Friday, April 29, 2011

Fasting can take care your health :Diet tips

Fasting is primarily the act of willingly  abstaining from some or all food, drink or both, for a period of time. An absolute fast is normally defined as abstinence from all food and liquid for a defined period, usually a single day (24 hours), or several days. Other fasts may be only partially restrictive, limiting particular foods or substance. The fast may also be intermittent in nature. Fasting practices may preclude sexual and other activities as well as food.

In a medical context, fasting may refer to (1) the metabolic status of a person who has not eaten overnight, and (2) to the metabolic state achieved after complete digestion and absorption of a meal. Several metabolic adjustments occur during fasting, and many medical diagnostic tests are standardized for fasting conditions. For most ordinary diagnostic purposes a person is assumed to be fasting after 8–12 hours. Many of the metabolic shifts of fasting begin as absorption of a meal is complete (typically 3–5 hours after a meal); "post-absorptive state" is synonymous with this usage, in contrast to the "post-prandial" state of ongoing digestion.

Glucose is the body's primary fuel source and is essential for the brain's functioning. When denied glucose for more than 4–8 hours, the body turns to the liver  for glycogen, a storage form of glucose, to be used for fuel. A process called  glycogenolysis converts glycogen into a usable form of fuel. At this point, the body also uses small amounts of protein to supplement this fuel. This fuel will last for up to 12 hours before the body needs to turn to glycogen stored in muscles, lasting for a few more days. If glucose is still denied at this point, muscle wasting is prevented by temporarily switching to fat as the fuel source, meaning fat is converted into  ketone through catabolism. Ketones, while not sugars, can be used by the brain as a fuel source as long as glucose is denied.

Research suggests there are major health benefits to caloric restriction. Benefits include reduced risks of cancer ,cardiovascular diseases,diabetes insulin resistance, immune disorders, and more generally, the slowing of the aging process, and the potential to increase maximum life span. According to the US National Academy of Science, other health benefits include stress resistance, increased insulin sensitivity, reduced morbidity, and increased life span.

We have been use our stomach about averyday , why not give a rest to our stomach as well as can assume as balance diet. 8-12 hours is the perfect range of time to let the stomach have a rest for a day. But still no need to do everyday cause our body still need food for survival.

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Why we Cannot eat PORK ???

Scientific Evidence:

Of all domesticated animals, swine are the most likely to consume a filthy diet, with pigs even inclined to eating excrement. Science has shown that pig meat is among the least healthy, if not the most unhealthy, to consume. Among the harmful agents found in pork are:
  • Cholesterol and Fatty Acids - Pig meat is high in fat and cholesterol, which can lead to blocked arteries and heart problems. Pork also contains an unusual type of fatty acid which, once digested, can lead to increased cholesterol levels.

  • Bacteria and Toxins - Pork meat more readily absorbs toxins than other types of meat. Since pork is digested more quickly by the human body than other types of meat, there is increased likelihood of transfer of toxins to the human body. In addition, findings presented at the 2001 Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy in Chicago revealed that pork meat may contain antibiotic-resistant Enterococci bacteria, a cause of fatal food poisoning.

  • Diseases - Pigs may be afflicted with a wide range of diseases, some of which can be passed on to humans. Swine flu, or H1N1, is just one example. The risk of disease is present whether handling live pigs or their carcasses.

  • Parasites - A number of dangerous parasites may contaminate pig meat, including tape works, trichina worms, hook worms and round worms. These parasites are transferred to the human body after someone consumes contaminated pork, and may cause serious illness and even death. Some worms ingested through contaminated pig meat can even migrate to the human brain, where they burrow into the brain tissue and must be surgically removed.

Although science has shown there is good reason for the Islamic prohibition on pork, Muslims first and foremost adhere to their dietary laws because doing so an act of obedience to their Creator. There is no hardship in avoiding pork and pork by-products, while consuming the meat of swine clearly poses the possibility of serious health risks.

Onion have lots of health benefits

Most of people sure know about onion. There are many varieties of onion,red, yellow, white and green each with their own unique flavor, from very strong to mildly sweet. Onions can be eaten raw, cooked, fried, dried or roasted. They are commonly used to flavor dips, salads, soups, spreads, stir-fry and other dishes.

From the info that i get, onion have a variety medical effects. Some people in Americans used wild onions to treat colds, cough and asthma and to repel insects. The onions also rich with fructo-oligosaccharides.These oligomers stimulate the growth of healthy bifidobacteria and suppress the growth of potentially harmful bacteria in the colon. In addition, they can reduce the risk of tumors developing in the colon.

Onions also rich of sulfides that give some protection against tumor growth.Studies in Greece have shown a high consumption of onions, garlic and other allium herbs to be protective against stomach cancer.
It also beneficial for women, who are at increased risk for osteoporosis as they go through menopause, by destroying osteoclasts so that they do not break down bone.

Chemicals in onions have the potential to alleviate or prevent sore throat. Onion in combination with jaggery has been widely used as a traditional household remedy for sore throat in India.

On the other words, the best way to get healthy is by balance in the food taking.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Think 5 thing before 5 thing

1. Remember when you are still healthy, before get sick

2.Remember when you have free time, before get busy

3.Remember when you still rich or have money, before get poverty

4.Remember when you still young, before you get old

5.Remember you still alive, before you die

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Morning sun light is good for skin

Warming Infrared
The warming infrared rays of the sun, or heat from various sources, is useful in the treatment of neuralgia, neuritis, arthritis, and sinusitis. Heat is usually good in the treatment of any pain. Warmth also helps bring healthful, natural body oils to the surface of the skin, keeping it smooth and protected.

Almost all of the food we eat depends upon sunlight to grow. In fact, the energy our bodies receive from the food we eat is, in a sense, solar energy that the plant has stored in the form of fats, carbohydrates, and proteins.

