Happy National Watermelon Day @American_Heart

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Happy #NationalWatermelonDay! Aside from being delicious and refreshing, watermelon is a rich source of potassium and magnesium, a good source of vitamins C and A, and it has fair amounts of vitamins B1, B5 and B6. And you get all of that for only 46.5 calories per cup.

10 Yoga Poses To Stretch Your Hip Muscles @ClevelandClinic

When muscles are less flexible, they can cause painful or abnormal movements in other regions of our bodies and impact the way we move. Yoga for your hips:

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10 Yoga Poses To Stretch Your Hip Muscles

Feeling tight in your hips? These 10 yoga poses will help increase your flexibility making it easier to move.

10 Yoga Poses To Stretch Your Hip Muscles @ClevelandClinic

When muscles are less flexible, they can cause painful or abnormal movements in other regions of our bodies and impact the way we move. Yoga for your hips:

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10 Yoga Poses To Stretch Your Hip Muscles

Feeling tight in your hips? These 10 yoga poses will help increase your flexibility making it easier to move.

Alcohol heightens the risk of dehydration @ClevelandClinic






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What to know before grabbing an ice-cold beer to beat the heat:

It’s a warm summer day and you’re hanging out with friends and family for the first time in over a year, celebrating being vaccinated and just being together. And to help beat the heat, you reach in the cooler for an ice-cold beer.

While that might be refreshing at the moment, though, there’s good reason to grab some water, too. The heat of summer can be brutal, sometimes, and its effects are amplified when you’ve had a little too much alcohol.

To better understand the risks you face when drinking alcohol during this hot vaccine summer, we spoke with registered dietitian Julia Zumpano, RD.

The biggest danger: dehydration

Whenever you’re outside in the heat for prolonged periods – like at the beach or picnic – you’re at risk of dehydration. Consuming alcohol only heightens that risk.

Alcohol reduces the release of the hormone vasopressin, which keeps your body fluids balanced. At the same time, alcohol is also a diuretic which means more urinating and that can lead to dehydration even without the heat. Add in all that sweat from the hot sun and it’s a recipe for dehydration disaster.

One thing Zumprano points out, too, is that caffeine – whether via coffee, soda or as a mixer for liquor – heightens that dehydration risk even further.

Dehydration can also compound certain aspects of intoxication, she notes. “Altered thinking, altered abilities to drive and make reasonable decisions or even just to have conversations are all things that intoxication can cause.”

Liquor versus beer: Is one worse than the other in the heat?

Given that alcohol content is usually higher in spirits than in your average beer, it makes sense that drinking beer instead of mixed drinks might help you avoid dehydration. But the reality is a little more complex, according to Zumpano.

“If you’re consuming liquor at a volume equivalent to the volume of beer, like 12 ounces of margaritas compared to 12 ounces of an average beer, you will get drunk a lot quicker,” she says. “But if you’re drinking what’s considered an alcoholic drink equivalent, there’s not much of a difference because your alcohol intake is the same.”

According to the National Institute of Health, one alcoholic drink equivalent, also referred to as a “standard drink,” contains around 14 grams of pure alcohol. By those measurements, an average 12-ounce can of beer contains the same amount of alcohol as a 5-ounce glass of wine or a typical shot of distilled spirits like rum, vodka, gin or whiskey.

One thing to keep an eye on, though, is the alcoholic content of your beer. While major brands generally run between 4% and 5% alcohol per 12-ounce can or bottle, certain styles of craft beer are as much as 9% alcohol per the same volume. In other words, one can of your favorite local IPA delivers almost twice the amount of alcohol to your system. 

Beware a false sense of hydration

Another mistake you should avoid, Zumpano says, is thinking that drinking all that liquid rehydrates you. “If you’re drinking a lot of beer or alcoholic seltzer, it can feel like you’re drinking a lot of liquid and staying hydrated, but the alcohol offsets that because it’s the dehydrating factor,” she points out.

Not that drinking mixed drinks is any better, according to Zumpano. “If you’re drinking a sugary, sweet mixed drink, you run into the same thing. It feels like you’re staying hydrated because they go down so much smoother than drinking spirits on the rocks. But it’s the same effect as with beer: The alcohol is still dehydrating you unless you’re also drinking enough water.”

