Friday, January 24, 2014

How You Can Help in Preventing Type 2 Diabetes

If you had a choice  and knew these facts, would you like to  prevent Type 2 Diabetes? It is good to know that if you do not already have, you may prevent it. 

fresh green leafy veggies
Did you know that the greatest prevention of Diabetes is eating healthy, include more fresh, green leafy vegetables in your diet and introducing more exercise  in your daily routine?  Diet decreases weight and  exercise reduces body fat and increases  lean mass.

It is proven that exercise works better than drugs. 
Exercise enhance insulin sensitivity and improve cardiovascular risk profile.


Lifestyle improvements that include increased physical activity are much more effective than drug treatment in preventing Type 2 Diabetes.

Weightlifting Exercise 
Try resistance exercises, such as weightlifting three times per week. This will increase muscle mass, elevates resting metabolic rate,  enhances muscular  endurance, increases insulin sensitivity and
attenuates muscle mass loss during calorie restriction and aging.




Overall take care of your body by making the right choices in your diet and physical activity. 
Treat your body well and your body will return the favor - (smile)

I hope this was helpful. Please feel free to leave  a comment.
Thanks for stopping by.

Hortense Stewart

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

What You Should Know About Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes

Many of you know diabetes is a CHRONIC, often very DESTRUCTIVE and sometimes
FATAL disease in which the body either cannot produce insulin (Type 1) or cannot
properly use the insulin it produces (Type2). It is important to know the difference.

You may ask what is INSULIN - This is a hormone  that turns glucose from foods
 like bread, pasta, potatoes, rice, milk and fruits into energy.
Without insulin, glucose levels rise to dangerous levels in the blood and can damage
organs, blood vessels and nerves.




Type 1 Diabetes

This is the rarer of the two and most dangerous condition of the two.
At least ten percent of diabetics have Type 1. It is an autoimmune disease that destroys
the ability of the pancreas to produce insulin.

 Type 1 happens suddenly without any warning, you do not know you have it until diagnosed
It can only be treated by taking insulin by syringe,  pen or insulin pump under the skin.

Type 2 Diabetes - less dangerous of the two.

This disease occur when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin, or the body
does not properly use the insulin that it makes.

Obesity and sedentary lifestyle, as well as a genetic predisposition, can lead to the
 more common form of diabetes. This form affects at least ninety percent of diabetics.
Type 2 diabetes as usually referred to as adult onset  diabetes, until it began appearing
in increasingly younger population. This type is usually treated with medication.

Irregardless of what type you may have, do not ignore getting the proper treatment
and avoid serious consequences.

"A stich in time saves nine".  Stay healthy as long as you can. Most times you have no
control how these things happen, but you are responsible for your health, so take care.

Feel free to leave me a comment relating to this subject.

Hortense Stewart

 

Monday, January 6, 2014

8 Powerful Supplements For Women

Many of us know that the body of  men and that of women are quite different in many ways. One particular difference is hormones, therefore some  food supplements that  women take will definitely perform  different functions in the body from what
it does in the body of men. Let us say women are more complex in their body makeup.

Here are 8 recommended powerful supplements picked for women:
Essential Foods

  1. Let us start with Calcium - essential for bones and  teeth.
It has been noticed  that our bones reach peak strength and calcium levels when we reach 30.  Calcium keeps them stronger for much longer. It also helps our nerve to function much better.
This essential mineral can also be taken by men of all ages. Foods rich in Calcium are cheese, spinach, yogurt, milk and many others.

 2. Vitamin D - commonly referred to as the sunshine vitamin

Sunshine assists our bodies to produce vitamin D, but that is not usually enough, especially in the winter months. 

Vitamin D is required by the body for the proper absorption of calcium,  bone development, control of cell growth, proper
immune functioning, and alleviation of inflammation.
required by the body for the proper absorption of calcium, bone development, control of cell growth, neuromuscular functioning, proper immune functioning, and alleviation of inflammation.
Read more at http://www.healthaliciousness.com/articles/high-vitamin-D-foods.php#z44lHqJeQaDWbHRc.99

To name few foods that are rich in Iron, we could think of Cod Liver Oil, Salmon, Eggs and Portabello mushrooms among the many others.

3. Coenzyme Q10 - responsible for cell growth.

This is made by the body and acts as an antioxidant to promote cell growth and  protect the body from harmful radicals. 
Include fish, broccoli  and cauliflower of the many real food
options and you are good.

4. B Vitamins - helps in major body functions

These vitamins are ideal for most vegetarians and anyone who cuts Carbs from their diet.
It is also important for improving  mood swings, also protect nerves and blood cells so that they can make healthy DNA and prevent  anemia associated with extreme fatigue.

5. Iron - Helps to shuttle oxygen around the body

Iron is exceptionally important in women diet, especially those with heavy periods or extreme fatigue that lasts for days. Iron shuttles oxygen around the body, increase energy and may also
reduce headaches and irritability.
Iron can be found in pumpkin seeds, lentil, turnips, kale, beets among many other plant and animal sources.

