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Sep 11, 2011 - Beverages    Comments Off on Sunday Tip – Protein Shakes for Women

Sunday Tip – Protein Shakes for Women

The importance of protein in any well balanced diet should not be overlooked. Protein helps muscles regain their strength after a vigorous workout and helps things like your immune system fight off infections before they take hold. The problem that arises when people try to introduce protein shakes into their diet is that not all protein shakes are created equally. What works for men doesn’t always work for women, and vice versa.

I’ve compiled a few top tips for you to use when shopping for protein shakes for women that will help you not only identify which protein shake is best for you, but will also help you snag some deals on otherwise expensive drink and meal supplements.

How Much Protein Do You Need

The first question that you’ll want to answer about your protein needs are how much protein you should take in on a daily basis. Most people are able to get all of the protein they need from whole grain foods and drinks that they consume each day. Various agencies recommend approximately .75 grams of protein for every kilogram of body mass you have. That equates to about 50 grams of protein daily. If you work out regularly, this number could jump up to as much as 100 grams of protein a day. It’s always best to talk to a doctor about how much protein you need based on your exercise routine as taking in too little protein is never a good idea.

What Type of Protein Shake Should You Drink

Depending on your fitness and weight loss goals, different protein shakes maybe appropriate. If you’re the type that’s looking to build
strength, choosing a protein drink that’s higher in protein than carbs. If you’re trying to lose weight as a result of your diet and exercise, going with a protein drink that’s very low in carbohydrates and low in fat is your best bet. High amounts of protein will help rebuild your body’s mechanisms after a vigorous workout and the low carbohydrates in your protein drink will prevent you from putting any weight back on.

Protein Types

When you’re browsing the web for different protein drinks, you may notice that protein shakes come from a variety of different sources. The most popular protein sources are whey and soy, but milk, egg, and casein proteins can also be found in protein drinks. Whey and casein are the best for you if you’re looking for the purest forms of protein that are the easiest to digest.

Whey protein is a protein that’s found in dairy and milk products and is absorbed quickly by the body. This makes it perfect for post-workout drinks as the body can easily absorb the protein without having to wait a few hours for it to make it to the muscles that need rejuvenating. Casein protein on the other hand is slow to absorb into the body and is optimal if you’re thinking of using protein as a meal replacement. Because it’s slow to absorb, it can stay in the body for longer and provide a feeling of fullness for longer.

Although soy protein is among the most popular types on the market, it is also high in estrogen. It’s thought that soy protein can help curb the effects of menopause, but not enough research has been conducted to say conclusively that it does in combat menopausal symptoms.

Which Protein Should You Get

Although all of the above information has probably been informative, you may still be asking yourself which protein you should get to start out with or continue your protein supplements with. With so many different options on the market, we know that it can be pretty daunting to try and find the best one for your lifestyle. If nothing else, we highly advise against purchasing your protein powder from a local grocer. Grocery stores have a very high markup on protein products and with the ability to buy directly from wholesalers online, it should be a no brainer that buying online is the best way to save money.

Optimum Nutrition:

It may come in an intimidating container, but Optimum Nutrition’s protein products are by far the best on the market for newcomers to supplemental protein. This particular protein is made from whey proteins, making it easy to digest and utilize after a hard workout. Many professional athletes and body builders swear by Optimum Nutrition’s products. And with over 1,000 positive reviews on Amazon, it’s a great place to start with your protein supplements.

Slim Fast Protein Powder:

For those that are more interested in losing weight, Slim Fast protein products are a good starting block to build off of. Their chocolate protein powder is easy to mix in with things like milk and can be taken as meal supplements. And if you’re following the Slim Fast weight loss program, you can integrate these protein shakes as part of your daily meals to help suppress appetite and lose weight.

Tip: If you’re like me, you may not be too fond of the taste of the chocolate or strawberry flavored protein shakes. Very strong flavors such as chocolate and strawberry can be hit or miss between protein shake companies, which is why I recommend ordering vanilla flavored powders instead. Vanilla powders can be mixed with virtually any other fruits and juices so that the flavor of the powder is almost completely gone. With chocolate you’re limited to the things you can mix it with and still have it taste alright.

