Health issue

11 Ways to Pick Out Healthy Food- Part I

Posted on 2011/09/30. Filed under: Health issue |

Prepared food that’s healthy too
It’s a common ploy. You walk down the grocery store aisle and are bombarded with “all natural” and “immunity boosting” claims on boxes, bags, and bottles. With so many enthusiastic labels shouting out to you, how can you tell which packaged foods are healthy and which ones are nutritional nightmares?Use our savvy shopper tips to choose healthy versions of 11 common snacks, meals, and drinks.

1.Breakfast cereal

Most cereals are similar in serving size and calories but differ in fiber and sugar content. Buy those with at least 5 grams of fiber per serving and less than 12 grams of sugar per serving. The only way sugar in cereal is good for you is if it comes from dried fruit, and not in the form of high fructose corn syrup, molasses, or honey. In general, the fewer the ingredients the better (for example, shredded wheat is usually just that). Stay as close to 5% of your age group’s recommended daily allowance (RDA) of sodium as possible, and definitely don’t consume more than 20% with your cereal

2.Bread

Look for bread with no more than 100 calories and 150 milligrams of sodium per slice, and at least 3 grams of fiber (which rules out white bread). And not all wheat bread is healthy. “Just because something says it might have whole-wheat flour in it doesn’t mean it’s 100% whole wheat,” .Instead, look for breads that say, “100% whole grains.” And it’s worthwhile to read the ingredient list. Whole wheat, oats, or other whole grains should be the first ingredient, as opposed to refined flours. If whole-wheat flour is listed first and followed by other flours, that bread will be lower in fiber. Limit molasses and other sweeteners too

3.Snack bars

Pay attention to the protein content, along with the calories, fat, sugar, and fiber, in these portable noshes. The best buys have at least 5 grams of protein and 3 grams of fiber, less than 10 grams of sugar, and no more than 200 calories, if it’s a snack.
It can contain 300 calories if it’s a meal, and 8 to 10 grams of protein is fine, but 20 grams is probably too much. Limit yourself to about 10 grams of total fat, and no more than 1 gram of saturated fat, but also check where the fat is coming from. “Nuts are the best source of fat in a snack bar,”.

4.Microwave meals
Even low-cal options can contain more than 30% of your daily sodium. “You need to compare brand to brand, because most frozen dinners are going to have more salt than they should,”. “Look for the ones with the smallest percentage of daily value.” Also, fat and calorie content is an issue with these meals. They can include unsaturated fats from olive oil and salmon but not saturated fat from cream or butter. Also aim for less than 500 calories. And since this is a meal, make sure you have 10 grams of protein or more per serving. But bear in mind that you’re probably not going to get enough veggies from a frozen dinner, so enjoy a side salad too.

5.Frozen veggies

If you don’t have fresh veggies, frozen ones can fill the greens gap. However, choose products that contain just vegetables sans sauce. “I guarantee if they’re made with anything, it’s typically a cream or cheese sauce, and you’re better off if you just make your own,”. If you like the extra flavor, sprinkle Parmesan cheese on the veggies. One half-cup serving of Birds Eye Broccoli and Cheese Sauce contains 90 calories, 3 grams of saturated fat, and more than 20% of your daily sodium, while the same serving of steamed broccoli with a tablespoon of Parmesan cheese contains 37 calories, 2 grams of fat, and about 5% of your daily sodium.

to be continued …………
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10 Things That Can Sabotage Your Weight Loss

Posted on 2011/09/26. Filed under: Health issue |

So you’ve got your plot to drop the extra pounds. It certainly seems sensible: You’re going to eat right, eat less, and exercise. After weeks of declining dessert and diligently hitting the treadmill, you step on the scale and…only 2 pounds gone? You conclude that something or someone must be sabotaging you. You might be right. While experts say weight loss can always be reduced to the simple “calories in, calories out” mantra—meaning if you eat fewer calories than you burn, you’ll lose weight—a host of oft-hidden saboteurs may be meddling with the balance. Here’s a smattering of them:

1. Treating healthy foods as low-calorie foods. “A lot of times they’re not consistent,” says Scott Kahan, co-director of the George Washington University Weight Management Program in Washington, D.C. So while whole grains, avocados, and nuts might be kind to your heart or cholesterol levels, dieters who binge on such foods can, before they know it, add hundreds of calories to the day’s total. Enjoy calorie-rich healthy foods, dietitians urge, but ration them out: a quarter of an avocado on a salad or a small handful of almonds for a snack.

