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Identify Your Healthy Weight

Identify Your Healthy Weight

Submitted by: Colleen Palat

If I told you someone was thin, would you automatically assume they were healthy? For the vast majority of us, we assume that thin = healthy: a rather inaccurate and potentially dangerous assumption.

It’s rather sad to witness so many young women and even men strive to be way too thin thinking this is the current standard of beauty. This common misconception is dangerous and can lead to serious illness and even death.

It is possible to be too thin. The problem is that in this day and age with the bombardment of unusually thin models and media subliminally telling us that "thin is in, we are fed a false impression of what real beauty is. Being too thin is dangerous.

And being overweight is dangerous, too. Carrying around extra weight, just like not having enough weight, can cause a host of medical issues that can eventually lead to death.

So the question is: What is an ideal, healthy weight?

What is a healthy weight for you is not necessarily a healthy weight for someone else. It is important not to compare yourself to anyone else, but to find your own healthy weight.

How can I find my healthy weight?

Of course, a visit to your doctor can answer this question. Your doctor can measure your fat to muscle ratio and give you an idea of how much you should lose, gain, or if you are at a healthy weight.

Another option? Check the Body Mass Index, or BMI. The BMI is a measurement that figures in both your height and weight. While it is not a perfect measure since it can't tell you how much fat and how much muscle you have, it can give you a good idea of whether or not you should gain or lose some weight.

A BMI or 18.5 to 24.9 is considered healthy. Anything above and below that range is not healthy. A score over 30 indicates obesity, unless you are a muscular athlete, pregnant, or if you are over the age of 65. Body Mass Index's are easy to find and use online, so check out your score!

What if I'm not happy with my "healthy weight"?

As mentioned earlier, we live in a culture that worships beauty. The celebrity culture is a great example. Have you noticed how thin some of these celebrities have become? If you ask me, many of them look too thin to the point of sickly. But still, for some reason, extreme thinness is desired while it should be avoided.

Whether your healthy weight seems to you to be too thin or too heavy, I suggest first visiting your doctor to ensure that where you are at is safe.

If you truly are at a healthy weight, it may be time to look at your body in a more positive and respectful light. Speak and think of your body is positive ways. Enjoy the compliments you receive. Seek support from your loved ones. Become active and enjoy your body.

By changing your mindset, you will see that your body is just perfect!

About the Author: Colleen is a health and fitness enthusiast who loves to pass on the latest information on health and wellness. Sign up for your free e-newsletter filled with cutting-edge information on health, nutrition, weight loss, and fitness. For your free e-newsletter, visit HealthyRevelations.com

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Multivitamins and Bodybuilding Regimen For Men

Multivitamins and Bodybuilding Regimen For Men

Submitted by: Cynthia Wang

Getting your body in shape takes more than just exercise alone. Your intake is also an essential factor that will decide on how your bodybuilding activities would turn out. When your cells are well nourished, it will lead them to respond more positively to exercises and some toning up.

As mentioned before diet is a critical factor in attaining a well sculpted body. A balanced diet can help you get the required nutrients to keep your body fit. Bodybuilders expectedly follow certain diets, but no matter how stringent these practices could be, you could still fall short on some nutrients. Bodybuilders in particular would need more than the average consumer because of the strenuous activity you are subjecting your body to.

A good multivitamin and mineral supplement will significantly help fill the nutrient gaps that your diet might miss. Very good brands out in the market already offer more than just your typical vitamins and minerals. They now include co-factors, antioxidants, trace elements, enzymes, flavonoids, amino-acids and even herbal extracts. All these ingredients will provide you with an extensive action which is very beneficial for keeping a healthy and trimmed body.

Vitamins

You might be well aware of the list of vitamins often enumerated in a multivitamin supplement. Each and every one of them acts on certain cells and collectively they help keep your body, especially your muscle cells, to function and develop optimally.

