The Six Classes of Nutrients and Their Functions

Nutrients are chemicals found in foods that are essential to human growth and function. There are six classes of nutrients: carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins, minerals and water. All six have certain functions that target a different body part, and together, they ensure the state of our overall health. Some of the different functions of some nutrients are listed below in more detail:

Carbohydrates, Fats and Proteins

Carbohydrates, fats and proteins are listed in one category because they are called macro-nutrients, meaning they are needed in large amounts. This is because you get most of your energy from foods that contain carbohydrates, fats or proteins and the energy we need for basic functioning and physical activity also comes from these nutrients. Carbohydrates are the primary source of fuel for our bodies, especially for our brain and during physical activity. On the other hand, fats are an important energy source when our bodies are at rest and during low-intensity exercises. Proteins support the growth, repair and maintenance of tissues. The following are the foods that contain good sources of carbohydrates, fats and proteins:

  • Carbohydrates: vegetables, whole wheat pasta, whole grain bread
  • Fats: oils such as vegetable, canola and flaxseed
  • Proteins: fish, legumes, nuts

Vitamins

Vitamins are an essential nutrient because they build and maintain healthy bones and muscle tissue. They also support our immune system, maintain the health of our blood, and ensure healthy vision. Vitamins are micro-nutrients, meaning they are needed in small amounts to sustain our normal health and body functions. Some examples of common vitamins are Vitamin C and K, and the many B Vitamins.

Minerals

Minerals assist in the regulation of many body functions, some of which involve regulating fluids and producing energy and health of our bones and blood. This nutrient also helps rid our body of harmful byproducts of metabolism. Some examples of well-known minerals are calcium, potassium, sodium and iron.

Water

Water is one of the most important nutrients mainly because it is extremely important for our survival. The appropriate intake of water maintains the balance of fluids inside and outside of our cells. Water is also critical because it assists in the regulation of nerve impulses, the excretion of waste products, muscle contractions and nutrient transport. We consume water in solid forms such as fruits and vegetables as well as in liquid form such as juices and soups. Drinking eight to ten glasses of water will ensure that all the above body functions are carried out properly.

Overall, with the regular intake of the needed amounts of each of these six nutrients, you are able to maintain a desirable body weight.



Source by Hanieh Khosroshahi

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Sarcoidosis Cures – 5 Ways to Cure Sarcoid Naturally

Most doctors will you that there is no sarcoidosis cure. The disease can be self-limiting, but it can also be progressive and even fatal. The good news is that natural therapies may have the answer.

Sarcoid is a multi-system inflammatory disease that causes clumps of immune cells called “granulomas” to accumulate in different parts of the body. Areas typically affected include the lungs, lymph nodes, eyes, skin and liver. Other tissues may be involved including the muscles, spleen, joints, bones, kidney and central nervous system.

Treatments are usually taken to control the symptoms, or to improve the function of organs or body systems affected by the disease. The standard approach is the use of corticosteroids to quell the inflammation and ease symptoms. Unfortunately the use of steroids comes at a high price – osteoporosis, mood changes, fluid retention, weight gain, hypertension, and lowered immunity.

Fortunately the ground-breaking work of a medical doctor – Dr Hajjri from the USA, is showing promising results as an effective, long term sarcoidosis cure. Dr Hajjri’s sarcoidosis cure program is called the “Aden Protocol”, and boasts a 82% success rate with no adverse side effects.

So why is the Aden Protocol so successful as a natural sarcoidosis cure?

Firstly an effective cure must give prompt relief without causing damage from drug side effects. The Aden Protocol offers anti-inflammatory nutrients, herbs and foods that quell inflammation and pain without the nasty side effects of conventional drugs.

Secondly, unlike corticosteroids which just cover up the symptoms, the Aden protocol targets why this disease has taken hold on the body. Unbalanced immunity caused by triggers like bacterial or viral infections (like Epstein Barr virus), dust, irritants and body toxicity, is addressed. Anti-microbial herbs, an alkalising diet that cleanses the body, and stress reduction techniques can all help in re-balancing immunity and affecting a permanent cure.

Thirdly, this natural sarcoidosis cure works on breaking down granulomas (clumps of immune cells) with the use of natural enzymes, essential oils and regular massage.

A lot of the success of the program comes from the prescribed high anti-oxidant intake that heals scarred tissues and protects the body from further damage.

Finally, the program has been trialled in thousands of patients for over twenty two years in over thirty two countries. Most people who complete the 10 week program report full remission of their symptoms or a vast improvement in their condition. Testing and fine-tuning of the program translates to a more successful sarcoidosis cure.

If you, or someone you know, is suffering from the discomfort and frustration of this illness, then there is a light at the end of the tunnel.



Source by Elizabeth Noble

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The Health Advantages and Disadvantages of Eating Avocado

By now, you all have seen those bumpy, greenish-black globes called avocados in your grocery store. Avocado is considered by many to be a “superfood” and lots of people love the taste. They can be creamy and have a subtle flavor. Beyond taste, avocados have numerous health benefits, too.

Advantages of Eating Avocados

Protects Against Eye Disease

Avocados have the antioxidant, lutein, that is needed to help prevent eye disease. Not only that, but avocados also enhance the eye-disease-fighting nutrients in other foods when paired with them. Other good sources of lutein are: spinach, tomatoes, kale, carrots, corn, and other deep green, orange, or yellow-colored fruits or veggies. To get the most benefit for your eyes, toss sliced or diced avocado in a salad with spinach, carrots, red peppers, and corn.

Helps Lose Weight

Avocados do have a good amount of fiber in them – 3.4 grams of fiber in half an avocado. Fiber is an essential element to helping you lose weight and make you feel full. In addition, the oleic acid in an avocado creates a reaction in the brain to make you feel full after eating avocado. For a yummy, filling, less fatty treat, use mashed avocado instead of mayo or butter on a sandwich.

