5 Magic Numbers Every Dieter Needs to Know

July 4, 2018

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Does this sound familiar? You’ve been watching yourself all week (avoiding junk, skipping seconds) and still, your weight is exactly the same as it was a week ago-or worse, even inched up a pound or two. It’s hard to remember that weight loss is a long-term process, you’ve got to stay patient. But I’ve learned that focusing on just your weight can sabotage your motivation. So instead here are five other numbers to think about. Keep track of these and your overall health (as well as your weight) ought to improve.

1. Waist circumference
By now, you’ve probably heard enough experts blast BMI (body mass index, or a ratio of your weight to your height), saying it’s not a good measure of body fat and health. Instead, you should know how many inches your waist measures. That’s because the fat that accumulates around your middle is linked to a host of health problems, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and even death. One 2010 study examined more than 100,000 Americans age 50 and older and found that people with the biggest waist size had about twice the risk of dying as the slimmest.

Numbers to know: Aim for less than 35 inches for women and 40 for men.

2. Daily calorie requirement
Our health books editor loves to point out the one thing most successful weight-loss programs have in common: They cut calories. Why? Chances are you consume way more than you realize or need.

Number to know: Most not-too-active middle aged women should consume around 1,600 calories a day to lose weight; men should consume 2,000 to 2,200. Try Mayo Clinic’s calorie calculator tool for a personalized guesstimate that takes age, activity levels, and other factors into account.

3. Daily fiber intake
You probably scan food labels for calorie and fat content. But if I asked you how much fiber you’re eating each day, I bet you wouldn’t know (and it’s probably half of what you should get). The big deal about fiber and weight loss is that it takes your body a long time to digest it compared to other nutrients. This tamps down hunger cravings and prevents blood sugar spikes. You know how can feel voracious an hour after eating a jumbo plain bagel? That’s probably because your meal had no fiber.

Number to know: Many experts recommend 25 to 35 grams a day (a medium apple and a cup of oatmeal each have four, for example); some would love to see us eating even more. Most adults get about 15 grams a day. If you’re pretty low on the fiber intake, add it slowly to avoid feeling bloated.

4. How much you sleep
Sleep helps the body regulate complex hormonal processes that affect our appetite, cravings, and weight. There’s now ample research that shows people who get less sleep are more likely to be overweight and munch on junk food than those who get more. Skimping on sleep may sabotage your diet as much as the Snickers calling your name from the office candy bowl.

Number to know: If you’re consistently getting six hours or less, your sleep habits may be tampering with your weight-loss goals. Most adults need seven to eight hours a night. A good clue you’re getting enough: not needing an alarm clock to wake up.

5. How many steps you take each day
More and more research shows it’s not the hour we spend sweating it out in the gym that counts, but all the incremental activity that adds up over the course of the day from things like taking the stairs, walking over to a colleague’s desk instead of emailing, or standing and pacing while you chat on the phone. Sitting down is bad for your body and your metabolism-our hunter-gatherer ancestors were constantly on the move, and so we’ve evolved not to sit still for hours on end.

Study Reveals How to Reprogram Cells in Our Immune System

July 4, 2018

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Our immune system is calibrated to provide us with specific protection shields against harmful diseases, and other conditions too. On being influenced by the excessive active cells and intruder cells, interfering with its physical functions, our immune system is more likely to lose its strength to fight diseases, and as a result it causes a range of autoimmune diseases or different types of leukemia.

Immune cells mostly referred to as T cells can reverse the effects of these defective cells and reinstate the balance through a reprogram technique. With a reprogram technique manipulating the performances of certain immune cells, we can remain unaffected to the prevalence of different diseases, including cancers and psoriasis. This also fosters the development of new treatment options.

This is how the scientists at the Gladstone Institute have expressed about their latest findings. A renowned journal Nature has published about this metabolic mechanism in an elaborate way.

How Much Effective Is the Whole Method Of Reprogramming T Cells?

