• WARNING!! Artificial Sweeteners May Reduce Fertility - Financial Times reports

    03/Nov/2016 // 297 Viewers

     

    Artificial sweeteners have been tied to a significant reduction in fertility, prompting health officials to warn women undergoing in-vitro fertilisation, IVF, to avoid fake and refined sugars.

    According to a report in the Financial Times of London, sweeteners and other chemical additives in processed food and drink could make it harder to conceive.

    Doctors in Sao Paulo, Brazil, studied the drinking habits of 524 female IVF patients and determined the eggs of those who frequently consumed sugar-free diet drinks were more likely to have problems conceiving and poorer quality eggs and embryos.

    A sugar substitute is a food additive that provides a sweet taste like that of sugar while containing significantly less food energy. Some sugar substitutes are produced by nature, and others produced synthetically.

    Those that are not produced by nature are, in general, called artificial sweeteners. Today artificial sweeteners and other sugar substitutes are found in a variety of food and beverages; they’re marketed as “sugar-free” or “diet,” including soft drinks, chewing gum, jellies, baked goods, candy, fruit juice, and ice cream and yogurt.

    Five artificial sweeteners – acesulfame K, aspartame, neotame, saccharin, sucralose – are approved for use in the United States, U.S, All are chemically manufactured molecules – molecules that do not exist in nature. Artificial sweeteners are used in one of two ways.

    They may be used directly in commercially processed foods, or they are mixed with one or more starch-based sweeteners before sale to consumers. Artificial sweeteners are so intensely sweet that dextrose or maltodextrin, or both, must be added to dilute their intense sweetness in order to imitate the sweetness of a sugar.

    Artificial sweeteners cannot be sold directly to consumers since only infinitesimally small amounts are required to mimic sugar’s sweet taste.


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  • A Blood Test for Cancer Gets Closer

    04/Jun/2016 // 418 Viewers

    Researchers report on the largest study to date using blood tests to track cancer in patients

    A blood test is one of the least invasive ways for doctors to get a peek inside the body. But when it comes to cancer, blood isn’t exactly a reliable source of information. While tumors do shed fragments into the blood, they’re rare and hard to find, so until now, the best way for doctors to learn about tumors is to physically go in and extract snippets of them with a biopsy.

    But new advances in genetic sequencing is leading to more hope for a liquid biopsy for cancer, a way to track cancer through the blood. In a study presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, researchers from Guardant report encouraging results from a study involving 15,000 patients who were tested with the company’s test that looks at 70 different tumor genes. The technology picks up tiny fragments of DNA shed by tumors into the blood, and sequences the DNA to provide a picture of which mutations are present in the tumor. That helps doctors decide which treatments are most effective against that person’s cancer, since many of the newer anti-cancer drugs specifically target certain mutant processes common in cancer.

    The study found that more than two thirds of the patients did indeed have mutations that could be addressed with currently approved drug treatments, or with experimental drugs being tested in clinical trials.

    What’s more, the team of researchers, which also included scientists from University of California San Diego, also compared the blood-based results with those from a physical sample of the tumor obtained from a traditional biopsy within six months of the blood test. Among these patients, there was 98% agreement over the genetic results of which mutations were present.

    Those findings are the strongest yet confirming the utility of such blood-based tests for cancer. Such liquid biopsies carry an advantage over physical biopsies since tumors are notoriously heterogeneous; cells from one part of the tumor may be different from cells from another, and biopsies typically only take cells from one part. Tumors also change over time, but repeated biopsies are not practical for safety as well as economic reasons. Blood-based testing, however, could track tumors over time and provide a better picture of how the cancer is changing, and how treatments might also have to change if the tumor is becoming resistant to an existing therapy.

    But even the researchers involved in the study don’t forsee liquid biopsies replacing physical biopsies completely. In order to diagnose cancer, a biopsy is needed to establish what type of cancer is present and verify its primary location. But, says Helmy Eltoukhy, co-founder and CEO of Guardant, “what liquid biopsies might replace is every biopsy after that.”