Protects Pregnant Women and Their Unborn Babies

Avocados have a high rate of folate, an essential nutrient that helps lower the rate of birth defects in pregnant women. An added bonus of folate is that it helps prevent heart disease and heart attacks as well.

Keeps Blood Sugar Stable

After you eat avocado, your blood sugar will be more stable and will not spike because avocado slows your digestion. This is important for people who cannot easily control their blood sugar levels.

Lowers Cholesterol

It can increase the healthy cholesterol and lower the unhealthy cholesterol in your body. You can thank the oleic acid in avocado again for that. A plant chemical in avocados called betasitosterol also helps lower cholesterol.

Promotes Healthy Blood Flow

The monounsaturated fats are good for promoting healthy blood flow. Healthy blood flow is important for many body functions, such as aiding mental activity and decreasing blood pressure.

Provides Necessary Nutrients

Avocados are an excellent source of potassium, vitamin C, iron, and B6 as well. Just as with lutein, combining avocado with different fruits and veggies will aid in the absorption of immunity-boosting nutrients and vitamins. So don’t eat it alone!

Downsides to Eating Avocado

Although they obviously have enormous heath benefits, avocados also have downsides to them. First, they are high in fat and calories. With one avocado, you would be getting 30 grams of fat and 300-plus calories. However, it helps that the fat is monounsaturated fat, which is good for cholesterol and heart disease. Of course, like any other food, you want to eat avocados in moderation.

Secondly, not many people know that a person can be allergic to avocados. If you are allergic to latex, you may be allergic to avocados, too. An enzyme in avocado (called chitinase) causes allergic reactions in some people so be careful before trying the fruit if you’ve never had it before.

You have to weigh out the pluses and minuses of eating avocados as it relates to your own life and your family’s health. But many people find avocados a highly nutritious and delicious food to add to their diets.



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3 Important Reasons to Go Eco-Friendly

We hear it every where – reasons to go eco-friendly, green products, save the environment and recycle. But what does it all really mean and why do we need to become more eco friendly?

1. One obvious reason is so that we can save our planet. Just thinking about the stash of plastic bottles that are thrown away every year which cannot disintegrate into the land.

2. Saving animals from extinction is another reason. So many of the various breeds of animals and insects and all manner of living creatures are becoming threatened because of our habits.

3. Greener, environmentally friendly products are kinder to our health.

For example when using plastic bottles the likelihood is those dangerous chemicals will leech into the liquid inside. We don’t know that it is happening because it neither discolours the liquid (even if it is transparent like water) nor has a nasty taste.

The manufacturers of these products do not put any warnings or labels on the bottle stating this fact and the poor unsuspecting customers (us!) are the innocent victims.

Chemicals such as phenynol A are toxic and can cause cancer. These bottles and food containers may be lighter in weight and cheaper to produce but is it worth the possibility of using something that could cause you to become ill?

I always buy stainless steel drinking and food containers even though they do weight slightly more and they do cost a bit more. I am more concerned with the health of my family.

But another reason to go eco-friendly is to be able to use organic fresh foods that will not be tampered with in any way. There is absolutely no point in having a environmentally friendly product and filling it with junk food or ready made meals that already contain certain chemicals and additives.

The same applies to drinks. I first filter my water from my own filtering system at home and I then fill up the children’s school bottles. I know that I am doing all that I can to keep my family safe.

I know that you too, wouldn’t want to see your family suffer with painful, life threatening diseases just because you didn’t make some changes.

It is very important to keep your water pure as this is a liquid that we use on a constant basis and without filtering it you have no idea what chemical compounds are being put into your body.

Be safe, be healthy and filter your water today. For more information on how to filter your water and the very best filters for giving you healthy mineralized water visit my website http://www.clean-safe-filtered-water.com today. And find your reasons to go eco-friendly.



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Itchy, Achy, Tired and Swollen Legs – Varicose Veins? A Tried & Tested Treatment For Vein Disorders

Are you suffering from tingling, painful or tense legs especially after long periods of standing or sitting, varicose veins or small varices on the upper or lower leg, tired, heavy and swollen legs, especially at night, itching and / or hardening skin?

If you do, then you’re not alone, millions of people are suffering from the above mentioned symptoms which are often the initial signs of venous insufficiency. About 44% of women and 19% of men are alerted to vein problems by the time they reach just 30 years of age. But by the time they reach 50, over 54% of women and 42% of men are affected by some form of Varicose Veins. A recent study in Edinburgh showed that more than 50% of women in the general population had aching, heavy or tense feeling legs.

Uncomfortable legs can make it difficult to get on with the day’s tasks and often affect people’s enjoyment of life. Many people put up with these feelings, because they think they’re an unavoidable part of getting older. However, these leg discomforts are often made worse by general lifestyles and other factors in everyday life, which affect the action of the leg veins.

Why do we get varicose veins? The veins in our legs have to work very hard to transport blood back to the heart against the force of gravity. And in today’s hectic Western lifestyle, which often involves standing or sitting all day, this puts a great strain on our leg vein circulation. As a result of this heavy load on the leg veins, fluid enters into the surrounding tissues causing swelling, pain and that “heavy leg” feeling.

The decreased efficiency of the valves in our veins leads to insufficient return of blood from the legs. The valve at the top of a vein can become ‘incompetent’ and stops working properly; this allows an abnormally high pressure on the section of vein beneath it. This stretches the vein’s wall, making it varicose, and this makes the next valve down incompetent, and so on down the leg.

As we get older we are more at risk of developing varicose veins because of loss of tissue tone, loss of muscle mass and weakening of vein walls; however other risk factors include: lack of exercise, pregnancy, prolonged sitting or standing, obesity, excessive alcohol consumption, certain hormone treatments, wearing tight fitting clothing and long flights.

Aching and heaviness of the legs are common complaints, particularly after standing up for a long time. Some people with varicose veins get itching and a feeling of heat and tenderness over their veins. All symptoms caused by varicose veins tend to be worse at the end of the day, and relieved (at least to some extent) by ‘putting your feet up’.