The whole method of manipulating T cells or immune cells, advocates for the reduction of anti-inflammatory reactions, developed in the immune system through pro-inflammatory genes. So, the inflammation causing factors in the immune system could be curtailed using this modification theory.

On the basis of the findings, there are two types of cells termed as Effector T cells and Regulatory T cells. These two cells play a key role in regulating our whole immune system. The Effector T cells build a shield against the pathogens so as to protect us from the vulnerability to infections, once the immune system gets charged up. The Regulatory T cells on the other hand, restrict further attacks of the pathogens to the healthy parts of our body.

With Regulatory T cells being converted into Effector T cells under the influence of reprogramming technique, a molecule drug appears to be a great precursor in the whole process. So, this method seems to be effective in converting one cell into another cell type.

The conversion methods show promise to find the etiology of the disease, especially auto-immune diseases, making it possible to eradicate the diseases from its root. Say, when effector T cells are charged up excessively in the body in the presence of autoimmune disease, the T cells expose the body to harmful effects. But by converting these Regulatory T cells, the balance of the immune system can be reinstated, followed by the reduction of hyperactivity.

Treatment for Immune-Oncology

Another way, the study is intensifying our hopes against the deadly effects of cancers and tumor related disorders. We can achieve a better outcome for immune-oncology and cancer treatments. The process is ineffective in influencing the cancer cells though; it defies its attacks on the activation of the immune system.

Since cancer cells seem to be stronger to influence Regulatory T cells, they make a room in the immune system for the growth, and hence, the detection becomes quite tough. But, the findings could help us in detecting cancerous cells and destroying them by strengthening the immune system through a conversion of Effector T cells from Regulatory T cells.

More Scopes for Stem Cell Therapies

It also brings a revolutionary milestone for stem cell therapies. With the development of Regulatory T cells, we could reverse the effects of graft-versus-host-disease, and also make our body adjust to the newly-transplanted cells.

With a reprogram technology for immune system, we could defend ourselves from a range of diseases, once which were termed as unavoidable medical cases. Hence, we can live our dream to make a disease-free world in the future.

Benefits of Using a Hydrogen Water Bottle

July 4, 2018

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A hydrogen water bottle is a fast and efficient solution to transform everyday tap water into healthy drinking water. It is a very practical self-contained bottle that is useful for taking fluids on the go. A regular drink of this infused water benefits the health in many different ways. For instance, it has the potential to increase body micro circulation and gives your metabolism a boost.

However, the water bottle isn’t able to purify the water, so it is helpful to start with water that already has a low mineralization count to protect not only your health, but also the machine. Also, the hydrogen water is only practical for personal hydration. It is not a useful option to use for cooking purposes because the hydrogen will quickly evaporate when the water is boiled. This means the beneficial antioxidant properties are lost.

Let’s take a look a few of the most pleasing benefits of using a hydrogen water bottle:

Quick and efficient: They are very quick and efficient with the ability to turn everyday water into hydrogen water in about 3 to 5 minutes. The healthy water is ready to drink as soon as the infusing cycle is complete.

Long-lasting: once the infusing is complete, the water is able to hold its antioxidant properties for a period of about five or six hours. It has the potential to last longer if stored in a hermetically sealed glass container. In the event of the water losing its hydrogen, it is acceptable to go through the hydrogenation process again. This will not have a negative impact on the water and will not result in saturation.

Keeps you hydrated: this type of water bottle is a great way to stay hydrated while traveling. It is beneficial to drink at least 1.5 liters of water per day. Also, it helps to drink this water on its own and not with food. The hydrogen water is less effective when drunk at a mealtime because of the digestive process.

Easy to maintain: the electrodes in these machines have the potential to last five years or more, which means minimal investment on maintenance. They don’t rely on filters or other components that have a very short lifespan. However, it is important to only use low mineralization water to prolong the usable life of the electrodes.

