Sunday, December 25, 2011
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Health experts say certain foods can slow down the aging process. Food rich in antioxidants not only help to combat chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes, but they are also good for your skin.
The Right Diet
In fact, dermatologist and best selling author Dr. Nicholas Perricone says you can actually find a facelift “in the fridge.” “The right diet certainly decreases your risk of all age-related disease such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes, but it can also make a great difference in the skin very rapidly,” he told CNN.
Foods that contain a high amount of antioxidants ease an ongoing bodily process called intracellular inflammation. “Because of the inflammation, the cell doesn’t function correctly. It doesn’t produce enough energy, you can’t expel waste, and you can’t get in nutrients properly,” said Perricone.
The long-term effects of cellular inflammation can be seen in the brain with premature senility and in the arteries with arteriosclerosis. And in the skin, it’s sagging and wrinkling, according to Perricone.
Skin-friendly foods include all types of berries, brightly coloured fruits and vegetables and cold-water fish such as wild salmon. Good fats such as olive oil and avocado should also be included in your diet.
“Stay away from starches and sugars, because they are pro-inflammatory,” said Perricone. “And substitute green tea for coffee.” While good nutrition can help to slow down the biological clock, reducing stress is also important. “We recommend moderate exercise, meditation, tai chi, qigong, prayer, anything you can do decrease that type of daily anxiety we face,” said Perricone. For more skin benefits, quit smoking, drink lots of water, and don’t forget the sunscreen, he added.
Read more: http://www.beliefnet.com/Health/A-Facelift-in-the-Fridge.aspx?p=4#ixzz1hERqIusU
Friday, December 9, 2011
Read more: http://www.beliefnet.com/Wellness/Amazing-Vinegar-Cures.aspx?p=4#ixzz1g2FnYAi3
Saturday, December 3, 2011
Leisure, wellness, fun, and stress reduction are all an essential part of any productive routine. If you have a hard time kicking back, here are a few suggestions you should try.
Close the Mental Office 'Door'
It's okay to love what you do; it's okay to have passion for your work. But you're not defined by what you do professionally. Stop being a workaholic, and learn to slow down and "turn off" work.
Leave Work on Time
Laugh a Little
Lighten up and laugh at life's absurdities. Remember, the lower your stress level, the higher your appreciation of life and your ability to care for others.
Rest, Relax, and Play Daily
Some 40 percent of people surveyed say they don't spend enough time enjoying leisure activities. The biggest obstacle to play? Ourselves. Give yourself permission to have fun.
Go on a Long Vacation
Everyone needs a change of pace and scenery andfunon a regular basis. Vacations offer the restorative power many people desperately need. Without the ability to recharge your batteries for a long period of time, you're on a slippery slope to burnout.
Create Fond Memories
Have Regular 'Family Time'
Make Time for a Favorite Hobby
Force Yourself to Slow Down
Take Care of Yourself Regularly
Read more: http://www.beliefnet.com/Health/2008/09/10-Tips-to-Destress-from-Work.aspx?p=11#ixzz1fSsQ1z14
Thursday, December 1, 2011
By Cynthia Ross Cravit
“It is plausible that the synergistic combination of a sufficient provision of omega-three fatty acids together with other natural unsaturated fatty acids and antioxidants from olive oil and nuts, flavonoids and other phytochemicals from fruit and other plant foods and large amounts of natural folates and other B vitamins in the overall Mediterranean dietary pattern may exert a fair degree of protection against depression.” More studies are needed to show a direct cause and effect from eating a Mediterranean-style diet and lowering depression, researchers say.
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Wednesday, November 30, 2011
#1. In many states the highway patrol carries two gallons of Coke in the trunk to remove blood from the highway after a car accident.
#2. You can put a T-bone steak in a bowl of Coke and it will be gone in two days.
#3. To clean a toilet: Pour a can of Coca-Cola into the toilet bowl and let the 'real thing' sit for one hour, then flush clean. The citric acid in Coke removes stains from vitreous china.
#4. To remove rust spots from chrome car bumpers: Rub the bumper with a rumpled-up piece of Reynolds Wrap aluminum foil dipped in Coca-Cola.
#5. To clean corrosion from car battery terminals: Pour a can of Coca-Cola over the terminals to bubble away the corrosion.
#6. To loosen a rusted bolt: Apply a cloth soaked in Coca-Cola to the rusted bolt for several minutes.
