Diet and nutrition have gained great attention in the American media in the last decade, mainly as a result of the rising cases of chronic illnesses like Diabetes, heart disease and cancer that are traced to eating patterns. Obesity is also a big problem among Americans, and research has shown that watching what we eat, exercise, as well as drinking lots of water, helps us manage our health.
The following list offers motivational videos that can help people to enhance their health by learning the basic things that constitute balanced diet, enough exercise, and the foods that offer crucial vitamins and nutrients.
#20 A BALANCED DIET GIVES YOUR BODY ALL REQUIRED NUTRIENTS
The idea of a balanced diet is not new to many people. However, health practitioners, nutrition experts, and dieticians are awed by the way many people ignore simple rules that can help them consume the right nutrients at the right time. Basic knowledge about the components of a balanced diet would help many people to prevent lifestyle illnesses and complications.
This video is a simple animation of the foods that would make a perfect and balanced meal. Examples of foods that fall into different categories like carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, proteins and fats in the right amounts are shown in the animation video
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#19 DIGESTIVE SYSTEM OF THE HUMAN BODY
Understanding the simplicity and complexity of the digestive system helps one to know the way our bodies digest foods. Different items on the menu will provide different types of challenges to the digestive track.
Knowledge on the process of digestion empowers one to choose the foods that fit different meals. For instance, foods rich in carbohydrates and junk would not be very suitable for evening meals, because the body metabolism is usually very low.
The following video shows the process of digestion, simplified to help people understand different stages of digestion with a view to enabling them to make decisions on the foods to eat.
Source: Smart Learning for All
#18 DIET ROUTINE FOR SOMEONE WHO WANTS TO SLIM
For someone looking to cut down weight or reduce the amount of fat deposited in the belly, this video would be very helpful.
First, it gives an overview of the foods that one should avoid at times of craving. Instead of grabbing the crisps from the cabinet or eating the croissant, one can make a quick meal using natural ingredients.
The video will teach one about bad foods, before moving on to a discussion on healthy foods. It ends up with combinations of foods that give the body enough energy for a whole day and the naturalness of the foods in the diets.
#17 NATURAL FOODS THAT BOOST IMMUNITY
Boosting one’s immunity works like an insurance policy that protects one from attacks of infections. There are natural foods that help with the elements that improve one’s immune system.
The video gives a quick overview of the immune system, gives a list of natural foods that help the body to fight bacterial and viral attacks.
Garlic, for instance, contains Allicin, an element that improves the activity of the white blood cells, helping them to destroy viruses that cause cold and flu. Onions, Ginger, Cayenne, Squash, Citrus fruits, Green tea and Mushrooms and other food items that are featured in the video as immunity boosting agents.
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#16 FOODS THAT BOOST METABOLISM AND BURN BELLY FAT
One of the biggest problems that people face is the ability to discern foods, particularly the effects that the foods we consume have on our bodies.
The video gives a list of foods that not only qualify for healthy eating but also help the body to burn belly fat.
For instance, avocados are a great source of healthy fat for the body while bananas offer reliable sources of potassium. High vitamin yogurt boosts body metabolism by providing an alternative source of energy while berries provide a natural source of blood sugar.
The video ends up by providing examples foods that are good alternatives for snacks as well as calorie burning foods.
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#15: TEN FOODS YOU SHOULD NEVER EAT AGAIN
The food manufacturing industry is made of some of the biggest corporations in the world. These companies are keen on making profits, and that pushes them to advertise and promote certain foods to boost sales.
The video below debunks most of the commonly held principles about foods, by giving a list of foods that are not good for your health.
#14 FOODS THAT IMPROVE FERTILITY FOR WOMEN
Fertility problems have risen in the last three decades, and many people imagine of sophisticated procedures that are used to correct infertility problems.
However, Beth Battaglino, the executive director for Healthy Women, provides a convincing presentation on the diet changes that can boost one’s chances of catching a pregnancy.
One of the interesting things she says is the need to replace dairy proteins with vegetable proteins. Also, foods with Omega 3 not only improve the chances of conception but also help the development of the embryo’s brain after conception. The video gives basic considerations and easily executable initiatives that can increase the chances of conceiving a healthy child.
#13 VITAMINS: WHAT ARE THEY ARE WHAT DO THEY DO?
Often vitamins are cited in healthy recommendations by nutritionists and dieticians. Many people do not understand the basic elements of vitamins.
The video gives a simple description of vitamins, their job as transporters of fat soluble into the blood, the role played by vitamins in building muscles and bones.
By the end of the video, one will understand the building blocks called vitamins, the different types of vitamins and the roles they play in the body. The video ends up with a summary of the risks of vitamins deficiencies.
#12 DANGERS OF PROCESSED FOODS
The dilemma of many Americans lies in the nutritional recommendations for healthy foods and the inability to afford these natural foods. Worsening the situation is the easy availability processed foods like snacks and pizza, cheap and easily accessible.