Antiseptic Ultraviolet
The ultraviolet rays are antiseptic and are capable of killing bacteria, viruses, fungi, yeasts, molds, and mites in air and water, and on surfaces. Even reflected light from north windows can destroy bacteria in the dust on window sills and floors. Since most window glass filters about 95 per cent of the ultraviolet rays, it would be well if they could be opened and the curtains pulled back for a period of time each day. Ultraviolet light also kills germs on our skin. This makes sunbathing a useful treatment for many skin diseases, such as diaper rash, athlete's foot, psoriasis, acne, boils, or impetigo.

Sunlight also toughens and thickens the skin, making it less susceptible to injury and infection. Regular, controlled, moderate exposure to sunlight, instead of damaging the skin and aging it, actually protects the skin by building up a natural resistance to the harmful effects of ultraviolet light, while giving it a nice velvety texture. Later on we will discuss some precautions, but first, more benefits.

Vitamin D
Ultraviolet light converts cholesterol in the skin to vitamin D. This vitamin is essential for the proper handling of calcium in the body and thus in the prevention of rickets and adult osteomalacia. Vitamin D is also added to some of the food we eat. It might be possible to get too much of the vitamin this way; but not when we get it from sunlight, since the body makes only what we need. Getting out in the sun, therefore, is a good way to lower cholesterol levels in our bodies. If we expose six square inches of our skin to direct sunlight for one hour per day, we will obtain our minimum daily requirement for vitamin D.

Body Regulation
Sunlight helps to regulate almost all our bodily processes. Starting from the top (our minds) and working down, sunlight has been shown to increase our sense of well-being and to improve sleep. Ultraviolet light coming into our eyes stimulates the pineal gland, which helps to regulate our activity cycles. It has bean said, "Dark nights and bright days will help keep the hormones in the body functioning properly." In one experiment hyperactivity in school children was decreased when the classroom's fluorescent lights were changed to full spectrum lighting. Thyroid function may improve. Hormone imbalances tend to level out.

Resting heart rate, blood pressure, and respiration rates are all decreased after a sunbath. This result is especially true if any of them were high to begin with. Blood sugar levels can be stabilized. (NOTE: Diabetics must use extra caution in the sun, as they are at greater risk of permanent injury from sunburn.)

Sunlight stimulates the production of more red blood cells, increasing the oxygen content of the blood, and thus increasing muscular endurance. It also stimulates production of more white blood cells and enhances oxygen utilization, which helps the body maintain its defense against disease. While certain skin cancers are associated with exposure to sunlight, the incidence of some of the more serious internal cancers seems to decrease.

Appetite may be improved, along with our assimilation, elimination, and metabolic processes. Poisonous chemicals and heavy metals are removed from the bloodstream faster, while levels of healthy trace minerals are actually increased in the blood. Muscular strength has been increased, even in those unable to exercise. Sunlight has even been found helpful in the treatment of stomach ulcers.

As with most good things, there are some precautions to consider. The main concern is that of burning the skin. Normally, invisible pigment in the inner layer of the skin is converted to melanin, a much darker pigment that tends to reflect the sun's rays. But this process takes time. Blue-eyed blonds and red-haired people are not as adept at this, and these are the very ones who tend to bum easiest. The amount of natural pigment in the skin is the most important factor. For this reason Blacks have only about 20 percent as much skin cancer as Whites. For this same reason they also have more rickets, due to a lessened vitamin D production. The amount of tan acquired from previous exposure is a factor, too. A good tan may screen out up to 90 percent of the burning rays. Also, there are persons who for some reason are supersensitive to even a brief exposure to the sun. Some drugs, deodorants, soaps, cosmetics, and beverage alcohol can sensitize the skin to sunlight, making it more sensitive.

Excessive unsaturated or polyunsaturated, refined fat in the diet and in suntan oils and skin lotions can lead to the formation of free radicals. These may be contributing factors in the formation of some cancer. An abundance of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains in the diet provides substances that help to prevent the formation of free radicals and protect against their harmful effects, and are thus important in order for the body to properly handle exposure to sunlight.

Overexposure to sunlight promotes scaliness, dryness, reddening, roughness, leatheriness of the skin, and wrinkles. These conditions are not due to any normal aging process, because the unexposed areas on the same individuals do not show these signs. In fact, no aging normally occurs in the skin until up to age 50. The capillaries in the skin are fifty times thinner than hair and can be permanently injured from sunburn, suffering some loss of their elasticity, bruising and breaking easier.

Overheating can lead to heat exhaustion or sunstroke. The big concern, though, is skin cancer. This is the most common cancer, and 80 percent occur on exposed areas of the face, head, neck, arms, and hands. Ultraviolet light from sunlight is believed by many to be the chief culprit. The National Cancer Institute estimates 300,000 cases of two types (basal cell and squamous cell) and 9,000 of the more deadly type (malignant melanoma). Malignant melanoma tends to occur on the lesser exposed parts of the body and is, thus, not clearly linked to sun exposure. These three combined lead to between 6,500 and 7,500 deaths every year-about 2 percent of all cancer deaths. Incidents and deaths for the first two are increasing in certain areas due to increased sun exposure. The key to prevention is to avoid sunburn and overexposure.

Wet skin burns more easily than dry. Sweating is good, however, as it cleanses and cools the skin. Although water is a poor reflector (reflecting ~5 percent, the same as grass), ultraviolet light does pass through it, so you can burn in the water. Dry sand reflects about 17 percent, white sand considerably more. Snow reflects up to 85 percent. Combine snow with high altitudes, where the atmosphere is thinner, allowing more sunlight through, and you have the makings of a good sunburn while you are skiing or mountain climbing. Only 1/3 of burning rays come directly from the sun, the other 2/3 come to us reflected from all directions.

