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Healthy Snacking for Adults (2) April 27, 2009

Posted by paripl110707 in Better Taste, Drop of Lemon Juice, Fatty Foods, Feeling of Fullness, Good Health, Good Ingredient, Main Meal Caloric Intake, Much Calories, Sealed Container, Several Choices, Snack Foods.
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•Fruits and vegetables. They can fill you up without giving you so much calories. But yes, it could really be boring to munch a piece of fruit just anywhere. Here is what you can do: prepare a mixture of sliced fruits (apples and banana), add a drop of lemon juice, and put it in a sealed container. At home or in the office, make strips of cucumber and turnips, then sprinkled with a pinch of salt.

• Nuts can also be a good “in-between meal nourishment.” Nuts consist of monounsaturated fats which can give that feeling of fullness. Aside from its fiber content, it also contains magnesium, manganese, protein, zinc, and phosphorus.

•Low fat and calorie foods. When choosing healthier snacks, do not only look at the fat content but also the sugar and the carbohydrates. A food may be low in fat, but high in sugar and vice versa.

• Low sodium foods. Be conscious of the sodium content of snack foods. When given several choices, don’t just go for one with better taste. Good health is not achieved by foods that have one good ingredient. You should eat foods that do not have negative ingredients like sodium (could be from salt or other baking ingredients). For example, delete crackers from your snack lists, no matter if they are advertised as healthy. This is especially true with those that have more than 100 mg of sodium per serving size.

Although snacks can really help cut down main meal caloric intake, it can also be a source of excess calories if you do not monitor total caloric intake. As we are all being encouraged, read the labels for calories, good nutrient contents, and negative ingredients. Snack healthily.

Ampalaya for diabetes? – 2 January 12, 2009

Posted by paripl110707 in Dieting, Physical Exercise, Sumptuos Ampalaya.
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The 2003 Circular

“Ampalaya…is not intended to treat, prevent, mitigate, cure or diagnose (diabetes) disease,” said Leticia B. Gutierrez, Director of the Philippine Bureau of Food and Drugs (BPAD) in her position paper released August 29, 2003.

Cebu Daily News

Safe as an Aid

While eating the sumptuous ampalaya vegetable and leaves can conceivably aid in the management of diabetes, using this alone, or taking ampalaya preparations alone, as an alternative method of treatment for diabetes, abandoning anti-diabetes medication prescribed by the physician, is most unsafe.
With the advent of these widely advertised ampalaya pills and drinks “for diabetes,” there have been cases reported where diabetic patients unwittingly discontinued taking their prescription drugs and replaced them with ampalaya capsules, who went into coma, some of them dying. The ampalaya preparations were obviously not potent enough to control the diabetes.

Among those with pre-diabetes, people who are prone to develop the disease but who do not have the full-blown diabetes yet, physical exercises and dieting can significantly delay, and in some cases prevent, the onset of diabetes. It is conceivable that this pre-diabetic stage is where eating ampalaya regularly or using the ampalaya pills or tea as a part of the delaying regimen might be of real benefit in warding off the disease for as long as possible.


Ref: dailyinquirer

Sugar keeps bad breath away – 2 December 30, 2008

Posted by paripl110707 in 10-12 glasses of water, Artificial Sweetener, Brisk walking, Brushing, Carbonated drinks, Eat Banana, Foul-smelling mouth, Fresh Vegetables, Magnesium, Potassium, Regular Cleaning, Salt Scrub, Sodium Saccharin.
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Use fresh vegetables, not canned.

If you have hypertension, skip carbonated drinks because most contain sodium saccharin, an artificial sweetener and form of sodium.

Cut back on coffee if your blood pressure is high.

Drink 10-12 glasses of water daily. It helps to cleanse kidneys.

Do brisk walking.

Helpful vitamins and minerals:

Calcium. It helps to regulate blood pressure.

Potassium and magnesium. Eat bananas to lower blood pressure. Potassium rids the body of sodium. Foods high in potassium are broccoli, cauliflower, carrot, romaine lettuce, spinach, apples, grapes, oranges, pears, lentils peas, string beans and kidney beans. Note: To lower blood pressure, 3,500 mg of potassium is required daily.

Vitamin C. At Tufts University, a study showed that the lower the Vitamin C intake, the higher the blood pressure. This vitamin builds strong blood vessels. Vitamin C is highest in guava, kiwi and citrus fruits.

Banish bad breath

If you have halitosis or a persistent foul-smelling mouth, it could mean: diseased gums and teeth, parasites in your stomach, bacteria in your mouth, sulfur leftover from the garlic or broccoli you ate, dirty tongue, sinusitis problems, side effect of drugs like antidepressants and heart medications.

What to do

1. See your dentist for regular cleaning.

2. Go to a doctor to eliminate parasites. You may seek state of the art beam ray treatment to eradicate all kinds of parasites. (Call Biosafe Clinic at 411-9168.)

3. Brush your teeth and tongue gently.

4. Drink lots of water.

5. If you need to quickly remove bad breath, eat something sweet. Sugar keeps bad breath away.

Salt scrub

For stubborn, dry skin on your feet, elbows and knees, soak them in salinated water. Mix ¼ cup salt in warm water. Once soft, scrub with loofah or hard dry towel. Apply virgin coco oil to finish the polishing job.

Affirm: “I am the salt of the earth.”

Love and light!

Ref: Inner Cleansing Cures by the editors of FC&A Medical Publishing/dailyinquirer

Food Heals November 14, 2008

Posted by paripl110707 in Beta-carotene, Bioflavonoids, Cardiac Surgery, Cardiovascular Disease, Heart Damage, High-fiber Foods, Leafy Vegetables, Lower Cholesterol, Organic Fruits, Triglycerides, Uncategorized, Whole Grain.
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If you’ve recently survived a heart attack or had cardiac surgery. You may feel overwhelmed with questions about recovery—especially regarding your diet.  Hope and help are on the way:  We’ve asked four hear-health experts to weigh in on your most pressing post-illness questions.  Find out what to eat, what to avoid and where to go from here.

Which foods will help heal and protect my heart?

You can enjoy plenty of delicious foods, especially fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.  Highly pigmented, organic fruits and vegetables are best.

He particularly recommends dark leafy green, carrots, beets, and berries because “the antioxidants, beta-carotene, and bioflavonoids in these foods prevent cholesterol from oxiding and causing further damage to the heart.  According to a recent study, eating five or more fruits and vegetables every day can reduce cardiovascular disease risk by up to 72 percent, with an astonishing 10 percent risk reduction for every piece of fruit eaten daily.

Add high-fiber foods to your grocery list, too.  Fiber absorbs bile, clears toxins, and can lower (bad) LDL and raise (good) HDL cholesterol.  He suggests stocking your pantry with beans and legumes, which are rich in fiver, low in fat, and cholesterol free.

Tofu and other soy foods are also cardiac friendly because soy’s isoflavones inhibit atheroscierosis (hardening of the arteries), improve vascular function, and lower cholesterol and trigycerides.  And you can still enjoy certain oils, especially olive, canola, soybeans, flaxseed and help oils, which contain beneficial fatty acids; research indicates that canola and soybean oils, in particular, helps lower cholesterol.