2. Shunning shuteye. Some research has linked shorter sleep duration to a higher body mass index (a measure of body fat) and increased hunger and appetite. Additionally, if you’re tired, you might be prone to grab a sugar-laden treat for a midday boost, skip the gym, and have takeout for dinner to avoid cooking. It’s a vicious cycle. Aim for seven or eight hours a night.

3. Underestimating calories eaten. Quick—how many calories have you had today? No idea? Calorie ignorance is common and fueled by quite a few factors, dietitians say. First is a warped understanding of portion sizes. “People will tell me, ‘Oh, I eat a half teaspoon of butter and I spread that on a piece of toast,’ ” says Ellen Liskov, a registered dietitian and nutrition specialist at Yale-New Haven Hospital. “I don’t think you can do that mechanically.” (People typically use a tablespoon or more.) You’re going to have to recalibrate: Measure everything for a few days and work from recipes that calculate calories per serving or do it yourself. And be diligent about checking serving sizes. One sleeve of PopTarts, for example, is two servings. Also, be wary of seemingly innocent things like fruit, juice, trail mix, and dips. It’s particularly easy to go overboard here. Forgetfulness magnifies calorie ignorance. With all the to-do’s jammed into your brain, you probably don’t want to add a food diary. Too bad—your selective food memory is going to continue to sabotage you “until you start to pay attention every time you put something in your mouth,” says Madelyn Fernstrom, founding director of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Weight Management Center and author of The Real You Diet. Also, while a couple healthy snacks strategically spread throughout the day is a good hunger-control tactic, Liskov warns of “random” snacking. You’ll almost certainly lose track of all those calories.

4. Overestimating calories burned. “We tend to reward ourselves with too many calories of food for the amount of calories we burned exercising,” says Kahan. Suppose you go for a 30-minute jog. The University of Maryland Medical Center’s “calories burned calculator” estimates a 150-pound person would burn about 370 calories. Eat a few cookies later that day and you’ve just canceled it out.

5. Feeding your thirst. If you’re not sure whether you’re hungry or thirsty, assume it’s the latter. Drink a water or tea and see how you feel. Some research even suggests drinking two 8-ounce glasses of water before breakfast, lunch, and dinner may help you manage hunger and eat less.

6. The food environment. Commercials on TV hawk junk food. Billboards for fast-food restaurants bombard you on the road. “We’re in a society that really lends itself to eating a lot,” says Kahan. Without addressing these saboteurs, he says, it’s “almost overwhelmingly difficult” to lost weight. His solution: “Engineer your environment.” At home, do a junk-food purge. At work, avoid the treats in the kitchen and lobby your coworkers to hide the Hershey’s Kisses and go on a healthy-eating kick with you.

7. Saving up calories to eat junk. A couple hundred calories a day for an indulgence is OK, but don’t get carried away. “You could eat a bag of chips ’til the cows come home, but that’s not going to make you satisfied,” says Marilyn Tanner-Blasiar, a dietitian at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Without enough protein and fiber, you’ll be ravenous an hour later and blow your calorie limit.

8. Medications you take. It’s worth a check with your doctor if you don’t know whether weight gain is a side effect of a medicine you’re on. Psychiatric medications to treat bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and depression, along with heart medications like beta blockers, commonly cause weight gain. While treating the primary condition is most important, says Kahan, you may be able to find a substitute sans the side effect.

9. Your family and friends. This can manifest in many ways. Maybe it’s too heartbreaking to turn down grandma when she insists you have a third helping of her double-fried chicken. Or the rest of the family isn’t on a diet, meaning some junk foods linger to tempt you. Perhaps your nights out with friends always revolve around food-and-drink binges. No wonder a 2007 report in the New England Journal of Medicine found that one’s chance of becoming obese increase by 57 percent if a close friend becomes obese.

