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Laying a Good Foundation for Health

In the western medicine world, we have lost touch with the basic concept of true healing. We substitute a band-aid for a cure and wonder why we don’t feel better. People get ill for many reasons. Each diseased state tells us that we are ignoring some part of self, and change is necessary. While many factors contribute to healing, and it happens on many levels, all require attention throughout the entire healing practice. Ignoring the body-mind (emotions and thoughts) would not provide adequate and long-term good health.

Physical symptoms like headaches, swollen glands, sneezing and colds, including more serious diseases like cancer, communicate that there is a disturbance in the emotional fabric of our being. Negative emotions like fear, doubt and worry stop the normal flow of energy. These emotions undermine us, and over the course of our lives cause unexplained and crippling diseases that end up controlling us.

The physical body falls apart because we fall apart emotionally. Recent scientific studies have shown that emotions sabotage everything—from simple success to kidney failure. When we don’t care for the “whole self,” the physical body simply mirrors those effects. Over the course of time, emotions like fear, anger and confusion take their toll. Repressed anger diminishes the functions of the liver. Hopelessness and despair play havoc with the gall bladder. Fear plays havoc with the kidneys, relationships and success. Confusion on the other hand, keeps whirling thoughts spinning, creating a cloud of chaos around us and we become imbalanced and ungrounded. Head colds for instance, are a direct result of emotional confusion. Long-standing negative emotional beliefs deteriorate the entire physical being. A constant string of repetitive negative words weaken and actually exhaust the physical body.

To heal we must feel. We must identify the root emotional cause of the disease. This process lays down a new foundation for good health and begins with a new attitude about being healthy. Any negative emotion causes us to stay stuck in a false perception about our self.

How do we identify negative emotions? The easiest way to identify negative patterns is to see them in family members and friends. Examine other people’s behaviors. Notice all the things you like about them and all the things you don’t like, especially the things that make you angry, envious or jealous. The people around you are actually reflections of you. What you see in another person that bothers you or angers you is a part of yourself that has not yet been loved and healed. Begin by criticizing your dearest friends. By doing this practice of looking at the faults of friends and family you get in touch with the parts of you that are out of balance and seek healing. This simple exercise offers you an opportunity to look deeply at your own emotional concerns and patterns. Once you locate personal limitation it’s time for change.

Emotional patterns are created when you place a judgment upon an experience. To change, we must stay conscious of our feelings in situations. Stay calm, make no judgment—simply feel the energy. For example, let’s take anger because anger is one of the most profound emotions and is easily felt. Imagine yourself in an angry situation; stay completely present and deeply feel the anger. Don’t judge it—simply feel it. Now, love the feeling that anger produces. Anger can be motivation. It can be passionate. Change the negative charge that anger produces; begin to embrace and love the feeling of anger instead of repelling it.

Next begin to dialogue with the anger. Yes, that is correct, strike up a conversation with anger. Ask it questions like, “What are you teaching me?” or “Why am I so angry all the time?” Permit the answers to come into your conscious mind. As they do, you realize what the true issue is. Sometimes in that moment of realization the anger pattern can release. Other times it might take a few more conversations for the anger to release. This method allows the energy constriction caused by anger and other emotions to release. Any blocked energy begins to flow giving the physical body a chance to heal.

Even though healing begins with the emotions, the physical body must be strong enough to support the emotional body.

Supplements: Supplementation is important because food chemicals, pesticides and a hurried lifestyle play havoc on our systems. Take no more than five different supplements daily. I prefer liquids including Green-Magma and other green drinks. If you don’t feel immediate results, they are not working.

Water: Only 5% of the American population gets sufficient water each day. Diet drinks, high corn-syrup drinks and coffee do not count towards proper hydration; in fact these drinks cause gastrointestinal inflammation, kidney and liver problems and an acidic environment. To properly hydrate drink at least half of your body weight in purified water by the ounce each day. For example if you weight 150 lbs. you need 75 ounces of purified water daily. Exercise: The number one killer today is a stagnant lymph system caused by a lack of exercise. Take a walk around the block or take a yoga, chi-kung or Pilate’s class.
Courtesy: This article is taken from articlecity.

The Importance of a Heart Healthy Lifestyle

Does it really make a difference to your heart?

In today’s world there is a great deal of talk about eating heart healthy foods and living a lifestyle that promotes a healthy heart. Although this doesn’t tend to be problem for the older generation who understands the importance of keeping their hearts healthy, questions regarding the importance of the under 40s worrying about the health of their hearts tends to bring some controversy to the table. It raises the question about why someone in their 20s and 30s should have to concern themselves with something that will not affect them for ten or twenty years if at all.

