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Preventative Maintenance: The Importance of Annual Eye Exams

Preventative Maintenance: The Importance of Annual Eye Exams
By Adriana N.

Perhaps one of the most overlooked preventive health techniques
is eye exams. These health checkups can provide your doctor with
the information they need to help you have clear vision and
diagnose potential eye problems at early in stages that they can
be treated easily. But most people fail to have these eye
examinations done frequently enough. In fact, many people wait
until they have noticed problems with their eyes before they see
a doctor, and a lot of times it is already too late.

It is recommended that you have your eyes checked at least once
every year. At the least, they should be examined biannually. It
is important that they are done at regular intervals and not
when you notice changes in your vision. Almost all of the
problems related to the eye can be treated fairly easily if
detected early stages. In fact, most eye diseases develop over
several years without the affected person noticing until it is
too late.

Most people associate eye examinations with having their vision
to a near perfect state if it needs correcting. Whether you have
a prescription for corrected vision for you have perfect vision
already, it is still imperative that you see your eye doctor for
routine checks. This is especially important if you do have
prescription lenses because your doctor will be held to detect
any deterioration of your eyes and provide corrective action.

More important than this, is that routine eye examinations give
your doctor the information that they need to detect any eye
problems early enough that they can treat it with little or no
impact to your vision. Eye diseases and other conditions may be
inconvenient to treat at early stages, but if they are allowed
to progress, the treatment will be exponentially worse.

There are many common eye conditions. Some of the more
frequently diagnosed problems include nearsightedness,
farsightedness, astigmatism, and some other eye conditions that
can be easily treated through the use of prescription glasses.
On the other hand, there are some significant eye diseases like
glaucoma and macular degeneration that require more extensive
treatment. However, if these conditions are detected in their
early stages, it is most likely that the doctor can treated with
minimal effort.

There is an eye condition that has been increasingly diagnosed
over the last few years. This condition is known as computer
vision syndrome and it affects many people who deal with
computers and technology throughout their daily lives. For this
reason, many people are being diagnosed with it because they
have symptoms that are associated with it. These symptoms can
include frequent blurred vision, intense headaches, and itchy or
dry eyes. If your doctor diagnoses the problem, they can provide
you with suggestions and guidance to help ease and alleviate
these symptoms and this condition.

Is significantly more important that children receive eye exams
annually. A child should receive their first eye exam between
the ages of 3 to 5 years old. From then on, they should receive
an exam at least once a year because their eyes are changing and
growing at a rapid rate. For most people, their eyes will mature
at around 21 years old.

It is critical that you have seen an eye doctor to have an eye
exam annually. If this cannot be done, at least see a doctor
every other year. By getting eye exams annually, you will be
guaranteed to have good vision and good eye health. If any eye
health problems are detected, it is better to have them detected
at an early stage so that they can be treated. Remember, that if
you have noticed any problems with your vision, you have waited
far too long to see an eye doctor.

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How to Prepare For Lap Band Surgery

How to Prepare For Lap Band Surgery
By A.Noton

Lap Band Surgery is a proven method of losing a large amount of
body mass. Lap band surgery involves inserting a gastric band
that will reduce the size of the stomach causing recipients of
the surgery to ingest smaller amounts of the proper foods in the
proper consistency. The gastric band is placed around the upper
portion of patient’s stomach which divides it in two sections.
The silicon band is a hollow ring, which will be filled with
saline to increase or decrease the opening. During the weight
loss period following the surgery, patients will lose weight in
a healthy and practical way. This allows the patient to not only
lose the weight, but learn how to eat the proper foods in the
proper portions. This method of weight loss is a proven method
of maintaining permanent weight loss. It is one of most
effective and reliable surgeries to help an obese person lose
weight.

Having weight loss surgery involves preparation before the
actual surgery. Below are a number of tips to preparing for lap
band surgery:

1. It is important to learn everything about lap band surgery.
Talk to the lap band surgeon, your physician, and others who
have had the surgery. There is also a wealth of information
online. You should find out about how the surgical procedure is
performed, the results, side effects and possible complications,
how to prepare for the surgery, and what you have to do during
the recovery period.

