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Webmaster | 31. January 2007 @ 16:17

Most Individuals know that diet has something to do with it- and certainly sugar has - but why caries take place remains somewhat mysterious. To prevent the need for root canal treatments, one must remember that every case needing a root fill, other than those involving injury, started with a tiny bit of tooth decay.

Why do some people's teeth decay and some do not? That question was central to Dr. Price's enquiry.

Those feelings led him to conduct thousands of blood and saliva experiments on humans and animals, which brought forth many insights into the reasons teeth become carious. Unfortunately, much of this data was buried right along with his root infection discoveries because of disputes over the focal infection theory.

The two main discoveries regarding the causes of tooth decay were (1) the changing of the acid-base balance of the saliva from its normal alkaline status to one of acidity, and (2) the lowering of the ionic calcium levels in both the blood and the saliva.

Since Dr. Price's time, these two factors were rediscovered by Harold Hawkins, D.D.S., Melvin Page, D.D.S., Emanuel Cheraskin, M.D.,D.M.D., and others.

Acidity of the saliva and lower calcium values resulting from the ingestion of white flour products, sugar, refined grain, and related products is still not fully understood by the average dentist.

Unfortunately, the dental and medical professions, in pushing the use of flourine in the prevention of caries, have failed to see that the process of tooth decay is a systemic, whole-body problem - not a local one.

Dentists and physicians have failed to see that systemic health problems are compounded because children and adults who use flourine feel they are protected, and that sweets and refined foods therefore won't hurt their teeth. Furthermore, harmful systemic effects which involve parts of the body other than the mouth are seldom considered.

These factors relate to the unexpected finds that people who have tooth decay are also more susceptible to other degenerative disease.

A rather high percentage of people whose mouths are overly alkaline tend to develop periodontal disease. Usually they don't develop tooth decay until the gum disease is far advanced. The softening of the dentin and cementum in these cases is often mistaken for caries but is a different phenomenon.

Knowing the chemistry involved in the occurrence of tooth decay and pyorrhea is fundamental to the understanding of these two disease. When tooth decay is present,the acid-base balance is depressed. That means it is on the acid side and the level of calcium is lower than normal. For those who have pyorrhea, the contents of the pockets are very alkaline and the calcium level is higher than normal.

Pockets can be the cause of the need for root canal treatment whenever a lateral accessory root canal opens into an infected pocket area, thereby allowing the bacteria in the pocket to be introduced into the tooth through the blood vessels which reside in the root canal.

Copyright 2006 SSLI Health Group

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Learn how Dr. George Meinig discovered that a meticulous 25 year research program, conducted by Weston A. Price, DDS, under the auspices of the American Dental Association's Research Institute was buried.

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Webmaster | 30. January 2007 @ 16:17

Here are some hints that you might find useful.

Do not discard over-ripe bananas. Slice and sprinkle it with lemon juice. Freeze it to use later for milk shakes, puddings or banana bread. It will blacken if you refrigerate it.

If you only need a few drops of lemon juice, puncture a lemon with a toothpick and squeeze out the amount needed. Replace the toothpick. If the lemon is cut, it won�t last as long.

Fresh ginger will stay fresh for months in a freezer if you wrap it tightly in foil.

To separate the leaves of a round lettuce, hit the core end sharply against the kitchen counter top. The core can be pulled out and the leaves will separate without tearing into strips.


Here is a tasty fish recipe which you can try:

4 cod fillets, skinned
Salt and pepper to taste
150ml dry white wine
1 lemon, sliced
6 tablespoons mayonnaise
4 tablespoons lemon juice
50g capers, chopped

Place the fish in a frying pan and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Add the wine and lemon slices, cover and simmer for 20 minutes.

Remove the fish from the pan, reserving 2 tablespoons of the cooking liquor, and leave to cool.

Mix together the mayonnaise, lemon juice and reserved liquor.

Stir in the capers.

Place the fish in a serving dish and top with the caper sauce. Serve cold.

About the author:Chris Zaaiman

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Health Guru : Emotional Eating
Webmaster | 29. January 2007 @ 16:17

Occasional emotional eating is normal. Everyone has celebrated with food before, that's what birthday parties, Christmas lunch and BBQ's on SuperBowl day and the Forth of July are all about. But emotional eating can become a serious problem when it leads to negative emotional and physical imbalances in our lives.

Frequent emotional eating can easily become a destructive cycle. Emotional eating becomes entrenched in the lives of its sufferers when they use food to regulate their mood, cope with stress or overcome feelings of anxiety or boredom.

This type of behaviour can easily lead emotional eaters to become overweight or obese because many of them feel hungry most of the time.

"Satisfying" this insatiable hunger with food, many emotional eaters consume far more calories than their body needs and they gain a lot of weight which becomes extremely difficult, if not impossible to lose.

Common signs of Emotional Eating

Here are some common signs of emotional eating:

Eating when not physically hungry.

Eating during times of strong emotions, like anger or depression.

Eating when bored.

Rapid eating.

Eating immediately after arriving home from work.

Eating alone out of embarrassment at the quantity or type of food being eaten.

Eating until uncomfortably full.

Feelings of disgust, depression, or guilt after overeating.

Recognizing emotional hunger

Recognizing emotional hunger (as apposed to real physical hunger) is one of the keys to overcoming or staving off frequent emotional eating.

Some of the characteristics of emotional hunger include:

Emotional hunger comes on suddenly.

One minute you're not hungry at all and the next minute you're starving.

Emotional hunger often craves specific food, like pizza, candy or a cheeseburger.

Emotional hunger begins in the mouth and the mind, not the stomach.

Emotional hunger often accompanies an unpleasant emotion.

Emotional hunger involves automatic or absent-minded eating.

Emotional hunger isn't satisfied when you're full.

Emotional hunger makes you feel guilty.

Are you an emotional eater?

To find out if you might be an emotional eater, rate yourself on the following statements about your current lifestyle (adapted from the book Fattitudes: Beat Self-Defeat and Win Your War with Weight, by Jeffrey R., Ph.D. Wilbert, Norean K. Wilbert, St Martin's Press, NY, 2000.) using the scale:

0 = Never

1 = Rarely

2 = Sometimes

3 = Often

4 = Almost Always

1. I've try to lose weight, but always fail.

2. I don't feel in control of my eating.

3. I often eat when I'm not hungry.

4. I eat food when I'm stressed or upset.

5. I eat food for pleasure or as a reward.

6. I think about food a lot.

7. I can't stay on track when dieting.

8. I binge eat.

9. I feel ashamed of myself and my eating habits.

10. Food helps me deal with feelings.

Add up your TOTAL SCORE

Interpretation:

0 - 10. It is very unlikely that you are an emotional eater.

11 - 20. You engage in some emotional eating but it's unlikely that it is harmful.

21 - 30. You are a moderate emotional eater and should consider professional assistance.

31 - 40 You are a heavy emotional eater. Professional assistance is highly recommended.

What to do if emotional eating is a problem

Here are some suggestions that may help you overcome problematic emotional eating:

Become aware of your motivations for wanting to eat.

When you feel like eating, ask yourself if you could possibly be upset instead of hungry.

Keep believing in yourself. You are in control and have the power to make changes in your life.

Develop new mood regulation strategies. For example, share your problems when anxious and exercise when you're bored.

Remember support is available. If you need to, find a weight loss class, hire a lifestyle coach or engage a licensed therapist.

Focus on the things that matter. Like taking care of yourself, improving your emotional well-being, eating well and exercising.

Be wary of using diets. Dieting can lead to more emotional eating and won't help you to address the underlying reasons for being overweight.

Love yourself for who you are and forget about trying to be perfect.

Don't swallow your emotions for the sake of sparing others from getting upset. If they've upset you, let them know about it and tell them that you won't tolerate that kind of behaviour in the future.

Make yourself - not a diet - responsible for what you eat.

Focus on the cause and solution rather than the affect. Constantly focusing on the negative symptoms of the problem won't help you solve them. Focus on what you're going to do about your current circumstances rather than the circumstances themselves.

Take responsibility for your life, stop thinking about food and LIVE!

Conclusion

Remember, we're all emotional eaters to some extent. It's nearly impossible not to be in America, where eating is an integral part of our celebration rituals and a fundamental aspect of our family and social life. But when emotional eating interferes with your health and happiness you know it's time to do something about it and the sooner the better.

About the author:

Scott Haywood is the editor of Australia's premier weight loss websites www.weightloss.com.au and www.weightlossdirectory.com.au.

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Health Guru : Tips For Healthy Snacking
Webmaster | 28. January 2007 @ 16:17

We all do it, we grab a little snack in-between meals to curb our hunger and keep our energy levels up. And there�s nothing wrong with that. Snacking is actually good for you, as long as you stick with healthy food options. Let's take a look at how you can transform your fridge and pantry into a haven of healthy snacks that will keep you from grabbing chips or cookies when you get hungry in-between meals.

Get Rid of Temptation

Start by cleaning all the "bad" snacks out of your kitchen. Toss or give away the cookies, chips and the cheesecake. Get rid of those chicken nuggets and pizza bagels. It will be much easier to choose healthy snacks if there isn't the temptation of high-fat and high-sugar snacks lurking around.

Foods To Stock Up On

Now that you are staring at your almost empty pantry and fridge, it's time to talk about what foods you should stock up on.

