Sunday, January 12, 2014

Healthy Fats for the Brain [Infographic]

Healthy Fats, Hydration (Water Intake) and the Human Brain
Infographic from AngelmanToday.com
Lately there is more and more talk about sugar and inflammation (not fat and cholesterol) as being the main culprits in driving weight gain, belly fat and various chronic diseases.

This infographic presents some very interesting facts and information about fats and the human brain and explains the importance of consuming certain types of healthy fat at every meal as well as staying adequately hydrated, i.e., drinking plenty of fresh, clean water throughout each day.

Current research suggests that healthy fats are not only essential for proper functioning of the brain, but may also play an important role in weight loss (including abdominal or belly fat) and proper weight maintenance.

The healthiest fats mentioned in this infographic are contained in these natural foods:

✿ Olives
✿ Olive Oil
✿ Avocado
✿ Coconut Oil
✿ Almonds

Related:
Fat Facts
Brain Foods
Nutrition of Mental Health
The Benefits of Vegetable Oil
Healthy Oils

Infographic source and further information:  AngelmanToday.com

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Saturday, January 11, 2014

Increase Serotonin with Food and Activities [Infographic]

Foods and Activities to Increase Serotonin (the Happy Chemical, Hormone)
Infographic from AuthenticDiscovery.com.au
Along with dopamine, oxytocin and endorphin, serotonin is often called one of the "happy chemicals" or "happy hormones".

Although serotonin is most often thought of as a brain chemical, it is a neurotransmitter found in the pineal gland, digestive tract, central nervous system and blood platelets.

Research suggests that serotonin is involved in regulating appetite, sleep, mood and aging.  It also influences learning, memory, behavior, cardiovascular function, bone metabolism, body temperature, muscle contraction and wound healing.

Because serotonin suppresses the appetite while promoting feelings of satiety and well-being and regulating sleep, proper serotonin levels have been linked to general weight loss, abdominal (belly) fat loss, and healthy weight maintenance.  Fortunately, increasing serotonin levels does not require expensive drugs, supplements or treatments - certain foods and activities naturally stimulate release of serotonin activity (while providing other health benefits), as this infographic illustrates:

Cayenne and Other Hot Peppers (relieve depression, potential "fat burner")
✿ Almonds (contain natural dietary fiber and magnesium, a brain "food")
✿ Walnuts (nutritionally dense, contain Omega 3 Fatty Acids, a brain nutrient)
Leafy Greens (contain important vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients and boost energy)
✿ Green Smoothie (a powerhouse of nutrients, natural detox aid and energy booster)
Water Hydration (essential to general good health and weight loos, relieves stress)
Epsom Salt (in the bath, help to relieve sore muscles and tension; have a calming effect)
Walking (an activity with many physical and emotional health and weight loss benefits)
✿ Smiling and Laughing (releases the "happy hormones", promoting general well-being)
✿ Spending Time in Nature (together with meditation and yoga, relieves stress, anxiety and depression, all of which aid in belly fat loss)

Related:
Brain Foods
Brain Threats and Protectors
Nutrition of Mental Health
Healthy Fats for the Brain
Daily Water Chart

Infographic source, more information and health tips:  Authentic Discovery




Friday, January 10, 2014

Getting Rid of Belly Fat [Infographic]

Getting Rid of Belly Fat in 5 Simple Ways
Infographic from LABSclinic.co.uk
Belly fat and how to get rid of it is a major concern for many people.  Even those individuals who are at a healthy weight or are on the thinner side may still have problems with extra padding around the middle.

Because the fat in the belly is considered to be much more dangerous than fat in other parts of the body, a lot of attention has and continues to be given to reducing belly fat.

There are various diets, detoxes, supplements, exercise equipment and other plans, products and methods specifically targeting belly fat.  Some work, some don't.  Some work only in the short term, but not in the long run.

Getting rid of belly fat and keeping it off may be as "simple" as changing the following lifestyle habits, as this infographic illustrates and briefly explains:

1.  Eat Regularly and Frequently 

Eating many small meals (five to six) throughout the day has been shown to increase metabolism.

2.  Avoid Sugary Foods and Beverages

Excess sugar and other refined carbohydrates cause the body to produce more insulin, ultimately causing the body to convert the excess carbs to fat and store them in the adipose (fatty tissue). Spikes and swings in insulin production and blood sugar levels drive feelings of hunger and cravings, causing people to eat more.

3.  Minimize Stress

Chronic stress has been shown to cause the body to release cortisol, a hormone that contributes to the accumulation of fat in the body, particularly around the belly.  Exercise, meditation and deep breathing are excellent, proven methods of reducing and managing stress.

4.  Exercise Regularly

Regular exercise helps to burn calories (cardio), build lean muscles mass to increase the metabolic rate (strength or weight training), relieves stress and provides a host of other health benefits.

5.  Get Enough Sleep

Restorative and adequate sleep is essential for general, good health.  It is also thought to play a big role in weight gain or weight loss.  Sleep deprivation causes the body to produce more ghrelin and less leptin - two hormones that regulate feelings of hunger and satiety, respectively.  More ghrelin together with less leptin equals weight gain and/or impaired weight loss.

Related:
How to Lose Belly Fat
The Real Causes of Your Belly Fat
How to Lose Your Weight (and Belly Fat) Without Dieting
Good Carbs, Bad Carbs and the Ugly Truth About Your Diet
Stress Relief Activities



Infographic source:  LABS Clinic

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