Categories
CHAM CH_Fitness CH_Health CH_Lifestyle

15 Misleading Health Tips You Need To Forget About

People will do anything just to stay healthy and as a result, there are always tips emerging on how to stay healthy. You’ve probably come across so many but a good number of them are actually not true. You should actually be careful with the tips you follow so that you do not put yourself at risk while trying to do the opposite.

Here are fifteen health tips you need to forget about.

1. You should always use antibacterial soap

Funny that this is a health tip given in order to keep germs away but did you know that your sanitizer used too often could have a negative effect on your body? Shocking right? The thing is hand sanitizers contain an antibacterial agent called Triclosan that could affect your thyroid and cause weight gain because the hormones in the thyroid are responsible for metabolism. Research has shown relatively higher levels of Triclosan in people who work at hospitals mostly because these antibacterials are mostly used there. These levels are tied to a 0.9 percent BMI increase. So instead of using antibacterial soaps to wash your hands, just use the normal soaps.

2. Always have bottled water with you

Water is good for the body and for the normal functioning of the brain. As a result, we have been advised to always have bottled water with us every time so as to stay healthy. This is a health tip that needs to be forgotten because bottled water is actually not the best for you. The thing is, these throwaway bottles contain Bisphenol A which has been known to contribute to obesity. It can also cause infertility problems for women. You should just stick to reusable bottles and not the common ones that you throw away. This has the added benefit of reducing plastic waste.

3. You should work out on a daily basis

The benefits of exercise cannot be overlooked and that is why we are advised to do so in order to stay fit and maintain our figure. However, contrary to what we have heard numerous times, it is actually not advisable to work out everyday. There is a difference between working out regularly and working out everyday. You need to give your body time to recover and to rebuild so once or twice a week should be good enough.

4. Skip high-calorie meals altogether

A lot of people who are trying to watch what they eat believe that it’s better to postpone eating a meal till later if they find themselves in a situation where whatever is being served is full of calories. The truth is, doing this will not do any good for you because starving yourself stands in the way of your maintaining a healthy eating habit. Skipping meals also does not help you in portion control because it will make you overeat later. So if you suspect that you might end up in a situation that would have you next to food that has a lot of calories, it’s better to carry something that is healthy for you so that you can eat that instead of starving.

5. You can substitute food with healthy snacks to lose weight

A lot of people who are trying to keep the calories away or generally trying to lose weight nowadays are turning to “healthy snacks” and are substituting full course meals with these. While companies that make these snacks are aware of this, they will often market them as whole wheat or low fat even if they are really not, just to lure people to buy them. The truth is, one should not substitute full course meals in order to shed weight, rather, fill your kitchen with healthier foods to supplement your workouts.

6. Stay away from fats, they will give you health problems

It is mostly believed that staying away from fats is the key to living healthier. This is not entirely true. Trans fats are indeed not good for you as they increase your levels of cholesterol but your body needs certain types of fats in some amounts for you to stay fuller longer. Fats also help us absorb vitamins and reduce your body mass. Examples of such fats include coconut oil and olive oil. Substituting these harmless fats with low-fat products is actually why people will end up getting a sugar rush and after a very short while, start feeling hungry. So don’t be so scared of consuming fats. Just choose the right ones.

7. You need to work out very early in the morning

Working out seems like such a good thing to do for yourself at 4:00 am. It appears like the perfect way to get yourself energized and healthy for the rest of the day but it turns out there is something wrong with that. Getting up too early to work out means you are depriving yourself of sleep and something could actually go wrong with your health as a result. Research has shown that people who sleep for around five or fewer hours gain belly fat two and a half times more than a person who sleeps longer. It is therefore advisable that you keep your sleep time between 6-8 hours in order for your body to respond well to working out.

8. In order to be re-energized, you should sleep a lot longer

As contradictory as it may sound, this is another health tip that people should do away with. Too much of everything is poisonous at the end of the day and while inadequate sleep is linked to weight gain, sleeping for over eight hours can cause some very serious health problems such as heart complications, stroke and even diabetes in addition to the fact that it could cause an increase in your belly fat. You should avoid snacking before going to bed as well.

9. Avoid eating altogether to keep the calories away

Studies have shown that a lot of people tend to skip meals in order to keep their weight down. This is actually counterproductive as in the real sense, skipping meals slows down your metabolism and as a result, increases your chances of gaining weight. So, instead of skipping meals, it is advisable to eat small portions of foods rich in fibre and protein every two to three hours as it helps you burn more fat.

10. Egg yolks are bad for you

This is something that has been going around for ages but it’s time people realized that egg yolks actually are of great benefit to your health as they contain iron and also provide you with vitamins A and B-12. Taking them in the morning could also prevent fat absorption.

11. You can overeat on the healthy foods

While it is advisable to eat healthily, many people will often use this as an excuse to ignore portion control. A good number of people believe that it is alright to eat a lot just because you have filled your diet with foods that are required for your body to stay nourished. What you might not be keeping in mind is that some healthy foods can still make you gain weight. Examples include avocado, chicken, oatmeal among others. To avoid this, make sure you eat a plate that has a good balance of vegetables, protein, grains and fat.

12. You should eat before and after a workout

This is an idea that has been fixed into people’s minds for the longest time and we do this even if it means ignoring our actual feelings of hunger and even ignoring that we might actually be full. While it is important to do this, for your athletic recovery, the truth is that most people will still have the energy to keep them going during a workout from the past meal they ate and really don’t need the extra calories.

13. Stay away from dairy products

This is actually depriving yourself of nutrients that could be very helpful to your body. Milk contains calcium required for healthy bones, products such as Greek yogurt are full of protein and the acidity in this kind of yogurt actually helps you absorb nutrients for the rest of the day.

