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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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A Simple Meal Plan For Relief From Digestive Upset

A Simple Meal Plan For Relief From Digestive Upset

Submitted by: Lynda Enright

You know the story. You get home from work, you and your family are tired and hungry and you have no idea what’s for dinner. So what happens? You heat up something quick, you order a pizza or get take-out. How do you feel afterwards? For so many of us it leads to digestive upset – not only because of the stress of it all, but from the low nutrient and perhaps high sugar and fat meal. But how do you better – life is busy, it all takes too much time!

I hear it every day. Symptoms of chronic digestive upset. People never feeling really well.

I know preparing nourishing meals can be simplified and it is absolutely worth the effort! If you have a kitchen stocked with simple foods to prepare, and if you have taken just two minutes to make a plan for the day (it can be literally that quick), you will put a nourishing meal on the table that you and your family will love.

Try this meal packed with vitamins, minerals and healthy fats. And use extras to plan lunch for work the next day. It can be on the table in 30 minutes. And if you take a few minutes to chop the sweet potatoes and toss in the morning, you can be eating even quicker.

Rosemary sweet potatoes (serves 4)

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Wash and cube 2 medium sized sweet potatoes into 1-inch pieces and place in a mixing bowl. Add 1 teaspoon dried rosemary (or 1 tablespoon fresh), ¼ teaspoon salt, ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper, 2 crushed garlic cloves and 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil. Toss ingredients to mix well. Lay sweet potatoes out in a single layer on a roasting pan. Roast for 25 minutes or until tender. Take out of the oven and transfer to a serving bowl.

While the sweet potatoes are cooking, prepare the salmon and add to the oven. Place the salmon below the sweet potatoes to prevent any possibility of meat drippings falling onto the vegetables.

Broiled salmon with salsa (serves 4)

Place 4 salmon fillets approximately 4 oz. each on a baking pan lined with parchment paper. Top each fillet with 1/3 cup homemade or jarred salsa. Bake in a 425 degree F oven until fish reaches an internal temperature of 140 degrees F., flakes easily and is light pink in color (about 10 minutes per inch of thickness).

Cook 1 extra salmon fillet without salsa to use in a salad for lunch the next day.

To this meal – you can simply add steamed vegetables out of the freezer such as broccoli, cauliflower, or asparagus. Or prepare a simple mixed greens salad.

Simple Mixed Greens (serves 4)

Toss 6 cups mixed greens with 1 cup grape or cherry tomatoes and 1 sliced yellow, red or orange pepper. Toss with about ¼ cup of your favorite salad dressing. Add 2 ounces crumbled Feta cheese (optional). Serve.

Salmon Salad (serves 2)

Chop leftover salmon fillet into chunks. In a large bowl toss 4 cups mixed baby greens, ½ cup canned chickpeas (drained and rinsed), 1 sliced avocado, 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro and 1 scallion in a large salad bowl. Top with a vinaigrette dressing or make your own. Toss well but gently. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Divide among 2 containers to pack for lunch.

Taking the time to plan ahead and prepare a simple meal will leave you feeling great! To download these recipes and a grocery list, click here.



About the Author: Lynda Enright, MS, RD, CLT is certified as a Wellness Coach and LEAP Therapist who partners with individuals who want to look and feel amazing. Lynda helps individuals improve their health by addressing each individual as the whole person finding the causes of weight gain, fatigue, bloating, acid reflux, congestion, brain fog or achy joints. This article was originally published at http://www.bewellconsulting.com/cooking/a-simple-meal-plan-for-relief-from-digestive-upset and has been syndicated with permission. For more tips on eating well and balancing a healthy lifestyle, visit http://www.BeWellConsulting.com

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Health Food | Health Benefits of Fruits | Natural Nutrition | Health Benefits For All Fruits | Benefits Eating Fruit to Lose Weight | Fruits Juices Benefits

Health Food | Health Benefits of Fruits | Natural Nutrition | Health Benefits For All Fruits | Benefits Eating Fruit to Lose Weight | Fruits Juices Benefits

Submitted by: Medico News

The apple is the pomaceous fruit of the apple tree, species Malus domestica in the rose family Rosaceae. It is one of the most widely cultivated tree fruits.The tree originated from Central Asia, where its wild ancestor is still found today. There are more than 7,500 known cultivars of apples resulting in a range of desired characteristics. Cultivars vary in their yield and the ultimate size of the tree, even when grown on the same rootstock.

