Sunday, November 7, 2010

44 MEDICALLY PROVEN DIET TIPS

We all know that in order to lose weight we need to eat less and exercise more – but research suggests they are a few other tricks when it comes to shedding the kilos.
From how to laugh yourself slim to why carrot juice should be part of any slimmer’s daily diet, here is a round-up of the Top 44 diet tips…

1 Sprinkle cinnamon into yorghut everyday to burn fat. The spice is a powerful metabolism-raiser. Half a teaspoon a day is enough to burn an extra kilo a month.

2 Take lunch breaks away from your desk. You’ll consume 250 fewer calories in a day than those who eat as they work.

3 Have a laugh. A good strong laugh for 10-15 minutes a day increases weekly energy consumption by up to 280 calories.

4 A glass of carrot juice a day will help you lose almost 2kg over 12 weeks compared to non-juice drinkers. It‘s high in fibre and nutrients than help burn blubber.

5 Take a calcium supplement. You’ll lose 2,6 % more fat than those who don’t.

6 Red meat can help you lose weight. It packs a lot of the proteins that help you maintain muscle mass – and muscle burns four times as many calories as fat.

7 Don’t exercise alone. Train with friends and lose a third more weight than if you go on your own. You’ll maintain motivation by exercising socially, and benefit from mutual encouragement.

8 Eat red peppers. They contain capsaicin, the chemical that gives them their distinctive taste and which boosts your resting metabolic rate by 25%.

9 Stress at work is the biggest cause of over-eating. Controlled breathing for two minutes, focusing on your diaphragm, will dampen hunger pangs.

10 Exercising first thing in the morning helps you to burn fat faster. You’ll shed a kilo quicker than at any other time, as your body will be forced to tap into your fat reserves for energy.

11 Turn off your TV while you eat, as the distraction postpones the point at which you stop eating. This can cut 3.5kg of weight gain each year.

12 Drizzle on some soy sauce to shed the kilos. Research shows soy proteins interact with receptors in our brains that tell us we’re full.

13 Slice your food to consume 20% fewer calories. People rate sliced serving as 27% larger than equal amounts of whole veg – and so pile less onto their plates.

14 Hit the treadmill. The running machine is the best tool in the gym to burn the most calories in the shortest time.

15 Eat vitamin-filled melon followed by protein rich egg for a perfect fat-fighting breakfast. The eggs even break down the melon’s carb.

16 A daily glass of red wine can stop you putting on fat, especially around your belly. Resveratrol from the grapes inhibits the development of fat cells around your waist.

17 Discover the classics. By listening to relaxing music while you eat, you’ll consume less, as you chew at a more leisurely pace and be more in tune with your body, so you stop eating when you feel full.

18 Chew sugar-free gum for 15 minutes after eating, and again two hours later, to cut snack cravings.

19 Have more sex. As well as burning 150 calories every 20 minutes, it boosts hormone that increase your metabolism and less muscle growth.

20 Eat pomegranates. Their seed oil reduces the body’s fat abilities to store fat, and they’re so sweet they’ll curb your desire for sugar snacks.

21 Fire up the braai to grill the calories in your meat. Grilling meat lets extra fat escape while it cooks.

22 Sip green tea. It contains a compound that reacts with caffeine to boost fat oxidation and resting metabolism by 20%.

23 Eat chilli corn carne once a week. An enzyme in the kidney beans tells the body to break down stored fat instead of carbohydrates for energy, while mince boosts your metabolism.

24 Choose spinach ahead of other greens. It packs double the fibre, which helps the body process fats more efficiently.

25 Swap your regular cheese for goat’s cheese. It is 40% lower in calories than the cheese made from cows’ milk.

26 Add lentils to each meal to lose more than 7kg in 10 weeks. The pulse are packed with amino acids leucine, which burns fat fast.

27 Eat “good” fats to burn fat. Eggs, walnuts and rapeseed oil are all good for this, and also help cut the risk of heart disease.

28 Eat breakfast. Those who fail to kickstart their metabolism with a meal first thing eat 100 times more calories a day.

29 Eat an apple 15 minutes before a meal. You’ll consume an average of 187 fewer calories if you do.

30 Drizzle a little olive oil on salads. It’s good fatty acids trigger a protein that tells the body it’s full, to prevent you from overeating.

31 Putting tomatoes in your sandwiches will keep you feeling fuller for longer and make you less likely to gorge on post lunchtime snacks. The fruit suppresses the hormone ghrelin which is responsible for hunger pangs.

32 Leave a maximum of three hours between meals. This ensures your metabolic rate doesn’t fluctuate

33 Eat pineapple. It’s not only a great snack to spark your metabolism, it contains bromolina which helps break down protein.

34 Add paprika to meals. Its ground red peppers contain six times the vitamin C of tomatoes, crucial for helping your body to fat into energy.

35 Vinegar-based food dressings contain acetic acids, which speeds up the rate at which your body burns fat. Add a few glugs of vinaigrette or vinegar daily to your salads and sauces.