Aug 26, 2011 - Beverages    Comments Off on The Importance of Water: Keeping Your Body Hydrated

The Importance of Water: Keeping Your Body Hydrated

It may not seem like anything special….You get thirsty and then you drink something so that you’re not thirsty anymore. What you may fail to realize though is that when most people go to grab something to drink to counteract their thirst, instead of going for water they instead go for carbonated beverages like soda that are packed full of sugar. A sugary beverage is alright every once in a while, but here are some reasons why you should drink more water and some tips on how you can ensure that you get what you need each day.

How Much Water Every Day?

Many health organizations around the world agree that to maintain a healthy lifestyle, one should drink 8 glasses of water every day. A glass is defined as an 8 ounce serving of water. For most households, glasses come in the 10-12 ounce variety, so filling your glass up about ¾ of the way is typically enough to constitute a glass’ worth.

Water in the Body

The human body’s weight is between 67% – 72% water, making it one of the most vital substances you can keep inside of your body. Your brain is almost 95% water and your lungs 90%. That’s a lot of water floating around inside you!

We could go very in depth and outline all of the uses water has in the human body, but in short it’s safe to say that every single action the body takes to survive would not be possible without the help of water. Getting enough of it every day not only boosts your overall physical health, it can also aid in your mental health as well. Just a small drop in the amount of water your body has can impair even the most basic of cognition skills such as arithmetic and spatial reasoning.

Added Benefits

By drinking the recommended 8 glasses a day, you can reduce the risk of both colon and bladder cancer by up to 50%, and recent studies have started showing signs of reduced breast cancer risk by drinking enough water each day as well.

Tips to Get Enough

Without boring you with all of the details of how water aids immensely in your body’s health, we’ll help you save some money on water and help you get enough of it each day without even realizing that you’re chugging it down.

1. Firstly, if you don’t already own one, it’s a good idea to purchase a reusable water bottle that you can carry around with you wherever you go. Camelbak water bottles are my personal favorite as their drinking spout is easy to use and doesn’t spill. Water bottles can help keep water colder for longer and can carry up to a few glasses of water at a time. If you’re heading to the gym, these are great to keep by your side to ensure that you always have enough water by your side.

2. One reason some people avoid drinking water regularly is that the water from their home taps tastes bad. Since water inherently has no taste, any flavors that are found in water are the result of chemicals added by water purification plants or impurities that are left in the water. Buying a Brita water filter for your home tap can filter out most of these impurities, ultimately leaving fresh tasting clean water.

3. Lastly, if you find that you’re unable to carry a bottle around with you all day, you can stock your fridge in the break room at work as well as your home fridge with bottled water so that it’s always available for you whenever you need some more.

Drinking too much Water

Yes, while rare, it is possible to drink too much water. Drinking too much water can cause salt deficiencies in your body and can ultimately lead to sickness. What many folks don’t realize is that there’s water in almost everything you eat as well as in the other drinks you consume during the day. So, say you have a few servings of vegetables and fruit during the day as well as a cup of tea in the morning. Drinking 8 glasses of water in addition to that would not only be too much water, it could be dangerous.

If you’re worried about taking too much in, all you have to do is monitor the color of your urine. Urine should have a light yellow tinge. Clear urine is an indication that you’ve been drinking too much water and you’re ultimately getting rid of most of it and dark urine is typically an indication that you’re not drinking enough. Talk to your doctor about any medical conditions that could cause your urine to change colors, but a general rule of thumb is to use your urine color to determine how much water you should be having every day.

Aug 10, 2011 - Beverages    Comments Off on Weight Loss Tea – How It Can Help You Shed Pounds

Weight Loss Tea – How It Can Help You Shed Pounds

With obesity becoming a real problem in some parts of the world, it’s no surprise that many people are finally taking the reins of their lifestyles and trying to proactively lose weight. While there are countless weight loss programs on the market, many of them don’t do anything more than convince you that you’re losing weight through placebo effects. In recent years, research has come out about the effects of tea and how it can help weight loss. If you’re interested in how you can have a few cups of tea each day to help you lose weight, keep on reading.