#7. To bake a moist ham: Empty a can of Coca-Cola into the baking pan, wrap the ham in aluminum foil, and bake. Thirty minutes before ham is finished, remove the foil, allowing the drippings to mix with the Coke for a sumptuous brown gravy.
#8... To remove grease from clothes: Empty a can of Coke into the load of greasy clothes, add detergent, and run through a regular cycle. The Coca-Cola will help loosen grease stains. It will also clean road haze from your windshield.
FOR YOUR INFORMATION:
#1 The active ingredient in Coke is phosphoric acid. It will dissolve a nail in about four days. Phosphoric acid also leaches calcium from bones and is a major contributor to the rising increase of osteoporosis.
#2. To carry Coca-Cola syrup! (the concentrate) the commercial trucks must use a hazardous Material place cards reserved for highly corrosive materials.
#3. The distributors of Coke have been using it to clean engines of the trucks for about 20 years!
#1. 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated (Likely applies to half the world population)
#2. In 37% of Americans, the thirst mechanism is so weak that it is mistaken for hunger.
#3. Even MILD dehydration will slow down one's metabolism as 3%.
#4. One glass of water will shut down midnight hunger pangs for almost 100% of the dieters studied in a University of Washington study.
#5. Lack of water, the #1 trigger of daytime fatigue.
#6. Preliminary research indicates that 8-10 glasses of water a day could significantly ease back and joint pain for up to 80% of sufferers.
#7. A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short-term memory, trouble with basic math, and difficulty focusing on the computer screen or on a printed page.
#8. Drinking 5 glasses of water daily decreases the risk of colon cancer by 45%, plus it can slash the risk of breast cancer by 79%., and one is 50% less likely to develop bladder cancer. Are you drinking the amount of water you should drink every day?
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Coconut milk, coconut oil, coconut water, coconut pulp — there’s been a lot of buzz in recent years about the health benefits of coconut. This tasty fruit has been a staple food and natural remedy in various cultures for centuries, but more recently its been making a comeback in North America. Some cooks swear by it, and some companies say their products can treat everything from kidney stones to HIV — and even help you lose weight. But is coconut really the latest superfood? Here’s a look at two of the products getting all the attention.
However, the promised benefits don’t end there. Do some checking and you can compile a long list of things coconut oil and coconuts milk or pulp can help with, such as:
As with coconut oil, there is very little research to suggest drinking coconut water is beneficial. Same goes for coconut pulp and coconut flour — although there’s less hype about these products, the same rules apply. Overall, there’s still a lot of about coconut that experts don’t know, and research is still ongoing. If you don’t like the taste of coconut, chances are you aren’t missing miracle health benefits by leaving it on the store shelf.
Read more: http://www.beliefnet.com/Health/Healthy-Living/The-Wonders-of-Coconut.aspx?p=3#ixzz1f63X25PE
Sunday, November 27, 2011
Read more: http://blog.beliefnet.com/wholeliving/2011/05/hidden-health-benefits-of-strawberries.html#ixzz1euVHi9Gn
Be aware of the Red dot inside a red square symbol which shown on chocolate bars like : Bounty Chocolate bar / Mars/ sneakers ... it's shown specifically at the back beside the weight numbers.
That mark means that these products contains gelatin which is derived from PORK!!
They put that mark to warn vegetarian people that the chocolate bar have non-vegetarian contents/ingredients in it.
Please share this information with all your friends and remember that "The One Who Guides Others to Good Deeds is Like the One Who Does Them"
Saturday, November 26, 2011
http://www.nmha.org/National Institute of Mental Health
http://www.ontario.cmha.ca/Canadian Psychiatric Association
http://www.cpa-apc.org/References:Depression can differ in men and women.
Last updated Updated: 5/12/2011Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.
Folic acid (found in nature as folate), the B vitamin that is famous for its role in preventing birth defects, is now under scrutiny for its effects on depression. A group of researchers from Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts found that blood levels of folate were much lower among people with depression than in people who were not depressed. Findings like these have suggested a link between low folate levels and depression. If low levels of this vitamin lead to depressive symptoms, it seems logical to conclude that giving folic acid supplements to people with depression will help their recovery. However, research shows that the connection is not that simple.
