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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Treatments that offer hope to hair loss sufferers

Many people experiencing premature hair loss simply resign themselves to a process that is as inevitable as growing old. This is a positive and healthy reaction to what is a natural process for many. But for others the onset of premature balding or excessive hair loss represents a traumatic development that causes untold worry and suffering. This too is a legitimate reaction regardless of whether the hair loss is caused by hereditary factors or some other more complex cause.

Should these sufferers just grin and bear it? No, they should not because there are a number of potentially effective treatments they could utilize, depending on the nature of their hair loss. In this article I will outline some of the most popular hair loss treatments currently available in order to reinforce the fact that hair loss can be treated.

At present, only two medications have been approved as hair loss treatments by the FDA. These are minoxidil, better known as Rogaine, and finasteride, better known as Propecia. Several other drugs have proven to be effective in combating hair loss, dutasteride for example, but have not yet been approved for this particular use.

Finasteride was originally developed to treat enlarged prostate conditions but a low dose version was subsequently approved for the treatment of hair loss in men. It tackles the causes of male pattern baldness by preventing the conversion of 5-alpha-reductase into DHT. Given that DHT is the main male hormone linked to hair loss, reducing its production by two thirds has a major impact on controlling this type of baldness.

Research has shown that 83% of men studied were able to maintain their hair count and 64% experienced regrowth by the end of a two year period. It should be noted that finasteride is approved for use by men only as the drug can have serious effects on unborn male fetuses. Women should therefore only consider using this drug under the strict supervision of a physician.

Dutasteride (Avodart) is a new medication for use in treating prostate conditions and, although not yet approved for the treatment of hair loss, it does offer exciting possibilities. It works in a similar way to finasteride but reputedly reduces overall DHT production by over 93%. As is the case with finasteride, women should consult their physician before using dutasteride.

Minoxidil (Rogaine) is the other hair loss treatment approved by the FDA and it is the only anti-baldness drug approved for women. Applied topically, its main benefit is its ability to stimulate regrowth thus reversing the effects of pattern baldness. Many users combine the application of minoxidil with other hair loss treatments like Propecia to achieve maximal results, but others experience satisfactory outcomes using minoxidil on its own.

In many instances the treatments are based on natural ingredients that stimulate similar responses to those of the prescribed drugs but without the side effects. BioRestore+™ is a new plant based nutritional supplement that is scientifically formulated to help detoxify your system. It helps improve appearance, including the look of your hair and skin. For more information please visit: Hopefully this article has demonstrated that many treatment options are available to hair loss sufferers.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Diabetes and Your Eyes

Diabetes can play havoc with your eyes, and sometimes there are no early symptoms. So you may have no idea anything is wrong until your eyesight is in danger. Here are the main eye problems that can be caused, or made worse, by diabetes.

  1. Cataracts: These are often described as a clouding of the lens of the eye. They are treatable by surgery in most cases.
  2. Glaucoma: Our eyes are largely made up of fluid, and when the pressure of that fluid builds up too much inside the eye, you have glaucoma. Left untreated, it can damage the optic nerves, and even lead to blindness.
  3. Diabetic retinopathy: Lining the back of our eyes is light-sensitive tissue known as the retina. The retina contains very small blood vessels that can be damaged by diabetic retinopathy. Sometimes there are symptoms such as blurred vision, but often you won't even know anything is wrong until the condition is well advanced. In the worst case, it leads to blindness.

Early detection is the key to battling all of these conditions, and the best diagnostic tool available is the dilated eye examination. This is a test in which special eye drops temporarily enlarge your pupils, allowing the doctor to see the back of your eyes. This test (which is painless) can detect cataracts, glaucoma or diabetic retinopathy in their early, treatable stages.

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Eyesight is precious, so if you have diabetes does yourself a favor and makes an appointment for your dilated eye examination. And then do it again every year from now on.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Weight Loss is all to do with Calories

What is a calorie?  The definition of a calorie is “the amount of energy, or heat it takes to raise the temperature of 1 gram of water 1 degree Celsius”. A calorie is a unit of energy that is associated with food and drink and is a measure of the energy, or heat, that food produces as your body uses it as fuel.

The first step in counting calories for your personal weight loss is to calculate how many calories you burn in a day (your total daily energy expenditure), this is the total number of calories that your body expends in 24 hours, including all activities. This is known as your maintenance level and will be the reference point (number of calories) from which to start your dieting.

