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6 Reasons Why You Should Try Cycling

Posted by InterHealth Nutraceuticals on Mon, Jan 19, 2015 @ 07:26 AM

Cycling is one of the world’s most popular cardiovascular activities! With many different variations such as trail riding, mountain biking, commuting, touring, or racing, cycling has a wide range of appeal to people of all ages and fitness levels. There are many great reasons to consider adding cycling to your repertoire of physical activities! Let’s take a look at 6 reasons you should be cycling!

 

  1. Excellent cardiovascular activity. The Centers of Disease Control (CDC) recommends a minimum of 150 minutes of moderate, or 75 minutes of intense cardio activity per week to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Studies have shown that regular cardio activity can help improve your organ function, immune system, sleep patterns, energy level, and overall mood.

 

  1. Relatively low impact. Depending on the type of cycling you are performing, the impact on your joints is significantly lower than activities like running. This makes cycling a great option for people who wish to support their joint comfort.

 

  1. Great for all ages and fitness levels. Because of its versatility, cycling is a fun sport for people of all ages and fitness levels. The good news about this sport is you don’t need to be a seasoned professional to reap the benefits!

 

  1. Fun family activity. Learning to ride a bike is a favorite memory for many people! Going for a leisurely ride on a nice evening is a great way to get the whole family, young and old, together for a fun physical activity. It’s also a great chance to chat and bond with each other!

 

  1. Great way to commute. If you live within a few miles of your workplace, cycling is a great option to sneak in physical activity, while also cutting down on fuel cost, and possibly saving yourself from the headache of sitting in traffic!

 

  1. Explore the city when you’re on vacation or even your hometown! When traveling by bicycle, it gives you a chance to truly explore and see your surroundings, that you may otherwise not notice when you’re traveling by car.

 

What to keep in mind

With any drastic change to diet or exercise routines, we always recommend consulting with your physician first. Once you know you are good to go for cardiovascular activity, here are a few things to keep in mind when choosing cycling.

 

Stay visible, stay safe. When heading out for a ride, it’s important to keep a few safety precautions in mind.

○     Wear bright colors so you are easily visible.

○     Ride on the same side of the road as traffic.

○     Obey traffic laws.

○     Use hand signals when turning.

○     Always wear a helmet.

 

Wear appropriate attire. Keep in mind the weather conditions as you plan your ride. We recommend wearing athletic apparel because it helps wick moisture away and allows for proper ventilation. Dress accordingly for climate conditions, and check the forecast before you leave for an extended period of time.

Keep hydrated and nourished. It’s important during all physical activity to keep yourself hydrated and nourished. This is especially true when cycling away from your home. Pack a water bottle (or 2), along with a few handfuls of nuts to bring with you on your journey.

Choose the right bike & tires. Depending on the type of cycling you are doing, you may require different equipment. This can get spendy if you are planning to make cycling a part of your fitness routine, but it can make a world of difference!

To Sum It All Up
No matter your age or physical fitness level, there are many benefits to cycling! It’s a great way to engage multiple muscle groups with the added stress and impact on your joints! When planning your fitness goals, it’s important to keep things like joint health in mind! This is why we recommend UC-II®. UC-II® consists of undenatured type II collagen that supports joint comfort, flexibility and mobility. New randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study was conducted on healthy subjects. UC-II® provided significant results compared to placebo in increasing joint function!

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Fitness Hack: Recover and Recharge

Posted by InterHealth Nutraceuticals on Fri, Jan 16, 2015 @ 07:28 AM

Staying active is important, but recovery also plays a crucial role when it comes to overall health and wellness. While most people live overly busy lives, they often don’t allow time to recharge. It’s important to evaluate and assess how recovery fits into your fitness plan to make sure you are taking proper care of your body. But how important is it, and what difference does it make in your fitness plan? Let’s take a look!

Brain Function and Wellness

Keeping busy without allowing proper time for recovery can take a toll on your brain function. When you get a full night of sleep, you give your brain a chance to refresh and reboot. Studies show that during deep stages of sleep, the brain is able to recharge and prepare for the day ahead. Getting proper sleep can help improve decision making, information retention, creativity, productivity, and attention span.