36 Sit down at a table to eat. You’ll consume a third less than when munching on the move.

37 If it didn’t grow, walk or swim, don’t eat. Processed foods are loaded with unhealthy transfats and artificial sweeteners.

38 Walk around after exercise to keep your fat fighting enzymes working. Sitting for too long deactivates them.

39 Avoid energy drinks. The energy is released too quickly and they can make you fat.

40 Swop full cream milk for skimmed milk in tea and coffee and with cereal. Not only does skimmed milk have half the calories, it has more calcium and phosphorous, which increase fat breakdown in cells.

41 Eat three 250 calories protein-rich snacks a day between meals – for example, a sliced chicken breast, or 185g tin of tune fish in spring water with low fat mayo on crisp bread. Those who do so are 30% more likely to lose weight.

42 To burn more calories listen to music that builds in tempo during your workout. It help guard against fatigue.

43 Eat with others. Research shows that people tend to match their food intake to their dining partner. Eating with a woman friend should mean 35% fewer calories.

44 Drink juice with “bits” in. The extra fibre makes you feel fuller for longer. Article from the Star Newspaper, Friday, 22 October 2010.

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Monday, October 11, 2010

Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is one of the commonest forms of cancers affecting women and in some occasion men. One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.

What is breast cancer?


Cancer of the breast are abnormal cancerous cells that arise from the components of the breast. They spread to the local lymph nodes in the armpits, the opposite breast and other parts of the body.


What causes breast cancer?


Genetics – Some women have a genetic risk for developing breast cancer ( inborn inherited material that determine everything about us).
Ageing – Breast cancer is most common in women over the age of fifty.
Oestrogen – Obesity, early menustration, late menopause, hormone replacement theraphy and the pill, expose women to higher levels of the female hormone oestrogen, for longer, increasing their chances of breast cancer.


How would you know if you had breast cancer?


Changes in the breast including:
· Lumps , bumps or masses in the breast or armpit
· Discharge from the nipple
· Changes in the skin of the breast or nipple(dimpling, wrinkling, dryness, redness)
· Pain or changed sensation in the breast


Self examination


All women should try to examine each breast and armpit once a month for any changes like skin changes or lumps. Any changes should be checked by your doctor.


Mammograms


Mammograms are a specialized x-ray used to screen for breast cancer. Depending on your family history and other risks, all women should have regular mammograms from the age of 49 to check breast cancer.


What happens if I have breast cancer?


Treatment for breast cancer depends on the type of cancer and how far it has spread. Treatment may include:
· Surgery – removal of the lump or breast to remove the cancer
· Chemotheraphy – chemicals that fight cancer are used to shrink the size of the tumour or


· Radiation – special forms of x-ray beams are used to shrink the size of the tumour
· Hormonal treatments – medications to suppress oestrogen are used to prevent cancer
growth

What are the chances of recovery?


The chances of recovery from breast cancer depend on what type of cancer it is, how far it has spread at the time of diagnosis and the treatment given.

A daily consumption of fruits and vegetables can help alleviate symptoms of breast cancer.

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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Obesity taking a toll in South Africa

A recent research has shown that 61% of South Africans are overweight.
A survey done by GlaxoSmithKline found that Cape Town is the worst with 72% of those surveyed overweight, obese or morbidly obese. This is followed by Pretoria with 68%, Johannesburg 59% and Durban 52%.

People are considered overweight when their body mass index – statistical measure of body weight in kilograms divided by height in metres square - ranges between 25kg/m2 and 30kg/m2, obese when this is more than 30kg/m2 and morbidly obese when it is more than 40kg/m2.

About 500 people were interviewed. It was found that 60% of obese and 62% of morbidly obese people considered themselves to be merely overweight; 49% South Africans did not exercise; 71% had never dieted; and that lifestyle, food, poverty and demographics played a role in weight size. A total of 65% said healthy food was too expensive than unhealthy food; 39% looked at costs when purchasing food; and 87% ate a home-cooked dinner. - Sapa

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Monday, August 30, 2010

Cysts



Cysts are fibrous and abnormal formations of the tissues in the shape of a bag, filled with a runny, semi-runny or pasty content. They are also known as benign tumors.

Appears in any part of the body like:
· Uterus Skin
· Breast stomach
· Womb
· Ovaries
· Colon
· Lungs
· Throat
· Prostate
· Testicles
· Neck

Symptoms;

A swelling with pain and in some cases with fever. Depending on the location of the cyst, it may obstruct the flow of fluids or hinder an organ from working correctly. They are located in a fixed place and when they’re removed they never appear again.
Suggested treatment: Bee Popolis. Garlic, Aloe Vera Gelatin, Aloe Vera Juice; A-Beta Care and Absorbent C

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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

PANCREATITIS



Pancreatitis is the swelling of the pancreas and the pancreatic duct. This obstructs the enzymes that are emptied into the small intestine and alters the insulin production, hormone which regulates the use of sugar in the body.

