6 Tips to Avoid Food Poisoning

By Karin Krisher

When the Centers for Disease Control published a report about the causes of food-borne illnesses and revealed that leafy greens are largely to blame, I thought I’d better take a closer look at how to protect myself from germy invaders.

What I found was intriguing: I never knew, for example, how important it is to examine cans before purchasing them; a bulging can might mean the food inside is old or damaged. In light of this new information, and our focus on digestive health this February, here is the official FoodScience list of ways to protect your self from food poisoning.

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4 Ways Pets Make You Healthy

By Karin Krisher

Do you love your pets? You probably don’t need any more reasons to think the world revolves around your dog or cat, but we’re going to give you one big one: having pets can make you healthier. Seriously. Here are four ways:

Ditch the Cortisol

Cortisol is the hormone produced during stress. Raise your hand if you want stress. No? No one? All right. Go cuddle with your cat.

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The Skinny on Salt

By Karin Krisher

You probably consume too much sodium. I know I do. A sprinkle of salt here, a dash there, and it adds up quickly to far above the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommended daily intake for anyone not at-risk for hypertension: 2300 milligrams. (That number is reduced to just 1,500 for those at risk, including people over 50 and African Americans.) Over the past 50 years, the average American’s sodium intake has remained relatively unchanged, hovering around 3700 milligrams daily.

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Raspberry Ketone Drink Mix: The Perfect Winter Companion

By Karin Krisher

The beginning of a new calendar year always screams Renewal. Not the same way that the first spring thaw does, but in a different, from-the-inside-out sort of way. And that’s what resolutions are all about, right? Making your world better from within? But sometimes, we all need a helping hand to make our resolutions stick—and get that feeling of renewal we’re longing for. Sometimes, we need a supplement like Raspberry Ketone Drink Mix.

When your resolution involves bodily health, it usually involves diet and exercise, two of the most important components of a healthy lifestyle. Raspberry Ketone Drink Mix includes three ingredients that support the whole process. African mango seed extract, raspberry ketone and green tea extract work synergistically to help you breakthrough weight management barriers—like cravings and carbohydrate conversion.*

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How Can I Remember to Take my Vitamins? Try These 4 Tips

By Karin Krisher

I have often asked myself if buying supplements is worth it. Not because I’m skeptical of the support they offer (I happen to know plenty about that!), but because I so often forget to take them. This struggle plagues most of us who choose to live a healthy lifestyle. But there’s got to be some way to remember, right?

Right. Try these 4 tips to remember to take your vitamins and never miss a serving again.

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FoodScience’s “Mission: Snowboarding” Workout

By Karin Krisher

snowboarding workoutEarlier this month, we pointed out that if you want to hit the mountain this winter, you’ll need to get in shape first. We highlighted some skiing exercises and preparation tips, but we recognize that a lot of our loyal fans are snowboarders—and that deserves a different workout. Here it is: Our best snowboarding workout to get your rears in gear.

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Top Five Best Health Websites

By Karin Krisher

best health websitesThis week, we’re reaching across all of our divisions to talk about social media. For our FoodScience readers, we’ve decided to share five of the best health websites we know of to give your healthy lifestyle a good kick. These are by no means your only options—but we’ll explain why they’re our favorites.

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5 Skiing Exercises to Get You Ready for the Mountain

By Karin Krisher

If you’ve ever been to a mountain in Vermont, you know that ski-bum isn’t the appropriate term for the hardcore athletes you see streaking down the slopes. Skiing’s a serious sport. That’s why it’s incredibly important to prepare your body for its wrath with pre-ski training workouts and our top five skiing exercises.

We’ve come up with a great workout to try at least a few times before you make your first cut through powder (or, more often in our case, sheer ice). Next week, we’ll feature a snowboarding workout (skiing’s younger brother)—also a serious athletic endeavor. Be sure to always consult your healthcare practitioner before beginning any exercise program.

Our 5 Favorite Skiing Exercises

Jump rope and stretch for ten minutes to warm up. Jumping rope sounds like a fun activity, but it, like skiing, is a serious workout. Take it easy until you’re sure how it will affect you, and jump lightly. You can also incorporate a jump rope into the first of the following exercises.

Start with 4 sets of ski-jumps. Because skiing can be rough on your joints (specifically your knees and ankles) learning how to jump and make soft impact is a good training trick. Start with your feet together. Bend your knees slightly and jump to one side, then the other, keeping your knees bent. Repeat the movement 15 times for each side, focusing on keeping your knees soft when you land.

Another important aspect of keeping your joints healthy is training the muscles around them. Specifically, it’s important to strike a balance between hamstring (back of your thigh) and quadriceps (front/side of your thigh) strength in order to keep your knees in peak shape. Light leg extensions and leg curls (on machines) are a great way to build strength in these areas. Do four sets of 12-15 of each, alternating the extension set with the curl set without rest between the two exercises. Rest for one minute between each “super-set.”

Next, do 3 sets of 10 (each side) one-legged squats. To do skiing excercisesthis, stand with one leg straight and the other knee bent, not letting that foot touch the ground throughout the exercise. Bend the straight leg, squatting toward the ground and then rising back up, keeping your hips straight. (It can help to focus on each side of your hips in a mirror). This exercise improves balance and quadriceps and hamstring strength.

 

                         

Finally, you can add lunges.You can try several different types to mix up the direction your knee faces, hitting all angles before ski season starts. Try reverse lunges, forward and side lunges, or lunges with a kick if you want to shake it up.

Always stretch and cool down after a workout. If you like, throwing other jump moves (plyometrics) and some cardio into the workout mix can support joint strength and endurance.

Do this workout once or twice a week until you feel ready to hit the slopes. If you’re thinking about ignoring this advice and plunging feet first into the powder with no training under your boots, then we wish you good luck. You’ll need it!

Have you ever gone skiing without training? How did you feel? Do you have a great skiing exercise we didn’t include? Tell us in a comment!

Good Fat vs. Bad Fat Facts: The Enemy That Wasn’t

By Karin Krisher

good fat vs. bad fatI really like pizza. I like the sauce and the crust, but mostly I like the cheese. Greasy, delicious cheese. I also really like avocados. We all know which one of those is probably the smarter choice for a conscious eater. But why? They both have a bunch of fat, right?

Right.

I fancy myself a fairly intelligent nutrient consumer, especially in terms of meeting my vitamin, protein and carbohydrate needs. Fats? Not so much. I’d trade an olive oil brownie for a butter one any day.

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