2. Find out what you products you should avoid such as specific
over-the-counter medications as well as prescription medicine.
You should find out how long before and after the surgery these
products should be avoided.

3. When you smoke and drink, it will increase the risk of
complications and can slow the recovery period. It is important
to quit smoking and not drink alcohol at least 2 weeks prior to
the surgery.

4. Because the surgery is only about an hour and you will be
able to go home that day, it is important to have someone drive
you home after the surgery. Also, you will need to have some one
with you to help during your recovery period.

5. Make sure you have the necessary prescription drugs you will
need during your recovery period such as pain mediation. These
medications should be nearby during recovery. Other items you
should have acquired prior to surgery are a thermometer,
bandaging/dressings, and anti-bacterial soap. Contact your
doctor about all of the specific items you will need during
recovery. Remember, for the first 6 weeks you will not be
engaging in strenuous activity and after 3 weeks, you be
starting to return to regular activities.

6. Choose the clothing you will be wearing on the day of
surgery and during the recovery period. Wear loose fitting
clothing that is comfortable. You don’t want to pressure or
aggravate the incision.

7. Follow your doctor’s orders about the foods you should be
eating prior to surgery. Also, you can prepare physically. This
can include: performing light exercises such as stretching or
walking, get a hair cut, shave your legs, scale back portions of
food you consume, practice relaxation techniques. Also make sure
you get a complete physical that includes measuring blood
pressure and heart rate.

Lap band surgery is an innovative way to drop excess weight,
improve your health, and extending your life. It is the most
non-invasive weight loss surgeries with minimal risks and it is
fully reversible. Like any surgical procedure, it is important
to make the proper preparations to ensure a successful recovery.

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Exercise's Effect on the Heart - 10 Ways it Helps Your Heart

Exercise's Effect on the Heart - 10 Ways it Helps Your Heart
By Everett Maclachlan

It is quite common for one to hear about all of the reasons
that you should exercise. You typically hear that it is good for
your health or can help us to lose unwanted pounds. But, these
reasons are a bit vague for those of us who are a bit more
scientifically minded.

Specifically, what positive effects does exercise have on the
heart? Sure, you know that working out, walking, biking,
swimming, and related exercises are good for your heart. But,
you may find yourself wanting more facts and details about
exercise's effect on the heart.

If you are wondering about exercise's effect on your heart,
here are 10 ways exercise helps your heart:

1. Helps you lose weight, which means less strain on your heart
muscle:
Working out - especially engaging in cardiovascular exercise -
burns calories. Over time, along with the proper diet, this has
the effect of helping you to lose noticeable amounts of weight.
And as the weight comes off, your heart has to work less hard to
pump blood through your circulatory system.

2. Strengthens your heart:
Your heart is a muscle. And, by elevating your heart rate to
about 60-80% of your target maximum heart rate for at least 20
minutes per day, you can strengthen that muscle significantly.

3. Reduces bad (LDL) cholesterol:
Working out can reduce the amount of LDL cholesterol in your
blood. This is the kind that, if it goes unchecked, can lead to
the buildup of plaque and hardening of the arteries. In turn,
these problems are the main causes of both heart attacks and
stroke. Having less than 100 mg/dL of LDL in your blood is
optimal.

4. Increases in good (HDL) cholesterol:
Having higher HDL cholesterol levels is also a common result of
exercise. Higher HDL can provide some protection against heart
disease. An HDL cholesterol of 60 mg/dL or higher is desirable.

5. Lowers your blood pressure:
Blood pressure is simply the pressure that the blood exerts on
the walls of your blood vessels. Having high blood pressure puts
you at risk for heart attack because it can result in the
restriction of oxygen flow to the heart, leading possibly to
angina or a heart attack. Exercise can bring down your blood
pressure to reasonable or even optimal levels.

6. Improves sleep, which gives your heart more chance to rest:
Studies have shown that working out regularly can help you get
more sleep at night. Getting enough sleep is an important way to
allow the entire body, including the heart, to get the renewal
it needs each night.

