Fatigue can be an early warning sign for many types of medical isues including several vitamin and mineral deficiencies. The most common are Iron, Magnesium, Potassium, B12, and Folic Acid. An Iron deficiency turns into Anemia and red blod cells can not carry adequate oxygen to the body. This is more common in women during Menstruation. Magnessium and Potassium can also cause fatigue but it is usually coupled with muscle pains and wekaness. A lack of B12 can turn into much more serious symptoms than fatigue because B12 is in the brain and spinal cord, a deficiency can cause inability to move and think clearly.
These deficiencies usually stem from restrictive diets which limit the variety of nutrients you allow into the body. For example removing carbohydrates from your diet significantly limits the amount of B vitamins you consume. The best advice to stay healthy if you re trying to lose weight is to consult your doctor or a nutritionist and eat a wide variety of foods in moderation.
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Cholestrol has recieves a bad reputation in the last few years with Heart Disease on the rise, but there is also good cholestrol in your body. There are two types of Cholestrol, Low Density Lipoproteins (LDL) and High density Lipoprotieins (HDL). LDLs are the bad kind which clog up your arteries and slow blood flow. HDLs are the good kind of cholosterol and they break down build up og LDLs and carry them to your Liver to be disposed of. There are a few lifestyle changes that can control to keep your cholestrerol levels healthy.
- Limit Triglycerides
- Stop Smoking
- Lower Blood Pressure
- Slimmer Waist Size
- Increase Physical Activity
Factors that you can not control are:
- Men have a greater chance for heart attacks when they are young and women are after menopause
- Greater risj over 65
- African-Americans, Native Americans, and Mexican Americans as well as some Asian Americans have greater risk than Causcasians.
- If your grandparents had heart disease you are a t a greater risk.
Though you can not change any of the above factors you can make the lifestly changes necessary to limit your risk of getting heart disease.
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Your metabolism is the processes that turn your bodys food into energy. That’s why some people say ‘I have a fast metabolism’, because they can easily keep a normal weight since their body converts food to energy quickly and does not store it in the body. Here’s 10 facts about metabolism and how to make yours faster.
- Your RMR, Resting Metabolic Rate, is how many calories your body burns when you are just sitting. You can figure out your RMR with you doctor.
- Adding lean protein, like chicken and fish, throughout your day can raise your RMR.
- Stay away from simple carbs because they increase insulin production telling your body to hold on to fat and decrease your metabolism.
- Increasing your muscle mass through strength training can increase you RMR by 5%.
- Men have higher metabolic rates because they have more muscle mass and testoterone.
- Menopause decreases womens’ metabolic rate.
- Health conditions, like hypothyroidism, can make it harder to lose weight because the hormones to burn energy are lacking in the body. If you think this may be affecting you talk to your doctor.
- Don’t skip meals and eat throughout the day instead. If you skip breakfast and then eat a big dinner there is a large insulin response which slows your metabolic rate.
- A lack of Vitamin D can increase the risk of obesity.
- A healthy metabolism can positively affect all aspects of your life. “The same hormones that affect our physical health, control mood, hunger, sex drive, and ability to cope with stress,” says Dr. Quebbemann.
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Obesity can increase your risk of developing many diseases by scientist have found that obesity can affect if and how early you show signs of Alzheimers. They saw that the more weight you had at 50 the earlier Alzheimer’s started. Alzheimer’s disease is set to spike by 2050 and without a cure the best option is to be as healthy as possible to prevent the disease.
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Healthy foods are great to keep your weight and your body in check but there is a growing trend in the healthcare industry to use food to prevent and treat common illness too. Here are 10 foods to stock in your kitchen for various illnesses instead of taking medication.
- Buckwheat Honey for coughs
- Pickled foods, like yogurt, for diarrhea
- Ginger for menstrual cramps
- Peppermint for Irrital Bowel Syndrome
- Hibiscus tea for high blood pressure
- Turmeric for arthritis
- Chia sees for high cholesterol
- Steel-cut oatmeal for high LDL cholesterol
- Beans for high blood sugar
- Salmon for inflammation
Click here to read the full article by Ben Smart on CNN.