Fresh Fruits and Veggies
Whole Wheat Crackers
Low Fat Cheese and Cheese Sticks
Fresh Ground Peanut Butter
Nuts and Almonds
Soy and Skim Milk
Whole Wheat Bread
Whole Wheat Tortillas
Rice Cakes
Yogurt
Hummus
Air Pop Popcorn
Cottage Cheese
Corn Chips and Salsa
Low Sugar Cereal

Prep These Healthy Snacks

All this healthy food still won't do you all that good if you are looking for a healthy snack that's ready to eat. So here are some easy snacks that you can prepare and store, so they are ready to munch on.

Cut Up Fruit and Veggies

You can have all sorts of healthy veggies and even fruit sitting in your fridge, but your family won�t grab it for a snack because it would involve peeling and cutting. Instead they go for a bag of chips or some other ready to eat snack. Make it easy for everyone by cutting up some of the fruit and veggies and keep it in plastic containers ready to eat.

Trail Mix

Make your own trail mix from low sugar cereal, nuts and dried fruit. It�s a great snack to just grab and go, or something to munch on while watching TV. Make up a badge of trail mix and store it in an airtight container in your pantry.

Granola Bars

Homemade granola bars are a great snack alternative to cookies and cake. It�s sweet and crunchy, but by making your own, you control what ingredients go in there. Use whole grains and dried fruit. Keep the amount of sugar or honey you use on the low end for a healthy treat.

Cooked Chicken Breast

Keep some cut up cooked chicken breast in the fridge for a quick protein rich snack. You can make a quick chicken salad by adding a little low-fat mayonnaise and some raisins. Add the chicken to a little lettuce for a quick salad, or wrap it with some fresh veggies and sprouts in a tortilla. Make a quick chicken quesadilla with tortillas and a little cheese.

All it takes is a little preparation and trying some new foods to get everyone in the family eating healthier snacks.

About the author:Susanne Myers

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Health Guru : Some Oily Skin Treatments Lead To Dry Skin
Webmaster | 27. January 2007 @ 16:17

Oily skin is a problem for millions of people and although there are numerous treatment options available, the condition may persist for years in some cases. Oily skin is characteristically shiny with a dull-colored pallor. If the condition persists for years and is a chronic concern, the pores of the skin will become clogged with excess oil and outbreaks of acne may occur. Most treatment options attempt to remove the excess oils with chemicals or harsh soaps. However, this tends to go too far and actually remove too much oil to the point that the skin dries out. Treating oily skin properly is a delicate process that requires a balance between removing enough of the excess oil to eliminate the problem without creating a new one by removing too much and causing dry skin. A firm understanding of the causes of oily skin is important in understanding the best treatment options for you.

Common causes of oily skin

Sadly, our genes are often responsible for our oily skin problems-at least to some extent. The other major factor that causes oily skin is our diet. Too many processed sugars, fluids, and excess salt may all contribute to oily skin problems. Even when heredity is suspected as the cause of oily skin, a dermatologist will still recommend alterations to the diet as a means of managing the problem.

Our hormones are another big factor where temporary (and in some cases long-term) problems with oily skin are concerned. This is especially the case during puberty when hormone levels are known to vary greatly. A common factor in adolescent outbreaks is due to excessive sebum (oils) production as a result of hormone imbalances.

Hormones are also prone to imbalance during pregnancy which is why oily skin is often a problem for many women prior to giving birth. Birth control pills can actually make the problem worse but they are often prescribed initially as a potential means of correcting the hormone imbalance.

Other known factors contributing to problems with oily skin are cosmetics and humidity or very hot weather.

Treating Oily Skin

While diet is often a large factor in problems with oily skin, most people will choose to attack the condition directly. That is, they choose to remove the excessive oil. This is often accomplished by washing excessively, using a harsh soap with high lye concentration, or a combination of both. Unfortunately, this often creates more health problems than existed with the oily skin.

The oil produced by the sebaceous glands helps lubricate our skin and help retain moisture. When a person washes excessively or removes too much sebum, the skin will become dry, flaky, and eventually, itchy. Plus, the removal of those oils will stimulate the sebaceous glands to produce even more oils and can result in a condition known as Reactive Seborrhea. This will send your glands into overtime and may lead to malfunctioning in the future. Any soaps that cause more problems than they create should obviously be avoided.

You want to find a soap that doesn't use any harsh chemicals or artificial additives. Avoid any soaps that contain alcohol and try to find those with all-natural ingredients such as almond, olive, or even avocado oil. All have deep-penetrating qualities that will replenish the skin and help retain moisture.

The bathing itself should be confined to warm, not hot water. It is important to remove the excess oils but not to remove them all. Hot water makes it easier for the soap to remove the oil and dirt from your face and speeds up the entire process and may lead to dry skin and flaking. It is also important not to scrub your face excessively while bathing as it, too, will help remove too much oil. A gentle rubbing motion should be sufficient to eliminate your oily skin problem without causing a dry skin problem in the process.

The simple act of bathing or washing too often is a common tactic used to treat oily skin. However, this will also remove too many of the oils responsible for protecting your skin and may lead to Reactive Seborrhea. One washing per day with a mild soap should be sufficient to remove the excess oils while leaving enough behind to retain moisture and protect skin.

While using a mild soap, warm water, and washing only once a day are all great ideas that should remove excess oils while leaving enough behind to lubricate and protect the skin, a moisturizer will still be necessary. It is especially important to use a moisturizer within the first few minutes after bathing. This will help lock in more moisture before it has a chance to evaporate.

Not only is the timing of the application of a moisturizer important, but the type you use is of the utmost importance. Paying particular attention to the active ingredients is a good way to avoid spending money on products that may do you more harm than help. Moisturizers made with harsh chemicals or synthetic ingredients can lead to a host of problems including allergic reactions, dehydration, and even outbreaks of acne. Plus, if the balance is not right, the moisturizer may cause the same oily skin your were trying to get rid of in the first place.

After gently scrubbing your skin with a mild soap and removing the excess oil, you want to apply a moisturizer made from all natural ingredients that will help retain moisture without leaving an oily film on your face. Avocado oil, almond oil, and olive oil are all natural oils that can protect, moisturize, and help your skin look beautiful without causing any of the side effects as those products made from chemicals or synthetic ingredients.

The removal of excess oils produced by the sebaceous glands is an essential first step in treating oily skin. The use of a mild soap with an all natural moisturizer should be used once a day to remove the excess oils without removing all oils from your skin. Then, the application of a moisturizer made with all natural ingredients (to help reduce chances of allergic reaction, dehydration, etc. caused by chemical ingredients) within a few minutes of washing will help retain moisture and keep skin looking healthy and beautiful.

For an all natural oily skin care product and moisturizer, try SkinSoSilky today.

About the author:John Davis writes for Trusted Health Products, Inc who offers all natural heath products.

articles@trustedhealthproducts.com or you can use clay to apply externally or internally. Check out www.fasteasydiets.com for more info.

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Health Guru : Fibromyalgia, Tools for Survival
Webmaster | 25. January 2007 @ 16:17

Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition categorized as a form of arthritis. Fibromyalgia is characterized by widespread pain in the muscles, ligaments, and tendons. Common symptoms of fibromyalgia include fatigue, headaches, painful menstrual periods, tingling or numbness in the hands and feet, morning stiffness, multiple tender points on the body, and sleep difficulty. Common sites of pain include the back, shoulders, neck, pelvic girdle, and hands but any body part may be affected.

The cause of fibromyalgia is not known. However, many factors can contribute to fibromyalgia. Researchers believe that disturbances in sleep patterns may be a cause of fibromyalgia rather than a symptom. Viral or bacterial infections may also be a trigger. Injury or trauma that affects the central nervous system may be a cause of fibromyalgia. An imbalance in neurotransmitters in the brain may also be a cause of fibromyalgia. Serotonin is one such neurotransmitter that researchers believe is linked to cause fibromyalgia along with depression, migraines, and gastrointestinal distress. Abnormalities in the autonomic nervous system may be a cause of fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia may also be caused by changes in muscle metabolism such as deconditioning and decreased blood flow.

Fibromyalgia affects people in early and middle adulthood but can affect children as well. Those affected by rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, or ankylosing spondylitis are more likely to develop fibromyalgia. A family history of fibromyalgia also increases the chance of developing this disorder. Those with sleep disorders such as restless legs syndrome or sleep apnea have an increased risk of developing fibromyalgia.

Fibromyalgia is not a progressive or life threatening disease. The symptoms of fibromyalgia vary in intensity. There are many treatments that can improve the symptoms of fibromyalgia.

Certain medications can treat the pain involved with fibromyalgia. Certain analgesics used to treat fibromyalgia include: acetaminophen, NSAID�s (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), and Ultram (Tramadol). These medications may be used in conjunction with each other for better pain relief. However, Ultram must be prescribed by a physician while NSAID�s (ibuprofen, naproxen, aspirin) and acetaminophen (Tylenol) are available over the counter.

Antidepressants may be prescribed by your doctor to treat fibromyalgia. Such antidepressant medications that may be prescribed include: Pamelor, Elavil, Doxepin, Prozac, Paxil, and Zoloft. These medications may be prescribed in conjunction with each other. These medications treat serotonin levels in the brain and may also promote sleep.

Those affected with muscle pain and spasms may need to take a muscle relaxant such as Flexeril at bedtime. Your doctor may also prescribe a benzodiazepine to promote sleep and help relax muscles. Certain sleep medications such as Ambien are classified as a benzodiazepine. However, these medications are not recommended for long term use because of the increased risk of dependence.

Your doctor may help you to create a unique treatment program involving cognitive-behavioral therapy and an interdisciplinary program. Cognitive-behavioral therapy involves teaching patients to deal with stressful situations. Interdisciplinary treatment programs may involve relaxation techniques, biofeedback, and education regarding chronic pain.

