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Do you know the dark side of sugar?

Friday, August 9, 2013

The sweetness of sugar is all well known, and many are completely irresistible. However, sugar has many dark sides. Experts say that eating sugar every day threatening our health. Unfortunately, many of us are not aware of this fact. 

1 Refined sugar is linked to the emergence of a large number of diseases, such as insomnia, dizziness, allergies, manic depression, cardiovascular disease, hypoglycaemia, hair loss, skin irritation, tooth decay, obesity, diabetes, cancer of the colon and pancreas. 

Sugar can adversely affect mood swings, personality changes, irritability, appearance, arthritis, heart disease, high cholesterol and endocrine problems. It can also induce asthma. 

2 Sugar is addictive. Sugar release opiate-like substances that activate part of the brain responsible for the sense of reward and pleasure. 

3 An average can of juice contains 40 grams of sugar, and the biggest source of refined sugar candy but not soda. 

4 Sugar consumption has grown an average of one percent per year, faster than the increase in the global population of people. Sugar production is growing faster than its consumption, which makes it all the less expensive product. 

5 Consumption of refined sugar the body takes vitamin B. Lack of vitamin B causes symptoms such as high palpitations, chronic fatigue, paranoia, anxiety, insomnia, trouble concentrating, problems with digestion, rashes and renewed desire for sweets. 

6 Numerous food within a hidden sugar. Ketchup, hot dogs, hamburgers, buns for hamburgers, peanut butter, french fries, pasta sauces, mayonnaise, various sauces for salads and many processed foods contain sugar, even if the taste of the food is delectable. Foods with a low level of fat often contains sugar for better taste. 

7 Refined sugar has no nutritional value, but it has a lot of calories. Contains no vitamins, minerals, enzymes, fats and fiber, because it's all lost during processing. Sugar consumed and potassium and magnesium, which are essential for heart health. 

8 Despite the extra calories, research shows that animals live longer by drinking plain water but consuming water and sugar. Therefore, scientists say is nothing more than sugar. 

9 How refined sugar affect the body? Sugar creates an acidic environment in the digestive tract, soluble vitamins and minerals in the body, especially calcium needed for bones and teeth. Sugar weakens the immune system and causes excessive production of digestive enzymes, which is very bad effect on the pancreas. Sugar weakens the function of the liver, which can lead to high blood pressure, skin problems and acne. Refined sugar hinders the flow of blood, accelerate the aging process, bringing dental problems, strengthens and highlights fight dry skin. 

However, suddenly and abruptly removing refined sugar from your diet can lead to symptoms such as fatigue, depression, headaches and muscle aches, so it is best to throw out the diet gradually. 

Do you know how healthy blueberries are?

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Amazing black berries which are usually resorted as children staying in the village, except a refreshing effects have a strong positive impact on our health. They are rich in vitamins and minerals, fiber and antioxidants that are very effective in preventing many diseases. 

The following is a list of reasons why you should eat berries whenever you get the chance: 
1 Blackberries are ten times richer in antioxidants than tomatoes or broccoli, which puts them in the top ten healthiest foods. Specific antioxidant which contain ellagitannins, which has almost no other food articles has proven to be very effective in the fight against cancer. 

2 These little berries are rich in polyphenols, which help the body fight free radicals and prevent heart and blood vessels. 

3 Strong purple blackberries comes from anthocyanin to its powerful antioxidant activity has a beneficial effect on health, especially cardiovascular structure. It is extremely important to its role in preventing cancer. 

4 Due to the high content of dietary fiber, blueberries significantly reduced risk of diabetes, gastrointestinal diseases such as diverticulosis, a valuable ally in reducing excess weight. 

5 Seeds blackberries along with fiber and contain high levels of elegiac acid. This powerful antioxidant in various ways to fight chronic diseases. Studies have shown that cooking does not destroy the elegiac acid and therefore jams, compotes share this with all the beneficial properties of fruit berries. 

6 This powerful fruit is low in calories but rich in these vitamins C, E, folic acid and the minerals potassium, manganese and magnesium. 

7 A handful of blackberries provides eight grams of dietary fiber, with leading pectin which has a beneficial effect on lowering cholesterol. 

8 Thanks nutritional composition, blackberries attributed to anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and Anti thrombotic effect on the function of blood vessels. 

