Friday, January 10, 2014
We live in a fat-fearing world. With all of the non-fat and low-fat products out there, many consumers believe that fat is always unhealthy. There is however a type of fat that everybody can benefit from. Omega-3 Fatty acids have been proven to provide many health benefits. So before you cut the fat do a little research about where you can get Omega-3’s and how they can help you!
Benefits of Omega-3 Fatty Acids
- Lower triglyceride levels
- Have the potential to improve depression symptoms
- Potential to increase bone strength and prevent osteoporosis
- Help prevent heart disease
- Help lower blood pressure
- Improve mental acuity
These are only a few of the many benefits of consuming Omega-3 fatty acids. There are lots of different places you can get Omega-3’s. Although there are supplements, for most people it’s possible to get them simply from adding a few simple things into their diets. Here is a list of foods that are high in Omega-3 fatty acids!
Dietary Sources of Omega-3 Fatty Acids
- Nut Oils
Although these aren’t things some people eat every day there are several ways you can incorporate them into your diet! One easy way is to put a little bit of nut-oil on your salad or use it in your cooking. It is also simple to have nuts as a snack or put a little tuna or another type of fish on a salad or a sandwich! So don’t fear fat… simply choose the right ones in order to reap the health benefits they have to offer! For more information about Omega-3’s, their benefits and where to find them check out the University of Maryland’s website.
Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Are you an outdoor adventure enthusiast? Interested in seeing what the great outdoors can offer you for physical activity? Well the University of New Hampshire offers extremely discounted rental prices for students! Try out kayaking for only $10, or snowshoeing for $8, or all the equipment for a weekend hiking trip! The Hamel Recreation Center tons of great rental equipment, so that you can try out whatever you are interested in without committing to the high prices of buying your own gear!
It is so easy to get into workout ruts, especially now that it is getting cold! So why not try some new outdoor activities? Get outside to burn some calories and adventure around UNH’s beautiful campus! Did you know:
- Moderate Cross Country Skiing Burns 478-745 calories per hour!
- Ice Skating burns 413-651 calories per hour! –Check out Open skate!
- Kayaking burns 295-465 calories per hour!
Visit this site to see how many calories are burned during your outdoor activity!
Monday, January 6, 2014
The world of health costs can be a mind boggling place. I know that personally, as a college student, its hard to care about health costs. I know that when I’m sick, I go to the doctor and get prescribed a medication and the bill gets sent to my mother. Why should we start caring? Because in the very near future, we will all be on our own, paying our own health care costs.As we enter our later years, we will be more and more at risk for disease. A way that you can lower health costs is by taking advantage of health care benefits for preventive care. You may not know this, but under theAffordable Care Act, preventive visits now do not require a copay. For instance, certain vaccinations, blood pressure screenings, cholesterol screenings, STI screenings and many others are offered free of copay. This is a great opportunity to make sure that you are perfectly healthy and to avoid future costs! Don’t wait to be sick to go to the doctor’s office, you will have a much friendlier relationship and association with healthcare and healthcare providers if you take preventive measures. Take responsibility for your own health and get screenings done! It is much better to know that you are healthy rather than finding out suddenly that something is wrong and have to pay endless copays and out of pocket fees for treatment. These preventive care resources can be specific for men, women and children!
For some great information about the services covered go to the Affordable Care Act website.
Friday, January 3, 2014
Photo: Grant Cochrane
With several trending diets out there such as Atkins, South Beach, etc; people nowadays are lead to believe that eating carbohydrates is bad for us or is what makes us gain weight. Well believe it or not, this is the farthest thing from the truth! Carbohydrates are what our body uses to make glucose, which fuels our body and all of its processes. In fact, not eating enough carbohydrates can hurt you. If your body doesn’t have enough glycogen (stored form of glucose), it well start to use protein and fat as your energy source. This is not healthy because we need protein and fat for other processes in our body, like growth, repair, structure, and protection. Another harmful thing that can result from a no carb diet is the state of Ketosis, which occurs when glycogen in the liver has been depleted. Ketosis can lead to serious health problems.
Having said all of that, there are certain types of carbs that are more healthful for you than others. There are two types of carbohydrates; simple and complex. Simple carbohydrates refer to simple sugars that are easily digested in the body and give us quick energy. These are the types of sugars that we want to avoid, i.e. white refined breads, donuts, and sugary packaged cereals. Complex carbohydrates are slowly digesting carbohydrates that also provide several minerals and vitamins. Three important types of complex carbohydrates are fiber and whole grains, and starchy vegetables and beans. Examples of these types of foods are spinach, broccoli, whole wheat and multi grain breads, black beans, lentils, nuts, oats, rice, etc.
The moral of the story is that carbohydrates are our friend! They are what fuel us and enable us to do our activities of daily living. Not to mention, they are delicious! So stop fearing carbs and gaining weight, because all of these carb free diets are non-sustainable and just not enjoyable. Remember, less sugar and more whole grains and fiber for a healthier diet! Now go enjoy a bowl of whole grain pasta.
For more examples of more healthful carbs, click this link for some great recipe ideas!
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