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Author: Vincent Zito

Vitamin B9 (Folate) and Folic Acid: Nutrition for Everyone

Vitamin B9 Folate is the Vitamin B9 that is naturally present in many foods. A form of folate, called folic acid, is used in dietary supplements and fortified foods. It helps the body make healthy new cells. Everyone needs folic acid. For women who may get pregnant, it is really important. Getting enough folic acid before and during pregnancy can prevent major birth defects of her baby’s brain or spine. Folate is a generic term for both naturally occurring folate found in foods and folic acid. Folic acid is water-soluble. Leftover amounts of the vitamin leave the body through the...

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Amino acids: the building blocks of life

Amino acids are organic compounds that combine to form proteins All organisms need some proteins, whether they are used in muscles or as simple structures in the cell membrane. Even though all organisms have differences, they still have one thing in common: the need for basic chemical building blocks. (to simplify we’ll use a.a. = amino acids) When proteins are digested or broken down, a.a. are left. The human body uses a.a. to make proteins to help the body: Break down food; Grow; Repair body tissue; Perform any other body functions; Can also be used as a source of...

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Vitamin B7 – Biotin: Nutrition for Everyone

Vitamin B7 (Biotin) Biotin, also known as vitamin H or coenzyme R, is a water-soluble B-vitamin. Biotin is an important component of enzymes in the body that break down certain substances like fats, carbohydrates, and others. Biotin is necessary for cell growth, the production of fatty acids, and the metabolism of fats and amino acids. Biotin assists in various metabolic reactions involving the transfer of carbon dioxide. It may also be helpful in maintaining a steady blood sugar level. Biotin is often recommended as a dietary supplement for strengthening hair and nails, though scientific data supporting this outcome are...

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Get a better sleep

Get a better sleep Many factors can interfere with a good night’s sleep. Following healthy sleep habits can make the difference between restlessness and restful slumber. Researchers have identified a variety of practices and habits that can help anyone maximize the hours they spend sleeping. Go to bed at the same time every night. Going to bed and waking up at the same time each day sets the body’s “internal clock” to expect sleep at a certain time. Choose a time when you normally feel tired and try not to break this routine on weekends when it may be...

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Indoor cycling

Indoor cycling Indoor cycling, as an organized activity, is a form of exercise with classes focusing on endurance, strength, intervals, high intensity, and recovery, and involves using a special stationary exercise bicycle with a weighted flywheel in a classroom setting. Indoor Cycling is commonly called spinning. Spinning is a cardio (aerobic) workout set to music and led by a certified instructor. Most classes last between 40 and 60 minutes, although some places offer beginner or intro classes that might be shorter. A typical class involves a single instructor at the front of the class who leads the participants through routines...

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