Good Day Alabama: Feb. 25, 2016

Good Day Alabama: Feb. 25, 2016

Here's what you saw on Good Day Alabama:

JEH JEH LIVE - The Birmingham Barons partner with LifeSouth Community Blood Centers and WBRC FOX6 News to benefit the Birmingham community by hosting a blood drive in the Schaeffer Eye Center Lounge at Regions Field today from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Each donation can save three lives, with recent bad weather placing blood centers in emergency need of donations. The Barons, LifeSouth, and WBRC will be offering a variety of promotional items to those who donate blood. Donors must be 17 or older - 16-year-olds may donate with written parental consent, weigh 110 pounds or more, and show I.D. LifeSouth is a community blood center, meaning the blood supply collected from donors directly serves the needs of patients in the Birmingham community. All donations at the Regions Field Blood Drive will benefit local patient transfusions. Each year, nearly five million Americans need a blood transfusion. Patients who need blood transfusions to survive depend on volunteer donors who give the gift of life. The Barons, LifeSouth, and WBRC ask everyone to join us in a commitment to grow this community's blood supply.

ALABAMA WILDGAME COOK-OFF - Join the fun at the Alabama Wildlife Federation Wild Game Cook-Off on Saturday at the Talladega Superspeedway! Cook-Off teams will fire up their grills, smokers and fryers in the same place as the greatest drivers in the world rev up their engines for battle for the track's NASCAR weekends. Teams will spend hours prepping mouthwatering dishes that consist of various game animals, game birds and game fish. Everyone who attends gets to sample the mouth-watering delicacies. The competition will be held inside Talladega Superspeedway's mammoth track in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series garage, where there will be live music, door prizes and a tremendous auction, which will feature racing memorabilia, outdoor themed art prints as well as University of Alabama and Auburn University treasured items. Tickets to attend the AWF Wild Game Cook-Off are $40 per person or $50 per couple, with youth under 15 free. In addition to the delectable food prepared by some of the best wild game chefs, another highlight of the day will be the chance to take a ride around the world's biggest and baddest race track in Talladega Superspeedway's official pace car -tickets for pace car rides are sold separately. While admission to the Cook-Off begins at 4:00 pm, gates open earlier for the pace car rides, which will run from 3:00-4:30 pm. Tickets for the pace car rides are $25 in advance or $40 the day of the event. To purchase tickets, pre-order rides around the track or, to participate as a cook team call the Alabama Wildlife Federation at 1-800-822-9453 or visit their website at
www.alabamawildlife.org.

PET OF THE WEEK - Courtney Underwood with the Greater Birmingham Humane Society introduced us to a pet today looking for a forever home!  His name is Ron. For more information on today's pet or others up for adoption, call 205-942-1211 or visit www.gbhs.org.

FIBER & YOUR DIET - Public health guidelines from the US Food and Drug Administration advise Americans to eat between 20 and 30 grams of fiber a day, but most adults don't even eat half that much. This isn't surprising, since fiber refers to the indigestible portion of plant foods, and in the largely refined standard American diet, healthful fibers are often processed right out.  Unless you regularly eat whole fruits and vegetables, nuts, and seeds, you may be missing out on the healthiest forms of fiber available – and that could be a problem. That said, in spite of their fiber content, bulking up your diet with bran muffins and cereal is typically a big mistake, Marie A. Spano, MS, RD, CSCS, CSSD says. Spano is one of the country's leading sports nutritionists.  The fact that your body can't digest fiber is why it plays such an important part in digestion. Soluble fiber, like that found in cucumbers, blueberries, beans, and nuts, dissolves into a gel-like texture, helping to slow down your digestion. This helps you to feel full longer and is one reason why fiber may help with weight control. Insoluble fiber, found in foods like dark green leafy vegetables, green beans, celery, and carrots, does not dissolve at all and helps add bulk to your stool. This helps food to move through your digestive tract more quickly for healthy elimination. Many whole foods, especially fruits and vegetables, naturally contain both soluble and insoluble fiber. She offered her 9 Health Benefits of Fiber.
There's no shortage of research showing how fiber may boost your health. Some of its top potential benefits include:
• Blood sugar control: Soluble fiber may help to slow your body's breakdown of carbohydrates and the absorption of sugar, helping with blood sugar control.
• Heart health: An inverse association has been found between fiber intake and heart attack, and research shows that those eating a high-fiber diet have a 40 percent lower risk of heart disease. 1
• Stroke: Researchers have found that for every seven-grams more fiber you consume on a daily basis, your stroke risk is decreased by 7 percent.2
• Weight loss and management: Fiber supplements have been shown to enhance weight loss among obese people,3 likely because fiber increases feelings of fullness.
• Skin health: Fiber, particularly psyllium husk, may help move yeast and fungus out of your body, preventing them from being excreted through your skin where they could trigger acne or rashes. 4
• Diverticulitis: Dietary fiber - especially insoluble - may reduce your risk of diverticulitis – an inflammation of polyps in your intestine – by 40 percent.5
• Hemorrhoids: A high-fiber diet may lower your risk of hemorrhoids.
• Irritable bowel syndrome or IBS: Fiber may provide some relief from IBS.
• Gallstones and kidney stones: A high-fiber diet may reduce the risk of gallstones and kidney stones, likely because of its ability to help regulate blood sugar.         

ENTERTAINING WITH TRACE - Event Planner & Designer Trace Barnett joined us with some ideas for entertaining your family and friends the next time they stay over at your house. He showed us a great idea for breakfast. He showed us some simple ways to dress up your meal by serving on unique plates and platters that you can even purchase at thrift stores and estate sales. They don't have to match exactly.... just pick similar patterns, themes, or time periods that tie them all together. Find more ideas from Trace visit his blog - The Bitter Socialite. It's geared toward those of us leading fast hectic lives and want to live a beautiful life on a budget -
http://www.thebittersocialite.com/.  He uploads new content weekly.

Tomorrow on Good Day Alabama, our Savvy Shopper joins us with some great deals to save you money! Jeh Jeh takes us on an adventure! Comedian Piff and his sidekick Mr. Piffles join us with some magic and some laughs! Our friends from the Birmingham Zoo drop by for a visit. Join us for this and much more tomorrow on Good Day!