October 10, 2016

What Everyday Foods Help Control Cholesterol?

High cholesterol

Cholesterol is a waxy substance that is found over your entire body. It aids in the production of cell membranes, some hormones, and vitamin D [1]. There are two kinds of cholesterol: HDL (high-density lipoprotein) and LDL (low-density lipoprotein). LDL is often referred to as the “bad” cholesterol because it is difficult for the human body to break down its structure. On the other hand, HDL is often considered the “good” cholesterol which the human body consumes to remove cholesterol and plaque from the blood. A large build-up of LDL can cause the arteries to be blocked, which causes chest pain and heart problems.

There are many ways a person can lower their LDL levels and one of the simplest ways is by improving their daily diet. It is vital that a person with high LDL avoid foods high in saturated fats. Foods such as soy, avocadoes, salmon, garlic and spinach are all examples of ingredients that are good for someone trying to reduce their LDL levels.

For people who have high cholesterol, salmon and other cold water fish are especially effective, as they help lower LDL levels and increase HDL levels. Fish are also high in protein and a dinner staple for people with high LDL levels. Also, substituting the kind of oil used in cooking can make a difference in controlling cholesterol. Using avocado oil or olive oil is a much better option than using vegetable oil. Making slight variations like these makes a significant impact on your health as a whole.

Sources:

[1] Cholesterol, LDL, HDL and Triglycerides in Children and Adolescents. Stanford Children’s Health.  Retrieved from: http://www.stanfordchildrens.org/en/topic/default?id=cholesterol-ldl-hdl-and-triglycerides-in-children-and-adolescents-90-P01593

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September 14, 2010

The Internet…

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The internet seems to be in control of almost everything and everyone. The whole world is basically at one’s fingertips. For instance, what can’t you do on the internet? People can shop for their favorite clothes or accessories, talk to their friends, read the news, research various topics, and play games. The list is endless.

Although, it is great that we can stay in just one spot and do so many different things, the internet does come with its cons. Nowadays, many people do not have good communication skills; they are used to sending emails or instant messaging. Obesity, especially in children, has also increased tremendously over the years. The amount of time spent on the computer is one reason for this rise. Kids stay on the computer for far too long instead of doing other things such as playing sports, going to the park, or spending time with their families.

In addition, you are revealing a lot more about yourself then you may think on the internet. And, once something is up, it can never be taken down. Through social networking sites such as Facebook, many people post pictures and reveal various details about themselves.

Later, when these people apply for jobs, the company where they applied will, in most cases, find out as much as they can about a person through the internet. In the United States, it was found that approximately 70% of recruiters did not hire a person based on what they found out about the person on the internet. The internet can be a very dangerous thing.

Overall, the internet has great benefits that everybody can appreciate. One needs to be more careful on the internet and reveal less about themselves. Aside from the internet, people should get more involved with “the real world”. To show you what I mean, here’s a funny little quote…

“Hooked on Internet?  Help is a just a click away.” – Anonymous

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August 24, 2010

Lead By Example and Get Your Kids Active

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I still remember when I was younger, I used to play outside with my friends until the streetlights came on, and even then we sometimes stayed out even later. I used to and still do love hockey, and I remember when my dad taught me the power of the slap shot. What many of today’s parents seem to forget is that they have to lead by example when it comes to getting their kids active. Even if your kid refuses to admit it, they look to their parents as role models and base a lot of their behavior after what they see and hear. Parents need to start going outside and making exercise fun for children again.

It may seem like a lot of work sometimes, but part of being a parent is spending time with your child or children. Simply going outside and teaching your kid how to ride a bike can be extremely beneficial. You get some quality bonding time in with your child, and you teach your child the importance of physical exercise. Maybe one day, you can take your kid on a day trip to go biking. If you’re not too into biking, go toss a ball around in the backyard. Your child will quickly pick up that sports, and exercising for that matter, can be really fun. This is a crucial first step in ensuring your child can maintain his or her health further on into the future.

Next time you’re sitting at home and see your kid has been sitting inside for hours playing on the X-Box or sitting at the computer, ask them to come outside and throw that baseball around. Your child is guaranteed to benefit from the activity and you may just establish a closer relationship with your son or daughter.

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July 12, 2010

Obesity Camps for Teens in the UAE

Teenagers in the United Arab Emirates who are over 90kg’s are being asked by the government to participate in anti-obesity camps. While in these camps, teens are expected to lose 1kg every week during the 1 month program. The teens will be put on a strict calorie-controlled diet and exercise program, and they will receive lectures about obesity every 4 days.

I still haven’t decided if this is too extreme, especially for teenagers, or maybe it’s what we need to do. Obesity is becoming a very serious problem, and nowhere is this more apparent than the United States. In the United States, obesity related illnesses are costing the nation $147 billion every year. Maybe it’s time for some new, drastic, changes in obesity prevention.

I would like to know what the results will be like for the camps in the UAE. If they work, then maybe we can adapt a similar program here in North America. If the level of obesity experiences a drop, it may lead to some lower taxes or health care prices. Not to mention you’ll add years to your life. Regardless of how well these camps work, something needs to be done about the obesity epidemic in the United States.

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July 5, 2010

Preventing Type 2 Diabetes

Diabetes isn’t something any of us look forward to. However, it’s become very common in today’s society. However, there is some good news. There are ways to help reduce your chances of developing type 2 diabetes.

Physical Activity – By increasing your physical activity you can help keep diabetes away. Weight loss and improved fitness have both been tied to reduced incidence of type 2 diabetes. However, if you don’t lose weight even after increasing your physical activity, don’t worry. Simply participating in additional activity can reduce your diabetes risk, even if weight loss doesn’t occur.

Limit Excess Calories – By limiting extra calories, we can eliminate extra weight gain. These excess calories are often the cause of weight gain, as we struggle to burn off these extra calories. By eliminating or at least keeping excess calories to a minimum, we can maintain a healthy weight that will aid in diabetes prevention.

Reach Your Ideal Weight – Try to get as close to your ideal weight as possible. Over 80 percent of people suffering from type 2 diabetes are overweight. This is why achieving a healthy weight is crucial for preventing type 2 diabetes.

Increase Your Intake of Dietary Fiber – If you aren’t getting enough daily fiber, you may be doing your body significant harm. Insufficient fiber has been linked to increasing the risk of not only type 2 diabetes, but cancer, obesity, and heart disease as well. Fiber is an extremely important factor in diabetes prevention.

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