14. Using waist trainers will help your metabolism

Waist trainers are being used more and more by women who want to lose belly fat. People believe that they will compress your core and release toxins but the truth is, using them will make you eat less for the period of time you have them on. The reason is as simple as no one will feel the urge to eat when their stomach is being pushed to their spine or even their chest so eating a lot when you have them on will just give you trouble breathing. When you remove them, you will be back to square one and will probably feel hungry again.

15. You should stay away from coffee

You may have heard that coffee has the stress hormone that will make you get belly fat, but understand that drinking coffee every morning isn’t exactly a bad thing for you. Getting your coffee fix in the morning will actually keep you active. The caffeine in it will increase your performance during workouts.

So the next time you hear these health tips, do not fall for them.

Categories
CHAM CH_Health

New Findings Can Bring a Medical Breakthrough in Cancer Research

Scientists discovered energetic cancer cells that might be responsible for the spread of cancer

What we have known for long about the process of cancerous cells spreading is that it all starts when normal cells lose their ability to control their own life-progress. Instead of dying at the time the others do, they start to multiply themselves with no limit, and they will be able to spread even to other tissues in the body.

In new research published recently in the journal Frontiers in Oncology, scientists found that there seems to exist a very unique cancer cell which is much more harmful than the others, and they might be the key in understanding the aggressive spread and growth progress of cancer.

Cancer cells spreading.

As a next step, they wanted to know how much of these cells – called energetic or origin cancer cells – are to be found in the total cancer cell population. They found that these energetic cancer cells have a presence of 0.2% among the total cancer cell population. These cells have their very specific characteristics,  therefore they are being considered a separate subcategory. Their mitochondria creates much more energy than normal cancer cells and their proliferation rate shows also a higher number. These two factors make them more likely responsible for creating and spreading tumors.

Professor Federica Sotgia, a co-author from the University of Salford says they are now looking for the answer of how these cells materialize. Where do they come from? They believe that the dying progress of the normal cells creates these defective cells, they are born from senescent cells. They found during the research that in the original cancer cells a certain biomarker of senescence (known as p21-WAF) was circa 17 times higher than in the others. That’s a huge difference. It seems that the energetic cancer cells do not simply take over the senescence volume of the dying cell, but somehow they also boost it to their advantage.

Newly discovered energetic cancers cells are more malignant than the others.

Professor Sotgia’s college, Senior Author Michael Lisanti summarizes the finding that energetic cancer cells behave like an insane spree killer, breaking through all the lines and spreading malignant cells, at last creating a tumor. The team did find that famous needle in the haystack, and they are all extremely excited to have been able to open a new window in cancer research. The final goal is to stop cancer once and for all. “And we might do it” – he closes his words.

For the future, the researcher team would like to adapt this finding into practice: to target directly these origin cells during cancer treatments. With this, they hope to stop the spread of cancer from the original tissue that causes the death of many patients all around the world.

New findings can bring a breakthrough in cancer research.

Today, cancer kills an estimated 9.6 million people globally, every year. According to the data of the World Health Organization cancer is the second leading cause of death, and 1 in 6 deaths are linked to cancer. Let’s hope the researchers can find the answers very soon.

Categories
CHAM CH_Fitness CH_Health CH_Lifestyle

Foods You Should Never Eat or Drink After Age 30

Good and balanced nutrition is very important for any age even for children. However, as we get older, our body is less and less tolerant of the food which is not nutritious and we just eat it because it is so delicious. Our metabolism system slows down with age and makes it much easier to get extra weight. Beside of that, today’s thirties are doing mainly office work, not doing enough sports and if it would not be enough they face with huge stress every day. Combining these factors with the wrong meals can cause serious problems.

We’ve gathered the foods that you might want to avoid after you are over the age of 30.

1. Popcorn

We all love eating popcorn in the cinema at home on while watching movies on the couch. But, unfortunately, like a lot of others, this snack is not harmless either, high popcorn consumption can cause problems for your health:

The coating layer on the inner wall of popcorn paper bags is a synthetic chemical, called perfluorooctanoic acid. This substance can be carcinogenic. Most of the popcorns that can be prepared in the microwave oven are produced by the addition of modified oil derivatives, most often coconut or soy oil, which are transformed into trans-fatty acids during production. These trans fatty acids are particularly harmful to the heart and blood vessels.

2. White bread

The problem with white bread is similar to sugary, carbonated soft drinks, that they are rapidly transformed into fat and being stored the body. That is why especially for those who are trying to lose weight, it is advisable to avoid bread, or at least choose whole wheat.

In a Spanish study, the relationship between the white, the whole wheat bread and people’s weight was examined. The Mediterranean country was chosen because in Spain white bread is still one of the most important of their traditional way of eating.

The research involved 9,200 Spanish youngsters who were under observation for 5 years. The data showed that white bread was directly related to the increased risk of obesity, while the same was not true for whole wheat bread.

3. Soy Sauce

The four basic ingredients in soy sauce are wheat, soybeans, salt and fermenting agents like mold or yeast. This is not something that sounds too dangerous but did you knew that it is high in sodium, can be high in MSG (a flavor enhancer), may contain cancer-causing substances, contains significant amount of amines, wheat and gluten? Eeeek… Ok, we do not say that you should throw out your soy sauce right now, but you better use it limited.

4. Canned vegetables

Yes, vegetables are always a good choice, but the canned version should always be the last thing we select. The inner wall of the cans usually contains a BPA coating that separates the vegetables from the metal. And as we all know, BPA is a very toxic compound that can affect our hormonal system, cause overweight, diabetes, infertility, and even cancer. Additionally, the sodium and often the sugar content of canned vegetables are usually very high.

5. Granola

Do you think it is healthy because it contains oatmeal and nuts? Well, unfortunately, it is not. The granola is full of sugar most of the time, and even a quarter of a cup is an amazingly big shock for the blood sugar level. Only one cup of granola can easily top out at six hundred calories, a third of the average woman’s daily allowance. You should prepare some oatmeal with fresh fruits instead.

