Top Things You Need To Know About Potassium Intake

A balanced diet includes all the essential macronutrients, vitamins, and minerals. There’s no way that you can skip or replace one for another. Even carbohydrates are necessary for the body, even though you might reduce the intake for losing weight or other health goals. One of the essential minerals for the body is potassium. Just like other minerals, people often take potassium intake for granted. In this post, we will talk about the benefits of potassium in detail, along with quick tips and suggestions on the right intake, sources and other aspects.

The Basics:

Potassium helps in maintaining fluid balance in the body and helps in keeping the major organs healthy. In fact, it is extremely essential for avoiding a number of chronic health issues, related to heart, brain, and nerves. Having the mineral in your diet is extremely crucial, especially because it aids in lowering blood pressure, which is an enormous risk for heart disease. Potassium and sodium often work in different wants, as sodium promotes the retention of fluids, which can result in higher blood pressure. With enough potassium in the diet, you can reverse the effects. It is also known to be beneficial for bone health and can protect your body from bone loss. It is also helpful in reducing the risk of kidney stones.

The Daily Amount:

Experts advise around 4,700 milligrams of potassium each day for grown adults. However, if you check the figures, the amount taken by men and women are much lower. According to WebMD, men in the US get around 3,200 milligrams of dietary potassium per day, while women get around 2,400 milligrams on an average. The deficiency is mostly related to junk food habits. Most people don’t eat enough of fruits and veggies each day, which are the primary sources of dietary potassium.

Where to get Your Potassium?

Unlike other supplements, you should get your potassium from the diet. Potassium can found in many foods that are high in other minerals and nutrients. Some of the highest sources of potassium include winter squash, sweet potato, potato, yogurt, fruit juices, broccoli, and banana. If you are a non-vegetarian, you can get pork tenderloin and chicken breast too. Lentils, milk and dairy products also have a good amount of potassium. Besides food, you can also get potassium from vitamin enhanced water and other beverages with better pH. You might want to replace your regular drinking water with high-quality alkaline water.

Please note that certain drugs that are used for lowering blood pressure can increase the levels of potassium in the body. If you have issues with your kidney function, your doctor might advise on reducing the intake of potassium. For those who take medications should talk to their individual physician as for how the drugs and medicines can impact the potassium levels of the body. Don’t shy away from asking questions, especially if you are unsure of the actual amount of mineral you need. Also, if you have a potassium deficiency, talk to your doctor about supplements!

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Eating Across The Rainbow – What Food Colours Mean

All fruits and vegetables have a combination of different phytonutrient families and it is the combination that determines what colour that they are. The terms polyphenols and bioflavanoids or flavanoids are used interchangeably by media sources. They are used to describe chemical compounds that we call phytonutrients and it makes it all confusing. In a nutshell, phytochemicals come from different families and each family tends to represent a colour, as mentioned before with all foods have some type of combination: researchers study the chemical – they do not study the food and by doing this they learn the health properties such as anti-oxidants, anti-inflammatories, anti- cancer and heart protective, etc.

Consider this:

• Pick a food and read up on its phytonutrient benefits
• It is hard to not be impressed how complex these plants are and the benefits they provide for our health
• The research done to date is just at the beginning
• We just need to simply eat them, it’s easy!

What The Colours Mean

Red – represents the lycopene family as found in tomatoes
Yellow & Orange – the carotenoid family as found in carrots
Green – represents the chlorophyll family as found in kale
Purple & Blue – represents the anthocyanin family as found in blueberries
Black – the richest source of anthocyanins as found in black beans
Brown – catechins as found in tea and chocolate

Heritage Varieties

Known as heirloom plants or heritage fruits and heirloom vegetable, they are old cultivars that are being maintained by gardeners and farmers. Before the age of industrialized agriculture and mono-cropping, farmers routinely grew many varieties. It is believed now that mono-cropping improves consistency.

Practicing crop diversity is beneficial because it:

• allows for natural hybrids to occur
• farmers continue to learn
• creates healthier plants
• protects the soils

Seeds of Diversity in Canada and Seeds of Change in the US both protect heritage varieties. They work with farmers to maintain heritage seeds. They can be purchased for you to use in your garden and heritage plants are showing up in nursery for you to plant as well. The heritage varieties show you the diversity of any type of food and they come in multiple colours. Look for them in your grocery stores and at farmer’s markets.

