Thursday, December 30, 2010

Positive thinking helps cure Illness

A new study from researchers at Bangor University in North Wales, UK suggests that keeping optimistic attitude on life and putting a brave face during adversities can ward off all kinds of illnesses.

According to psychologists, positive attitude can even overcome serious diseases like diabetes, arthritis and heart conditions. Previous studies have established that positive thinking can make the healing process of the body faster by easing the symptoms through placebos. Resilience can keep illnesses at bay.

The study, conducted on Britons, aged 50 to 90 years, found that resilient people are more likely to bounce back from the illnesses and feel better in spite of various aches and pains.

Dr Gill Windle, lead researcher at Bangor University, North Wales, stated that the inner strength required to fend off all illnesses takes years to develop and cannot be turned on overnight.

"Resilience is the key but it's probably something which builds up over a lifetime – in some cases because of experiences in childhood," the Daily Express quoted Windle as saying.  “A positive attitude on life could help you to bounce back from the challenges of ill health,” Windle added.
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Almond-rich diet could prevent Diabetes

Intake of almonds could help prevent diabetes and heart disease, a study has found. The nuts might cut cholesterol and help the body to use insulin, thus stopping diabetes.

Type 2 diabetes, which is linked to obesity and a lack of exercise, is partially the result of the body becoming resistant to its own insulin, the hormone which converts sugar into energy.

Researchers at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey studied 65 adults with raised blood sugar, a condition called pre-diabetes. The group which took almond-enriched diet for 16 weeks became more sensitive to insulin while their cholesterol was lowered.

About 55 million people in Europe have type-2 diabetes. This is expected to rise to 66 million by 2030. Another 60 million have pre-diabetes, giving them a higher risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease and strokes.
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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Health Tip: Playtime is Essential

Playtime is more than a source of pleasure for kids and their parents. It teaches toddlers social skills, how to pay attention and to use their imagination, says the American Academy of Pediatrics.

It's vital to offer your child time and toys to help promote growth and development, the AAP advises.

Create a play space that's safe and secure for your child, the group says. It should be a place where your child can play freely without the risk of injury, and where you can easily keep an eye on your child.

Even simple toys can encourage imagination and wonder. Examples include blocks, crayons, plastic dishware, and pots and pans.

And don't forget to include activities outside the home, such as a story hour at the local library, a trip to the playground, or a park.
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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Vegetarian diet good for Kidneys

A new study has found that sticking to a vegetarian diet can help kidney disease patients avoid accumulating toxic levels of phosphorous in their bodies.

Kidney disease patients must limit their phosphorous intake, as high levels of the mineral can result in heart disease and death. Though medical guidelines recommend low phosphorus diets for patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD), phosphorus content is not listed on food labels.

Sharon Moe (Indiana University School of Medicine and Roudebush Veterans' Affairs Medical Center) and her colleagues studied the effects of vegetarian and meat-based diets on phosphorous levels in 9 patients with CKD.

Patients followed a meat-based or vegetarian diet for one week, followed by the opposite diet two-to four- weeks later. Blood and urine tests were performed at the end of each week on both diets.

Despite equivalent protein and phosphorus concentrations in the two diets, patients had lower blood phosphorus levels and decreased phosphorus excretion in the urine when they were on the vegetarian diet compared with the meat-based diet.

The authors concluded that their study demonstrates that the source of protein in the diet has a significant effect on phosphorus levels in patients with CKD.
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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Health Benefits of Regular Physical Exercise

Regular physical activity provides enormous health benefits. Studies show that regular physical activity:
  •  Improves your chances of living longer
  •  Improves quality of life
  •  Reduces the risk of heart disease
  •  Helps lower high blood pressure (hypertension) and high cholesterol
  •  Helps protect you from developing certain cancers
  •  Helps prevent or control type 2 diabetes (adult-onset diabetes)
  •  Reduces the risk of arthritis and alleviates associated symptoms
  •  Helps prevent osteoporosis (gradual loss of bone mass/strength)
  •  Improves mobility and strength in later life
  •  Alleviates symptoms of depression and anxiety
  •  Benefits weight reduction and weight management
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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Eating orange is better than popping Vitamin Pills

Eating an orange is much healthier than simply taking vitamin C pills. A host of antioxidants in orange work together to retard ageing and would possibly keep heart disease and cancer at bay, the Journal of Food Science reports.  

"There is something about an orange that's better than taking a vitamin C capsule, and that is really what we're trying to figure out," said Tory Parker, assistant professor of nutrition, dietetics and food science at Brigham Young University in US.

Parker explained that every time we eat carbs and fat, we increase the amount of free radicals in our blood. Over time, that increases our chance for hardened arteries and heart disease. But eating fruit protects us from that effect for a few hours after every meal.

Parker noted supplement companies often mix "high concentrations of extracts from blueberry and blackberry and orange and throw them all together and hope it's good."

The researchers identified several combinations of antioxidants that were the most synergistic - the compounds hesperidin and naringenin, in particular, appeared to contribute the most punch in the combinations.

Those are the mixtures Parker would continue to research in human studies to evaluate whether their health effects mimic those of eating an orange.
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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Dairy Products May Lower Diabetes Risk

A natural substance present in dairy products appears to protect against diabetes, say researchers. Trans-palmitoleic acid is present in milk, cheese, yoghurt and butter but cannot be prepared by the body.

Study Details:
A study of over 3,700 people found higher levels of trans-palmitoleic acid was linked with a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes. People with the highest levels cut their risk by 60%, Annals of Internal Medicine reports.

Lead author of the research, Dr Dariush Mozaffarian, said: "The magnitude of this association is striking.  "This represents an almost three-fold difference in risk of developing diabetes among individuals with the highest blood levels of this fatty acid."

Deepa Khatri, clinical advisor at Diabetes UK, said: "People should not take the findings of this research as a reason to exceed the recommended portion amounts of dairy food in order to prevent their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

"Milk and dairy foods can be high in fat, which if eaten in excess can contribute to weight gain. So it's advisable to choose lower-fat dairy foods instead.

