News & tips on health, fitness and nutrition

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Can your HDL or ‘good cholesterol' be too high?

High levels of HDL, or “good” cholesterol, are generally considered healthy. But can you have too much of a good thing?


Possibly so, a study in the European Heart Journal found. Danish researchers tracked more than 116,508 men and women, average age 57, for an average of six years. There were 10,678 deaths.

After adjusting for other factors, an HDL of 73 milligrams per deciliter in men and 93 in women was associated with the lowest all-cause mortality. Compared with that, men with HDL levels of 97 to 115 had a 36 percent increased risk for death, and twice the risk above 116. Women at greater than 135 had a 68 percent increased risk. (Only 2.3 percent of men had levels above 97, and 0.3 percent of women had levels above 135.)

Low HDL, too, was tied to higher mortality risk, consistent with other studies. At levels under 39, the lower the HDL, the greater the increased risk for death.
The senior author, Dr. Borge G. Nordestgaard, a clinical professor at the University of Copenhagen, said that until now, he would “congratulate” patients with very high HDL. “The higher the better!”

“But now we know that’s not so. These people should protect themselves — exercise, stop smoking, eat a healthy diet and so on.”

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Watermelon

The health benefits of watermelon include help with kidney disorders, high blood pressure, diabetes, heart care, heat stroke, macular degeneration, impotence and more!

Here are some health benefits of water melon:

Kidney Disorders: Watermelon contains a lot of potassium, which is very helpful in cleaning or washing off the toxic depositions in the kidneys. Moreover, it is helpful in reducing concentration of uric acid in the blood, thereby reducing the chances of kidney damages and formation of renal calculi in it. Added to these, being high in water content, it induces frequent urinating, which is again helpful for cleaning of kidneys. Also, the anti oxidants present in ensure good health of kidneys for a long.

High Blood Pressure: A good amount of potassium and magnesium, present in water melons, are very good in bringing down the blood pressure. The carotenoids present in them prevent hardening of walls of arteries and veins, thereby helping reduce blood pressure.

Prevent Heat Stroke: Watermelon is effective in reducing your body temperature and blood pressure. Many people in the tropical regions eat the fruit daily in the afternoon during summers to protect themselves from heat stroke. In India, you will find the fruit being sold by vendors in almost every street during summers.

Diabetes: Diabetes patients, who are supposed to have low energy and low sugar diet, often complaint about starving since they don’t get to eat their staple diet to their full, giving them a feeling of keeping half fed. Water Melons can be a good supplement for them. In spite of being sweet in taste, a thick wedge will give you very few calories, since ninety nine percent of its total weight is composed of water and roughage. Moreover, the various vitamins and minerals such as potassium and magnesium help in proper functioning of insulin in the body, thus lowering the blood sugar level. Arginine, another component found in water melons, is very effective in enhancing impact of insulin on sugar. Diabetes patients can also have curries, steaks, salads made from water melon rinds which are even lower in sugar.

Heart Care: Lypocene, a carotenoid found in abundance in water melon, improves cardiac functions. Beta carotene, known for its remarkable anti oxidant and anti aging properties, also keeps you young at the heart and prevents age related cardiac problems. The roughage in water melon and its very low energy, with help from vitamin-C, Carotenoids and potassium (potassium cuts the risk of a heart attack), help reduce cholesterol and keep your heart safe.

Macular Degeneration: Leave your worry of eyes on that beta carotene, that vitamin-C and those Lutein and Zeaxanthin. They will ensure protection of your eyes from macular degeneration. They are experts in that. These anti oxidants will protect your eyes from other age related ailments such as drying up of eyes and optical nerves, glaucoma etc.

Impotence: Arginine, present in water melon, is beneficial in curing erectile dysfunctions.

Other Benefits: Lypocene is found to be effective in preventing cancer, prostrate growth and repair damaged tissues. Water melon seeds are rich in good fats and proteins. Water melons also contain phytonutrients which have very good effect on the health and proper functioning of internal organs, eyes, secretion system etc.

