Should I take vitamin and mineral Supplements?
The grocery stores, pharmacies and supplement stores are full of more supplements than ever before. But the question is do we need more vitamins and minerals and if so, which ones?
What are vitamins and minerals?
Vitamins and minerals are micronutrients, which means that we need them in small amounts because they cannot be made in our bodies. Vitamins are organic or carbon-containing micronutrients that are made by living cells. Vitamins are further characterized as either fat-soluble or water-soluble vitamins. Fat-soluble vitamins can build up in body fat stores where as water-soluble vitamins are easily excreted by the body and do not build up in tissues. Minerals are inorganic elements that do not come from living sources, but from the earth’s crust, soil and water in which foods are grown. continue reading….
Is Red Meat Really as Dangerous as Cigarettes?
The REAL Story on Red Meat and Processed Meats
by Cat Ebeling, RN, BSN
& Mike Geary, Certified Nutrition Specialist
co-authors of The Fat Burning Kitchen
A side of cancer with your bacon? Really?!
The news, the internet, Facebook and Twitter are all buzzing again about red meat, processed meats, and cancer. This time it seems like it is getting a lot of coverage. But this isn’t the first time the media has tried to villify red meat and/or processed meat.
Health Eating and Nutrition
Healthy Weight Loss, Fight Lifestyle Diseases…
Healthy eating and getting the most nutrition out of your meals is your secret to staying healthy and energized, natural weight loss, and combating lifestyles diseases.
Does the expression, “you are what you eat” ring a bell? Do you know that what you eat and how you prepare your food can affect how you look, how you feel, and how long you live?
Jamie Oliver’s recipe of the Day –
Potato Salad with Smoked salmon
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Facts about our skin
How to nourish and protect your skin
The skin is the largest organ of our body. It account for approx 16% of an adult’s overall weight. It’s primary components are water ( 70%), proteins (25.5%) and fats (2%). It is a dynamic, living organ that continually sheds its outermost layer through a process called exfoliation. In fact, our skin replaces itself every twenty-seven days.
Our skin performs a number of vital roles.It is a barrier against micro- organisms and toxic compounds entering our body. It permits a selective exchange of fluids necessary for our survival. It is our natural radiator: by regulating our body’s loss of fluids, the skin helps us maintain our body temperature. It is a primary component of our sense of touch.
At the same time, our skin defines so much of the outer beauty we desire. Manipulating our skin has been a component of the human beauty regimen for thousands of years. For centuries we bathed our skin with oils, painted its surface and manipulated its texture – all for the sake of outer beauty. The role of our skin as a vital organ took a back seat to visual appearance. Today, a remarkable shift is occurring. Skincare is assuming a primary position in our health. Indeed, we now see that healthy skin is the basis for the beauty we desire and that our lotions, masques and creams can nourish the skin in incredible ways. Healthy skin and elegant appearance are synonymous.
Every day our skin is exposed to a number of environmental toxins. Factors like UV light , smog and smoke trigger a cascade of free- radical activity in the cells. To prevent new damage from UV rays, use a sunscreen every day, and reapply it after swimming and prolonged sun exposure. SPF15 works well for most skin types; however, a higher SPF may be necessary for some.
In addition, look for new, deep-penetrating compounds in products that amplify the body’s natural cell-renewal process and minimize the effects of environmental exposure. Scientifically advanced, natural products can help you defy the aging process and enjoy radiant, healthy skin at any age.
Nutrition and the skin
Like every organ in our body, our skin is composed of billions of cells. When we see the skin as an organ, we realize that cellular nutrition is vital for a healthy skin. Any deficiency of vitamins or essential nutrients in our body, negatively effects our skin. The skin is the last organ to receive nourishment from the body and the first to show signs of nutritional deficiency, imbalance or illness. The impact of diet on our skin can not be overemphasized. Poor dietary habits generally appear first in our skin’s texture, tone and color. It also has long-term effects on our skin – the kind that will not be seen until it is well beyond your control to correct the problem.
For example, a vitamin C or E deficiency weakens our skin’s firmness, tone and texture. Low levels of vitamin B2 (riboflavin) damages skin cell membranes and cracks appear in the corners of our mouth and on our lips. An iron deficiency can create poor skin color. The list is endless, but the message is clear: optimal cellular nutrition is critical for healthy skin.
Only recently was the discovery of the free radical and its impact on our body associated with our skin.It is now clear that free radicals are primary contributors to the aging process and can destroy the cells of our skin. Free-radical oxidative stress destroys skin-cell membranes and accelerates the sagging and wrinkling effects we experience as we age. The effects of free-radical damage are cumulative. It is a process that can continue for years before we receive any alert. We may never “see” the damage that free radicals cause until it has irrevocably harmed our skin. Free-radical damage is such a major aging factor that we must incorporate unique substances in our skincare regimen to combat its ill effects.
