Carbs and Sugar

dreamstime_m_53705203 (1)-xCarbohydrates consist of complex long-chain and short-chain carbohydrates or sugars.  All the cells – the cells in the brain – more than the rest – depend on glucose for energy and to function properly. The body makes glucose by splitting complex sugars and carbohydrates into their basic units – mostly sugar.

This process begins in the mouth when saliva is added to the food. The enzymes in the saliva hydrolyze carbohydrates into simple sugars and the process continues until inhibited by the acid in the stomach – only to begin again in the small intestines after pancreatic juices are added.

Glucose is essential, but provided in pure form could be dangerous. Only the slow release of glucose from foods in conjunction with other nutrients is safe

The level of toxicity of carbohydrates depends on the degree of refinement. Excessive consumption of carbohydrates, such as rice, grains and potatoes is known to cause obesity and to produce a metabolic imbalance and is further associated with an inadequate digestion of fats and protein.

Is Raw Milk Healthy?

Milk straight from the cow to the calf is similar to breast-feeding a baby. Raw milk has ingredients from the pasture and the environment the cow is raised in to protect its off-spring from possible diseases and health conditions the calf may encounter after birth.

This heathy bacteria is the base of the early immune system and serves to protect the growing calf until its own immune system can take over.

Clean raw milk from grass-fed cows has all the essential amino acids and is a complete, balanced food. It has been used as medicine in the early part of the last century and this white life-saving liquid has nourished and healed millions of people.

Humans need 22 amino acids, these are the building blocks for protein. Eight of them are considered essential and they have to be obtained from foods, the others can be converted by complex metabolic processes into the remaining 14 amino acids necessary to sustain life.

Raw cow’s milk has these eight essential amino acids in varying amounts depending on the stage of lactation. Approximately 80% of these proteins in milk are caseins, which are reasonably temperature stable and are easy to digest. The balance of the amino acids fall into the category of whey proteins and although easy to digest they are heat sensitive and can easily be destroyed.

In addition approximately 65% of fat in raw cow’s milk is saturated – latest research shows that these are healthy fats. And includes two groups of vitamins, water and fat soluble in addition to a broad spectrum of minerals.

Through the process of fermentation, several strains of bacteria – naturally present, can transform milk into an even more digestible food. Soured or fermented dairy products such as yogurt, kefir – made with bacteria and yeast have a long history of health benefits and provide additional enzymes, vitamins and minerals.

15 Ways To Leave Your Blubber

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This book presents an entertaining and yet serious look at today’s obesity epidemic. By explaining step by step the actions required to a permanent weight loss – it is an easy to understand guide to a healthier and slimmer you.

With entertaining illustrations it is an easy read and an enjoyable experience not to be missed. If you are serious about weight loss, this could be the answer you have been looking for.

If you have been struggling to get rid of the extra weight – this book is for you. If you have been on the yo-yo train to nowhere – this book is for you.

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Prepare yourself mentally to make changes to your lifestyle

The first thing you want to do is take a good look in the mirror. If you are unhappy with what you see and you are ready to commit to some changes, this book is for you.

Do you remember what your weight was a year ago? How much have you gained in one year?

Just imagine, you are eating reasonably healthy but each year you gain about two pounds.

That’s really nothing to worry about – right?

Now imagine these two pounds of weight gain a year over a period of ten years, that’s 20 pounds. Over a period of twenty years that’s 40 pounds and over 30 years that’s 60 pounds.

That is a total of 60 pounds of weight gain over 30 years.

Let’s say you are in your 30’s or 40’s or even in your 20’s. You start out with weighing 130 lbs – that would mean in 30 years from now you could weigh 190 pounds.

And that is if you only gain two pounds a year.

Now – can you imagine if you are in the habit of eating some of the wrong foods and you gain more than 2 pounds a year?

Well you can do the math!

One day you look in the mirror and what you see is years of weight gain and a body that’s out of control.

How did this happen you say to yourself!

But of course you know the answer – deep down you know the answer, deep down you know that all the cookies, chocolates, cakes, chips, pizza’s, fried foods, processed foods, juices and soft drinks caught up with you.

Now what?

If you have been there and decided you were going to lose this extra weight – good for you.

What did you do?

Exercise? – Diet pills? – Weight Loss plans?

Did you finally give up because no matter how hard you tried the weight kept on coming back and some more.

There are many different weight loss plans and products available today. Most will give you some results while others are strictly a temporary fad created by someone’s imagination.

Most restrictions of high fat, high carbs and high sugar will temporarily work and could give you the desired results if you could only stick to it long enough and modify your overall eating habits.

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

Which Diets Works Best?

Which Diet Works BestThere are many different weight loss plans and products available today. Most will give you some results while others are strictly a temporary fad created by someone’s imagination. Most restrictions of high fat, high carbs and high sugar will temporarily work and could give you the desired results if you could only stick to it long enough and modify your overall eating habits.

Diets like the Atkin’s Diet, South Beach Diet, Dukan, Paleo and many others are based on restricting carbohydrate intake or at least eliminating processed carbs such as white flour and sugar. However the reality is that most diets will not eliminate the cravings for your favorite foods and do not allow you to fully enjoy social activities centered on entertainment and food.

The biggest problem is the psychological aspect of changing our habits from indulging in foods we love and the comfort we derive from them to a more disciplined approach of making choices and to plan for healthy meals in advance.

So – what is the best diet? … THE ONE THAT WORKS FOR YOU!

The search continues for a miracle pill to cure obesity which would allow you to have your cake and lose weight at the same time. And that is the reason we keep on searching for the newest and latest weight loss program with the hope to find an easy solution to one of the most widespread health hazards of modern times. In most cases restricting the foods we love would also take care of extra weight gain.

There is lots of information available on how to change your eating habits. A diet is a great way to start eliminating some unwanted pounds, but it is a change in lifestyle that will permanently keep you at a desired weight. More……

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Syndrome X

If you are putting on weight around the waistline despite healthy eating habits. If you feel constantly tired, relying on snacks or coffee to get you through the day? The problem might be Syndrome X.

A commonly accepted definition of Syndrome X, also referred to as metabolic syndrome, might be a generalized disorder whose four main symptoms are hyperglycemia (a greater than normal amount of glucose in the blood)  hyper-lipidemia (an excess level of blood fat), hypertension (characterized by elevated blood pressure) and central obesity. Presenting two of the above is generally considered the diagnosis criteria for this disorder.

The main risk factors are:

Stress – recent research indicates prolonged stress can be an underlying cause of metabolic syndrome by upsetting the hormonal balance of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis, causing high cortisol levels to circulate, raising glucose and insulin levels, which in turn cause insulin-mediated effects on adipose (fat) tissue.

Central obesity – is a key feature of the syndrome, reflecting the fact that the syndrome’s prevalence is driven by the strong relationship between waist circumference and increasing fat deposits. However, despite the importance of obesity, patients who are of normal weight may also be insulin-resistant and have syndrome X.

Sedentary lifestyle and physical inactivity – many components of metabolic syndrome are associated with a sedentary lifestyle, including increased adipose tissue, reduced HDL cholesterol and a trend toward increased triglycerides, blood pressure, and glucose levels.

Aging – Although the syndrome affects both men and women in the same way, women are particularly vulnerable, especially after middle age and with respect to that demographic, the percentage of women is much higher than that of men.

Symptoms may include muscular weakness, fatigue, dizziness, weight-gain or obesity, cravings for sugar and carbohydrates or stimulants such as coffee, tea or cigarettes.

The good news is that Syndrome X can be managed and the risk factors minimized by changes to lifestyle, nutrition, physical activity, weight reduction and stress management.

 

The Ultimate Weight Loss Formula

dreamstime_s_32278682-lg-scale The average person will gain approximately two pounds per year and that doesn’t seem to be much of a concern, but over the period of 10 years this amounts to about 20 pounds, over 20 years to 40 pounds and over a period of 30 years it can add up to 60 pounds.

One day you look in the mirror and you ask yourself “How did this happen”. You know the answer. Even if you have been following a reasonably healthy lifestyle, a slower metabolism and a sedentary lifestyle can make you gain weight in all the wrong places. There is a way to lose weight quickly and safely.

