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Surprising uses of common salt

October 16, 2013

Common Salt

Mankind has been using salt for many centuries, in the course of which we’ve amassed many uses for this amazing substance。

 

 Here are a few of the more practical uses for salt:

Pick up a dropped egg.
 

If an egg breaks on the kitchen floor, sprinkle salt on the mess and leave it there for 20 minutes. You will be able to wipe it right up.

Soothe a bee sting.
 

Wet the sting right away, then cover it with salt.

Eliminate a grease fire. 

Pour salt on top to smother it. (Never use water on a grease fire.)

Clean up oven spills.
 

If food boils over onto the oven floor, sprinkle salt on top to stop smoke and odor from forming. When the oven is cool, it will be easy to brush away the spot.

Set color.
 

If a dye may run, soak the garment for an hour in 1/2 gallon of water to which you have added 1/2 cup vinegar and 1/2 cup salt. If rinse water shows color, repeat. This is good for a single-colored fabric or madras. If the item is multicolored, dry-clean it.


Kill Poison Ivy

Add three pounds of salt to a gallon of soapy water. Spray it onto leaves and stems.

Make cream whip more easily and egg whites whip faster and higher.
 

Add a pinch of salt.

Test for rotten eggs.
 

Put an egg in a cup of water to which you add two teaspoons of salt. A fresh egg will sink, but one that’s rotten will float.

Clean the brown spots (from starch) off a nonstick sole plate (the bottom of your iron).

Sprinkle salt on a sheet of waxed paper, slide the iron across it, then rub lightly with silver polish.

Repel fleas.
 

Wash the doghouse with it.

Kill grass growing in cracks in the cement or between patio stones.
 

Sprinkle salt on the grass and pour very hot water over it. Or sprinkle coarse salt on the grass, let stand all day or overnight, then pour hot tap water over it.

Clean a glass coffee pot.
 

Fill it with 1/4 cup of table salt and a dozen ice cubes. Swish the mixture around, let it sit for half an hour, fill it with cold water and rinse.

Halt the mountain of suds from an overflowing washing machine.
 

Sprinkle salt on the top.

Clean artificial flowers.
 

Put them in a bag of salt and shake the bag. Take a look at the color of the salt and you will see what you have accomplished.

Keep windows frost-free.
 

Dip a sponge into salt water and rub it on windows, and they won’t frost up even when the mercury dips below 32 degrees; for the same effect on your car’s windshield, put salt in a little bag made of cheesecloth, moisten it slightly and rub it on.

Clean tarnished copper.
 

Fill a 16-ounce spray bottle with hot white vinegar and three tablespoons of salt. Spray it onto the copper, let it sit briefly, then rub clean.

(Do not do this to lacquered copper.)

Keep radishes safe in the garden.
 

Salt worms (cutworms) will be repelled if you sprinkle seeds with table salt, then cover with dirt.

Clean coffee and tea stains from china cups.
 

Rub them with salt.

Keep potatoes and apples from turning brown once they are sliced.
 

Put them in salted cold water.

Clean a cutting board.
 

Cover it with bleach and salt, scrub it with a stiff brush, then rinse with very hot water and wipe with a clean cloth. Repeat with each use.

Vacuum clearner

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VITAMINS, MINERALS AND SUPPLEMENTS

August 15, 2011

In general the way to get crucial vitamins and minerals is through healthy foods, so for a completely well-nourished person, supplements may be a waste of money. But for people over age 50, even the best diet may not provide enough of some important nutrients.

Use this information to explore details about the Vitamins, Minerals and Supplements that are most important and especially as you grow older for people over 50.

Supplements may cause side effects. If you have certain diseases, such as cancer or diabetes, your body may have special nutritional needs. Be sure to talk to your doctor about the vitamins and supplements you take.

Vitamins

1.1 Vitamin A 
1.2 Vitamin B1 (thiamin)
1.3 Vitamin B2 (riboflavin)
1.4 Vitamin B3 (niacin)
1.5 Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine)
1.6 Vitamin B12
1.7 Vitamin C
1.8 Vitamin D
1.9 Vitamin E
1.10 Folic acid
1.11 Vitamin K
MINERALS
2.1 Calcium
2.2 Chromium
2.3 IODINE

2.4 IRON

2.5 Magnesium
2.6 Potassium
2.7 Selenium
2.8 Zinc

Supplements

3.1 Omega-3 fatty acids 
3.2 Echinacea
3.3 Ginkgo

3.4 Ginseng

Vitamin A

How much?
Men: 900 mcg
Women: 700 mcg

Why you need it: 

Promotes good vision; helps keep immune system healthy.

Good to know: 

In supplements, look for vitamin A as beta carotene, not as retinol or retinoic acid, which increases the risk of bone fracture.

Food sources: 

Dairy products, fish, darkly colored fruits and vegetables.

