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Lowering your cholestrol

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Fatty free radicals cause damage to our cell, thus eating diets that are free from saturated fat, would prevent free radical from forming. Fruits and vegetables are what we need to eat in reasonable quantities daily. By eating foods with polyunsaturated fat, fruits and vegetables, we reduce the level free radicals in our bodies.

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The liver produces free radicals from saturated fatty foods which in turn produces cholesterol. Which is why some of us have to administer stains to reduce the level of cholesterol produced by the lever?


 

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Your waistline could determine how long you live

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Your waistline is crucial in determining how healthy you are, and in the long run how long you would live.

If you are a man and your waistline is more than 40 inches (102cm) and for a woman 32 inches (88cm) then you are putting yourself at risk. You are heading for ‘diabetes city’ and then onto ‘stroke city’. You should consider seriously about engaging yourself in a weight loss program.Currently, the UK has one of the highest rates of heart diseases, which is attributable to leading an unhealthy lifestyle.
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That said, there are several other factors also, like long term chronic stress, and excessive consumption of alcohol, all of which contributes towards accumulating fat around our waistline.

Next time we shall look at how excessive fat around our bodies causes harm.

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How to slow the aging process and live longer

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Supplement Plan to slow the aging process
a. Avoid, smoking entirely, drink alcohol in moderation. Red wine, in particular, is assumed to be good for the heart, so is beer, if taken in moderation.

b. Take regular exercise (join a gym and pay by direct debit which would compel you to go) You could also take regular walks. Get a dog that would also compel you to take a walk.

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c. Eat a balanced diet, with 2/3 of the portion made up of vegetables.

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d. Eat fewer carbohydrates, wholesome foods, like brown bread, brown rice, etc. The following supplements would also help slow the aging process
. Pycnogenol 50- 100mg

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f. Co-enzyme Q10

g. Vitamins A 5000-15000iu, daily C, 1500mg E, daily 200-800cg daily

h. Seleniuym50- 200mg

i. Beta carotene

j. Zinc 15-25mg

k. Cytosine: 500-1000mg daily.

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Some effects of carrying too much weight

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Research shows that colon, rectum, prostate, breast, uterus, cervix and ovary are all associated with being overweight. The more reason why we should maintain a reasonable weight

a) Being overweight puts one at risk of post operative complications.

b) Cardiovascular diseases is another so staying slim is advised.

c)Hypertension, as a result of high blood pressure, is another. The heavier one is the likelihood of having raised blood pressure.The UK presently is one of the most obese countries in Europe at present.

Overweight puts a strain on our joints, carrying too much weight, is likely to bring about arthritis.



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What we mean by BMI (Body Mass Index) and how it affects you

 

 

bathroom-scale-1149264_1920Body Mass Index (BMI) = Weight / Height
The Body Mass Index is a measure that uses your weight and height to work out how healthy we are. BMI ranges For most adults, an ideal BMI is in the region of 18.5 to 24.9 range
For children and the young ones age 2 to 18, the BMI calculator takes into account age and gender as well as height.
a) If BMI is below 18.5 you are underweight
b) If BMI is 18.5-24.9 means you are healthy
c) Between 25-29.9 you are overweight
d) Between 30-39.9 you are obese
There are other factors when measuring if one is healthy, the fact that muscle is denser than fat, means that some people who are stocky, might appear to be overweight, whilst in fact, they are healthy.
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Quote, NHS Choices Limitations to BMI
Your BMI can tell you if you’re carrying too much weight but it can’t tell if you’re carrying too much fat. The BMI can’t tell the difference between excess fat, muscle, or bone.
The adult BMI does not take into account age, gender or muscle mass. This means that:
very muscular adults and athletes may be classed “overweight” or “obese” even though their body fat is low
adults who lose muscle as they get older may fall in the “healthy weight” range even though they may be carrying excess fat
However, the BMI is a relatively straightforward and convenient method of assessing someone’s weight.
You can use your BMI result as a starting point for further discussion with your GP about your weight and your general health.

