Arthritis and Osteoarthritis

Anti-Aging Foods

Anti-Aging Foods

Anti-Aging Foods
By Andy Gibson

How old are you? No, we don't mean how many birthdays have you celebrated. That's your chronological age. But how good is the pacing of your heart, the density of your bones, the agility of your mind? Their status will tell us your biological age. Some people are chronologically 40, but biologically 60, while others are chronologically 60, but biologically 40.

It's your biological age that matters. When you're biologically fit, you can throw away the calendar, for your motor is humming well and there's life in your years!

Biological age, says Dr. James Fries, professor of medicine at Stanford University, is a measure of how much "organ reserve" one possesses. Organ reserve is defined as the amount of functional ability one has available in response to a stressor in the form of an illness, accident or major life trauma. As we grow older, we generally lose organ reserve. Our immune, endocrine, and nervous systems are altered. Not only are we at greater risk of contracting infectious diseases, but we are also more susceptible to auto-immune diseases such as arthritis.

In the 1950s, Dr. Denham Harmon, from the University Of Nebraska School Of Medicine, proposed that many losses of function associated with aging are due to what he termed "free-radical damage." Free radicals are highly reactive chemical substances produced in the body, not only as a consequence of exposure to pollution, drugs, and chemicals but also as a result of natural metabolic activities. Harmon proposed that accelerated free-radical reactions may act as molecular time bombs that destroy the body's cells and result in the loss of organ reserve.

Research indicates that increased free-radical damage is associated with diseases that cause death in the elderly, including coronary heart disease and heart attack, certain forms of cancer and adult-onset diabetes.

Fortunately, our bodies are equipped with a mechanism - the antioxidant defense system - that helps protect against free-radical damage. Antioxidants are specific substances found in all cells that defuse free radicals before they have a chance to do serious damage to the body. They include vitamin E, beta carotene, vitamin C, and a variety of essential nutritional minerals, such as zinc, copper, and selenium.

Vitamin E is one of the superheroes when it comes to battling free radicals. Because it is a fat-soluble vitamin, it is attracted to cell membranes which have large amounts of fatty acids. Vitamin E prevents the oxidation of these fats by itself oxidizing and absorbing the free radicals.

Food sources of this vitamin include nuts, wheat germ, and sunflower seeds.

Vitamin C: Unlike Vitamin E, which works from the outside of cells, C does its antioxidizing job inside the cell, in its fluid (C is a water-soluble vitamin).

Food sources include: citrus fruits, amla (Indian gooseberry), strawberries, guavas and tomatoes.

Beta-carotene: Richly found in yellow-orange fruits and vegetables like mangoes, papayas, cantaloupes and carrots, beta-carotene converts to Vitamin A in the body. It is believed to be particularly effective against a highly toxic free radical called singlet oxygen.

Selenium: This trace mineral fights free radicals indirectly - by producing an enzyme which turns peroxides into harmless water. Best food sources are grains, fish, cabbage, celery and cucumber.

Zinc: another trace mineral, but this one works its effect in two ways: One, it acts as an antioxidant on its own; two, it forms part of an enzyme which protects cells against free radicals.

Good natural sources are liver, beef and nuts.

EAT RIGHT - STAY WELL!

Some of the major health-slackers and age-speeders (heart disease, osteoporosis) are often the result of faulty eating. In many cases you can reduce your disease risks as soon as you adopt good nutrition habits - even if you begin at 60.

REDUCE FATS: A high intake of fats is associated with obesity which, in turn, is connected with the onset of diseases like high blood pressure heart ailments, gall bladder problems, adult-onset diabetes and even certain forms of cancer.

You can safely reduce fats to 20 per cent of daily calories - 30 per cent is the outer limit. Of the three types of fats, saturated fats (from animal products and from vegetable sources like palm and coconut oils) are associated with the build-up of cholesterol. Monounsaturated fats (from ground nuts oil, nuts such as almond, cashews, peanuts, etc.), and polyunsaturated fats (from safflower oil sunflower oil, etc.) appear to have a cholesterol-lowering effect.

Animal fats also carry the added danger of cholesterol. One egg yolk, for instance, contains about 240 mg, which is more than most of us should consume in a whole day.