The Benefits of Phytonutrients

A type of carotenoid that is heart protective, helps with male fertility, prevents aging of the skin. It also helps prevent diabetes and osteoporosis. It is found in tomatoes, red peppers, guava, papaya, watermelon, pink grapefruit and mangos.

The other carotenes such as lutein, beta-carotene and zeaxanthin are just a few of the carotenoids and are represented by yellow and orange-coloured foods. All are anti-oxidants and may be helpful in preventing cancer. All of them are helpful with eyesight. Think of carrots, cauliflower, summer zucchini, sweet potatoes, yellow peppers and all yellow squash as good sources of carotenoids.

This is the green pigment found in all plants. It cleanses and builds the blood, and helps detoxify the body. It helps promote good bacteria and is a major antioxidant. It supports the immune system and helps fight infection and may help protect against cancer. Good sources of chlorophyll are found in green leafy vegetables such as kale, spinach, broccoli, parsley, cilantro and wheat grass.

Break open the bottle of red wine and enjoy the benefits of anthocyanins. Okay, not too much wine though. Anthocyanins are major anti-oxidants that help protect the blood, brain, nervous system, as well as support the growth of collagen and connective tissue. They help protect eyesight and have heart protective and cancer preventative properties. Blueberries, red and purple grapes, raspberries, black currents, black berries, black raspberries, pomegranate, red cabbage, eggplant are all good sources. Foods that are black like black beans, black sesame, black rice and black cherry tomatoes are also sources of anthocyanins.

Catechins are found is green tea, black tea and chocolate. All catechins are potent antioxidants. They are heart protective, they improve cognitive function and help prevent cancer.

Experience the Rainbow
The best health is going to be achieved by having a combination of all colours. Rotate the foods in each colour group so you are not always eating the same red food or the same yellow food. Combine the colours on your plate every day and try to have some in every meal. Enjoy!

How To Give Your Body Natural Immune Power The Way It Wants And Needs It

Well, it’s safe to say that our bodies were designed to receive nutrients from nature… Right?

But sadly, the average everyday person is not getting their fair share of nutrition if at all in the ALL Natural form.

Why is that?

Oh well there’s tons of reasons – with advances in technology, we’re getting all our nutrients in synthetic pill or calculus form.

We don’t have the time or knowledge to cook a well balanced nutritious meal…

People have bills to pay and stresses to fill…

Most of us are either at work and commuting to a job a combined 9-12 hours a day, 5 days a week, 48-52 weeks a year, and sometimes even half days on Saturdays- for you workaholics…

While we’re at the job or commuting, it’s so much easier and fast to have someone else do the cooking. Like a fast food joint, take out place, or home food delivery… Giving us great instant food choices but are not healthy or supporting our natural immune power.

We eat foods that are soaked and drenched in oil, salt, sugar, carbs, and artificial flavors all ingredients that are damaging to your natural immune power that will open the door to serious immune health deficiencies.

If you’re reading this and you’re seeking better nutrition or questioning the quality of our foods today, synthetic vitamins, drugs, and medicine practices – This article is for you!

-Keep reading. >>>

What if you did want to improve your health but are not ready to change your eating habits just yet…?

That’s fine too – keep reading. >>>

See there is a way for you to have your cake and eat it too…

Although, it’s not always recommended if you’re wanting to create definite change – but it still is possible!

See there is a way for you to still eat great tasting foods and build stronger natural immune power while doing so.

Yes – that’s right.

You can enhance your meals, overall nutrition, and natural immune power by the good graces of the nutritional science goods out there.

We understand you like to eat protein, carbs, and stomach heavy meals with a side soda or alcoholic beverage of your choice. And you should, it’s part of who we are in today’s world – we’re not planting veggies, raising our own cows and chickens – those days are way in the Past!

We’re living in the today and in today having a strong natural immune power is even more relevant. So much so that eating great and building a stronger natural immune power can happen simultaneously, nothing has to be substituted.

There’s a way for your to eat biscuits and gravy while still giving your body the vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and nutrients it needs to help support your natural immune power.

7 Health Wonders of Turmeric Powder We Bet You Didn’t Know

Turmeric is a powerful spice with remarkable uses and benefits. It’s known for its antioxidant content and ability to work as an anti-inflammatory agent.

