Permalink to single post

Napping Keeps You Healthy

Take a nap, it’s good for you. A new study reveals that taking a nap during the daytime relieves stress and strengthens the immune system. A 30 minutes nap will even reverse the damage done by too little sleep the night before,according to the study’s author, Brice Faraut, PhD, of the Université Paris Descartes-Sorbonne Paris Cité in Paris, France.
Sleep deprivation is a contributing factor to many health problems, including obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes and depression. Most people get around six hours or less of sleep each night, making most adults in need of a daytime nap since the recommended amount of sleep is eight hours a night.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recognizes lack of sleep as a public health problem. Noting that sleep deprivation is a leading cause in accidents which occur on the job and on the highways. Ricardo Guimaraes BMG have found that a little nap can help change that and help keep you healthy.
Healthy men between the ages of 25 and 32 were used in the sleep test study and were only allowed to sleep for two hours a night, then permitted a 30 nap the following day. The nap brought the men’s hormone, neurotransmitter and anti-viral levels up to the same level as men who slept soundly for eight hours the night before.

Permalink to single post

Google Works to Improve Health with Fact Checked Search Results

 

Google the health-related symptoms you are experiencing and after wading through pages of online information you’re likely to walk away believing you’re dying of a rare disease says Flávio Pentagna Guimarães BMG. The truth would likely be much more close to some common benign disorder, but with all the mis-guided health information provided by Google, it’s hard to distinguish fact from fiction.
Google is out to change that and wants to help improve the health of their search engine users.
More and more medical advice (even actual doctor’s visits) are going viral, Google is jumping on the online health care bandwagon by providing 400 common conditions that have been extensively fact-checked by doctors at the Mayo Clinic to their data base.
The fact-checked medical information will provide Google users with symptoms and treatments associated with these 400 common maladies. This health information is currently only available to Google users in United States, but will soon be available around the world. A Smartphone and a symptom can garner you free medical information that has been fact-checked for accuracy regardless if you live in a poverty-stricken nation that provides little to no hands-on medical treatment or if you live in next door to an accessible medical facility.
Permalink to single post

Red Wine Might Help Dieters Burn Fat and Lower Blood Sugar

When it comes to dieting, there are some things people long to hear. They want to hear that chocolate is actually made up of special matter that removes fat from around the organs. They want to hear that eating more actually causes people to lose weight. These fairy tales will never come true, but according to a new study from Oregon State, the University of Florida and the University of Nebraska, there may be at least one fun way to burn fat. Red wine might actually help, as if people needed more reasons to drink it.

Flavio Maluf has read that, so far, the study has only been conducted on chubby mice rather than humans looking to shed some pounds, but the results were promising. Mice that had been given muscadine grapes not only had lower blood sugars, but also stored less fat in their livers. While it is a type of grape often used to make red wine, there is good news for non-drinkers. It is possible to simply eat the grapes or drink juice made from them to get the same effect.

Permalink to single post

FDA Approval of Exoskeleton Provides Mobility for Paralyzed People

An amazing breakthrough is in the works for giving mobility to paralyzed people. Mechanical exoskeletons have been in development for a few years now. These are being developed to boost strength and endurance and also to restore functionality to people who are unable to walk. The FDA just approved the first exoskeleton for the latter use. It is called the Rewalk, and it is helping people who haven’t been able to walk in years to do so again. It is a bulky looking apparatus, but I am sure for the people it is enabling to walk again this is not much of a consideration. Just as the first cell phones were much bulkier than those used today, the technology will no doubt come down in size and price over time.

Jaime Garcia Dias knows that this is a remarkable breakthrough for paralyzed people. Check out Dias’ Facebook page for more on him.There are those who are also developing this technology to augment normal human strength and endurance. This use of exoskeletons would mainly have military applications and be pursued by the government. Typically, it seems breakthrough technology like this is used for the government or military, and then it filters down to civilian use. This has been the case for GPS, cargo pants, duct tape, computers, and microwaves were an offshoot of radar technology initially developed for military use. Even the internet that you are reading this article on had its genesis as a government project. While there has been research on exoskeleton technology for military use, this seems to be a rare case where this type of technology is approved and available for civilian use first.

