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What Do We Do? Just like our name suggests, we provide useful information pertaining to Healthy Eating and Lifestyle Tips. We also provide health and fitness product reviews to give our visitors an all-in-one place to get information. We have one of the comprehensive product reviews on health and fitness related products on the web. To view our product reviews please look to the right just below the search box and you’ll see the category listings. Click on product reviews and the category will open and you’ll be able to scroll through all of our reviews.

We’re a little different from other product review sites in that each review is displayed in an easy-to-follow format.  We’ll only show you the best picks because who has time to wade through hundreds of products in an industry? Our reviews are the perfect combination of expert analysis, and industry data so you can find the right product for you.

We know everyone’s needs are different. We know the features found in our product reviews may not appeal to everyone and the price tag may be too much for some people to swallow. The good news is, we’ll show you many other choices that have all been researched, reviewed and rated as among the best.

Why Do We Do It?

Navigating today’s Health and Wellness products, whether it’s for home, work or the backyard can be tough. Sure, it would be awesome if you could all fill your cart with the 10 best products, take them home, try them out and return the nine you don’t want. Unfortunately, that’s the stuff of fairy tales. None of us have the time.

Most of us don’t have the energy. And very few of us have the money.

That’s where our products reviews come in. We do the research so you don’t have to.

How Do We Work?

Our testing methodology looks something like this:

We start with researching the marketplace (i.e., the places you shop). Then we participate in online forums, monitor trends, follow industry news, and keep an eye on new advancements in Health and Wellness.

We pick apart the data we’ve gathered to identify products of note. Their selections are based on a number of factors, including cost, availability, popularity, etc. Sometimes we have a few dozen products for review; sometimes more.

When the final list is complete, we reach out to local fitness facilities in search of products available to use. In some instances, when a product sample is not available, we head to the store and shell out the cash to pick it up just like you would.

We then begin the meticulous review process, which includes using most products just as you would (sometimes we are unable to use a product first hand). This ensures we’re able to identify and communicate each product’s strengths and weaknesses in a way that makes sense to you.

Among other things, we gather information on features, ease of use, durability and the level of customer support provided by the manufacturer.

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We’re serious about editorial integrity. Once our reviews are complete and published, we pursue various means of developing revenue. Furthermore, they may include traditional advertising, sponsorships, lead generation or affiliate relationships.

Therefore, to be clear, these methods of monetization in no way affect the rankings of the products we review. Period.

We use these various revenue streams not only to support our website but to purchase products for review and we’ll continue to expand the number of products we rate and review.

How Do We Update Our Product Reviews?

First and foremost, we are a health and wellness site – not a news site. We’re all about helping you find the product that enhances your health and fitness. Furthermore, we want to make your complicated buying decisions easier. If you ever have any specific questions about the product reviews on our site, please contact us through our contact menu at the top of the page.

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How to maintain a healthy weight. Are you overweight or underweight? Yes, then you need to read this article. To maintain your weight, people must find a balance between the number of calories in the foods and drinks they consume with a number of calories the body uses. Physical activity is an important way to use food energy.

Most Americans spend much of their working day in activities that require little energy. Also, many Americans of all ages now spend a lot of leisure time each day being inactive, for example, watching television or working at a computer. Try to do 30 minutes or more of moderate physical activity on most — preferably all — days of the week.

The kinds and amounts of food people eat affect their ability to maintain weight. High-fat foods contain more calories per serving than other foods and may increase the likelihood of weight gain. However, even when people eat less high-fat food, they still can gain weight from eating too much of foods high in starch, sugars, or protein.

Eat a variety of foods, emphasizing pasta, rice, bread, and other whole-grain foods as well as fruits and vegetables.  These foods are filling, but lower in calories than foods rich in fats or oils.

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Whole-grain foods – rice and vegetables

The pattern of eating may also be significant. Snacks provide a large percentage of daily calories for many Americans. Unless nutritious snacks are part of the daily meal plan, snacking may lead to weight gain.

A pattern of frequent binge-eating, with or without alternating periods of food restriction, may also contribute to weight problems.

Maintaining weight is equally important for older people who begin to lose weight as they age. Some of the weight that is lost is muscle. Maintaining muscle through regular activity helps to keep older people feeling well and contributes to reducing the risk of falls and fractures.

How to evaluate your body weight?

Healthy weight ranges for adult men and women of all ages can be found in the weight, height, and age chart.   See where your weight falls on the chart for people of your height and age. The health risks due to excess weight appear to be the same for older as for younger adults. Weight ranges are shown in the chart because people of the same height may have equal amounts of body fat but different amounts of muscle and bone.

