Wednesday, 31 October 2007

College Students

College Students
By John Caldecott.

When you go away to college, you are thrown into an unfamiliar environment. Sleeping in a bed that is not your own and dealing with a new roommate you don’t know may be difficult enough, but you can’t forget about learning how to eat healthy foods while at college. Healthy eating is important so that you keep the weight off and keep your immune system healthy.

It is first important to settle into an eating routine. At home, you would probably never eat after a certain time at night—don’t at college either. If you’re used to eating breakfast, wake up before classes in enough time to do so. At the very least, be sure that you have time between classes for a balanced lunch and dinner. Don’t skip meals.

If your schedule is hectic, as most people find, you’ll need to schedule time to eat. Instead of grabbing food from a vending machine when you are hungry, plan ahead. Take a healthy salad or sandwich with you to eat if you have class over mealtime. Most professors don’t mind if you bring food to class as long as your eat it quietly.

When you do have time to eat in the cafeteria, it is important to make healthy decisions. Most colleges offer pizza and a variety of desserts every day, but that doesn’t mean you have to eat them! Look for choices that have a balance of the food groups in every meal. A good indication that you have a nutritious meal is color. If your trey is colorful, with fruits, vegetables, and proteins, you are on the right track.

Of course, not every college has a cafeteria, and even if yours does you might choose to eat elsewhere. It’s very tempting to order Chinese food or other delivery, especially when participating in study groups. Try to find the best options here and allow yourself to splurge only on special occasions. For example, if someone is ordering pizza, see if the pizzeria also offers salads. This may be a healthy option. Try to stay away from fried or greasy foods.

College is one of the best times of your life. Don’t let poor eating choices ruin the experience. You might also want to note as a closing thought that alcohol has more empty calories than most of the foods you can eat at the cafeteria combined. Staying away from it can not only keep you safe, but also healthy. Add an exercise routine at a local gym, and you’ll never see that freshman fifteen!

Godbless,
John Caldecott.

High Fiber Diets

High Fiber Diets
By John Caldecott.

Fiber is mostly polysaccharides composed of glucose units, but human digestive enzymes cannot break the bonding of these units. We can think of fiber as non-starch polysaccharides. These include cellulose, hemicellulose, pectin, and some other types of fiber. That might sound like Greek to you, but fiber is an important part of our daily diet, and a high fiber diet might be perfect for your body.

Depending on their solubility in water, there are of two main types of fiber: soluble fiber and insoluble fiber. Both of these types are important for optimum health. Fiber has a number of health benefits and hence is highly recommended in daily food. Some of its health benefits are:

• It promotes the feelings of fullness and reduces energy consumption.
• It prevents constipation, hemorrhoids, and other intestinal problems.
• Fiber helps prevent bacterial infection of the appendix.
• It reduces the risk of colon cancer.
• It stimulates the muscles of the digestive tract and helps them retain their health and tone.

To keep the digestive tract healthy and prevent other disorders like hemorrhoids and intestinal problems, people normally need 20 to 35 grams of fiber daily. These can be obtained from a variety of plants, vegetables and fruits. Fibers are especially abundant in whole foods. All fruits are rich in fiber. For just 2 grams of fiber, you could eat 1 small apple, 1 peach, 1 small banana, 2 prunes, 16 large cherries, or a number of other fruits. Grains also contain fiber. For 2 grams of fiber, simply try 1 slice of whole wheat bread, 2 slices of cracked wheat bread, 1 cup of cooked oatmeal, 2 cups of popped popcorn, or ¼ of a cup of corn bran.

If you are on a low-carb diet, you can try eating cooked vegetables to provide your body with adequate fiber. For 2 grams of fiber, eat ½ of a cup of broccoli, 1 cup of celery, ½ of a cup of carrots, 1 small potato, 1 large tomato, or a variety of beans. Beans, or any type of legume, are the real powerhouses for fiber. By only eating ½ of a cup of kidney beans, 1 cup of dried peas or lentils, or ½ of a cup of canned baked beans, you can provide your body with a whopping 8 grams of fiber. If all else fails, small amounts of fiber can also be found in peanuts, walnuts, and pickles, so there is really no excuse for not getting enough fiber in your diet!

Godbless,
John Caldecott.

Food Pyramid

Food Pyramid
By John Caldecott.

An overwhelming variety of both natural and highly processed foods is available at the market. To guide people in picking healthy food items, the US Department of Agriculture has designed the food pyramid. It is a labeled illustration, shaped like a pyramid, which demonstrates groups of essential food types and the quantity in which a normal individual requires each of these foods.

At the base of the food pyramid are such food items that serve as ready sources of energy. These are rich in starch, low in fat, and include cereals, pasta, bread, and different types of grains. By the specifications of the food pyramid, a normal adult individual needs 6 to 11 servings of these items daily. Whole grains are the best and healthiest food of this group. In a single serving of these foods you can include a slice of bread, a cup of cereal flakes, one flat tortilla, and one ounce of rice or pasta.

