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What to Expect When You Start Taking Probiotics

By |2019-03-05T22:51:18+00:00August 22nd, 2019|Categories: Blog and News, NHIA Blog|Tags: |

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Many individuals begin taking probiotics for a variety of reasons. If you’re considering taking probiotics, but are a bit unsure of what to expect, then you have come to the right place. In this article, we will discuss the most typical and common expectations when it comes to taking probiotics. Be sure to consult your health care provider before making any decisions related to your diet and ensure that this course of supplementation is right for you before beginning.

 

What To Expect

Each individual is unique in how they respond to different stimulants and food. This is no different when it comes to the consumption of probiotics. Some individuals feel fantastic, full of energy with a brighter mood and complexion with a comfortable stomach. On the other end, others may feel worse in the beginning.

The most common outcome of taking probiotics, however, is that you won’t really feel any differently when you begin. As your body is just starting to develop a strong and diverse microbial community.

Will I Get Sick?

Many individuals wonder if things will get worse before they get better when it comes to taking probiotics. As you are introducing an array of beneficial strains of microbes into your digestive tract, this is a valid question. As these helpful florae begin multiplying and battling the bad types of bacteria, you may feel a bit ill as toxins are released. Your body will eventually flush them all out, and your immune system will work to help detoxify your digestive tract. In the meantime, you may experience some minor and temporary discomforts, including:

  • Gas
  • Bloating
  • Minor cramping
  • Skin irritation
  • Change in both frequency and texture of bowel movements

This is all part of the normal cleansing period of probiotic implementation into your body. We recommend keeping an eye on yourself and to call your health care provider if things appear to be getting out of control, as the saying goes when in doubt, consult a professional.

Will I feel any differently?

As stated above, sometimes when first starting out, if you’re like most individuals you won’t notice any differences at all. For many of us, it takes a while for the microbial communities to become established, and this is okay. The best routine is to relax and know that your probiotics are doing their thing. Much like vitamins, probiotics take time to build up in your system and can take several weeks or months before you begin to feel any different. Ensuring you have selected a high-quality and time-released probiotic will help ensure you are getting the right stuff for your gastrointestinal tract.

If you’re unsure of which probiotic to use, be sure to consult with your health care provider. They will be able to provide recommendations on the right probiotic for you and will be able to help monitor your overall health during the colonization process of the healthy microbial bacteria.

 

Final Thoughts

Probiotics are a great first step in becoming healthy. As we have stated multiple times throughout this article, be sure to contact your health care provider before beginning any supplements.

Sugar: Not As Sweet As You Think

By |2019-03-05T22:29:31+00:00May 21st, 2019|Categories: Blog and News, NHIA Blog|Tags: |

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Sugar might taste sweet, but it also causes obesity, and it is not an unknown fact. However, do you know that it also increases the triglyceride level of your body? This is why you should start looking for sugar alternatives if you have a sweet tooth. Moreover, the artificial sweeteners do more harm to your body than natural sugar.

So, the next time you are trying out the pie or even the cake, make sure to ask someone what it contains. Here are some facts about sugar, which might surprise you.

Honey Is Not A Good Alternative

Yes, honey comes from a natural source. However, if you really check the calorie and mineral content, you will notice that it contains more minerals and vitamins than even refined sugar. What’s more, honey is a wee bit more calorific compared to plain old sugar, and you should cut down the carbs.

No Brown Sugar

While brown sugar contains minerals like magnesium, calcium, and potassium that white sugar doesn’t, it comes in really low content. So, you’d have to use a lot of brown sugar in your dishes to actually benefit from it. This would be a problem because the calorific value of brown sugar is the same as white sugar.

Avoid Artificial Sweeteners

Artificial sweeteners might help you curb the increasing weight, but they come with their health hazards. If you love the sweetness of sugar, it is better to try out the actual version than to settle for something similar.

Read the Labels

The question that pops up in everyone’s mind is how do you know which food contains sugar and which doesn’t? Well, the process is easy, just read the label, and you’d know. For example, if the food or the ingredient you are buying contains any of these, you are taking in sugar in a different form

  • Sucrose
  • Fructose
  • Galactose
  • Maltose

What’s more, each time you add in maple syrup in your pancakes or any dishes, you are adding a load of sugar back into your lifestyle, which will require some serious detox.

How To Let Go?