Early detection is the next line of defense against skin cancer. If you suspect a precancerous condition, such as a mole or any other lesion that grows, changes color, spreads, or bleeds, get in touch with a physician for evaluation. He or she can best determine the type of lesion and the most effective form of treatment.

Remember, even if you burn only once a year, in fifty years you have tallied 50 burns. This accumulated effect increases the risk of skin cancer. Any excessive exposure can he considered as setting up precancerous conditions in the skin.

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Monday, April 25, 2011

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Gaga over free Gopeng durians

Kuala Lumpur (The Star/ANN) - Wofing down a staggering 1,000 durians within an hour seems no easy feat.

But for Gopeng folks in Malaysia, they did just that, wiping clean the 1,000 fruits during a free durian feast, thanks to the generosity of the Gopeng MCA division.

The Gopeng Square in town was packed to the brim with people who were unwilling to let go of a perfect chance to savour the king of fruits.

Self-confessed durian lover Loh Wah Cheong travelled from nearby Lawan Kuda to the event on Sunday.
“The durians tasted really good. MCA should do this every year," said the 50-year-old businessman while busy tucking into the durians.

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Officer-in-charge of Gopeng police station, Insp Wan Mohd Zaim Wan Sulaiman was also there to enjoy the durians.

“It is nice to see all races feasting together without quarrel or fights. This is truly 1Malaysia," he said.
Division chairman Alberc Chang said it was the first time such an event was being organised by his team.
“We bought about 1,000 durians from nearby villages. So these are all local fruits from Gopeng.

“We wanted to have this feast to bring together Malaysians of all races as well as to promote Gopeng as a tourist spot," he said.

Chang described the overwhelming response as a huge success for the division.
“I think we will be having this feast annually but with more durians, of course," he said.

Monday, April 18, 2011

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5 Places to Retire for Under $500 Per Month

Housing is likely to be one of your biggest retirement expenses. One way to approach your search for the ideal overseas retirement haven is to focus on retire-overseas choices where housing is cheap.

Here are five places where you could rent for as little as $500 per month:

1.   Leon, Nicaragua.
Nicaragua has suffered serious bad press as a result of its troubled past and current president. Those unfortunate realities aside, this beautiful land of lakes and volcanoes has a great deal to offer the would-be retiree, including a new program of special benefits for resident retirees. There is also a growing and welcoming community of expats from around the world, top-notch health care in Managua thanks to the international-standard Vivan Pellas Hospital Metropolitano, and bargain-priced rentals.

2.Medellin, Colombia.
The downside to Leon is the climate. Mornings and evenings can be pleasant, but midday temperatures are often brutal. If that bothers you, consider the mountain city of Medellin instead. This pretty city built almost entirely of red brick boasts a spring-like climate year-round. Like Leon, Medellin is an emerging retirement haven, meaning the existing expat community is small but growing and the costs of living and of renting are temptingly low. One friend is renting a small studio in a non-central neighborhood for the equivalent of $210 per month. You can rent a two-bedroom apartment in a new building at a central address for $700 or $800 per month.

3.Las Tablas, Panama.
 My top recommendation for a beachfront retirement where the cost of renting is low enough to accommodate almost anyone's budget is Las Tablas, a city on the Pacific coast of Panama's Azuero Peninsula. Panama has first-class and affordable medical care and facilities, a pensionado program of special benefits for foreign retirees, and well-established expat communities. The city also has a developed infrastructure, many user-friendly options for establishing foreign residency, and can be a tax-haven for those wishing to minimize their taxes.

4.Chiang Mai, Thailand.
I know of a single American man who lives in Chiang Mai on $200 a month, with half that going for rent. He gets around on a bicycle and eats at low-cost noodle stalls or for free when a temple offers lunch. He makes a sport of spending as little as possible. I also know a Thai American woman who bought an apartment in a small town 15 kilometers from Chiang Mai. She manages on $600 a month from Social Security and, as she is Thai and over 60, she enjoys free government health care. It wouldn't cost you very much more to live and rent in Chiang Mai. House and apartment rentals in Chiang Mai can vary dramatically, from perhaps $150 per month for a small home and garden in the country to $400 or $500 monthly for a larger, newer place in town.

5.Languedoc-Roussillon, France.
If you're willing to look beyond Paris, the southwest of this country can be highly affordable. Cessenon-sur-Orb, in the Languedoc-Roussillon region of southwestern France, is colorful, eclectic, and very open to retirees. The village dates from prehistoric times, but the feel is medieval, with the church dominating the center and the tower of Le Donjon looking down from above

Here in this quintessentially French country corner, you'll find many expats of several nationalities. They've sought out this unsung region because it offers everything you need for a comfortable life, yet boasts a small, charming, typically French village atmosphere, with centuries of history and lots to do and see. As a result, this town is growing and attracting both more French people and expats. Perhaps the most appealing part is that the cost of renting in this picture-postcard corner of France can be modest, certainly relative to Continental Europe in general. A monthly rental of 400 to 600 euro is realistic

Health Benefits of Soy Sauce.

Soy sauce, also known as Tamari is originally made from miso. Miso is a thick paste made from fermented soybeans. When miso is mixed with water, the paste makes a dark colored sauce, which is called tamari or soy sauce.

Soy sauce is known for high sodium content, which is, of course, not good for the health. But the thing that makes soy sauce a healthy food is antioxidant. Tamari or soy sauce is highly rich in antioxidant. The researchers point out that antioxidant properties in soy sauce are much more effective than the red wine. Besides, soy sauce is a good source of essential amino acid, tryptophan. It is also good sources of manganese, niacin (Vitamin B3) and protein.

Antioxidant activities fight free radicals and protect cells from oxidative stress. Manganese is an antioxidant that also helps in the formation of connective tissue. The importance of manganese for health is including the promotion of sex hormones and betterment of sexual health as well.

The mood stabilizing essential amino acid, tryptophan can be found in soy sauce, which is believed -believed to promote good sleep and reduce anxiety. Tryptophan is important for the production of niacin and serotonin- a contributor to good feeling.

