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5 REASONS TO DRINK COCONUT WATER

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1. It prevents dehydration

Coconut water helps maintain the body’s fluid levels and its potassium content helps maintain water pressure within cells and blood. In developing countries where clean water is scarce, coconut water can be life-saving and save people suffering from diarrhea, dysentery, or cholera.

2. It fuels your brain and muscles

Due to its electrolyte content, coconut water improves nervous system functions and nerve transmission. It also helps prevent muscle spasms and cramps.

3. It fights aging

Coconut water contains a compound called cytokinin, which protects cells from aging and cancer.

4. It aids digestion

Improves digestion and metabolism through bioactive enzymes. It can also aid the absorption of food.

5. It supports immune function

Its Lauric acid content is anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-viral. It boosts the immune system in fighting infection whilst helping to eradicate intestinal worms and candida.

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Posted by on April 30, 2013 in FRESH!, Health, Uncategorized

 

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Healthy Sex for Women

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In Your 20s…

Practice Safe Sex

Nearly two-thirds of all sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) occur in women under the age of 25. In addition, the average unmarried woman in her 20s is more likely to have multiple partners, which increases her exposure to STDs and infections and ups the chances of an unintended pregnancy. Birth control can prevent pregnancy, but to guard against herpes, chlamydia, gonorrhea, and other STDs, it’s important to use a condom with every sexual encounter.

Get the HPV Vaccine

Although it’s recommended for 11- to 12-year-olds, many women age 13 to 26 can benefit from the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, which guards against some high-risk HPV strains that cause genital warts and cervical cancer. Even with the vaccine, it is possible to contract another strain of the virus. There are more than 100 strains; the vaccine covers only four.

Have Regular Check-ups

If you’re sexually active, get a yearly Pap smear and pelvic exam starting three years after your first sexual encounter or by age 21. Because many STDs don’t exhibit any symptoms, a yearly STD screening is important, too.

In Your 30s…

Decide on Family Planning

In the security of a stable relationship, many women find that their libido lights up. But unless you’re looking to start a family, proper birth control is still important. The most popular method is the birth control pill. Other options: vaginal rings, birth control patches, shots, or injections, condoms (male or female), implantable rods, and intrauterine devices (IUDs). Talk to your doctor about your future goals and decide which birth control is right for you.

Speak Up About Painful Sex

Pain during sex may be a sign you have endometriosis. This is a reproductive disorder in which the endometrium, the tissue that lines the uterus, also grows on the ovaries, pelvis, and fallopian tubes. As the endometrium in your uterus sheds during your period, the misplaced endometrium in other parts of your body also sheds, causing inflammation and scarring in the pelvis. If left untreated, endometriosis may cause infertility and increase your risk for ovarian cancer.

In Your 40s…

Balance Your Hormones

The hormonal ups and downs of perimenopause (the five to 10 years before menopause) bring with them a lower libido, irregular periods, and vaginal dryness. A low-dose birth control pill or intrauterine device (IUD)—if you’re finished having kids—can help even out hormones and prevent unwanted pregnancies, which are still possible at this point.

Stay Alert for STDs

With half of all first marriages ending in divorce, many women find themselves single again in their 40s and 50s. You’re no teenager anymore, but the same rules of protection and precaution apply. Use condoms (or go back on the pill if you haven’t gone through menopause yet), and get regular STD screenings until you get into a monogamous relationship.

In Your 50s…

Mind your Menopause Symptoms

The average age for starting menopause is 51. With menopause comes a hormonal drop that can mean lower sexual libido, mood swings, and hot flashes—plenty of excuses to avoid sex altogether. But with your doctor’s help, you can manage the symptoms of menopause until your hormone levels even out.

Go for Lubricant

Lower hormone levels can leave your vaginal tissue thin and dry. That means sex may become uncomfortable—and undesirable. For many women, a little lubricant or moisturizer will help, but others may need a prescription cream that contains estrogen to relieve dryness and inflammation.

Talk About Your Surgical Options

After childbearing is complete, many women explore surgical options to ease abnormal bleeding, pelvic pain, or a sagging uterus (caused by weakened tissues and muscles from pregnancies and aging). The most common surgical option is hysterectomy (removal of the uterus). In some cases, if you’re dealing with fibroids or bleeding, other treatments such as endometrial ablation or uterine artery embolization are easier and require less recovery time.

In Your 60s and 70s…

Don’t Quit on Sex

Plenty of women over the age of 60 remain sexually active. And as pregnancy is no longer a concern, many find they enjoy sex more. Plus, people over 60 who have regular sex tend to be healthier than contemporaries who have sex less often or not at all.

Slow Things Down

It may take a while for both you and your partner to get going. Let foreplay take as long as you need, and you’ll cut down on the risk of injuries such as fractures and sprains. You’ll also enjoy the experience more as you both build up together.