As the geometry of the food pyramid shows, vegetables and fruits are required in less quantity than carbohydrates. Normally, a grown person would need 3 to 5 servings of vegetables and 2 to 4 servings of fruits daily. The high fiber content of vegetables and fruits make them ideal food items as fiber keeps the bowel movements in order. In addition, they are both rich in vitamins (required for immunity and general health) and minerals, which ensure the proper functioning of various body organs. Among vegetables, go for more dark green vegetables and try to pick fresh fruits instead of fruit juices.

Next upper chamber in the food pyramid is occupied by proteins and dairy products. You need 2 to 3 servings daily of each of these foods. Protein comes from lean meat, eggs, fish, beans, and nuts. It is advisable to remove the visible fat on the meat so as to make it a low fat item. Be moderate in using nuts, since they also hold fats. Among the dairy products, milk is the complete diet with most of the required vitamins and minerals like calcium, phosphorus, and magnesium. Cheese and yogurt are also recommended dairy foods. Try to abstain from high intake of ice cream and cheese that is high in fat.

Lastly, at the top of the food pyramid lie fats, including oils, and sweets. The recommended quantity of these items is limited to sparing use. Butter, cream, oils, candies, margarines etc., are all foods that are not easy to digest and hence should be used in minimal amounts. However, it is an important part of our diet, just as all the other parts of the food pyramid are important as well.

Godbless,
John Caldecott.

Fad Diets

Fad Diets
By John Caldecott.

Fad diets are a sort of diet plan or aid that aims at losing weight, usually in a relatively short time. Fad diets attract a large number of people who suffer from weight problems and are helplessly looking to some way of arriving at a shapely physique. The problem with fad diets is that their fat-reducing effect is temporary and results in quick regain of weight. What is worse is that most of these diets are harmful to health.

Fad diets are not as new as they might seem at first. These date back to the mid 19th century when an obese Londoner was prescribed such a diet on experimental basis. Now, after a century and a half, fad diets have become popular among people with weight problems. Teens and young adults especially flock to fad diets for answers to weight problems.

Fad diets are usually centered on a higher consumption of fats or proteins while stressing to go easy on or, in some cases, completely cut out carbohydrates. It is the low intake of carbohydrates that brings about rapid weight loss. In fact, this rapid loss is the loss of water that glycogen has stored. With loss of glycogen, the large amount of water stored in it is also lost and body weight drops. The fats are still there and as the fad diets are given up, the body regains its proportion of water lost. Weight is put back on as fast as it was lost.

Normally, carbohydrates remain the source of energy for work. With fad diets, the carbs are no longer there so the body starts using the stored fat, breaking it down. This may appear beneficial but in fact it is not. In the absence of carbs, fats cannot be completely oxidized and put to work. Hence, the body feels fatigued and weak. In addition, the ketone molecules resulting from the fat-breakdown accumulate in the blood and are excreted out via urine, causing dehydration.

Given the harmful health effects of fad diets, it is important for us, especially the weight-conscious people, to recognize and beware of these diet plans. Watch out for diets that:

• Promise quick weight loss
• Publicize before and after pictures
• Present weight-loss testimonials
• Tend to limit natural food choices
• Require a large sum of money

Fad diets may be popular, but they can greatly hurt your body. Be careful with any diet or exercise program and ask your doctor to be sure it is safe.

Godbless,
John Caldecott.

Fat

Fat

Numerous sources of information will tell you that fats are potentially harmful elements of your diet. While this is true in general, it does not imply that fats are not valuable from a nutritional point of view. In fact, fats are absolutely necessary for maintaining proper health. Fats are the chief form of energy stored in the body. During times of unavailability of food, the fats stored in the body provide energy to prevent starvation.

There is good scientific reason behind why fats, and not carbohydrates, remain the chief form of stored energy in the body. The body cannot store glycogen (the dominant form of the body's carbohydrates) in great amounts because glycogen holds a great deal of water and is very bulky. Fats, on the other hand, can be packed tightly together without water. They can store much more energy than glycogen in a small space.

Foods rich in fats are valuable in many situations. One gram of fat (or oil) provides twice as many calories as obtained from one gram of carbohydrates. People doing hard physical labor and those traveling in cold climates require ample supply of fats to provide energy in the form of heat. Fatty foods usually carry tempting aromas and flavors that cause you to eat these foods in excess, getting unneeded calories.

How do you know when to stop eating? Well, there are certain fats in the food that slow digestion and give the brain a signal to stop eating. That is why fatty foods give a fuller feeling of satisfaction.

