Monday, 20 February 2017

Vitamin B2

Riboflavin, also known as vitamin B2, is a vitamin found in food and used as a dietary supplement. As a supplement it is used to prevent and treat riboflavin deficiency and prevent migraines. It may be given by mouth or injection.

It is nearly always well tolerated. Normal doses are safe during pregnancy. Riboflavin is in the vitamin B group. It is required by the body for cellular respiration. Food sources include eggs, green vegetables, milk, and meat.

Riboflavin was discovered in 1920, isolated in 1933, and first made in 1935. It is on the World Health Organization's List of Essential Medicines, the most effective and safe medicines needed in a health system. Riboflavin is available as a generic medication and over the counter.


Friday, 17 February 2017

9 reasons for hiring athletes

Parents, sometimes, have the dilemma: is it good for their children to do sport or not? Will they find a good job after their sports career? See 9 reasons for hiring athletes and motivate your children to be active!

1. Winner attitude. Athletes never give up, despite the difficulties, and the failures do not break them – they learn from the failures how to be better next time.

2. Team work. Athletes, better than others, understand what advantages gives a good team. They are also taught to work effectively in team.

3. Determination. Athletes always fight for a victory.

4. Ability to sacrifice. Athletes understand that if they want to succeed they need to put a lot of effort into their work.

5. Focusing on a goal. Athletes can easily plan their activities implement it and achieve goals.

6. Self-motivation. Athletes know how to keep high level of motivation, despite any difficulties.

7. Adaptation. Athletes have to operate in different conditions and they can adapt to them very fast.

8. Acting under pressure. Athletes constantly act under pressure and they nevertheless know how to achieve good results.

9. Practical implementation of the strategy. Changing vision into strategy, setting up the goals, verifying the results – this is the daily work of athletes.



Monday, 13 February 2017

Vitamin B1

Vitamin B1, also called thiamine or thiamin, is one of 8 B vitamins. All B vitamins help the body convert food (carbohydrates) into fuel (glucose), which the body uses to produce energy. These B vitamins, often referred to as B-complex vitamins, also help the body metabolize fats and protein. B-complex vitamins are needed for a healthy liver, skin, hair, and eyes. They also help the nervous system function properly and are needed for good brain function.

Source: umm.edu


Friday, 10 February 2017

Simple fun episode 4: Foursquare

Do you want to have fun, but you don’t have a lot of “sports stuff” lying around? In these series, we will present you games that can be played with just some friends and, this time, three balls. Because exercise needs to be fun and simple!

Foursquare, a game similar to football tennis, but played in four players, and fun because it also relies on strategy. You need:

A flat surface of asphalt, wood or cement, divided into 4 adjacent squares, marked as 1,2,3,4 (see picture)



  • football/basketball/volleyball
  • 4 people









Step 1: Each player will start doing kick-ups, and the player with the most kick-ups will be in position 1, the player with the second most in position 2, and so on.   

Step 2: The player in position 4 will start the match by “serving” the ball (tossing it with both hands) diagonally, to position 2. The ball needs to bounce once in your court, and once in the opposite court.

Step 3: Each player needs to let the ball fall once on the ground, then, using no more than two football kicks (hitting the ball with any part of the body EXCEPT hands and arms), sends it into one of the other positions. If after the player hits the ball, the ball touches anything else then an opponent’s court, the player “lost” the ball.

Step 4: If a player “loses” the ball, he is “demoted”. That means if he is in position 2, he will go to position 3, and the player in position 3 advances to position 2. If a player is in position 4 and “loses” the ball, he will get 1 penalty point.

Step 5: The player who was “demoted” (or who got the penalty point, if he is in position 4) is next to serve (see steps 2, 3, and 4).

Step 6: If a player gathers 3 penalty points, he is out of the game, and the remaining players continue (if they hit the unoccupied field, that counts as “loosing” the ball and they get “demoted”, or they get a penalty point if they are already in position 4). The last player left in the game is the winner.



Exception: if a player reaches the 1st position, he/she gets all her penalty points erased.



Tip: if you think the game is too difficult for playing it with football rules (you are allowed to hit the ball with every part of your body except your hands and arms), you can use your hands/arms as well, but beware, you are not allowed to HOLD the ball, that counts as “loosing the ball”.




Monday, 6 February 2017

Vitamin A

Vitamin A is a group of unsaturated nutritional organic compounds that includes retinol, retinal, retinoic acid, and several provitamin A carotenoids (most notably beta-carotene). Vitamin A has multiple functions: it is important for growth and development, for the maintenance of the immune system and good vision. Vitamin A is needed by the retina of the eye in the form of retinal, which combines with protein opsin to form rhodopsin, the light-absorbing molecule necessary for both low-light (scotopic vision) and color vision. Vitamin A also functions in a very different role as retinoic acid (an irreversibly oxidized form of retinol), which is an important hormone-like growth factor for epithelial and other cells.

Vitamin A plays a role in a variety of functions throughout the body, such as:
  • Vision
  • Gene transcription
  • Immune function
  • Embryonic development and reproduction
  • Bone metabolism
  • Haematopoiesis
  • Skin and cellular health
  • Antioxidant activity
  • Teeth
  • Mucous membrane


Source: Wikipedia.org

Friday, 3 February 2017

Why we should eat broccoli?

Broccoli is an edible green plant in the cabbage family whose large flowering head is eaten as a vegetable.

Broccoli has an unique health benefits – they protect against cancer, stomach ulcers, anemia, as well as a positive effect on the functioning of the eye and regulate blood sugar levels, which is especially important for diabetics. All thanks to the content of vitamins, minerals and sulforaphane - a powerful antioxidant.

Vitamins:

Vitamin C

Thiamine
Riboflavin
Niacin
Vitamin B6
Folic acid
Vitamin A
Vitamin K

Minerals:

Calcium
Iron
Magnesium
Phosphorus
Potassium
Sodium
Zinc


Broccoli is a perfect product for a creamy soup, salads and pastas.


Monday, 30 January 2017

Vitamins

If you would like to be healthy and happy, you have to remember about eating products rich in vitamins. 
Vitamins are very important for our health and body.Most of them facilitate many of the body’s mechanisms and perform functions which are not performed by any other nutrients. Vitamins are needed in varying amounts and some of them form key parts of structures such as red blood cells and bones.
Check a list of vitamins on our picture. Each vitamin is typically used in multiple reactions, and therefore most have multiple functions.

In next few weeks we will present information about all these important vitamins so follow our fb and website!