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If you suffer from fibromyalgia it is important that you follow a balanced fibromyalgia diet to optimize healing. Many people don’t realize how much food actually affects their body and symptoms, and a change in diet can really help to relieve the pain and discomfort associated with fibromyalgia. In developing your diet plan there will be foods you need to eliminate from your diet, and others that you will want to eat in abundance for maximum results. Let’s take a look at a typical fibromyalgia diet plan that you may wish to follow.
Your fibromyalgia diet should be balanced in healthy, nutritious foods. Focus your eating habits around whole foods such as seeds, whole grains, raw fruits and raw vegetables, lean meats, and nuts. Basically, you want to stick to natural and un-processed foods as much as possible. When the processed foods are consumed, your symptoms may increase because of the refined sugars and flours.
Fruits and vegetable are high in "phytochemicals," it has been found that these can help reduce pain in those suffering from fibromyalgia. So eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, as many as you want! You will also want to drink plenty of water, at least 8 glasses a day. Many people who suffer from fibromyalgia have also found juicing to help with healing, because it allows them to get larger amounts of fruits and veggies quickly. Overall, simply eating a well balanced diet can boast amazing healing results.
There are also foods that you will want to eliminate from your diet so your body can begin to heal. Almost everything on the list should really not be surprising, since most of these foods are not considered healthy for any diet. It is good to pay attention to any foods that you are personally affected by– if you notice that something makes you sick, then don’t eat it!
Start paying close attention to food labels and eliminate from your diet foods that contain sugar, caffeine, white flour, preservatives, artificial sweeteners and nitrates. You will also want to avoid red meat, processed foods, carbonated beverages, chocolate, alcohol, and dairy products high in fat. Some people who suffer from fibromyalgia may also have sensitivity to acidic foods. Therefore, you may want to try eliminating acidic foods to see if you notice a difference.
You have just learned how following a good fibromyalgia diet plan can lead to healing results. Many sufferers of fibromyalgia report amazing results when they eliminate foods that can trigger fibromyalgia symptoms and eat a well balanced whole food diet. If you follow this eating plan you will not only begin the healing process for fibromyalgia, but you will also be eating to fight other diseases like cancer and heart disease. This diet plan is one you may want your entire family to follow with you
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Imagine the secret of a healthy lifestyle is right in front of you. With it you will be able to do more things, lives a happier life and less to worry about disease. And believe it or not, the secret is right in front of you.
Let me explain. Take a look at your current self. Do you like the way you are living your life right now? Do you eat the right fruit? Do you eat chips while watching TV?
DO you like your life right now? If you are, stop reading this article and leave this site right now.
But if you don’t, I will let you on in a secret… that celebrities, models use to make them look so gorgeous, making everyone else envy them (and probably you too).
It’s not the gadget they use or the latest diet they are promoting on the television.
The real secret of living healthily is doing it right NOW.
Most people will give me plenty of reasons and one of it is, "I don’t know which diet to choose, there are too many of them." That’s B.S. You do know that living healthily means eating less junk foods and more vegetables and fruits right? Why don’t you do it now?
That’s what the models and celebrities do. They do it right now. And if any diets they chose to use failed them, they choose another till they find something that suit them. Why don’t you do just like them?
Remember, it doesn’t harm you to try living healthy life. You can start by stop eating potato chips while watching TV. Instead, eat grape while watching it.
There are many ways you can use to start living a healthy lifestyle. I hope you will find the way your body will accept and good luck!
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Antibiotics play a very important role of modern medicine. These medications are used to fight many infections caused by bacteria. The following facts about antibiotics will help you understand how these drugs work, their possible side effects and the importance of taking antibiotics as directed by your doctor.
1. Antibiotics belong to a class of drugs called Antimicrobials. Other drugs in this group include antifungals, antiprotozoals and antivirals.
2. Antibiotics are medicines that kill bacteria. These drugs do not work on viruses. A bacterium is a living, reproducing lifeform. A virus is just a piece of DNA (or RNA). A virus injects its DNA into a living cell and has that cell reproduce more of the viral DNA. With a virus there is nothing to "kill," so antibiotics don’t work on it.
3. There are many types of antibiotics. Each works a little differently and acts on different types of bacteria. Some antibiotics are effective against only certain types of bacteria; others can effectively fight a wide range of bacteria.
4. While the use of antibiotics did not begin in the 20th century, early folk medicine included the use of mouldy foods or soil for infections. In ancient Egypt, for example, infections were treated with mouldy bread.
5. Originally noticed by a French medical student, Ernest Duchesne, in 1896, penicillin was re-discovered by bacteriologist Alexander Fleming working at St. Mary’s Hospital in London in 1928. He observed that a plate culture of Staphylococcus had been contaminated by a blue-green mold and that colonies of bacteria adjacent to the mold were being dissolved.
