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101 Health Tips For Your Family

101 Health Tips — Read Them All — Implement At Least 50 of Them!

1. Breakfast is the most vital meal. It should not be missed in order to
refuel your body from functional metabolic changes during long hours
of sleep. It is best to include carbohydrates, fats and proteins for an
ideal nutrition such as combinations of fresh fruits, bread toast and
breakfast cereals with milk.

2. Maintain a well balanced diet for a healthy living. A well balanced diet
is eating different kinds of nutritious foods in proportion. It will boost
your energy and will improve your welfare. Either excess or deficiency
of specific vitamins and minerals can harm your health. Continue reading

Fish Oil – Benefits for Health and Fitness

Often when the words oils and fats are mentioned, many health-conscious individuals turn off. What they fail to realize is that there are good fats and bad fats. Total avoidance of oils and fats is detrimental to health.

Truth about Fish Oil
Essential fatty acids must always be part of our daily diet – without them, we take one step closer to our deaths. Essential fatty acids are divided into two families: omega-6 EFAs and omega-3 EFAs. Although there are only very slight differences to distinguish the two groups of essential fatty acids from each other, studies have revealed that too much intake of omega-6 EFAs can lead to inflammation, blood clotting and tumor growth.

The good news, however, is that the opposite is true for omega-3 EFAs. Omega-6 EFAs can be found in vegetable oils while omega-3 EFAs can be found in fish oils among other foods. Continue reading

Effects Of Stress On Human Body

There are many effects of stress on the body and these can manifests themselves both physically and mentally. Some effects of stress on the body are easier to detect than others.

Stress is a state where an individual feel anxious, threatened, angry or tense. It is often experienced in the workplace (work related stress) and sometimes in the home. The varied effects of stress on the body are sometimes easy to cope with while other, especially long term stress effects can be debilitating.

Although stress is a normal part of our lives and we always experience it through the years it is how we cope with it that is important. The physical effects of stress on the body are easier to detect compared to mental effects. While stress is often seen as a negative aspect, it can have a positive effect on us by training us for difficult times. But stress affects us negatively when it does not have any let up or respite. A body under continuous stress will eventually break down and will have a difficult time regaining balance.

Physical Effects Of Stress On The Human Body

Some effects of stress on the body which are physical are headaches, stomach upsets, chest pains, sleep related problems and elevated blood pressure.

Other effects of stress on the body are skin conditions such as hives, heart palpitations, hyperventilation and several heart problems.

The effects of stress on the body can be dangerous. Many diseases start in a stressed body because there seems to be a link between stress and reduced immunity. Therefore, being able to manage the effects of stress on the body is vital in keeping yourself healthy both physically and mentally.

Because stress is unavoidable in our daily lives, it is best to learn to cope with it in such a way that the effects of stress on the body are not as debilitating.

There are many ways to prevent being stressed. You need to take a break after a particularly stressful episode at work or at home.

Coronary Bypass Grafting performing better than Drug-eluting Stents

SOURCE: New England Journal of Medicine, January 24, 2008.

The results of a study published in this week’s New England Journal of Medicine show that for patients with several blockages in their coronary arteries, mortality rates are lower when they undergo bypass grafting rather than having the new generation of drug-eluting stents inserted.

Dr. Edward L Hannan, at the State University of New York, Rensselaer, and colleagues compared outcomes of nearly 10,000 patients with multiple coronary lesions who were treated with drug-eluting stents and almost 7,500 similar patients who underwent coronary artery bypass grafting.

After making adjustments for the presence of other illnesses, the chances of dying within 18 months were approximately 25 percent lower with the coronary bypass operation than with insertion of drug-eluting stents. Estimated rates of heart attacks and the need for another procedure also favored bypass grafting rather than stenting.

The results “affirm that coronary artery bypass grafting remains the standard of care” for patients who require clearance of multiple coronary blockages, writes Dr. Joseph P. Carrozza, Jr., from Harvard Medical School, in an editorial.

“However, stents may be an alternative for patients at high risk for surgical complications or when an informed patient chooses a less invasive option.”

Understanding Fats and Oils in the Diet

This video reflects the views of the doctor and poses some direct questions to our assumed ways of using oils and fats based on his research, which seems to show different results. It’s definitely worth checking out.

Fats are the most misunderstood of all the food groups. For decades we have been given information about the safety and dangers of fats that has turned out to be simply false.

There are three types of fats naturally found in foods, namely saturated fats, unsaturated or polyunsaturated fats and monounsaturated fats.

Saturated fats are generally solid at room temperature and are, with a couple of exceptions, from animal sources. Saturated fats include butter, lard, animal fats, coconut oil and palm oil. We have been told that saturated fats cause heart disease and contribute to block arteries. This is not true. Our ancestors consumed saturated fats almost exclusively and their rate of heart disease, per capita, was far, far lower than today.

Unsaturated or polyunsaturated fats are generally liquid at room temperature and come from vegetable sources. There are the fats we have been told are the best for us, yet it has been long established that when unsaturated fats are heated or exposed to the air, they oxidize rapidly and form compounds called free radicals. The free radical that causes early heart disease comes almost exclusively from oxidized unsaturated fats. Margarines, shortening and other man-made type fats are the worst of all as these are known as trans fats.

Trans Fats come from liquid unsaturated oils, which have been chemically altered to become solid at room temperature. Trans fats are one of the most deadly forms of fat in the modern diet, responsible for heart disease and many other health problems.

Monounsaturated fats, the best of which is olive oil, are the best fats to consume on a regular basis. Mediterranean countries have used olive oil for thousands of years and in spite of the fact that they have a much higher fat diet than we do, their incidence of heart disease is a fraction of ours — due to the consumption of monounsaturated fats such as olive oil.

Monounsaturated fats protect the heart and cardiovascular system, help to raise HDL and lower the bad LDL cholesterol. An ideal diet of fats would contain moderate amounts of saturated fats, high amounts of monounsaturated fats such as olive oil and almost no unsaturated or polyunsaturated fats.

About the speaker: Dr. K. Steven Whiting is the founder of The Institute of Nutritional Science, with offices in the Netherlands, US and UK. Dr. Whiting is an Orthomolecular Nutritionist. His degrees include a Masters in Psychology as well as a Doctorate in Biochemistry earned at International Universities. His commitment and dedication within the nutrition field has led him into extensive research into such chronic conditions as Heart Disease, Arthritis, Diabetes, Osteoporosis, Prostrate problems, Immune System to name but a few. His website is: