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Fascinating (okay almost) Items in This Issue - What Does Potassium Really Do?
Health Information on Constipation.
How to Find Time to Exercise!
All You Ever Wanted to Know About Guavas and Nutrition, plus much more.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS:
1. ARTICLE - HEALTH BYTES.
2. SPECIAL ARTICLE - Health Information on Constipation
3. SPECIAL ARTICLE - All You Ever Wanted to Know About Fruits and Vegetables and Nutrition.!
4. ARTICLE - WHAT ALL DOES POTASSIUM REALLY DO- FOR YOU?
5. ARTICLE - MORE HEALTH BYTES.
6. ARTICLE - New Weight Loss Diet Technology- SlenderLean.
7. HEALTH INFORMATION WEBPAGES
These are the topics you will be reading in this edition of the newsletter!!!!
How to Find Time to Exercise - The No. 1 excuse for not exercising regularly? Lack of time.
Yeah, yeah. There's work, the commute, dropping off and picking up the kids, buying groceries, cooking dinner, dishes, homework, baths, story time, laundry. Hey, you're not doing anything at 2:30 a.m. are you?
Most of us know that exercise is important, but with schedules like this, how do you find the time? You have a sympathizer in Michelle Kowalski, a research assistant at Ball State University's Human Performance Lab. First, she wants you to know this: Getting in shape quickly with some miracle exercise program touted on a late-night infomercial just isn't realistic. Second, very few exercise programs take into account the challenging and supercharged daily routines of the average American woman.
"Women are much busier now than they were, say, 20 years ago. Exercise is usually not one of their top priorities," Kowalski told HealthDayNews. "They have so many other things to do, and once life becomes filled with other priorities, exercise goes to the bottom of the list."
So the trick is to make it a priority. Here's the goal: One hour of exercise a day. That could be anything you enjoy: walking, swimming, bike riding, or golfing.
First, write down everything you do during a typical day in half-hour increments beginning with the time you wake up and the time you go to sleep. It's quite possible the ideal exercise time will fit neatly into your schedule when you do this.
Or consider one of these ideas from Kowalski to fit exercise into your busy day:
* Wake up a half-hour earlier and walk the dog or walk with friends through the neighborhood. Or, hit the treadmill in the basement. This can be a quiet and peaceful time for exercise because there will be no interruptions at this hour. No kids. No phone. No e-mail.
* Take a 15-minute coffee break at work. Skip the coffee and take a walk outside or even in the office corridors.
* Turn after-dinner family time into after-dinner family exercise time. Go for a walk or swim together.
* Mark this on your calendar to make sure it happens: Several evenings a week plan a fun, outdoor activity for the entire family. Suggestions include softball, kickball, or bike riding.
* Busy, stressful day at work? Put on some relaxing music and spend a half-hour stretching all your major muscles.
* When your kids practice or play a sport, such as soccer or baseball, you can walk around the field, over and over again. You get exercise and you can watch your kids play.
HEALTH TIPS -Health Information on Constipation
"Hello, my name is Ginger Scott "Health Fighter", with some Health Tips for you."
Constipation is passage of small amounts of hard, dry bowel movements, usually fewer than three times a week. People who are constipated may find it difficult and painful to have a bowel movement. Other symptoms of constipation include feeling bloated, uncomfortable, and sluggish.
Many people think they are constipated when, in fact, their bowel movements are regular.
For example, some people believe they are constipated, or irregular, if they do not have a bowel movement every day. However, there is no right number of daily or weekly bowel movements. Normal may be three times a day or three times a week depending on the person. In addition, some people naturally have firmer stools than others
At one time or another almost everyone gets constipated. Poor diet and lack of exercise are usually the causes. In most cases, constipation is temporary and not serious. Understanding causes, prevention, and treatment will help most people find relief.
Who Gets Constipated?
According to the 1991 National Health Interview Survey, about 4 1/2 million people in the United States say they are constipated most or all of the time. Those reporting constipation most often are women, children, and adults age 65 and over. Pregnant women also complain of constipation, and it is a common problem following childbirth or surgery.
Constipation is the most common gastrointestinal complaint in the United States, resulting in about 2 million annual visits to the doctor. However, most people treat themselves without seeking medical help, as is evident from the $725 million Americans spend on laxatives each year.
What Causes Constipation?
To understand constipation, it helps to know how the colon (large intestine) works. As food moves through it, the colon absorbs water while forming waste products, or stool. Muscle contractions in the colon push the stool toward the rectum. By the time stool reaches the rectum, it is solid because most of the water has been absorbed. (See figure 1.)
The hard and dry stools of constipation occur when the colon absorbs too much water. This happens because the colon's muscle contractions are slow or sluggish, causing the stool to move through the colon too slowly. Figure 2 lists the most common causes of constipation.