Symptoms:

· Pain around the navel extending to ward the back
· Stomach gas
· Nausea, vomiting
· Fever
· Hypertension
· Muscular pain

Since the enzymes that process fats are not passed into the small intestine, constipation is produced by the undigested fats. Diabetes is another problem that occurs.

Causes:

The formation of stones, tumors, viral infection, alcoholism, stroke, obesity, poor nutrition, drugs, etc.

Suggested treatment:

To re-establish the pancreas function take chromium, calcium, magnesium, ginseng, aloe vera juice, lecithin, B-complex vitamins, B4,B5,B6 and vitamins C & E, an important anti-oxidant and strengthen tissues.

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Forever Garcinia Plus

Aloe Vera Gel

Forever Gin-Chia

Forever Calcium


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Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Epilepsy

Epilepsy is a cerebral nerve disease which is characterized by internal sensations of change or attacks.

Symptoms

There are two types of attacks: changes in internal sensations ( Petite Mal) or the loss of consciousness. These are the only symptoms produced by this type of attack; while in the case of other type there are convulsions and muscular movements.

Causes:

Epileptic attacks are caused by electric disorders in the nervous cells of a certain section of the brain. The main causes may be:

· Birt trauma – Inadequate oxygen supply to the brain.
· Infections of the brain – meningitis, encephalitis, etc.
· Accidents.
· Ingestion of toxins.
· Inherited disorders.
· Hypoglycemia and bad nutrition.

Suggested treatment

First, avoid factors which tend to initiate it like: fatigue, too much eating or drinking, emotional stress and fever. These attacks may happen only once in a lifetime or quite frequently.
Ginkgo Biloba: This plant has been proven to be more effective when administered together with the medication prescribed by your physician for preventing epileptic fits, whether a derivative of dopamine or something similar. The improvement is due to a greater quantity of blood, loaded with oxygen and nutrients, reaching the damaged areas so that the nerve cells are reestablished quicker, allowing the person’s damaged faculties to improve.

Epilepsy in children and adolescents:

A diet high in fats also called “Ketogenic Diet” has proven to have many beneficial effects for children with epilepsy in the US.
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Monday, August 2, 2010

Loss Of Hair – Baldness/Alopecia





Baldness is the loss of hair in men and women.

Symptoms:

Hair falling out, principally when it is washed. This phenomenon also occurs with hair becoming thinner. This problem occurs most frequently with middle-aged and older men.
Also hair loss can be prevalent when the person is under excessive stress, suffers from anorexia nervosa, or dyes his/her hair.

Suggested treatment:

·         Wash hair everyday with an Aloe Vera and jojoba based shampoo, massaging it into the scalp, this helps to open the pores and eliminate seborrhea and dandruff.
·         Let hot water run directly onto the scalp for a few minutes. This will open the pores.
·         Massage the scalp applying pressure with the fingertips to move and stimulate the skin.. This will help to oil under the skin and open pores.
·         Take multivitamin like bee pollen in addition to taking multi-minerals.

The nutrients that your hair requires to grow well and shine

·         Calcium Pantothenate, Pantothenic acid or Vitamin B-5. These elements help the hair follicies assimilate copper
·         Copper – lack of copper produces brittle, dry and unmanageable hair.
·         Inositol and Choline - These help in hair growth according to nutritionist.
·         Vitamin B-12 helps in hair growth.
·         PABA: Para-aminobenzoic acid, helps maintain the color and softness of the hair.
·         Iodine – Prevents hair loss.
·         Iron and manganese: Help maintain proper nutrition and hair growth through good blood circulation.
·         Protein and amino acids

Recommended Supplements

·         Nature-Min

·         B12

·         Bee Pollen

·         Aloe Jojoba Shampoo & Hair Conditioner

·         Aloe Vera Jelly

·         Aloe First Spray


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Sunday, July 18, 2010

Protect your skin this winter with Forever Living Health & Beauty Products

Prevent winter from drying out your skin by applying our soothing and rehydrating lotions, enriched with Aloe Vera gel, to your body or face. Aloe Vera gel , a super emollient and emulsifier, penetrates human skin faster than water, restoring the hydration level in the dermis and epidermis layers of the skin.

Even though we all know the amazing benefits of FLP Aloe Vera and it’s remarkable skin-conditioning properties. It ‘s always helpful to remind ourselves just how wonderful this ingredients really is. Further studies have indicated that Aloe may produce an anti-ageing effect on the skin as strong as Retinoic Acid. Yet, unlike Retinoic Acid, the Polysaccharides in the Aloe Vera are not irritating to the skin. Aloe Vera has the ability to moisturize without closing off to the oxygen to the skin the way petroleum-based, man made chemicals can. Which ingredient would you rather have on your skin?

