March 3, 2011

Maqui Berry The new King of Super fruits

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The Acai berry from Brazil and Wolfberry (Gouji) from China, these two nutritious and super fruits were previously reported and known to have contain the highest antioxidants. Today, the maqui berry was introduced as the new king of super fruits.

It originates from Patagonia highlands in Chile.  Maqui berry is a deep purpled berry with the highest antioxidants strength among all berries on earth.  The antioxidant power of maqui berry surpasses Acai berry, wolfberry, mangosteen, pomegranate, noni and all other super fruits. The maqui berry is high in Anthocyanins and polyphenols the powerful antioxidants that gives berries a dark purple color. These two powerful components are strongly anti- inflammatory, reduce allergic reactions, and reduce LDL (bad) Cholesterol. Scientific studies have already shown the beneficial effects of maqui berry to human body.  It promotes healthy joint function, ensures normal cell growth in the colon, pancreas, breast tissue, and other organs.

Many people from all over the world are now discovering maqui berry to be one of the best natural supplements.  It eradicates toxins in your body like unhealthy fats and other toxic materials.  Taking this natural additive will make you strong enough to fight illness and gaining weight.

We all know how important antioxidants in our body, we need powerful antioxidants every day to protect us from free radical damages. Proper amount of physical activity and maqui berry everyday can be helpful in your diet and efforts of losing weight.  It is available in concentrated juice extract, capsules, and powdered drink pre- mix.  This berry juice blend is so strong and you only need to consume 15 ml a day. It is proven to be beneficial aid in weight control, fights many diseases and help improve your immune system.

February 23, 2011

Important Things To Know About Insomnia

There are times in our life that we sometimes experience difficulty sleeping. A healthy sleep is essential to the human body and significant for the optimal functioning of the brain and other organs. Most people who experience difficulty sleeping and getting poor sleep might be suffering from a disorder commonly called insomnia.  There are three types of insomnia:

Transient or mild insomnia in this case a person may experience difficulty sleeping that last for a few days with no significant evidence of mood disturbances during the day.

A short term or moderate insomnia usually last for less than a month and display a mild mood disturbance together with feelings of irritability and fatigue.

Chronic or severe insomnia sleep difficulties that last for more than a month that severely spoil the normal functioning of a person during the day.  A person with this kind of insomnia feels restless, irritable, may also feel anxiety and fatigue.

There are several causes of insomnia these includes psychologicalphysical and temporary events or Factors. Anxiety falls under psychological cause in which a person feels increased tension, helpless, fear, worry and uncertainty.  Another psychological cause is stress, a factor that needs response or change. It is how a person cope with any physical, social and economic problems. The last one is depression, a mood disturbance associated with feelings of sadness, despair and discouragement.

Physical Cause includes hormonal changes in women, decreased melatonin, medical conditions, pain, genetics and other sleep disorder like sleep apnea. The third cause is temporary events or factors such as: Adjustment sleep disorder, a reaction to change or stress. A person working the night shifts or long shifts, jet lag, medications, overuse of caffeine and alcohol, environmental noise, extreme temperatures, or a change in person’s surrounding environment.

How is insomnia treated?  Many experts considered sleeping pills to be overused, dangerous and can lead to addiction, non medicine option is suggested. Some helpful ideas to combat insomnia are physical relaxation, mental relaxation. Other techniques to try includes yoga or meditation, exercise, reading while lying in a relax position, listening to good music, having a bath or shower before bed time, massage especially the neck, shoulder and leg muscles.

Insomnia can be a sign of an undiagnosed medical or psychological disorder. If you suspect to have this kind of disorder, do not take this for granted and untreated its best to see your doctor.

February 20, 2011

Live Life To The Fullest: Eat Less Sugar

Sugar is used to add sweetness to foods or drinks. We love sweets even if we don’t have sweet tooth.  But, too much sugar is bad for our health.

How much sugar should I consume each day?  There are three different types of carbohydrate: fiber, starch and sugar.  According to experts there is no required consumption for sugar but there is a minimum needed carbohydrate in our body which is 130 grams each day for male and female including adults and children.  But majority consumed more than the minimum requirement.

