Asparagus is a vegetable with so few calories, that more calories will be burnt to digest than are gained. The spears contain modest levels of dietary-fiber that helps control constipation conditions, decrease bad cholesterol levels and regulate blood sugar levels. Asparagus shoots have been used in many traditional medicines to treat irritable bowel syndrome.
Sodium in salt helps transmit nerve impulses and contract muscle fibers. Working with potassium it balances fluid levels in the body. While sodium is the mineral in salt that can cause health problems, it is also essential for normal body functioning. Sodium and potassium work together to help control the body's water balance and to regulate pressure within and between the cells.
Joint movement becomes stiffer and less flexible, and ligaments also tend to shorten and lose some flexibility, making joints feel stiff. Many of these age-related changes are caused by lack of exercise. Movement of the joint, and the associated stress of movement, helps keep the fluid moving. Inactivity causes the cartilage to shrink and stiffen, with resulting reduction in joint mobility.
Recent research suggests that loneliness is as bad for health as smoking. The research found that those with a poor social network may be at increased risk of high blood pressure, viral infections, cancer and heart disease. Unmet social needs take a serious toll on health, leading to eroding of the arteries, high blood pressure, and deterioration of learning and memory.
Carbohydrates, proteins and fats are the main nutrients that nourish your body. Of these, carbohydrates, including sugars and starches, are the main provider of energy. Simple carbs like sugar and fructose are empty carbs that provide a jolt of energy because they are absorbed directly into the bloodstream.
Even whole-grain bread can contain fairly significant amount of sodium. Where possible, get your whole grains from sources other than bread. One hundred percent whole grains are high in fiber and help to lower cholesterol and prevent heart disease; however a number of bread manufacturers are adding excessive amounts of salt to their manufacturing process. There can be as much as 260mg to 400 mg of sodium per slice, effectively negating the bread’s health benefits.
There are several easy ways to estimate what percentage of your bodyweight is fat; however there are some disadvantages and margins of error to each. Measuring skinfold thickness by means of a skin-calliper gives a reasonable estimate of body fat composition when the measurements are taken at several areas, but results can vary when measurements are done by more than one person. Another method is bioelectrical impedance as used in many bathroom scales where a small electrical current is passed through your body allowing the electrical resistance of your body to be measured, however the amount of water in your body may affect readings.
Lettuce leaves are very low in calories, and contain many phyto-nutrients that have health promoting and disease prevention properties. Vitamins in lettuce are bountiful, and the fresh leaves are an excellent source of Vitamin A and beta carotenes. Vitamin A is required for maintaining healthy mucus membranes and skin, and is also essential for vision.
There are no scheduled tennis classes on Saturday, Sunday and Monday (5/24,25&26). Court time will be available and the complimentary summer court time begins Memorial Day Monday, May 26.