Turmeric powder is made by dry grinding of mature turmeric rhizomes or underground stems. Turmeric has been used for colouring and flavouring food, for cosmetic purposes and medicinal properties, since ancient times in India. It has long been used by the Chinese in medical treatments and is widely used in Asian kitchens.

Almost all Asian cuisines use this spice which has almost no calories and zero cholesterol. It may be the most effective 100% naturally occurring nutritional supplement in existence.

Health Benefits of Turmeric Powder
The extensive health benefits of turmeric come mainly from its ingredient, “curcumin”. This component of turmeric is highly therapeutic and is useful for its immunity boosting and antioxidant properties.

1. Prevent and Treat Cancer
Uncontrolled growth of cells characterizes cancer. Research has shown that curcumin in turmeric inhibits cancer growth, development and spread at the molecular level.

Studies have shown that it can reduce angiogenesis i.e. growth of new blood vessels in tumours, metastasis i.e. spread of cancer, as well as contribute to the death of cancerous cells. Some studies have pointed out that it may even prevent cancer from initially occurring, especially cancers of the digestive system.

2. Prevent and Treat Alzheimer’s Disease
Alzheimer’s is the most commonly occurring neurodegenerative disease and a leading cause of dementia. Regrettably, no treatment or cure is available for Alzheimer’s yet. Therefore, preventing its occurrence in the first place is of utmost importance.

Inflammation and oxidative damage play a major role in Alzheimer’s disease, with a buildup of protein tangles called amyloid plaques. Improvement of overall memory in Alzheimer’s patients is caused due to effects of curcumin: decreased beta-amyloid plaques, delayed degradation of neurons, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant property. By crossing the blood-brain barrier it has been shown to lead to various improvements in the pathological process of Alzheimer’s disease.

3. Protects Against Certain Liver Diseases
The curcumin in turmeric protects against certain liver diseases by acting as an antioxidant and inhibits NF-kappaB activation thus producing pro-inflammatory cytokines. A study has revealed that curcumin is effective in preventing and reversing cirrhosis. This suggests that curcumin could be an effective anti-fibrotic and fibrinolytic in the treatment of chronic hepatic diseases. Turmeric is a natural way to detoxify your liver.

4. Controls Development of Type 2 Diabetes
People who have a predisposition to diabetes find that turmeric can help control development of type 2 diabetes. Researchers have found that people with prediabetes who ingested curcumin were less likely to develop type 2 diabetes compared with people who didn’t take the curcumin. Turmeric lessens insulin resistance and prevents type 2 diabetes; hence its regular consumption in food will be beneficial even for people who are not prediabetic.

5. Improves Rheumatoid Arthritis
There are several different types of arthritis, but most are characterized by inflammation in the joints. As curcumin is a potent anti-inflammatory, it helps with arthritic inflammatory pain. Several studies show that patients with rheumatoid arthritis find curcumin more effective than anti-inflammatory medication.

6. Promotes Weight Loss
Curcumin helps in weight loss and decreases the occurrence of obesity-related diseases. The inflammation connected with obesity is due in part to the presence of immune cells called macrophages in fat tissues throughout the body. Turmeric is believed to suppress the number and activity of such cells and help reduce some of the adverse consequences of obesity.

7. Delays Ageing and Fights Age-Related Diseases
Free radicals cause oxidative damage to DNA and proteins and are associated with a variety of chronic diseases. Curcumin helps curb these conditions.
Curcumin being stronger than vitamin E and vitamin C, it helps boost your immunity and has become very popular as an anti-aging supplement.

Safety profile
Turmeric is safe with no side effects when consumed optimally. People with turmeric sensitivity can have mild stomach upset or diarrhoea, nausea, increased risk of bleeding, increased liver function tests, hyperactive gallbladder contractions, hypotension and uterine contractions in pregnant women.
Turmeric may interfere with anticoagulants and could also affect medications such as non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs.

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Why Is Food Better Than Melatonin?

I won’t keep you in suspense: the answer is “fewer side effects.” But I’m getting ahead of myself.

Melatonin could be called the sleep hormone. The pineal gland secretes it, darkness stimulates its production, and light inhibits it.

When it’s released, melatonin binds to hormone receptors that regulate the body’s internal clock and circadian rhythms. In short, it’s a sleep-inducer.