In addition, soy sauce is very low in saturated fat and cholesterol free.
Two most common types of soy sauce available are naturally-brewed and non-brewed sauce. Naturally-brewed or fermented sauce is light in colour and better in taste and aroma. Non-brewed sauce is very rich in flavour and smell and dark in colour.

Although, soy sauce has some health benefits and rich with few important nutrients but one should not consider it as a health food. Also, people who have high blood pressure should avoid the intake of soy sauce because it is very high in sodium.

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Eat to Stay Slim and Trim

Are you gaining weight and can’t figure out why? Maybe you are eating too much or if that isn’t it, eating foods with artificial sweeteners. If that’s the case it could be the root of your problem. Research shows that those who regularly have diet drinks tend to gain weight and develop metabolic syndrome, a condition that includes having excess belly fat, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and insulin resistance. One reason is, taste signals how many calories are in a particular food and lets you know when you have had enough. With diet foods, which have no calories, your body can’t determine how much you need to eat. Therefore you are still hungry for high calorie food.

The French have a very low count of obesity and they say they stop eating when they are full. In the U.S. people tend to eat the food in front of them and often take seconds. In other words most Americans stuff themselves and eat until they can’t hold any more. Avoid that mistake by using smaller plates. Take smaller servings and don’t go back for seconds. Take a break in the middle of your meal and think about whether you are full or need more. Don’t eat mindlessly.

As you lose weight your body needs fewer calories. Every time you lose a few pounds check to see how many calories you need to continue to lose weight. Also take a look at what you are eating and see if you could exchange it for a larger serving with fewer calories. Eat high fiber fruit and vegetable and less white carbs. Avoid high sugary snacks at all costs. They are digested quickly and produce insulin, which leads to weight gain.

Stick to complex carbs, which means vegetables, fruits, whole grain and monounsaturated fats, found in fish,nuts, canola oil, olive oil,and avocado. Leave off saturated fat found in ice cream, butter and mayonnaise. You can have whole wheat pasta but limit it to no more than three moderate servings a week. You can add lots of veggies to make it look bigger.

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Saturday, April 16, 2011

Fat Burning Food

Fat burning foods are the latest trend in weight loss. When combined with the right exercises, most proteins, fruits and vegetables have the ability to boost metabolism, burn fat quickly and flatten the tummy while helping build muscle.

Fat burning foods boost metabolism and build muscle

Many people go to sleep and hope that when they wake up, all the fat will have disappeared. While this may not happen in a lifetime, there are foods that burn fats, help boost metabolism and build muscle and can help in both weight loss, keeping fit and flattening instead of fattening your tummy.


Not only do they contain important antioxidants but also contain a lot of fiber which may assist in fat burning, weight loss and tummy flattening. Eating cabbage, kales, spinach, onions, broccoli, tomatoes, eggplant and other vegetables are important when it comes to burning fat.

Most fruits have very little sugar, a good concentration of antioxidants and fiber as well as impressive fat burning properties. Eating a diet containing a lot of fruits is a good way to loss weight hustle free. Apples, mangoes, water melon, oranges, peaches, lemons, and cherries are great fruits for weight loss.

Research indicates that most proteins are excellent fat burners when taken lean and prepared correctly. If you want to burn fat, lose weight and flatten your tummy, the following proteins may be useful: Chicken breast, lean pork, skimmed milk, beans, eggs and fish are good when it comes to fat burning but should be eaten in moderation.

Other foods that may help in weight loss and tummy flattening are pumpkins, peppers, flax seeds, parsley leaves, green tea, olive oil and turnips which also have fat burning properties

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Food Elergy Treatment??

Perilla Frutescens for Food Allergy Treatment

Perilla plants are found in Korea, Japan, China, Thailand, and other Asian countries. In India, food allergies are often experienced due to chickpea, wheat and other foods. Perilla is used in India to treat these food allergies, and has been used to help people with food intolerances for centuries.

In Japan, Perilla is called shiso. The generic name of this herb is Perilla frutescens. Perilla is also known as the beefsteak plant, purple mint, Chinese basil and bhanjira.

Perilla has fewer side effects than most other medicines used to treat allergies. Perilla has been shown in studies to be effective in reducing TNF (tumor necrosis factor) formation. TNF chemicals cause inflammation and cell death. Herbs that block TNF are also useful in treating arthritis.

Perilla has fewer side effects than most other medicines used to treat allergies. Perilla has been shown in studies to be effective in reducing TNF (tumor necrosis factor) formation. TNF chemicals cause inflammation and cell death. Herbs that block TNF are also useful in treating arthritis.

                                                    Shiso Plant-Image via Wikipedia

Perilla is used to alleviate the discomfort caused by asthma, seasonal allergies, cough and fever. Perilla also is used to treat pet allergies, itching, watery eyes and the symptoms of allergic reactions to pollen, dust mites and other allergens.

Perilla is available as a nutraceutical. Perilla can be consumed in capsule form, used as a liquid extract, and used as a spice and coloring agent in cooking.

Perilla extract is applied to the inside of the nostrils to treat allergies due to pollen and other irritants. To alleviate food allergies, seafood may be cooked with perilla leaves or perilla seed oil.

Korean Perilla Leaves Used as a Side Dish-Image via Wikipedia

Perilla has not been tested on children or pregnant or nursing women. Perilla has caused contact dermatitis in a few cases. Perilla tea may cause drowsiness.



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The 5 Biggest Fitness Mistakes :Watch out!

Mistake #1: You Don't Lift Weights
You’ve no doubt been told that aerobic exercise is the key to losing your gut, but weight training is actually more valuable. Three reasons:

1. Lifting protects your muscle. When people diet without lifting weights, research shows that 75 percent of their weight loss is from fat and 25 percent is muscle. That 25 percent may reduce your scale weight, but it doesn’t do a lot for your reflection in the mirror. However, if you weight train as you diet, your weight loss is more likely to be 100 percent fat. Think of it in terms of liposuction: The whole point is to simply remove unattractive flab, right? That’s exactly what you should demand from your workout.