Be Prepared

With the increase in erectile dysfunction (ED) drugs (and their prevalence in senior living centers and retirement homes), active sex lives are on the increase in older populations. But that doesn’t change the facts of vaginal dryness, STDs, and infections. In fact, because vaginal pH rises with the decreases in estrogen, your chances for infections, such as bacterial vaginosis, increase as well. Keep condoms and lube on hand, and don’t use soap to wash your vagina. Instead, look for a cleanser that has the same pH as a healthy vagina (between 3.8 and 4.5)

With the increase in erectile dysfunction (ED) drugs (and their prevalence in senior living centers and retirement homes), active sex lives are on the increase in older populations. But that doesn’t change the facts of vaginal dryness, STDs, and infections. In fact, because vaginal pH rises with the decreases in estrogen, your chances for infections, such as bacterial vaginosis, increase as well. Keep condoms and lube on hand, and don’t use soap to wash your vagina. Instead, look for a cleanser that has the same pH as a healthy vagina (between 3.8 and 4.5)

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Posted by on April 26, 2013 in 18+, FRESH!, Health

 

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7 Fruits That Help Prevent Cancer

Cancer is one of the world’s greatest health conditions that has threatened the well being of many, particularly women. It is so sad to note that many do not bother about finding preventive solution to this dreaded disease. Many instead wait to go for the curative.

But we think it pays to find better and more cost-effective ways of preventing rather than curing cancer.

We found a list of seven amazing fruits that can help in this preventive effort from Beforeitsnews.com, and thought it wise to republish it here.

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A diet rich in fruits and veggies can help protect against many cancers. People who eat at least four servings of fruits have a 50 percent lower risk of cancer than those who consume no more than two such servings each day. The following 7 fruits are particularly effective.

1. Avocado

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Contains Lutein (a carotenoid along with Vitamin E), Magnesium, and monounsaturated (healthy) fats. Avocado helps fight cancer of the mouth, breast, and prostate, and improves skin tone. It also improves absorption of nutrients in other foods.

2. Mango
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  Research found that women who eat more mango have a lower risk of breast cancer. Researchers conducted a study of polyphenols, focused on bio-active ingredients called tannins, which prevent and inhibit cancer progression. Tannic acid, which is found in mango, is a kind of polyphenol with a bitter taste. It was found that polyphenols can disrupt the cell division cycle. Grape seeds and teas also contain polyphenols.

3. Citrus
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Citrus fruits such as oranges, grapefruit, lemon, kumquat are rich in vitamin C. Vitamin C can help prevent the formation of nitrosamine which may occur after eating processed meat. Vitamin C is good for patients with gastric cancer, laryngeal cancer, breast cancer and lung cancer.
4. Hawthorn
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Hawthorn is commonly used as an appetizer to boost digestion and lower blood lipids. It inhibits cancer cell growth and is rich in vitamin C. It’s good for the digestive tract and female reproductive system cancers such as gastric cancer and breast cancer.

5. Jujube

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Rich in B-carotene, vitamin C and B vitamins, this fruit contains a group of triterpenoids, an anti-cancer active ingredient. Jujube may be eaten in porridge or simmered with astragalus.
6. Kiwi
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Kiwi is a powerhouse of vitamin C. It has 4-12 times more vitamin C than an orange, 3 times more than an apple and 60 times more than grapes.
7. Red Apples
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Researchers found that red fruits such as red apples and vegetables protected against breast cancer in rats. Vitamins in fruits and vegetables with red skin can effectively inhibit production of cancer-promoting proteins and suppress the response of tumors to female hormones, thus reducing the risk of breast cancer.

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Posted by on April 26, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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PROTECT YOUR LIVER….

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The main causes of liver damage are:

1. Sleeping too late and waking up too late are main cause.
2. Not urinating in the morning.
3. Too much eating.
4. Skipping breakfast.
5. Consuming too much medication.
6. Consuming too much preservatives, additives, food coloring, and artificial sweetener.
7.consuming alcohol.
8. Consuming unhealthy cooking oil. As much as possible reduce cooking oil use when frying, which includes even the best cooking oils like olive oil. Do not consume fried foods when you are tired, except if the body is very fit.
9. Consuming raw (overly done) foods also add to the burden of liver. Fried veggies should be finished in one sitting, do not store. We should prevent this without necessarily spending more. We just have to adopt a good daily lifestyle and eating habits. Maintaining good eating habits and time condition are very important for our bodies to absorb and get rid of unnecessary chemicals according to ‘schedule.’

