Should You Avoid Red Meat?

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A report released on May 23, 2011 by a team of international researchers said there is evidence that eating too much red meat and processed meat raises the risk of colorectal cancer.  They also found that consuming plenty of plant based fiber reduces the risk.  After conducting a review of hundreds of published studies an […]

“ Functional Foods” are the New Junk Foods

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A potato is a low profit item but turn it into a potato chip and the potential for huge profits appear.  Such is the story with all processed and refined foods.  Manufacturers and their marketing teams, always out to sell more, are now enticing us all with “functional” foods.  They are jumping on the opportunity […]

The Quality of Your Diet

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The most important factor in optimal health is diet.  What you eat and drink will determine your level of health and body composition more than anything else.  Activity level is important too but not even close to diet.  In fact, being optimally active and exercising will never overcome the damage done by an incorrect diet.  […]

Too Much Water?

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The amount of water an individual needs on a daily basis is extremely variable.  It depends on many things like diet, metabolic rate, activity level, air temperature and humidity.  Water is required for our survival but, is it possible to get too much of a good thing? When people start the TurboCharged program, we encourage […]

The TurboCharged Perspective on Exercise

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After reading TurboCharged, some people question if we are anti-exercise or anti-health club.  This could not be further from the truth.  Let’s break down this misperception and clarify our perspective. When one carries excess body fat, the body is under unnecessary stress and strain.  Prolonging this state is counter-productive to the ultimate goal of a […]

Green Smoothies

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People are always wondering how to get more fruits and vegetables into their diet.   Green smoothies are a great and refreshing answer, particularly now that summer is here. All you need is a blender (a Vita-Mix works great) and some bland greens like baby spinach, romaine lettuce, cucumber, zucchini and even kale. Fill your blender […]

Healthy Bones

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Osteoporosis is the weakening of bones caused by an imbalance between bone building and bone destruction.  People typically start to lose bone mass as they age and it is now becoming more common in younger people. According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, it is estimated that 8 million women and 2 million men in America […]

The Key to Optimal Health and Weight

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A  survey by the Calorie Control Council (CCC)  found that only 8% of Americans follow restrictive diets like Atkins or Dukan or weight control programs like Jenny Craig or Weight Watchers.  The survey found that instead, the most popular weight control methods cited were cutting back on sugar, eating smaller portions, using low-calorie, sugar-free foods […]