• 03Mar

    If there were a magic diet that was guaranteed to ease your arthritis pain, would you follow it?

    You bet you would.

    For many arthritis sufferers, losing weight-even if you’re only mildly overweight can help ease the pain and protect your joints. Think about it: The more pressure and weight on your joints, the more they hurt. Even 10 extra pounds stresses a joint that much more. This is more significant for people with osteoarthritis; many people with rheumatoid arthritis, in fact, lose their appetites, sometimes because of their medication. Nevertheless, eating a well-balanced diet is crucial for people with rheumatoid arthritis.

    Before you try to limit your foods or go on a diet, talk to your doctor. He may refer you to a nutritionist, who can help guide you to an easy way to weight loss. Nutritionists will tell you that “diets” don’t work, and if you’ve tried them you’ll likely agree. The diets touted in many magazines or on television may result in quick weight loss sometimes too quick to be healthy but they are generally so extreme that you can’t stay on them for long. And when you return to your “regular eating,” the pounds leap back on.

    You don’t need to go on a deprivation diet; you need to permanently change to a healthy, delicious, balanced way of eating. Quite likely, you’ll also be making changes in how you shop and cook (and you’ll build exercise into your daily life, if you haven’t already). It sounds like a big undertaking and it does require commitment but a nutritionist can ease the way. You’ve got great motivation, don’t forget whittling down the discomforts of arthritis along with your waistline. And don’t worry, a good nutritionist will find room in your diet for your favorite foods. If you’ve got to have chocolate, you’ll be able to work it in Gust probably not every day and not in large amounts!).

    Once you start your new routine, don’t be surprised if it takes three weeks or so before you begin to see results. Our bodies tend to be stubborn, and they instinctively like to hold on to the status quo-the weight they’ve got. Just hang in there! You’ll eventually begin to lose. And slow weight loss (one to two pounds per week) is safest: If you lose more than two pounds a week, begin to eat a little more.

    Here’s a simple, basic meal plan you can adjust for your needs.

    Breakfast. Of course plenty of fresh fruit, orange, strawberries or cherries; either a piece of bread or some low sugar cereals; and do not forget some proteins, best served from an egg or some Greek yogurt.

    Lunch. A fresh salad will make your day with the usual ingredients like carrots, spinach, celery, some shrooms; the protein element stems from chicken, fish or turkey; eat plenty of fresh fruit for the energy boost.

    Dinner. A four-ounce serving of protein such as fish, tofu, chicken, beans, turkey, beef; one carbohydrate such as a baked potato, rice, bread, or pasta; one cup of steamed vegetables (not starchy ones such as peas or corn); a fresh salad with low-fat dressing.

    Evening snack. One fruit with one square of graham cracker, one low-fat cookie, or a half cup of sorbet or low-fat frozen yogurt.

    And don’t forget that the real dessert for your body is exercise. While you’re eating healthy meals, to start burning fat, exercise for at least 20 minutes three to four times a week, walking, swimming, or whatever, as your arthritis allows. If you can exercise longer, however, you’ll do much better: Your body burns mostly carbohydrates during that first 20 minutes and doesn’t begin to use up stored fat until after 20 minutes.

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  • 23May

    red berries
    Red berries are delicious fruits that grace pies and tarts. There are many types of red berries such as strawberries, raspberries, cranberries, red mulberries and goose berries.

    These are tasty fruits but they also have promising health benefits that can greatly impact your health and encourage their consumption. Some toxic red berries also exist that are dangerous to eat and have to be processed before consumption.

    Red berries are nutrient-packed foods.

    They contain flavonoids and one of the most important flavonoids in red berries is quercetin. Quercetin has antioxidant properties as it fights off free radicals that can start a chain and cause cellular damage.

    Cellular damage paves the way for aging, cancers and other diseases. Therefore, red berries can be used to avoid aging and cancers. Quercetin was also found to augment the immune system and to help the management of health problems such as heart disease, allergies and chronic fatigue.

    Red berries, especially raspberries and strawberries, are great choices for diabetics. They have low glycemic indices and so they are very safe for people suffering from diabetes. Also, their sugar is fructose which doesn’t require insulin for its metabolism.

    Red berries are high in fibers.

    This is known to normalize the bowel movements as fibers help stool to solidify and softens it because it absorbs water. Therefore it is easier to pass, and this reduces the likelihood for hemorrhoids occurrence. Fibers also tend to make one feel more full as they slow down the bowel movement and therefore you can eat less if your diet is rich in fibers. Berries can aid in weight loss.

    Berries are some of the main sources of anthocyanin that are known for their health benefits.

    Anthocyanins are what give berries their dark distinguished color. Scientific studies have shown that anthocyanin consumption is associated with protection from cardiovascular diseases.