Vitamin A is very important for your body because it helps maintain strong teeth and bones. It also helps keep your immunity up. Vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant, helps keep you healthy both inside and out. It keeps your skin healthy and supple. The family of B vitamins work collectively to maintain a healthy nervous system. Vitamin B12 in particular helps boost energy level and your metabolism. Vitamin C also has this benefit, and it also aids in the production of collagen. This is the protein that is found in connective tissues such as your skin, cartilage and connective tissues. Vitamin D, aids in the absorption of Calcium which keeps your bones strong. And vitamin K helps keep the bones, teeth and cartilage healthy. Zinc helps in maintaining a strong immune system.

Minerals

Minerals have a relatively simpler form than vitamins. Within their therapeutic levels, minerals can help develop your entire system to adapt and develop better through exercise.

Potassium for example, is important for nerve function and muscle control. Bodybuilders would need this because you are losing amounts of it during exercise and in your sweat. Low amounts of potassium in your system causes muscle cramping and cardiovascular irregularities. Calcium as we all know is beneficial for healthy and strong bones. Iron, another mineral, helps deliver oxygen to the cells. This is important because cells that lack in oxygen would be frail and unable to function well.

These are just a few of the number of minerals. But all in all they contribute in keeping your body ready for bodybuilding exercises.

Co- Factors

They may sound unfamiliar to you but co-factors are very important because they help in nutrient absorption to your cells. Healthy cells are perfect foundations to a strong and fit body.

Antioxidants

Why are antioxidants beneficial for your bodybuilding regimen? Exercise can cause your body to produce free radicals. Antioxidants protect your body against free radicals. It prevents muscle, joint and tendon damage. Free radicals also prevent further damage and generate faster healing to injured tissues when you exercise. Examples of these would be glutathione, selenium and vitamins C and E.

Trace Elements

These are the nutrients that we require in minute amounts (less than 100 mg/day). They are important for health maintenance and recovery. Examples of these would be copper, which promotes the formation of connective cells and tissue. Chromium aids in burning sugar in your body to provide energy. Manganese on the other plays a hand in chemical reactions which affect energy production, muscle contraction, and bone growth.

Enzymes

Enzymes ensure that you get the maximum amount of protein from your diet. It also aids in tissue repair and helps relive joint discomfort. Examples of enzymes that you can get in supplements are amylase, lipase, isolase and bromelain.

Flavonoids

Like antioxidants, flavonoids also protect the body from the harmful effects of free radicals that are produced more when you exercise. Studies have shown that flavonoids also promote muscle growth, post-workout recovery and better endurance. Examples of these that you might see in some supplements are Soy isoflavones, Quercetin, and Myrtle.

Amino Acids

Amino acids are important for bodybuilders because they are the building blocks of protein and muscle tissues. They also hold a role in energy formation, recovery, fat loss, strength gains and in preventing muscle atrophy. Examples of amino acids in supplements are Acetyl L-Carnitine, L-Carnosine, L-Methionine, L-Tyrosine and L-Glutathione.

Herbal Extracts

Herbal supplements are gaining more acceptances when it comes to health promotion. But they do have to be taken with proper precaution because adverse effects can be dangerous. Minute amounts of these herbal extracts are incorporated in some products in the market. Xtend Life Total Balance for Men for example includes herbal extracts in their list of ingredients. One such ingredient is Gingko Biloba, which was found to have benefits for exercise. Studies have shown that extracts of this plant helps in preventing the production of cortisol (a stress hormone) due to heavy exercise. Cortisol offsets muscle building to breakdown because the body interprets strenuous exercise as stress. Nutrients that are released in the body as we exercise are from the muscles, that is why they are vulnerable to the cut.

These are the list of nutrients that you would like to nourish you body as you tone it up. You have to start the process to the minute beginnings in your cells, which can be initiated by a good multivitamin and mineral supplement. Multivitamins cannot buff your arms or tone that abs, but it can keep the quality of your entire system in its optimum condition.

Remember a great physique is good but a healthy body is even better!

About the Author: Cynthia Wang-Tan is a nurse journalist who has seen the need to get people well informed on the daily multivitamins that they are taking. She believes that when people are given with the right information through factual multivitamin reviews concerning its importance, risks and benefits, they are placed at a position to make right decisions about their health.

