Behavioral Changes Paramount in Creating a Healthy Lifestyle

As the obesity rate continues to rise in the United States, many individuals are rightly becoming concerned over their health. While losing weight should certainly be a goal of those dealing with issues related to obesity, there is a danger in the many strategies that promise to deliver exceptional results in a short period of time.

According to Luke Weil, a fitness enthusiast and Co-Founder at Andina Acquisition Corp., these quick fixes may sometimes result in weight loss but very rarely address the true issue: behavior. The key, according to Weil, is to adopt healthy behaviors that can be maintained over the course of a lifetime, not to go on a diet that drastically limits caloric intake or completely eliminates a food group that has nutritional value.

Weil notes that a sensible diet and a modest exercise routine will ultimately yield the health benefits that so many are seeking. This means that those dealing with obesity – or those who simply wish to avoid obesity in the future – should consider a diet that includes fruits, vegetables, whole grains (yes, carbohydrates), and animal products in moderation.

In addition to dietary changes, it is important to adopt a modest exercise routine that involves daily activity. For some, this may be as simple as taking a brisk walk each day, while others may wish to incorporate running, cycling or weight lifting. The key is to find a physical activity that is enjoyable, as people are just more likely to continue to exercise when they enjoy the time spent exercising.

Health Dangers Of Imported Fish

A few days ago it was discussed how you can eat your way to better health with fish and what makes them so good for you. We learned Omega-3 fats are some of the best fats you can have and why this is one of the only fat you want let alone need. In the same article it was clarified that live fish food (as talked about here: is the perhaps the best thing to feed your fish if you plan on eating them later because you eat what fish eat and it sure is better than some flakes from a bottle.

Everything from the food a fish eats to the quality of water a fish “breathes” has so much to do with if a fish is fit to eat. The scary fact is 85% of fish and other seafood consumed in America is imported. The mass majority of overseas fish farms are not inspected by U.S. officials. Also, since the government can withhold suspect food imports without examining them, a slight few of our foreign imported seafood goods is tested for drug residues when it enters the country. In other words, you may be eating contaminated fish.

To recap on the previous statement, you eat what a fish eats but have you considered what a fish eats? It is no new discovery that fish can contain parasites but how do they get there? Eggs of the parasite pass into the sea with from the waste of mammals. Eventually the eggs hatch the microscopic larvae from the egg becomes prey of small shrimplike crustaceans. They eat the parasite, the fish eats the crustacean and through these careless imports, you eat the infested fish. This is why clean, live fish food is so important.

Protect Your Health While Traveling

Going for a trip to the Honduras? That’s awesome! Before you go, you may want to make sure you have your vaccinations and that you are in good health before visiting any foreign country. From a recent Honduras post from Joe Olujic, you can already tell he’s done his homework and got his treatments. What kind of treatment would it take to travel to Honduras? Well, theres Hepatitis A which is a liver disease spread by contaminated food and water.  It can also be spread from the hands of a person with hepatitis A. It is rarely spread through sexual contact. Hepatitis A is a common infection among travelers to developing countries. Travelers going to rural areas in developing countries have a higher risk of getting hepatitis A infections than other travelers.

The water and the food is your biggest concern. Typhoid fever is a serious disease spread by contaminated food and water. It’s serious because those who have caught typhoid fever experience lasting high fevers, weakness, stomach pains, headache, and loss of appetite. Some unfortunate souls have constipation, and some have a rash.  Internal bleeding and death can occur but are rare.

This can be avoided if you were to make a trip to your local doctor’s office before traveling. Ask your doctor what vaccines and medicines you need based on where you are going, how long you are staying, what you will be doing, and if you are traveling from a country other than the US.

Your Health Improved By Fish

As we all know, if you wanna live better 90% of that comes from what you put into your body. Put good in, get good out as they say. Anything that has life in it is going to give you life, such as fish and fish do beautiful things for your heart that you may not know about.

If you’re worried about heart disease, eating one to two servings of fish a week could reduce your risk of dying of a heart attack. Why is this? Fish are packed full of Omega-3 that are also called “fast fats”. These fast fats shoot through the bloodstream and arteries and collide with any fat in your arteries that could be blocking the blood flow and Omega-3 breaks it down. Think of a bullet flying into a plywood wall. Soon that plywood wall will be busted open allowing air to flow freely.

For a long time, doctors had the belief that the unsaturated fats in fish are the nutrients that reduce the risk of dying of heart disease. However, more recent research suggests that other nutrients in fish and a combination of omega-3 fatty acids and other nutrients in fish may actually be responsible for the health benefits from fish.

Fish are only going to be a benefit to you if the fish are healthy. For those people who breed and raise fish at home just to eat (because you don’t really know how clean a fish would be of parasites at a restaurant), be sure they are getting the proper nutrition, such as copepods. Right now, Reefs2Go has a special of Live Saltwater Food Amphipod & Copepods-1000 Buy 1 Get 1 FREE.

When it comes to a healthier heart, eating fish would normally cancel out the possible risks of exposure to contaminants such as mercury.