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Teens and Food – You May Lose a Finger

high fiber dietTeens and Food – You May Lose a Finger

You come home from school and of course, you are starved.  You look in the fridge and the cupboards.  Mom has stacked them full of cookies, ice cream and pudding.  Great foods, but your coach told you that you should be eating healthy foods.  You open the crisper drawer and there are apples.  Cool!

Feeding teens can be a rocky road for parents.  Some days they want chips, other days chips are so yesterday.  Knowing what to provide is not an easy task.  Many times, the teens themselves have no idea what they really want.

Have plenty of foods available that have a high concentration of water in them.  These foods are more filling.  Tomatoes and grapes are great snack foods to have available.

Teens, start your morning with a healthy breakfast.  Whole grain cereals – or cereals that have the words “whole grain” on them are probably your best bet.  These will probably be something of the corn, wheat, oats or rice variety.  Even a cereal bar that is whole grain is better than no breakfast at all.

If you have to pack your own lunch, here’s a suggestion.  First, use that whole-wheat bread your parents use.  If you want some mayonnaise or mustard, use a little bit.  Stack on the lean meats – turkey or chicken – and add vegetables like tomatoes, bean sprouts, peppers, and cucumbers.  Add some baby carrots and celery for your snack.

Going out to eat with your friends?  You can still choose healthy foods when you’re out.  If they have salads or wraps, choose one of those, but request the dressing on the side.  Dressing adds a lot of calories.  You can still have the dressing, but don’t drench your salad or wrap in it.  And don’t forget to skip the fries.  Just take a few from your friends.

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Types of Weight Loss, Intentional and Unintentional

In the medical and health context, weight loss refers to loss of total body mass because of loss of fat, adipose tissues and fluids. Burning an excess amount of calories result towards losing weight. Occurrence of weight loss can be classified into two types namely, intentional and unintentional weight loss.

Unintentional weight loss is caused due to medical ailments. There are a few complicated and dreadful diseases accompanied by weight loss such as AIDS, Cancer, Tuberculosis, Type 1 diabetes and Cardiac problems.

Intentional weight loss occurs due to consciousness and effects of people who wish to overcome obesity and shed excess weight. People intentionally lose weight to improve their health and physical fitness.

 

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What is the #1 Cause of Constipation?

constipationQ:  What is the #1 cause of constipation?

A:  Too little water consumption.  That’s right.  If you’re suffering from an unhealthy bowel system, the first thing to do is increase the amount of drinking water you take in per day.  It is customarily suggested that you drink eight 8 ounce glasses of water per day.  This will not only keep the bowel system happy, but it will also help keep your skin hydrated and your body functioning more normally.  To make water a little more interesting, add some orange slices, cucumber and lemon or even a few dashes of spicy Tabasco sauce.

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Health Questions: What are the Types of Insomnia?

health questions insomniaThere are two major types of insomnia; primary insomnia and secondary insomnia. Primary insomnia is a disorder that is unconnected to other medical conditions. There are many things that can cause the disorder including travel, extreme stress, or a change in a work schedule. This type of insomnia may end on its own, or may persist throughout life.

Secondary insomnia is a type of insomnia that is a side effect or symptom of a larger cause. An example of a underlying cause that may promote insomnia is depression or anxiety, or pain from another condition. It has also been found that secondary insomnia is a side effect of certain medicines.

Secondary insomnia is likely to go away after the cause behind the lack of sleep is fixed or circumstances change. Many people find that their use of caffeine, alcohol and tobacco are big contributors to their insomnia. Once those items are taken away, it allows the insomnia to lessen.

 

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Health Questions: What are the Types of Depression?

health questions depressionDepression affects millions of Americans every year and there are many different types that affect people in different ways. Two of the major types of depression are Major Depressive Disorder and Dysthymic disorder. Major depressive disorder prohibits one’s ability to function on a daily level including sleep, eat and work.