Heart Problems Are Not Just for Those Over 40

One misconception many people have is that they don’t really have to worry about the health of their hearts until they reach middle age. Unfortunately this misconception is what causes many people to neglect their heart’s health and increase the chances of a heart attack early in life. This is especially true if you are in the high risk category for heart disease such as having high cholesterol, a history of heart disease, or suffer from obesity. All of these factors tie into the health of your heart, and in order to prevent heart disease, you need to take care of your heart regardless of your age.

Factors that Contribute to Heart Problems

Many factors in our lives can cause early onset heart disease, but the most common factors are diet, lack of exercise, and weight. For those who are genetically prone to early onset heart disease, lifestyle is even more important. It’s important to make lifestyle changes in order to prevent heart disease no matter how old or young you are. However, you do not want to wait until you are a high risk candidate for heart disease because by then it may be too late to undo any damage you have already done to your heart. Let me address these issues briefly one at a time.

Diet

One of the major contributors to heart disease is diet food we eat. High fat foods cause high cholesterol which in turn blocks the arteries to the heart. Although this problem doesn’t usually cause problems until we are older, by then it is very difficult to change our eating habits. After you have eaten greasy, high fat foods for many years, the adjustment to healthier eating is more difficult.

Lack of Exercise

Leading a sedentary lifestyle is another cause of heart disease. Over the years there has been an increase in the number of reported cases of early onset heart disease, and cardiologists tie this into the sedentary lifestyle that many of us lead today. There is a need to increase the heart rate in order to stay healthy, and we cannot do this sitting in front of the television or the computer. Most of us won’t even walk to the corner store for a loaf of bread let alone perform any heart healthy exercises. Sadly for many, exercise is limited to pushing buttons on the remote control.

Weight

The problem of obesity in both North America and Europe is on the rise, and as a result heart disease is on the rise as well. Nutritionists believe the problem lies in the fast food industry with the problem beginning in childhood. With two income families a necessity today, fewer children are eating healthy meals at home. The sad part is that quick meals can be healthy meals if you choose carefully. The choices you make early in life will affect you later in life. Prevent obesity from the start by making healthy eating choices, and you have battled one of factors that will affect the health of your heart.

Cancer Or Is It Christ In You?

They call “cancer” the big “C” word. Is it really? I beg to differ as a Christian.

I hope the information in this article will give hope to you who have been given no hope because a doctor has diagnosed you with cancer.

I would hope you would rather focus your attention on “Christ” no matter what stage of cancer has been diagnosed and no matter whether you are a Christian or not. “Christ” should be the big “C” word in your life right now and there is nothing to fear when you use it. What does it mean? It means, “The Anointed One” and refers to His anointing. Jesus is the Christ, “The Anointed One”. And His anointing is burden removing, yoke destroying power. There is no type of cancer that can stand up to the anointing of Christ, the Anointed One. And contrary to some, He is still anointed today to remove all curses, including cancer, from all people and still wants to “heal them all” just like He did in the Bible. Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever. KJV This revelation of Christ’s anointing should rid us of all fear of cancer. Many just need to be given the revelation of Christ’s anointing and that it is free and available to all just like chemotherapy or radiation is readily available. The chemotherapy and radiation are costly but the anointing is free and available to all.

I know there are many questions that arise when we talk about healing and so I hope my answers from the Word of God will convince you that Christ and His anointing is available to you just as easily as the chemotherapy or radiation.

What is cancer anyway? Cancer is a disease. So according to the Bible since it is a disease then cancer is a curse. If you look at Deuteronomy 28, you will find all the curses that are a result of not keeping the Law of Moses and cancer being a disease is included.

Now since cancer is a curse, you as a Christian have been redeemed from all the curses listed under the Law according to Galatians. How did that happen? Galatians 3:13-14 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:14 That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; KJV You see Christ actually purchased your freedom from cancer or any other curse when He became a curse and hung on His cross. See, His sacrifice was for your total man, spirit, soul and body.

Some believe God gave them cancer. Did God give you cancer? If He did, then Christ Jesus was cursed for no reason for you and you might as well take Galatians 3:13 out of your bible. But I don’t want to take Galatians 3:13 out of my bible because I have received healing by taking that promise as my very own and you can also.

If you believe God gave you cancer, my question to you is; where would God get cancer to give it to you and why would He give it to you? There is no cancer in heaven for God to give it to you and it would be contrary to the bible for God to give you a curse. James 1:17-18 Whatever is good and perfect comes to us from God above, who created all heaven’s lights. Unlike them, he never changes or casts shifting shadows. 18 In his goodness he chose to make us his own children by giving us his true word. And we, out of all creation, became his choice possession. NLT God never changes. His desire to bless you never changes.

If He put cancer on you He would be putting a curse on you and therefore He would be ignoring Galatians 3:13 and Jesus becoming a curse for you so that you could receive the blessing.

