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Fasting Facts – Health benefits of fasting »

Fasting Facts - Health Benefits of FastingFasting is one of the best and oldest measures known to man, not only for disease but for soul also. Historical literature makes frequent reference to fasts. From the Bible we learn that Moses, Elijah and Christ each fasted forty days with no bad effects.

People are generally confused about the term fasting. They don’t know the difference between fasting and starving. As a short note:

Fasting is not starving. Fasting is to remain without food when the body is not in such a condition that it can digest or assimilate the food properly. On the other hand, starving is to go without food when the body is in need of food for nourishment and building.

 

Fasting can result in great health benefits, but if practiced properly. People generally starts fasting without even understanding the basics that how it will help in improving and maintaining the health. A large number of studies have been conducted on animals that support the health benefits of fasting. Fasting has resulted in improving biomarkers of disease, reducing oxidative stress, improving learning and memory functioning.

 

Mark Mattson (senior investigator – National Institute on Aging, US) has also investigated that intermittent fasting also results in beneficial effects on cardiovascular system and brain in rodents.

Prolonged fasting is beneficial but should be practiced under the care of experienced professional and is only recommended for people having great mind power. For all others, intermittent fasting is the way to go.

 

There are several theories about why and how fasting is beneficial. One theory tells that during fasting period, cells are under mild stress and that mild stress is beneficial to their health, in the similar manner, the stress imposed on muscles during exercise is beneficial in their building. As long as you give time to body to recover, it will grow stronger. Similar is the case with cells.

 

A similar theory says that if you don’t eat for 10-16 hrs, your body will used its fats stored in body for energy and fatty acids called ketones will be released into the bloodstream. This results in weight loss, improvement in learning and memory functioning.

 

In the normal state, there is a continuous storage of body glucose in liver and muscles which help provide energy to the body. During a fast, this stored glucose is used up first to provide energy. After that, fat becomes the next source of energy for the body.

 

Prolonged forced fasts i.e. for several days or weeks or better to say Starving results in using protein for energy. It is clearly unhealthy. The protein being released by the breakdown of muscle make people look very thin and become very weak.

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Health Benefits of Kiwifruit »

kiwi-fruitThis amazing fruit needs no introduction. It contains more vitamin C when compared to an equivalent amount of orange. The bright green/golden flesh of the kiwifruit having tiny black seeds in it distributed wonderfully adds a dramatic tropical flair to any fruit salad. California kiwifruit is available November through May, while the New Zealand kiwi hits the market June through October making fresh kiwis available throughout year.

How and why Kiwifruit can aid in making you healthy?

        1. Kiwifruit are major source of vitamin C (an essential element needed for the growth and repair of tissues in all parts of your body): While oranges have a deserved reputation as valuable sources of vitamin C, but crown is with kiwifruit. In fact kiwifruit has almost double Vitamin C when compared to oranges. You only need one kiwifruit each day to get your recommended daily intake of vitamin C.
        2. Kiwifruit is a great source of dietary fibers: Everybody knows how important fibers are for our health. Moreover, the fiber present in kiwifruit has also been found useful for a number of conditions. Researchers have found that diets that contain plenty of fiber can reduce high cholesterol levels, which may reduce the risk of heart disease and heart attack. Fibers are also great for removing toxins from the colon, thus preventing colon cancer. Kiwifruit also passed the food ranking test as a good source of the mineral potassium.
        3. Kiwifruit provide great Protection against Asthma: Eating kiwi has presented a significant protection against respiratory symptoms associated with asthma such as wheezing. 
          A study published in 
          Thorax that followed over 18,000 children aged 6-7 years living in Central and Northern Italy found that the children consuming most citrus and kiwifruit (5-7 servings per week) had 44% less incidence of wheezing compared to children eating the least (less than once a week). 
          Children who had asthma, appeared to benefit the most, and protective effects were evident even among children who had the fruit only once or twice a week.
        4. Improves sleep quality: A study published in the Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that kiwi fruit consumption could significantly improve sleep quality in adults having sleep disorders.
        5. Aids in weight LossThe reasons why kiwi fruits are so effective on weight loss are:
          The alkaline protease of kiwi fruits can break protein intake down into small molecules of amino acids in order to facilitate the absorption of the body and to reduce body fat or visceral fat.

 And the second reason is

Carnitine ingredient present in this fruit promote fat burning and converting excessive body fat into energy. The carnitine peaks at the age of 20 and later it begins to decline. Therefore, kiwi fruit is also a strong helper for weight loss.

