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Our body runs on a constant supply of essential nutrients including, vitamins, proteins, fats, fiber, minerals, carbohydrates and antioxidants. The process of digestion converts these raw materials into a form that the body can use as energy.

Among all the nutrients, carbohydrates produce the maximum energy. The digestive juices break down the molecular structure of carbohydrates and produces glucose, which is then supplied to the rest of the body through blood. Glucose in the blood is the chief source of energy for the brain because the brain cannot extract energy by directly from fats and proteins.

Different carbohydrate-rich foods have a different rate of glucose production. If carbohydrates are broken down faster, then energy is generated quickly. On the other hand, if carbohydrates are broken down slowly, then energy is produced slowly. This is measured by the GI (Glycemic Index) and foods are classified as high GI or low GI foods.

A low Glycemic Index is a result of slower conversion of carbohydrates to glucose and is associated with lower requirement of insulin. A high Glycemic index, in contrast, causes rapid breakdown of carbohydrates leading to a sudden jump in energy, which is not conducive for controlling blood glucose content. Low GI is preferable over high GI for many reasons.

• By causing sugar levels to increase repeatedly, high GI foods can cause diabetes and heart malfunctions.
• By causing a sudden increase and subsequent decrease in sugar levels, high GI foods create a feeling of exhaustion and creates desire to eat more food. This is a common reason for developing obesity.
• High GI leads to abnormal metabolism.

Gymnasts, marathoners and athletes constantly monitor the GI of the foods they eat during their training and also during competitive events. Only in the case of renewing the body’s energy after a strenuous session of exercise or when a diabetic patient is experiencing the symptoms of hypoglycemia, can high GI foods be recommended.

GI of normal meals and food items can be easily lowered by the addition of butter, oil or vinegar. The Glycemic Index and some associated food stuffs are mentioned below

• Low GI (<55) - Products extremely low in carbohydrates such as fish, eggs, meat, and nuts • Medium GI (>56 and <69) - Basmati rice, sweet potato, normal sugar • High GI (>70) – Corn flakes, watermelon, white bread
• Glucose (GI 100 for benchmarking)

The Glycemic Index must be used with a certain note of caution because the response to food is not the same for every person for every meal and sugar levels depend on the quantity of carbohydrates eaten as well. However, the GI is a good index for general purposes.

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Lifelong good health is a boon that is not granted by God but is in our own hands. When we are healthy, we are able to do more and achieve more. We are able to go about our daily activities with full vigor and cheer. On the other hand, when we are ill, we are not capable of doing even simple activities without frustration and irritation.

As we grow from childhood to adulthood, our bodies become stronger and healthier. This is a natural process. Then the body starts to give in as we age further. We become more susceptible to illnesses and diseases. However, exercise is one factor which is often neglected but can prove to be the key to maintaining our health. There are 6 reasons for which you must start exercising daily.

1. Exercise dissolves excess fat thus reducing weight

2. Exercise leads to a more natural, deep and restful sleep

3. Exercise strengthens the bones and prevents serious injuries

4. Exercise diminishes the risk of critical diseases like heart problems, high blood pressure, and diabetes.

5. Exercise improves psychological well-being

6. Improves stamina and prevents muscle sagging with age.

How much exercise is sufficient? It depends on your objective. If you wish to have a body like Sylvester Stallone, then you might need workouts at a gym. But if you only wish to maintain a healthy body, then all you require is half an hour of exercise, comprising of walking, running and light aerobics, for 4-5 days in a week.

The comforts of life have made us lazy. Gadgets and appliances have contributed a lot to reducing the amount of physical activity that we normally do. The microwave cooks for us, the car drive us to the office and the lift take us up the building.

If you do not make exercise a conscious choice, then you are liable to suffer from ill-health all your life. Hence, choose to walk when you can drive, choose to climb stairs when you can take the lift and choose to play some game instead of watching one on television.

It does not take genius to realize that the body uses food to produce energy for work. If you have the habit of consuming unhealthy food, then the body reacts by causing an increase in weight and other accompanying problems. Food is a direct factor influencing the body’s health.

Develop an interest in various food items. Discover the properties of food, their contents and their effects on health. All foods are not similar. They contain varying quantities of macro- and micro-nutrients. Our daily diet may sometimes not be able to supply all the bodily requirements and additional nutritional supplements may be required. Always remember that a healthy diet plus regular exercise equals good health.

Angela Giles is the published Author of the Inside Scoop Review and believes that health is the key to maximizing your wealth. More Info on Usana

Angela Giles is an empowered entrepreneur, internet marketer, internet marketing and personal development coach. She believes in the power of health to create wealth.
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