The video extrapolates the idea of ‘processing’ noting the difference between foods people make and the foods that are made.
Megan Kimble, the managing editor of Edible Baja Arizona magazine, describes the processes of manufacturing, the chemicals used and how they affect the job. In the video, she offers herself experience with a decision not to take any processed foods and the way it affected her.
Source: TEDx Talks
#11 HOW TO DEAL WITH FOOD ADDICTION
The issue of food addiction has made headlines in the last decade more than any other period in history. Dr. Mark Hayman of bigthink gives a list of ten ways that someone can use to handle food addiction.
Changing the biological approach to foods can help the body unlearn old habits and create new healthy living habits. By the end of the video one will learn how to view food as medicine and change the biological software of one’s body.
Source: Big Think
#10 MYTHS ABOUT SUGAR
Sugar is arguably the most hated food idea, given the number of researchers that have blamed sugar for obesity, diabetes, and weight gain.
The video breaks down the idea of sugar and the common myths that are held on sugar elements and substitutes. By the end of the video one will learn the difference between fruit sugar and regular sugar, sweeteners versus natural sugars as well as the threat of sugar-free products, as not all sugar free foods are particularly ‘sugar-free’.
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#9 FOODS THAT HAVE HIGH FIBER CONTENT
Foods with fiber have made a big win in recent scientific research about healthy living and nutrition.
The video gives a list of ten commonly available foods that have a high fiber level. One will learn the easy sources of fiber, a factor that can easily make it possible for one include these foods into the diet. Foods like bran, sundried tomatoes, and passionfruit are rich in fiber and can be eaten to aid digestion.
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#8 WORKOUT EXERCISES THAT CAN HELP ONE TO CUT BELLY FAT, BURN FAT AND TONE THE BODY
Working out helps one to manage body weight as well as staying fresh and focused. Exercises are marked out as very important for healthy living.
However, the high costs of gym subscriptions, workplace commitments, and other factors limit the ability for someone to hit the gym every day.
The following video gives a seven-minute exercise that can be done from home, with similar effectiveness as professionally guided exercises.
#7 SKIPPING ROPE: PERFECT WORKOUT TOOL
Skipping is a common exercise because it features so much in early childhood plays. However, for adults and people looking for workouts that will take the shortest time possible, jumping rope is a perfect match, as it can achieve great results within a short period.
This video gives guidance on the ways to do a rope-jump to attain the optimum results. A ten-minute skipping-rope exercise every morning can boost one’s performance at work and concentration levels.
Source: POPSUGAR Fitness
#6 NO GYM WORKOUT FOR MEN
The word exercise refers to the gym, for many people. Men always envision lifting weights and doing intense exercises with the help of a professional instructor.
The following video creates a completely different dimension to men and exercises. The exercises can be done from home without the need of weights and an instructor.
Source: Jordan Yeoh Fitness
#5 EATING BEFORE AND AFTER WORKOUT
While working out helps to improve body sharpness and mental focus, the kind of foods that one eats before and after workout contribute to the overall results of the exercise.
This video breaks down the idea of eating before a workout, and the perfect timing for eating and the foods that one should include in a before-and-after workout diet.
#4 COOKING VEGETABLES- TIPS
Cooking vegetables is a very tricky affair because overcooking may lead to the destruction of some of the nutritional components.
This video gives a very easy procedure for cooking vegetables within a very short time. Choosing the right foods to eat is a big challenge to many people, and, knowing how to cook foods right is even harder. Mastering the steps in this video will help one to make a perfect vegetable meal in a very short time.
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#3 TEN HEALTHIEST VEGETABLES
Vegetables are highly valued for their contribution towards healthy living. Vegetables help the digestive system, provides the body with minerals and fiber as well as proteins.
This video shows the ten healthiest vegetables with in-depth descriptions of the nutritional values of the vegetables. One will learn the importance of vegetables, the nutritional content of each vegetable as well as the average cost in farmer markets.
#2 BEST FRUITS TO INCLUDE IN A MEAL
Like vegetables, fruits are very important for a balanced diet. Also, fruits play the role of a snack or a diet component, making them very integral to healthy living.
The video gives a list of the ten healthiest fruits and the benefits they bring to the body. Fruits like Guavas are rich in Vitamin C and A, with the vitamin A helping the skin to stay smooth and unwrinkled.
#1 DISCIPLINE AS PART OF HEALTHY LIVING
All the efforts and knowledge will pass for waste if discipline is not considered as a very integral part of the process.
The last video in this list is a Ted Ex that provides a guideline on how to make healthy eating very easy. By the end of the video, one gets to understand the importance of healthy eating, ways to make it easy and tricks that make one to avoid slipping back to bad eating habits.
Source: TEDx Talks
I hope the above list will help you develop healthier eating habits.
While researching, I found a lot of information that I would take for granted on an ordinary day. I hope you have enjoyed the list and it will help you to eat better, with the mantra ‘you are what you eat’.
The list is not exhaustive, so feel free to share your healthy living ideas in the comments section.