7. Increases your energy level:
Anybody who works out regularly will tell you how good they
feel when they do. This is due to an overall increase in the
body's energy levels. When you have more energy, your heart does
not need to work nearly as hard.

8. Strengthens your muscles:
Lifting weights or doing other forms of resistance training
greatly strengthens your muscles. With stronger muscles, you are
able to perform physical tasks more easily, which puts less
strain on your heart.

9. Improves endurance:
The more you exercise, the longer you will be able to endure
any particular strain on the body, from extreme physical
exertion to daily moving about home, office, or town. Better
endurance means the less hard your heart has to work.

10. Boosts self-image and self-esteem:
The heart responds to psychological and emotional stimuli, as
well as to the physical. By exercising, you will start to look
and feel more fit, which leads to improved self-esteem and often
to more rewarding social interactions. This, in turn, will make
you feel happier - a key ingredient to a healthy heart.

Take these 10 positive exercise effects on the heart into
account as you find ways to work exercise into your daily
routine.

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Exercise For Teenagers - 5 Free Exercises You Can Do at Home

Exercise For Teenagers - 5 Free Exercises You Can Do at Home
By Larry Donaldson

The key to staying healthy as a teenager is to engage in a
combination of eating right and forming the right exercise
habits. This is particularly important since so many teens today
are overweight.

For example, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
recently published a report containing teen obesity statistics.
The report said that 14% of teens in the United States are
obese. Translation: 14% of our teens are at elevated risk for
high cholesterol, heart disease, high blood pressure, and Type 2
Diabetes.

Apart from these health-related risks to being overweight,
these teens tend to have more problems making friends, getting
dates, and finding jobs than do their thinner friends. On
average, they also suffer from self-image problems and other
psychological issues, which can have an effect on the quality of
their schoolwork and overall sense of well-being.

The bottom line is: unless an overweight teen gets their weight
under control, they are very likely to carry these problems
associated with being too heavy well into adulthood - and
possibly for the rest of their lives.

If you are looking for good exercises for teenagers, here are 5
free exercises that you can do at home:

1. Work your heart at least 30-60 minutes per day:
Working your heart muscle is known as cardiovascular exercise.
While you don't need to do it all at once, all together you
should be getting at least 30-60 minutes of cardio per day. Some
free ways to do this include: running, walking, biking,
swimming, in-line skating, jumping rope, handball, trampoline,
soccer, rowing, Tae Bo, aerobic dancing, and kick-boxing.

2. Improve your balance and flexibility with yoga:
The importance of flexibility and a good sense of balance are
an important aspect of a healthy body. Buy a yoga DVD (you can
find them used for a few dollars each online) or
watch/record/TIVO free yoga shows on TV and watch them
frequently. You can do many types of yoga directly on regular
carpet. Eventually, you may want to invest in an inexpensive
yoga mat. Bonus: many people who do yoga also report feeling
more emotionally balanced and centered, as well.

3. Build core strength with butterfly breath:
Here is a specific exercise for building your core strength
(i.e., your torso, stomach and back muscles) that you can do
anywhere. It's called "butterfly breath." Here's how:

a. Stand up straight with your legs spread hip-width apart,
arms lifted straight out at your sides.
b. While breathing out, lift your right knee and touch it to
your left elbow.
c. Then, while inhaling, return to position "a". Switch sides
and repeat 12-15 times on each side.

4. Flatten your tummy by doing the bicycle:
A flat, strong tummy is an important mark of the
physically-fit. Try the "bicycle" exercise (note: no bicycle
required!).

a. Lie out flat on the floor, laying your hands beside your
head.
b. Bring up your knees to a forty-five degree angle and slowly
act as if you are pedaling a bicycle in mid-air.
c. Touch your left elbow to your right knee, then do the
opposite side. Keep an even pace throughout. Do about 1-3 sets
of 12-16 repetitions.