Some say cancer and other bad things happen to you because God is punishing you for your sins or is trying to teach you something or make you a better witness. Why would God give you cancer or any other bad thing to punish you for your sins; when as a Christian, God has punished Jesus for all of your present sins, past sins, and even our future sins from the foundation of the earth.

Ephesians 1:2-7 Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: 4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: 5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, 6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. 7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; KJV

Why would God give you cancer to teach you something? Would you give your children something bad to hurt them or destroy them so they could learn something? Certainly not. Being a good parent you would sit them down and tell them not only not to do some thing again but you would show them why it is wrong and the consequence of it. And anyway, teaching your children by abuse, don’t people get arrested for child abuse in our society? Then how could God not be guilty of abuse if He put cancer on His children to teach them something or for any other reason and how could He not be guilty of not keeping His Word, especially Galatians 3:13.

Here is what the Word of God says about correction from God to His children: 2 Timothy 3:16-17 Every Scripture is God-breathed (given by His inspiration) and profitable for instruction, for reproof and conviction of sin, for correction of error and discipline in obedience, [and] for training in righteousness (in holy living, in conformity to God’s will in thought, purpose, and action), 17 So that the man of God may be complete and proficient, well fitted and thoroughly equipped for every good work. AMP

So our correction as a child of God comes from the Word of God. The Word of God instructs, reproves, convicts of sin (Does not condemn by the way.), corrects of error, disciplines and trains in holy living and conforming to God’s will. That is why we need to read it and meditate it daily so we aren’t taken advantage of by our ignorance of God and His Word and His love for us as His children.

Who in his right mind would want to listen to someone testify of their great God giving them cancer and want to have any thing to do with Him?

Would you want your children tell their friends how you did bad things to them in order to teach them? Certainly not. And neither does God because He is not a child abuser for He is the best Father this planet will ever know anything about and from which all fatherhood should be copied.

And how can having cancer make a good witness of God when most sick with any kind of sickness or disease (especially cancer) are not able to be a good witness because of the pain and suffering. The pain and suffering are also a good indication it is not from Father God.

Why did Jesus, the Christ, come to this earth for any way? Here are some scriptures I think will answer that question:

John 10:9-11 The thief comes only in order to steal, kill, and destroy. I have come in order that you might have life — life in all its fullness. 11 “I am the good shepherd, who is willing to die for the sheep. TEV

1 John 3:8 The reason the Son of God was made manifest (visible) was to undo (destroy, loosen, and dissolve) the works the devil [has done]. AMP

Jesus came to destroy cancer, sickness, disease and all curse and that is what you see Him doing in the Gospels. And Jesus told us He only did and said what the Father told Him to say and do and it was the Father through Him doing works of “healing and delivering them all”.

Do you think if Adam and Eve had not sinned, would God use sickness, disease or calamity to teach them? Certainly not and neither does He use them to teach us, His children, whom the Bible declares He loves us as much as He loves Jesus. Did He teach Jesus with cancer, sickness, disease, or calamity? Certainly not. People are put in prison for child abuse. God is not a child abuser.

Here are the facts & the truth about Cancer vs. Christ:

Cancer is a disease.

Christ is the Anointed One who destroys all disease in your body, including cancer.

Cancer is not the big “C” word.

Christ has been given a name above all names, the name of “Jesus”, which includes cancer. The name of Jesus has been given to you to speak and see cancer leave your body now!

Cancer is evil and not God sent.

Christ is God sent to be your Savior from cancer now!

Cancer is life threatening.

Christ has brought you abundant life to the full till it over flows.

Cancer comes to kill, steal & destroy.

Christ came to destroy the works of the devil which includes all diseases and that means all evil works of cancer in your body now!

Cancer is a fact.

Christ is the way (Your way out of cancer.), the TRUTH (The truth, He has redeemed you from cancer.), and the LIFE (How can cancer live in your body where Christ, God, Life Himself lives?)

Cancer can be diagnosed.

“In Christ” is really who God and His Word says you are and what you have in this life. (See “In Him” scriptures on my website, so you can declare who you are “in Christ” and what Christ has made you to have.)

Cancer checkups are what they recommend.

In Christ, you are told to look continually into the perfect law of liberty, the Word of God;primarily the Book of Acts through Revelations and make a checkup daily of the blessings of Christ on your body and do no checkups for the curse from which Christ has purchased your freedom. (James 1:22-25)

Years ago I was doing a check on my body for lumps as recommended and the Holy Ghost asked me, “What are you checking for? Are you checking for the curse? You shouldn’t be looking for the curse on your body but for the blessing Jesus purchased for you.”

