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Friday, August 15, 2008

How it deeps you young. When it comes to avoiding osteoporosis, calcium gets all the praise. But another major player is vitamin K. "new studies suggest K can improve bone density and lower the risk of hip fracture", says Katherine Tucker, PhD, director of Nutritional Epidemiology at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University in Boston. Leafy greens are a prime source - 1 cup of fresh spinach supplies more than one and a half times your daily requirements.
As well as safeguarding your skeleton, spinach keeps your eyes sparkling and clear. Years of exposure to sunlight can damage the center of your eye's retina, heading to muscular degeneration and blindness. But spinach is the number one source of zeaxanthin and lutein, nutrients that make up part of the retina. There, they soak up harmful light before it can do cumulative damage.
For and additional anti-aging kick, top a spinach salad with strawberries. They are rich in plant chemicals, polyphenols, which keep you quick-witted. "When we start to get older, our brain cells become like an old married couple - they don't talk to each other very much anymore". says James Joseph, PhD, director of the Neuroscience Lab at the USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging, also at Tufts. "Polyphenols get the conversation flowing again by promoting signals between cells, encouraging them to communicate and enhancing memory.


How it keeps you young. Curry helps maintain your mental muscle. In fact, some parts of India, where it's eaten daily, have one-fourth the U.S. rate of Alzheimer's. Curry is packed with tumeric, a spice that's rich in the antioxidant curcumin. Researchers at UCLA believe that curcumin wards off Alzheimer's by preventing the growth of amyloid plaques, sticky proteins that are toxic to brain cells. In addition, it shields us from harmful free radicals (formed when we metabolize oxygen), which attack our cells, damaging tissue and organs. Those strikes increase in frequency in the body as we get older, says Joseph. Curry prevents those assaults from happening in the brain, where they can impair thinking and memory.

How they keep you young. Don't toss your sunscreen, but filling up on tomatoes may help protect your skin, according to German researchers. Volunteers swallowed a daily shot of tomato paste mixed with olive oil or just plain olive oil for 10 weeks. after daily exposure to UV light, the tomato group had 40percent less sunburn than those who consumed only olive oil. The magic ingredient? Lycopene, which protects skin from the oxidation that results from sun damage and leads to wrinkles. Drizzling tomatoes with a little healthy fat like olive oil helps you better absorb the lycopene, as does cooking or chopping this red fruit.

How they keep you young. Almonds are packed with hard-to-get vitamin E (just one small handful delivers half your daily dose), a nutrient that keeps you agile and graceful. When researchers from several leading medical schools looked at the impact of different vitamins and minerals on speed, coordination and balance in people over age 65, the only one that made a difference was vitamin E. Volunteers with the weakest physical performance had the lowest level of vitamin whereas more agile participants had adequate amounts of the vitamin in their system. Researchers surmise this power vitamin keeps you coordinated by neutralizing those troublesome free radicals in both muscles and nervous system.

How it keeps you young Dark chocolate doesn't just satisfy that intense craving that so many of us have., it also lowers blood pressure. That's heart-healthy news since blood pressure typically rises as you get older, increasing your risk for heart attack and stroke. Lucky for your waistline you don't need much chocolate to benefit from its blood pressure lowering effects. German researchers recently found that just a quarter of an ounce of dark chocolate per day (the amount in one-sevent of most chocolate bars) trimmed two to three points off hypertensive patients blood pressure. The reason? Cocoa is rich is flavonoils, potent plant chemicals that encourage blood vessels to relax, keeping them youthful, supple and pliable.

(Source: FAMILY CIRCLE by: Karen Ansel, R.D.)
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Thursday, August 14, 2008
Drinking at least 2-3 liters of water every day acts as a defense against bacteria that causes plaque and cavities. Rinsing your mouth with water every time you eat something washes away the trapped food that decomposes in mouth that will only lead to bad breath.

Eat a handful of raw celery, carrots and spinach every day. doing so will produce plenty of saliva, which will neutralize bacteria stretococcus that causes cavities. Additionally it massages gums and cleans between teeth.

Green Tea:
Green tea kills the bacteria in your mouth that causes bad breath. It also wipes out bacteria that turn sugar into plaque. Drink nearly 5 cups of green tea everyday. It is better if you drink tea that is made of previous day and kept in thermos.

Sesame seeds:
Sesame seeds help you slough off plaque and build tooth enamel. It also helps preserve the bone around your teeths and gums. You can add them in salads or steamed vegetables at least three times a week.