At least 55 million tons of apples were grown worldwide in 2005, with a value of about $10 billion. China produced about 35% of this total. The United States is the second leading producer, with more than 7.5% of the world production. Turkey, France, Italy, and Iran are also among the leading apple exporters.

Health benefits for Apple

The proverb “An apple a day keeps the doctor away,” addressing the health effects of the fruit, dates from 19th century Wales. Research suggests that apples may reduce the risk of colon cancer, prostate cancer and lung cancer. Compared to many other fruits and vegetables, apples contain relatively low amounts of Vitamin C, but are rich source of other antioxidant compounds. The fiber content, while less than in most other fruits, helps regulate bowel movements and may thus reduce the risk of colon cancer. They may also help with heart disease, weight loss, and controlling cholesterol, as they do not have any cholesterol, have fiber, which reduces cholesterol by preventing reabsorption, and are bulky for their caloric content like most fruits and vegetables.

There is evidence that in vitro apples possess phenolic compounds which may be cancer-protective and demonstrate antioxidant activity. The predominant phenolic phytochemicals in apples are quercetin, epicatechin, and procyanidin B2.

Apple juice concentrate has been found to increase the production of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine in mice, providing a potential mechanism for the “prevent ion of the decline in cognitive performance that accompanies dietary and genetic deficiencies and aging.” Other studies have shown an “alleviat oxidative damage and cognitive decline” in mice after the administration of apple juice.

The seeds are mildly poisonous, containing a small amount of amygdalin, a cyanogenic glycoside; usually not enough to be dangerous to humans, but it can deter birds.

2. Banana

anana

Banana is the common name for herbaceous plants of the genus Musa and for the fruit they produce. They are native to the tropical region of Southeast Asia, and are likely to have been first domesticated in Papua New Guinea. Today, they are cultivated throughout the tropics.

Banana plants are of the family Musaceae. They are cultivated primarily for their fruit, and to a lesser extent for the production of fibre and as ornamental plants. As the banana plants are normally tall and fairly sturdy, they are often mistaken for trees, but their main or upright stem is actually a pseudostem. For some species, this pseudostem can reach a height of 2–8 m, with leaves of up to 3.5 m in length. Each pseudostem can produce a bunch of green bananas, which when ripened often turn yellow or sometimes red. After bearing fruit, the pseudostem dies and is replaced by another.

Health benefits

Along with other fruits and vegetables, consumption of bananas were associated with a reduced risk of colorectal cancer and in women, breast cancer and renal cell carcinoma Individuals with a latex allergy may experience a reaction to bananas.

Banana pape

Banana fibre is also used in the production of banana paper. Banana paper is used in two different senses: to refer to a paper made from the bark of the banana plant, mainly used for artistic purposes, or paper made from banana fiber, obtained from an industrialized process, from the stem and the non usable fruits. This paper can be either hand-made or made by industrialized machine.

3. Cranberry

Cranberry

Cranberries are a group of evergreen dwarf shrubs or trailing vines in the genus Vaccinium subgenus Oxycoccos, or in some treatments, in the distinct genus Oxycoccos. They are found in acidic bogs throughout the cooler parts of the Northern Hemisphere. Cranberries are a major commercial crop in certain American states and Canadian provinces see Cultivation and uses below. Most cranberries are processed into products such as juice, sauce, and sweetened dried cranberries e.g. Craisins, with the remainder sold fresh to consumers. Cranberry sauce is regarded an indispensable part of traditional American and Canadian Thanksgiving menus and European winter festivals.