Brain function plays a huge role in your fitness success! Research has shown that people who are exhausted have a difficult time making healthy food decisions. When the mind is tired, we start to crave sugary and fatty foods and often end up giving in to temptation. In addition, when our mind is fatigued, it’s almost impossible to find the motivation to work out.

By allowing your brain to fully recharge at night, you are setting up your brain to work at full potential the following day. This will make it easier to stay the course regarding your food and exercises choices, in addition to staying more alert throughout the day!

Physical Health

We’ve all been there. The day after a poor night of sleep and all your body wants to do is shut down! A cup of coffee is totally acceptable when needing that extra push, but if you’re needing a cup in your hand all day, this is your body’s way of telling you that your energy is not at full capacity!

Over the short term, exhaustion can lead to weight fluctuation and hormone imbalance. In addition, if you are going to the gym while tired, it can lead to an insufficient workout, or serious injury! When people are chronically fatigued, the body functions differently. The risk of various diseases and illnesses increase such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes and stroke.

How To Recover and Recharge

  1. Sleep! By getting a full night of sleep, you are giving your body a chance to recover from the day before. Especially when you are physically active, you need to give your body a chance to rest. If you’re always pushing too hard, you may risk injury, putting you on the sidelines for days, or even weeks!
  2. Take a day off! It’s not in your best interest to work out seven days per week. Even the world’s most vigorous trainers recommend taking a day off once in awhile.
  3. Change up your routine! Perhaps you still want to get some activity in when you are feeling less than 100%. Change up your routine to something much less strenuous such as walking or light swimming.
  4. Get a massage! Your muscles deserve to be pampered once in a while. Getting a massage can help loosen muscles and allow you to decompress.
  5. Drink water! Our bodies are over 60% water -- we need it to survive! Sip on water throughout the day to help naturally recharge and recover between workouts!

We put our bodies through everything - it’s important to take care of it! Make a few changes to allow time for recovery into your schedule and you will feel the benefits both inside and out! In addition to healthy recovery, diet, and exercise, Meratrim is a great addition when striving to achieve fitness goals. Meratrim® (Sphaeranthus indicus and Garcinia mangostana) was shown in two randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical studies to be safe and effective for weight management as well as waist size management!

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6 Reasons to Sweat Everyday

Posted by InterHealth Nutraceuticals on Tue, Jan 13, 2015 @ 03:00 PM

Whether you are trying to reach a fitness goal or simply live a healthy life, it’s important to stay active. Not only is physical activity good for your overall health, there may also be some additional benefits of regularly working up a sweat. Here are a few reasons why you should find time to sweat everyday!

  1. Sweat Regulates Body Temperature

First of all, why do we sweat? When we are active, our body temperature rises and needs to cool off. Perspiration (sweating) is the body’s way of regulating the body temperature to prevent overheating.

  1. Flushes Toxins

Many experts believe that sweating can help flush out toxins such as alcohol, salt, and cholesterol. Find a moderate to high intensity workout such as circuit training or sprint intervals, and you could help your body flush those toxins out!

  1. Clears Skin

During the perspiration process, the skin’s pores open and sweat is pushed out of the body. When this happens, the sweat can also push out oils and grease that are clogging your pores, which can then lead to more clear and healthy looking skin.

  1. Improves Mood

Studies show that many people tend to feel happier after they have worked up a healthy sweat. According to Fitness Magazine, Dr. Ting states "Research has suggested that temperature-sensitive neural circuits to specific regions in the brain exist and may play a significant role in controlling mood." So next time you find yourself in a sour mood, try to sweat it out! 

  1. Lowers Kidney Stone Risk

As we noted above, sweat helps push out salt, and also helps bones retain calcium. This can limit the amount of salt and calcium accumulation in your urine and kidney, effectively reducing the risk of kidney stones.

  1. Increases Your Thirst for Water

When we work out and sweat, our body needs to be replenished. The best thing you can do at that point is reach for a tall glass of water! Increasing your water intake can help flush out more toxins, improving your internal organ health, skin elasticity, and overall wellness!