2. Lifting boosts your metabolism. Your muscles need energy to repair and upgrade your muscle fibers after each resistance-training workout. For instance, a University of Wisconsin study found that when people performed a total-body workout comprised of just three big-muscle exercises, their metabolisms were elevated for 39 hours afterward. What’s more, they also burned a greater percentage of their calories from fat during this time, compared with those who weren’t hitting the weights.

3. Lifting torches calories. It’s considered common knowledge that jogging burns more calories than weight training. Turns out, when scientists at the University of Southern Maine used an advanced method to estimate energy expenditure during exercise, they found that weight training burns as many as 71 percent more calories than originally thought. The researchers calculated that performing just one circuit of eight exercises—which takes about 8 minutes—can expend 159 to 231 calories. That’s about the same as running at a 6-minute mile pace for the same duration.

Mistake #2: You Don’t Use the Right Dumbbells
Ladies, we’re especially talking to you on this one. Your goal is to challenge your muscles, not just go through the motions. For instance, if you can lift a weight 15 times, it’s not going to do your muscles much good to lift it for only 8 repetitions. A good way to gauge if a weight is appropriate: Note the point at which you start to struggle. Let’s say you’re doing 10 repetitions. If all 10 seem easy, then the weight you’re using is too light. However, if you start to struggle on your tenth repetition, you’ve chosen the correct poundage.

Mistake #3: You Don’t Work Your Lower Body
To cut inches from your waist, make sure you’re working the muscles below your belt. In a Syracuse University study, people burned more calories the day after they did lower-body resistance training than the day after they worked their upper body. “Leg muscles—like your quads and glutes—generally have more muscle mass than those of your chest and arms,” says study author Kyle Hackney, Ph.D. (c), C.S.C.S. “Work more muscle during your exercise session, and your body has to expend more energy to repair and upgrade them later.” So the best approach, of course, is to hit every muscle each workout.

Mistake #4: You Don’t Watch What You Eat
You can’t out-exercise a bad diet. After all, you can eat 1,000-calorie fast food burger in just 5 minutes, but it’ll take you more than an hour to burn that many calories with physical activity. So make sure you’re not using exercise as an excuse to eat whatever you want. You may even find that regular workouts help you better follow a smart eating plan. Case in point: University of Pittsburgh researchers studied 169 overweight adults for 2 years and found that the participants who didn’t follow a 3-hour-a-week training plan ate more than their allotted 1,500 calories a day. The reverse was also true—sneaking snacks sabotaged their workouts. The study authors say it’s likely that both actions are a reminder to stay on track, reinforcing your weight-loss goal and drive.

Mistake #5: You Skip Workouts
We’re all busy, but that’s usually just a lame excuse. After all, plenty of people find time to exercise. And when was the last time you heard someone say they regretted their workout? Probably never, and here’s why: U.K. researchers found that workers were 15 percent more productive on the days they made time to exercise compared to days they skipped their workout.

They were also 15 percent more tolerant of their coworkers. Now, consider for a moment what these numbers mean to you: On days you exercise, you can—theoretically at least—accomplish in an eight-hour day what normally would take you nine hours and 12 minutes. Or you’d still work nine hours, but get more done, leaving you feeling less stressed and happier with your job, another perk that the workers reported on the days they exercised.

Monday, April 11, 2011

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Increase Body Weight Tips

Everyone wants the ideal body weight. Ideal means in accordance with what it wants: fit, match as measure. Ideal body weight is not always the same in a matter of numbers.

In women for example, the ideal body weight between 45-47 kg. However, it is certainly not the whole list. Ideal body weight should also depend on height. 45-47 kg weight is ideal for women with height 158-165 cm. However, for women with a high body count over the 165-172 cm, 45-47 kg are no longer ideal because it will make her look skinny.

To you who have problems with lack of weight, below the tips to raises weight:
  • The first thing you should do is check to doctor to find out the causes no weight gain. Do you have a disease that results in inhibition of growth hormone? Better find out the right people -doctors- to be told the solution.

  • Eat regularly. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner is essential. Occasionally interspersed with snacking. A healthy snack will increase your weight.

  • Strive to drink enough. Lack of fluid intake in the body will have impaired development of the body.

  • Eat nutritious foods and adequate fiber. Meet the nutrients your body by eating healthy foods.

  • Drinking milk can accelerate your growth.

  • Perform regular exercise to get rid of toxins in the body are released through sweat. Deposition of toxins in the body will inhibit growth.

  • Take vitamins or supplements to promote weight loss.

  • You who like to sleep too late (stay) should be reduced because of enough sleep will make our bodies healthy.

  • For the men or women smokers, we recommend that you reduce the activity of smoking. Besides resulting in growth, smoking can cause more serious illness.

  • Consumption of at least 1 whole egg whites a day.

Secret to get better bone health

A new study suggests that drinking green tea and practicing Taichi may promote bone health of post-menopausal women, as well as reduce the risk of inflammation.

The study, conducted by researchers at the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women's Health at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, focused on postmenopausal women and investigated the potential for green tea to work synergistically with Taichi in enhancing bone strength of postmenopausal women.
Originating as a martial art in China, Taichi is a mind-body exercise that utilizes slow, gentle movements to build strength and flexibility, as well as deep breathing and relaxation, to move qi, or vital energy, throughout the body.