The average calorie maintenance level for women in the United States is approx 2000 per day and the average for men is approx 2500 per day. These are only basic averages and are usually much higher for athletes or active individuals.

A quick and easy method to find out how many calories you require per day for weight loss and maintenance is to calculate a calorie value with a multiplier as set out below.
Fat loss = multiply your bodyweight in pounds with 12 calories (12 x lb).
Maintenance = multiply your bodyweight in pounds with 15 calories (15 x lb).

This is a very easy method to estimate your daily caloric requirements, but it has its drawbacks as it doesn't take into account your particular activity levels or body fat levels. Despite this it will give you a good estimated figure that you can work with.

The maintenance figure that you get is the amount of calories that you need to consume to stay at your current weight. To lose weight your calorie intake must be lower than the calories you burn.

In order to lose one pound of fat per week, you must reduce your weekly calorie intake by 3,500 calories, which works out at five hundred calories per day. This can be done by reducing your calories by 500 or combining a diet with physical activity. The bottom line is to balance your caloric intake with the amount of calories that you are burning, that's the secret to successful dieting and weight maintenance.

Becoming more conscious of counting calories in your everyday eating regime is imperative if you are trying to lose weight. Studies have shown that men and women underestimate their daily calorie consumption by 500 to almost 1000 calories. You can get a truer picture by keeping a, seven day eating plan of what you typically eat and drink during the day.

Using a calorie calculator can make counting calories easier - you can total how many calories you will need for your daily activities to give you more control over how many calories you should include in your daily diet. Another technique for low calorie eating is to watch your fat intake as this has the most calories.

Moderation is always important when you are counting calories, severely restricting calories, causes the body to lower its metabolic rate, which reduces its ability to burn fat. At the same time, hunger signals increase and you quickly start to crave high-energy foods loaded with fats and sugar, the same foods you are trying to do without. This is because when you return to normal eating habits, the drop in metabolic rate caused by the restriction in calories means that your old eating habits actually represent excess in calories. Not only do you regain the fat stores just lost, but also you may even gain a bit extra.

Dieting by counting calories means that all foods are allowed, nothing is forbidden as long as the calories consumed don’t go over your daily calorie allowance. Counting calories can also be flexible enough to accommodate most busy lifestyles.

Bulk foods that fill you up and don’t fill you out, foods that are low in fat and sugar which aren’t refined should be the ideal. You may also take some supplement to improve metabolic rate to burn fat. BioReduce has herbal ingredients that promote an improved metabolic rate that helps to boost your weight management. It also contains herbal properties that have properties with the ability to slow the absorption of fat and carbohydrates in the body. It further aids in weight management because it contains ingredients that provide the feeling of satiety. For more information please visit:

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Signs of High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure is known as a silent killer. And probably most people don’t even think about their blood pressure. However, high blood pressure can be quite fatal. There are some symptoms that can indicate that you have high blood pressure, and can prevent you from having a stroke. So continue reading as it might save your life or the life of someone you know.

Some of the typical signs of high blood pressure are headaches, dizziness, pounding in the ears and a bloody nose. But some people experience a small pain in the back of their head or have an increase in urination.

Though an increase in urination could mean your blood sugar is really high, if you are diabetic. That’s why it’s hard to see the signs. But if you are diabetic and you are experiencing an increase in urination and headaches, then just check your blood sugar and see if that is the cause. If it is not then you can rule out high blood sugar, and find out if you have high blood pressure.

Adding salt to your diet can also inflate your risk of having blood pressure. Having too much salt in your diet can increase your blood pressure. Talk to your doctor if need to cut down on your salt intake.But if you have to cut down on the salt, you can use many other herbs instead of salt. Garlic, chives, and onions are good alternatives. Cutting down on the salt is not so bad, just thinking of the alternative.

You shouldn’t ignore high blood pressure; it can be very fatal if unchecked. The result could be you having a stroke. A stroke can be very deadly and limit your movements. So go to the doctor and see if you have high blood pressure. You may also take some supplements to lower your blood pressure. BioBoost is a new, plant-based nutritional supplement that's scientifically formulated with herbs to help your blood circulation and give your body the nutrients it needs. It’s a natural supplement and the herbal formula is an effective blend of 12 of nature's best circulation enhancing herbs. It helps clean up the circulatory system, to lower blood pressure and to lower the opportunity of heart disease. For more information about BioBoost please visit:

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Using Yoga For Weight Loss

Yoga can be put to good use for taking off excess pounds through the power of creating a state of mental and physical well-being. The basic tenet of Yoga promotes a healthy lifestyle and when combined with a calorie reduction can help to speed up your weight loss. It will increase your metabolism by increasing the caloric burning process. All weight loss is based on using more calories than you take in. It will also allow you to increase your ability to concentrate and focus.