Vitamin B1 (thiamin)

How much?
Men: 1.2 mg
Women: 1.1 mg
Why you need it: 
Necessary for healthy nerve and brain cells; helps convert food to energy.
Good to know: 
Antacids and some diuretics may lower thiamin levels by decreasing absorption and increasing urinary secretion.

Food sources: 
Liver, whole grains, enriched breads and cereals.

Vitamin B2 (riboflavin)

How much?
Men: 1.3 mg
Women: 1.1 mg
Why you need it: 
Important for red blood cell production; helps convert food to energy.
Good to know: 
Older men and women may be especially susceptible to riboflavin deficiency, which can cause cracking or sores at the corners of the mouth, skin irritation or weakness.
Food sources: 
milk, eggs, fortified bread products and cereals.

Vitamin B3 (niacin) 
How much?

Men: 16 mg
Women: 14 mg 
Why you need it: 

Necessary for proper functioning of the digestive system, skin and nerves; helps convert food to energy.
Good to know: 
Can cause skin flushing; may be prescribed to treat high cholesterol but should be used only under a doctor’s care because of potentially severe side effects.

Food sources:
Meat, fish, poultry, eggs.

Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) 

How much?
Men: 1.7 mg
Women: 1.5 mg
Why you need it: Aids in the formation of red blood cells; strengthens the immune system.
Good to know: Too high doses of supplements may cause nerve damage, numbness and trouble walking.

Food sources: Beans, nuts, eggs, whole grains.

Vitamin B12

How much?
Men and women: 2.4 mcg

Why you need it: Essential for keeping nerves and red blood cells healthy.

Good to know: As many as a third of people over 50 do not absorb enough B12 from diet alone; inadequate absorption may lead to neurological and balance problems.

Food sources: Fish, shellfish, meat, dairy products.

Vitamin C
How much?

Men: 90 mg
Women: 75 mg
(Smokers should add an extra 35 mg)

Why you need it: 
Important for wound healing; boosts immune system; required for growth and repair of tissues in all parts of body.
Good to know: 
No studies confirm vitamin C prevents colds although it may shorten the length of a cold; excessive amounts may lead to upset stomach and diarrhea.
Food sources: 
Citrus fruits, tomatoes, kiwi, strawberries.

Vitamin D
How much?

Ages 51-70: 400 IU (10 mcg)
Age 71+: 600 IU (15 mcg)
Why you need it: Helps the body absorb calcium; may protect against heart disease, cancer, diabetes and several autoimmune diseases.
Good to know: The current recommendation is under review and may soon increase substantially. See also “D to the Rescue.”
Food sources: Sun exposure provides the body’s main supply of vitamin D; fatty fish, fortified milk and juices also contribute.

Vitamin E
How much?

Men and women: 15 mg
Why you need it: 
Helps protect cells from damage; may reduce the risk of developing cancer, heart disease and other chronic diseases, but further research is needed.

Good to know: 
If you take a blood thinner, talk to your doctor before taking supplements; vitamin E increases bleeding risk.
Food sources: 
Vegetable oils, nuts, fruits, vegetables.

Folic acid

How much?
Men and women: 
400 mcg

Why you need it: 
This B vitamin helps form red blood cells and produce DNA.

Good to know: 
High levels may mask vitamin B12 deficiency, especially in older adults. Recent research, suggests that for women, folic acid along with vitamins B6 and B12 may reduce the risk of developing age-related macular degeneration.

Food sources: 
Enriched cereals, whole-grain breads, dark, leafy vegetables.

Vitamin K

How much?
Men: 120 mcg
Women: 90 mcg

Why you need it: Helps blood clot properly and helps maintain strong bones in older men and women.

Good to know: Can dilute the effect of blood thinners, so talk to your doctor if you take Coumadin (warfarin) or other blood thinners.

Food sources: Plant oils, green vegetables, cabbage, cauliflower.

[2] MINERALS

Calcium

How much?
Men and women: 1200 mg

Why you need it: Helps form and maintain healthy teeth and bones; needed for normal heartbeat; helps with blood clotting.

Good to know: The body needs vitamin D to help absorb calcium, so if you use calcium supplements choose one that contains D. Recent studies have linked calcium pills to increased risk of heart attack.

Food sources: Dairy products, green leafy vegetables, bok choy, calcium-fortified orange juice.

Chromium

How much?
Men: 30 mcg
Women: 20 mcg

Why you need it: Helps maintain normal blood sugar levels.

Good to know: There has been interest in treating high glucose levels and type 2 diabetes with supplemental chromium, but research to date is inconclusive.

Food sources: Meat, chicken, broccoli, apples, fish, grape juice.

Iodine

How much?
Men and women: 150 mcg

Why you need it: 
Necessary for normal thyroid function; prevents goiter, a swelling of the thyroid gland.

