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Saturday, March 29, 2014

THE LATEST INFO ABOUT YOUR HEALTH

My Chapter 2 of SIMPLE SOLUTIONS for Humanity dealt with Eternal Life, the science of living forever.  Medical science now and then uncovers evidence that can confuse you.  At one time eggs were bad, now, they're okay, if not even good at one per day.  Once margarine was recommended over butter.  Today?  Margarine is still better, but only the ones that don't have trans fats.  How can you tell?  Read the label, or, in general, avoid solid margarine in sticks, like:


At one time salt was more valuable than gold.  I consume too much salt, for sure, with poke, lau lau, teriyaki pork, soups, etc.  The average American takes in 3,300 milligram of sodium chloride each day.  The body supposedly needs only 200 mg, although the suggested maximum is 2300 mg, with a recommendation for African-Americans and those older than 51 to keep the intake at 1500 mg.  From Dieticians Online:


The problem is, of course, most of the salt you ingest comes from soups and processed food.  Be prepared to be shocked by this list:


You need a microscope to read, but click on it to expand the view.  Anyway, the top ten ranges from 1180 mg to 1650 mg per serving.  At #123-125 on the bottom are Health Valley Organic No Salt Added soups with 30 mg/serving.  One ounce small bag of potato chips has around 175 mg of salt.  The low-sodium variety still  has 130 mg.

Oh, by the way, salt is bad because it causes high blood pressure (which itself results in all kinds of terrible things), osteoporosis (weakens bones), kidney disease, cardiovascular problems and stomach cancer.

On the other hand, there seems to be evidence that a diet with less than 2300 mg/day of salt did not help those with diabetes and ailments associated with the kidney and heart.  Plus, there was a higher risk of congestive heart failure, insulin resistance and raising blood triglycerides (which leads to heart disease).  So, the best advice is to use good judgement.  Too much or too little of anything can hurt you.

Here are a few other latest newsworthy health matters:
  • Bittersweet dark chocolate improves cardiovascular health because bacteria in you gut convert the contents into anti-inflammatory compounds.
  • A 2012 study showed that Vitamin D supplements did not lower blood cholesterol.  Yet a recent study suggested that Vitamin D can lower low density lipoprotein, or bad cholesterol.  This was a study on postmenopausal women, but it nevertheless makes me think that golfing and all that sun can only help me lower LDL.
  • Heard of "oil pulling?"  Gwyneth Paltrow and Shallene Woodley do it.  They say this whitens their teeth and prevents  tooth decay and gum disease.  But who has 20 minutes every morning to swish in your mouth coconut oil? Dental authorities say this cannot hurt, but it's also important to keep brushing and flossing.
  • Sugar, or sucrose, is bad for you.  The World Health Organization says the limit should be 26 grams per day (note, this is 26,000 milligrams--remember the salt discussion above?).  In the USA, the recommendation is 36 grams/day for men and 20 grams/day for women.  You'll be surprised as to how much sugar there is in foodstuffs:
    • one can of Campbell's tomato soup:  30 grams
    • one blueberry muffin:  22 grams
    • on cup coleslaw:  23 grams
    • tablespoon of ketchup:  4 grams  

  • Why is sugar bad?
    • Tooth decay
    • Sucrose breaks down into glucose and fructose, and fructose is terrible
      • liver turns fructose into body fat, leading to fatty liver
      • causes liver disease
    • Glucose overdose can result in diabetes and blindness
    • Causes cancer
    • Addictive (that photo above is a joke, but the meaning is clear)
    • Leads to obesity
    • Is the leading cause (more so than the fat you eat, say from steak) towards higher cholesterol and heart disease
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1 comment:

Halra said...

yeah,
we must keep our health and avoid many diseases,,,
thx for @all
:-)