Experts say more research is needed to see whether these trans-palmitoleic acids can play a useful role in preventing Type 2 diabetes. In the meantime, they recommend that all people, with or without diabetes, should have a healthy balanced diet, low in fat, salt and sugar with plenty of fruit and vegetables.
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Monday, December 20, 2010

Tips to prevent Dandruff

Dandruff is a tricky hair problem. But it is not impossible to get rid of. A few lifestyle modifications, constant hair care, healthy habits and a balanced diet can keep your scalp dandruff-free. Given below are few tips that would help you to avoid dandruff.
  • Avoid being in the sun without applying a hair serum. Wear caps or scarves before stepping out of the house. Sunrays are harsh on scalp skin and can harm hair structure.
  • Avoid exposing hair to cold weather. It can cause hair problems including dandruff. Make use of head gears in extreme weather conditions.
  • Wash your hair at least twice a week. In humid weather washing your hair thrice a week is advisable. Select a shampoo which is suitable for your hair texture.
  • Condition your hair after every wash. Some may need mild conditioning and some may need deep conditioning, according to their hair texture.
  • Apply a leave-in conditioner for shiny, radiant hair.
  • Don’t comb your hair when they are wet.
  • Always use a wide toothed comb.
  • Avoid chemical treatments such as coloring, highlighting, straightening or perming, if your scalp is prone to dandruff.
  • Practice stress reducing methods such as meditation and yoga. These healing treatments can have positive effects on physical health and your hair condition too.  
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Sunday, December 19, 2010

Garlic might reduce Risk of Arthritis

A diet containing more garlic, leeks and onions might help in reducing the risk of having arthritis.

The daily mail reports: University of East Anglia and King College, London did their investigation about the link of diet rich in garlic and joint diseases like arthritis. Their studies confirmed the link of garlic and painful joint diseases and observed that women who ate much garlic had their minimum level of having hip osteoarthritis.

Arthritis is the disease that affects most of the women than men. Around 8 million people are affected in Britain. Joint diseases affect knees, hip and spine and it causes pain and it restricts the movement of the joints it affects.

The study by the Arthritis Research Britain had a detailed study about 1000 healthy female twins and assessed about their diet and early symptoms of arthritis in their knees, hip and spine. The detailed study revealed that earlier symptoms of osteoarthritis are less in women who had much garlic in their diet than who did not have it.

The researchers found the presence of a compound called diallyl disulphide in garlic and the laboratory findings with this compound showed to help in reducing cartilage damages.

“If our results are confirmed by follow-up studies, this will point the way towards dietary intervention or targeted drug therapy for people with osteoarthritis,” said Frances Williams, lead author of the study.
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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Five tips for Healthy Skin

The skin is one of the most powerful indicators of health. Good skin care and healthy lifestyle options can help delay the natural aging process and prevent many skin problems. Given below are few tips that can lead to a great looking skin.

1. Protect yourself from the sun
The most important way to take care of your skin is to protect it from the sun. A lifetime of sun exposure can cause freckles, wrinkles, age spots and rough, dry skin. It can also lead to skin cancer. Hence, avoid the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. This is when the sun's rays are the strongest. Cover your skin with tightly woven long-sleeved shirts, long pants and wide-brimmed hats while going out at this time.Apply sunscreen when you're in the sun. 

2. Don't smoke
Smoking makes your skin look older and contributes to wrinkles. Smoking narrows the tiny blood vessels in the outermost layers of skin, which decreases blood flow. This depletes the skin of oxygen and nutrients, such as vitamin A, that are important to skin health.

3. Treat your skin gently
Daily cleansing and shaving can take a toll on your skin, so keep it gentle. While bathing, use warm instead of hot water. After washing or bathing, gently pat or blot your skin dry with a towel so that some moisture remains on your skin. Don’t use strong soaps, as they may strip oil from your skin. Instead, opt for mild cleansers. In case you have dry skin, use a moisturizer that fits your skin type and makes your skin look and feel soft.

4. Eat a healthy diet
A healthy diet can help you look and feel your best. Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins. Drink ample of water.

5. Manage stress
Uncontrolled stress can make your skin more sensitive and trigger acne breakouts and other skin problems. To have a healthy skin and a healthy state of mind take steps to manage your stress.
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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Beauty Sleep Concept not a Myth : Study

Want to look attractive and healthy, the best thing you can do is get a good night’s sleep, say researchers, backing the “beauty sleep” concept.

A new study by the Karolinska Institute in Sweden has found people who have a good night’s sleep, around 8 hours daily, look more beautiful and healthy than those who don’t.

For the study, researcher’s recruited 23 healthy adults aged 18 to 31 -- all young enough to get away with the odd bad night. The subjects were photographed after some 8 hours of sleep and again after being kept awake for 31 hours after a few hours’ sleep.

The pictures were shown to 65 untrained observers, who ranked them on a scale of how healthy, attractive or sleep-deprived the subjects looked. Those who went short of sleep were rated as less healthy and scored an average of 63 points, compared to 68 points after a full night’s sleep.

They were also seen as more tired and less attractive, leading the researchers to conclude that there really is such a thing as beauty sleep.

“The concept of beauty sleep has lacked scientific support, but the biological importance of sleep may have favored a sensitivity to perceive sleep-related cues in others.

“Sleep disorders are increasingly common in today’s 24-hour society and often co-exist with some common health problems, such as hypertension and inflammatory conditions,” the researchers were quoted by the ‘Daily Express’ as saying.
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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Constipation risk for kids who dislike Fruits and Vegetables

Scientists have found that primary school children who don't like eating fruit and vegetables are 13 times more likely to develop functional constipation than children who do.

Drinking less than 400ml of fluid a day also significantly increases the risk, according to the study.

Researchers from the National University of Singapore and Hong Kong Polytechnic University examined the eating habits of 383 children aged from 8 to 10 from a school in Hong Kong.

Key findings of the study included:
  •  7% of the children who took part suffered from functional constipation and there were clear dietary differences between the children who did and did not have problems.
  •  Girls were more likely to have functional constipation than boys and 9-year-olds were more likely to report problems.
  •  Children who only drank 200ml to 400ml of fluid a day were 8 times more likely to experience problems than children who drank more.
  •  Children who said they did not like fruit or vegetables were 13 times more likely to suffer from functional constipation than children who did.
The researchers advised parents to encourage children to consume fruit and vegetable. Nutrient-rich produce may boost kids' intake of vitamins and minerals, as well as help them maintain a healthy weight. 

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Monday, December 13, 2010

Tips to Keep your Gums Healthy

Practicing good dental hygiene is the best way to prevent gingivitis (gum disease). It's never too early to start in life, because children as young as 6 can develop gum disease.

