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Bitter Melon as Diabetes Treatment

Bitter melon or Momordica Charantia is a vegetable which grows in tropical areas like East

Africa, Asia, South Africa, and the Caribbean. This vegetable is rich in iron, beta

carotene, calcium, potassium, phosphorus and other dietary fibers. In many countries, it is

also used as an herbal medicine due to its properties that help improve insulin production.

Clinical studies show that bitter melon increases the production of beta cells in the

pancreas which leads to improvement in the insulin production of the body. It is also

believed to be beneficial for the liver and can act as an anti-tumor agent. Because of its

health benefits, bitter melon is used by many as an alternative treatment for diabetes.

Diabetes is a disease that is characterized by the presence of high levels of blood glucose

and by the secretion of excess glucose in the urine. This ailment develops because of

relatively low levels of insulin which leads to irregular carbohydrate, protein, and fat

metabolism. Diabetic persons feel hungry and thirsty most of the time. In addition, these

people get easily tired physically and mentally. They may also suffer from constipation,

excessive itchiness around the genital area, and general weakness. Other body parts that

are affected by diabetes are the heart, kidney, eyes, blood vessels, and the nerves. In

addition to these health effects, diabetes is one of the major causes of erectile

dysfunction (ED) or impotence among men.
Diabetes causes impotence because it alters the body systems such as the circulatory,

nervous, and the endocrine system. The organs in these systems all work in harmony to let

blood flow into the penis so erection can take place. Higher levels of glucose caused by

diabetes damages the blood vessels and the nerves. Complications in the state of blood

vessels may hamper the flow of blood to the penis, hampering erection. In addition, a

number of medical studies show that diabetic persons are more likely to have low

testosterone levels. Testosterone is a hormone that is responsible enhanced libido, energy,

and other reproductive health concerns. Men with type 1 diabetes are more likely to become

impotent once they reach 40 years of age.
Many health experts are recommending the use of alternative medicines like better melons

for diabetic management. Many studies show that bitter melon is able to reduce the blood

sugar levels in the body. Charantin, polypeptide P, and oleonolic acid glcosides are some

of the ingredients of bitter melon that are essential in diabetes treatment. Charantin

consists of mixtures of natural steroids which are shown to reduce blood sugar levels in

the body. Polypeptide P, contains alkaloids that can also promote healthy blood sugar

levels. Oleanolic acid glycosides, on the other hand, may prevent the retention of sugar

from the intestines. Improvements in these area leads to improved insulin levels in the

body
Diabetes can be treated with alternative medicine and adjustments in lifestyles. Many

health experts advice diabetic persons to include bitter melon in their diet to reduce

their intake of anti-diabetic drugs. This alternative healing method, however, should not

be regarded as a stand-alone treatment.

Size Zero Versus A Healthy Diet

The size zero debate where we have seen celebrities starve themselves down to what they consider is an attractive weight is a hot topic at the moment. Appalling images of stick-thin celebrities and other figures in the public eye has sparked off a huge debate as to whether you can be a size zero and still follow a healthy diet.

Many of these famous actresses and models etc insist that they eat just like anyone else” and reel off a list of their daily diet that includes chicken, pasta, potatoes, salad and even the odd ‘naughty’ treat such as bar of chocolate, pizza or a glass of wine

And while undoubtedly there really are a small a very small minority of women who are naturally stick thin no matter what they eat, for the ‘lollipop’ (ie big head on a tiny body) ladies we see in the media, they really aren’t following a healthy diet.

Starving themselves in order to ‘look good’ down to the size of a seven year old boy can have dramatic health consequences. Fasting or not eating enough food can cause periods to stop, bad skin and hair and whole list of horrifying symptoms including death.

In September 2006, the 22 year old model Luisel Ramos died days after appearing on the catwalk. Newspapers reported how she was told that if she lost a significant amount” of weight (she was 5ft 9in tall and weighed 7 stone when she died according to the Daily Mail newspaper) she would succeed as a model.

You don’t have to be stick thin in order to be fashionable. A grown woman with a body that has been starved in order to resemble that of a young boy is not attractive and is not healthy.

