How about Cholesterol?
Cholesterol is a fatty substance, also called a lipid, that's produced by the liver.
It's also found in foods high in saturated fat, like fatty meats, egg yolks, shellfish, and whole-milk dairy products. It's a vital part of the structure and functioning of our cells. However, too much cholesterol in your blood may lead to a serious, progressive disease of the arteries, called atherosclerosis.
There are actually three main components doctors evaluate when you have a blood test to check your cholesterol.
They look at LDL (bad) cholesterol, HDL (good) cholesterol, and another substance called triglycerides.
Eating a lot of fats and not getting enough exercise can cause cholesterol levels to rise. Some people inherit genes associated with elevated levels of cholesterol.
Depending on your overall health profile - which takes into consideration factors such as cigarette smoking, hypertension, low HDL cholesterol, a family history of early heart disease, and age (over 45 for men and over 55 for women) - your doctor may recommend that you have your cholesterol followed more closely.
Herbs used for Cholesterol prevention or treatment.
It's important to manage your cholesterol and reach your goals because if you don't, your high cholesterol may contribute to the progression of atherosclerosis, the buildup of plaque in your arteries.
The true key to a healthy heart is prevention. The herbal supplements can not accomplish their true potential unless they are a part of a comprehensive diet and lifestyle program that supports cardiovascular health. Always consult with your physician before trying any form of treatment for a known or suspected disease.
Did you know that hydration is the key to fitness especially during the warmest time of the year?
Whether you run, bike, walk or play a game, staying properly hydrated is the key of optimal health and fitness during the hot days of summer.Drinking plenty of water will prevent a host of heat related illness such as heat cramps, heat exhaustion or heatstroke.
Heat related illness can also lead to death if it is not immediately treated.
Factors that affect dehydration
- The rate of perspiration
- Type of clothing an individual is wearing
- Environment conditions (temperature, humidity)
- Fitness level
- Intensity of exercise
- Individual's acclimation to the environment
Adequate fluid replacement
Although there is no specific amount of fluid an individual should drink the following is a list of the least you want to start at and then increase as needed.
Before and during exercise
- Drink 15-20 oz of water 2-3 hours prior to exercise
- Weigh yourself before exercise
- Continue to drink 7-10 oz of water every 10-20 min during exercise
- If exercising more than an hour then a sports drink may be a better option. Drink 8-10 oz every 15-30 min, with carbohydrate solution less than 10%
- Weigh yourself again
- For every 1lb lost drink 20-24 oz fluid
- Check your urine. You should have a steady stream of light yellow urine which indicates you are well hydrated
Signs of dehydration
- Decrease urine output
- Dark colored urine
- Dry mouth
- Sweating may stop
- Nausea and vomiting
- Muscle cramps
- Eyes stop producing tears
Water intoxication, also called hyponatremia is a possibility as well. However, it mainly affects individuals involved in endurance sports. Due the intensity and duration of these activities, these athletes need to rehydrate with sports drinks instead water to prevent hyponatremia.
Vitamins and minerals are substances your body needs in small but steady amounts for normal growth, function and health. Together, vitamins and minerals are called micronutrients. Your body can't make most micronutrients, so you must get them from the foods you eat or, in some cases, from dietary supplements.
Vitamins and health.
Vitamins are essential to good health. Vitamin A helps to develop and maintain body tissues such as bone and skin; it also helps the body’s vision, nervous system functioning, reproduction, and growth. The B vitamins are responsible for increasing the production of fats, proteins, and carbohydrates as well as assisting with metabolism, building red blood cells, and maintaining the protective covering of the nervous system.
Vitamin C helps form tissues, cells, bones and teeth; heals wounds; and improves the immune system’s performance. Vitamin E protects the outer cell membranes from harm, thus assisting the immune system in fighting off diseases. Vitamin K helps the body’s blood lot in wounded areas.
Minerals also have a broad range of functions. As many as 20 minerals play significant roles in the body. “Microminerals,” or minerals that the body only needs traces of, can fight off serious illness. These include copper, iodine, chromium, iron, fluorine, tin, zinc, nickel, vanadium, manganese, silicon, molybdenum, and selenium. “Macrominerals,” or minerals that the body needs large amounts of include magnesium, sodium, potassium, chlorine, phosphorus, calcium, and sulfur.
Zinc is responsible for helping metabolize proteins and keeping enzymes functioning. Copper is needed by enzymes for metabolizing. Iodine assists the thyroid gland in working properly. Calcium and phosphorus build bones and teeth. Iron delivers oxygen to the body’s cells. Potassium helps muscle contraction, maintains the fluid balance of cells, helps transmit messages through the body’s nerves, and keeps the kidneys and heart working correctly.
How they interrelate. Vitamins and minerals not only help the body function, but they work to strengthen each other. The body absorbs iron through the help of vitamin C. Vitamin D helps the body absorb phosphorus and calcium. Vitamins D and K are the only vitamins the body can supply for itself. The skin creates vitamin D when it is exposed to sunlight. Vitamin K is produced by intestinal bacteria. Outside sources must supply the body with all other vitamins.
Stress how to avoid it
Stress is everywhere. A variety of situations can produce stress: job pressure, family discord, illness, and injuries. Over time, stress can exhaust natural defenses, leaving the body susceptible to a wide range of health problems.
To combat the problem, consumers are looking at many possible answers. Yoga is gaining in popularity, as are other relaxation options like meditation, massage and reflexology.
Likewise, certain nutrients can help you cope, and various herbs and other supplements can calm the mind and restore the balance.
Vitamin B complex promotes health of the nervous system and reduces fatigue.
Calcium and Magnesium relieve the muscle tension and strengthen the heart.
What else you can do to reduce stress
Eliminate or restrict your intake of caffeine and alcohol
Maintain a social life with family and friends
Consider counseling and therapy if needed.
Most of all don't let stress destroy your relationship. Admit that you are stressed and use help as needed.