Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Benefits of Walking

  • The human body is made to walk.  
  • Walking 30 minutes a day cuts the rate of people becoming diabetic by more than half and it cuts the risk of people over 60 becoming diabetic by almost 70 percent.  
  • Walking cuts the risk of stroke by more than 25 percent.  
  • Walking reduces hypertension. The body has over 100,000 miles of blood vessels. Those blood vessels are more supple and healthier when we walk.  
  • Walking cuts the risk of cancer as well as diabetes and stroke.  
  • Women who walk have a 20 percent lower likelihood of getting breast cancer and a 31 percent lower risk of getting colon cancer.  
  • Women with breast cancer who walk regularly can reduce their recurrence rate and their mortality rate by over 50 percent.  
  • The human body works better when we walk. The body resists diseases better when we walk, and the body heals faster when we walk.  
  • We don't have to walk a lot. Thirty minutes a day has a huge impact on our health.  
  • Men who walk thirty minutes a day have a significantly lower level of prostate cancer. Men who walk regularly have a 60 percent lower risk of colon cancer.  
  • For men with prostate cancer, studies have shown that walkers have a 46 percent lower mortality rate.  
  • Walking also helps prevent depression, and people who walk regularly are more likely to see improvements in their depression.  
  • In one study, people who walked and took medication scored twice as well in 30 days as the women who only took the medication. Another study showed that depressed people who walked regularly had a significantly higher level of not being depressed in a year compared to depressed people who did not walk. The body generates endorphins when we walk. Endorphins help us feel good.  
  • Walking strengthens the heart. Walking strengthens bones. 
  • Walking improves the circulatory system.  
  • Walking generates positive neurochemicals. Healthy eating is important but dieting can trigger negative neurochemicals and can be hard to do.  
  • Walking generates positive neurochemicals. People look forward to walking and enjoy walking.  
  • And research shows that fit beats fat for many people. Walking half an hour a day has health benefits that exceed the benefits of losing 20 pounds.  
  • When we walk every day, our bodies are healthier and stronger. A single 30 minute walk can reduce blood pressure by five points for over 20 hours.  
  • Walking reduces the risk of blood clots in your legs.  
  • People who walk regularly have much lower risk of deep vein thrombosis.  
  • People who walk are less likely to catch colds, and when people get colds, walkers have a 46 percent shorter symptom time from their colds.  
  • Walking improves the health of our blood, as well. Walking is a good boost of high density cholesterol and people with high levels of HDL are less likely to have heart attacks and stroke.  
  • Walking significantly diminishes the risk of hip fracture and the need for gallstone surgery is 20 to 31 percent lower for walkers.  
  • Walking is the right thing to do. The best news is that the 30 minutes doesn't have to be done in one lump of time. Two 15 minute walks achieve the same goals. Three 10 minute walks achieve most of those goals.  
  • We can walk 15 minutes in the morning and 15 minutes at night and achieve our walking goals.  
  • Walking feels good. It helps the body heal. It keeps the body healthy. It improves our biological health, our physical health, our psychosocial health, and helps with our emotional health. Walking can literally add years entire years to your life.

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Sunday, July 28, 2013

How to Avoid Cataracts

A cataract is a clouding that develops in the lens of the eye and blur our vision, 
causing nearsightedness (myopia) and decreasing our ability to detect the color blue. 
Left untreated, they may even cause full blindness. Many people develop cataracts 
in later ages, but there are ways to refrain from developing it, especially at an earlier age.  
Adhere to these tips and you may prevent a cataract ever forming on your lens!

Protect the eyes from the potential side effects of certain medications. Prolonged 
use of steroids, tranquilizers, and psoriasis medication may cause cataracts when 
taken in large doses over a long period of time.

Those suffering from diabetes should keep their blood sugar under control. This is because diabetics tend to develop cataracts faster and at an earlier age than other adults.

Protect your eyes from ultraviolet sun rays as these rays speed up the development of cataracts. Whenever out in the sun, wear sunglasses.