Aloe Propolis Crème

Who but Forever Living Products could produce a moisturizer as unique as Aloe Propolis Crème? Combining our world leadership in Aloe Vera and Beehive products, Aloe Propolis Crème is one of our most popular skin care products. Excellent as a skin moisturizer and conditioner, Aloe Propolis Crème is a rich blend of stabilized Aloe Vera Gel and Bee Propolis, with other ingredients recognized for their contribution to healthy skin. Chamoline, one of nature’s best known skin care herbs is also added to the mix. Vitamin A and E complete the formula, recognized for their natural skin-conditioning properties. Reach for Aloe Propolis Crème to help maintain a healthy skin tone and texture.

Aloe Lotion

One of our signature products, Aloe Lotion is a wonderful, all purpose, concentrated skin lotion with Jojoba Oil and Vitamin E to moisturize and soothe the skin. Collagen and elastin are added to this fine mix to assist in keeping the skin smooth and supple. It is an ideal choice for applying to dry, chafed, wind-blown or weathered skin. Light in scent but long on soothing dry, irritated skin, Aloe Lotion quickly restores your skin’s delicate pH balance to keep it supple and soft. Our improved formula takes advantage of the latest breakthroughs in skin care technology to make Aloe Lotion feel sensational all over your face and body!

Aloe Moisturizing Lotion

Weather, wind and pollution – day in, day out, they take their toll on your skin. Now you can help your skin overcome the elements with our exquisite Aloe Moisturizing Lotion. This unique lotion has an outstanding humectant and moisturizing properties. It contains Collagen and Elastin to keep the skin smooth, soft and elastic while maintaining the skin’s natural pH balances. Thicker than our Aloe Lotion, it is ideal for replenishing lost moisture and restoring skin’s soft, silky feel. Aloe Moisturizing Lotion is excellent for face, hands and body, helping to counteract the effects of pollution and the environment. Once the lotion has been smoothed on and absorbed through the skin, make-up can be applied as usual.

Aloe Lips

The soothing properties of Aloe Vera are ideally suitable to care for your lips. Aloe, jojoba and beeswax combine to create the finest all-season lip product on the market today. Aloe Lips soothes, smoothes and moisturizers chapped and dry lips. Whether you are skiing, sunbathing or enjoying the outdoors, it’s compact size makes it convenient to keep on hand. If your lips could talk, they’d ask for Aloe Lips!

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Halitosis - Bad Breath

Halitosis is an unpleasant smell of breath and mouth.

Causes

This may be caused by lack of oral hygiene, an incorrect diet, infections in the throat, nose, gums or because of excessive smoking or drinking.
In some cases diabetes causes this problem, as well as the presence of some poison in the body like lead, arsenic or methane.

Suggested Treatment

Aloe Vera juice, Thyme and chlorophyll

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Friday, July 9, 2010

Efforts To Cut Cancer Agents In Food

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization set safety rules to cut levels of cancer-causing chemicals and bacteria in foodstuffs ranging from French fries to baby food.

Food safety awareness has been a growing concern around the world, Codex Alimentarius Commission , Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Health Organization, together they have adopted more than 30 new standards and guidelines to protect consumers’ health.

The commission has approved measures to reduce acrylamide in foods, a chemical that may cause cancer. This chemical is produced during frying, roasting and baking of carbohydrates-rich foods: French fries, potato crisps, coffee, biscuits, pastries and breads.

By applying the Codex standards and guidelines this will ensure that consumers around the world are protected from unsafe food.

The commission adopted a criteria for salmolella and other bacteria, Esakazakii, in powdered formulae for children six months and older and for special medical purposes in young children.

Microbiological testing parameters were set to help producers control and prevent contamination of ready-to-eat foods with listeria monocytogenes, which can lead to listeriosis, a potentially fatal disease.

After major scandals in China of over used melamine, a chemical used in fertilizer and plastics, the body will seek to establish maximum levels for melamine in food and feed.
It aims to “help governments differentiate between unavoidable melamine occurrence and the deliberate adulteration of food and feed.” – Reuters

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Thursday, July 8, 2010

Atherosclerosis & Arteriosclerosis /Cholesterol

Arteriosclerosis known as (calcium deposits) and atherosclerosis (cholesterol or fat deposits) are hardening of the arteries. This is caused by calcium or fat deposits on the interior walls of the arteries.

The flow of unrestricted blood is hampered. The calcium or fat deposits produce a blockage in the circulation of blood, caused by the molecular crossing which is produced by the free radicals.

Symptoms

Most common symptoms during arterial blockage are found in the circulatory and cardiovascular systems;

Problems caused by blockage of arteries

·         High Blood Pressure
·         Angina Pectoris
·         Aneurysm
·          Heart Attack
·         Cerebral stroke
·         Thrombosis and the formation of blood clots
·         Loss of memory and concentration
·         The arteries in the legs begin to close, causing fatigue, weakness, muscular contractions, and pain when walking.

Aneurysm – is the dilation or enlarging of the arteries caused by an increase in blood pressure when the artery is blocked. The danger associated with aneurysms is that they put pressure on the tissues they are located, and can cause the artery to burst, leaking blood from the artery.

Causes of sclerosis

Inadequate nutrition, consumption of foods which are high in cholesterol, such as fats in red meat, egg yolk, some seafood, stress, lack of exercise, nicotine addiction and arterial hypertension have been cited as the common causes.