Self care is also very important in treating fibromyalgia. Self care includes reducing stress, achieving adequate sleep, exercising regularly, and eating a healthy diet. There are also alternative therapies that might help alleviate the stress and pain associated with fibromyalgia. These therapies include chiropractic care, massage therapy, meditation, yoga, acupressure, physical therapy, light aerobics, aromatherapy, herbs, nutritional supplements, myofascial release therapy, application of heat/cold, and acupuncture.

Visiting a doctor of osteopathy may be beneficial for treating fibromyalgia. Doctors of osteopathy are licensed to perform the same therapies and procedures as medical doctors but are also taught the use of manipulation to address joint and spinal problems. A doctor of osteopathy may be more apt to see the subtle signs of fibromyalgia.

There is no cure for fibromyalgia yet, but hope is on the horizon. The fibromyalgia patient has many resources to help deal with this disorder such as support groups, organizations, and medical professionals to help improve your quality of life. Fibromyalgia is not life threatening and treatments tend to improve the severity of the symptoms over time. There are many tools that the fibromyalgia sufferer can use to become a fibromyalgia survivor!

Copyright 2006 Kristy Haugen

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Kristy Haugen is a mother and an experienced nurse. She also has a bachelor degree in Biology and Chemistry. She writes to inform consumers about nutrition and health topics. Learn more about pain relief and arthritis at http://painreliefarticles.vitaminmaniac.com. Learn more about vitamins and your health at http://blog.vitaminmaniac.com.

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Health Guru : Power Walking Could Be Bad For You!
Webmaster | 24. January 2007 @ 16:17

Power walking is the new jogging. It is seen as a safer alternative to running with similar health benefits but at a lower intensity. In thirty minutes you can burn up to 250 calories and give you a great cardio-vascular workout. It sounds too good to be true! In fact, I think it is. Its supporters claim it is less likely to lead to injury than running but I would argue that the advice given to power walkers can lead to long-term problems.

Walking is a natural activity that the majority of us can manage from an early age until the end of our days. But what should be an easy, natural activity has been transformed into a �proper exercise� by creating a technique that increases the amount of effort required. Let's look at some of the advice.

1. Keep your head up, back straight and body aligned. - How would you follow this advice? I see people tightening their backs and fixing their posture. How do you know if your back is straight? If you knew how to align your body it would already be aligned!

2. Stride out, but don't lengthen your stride so much that your knees lock, which can lead to injury. - Any attempt to stride out will land your foot in front of your body increasing the stress on your knees. Whether running or walking your feet should land under your body and your head.

3. While walking with hand weights or weighted gloves�.. - What does walking with weights added to your arms or legs do to your body dynamics? How does it change your normal walking or other activities? You will build muscles to be used in a way that is not your natural movement. You can even buy weighted vests!

4. Pump your arms. - This action is generally done with the shoulders raised adding tension to the neck.

Do you need to do any of these actions to walk? Are they going to aid free, natural movement? On the contrary, they are most likely to interfere with breathing, movement of the joints and the action of reflexes that would coordinate the activity for you. I admire the commitment of the many people I see power walking whilst I�m out running but I firmly belief they would be far better either running or just going for a �natural� enjoyable walk and still keep fit anyway.

I see people who use power walking with tight back and stiff joints through getting into the habit of applying too much effort in all their activities. Excessive muscle tension can lead to a reduced awareness of your own body resulting in biomechanical difficulties. If you walk tall (without trying to tighten your back) and let your and swing from your shoulder joints and your legs from your hips it makes for an enjoyable activity.

About the author:

Roy Palmer is a teacher of The Alexander Technique and has studied performance enhancement in sport for the last 10 years. In 2001 he published a book called 'The Performance Paradox: Challenging the conventional methods of sports training and exercise' and is currently working on a new project about The Zone. More information about his unique approach to training can be found at http://www.fitness-programs-for-life.com.

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Health Guru : How to Rejuvenate After Your Workout
Webmaster | 23. January 2007 @ 16:17

Regular exercise will help protect you from chronic disease, improve your mood and decrease your chances of injury. The older you are, the more you have to gain from exercise.

All it takes is 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week.

Everyone tries to exercise, but most people forget about their body once they have finished the exercise. If you are not careful about your post-workout routing, it will come back to haunt you.

After a workout, exercising for several minutes at a low speed helps blood to be redistributed throughout the body consistently and prevents the dizziness, sickness, and muscle cramps that sometimes occur after exercises.

In addition, you need to supply your body with water and carbohydrates after a workout. Carbohydrates help regenerate muscles, increase stamina, and prevent fatigue. A few good examples of high quality carbohydrate foods are bread, rice, jam, fruit, vegetables, table sugar, potatoes, and sweets.

It's also important to cool down your muscles after exercising by stretching them. Stretching improves flexibility, lessens soreness, and improves circulation. Here are a few tips:

~ (1) Hold a static stretch for twenty to thirty seconds.

~ (2) Stretching positions should be repeated after the cool down period to enhance muscle strength and flexibility.

~ (3) Include some deep breathing exercise in your cool down routine to oxygenate your system.

~ (4) At the end of any strenuous physical activity, gently bring your breathing down to normal. Walking and easy indoor cycling are great follow-ups to a workout. Both of them allow you to hydrate yourself and also put on warm clothing.

These four tips will help you avoid mishap after a strenuous workout session. However, mishaps still occur and cause problems like muscle pain, or in older individuals, arthritis.

Osteoarthritis is the loss of the body�s shock-absorbing ability. It is a degeneration that is part of the aging process. And when a person who has osteoarthritis exercises, there can be problems.

This can be a serious problem since regular exercise is recommended as a good way to fight a host of medical conditions associated with aging. But now there is hope for people suffering from osteoarthritis too.

There are products, such as Phosoplex�, available that help counter the effects of osteoarthritis. Phosoplex� is able to Rejuvenate the body and combat the aches and pains associated with the deliberating affects of osteoarthritis.

It is also effective in countering the muscle pain that often accompanies workouts. Phosoplex� is available at Amazon and at http://www.BODeStore.com. So enjoy your workout without worrying about the future.

About the author:

Kamau Austin is a health and fitness enthusiast and advocate. He writes on a regular basis on timeless health and fitness tips at the Fit After Forty Blog. See more useful health and fitness news and tips at� http://www.healthandfitnessvitality.com/blogs/fitnessblog.htm

kamau@searchengineplan.com

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Health Guru : Weight Loss Newbies: The Beginner's Guide to Losing Weight
Webmaster | 22. January 2007 @ 16:17

So you've decided that you're going to do it.

You're sick and tired of being sick and tired and are once and for all hell bent on losing weight.

Well, let me be the first to warn you of a very grim fact:

Millions have tried before you and most of them have failed miserably at reaching their weight loss and diet goals.

Therefore, I've put together a little beginner's guide to help make sure that you are one of the few that actually ends up being successful at this.

1) Get an accurate picture of where you are now

Many people just go and hop on a diet or weight loss program without knowing exactly where they are from the start. This is dangerous because along the way there WILL be numerous times where you will be tempted to simply quit altogether. Without knowing where you started, you won't be able to accurately gauge your progress. Not being able too see that progress put you at an extremely high risk of quitting down the road when the going gets tough.

2) Set specific, realistic goals for your weight loss, and WRITE THEM DOWN.

This is one of the most ill-executed steps in the entire process of losing weight. Most people will passively quote some random amount of weight that they "hope" to lose.

- "I need to lose 30 lbs."
- "I'm trying to get back down to a size X"
- "If I can just fit back into Y, I'll be fine"

That is the exact WRONG way to go about your weight loss. All above the above are hopes. Wishes. Desires. And none does a thinner body make.

What you need are detailed, definite goals that are written and time bound (e.g. "over the next 3 months") to hold yourself accountable to doing what you said you were going to do by the time you said you were going to do it.

3) Adopt a step-by-step course of action to get you there

In order for this to work there needs to be a concrete method to your weight loss madness. To this end, you need to chose a weight loss plan that will lead you step-by-step through what to eat (and what not to eat), how and when to exercise, and every other imaginable aspect of losing weight. The reason for this is that goals have a much better chance of becoming reality when they are being attained as a result of a plan or system of action.

4) Get started IMMEDIATELY

Most flunkies know how to study. Most broke people know how wealth is generated. Most overweight people how to lose weight. However, what separates all of these very knowledgeable, yet unsuccessful people from the results they desire is action. Don't let that be your fate.

Once you have written specific goals and chosen a plan of action, don't delay in getting right on track to weight loss. The cheesecake, burgers, chocolate, and pastries aren't going anywhere. You can snack on them moderately once you've achieved your goals. Don't get caught into the trap of holding off having Your Best Body any longer. The sooner you start, the sooner you'll be done.

5) Be Prepared for the emotional roller coaster

Nearly everyone who has tried to lose weight has had some level of success at one time or another. For those who have not been able to sustain desirable results, being knocked out by the emotional roller coaster is most likely to blame.

Look, losing weight is very simple, but not easy. If it were, there wouldn't be so many people trying to get it right. The #1 skill that you will need to develop in order to make it through is surviving the roller coaster of emotions. One day you'll feel as if you're getting great results. A week later, you may actually feel that you are moving backwards. Either way, just know that as long as you consistently follow the weight loss principles, you will ALWAYS move forward, even if it does not feel like it.

6) Don't stop until your goal is reached, no matter WHAT

So many times people come to a screeching halt in their efforts to lose weight and diet because they get discouraged a portion of the way through OR after they reach a certain benchmark they allow themselves to be satisfied and quit the program even though their goal has not been reached.