The vital organs of the body are surrounded by and cushioned in fat pads that function as shock absorbers. Also, the layer of fat beneath the skin prevents the body from extremes of temperature conditions. Fats also dissolve some essential nutrients like vitamins A, D, E, and K.

Without some fat in our diet, we cannot survive. The fear of eating too much fat and gaining weight is often associated with anorexia and other eating disorders, but fat, in moderate amounts, is actually healthy for your body. Look for fats that are good for your body, such as those found in olive oil, and reduce the fats that are bad for your body, such as the ones found in fast food.

Remember to eat a small amount of good fats every day so that you can maintain good health.
John Caldecott.

Sunday, 28 October 2007

Aniversary

Our 29th Wedding Aniversary.

Just a matter of fact - that's all.
It's our (My Wifes and Mine) 29th Wedding Aniversary today.

Just thought i'd mention it by the way.

Happy Aniversary to You and Yours when it arrives!

Godbless, John.

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Sunday, 14 October 2007

Vitamins for Your Mental Health

Vitamins for Your Mental Health
By John Caldecott

Vitamins help you body in a number of different ways. However many people do not realize that vitamins are also crucial for helping the health of your mind. Depression is one of the many mental illnesses that can really help to ruin a person’s life if left untreated. If you are hoping to deal with your depression in a way that is healthy to your body but does not include the use of drugs, you might want to gain a better understand of just how vitamins can work for your depression. Vitamin supplements can help you fight your depression.

First and foremost, study the B vitamins. B-complex vitamins are essential to your well-being, including your mental and emotional health. They are water-soluble, which means that they cannot be stored in the body over time to be used at a later date, and so you must eat foods rich in B vitamins every day or take vitamin supplements. B-vitamins that could cause or add to your depression include thiamin, which provides energy to your brain, and pantothenic acid, which is crucial in the formation of certain hormones that suppress depression. Most other B vitamins affect your mental and emotional state as well, and because they are broken down in the body by alcohol and sugar, many people find it a struggle to eat enough food rich in the B vitamins. You should talk to your doctor about vitamin supplements in these areas in order to treat your depression.

Vitamin C is also extremely important in the fight against depression. Normal levels are usually easy to achieve in the body, but you might find that you need a boost from vitamin supplements if you have recently have surgery or an inflammatory illness. Lack of vitamin C is common if you are stressed or pregnant, so be particularly mindful of your depression during these times of life.

A variety of minerals, like magnesium, calcium, and zinc can also help you to fight your depression. The bottom line is that it is important for you to talk to a doctor if you believe that you are depressed. Vitamin supplements and medical care can help you to fight depression in many cases. You doctor will be able to recommend brands that are of high quality and instruct you on how to take the vitamin supplements so that your body can get all of the nutrients it needs to stay happy and healthy, both physically and mentally.

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Monday, 1 October 2007

Effects of a stroke

Effects of a stroke
By John Caldecott.

There are things that you should know if you or someone that you know has had a stroke or deal with the aftermath. There are going to be certain things that are not going to be easy to do or deal with anymore. This is why it is important to know as much about it as you can. There are things that you have to be aware of so that you are not disappointed or upset when you realize that it is not possible anymore.

A stroke is going to affect your brain and cells that control parts of the body. If these parts of the body are damaged, you may not be able to have the same kind of control that you once did with them. You have to make sure that you are doing what you can to make the situation a little easier on yourself if you are the victim or the person that has gone through the stroke. The idea is to know what is happening to you and your body at the time.

What happens during a stroke is very important. This will determine the extent of damage that you have to your body and your brain. There are many things that can happen from a stroke and for some it may result in death in the more severe cases. It is always important to make sure that you have the right amount of support with mental and physical pain when going to through the ordeal of a stroke. This will mean for everyone from the victim to the people that are their taking care of the patient.

Sometimes with the right amount of rehab and proper amount of therapy, a person can get through the repositions of a stroke. They can get well over a long time period. It is going to take a lot of determination and hard work but if the person is persistent enough they can make it through. It will depend on their will to get through the stroke and over come all of the pain and grief that has been done to their body from the stroke.

There are more and more things that can be done to help a patient that has had to deal with a stroke. Many times a person will think that their life is over and that there is no hope when in reality it is important to know that there are researchers out there finding new things all the time to help people dealing with a stroke. It is very important to keep positive and have the best attitude possible when having to deal with getting over a stroke.

Depression after stroke

Depression after stroke
By John Caldecott

There are so many emotions that a person may feel when they are going through the terrible ordeal of a stroke. This is very hard time for anyone to go through and it is important for you to be very strong but it is important to be able to go through all the steps that are necessary to make a fast and good recovery.

When going through the ordeal of a stroke a person has to have a good support system. They have to have someone that will be there for them and give them the help that they need and someone to confide in as well. A stroke victim is going to need help with both the physical and the emotional part that they will go through.

