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June 15, 2015

5 Surprising Benefits Of Eating More Fat

Filed under: fat,health,Nutrition — Tags: , — Kcondon @ 8:00 am

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Fat has, for years, been depicted as a big evil when it comes to our diet. It has been shown to cause obesity, heart diseases, as well as high cholesterol. However, there have been recent scientific studies that show that people should consume more fat since it does have many benefits. A doctor by the name of Perlmutter has stated that the many health conditions such as anxiety, chronic headaches, ADHD, depression, as well as Azheimer’s have been a result of the brain and bodily inflammation resulting from carbs. Here are a few benefits that fat actually provides:

Essential For Brain Health

Our brain tissue consists of as much as 60% of fat. This means that a diet low in fat will not be able to provide the brain with the essential material that it needs to keep functioning properly. Fat that you consume should not only include omega 3s, but also essential fatty acids found in avocados, nuts, and salmon. Fats should also include the natural animal fat that we have been told to avoid for years.

The essential vitamins like A, D, E, and K aren’t water soluble, and hence will require fat for them to be absorbed and transported throughout the body. These vitamins are extremely important for the vital organs including the brain.

Keeps Your Lungs Functioning Properly

A substance that is coated onto our lungs is mostly saturated fat. Premature babies who lack the substance are normally given surfactant so that their lungs can continue to function properly. If we do not consume sufficient saturated fat, then our lungs can be affected.

Boosts Your Immune System

The saturated fats that are found in coconut oil and butter are known to play an important role in boosting immune health. If the body does not have sufficient saturated fatty acids within the white blood cells, then this can hamper their overall ability of recognizing and destroying foreign invaders like bacteria, fungi, and viruses.

Keeps The Skin Healthy

Our cellular membrane consists of huge amounts of fat, and our skin consists of a huge number of cells. If we do not consume good amounts of fat, then our skin can get compromised by becoming chapped and dry. This can then result in infection.

Great For The Heart

There have been many studies conducted on the benefits of consuming saturated fats. A particular study was done on the population of the Pacific Isles where people consumed 60% of the diet in the saturated coconut oil form. Therefore, the incidence of heart disease is practically nil.

Also, fat provides a lot more energy than carbs, and therefore, will help in giving an individual sufficient energy to sustain themselves throughout the day. A person, in turn, will also eat less. However, you should not have trans-fats since they are actually harmful for the body.

So, why not enjoy more of salmon, walnuts, butter, and olive oil throughout the day to make sure you remain full of energy.

March 27, 2012

India’s Historic Move to Make Drugs Affordable

Filed under: health — mjones @ 7:16 pm

historic move to make drugs affordableCancer is a word that no one wants to hear associated with them, no matter what kind of cancer. Historically, cancer treatments have been expensive, have bankrupted families, and caused a great deal of emotional and financial pain for the patient and the patient’s family.

There is a recent ray of hope, however. India is looking to put a stop to cancer, even for those who can’t afford treatment.

Nexavar (Sorafenib) Uses

Simply stated, this drug is used to treat two types of cancer — a type that starts in the kidneys, called “advanced renal cell carcinoma,” and a type of inoperable liver cancer, called “unresectable hepatocellular carcinoma.” This therapy slows the spread of cancer cells, and is in a class of drugs known as,

“Multikinase Inhibitors.”

This treatment, produced in brand name form by Bayer, is an expensive, patented treatment that costs approximately $5,600 US Dollars for a month’s worth of treatment. This price is often well out of the range of most people, especially those without insurance.

India’s Compulsory License Provision

The World Trade Organization (WTO) has a provision for something called a compulsory license, which means that any country can grant permission to a manufacturer to produce a patented medication without the consent of the owner of the patent. That means that a manufacturer can produce the same medication at a much lower cost.

In this case, India has been given permission to go ahead and manufacture Sorafenib for the treatment of liver and kidney cancer, which is a serious health crisis throughout the country. Under this compulsory license, the country’s manufacturers will be able to produce generic Nexavar for only $180 cost for a month’s supply. That’s $5,420 US Dollars LESS than the brand price. This means that just about anyone could afford cancer treatment.

Cancer Treatment at a Much Lower Cost

This huge cost-savings is a big relief for many people facing kidney or liver cancer. They will not have to decide between life-saving treatment or basic life needs. At a cost difference of $65,040 per year, cancer treatment will be suddenly attainable by a larger population. This is exciting news — not only for an effective cancer treatment, but for an effective cancer treatment that most people actually can afford.