The study findings were published Sunday at, the website of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Carried out as a double-blind, placebo-controlled, intervention trial (the "holy grail" of scientific studies), this experiment involved 171 post menopausalwomen with the average age of 57 who had weak bones but not full-fledged osteoporosis. Subjects were divided into 4 groups -- placebo: starch pill (placebo) and no Taichi; GTP or green tea polyphenols (500 mg/day) and no Taichi; Placebo plus Taichi (starch pill and practising Taichi three times a week); and GTP plus Taichi.
The study lasted for 6 months, during which time blood and urine samples were collected and muscle strength assessed.

The results show that consumption of GTP (at a level equivalent to about four-six cups of steeped green tea daily) and participation in Taichi independently enhanced markers of bone health by three and six months,respectively.

A similar effect was found for muscle strength at the 6-month time point. Participants taking Taichi classes also reported significant beneficial effects in quality of life in terms of improving their emotional and mental health.

Perhaps most remarkable, however, was the substantial effect that both GTP and Taichi had on biological markers of oxidative stress.

The oxidative stress is a main precursor to inflammation, this finding suggests that green tea and Taichi may help reduce the underlying etiology of not only osteoporosis, but other inflammatory diseases as well.

In the study, the researchers developed an animal model (the ovariectomized, middle-aged female rat), with which they could effectively study the effects of green tea consumption on protection against breakdown of the bone's microarchitecture, according to the AAAS.

In humans, this can lead to osteoporosis, a condition common to older women. The researchers say what they have learned from the animal models might also be applicable to postmenopausal women.

There is a "favorable effect of modest green tea consumption on bone remodeling in this pre-osteoporotic population," said lead researcher Dr.Chwan-Li (Leslie) Shen, an associate professor at the institute.

The researchers plan to soon complete a more long-term study utilizing more technically savvy measures of bone density.

Have some tea for your health

Drink Tea for Good Health

Green and black teas are beneficial to health. They are fragrant and zesty. A few cups a day provides an array of healthy aids. Brewed tea drinkers have fewer strokes, heart attacks, lower cholesterol and cancer than non tea drinkers It’s also great if you are watching carbs and calories. For health’s sake avoid sugary drinks and instead drink five cups of tea every day.

Studies have found that tea drinkers have less strokes, heart disease, and lower cholesterol than those who don’t drink tea regularly. Five cups of green and oolong tea a day seems to provide the best benefits for lowering blood pressure. Consuming black tea lowers the risk of heart attack and stroke. It also lowers the risk of bad cholesterol. Oolong tea impairs the body’s ability to absorb fat, and therefore is a good way to remain at the most healthy weight.


Teas appear to prevent some cancers and limit the progress of others. Green and black tea helps fight colon cancer, and green tea has been found to reduce the risk of breast cancer, and reduce the chance of recurrence. Any hot tea is said to reduce the risk of some skin cancers.

Green tea may delay or prevent Alzheimer and keep your brain sharp. Drinking tea is a win win situation for disease prevention and health.

Whether you prefer your tea with added honey,sugar, tea, lemon or milk, it’s a matter of choice. First try the tea without any embellishment, then add as you wish.

Lemon enhances the flavor of black tea and scented teas without adding calories. If you like, add a slice of lemon to your empty cup and pour tea over it.

Health Benefits of Salmon

Salmon is a very delicious and popular fish, which has a lot of nutritional value. This is a fish of Salmonidae family and can be found in both saline water and fresh water. The flesh of the salmon fish varies from pink to red to orange. Salmon can be eaten in a variety of ways such as poached, steamed and grilled. There are many species of salmon fish such as Atlantic Salmon, North Pacific Salmon (Chinook salmon, Chum salmon, Coho salmon, Pink salmon, Sockeye salmon) and Asian Salmon (Cherry Salmon).

Salmon fish is extremely good for health. Salmon contains Omega 3 fatty acids, tryptophan, Vitamin A, Vitamin B 3 (Niacin), Vitamin B 12 (Cobalamin) and Vitamin D. Salmon is also a very good source of selenium, protein, phosphorus and magnesium. In addition, salmon is low in saturated fat and calorie.

Health Benefits of Salmon

Salmon helps to prevent and control high blood pressure. Salmon is rich in Omega 3 fatty acids and these fats are good for lowering blood pressure levels. Apart from this Salmon is good for preventing and controlling cardiovascular diseases. Not only salmon is rich in Omega 3 fatty acids but also a great source of Niacin and Vitamin B 12.

Niacin or Vitamin B 3 helps to control blood cholesterol levels. Vitamin B 12 lowers the risk of any cardiovascular disease. The omega-3 fats found in salmon prevent erratic heart rhythms, make blood less likely to clot inside arteries. Also, improve the ratio of HDL and LDL.

Triglycerides in normal amounts are good for our health. But when the amount of Triglycerides in the body goes higher it can cause damage to our health. High levels of Triglycerides are responsible for cardiovascular disease. A study shows only two Servings of Omega-3-rich Fish such as Salmon, a week can lower Triglycerides.

Eating Salmon regularly can lower the chances of the stroke. Omega 3 fatty acids in Salmon help to remove the blood clot inside arteries.

Due to Salmon’s high Omega 3 contents it is good for Type 2 Diabetes patients.

Salmon is considered as a brain food. Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) an Omega 3 fatty acid presents in Salmon is essential for brain cells to function properly. Also, fatty fish like Salmon is good to prevent dementia, which normally occurs in the old age.

Salmon is one of the foods that fight depression. Omega 3 fatty acids are found in Salmon is responsible for reducing the stress and depression. Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) plays an important role to lift the mood by improving the blood flow and affecting the hormones and the immune system.

Fatty fish are always good for cancer protection. Studies have shown us fatty fish eaters are less prone to cancer. Especially in digestive tract including stomach, colon, mouth, pharynx, esophagus and rectum. Salmon is a great source of Selenium which prevents cancer. Studies also show us consumption of fatty fish is a good protection against kidney cancer.

Salmon is very useful in treating Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. Vitamin A, Vitamin D, Selenium and the fatty acids protect the nervous system and work as anti depressants. These are helpful for relaxing the brain.