6. A broad spectrum antibiotic is one that can kill many different types of bacteria. A broad spectrum antibiotic is useful for treating infections that might be caused by many different types of bacteria such as ear infections. A narrow spectrum antibiotic is one that kills only a small variety of germs.
7. Antibiotics must be taken for the full amount of time prescribed by your doctor. Many times, patients will stop the use of an antibiotic when they begin to feel better and it seems that the illness has gone. However, even after the symptoms are gone, the bacteria may still be present in small amounts and an infection can return if use of the antibiotic is stopped. Not completing the prescribed dose also may promote resistance.
8. There are two major drawbacks of antibiotics:
* Bacterial resistance
* Harmful side effects
9. Bacteria may be naturally resistant to different classes of antibiotics or may acquire resistance from other bacteria through exchange of resistant genes.
10. Antibiotics generally are safe. The most common side effects of antibiotics include stomach upset, nausea, and diarrhea. An increased sensitivity to sunlight is common with tetracyclines (e.g. doxycycline, minocycline) and fluoroquinolones (e.g. ciprofloxacin , ofloxacin, levofloxacin). Although most side-effects may be mild in appearance, some may be severe like allergic reactions and it may even be life-threatening allergic reactions. Should you experience any unexpected reaction to an antibiotic you use for the first time, immediately consult with your health professional.
11. Antibiotics can kill most of the bacteria in your body that are sensitive to them, including "good" bacteria. By destroying the bacterial balance, they may cause stomach upsets, diarrhea, yeast infections or other problems.
12. Any antibiotic can suppress the healthy bacteria in your colon. Usually this problem surfaces when the newer, more powerful antibiotics are prescribed, or when multiple antibiotics are used for serious infections. Almost any antibiotic can cause antibiotic-associated colitis (also called pseudomembranous colitis, or Clostridium difficile colitis)., but the following have been implicated in most cases: clindamycin, lincomycin, ampicillin, cephalosporins. The aminoglycosides (amikacin, gentamicin), erythromycin, trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole, and fluoroquinolones (ciprofloxacin , levofloxacin) seem less likely to be the cause.
13. Antibiotic associated diarrhea can occur within two days of completing a course of antibiotics or even up to six weeks later. The risk of antibiotic associated diarrhea rises with how often and how long the antibiotics are taken. Even the most gentle antibiotics, given for a short period of time, can occasionally lead to this problem. Therefore, if you have new symptoms of diarrhea, it is important that you make your doctor aware of any antibiotics you may have taken in the last several months.
14. Yeast Overgrowth. One of the most common side effects of antibiotics is yeast overgrowth. Women who use antibiotics often develop bowel and vaginal yeast infections. Children treated repeatedly with antibiotics for ear infections often develop yeast and fungal infections of the middle ear.
15. Antibiotics can, in some cases, hinder the immune response. For example, children given amoxicillin for chronic earaches suffer two to six times the rate of recurrent middle ear effusion than children who took a placebo. According to Carol Jessop, MD, Clinical Professor at the University of California at San Francisco, 80% of her patients who suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome (or chronic fatigue immunodeficiency syndrome) had a history of recurrent antibiotics treatment as a child, adolescent or adult.
16. Antibiotics will not cure viral illnesses, such as:
* Colds or flu
* Most coughs and bronchitis
* Sore throats not caused by strep
* Runny noses
* Stomach flu (viral gastroenteritis)
* Some ear infections
17. When are antibiotics necessary? Here are a few examples:
* Ear infections – there are several types; many need antibiotics, but some do not.
* Sinus infections – most children with thick or green mucus do not have sinus infections. Antibiotics are needed for some long-lasting or severe cases.
* Strep throat – this condition must be diagnosed by a laboratory test.
* Urinary tract infections
* Many wound and skin infections
18. Sometimes it is very hard to tell when an illness is caused by a viral or bacterial infection. A test called a culture should be done to determine which bacteria, if any, are responsible for your illness. Without a culture, your health care provider must choose an antibiotic based on an educated guess of what bacteria are most likely to be causing your illness. Sometimes, those educated guesses are wrong.
19. Antibiotic resistance occurs when bacteria change in a way that reduces or eliminates the effectiveness of antibiotics. These resistant bacteria survive and multiply – causing more harm, such as a longer illness, more doctor visits, and a need for more expensive and toxic antibiotics.
20. Some antibiotics become less effective if they are taken with food. For example, azithromycin (zithromax) capsules should not be mixed with or taken with food, however tablets may be taken without regard to food.
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Don’t believe it is? Well medical research proves it is read on and find out why.
Smoking is bad for you. We know that, it kills million however a smoking fact that is true and backed up by medical research is that nicotine in its pure form is safe, non toxic, part of the natural food chain and is good for you.