In fact, it’s more important to put the right food inside your body by following a wholesome, healthy diet and nature will do the rest and you’ll find your ideal size.

And if you are overweight or your clothes are starting to feel a bit tighter, then there are sensible diets that you can follow in order to get to your ideal weight. Missing meals or fasting are not an option.

Similarly, for the naturally thin ladies among us, by following a nutritious, healthy diet, you can ensure that you keep yourself in the optimum of health.

Choosing Right Food To Eat

People’s every day activities require them to be alert and energetic all the time. Rushing from one’s office or school, beating the deadlines, allergies caused by changing weather and skipping meals are quite tough scenarios in ordinary day. A famous quote that everyone knows yet does not remember most of the time is that our health is our wealth. There are several reasons for this that will be discussed later, ways to achieve it and its importance. Regular exercise, enough sleep and following a healthy diet are the means which we can achieve our desired energy level, looks and body built.

Healthy diet means improving one’s health by choosing the right food to eat. It concerns the correct way of preparing one’s meal and the ingredients that will make up for it. One must make it a habit to search for new recipe that will pave the way to a combination of heavenly taste and full of nutrients food. The importance of engaging yourself into this way is you will less likely develop diseases that go with eating burgers, chocolates and even drinking alcohol. These undesirable consequences that will haunt people who loves fatty dish are diabetes, heart failure, cancer, obesity and hypertension. When these illnesses hit you, more or less you will spend a day or two in the hospital, pay a huge bill for the medicines, be absent from work and suffer from a short while depression.

There are several steps to follow so that one can avoid all these undesirable facts. The first mantra is to live green. One must start eating fresh leafy vegetables. Veggie salad is really good for dinner coupled with orange or any fruit juices. Fruits are in general healthy stuff. Apples, mangoes, oranges and others will surely give your taste buds a pleasure and at the same time will increase your energy level for your day to day work or activities.

Second principle is to saying No, most of the time to sweets. There is no question that chocolates will surely make one happy but it will also make one develop diabetes if the intake is too much. Total deprivation of sweets is not good also, one must enjoy it but bearing in mind the consequences of the amount of sugar that they have eaten. Choose dark chocolates if possible. It has less amount of sugar. Choose wheat bread over white bread. These changes are a bit difficult but it is doable. I understand that white bread is tastier than wheat and regular chocolates are more heavenly than the dark ones. A person must bear in mind that staying fit is one of the most important things in the world and should concentrate on achieving it.

Third is to lower cholesterol. Cholesterol is usually found in meat such as chicken, pork or beef. A person must be careful with the amount of his or her cholesterol intake. It must be below 300 milligrams in one day. Choose vegetables over meat, it will surely do you good.

Addiction Treatment Centers Using Experiential Therapies

Life is experience. Substance dependence overtakes a person’s ability to make her own decisions to experience life, and life is no longer actively participated in. Therefore, in overcoming addiction, it is vital to learn to re-experience life. This lesson helps a treatment center resident reintegrate into the world after therapy is through. Experiential therapy is this bridge to leaving a life of substance dependency and commencing a life of health, both physical and mental. Experiential therapy is a necessary component in the steps towards a complete therapy. In addition to counseling and more traditional therapies, experiential is the door to the world – it forces the patient to test herself, to get up when she falls, to learn that giving up is not an option. This is a vital lesson to learn when overcoming addiction, as when problems arise after therapy, the former patient will remember that there are other means of dealing with problems than turning back to addiction.

Experiential therapy includes many various forms, and can be divided into two main categories: outdoor experiential therapy and indoor experiential therapy. Both aim at physical and mental challenges in order to succeed. Equine therapy, which falls within the category of outdoor experiential therapy, is worth reviewing on its own due to its uniqueness and successful results. Research supports the use of experiential therapy, as motivation increases and social integration is easier through the experience of such therapy.