5. Work your legs with squats:
Now, it is time to work your legs with squats! This is one of
the best lower body exercises you can do because it is a
multi-joint exercise that works multiple muscle groups,
including your hips, butt, and thighs. This type of squats does
not require any weights. Here's how:

a. Place a chair behind you and stand in front of it, with feet
slightly spread apart.
b. Contract your stomach muscles, keeping them tight as you
bend your knees and squat down towards the chair.
c. Keep your knees behind or just above (in-line with) your
toes as you briefly sit down.
d. Now, slowly stand up out of the chair by tightening your
hamstrings and glutes (butt). Fully extend your legs straight
again.
e. Do 1-3 sets for 10-15 repetitions.

Try these 5 free exercises you can do at home as you get into
the best shape of your life.

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Want to Lose 10 Pounds in 2 Weeks? Follow These Tips

Want to Lose 10 Pounds in 2 Weeks? Follow These Tips
By Janine Michaels

Losing weight normally takes time and concentrated effort, and,
losing more than 1 pound a week takes a true sense of
dedication. You need to be committed to making quick lifestyle
changes that may be temporarily painful. Not painful in a
physical sense, but you’ll need to be ready to deprave yourself
of some foods you enjoy.

First of all, you’ll need to hit the salads heavily. Some
people make a joke of diets having you eat rabbit food, but that
rabbit food is actually good for your body and quickly reduces
the calories that you consume. Now, just because you’re going to
be eating more salad, doesn’t mean that salad has to be boring.

Here’s some things you can put on your salad:

Alfalfa sprouts
Avocado slices
Bean sprouts
Beets
Black Beans
Broccoli
Carrots
Cauliflower
Celery
Chicken
Cottage Cheese
Craisons (dried cranberries)
Croutons
Garbanzo Beans or Chickpeas
Green Beans
Hard Boiled Eggs
Kidney beans
Low fat Cheese
Onions
Peas
Peppers
Raisins
Red Cabbage
Sunflower Seeds
Tuna
Turkey

Be sure to add crunchy items to your salad so that you can feel
like you’re eating a meal of substance. Crunchy foods also give
you a sense of variety. As for the salad dressing, opt for oil
and vinegar, or light salad dressings on the side. Dip your
lettuce and veggies into the dressing so that you get to enjoy
the flavor, but not have to deal with all the fat.

Say goodbye to cocktails. If your favorite cocktails contain
lots of sugar or creamy liquors, then they are loaded with fat
calories. Just one drink like a Mohito or Appletini can add 500
calories to your body weight.

Cappuccino coffee in the morning is a delicious way to start
the day, but it’s also extremely fatty. Getting a cup of your
favorite cappuccino with all the works: including vanilla,
caramel, sugar, chocolate and whipped cream can pack on a ton of
calories – all before you’ve even eaten anything. If you must
have a flavored coffee in the morning, then choose low fat
versions of your favorite.

Replace sugary soft drinks with water. Water may be a little
boring, but it’s one of the healthiest drinks you can put in
your body. Your body is made up of mostly water, so when you
quench your thirst with this plain liquid, your body loves it.
Also, water will flush out a lot of toxins and free-wheeling
fats out of your body, so it’s a great way to easily lose
weight. If you need a little flavor, add a squeeze of fresh lime
or lemon.

Cereals and Soups for lunch and dinner. Substitute a regular
lunch or dinner with a bowl of cereal or savory soup. When
you’re limited to a bowl of either one of these foods, you won’t
be as tempted to overeat. Eat out of a normal sized bowl, and
make sure you choose broth based soups (not creamy), and whole
grain cereal. Make your cereal more interesting by adding fresh
or dried fruit on top.

Steam, sauté and grill your meat and vegetables. No fried
burgers, fries or fish. You want to eat your food in a more
natural state. Steam fresh or frozen vegetables to bring out
their natural flavor. Grill or sauté meat and fish in canola oil
or cooking spray to cut down on fat calories.

Go for a brisk walk every day. You’ve got to get up and move
around in order to train your body to burn more fat. Walking is
easy and a great non-strenuous way to drop pounds fast. Casual
walking around the mall isn’t going to cut it. You need to go
someplace where you can walk at a fast pace for at least 30
minutes without stopping.