DON'T DO IT.

There was a specific reason that you set your initial goal. Do not sell yourself short by settling for anything less. Stick it out until the very end, and your sense of accomplishment will be irreplaceable.

7) Once you've reached your goal, never, EVER let yourself blow up again

This is the last and final barrier to ultimate success in your efforts to lose weight.

Make sure not to allow yourself to relapse while you are in maintenance mode. I recommend sticking to the same general principles that helped you lose the weight and then occasionally indulging in some of the foods that you love. This balance is the best way to keep the body that you've worked for and not feel over-restricted.

Make this the first and last time that you ever have to go through a weight loss program. Remember that if you can just get it right one good time, you can literally maintain it forever with little effort.

To YourBestBody,

Lawrence Cole
Your Lifestyle and Fitness Coach
http://www.yourbestbodynow.com

About the author:

Lawrence Cole is a Lifestyle and Fitness Consultant based out of Los Angeles, CA. He has over 10 years of health and fitness experience and designing simple, effective nutritional strategies to help individuals achieve their personal best internal health and physical conditioning.

View their website at: http://www.yourbestbodynow.com

lcole@yourbestbodynow.com or you can start with a fast and easy weight loss program that permanently take your weight off you. Click on www.fasteasydiets.com for more info.

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Health Guru : Thai Pandan Chicken Recipe Exclusive
Webmaster | 21. January 2007 @ 16:17

Welcome to the Gourmet Chicken Series. Today we bring you Thai Pandan Chicken

Ingredients:

1 package chicken wings or small chicken drumsticks,
1 package pandan leaves,
oil for deep frying,

Marinade:

1/2 can good quality thick coconut milk,
2 tsp. ground coriander seeds,
2 tsp. dark soy sauce,
2 tbsp. fish sauce,
2 tbsp. oyster sauce,
2-3 cloves garlic,
1 thumb-size piece galangal (or ginger) peeled and sliced,
juice from half a lime,
1/4 tsp. pandan paste,
1 green chilli, de-seeded and minced (optional)

Method:

1. Place all marinade/sauce ingredients in a food processor. Process well. (NB: that the sauce will turn bright green, which is what you want)

2. Taste test the sauce for salt and spice. (If not salty enough, add a little more fish sauce. If too salty, add a little more lime. If too spicy, add more coconut milk. And if it's not spicy enough, add more green chilli.)

3. Pour 1/3 of the sauce over the chicken and mix to combine.

4. Allow to marinate in the refrigerator for at least an hour before cooking, or preferably overnight. (NB: that the longer the chicken marinates, the more "green" it will appear. This is a good sign, as it means the chicken has been infused with the flavor and color of the pandan)

5. Pour the rest of the marinade/sauce into a bowl or container. This will be used later. (NB: If you plan to let the chicken marinate overnight, place covered sauce in the refrigerator)

6. After the chicken is done marinating, take a long pandan leaf in your hand and use it to "wrap" the drumstick or chicken piece.

7. Start wrapping several inches down the leaf to allow enough extra for tying both ends together when you're done. The leaf needn't cover the chicken completely - 1 pandan leaf per chicken piece is enough. If using drumsticks, start and end the wrapping at the end of the drumstick (on the bone).

8. Deep fry the chicken pieces (this takes between 10 and 18 minutes depending on the size of the pieces and the heat of your oil), or grill them on the barbeque. Cook until chicken is golden brown and pandan leaves have turned dark/brown.

9. Serve together with the pandan sauce you made earlier (this sauce can be served at room temperature or gently heated up, if preferred. (NB: don't overheat or cook it, as you will then lose most of the flavor and nutrients of the sauce).

If serving as an appetizer, place the sauce in a bowl in the center of your serving platter for dipping. If an entree, serve with plenty of Thai jasmine rice with the sauce either poured over the chicken, or served on the side. To eat, unwind the pandan leaf from the chicken piece and discard. Dip the chicken into the pandan sauce and eat, or pour some of the sauce over the chicken and enjoy with rice. This makes a terrific party food!

This article is contributed by Chris Jacob.
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Health Guru : Identify Your Acne Before You Get Treatment
Webmaster | 20. January 2007 @ 16:17

Understanding how to treat your Acne involves knowing which type of Acne may have. Acne has many variations, ranging in severity from mild to much more serious cases that can cause disfigurement. There are many treatments for acne available on the market, but it is very important to first identify your Acne type before choosing a treatment.

Acne Vulgaris

The most common form of Acne is named Acne Vulgaris. This type of acne can be easily identified by looking at the characteristics of the lesions.

- Whiteheads: When a pore becomes completely blocked by trapping sebum, dead skin cells, and bacteria, you will notice a white appearance on the surface. Whiteheads normally will disappear fast than blackheads on your skin. You should resist the temptation to pop these pimples

- Blackheads: When are pore is only partially blocked, the trapped sebum, bacteria and dead skin will have slowly drained to the surface of your skin. The black color is caused by your skins pigment and melanin reacting with oxygen. Blackheads will normally take longer to disappear than whiteheads. You should also resist the temptation to pop these pimples too.

- Pustules: You can identify a pustule by a red circle with a white or yellow center. The pustule will look similar to a whitehead with the difference being inflammation. Pustules are commonly referred to as Zits.

- Papules: The papule is a red, inflamed and tender bump on the skin with no visible head. You should not attempt to squeeze this lesion as you may cause or exacerbate scarring.

- Severe Acne Vulgaris: The sever types of Acne Vulgaris include Nodules and Cysts and will be quite painful. You should consult your dermatologist for treating these types of acne.

Acne Rosacea

Acne Rosacea may look very similar to Acne Vulgaris and often causes confusion. Millions of people are affected by Acne Rosacea, and it mostly strikes people over the age of 30. It will start to appear as a reddish rash on the cheeks, forehead, nose and/or chin. You may also notice small bumps, skin blemishes or pimples in the area. Blackheads are not a symptom of Rosacea. You should consult your dermatologist if you suspect you have Rosacea, because treatment is often very different.

There are other very serious forms of Acne such as Acne Conglobata, Acne Fulminans, Gram-Negative Folliculitis and Pyoderma Faciale. These forms of Acne are very rare, but they can be disfiguring, painful and have psychological effects.

It is always recommended that you consult with your dermatologist to confirm the type of Acne you have and the best treatments available. The above information should only be used as a reference, and only a trained dermatologist can accurately diagnose your Acne.

About the author:

Darren Hoffman provides an Acne Treatment Resource Website with information, treatment options and advice for people suffering from Acne. http://www.acne-treatments-web.com.

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Health Guru : Boiled Collar Of Bacon With Creamy Mustard Sauce
Webmaster | 18. January 2007 @ 16:17

Almost everyone I know likes his bacon smoked (no pun intended!) but trust the Irish to formulate a smashing recipe where the savoury potency of bacon and healthful tastiness of choice veggies memorably collide. What you end up with is a rich, flavoursome Belfast gravy that drips invitingly off succulent cuts of bacon...

Boiled Collar Of Bacon With Creamy Mustard Sauce

1 Kg Unsmoked bacon
1 Md Onion
2 Carrots
2 Celery sticks
1 Bay leaf
1 3/16 l Chicken stock
150 ml Double cream
70 g Butter, unsalted
1 t Brown mustard seeds
Seasoning

Yields 4 Servings.

Preparation:

Remove the rind from the bacon and roll the bacon. Roughly chop the onion, carrots and celery sticks. Make the chicken stock.

1. Soak the bacon in water for 24 hours prior to cooking to reduce salt content. Rinse well.

2. Place the bacon in a pan with the vegetables and bay leaf. Cover with the stock or water. Bring to the simmer and continue simmering for 1-1.5 hours. Rest the bacon in the stock for 20-30 minutes.

3. Drain off 600ml of stock and bring to the boil and reduce by half and serve with the bacon. Alternatively, add the cream (if using) to the reduced stock and cook for 10 minutes, then whisk in 25g of butter at a time, to taste. Add the mustard seeds, season and keep warm.

4. Add the bacon, allowing 2 slices per person. Tuck in!

About the author:

Luke Indran is a professional food and recipe addict who actively balances his obsession with eating with his fanaticism for exercise and healthy living. If you're after delicious recipes that stir your senses, then head on over to Luke's mega website at http://www.recipemecca.com/ for the yummiest recipes anywhere presented in a step-by-step format anyone can follow easily!

recipes@recipemecca.com

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Health Guru : Best Casserole Recipe: Easy Tex Mex Hash
Webmaster | 17. January 2007 @ 16:17

Here's a great Tex Mex recipe if you love cheesy hash browns with a little extra kick.

1 pound lean ground beef
1 tablespoon oil
3 cups (24 oz.) package frozen potatoes O�Brien with onions and peppers
1 cup thick and chunky salsa
2 teaspoons chili powder, optional
1 cup shredded Colby Monterey Jack cheese blend

Directions

In a large nonstick skillet, brown ground beef. Remove beef from skillet; cover to keep warm. Discard drippings.

In the same skillet, heat oil over medium heat until hot. Add potatoes; cook and stir 8 to 10 minutes or until browned. Stir in salsa, chili powder, and ground beef. Cook 5 to 8 minutes or until thoroughly heated, stir occasionally.

Sprinkle with cheese. Cover and cook 2 to 4 minutes or until cheese is melted.

