Some interesting info you might not know

Fitness Column
By: Kacie Bryant Special to The News Messenger
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As I read articles about improving your health to pass along to you, I come across some helpful information that is not part of the subject I am writing about. Here are some tidbits for a healthier you. Did you know that orange and green vegetables such as squash, bell peppers, carrots, sweet potatoes, spinach, peas and broccoli will help lower your risk of death from almost any cause? They are rich in alpha carotene, which can reduce your mortality risk by more than one-third. Research shows alpha carotene is even stronger than beta-carotene in slowing and stopping growth of cancer cells. Did you know that eating some kinds of fish can help prevent periodontal disease? We all know that brushing and flossing your teeth is essential for a healthier smile but adding fish high in omega-3 fats in your diet will help also. Fatty acids (DHA) and (EPA) are found in cold water fish such as salmon and sardines. Do you know what kind of juice is best in the morning to help get blood flowing in you brain? Beet juice is a good source of nitrates that converts to nitrites with saliva. That helps relax blood vessels to assist in better blood flow. Did you know that warm milk is not the only beverage that can help you sleep? Cherry juice is high in melatonin, which is a sleep-regulating hormone. Keep in mind, though, that sweetened juice will add more calories so always drink unsweetened juice. Did you know that low-carb diets have little impact on heart disease risk unless you include a lot of veggie-derived fats? These include beans, tofu, nuts, legumes, olive oil, just to name a few. These will lower your risk of heart disease by 30 percent. Kacie Bryant is a trainer at Guiding Fitness, 424 G St., Suite 204, in Lincoln. Phone number is 626-7739. Or go online to