We shall talk again about the effects of carrying too much weight later


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Weight loss and dieting

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In dieting the biggest problem is the thinking that eating less would result in weight loss, but only if we eat the right food. We need to ensure that the food is balanced and has the right proportion of all the basic needs for the body. Most weight loss programs talk about a quick fix and ‘’one size fits all’’ sort of thing. However because we are all different with different metabolisms, what might be suitable for one person might not work for the other. Which is why we actually need to consult a weight loss consultant. Besides that fat build up varies in our different parts of the body, from one person to another. Some may accumulate fat in the hips, whilst others would be on the stomach

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There are however some very low-calorie diets. These normally come in sachets or powder forms which have to be made up as drinks, soups or puddings. They usually have the normal calories intake of minerals, electrolytes, and vitamins, yet only a limited number of calories


 



 

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Why improper dieting could lead to eating disorders

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As far as the human body is concerned, there is nothing like dieting or fasting. When the body is deprived of carbohydrates it immediately adjusts itself and begins to think of an emergency situation. Our bodies think there might be a severe food shortage, and would move into ‘safe’ mood. It begins to store, metabolism slows down to save energy. The body is fighting to save you from starvation.
After a while, the survival instinct overcomes the willpower and you are tempted to throw in the towel. This is where the binge aspect begins. There is the urge to raid the cupboards for food.
This mad rush could lead to eating disorders such as bulimia if left unchecked



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Reason why you should drink less

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Alcoholic beverages have very little nutritional value, they are what is known as ’empty calories’ however their calorific values are high. High but empty. Alcohol is mainly made from sugars or starch. In Russia vodka is brewed from potatoes, whilst in the Caribbean where there is a lot of sugarcane, you find rum in abundance. A shot of whiskey contains 64 calories, about 20 calories more than a slice of bacon
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A unit of 1/2 a pint of beer has 100 calories, whilst a small glass of wine contains 100 calories. Also, a 1.5-ounce shot of gin, rum, vodka, tequila has about 100 calories

Some people think a few drinks don’t matter, and that it is made up of mostly water, but that is where they go wrong.

So the whole thing is about moderation, which is the watch word.

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Quote from NHS choices

TIPS ON CUTTING DOWN
If you regularly drink more than 14 units a week, try these simple tips to help you cut down.
Fourteen units is equivalent to six pints of average-strength beer or 10 small glasses of low-strength wine.
Make a plan
Before you start drinking, set a limit on how much you’re going to drink.
Set a budget
Only take a fixed amount of money to spend on alcohol.
Let them know
If you let your friends and family know you’re cutting down and it’s important to you, you could get support from them.
Take it a day at a time
Cut back a little each day. That way, every day you do is a success.
Make it a smaller one
You can still enjoy a drink but go for smaller sizes. Try bottled beer instead of pints, or a small glass of wine instead of a large one.
Have a lower-strength drink
Cut down the alcohol by swapping strong beers or wines for ones with a lower strength (ABV in %). You’ll find this information on the bottle.
Stay hydrated
Have a glass of water before you have alcohol and alternate alcoholic drinks with water or a soft drink.
Take a break
Have several drink-free days each week.
Benefits of cutting down
The immediate effects of cutting down include:
feeling better in the mornings
being less tired during the day
your skin may start to look better
you’ll start to feel fitter
you may stop gaining weight
Long-term benefits include:


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Your liver and you

 

The major functions of the liver are  as follows, the making of bile salts, making heparin for regulating blood clotting, filtering of blood, attacking harmful bacteria, and bowel toxins as well as removal of unused hormones and cholesterol from the blood

The liver is also involved in metabolism of fats, carbohydrates, and proteins as well as vitamins and minerals

