The Importance of Buying Organic

Buying organic foods, including organic produce, organic meat (animals that are grassfed or fed organic grains), and organic cooking/baking products (oils, sweeteners, etc.) is important for healthy people and a healthy planet.

There are major differences between conventionally and organically grown produce. For one thing, there are requirements that farmers have to meet in order for their crops to be “certified organic.”

Here are a few:

NO synthetic chemicals can be used on or in organic crops, including sewage sludge, pesticides, herbicides, GMO, or additives

The soil/land upon which the organic crops are grown cannot be treated with chemicals

There must be a barrier or distinct separation between organic and nonorganic crops

Farmers must undergo inspections and comply with the above mentioned regulations

Organic crops generally contain more minerals and vitamins

For meat, animals are generally treated humanely, fed an organic diet, and not treated with synthetic growth hormones

Just imagine what is going in or on your produce if these regulations aren’t in place. Some people are under the impression that buying conventional produce with thicker skins is acceptable because the fruit inside is protected. Not only is this not the case, but it’s not the point. Supporting organic farmers is supporting healthy soil, healthy animals and insects (including bees!), and so much more.

Why conventionally grown produce is killing the earth and us:

Herbicides like the dreaded Round

Up is contaminating the soil. It claims to be biodegradable, however it’s idea of “biodegradable” is staying in the soil for years and years, trickling down and contaminating ground water supplies, all while killing organisms in the soil, killing amphibians, producing super weeds, producing herbicideresistent plants, and creating health problems for humans who will inevitably be ingesting it

Pesticides follow suit

GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms) have been shown (in multiple tests) to cause terminal cancer in a large percentage of lab mice tested

Animals are often fed nonorganic food, including throwaway items that humans wouldn’t imagine eating, in addition to being treated with antibiotics (because viruses spread like crazy when you are in a filthy, confined living space for the majority of your life)

You may read articles stating that there is no significant difference in nutritional value of conventional or organic crops, but in a way, that aspect is not too important. Eating your fruits and veggies is significant to anyone’s health, period. The cumulative effect of pesticides in your body is, however, a major difference between the two, not to mention all of the reasons stated above.

Tips for buying Organic:

I understand that organicallygrown food is more expensive than conventional, but it’s important for you, your kids, and the planet.

Buy local from farmer’s markets when you can

Shop around. There are some stores that will have better deals than others

Buy what is in season. It will tend to be cheaper

Start your own organic garden

Hopefully this information will help you make better decisions when shopping for food. Remember, if it’s not good for you, then it’s probably not good for the planet, and vise versa.

Most Common GMO’s to Avoid

Hopefully by now you are aware of what Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO’s) are. If not, here’s a quick explanation: GMO’s are organisms that have been genetically modified at the DNA level to possess a trait or set of traits that allow them to react in a desirable way. These traits are forced upon the crop, and are not naturally occurring. For example, corn, one of the most common genetically engineered crops, has been altered to be resistant to certain herbicides, thus reducing the need to spray as much. (Ironically, many herbicide resistant “superweeds” have become more common as a result, requiring more herbicides.) Other foods like tomatoes, have been genetically engineered to preserve freshness, allowing them to remain unspoiled longer than nature would’ve allowed. Sure, this sounds like an innovative way to control things like disease, pests, and shelflife of many common foods, but the ramifications of consuming GMO’s on a daily basis over a long period of time could be hazardous. Not only that, but the company controlling the bulk of these GMO’s is also poisoning the soil with dangerous herbicides, and trying to control seeds. See my article on Monsanto for more information.

There are GMO’s lingering in many foods, especially processed foods. It is difficult for consumers to distinguish between safe ingredients and questionable ones considering the lack of “GMO” labeling. Certified Organic and NonGMO products are the only ones that can be considered “safe” (even though certified organic refers to at least 95% of the ingredients being organic…meaning that the remaining 5% could be GMO.) So to help with the confusion, here is a list of the most common GMO’s to be aware of. If buying whole foods in this form, buy organic, and if buying processed food, read the label and make sure the ingredients used are organic as well, or certified nonGMO.