9 Bush is a leader among the berries on the level of phytoestrogen, a substance with a potential role in the prevention of breast cancer and cervical cancer, according satisfied. 

10th The blackberry is lutein, the most important natural substances to the health of the human eye.Reduces the risk of degeneration of the eye and prevents the development of cataracts. It acts as a filter sun light, absorbing dangerous UV rays. 

The Value of Massage Therapy

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Massage therapy addresses the "whole person" by direct contact which creates a form of validation of the individual unlike any other health care modality. It is a natural,effective and drugless treatment to improve, restore and maintain a healthy state in the body, with minimal adverse effects. No other modality or professional has an extensive " hands on" approach that can be seen more apparent, than massage therapy. Other professions have a narrow view of the patient, in respect to the holistic model and time with the patient, giving the massage therapy profession, the most effective hands on care available in the medical health care system. Yet it seems the consumer and the insurance company has a narrow limited view of the profession. Cost is a driving factor for most consumers especially when the individual is having to pay out of pocket expenses that are limited or not covered by insurance. Value is associated by most, by cost. One has to consider the application and utilization of the time to further qualify value. Value for time, not just cost needs to be re-evaluated in the health care system.
The Value of Massage Therapy
health care modality

Health care is on the minds of most people, whether they have it, need it, or don't have the right policy due to financial infeasibility, to acquire or maintain it. Unfortunately when it comes to health, if you don't invest in it now, you pay for it later, as the investment of our bodies seem to yield higher rates of health issue returns to our lives as we age. As it stands now, preventative health is not recognized under most health insurance policies unless it comes in the form of exams in the context of a physical and or lab testing, which is a great start to establish a good base line of health.

health insurance policies
Health care

 But so much of our health is within the content of what we utilize it, in the continuum of the human condition of life, environment (acquired as outside environment or internal from stress, poor body mechanics, and just wear and tear) as well as genetics. We all, at some point in time in our lives, experience the decline of the body system; be it, an injury, thereby requiring surgery and rehabilitation,or age, in the form of compensation, compression, genetics, habits and accumulation of repetitive motion, dysfunction, actions,traumas and toxins.

When we treat the body what are we affecting? Is there a model, and is it holistic in it's approach? Does this model exist within the insurance model?
When we treat the body we in essence, should be treating the individual, not just isolating the dysfunction, disease or trauma. After all, these ailments do not, nor should they consist in the total-ness of any one being; it is just the experience they are expressing in their life at the current time. Disease, is as the word is broken down, is really the lack of ease in the body. It is out of balance.

When it comes to insurance coverage, it is a model to achieve functionality prior to any onset, outside of what was once normal. I have not seen a model demonstrate the value of direct hands on attention to an individual with the time of equal or great power, than massage therapy. And yet it still comes up short, in regards to reimbursements and acknowledgment of in the medical field. I would like to challenge any person to dispute this fact, and yet no health care professional would consider taking 1 hour to be with their patient and really connect with them, where they see them not just a disease or diagnosis but as an individual. I have heard that it is not cost effective to spent that length of time on each patient. Therein lies part of the problem, yet every practitioner has the right to extend their services and acquire the ability to make a living at their trade. Policies are in place to reach the maximum amount of patients in the most cost effective means, especially when the population and aging health concerns are on the rise. Who reaps these benefits and who pays for these policies? Think about this the next time you cost compare time, experience, cost of doing business and your health.

What food you should eat often?

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

We all want to live long and healthy. 
When we talk about health, immunity and all that is needed to maintain it, many people do not listen because they think that these are extremely complex advice. Prevention of various types of diseases such as cancer or heart disease is not as complex as people actually think. In fact, it is very easy! 

Today I share with you information about which foods to eat often, if you want a long life and good health. 

Pulses are full of healthy nutrients and fiber, and carbohydrates because the body slowly digests them why these fruits have a positive effect on blood sugar regulation. A large number of previous studies showed that legumes can significantly reduce the risk of many types of cancer, especially colon cancer. Phytochemicals in beans inhibit the growth of tumors, a study conducted at the Harvard School of Public Health came to the conclusion that women who consumed beans at least twice a week are 24 percent less likely to develop breast cancer, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and colon cancer. 

Berries come in many colors as it contains powerful antioxidants such as flavanoids. Studies have shown that berries increases brain power and optimize brain function, prevents the formation of cancer and reducing blood pressure. 