6. Frozen Yogurt

Those yogurt-based ice creams sold by different franchise companies are not as healthy as we’d think it first. They contain less fat but usually more sugar than normal ice cream, our body processes the harmful carbohydrates more quickly, which makes our blood sugar levels rise in no time. Optional toppings like various candies and pieces of chocolate just worsen the situation.

7. Muesli bar

Ideally, a muesli bar contains wholegrain grains, dried fruits, nuts or seeds, very little amount or no added sugar, and no fat. In reality, there are some brands which contain more sugar or sugar syrup than grain. Hydrogenated vegetable fats should also not be contained in food which is marked “healthy” because they are associated with heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and cholesterol-related illnesses.

8. Flavored yogurt

People consider flavored yogurt as a healthy product, especially that advertisements say it is rich in calcium and protein, it helps digestion and is also recommended for dieters. Unfortunately these facts are not true for all of them. On the basis of some tests that was made the products, it was found that often 1 single box of flavored yoghurt, contains one and a half teaspoons of sugar. Is it something that sounds healthy for you? If you want to eat fruit yoghurt, just blend a cup natural yogurt with some fresh or frozen fruit instead of buying the sugary version.

9. Salad dressings

You are trying to eat healthy, buying a lot of vegetables, and in order to make it tastier, you add some salad dressing to it? Bad idea! Why? First of all, because most of the dressings that you can purchase in the shops contain a large amount of sugar. Secondly, because dressings on the shelves of stores contain a high proportion of saturated fats which do not favor our health. In order to make the dressing dense and creamier, manufacturers add fat-rich ingredients to their products. And last but not least a pre-mixed salad dressing contains lots of artificial additives. Most of the manufacturers try to achieve the most attractive appearance and taste experience with food colors and flavors, without neglecting the harmful side effects.

Instead of pre-made salad dressing with artificial flavor enhancers, choose a delicious and healthy solution like parsley or oregano mixed with extra virgin olive oil.

10. Zero-calorie soft drinks

Everyone knows that soft drinks are unhealthy. But what about zero caloric versions? Well, the situation is that they are no better. Sweet-flavored sports drinks, juices and soft drinks (which are mysteriously calorie-free) often contain chemicals, artificial dyes, and sweeteners that satisfy the sweet tooth consumer, but in fact, do the wrong thing with their body. The materials in them can even disrupt the balance of the intestinal flora.

11. Drinks with a high amount of caffeine

These products contain stimulants that raise the pulse and disrupt the regular rhythm of the heart, leading to heart problems for a lot of people. In addition, caffeine can cause convulsions that are difficult to treat and can strengthen negative effects on the cardiovascular system. A less known fact is that a group of people lack an enzyme responsible for digest caffeine. Therefore caffeine stays in their body for a long time, keeping blood pressure high and causing chronic illnesses.

12. Fat-free sweets

When a food manufacturer removes or reduces something from a product that we know as a “bad thing”, we often conclude that this product will be better for us. However, this is not necessarily the case, especially when it comes to removing fat. Reducing saturated fatty acids is healthy, but you should know that the lost taste is replaced by the addition of more sugar. A lot of low-fat or fat-free product is so sugary that it is already a dessert. This additional sugar can raise the level of bad cholesterol level in your blood.

13. Nut Butters

We know nuts like peanuts, walnuts or cashews are full of healthy fats. The problem comes when they start producing the butter, they take some of the healthy fat out to replace it with sugar and saturated or trans fat. If you cannot make it without nut butter, stick with options that have one to two ingredients; for example, peanuts or peanuts and salt. Once you select other than that, your health food will become unhealthy.

14. Bacon

Sixty-eight percent of bacon’s calories come from fat, moreover, it contains a significant amount of saturated fatty acid, which increases the risk of cancer, including breast cancer. Bacon and other processed meats also contain sodium nitrate which, according to a 2013 study published in the journal European Cytokine Network, enhances oxidative stress. The more you reduce the consumption of these foods, the more you do for your health, especially your heart will thank you for avoiding fatty foods.

15. Cocktails

As we age, our body doesn’t metabolize alcohol as efficiently and as quick as before. What is even more burdensome for our body than a lot of alcohol? A lot of unhealthy alcoholic drinks! Some of tastiest cocktails are loaded with so much sugar and so many calories that you could just finish the platter of cookies instead. These are Eggnog, Log Island Iced Tea, Mudslide, White Russian, Daiquiri, Margarita, Mai Tai, Pina Colada. Try to avoid them.

Categories
CHAM CH_Fitness CH_Food

15 Warning Body Signs You Shouldn’t Ignore

Our body is constantly communicating with us, sending different kinds of messages to us with sensations and feelings. It’s up to us to interpret these signals and make a change if needed. There are some of them which are pretty obvious: you feel hungry, its time to eat, you are getting sleepy its time to sleep.

But what about the other symptoms — those which aren’t so clear?

Here is a list that might help:

1. Stomach Pain

Everybody experiences mild or severe short or persistent stomach pains during our lives. The most common cause of this is transient gastritis, which can be caused by stress-induced acid exaggeration, viral or bacterial infection, spicy food, or high consumption of alcohol. In such cases, with a few days of diet the use of acid-reducing medicines, the complaints disappear quickly. However, there are some symptoms that cannot be prevented by “home therapy”. If the stomachache is accompanied by one of the following symptoms: swallowing pain, regular vomiting, bleeding, weight loss, and sleep disturbances, it is important to consult your general doctor, as further checks are needed to properly diagnose the disease.

2. Shortness of Breath

Shortness of breath is a symptom that anyone can experience during their lifetime, does not necessarily mean something serious – let’s just think about hard physical work, the moments after you finish doing some sport, or the feeling when you get scared or shocked. However, there can be a host of illnesses this symptom points at, so it is important to clarify the circumstances and underlying causes. Shortness of breath may occur even at rest. Most often the complaint is caused by a lung or heart disease. If you often feel drowsy, you should contact your doctor as soon as possible.