    Red berries can then be a great diet for post-menopausal women. It was also found to reduce the mortality from heart disease and stroke. Anthocyanins were found to protect against cancers as well. That can be due to their antioxidant properties. A high intake of foods containing anthocynins is highly recommended for a better health.

    There are unique benefits to the different types of red berries.

    For example, strawberries were found to have high content of vitamin C that can promote the eye health and protect from cataract later on. Also vitamin C in addition to ellagic acid (a flavonoid) were found to promote skin elasticity. Strawberries consumption results in younger-looking healthy skin due to reducing the collagen breakdown and thus limiting wrinkles.

    In addition to its high fiber and antioxidants content, raspberries were found to be rich in manganese. It is a mineral that can improve the metabolism. They also promote the bone health as they increase the bone density. Therefore, they can protect from osteoporosis in post menopausal women. They can be used to alleviate pain in case of osteoporosis.

    Raspberries are of great value to women since they can prevent the growth of Candida albicans that causes vaginal infections. It is recommended to include raspberries in your diet. They are delicious enough to be used in smoothies, jams and other recipes.

    Cranberry juice can protect against urinary tract infections. It contains proanthocyanidins that prevent the attachment of bacteria to the urinary bladder. It can thus be of particular importance to pregnant women and to middle-aged ones. Using the same mechanism, cranberry can prevent tooth cavities. However, you must be cautious about using cranberry juice as it can interfere with drugs such as warfarin that is used for blood thinning.

    Red mulberries have vitamin C and fibers as well as a considerable amount of iron. This can help in the formation of red blood cells and therefore they can be of great value to those suffering from anemia. Their consumption during anemia should alleviate some of its symptoms. They have been used in Chinese medicine as blood tonic in order to purify the blood. Red mulberries also contain phosphorus and calcium that can improve the bone health.

    Red berries have so many benefits that can improve our overall health as well as beauty. They can maintain our youth and energy. They are delicious and beneficial fruits that should be included in our daily diet.

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  • 27Apr

    If you are actively following a celebrity doctor or certain related health websites, you’re probably already aware on what “inflammation” really is. You may also have heard about miracle treatments and cure for this medical condition, including a so-called “the anti-inflammatory diet.”

    Many people think that inflammation is the external sign of a problem like bruising, swelling, and bloating. Though it’s not wrong, inflammation actually plays a role on every major disease recorded today. These illnesses include depression, arthritis, heart conditions, diabetes, cancer and dementia.

    The reason why many researchers spend so much time studying and developing ways to counteract inflammation is because when it goes on for a long period of time, it may also trigger other diseases. Inflammation may be a natural immune response in the body, but it can also bring catastrophic effects.

    Acute Inflammation Is Natural, Chronic Is Not

    Inflammation, as mentioned above, is a natural immune response. It is your first line of defense against infections, injuries and other toxins.

    When your cells become distressed due to the presence of pathogens or injuries, your body releases chemicals that alerts your immune system. As soon as the immune system receives such a message, it sends inflammatory cells to trap and fight the foreign invaders. After that, healing can begin. As this process happens, your blood vessels are leaking fluids to the injury site which causes the redness, pain and swelling. Though uncomfortable, these symptoms are important for the healing process.

    Inflammation is a good thing, but too much of it can cause another kind of damage in your body called “chronic inflammation”. In this state, your body is always on high alert on sending fighting cells that can damage the good cells and tissues in your body.

    This kind of lasting damage can lead to severe damage in your major organs including the heart. For example, when inflammatory cells are situated on your blood vessels far too long, plaque buildup can occur. Plaque is considered a foreign object in your body, and even a tiny buildup of it can flare up inflammation even more. As the plaque continues to build up, it can thicken and harden your blood vessels making you a possible victim of a stroke or heart attack.

    Inflammation has a similar role on the blood circulation in the brain. It was long believed that inflammatory cells can’t pass through the blood brain barrier. But according to recent findings, these destructive cells do have the ability to infiltrate the barrier at times, especially when your body is somehow distressed.

    You Should Address It Immediately

    The reason why researchers and scientists find chronic inflammation to be a hot topic is because it has been correlated to almost all major disease processes, and understanding exactly how it causes the disease will pioneer better treatments and interventions on diseases like cancer and Alzheimer’s Disease.

    What Can Be Done Now

    Occasional inflammation will still occur as we are susceptible to other minor infections, injuries and allergies. Every little bruise or cut will lead to some level of inflammation, but it doesn’t mean we need to treat it with inflammatory medications all the time.

    As treatments like curcumin and piperine and other forms of health interventions are still being researched, what we all can do now to prevent chronic inflammation is change our lifestyle. A lot of unhealthy lifestyle factors have played a role in cellular inflammation. This includes drinking, smoking, gaining too much weight, physical and mental stress. These factors can be reduced if we dedicate our time to it.