Green leafy vegetables 
If you regularly eat green leafy vegetables, doing the right thing! In addition to protein, these foods are full of calcium, phosphate, and the entire spectrum of antioxidants that the body fulfilling life, mood, health, relieve stress, blood clean and clear mind. Broccoli, kale, spinach, Swiss chard are foods that many of us do not like, but these foods are health mines. While not exactly a favorite meal, you can always find ways to compose the daily menu. 

Food that brings tears to the eyes is more powerful than you think. In fact, onions (all kinds) is a superfood!It contains a high concentration of the best of the antioxidants, and is rich in vitamins and minerals, potassium, sodium, iron, sulfur, phosphates, and helps blood circulation and reduces bad cholesterol. 

Pumpkin seeds, sunflower or any other extremely healthy foods. They are rich in protein and minerals.Many of them contain omega 3 fatty acids, calcium, iron and zinc. Especially praised member who advises women considering that its ingredients help prevent a variety of women's diseases. 

Mushrooms, of course, those edible, believe it or not, to protect our DNA from damage While not pleasant colors with red, purple or blue, mushrooms contain a lot of antioxidants-ergotionin - antioxidants for which some experts and doctors believe that it will be used in the fight against cancer. The richest antioxidant among the oyster mushrooms. Mushrooms are great on the grill. 

The foods you should eat every day

Foods you should eat every day

1 - Spinach

Many do not like it, but spinach is an important foodstuff especially for men. It stimulates sexual arousal, keep your heart health, helps build muscle, bones and helps maintain healthy vision.

-2 - Yogurt

Yoghurt helps fight cancer, build bones, strengthen the immune system ... Very healthy probiotic yogurts that contain healthy bacteria.

-3 - Tomatoes

Tomatoes help fight cancer, strengthen the immune system and protect cardiovascular health. A tomato is important to know that they were also processed almost as healthy as fresh. Therefore, a glass of tomato juice can replace the vegetables.

-4 - Carrots

Carrots preserve healthy vision, strengthen the immune system and help fight cancer.

-5 - Blueberries

Blueberries stimulate the brain and help prevent memory loss, preventive effect of diabetes, and vitamin A and C in them keeps the cardiovascular system. They contain more antioxidants than any other popular fruit.

-6 - Black beans

Each bean is good for your heart, but no one else will use it as black. Besides antioxidants in it, beneficial to brain health.

-7 - Walnuts

Walnuts contain valuable ingredients that stimulate muscle growth, stimulate the brain and strengthen immunity. Richer in omega-3 fatty acids from cod. A serving of walnuts (about 7 whole cores) is good at any time of day, but especially for recovery after work. 

Why is fennel good for children?

Wealth ballast substances makes fennel ideal therapeutic agent for those who suffer from digestive problems such as bloating, feelings of tension, and constipation. Also for these problems are an excellent remedy and refreshing drink tea from fennel seed, which is also ideal for children as it is soothing. 

In addition, the fibrous material ties the toxic and fatty substances in the intestines and thus removed from the body openings and cholesterin and reduce the level of fat in the blood. The green shoots of fennel can be excellent fresh "snacks" that can munch a long time and finally remain a dry fibrous material (similar to that of sugar cane). 

Fennel is rich in potassium (important for maintaining water levels in the body and the functioning of the cells), vitamin C (to maintain immunity, mental freshness), and contains 12 important trace elements and 14 amino acids in the right ratio. Due to the high content of beta-carotene is used as an effective preventive agent against cancer. 

Fennel essential oil is obtained (an ancient and proven home remedy for indigestion, coughs, and to ease breathing in colds). Fennel is one root, in addition to celery root, asparagus and parsley, among 4 most healthy root for digestive problems. 

Fennel is ideal for people who are overweight because it binds fats in the intestine, so much smaller molecules of triglycerides (fat molecules) can be "nested" in the fatty deposits in the abdomen, hips, buttocks and thighs. For this reason, the Roman women ate fennel. Moreover, Fennel removes fat in the abdomen that is a fairly large water clusters around the navel (cellulite). 