I have found so many times that woman especially, if the enemy can get a breast or even both with cancer he will get the female organs and on and on. If he can place fear of cancer in our minds that is where the seed for cancer is first planted and then manifested in the body if we meditate on it long enough, start believing it and speaking it; like, “Cancer runs in my family so I probably will get it,” or other words to bring it to pass in our lives. That is why we need to fill our minds and mouths daily with whom and what Christ has made us to be and what He has purchased for us.

Here is your hope of never having cancer or hope when the doctor speaks the word “cancer” to you. If you will meditate and speak these words of hope every day, as many time as you take treatments or medication then you will receive the hope inside of you that will remove all fear and allow the Anointed One and His anointing to work.

Let’s make this confession of our faith in Christ and His anointing every day:

I am redeemed from all the curse of the Law since Jesus became a curse for me. I will not tolerate these curses for they are not in my new covenant in Christ Jesus established in the righteousness of Jesus. I do not allow the curses of the Law to come on my body. Christ Jesus has redeemed me from destruction and perishing before my time. This new covenant has given me the blessing of living a long, full and satisfying life. Christ Jesus has redeemed me from all pestilence which bring agonizing death, including cancer. Christ is the big “C” in my life and not cancer. Christ Jesus has redeemed me from tuberculosis, cancer, progressive wasting of my body, fever, inflammation, and effects of draught, decay, and mildew. Christ Jesus has defeated my enemies and I am completed in Him. Christ Jesus has redeemed me from boils, tumors, malignant diseases causing a discharge, scurvy (bleeding gums and livid skin patches), scabies, hives, rashes and all skin diseases, which cause an itch. Christ Jesus has redeemed me from going crazy because of what I see going on around me. Christ Jesus has redeemed from every curse that tries to come on me and overtake me so that I am destroyed. Christ Jesus has redeemed me from all sickness and plague having a long duration. Christ Jesus has redeemed me from every disease that is in the world. Christ Jesus has redeemed me from all sickness that is known and all sickness that is not known. Christ Jesus has redeemed me from every sickness that has ever been on the earth and ever will be on the earth. Christ Jesus has redeemed me from exhaustion in my heart, my eyes, my mind, and my spirit. Christ Jesus has redeemed from all the curses now! Because of Christ Jesus none of these will come on my body. My life is now in Christ Jesus, my Lord, and I am forever set free from all of these curses now on this earth! I now look for the blessing of Christ on my body.

I personally know this works. My family and I for over 30 years have not had a doctor’s appointment, hospital stay or had to take medication; we just took the Word of God for our healing. And really the more you know the truth of the Word of God, like myself, you will find that you will have very little symptoms come on your body.

So it is Christ in you who is your hope of glory not only in the life to come but also in this life. Live in Him, vitally connected to Him in your every day life. Your intimate relationship with Him filled with love and acceptance is where you will stay free from things that would come to kill, steal and destroy in your life. His love frees you from fear, worry, stress, rejection and condemnation that really are the killers in this day in which we live. A good remedy is just to spend time with Him enveloped in His love, a day would be much to your advantage.

I have listed on my website scriptures and confessions to help you stay strong in your covenant right of divine health and also to restore to you what Jesus purchased for you. I agree with you for your deliverance from cancer and that you continue to live in divine health. I also offer to you on my website a book of Doddie Osteen’s, “Healed of Cancer” to encourage you. God bless you, in Jesus’ name.

Get the right hair loss treatment and follow the rules

Even the most promising hair loss treatment can fail to deliver satisfactory results. This is very often due to its improper use. You should know and follow several logical rules to enable the hair treatment to become effective.

Healthy Fats and Dieting

An essential but often overlooked part of any nutritional diet or weight loss program is consuming a sufficient quantity of healthy fats.

Fats have incorrectly been given a bad name and have been wrongly viewed as something to avoid.

There are unhealthy fats which can cause weight gain and health problems when consumed in excess. On the other side of the coin, there are healthy and essential fats which are necessary in the body and which actually assist in weight loss efforts.

This article is not an official medical document and does not serve to give specific instructions on how much of which types of fats should be consumed by whom, or under which circumstances, etc.

It only serves to raise awareness on the existence and importance of healthy and essential fats, and what some of them are.

“Good fats” contain essential fatty acids.

Essential fatty acids are the fats which are needed in the body, but which the human body can not synthesize. In other words, the body can not make these fats by itself. It can not use components from other foods to create these fats. It has to obtain them directly from food.

They are called:

Linoleic Acid

Arachidonic Acid

Linolenic Acid

But don’t worry if these seem like big confusing words. They are just the scientific names of the three essential fatty acids.

Principle sources of essential fatty acids include the following:

Natural vegetable oils, corn oil, soybean oil, and cottonseed oil (containing 35%-70% essential fatty acids) Safflower oil (containing 85%-90%).

