February 27, 2010

5 Fastest Ways To Lose Weight

1. Drink Water – Have eight to ten glasses of water a day. Most people only have between 3 or 4 glasses of water two day. That is less than half of the required amount. Water is used for nearly every process in your body. If you drink a glass of water 15 minutes before a meal you are more likely to eat less and feel full faster.
2. Eat 3 Meals per Day (and 2 snacks) – Having a balanced eating pattern will help you to realize when you are more likely to binge. Avoid frequent indulgences and instead replace them with small portions of healthy food.

3. Exercise – I am not just referring to running. Exercise includes lifting weights and turning that fat into muscle. Weight-lifting will also increase your muscle and thus your metabolism. Be warned that in doing this you may not see the numbers decreasing very rapidly on the scale (because muscle weighs quite a lot), but you will see your stomach depleting quickly!

4. Use Dark Colored Plates – Smaller, dark colored plates are the best to use! Dark blue is an ideal color as it has been proven to fight off appetites. Red, orange, and yellow are the colors that increase your appetite significantly. (Remember the McDonalds logo?)

5. Eat Good Fat – There are good fats and bad fats. Trans fat and saturated fats are the worst for you when trying to lose weight. Try to consume essential fatty acids! They can even help your body to burn fat. Eating lots of fish would be very helpful as fish are full of essential fatty acids.

Eating the right things, drinking the right things, eating the right amounts, and exercising may seem like a lot to do, but if you can accomplish all these and stick with it for a while you will be amazed at how fast you can lose weight!

February 18, 2010

What Is Cholesterol?

Cholesterol is a lipid, meaning it is a fat. Everyone tells you when trying to lose weight avoid items high in cholesterol, saturated fats, or Trans fats. This is somewhat true. You need cholesterol! Cholesterol is what makes hormones, vitamin D, and bile (this helps your body use and digest fat that comes with the food you eat). Imagine life without cholesterol, we would all have weak bones, and any fat we consumed would go straight to our thighs. Cholesterol is beautiful!

Now before you get too excited and reach for that greasy (and probably cholesterol filled) hamburger, you do need to limit your cholesterol intake. One egg a day provides just the right extra amount of cholesterol (300 mg daily) to maintain the perfect health and not gain any weight. Each day your liver alone produces 1,000 mg of cholesterol, so you just need a tad more. If you consume too much cholesterol you may experience things like heart disease. If you have any risk factors for heart disease it is recommended you decrease your cholesterol intake per day to 200 mg per day.

To decrease your cholesterol intake, avoid these foods: beef, pork, lamb, egg yolk, turkey, duck, goose, and fish oil. Generally the foods highest in cholesterol are those the highest in protein (meats). Vegetables and fruits have no cholesterol. An ideal meal would be a vegetable stir-fry with a small amount of meat in it. Find the perfect balance of cholesterol for you and you will have a healthy heart.

February 9, 2010

Pandemics of the Past and What We Would Do Now

If you were to really think of how far the human race has come, you’d probably be pretty amazed. I’m in no way saying we’re perfect, but there have definitely been some major advances throughout our history. Technological breakthroughs have made most lives easier. However, medical breakthroughs have saved a significant amount of lives. We’ve experienced horrible pandemics; many have been noted in history, as early as 400-500 BC. Yet, looking back now, most of the diseases are no longer a threat. Even some of the most devastating and horrific diseases have been beaten by a little help from science.

The Black Death –
Possibly the most well known outbreak of disease, the Black Death has been said to have killed hundreds of millions of people (many of the death counts vary). The disease was spread by the fleas that were found on rats. The plague was horrible, causing the body count to sky-rocket in Europe. Four in Five victims died from the plague. However, now the Black Death is almost non-existent in developed parts of the world. Thanks to proper hygiene and modern antibiotics, there are very few cases that occur in the developed world. Yet, in underdeveloped countries with poor hygiene and water sanitation, the Black Death is still a very real threat.

Smallpox Epidemic Amongst Native Americans –
During the time European settlers started moving to North America they brought more than just European culture, they brought European diseases. The most deadly of these diseases was smallpox. The disease was extremely effective at killing all the native inhabitants, as they had never been exposed to any of these illnesses. Smallpox wreaked havoc and resulted in the mass depopulation of Native Americans. Thankfully, due to the smallpox vaccine and antiviral drugs, there hasn’t been a human case of smallpox in over 30 years. The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the disease to be eradicated.

Spanish Influenza –
During the last year of World War One a very deadly virus began to spread across the world. Modern transportation combined with mass troop movements made it very easy for the virus to move from country to country and eventually continent to continent. The virus, unlike most other epidemics was targeting the young and healthy (similar to Swine Flu) as opposed to the elderly, weak, and children. The spread of a deadly virus and a war like no other in history had resulted in some of the greatest devastation ever witnessed in the history of the world. The Spanish Flu alone killed somewhere between 50-100 million people; more than all of the wars during the 20th Century combined. However, modern medications, such as Tamiflu, have been effective in reducing symptoms of the flu and preventing the transmission. Although the Spanish Flu is still present, it is nowhere near as deadly as it had been before. Many scientists believe that the virus eventually mutated into a less deadly strain.

Concussions are Minor Traumatic Brain Injuries

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Concussions are seen as a common thing for kids. Just a bump on the head. It is actually much more serious. Concussions are in fact “mild traumatic brain injuries”. Research was conducted on the medical records of 434 children. Here is what was found:

• 341 of these had a traumatic brain injury

• 32 percent of the 341 had been diagnosed with a concussion

• Many kids were sent back to school and into regular activities prior to when they should have been

• When children are permitted back to school before they should it results in a higher risk (twice as likely) for a second injury

Due to these results it has been questioned if a concussion has a reputation of less severity than reality. It is proposed that concussions should be renamed as “brain injuries” to help people see that concussions are more severe than thought. It was also found in the study that when children were diagnosed with a concussion they were released earlier than if the child was diagnosed with a “brain injury”, though they are completely the same thing. Concussions do leave lasting symptoms which may be very subtle, such as balance.

February 1, 2010

Counterfeit Weight Loss Drug

The FDA approved an over-the-counter weight-loss pill (Alli) which is now found to be counterfeit. The active ingredient said to be in this product was orlistat, which was not found in the pills. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration sent out a warning and now doctors in the Capital have issued a further warning.

The imitation product contained sibutramine which should not be in any over-the-counter drugs. The drug is said to be available for purchase over the Internet which makes the potentially dangerous drug widely available.

The counterfeit and the original and legitimate product look similar with just a few differences on the packaging. The authentic Alli product has packaging with the expiration date including only the month and the year, while the counterfeit includes the day as well as the month and year of expiry. The second prominent difference is the size of the bottle the counterfeit Alli is in compared to the genuine Alli product. The phony Alli bottle has a taller and wider cap than the valid product. The last notable difference in the 2 products is the safety seal. The counterfeits inner safety seal has no words on it while the real product says “Sealed for your protection”.

Please be aware and look for these differences if you are considering purchasing this product. Check with your doctor to be sure that this product is for you.