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The health of our internal organs is one of those things we all take for granted until it’s too late. We think our youth and vitality will never pass but in truth, even though you’re not feeling it now, every dietary or lifestyle decision will affect you in the long run.
Fortunately, in our day and age, people are more in more interested in their lifestyle and habits. The number of people searching for a health-related subject is on the rise, while young people (especially millennials) and healthier and more physically active than ever.
Top 4 internal organs
When it comes to preserving our health, it’s important to take a systematic, patient approach and deal with each of the internal organs separately, each with its needs. Occasionally some health issues are intertwined, so by focusing on one organ, you might be inadvertently preventing another more serious health problem. The top four internal organs that we should pay more attention to comprise the kidneys, heart, lungs, and the liver. Let us look at it in detail:
The kidneys are two fist-sized organs below the rib that basically act as your natural filtration system. Each day, they filter about 150 litres of blood to produce 2 litres of urine. They are one of the most important organs that we possess and are vital to our survival.
Neglecting them for long periods of time can lead to:
- Kidney infections
- Kidney failure
- Kidney disease
- Kidney stones
These health conditions and other ailments that will require an expensive trip to the doctor. Famously, selena gomez was diagnosed with lupus nephritis, a variant of the disease that targets the kidneys. Over 60 % of lupus patients are affected by it. The singer/actress is on recovery and received a kidney transplant in september 2017 from a friend.
Guidelines for kidney health
The first thing you need to do to preserve your kidneys is staying hydrated. A good indicator of proper hydration habits is the color of the urine – if it’s any darker than straw colored, drink more fluids. As a side note, make sure to not overdo it. Drinking more than six glasses of water per day is redundant and in some cases, it might do more harm than good.Moving on, a stable and healthy diet can do wonders for your kidney health. Foods that possess antioxidant qualities (also called ‘’super foods’’) can eliminate free radicals and protect the body from various types of infections and diseases.
Some examples of super foods you should consume are as follows:
• cabbage contains phytochemicals, an element that protects the body from free radicals.
• onions have plenty of flavonoids (quercetin, in particular) which prevent heart diseases.
• to reduce kidney inflammation, blueberries are a good source of anthocyanidins and vitamin c.
• strawberries have phenols, which maintain the cellular integrity of the body and kidneys in particular.
The heart is an important organ that pumps blood throughout the body, providing it with oxygen and protecting it from various ailments. If not taken proper care of, it can lead to coronary artery disease, heart failure, chest pain, hypercholesterolemia, heart arrhythmia and cardiovascular disease.
Diet guidelines for heart health
With that being said, it is common knowledge that the most delicious foods are of the same type bad for your heart. High sodium and high-calorie foods such as fast foods, processed and refined should be avoided as much as possible. If resisting them is hard (as is for everybody), try adjusting the portions. Eat fewer high-calorie foods and more low-calorie products such as fruits and vegetables. For example, focus on canned fruit, especially if it’s packed in low-calorie juice or water, canned vegetables or pick them frozen (preferably) fresh. Limit your intake of sugary frozen fruits, coconuts and vegetables dipped in sauces.
Fiber is an important ingredient not only for the heart but for the body in general. Fiber can reduce the levels of cholesterol, maintain blood pressure and prevent certain heart diseases by extension. Whole grains are rich in fibers.
Here are a few examples of grain products that have copious amounts of fibers:
• whole-grain pasta
• whole-wheat flour
• buckwheat, brown rice and barley
• whole-grain bread
And here are a few products that you could limit:
• egg noodles
Another alternative is to reduce the consumption of trans fats. Without getting too technical, trans fats (or trans fatty acids) are unsaturated chemicals that are found in fast foods. Experts split them into two large categories: natural and artificial trans fats. The former is produced naturally in the stomach of some animals and the food made out of them, like meat and milk, while the latter is produced industrially for wide consumption by adding vegetable oils to solidify them. Trans fats can raise your levels of cholesterol and increase the risk of strokes, type 2 diabetes, and strokes.
Bill clinton, who served as the 42nd president of the united states, has had surgery twice due to blocked arteries. In 2004, he underwent quadruple bypass surgery. Since then, the former president has adopted a healthier lifestyle, losing a lot of weight and following a dated based on vegetables, beans, and fruit.
A good method to limit trans fats consumption is to carefully portion how many solid fats are added to food when cooking. Also, cutting the fat off the meat, adding low sodium salsa to baked potatoes or spreading fruits low on sugar on toast are good habits to develop in the long run.
