Reducing High Cholesterol

As the name itself suggests, a “low cholesterol diet” will concentrate on limiting, or eliminating foods that are have a high cholesterol content and replacing them with food that has either lower, or no, cholesterol.
It is well known that there are certain foods that naturally have much higher cholesterol content than most others and it is a relatively simple matter to limit how big a part they play in your diet, or even avoid them altogether.
The “Big 6” foods that are naturally high in cholesterol and should be limited if you are working on reducing your cholesterol are: Meats from organs (brains, liver, etc.)
Egg Yolks (but egg whites are fine)
Poultry
Dairy products
Whole milk (use 2%, or low fat)
Red meat
While it is true that avoiding these foods will reduce cholesterol intake, it really isn’t a very good idea to completely eliminate any of the foods listed above. Besides having high levels of cholesterol, these foods also contain vital proteins, minerals, and vitamins our bodies absolutely require to maintain proper basic functioning.
Plus the body does require some cholesterol as well. It is a fundamental building block of the cell membranes and is also a vital source of energy. So, before beginning a diet primarily made up of cholesterol lowering foods you will need to plan on how to replace not only the lost nutrients but also make up for the lost energy source as well.

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Dangers Of Childhood Obesity

A large number of responsible parents are slowly waking up to the fact that the dangers of childhood obesity are a clear and present danger and they are looking for ways how to prevent it. Childhood obesity is an epidemic which has gained momentum during the past couple of decades. Children are getting to be more overweight and thus they are suffering from weight related diseases like diabetes, hypertension, kidney failure, heart problems, high cholesterol, and even high blood pressure.
This danger is coming to light because recent statistics show that one out of every four child is suffering from obesity. You are going to be surprised to know that childhood obesity is caused because of bad eating habits and undisciplined children eating junk food without any restrictions from parents or other responsible adults. Apart from that, the sedentary lifestyle being followed by a large number of children who are not encouraged to exercise but are allowed to sit for hours and hours in front of a TV or a computer is responsible for childhood obesity.

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Improve Your Digestion


With convenient take-away foods, highly processed and refined low fiber meals, sugar and preservatives laded snacks, it is a no wonder we find digestion problems to be a common occurrence in today’s society. According to the Harvard School of Public health, the average person takes about 12-18 grams dietary fiber a day when the recommended daily intake is 20-35 grams a day. Hence, due to our low fiber intake, there are many people that experience symptoms of problematic digestion such as diarrhea, high occurrence of flatulence, bloating, constipation and indigestion. While many of us think that these problems are not serious, it is a fact that many health experts believe that serious diseases start in the colon. The general consensus in the health industry is that toxic buildup in the intestines can lead to diseases such as obesity, colds and flus, colon cancer, cardiac problems, fatigue, skin problems, joint paint, etc. Hence the saying… “You are what you eat”!
Thus, it is important as part of a healthy lifestyle to keep your digestive system in optimum condition. Here are some very simple tips to get you going and ensure that you’re on your way to having a healthy digestive system.

Creating A Healthy Digestive System

1. Chew your food properly

Most people don’t realize that if you chow down your food, your digestive system is unable to process larger chunks of foods as well as compared to smaller chunks of food. Saliva in your mouth also helps the digestive process by breaking down carbohydrates as it contains digestive enzymes which start carbohydrate digestion.  Learn to take your time to enjoy your food and chew each bite thoroughly.

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Implications Of High And Low Blood Pressure

There is a very high degree of complexity in the way the fluid systems within our bodies function. This holds true, as well, for the circulatory system. Because the circulatory system is complex, there are many different blood pressure causes which are possible. Our heart rate and the thickness of our blood are just two of the many different factors which can affect the pressure of blood circulating within our body. There are many influences outside of our bodies which affect our blood pressure. Some examples of these factors are exercise, diet, drug or alcohol use, pre-existing disease and many others. In fact, there are many more outside influences which affect blood pressure as compared to the influences within our body.
First of all, let’s look at the most important element which is responsible for high or low blood pressure causes. The heart rate, or more specifically, the number of times our heart beats per minute is one of the biggest features related to our blood pressure. For the average healthy adult, a heart rate somewhere in the range of between 60 to 75 beats per minute would be considered normal. As our heart rate increases, so too does our pressure. Now another important element which has an influence on our pressure is the total volume of blood within our body. When the volume of blood increases, the volume of blood returning to the heart via our circulatory system also increases. This in turn, drives up our pressure. There is also a very direct relationship between our blood volume and our salt intake. As we increase salt intake, our blood volume and therefore blood pressure will rise due to a biochemical reaction known as osmosis.

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Hay Fever Treatment With Essential Oils


Hay Fever is an inflammation of the lining of the nose resulting from an allergic reaction caused by airborne pollen released by plants and flowers during the spring and summer months.
The symptoms, similar to those of the common cold are sneezing, streaming eyes, runny or blocked nose, headaches and a general feeling of malaise. These symptoms can sometimes be more serious, such as constricted chest leading to breathing difficulties, known as seasonal asthma.
These symptoms are an allergic reaction of the body to what it perceives as external invasion. Pollen can trigger such reactions for some people.
Allergies are associated with the level of histamine, a protein that the body releases in response to injury or tissue damage. Histamine brings extra blood to the affected area to helps with the repair of damaged cells or tissues. The release of histamine is a normal defense mechanism.
However, in allergic reactions, the level of histamine produced is excessive.

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