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Quote from MedlinePlus

‘’Your liver helps your body digest food, store energy, and remove poisons. Liver function tests are blood tests that check to see how well your liver is working. They check for liver damage and can help diagnose liver diseases such as hepatitis and cirrhosis. You may have liver function tests as part of a regular checkup. Or you may have them if you have symptoms of liver disease. Doctors also use the tests to monitor some liver diseases, treatments, and possible side effects of medicines.
Liver function tests measure certain proteins, enzymes, and substances, including:

· Albumin, a protein that the liver makes
· Total protein (TP)
· Enzymes that are found in the liver, including alanine transaminase (ALT), aspartate transaminase (AST), alkaline phosphatase (ALP), and gamma-glutamyl transpeptidase (GGT)
· Bilirubin, a yellow substance that is part of bile. It is formed when your red blood cells break down. Too much bilirubin in the blood can cause jaundice. There is also a urine test for bilirubin.
· Prothrombin time, which measures how long it takes for your blood to clot. Prothrombin is made by the liver.’’

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These are a number vitamins and foods that would boost the performance of the liver; like,  liver pate, liver sausages and vitamin A



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How I diverted my journey to ‘diabetes city’

bread-2178874_1920It was during a routine health check that my GP requested for a blood test. This test included a fasting blood test for diabetes. A couple of days later I had a phone call from the surgery requesting that I contact my GP immediately, which I did. I was informed then that my blood/sugar level was on the high side, and that I needed to have a glucose tolerance test. This test confirmed what was suspected I was on the border to type 2 diabetes. ( So what  is diabetes quotes from NHS choices) and the harm associated with it.)
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Diabetes is a lifelong condition that causes a person’s blood sugar level to become too high.
The hormone insulin – produced by the pancreas – is responsible for controlling the amount of glucose in the blood
There are two main types of diabetes:
type 1 – where the pancreas doesn’t produce any insulin
type 2 – where the pancreas doesn’t produce enough insulin or the body’s cells don’t react to insulin
These pages are about type 2 diabetes. Read more about type 1 diabetes.
Another type of diabetes, known as gestational diabetes, occurs in some pregnant women and tends to disappear after birth.
Symptoms of diabetes

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The symptoms of diabetes occur because the lack of insulin means glucose stays in the blood and isn’t used as fuel for energy.
Your body tries to reduce blood glucose levels by getting rid of the excess glucose in your urine.
Typical symptoms include:
feeling very thirsty
passing urine more often than usual, particularly at night
feeling very tired
weight loss and loss of muscle bulk
Read more about the symptoms of type 2 diabetes.
See your GP if you think you may have diabetes. It’s very important for it to be diagnosed as soon as possible as it will get progressively worse if left untreated.
Read about how type 2 diabetes is diagnosed.
Causes of type 2 diabetes

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Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body doesn’t produce enough insulin to function properly, or the body’s cells don’t react to insulin. This means glucose stays in the blood and isn’t used as fuel for energy.
Type 2 diabetes is often associated with obesity and tends to be diagnosed in older people. It’s far more common than type 1 diabetes.
Read about the causes and risk factors for type 2 diabetes.
Treating type 2 diabetes

As type 2 diabetes usually gets worse, you may eventually need medication – usually tablets – to keep your blood glucose at normal levels.
Read more about the treatment of type 2 diabetes.
Complications of type 2 diabetes

Diabetes can cause serious long-term health problems. It’s the most common cause of vision loss and blindness in people of working age.
Everyone with diabetes aged 12 or over should be invited to have their eyes screened once a year for diabetic retinopathy.
Diabetes is also responsible for most cases of kidney failure and lower limb amputation, other than accidents.
People with diabetes are up to five times more likely to have cardiovascular disease, such as a stroke, than those without diabetes.
Read more about the complications of type 2 diabetes.
Preventing type 2 diabetes

