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Nov 23, 2010 | By Jill Andrews
According to the Mayo Clinic, coconut oil is a good source of medium-chain triglycerides. A report in Medical News Today states that when you consume coconut oil, it is not stored in the fat and also may boost metabolism. The report informs that unlike long-chain triglycerides, this source of triglycerides may therefore promote weight loss and prevent obesity.
Medical News Today reports that olive oil may also have a beneficial effect in helping you lose weight an fat. Olive oil consists of medium-chain triglycerides, and like coconut oil, is not readily absorbed or stored in the adipose tissue of your body. As a result, it does not contribute to fat gain. Using olive oil in place of oils made with longer-chain triglycerides, such as corn oil, may help protect you from obesity.
The National Institutes of Health reports that supplements containing medium-chain triglycerides may be used during cancer treatment. This is because patients with cancer may not be able to digest fat in their diet. As a result, alternative sources of healthy fat are required. Since medium-chain triglycerides are soluble in water and more readily absorbed by the body than longer-chain molecules, these are the focus for patients with cancer. Today they can be found in supplemental form.
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According to the U. S. Department of Agriculture dietary guidelines, at least half of all grains eaten each day should be “whole”—that means intact, ground, cracked, or flaked grain. Most of us consume barley, corn, oats, rice, or wheat. To add variety to your diet you need to add some ancient grains, making it easier to get the recommended three ounces of whole grains daily. Several varieties are sources of high quality protein that improve health and increase vitality.
Amaranth, gluten-free, with nutty flavor, is one of the earliest known cultivated by the Aztec and Inca Indians.. It is high in protein, and calcium, folic acid, magnesium and potassium. Usually eaten as a breakfast cereal, it can also be cooked and added to salads, pancake batter, soups, or eaten as a side dish.
Rye is high in the nutrients of folic acid, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, riboflavin, and zinc. Can be served hot as a side dish or added to soups and salads. It is more customly used in breads and crackers.
Sorghum is gluten-free and widely popular in Africa; it’s high in fiber, niacin and phosphorus. In India it is used to make chapattis. In U.S. it is most often ground into flour for use in baked goods.
Teff is one of the oldest and tiniest grains, with seeds smaller than a pinhead. It is high in calcium, and vitamin C. In Ethiopia it is ground into flour and made into bread called injera. Found in cereals it can also be sprinkled on salads or added to soups.
Couscous is made from a refined form of hard durum wheat ground into flour. It is quick-cooking and mild tasting and can be used in salads, stews and soups.
Triticale is a hybrid between wheat and rye. It never has much popularity, but has protein and amino acids. It can be used interchangeably with wheat and rye berries in recipes.
Kamut has a rich, nutty, buttery flavor and a chewy texture. It is used in ancient Egypt and has 3 gr. of protein and 3 gr. of fiber.
Spelt is a whole grain that has a mellow, nutty flavor. It has been used in Europe for generations for baking. It has 4 gr. of protein and 4 gr. of fiber, and some wheat-sensitive people can tolerate spelt. It is used as a hot cereal, in muffins, pancakes and other baked goods.
Whether grains are processed or refined will make a big difference in the nutritional value they offer. A whole grain food uses the entire kernel of the grain. Processed grains are whole grains that have been cracked or broken into pieces, resulting in the removal of its outermost hull and making them easier and quicker to cook.
Uncommon whole grains are grains that you don’t see a lot of in everyday supermarket foods. They are listed by the U.S.D.A. (U.S. Department of Agriculture) as amaranth, rye, sorghum, teff, couscous, triticale, kamut, and spelt. Some uncommon grains are from the old and new worlds, such as amaranth and teff.
Grain allergies are common. Wheat is the most famous for allergies, but others may also qualify because grains share similar protein components. Gluten is most likely the culprit.
If you experience a range of symptoms, including diarrhea, abdominal pain, gas, aching, fatigue, wheezing, and runny nose, you are allergic to the grain you ate.
The safest grain for anyone with a grain allergy is rice, but brown rice is the most nourishing. White rice has been processed and is a high carbohydrate; however, it is easy to digest.