Good to know: 
Deficiency occurs more often in women than men; when buying salt, choose one labeled “iodized.”

Food sources: Seafood, iodized salt.

Iron
How much?

Men and women: 8 mg
Why you need it: 
Essential for healthy red blood cells.
Good to know: 
Men and women over 50 generally should not take a mutivitamin containing iron unless they have been diagnosed with iron deficiency.
Food sources: 
Meat, eggs, fortified bread and grain products.

Magnesium
How much?
Men: 420 mg
Women: 320 mg
Why you need it:
Supports a healthy immune system; helps keep bones strong; regulates heart rhythm.
Good to know: Magnesium-rich foods may help protect against the development of type 2 diabetes; may also decrease the risk of high blood pressure in women.
Food sources: Whole grains, nuts, green vegetables.

Potassium
How much?

Men and women: 4700 mg

Why you need it: 
Crucial for heart, kidney, muscle, nerve function; important in controlling blood pressure; works with sodium to maintain the body’s water balance.

Good to know: 
With age, kidneys become less able to remove potassium from blood, so speak with your doctor before taking supplements. A diet rich in fruits and vegetables generally provides sufficient potassium.

Food sources: 
Cantaloupe, bananas, yogurt, leafy green vegetables and sweet potatoes.

Selenium

How much?
Men and women: 55 mcg

Why you need it: 

Helps make special proteins that play a role in preventing cell damage.

Good to know: 

May reduce the risk of certain cancers, including lung, colorectal and prostate, although not all studies have found this effect.

Food sources: 

Red meat, fish, chicken, vegetables.

Zinc
How much?

Men: 11 mg
Women: 8 mg
Why you need it: 
Aids in wound healing; keeps sense of smell and taste sharp.

Good to know: 
Many people take zinc to ease the miseries of a common cold, but its effect is controversial; some studies suggest zinc can speed recovery, others conclude it doesn’t work. Some studies show that taking a combination of antioxidants and zinc reduces the risk of advanced age-related macular degeneration.

Food sources: 
Fortified cereals, red meat, eggs, seafood.

[3] SUPPLEMENTS

Omega-3 fatty acids
What does it do: 

Important for blood clotting, cell division, relaxation and contraction of muscles.
Good to know: 
The omega-3 fatty acids plentiful in fatty fish and fish oil supplements have built a powerful reputation for reducing the risk of a second heart attack. Studies on fish oil and memory have had mixed results. May interact with blood thinners.

Echinacea
What does it do: 
This native American plant may reduce the duration of a cold.

Good to know: 
Study results are mixed about whether it can prevent colds and other infections.

Ginkgo

What does it do: 
Derived from the oldest living tree species, ginkgo extract improves walking in people with certain circulatory problems that affect the legs.

Good to know: 
Research on ginkgo’s effect on Alzheimer’s and memory loss has been disappointing. Ginkgo can increase bleeding risk, so talk to your doctor if you take blood thinners or have surgery scheduled.

Ginseng
What does it do: 

The root of this plant appears to benefit people with heart disorders. It may also lower blood glucose levels in people with type 2 diabetes.
Good to know: 
People with diabetes should use caution with ginseng, especially if they are taking medication to lower blood glucose.

Lose Weight Easily in Just Seven Days

April 21, 2011

A Simple Diet Program

to Lose Weight Easily

in Just Seven Days

Weight loss is one of the top-most concerns of many individuals. Ever changing modern work style does not leave us with enough time and opportunities to take care of ourselves and our body. The weight loss program or the free diet plan that I will share with you in this post consists of a seven day diet regime aiming to reduce your weight by 3-4 Kgs a week, consider it a rapid weight loss diet. This could be very helpful for bloggers, Internet addicts and IT professionals who spent lot of time working on their computers without burning any calories off their body. Anyone can follow this free diet program as it doesn’t aim at quick weight loss. Losing up-to 3-4 Kgs of weight a week is healthy weight loss. If you have been considering various weight loss solutions such as weight loss surgery, I recommend that you try this weight loss diet first and then only look at any other solution if it doesn’t work.

Please note the following points before you take up this weight loss diet regime

  • If you are not comfortable, you can discontinue the diet program on any day.

  • You must drink at least 7 glasses of water everyday unless specifically mentioned to drink more in the regime below.

  • Continue this program till you lose extra weight. Once you attain proper weight, you may either continue or discontinue the diet regime and follow it whenever you need to.

  • This is one of the top 10 diet plans if you are aiming at gradual and healthy weight loss.

  • This is a low carbohydrate diet plan. If you are suffering from any illness and require high carbohydrate diet, consult your doctor before you follow this weight loss plan.

  • Dont blame me if you dont lose enough weight. Just continue the regime for another 7 days.