Physical activity is a great way to push toward fitness goals. When we sweat, it’s a great indicator that we are pushing ourselves and working hard! When you are looking for an extra boost toward your fitness goals, you’re going to love LOWAT®! LOWAT® is a natural supplement studied in randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled research to support loss of body weight 2x better than placebo after eight weeks. A significant weight loss of around 9 lbs was seen at week eight. We know you can do it, and LOWAT® can help!

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5 Benefits of Staying Physically Active

Posted by InterHealth Nutraceuticals on Fri, Jan 09, 2015 @ 10:15 AM

It’s no secret that remaining physically active on a regular basis is good for you, regardless of your physical ability, age, or gender. Research has shown a wide variety of short term and long term benefits of living an active lifestyle. If you’re looking to feel and look healthier, exercise is a great place to start! Let’s take a look at just a few of the many benefits of staying physically active!

Promotes Weight Control

It should come as no surprise that this is at the top of the list. Exercise has been proven to help with weight control. With the right fitness plan, exercise can be a healthy way to lose or maintain weight, but also can be used to gain muscle mass. You don’t need to set aside your whole morning to get in a good workout! Truthfully, even if you only have 20 minutes for a quick activity, it’s better than nothing!

Boosts Energy

Even though you burn through calories when you are active, it actually can help give you a natural energy boost! Many people who work out in the morning report that they feel more focused, energized, and motivated throughout the day. Over the long term, physical activity helps build muscle strength and endurance. This can help make everyday chores and activities seem like a breeze!

Supports Good Health

Research has shown that regular physical activity can help boost the body’s immune system. Getting your heart rate up helps circulate the blood throughout your body and is good for your heart. By including exercise in your daily routine, you stay healthy and strong both physically and emotionally.

Enhances Mood

Just as exercise can improve your physical health, it can also help promote your emotional state as well! Physical exercise, no matter how intense, engages the brain and releases endorphins to the body to actually help boost how you feel physically and mentally!

Rekindles Passion for Activities

It’s easy to lose passion for things we enjoy as we age and become busy. The good news is that regular exercise can help rekindle interests in other physical activities such as sports, sex, rock climbing or biking! The more physically fit we become, the easier those activities seem, thus making them more enjoyable!

This is just a few reasons why daily exercise can play a key role in both physical health and emotional wellness. We recommend striving for 30 minutes of physical activity per day. If you are new to working out, we recommend consulting with a doctor or physical trainer before starting a new fitness routine

We also suggest a natural supplement like 7-Keto when reaching for fitness and wellness goals. 7-Keto® is a metabolite that has been extensively studied in animals and humans for various benefits including weight, metabolic rate, memory and others.

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8 Things to Change if You Can’t Lose the Weight

Posted by InterHealth Nutraceuticals on Thu, Jan 08, 2015 @ 10:26 AM

bigstock-African-American-Fitness-Woman-4336854Most of us have a constant desire to be a more physically fit version of ourselves. We know that we shouldn’t sit on the couch all day and eat junk food, but are there other things we should change to improve our fitness? Here are a few things to look into if you are having trouble losing weight.

1. Change Your Workout

If you have been working out a few times per week and you are stuck at a fitness plateau, it’s time to change it up! Sticking with the same fitness routine for weeks or months at a time can not only cause you to lose interest, but also your body will adapt and actually slow down your weight loss. Try mixing it up once in a while with a new cardio activity, or mix in some weight lifting to engage different muscles!

2. Increase Your Workout

Perhaps you are getting in 30 minutes of exercise four days per week, for a total of 2 hours. While this is a great start, it may not be enough when you are trying to lose weight. Try increasing your daily workout routine by 10 minutes. It may be tough at first, but working through it will dramatically increase the productivity of your workout! It really adds up over the course of the week!

3. Don’t Drink Your Calories

Many of us often forget that calories are hiding in our favorite beverages! It’s important to limit the amount of calories we consume, especially from beverages as they are often empty calories with little to no nutritional value. Fruit juices, alcohol, and soda are often guilty of harboring loads of extra calories and sugar. We’re not saying that you need to give it all up completely, but start by cutting your average intake in half. You will notice a huge difference!

4. Get More Sleep

Allowing for a full night of sleep allows your body and mind to completely reset and recharge! When we are well-rested, we are more likely to make better healthier decisions regarding physical activity and food choices.