In recent years, melatonin in supplement form has become popular. Some users choose it as a substitute for prescription sleep meds. It has also developed quite a following among travelers who swear by its ability to prevent or reverse jet lag.

So What’s the Down Side Of Melatonin?

Apparently, the above claims haven’t been conclusively proven.

Another problem is that dosing is vague and unregulated. It’s easy to take too much, which can lead to side effects. Those effects can include headaches, dizziness, daytime sleepiness, stomach cramps, depression, irritability and more.

Chronic use can also result in down-regulation, a reduction in the number and sensitivity of existing melatonin receptors. That can reduce the effectiveness of any naturally produced melatonin, and may eventually worsen insomnia.

Over 23 years ago, Richard Wurtman, M.D., issued a warning not to self-medicate with melatonin. I’m most familiar with Wurtman’s work on insulin resistance and how it can reduce serotonin and lead to depression. In any case, he’s a reputable source.

Is There a Natural Way to Increase Melatonin?

I’ve always believed it’s a mistake to jump into the middle – or in this case, jump to the end – of a biosynthetic chain. It seems to me that’s how and when the side effects happen. This is where food enters the picture.

The “food formula” would be to eat protein foods throughout the day. Then have an all-carb (specifically all-starch) snack about 60 to 90 minutes before bed.

The insulin triggered by the carbs allows tryptophan to reach the brain. Tryptophan is an amino acid; amino acids are the building blocks of protein, as you may have learned in 7th grade biology! (Or not… )

Anyway, tryptophan is the precursor of serotonin. The brain can and will use the tryptophan to make serotonin. And serotonin is the precursor of melatonin. It’s that straight-forward.

The process is natural – more natural than just having melatonin. And it starts at the “beginning” of the chain – with protein foods during the day to provide tryptophan, followed by timed carbs at night when we want to sleep.

The best part is that we can bypass the side effects. That’s the part that makes me recommend food over melatonin supplements.

But Aren’t Carbs Bad?

For those who shun carbs, I’d recommend being realistic. It doesn’t take very much starch to trigger a little insulin and change brain chemistry. And it’s much more natural than jumping over the whole process and landing on melatonin supplements – with all those side effects.

If gluten is your concern, gluten-free starches are always available. Examples include quinoa, sweet potatoes, potatoes, rice, and many others.

Why not give this sleep method a try? It’s quite effective.

Change Your Eating Habits and Be Healthier

It doesn’t seem fair that the typical grocery store has cheaper prices on food items not good for you. Yet fresh fruit and vegetables are expensive. You need to change your eating habits though to be healthier. Budgeting for your shopping, planning meals, and shopping the right places can help you to get it all in place. You need to shop at a health food store with great prices.

Compare prices to help you find a great location for your needs. The last thing you want is to be stressed about the final bill when you get to the checkout. You need to know you can get all the items you really want for a price you can afford. Eating right will increase energy, reduce the risk of health problems, and help with losing or controlling weight.

Reduce Label Confusion

When you go to the typical grocery store, many of the labels in there are going to be misleading. While they give the impression they are healthy, it isn’t until you read all the information you find out differently. For example, a product can say it contains all natural ingredients so you assume it is good for you. Yet it only contains some all natural ingredients.

It is the other items in it that really aren’t good for you. As a consumer, it should frustrate you that companies do this! It may be unethical but it is legal and until consumers put a stop to it, the problem will continue. At a reputable health food store, you can feel at ease as all of the items they sell there are going to be good for you.

This can reduce your anxiety over labels and try to make positive changes to how you and your family eat. Take along your smartphone so you can look up information you aren’t sure about. This will help you to decide to put it into your cart or back on the shelf.

Recipes and Planning

Spend some time finding new recipes to try and planning a menu. When you go to the health food store, you will be able to get all of the items you need to make great tasting meals you can be proud to serve. It is a common misconception that food which is good for you has to taste bland! Add lots of variety so you don’t get bored and regress to old eating habits.

Planning meals will save you money too as you won’t be dining out so much or going to get fast food. It will also help you to stay full longer so you eat less at each meal. With some planning and prep time, you can have meals ready to go with ingredients you got from the health food store. You can even make larger batches and freeze ½ each time so you have meals available.

