Pregnant Women, Nutrition, Exercise And Stress Avoidance

Women sometimes see pregnancy as a time to eat significant amounts of junk food. However, for the health of mother and baby, it is best to choose healthy, nutritious foods.

Well cooked fish, chicken, turkey and fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains are the best foods to choose. Be careful to avoid raw or under-cooked fish and meat, which could harbor pathogens and parasites.

Some women binge on junk food while pregnant. Poor eating habits, such as excessive sugar consumption, particularly refined sugar, can lead to diabetes, which would impact your health and that of your unborn baby.

Cravings for some foods will occur, such as fried chicken and chocolate, but be careful not to go on constant junk food binges during pregnancy.

Avoid smoking, drugs and alcohol consumption during pregnancy, as they can cause birth defects, miscarriages and still births. None of it is advisable during pregnancy (smoking, illegal narcotics use and excessive drinking regarding alcoholic beverages is not good for anyone’s health).

Avoid stress during pregnancy. When the mother is stressed and experiencing anxiety, the fetus experiences the same, due to increased levels of cortisol in the body. A stressed expectant mother can unintentionally create an environment for her unborn baby to develop “fetal distress.”

Women should also be careful of the pharmaceutical drugs they take during pregnancy, as some can cause birth defects and miscarriages. If you can avoid all pharmaceutical medication during pregnancy, it is best. Talk to your doctor about the risks of each pharmaceutical drug you currently take and the impact it can have on an unborn child.

It is also important to avoid dying or bleaching your hair during pregnancy. Healthcare professionals advise against this practice during pregnancy, as it can be harmful to the baby. Avoid all laser hair removal treatments as well, until you have safely given birth to your baby.

Excessive exercising during pregnancy can also be harmful, especially during a high risk pregnancy. After all, some women are order on bed rest during pregnancy. Exercise should be low impact and moderate. All exercise should also be approved by your licensed physician.

Pre-pregnancy weight is also important. Women who are overweight have greater difficulty conceiving and a higher risk of miscarriage. Get your body as healthy as possible in anticipation of pregnancy.

Aim to have as healthy and a natural pregnancy as possible, avoiding stress, toxins, chronic junk food binges and overly taxing activities. Enjoy your pregnancy as a happy time to nurture human life, bond with your unborn baby and relax. Have a safe and healthy pregnancy.

Genetically Modified And Scientifically Altered Foods Are Not The Best For Your Health

In an effort to cater to health conscious people, a number of food companies have produced products that are artificial versions of existing items, but with less calories and fat.

There are modified versions of butter and sugar, among other things, on the market, which have less or no calories, but contain chemicals that are not conducive to healthy neurological functions.

Some products were even branded cancerous in post-release studies, such as the formerly popular, alternative, chemical version of sugar, known as Saccharin.

Genetically modified and scientifically altered foods are not the best options for your health. Not to mention, the pesticides used during the growing process, as well as chemicals such as chlorine sprayed on fruits, vegetables and chicken for presentation purposes (to make them look more appealing) are not healthy.

Many non-organic meat products (including chicken) have been pumped full of hormones to make them bigger and look more appealing. When people go to the supermarket, they pick the biggest and plumpest chicken, turkey and cuts of beef, as it is more food and they look better on the table (that picturesque Christmas turkey or chicken). However, it is at a price, because these items do not natural grow to the sizes and shapes being presented in many major nations’ supermarkets.

These hormones in the food are causing girls to develop breasts at a younger age and more facial and bodily hair.

People should also be careful with their consumption of tofu and other soy products. Due to the fact many soybeans have been genetically altered and use certain methods of extraction to create soy products, coupled with the consumption levels by some, it is promoting cancer in select people.

While it is difficult to escape some genetically modified foods, especially if you live in a major world nation, one of the best things you can do is stay away from altered versions of sugar and butter, as much as you can. Some people consume real butter, but much less of it. Some consume brown sugar in moderation, rather than artificial sweeteners. Some consumer sea salt in moderation, rather than iodized salt.

Rather than artificial products, the more natural foods you choose the better for your health (fresh fruits, vegetables, black beans, lentils, brown rice and no more than 7 eggs per week if you have a healthy heart).

Some supermarkets, especially smaller ones, do not carry a wide variety of natural foods, which makes it more difficult to find the healthiest products. However, do try to buy more fresh fruits and vegetables. Additionally, buy genuine organic foods when you can afford to, as they aim to be chemical/pesticide free, which is better for your health.

Athletes And Heart Health

The human heart is vital to life. It is important that each person takes care of their heart. When you are an athlete, the risks become even greater. The general perception is athletes are in better shape and health than everyone else. However, there are some issues that need to be addressed.

Athletes have died from heart attacks while in training and during play. Their hearts failed for various reasons.