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Top 5 Waist Exercises For Women

Top 5 Waist Exercises For Women
By Kya Grace

The unlovable love handles around your waist bring along with
them much more than just embarrassment and frustration. They
also deprive you of good health and longevity. The two main
reasons for waistline growth are physical inactivity and
unhealthy diets. While being women, we naturally are aware of
the food that we take in, exercise is something that we tend to
ignore. But with these 5 quick and simple waist exercises – not
anymore!

· Cardiovascular Workout:

Cardio sessions help you increase your metabolism. With
increased metabolism, your calories burn faster, specially your
belly fat. Thus, cardio workouts are great solutions to your
waistline problems. For this, you need to walk on an inclined
platform (10-15 degrees) for about 10-15 minutes. The
inclination makes the exercise more strenuous than walking or
jogging on a plain land. Taking stairs regularly also give
similar results. However, if you have heart problems, this may
not be recommended. Check with your personal trainer for a
suitable alternative.

· Vacuum Pose:

This is an effective waist reducing exercise. If done regularly
and correctly, it shows distinct result within a month. In this
exercise, you need to suck in your navel as much as possible.
Ensure that your upper abs area is not sucked in, for that will
completely nullify the effect. Hold your breath in this position
for half a minute and then exhale gradually. Repeat the cycle
for 20 minutes every day. This exercise basically trains your
stomach muscles to contract and hold tight, which eventually
becomes an automatic behavior. Thus, your stomach muscles look
flatter and well-shaped.

· Squats and Deadlifts:

Quite contrary to the common belief that squats are only meant
for bicep-building, these actually help in reducing the belly
fat as well. For this, you need to lie on the floor with your
face down and back straight and start squatting swiftly. Ensure
that you go low enough while doing the squats. The huge muscle
mass that this exercise adds to your frame boosts your body
metabolism, allowing faster fat loss. It works with different
muscle fibers and hence, increases your calorie burn massively.

· Cycling:

A traditional, yet effective exercise that helps to reduce your
waistline immensely is cycling. You can do an actual cycling on
road or perform a mock-cycling exercise at home. For the latter,
lie flat on the ground, your hands clasped behind your head.
Bring your knees towards your chest and lift the shoulder blades
off the floor. Ensure that your neck is not pulled. Straighten
your left leg out. At the same time, turn the upper body to the
right while taking left elbow towards the right knee. Continue
with alternate sides in a pedaling motion for 12 reps. Cycling
increases your blood circulation and as such, is an effective
toning exercise for your waist.

· Hip Swivel:

Hip Swivel is an effective way to slim your waist. For this,
stand with your feet parallel to each other. Place your hands on
your hips. With your back straight, bend your legs slightly to
put your weight on them. Start moving your hips gently in small
circles. Gradually increase the speed and start making the
circles bigger. Change sides after doing at least 15 rotations
in one direction. This exercise increases your blood
circulation, relieves you from back pains, prevents stiffness in
joints and strengthens your ankles and knees.

A regular routine for these exercises, clubbed with a healthy
diet and guided training from a personal trainer, can definitely
show you results within weeks. So, start giving time to your
waist – and not waste your time.

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Fun Fruit Snacks For Kids

Fun Fruit Snacks For Kids
By Susanne Myers

It is so important that our kids eat healthy, nutritious
snacks, but what do we feed them and how do we keep them fun and
exciting so that the kids will actually want to eat them?  Fruit
is a good choice for kids snacks that allows for variety in many
ways.

There are tons of ways that you can incorporate fruits into the
snacks your kids are already eating or you can create new snacks
that are sure to be a hit with your kids.

Some fun and easy snack ideas that you can incorporate into
your kids current snack time include:  fruit juice pops, create
fruit pops by freezing your child’s favorite flavor fruit juice
in Popsicle molds in your freezer.  They can eat this fun snack
along with their favorite cookie or sandwich for a great after
school or after play snack.  

Another fun addition to your child’s snack would be a fruit
smoothie. These are fun and easy to make at home and tastes
great.  Mix a container of yogurt; a small amount of milk and
your child’s favorite fruit in your blender and you will have a
smooth, nutritious drink to enjoy.  