How it Works

Unlike commercials and advertisements that briefly skip over how their miraculous weight loss programs work, we’re not going to do that.Through a process called thermogenesis, tea is able to help burn extra calories. Thermogenesis literally means the process of making heat in organisms. Caffeine in cups of tea help parts of the body burn off excess calories by heating them away. For each cup of green tea consumed in a day, you can expect to burn an extra 70-80 calories without any more work. Unfortunately, it can be a bit tough to try and consume enough cups of tea in a day to actually make a huge difference in your caloric intake.

Teas to Consider Drinking

While the calories you can burn during the day by drinking tea may not be many, if you’re trying to do everything you can to burn some extra pounds throughout the weak, a few cups of tea can help push you over the tipping point of losing an extra pound or two every week. Green teas are by far the best way to go when choosing a tea to start consuming. The reason for this is because not only are they the best at pushing the body into thermogenesis, they’re also packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals to help other parts of your health as well. Green teas have been drank for thousands of years by many different cultures as part of a healthy diet.

Foojoy Wuyi Oolong Tea:

Just like green tea, this particular blend of herbal remedies helps increase metabolic rate so that you can burn more weight quickly. In addition to help increase your body’s energy output, it also has the ability to slow the absorption of fats in the body so that you put less weight on while you drink it. Each of the tea bags within the box are individually wrapped so you can bring some with you as you make your way through the day.

Yogi Green Tea Kombucha:

Yogi teas have become world renowned for their quality and adherence to organic ingredients in all of their products. Yogi green tea is no different and is even one of the most popular teas available on Amazon. Each box of tea comes with 96 bags, which is plenty even for an avid tea drinker. While there is significantly less caffeine than compared to a cup of coffee (just 30mg of caffeine per 8 ounce cup instead of the 90mg usually found in an 8 ounce coffee), the other nutrients in the tea help with your digestive system and help you digest foods much easier, ultimately promoting weight loss. All Yogi tea packaging has been certified as frustration-free, meaning you won’t have to fight with the packaging just to get a cup of tea ready!

Other Tea Buying Tips

If you’re new to buying tea, chances are you’re probably lost trying to find the right tea for you. With so many different options to choose from, how do you decide what’s right for you?

Caffeine: If you’re trying to lose weight, having caffeine in your tea is the way to go. However, if you find that you end up too jittery from coffee, try to find teas with less caffeine content than a traditional cup of coffee. In general, tea usually has about a third of the caffeine that coffee does, so you can use that as a basic guideline for whether or not a tea you’re looking at has more or less than average amounts of caffeine.

Organic: Just like almost everything, organic products simply taste a bit better than ones flavored with chemicals and artificial flavorings. Organic tea is a bit pricier, but the health benefits far exceed that of artificial tea, so if you’re looking to drink tea for the health benefits, organic is the way to go.

Green or Not: Green tea is definitely an acquired taste and it’s definitely not for everyone. If you’re the type that really enjoys a strong cup of coffee, green tea may be a bit too mellow for you. Tea made from Chinese black leaves is much stronger than teas made from green tea leaves. If you’re unsure of what your “cup of tea” is, there are often variety packs that you can pick up that will allow you to pick and choose what types of tea you like and dislike to get an idea of what you want to buy in the future.

Weight Loss with Tea

If you hadn’t gathered earlier in the article, drinking tea isn’t a sure fire way to lose weight. If you’re planning on dropping a few jean sizes just by drinking more tea, you’re mistaken. Tea should be drunk in conjunction with a healthy diet as well as exercise. Changing what you drink can help you lose a few extra calories each day, but probably won’t have you going from couch potato to marathon runner overnight. Combine tea with a well-rounded diet plan and you’ll see the pounds fall right off.