About the author:

© Donna Monday
Over 100 easy-to-make meals at your fingertips
http://www.best-casserole-recipes.com

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Health Guru : Why You Should Consider An Herbal Colon Cleanse
Webmaster | 16. January 2007 @ 16:17

Colon Cleanse

Colon cleansing uses natural health & herbs to help your body to heal health problems which are often related to a colon which is not functioning as nature intended.

More and more people are suffering from health problems, including pain, constipation and lack of energy which can be related to a dirty bowel.

The most important cleanse to do is colon cleansing, because if you have a dirty colon with impacted fecal matter, this will create extra toxins which the other organs then have to continually cleanse and detox.

The #1 CANCER AMONG MEN AND WOMEN TOGETHER IS COLON CANCER.

The person on a typical Western Diet holds 8 meals of undigested food and waste material in the colon. Everyone would greatly benefit with doing a full Colon Cleanse at least once per year, with ongoing colon maintenance when necessary. It is recommended that Parasite Cleanse be taken at the same time as the Colon Cleanse. For optimum health, our objective should be to cleanse not only the colon, but all of the vital inner organs as well.

One of the most frequent bowel problems that people experience today is constipation. Constipation is generally attributed to a low fiber diet and lack of sufficient water, which cause our fecal matter to become condensed and compressed.

A good cleansing program should always begin by removing the waste in your colon, the last portion of your food processing chain. If you attempt to clean your liver, blood, or lymph system without first addressing a waste filled bowel, the excreted toxins will only get recycled back into your body.

The longer your body is exposed to putrefying food in your intestines, the greater the risk of developing disease. Even with one bowel movement per day, you will still have at least three meals worth of waste matter putrefying in your colon at all times. On top of all this, your system can also become continuously self-polluting by the poisonous gases that are caused by foods you don't tolerate. These poisonous gases can enter your bloodstream, irritating your organs and joints.

Bran and raw vegetables are so rich in fibrous bulk that they cannot get through the tiny holes remaining for passage of feces in most colons. Instead they back up, fester and contribute further to the problem. There is only one good way to clean yourself out and that is by cleansing your colon.

Natural Cleansing Products

Herbal colon cleansing may decrease the risks of developing certain health problems. Many people who are affected by a health condition have found that cleansing can help their body rejuvenate itself naturally. The body's immune system is the first line of defense against almost all infections and diseases. If your body has a strong immune system you will be less prone to infection. The immune system is made up of a vast system of lymphatic channels and lymph nodes. Detoxing your body and your colon with the right herbs and supplements is an all natural way to remove unwanted toxins and heavy metals from lymphatic system improving the overall immune system.

Toxins from air, food and water tend to accumulate in your body over time. Your liver, colon, small intestines, pancreas, kidneys, gallbladder, spleen and lymph nodes work in harmony and in balance to eliminate these toxins.

Cleansing with Fibre

Fibre plays an essential role in maintaining the health of the digestive system, and adequate fibre in the diet has significant value in the prevention of cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes and other ailments. Fibre cleanses the digestive tract and enhances its function. Metabolised by intestinal bacteria into substances that prevent colon cancer, fibre dilutes and speeds the removal of carcinogens and other toxins in foods so that they spare the delicate lining of the GI tract. Fibre helps achieve optimal blood sugar control and cholesterol levels by slowing digestion and maximising cholesterol excretion.

Benefits of Colon Cleansing and Liver Detoxification

� colon cleanse and liver detox products increase energy
� colon cleanse and liver detox improves digestion
� colon cleanse and liver detox result in clearer skin complexions
� colon cleanse and liver detox improve circulation
� colon cleanse and liver detox increase mental alertness
� colon cleanse and liver detox support weight maintenance
� colon cleanse and liver detox balance the function of vital cleansing organs
� colon cleanse and liver detox strengthen your immune system

About the author:

Chester Ku-Lea is a health nutrition consultant and is the owner of www.AstroNutrition.com - a provider of premium health nutrition and sports supplements.

chester@astronutrition.com Use Innerlight Supergreen! Contain 49 vegetables and herbs at an unbelievable price. Check out www.fasteasydiets.com for more info.

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Health Guru : Is Low Blood Pressure a Cause for Concern?
Webmaster | 15. January 2007 @ 16:17

Low blood pressure is considered an abnormal condition. However for some, it is much better than high blood pressure. Many people who have low blood pressure are healthy and have no signs or symptoms related to lower than normal readings. Yet for others it can cause dizziness and fainting or it can also indicate serious heart, endocrine or neurological disorders.

Low blood pressure is simply a condition where an individual�s blood pressure is much lower than the norm. It is also called hypotension or syncope, which points to fainting. It can cause symptoms such as dizziness or lightheadedness.

Low blood pressure happens when the flow of blood is too low to deliver enough oxygen and nutrients to vital organs, such as the brain, heart, and kidney; the organs do not function normally and may be permanently damaged. It should be noted that unlike high blood pressure, which is defined on the basis of blood pressure alone, low blood pressure is defined primarily by signs and symptoms of low blood flow. In fact, some individuals may have a blood pressure of 90/50 and have no signs or symptoms of low blood pressure, and, therefore, not have low blood pressure symptoms. Others who normally have a blood pressure of 130/80 may develop symptoms and signs of low blood pressure if their blood pressure drops to 100/60.

Common causes of low blood pressure:

* Medicines or any medications used for surgery
* High blood pressure treatments
* Anti-anxiety agents
* Diuretics
* Heart medicines
* Some antidepressants
* Narcotic analgesics
* Alcohol

There are also other causes of low blood pressure such as:

* Diabetes
* Fainting
* Heart attack
* Heart failure
* Dehydration
* Heart rhythm changes
* Shock
* Anaphylaxis

Orthostatic hypotension is another common type of low blood pressure. This results from a sudden change in body position. It happens usually from lying down and moving to an upright position.

Despite the possible side effects, people who have lower blood pressures have a lower risk of strokes, kidney disease, and heart disease. Athletes, people who exercise regularly, people who maintain ideal body weight, and non-smokers tend to have lower blood pressure. Low blood pressure is actually desirable as long as it is not low enough to cause symptoms and damage to organs in the body.

In fact, low blood pressure in healthy people without symptoms or organ damage needs no treatment. All patients with symptoms possibly due to low blood pressure should be evaluated by a doctor. Patients who have had a major drop in blood pressure from their usual levels even without the development of symptoms also should be examined. The doctor needs to identify the cause of the low blood pressure since treatment will depend on the cause.

Low blood pressure is not as treacherous as high blood pressure. For people who have hypotension, sufficient sleep and rest is very important. Also, sleeping in daylight is different from sleeping at night. People who have night jobs make it a point to sleep during daylight. Even if you have sufficient sleep low blood pressure still arises.

If you have low blood pressure it is advised that you have regular intake of iron to avoid anemia or other disorders that are caused by low blood pressure. Consult your doctor at once if you ever feel dizzy, have chest pains, shortness of breath, and an irregular heartbeat, fever higher than 101 degrees, headache, and stiff neck or severe upper back pain.

About the author:

Katie Simpson

Managing your blood pressure is critical to your good health. For more tips and information on managing your blood pressure, be sure to visit Katie Simpson's Blood Pressure Stats site at: http://www.bloodpressurestats.com.

katie@whymarketersshouldblog.com Want something to prevent diseases from attacking your body? Check out www.fasteasydiets.com for more info.

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Health Guru : Coffee cakes anyone?
Webmaster | 14. January 2007 @ 16:17
Not all people like coffee cakes. But I believe there are some coffee lovers like me out there will want to try out some coffee cake recipes. Click here.

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Health Guru : Low Cost Ways of Reducing or Preventing Back Pain
Webmaster | 13. January 2007 @ 16:17

The vast majority of people will experience some sort of back pain throughout their lives. When most people think of back pain treatments, they often think of expensive medications and surgical procedures.

However, many would be surprised to learn that low cost methods for treating back pain are available which are quite effective. Several studies have been conducted which show that getting a good amount of cardiovascular exercise on a regular basis is very effective at stopping back pain.

Many of these methods are low cost, such as hiking, swimming, or jogging. Cardiovascular exercises have been shown to be just as effective for treating and preventing back pain as many physical therapies. These activities are fun to do, and will keep both your back and the rest of your body healthy.

Some of you reading this article may be under the impression that this advice is common sense. In reality, many people don't know how to properly exercise their backs, and give up easily when things become tough. Some are already unhealthy and overweight, and have developed bad habits which are difficult to break.

It is important to change your mindset. Instead of looking at cardiovascular exercise as a chore, incorporate it into your everday activities. If you have a job which is close to your home, start riding a bike to work once a week. Start small and work your way up.

Exercise is important for your spine and back. Humans aren't designed to spend hours sitting in front of a computer or in traffic. We are supposed to work out our bodies, and when we don't, problems like chronic back pain develop over time.

When people suffer from back pain, they often stop exercising entirely. They are under the false impression that exercising their backs will put them in even more pain. This is certainly true if they don't exercise properly. The muscles surrounding the spinal column support your body, and need to be strong.

The weaker they are, the more pain you will experience. By exercising, you strengthen these muscles in your back, and they will become strong enough to support your body, relieving you of pain. You don't want to wait until the problem becomes so severe that you need medical treatment.

The costs of healthcare are increasing, and people are finding it hard to afford care. The best type of treatment you can give yourself is prevention by exercising properly and keeping both your back and the rest of your body healthy.

About the author:

Michael Colucci is a technical writer for http://www.back-pain-treatment.info - A free site that offers the latest treatments on back pain.

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Health Guru : Bird Flu � Waiting In The Wings
Webmaster | 12. January 2007 @ 16:17

Avian influenza is spreading at an alarming rate and if it continues its flight soon it would turn into another pandemic.