If your kid’s like Jello, you can add fruit to any flavor to
create an even healthier snack for them to enjoy.  Simple chop
up the fruit into the Jell-O mix as you mix it or open a can of
fruit cocktail or your child’s favorite fruit, drain and stir
into the Jell-O.  

Some more creative fruit snack ideas include creating your own
fruit kabobs with skewers and diced fruit.  Alternate the fruits
and even roll them in sugar for a fun treat.  You can also
create fruit pizzas using sugar cookie dough, your favorite
fruits and some cream cheese.  Bake the cookies per directions,
frost them with cream cheese, and pile on the fruit.  

Fruit with dips are also fun to create. You can create a
chocolate fondue or a sweet fruit whipped cream dip, by mixing
Cool Whip, a package of cream cheese and a jar of marshmallow
crème together to form a wonderful creamy fruit dip.  Kids will
go crazy dipping all their favorite fruits in this sweet dip.  

Fruit salads can also be fun for kids to create.  A great way
of making a fruit salad is by chopping or dicing up your
favorite fruits and pouring in a sweet pie filling or glaze with
it, you can also use a Jell-O mix to create a tasty salad.
There are tons of ways to sweeten and jazz up a fruit salad
combination.  

Fruit can be incorporated into other fun treats, such as
pancakes, waffles, and cereals, by piling fruit on top or
stirring it into the mix.  You can even just eat fruit alone if
your child will cooperate.  Besides, today’s stores sell great
fruit options, which are quick, and easy to give your child,
these include great applesauce mixes that include other flavors,
yogurts with fruit, parfaits and more.

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Theories Of Aging Part I

Theories Of Aging Part I
By Connie Limon

The Wear and Tear Theory

The Wear and Tear Theory was first introduced by Dr. August
Weismann, a German biologist in 1882. He believed aging occurred
when the body and its cells were damaged by overuse and abuse.
The major organs of the body such as the liver, stomach,
kidneys, skin and so on are worn down by toxins in our diet and
in the environment, by excessive intake of fat, sugar, caffeine,
alcohol and nicotine, by the ultra-violet rays of the sun and by
the many other physical and emotional stresses to which we
subject our bodies. Simply using the organs over time wears them
out even if you never touch a cigarette or have a glass of wine
and stayed out of the sun, etc. Abuse just wears them out
quicker. He also believed it takes place on the cellular level.

Nutritional supplements and other treatments can help reverse
the aging process by stimulating the body’s own ability to
repair and maintain its organs and cells.

The Neuroendocrine Theory

The neuroendocrine theory was developed by Vladimir Dilman,
Ph.d. The theory elaborates on the wear and tear theory by
focusing on the neuroendocrine system that governs the release
of our hormones and other vital bodily elements. Different
organs release various hormones under the governance of the
hypothalamus, a walnut-sized gland located within the brain.
Hormone levels are high in youth and account for menstruation in
women and high libido in both sexes. As we get older the body
produces lower levels of hormones which can have serious effects
on our functioning. Hormones help repair and regulate our bodily
functions. When aging causes a drop in hormone production, it
causes a decline in our body’s ability to repair and regulate
itself.

The hormone replacement therapy is a frequent component of any
anti-aging treatment and helps to reset the body’s hormonal
clock and then reverse or delay the effects of aging. The theory
holds that if our hormones are being produced at youthful levels
the cells of our bodies are stimulated to active and we stay
young.

The Genetic Control Theory

This theory focuses on the genetic programming encoded within
our DNA. From birth we are equipped with a unique genetic code,
which has a great deal to say about how quickly we age and how
long we live. When our biological clock goes off it signals our
bodies first to age and then to die. The timing on this genetic
clock is subject to enormous variation and depends upon what
happens to us as we grow up and on how we actually live.

Anti-aging medicine attempts to prevent damage to our cells and
increase repair of DNA to help us escape our genetic destinies,
at least to some extent.

The Free Radical Theory

This development in anti-aging research was first introduced by
R. Gerschman in 1954 and developed by Dr. Denham Harman of the
University of Nebraska, College of Medicine. Free radical is a
term used to describe any molecule that differs from
conventional molecules. Free radicals possess a free electron
that makes it react with other molecules in highly destructive
ways.