Suggested treatment

·         Eliminate consumption of foods that are high in cholesterol and reducing the consumption of low density foods (LDL)
·         The consumption of high density fats (HDL) and unsaturated fatty acids (EPA) and Omega 3 should be on the increase.
·         Olive oil (oleic acid) and GLA (gamma-linoleic acid) helps eliminate the low density cholesterol (LDL) in arteries (bad cholesterol) and triglycerides which are deposited in and clog the arteries.
·         Polyunsaturated fats (high density lipoproteins (HDL) are necessary to clean the arteries. HDL's oxidizes easily in the blood stream, thus causing them to lose their potency to clean the arteries
·         It is also recommended to add vitamin A, B,C and selenium which acts as antioxidants, thus preventing oxidation of these polyunsaturated fats.

To lower cholesterol, the following is recommended;

·         Eliminate red meat – beef and pork
·         Meats high in fat
·         Egg yolk
·         Shrimp and oysters
·         Fried foods, pork sausages, sugar and flour.
·         Cigarettes, coffee and alcohol
·         Limit the intake of butter, cream, cheese, vegetables and animal fats.
·         Cut down on salty foods
·         A daily intake of supplements like Forever Cardiohealth, Arctic Sea Super Omega 3, Absorbent C and Aloe Vera Gel

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Hyperthyroidism

Hyperthyroidism is over-production of hormones by the thyroid.

Symptoms

· Weight loss
· Fatigue
· Insomnia
· Nervousness
· Weakness
· Mood swings
· Irritability
· Trembling Hands
· Fast pulse
· Intolerance of heat

Causes

Mainly it is inherited.

Suggested treatment:

Give the body extra doses of proteins and vitamins, B Complex in particular which is necessary for metabolism. Eliminate alcohol, cigarettes, coffee and black tea from your diet which speed up the metabolism.  Recommended for the supplement of the required vitamins and minerals, Forever Royal Jelly, Forever Bee Pollen, Fields Of Green and A-Beta-CarE.

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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Hepatitis

Hepatitis is the inflammation of the liver.

Symptoms:

Headache
Fever
Fatigue
Noticeable loss of appetite
Vomiting
Light but constant abdominal discomfort
Presence of chills or being cold
Eyes and skin becomes yellow
Brown urine
Whitish excrement

Causes

Hepatitis is caused by an infection brought on by a large quantity of virus or presence of toxic agents.

Types of hepatitis:

Hepatitis A – caused by an ingestion of contaminants like polluted water.

Hepatitis B – which Is more severe and may be fatal in some cases. It is acquired through blood transfusions with contaminated blood, dirty hypodermic needles.

Suggested treatment:

It is recommended that the patient, as well as the people who touch their clothing or personal objects, wash their hands after touching them.

For recovery the following is required:
Detoxify the organism
Drink many liquids
Total abstinence of alcohol
A lot of rest and diet with nutrients such as fruits, beans, vegetables or cereals
Eat an excess of carbohydrates
Vitamin B, C and a large quantity of bee honey.
Lecithin which is a natural fat solvent.
Proteins in the form of amino acids such as the ones that aloe vera contains.
Eliminate common fats.
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Sunday, April 11, 2010

Junk Food As Addictive As Heroin

People who are on fatty sausages, chips and hamburgers can become as dependent on junk food as a junkie on drugs. The study shows detailed evidence to support previous claims about food addiction.

Researchers showed how rat brains changed when they had access to high-calorie, high-fat food. The study showed a deterioration in the chemical imbalance in the circuits of the brain wired for reward. The study, presents the most thorough and compelling evidence that drug addiction and obesity are based on the same underlying neurobiological mechanisms.

The animals completely lost control over their eating behaviour, the primary hallmark of addiction. They continued to overeat even when anticipated receiving electric shocks, highlighting just how motivated they were to consume the palatable food.

As the pleasures of the brain deteriorate and become less responsive, the rats developed compulsive overeating habits and became obese, the study found. The changes in their brains were similar to those in rats which over-indulge in heroine or cocaine. Sausage, bacon and cheese cake were among the foods offered to the rats.

They also went for worst type of food, said the researcher, and as a result, they took in twice the calories as the control rats. The rats refused to eat when they were offered nutritious, healthy food.

A daily dosage of recommended intake of fruits and vegetables is needed. Though it may not be possible to cook all types of vegetables everyday in this fast and very demanding life, it still not sufficient reason to deprive our bodies of the required intake of minerals and vitamins. Daily consumption of these fruits and vegetables is also recommended for the prevention of cancer.