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ZYK Enterprises, Inc. Recalls Boneless Veal Trim Products Due to Possible E. Coli Contamination

by

Joseph

The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced that ZYK Enterprises, Inc., an establishment in Duvall, Washington is recalling 2,522 pounds of boneless veal trim and whole veal muscle cut products that may be contaminated with  E. coli O157:H7.

The FSIS has designated this a Class I Recall of High Health Risk.

The recalled boneless veal trim and whole veal muscle cuts were produced from January 2-23, 2015 are listed below:

  • 60 lb. bulk boxes of boneless veal trim with a package produced date of January 5, 2015
  • 60 lb. bulk boxes of boneless veal trim with a package produced date of January 20, 2015
  • Various size bulk boxes ranging from 22 to 63 lb. of boneless veal trim and whole muscle cuts with multiple package dates from January 2-8 through January 23, 2015

The recalled products bear the establishment number “EST. 9325” inside the USDA mark of inspection on the boxes.

E. coli O157:H7 is a very dangerous, and potentially deadly bacterium which can cause bloody diarrhea, dehydration and abdominal cramps within 2-8 days after exposure(3-4 days being the average time range for the aforementioned symptoms to be experienced).

In some instances, the pathogen can cause hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) kidney failure which most often occurs among the elderly and children under 5 years old, although anyone can suffer from the condition.

HUS is usually identified by the following symptoms:

  • decreased urine output
  • pallor
  • easy bruising

The FSIS advises that anyone who experiences these symptoms should immediately seek medical assistance.

According to the FSIS, the problem at the company was discovered by Food Safety and Inspection Service personnel while reviewing records following a positive test for E. coli O157:H7 on May 15, 2015.

The agency says that a subsequent review of test records showed that the company failed to report positive tests on January 6, 2015 and January 20, 2015.

Product from these lots was shipped for further processing to wholesale establishments in Washington state, California and Massachusetts.

FSIS and the company have not received reports of illnesses associated with consumption of this product.

Health officials advise consumers to safely prepare raw meat products including those which are fresh and frozen. They also recommend that people eat ground beef products that have been  cooked to a temperature of 160 ° Fahrenheit.

They say the only way to know that ground beef is cooked at a temperature high enough to destroy harmful germs is to use a food thermometer such as the one pictured in this link: http://1.usa.gov/1cDxcDQ.

Consumers with questions regarding the recall can call Zeeshan Qazi at (425) 788-1128.

 

Do right by your fellow human beings because the Lord Jesus Christ has told us that we should:  40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ Matthew 25:40

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Important News About A Clinical Trial For People With High Cholesterol

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Joseph

Last Thursday I presented you with information about an upcoming clinical trial for people with high cholesterol. I'm going to expand on last Friday's article, providing you with information about the trial sponsor and eligibility requirements.

Pfizer is recruiting people with a history of cardiovascular disease and high cholesterol for a study that is aimed at reducing deaths from heart disease.

This is important because heart disease ranks as one of the most serious causes of deaths among Americans. In fact, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warns that 

  • 68 million Americans have been diagnosed with high blood pressure
  • 71 million Americans have been diagnosed with high levels of bad cholesterol
  • every 39 seconds someone dies from a heart attack

In light of these facts, it is crucial that we seek ways to reduce the number of fatalities caused by heart disease.

That's why as a CureClick Ambassador, I'm posting a second announcement about this new clinical study.

Information about the clinical study and eligibility requirements are listed below:

 

Title
High cholesterol and risk factors for heart disease
Condition
Cardiovascular Disease
Phase
Phase 3
Description
This study evaluates the PCSK9 inhibitor, Bococizumab compared to placebo, in reducing the occurrence of major cardiovascular events, including cardiovascular death, myocardial infarction, stroke, and unstable angina requiring urgent revascularization, in high risk subjects who are receiving background lipid lowering therapy and have cholesterol laboratory values of LDL-C >/= 70 mg/dL or non-HDL-C >/= 100 mg /dl
Enrollment
26000
Sponsor
Pfizer
Drug
bococizumab
Age Range
at least 18 years old

 

For full background information please visit the sponsor’s trial website.