Of course, fats are not necessarily bad. Here’s a list of fats that, consumed in sensible proportions, can do wonders for the heart:
• olive oil
• canola oil
• light margarine
Fats to avoid:
• palm kernel oils
The lungs are as fragile as they are important. An intricate system of thousands of tubes, sacs, and alveoli power them throughout the day, absorbing air and eliminating what’s not useful to the body continuously.
Before getting into the specifics, as obvious as it’s been for the last 60 years, this needs to go on the record: do not smoke. Experts have linked smoking to cancer over half a decade ago, as well as demonstrating that it clogs the airways and damages the cilia, which acts as kind of a filtration system that eliminates pollutants and heal infections.
Guidelines for lung health
Exercising will not compensate for smoking, but it does strengthen the cardiovascular system, improving the efficiency of the lungs in the process. What’s not so obvious to many people is that many foods indirectly affect the health of the lungs. High-fat diets can lead to lung cancer, while fruits have been shown to prevent it.Together with avoiding smoking and exercising daily, there are a few dietary tips that can preserve the lungs. Staying hydrated is important because water acts as a cleansing agent, improves the blood flow and clears the area where the mucus is stored.
If you’re concerned about lung tumors, pomegranates are known to slow their growth. When it comes to vegetables, kale, broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage can draw the advancement of lung cancer to a stand. Consuming magnesium regularly in the form of nuts, seeds, and beans, while providing the aforementioned fatty acids, keep the lungs functioning properly. Vitamin c, which can be found in carrots and oranges, lower the risk of lung diseases.Don’t think lung diseases are reserved for the elderly. Amy winehouse was diagnosed with early emphysema when she was just 24. Extensive touring, smoking and various other factors along with a generally unhealthy lifestyle contributed to the development of her disease.
The liver is one of the most important internal organs that manages the metabolic processes in the body. Old and damaged blood cells are sent to the liver, destroyed and promptly eliminated from the system, making way for newer ones.
High consumption of alcohol causes cirrhosis, while other forms of neglect cause hepatitis, liver failure, chronic liver disease and fatty liver.
Diet guidelines for liver health
As always, there are some things that you can do in order to prevent the diseases mentioned above. A group of japanese researchers found out that consuming 5 to 10 cups of green tea daily improve the overall health of the liver. Another study states that high-oxidant tea can improve the liver enzyme after 12 weeks.Moving on, high antioxidant fruits such as grapefruits protect the liver cells and reduce inflammation. By consuming anthocyanins from cranberries and blueberries 3 to 4 times a week, the liver is protected from damage and scar tissues.Moreover, it’s also been shown to halt the progression of liver cancer cells in rats, with further research being needed to determine if it can be replicated in humans. Grapes also lower inflammation, but in concentrated form.The prickly pear, an exotic species of comestible cactus used in traditional medicine, was the subject of a 2004 study that demonstrated how this fruit regulates cholesterol levels and compensates for the negative effects of alcohol consumption.
Thanks to science, we now know that a bacon and eggs-based breakfast is a thing of the 50’s, cutting down on fat will help prevent heart diseases, smoking cigarettes are linked to lung cancer and antioxidants halt infectious progressions and heal them. In our current era of fast eating and living city lives, stressed out and focusing on our careers, our personal health usually takes a second spot in our list of priorities. Thankfully, science and medicine progress at an incredible rate, and we’re more aware of the health risks posed by our chaotic habits than ever before.
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In the endless debate of dark rum vs light rum vs white rum, there are a few key differences of which you should be aware.
Dark rum vs. Light rum
There are many different kinds of rum on the market, but how do you know which one is the right one? the difference in taste between variations of rum can be very broad, but understanding the flavors of each will guarantee that your drink is perfect.
Dark rum: dark rum is usually made from molasses or burnt sugar and is aged much longer than white rum, often in oak barrels.
Light rum: to make a rum light, it is not aged after distillation like a dark rum but is instead bottled right away. It is also stored commercially in steel barrels, to avoid any contamination of the flavor.
Dark rum: dark rum is defined by its distinct color, which can range from a dark amber to a blackish-brown.
Light rum: light rum is often referred to as silver or white rum, due to its traditionally clear color. It is often filtered after distillation to remove any trace of color.
Dark rum: dark rum is often either drank straight or used in cooking, due to the richness in flavor. Sometimes dark rum is mixed with spiced rum, which has various spices, including aniseed, cardamom, and cinnamon. A good number of spiced rums are made with dark rums, but not all dark rums are spiced.
Light rum: the flavor of light rum is very mild and slightly sweet, verging on tasteless. This makes light rum very popular for mixed drinks and cocktails, but not for drinking straight.
Rum, dark or light, is usually gluten-free, but dark rums in pre-made mixes or spiced may not be safe for those who have a strong intolerance.