Your thyroid regulates your metabolism and is responsible for the chemical processes that transform food into energy. Yoga uses a series of twisting poses that will help to stimulate the work flow of the internal organs. This will cause your metabolism to increase and burn more calories which will eventually cause you to have a lower body weight. Another side effect is that it will help to improve your circulation and increase your energy level.

The various back bends combined with the forward bends will help to stimulate the metabolism. The poses that affect the neck region can be helpful in stimulating the thyroid if the weight problem is caused by a hormonal imbalance. Poses that will help the most for this include the camel, rabbit, plow, bridge and head stand. Going quickly between the various poses can help to accelerate the weight loss. Beware though that those seriously overweight may find some of these poses extremely difficult and should start slowly with the easier poses and add others as they become more confident in the easier ones.

You can use standing poses to increase muscle strengthening such as the warrior. These will help to create higher endurance and increase your caloric usage.

Remember that a gradual approach is best with all Yoga practices. The long term effects on your weight loss regime will become evident and even more so the inner peace and general well feeling that Yoga will promote within you.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Acid Reflux Relief—Without a Pill

Sensation in your chest or throat—acid reflux, or what doctors call GERD—isn't intractable. Lifestyle and dietary tweaks can bring relief. Simple changes can make a big difference. That's promising, since researchers warn that heartburn drugs may do more harm than good, increasing the risk of infection with an intestinal bacteria or even the likelihood of contracting pneumonia.

Here are nine easy ways to alleviate heartburn without swallowing a pill:
  1. Raise the head of your bed. Most acid reflux occurs during sleep. To prevent nighttime attacks, you need to position your head at an angle, so it's higher than your abdomen. Elevate the head of your bed a minimum of 30 degrees, perhaps with a firm foam-rubber wedge, or by putting bricks under your bedposts. The worst thing you can do is lie flat down, especially right after eating. Give yourself at least 30 minutes to digest a meal before hitting the sack.
  2.  Sleep on your left side. Research from the Stanford School of Medicine suggests that snoozing on your right side worsens reflux. So does stomach sleeping.
  3.  Chew your food well. Forget wolfing down your meals. Digestion begins in the mouth, and if you don't chew your food well, you're asking for trouble. Chew each bite for 20 seconds.
  4. Eat less but more often. Portion control is the key to managing acid reflux. Reduce the size of all your meals, but schedule more frequent, evenly-spaced snacks. And only eat until you're satisfied, not until you're stuffed. Overeating causes the stomach to stretch more than normal, increasing the production of gastric acid.
  5. Cut carbs. In one study by researchers at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, obese GERD patients who curtailed their carbohydrate intake to 20 grams a day or less experienced a substantial decrease in acidity and symptoms. If cutting carbs doesn't help after about two weeks, try another tactic.
  6. Loosen your belt. If your belt is too tight or your jeans are too small, there will be more pressure on your stomach—and less room for food. That can trigger the release of extra acid, while stressing the lower esophageal sphincter.
  7. Choose post-meal activities wisely. Exercising after eating? Bending over after a meal? Both are tickets to the heartburn hotel.
  8. Quit smoking and cut back on alcohol. Research suggests that both cause GERD. Smoking stimulates the production of stomachacid, and excessive drinking also triggers reflux. Maintaining a healthy weight is also helpful, since extra fat puts pressure on the lower esophageal sphincter.
  9. Chew gum. You'll produce more saliva, which neutralizes stomach acid, research suggests. Chew a piece or two before bedtime.

Monday, October 22, 2012

OPC - An Anti Aging Miracle?

OPC nutritional supplements have been around for over 50 years, and they are the next great frontier in anti-aging nutritional supplements.

If you are new to OPCs, here is a brief synopsis: OPC stands for oligomeric proanthocyanidins and is a molecular compound that is extracted from pine bark and grape seeds.