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That badge and referral are CureClick's way of telling patients that they can confidently trust the information about clinical trial because I am a certified CureClick Ambassador.

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 My Relationship To CureClick to learn why I'm talking about clinical trials.

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Aurora Products, Inc. Voluntarily Recalls Aurora Natural Brand and Certain Private Label Branded Raw Macadamia Nuts Due to Possible Salmonella Health Risk

by

Joseph

Aurora Products, Inc. is conducting a voluntary recall of Raw Macadamia Nuts packaged under the Aurora brand label and various Store brand labels, according to a posting on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) website.

The company says the products are being recalled due to the possibility they may be contaminated with Salmonella.

The recalled product was distributed to retail stores in the following states:

  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Kentucky
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • Maryland
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Ohio
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • Virginia
  • Washington , D.C.
  • West Virginia

 

A list of the affected product is presented below:

 

AURORA BRANDED PRODUCT

 

AFFECTED PRODUCTPACKAGE SIZEUPC CODEBEST IF USED BY DATE or DATE CODE RANGE
MACADAMIA NUTS 8.0 oz. Plastic Cup 6 - 55852 - 00083 - 0 12/10/15 – 12/30/15

 

PRIVATE LABEL PRODUCT

 

Private Label Products That Use Store Branded Labeling Include: Belmont Market, Citarella, Ernest & Klein, Gourmet Garage, Harvest Co – Op Market, Le District, Lees, Palmers Market, Walter Stewart, Whole Food Market and Wild By Nature.

 

Belmont Market Brand Products

 

AFFECTED PRODUCTPACKAGE SIZEUPC CODEBEST IF USED BY DATE or DATE CODE RANGE
MACADAMIA NUTS 8.0 oz. Plastic Cup 6 - 55852 - 00083 - 0 12/12/15 – 12/26/15

 

Citarella Brand Products

 

AFFECTED PRODUCTPACKAGE SIZEUPC CODEBEST IF USED BY DATE or DATE CODE RANGE
MACADAMIA NUTS 8.0 oz. Plastic Cup 1 - 50209 - 12050 - 1 12/30/15

 

Ernest Klein Brand Products

 

AFFECTED PRODUCTPACKAGE SIZEUPC CODEBEST IF USED BY DATE or DATE CODE RANGE
MACADAMIA NUTS 8.0 oz. Plastic Cup 6 - 55852 - 00083 - 0 12/26/15 – 1/8/16

 

Gourmet Garage Brand Products

 

AFFECTED PRODUCTPACKAGE SIZEUPC CODEBEST IF USED BY DATE or DATE CODE RANGE
MACADAMIA NUTS 8.0 oz. Plastic Cup 7 - 90845 - 05025 - 3 12/17/15 – 12/30/15

 

Harvest Co – Op Market Brand Products

 

AFFECTED PRODUCTPACKAGE SIZEUPC CODEBEST IF USED BY DATE or DATE CODE RANGE
MACADAMIA NUTS 8.0 oz. Plastic Cup 6 - 55852 - 00083 - 0 1/9/16

 

Le District Brand Products

 

AFFECTED PRODUCTPACKAGE SIZEUPC CODEBEST IF USED BY DATE or DATE CODE RANGE
MACADAMIA NUTS 8.0 oz. Plastic Cup 6 - 55852 - 00083 - 0 12/19/15

 

Lees Market Brand Products

 

AFFECTED PRODUCTPACKAGE SIZEUPC CODEBEST IF USED BY DATE or DATE CODE RANGE
MACADAMIA NUTS 8.0 oz. Plastic Cup 6 - 55852 - 00083 - 0 12/12/15

 

Palmers Market Brand Products

 

AFFECTED PRODUCTPACKAGE SIZEUPC CODEBEST IF USED BY DATE or DATE CODE RANGE
MACADAMIA NUTS 8.0 oz. Plastic Cup 6 - 55852 - 00083 - 0 1/8/16