Balancing Conflicting Claims About Cord Blood Banking

July 4, 2018

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Families that are about to welcome a new born baby often gets flooded with endless suggestions and questions. It circles everything from fixing the best baby name to the best baby diet, to keep the new born healthy and fit. And today, parents-to be are faced with yet another crucial question, i.e. whether or not to stone the baby’s cord blood cell.

Today, in a world where everyone’s on the move to grab the best medical alternative they can to secure their child’s and family, cord blood banking is one field that gets huge support. But, whereas one school of views support this process, there’s another that has opposing views. Shrouded in polar thoughts, the topic of cord blood banking has attracted a couple of conflicts to it, which blurs the main focus – that is whether it’s beneficial and who and how it’s beneficial.

A basic overview

Let’s start with the fundamental know-how. Cord blood is technically a minute quantity of blood that remains in the umbilical cord after a child is born. This remaining blood can be collected once the baby delivery is done. Being a rich storehouse of stem cells, cord blood is instrumental in developing chunks of blood cells and also boosts the immune system. Back in 2016, it has been calculated that 29% of patients received cord blood transplant in US and have immensely benefited from it.

For a while, scientists and medical researchers have been invested in clinical trials declaring that cord blood stem cells have effectively helped to cure more than 80 life threatening ailments. These diseases are blood related, immunological, various cancers, severe brain and spinal cord injuries as well as the Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. This has made families having a history of severe ailments opt in for cord blood banking. The successful treatment of malignant disorders have made parents to be think of blood from the umbilical cord as an insurance code to their child’s and family health.

So why is it that a set of parents and families aren’t convinced about cord blood banking, despite saying yes to the process. The truth, there are certain considerations that need to be made. For instance, it is important for a stem cell to possess three fundamental properties.

1. The strong capacity to regenerate, thus when they are divided they are able to produce similar daughter cells that preserves the cell line production.

2. Stems cells also need to have the capacity to distinguish, that they are able to set up specific form and functions. For instance, developing into a liver tissue in place of a cardiac tissue. However, stem cells that branch out into any cell type in the human body is termed as pluripotent and the ones which branch into a pre-destiny is called multipotent.

3. And finally stem cells also need to be able to refill the tissue cells that has been damaged severely in the blood, skin or gut and needs to be renewed at an ongoing basis from the stem cell source

Hence, the umbilical cord which according to few was considered to be of no medical use post child birth, has been proved wrong through the successful cord blood transplants. However, the fact that there exist still few disappointments on the subject could be traced to its disadvantages. And one being a minimum quantity of 50 to 200 ml needs to be made ready for collection. If the amount is less, then the sample is invalid. However, in majority there seems to be not ample blood. Furthermore, a meagre 8 to 12 % of cord blood units have apt stem cells for an individual transplant who weighs 80 kgs.

Reasons Which Make Fitness Gear the Trend Setter

July 4, 2018

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Fitness is the latest mantra. Everybody is conscious about being fit. It is the latest upbeat and getting in vogue day by day. There are classes at every nook and corner and so are gurus and channels which are being subscribed and followed. Everybody is on the look out to get fit and in shape. Owing to the extravagant lifestyle most of the people start suffering from diseases very early and being fit definitely helps them to combat this. It is not just being fit but a glamourized quotient is the fitness gear which talks about the right clothes, right shoes and other accessories which are meant to make one comfortable and even stylish while working out.

Gone are the days when people used to wear loose tees with pyjamas or pants and old clothes to work out thinking they would sweat and would be more comfortable. The market these days has a plethora of options to choose from. In the present times it is all about being vibrant, with swanky clothes especially designed for the gym which are basically body hugging and which make you look stylish and trendy.

After reading about the concept let us know have a look at its importance, some tips once you start using the fitness gear while you work out.

Importance

• It is important as fitness gear is all about being safe and even cost-effective.

• Since the clothes are designed for a specific purpose, they exert equal pressure on the various parts of the body which in turn boosts the blood flow and even makes the muscles work in an optimized manner.

• The material with which the gear is made is helps in minimising the body odour and are even bacteria-resistant, also permits the skin to breathe under strong sun and wind.