Folate in the Brain
Folate, which is needed to make DNA and RNA, the building blocks of cells, is quite active in the brain and central nervous system. It affects the production of certain essential compounds and neurotransmitters—substances that carry messages to different parts of the brain. For example, folate deficiency leads to lower levels of S-adenosylmethionine (SAM) in the brain. Some research has suggested that supplementation with SAM can play a positive role in the treatment of depression. Therefore, one possible theory is that low folate levels leads to low SAM, which increases symptoms of depression. By improving folate status, SAM increases, and depressive symptoms drop.
What the Studies Have Found
Some studies have found depressed patients to be deficient in folate, while others have shown no statistically significant differences in folate levels between people with and without depression. And when a link is found, it is unclear which came first—the deficiency or the depression. Many depressed people tend to eat poor diets, which can lead to deficiencies of many vitamins and minerals, not just folate. Another possibility is that a third, unknown factor causes both folate deficiency and depression. However, there is a small amount of direct evidence to indicate that folate supplements might be helpful for depression.
A study in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry found that sufficient amounts of folate are needed for the brain to work well. Deficiencies may cause a higher risk for depression and worsen the response to antidepressant medication. In a study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry, a group of researchers gave fluoxetine (Prozac) to 213 patients with major depressive disorder. The researchers also measured blood levels of folate in all study volunteers. After eight weeks on fluoxetine, the patients with low folate levels were significantly less likely to show improvement from the drug therapy. Also, a study found that folic acid combined with fluoxetine was effective in the initial treatment of depression. However, this response was seen only in women; folic acid did not affect the men in the study. Researchers are not sure why only women responded, although it could have been that men needed a higher dose of folic acid. Should Folic Acid Be Part of Depression Treatment? Depression is a serious condition that requires careful, ongoing treatment with talk therapy, medication, or a combination of the two. The research looking into folic acid and depression is still quite new.
http://www.nimh.nih.gov/National Alliance for the Mentally Ill
http://www.nami.org/Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance
http://www.DBSAlliance.org/CANADIAN RESOURCES:Canada's Food Guide
http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/Canadian Psychological Association
Thursday, November 24, 2011
posted by goquin
We love our messy and oh-so hairy pets. They seem to leave hair everywhere, mainly on our furniture. You can prevent much of this by brushing/combing and washing pets regularly. However, if you see hairy remains on your couch or chairs, here are several ways to remove it. Wipe a lightly dampened clean sponge over it to lift off. You also can swipe the rubber bottom (sole) of a tennis sneaker to lift up hair or roll a couple of lengths of tape around your hand (sticky side out) to pick up small amounts of hair.
Read more: http://blog.beliefnet.com/heloisehints/2011/09/pet-hair-on-furniture.html#ixzz1ebahlSYx
Getting beneficial anti-oxidative compounds like vitamins C, E, beta-carotene and other nutrients through food may help prevent, or at least curtail, the damage, because they can disarm potentially cell-injuring free radicals circulating throughout the system.
Research has shown that beneficial chemicals called ellagatannis in raspberries, strawberries and blueberries are also found right in the hippocampus, the brain's memory control center. Talk about a direct hit!
Blueberries also contain proanthocyanins, which gravitate toward the striatum, which is more closely related to spatial memory. Scientists believe that that these compounds may enhance the performance of those parts of the brain, and indeed, actual animal studies have substantiated the evidence that they do improve memory.
Oxidation is not the only process associated with diseases of aging. Inflammation also plays a big role in everything from heart disease to dementia. Cherries are nature's own little anti-inflammatory pills. They contain Cox 2 inhibitors similar to those found in pain medications such as Vioxx and Celebrex, but they also contain compounds called polyphenols that keep platelets in the blood from clumping together, so they don't produce undesirable side effects— like heart attacks and strokes—which are risks associated with the manufactured drugs. Isn't Mother Nature clever?
That old adage about "an apple a day" is right on target. Turns out that apples contain a group of chemicals that could protect the brain from the type of damage that triggers neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson's and Alzheimer's. One of those compounds, a flavonoid called quercetin, has been shown to protect the brain from oxidative injury in animal studies.
Turmeric, the yellow spice found in many curries, contains curcumin, which also has powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It may even prove useful in treating Alzheimer's; one study showed a reduction in beta amyloid deposits, the plaques associated with the disease, in the brains of animals fed curcumin-enhanced food. In another study, elderly people who ate curry often or very often did better on tests of mental performance than those who never or rarely ate curry.