    Says Dr. Julie Vose, professor of internal medicine at the Nebraska Medical Center University Hospital and president of ASCO, “We could imagine this type of assay could be used in the future to surveil patients and change their treatments when new mutations are found, without having to biopsy the original tumor, and in cases of metastatic disease where it may be more costly and dangerous to do that.”


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  • Reasons you should have sex more

    04/Mar/2017 // 475 Viewers

     

    Against the backdrop of some people’s belief that having sex daily can make one age fast comes this this eye opening piece.

    Though you may need no justification to have sex more, but knowledge is power and hence, knowing some of these few, though not limited reasons will enhance, reinvigorate and enrich you fully.

    Having sex regularly can help better your health, improve your performance at work, while you keep looking  younger, with even skin tone, brighter look, soft and sleeky shiny hair, among other benefits. Below are few reasons:

    Seduction being the forerunner of sex helps in preventing headache

    Far from wierdness; it might interest you that seducing your wife or husband helps prevent headache. Yes, it does. Researchers have found out that having sex more often produces enormous amount of feel-good hormones, it also makes your heart healthy, as it pumps blood, circulates fast and helps clear every blockade in the system, as well as stress build up which causes headache.

    They have also established that having sex twice or three times a week can reduce to half, one’s risk of developing a heart attack or stroke. Why then should anyone, even you, think your life should not continue? You sure now know what to do.

    Sex reduces your risk of having cancer

    The aspect of sex responsible for this is orgasm. The more orgasm you experience, the less prone you are to having cancerous cells build up in your system.

    This implies you’ve got to release often, in order to breathe free of this deadly disease.

    It has been researched and found out that carcinogens build up if you do not get to periodically clean up your pipes. A study in the journal of the American Medical Association has it that those who enjoy 21 or more ejaculations per month have a lower risk of prostate cancer than those who did four to seven times.

    Channel  your energy to a worthwhile cause, dear friend; release the build up and chase the C-word  far from reach.

    Good sex enhances better sleep

    Sex enhances better sleep, much more than any sleeping pill.

    Not just that the physical exertion will catalyse sleep or work like a tranquiliser, the hormones called oxytocin and prolactin, released during orgasm, help to induce sleep. If you ever had good sex, you will affirm to the fact that the next best thing after good sex round(s) is sound sleep. Thumbs up to this wonderful experience.

    It delays ageing

    Good and youthful look are cravings of most women, even if they’ve been in the marriage business for 20years, as anything that makes you feel good, alive and physically excited will make you feel like you’ve shed years; sex brings about this.

    Women mostly love to be complimented over their youthful and glowing looks, but they neglect the very important anti-ageing and enjoyable gift from the creator—sex.

    It has been been researched that people who had sex at least twice a week looked younger and reduced risk of death within a 10-year period by almost 50 per cent, as against those who had it once a month. Higher levels of anti-ageing growth hormone, oxygen and testosterone are parts of the tools to fight ageing.

    So, don’t clamour to be referred to as “sussy”, as you will be seen and addressed same if you work at it from the bedroom.

    Women who have sex regularly are more relaxed, focused, productive, happy, brighter, not prone to edginess and healthier.

     

    Sex improves your on-the-job performance

    Improving your work performance can lead to increase in your take-home; while increase in your take-home increases the level of your living large and comfortably too.

    And this depends, not on how awake you are, reading motivational books alone, but majorly on how good you are in bed lately, satisfying and being satisfied.

    In order to excel in the boardroom, you need to perform in the bedroom. Sex reduces stress, thus preparing you to face that important presentation, work schedule and interview with confidence. It spurs creativity; keep at it, it pays overall.


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  • Three easy steps to conceive a baby boy naturally

    04/May/2016 // 2056 Viewers

     

    Many couples yearn to have both a baby boy and a baby girl in their families. Both boys and girls can bring much joy into the home. This article is about how to conceive a baby boy, so you can add more color to your family—though, of course, the most important thing is not your baby's gender, but his or her health and the happiness of the family.

    The Three Steps to Conceive a Baby Boy Naturally

    1. Diet - 

    Foods rich in potassium and sodium will help you maintain an alkaline cervical discharge, which is more amenable for conceiving a baby boy.
    A woman's diet is extremely important in baby planning because the correct internal acidity is theorized to help the Y sperm move faster and live longer. The Y sperm requires an environment that is more alkaline in nature; in other words, the PH level of the cervical discharge of a woman's body needs to be less acidic.