• They even help us to avoid any injuries which could have happened otherwise like padded cycling shorts make it easy to cycle for long hours and comfortably.

Tips to follow while doing the work out

• In order to get the maximum output from the performance, it is advisable to put on the appropriate gym wear.

• Shoes should be the ones that support properly.

• It is important to have a good amount of water pre and post sessions.

• Minimal or no makeup at the time of work out

• Keep hair tightened in a pony or bun

• For the ones with dry skin issues, it is best to apply petroleum jelly.

• Be clean and hygienic

• Odour can also be reduced by applying or spraying few anti-perspiration merchandise.

Fitness gear is all about choosing the right from multitude of styles and is not too heavy on pocket. It not only makes one stylish but is also very relaxing while burning down the extra calories to get the right physique, it motivates the confidence and drives you to perform better.

Natural Minerals – The Spark Plugs of Life

July 4, 2018

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Natural Minerals are the “Spark Plugs of Life” states a 2 x winner of the Nobel Prize!!

Our body is a bit like a ‘car engine’ – the car of course requires oil in the engine to ensure it runs smoothly and petrol to drive it. Just like our body which requires “natural minerals” to ensure it runs as smoothly as possible over the years, and it is the food we eat which provides them for us.

Question – What would happen to your car’s engine IF you did not keep it topped up with oil?

Need I say more?

FACT- Our body’s immune system requires a minimum of 60 ‘natural minerals’ per day to enable it to carry out its function which is to protect us from all sorts of ailments and illnesses.

FACT – Imagine what is happening to your body IF you do not feed it sufficient ‘natural minerals for IT to do its job effectively.

FACT – These ‘natural minerals’ are transferred from the soil into the food that is grown there, but unfortunately they are ‘no longer’ available in the quantities we require due to over farming, chemicals and pesticides.

FACT – Over the past 50 years and more this natural 100% supply has diminished to an alarming extent – by as much as 75% in most Countries across the World. In fact there is one State in the USA where there has been a 100% depletion of them!

FACT – The above came from a World Wide survey carried out by the World Health Organisation some 50 and more years ago – and WE are only just being told about it.

Well there is ‘one’ way YOU can make sure both yourself and your family feeds your bodies with the necessary amount of ‘natural minerals’ on a daily basis – and that is with a daily “Natural Sizzling Minerals” drink – or some “Natural Mineral Powder” sprinkled over the veg or other food you and your family eat on a daily basis.

By the way, there is ONLY Company in the World providing this benefit – and they are NOT available in the shops either.

Finally – a little note – whilst I would personally agree that ‘organic’ fruit & veg are better for you than all the other stuff we tend to buy just remember that even ‘organic’ food is mostly grown in ‘depleted’ soil. Just a thought.

To avoid any confusion please let me make it quite clear that Natural Minerals are NOT a cure for anything – they are not a medicine but they ARE a necessity in our daily lives as you will have read above.

This is your opportunity to check out Natural Minerals. Read My Story and see the benefits I have received along with links to a number of independent testimonials covering a range of ailments and illnesses that have been helped with these Natural Minerals. Being a ‘natural’ product, mined from well below the Earth’s surface they are deemed to be quite safe but if you are in any doubt please check them out with your medical professional before taking them.

Tips to Make Your Family Healthy and Lively

July 4, 2018

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Throughout our lives, we run so fast in achieving a better life that we forget to think what actually counts. I have seen a lot of obese people who are rich and have no control over their eating habits. They seem extremely depressed about it. Also, I found most of them alone so their depression increases even more. I won’t be wrong if I say they have a lot of money but nowhere to spend it. What’s the use of earning so much money when it can’t make you happy?

I always prioritize because I firmly believe in an old age adage “health is wealth.” I practice it myself and also motivate my family members to be healthy. It doesn’t only benefit them physically, but also improves their psychological health and helps them in living a happy life.