5. Snack Smarter

What’s your go-to midday snack? If it’s a vending machine candy bar, you may want to rethink it! Snacking throughout the day adds up and can play a significant role in fitness success or failure. You can enjoy healthier options that still taste delicious, it’s not one or the other! Instead of a candy bar, try a small handful of nuts, or opt for celery and carrots instead of a bag of chips!

6. Watch Your Portions

It’s not only about what we eat, but how much. Learning to control portions can be a tricky task, but if you know a few general tips, it can be simple! First, start with a medium sized plate. For any given meal, fill half of your plate with veggies and fruit. Fill ¼ of the plate with a lean protein. The remainder of the plate (¼) should contain whole grains. Try to resist the urge to go back for seconds by pausing for a glass of water after your first plate. Often times you’ll then realize you are content and don’t need a second helping!

7. Indulge Less

Notice that we didn’t say “cut out all indulgences”? Many people believe that they need to cut out all foods and desserts that they love to live a healthy lifestyle. The truth is, when we go for the “all or nothing” strategy, we are far more likely to give up after a minor slip. It’s important not to overdo it, but by allowing yourself the small treat once in a while, you can enjoy a small reward for staying on track.

8. Try a Natural Supplement

If you are living a healthy lifestyle by are still struggling with the weight, we recommend looking into a natural supplement like Meratrim® can significantly help you in your weight loss journey. Meratrim® is a proprietary blend of two plant extracts, shown to help people reach their weight-management goals in as little as two weeks.

It can be frustrating to be stuck at a fitness plateau, but it doesn’t have to be. By making a few small changes, you could be right back on the path to fitness success! Don’t throw in the towel, use it to wipe the sweat off your neck! You’ve got this!

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A Surprising Way to Rev Up Your Fitness

Posted by InterHealth Nutraceuticals on Wed, Jan 07, 2015 @ 06:53 AM

Everyone always talks about the importance of hitting the gym and eating healthy, but did you know that your sleep schedule play an equal role in your fitness success? It’s true! Putting in a full night of sleep could be your secret weapon in achieving your fitness goals!

Getting less than adequate sleep can affect your metabolism, decision making, attention span, and overall exhaustion. These can all add up to poor fitness decisions, or even serious injury. Life can get busy, but making improvements to your sleep schedule can leave you feeling refreshed and motivated! And when you’re feeling good, you’re more likely to make better health choices! The good news is that there are several easy tips you can follow to help improve your sleep! Let’s take a look.

  • Set an alarm to remind you it’s time to go to bed. We all know the importance of setting an alarm for the morning, but setting one in the evening is a great reminder to start winding down. Set the alarm for one hour before you plan to go to sleep, and use that final hour to get things ready for the morning, and leisurely crawl into bed!
  • Make sure you’re in bed at least 8 hours before you need to wake up. The recommended sleep for adults is 7-9 hours per night. We recommend getting into bed with 8 hours between you and the morning alarm. If 8 hours still leaves you feeling tired, add 30 minutes of sleep the following night.
  • Turn the TV off! In a recent study, 95% of Americans said that they actively use a TV, computer, or other electronic within an hour of going to bed. The problem is that most screens on TVs and computers producer a bluish tint which has been suggested to lower the production of melatonin, a hormone that helps control the sleep cycles. Instead, we suggest shutting down the evening by reading. You’ll be able to wind down naturally, and will likely find yourself able to fall asleep faster. If you need sound while you’re asleep, turn on a quiet radio or a fan.
  • Don’t eat a meal within 2 hours of going to bed. This is a great tip for fitness, but also when trying to get better sleep. When we eat too close to bedtime, it can lead to heartburn or other discomfort which can leave you awake for extra hours.
  • No caffeine within 4-6 hours of going to bed. If you’re an avid coffee or soda drinker, this one may be tough, but we encourage you to give it a try! Caffeine is a natural stimulant that keeps your mind and body going for up to 6 hours! By ditching the caffeine within 4-6 hours of going to bed, you may notice that you feel more sleepy and wind up naturally ready for bed earlier.
  • Establish a relaxing nightly routine. Your sleep schedule relies on what you do with the rest of your time, especially the few hours leading up to it. By allowing time to unwind and relax in the evening, your mind and body start to understand the routine and can naturally wind down. Find something that you enjoy that isn’t too stimulating mentally or physically. Perhaps you enjoy a book and a warm bath, or some soothing music and alone time to journal about the day. Whatever it takes to put you in the relaxed mindset, do it! You deserve it.