In addition to brushing at least twice daily and flossing at least once each day, the Mayo Clinic suggests these tips to keep your family's gums healthy:
  • Choose the right toothbrush. Select a toothbrush with soft, end-rounded or polished bristles. Stiff or hard bristles are more likely to injure your gums. Some dentists recommend electric toothbrushes with rotating or vibrating bristles because they may be more effective at removing plaque and maintaining healthy gum tissue.
  • Brush as if your teeth depended on it. To clean outer surfaces of your teeth and gums, you can use short back-and-forth, and then up-and-down strokes. Use vertical strokes to clean inner surfaces. To clean the junction between your teeth and gums, hold your brush at a 45-degree angle to your teeth.
  • Floss. If you're like most people, this is the part that's usually ignored. An antiseptic mouthwash can be a good alternative for non-flossers, but it will work best when combined with brushing and flossing.
  • See your dentist. Be sure to go for regular checkups and cleanings.
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Sunday, December 12, 2010

Extra Cup of Coffee Intake can Double Stroke Risk

A new study has reported that drinking more coffee than usual could double your risk of a stroke.

Experts at Harvard Medical School in Boston found that light coffee drinkers who normally have no more than one a day are twice as likely to suffer a blood clot on the brain if they increase that by an extra cup or two.

The risk of a potentially fatal stroke was greatest in the hour following consumption. After two hours, the coffee's effects had worn off and the risk of a stroke passed.

But the danger lies in occasional exposure to relatively higher caffeine levels, the findings said - making light coffee drinkers more susceptible.

This could be because coffee-lovers who get through several cups a day become ''desensitized'' to the effects of caffeine, such as raised blood pressure, stiffening of the arteries and higher norepinephrine levels, a stress hormone that increases heart rate.

Researchers examined 400 stroke victims, comparing each one's coffee intake in the hour before their stroke with their usual consumption over the previous year. Around one in ten had drunk coffee less than an hour before falling ill.

"Consumption was linked with a risk of stroke in the subsequent hour twice as high as during the periods where there was no coffee consumption," the Daily Mail quoted the authors as saying.

They found no such association with caffeinated tea or cola. The risk is mainly confined to those who exceed their normal intake of a cup or so a day.
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Friday, December 10, 2010

Study says Whole Grain Foods reduce Blood Pressure

According to scientists, eating whole grain foods can significantly reduce blood pressure.

The University of Aberdeen team said foods such as whole meal cereal, porridge, bread and oatcakes could have major health benefits.

Around 200 volunteers took part in the study. Dr Frank Thies, who led the research, said the findings could be seen as especially good news for Scottish food producers. The volunteers in the study received three servings every day of whole grain foods. The whole grain diets were compared with one that contained the same amounts of refined cereals and white bread.

Dr Thies, a senior lecturer at the Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health, said volunteers eating wholegrain had a drop in blood pressure similar to that expected from blood pressure-lowering drugs.

He said: "This drop in systolic blood pressure could potentially decrease the incidence of heart attack and stroke disease by at least 15% and 25% respectively."
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Cranberry Juice not Effective against Urinary Tract Infections : Study

A new study has reported that cranberry juice is not efficient against urinary tract infections.

Drinking cranberry juice has been recommended to reduce the incidence of urinary tract infections, based on observational studies and a few small clinical trials. However, the new study suggests otherwise.

A small clinical trial of 319 women:
College-aged women who tested positive for having a urinary tract infection were assigned to drink 8 ounces of cranberry juice or a placebo twice a day for either six months or until a recurrence of a urinary tract infection, whichever happened first.

Of the participants who suffered a second urinary tract infection, the cranberry juice drinkers had a recurrence rate of almost 20 per cent, while those who drank the placebo suffered only a 14 per cent recurrence.

"We assumed that we would observe a 30% recurrence rate among the placebo group. It is possible that the placebo juice inadvertently contained the active ingredients that reduce urinary tract infection risk, since both juices contained Vitamin C," said study author Betsy Foxman of the University Of Michigan School Of Public Health in Ann Arbor.

"Another possibility is that the study protocol kept participants better hydrated, leading them to urinate more frequently, therefore decreasing bacterial growth and reducing urinary tract infection symptoms," she said.
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Thursday, December 9, 2010

Purple Fruits could Ward Off Alzheimer’s Disease

Purple- fruits like blueberries and green tea can help the body fight against age-related ailments like Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and multiple sclerosis, a study has recommended. The constituents contained in these products that resist these diseases are iron chelators, a form of nutrients that stick closely to the body’s metallic substance.

The study suggests that iron, if not bound tightly, may result in the body producing free radical toxins. Such toxins, it is believed, may be the cause behind degenerative diseases.

Lead researcher of the study, Prof. Douglas Kell, from the University of Manchester, said: “Much of modern biology has been concerned with the role of different genes in human disease. The importance of iron may have been missed because there is no gene for iron as such”.

In addition, Prof. Douglas said that what he had highlighted in this research was therefore a crucial area for further investigations, as many simple predictions followed from his analysis.

Therefore, the researchers are of the opinion that eating bright colored fruits, especially blueberries, and green tea intake could keep the aforesaid diseases away.

In this connection, the Director of research at the charity Parkinson's UK, Kieran Breen, said that eating a balanced diet, including lots of fruit and vegetables of all colors, was important for everybody, and not just people with Parkinson's, and this paper reinforced this message.
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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Opt for Heart-Healthy Foods

A heart-healthy diet can aid to keep blood vessels clear of plaque, and help reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke. offers these guidelines for a heart-healthy diet:
  •  Eating plenty of vegetables and fruits.
  •  Making at least half of your daily grain consumption whole grains. These may include whole-grain barley, brown rice, whole-grain corn and oatmeal.
  •  Eating low-fat dairy foods, such as yogurt, cheese and milk.
  •  Getting lots of nuts and dry beans, lean meat, fish and poultry without the skin.
  •  Favoring polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats via vegetable oils, fish and nuts.
  •  Avoiding: saturated and Trans fats, sodium (salt), cholesterol and added sugars.
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Study blames Video Games for Obesity

A lot of kids are glued to their television screens while playing video games. The recent study found that those children who played strategy games were more likely to end up overweight than those children, who played the blockbuster blood and guts ones like "Black Ops".