Starting in the mid-2003 in South-East Asia, the pathogenic avian flu is the largest and most severe form bird flu going by the number of countries it has affected. The H5N1 virus that typically affects the bird populace has proved lethal. So far it has caused the death or destruction of an estimated 150 million birds in countries like Vietnam, Japan, Republic of Korea, Thailand, Cambodia, Lao People�s Democratic Republic, Indonesia, China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Turkey, Romania and Malaysia. There are unconfirmed reports of bird flu from India and France also.

The H5N1 virus is also of serious concern for human health. It has been found to be highly contagious form of virus and can easily transmit to humans through the contact of excretal or nasal secretions from infected birds. If not detected and treated early, the bird flu can prove fatal. And if precautionary measures are not taken at the earliest, it could change into a form that is highly infectious and could easily spread from person to person. Such a change could mark the start of flu pandemic. Already, a number of countries have reported confirmed human cases and even deaths due to avian influenza and this number is constantly on the rise.

Bird Flu Prevention

Prevention is the best cure� goes the famous adage. The precautionary measures initiated in anticipation go a long way in curbing aggravation.

Firstly, the poultry farm owners must send random samples of their birds for thorough examination to the nearest veterinary/avian lab. All the infected birds must be immediately culled and the others properly vaccinated. The workers at the poultry farms must cover themselves properly so as to avoid a direct contact with the infected secretions from birds.

It is perfectly safe to eat poultry products provided the food is thoroughly and properly cooked. It is believed that the avian influenza virus cannot survive temperatures above 700 C. Juices from raw poultry and poultry products should not be allowed during food preparation to touch or mix with items eaten raw. One must wash his hands properly with soap and hot water after coming in contact with the poultry products.

Bird Flu Treatment

Though vaccines are available to counter seasonal influenza but no such shot has been developed till date against the H5N1 virus.

Only two drugs are found to be effective against the deadly avian flu � Tamiflu (oseltamivir) and Relenza (zanamivir). These drugs are effective only if taken within 48 hours of occurrence of first symptoms. The inhibitive factors regarding bird flu treatment seem to be the prohibitive costs and the limited production of these drugs.

For convenience, the patients can buy Tamiflu online only after proper diagnosis and prescription for the drug.

The bird flu is certainly a potential pandemic threat and must be addressed globally on humanitarian basis.

About the author:

Andrew Taylor is an associated editor to the website http://www.checkflu.com, a Roche Tamiflu Online site, is committed to provide visitors with complete information on Roche Tamiflu, Treatment of Influenza, Tamiflu, Influenza, Avian Influenza, H5N1 Virus, Human Transmission, Bird Flu, Mutating Virus, Neuraminidase Inhibitors, Oseltamivir Phosphate, Treatment of Flu, Types of Influenza virus and other related topics. Your feedback & comments will be highly appreciated at andrewtlr@gmail.com.

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Health Guru : Bee Supplements For Your Health
Webmaster | 11. January 2007 @ 16:17

Bee Pollen

Bee pollen is often referred to as nature's most complete food. Human consumption of bee pollen is praised in the Bible, other religious books, and ancient Chinese and Egyptian texts. Bee pollen rejuvenates your body, stimulates organs and glands, enhances vitality, and brings about a longer life span. Bee pollen's ability to consistently and noticeably increase energy levels makes it a favorite substance among many world class athletes and those interested in sustaining and enhancing quality performance.

Bee Propolis

Bee propolis, often called Nature's penicillin, has historically been used to treat TB, ulcers, mitosis, colitis and to boost immunity. Bee propolis has been shown to destroy bacteria, viruses, fungus and even penicillin-resistant bacteria (staphylococcus). It contains bioflavonoids, one of which (galangin) is a natural antibiotic. As well, Bee propolis boosts immune functioning, specifically by increasing the activity of phagocytes (killer cells). Bee Propolis also inhibits prostaglandin production, thereby stopping inflammation.

Bee Propolis is a resin collected from plants by bees and used in the construction of hives. Bees adopted sterilization habits long before humans. The most sterile place in nature is the bee hive. Propolis is the natural substance responsible for neutralizing any bacteria, fungi or virus which enters the hive. One of the most powerful foods found in nature, Propolis is a highly complex mixture of waxes, resins, balsams, oils and a small amount of pollen.

Bee Propolis is a waxy substance collected by honey bees which contains phytotonizides. Phytotonizides are believed to contain immunity factors, which when used internally, stimulates the body and gives it a natural resistance to diseases (a natural antibiotic). Propolis is gathered from all around the world, and proper temperature control will assure maximum freshness and consistency.

As a supplement, Bee Propolis is an excellent aid against bacterial infections. Stimulates 'phagocytosis'; helps white blood cells to destroy bacteria. Good results against inflammation of the mucous membranes of the mouth and the throat, dry cough, halitosis, tonsillitis, ulcers, and acne. Stimulates immune system.

Royal Jelly

Royal Jelly is a substance of complex chemical structure produced by the young nurse bees as larva food. Although it is not quite as well known as bee pollen, royal jelly equals pollen in its salutary effects.

The young nurse bees make royal jelly, it is a secretion from glands on the tops of their heads. For 2-3 days, royal jelly is the only food given to all young larvae in their maturation process, while for the queen larvae, it is the specific food for their whole life period. During the 3 days in which the worker bee larvae are fed on royal jelly, they reach the maximum development; their weight multiplies about 250 times. The queen (fed only on royal jelly for her entire life) reaches maturity 5 days earlier than the worker bees; and, when she is fully grown, her weight is double that of the working bee. The span of the worker bee's life is about 35-40 days; while the queen lives 5-6 years and is extremely prolific. She is fertilized once, and from that moment on can lay as many as three thousand eggs a day during the season. As incredible as this may seem, she can lay that many eggs for five years.

This rich concentrated food is not just useful for the bees. It contains remarkable amounts of proteins, lipids, glucides, vitamins, hormones, enzymes, mineral substances, and specific vital factors that act as biocatalysts in cell regeneration processes within the human body.

About the author:

Chester Ku-Lea is a health nutrition consultant and is the owner of www.AstroNutrition.com - a provider of premium health nutrition and sports supplements.

chester@astronutrition.com

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Health Guru : Baking Tips
Webmaster | 10. January 2007 @ 16:17

Most people have a real basic idea about what they need when they set out to do baking at home, but most people don't have the background to know what works well and what does not, in the baking tips and tricks that I am going to show you will make your baking experience much more interesting and your work easier.

Baking Tip #1. Using tin baking pans is what they used in the 40's and 50's and they worked well but they didn�t distribute the heat through the pan very well, by using a heavy gage aluminum baking pan the heat will be distributed through the pan a lot better giving you a much more evenly baked cake without any burn spot.

Baking Tip#2. Everyone tries to get a really smooth icing on their cake before decorating it but it just doesn�t want to smooth out, well here is the way you do it. After you get the icing on the cake as smooth as you can dip the icing spatula in hot water and wipe in a towel to take off the water and lightly smooth out the icing, the heat from the spatula will melt the shortening in the icing causing it to become smooth. You will need to repeat this as many times as necessary.

Baking Tip#3. Cake ruffle around the base of your cake will make it much more appealing and only takes a moment to apply it.

Baking Tip#4 To make a better box cake mix use 4 medium eggs, 1/3 cup of vegetable oil, 1 1/4 cup cold water, 2 ounces pudding mix, this will give you a moister cake with a fluffier texture.

Baking Tip#5. When making cookies that you are going to roll out with your hands use an ice-cream scoop to dip them out and save yourself a great amount of time and they will also be the same size.

Baking Tip#6. Having cookies all the same size on a baking pan causes them all to bake more evenly and they will all come out of the oven looking great.

Baking Tip#7. When baking sugar cookies bake them on the two upper racks of your oven, this will cause them to bake more evenly because they won�t get a lot of bottom heat on some and not on others. You want even browning on all.

Baking Tip#8. When baking cookies rotate the pans at the half point of the baking time.

Baking Tip#9. Always use parchment on your baking pans when baking cookies, it makes a lot easier.

Baking Tip#10. When baking a cake don't grease or flour your pan, just use parchment paper on the bottom of your pan and when the cake has been cooled cut around the sides of the pan with a sharp straight blade knife then dump the cake out onto the table and remove the parchment before assembling.

About the author:

Ann Marie Krause has been making cookies for over 30 years, at persent I am retired, for over 23 years I owned a Gourmet Bakery called The Cheese Confectioner.You can visit my site at http://www.annsgoodies.com.

NOTE: You are welcome to reprint this article online as long as it remains complete and unaltered (including the about the author info at the end).

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Health Guru : Reinvigorate yourself with these healthy recipes
Webmaster | 9. January 2007 @ 16:17
Have you been putting on weight and wanted some healthy recipes? Use these recipes

to start a New Year. If you find these recipes not suitable, then stay tune to mostyummy.com for more recipes.
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Health Guru : Alzheimer's Disease - A Carer's Guide
Webmaster | 8. January 2007 @ 16:17

There are various definitions of Alzheimer �s disease including:

- �The slow onset of memory loss leading to a gradual progression to a loss of judgement and changes in behaviour and temperament.
- A living death�
- The global impairment of higher functions, including memory, the capacity to solve problems of day to day living, the performance of learned percepto-motor skills (for example tasks like washing, dressing and eating), and the control of emotional reactions in the absence of gross clouding of consciousness.