Most Common GMO’s:

Rice (Primarily Golden)

Soybeans (Including soy milk, soybean oil, tofu, tempeh, tamari and any other soy product)

Potatoes (Primarily Russet ad Shepode varieties)

Papaya (Engineered to resist bacteria)

Salmon (Engineered to mature quickly and grow larger than average)

Canola Oil (Engineered for pesticide resistance)

Squash (Zucchini and yellow)

Sugar Beets (This is the main source of white sugar)

Tomatoes (Often engineered to preserve freshness)

Copper Supplement Overview

Copper is one of many minerals that is essential to human health. But how much copper, and in what form? We’ll examine its role in human health, symptoms and causes of deficiency and toxicity, sources, and dosage recommendations in this overview of copper. Unlike some vitamins and minerals, copper is one that I would hesitate recommending as a daily supplement. Read on to learn more.

Copper in Human Health:

Like many minerals, copper facilitates metabolic and enzymatic activities

It plays a role in the formation of red blood cells and hemoglobin, which are essential components of oxygen transport throughout the body. Because it works in conjunction with iron, copper is important for people who are anemic, as a copper deficiency may lead to an iron deficiency

Copper is an important constituent in many enzymes and their activities, including ones responsible for collagen and keratin formation and hormone responses

Having an important role in a healthy immune response, copper is a useful component to the healing process

Copper Deficiency:

As previously stated, a copper deficiency can be a serious issue for those who have symptoms of anemia, as copper and iron work synergistically with each other. A deficiency in one most likely means a deficiency in the other

As so little copper is required (less than 1mg/day), a deficiency is often rare

In some cases, however, a copper deficiency is a real problem. This includes: infants that are suffering or recovering from an illness or diarrhea, people with severe digestive disorders like Crohn’s, or people with an excessive amount of zinc in their system

In very rare cases, a genetic disorder called “Menkes Syndrome” can affect the levels of copper in a person’s body, leading to fatigue, anemia, bone disorders, hair and skin problems

Copper Toxicity:

Because very little copper is required on a daily basis, and because it is easily acquired through food and other sources, copper toxicity is more likely than copper deficiency

Symptoms of an excess of copper are far worse than those of a deficiency. They include, but are not limited to: vomiting, headache, kidney, heart and liver problems.

Additionally, an excess of copper has been linked to several mental issues, including mood swings, depression, paranoia, and criminalistic thoughts or behaviors. Several studies have found a link  between copper and zinc levels in men with criminalistic behaviors. They suggest a deficiency in zinc and excess in copper in those with a criminal background vs those without

Because zinc is responsible for regulating copper levels, a zinc deficiency could lead to elevated copper levels. As a result, having adequate zinc in the proper form is essential not only for overall health, but for healthy copper levels

Some studies even suggest that having lower copper levels might even reduce the occurrence of blood vessels to cancerous tumors, whereas an excess of copper may lead to increased tumor growth

Copper toxicity can be a result of acquiring it from the raw material (copper bracelets, copper IUD, copper cookware, etc.), or from supplementing with copper over a long period of time, especially if one’s diet is rich in copper-containing foods

Forms and Sources of Copper:

Copper can be absorbed from the raw material, as stated above. These materials include copper cookware, copper jewelry, copper pipes and copper IUDs

Food sources that are rich in copper include oysters (5.7mg/100g), kale (1.5mg/100g), organ meats/liver, nuts and legumes, chocolate, coffee, oats, mushrooms, and wheat germ

Recommended Dosage:

For adults, the daily recommended dose is 900mcg. Taking more than 1mg of copper over a long period of time may lead to problems, including toxicity. Only a blood test will determine if you are deficient in copper. If you are copper deficient, supplement with 1-2mg/day for no more than 2 weeks

If your diet is rich in the foods above, or if you have copper pipes, dishware, or a copper IUD, avoid taking a copper supplement. If you fear that you may have an excess of copper in your system, supplement with 10-20mg elemental zinc/day to keep the levels regulated

In most cases, copper is easily acquired though one’s diet, and best paired with foods rich in iron and potassium

Pay attention to any extreme symptoms you may have and when in doubt, get a blood test done to assess your copper levels

How to add a healthy eating plan

Why It Is So Important To Eat Healthy Foods

Weight loss is something that most people are in need of and want to do so they are more physically healthy and look better overall. If you are ready to make your body look and feel better, then it will help to learn some different ways to prepare some of your favorite meals using healthy recipes for dinner. The foods that you eat are the determining factor as to how your body looks now. Not only does it determine how you look, but also how you feel. Eating foods that are better for you can only help you to feel better, whereas junk food can make you feel pretty bad.