The great outdoors is well known for its healing abilities, and exercise in itself releases the same good-feeling endorphins as a high does. There we have it: the high that is healthy. Outdoor experiential therapy utilizes nature to help residents work through their problems and free themselves from dependency through the physical challenges offered in nature. Activities can include winter sports like snowshoeing, and summer sports like hiking. More radical activities, like a heli-experience, are also possible. The heli-experience takes people to literally previously unknown heights. In opening new worlds, these experiences reconnect residences to their world, which is so important to eventually helping them reconnect with the people who live in this world. While outdoor activities are beneficial for the social aspect of interacting with other residents, their main achievement is to make the resident introspect and put a perspective on the resident’s own life in the context of the towering natural world.

Indoor experiential therapy can be based on an indoor ropes and challenge course. While also containing the aspect of physical challenge, indoor experiential therapy is a greater internal challenge. The resident must mentally prepare herself for the challenges that come at such heights. Also, trust is an invaluable lesson learned in indoor therapy. Partners rely on each other to succeed in these activities, thus learning to communicate effectively and learning to trust another. This can be an especially difficult aspect of healing from addiction, as for so many, trust is not a part of a life of addiction. Learning to rebuild personal self-confidence and trust in others is vital for a successful recovery from substance dependence. Reintegrating into society after therapy is one of the most difficult aspects of recovery, so having a treatment program that rebuilds the elements of trust and confidence, needed for a successful life in our society, is especially beneficial.

Equine therapy, a certain highlight of the outdoor experiential therapy, combines aspects used both in outdoor and indoor therapy. From the aspect of the outdoors, equine therapy offers the chance to be with, in and beyond nature, with a living being that sees us only for who we are. Horses are extremely intelligent creatures, having a special history with the human race. So vital in the development of the modern world, horses were the first vehicles for transporting messengers and mail efficiently, as the Pony Express reminds us, and were man’s trusted guides in exploration and on battlefields. And, while a horse does not judge mankind, it certainly can read a character and will cleverly use a human’s personality to its advantage. Trust is an essential element of equine therapy, and it is a relationship with a creature that will not lie about its feelings. When a genuine friendship is formed between horse and man, it is a lifelong bond. Equine therapy combines the power of nature and a physical challenge with the need to build a trusting relationship with a fellow living creature and increase self-confidence. In this manner, equine therapy is especially helpful for residents of treatment centers, as it combines all elements so beneficial to recovery in one activity.

Experiential therapy teaches lessons of confidence in the self as well as in others, and teaches facing challenges and overcoming them. Motivation is of prime importance in overcoming an addiction, and what better place to find motivation than where we naturally seek it: in situations that encourage us to aim higher than we imagine is possible. Through the motivation that appears in the physical activities, treatment center residents learn to carry it over to their own lives, and find the necessary motivation to deal with personal issues. Simultaneously building confidence and trust in themselves and others only strengthens the desire for motivation. The added health benefits of partaking in physical exercise show themselves both on the bodies and minds of patients. Getting the body into shape helps stabilize the mind, and helps lead a generally healthier life. There is never an easy cure to addiction, and many paths and steps must be followed to guide to a better life. The step of experiential therapy is one of the most rewarding steps in treatment, as the treatment resident is aware first-hand of its results. This personal feeling of achievement in overcoming challenges makes great headway in the recovery process from addiction.

The Importance Of Eating A Healthy Diet

There are many important reasons for anyone to eat a healthy diet of which the first and most important is in the name itself, health. Everyone has hear the saying, You are what you eat!

It is in this saying where most of the truth lies. Everything you eat can either be beneficial or dangerous to your personal health. The food can increase or decrease your risk of contracting certain diseases.

Unfortunately another truth is that eating healthy does mean that some of the best foods to eat do not taste very well and as a result, many people opt for the better tasting food which is bad for you. Some of these good tasting foods taste good because of the tempting ingredients within them like sugars which in some cases are a good thing but too much of a good thing can also be bad for you.

It is important to remember that in order to eat healthy, you first off need to focus on eating a variety of various foods and not just the same meal every day. The colors of the food play an important role and thus making sure that you eat meals with a wide range of colors can help you to maintain a healthy diet.

The color of a food is dependant on the vitamins and nutrients which make it what it is. These colors can tell you if the food is high in one vitamin or low in another and just the fact of eating a variety of different colors can lead to a healthier lifestyle.