So, how do you let go of the sugar without feeling like you are losing your limb? Well, you incorporate the habit slowly, and then you can see a change in your lifestyle. Here are some pointers to help you out.

Eat A Fruit

Sometimes the tangy taste of fruits helps you reduce sugar cravings. Moreover, fruits are healthy, so you get some added minerals, vitamins and nutrients in your body.

Salad Helps

Instead of going in for a pancake, include a salad in your breakfast regime. If you don’t like to chew it, go and make a smoothie out of it. This will also help you to remain healthy while fighting any sugar cravings.

Final Thoughts

Stopping sugar consumption is not a one-night affair. You need to make conscious changes in your lifestyle repeatedly to see the positive effects. Remember that taking sugar is good only if you take it in limited quantities, rather than trying to let go in one attempt. Having a good health insurance policy will allow you to frequently visit your general practitioner or nutritionist for guided assistance.

 

Mindfulness: A Lasting Approach to Healthy Eating

By |2019-03-05T22:27:39+00:00May 12th, 2019|Categories: Blog and News, NHIA Blog|Tags: |

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In the past few years, fad dieting, diet pills, and other unhealthy habits have been on the rise, and thinness has replaced healthiness as the key goal. Eating and being healthy is not about weight loss and eating less; it is about eating more of the right stuff!

Fad diets will allow you to drop weight fast, but they are unhealthy and the weight, more often than not, comes back quickly. It’s never too late to start a new resolution and begin forming healthy long-lasting habits! If you are interested in ditching fad dieting and unhealthy practices for a more mindful and healthier lifestyle, here are three steps for a lasting approach.

Eat More, Not Less

When you think about healthy eating, you probably think about cutting out sugar, carbs, and other foods. You probably don’t think about eating more, but you should! Skipping meals and cutting out certain foods can be very unhealthy, especially if you do so without consulting a certified nutritionist first.

Your body is composed of billions of cells that require certain nutrients to survive; when you haphazardly cut out food, you risk starving your cells of what they need. Instead of cutting out food, you should focus more on eating the food your body needs. This includes fruits, vegetables, protein, and healthy carbs.

Say Yes to Carbs

As we mentioned in the first step, your body needs certain nutrients to survive. Carbs are included. Usually, with fad diets, the first things to go are carbs, yet our body depends on them.

Carbs are one of the main sources of energy in our bodies, so, without them, we may feel weak or sluggish. The most important thing to understand is the difference between good and bad carbs.

Bad carbs are highly processed and have been stripped of all nutritional value. They are quickly absorbed by our bodily systems and can cause blood sugar spikes and other issues. Bad carbs include foods like French fries, white bread, and white rice. Good carbs are the exact opposite, and we can reap an abundance of benefits from them. Good carbs include foods like whole grain bread, brown rice, and different fruits and vegetables.

Consult a Certified Nutritionist

Just like with any health plan, you should consult a professional before changing your diets. Most nutritionists accept insurance, so you can set up an appointment today.

Your chosen nutritionist will be able to check your current blood sugar and cholesterol, allowing them to formulate the perfect diet for you. Certified nutritionists have the education and the training to know the best way to keep your body healthy and functioning properly.

If weight loss is your ultimate goal, they can also assist you in creating a plan to help you lose weight without the health hazards of fad dieting, food restriction, and other nonhealthy food habits that often advertised in today’s society. Setting up a consultation with a certified nutritionist can be the best way to jump-start your new healthy and mindful eating.

6 Ways to Boost Your Mood With Food

By |2019-03-05T22:18:36+00:00April 5th, 2019|Categories: Blog and News, NHIA Blog|Tags: |

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It’s no secret that food can really give our moods a boost. The stereotypes of eating chocolates or sweets when upset exist for a reason. Sugary sweets can be immensely satisfying, however, the following blood sugar crashing tends to lead to irritability, making sweets a not so great option when looking for food that provides mood-boosting effects. For a healthier and happier you, let’s review some foods that just may help boost your mood.

 

Omega-3 Fatty Acid Rich Foods

You’re probably thinking “fish” when you read Omega-3 fatty acids, and you’d be correct. There are many types of fish that contain great amounts of omega-3’s including Alaskan salmon, sardines, and mackerels. However, if you’re not a big fish fan, there are other foods as well that contain omega-3’s, such as walnuts. The same goes for various cooking oils such as canola oil.

