Okra…

Posted by Lenny Variano on July 12, 2019

Okra was first cultivated in Egypt in the 12th century. Most people find Okra a little hard to take because of its slimy quality. The truth of the matter is that okra is extremely dense and has a high quantity of both soluble and insoluble fiber. It is part of the Malvaceae family which includes cotton and hibiscus. Tough to chew, it must be either steamed or boiled. It is a part of many diets around the world where it is often given the name “Lady Fingers” because of its long shape. It is so dense and low in calories that it can be especially beneficial to those with digestive issues, high cholesterol levels and those with weight management challenges. It also provides a feeling of fullness. Okra is extremely high in Vitamins C, A & K as well as some of the B vitamins. It is even showing positive results in the treatment of kidney disease reducing the amount of uric acid produced in the urine. If you find the texture of okra difficult to consume you may try using it as part of a soup where it will provide a thickness which is often the case with gumbo, a dish popular in New Orleans.

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What is Our Body capable of?

Posted by Lenny Variano on July 12, 2019

1.) Strongest weight lifters have been known to hoist 1,000 lbs. and yet some feel we are capable of 20% more

2.) Tallest recorded growth is at 8 feet 11.1 inches

3.) Smartest IQ is recorded at 198 although 160 is considered quite high

4.) Fastest recorded run at present is 10.5 meters per second

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Making Your Bed…

Posted by Lenny Variano on June 14, 2019
People who make their bed may have a better chance of getting a good night sleep.made-bed According to a poll taken by the National Sleep Foundation, 19% of those surveyed reported that they slept better if they came home to a bed that has been made. There seems to be a strong connection about feeling good about where you sleep and having a good night sleep.
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Strong Bones…

Posted by Lenny Variano on June 14, 2019

Are certain activities more beneficial in building bones? Does cycling as opposed to running have an effect on the density of our bones? Studies are showing that high impact sports as opposed to low impact sports have a much more beneficial effect on building bone. Activities that force the bones to bend or deform slightly encourage the body to increase the number of bone cells and prepare bones for the impacts that happen normally in life. Do swimmers and cyclists put less force on their bones than runners? At the Norwegian School of Sports Sciences studies were done looking closely at the skeletons of world class cyclists and runners. All were in their 20’s, lean, both sexes, fit and had adequate calcium intake. Even though the cyclists trained more hours than the runners, their bone mineral density was much lower. If you engage in low impact sports such as swimming and cycling, although you may have considerable aerobic capacity, it may be beneficial to make time to include a strenuous weight training session to help build stronger bones.

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