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Saturday, February 13, 2010

Low IQ associated with heart disease

Intelligence comes second only to smoking as a predictor of heart disease, according to scientists, suggesting public health campaigns may need to be designed for people with lower IQs if they are to work.
Research by Britain’s Medical Research Council (MRC) found that lower intelligence quotient (IQ) scores were associated with higher rates of heart disease and death, and were more important indicators than any other risk factors except smoking.
Heart disease is the leading killer of men and women in Europe , the US and most industrialized countries. According to the World Health Organisation, cardiovascular diseases and diabetes accounted for 32 percent of all deaths around the world in 2005.
People with poorer education and lower incomes often face higher risks of ill health and a range of diseases. Studies pointed to many likely reasons, such as limited access to health care and other resources, poorer living conditions, chronic stress and higher rates of lifestyle risks factors like smoking.
The MRC study, which analysed data from 1145 men and women aged around 55 and followed up for 20 years, rated the top five heart disease risk factors as cigarette smoking, IQ, low income, high blood pressure and low physical activity.
The researchers, led by David Batty of the MRC and Social and Public Health Science Unit in Glasgow, Scotland, said there were “a number of plausible mechanisms” which might explain why lower IQ scores could raise the risk of heart disease – in particular a person’s approach to a “healthy behaviour.”
Those who ignored or failed to understand advice about the risks of smoking or benefits of good diet and exercise for heart health would be more likely to be at higher risk, they wrote in a study in the European Journal of Cardiovascular Prevention.
Batty said it was important to recognize the public implications of the findings – that skills reflected in a person’s IQ may be important for managing heart disease risk. – REUTERS - London

While other factors like low income, cannot be changed over night, there are matters that could be attended to indefinitely. Like reverting to good nutritional food or supplements, exercising and perhaps stop the habit of smoking.  Recommended for the alleviation of the symptoms Forever Cardiohealth, Arctic Sea Super Omega 3, Ginko Plus and Aloe Vera Gel.

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Friday, February 12, 2010

High Blood Pressure Can Be Dangerous For The Foetus

High Blood Pressure Can Be Dangerous For The Foetus

Women with high blood pressure and blood over-rich in red blood cells are more likely to give birth to babies who are small or born too early, researchers in the Netherlands reported yesterday. Mothers who smoke or who did not take supplements correctly also were more likely to have babies who were underweight or born too early, the study found – and these factors seem to affect the foetus during the first three months of pregnancy, before a woman has had much prenatal care.

But early ultrasound may help identify the babies most at risk, the study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, suggests. Dr Dennis Mook-Kanamori and colleagues at Erasmus Medical Centre in Rotterdam studied 1631 pregnant women, doing ultrasound scans of their foetuses between 10 to 13 weeks gestation. Babies that were the smallest during this period of early, rapid growth were also more likely to be born early or to be underweight at birth, Mook-Kanamori’s team reported.

But as they grew into toddlers, these babies tended to grow too fast - a pattern that can cause such children to become obese. “Higher diastolic blood pressure and higher hematocrit levels were associated with a shorter crown to rump lenghth,” the researchers wrote. Hematocrit is a count of red blood cells in the blood. A low hematocrit means anemia, but levels can be too high if a person is dehydrated , smokes or has some kind of heart disease. The researchers suggested that if a woman was dehydrated, perhaps not enough blood was getting to the placenta to nourish the foetus.

Smokers and women who did not take folic acid supplements also tended to have small fetuses during the first trimester, the researchers found. And these children, when born, grew at a quicker than optimal rates. “Shorter first-trimester crown to rump length was associated with accelerated growth rates in early childhood,” the researchers wrote.

“Complications of late pregnancy may, at least for some women, already be determined in the first three months post-conception, even before a woman has sort prenatal care,” Dr Gordon Smith of Britain’s University of Cambridge wrote in a commentary. “Combined ultrasonic and biochemical screening in early pregnancy may be able to identify women at high risk of complications in late pregnancy. REUTERS - Washington.

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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Take care of your heart

Heart Disease

According to the World Health Organisation around 17 million people die annually from heart disease and strokes. By 2020 these diseases are expected to be the main causes of mortality and disability worldwide. These shocking statistics explain why heart disease has attracted so much attention over the last decade.

Nowadays, the devastating effects of heart disease are emphasized together with the preventative measures to take or at least reduce the risk of contracting the disease. The first step towards preventing the disease is to set up an effective heart health programme. This should be based on three principles: a balanced diet; regular exercise; and weight control.

A balanced diet implies taking at least three meals but preferably five smaller meals per day. Completely eliminated refined foods such as white bread and cakes and replace them with whole, unrefined foods. Also consume less fat, especially fatty meat, fried foods, sunflower oil and margarine. Instead, use flax seed or fish oil (omega 3) and olive oil for frying food. Increase your consumption of vegetables protein (legumes such as lentils, beans and peas) and eat less animal protein.

Also eat more raw foods such as fresh fruit, vegetables and salads. Fruit and vegetables contain antioxidants that are essential for a healthy body. Research has shown that antioxidants play an important part in keeping the heart and blood vessels healthy because they protect against the damaging effects of free radicals by neutralizing them before they can do damage.