Salmon is also good for the skin. Omega 3s present in Salmon protect from the sunburn and the skin cancer. Consumption of more Omega 3 rich fish like Salmon can lessen the inflammation caused by UV ray.

Omega 3 fatty acids in Salmon are great for the eye health. These fatty acids reduce the risk of AMD (age-related macular degeneration) and DES (Dry eye syndrome). Eating Omega 3 rich fish once a week can lower the risk of AMD significantly. Diet high in Omega 6 fatty acids increases the risk of DES but diet high in omega-3 fatty acids lowers risk of dry eye syndrome.

Fatty fish such as Salmon lowers the risk of Leukemia, Multiple Myeloma, and Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. According to the American Lung Association, consumption of Omega 3 fatty fish such as Salmon reduces the risk of childhood asthma.

11 police trainees being treated for influenza-like illness

PUTRAJAYA: Eleven police trainees at the Army Basic Training Centre in Telok Kemang are being treated for the adenovirus and A(H1N1).

“The trainees have influenza-like illness (ILI) but they are all in stable condition,” Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said.

Six were being treated for the adenovirus and five for A(H1N1), he said after the ministry's monthly gathering yesterday.

Liow said the first eight cases were treated at a Port Dickson clinic after they were detected with ILI on March 31. The other three were warded at Port Dickson Hospital on Monday.
He added that 98 more trainees had been isolated at the centre for further observation.
Liow said a directive had been sent to all other training centres to keep their premises clean and well-ventilated.

“The adenovirus and A(H1N1) are everywhere. Everyone must play their part in ensuring cleanliness and good ventilation,” he said.

Liow added that anyone with flu symptoms - fever, cough, flu and body aches - should practise good hygiene etiquette by distancing themselves from crowds.

“If you are coughing and you mix with other people, it is not fair to others,” he said.
He urged other centres to remember that ILI detected in crowded facilities must be referred to doctors to prevent spread of the disease.

“Viruses spread easily in groups because of the proximity. It is the same with schools. If the patients are not treated early, the spread will be fast and fatal, just like what happened at the Police Training Centre in Kuala Lumpur,” he warned.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Health Benefits of Tuna


Tuna fish is salt watered fish belong to the Scombridae family. Tuna are marine fish of the genus Thunnus, and one of the most popular fishes in the world. Canned tuna is a very popular food and known for its nutrition power. But fresh tuna are much more nutritious and richer in Omega-3 fatty acids than canned ones. There are different types of tuna including Albacore, Yellowfin tuna, Blackfin tuna, Longtail tuna and Bluefin tuna etc.

  • Tuna lower the triglyceride levels and helps to keep it normal.
  • They improve the levels of HDL cholesterol and help to keep a good ratio between HDL and harmful LDL cholesterol.
  • Tuna prevent blood clots inside arteries, prevent unsteady or erratic heart rhythms and thus protect against Arrhythmia.
  • Tuna reduce the chances of stroke and heart attack.
  • Essential fats and potassium found in these fishes are helpful in controlling the blood pressure levels.
  • Omega-3s and selenium in tuna help to detoxify the body and good for the liver.
  • Omega-3 fatty acids in tuna can be helpful in preventing rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Omega-3 rich fishes like tuna are very good for postmenopausal women with diabetes as these eating these fishes are helpful in reducing atherosclerosis in them.
  • Omega-3 fatty acid rich foods are always in preventing obesity.
  • Tuna fish can be protection against the childhood asthma.
  • They are also helpful for the people who are suffering from Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus.
  • Omega-3 fatty acid rich fishes like tuna is very good protection against age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
  • Tuna are beneficial against the Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Tuna fish are good for the skin as eating these fish can give protection against sunburn and skin cancer.
  • Omega-3 fatty acids rich fishes are very good protections against ovarian and digestive tract cancers.

How to Lose Fat with 2 fruits


Apples have gained a reputation of keeping the doctor away with its daily consumption. Apart from that, apples can help keep the fats away, too.
This works in two ways: First, eating apples raise your blood glucose (sugar) levels in a safe manner that your body naturally accepts, and keeps this glucose up longer than most sweet foods. In effect, you feel satisfied and full longer, according to researchers. Second, apples are a rich source of soluble fiber which fights hunger pangs by defending it against dangerous dips in your blood glucose level.
An average-sized apple contains only 81 calories.  It has no cholesterol, saturated fat or sodium.  In fact, the nutrients in apples helps lower the level of bad cholesterol which is already in your blood stream, in effect, your blood pressure also lowers to an acceptable and healthy level.


Grapefruit is a traditional yet potent food recommended to be a steady part of your diet. It has properties that help dissolve fats and cholesterol. An average-sized grapefruit contains 74 calories, 15 grams of pectin (the exceptional fiber known to lower cholesterol and fat), high levels of vitamin C and potassium and is fat free and sodium free.
It is also rich in natural galacturonic acid, which contributes to its effectiveness as a fat and cholesterol fighter. In addition grapefruit also fights against atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) and heart disease.  To tame its tangy flavor, you may try sprinkling some cinnamon, or salt, depending on your taste preference.

Two Parts of Our Body That Immune to Cancer

Almost all parts of the human body, from the blood, brain, eyes, lungs, skin until the bone can be affected by cancer. If there is any part of the body that cannot be affected by cancer, these two parts are hair and nails.
Hair and nails cannot be attacked by cancer because the tissue is dead, so hair and nails can be cut. Beside hair and nail, every other part of the body can be attacked by cancer.

 The lungs, is the body organ that is most easily attacked by cancer. In 2008, 1.4 million people around the world died because of lung cancer.
World Health Organisation (WHO) data in 2008 put the stomach in second place of the list of body organ that is easily attack by the cancer. Stomach cancer cause 740,000 deaths, the liver cancer causes 700,000 deaths, colon cancers cause 610,000 deaths and breast cancer causes 460,000 deaths.