Studies have shown that antioxidant vitamins such as vitamin C, vitamin E and beta carotene slow the development of cataracts. Make sure your body doesn't lack any of these vitamins and if it does, take supplements.

If there is uncontrolled diabetes, injury to the eye, or visual symptoms of decreased reading vision, consult an ophthalmologist to evaluate the problem to help restore sight and prevent blindness. 

Foods like butter, oils (except olive oil) and salt, and increased fat consumption in general has been associated with a higher risk of developing cataracts. So, avoid using or limit the intake of such foods.

A diet rich in spinach, cruciferous vegetables (like broccoli), tomatoes, peppers, citrus fruits and melons help prevent cataracts.

Avoid exposure to heavy metals, particularly cadmium, copper, lead, iron and nickel as they may also increase cataract formation as these metals have been found in cataractous lenses.

Cataracts that occur due to the ageing process cannot be prevented as the ageing process itself cannot be prevented, but they can be delayed and fought against, so that you may not have to deal with them when you get older.

Saturday, July 27, 2013


Black rice is low in sugar but packed with healthy fibre and plant compounds that combat heart disease and cancer, according to scientists Black rice - revered in ancient China but overlooked in the West - could be the greatest 'superfoods', scientists revealed today. 
The cereal is low in sugar but packed with healthy fibre and plant compounds that combat heart disease and cancer, say experts. Scientists from Louisiana State University analysed samples of bran from black rice grown in the southern U.S.  
They found boosted levels of water-soluble anthocyanin antioxidants. Anthocyanins provide the dark colours of many fruits and vegetables, such as blueberries and red peppers. They are what makes black rice 'black'. Research suggests that the dark plant antioxidants, which mop up harmful molecules, can help protect arteries and prevent the DNA damage that leads to cancer. 
Food scientist Dr Zhimin Xu said: 'Just a spoonful of black rice bran contains more health promoting anthocyanin antioxidants than are found in a spoonful of blueberries, but with less sugar, and more fibre and vitamin E antioxidants. 'If berries are used to boost health, why not black rice and black rice bran ? Especially, black rice bran would be a unique and economical material to increase consumption of health-promoting antioxidants.' 
Centuries ago black rice was known as 'Forbidden Rice' in ancient China because only nobles were allowed to eat it. Today black rice is mainly used in Asia for food decoration, noodles, sushi and desserts. But food manufacturers could potentially use black rice bran or bran extracts to make breakfast cereals, beverages, cakes, biscuits and other foods healthier, said Dr Xu. When rice is processed, millers remove the outer layers of the grains to produce brown rice or more refined white rice - the kind most widely consumed in the West. 
Brown rice is said to be more nutritious because it has higher levels of healthy vitamin E compounds and antioxidants. But according to Dr Xu's team, varieties of rice that are black or purple in colour are healthier still. They added that black rice could also be used to provide healthier, natural colourants. Studies linked some artificial colourants to cancer and behavioural problems in children. The scientists presented their findings today at the 240th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society in Boston .  
Victoria Taylor, senior dietician at the British Heart Foundation, said: 'In reality, it's unlikely there's a single food out there that will have a great impact on lowering your risk of heart disease. Healthy eating is about a balanced diet overall. 'It's great if you can eat more of some groups of healthy foods, like having five portions of fruit and vegetable a day, but there is still no conclusive evidence that 'super foods' alone make a real difference to your heart health.' 

Health Benefits Of Black Rice Have you heard about black rice ? Like red and brown rice, black types of rice retain the bran cover that is usually removed to create the traditional white rice.  This means that it retains its natural nutritional benefits than the more processed white rice. In ancient China , black rice was only served to the highest authority which is the emperors.  Once you were caught eating black rice, you would be subject for death execution.  This was the reason why in ancient Chinese times, black rice was referred to as the "Forbidden Rice".  
Today, this type of rice are being distributed worldwide and its nutritional benefits are already discovered. Sometimes referred as "Super Food", black rice are packed with vitamins, amino acids and minerals plus high amounts of fiber. Black rice also contains anthocyanins, a good antioxidant food source that is a perfect component for cancer prevention and other serious diseases.  This is the reason why it has dark blue, purple colour.  This antioxidant is also responsible for good memory and maintains a healthy heart.  
This rice also has less sugar, making it more ideal to people who are diabetics.  It also contains more fiber than brown rice, thus helping you lose more cholesterol and lessen the risks of hypertension. Black rice is a good alternative for your daily meal. 
Instead of indulging yourselves into a fatty diet, why not try black rice. It is more heart-friendly, prevents cancer and may also promotes weight loss. You can acquire black rice through your local supermarkets or you can buy online through different online retails stores like eBay and Amazon

