Since February is National Fiber Focus Month I thought I’d compile a quick post about some interesting articles on fiber. Fiber is a very important part of our diet and does a whole host of things to keep us healthy: removes toxins, creates constipation, keeps us full and loads more.
The average person should be getting between 25 grams (for a woman) – 38 grams (for a man) per day. However, the sad fact remains that the average person is only consuming about 15 grams of fiber per day. In my opinion this is happening because we aren’t taking the time to eat proper healthy food like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains but instead we are living off of fast foods that have very little nutritional value. So, if you love your tummy and want to stay healthy you should really pay attention to these articles and do more to get some extra fiber into your diet.
Fitbit: Wireless Personal Trainer (Photo credit: firstname.lastname@example.org)
I came across this great little fitness tool: Fitbit Ultra Wireless Activity Plus Sleep Tracker. It is a very lightweight tracker designed to keep you motivated by recording your daily activity, sleep patterns, and with the software your food consumption.
With the Fitbit Ultra Wireless Activity Plus Sleep Tracker you will be able to track the following:
- Distance travelled
- Steps taken
- Flights of stairs climbed
- Calories burnt
- Total hours of sleep
- How many times you woke up in the night
- How many calories you have eaten
- Calorie input vs output.
Weighing in at only 0.08kg (0.2lbs) it can clip onto your belt, your bra or even sit in a pocket. The altimeter is able to detect changes in movement and height. For example it can tell when you step and if you climbing or descending a hill or stairs.
I wrote a full review on my website so if you want some more information then follow the link to the Fitbit Ultra Review.
Alternatively if you want to buy it straight away then just follow:
Fitbit Wireless Activity/Sleep Tracker, Black/Blue
An interesting article on weight loss.
Drinking water is important for any person but if you are on medication you might need to drink a bit more water than a person not on any medication. There are certain types of medication that can absorb more water from your digestive tract in order to work effectively.
You may find that you have a series of unwanted symptoms such as constipation, dry mouth, skin problems, changes in appetite and a whole host of others, however, these could all be rectified by drinking a little bit more water everyday. Of course you should check with your health care provider just incase you are having a reaction to the medication rather than dehydration, which in itself could become a problem over time.
One way to test your hydration level is to check the color of your urine. If your urine is a dark yellow then you are dehydrated and need to drink more. Urine should be clear to pale yellow to be at an optimum hydration level so you can keep drinking the same amount that you are now.
Why Drinking Water is Important
In a previous article I wrote about how water effects the body. If you want to find out more you can read my article The Importance of Drinking Water. If you’re struggling to get all of your water in you can also check out these 10 Sneaky Ways to Add More Water to Your Lifestyle.
If you have a sense of humor you might like some of these:
Getting a drinking bottle is a great way to get some more water into your daily routine. Amazon have a great selection depending on what your budget is. There are bottles from £4 up to £25, they are all of high quality but some are larger or have different grips or cooling options. Take a look to see what you prefer.
Dehydration can kill so it is vital to replace fluids if you are poorly or have been sweating excessively. I have written an article on Dehydration and How to Avoid It but I’ll also give you a load of resources so that you can rehydrate.
Reducing Alcohol Intake
Drinking alcohol can make you very dehydrated especially if you drink a lot. If you are looking for some help in reducing you alcohol intake then I would suggest the following.
I hope you’ve found this article useful. If you have any feedback please let me know in the comments.
Some great tips on beating the heat for running in the summer or a hot climate.
First day of summer and the weather responded by climbing into the 90s replete with humidity. Lovely. I’m much better at running in cold weather than I am in heat. At least in cold my body gradually warms up to a point where I’m comfortable running. In the heat, however, it’s easy for your body to overheat and that can be dangerous if not fatal. Yikes!
Here are some tips I’ve gleaned over the years and try to implement throughout the dog days of summer:
1. Run early in the morning – This tends to be the coolest part of the day before the sun has baked the world all day.
2. Dress smart – Wearing light colors that will reflect the sun’s rays away and loose fitting clothing that breathes as you run. Also, fabrics other than cotton that will wick away sweat and keep you cool are…
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When I first came out of hospital at the start of April 2012 I was very weak. I could just about get myself out of bed to get to the sofa where I would stay all day – that got very frustrating after a couple of days. Sitting around on my ass is not something I was used to and I wanted to get back to work as soon as possible.
I ordered a copy of the 30 Day Shred as it was a 30 day program that didn’t need much equipment and it looked like I could easily adapt it to my needs. I had looked on YouTube for exercises that I could do sitting down if necessary and without weights if I was feeling too weak. Luckily 30 Day Shred met both those criteria and it was also a very good price (I picked it up of £5/$7).
The first few weeks I could only work out once a week as I needed the other days to recover from the exertion I was that tired and weak. Eventually I built up my strength and stamina and I was then able to workout 3 days a week and get through the program.
The results I got from the program were just what I wanted! I gained strength, flexibility and stamina to that I could return to work 6 weeks later. I also toned up and lost 10lbs of fat and gained 4lbs of muscle but the best thing was that my swelling on my leg reduced and my limp got a bit better too.
Here’s a link to my review of the 30 Day Shred and I’ll also provide a link straight to the DVD on Amazon.
If you want to know a little bit about me I’ve written an interesting article over on Squidoo. The article is called Alive and Kicking with a Limp: All About Me and discusses basically who I am. It was part of a Rocket-Squids challenge and it has been a huge success.
I talk about my disease (Heterozygous Factor V Leiden Mutation) and conditions (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) but that’s not all there is to me. I love to practice karate, read, write and research, but I also love music.
If you want to find out some more information on my then follow the Alive and Kicking with a Limp: All About Me link and tell me what you think.