. Ronzio, Ph.D. The best dietary sources are bran, brewer’s yeast, meat, poultry, seafoods, and whole grains. Symptoms of a subclinical deficiency of zinc include impotence, lethargy, loss of appetite, slow wound healing, and white spots on fingernails, among others.2

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