3. Dry skin

Dry skin is very common, especially in the middle of winter, but it is not certain that the cold causes dryness. You may not be drinking enough water or using an unsuitable soap or shower gel. Drink at least 2 liters of non-soda fluids a day even in winter, it can be water, tea, sugar-free natural drinks and try organic skin care products instead of traditional ones. Hopefully, these will help. If not visit a dermatologist to find out what the problem is.

4. Night Sweats

We all know how hard it is to fall asleep at night in the summer heat, but the same problem applies when we try to sleep in the overheated room during winter. If you drink a lot of alcohol or eat a lot of chilies, you can expect to sweat more at night too. Many people have night sweats that caused by grief, anger or fear. Strangely, staying in too cold rooms also encourages increased sweating. So often the reasons behind night sweats are harmless and some changes in sleep conditions, habits help to eliminate the increased night sweats. However excessive, and very common, night sweats may indicate a more serious problem like hormone fluctuations or neurological diseases. If this happens, contact your doctor.

5. Difficulty Swallowing

There are many reasons why you may have difficulty swallowing. First of all, there may be some physical (anatomical) obstacle in the way of food. Second, there may be disorders in the functioning of the nerves of the brain, throat, esophagus (functional disorder). Their normal operation is necessary for proper alignment of the swallowing processes. Finally, abnormalities in the muscles of the throat and esophagus can also cause difficulty in swallowing.

6. Headaches

These are the most common causes of headache:

Weather change
Stress
Hormones
Meals
Skipping meals
Water shortage in the body
Sleep deprivation
Too much sport
Wobbly posture
Gnashing of teeth

While you can easily find out if you are suffering from some of the above reasons, it may be best to seek professional help, and make sure there are no hormonal imbalances at play.

7. Dizzy Spells

It can be a sign of something very simple thing like tiredness or hunger. But it can be indicative of poor circulation, or iron deficiency or an ear infection. In a few cases, dizziness might signal a neurological disorder.

It is best to see a trained medical professional about it, especially if you drive a car or operate heavy machinery.

8. Numb or Tingling Hands and Feet

As long as it does not happen frequently that’s totally normal. But if it’s happening too often, immediately, talk to your doctor. You could have a real problem with your blood vessels or something wrong with your nerves or brain.

9. Puffy face
Puffy face or edema occurs when your body is unable to get rid of the extra fluid for some reason, it collects between cells and causes swelling. What can cause it?

Nephrotic syndrome: when your body excretes too much protein into the urine.
Allergy
Thyroid Problems

10. Muscle cramps

Muscle cramps are caused by disturbances in the nutrient and oxygen supply of the muscle. The most common reasons of muscle cramps are doing some ports or a prolonged physical exertion. Moreover it can caused by the lack of magnesium and calcium or too much potassium in the body.

11. Dry Eyes

The risk of its occurrence is being increased by the use of air conditioning, smoking, frequent TV watching, and computer usage. In these cases, eye drops usually solve the problem. Be aware that dry eyes are also the symptom of lupus, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and some thyroid disorders.

12. Disrupted Sleep Patterns

The sleep disorder can be both a symptom and a disease that can be caused by a variety of causes: stress, mental exhaustion, excessive caffeine digestion, lack of sports, anxiety, but it can also be a sign of depression. Long-term sleep deprivation affects every field of your life negatively, so if you have been struggling with this problem for a long time, we recommend to visit your doctor.

13. Constant Thirst

Constant dry mouth syndrome can be caused by a side effect of medication but it could be the sign of some serious diseases such as Sjögren’s syndrome, hypothyroidism, AIDS, sarcoidosis, Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease, or diabetes.

14. Chest Pain

Chest pain is one of the most common causes of ambulance alerts. Fortunately, the complaint is not always a sign of a heart attack. Chest pain can be caused by a number of causes, but all of these – whether heart or non-heart disease – are worth a medical examination.

Categories
CHAM CH_Health

Will Stem Cells Be The Solution In Curing Type 1 Diabetes?

Scientists, for the very first time, succeeded to create fully grown insulin-producing cells from human stem cells.

A new discovery is considered a crucial step in medicine. Scientists have never been so close in developing the cure of Type 1 diabetes, reported in the medical journal Nature Cell Biology.

Type 1 diabetes, being a congenital disease, has become one of the most common autoimmune diseases throughout the developed world. Only in the USA, 1.25 million people are affected, and each year 40,000 new patients get diagnosed. And if this wouldn’t be enough, statistics show around a 3 percent increase per year.

Radically increasing number of diabetes in the USA. Source: cdc.gov

These people’s pancreas can’t produce insulin as beta cells in them are destroyed. Without insulin hormone, glucose levels in the blood will not get regulated, and if blood sugar oscillates for a long time, it can cause serious problems in our body, our kidney can get damaged, and, at last, it can lead to death. Therefore, the only way these people can live their lives is getting a daily dose of insulin.

The problem with the current therapy is that insulin injections only handle the symptom, but not the disease itself – says lead author Dr. Gopika Nair, from the University of California San Francisco, in her statement. “This research can lead us to finally find the cure of the root cause.”

In the diabetes researches scientists have been focusing for long on the possibility of making the destroyed beta cells active again, and on several attempts, they even have tried to use stem cells for it. The problem was that creating stem cells in laboratory environment seemed to fail up to now, as they simply couldn’t get fully developed in a lab.

Active beta cells produce insulin. Source: vector.childrenhospital.org

The key to the solution was that this time the researchers carefully copied the way the beta cells get organized in a real pancreas. The cells build separate clusters called islets of Langerhans. Scientists followed this systematical process in a laboratory environment, and miraculously cells started to mature immediately, and beta cells started to produce insulin. On top of this, the method –as an incredible side effect – worked even at alpha and delta cells – they could fully develop, as well.

