By Aaron Lambert
When you’re out biking, hiking, gardening or doing other outdoor activities, wouldn’t you like to feel your best? Wouldn’t it be nice to be full of vitality day after day, no matter how much energy you expend during the summer months? Wouldn’t it be great to have a dynamic body that is more resistant to fatigue, cramping and dehydration? Is it even possible to reach these goals, especially if you are currently not in the best shape of your life?
It is definitely possible for you, your kids, family members and anyone else you know to create and maintain a body that has the “get up and go” to allow full enjoyment of summer activities. The catch, though, is that you will have to work at it. The goal is to develop eating habits that provide your body with nutrient-dense foods that furnish the genuine replacement parts, in the form of minerals, nutrients and vitamins, needed for the body to achieve and maintain excellent health. Below are some of the habits and foods that we recommend specifically for those who plan on being active outdoors.
By Aaron Lambert
We’ve all heard it. We are all aware of it to one degree or another. Even so, let’s just hear it one more time: We Americans eat too much sugar. Old, young, male or female, it doesn’t matter. Sugar is present everywhere in the diets of most people. Go ahead and read the ingredients of the packaged goods in your house. It might be listed under the name high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), evaporated cane juice or fruit juice, but it’s still sugar. Sugar is added in one form or another to breads, cereals, soda, canned goods, baked goods, pre-made meals, processed meat, ketchup and sports drinks. Even if you drink natural fruit juice, you’re drinking pure fructose (a sugar).
The estimates of sugar consumption range from 170 to 220 pounds per person per year. That is an enormous amount, considering that adults should have only about two teaspoons of sugar in their blood at any one time. We have all heard the reports about the epidemics of diabetes and obesity. Children as young as eight years old are now being diagnosed with diabetes type II. Diabetes II is a dangerous chronic illness that generally results from the over-consumption of sugar. In effect, the pancreas burns out and the body can no longer produce enough insulin, which is needed to get sugar into your cells. Obesity, too, is a growing problem. The consumption of so much sugar provides the body with more calories than it needs, and so it stores the excess as fat. Both obesity and diabetes II increase the probability of incurring additional chronic health problems such as cardiovascular disease.
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By Micaela Cook, Citzenre Representitive
Solar power is gaining popularity and attention in mainstream America, but solar technology has reliably producing clean power for decades, in fact, many photovoltaic systems installed in the 70s are still operating today. Todays typical solar cells have conversion efficiencies of 15 to 20%, but research and development programs aim to increase that to greater than 50%. While solar cells are already used for calculators, watches, satellites, remote telecommunications devices, municip...