Make a Habit of Exercising

A few years back, I used to exercise alone upon my curiosity to be healthy, but, now, I workout with my daughter and husband. When we get back home from work, we find out little princess busy in doing homework. After relaxing for a few hours, I play music and we exercise together. Recently, I motivated my husband to join a gym together, too, but we skipped the idea as it isn’t a nice option for a seven-year-old kid. You can always go to a gym with your family if your kids are old enough.

If home exercising doesn’t work and it bores your kid, take him to a playground and let him play with different types of commercial playground equipment. However, do take foam padding for playgrounds with you in order to ensure safety for them.

Encourage Healthy Eating

Parents have a hold over what should be cooked at home. If you make a habit of eating healthy food since the beginning of your kid’s life, it will last throughout his life and he will lead an exemplary life. We can only do better when our health is good enough.

Cook healthy meals at home by using olive oil and veggies. Eat meat twice a week and avoid junk food. Kids love eating junks so you have to motivate them to eat healthily. Do not suppress their urge and allow them to have junk once in a week, but not more than that.

Cut Soda

Don’t be surprised when I tell you an average can of soda is equal to ten tablespoons of sugar that are equal to 150 calories. Consuming a bottle of soda regularly results in gaining five pounds in a year. Replace soda with healthy drinks and fruits as you can see how hazardous it is to your health. Such healthy habits can be induced in children when they are young. Once they grow up, it becomes a hell of a challenge to fight their unhealthy habits.

Spend Quality Time Together

Even though it seems difficult to spend time with your family with a jam-packed routine, doing so will do wonders for both you and your kids. Make evening time your family time and go to walk and explore nature. Set goal to discover something new every week and go to a new place in your town. Believe it or not, fresh air does to your health what nothing else can do so go outside and avail the natural blessings you have in life.

Be Social

Kids learn more by observing their elders and peers. Therefore, set good examples for them so that they live a healthy life. The human beings are social animals and being alone ruins their personality and health. Therefore, socialize and let your kids hang out, too.

Top Benefits of Almonds You Must Know


Almonds are the oldest and most widely grown nuts in the world. Incorporating them into your diet will add value to your total wellness and this piece tends to expose the great benefits you can derive from doing this.

Almonds contain healthy fats that give your body the necessary energy and fuel it needs for daily activities. It is important to note that not all fat makes you fat. There are bad fats like trans fats (found in fried, fatty foods) which are not that good for the body. But there are good ones that are very essential for your survival and wellbeing.

Furthermore, eating almonds lowers your risk of having a heart attack. They help in reducing bad cholesterol levels and prevent dangerous blood clotting. They contain flavonoids which prevent the artery wall from damage and work with other vitamins to boost the cardiovascular system. Research shows that the consumption of nuts at least five times every week reduces the risk having a heart attack by 50%.

It has also been proved that almonds help in keeping the blood sugar levels regulated and prevent the insulin from spiking when they are taken after meals. They are a great snack for those who want to stay away from sugary, processed foods. They can also help you to reduce your craving for sugary snacks if you take them during the day.

In addition, almonds contain phosphorus which is very essential in building as well as maintaining strong bones and phosphorus also helps in strengthening your teeth. Almonds are also good for your brain. They contain vitamin E, riboflavin and L-carnitine which are nutrients that help in maintaining cognitive abilities through aging. They boost the overall brain activity and reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

It is generally agreed that diseases cannot thrive in an alkaline environment, hence, your body needs to be slightly more alkaline than acidic and maintaining this pH is very vital for feeling good and living free of illness. The good news here is that almonds are one of the only nuts that have an alkalizing effect on your body.

Almonds can be taken raw, soaked and in powdery form. Their oil is well-known in ayurvedic cooking because of its smoothness and soft flavour. Their flour is a great alternative for cooking as well as baking because it bakes more easily and has a great taste. Their milk can also be an alternative for you if you really need to stay away from animal milk.

