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Diabetes type II and sweetened soda

Posted April 28, 2013

The 22 percent increased risk of diabetes among Europeans who drink sugar-sweetened soft drinks is similar to previous research showing that North Americans who consume these types of beverages have a 25 percent increased risk of diabetes, the researchers said in a journal news release.
“Given the increase in sweet beverage consumption in Europe, clear messages on the unhealthy effect of these drinks should be given to the population,” Romaguera said
The increased risk of developing diabetes associated with having one sugar-sweetened soft drink a day fell to 18 percent when the investigators took into account people’s total calorie intake and body-mass index (BMI), a measurement of body fat based on height and weight.
The 22 percent increased risk of diabetes among Europeans who drink sugar-sweetened soft drinks is similar to previous research showing that North Americans who consume these types of beverages have a 25 percent increased risk of diabetes, the researchers said in a journal news release.
“Given the increase in sweet beverage consumption in Europe, clear messages on the unhealthy effect of these drinks should be given to the population,” Romaguera said

There are disputed report as well.Some people also take into consideration of body weight and calorie intake in food daily.
But we will suggest to avoid sweetened soda intake because this is rich source of calories.
( source webMD and etc)


Immune boosting foods , rich in antioxidants.

Posted April 24, 2013

Following are the foods rich in vitamins, minerals and these have antioxidants and boost immune response.

  1. sweet Potato.
  2. Tea ( green or black ).
  3. Garlic.
  4. Spinach.
  5. Low fat yogurt.
  6. Broccoli.
  7. .Grape fruit.
  8. Almonds.
  9. Cabbage.
  10. Watermelon.
  11. Wheat germ.
  12. oysters.
  13. Acai berry.
  14. Elder berry.
  15. Mushrooms

(source webMD )


Insomnia

Posted April 23, 2013

Insomnia is a complex condition often caused by a number of factors,” says Qanta Ahmed, MD, a sleep specialist at the Winthrop-University Hospital Sleep Disorders Center in Mineola, N.Y. “Addressing those factors often requires lifestyle and environmental changes.”

No matter what its cause, insomnia is the most common sleep complaint among Americans.
According to the National Sleep Foundation:

  • 30% to 40% of adults say they suffer from occasional insomnia.
  • 10% to 15% of Americans say they have trouble sleeping all the time.

Effective natural sleep remedies available to you. Lifestyle changes, as well as foods, supplements, and herbal supplements may help you get restful sleep.

Natural Insomnia Remedies are Foods, Herbs, and Supplements

Warm milk. You can put a tasty spin on your grandmother’s natural insomnia remedy by sipping warm milk before bed.

Almond milk is an excellent source of calcium, which helps the brain produce melatonin. Plus, warm milk may spark pleasant and relaxing memories of your mother helping you fall asleep.

Sleepy-time snacks . Harris says the best sleep-inducing foods include a combination of protein and carbohydrates. She suggests a light snack of half a banana with a tablespoon of peanut butter or a whole wheat cracker with some cheese. Eat one of these snacks about 30 minutes before hitting the hay.

Magnesium. Magnesium apparently plays a key role in the regulation of sleep. Research has shown that even marginal magnesium deficiency can prevent the brain from settling down at night. One of the most absorbable forms of magnesium is magnesium citrate powder, available in health food stores. Try taking two doses, following label directions, a day, with the second dose right before bed. You can also get magnesium from food. Good sources include green leafy vegetables, wheat germ, pumpkin seeds, and almonds.

Reference ( Reproduced and modified ) .
written By Elizabeth Shimer Bowers
Reviewed By Michael J. Breus, PhD


Antioxidants , their sources and value

Posted April 21, 2013

  1. Antioxidants are substances that may protect your cells against the effects of free radicals.
  2. Free radicals are molecules produced when your body breaks down food, or by environmental exposures like tobacco smoke and radiation.
  3. Free radicals can damage cells, and may play a role in heart disease, cancer and other diseases.

The main function of the Antioxidants is to protect the damage to the cells.

Antioxidant substances include

  1. Beta-carotene : Beta- Carotene is a strongly-colored red-orange pigment abundant in plants and fruits.Carotene is the substance in carrots, pumpkins and sweet potatoes that colors them orange and is the most common form of carotene in plants.
  2. Lutein : Lutein is synthesized only by plants and is found in high quantities in green leafy vegetables such as spinach and kale.
  3. Lycopene :This is a bright red carotene and carotenoid pigment found in tomatoes and other red fruits and vegetables, such as red carrots, red bell peppers, watermelons, gac, and papayas (but not strawberries or cherries).
  4. Selenium
  5. Vitamin A
  6. Vitamin C
  7. Vitamin E

Antioxidants are found in many foods:
  1. Fruits.
  2. vegetables.
  3. nuts,and grains.
  4. some meats, poultry and fish.


Eating habits may give relief to Allergy

Posted April 11, 2013

Some of the remedies are advised for the itchy, running nose.

  1. Yogurt Swiss scientist found that people taking probiotic Bifidobacterium lactis , lowers the allergy symptoms.Now some of the yofurts contains this strain of bacteria.So when buying the yogurt check the ingredient.
  2. Apples Eating the apple also protect against the asthma and allergy.
  3. Green tea One of the study in 2012 ,showed that the amino acid 'theanine’ in the green tea lowers the release of histamine form the histamine producing cells.People recommend to drink 6 to 8 cups of green tea.

( From Health April 2013 )


Top 5 Road risk

Posted April 10, 2013

Please avoid the following 5 top most risk to prevent accidents.

  1. Drowsy.If you feel drowsy or lid heavy while driving then just pull over and take nap for 20 minutes.
  2. Alcohol intake. Blood alcohol level of 0.05 impaires the driving.This is equal to 18 hours of wake.Do not drive immediatly after taking alcohol.
  3. Mobile phone call. Attending the phone while driving reduces the attention about 37 %.Even hand free are not safe.So pull over to attend the phone call.
  4. Overspeeding also reduces the brake safety.
  5. Eating on go. Eating or drinking while driving reduces the reaction time about 44 %.

( Prevent april,2013 )


Dry Eyes

Posted April 9, 2013

  • This condition is due to less production of tears to lubricate the eye.
  • It is usually seen in the older age groups or females after the age of 30 years.
  • In the ladies may be due to hormonal changes like decrease production of estrogen and testosterone.
  • some of the drugs may give rise to dry eyes like antidepressants, antihistamines, and decongestants.

Signs and symptoms:
  1. may feel dryness, gritty and scratchy feeling.
  2. Some time may see red eyes and blurred vision.

Treatment : You can try natural tears ( artificial tears solution ) over the counter.
  • If no improvement see the doctor for prescription eye drops.
  • Or your doctor may advise eye inserts which release a lubricant.
  • Also can try omega-3 supplement.

( Source Health journal april, 2013 )