10. Yourself. Don’t be overly restrictive. “If you set too many limits on yourself, you get bored and resentful. And that, mentally, will hinder your weight loss,” says Tanner-Blasiar. Aim for slow and steady, shedding maybe a couple pounds a week, and don’t obsess over the scale. You didn’t gain the weight over the course of a couple weeks; likewise, it’ll take more than that to lose it. Above all, remember: “You can’t be perfect. You can’t be perfect in your relationships, in your job, in your life—certainly not in your weight-loss attempts,” says Kahan. “There’s nothing wrong with having a piece of cake on your birthday. There’s nothing wrong with trying to aim for moderation.”

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Advantages of Daily Exercise!!

Posted on 2011/08/31. Filed under: Health issue |

 

Regular exercise is best habit to get addicted too. It is the only habit that proves to be beneficial when you get addicted to it. A person who indulge in the daily exercise is noted to be the healthier than others who never indulge in any workout regime. The complete health status can be improved through the daily exercise. Many people think daily exercise as mere physical activity, but remember that along with the physical improvement you will even notice the improvement in your mental health status by doing the exercise daily. There are numerous advantages of daily exercise which are as follows:

1. Daily exercise improves the immune system of the person. The resistance power of the person who indulges in the daily exercise is being noted to be at its best. The production of the antibodies is being boosted due to the daily exercise. Whoever does daily exercise very rarely falls ill. So, if you are always falling ill or getting infected with some infections then you must surely join a gym and start daily exercise under the guidance of the health expert.

2. Cardiovascular health problems are found to be in very less percentage in the people who engage in daily exercise regime. There are special types of the exercises meant for the people who are suffering with the heart problems. These exercises are known as cardio exercises. It has been noted that the people who did the cardiovascular exercises very rarely or never face the heart problems.

3. Blood circulation is being improved due to the daily exercise. The problems that you face due to the improper blood circulation are being resolved through the daily exercise. During the daily exercise session the arteries and veins that open up and this makes the blood to flow to all body parts in a proper way. Proper blood circulation gives you good stamina and energy. It also maintains the regular heart rate and helps you to overcome the problems like shortness of breath.

4. If you are suffering with the diabetes then daily exercise session can help the person to control the sugar levels. Both type 1 and type 2 diabetes can be controlled with the help of the daily exercise. Daily exercise reduces the excessive amount of the sugars in the body and boosts the production of the insulin. The daily exercise regime helps the diabetic person to stay away from the other health hazards caused due to the diabetes. Diabetes person are advised to consult the exercise trainer in the gymnasium because there are some special exercise given for the diabetic patients.

5. Obesity can be cured with the help of the daily exercise regime. Basically the obesity is caused due to the two major reasons, excessive weight gain and lack of physical activity. Very important role daily exercise routine plays in helping the person to overcome obesity. Firstly it controls the excessive weight gain taking place in the obese person and then it starts declining the weight of the person. Whatever may be the reason for the obesity, you can certainly help the person to lose the extra pounds to get back in shape.

6. Arthritis and osteoarthritis problems can be resolved through the daily exercise. You need to do the special exercises for this. You need to consult the physiotherapist for getting the ideas about exercises used to cure arthritis and osteoarthritis. By regularly doing these exercises you will certainly get the relief from the pain due to the arthritis and osteoarthritis.

These are the advantages of the daily exercise. Exercise is the simplest mantra for improving the complete health status of the person.

 

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Say no to synthetic vitamins, green vitamins work in synergy !!

Posted on 2011/08/01. Filed under: Health issue |

*What is synthetic vitamin?

Chemical Vitamins are synthesized from labs and it is an isomeric form of natural substance, i.e. its structurally the same but is not compatible with other natural ingredient. For example, when we eat green vegetables or fruits such as grapefruit, its rich source of vitamins and flavonoid work in sync to enhance a better utilization, whereas synthetic vitamin C alone cannot achieve the same level of efficacy. In addition, it is easy to overdose synthesized vitamins C, long term intake of vitamin C might increase the risk of oxalate stones in the kidney, cause pain and discomfort.

*What is green vitamin?

Green vitamins refer to the natural food that contains chlorophyll (gives vegetables the green color). The 2010 USDA myplate recommends taking 1/2 of the plates with vegetables and fruits, however we are consuming a lot of “empty calories” with no few or no nutrition values from sugar-added food or over processed food.