OPCs can do list:
Prevents heart attacks and strokes; strengthens capillary walls; reduces varicose veins; relieves leg cramps & pains; protects smokers from oxidative stress (lowered risk of heart attacks); reduces swelling and edema; improves collagen and helps with the following ailments; Lupus; liver Cirrhosis; hypertension; cancer prevention; asthma; allergies; diabetes; periodontal disease; impotence; hemorrhoids; impaired vision & macular degeneration; ADHD; PMS symptoms

Seriously, can it REALLY do all that? How come everyone isn't taking this miracle supplement? Here's what most researchers DO agree on:
OPCs are powerful antioxidants
Varicose Veins
Swelling from surgery or injury
Gingivitis and plaque formation
Blood clots after long plane rides

What about all the other claims?  Although testing has been done on many of the claims, sometimes the results were in animal studies or evidence SUGGESTS that a benefit may be there but there is no DIRECT evidence.  So does that mean it doesn't work on all those other claims?  Not at all. Medical testing is a slow and arduous task.  As with all supplementation, proceed with caution and follow directions for use.

Are they safe?  Apparently, yes. They are considered non-toxic.  Side effects are pretty rare and can include digestive distress or an allergic reaction.  One thing to note:  if you take a blood-thinning drug, you should consult your doctor first.  High doses of OPCs may have some anticoagulant properties.

Are all OPCs the same? Apparently not, although that doesn't mean you won't get some benefit from the various brands of OPCs. It is a patented product, so you should be using the original patented formula.   You may visit for more information.

Friday, October 19, 2012

The Secrete of Eye Cream

Does eye cream really work? While we cannot say for every brand out there, but what we do know is that many do, in fact they help you lose those crow’s feet and help provide you with more skin tone that you can be proud of. What most people do not know, though, is that eye cream works because of what is inside of it being as natural as you will find. The products that defy age work because they are filled with great quality ingredients that would make anything do well.

So, what magical product is inside an eye cream that makes it work so well? It is not the ingredient per say but the vitamins that are in it instead. For example, those ingredients that are full of natural antioxidants are full of all the good stuff our bodies need. Many eye cream products are full of just that antioxidants. These vitamins are super tough. They can help clean out your arteries and help you to fight disease as well as just helping to keep your skin healthy looking. In fact, many antioxidants are able to help rejuvenate various types of elements within the body including the eyes and skin. So, antioxidants that are in eye cream can, in fact, help to improve your look.

When you are out and about looking for the eye cream that you will use, flip it over and find out which natural ingredients are in the product. If you cannot tell, you’ll want to look for those products that have a lot of vitamins especially your vitamin E’s. These are full of the antioxidants that your body needs anyway. A hint here: foods that are rich in antioxidants are usually very brightly colored greens, oranges, and other bright or 
dark colors. These are foods that you want to include in your diet anyway.

Eye cream with antioxidants is just what you need.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Green Tea Health Benefits

Green Tea has long been valued in China for its contribution to good health. Popularity of Green tea in the United States continues to grow, showing that green tea is a natural source of antioxidants. These antioxidants help protect the body from accelerated aging and increased risk of diseases. Decades of research show that green tea inhibits the development of undesirable cell colonies, thus making it the healthiest tea available.

Green tea has higher contribution to health than other teas, because of the way it is dried. Green Tea is organically grown and the traditional drying technique used with Green Tea prevents the tea from the negative effects of fermentation. Green tea products come in potency levels. Some supplements contain low potencies of the active polyphenols, while others go as far as using un-standardized green tea leaf powder.
It has been proven that green tea is bursting with health benefits. It acts as a powerful antioxidant, which has been known to help prevent cancer, recover from the harmful cholesterol, and protect against damage caused by free radicals.

Medical Benefits:
Green tea has many medical benefits, and is known for prevention of the following diseases: Cancer, Rheumatoid Arthritis, High Cholesterol, Cardiovascular Disease, Infection, and Impaired Immune Function.
Other Benefits:

Promotes weight loss- the leaves of green tea plants help raise metabolism in the body. By increasing the amount of calories burned in a 24-hour period, green tea promotes weight loss. Prevent bad breath- an element found in green tea decreases the growth of odor-causing bacteria.  It is said that drinking a cup or two of green tea may help maintain fresh breath.
Reduce smoking risks- cigarette smokers who drink up to six cups of green tea daily reduces their susceptibility to risks caused by the toxins emitted in cigarette smoke.
Beauty remedy- green tea may be used to freshen up the face and sooth tired or strained eyes.  It can be applied to spots and blemishes to lessen their visibility.
Antiseptic properties- Green tea is also known to treat minor cuts and rashes, and is an effective treatment for sunburn. Green teas inhibit the expression of antigens made by the body, substances that can trigger an immune response.