Six Surprisingly Untold Cancer Inducing Group of Foods

An appropriate food combination is vital for optimum digestion and better assimilation of the nutrients by your body. Incorrect food combinations can retard digestion, making digestion difficult. Some combinations or groups of foods may surprisingly cause the formation of carcinogenic or harmful substances in the body.

Cow Milk and Chocolate

The combination of cow milk and chocolate is not compatible as it may cause diarrhea. The milk alone is rich in both calcium and protein, while chocolate contains oxalic acid. If these two mixtures of food are eaten, the calcium content in the milk will combine with oxalic acid found in chocolate forming calcium oxalate that cannot dissolve in water. After the consumption of these two, it is not only that they cannot be assimilated by your body, but also they can cause dry hair and other symptoms which can interfere with human growth.

Carrots/Radishes and Oranges

Carrots/radishes and oranges make improper food combinations as they may indulge goiter. Since radishes or carrot may produce an anti-thyroid substance called thiocyanate, and at the same time when fruits like oranges, apples and grapes are eaten in large quantity, the flavonoids from the fruits will be decomposed by the bacteria to form thiocyanate in the intestine which is a known substance to inhibit the thyroid function and simultaneously induce goiter.

Ham and Yogurt

When ham is eaten with yogurt, it can cause cancer. Those who eat sandwiches together with yogurt or any lactic acid drinks for breakfast need to take care. Ham when eaten for breakfast together in a sandwich, bacon and yogurt all contain organic acids which are carcinogenic when consumed. In order to preserve the storage of sausage, ham, bacon and other processed meat products, food manufacturers will normally add nitrate to prevent the growth of Clostridium botulinum and also to prevent food spoilage. When nitrate meets with other organic acids which are present in lactic acid, citric acid, malic acid and tartaric acid, it will be converted into a carcinogenic substance called nitrosamines. Therefore, you are not encouraged to take these processed meats regularly as they increase the risk of cancer.

Fruits and Seafood

It is not easy to be assimilated by the body if fruits and seafood are eaten at the same time. If, at the same time, you eat hawthorn, pomegranates, persimmons, and grapes, you may experience abdominal pain, diarrhea, abdominal distension and vomiting. This is due to the fact that fruits contain tannic acid, and when it meets protein content in the seafood products causing the formation of solidified substance that sink and are not easily digested by your body. After eating seafood, you should wait for 4 hours prior to consuming any type of these fruits.

Spinach and Tofu

Spinach should not be taken together with tofu. Tofu contains two chemical substances, namely magnesium chloride and calcium sulfate, while spinach contains oxalic acid. The combination food of these two can lead to the formation of magnesium and calcium oxalate acid. These two white substances cannot be easily assimilated by the human body and thus it causes the absorption of calcium and it may even promote stone formations in the body.

Seafood and Beer

You are strictly discouraged to take seafood and beer together as this may induce gout. Seafood contains two substances of purine and nucleotide while beer is enriched with vital catalyst of vitamin B1 which can decompose these two substances. When you eat seafood with beer, it may stimulate the formation of harmful substances in your body causing the rise of uric acid level in your blood. This in turns will lead to the formation of stone(s) in your urinary tract which is (are) hard to flush out of body. If you are experiencing metabolic problems, eating seafood together with beer may give sharp rise to your uric acid in your blood indulging gout, and sometimes it may even cause gouty nephropathy and gouty arthritis.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Sleep Enough to Avoid Cancer, Obesity and Diabetes

Sleep is an important activity for everyone. Some people do not like sleep. They think the hours spent are unproductive. Some people enjoy sleep and view it as a hobby. No matter which point of view you have, adequate sleep every day is important to our health, otherwise, you may face three health risks in the long run: cancer, obesity and diabetes.

Inadequate sleep may lead to cancer

A US research reported that inadequate sleep may lead to colorectal cancer. A total of 1240 patients have been investigated and 338 of them are reported to have colorectal adenoma. Most patients advised that they slept less than six hours per day.

People with less than six hours sleep per day have a 50% higher opportunity to attain colorectal adenoma than people with more than seven hours sleep per day.

Some adenomas are harmless, but some can lead to colorectal cancer. The relationship between inadequate sleep and colorectal cancer is under study.

Based on current knowledge, researchers offered two explanations. When asleep, our body is still functioning. An example is the production of melatonin. Melatonin is important to prevent cell damage from oxidation. Inadequate sleep slows down the production of melatonin and IR (Insulin Resistance) is more likely to incur. According to Wikipedia, IR “is a physiological condition where the natural hormone, insulin, becomes less effective at lowering blood sugars.” IR is known to associate with malignant tumor.

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Inadequate sleep leads to obesity

There are several ways for inadequate sleep to make an impact on one’s body weight and bring forth obesity.

Hormones provoke eating

When people do not get enough sleep, the secretion of Leptin is inadequate, but the secretion of Ghrelin will be too much. The hormones levels provoke people to overeat, especially have an urge for foods with high calories, such as cookie, candy and bread.

Eat to stay awake

When people need to stay awake late at night, they tend to eat. The consumed foods and drinks often have high percentage of fat, for example cup noodle, potato chips and ice cream.

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Fat accumulated

Inadequate sleep leads to a higher level of Adrenaline and Cortisol. The free fatty acid in the body becomes higher. Fat will then accumulate at internal organs and belly.

Inadequate sleep can lead to diabetes

Long term inadequate sleep makes a negative impact on metabolism, especially the metabolism on carbohydrate. This negative impact enhances the opportunity of diabetes.

During asleep, there are many activities undergoing in our body. It is critical for us to have enough sleep so that our body can have enough time to work for its best. This helps maintain a good health. If you sleep less than seven hours per day, it is time to change your sleeping habit to stay away from cancer, obesity and diabetes.

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