Green vitamins such as alfalfa, barley grass, chlorella and spirulina have dietary fibers and vitamins from natural vegetables and no ingredients is chemically altered or derived. Out of all the green vitamins, spirulina and chlorella are the superb green food because of its nutrition diverse profile that can supplement the malnutrition diet we have. Spirulina and chlorella are ideal whole foods which provides 200% more proteins than chicken or milk on a gram by gram basis, and a very rich source of zinc, iron,

*How is the manufacturing process different between synthetic vitamins and green vitamins?

Synthesized vitamin E is obtained from the byproduct of petrochemstry, the very same production as petroleum oil, whereas naturally we can intake vitamin E from vegetable oils, nuts, or fortified cereals. Most of other vitamins are organically synthesized with various organic solvent and different chemical method. To preserve the integrity of the synthesized vitamins, stabilizers are added to protect from high temperature or sunlight; therefore it makes them harder to dissolve in the water.

Green vitamins such as spirulina and chlorella are cultivated outdoor under plenty of sunlight and clean water source. With good manufacturing control (HACCP, ISO9001 or ISO22000) and USDA organic certifications, we can be ensure there is no use of chemicals during the entire process and cause less chemical waste to protect the environment.

*How do I pick good green vitamins?

Good green vitamins should compose the following attributes:

-Natural
Natural health products can help you in many ways. They contain no artificial preservatives and chemicals that could harm your body. If you can find the best natural products, then you can make your body healthier.

-Organic
USDA organic refers to how the food is produced, processed and handled without chemicals. Organic certification guarantees no pesticides and practice natural way of cultivation; minimize the damages on the environment.

-Health benefits
Chlorophyll to plants is what red blood cells to humans. Studies have shown that chlorophyll might remove the toxins found in the body. Within about a week, you can start to experience energy boost and healthier skins reflected from a cleaner body. To experience the differences of green vitamins, you can take advantage of this free green vitamins giveaway hosted by FEBICOin..

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Skin Benefits of Chlorella

Posted on 2011/07/18. Filed under: Health issue |

Chlorella is a single-cell green sea algae that is very beneficial to the skin and body. The reason why chlorella helps the skin so much is because it has high levels of skin-benefiting vitamins and omega-3 fatty acids. When these ingredients are combined they help to detoxify skin cells, resulting in healthy beautiful skin. Chlorella also bonds to toxins within our body and assists the body in flushing them out. Chlorella binds to heavy metals that are toxic, as well as pesticides and other chemicals.

Detoxification

One of the most important things chlorella does for the skin is detoxify our skin cells from the inside out. When toxins are removed from the body they don’t have the chance to damage our skin. Over time this will help the skin to maintain radiance and beauty. Of course drinking a lot of pure water is great, but chlorella goes one step further than water, making it a wonderful supplement for detoxification. Chlorella actually penetrates the cell wall to remove harmful substances that can lead to premature aging and other health conditions. Taking chlorella as a vitamin supplement results in overall healthy cells. 

Wound Healing

Chlorella can also be used externally as a powerful skin healing agent. The vitamins and minerals found in chlorella speed up the wound-healing process. The reason why chlorella is so powerful when it comes to healing is because it stimulates our cells to reproduce at a much faster rate. The end result is new, healthy tissue. 

Acne

Chlorella is also a very powerful acne treatment. The reason why chlorella helps with acne is because it strengthens and detoxifies the liver, which results in clear skin because less toxins are coming to the surface. In addition, chlorella also contains high levels of vitamins A. C, E and omega-3 fatty acids. All of these nutrients contribute to healthier skin and reduce inflammation, resulting in fewer breakouts. 

Anti-aging

Chlorella is also a wonderful anti-aging food supplement. Chlorella can slow down the aging process by reducing free radical damage in the body. Free radicals are materials in our body that damage cells, lead to disease and cause our skin to age faster. Free radical damage is the result of pollution in our environment, poor diet and the general aging process. 

Eczema

Chlorella is also a wonderful treatment for eczema. Eczema is a skin condition that affects millions of people worldwide. The nutrients in chlorella do wonders for this skin condition. Chlorella should be taken externally and internally for people who suffer from eczema. Chlorella can be purchased in powder form. This powder can then be made into a paste. 