The old cliché, “You are what you eat” is totally true so start the process by using a healthy eating plan and altering your favorite recipes to make them more healthy and better for you. Many people think that they have to give up their favorite foods in order to get healthy and fit, but that is hardly the case. Yes, you may have to limit the amount of junk food that you may be used to eating, but overall, on a healthy eating plan, there is room for everything once in a while. Moderation is the key to being able to include your favorite foods that may not be so good for you.

Helpful Tips

The first thing you should do is look in your fridge and pantry. Are they full of unhealthy and processed foods? If so, it is time to get rid of them. If you want a healthy body that is strong and energetic, processed and high fat, high salt, high sugar foods will not be in the equation. Replace those items with healthy alternatives like rice cakes instead of chips or fruit instead of candy. If you love ice cream, try Greek yogurt with fruit and low-fat granola and you will soon realize that it tastes just as good, and provides you with nutrition and energy so you can go about your day with much more energy.

Refrain from eating fried meats and things like French fries or mashed potatoes. Instead eat a baked potato. Most fried foods are simply not good for you so look for alternatives. Instead of loading up a baked potato with chili, cheese, bacon, and sour cream, try broccoli, grilled chicken, yogurt, and black beans. Try new foods that you may not have eaten before. Using healthy recipes for dinner you will feel satisfied and get a great nutritional meal as well. If you love steak for dinner, then choose a lean cut and broil or grill it. Use a dry rub for flavor instead of adding oil and you will never miss the old way. You may even like it better. With a little imagination and a lot of determination, you will be able to make the changes in your diet that will help you in the long run to be much healthier. Your body will thank you for it.

Health Insurance in Australia: An Introduction

Health Insurance, Australia wide may seem overwhelming at times. With so many insurance companies offering variations on health policies, it can seem intimidating to know just where to start. If you’re looking to get health insurance, the first step is to decide what degree of coverage you are in need of. This comes in various forms, but the basic guideline will include the two options that are listed below:

Hospital Cover – This covers your hospital stays; and treatments associated with those stays and any operative procedures. There are usually three levels of hospital coverage: full coverage (although the most costly, it is also the most comprehensive), medium (average priced, but does have some exclusions) and then their is basic (which is the most cost-effective but also has the most limited with the most exclusions).

Extras or Ancillary – This insurance covers a range of treatment and health options exclusive to hospital stays. In the past, this has been along the lines of optical and dental, but many insurers are now expanding their range of ancillary benefits to include a whole range of alternative therapies. Such as chiropractic care, acupuncture,  osteopathy, massage therapy and homoeopathy treatment are now covered in some cases. As with the Hospital policy, there are generally also three levels of Extras coverage.

It’s possible to purchase Hospital Cover, Extras or a combination of both. As with any insurance, policies can vary from one insurer to the next so to be fully informed, it’s important to read and review all information relating to the policy thoroughly, including the fine print.

Another issue to take into account about Health Insurance in Australia is that there are tax consequences to consider. Once you’re income reaches a certain level, according to law, you will have to pay additional tax if you don’t have a health insurance policy in place.

Whether you’re fit, young, and vital, or starting to show signs of ageing (we know the feeling!) unexpected events and accidents do occur. Whether you just need a new pair of glasses, or a trip to the osteopath, or a prolonged stay in hospital, medical and health  costs can be very expensive. It is vital to ensure that you have the correct coverage in place for your lifestyle. Health insurance in Australia, whatever type or level your choose, it provide you with peace of mind knowing you have some level of health protection whatever may come your way.

Fitness Camp ? Not just Health retreat it’s a Life Style Change

An old saying is “Healthy mind lives in a healthy body” and that is a proven scientific fact as well. Many organization pays equal attention to the fitness of employees as they pay on the performance of employees. If a person is physically fit even then a regular work out is required to stay fit.