Shop Around

Take your time to find a great health food store locally where you can get fresh fruits and vegetables as well as other items for your family to enjoy. You can also shop around online to find a provider where you can get terrific items shipped to your home. The selection is vast and you can compare prices to help you decide where to get them from.

It does take time for eating better to become a habit, but those daily changes will all add up to a better quality of life. Turning to a health food store rather than your typical grocery store is a great change that will help you to become better informed. It can also reduce the temptation to put unhealthy food choices into your cart.

Vitamin B – A Healthy Eating Habit

You are what you eat. This is based on the saying ‘As you sow, so you reaps’. Whether you feel richer by a million, stay young longer or just keep fit, to be in glowing health, be able to bounce back unharmed by any momentary misfortunes and to spread cheer to all, or remain crippled all your life – your body and mind needs a well balanced, carefully planned diet rich and adequate in required, proteins, carbohydrates, minerals and vitamins. It must be remembered that if the body is deficient in any one or more of these vital elements, its miraculous and delicate clock work mechanism will be thrown out of balance and the system will be crippled and left limping. You may suffer poor eyesight due to Vitamin A deficiency an overweight disfigurement may be due to lack of protein or iron in the diet or the feet can be sore and painful for lack of Vitamin E.

All the different factors are interdependent and work together to keep body and mind healthy. For example, healing qualities of Vitamin A are enhanced by intake of Vitamin E. Lecithin helps vitamin A, D, E K and fat to be absorbed in the body.

Another instance is the marvelous Vitamin B- Complex, which is synergistic. That is, the balance between the B Vitamins, (over 20 are known and more are being discovered) is the most delicate, too much of one can cause deficiency of another. The vitamin B group has been tested and has been proved to play a vital role in the maintenance of good health, staying of ageing processes and even changes in the personality. So let us look at the vitamins that make us what we are.

It is this group of Vitamin B, unfortunately, that we modern people are very deficient in. Vitamin B are naturally present in liver, Brewer’s yeast, molasses, whole wheat cereals and breads, heart, kidneys, rice bran, muscle meats, egg yolk, bean peas, honey, mushrooms etc.

In the Vitamin B Complex, Niacin (B3): is sometimes termed the “courage vitamin”. It is effective is pellagra, “nerves” depression, schizophrenia, loss of appetite, diarrhea due to lack of hydrochloric acid.

Pyridoxine (B6): is a nerve relaxer, anti stress vitamin, effective in trembling, play (Parkinson’s disease, nausea, water retention in pregnancy, migraine, headaches, excessively oily skin, airsickness, it is especially effective with magnesium.

Some deficiency symptoms are bad breath, irritability, headaches “nerves” abdominal cramps, fouled smelling gas, rash in the genital area, hemorrhoids, diarrhea, vomiting, dandruff, soreness in the lips and mouth, eczema on the face and scalp, dry hands insomnia.

Pantothenic Acid: “Anti-stress vitamin” especially when antibiotics are taken, with burns and severe injuries, effective in premature grey hair, wrinkled skin. Fat and sugar conversion with energy is not possible without it – dieters should take steps to take it to prevent gout and arthritis.

Deficiency symptoms are hypoglycemia, headaches dizziness, depression, gas constipation, stomach ulcers, allergies asthma and insomnia.

PABA: prevents graying of hair, mental depression and is required for conception.

Inositol helps prevent baldness indigestion, hardening of arteries by reducing cholesterol.

Cholorine: this influences longevity, helps in shortness of breath and heart pain, cirrhosis of the liver, stomach ulcer, muscular dystrophy. A deficiency has been found to cause cancer in animals. This is also present in Lecithin.

Biothin: deficiency symptoms are evident in dry skin, scaly scalp (eczema), heart pains, and depression in animals, stunted growth and cancer.

Folic Acid: Effective in large cells anemia and weight gain. Deficiency symptoms are fatigue, dizziness, depression, shortness of breath, important during pregnancy.

B10: deficiency symptoms are fatigue, sore mouth, neuritis, menstrual problems, waking difficulties.