Dr. Nair’s college, Professor Matthias Hebrok, senior author, adds that from a practical point of view this all means that if these laboratory beta cells could get transplanted into patients and in the human body they will also produce insulin, it would mean the greatest success in curing the cause of type 1 diabetes. Trials with mice already gave good results, insulin production carried on in their bodies, and blood sugar levels got normalized.

Goal is to stop oscillation of blood sugar level. Source: learntruehealth.com

Certainly, the next step has to be human trials. This will have to get planned and implemented very carefully, they are analyzing now the possibility of a gene editing technology, or if the mechanism can work in a form of a drug.

We will find the way, many doors got open and the number of possibilities is just endless. – Hebrok closed his words.

Categories
CHAM CH_Food CH_Health

The Big Milk Myth and What Lies Beyond

Was it only the success of the milk lobby that made us believe for decades that it’s good for us? Or is it true that the human body really cannot digest cow’s milk properly?

The “milk question” is one of our days’ biggest dietetic dilemmas, even amongst doctors and dieticians, there is no coincidence: is it healthy or is it harmful to your body?

For many people, drinking milk belongs to the normal daily routine – children drink it for breakfast, chocolate milk for bedtime, we put it in our coffee, and there’s a long list of dairy products, from the delicious yogurts to our favorite cheeses what we rather wouldn’t miss out on. Milk has always got a green light in any diet…just until recent times. Newest studies suggest cutting down milk consumption, as it has negative effects on our health. At the same time, other researches still prove its benefits.

Is milk really good for you?

Anyway, something has started as Canada – being the largest milk consuming country – issued a new and completely rethought food guide that cuts off dairy consumption dramatically.

So, what is the truth about milk?

Let’s see both its bright and dark side, to help us decide.

Milk is a whole food as it contains 18 out of the 22 essential nutrients. It provides lots of calcium, magnesium, potassium, zinc, iron, Vitamin E and Vitamin K, amongst others, and is a great source of protein. Milk has been legendary of its benefits on bones.

Several researches proved that milk has an effect in preventing type 2 diabetes. The explanation is that its protein helps to balance blood sugar.

Furthermore, milk is said to increase the level of high-density lipoprotein (HDL), known as good cholesterol, and even contributes in preventing stroke and heart disease.

Milk has many benefits to our health.

Well, this all sounds really cogent. So what is the problem with it?

A study found connection between teenagers’ dairy consumption and having acne. and it might refer to adult acne, too. Further studies pointed out that especially the skim or low-fat milk can cause such symptoms, the whole milk or cheese will not. Other skin diseases like eczema and rosacea may also get worsened by drinking milk, researchers found.

Interestingly, checking the diet of pregnant and breastfeeding women, researchers found that adding milk and a probiotic to their meal will help to reduce the risk of food-related allergic reactions like eczema of their child. At the same time, 5% of the children suffer from symptom caused by milk, from the milk allergy to colic and diarrhea, even breath difficulties. They usually grow out their milk allergy. And at the same time, adults can develop one.

Dairy can be the cause of many health issues.

A surprising study found that having 3 or more glasses of milk a day might increase women’s bone fracture risks. Another showed that elderly people’s risk of bone fractures and osteoporosis are the highest for patients who consume the most dairy products. Researchers explain the reason might be milk sugar called lactose. – wait a second, we thought it’s good for our bones, no?

You probably wouldn’t believe at first sight but according to a 2015 study 75% of the world’s population has an issue with cow milk digestion, and this might be because of lactose intolerance. (Cow milk has higher lactose content than any other animal’s.) Many of the patients don’t even know about it, as small daily dairy doses can be safely added to their diet.

And last but not least: Dairy cows get tons of growth hormones and antibiotics. These may not only cause milk allergy but are linked to increasing the risk of certain cancers. It is quite disconcerting that a breastfeeding mother is restricted in taking medication, but there’s no concern about what we get from the cow’s milk…more research is needed, but this sounds definitely weird and worrisome.

So, besides its health benefits, would cow milk be really something that our body got used to over the thousands of years?

There is no doubt milk is rich in nutrients and may be a good asset in a healthy diet, especially for children. Although we know now that in a number of cases moderate consumption or even full elimination is reasonable.

Milk is naturally packed with essential nutrients in a convenient and accessible form. Drinking milk is particularly important for children and may help you and your child maintain good health.

For those who want or need to cut off milk from their meal, plant-based milk alternatives like rice, almond, coconut, or cashew can be also a good alternative for a balanced diet.

As a takeaway, it might be a good starting point to try to get milk of grass-fed or pastured cows, or find organic dairy sources. They are proven to not only contain higher level of vitamins and more beneficial fats but also are clean of drugs. This one change itself will mean a lot for your health.

Categories
CHAM CH_Lifestyle

Here’s What The Earth Might Look Like In 10 Years

Was it only the success of the milk lobby that made us believe for decades that it’s good for us? Or is it true that the human body really cannot digest cow’s milk properly?

The “milk question” is one of our days’ biggest dietetic dilemmas, even amongst doctors and dieticians, there is no coincidence: is it healthy or is it harmful to your body?

For many people, drinking milk belongs to the normal daily routine – children drink it for breakfast, chocolate milk for bedtime, we put it in our coffee, and there’s a long list of dairy products, from the delicious yogurts to our favorite cheeses what we rather wouldn’t miss out on. Milk has always got a green light in any diet…just until recent times. Newest studies suggest cutting down milk consumption, as it has negative effects on our health. At the same time, other researches still prove its benefits.

Is milk really good for you?

Anyway, something has started as Canada – being the largest milk consuming country – issued a new and completely rethought food guide that cuts off dairy consumption dramatically.

So, what is the truth about milk?

Let’s see both its bright and dark side, to help us decide.

Milk is a whole food as it contains 18 out of the 22 essential nutrients. It provides lots of calcium, magnesium, potassium, zinc, iron, Vitamin E and Vitamin K, amongst others, and is a great source of protein. Milk has been legendary of its benefits on bones.

