Omega-3: the good oil!

 

Omega-3 fatty acids hit the headlines in the 1970s, when studies were taken on the Inuit Eskimos of Greenland. The Inuit had very low incidences of heart disease, despite a high-fat diet, and it was discovered that the fat from fish contained a lot of long-chain omega-3 fats (eicosapentanoic acid or EPA) and docosahexanoic acid (DHA).

While these nutrients are essential for peoples wellbeing, we are unable to produce them and must get them through our diet. The ‘good fat’, Omega-3, is found in seafood and some plants. Flaxseed and walnuts are good sources, and there are many high quality supplements available.

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caviar, omega 3-rich (good source of vitamins A and D too)

Omega-3 is used by every cell in our bodies, and the essential fatty acid (EFA) is (thought) to have beneficial (somethings) in a huge range of conditions, including:

Heart disease: Research supports the findings from the Innuit studies.

Arthritis and joint mobility: Omega-3s are a potent anti-inflammatoryand may support joint comfort, mobility and flexibility. Supplements are often used by arthritis sufferers.

Depression and mental health: Some studies have found that people who took omega-3 fatty acids in addition to prescription antidepressants had a greater improvement in symptoms than those who took antidepressants alone, and that omega-3 fatty acid intake helps protect against postpartom depression, among other benefits. Depression is a serious illness and you should not try to treat it on your own. See a doctor for help.

Vision and eye care: Omega-3s are important in the development of brain and visual function in infants, and are also associated with retaining those functions throughout life. People with a healthy dietary balance of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids and more fish in their diets were less likely to have macular degeneration.

Omega-3 fatty acids may also assist in reducing cholesterol, stabilising blood pressure, stroke prevention, diabetes, osteoporosis, ADHD, cancer prevention, particularly colon, prostate and breast cancer, menopause and menstrual discomfort – results vary between women, however many women report definite improvement, and brain function.

You should not take more than 3 grams daily of omega-3 fatty acids from capsules without the supervision of a health care provider, as more than this may increase bleeding. 

This article is provided by healthchemist.co.nz , providing you with up-to-date health and nutritional advice and products.  

 

Food for Healthy Skin

 

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Source: http://www.sunwarrior.com/news/foods-for-glowing-vibrant-skin/

Health Matters: The Ultimate Guide to Primary Care

 

Are you a parent who wants to ensure the health and physical wellness of your children? Are you having problems thinking where to begin and where to look for reliable professional help? If you have these questions, then you need to know the basics of acquiring primary care. But first of all, you might just want to know a few important factors about this particular aspect of health care.

First of all, when we talk about primary care, it covers the most basic health care needs of every individual. However, it would only be referred to as primary care if it is done by a trained or professional medical specialist. The services provided by a nurse or any non-medical practitioner may not be considered primary health care.

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Another thing you should know about this is that it also covers all age groups, all types of socio-economic status, and ultimately, all kinds of diseases – from minor ones, to chronic and acute stages, and up to multiple chronic diseases. However, because you will be obtaining primary care for preventive measures, it would be very important to take your children at a young age.

 

Now that you know a few things about this particular health care, your next step is to find a reliable provider in your area. Searching for a reputable health care provider or clinic can be a tricky process, and if you are not aware of a few issues, you might end up getting the not-so-good options.

Any kind of general clinic can qualify as a primary care provider, as long as there is a trusted physician in it. This is where you need to do some research. Get details and some information about the specialist to ensure that he can really deliver the services your family needs.

After that, you might want to consider getting slightly more expensive services. This is because most of the time, the cheaper the services you get, the lower the service’s quality and efficiency. It would also be worth noting that acquiring Walnut Creek urgent care requires not just research but lots of information from people around you.

If you have a neighbor who just recently took her child to a general clinic, ask her how the service was like and it she was satisfied with the treatment applied. If not, then you can look for other options around.

These are just a few factors and tips you should remember when acquiring urgent primary care for your children and family. It is very important to take your children at least twice a year to your family doctor or physician to trace possible causes of diseases before they even begin. This way, you would have a healthy and happy family.

 

About the author:Jenna Carolyne Hayes is a young mother with two kids, and lives in Walnut Creek. In her first years as a mother, Jenna has discovered one of the best ways to prevent early childhood illnesses. She wants to impart her practical knowledge to other mothers through her writing.  

How Can Your Diet Affect Your Sleep?