The theory holds that free-radical damage begins at birth and
continues until we die. In our youth its effects are fairly
minor because the body has extensive repair and replacement
mechanisms that in healthy young people function to keep cells
and organs in working order. With age, the accumulated effects
of free-radical damage begin to take their toll and are part of
what ages our cells. Free-radical disruption of cell metabolism
may also create mutant cells leading to cancer and death. Free
radicals attack collagen and elastin. Collagen and elastin are
the substances that keep our skin moist, smooth, flexible and
elastic. When these vital tissues fray and break under the
assault of free radicals, we begin to notice folds of skins and
deep-cut wrinkles.

Another way of looking at free-radical changes is to think of
it as rust and our aging process is similar to the rusting away
of a once-intact piece of metal. Oxygen itself is free radicals
and so our breathing and aerobic exercise generates free
radicals that help us along the aging process.

Substances that prevent harmful effects of oxidation are
antioxidants. This is why specialists in anti-aging medicine
prescribe a host of natural and manufactured antioxidants to
help combat the effects of aging. Many vitamins and minerals and
other substances fight aging by acting as free-radical
scavengers.

Source: The American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine

Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the
Food and Drug Administration. The information in this article is
not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
All health concerns should be addressed by a qualified health
care professional.

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© 2007 Connie Limon All Rights Reserved

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The Yo-Yo Diet Syndrome

The Yo-Yo Diet Syndrome
By Frank Kuzniacki

Being an owner of a swimwear store and website, I can't tell
you how many times women storm out of the fitting room bemoaning
how fat they perceive themselves to be. They state they will
return in two weeks after they get rid of the ten pounds that
stands between them and looking great in a swimsuit. And so
begins the classic struggle that is played out a million times
during any given day in America. The yo-yo diet syndrome that
you can never beat. You can succeed at it ten times and lose at
it eleven. It is a sad state of affairs that we are the fattest
country on earth and it gets worse with each passing year. Not
only adults, but the majority of children are also overweight
due to inactivity and poor nutrition. The saddest part of it is
that it contributes to failing health and quality of life in
addition to the lost self-esteem from a negative body image.

We are set up to fail, time and time again, by ruthless
marketing of fast food and poor nutritional choices by an
industry answering only to their shareholders. There was the
point in time when I too ranted about this relentless campaign
to make Americans fatter and fatter. But the fault lies not with
the companies trying to entice you, it rest solely of the
shoulders of each and every person who strives to live health
and maintain an optimum weight. We choose to be uneducated and
illiterate about even the basics of nutrition and food choices,
relying on a commercial to tell us what is healthy and what to
put on the table tonight. I know many educated doctors and
professionals who do not have a clue as to reading the
nutritional ingredients on a package, much less understand the
importance of the message. Nutrition has basic principles and
they are the same for all of us. With rare, rare exception, the
principles are universal no matter what country and what age or
sex you are. There is a wealth of information available on the
internet with the push of a button, yet we rather pour over
gossip sheets and let TV do the work.

No article can even begin to address all of this critical
information, but here is one that is right at the top of the
list. The American-led concept of low/non-fat foods and
sugar-free products. Some simple research will demonstrate that
if trace back to the time these products were first introduced,
that was the starting point of Americans getting more and more
obese. The food industry will tell you that their dangerous
additives such as aspartame are there to help people fight
obesity. Maybe ask them the question as to why their additive
started the problem. Study and study show that dieting adults
who regularly use diet foods that are low/non-fat or sugar free
consume 25% MORE calories per day than the person who consumes
only the natural version. Impossible you may say, how can this
be?

Very simple process at work here, the mind, through the barrage
of advertising claiming their virtue, views foods with these
labels as being so devoid of sugar or fat that you automatically
consume more simply because of the label. When fat-free donuts
were introduced, many people considered that an invitation to
consume the entire box since that nasty fat was gone. Calories
are calories and when in excess, they are converted to fat,
especially with sugary carbs, like in the donut. Another point
here, if a product has its fat removed, then the only way they
can get it to the point where you tolerate the taste is to add
sugar. Same from the other side, take out sugar, put in fat.
They realize you must have taste or it will be so bland, the
market won't bear it. A quick look at the caloric content will
show not much difference in calories between the non-fat and
regular. Sly manufacturers even adjust the serving size down a
bit so it appears you are taking in less.