Several researches proved that milk has an effect in preventing type 2 diabetes. The explanation is that its protein helps to balance blood sugar.

Furthermore, milk is said to increase the level of high-density lipoprotein (HDL), known as good cholesterol, and even contributes in preventing stroke and heart disease.

Milk has many benefits to our health.

Well, this all sounds really cogent. So what is the problem with it?

A study found connection between teenagers’ dairy consumption and having acne. and it might refer to adult acne, too. Further studies pointed out that especially the skim or low-fat milk can cause such symptoms, the whole milk or cheese will not. Other skin diseases like eczema and rosacea may also get worsened by drinking milk, researchers found.

Interestingly, checking the diet of pregnant and breastfeeding women, researchers found that adding milk and a probiotic to their meal will help to reduce the risk of food-related allergic reactions like eczema of their child. At the same time, 5% of the children suffer from symptom caused by milk, from the milk allergy to colic and diarrhea, even breath difficulties. They usually grow out their milk allergy. And at the same time, adults can develop one.

Dairy can be the cause of many health issues.

A surprising study found that having 3 or more glasses of milk a day might increase women’s bone fracture risks. Another showed that elderly people’s risk of bone fractures and osteoporosis are the highest for patients who consume the most dairy products. Researchers explain the reason might be milk sugar called lactose. – wait a second, we thought it’s good for our bones, no?

You probably wouldn’t believe at first sight but according to a 2015 study 75% of the world’s population has an issue with cow milk digestion, and this might be because of lactose intolerance. (Cow milk has higher lactose content than any other animal’s.) Many of the patients don’t even know about it, as small daily dairy doses can be safely added to their diet.

And last but not least: Dairy cows get tons of growth hormones and antibiotics. These may not only cause milk allergy but are linked to increasing the risk of certain cancers. It is quite disconcerting that a breastfeeding mother is restricted in taking medication, but there’s no concern about what we get from the cow’s milk…more research is needed, but this sounds definitely weird and worrisome.

So, besides its health benefits, would cow milk be really something that our body got used to over the thousands of years?

There is no doubt milk is rich in nutrients and may be a good asset in a healthy diet, especially for children. Although we know now that in a number of cases moderate consumption or even full elimination is reasonable.

Milk is naturally packed with essential nutrients in a convenient and accessible form. Drinking milk is particularly important for children and may help you and your child maintain good health.

For those who want or need to cut off milk from their meal, plant-based milk alternatives like rice, almond, coconut, or cashew can be also a good alternative for a balanced diet.

As a takeaway, it might be a good starting point to try to get milk of grass-fed or pastured cows, or find organic dairy sources. They are proven to not only contain higher level of vitamins and more beneficial fats but also are clean of drugs. This one change itself will mean a lot for your health.

Categories
CHAM CH_Fitness CH_Food CH_Health

15 Healthiest Vegetables

We all know veggies are good for your health, but some of us don’t know what are the best vegetables for us or in what parts of our bodies they help with, or the kind of vitamins and minerals they have.

So, this list is a compilation of some of the healthiest vegetables that you can find, and how they’ll improve your health.

1. Spinach

Spinach has easily one of the most impressive nutrient profiles we’ve ever seen on a vegetable! One cup (30 grams) of this leafy green contains only 7 calories and has 56% of your daily Vitamin A needs, plus 100% of your daily Vitamin K requirements. One study in 2015 found that dark green leafy vegetables like spinach are also good for preventing heart disease and may reduce your blood pressure. On top of that, it also has a lot of antioxidants, which help against cancer and reduce the risk of chronic diseases.

2. Carrots

Carrots are the queens of Vitamin A, capable of providing up to 428% of your needs in just one cup (128 grams). These orange vegetables are also high in Vitamin K, C, and Potassium and they also contain some of the same antioxidants that Spinach has, but in even bigger quantity, which means that it helps prevent cancer even more. A study found out that for each serving of carrots per week, male participant’s risk of prostate cancer decreased by 5%. Another study showed that if smokers eat carrots at least once a week, they decrease the chances of having lung cancer by three times in comparison to smokers who didn’t! That is quite a result for just one vegetable.

3. Broccoli

Broccoli is rich in a compound called glucosinolate, as well as sulforaphane, a by-product of glucosinolate, which is really good because it’s known that sulforaphane has a protective effect against cancer. In an animal study, it was able to reduce the size and number of breast cancer cells while also blocking tumor growth in mice.

Broccoli also protects the heart from disease-causing oxidative stress by significantly lowering the levels of oxidants. And even with all that, it’s still a vegetable loaded with nutrients, with a cup (91 grams) of it providing 116% of your daily vitamin K needs, 135% of the daily vitamin C requirement, and a great amount of manganese and potassium.

4. Garlic

Garlic has long been around as medicinal plant, dating way back to China and even Egypt. Allicin is the main compound in Garlic and is responsible for the great variety of health benefits that it has. Allicin might be useful to prevent cancer: One test tube has shown that allicin induced cell death in human liver cancer cells. Some studies have demonstrated that garlic can regulate the sugar in the blood, as well as helping your heart be healthy. In an animal study done with diabetic rats, they were given either garlic oil or diallyl trisulfide, which is a component of garlic. The results showed that it decreased blood sugar and improved sensitivity, proving that this vegetable really does help to control sugar.

5. Kale

Kale is quite an amazing leafy green vegetable, having health-promoting qualities. It provides only 7 calories per cup of raw leaves, and the daily requirements for vitamin A, C and K. It also contains plenty of vitamin B, potassium and calcium. Because of the high amounts of antioxidants that kale contains, it’s really beneficial for the health of the cardiovascular system, mainly the heart. One study also reported that kale is beneficial for people with high cholesterol, with people that drank 150 mililiters of kale juice per day for 12 weeks got a 10% decrease in bad fat, and a 27% increase in good fat. Another study has shown that kale juice reduces blood cholesterol, blood sugar levels, and blood pressure.

