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Category Archives: Health

Put a Healthy Spin on Your Favorite Holiday Foods

One of the joys of the holidays is feasting on the traditional foods that are so lovingly prepared.  Unfortunately, “lovingly” is a code word for butter and fat in some households.  For many, staying healthy means tweaking grandma’s recipe to retain the flavor, but reduce the calories. There’s as many ways to do this as there are dishes.  For example, Latkes for Hanukah, can be made fresh and topped with sour cream, just like they’ve been for hundreds of years.  This year, try making the pancakes with a new twist like sweet potatoes and quinoa.  Christmas desserts like cakes and pies will be just as yummy if a few substitutions like applesauce are made to the recipe.  And those who make the traditional Kwanzaa karamu for New Year’s Day might want to substitute veggies for pork belly in those collard greens and serve Texas Caviar for good luck.  The war on obesity means waging a new battle every day.  From the time you awake, to the last tempting snack you avoid each night, you want to claim victory.  With the New Year on the horizon, getting through one of the tastiest food prep seasons of the year means using everything at your disposal to stick to your weight loss plans.

Shopping smart means saving money on the items you need to satisfy your goal.  One of the best ways to do this is to search Groupon for deals at Sam’s Club.  They stock thousands of items you need and some you don’t but will buy anyway – don’t we all!  When it’s time to feed the crowd, make sure you’re ready by shopping Sam’s Club for the ingredients for those delicious,wholesome, dishes your family can’t do without.   And while you’re there, you’ll find so many great gift ideas, you’ll be relieved to find you can do all your shopping from the same source.  They stock quality name brand items at warehouse prices, and you can use Groupon promo codes to enhance the deals.

If eating healthy, saving time and money are important to you, put a new weapon in your arsenal as you wage your daily battle to eat better, and shop for all the healthy ingredients you need at Sam’s Club this year.

Pure Water For Health

Take care of the health of your skin and your hair.

The water helps to hydrate them and increases their elasticity making them look healthy and fresh. In addition, it acts as a detoxifier and purifier of the blood, so it helps to prevent or reduce acne and other dermatological and capillary problems.

Regulate your body temperature.

Sweating helps your body stay cool, especially in hot weather situations or when you exercise. If you are not well hydrated, you can lose significant amounts of water by sweating and you run the risk of suffering a heat stroke.

It benefits your digestive system and helps maintain your ideal weight.

Drinking water moderates the appetite and speeds up the metabolism. Drinking a glass of water before consuming your food will make you eat only what you need and you will feel satisfied faster. Drinking water throughout the day and eating a balanced diet is vital to a good digestion, improve intestinal transit and prevent diseases such as gingivitis, constipation, colitis and gastric ulcers, among other oral and gastrointestinal diseases.

It promotes the functioning of your kidneys.

Drinking water in the recommended amounts helps to prevent urinary tract infections and to dissolve the salts and minerals that can lead to the onset of kidney stones, commonly known as kidney stones.

It is a shield for your respiratory system.

Water hydrates the mucous membranes that cover your nose, throat, bronchi and lungs, decreasing the chances of you developing viral and bacterial infections, or helping you to beat them faster.

Protect your heart and brain.

Daily water intake can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. Drinking water helps your heart pump blood more easily, which provides the oxygen needed to all the cells in your body.

Preserve your muscles and joints.

Proper hydration helps keep your muscles and joints well lubricated. If you are an athlete it is particularly important that you drink water before, during and after exercise to avoid cramps and dehydration.

Some Advantages Cucumber Water

Cucumber Water Promotes Healthy Bones

Cucumbers has vitamin K which plays a very important role in strengthening bones by promoting orthotropic activity, the high amount of silica in it promotes joint by strengthening the connective tissue, cucumbers help keeps your bones healthier as you age. Vitamin K is also essential for proper blood clotting, so it’s important to get your fair share. One raw cucumber with the peel on contains 62% of the daily required value according to Self Nutrition. By the way, Vitamin K, which is actually a group of chemicals, is present in several other green foods as well, such as kale, spinach, and collard greens, and some not so green ones, such as blueberries and cauliflower.

