Vitamins – Effective Against Disease


How sick we get when we catch different infections depends on everyone’s immune system. We each have a very complicated system of defense that is regulated on many levels.

Due to aging or the course of chronic diseases the efficiency of the immune system decreases. That is why certain groups of patients are particularly vulnerable to disease and suffer from more severe infections of any kind.

All of us have compromised our immune system in the past and we are not able to rebuild it overnight. Therefore, at this particular time we must pay attention to what we can do to best support it.

Diet, lifestyle, and the ability to deal with stress are the most crucial tools at our disposal to prevent severe complications due to viral infections. If we properly manage each of these things it will improve our chances of recovery.

Vitamins C and D have been recognized as potential preventative tactics for severe infections. Simply taking these vitamins has the potential to save thousands of lives. Patients who are seriously struggling with the coronavirus at New York State’s largest hospital receive 1,500 mg of vitamin C three to four times a day.

Vitamin C in very high doses may even act as an antiviral drug, potentially killing different viruses. The Journal of the American Medical Association found that having a Vitamin D deficiency increases your risk of testing positive for coronavirus by nearly 80 percent.

Vitamin D also enhances immune function and allows the host organism to fight the viruses more effectively. Vitamin D also inhibits inflammatory processes which have been known to target vital organs.

But that’s not all, other vitamins also have hidden powers that you may not know about. For example Vitamin B1 also improves immune function, can reduce the risk of type-2 diabetes, and can help maintain healthy blood oxygen levels.

Vitamin B3 and B5 help to fight inflammation and also improves the mental state and condition of our brain. Vitamin B9 aids enzyme production which is vital in fighting off bacterial or viral infections.

We all should make sure we are getting enough of these vitamins and keep in our minds how important they are in preventing any possible fight with infection and viruses.

For weight loss surgery patients it is recommended to use patch vitamins, chewables, or liquids and are preferred over the pill form alternatives.

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Low in Fat but Full of Flavor: Chicken Fajitas


When you are looking for a dinner or lunch recipe that the entire family will love but won't ruin your diet or healthy lifestyle, there are still many tasty options available to you. One of the best that can serve up an entire family and still be in low in fat (only 1.2 grams!) are these flavorful chicken fajitas.

Full of zucchini, bell peppers, and skinless chicken, this is the ultimate recipe for anyone on a diet but still wants a hearty meal. Even the tortillas used in this recipe are low in fat and all of the ingredients are fresh and healthy for you when it comes to necessary nutrients, vitamins, and your heart health.

Low in Fat but Full of Flavor: Chicken Fajitas | BeLiteWeight | Weight Loss Recipes Here are all the ingredients you will need:

  • Two boneless and skinless chicken breasts
  • One green pepper, small, cut into strips
  • One red onion, small, quartered
  • One zucchini, small, chopped
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of cumin
  • Two garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of paprika
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of onion powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of chili powder
  • Eight flour or corn tortillas, low fat

 

And here is the preparation needed for the low fat fajitas:

  • Take your large skillet and spray with cooking spray, putting over high heat. Add in vegetables and saute until crisp, tender, or about five minutes. Remove the vegetables and keep them warm.
  • Keep skillet on high heat and now add in chicken with seasoning and begin to toss so seasoning ingredients coat the chicken. Add in about 1/4 cup of water and let simmer for five minutes.
  • Bring vegetables back to the skillet and let them heat through with the chicken and coating the vegetables in seasoning.
  • Warm tortillas to make them pliable and easy to work with while cooking ingredients.
  • Take ingredients and serve on tortillas of choice. Add in salsa, reduced fat sour cream, or low fat shredded cheese for added taste.

Dieting Can Make You Less Intelligent: Study


Your diet could be working wonders for your body, but it might be reeking havoc on your brain. 

A new recent study out of Harvard University found that people who are actively dieting sometimes don't have the mental capacity of their colleagues who are not dieting. 

The diminished ability to problem-solve and think critically isn't related to a lack of vitamins, minerals or protein. Instead, it's the direct result of simply having too much on your mind, according to researchers. 
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Think about it: If you're worried about what you want to eat, can't eat or should eat, you are less focused on the task at hand, whatever that may be. 

For example, if you're on a diet and have a late afternoon meeting during which one of your colleagues unveils a plate of cookies or a bag of candy for the group–you know, just to get the creativity flowing–what are you more likely to be thinking about? Problem solving? Strategy? Or how to resist the plate of delicious snacks being passed around. 

That's right, you're going to be focused on the treats. 

And even if there is no plate of cookies or bag of candy, people who are dieting still have plenty of other things on their mind–cravings, self-control, their next snack or meal, for example. 

All of these issues, according to the researchers, take up a lot of mental "bandwidth." And people only have so much mental bandwidth to dedicate to their daily challenges. When a person is thinking about food–the good, the bad, all the food they want to have but can't–they simply don't have the ability to dedicate time, energy and thought to other issues. 

Hence, the researchers concluded that people on diets are not as well-equipped to think strategically and make the most of their cognitive abilities than those who are not dieting. 

So what to do? 

The simple answer is to quit dieting, but that's unrealistic. The best answer is to find a diet that truly works for you–and your brain. One that isn't too strict, is kind of fun and that works.