6. Green Peas

Peas are a very starchy vegetable, with up to 134 calories provided per cooked cup (160 grams). That means that it has a good amount of carbs, and it may impact blood sugar levels when eaten in large amounts. But even with this problem, they are still very nutritious. One cup of cooked green peas has 9 grams of fiber, 9 grams of protein, vitamins A, C and K, and some B vitamins.Because they are a good source of protein, many vegetarians and vegans use it to boost their daily protein intake. And with the fibers that it has, it also promotes good bacteria in your gut, and a healthy digestive tract.

7. Brussel Sprouts

Brussel Sprouts are a member of the cruciferous family of vegetables, which contains health-promoting compounds, just like Broccoli does. They also contain an antioxidant called Kaempferol that is very powerful at preventing cell damage. An animal study has demonstrated that it protects against free radicals, which contributes to chronic disease. It helps against colorectal cancer, with one study showing that eating brussel sprouts led to an increase of up to 30% in some enzymes that control detoxification. Along with all these benefits, brussel sprouts are also very nutrient dense, containing 87% of your required daily intake of vitamin C, 137% of vitamin K, 12% of vitamin A, and 12% of Folate.

8. Asparagus

This vegetable is rich in several minerals and vitamins, with just half a cup of it providing a third of your daily folate needs, while also providing quite a bit of Vitamin K and some of the B vitamins. Asparagus also protects your skin from sun damage and helps with weight loss. But that’s not the only thing Asparagus has going for it, because it also helps your liver by protecting it against toxicity and supporting its metabolic functions. And on top of that, it also protects against free radicals as well.

9. Sweet Potatoes

Sweet Potatoes has antioxidants that help decrease the risk of lung and breast cancer. And yes, it’s the same kind that is found in both Spinach and Carrots, so it’s in good company. A serving of sweet potato also contains a lot of potassium, up to 12% of your daily needs, 10% of the daily requirement of magnesium, and up to 66% of vitamin A. Along with that, a cup of baked sweet potato contains up to 50% of your daily vitamin C needs. One specific type of Sweet Potato, called Caiapo has shown to have an anti-diabetic effect in a study.

10. Swiss Chard

Swiss Chard is very low on calories but high in many minerals and vitamins. One cup of it contains only 7 calories, yet 1 gram of fiber and protein, nearly three times the daily requirement of vitamin K, and 44% of the recommended amount of Vitamin A. Swiss Chard is also really well known for it’s potential to prevent problems caused by diabetes mellitus, with it reversing the effects of the disease in one study by decreasing blood sugar levels and also preventing cell damage.

11. Onions

Onions are packed full of vitamin C and vitamin B6, B9, and potassium. They are also a good source for antioxidants, especially Anthocyanins which are only found in onions. Some of the other ones, like Quercetin, Sulfur-Compounds and Thiosulfinates are also thought to reduce the growth of harmful microorganisms, lower your blood pressure, improve your heart health, and even protect against cancer. One study found that consuming onions may help against osteoporosis, because of its protective effect against bone deterioration, and it may increase bone mass and bone density as well.

12. Ginger

Ginger has been historically used as a natural remedy to motion sickness, with several studies confirming later that it significantly reduces nausea compared to just a placebo effect. One of ginger main properties is being anti-inflammatory, which in some studies have shown that it helped patients with osteoarthritis by reducing the pain levels that they experienced on their knees, along with reducing the effects of other symptoms. Ginger can also be helpful against gout or lupus. And not only that, some studies have shown that it can aid in diabetes treatment as well.

13. Beetroot

Beets are packed with fiber, vitamin B9, manganese, potassium, iron and vitamin C. This vegetable and its juice also have been associated with a lot of health benefits, including things like improved blood flow, lower blood pressure, and increased exercise capacity. They also contain plant compounds like betanin which is believed to have a lot of health benefits and Inorganic nitrate which helps your blood pressure go down, which in consequence, can help you have increased stamina, boost oxygen use, and lead to better exercise performance.

14. Collard Greens

Collard Greens is a very nutrient vegetable, with one cup (190 grams) of it containing 5 grams of fiber, 4 grams of protein and 27% of your daily calcium requirements, easily of the best plant sources of calcium available.  This means that it also helps to protect your bones against diseases like osteoporosis. But that is not the only disease that it helps against, because a study has shown that it also decreases the risk of glaucoma by 57%. If you consume it frequently, it also helps prevent prostate cancer as well.

15. Bell Peppers

Bell Peppers are a good source of fibers, and contain 169% of your required daily intake of vitamin C, along with also containing vitamin B6, vitamin B9, vitamin K1, Potassium, Folate, vitamin E and vitamin A. It also has shown to be a good vegetable for your heart health, bone health, blood pressure and the formation of blood cells. It’s also rich in antioxidants, specially Capsanthin, which helps to protect you against cancer. Some of the other antioxidants also help prevent blindness and heart disease.

Categories
CHAM CH_Fitness

How to lose weight and keep it off, according to science

Whenever a new year comes, most people often add losing weight to their list of resolutions. It is expected, of course following the holiday season that usually has a lot of people either eating more than they should or just indulging in what they already know is not good for them. Losing weight may be a goal for many but as the year progresses, a lot of people will start to experience challenges. Here’s how to lose weight and keep it off.

Watch your diet

Sticking to a calorie controlled diet has never been easy. There’s the temptation to eat tastier foods, which are unfortunately very high in calories, everyday. The decrease in food intake during the dieting process is also very hard for our bodies to immediately accept. In fact for some, the first few days of dieting will see them experience hunger even faster and more often. Recent studies show that humans poorly detect overeating. In a certain study, overeating by 150% of the recommended calorie intake per day did not even change the appetite of the participants on that particular day or on the next day. This goes to show how much the body fails to adjust to account for the extra calories consumed. That said, it is important to stay aware of how many calories you are taking in. This is because if you end up overeating a few times, you might end up either gaining even more weight or failing at weight loss. Research actually shows that the weight people gain over the holidays is often times maintained throughout the entire following year. Similarly, if you choose to overeat over the weekend, it might just cancel out the strict diet you have been under all week. You really don’t want that because it beats the purpose. By now you understand just how easy it is to overeat but this does not mean it is impossible to lose weight. In fact, it is better to be aware of this so that you make better choices when it comes to your eating habits.

