Archive for July, 2014

Foods that Fight Inflammation Naturally

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

Healthy DietPart of the body’s natural immune response is inflammation. We can’t heal without it. When an inflammation is out of control, just like rheumatoid arthritis, it can damage our body. It’s also thought to play a role in obesity, heart disease and cancer.

High sugar foods and saturated fat can trigger inflammation. But you know what; there are foods that helps fight inflammation. You have to add these to your list now.

Salmon, mackerel, tuna and sardines are oily fish that are high in omega-3 fatty acids, which, based on study have shown to help reduce inflammation. You have to eat fish several times a week and should be cooked in healthy to get the benefits. In a study conducted in 2009 from the University of Hawaii, men who ate baked or boiled fish cut their risk of heart disease by 23 percent compared to those who ate the least.

If you’re not a fan of fish, you can consider taking fish-oil supplements. They can help reduce inflammation, but a 2013 study shows that if you eat too many foods that are high in omega-6 fatty acids, fish oil supplements may trigger inflammation.

Consuming whole grains, contrary to refined, cereal, white bread, rice and pasta can help keep harmful inflammation at bay. Whole grains have more fiber, and it has been shown that it reduce levels of C-reactive protein, a marker of inflammation in the blood and it has less sugar content. You should also be sure to check if the product you’re buying is really “whole grain”. The “whole grain” should be the first ingredient and has no added sugar. Don’t be fooled by labels.

Do you also know that another source of anti-inflammatory food is nuts-particularly almond nuts. It is rich in fiber, calcium and vitamin E, and walnuts, which have high amounts of alpha-linolenic acid, which is a type of omega-3 fat. Nuts also are packed with anti-oxidants, which can help your body fight off and repair the damage caused by inflammation. Foods like these, alongside whole grains, fish, and leafy greens are part of the Mediterranean diet, which reduce inflammation in six weeks according to a study.

Isoflavones, an estrogen-like compound found in soy products, may help lower CRP and inflammation levels in women. This is suggested by several studies. According to an animal study in 2007 which is published in the Journal of Inflammation, found out that isoflavones helps reduce the negative effects of bone inflammation and heart health in mice.

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Tips for Keeping Your Baby in Shape

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Pregnant LadyFor most women, pregnancy means eating a lot, craving a lot, and gaining weight, a lot of weight that is. With the body changes that occur during pregnancy, mothers-to-be often experience different discomforts especially during the first trimester. This includes morning sickness, vomiting, and nausea. But after that, most pregnant women experience cravings on all sorts of food. Without keeping a close eye on your diet and food intake, you might be dealing with too much weight gain not only for you but also for your unborn child.

Read along this article and determine healthy tips and tricks to keep your baby in appropriate weight.

Have a wide range of food

If you’re one of the many women who experiences changes on the taste buds, most probably you will consider every food as something stale. Due to this, you may end up eating extremely sweet food. A wise tip to fix such problem is to opening yourself to a wide range of meals. Do not stick with your typical diet, but cook different types of meals more often. You should also stuff yourself with healthy meals.

If it still won’t work, go for sweet fruits like watermelon or satisfy your taste buds with few sweet candies. This way, you won’t be consuming too much sugar, but you’re still able to eat right.

Substitute

At least 2 months before you give birth, it’s highly advisable to make diet changes. This is to keep your baby’s weight stable. Having him grow too much in your tummy will make it difficult for you to have a normal delivery. You should focus more on fruits and vegetables and less on salt and sugar. If your baby is already at a proper weight, you should refrain from eating big meals. Instead, substitute it with smaller meals rich in fiber. Worry not because you don’t have to erase the snacking hours.

Get moving

A common mistake of most pregnant women is that they dwell too much on the thought that they should rest throughout pregnancy. If you and your baby are both healthy, there’s no need to be a couch potato. Walk around every now and then to help yourself lose weight. Just refrain from having heavy workouts since this can result to miscarriage. You can also ask your Ob-gyn for workout exercises appropriate for pregnant women. This is also a great way keep your baby well-balanced and weighing properly.

Milk and dairy products

Technically, milk cannot be erased in every pregnant woman’s diet. Before, during, and after pregnancy, you should be consuming enough milk or other daily products to ensure that your body and your baby get the appropriate nutrition both of you need. This is also a great way to keep your baby healthy without gaining too much weight. Nevertheless, you should still consume solid meals.