Memory Loss

Memory loss occurs in all cases of Alzheimer's disease. The most recent memories are the first to be affected, the things we�ve done in the last few hours or days. Later, as the disease progresses, the past memory also deteriorates.

The fact that memory loss is such an important feature of Alzheimer's, the testing of a person's memory is an easy and cheap method of diagnosing the condition. Questions asked should be extremely basic, for example:

- What day is it today?
- How old are you?
- Where are we now?
- What year is it?
- What month?
- Count backwards from 20 to 1.

These questions will test a person�s short term memory, and also orientation; disorientation being another problem experienced by Alzheimer's suffers.

Disorientation

Disorientation, or not knowing who or where you are, is closely connected to memory loss. Typically, an Alzheimer's sufferer will forget birthdays, become unsure of what day it is, and even forgets their own name. You can understand why Alzheimer's has been called a living death.

Because it is the short-term memory that goes first, suffers who go out alone have often returned to a house they lived in years ago, thinking they have come home.

Disorientation inside the home can become a problem too but not until the disease is in its later stages. It is important that nothing is moved or changed in the home to preserve continuity. If their environment and routine remains unchanged, an Alzheimer�s sufferer will remain more content and confident; change the environment however and their confusion and disorientation becomes readily apparent. This is why treatment at home rather than in hospital is preferred and transfer to hospital should be a last resort.

Personality Change

One of the cruellest aspects of Alzheimer�s disease is the change in personality many people experience. Often, the general behaviour and personality of Alzheimers suffers in the later stages will be in complete contrast to their usual behaviour they exhibited in earlier life.

Mood swings, from being ecstatically happy to extremely sad, verbal and sometimes physical aggression, and extreme anxiety and nervousness often affect the Alzheimers sufferer and, of course, the carer who can help best by offering continuous reassurance and patience.

Personal Hygiene

Personal hygiene often becomes a major issue with the sufferer forgetting to wash and bathe. Body odour, and stained and soiled clothing and hands can be a cause of great stress and result in a cruel loss of dignity.

Communication

During the early stages understanding simple speech remains unaffected, but finding the correct words can be a problem and the Alzheimers sufferer will often leave sentences unfinished. The taking of messages particularly over the telephone can be difficult and this is often one of the first signs of dementia.

As the disease worsens communication will become more difficult as comprehension skills decrease. Eventually their whole speech can become gibberish until eventually the Alzheimer sufferer will cease to talk altogether and will withdraw into his or her small world.

Sleep

Although the amount of sleep required by an Alzheimers sufferer is unlikely to change, their sleep cycle may do. So, instead of wanting to sleep at night and be awake during the day, this could become reversed. This isn�t a problem of itself except for the carer who will have his or her nights disrupted.

The carer is advised to keep the patient active and awake during the day as much as possible, even though it is tempting to seize an opportunity to do some chores and enjoy some peace and quiet should the sufferer fall asleep. A warm drink at bedtime may help, although any problems with incontinence should be considered. Ensure there are no other reasons for the restless nights, such as joint pain or night cramps. In the event the latter are a problem, administer mild painkillers. In the worst case scenario, many people use a night sitting service to ensure the sufferer is closely supervised while the carer gets a few nights of undisturbed sleep.

Malnutrition

Eating and drinking can be a problem with Alzheimer suffers. More accurately the lack of food and drink and the resulting malnutrition is the problem.

A sufferer may develop an irrational fear of the food you are providing, or they may simply forget or refuse to eat. Two likely causes of the latter are ill-fitting dentures, especially if the sufferer has lost weight; and constipation. A well balanced diet with plenty of roughage and a high fluid intake will help prevent constipation.

General Advice For Carers

It is difficult to judge who has the worse time, the Alzheimers sufferer or the carer. In the early stages of the disease it is probably the sufferer, in the latter stages it is undoubtedly the carer.

Help minimise disorientation by not moving anything in the home. To do so will make their confusion worse.

Admit an Alzheimers suffer to hospital as a last resort. Once you do so disorientation and confusion will increase markedly.

Do not let a sufferer out alone, they may have difficulty finding the way back home.

Do all you can to help the sufferer maintain dignity.

A warm drink or a tot of their favourite alcoholic drink may aid sleep at night. Try to keep the patient active and awake during the day.

Keep a cold drink nearby to remind the sufferer to take fluids.

Keep disruption to routine to a minimum to prolong the Alzheimers sufferer�s independence as long as possible.

Closely supervise medication. It is very easy for the Alzheimers sufferer to forget they have taken their medication, and take it repeatedly.

Alzheimer�s disease is progressive and incurable, although there are drugs that can slow the progression. It is one of the saddest diseases in that it is difficult to care for or regularly visit someone who no longer knows your name or recognises you.

About the author:

Tony Luck runs a web site for the over 50s. You can find more advice on health for the over 50s at http://www.wrinklies.net.

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Health Guru : Have you heard of Silver Spoon - a cookbook for beginners
Webmaster | 7. January 2007 @ 16:17
The Silver Spoon is a hardcover with a list price of $59.95. You can try this recipe to make a conclusion on whether the recipes in this book suit you and your family. The recipe is Salami, Ham & Cheese CalzoneCheck this out.

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Health Guru : Why You Should Consider An Herbal Colon Cleanse
Webmaster | 5. January 2007 @ 16:17

Colon Cleanse

Colon cleansing uses natural health & herbs to help your body to heal health problems which are often related to a colon which is not functioning as nature intended.

More and more people are suffering from health problems, including pain, constipation and lack of energy which can be related to a dirty bowel.

The most important cleanse to do is colon cleansing, because if you have a dirty colon with impacted fecal matter, this will create extra toxins which the other organs then have to continually cleanse and detox.

The #1 CANCER AMONG MEN AND WOMEN TOGETHER IS COLON CANCER.

The person on a typical Western Diet holds 8 meals of undigested food and waste material in the colon. Everyone would greatly benefit with doing a full Colon Cleanse at least once per year, with ongoing colon maintenance when necessary. It is recommended that Parasite Cleanse be taken at the same time as the Colon Cleanse. For optimum health, our objective should be to cleanse not only the colon, but all of the vital inner organs as well.

One of the most frequent bowel problems that people experience today is constipation. Constipation is generally attributed to a low fiber diet and lack of sufficient water, which cause our fecal matter to become condensed and compressed.

A good cleansing program should always begin by removing the waste in your colon, the last portion of your food processing chain. If you attempt to clean your liver, blood, or lymph system without first addressing a waste filled bowel, the excreted toxins will only get recycled back into your body.

The longer your body is exposed to putrefying food in your intestines, the greater the risk of developing disease. Even with one bowel movement per day, you will still have at least three meals worth of waste matter putrefying in your colon at all times. On top of all this, your system can also become continuously self-polluting by the poisonous gases that are caused by foods you don't tolerate. These poisonous gases can enter your bloodstream, irritating your organs and joints.

Bran and raw vegetables are so rich in fibrous bulk that they cannot get through the tiny holes remaining for passage of feces in most colons. Instead they back up, fester and contribute further to the problem. There is only one good way to clean yourself out and that is by cleansing your colon.

Natural Cleansing Products

Herbal colon cleansing may decrease the risks of developing certain health problems. Many people who are affected by a health condition have found that cleansing can help their body rejuvenate itself naturally. The body's immune system is the first line of defense against almost all infections and diseases. If your body has a strong immune system you will be less prone to infection. The immune system is made up of a vast system of lymphatic channels and lymph nodes. Detoxing your body and your colon with the right herbs and supplements is an all natural way to remove unwanted toxins and heavy metals from lymphatic system improving the overall immune system.

Toxins from air, food and water tend to accumulate in your body over time. Your liver, colon, small intestines, pancreas, kidneys, gallbladder, spleen and lymph nodes work in harmony and in balance to eliminate these toxins.

Cleansing with Fibre

Fibre plays an essential role in maintaining the health of the digestive system, and adequate fibre in the diet has significant value in the prevention of cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes and other ailments. Fibre cleanses the digestive tract and enhances its function. Metabolised by intestinal bacteria into substances that prevent colon cancer, fibre dilutes and speeds the removal of carcinogens and other toxins in foods so that they spare the delicate lining of the GI tract. Fibre helps achieve optimal blood sugar control and cholesterol levels by slowing digestion and maximising cholesterol excretion.

Benefits of Colon Cleansing and Liver Detoxification

- colon cleanse and liver detox products increase energy
- colon cleanse and liver detox improves digestion
- colon cleanse and liver detox result in clearer skin complexions
- colon cleanse and liver detox improve circulation
- colon cleanse and liver detox increase mental alertness
- colon cleanse and liver detox support weight maintenance
- colon cleanse and liver detox balance the function of vital cleansing organs
- colon cleanse and liver detox strengthen your immune system

About the author:

Chester Ku-Lea is a health nutrition consultant and is the owner of www.AstroNutrition.com - a provider of premium health nutrition and sports supplements.

chester@astronutrition.com Want health supplements that contain more than 30 herbs and vegetables at a low price? Check out at www.fasteasydiets.com.

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Health Guru : Learn About Loosing Weight
Webmaster | 4. January 2007 @ 16:17

Spring is almost upon us and before you know it summer will be here. After all that winter eating the last thing you want to do is sit on the beach feeling uncomfortable. Did you know that there was a time in the world when the notion of loosing weight was non existent? In those days people engaged in a lot more physical activity. Today we lead more sedentary lifestyles. We drive to work, we sit at our desks for eight hours after which time we drive home, watch tv and got to bed.

Today we have the million dollar weight loss industry. There are hundreds of supplements sold daily to help people loose weight. There are also all sorts of gadgets. My favorite one was the exercise belt that vibrated around your tummy. This was great; you could loose weight while sitting and watching tv. !What a concept!