Most people will find that their legs are more swollen and tender at night, although the swelling normally goes away after a night in bed, it will return the following day after standing or sitting. However, if chronic venous insufficiency is left untreated and allowed to progress, it can lead to much more serious health problems. In some people abnormally high pressure in the leg veins can cause damage to the skin, and eventually lead to ulcers.

The first sign of trouble is often mild eczema and itchiness of the skin – usually just above the ankle. This can be settled temporarily by steroid-containing creams, but in the long term they are not a safe or satisfactory treatment, because they can cause the skin to become thin and fragile. If neglected, the eczema can become very severe, with inflamed, red, scaly skin all around the lower leg. Some people will also notice a darkening of the skin – first to a pale brown colour, and later to a dark, shiny brown appearance, or shiny white areas of skin, which are a sign of quite advanced skin damage.

In chronic venous disease, it is not only the skin that becomes discoloured, shiny and hard, the fat beneath also becomes hard and shrinks, so that the area finishes up ‘dented’. This can lead on to ulcers on the skin, which can become very large and extremely painful, and unfortunately leg ulcers are becoming more and more common in the Western World. However, treating the underlying venous problems will help to stop it getting worse and becoming more vulnerable.

Of course other than the health implications, it is the cosmetic embarrassment of varicose veins which brings misery to many people. An image conscious society naturally makes women want to have nice looking legs. Some doctors may be unsympathetic to their patients with varicose veins as they do not see these problems as particularly life threatening, but for those who are sufferers it can cause pain, embarrassment and misery.

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How to Stop Your Child From Watching Too Much Television

The average American child spends 26 hours a week in front of the television, and children are starting to watch TV earlier in life than in the past. Television is often used as a “babysitter,” or children are allowed to have a TV set in their bedrooms, thus parents loose control over what and how much television is watched, and don’t spend time enough family time with their children.

Common sense tells us too much of TV time is not healthy, and research supports those instinct. There is evidence that watching television is associated with increased snacking on junk food, thus promoting increased caloric intake. Sedentary television watching coupled with increased caloric intake promotes obesity, thus low self-esteem, and other health problems associated with excessive weight. Some problems are immediate, some emerge in adulthood. Studies show that TV violence promotes real-life aggression in children, and may even lead to the development of ADHD, and increase risk-taking behaviors in teenagers.

What can parents do to prevent these harmful effects of TV? It’s simple. Turn off the TV and encourage play! The first two years of your child’s life represents a critical window for neurological development. Children should not be allowed to watch TV at all during that time. Instead, they should play with age appropriate toys that will help them develop manual dexterity and imagination.

After 2 years of age, children should watch no more than 1-2 hours of TV (that includes computer time too!). The American Academy of Pediatrics states that consistent TV watching of more than 1-2 hours a day can cause sleep behavior and attention problems, thus the experts recommend putting a limit of on children’s TV viewing time.

Studies show that it is easier to decrease sedentary behaviors than it is to increase physical activity. Once parents put a limit on TV/computer time, children will be more active. However, parents need to be a little more proactive to increase their children’s physical activity by scheduling playtime involving physical exertion.

A child should never have a television set in his or her bedroom, as it promotes watching too much TV and separates the child from the family. In addition, when a child has a TV set in his or her room, parents lose control of what and how much TV their child watches. Television should be used as an educational tool for older children. Parents should select the programs they would like their children to watch, watch them together as a family, and use them as a starting point for discussions. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends the following to help your child develop positive viewing habits:

1. Set limits. Limit your children’s use of TV, movies, and video and computer games to no more than 1 or 2 hours per day. Do not let your children watch TV while doing homework. Do not put a TV in your child’s bedroom.

2. Plan what to watch. Instead of flipping through channels, use a program guide and the TV ratings to help you and your children choose which shows to watch. Turn the TV on to watch the program and turn it off when it is over. Or use a DVR like TiVo to record only the shows your child is allowed to watch. You can skip through the commercials, too!

3. Watch TV with your children. Whenever possible, watch TV with your children and talk about what they see. If your children are very young, they may not be able to tell the difference between a show, a commercial, a cartoon, or real life. Be especially careful of “reality-based” programs. Most of these shows are not appropriate for children.

4. Find the right message. Some TV programs show people as stereotypes. If you see this, talk with your children about the real-life roles of women, the elderly, and people of other races.

5. Help your children resist commercials. When your children ask for things they see on TV, explain that the purpose of commercials is to make people want things they may not need.

6. Look for quality children’s videos and DVDs. There are many quality videos and DVDs available for children. Check reviews before buying or renting programs or movies.

7. Give other options. Watching TV can become a habit for your children. Help them find other things to do like playing, reading, learning a hobby, a sport, an instrument, or an art, or spending time with family, friends, or neighbors.

8. Set a good example. As a role model, limiting your own TV viewing and choosing programs carefully will help your children do the same.

9. Express your views. When you like or do not like something you see on TV, make yourself heard. Stations, networks, and sponsors pay attention to letters from the public. If …

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The Difference Between AAPC CPC and AHIMA CCS-P – There’s a Surprise at the End

When it comes to medical coding, there are two medical coding certifications that are known to be more prominent and widely recognized than others. AAPC’s CPC and AHIMA’s CCS-P are the two most widely recognized medical coding certifications. CPC is an acronym for Certified Professional Coder offered by the American Association of Professional Coders (AAPC). CCS-P stands for Certified Coding Specialist-Physician, which is offered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).

When it comes to choosing between these two well known medical coding certifications, there are some factors to be considered to enable you make the best choice. Below are some of the major similarities and differences between AAPC’s CPC and AHIMA’s CCS-P.