Bear in mind that the weight you gain during pregnancy is not all your weight. Aside from sharing your baby’s weight, your muscles, placenta, and body fluid also add to your weight. Hence, do not under or over-estimate everything.

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How to Improve Sleep Quality

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

For scott  SleepingThe average American is said to only sleep for 6.9 hours a night. And this is below the recommended length of hour that an adult should sleep. And due to this, when all shortened sleep hours accumulate, tendency is, it can have this big effect to the person both in emotional and physical aspects of his or her being.

The result of sleep deprivation due to several factors can be result to several things such can be summarized into four:

1.       Reaction time against things and happenings  is slower
2.       Blood pressure rises
3.       Bingeing, eating more than necessary happens
4.       Diabetes and obesity risk rises

Reasons for Sleep Problems/Disruptions

To be able to remedy sleep problems, it is valuable to learn of the things that may cause it. Each of us may have different reasons or factors that can cause sleeplessness or low quality sleep.

Sleep quality can be affected by lifestyle, your diet, your stressors and your sleeping environment. Trying to remedy and understand these factors may help in improving your sleep quality after.

Some Tips to Sleep Soundly

  1. Avoid watching TV. Television shows may cause excitement on you which may cause you to have difficulty in falling asleep later. Instead, read a book. Put away all your gadgets and no internet in bed.
  2. Avoid caffeine 6 Hours Before you Sleep. Caffeine may perk you up for the day but it can also cause you to have a disrupted sleep at night. So keep it in the morning and avoid it in the afternoon.
  3. Make Your Sleeping environment conducive to sleeping. When you sleep, keep your bed as comfortable as possible. Keep your pillows and sheets clean. Let your room not be too warm or too cold. Turn off the lights r simply dim it if you don’t want it dark.
  4. Meditate. Breathe in breath out. A couple of yoga poses will help you.
  5. Shower before you sleep. Warm ones, not too hot or too cold. Keep it warm to loosen muscles and add up some light scents if you soak in a tub. Don’t use over powering scents, it may cause your brains to go haywire.
  6. End exercise an hour before. Ending an exercise right before you sleep might not be a good idea. After exercise, your adrenaline is still pumping making you too hyped up. S insated, do it with ample time for your body to settle, then take a warm bath and settle down to sleep.
  7. Don’t drink alcohol. Alcohol may be inducing a sedative effect early in the night, but once it wears off during midnight or during early in the morning, fragmented sleep can happen which may cause excessive daytime sleepiness.
  8. Sleep when you’re sleepy or tired. OD not put off sleep nor force yourself to sleep. Do some worthwhile yet light things if you can’t sleep yet.
  9. Sleep at the same hour every night. Sleeping at the same hour overnight helps your body establish a pattern. Since it has been familiar with your system, your body will just voluntarily do it after.
  10. Don’t nap in the afternoon. Napping in the afternoon can rob you your sleep at night. And it will be a cycle after.
  11. Having some supplement that can aid in your sleep. But better choose it wisely. By supplement, I don’t mean sleep inducing pills but supplements such as Vitamin D, magnesium, Vitamin B and Omega-3.
  12. Avoid stressing yourself out. Constant and chronic stress may not only affect you mentally but it can disrupt your daily function, say your sleep. Instead, solve your problems for the day or if you have worries at work leave it there. Managing stress can be hard at first but managing it effectively can give you ample sleep later.

A sleep diary or journal can help you track down your sleeping pattern. It can help you jumpstart your goal of improving your sleep quality. And also, make sure you eat well, balanced food. Avoid unhealthy ones and bank on fruits and vegetables.

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Feeding Your Skin to Keep it Looking Young and Healthy

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

eating healthyIs it really possible to eat and then look young? There are foods that will keep your skin looking and feeling great. Aside from that, there also food lowers the risk of skin cancer. There are certain foods that can protect your skin from damage inside and out.

A study of the Journal of the American Academy of published in March 2010 supports the idea that certain vitamins do help in protecting our skin. The same foods that can boost your defenses against skin cancer also helps keep your skin looking younger and smooth and ward off wrinkles.

Vitamin C

If you want to ward off your wrinkles and avoid age-related dryness, you have to eat more vitamin C-rich foods like strawberries. In 2007, the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition conducted a research about the effect of strawberries in our skin. The skin-smoothing effect of vitamin C may be due to its ability to mop up free radicals produced from ultraviolet rays and also its role in collagen synthesis. The fibrous protein content of collagen keeps skin firm and vitamin C helps in the production of collagen.