The primary agents which combat the free radicals are antioxidants. They include several vitamins as well as a number of phytonutrients found in botanical extracts. Any beauty regimen must take into account the nutritional needs of the skin and combat the free-radical activity that damages its cells. Without addressing both of these requirements, our creams and topicals merely hide the unsightly impact of oxidative stress and aging. Rather, we need to enhance our natural beauty while we nourish and protect our healthy skin.
A Vehicle for Health Knowing that our skin is a living organ that facilitates the transfer of nutrients and realizing that proper nutrition is critical for healthy skin, you would assume that the connection between skincare and skin nourishment would be obvious. Not so! We appreciate the damage we do by applying toxic chemicals to our skin in the name of beauty. We no longer poison ourselves for the sake of appearance. Yet we failed to see the real opportunity before us.
The skin is a powerful vehicle for health. Indeed, its selective passage of compounds into and out of the body is an instrument for wellness. Today, scientists use the powerful properties of the skin to deliver pharmaceutical compounds to the body. Medicinal introduction through the skin is now common practice. It is referred to in the medical community as transdermal application. Topical estrogen creams deliver hormones to our bodies. The transdermal introduction of substances has proven to be, in many cases, the most efficient method of introducing drugs to our body.
Once the importance of the skin was accepted and its status as a vital body organ was established, all was needed was a fresh approach that considered more than surface beauty in the creams and lotions we apply to our skin.
The relationship between proper nutrition and healthy skin was proven by Dr. Myron Wentz, a cellular biologist. He saw the power of nourishing the skin through topical applications. The question was: could both beauty-enhancing and antioxidant constituents be provided directly to the skin via a skincare regimen? Could skin cells absorb and be nourished and vitalized through the topical delivery of these compounds and could such a system deliver the anti-aging enhancements that consumers demand from their beauty products? The initial Sense formulas, developed by a team of biologists, chemists
and beauty consultants were provided to an independent third-party laboratory with instructions to test their effectiveness in several ways and under incredibly rigorous controls. At the end of 8 weeks clinical tests, the results were above all
expectations. In short, the viewpoint of a cellular biologist, implemented through the efforts of an interdisciplinary team, brought about a revolutionary advance in the science of skincare. Indeed, it delivered beautiful science! USANA Health Sciences is a leader in this field with a product line called Sense. For more information about Sense, visit: www.nutrobalance.USANA.com
Skincare should be part of an overall health and beauty program. Apart from nourishing the skin with topical application, you also need a proper diet, exercise and the use of good nutritional supplements.
Improper nutrition causes chaos to the skin. It increases free-radical oxidative stress. Antioxidants in your diet is very important. Poor diet can inhibit sebum production and result in dry skin. It’s impossible to topically introduce elastin and collagen through the skin with today’s technology. They must be produced from within the skin.
Sufficient water intake is also important for proper nutrition and skincare. It hydrates the skin and flushes out toxins. Bioflavonoids, flavones and vitamin C and K strengthen capillary walls. Healthy blood vessels deliver necessary nutrients to the cells and protect against varicose veins, broken capillaries and cherry angiomas.
Proper exercise contributes to the skin’s health and beauty. It increases capillary density and improves the body’s ability to nutrient the skin. The circulatory system not only feeds the skin, but also provides its color and tone.
Smoking age the skin very fast. It reduces the oxygen in your blood and increases free-radical oxidative stress. It magnifies capillary elation and constriction and exacerbates capillary disorders, such as varicose veins. It destroys irreplaceable skin tissue and over time, creates dull skin and yellow patches.
Proper skincare requires a four stage treatment. Cleanse First, cleanse the skin with a gentle cleanser to remove impurities without drying or irritating the skin. Don’t use soap. Sucrose-based emollients and cleansers are preferred to ensure dermal hygiene. The objective is to cleanse the skin with minimum disruption to the skin’s acid mantle or pH balance. An initial introduction of nutrients during the process is desirable (such as vitamins A, C, E and others.)
Tone Toning completes the cleansing process by rinsing away leftover impurities. Skin pores are cleared by removing the excess oils. The skin is now receptive to the nutrients both included in the toner and those supplied later in the regimen.
Renew and refine The cleansed and toned skin is prepared for renewing and refining compounds, specifically designed to diminish the signs of aging, such as sagging skin and uneven tone and to reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
Cleansing and toning have opened avenues into the skin which permit deep penetration of nourishing and firming compounds. Exfoliant agents applied at this stage loosen dead keratin cells so that they are more readily and evenly removed at the next cleansing. Skin brighteners are introduced to stimulate the skin to display an enhanced and vibrant tone.