 

Walter Stewart Market Brand Products

 

AFFECTED PRODUCTPACKAGE SIZEUPC CODEBEST IF USED BY DATE or DATE CODE RANGE
MACADAMIA NUTS 8.0 oz. Plastic Cup 6 - 55852 - 00083 - 0 12/11/15

 

Whole Foods Market Brand Products

 

AFFECTED PRODUCTPACKAGE SIZEUPC CODEBEST IF USED BY DATE or DATE CODE RANGE
MACADAMIA NUTS 8.0 oz. Plastic Cup 6 - 55852 - 00083 - 0 12/10/15 – 1/6/16

 

 Wild By Nature Brand Products

 

AFFECTED PRODUCTPACKAGE SIZEUPC CODEBEST IF USED BY DATE or DATE CODE RANGE
MACADAMIA NUTS 8.0 oz. Plastic Cup 6 - 55852 - 70083 - 0 12/10/15 – 12/30/15

 

Salmonella can cause serious and sometimes fatal illness in people with weakened immune systems, frail persons, the elderly and young children. 

The bacteria can also cause stillbirths and miscarriages among pregnant women.

In some instances Salmonella bacteria can enter the bloodstream and travel to other organs where it can cause endocarditis, arthritis and arterial infections.

Healthy people who become infected with Salmonella may experience the following symptoms:

  • fever
  • abdominal pain
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea (which might be bloody)

The company says the potential for Salmonella contamination was noted after routine testing by an outside company contracted by the FDA showed the presence of the bacteria in one retail container of Raw Macadamia product.

No illnesses have been reported to date.

The company says that it's communicating with stores that have received the affected products. The stores are being instructed to cease distribution of this product and to remove it from the store shelves.

Aurora urges consumers that have the product to not eat it and destroy the product or return it to the point of purchase.

Customers with questions can contact Aurora Products, Inc. for further information at (800)-898-1048 between the hours of 9:00AM to 5:00 PM EST Monday – Friday.

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Fitness Tips For Flab-less Abs

Fitness Tips For Flab-less Abs

Submitted by: Jack Hazelton

In both men and women, the midriff area is probably the part of the body that gains the most attention. In fact, it could safely be said that a large majority of people work out because they want to get rid of stomach fat. Most feel that using the latest fancy equipment can give them the six pack abs they want while others believe that crunches and push-ups will do the trick. However, these are just ab myths!

An overweight person can perform ab crunches all day and still not develop flat abs. They might develop stronger muscles in the abs and there might be some visible toning, but the abs are not going to get flat.

To get flab-less abs, it is first necessary to get rid of the flab. The fat in this area is deposited under the skin and the muscles. Crunches alone cannot get rid of this fat.

The following factors play an important part in developing flab-less abs:
1. Cardiovascular exercises
2. Weight training exercises for the entire body
3. Healthy diet

Cardio:
Cardiovascular exercises are important because they melt fat. Any exercise that elevates the heart level up to the training zone and maintains that level for twenty minutes is great for burning fat. Examples include jogging, swimming, walking, aerobics, cycling, step climbing and sport activities like badminton, tennis and the like. As the fat below it melts away, the skin becomes taut. There is simply no getting away from cardio, thirty minutes a day, five days a week!

Weight training:
Weight training is crucial for great abs. However, spot training or training only the ab muscles is ineffective. It is necessary to work out all the large muscle groups. To get this in perspective, think of the body fat as a big organ much like the skin. It is impossible to burn a hole through one part of this organ. One can only shrink the overall fat percentage in totality.

As muscle mass increases, the resting rate of metabolism also increases. Extra calories are burnt to maintain and develop muscles mass. Furthermore, cardiovascular exercises make the body more effective in burning calories. Thus, a combination of cardio exercises with weight training is the best way to melt fat and become flab-less all over.

The most important muscle groups that need training include the chest, biceps, triceps, back, buttocks and thighs. Shoulders, forearms and hips are also important.