Simply mix the powder with water and slather on the affected areas of the skin. Eczema usually affects various regions of the body such as the legs, arms and torso. Leave this treatment on for 20 minutes before washing off. Apply this mixture once a day before your shower in the morning. In addition to applying chlorella topically, people who suffer from eczema should also take it internally in powder or pill form.

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Compounds in Green Tea May Protect Against Common Eye Diseases

Posted on 2011/07/15. Filed under: Health issue |

Green tea has increasingly become one of the world’s most popular beverages, and for good reason. The purported health benefits of green tea are nothing short of amazing. It appears to reduce the risk for a wide range of diseases, from bacterial or viral infections to chronic degenerative conditions including cardiovascular disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes mellitus, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, and periodontal disease. Green tea can also be used as a weight loss tool when used alongside a healthy diet.

Researchers in Japan have found that drinking five cups of green tea a day can burn up to 70 to 80 calories, which translates to about seven pounds a year. And recently, researchers at the Chinese University in Hong Kong discovered yet another benefit of drinking this health-promoting brew—it could protect against common eye diseases such as glaucoma.

For their study, published in the current issue of the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, Chi Pui Pang and colleagues gave laboratory rats green tea extract and then analyzed their eye tissue. The researchers found that different parts of the eye absorbed varying amounts of catechins, antioxidants which are believed to prevent damage caused by oxidation. The retina, the part of the eye responsible for sensing light, had the highest concentration of the antioxidants, while the least amount was found in the cornea, the clear outer layer of the eye. The antioxidant activity lasted for up to 20 hours after consumption of green tea extract. “Our results indicate that green tea consumption could benefit the eye against oxidative stress,” the authors concluded. Oxidative stress leads to retinal diseases like glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

Green tea is the least processed, made by briefly steaming the just harvested leaves, rendering them soft and pliable and preventing them from fermenting or changing color. After steaming, the leaves are rolled, then spread out and dried with hot air or pan-fried in a wok until crisp. Because of green tea’s minimal processing, its catechins, especially epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), which is believed to be responsible for most of the health benefits linked to green tea, are more concentrated. It wasn’t known until now, however, if the catechins were able to make their way from the mouth, through the gastrointestinal system, and be absorbed into the tissues of the eye. More studies will be needed to confirm the protective effect in humans.

Adding green tea to your diet is simple and inexpensive. It also provides a healthful alternative to sugar-and-chemical laden soft drinks which are helping to fuel soaring rates of diabetes and obesity.

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Prevent toxins from eating organic spirulina, and detox by eating organic chlorella!!

Posted on 2011/07/08. Filed under: Health issue |

Since the radioactive contaminations of food products from the nuclear incident in Japan, there have been endless reports on food safety. Followed by the more recent E.coli infected German vegetables, consumers are starting to fear and wonder about which foods are really safe.

In fact, food has long been ubiquitous polluted. It was not long ago when we discovered that Chinese milk manufacturers manufactured milk that contained large amounts of melamine, a dangerous plastic. This was done to reduce material costs for the manufacturers. Apart from the man-made pollutants, there are also natural disasters and environmental pollutions that may create unsafe food products.

What is vitally important now is to learn from the recent food contamination issues and look into how one can prevent these pollutants and toxins from entering the human body, and also what can be done to remove the toxins that have already accumulated inside the body. Think of food issues as a turning point for healthy diets, it will be the key of success to healthy living.

Research shows Chlorella’s effect to detox, and Spirulina’s effect to immune.

40 Years ago, scientists have already discovered that chlorella contains the secret to detoxification. Since 2000, Morita K and many other scholars have been conducting animal studies and found that diets that contain chlorella or chlorophyll, can not only reduce dioxin and heavy metal from getting absorbed from the intestines, it can also effectively speed up the discharge of toxic substances.

In 1993, at the International Conference on Applied Phycology, some scholars published researches that claimed Spirulina’s positive effects against radiation. Their research found that Spirulina is a natural absorbent of radiation, which can help reduce the amount of radiation accumulated, and even have the ability to recover children who have been exposed to low doses of radiation for a long period of time.