It’s important to keep your sleeping patterns in mind when structuring your fitness goals. A lack of quality sleep can lead to added physical and emotional stress, which can then lead to poor fitness decisions. Try these tips to get into a healthy sleep routine and your overall health and wellness will reap the benefits! You work hard - it’s important to take care of your body!

We also suggest a natural supplement like 7-Keto when reaching for fitness and wellness goals. 7-Keto® is a metabolite that has been extensively studied in animals and humans for various benefits including weight, metabolic rate, memory and others.

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Drop These Habits to Drop the Weight

Posted by InterHealth Nutraceuticals on Thu, Jan 01, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

As we jump into a new year, it’s a great opportunity to reflect on the past year to see what changes we can make to better ourselves. Resolutions regarding personal health and fitness are among the top of the list for a majority of people. It’s a great idea to look at what habits you can add to your life, but sometimes knowing which habits to drop can make a greater change! Here are a few habits we recommend you drop when looking to shed some pounds!

1. Skipping Meals

Contrary to what you may believe, skipping meals does not typically equal consuming less calories. In fact, studies have actually shown that people who skip meals will often eat more throughout the day. This is because when we skip meals, we eventually become overly hungry and start to reach for any food in sight. Snacks can turn into enough calories to constitute a meal and we then often fill up on unhealthy food choices.

If you are guilty of skipping meals, we encourage you to get into the habit of a regular meal schedule. Add a few healthy snacks between meals to help hold you over.

2. Eating Oversized Portions

Nowadays, especially at restaurants, we are constantly presented with larger-than-life food portions. It’s not only about what’s on your plate, but how much you eat that also plays a major role in your fitness success.

Next time you go to a restaurant, ask the server to put half of your meal in a to-go box. You will likely find that half of the entree is more than enough to fill you up and keep you satisfied. Plus, you will have another delicious meal when you get hungry!

When cooking at home, pay close attention to portion sizes and try not to over-serve. If you end up making extras, store them in containers before you start eating. If they are already put away, you will be less likely to reach for seconds.

3. Drinking Your Calories

Beverages have a sneaky way of adding calories into our diet. The average American drinks about 400 calories per day! We’re not saying that all calories are bad, however often times calories found in beverages are empty calories, meaning they carry little to no positive nutritional value. In addition, many beverages are loaded with sugar and chemicals.

Be conscious of your beverage choices. We recommend limiting your sugary juice, soda, and alcohol intake. Limiting, or cutting these all together can lead to a significant reduction in calories and help shed those unwanted pounds! Reach for water or naturally-flavored carbonated water when you are feeling thirsty!

4. Eating When You’re Not Hungry


Emotional eating is a term used for eating when bored, sad, upset, or even excited. Often times, we reach for food out of instinct to satisfy feelings, as many of us have been taught since birth. The extra calories can really add up over the week, month, and year!

Before reaching for snacks, simply ask yourself if you are hungry. Sometimes by waiting a few minutes and sipping on some water you’ll come to find that you’re actually not hungry. Try to limit extra snacking at social gatherings and parties by having a healthy snack before you go.

It’s not just about what you can add, but sometimes what you can subtract from your daily habits to create a healthier lifestyle. Pay attention to your habits to see if these are tips that you can adapt into your daily life. Something we do recommend adding is a natural supplement like 7-Keto®! 7-Keto has been studied in randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled research to support loss of body weight 2.9x better than placebo after eight weeks!
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Tips to Set Successful New Years Resolutions

Posted by InterHealth Nutraceuticals on Wed, Dec 31, 2014 @ 11:47 AM

The new year is upon us and for many people that means setting resolutions. Studies show that about 40% of Americans set New Years resolutions, and of those people only 8% follow through. Making fitness resolutions for the new year can be a fun way to set goals to better your health and overall lifestyle, but staying the course can sometimes pose a challenge. We have gathered a few tips and tricks that are backed by research to help you set and stick to realistic goals for the new year.