Common Causes of Constipation
- Not enough fiber in diet
- Not enough liquids
- Lack of exercise
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Changes in life or routine such as pregnancy, older age, and travel
- Abuse of laxatives
- Ignoring the urge to have a bowel movement
- Specific diseases such as multiple sclerosis and lupus
- Problems with the colon and rectum
- Problems with intestinal function (Chronic idiopathic constipation).
The most common cause of constipation is a diet low in fiber found in vegetables, fruits, and whole grains and high in fats found in cheese, eggs, and meats. People who eat plenty of high-fiber foods are less likely to become constipated.
My good buddy Peter Prune will be interested in this article.
Fiber--soluble and insoluble--is the part of fruits, vegetables, and grains that the body cannot digest. Soluble fiber dissolves easily in water and takes on a soft, gel-like texture in the intestines. Insoluble fiber passes almost unchanged through the intestines. The bulk and soft texture of fiber help prevent hard, dry stools that are difficult to pass.
On average, Americans eat about 5 to 20 grams of fiber daily, short of the 20 to 35 grams recommended by the American Dietetic Association. Both children and adults eat too many refined and processed foods in which the natural fiber is removed.
A low-fiber diet also plays a key role in constipation among older adults. They often lack interest in eating and may choose fast foods low in fiber. In addition, loss of teeth may force older people to eat soft foods that are processed and low in fiber.
Not Enough Liquids
Liquids like water and juice add fluid to the colon and bulk to stools, making bowel movements softer and easier to pass. People who have problems with constipation should drink enough of these liquids every day, about eight 8-ounce glasses. Other liquids, like coffee and soft drinks, that contain caffeine seem to have a dehydrating effect.
Lack of Exercise
Lack of exercise can lead to constipation, although doctors do not know precisely why. For example, constipation often occurs after an accident or during an illness when one must stay in bed and cannot exercise.
Pain medications (especially narcotics), antacids that contain aluminum, antispasmodics, antidepressants, iron supplements, diuretics, and anticonvulsants for epilepsy can slow passage of bowel movements.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
Some people with IBS, also known as spastic colon, have spasms in the colon that affect bowel movements. Constipation and diarrhea often alternate, and abdominal cramping, gassiness, and bloating are other common complaints. Although IBS can produce lifelong symptoms, it is not a life-threatening condition. It often worsens with stress, but there is no specific cause or anything unusual that the doctor can see in the colon.
Changes in Life or Routine
During pregnancy, women may be constipated because of hormonal changes or because the heavy uterus compresses the intestine. Aging may also affect bowel regularity because a slower metabolism results in less intestinal activity and muscle tone. In addition, people often become constipated when traveling because their normal diet and daily routines are disrupted.
Abuse of Laxatives
Myths about constipation have led to a serious abuse of laxatives. This is common among older adults who are preoccupied with having a daily bowel movement.
Laxatives usually are not necessary and can be habit-forming. The colon begins to rely on laxatives to bring on bowel movements. Over time, laxatives can damage nerve cells in the colon and interfere with the colon's natural ability to contract. For the same reason, regular use of enemas can also lead to a loss of normal bowel function.
Ignoring the Urge to Have a Bowel Movement
People who ignore the urge to have a bowel movement may eventually stop feeling the urge, which can lead to constipation. Some people delay having a bowel movement because they do not want to use toilets outside the home. Others ignore the urge because of emotional stress or because they are too busy. Children may postpone having a bowel movement because of stressful toilet training or because they do not want to interrupt their play.
Diseases that cause constipation include neurological disorders, metabolic and endocrine disorders, and systemic conditions that affect organ systems. These disorders can slow the movement of stool through the colon, rectum, or anus. Figure 3 lists the diseases that cause constipation.
Diseases That Cause Constipation
Neurological disorders that may cause constipation include:
- Multiple sclerosis
- Parkinson's disease
- Chronic idiopathic intestinal pseudo-obstruction
- Spinal cord injuries.
Metabolic and endocrine conditions include:
- Underactive or overactive thyroid gland
Systemic disorders include:
Problems with the Colon and Rectum
Intestinal obstruction, scar tissue (adhesions), diverticulosis, tumors, colorectal stricture, Hirschsprung's disease, or cancer can compress, squeeze, or narrow the intestine and rectum and cause constipation.
Problems with Intestinal Function (Chronic Idiopathic Constipation)
Also known as functional constipation, chronic idiopathic (of unknown origin) constipation is rare. However, some people are chronically constipated and do not respond to standard treatment. This chronic constipation may be related to multiple problems with hormonal control or with nerves and muscles in the colon, rectum, or anus. Functional constipation occurs in both children and adults and is most common in women.