However, the ranges do not mean that it is healthy to gain weight, even within the same weight range. The higher weights in the healthy weight range apply to people with more muscle and bone.

Weights above the healthy weight range are less healthy for most people. The further you are above the healthy weight range for your height, the higher your weight-related risk.  Weights slightly below the range may be healthy for some people but are sometimes the result of health problems, especially when weight loss is unintentional.

Location of body fat

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your abdomen can be a health concern

Research suggests that the location of body fat also is an important factor in health risks for adults. Excess fat in the abdomen (stomach area) is a greater health risk than excess fat in the hips and thighs. Extra fat in the abdomen is linked to high blood pressure, diabetes, early heart disease, and certain types of cancer.

Smoking and too much alcohol increase abdominal fat and the risk for diseases related to obesity. Vigorous exercise helps to reduce abdominal fat and decrease the risk for these diseases.

The easiest way to check your body fat distribution is to measure around your waistline with a tape measure and compare this with the measure around your hips or buttocks to see if your abdomen is larger.

If you are in doubt, you may wish to seek advice from a health professional.

Problems with excessive thinness

Being too thin can occur with anorexia nervosa, other eating disorders, or loss of appetite, and is linked to menstrual irregularity and osteoporosis in women, and greater risk of early death in both women and men.

Many people — especially women — are concerned about body weight, even when their weight is healthy. Excessive concern about weight may cause or lead to such unhealthy behaviors as excessive exercise, self-induced vomiting, and the abuse of laxatives or other medications. These practices may only worsen the concern about weight.

If you lose weight suddenly or for unknown reasons, see a physician. Unexplained weight loss may be an early clue to a health problem.

If you need to lose weight

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nutrition pyramid

If you have excess abdominal fat, a weight-related medical problem, or a family history of such problems, you need to lose weight. Healthy diets and exercise can help people maintain a healthy weight, and may also assist them to lose weight. To reduce caloric intake, eat less fat and control portion sizes.

If you are not physically active, spend less time in sedentary activities such as watching television, and be more active throughout the day. As people lose weight, the body becomes more efficient at using energy and the rate of weight loss may decrease.

Increased physical activity will help you to continue losing weight and to avoid gaining it back.

Many people are not sure how much weight they should lose. Weight loss of only 5-10 percent of body weight may improve many of the problems associated with overweight, such as high blood pressure and diabetes. Even a smaller weight loss can make a difference.

If you are trying to lose weight, do so slowly and steadily. A safe rate is 1/2-1 pound a week until you reach your goal. Avoid crash weight-loss diets that severely restrict calories or the variety of foods.

Extreme approaches to weight loss, such as self-induced vomiting or the use of laxatives, amphetamines, or diuretics, are not appropriate and can be dangerous to your health. You may be interested in reading an article

How to Maintain a Healthy Weight in children

Children need enough food for proper growth. To promote growth and development and prevent overweight, teach children to eat grain products; vegetables and fruits; low-fat milk products or other calcium-rich foods; beans, lean meat, poultry, fish or other protein-rich foods; and to participate in vigorous activity.

Limiting television time and encouraging children to play actively in a safe environment are crucial steps. Helping overweight children to achieve a healthy weight along with normal growth requires more caution. Modest reductions in dietary fat, such as the use of low-fat milk rather than whole milk, are not hazardous.

However, significant efforts to change a child’s diet should be accompanied by monitoring of growth by a health professional at regular intervals.

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7 Delicious Fresh Juicing Recipes that’s a Must. Have you guys gotten into juicing yet? If you haven’t, you should try it! It’s a fun and tasty way to pack a ton of healthy nutrients into a drinkable treat that’ll make you feel great.

Now, a lot of folks out there think of juicing as a replacement for whole foods and I don’t agree with that. I believe that whole food (and the fiber that comes along with them) are necessary to have a healthy diet. I don’t recommend using fruit or vegetable juices as a replacement for food.

Instead, I think adding all-natural, unsweetened fruit and vegetable juice to help supplement your diet is a great idea. It’s not better than whole foods, it’s just different. And sometimes, that’s all we need to help us keep up with a healthy diet.

As with everything, if it makes you and your family feel good, then do it. If it doesn’t? Skip it! For me personally, I see some real differences in the way I feel when I’m consistently juicing. I assume mostly because my overall consumption of fruits and veggies is up. My skin is brighter and clearer, and I tend to get sick less often. For me, juicing is a great way to kickstart healthy momentum.