6. ProBiotics - known as friendly bacteria

Ideal for women battling belly fat, bloating and digestive discomfort. These micro-organisms support the digestive and urinary health and may reduce the severity of colds and flu.
Sources of this food can be found in yogurt among many other foods.

7. Omega 3 - Fatty Acids - promote Brain and Heart health

Ideal for anyone who is not a fish fan. Besides promoting heart and brain health, it is known to lift moods and fight inflammation.
Sources of this food can be found in flaxseed, tuna, spinach, brown rice and banana among many other foods.

8. Magnesium - Improves bone health, sleep and immunity

This is ideal for  super-stressed women and  those lacking sleep. It is also very good in regulating blood sugar and ease PMS related bloating. anxiety and random bouts of the Blues.
You could eat brown rice, halibut, leafy greens and an occasional piece of dark chocolate.

These are expert approved pick to help women have more energy and staying on top  of your health.

I hope this was informative. I appreciate comments relating to this topic.
Until then stay healthy and pay attention to your natural foods and extract all the value needed to promote your health and prolong a healthy lifestyle.

Hortense Stewart

Sunday, December 8, 2013

5 Health Tips for Healthier Lifestyle

 Living a healthy lifestyle involves following many good habits which  may take a little more effort, but usually pays great
dividends in the end.
Here are 5 healthy tips that could promote a healthy lifestyle:

1. The best way to fight inflammation and stop premature 
aging, is to treat yourself to a daily liter of Green Extracted 
Juice. 

 2 . Increase your water intake - use a water bottle with measurements on the sides and write down every time 
you take a  quarter liter at different times of the day. 

Water helps to flush out your system, so increase your
daily intake and stay hydrated.

3.  Make healthy food choices - start off your day with a 
healthy balanced breakfast.  One that has  protein, whole grains 
and lots of fruits that are in season. 

 We are living in a fast pace world where  the most essential 
meal of the day is often missed. Rushing off to work or school 
does not leave us much time to properly sit down to our most important meal of the day.

Missing  your breakfast does not help you at all, in fact it promotes body fat storage.
It is better to eat some fruits or yogurt  in the morning and have the rest later  than have  nothing at all.

4. Eat  at least seven to ten servings of fruits and vegetables in 
your daily diet.  
This may seem a little overwhelming but you can also drink your fruits and vegetables in smoothies giving you a great choice not to miss your daily intake. 
 


5 . Try to follow these  three rules at meal time:
(a) Sit down at a meal with proper plates (as opposed to Tupperware)
(b) Set proper cutlery instead of just taking a disposable fork
(c) Eat with your eyes up.

Eating meals and thinking why you are eating it will make a huge difference to your health.
If you are not really thinking when you are eating, your brain sometimes does not realize that you have eaten and will entice 
you to eat more than you should.

When you sit down to a meal with  proper plates and cutlery it changes what you eat, how you eat and when you eat. 
Dietitians believe that you will eat less food more slowly 
and will actually enjoy the experience.

Keeping your head up, prevents you from rushing what is in your mouth for the next juicy piece you are looking  down on in your plate.

Think about these things and see how much you will contribute
 to making your lifestyle healthier.

I hope this was helpful. Please leave a comment.

Hortense Stewart

Saturday, November 30, 2013

How To Nourish The Immune System

You may ask - what is the Immune System and what is it's function in the body?
The immune system protects the body from illness, infection and many life threatening  disease. The immune system is very complex and uses many different body tissues and chemical reactions to protect our bodies from harmful invaders like bacteria, viruses, free radicals and parasites.

Different types of invaders  trigger immune responses and produce what is known as Antibodies ( protein produced by the immune  system to defend the body).
As time goes by the body builds memory of what kind of antibodies to use for each kind of invader, so protection becomes routine.

Components of  Immune System
 A large role is  played by the Lymphatic System. This system circulate and drain body fluids known as Lymph  to and from our organs and remove excess substance from them.


Lymphatic System
Lymph also contains White Blood Cells - the substance in our bodies that kill many harmful invaders. These are made in the Thymus and Bone Marrow and circulated into and through the Lymph vessels to different parts of the body.

The Immune System Faces Risk Factors
  We are all aware that diet and lifestyle play a huge part in our immune system ability to keep our bodies functioning at it's best.  We should also be aware that unhealthy habits will increase
the number of harmful chemical substances our body takes in.
These compounds, known as Free Radicals are present in large quantities in processed foods and alcohol. 
They enter the body when we breathe in  things like cigarette smoke, paint fumes, and other gasses and pollutants in the air.

Disorders  of the Immune System

Our immune system fights  to prevent disease and infection from invading our bodies every day.
It is involved in everything, from as simple as repairing a paper cut, to killing life threatening parasites.

Every illness, injury, and threat to the body requires an immune response in order for healing to take place. Some times the immune system becomes overworked and  bacteria and viruses slip in unnoticed causing issues like chronic inflammation and autoimmune disease- this happens when the immune system attacks healthy body cells.