National Cancer Institute reports that Green Tea has Cancer preventing abilities and Cancer fighting components add new life to the market. People who have relied on expensive anti-oxidant products are finding that Green Tea is very economical and all natural. Tea is one of the top selling consumable drinks, only topped by water.  

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Menopause and Headaches

During the mid-life phenomenon known as menopause, changes in headache type, duration and intensity are more common. Throbbing, explosive headaches can pain the sides of your head, and your energy become totally depleted. The slightest opening of an eye can cause a ripple of pain to burst on one side of your fragile head, leaving you in physical ruin. Menopause is known to heighten such uncomfortable, sometimes unbearable symptoms.

Menopause and headache changes, specifically, migraine headaches cause a repetitive stronger-than-normal headache that resides on one side of your head. During menopause, a woman’s hormone system goes awry in part because estrogen is not being produced at normal rates.

Most women nearing the end of a menstrual lifecycle discover that their progesterone levels can become significantly decreased and cause symptoms such as headaches they never had before, or worsen ones they have. During menopause, other things like foods such as cheese, avocado, nuts, meat tenderizers, and chocolate have been known to bring on a migraine.  Other factors a woman must look for are certain medications including oral contraceptives, changes in weather, fatigue, and alcoholic beverages.

During these headache changes, blood vessel walls in the brain widen and narrow quickly, causing pain nerves to overreact and stimulate pain. The ¨throbbing¨ feeling in the head is because of this bodily reaction.  During menopause, signals that a migraine is coming can be frequent.  

Some women get a warning; their eye sight may suddenly change, or bright spots or zig zag lines are seen.  They report experiencing double vision, and in some cases temporary, partial blindness. Sometimes these changes may be followed by numbness and tingling of the lips, face, hands, weakness of an arm or leg.
You need to pay attention to symptoms such as dizziness, extreme mental and physical fatigue, and unsteadiness in walking, slight confusion of thinking and slight slurring of speech.  Any of these can indicate the on-set of a migraine headache. The intensity of the headache can build until you have a full-force, throbbing headache that typically impacts one side of your head. There are also migraines that occur immediately.

These are quite common and women report that these headaches can last from a couple of hours to days in extreme cases.   In severe cases, migraines can cause vomiting and extreme sensitivity to light and noise.
If you want a quick fix to migraine headaches, a technique that helps some women is breathing into a paper bag. Inhaling and exhaling out of a paper bag can restore carbon dioxide intake and eliminate or lessen the effects of brought on by anxiety attacks. Using an ice cold pack and sometimes applying heat to the area can help. 

Try staying in a darkened room and lying still as this can bring relief once a migraine has hit.  Lying down provides relaxation which is critical to lessening the pain. If you know yoga, this is a good time to practice it.  Also, take slow, depth breaths into the abdomen letting your attention watch your naval rise and fall (which calms the mind).

Some women benefit from evening primrose oil, progesterone cream and dandelion tea to detoxify the liver.  Of course there are some women with symptoms so severe they need drugs such as imitrex.  That’s where you need to follow your doctor’s advice.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Common hair loss causes

One of the most worrying aspects of hair loss treatment is the tendency of so many people to seek solutions without first determining what has caused their loss in the first place.

At best, sufferers may waste money on inappropriate 'wonder cures' or even legitimate treatments that unfortunately are not suitable for their particular needs. At worst, some people may be risking their health by self-prescribing powerful pharmaceutical drugs.

Before examining the most common causes of premature hair loss we need to understand that some shedding of hair is perfectly normal. Hairs grow from follicles that are tiny organs in the skin designed to grow a single hair that follows this repetitive cycle:
1. Lengthy growth period (Anagen Stage) - this phase usually lasts between two and seven years with an average growth rate of six inches (15cm) each year.
2. Short transition period (Catagen Stage) - this period of transition lasts for roughly two to four weeks. During this phase the hair shaft becomes detached and moves upwards within the follicle.
3. Resting period (Telogen Stage) - this phase lasts about three months allowing the hair to detach itself prior to falling out.

At this point a new hair begins to grow thus repeating the normal cycle of hair growth. Unfortunately a number of factors can interfere with the natural hair growth process leading to forms of hair thinning or premature baldness.