Fitness camps are especially programmed physical conditioning camp for a group of people aiming for weight loss, increment in muscle strength, increasing of cardiovascular efficiency, introducing a balanced low calorie diet plan and an overall lifestyle change. Fitness boot camps have different time durations depending upon the objectives of fitness camp — but all of them are invariably designed to push the participants harder into a rigorous physical exercise that almost resembles a military boot camp.

So if you are willing become fit, join a group fitness class which is often run by professional trainers and military personnel jointly. These people have good understanding of different workouts and procedures to achieve particular health objectives likewise reduction of weight and shaping of body. Term boot camp itself defines that it is a program especially designed to put participants under strict guidelines for regular exercise, diet plan and overall life style change. People who want to lose weight in a short amount of time usually join fitness boot camps to reach their weight loss and fitness objectives.

Fitness boot camps are new and innovative way with economic advantage for the people seeking health retreat. There is number of boot camps that don’t merely concentrate only on physical workout but also focus on specialized practices like yoga and meditation. Yoga and meditation will help not only reduce the weight or to attain good physical status but yoga and meditation can improve the health of mind itself.

One question can be raised that what is the need of joining such fitness camp for health retreat as such exercises can be done at home it self. Theoretically it is right but practicing it isn’t that simple as at home regularity and motivation level falls rapidly while following a set schedule. While in the fitness boot camp or in boot camp fitness motivation level is quite high because it is a group activity apart from this expert guidance of trained trainers and military professional is another big advantage of joining boot camp fitness.

Boot camp fitness should be joined to attend one of the following objectives like To reduce weight and vice versa, for a complete health retreat, for good body shape, for muscle strength, for environmental training and for any other health objectives. Not all the boot camps are same as they differ with their time duration and core objectives. There are few points one should consider before joining a boot camp fitness. Chose the right trainer for your health retreats.

Select the right exercise plan for your health retreats.

Varity of workout plan will help you to over come the monotony of the program.

Be confident about your decision.

However In the beginning you may feel to quit the program because of its hard schedule but keep your motivation high as time will progress, the fitness program will allow you to test out new skills, meet new people, and reach weight loss goals or other goals . And eventually you will achieve the objective of the boot camp with a higher self confidence which will last for your life time.

4 Tips to Avoid Overeating at Work Meetings

Any type of meeting isn’t the same without the prospect of free food. Every day, millions of people buy their lunch at the work cafeteria or the fast food joint across the street. If you’re like me, you pack a lunch. Either way, we’re spending our hard earned money on fuel to get us through the rest of the day. Last week my good friend Kelly email me about her week-long meeting in San Diego that turned into a five pound weight gain.…

I really thought I was eating healthy, but every hour or so they brought out more food during the meetings in a self-serve set up. I would find myself eating pita and hummus one hour, fruits the next and before I knew it we were being served a lunch! I didn’t work out either at the hotel. What am I supposed to do I’m pretty sure I gained over 5 pounds this past week.

My response to Kelly, over IM, was quite simple in theory. If you know you’ll be subject to a lot of free food during meetings there are 4 things you must be certain to do in order to prevent yourself from pulling a “Kelly”.

Pack your own healthy snacks. At times, they may be serving unhealthy treats that ooze temptation. Jelly donuts, peanut butter, you name it, it could be there. If you’re not sure what’s on the menu make sure you’re feeling full by snacking on healthy treats like fruits and veggies.

Stick to your normal eating pattern outside the meeting. If Monday-Friday you typically eat breakfast around 7am, a snack at 10am and lunch at 12PM, try sticking as close to this schedule as possible. During meetings, you don’t always have control over the time big meals like breakfast or lunch are served but you can control your snacking times and eliminate over eating.

Focus on the people, not the food. Everyone knows hanging around the snack table is a great place to socialize and network. But it doesn’t mean you’re required to be scarfing down every treat at the table. Focus on a topic of conversation that you enjoy and get to know your co-workers even better.

Try not to depend on the noises and feelings your stomach always makes. The next time you feel hunger pangs, drink an 8 oz. glass of water. It might take up to 15 minutes for your hypothalamus to send a signal letting your nervous system know that the body was merely thirsty and that the thirst has been satisfied.

