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Classic Symptoms of Omega 3 Deficiency

Before we get into the specific symptoms of Omega 3 deficiency, there are a few terms that you should be familiar with. They are EFA’s that are known as essential fatty acids.

EPA’s eicosapentoaenoic acids DHA’s docosahexaenoic acids, and ALA’s alpha-linolenic acids are Omega 3 fatty acids. Omega 6 fatty acids are linoleic acid and arachidonic acids.

Omega 3 deficiencies occur because the American/European diets are excessively rich in Omega 6 and very low in Omega 3.

This imbalance creates the classic deficiency symptoms of Omega 3. These symptoms include Cancer, Arthritis, Obesity, Heart disease, Arthrosclerosis, and Diabetes. Studies have shown that supplementation with Omega 3 and reduced consumption of Omega 6 could prevent, treat, or reverse some of the health conditions mentioned above.

Other reasons for the Omega 3 deficiency are the low levels of these fatty acids. Healthy fats have been replaced with cheap oils and transfats that are not digestible. The process used in making cooking oils, margarine, shortening, also reduces Omega 3 acids. Partially hydrogenated vegetable oils and transfatty acids became abundant in diets to give more flavor and richness (gravies, sauces, salad dressings). Omega 3’s is also negatively affected by sautéing, frying, and deep frying. EFA’s (essential fatty acids) should come from food sources as well as fish oils.

There are a variety of classic symptoms of Omega 3 deficiency. Would you believe that excessive ear wax can be a symptom? Children and adults with ADHD, in various studies, have been found to have very low Omega 3 fatty acids. Problematic/oppositional behaviors, inattention, learning problems, and other health conditions are symptoms of deficiency. These conditions include Obesity, High Blood Pressure, Arthrosclerosis and heart disease. Dry hair, Dandruff, and dry skin have also been found in those with Omega 3 deficiencies.

The addition of Omega 3 fish oils can help to treat, prevent, or reverse ( ‘cure’ ) many of the health conditions. The best fish oil source for Omega 3’s is from the Hoki fish that is native to New Zealand. They are found in cold fresh water.

Pure supplements of Omega 3 fatty acids can be accomplished with a process called Molecular Distillation. This is a process whereby all contaminants and toxins are removed. This results in a safer and more potent supplement. Pharmaceutical grade supplements are also the best choice. Talk to your doctor and/or pharmacist to find out where these supplements are available. Also talk to your doctor about whether Omega 3’s are something you should consider.

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What’s the Difference – Himalayan Goji Or GoChi Juice?

Goji juice is everywhere you turn around, at least on the internet and in health food stores. Himalayan Goji Juice, manufactured by Freelife International in 2003, was the first juice blend to be widely available.

For thousands of years, Asian tribal healers used goji berries for the tribe members, along with other native foods and local herbs. Those who ate these berries are said to have lived longer than anyone else, some living to be more than century long lives.

Although Himalayan Goji Juice was the craze, it wasn’t the best juice that provided the most nutrition it could. As a result, Freelife began scientific studies on the effect a new and improved juice had on humans. With more research and planning by scientists, GoChi Juice was processed, manufactured and labeled for sale in 2008. Today, GoChi is available in roughly thirty countries.

What’s the Difference: Himalayan Goji or GoChi Juice?

Himalayan Goji Juice is the original supplement juice that Freelife manufactured. This juice is 92.5% berry extract and 7.5% apple, pear and grape juice with distilled water. The extract is roughly equal to 2 pounds of fresh berries.

GoChi Juice also contains 92.5% extract and a 7.5% blend of other juices. However, GoChi contains more LBP’s, which basically means it is 30% more effect. Freelife wanted to know just what GoChi contained and how the body would implement it. So, three scientific studies were conducted, which allowed them to document and further study the effect it had the human body.

The actual berries used in these different juices come from the same place: the Himalaya Mountains. So, the biggest difference is how the juice is manufactured and blended. There is not a big price difference in the two juices either; GoChi is two dollars more per case.