Dysthymic is a type of depression that lasts for an extended period of time, likely longer than two years. While these symptoms are less intense than those found in major depression, they will still show a considerable negative impact on one’s life. Other types of depression can be the result of a certain life event such as death or an extreme loss.

Postpartum depression is a type of depression found in new mothers within the first month after delivery. Other types of depression include seasonal affective disorder which happens during the winter months when there is less sunlight each day.

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Health Questions, What is Osteoporosis?

health questions oseteoporosisOsteoporosis is a disease that affects the strength of one’s bones. For people who suffer from the disease their bones are weaker than average and are more prone to breaking from low trauma situations. The bones that are most likely to be affected are commonly the spine, wrists and hip.

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It is common for the disease to become more prevalent as one ages and as women pass through menopause. Not getting enough exercise is one of the factors that can be controlled to avoid getting Osteoporosis. In addition not smoking at all and drinking less than one alcoholic drink a day is another factor that once can easily influence.

Osteoporosis

It is important to make sure to get enough vitamin D and calcium in one’s daily diet. One of the common symptoms that point to a development of the disease is a loss in height, or the development of a hunchbacked, or slumped over posture.

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Health Questions, What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

What is Carpal Tunnel SyndromeCarpal Tunnel Syndrome, or CTS, relates to problems in one’s wrist and hand. Some of the symptoms include pain, swelling, tingling as well as loss of strength. It happens when the median nerves and tendons that pass through the carpal tunnel in the wrist are restricted or pressed against.

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Swelling is the likely reason for the pressure put on the nerves that causes the extra pain and sensations found in the fingers and palm. The symptoms of CTS include a slow onset of numbness, burning and tingling in the hand or wrist. It is most common for the thumb, index and middle fingers to experience these symptoms.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

In more extreme cases the hand begins to lose strength and it becomes difficult to tightly grasp items or even to make a clenched fist. When left untreated the problem can become permanent, making the muscles in the hand and especially thumb weaken greatly over time.

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What Types of Lung Disease are Common in Women?

health questions oseteoporosisLung disease has recently become a larger problem for women across America. The three types that are usually found in women patients are asthma, lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Asthma is a common lung problem that affects the bronchial tubes.

The condition causes these tubes, which carry air into the lungs, to become swollen and inflamed making it hard to get a good breath. These problems could be increased by air irritants like smoke and air pollution. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease is related to emphysema and bronchitis.

Both of these problems make breathing harder to do by constant inflammation in the bronchial tubes. This then produces more mucus which is the start of excessive coughing. In emphysema patients, there is not enough oxygen being transferred into the blood stream causing shortness of breath.

 

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What are the Types of Diabetes?

Alcohol and Heart HealthDiabetes is a disease where the glucose in the blood is far above the necessary level. There are three main type of diabetes that people suffer from. The types are Gestational diabetes, Type 1 Diabetes and Type 2 Diabetes.

The type of diabetes that is most commonly diagnosed is type 2 diabetes. This type is diagnosed in ninety percent of diabetes patients. This type of diabetes can start at any age and is caused when insulin cannot properly function, leaving glucose out of the blood.

Type 1 diabetes is a condition that last through one’s life and is usually found as a child or young adult. It occurs when the body doesn’t make insulin, so it has to be added to ones diet through shots or insulin pumps. Gestational diabetes happens during the pregnancy period and only happens to 5 percent of pregnant women. It is caused when the hormones emitted prohibit insulin from performing its normal functions.

 

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What Foods are Good to Prevent Heart Disease?

Prevent Heart DiseaseOne of the common ways doctors recommend patients to avoid heart disease and improve heart health is through a healthy diet. It is a easy way to decrease blood pressure as well as avoid heart attacks and strokes. Eating a lot bad fats, which include trans and saturated fat, can lead to plaque buildup in arteries.

Foods that should be included in a heart healthy diet are vast and each category should be included. When it comes to dairy products it is important to choose low fat or completely fat free milk, cheese and yogurts. Another good option is non-dairy options such as soy milk or almond milk.