The egg has gotten bad press because of its cholesterol-rich yoke and the associations between dietary cholesterol and heart disease. However, that same yolk contains one of the most important nutrients for building better brains: choline.
Getting adequate amounts of choline, especially early in life—during fetal development and early childhood—may help us learn more readily and also help us retain what we learn. What's more, sufficient choline intake early on may give us the mental building blocks we need to help keep memory intact as we age.
We've all heard that fish is "brain food," and there's good reason for it. Fatty fish like budget-friendly sardines contain omega-3 fatty acids, which are thought to be instrumental in maintaining brain function from early development throughout life. DHA, an omega-3, is present right in the brain, so having those good-for-you omega-3s in your diet is thought to boost brain function.
In addition, components of fatty acids in fish go straight to the synapses of nerve cells, so they play an important role in how neurons communicate with one another, which may have a positive affect throughout life on learning and memory.
Speaking of seafood as brain food, consider the oyster, which is one food rich in both iron and zinc. If your mind wanders or you have memory lapses here and there, you may need more of the minerals zinc and iron in your diet. A lot of research has linked decreased iron and zinc levels with poorer mental performance in children, but newer studies on adults suggest these elements help keep grown-ups' minds sharp as well. In those studies, marginally low iron reserves reduced adults' ability to concentrate, and lower levels of zinc slowed test participants' ability to recall words.
When it's time for a treat, chocolate is not a bad way to go, for your brain as well as your taste buds. Several studies have shown that eating flavonol-rich cocoa can improve blood vessel function, boosting circulation throughout the body and blood flow to the brain. The beneficial compounds found in cocoa may even reduce the formation of damaging clots, which may cause heart attacks and strokes.However, while cocoa, the ingredient that carries "chocolate" flavor, is rich in beneficial compounds, it's often combined with high-fat ingredients in chocolate bars and other desserts, so it's best to keep chocolate treats to a healthy minimum.
Read more: http://www.beliefnet.com/Health/2009/05/Healthy-Foods-to-Feed-Your-Brain.aspx?p=9#ixzz1eUpvCY8n
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Vegetables: Decreased skin wrinkling around the corners of the eyes was observed in women with higher intakes of green and yellow vegetables.
The Findings. Over the last few years there has been a surge in the interest of foods and food ingredients for healthier appearing skin. This renewed interest has been termed nutritional cosmetics, or nutricosmetics, to reflect the impact of nutrition on beauty and skin health.
Unfortunately, research in this area is still in its infancy with limited research in human subjects.
Nonetheless, studies are being done and more are likely on the horizon. A new skin nutrition study, published online ahead of print in the British Journal of Nutrition, is one such study. For this study, researchers measured skin hydration, surface lipids, skin elasticity and wrinkling in over 700 Japanese women. Differences based on dietary habits were determined by evaluating usual eating patterns with a food frequency questionnaire.
Fat. Researchers noted that a higher dietary intake of total fat, saturated fat, and monounsaturated fat was associated with improved skin elasticity.
Wrinkling. Researchers also found that after adjustment for intake of green and yellow vegetables, higher levels of saturated fat were associated with worse skin wrinkling.
Vitamins and Antioxidants. Vegetables, including green and yellow vegetables, are rich in a number of vitamins and antioxidant phytonutrients that have been suggested to support healthy looking skin. Interestingly, fat intake was reported to provide some skin appearance benefits as well. However, it is important to remember that excess fat intake can negatively impact overall health.
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Monday, November 21, 2011
Bapa saya meninggal dunia akibat penyakit angin ahmar 3 tahun lalu setelah terlantar lumpuh selama sebulan. Masa itu saya tidak tahu apa-apa tentang rawatan kecemasan untuk pesakit angin ahmar. Walau bagaimanapun masih belum terlewat untuk kita kongsi bersama.
Sila baca dan sampaikan kepada saudara-mara serta rakan-rakan anda. Yayasan AMAL tidak mempunyai ramai sekarelawan perubatan bagi memenuhi permintaan rawatan dari masyarakat setempat. Semoga buletin seumpama ini boleh membantu anda melakukannya sendiri.
Apabila serangan angin ahmar mengenai seseorang, kapilari darah di dalam otaknya menghadapi risiko untuk pecah. Bila anda berhadapan dengan seseorang yang baru terkena angin ahmar dan tidak sedarkan diri, pertama sekali anda jangan panik dan bawa bertenang.