Congenital Heart Defects

Some athletes are born with a congenital heart defect that goes undetected and leads to an early death (hole in the heart, valve defect). It is best to see a cardiologist to evaluate your heart health and learn of the potential risks.

The Strain Of When You Train

Some athletes die from the strain sports places on their heart, which was unable to cope with the rigors of their sporting life.

Teens and adults who play sports have died from heart attacks. It varies from athlete to athlete. Therefore, each person must be individually evaluated by a licensed doctor.

The larger the athlete the more susceptible they are to a heart attack. The heart works harder to pump blood in larger people. When you add the rigors of sports to the equation, it can become a recipe for heart failure, if the necessary precautions are not taken.

Athletes need to take care of their heart health. There are a number of ways to do so.

Caffeine And Sports Drinks

Limiting caffeine intake is a smart step to not overstimulating the heart. Some athletes live on sports drinks. Some brands of sports drinks are packed with caffeine. The premise behind it is caffeine makes people more energetic. However, too much caffeine can lead to a heart attack.

Years ago I read about a store manager who had four sports drinks to keep him energetic at work during the night shift and he died of a heart attack.

Just the same and even more so, an athlete consuming too many sports drinks and working out/training/playing would induce a massive heart attack.

Cocaine

Some athletes take cocaine when they are depressed due to career problems. This is not a good idea for anyone, but even more so for an athlete, who is already working their heart in practice and play, more than the average person. Cocaine wreaks havoc on the body, especially the heart. It speeds up the heart rate to unsafe levels, which can lead to a heart attack. It also narrows the arteries over time, which can also lead to a heart attack (arterial blockage).

Ecstasy

Ecstasy is another bad drug that can lead to a fatal heart attack, especially when taken in tandem with alcohol.

Steroids

Some athletes also take steroids, which batter the heart. A number of wrestlers have died from heart failure due to steroids use. There is no safe way of taking steroids. It damages the body and could cost you your life if you don’t stop taking them. It’s not worth it.

Training

Athletes need to train as smartly as possible. Sports teams design their training programs to get the maximum effect. However, athletes when training on their own, take the initiative to push themselves to new heights. However, they can do too much and over work the heart. Athletes should speak to their doctor and a qualified trainer to make sure they are not overdoing it when they train on their own.

Poor Diet

Some larger athletes have a very poor diet full of red meat and fried foods, as their girth is a part of their dominance in sports (boxers, rugby players and linebackers in American football).

It is better to eat more lean chicken and turkey, than red meat that clogs up the arteries. Yes, you can have red meat, but not to excess. Adding grits, potatoes, sweet potatoes and yam to your diet, in tandem with vegetables, whole grains, leaner chicken and turkey, can help you maintain size.

Stress

Avoid stress whenever you can. Stress will wear away at your heart faster than age ever could over time. Stress can be a real killer. Stress can induce a fatal heart attack or stroke. Stress is also a cause of cancer.

Make a concerted effort to remove stress from your life. I know it can be difficult, but it is essential to eliminate as much stress as possible from your life for the sake of your health and well being.

Avoid Leaving Your Pets In The Sun For Prolonged Periods Of Time During Peak Hours

People need to limit the amount of time their pets spend outdoors during peak hours, which is when the sun is at its hottest.

Dogs are susceptible to the intensity of the sun’s ray and can incur skin damage due to too much exposure. Many people do not bear in mind that dogs can develop skin cancer (tumors) especially breeds with less hair.

Therefore, do not leave your pets in the sun for hours at a time, especially when the sun is at its most intense (which is more severe in tropical climates).

In closing, remember to keep your pets hydrated with fresh water and supply an adequate amount of nutritious food.

The Health Benefits Of Hot Water And Lemon Juice In The Morning

Lemon

Lemons have been known to have a cleansing effect. Doctors and scientists recommend drinking a hot or warm cup of water with lemon juice mixed in it in the morning to help cleanse the body, particularly the arteries. Lemons also have vitamin C, which helps to keep you healthy.

Hot water and lemon juice in the morning assists with keeping the blood pressure at safe levels (coupled with a healthy diet that features a moderate amount of salt and keeping one’s stress levels down).

It also assists with the elimination of waste from the body, such as urine. Lemons are also beneficial when you are on a diet. For instance, you can add a teaspoon of lemon juice to a cold or room temperature glass of water.

It is always best to use fresh lemons. However, if you are not able to do so, bottled lemon juice without many additives is useful as well. Look for the writing on the label that states it contains 100% lemon juice.

Follow Up: Public Transportation Seating Should Be Made Of Easy To Clean Plastics To Limit Germs And Infections

This is a follow-up to the April 2, 2017 article “Public Transportation Seating Should Be Made Of Easy To Clean Plastics To Limit Germs And Infections.”