On the other hand, all fats are breeding grounds for free radicals. And the unsaturated fats are more likely to react with oxygen when cooked and form free radicals than the saturated fats. So, the bottomline is: limit all fat consumption. Try the following food swaps:

  • Substitute skim milk for whole.
  • Substitute egg whites for yolks, in omelets and other dishes.
  • If you can't stomach the idea of being a pure vegetarian, substitute skinless chicken and fish for fat-marbled red meats, sausages and cold cuts.

Also, steam, bake or eat foods raw whenever you can. If you must fry, opt for stir-frying with minimal oil in a non-stick skillet, instead of deep frying.

BONE UP ON CALCIUM:

How well you "stand up" to aging is very largely a matter of how adequate your intake of calcium has been. If you've not been getting enough, bone loss can begin in the mid-30's, in women even as early as puberty. The result: osteoporosis, that brittle bone disease that hits elderly people.

Many people don't get enough calcium in their diet (especially hard-core vegetarians who don't even take milk/dairy products). Your daily requirement: 800-1000mg. Good calcium sources are: milk and milk products; fish like sardines (where you can chew on those tiny, edible, calcium-rich bones); green leafy vegetables. But the calcium from plant sources is not as well absorbed as that from animal sources.

Also, unfortunately, aging itself blunts calcium absorption. Certain foods like coffee, tea, colas and chocolates (all of which contain caffeine) as well as tobacco, if taken at the same time as calcium, can inhibit its absorption. So do phosphorus-rich drinks like sodas.

Remember, also, that your body requires Vitamin D for the intestinal absorption of calcium. If your diet is deficient in this vitamin, you can get some of your needs from sunlight. Food sources include: liver, egg yolk, milk, butter.

WHAT ELSE...

In the run-up to a healthy old age, there are a few other things you must do:

  1. Limit salt intake to about one teaspoon a day. Excess salt consumption carries the risk of high blood pressure and its potentially fatal consequences: heart disease, stroke, kidney disease.
  2. Avoid heavy alcohol consumption. It is associated with liver damage and increased cancer risk.
  3. Give up smoking. It can cause a whole range of illness, from chronic respiratory ailments like emphysema to cancers of the lung, mouth and esophagus.

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Cooking Healthy With Quinoa - This Super Food Belongs in Your Diet

Cooking Healthy With Quinoa - This Super Food Belongs in Your Diet

Submitted by: Susanne Myers

One thing that most of us have in common is the desire to feed our kids, and ourselves, nutritious food. But, when faced with the array of choices, it gets confusing. What's good, what's bad... it's not easy to distinguish the difference sometimes.

Even though quinoa has been around for thousands of years, it hasn't hit America's grocery shelves until recently. Over the last few years, quinoa has exploded in cookbooks, cooking shows, and the internet. This 'super-food' is becoming quite popular in many circles; including vegetarian, vegan, weight loss, gluten-free, and fitness diets.

Quinoa is a seed, a relative of beets, spinach, and Swiss chard. Because it is not a grass or grain, quinoa is considered the perfect food for those with grain, like wheat, sensitivities. The awareness of gluten-free diets may have likely brought quinoa into the limelight. However, quinoa is proving to fit into many diets for a wide range of reasons. Let's take a look at a few benefits that quinoa offers us all:

Protein: Not all foods considered high in protein contain all the essential amino acids in proper proportions for maximum effectiveness in the body, but quinoa does. Quinoa is a complete protein, meaning it contains all essential amino acids in perfect proportions. In fact, quinoa has the same protein quality as milk. For a vegan, or a vegetarian who doesn't drink milk, quinoa is the perfect replacement food. Mix in some black beans in a simple soup or casserole, and you have the ultimate protein-rich super-food.

Minerals: The most concentrated amounts of minerals in quinoa are manganese, magnesium, and phosphorus. With just one serving of quinoa, you will have more than half the RDA of manganese alone, neutralizing those damaging free radicals that are constantly attacking our organs. Along with manganese, quinoa contains high concentrates of magnesium and phosphorous which are both essential minerals aiding in bone health, heart and cardiovascular health, as well as nerve and brain health. Quinoa completes the mineral wheel with ample supplies of calcium, iron, potassium, zinc, copper, and selenium, all vital to our health and well-being.

