Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Regular Exercise Keeps You Looking Young As You Age!

Exercise Keeps People Young!

Everyone grows older with each passing year, but not everyone ages in the same way, nor do everyone want to look their age. Some people are blessed with youthful looks, perhaps due to good genes, and others perhaps due good habit. And there are those that age faster than their years, and use modern science to battle and rectify age spots, sagging facial skin and varicose veins.

How can we account for these differences between people? And can we do something about it?

Well, doctors suggest that is it a combination of nature and nurture at play. It is true that some people have inherited good genes, but as anti-aging studies with twins show, the nurture aspect plays a big role too. Exposure to sun, the amount of free radicals in your body, and environmental pollutants can affect the rate of which your cells age.

Aging is another way to say cellular failure. We get old when our stem cells are no longer there to repair our bodies. Our bodies also produce less hormones when we are older, and this can affect the skin, hair, body composition and body shape. This results in a decrease in collagen production and elastin, which causes the skin to sag as it loses its ability to retain moisture or retract after stretching. You might probably start noticing such effects in your late 30s or early 40s.

Men seem to age better than women, and doctors attribute it to the gradual decline in testosterone in men compared to the sudden plunge to zero female hormones during menopause. Oil glands are also more active, and stay more active in men, which reduces the dry and sallow look. Women have more facial fat, and so when they age, they tend to develop the sagging look.

One good thing to begin your anti-aging regime is to refrain from smoking, excessive alcohol or caffeine, eating preserved or processed foods, or charred food. Also, it is important to sleep at least eight hours of sleep every night, avoid getting stressed or angry, reduce your calorie intake as you grow older as your metabolism decreases, and finally, to exercise regularly.

People tend to underscore the importance of exercise as part of your anti-aging regime. As one doctor put it: Exercise is the only thing that keeps people looking young. If you have exercised for more than 10 years continuously, you will look as young as the day you started regular exercise.

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Saturday, July 26, 2008

Who Are at Risk of Osteoporosis?

Women are Most at Risk of Osteoporosis

According to data from the National Osteoporosis Foundation, almost 40% of osteoporosis cases occur in older women, with only 10% of cases affecting men. Those at higher risk of osteoporosis are elderly women who are approaching menopause or already in menopause; people who are largely inactive and do little physical activity; smokers or heavy drinkers; people who take medicines that include steroids, which are often found in asthma and rheumatic medicines.

Bone density is divided into three levels by the World Health Organization. These levels are:

Normal: Bone density of less than one standard deviation below the average for young normal women (T score > -1)

Osteopenia: Bone density between one standard deviation and 2.5 standard deviation below the average for young normal women (-2.5 < T score <= -1)

Osteoporosis: Bone density more than 2.5 standard deviation below the average for young normal women (T score <= -2.5)

Please don't wait, be sure to act today to prevent osteoporosis.

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How to Track Osteoporosis with Bone Mineral Densitometer (BMD)

When you begin any diet, you should be careful not to decrease your intake of calcium rich food. This is because a decrease in essential vitamins and minerals, such as calcium can have a nagative impact on your overall health. You may not observe the effects immediately, but the continued lack of essential minerals and vitamins will take its toll eventually.

One problem affecting millions around the world is osteoporosis. It is called the silent disease because it sneaks up on people and strikes without any observable symptoms. It is hard to detect until one day when you break a bone. That is why it is important that people take good care of their bones by not depriving themselves of proper essential minerals and vitamins. Food sources that are rich in calcium include dairy products, green leafy vegetables, and salmon and sardines. Also to get tested regularly for osteoporosis. Do not wait till it is too late.

Some crucial parts of the body that can suffer a loss of bone density are the forearms, spine and hips. These are the places where broken bones often occur. Such areas are crucial and the effects of osteoporosis, which leaves the bones weak and sponge-like, can be devastating. The main problem is that because people cannot see their bones, they often do not think of taking care of their bones. Women are most at risk of osteoporosis.

However, there are technologies available today that can help you check your bones on a regular basis, so you know what condition they are in, and what, if any, action you need to do to improve your bone health.

For example, the bone mineral densitometer can read a person's bone density using very light radiation (dual energy x-ray absorptiometry technology). The other ways to determine bone density include: radiology, radioisotope, quantitative computerized tomography (QCT), quantitative ultrasound (QUS) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

Of all the above methods, the bone mineral densitometer is the most frequently used because it provides the most accurate results. It also has several benefits - by using x-ray technology, the examination itself is a simple process; the radiation used is very light, so it is safe; it accurately determines whether patients have sponge-like bones, are developing sponge-like bones, or are at risk of broken bones; it is painless and non-invasive.