Cheese provides several benefits to your teeth as it has low carbohydrates and high calcium and phosphate content. These factors will help to balance an acidic pH that encourages the growth of cavity causing bacteria. It also preserves and rebuilds tooth enamel and produces saliva that kills the bacteria and causes cavities and gum diseases.

Kiwi and strawberries:
The tropical fruit kiwi and local strawberries have highest Vitamin C content. To stop the break down of collagen network in your gums that makes your gums tender and more susceptible to the bacteria eat sliced kiwi or a cup of strawberries early in the morning.

Edible East Asian Mushrooms:
Shiitake Mushrooms or edible East Asian mushrooms having a golden or dark brown to blackish cap prevent mouth bacteria from creating plaque. Get started by adding 4-5 slices of shiitake to soups.

Onions and garlic:
They just remind you of the stinking smell that they leave behind when eaten raw. However a lab test proves that onions and garlic kill various types of bacteria. So, don't forget to include them in salads and sandwiches every day. Chewing mint leaves and parsley after such a meal will let you have a sweet smelling breath whole day long. Make sure you brush and floss your teeth later.

(Source:Suburban Woman North Shore by: Dr. Alla Aver, DDS)
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Saturday, August 09, 2008
Volunteers at the North Star Media Village wait to assist visitors to the XXIX Olympiad. More than 70,000 volunteers have been employed by Olympic ogranizers in China.

BEIJING - The volunteers have been unleashed at the Olympics, and everywhere you go, day and night, they are inescapable.
One day before the start of XXIX Olympiad, one of the big stories here is overwhelming hospitality Chinese organizers are attempting to exhibit (though overwhelming isn't strong enough term).
At all turns, Olympic volunteers -- in their visible-from-afar, blue and yellow jerseys -- are at your side lending a hand, opening a door, offering to carry your bags. There are volunteers just standing there.
There are seemingly a dozen volunteers for each visitor, as Beijing organizers have employed 70,000 volunteers for the Games and have dispatched an additional 400,000 non-Games volunteers for across the city, displaying the pearly-white goodwill that Olympic officials hope will come across.
At the North Star Media Village, where many of the 20,000 journalists are staying, a dozen volunteers stand inside the dining hall, arms dutifully crossed behind backs waiting to serve breakfast at 6 am. Each tends to his or her own serving tray. One serves the "Steamed Local Fish With Winter Mushrooms". Another volunteers serves bacon - just bacon.
Over the empty tables, one volunteer holds a spray cleaner and washcloth scrubs an already spotless table. She looks as if she's desperate to help out with something, anything.
At the gleaming new Terminal 3 at Beijing Capital International Airport, two dozen volunteers greet one arriving visitor nearing midnight.
In the city's trendy Chaoyang District, groups of volunteers are huddled beneath makeshift tents along busy thoroughfares, waiting for the chance to offer help.
"It's a good opportunity for my city and country", said He Yan, 21, whose job is to translate Chinese for Italian speakers.
Volunteers work up to a 12 hour shift every other day.
Those selected (nearly half a million people applied) went through 16 hours of training in which they were taught to display, according to Olympic officials, "good manners, being honored and trustworthy, conscious in environmental protection and helping others."

(Source:TRIBUNE by Kevin Pang TRIBUNE OLYMPIC BUREAU/kpang@tribune.com)
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Wednesday, August 06, 2008
-- Smoking is a high risk factor. The longer you smoke, the greater your risk becomes.

-- High blood pressure damages the blood vessels in your body, which increases your chances.

-- Altheorosclerosis is the buildup of fat and other substances that damage the lining of a blood vessel, boosting the likelihood of the development of an aneursym.

-- Men are five to 10 times as likely as women to develop aortic aneurysm.

-- Aortic aneurysm is more common in Caucasians than in people of other races.

-- Those who have a family history of aortic aneurysm are at an increased risk of 13 percent to 32 percent compared to 2 percent to 5 percent risk for the general population. They also have more chance of developing them at a younger age and are at greater risk of a rupture.

-- The genetic condition Marfan syndrome affects the connective tissue throughout the body, including the tissues of the blood vessels. If you have Marfan syndromw, your chance of developing aortic aneursym and dissection is higher.

If your are at high risk of developing an aortic aneurysm, your doctor may recommend periodic screening with ultrasound examinations.

(Source: CONNECTIONS A Health and Lifestyle publication from ENH)
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