Seven Day Diet Regime at Targeting a weight loss of up to 4 Kgs a week

Day 1 [Fruits]

On day one of your diet regime will start with all fruits diet.

You may eat fruits of your choice and in any quantity.

There is no limit.

Eat till your stomach is full.

In case you don’t find fruits in nearby stores,

you can substitute it with packaged fruit juices

but avoid fruit juices that have preservatives in it,

 they don’t really do any good in this case.

 On day one, you must eat fruits ONLY and

don’t forget to drink at least 7 glasses of water.

Note: The only fruit that will not be on your plate is Banana.

Every other fruit is ok except banana.

 Don’t limit it to just one fruit, have as many different fruits you can.

Day 2 [Vegetables]

 This is all vegetables day.

If you prefer, you may have raw or/and cooked vegetables.

Eat as much as you want to, no quantity restrictions.

If you want to cook the vegetables,

you may do so but avoid using oil while you cook.

7 glasses of water today also.

Day 3 [Fruits and Vegetables]

 On day three, you will eat a mixture of fruits and vegetables.

No quantity restrictions, eat till you fill your stomach.

Also, eat one banana today, just one!

Day 4 [Vegetables, Bananas and Milk]

Today you will eat 6 bananas,

3 glasses of milk and small quantity of vegetables.

In the morning,

your breakfast will start with 2 bananas and one big glass of milk.

You will follow this in the afternoon for your lunch.

In the evening eat 2 bananas, eat vegetables and drink one glass of milk.

Day 5 [Rice and tomatoes]

Today you will have one cup of rice,

six full tomatoes (medium size) and

 since you are having lots of tomatoes,

 drink 10 glasses of water today.

Day 6 [Rice and Vegetables]

One cup of rice and raw/cooked vegetables of your choice.

It’s recommended that you eat rice in the morning

and for rest of the day, eat vegetables.

Day 7 [Fruits, Vegetables and Rice]

On day seven, eat fruits, vegetables and 1 cup of rice.

You may substitute fruits and vegetables with juices as well,

but that is to avoid.

This diet regime works well by burning more fat

than accumulating it and

since it avoids all sorts of food items that

eventually gets converted to fat to

 become a part of your body,

the weight loss is faster and harmless.

Facts about Margarine

April 11, 2011

This is interesting . .. .

Margarine

was originally manufactured to fatten turkeys. When it killed the turkeys, the people who had put all the money into the research wanted a payback so they put their heads together to figure out what to do with this product to get their money back.

It was a white substance with no food appeal so they added the yellow colouring and sold it to people to use in place of butter.

How do you like it?

They have come out with some clever new flavourings….

DO YOU KNOW..

The difference between margarine and butter?

Read on to the end…gets very interesting!

Both have the same amount of calories.

Butter is slightly higher in saturated fats at

8 grams; compared to
5 grams for margarine.

Eating margarine can increase heart disease in women by 53% over eating the same amount of butter, according to a recent Harvard Medical Study.

Eating butter increases the absorption of many other nutrients in other foods..

Butter has many nutritional benefits where margarinehas a few and only because they are added!

Butter tastes much better than margarine and it can enhance the flavours of other foods.

Butter has been around for centuries where margarine has been around for less than 100 years.

And now, for Margarine..

Very High in Trans fatty acids.

Triples risk of coronary heart disease

Increases total cholesterol and LDL (this is the bad cholesteroland lowers HDL cholesterol, (the good cholesterol)

Increases the risk of cancers up to five times..

Lowers quality of breast milk.

Decreases immune response.

Decreases insulinresponse.

And here’s the most disturbing fact….

HERE IS THE PART THAT IS VERY INTERESTING!

Margarine is but ONE MOLECULEaway from being PLASTIC…. and shares 27 ingredients with PAINT

These facts alone were enough to have me avoiding margarine for life and anything else that is hydrogenated (this means hydrogen is added, changing the molecular structure of the substance).

You can try this yourself:

Purchase a tub of margarine and leave it open in your garage or shaded area. Within a couple of days you will notice a couple of things:

* no flies, not even those pesky fruit flies will go near it (that should tell you something)

* it does not rot or smell differently because it has no nutritional value ; nothing will grow on it. Even those teeny weeny microorganisms will not a find a home to grow..

Why?

Because it is nearly plasticWould you melt your Tupperware and spread that on your toast?

Share This With Your Friends…..

(If you want to butter them up’)!

Chinese Proverb:

When someone shares something of value with you and you benefit from it, you have a moral obligation to share it with others.

Pass the BUTTER PLEASE!

Cut down on your sugar

October 11, 2010

If you want to cut down on your sugar, and

before you start to take that Coke take a look at this !

WHAT A WONDERFUL WAY TO PRESENT THIS…
 Someone ought to get an award for this.
We know the facts, but this brings perspective quickly, doesn’t it?  

