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Dec 29, 2010


We are two days from the end of 2010. For the New Year why not vow to improve your health by eating less fried fish and more low fat dairy?
Studies have shown that the omega-3 fatty acids in fish, especially fatty fish, may reduce the risk of stroke. Research has shown that frying fish leads to the loss of the natural fatty acids. People living in our nation’s stroke belt (including the states of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Arkansas, and Louisiana) are at higher risk of dying of stroke than people in the rest of the country. According to a study published by neurologist Fadi Nahab of Emory University in Atlanta in the Dec. 22, 2010, online issue of Neurology people living in the stroke belt eat more fried fish and less un-fried fish than people living outside it. Dr. Nahab concludes that this correlation is a strong indicator that frying fish negates the health value of eating fish and ups the stroke risk. So eat fish once to twice per week but grill it, broil it, bake it or poach it instead.   
New research shows that consumption of milk, cheese, yogurt, and butter with some residual fat (not the fat free stuff) have a strongly protective effect against onset of Type II diabetes because they contain a fatty acid called trans-palmitoleic acid. The study led by epidemiologist Dariush Mozaffarian (who practices cardiology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and teaches it at Harvard Medical School) was published in the December 21, 2010, issue of Annals of Internal Medicine.
The researchers examined 3,736 participants in the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute-funded Cardiovascular Health Study, who have been followed for 20 years in an observational study to evaluate risk factors for cardiovascular diseases in older adults. They used stored blood samples to check for blood levels of glucose and trans-palmitoleic acid. They observed that individuals with higher circulating levels of trans-palmitoleic acid had a much lower risk of developing diabetes, with about a 60% lower risk among participants in the highest quintile (fifth) of trans-palmitoleic acid levels, compared to individuals in the lowest quintile.
In contrast to the types of industrially produced trans fats found in partially hydrogenated vegetable oils, which have been linked to higher risk of heart disease, trans-palmitoleic acid is almost exclusively found in naturally-occurring dairy and meat trans fats, which in prior studies have not been linked to higher heart disease risk. Although the human body produces a substance called cis-palmitoleic acid which is preventive against diabetes, modern diets limit its protective function because they are loaded with carbs and calories. The researchers believe that the cis-palmitoleic acid in dairy products with fat is stepping in as a “pinch hitter” for this function of cis-palmitoleic acid.

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Dec 27, 2010

Season Coffee and Cocoa with This Fat-Fighting Spice

Keep your heart strong and help your body get lean by jazzing up your morning beverage with a swirl of cinnamon.
Research suggests that in addition to steadying blood sugar, cinnamon may be particularly healthy for people who carry lots of extra weight. In a study, cinnamon seemed to blast fat and help minimize some of the negative health impacts that obesity has on the body.
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People who are obese (read body mass index of 30 or higher) tend to have higher levels of inflammation in their bodies, and their bodies tend to experience more oxidative stress than the bodies of slimmer folks. Inflammation and oxidative stress are two very unhappy physical states to be in because they can set the stage for heart disease and other health problems. So in addition to losing weight, finding ways to fight oxidative stress and inflammation is an important part of protecting your heart if you carry around too much weight.
(Know your heart's worst enemies? Get a seven-step action plan for a healthy heart.)
Enter Cinnamon
A recent study showed that certain cinnamon compounds may help obese people in the fight against fat, inflammation, and oxidative stress. In the study, obese people with prediabetes took a cinnamon extract called cinnulin twice a day. At the end of the 12-week study, participants' bodies were experiencing less oxidative stress and their antioxidant defenses against inflammation were heightened. They even lost some fat mass while gaining a bit of lean muscle. Not too shabby for a few shots of cinnamon! Researchers think that cinnulin had such a favorable effect in the study because compounds in the extract may somehow help cells take in sugar and use insulin better -- two things that don't always work so perfectly in people who are obese and have prediabetes.
(Could you have prediabetes? Find out what you need to know about it.)

