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Eat your Fruits and Vegetables!

It goes without saying that a healthy diet is rich with fruits and vegetables. These nutritional powerhouses are loaded with vitamins and minerals that help to maintain the health of our vital functions. Fruits and vegetables contain healthy antioxidants and phytochemicals that help to neutralize free radicals, the compounds that damage cells and lead to diseases such as cancer and premature aging. Additionally, they are low in fat, high in fiber and cholesterol- free, making them a perfect snack or side to a meal. Choose fruits and vegetables that are in season, as they are more flavorful, nutritious and cost a lot less. Eat a variety of fruits and vegetables to keep meals interesting and maximize health benefits, as they...

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Macronutrients Continued

Protein is the building block of muscles and organs. It’s also a component in our skin, hair, bones and tendons. Protein is critical for the body to build, repair and generate new tissues. Composed of a sequence of amino acids, 14 of which the body is able to produce on its own, and the remaining, called Essential Amino Acids – those of which we must obtain from the foods we eat. Protein is an important part of a good fitness regimen because it’s the building block of muscle tissue, and helps to improve speed, strength and performance. Animal sources such as, meat, milk, eggs and fish, are very high in protein content. These foods are considered complete proteins because they...

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Nutrition Basics

The three basic nutrients that our body needs in relatively large quantities are called macronutrients. These nutrients are used to build and repair tissues, regulate proper bodily function and provide the bulk of our energy. They are an essential part of the human diet and vital for survival. The three macronutrients are carbohydrates, proteins and fats. Carbohydrates provide fuel for our body. The building blocks of carbohydrates are carbon, hydrogen and oxygen. As we ingest carbohydrates, they are turned into glucose and distributed through our bloodstream as a source of energy to fuel the muscles and brain. If they are not needed immediately, the carbohydrates will be converted into glycogen and stored in the muscles and liver for future use...

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