One can also get essential fatty acids from other substances in smaller amounts. Some of these foods are not the healthiest though. These include:

Animal Fats

Cream

Butter

Fish-liver Oils

Egg Yolk

Natural Lard (the richest animal source, containing 5% - 11%)

Avocados

Almonds

Olive Oil

Now lets look at the difference between essential fatty acids and that fat that accumulates in our bodies when we eat more sugar or starch than the body can immediately use.

Since the body can not create these essential fats, which we need for our health, that also means that the an over-abundance of body fat will not replace our need for them.

Therefore it is incorrect to consider that one “does not need to eat anything with fat” just because one is overweight.

On the contrary, a lack of essential fatty acids can contribute to weight gain!

Eating too little of these healthy fats is possibly one of the principle causes of weight gain. The following are a few of the reasons for this:

1. When the body contains an insufficient quantity of essential fatty acids, it changes sugar into fat much more quickly than it normally would. This fast change of sugar to fat also causes the blood sugar to go down fast, which can lead to cravings for more food, overeating, and hence weight gain.

2. Fats are satisfy hunger better than other foods do. You might avoid a hundred calories of fat in a meal, but as a result become so hungry that you wind up consuming an extra five hundred calories of other foods (such as sugars and starches), in order to satisfy your hunger. And thus you would gain more weight than you would have, if you had eaten those essential healthy fats.

3. Many overweight person simply have an excess of water in their bodies. Adding adequate healthy fats to their diets (such as in salad dressings) has caused them to lose pounds.

There is quite a lot more that could be said about healthy fats and essential fatty acids. But this gives a basic summary. As a general rule, try to eat these fats in as raw and unadulterated (unprocessed) form as possible. Fats can be harmed and made very unhealthy when they are heated and processed. I would suggest making home made salad dressings with raw oils, and/or adding raw nuts and seeds to one’s salad, and then eating salad as frequently as possible. This encourages you to eat more vegetables as well. Salads can be varied in thousands of ways, and they can become gourmet works of art in themselves, while retaining their health value.

So a great dieting rule of thumb would be to use salads liberally, and don’t forget to put some healthy fats in your dressing!

How to Lower Blood Pressure

Blood pressure, as we know, is the force exerted by the circulating blood on the walls of blood vessels. The term ‘blood pressure is generally used to refer to arterial pressure. Your lifestyle has a direct effect on blood pressure. Also, diet, exercise, drugs and stress levels bring about a change in blood pressure. A deviation in the blood pressure value to the higher side is termed as high blood pressure or hypertension. Improper food habits, lack of exercise and an unhealthy lifestyle can cause hypertension. For more on this, you might like to go through the causes of hypertension. Hypertension can have serious implications on the overall health of an individual. A healthy and happy lifestyle is the key to normal blood pressure. Following are some of the ways of lowering high blood pressure.

How to lower Blood Pressure

Modifying your lifestyle is one of the best remedies of lowering blood pressure. Obesity is one of the major contributing factors to high blood pressure. Reducing weight by means of regular exercise is an excellent way of lowering blood pressure naturally. Exercise also helps in the reduction of stress levels, thus helping in the lowering of blood pressure. It is a proven fact that relaxation therapy, meditation and yoga help in reducing hypertension.

Following a balanced diet is beneficial for the maintenance of good health. Reducing the content of sugar and sodium salts in your daily diet is helpful in lowering blood pressure. A low-fat diet consisting of fresh fruits and vegetables helps in the reduction of blood pressure. As folic acid helps lower blood pressure, it is advisable to include vitamin B-rich foods in your diet. Vitamin C helps reduce stress levels. Foods rich in vitamin C are helpful in lowering blood pressure. Also, calcium-rich foods are considered to be effective in reducing blood pressure. For more on this, you might like to refer to the information about high blood pressure diet.

A daily intake of papaya is found to lower blood pressure. Coriander and fenugreek leaves, garlic, poppy seeds and fish oil are some of the foodstuffs that help in lowering blood pressure. Taking one tablespoon of honey with two tablespoons of onion juice and a tablespoon of cumin powder is cited as an effective natural remedy to lower blood pressure. To know more, you must go through these natural remedies for high blood pressure.

Tobacco chewing and indulgence in smoking and drinking can aggravate hypertension. Nicotine and other tobacco products cause the blood vessels to contract, thus raising blood pressure. Discontinuing these habits is sure to help in lowering the blood pressure.

Drugs administered for lowering blood pressure can prove to be harmful in the long run. Consumption of these drugs for a long period leads to certain side effects, which can hamper the overall health of an individual. Research has revealed that high blood pressure can be cured naturally. Aromatherapy, relaxation techniques, music therapy are some of the branches of alternative medicine, which can be helpful in curing high blood pressure. You might like to know more about alternative medicine for high blood pressure. However, it is advisable to consult a medical professional before opting for any of the natural remedies. But one thing is for sure; natural therapy is the best cure!