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Indian Food and Their Calorie Content

Some time back I started surfing the net for calories contained in the food that I ate. Unfortunately while there are vast amounts of information of the continental food eaten in the west there is not much for the typical Indian diet. After scrounging around in many different sources I have finally been able to get some basic facts together. Not all of them may be absolutely accurate, but it will help you calculate your meal calorie content better than before.

And as everyone on a diet and exercise regime knows that the better the calculation the faster the weight loss. Very often the exercise calories can be counted with great accuracy as the machines in the gym give it to us in no uncertain terms, but the ones in food can be a major hassle as it needs to be calculated individually by the person eating the food. Here is where the mistakes take place as the average calories may not always be correct in all the cases.

Here are some food products and the calories they are likely to contain. You can use this to make your daily food journal. The reason you need to write down everything you eat is so that you do not make the mistake of thinking that you are eating less than what you actually are. And believe me most of us tend to think that we have eaten less than what we actually have. It is only when you begin keeping the journal that this tendency becomes obvious.

120 ml Milk (One cup) – 75 to 100 calories

1 tsp Sugar – 100 cal

1 tsp Bournvita – 55 cal

1 pkt Maggi Veg Atta Noodles – 360 calories

1 katori Dal – 80 cal

150 g mixed Veges – 80 cal

1 Med Sized Apple – 80 calories

1 Med Sized Pear – 80 cal

1 Banana – 120 cal

1 slice Brown Bread – 75 calories

1 slice White Bread – 80 cal

1 Chappati without butter – 80 cal

1 Chappati with butter -100 calories

1 Paratha – 150 cal

1 tsp butter / ghee – 50 cal

1 tbsp Cheese – 50 calories

1 Egg – 50 cal

30 g Quaker Oats with Milk and Sugar – 115 cal

25 g (1 tbsp) Cooked Rice – 80 cal

85 g (1 serving spoon) Fried Rice – 140 cal

50 g Soya Chunks or Flakes – 80 calories

50 g Pakodas (two-three) – 175 cal

1 medium sized Samosa – 250 cal

1Gulab Jamun – 200 cal

1 Boondi Ladu – 200 cal

1 small bowl of milk sevai – 150 cal

This is about all that I have managed to gather so far. It has most of what I would eat so I am happy with the list. It is somewhat lacking on the content of South Indian food, but as soon as I find a good resource for that I will update this article. Naturally it is no where near as comprehensive as it can be. Specially since there is such a wide variety in Indian Food. Never the less I hope it will be helpful to you.

Happy Calculating!

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Go Suck on a Lemon – It’s Good For You

Lemon is one of the most widely used fruits in the world. It is cultivated in great quantities in the Caribbean, Mexico, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and India. Lemon has many uses in cooking and can be found in various dishes, salads, sweets and drinks.

Due to its beneficial properties, it has been used in medicine for thousands of years. Traditional Indian medicine considered it to be an extremely important fruit. The positive effects of lemon are plentiful. Benefits include better digestion, relief from constipation, reduced flatulence, improved vision, mouth cleansing, cough alleviation, and the elimination of parasites in the intestines. Lemon is also beneficial for inhibiting vomiting and rheumatic pains. Despite its acidic flavor, lemon is actually good for treating acidity because of the alkali particles that remain in your body after you consume it.

It has been known for a long time that juice obtained from lemons has potent antibacterial properties. Scientific research has proven that some bacteria that cause several mortal illnesses can be eliminated with lemon juice. Since lemon juice contains natural vitamin C, it is far more potent than any vitamin C pill. In addition to vitamin C, it also contains vitamins A and P, as well as small quantities of thiamin and niacin. There are many concentrated lemon juice products on the market today. None of them should never be consumed before mixing the juice with water. It is important to note that the acid contents of lemon concentrate may damage your teeth.

