🍎 Health Hack: Choose Carbs With Care

Carbohydrates are one of the main types of nutrients. Your digestive system changes carbohydrates into glucose (blood sugar). Your body uses this sugar for energy for your cells, tissues and organs. It stores any extra sugar in your liver and muscles for when it is needed. There are two types of carbohydrates: simple and complex. Simple carbohydrates include natural and added sugars. Complex carbohydrates include whole grain breads and cereals, starchy vegetables and legumes.

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TIP: STICK WITH COMPLEX CARBS


Longevity Tip: 4 of 5 To Go Beyond 90

Tip 4: Keep Alcohol Intake in Check

In this study, . . . those who drank the least seemed to live the longest. Alcohol and longevity is a difficult question to answer.  . . . Some studies that claim moderate alcohol consumption has life-extending properties.  However, other studies claim this research is bogus because they didn’t account for the abstainer bias. . . . The American Institute for cancer research claims that there is no safe level of alcohol that can be consumed.  Even for the heart condition, atrial fibrillation, studies also show that there is no safe level of alcohol. If you chose to drink, my advice would be to look for the minimally effective dose that you need.  If your BMI runs high, minimizing alcohol intake will help you to optimize your weight as alcohol packs a big sugar punch.

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Healthy Living: 12th of 12 Best Foods for Healthy Skin

Pomegranate

The antioxidants in pomegranate show some promise in warding off several types of cancer — possibly packing a more protective punch than red wine or green tea, according to some research. Scientists say that pomegranate may also inhibit the formation of cancer in skin cells.

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Healthy Living ~ 4th of 12 Best Foods for Healthy Skin

Sunflower Seeds

In general, nuts and seeds are good sources of skin-boosting nutrients. Sunflower seeds are an excellent example. One ounce (28 grams) of sunflower seeds packs 37% of the RDI for vitamin E, 32% of the RDI for selenium, 10% of the RDI for zinc and 5.4 grams of protein.

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Healthy Living ~ 3rd of 12 Best Foods for Healthy Skin

Walnuts

Walnuts have many characteristics that make them an excellent food for healthy skin. They are a good source of essential fatty acids, which are fats that your body cannot make itself. They’re richer than most other nuts in both omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Walnuts contain other nutrients that your skin needs to function properly and stay healthy. One ounce (28 grams) of walnuts contains 6% of the RDI for zinc, which is essential for your skin to function properly as a barrier, as well as necessary for wound healing and combatting both bacteria and inflammation.Walnuts also provide small amounts of the antioxidants vitamin E, vitamin C and selenium, in addition to 4–5 grams of protein per ounce (28 grams).

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