  • Set smaller, short term goals when you are planning your fitness resolutions. When you set smaller milestones, you are more likely to hit the mark because it’s much more manageable. When you achieve small goals you will feel motivated and inspired to hit keep going! For example, if you are hoping to lose 20 lbs, start with a small goal of losing 1 lb per week.
  • Pair up with a family member or friend with similar goals and mindset. You can help keep each other motivated and hold each other accountable in striving toward a fitness goal. Set a time each week to talk or meet up and discuss your progress, or even join each other at the gym! Having someone by your side will help push you to stay the course!
  • Share your goals with your friends! You’d be surprised how supportive your friends can be. Take your progress to social media when you are seeking a little extra motivation. Studies show that we are more likely to push ourselves to succeed if we talk about our goals.
  • Celebrate victories, no matter how big or small! Perhaps you swam 20 laps for the first time without stopping, or you ran your first 5k. Every milestone is worthy of celebrating! Pat yourself on the back and pay attention to how good it feels to hit your goal. Use that feel as inspiration to keep pushing forward if you ever think about giving up. You can do it!
  • There’s an app for everything these days -- even fitness! Find an app to help you track your daily steps and activity to really hold yourself accountable. Many apps will keep track of your progress throughout the year so you can see how far you’ve come! It’s also a great way to make sure you add more physical activity into your day.
  • Change or reassess your goals, but never give up! When the going gets tough, and you feel that you can’t continue, reassess and make changes before throwing in the towel. If you feel that you have set too high of a goal for yourself, not all is lost! Many people feel that a resolution is an “all-or-nothing” deal. The truth is that you can change your goals at anytime throughout the year. Try cutting your goal in half, or try something different. It’s all okay as long as you don’t give up!

The success rate for New Years resolutions is low, but with these tips you will be setting yourself up for a year of success! Find ways to keep yourself motivated and inspired by including friends and family in your journey. The most important thing is to never give up! When trying to lose weight in the new year, we also highly recommend a natural supplement like Meratrim! Meratrim is a proprietary blend of two plant extracts, Sphaeranthus indicus flower heads and Garcinia mangostana fruit rind, and has been shown in two randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical studies to be safe and effective for weight management as well as waist size management. Good luck with your fitness resolution! You’ve got this! 

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How to Snack Under 100 Calories!

Posted by InterHealth Nutraceuticals on Tue, Dec 30, 2014 @ 11:59 AM

We know the feeling; You’re a few hours away from your next meal, but your stomach is growling like a wild animal! The great news is, snacking between meals is actually encouraged as long as you make the right choices! Skip the vending machine or fast food drive-through and opt for one of these healthy snacks for under 100 calories!

1. Blueberries (1 Cup)

Measure out a cup of blueberries for a healthy snack, ringing in at 85 calories! Blueberries are packed full of vitamins and antioxidants that carry potential benefits including improving memory, brain health and nervous system. The natural sweetness can even help satisfy your sweet tooth! 

2. Plain Yogurt (½ Cup)

Yogurt is a great source of calcium and protein. And at only 80 calories for a half cup, you can enjoy this snack without guilt. The trick is to stay away from yogurt harboring added sugar. The protein in yogurt will help hold you over until your next meal!

3. Dark Chocolate (⅔ ounce)

Did we just say “dark chocolate”? Yes! Dark chocolate, in small portions is an acceptable snack to attack your sweet craving. Quality dark chocolate is rich in Fiber, Iron, Magnesium, Copper, Manganese and a few other minerals. The important thing is to pay attention to your portion size. At ⅔ of an ounce, you can enjoy a taste of dark chocolate for 95 calories.

4. Edamame (⅓ Cup)

If you have yet to try edamame, we highly recommend you give it a chance! In essence, edamame is simply a green soybean, but we assure you that it’s much more delicious than it sounds! Edamame contains a significant amount of protein, fiber, and other nutrients that help hold you over between meals! 