Vitamins: The highest concentrated vitamin in quinoa is folate. Folate is a B vitamin that is essential for healthy red blood cell development as well as healthy tissue and organ development, most notably during a child's early years. Folate is also believed to fight the destructive cell developments of cancer. Other vitamins that can be found in a good supply in quinoa are vitamin E, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, and vitamin B6, all essential in the growth, repair, and functioning of vital organs, blood, and tissue.

Dietary Fiber: You probably hear a lot about dietary fiber in advertisements aimed at curing constipation. But, the fact is, dietary fiber is crucial for all of our body functions. With a whopping 21% RDA in one serving of quinoa, eating a regular diet including this super-food makes sense. Why? Not only does fiber aid the digestive system, it also is known to lower blood cholesterol levels. Studies also show that increasing fiber in your diet will help reduce blood pressure which promotes heart health. A good diet rich in fiber helps control blood sugar levels by slowing the absorption of sugars. Along with these benefits, high-fiber diets also may help with weight loss, due to the fact that foods that are high in fiber and low in calories, like quinoa, fill you up without added calories.

It appears that if you had to choose one food to survive on, quinoa may be your best bet. This super-food contains just about everything a body needs - fiber, vitamins, minerals, healthy fat, carbohydrates, and protein. Add to that the fact that quinoa is low in calories, has zero cholesterol, zero sugars, and is low in sodium, and you've got the perfect food to add to your family's healthy diet.

How do you get more quinoa into your diet? You can do much more than substituting quinoa in dishes that call for rice or pasta. Rather, start by remembering that quinoa is a protein. With that in mind, think about quinoa like you do black beans, another vegetarian source of protein. Replace meat meals with quinoa meals on a regular basis to enjoy all the benefits of this super food. Go ahead and clear a spot in your pantry, because once you cook with quinoa, you'll be stocking up.

About the Author: Susanne Myers wants to help you learn what it takes to eat right and stay fit, even with a hectic lifestyle and a tight budget. Find healthy recipes and tips for cooking with quinoa as well as other nutritious foods. And, visit us often at www.HillbillyHousewife.com for even more ideas and tips for living well.

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New Drug Sought To Treat People With Moderate To Severe Rheumatoid Arthritis

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Joseph

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease that occurs when the immune system attacks the lining of your joints. Unfortunately, some people with moderate to severe RA don't respond well to medications that are used to treat the disease, some patients even suffer unwanted side effects.

There is hope. Researchers are investigating a drug that may help people with moderate to severe RA. This study is for people whose RA has not responded well enough to previous treatment with methotrexate. The study will compare an investigational drug to another already-approved treatment for RA and placebo.

As a CureClick Ambassador I want to share this information with my readers because it could be helpful for medically treating people who have the RA. Visit the research sponsor's website to learn more.

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Other important information:

Conditions

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Phase
2
 
Enrollment
20
 
Age Range
18-75
 

For those of you whom are not familiar with clinical trials, here's some information that you can use:

What Are Clinical Trials?


Clinical trials are research studies to determine whether investigational drugs or treatments are safe and effective for humans.

All investigational devices and medicines must undergo several clinical trials, often times these clinical trials require thousands of people.

Why participate in a clinical trial?

People whom are eligible will have access to new investigational treatments that would be available to the general public only upon approval.

People whom are eligible for clinical trials will also receive study-related medical care and attention from clinical staff at research facilities.

Clinical trials offer hope for many people and gives researchers a chance to find better treatment for others in the future.

 

Disclaimer: I am not participating in this clinical trial. I am providing this information to my readers as a CureClick Ambasssador. Click on the links below to learn about my relationship with Cureclick and why I'm talking about clinical trials.

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Medical Scientists Need Your Help To Find A Better Treatment For Axial Spondyloarthritis

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Joseph

People with axial spondyloarthritis have chronic back pain which is usually treated with painkillers and anti-inflammatory medications. Although these provide some relief, the disease continues to progress in some patients while others notice their back pain has returned.

A new research study seeks to give a better understanding of how long-term treatment with the study drug compares to the standard of care treatments provided to these patients.