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Thursday, July 24, 2008

Choosing and Cooking Fresh Healthy Fish

You can tell that fish is fresh when the flesh holds together and has some resistance when pressed lightly. Stay away from fish with dull flesh tones, or from fish that has a strong smell because that could mean that the fish is going bad. While most fish has a slight smell, if the odor is very strong and pungent, then that might be a sign that the fish is no longer fresh.

Cooking tips to help get rid of "fishy" smell:

To help get rid of the slight fishy smell when preparing your fish, you can use lemon juice on the fish before you cook it, or just before you serve it. It is best to cook the fish as soon as you buy it. Try not to keep the fish in the refrigerator too long, or freeze it for more than two weeks, so as to maintain the freshness of the fish, as well as to retain the quality of the fish meat.

Cooking methods can also play an important role in reducing the "fishy" smell. Steaming the fish tends to bring out the smell and flavor of the fish more than any other cooking methods. Steaming also uses less spices and marinades. So if the smell bothers you, choose another cooking method apart from steaming. Cooking methods like grilling uses more spices and ingredients, and the smoky aroma will help cover the "fishy" smell.

Cooking fish is relatively easy because the meat cooks fast. It is important though to be sure that you do not overcook the meat. So be sure to consider the thickness of the fish meat before you set the cooking time. If you are baking fish, remember that fish can become overcooked even after you have turned off the oven! Better that you do not leave cooked fish dishes in the oven.

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Fish - The Delicious and Healthy Choice

We have all have heard about how fish is healthy for us. High in protein and vitamins, low in fat and rich in Omega-3, researchers have confirmed that eating fish regularly will help reduce the risk of some diseases and improve one's overall health. In short, eating fish is good for us.

Many of us eat fish in a varity of ways - fish can be steamed, grilled, fried, baked, sauteed. Some people even eat fish raw, that is, sushi. Fish will always taste good if it is prepared correctly, it is also easily digested and does not stress the stomach and digestive system.

Benefits stemming from fish include:

rich in minerals
rich in calcium
high in protein
low in fat
high in Omega-3 fatty acids
rich in vitamins such as B2 and D
rich in iron, zinc, iodine and magnesium

The seas and rivers from which came the fish people ate used to be less contaminated with household and industrial pollutants. Today, the fish we eat contain more mercury because of environmental degradation and pollution. Therefore, it is important that we only eat fish that is of high-quality and without all of the pollutants.

Examples of fish that contain high levels of mercury include shark, swordfish, and king mackeral. Too much mercury in your diet can have a negative effect on your health such as migranes.

Women who are pregnant, or who might become pregnant, nursing mothers are most at risk for mercury poisoning - so they should pay attention to what kind of fish they eat. Also, babies who have been exposed to mercury through their mothers have been thought to be a possible cause of autism in children.

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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Holiday Season Drinking Tips


Don't Waste Calories on Drinks

The average alcoholic drink conatins 150-200 calories per glass. If you indulge in 2-3 glasses of alcohol that would mean that you have drunk the equivalent number of calories for an entire meal!

Beware of calories in sugar. Sometimes we do not realize that when we add sugar to our iced tea or coffee, we are putting extra (and un-needed) calories into our body. When you order fruit juice, make sure that it is fresh with no added sugars.

If you have to order soft drinks, then at least choose diet soft drinks to avoid drinking all those extra calories from the sugar.

Click on the articles below to read tips on how to develop a moderate approach that will help you find a balance between staying fit and enjoying yourself on holiday. Just because you are having fun, it does not mean that you have to pack on extra pounds! Have a wonderful holiday season.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Holiday Season Healthy Exercise Tips


Exercise does not necessarily mean that you have to spend time working out at the gym. You can simply take a walk down the beach at sunset, or enjoy fun and adventurous activities like cycling, swimming in the sea, climbing a mountain, or hiking.

On the days you lack the motivation for exercise, you can tell yourself that you choose to spend just 10 minutes to exercise. The starting part is always hard, but once you have started, you will most like spend more than 10 minutes. And even if you only spend 10 minutes, that is better than no exercise at all.

Try to be active by moving around. Walk to your nearby destinations for instance.