Once you’ve become accustomed to the rich flavor of uncommon whole grains, you probably will not be satisfied with processed grains. The whole grains will improve your health and increase your vitality.
Alice Marson BS MS
An aspect of nutrition, little recognized by most medical personnel, but very essential, is the importance of the body’s acid-alkaline balance; nevertheless, in recent years it has been recognized by an increasing number of patients and therapists that the body should be slightly alkaline.
The body functions optimally when the pH measured as a whole, is equal to 7.39, meaning slightly alkaline. Sickness is usually due to an imbalance of acidity and alkalinity in the body. Our bodies must maintain a fluid pH of between 6.3-7.00 at all times to prevent disease.
It is important to understand that all of the body fluids, except those in the stomach, are alkaline. There are many fluids in your body, which are: blood, bile, pancreatic juice, gastrointestinal fluid, cerebrospinal fluid, synovial fluid, urine, aqueous humor, and others; actually, there are about 42 quarts. All fluids should be alkaline if you are to function in a healthy manner.
So How Do We Keep Our Bodies Alkaline?
This is accomplished by a diet of seventy-five percent alkaline foods and twenty-five percent acid foods. The diet of most Americans is 75-95 percent acid-producing foods. In time the body becomes too acid, thus producing Candida and illness.
You need adequate amounts of vegetables and fruits to balance the acid that is produced by meats, fish, poultry, dairy products, seeds, nuts, grains, coffee and cola. Soda pop and coffee are very acidic. Most fruits and vegetables are alkaline. The only fruits that have an acidifying effect are prunes, blueberries, plums and cranberries and the only acid vegetables are corn and winter squash. You no doubt noticed that the alkaline foods are essentially fruits and vegetables and that acid foods are generally meats-fish-poultry, dairy products, nuts and grains.
The concept that foods have acid-producing and alkaline-producing qualities is not new. Dr. R. A. Richardson listed foods in these categories in 1925.
Changing your diet to a more healthful balance of acid and alkaline foods should be done slowly—one change at a time. If you are now eating the current standard American diet your body has adapted to accommodate those foods. You need to gradually introduce more cooked (steamed) vegetables (although raw is better) and fruit into your system, not only to balance the acid-alkaline effect but also to obtain digestive enzymes. Fresh or frozen produce is better than canned. Canned foods are considered dead food, in addition to being high in sodium, such as soups and salad dressings. Canned goods may contain BPA, a chemical used in the lining of most cans.
The ideal meal is one acid food and two alkaline foods, such as one serving of meat-fish-poultry and two vegetables, plus a tossed salad. This gives you three alkaline foods, one acid food, plus greens, thus, the ideal 75-25 percent ratio.
Good health is available to everyone! Feeling good and being healthy are not necessarily the same. However, you shouldn’t wait for symptoms of disease to tell you something is wrong. Most of us wait until we’re sick to worry about health. That’s not the time to get healthy; that’s the time to survive. You get healthier one day at a time. Remember: Your health is your choice!
Alice Marson BS MS
The nutritional needs of men and women are somewhat different, since men need certain vitamins more than women.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) men need to eat 350 percent more vegetables (especially dark green ones), and 150 percent more fruit in order to meet federal guidelines.
“Eating a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, healthy oils, and low in saturated fats from red meat is rule number one for healthy nutrition,” states Dr. Bruce Campbell, a men’s health specialist at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington, MA. He warns against mega-dose vitamins (those offering more than 100 percent of your RDA (recommended daily allowance), but says certain supplements could help compensate for deficiencies. Experts say a basic multi-vitamin (one just for men) could act as an insurance policy for men who have nutritional gaps in their diets.
Men have deficits in nearly every nutritional category. A study published in JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) (Nov. 2008) stated that taking supplements of vitamin E and C did not lower a man’s risk of developing prostate or total cancers.
Dr. Campbell recognizes that it’s hard to get vitamin D from food. The best natural sources of Vitamin D are fish liver oils, sardines, herring, salmon, tuna, milk and dairy products.