Coding is known to be of two types, which are Facility coding and Professional coding. The first thing you ought to do when choosing your most preferred coding certification is to decide which of these coding types appeals to you the most. Facility coding has to do with the type of coding carried out on inpatient services. These are mostly patients who are on admission in hospitals. Facility coders are known to work mainly in hospitals generally. Both have their challenges and advantages, so it really depends on which environment and skills you’d like to acquire in your medical coding career.

When we talk of professional coding, we mean the type of coding carried out on outpatients as part of outpatient services. Some of these outpatient services that require professional coding include; emergency medicine, surgery centers, private practices, etc. Professional coders are known to work mainly in doctors’ offices.

When it comes to the two types of coding certifications mostly used, the CPC medical coding certification can be said to be more or less a professional coding certification. This makes it most suitable for people who are considering careers in surgery centres or in medical private practices.

The CCS-P medical coding credential on its part is known to be more or less a facility coding certification. This makes it ideal for people with dreams of pursuing careers in hospitals.

Another important factor worthy of note are the certification exams. For both the AAPC and AHIMA, you’ll need to sit for and pass a very lengthy exam as a necessary requirement. The standard in medical coding is high and there is a huge demand for highly qualified and proficient coders.

For the CPC exam, you will have to sit for a 150 multiple choice question exam. To sit for this medical coding certification exam, you must be a member of the AAPC with an annual membership fee of $120.00. The fee for the CPC is estimated at $300.00 and lasts for about 340 minutes. You will be offered two chances to take the CPC exam.

For the AHIMA CCS-P exam, you will have to sit for the 4 hour exam in two parts. The first part of the exam requires you to attempt 60 multiple choice questions in one hour. The other part of the exam will take you 3 hours that requires you to attempt real medical record coding. Coding these records accurately is a necessary requirement for passing this second part. Sitting for the CCS-P does not require AHIMA membership, though you will end up paying a higher exam fee if you are a non-member.

The membership fee for AHIMA is $165.00 and to sit for the CCS-P exams as an AHIMA member, you must pay a $320.00 exam fee. The exam fee for non-members is $405.00. This fee offers you only one chance of sitting and passing the CCS-P exams whether you are a member or a non-member.

The CPC exam is arguably the easier between the two, but by no means it’s a pushover. Both exam passing rates can be depressing news for first time exam-takers, but with the proper coaching, practice, tips and strategies most will be able to pass the exam the first time. It is common for medical coding students to get both coding certifications to give them an edge over other medical workers with one coding certification. With both CPC and CCS-P certification, you can move between facility and professional coding without much fuss and make yourself highly desirable as a certified medical coder.

If you’ve made it this far in this post, congratulate yourself because here’s the good news: you can use certain study guides to prepare yourself for the AAPC CPC exam as well as the AHIMA CCS-P exam. Not any study guide will do, as it needs to be comprehensive enough to accommodate both certifications.



Source by Jim H May

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Incredible Health Benefits of Black Pepper

Undoubtedly, black pepper is regarded as one of the most common spices used in various cuisines all over the globe. It is highly used in whole and grounded form as well. It is containing potassium, magnesium, vitamin C, vitamin K and also irons. It’s not only has a great flavor but also contains amazing health benefits which must be considered. So below are mentioned some incredible health benefits of black pepper.

Gastro disease:

It makes ease for the digestion process by secreting hydrochloric acid as an alert, prior to the consumption of food; thus, effectively useful to the prevention of intestine and stomach pertaining disease.

Bacterial illness:

It is actively helpful to cure disease, which is caused by bacteria. The influence of black pepper has been found while treating health conditions such as constipation, diarrhea and colic as well.

Anti-Depressant:

It is a natural anti-depressant. Piperine is available in black pepper that works as an anti-depressant and stimulate the nervous system. As a result of this, the cognitive capacity is developed.

Cold and cough:

It is extraordinarily useful to get rid from a cold and cough. It has an antibacterial property, which is used to cure respiratory disorders.

Carminative:

It has essential oil that exhibits carminative properties. It helps in prevention and treatment of flatulence. It prevents from bacteria growth, which causes gas.

Flu and congestion:

It eases congestion in a favorable manner. It has a free radical scavenging activity that is useful to the treatment of cancer. It reduces some kinds of cancer activity. Furthermore, black pepper can also find its application in the skin cancer.

Metabolism:

It is strongly helpful in boosting the body’s metabolism. It significantly burns the unnecessary calories and is useful to decrease belly fat. It is considered as a very crucial thing for an obesity problem. A regular consumption of black pepper is helpful to decrease stomach pertaining health problems.

Skin treatment:

By adding black pepper in your diet, this can be used to the improvement of skin conditions and also positively reduces weight.

Dental conditions:

It is also amazingly helpful to improve the dental health conditions. It also helps to fight against tooth decay and give instant relief from toothache.

Aperient:

Black pepper essential oil possesses purgative properties such as castor oil. Even though, just not like castor oil, it is a good for the body system. It cleanses the intestine and prevents infection in the digestive system and also the excretory system. Its essential oil contains piperine that shows gentle laxative properties.

Hair revitalization

Add a teaspoonful of ground black pepper and lemon seeds, and then apply to your scalp and hair. This can revitalize your hair, and also makes a glossy and soft hair. Later on, leave the mixture for minimum 10-15 minutes and wash with cold water.



Source by Sudarshen Gorre

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Penis Health 101 – Identifying Risk Factors for Penis Health Problems

Penis health numbers among a man’s top concerns, and for good reason. Penis problems can not only affect a man’s romantic life and self-esteem; they can also be a signal that something else is wrong. In some cases, problems like loss of erectile function, frequent infections, and diminished sensitivity are indicative of a serious issue that may require active treatment and long-term management of symptoms.

By understanding the potential issues that may lead to penis problems, men can take active steps to preserve not only their penis health, but also their overall physical and emotional well-being.