5. Watermelon (2 cups)

When you’re craving something sweet and refreshing, look no further! Watermelon is a great go-to snack because it’s rich in vitamin A and C. It’s also a great guilt-free snack because it’s loaded with water, which helps you feel satisfied and refreshed! At 2 cups of balled watermelon, you can enjoy this snack for about 95 calories!

6. Baby Carrots (15 sticks)

Carrots are an excellent source of fiber and vitamin A which may include many benefits including healthier heart, skin, and eye vision. The fiber content also will help keep your stomach feeling content until the next meal! And at only 53 calories for 15 baby carrots, you can feel good about this snack!

Many people think that you need to cut out all snacking when trying to achieve weight loss goals, when in fact snacking on healthy food choices can actually help in your fitness journey! These are just a few healthy options, but if you take a look at the supermarket, you can find several other healthy options! We also recommend a natural supplement like Meratrim® when striving to achieve fitness goals. Meratrim® has shown in two double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical studies to be safe and effective for weight management!

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5 Foods You Should Be Eating Everyday

Posted by InterHealth Nutraceuticals on Mon, Dec 29, 2014 @ 12:04 PM

The food we consume is more than just something to please the taste buds, it’s also the fuel that keeps us going. But just because a food is considered healthy, doesn’t mean it can’t be delicious as well. Here are a few foods you should be eating everyday. They will satisfy your taste buds, without the guilt, and provide excellent nutritional value!

1. Eggs

Studies have shown that people who start the day off with a scrambled egg and a piece of toast consume less calories during lunch or snacking throughout the morning. This is because of the protein content of the egg! Lean protein can help keep you full and away from the morning snacks. In addition, eggs also contain lutein and zeaxanthin which are antioxidants that have shown to help keep eyes healthy.

Make sure not to go overboard, as one egg has over half of your daily suggested cholesterol, however you should still feel good about including an egg into your daily morning routine!

2. Beans

Beans come in all shapes, colors, and sizes, but one thing that remains the same is that they boost a healthy diet. Beans are an excellent source of protein and iron, especially for people who don’t regularly eat meat. The protein content will help you remain full in between meals and minimize snacking! The iron is also worth noting, as iron plays an important role in transporting oxygen throughout your organs.

Add beans as a side dish on your plate, or mix them into a salad. No matter how you do it, we recommend finding a way to get more beans into your diet!

3. Broccoli

There’s a reason why health professionals are always telling you to eat your veggies! Even more specifically, broccoli has been famous for often topping the “superfood” list because of its incredible nutrition. Broccoli is loaded with vitamins A, C, and K. Its nutrition is often credited to helping bone health, as well as stimulating the body’s detoxifying enzymes which have been suggested to help fight cancer.

Fill half of your dinner plate tonight with some steamed broccoli! Try to fight the temptation to smother it with cheese, and instead lightly season it with some garlic or pepper!

4. Berries

All berries provide excellent nutrients that many people don’t get enough of. Raspberries or blueberries are both a great source of fiber, which may help with weight loss! The high amounts of vitamin C often found in berries is also excellent for helping promote your immune system and smoother skin! Berries also contain compounds that may help fight cancer.

Berries are a great way to satisfy your sweet tooth, without the guilt! Bring a cup of blueberries to work to keep yourself from reaching for the candy bowl, or even serve some mixed berries as dessert! The delicious and nutritious properties of berries make this a no-brainer daily food!

5. Spinach

At only 7 calories per cup of raw spinach, this leafy green vegetable is just getting started! Spinach has an impressive amount of vitamins A, C and K, as well as potassium, iron, fiber, and calcium! The nutrients in spinach have been suggested to promote healthier blood pressure, blood health, cancer prevention, asthma prevention, skin and hair. 

Next time you plan to build your own salad, make the easy swap of spinach instead of iceberg or romaine lettuce. The nutritional value will be dramatically increased and your taste buds won’t be disappointed!

We’re always hearing about what not to eat, but it’s important to talk about what foods you should eat! Aside from the fact that choosing the right health foods can taste great, it can also help set you up for fitness success! Add these incredible foods to your daily diet and your body will thank you! To keep your metabolism running strong, we also encourage you to check out 7-Keto®! 7-Keto® is a metabolite that has been extensively studied for various benefits including weight, metabolic rate, memory and others.

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