Body Fat Monitors

Human body consists of two types of fats, the essential fats and the body fats. Essential fats are responsible for body metabolism and consist of fats stored in the lungs, heart, kidneys, liver, spleen, intestines, bone marrow, muscles, and in parts of the central nervous system. Body fats or storage fats are loose connective tissue (adipose tissue), which store energy in the form of fats. In fact, storage fats play an important role in protecting the internal organs of the body and in supplying energy at times of need. However, too much accumulation of body fats leads to a condition called obesity.

A person’s body weight is defined as a measure of the total lean body mass (mass of organ, bone, muscle and water) and fat mass. The recommended body weight for a person depends upon his/her height. The general tool used for analyzing a person’s healthy body weight based on his/her height is known as body mass index (BMI). A person having a BMI of 25 kg/m2 or higher is considered to be overweight. Similarly, a person is called obese, if his/her BMI is 30 kg/m2 or higher. There are various heath complications for an obese person.

Body Fat Monitors

Considering the fitness and well-being of a person, the body fat percentage is more important than the overall weight. Monitoring of body fat is an important way for determining the percentage body fat. Certain techniques are used for estimating percentage of body fat. Let’s see some of the commonly used body fat monitors.

Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis (BIA): BIA is a commonly used technique for calculating the percentage of body fat by analyzing the electrical resistance, generated due to fat mass of the body. These monitors are easy to operate and are available for home use. It is a fact that the conductivity or impedance of various tissues of the body varies and this forms the principle for this technique. A very low voltage electric signal is passed to the body and measures the impedance of the lean tissues and fat tissues. Since lean tissues have more water content, the conductivity is more as compared to fat tissues that have less water content. BIA devices use the data and find out the body fat percentage. The inaccuracy percentage of BIA is found out to be +/-3%.

Near Infrared Interactance (NIR): NIR is a method of analyzing body fat based on the principle of light absorption and infrared spectroscopy (practice of measuring the emission and absorption of different wavelengths of infrared light). NIR uses colors for different body surfaces, such as biceps and hips along with a computerized spectrophotometer that analyzes the emitted infrared light. Values of reflected light for muscles and fats are different and are taken into consideration in the measurement of body fat. Although this method is safe, fast and convenient, its use is limited because of less accuracy.

Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry (DEXA): DEXA is the most popularly used scanning tool for determining bone density, which can also be used in assessing total body composition and fat distribution. The principle used is based on the fact that density of a bone is directly proportional to the amount of photon energy absorbed by the particular bone, which is being studied. This type of monitors uses two radiations of different wavelengths at a set frequency to measure bone density, lean body mass and fat mass. DEXA is a quick, accurate and reliable tool, however, the disadvantage is that DEXA machines are very costly and are not affordable for home use.

Calipers (Skinfold Measurements): Calipers are used for analyzing body fat by measuring the skinfold thickness. In this method, usually hand-held calipers are used for estimating the subcutaneous tissue. The body sites for skinfold measurement vary for men and women. For example, a three-site skinfold in case of men measures chest, abdomen and thigh, whereas tricep, suprailiac and thigh are measured for women. Calipers are an easy and inexpensive way of estimating body fat. However, it is difficult to measure the skinfold of an obese person. The accuracy of this tool depends upon the quality of the calipers and the skill of the technician.

At present, body fat monitors are becoming more popular than the traditional weighing machines. Other body fat monitors include Hydrodensitometry Weighing (underwater weighing to determine body density, that can be used in estimating body fat), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (scanning procedure to analyze lean body mass, bone and body fat) and Total Body Electrical Conductivity (technique that determines lean body mass and fat based on their conductivity). These monitors are very useful while losing weight in knowing whether the lost weight comes from the lean body mass or the fat mass.

Natural Cure for Stress

Natural Cure for Stress

Stress is a state of mental or emotional strain, which causes worry and tension. In everyday life, it usually occurs when we fail to meet any demand. The awareness of our inability to meet the demand creates stress in us. As we grow up, we are more exposed to the effects of emotional and physical stress. Stress has both positive and negative effects on us. In some cases, for example, in our career, a certain amount of stress may provide the outlet to express our talent and helps us in coming out with flying colors. However, excessive stress is always harmful, as it may lead to anxiety, fear and chemical imbalance in our brain.

People may suffer from stress at any point of their lives. It may caused due to

  • Health problems
  • Pressure at the workplace
  • Financial insecurity
  • Loss of a loved one
  • Excessive addiction to drugs, alcohol or cigarettes
  • Relationship breakup
  • Insomnia
  • Excessive responsibility
  • Changes in the life cycle, such as emotional turbulence of teenage
  • Conflict with family members
  • Loneliness, etc.