It is important to remember that every meal needs to be balanced. Thinking back to grade school, everyone remembers learning about the various food groups and their importance in living a healthy lifestyle. The concept of making sure every meal has the right amounts of each food group has not changed since you were a child, in fact it has been a belief for many centuries so far and most likely will not be going anywhere anytime soon.

Everyone has the habit of snaking in between their meals and an important part of eating healthy is to make sure that these snacks are also healthy. Instead of grabbing for a bag of potato chips for your afternoon snack while stopping of at the local convenient store, grab some nuts or seed instead. There is a large selection of nuts and seeds available in almost every convenience store to choose from that not only taste good, but is also good for you.

By sticking to a diet of healthy foods that are good to you, you can loose weight, keep that weight off and have more energy to do whatever it is you need to do all day.

The Power Of Your Subconscious Mind

Scientists say that we only use 10% of our minds. Think about what I just said. We use only 10% of our minds! We are wasting the other 90%. Think of it this way….what if we only used 10% of our salary? Could we survive on 10% of our salary? No way, unless your Bill Gates. What about eating only 10% of the food we make? Wouldn’t that be a waste of food? What if we slept only 10% of 8 hours or 80 minutes a day? Could we survive? What if we had only 10% of the oxygen that was available? Could we survive? The answer to all these questions is a resounding NO!

So why do we put up with using only 10% of our brain? Look at your life. Are you living the life you want….on your terms? Are you happy with what you’ve created or do you think it could be better? Chances are that you are living to only 10% of your abilities. What if you could make your life 100, 500, or 1,000% better? I can hear you now saying…”That’s impossible” or “that’s too hard to do.” If you did say that, you’re repeating the same pattern in your life, which is you are using only 10% of your brain or less.

If you’re happy with using just the 10% of your brain then stop reading now. If you’re not satisfied and want to be able to use the rest of it then keep reading. Think about the greatness you can achieve by using your entire mind. There have been a number of great teachers of using the mind, such as Napoleon Hill, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Maxwell Maltz and many others. These men knew the secret to using the power of your mind and how to tap into it.

I’m here to tell you that you currently posses the most powerful tool in the Universe….your SUBCONSCIOUS MIND. Your subconscious mind knows everything. It has all the answers if you just use it correctly. It can lead you to a life of harmony, wealth, health, joy and success! This is possible with all aspects of your life.

It’s not your fault. You were never taught how to use your mind. The past is over and today can be a new start. It doesn’t matter what happened before today, what matters is what happens from today on. You must believe in your subconscious mind and know that it can allow you to lead a life of joy and success.

Let’s start off with a very simple procedure. Use your subconscious mind as an alarm clock. Before going to bed at night, tell it what time you want to get up. Let’s say you want to wake up at 7:00am. Before going to bed, tell your subconscious mind to “wake me up at 7:00am” and while saying this visualize a clock that reads 7:00.

The first step in changing your life is to start making impressions on your subconscious mind. You can so this by making affirmations as well as thinking certain thoughts. For example, let’s say you want to attract money in your life. You can simply repeat these words “I am wealth and success”. Repeat these words several times a day. It’s best to say them in the morning when you get up and right before you sleep. This is when your mind is in an alpha state. When saying them, make sure you really mean them and focus on the words. Don’t feel it’s a chore or else it will not do you any good. You can also say them while meditating.

This can work for anything. Make sure the affirmations are positive and not stating the negative. For example, if you want to quit smoking, don’t say “I don’t smoke”. Instead say “My lungs are pure and healthy and I am cigarette free.” “I am” are two of the most powerful words in the English language.

Also, it’s very important to think positively, don’t say to yourself, “I’m just never lucky” or “I’m just meant to be poor.” Think the opposite, “I am lucky” or “Things always work out to my favor” and I am wealthy and successful.” If you have trouble believing yourself when you say them then change them to become more believable. You can start small or say “I am becoming wealthy.”