AB exercises:
The abdominal muscles keep the body in balance because they stabilize it and allow versatility and flexibility of movement. So, the ab muscles are used exhaustively when working out all the other parts of the body. When the abs are worked out first, these muscles may tire and this could affect other exercises too. Therefore, it is best to save ab exercises for the end of the training program.

When performing abdominal exercises, different abdominal muscles must be worked out separately.
- Sit-ups and crunches exercise the rectus abdominis, the large muscle of the stomach. These muscles strengthen and tone when they are compressed.

- The obliques are located at the sides of the body and are the muscles that help the body twist and bend. Side bends are a great way of working out the obliques.

- The transverse abdominus is located below the obliques. Typically, this is where women put on weight after their pregnancy. Exercises that depend on raising the legs are effective for these muscles.

The above exercises may become routine after a while, in which case it is necessary to increase the challenge by using dumbbells and leg weights.

Losing abdominal fat is much like losing fat in other parts of the body. The lesser the amount of body fat, so much better defined the abs will be.

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Just What Are Your Optimal Levels Of Vitamin C Intake?

Just What Are Your Optimal Levels Of Vitamin C Intake?

Submitted by: Steve P Smith

Amongst the general public today, vitamin C is probably the most popular of all nutritional supplements, perhaps principally because it is widely believed to be effective as a cure for the common cold. But there is much more to the nutrient than this, as was demonstrated by the celebrated Dr Linus Pauling, whose pioneering work hailed optimal intakes of vitamin C as a powerful weapon against flu, heart disease and even cancer.

Pauling’s books became extremely popular, but it almost goes without saying that the medical establishment was quick to ridicule his ideas and still largely refuses to recognize the value of large doses of vitamin C. Not that either the public or Pauling, a double Nobel Laureate, seemed to care much. He regularly took doses of well in excess of 1,000 mg daily, and was working almost until the end of his incredibly active 93 year life.

As well as the happy coincidence of Pauling’s longevity, if coincidence it is; a great deal of research now supports his claims for vitamin C, as well as recognizing it as one of nature’s most powerful anti-oxidants and anti-ageing nutrients. But despite this, the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) remains set at just 60 mg; and, more worryingly still, research suggests that around a quarter of people in the affluent western world, including America and the United Kingdom, manage to consume only about 40 mg of vitamin C a day, just 2/3rds of this already very low RDA.

Despite repeated lectures from government and health agencies to eat five portions of fruit and vegetables a day, it seems that many people still do not do so. And even for those who do, the amount of vitamin C yielded from these foods, grown as they are on nutrient depleted soils, is likely to be low; and will be depleted further by pesticides, transport, storage, processing and cooking.

And as if this were not enough, vitamin C is used up easily once in the body; both by combating the free radicals released by normal oxidative biochemical reactions and by the toxic stresses produced by environmental pollution. The use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, including common medications, is also highly destructive of vitamin C.

Given all these factors, it’s hard to think many of us are getting optimal levels of vitamin C, an observation that’s strongly supported by a look at intakes in the animal kingdom.

What particularly interested Pauling was that human being are unusual, though not unique, amongst animals in that we are unable to manufacture vitamin C within our bodies. Little in nature is ever wasted, and Pauling argued, logically enough, that animals which do manufacture their own vitamin C would only make as much as their health demanded. It seems, however, that most animals produce around 30 mg of vitamin C per kilo of body weight, and this figure rises dramatically when the organism is under particular stress. For an adult human weighing, say, 75kg (165 pounds), the figure of 30 mg would equate to a vitamin C requirement of 2,250 mg, which of course must be obtained from the daily diet or through supplements.

But in case this figure seems high, it is fortunately possible to compare typical human intakes with those of closest genetic relatives in the animal kingdom, the great apes, who are also unable to synthesis vitamin C within their bodies. Interestingly, the diets prepared for chimpanzees and gorillas in captivity, presumably with their optimal health as the intention, seem typically to yield between 20 and 30 mg of vitamin C per kilo of the animals’ bodyweight. And a 1940s study of gorillas in the wild estimated a vitamin C intake from their food of around 4,500 mg, typically around 22.5 mg per kilo of the animal’s bodyweight.