The Many Health Benefits of Aloe Vera You Must Know

July 4, 2018

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Aloe vera is one of the chief plants used in folk-medicine. Its healing benefits were recognized in the ancient Indian, Chinese, Greek and Roman civilizations. The Egyptians refer to it as “the plant of immortality” and it is usually among the funeral gifts buried with the pharaohs. In the traditional setting, aloe vera is used for healing wounds, relieving itching as well as swelling and it is known for its antibacterial as well as anti-inflammatory properties.

Aloe vera is a member of the lily family and is one to two feet tall. Its leaves are succulent, with a broad base, pointed tips and spines along the edges. Its leaves contain the healing gel which is 96% water, while the remaining 4% contains Vitamins A, B, C, and E; calcium; amino acids for protein building; and enzymes used in the digestive system. It has over 240 species but unfortunately, only four of them have medicinal values. The most potent of all the species is the aloe barbadensis and it is important to note that aloe vera, which is native to North Africa as well as Spain, is also grown in the hot regions of Asia, Europe and America.

The healing potential of aloe vera stems from its ability to prevent injury to the epithelial tissues and help in the healing of injured tissues. An epithelium is a layer of cells covering the body and our largest epithelium is the skin. Aloe is very beneficial in soothing many skin ailments like mild cuts, insect stings, bruises, eczema and so on. Research has also shown that it has antifungal as well as antibacterial properties and boosts blood flow to wounded areas. It also helps in the production of fibroblast (the skin cell responsible for wound healing) and collagen (the protein that controls the aging process of the skin as well as wrinkling).

Moreover, when aloe vera juice is taken internally, it aids digestion, helps control blood sugar, boosts energy production, promotes cardiovascular health and improves the immune system. It helps in clearing toxins from the digestive system and improves the functioning of the liver, kidneys as well as gall bladder. Its anti-inflammatory fatty acids alkalize the digestive juices and guide against acidity which causes indigestion. These fatty acids are not only beneficial to the stomach but also to the small intestine and colon. However, it is not advisable for pregnant women and children under five years of age to take aloe vera internally.

Amazing Health Wonders Of The Neem Tree

July 4, 2018

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Neem tree has been known as a wonder tree for ages due to its many benefits to mankind. It is commonly referred to as the friend of a villager because it can be used to cure common ailments like urinary disorders, diarrhea, fever, skin diseases, burns, inflammatory diseases and so on.

According to modern research, neem has a lot of verifiable attributes which make it an indispensable ingredient in modern manufacture of drugs and cosmetics. It has been discovered that it contains both alkaloids and liminoids which are very medicinal. For example, nimbin and nimbidin which are alkaloids found in neem have antiviral and anti-fungal properties. Also, azadirachtin which is a liminoid has been discovered to be 95% effective when used as an ingredient for the production of pesticides and insecticides. Another liminoid (gedunin) has been used in treating malaria in tropical countries and it is usually administered as a tea or herbal infusion.

Even though all parts of the neem tree are medicinal, its bark, leaf and oil are more beneficial. Its cool, bitter bark can be traditionally used to treat tiredness, fever, loss of appetite and kill worms. Due to its antiseptic and astringent properties, it can be used for healing wounds. It can also be used to traditionally clean the teeth by snapping off a twig of the tree and chewing it. The bark is also used for preventing bleeding gums and tooth decay.

The magical neem leaf works as an anti-fungal, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory agent to the skin. It takes care of common skin diseases like eczema, ringworm and acne. It is also used for treating wounds and if you can lay your hands on a neem leaf, crush into a paste, then apply it directly to the wound. The leaf is also good for removing toxins from the body, purifying the blood and eliminating toxic, free radicals. It nourishes the hair and has antibacterial as well as antiviral properties.

Neem oil is derived by crushing the seeds and it is very useful for treating skin problems just like the leaf. It is particularly effective in treating dandruff as well as eradicating head lice and it creates a purifying effect when used in aromatherapy. However, if you don’t have a neem tree in your compound, you can still enjoy the benefits of its bark, leaf and oil. There are many herbal products having neem as one of the active ingredients and a visit to a nearby herbal shop or a little search online will do justice to that.