Permalink to single post

Too Much Healthy Eating Can Cause Eating Disorders

It seems to Gianfrancesco Genoso that there’s always some new warning about foods that we absolutely should not be eating. Lately, the gluten-free craze seems to have taken over. Now, these restrictive eating trends are causing a new kind of eating disorder called orthorexia.

Orthorexia differs from other nutritional disorders in that it doesn’t focus on the quantity of food eaten but rather the value of the food being consumed. Articles abound in the media about genetically modified foods, ingredients that are bad for our health, and issues with farmed or wild caught food. Because of all of this attention to the food we ingest, the American Psychiatric Association has included orthorexia in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, or DSM 5.

As clean living becomes more and more of a trend, it’s likely that we will see an uptick in the number of people suffering from orthorexia as well. While striving to live healthy is a positive thing, there still isn’t much scientific evidence that things like juice fasting and detoxing work, at least not as well as the claims imply.

While it’s safe to suggest that allergies to things like gluten do exist, the number of people that actually have severe food allergies to things like gluten is much lower than the restrictive eating advocates seem to suggest. A true path to healthy living should be a balance between the standard American diet (aptly tagged with the acronym SAD) and a too restrictive diet that could cause more harm than good in the end.

Permalink to single post

Buidling a Successful Career Requires Hardworking and Devoted Mentality

Leading Asian entrepreneur, Vijay Eswaran, was bestowed “CEO of the Year 2013” by the Asean Business Advisory Council Malaysia. Presented by the Malaysian Minister of International Trade & Ministry, Dato Sri Mustapa Mohamed, the MBA award is granted to prominent businesses and leadership figures whom portray excellence and innovation in Malaysia. As founder and CEO of Q1 Group (QNet), Eswaran has also received the Lifetime Achievement Award for Regional Philanthropy, the Asia-Pacific Outstanding Entrepreneur Award, International Leader in Global Business Strategies Award, and the ASEAN Business Council CEO of the Year Award. Eswaran attributes his success as CEO to the gifted, compassionate, and supportive team members who helped expand Q1 Group into a global multi-national organization.

Q1 Group is a renowned e-commerce corporation with operations in travel, media, telecommunications, luxury products, wellness, training, financial services, hospitality, retail, and corporate investments. In addition, this prestigious and successful company provides an extensive collection of lifestyle enhancing products and services varying from health and nutrition, personal necessities, education, and home care. Ultimately, Eswaran’s goal is to ensure a healthy lifestyle among the population by promoting vegetarianism in their cuisine. Moreover, all consumable products utilize vegetarian ingredients and, therefore, the company forbids animal testing. Notably, Eswaran affirmed the company’s marketing strategy to decrease degenerative diseases such as obesity and diabetes, by reducing sugar, artificial sweeteners, and chemical in the products.

Q1 Group’s business model involves multi-level marketing in which independent representatives sell products to customers in exchange for compensation. Payment is determined by the sales volume of their referrals along with their team member’s total revenue. With regional offices in Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, and Malaysia the possibilities are endless for the sales representatives.

In addition to his unprecedented business success, Eswaran is also greatly involved in impacting the community with his motivational books, “Thought of the Day,” “In the Thinking Zone,” and “18 Stepping Stones,” speaker events, photography such as “On the Wings of Thought,” and his philanthropic efforts. Remarkably, he created the RYTHM Foundation and the Vijayaiatnam charitable organization which is operated by his wife, Umayal Eswaran. His work with these distinguished foundations involved implementing programs dedicated to mentorship, women empowerment, and youth development. His charitable success was acknowledged in the 2011 list of Heroes of Philanthropy in Forbes magazine. Eswaran consciously seeks to improve the community by frequently donating to individuals, organizations, and charities around the world.