If you need help with a problem or are in a situation where you have to make a tough decision and don’t know which is the best for you. Ask your subconscious mind for help. Let’s say you are contemplating two separate job offers and you are having trouble deciding between the two. Ask your subconscious mind for help by asking it. You may say something like “Infinite wisdom of my subconscious mind, I ask for your help in deciding what is best between these two job offers, I ask for your help and guidance in making a decision that is best for me.”

Be still and listen to your subconscious mind. Close your eyes if need be and do not force anything to come to you but just be still and listen. If the answer doesn’t come right away, that’s ok. It’s probably searching for the answer and it may take a little bit of time. But, I assure you, the answer will come…..maybe the next day or next week. You just need to be alert and have your antennas up. The answer may come from something outside of you, perhaps after you wake up. You may be clear in your thoughts on what to do. You may read or hear something that may enlighten you on what to do. You may receive your answer by running into a friend and he may say something that may help you decide. Just be patient and do not get frustrated and think too much about it. By doing so, you are delaying the answer form coming to you.

Healthy Diet Help Your Safe And Rapid Weight Loss

Eating healthy food is important at all ages from early childhood to young adulthood and more. Maintain an appropriate weight is a goal that we have a long life. However, if your weight has exploded outside the desired weight, you are considered overweight and in extreme cases, obese.

Eating right will help you lose weight, but also prevent and solve many health problems. The advantage of a healthy diet is a way of life and relatively simple to adopt habits to lose weight. It does not attack your body as some plans Food restrictive and very harmful to your health.

When you control your diet to lose weight. You will find that you will also improve other aspects of your life. Notably, a healthy diet you will also lose weight, overcome fatigue, regain your energy, be healthier.

You will gain confidence in you. Your body will remodel your way, your life will improve because you have a better image of you. You will finally feel comfortable in your body.

If the diet does not provide enough calories to the body, it covers its energy needs by using the energy stored in its own tissues. Result: loss of weight. If instead the diet provides more calories than needed, excess energy is stored as fat. The result: weight gain.

A calorie is a unit of energy measurement such as the kilogram is a unit of mass. We can measure the amount of calories of energy supplied to our body through food. The number of calories in various foods consumed therefore tells us about the amount of energy available to our body. This energy is necessary for the proper conduct of the most versatile of the organism, eg growth, renewal of cells, digestion, muscular, cardiac or respiratory arrest.

If you want to lose weight, daily calorie intake should be less of 500-1000 kcal daily requirement of normal. Weight loss rises averaging 1-2 pounds per week. As part of an integrative management of obesity, your doctor or a specialist dietitian can calculate the optimal number of calories consumed daily in your particular case.

Therefore, what you eat has everything to do with weight. How do you choose foods that will help you lose weight and keep them away?

1. Five daily servings of fruits and vegetables are the best investment for your health. For fruits and vegetables are low in calories and rich in vitamins, minerals and fiber. For example, start the day with a yoghurt with pieces of fresh fruit for breakfast, drink a glass of vegetable juice in the morning, eat a serving of vegetables at lunch, an apple in the afternoon and a salad Dinner.

2. Eat two to three times per week of meat and sausage. They are an excellent provider of minerals, vitamins and proteins to high nutritive values. Opt for lean meats and sausages. Check the fat content on the label or ask your butcher.

3. For salads, choose the high quality vegetable oils (olive or canola). Flaunted a thin layer of butter or margarine on your toast. Limit fat in the kitchen, for example using non-stick pans, cooking steamed vegetables and avoiding meat breaded.

4. Drink about 1.5 liters per day. Prefer mineral and spring water, herbal teas and fruit without sugar, fruit juices and vegetables. Coffee, tea and alcoholic drinks are stimulants and are not suitable for quenching thirst. This is one of the best natural weight loss remedies.

5. Eat sea fish one to two times per week (eg cod, hake) to increase your iodine intake.

6. Cereals and potatoes form the basis of good nutrition. They have many nutritional qualities, contain virtually no fat and are rich in fiber. Eat daily three to four slices of bread – at least two slices of bread – and two small loaves or one serving of cereal. Be sure also to eat at least once a day of rice, pasta or potatoes.

Losing weight is a laudable goal, but an equally important goal is to adopt a healthy diet to prevent disease and maintain a high quality of life.