On 30th June 2011, an organization that protected the Fukushima residents published an analysis, which showed the detected level of radiation in children’s urine. Ten children from the range of 6~16 years old were detected with cesium in their urine, proving that the local children have been contaminated with radioactive material. This also shows that the radiation issue is not yet over in Japan, and it is estimated for the next 10 years or so will still be affected by the radioactive material. Therefore, this is an appropriate time to take FEBICO’s Organic Spirulina to prevent radioactive contamination.

Living in such a highly industrialized environment today, it is not easy getting rid of all the threats from environmental toxins. People should take this opportunity to re-establish good personal habits, more rests, less alcohol, and more exercise will enable the liver to restore its original functions. With the help of FEBICO’s Organic Spirulina and Organic Chlorella, users will be able to reduce and prevent toxic contaminations and achieve a healthy lifestyle!

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Astaxanthin is a top natural anti-inflammatory

Posted on 2011/06/23. Filed under: Health issue |

Astaxanthin, a substance known to be the most potent known antioxidant, has a natural and scientifically proven anti-inflammatory ability. The fact that astaxanthin is natural and has no side effects makes it very attractive to people as a health supplement. The scandals and deaths associated with leading pharmaceutical anti-inflammatories make it all the more appealing.

Astaxanthin is a red pigment found in different strains of algae, phytoplankton and plants. Because these organisms constitute the base of many food chains, the pigments can also be found in some animals as well. For example, it is astaxanthin that gives salmon and trout their reddish colour; in fact, the redder the fish are the healthier we can assume they are.

When certain types of algae are under stress, usually caused by a lack of nutrition or too much sun, the cells of the algae accumulate high concentrations of astaxanthin for protection. Due to the protective abilities of the pigment, these algae cells can lay dormant for up to 40 years without food or water and still return to normal under proper conditions.

Inflammation

Inflammation is a first-response defence and healing function that becomes active before our immune system does. If our bodies cannot solve the problem with inflammation, then our immune system takes over. Inflammation can occur within seconds in response to some kind of injury or attack on the body. It is non-specific, which means that is does not matter what the problem is: your body always responds in a similar way.

Specifically, the inflammation process is an extremely complex and highly evolved system. In general, inflammation causes redness, swelling, heat and pain. These effects occur due to the effects of a wide spectrum of inflammation mediators that are released after a detected injury or attack. Some of the known mediators include prostaglandins, tumor necrosis factors, interleukins and nitric oxide. All of these different substances play a role in a complex, coordinated and balanced defence of the body.

One type of mediator, prostaglandins, are chemical messengers that can, for example, regulate the contraction and relaxation of smooth muscle to increase or decrease blood flow. Prostaglandins are generally made from arachidonic acid and two enzymes called COX-1 and COX-2. The biggest-selling pharmaceutical anti-inflammatories are extremely strong COX-2 inhibitors, which means they limit the production of prostaglandins and therefore ease swelling and pain. Part of the reason that these synthetic drugs cause undesirable, and sometimes dangerous, side effects is because it is very unnatural and unbalanced for the body to deal with the extreme suppression of a single mediator (in this case just one of the two COX enzymes) without affecting the balance of all the other mediators. Naturally occurring anti-inflammatories in foods we eat ease inflammation by gently inhibiting several inflammation-causing mediators, including prostaglandins, thereby calming the process as a whole.

Although astaxanthin is no where near as strong as leading pharmaceutical anti-inflammatories, it has been found to be one of the strongest anti-inflammatories found in nature. Several double-blind, placebo-controlled animal and human clinical trials have shown that astaxanthin naturally inhibits many of the known inflammation-mediators and therefore can ease inflammation and pain without any negative side-effects.

The red pigment does, however, have many side-benefits such as being the strongest acting antioxidant known as well as being extremely beneficial for your eyes, central nervous system, brain, skin and immune system and for increasing sports performance & recovery.

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Tips of how to stay young!!

