Thursday, September 09, 2010
Friday, September 03, 2010
Healthy Diet Tips for Women
Always start your day by eating a big breakfast. If you are working take lunch from home instead of eating at the cafeteria. Try to share a dessert plate instead of gorging on one whole plate yourself. Use mustard where you would eat mayonnaise. Eat food which is low in calorie. If you consume alcohol limit yourself to the weekends. When you are having your cereals ensure that you have fat free milk along with it. If you have sweet tooth then try to balance your meal for the day so that you do not take in extra calories.
There are many simple nutrition tips which you can follow but some of the most essential tips can lead you on the path of a healthy living. These nutrition tips will not only help you to stay fit but also help you to get all the required nutrition content which a body needs. Intake of iron, calcium and vitamin D are very essential for a woman so ensure that you consume daily. Try eating a lot of berries they are rich in vitamin C, fiber and folate. They have the essential nutrients which helps you to fight diseases. For example cranberries are great for prevention of urinary infection. So follow certain simple health tips and rules to stay healthy and fit.
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Friday, August 27, 2010
Thinking Of Switching To A Vegetarian Diet
A question on many people’s minds is “what makes a good vegetarian diet.” There are a lot of reasons one might choose to be vegetarian, some very different from others. Regardless of what your reasons are, there are a lot of great and healthy foods available.
A lot of vegetarians find it difficult to find good food in an American culture because there is such an abundance of meat. Some meat eaters feel that this is no problem because the meat products can easily be “picked” out of foods. However, it is very often the case that meat products will be unthinkingly added to foods for flavor. It is not easy to “pick” these meats out. In fact, it is rarely the case that the meat in foods are easily removed, and doing so can often leave the food bland and unappetizing if the meat was a major ingredient.
Contrary to popular belief, a vegetarian is not limited to salads. There are many different types of vegetarians as well. Semi-vegetarians avoid only red meats, but will eat fish and poultry. Lacto-vegetarians will eat no meat, but will eat eggs. And vegans (or “total-vegetarians”) will eat only plant-based foods. In each case, a regular diet will be different, but even vegans are able to enjoy a variety of foods.
Vegetarian diets tend to be healthy since they are devoid of many high-cholesterol and high-fat meat products. Vegetarians tend to have lower risks of high blood pressure, heart disease, and obesity; although, this does not mean that every vegetarian diet is automatically healthy. There are plenty of foods that are vegetarian which can also contain high levels of fats and cholesterol.
Vegetarians must also be cautious about getting all of the nutrients they need. Since many do not eat any meat or dairy products, it can be difficult to achieve proper amounts of protein. Plant proteins can be substituted for meats and dairy based proteins as long as the sources are varied and enough calories are being consumed to meet daily energy needs. The same holds true for iron, which is abundant in red meat, eggs, and liver. Dried fruits, spinach, and dried beans are examples of good, plant based sources of iron.
Though vegetarians who do not consume dairy products may find it more difficult to obtain proper amounts of calcium, studies have shown that vegetarians are better able to absorb the nutrient than nonvegetarians. Though the reason for this is still unsure, it is something that vegetarians should take advantage of. Some good sources of calcium for vegetarians are spinach, broccoli, and some legumes and soybean products.
Becoming vegetarian is not always an easy choice at first; however, it does not have to be a limiting choice. With such a wide array of healthy, nutritious, and delicious foods available, there is no reason to rely on the same foods in your diet. Like with any nutritional diet, be sure to vary your meals so that you receive the nutrients you need from a variety of sources.
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Top 5 health tips
• Enjoy plenty of whole grains, fruits and vegetables. Surveys show most Americans don't eat enough of these foods. Do you eat 6-11 servings from the bread, rice, cereal and pasta group, 3 of which should be whole grains? Do you eat 2-4 servings of fruit and 3-5 servings of vegetables? If you don't enjoy some of these at first, give them another chance. Look through cookbooks for tasty ways to prepare unfamiliar foods.
• Maintain a healthy weight. The weight that's right for you depends on many factors including your sex, height, age and heredity. Excess body fat increases your chances for high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, some types of cancer and other illnesses. But being too thin can increase your risk for osteoporosis, menstrual irregularities and other health problems. If you're constantly losing and regaining weight, a registered dietitian can help you develop sensible eating habits for successful weight management. Regular exercise is also important to maintaining a healthy weight.