Natural Cure for Stress

Stress is an all-encompassing problem in the present-day world, which may lead to headache, loss of appetite and diminished sex drive. There are some natural remedies, which may help one to cure stress. These remedies have no side effects and help to cope up with stress. These are also known as stress management factors, which can make our lives worthy of living, providing peace, happiness and mental satisfaction with a healthy body.

Vent out your negative feelings: By sharing and discussing one’s grief, fear and causes of anxiety with friends or near and dear ones, one may diminish the amount of stress.

Herbal medicines: Some Ayurvedic herbs, like brahmi and ashwagandha also help in reducing the amount of stress. Besides, chew some leaves of basil, also known as tulsi, in the morning and afternoon. These leaves of basil can work as anti-stress agents.

Meditation: Meditation is another stress management cure, which has a healing effect on our body as well as mind. It can provide mental peace by effectively wiping out our negative emotions that cause stress.

Deep breathing: Take long deep breathes to find an instant relief from our feelings of anger, fear, anxiety and worry. Inhale fresh air while taking breath and vent out or exhale anxiety and other negative emotions.

Avoid excess addiction: Vitamin B is necessary for reducing stress. Excessive dependence on alcoholic drinks or excessive smoking may lead one to suffer from stress, as they are lacking in vitamin B, and may also lead to certain unhealthy conditions.

Take bath in lukewarm water: To take a lukewarm water bath is an effective water treatment to cure stress and anxiety. After taking a lukewarm water bath, one may feel relaxed.

Mixture of rose petals with hot water: Add some petals of rose, sugar into hot water and boil it. Drinking it hot will be helpful in coping with depression, if that is the cause of your stress.

Think positive: Positive thinking is another factor, which can cure stress. One should have positive attitude towards every aspect of life. One should take all obstacles as a part of life. This positive attitude may help one to cure stress.

Relaxation techniques: There are some relaxation techniques, which may help in reducing the stress. These are:

  • Laughter
  • Visualizing a beautiful scenery
  • Taking a break from the daily routine
  • Listening to music
  • Hanging out with friends

Changes in the lifestyle: Changes in one’s lifestyle can help in curing stress. Following these steps may be helpful.

  • Consume breakfast regularly - don’t skip breakfast
  • Sleep for at least seven hours daily
  • Avoid excessive consumption of fast foods
  • Eat nutritious foods at regular intervals
  • Drink ample amount of water
  • Do regular exercise. Take a morning walk on a daily basis
  • Plan your day according to your strength

Besides these tips, time management and a realistic point of view, such as giving up relationship that one is not comfortable in are some factors, which may help one to lead a stress-free life.

Type 1 Diabetes

Type 1 Diabetes

Diabetes is a common disease, characterized by higher blood sugar (glucose) level. Diabetes or diabetes mellitus is a metabolic disorder in which human body either doesn’t produce or properly use insulin. Insulin is a hormone secreted by pancreas and is required for the breakdown of sugar, starches and other carbohydrate forms for release of energy. This insulin induces the body’s cells to take up glucose from the blood to be used as a source of energy. In another words, insulin controls the blood sugar level of the body. When human body doesn’t produce or use insulin properly, body’s cells start utilizing fats for energy production. Overall, body metabolism gets disturbed, resulting into various symptoms.

Type 1 Diabetes

Type 1 diabetes is a chronic autoimmune disease, caused due to failure of insulin production by the body. In Type 1 diabetes, the beta cells of the pancreas (responsible for the production of insulin hormone) are damaged. In such cases, the beta cells are not functioning properly and subsequently, the body either secretes little or no insulin. Type 1 diabetes has been classified into two types - immune-mediated and idiopathic. In immune-mediated type, the body’s immune system destroys or attempts to destroy the beta cells of the pancreas. In case of idiopathic type, the cause is not known and this type of diabetes is very rare. Majority of the Type 1 diabetes cases are reported to be immune-mediated type. Type 1 diabetes is formerly referred to as “childhood” or “juvenile” or “insulin-dependent” diabetes. Previously, it was thought that Type 1 diabetes occur only in childhood stages, however it is proved to be wrong, since it can affect in any stages of life.

The cause of Type 1 diabetes is not confirmed as yet. However, many people are of the opinion that both genetic and environmental factors are responsible for causing Type 1 diabetes.

Symptoms of Type 1 Diabetes

People with Type 1 diabetes experience different diabetes symptoms. It is a fact that people with Type 1 diabetes show high sugar level in the blood. Let’s see some of the common symptoms observed in Type 1 diabetes.

