The brain is composed of about 75% of water, 10% lipids (fats), 8% protein, 2% soluble organics, 1% carbohydrate and 1% inorganic salt.

 

How much water your body needs a day is easy to calculate: take your body weight and multiply it by 67%. As you can see from the composition of the brain we all need to drink more water and eat less carbohydrates. This should help us stay smarter and thinner.

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FUNCTIONS OF PROTEINS:

  • Proteins are required for building and repair of body tissues (including muscle)
  • Enzymes, Hormones and many immune molecules are proteins.
  • Essential body processes such as water balancing, nutrient transport and muscle contractions require protein to function.
  • Protein is a source of energy.
  • Protein helps keep skin, hair and nails healthy.

FUNCTIONS OF FAT:

  • Fat provides needed energy.
  • Fat is needed so our body can absorb the fat soluble vitamins A, D, E, K and prevents deficiencies of these vitamins.
  • Provides back-up energy if blood sugar supplies run low
  • Provided insulation under the skin from the cold and the heat
  • Protects organs and bones from shock and provided support for organs.
  • Fat surrounds and insulates nerve fibers to help transmit nerve impulses.
  • Fat is part of every cell membrane in the body. It helps transport nutrients and metabolites across cell membranes.
  • Our body uses fat to make a variety of other building blocks needed for everything from hormones to immune function.

There are many breakfast cereals to choose from at the grocery store. Of course the ones that are advertised for children contain the most sugar. Here is a list of cereal the good and the bad.

Top 10 Unhealthy Cereal Choices

  1.  Kellogg's Honey Smacks- 55.6% sugar
  2. Post Golden Crisp- 51.9% sugar
  3. Kellogg's Fruit Loops Marshmallow- 48.3% sugar
  4. Cap'n Crunch's OOPS! All Berries- 46.9% sugar
  5. Cap'n Crunch Original- 44.4% sugar
  6. Quaker Oats Oh!s- 44.4% sugar
  7. Kellogg's Smorz- 43.3% sugar
  8. Kellogg's Apple Jacks- 42.9% sugar
  9. Cap'n Crunch's Crunch Berries- 42.3% sugar
  10. Kellogg's Fruit Loops- 41.4% sugar

 

Top 10 Healthy Cereal Choices (in no particular order)

  1. General Mills Cheerios- 3g fiber,1g sugar, 103 calories
  2. Kashi Go Lean- 10g fiber, 6g sugar, 148 calories
  3. General Mills Fiber One- 14g fiber, 0g sugar, 60 calories
  4. Kellogg's All-Bran Buds- 13g fiber, 8g sugar, 75 calories
  5. Kellogg's All-Bran Original- 9g fiber, 5g sugar, 81 calories
  6. Post Raisin Bran- 7g fiber, 17g sugar, 187 calories
  7. Post Shredded Wheat Original- 6g fiber, 0.5g sugar, 167 calories
  8. Quaker Life Cereal- 2g fiber, 6g sugar, 119 calories
  9. Kellogg's Frosted Mini Wheats- 6g fiber, 12g sugar, 200 calories
  10. Kashi Heart to Heart Honey Toasted Oat Cereal- 5g fiber, 5g sugar, 110 calories

Pomegranate Juice has become a new trend in the recent years. Listed below are 11 reasons that should make you want to take the pomegranate hype more seriously, it could help save your life. We now carry Full-Spectrum Pomegranate supplement by Life Extension. Each dose is equivalent to the polyphenols found in up to 12.3 ounces of pomegranate juice, but without the sugar and calories.

  1. Fights Breast Cancer- Studies in Israel show that pomegranate juice destroys breast cancer cells while leaving healthy cells alone. It may also prevent breast cancer cells from forming.
  2. Lung Cancer Prevention- Studies in mice show that pomegranate juice may inhibit the development of lung cancer.
  3. Slows Prostate Cancer- In recent studies it slowed the growth of prostate cancer in mice.
  4. Keeps PSA Levels Stable- In a study of 50 men who had undergone treatment for prostate cancer, 8 ounces of pomegranate juice per day kept PSA levels stable, reducing the need for further treatment such as chemotherapy or hormone therapy.
  5. Protects the Neonatal Brain- Studies show that material consumption of pomegranate juice may protect the neonatal brain from damage after injury.
  6. Prevention of Osteoarthritis- Several studies indicate that pomegranate juice may prevent cartilage deterioration.
  7. Protects the Arteries- It prevents plaque from building up in the arteries and may reverse previous plaque build up.
  8. Alzheimer's Disease Prevention- It may prevent and slow Alzheimer's Disease. In one study, mice bred to develop Alzheimer's disease were pomegranate juice. They accumulated significantly less amyloid plaque that control mice and they performed mental tasks better.
  9. Lowers Cholesterol- It lowers LDL (bad cholesterol) and raises HDL (good cholesterol).
  10. Lowers Blood Pressure- One study showed that drinking 1.7 ounces of pomegranate juice per day lowered systolic blood pressure by as much as 5%.
  11. Dental Protection- Research suggests that drinking pomegranate juice may be a natural way to prevent dental plaque.

Interesting fact: Insulin has a profound effect on cholesterol. It turns up the cholesterol making machinery by turbocharging the activity of the enzyme that actually controls the cholesterol-manufacturing machinery in your body. This enzyme-with the unwisely name HMG-CoA reductase- is the very same enzyme that's shut down by cholesterol-lowering drugs. You could probably lower your cholesterol- if you still care about that- by simply lowering your insulin levels. And doing so would have none of the side effects of cholesterol lowering medication, unless you call a longer life span and better health side effects.

By the was, we're not kidding about the "longer life span and better health" part. a 1992 study examined the blood work of healthy centenarians in an effort to find out whether there were any commonalities among the members of the unusually long lived demographic. It found three: low triglycerides, high HDL cholesterol and low fasting insulin. Your diet affects two of these blood measures- triglycerides and fasting insulin- and both measures will fall like a rock when you reduce or eliminate sugar and precessed carbs in your diet. Lowering triglycerides is one of the major health benefits of a diet lower in sugar, as high triglycerides are far more of a danger sign for heart disease than high cholesterol is.