Friday, May 28, 2010

Women best suited to play 'Chief Medical Officer' role at home


Most popular statistics around the world may prove that women make most of the health care decisions in the home. Here's a straight forward article by Dr. Mehmet Oz, vice chairman and professor of surgery at Columbia University, a best-selling author and the host of a TV talk show 'The Dr. Oz Show'. His experience at his heart-surgery practice has been that the most meaningful conversations about cases are with wives, daughters, mothers and sisters — even if it's the husbands, sons, fathers or brothers who are the patients!

Women seem to know instinctively what to do when health is on the line, and more importantly, they can use this innate ability to teach their family healthy habits. This handy article lists ways to put that to work:
1. Practice — and teach — good health habits through role-playing and games.
2. Be a good role model.
3. Healthy eating depends on making it easy for everyone to do the right thing.
4. Whenever possible, plan your family's health care in advance.
5. Post the family health laws as conspicuously as possible.

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Lose weight by Detox

Body detox or detoxification is essentially the cleansing of our metabolism. Releasing the body from harmful toxins has many advantages. In addition to cleansing the body of harmful toxins and keep you healthy, you also get rid of excess weight that has been stored as fat in the body. Weight loss is a major factor especially if you are overweight or obese.

There are many body detoxification products and formulas available on the market and choosing the right one may be complicated at times. You should stick to renowned and trusted brands or at least research the validity of the ingredients contained in the formulas.

Poor or bad nutrition in addition to a stressful lifestyle have the effect of accumulating minute quantity of toxins in the intestines and over time these toxins become substantial and can harm our body in more than one way. These harmful toxins are fermented by bacteria and these bacteria produce gas during fermentation of small food particles that are accumulated over time.

To get ideal results from a body detoxification products like 7 day detox or 7-DCD, a healthy diet composed of vegetables, fibers, organic foods, whole grains, nuts and seeds is strongly recommended although not mandatory. In general a well balanced diet is always recommended in order to maintain a good health. The intake of water is essential to the elimination process and helps to maximize the benefits of the 7-Day Complete Detox.

The accumulation of harmful toxins occurred over time and cannot disappear overnight therefore we should not expect immediate results although some people have reported results after the first use. As with all other products patience, consistence and persistence are the keys. After all, it is your health that we are talking about!

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Keeping the heart healthy in summer

  • Slow down- strenuous activities should be reduced, eliminated or rescheduled to the coolest time of the day. Individuals at risk should stay at the coolest available place, not necessarily indoors.
  • Dress for summer- lightweight light coloured clothing reflects sunlight and heat and helps the body maintain normal temperatures.
  • Put less fuel on your fires. Foods like proteins that increase metabolic heat production also increase water loss.
  • Do not drink alcoholic beverages.
  • Do not take salt tablets unless prescribed by a physician. People on salt restricted diet should consult their physicians before increasing the salt intake.
  • Spend more time in air-conditioned places- air-conditioning at home and other places reduces the danger from heat. If you cannot afford an air-conditioner then spending some time each day in an air-conditioned environment affords some protection.
  • Don’t get too much sun- sunburn makes the job of the heat dissipation that much more difficult.
  • Drink plenty of water or other non-alcoholic beverages. The body needs water to cool. Persons who have epilepsy or heart, kidney, or liver disease, are on fluid restrictive diets, or have a problem with fluid retention should consult a physician before increasing their consumption of fluids.
  • How Can Chocolate Be Linked to Depression?

    Chocolate has always been known as a happy food. It puts smiles on faces, whether it is in bunny shapes for children or with exotic ingredients in truffles for adults. It is the go-to ingredient for milkshakes, cakes, cookies. The majority of the candy bars in the check-out line feature chocolate. How in the world can this tasty ingredient be detrimental to your mental health?

    Just last month, reports came out rejoicing in the benefits of chocolate on the heart (in small doses) and in February research suggested thatchocolate can reduce the risk of strokes. Teams of researchers at two California universities are now tempering our enthusiasm by suggesting that chocolate does not improve moods, and that those who overindulge in cacao products may be more prone to depression. Maybe the word “overindulgence” is the key here.

    The research group consisted of 931 individuals who were not using anti-depressants. They were administered a depression screening test and then monitored their chocolate consumption, as well as other dietary habits. Those participants who screened for possible depression consumed an average of 8.4 ounces of chocolate, while their non-depressed counterparts had only 5.4 ounces. A high of 11.8 ounces was observed in those who scored highest for major depression.

    "Depressed mood was significantly related to higher chocolate consumption," Dr. Natalie Rose of the University of California, Davis, and University of California, San Diego, and colleagues wrote in the Archives of Internal Medicine. Because the UC Davis and UC San Diego researchers were screening for general dietary intake, they could rule out caffeine, fats, and carbohydrates as possible factors in the depression.

    Chocolate’s benefits on mood are thought to be short-lived, a momentary band-aid to a bigger problem. While chocolate may raise your mood initially, it quickly wears off. It does, however, have other benefits, not to mention it tastes really good. Just indulge in moderation.