Cucumber Water Gives a Youthful look

Cucumbers help your body fight free radicals, due to their antioxidant content thereby slowing down aging and enhancing your body’s ability to fight disease. Although not as high as some intensely colored vegetables, such as red cabbage.

Our bodies contain about 55-60%, the more we hydrate, the healthier our bodies and all the cells in them are. Water transports oxygen, essential minerals, and vitamins, and also serves as a way of flushing toxins out of our system, so getting an adequate amount is actually a component of healthy aging. And what better way to do it than with tasty cucumber spa water.

Cucumber Water Fights Cancer

One more reason to eat and drink your cucumber water is that its contains cucurbitacins which aids in treating cancer, because they kill cancer cells and prevent their proliferation. Cucumber sufficient fluid intake which is easy to do, if you do take tasty spa water regular all day long, also reduces chances of developing urinary cancer.

Cucumber Water helps in Weight Loss

Cucumber can also act as a natural mild diuretic helping you get rid of that excess water and bloating. Cucumber spa water will naturally quench your thirst and make you forget about drinking water juice or should I call it water loaded with sugar. This is an easy way to cut calories from your diet. Not only that, but cucumber water makes plain water taste better, which means you’re likely taking more water. Water is an important factor in preventing constipation, which can cause swelling in the abdomen and add on a few extra pounds. Also, sufficient water intake helps your body’s natural detoxification processes, which makes it function more efficiently, thereby facilitating weight loss.

Cucumber Water Moisturizes the skin

Full of a host of skin-loving nutrients, such as the mineral silica, cucumbers enhance good skin health by increasing moisture and improving elasticity, which is why you find it in so many skin products on the market. Drinking water keeps your skin hydrated and healthy. Drink some spa water while you take it with a few chilled cucumber slices on your eyes.

Safeguard Immune System

Good hygiene- The first step to begin with the defence is to keep all prospective germs at bay. How can it be done? By following good personal hygiene habits. Stop infection as it begins and before it begins. Make sure you avoid spreading your infections to others with these simple measures:

Wash your hands regularly with soap or use sanitizers 5-6 times a day. Always prepare or eat food after washing your hands and every time you use the restroom.

Whenever you sneeze or cough, make sure you cover your mouth and nose with a tissue in order to avoid its germs infect others.

Always bandage all your cuts because if left open, it can become septic and harm your immune system. If you have any serious cut or wound anywhere on your body, get is examined by the doctor within due course of time.

Do not touch your healing wounds and do not squeeze pimples because doing so allows germs to enter your body.

Vaccination or Immunisation- A number of serious infections can be prevented by immunisation. Whereas vaccination is used to cure a sore arm or low fever. The vaccination is generally safe and effective in curing such diseases. And when it comes to the infections, consult your doctor for the immunisation status. A number of health care providers and centres provide immunisation services. Generally:

Children should be given all necessary immunisations and vaccinations as and when recommended by the doctors.

All adults should make sure their vaccinations are up-to-date.

Travellers should get additional immunisations before their date of journey.

Food safety- Mark yourself safe from the causes of food-poisoning not because they are life-threatening but they can lead to serious medical conditions sometimes. For this, you have to prepare and store your food safely. Take necessary precautions to kill germs or to prevent them entering your immune system:

Wash your hands with soap and water before and after each time you handle a raw food.

Rinse all meat, poultry, and fish under running water before cooking. Rinse all fruits and vegetables under running water before cooking or serving them.

Separate raw foods and cooked foods, and never use the same utensils or cutting boards with cooked meat that were used with raw meat.

All about Calcium

Vitamin D is essential for calcium absorption in the body. It helps to reduce the risk of fractures in elder patients. Adequate calcium with vitamin D3 intake as a part of well-balanced diet may reduce the risk of bone health. People who have digestive disorders that make it hard to break down and use calcium are also at a higher risk for calcium deficiency.

That’s why it’s important to try to get calcium from the food we eat. When we don’t get enough calcium for our body’s needs, it is taken from our bones.

Vitamin D plays an important role in protecting your bones and your body requires it to absorb calcium. Children need vitamin D to build strong bones, and adults need it to keep their bones strong and healthy. If you don’t get enough vitamin D, you may lose bone, have lower bone density, and you’re more likely to break bones as you age.