Sugar has a stimulating taste and too much intake of it promotes overeating.  Too much calorie intake (calorie comes from eating food high in sugar content) may lead to diabetes, obesity which may cause health risk and other problems like heart disease and certain types of cancer mainly pancreatic cancer.

However, everything can be eaten moderately.  There are also available alternatives for sugar in your diet.  The naturally occurring sugars from fruits and vegetables also are a great source of carbohydrate and enough to meet the needed carbohydrate supply in the body.  Don’t starve yourself by not eating anymore your favorite goodies.   If you always love coffee, brew your morning coffee with a cinnamon stick which can be found in groceries and supermarkets.  For pancakes, waffles and oatmeal you can add fresh fruit or fruit purees.  On your favorite baked foods like cakes, cookies and macaroons try with a little less of the sweet stuff by cutting the amount of sugar.

As usual it’s all about balance.  Inspire yourself to reach your health goals.  Choose the right food and exercise regularly. Everyday is a great day to live life to the fullest!

February 10, 2011

Helping Others realized The Benefits of Dark Chocolates

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Chocolates is very popular and a favorite present especially for lovers and soon to be sweethearts. When we mentioned chocolate first thing that comes in mind is it is “sweet” and should be eaten moderately because it contains high calorie and a high fat food.  Although some fat in dark chocolate don’t have bearing in your cholesterol.  I love chocolates in fact I have my own favorites, but I go for Dark chocolates. Dark chocolate is a chocolate without milk solids and this kind of chocolate is susceptible to dry, it has chalky texture and has both sweet and bitter taste.  The key ingredients in dark chocolate are cacao beans, sugar and lecithin, this components help to retain its quality.  Dark chocolates can be classified according to their cocoa solid content in a bar.  Usually commercial dark chocolate bars contains 30%, 70% and 75%% respectively or 80% above for extremely dark chocolates.  It is also known as bittersweet chocolate, semi-sweet chocolate and sweet dark chocolate.

Eating a small bar of dark chocolate everyday can help keep your heart running well.  It can reduce blood pressure and lower cholesterol as well.   If you eat half bar of dark chocolate in a day you must refrain from eating other sweets, instead, eat less of something else to maintain your calorie.  You should know that chocolates have 300 compounds and chemicals in every bite so, better take time and enjoy the taste.  It has higher antioxidants compared to milk chocolates. When buying dark chocolate choose pure dark chocolates or with nuts, orange peel and other flavorings except with caramel, nougat etc. they just added sugar and fat in it.  Avoid milk after eating dark chocolate for it will prevent the proper absorption of antioxidants in your body.

February 3, 2011

What Everybody Should Know About Thyroid Disease and Goiter

Thyroid disease is one of the most common diseases that usually occurs in women.  It happens when the thyroid gland could not supply the appropriate amount of hormones required in the body. There are two diverse condition if you have this disease and they are called hypothyroidism means the thyroid is releasing inadequate amount of hormone to the bloodstream. The other condition is hyperthyroidism your thyroid releases too much hormones in the bloodstream.  One indication of a person who has hyperthyroidism is when the eyes appear to bulge out, look like they’re staring or always feel irritated.  But, no matter what the condition is whether a person is hypo or hyper the thyroid can become larger than normal. When the lump under your skin in the thyroid can easily be seen or felt it is called goiter.

If you suspect that you have a goiter you can do a thyroid self-exam at home.  Get a glass of water and stand in front of the mirror, drink some water while you swallow, watch your neck between your Adams apple and collarbone.  If you notice something unusual like a bulge or a lump around your thyroid gland then it is best to see your doctor.  It may not be alarming but it could also lead to thyroid cancer. Your doctor will guide you and start any treatment necessary for your condition. If everything feels normal then nothing to worry.

An auto-immune disease called Graves Disease usually is the most common cause of hyperthyroidism. This condition produces abnormal types of antibodies which make the thyroid gland produces more  thyroid hormone and eventually thyroid gland will enlarge. The enlargement of the thyroid is called goiter.  I suffered from goiter for how many years and I had my thyroidectomy last November, 2010.  But, I am still obliged to see my doctor every after three months.

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