When it comes to grains, one should aim to have all whole grains, but no less than half of all grains should be whole. Fruits and vegetables should also be a mainstay along with fish and lean protein. Sodium should be avoided when possible.

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Alcohol and Heart Health, American Dietetic Association

Alcohol and Heart HealthDoctors and experts have long said that a glass of red wine a night is good for one’s heart. A new study shows that this might not be the only alcoholic beverage that can be beneficial. The American Dietetic Association has recently said that beer also has beneficial attributes that will help hearth health.

It has been shown that drinking a occasional beer can help reduce the amound of LDL cholesterol while increasing the amount of HDL cholesterol. It also has been shown to have a decreasing effect on blood clots, the risk gallstones and the risk of type 2 diabetes.

Before going out and binging on beer remember that they recommend a moderate amount. This is considered to be one beer a day that is around 12 ounces. It has also been found that darker beers have more fiber with around 3 grams. So if red wine doesn’t suit you, grab a brew.

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Menopause and Heart Disease

HealthMany women, even those who aren’t going through menopause, experience night sweats and hot flashes. Although uncomfortable, recent research has found benefits to these. It just may be that these women are at less of a risk to have a heart attack down the road.

When women begin having these symptoms during menopause only it seems they are more likely to have a risk of heart disease. The study, conducted by the Women’s Health Initiative, showed that people with these symptoms early on were almost 20 percent less likely to show risk of stroke and heart disease.

However, if these symptoms are developed during the starting stages of menopause the risk factors are increased. For those who develop them later on, the study showed over thirty percent higher risk associated with heart attack. Hot flashes and night sweats are very common parts of early menopause.

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Health News, Snoring a Risk for Metabolic Syndrome

Health and SnoringA recent study done by the University of Pittsburgh found that snoring sleepers are at higher risk for metabolic syndrome. The study looked at over 800 participants with ages varying between 45 and 74. In a three year time span those who slept poorly were more likely to have a number of risk factors

Some of these risk factors included high blood sugar, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, excess belly fat and high triglycerides. Many people across America consider themselves to have sleep problems, frequently waking feeling un-refreshed. This is not the first study that has showed similar results.

The importance of getting enough quality sleep can have a big impact on one’s general health. Sleep deprivation and sleep problems have been found to directly link to increased risk of heart disease and diabetes. One’s mattress and sleeping arrangements can have an impact on getting a good night’s sleep.

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Cold Relief, Zinc Good for Fighting Colds

cold reliefA recent study produced by The Cochrane Library health care journal, is pointing to Zinc as a helpful supplement in fighting the everyday cold. The study has shown that zinc may not only be able to shorten the duration of a cold, but has the capability to stop the cold completely. This would be a big step in sickness control as colds are widely seen as incurable

The study was done on over 1300 participants and completed in India. It showed that people suffering from the virus who consumed zinc within one day, saw a noticeable reduction in their symptoms. It was also seen that people who took the supplement on a regular basis saw a decreased number of colds over a five month period.

There have been a number of other studies that have concluded similar results, and this new study only backs up previous findings. There are two thoughts on how zinc works to improve cold symptoms. The first is that it may prevent the release of prostaglandin and histamines. The second thought is that it may contain antiviral properties.

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Healthy Dieting: The Mediterranean Diet

Exercise Diet PlanNot all people are focused on losing weight when they start a diet. For others the diet is more to produce a healthier body. If this is the case, it is important to focus on the quality of food one is consuming, rather than the quantity.

The Mediterranean diet is a good choice if improved health is the main goal, rather than increased weight loss. The people of the Mediterranean are well known for having less heart health problems than those in western culture. This is supposedly because of the low amount of saturated fat in their diets.

The diet plan urges the user to consume a large amount of fruits and vegetables as well as a couple of glasses of red wine a day with meals. It also highlights the use of olive oil instead of butter when sautéing and cooking. Having a high amount of fish, which has Omega-3 fatty acids, is another large part of the diet.

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