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Ward Off Bad Health With Oranges

Hello and welcome to today’s installment of Cooking with Fey! With flu season sneaking up on us, I thought we should talk about the first fruit that comes to mind when we think about boosting our immune system- oranges.

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Why oranges, you say? Because oranges boost your immune system, reduce free radicals in the body, ward off some forms of heart disease and keep our skin looking youthful. That’s a lot of benefit from one little fruit!

So with all that in mind, let’s break down how oranges are able to make such wonderful boasts about helping us live a healthy lifestyle.

But before I forget, oranges are also an excellent source of:

  • Vitamin C
  • Fiber
  • Folate
  • Potassium
  • Thiamin
  • Antioxidants

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As you may know, oranges are a fantastic source of Vitamin C, which is an important nutrient linked to immune system health. Having a strong immune system helps the body ward off illness or recover faster from sickness. Which is especially important now that cold weather seems to be here to stay for most parts of America.

Vitamin C is also great for the heart. In a research study published by the Harvard School of Public Health, the diets of 126,399 adults were examined over the course of many years to reveal that for every serving of fruits and vegetables a person consumed, there was a 4% reduction in their risk of developing coronary heart disease. The study also pointed out that leafy green vegetables and foods high in Vitamin C, like oranges, had the largest positive impact.

Other studies have found that activities such as daily walking, combined with orange intake, can reduce blood pressure. So if you are concerned about your heart health talk to your doctor about adding oranges to your diet.

Vitamin C also increases iron absorption in the body, so if you suffer from an iron deficiency or anemia, then oranges might be the answer you’ve been looking for.

If you suffer from frequent kidney stones, then try reaching for oranges to help minimize the chances of getting these uncomfortable stones in the future. The citric acid found in oranges can increase urine volume and decrease calcium levels in urine- which leads to less buildup to form kidney stones.

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Fiber is necessary in our diet for improving how the digestive system functions, and fiber feeds the good bacteria that live within our digestive tract. I know, not the prettiest thing to think about, but a healthy digestive system means a healthy you. And on the bright side, a diet with healthy levels of fiber can aid in weight loss and lowering our cholesterol levels!

Folate, which is one of the B vitamins, is important for tissue growth and normal cell function. Further, folate is especially important for pregnant women and our active aging populations.

Meanwhile, potassium helps the body maintain a normal blood pressure and nerve function. This means that oranges can help the nervous system regulate muscle movements more effectively. This is important for weightlifters such as myself, as it maximizes all that hard work we put in at the gym each week.

The potassium and vitamin C in oranges also combine to protect our heart. Heart health is important for me since I live with Atrial Fibrillation. So when I read studies like the one from Vanderbilt Medical School stating that a daily intake of potassium can lower the risk of developing heart disease, I definitely made sure to start eating oranges so my own heart condition doesn’t worsen.

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Another B vitamin found in oranges is Thiamin. Thiamin, also known as vitamin B1, is responsible for converting the carbohydrates we eat into energy. Which is fantastic for gym goers, as this means more energy to lift weights! The B vitamin Thiamin also helps our muscles to contract and our nervous system to send signals throughout the body.

Oranges also contain antioxidants that fight off free radicals in the body. As you may remember from a previous blog on strawberries, antioxidants have been shown in studies to delay cognitive issues like memory less, fight cancer and decrease your chances of developing heart disease or diabetes.

These same antioxidants also keep our skin looking young and beautiful. Science is starting to show that consuming antioxidants can help slow the onset of wrinkles, age spots or decreased elasticity in our skin.

 

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Stronger Back Series: Parallel Grip Lat Pull Down

Hello and welcome everyone to another edition of Fey Fitness! Today we are continuing with the Stronger Back Series by learning how to properly strengthen our back muscles with a Parallel Neutral Grip Lat Pull Down. This is another variation on the traditional Wide Grip Lat Pulldown, so you’ll still get a great back workout, we’re just gripping the hand bar in a different way.

 

Additionally, this exercise is perfect for those of us with Atrial Fibrillation, as it will not spike our heart rate during the movements. Just be careful getting down onto the ground and back up again if you have severe AFib, or problems with your blood pressure. Remember, slow and steady wins the fitness race!

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Why Do a Parallel Neutral Grip Lat Pull Down?

  • A Parallel Neutral Grip Lat Pull Down will work a majority of back muscles, with a focus on the Latissimus Dorsi (also known as “lat” muscles. The lat muscles are vital to back health because they connect the spine, pelvis, ribs, scapula and upper arm. These muscles work by adducting, rotating and extending the arms through a full range of motion. They are also responsible for moving the arms back and down towards the hips.
  • The lat muscles act as stabilizers in many other exercises such as squats, deadlifts and bench presses. Our lats also protect our spine during exercises such as these.
  • By performing this exercise you can work: the Teres Minor, Infraspinatus, Teres Major, Posterior Deltoid, middle and lower Trapezius, Latissimus Dorsi, Biceps Brachii, Brachialis and Brachioradialis. That’s a whole mouthful of muscles! So put simply, the Lat Pull Down will work almost all back muscles and some muscles in your arms. Working all of these muscles at once will give you a fantastic workout in terms of maximizing the efficiency of your upper body workouts and making sure you are hitting many different muscles during this compound movement to improve your holistic fitness lifestyle.
  • By increasing our muscle mass and lowering our body fat we reshape our back’s landscape. Reshaping the upper body in this manner can make us appear slimmer because the “V” shape starts at the back by being widest near the shoulders and tapering in at the waist. This is useful in creating that hourglass shape so many women want; and that “V” shape creates the desired shape so many men are after.

 

How to Perform a Parallel Neutral Grip Lat Pull Down:

  1. Sit on the machine with knees hips width apart and feet firmly planted on the ground.
  2. Grab onto the parallel handle with your palms facing each other and in front of the body.
  3. Sit up nice and straight with your shoulders rolled back and down, away from your ears.
  4. As you exhale, engage the lat muscles and use them to slowly bring the handle to your chest. PRO TIP: It’s perfectly normal to feel tension in your arms, they are working to grasp the handle and the biceps are secondary movers in this exercise.
  5. Once the handle is at your chest, slowly raise the handle until your arms are straight and back in the starting position.
  6. Repeat this motion 12-15 reps for 3 sets.

My goal is to empower you to feel confident and informed so you can get the most satisfying workout possible. So please let me know how I can better help you achieve that goal. As always, please like and subscribe to this channel to stay up to date on new content, and head on over to Instagram (@fey_fitness) to give me a follow or to my website at FeyFitness.com .

 

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Cheers,

Fey

 

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