Monthly Archives: June 2016

Building Health

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h201It’s difficult to build success when health is an issue. Building health is a prerequisite for building success. I would like to pass along the health secrets I have learned over my seventy-two years.

Diet: Foods to eat in abundance:

Vegetables: Eat kale, mustard greens, bok choy, and spinach. All four are alkalizing to the body. An alkaline body cannot harbor infections. All four should be a big part of your health building routine. The taste buds can be re-educated to include the savory flavors of vegetables. I used to be partial to anything sweet. Now I lean toward the veggies when it comes to taste.

Make at least fifty percent of your food raw. Raw foods contain all the enzymes we need to digest foods properly. Some practitioners recommend an all raw food diet. I tried this for four years with disastrous results. All raw foods can be extremely hard on the digestive tract. It’s better to lightly steam your foods.

Proteins: Protein servings should be no greater than the palm of your hand. Vegetable servings should be two palm servings. Carbohydrates should consist of one palm serving. So use your had to measure portion sizes.

Foods to avoid: Avoid all sugar and gluten. Both seriously depress the immune system. Evidence points to a relationship between excessive sugar and gluten consumption and mental illness.

Drinks to avoid: Leave alcohol and dairy alone. Raw dairy can be consumed in moderation. Alcohol should be removed entirely from anyone’s routine. Alcohol kills, plain and simple. Building health involves eliminating it altogether.

Drink at least eight glasses of water daily. Coffee can be consumed in moderation if it is organic.

Do some form of exercise at least four times a week. I find walking and tai chi to be the most beneficial.

Eliminate all artificial sweeteners. They are all neurotoxins, Stevia can be used in moderation.

Maintain a healthy attitude. Set daily intentions, do daily spiritual reading, and incorporate daily prayer into your routine. All are integral parts of building health.

Keep your body in an alkaline environment. An acidic body cannot be healthy. Alkaline foods include all vegetables, avocados, lemons, and tomatoes. Acidic foods include all meats, poultry, nuts, and seeds

Finally, never consume iced drinks or foods. They shock the stomach, the lungs, and the throat. Keep everything warm. The body thrives on warmth and dies on cold. Cold foods like watermelon can be consumed in moderation during the summer months.

Hydrate to Dominate

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h19We all know that proper hydration is at the focal point of all nutritional plans. This idea is only intensified during exercise as, with physical exertion comes a much higher necessity for hydration. The human body’s ability to perform athletic movements precisely or to conduct proper exercise is decreased even with a small amount of dehydration. At the point of dehydration, or simply not hydrated adequately your muscles won’t be anywhere near optimal performance, there’s a possibility of dizziness and your body will cramp quicker.

Many factors can change the levels of hydration needed. The environment is a major factor. Warmer weather increases sweat loss and, therefore, require a higher intake of liquids. Humidity is a major factor, separate from temperature, that causes a person to sweat much more. As the athlete becomes improperly hydrated, the sweat rate will reduce. This will cause the body temperature to rise. Additionally, higher altitudes can cause more urination and more rapid breathing, which would also lead to a greater need for water intake. Illness is another factor that can heavily affect hydration levels. Water losses of as high as 200 ml/day can be a result of a fever. Vomiting and diarrhea can cause dehydration very quickly. Pregnancy, or breastfeeding, is another factor in hydration. Women who are pregnant should intake about 10 glasses of 250 ml of fluids while women breastfeeding should consume upwards of 12 glasses.

The rate at which a person should consume water is roughly equal to the rate the person is sweating. During colder weather many athletes can tolerate slightly lower hydration levels that equal nearly 2% without a risk. However, in warmer weather (>80 degrees Fahrenheit) dehydration could lead to a heat injury (heat cramps, heat exhaustion or a heat stroke) and impairs power production and acute motor function.

Fluid replacement is the main focus of coaches across all sports when it comes to proper hydration. Most coaches and athletes don’t know, or care, the rate at which it’s acceptable for water loss or the amount of water an athlete needs to consume. The idea surrounds the rate of hydration, water breaks, an athlete receives during exercise (practice or games). It is recommended that an athlete consume water prior to an exercise so as to better prepare the body to work, and help start the body at a proper hydration level. This should begin several hours before the exercise and continue until about 15-20 minutes before exercise. Throughout the exercise or sporting event, rehydration may prove difficult due to time constraints. Athletes should ensure hydration occurs at every break, timeout or pause in the action, if possible.

You can’t talk about proper hydration without at least mentioning hyponatremia. This is caused from an imbalance between hydration (increase) and electrolytes (decrease). With this imbalance, the sodium in your body becomes diluted and your cells begin to swell, which could cause mild health problems, and, at times, more severe, possibly life-threatening issues.