According to scientists there is a close relationship between excessive free radical levels in the body and heart disease. This is a major motivation for taking sufficient antioxidants. Unfortunately, a so called balanced diet can nowadays no longer guarantee the intake of sufficient antioxidants and other essential elements. Food can loose up to 90% of its nutritional value during harvesting, storing, transport and processing, not to mention the fact that today’s soil has long been depleted of many of the elements necessary for a healthy living.

This is why it so important to add dietary supplements to your diet. Also ensure that you take sufficient quantities of the vitamin B-complex such as vitamin B6, B12 and folic acid that help to lower your homocysteine levels. It may in some cases be necessary also to take dietary supplement with CoQ10.

Homocysteine occurs naturally in our blood and is only harmful when its levels become too high. High homocysteine levels damage and thicken the walls of the arteries, which increase the risk of abnormal blood clotting. This can lead to heart disease and strokes. In addition, homocysteine promotes the oxidation of cholesterol. Cholesterol only becomes dangerous once it has been oxidized.

Being inactive is one of the biggest risk factors for heart disease. Scientists recommend exercising for 30 to 40 minutes each day for at least five days per week. These need not be exhaustive work-outs. Brisk walking that accelerates the pulse to between 100-120 per minute is adequate. Excessive body weight and obesity also are high-risk factors for heart and heart attacks. Research has shown that this requires the heart to work harder, increases blood pressure, lowers high-density lipoprotein (the “good” cholesterol) and can cause type 2 diabetes. Diabetes itself can further increase the risk of heart attacks.

Stomach fat and an expanding waistline also indicate an increased risk of a heart attack. Fat around the waist or stomach has been proven to correlate positively with other heart disease risk factors such as high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure. Forever Cardiohealth, when combined with Garlic and Thyme, Aloe Vera Gel and Absorbent C could help in keeping those arteries in a healthy condition.

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Monday, February 8, 2010

Healthy Lifestyle vs Expensive Health Insurance


South Africa could potentially save R14,9 billion on health care costs if its population became healthier. This is according to Discovery’s Vitality white paper on healthy food, which said 6,8% of health care costs could be attributed to a rising prevalence of obesity and the consequent increased diabetes and cardiovascular disease risk.

The Department of Health said the country’s total health care spend was R220billion when combining the public and private sectors, non-governmental organization and the SA National Defence Force. Craig Nossel, the Head of Wellness at Vitality, said yesterday the conclusion on the cost implications of having an unhealthy population were drawn by looking at trends such as the length of stay in hospitals for obese patients who were admitted and the medication they used because of their increased health risk.
According to the white paper, 29% of males and 56% of females aged above 15 are overweight. In the obese category, the figures stand at 9% for males and 30% for females. As far as children are concerned, 17% are overweight and 4,2% are obese. At least 37% of the deaths in the country are as a result of lifestyle disease
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Nossel said three lifestyle behaviours – smoking, lack of exercise and poor diet – contribute highly to illnesses related to cancer, diabetes, heart disease and lung disease. “The challenge we have with healthy lifestyle is that the benefits are hidden, but the price is immediate,” he said. Marieke Loubser, Discovery’s in-house dietician, said more alarming was the fact that more children were becoming obese. Children who are obese have a 70% chance of being overweight when they are adults.

Loubser said previously it was the high-income countries that had unhealthy people. But the trend has changed as middle and lower-income countries that were developing, such as South Africa and China, were experiencing a dramatic rise in people who were overweight and obese. Loubser said:”Globalisation, including industrialization, urbanization and economic development, have led to profound global shifts in lifestyles linked with diet and physical activity.

“Poor dietary patterns and reduced energy expenditure have resulted in the deterioration in health, rapid spread of obesity and chronic disease epidemic, all causes of illness and premature death.” People were eating more food, there was inappropriate advertising of food and the perception that eating healthily was expensive, said Loubser.

Nossel added that research showed that financial incentives to encourage people to be more healthy also helped. Meanwhile, AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals has launched a study to establish the effectiveness of the current cholesterol treatments and whether patients on lipid-lowering therapies do in fact reach their target low-density lipoprotein cholesterol goals. Article Reference by Slindile Khanyile, The Star Newspaper, 13 November 2009.

Expensive health insurance does not guarantee good health but a healthy lifestyle could help us save more on expensive medical costs.        

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Thursday, February 4, 2010

Diabetes


Diabetes

Diabetes most frequently found in adults is Diabetes Mellitus Type II. Type I is found in children. This disease occurs when the sugar concentration (glucose) in the blood is elevated.

The World Health Organization (WHO) defines diabetes in the following manner: “Diabetes mellitus is a state of chronic hyperglycemia produced by various factors: genetic, nutritional, etc. the insulin hormone secreted by the Beta cells in the pancreas is the principal regulator of the blood sugar concentration. When this hormone is not produced efficiently, the blood sugar concentration rises, thus causing numerous maladies.”

Symptoms

Diabetes Mellitus is evidenced by an exaggerated need to urinate (10 or more times a day). In this way, the excess sugar is expelled.