How to Prevent Immune Issues

Living a healthy lifestyle is the KEY to maintaining a powerful immune system eating a wide range of vegetables, antioxidant-rich fruits, nuts, seeds,  and lean proteins.
Abstain from smoking and taking recreational drugs,  and learn healthy ways to deal with stress, since the body stress response can weaken the immune system.

Include in your diet vitamins and minerals that can help boost general immunity and reduce inflammation. Extracting nutrient-dense foods in a NutriBullet can overwhelmingly improve the power of your immune system.

Remember , you are only as healthy and strong as your immune system, so enjoy extracted foods boost your energy level and keep healthy.

I hope this information was helpful.
If you gained some knowledge from this post, please leave a comment.

Hortense Stewart


Friday, June 28, 2013

10 Steps To A More Productive 7 Minutes Doctor's Visit

You are aware that you  are living in a fast paced world where every minute counts.
Time is very valuable to everyone of us including our doctors. You  are allotted a time slot per visit between 7 to 10 minutes in which everything has to be said and  prescription given where necessary.

I've discovered that the business principle of being prepared  and taking  control can be  applied to your health and life in general. When this principle is applied to your own health it can mean the difference between life and death.

You need to empower yourself  through knowledge which provides the tools and  confidence  to take control of your health and become true partners with your physician.
Doctor/Patient Interaction

The rewards are amazing. There will be less anxiety and fear in each visit and more clarity, better communication, decision making and better outcome. Every 7 minutes visit will be well spent!



You can Optimize your 7 Minutes Doctor's Visit  by applying these 10 steps:

  • Set Goals -  Make a Check list with all the important issues you want to discuss and  stay focused, 7 minutes goes really fast.
  • List Medications - List all Medications, prescribed, over the counter and herbal supplements including dosages.
  • Bring recent test results and readings that are in your position - This will include the following: ultra sound, MRI'S, blood analysis, specialist reports done elsewhere.  If you have a chronic condition, include your latest (i.e. blood pressure, blood sugar). It  is a good idea to start requesting copies of medical reports so you have a complete health record in your possession.
  •  Medical History - Include family history, previous hospitalization records. This will save your doctor time researching.
  •  Keep a log - list symptoms of current medication issues for your physician. Note any pain or discomfort, when it occurs and where. List all foods eaten at time of onset. Talk about the most pressing first. Remember you may only have 7 minutes.
  • You May need to bring an advocate -  You may  want to bring a close relative or friend to take notes, ask additional questions and just provide support.
  • Make a list of questions - Make a list of  questions you want to ask your doctor, the  most important first. Do not hesitate to stop your doctor to clearly explain any technical jargon.
  • Ask -  about immunizations, boosters, screenings or other test that may apply to your situations.
  •  Share major life events - Share  some of your life situations. By that I mean that you can have a heart to heart talk with your doctor about things (such as  job loss, caring for an elderly, divorce, etc) This will help the doctor to better access if you medical and physical ability permits and better give him a holistic view.
  • Research -  Educate yourself about your condition and available treatment options.
So from what you gather above, I hope you see the importance of careful planning before you make  a trip to your doctor's office.

 Having done all ten steps will ensure a more trusting and mutually respectful environment where doctor and patient can work together  as a team.

Now more than ever, you are responsible for charting your own health care path.  You play a large role in determining the lifestyle to wellness and which therapies are best for you.

Please feel free to leave a comment if this information was useful to you.

Regards,
Hortense Stewart




 


Saturday, April 20, 2013

Is Snoring Disrupting Your Sleep Pattern?

Snoring is usually not very serious and is mostly a nuisance for your  bed partner. However, if you are a habitual snorer, you not only disrupt  the sleep patterns of those close to you, but you also impair  your own sleep quality.
So you may ask what is snoring anyway? Very good question.

Snoring happens when the muscles in the throat become so relaxed during sleep that they cannot hold the inner airway fully open. The airway then becomes narrow and its tissues vibrate with each breath. The tissue vibration causes the snoring sounds which comes in different variations.


So can snoring be serious?
Yes - Socially and Medically -Sometimes the snorer can face ridicule in the family especially when others are affected.
Medically, the person snoring can face health problems like obstructive Sleep Apnea.
        


 If You Suffer From Any Of These Symptoms…

Loud Snoring

Waking Up With Headaches, Dry Mouth Or Choking Sensation

Restless Or Perspiring Sleep

Fatigue Or Depression

Trouble Concentrating and
Staying Awake

Frequent Bathroom Trips at Night

Sexual Dysfunction

Heartburn Or Rapid Weight Gain


Then you should seek medical help . You may be suffering from Obstructive Sleep Apnea which over a long period of time may  cause high rise in blood pressure and enlargement of the heart. There are many helpful equipment on the market.

 The most recommended is My Snoring Solutions. Which offers you restful sleep without discomfort.
This product has very high review rating and has been around for a while with constant improvement.


Hope this information was useful. Please leave a comment if you find this information useful.

Hortense Stewart