August 21, 2012

List of Good Fats: 4 Foods You Want to Eat

Filed under: good fat food,health,nutrition — patt @ 12:35 pm

Do you know the differences of good fats and bad fats? Don’t worry: you’re not alone.

Many people assume that fat is all bad. The truth is that your body needs fat in order to stay energized, improve skin health, and thicken blood for clotting if you get hurt. These are all very important. Good fats in your diet are just as important as good vitamins or even protein.

Look for polyunsaturated, monounsaturated and omega-3 fats. These are the fats that you want to stick to. Look more for Omega-3s than Omega-6s. Omega-3s help improve liver function, blood flow, and reduce the risk of heart disease. Experts recommend that for every 4 parts of Omega-3 fat, consume 1 part Omega-6 fat.

Below is a good fats list that you should consider when planning meals. Good fats can be a great benefit to your overall health.

List of Foods with Good Fats

  1. Fish – Any coldwater fish has a lot of Omega-3s. Why do so many people not get enough omega-3s? They just don’t eat as much fish as they should. Fish is not the only good fat out there, but it does have a lot of flavor and is very filling. The nice thing about fish is that it doesn’t all taste the same. For example, salmon tastes different than tuna and tuna tastes different than cod.
  2. Almonds – Almonds are a great source of monounsaturated fat and help to increase good cholesterol levels. A lot of people think that walnuts are the only nut that they should be eating; a mix of almonds and walnuts will give you the good fat that your body needs.
  3. Avocados – This is another great source of monounsaturated fat. The best part about avocados is that they help lower the risk of heart disease. With most good fats you will be improving your overall health by getting rid of a lot of high cholesterol foods. It is also important to understand that avocados are not just there for good fats. They also contain many valuable nutrients that your body needs to function.
  4. Spinach – Did you know that switching to spinach instead of lettuce is a great way to improve your health? Lettuce has some good nutrients; however, it doesn’t offer the good fats that spinach offers. It is a good idea to add small portions of spinach to your food. This will enhance the flavor and increase the nutrients that you consume.

These are just some of the good fats that you should be eating.

There are a lot of foods out there that have good fats in them, but it is just as important to mix in good fats with the other food groups in order to have a healthy and balanced diet.

August 16, 2012

What is a Compounding Pharmacy

Filed under: compounding pharmacy — patt @ 3:45 pm

The idea behind a compounding pharmacy is very unique. It is actually how all pharmacies were 50 years ago. A compounding pharmacy is simply where a pharmacist combines one or more active ingredients in order to make a customized treatment for a patient.

This is what many people prefer over a regular pharmacy. A compounding pharmacy can help eliminate side effects to certain medications. A compounding pharmacy is there to combine pharmaceutical-grade ingredients, just like a regular healthcare practitioner would do.

A compounding pharmacy can combine ingredients into specific dosages, depending on what you need into capsules, pills, lozenges, creams and gels. This is one of the reasons patients turn to compounding pharmacies in order to get the best medication possible for their specific needs.

Benefits of a Compounding Pharmacy

  • No Preservatives – As with anything, preservatives are often not beneficial to your health. Yes, preservatives will help food and medication last longer, but there is a health risk involved with this. Side effects may be caused by both preservatives and the medication itself. So, if you get an allergic reaction, it may not be a reaction to medication, but a preservative used.
  • Can Add Flavoring – Have you ever had a pill or lozenge that didn’t taste very good? By using a compounding pharmacy you can have them customize your prescription by adding in some flavoring to make it more palatable. This can’t be done with premade prescriptions: it is illegal to modify them after the pharmaceutical company issues them.
  • Decreased Side Effects – With regular prescription medications you may experience some side effects. There is not a lot that you can do about that. The reason is because you can’t get a lot of mass produced medications to your exact specifications. This is where a compounding pharmacy comes in handy. By being able to choose which ingredients you consume, you can decrease the side effects a great deal, which will help improve your health as well as determine what the proper ingredients and dosage is for you.
  • Ability To Fine Tune – One thing that many healthcare providers don’t like about some medications is that they don’t have the ability to fine tune them. With a compounding pharmacy you do have this option. Being that not everybody is the same weight, has the same body composition and lives the same lifestyle, their prescriptions are going to be different as well, in ideal circumstances.