The alcohol content for both dark rum and light rum margins at around 40%.
Oftentimes, before cooking a dish, mise en place is a technique used by chefs all over the world for enjoying the kitchen art without having to hunt for ingredients amidst cooking. While onion powder or granulated onion is readily available, if you are short of it, use an onion powder substitute from the list below and continue cooking that delectable dish.
Onion powder substitutes
A whole onion is a good onion powder substitute. Other alternatives include onion flakes, onion salt, grated onion, shallot, scallion, and vegetables like celery and fennel.
A whole onion is a fresh substitute for onion powder in your recipe. The standard quantity to follow is 3 tablespoons of chopped onions for 1 teaspoon of onion powder. Using raw onions can also mean that you may have to bite on the pungent taste, so here is a quick tip; for a cooked dish, use onions as the cooking process will mellow the taste; for dips, curries, creams, or casseroles, select a sweet variety of onion, like bermuda, as it has a milder taste.
In absence of onion-related substitutes, don’t hesitate to grab some fennel of celery bulbs for adding the aromatic flavor to your curries, stews, and soups. These veggies not only form good onion substitutes, they also add an additional texture and flavor to your dish.
Onion flakes are the dehydrated form of onion and they have a mellow flavor. Your new york style pizza sauce will taste heavenly with these flakes. You can also use a processor to crush these flakes if you are looking for a texture like onion powder. They also make a great granulated onion substitute.
Onion salt is a combination of salt and onion powder. Using it in your recipe will replace both onion powder and salt. Marinades, dips, and rubs taste best when prepared with onion salt.
Grated onions are the best substitute for onion powder if you are preparing curries, dips, sauces, or salsa. Grated onions comprise nearly 85% water, which is actually an advantage while preparing recipes that require water. For making onion paste or onion juice, you just have to process grated onion (add some water for onion juice) and there you have another onion powder substitute.
While making salads or asian recipes, scallions can perfectly blend in by being a great substitute for onion powder. They add a mild and crunchy flavor to your dish.
Garlic salt or garlic powder can be used in marinades or rubs as a substitute for onion powder for the spicy flavor. The taste may differ but garlic powder has its own unique flavor that makes any preparation delectable
You can use shallots as an alternative to onion powder. They can be used in preparing various dishes if your galley is out of onion powder.
There are many other food items to complement your dish in absence of onion powder and its close substitutes.
- Mushroom (for an umami flavor)
People don’t often talk about progesterone in men; it does serve an important purpose, but can be dangerous at high levels.
What is progesterone in men?
Progesterone is primarily a female sex hormone, but it is produced in small amounts within men. Many people don’t realize that progesterone is a precursor to numeroushormones, including testosterone, the primary male sex hormone. With decreased levels of progesterone, you may experience a lack of sex drive or infertility. This hormone also affects the metabolism, sleep patterns, and overall quality of life. Furthermore, when progesterone in men is suppressed, it can lead to estrogen dominance and the manifestation of certain unwanted symptoms.
Symptoms of low progesterone in men
The most obvious symptoms of low progesterone in men include the following:
- Prostate enlargement
- Low sex drive
When estrogen begins to dominate testosterone, it can also cause a higher risk of prostate cancer and erectile dysfunction. If you experience any of these symptoms and lack a clear explanation, it may be time to see a doctor and have your hormone levels measured.
Benefits of progesterone for men
If you have proper levels of progesterone, it can help in the following:
- Manage symptoms of depression
- Regulate blood sugar
- Lower your risk of heart diseases
- Prevent cancer
- Reduce risk of osteoporosis
The role this hormone takes in regulatingblood sugar is often overlooked, and many people ignore this symptom or are unaware of it until it is too late, and so diabetes develops. As with any hormone in the body, an imbalance can cause problems with the management of stress and depression, and can also negatively impact your sleep cycles.
Having the right amount of progesterone will also help to prevent prostate cancer, and improve mineral uptake from your diet, which can protect against osteoporosis. This hormone is even involved in energy metabolism and can ensure that our bodies efficiently use the nutrients that we consume.
Progesterone in men side effects
If your doctor recommends progesterone supplementation, it is important not to consume too much, or there can be side effects since progesterone naturally counters estrogen. In other words, more progesterone means more estrogen, which can lead to the following:
- Weight gain
- Excessive fatigue, and lethargy
- Insulin resistance
- Joint pain
Before you add any hormonal supplement to your health routine, be sure that it is approved by your doctor and fully understood by you!
Do not worry if you run out of the healthiest oil in the kitchen because here is a list of some of the best grapeseed oil substitutes.