Since the early 21st century within the global functional food industry, there has been a rapidly growing recognition of cranberries for their consumer product popularity, nutrient content and antioxidant qualities, giving them commercial status as a “superfruit”.

Health benefits and potential health benefits

Cranberries have moderate levels of vitamin C, dietary fiber and the essential dietary mineral, manganese, as well as a balanced profile of other essential micronutrients.

By measure of the Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity with an ORAC score of 9,584 units per 100 g, cranberry ranks near the top of 277 commonly consumed foods in the United States.

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Pregnancy Hemorrhoids Are Embarrassing And Painful

Pregnancy Hemorrhoids Are Embarrassing And Painful

Pregnancy Hemorrhoids Are Embarrassing And Painful
By Hannah Bajor

Here are tips to relieve your hemorrhoids in pregnancy otherwise your pregnancy could become a living nightmare. As a certified nurse midwife I have treated many cases of pregnancy hemorrhoids. It was not until I experienced small pregnancy hemorrhoids myself that I understood how painful these little monsters are.

Hemorrhoids are swollen varicose veins on or around the anus. The veins within the anal canal become swollen because of weakened vein walls allowing blood to accumulate. This causes the walls of the vein to expand creating the visible ball on the outside of the anus called hemorrhoids.

What causes hemorrhoids in pregnancy?

Pregnancy requires a woman to increase her total blood volume by 40% to accommodate her growing baby's nutritional and circulatory needs. This increase in blood volume requires that the pregnant woman's blood vessels relax and expand to hold the extra blood. This is one of the major reasons why pregnant women are prone to blood clots, varicose veins and pregnancy hemorrhoids.

Pregnant women are also prone to constipation due to extra fluid absorption and relaxation of the bowels. Constipation combined with the increased pressure on the rectum and perineum due to the growing baby is another reason for pregnancy hemorrhoids.

There are two types of hemorrhoids; internal and external. You cannot see or feel internal hemorrhoids, but straining or irritation from a passing stool can injure a hemorrhoids's delicate surface and cause it to bleed. You may notice small amounts of bright red blood on your toilet tissue or in the toilet bowl water. Because internal anal membranes lack pain-sensitive nerve fibers, these hemorrhoids usually do not cause discomfort. Occasionally, straining can push an internal hemorrhoid through the anal opening. If a hemorrhoid remains displaced (prolapsed), it can cause pain and irritation.

External hemorrhoids are painful. Sometimes blood may pool in an external hemorrhoids and form a clot (thrombus) causing severe pain, swelling and inflammation. When irritated, external hemorrhoids can itch or bleed. The pain of hemorrhoids is comparable to being stabbed in the rectum by a knife.

What can you do to treat pregnancy hemorrhoids?

The good news is that pregnancy hemorrhoids usually improve after the baby is born. In the meantime, there are a number of things you can do to treat them. One or more of the following tips may help relieve your symptoms:

Take a warm bath with baking soda or place baking soda (wet or dry) on the area to relieve itching.

Use witch hazel to reduce swelling or bleeding.

Use Tucks Medicated Pads.

Avoid sitting or standing for long periods.

Drink plenty of fluids, at least 12 glasses of water every day.

Drink prune juice.

Do not delay going to the bathroom.

Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables.

If you are suffering very badly from pregnancy hemorrhoids please consult with your obstetrical provider for hemorrhoidal medication.

If you are very uncomfortable sitting due to rectal pain, a ring with a hole in the center is helpful.

Midwife Hannah Bajor C.N.M., M.S.N. from Lumalove teaches women all over the world who want to have a healthier pregnancy experience how they can connect and communicate on a more meaningful level with their unborn child. In doing so couples globally are starting to lays the foundational blueprints for a happier, healthier pregnancy outcome and gives their unborn child the opportunity of unlimited potential.