Some common risk factors that can lead to penis health problems are as follows:

1. Heart disease – The heart plays an important role in penis functioning, and when not all is as it should be in terms of cardiovascular health, the male equipment is often among the first of the body systems to suffer. Loss of heart function can limit the blood supply to the extremities, including the manhood, leaving the tissues starved for oxygen and preventing the erectile chambers from flooding in order to form an erection.

2. Smoking – Smoking has widespread repercussions in the body, and although problems with the lungs and mouth are more obvious, penile function may be affected as well. Smoking tobacco products can make the blood vessels narrower and more rigid, limiting the flow of blood to the extremities. It can also interfere with nerve function and disrupt the signals from the brain to the penis, and vice versa, that signal feelings of pleasure.

3. Obesity – Being overweight is a great strain on the body. It affects heart function, energy levels, self-confidence, and nerve health. Men who are severely overweight may experience a diminished interest in sex, and when it does come down to it, they may have difficulties in getting ready for action.

4. Diabetes – Type 2 diabetes is a serious health issue that can lead to loss of function in many areas of the body. A condition known as diabetic neuropathy, in which excessive levels of blood sugar destroy the nerve tissue, can lead to loss of penis sensation and a subsequent inability to enjoy intimate contact.

5. Excessive alcohol use – Alcohol can depress several aspects of body function, including heart and nerve activity. Men who use alcohol as a social lubricant in terms of removing their inhibitions and shyness may find that they have also removed their erectile ability when it comes time to make a showing in the bedroom. Limiting alcohol consumption to no more than one or two drinks a few times a week is recommended for protecting penile health.

6. Aging – While men can enjoy sex well into their golden years, there are issues that are caused by aging which may impair sexual function to some extent. Nerve cells, for instance, may become less responsive, while lower levels of testosterone may reduce a man’s natural drive. These problems can be alleviated by taking steps like exercising and maintaining good nutrition.

Benefits of a Penis Health Formula

In addition to adopting healthy lifestyle habits and practicing safe sex at all times, men can take another proactive step when it comes to preserving penis health. Like the rest of the body, the penis needs the right nutrients to fight disease, maintain a youthful and supple appearance, and function at its best.

Adding a penis health formula (health professionals recommend Man 1 Man Oil) to the daily penis care routine is an efficient way to deliver a rich infusion of vitamins, antioxidants and amino acids to the penile tissue, where it can penetrate the cells and get to work on protecting the penis, as well as helping to improve its function.



Source by John Dugan

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Leather – Why It’s So Bad, What’s The Alternative?

Are you a vegan? Vegetarian? If so then I expect that you already have your views on why leather is ‘bad’. It is a by-product, sometimes referred to as a co-product, of the animal food industry. This article explains more about the ‘down’ side to leather – the well-known product that is used for all sorts of items, from furniture, car seats and belts to shoes, clothing and handbags.

First of all, what is it? Leather is a material created through the tanning of hides, pelts and skins of animals, primarily cows – but… whose skin are you in? When the milk production of cows on dairy farms decreases, the cows are killed and their skins are made into leather. The hides of their calves, who are frequently raised for veal, are made into high-priced calfskin.

Leather is also made from horses, sheep, lambs, goats, and pigs who are slaughtered for meat. Other species of animals are hunted and killed specifically for their skins, including zebras, bison, water buffaloes, boars, kangaroos, elephants, eels, sharks, dolphins, seals, walruses, frogs, turtles, crocodiles, lizards, and snakes.

But, you say, it looks good and feels good – sitting in your leather couch, your leather car seat, paying your bills with that calf-skin wallet, carrying that leather handbag or briefcase. How about that it wears well? Kangaroo leather is favoured by motorcyclists specifically because of its lighter weight and higher abrasion resistance as compared to cowhide. Leather car seats last longer than material ones, don’t they?

There are yes and no comments to that. Leather needs to be chemically treated to ensure it does not rot. Lots of chemicals…

Since ancient times, human beings used animal skins and learned to make them leather. The process of using chemicals to turn skins into leather is called tanning. The leather making is a combination of series of processes that starts from skin recovery to curing, soaking and unhairing, deliming and bathing, to vegetable or mineral tanning, lubrication and dyeing, and finally to finishing.

Leather Is Bad for Human Health

Mordants and other chemicals often used to treat leather are linked to nervous disorders, asthma, premature death, gynaecological disorders, weakness, dizziness, headaches, abdominal pain, nausea, constipation, skin and respiratory infections, cancer and other serious illnesses. According to an investigation by the New York State Department of Health, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and other agencies, those who work in tanneries may be greatly increasing their risk of testicular cancer. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that in an area near one Kentucky leather tannery, the incidence of leukaemia was five times the national average.

Hmm… perhaps we shouldn’t be so quick to purchase that leather lounge suite?

Leather Is Bad for the Environment

Although some leather makers deceptively tout their products as “eco-friendly,” turning skin into leather also requires massive amounts of energy and dangerous chemicals. Often, animal skins used for leather are kept from biodegrading (going rotten) by using a variety of dangerous substances, including mineral salts (chromium, aluminium, iron and zirconium), formaldehyde, coal-tar derivatives and various oils and dyes, some of which are cyanide-based. All waste containing chromium is considered hazardous by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other bodies.

In an attempt to appear environmentally conscious, some tanneries are now trying to make improvements, but even if tanneries did not create any pollution, leather would still be bad for the environment. A spokesperson for the largest supplier of leather to automakers in the US said, ‘The last thing we want is people thinking we’re burning down rain forests for cattle just to put leather in big sport-utes’. But consider this: nearly half of all water used in the US is used to raise animals for meat and leather! According to the EPA, factory farms are the biggest source of pollution of rivers, streams and lakes. In December 1997, the US Senate Agricultural Committee released a report that stated that animals raised for food and leather produce 130 times as much excrement as the entire human population – without the benefit of waste-treatment systems. A Scripps Howard synopsis of the report stated, ‘Catastrophic cases of pollution, sickness, and death are occurring in areas where livestock operations are concentrated’.