Coffee

A single cup of coffee daily may lower the risk of developing skin cancer. A study conducted on 93,000 women, published in the European Journal of Cancer Prevention said that those people who drank one cup of caffeinated coffee a day reduced the risk of developing non melanoma skin cancer by about 10 percent. And the more they drink – up to 6 cups per day, the lower their risk. Decaf coffee didn’t seem to have that kind of protection.

Omega 3

Omega 3 is an essential fatty acid known for its heart protecting properties. But this nutrient is also needed for keeping the cell membranes healthy. It blocks toxins from entering the body and strengthens skin cells. It helps your skin looking younger longer.

Lycopene

Lycopene is a nutrient that we get from tomatoes. This is the carotenoid that makes tomatoes red. It protects our skin from sunburn. In a study conducted, participants exposed to UV light had almost 50 percent less skin reddening after they ate 2 ½ tablespoons of tomato paste or drank about 1 2/3 cups of carrot juice daily.

This is in addition to their regular diet for 10 to 12 weeks. Those who take lycopene supplement or synthetic lycopene weren’t significantly protected against sunburn.

Isoflavones

Preserving skin-firming collagen is what tofu does to our skin because it is rich in isoflavones. The study of the Journal of the American College of Nutrition where they fed mice with isoflavones and exposed them to ultraviolet radiation had fewer wrinkles and smoother skin than mice that were exposed to UV light but didn’t take isoflavones. They believe that isoflavones help prevent collagen breakdown.

Osteoporosis Stopping it in its Track Naturally

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

A bone disease which usually develops over many years without any major symptoms in the early stages is called osteoporosis. Loss of height, developing a curved upper back, back pain, or broken bones are one of the first signs of osteoporosis. The bones become progressively porous, brittle and fragile in time. These fracture easily under simple stresses and would not break normal, healthy bone.

The fracture risk increases and is greatest in Caucasian women with increasing age.  The relaxation of the abdominal muscles and a protruding abdomen is the reason for postural changes. Fatigue is also felt by many people with osteoporosis.

Causes of Osteoporosis

There are a of causes of osteoporosis like gender, race, genetics, aging, low body weight, nutrition, lifestyle choices like smoking, caffeine, consumption of carbonated soft drinks and alcohol, and physical activity some of the key factors in the development of osteoporosis. Women have greater risk to develop osteoporosis than men, and it’s more common during the postmenopausal periods because of the decreasing level of estrogen. Family history of osteoporosis, lack of weight-bearing exercise, slender body frame and Asian or European heritage are some of the risk factors of osteoporosis. Also those women who smoke or drink are at greater risk also. One precipitating factor of osteoporosis is hyperthyroidism.

How to Prevent Osteoporosis

As we grow older, our skeletal system degenerates that makes our bones weak and prone to fracture. But, if you start living a healthy lifestyle early in your life, you may be able to delay the development of this disease. There are some ways to prevent your chances in developing osteoporosis:

  • Engage in weight-bearing exercise like walking, jogging, climbing stairs, dancing, or weight lifting. These exercises help keep bones strong and decrease the risk of developing osteoporosis.
  • A healthy diet that includes plenty of calcium and vitamin D is necessary. These are needed for building healthy, strong bones. Fortified milk will boost your vitamin D and by spending 10 to 15 minutes in the sun each day.
  • Don’t smoke.
  • Stop or limit your alcohol intake to 1 drink per day or less.
  • Cut down caffeine because it increases calcium loss from your body. It also puts you at risk for osteoporosis.
  • Talk with your doctor about the medications that can help prevent osteoporosis.

 

Home Remedies and Natural Cures for Osteoporosis Treatment

Potassium

In a recent study, it found out that women who were given regular potassium supplements were better to absorb calcium. This is important for maintaining strong bones. Bananas are a natural source of potassium, so they are highly recommended to reduce the risk of osteoporosis. Milk, yogurt, chicken, fish, turkey, celery, spinach carrots, and tomatoes are other foods rich in potassium.

Broccoli

Broccoli is an excellent source of calcium, which is important for maintaining strong and healthy bones. It is also high in vitamin c. it is also high in fiber that helps prevent constipation, hemorrhoids, high cholesterol, heart disease, obesity and colon cancer.

Fish oil

Some studies have found out that the omega 3 fatty acids and vitamin D content in fish oil may help increase bone mineral density. Take 1000mg of fish oil once daily with a meal, this is a simple osteoporosis remedy.