And of course, it needs to be remembered that these creatures in the wild are likely to be subject to far less environmental stress and fewer toxins than human beings, thereby making better use of the larger amounts of vitamin C they consume, and further emphasizing the inadequacy of most human’s intakes.

In the face of all this evidence, given that humans are estimated to be around 98% genetically identical to the great apes, an intake of 1,000 – 2,000 mg a day for a typical adult would not seem excessive; and the RDA, in fact, appears pitifully low.

Happily, these optimal intakes of vitamin C are easily achieved through supplementation, and there are no known problems of toxicity at any level. But it is probably best to stagger the intake of high doses through the day, to maximize absorption and maintain saturation levels in blood and tissue at all times.

About the Author: Steve Smith is a freelance copywriter specializing in direct marketing and with a particular interest in health products. Find out more at http://www.sisyphuspublicationsonline.com/LiquidNutrition/OptimalVitaminC.htm

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New Clinical Trial For People With High Cholesterol

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Joseph

As a CureClick Ambassador, I want to tell you about a new clinical trial for people with high cholesterol.

To be more specific, the SPIRE program and is looking for people who are taking a cholesterol lowering medication but still have high cholesterol. If you qualify, you might be interested in participating in a research study.

I'll be discussing the trial in a future post, but today I'm presenting you with a Training Module which provides useful information about SPIRE studies, clinical trials and high cholesterol.

The module also includes physician videos, a trial eligibility screener and resources.

 

 

 

It's important to spread the word about this new trial so as to help as many people as possible.

When you click on the high cholesterol link it will take you to a page where you will read "Referred by Joseph Martin" and displays my CureClick Ambassador badge.

That badge and referral are CureClick's way of telling patients that they can confidently trust the information about clinical trial because I am a certified CureClick Ambassador.

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Are You Putting Yourself at Risk For Diabetes?

Are You Putting Yourself at Risk For Diabetes?

Submitted by: Lynda Enright

Do you know what your fasting blood sugar is? Did you know that "normal" blood sugar levels recommended today are significantly higher than those recommended 50 years ago?

And why should you care?

Statistics

Diabetes is an epidemic in this country. It is estimated that about 26 million people in the United States are diabetic. An even bigger number - about 79 million people have Pre-Diabetes. I am concerned that we aren't taking Pre-Diabetes serious enough.

A recent study presented at the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists showed that 36% of patients with impaired fasting glucose had coronary artery disease compared with 42% of patients with diabetes and 21% of patients with normal blood glucose levels. In addition, 37% of patients with impaired fasting glucose had hyperlipidemia compared with 38% of patients with diabetes and 24% of patients with normal blood glucose.

The bottom line - heart disease is almost as likely if you are pre-diabetic compared to if you are diabetic. So, why don't we take it more seriously?

Getting Tested

First, if you have not had your blood sugar tested - get it done! You need to know where your numbers are at. And what should those numbers look like?

According to the National Institute of Health, normal fasting blood glucose is 70-130 mg/dl. But according to research a value of around 100 mg/dl is seen with early glucose intolerance. What does that mean? If your numbers are even around 100 mg/dl your body is not responding to sugar the way that it showed. When you consume carbohydrate rich foods your cells do not readily take up sugar for energy, rather excess sugar remains in the blood stream damaging the walls of arteries.

Second, if you know you have had an elevated blood sugar then you need to make changes to get those numbers down. Elevated blood sugars can damage your heart, blood vessels, eyes, kidneys and nerves.

It Will Never Happen To Me

I know "it will never happen to me!" That is what we all think. I heard someone justify recently that his friend who chewed tobacco and got cancer did not get cancer because of the tobacco chewing, so he wasn't going to quit his habit. We can always find a justification for not choosing the healthy path. But I encourage you to consider the seriousness of Pre-Diabetes. If not for yourself, for the people who love you. I understand the healthy path is not always the easy one, but making changes to prevent or reverse Diabetes or Pre-Diabetes is worth the effort.