The Most Important Medical Test

Important Message From
Dr. Sudhir V. Shah M.D., D.M. (Neurology) Consultant Neurologist, Prof. and HOD, Neurology, V.S.G.Hospital, Ahmedabad.
Director of Neurosciences, Sterling Hospital, Ahmedabad. 
Clinic Address: 206/7/8 Sangini Complex, Near Parimal Railway Crossing, Ellisbridge, Ahmedabad-380006, Gujarat, India.
Tele No. (C) 079-26467052, 26467467 (R) 079-26621742

Recently I spoke at a health conference and had several great conversations with many health-conscious people. Although the questions I was asked during and after my presentation ran the gamut, there was one general reaction that came through loud and clear. Sheer surprise. You see, I talked about the number that is THE most telling indicator about your state of health and is arguably the most important number to pay attention to if you want a life free of pain, inflammation and disease. It’s not your weight. Your BMI? Nope. No - it's not your cholesterol. Or your triglycerides. It's not even your blood pressure !

It's your
pH. (pH factor indicates acidic versus alkaline ratio in your body) Here is what kept my audience on the edge of their seats.

pH--why in the world? In a flashback to high school chemistry, remember that the pH scale goes from 0 to 14. 

0 is pure acid, 7 is neutral, and 14 is pure alkaline. You came into this world with an alkaline pH. It's how your body was designed and how you're meant to stay. Without exception, ALL of your organs, tissues, bones and joints work best when your blood pH is slightly alkaline (around 7.365).
If your
is even just a little too acidic, that's when your body can begin to literally break down. Aches and pains begin to creep up. 

Tumors(including cancer) can flourish. Diseases can rear their ugly heads. Although a number of factors can contribute to an acid pH,(including stress, environmental toxins, lack of exercise and smoking), far and away the number one factor is your FOOD.

Eating acid-creating foods (especially fast food, processed food, meat, dairy, refined carbs and hard to digest meal combinations) pulls your
pH down toward the acid range. On the other hand, when your diet contains many alkaline foods (like fresh fruits and vegetables) and is easy for your body to break down, you encourage a more alkaline pH

A snapshot of your innards Let's take a look at your innards and see some examples of how your body can break down when you're acidic: Your Heart Your heart pumps an unbelievable 13,000 quarts of blood a day--enough to fill a small swimming pool! If there are toxins in your blood, that puts a huge strain on your heart to do its job. Acid wastes in your system also rob your blood of oxygen, which causes your heart tissue to deteriorate. And you don't want your ticker breaking down, do you?

Your Liver The liver serves over 300 different functions-with two of the most important being to remove acid wastes from your blood and make alkaline enzymes for your body. If you're like most people who live in industrialised countries, your blood resembles a war zone with far too many toxins floating around, and your liver is constantly being stressed cleaning them out. If that goes on long enough, it can completely shut down. And so will you.

Your Pancreas The pancreas is super important... in fact, it's responsible for completing digestion in your small intestine. And it helps regulate blood sugar by producing insulin. Like I said, super important. More so than any other organ, the pancreas is extremely sensitive to your pH and absolutely CANNOT function when you're acidic -- it MUST have an alkaline environment. If your pancreas is not working right, you can be looking at type II diabetes,(which can kill you FAST). 

Your Kidneys
The kidneys create urine and help get rid of excess acid from the body. About one litre of blood passes through them every single minute! If your blood has too much acid and toxins, your kidneys are over-stressed and unable to do their job. (Ever hear of dialysis? Kidney stones?)

