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The Health Benefits of Coconut Oil

Coconut oil has many good virtues. Included in that list are a ton of saturated fat, strengthening of mineral absorption and helps improve blood sugar as well as insulin control. The rich flavor of coconut is another added bonus.

This tropical oil also can act as an appetite suppressant. Research indicates that about 700-800 calories of fat per day keeps hunger away.

(Note: Saturated fats are required for many crucial functions in the body. They make up part of the structure of cell membranes. They enhance calcium absorption and immune function. They aid in the body's synthesis of essential fatty acids and provide a rich source of fat soluble vitamins.)

Is Saturated Fat Associated With Heart Disease?

A recent study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, concluded that consuming saturated fat is not associated with cardiovascular disease.
A meta-analysis of prospective epidemiologic studies showed that there is no significant evidence for concluding that dietary saturated fat is associated with an increased risk of CHD or CVD.But what's really interesting is what they didn't find:
Insufficient evidence (2 criteria) of association is present for intake of supplementary vitamin E and ascorbic acid (vitamin C); saturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids; total fat; -linolenic acid; meat; eggs; and milk.No associations for total fat, saturated fat, or consuming meat, eggs and milk. They did find that vegetables and nuts may be protective.

Finally, a diet low in carbohydrates, especially sugar, starch and processed carbs, helps reduce the risk of heart disease too.

Score Another One For The Low Carb Diet

Did you know a low-carb diet has many more benefits other than weight loss?

According to this study, "a low-carbohydrate diet was equally good as the weight loss drug orlistat (the active ingredient in Alli and Xenical) at helping overweight and obese people lose weight."

However, people who followed the low-carb diet also experienced a healthy drop in their blood pressure levels as well.
"I expected the weight loss to be considerable with both therapies but we were surprised to see blood pressure improve so much more with the low-carbohydrate diet than with orlistat." - Researcher William S. Yancy, Jr., MD, an associate professor of medicine at Duke University Medical CenterIn other words, you're much better off changing your diet and lifestyle in order to lose weight, rather relying on any sort of weight loss pill or drug.

Low carbohydrate is a healthy way to lose weight and get your energy back - without any pills, shakes or gimmicks. Best of all, you use real f…

Dietary Fiber and Detoxify with Herbal FiberBlend®

Digestive health problems have an enormous impact on individual health and the wellness of body systems. Many digestive health problems, such as constipation, could be avoided altogether by adopting a lifestyle that incorporates regular exercise and a healthy diet, including the recommended daily intake of fiber and plenty of water.

Changes in diet or routine, travel and eating away from home, physical or emotional stress, illness, or the side effects of medicine can all contribute toward constipation. However, the number one cause of constipation is usually the lack of dietary fiber (in the form of complex carbohydrates), and fluids.

Fiber As A 'Good' Carbohydrate

Eating high-fiber foods is a healthy choice for most people. Nutritionists recommend consuming 25 to 35 grams of fiber per day. The average North American typically consumes 10 to 15 grams of fiber daily.

Fiber is found only in fruits and plants. Since it is a complex carbohydrate, it adds few, if any, calories to th…

How To Lose Weight: A Brief Summary

Several years ago, in an interview with Sports Illustrated, Florida State football coach Bobby Bowden gave the following advice for weight loss:

"Before the beginning of every football season, in order to lose weight, I had to cut out the foods that I like - bread, the pasta, the sugar, sweets, potatoes and white-floured foods, and I didn't have any trouble losing weight."

It's hard to lose weight by simply restricting calories. Eating less - and exercising more - does not automatically cause you to lose weight.

Low-calorie, high-carbohydrate diets generate a series of biochemical signals in your body that will take you out of balance, making it more difficult to access stored body fat for energy.

The result?

You'll reach a weight-loss plateau, beyond which you simply cannot lose any more weight.

Diets based on choice restriction and calorie limits usually fail. People on restrictive diets get tired of feeling hungry and deprived. They go off their diets, put the…