Each cube is a teaspoonful.

I never would have believed it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When someone shares something of value with you and you benefit from it,

you have a moral obligation to share it with others”.

Eat Less Rice

October 5, 2010

You must know that human being was created to eat grains (five types of grains like nut and cereal) and greens in their natural habitat.
Our body was also more suitable to digest and absorb all these as staple diet. But because of lacking food stuff after the Nomadic’ flood, man began to learn to eat fresh and raw meats. The human body was never meant to consume rice!

Eat Less Rice!

The human body was never meant to consume rice! You see, our genes have hardly changed in more than 30,000 years. However, our food choices and lifestyle have changed dramatically. The caveman would hardly recognize our food or way of life.

Caveman food was never cooked as fire was not yet tamed. Thus, he ate only those foods that you can eat without treatment with or by fire. He ate fruits, vegetables, fish (sushi anyone?), eggs, nuts and meat. Yes, even meat! You can even eat meat raw if you were starving in the forest. You have the necessary enzymes to digest meat.

However, rice, like wheat and corn, cannot be eaten raw. It must be cooked. Even if you were starving in the desert, you cannot eat rice in the raw form.. This is because we do not have the system of enzymes to break rice down. You were never meant to eat rice. To make matters worse, you not only eat rice, but also make it the bulk of your food.

In some parts of Asia, rice forms up to 85% of the plate. Even if you take rice, keep it to a minimum. Remember, it is only for your tongue – not your body. Actually, rice and other grains like wheat and corn are actually worse than sugar. There are many reasons:

Rice becomes sugar – lots of it!
This is a fact that no nutritionist can deny: rice is chemically no different from sugar. One bowl of cooked rice is the caloric equal of 10 teaspoons of sugar. This does not matter whether it is white, brown or herbal rice. Brown rice is richer in fibre, some B vitamins and minerals but it is still the caloric equal of 10 teaspoons of sugar. To get the same 10 teaspoons of sugar, you need to consume lots of kangkong-10 bowls of it.

Rice is digested to become sugar.
Rice cannot be digested before it is thoroughly cooked. However, when thoroughly cooked, it becomes sugar and spikes circulating blood sugar within half an hour-almost as quickly as it would if you took a sugar candy. Rice is very low in the ‘rainbow of anti-oxidants. ‘

This complete anti-oxidant rainbow is necessary for the effective and safe utilization of sugar. Fruits come with a sugar called fructose. However, they are not empty calories as the fruit is packed with a whole host of other nutrients that help its proper assimilation and digestion.

Rice has no fibre.
The fibre of the “kangkong” fills you up long before your blood sugar spikes. This is because the fibre bulks and fills up your stomach. Since white rice has no fibre, you end up eating lots of ‘calorie dense’ food before you get filled up. Brown rice has more fibre but still the same amount of sugar.

Rice is tasteless-sugar is sweet.
There is only so much that you can eat at one sitting. How many teaspoons of sugar can you eat before you feel like throwing up? Could you imagine eating 10 teaspoons of sugar in one seating?

Rice is always the main part of the meal.
While sugar may fill your dessert or sweeten your coffee, it will never be the main part of any meal. You could eat maybe two to three teaspoons of sugar at one meal. However, you could easily eat the equal value of two to three bowls (20-30 teaspoons) of sugar in one meal. I am always amused when I see someone eat sometimes five bowls of rice (equals 50 teaspoons of sugar) and then asks for tea “tarik kurang manis”!

There is no real ‘built in’ mechanism for us to prevent overeating of rice:
How much “kangkong” can you eat?
How much fried chicken can you eat?
How much steamed fish can you eat?
Think about that!

In one seating, you cannot take lots of chicken, fish or cucumber, but you can take lots of rice. Eating rice causes you to eat more salt. As rice is tasteless, you tend to consume more salt-another villain when it comes to high blood pressure. You tend to take more curry that has salt to help flavor rice. We also tend to consume more ketchup and soy sauce which are also rich in salt.

Eating rice causes you to drink less water.
The more rice you eat, the less water you will drink as there is no mechanism to prevent the overeating of rice. Rice, wheat and corn come hidden in our daily food. As rice is tasteless, it tends to end up in other foods that substitute rice like rice flour, noodles and bread. We tend to eat the hidden forms which still get digested into sugar.

Rice, even when cooked, is difficult to digest.
Can’t eat raw rice? Try eating rice half cooked. Contrary to popular belief, rice is very difficult to digest. It is ‘heavy stuff’. If you have problems with digestion, try skipping
rice for a few days. You will be amazed at how the problem will just go away.

Rice prevents the absorption of several vitamins and minerals.
Rice when taken in bulk will reduce the absorption of vital nutrients like zinc, iron and the B vitamins.