Take advantage of her FREE offer and experience her ability to help you connect deeper with your growing baby. To get your FREE pregnancy guided visualization mp3 then click on [http://www.LumalovePregnancyWeekByWeek.com]

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How to Obtain Optimal Health

How to Obtain Optimal Health

How to Obtain Optimal Health

By: Monique Hawkins

You should already know that nutrition is very important to your quality of life. If you want to have a healthy life and lifestyle, you will need to have a healthy diet with proper nutrition. You might hear all the time that your nutrition greatly affects the way you live and your quality of life but have you ever really thought about why? Do you really understand why it is so important?

If you really want to take the steps to live the long life that you deserve and to be as healthy as possible and enjoy those years, than you need to learn all you can about the importance of optimal nutrition. What you eat really affects your body and health.

1. What is optimal nutrition?
2. What nutrients do you need to be healthy?
3. What foods give you these nutrients?

Importance of Optimal Nutrition
Optimal nutrition is very important to your overall health and fitness. Studies have shown that people can actually live longer if they have healthy nutrition. It is proven that there is a link between optimal nutrition and long life and long term health.

If you take a look at society, you will notice an increasingly large number of people that are overweight and obese. You will also see problems such as poor teeth and acne, dry, brittle skin, dry hair and other problems. You will find many people on medications for headache, stomach problems, acid reflux, constipation, heart disease, high blood pressure and more. What may be more alarming than the high amount of medications is the fact that most people receive very little information about what is actually causing their disease or condition. Instead, they get a pill.

What many people never know is that what they are eating (or not eating) can be causing these health problems. You also need to understand that you will have to make changes and adjustments to your intake over the years and stages of your life. Just like toddlers need a different diet from teenagers, you also need to alter your diet as you continue through all of life's stages. Understanding what is best for you through each stage of your life is the best way to remain in optimal health.

Micro and Macronutrients
Many people hear that they need proper nutrition but just what does that mean exactly? What nutrients do you need to be healthy? Optimal nutrition will include a variety of different micronutrients and macronutrients. Micronutrients include certain vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Macronutrients include carbohydrates, proteins and fats that make up the foods you eat.

There is too often a lot of myth surrounding the nutrients, our bodies and how we use these nutrients. This is why it is very important that you get all the facts when planning to change your lifestyle and diet. Many people are suffering from malnutrition and may not even know it. Many overweight individuals may be suffering from malnutrition. Just because you are eating does not mean you are eating the right things.

Micronutrients are the vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that your body needs to be healthy. The specific ones and amounts of each will depend on your body, sex, age and other factors. Every person is different so there is not one set plan that works for everyone. You need to learn what works for you. As you change, grow older, etc. this will change again and you will continue to have to adjust this.

Macronutrients are the carbs, proteins and fats that you get from foods. The amounts of these that you need will vary as well. This is where many myths come in about what you should or should not eat. The facts are that too much of anyone can be bad and not enough can be bad. It's all about finding a balance. This means those "All-Carb" or "No Carb" diets that are so popular on the market are really not the best thing for you.

What you choose to ingest in your body has a big impact on your overall health and your general well-being. People now eat more fast foods and frozen dinners and other quick meals that are not very nutritious at all. Some of these foods even have additives in them that can make them addictive so that you want more and more. People typically eat out of hunger and many of these foods do not work to satisfy your hunger leaving you wanting more or something else. Yet, they still have many calories and fat and other things that your body does not need.

Make the Committment
If you are serious in obtaining optimal health to the best of your ability, then take a look at your lifestyle in general. Are you eating the right foods? Are you exercising? Are you getting plenty of fresh air on a daily basis? Do you have positive relationships? If you find yourself answering "no" to these questions, then make the commitment to change. Talk with your family, friends, or a nutritionist. Check to see if there are support groups in your area related to health and lifestyle changes. Look into joining your local gym. Do your research and then purchase the right nutritional supplements that will help you achieve your goals.

If you at least try to make a change in one area, more are sure to follow! You are now on your way to optimal health.

 

Author Bio
Monique Hawkins is an Associate with USANA Health Sciences. One of her passions is encouraging and supporting others to obtain optimal health and wellness. Visit her USANA website at www.whyusana.com/mhawkins and her new music box website at www.my-music-box.com

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A Helpful Tool For People Searching For Clinical Research Trials

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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!