·         The person becomes irritable, fatigued, weak and exhausted, in addition to hungry (polyphagia), and feels a compulsive need to consume sugar.


·         Polydipsia extreme is also present.


·         Glucosuria is when the sugar concentration is elevated and can’t be filtered by the kidneys, it passes into the urine giving it an odor of maple sugar. The level of sugar in the blood in which Glucosuria, or sugar in the urine, appears is 180m, per 100ml.

·         Centonuria is when acetone is found in the urine, giving a strong odor of acetone in the urine and mouth. Centonuria together with glucosuria (acetone + sugar = diabetic cetoacidosis) can cause a diabetic coma.

The formation of skin ulcers and gangrene in the extremities of chronically sick are produced by a failure in the blood supply due to arteriosclerosis and hypertension in these parts of the body. When these symptoms become chronic they may have serious consequences. If gone unnoticed, the toes, then the legs will be infected with gangrene and might need amputation. Vision is affected by chronic diabetes without any symptoms present in the beginning. Glaucoma (high pressure in the eyeball) can occur, partial separation of the retina, hemorrhages, micro-aneurysms (inflatable arteries) and cataracts. Diabetes is the main cause of blindness in adults.

Causes

There exists a high predisposition of inheriting diabetes which is most easily produced in obese people. These people can control their diabetes with adequate regimen of meals.

In the diabetic, the pancreas doesn’t function adequately. Therefore, it doesn’t produce the quality and quantity of insulin required.

Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas whose function is to help the glucose (a type of simple sugar) enter into the muscle cells, liver and adipose tissue and store it there as a reserve to be used later by the organs that don’t have the ability to store it.

When the glucose is not able to enter into the cell tissues, it produces a great concentration of it in the blood. Therefore these tissues (muscles, etc.) don’t have a sufficient amount of energy to function correctly. This produces weakness in the person even though he has enough glucose in the blood, it isn’t used adequately.

Suggested treatment

Diabetes can be controlled with an adequate diet regimen in which a lot of fiber is included such as: cactus leaves, carrots, whole wheat, fruits and vegetables in general.

You can control your diabetes if you follow an adequate diet and lifestyle.

It has been found that some energizing products like Ginseng contain substances similar to the insulin hormone. The book “Ginseng And its Wonders” by Watterlot explains what was found in investigations by Professor Hiroichi Okuda in Ehime University, Japan, who found a substance in Ginseng that produced similar effects to that of insulin.

Chromium:

The mineral chromium (especially) chromium picolinate) is a very important element that intervenes greatly in the metabolism of sugar and insulin.

Insulin with the aid of chromium performs the function of making sure that sugar is utilized by the cell, in addition to transforming it into glycogen to be utilized by athletes who need an additional burst of energy.

Chromium Picolinate was developed by the “Human Nutrition Research Lab,” funded by the U.S government, and patented by the U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA). It is considered a safe and effective nutritional supplement.

It has been proven that chromium (chromium picolinate) substantially increases muscle tissue and lowers body fat.

Chromium is one of the elements that insulin needs to do its job properly. Insulin, with the help of chromium, converts the carbohydrates, fats and some proteins into sugar and later into energy.

It is recommended to ingest from 50 t0 200 micrograms a day of this mineral. Thus aiding the process that insulin accomplishes in the cells. It has been demonstrated that by consuming chromium, insulin works more efficiently, lowering the need of insulin in the body. Foods that contain the most chromium are: brewer’s yeast, clams, corn oil and wheat grains.

Obese people must lose weight to be able to control their diabetes.

Garcinia Cambogia helps curb your appetite while aiding in inhibiting the formation of unwanted fat. Contains HCA (Hydroxycitric acid).

For the control of diabetes, the following is recommended:

·         Eliminate simple sugars. Eat fruit.

·         75% of the calories needed should come from complex carbohydrates. Beans, garbanzos, potatoes, and lentils; 1 gram of carbohydrates contains 4 calories.)

·         20% of your calories should come from proteins.

·         Eat little fat, polyunsaturated fats are preferable (fish, tuna, salmon, olive oil etc.) 1 gram of fat = 9 calories.

·         Eat a minimum of 40 grams of fiber. Whole grains, fruits, vegetables and legumes.)

·         Lower your cholesterol. You should not eat more than 300mg of cholesterol a day.

·         Eat a small amounts of several times a day ( 5 or 6) instead of 3 big meals. The body cells control blood sugar better, since is produced better.

·         Consume any nutritional supplement that contains chromium like chromium picolinate. Ginseng produces an effect similar to this element. Be careful with the consumption of alcohol. Drink a maximum of 2 ounces of liquor once a week.

·         Exercise. For diabetics, exercise is like a dose of insulin. These treatments should be followed for a long period of time. Soon you will observe positive results.

Any treatment that you take should be under medical care since diabetes, which isn’t adequately looked after, can cause, in time, serious problems to your circulation, sight, kidneys, etc. Consult your medical practitioner. Article reference from the guide to Natural Remedies for Health and Well-being.

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·         Multi-Maca

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