Locally (in Africa), since 1988, some 30 tanneries in Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Namibia, the Sudan, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe have received assistance in pollution control focused on the establishment or upgrading of effluent treatment facilities.

Hmmm… it all sounds yucky to me. But what can we use instead of animal leather that is better for us, the animals, the planet?

What about the alternatives?

Many pseudo-leather materials have been developed, allowing those who wish to wear leather-like garments to do so without actually wearing leather. One …

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Old Age and Sex Making – Tips for Old Aged Married Couples for Pleasurable Sex Life

It has been seen that as people grow up older, their sex life and sex making stamina gets disturbed. These old aged married couples tend to have sex less and enjoy least.

I personally think that old aged married couples should not be abstained from enjoying their sex life. Instead they should be allowed to have better and more enjoyable sex than before because as they grow older they grow in strong marriage relationship and understand each other better. But its destiny, after all NATURE does not allow it at all.

It has been seen that men over the age of 50 are experiencing problems with erections and maintaining their perfect erections. Most of the male society is now suffering from the problem of impotence and these increases as they grow older.

Therefore in order to maintain a healthy sex life you need to get aware and try out certain things that can help you in getting healthier and you can easily enjoy your sex life at old age too.

First of all you should include the right foods in your diets that provide you with enough supplements and nutrients so as to keep your body functioning proper and effective.

Also it is essential for you to exercise regularly. Men and women should both focus on exercising regularly so that they can achieve healthier body. This also improves their stamina and sex drive. Therefore to maintain a healthy sex life and enjoy most it is beneficial for you to exercise and maintain good health.



Source by Prav Garg

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Penis Skin Care Tips When in the Shower

Good penis care helps keep a guy’s favorite body part in prime condition. That includes the penis skin, which due to its visibility is of key importance. After all, when clothes are doffed and the manhood stands revealed, the state of the penis skin is going to make a valuable first impression on a potential partner.

Most men know that hygiene, including proper washing, is key to healthy penis skin – but not everyone is aware that sometimes care needs to be taken while showering to make sure the skin gets the most benefits – and the least damage – from the cleansing experience.

Lathering up

Countless commercials for soaps and cleansers have taught us that lathering up means getting sparkly clean. But in fact, where penis skin and lather is concerned, a little less can be more.

Bubbles and lathering in soap and cleansers come about because of an ingredient known as a surfactant. This chemical cleans, but it also binds with the natural oils in and on the skin and removes them. When this happens, the skin becomes drier and rougher. Consistently using a soap heavy on surfactants can lead to scaly, peeling penis skin, which is definitely not desirable.

Another problem that can occur is getting good and soapy and then not rinsing the soap completely off. Toweling off the excess cleanser gets rid of the visible signs, but the chemicals that caused the lathering are still present and doing their best to dry that skin out.

Going long

Some days there’s really nothing like a good, long shower to make a guy feel great. And the occasional 20 minute shower is perfectly fine. However, consistently taking long showers is not doing penis skin any favors. After a certain point, dirt and grime has been washed away, and continuing on is likely to start stripping away the oils the skin needs.

Some like it hot

Again, a nice hot shower can soothe aching muscles – and indulging in one every so often is fine. But hot showers are really good at depleting the oils from the skin, and that’s really bad for the appearance of the penis. Warm or even lukewarm showers are best. If a man does opt for a hot shower, keep it to once a week or so.

Roughing it

Good penis skin care doesn’t stop when the water is turned off. The drying process can also play a role. For example, using a rough coarse towel can damage the skin over time. In addition, it’s better to pat the skin dray rather than rubbing the towel all over.

Moisturizing it

Take a tip from women: showering isn’t enough to keep skin moisturized. What’s needed after showering is to apply skin moisturizer while the skin is still damp. This helps trap the moisture and oils in the skin, making a “double whammy” that is great for skin care of the penis – and all over the body.

Taking a shower to keep penis skin nice and clean is crucial. To properly moisturize that penis skin after a shower, using a top notch penis health crème (health professionals recommend Man1 Man Oil, which is clinically proven mild and safe for skin) is strongly advised. Since a strong “moisture lock” is needed, it’s best to find a crème that contains a combination of moisturizing agents, such as a natural hydrator (like vitamin E) and a high-end emollient (such as Shea butter). But the crème also needs to protect skin against the oxidative stress that free radicals cause. To that end, a crème with a potent antioxidant like alpha lipoic acid is really the best option. Proper care of the penis will keep the skin looking smooth, supple and attractive.



Source by John Dugan

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Congo Fever in Pakistan: Prevention, Symptoms and Treatment

After massive threat of Dengue fever now Pakistan is in danger of another endemic disease, Congo Fever. Congo Crimean Haemorrhagic Fever (CCHF) is fatal viral disease caused by domestic and wild animals. Basically it is caused by Tick (Chichar in Urdu) which is an external parasite lives on the blood of animal. The danger of this disease in Pakistan is increasing at the eve of Eidul Azha because of mass slaughter of sacrificial animals during this religious occasion.

Employees of livestock department and those handling sacrificial animals will at great risk. According to Health Department of Pakistan sacrificial animals being imported from Iran, Afghanistan and India posed a big threat because these countries were facing endemic of Congo Virus. Lahore is in severe danger of this disease because most of the sacrificial animals being imported from India illegally (they are 60 % cheaper than local animals). This year patients of Congo fever in Pakistan were reported in Rawalpindi, Karachi and Gilgit-Baltistan. Congo fever has high mortality rate which is almost 50%.

Preventive measures against Congo fever/Preventions

1- This disease spread from Ticks (Chichar) so healthy animals can avoid this disease.

2- Limited contact with animals is also important.

3- Buy sacrificial animals from small and ventilated markets.

4- While visiting cattle markets cover your face and hand.

5- Use insect repellents to save your animals from ticks.

Symptoms of Congo fever

1- Patients get high temperature in beginning.

