Archive for February, 2011

Processed Foods You Could Do Without

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

Eating processed food can cost you more than you think, in terms of money and your own health. There’s a special beauty in cooking your meals, and the benefits from it can led you to a healthier and happier existence. If you don’t take good care of yourself, nobody else will. Companies that offer you processed food are running businesses. And, to do so, they aren’t interested in your health; they only care about how to make these products more sugary, salty and saturated with savory fat.

Eating less processed food has definitely become a popular trend for the past few years. Michael Pollan, author of Omnivore’s Dilemma, In Defense of Food, and Food Rules, has a lot to do with this, especially because of his most important food rule: "If it came from a plant, eat it. If it was made in a plant, don’t."

Processed food, (defined by the US Food and Drig Administration as any food other than a raw agricultural commodity that has been subject to processing, such as canning, cooking, freezing, dehydration or milling), is more recurrent nowadays, and the key to enjoy of a healthy lifestyle is to detect and avoid the ones you could do without.

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What is Gastritis?

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

50% of the world population suffers from Gastritis. As an inflammation, irritation, or erosion of the mucous coat of the stomach wall develops, Gastritis can lead to the disruption of digestion, decrease of working capacity, and a marked feeling of fatigue. It is as common as the cold or flu, and one of the most widely-spread diseases of the gastrointestinal tract.

There are numerous causes and factors that can trigger a case of gastritis, but worldwide, the most common is infection with Helicobacter pylori bacteria: a microaerophilic bacteria that can deteriorate various areas of the stomach, particularly the antrum. Alcohol consumption, aspirin, cigarette smoke and emotional or physical distress are among the causes of this disease.

What are the main symptoms?
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The Value of Liver Biopsies

Monday, February 14th, 2011

The best way to diagnose symptoms caused by abnormal liver function is to have a liver biopsy.

Hepatitis, gastritis, cirrhosis and pancreatitis are only a few diseases that can be triggered as a consequence of abnormal liver function and the best way to beat them is to anticipate them.

Prevention is the key of modern medicine. By having a liver biopsy you not only can beat a disease to the punch, but also you can enjoy of some peace of mind by knowing that your liver is completely healthy and is functioning properly.

Usually, a liver biopsy is performed to estimate a degree of liver damage in order to decide a type of treatment. But don’t worry. A biopsy and a surgical procedure are nothing alike. On the contrary, liver biopsies are quick and painless methods, designed to remove samples of liver tissue to diagnose them.

As a matter of fact, Pamela Anderson had this procedure done. The beauty from Baywatch is perhaps the best-known hepatitis C patient that knows exactly what the value of liver biopsy is: priceless.

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Natural Antioxidants: The Best Guardians for Your Body

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

It’s never a pleasant feeling when we look ourselves in the mirror and discover cell damage and excessive dry skin all around our faces. Similarly, when we feel out of breath right after walking a flight of stairs or having a big and indulgent lunch it doesn’t exactly bring joy to our hearts (more like hypertension).

These problems, and many more, become recurrent in our lives when free radicals invade and disarm our organisms. And it’s no joke when, apart from causing the occasional discomfort, they trigger fatal illness such as cancer and heart disease.

In the battle against this enemy antioxidants are the best weapon we have to live a healthier and happier life.

What’s an antioxidant?

An antioxidant is a molecule capable of slowing or preventing the oxidation of other molecules that produce free radicals. A free radical is an atom or group of atoms that steals vital components from our molecules and damages our cells.
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