Regardless of how dangerous free food at work may be to controlling your caloric intake, most of us are pretty excited for a free snack or meal. With these 4 tips you don’t have to turn out like Kelly after week long meeting and stray off your normal portion sizes to enjoy, what some may say, is the best part about meetings!

3 Great Brain Hacks that will help your Brain!

Why work normally and be sluggish when you can use brain hacks to amp up your day! These great brain hacks are more less cheat codes for real life!

Scientists have proven these brain hacks do work and will of course cause no harm to your mind or body.

#1 Visualization

Remember when you went to the grocery store and forgot your list but you got everything but what you were supposed to get? These brain hacks will teach you how to remember without needing that grocery list! The brain can remember locations better then it can writing! So the way to implement one of these brain hacks is to simply look in your kitchen at the items and where they are located. That way once you are at the store you will remember the location and see the item you were supposed to get!

Think Clearer!

#2 Uberman Sleep Schedule

This brain tip is great for when you just started working and have to work late. It requires you to take instead of sleeping once a day you sleep six times instead! Although it may seem unhealthy for the human brain, it gives you just enough sleep so you can feel better when you have a early class or just have to wake up early in general. I recommend taking 30 minute power naps every 4 hours this will help the human brain stay healthy and over the span of 24 hours you will acquire at least 5 hours of sleep!

#3 Learn While You Sleep

Is it possible to learn while sleeping? Study at Harvard has proven that this study technique really does work. The participants were divided into three different groups each group studied the same memorization just at different times. Group 1 studied was tested 20 minutes after studying, group 2 tested after 12 hours. Then group 3 was tested after 24 hours of studying. The study showed that group 3, which had a chance to go to sleep after studying did the best on the test, Group 1 who had 20 minutes between studying and taking the test did the worst.

The way this works is, when you sleep your brain is able to process things you could not because of everything going on in your brain while you were awake.

As mentioned in #2 if we can combine these 2 brain hacks, would it be possible to take cramming to a whole nother level?

Bleeding nose

What is it?

Hemorrhage (bleeding) coming from the nostrils and externalized
– through the nostril or the nasopharynx.

Bleeding can be of two types:

Previous: originates from the anterior portion of the nasal cavity, generally in the area of Kiesselbach above the posterior end of the nasal vestibule or on the anterior end of the inferior turbinate.

Rear: originates from the back of the nasal cavity and nasopharynx, usually in the rear half of the middle turbinate, or nasal cavity ceiling.

Age groups most affected: below 10 and above 50 years.

It will be embroidered from now:
– What cause?
– What are the signs and symptoms?
– What condition can be confused with epistaxis?
– There is need for hospitalization?
– Can complicate? How it evolves?

– Unknown most often
– Trauma / Injury mucosal: wiping his nose with his finger, low humidity, foreign object in the nasal passages.
– Rhinitis or sinusitis
– Generalized infections (scarlet fever, malaria, typhoid fever).
– Rheumatic fever
– Abnormalities of vessel
– Nasal Tumor
– High pressure
– Medicines
– heparin and warfarin
– Changes of blood cells
– Leukemia
– Opening of the septum
– leishmaniasis or cocaine use
– Deviated septum
– Endometriosis (endometrium that is found in the nasal passages)

Signs and symptoms:
– Bleeding through the nose or nasopharynx
– Posterior bleeding may have no symptoms or show up in various forms
– To find the bleeding uses
– is light, nasal speculum and vacuum
– clean up the nose, bring the gore with tweezers and asks the patient to blow your nose
– Bleeding spread remember because generalized
– If bleeding on both sides may be difficult to find the specific location

Differential diagnosis:

If further differentiate bleeding hemoptysis (coughing up blood) and hematemesis (vomiting up blood).

Exams (only in selected cases):
– CBC and Coagulation
– Rx of the paranasal sinuses
– Nasal Videoencoscopia with optical fiber

– Sinusitis
– Hematoma (collection of blood) or abscess (pus concentration) septal
– during application of the cap
– Disruption of the septum by cauterization
– Necrosis (tissue death) of the septum by high pressure cap or balloon

How to treat the patient?