2- Pain in joints and in different parts of body starts.

3- Bleeding from gums, skin and large intestine also starts and red spots appears on body.

4- All the symptoms of Congo fever are similar that of Dengue fever.

Treatment of Congo fever

1- There are no specific medicines for this disease.

2- Usage of different medicines at early stage can save human life.

it is fatal disease and it destroys the platelets in human blood. It is better to take preventive measures to avoid this fatal disease.



Source by Sarim Awan

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Reducing Eye Pressure With The Right Nutrition

If you have blood sugar concerns one particular eye health issue relates to a significant increase in pressure in the eyes that can lead to damage to the optic nerve. If this is left untreated it can result in the development of a serious eye disease that is the second leading cause of blindness in America called Glaucoma. Therefore, what are the various causes of this eye condition and what can you do to correct it from a nutritional point of view? One of the effective ways to correct this problem from a nutritional point of view is to identify the foods that are causing an unhealthy increase in eye pressure. Once you have identified such foods you can replace them with healthy eye foods that improve vision health and reduce eye pressure.

Poor diet is one of the causes of this particular eye condition. This is due to the fact that certain foods can contribute to this eye problem. High insulin levels in the body can contribute to an increase in eye pressure. There is a relationship between high insulin levels and an increase in your blood pressure levels. Due to the fact that the heart and the eyes are connected this increase in blood pressure can negatively affect pressure levels in the eyes. Here are some food groups that you can avoid: Whole grains, Trans fats and sugary foods. Whole grains should be avoided as carbohydrates are converted into sugars.

FOODS THAT INCREASE EYE PRESSURE YOU SHOULD AVOID

Some foods you can avoid to correct high eye pressure include breads, pasta, rice, cereal and potatoes. Also, you should avoid sugary foods such as pastries, cakes, pies and donuts. You can also avoid trans-fat foods and foods such as baked goods, processed foods, cookies, French fries and fried chicken and other junk foods.

FOODS TO REDUCE EYE PRESSURE YOU SHOULD INCLUDE IN YOUR DIET

In order to reduce eye pressure eat foods from various nutritional sources that include: foods rich in Lutein and Zeaxanthin, Vitamin C, A, B and the mineral Zinc. Some foods that are rich in Lutein and Zeaxanthin include collard greens, Spinach, Kale, Brussels sprouts and Broccoli. Consume foods rich in Vitamin C. These include citrus fruits such as oranges, tangerines and grapefruits. Other excellent sources of Vitamin C include Kiwis, peaches, strawberries, raspberries, mangoes and guava to name a few. Some vegetable sources of Vitamin C includes foods such as Cabbage, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Kale and Red pepper to name a few. Consume foods rich in Zinc such as lobster, Oysters, pecans and fish. Consume foods sources rich in Vitamin A like milk, liver, sweet potatoes, mangoes, carrots, cantaloupes, Spinach and Broccoli. Consume foods rich in Vitamin B such as legumes, turkey, liver, tuna, brazil nuts and avocados. Research studies have also credited omega- 3 rich food sources with improving vision health and lowering eye pressure. Some Omega-3 Rich food sources include fish, walnuts, soybeans, cod liver oil and flaxseeds. By following this diet you can do the things you need to do to reduce eye pressure.



Source by Joel Travers King

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Low Semen Volume – Weak Sperm Count – How To Increase Volume

You can increase low semen volume and boost the amount of sperm that comes out during ejaculation no matter what your age.

Many men get told that a low amount of sperm is not really a problem for you unless you’re trying to conceive.

While sperm and semen levels do decrease with age, that doesn’t mean you have to accept low semen volume for the rest of your life.

Why men and women don’t like weak ejaculation:

Men with some male pride who enjoy sex and pleasuring women tend to be those who are want to increase their semen volume, having seen it decrease over the years.

This is perfectly normal. Producing high amounts of semen when ejaculating is considered manly and virile and there are women that feel valued when a man produces more sperm for her.

The good news is that the amount of semen that you ejaculate can be increased using natural techniques.

The top 5 techniques to boost low semen volume are listed below.

1. Improve diet

You may not want to hear that you shouldn’t be eating fast food such as burgers, fries and hot dogs but you’ll need to stop eating all of these and improve your diet if you want to have healthy sperm.

Certain foods are excellent for improving male sexual health and others are bad. Eating libido foods alone isn’t enough for maintaining good sexual health; you’ll need to stick to a diet higher in proteins, cruciferous vegetables and low in carbs.

2. Exercise

How can exercise boost low semen volume?

Simple. The right kind of exercise is intense circuit-training. This on its own is enough to boost male testosterone levels. As testosterone is the main male sexual hormone, which decreases every year after the age of around 30, boosting testosterone improves your sperm count and volume.

Getting in good shape and regular exercise is important for your sperm quality and quantity.

3. Staying hydrated

One of the worst ways to decrease sperm volume is to become dehydrated too regularly.

Drinking plenty of water and fruit juices helps the sperm to become more fluid, to shoot out further and faster and can increase the volume if all else is well.

Increase your water intake if low semen volume is a problem.

4. Delay ejaculation

Controlling and delaying ejaculation is very important for semen.

If you pay attention what happens during sex or masturbation, you’ll probably have seen that you ejaculate more liquid if you delay ejaculation for longer.

Delaying ejaculation is beneficial when it comes to maintaining male libido and improving semen. Orgasm edging is a technique used to great effect to boost semen volume and improve erection quality at the same time.

5. Cut down drinking alcohol and smoking

Semen can be negatively impacted by regular alcohol drinking, especially when that alcohol is beer.

Alcohol can lower testosterone levels and accelerate the rate at which male libido declines.

Beer is also a culprit here, because it’s proven to encourage estrogen production in the body, which can lead to men having soft bodies, manboobs and weak libido as well as poor sperm quality.

To improve semen, reduce your alcohol intake.

When you do drink, avoid drinking beer.