An interesting experiment carried out at Mayo foundation revealed that volunteers fed on a diet deficient in Vitamin B, Thiamine, showed adverse personality changes. The volunteers become inefficient, quarrelsome, mentally slugging and depressed. They later developed fatigue, constipation, mumbles of hands and fee, insomnia, as also low blood pressure, neuritis with pain in carves and legs and lack of hydrochloric acid in the stomach. Volunteers became exhausted and could not work. These volunteers were kept on a diet of white bread, cornflakes, polished rice, potatoes, sugar, skimmed milk, cheese, butter, gelatin, canned fruits and vegetables, cocoa and coffee.

The diet sound very familiar in Asia, where refined, preserved, pack aged, fast foods have replaced natural wholesome foods, due to industrialization, pressurized modern lifestyle and non availability of fresh foods due to transportation delays etc.

The volunteers of the Mayo Foundation test, where restored to normal health, mental alertness as soon as they were administered dosages of Vitamin B – lack of this vitamin had led to forgetfulness and poor judgment. Pyurvic and lactic acids accumulate in the brain cells which become toxic, adversely affecting the personality with mental depression, mental confusion, moodiness, forgetfulness, inability and irritability.

Even with mild storage of niacin amide cause weepiness from depression. Dizziness, tension, irritability and recurring headaches, diarrhea, inflammation of the intestinal tract with rectal and anal soreness are other debilitating symptoms. Fortunately these can all be rectified quite satisfactorily with the introduction of niacin and a diet of vitalizing food stuffs.

Tests putting volunteers on restricted and near starvation diets lacking in vital proteins, vitamins and minerals led to apathy which was the first sign of mental depression, followed by boredom lack of concentration and loss of confidence, frustrations, strong irritations and even loss of mental balance, lack of sense of humor mistrust, resentment, suspiciousness, self doubt, feeling of persecution and martyrdom, mental confusion, and morbid indefinable fears were some of the personality characteristics that developed and were evident in people subject to or fed on poor, nutrient deficient diets. Our diet that is high I carbohydrates, fats, sugar and short of or absent in proteins, vitamins and minerals have contributed to low efficiency and personality of the malnutrition of worker

It has been proved that a mere deficiency of Vitamin B produces a mild form of mental and emotional disorganization. It is also known that adequate nutrition is closely related to the ability of a person to think constructively. Poor nutrition can cause mental illness and even suicidal tendencies. An absence of niacin in the diet can produce strong psychotic illness. Dr Hoffer I Saskatchewan has used Vitamin B3 (niacin) for treatment of schizophrenia with a great cure rate. Full fledged neurosis can result with a deficiency. So, we now know that Vitamin B1 is essential for the integration of the personality. “Even the so called natural breakdown in old persons can be slowed down and their mental faculties kept bright and alert if their nutrition is ample and well balanced, According to Dr Mae Millnan, “Adequate quantities of food according to a person’s need, rich in essential Vitamins and Minerals can be all that will be required to make for either bouncing, tension and stress free living or one of crippling with malnutrition of body and mind”. It is evident that the type of person you are and the health & life you enjoy are very dependent on what you eat. How necessary it is then for us to know what to eat, how much is necessary and in what combinations.

I firmly believe that the whole universe is inter-connected. Our body, mind and spirit are deeply rooted with each other. If body is sick, the mind cannot relax or feel good. And if mind is not relaxed, it will give birth to stress and that will lead to chronic health problems.

So, it is clear that in order to posses a sound body we must have a calm and peaceful mind. Without a sound mind we cannot expect our potential growth or development.

Effects of Working Longer Hours

The human body thrives and can exceed your expectations when fueled properly. The benefits of healthy eating habits reach far beyond vanity and appearance because without adequate nutrition, you are motivating illness, chronic disease and weight gain to contaminate your immune system.

Even if we are surrounded with convenient, fast and quick food nowadays, we need to be careful with our body by having a balanced and healthy lifestyle. The foods we have right now are not rich in calorie and can deplete our nutrition. These foods might fill our stomach but these can affect our health.

We need to stay on track with foods that truly equip our body to keep up its “housework.” To be clear, processed foods include anything that has undergone complex processing steps. It’s important to realize that organic, nutrient-rife foods are becoming just as accessible as processed, junk food options.

However, maintaining a healthy lifestyle is easier said than done because when practiced wrongly, you will definitely develop diseases. You need to analyze your habits thoroughly. For instance, what habits would you most like to break? What do you think is your healthiest habit?