Posted on 2011/06/15. Filed under: Health issue |

Research has found that people who generally live longer do so partly because of good habits. Here are some of the following goods habits for longevity.
1. Laugh & have fun, don’t be gloomy
2. Let bygones be bygones. Dwelling on the past inflicts unnecessary stress.
3. Early to bed, early to rise, is healthy & wise.
4. Stay lean, being just 30% overweight is bad.
5. Keep learning, reading & socializing – an alert & active mind keeps brain cells healthy.
6. Keep working, doing something you like. Don’t be retire, it slows down your body.
7. Be the boss of your own life. Letting others push you around produces stress.
8. Exercise, quit smoking and eat less fatty foods.
9. Do not worry about health & death, just get on with your life and enjoy it.

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13 Reasons Why You Must Take Supplements

Posted on 2011/05/27. Filed under: Health issue |

  1. Most people today are born with nutritionally deficiency because the parents are nutritionally deficient too. Our body are depleted and toxic. To correct this inherited nutritional deficiencies and to detoxify the body, we require extra nutrients.
  2. Today’s soil is depleted. Soils are low in zinc, manganese, chromium, molybdenum, calcium magnesium and selenium. This means that we may not obtain all the nutrients we need from foods.
  3. Modern fertilizers do not supply enough trace elements. One hundred years ago, manures were used extensively for fertilizer. Today, superphosphate fertilizers have largely replaced manures. These contain mainly nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus and are deficient in the trace elements contained in manures. Superphosphates often act more as growth stimulants. This has contributed greatly to depletion of the soil and crop minerals. This includes organically grown food in certain areas, although it is much better.
  4. Pesticides and herbicides kill soil microorganisms and affect the nutrition of the plant. Soil microorganisms are needed to make minerals and other nutrients available to plants. The result is lower nutrient content. Also, our bodies require extra nutrients to process pesticide residues that remain inside the foods.
  5. Many pesticides are deadly chemicals that severely tax the human system. Some contain lead, arsenic and other toxic metals that slowly accumulate in the body unless and until one follows a health program designed to remove them.
  6. Long-distance transportation of many foods diminishes their nutrition. Most vegetables and fruits of Singapore are imported. Many foods are grown thousands of miles away They may spend days on trucks or ships to reach us, and then store in warehouse / coldroom for months.
  7. Fruits and vegetables are harvested before they’re fully ripened, this affects their nutritional value.
  8. Processed Foods. Food processing often drastically reduces nutrient content. Refining of wheat to make white flour removes 80% of its magnesium, 70-80% of its zinc, 87% of its chromium, 88% of its manganese and 50% of its cobalt. Refining sugar cane to make white sugar removes 99% of its magnesium and 93% of its chromium. Polishing rice removes 75% of its zinc and chromium.
  9. Food additives often deplete nutrients. Thousands of artificial flavors, colors, dough conditioners, stabilizers and preservatives are added to our foods. While some are harmless and may increase the value of food, many are toxic and can deplete the body of nutrients.
  10. As a result of eating refined, low-quality food loaded with additives, most people’s digestion is impaired.This further impairs nutrient absorption and increases nutritional needs. This is why I recommend a digestive aid for everyone who is suffering from any health condition.
  11. Pollution and Stress deplete many nutrients including calcium, magnesium and zinc. Stress also causes excessive sympathetic nervous system activity, which reduces digestive ability. This is another important reason why supplementation in high doses is sometimes needed.
  12. Everyone’s Biochemical Composition Is Different. Each person’s oxidation rate, stage of stress, trace element levels, toxic metal levels, digestive adequacy, state of the immune system and other factors are different, therefore, it’s difficult to replenish nutrients only through food. Moreover, one’s nutritional requirements are affected by age, sex, weight and health conditions including pregnancy and acute or chronic illnesses. In order to prevent illnesses or rebuilding after sickness, we need to provide the body with the amount of nutrients needed. This is so called Orthomolecular Nutrition coined by Nobel Laureate, the late Dr. Linus Pauling. And, this might not be able to accomplish just by diet.
  13. We use foods and nutrients not just to correct symptoms, but to balance body chemistry. For example, we need to take into consideration of the person’s physical and mental conditions, post- or pre-operation requirements and other factors. And, therapeutic dosages of nutrients and foods are not the same as standard food menu or set lunch. We have to attend to the individual needs differently.

*When the health is rebuilt, the extra amount of nutrients and supplements is no longer needed, but it will take a number of years to achieve this. A fundamental change of diet and lifestyle is also needed to accomplish this and to be out of the vicious cycle.

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