    One thing that helps determine the PH level of cervical discharge is the food that you eat. If you want to increase the chances of conceiving a baby boy, you need to include in your diet foods that are rich in sodium and potassium, such as pickles and bananas. Orgasms are also said to help the cervical discharge become more alkaline.

    2. Ovulation Planning -

    To increase your chances of having a baby boy, plan to conceive as close as possible to ovulation.
    This is pretty straight forward. As explained above, the Y sperm does not live as long as the X sperm. This means that insemination should happen as close to ovulation as possible to have a baby boy. Track your ovulation period so that you can know when is the right time to "do it" with your partner. As a rough rule of thumb, your ovulation period occurs about 16 days after the first day of your last menstrual flow. You can also buy an ovulation kit to determine when the best time to have a baby boy would be.

    3. Intercourse Position -

    Lastly, when trying to conceive a baby boy, use positions that allow for deep penetration during intercourse.
    The third step is to actually give the Y sperm a head start in reaching the egg. Again, the Y sperm generally moves faster than the X sperm but cannot live as long as the X sperm does, so getting the sperm as close to the egg as possible gives the Y sperm an advantage.

    During intercourse, use positions that allow deep penetration so that the Y sperm is able to reach the egg as quickly as possible.

    Final Thoughts

    No matter what, enjoy your path to parenthood. You will conceive the baby destined to complete your family. Best of luck!

     


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  • Boost your immunity, longevity through fasting

    05/Apr/2016 // 254 Viewers

     

    Good news for those that love fasting. There is now scientific proof that starving yourself each day, or a few days of the week is a good thing. Evidence already abounds that timed periods of fasting are beneficial and can boost immunity and control intestinal inflammation.

    Fasting for health reasons for upwards of six to 24 hours at a time has become increasingly popular  especially in the fitness world. But it’s not a new trend—fasting has been around for centuries, even Hippocrates used fasting as a means of promoting weight loss.

    Fasting alters body mechanisms for the better, says Dr. Courtney Peterson, an Assistant Professor at Pennington Biomedical Research Centre. “Fasting lowers levels of inflammation and puts the body into repair mode. Production of antioxidant enzymes increases, and that helps repair and recycle cells.”

    Traditional medicine

    Researchers from Emory University Atlanta, USA, say that “Caloric Restriction” in the form of fasting has been used in traditional medicinal practices such as homoeopathy, naturopathy, ayurveda for treating various ailments.

    The research team found a mechanism of body’s ability to adapt to nutrient scarcity. They noted that limiting nutrients could be a great booster of vaccine-induced immunity and protective of intestinal inflammation.

    They identified a gene, whose activation in key immune cells was found to be a sign of a robust, protective immune response.

    The gene, GCN2, General Controlled Non-repressedkinase, which is a known metabolic sensor involved in sensing amino acid starvation and found to regulate the process of autophagy, a response to starvation or stress within cells. The results were published in the journal ‘Science’ earlier.

    Fasting has become increasingly popular over the years, and many people are becoming more aware that eating less does have incredible benefits when used sensibly.

    Longevity

    For instance, it is fact that  the less you eat  the longer you will live. Studies show how the lifespan of people in certain cultures increased due to their diets. A primary effect of ageing is a slower metabolism, a younger body metabolises  faster and more efficiently, so the less less older persons eat,  the less toll on their  digestive system.

    Weight loss:

    Intermittent fasting can be a safe way to lose weight because it allows the body to burn through fat cells more effectively than just regular dieting.

    Intermittent fasting allows the body to use fat as it’s primary source of energy instead of sugar. Many athletes now use fasting as means to hitting low body fat percentages for competitions.

    Insulin sensitivity:

    Fasting has shown to have a positive effect on insulin sensitivity, allowing tolerance of carbohydrates (sugar) better than if you didn’t fast.  