On May 16, 2017 it was reported in the mainstream press, “Nine of the world’s most dangerous superbugs found on the tube.” The tubes are the British subway trains. Researchers found, “More than 120 different types of mould and bacteria growing on the seats and handrails” (see mainstream news article excerpt below).

As proposed in the aforementioned April 2, 2017 article, public transport worldwide would be easier to clean and on a regular basis, making it far healthier to travel, if fabric seating was replaced by plastic.

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Nine of the world’s most dangerous superbugs found on the tube 

16 May 2017 at 5:49pm –  Potentially deadly bugs have been found on the tube network  The research was commissioned by insurance company Staveley Head, and carried out by scientists at London Metropolitan University.

They took four swabs on each of the different tube lines, and found more than 120 different types of mould and bacteria growing on the seats and handrails.

Of the bacteria they found, nine were antibiotic resistant bugs that the World Health Organisation had issued a warning about, including the potentially deadly Klebsiella Pneumoniae. The bug doesn’t usually cause problems among healthy people, but can be very dangerous for sick people and those with weakened immune systems.

Usual health advice including washing your hands, keeping any wounds clean and avoiding touching your face or eyes with dirty hands should help to prevent any infections…

http://www.itv.com/news/london/2017-05-16/nine-of-the-worlds-most-dangerous-superbugs-found-on-the-tube

Are You Having Too Many Eggs Per Week And Damaging Your Health In The Process?

Medical organizations suggest having a maximum of 7 eggs per week should be safe for the average, healthy person and not elevate cholesterol levels to a dangerous point.

I bring this up because I have seen commercials and online ads for restaurants, which feature two eggs on one breakfast plate (often two fried eggs or a pile of scrambled eggs).

It is common place on diner food menus. However, it is not a healthy practice, particularly if it is repeated each day as a menu choice, by the same people. That’s one person potentially consuming 14 eggs for the week, which is unhealthy for the heart.

Some members of the public repeat this practice at home, as a part of a “hearty” albeit cholesterol laden breakfast, under the guise it is the most important meal of the deal. However, having too much food in one meal, particularly those full of cholesterol, is not good for the heart and arteries.

Restaurants need to stop serving two eggs in one breakfast meal. It is made worse if the individual has pancakes or French toast, which also contains a certain amount of eggs, albeit a smaller amount in the batter. For the sake of heart health, it is best to serve one egg per breakfast plate.

Many athletes also consume well over the recommended amount of eggs per week, using it as a source of protein. This is not heart healthy. It is compounded by the fact athletes do rigorous workouts that are taxing for the heart. Athletes need to revise their egg consumption as well and bring it in line within medical guidelines.

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Eggs: Are they good or bad for my cholesterol?

Most healthy people can eat up to seven eggs a week with no increase in their risk of heart disease. Some studies have shown that this level of egg consumption may actually prevent some types of strokes.

But the story is different for people who have diabetes. In this ever-growing population, eating seven eggs a week significantly increases the risk of heart disease.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, one large egg has about 186 mg milligrams (mg) of cholesterol — all of which is found in the yolk.

When deciding whether to include eggs in your diet, consider the recommended daily limits on cholesterol in your food:

  • If you are healthy, consume no more than 300 mg of cholesterol a day.
  • If you have diabetes, high cholesterol or heart disease, limit the daily cholesterol intake to no more than 200 mg a day.

If you like eggs but don’t want the extra cholesterol, use only the egg whites. Egg whites contain no cholesterol. You may also use cholesterol-free egg substitutes, which are made with egg whites.

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/high-blood-cholesterol/expert-answers/cholesterol/faq-20058468

The Importance Of Sleep To The Human Body (Repairing The Body, Burning Calories)

Woman sleeping in state of REM sleep (photo illustration by Lorenza Walker)

Sleep is very important to the human body. The body needs sleep to function properly. It can be equated to charging a phone battery.

When the phone’s battery is at a lower percent, the unit begins sending out warning messages indicating there is not enough power for some of the phone’s components to function and therefore cannot be loaded for use (camera, video camera ect).

When the phone’s battery is at 100% it functions at its best. Just so humans function best when properly rested.

Some people go without proper sleep, stating they only need 2-3 hours per night. However, medical science has established the optimal number of sleep is 8-hours per night.

People who lack sleep make more mistakes at work and while driving. They are also less productive due to decreased energy levels. They become forgetful, irritable and error prone.

Sleep is vital to brain health. Scientific studies have shown a repeatedly lack of sleep can lead to brain damage over time.

Sleep is the body’s way of regenerating and repairing any and all damage that can be repaired through said bodily process.

While you sleep, your body also burns calories. Lack of sleep means the body burns less calories, which can lead to weight gain in men and women.

