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The Grapefruit is a Superfood

Source: Luella May | NaturalNews

laphys.fruit 3 The Grapefruit is a SuperfoodAccording to a government website, the grapefruit we know today was developed in the West Indies in the early 1700s and first introduced to Florida in the 1820s. Today, most grapefruit is still grown in Florida. Since the early part of the 20th century, mutant strains of white grapefruit have appeared with pink to slightly reddish color, and have been propagated by citriculturists into several strains of grapefruit that are now best known as the Ruby Red. Grapefruit got its name from the way it grows in clusters (like grapes) on the tree.

The Grapefruit is a Superfood

Grapefruits are a popular citrus fruit enjoyed by millions of people and are often eaten regularly as a breakfast staple, as well as a popular snack. What many may not be aware of is that grapefruits are also one of the most highly regarded fruits when it comes to healthy nutrients and health benefits. Grapefruits contain powerful antioxidants and valuable nutrients, such as Vitamins C, A, K, D, and B complex. Other important nutrients contained in grapefruits are potassium, folic acid, calcium, phytonutrients and phosphorus.

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Lose Fat and Tone Up: 10 BEST Strategies

What works?  What doesn’t?

 Lose Fat and Tone Up:  10 BEST StrategiesAs a licensed personal trainer, I’ve witnessed the multitude of myths and fads that run rampant through the fitness and nutrition industries.  We all want a program that takes the least amount of time, yet misses nothing crucial.  There is no five-minute work out, no magic pill, and no single supplement available, that will give you instant results.

Follow these 10 proven strategies:

1.  Weight Train:  Train three times a week, allowing a minimum of twenty-four hours rest, between sessions.  Optimum increases in muscle growth, fat loss, and strength, occur only with complete recovery.  So, rest on your days off.

2.  Length of Session:  If you are able to weight train for more than fifty minutes, you are not pushing yourself hard enough.  Increase your intensity!  You should be at muscle exhaustion, by the fifty-minute mark.

3.  Body Parts:  On DAY ONE, train your biceps and triceps.  On DAY TWO, train your legs and shoulders.  And, on DAY THREE, train your back and chest.   Change up the order every six weeks, or so, to maintain muscle confusion.

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Dark Chocolate Really Is Healthy!

Additional sources: Daniel J. DeNoon WebMD | Brenna Coleman Suite 101

As a health and fitness expert I have always advocated the concept of reward – a little indulgence, a treat for the hard work and discipline that goes with being fit.  And it was that motivation that led to my becoming a Dove distributor.  Another factor was that there is some really good news about chocolate.

In fact, if you are a chocolate lover like moi, it’s the greatest health news ever!  Studies in two leading health and nutrition journals say dark chocolate is good for you.

laphys.choc 6 300x288 Dark Chocolate Really Is Healthy!The scientists emphasize – “Not white chocolate or milk chocolate, but DARK, and the richer in cacao the better.”

Antioxidants in Dark Chocolate

Dark chocolate — but not milk chocolate or dark chocolate eaten with milk — is a potent antioxidant, reports Mauro Serafini, PhD, of Italy’s National Institute for Food and Nutrition Research in Rome, and colleagues. Their report appears in the Aug. 28 issue of Nature. Antioxidants gobble up free radicals, destructive molecules that are implicated in heart disease and other ailments.

“Our findings indicate that milk may interfere with the absorption of antioxidants from chocolate … and may therefore negate the potential health benefits that can be derived from eating moderate amounts of dark chocolate.”

WebMD: Translation: Say “Dark, please,” when ordering at the chocolate counter. Don’t even think of washing it down with milk. And if health is your excuse for eating chocolate, remember the word “moderation” as you nibble.

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