A compounding pharmacy does more than your typical pharmacy. That’s why so many people prefer them. If you are having trouble with your medications and you just can’t seem to find something that works without all the side effects, then give a compounding pharmacy a try.

August 10, 2012

The Symptoms of Infertility

Filed under: fertility,pregnancy — patt @ 1:15 pm

Infertility is a major problem these days. If you and your significant other are trying to get pregnant, it’s important to know the symptoms of infertility.

If you and your partner have been having unprotected intercourse on a regular basis for at least six months without getting pregnant, then you may have to worry about infertility.

Men and women have some common symptoms there are differences too. It is a good idea to know both, as some partners will not openly admit they are experiencing the symptoms of infertility.

Remember, you are trying to achieve the same goal: pregnancy. Be open with your partner. If you experience these symptoms of infertility, then seek help.

Infertility is experienced in roughly 1 out of every 5 couples, so just know that it is not uncommon.

Symptoms of Infertility

As mentioned, there are many similar symptoms that both men and women experience, so let’s cover those first.

Two of the most common symptoms of infertility are rapid weight changes and skin complexion changes. Be on the watch for your weight changing significantly, without any drastic change in activity or diet. If your skin complexion changes too, without warning or lifestyle changes, then that could also be a sign.

Male Infertility Symptoms

Men have an easier time determining of they are infertile or not due in part to the fact that their bodies don’t go through as many stages as a women’s body will.

For example, some men will experience rapid hair loss, which is very uncommon. Women, on the other hand will experience mild hair loss every time they brush their hair.

That is not the only male infertility symptom though. Here is a list of others:

  • Small and firm testicles
  • Lowered sperm count
  • Different sexual desire
  • Erectile/ejaculation problems

These are some of the more common male infertility symptoms that men experience. If this is something you are struggling with, see your doctor today.

Infertility Symptoms in Women

One of the most common infertility symptoms in women is that their menstrual cycle will change rather quickly.

This can easily be monitored. If you notice a drastic change in menstrual cycle, you may want to get it checked out immediately.

If that is something that you are not experiencing, then the list below will show you some other common symptoms of infertility in women:

  • Change in sex drive
  • Rapid weight gain
  • pain during intercourse
  • Hair growth in odd places (upper lip, chest, chin and belly)
  • Discharge from breasts (as if you were breastfeeding)

There are many symptoms of infertility that you can watch for. Both men and women can be infertile, so seeing a doctor is paramount.

Just know that this is nothing to be ashamed of.

It is better to get to the cause of these symptoms rather than spend months trying to no avail.

August 3, 2012

Is Organic Food Better For You?

Filed under: diet,organic — patt @ 12:50 pm

A lot of people argue that there are more benefits to organic food than any other type. Is that true?

Overall, probably. But in a tough economy, it is a little more expensive. If you are more worried about health and longevity, then you can’t overlook the benefits that organic food provides.

Before we get into why organic food is better for you lets first look at the definition so that you know the differences between organic food vs. non organic food:

Organic foods are made in a way that limits the use of synthetic materials during production.

Doesn’t it just seem more natural to not be eating as many synthetic materials?

The Benefits of Organic Foods

No Chemicals – One of the reasons why a lack of chemicals is a good thing on organic food is because the pesticides, fertilizers and herbicides can soak into the food before it can get washed off. This means that at some point you will be pesticides or other chemicals.

Not Genetically Modified – Have you ever eaten an orange right off the tree? If you have, then you know they are not perfectly orange. In most cases they are light green. Most people find light-green oranges unappetizing. But, this is what all oranges look like, naturally. Know that many food distributors will genetically modify non organic food to hide imperfections Your food may not be as good for you as it looks.

No Irradiation – Did you know that many farmers will use an x-ray machine in order to kill pathogens on food? This may sounds like a good idea, but the biggest problem is that it doesn’t kill all the pathogens and it leaves radiation in the food. So what happens when you eat x-ray blasted food? Studies have shown that any residual radiation can soak into your body. This is never a good thing. Although it has yet to be confirmed, many scientists believe that this will actually increase the odds of a consumer getting cancer.

Scientists have not come out and stated for a fact that organic food is better. Mainly, they don’t have enough solid evidence.

Yes, organic food does seem to be better for your body. However, the study of organic food has not been going on for that long to determine whether or not it will improve your health or your lifespan.

This is one decision you will have to make according to your own evaluations.