    Speeds up metabolism

    Intermittent fasting gives the  digestive system a rest, and  energises the metabolism to burn through calories more efficiently. It regulates digestion and promotes healthy bowel function, thus improving  metabolic function.

    Improves hunger

    Fasting helps to regulate hormones in the body so that you experience what true hunger is. Nutritionists say obese individuals do not receive the correct signals to know they are full.

    The longer you fast, the more your body can regulate itself to release the correct hormones, so that you can experience what real hunger is. And when your hormones are working correctly, you get full quicker.

    Detoxification

    Fasting can help clear the skin because the body is temporarily freed from digestion and able to focus its regenerative energies on other systems. Not eating for just one day helps the body clean up toxins and regulate the functioning of the liver, kidneys and other parts. - Vanguard


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  • 4 ways to prevent pregnancy without using condom

    05/Apr/2016 // 2452 Viewers

     

     

    1. The Safe Week: The safe period is the best way to prevent pregnancy without a condom. This means you can make love between the 8th day to the 20th day of a woman’s menstrual cycle. Here the first day of the period signifies 

    2. Pull & Pray Method: The pull and pray method or withdrawal method is also followed by a lot of couples. However, it is not completely safe. But, according to experts, this pull and pray method is about 83 percent effective, just equivalent to a condom which is said to be 84 percent safe to prevent pregnancy.


    3.The Effective Copper T:The device is implanted by a trained doctor and can be removed when the couple is ready for conception. There are a lot of women who opt for this method to delay the chances of getting pregnant.

    4. Stay On The Pill:No matter what, stick to the everyday pill. If you are not on the pill, visit a gynecologist and he/she would suggest what you should do. This is one of the best ways to prevent a pregnancy without a condom. The pill is your answer.


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  • : Drama as Buhari's Minister goes against FG, shocks the world with alarm over deaths in Nigeria

    05/Dec/2016 // 3976 Viewers

    Prof. Issac Adewole, Nigeria's Health Minister

    Minister of Health Prof Isaac Adewole, has said that too many Nigerians are dying of unhealthy diet even as he  cautioned that  the economic loss from Non Communicable Diseases, NCDs, such as stroke, High Blood Pressure (hypertension), heart attack, and diabetes among others, could rise to a projected US$8 billion over the next 10 years in the country,

    Adewole who said hypertension is the leading cardiovascular disease in Nigeria and can result in stroke if untreated, remarked that 1 in 5 Nigerians is hypertensive and at risk of premature death.

    Presenting the keynote address in Lagos, during the First Annual Black Tie Gala event organised by the Tristate Heart Foundation (THF), to raise N500 million in support of cardiovascular care in Nigeria,  he observed that unhealthy diets contribute significantly to the development of NCDs in Nigeria.


    “Sadly, there is widespread low consumption of proteins, fruits and vegetables and increasing patronage of fast food outlets by the population. There is also large promotion of sweetened products such as carbonated drinks, pastries, candies and other refined sugars, while excessive intake of salt is promoted by food additives such as monosodium glutamate common in delicacies such as suya, kilisi, isi-ewu, ngwo-ngwo, among others.


    Further, he remarked that current estimates, show that death rate from stroke is 40-50 per cent within the first three months of diagnoses, while 39 per cent of those who survived stroke after three months died within a year, with 12 per cent developing severe disability.“I can say without fear of contradiction that at least five out of 10 adults seated here tonight have elevated blood pressure and more than half of these are not aware of their situation.

    “This is frightening because the dire consequence of neglected hypertension is stroke without warning. Unless we take drastic and sustained actions, we will keep counting losses,” he said.


    He said THF’s sister organisation, the Tristate Cardiovascular Association (TCA), which operates the Tristate Heart and Vascular Centre, has done over 100 open heart surgeries and numerous cardiac interventions, with 60 per cent of the patients unable to pay their bills.

    Als speaking, former Osun State Governor/ National Chairman Chief Bisi Akande, said the Foundation was set up to tackle the incidents of deaths from heart deceases, which he said account for premature death of about 17.3 million people every year.

    He said the funds would help the world-class Tristate Heart and Vascular Centre, under the leadership of Prof Kamar Adeleke, to treat those of little means.