  • helps in reducing and maintaining weight;
  • eliminate constipation and regulates digestion;
  • helps with intestinal disorders ie. has carminative action;
  • reduces the level of cholesterol and fats in the blood that is. stimulates the liver and pancreas (seeds contain oil and anethole sweet and bitter fenheron);
  • separates water from the body and removes toxins from the body;
  • strengthens the cells and strengthens the immune system;
  • care of a healthy nervous system and a good mood (for essential oils);
  • operates slowly calming and relaxing because it contains antispasmatic oil relieves colic, and as an excellent tea for young children;


Fennel is mostly imported by us, and are very rarely found in the market. One of the reasons is its price ranging from £ 20-25 per kilogram. But one bulb of about 30 dg is enough for a couple meals. Fennel is the most recommended winter vegetables (for high content of vitamin C), and it is recommended to eat 2 times a week. 


Mosquitoes are most in cooking is primarily used as a spice (seeds, leaves), as an attachment, then in salads, soups, minestrone, and less as a main dish. Also dried grains fennel seeds are ground and mixed with flour to create a variety of desserts and pastries. 

Fennel is an excellent raw, because it frees up a large part of their active ingredients, and can be just like an onion slice and eat as occasional "snack" for example. with the TV. However, it's good if you season with a little olive oil or sunflower oil (containing vitamin E) and such a salad will become a herbal cocktail. 

No matter what fennel has a strong and dominant taste and smell (eg as anise) excellent fit among all other vegetables (particularly salad with fresh carrots, oranges and apples, with the addition of fennel and dried fruit), deliciously with spices such as the lemon juice, pepper, coriander and olive oil. 
Creative chefs who are not afraid to try new combinations may inspire you to create new, yet tasty dishes. 

Why do we love coffee?

Monday, August 5, 2013

While you my friends drinking your morning coffee...
Coffee is definitely the most popular stimulant in the world, and some even say that the coffee day will be. So it's easy to love, and doctors warn that this fragrant dark drink bad effect on health.

However, not everything is black and white. Coffee has a dark side, its consumption brings some positive effects.

The reasons why coffee is good:

1 In opstipation

Coffee on the body acts as a laxative. It accelerates and stimulates the emptying of the bladder and bowel function. That is why there is often a list of foods for different diets.

2 In asthma

Did you know that coffee helps people who have asthma? During an asthma attack (even in severe cases) is sufficient to take a cup of strong coffee. Why? A large amount of caffeine, whose chemical formula similar to theophylline - Asthma - will help expand the airways.

3 For better memory

We all know that caffeine increases alertness, reduces the symptoms of fatigue and even improves memory.Caffeine usually feels good and helps improve concentration. Interestingly, these effects were short-lived.

Research School of Medicine in Lisbon revealed that seniors who drink at least 3 cups of coffee a day had a better memory than those who drank coffee in small quantities.

4 It contains a lot of antioxidants

Antioxidants are always good news for acting against free radicals, which means that coffee actually helps to rejuvenate and acts against inflammation. These effects do not decrease even if you drink coffee with milk.

5 Often bothering you a headache?

Then coffee for you is not a sin, but a medicine. Caffeine reduces the dilation of blood vessels and thus helps in relieving headaches. (Caffeine can even be found in some medication to relieve the pain.)

Unfortunately, this advice does not apply to people who already drink a lot of coffee every day, because the lack of caffeine can also cause headaches - creating a sort of vicious circle.

The reasons why coffee is not good:

1 Accelerates the occurrence of osteoporosis

The joint action of caffeine and vitamins, especially vitamin D, prevents the absorption of calcium in the body. But not to worry, that this would have an effect on you, you should really drink a lot of coffee every day.

2 Increases anxiety

Although anxiety disorders are hereditary, and affects coffee increases anxiety. Also, if overused, can cause restless sleep and bad, because of its effectiveness in reducing fatigue and sleepiness. In fact, this result occurs depending on the condition of the body and the total amount of coffee you drink during the day.

3 Increase the risk of angina

The study revealed links between coffee intake and high levels of homocysteine, which can increase the risk of angina attacks.

4 The possibility of kidney stones

Koefein increases the amount of calcium in the urine, and thus the risk of kidney stones.

5 Hot flashes - Hot flashes

Menopausal women can attest that coffee is one of the main drivers of hot flashes.

The key is the amount of coffee consumed

The emergence of these positive and negative effects depend largely on the amount of coffee you drink. So, 1 to 2 cups of coffee a day will have positive effects, such as.: Good mood, more energy, etc..

On the other hand, a very large amount - from 5 to 10 cups a day will cause negative effects such as: fear-anxiety, nervousness, tremor, palpitations, etc..