Androgeneticalopecia is the most common cause of hair loss, probably accounting for as much as 95% of pattern hair loss for both men and women. It is usually associated with aging and develops in predictable stages over varying periods of time. Each follicle follows a genetically programmed growth cycle with some follicles coded to remain active for a shorter time than others. This results in the development of the hereditary baldness patterns that are so familiar to us all.

For this type of baldness to occur, the following factors must be present:
1. A genetic predisposition for hair loss to occur (as explained above).
2. The presence of male hormones.
3. Aging - in other words, enough time for the first two factors to exert an influence.

All men and women produce male hormones such as testosterone and DHT. These have a useful role to play in both sexes but obviously occur in widely differing concentrations. It is the higher levels of androgens found in males that explains why this form of hair loss affects men more than women.

In brief, these hormones affect the hair growth cycle as follows:
1. High levels of the 5-alpha-reductase enzyme occur in some cells of the hair follicle and sebaceous glands.
2. 5-alpha-reductase converts testosterone into DHT.
3. DHT causes the terminal hairs to miniaturize.
4. This leaves short, soft, fluffy vellus hairs that provide inadequate scalp coverage.
5. The growth phases gradually become shorter until these hairs are lost for good.

Alopeciaareata is thought to be an immune system disorder that causes follicles to stop producing hairs in patches on the head. In severe cases it can advance to the stage where all hair on the head is lost (alopecia totalis) or even a complete absence of body hair results (alopecia universalis).

In most cases the hair will reappear on its own but until then, the condition can be very distressing to sufferers particularly as its cause can be difficult to determine. If you feel you may be suffering from this form of hair loss, seek the advice of your physician who will carry out a physical examination and conduct blood tests to help determine the cause.

Telogen effluvium is characterized by a general thinning or shedding of hair over a period of months and is most commonly found in people who have recently experienced trauma. Common causes include childbirth, major surgery, severe illness, psychological stress and chemotherapy. The good news is that the abnormal growth behavior associated with telogen effluvium is temporary and reversible.

There are numerous other less common hair loss causes that need to be discounted before a course of treatment is chosen. Traction alopecia is the loss of hair from constant pulling, usually as the result of hair styling. Broken hairs can result in thinning, often caused by excessive styling or exposure to chemicals and sun. Finally, severe illnesses or nutritional deficiencies can cause side effects that may include degrees of hair loss.

I hope this brief article has gotten across the message that diagnosing the real causes of hair loss is not always a straightforward process. Once you and your physician have identified a cause, then you can work towards restoring your hair to its former glory. And the good news is, most forms of hair loss can be treated successfully. For more information about natural supplement please visit: .

Monday, October 15, 2012

Breast-feeding May Help Babies and Women Against Diabetes

Babies and women may be protected against developing diabetes disease through breast feeding, according to new research. This current study states that the longer women nursed, the lower their risks of developing diabetes.

Diabetes as a medical disorder characterized by varying or persistent elevated blood sugar levels, especially due to eating, is a serious disease which symptoms are very similar for all types of diabetes.

Although study findings are not conclusive, researchers explain that breast-feeding may change metabolism of mothers which may help keep blood sugar levels stable and make the body more sensitive to the blood sugar-regulating hormone insulin.
This theory is based on some evidence that show that in rats and humans that are breast-feeding, mothers have lower blood-sugar levels than those who did not breast-feed.

According to the study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, women who breast-fed for at least one year were about 15 per cent less likely to develop diabetes type 2 than those who never breast-fed. For each additional year of breast-feeding, there was an additional 15 per cent decreased risk.

A total of 157,000 nurses participated in the new study. They answered periodic health questionnaires and were followed for at least 12 years. During the study, only 6,277 participants developed type 2 diabetes.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Sleep is More Important than Food

Say you decide to go on a fast, and so you effectively starve yourself for a week. At the end of seven days, how would you be feeling? You'd probably be hungry, perhaps a little weak, and almost certainly somewhat thinner. But basically you'd be fine.

Now let's say you deprive yourself of sleep for a week. Not so good. After several days, you'd be almost completely unable to function. That's why Amnesty International lists sleep deprivation as a form of torture.

So why is sleep one of the first things we're willing to sacrifice as the demands in our lives keep rising? We continue to live by a remarkably durable myth: sleeping one hour less will give us one more hour of productivity. In reality, the research suggests that even small amounts of sleep deprivation take a significant toll on our health, our mood, our cognitive capacity and our productivity.