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Health Benefits of Corn | Benefits of Eating Corn | Sweet Corn and Health Benefits of Sweet Corn

Health Benefits of Corn | Benefits of Eating Corn | Sweet Corn and Health Benefits of Sweet Corn

Submitted by: Medico News

Corn, one of the most popular and versatile vegetables, is also a good source of several nutrients. Corn is a low-fat complex carbohydrate that deserves a regular place on any healthy table. These high-fiber, fat-fighting kernels of goodness are also hearty and satisfying.

Corn is a decent source of vitamin B1, B5, C, E, folic acid,magnesium and phosphorus. It is considered to be low in protein, due to the minimal content of the amino acids lysine and tryptophan. On the

contrary, it is a good source of complex carbohydrate, fiber,and healthful essential fatty acids.

The various flavonoids and carotenes contained in corn, are responsible for the different colors of its different varieties.The colors valued by Native Americans include, pink, black, red, and blue. There were also some that had stripes and spots. Yellow corn is high in the carotenoid, lutein. The lutein in yellow corn and yellow corn food products can protect against heart disease and macular degeneration. Macular degeneration is a condition of the eye which is typically seen in older age.

Health Benefits of Corn :

Corn is a body building food.

1. Corn is helpful in kidney problems including renal dysfunction. Eat everyday a soft and boiled corn. For other kidney problem; boil 4 tsp. of cornsilk in 21/2 cups of water for 20 mins. Strain and allow to cool. Drink ½ cup every 4 hours.

2. Corn bran is a heart protector, when eaten everyday it can lower cholesterol in the body. The soluble fiber in corn binds with cholesterol in bile from the liver. It then passes from the body taking the cholesterol with it.

3. Cornstarch can prevent diaper rash.

Other Cases wherein Corn is Beneficial :

* Anemia

* Constipation

* Gout – boil 2 fresh cobs in 4 cups of water for 45 minutes, then strain and allow to cool. Place in the refrigerator. Drink one cup three times a day. Once there is relief, reduce your intake to one cup a day.

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Nutrients

Corn is very good source of vitamin B1 (thiamine). It’s a good source of vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid), vitamins C and E, folic acid, dietary fiber, essential fatty acids, and the minerals magnesium and phosphorus.

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Glycemic Index (GI)

In a study to determine an estimation of the GI of various foods, it was concluded that sweet corn has a medium GI of 60.

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Eye Health

The Age-Related Eye Disease Study suggests antioxidants may delay the advance of age-related macular degeneration.

Yellow corn is rich in the carotenoid lutein, a phytochemical with antioxidant properties that can lower the risk of age related vision loss. Age related vision loss is caused by gradual oxidative damage of the retina, and lutein may serve as an antioxidant as well as a filter to protect the retina from the oxidative effect of blue light.

Diets rich in lutein and zeaxanthin are also associated with a decreased prevalence of nuclear cataract.

While lutein and zeaxanthin content in yellow corn is not nearly as high as that in green leafy vegetables such as spinach (approximately 1/10th), yellow corn and corn products are one of the most popular foods in the Americas and other parts of the world. The less processed the product is, the more lutein rich it will be.

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Alzheimer’s

A study has shown that moderately severe Alzheimer’s patients had much lower plasma levels of lutein and beta-carotene, compared to mild Alzheimer’s patients. These findings suggest increasing intake of lutein and beta-carotene rich foods to slow the rate of cognitive decline.

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Cance

Corn has a high beta – cryptoxanthin content, a carotenoid with antioxidant properties. An observational study in Singapore has shown that high levels of dietary beta-cryptoxanthin were associated with reduced risk of lung cancer.