It’s a common misconception that diet and sleep are completely unrelated. However, the truth is that the two are very much connected and scientific studies have now shown that the type of foods you eat have an effect not only on your weight and overall health, but also the quality of your sleep.

Serotonin and diet

In order to understand the relationship between sleep and food, it’s necessary to familiarise yourself with serotonin. Essentially, this is a neurotransmitter in the brain, which is responsible for inducing a state of relaxation and calmness within the body. To produce this substance, the body requires another chemical called tryptophan, something that can be found in a number of different foods. The higher the amount of tryptophan-rich foods you consume, the easier it will be for your brain to create serotonin and the more likely it is that you will feel relaxed enough to get a good night’s rest.

Many foods that are high in carbohydrates contain tryptophan. Eating a high-carb meal will result in your body producing higher levels of insulin, which then flushes out amino acids inside your bloodstream, which would otherwise prevent the body from using the tryptophan. This is why many people tend to feel quite sleepy after they eat a high-carb meal and why high-protein meals can help people to feel more awake and alert.

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Dinners and snacks that can help you sleep

Now that you have a better idea of the way in which certain foods can impact your sleep, you can make a few adjustments in your diet in order to improve upon your current sleeping habits. To begin with, you can prepare evening meals that have more carbohydrates than protein; an example of this might be a stir-fry with noodles
and vegetables, a whole-wheat pitta with a small amount of chicken and lots of salad, or a pasta dish with tomato sauce and vegetables.

If you find yourself feeling a little peckish before bedtime, there are plenty of tasty snacks that will help you to get a better night’s sleep. Examples include a peanut butter sandwich, a handful of hazelnuts, or a bowl of whole grain cereal with milk. However, it’s best not to make a habit of consuming high-carb foods every night, as this may result in weight gain.

Foods that can disrupt your sleep

In the same way that there are foods that can help you to sleep more soundly, there are also foods that may disrupt your sleeping patterns. As you probably already know, caffeine is one of the worst culprits when it comes to keeping you awake. Whilst most people realise that drinks like coffee are laden with caffeine, not many are aware that other things, such as fizzy drinks, tea and cough syrup contain caffeine. As such, it’s best to avoid these types of drinks after 6pm, or better yet, if you’re having a lot of difficulty sleeping, avoid them entirely.

John is a freelance writer and blogger, he contributes to a variety of publications as well as his own sites and projects. He is currently working with Archers Sleep Centre.

The Future of Meat

It is the type of headline people might have laughed at in the past, but now it doesn’t seem so impossible.

The United Nations announced the technology to grow synthetic meat will be available within the next half-century. This will eventually mean meat can be grown and eaten without harming animals or destroying livestock in the process.

Wait a minute. Relax. No one’s going to make you turn into Charlton Heston, holding onto meat and saying “You’ll pry this from my cold, dead hands.” This is not an anti-meat crusade. What is being discussed is just the technology to grow and process meat that tastes like the real thing without coming from a ranch.

This has been discussed for a long time. Heck, Winston Churchill included this in a speech he delivered all the way back in 1932! Today’s consumer is just looking for different ways to purchase meat products. Whether it is buying meat in bulk and freezing it for future use or something else, there are ways to make the most of your meat purchase and save some money.

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As previously mentioned, if you know you will go through meat quickly – like for a holiday party or a cookout – buy it in bulk and save money. Instead of buying parts of a steak, buy an entire roast. A butcher or meat processor can slice the roast for you, or you can do it yourself if the roast will be eaten over a period of several days.

Storing meat can be done in several ways. The best way to make sure your meat lasts longer is to store it in something that cools quicker rather than slower. Cooler meat will last longer and there should not be spoilage.

A healthier trend that encourages customers to eat meat without guilt is organic meat. This is grass-fed beef and chicken, instead of the products usually served to fatten up livestock. These meats do not contain artificial growth hormones and are richer in protein, vitamins and minerals. Because the meat is grass-fed, it also reduces the environmental impact on the customer.

Another way to eat meat in a different style is to dehydrate it. This involves cooking the beef and then rinsing it under hot water to remove excess fat and grease. You then use an electric dehydrator to process the meat for a period of time and then store it in a refrigerator. If you don’t have one, there are ways to buy simple products. An example of a company using this technology can be seen in the dehydrators from MeatProcessingProducts.com. These dehydrators resemble food processors or crock-pots, but they do the job right.

If you’re still worried, relax some more. This technology may not be available until after you have moved on to the great meat shop in the sky. Until then, eat your meat healthy and happy.