As a CureClick Ambassador I want to share this information with my readers because it could be helpful for medically treating people who have axSpA. Visit the research sponsor's website to learn more about it.

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For those of you whom are not familiar with clinical trials, here's some information that you can use:

What Are Clinical Trials?


Clinical trials are research studies to determine whether investigational drugs or treatments are safe and effective for humans.

All investigational devices and medicines must undergo several clinical trials, often times these clinical trials require thousands of people.

Why participate in a clinical trial?

People whom are eligible will have access to new investigational treatments that would be available to the general public only upon approval.

People whom are eligible for clinical trials will also receive study-related medical care and attention from clinical staff at research facilities.

Clinical trials offer hope for many people and gives researchers a chance to find better treatment for others in the future.

 

Disclaimer: I am not participating in this clinical trial. I am providing this information to my readers as a CureClick Ambasssador. Click on the links below to learn about my relationship with Cureclick and why I'm talking about clinical trials.

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Medical Scientists Investigating New Treatments For Osteoarthritis

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Joseph

Osteoarthritis (OA) is a very common form of arthritis. Affecting nearly 27 million Americans, the disease wreaks havok on the joints. Patients often complain of pain, stiffness and swelling which is caused by degenerative loss of cartilage that acts as a cushion between the joints.

Medical scientists are currently seeking patients for research studies that shall explore better treatment options for OA. 

As a CureClick Ambassador I want to share this information with my readers because it could be helpful for medically treating people who have OA. Patients do not require health insurance or referrals to participate in these studies. But space is limited, so please visit the research sponsor's website to see if you qualify.

 

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Condition

Osteoarthritis

Age Range

At least 18 years of age

 

For those of you whom are not familiar with clinical trials, here's some information that you can use:

What Are Clinical Trials?


Clinical trials are research studies to determine whether investigational drugs or treatments are safe and effective for humans.

All investigational devices and medicines must undergo several clinical trials, often times these clinical trials require thousands of people.

Why participate in a clinical trial?

People whom are eligible will have access to new investigational treatments that would be available to the general public only upon approval.

People whom are eligible for clinical trials will also receive study-related medical care and attention from clinical staff at research facilities.

Clinical trials offer hope for many people and gives researchers a chance to find better treatment for others in the future.

 

Disclaimer: I am not participating in this clinical trial. I am providing this information to my readers as a CureClick Ambasssador. Click on the links below to learn about my relationship with Cureclick and why I'm talking about clinical trials.

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Medical Scientists Seeking New Treatments For Rheumatoid Arthritis

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Joseph

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease that occurs when the immune system attacks the lining of your joints. Sadly, 1.5 million Americans have this is an uncommon form of arthritis and it tends to affect women three times more likely than men.

The disease can cause pain, swelling, redness and stiffness that can afflict any joint in your body without warning. In addition to these physical discomforts, people who suffer from RA may experience tiredness and fever. That's why better treatment options are needed for people who suffer with Rheumatoid Arthritis.

But there is hope. At this very moment Acurian Health is working with local doctors are looking for people who have Rheumatoid Arthritis to participate in local research studies.

As a CureClick Ambassador I want to share this information with my readers because it could be helpful for medically treating people who have the RA.

If you or a relative suffers from arthritis, this study could be helpful to you. If you're not sure what type of arthritis you may have, read the table of symptoms that is provided on the research study sponsor's website.

Please hurry, because space is limited.

 

CureClick RA image

Other important information that you need to know:

Conditions

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Age Range

at least 18 years old

For those of you whom are not familiar with clinical trials, here's some information that you can use:

What Are Clinical Trials?


Clinical trials are research studies to determine whether investigational drugs or treatments are safe and effective for humans.

All investigational devices and medicines must undergo several clinical trials, often times these clinical trials require thousands of people.

Why participate in a clinical trial?

People whom are eligible will have access to new investigational treatments that would be available to the general public only upon approval.

People whom are eligible for clinical trials will also receive study-related medical care and attention from clinical staff at research facilities.

Clinical trials offer hope for many people and gives researchers a chance to find better treatment for others in the future.