Smoking is equally harmful to sexual health. Give up smoking and feel the benefits. This means marijuana too.

Low semen volume and poor sperm count can be affected significantly by using the above techniques.



Source by Jonathan Remington Smythe

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Protein, BCAA’s, and Multivitamins: The Key to Any Muscle Building Supplement Program

So your New Year’s Resolution was to get in the gym and put on some muscle. You went out and got the gym membership, new work-out clothes, and all the latest accessories. Now you find yourself inside a large supplement / vitamin retail chain and feel completely overwhelmed by all the “miracle’s in a bottle” that surround you, asking yourself, “What do I need? What works? What is safe to use? How much will all of this cost???” Relax, regardless of whether you are a beginner or a seasoned pro, every muscle building supplement program consists of three key ingredients: Protein, Branch-Chain Amino Acids (BCAA’s), and multi-vitamins.

Protein is referred to as “The Building Blocks of Muscle.” Every cell in the human body requires a continuous supply of protein to survive. If you are attempting to build new muscle mass, you have to increase your protein intake, typically consuming 1g – 1 ½ g per pound of body weight (150lb bodyweight = 150g – 225g of protein per day). Consuming high amounts of protein via your whole food diet can be both challenging and expensive; often the easiest way to do this is by adding a protein supplement to your diet. There are many different protein supplement options on the market, but in general, whey is the most effective. The average protein supplement contains roughly 20g – 25g of protein per serving, so by adding 2 – 3 servings to your daily diet, you can effectively meet your protein needs for the day.

Branch-Chain Amino Acids, or BCAA’s, refers to three of the nine essential Amino Acids, Leucine, Isoleucine, and Valine. BCAA’s play a vital role in both building and repairing muscle and therefore should be consumed both before and after your workout. Consuming 10g of BCAA’s prior to a training session can provide needed fuel to get you through your workout. 10g of BCAA supplementation post-workout can help jumpstart muscle protein synthesis and reduce muscle breakdown, leading to faster recovery.

Multivitamins consist of many highly important daily nutrients your body needs in general, but they are even more important when trying to add muscle. It can be very challenging to keep up with all the vitamins and minerals your body needs, a good multivitamin can solve this problem, serving as a safe and cost effective platform for achieving your fitness goals. With multivitamins, I generally recommend a generic brand; they are typically less expensive and provide the same quality as the high priced brand names. To ensure you are purchasing a high quality product, always look for the USP (United States Pharmacopeia) symbol on the bottle.

Now you’re ready to get started. Eat healthy, supplement properly, work hard, get plenty of rest, and you’ll be growing in no time!



Source by David R Luescher

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Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia Defeated With PH Balance and Nutritional Therapy

As a person diagnosed with CLL (chronic lymphocytic leukemia) since 2001, I’ve had my eyes trained on Google Alerts and on the web in general, regularly looking for breakthroughs, both conventionally and in the alternative medicine arena. Many people who are diagnosed with CLL are told to hold off on any treatment, as the disease often progresses slowly, and any improvement with treatment is not permanent. Worse yet, the course and aggressiveness of the disease can change at any time. Patients are told to “watch and wait.” This is not a happy way to live.

No role models. The sad truth is that, until this past January 2009, I could find no reference (not one) of any person who was cured of CLL through any kind of traditional medical — or alternative — therapy. The only exception are those who have been cured by way of a bone marrow transplant (BMT). Unfortunately, many people do not survive the procedure. It is extremely risky. Worse yet, a patient can survive the BMT and still have CLL, or develop CLL again at a later date.

The five-year time-line. Despite all the research and trials, there is still no conventionally-sanctioned therapy (chemotherapy, radiation, immunotherapy, etc.), short of BMT, that can effect a cure. Doctors give patients the hope for a complete remission of five years with some of the available therapies. Not all patients achieve complete remission in the first round of chemotherapy. And the chance of success, measured by five-year survival, decreases with each new form of conventional therapy. Not an encouraging picture. This situation has been evident to me since 2001, when I was forty-six and first diagnosed. Who wants to hear about a five-year life plan when you’re forty-six? Not me! While there have been some promising conventional “breakthroughs,” the survival rate remains pretty much the same today.

The search for an alternative. My search for an alternative treatment, or treatment protocol, has been equally difficult. I have been able to find testimony on the web of leukemia patients who have become cancer-free (acute myelogenous leukemia or acute lymphocytic leukemia), but no such luck for CLL. At best, there were stories of people who had held off their CLL with the controversial laetrile (apricot seed extract). But no one with CLL had become cancer free. I was discouraged, but I never gave up the search, or my attempt to discover a blueprint to good health.

The 2009 breakthrough. In January of this year, my Google Alerts revealed an article written by Steve Freier, a man with CLL who recovered to full cancer-free health. He regained his health by having his root canals removed and also by taking coral calcium. Because of his experience, I am in the process now of having all my mercury amalgams replaced with safer porcelain fillings. To find information about his recovery, type “Steve Freier” and “CLL” into Google.

Breakthrough #2. In April 2009, while searching for information about infrared saunas and its effect on leukemia, my husband came across this website: http://www.CLLDefeated.com. It is the story of Hessel Baartse, of Adelaide, Australia. He has totally defeated his CLL by means of removing his root canals and mercury amalgams, and by drastically altering his diet and supplementation, with a concentration on restoring his pH levels to a healthy balance. He credits his dentist, www.ericdavisdental.com for his complete recovery.

There are finally role models for CLL recovery. What used to be a complete mystery now is a challenge with a blueprint for success. There are now at least two cases of men who have beat the odds and defeated their CLL by means of mercury amalgam and root canal removal, nutritional therapy, and pH balance. The further good news is that this program is likely a blueprint to health for people with many other chronic health issues, including cancers.

The future. Because of the Internet and the speed with which we can share information, more people will be able to find a way to recover their good health through alternative means.



Source by D. Rodgers

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