Colonic inertia and delayed transit are two types of functional constipation caused by decreased muscle activity in the colon. These syndromes may affect the entire colon or may be confined to the left or lower (sigmoid) colon.
Functional constipation that stems from abnormalities in the structure of the anus and rectum is known as anorectal dysfunction, or anismus. These abnormalities result in an inability to relax the rectal and anal muscles that allow stool to exit.
Note: Information on this page was taken from the National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NDDIC) is a service of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). The NIDDK is part of the National Institutes of Health under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Click Here for more Information.
(Whoa! Don't go so fast- sure this article may be boring!!! but it has some valuable information you can benefit from every day that you'll miss!)
The results of mineral malnutrition are: premature aging, declining health and degenerative diseases. Many common "lethal" health conditions
(osteoporosis, heart disease, cancer, etc.) could be prevented with proper mineral nutrition. The more you learn about the benefits of minerals, the more you will be able to take charge of your own health. This months featured mineral is Potassium!
Potassium is the third most abundant mineral in the body, after calcium and phosphorous. It is critical to maintain proper levels in the body.
Potassium works closely with sodium and chloride to maintain fluid distribution and pH balance and to augment nerve-impulse transmission, muscle contraction, and regulation of heartbeat and blood pressure. It helps to reduce the rise in blood pressure during mental stress by reducing the blood constricting effects of adrenaline. Potassium is also required for protein synthesis, carbohydrate metabolism, and insulin secretion by the pancreas.
For diabetics, potassium supplementation yields improved insulin sensitivity, responsiveness and secretion. It works with sodium to regulate the body's water balance, aids in clear thinking by sending oxygen to the brain, helps to dispose of body wastes and aids in allergy treatment.
In one study, nutritional support to correct potassium deficiency resulted in significantly reduced rates of surgical complications. Other studies suggest that people who regularly eat potassium-rich foods are less likely to develop atherosclerosis, heart disease, and high blood pressure as well as strokes.
Besides not eating properly, other factors can contribute to a potassium deficiency, such as stress, and the administration of certain medications such as insulin. Marginal potassium deficiency causes no symptoms, but can induce an increase in fluid volume and an impairment of blood pressure regulating mechanisms which can result in hypertension in susceptible individuals. It may also aggravate existing heart disease. More severe deficiency can result in nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, muscle cramps, muscle weakness, poor reflexes, poor concentration, heart arrhythmias.
Acute potassium toxicity (too much potassium) may have similar effects as potassium deficiency, including heart failure, however it is rarely linked to diet. It tends to occur only in the event of kidney failure.
The Recommended Daily Amount (RDA) is 2 to 5 grams (2000 to 5000 mg) per day. Some good natural sources of potassium are:
Cod (3 oz = 345 mg)
As you can see to get the RDA of 3 grams (3000 mg), you will probably need to supplement! Also, potassium is more effective when taken with Vitamin B-6 and (low levels) of Sodium.
Information for the above article came from the following sources:
"The Medical Advisor, The Complete Guide to Alternative & Conventional Treatments" by Time/Life.
"The Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine" by Michael Murray, N.D. and Joseph Pizzorno, N.D.
"The Lifeline", January, 1997, Volume 2 Issue 1
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All You Ever Wanted to Know About Guava, Fruits and Nutrition.
The guava is native to the Caribbean. Its skin is thin, light yellow and blushed with pink. A ripe guava softens to the touch. Guavas emit a strong, sweet, pungent fragrance. The flesh is white, red or salmon-colored and flavor ranges from strawberry to lemon to tropical.
The largest guava plantation in the United States, with 480 acres under cultivation, is Guava Kai Plantation in Kalauea. Hawaii half of Hawaii's total crop is produced here.
Guava are one of the best fruits available. Guava's are cholesterol, saturated and sodium free, plus low in fat and calories. Guava are high in fiber.
Some studies find a lower risk of cancer among people who eat more fruits and vegetables rich in dietary fiber, carotenoids and vitamin C.
The edible rind of a guava contains 5 times more vitamin C than an orange.
Guavas like other tropical fruits should not be refrigerated unless over ripe. The seeds of a guava can be eaten and the taste is often described as a cross between pears and strawberries.
Others find a lower risk among people who eat more of any fruits or vegetables. But fruit aficionados may want to pick the most nutritious of the bunch.
Guava is a great fruit because it contains key nutrients like: vitamin C, carotenoids, folate, potassium, fiber, calcium and iron. Calcium is typically not found in high amounts in many fruits.
Diets low in saturated fat and cholesterol and rich in fruits and vegetables that contain certain types of dietary fiber may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.
Good quality guavas should be firm and free of bruises. Ripe guavas should exhibit a fragrant fruity aroma. They will continue to ripen after harvest and should be stored at room temperature unless it is very ripe it should be refrigerated.
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