 

Disclaimer: I am not participating in this clinical trial. I am providing this information to my readers as a CureClick Ambasssador. Click on the links below to learn about my relationship with Cureclick and why I'm talking about clinical trials.

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A Helpful Tool For People Searching For Clinical Research Trials

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Joseph

Sometimes the search for a good doctor can be quite nerve wracking even under the best of circumstances, but the emotional burden becomes even greater when searching for doctors who are participating in clinical trials.

Trial Reach and CureClick know this; so they developed a tool which makes the search for clinical research trials a bit easier.

Last July CureClick and Trial Reach asked if I would like to help out with this task; since I'm a CureClick Ambassador I was happy to help.

At this very moment you can use the Trial Reach Clinical Trials Search Tool that I embedded in the sidebar of Living Fit, Healthy and Happy(SM).

The clinical trials search tool is absolutely amazing! The tool is designed so that users can search for any clinical trial for any condition. Then the tool provides relevant results based on the user answering a few questions. Now you can search for clinical trials that best fit your needs.

Although I receive a small one time payment for installing the Trial Reach Clinical Trials Search Tool on Living Fit, Healthy and Happy(SM), the potential benefit to all of you is what inspired me to install it on this website. So, please take the time to use it. And tell all of your family and friends about it, too!

To learn more about my relationship with CureClick and why I'm talking about clinical trials, please click on this link.

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Living And Coping With Arthritis - How To Stay Active And Independent

Living And Coping With Arthritis - How To Stay Active & Independent

Living And Coping With Arthritis - How To Stay Active And Independent

By: Richard Clement

Arthritis pain can be frustrating. Nagging and crippling arthritis pain can continue day after day. How much happier would you be if you could stop your arthritis pain right now and feel great all day? Knowing the nature of the disease can really bring you the right answers.

What is arthritis?

Arthritis comprises over 100 different diseases and conditions. The word arthritis means "joint inflammation". When joints are inflamed, it causes pain and usually also limits movement of the joints that are affected. For many people, arthritis pain has a large impact on their life. Arthritis is second only to heart disease as a cause of work disability. Arthritis limits everyday activities such as walking, dressing and bathing for more than 16 million Americans. Each year, arthritis results in 750,000 hospitalizations and 36 million outpatient visits. Arthritis is not just an old person's disease. Nearly two-thirds of people with arthritis are younger than 65 years including nearly 300,000 children. Arthritis affects children and people of all racial and ethnic groups but is more common among women and older adults.

The disease can affect different parts of the body. Two of the most common forms are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease in which the joint lining becomes inflamed as part of the body's immune system activity. RA is one of the most serious and disabling types, affecting mostly women. Rheumatoid arthritis is two to three times more common in women than in men and generally strikes between the ages of 20 and 50. Both sides of the body are usually affected at the same time. Symptoms of RA differ from person to person but can generally include:

  • Joint tenderness, warmth, and swelling.
  • Pain and stiffness lasting for more than 1 hour in the morning or after a long rest.
  • Joint inflammation in the wrist and finger joints closest to the hand.
  • Fatigue, an occasional fever, and a general sense of not feeling well.

Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of arthritis. It is a degenerative joint disease in which the cartilage that covers the ends of bones in the joint deteriorates, causing pain and loss of movement as bone begins to rub against bone. OA commonly affects the joints of the fingers, knees, hips, and spine. Osteoarthritis is more common in older people because they have been using their joints longer. Using the joints to do the same task over and over or simply using them over time can make osteoarthritis worse. Younger people can also get osteoarthritis. Athletes are at risk because they use their joints so much. People who have jobs that require the same movement over and over are also at risk. Injuries to a joint increase the risk of arthritis in the joint later on. Excess weight can accelerate arthritis in the knees, hips and spine. The most common symptom of Osteoarthritis is pain in the affected joint(s) after repetitive use. Joint pain is usually worse later in the day. There can be swelling, warmth, and creaking of the affected joints. Symptoms of OA may greatly vary. Some patients can be debilitated by their symptoms. On the other hand, others may have remarkably few symptoms in spite of dramatic degeneration of the joints apparent on x-rays. Symptoms also can be intermittent.