Healthy Oils to Compliment Your Lifestyle

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h18Choosing to live a healthy and holistic lifestyle has never been easier. We have all seen the energetic rise in superfoods; from super berries, raw cocoa to matcha tea. Many health conscious consumers spend time seeking out the next health food, eager to see if it has the power to compliment our healthy lifestyles.

Healthy oils have recently been in the superfoods spotlight, with their endless benefits and versatility whats not to love? All hail the healthy oil revolution! In a world of choice how do we make the decision on what type we want to introduce and accept into our healthy food repertoire?

Most share similar benefits for optimising health, but each come into their own when used in different ways. Some healthy oils simply offer distinctive flavours making them ideal to use as salad dressings or sautéing food; Walnut, hemp and almond to name a few.

Naturally some are better for cooking than others. Selecting an oil that can hold a high cooking heat, often known as ‘smoking point’ is the key to cooking. Olive, avocado and organic virgin coconut oil can all be used for cooking. You may choose to embrace a few varieties into your kitchen cupboards as each offer a different usage and flavour.

When it comes to cooking organic virgin coconut oil is the winning choice, with over 90% of its fat being saturated it is naturally resistant to high heat. It is packed full of powerful health benefits, naturally high in Lauric acid believed to lower cholesterol as well as being packed full of antibacterial qualities and due to its nutritious qualities it can boost metabolism.

If you are not keen on coconut flavour, you can source odourless, still reaping all its health benefits without compromising on taste. However if the taste excites your tastebuds it really can lift a basic recipe, delicious vegetables suddenly take on a smoother and richer flavour.

Why choose ‘organic virgin coconut oil’? It simply means it has been extracted in two ways, via extraction from fresh undried coconut meat or extracted from pre dried meat. Both natural processes offer a ‘less processed’ product. Antioxidants are much higher in organic virgin varieties, increased antioxidants mean extra nourishment for our cells to absorb and benefit from.

Coconut oil is not just for your kitchen cupboard. With over 100 known uses, it does not just have to sit in your kitchen cupboard. It can be used as a moisturiser for both hair and skin, soothes cuts and grazes or use it to create your own natural deodorant. A true superfood and a trusted diverse health companion.

Lets not forget our other healthy cooking companion! The new kid on the block, Avocado also holds a high cooking heat and can be used liberally to compliment salads or simply drizzled over bread as a quick healthy snack.

This tasty alternative is a friendly carrier for other flavours, its subtle taste make it a great partner for a range of food. A great source of Vitamin E, an avid promoter of healthy skin and hair and natural appetite suppressant, avocado oil should hold a place in your healthy cupboard.

Brain Tumor: Surgery and Other Treatment Options

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h17Successfully treating tumors that form in the brain could be challenging. Brain tumor surgery can be especially difficult if the tumor is near a delicate part of the brain or the spinal cord. However, research in the past few years has significantly helped surgeons to provide better treatment options for such tumors. Surgeries have become more refined, various types of tumors that respond to chemotherapy have been identified and techniques for more targeted delivery of radiation therapy have improved the chances of survival in these cases.

Benign and Malignant

Brain tumors can be either benign or malignant. Benign tumors can generally be removed and they seldom grow back. Some benign tumors however press on sensitive areas of the brain and could cause serious health problems. Benign tumors could sometimes be life threatening too.

Malignant tumors contain cancer cells. These cells grow and divide rapidly and invade the healthy parts of the brain too. They can even spread to other parts of the body.

Treatment overview

The treatment options generally depend on several factors that include:

· Size, type and grade of the tumor

· Whether it is creating a pressure on other sensitive areas of the body

· Whether it has spread to other parts of the body

· Side effects of the treatment

· Patient’s overall health

It is a known fact that some types of tumors in the brain grow rapidly and some grow slowly. Depending on the action plan by your doctor, your treatment options could include surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy or a combination of these.

Brain Tumor Surgery

Surgery is generally the first approach used for treating tumors in the brain. Removing the tumor can improve some of the neurological symptoms. It can also provide the doctors with tissue for further diagnosis.

In this surgery, a part of the skull is removed in order to operate on the tumor. After the tumor is successfully removed, bones from the patient’s body are used to cover the opening. Sometimes, performing a surgery is not possible because the tumor is located in a place where the surgeon cannot reach or is near a vital structure. In such cases the tumors are inoperable and other treatment options need to be explored.

Now -a -days advanced techniques are available for brain surgery such as cortical mapping that allows a doctor to identify the areas of the brain that are responsible for controlling the senses, speech, motor skills etc. Advanced imaging devices provide doctors with the right tools to map out the exact location of the tumor.

Other treatment options

Radiation Therapy and chemotherapy

Radiation therapy uses high energy rays to destroy the cancer cells. It is used to either slow down or stop the growth of the tumor. Radiation therapy is generally used along with chemotherapy. Chemotherapy uses drugs to destroy the cancer cells. In case of brain tumors, chemotherapy is generally used after surgery if the tumor has grown again.