Good Bacteria Significant in Weight Management

Good Bacteria Significant in Weight Management: In recent decades the traditional three meals at home pattern has been replaced by snacking, junk foods and takeaways, contributing towards weight gain. This has been compounded by a decline in physical activity with expanding car ownership and new forms of home-based entertainment.
What has been further ignored is the importance of thorough mastication and regular bowel movements. Constipation, exemplified by a bloated abdomen, has been closely linked with obesity and could be avoided by means of regular habits, abdominal exercises and a high fibre diet.
When food is not chewed to a creamy consistency, it is left undigested and most of it inevitably turns into toxic waste. When food is eaten without chewing, toxins are consumed instead of nutrients. For optimal health we need to have 80-85% of “good” bacteria in our intestines.
Friendly bacteria manufacture many essential nutrients for our body, including vitamin K, B-vitamins, numerous helpful enzymes and other vital substances. Such “good” or Aerobic bacteria thrive in the presence of oxygen and require it for their continued growth and existence. In absence of enough oxygen in the cells of our body, “bad” bacteria take over and begin to thrive, causing an extreme amount of infections and disease. The pathogenic bacteria are anaerobic, and cannot tolerate gaseous oxygen. Taking care of our intestinal flora is vitally important! “Good” bacteria could be easily destroyed with countless factors, such as antibiotics, poor diet, overeating, stress, etc.
It has been researched that in the intestines of the healthiest individuals the ratio of “good” to “bad” bacteria is usually maintained at 85:15. It is interesting that healthy natural soil has the same ratio of bacteria as healthy human intestines. Having 15% of “bad” bacteria is essential to maintaining a strong immunity. According to multiple studies, in reality most people have a reversed version of this ratio. They usually have approximately 90% “bad” bacteria and only 10% “good” bacteria living in their bowels.
Bad bacteria and many other harmful microorganisms thrive in an acidic bodily environment (produced by sugar, wheat, meat), so consume a diet consisting largely of alkaline-producing foods (fresh fruits and vegetables, sprouted grains and nuts).
Lifestyle factors to promote development of “Good Bacteria ”
– Daily intake of a specific form of lactic acid bacteria could help prevent obesity and reduce low-level inflammation. Cultured foods like raw milk yogurt and kefir, some cheeses, and sauerkraut are good sources of natural, healthy bacteria, provided they are not pasteurized.
– Eat whole grains, beans, nuts and other seeds, fruits and vegetables. Portions of these foods cannot be absorbed in your upper intestinal tract, so they pass to your colon and provide the medium for a flourishing colony of good bacteria to grow there.
– Follow a low-fat diet. Too much fat can disrupt the good flora in your body. Fats should account for only 30 percent of your daily diet, ideally derived from monounsaturated fats and healthy oils such as olive and canola.
– Avoid consuming sugar, including fructose, and processed foods (which virtually all contain added sugar and fructose). The sugars serve as fuel for the growth of pathogenic anaerobic bacteria, fungi and yeast, and competitively inhibit your good bacteria, tending to crowd them out of their appropriate niche. These pathogenic bacteria, fungi and yeast then produce metabolic waste products that will cause your health to deteriorate.
– Pickle of a variety of fruits and vegetables using old-fashioned methods is another way to add beneficial bacteria into your diet.
– See your gynecologist regularly for pelvic exams. Many women with bacterial vaginosis, which occurs when harmful bacteria is uncontrolled by good bacteria, are asymptomatic, making detection and treatment important.
– Avoid douching, says WomensHealth.gov. This disrupts the normal bacteria that prevent the bad bacteria from multiplying and is not necessary. Wash the vaginal area every day with mild soap, avoid tight pants and wear cotton underwear to create an environment that does not promote the growth of bad bacteria.
– Limit your intake of antibiotics. Antibiotics kill good bacteria along with the bad, including the bacteria in your colon. Killing the good bacteria can allow harmful bacteria to grow, such as C. difficile, which can cause irritation and infection of the colon. Only take antibiotics as prescribed by your physician, and do not take antibiotics that belong to someone else.
– Just like a healthy diet, exercise can contribute to general good health and therefore to a healthy immune system. It may contribute even more directly by promoting good circulation, which allows the cells and substances of the immune system to move through the body freely and do their job efficiently.
The above lifestyle and dietary changes can help restore good bacteria in your colon and prevent un-wanted weight gain.

 

Epidural anesthesia: option for painless child birth

Epidural anesthesia: option for painless child birth: Epidural anesthesia is the most common method applied for combating pain during delivery. The pregnant lady remains conscious and aware of the activities going on, but there is numbness at the pelvic region.
Epidural is a combination of pain killing medications. It is injected at the small of the back to numb the lower part of the spine when labor is well established and the cervix is at least 3 to 4 cm wide. The medication prevents transmission of pain signals from the womb and cervix to the brain. Although, epidural could be administered any time during labor, it is preferably injected when the contraction becomes strong. Despite the numbness, a woman could sense the contraction during delivery.
How does epidural anesthesia work?
An epidural anesthetic blocks the nerve roots that lead to the uterus and lower part of the body.
These roots are located in a space near the spinal cord called the epidural space. This lies within the spine just outside the outer covering of the spinal cord.
According to the American Pregnancy Association Epidural is usually administered by: “Intravenous (IV) fluids will be started before active labor begins and prior to the procedure of placing the epidural. You can expect to receive 1-2 liters of IV fluids throughout labor and delivery. An anesthesiologist, a physician who specializes in anesthesia, an obstetrician, or nurse-anesthetist will administer your epidural”.