Are you a rice addict? Going rice less may not be easy but you can go rice less. Eating less rice could be lot easier than you think. Here are some strategies that you can pursue in your quest to eat less rice: 


                           Eat less rice-cut your rice by half. 
Instead, increase your fruits and vegetables. Take more lean meats and fish. You can even take more eggs and nuts.

Have ‘rice less’ meals.
Take no rice or wheat at say, breakfast. Go for eggs instead.

Go on ‘rice less’ days.
Go ‘western’ once a week.

Take no rice and breads for one day every week.
That can’t be too difficult. Appreciate the richness of your food. Go for taste, colours and smells. Make eating a culinary delight. Enjoy your food in the original flavours.

Avoid the salt shaker or ketchup.
You will automatically eat less rice.

Eat your fruit dessert before (Yes! No printing error) your meals.
The fibre rich fruits will ‘bulk up’ in your stomach. Thus, you will eat less rice and more fruits.

It’s your life.

 Decide what you want to eat!

But eat less rice!

 

 

 

Calcium Supplements Do NOT Build Strong Bones

April 4, 2010

 

Calcium Supplements Do NOT Build Strong Bones

                                                                           
  Don’t waste your money on calcium supplements.                           
                                                                           
  If you’re taking them hoping to build strong bones and avoid osteoporosis you’ll be let down on both fronts.                         
                                                                           
  Doctors and drug companies push the idea that the best way to treat and prevent osteoporosis is by taking lots of calcium. This simply isn’t true. Osteoporosis isn’t caused by a lack of calcium.                         
                                                                           
  Studies come to the same conclusion: calcium intake does not prevent fractures due to bone loss.                                             
                                                                           
  The Harvard Nurses’ Study is one of the most complete and well-conducted studies in science.. The study followed 77,761 nurses. For 12 years, researchers examined the association between dietary calcium and bone fractures.                                             
                                                                           
  Results showed there was no protection from fractures with any dose of calcium intake. Nurses who had the highest calcium intakes actually had an increased risk of bone fracture.                                 
                                                                           
  An Australian study confirms the result of the Harvard Nurses’ Study. This study also looked at the association between calcium and fracture risk. The study looked at lifetime calcium consumption in over 400 elderly participants. The study concluded that calcium consumption in early adulthood actually increased the risk of bone fractures as the person aged.2                                                           
 

 Doctors in the UK found that calcium and vitamin D did not prevent fractures.3 Their two-year study showed that neither calcium nor vitamin D lowered the number of fractures in women over age seventy.     
                                                                           
  So, what controls bone loss? Hormones and exercise.                     
                                                                           
  Bone building is hormonal. In women, estrogens are the main regulators of bone health and breakdown. Progesterone controls the rate of new bone deposition. But the most powerful bone builder in both men and women is testosterone. Testosterone is central for achieving maximal bone mass and strength                                                   
                                                                           
  Taking calcium supplements will give you a short-term boost in bone density, but that’s it. Over time, your hormones will work against the extra calcium and actually leave your bones more brittle than before.   
                                                                           
  Maintaining healthy levels of hormones in your body is one way to keep  your bones strong. There is an easy and inexpensive hormone precursor shown to improve the levels of other sex hormones. It’s called DHEA  (Dehydroepiandrosterone). It is involved in the manufacturing of most major sex hormones in the body, like estrogen and testosterone. DHEA  treatments are becoming more common.                                     
                                                                           
  You can get it over the counter but I don’t advise anyone take DHEA without having their blood levels checked. You will have to ask your doctor to measure it.                                                   
                                                                           
  Physical inactivity will also lead to weakening of your bones. Your bones need to bear weight in order to become strong. When you do weight bearing activities, you are telling your bones that they must become strong in order to continue these activities. You do this by encouraging them to push more weight. Challenging your muscles and bones with weight bearing exercises is crucial. Walking, cycling, weight training or playing tennis or golf will help.           
                                                                           
  In spite of what you hear on TV, calcium supplements have little to do with the strength of your bones. If you want strong bones for life, here are six things you can do right now:                               
                                                                           
  Exercise: The best to increase bone density and reduce fractures is body weight exercises (like calisthenics) and resistance training. Make a habit of doing these exercises two or three times a week. Thirty minutes of walking a day will lower your risk of fracture by 30  percent.                                                              
                                                                           
  When you exercise, your muscles pull on your bones. This pressure creates a challenge that your body responds to by increasing bone density. This will ensure that you stay mobile and independent.         
                                                                           
  Skip calcium supplements: Get your calcium in your diet. Eat a variety of small fish, dark, leafy green vegetables, almonds and cashews, or dairy products like milk, cheese, and yogurt. You should be aiming for   
  about 400 mg per day.                                                   
                                                                           