Tidak kira di mana sahaja mangsa itu berada, jangan alihkan ke tempat lain. Kerana pergerakan pada ketika itu boleh menyebabkan kapilari darah diotak mangsa terus pecah. Bantu mangsa untuk duduk dan sokong badannya supaya tidak terjatuh. Jika mangsa terjatuh semula, keadaan mungkin akan bertambah buruk.
Jika di rumah anda ada jarum suntikan (alat yang terbaik), jarum jahit atau pin baju yang tidak berkarat, segera panaskan dengan api untuk disterilkan. Kemudian dengan berhati-hati cucuk kesemua hujung jari-jari tangan mangsa kira-kira 1mm dalamnya, seperti rawatan akupuntur.
Cucuklah sehingga menitiskan darah, jika perlu picitlah jari-jarinya sehingga mengeluarkan darah. Apabila kesemua 10 jari mengeluarkan setitis darah tunggu beberapa minit sehingga mangsa sedar semula.
Jika berlaku perubahan betuk mulut, tarik telinganya sehingga kemerahan. Kemudian cucuk kedua belah telinga dengan jarum sehingga mengeluarkan 2 titis darah.
Beberapa minit kemudian Insya Allah, mangsa akan sedar semula. Tunggu sehingga mangsa benar-benar sedar kemudian bawa dia ke hospital. Memanggil ambulance semasa mangsa pengsan dan mengejarkannya ke hospital secara tergesa-gesa sebenarnya boleh menyebabkan kapilari darah di otak mangsa pecah dan berlaku pendarahan. Sukar untuk mangsa dipulihkan apabila keadaan ini berlaku. Ada kemungkinan daya ingatan mangsa akan hilang sepenuhnya, walaupun dia mampu berjalan semula.
"Saya belajar tentang menitiskan darah bagi menyelamatkan nyawa dari seorang doctor tradisional Cina bernama Ha Bu-Tung yang tinggal di Sun-Juke. Selain itu saya juga berpengalaman mempraktikkannya. Sebab itu saya yakin cara ini adalah berkesan 100%" menurut seorang pengamal kaedah rawatan ini. Tambah beliau lagi "Pada tahun 1979, ketika itu saya sedang mengajar di Kolej Fung-Gaap dekat Tai-Chung.
Tiba-tiba seorang guru lain berlari ke kelas saya dan mengadu; "En. Liu, penyelia kami diserang angin ahmar!." Saya pun bergegas ke bilik beliau di tingkat 3. Saya lihat penyelia kami, En.Chen Fu-Tien, telah menjadi pucat, percakapannya tak difahami, dan ada tanda-tanda serangan angin ahmar. Saya segera menyuruh pelajar saya membeli jarum suntikan di farmasi dan terus menyuntik jari-jarinya. Apabila kesemua 10 jarinya menitiskan darah, (setiap jari setitis darah), selang beberapa minit muka En Chen kembali kemerahan dan dia membuka matanya.
Malangnya mulut beliau masih belum normal, jadi saya menarik telinganya untuk mengalirkan darah ke situ. Bila telinganya kemerahan, saya menyucuk kedua-dua telinganya sehingga menitiskan 2 titik darah. Selepas 3-5 minit, bentuk mulutnya kembali normal dan percakapannya kembali jelas. Kami memberikan dia secawan teh panas, merehatkannya seketika sebelum membawanya ke Hospital Wei Wah. Dia ditahan semalaman dan dibenarkan keluar keesokan harinya untuk terus bertugas di sekolah. Keadaan beliau kembali seperti biasa, tiada apa-apa kesan angin ahmar.
Kebiasaanya mangsa angin ahmar yang mengalami pendarahan di otak dalam perjalanan ke hospital adalah sukar untuk dipulihkan seperti sediakala. Angin ahmar adalah antara penyebab utama kematian. Mereka yang bernasib baik dipanjangkan umur tetapi kebanyakannya lumpuh sehingga akhir hayat.
Penyakit angin ahmar ini ada kemungkinan untuk mengenai sesiapa sahaja. Jika semua di antara kita boleh mengingati kaedah penitisan darah ini dan memulakannya segera, dalam jangka masa pendek, mangsa-mangsa boleh kita selamatkan dengan izin Allah dan ada harapan pulih seperti sedia kala.
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