A regularly ingested morning drink mixture of lemon juice, honey, and cold water will thoroughly cleanses the body. In order to alleviate constipation, one should resort to using warm water. In addition to treating afflictions when consumed, regular doses of lemon juice can prevent several unwanted illnesses. Lemons can prevent common colds, the flu, fever and even diseases such as malaria. It also soothes and calms the nerves and alleviates irregular beatings of the heart. The vitamin P contained in lemons is also good for people suffering from elevated blood pressure. Other beneficial effects of lemons include healthier bones, teeth and alleviation of bladder problems.

In addition to direct consumption, lemons can be beneficial in other ways. Lemons can be used in aromatherapy for example. Lemon based oils have been proven to have relaxing and soothing effects on the mind and body. This generally results in a much improved disposition as well. You could even say it soothes the soul. As if that wasn´t enough, lemon juice is also useful for treating acne by applying it directly on the affected area of the skin.

Lemons are so beneficial, you have to wonder why they get such a bad rap sometimes. Nobody wants their car to be a lemon. The phrase “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” would suggest that lemons were a bad thing to get. While it´s true that lemons may be a bitter fruit to chew on, there´s no denying the good they do once they get past your taste buds. Have you had your dose of lemons today?

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Mum’s Diet When Breastfeeding

During pregnancy it is important to be cautious about certain foods as the growing baby can not handle i.e. bacteria that can be found in unpasteurised milk products or alcohol. In contrast, breastfeeding does not require as much attention to one’s diet as pregnancy; however, it is still necessary to keep an eye on the diet in order to feed the baby safely. Luckily, the human body is designed to make the best of what it gets. Even if a diet is deficient, studies carried out all over the world have shown that breast milk still has the right combination of nutrients in order to feed the baby effectively. If the mother’s diet is poor the body’s own stores of nutrients will replace what is lacking in the milk – for as long as the stores allow it.

However, for mother’s and baby’s sake it is important to eat healthily. A broad dietary variety is also beneficial in that babies experience different taste and smell of breast milk. It helps develop the taste buds and may also help to create the foundation for cultural preference in cuisine. This explains why a baby nursed on a bland diet may push away a bowl of curried food for instance. Studies have shown that mother’s preference in food during pregnancy and breast feeding does affect the baby’s palate in the same way.

On the other hand, a number of mothers have confirmed that there may also be some foods with an adverse effect on baby’s health. They find that their babies get gassy after eating cabbage, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, onions or cauliflower. This view has not been scientifically proven. In addition, some babies may even show allergic reactions to the mother’s diet, most commonly dairy products. There may also be more accounts of reactions; so every breast feeding mother has to find out what her baby can swallow easily and what not. It takes between 2 and 6 hours from the time a certain food was eaten until it affects the taste and odour of the milk. Thus, if baby shows signs of discomfort while digesting the milk it is worth eliminating the suspected food for a few days and to observe whether it makes any difference in the baby’s symptoms.

What foods best to avoid

Nursing mothers should limit their alcoholic intake as much as possible. Ideally, they should drink no alcohol at all because it can be detected in the milk, though considerably less than what was drunk.

Caffeine in coffee and theine in tea should be kept to no more than a cup or two a day. If you drink too much it may affect your baby too. It should be noted that caffeine can not be passed through their bodies as efficiently as adults can and it may actually build up in their systems. It is worth considering caffeine-free alternatives while breastfeeding.

If a history of food allergies is known in the family, peanuts are best avoided. The consumption of peanuts has shown to leave traces of allergens in the breast milk and can add to baby’s risk of developing allergies in later life.

Try to avoid processed foods that show long lists of additives. So-called e-numbers do affect the mother’s and the baby’s health and should be avoided at all times. However, some e-numbers have natural origins and are allowed (visit The Soil Association for more information)

It is important to keep the amount of fish to no more than 340g (12oz) per week in order to minimize the exposure to mercury. In addition, the FSA advises to limit canned tuna to 280g (drained) and fresh tuna to 170g per week.