Many of the effects we suffer are invisible. Insufficientsleep, for example, deeply impairs our ability to consolidate and stabilize learning that occurs during the waking day. In other words, it wreaks havoc on our memory.

So how much sleep do you need? When researchers put test subjects in environments without clocks or windows and ask them to sleep any time they feel tired, 95 percent sleep between seven and eight hours out of every 24. Another 2.5 percent sleep more than eight hours. That means just 2.5 percent of us require less than 7 hours of sleep a night to feel fully rested. That's 1 out of every 40 people.

But it’s true that many people had fewer than 7 hours of sleep several nights during a week whether they are corporate executives, teachers, cops or government workers. We've literally lost touch with what it feels like to be fully awake.

Great performers are an exception. Typically, they sleep significantly more than the rest of us. In Anders Ericcson's famous study of violinists, the top performers slept an average of 8 ½ hours out of every 24, including a 20 to 30 minute midafternoon nap some 2 hours a day more than the average American.The top violinists also reported that except for practice itself, sleep was second most important factor in improving as violinists.

With sufficient sleep, people feel better, work with more focus, and manage their emotions better, which is good for everyone around them.

Here are three other tips to improve the quantity and quality of your sleep:

Go to bed earlier — and at a set time. Sounds obvious right? The problem is there's no alternative. You're already waking up at the latest possible time you think is acceptable. If you don't ritualize a specific bedtime, you'll end up finding ways to stay up later, just the way you do now.

Start winding down at least 45 minutes before you turn out the light. You won't fall asleep if you're all wound up from answering email, or doing other work. Create a ritual around drinking a cup of herbal tea, or listening to music that helps you relax, or reading a dull book.

Write down what's on your mind — especially unfinished to-do's and unresolved issues — just before you go to bed. If you leave items in your working memory, they'll make it harder to fall asleep, and you'll end up ruminating about them if you should wake up during the night.

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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Fight with Acne

Let's face it, you are engaged in an ongoing battle when you are afflicted with acne. For male acne sufferers, the daily ritual of shaving can be a problem. Female acne sufferers have their unique problems too, in finding the right cosmetic products to use. Females who are accustomed to using a foundation product may find that the foundation is difficult to apply smoothly if the facial skin becomes irritated due to the acne treatments being applied.

One of the first pieces of advice is to make sure that you understand and follow the directions for any acne remedy that you are using. If you are taking a prescription acne medicine, read the patient leaflet that accompanies the medication carefully. Typically for moderate to severe acne a dermatologist may prescribe several acne medicines, each with its own treatment protocol and directions.

Remember, just because the acne clears with the use of your acne medicines doesn’t necessarily mean that you have succeeded in curing acne. Most people with moderate to severe acne must continue to use their acne medicine long-term to prevent any recurrence of their acne problem. Using the acne treatments properly should translate to clear skin and freedom from acne scars.

When cleansing skin that is afflicted with acne, an important point to remember is not to scrub the skin; never scrub your face with a washcloth. It is a misconception that acne is caused by dirt clogging the pores of the skin. You don’t scrub away the offending dirt; you can’t scrub away the offensive acne and achieve acne free skin.  Over-washing or scrubbing skin afflicted with acne only serves to aggravate the condition.

Do Natural Treatments Really Work?

The point to cure the acne is to adjust your inner body system. Our bodies are victim to stress, pollution, toxins and unhealthy diets. With the environmental toxins in the food, water, air and in our homes, our bodies’ detoxification process needs help to detoxify the toxins we encounter every day. Keeping our intestines and colons clean is one of the most important daily routines for maintaining overall health. The all natural herbal ingredients in BioRestore play a vital role in cleansing our digestive system, promoting better bowel movement, detoxification, weight control, and healthier skin.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

What Can We Do To Help Protect Our Eyesight?

