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Apples and pesticides part of the “dirty dozen”

Saturday, July 2nd, 2011

apples and pesticidesApples are ranked in the 12 foods that contain the most pesticides. The ranking, now commonly referred to as “dirty dozen” is based on data collected from various parts of the world. At the opposite pole – onions rank one of the best for not containing pesticides which ranks first among the 15 “most friendly” foods. These two charts are prepared each year by the nonprofit organization Environmental Working Group (EWG), based on data from U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
“Pesticides are toxic,” said Sonya Lunder – member of the EWG, “They are designed to kill insects and most of them are certainly not good for man. The right question is how harmful they really are?”
Research from 2009 shows that 40% of children have elevated levels of pesticides in their bodies, which is a real concern, experts say. But where do these pesticides come from? For most people the main source are fruits and vegetables.
People should not let this scare them into  excluding  fruits and vegetables from their diet because the health benefits of their consumption outweigh the risks of repeated exposure to pesticides, explain the experts.
It has been calculated that by choosing fruits and vegetables from the list of the purest foods instead of such “dirty dozen” we can reduce our exposure to pesticides by 92%.

LIST OF ‘DIRTY DOZEN’ includes apples and pesticides

Apples, Kale/Collard, Hot Peppers, Potatoes, Snap Peas (imported), Cherry Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Sweet Bell Peppers, Spinach,Peaches,Celery,Grapes,Strawberries

‘CLEAN 15’

Avocadoes, Cherries, Cauliflower, Cantelope, Egg Plant. Papayas, Mangoes, Asparagus, Sweet frozen Peas, Onions, Cabbage, Pineapples, Sweet Corn


Tea for the heart to prevent stroke

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

Tea for the heart There is great confidence in tea for the heart to prevent strokes. Three cups of green or black tea significantly reduces the risk of stroke. And the more you drink this drink, the more chances to prevent heart problems, say U.S. cardiologists at the University of California at San Diego.
The scientists have summarized data from nine studies involving almost 200,000 people and describing more than 4000 cases of stroke.
“With regular use three cups of green or black tea probability of stroke is reduced by 21%, calculated doctors are saying that” the results are very encouraging as the prevention of stroke is quite complicated, and the patient generally receives too latest medical advice.
“The use of tea is an easy and safe way to prevent heart disease, scientists say, and has the added  healing power s of the antioxidant epigallocatechin gallate and amino teanin.

Is Mercury in Fish Dangerous?

Saturday, April 9th, 2011

Is Mercury in Fish DangerousAnother big question on people’s minds “is mercury in fish dangerous?” Researchers from Harvard University in the U.S. found that mercury in fish eaten did not increase the risk of heart attack and stroke in people by analyzing the levels of toxins by testing tens of thousands of nail clippings. The fish has helped prevent t cardiovascular disease, but some experts are worried by the high content of mercury in various fish species. The study of American Scientists cover data for 174,000 people, over 11 years, and is the largest on this topic. Researchers measured mercury in human nails, which is a good indicator of prolonged exposure to the metal because of fish consumption. Differences in the incidence of heart attacks and strokes among people with the highest concentration of mercury and in those with the least has not been established.

Is Mercury in Fish Dangerous ~ it appears not

“People should eat fish and not worry about their hearts” said one of the researchers. Mercury is contained in soil and rock and also in coal. From coal power plants and other sources, it falls into the air, then – in the water. Small fish absorb it with plankton. The predatory fish that live longer, such as as shark, swordfish, king mackerel and others, accumulate the most mercury. So, if you like to fish, get out there and enjoy the sunshine and catch some fish, or if you are not able to get too a good fishing spot, pop down to the local seafood deli and pick up some nice tasty fish. So it seems the answer to this big question of is mercury in fish dangerous is that it is not so bad and has some great health benefits and we should not worry about mercury as much as we do!