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Natural Probiotics and Superfood

Long before freezers and canning machines were available people in ancient times knew how to preserve fruits and vegetables in season for the long winters when food was scarce.

The fermentation process was accomplished through lacto-fermentation, converting the sugars into lactic-acid and giving the fermented foods its characteristic sour taste. It is also a natural preservative and inhibits putrefying bacteria, preventing these foods from rotting. Vegetables and fruits are converted into lactic acid by its many lactic acid producing bacteria. These lactobacilli are ubiquitous and are present on the surface of all living things and especially plentiful on all leaves and plants growing near the ground.

This makes some vegetables such as cabbage, cucumbers and beets ideal for the many digestive issues. Sauerkraut (sour white cabbage) or cabbage juice has a long history of providing benefits for a variety of health conditions.

This superfood is made from finely shredded cabbage and salt which preserves the cabbage for the first few days while the probiotic bacteria begin to grow. These probiotic bacteria are extremely beneficial to human digestion and are the mechanism that turns cabbage into a super nutritious food. Naturally fermented sauerkraut does not contain vinegar, the sour taste comes from the process of fermentation.

 

Doctor Talk

doctor talkIt is obvious that most of the information accumulated by your doctor comes from you.  Therefore you are best qualified to keep your own organized records in a notebook, a file or on your computer. These records should include any allergies, sensitivities, unusual bleeding or discharges, pain or other symptoms experienced by you and any unusual events in your life such as trauma (physical and emotional), falls and injuries.

The next step is to look at all your prescriptions and to record all the details listed on the label, including dates, dosages, contra-indications and other recommendations. Next record all medical treatments, hospital stays, procedures, surgeries, dental treatments and doctor visits and the reason for these in details.

When blood tests or any other testing is required a copy of the results should be obtained by you and a proper explanation by your doctor should be given. It is often beneficial to review these tests results and  to compare them to earlier test results.  By comparing them  to normal ranges and values,  you may have the opportunity to make lifestyle changes or add supplements before the issues become serious and must be treated with prescription drugs or surgery.

Keeping these records for you and your family does not eliminate any visits to your doctor but is very helpful in providing all relevant details when needed.

Isolation and Special Care

dreamstime_m_41414453-When someone is known to be infected with a contagious disease, they are placed in isolation and special care with precautions taken to protect the uninfected.

The practice of isolation or quarantine – the separation of the diseased from the healthy – has been around for a long time. Quarantine periods can vary in length and can be very short, such as in the case of a suspected anthrax attack, in which persons are allowed to leave as soon as they shed their potentially contaminated garments and undergo a contamination shower or can last for extended periods.

Anti-biotic resistant bacteria such as the intestinal infection called C.difficile is considered to be a problem in many hospitals and some of the isolation rooms are occupied by patients harboring these germs.

People can be infected with dangerous diseases in numerous ways. Some germs are passed from animals or insects to humans, others are carried to people from contaminated food or water and still others are transferred directly from person to person.

Quarantine applies to those who have been exposed to  a contagious disease and may or may not become ill, whereas isolation applies to persons who are known to be infected with a contagious disease.

 

 

Dimples – A Mark of Beauty

hDimples are considered a mark of beauty and loveliness. They are most prominent during wide smiles showing small folds or indentations in the fleshy part of the cheek. The truth is that dimples are actually genetic defects and are caused by shortened facial muscles.

When some people smile, they have dimples in one or both cheeks. Dimples most often occur on both the cheeks and are rarely one sided.This adorable facial feature is usually a genetically-inherited trait that is passed from one generation to the next.

Dimples are also linked with youth. Some children and youngsters show dimples at a tender age, but their dimples disappear when they grow up.Transfer of dimples from parents to children occurs due to just one gene. Each parent provides one of these genes to the child.  So, if both the parents have dimples, the children have a 50-100% chance of inheriting dimple genes.

If, however, only one parent has dimple genes, the chances of the children inheriting the genes are only 50%. If neither of the parents has the dimple genes, their children will not have dimples. Dimples can be passed through multiple generations. The frequency with which a heritable trait is carried forth through genes is called penetrance.

But let’s face it – dimples are adorable!