Archive for the ‘Health and Foods’ Category

iv-nutrition-therapyInterested in reviving yourself after training extremely hard for a marathon? Sick and need a type of therapy that will get the job done quickly? Or simply just want to hydrate yourself with essential and nutritious vitamins? IV Fusion Therapy will assist in trying to remedy any of these questions you might be asking yourself.

There are certain types of IV drip bags that serve different purposes in the medical world. The two most popular bags are called Myer’s and Rapid Recovery. A Myer’s bag, invented by a physician named John Myers from Baltimore, is filled with the necessary vitamins such as magnesiumcalcium, various B vitamins, and vitamin C needed to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Not only will it act as an aid to a healthy lifestyle, it will also prevent future health difficulties. This bag will greatly impact a person’s well-being. Doctors may recommend this type of IV therapy to someone with a sickness, or even if someone is deemed a fairly healthy person, they can still request this therapy for maintenance of living a healthy and prosperous life. Read the rest of this entry »

Obtaining your weight loss goals will likely require a lot of personal change.  In addition to implementing a regular workout plan, you will also need to modify your current diet so that your body starts getting more of the foods that it needs and less of those that it does not.  Learning which foods to consume is actually very easy if you stop focusing on what tastes best and start considering which things will supply you with the most energy.  Following are five foods that you should certainly keep off you plate when you are attempting to drop pounds.

1.  Fried chicken, shrimp and other deep-fried treats

Fried FoodsSome foods are actually perfectly good for your body right until they are breaded and dropped deep into a pot of boiling oil.  For instance, chicken breast can be an optimal dietary staple given the lean protein that it supplies.  Rolling it in batter and cooking it in high-temperature fats, however, dramatically offsets any nutritional benefits that can be gained.  It is always better instead to lightly coat foods that you would normally fry in olive oil.  These can then be seasoned and baked in the oven until the desired crispness is achieved.  Sliced potato wedges and chicken will taste just as good when cooked in this fashion and they will have a lot less fat. Read the rest of this entry »

We live in a society today that is constantly changing their findings and recommendations in the nutrition subject. Merely every finding or experiment is contradicting or misleading. Some people are at the point where it is difficult to find anything worth eating. There are so many health issues involving our diet and many people strive to be cautious of their food selections. It is challenging to achieve a healthy diet when you read all these articles that say different things. So, even with this article, take what you want from it and apply it to some of your other findings. There really is no right or wrong with nutrition these days, because you will always find some information or person telling you something completely different. The list below shows five habits seen today that are surprisingly making you fat: Read the rest of this entry »

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For those who are pregnant, traditional weight gain and loss ideas should go out the window. No more dieting techniques to suppress your appetite! You can’t afford to start a weight-loss diet during your pregnancy. Read the rest of this entry »

Eating healthy food is such a huge part of getting and staying in shape. So today on What Are You Weighing For, we have a treat for our readers. This extremely healthy dish can be served as a snack, side, or main course. This recipe has been adapted from a recipe found on The original can be found here.


1 teaspoon cooking oil

1 onion chopped (I didn’t include this, instead I added a little onion powder for flavor. I hate the texture of onions!)

3 cloves of garlic, peeled and crushed. (Or you can use a little minced garlic, or garlic powder)

3/4 c. uncooked quinoa, rinsed

1.5 cups vegetable broth (If you prefer, you can sub in chicken stock)

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1/4 teaspoon cayanne pepper

1 tablespoon lemon or lime juice

1 c. frozen corn kernels, or 1 can of corn

1 can black beans, rinsed and drained

1/2 cup fresh chopped cilantro

salt and pepper to taste



1. Heat the oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and saute until lightly brown.

2. Add the quinoa to the saucepan and then pour in the broth. Add cumin, cayenne, salt and pepper, and stir. Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat and let simmer for 20 minutes.

3. Add the corn and black beans and simmer for about 5 minutes, until heated through.

And there you have it. A wonderful, healthy side dish that is under 200 calories per serving, and packed with fiber and protein. Quinoa is the only grain that is a complete protein, so try and start incorporating it into your meals when you don’t want to add fatty meats. You can even ditch the treadmill workout after such a healthy meal without feeling too bad!

If you want to really jazz it up, you can add cooked chicken for the last 5 minutes of simmering, and then use it as a taco filling. Just add sour cream, avocados, cabbage, shredded carrots, and/or salsa. While this will increase the calorie count, for a full and healthy meal, it’s still definitely worth it!

You can also serve this as a cold type of “salad.” It’s so versatile. Feel free to try it with some adjustments of your own. You may even want to add some of these tasty foods that fight belly fat!


Folic Acid

Spinach and MagnesiumAlso known as B9, folic acid helps in the production of red blood cells. Folic acid also helps to synthesize and repair DNA. This is especially important in the first three months of pregnancy. If you do not get have enough folic acid in your body then you may suffer from extreme tiredness due to anaemia which is a illness from lack of red blood cells. Foods that are rich in folic acid tend to be leafy green vegetables, carrots, egg yolks, and liver products.


Magnesium helps to build strong bones, regulate body temperature, and convert energy from food. It is the fourth most abundant mineral in the body. Green vegetables like legumes and spinach again come to the rescue as they provide a great source of magnesium. Cereals like raisin brand are also fortified with magnesium as well as chocolate milk. Magnesium deficiencies result in a wide variety of symptoms such as muscle spasms, personality changes, and even seizures.

These are just 2 more important vitamins and minerals to remember throughout your day for a healthier you.

Last year we covered a couple vitamins including, vitamin A, B1, B2, and B6. You can read more about it here at Essential Vitamins and Minerals (part 1). Lets continue going over some of these essential vitamins and what they can do for your body.

Essential Vitamins and Minerals

Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12 as well as the other B Vitamins helps regulate the body’s metabolism. Another important function of B12 is to maintain the central nervous system and also to help form red blood cells. You can find B12 in foods such as meat, fish, and dairy. Vitamin B12 can help against memory loss diseases like Alzheimers and help against a variety of other diseases such as multiple sclerosis, macular degeneration, and Lyme disease. The recommended daily amount of B12 in a teen or adult’s diet is approximately 2.4 mcg per day

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is well known for many health reasons. Everything from curing the common cold to helping with arthritis and cancer. This vitamin’s function is to grow and repair all sorts of tissues in your body and to work as an antioxidant throughout your body. You can find vitamin C in a number of foods including citrus fruits like oranges, vegetables like broccoli, and other vitamin C fortified foods like certain cereals. Look to have around 85 mg/day of vitamin C.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D is the self made vitamin so to speak. This vitamin is produced by your body by getting 10-15 minutes of sunshine in a day three times a week. Vitamin D helps to absorb calcium into the body and helps to build strong bones and bone tissue. Most dairy products in the US like milk and cheese are fortified with vitamin D.

In the next article we will be going over a couple of lesser known vitamins and minerals such as Pantothenic Acid and Biotin.