• Eat moderate portions. If you keep portion sizes reasonable, it's easier to eat the foods you want and stay healthy. Did you know the recommended serving of cooked meat is 3 ounces, similar in size to a deck of playing cards? A medium piece of fruit is 1 serving and a cup of pasta equals 2 servings. A pint of ice cream contains 4 servings. Refer to the Food Guide Pyramid for information on recommended serving sizes.
• Eat regular meals. Skipping meals can lead to out-of-control hunger, often resulting in overeating. When you're very hungry, it's also tempting to forget about good nutrition. Snacking between meals can help curb hunger, but don't eat so much that your snack becomes an entire meal.
Monday, August 23, 2010
The History of Bottled Water
This video was brought to mind this morning as I filled several liters of reusable water bottles with tap water in preparation for heading out into the field. It was also brought to mind by the newest Scienceblogs advertorial blog, Pepsico. In addition to being a major manufacturer of those sugary drinks the CDC is warning you not to drink on hot days, Pepsi is also a major producer of bottled water. Their Aquafina brand of bottled water is filtered, municipal tap water. But while muncipal water supplies are required to report their water quality and comply with federal drinking water standards, much fewer regulations exist around the quality of bottled water. So while there are some places where there are legitimate reasons for people to drink bottled water (e.g., lead pipes, pollution from coal mining or natural gas extraction), for the vast majority of Americans, there is no health benefit to drinking bottled water over municipal tap water.
Honestly, though, bottled municipal tap water doesn't bother me as much as bottled spring water, where the springs and the aquatic ecosystems that depend on them can be destroyed in pursuit of the mythical pureness (and retail power) of spring water. While the bottled water industry will assure you that their groundwater consumption is much less than 1% of the national total groundwater withdrawals, the effects of those withdrawals are localized and not distributed around the country evenly. Finally, it doesn't take much analysis to understand why buying bottled water from Fiji, an island in the tropical Pacific where a shallow freshwater lens will be irrevocably contaminated by salt water intrusion by overpumping of the aquifer, is a ridiculously bad idea.
Drink more fluids (nonalcoholic), regardless of your activity level. Don't wait until you're thirsty to drink. Warning: If your doctor generally limits the amount of fluid you drink or has you on water pills, ask him how much you should drink while the weather is hot. Don't drink liquids that contain alcohol or large amounts of sugar-these actually cause you to lose more body fluid. Also, avoid very cold drinks, because they can cause stomach cramps.
But, maybe, before you pass by the sink on your way to the fridge to get that nice bottle of water, you should watch this video...
So, today, drink plenty of tap water and stay cool!
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Essentials of Healthy life – Cleanliness a brief review
A step way process regarding cleanliness of hands is given below:
• Use warm water
• But avoid scorching your hands.
• Use anti-bacterial soap or hand wash.
• Wash between fingers and use paper towels to wipe off.
Washing of hands has to be followed:
• Before eating
• After eating
• After using the toilet
• After playing outdoor games
• After attending to a sick person
• After blowing nose, coughing, or sneezing; and after handling pets.
The proverb "Cleanliness is next to Godliness," a common phrase that describes humanity's high opinion of being clean. Purposes of cleanliness include health, beauty and to avoid the spreading of germs .If your hands have any kind of skin cut or infection, wash hands with an anti bacterial soap. Thoroughly wash with hot, soapy water all surfaces that come in contact with raw meat, poultry, fish, and eggs before moving on to the next step in food preparation. Consider using paper towels to clean kitchen surfaces.
Keep pets, household cleaners, and other chemicals away from food and surfaces used for food. Along with removing any old food or dirty water, it’s a very good practice to clean the bowls or containers that the food and water are in, ever Hygienic practices—such as frequent hand washing or the use of boiled (and thus sterilized) water have a profound impact on reducing the spread of disease. This is because they kill or remove disease-causing microbes (germs) in the immediate surroundings. For instance, washing one's hands after using the toilet and before handling food reduces the chance of spreading E. coli bacteria and Hepatitis A, both of which are spread from fecal contamination of food.
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Depending on their place and strength, there are different provisions by which tropical cyclones are identified, such as hurricane, typhoon, tropical storm, cyclonic storm and tropical dejection.
Tropical cyclones can produce enormously strong winds, tornadoes, torrential rain, high waves, and storm surges. The deep rains and storm surges can construct general flooding. Although their possessions on human populations can be disturbing, tropical cyclones also can have valuable effects by relieving deficiency circumstances. They carry heat gone from the tropics, an essential mechanism of the global special atmospheric movement that maintains balance in the earth's troposphere.