WOMEN AND MEN

Under age 50 – 400-800 international units (IU) daily**

Age 50 and above-800-1,000 IU daily**

Some people need more vitamin D.Vitamin D and calcium can be your best friends if you want to keep your bones healthy. Get the right amount and you’ll be less likely to break one or get a bone-weakening disease called osteoporosis.

To figure out how much vitamin D is right for you, you need to get familiar with something called an “international unit,” or IU for short. That’s how vitamin D is measured. For calcium, the amount you need depends on your age and gender

All adults 19-50: 1,000 milligrams

Adult men 51-70: 1,000 milligrams

Adult women 51-70: 1,200 milligrams

All adults 71 and older: 1,200 milligrams

Pregnant/breastfeeding women: 1,000 milligrams

Pregnant teens: 1,300 milligrams

Vitamin D has multiple roles in the body, not all of them well-understood. You can load up on calcium from a lot of different kinds of food. For example, add some dairy to your diet, such as milk, cheese, and yogurt. Or try veggies like broccoli, kale, and Chinese cabbage.

Want a simple plan to get the recommended 1,000 milligrams a day? You can do it if you eat a packet of fortified oatmeal, a cup of fortified orange juice, a cup of yogurt, and half a cup of cooked spinach.

Another source of the nutrient is the sun. Your body makes it from sunlight. But you need to wear sunscreen to protect your skin, and that blocks your body from making vitamin D. Also, it can be hard to make enough from the winter sun, depending on where you live.

If you’re not getting all the vitamin D and calcium you need from food, you can get it from supplements.

Calcium deficiency symptoms (also known as hypocalcemia) range from minor – numbness or tingling of the fingers, muscle cramps,problems with proper blood clotting, lethargy and poor appetite – to more severe, including mental confusion, skeletal malformations, dermatitis, and in infants, delayed development in children’s growth and development. Illnesses such as osteoporosis (brittle, thin, porous bones that easily break) and rickets are also associated with a deficiency.

Even if you eat a healthy, balanced diet, you may find it difficult to get enough calcium if you:

Follow a vegan diet

Have lactose intolerance and limit dairy products

Consume large amounts of protein or sodium, which can cause your body to excrete more calcium

Have osteoporosis

Are receiving long-term treatment with corticosteroids

Have certain bowel or digestive diseases that decrease your ability to absorb calcium, such as inflammatory bowel disease or celiac disease

In these situations, calcium supplements may help you meet your calcium requirements. Talk to your doctor or dietitian to determine if calcium supplements are right for you.

To determine how much calcium is in a particular food, check the nutrition facts panel of the food label for the daily value (DV) of calcium. Food labels list calcium as a percentage of the DV. This amount is based on 1,000 mg of calcium per day. For example:

30% DV of calcium equals 300 mg.

20% DV of calcium equals 200 mg of calcium.

15% DV of calcium equals 150 mg of calcium.

In general, you shouldn’t take supplements that you don’t need. Calcium supplements are available without a prescription in a wide range of preparations (including chewable and liquid) and in different amounts. The best supplement is the one that meets your needs based on convenience, cost and availability. When choosing the best supplement to meet your needs, keep the following in mind:

Read the product label carefully to determine the amount of elemental calcium, which is the actual amount of calcium in the supplement, as well as how many doses or pills to take. When reading the label, pay close attention to the “amount per serving” and “serving size.”

Take most calcium supplements with food. Eating food produces stomach acid that helps your body absorb most calcium supplements. The one exception to the rule is calcium citrate, which can absorb well when taken with or without food. Calcium citrate works well on both empty stomach as well as with food and can be taken anytime.This is also found to be a better option for elderly folks,who has less stomach acid to absorb the product.

The total daily dose. Calcium is absorbed most efficiently when it’s taken in amounts of 500 milligrams (mg) or less at one time. So if you take 1,000 mg of calcium a day, split it into two or more doses over the day.