In the United States, nearly one in five between 6 to 19 year olds who were involved in "serious" video games consumed more vegetables and fruits.

Baylor College of Medicine Professor, Tom Baranowski, who led the study, said that a couple of games such as "Escape from Diab" and "Nanoswarm" are specifically developed in a way so that they can influence the diet of the children, who are more likely to suffer the risk of obesity and diabetes.

"Diab and Nanoswarm games incorporate a broad diversity of behavior change procedures woven in and around engrossing stories", he added.

Health professionals said that a lot of children are affected by gaming addiction, as they don't squeeze out time for physical exercising and avoid appropriate intake of fruits and vegetables that are suggested by the doctors.

The study even found that these obese children have higher risk of developing obesity-related conditions, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease and fatty liver disease than their normal-weight counterparts.
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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Tips to apply Sunscreen more Effectively

Before going out in the sun, question that strikes the brain is how to protect the skin from the harmful UV rays of the sun. The answer is simple- by using sunscreen lotions. Before applying any sunscreen lotion make sure that it suits your skin. Here are some tips to use sunscreen lotions:-
  • Apply sunscreen lotion at least 30 minutes before you go out, as it would allow skin to absorb the lotion.
  • Applying sunscreen lotion just once is not sufficient. Reapply sunscreen every 2 hours when outdoors, especially if you’re swimming or sweating.
  • Apply sunscreen liberally on skin around the tops of the ears, nose, and cheeks as they are quite susceptible to sunburn.
  • Use roughly a handful to cover your entire body. Sunscreens with SPF ranges fifteen to thirty are best and protect ninety percent of UV rays.
  • Apply sunscreen lotion on daily basis because they not only protect you from sunburns but they also help to delay the formation of wrinkles. Sunscreens prevent your skin from dryness, premature ageing and skin cancers'.
  • Sunscreen lotion suitably protects the skin from suntan, but it cannot effectively protect the skin from the strong mid afternoon sun. During this time of the day,  you need the shade of an umbrella or a wide brimmed hat and sunglasses, to protect your skin.
Always remember that clothes serve as the best shield against UV rays, therefore, try to dress up in such a manner that most of your body parts are covered. In addition, drink lots of water.
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Hard Facts of Soft Drinks

A soft drink may taste sweet, but the health effects aren't so tasty. There is compelling evidence that regular consumption of soft drinks leads to:
  • Increased rates of bone fracture
  • Increased long-term risk for osteoporosis (particularly in girls)
  • Increased risk for overweight and obesity
  • Increased risk for Type II Diabetes
  • Increased risk for kidney stones
  • Increased risk for dental problems
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Monday, December 6, 2010

Eating more Vegetables during Childhood leads to Healthy Heart

Vegetables Intake
A new study reveals that eating fruits and vegetables during childhood can prevent arterial stiffening, one of the key factors in heart disease, during adulthood.

The study followed 1,622 subjects, ranging in baseline age from three to 18, for 27 years. It compared their lifestyle factors, such as fruit and vegetable intake, alcohol use, and smoking.

The researchers found that those who ate fewer vegetables had higher pulse wave velocity, indicating a higher risk of atherosclerosis and heart disease.

Mika Kahonen, MD, PhD, professor and chief physician for the department of clinical physiology at Tampere University Hospital in Tampere, Finland, says: "These findings suggest that a lifetime pattern of low consumption of fruits and vegetables is related to arterial stiffness in young adulthood. Parents and pediatricians have yet another reason to encourage children to consume high amounts of fruits and vegetables."
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Sunday, December 5, 2010

Tips to clean your Fruits and Vegetables

Recent reports of illness caused by fresh produce have upped awareness on the need to wash before eating. Each of the basic rules from the U.S. Department of Agriculture is "equally important," says Robert Buchwald, environmental health supervisor with a branch of the Virginia Department of Health.

Wash everything. It includes prepackaged products (even if the label says "pre-washed" or "ready to eat") and the outer rinds and skins of all produce.

Use running water. Hold produce under the tap (the USDA recommends cold water) and turn it continuously to reach all sides. Gently rub soft fruits and vegetables for 30 to 60 seconds; use a vegetable brush on firmer items such as apples, cucumbers and carrots.

Avoid harsh cleaning agents. Detergents, soaps and bleaches can seep inside fruits and vegetables. Some people like commercial sprays and washes for produce, although there's not clear evidence they clean better than plain water.

Be thorough. Germs can bury themselves in tiny crevices. Before washing, cut off stalks and stems (which tend to be very dirty) and remove bruised or damaged spots where bacteria can thrive. Discard the outer leaves of lettuce and cabbage and separate individual leaves for washing.

Dry it off. Use a clean towel or paper towel to help wipe away lingering germs.

Never skip the water. Blowing on a piece of fruit and rubbing it on your shirt or a dry towel isn't effective.
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Eat Fruits & Vegetables for Longer Life

Nutritionists have long advised us to add color to our diet. In fact, they say the more colors we eat, the better balanced the meal. A new study in the Archives of Internal Medicine supports this belief.

Carotenoids are yellow, orange and red pigments made by plants that come into our body through fruits and vegetables. They're found in yellow-orange vegetables such as carrots and sweet potatoes, and dark green vegetables, like green beans.

There are two types of carotenoids, alpha- and beta-carotene, which both produce vitamin A in our bodies. More is known about beta-carotene because of its possible role in preventing chronic disease.

Now, in a new study of over 15-thousand adults, researchers measured the concentration of alpha-carotene in the blood. Over a 14 year period they found that the risk of death was lower for people with elevated levels of alpha-carotene.

The investigators think that the benefits of high alpha-carotene eventually flattens out - it's not an elixir of eternal life. But they conclude that increasing fruit and vegetable consumption may prevent premature death.
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Friday, November 26, 2010

Home Remedies for Dark Circles

Eyes are vital and beautiful parts of our body particularly the facial part. It improves the beauty of face and gives it a pleasant personality. Eye bags are the result of fluid retention caused by poor circulation of blood in the body. People, who eat too much salty foods, consume alcohol and don’t take proper sleep, suffer with eye bags disorders. Followings are some effective home remedies for dark circles.

Eat Spinach and Cucumber:
Both are very essential home remedies for bags under eyes. It is medically certified that Vitamin K deficiency in body causes bags under eyes. Spinach is good source of vitamin K and therefore, adequate consumption of this green leafy vegetable gives you effective treatment to eye bags.

In addition, applying pieces of cucumber on the affected eyes skin would bring potential depletion in eye bags.  Potato could also be used as an alternative.
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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Chocolate may ease Chronic Fatigue Syndrome - Research

Dark chocolate is rich in chemicals known to increase signals carried around the brain but this is found to be the first time the confection has been found to ease symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome.

Chronic fatigue syndrome is characterized by extreme, persistent fatigue for six months or more with other problems with as muscle pain, headaches and poor memory.

Study Details:
Experts from the University of Hull and the Hull York Medical School tested ten patients with the disease.

The researchers had the volunteers eat 15g of dark chocolate three times a day, for eight weeks and then, later, a type of chocolate with significant less cocoa but which tasted the same.

The study found the symptoms of severe fatigue improved significantly after the volunteers ate the chocolate high in cocoa polyphenols.

Commenting on the results, Professor Steve Atkin said: ‘The significance of the results is particularly surprising because of the small number of subjects in the study. ‘A further study is needed to see what the effects would be on a larger group of people, but this is potentially very encouraging news for those who suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome.’
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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Omega 3s are Vital Fatty Acids

Although the body requires omega 3 fatty acids, it doesn't make them. So you need to get them from foods including fish, some plants or nut oils, the University of Maryland Medical Center says.

The center says there are facts that omega 3s may help people with these health conditions, or people at greater risk of acquiring them:
  •   High cholesterol.
  •   High blood pressure.
  •   Heart disease and stroke.
  •   Cancer of the colon, breast or prostate.
  •   Diabetes.
  •   Rheumatoid arthritis.
  •   Lupus.
  •   Osteoporosis.
  •   Mental health conditions such as depression, bipolar disorder or schizophrenia.
  •   Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder.
  •   Macular degeneration of the eye.
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Monday, November 22, 2010

Eating Variety of Fruit reduces Lung Cancer Risk

A study has revealed that eating wide variety of fruit and vegetables every day can cut the risk of developing lung cancer by a quarter.
  • Eating at least 8 types of fruits and vegetables in a day is more beneficial than eating only four a day.
  • Smokers in particular can cut their risk, but it totally depends on the variety they eat and not just the quantity of food, reports
  • Those eating eight or more different types of fruit and vegetables can reduce their chances of developing epidermoid carcinoma of the lung by up to 23 percent.
'Apart from the amount consumed, a varied diet reduces the risk of developing this cancer - above all in smokers,' said Maria Jose Sanchez Perez, the Spanish co-author of the study.
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Sunday, November 21, 2010

Tomato juice can fight off osteoporosis - Study

Research say two glasses of tomato juice a day strengthens bones and can ward off osteoporosis.

The reason is "Lycopene" present in Tomato, the antioxidant already credited with cutting the risk of prostate cancer in men and protecting against heart disease, reports

The study details
Around three million people in Britain are affected by Osteoporosis  and researchers at the University of Toronto in Canada asked 60 post-menopausal women, aged 50 to 60, to cut out all tomato products from their diet for a month.

This led to a significant increase in blood levels of N-telopeptide, a chemical released into the bloodstream when bone is being broken down.

Then, for four months, the women were given a daily dose of standard tomato juice containing 15 mg of lycopene, an enriched version with 35 mg of lycopene, lycopene capsules or dummy capsules.

This led to a significant drop in levels of N-telopeptide in women drinking either type of juice or taking the capsules. But there was no benefit in women taking the dummy capsules.

Standard supermarket juice was just as good as the lycopene-enriched one, said researchers.
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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Tips to Lower your Blood Pressure in 20 Minutes

Watching something funny is the quickest way to lower your blood pressure. Research shows that laughter and humor could help lower systolic blood pressure in just 20 minutes. And if you tickle your funny bone often, you could make your Real Age as much as 8 years younger.

In a small study, participants chose a 20-minute humorous video clip to watch. They also watched 20 minutes of a serious war movie. Then, researchers measured the participants' blood pressure.

Watching funny videos not only lowered people's blood pressure but lowered their cholesterol levels, too. On the other hand, the serious war movie had no effect.

The effect of Laughter on Stress hormones is the reason for lowering blood pressure. When your funny bone is tickled, it reduces levels of stress hormones related to climbing blood pressure. And as an extra added bonus, laughing is good for your immune system, too. Other ways to keep your blood pressure under control includes:
  •  Walking
  •  Combining music with breathing exercises soothes blood pressure.
  •  A cup of tea
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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Study reveals Garlic may treat Hypertension

An extract of garlic may help to lower blood pressure in patients with uncontrolled hypertension, new research suggests.

Scientists at the University of Adelaide recruited 50 patients, all of whom were being treated for persistent high blood pressure. Half of the participants were given daily garlic capsules for 12 weeks, while the other half received a placebo (dummy pill).

The researchers found that, over the course of the study, systolic blood pressure - the pressure exerted when the heart contracts - tended to be lower in patients who were taking garlic extract.

Writing in the journal Maturitas, the study authors concluded: "Our trial suggests that aged garlic extract is superior to placebo in lowering systolic blood pressure, similarly to current first-line medications in patients with treated but uncontrolled hypertension."

But a spokeswoman for the British Heart Foundation said that more research is needed.

Senior cardiac nurse Ellen Mason observed that garlic has featured in medicine for thousands of years.