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Posted by on April 5, 2013 in Health, Technology

 

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Smoking upon awakening raises cancer risk: 14 easy ways to cure tobacco cravings

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Past studies in animals have shown the NNK metabolite in rodents promotes lung tumors. Level of NNAL in the bloodstream can predict lung cancer in humans and rodents Branstetter says.

In the study, 1,945 smoking adults from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey provided urine samples to measure NNAL along with information about their smoking habits including whether they smoked upon awakening.

Thirty-two percent had their first cigarette within 5 minutes of getting up; 31 percent within 6 to 30 minutes; 18 percent smoked within 31 to 60 minutes and 19 percent waited at least an hour to smoke a cigarette.

In addition to early morning smoking, other factors that influenced NNAL levels included number of years of smoking, age, gender and presence of another smoker in the home.

Branstetter and his colleague Joshua Muscat, professor of public health sciences discovered people who smoking as soon as they awaken in the morning had the highest levels of NNAL, regardless of how many cigarettes they smoke the rest of the day. He suggests the reason may be deeper inhalation of tobacco smoke.

The finding could mean asking a person about smoking in the morning could help identify people at higher risk for oral and lung cancer. Because NNAL remains stable, Branstetter says a single measurement of the carcinogen is reflective of a person’s exposure.

Identifying when a person has their first cigarette in the morning could lead to early interventions to help thwart tobacco related cancer the authors suggest.

Tips for curbing or stopping smoking

  1. Speak with your doctor about medications that can help control cigarette cravings
  2. Change your daily routine to help postpone your first cigarette of the day
  3. Walk in the morning and throughout the day. Exercise is known to temporarily decrease tobacco cravings.
  4. If you are trying to quit smoking, drink plenty of fluids to help with symptoms of withdrawal.
  5. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. Studies show people who munch on healthy foods are more successful at stopping smoking.
  6. Consider stop smoking aids like patches and gum to reduce cravings. Speak with your doctor first.
  7. Tell you family and friends you are trying to quit tobacco.
  8. Find a method that works best for you. Studies show even cutting back on cigarettes can improve lung health.
  9. Give yourself a timeline and understand it will take willpower to stick to it.
  10. Write down the reasons you have made the decision to stop smoking and put it in a prominent place.
  11. Practice deep breathing exercises that will not only improve lung health, but can relax you to get through the day.
  12. Buy yourself a treat with the money or join a gym with the money would spend on cigarettes. Put your money in a jar and watch it grow!
  13. Consider acupuncture, acupressure or hypnosis. The investment is well worth it for the return of optimal health and no more expensive cigarettes.
  14. Spend more time with non-smokers.

Source:
Cancer, Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention
“Time to First Cigarette and 4-(Methylnitrosamino)-1-(3-Pyridyl)-1-Butanol (NNAL) Levels in Adult Smokers; National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey” (NHANES), 2007–2010
March 29, 2013

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Posted by on April 4, 2013 in 18+, Health, Technology

 

TEN TIPS TO HELP YOU CONTROL YOUR HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE

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1. Make sure your blood pressure is under 140/90 mm Hg. If your systolic pressure (the top number) is over 140, ask your doctor what you can do to lower it.

2. Take your high blood pressure medicine, if prescribed, every day. If you have questions, talk to your doctor.

3. Aim for a healthy weight. If you are overweight or obese, carrying this extra weight increases your risk of high blood pressure. One way to determine if you need to lose weight is to find out your body mass index or BMI. If your BMI is above the healthy range (i.e., 25 or greater), or if your waist measurement is greater than 35 inches (women) or 40 inches (men) you probably have excess abdominal weight and you may benefit from weight loss especially if you have other risk factors. Talk to your doctor to see if you are at increased risk for high blood pressure and need to lose weight.

4. Increase your physical activity. Do at least 30 minutes of moderate activity, such as walking, most days of the week. You can do 30 minutes in three 10-minute segments. Dr.sharib azmi

5. Choose foods low in salt and sodium. Most Americans should consume no more than 2.4 grams (2,400 milligrams) of sodium a day. That equals 6 grams, about one teaspoon of table salt a day. For someone with high blood pressure, the doctor may advise less.

6. Read nutrition labels. Almost all packaged foods contain sodium. Every time you prepare or eat a packaged food, know how much sodium is in one serving.

7. Keep a sodium diary. You may be surprised at how much sodium you consume each day and the diary will help you decide which foods to decrease or eliminate.

8. Use spices and herbs instead of salt to season the food you prepare at home.

9. Eat more fruits, vegetables, grains, and low-fat dairy foods. Dr.sharib azmi

10. If you consume alcohol at all, consume moderate amount or restrict…

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Posted by on April 4, 2013 in Health, Technology

 
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The Power of the mind!

The Power of the mind!

I know how powerful my thoughts are. I really do!

 
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Posted by on April 3, 2013 in Quotes

 
 
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