Lastly, sweetener known as saccharin should be consumed very carefully because long-term effects are yet unknown. The better option is sucralose (Splenda) which offers a safe calorie-free sugar substitute.

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Lose 18 Lbs In 21 Days – The Best Online Diet to Easily Get Accelerated Weight Loss – This Works!

Is there really a diet out there that can have one lose 18 lbs. in 21 days…naturally? Well, take just 60 seconds out of your day to discover an extraordinary diet that will get you accelerated weight loss easily, quickly, naturally, and PERMANENTLY!

First things first. Why do so many diets fail to work? You see, majority of those diets out today are “fad diets” (celebrity, low or no carb, fat, calories, etc.). Those types of systems will cause only one thing to happen…a REDUCTION in your metabolism. Consequently, a reduced metabolism is the culprit of the annoying “yo-yo weight loss effect”, and will also cause your body to go into fat STORING mode!

The #1 method to lose 18 lbs. in as little as 21 days is to make sure you get your body in fat BURNING mode (more powerful metabolism). The only online diet plan I’ve found that will get your body in this mode of constantly burning pounds of fat on AUTOPILOT is the calorie shifting diet plan.

The calorie shifting diet will not only cause extreme weight loss and fat loss easily, once you lose those pounds, it all stays off permanently. That’s because this diet is based around EATING to lose weight…not STARVING, and eating ALL types of foods (even your favorite foods)…not RESTRICTING!

You know, I ended up going from having a 44 inch waist and weighing 300 pounds all the way down to around 250 pounds and a 40 inch waist….in 8 weeks! Now you would think that losing all that weight will be the thing that made me so excited, but it actually was the fact that once I lost all those pounds…it stayed off PERMANENTLY. That’s because this is an all natural diet plan designed to SKYROCKET your metabolism to it’s maximum peak.

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Mustard for Health – Speed Up Your Metabolism and Improve Digestion

Mustard is known to be very helpful for digestion, and can help to speed up your metabolism.

Mustard produces such a tiny seed yet it yields many health benefits. Mustard is one of the most popular spices in the entire world and is used in every country as a favorite spice. Part of the cabbage family, mustard can be used in its whole seed form, as a ground powder or combined with wine, vinegar or some other liquid to create a loose paste.

There are three varieties of mustard: black, brown and white. The mustard plant grows to be quite tall and has a bright yellow flower.

It was imported to US through Spanish missionaries and seen as a cure-all. Its sharp and bitter taste, especially mixes into paste with vinegars, gave off a medicinal fume long before its health benefits were discovered.

Better than a Vitamin

Mustard seeds are a very good source of omega-3 fatty acids as well as calcium, dietary fiber, iron, manganese, magnesium, niacin, phosphorus, protein, selenium and zinc. Selenium is a nutrient that has been shown to help reduce asthma, arthritis and certain cancers. Magnesium also reduces asthma and lowers blood pressure. The effects of mustard are currently being studied for menopausal women and on migraine attacks.

Other Healthy Benefits

Just a few of mustard’s possible healthy benefits include:

Speeds up metabolism

Stimulates digestion, increasing saliva as much as eight times more than normal

Inhibits cancer cell growth and possibly prevents other types of cancer as well

Treatment of skin diseases through the application of sulfur found in mustard

Reduces in the severity of asthma

Decreases symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis

Lowering of high blood pressure

Prevention of migraines

Facilitation of gastric juices which aids digestive problems and gives digestive aid

Soothing of sore throats, bronchitis, asthma and pneumonia

Disinfectant qualities it provides

Additionally it has four powerful qualities: it is antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic and has anti-inflammatory properties.

How to Add Mustard to Your Diet

Mustard is for more than just hot dogs at the ballpark. Whether in ground powder form, seed form or out of the bottle, there are multiple ways to include mustard into your diet to reap its benefits. And since its pungent, tangy taste enhances food so uniquely, it can easily replace fattier condiment options such as mayonnaise, butters and sugary catsups.