    “I, Bisi Akande, currently a 78-year-old man, have decided to do my part by dedicating myself completely to an initiative that will improve the health of Nigerian citizens and prevent us from needless death.” The Foundation, he said, plans to sponsor a minimum of 150 open heart surgeries in the next one year.


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  • WARNING!! Suya, Isi- ewu, Kilisi, cause premature death–Health Minister

    05/Dec/2016 // 719 Viewers

     

    (DAILY TRUST) -  The Minister of health, Prof Isaac Adewole has said Suya, Isi- ewu, Kilisi and others are contributing to the cause of premature deaths in the country.

    He disclosed this while delivering a keynote address at the First Annual Black Tie Gala event organised by the Tristate Heart Foundation (THF) noting that the unhealthy diet of Nigerians often lead to hypertension, which is the leading cardiovascular disease in Nigeria, resulting to stroke if untreated.

    Adewole, noted that 1 in every 5 Nigerians is hypertensive and at risk of premature death. He said, “Sadly, there is widespread low consumption of proteins, fruits and vegetables and increasing patronage of fast food outlets by the population,”

    “There is also large promotion of sweetened products such as carbonated drinks, pastries, candies and other refined sugars, while excessive intake of salt is promoted by food additives such as monosodium glutamate common in delicacies such as suya, kilisi, isi-ewu, ngwo-ngwo, among others.”

    He advised Nigerians to give up eating some of their favorite traditional meat-based meals for the sake of their health with emphasis on Suya, Isi ewu, Ngwo Ngwo, Kilisi and others.


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  • Breaking: Customs intercepts container of Jollof Rice, others from India

    05/Dec/2016 // 475 Viewers

     

    The Tin-Can Island Command of the Nigeria Customs Service has intercepted a 20ft container of “READY TO EAT FOODS” like Egusi Soup, Jollof Rice, Ogbono, Yam Porridge imported from India.

    The Customs Area Controller, Comptroller Bashar Yusuf, spoke with stakeholders at the SDV/SCOA Terminal while handing over the container of imported prepared foods to officials of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Contro.

    The controller described the scenario as an “aberration”, considering the fact that government granted zero duty for the importation of machinery for the packaging of agricultural products.

    Yusuf in a statement by the Public Relations Officer of the Command, Mr. Uche Ejesieme, said “Why should indigenous menu be imported into the country at a time when investors are much sought after to boost local industries.”
     
    The controller said the command generated N25.7bn in November, up from N25.3bn recorded in October.

    Yusuf said that the higher revenue was recorded in spite of the recession and low imports.

    He said that the command would continue to explore all avenues for maximum revenue collection.

    According to him, this is in view of the exigencies of the moment, which placed more responsibilities on the service.

    Yusuf urged potential investors to take advantage of the numerous export potential in the country for their socio-economic benefits.

    NAN


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  • Things you must do to have long life - Experts

    05/Jan/2017 // 723 Viewers

     

    More research is showing that the key to longevity is what experts call “lifestyle medicine” which simply means simple changes in diet, exercise, and stress management. To help people turn that knowledge into results, experts have assembled a manageable list of health and wellness suggestions.

    Three experts , a naturopathic physician, Dr James Rouse, a dietitian, Christina Reiter and a Physical therapist, Rick Olderman, spoke on the simple but significant lifestyle-medicine changes they recommend.

    Besides giving different takes on how to pick health battles, this list gives the choices one can make without buying a second freezer for preserving meals.

    Think positive and focus on gratitude

    Research shows a healthy positive attitude helps build a healthier immune system and boosts overall health. Your body believes what you think, so focus on the positive.

     Eat vegetables

    Shoot for five servings of vegetables a day , raw, steamed, or stir-fried. A diet high in vegetables is associated with a reduced risk of developing cancers of the lung, colon, breast, cervix, oesophagus, stomach, bladder, pancreas, and ovaries. And many of the most powerful phytonutrients are the ones with the boldest colours, such as broccoli, cabbage, carrots, tomatoes, grapes, and leafy greens.

