1.31.2007

A Banana A Day Keeps the Doctor Away


Ever wondered why monkeys are so happy all the time? Could it really be because of Bananas?

Benefits of eating a banana:

A Banana (Containing 3 natural sugars -- sucrose, fructose & glucose combined with fiber) = instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy

2 Bananas equals energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout!

Bananas also help overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses and conditions!

Seasonal Affective Disorder or Depression. - Bananas contain the natural mood enhancer Tryptophan (a type of protein that the body converts to serotonin, known to make you relax, improve your mood and make you happier).

Anemia - High in Iron, bananas can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood and helps cases of anemia.

Strokes - According to research in the New England Journal of Medicine, eating bananas as part of a regular diet can cut the risk of death by strokes by as much as 40%!

Stress - Potassium is a vital mineral which helps normalize the heartbeat, sends oxygen to the brain, and regulates the body's water balance.

Ulcers - Banana is the only raw fruit that can be eaten without distress in over-chronicler cases. It also neutralizes over-acidity and reduces irritation
by coating the lining of the stomach.

Mosquito bites
- before reaching for the insect bite cream, try rubbing the affected area with the inside of a banana skin. Many people find it amazingly successful at reducing swelling and irritation.

Constipation - High in fiber, including bananas in the diet can help restore normal bowel action, helping to overcome the problem without resorting to laxatives.

Hangovers
- Make a Banana Milkshake, sweetened with Honey. The banana calms the stomach, and with the help of honey, builds up depleted blood sugar levels, while the milk soothes and re-hydrates the system.

Blood Pressure - This is extremely high in potassium yet low in salt, making it perfect for blood pressure! So much so that the US Food and Drug Administration has allowed the banana industry to make official claims for the fruit's ability to reduce the risk of blood pressure and stroke.

Morning Sickness - Snacking on bananas between meals helps to keep blood sugar levels up and avoid morning sickess.

PMS - Forget the pills, eat a banana. The Vitamin B6 it contains regulates blood glucose levels, which can affect your mood.

Warts - Those keen on natural alternatives swear that if you want to kill off a wart, take apiece of banana skin and place it on the wart, with the yellow side out. Carefully hold The skin in place with a plaster or surgical tape.

Other Benefits:

Temperature Control - Many other cultures see bananas as a cooloing fruit that can lower both the physical and emotional temperature of expectant
mothers.

Bananas can also help people trying to give up smoking. The B6, B12 they contain, as well as the potassium and magnesium found in them, help the body recover from the effects of nicotine withdrawal.

Brain Power - Research has shown that the potassium-packed fruit can assist learning by making pupils more alert.

FRUITS CONTENTS CONTEST:

APPLE=======================BANANAS
 X 1=========Proteins======== X 4
 X 1=========Carbohydrates==== X 2
 X 1=========Phosphorous====== X 3
 X 1=========Vitamin A======== X 5
 X 1=========Iron============ X 5
 X 1=========Minerals========= X 2

Indeed, Bananas must be the reason monkeys are so happy all the time!

So maybe its time to change that well-known phrase so that we say... A Banana a day keeps the doctor away!

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Importance of Having Breakfast

Breakfast can help prevent strokes, heart attack and sudden death. For those who always skip breakfast, you should start kicking that habit now. You've heard many times that "Breakfast is the most important meal of the day." Now, recent research confirms that one of the worst practices you can develop may be avoiding breakfast. Why?

Because the frequency of heart attack, sudden death, and stroke peaks between 6:00a.m. and noon, with the highest incidence being between 8: 00a.m. and 10:00a.m. What mechanism within the body could account for this significant jump in sudden death in the early morning hours?

We may have an answer. Platelet, tiny elements in the blood that keep us from bleeding to Death if we get a cut, can clump together inside our arteries due to cholesterol or laque buildup in the artery lining. It is in the morning hours that platelets become the most activated and tend to form these internal blood clots at the greatest frequency.

However, eating even a very light breakfast prevents the morning platelet activation that is associated with heart attacks and strokes .

Studies performed at Memorial University in St.Johns, Newfoundland found that eating a light, very low-fat breakfast was critical in modifying the morning platelet activation. Subjects in the study consumed either low-fat or fat-free yogurt, orange juice, fruit, and a source of protein coming from yogurt or fat-free milk.

So if you skip breakfast, it's important that you change this practice immediately in light of this research.Develop a simple plan to eat cereal, such as oatmeal or Bran Flakes ,along with six ounces of grape juice or orange juice , and perhaps a piece of fruit .

This simple plan will keep your platelets from sticking together, keep blood clots from forming, and perhaps head off a potential heart attack or stroke.

So never ever skip breakfast

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1.22.2007

9 Body Parts You Didn't Know Had Names

We all know it as the cuticle of the fingernail, or the vertical line in the middle of the upper lip. What we didn't know is they have names too. They are called Eponychium and Philtrum, respectively. It sounds like its hard to remember and you might want to stick with the descriptions instead. Same here.


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Cancer Deaths Dropped


In the United States, Cancer deaths dropped from 556,902 in 2003 to 553,888 in 2004. That is something most doctors and politicians are celebrating about. The death rate started dropping in 2003 although it was a small percentage compared to 2004. Doctors believed that prevention and early treatment causes the Cancer death percentage to drop.