Mustard is often used in Indian, French, German and Irish foods. But there are many more options as well.

Include powdered mustards in salad dressings, egg dishes, pickles, marinades and vinaigrettes.

Sprinkle whole mustard seeds on salads, over vegetables and rice and on roasting meats. Try roasting them first in a dry skillet for a nuttier taste.

Mustard paste is useful. Bottled mustard can be rubbed on meats before roasting. Try dipping cut vegetables in a mustard sauce for a unique, flavorful dip. Mustard paste can easily be added to mayonnaises, vinaigrettes, marinades and barbeque sauces.

Mustard is so versatile; you will find many exciting and new ways to use this old standby.

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A Healthy Nutrition Plan for Everyone

How to Create a Healthy Nutrition Plan

What should you do when you feel like all hope is lost for your efforts at dieting?

Here is a short healthy nutrition plan that can be customized to fit your diet and own agenda. Although there are numerous ways to make good choices with nutrition, you have to find the way that works for you.

1. Research Nutrition
Before you go out trying to find a nutritious diet based on your gut feelings, you should research the topic and find information about many different foods. It is of utmost importance to start slowly and introduce a healthy diet in steps so that you do not feel like this diet is something that you can never accomplish. Begin by eating more servings of fruits and vegetables each day. They are very easy to purchase and can cause a complete change in the energy you have and how you feel from your diet. Another big step in a healthy nutrition plan involves listening to your body.

2. When to Eat
You might be wondering when you should eat in your nutrition plan. The main thing to remember is to listen to your body. If it tells you that you are hungry, then you should probably eat. This does not mean that you should continue to snack on junk food and other things detrimental to your health just because you are hungry. Maybe you will eat a low fat yogurt or a bag full of blueberries.

3. No "One Size Fits All" Healthy Nutrition Plan
One key thing that should always be on your mind is that there are many ways to achieve the nutrition that you seek. You do not have to do the exact same thing as any other person, and there are many avenues available to achieve your goal. I try to always find new ways to stay healthy and eat foods that will benefit me for years to come.

4. Stay With It
Please do not give up on your healthy nutrition plan. It may require you to give up some foods and work hard to make good choices, but you will be glad that you did it. Never stray from the goals you have set for yourself and try new things everyday. Once your healthy nutrition plan becomes second nature, you can go on to help other people start their own. The possibilities are endless when it comes to healthy nutrition.

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Arsenic – An Essential Nutrient For Growth

Arsenic is most famous for being a deadly poison. However, organic arsenic is actually an essential nutrient and up to 20 milligrams (mg) of this nutrient can be found in the human body. In this article I will be discussing this nutrient in greater detail and providing you with a summary of its main functions, the best food sources, the recommended daily allowances (RDAs) and the potential adverse effects of consuming too much or too little.

1) DISCOVERY:

Ancient people were aware of arsenic and it is believed to have been mined by the Chinese, the Egyptians, the Greeks and the Romans. In 1250 Albert Magnus (known as Magnus the Greek) became the first person to isolate arsenic by heating orpiment (an arsenic compound) and soap together.

2) FUNCTION:

Arsenic is often thought of as a dangerous poison. However, there are actually two forms of this element; organic (an essential nutrient which comes from plants and animals and is not toxic) and inorganic (a poisonous substance which comes from soil and water and can be toxic in very small quantities). Whilst the exact role of organic arsenic in the body is unclear, research suggests it may support the metabolism of methionine (an essential amino acid which is needed for proper growth), control gene expression, support reproductive health and treatment digestive problems.

3) RDA:

Since arsenic has only recently been classified as an essential nutrient it has no official RDA. However, most sources recommend consuming between 0.0125 milligrams (mg) and 0.025mg of this nutrient each day. Organic arsenic has no tolerable upper limit (TUL) and consuming high levels is not thought to be dangerous. However, consuming 1mg or more of inorganic arsenic is dangerous and can lead to a number of unpleasant symptoms.