Good eyesight helps us see the world in all its brightness, but what can we do to help protect it? Many of us don’t check our eyesight until something really drastic happens. There are 10 tips to protect our eyesight.
  1.  Beta Carotene Helps Eyesight: Carrots, sweet potatoes are well known sources of beta carotene which the body changes to vitamin A. Vitamin A is an antioxidant that helps eyesight by protecting eyes from free radicals that can cause retinal damage;
  2. The European Blueberry Link To Better Eyesight: Bilberry, known  as the European Blueberry, is rich in anthocyanins, which is responsible for its deep rich colouring. Bilberries have much higher oxygen radical absorbance capacity (ORAC) which means that it’s a great source of antioxidants.  Clinical studies have shown that bilberry helps to protect eyes by reducing symptoms occurring in the eyes from excessive computer use, maintaining blood vessels in the eyes and stabilizing the connective tissue in the eyes and reduces the occurrence of diabetic retinopathy;
  3.  Vitamin E Helps Eyesight Degeneration: This is a fat soluble substance found in certain foods such as olive oil, almonds, walnuts, soybean oil and other nuts and vegetables. There is a lot of alternative medicine research that suggests that Vitamin E is essential to protect eyes from the further effects of macular degeneration
  4. Protect Eyesight From Light With Lutein & Zeaxanthin: In an attempt to protect itself from the damaging effects of light, the retina accumulates two substances: Lutein and zeaxanthin.
  5. Vitamin C, the Super-antioxidant for Great Eyesight: Vitamin C is known as a super-antioxidant because it effective protection against free radicals including those affecting your eyesight. Great sources of Vitamin C are citrus fruits, strawberries, red bell peppers.
  6.  Protect Eyesight with Shades: Wearing sunglasses, especially during the high sun of the afternoon goes a long way in protecting your eyes from damage down the line. While any shades are better than none, the best protection comes from those with labels specifying UVA/UVB protection and those that provide peripheral protection as well.
  7. The DHA Connection to Better Eyesight: We all know that Omega-3 fatty acid does wonders. But a certain omega-3 fatty acid in fish called Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) may help protect eyes in addition to repairing damage and keeping arteries clean! This form of Omega-3 is found in fatty fish such as tuna. If you can’t stand fish, DHA is also present in flaxseed, walnuts, mustard/turnip/collard greens kale, arugula, Swiss chard, and spinach.
  8. Help Improve Your Eyesight With Some Wine (sort of): according to research, resveratrol is shown to hinder the growth of pathogens in new blood vessels. If you are not a wine drinker, then that’s OK. Resveratrol is present in grapes (darker the better), blueberries, and even peanuts.
  9. Ginkgo, Good For Memory and Eyesight: Ginkgo is an herb that has been around for thousands of years and is known to help with memory disorders. It works by opening up the blood vessels and increasing blood flow to the brain and, by extension, the eyes.
  10.  Get Better Eyesight With Curry: Specifically turmeric has an antioxidant called curcumin which research shows helps to delay the onset of cataracts in mice. Another great reason to partake in those spicy curry dishes.

You may also try our BioVision, which is a proprietary blend containing extract powders from the natural plants of Goji, Jujube, Hericium, Marigold, Bilberry, Cranberry. BiOVision is made of all natural ingredients, scientifically formulated to supply all the nutrients the eyes need and help your eyes repel obstructions so your blood can circulate smoothly and reach ideal conditions.  Its unique formula contains antioxidants that can prevent eye damage along with slowing the effects of aging to help you regain your vision. While nothing can prevent weakening eyesight, what we do in the present will definitely have an effect on how we see the world in the future.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Eating Wisely and Weight Loss

It may be generally agreed that eating wisely and weightloss do not often agree. Just look back that the parade of “fad diets” that didn’t seem to work over the long term and, in retrospect, were not wise from the onset.

It goes without saying that a vegetarian diet is healthy. Only a decade ago, there were many reservations, among local physicians in New England, in regard to this concept. How rapidly knowledge, insight, and opinions change..

That is the biggest hurdle for most people. Many of us take on a radical dieting change that we cannot live with. Most of us can afford to make a few small changes at a time, instead of changing everything at once - unless you are dieting under the guidance of your doctor or dietician.

Therefore, I propose a few small changes to your eating habits that will make sense. You do not have to change them all at one time.
1.  Sit down and focus on eating your meal.
2.  Avoid television, reading, heated conversations, etc.
3.  Thoroughly chew your food at a slow pace and do not put more food in your mouth until you have    swallowed the previous bite.
4.  Be aware of how hungry you are before your meal.
5.  Try to avoid too much time between meals, as this leads to over consumption and your stomach should never be more than three quarters full, after a meal.

Furthermore, supplements are also help. BioReduce helps promote weight loss by helping you burn body fat and curbing your appetite naturally. The high quality, all natural plant ingredients found in BioReduce have properties that help support weight management and overall health.
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