In my case, I am very workaholic that lately I feel dizzy every time I lie down to sleep and also when rising from bed. It’s one thing to pull a long day every once in a while to finish a project or deal with a crisis, but it’s another to routinely stay late at the work into the night. Working overtime is becoming part of my daily routine.

Working very late at night impairs my sleep. This can cause us to build up what’s called “sleep debt,” which is kind of like being overdrawn at a bank. Chronic sleep deficit makes me get tired more easily than I think I do.

Overworking is really bad for your heart. It can actually cause heart disease. According to some researches, it might have something to do with your personality. The competitive type like me are more tensed, time-oriented and stressed out which is often intensified by overworking.

Working beyond the normal working hours is something to brag. But sometimes it can become addictive. The fact that we are living in a competitive world, we really deprive ourselves from sleep just to lament our work. Sometimes, working long hours can feel rewarding — even invigorating.

The key is paying attention to how it makes you feel. Next step is to consult an expert and finally to regulate your working hours in order for you to be healthy and vibrant.

How To Prevent And Treat Heart Disease

Heart disease is a general term for a number of different diseases, all of which influence the heart in some way. Heart disease is in fact considered as being the leading reason of death nowadays in the United States. Heart disease indeed possesses serious threat to many people. Therefore, it is important to understand the methods to prevent and treat heart disease.

Prevention methods

There is reason to be hopeful because according to experts, heart disease prevention is promising. Even though some risk factors including sex, genetics, and age of a person are not within our control, one can still make an alteration in lifestyle and also change diet so that the odds of heart disease are significantly reduced.

There are also other methods by which heart disease prevention can be achieved. According to what the American Heart Association proposes, one must control obesity even in children and also make a determined attempt to take proper diet that contains enough nutrition. One of the better nutritional supplements you may want to try for heart disease prevention is mangosteen puree that is rich in antioxidants which aid in destroying free radicals that are the reason behind damage to cells and which in turn will result in heart disease.

Good heart disease prevention may also mean controlling the blood pressure and having LDL cholesterol at low levels. The best way to attain these goals is by making appropriate changes to diet and even by taking medications if so recommended by the doctor. Clearly, having low blood sugar levels will consider as heart disease prevention.

Another alternative is to exercise because it is a well known fact that regular exercise can reduce the risks of heart disease. Experts have a tendency to recommend as much exercise as humanly possible at least an hour per day. For many people, this seems like a never-ending task but the truth is this amount of exercise can be attained in ways other than going to the gym. Basically changing some habits, such as walking to work, can make people healthier. Walking is perhaps the easiest, cheapest, and healthiest type of exercise for most people and therefore should be taken advantage of.

The best heart disease prevention may not be a solitary course of action; rather, one may decide to have many strategies combined into one that will prove to be more effective. You can select approaches such as changes in diet, together with reducing excess weight and also maintaining blood sugar levels as well as taking nutritional supplements that are suggested by health experts.

Treatment options for heart disease

If you have heart disease then you will have to have some types of heart disease treatment in order to solve your problem. There are various heart disease treatment options that are available nowadays. The first treatment is of course prevention as explained previously.

However, if your heart disease is serious, than most probably you will also have to use more serious techniques of heart disease treatment. This includes medical treatment, which will usually be started straight away, even before an exact diagnosis of a heart problem is made.

This medical treatment may comprise of oxygen from a tube in the nose, oxygen through a face mask, nitroglycerin under the tongue, pain medicines, and aspirin. There are also clot dissolving medications which are often given, and the earlier these drugs are given, the higher the chances of opening the blocked artery and defending the cardiac muscle from further injury.

Cellular therapy, for example, is considered as being a potential treatment for heart disease. This is due to cellular products have been revealed to hold great potential for the treating of injured and diseased tissues in the body. They come from many sources, such as stem cells from bone marrow, peripheral blood, and myoblasts from skeletal muscle cells. The research so far has shown that this cellular therapy offers amazingly positive results, and so with additional research and more advancement, in the future this just may be known as the cure for heart disease.

Surgery can be executed on those who experience heart disease at any age although other methods are preferable. Surgery is necessary for those who do not react to their medications or whose condition worsens radically. In some situations, surgery is the only method to amend the problem and give the patient a probability of good health. In uncommon cases, repeat surgery is needed afterward to rid the body of excess fluids that have developed in the chest.