Grapeseed oil substitutes
The best grapeseed oil substitutes are olive oil, canola oil, coconut oil, corn oil, sesame oil, safflower oil, and sunflower oil, which have a similar high smoking point.
This oil can also be substituted for grapeseed oil when making mayonnaise due to its emulsifying properties. The ‘lite’ variety of olive oil is as flavorless as the grapeseed oil.
This oil is a good alternative for grapeseed oil when baking. Canola oil is cheaper and its fat composition is similar to grapeseed oil. However, beware of its side effects on brain health.
Substitute grapeseed oil with refined coconut oil, if you want an odorless and flavorless alternative. For deep frying, remember, it is the unrefined variety that has a high smoke point.
Corn oil is a less expensive and healthy substitute for grapeseed oil. It can be used for cooking and frying both.
Sesame oil is a good alternative to grapeseed oil when making chinese or malay cuisine. However, use it sparingly as it has a pungent taste and aroma.
The neutral flavor of sunflower oil makes it a good grapeseed oil alternative. It can be used for deep-frying foods like french fries and meats.
Grapeseed oil can also be substituted with the following for salad dressing:
- Rapeseed oil
- Hazelnut oil
- Macadamia nut oil
- Truffle oil
- Argan oil
Frozen yogurt is a popular treat in many parts of the world, and can have some surprising health benefits.
What is frozen yogurt?
Frozen yogurt, as the name implies, is a frozen dessert product made by freezing conventional yogurt, and occasionally adding other dairy products for flavor and consistency. This is often seen as a healthier option to ice cream, given the additional health benefits that can be gained by eating yogurt. Some frozen yogurt contains live bacterial cultures, similar to regular yogurt. This product typically consists of milk fat, bacterial culture, sweeteners, milk solid and artificial flavorings or additives. Frozen greek yogurt is another popular variety, which can provide an even healthier option for your sweet tooth.
In terms of nutrition, frozen yogurt is far better for you than ice cream, as it provides the same amount of protein and more carbohydrates, but fewer calories and less fat. A cup of this yogurt contains roughly 220 calories, 5 grams of protein, and 38 grams of carbohydrates. While ice cream has much higher levels of fat, this variety of yogurt only has 6 grams of total fat, four of which are saturated fat.
- The major health benefits of frozen yogurt that contains good bacteria include its ability to boost cardiovascular health, aid in weight loss efforts, and boost nutrient intake, among others.
- Digestion, due to the presence of probiotics (bacterial culture)
- Lowers the levels of lactose
- Helps in weight loss due to lower calories
- Boosts cardiovascular health
- Improves bone mineral density
- Provides important nutrients for metabolic activity
- Frozen yogurt vs yogurt
- While the two are very similar, there are a few key differences between frozen yogurt and traditional yogurt.
- Sugar: The frozen variety is higher in sugar than the non-frozen variety
- Bacteria: Many fro-yo are heat-treated at various times, which could kill the beneficial bacteria
- Protein: Yogurt has a higher protein density and fewer calories
- Carbs: Yogurt has significantly fewer carbohydrates and higher concentrations of minerals
Frozen yogurt is most commonly thought of as a cold treat, and as a healthier replacement for ice cream, but it can be used in various other ways as well. Some people like to mix this treat into their smoothies or health shakes, as it can provide a tangy bite, particularly when added to berry-based recipes.
However, it is important to consume frozen yogurt in moderation, as it is relatively high in calories and sugar.
Eating omega-6 foods usually isn’t a problem for most people, but if you need to boost your omega-6 levels, there are plenty of great foods to do it with.
Omega-6 foods: The best omega-6 essential fatty acid (linoleic acid) foods include corn puffs, sausage, butter, beef, eggs, safflower oil, sunflower seed oil, and brazil nuts, among many others. These levels are based on 100-gram servings, which is an exceedingly large amount for some of these foods, particularly the oils. On average, you should consume roughly 3, 000 milligrams of this fatty acid every day.
- Safflower oil: A 100-gram serving contains nearly 75 grams of linoleic acid.
- Sunflower seeds: There are 34 grams of this fatty acid (linoleic acid) in a 100-gram serving of sunflower seeds.
- Butter: There are 37 grams of this polyunsaturated fat in this serving of butter.
- Beef: This contains less than 300 milligrams of omega-6.
- Eggs: There are 3500 milligrams of this fat in a 100-gram serving.
- Sausage: More than 4000 milligrams are in a 100-gram serving.
- Mayonnaise: There are over 40 grams of omega-6 in each 100-gram serving.