Stress is causing about 90% from the diseases

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

Woman StressToday more than ever medicine tries to examine and treat accordingly human body as a whole. Increasingly, professionals looking for the root cause of one or other condition beyond the standard symptoms. Even as cellulite more often perceived as a private issue and is associated with poor balance of substances in the body and unhealthy lifestyles. The reasons leading to the formation of cellulite and are many and complex, but stress is a major, experts are confident. He is actually responsible for around 90 percent of the diseases considered modern medicine because immunity weakens and distorts the work of all systems in the body. Stress destroy many of the vitamins necessary for proper functioning of the cells to breach the metabolism and often leads to the emergence of obesity. All this has a negative impact on the psyche of man and his overall physical condition. Brings anxiety, depression, neurosis, emotional instability, decline or upswing in mood, agitation, aggression, anger, impaired memory, insomnia, chronic fatigue, etc. Causes of stress are numerous and varied. Most often stressful experiences are subjected to the inhabitants of large cities. Stress can be caused by all the major events in life: teaching, work, problems with your partner, or lack of such a breakup with him. Women more often than men are compared with other women and are often upset, thinking of insufficient attractive. This also leads to stress – a constant, chronic.

Brain protein may be key to depression

Monday, July 5th, 2010

Depressed WomanThe scientists have discovered a protein that it seems a key role in the development of depression – a discovery that could radically change how to treat these diseases. Although long debated the role of serotonin to depression, scientists still are not sure of its meaning. Newly protein called P.11, apparently regulates how brain cells respond to serotonin and glucosamine sulphate, said researchers from Rockefeller University and the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, quoted by the journal Science. “We are all very excited about his discovery,” said Nobel laureate Paul Griyngard. “Scientists are looking for so long serotonin modulators. Newly P.11 protein obviously plays a major role both in the occurrence of depression and most likely in its treatment. Most drugs currently used against depression, aim to “deliver” more serotonin to brain cells. They proceed from the idea that the state of depression due to insufficient quantity of serotonin in the cells, but it is essential for transmitting signals between them. It is good to mention that the whey protein is helping to solve the depressions.

Touch helps for happines in children

Sunday, May 16th, 2010

Baby TouchAny contact with a loved one, even scratch, facilitate release of the hormone of joy, therefore it prolongs life, according to British experts quoted by the BBC. If a person is very upset and want to relax, you catch it in hand and thus without thinking it have a positive healing effect, lower blood pressure and slow down his heart beat. One area of 2 cm ² Skin is not less than 50 nerve endings and therefore the nervous system that is first perceived impact on the skin. Galena and light massage are able to reduce nervous irritability and even stop the pain. In a recent research 40 infants were divided into two groups. Children from the first group were fondling a 45 minutes every day. After 10 days in them have been registered more rapid weight gain, although children from both groups received the same amount of food. Touch, hearing and vision are very important for children because they depend on their psychological development and social status. Adults also need to satisfy all needs of the bodies of feelings. Therefore, some researchers even recommend to embrace his favorite person at least 4 times a day.

What is the required dose of sport for good health

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

JoggingSport is not just exercise. Only if you practice and use properly, it will bring search results – good physical condition, freshness and high spirits. According to the latest views of experts in the field of sports medicine must be followed a few basic principles of sport have a positive impact on health:
• sport every week for several hours! Every healthy adult should sport at least 2 and a half hours per week, performing physical activity with moderate intensity such as brisk walking. If you like more intensive sports such as running or swimming, then spent time in the pool or at the site must be at least an hour and 15 minutes per week. Physical activity can be distributed so that the duration of the training must be more than 10 minutes.
• Be more ambitious! To extract maximum benefits for your health, sport even more. 5:00 moderate-intensity exercise or two hours and a half high-intensity sports are optimum amount for your health, experts said.
• Tighten the muscles! Resistance training with moderate or high intensity as well as strengthen your muscles and your health. They may be two or more per week and must include all major muscle groups – chest, back, shoulders, upper and lower limbs. Power exercises can be performed with free weights, machines or special own body (push-ups, gatherings, shrub, etc.)..
• Do not use age as an excuse! There is no old age for the sport. Older people should also try to maintain sports form if possible. Those with increased risk of fractures and injuries must perform exercises that improve their balance.