Nourishment The final step is nourishing your skin. Deep moisturizers hydrate and diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Stabilizing oils restore a proper pH-balanced acid mantle. Protective lipid emollients will nurture this balance and minimize dehydration until the next cleansing.
Protecting your skin can take on many forms at this stage. Antioxidants defend against oxidative stress. Ultraviolet A(UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) absorbing ingredients mitigate solar radiation damage. Vitamins, flavonoids and phytonutrients nourish the skin to enhance its native defense mechanism. Emollients help maintain these protections well after the regimen is completed.
An evening nourisher differ from the morning formula as protection against UVA and UVB is unnecessary. Night formulas can retexture and restore the skin in ways unavailable in daytime environment.
In most regimens,a special formula is used for application around the eyes.The skin around the eyes is usually thinner and more prone to wrinkles and puffines. Eye shadow, eye liners, mascarades and the solvents required to remove these cosmetics all irritate the skin near th eye.Quality eye nourishers must include additional emollients and appearance revitalizers as well as firmers ( skin tighteners ) to reduce puffiness.
The key to health and beauty is a solid offense: it requires proper nutrition, exercise, habits and nutritional supplementation.
How to prepare your mind for retirement
When it comes to planning for retirement, there’s no shortage of advice from financial advisers and investment counselors. But what about the psychological aspects of preparing for this major life change?
Even if older adults have looked forward to the leisure time they expect retirement to bring, leaving work entails closing a significant chapter of our adult lives. In fact, negative health effects have been discovered which coincide with retirement, leading the authors of a 2008 study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology to describe early retirement as a risk factor for death by any cause. continue reading……
Pregnancy, Birth and Baby service expanded to support more Australian parents
Published: 2 December 2015
The Pregnancy, Birth and Baby service has been expanded to provide support to more Australian families, offering advice and guidance for parents with children up to 5 years of age.
The new service now includes support from maternal child health nurses, which will ensure clinically approved and relevant child health advice for parents and other family members. The service offers emotional support for parents and advice on children’s behaviour, growth and developmental issues. They can also provide referrals to local health service providers.
Processed Meats, Red Meat and Cancer
The World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer has issued a report that eating processed meats (bacon, sausage, bologna, hot dogs and so forth) raises risk for colon cancer, and that red meat (beef, pork, lamb and other meats from mammals) may cause cancers of the colon, prostate or pancreas (The Lancet Oncology, October 26, 2015).
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Jamie Oliver’s recipe of the Day – Asian crispy beef
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Effective Weight loss with a Super Beneficial Fruit
The Acai Berry has gained enormous popularity due to its significant health benefits,mainly weight loss and anti-oxidant properties, which makes your skin looking beautiful and energize your body and looking great! It’s the most beneficial fruit on earth so far.
The Acai berry comes from an Amazon palm, that grows in the rain forests of Brasil and tastes like a blend of berries and chocolate. Here are some amazing results from the studies that have been conducted on this humble berry: 1. It has more protein per pound than an egg. 2. It is almost the perfect food for amino acids and also has critical trace minerals, important for muscle regeneration. 3. It has a remarkable concentration of antioxidants, ten times as many antioxidants as red grapes. 4. It promotes cardiovascular and digestive health as a result of an amazing combination of healthy fats ( monounsaturated), phytosterols and dietary fiber. 5. It contains fatty acids, which are full of the goodness of monounsaturated oleic acid, which when combined with omega 3 fish oils, help all your hormones, insulin receptors and neurotransmitters to function more effective. read it all…..
How to prevent Cancer
Most cancers grow very slowly, silently eating away at your body, before they manifest themselves. In spite of claims by the National Cancer Institute of successful treatment, after a cancer emerges, medicine is usually powerless.
Every time you are set at ease by statements of the cancer industry, remember the rapid death of Jaquline Kennedy Onassis of lymphoma and Michael Landon of pancreatic cancer. If there was an effective treatment anywhere in the world, don’t you think such enormously rich people would have bought it? read it all….
Why you won’t lose weight with exercise alone
Source: Cell Press
Exercise by itself isn’t always enough to take off the weight. Now, evidence helps to explain why that is: our bodies adapt to higher activity levels, so that people don’t necessarily burn extra calories even if they exercise more. read more….
The Global Burden of Disease Study published in 2012, is the most comprehensive and systematic analysis of causes of death undertaken to date, involving nearly 500 researchers from more than 300 institutions in 50 countries, and starting with almost 100,000 data sources. What did the researchers find? Here in the U.S., they determined that our biggest killer was our diet. Number 1 on their list of the most important dietary risks was not eating enough fruit, responsible for an estimated 4.9 million deaths a year around the world.
The most dramatic protection from heart disease involves maintaining a normal weight, cholesterol and blood pressure with your diet, so you do not require medications. Medications cannot compare.
Jamie Oliver’s Recipe of the day:
Pukka Yellow Curry