"This study demonstrated a slight blood pressure reduction after using aged garlic supplements, but it's not significant enough or in a large enough group of people to currently recommend it instead of medicine," Ms Mason pointed out. "So enjoy garlic as part of your diet, but don't stop taking your blood pressure medication," she advised.
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Health Benefits of Tomato

Health benefits of tomato have been known to mankind since ages. Tomato is a rich source of antioxidants that have been proven to be effective against many forms of cancer.
  • The presence of antioxidants in tomatoes helps in cleansing toxic compounds from the body.
  • Lycopene, present in tomatoes, has been known to neutralize free radicals in the body and cut the risk of prostate cancer.
  • People who eat raw tomatoes have been found to be at a much lesser risk of developing rectal, colon or stomach cancer.
  • It is believed that tomatoes block the effects of nitrosamines and thus, reduce the risk of lung cancer.
  • Helps to reduce the risk of heart attack.
  • Vitamin K in tomatoes helps to prevent hemorrhages.
  • A large consumption of tomato can help improve skin texture and color.
  • Tomato is a good blood purifier.
  • If you are suffering from congestion of the liver, having tomatoes will prove to be quite beneficial.
  • Protects the liver from cirrhosis and can dissolve gallstones as well.
  • Being a natural antiseptic, it helps to protect the body against various common infections.
  • The nicotinic acid in tomatoes is credited with reducing blood cholesterol, which in turn helps keep heart diseases at bay.
  • When applied topically, tomato pulp can help heal sunburn, wounds and sores.
  • Helps body to prevent diarrhea and soothe eye irritation as well.
  • Has positive effects in case of ailments like constipation, diabetes, indigestion, intestinal disorders and jaundice.
  • Pregnant women, suffering from morning sickness, will benefit from tomato consumption.
  • If you are suffering from liver disorders, night blindness, obesity and urinary tract infection, try having tomatoes every day.
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Monday, November 15, 2010

Tips to Prevent Food-Borne Illness

The way you shop for groceries can influence your risk of contracting a food borne illness. The American Dietetic Association offers these food-shopping tips:
  • Fill up your cart first with non-perishable items, saving dairy, meat and other foods that can spoil for last.
  • Prefer fresh produce that's sold in loose pieces, rather than in packages.
  • Ensure dairy products aren't past their "sell-by" dates.
  • Choose meat, poultry and fish carefully, purchasing only the freshest cuts from a grocer you trust.
  • Have your meat, fish and poultry put in bags that are separate from other foods.
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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Fish Oil confines Brain Damage

According to a new research, the chemicals found in fish oil helps in the prevention of brain damage after a stroke.

A study at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center under Dr. Nicolas Bazan documents that presence of docosahexaenoic acid in fish oil helps in protecting brain tissue.

By means of animal test subjects, researchers could examine the influence of DHA on the brain in the next 6 hours, after it suffered from a stroke. After receiving the substance once every hour, repeated five times, the destruction of brain tissue of the test subjects could be reduced by 59%. Additional swellings could also be reduced.

The long-term effects of the DHA intake led to the repairing of parts of the already affected brain tissue within a week.

The findings that appeared in the Translational Stroke Research are very vital as the new discovery will help in lowering mortality rate with strokes.
The research can also be helpful in reducing recovery time from strokes, even when treatment is delayed by up to five hours.
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Monday, November 8, 2010

High Heels increase Chances of Fatal Injuries - Study

Women who put on high heels are more prone to injuries, a study has found.

Thousands of women have hurt themselves because of their shoes. Many had gone to such extreme lengths to wear stylish shoes that they were taken to hospital after twisting an ankle or tearing a tendon, reports

Some have fallen flat on their face because of their heels, with many damaging their teeth or breaking a wrist.

A poll of 3,000 women, aged 18-65, found that they also suffered broken ankles and twisted knees due to high heels. More than a third has had to be helped or even carried home because of poorly fitting shoes. And 61% have spent a whole evening sitting down due to uncomfortable shoes.

Around 80% have bought a trendy pair despite knowing they do not fit. Only 2% of the women polled by Hotter Shoes revealed never wearing heels.

The study says that nearly 60% women are ready to continue wearing high heels despite suffering pain. For them a compliment about their shoes was more rewarding than the pain associated with that.

Lisa McCarten, of comfort shoe specialist Hotter Shoes, said: "Women buy shoes that look good, and worry about the pain later."
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Thursday, November 4, 2010

Beetroot juice improves brain health - Study

A new study has shown that drinking beetroot juice can increase blood flow to the brain in older adults, potentially halting the progresses of dementia.

“There have been several studies showing that drinking beet juice can lower blood pressure, but we wanted to show that drinking beet juice also increases perfusion, or blood flow, to the brain,” said Daniel Kim-Shapiro, director of Wake Forest University’s Translational Science Center.

“There are areas in the brain that become poorly perfused as you age, and that’s believed to be associated with dementia and poor cognition,” Shapiro said.

High concentrations of nitrates are found in beets, as well as in celery, cabbage and other leafy green vegetables like spinach and lettuce, report the journal Nitric Oxide: Biology and Chemistry.

When you eat high-nitrate foods, ‘good bacteria’ in the mouth turn nitrate into nitrite, according to a Wake Forest statement.

Research has found that nitrites can help open up the blood vessels in the body, increasing blood and oxygen flow.

In the study, researchers looked at how dietary nitrates affected a group of adults aged 70 and above.

The MRIs showed that after eating a high-nitrate diet for four days, blood flow to the white matter of the frontal lobes increased. This area is commonly associated with degeneration that leads to dementia and other cognitive conditions.
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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Almonds can stave off infections - Study

Eating almonds regularly can help you stave off viral infections like the flu and common cold.

A new study has shown that naturally occurring chemicals found in the skin of the nut boost the immune system's response to such infections. Researchers found almond skins improved the ability of the white blood cells to detect viruses while also increasing the body's ability to prevent viruses from replicating and spreading inside the body, according to the journal Immunology Letters.

They discovered that even after the almonds had been digested, the immune system was more poised to act against viruses, reports the Telegraph.

Researchers found that almond skin extracts were effective against even Herpes Simplex Virus 2, which can cause cold sores. The virus is notoriously difficult to treat due to its ability to evade the immune system.

The scientists, based at the Institute of Food Research in Norwich, Britain and the Policlinico Universitario in Messina, Italy, said their findings suggest that the nuts can increase the immune system's ability to fight off a wide range of viruses, including those that cause flu and the common cold.

They said they, however, still have to carry out research on how many almonds must be eaten to obtain a beneficial effect.

It was likely that eating almonds regularly could help protect people from becoming infected with viruses in the first place, while it could also help those already infected to fight off their illness.
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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Skipping breakfast increases Heart disease risk

Skipping breakfast increases the risk of potentially deadly heart disease, says a new research. It shows that regularly skipping breakfast leads to obesity, larger fat stores around the stomach and higher cholesterol levels – all major risk factors for heart disease, reports the Daily Mail.

It also triggers higher insulin levels in the blood, a warning sign that diabetes could soon set in. The study showed the greatest risks are among adults who regularly went without breakfast when they were children and carried on the habit when they grew up.

