Will too much protein damage my kidneys? Cause cancer? We get questions from fitness pros and clients about the health risks of a high-protein diet. Here’s why protein isn’t the villain it’s made out to be (in fact, it may be your nutritional hero).
This article from Precision Nutrition gives the full story……..
Nutella is a sweetened chocolate hazelnut spread manufactured by Italian company Ferrero. It was first rolled out in 1964, and has become a thing of cultish devotion for millions of people worldwide. But even though this spread is ubiquitous these days, we bet that there are some things you didn’t know about this sweet spread.
Discussing toilet habits is a taboo subject for many people. It shouldn´t be, it may save your life!!
I recently had a real scare, where I was passing black stools, and had severe dizziness. Turns out I had a duodenal ulcer, (no prior knowledge), which was bleeding quite profusely. In a short amount of time I lost a SIGNIFICANT amount of blood!
Hospital emergency treatment, ongoing supervision & medications , and I am on the mend.
The majority of people go to the bathroom, do their business and that is that. But it would actually be better for many people if they check up at what they are leaving behind – or flushing, because it can give us a clear insight into our health. Knowing this can save your life!
QUICK FACTS ABOUT FAECES
When you defecate , the little brown blob in your toilet is what is left of the food after your body has absorbed all the nutrients from it.
Defecating is crucial for your health, it is your body’s natural way of expelling the waste that does not need. The look and the smell of the faeces can give you clues to what is happening inside your body.
The food you consume usually takes 1-3 days from the time you eat it till it ends up in your poop.
Faeces is made up of bacteria, undigested food, dead cells, and mucus.
Healthy poop sinks slowly.
How often should you go?
People go once or twice a day, but some might go more or less. As per doctors there is no normal frequency, so while you are comfy, you are fine.
How do you keep your gut healthy?
Have an eating regimen rich in fibre (20-25g), drink lots of water and do regular exercise.
If you have problems with pooping, dietary fibre can help you.
The proper hydration helps ensure your colon is slippery enough for the poop to move through.
TEXTURES OF POOP
Type 1 – Separate hard lumps, like nuts
You should drink more water and eat some fruits and vegetables. You are lacking fibre and fluids.
Type 2 – Sausage- shaped but lumpy
It is not serious, but you should load up on fluids and fibre.
Type 3 – Sausage-shaped but with cracks on surface
Well, this is normal, but the cracks indicate that you should still up your intake of water.
Type 4 – Sausage-shaped, smooth and soft
This is a sign that you are doing fine
Type 5 – Soft blobs with clear-cut edges
This is normal if you are pooping multiple times a day.
Type 6 – Fluffy pieces with ragged edges, a mushy stool
This type of poop is on the edge of normal, it is on its way to become diarrhoea.
Type 7 – Watery, no solid pieces, all liquid
This is a case of diarrhoea. It is probably caused by some sort of infection. You should drink more liquids in order to replace the liquids lost, or if you do not do this you may find yourself dehydrated.
SHADE OF POOP
If your poop is brown, then you are fine. Poop is brown due to the bile produced in your liver.
Maybe you have eaten a lot of green leafy veggies or green food colouring. The food might be going through your large intestine too quickly.
Blood-stained or red
If you see blood in your poop, it can be a symptom of cancer. ALWAYS See a doctor if you find blood in your stool.
This type of poop indicates excess fat. This is because of mal-absorption disorder like celiac disease.
Light coloured, white or clay coloured
This could mean a bile duct obstruction. It can be caused by some medicines. You should see a doctor.
This means that you are bleeding internally, because of ulcer or cancer. It may also be caused by some vitamins that contain iron or bismuth subsalicylate. You should see a doctor if you are worried about this.
I hope this info is useful. Checking when I did almost certainly saved me from needing a blood transfusion, or worse!!!!
Chemically, protein is composed of amino acids, which are organic compounds made of carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen or sulfur. Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins, and proteins are the building blocks of muscle mass, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Learn all you need to know about protein, including how to choose proteins to strengthen your body and mind and provide you with energy you need.
1 whole wild salmon fillet (also called a “side of salmon,” about 1 1/2 pounds; see Tips)
1/3 cup plus 1/4 cup thinly sliced fresh basil, divided
2 medium tomatoes, thinly sliced
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
Preheat grill to medium.
Mash garlic and 3/4 teaspoon salt on a cutting board with the side of a chef’s knife or a spoon until a paste forms. Transfer to a small bowl and stir in oil.
Check the salmon for pin bones and remove if necessary (see Tips). Measure out a piece of heavy-duty foil (or use a double layer of regular foil) large enough for the salmon fillet.
Coat the foil with cooking spray. Place the salmon skin-side down on the foil and spread the garlic mixture all over it. Sprinkle with 1/3 cup basil. Overlap tomato slices on top and sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper.
Transfer the salmon on the foil to the grill. Grill until the fish flakes easily, 10 to 12 minutes. Use two large spatulas to slide the salmon from the foil to a serving platter. Serve the salmon sprinkled with the remaining 1/4 cup basil.
TIPS & NOTES
Wild-caught salmon are more sustainably fished and have a larger, more stable population.
Depending on how your side of salmon was prepared at the market, small white pin bones may still be in the fillet. We suggest removing them before you cook the fish.
(To remove the bones, place your hand underneath the fillet to bend it up slightly, exposing the row of bones running down the length—they will poke out of the flesh and point at an angle toward the wider end of the fillet. Grasp each bone with a clean pair of tweezers or needle-nose pliers and gently pull it out in the direction of the wide end of the fillet.)
The money pumped into making diet soda appear as a healthy alternative is further proof that many large companies are far more concerned with lining their pockets than benefiting their consumers. When it comes to the things you eat and drink, make sure you know exactly what you are putting into your body.
Years later, as a newly minted doctor on the wards seeing real patients, I found myself in the same position. I was still getting a lot of questions about food and diet. And I was still hesitating when answering. I wasn’t sure I knew that much more after medical school than I did before.
John Heiss of Herbalife explains how to ‘Eat to Compete – 5 Reasons Why Endurance Athletes Need Fuel 24/7.’
Athletes need to fuel up in the morning, since their stored fuel reserves will have dropped during an overnight fast. Training and racing take a toll on the body, and starting the day with a healthy meal balanced with carbohydrates, protein, vitamins and minerals provides a solid nutritional foundation for performance.
Hydration is an essential need all people share. Because hydration directly impacts athletic performance, it is even more important for athletes to keep fluid levels topped off – especially during a demanding event. Hydration is essential, as are electrolytes – important body salts which support proper muscle function and help regulate body temperature
Carbohydrates are the primary fuel during exercise and they’re essential to keep the body running. In an endurance race, calories are king and getting enough is essential for performance. Making sure to get plenty of carbohydrates both before and during the race is key, and proper nutrition also helps shorten recovery time, which is very important in a multi-day event. The use of carbohydrate electrolyte beverages in a race is often essential for endurance athletes, to maintain prolonged performance.
After a race, the body needs the right ratios of carbohydrates and protein to begin recovering. Recovery is two-fold, and requires carbohydrate for replacing glycogen stores as well as protein for rebuilding damaged muscle.
Additional nutrient supplementation may also be useful where the nutritional needs of athletes are so extreme that they can’t be met with food alone. But that being said, it is important to keep in mind that supplementation is just that – a supplement to a regular healthy diet.
Every athlete should get the majority of their calories and nutrients from whole foods, primarily healthy sources of healthy carbohydrates – whole grains, fruits and vegetables – and protein from lean meats, poultry, fish, low fat dairy products and plant sources such as soy.