February 22, 2012

Exergames: Exercises for Older Adults

Filed under: health — mjones @ 10:10 pm

Exercise is particularly important for older adults. Exercise is typically divided into four types: those that work on strength and muscle, those that work on cardiovascular endurance, those that work on flexibility, and those that work on balance. In regards to strength and muscle exercises, muscle mass starts to decline after age thirty, so it is very important to keep up your strength and quality of tissue. As we age, we also lose aerobic fitness ability, which contributes to reduced mobility in daily life. It is equally as important to keep up one’s flexibility, because joints change with age and this can lead to stiffness, decreased range of motion, and more injuries. Lastly, seniors should focus on their balance. Balance exercises can help seniors avoid injuries from falls and keep one independent and mobile.

A new study suggests that interactive exercise, which tests a senior’s cognitive abilities, has more benefits than traditional exercise for adults between 59 and 99. These cognitive challenging exercises are called exergames. As Dr. Cay Anderson-Hanley, from the Healthy Aging and Neuropsychology Lab and Department of Psychology at Union College in NY, stated, “we found that for older adults, virtual-reality enhanced interactive exercise, or cybercyling two to three times per week for 3 months, yielded greater cognitive benefit, and perhaps added protection against mild cognitive impairment (MCI), than a similar dose of traditional exercise.”

The exergames consisted of adults riding recumbent stationary bikes; however, they were experiencing 3D competition racing against a virtual bike rider based on their last best ride. While engulfed in the cyber exergames, not only did the adults experience exercise, they also were required to plan, work their memory, use their attention, and problem solve. Further, there was no difference in exercise frequency, intensity, or duration found between the adults riding a regular recumbent stationary bike and the adults involved in the exergames, indicating that factors other than effort and fitness were responsible for the cognitive benefit.

The results of this study are important. Not only are will exercise help keep cholesterol and cardiovascular health in check for older adults, but interactive exercise has significant positive cognitive results as well!

October 28, 2011

Exposed Health Myths

Filed under: health — Tags: , , , , , — Kcondon @ 4:49 pm

It’s not uncommon for people to believe certain health myths. Those myths could lead to a healthy lifestyle while others just raise questions about their authenticity.  Whether they are true or not, most myths will cause you to re-evaluate your own health choices.

Health Myth One: Milk Does Wonders.

Dr. T. Colin Campbell PhD., a respected nutrition and health researcher, has discovered the truth about the effects of protein in our milk. According to his research in ‘The China Study,’ Dr. Campbell found that the main protein found in milk, Casein, (found in 87% of cow’s milk) “…promoted all stages of the Cancer process.”  Results indicated that abstaining from consuming milk and any form of animal protein halted the growth of cancerous tumors.

Health Myth Two: Herbs are the way to go!

Some herbs are great and many people think that because a product contains herbs it is harmless.  However, don’t be fooled by this idea. Only recently have problems with herbs started to arise. Kava, known to reduce anxiety, has been shown to be toxic to the liver.  Other herbs, such as Ginkgo Leaf Extracts, are known to cause headaches rather than improve mental clarity, or working to treat dementia and peripheral vascular disease. St John’s Wart, Echinacea, German Chamoile and Ginkgo biloba have been reported to cause allergic reactions. It would be smart to consult your physician on natural products or supplements to see if they fit your health needs.

Health Myth Three: Constricting Calories will help weight loss.

Though it is important to moderate your calorie intake, it is much more essential to watch your sugar intake. Minimizing your glucose intake will significantly aid in your weight loss battle. An excess of glucose is the major cause of fat storage. By moderating your glucose levels, weight loss will be a breeze. Make sure to also engage in weight training and moderate periods of cardio. This is an effective way to burn fat.

Health Myth Four: Fresh fruits and vegetables are more nutritious than canned or frozen.

This depends on two different factors: how long the fruit or vegetables have been in th fridge, and how long they’ve been cut and out on the counter.  Leaving fruits and vegetables in the fridge for long periods of time causes them to lose vitamins.  In this case, fresh produce might not have the same nutritional value as canned or frozen. Also, leaving cut up fruits or vegetables out on the kitchen counter for more than 20 minutes results in vitamin loss due to air exposure.  As a result, canned or frozen fruits can be just as vitamin-rich as fresh fruits.

Health Myth Five: The road to perfect skin is through washing and moisturizing!

Taking care of your skin is important however, there is a direct connection between the food you digest and the condition of your skin.  An unhealthy lifestyle will cause more of a strain on your liver and kidney. Because the skin is also an organ used to eliminate waste, these results will be apparent on your skin.  Cleaning regimes are not always as important as the food which is consumed; the food can later cause blemishes on your face.