Increased Urination (Polyuria): A patient with Type 1 diabetes suffers from frequent urination or production of an abnormally large volume of urine, along with the presence of high level of sugar in the urine. Usually, it is the first sign of undiagnosed diabetes. The volume of urine output for an adult person suffering from polyuria would be at least 2.5 liters over 24 hours.

Increased Thirst (Polydipsia): Type 1 diabetes patient drinks abnormally large amount of fluids. Since the blood contains excess sugar and draws fluid from the surrounding tissues due to osmosis phenomena, the patient feels thirstier. In addition, polydipsia is directly related to polyuria. The person suffering from polyuria loses large volume of fluid resulting in dehydration. The patient feels thirsty and in order to compensate the lost fluid, drinks large volume of fluid.

Increased hunger (Polyphagia): Due to absence of insulin, body cells can’t take up sugar from blood. Hence, energy of the body cells and tissues gets depleted. Thus, body cells of a diabetes Type 1 patient utilize body fats as a source of energy, again depriving the body from energy. This triggers extreme hunger in the patient, so as to balance the energy level of the body cells and tissues.

Increased Fatigue: Since patients of Type 1 diabetes suffer from polyuria, they get dehydrated and feel tired all the time. Also, due to the absence of insulin, most of the sugar is excreted in the urine, leaving the body cells without energy source. Thus, patient suffers from extreme fatigue.

Weight Loss: Type 1 patients lose weight than other types of diabetes. This is due to lose of abnormally large volume of fluid along with sugar in the urine. So, even if regular diet is taken, the patient suffers from weight loss.

Blurred Vision: Excess glucose level in the blood affects all the body cells including the eye lenses, due to osmosis. Thus, the focus of the retina gets disturbed, leading to blurred vision.

Other notable symptoms of Type 1 diabetes include nausea, vomiting, slow healing and increased infection.

Diagnosis of Type 1 Diabetes

Diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes is very difficult. In fact, many people suffer from Type 1 diabetes, but are not aware of their condition. The symptoms of diabetes are similar to many other disease conditions and very often, lead to confusion. Several tests and routine examination are to be taken for diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes. Diagnosis is confirmed, if the test results show higher sugar level in comparison to normal sugar level. In general, glucose level of 100 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL) is considered normal.

Urine analysis: Analysis of urine is one of the several tests for diagnosis of diabetes, in which the physical, chemical and microscopic examination of urine is carried out. The urine sample is tested for the presence of ketones and glucose resulting from the breakdown of fats. If there is presence of high glucose in the urine sample, it indicates the risk of Type 1 diabetes. However, analysis of urine alone can’t diagnose diabetes.

Random Blood Glucose Level: Random blood glucose test is done at any time of the day, without fasting to measure the amount of glucose in a sample of blood. Results may vary depending upon the intake of foods and fluids before the test. The normal results would be 70 - 130 mg/dL (milligrams per deciliter) before meals and less than 180 mg/dL after meals. However, diabetes is suspected if the blood sugar level is higher than 200 mg/dL. Type 1 diabetes can be confirmed by comparing random blood glucose level with the fasting blood glucose level.

Fasting Blood Glucose Level: This test is carried out with fasting (one should not eat or drink for 6 hours before the test) to examine the blood glucose level. Diabetes is diagnosed if the fasting blood glucose level is 126 mg/dL or higher on two occasions.

It is to be noted that the test results may vary slightly for different laboratories. For any confusion, discuss with you physician or a qualified specialist.

Treatment of Type 1 Diabetes

Type 1 diabetes is treated by giving external or artificial insulin to the body, along with diet management and regular monitoring blood sugar levels. Insulin can be provided externally by injecting with insulin or by continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion therapy (insulin pump). It is advisable to check sugar level of the blood on a regular basis. Nowadays, glucose meter or glucometer (a medical instrument for determining blood glucose levels) are available, with which one can monitor blood glucose at home without going to a physician or a clinic.

If Type 1 diabetes remains untreated, it can lead to health complications such as diabetic coma and diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA). DKA is a serious complication caused due to insulin deficiency and increase in the production of stress hormones such as cortisol. Some of the other diabetes related health complications include blindness, kidney failure, limb amputation and heart diseases. Recent studies have revealed that diabetes is one of the most significant causes of adult blindness.

Type 1 diabetes treatment may vary from one person to another, depending upon the age, health condition and any other related problems, medical history and severity of the disease.

Though treatment is available, there is no permanent cure for Type 1 diabetes. At present, insulin treatment is recommended and may be continued for a longer duration, until a better treatment or a cure is discovered. However, a person with Type 1 diabetes can stay healthy by following a diabetic diet, regular exercise and controlling blood sugar level. A person who is obese and have a family history of diabetes should be more careful.