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Chronic fatigue – A symptom of Severe Diseases | Don’t Ignore »

Chronic fatigue

Almost everyone experiences fatigue. Fatigue generally disappears after rest or sleep. But it is not wiped out after sleep, rest or after a cup of tea, and then this can be a symptom of chronic fatigue. In this disease, the patient always feels sluggish. This sluggishness affects her mental, physical and social level. Busy lifestyle, unhealthy lifestyle, disease, irregular and unbalanced diet, viral infections etc. may be due to psychological reasons. Usually changing routines, psychological counseling, exercise, better sleep patterns, increase, prescribed medication largely corrects the problem. But having chronic fatigue, is an indication of that you might have some serious problems. Mainly in these four diseases, symptoms of chronic fatigue arouse. Take a look:

Heart disease

Research suggests that in 70 percent of cases of Heart attacks, the victim starts feeling unusual fatigue a few weeks before. These symptoms are more common among women than men.

Preventive measures:

  1. Eat a healthy diet and aerobic exercise for 30 to 60 minutes.
  2. Avoid smoking and alcohol.
  3. Keep cholesterol and blood pressure levels in control. Don’t consume Trans- fats.

Liver Problems

Constant fatigue can also affect the liver. If you had blood Transfusion, cocaine or drug consumption history, then dangers of hepatitis C – can easily be expected. In this, the patient feels febricula, loss of appetite, body aches or flu-like symptoms.

Anemia

Iron deficiency (anemia) may also cause you feel sluggish than usual. Women usually have iron deficiency in periods, during pregnancy or breast feeding. It seems to interfere with color of skin, the sugar levels, and person also develops the nature of lethargy and nagging. Although in diabetes also the glucose level moves up and down. Both of these problems, i.e. anemia and diabetes show signs of fatigue and lethargy.

Thyroid

Particularly in middle age – thyroid problem is common. The thyroid gland makes hormones such as T4 and T3, and this process is slow in Mid age. These hormones are very important for healthy body. As other processes are also slow in the mid age, the chances of the problems such as weight gain, constipation, skin problems, coldness and hair fall increases.

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Some common misconceptions about skin and its Health »

skin-misconceptionsThere are hundreds or even thousands of evidences throughout the world that proves that people, even highly educated ones are at great misconception in understanding the true nature of our skin. People of all age groups, especially women are so much desperate for having a skin of highest tone, that they get attracted very easily towards the products advertised in a beautiful way. In this article we will be throwing a light on the misconceptions about the skin and will be providing the guidance along the way:

Sunlight – harmful or beneficial:

The importance of the due exposure of the body to daylight or sunlight cannot be too strongly insisted on. Light and warmth are powerful agents in the economy of our being. The former especially is an operative agent on which health, vigor, and even beauty itself, depend. Withdraw the light of the sun from the organic world, and all its various beings and objects would fall short of and gradually lose those charms which make it so attractable. So powerful is daylight, so necessary to our well-being, that even its partial exclusion, or its insufficient admission to our apartments, soon bring with it the feeble health, the liability to the attacks of diseases. Though longer exposures are never advised, but to some extent, everyone should enjoy the blessings of light and warmth for at least 30-45 minutes daily.

Best method to keep our skin clean and healthy is – “Let’s check”:

You might be thinking that it must be baths and ablutions. To some extent you are true, but there are things which you may not be aware of. To most of us, washing the skin seems to be a really simple matter, not to be learned from someone else, but do you know, most of the times, it is only these types of small ignorances that eventually bring something alarming with them. Some of us regard the use of soap and water applied in the form of lather with the hands, and afterwards thoroughly removed from the skin by smooth diapers being highly advertised these days. This is probably okay when the skin is not materially dirty, or its pores or surface is unobstructed or not loaded with the residual solid matter of the perspiration. But when skin gets loaded with these residuals then something more than simple friction with the smooth hand is generally required. In such cases the use of a piece of flannel or serge, doubled and spread across the hand will be most ready and effective. Friction with this—first with soap, and afterwards with water to wash the soap off—will be found to cleanse the skin more thoroughly and quickly than any other method. It also helps in removing the worn-out portion of its surface thus imparting a healthy glow and hue that is most refreshing and agreeable. This effect will be increased by wiping the skin surface thoroughly dry with a coarse and moderately rough, but not a stiff, towel, instead of with the fine, smooth diapers.

The choice of soaps:

The choice of soaps has considerable influence in promoting and maintaining this desideratum. These should invariably be selected of the finest kinds, and used sparingly, and never with cold water for the alkali which, more or less, mingles in the composition of all soaps and has an undoubted tendency to irritate a delicate skin; infrequent use of slightly warm water excites a gentle perspiration, thereby assisting the skin to throw off those natural secretions which, if allowed to remain, are likely to accumulate below the skin and produce roughness, pimples, and even eruptions of an obstinate and unpleasant character. Those soaps which ensure a moderate fairness and flexibility of the skin are the most desirable for regular use.

Paints and cosmetics:-

The use of paints has been very correctly characterized as “a species of corporeal hypocrisy as subversive of delicacy of mind as it is of the natural complexion,” and has been, of late years, discarded at the toilette of every lady.