     Set a “5-meal ideal”

    What, when, and how much you eat can keep both your metabolism and your energy levels steadily elevated, so you’ll have more all-day energy. A “5 meal ideal” will help manage weight, keep cool, maintain focus, and avoid cravings.

    Exercise daily

    Did you know that daily exercise can reduce all of the biomarkers of ageing? This includes improving eyesight, normalising blood pressure, improving lean muscle, lowering cholesterol, and improving bone density. If you want to live well and live longer, you must exercise! Studies show that even 10 minutes of exercise makes a difference — so, do something! Crank the stereo and dance in your living room. Sign up for swing dancing or ballroom dancing lessons. Walk to the park with your kids or a neighbour you’d like to catch up with. Jump rope or play hopscotch. Spin a hula hoop. Play water volleyball. Bike to work. Jump on a trampoline. Go for a hike.

     Get  good night’s sleep

    If you have trouble sleeping, try relaxation techniques such as meditation and yoga. Or eat a small bedtime snack of foods shown to help shift the body and mind into sleep mode: whole grain cereal with milk, oatmeal, cherries, or chamomile tea. Darken the room more and turn the clock away from you. Write down worries or stressful thoughts to get them out of the head and onto the page. This will help put them into perspective, so one can quit worrying about them.

    Food attitude

    What we eat and how we feel are linked in very complex ways. A healthy approach to eating is centered on savouring flavour, eating to satisfaction, and increasing energy, rather than focusing on weight. Check the balance of low-calorie foods, nutrient-dense foods (providing many nutrients per calorie), and foods that are calorie dense but nutrient poor. Most people need to eat more fresh whole foods in contrast to processed, highly refined foods. Try to add more whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, and legumes into your meals. Pair these carbohydrate-rich foods with a healthy fat or lean protein to extend satisfaction.

     Eat like a kid

    If adding more fruits and vegetables sounds ominous, look to “finger food” versions that pre-school kids love – carrot and celery sticks, cherry tomatoes, broccoli florets, grapes, berries, and dried fruits. All are nutritional powerhouses packed with antioxidants.

     Be a picky eater

    Limit saturated fats and trans fats, and aim to eat more foods rich in anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids to cut your risk of cardiovascular disease and maybe even improve depressed moods. The equivalent of just one gram of EPA/DHA (eicosapentaenoic acid/docosahexaenoic acid) daily is recommended. Eating cold-water oily fish (wild salmon, herring, sardines, trout) two to three times per week will provide both EPA and DHA. Adding up to two tablespoons of ground flaxseed and eating meat, milk, and cheese from grass-fed animals will provide a healthy dose of omega-3s.

    Take foods instead of supplements

    Supplements are not a substitute for a good diet. Although many health experts recommend taking a multivitamin and mineral supplement that provides 100 to 200 per cent of your recommended daily value, each and every supplement should be carefully evaluated for purity and safety. Specific supplements have been associated with toxicity, reactions with medications, competition with other nutrients, and even increased risk of diseases such as cancer, heart disease, and diabetes.

    Get satisfaction

    Both eating and physical activity are fun, sensory experiences! In both, aim for pleasure – not pain. Pay attention to the nutritional value of the foods to eat, as well as the sense of satisfaction, relaxation, tension, exhilaration, and fatigue when eating. Check, while eating, rekindling the recognition of hunger, fullness, and satisfaction when considering when and how much to eat.

    Give yourself a break

    “I spend countless hours doing cardio and never seem to lose that last 10 pounds!” is a common complaint I hear from clients. Give yourself permission to shorten your workout. Believe it or not, overtraining could be the problem. Your body can plateau if not given adequate rest to restore itself, ultimately leading to a decline in performance. Fatigue, moodiness, lack of enthusiasm, depression, and increased cortisol (the “stress” hormone) are some hallmarks of overtraining syndrome. Creating a periodisation program – breaking up your routine into various training modes – can help prevent overtraining by building rest phases into your regimen. For example, you might weight train on Monday and Wednesday, cycle on Tuesday and Thursday, run on Friday and rest on Saturday and Sunday. You can also help balance your program by simply incorporating more variety.

