Diet For Active Lifestyle

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In order to maintain our active and daring lifestyle, we focus on putting the right nutrients and foods in our body to keep in our best physical condition. This includes a diet that focuses on sports nutrition as well as general daily health. One excellent guide we use for our diet regimen is this sports athletic and bodybuilding nutrition fitness site. It’s got a great variety of information and instructions on how to meet your physical condition and performance goals.

Here is a breakdown on the nutrition sources that we focus on with our diet:

One of the main sources of nutrients that we focus on is protein. Protein is vital for keeping the body strong and healthy and our energy levels up. A lack of protein can result in a breakdown of different areas of the body. The protein sources that we like to eat are lean chicken, turkey, fish, eggs and dairy products such as yogurt and kefir. Some vegetarian sources of protein that we like include legumes and nuts.

The next important nutrient that we focus on is iron. Getting too little iron in the diet can result in anemia. The body requires a nutrient rich bloody supply in order to keep itself and its components healthy. Some great sources of iron with high bioavailability include red meat, chicken, and fish. Vegetarian sources for our iron fix include lentils, spinach and leafy green vegetables such as broccoli, kale and salad greens. Along with iron, it is important to also in-take enough Vitamin C, which aids in the absorption of iron, is an antioxidant used by the body, and helps produce collagen that strengthens capillaries. Good sources of Vitamin C include black currants, blueberries, broccoli, guava, kiwi fruits, oranges, papaya, strawberries and sweet potatoes.

Omega-3 fatty acids are another important nutrient source that the body cannot create itself so it must be ingested through diet. Good sources of omega-3s are oily fish such as salmon, herring, sardines, trout and mackerel, and plant sources include avocado, pumpkin seeds and walnuts. We also try to incorporate enough biotin in our diet, which is a water-soluble B vitamin. Biotin rich foods we try to include in our diet include whole grains, liver, egg yolk, soy flour and yeast.

To get enough Vitamin A, we incorporate animal products and orange and yellow colored vegetables high in beta-carotene, which creates Vitamin A, such as carrots, pumpkins and sweet potatoes. For Vitamin E, we eat nuts that also provide zinc and selenium for a well balanced diet. Other good sources of zinc and selenium are cereals, whole grains, oysters, beef and eggs.

This diet may sound a bit complicated to follow on a daily basis, and we must admit it can be time consuming. So there are times due to a busy schedule or just laziness that our diet regimen falls. This is why it is important to always keep motivated and well aware of the health of our physical condition. If we see visible evidence that our health is deteriorating, it will motivate us to take care of our bodies more.

Also when we are tempted to put bad foods in our body, we should understand roughly what the consequences are. In fact, some of these foods that many people consider very bad actually can be beneficial. Here is one article that details specific junk foods that are good for you. By being able to balance our nutritional needs while also eating certain foods for enjoyment, we can keep in our best physical shape while enjoying our meals.

Fighter Pilots

When it comes to some of the most dangerous, thrilling and fear-inducing activities in history, being a fighter pilot has to be up there, especially during the time before aviation technology was very advanced. Nothing epitomizes the idea of danger and self-sacrifice as much as the World War Two fighter pilot, who had to deal with the uncertainty of his vehicle’s reliability, maintaining the vehicle tens of thousands of feet in the air, and traveling at insane rates of speed, all while trying to avoid getting shot out of the sky. This makes understanding the history of these pilots and the state of aviation during World War Two a very compelling story.

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It is interesting to know about the great impact that fighter jets had across the board during World War 2 and the state of aviation technology at the time. Early during the war, Germany had the upper hand. The Messerschmitt Me 262 Schwalbe was the world’s first operational jet fighter aircraft. It was used from the beginning of the war and throughout the war. The United States came into the picture later with a total of 135 different aircraft in the war manufactured by different companies.

During the war, aircraft had a huge impact on the results of the war. If a country was using fighter jets, they had a huge upper hand against their enemies. Germany was reigning early in World War Two primarily thanks to fighter jets. The United States had not entered the war at full force until 1942. This gave Germany a huge advantage early in the war.
The United States did not really use fighter jets until 1942 due to the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941. This bombing by Japan made the United States go full force in 1942. The main aircraft used by Japan during the bombing on Pearl Harbor was the Mitsubishi A6M Zero. This fighter jet was main catalyst that ignited the United States into the war. The United States responded to this attack with a numerous amount of fighter jets from several huge companies.

Companies such as Grumman, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, North American, and Republic helped produce over 100,000 fighter jets and over 10,000 bombers. A standout fighter jet for Lockheed Martin was the “Lockheed Lightning.” 9,200 of these planes were produced and primarily used in the Pacific in the beginning of March 1942. The P-47 Republic Thunderbolt was one of the standout jets for the Republic. Over 15,000 of these were produced in March of 1942 as well. Grumman came out with a couple of great fighter jets, the Grumman Wildcat as well as the Grumman Hellcat. Producing a total of over 22,000 planes between the two, these planes were produced before the bombing at Pearl Harbor in 1940. Considered by many as the best fighter jet throughout the war was the North American Mustang. Over 15,000 Mustangs were produced in the summer of 1942 and were a great resource for the bombing in Berlin towards the end of the war.

This was the dawn of fighter jets going into future wars, including post World War Two, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and many more. Going into the 1930’s, fighter jets were still new and barely used. Post World War Two and thereafter, countries would not last in a war without fighter jets. This increased the necessity for the types of people who could capably, and more importantly, bravely man these machines. It takes a special type of person to be able to sacrifice and endure the crazy act of flying one of these machines and attempting to carry out a mission at the same time. It would be very interesting to get in the minds of some of these men to see what they were thinking and what drove them to that point.