Men who work inside all day and lack exposure to the sun can benefit from taking at least 1000 IU (international units) of vitamin D daily. Vitamin D is more important with age, since it’s needed to absorb calcium and help prevent weak muscles and bones. Recent research also suggests vitamin D deficiency may increase risk for colon cancer and heart attack.
Nutrients are absorbed more efficiently when they are derived from wholesome food. However, since we are unaware of the nutrients in the soil where the fruits and vegetables are grown, that affect the wholesomeness of the food, we need to depend on supplements. Much of the soil in our growing areas has become depleted and, as a result, the produce may lack the nutrients.
Men need the same nutrients as the rest of the population, such as vitamins A, C, E, and B-complex vitamins, however, the RDA are greater for men.
The International Food Council states that while the majority of men are aware that changes to their diets could benefit their overall health, fewer than half actually follow through with those changes.
Most men could get almost all the vitamins they need if they would pay attention to nutrition, but many men do not pay enough attention. Nutrition needs may change with age, since men over 70 need more vitamin D than middle-aged men, and 72 percent don’t get it. In fact, men of all ages have deficits in nearly every nutrition category.
Zinc plays an important role in men’s health, and men require more zinc than women. The RDA for men is 11mg as opposed to 8mg for women. More than 70 percent of men do not obtain the minimum daily requirement of zinc from their diets. This mineral is necessary for all aspects of male reproduction, including hormone metabolism and balance, prostate function, and sperm formation. Zinc also strengthens the immune system and assists the body in absorbing enzymes. It is a protective nutrient against prostate cancer and helpful in the treatment of benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH) (enlarged prostate). Foods that contain zinc are beans, nuts, crab, lobster, whole grains and dairy products.
Vitamins and minerals men need daily: (may vary with age)
Vitamin D 1000-1500 IU
Folic acid 400mcg.
Vitamin B12 2.4mcg.
Vitamin C 90mg
Saw Palmetto 160mg
Alice Marson BS MS
Pet owners must realize just how important nutrition is to the health of their pets and are beginning to pay more attention to what they are feeding their cats and dogs. To keep your pet healthy, extend your pet’s life and save on vet bills, it’s just as important for your pet to eat healthy as it is for you. A perceptive owner is aware that a healthy pet has clear bright eyes, brilliant coat sheen, clean teeth, good breath, and a playful happy attitude. Unfortunately, many pets are unhealthy attributed to their diet, and suffer from health problems, such as, allergies, diabetes, cancer, ear infections, irritable bowel, urinary tract infections, bladder stones, scratching, skin and coat issues.
Holistic vets believe that the harmful ingredients in most pet foods are factors that lead to various illnesses and chronic problems in the lives of pets; they advise pet owners to provide natural dog and cat food.
Many well-known large commercial pet food companies advertise that their food is natural and healthy and contains fresh vegetables and lean cuts of meat. But a look at the ingredients is a different story. Questionable potentially harmful ingredients are: animal by-products, artificial colors and flavors and chemical preservatives like BHA, BHT, and ethoxyquin, a cancer-causing preservative. Many pet medical conditions are believed to be directly linked to diet since pet foods contain wheat, corn and soy—- the top three allergy-causing grains; in addition, by-products, partial grains and unidentified meat sources are problem-causing also.
Dr. Sandra Sargent, a vet dermatologist at Pittsburgh Vet Specialty and Emergency Center in Ohio Township says, “The vast majority of food allergies in pets are sensitivities to beef, dairy, wheat, corn, soy, chicken, turkey and eggs. A smaller percentage is to preservatives and dyes.” She also states that if your pet is sensitive to chicken, then any diet containing chicken will cause problems. Only 10-15 percent of skin conditions are pure food allergies. A higher percentage is thought to be a combination of food and environmental allergies (pollen, dust, mold etc.).