- Flax/linseed oil: There are two grams of omega-6 per teaspoon of this oil.
- Sesame seeds: There are more than 20 grams of omega-6 in 100 grams of these seeds.
- Pumpkin seeds: These seeds also have over 20 grams of this linoleic acid.
- Walnut oil: Nearly 53 grams of omega-6 are present in 100 grams of this oil.
- Brazil nuts: These nuts have over 27 grams per 100-gram serving.
- Other foods: Other foods rich in omega 6 include chocolate chip cookies, chicken, grape seed oil, evening primrose oil, borage oil, blackcurrant seed oil, canola oil, hemp oil, soybean oil, cottonseed oil, poppy seed oil, and acai berries.
What is omega-6?
Omega-6 fatty acids (linoleic acid) are a group of roughly a dozen different polyunsaturated fats that are commonly found in vegetable products, particularly vegetable oils. However, they are found in small to moderate quantities in many other foods as well. Experts recommend consuming an even 1: 1 ratio of omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids for optimal health.
Different fats within the omega-6 classification can have both pro-inflammatory and anti-inflammatory properties. When it comes to the benefits of this family of fats, they are important for the following:
- Promote brain development
- Improve nervous system health
- Soothe symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis
- Support bone health
- Manage cardiovascular health
Healthy old men and women can make just as many new brain cells as young people, says a study published in the journal cell stem cell. Previous studies have said that new brains cannot produce new neurons and growth of new brain cells seize after a certain age. This is the first kind of study which counters that belief.
“We found that older people have similar ability to make thousands of hippocampal new neurons from progenitor cells as younger people do,” said lead author maura boldrini, associate professor at columbia university. “we also found equivalent volumes of the hippocampus (a brain structure used for emotion and cognition) across ages. Nevertheless, older individuals had less vascularization and maybe less ability of new neurons to make connections.”
The researchers analyzed the hippocampus from 28 previously healthy humans aged 14-79 who had died suddenly. Most of the previous studies have been performed on rodents and primates whose ability to generate new brain cells declines with age. However, this is the first time the researchers have analyzed human brain immediately after death. They looked for the newly formed neurons and the blood vessels within the entire hippocampus region.
The researchers from columbia university and new york state psychiatric institute found that older humans form fewer new blood vessels within brain structures. Older people also have limited capacity to differentiate and self-renew cells. This may be because of the reduced cognitive-emotional adaptability in old age. “it is possible that ongoing hippocampal neurogenesis sustains human-specific cognitive function throughout life and that declines may be linked to compromised cognitive-emotional resilience,” said boldrini.
This study, according to researchers, brings hope to keep the brain healthy and well-functioning even in old age. The researchers are keen to find more about the aging brain. They would continue to explore how neural cell proliferation, maturation, and survival are regulated by hormones, transcription factors, and other inter-cellular pathways.
The debate over omega-3 vs omega-6 fatty acids remains a topic of interest in nutritional circles as our dietary habits continue to evolve.
Omega-3 vs omega-6:
Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are closely related but have very different effects on the body.
- Omega-3 comes in 3 types – alpha-linolenic acid (ala), eicosapentaenoic acid (epa), and docosahexaenoic acid (dha). Ala is found in vegetable oils, while epa and dha are found in marine oils (e. G, fatty fish).
- Omega-6 comes in 11 different types, the main ones being linoleic acid, gamma-linolenic acid, and calendic acid, among others.
- Omega-3 fatty acids are able to reduce inflammation, diabetes, and bone mineral density loss. They can also help with anxiety and various types of cancer.
- Omega-6 fatty acids are necessary for proper brain function. They can also help treat rheumatoid arthritis and minimize symptoms of adhd.
- An appropriate ratio of these two fats is 1:1, but in modern times, that ratio is often skewed to as high as 10: 1 (omega-6: omega-3, respectively).
- Balancing these fats is essential for overall health and to prevent inflammation, as omega-6 can be pro-inflammatory.
- A balanced ratio ensures that your body’s enzymes are evenly distributed to metabolize both types of fats.
- The best food sources of omega-3 fatty acids include walnuts, sardines, salmon, spinach, eggs, brussels sprouts, and chia seeds.
- Omega-6 fatty acids are in hempseed oil, flaxseed oil, seeds, nuts, grapeseed oil, and other vegetable oils.
- Modern diets tend to have far more omega-6 than omega-3 in your diet, which can lead to cardiovascular problems.
- People with conditions like diabetes, psoriasis, eczema or arthritis should be cautious when consuming too much omega-6.
Which is better?
Having an even blend of these two fats is ideal, but generally speaking, omega-3 fatty acids have more positive effects on the body.