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STD Vaccination To Be Made Mandatory

Girls ages 10 and up will be required to take a vaccine against a common sexually transmitted disease closely linked to cervical cancer called human papillomavirus (HPV). Gardasil, the first vaccine to fight cancer, was included for the first time in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) annual schedule of recommended childhood immunizations, released earlier this month. It will surely prevent the cause of a cervical cancer, but most people find it offensive to implement such mandatory vaccination.

There may be a real problem out there, but they should deal with the kids that have the problem, and not all the innocent children who wouldn't even think about anything close to sexual contact.
I guess it is better to be safe than really really sorry.

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Express Checkup - A head-to-toe overhaul in 15 minutes or less


By: Steve Calechman

Living longer, looking sharper, and feeling better doesn't have to be drudgery. Just look at the guys at Jiffy Lube.

We are not proposing that our coverall-clad brothers are models of health and happiness. (Heck, motor oil is a potential carcinogen.) They are, however, players in an allegory of Platonic proportions. They swap old oil for fresh 5W -30, spin on a new filter, eyeball and top off seven different fluids, inspect the air filter and belts, check tire pressure, vacuum the interior, and clean the windows--in less time than it takes to notice that the waiting room's issue of Car and Driver is from September 1983. But underneath all the axle grease, this well-choreographed performance also teaches us a valuable life lesson. It shows us that, armed with the right tools, a man can completely protect and preserve any complex piece of machinery in, yes, a jiffy. Even machinery as complex as his own body.

What you're about to read is your own rolling tool chest. Top to bottom, it contains all the right-now know-how you need to avoid a disaster down the road, look buff (and just buffed), and otherwise cruise through life--in 15 minutes or less. What's in it for us? We keep the "Girls of MasterWrench" wall calendar.


Health Message Center
Live Longer
Total time: 4 minutes, 53 seconds

Save Your Eyesight in 1 minute, 10 seconds
Carrots have the rep, but go with mangoes. They're loaded with beta-carotene and vitamins C and E, three antioxidants that protect your eyes from vision-altering free-radical damage. "We know that these antioxidants help decrease vision loss in patients with age-related macular degeneration," says Peter Kaiser, M.D., a retinal surgeon at the Cleveland Clinic. Hate mangoes? Eat a kiwi. Research shows that high blood pressure may increase the risk of blindness in old age. Kiwis are packed with potassium, a natural BP buster.

Prevent Colon Cancer in 14 seconds
Swap the Honey Barbecue Fritos for a snack that may save your life: Brazil nuts. They're the top food source of selenium, a mineral that one study showed may reduce the risk of colon cancer by as much as 60 percent. "It looks extremely promising as a way to help prevent colon cancer," says Michael Wargovich, Ph.D., director of the basic-research program at the South Carolina Cancer Center. The best news:

A couple of Brazil nuts a day will help you hit the target amount of 200 micrograms of selenium.

Ulcer-Proof Your Stomach in 49 seconds
If a type of bacteria called H. pylori is the firebug that ignites most ulcers, then a serving of broccoli sprouts is your edible sprinkler system. In a study sponsored by the National Academy of Sciences, sulforaphane--a phytochemical in the sprouts--killed off any H. pylori that was exposed to it. And while the research was done in the lab, "all indications point to sulforaphane's having a similar effect on the H. pylori in our stomachs," says Paul Talalay, M.D., a professor of pharmacology at the Johns Hopkins University medical school. Try folding sprouts into your omelettes or using them in a sandwich. (And yes, regular broccoli contains some sulforaphane, too.)

Avoid a Stroke in 24 seconds
Chug 16 ounces of orange juice (about two glasses). In a 10-year study of 2,400 men, Finnish researchers found that the men taking in 200 milligrams (mg) of vitamin C a day--the amount you get in 16 ounces of OJ--had a lower stroke risk than those taking in only 40 mg of C. Researchers attribute the reduction in risk to vitamin C's ability to minimize artery damage from free radicals, reduce blood pressure, and help control cholesterol, says Sudhir Kurl, M.D., the study's lead author.

Protect Your Prostate in 21 seconds
Blueberries are the fruit with the most antioxidant firepower, but plums may be the real nukes against prostate cancer. Preliminary research at Texas A&M University found that phytochemicals in red-fleshed plums inhibit prostate-tumor cell growth in the laboratory by 80 percent--20 percent more than blueberries do. "The research is still in the early stages, but there's definitely no downside to eating plums," says David Byrne, Ph.D., a professor of horticulture and the lead researcher.

Stop a Heart Attack in 1 minute, 10 seconds
When the gum-snapping diner waitress asks, "Honey, you want coffee or tea?" tell her, "Tea" (and, "Don't call me honey, toots"). Harvard medical-school researchers found that drinking one or more cups of black tea daily was associated with a 45 percent decrease in heart attacks. The flavonoids in the tea may reduce the buildup of fatty deposits in the arteries, says Howard Sesso, Sc.D., the lead researcher. And it doesn't have to be pinkie-waving Earl Grey (though your butler may insist); plain Lipton or Tetley will do the artery -clearing trick just as well.

Prevent Diabetes in 45 seconds
Whip up a peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwich. In a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers found that those people who ate peanut butter just once a week had a 16 percent lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes than those who didn't eat any (five or more servings a week resulted in a 27 percent lower risk). One explanation may be the fats in peanut butter. "Previous studies have shown that a high intake of mono- and polyunsaturated fats improves insulin sensitivity," says Rui Jiang, Ph.D., lead author of the study. And although the research was done on women, there's no reason to think that men won't reap the same benefits, adds Jiang.

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