Sugar, the hidden villain

All of these drinks have other adverse health effects, too. They can pack a bunch of calories into a single serving – as many as 400 to 500 calories in some mixed drinks and craft beers – and they can come loaded with carbs.

There’s more, though. “If you’re drinking high sugar, high caloric intake beverages and you’re drinking a lot of them, they can be very filling,” Zumpano says. If you’re feeling full, you might not eat any food which can otherwise help absorb some of the alcohol.

How to counter dehydration: water, water, water

So what can you do to avoid dehydration troubles when you’re sipping your favorite boozy beverage by the pool? “To counteract the dehydration risk of alcohol,” Zumpano says, “drink 8 to 12 ounces of water for every alcoholic drink. It slows your intake, keeps you hydrated and can mitigate negative hangover effects.”

She suggests keeping a reusable water bottle with you that you can refill as the day goes on, taking time to drink the necessary water between beers or margaritas. Another option is to buy a pack of 8-ounce bottles of water and alternate with your booze. And you can always infuse your water with fruit to keep it flavorful.

“It’s also important to know what your trigger for over-consumption is,” she adds. “If you’re triggered by over-consuming beer or alcoholic seltzer, you want to be mindful of that. Try to switch a drink you have better control of and keep the water bottle handy.”

Recipe: Perfect Chocolate Chia Pudding Sweet mix of coconut, cherries and chocolate @ClevelandClinic

A top-down view of a chocolate smoothie bowl (thick smoothie served in a bowl with a spoon) garnished with chia seeds, large coconut flakes and cacao nibs. Healthy vegan breakfast. The smoothie portion contains banana, chocolate, almond milk and ice.

This pudding is packed with health-promoting chia seeds, almond milk, cinnamon, cocoa, coconut flakes and dried fruit. It’s the perfect chocolate treat.

Ingredients

½ cup Chia seeds
1 cup vanilla almond milk, unsweetened
1 cup 2% milk (may use all almond for non-dairy option)
1½ tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon cocoa powder, unsweetened
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons coconut flakes, unsweetened
2 tablespoons dried tart cherries, or other unsweetened dried fruit

Directions

  1. Place chia seeds, milks, honey, cocoa, cinnamon and vanilla in a glass container with a tight lid.
  2. Seal and shake well to combine. Refrigerate for at least 5 hours or overnight.
  3. Serve topped with coconut flakes and dried fruit to garnish.

Note: For a smoother texture, blend pudding in a high power blender before refrigerating. Be sure to blend well to avoid a gritty texture.

Nutrition information

Makes 6 servings

Each 1/2 cup serving contains:

Calories 140
Total fat 7g
Saturated fat 2g
Trans fat 0g
Protein 4g
Total carbohydrate 16g
Fiber 6g
Sugar 7g
Cholesterol 5mg
Sodium 150mg

https://health.clevelandclinic.org/2017/09/recipe-perfect-chocolate-chia-pudding/

Fuel up with protein and healthy fats for breakfast! @ClevelandClinic

cleveland keto breakfast

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Fuel up with protein and healthy fats for breakfast!

A meal that’s heavy in sugar and starch is no way to start your day – especially if you’re following the ketogenic diet.

These recipes from functional medicine specialist Mark Hyman, MD, are a great way for anyone — keto or not — to bring real, whole, fresh foods (including non-starchy vegetables) to your plate first thing in the morning.

Jicama Hash with Turkey Bacon and Avocado

The jicama serves as a lighter alternative to traditional potato, while turkey bacon is a stand-in for pork.

Scrambled Eggs With Tomatoes, Herbs and Goat Cheese

This versatile, protein-packed meal is easy on your digestive system and always a hit with the kids, too.

Ginger Spice Smoothie

A creamy, low-carb smoothie is a great way to start your day and get into fat-burning mode. And ginger is great for digestions.

Sauteed Veggies With Avocado & Poached Egg

What’s the easiest way to upgrade a plate of greens? Put an egg on top! This tasty and comforting dish is good for breakfast – or lunch or dinner.

Non-Coffee Vanilla Latte

For those who don’t want coffee, this latte is a great morning drink that provides healthy fat without caffeine.

Broccoli Sausage Frittata

With a few veggies and precooked sausage, you can have this satisfying, savory frittata on the table in under 45 minutes.

Keto Breakfast Ideas: 6 Ways to Start the Day Without a Lot of Carbs