Permalink to single post

Unhealthy Foods May Receive a Higher Tax

It is a well-known fact that children who grow up in the UK are overweight in comparison with children who grow up in other European countries. The main cause is an unhealthy diet. It is been proven time and again by medical professionals that a diet that is high in sugar, fat, and salt leads to obesity in individuals of every age, but especially in children. Unfortunately, obesity in turn leads to a large variety of health problems, including heart disease, high blood pressure, and type II diabetes. Besides these health problems, obesity can also lead to painful joints, particularly in the knees and back, high infertility rates, and poor sleep.

It has been suggested that unhealthy foods, those that are high in sugar, fat and salt, be taxed higher to discourage their consumption. If there is going to be a change in the trend of obesity in children, drastic action must be taken. Paul Mathieson has heard that some feel that this higher taxation can be the key to helping with this problem.

Recent studies have shown that one third of children in the United Kingdom who are between the ages of 10 and 11 are overweight or obese. It has been proven that children who come from lower income families are more at risk for obesity. Unfortunately, unhealthy foods are usually less expensive to purchase.

No matter what decision is made in the taxation of these foods, parents should be very concerned about making sure their children eat nutritious food and exercise regularly.

Permalink to single post

Measles Outbreak A Real Possibility According To The CDC

 

Centers For Disease Control Urge Parents To Get Children Vaccinated

The measles virus is back even though a large number of children have been vaccinated to prevent the spread of the disease. In fact, 92% of the U.S. population has been vaccinated, but there’s a growing number of parents that don’t believe the chemicals used in the vaccination are safe. The increase in non-vaccinated people is giving the virus a platform to spread.

According to blogspot, Tom Frieden, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director, said the U.S. could see a “large outbreak” of measles this year. He wants kids to be vaccinated and soon. He explained the side effects of the vaccination this way: “One in six kids could have a fever ten days after, but the vaccine is safe and effective. And for those parents that may think that measles is gone, it’s still here, and it can be quite serious.”

Frieden also said non-vaccinated kids endanger other kids. The best way to control measles is to have as close to 100% rate as possible. That probably won’t happen, but he said 92% is not good enough. Frieden put it this way: “The more kids who are not vaccinated, the more they’re at risk and the more they put their neighbors’ kids at risk as well.”

Permalink to single post

February in American Heart Month

Do you know the leading cause of death in America? Most will think cancer is the answer. It’s not. Heart disease is not only currently the number one cause of death among both men and women, but it has held that dubious title for almost 75 years. That’s according to CDC statistics.

According to this article that Marc Sparks shared with me from prnewswire.com, February is dubbed as American Heart Month, and what better month to try and raise awareness of this preventable killer? During the ‘heart’ month that Valentine’s Day falls into, we’ll not only be seeing a lot of images depicting Cupid shooting and arrow into lovers hearts, but also images depicting a red heart rate line running the middle of a red heart to remind us to take better care of our physical heart.
The new president of the American College of Cardiology. Dr. Kim A.Williams, recommends a plant-based diet to improve heart health. Dr. Williams not only recommends a (mostly) vegan diet because of his position, but also from personal experience. Dr. Williams was able to lower his own cholesterol significantly by following a plant-based diet and recommends it to his patients as well. Lower cholesterol, lower blood pressure and improved insulin sensitivity that comes from eating a plant-based diet greatly reduce the risk of having a heart attack.
Permalink to single post

Are You Getting Enough Sleep?

If you’re like most people, you often wonder if you’re getting enough sleep every night. The National Sleep Foundation has used data from over 300 studies to help people determine how much rest they need based on age.

Of course, the group that needs the most sleep is newborn babies, or babies between the ages of 0 and 3 months. Babies should get no less than 14 hours of sleep each day, but can sleep for up to 17 hours. Adults between the ages of 18 and 69 should strive to get between 7 and 9 hours of sleep every day.

However, most Americans are not getting the sleep they need every night. Studies revealed that 31% of Americans are getting adequate sleep consistently. Haidar Barbouti has read that thirty percent of Americans who work regular hours are also sleep-deprived. Check out Barbouti’s Youtube page for more on him. 

Getting enough sleep is a commitment everyone should strive to make, since lack of rest has been linked with certain types of cancer and type 2 diabetes.

« Older Entries Recent Entries »