Most often purposes for the stress

Monday, May 10th, 2010

StressThis is the purpose of study, organized by the Associated Press and the company Ipsos. It is collected and analyzed data from 10 leading countries of the world. In each of them between 13 and 26 November 2006 were interviewed about 1000 adult respondents. What causes the most stress among citizens of most dynamically developing countries?
1. Australia. More than one third of respondents (35%) considered the work of a major source of stress. After it is placed in financial problems (27%) and family life (24%). Three quarters of the inhabitants of the country (77%) are in a state of everyday stress.
2. UK. 51 percent of Britons think they are under stress. Finance excite them in 32% of cases and work – in 26%. Their family life has at least concerns.
3. Canada. Often or sometimes in mental the price fall 76% of Canadians say Three quarters of the population. The main factors that they believe are the work or lack thereof (32%) and cash problems (28%).
4. France. Life frequently or occasionally out of control for 45% of Fench. 30% of respondents put work and financial costs in the first place among the causes.
5. Germany. Germans appear to be quite resistant to stress – just 51 percent believe that fall into this condition. 28 percent feel that life is permanently out of control.

Organism is protecting itself

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

SaltSome people seem to have an inborn dislike of certain vegetables and have no desire to consume, regardless of the form in which they were prepared. According to U.S. scientists from the private research institute Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia this was due to “internal voting body, which we seek to dictate what, how and in what form to consume. The study’s authors – Mary Sandy and Paul Breslin argue that those who literally hate vegetables, instinctively protect themselves from iodine deficiency and caused by that disruption of the thyroid gland. Many vegetables, especially broccoli, horseradish root and contain relatively large amounts of glucosinolates, which prevent the formation of organic iodine compounds in the body and their access to the thyroid gland. Without compounds iodine thyroid can not function normally. Therefore, in parts of the world where there is a shortage of food from non-vegetable origin, ie lack of iodine, many people suffer from increased thyroid. In a strong iodine deficiency slows mental development of children that with increasing age can not be compensated.
The bitter taste is a warning
Scientists have discovered a receptor on the tongue taste bitter substances which determines, in some cases respond to glucosinolates. In part of the study participants were found two genes responsible for this receptor. They are perceived vegetables containing glucosinolates, uniquely as bitter. Other actors who have a gene, responsible for the particular perception of taste, these vegetables are defined as less bitter. Others who did not have a similar gene, they have never felt bitterness.

The gene code of dandruff was found

Friday, April 2nd, 2010

gene cellsThe international team of scientists who carried out the study hope that detailed knowledge of the genome of the fungus Malassezia globosa (Pityrosporum ovale) will lead to more effective treatments that would block its reproduction. Fungus lives and feeds on human skin, itching and flaking causing which are associated with dandruff. It is estimated that about half of the population suffers from dandruff, as men are more susceptible to developing this condition. Chapter on the human hand, the average quantity of this type of fungus is about 10 million. Fungus itself is fed by the sebum, which is produced by sebaceous glands in the skin. Sebum serves to protect the body from external influences, and particularly with regard to skin and hair, it protects them from this to become too dry, brittle and fragile. It turns out that Malassezia globosa is one of the simplest organisms that have ever tracked genetically and its only 4285 gene is 300 times smaller than the human genome. It will own ability to produce fatty acids which are vital for life and therefore relies on human sebum to exist.
The role of enzymes
Recent studies indicate that the fungus causes dandruff by producing enzymes called lipase. First it uses lipase degradation of sebum, thereby creating oleic acid. It penetrates the upper layer of skin and causes faster separation of skin cells in susceptible, which is manifested in dandruff. Researchers found that the fungus produces a total of 8 species Lipases along with three phospholipase, which used to absorb fats from the skin.

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