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Monday, July 21, 2008

Holiday Season Healthy Eating Tips

Eating Healthy and in Moderation

Make sure that you eat normally before a party. If the party is in the evening, eat breakfast, lunch and a snack before leaving your hotel or home. Do not starve yourself all day long attempting to save up all your calories for the party. You will be famished by the time the party begings and tend to overeat. If you eat normally, you probably will find that you are not tempted to go overboard and you will be able to control yourself at the party.

At the party, you should start by eating some of the healthy offerings. For example, choose vegetable sticks or fruits. If you fill your stomach up with hralthy foods, you will be less likely to binge on other fattening foods.

It can be tempting to eat everything on the table, when presented with a variety of options. Instead of eating a large slice of cake, for instance, you can select a small sampling of bite-sized portions of several desserts or appetizers. This way you can try a variety of foods without overeating, and stuffing yourself.

ALso, remember that you do not have to force yourself to finish everything on your plate. If you feel full, stop eating!

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Sunday, July 20, 2008

Have Fun This Holiday Season Without Picking Up Extra Pounds

The holiday season is finally here. Forget about work, deadlines and meetings. It is time for fun and pure indulgence. But when the holiday season is over, we want to be left with the good memories and not the extra pounds! Here are some invaluable tips that will help you avoid gaining weight while still having lots of grand fun on during your holidays!

Yes, the holidays are a time for fun and relaxation. You want to be able to enjoy yourself, and worrying about your diet, what you eat, and exercise, is not something you want to have in your mind! But the holiday season can be a nightmare for people who are watching their weight. With all the food abudance, parties, lack of exercise, most people do end up gaining weight during their holidays. What can you do about it?

There are two holiday eating patterns that most people fall into:

1) Those who throw away all the healthy eating habits out the window and indulge in every eating guilty indulgences. They are the ones who think that being on a holiday entitles them to take a break from eating healthy and counting calories.


2) Then there are those who actually starve and then binge. If they are attending a big party with delicious food in the evening, they will starve themselves the whole day in preparation to indulge in the food later on.

The above two eating patterns are common, yet neither patterns is successful for maintaining a healthy and fit lifestyle throughout the holidays.

The important thing to keep in mind is that everything has to be done in moderation. With a moderate approach to both what you eat and how much you exercise, you can avoid packing on extra weight while also having fun on your holiday.

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Saturday, July 5, 2008

Don't Get Fat on The Job


Eating Sensibily Can Help You Work Better And Stay Healthy

A national law that came into effect in April 2008 in Japan requires companies and local governments to measure the waistlines of people between the ages of 40 and 70 as part of their annual checkups. From 2013, companies that do not shape up will have to increase their financial contributions to government-run health-care insurance schemes.

The campaign to measure waistlines came about a few years ago when Japan's health ministry sounded the alarm about metabolic syndrome - a collection of factors such as abdominal obesity, high-blood pressure and high levels of blood glucose and cholestrol which can increase the risk of illness such as diabetes or hypertension if left unchecked.


Some Japanese companies handed out pedomters to employees to help them stay trim. They also introduced low-calorie meals in the staff cafeteria, sponsored nutrition education and offered exercise classes to help their employees shape up.

Keep the Weight off at Work

While there are no waistline measuring national campaigns in the United States for working adults, you too should start making adjustments to your diet and lifestyle to limit weight gain during your working life. Your best bet is to hit the gym regularly before or after work, during the weekdays or weekends.

However, if you cannot find time for the gym, here are some other things you can do.

Eat Real Food

Snacks like potato chips and cokies do not count as breakfast. A hearty but healthy breakfast with plenty of protein and fibre will keep you full and working strong until lunchtime. Opt for fresh foods instead of processed foods whenever possible to cut down on unneccesary added sugar and salt.

Keep a Food Diary

You may not think twice about dipping your hand into your colleague's pack of chips. Or you may not recall eating the chocolate bar because you were hungry not having had a proper breakfast. The propensity to snack while working increases when you have not had a proper meal. To avoid this, keep a record of what you are eating throughout the day, and you will be able to pinpoint areas for improvment.




Walking the Extra Steps


One of the easiest ways to stay fit is to opt for old-fashioned foot power over technology or convenience - that is, leave your car at home when you can! Walk to the grocery store instead of driving to it. And when you drive to work, you should park your car at the furthest parking spot, and walk to your office. Take the stairs instead of the lift.


Healthy Snacks

We all need a pick-me-up at some point of the working day. So if you have to snack while you're at the office, be kind to yourself and stock up on the healthy snacks such as trail mixes, raisins, nuts (unsalted or low sodium, if possible). If you like chocolate, eat bitter chocolate which is made with less sugar.

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