"There is no medicine more powerful or supplement more effective in promoting health and longevity than the combination of good nutrition with daily exercise."
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Today's Nutrition Tip
The real "juice" on juicing
That said, juice does have many redeeming qualities (some are loaded with vitamins, minerals and disease-fighting antioxidants) as long as they are consumed in small amounts as an addition to a healthy whole foods diet. Concord grape juice, pomegranate juice and orange juice (with added calcium and vitamin D) are a few of the highly nutritious juices out there that top my list. Just remember, though, juices concentrate the calories; one 8-ounce glass of OJ contains 110 calories and 0 grams of fiber-that's the calorie count of two small oranges, which provide a total of 6 grams of dietary fiber! So don't make those juice glasses a bottomless pit or you'll pay at the scale. The take-away message: NOTHING beats the nutritional benefits of eating a plant-based diet filled with whole fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean protein and healthy fats. Add daily exercise to the mix and you have the secret for good health and longevity, a benefit that no liquid diet could possibly provide.
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Today's Nutrition Tip
Getting rid of the underarm "jiggle" for summer
The best thing you can do to firm up those arms and get rid of that extra underarm "jiggle" for swimsuit season is to get yourself right over to the nearest gym and build up your program of building and toning strength-training exercises. For the arms, you will need to work on the muscles in the back of your arms (those out-of-shape triceps) and the muscles in the front (the "Popeye" muscles, or biceps). You can tone those-muscle groups using gym equipment. Some great exercises that target the triceps are triceps pushdowns, bench dips, triceps kickbacks and plain old push-ups. Exercises that target the biceps generally involve "curls," using dumbbells of barbells... That said, keep in mind that there are two separate types of tissue: fat and muscle. The best way to keep those arms looking lean and shapely is to take a two-pronged approach: lose the fat and put on and tone up the muscle. Losing body fat involves combining regular calorie-burning aerobic exercise (such as walking or running) with a calorie-controlled diet. Adding and toning muscles requires a regular program of strength-training exercises. Start putting it all together now, and before you know it you'll be ready for summer looking healthy and fit!
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