Heart surgery can be wearing and the healing period can be slow so it is no surprise to find out that a huge number of people who suffer from heart disease which needs surgery are interested in less invasive surgery. Less invasive surgery for heart disease can involve smaller incisions, less pain, and a much faster healing period. Not only does this type of surgery involve shorter hospital stays, it can also reduce the risks of complications to the patient during and after the operation.

There are many resources that are available if you want more information on the treatment of heart disease. The most significant thing of all is to keep a healthy lifestyle, a healthy and nutritious diet, and plenty of exercise. By keeping a healthy lifestyle you will not only be guarding yourself against heart disease but as well against all illnesses and health conditions in general.

The Treatment Of Heart Disease

Heart disease has become the number one cause of premature death in the United States and many other parts of the world. It is also a debilitating malady that disables many people. Heart diseases treatment methods are thus vital for improving the quality of life of people suffering from these illnesses. The most common form of heart diseases is the narrowing or blockages in the coronary arteries – blood vessels that supply the heart itself with blood. Fortunately various forms of treatment are available for many heart diseases.

Treatment Options

Some treatments take the form of prevention rather than cure. There are simple lifestyle adjustments like the cessation of smoking. Smoking cigarettes is a major contributing risk factor for heart disease and treatment options would have to include stopping this habit. It is very important to bear in mind that after a mere three years after smoking is stopped, any risk of heart disease lowers to that of a non-smoker.

It will also be of vital importance for heart treatment to lower blood cholesterol levels. By lowering these levels, the build up of plaque in the coronary arteries is reduced. Cholesterol levels should be kept below 200mg/dL and below 130mg/dL for LDL cholesterol.

Also to be taken into consideration are the problems you might experience with any treatment should you also suffer from ether high blood pressure or diabetes. These conditions need to be under control as both are recognized contributory factors causing heart diseases.

It is possible that you might have to resort to more serious treatment methods if your disease status is of a more serious nature. This route usually means that medication will have to be commenced with immediate effect; perhaps even before a proper diagnosis of your particular type of heart disease is made.

Medical treatment such as pain medication, nitroglycerine taken under the tongue, aspirin and oxygen, where the oxygen is administered via a nose tube or face mask. Aspirin may also be prescribed as it thins the blood and helps prevent clotting. Other drugs may also be given to prevent clotting. The sooner treatment is given the better, as this may preclude the chance of the arteries becoming blocked.

When Heart Disease Requires Surgery

Although heart disease surgery is an option for the treatment of heart problem, it is a very risky procedure. To endure the discomfort of surgery and the relatively long recuperation period are unpleasant consequences of surgery. Heart disease can affect anyone at any stage of life.

Surgery can be performed at any age for people suffering from heart diseases. Such surgery is only resorted to if other methods have failed. People who do not respond to medication or have a rapid decline in their heart condition become candidates for the surgery. There are some instances when surgery is the only method available to repair the heart disease and offers the patient the possibility of good health subsequently. Repeat surgery is needed in some cases and could be for something as simple as ridding the body of extra fluids that might have built up in the chest cavity. But anyone suffering with some form of heart diseases should face the fact that they might require heart disease surgery one day.

Less Invasive Surgery for Heart Diseases

It is not surprising that many people suffering from heart diseases that requires surgery would rather opt for less invasive methods. Heart disease surgery is a major operation and the time needed for recuperation and rehabilitation is extensive. Less invasive techniques involve less pain and scarring as incisions are much smaller and recovery times are much quicker. This kind of heart disease surgery is becoming a routine alternative to the big heart operations.

Less invasive heart disease surgery does not require the entire chest cavity to be opened up since small incisions are used in this less complex form of operation. In addition, there is no need for vessel grafts from the arms or legs and no need for huge equipment like heart lung machines. This type of heart disease surgery also means a shorter stay in hospital and a lesser chance of complications for the patient.

No heart disease treatment should be embarked upon without first consulting your physician or health professional. You can discuss your family history regarding the incidences of heart disease among close family members since in some cases there is a genetic predisposition for heart disease. Your physician will be able to ascertain the incidence of any heart disease after conducting the necessary examinations and tests. If any issues are discovered, they will suggest corrective measures to be taken in the form of a treatment plan. In the meantime, eat healthily, exercise adequately and keep off all vices like smoking and excessive drinking.