Here are some simple tips to help you loose weight. Firstly learn about food. Learn about what you like. Learn your tastes. Experiment with a variety of food types. Loosing weight is not a chore however it can be an education.

Drink more water; preferably drink it before you eat. Introduce more greens into your diet. Try and eat fruit first before other foods. A smoothie in the morning can work wonders. Try and introduce more raw vegetables into your weekly menu. Do some research on food and play with different types to see what you like.

Based on your observations create a menu for each week of the month. This way you vary your food throughout the month and then just rotate for the following month. Always be on the look out for new variations and tastes to introduce to your monthly diet. You do not have to starve yourself. What you need to do is eat more of the right foods. Substitute the poor quality foods with better quality foods. Do not force your self to eat foods that you do not like in order to loose weight. There are plenty of food types. There is bound to be ones that you like. All you have to is find them.

Like anything else. This will only work if you want it to. Second to that you can learn all about food. Make it fun. Make it an adventure. Turn it around to be what you want it to be. By doing this you will loose weight and be happy.

About the author:

Paul Hegarty is the owner of learningfromdvds.com. A guide to educational DVDs with price comparisons, reviews, and free E-books. Read this month�s e-book on "How To Spot A fraudulent Email". Grab your free copy today.

Learn about living a healthy life in the comfort of your own home with educational Health DVDs. Learn how to take care of the worlds most beloved flower at http://www.care-for-roses.com. Want to know how to lose weight in a simple and natural way? Check out for more details at www.fasteasydiets.com

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Health Guru : Insomnia Medication Side Effects
Webmaster | 3. January 2007 @ 16:17

I seldom have a sleepless night but remember an occasion when I had difficulty falling asleep. Being awake when I should have been asleep was very annoying. Since I work at night, the problem may have been too much sunlight coming in through the window when it was time to go to bed. In the winter time the light isn't bright enough to bother me.

Light influences the production of a hormone that regulates when we get that sleepy feeling. Too much light tends to make us wake up. Unfortunately, light is only one of the factors that influences our ability to fall asleep. Stress, caffeine use and a host of other factors can also contribute to a case of insomnia.

Insomnia can be described as the inability to fall asleep, the inability to stay asleep or waking up too early. There are three categories of insomnia . Chronic insomnia is long term and happens most nights for a month or longer. Two to four weeks of poor sleep constitutes short-term insomnia and the transient form of insomnia lasts but a few nights.

Benzodiazepines could be prescribed to help one fall asleep on a short term basis. Long term use of sleeping pills can become addictive.

Lorazepam is a benzodiazepine used for insomnia and anxiety relief. Lorazepam also goes by the names Lorazepam Intensol, Loraz, Alzapam and Ativan. In Canada you might find the names Nu-Loraz, Novo-Lorazepam or Apo-Lorazepam.

There are a number of side effects that a Lorazepam user might wish to be aware of. Among them are clumsiness, drowsiness and dizziness. Other possible side effects include, decreased sex drive, difficulty urinating, nausea, constipation or diarrhea. There are more potential side effects, ask your pharmacist for more information.

The human body can be viewed as a system made up of other systems. There are a number of systems that work together to make up the miracle of human life. Whenever introducing an external force to one of these systems in the form of a drug, the potential to interfere with or cause problems in other systems always exists. For this reason, you should work closely with your doctor or pharmacist when taking any medication. If you are fortunate to have a doctor who is willing to entertain alternatives, this will broaden the arena of options that are available to you.

Keep in mind that many drugs are synthetic imitations of substances that occur in nature. Sometimes a doctor who is willing to utilize these natural alternatives can be of great benefit.

Consider that this article is for information purposes only. It is not intended to give advice. It is also not intended suggest treatment, diagnosis or prevention of any health condition. Consult your primary care physician for any health related issues you may be facing.

About the author:

David Snape writes for http://tobeinformed.com/sleep/sleep.html.

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Health Guru : Tenderloin Steaks with Cranberry-Port Sauce and Gorgonzola Cheese
Webmaster | 2. January 2007 @ 16:17
Happy New Year! Want delicious staek that goes with cranberry and cheese? Check this out.

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Health Guru : Antioxidants: Combating Aging and Disease
Webmaster | 1. January 2007 @ 16:17

Wouldn�t we all like to age gracefully (if at all for that matter!) and ward off the wrinkly signs and ill symptoms for as long as possible. Keys to longevity may be more accessible than we think, and it appears our diets play a critical role. Antioxidants are the knights in shining armor that subjugate the attack of free radicals in the body, the hazardous molecules that damage cells and procure aging and disease. Though antioxidants are produced naturally in the body, these decline with age, hence an increasing need to acquire them from the foods in our diet.

Before examining antioxidants more closely, it is important to take a look at the free radicals they serve to neutralize.

Free Radicals

Free radicals are created as by-products in our use of oxygen during metabolism such as the burning of food for energy. They are essentially oxidant molecules that are missing an electron and seek to restore themselves by targeting nearby cells in an attempt to recover this electron, potentially harming enzymes, DNA, proteins and cell membranes in the process. This damage can mutate cells and alter cell function, increasing the risk of numerous diseases and chronic conditions including arthritis, diabetes, cataracts, cancer, heart disease and stroke. Free radical damage is implicated in the onset of aging and its degenerative symptoms and diseases.

As well as generated within the body, free radicals come from environmental sources such as pollution, radiation, unhealthy foods, bacteria, viruses, cigarette smoke and UV light.

Antioxidants

Antioxidants serve to mitigate the harmful effect of free radicals by giving up an electron and stabilizing them in the process. Although we produce many of our own antioxidants within the body, food provides an essential source for these key players of our defense system. Vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients all have antioxidant properties. The most common examples include vitamins A, C and E, selenium and zinc, carotenoids, flavonoids, co-enzyme Q10, alpha-lipoic acid and glutathione.

As there are many different types of free radicals in the body a variety of antioxidants are required to protect against them. Antioxidants function best as a team, with each other and other nutrients and phytochemicals, which is why incorporating a wide range of plant foods into your diet is recommended. Phytochemical groups such as flavonoids and carotenoids correspond to the colour, taste and smell attributes of plants, hence eating a rainbow array of vegetables and fruits can offer a diverse selection of these potent antioxidants.

Antioxidant Rich Foods

Foods especially high in antioxidants include berries, plums, pomegranates, oranges, spinach, green tea, avocado, kale, broccoli, peas, onions, grapes and pure chocolate.

Scientists at the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) have developed a rating scale that measures the total antioxidant capacity of a given food. This is known as the ORAC score (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity).

Of 40 common fruits and vegetables measured by the USDA, top ranking scores were those of prunes(5770), raisins (2830), blueberries (2400 � highest of all fresh foods with other berries close behind), kale (1770), spinach (1260), Brussels sprouts (980), plums (949), alfalfa sprouts (930), broccoli florets (890), beetroots (840), oranges (750 ), red peppers (710 ) and red grapes (739).

Pure cocoa surpasses all these foods with a whopping score of 26,00 units, more than 10 times the prestigious blueberry (though one is likely to eat far less in quantity). The extraordinary goji berry from Tibet also has outstanding antioxidant capacity with a score of 18,500 units; hardly surprising as they contain 500 times more vitamin C than oranges and even more beta-carotene than carrots!

According to studies on animals and human blood at the Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts in Boston, high-ORAC foods may slow aging processes in the body and brain. Results found that high ORAC foods such as blueberries and spinach could increase the antioxidant power of human blood by 10-25%, prevent loss of long-term memory and learning ability in middle-aged rats, and protect rat blood vessels against oxygen damage.

Antioxidants and Aging

As we age, free radical levels rise and yet the body falls short in producing necessary amounts of antioxidants to meet this challenge. For example, cells generate more of the oxidants hydrogen peroxide and superoxide, yet levels of the necessary antioxidant glutathione required to neutralise these decline. The Free Radical Theory of Aging, first proposed by Harman in 1954, is supported by cross-species examination of animals with regard to life span, free radical damage and antioxidant defence. For example, the white-footed mouse lives about twice as long as the house mouse (8 versus 4 years), and is found to generate less oxidants and have higher levels of antioxidants. As Beckman and Ames write in The Free Radical Theory of Ageing Matures (1998), �Together, interspecies comparisons of oxidative damage, antioxidant defences, and oxidant generation provide some of the most compelling evidence that oxidants are one of the most significant determinants of life span.�

Very recent evidence comes from a study on dogs at the University of Toronto by Dr. Dwight Tapp and colleagues who found that old dogs that were on an antioxidant diet performed better on a variety of cognitive tests than dogs that were not on the diet. In fact, the dogs eating antioxidant-fortified foods performed as well as young animals�.

Additional research by Dr. Rabinovitch and his team, studying aging at the University of Washington, Seattle, found that mice engineered to produce high levels of an antioxidant enzyme (catalase) lived 20 per cent longer and had less heart and other age-related diseases than controls.

In light of the role free radicals play in the onset of aging and disease, it is important to ensure our diets include a rich and diverse supply of antioxidants. These protective agents can be found abundantly in vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds and are particularly high in superfoods.

Copyright 2006 Sylvia Riley

About the author:

Sylvia Riley is an author, writer and researcher in the field of natural health and nutrition. Discover the worlds ultimate superfoods: http://www.miracle-superfoods.com Want a diet that is simple and easy to follow? Want to keep yourself free from diseases? Then check out www.fasteasydiets.com on how to do so.

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