These 2 forms have very different causes, risk factors, and effects on the body, yet they often share a common symptom - persistent joint pain.

What are the causes of arthritis?

Primary OA is mostly related to aging. With aging, the water content of the cartilage increases and the protein makeup of cartilage degenerates. Repetitive use of the joints over the years irritates and inflames the cartilage, causing joint pain and swelling. Eventually, cartilage begins to degenerate by flaking or forming tiny crevasses. Inflammation of the cartilage can also stimulate new bone outgrowths (spurs) to form around the joints. Sometimes osteoarthritis follows an injury to a joint. For example, a young person might hurt his knee badly playing soccer. Then, years after the knee has apparently healed, he might get arthritis in his knee joint.

RA is an autoimmune disease. This means the body's natural immune system does not operate as it should; it attacks healthy joint tissue, initiating a process of inflammation and joint damage. RA is a type of chronic arthritis that occurs in joints on both sides of the body (such as hands, wrists or knees). This symmetry helps distinguish RA from other types of arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis occurs most frequently in the 30-50 age group, although can start at any age. It is strongly associated with the HLA marker DR4 - hence Family history is an important risk factor. The disease affects Females:Males in a 4:1 ratio.

Other conditions can also cause arthritis. Some include:

  • Gout, in which crystals build up in the joints. It usually affects the big toe.
  • Lupus , in which the body's defense system can harm the joints, the heart, the skin, the kidneys, and other organs.
  • Viral hepatitis ,in which an infection of the liver can cause arthritis.

What can you do about it?

Some people may worry that arthritis means they won't be able to work or take care of their children and their family. Others think that you just have to accept things like arthritis.

While there is not yet a cure for arthritis, much can be done today to reduce pain and boost joint function. Learning how to manage pain over the long term is essential to maintaining a good quality of life. There are things you can do to keep the damage from getting worse. They might also make you feel better.Here are some simple things to do:

  • Lose weight if you're overweight
  • Exercise regularly for short periods. Going for a walk every day will help, too.
  • Use canes and other special devices to protect your joints.
  • Avoid lifting heavy things.
  • Don't pull on objects to move them-push them instead
  • Use heat or cold to reduce pain or stiffness.

The pain and disability that accompany arthritis can be decreased through early diagnosis and appropriate management.So if you have persistent symptoms lasting more than several days - go see your doctor. The doctor will examine you and may take x rays (pictures) of your bones or joints to decide if you have arthritis and what kind you have.

After the doctor knows what kind of arthritis you have, he or she will talk with you about the best way to treat it. The doctor may give you a prescription for medicine that will help with the pain, stiffness, and inflammation.

The good news is that now there is a way to stop your pain with a medication. Celebrex is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), specifically a COX-2 inhibitor, which relieves pain and swelling (inflammation). It represents a huge breakthrough in the treatment of pain, inflammation, and stiffness of arthritis. Celebrex is believed to fight pain and inflammation by inhibiting the effect of a natural enzyme called COX-2. Unlike the older medications, however, it does not interfere with a similar substance, called COX-1, which exerts a protective effect on the lining of the stomach.Celebrex doesn't cause the stomach bleeding and ulcers that traditional nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) might.

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Careful With That Night Light ! Bright Lights At Night May Cause You To Gain Weight

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Joseph

Keeping the lights on at night may add inches to your waist, new evidence suggests. According to a study published in the International Journal of Obesity, people who use night lights tend to be heavier than people who aren't exposed to artificial light during bedtime. Surprised? Brace yourselves, you're about to learn something about how light affects weight.

For some time, biologists have known that artificial light-at-night (ALAN) can cause the body's internal clocks to go haywire. Melatonin, the sleep hormone, is at its highest levels when you are sleeping; darkness stimulates melatonin production. But ALAN causes the body to suppress melatonin production which can cause adverse physiological changes resulting in weight gain.

Research scientists Rybnikova, Haim and Portnov utilized this knowledge to identify and measure how strong the associations between ALAN and country-wide overweight and obesity rates happen to be.

To find out, they analyzed recent satellite images of night lights from the US Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP).

Controlling for per capita GDP, level of urbanization, birth rate, food consumption and regional differences, Rybnikova et al hoped the satellite images would help them learn more about this problem.