Dec 14, 2010

Tips to Choose the Best Soap

Choosing the most appropriate soap is important since this stuff will be used everyday. This item will enhance your skin appearance. This article will tell you about tips in choosing the best soap for your skin.
Beauty is the important for women. Women should not only beautiful but they should be healthy. Some experts say that women's health can be seen from her skin. If she ahs shiny, fresh and smooth skin, it indicates that she is healthy. Caring for skin health and beauty should be done in one advance since these two things cannot be separated from each other.
The simplest way to make beauty and healthy skin is bathing. Bathing will clean your skin from bacteria, germs and fungi. You should use soap to clean those things. There are two major kinds of soap. They are plain soap and antiseptic soap.
Plain or antiseptic soap is usually used as a cleaner and freshener body. You can use this soap after having outdoor activity. This soap will help you to remove dust and sweat. This soap is made of alkali which is good to remove dust and oils. This alkali will not be good for dry skin. It will make it drier and irritated. You need to add moisturizer in your soap. It will add the skin moisture which will make it soft.
People with skin illness and problem bath with plain soap is not enough. They need to use other soap which has more complex ingredients. Anti-bacterial soap is the best choice for them. This soap is also known as antiseptic soap. It can be used to reduce even eliminate bacteria that cause infections, acne and other skin disease.
Various ingredients are mixed but the most common antiseptic is triclosan. Triclosan is usually mixed in liquid soap while triclocarban is mixed in solid soap. Both ingredients have the same function that is removing bacteria and fungi. Sulfur is also mixed to make this soap. This ingredient is natural ingredients which is effective to kill fungi and bacteria.
Unfortunately, antiseptic soap will reduce your skin elasticity and make it drier if you use it too often. But now, you can find antiseptic shop which has been featured with various ingredients such as milk, vitamin E, moisturizer and honey to enhance the effect of the soap. These kinds of soap will be much safer than plain or antiseptic soap. It has the same antiseptic ingredients so you can get double advantages by using this combination soap.

Dec 13, 2010

Escape Your Hairy Situation

You've spent years shaving, waxing and plucking and you've had enough. The time for change has finally come, with laser hair removal. You may be attracted by the generous discounts offered by some spas and salons, but take a minute to decide which is right for you. See a dermatologist or plastic surgeon first, in order to anticipate negative skin reactions to light treatment.
Negative side effects appear with greater probability in darker or tanned skin. Good advice can only come from a doctor who has handled skin similar to yours. Laser hair removal works on any body part, from the face, back, shoulders, arms, legs to the bikini area. During the hair's growth phase, lasers can destroy hair follicles under the skin, thus preventing hair from ever growing there again.
On any day, different hair strands are found in different phases of the growth cycle, thereby requiring four to 10 treatments, over four to six week intervals, considering hair type and target area. Those needing the fewest treatments are usually fair with dark, coarse hair. Success is defined as destruction of 90% of follicles in the target area. To eliminate the last 10%, all that is needed are additional treatments once every few years.
Any hairs that do grow back are usually thinner and finer, which means they are less noticeable. While darker hair is more responsive to treatment, something can be done for facial fuzz. The American Academy of Dermatology found that putting together a prescription cream, whose action is to slow facial hair growth, with just a few laser sessions, is highly effective on fine facial hair.
You can't expect it to be absolutely painless, and it is often described as snapping a rubber band. It shouldn't be too bad however, as the doctor should either chill the area or apply a topical anesthetic. Adverse reactions occur more often from topical anesthetic applied beyond the target area, and this is why only a dermatologist or plastic surgeon should be trusted with laser therapy.
Treatments range from minuets to hours, as needed by the size of the area. The price for treatment a single region can be $200 per session or $1,200 for the package. There are a few dos and don'ts to observe both before and after laser hair removal.
One month prior to therapy, eliminate tanning, including the use of self-tanners, should be eliminated from your schedule. Furthermore, tweezing, waxing, and electrolysis are disallowed. Lasers must be able to target a hair in the follicle. One day before, shaving is authorized, as it does not remove all the hair from the follicle. Sun exposure is particularly harmful after the procedure, and you should avoid it. Any venture outdoors requires putting on SPF30 sunscreen beforehand.