Always exercise

Despite the fact that gaining weight is easier for our bodies compared to losing it, changing your lifestyle can help. Most people actually do not like exercising and will sometimes even overlook it. This is a mistake though because getting active and staying active will help you to a great extent in losing weight and maintaining the weight loss over a longer period of time. Exercise compliments a healthy diet and will help reduce the amount of hunger you experience through dieting alone. This is because, when you exercise intensely, there will be a reduction in the amount of hunger you will feel.

Be flexible

No matter what diet plan you go for, you will need to exercise some kind of flexibility. This is because it will require you, more often than not, to give up something you really like to eat. You might also find yourself in a situation that would require you to compromise the diet. For example, you could get an invite to an event, which may involve indulging in foods that your diet restricts, or one that will have you overeating. In such cases, you might have to eat less on the days before the event or after the event to compensate for the overeating. This is to say that we should constantly be mindful of what we eat, consciously monitoring our diet and lifestyle behaviors, in order to keep the weight down.

Categories
CHAM CH_Food CH_Health

Foods No Braces User Should Ever Eat

Having Braces in the mouth induces pain, and it gets worse if there are food particles stuck in the mouth. You might find it difficult to brush the braces. However, the outcome is worth it. The foods listed below, are advised to be avoided for those using Braces, and the list also contains those foods which require extra care during eating.

1.Stingy Candy, Taffy and Caramel

This trio listed has the capacity to remove the braces already fixed to your teeth. Also, when candy is trapped under the braces, there is a tendency for your teeth to experience decay if it does not come off. Irrespective of the fact that stringy candy, taffy and caramel are sweet substances, they should be taken moderately.

2. Gum

People chew Gum for all sorts of reasons, some could be for sporting purposes, others could be to eliminate nausea. Gum can get stuck in your braces, making it very difficult to remove. Gum cannot dissolve in saliva, the fragments would definitely remain, until they are pulled out little by little.

3. Popcorn

It is quite a task for braces users to chew popcorn. Even for individuals who have no braces, popcorn is difficult to eat. They can get wedged in your teeth, making it nearly impossible to remove, without having to take the braces off. This process could be painful, and infections could occur thereafter.

4. Nuts, Seeds and Chunky Peanut Butter

Nuts, seeds and chunky peanut butter belong to the same category, and they are known to have a similar solid structure and texture. When you chew on something solid, there is a tendency that the braces would misalign. These food substances can get into points where they would be very difficult to remove.

5. Beef Jerky

When it comes to having a delicious taste, Beef Jerky is one which keeps you coming back for more. However, this food is very difficult to tear and chew, hence your braces could get damaged in the process. The fibers present have the tendency to get stuck in your teeth, making you feel uncomfortable.

6. Soda, Sports Drinks and Fruit Juice

Soda,sports drinks and fruit juice are conventional drinks which we take on a regular basis. These drinks are known to contain high levels of acid and sugar. So, when they are taken everytime, even with the braces on, there is a high tendency that decay would set in.

7. Inedibles

It is a common sight to find most children and even some adults, chew on substances which are not in the food category. Inedibles are not food substances, they are regular materials which we put unintentionally in our mouth, such as biting our fingernails amongst others. Chewing on inedibles, has the tendency to cause damage to the braces.

8. Hard Candy

Hardly would you find anyone who does not love taking candies, they come with a nice taste which would leave you longing for more. However, they should not be taken every time. If they are taken in large quantities, tooth decay could occur. If the candy is sucked rather than being chewed, the braces might remain unaffected.

9. Hard Cookies
Not everyone loves hard cookies. To make this easier for those who love hard cookies and have braces on, all you need do, is to put your cookies in milk prior to eating, in order to soften it, and make it safe for your braces. For you to enjoy your cookies, it should be done moderately.

10. Corn on the Cob, Carrots and Apples

Dental specialists have advised that when you have braces on, the front teeth should not be used to bite anything, as the front brackets could loosen, and the wires bent. The corn on the cob should be removed before eating, the same applies to carrots and apples.

11. Pizza Crust, Bagels and Soft Pretzels

Pizza crust, bagels and soft pretzels could present difficulties when chewing, so it is better to bite, then cut into little fragments before you chew with a great deal of care. There is a need for you to protect your teeth, in ensuring that it does not go through strenuous chewing action.

12. Burgers

On a conventional basis, burgers are safe to eat. However, they could pose a threat to those who have braces on, especially if they are quite stocked up. So, it is best that they are cut into reduced bits, instead of putting your front teeth at risk by biting right in.

13. Meat on the Bone

For those who love meat, it is advised that the meat is totally removed because of the braces. This is hinged on the fact that, an accident could occur when chewing the meat, as you could cut right through the bone, thereby damaging the braces and your teeth as well.

14. Ice

People play with ice for all sorts of reasons, and via various media such as the mouth, hands and the likes. For ice-lovers, it is best advised that you stay away from breaking ice when you are putting on braces. However, if your gums are feeling sore, you can suck ice to relieve the pain.

15. Carrots

Gnawing on carrots might be ideal if you are on a weight loss journey, want to up your Vitamin A intake, or just generally love the taste of this beta-carotene rich favorite of Bugs Bunny, but if you have braces, biting into a carrot can be painful or even have negative consequences, not to mention bits and pieces getting stuck in your braces or discoloring your smile. Try grating or shaving them instead, if you can’t resist them.