  Take a vitamin D supplement: I recommend 400 IU per day. It helps your body absorb calcium and maintain bone density. Without vitamin D, calcium supplements are worthless. The best source of vitamin D is the sun – 10 to 15 minutes of exposure a day should be enough. During the winter, take cod liver oil. It’s by far the best supplemental source of vitamin D.                                                           
                                                                           
  Eat your greens: Vitamin K found in dark leafy greens regulates  calcium while stabilizing bones in addition to regulating blood clotting. Eat at least one serving of green vegetables like spinach, kale, collard greens, mustard greens, Brussels sprouts or broccoli every day. One study found people eating just 0.1 milligrams of  vitamin K daily (about one large serving of greens) were 30% less likely to break their hips than people who ate less than that amount.   
                                                                           
  Another university study showed that vegetables and herbs improve your  bone metabolism. Researchers found that rats that missed out on their veggies had much lower bone density.                                  
                                                                           
  Another showed that fruits and vegetables increase your bone density. The same study found that dairy products did nothing.                   
      

 Eat foods rich in B-complex vitamins: Your body also uses a variety of  B vitamins in bone building. The best sources are liver, eggs, lean meats, yeast, fish, raw nuts, asparagus, broccoli and bananas.           
                                                                           
  Get a blood test: A simple blood test will tell you how your hormone levels affect your bone health. This is the best way to determine the health of your bones and your risk for fracture.                         
                                                                           
  Women may need to take natural progesterone. For both men and women testosterone is the most powerful controller of your bone density.

 

 

Kidney cleanser

February 11, 2010

 

CLEAN YOUR KIDNEYS WITH LESS THAN $1.00
Years pass by and our kidneys are filtering the blood by removing salt, poison and any unwanted entering our body. With time, the salt accumulates and this needs to undergo cleaning treatments.

How are we going to do this?
It is very easy, first take a bunch of parsley and wash it clean. Then cut it in small pieces and put it in a pot and pour clean water and boil it for ten minutes and let it cool down and then filter it and pour in a clean bottle and keep it inside refrigerator to cool.
Drink one glass daily and you will notice all salt and other accumulated poison coming out of your kidney by urination. Also you will be able to notice the difference which you never felt before.
Parsley is known as best cleaning treatment for kidneys and it is natural!

 Parsley

 

 

Health Tips

January 18, 2010

   

HEALTH TIPS
  
  

 Food as Medicine

HEADACHE?
EAT FISH!
Eat plenty of fish — fish oil helps prevent headaches.
So does ginger, which reduces inflammation and pain.

HAVE FEVER? EAT YOGURT!
Eat lots of yogurt before pollen season.
Also-eat honey from your area (local region) daily.

TO PREVENT STROKE
DRINK TEA!
Prevent buildup of fatty deposits on artery walls with regular doses of tea. (actually, tea suppresses my appetite and keeps the pounds from invading….Green tea is great for our immune system)!


INSOMNIA (CAN’T SLEEP?)
HONEY!
Use honey as a tranquilizer and sedative.

ASTHMA? EAT ONIONS!!!!
Eating onions helps ease constriction of bronchial tubes. (when I was young, my mother would make onion packs to place on our chest, helped the respiratory ailments and actually made us breathe better).

ARTHRITIS? EAT FISH, TOO!!
Salmon, tuna, mackerel and sardines actually prevent arthritis. (fish has omega oils, good for our immune system)

UPSET STOMACH?
  BANANAS – GINGER!!!!!
Bananas will settle an upset stomach.
Ginger will cure morning sickness and nausea.

BLADDER INFECTION? DRINK CRANBERRY JUICE!!!!
High-acid cranberry juice controls harmful bacteria.

BONE PROBLEMS? EAT PINEAPPLE!!!
Bone fractures and osteoporosis can be prevented by the manganese in pineapple.

PREMENSTRUAL SYNDROME? EAT CORNFLAKES!!!!
Women can ward off the effects of PMS with cornflakes, which help reduce depression, anxiety and fatigue.

MEMORY PROBLEMS? EAT OYSTERS!
Oysters help improve your mental functioning by supplying much-needed zinc.

COLDS? EAT GARLIC!
Clear up that stuffy head with garlic. (remember, garlic lowers cholesterol, too.)

COUGHING?
USE RED PEPPERS!!
A substance similar to that found in the cough syrups is found in hot red pepper. Use red (cayenne) pepper with caution-it can irritate your tummy.

BREAST CANCER?  EAT Wheat, bran and cabbage
Helps to maintain estrogen at healthy levels.

LUNG CANCER? EAT DARK GREEN AND ORANGE AND VEGGIES!!!
A good antidote is beta carotene, a form of Vitamin A found in dark green and orange vegetables.

ULCERS? EAT CABBAGE ALSO!!!
Cabbage contains chemicals that help heal both gastric and duodenal ulcers.