When starting a new calcium supplement, start with a smaller amount to better tolerate it. When switching supplements, try starting with 200-300 mg every day for a week, and drink an extra 6-8 ounces of water with it. Then gradually add more calcium each week.

Necessity of vit k with calcium. If you take oral vitamin D,you also need to take vitamin K2.Vitamin K2 helps to move calcium to proper areas where its needed and removes it from sites where it shouldn’t be present like arteries and soft tissues. When you take vitamin D, your body creates more of these vitamin K2-dependent proteins, the proteins that will move the calcium around. They have a lot of potential health benefits. But until the K2 comes in to activate those proteins, those benefits aren’t realized. So, really, if you’re taking vitamin D, you’re creating an increased demand for K2.Vitamin K2 deficiency is one of the reason why people suffer from vitamin D toxicity symptoms which includes improper calcification leading to hardening of arteries.And vitamin D and K2 work together to strengthen your bones and improve your heart health.

More Energy After Age 40

1.) Begin to exercise if you don’t already

This might seem obvious, but adding some regular exercise into your daily routine can provide tremendous benefits to anyone who is feeling slow and sluggish. Simply getting blood flowing is enough to recycle nutrients and even just wake you up.

2.) Cut out simple sugars and obvious “junk” food – including alcohol

You might be surprised how much of an impact your diet has on the way that you feel. A slight tweak in diet, eliminating simple sugars, and other obvious “junk” foods is a good place to start. Another good technique is to not eliminate bad foods necessarily, but to slowly start to add healthy foods in. The idea is the healthy foods provide additional nutrients that eventually the healthy foods will edge out the bad ones.

3.) Do something you are afraid of

Part of getting older is getting stuck in the monotony of routine, and becoming comfortable with complacency. Don’t get stuck in this trap. You only get one life, and some of the most rewarding things you will ever do are hiding behind a thinly veiled lie of fear. Jump off the cliff and build the plane on the way down, you won’t regret it. The excitement of the change this will manifest will invigorate you.

4.) Try Fasting

Many have heard the spiel – Our ancient ancestors hunted every few days, made a kill, feasted, and then rested for a few days like a bunch of lazy high schoolers. This anecdote has some truth, however. A simple method of intermittent fasting is to simply wait until noon to eat. From there, do not eat past 8 pm. Eating within this 8 hour window will maximize your body’s nutrient partitioning abilities, and ensure you maximize the muscle building capability and minimize the fat storage potential of the foods you eat. It will also tremendously increase your energy throughout the day.

Bone Marrow Transplantation

 Planning Ahead

You will have to manage your personal issues and plans simultaneously so that you can pay full attention to your recovery.

 Preparation

The primary element of development is that you will have to prepare the donor for a transplant, whether you are or someone else is the donor.

 Conditioning

When you and your donor are ready for the transplant, your doctor will begin with your conditioning regimen. That means you will receive chemotherapy, total body irradiation, kill your cancer and unhealthy marrow.

 Transplant

Your transplant will take place only after your conditioning is fully complete.

 Waiting for Engraftment

Engraftment is the process in which the stem cells that has been received from the donor starts growing and developing. That means the marrow of bone and immune system are recovering. You will be closely monitored and treated for any side-effects or complications that arise. Your transplant team and the caretaker will support you emotionally.

 Recovering After Engraftment

After an allogeneic transplant, the initial recovery period is for about three months only and for autologous it is only one month. You will be under strict observation, and regular blood tests will be scheduled for you.

 Long-term Recovery

There is an extended recovery period after allogeneic transplant in which you may meet the hospital staff for a long-term follow-up program. You will be provided with life-long resources related to your operation. They will sit and work with your team to give you discharge evaluation. If it were to be an autologous transplant, there would have been no long-term issues.

Types of Hearing Loss

Conductive Hearing Loss

Definition: This type is a condition that obstructs the passing of sound coming from outer ear going to the middle ear and passing through inner ear. With this, you may need more energy or loudness to hear a sound more clearly.

Causes: Common causes of are ear infection, allergies, abnormal bone growth in your middle ear, a punctured eardrum, excessive earwax, or a fluid build up from colds.