 

Probiotics Are Great For Your Mind

You may be surprised to learn that the consumption of probiotic foods is not just good for your digestive system, but your mind as well! Yogurts are the best for probiotic packed goodness, also try some kefir, sauerkraut, Korean kimchi, buttermilk, and pickled vegetables.

 

Whole Grains For Goodness

A good rule of thumb when looking at whole grains is for every 5 grams of carbs there should be a minimum of one 1 gram of dietary fiber. So foods like steel-cut oatmeal, brown rice, millet, and wild rice are good go-to options.

 

Breakfast Really Is The Most Important Meal Of The Day

We’ve always been told about the importance of a healthy and nutritious breakfast every day, and for good reason! Eating a healthy and delicious breakfast is not just a great start to your day, but helps battle depression and set the right metabolism for the day.

 Some good foods to consider when looking at your breakfast options include foods that are right in good fats, nutrients, and fiber. Oatmeal is a great source of fiber, add in some delicious fruits such as apples, along with some nuts like pecans or walnuts and you have a well-balanced meal to set you up for a fantastic day.


Leafy Green Vegetables

We all love a good salad, so next time you’re munching away try to avoid the iceberg lettuce and load up on greens containing the B vitamin folate. Some great salad options with folate include Spinach, avocados, broccoli, turnip greens, okra, and artichokes. Aside from salad greens, there is plenty of folate in beans and lentils.

 

Moderate Your Caffeine Intake

You had to know this one was coming! While caffeine has a tendency to cause the brain to release helpful chemicals such as dopamine, it can also have some adverse effects including making you jittery, irritable, sleepless and at times irritable.

 

Final Thoughts

Making lifelong dietary changes doesn’t have to be huge, it can be easily done in smaller increments over time. With these minor meal adjustments, you may just find yourself feeling happier and healthier.

If you suffer from depression or anxiety, be sure to contact your doctor. It’s never too late to seek help from your health care provider.

6 Motivating Kitchen Tools For A Healthier You

By |2019-03-05T22:16:31+00:00March 26th, 2019|Categories: Blog and News, NHIA Blog|Tags: |

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Eating healthy can seem a daunting task. Especially with the associated effort an expense involved. There are, however, many ways to become motivated to eat healthier. In some instances, it begins with your kitchen tools. In this article, we are reviewing some top kitchen tools to encourage a healthier and happier you.

 

The Air Fryer

 If you adore fried foods then you’re not alone! Finding a healthy way to enjoy fried goodies is made significantly easier with the use of an air fryer. Rather than cooking your food in a pool of grease or oil, an air fryer uses the convection heat method. With the small space of the fryer, it is able to blow around hot air to simulate the fryer effect to give you the much-loved crunch of fried food without all the grease.

 

The Blender

If you’re thinking smoothie then you’re right. A good blender can create deliciously smooth smoothies for you to enjoy. You know the old saying, an apple a day keeps the doctor away. On the flip side, a great blender can smooth out soup to the point where those you serve will swear you added cream. There are a number of recipes available on the internet today for a variety of healthy options.

 

The Pressure Cooker

When you’re busy and always on the go, you can skip the fast food with a pressure cooker. When time is a factor, a pressure cooker will cut down on cook times and take a mere one-third of the time it would take on the stovetop or oven for a delicious meal. When cooking with liquid stocks or water you are able to eliminate oils altogether.

 

The Kitchen Scale

Having a better understanding of just how much food you’re eating can provide you with the knowledge to get healthy. Since our eyes tend to tell us that we are full based on what we see, having a kitchen scale will help you know exactly how much you’re consuming and plan better.

 

The Food Chopper

No more excuses about the prep-time taking too long with a food chopper in the kitchen! Save money with eating at home and eat healthier with fresh whole foods. When we know food prep won’t take longer than the actual cooking, we are more motivated to prepare meals at home, leading to healthy habits.

 

The Oil Spritz Bottle

While many fats, grease, and oils are bad for us, you may be surprised to learn that there are some good oils as well. We all need a little oil in our diet for added flavor and overall health. To do this in a healthy manner, use an oil sprayer to help moderate your intake and avoid overdoing it.

 

Final Thoughts

Eating healthy begins with the right tools for the job. WIthout the excuses of prep time and really, time in general, we are able to take control of our diets. By making minor adjustments to your diet, you will begin to see an increase in healthy habits and begin to feel better for a happier you.

 

 

 

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