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Top Tips To Treat And Prevent Diverticulosis

Top Tips To Treat And Prevent Diverticulosis

Submitted by: Raymond Geok Seng Lee

If your diet has come up short in the roughage department over the years, you may notice the effects sometime after your 60th birthday. That is usually about the time pea-size pouches called diverticula start to form in the walls of the intestines, most often in the lower of the digestive tract. Sixty-five percent of us will have developed diverticula, a condition called diverticulosis by the time we turn 85. Like gray hair, diverticula come with age. Diverticulosis usually does not hurt. In fact, most people don’t even know they have it until the telltale pouches show up on an x-ray or during an intestinal exam.

For an unlucky 10 to 25 percent of those with diverticulosis, though, the condition worsens to diverticulitis. This means that the usually benign pouches become infected and inflamed, causing rectal bleeding, constipation, and severe abdominal pain. Between 15 and 30 percent of people with acute diverticulitis require surgery.

Clearly, diverticulitis is serious business. However you can try out these tips and suggestions to treat and prevent it.

Feast on fiber. Diverticula are usually a by-product of eating too much highly processed, low-fiber fare. Getting more fiber in your diet minimizes the likelihood that diverticula will form in the first place. Even if you already have diverticulosis, eating fiber-rich foods can help by relieving the constipation that is often a symptom of the condition. Fiber dilates the colon and reduces the pressure inside it. Among the best food sources of fiber are fruits, vegetables, and whole-grain breads and cereals. Add these to your diet slowly to minimize the gas pain that often accompanies an increase in fiber intake. Any discomfort that you do notice should only be temporary. You should aim for at least 25 grams of fiber per day. Do not get hung up on numbers, though. Just eat a whole-grain bread at lunch and add fresh fruits and vegetables to each meal.

Do not be seedy. Stay away from foods that contain small seeds, including tomatoes and popcorn, and dishes prepared with whole-seed spices such as cumin and sesame. The seeds can lodge in the diverticula and cause inflammation.

Banish red meat from your plate. It was found that the higher the intake of red meat, the greater the risk of diverticular disease. Neither chicken nor fish appears to produce a similar increase in risk.

Drink plenty of water. Fluid makes the contents of the gut moister and lessens the pressure inside the colon, which may be responsible for the formation of diverticula. Try to drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day.

Get moving. The more active you are, the less likely you are to develop diverticular disease. It was found that there is a link between the exercise and diverticular disease. The best results, in terms of reduced risk, were associated with vigorous activities such as jogging and racquet sports.

Try tranquillity. When it comes to your digestive health, it is not only what you eat but how you eat that is important. Take meals without stress or distraction, never eat while standing up, and observe a moment of silence before eating – say a prayer or just close your eyes for a moment.

About the Author: Raymond Lee is one of the foremost experts in the health and fitness industry specializing in body health, muscle development and dieting. He is currently the author of the latest edition of "Neck Exercises and Workouts." Visit http://www.bodyfixes.com for more information.

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Acid Reflux - Heartburn

Acid Reflux - Heartburn

Submitted by: Amanda Baker

Everytime you turn on the television these days, there is a downpour of over-the-counter and prescription medications for the relief and prevention of acid reflux. As with medications for any ailment, there are theories regarding the disease and how well the medications work.

From a medical point of view, acid reflux is a condition caused by acidic contents from the stomach moving upward into the esophagus, which results in a burning sensation. When the valve found at the lower end of the esophagus is dysfunctional, it allows the acidic content of the stomach to be regurgitated, where it would block this behavior when functional.

Another belief is that acid reflux is caused by an individual's eating habits. As the civilized world eats more and more junk and processed foods, the majority of the food ends up in the stomach undigested. This undigested material turns into acidic waste, which causes stomach spasms. These spasms create stomach gas which pops open the valve between the stomach and esophagus, allowing the acidic content to return to the esophagus.

Others believe that acid reflux is related to aging. As we age, the activity of the stomach is reduced. This also reduces the ability to produce hydrochloric acid. The result is the stomach turning into a breeding ground for infection which can cause stomach pain and acid waste irritation.