They learned that ALAN along with other factors explained 70 % of the observed variations in the prevalence of obesity and overweight in more than eighty observed countries. In other words, satellite images helped confirm what scientists had come to know long ago - artificial light at night makes people fat.

We know that light affects human mood and reproduction. Animal models show a relationship between light at night and accelerated aging and cancer. Now data from Rybnikova et al tells us that artificial light at night can stimulate weight gain.

Rybnikova et al pointed out that the nearly 2.5 billion people meet the World Health Organization (WHO) definition of overweight and obese, and that the problem is rapidly on track to become a global pandemic. What can be done to reverse this trend?

 

Your Third Eye Is Open Even When You're Sleeping

People maybe surprised to know that we have been created with a "third eye". God created us with two external eyes and another photosensitive organ deep within the brain. This light sensing organ is the pineal gland and it produces the melatonin that helps us sleep at night.

Even after we close our external eyes, the pineal gland is able to sense light - whether that light be natural or artificial. When the organ detects light, it won't produce melatonin.

Eventually the pineal gland will become confused, prolonged exposure to light stimuli (artificial in this case) will cause the organ to think that the body should remain awake. As a result, the pineal gland will erroneously decrease melatonin production and throw the natural day/night rhythm out of whack.

A method that could reverse the global obesity trend may simply be turning off every artificial light source in the bedroom before going to sleep at night. Since the pineal gland detects light, keeping the room dark during sleep time may prevent the gland from suppressing melatonin production thereby possibly preventing eventual weight gain.

Regardless of whether people accept the mounting evidence linking circadian rhythm to health, if steps are not taken to curtail epidemic obesity, our planet may be dealing with the health consequences e.g. type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and arthritic joint pain for many decades to come.

 

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Article References

Rybnikova NA, Haim A, & Portnov BA (2016). Does artificial light-at-night exposure contribute to the worldwide obesity pandemic? International journal of obesity (2005) PMID: 26795746

Vinogradova IA, Anisimov VN, Bukalev AV, Ilyukha VA, Khizhkin EA, Lotosh TA, Semenchenko AV, & Zabezhinski MA (2010). Circadian disruption induced by light-at-night accelerates aging and promotes tumorigenesis in young but not in old rats. Aging, 2 (2), 82-92 PMID: 20354269

 

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Importance of weight training

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Praveen Pandey

Weight training is an exercise technique which uses external weights, the body's resistance, or other devices to exercise and strengthen a body muscle. Most people, especially men, opt for such training to get an attractive physique with big muscles. However, its benefits go way beyond. Weight training, also known 'strength' or 'resistance' training, enables you to do everyday tasks like lifting, carrying, and walking up stairs with greater ease.

Strength training helps protect against diseases like arthritis, osteoporosis, sarcopenia (loss of body mass), lower-back pain, and other disabilities. It protects the joints, enhances joint stability, improves bone density, and reduces bone deterioration. More muscle power puts less strain on the joints and connective tissue when lifting or exerting. Strong muscles, tendons, and ligaments are less prone to injury.

Working against the body's resistance or exercising with light weights also assists in managing chronic illnesses such as heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes, and hyperlipidemia. When you are active, the heart muscles can perform better even with less oxygen. Lifting weights can normalize the blood pressure and decrease the levels of blood sugar and cholesterol. A combination of regular weight training, a protein-rich diet, and some cardiovascular exercises can help to achieve a healthy weight and a fitter body.

Such a combination not only tones up the muscles and shapes the body along with weight loss but also improves anaerobic endurance. It improves the composition of the body and increases the lean body mass. Weight training mainly stimulates the development of muscle tissues and also strengthens them. Muscle tissue, being more active than fat tissue, helps to burn more calories. Increase in muscle mass normalizes and even increases the basal metabolic rate, as a result of which one can burn more calories at rest.

By working out the muscles through their full range of movements, weight training increases flexibility and reduces the risk of suffering from a muscle pull. Weight training has enormous advantages. If a person follows a proper diet, has precise control over his movements, and maintains correct posture, he or she stands to gain the most from such an exercise program. It is advisable for all adults to weight train their major muscle groups at least twice weekly.

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