Your Stomach
When your stomach properly breaks down your food, the small intestine can finish the job and digestion is completed like it should be. But foods that are acid-creating are hard for your stomach to break down, and in its efforts to do its job, it may overproduce acid. The result can be poorly digested food, fewer nutrients being absorbed, and acid rising up into your throat. Acid reflux, GERD, IBS, hiatal hernia and gastritis are all on the rise and this is why. The typical American diet is LOADED with hard to digest, acid-creating food.

Your Colon
Wastes are supposed to easily pass through the colon and "out your back door." But if digestion has not been accomplished properly, they don't move through like they should. Instead they can clog your colon walls, become a breeding ground for bacteria and disease and cause you to put on weight. Plus, the toxins can be reabsorbed into your bloodstream, make you ill and encourage the development of food sensitivities. It’s no surprise that colon cancer is the number one cancer killer, and that so many people suffer with IBS, diverticulosis/itis and chronic constipation, is it?

An acid pH is GOOD -- when you're DEAD There is one time when you're SUPPOSED to have an acid pH. When you're DEAD. Your body automatically becomes acidic upon death so it can decompose like it's supposed to. I don't want that happening any time too soon, do you?
So... how do we get this magic 7.365
pH? Hopefully you've gotten the idea of how important it is to have a slightly alkaline pH while you're still breathing and vertical. 

Now I'll tell you the 4 steps to attaining and maintaining an optimal alkaline

Step 1- Check your pH at regular intervals
You can get a saliva test or urine test kit at most drug stores or health food stores. The saliva test is the least accurate and urine is slightly more accurate. You can also have your blood tested by a doctor. This is the most accurate measure but also the most expensive. If you  want this done and  your doctor won't do it, find one who  will. The
normal pH for urine is about 6.5-6.8 (it's acidic because  urine is an exit for toxins), for saliva 7.0-7.4 and for blood 7.365 is your  target. If you're testing your pH with saliva or urine, it's important to perform the test several times at different times of the  day, since pH
can  be affected by what you eat or drink.

Step 2- Drink pure water
Aim for at least 5-8 glasses per day. Stir in a little fresh-squeezed lemon juice to make it more alkaline if you'd like. Alkalizing drops are also available at health food  stores. Water means water and does not mean coffee, tea, Gatorade, soda  or other sweetened drinks. But avoid drinking tap  water as it can contain  chlorine and/or fluoride. Strive to drink filtered or bottled water.

 Step 3- Eat more alkaline foods
 The important thing to note here is you CAN continue  to eat some  "good" acid foods that have valid nutrients - so if you don't want to give up that juicy steak you love or that roasted chicken,  you don't have to. Just make sure that those acid foods are counterbalanced by a good portion of alkaline foods. 50/50 is a good place to  start, and the more  alkaline, the better. "Good" acid foods include nourishing things like:
*Eggs, *Fish, *Chicken,*turkey’ *Brown rice, *Yogurt, * Beef (preferably grass fed and organic). These foods have nutrients that do benefit your body. So it's not necessary to eliminate them. You  just need to make sure to keep them under control, and make sure they represent no more than 50% of your calories. And remember it's NEVER a good idea to eat processed food, fast food or drink soda. Keep those to a bare minimum or preferably none at all.

Step  4- Keep your digestion efficient
In order to keep your digestion humming, it's vital to eat meal combinations that are easily broken down and don't cause your stomach to  over produce acid, and make sure you have adequate enzymes to do the job.
Simply put:
Easy digestion = proper elimination of wastes = a more alkaline pH
Poor digestion = acid waste build-up = Sickness and a  more acid pH

Without the proper enzymes for digestion, you can suffer from
gas, bloating, constipation, waste build-up... and  you'll have a more acidic pH!

So remember--while your weight, blood pressure, cholesterol,  etc. are all very important too, it's vital to keep your eye on the
MOST important number--your pH. Do that and your body will thank you many times over.