4) FOOD SOURCES:

Most foods contain some organic arsenic which means the majority of diets will supply you with adequate levels of this nutrient. Since arsenic is a relatively new addition to the family of essential nutrients the exact amounts in foods are not yet known. However, food groups such as bread and Cereals (0.00245mg per 100 grams (g)), fats and oils (0.0019mg per 100g), fish (0.1662mg per 100g) and meats (0.00243mg per 100g) are all considered good sources or organic arsenic.

5) OVERDOSE SYMPTOMMS:

Organic arsenic (the main type found in foods) has no known overdose symptoms, even when large amounts are consumed. However, inorganic arsenic (which can in rare circumstances contaminate water supplies) is known to be toxic in doses of 1mg and above and can cause anemia (a low red blood cell count), arsenism (a condition which leads to the development of horny skin and a change in skin pigmentation), cancer, depression, gastrointestinal problems, liver damage, nerve damage and in the worst cases death.

6) DEFICIENCY SYMPTOMS:

As discussed above, arsenic is found in almost every food so a deficiency is rare. If a deficiency does develop it can lead to abnormal growth, heart problems and skeletal problems.

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Acai Juice – What Does Acai Berry Taste Like

Have you tasted Acai berry juice? If you are thinking about trying Acai juice for the first time, you might be wondering what this miracle berry might taste like. After resisting the advertising for many months, I decided it was time to try out this fruit from the depths of the rain forests. With Oprah and so many other famous people raving about it, I felt I had to give the Acai berry a try. I did not know either to try the juice or the capsules. That made me think: what does Acai berry taste like?

Buying a supply of juice and then finding you did not like the taste would be annoying. So, I did some checking online. Google had plenty of information about the flavor of the Acai berry. For once, most people were in agreement.

All the descriptions I found of the taste of Acai juice were rather similar. They all describer the taste as "berry flavors and chocolate". That sounded very exotic for a fruit. The thought of chocolate was almost irresistible. Trying to imagine the exact taste was impossible. It sounded intriguing enough to be worth a try.

Which is best Acai juice or capsules? Well I read pages of information and still do not know the answer. Getting the answer to what the juice tastes like was easy. However, finding out wherever to get the juice of the capsules was not. Acai fans are about evenly divided on the question. Half say you should definitely take the Acai berry in juice form. The other half are equally adamant that Acai capsules are best.

My choice was not made exactly scientifically. I saw a special offer for Acai juice. It included free delivery; that (and the thought of chocolate flavor) clinched it. The juice arrived within a couple of days. I could not wait to get started. After reading all the instructions I opened the bottle. A cautious sniff reassured me. The juice did smell of fruit with chocolate overtones. Would the Acai berry juice taste of chocolate?

Having recently been exposed to scores of advertisements for Acai berry juice, I had some ideas about its appearance. You might have noticed that some of these Acai berry juices are packaged in bottles similar to wine bottles. I knew Acai juice was not going to taste like wine. I did, however, imagine it would look like red wine. Burgundy red and chocolate flavored was what I imagined.

My first glass of Acai juice was a surprise. It did not look like red wine. It did not even look like red grape juice. It was not the clear sparkling juice of my imagination. It actually looked like muddy water. The way the juice looked did not put me off. "Prune colored" sounds more attractive than muddy. The cloudy appearance didnt matter, and it smelt ok.

What does Acai berry taste like? My first sip confirmed it does indeed taste like fruit with chocolate overtones – but not in a good way. To be honest, the taste was horrible. It was not a very strong flavor. There was just something nasty about it. Fortunately, it became drinkable when mixed with other fruit juice.

If you (as I did) approach the Acai juice experience with high expectations for the fruit and chocolate taste, you will probably be disappointed. The news is not all bad though. I have done some more research since buying my first Acai berry juice. It looks that different brands of juice different a lot in flavor. You might be able to find one to your taste. In any event, the taste of Acai berry juice can be improved by mixing with other fruit juices of your choice. So it is worth trying different brands.

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