Lack of sleep also throws off a woman’s menstrual cycle. Frequently missing sleep can cause missed periods, when you should aim to keep your body’s functions as normal and regular as possible.

Lack of sleep can also be a hindrance when trying to get pregnant. Women who are trying to get pregnant must eat a balanced diet, drink an adequate amount of water each day, maintain a healthy body weight and get the proper amount of sleep each night.

Sleep quality is important as well. Sleep in a quiet, dark room. Turn off the television and computer/tablets. Make sure the light from your mobile phone is off as well, by putting it in sleep mode.

Taking a relaxing shower or bath before bed is also conducive to a good night’s sleep. When you feel relaxed and clean from the soap and water, your body is in a more tranquil state.

Do not watch or read distressing or disturbing items right before you go to bed, as it will create anxiety, toxic thoughts, negative sleep patterns and disturbing dreams.

Sleep gives your brain and heart a type of semi-rest, where the organs do not have to work as hard as when you are awake and on the go.

Case in point, when a person suffers a traumatic brain injury, a near fatal drowning or has complications during surgery that negatively impacts the heart and or brain, they are placed in a medically induced coma to stem the damage and give the body a chance to repair itself as best it can, via a very deep state of drug induced sleep.

Don’t dismiss the importance of sleep and the adequate daily amount of 8-hours. It is a necessary function that assists the body in daily recovery and the cells in maintaining proper working order in the system.

Public Transportation Seating Should Be Made Of Easy To Clean Plastics To Limit Germs And Infections

Modes of public transportation such as trains, buses and taxis harbor germs. The problem is multiplied by the types of seat covering in use in trains, buses and taxis, namely fabric. This is a worldwide problem, not specific to any one nation, but all countries with the aforementioned modes of travel.

The use of fabric seating on public transport can harbor bodily sweat, urine, trace amounts of feces, vomit, sperm and vaginal secretions.

Another issue of public health concern regarding fabric seating on transport is infectious, easily spread mites such as scabies. Bed bugs can also burrow into the fabric via small breaks in the material.

There is also residue from spilled drinks and food present in the fabric.

Due to the difficulty of cleaning/washing seating fabric and in such large quantity in public transportation settings, they are only cleaned annually.

It is best to use plastic materials for seating on pubic transportation, as they can be thoroughly cleaned more frequently, for the sake of public health and do not harbor insects in the manner fabric can.

Spinach Is Very Good For The Heart

Spinach is very good for the heart. It is packed with vitamins and nutrients that aid in strengthening the heart (vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, C, K, iron, magnesium and phosphorus, among others).

Adding spinach to your meals on a regular basis improves your heart health (provided you are not eating very unhealthy foods on a regular basis, which clog the arteries).

For people recovering from heart problems, it is wise to follow your doctor’s prescribed regimen of medicine.

When you are able, it is wise to take light exercise, in accordance with the physical activity approved by your doctor, such as riding a stationery bike at a moderate speed, walking on a treadmill, ect. (very strenuous exercise can lead to a heart attack).

It is wise to avoid lifting heavy weights when you have heart problems, so as not to put too much strain on your heart, as it can lead to chest pains and a cardiac episode.

As you recover from health problems, such as a heart attack, it is wise to incorporate spinach into your diet. Spinach can be served as a side in a meal or included in the main dish.

For example, people recovering from heart attacks can add spinach to an egg white omelette or scrambled egg whites, which makes a great meal.

1.) Wash the spinach with water.

2.) Simply steam the spinach with sliced mushrooms in a pot of water for 5-minutes.

3.) Drain the water from the spinach and mushrooms.

4.) Place whisked egg whites in a small non-stick pan coated with a teaspoon of virgin olive oil, using a medium heat stove setting for cooking.

5.) While the egg whites are still runny (liquid) but beginning to become firm, place the spinach, mushrooms and half of a diced tomato in the middle of the egg whites.

6.)  If you are making scrambled egg whites, stir the mixture of whisked egg whites, spinach, mushrooms and half of a diced tomato in the non-stick pan, until cooked to desired consistency (approximately 1-minute cooking time).

If you are making an egg white omelette allow the mixture to cook for approximately 1-2 minutes without stirring, permitting it to solidify (become solid). Use a heat safe spatula to loosen the edges of the omelette from the pan as the mixture cooks.

7.) Using a heat safe spatula, remove the omelette or scrambled egg whites from the pan and serve on plate.

8.) If your doctor permits, you may add a small amount of salt substitute, a product that is sometimes recommended in hospital/doctor’s office cardiac diets (most salt substitutes do not taste good and have a very unnatural flavor, which makes one question its ingredients). If you are not permitted to eat salt (sodium), do not add it to the recipe.

You may also add black pepper, which is beneficial to the heart.