The results show that, by the time they are in their late twenties, those who rarely have breakfast as children or adults are already on the way to developing heart disease. Scientists think one reason is they are more likely to snack on sugary foods and less likely to exercise while having a lower intake of fiber, vitamins and minerals.

It can also leave people less likely to eat at typical mealtimes, said researchers at the University of Tasmania, who tracked 2,184 volunteers over 20 years. Leading dietician Catherine Collins said missing breakfast was a ''marker'' for an unhealthy or chaotic lifestyle. The result has been published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Health Benefits of Pears

  • The anti-oxidant nutrients in pears are critical in building up your immune system.
  • Pear is good for diabetics because its sweetness is supplied in large part by levulose, fruit sugar that is more easily tolerated by diabetics.
  • ears high vitamin C and copper content act as good anti-oxidants that protect cells from damages by free radicals.
  • Pear is good in relieving fever because of its cooling effect. Best way to bring a fever down quickly is by drinking a big glass of pear juice.
  • Pear can help prevent Nephritis (inflammation of the kidneys)
  • It can help against Acidosis (deficiency in alkalinity of the blood)
  • It helps prevent allergies and other skin problems.
  • It can help prevent colitis (inflammation of the colon).
  • Pear is high in vitamin B-complex and potassium, which is beneficial for the heart and for blood pressure
  • Pears are excellent source of pectin (an important aid in digestion and cleansing the body of toxins and other waste) so they help prevent and treat constipation.
  • Pears are excellent source of water-soluble fiber.Drinking pear juice regularly helps regulate bowel movements.
  • Boil two Chinese pear juice with some raw honey and drink warm. This is extremely healing for the throat and the vocal cord.

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Friday, October 22, 2010

Healthy eating habits

  • Vegetables, fruits, grains, seeds and nuts all should be part of a balanced diet.
  • See that you include quality protein from vegetable sources, especially if you are vegetarian.
  • Raw foods should be part of your daily diet as they are completely nutritious in the uncooked state.
  • Foodstuffs that are high in sulphur, like garlic, onions, eggs and asparagus will help to keep the skin smooth and youthful.
  • Yellow and orange vegetables (especially carrots) are high in beta carotene, an anti oxidant.
  • If you are suffering from excessive dry skin, consume plenty of carrots, cantaloupes and apricots as these are rich in vitamins A and C which contribute to a glowing skin.
  • Pantothenic acid (vitamin B5) is found in foods like milk cheese, natural yogurt, green leafy veggies, yeast and wheat germ. Vitamin B5 is essential for the synthesis of fats and oils used by the skin.
  • Eight glasses of water is a must to keep your skin hydrated and fresh-looking.
  • See that you get your quota of eight hours of sleep as the skin cells undergo repair activity during your period of rest.
  • Exercise regularly. It will boost circulation and encourage free flow of blood.
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Monday, October 18, 2010

Watermelon effectively lowers Blood Pressure

Watermelon, which is rich in nutrients, has been found to lower pre-hypertension, a precursor to cardio diseases.

Assistant professor Arturo Figueroa and Professor Bahram H. Arjmandi of the Florida State University carried out the study on the health benefits of watermelon.

They found that extracts of watermelon, given daily for six weeks, lowered blood pressure in a group of pre-hypertensive men and women aged between 51 and 57 years, reports the American Journal of Hypertension.

`Watermelon is the richest edible natural source of L-citrulline, which is closely related to L-arginine, the amino acid required for the formation of nitric oxide essential to regulate blood pressure,` Figueroa said.

Consuming L-arginine as a dietary supplement isn`t an option as it can cause nausea, gastrointestinal tract discomfort, and diarrhoea, Figueroa said.

Consuming watermelon caused no such problems, study participants reported. Watermelon is also rich in vitamin A, B6, and C, apart from fibre, potassium and lycopene, a powerful antioxidant.
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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Health Tip: Cut down the intake of Sodium

Many foods and recipes comprise lots of salt (sodium), which can raise your blood pressure. The U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute suggest how to cut down on sodium in your diet:
  • Buy vegetables that are fresh, canned or frozen without any added salt.
  • Stick to fresh meat, fish and poultry instead of processed or canned products.
  • Season foods with salt-free seasonings, spices and herbs. Avoid instant pastas, rice and other foods with prepackaged seasonings.
  • If you do eat canned foods, rinse the contents to wash off some of the sodium.
  • Avoid prepared foods such as frozen pizzas or entrees.
  • Buy lower-sodium varieties of your favorite foods.
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Thursday, October 7, 2010

Red onion helps prevent Heart Disease

Scientists have stated that the humble red onion could help prevent heart disease.

They have discovered that the vegetable - commonly used in Mediterranean and Indian cuisine - helps remove bad cholesterol from the body, which can cause heart attacks and strokes.

At the same time red onions retain the body's good cholesterol, which help protect against heart disease.

Scientists in Hong Kong fed crushed-up red onions to hamsters, which had all been put on a high-cholesterol diet.

They found that after eight weeks levels of bad cholesterol, or low density lipoprotein (LDL), had dropped by an average of 20 per cent.

"This results support the claim that the regular consumption of onion reduces the risk of coronary heart disease," the Daily Mail quoted Zhen Yu Chen, who was in charge of the research carried out at the Chinese University of Hong Kong as saying.
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Monday, October 4, 2010

Walnuts aid to fight stress, lower BP

WalnutsA new study says that Walnuts can help you to fight stress and reduce blood pressure.

"We wanted to find out if omega 3-fatty acids from plant sources would blunt cardiovascular responses to stress," said Professor Sheila West from the Penn State University in the US.

The researchers found that including walnuts and walnut oil in the diet lowered both resting blood pressure and blood pressure responses to stress in the laboratory.

"This is important because we can't avoid all of the stresses in our daily lives. This study shows that a dietary change could help our bodies’ better respond to stress," she said. Results also showed that adding flax oil to the walnut diet significantly improved the test of vascular health. It means Walnut could also reduce risk of cardiovascular disease.

Walnuts are a rich source of fiber, antioxidants, and unsaturated fatty acids, particularly alpha linolenic acid, an omega-3 fatty acid.

"These results are in agreement with several recent studies showing that walnuts can reduce cholesterol and blood pressure," noted West.
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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Caffeine Helps to Reduce Brain Cancer Risk

A study has found that, a daily cup of tea or coffee can defend you from brain cancer. People who drink one cup of either hot drink can cut the risk of the disease by a third.