Treatments: Traditional and modern hearing aids are effective devices to use to correct it. Available hearing technologies can also be used to treat this type. These treatments are middle ear implants, bone anchored hearing devices, and bone conduction hearing aids.

Mixed Hearing Loss

Definition: From the name itself, it is a combination of the conductive and sensorineural. In this type, you may be suffering from ear damage in the outer/middle/inner ear or auditory nerve. When you are experiencing factors that contributed to these two types of disorders, then you might have the mixed hearing loss and it is advised to immediately seek help from audiologists.

Causes: An ear trauma, active ear infection, and all the causes of both conductive and sensorineural hearing loss can contribute to this hearing issue.

Treatments: Suitable treatment depends on what components are more prominent, is it conductive or sensorineural. If it is more of the conductive factors, medical and surgical procedures are suitable options. If the loss is more on the sensorineural components, hearing aid and implantable hearing devices are the effective solutions.

Healthy Old Age

Eat Healthy Food
The majority of adults consume more than double the daily sodium intake than recommended, which can lead to hypertension and cardiovascular disease. Most of this high sodium intake comes from food and packaged foods.
Tips: Eat nutrient-dense foods like fruits, vegetables, and whole-grain foods. Avoid sweet, salty foods, and packaged or processed foods. Remember that everyone has different dietary needs, follow your doctor’s advice on dietary restrictions.

Maintain Your Brain
One in eight older adults (age> 65 years) in the United States and some other countries suffer from Alzheimer’s disease, whereas some cognitive decline is a normal part of aging. Studies have shown that lifestyles that stimulate cognitive stimulation through active learning will slow down cognitive decline.
Tip: Never stop learning and challenge your mind. Take dance lessons, learn a new language, attend a lecture at a local university, learn to play a musical instrument, or read a book, for Muslims to try to memorize the Qur’an.

Build Social Relationships
Nearly 30% of parents who live alone and live alone feel the loneliness of the heavy. Changes in life such as retirement, health problems, or loss of spouse, can lead to social isolation.
Tips: Always keep in touch with your family and friends, especially after experiencing significant life changes. Schedule regular time to meet friends and family over tea, eat together once a week, or do other activities together. Invite other friends who may feel lonely or isolated.

Endocrine System

Just like other parts of the body, the endocrine system is also affected by diseases. The conditions are brought about by various reasons such as:

  • Diseases
  • Issues with the endocrine feedback system
  • Failure of an endocrine gland to stimulate another gland to release hormones. For example, you can have a problem with the hypothalamus that will disrupt the production of a hormone in the pituitary gland.
  • A genetic disorder
  • Infections
  • Tumors
  • Injuries in the endocrine gland

The most common conditions are:

Cushing’s disease: This is the overproduction of a pituitary gland hormone that results to the over activity of the adrenal gland. In some cases, Cushing’s syndrome comes about in children that take high doses of corticosteroid medications.

Adrenal insufficiency: This condition comes about when the adrenal gland releases too little of cortisol or aldosterone hormones. When you are suffering from insufficient adrenal, you tend to experience stomach upset, fatigue, skin changes, and dehydration. One of the most common conditions that result from adrenal insufficiency is Addison’s disease.

Gigantism: You are said to be suffering from Gigantism when the pituitary gland produces too much of the growth hormone. Due to the excess of the hormone, the bones grow abnormally fast.

Hyper and hypothyroidism: As you might have guessed, you will be suffering from hyperthyroidism when the thyroid gland produces too much thyroid hormone. When you are suffering from hyperthyroidism, you experience weight loss, sweating, nervousness, and fast heart rate. In most cases, hyperthyroidism results from Grave’s disease which is an autoimmune disorder.

Hypothyroidism on the other hand results when the thyroid gland fails to produce enough thyroid hormone. When suffering from this condition, you tend to suffer from dry skin, depression, fatigue, and constipation.

Hypopituitarism: You have this condition when the pituitary gland doesn’t release enough hormones or produces too little hormone. The condition comes about due to pituitary gland diseases.

Polycystic ovary syndrome: The condition is characterized by overproduction of androgens that interfere with the egg development and the release of the female ovaries. Experts report that this condition is one of the leading causes of infertility.