Advantages of Epidural Anesthesia
• Almost complete relief from pain with the patient being mobile.
• No postpartum headache as in spinal anesthesia.
• Mother is conscious and alert throughout the labor.
• It reduces anxiety and irritability caused due to labor pains.
An Australian study, reported in the journal BJOG,  that epidurals could prevent pelvic muscle damage during delivery. Pelvic muscle damage leads to organ prolapse in later life, when the weak elevator muscles could no longer hold the bladder and uterus in their respective places. Nearly 10 per cent women suffer from organ prolapse due to vaginal delivery.
Another advantage of epidural anaesthesia is that it makes easy for instrumental delivery if any forceps are required and even is sufficient anaesthesia if an urgent caesarean section is required.
Disadvantages of Epidural Anesthesia
• The biggest disadvantage is that in some case there is sudden drop in blood pressure.
• Epidurals can cause nausea, dizziness, headache, backache, shivering and tinnitus.
• Because of pelvic floor relaxation, baby’s head may not rotate and forceps application may be required.
• Complications such as meningitis can occur, but are extremely rare if adequate sterile precautions are used.
Some health experts claim that babies born to mothers on epidurals are sluggish. They might require resuscitation. The babies might appear disoriented. They might have problems latching to their mothers’ nipples, which prevent them from receiving their first milk.
However, the best option is still the natural way of giving birth.

Miss America Confronted Family Pain With Pageant

Miss America Confronted Family Pain With Pageant: The nation’s newest Miss America is a 23-year-old Wisconsin brunette who had long conversations with her family mulling whether or not to make her father’s jail time for mail fraud the heart of her campaign in the beauty pageant.

While her competitors pushed platforms including promoting the health benefits of milk and protecting the environment, Laura Kaeppeler (KEP’-ler) said she wants children of incarcerated adults to feel less alone, to have mentoring and as much of a relationship with their parents as possible.

“There are many of you out there — and I was one of them — but it doesn’t have to define you,” Kaeppeler told The Associated Press after winning the crown and $50,000 scholarship on Saturday night.

To win, she said beauty queens and politicians should remember they represent all Americans, sang an opera song and strutted in a white bikini and black evening gown.

Her looks, smarts and personal vocation impressed a panel of seven celebrity judges enough to give her the next year with the title. Continue Reading…

Common Myths About Cellulite

Common Myths About Cellulite: The term cellulite comes from the word cell. It is a spelling of cellulitis, which means inflammation of the cells. Cellulitis is a serious medical condition caused by a bacterial infection in the subcutaneous layers of the skin. It is the dimpled appearance on the surface of the skin that is often described as “cottage cheese” or an “orange peel”, and is most common among women, especially on the thighs and buttocks.
Myth #1: Cellulite is a disease.
No, it is not a disease, but in fact an alteration of skin appearance. The outermost layer of skin is referred to as your epidermis. Immediately under this is the dermis, which is richly filled with hair follicles, sweat glands, blood vessels, nerve receptors and connective tissue. The next layer of tissue is the layer of subcutaneous fat. This uppermost layer of subcutaneous fat has been described as “standing fat-cell chambers” separated by connective tissue. From these fat-cell chambers, small projections of fat cells protrude into the dermis. This unevenness and irregularity of the subcutaneous fat gives skin the ‘bumpy’ appearance we call cellulite.
Myth#2: Cellulite is a women disease and has nothing to do with men.
It is true that cellulite is seen less in men, because, the layout of epidermis, dermis and uppermost part of the subcutaneous tissue is different in males. Men have thicker epidermis and dermis tissue layers in the thighs and buttocks. More distinctively dissimilar, the first layer of fat, which is slightly thinner in men, is assembled into polygonal units separated by crisscrossing connective tissue. The differences in subcutaneous fat cell structure in men and women occur during the third trimester of fetus development and are manifested at birth. Variations in hormones between genders largely explain this skin structure deviation. Men who are born deficient in male hormones will often have a subcutaneous fat appearance similar to females.
Myth#3: Massage and Body Manipulation can reduce cellulite
These techniques do not remove the cellulite, but may have a temporary effect in reducing the amount of ‘dimpling’ appearance. The skin manipulation can help improve skin’s appearance and thus reduce the dimply affect. Some common oils to use with your massage include peppermint or lavender, both of which help stimulate fat cells.
According to Dr. Len Kravitz “Endermologie (LPG, Fort Lauderdale, Fl) is a skin kneading technique developed about 10 years ago in France. This type of device has two rollers attached to an electrically powered device. Users wear nylon stockings to decrease the amount of friction. Treatments range from 35 to 45 minutes of rolling the skin of the hips, thighs, legs, buttocks and stomach. The little published research with this device does not show any legitimate efficacy in the treatment of cellulite.
Myth# 4: Cellulite is a natural part of aging.
Well, that’s not true. The cell structure is laid down much before, that is during puberty. By the age of 30, the dermis reaches its maximal thickness. Around about the same time(35-40 yrs) the dermis area, which is bound together by the connective tissue starts to get looser, due to the aging process of the collagen and elastic fibers. This allows for more adipose cells to protrude into the dermis area, accentuating the sight of cellulite. In addition, an increased deposition of subcutaneous body fat may reflect a lifestyle of less exercise and changes in dietary consumption.