Whatever the cause behind acid reflux, it is often a chronic disease. Therefore, most medications for the disease merely relieve the burning and other symptoms and cannot actually cure the condition. As medications relieve the symptoms caused by acid reflux, they can cause several undesirable side effects due to the fact that they cut down the acid production in the stomach, leading to a reduction in ability to digest food. These medications can make you more susceptible to diseases and microbes transmitted through food. This may increase your risk for food poisoning and a host of other problems.

Before you choose a medication or a natural method to rid yourself of the burning that accompanies acid reflux, you should first make a thorough assessment of the food you eat and your lifestyle. Studies show that foods such as citrus, chocolate, garlic, onions, spicy, fried and fatty foods all contribute to and can aggravate acid reflux. Limiting your intake or avoiding such foods as much as possible is a good first line of defense against future acid reflux bouts.

Lifestyle modification, such as losing weight, cutting back on alcohol and caffeine, sleeping with your head raised six to eight inches, and waiting three hours after eating before going to bed can assist in reducing the number of acid reflux episodes you may have.

Though you should discuss your options with your physician, something as simple as lifestyle improvements and dietary changes can help to keep you from adding an acid blocker or acid reflux medication to your daily diet.

This article is for information purposes only. If you have or think you might have a health condition, consult your primary care physician for proper diagnosis and treatment.

About the Author: Amanda Baker writes for To Be Informed: http://tobeinformed.com - a site for health, fitness and wellness. She also writes for http://allthingspondered.com - All Things Pondered.

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What Is Crohn’s Disease – An Explanation

What Is Crohn’s Disease – An Explanation

Submitted by: Sharon Dobson

Crohn’s disease is very perplexing to those who have it, and also to those who treat it. There is no known cause, and there seems to be no cure. It is also hard to diagnose, as it is often confused with other problematic conditions that happen in the digestive system. Most cases are diagnosed long after the condition has gotten to severe stages, and that means a person is already pretty frustrated once they know what is really going on. When someone asks, “What is Crohn’s disease,” they should be ready to hear a different answer from each different person. It is something that is most commonly first diagnosed after age ten and before age twenty, but any adult might get it as well.

This condition attacks the digestive system. Most cases appear in the intestinal tract, but it can happen along any part of this system. This is considered to be an auto-immunity problem. That means the body is misinterpreting data and mistakenly attacking itself, and that leads to inflammation and damage to the area. This damage leads to the troubling symptoms that most Crohn’s patients have to contend with on a regular basis.

Though there is no cure for the condition, there are many treatment options patients can embark upon. There are many medicines that have some helpful qualities, and diet changes can help, at times surgery will be needed. Some think that stress relief plays a part in recovery, and others like to try herbal and other natural courses of treatment when medications fail.

Crohn’s disease is hard to diagnose because it mimics other less-serious conditions. A doctor may at first think a person has IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) and is then sent home with simple remedies. The most common symptoms are loose stools on a regular basis, occasional vomiting, pain and cramping throughout the digestive system, weight loss, and fatigue. These can all lead to a loss of quality of life. The symptoms each patient has will be different from everyone else. No two cases seem to be identical, though there are similarities in all of them. This is a chronic disease, which means it will be for a lifetime, but there are times when it can go into remission.

In advanced stages, the inflammation will do many different things to the digestive tract. This leads to a host of problems. Blockage can occur, and on the flip side, food may move through the system so quickly that the body cannot take the nutrients that it needs to function. There are intestinal tears that can happens, and sometimes holes or perforations occur, and that can lead to waste leaking into the abdominal and pelvic region of the body. When these things happen, the patient will begin to weaken, and the body will begin to draw what it needs from the fat that is stored. Surgery will likely be needed to stop this from continuing and may also bring much relief to a patient.

What considering what is Crohn’s disease, you should think about what it means to you. You will not know what to expect until you experience it in most cases, and your course of treatment will not be like anyone else’s. Even in the cases where this condition is genetic, the symptoms of the parents might not be what you will experience. Treatment can bring about a better quality of life, but you should know there is not yet any known cure. Communications with your medical professionals is one of the most important things you can have. When you experience changes, or even new symptoms, you should make sure you report them to your doctor, and to follow whatever advice they have to give.

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