The use of cosmetics has been common in all ages and in every land. Scripture itself records the painting of Jezebel; and Ezekiel, the prophet, speaks of the eye-painting common among the women; and Jeremiah, of rending the face with painting—a most expressive term for the destruction of beauty by such means. For the surest destroyers of real beauty are its simulators. The usurper destroys the rightful sovereign. That paint can ever deceive people, or really add beauty for more than the duration of an acted charade or play, when “distance lends enchantment to the view,” is a delusion; but it is one into which women of all times and nations have fallen—from the painted Indian squaw to the rouged and powdered denizen of London or Paris.

 

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Aging Prevention – Golden Rules »

Aging PreventionAging is something none of us look forward to. For men, growing older is typically associated with weakness, dwindling muscle mass and a burgeoning waistline. Why are there such negative connotations associated with aging? Are the aforementioned side effects of aging inevitable or are they a result of lifestyle changes that occur as men grow older? Plenty of athletes have shown that men can maintain good health and muscle mass as they age. MMA fighter Randy Couture was the UFC heavyweight champion at age 44. Former Green Bay quarterback Brett Favre signed a two-year, $25-million contract when he was 39. Aging cannot be avoided, but there are things that men can do to maintain muscle mass and take care of their health.

Golden Rules for maintaining Health and preventing aging:

  1. Adults should aim to get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity cardiovascular exercise per week. Regular aerobic exercise can help maintain and improve heart health, blood pressure, lung function, endurance and increase HDL, or “good cholesterol,” and lower LDL, or “Bad cholesterol”. There are a variety of low-impact aerobic exercises that are gentle on the joints such as walking, stationary bicycling, using the elliptical trainer, water aerobics and the rowing machine.
  2. Men should also resistance train each major group of muscles two to three times a week using a variety of exercises and equipment. Muscular strength and endurance exercises are important to help prevent muscle loss and maintain and improve a person’s ability to perform activities of daily living. Even though weight training is beneficial for men over 40, but light intensity exercise is best for older people or those just starting to exercise. Light intensity weight training includes using body weight exercises, free weights or machines. Many people find it helpful to work with a personal trainer to learn safe and effective exercise for their particular needs.
  3. Besides aerobic and resistance training exercises, men over 40 should stretch to maintain and increase flexibility. Flexibility is key in preventing falls and reduces risk of injury from aerobic and strength training exercises. It is recommended that men should stretch at least two to three days a week to improve range of motion and hold each stretch for 10 to 30 seconds to the point of slight discomfort or tightness and repeat each stretch two to four times, accumulating 60 seconds per stretch.
  4. Balance is another thing men should work on as they age. As men grow older, they lose bone density, which makes it more likely for them to break a bone if they fall. One way to prevent that is by increasing balance. Improving your balance can help maintain your independence and prevent falls. Standing on one leg, using stability balls, doing single leg exercises and practicing yoga are great ways for men to improve balance.
  5. How do men avoid that dreaded “spare tire” around the waistline? The best way to lose or avoid excess fat is to follow a program that incorporates healthy eating, aerobic and strength training exercises. For men over the age of 40, juggling work and family responsibilities can make fitting in fitness seem like a daunting task. Time is one of the main issues that men in this age group complain about. Multiple shorter sessions of at least 10 minutes is acceptable to accumulate the desired amount of daily exercise.
  6.  “Variety is the key,” “Don’t do something that you don’t like. Find something you like, and do it.” For men over 40, getting started with fitness is the key. There are many advantages to get active and making changes with your lifestyle. Some men may feel intimidated or overwhelmed at starting a fitness program later in life, but if they approach it slowly, they should be able to see results in maintaining good health and mobility as they age.

Achieving regular exercise and physical activity are important to physical health, as well as mental health

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Health benefits of Green Tea »

green Tea health benefitsTea is the second most consumed beverage in the world after water. Based on manufacturing process, teas can be classified as:

  1. ‘Non-fermented’ green tea (produced by drying and steaming the fresh leaves)
  2. ‘Semi-fermented’ oolong tea (produced by subjecting the fresh leaves to a partial fermentation stage before drying)
  3. ‘Fermented’ black and red teas (which undergo a post-harvest fermentation stage before drying and steaming)

In comparison to other teas, such as Oolong or Black, Green tea contains more catechins. Catechins are the strong antioxidants that offer great prevention against cells degeneration and certain diseases. In addition, certain minerals and vitamins present in it increase its antioxidant potential. Since ancient times, green tea is recognized as a healthful beverage in the traditional Chinese medicines because of its great therapeutic effects. Although the proportion of caffeine presence in Green Tea is very less when compared with other beverages such as Coffee, cocoa, Black or Oolong Tea; but in more than moderate amounts, it may bring ill effects to your health.


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