Here is the major point of this example. The sweetening
additives, along with the depleted version of the product, fail
to timely inform your brain that you are full. A strange concept
but a healthy working body tells you when you have had enough,
you are full, and it is time to stop. With the diet versions and
additives, that signal appears only after you have consumed way
too much. Hence, the 25% increase in calories between the two
users. Of course, the food industry loves this. You pay much
more for the diet version and eat more of it than the person
eating the regular item. The normal fat, in say, a product like
ice cream, serves the purpose of telling your body when it is
full and enough is enough. At that point, you must make a
conscious decision to overeat. With diet versions, you never get
that valuable message until the damage is done. This is just one
example of how you need to get smart about nutrition and take
responsibility in getting a lifetime diet strategy that gets you
the optimum weight you desire.

About the Author: Swimwear may be my business, but health and
nutrition are my passion. Good health and nutrition starts with
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How Do You Define Tinnitus?

How Do You Define Tinnitus?
By Samantha Kortley

Tinnitus is the name of a little known medical condition where
an individual hears sound in their ears. People with this
condition describe hearing a ringing sound; however, others hear
a whistling sound, a humming sound, the sounds of crickets,
songs, beeping noises, tunes, whining noises, whizzing and other
odd sounds. Some people even experience a roaring sound in their
heads which can become very annoying as well as distracting.

So I guess the best Tinnitus definition would be a condition
that at its mildest is an annoying ringing in your ears that
comes and goes, all the way up to a full blown crisis with
painful, constant, nagging noise that takes over your quality of
life and makes it miserable.

Tinnitus can become a lot more than just annoying, it can
change your life. Some patients suffer from Tinnitus to such a
degree that they can no longer live a normal life. These sounds
can be heard quietly, like background music, or it can be so
loud that it interferes with your hearing of normal external
sounds and can be extremely painful. It goes on and on and
sometimes it gets so bad you just want to scream.

Tinnitus can sometimes be heard by a doctor, in other words,
the sounds can be heard outside the patient's body. This type of
Tinnitus is usually due to an unrelated outside medical
condition. Tinnitus can be a symptom from other medical
problems, and it can help diagnose those problems you don't know
you have. Tinnitus can also occur or become more prominent when
an individual has a fever or a non-ear related medical
condition.

The most common causes of Tinnitus start with infections of the
ear (both inner and middle ear infections), the placement of
foreign objects within the ear, excessive wax build up, nasal
allergies which affect the amount of fluid in the ear and taking
too much of some medications, such as aspirin. Interestingly, a
low Serotonin (hormone) level can cause Tinnitus, as well as
major depression.

Tinnitus can also be caused by Cochlea damage. The Cochlea has
this tinny hair like things that help send sound to the brain,
and it helps keep us upright. Swimming accidents, sports
injuries, dental surgery, allergies and sinus infections can
cause it as well. Tinnitus is more common than one might think.
A study has been done on a group of Tinnitus-free individuals
that showed that almost 95 percent were able to hear a pulsing,
buzzing or whistling noise when placed in a silent chamber.

There is an epidemic of hearing damage in the US due to
exposure to high levels of noise, and noise is the second most
common cause of Tinnitus. The noises can come from many
different sources, like your favorite concert, or musical act.
It can come from a noise source on the job, like in Industrial
occupations. Thanks to OSHA, the Occupational Safety & Health
Administration, most industrial work places furnish some form of
ear protection, but not all. Just guard your hearing, it's
important.

About the Author: Samantha Kortley, now cured, enjoys helping
others find relief from Tinnitus. Her new book, Ear
Ringing...Tinnitus Answers, enlightens sufferers with everything
they need to know about Tinnitus and the ear ringing that for
some has yet to stop. Catch her at;
http://earringingtinnitusanswers.com

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