There will be many feelings and this is very important to address. Helping someone that has been through the process of a stroke is going to be something that you can do to make a difference. The worst thing that can happen is for someone to go into a deep depression when they are trying to recover from a stroke.

Having fun is important too. Making a stroke survivor laugh is important so that they can see that they still have life ahead of them and that they are going to make it through the bad times and have many more good times ahead of them. Making sure that the person knows that they can still go out and enjoy life is very important.

If you or someone that you know has been through the process of a stroke, you have to get up and moving around. Get up every morning and get dressed. Make sure that you are feeling good about yourself and that you have the confidence to go through life.

Make sure that a person that has survived a stroke is going to all the appropriate therapy sessions. It is important to get the strength back and get back to normal or as normal as possible. It will make the difference between someone gaining their life back and someone just giving up. Getting through this time is difficult and it is only time and healing that will make it better.

Depression is hard on anyone especially someone that has been through a devastating process like a stroke. The most important thing is to not stress over it and get through the bad times and know that good times are coming again and that the opportunity for a second chance has been given so do not pass it up. It is important to have a better diet and the right exercise as well so that the body can gain strength and be healthy once again.

Age and Gender for Stroke

Age and Gender for Stroke
By John Caldecott.

It does not matter what age or gender you are when it comes to being at risk for a stroke. Most things that you have to be old to take a stroke but that are not the case at all. It can happen to anyone at any time and it is so important to make sure that you are completely ready with the right knowledge so that you are protecting your body and others from the possibility of having a stroke.

Older adults are what most would think of when it comes to taking a stroke. Usually this is true and it is more likely to happen to someone that has high blood pressure. Anyone that is overweight and smokes or has diabetes can also be put in the higher category for having a stroke.

Younger people are not immune to having a stroke. There are about 28% of stroke victims that are under the age of 65. Strokes in younger people usually affect men and women in the same ways. However drugs and alcohol is also a big part of younger people having a stroke. This is something that is becoming more and more popular and young people need to know that they have to take care of their bodies and not treat them like a garbage can so that they are not at risk for having a stroke too young.

In most age groups except for the older adults, a stroke is more common in women. It will kill more women than men no matter what ethnic group they are in. Women defiantly have a greater risk for hemorrhagic strokes occurring than in men. It is not really understood why this is so, however researchers are doing more and more studies on the facts to find out just what is going on.

No matter what your age or gender you have to find out what you can do to lower your risk for stroke. Eating and exercising are the two biggest things that you can change to get the risk lowered. However, drinking and doing drugs is going to be something else that can cause men and women to have stroke. It is so important that younger people are getting the right facts so that they do not put their bodies at risk for danger later on in life and ending up dead from a stroke when it could have been prevented.

If you are a parent, you need to show your child the facts now so that they are in a good understanding of what they have to look out for later on down the road. You have to help them lead their life in the right direction and get them to know that this is a serious problem and it can be stopped before it happens.

Stroke

A stroke
By John Caldecott

A stroke can be very scary. You will find that it can cause some part of the brain to loss control over a certain part of the body or you may lose consciousness since your bloody supply is interrupted. When you have a stroke you will feel a sudden loss of neuro function. There are many reasons why you might have a stroke and there are different parts of the brain and body that are affected from a stroke. Patients who survive a stroke may be severely handicapped.

There are people who do not survive a stroke, and that is why it is important that you avoid the risk factors of a stroke. Some factors that you can control is smoking, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. You will also find that diabetes, heart trouble, and migraines with aura will put you at risk.

When it comes to strokes, you will find that it is also called a brain attack. This is because when take a stroke it effects the brain more than anything. You will notice that it is caused by the blood will be cutoff somehow from the brain. When the brain doesn't get enough oxygen

It can be very scary to deal with someone who is taking a stroke. You shouldn't panic, but you will want to call 9-1-1 immediately to help the person. You will want to ask the dispatcher what you can do to help them. They will give you some instructions and you will want to follow them exactly.

You will have to think about getting the person some medical attention after they are released from the hospital. Most people who take a stroke will need to look into home medical care. You may need to have someone with them always. There are tons of reasons why you will want to get them a home nurse, but it should be because you need to give them a lot of attention and sometimes it is just better for you to have a medical experienced person.

There are some signs of s stroke that you will want to pay attention to. There are lot of people who will take more strokes after their first stroke. Sometimes they may only have a mini stroke, and then there are times when people will take a full-blown stroke. There is always neruo damage when there is a stroke, however, what you do to react to the signs may matter in life or death.

Strokes are not something that you should take lightly. You will want to treat it like it is a heart attack. You will want to treat a stroke like any other disorder. You will find that it can be just as deadly as any other medical condition, such as a heart disease.

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