Scientists believe that caffeine may restrict blood flow to the brain and stop the growth of tumors’. The antioxidant properties present in the tea or coffee are supposed to cut the risk of the disease.

Around 4,200 people are diagnosed with a brain tumor each year and about half of them are cases of gliomas- a type of cancer that can be very difficult to treat. Symptoms range from headaches and seizures to blurred vision, drowsiness and even changes in personality, memory or mental ability.

As a part of the story, researchers studied 500,000 men and women over eight years.

The team compared cancer rates among frequent coffee and tea drinkers to volunteers who consumed little or no caffeinated hot drinks.

"A daily cup of either drink reduced the risk by an average of 34 percent"

"These findings are of interest as glioma is the most common type of primary brain tumor and the results from this study were obtained from a very large study population," said Euan Paul, executive director of the British coffee association.

"Other studies recently published have also demonstrated that moderate coffee consumption does not increase the risk of cancer in the breast, kidney, bladder, skin or colon," he added.
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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Health Benefits of Eating Oats

Oats are considered a “superfood” because of the vast array of essential nutrients that are not only needed by the body but also boost overall health. Oats are a cereal grain that provides complex carbohydrates, B vitamins, fiber, and minerals such as phosphorous, selenium, iron and calcium.

Health and Nutrition Benefits of Eating Oats:
  • Oats comprises of one of the best sources of Inositol, which is very important for maintaining blood cholesterol level.
  • They contain very high levels of calcium, potassium and magnesium, coupled with Vitamin B-complex. All these vitamins and minerals are very essential for the nervous system.
  • Cooked oats can help relieve fat from the body, while unrefined oatmeal can reduce stress.
  • Because of the high fiber content present in oats, they are said to be helpful in preventing bowel cancer.
  • Since oats have lots of fiber, having them regularly can help cure constipation.
  • If consumed on a frequent basis, they can help lower the chances of having heart disease.
  • Apart from being a good source of protein, oats also provide vitamin E, zinc, copper and iron to the body.
  • They have also been proven to act as an effective anti-depressant.
  • Oats, with more soluble fiber than any other grain, can slow down the digestion process and provide an extended sensation of fullness. This makes them good for people who want to lose weight.
  • If you eat regularly, the rise in blood sugar level gets spread over a longer period of time. This helps prevent many of the complications associated with diabetes.
  • Oats contain phytochemicals (plant chemicals), which are believed to protect the body from chronic diseases, such as cancer.
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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Tips to make Healthy Lunch Choices

Many types of regular lunch fare are packed with calories and fat. But there are healthier alternatives that can make a more nutritious lunch.
  • Turkey and other low-fat deli meats.
  • Whole grain bread (instead of white) spread with mustard or light mayo.
  • Vegetables and dip, air-popped popcorn, and trail mix or baked potato chips, in place of fried potato chips.
  • Fresh fruit in natural juices, instead of syrup.
  • Yogurt or a homemade fruit-filled muffin, in place of packaged cakes or cookies.
  • Low-fat milk or water, in place of sodas or sugary fruit drinks.
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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Health Tip: Drink Orange Juice to Help Undo a Heavy Meal

When you overdo it and down a day's calories in one sitting, your body's inflammatory processes go into overdrive. Drinking orange juice might help you to undo a heavy meal.

In a recent study, people who had eaten a super-sized fast-food breakfast experienced a much milder inflammatory response in their bodies when they drank orange juice with the meal.

High-Calorie Catastrophe:
Whatever you do, don't pair that overindulgence with a soda. When researchers compared the effects that three different beverages had on the way bodies’ process big, inflammation-triggering foods, fatty, sugar water was the worst of the bunch. It seemed to intensify the inflammatory response. Plain water faired somewhere in between orange juice and sugar water. But it has the added benefit of being calorie-free.

The Flavonoid Fix:
The two important flavonoids, naringenin and hesperidin are found in oranges. These powerful antioxidants help tamp down body processes that can damage blood vessels and lay the groundwork for big health problems, like atherosclerosis and heart disease.
Orange juice also helps to:
  • Cushion your creaky knees.
  • Protect against pounds.
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Thursday, September 2, 2010

Health Tip: Three Fruits for Great Summer Skin

This summer slather on that SPF every chance you get. But for extra sun protection points, eat plenty of these fruits as well: cherries, nectarines, and watermelon.

These juicy treats not only cool your mouth in warm weather but may safeguard your skin from warm weather, too. Compounds in these fruits may boost your skin's natural resilience against wrinkles and sun damage. Check out the unique protective benefits of this trio of fruits.
  • Cherries: By eating a daily handful, you may enjoy fresher, less puffy skin. It's due to the inflammation-fighting anthocyanins and melatonin in cherries. Melatonin may boost UV protection as well as cell growth. Tart cherries tend to be richest in melatonin.
  • Nectarines: These smooth-skinned sisters of the peach provide a mini-spa's rich of nutrients that may help correct sun damage from the inside out. They offer skin goodies like lycopene, niacin, copper, lutein and vitamins A, C, and E. The A, C, and E trio also work to control inflammation and free radical damage in both the watery and the fatty layers of skin.
  • Watermelon: Nibbling on watermelon wedges has the power to refresh your face as much as your palate, due to the high water and lycopene content. Lycopene helps to protect and preserve connections between skin cells so skin is tighter, smoother, and better able to retain moisture
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Monday, August 30, 2010

Health Tip: Feel better at once with these foods

A cup of oatmeal, a handful of walnuts, a few sips of tea may help turn you into Susie Sunshine.

To feel better through food, you need to look for nutrients known for boosting the production of feel-good brain chemicals and fighting off the effects of stress in the body. And walnuts, oatmeal, and tea fit the bill, according to Roberta Lee, MD, author of The SuperStress Solution.

Good-Mood Comfort Food

Oatmeal: This grain is rich in tryptophan, a building block for the feel-good chemical serotonin. And you won't feel hungry and grouchy an hour later.

Tea: A spot of tea may give you just the mood and performance boost you desire. Additionally, research links tea drinking to lower rates of depression. And studies show that the very act of preparing tea may soothe nerves.

Walnuts: These nuts are a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids. It is a type of fat that your nerve cells and brain chemicals love. They need it to function. Research shows that omega-3s may also help ward off depression.
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