Fiber – The Truth Or Big Myth

Dietary fiber is the only type of “harmless” carbohydrate and is mostly non-starchy carbohydrate that the human body cannot digest. Interestingly, in the past fiber was considered unnecessary and only litters our digestive system and impairing the absorption of various substances. As science and knowledge progressed there began many reports about the beneficial effects of fiber. It was supposed to protect against diabetes, heart attacks and some said it cured cancer. But now we know that it is what are the benefits and what we can leave for fairy tales.

A few facts:

Fiber, being a non-digestible filler, causes a faster feeling of fullness (full stomach). People who eat a lot of fiber, yes, they are actually leaner and healthier, BUT not because fiber has a beneficial effect on their bodies, but because they eat less (and provide the body with less energy and digestible carbohydrates).

Certain types of fiber feed on the bacteria that live in our colon. These bacteria convert cellulose and other fiber carbohydrates into certain vitamins and short-chain fatty acids that provide energy for the cells in the lining of the gut and reduce inflammation in the body. Another side Fiber can have a negative impact on our health, because it reduces the absorption of many substances, both harmful and beneficial (some vitamins and useful micronutrients).

Fiber also impairs the absorption of phytoestregens (and other hormones and similar substances from food, e.g. from legumes or industrial meat), which helps with estrogen dominance. Too much estrogen in the body of both men and women is not good and causes many diseases and diseases. There are theories and observations linking eating more fiber to removing estrogen from the gut and lowering its concentration in the blood.

Cereals and similar products contain a lot of fiber that is mainly insoluble fiber and does not give us much health benefit.

As you can see, it is a subject worth exploring. You hear so often that too much fiber can bring us more harm than good. But if you have just the right amount your body will thank you!

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Losing Weight And Hair Loss Vitamins

Even though we lose up to a hundred strands of hair every day, sometimes we lose much more hair than we should! If this problem concerns you while you are losing weight then please don’t panic. There are big changes that are taking place in your body due to the weight loss and losing some hair is ordinary. Only in rare cases can hair loss be a sign of more serious health problems.

It is important to remember that losing hair is a common problem that is more than likely due to aging, stress levels, and eating habits. Sometimes just making a few small changes to your diet can help overcome this problem!

• Vitamin C – Protects against oxidative stress. (citrus fruits, black currant, parsley, kale, brussels, sprouts, broccoli, paprika, wild rose)

• Vitamin Bs  – Rebuilds the hair cuticles. (nuts and seeds, eggs and dairy products, in poultry, soy milk, beans, fish, spinach, porridge)

• Vitamin D – Combats alopecia and bald patches. (fatty sea fish, eggs, butter, Parmesan, cheddar, cow’s milk.)

• Iron – Supports the regenerative abilities of the hair. (mussels, oysters, beef, beans)

• Zinc – Strengthens hair roots and accelerates growth. (tomatoes, parsley, cruciferous vegetables, cocoa, endive lettuce, , quinoa, tofu, wild rice, sesame, pumpkin seeds, mushrooms)

• Omega-3 – Reduces inflammation. (walnuts, walnut oil, grapeseed oil, salmon, sardines, halibut)

Once again, if you are experiencing hair loss after losing weight do not worry! This is normal. Just be sure to give your body the vitamins listed above. Now that you have the knowledge about what vitamins can help, the topic of hair loss shouldn’t be so scary 😉

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Curbing your Cravings Like a Pro

Cravings are strange little phenomenons, aren't they? 

They tend to leave you feeling desperate for a snack, wondering why.

What causes cravings doesn't matter as much as how you handle them. Do you toss your will power aside and cave? Or do you fight the urge and simply soldier on–a warrior battle of the bulge?

Naturally, you want to fight off your cravings, but that's often easier said than done. Fortunately, there are people who get paid to help others manage their diets, make good decisions and stay in shape: professional trainers. 

Here are the secrets they share with their clients (and use themselves):

Plan to give in to the cravings
Depriving yourself of something is not likely to work. After a few white-knuckle hours (or days) of trying not to think about your cravings, you're likely to give in and binge. But if you build sweets (or salty snacks) into your diet plan, they won't feel like the forbidden fruit and you'll be less likely to be tempted to overdo it. 

Curbing your Cravings Keep your candy wrappers
It's easy to forget about or rationalize away all the candy or potato chips you've eaten throughout the week–unless you have something to remind you. Keep the wrappers in glass jar next to your snack drawer or shelf as a reminder of how much (or little) you've already eaten. Either you'll want to get back on track or you'll want to keep the momentum. 

Invest in your snacks
If you're craving some chocolate, don't just buy a cut-rate bar. Instead, invest in a high-quality piece of gourmet chocolate. Not only will it be more satisfying, but it will also feel more like a special treat. 

Focus on your food
Emailing, texting and watching television distract you from your food. When you're eating, focus on the pleasure you're getting from the food and you'll be less likely to overeat. 

Eschew artificial sweeteners 
Artificial sweeteners might replace sugar initially, but they actually make you crave more sugar down the road. Don't use them and you won't need to use them–because you won't be craving sugar.