     Think small

    Often the biggest deterrent to improving health is feeling overwhelmed by all the available advice and research. Try to focus first on one small, seemingly inconsequential, unhealthy habit and turn it into a healthy, positive habit. If you’re in the habit of eating as soon as you get home at night, instead, keep walking shoes in the garage or entryway and take a quick spin around the block before going inside. If you have a can of soda at lunchtime every day, have a glass of water two days a week instead. Starting with small, painless changes helps establish the mentality that healthy change is not necessarily painful change. It’s easy to build from here by adding more healthy substitutions.

     Keep good company

    You can do all the right things – but if you have personal relationships with people who have unhealthy habits, it is often an uphill battle. The healthiest people are those who have relationships with other healthy people. Get your family or friends involved with you when you walk or plan healthier meals. Making healthy changes with a loved one can bring you closer together as well as motivate you.

     Make a list…and check it twice

    Take a few minutes and write down all the reasons you can’t begin an exercise program. Then look at the basis of each reason. For instance, if you wrote, “No time” as one of your reasons, then perhaps that’s based on a belief that an exercise program takes a lot of time. Starting with even five minutes a day will have a positive effect because you will have created a healthy habit where one didn’t exist before, and that’s a powerful mental adjustment. A closer look at your list will expose those false beliefs hiding behind each excuse.

     Sign up for an event

    Let’s face it, exercising just for the sake of exercising or losing weight can get boring. Spice things up by signing up for an event like a run/walk race or a cycling ride where one can be part of a team. Doing so gives workouts a new purpose, and it’s fun to be around others who are exercising just like you – not to mention that most events benefit nonprofit organisations, which doubles your feel-good high.

     

    Foods that quicken ageing (2)

    Your own lifestyle can affect how your body ages to a great extent; from your diet and fitness regime to product-usage and general health levels, everything can affect how fast or slow signs of ageing begin to appear. It is thus recommended that anyone looking to preserve their youth and live a healthier, balanced life should avoid anything that quickens the ageing process. There are some particular foods that speed up ageing which you could easily avoid. Here’s what you can keep off of your diet if you want to be youthful and fit for as long as possible.

    Chips and salty food

    Not just sugar, you should also cut down on the salt intake as it is equally bad for your health. You might not add salt to your food, but you still can’t be sure about not consuming salt as most of the canned foods already come with preserved salt.
    Excess of salt causes the skin to dehydrate completely, thereby drying out the skin and making it appear puffy. It is best to check the labels when buying canned food, to make
    sure you aren’t getting too much salt in your diet.

    Burgers and fries

    While junk food won’t age you overnight, continuous indulgence in such diet can surely speed it up. Though some fat is required per day i.e. about 75 grams, but excess can result in clogged blood vessels.
    Burgers and fries can cause sticky artery walls and this stops the oxygenated blood from reaching all the important body organs. No oxygen means damaged skin cells, and they won’t repair on their own. Also, junk food can cause bodily inflammation and release of free radicals.

    Soda

    All those addicted to sugar rush of soda and other sugary beverages are not just putting their health at risk (condition like Type 2 diabetes), but also causing their skin to dry out and become flaky. Again, soda contains excessive sugar content that can result in glycation (as discussed in point 1, above). This, in turn, causes inflammation in the body and many chronic diseases like diabetes and dementia. Even diet pop is bad for your skin. Artificial sweeteners must be avoided as they contain chemicals and artificial colours; they can make your skin appear thinner.

    Spicy food

    Spicy food and peppers are extremely good for metabolism, but they can also aggravate acne-prone skin, particularly during menopause. As the blood vessels in your body are most active during that phase, spicy food dilutes them and that is why your skin appears less youthful at that time. However, you should not worry that much about indulging in spicy curry once in a while as only over- indulgence is going to result in permanent redness and puffy skin.

    White breads and pastas

    Simple carbs such as pastas and white breads are known to have high- glycemic index – which is associated with premature aging. These compounds inflame the skin and raise insulin production. These carbs break down speedily and result in premature aging of skin. They put you at the risk of Type 2 diabetes, acne, and even skin inflammation.
    Alternatively, brown breads and brown rice do not break down easily, and that is why one can skin the aging process.

    *Original post appeared first on Daily Sun


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