Good Post Workout Snacks

Ever get done with a healthy workout and feel hungry afterwards? With such a great start, it can be hard to decide what to eat after a workout that will give you the most benefit, keep you full, and not undo all the work you just put in! According to RealAge, the best post workout snacks are ones with lean protein or healthy fats. These will help your body absorb and use your blood sugar better.

In a recent study, researchers studied the effects of carb rich meals after the subjects worked out. They found that carbohydrate-rich meals after a workout tended to have a negative consequence on the subjects. This was because their muscle cells rapidly refilled wiht glycogen (a sugar based form of energy). This seemed to reduce insulin sensitivity, which was the opposite of what one would want. This led researchers to the conclusion that meals high in lean proteins and fats after a workout are better for your body.

Also remember that your muscles need protein for growth and repair. Exercise depletes critical amino acids in your body and protein is one of the best types of foods you can eat to replenish these.

If you are not sure of what these snacks should look like, here are a few examples to get you started.

Half Tuna Sandwich– This is a great snack idea if you can stand your tuna with light or no mayonnayse. Be sure to put this on whole wheat bread for optimal filling and better digestion.

Mini Platter– Grab a small plate and put a few slices of cheese, turkey, and fruit on it. This is an easy and yummy snack that works great with your body after a workout.

Handfull of Nuts– If you are not that hungry, or awaiting a meal afterwards, a good hold me over is a handfull of nuts. Raw almonds, pecans, and cashews are great for you!

Guacamole & Whole Grain Chips- Guacamole may be fattening, but its dubbed as a “healthy fat” that will take your body a while to digest…and thus aid in keeping you full, so you will eat less. Just be careful with the chips.

 

Happy Eating!    ~HealthyGirl


Local Honey and Allergies

An allergy myth people commonly hear about is that eating local honey will help with your allergies. The idea makes sense because local honey is made by bees in your area that will pollinate some of the plants you are allergic to. Thus helping you to become immune to the pollen in that area. Unfortunately there is no evidence to suppurt this idea and it is currently more of a myth than a fact.

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 Although this is very good reasoning, no research has actually been done to verify this, and there really isn't any evidence to back this theory up. It would be hard to get large honey manufacturers to do a study like this since their honey usually comes from several different sources. Furthermore, the local pollen in honey could actually make allergies worse, according to Tom Ogen, a horticulturist.

The Good News
Although it may not be proven that local honey helps with allergies, there are still many benefits one can get out of honey. Your body quickly absorbs the glucose in honey which can give you an immediate boost in your energy, while the fructose gets absorbed slower, providing you with lasting energy.This wonderful natural sugar works better than cough syrups. Honey also has antioxidant and antibacterial properties that can help with your immunity and digestive system. 

Despite the fact that there is no evidence that local honey helps ward off alllergies, it doesn't hurt to try it, as many people have claimed it has helped. Even if you do not get the desired effects, honey is still a great health food and has many other benefits to make it worth your while.

A similar article about local honey can be ound at:
http://www.boston.com/news/science/articles/2008/06/23/does_eating_local_honey_help_prevent_allergies/

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Salt and High Blood Pressure?

Fact or Fiction: Too much salt intake can cause high blood pressure (or hypertension) in everyone.

False. Although salt and high blood pressure are related, too much salt does not necissarily mean you will have high blood pressure. Doctors, the government and society in general have been quick to tell Americans to cut back on their sodium intake. In response, many food companies have come out with reduced sodium foods, and many members of society have turned to alternative or healthier versions of salt, such as rock salt or salt substitutes.

When Salt Does Cause High Blood Pressure
Salt and high blood pressure are related if someone has been diagnosed as "salt sensitive" or has hypertension already. For these people, too much salt is likely to affect them in a negative way. In this case it is a good idea to stay on a low sodium diet and to cut back on salt by staying away from canned foods, box dinners, and especially dried noodle meals such as Top Ramen. These foods are high in salt and can make symptoms of high blood pressure worse if one already high blood pressure.

Did you know? Top Ramen contains over 76% of the Sodium you need in a day in just one package!

Why Are Some People More Sensitive to Salt Than Others?
Doctors and scientists are not sure exactly why some people are more sensitive to sodium, but part of it may have to do with other chemicals that interact with salt such as potassium, calcium and magnesium. All these minerals are important in making your muscles and other body functions work. For example, potassium lowers blood pressure by helping your blood vessels dialiate. A deficiency in one of these minerals can off set the balance of the others.

What if You Are Not Hypertensive?
For those of us who are not hypertensive, it is okay to enjoy your salt for now. There is no scientific evidence that salt causes high blood pressure. However, it may still be a good idea to cut back on salt in case you are hypertensive, or at least until further studies can be made.

Here is a similar article about salt sensitivity: http://www.naturalnews.com/015820.html

~HealthyGirl