DIARRHEA?
EAT APPLES!
Grate an apple with its skin, let it turn brown and eat it to cure this condition. (Bananas are good for this ailment)

CLOGGED ARTERIES? EAT AVOCADO!
Mono unsaturated fat in avocados lowers cholesterol.

HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE? EAT CELERY AND OLIVE OIL!!!
Olive oil has been shown to lower blood pressure.
Celery contains a chemical that lowers pressure too.

BLOOD SUGAR IMBALANCE? EAT BROCCOLI AND PEANUTS!!!
The chromium in broccoli and peanuts helps regulate insulin and blood sugar.

Kiwi: Tiny but mighty. This is a good source of potassium, magnesium, Vitamin E &fiber. It’s Vitamin C content is twice that of an orange.

Apple: An apple a day keeps the doctor away? Although an apple has a low Vitamin C content, it has antioxidants &flavonoids which enhances the activity of Vitamin C thereby helping to lower the risks of colon cancer, heart attack & stroke…

Strawberry:
Protective fruit. Strawberries have the highest total antioxidant power among major fruits &protects the body from cancer causing, blood vessels clogging free radicals. (Actually, any berry is good for you..they’re high in anti-oxidants and they actually keep us young………blueberries are the best and very versatile in the health field……..they get rid of all the free-radicals that invade our bodies)

 Orange: Sweetest medicine. Taking 2 – 4 oranges a day may help keep colds away, lower cholesterol, prevent & dissolve kidney stones as well as lessen the risk of colon cancer.

Watermelon: Coolest Thirst Quencher. Composed of 92% water, it is also packed with a giant dose of glutathione which helps boost our immune system.  They are also a key source of lycopene – the cancer fighting oxidant.  Other nutrients    
found in watermelon are Vitamin C &Potassium. (watermelon also has natural substances [natural SPF sources] that keep our skin healthy, protecting our skin from those darn suv rays)

Guava &Papaya: Top awards for Vitamin C. They are the clear winners for their high Vitamin C content. Guava is also rich in fiber which helps prevent constipation.

Papaya is rich in carotene, this is good for your eyes. (also good for gas and indigestion)

Tomatoes
are very good as a preventative measure for men, keeps those prostrate problems from invading their bodies.\

  

  

tengkp

 

Health Food in brief

November 15, 2009

garlicGarlic   

Several large studies have found that those who eat more garlic are less likely to develop various kinds of cancer, especially in digestive organs such as the esophagus, stomach, and colon. Ingredients in the pungent bulbs may keep cancer-causing substances in your body from working, or they may keep cancer cells from multiplying. Experts don’t know how much you need to eat to prevent cancer, but a clove a day may be helpful.
 
 
 Berries
  

berries 

As a tasty treat, berries are hard to beat. But their juicy goodness also may make them one of the foods to fight cancer. Berries contain particularly powerful antioxidants, meaning they can halt a naturally occurring process in the body that creates free radicals that can damage your cells. Compounds in berries may also help keep cancers from growing or spreading. So, as part of your anti-cancer diet, pick up a handful of blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, or any other favorite berries today.
 
Tomatoes

 

tomatoes 

Some research has found that eating tomatoes may help protect men from prostate cancer. The juicy red orbs can help guard the DNA in your cells from damage that can lead to cancer. Tomatoes contain a particularly high concentration of an effective antioxidant called lycopene. Your body may absorb lycopene better from processed tomato foods such as sauce, which means that whole-wheat pasta with marinara sauce could be a delicious way to help lower your risk of this disease.

Cruciferous Vegetables

vegetables 

 

Cruciferous vegetables the group containing broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower may be particularly helpful in protecting you from cancer. Researchers have found that components in these veggies can protect you from the free radicals that can damage your cells’ DNA. They may also shield you from cancer-causing chemicals, help slow the growth of tumors, and encourage cancer cells to die. They’re a tasty and healthy addition to your anti-cancer diet.
 
 
Green Tea

 green tea 

Tea contains antioxidants called catechins, which may help prevent cancer in a variety of ways, including keeping free radicals from damaging cells. Lab studies have found that catechins in tea can shrink tumors and reduce tumor cell growth. Some “but not all ” studies in humans have also linked drinking tea to a lower risk of cancer. Both green and black teas contain catechins, but youll get more antioxidants from green tea, so you may want to consider a cup or more in your anti-cancer diet. 
 

 

Whole Grains
whole grainWhole grains contain many components that might lower your risk of cancer, including fiber and antioxidants. A large study including nearly half a million people found that eating more whole grains might lower the risk of colorectal cancer, making them a top item in the category of foods to fight cancer. Oatmeal, barley, brown rice, and whole-wheat bread and pasta are all examples of whole grains.  

  

Wishing you good Health

From Tengkp