If you’re just starting out with juicing, the first thing you’ll need is…well…a juicer! There are two main kinds of juicers out there—centrifugal (AKA: fast) and masticating (AKA: slow or cold-press) juicers. For more information on the different types of juicers read more here.

Note: These recipes are for 2 servings. If you are just making for yourself simply cut the recipe in half.

Fresh Green Juice (absolutely a great tasting and fantastic detox juice)

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spinach
Ingredients:

½ cup fresh parsley
3 cups spinach
½ lemon (peeled)
2 medium pears (cut into eighths)
6 large stalks celery (trimmed)
Ice cubes (optional)

Working in this order, process parsley, spinach, lemon, pears and celery through a juicer according to the manufacturer’s directions. Fill 2 glasses with ice, if desired, and pour the juice into the glasses. Serve immediately. Preparation time 15 minutes and makes 2 servings.

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tomatoes on a vine

Fresh Tomatoes and Vegetable Juice (my favorite)

Ingredients:

1 cup chopped hearts of romaine
¼ cup chopped fresh chives
2 large tomatoes (cut into wedges)
¼ fresh jalapeño (stemmed and seeded)
1 large red bell pepper (cut into eighths)
2 large stalks celery (trimmed)
1 medium carrot (peeled)
Ice cubes (optional)

Working in this order, process lettuce, chives, tomatoes, jalapeño, bell pepper, celery, and carrot through a juicer according to the manufacturer’s directions. Fill 2 glasses with ice, if desired, and pour the juice into the glasses. Serve immediately. Preparation time 15 minutes and makes 2 servings.

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fresh strawberries

Fresh Strawberry and Cucumber Juice (a work of art)

Ingredients:

6 fresh strawberries (hulled)
1 large cucumber (peeled and cut into chunks)
1 large red apple (cut into eighths)
2 medium carrots (peeled)
Ice (optional)

Working in this order process strawberries, cucumber, apple and carrots through a juicer according to the manufacturer’s directions. Fill 2 glasses with ice, if desired, and pour the juice into the glasses. Serve immediately. Preparation time 15 minutes and makes 2 servings.

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blueberries

Fresh Blueberry and Cabbage Juice

Ingredients:

1 large cucumber (peeled and cut into chunks)
1/4 medium red cabbage (sliced)
Ice cubes (optional)
1 cup fresh blueberries
1 large apple (cut into eighths)

Working in this order, process cabbage, cucumber, blueberries and apple through a juicer according to the manufacturer’s directions. Fill 2 glasses with ice, if desired, and pour the juice into the glasses. Serve immediately. Preparation time 15 minutes and makes 2 servings.

Fresh Spinach and Apple Juice (doesn’t get any better than this juice)

Ingredients:
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green apples

1½ cups spinach
½ grapefruit (peeled and white pith removed)
2 green apples (cut into eighths)
1 ea. 1-inch piece peeled fresh ginger
2 large stalks celery (trimmed)
Ice (optional)

Working in this order process spinach, grapefruit, apples, ginger, and celery through a juicer according to the manufacturer’s directions. Fill 2 glasses with ice, if desired, and pour the juice into the glasses. Serve immediately. Preparation time 15 minutes and makes 2 servings.

Fresh Ginger and Beet Juice (another winner)

Ingredients:
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ginger

1 medium apple (cut into wedges)
1 medium carrot (peeled)
3 kale leaves
1 medium orange (peeled and quartered)
1 large beet (peeled and cut into wedges)
Ice cubes (optional)
1 ea. 1-inch piece peeled fresh ginger

Working in this order, process orange, kale, apple, carrot, beet, and ginger through a juicer according to the manufacturer’s directions. Fill 2 glasses with ice, if desired, and pour the juice into the glasses. Serve immediately. Preparation time 15 minutes and makes 2 servings.

Fresh Carrot and Orange Juice (Wow! This is a fantastic tasting juice)

Ingredients:
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carrots

1 medium yellow tomato (cut into wedges)
1 medium orange (peeled and quartered)
4 large carrots (peeled)
1 medium apple (cut into eighths)
Ice cubes (optional)

Working in this order, process tomato, orange, apple, and carrots through a juicer according to the manufacturer’s directions. Fill 2 glasses with ice, if desired, and pour the juice into the glasses. Serve immediately. Preparation time 15 minutes and makes 2 servings.

Final thoughts on juicing

I hope this has given you some ideas of where to get started with juicing! And if you’re ready to bite the bullet and invest in your own slow juicer, my friends at Amazon.com have the best price and offer free shipping. Such a steal for an incredible piece of equipment. Please leave a juice review and share the recipes with your friends.

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