Amount per 

  • 1 melon (15" long x 7-1/2" dia) (4,518 gCalories 1371
  • 1 wedge (approx 1/16 of melon) (286 g) Calories 87

  1. Nutrition Facts
    Amount Per 
    Calories 1371
  2. % Daily Value*
    Total Fat 7 g10%
    Saturated fat 0.7 g3%
    Polyunsaturated fat 2.3 g
    Monounsaturated fat 1.7 g
    Cholesterol 0 mg0%
    Sodium 45 mg1%
    Potassium 5060 mg144%
    Total Carbohydrate 341 g113%
    Dietary fiber 18 g72%
    Sugar 280 g
    Protein 28 g56%
    Vitamin A514%Vitamin C610%
    Calcium31%Iron60%
    Vitamin D0%Vitamin B-6100%
    Vitamin B-120%Magnesium113%
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Knee pain

Knee pain is a fairly common complaint, especially among active people and the elderly. For much of our lives our body movements do not cause problems, but everyday wear and tear, injury, or illness can cause knee symptoms to develop. 

While most knee problems arise from sport or work related activity, some complaints are due merely to overuse as a result of being overweight, in poor physical condition or just getting old.
As far as joints go, the knee is the body’s largest, followed closely by the hip. It is a complex joint consisting of two cartilaginous disks (meniscus) at the end of the femur and the lower leg bones, the tibia and fibula. The joint is held together by ligaments and articulated by muscles connected by tendons. The surface of the bones inside the knee joint is covered by articular cartilage, which absorbs shock and provides a smooth, gliding surface for joint movement.
Certain jobs that are physically labor-intensive, sports and recreation activities, not to mention being overweight, aging, or having an inflammatory condition, can increase your chances of having problems with your knees. However, knee pain is almost certainly some function on inflammation – either by way of an injury, or a joint condition, or poor diet.
These are foods that can trigger body inflammation that, in turn, further inflames your knee cartilage damage. If you have knee pain from inflammation try to avoid these seven foods:
  1. Trans Fats
  2. Sugar
  3. All wheat – including pasta, gluten and flour
  4. All Artificial Sweeteners
  5. Vegetable oils (except extra virgin olive,and nut and seed oils)
  6. Beef and Dairy
  7. Nightshades (Potatoes, tomatoes, sweet and hot peppers, eggplant, tomatillos, cucumbers, pimentos, paprika, cayenne, and Tabasco sauce)
Usually the joint inflammation goes away after the cause goes away or is treated. Sometimes it doesn’t. When this happens, the discomfort and pain will continue. It can turn into a long-term condition that can cause inflammation of the joint and its surrounding tissues.
The Anti-inflammatory medications used to treat knee joint pain include aspirin and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen and naprosen. Although these NSAIDs work well, long-term use can cause stomach problems, such as ulcers and bleeding, and possible heart problems.
Because these anti-inflammatory drugs are wrought with so many potentially dangerous side effects, much research has been employed to discover safer, more natural, alternatives. One such natural alternative that has been studied is polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs). These PUFAs, which include omega-3s EPA and DHA, have been shown in numerous, published, studies to be extremely powerful antioxidant compounds that are particularly effective in relieving inflammatory pain associated with various conditions and are commonly recommended as an all-natural alternative or adjunct to NSAIDs.
Omega XL is a potent, all natural, Omega-3 fatty acid complex. This amazing “next generation” fish oil contains not only the essential DHA and EPA fatty acids found in most ordinary fish oil products, but Omega XL is also the ONLY product that contains a total of 30 health promoting fatty acids. This diverse combination of fatty acids is what makes Omega XL the most unique, and well tolerated, fish oil complex on the market. Omega XL is derived only from Green Lipped Muscles from the pristine waters of New Zealand, which contributes to its incredible potency. The tiny, easy to swallow, gel caps cause no stomach or intestinal upset, zero side effects, are well tolerated with other medications and cause no allergic reaction to those who suffer from shell fish allergies. Over 25 years of multiple published clinical studies prove that Omega XL is one of the most powerful, all-natural, anti-inflammatory on Earth!