Other chemicals are the real killers.
The World Health Organization has stated that tobacco smoke contains about 4,000 chemicals, of which nicotine is just one.
Smoking means you take into your body the following poisons:
In addition to tar, carbon monoxide is present (found also in car exhaust fumes), ammonia (used in floor cleaner) and arsenic (used in rat poison).
At least 40 of the chemicals in tobacco smoke are proven to cause cancers of the lung, throat, mouth, bladder and kidneys and the smoke also causes a number of other cancers.
There is no evidence at all that nicotine can cause cancer.
Smoking fact – Nicotine in pure organic form is good for your health
Nicotine is a naturally occurring compound and part of the food chain.
Trace elements are found in many common foods including vegetables such as potatoes, tomatoes, bell peppers, cauliflower, eggplant, chili peppers, and also some teas.
Nicotine makes you feel good
Nicotine switches on the receptors on the surface of cells in certain parts of the brain, causing these neurons to release the Neuro-transmitter dopamine, a chemical that is associated with feelings of pleasure.
Nicotine not only makes you feel better it helps improve concentration and memory and it is proven to help a number of conditions including:
Depression, schizophrenia, Parkinson’s diseases and attention disorder.
Drug companies are already researching drugs with nicotine in to help these conditions removed from cigarette smoking and the first one has hit the market.
Nicotine water which simply delivers nicotine in water with no added chemicals is already on the market and more products are expected to follow.
Originally aimed at smokers foe when they cant or don’t want to smoke, more people today are taking it for its potential health benefits.
Expect more products to hit the market shortly as the potential health benefits of nicotine gain wider acceptance.
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We all want to live pass over 100 years of age healthily, but not many people know how to achieve that. In fact, aging is the biological process that is controllable in some degree with healthy diet.
Here are some tips that will help
1. Complex Carbohydrates:
Anti aging diet is high in complex carbohydrates, such as grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds. Many of them are eaten raw or close to their natural state and none are unnecessarily processed or overcooked. Complex carbohydrate diets are high in fiber and therefore prevents common afflictions associated with aging. Also with complex carbohydrate diets people can avoid weight gain as they age because foods are digested quickly.
2. Green foods:
Green foods are the ultimate blood purifier. They are rich in chlorophyll. With chlorophyll, foods are better absorbed and antioxidants in green foods are able to strengthen the immune system. This in turn slows the process of aging.
3. Garlic and Onion:
Garlic and onion contain sulphur compounds that helps in antiaging and strengthens the immune system.
4. Water and Juice:
Pure water is an essential part of a good diet. Not enough intake would dehydrate the brain, causing symptoms of aging, and of course it is also the main cause of the forming of kidney stones. Fresh and rich juices should be a regular part of the diet.
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The problem is most of us are not curiosity seekers when it comes to the human body, particularly the skeletal system. Probably the total knowledge of what the average persons knows about this system, could be written in one paragraph.
Now switching over to another topic just for a moment, let me talk about curiosity. We are nosy creatures by habit, and thrive on learning interesting things. It doesn’t matter on what topic for the most part, if has something to do with us either direct or indirectly, then we want to here it. Only however if it simple to understand.
Now back to the skeletal system. This is definitely all about us, in fact it is us. Its not up to someone else to look after what belongs to us. The human anatomy is really not nearly as complex as we make it out to be. That statement only holds true for those that are not doing an in-depth study of the body. In those cases, yes it is complex, but not beyond understanding. Its just a matter of how much knowledge is necessary for the purpose we need it for. So in the case of the individual that wants to go into the medical profession, he needs a lot more knowledge than the average person who just want to take care of what he owns. Namely our body.
So not only are we going to talk about some interesting facts about your bones, we are going to learn some things that are important to our everyday living. Do you know that you have been losing things from your skeletal system over the years?
When you were born you had about 350 brand new bones. Now if you could peek inside yourself you’d count around 206 or so. That’s 90 less then what you started with. You know darn well you haven’t had any surgery that removed 90 of your bones, and you also know that you were born perfectly healthy. This truly is a mystery, and now you’re curious. Well actually it really isn’t all that much of a mystery. Many of our bones simply fuse together throughout out lifespan. Part of the reason this happens is so those bones fusing together, can perform the functions we need as adults, which we didn’t require as children.
Here is another point that may be of interest. Most of us reach our peak bone density or strength around the age of 20. So the adage that its “all down hill after 40″ is misleading. Now don’t let this thought depress you, and lead you to think that now that you’re past twenty that you are past the prime of you life. It simply means that you need to ensure you are taking care of your body. particularly your skeletal system right from that age on. Not waiting till you reach 40 before you start thinking about what’s good for your bones.