A simple recipe - enjoy in moderation!

It is well known that moderate exercise in coffee (2, 3 or even 4 cups a day) - does not represent a health hazard. The fact is that different people react differently to the same amount of coffee, and plays an important role, and hereditary factors. 

Why should eat parsley?

Parsley over spices

Parsley is the most popular spice in the world, which can be found in almost every supermarket throughout the year (of course, the best is from the garden!). It has a deli and a refreshing taste and beautiful foliage bright-green color, which is indispensable as a seasoning or garnish the dish.
We are so accustomed to parsley, you often do not think about it, this is not just a spice, but the plant, which has a high nutritional value and medicinal properties.

Sprig of parsley is more than decoration on your plate. Parsley contains two groups of special ingredients, which are very important for our health. The first group of ingredients contains natural essential oils, which include myristicin, limonene, eugenol, and alpha-thujene. The second group includes flavonoids: apiin, apigenin and luteolin crisoeriol. Additionally, parsley is an excellent source of vitamins C, A and K.

Protection against cancer

Essential oils containing parsley, particularly myristicin, protect against cancer, especially lung cancer, which was confirmed in the study. Myristicin also activates the enzyme glutathione-S-transferase, glutathione, which helps molecules to bind to oxidized molecules that would otherwise have caused damage in the body.

Because of the essential oil, which contains, parsley has chemo-protective effect, ie. neutralize the effects of chemical substances that may be harmful to our health, such as the carcinogen benzopyrene (found in cigarette smoke) and others.

A rich source of antioxidants

Flavonoids, which includes parsley, particularly luteolin, act as antioxidants by binding to free radicals, and thereby preventing their harmful effects on the body. The studies showed that extracts of parsley increases antioxidant capacity of blood.

In addition to flavonoids, parsley is an excellent source of vitamin C and A (especially karetonoida and beta-carotene), which play an important role in protecting our body from many diseases.

Vitamin C has many different functions. He is the main antioxidant in our body, which neutralizes the effect of dangerous free radicals. As we already know, the high concentration of free radicals is associated with a whole range of diseases, including cancer, diabetes, asthma, atherosclerosis, etc..

Vitamin C also has excellent anti-inflammatory properties, making it excellent for the treatment of all types of arthritis. In addition, vitamin C is important for the operation of our immune system. Regular intake of this vitamin can prevent the common flu, colds, sore throats and ear infections.

Beta-carotene is also an important antioxidant. Child, rich in beta-carotene reduce the risk of atherosclerosis, diabetes and cancer. Like vitamin C, beta-carotene conveniently fled to asthma, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. In our body beta-carotene is converted to vitamin A - a nutrient that plays a crucial role in our immune system.

Parsley for heart health

Parsley is a good source of folic acid. Folic acid is essential for many processes that take place in our body, but is most known for the role it plays in cardiovascular health. Folic acid helps convert Homocysteine ​​in benign molecule. Homocysteine ​​is a potentially dangerous molecule that can directly damage blood vessels.High levels of homocysteine ​​increase the risk of stroke and heart attack in people with atherosclerosis or heart disease. This is why people who suffer from these diseases, recommended food rich in folic acid.

Protection against rheumatoid arthritis

Food, rich in vitamin C, such as parsley, provides protection from reumatodinog arthritis.

In the survey, the results of which were published in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, attended by over 20,000 people. All participants were healthy and did not suffer from arthritis. One of the participants followed a diet rich in vitamin C, while the second part - a regular diet. The research lasted for several years and confirmed that in people who consumed foods rich in vitamin C, the risk of arthritis was reduced to three times.

Helpful hints:

Fresh parsley is better than dry. If you buy dried parsley, choose one from organic farming.
Pick the parsley leaves with dark-green color. Avoid fields that have a yellowish or have withered - a sign that the old or damaged.
Fresh parsley can be stored in the refrigerator in a plastic bag. If parsley is wilted, spray it with a little water before placing it in the refrigerator.
If you have extra parsley, you can easily cured, chopped it and leave it on a kitchen cloth. When dry, hold it in tightly closed glass bottle in a dark, cool and dry place.
Parsley can be frozen. Will retain its flavor, but will lose crispness.
Parsley can be used in almost all dishes - soups, salads, vegetable dishes and cereals.

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