    If you need a nutritionist or a doctor’s help, you can always find one that’s available.Smokers can consult physicians on smoking cessation plans. Overweight and obese individuals can get advice from professionals such as a nutritionist to help out with a proper diet, or a surgeon to start discussing options like weight loss surgery.

    Stress management should also be taken into consideration. There are techniques that you can do at home to alleviate stress – yoga can help de-stress the mind and body for instance.

    Every day, researchers are learning more about chronic inflammation and the physiological culprits behind it. Their target now is to find the missing links between major diseases and inflammation. But until there is a definite answer or solution to this problem, our best line of defense against it is controlling our diet and lifestyle.

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  • 06Jan

    Ketones is the main compound (phenolic type) found in fruits belonging to the berry group.  Fruits like raspberry, blackberry and cranberries are rich in this chemical compound, but in raspberries this is found in its best form. This is the compound that gives the fruits that exotic aroma.

    Raspberry ketones are used for several purposes, especially for preparing different delicious deserts like ice cream, candy, colas, etc. The special aroma adds more to these dishes and gives them an unbeatable taste. However, raspberry ketones didn’t draw that much attention until anything was said about their weight reducing and fat burning capacity. There is a buzz around that raspberry ketones, if used properly, can reduce a noticeable amount of fat within a considerable time.

    Yet there is much to know

    However, it won’t be wise to try this natural compound without knowing about it in detail. Only after testing its effect on animals during extended research works, it was concluded raspberry ketones may reduce fat and it may help one to go slim easily in less time.

    When tested on animals (especially on mouse), the compound gave satisfying result. In animals like rabbit and mouse it worked faster to reduce fatty tissues, especially from the liver portion, but it is not sure yet that the compound will work in same rate, if tested on humans. As the phenolic compound it speeds up the fat burning process and helps in increasing BMR, thus, it is being presumed that the compound will work effectively on human body as well.

    1. Consultation is necessary

    Thus, the best option is to consult a specialist or with fitness professionals to be sure whether it will be effective to use this supplement or not. Only an expert can suggest the perfect doses and uses of the compound to get satisfying result, if they believe that it has that much potential to burn fat.

    1. How to use the compound

    It is quite interesting to know that 1kg of the fruit can produce only 0.63 mg of juice, in spite of looking very juicy and pulpy. Out of that 0.63 mg juice, only 0.42 mg of ketones compound can be extracted. Thus, following this calculation it is easy to guess that how much raspberries one should consume daily if he or she wishes to have the compound in natural form. In addition, absorbing natural raspberry to get that compound won’t be a pocket friendly idea.

    The easiest option is to take it in form of medicine or food supplement. Raspberry ketones supplements are now being produced in large quantity for those who aim to ahieve faster weight loss and a lean and thin figure. Many fitness experts say that if taken with your daily diet, raspberry ketones will work on human beings as well. However, one should not compromise with exercising and should not depend wholly on the ketones supplements to reduce body fat.

    Raspberry ketones syrup is also being produced, which is often used to process food. In fact, it is one of the most expensive food flavor components that are being used extensively in the food industry all over the world.  One kilo of this compound can cost as much as $20,000 and that is why it is often used in form of supplement, syrup, etc. Synthetic compound is comparatively cheaper and this is easily accessible.

    1. The Raspberry Ketone Diet

    The other way to consume raspberry ketone in large portion is to follow a raspberry ketone diet. It is thus said because the experts suggest following a nutritional diet, which contains the ketones compound in maximum. Let’s have a quick check on the possible benefits of following this particular diet chart.

    • Increases metabolism
    • Enhances the cardiovascular system
    • Increases the lipolysis rate
    • Increases the functionality of some hormones

    The diet is often available in form of tablets with maximum 125 mg of strength. Here it must be said that not even an adult should consume more than 200 mg of the compound. More consumption of the compound is unhealthy because instead of reducing weight it gives birth to other physical disorders.

    1. One Compound Several Benefits

    Experts who believe in the magical power of raspberry ketones also describe this as a multipurpose compound. According to them, one who is taking the compound on a daily basis not only burns fat, but also may get permanent relief from obesity. This is because the compound prevents further accumulation of those unhealthy fats. Using raspberry ketones one can also keep his or her growing appetite in control.

    1. Possible Side Effects

    The chemicals used in preparing raspberry ketones supplement influence the stimulant synepherine and that is why one may experience palpitation, high blood pressure, jittery etc. However, none of these symptoms sustain for more than one hour and when you get in the habit of taking the compound on regular basis you don’t experience all these again after sometimes.

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