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If you’re at risk of type 2 diabetes, you may be able to prevent it developing by making lifestyle changes.
These include:
eating a healthy, balanced diet
losing weight if you’re overweight, and maintaining a healthy weight
stopping smoking if you smoke
drinking alcohol in moderation
taking plenty of regular exercises
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My GP likened it to someone waiting at the train station for the train to diabetes city. I was referred to a diabetic nurse who was to manage my diabetes. It was during the session with the nurse that, following from all the information, that had been passed on to me, I was determined to cure myself of that diabetes.
Basically, this evolved lifestyle changes: diet, exercise habits.
I quickly signed up with a local gym, something I had always wanted to do anyway. Losing weight is one of the many ways of getting rid of it, so I engaged the help of a personal trainer only for the introductory period. I needed to lose weight, so took to visiting the gym at least three times a week.
My diet changed, fewer carbohydrates, more low-level protein, and more fruit and vegetables. I kept a diary of my gym activities, gradually I began to lose weight, I felt better for myself, slept better as well. Prior to that sometimes I found myself staying up at night not able to sleep.
Incidentally, apart from the suspected diabetes, I also had a problem with my knees. I had arthritis I had been advised by the musculoskeletal department to undertake exercises that would strengthen the muscles in my thigh which hopefully would ease the pressure on my knees.

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The lifestyle changes did make a significant difference; subsequent test revealed that my blood/sugar level had gone back to normal. My arthritis had disappeared. I have diverted my trip to ‘diabetes city’, and on the train to ‘Good city’. I will forever continue going to the gym and working out. This has been an eye opener, So my advice is that we should not wait to be told that we were on the border to acquiring ‘diabetes citizenship’, let’s make those lifestyle changes right now. For more information on similar topics please look us up on www.youhavealife.com/ keep living a healthy life, ‘’your health is your greatest asset so take care of it’’


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How we can slow down the aging process

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Ageing is the process of becoming older; in humans, it represents the accumulation of changes over time. This involves psychological, physical and social changes.
As the body ages, the number of its healthy cells reduces, and the body loses reserves. its glucose tolerance capacity reduces the body changes because individual cells change as well as organs. These changes result in changes in function and appearance. The first signs of ageing involve the musculoskeletal system, the eyes, ears and others.
As the cells age, they function less, eventually, old cells must die to make room for new ones. Cells only last so long, because they divide over a limited number of times.

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Antioxidants are the key to slowing the ageing process, antioxidants because they prevent the body from destruction from oxidation.
Primary antioxidants are found in many foods, including fruits and vegetables. Vitamin A, C, E, and trace mineral selenium They are also found in dietary substances like Beta-carotene. Some are also manufactured by the body as by-products of cellular action.
Antioxidants are a type of molecule that can neutralise free radicals, which are unstable and highly reactive.
Free radicals are the result of a split of weak bonds, existing in cells. they are very unstable and react very quickly with other compounds.
Free radicals are necessary for small quantities because they detoxify the body, they destroy bacteria, viruses and repair damaged cells.

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Why fasting could be good for you

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Fasting is a self-healing mechanism that makes damaged and decomposing cells become stronger. Vital organs are never damaged or digested during this process. Fasting stimulates new cells to grow and regenerates the cell of the brain and other vital organs.
Energy production is enhanced as oxygen levels rise and protein, fat, breakdown, bacterial destruction, and DNA synthesis all escalate.
Enzymes which were free during fasting would have invigorated, and could now work better. Metabolism is better, and all other organs now have enhanced performance.
During fasting, consuming Originally grown produce is always better, canned frozen or packaged juices. are not to be consumed during fasting. Fruits and vegetables should be consumed as fresh as possible in order to derive the most benefit of vitamins and minerals. The enzymes begin to disappear from the juice within ten minutes of picking. Juice fasting virtually means liquid only and not the pulp. Fruit and vegetable juices should not be mixed together.

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Fasting has been used in the treatment of arthritis, toxic poising, psoriasis, eczema, depression, kidney and liver diseases. The immune system would also have enhanced performance.
The most powerful juices are apples and grapes, both of which are very essential.
Both these would rejuvenate and cleanse cells and also attack toxic metals and eliminates them from the body.
However other alternatives would be smoothies which you could find in the shops or order online re Amazon.com