They may be admitted if bleeding is severe or elderly patients with posterior bleeding.

If previous bleeding, pressing area for 5 to 10 minutes and put compress on the affected area with vasoconstrictor (oxymetazoline or phenylephrine hydrochloride) and local anesthetic (lidocaine). Remove pad and observe if necessary cauterized with silver nitrate.

If subsequent bleeding arises a roll of gauze wrapped and folded 10 cm thick silk tied with two wires. A tip of the wires is tied to a catheter that is introduced in the nasal cavity and removed through the mouth. The cap is fixedin the nasopharynx. Buffering is sustained for 2 to 4 days. This buffering is being replaced by balloon use.

Refractory bleeding (rare cases, especially in the elderly) may be required surgical ligation.

As the patient progresses? Bleeding can come back?

Often bleeding is contained with appropriate treatment, but relapses may occur.

Final considerations:1. When measuring the pressure of the patient, because high pressure is the cause of nosebleeds.2. Bleeding from one side only suggests traumatic cause bleeding or local defect and the two sides may indicate (very high pressure, confusion or blood clotting)

High triglycerides

Triglycerides are fatty substances in the blood, common in all people. Display up to 150 mg per dl blood triglycerides are considered a normal rate, have been cases where the person has the highest index of substance it means that the level is high and may cause some complications.

People with high triglyceride levels are more likely to have heart attacks, strokes and other health problems. In addition, they may also have inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis), which is responsible for producing hormones and fluids to aid in food digestion.

That the standard rate of triglycerides?
• Normal – below 150 mg / dL;
• Moderate – between 150 and 199 mg / dL;
• High – between 200 and 499 mg / dL;
• Very high – greater than or equal to 500 mg / dL.

What are the symptoms of high triglycerides?

The increase in triglyceride does not cause any symptoms, only the blood test is able to demonstrate its increase.

What are the causes of high triglycerides?

Triglycerides can rise for several reasons. Some people have genetic changes that predispose to this increase in these cases is common to find families with high triglycerides. Other develop elevated triglycerides errors due to food, the use of some drugs or the presence of certain diseases.

Some diseases that cause increased triglycerides are obesity, diabetesmellitus, hypothyroidism, kidney disease.

Other causes are: Diet rich in fats, excessive alcohol consumption, pregnancy.

What to do in case of high level of triglycerides?

If the doctor identifies the patient with high levels of triglycerides in the blood, it is important to inform people of the risks of heart attack and stroke. The first step is to take measures that can prevent these complications. Among them are: Avoid the use of cigarettes, not remain overweight, be aware of diseases like diabetes.

Some risk situations that deserve greater attention are: high blood pressure, heart disease family history, advanced age, patients being male.

Medicines and Treatment

Not everyone who has a high level of triglycerides in the blood need to take medicines. The doctor or physician should make the diagnosis and then prescribe the best treatment. Some factors that should be taken without regard include the patient’s age, family history of diseases and other health problems.

Since people who have coronary heart disease, in most cases, require the use of drugs to reduce the rate of triglyceride in blood. Drugs to reduce the levels of those substances usually include fenofibrate, nicotinic acid or fish oil.

Furthermore, statins are drugs used to reduce the risk of heart attacks or strokes and reduce the level of cholesterol in the body. It is important that patients with high rate of triglycerides in the blood also check cholesterol levels, because in most cases, these two high rates are related to the same causes.

It is recommended, however, that patients attempt to reduce blood triglycerides rates without the use of medicines. This is possible through a number of measures, which include: losing weight if overweight; physical exercise regularly; avoid foods and drinks high in sugar and carbohydrates such as white bread, fruit juice, soft drinks and sweets; avoid the intake of red meat, butter, frying, cheese, oils and nuts; control the consumption of alcohol, especially for males, who are more likely to develop complications.

Diet for high triglycerides – How to lower triglycerides through diet?

Individuals with high triglycerides should avoid foods rich in carbohydrates and fats. They should prioritize high-fiber foods and avoid those high in saturated fats. Give preference to whole foods such as brown rice and pasta based on wheat. Beverages, avoid alcohol and prefer the sugar-free soft drinks. The milk must be skimmed, which has lower fat content.