Dr. Doug Knueven of Beaver Animal Clinic, near Pittsburgh, one of the few holistic vets in the area, recommends supplementing processed pet food with a small amount of people food (meats and vegetables, not pizza or fatty table scraps.) Dr. Knueven recommends switching foods every month to avoid nutritional deficiencies or toxicities. Stay away from imported pet foods, especially if the food is from China.
Why is all-natural pet food so healthy? It contains no rendered by-products, such as roadkill, intestines, heads, feet or feathers, no harmful fillers, no chemical additives and only human-grade ingredients. Healthy natural food has quality ingredients, nutritional adequacy and no harmful chemicals. It also has meat amino acids and basic building blocks for muscle, skin, coat, bone, blood and the immune system. In addition, it contains essential fatty acids, all natural preservatives, a combination of mixed tocopherols (Vitamin E) and ascorbic acid (Vitamin C). Cost wise it is about the same or slightly higher.
Pet food companies are self-regulated and food from reliable companies is tested voluntarily on pets of all ages. Various aspects of the animals’ overall health are monitored including age, weight, activity level, stool and urine, allergy sensitivity, and hair and skin conditions.
According to the National Pet Owners Survey in 2005-06, 63 percent of all U.S. households owned pets—-73 million dogs and 90 million cats. The pet industry is big business. In 2008 $41 billion was spent on pet food, shelter, healthcare and luxuries, double what was spent just ten years ago. Healthcare expense for pets is about synonymous with human healthcare.
If you are into healthy eating, why not do the same for your pet? Check the ingredients in your pet’s food and see if it is healthy. Your pet’s health is your choice.
Alice Marson BS MS
Caffeine is the world’s most widely consumed psychoactive and stimulant drug. It is both legal and unregulated in most parts of the world. Caffeine is found in the beans, and seeds of coffee plants and the leaves of the tea bush, and products derived from kola nuts (seeds of the African Cola tree) that are used in soft drinks and medicines. Caffeine is a natural pesticide.
In North America, 90 percent of adults consume caffeine daily in the form of coffee, tea, soft drinks, energy drinks or some form of chocolate; seventy-five percent use coffee to clear the morning cobwebs and jump-start their bodies. Caffeine furnishes a quick energy boost but causes a crash-and-burn syndrome 6-8 hours later.
Caffeine drinks have both positive and negative effects which are about equal.
“Coffee can intensify the pain of fibrocystic breast disease, not only because of the caffeine, but because of the oils,” says Julian Whitaker, M.D., founder and president of the Whitaker Wellness Center in Newport Beach, CA.
Caffeine intensifies gastro esophageal reflux disorder (GERD), since it is quite acidic.
Caffeinated beverages, because they are diuretics, cause the body to excrete more water than is taken in, causing a fluid deficit, resulting in dry skin, constipation, bladder infections and possibly some dehydration. Caffeine causes heart palpitations, and can cause irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) episodes, affect the eye focusing system, nervousness, irritability, insomnia, headaches and some risk of bladder cancer.
Consumption of more than 250mg of caffeine per day can lead to a condition called caffeinism. A normal 8oz. cup of coffee can have 102-200mg of caffeine, depending on how the coffee is brewed.
Caffeine can offer many positive side effects. It is toxic in high doses, but ordinary consumption can have low health risks and offer modest protection against some diseases, including some types of cancer. It is a primary treatment for breathing disorders, since it appears to stabilize and shrink the lining of the airways. Some studies have found a modest protection against Alzheimer’s disease. Caffeine speeds up metabolism, giving extra boosts of energy and motivation, is a laxative, helps alertness, is a good waker-upper, and can act as a headache pain reliever, especially when combined with aspirin.
According to several studies 24 ounces (3-8oz. cups) of coffee per day decreases the risk of Parkinson’s disease by 40 percent and the risk of Alzheimer’s disease by about 20 percent.
Tea, especially black tea, has half the caffeine of coffee, which is about 50-100mg.
Twelve ounces of soda has 35-71mg. of caffeine
Sixteen ounces of energy drink has 80-300mg. of caffeine
Chocolate and cocoa has 9-33mg. of caffeine.
In moderation, caffeine can be a helpful drug.
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