Lets cover one more interesting fact. There are so many to choose from its hard to decide which to share with you. How about those starvation diets that many of us have tried at some point in our life. We figure whatever damage they could cause is temporary right? Not so. you are damaging your bones because they are not being nourished properly. Who knows what lasting effects this could have.
So a little bit of basic knowledge about the body can mean a lot of good health through the years. You have to admit that some of the facts we covered here were quite interesting and did raise your curiosity.
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Travel insurance doesn’t just cover lost luggage and cancelled flights. When accidents happen, it’s a financial lifeline. Forgetting your travel insurance, or going for the cheapest option, might end up costing you thousands – so how can you get the peace of mind of knowing you’re properly protected?
Get cover for the unexpected.
When Caroline Brown fell off a banana boat on a Greek island, she was concussed and lost her memory for 9 hours – but fortunately she hadn’t forgotten her travel insurance. After 3 visits from the doctor, Caroline was back on her feet. And thanks to her insurance she claimed back all the medical expenses.
If you fancy trying something new on holiday such as horse riding or bungee jumping, make sure your activities are covered. And even if you’re not planning anything quite so adventurous, it’s still vital to have the right travel insurance.
Avoid a financial headache.
Accidents and sudden illnesses affect thousands of travellers every year, and the costs of medical treatment or flying a loved one home can run into thousands. Inadequate travel insurance could mean the added worry of a huge financial burden.
When something goes wrong on holiday, the right travel insurance really shows its worth. Cheaper policies may pay partial costs – but exclusions and excesses can leave a shortfall that you or your family will have to bear the brunt of. So when choosing your travel insurance, check that the policy really covers you for what you need.
Know what your luggage is worth.
When you add it all up – outfits, shoes, digital camera, MP3 player, phone, jewellery, designer sunglasses – there could be thousands of pounds in a single suitcase. And if you’re into golf, scuba diving or skiing, that figure could rise even higher.
We all know that sinking feeling when you reach for your phone or camera and find it missing. But if you’re not insured, you’ll have to foot the bill yourself, and that’s enough to ruin your holiday. Work out what your luggage is really worth, and check you’re fully covered.
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I adapted this recipe from an Armenian version that I found on the back of a packet of red lentils. Kufteh (Persian), k?fte (Turkish) and kibbeh (Arabic) are round, walnut-sized patties usually made from pounded meat but sometimes from fish or vegetable pulp, which then is mixed with fine bulgur, herbs and spices. Serve this vegetarian version as an appetizer or a side dish.
1/2 cup red lentils, rinsed
2 cups water
Salt to taste
1/2 cup fine or medium (#1 or #2) bulgur
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/2 large or medium onion, finely minced
1 teaspoon cumin seeds, toasted and ground
1/2 bunch flat leaf parsley, finely chopped
Aleppo pepper to taste (optional)
Scallions, small romaine lettuce leaves, and lemon wedges for garnish
1. Combine the lentils and water in a large saucepan, bring to a boil, skim off any foam, reduce the heat, add salt to taste and simmer 30 minutes, or until the lentils are soft and most but not all of the water is absorbed.
2. Place the bulgur in a bowl, mix with 1/4 teaspoon salt, and pour in the lentils with their liquid. Stir together, then cover and let sit for 30 minutes, until the bulgur is tender and has absorbed all the liquid.
3. Meanwhile, heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil over medium-low heat and add the onion. Cook gently for 10 to 15 minutes, until golden and very tender. Stir often. Add the ground cumin and stir together for about 30 seconds, then stir into the lentils and bulgur.
4. Moisten your hands with water and knead the mixture in the bowl for 3 to 5 minutes. Each time it begins to stick to your hands, moisten them again, and this will moisten the mixture. If it seems very dry and crumbly, add a tablespoon of water. Stir in the remaining tablespoon of olive oil, 1/4 cup of the minced parsley, and for a spicier mixture add 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon Aleppo pepper. Taste and adjust salt.
5. Moisten your hands and shape the mixture into walnut-size balls (about 1 inch). You’ll have to moisten your hands again whenever the mixture begins to stick to them. Place on a platter and sprinkle with the remaining parsley. Garnish with scallions, romaine lettuce leaves and lemon wedges, and serve, or chill for several hours. Serve cold or at room temperature.
Yield: About 30 kufteh, serving 6 to 8 as an hors d’oeuvre
Advance preparation: You can make these a day ahead and keep in the refrigerator.
Approximate Nutritional Information per Serving: Amount Per Serving: Calories:121; Calories from Fat: 48; Total Fat: 5.4g; Saturated Fat: 0.7g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 5mg; Total Carbohydrates: 14.6g; Dietary Fiber: 5.4g; Sugars: 0.6g; Protein: 4.3g
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