Are Carbs Healthier Than We Thought? The Latest on Carbs [Infographic]

The Latest Research on Carbs :  Are
Carbohydrates Healthier Than We Once Thought?
Infographic from FIX.com
Carbs Bashing

With the recent popularity of paleo and other trendy low-carb and high-fat diets, carbohydrates have become public enemy number 1 in the dieting and weight loss world.

But not all carbs are created equal and it is important to understand the different types of carbs, and how each type impacts health and weight.

SEE:  CARBS AND YOUR DIET


Low-Fat vs. Low-Carb Diets for Weight Loss

Individuals on both low-fat and low-carb diets experience body weight loss when they cut back their calorie consumption and/or increase their activity level.

Most individuals on low-carb diets initially experience a greater body weight reduction than individuals on a low-fat diet.  Thus, it appears that low-carb diets are "better" for weight loss.  However, this initial greater body weight reduction is from loss of water stored in glycogen* because 1 gram of glycogen attracts about 3 grams of water.

Hence, switching to a low-carb diet causes depletion of stored glycogen and release of the water stored along with the glycogen.  The water weight loss is reflected on the scale as body weight loss.  Dieters should not confuse this initial body weight loss with fat weight loss.  As soon as they eat enough carbs to restore the glycogen stores, they will experience a water gain which will reflect on the scale as body weight gain.

SEE:  HOW CAN YOU BURN YOUR STORED FAT?

*Glycogen is stored in muscle tissues and the liver and is a readily mobilized storage of glucose.  (Carbs are broken down into glucose before being absorbed into the bloodstream; unused glucose is converted to glycogen.)


Infographic

This infographic and the accompanying in-depth article (link below) explains the different types of carbs, how carbs affect the body and summarizes the findings of the latest research on low-fat and low-carb diets.

The infographic and article also explain how carbs affect blood sugar, how to assess foods based on the Glycemic Index (GI) versus the Glycemic Load (GL) and offers five tips for smart carb consumption.


Source

Infographic source and to read the article (including citations to studies), please visit The Latest on Carbs: Are They Healthier Than We Once Thought?


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Growing and Eating Microgreens [Infographics]

Growing and Eating Microgreens
Infographic from FIX.com
What are Microgreens?

Microgreens are tiny, tender, edible vegetable greens and herbs usually only one to three inches in length.  Until recently, microgreens were primarily used only in trendy and fine dining restaurants to enhance the beauty, flavor and color of the dishes served.

Locally grown microgreens are often offered at farmer's markets.  More recently, they have found their way into health food markets and some grocery stores.

Microgreens, Sprouts and Baby Greens

Microgreens, sprouts and baby greens are are not the same thing.  What is the difference?

All three begin as a seed. Sprouts are germinated seeds.  Microgreens are young seedlings.  Baby greens are young vegetable greens that are harvested before they are fully grown and mature.


Why Include Microgreens in Your Diet?

Microgreens are classified as a superfood because they are nutrient dense, i.e., packed with vital nutrients including vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, lutein and beta-carotene.

According to a study assessing the nutrition content of 25 commercially available microgreens published by USDA researchers, microgreens possess significantly higher nutrient densities than their mature counterparts.

So, as an example, red cabbage microgreens were found to have 40 times more vitamin E and 6 times more vitamin C than mature red cabbage leaves.

Grow Your Own

Although microgreens are becoming more mainstream and can often be bought at certain markets like Trader Joe's, they tend to be expensive compared to other produce.

The good news is that you can grow your own.  Microgreens are typically grown in trays and many can be harvested in just 7 to 21 days.

Infographic

This infographic from FIX.com illustrates and summarizes how to grow and eat microgreens.

Infographic source and to learn more about picking, growing and using microgreens, please visit Growing and Eating Microgreens - FIX.com.

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Restore Your Natural Sleep Cycle with Meditation [Infographic]

Restore Your Natural Sleep Cycle with Meditation
Infographic from Lifehack.org
Sleep and Health

Sleep plays a critical role in our health.  It is thought that chronic sleep deprivation can lead to an increased risk for a range of medical conditions, from heart disease to obesity.

It is estimated that sleep problems, like insomnia, are an epidemic in the modern West.  Unfortunately, many people ignore the problem and try to get by regularly using stimulants, like coffee and energy drinks.

Sleep and Weight

Any weight loss expert will tell you that, in order to lose weight, or to prevent unwanted weight gain, you need to get an adequate amount of quality, restorative sleep. This is because sleep has a very powerful effect on metabolism.  Getting enough sleep is as important as regularly exercising and eating healthy.