Making Changes To Prevent or Reverse Diabetes or Pre-Diabetes

1. Eat well balanced meals including protein, fat and carbohydrates from fruits and vegetables.

2. Eat real, whole foods.

3. Choose fruits and vegetables full of color.

4. Eat protein for breakfast every day.

5. Eat regularly throughout the day - about every 4 hours.

6. When choosing snacks look for those that contain a small amount of protein.

7. Choose foods that reduce inflammation including wild caught salmon, tuna, sardines, nuts, berries, dark green leafy vegetables.

8. Eat a diet rich in fiber - sourced from legumes, nuts, seeds, fruits, vegetables and whole grains.

9. Eliminate (or significantly decrease) highly processed or junk foods.

10. Eliminate (or significantly decrease) foods rich in sugars and white flours.

11. Eliminate high fructose corn syrup and artificial sweeteners.

12. Eliminate foods containing hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils.

13. Exercise regularly.

14. Manage stress.

When you are ready, get the support you need to make changes that will last.

About the Author: Lynda Enright, MS, RD, CLT is certified as a Wellness Coach and LEAP Therapist who partners with women who want to look and feel amazing by helping them lose weight and reduce inflammation which can cause fatigue, bloating, acid reflux, congestion, brain fog or achy joints. For FREE meal planning ideas to help you eat well, lose weight and reduce inflammation - click on the following link to get Ten Meals In A Bag - Answering the Question, "What's for Dinner?" http://www.bewellconsulting.com/newsletter

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Good Seed Inc. Recalls Soybean Sprouts & Mung Bean Sprouts Due To Possible Health Risk

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Joseph

According to a posting on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) website, Good Seed Inc. of Springfield, Virginia is recalling all packages of mung bean sprouts and soybean sprouts because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

The firm is recalling the following products:

  • 1-lb bags of soybean sprouts in clear plastic bags labeled “GOODSEED Soy Bean Sprouts” “Keep Refrigerated” with a UPC Code of “21111 10035” produced on or after April 1, 2015.
  • 2-lb bags of soybean sprouts in clear plastic bags labeled “GOODSEED Soy Bean Sprouts” “Keep Refrigerated” with a UPC Code of “21112 58772” produced on or after April 1, 2015.
  • 10-lb bags of soybean sprouts in black plastic bags labeled with a sticker “GOODSEED Soy Bean Sprouts” produced on or after April 1, 2015.
  • 1-lb bags of mung bean sprouts in clear plastic bags labeled “GOODSEED Mung Bean Sprouts” “Keep Refrigerated” with a UPC code of “21111 20136” produced on or after April 1, 2015.
  • 2-lb bags of mung bean sprouts in clear plastic bags labeled “GOODSEED Mung Bean Sprouts” “Keep Refrigerated” with a UPC code of “21111 25871” produced on or after April 1, 2015.
  • 10-lb bags of mung bean sprouts in clear plastic bags labeled with a sticker “GOODSEED Mung Bean Sprouts” produced on or after April 1, 2015.

The press release states the recalled items were distributed to retail stores in Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina and Virginia.

Listeria monocytogenes is a bacteria which can cause serious and even life threatening illness in the elderly, people with weakened immune systems, young children and frail people.

The bacteria can also cause stillbirths and miscarriages among pregnant women.

Healthy people who become sick as a result of Listeria may exhibit the following symptoms:

  • diarrhea
  • abdominal pain
  • nausea
  • stiffness
  • severe headache
  • high fever

The press release states the contamination was discovered after sampling by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Food Safety Program as well as subsequent analysis by the Virginia Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services revealed the presence of L. monocytogenes in the product.

The company says that people who purchased soybean sprouts and mung bean sprouts, distributed by Good Seed Inc. should return the product to the place of sale for a full refund.

Consumers with questions can contact the company directly at 703-392-0075 or the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Food Safety Program at 804-786-1006.

 

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