Meditation - The Cure

Scientific research shows that a regular meditation practice has many health benefits.

According to a sleep study as described in this infographic, meditating before going to bed has been shown to improve sleep cycles in various ways, including helping approximately 60% of the study participants overcome insomnia.

Infographic Source 

For more information about the sleep study, how meditation improves sleep and how to meditate before going to bed, please visit the infographic source:

Supercharge Your Sleep by Meditating Before Bed - Lifehack.org

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Yoga Day Summit - Free Online Event

The Yoga Day Summit - International Day of Yoga
Free Online Event Presented by The Shift Network

From Ancient Wisdom
to Modern Science
A Journey Through Yoga

Shift Network invites you to join a global community of yogis - sages, scientists, musicians and teachers - to discover yoga practices, guided meditations and healing breathwork for restoring, balancing and invigorating your body, mind and soul.

This free online event begins on the International Day of Yoga, June 21, 2016.

The Yoga Day Summit consists  of 12+ hours of video broadcast with 50+ of the leading luminaries and includes inspirational stories from activist yogis, global yoga events highlights,and the world premiere of the new film The Science Behind Yoga, which highlights the latest medical and scientific research about the healing benefits of yoga.  The free registration also includes several downloadable bonuses.

For more information and to register for free, please visit Yoga Day Summit.
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The Speakers

H.H. Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji - Website
President & Spiritual Head of the Parmarth Niketan Ashram 
Co-Founder of Global Interfaith WASH Alliance
Topic: Yoga Day Opening

Seane Corn - Website
International Yoga Teacher and Co-founder of Off the Mat, Into the World®
Topic: Yoga Today

Mooji - Website
Spiritual Teacher
Topic: Satsang

Shiva Rea - Website
Sacred Activist, Global Adventurer and Leading Innovator in the 
Evolution of Prana Vinyasa Yoga
Topic: Inner Nectar: A Lunar Sadhana for Women's Balance

Deepak Chopra - Website
Founder of The Chopra Foundation, Senior Scientist, The Gallup Organization
Topic: Yoga and Healing

Michael A. Singer - Website
Founder of Temple of the Universe, New York Times Bestselling Author
Topics: Yoga and The Untethered Soul, Karma Yoga: Selfless Service

Janet Stone - Website
Yoga Teacher
Topics: Yoga Today, Yoga Class

Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati - Website
President of the Divine Shakti Foundation, Secretary-General of 
Global Interfaith WASH Alliance 
Topics: The Deeper Essence of Yoga, Karma Yoga: Selfless Service, Y
oga Day Closing: Ganga Aarti from Rishikesh

Anand Mehrotra - Website
Founder of Sattva Yoga, Visionary Master Teacher, 
Community and Thought Leader, and Conscious Entrepreneur
Topic: The Deeper Essence of Yoga

Kia Miller - Website
Yoga and Meditation Teacher
Topic: Yoga Today

H.H. Pujya Radhanath Swamiji - Website
Founder of Radha Gopinath Temple, Spiritual Teacher
Topic: Bhakti Yoga: The Path of Devotion

Sharon Gannon - Website
Founder of Jivamukti Yoga, Author and Musician
Topics: The Science of Yoga, Karma Yoga: Selfless Service

Ana Forrest - Website
Founder of Forrest Yoga, Yoga Teacher
Topic: The Science of Yoga

Brother Govindananda
Meditation Facilitator and Member of Self-Realization Fellowship
Topic: Kriya Yoga: The Science of Self Realization

Tommy Rosen - Website
Founder and Producer of Recovery 2.0: Beyond Addiction Conferences
Topic: Yoga Today

Bruce H. Lipton, Ph.D. - Website
Biologist, Speaker, Author
Topic: The Science of Yoga

Richard Miller - Website
Clinical Psychologist, President of Integrative Restoration Institute, 
Co-Founder of International Assoc. of Yoga Therapy
Topic: Hatha Yoga & Meditation

Deva Premal & Miten - Website
Spiritual Musicians
Topic: Sacred Sounds of Yoga

Dr. Joseph Michael Levry - Website
Founder of Naam Yoga, Doctor of Philosophy, Composer, Author
Topic: Naam Yoga Super Classes

Larry Payne Ph.D. - Website
Founding President of International Association of Yoga Therapists and Author
Topics: Yoga and Healing, Yoga Class


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