Myth# 5 It is easy to lose down cellulite with fasting
Sorry there, it is not only hard but impossible to melt away cellulite as even after you have melted away fat, some pockets of fat will still remain which will not dissolve, in fact these are the pockets of cellulite. “Cellulite if fat trapped within the fibers”, according to Dr Bruno Chikly, MD, DO, is the author of Silent Waves: Theory and Practice of Lymph Drainage Therapy.

 

Good Byes 2011

Januray: Pete Postlethwaite

2/1/2011- The British actor, who appeared in Alien 3, Lost World: Jurassic Park and The Usual Suspects, died aged 64 after losing his battle with pancreatic cancer.

February: Saad Eddine AlShazly

10/2/2011 - The Chief of Staff of the Egyptian armed forces from May 1971 till December 1973 and the genious mastermind behind the successful Egyptian attack on the Israeli Bar-Lev line of defense in the war of October 1973; the proud Egyptian had passed away at the age of 88 after a long illness.

February: Jane Russell

28/2/2011 - John Kobal Foundation - The actress, once one of Hollywood's leading sex symbols during the 1940s and 1950s, died of a respiratory-related illness at the age of 89.

March: Elizabeth Taylor

23/3/2011 - The legendary actress, glamour icon and star of such cinematic classics as Cleopatra and Suddenly, Last Summer died at the age of 79 after years of ill health.

April: Sidney Lumet

9/4/2011 -Dimitrios Kambouris - The prolific Academy Award-winning US director who had over 50 films to his name died from lymphoma at the age of 86.

May: Macho Man Randy Savage

20/5/2011 - Kevin Mazur - The flamboyant former WWF wrestler died at the age of 58 after suffering a heart attack while driving.

 June: Peter Falk

23/6/2011- The American actor most famous for his role as the eponymous hero in detective show Columbo died at the age of 83 following a series of health problems.

 July: Soad Mohamed

4/7/2011 - The Egyptian-Lebanese singer is famous for recording more than 3000 songs with her wonderful voice. She passed away in her home in Cairo at the age of 85 following her long illness.

 July: Amy Winehouse

23/7/2011 -The British pop sensation was found dead in her home at the age of 27 after her much-reported battles with drugs and alcohol.

August: Hend Rostom

The Egyptian leading sex icon of the Egyptian cinema's Black & White era Hend Rostom passed away at the age of 82. The blonde beauty was even called The Eastern Marilyn Monroe.

August: Talaat Zein

14/8/2011 - The Egyptian singer/actor passed away at the age of 56 after a long battle with illness; he was born in Alexandria and inherited the music passion from his parents since a very early age.

 August: Kamal AlShennawy

22/8/2011 - One of the most famous Jeune Premier of the Arabian cinema, Kamal AlShennawy passed away at the age of 89 after having starred in numerous Egyptian classics many of which had made it in the official Best 100 Egyptian Movies list.

August: Jerry Lieber

22/8/2011- The American songwriter who, along with partner Mike Stoller, was responsible for creating such classic hits as Elvis Presley's Hound Dog and Jailhouse Rock and Ben E. King's Stand By Me, died at the age of 77 from from cardio-pulmonary failure.

September: Lokomotiv Yaroslavl team

7/9/2011 - Nearly the entire playing and coaching staff of Russian ice hockey team Lokomotiv Yaroslavl were killed following a plane crash. Forty-four people died in the disaster.

October: Steve Jobs

5/10/2011 - Apple founder, former CEO and revered tech pioneer Steve Jobs died at the age of 56 following a long battle with cancer.

October: Omar AlHariri

16/10/2011 - Another one of Egypt's cinema icons had passed away, AlHariri died at the age of 86 after an extremely short 4-day-long battle with illness, just days before he'd fallen sick, he was on stage performing in a children's play.

October: Sultan Bin Abdel Aziz

22/10/2011 - His Highness, Prince Sultan Bin Abdel Aziz, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia died at the age of 80 in New York after loosing his battle with cancer.

November: Sayed Azmy

2/11/2011 - The Egyptian actor was most famous for portraying the role of the puppet Bo'oloz with the prominent Nagwa Ibrahim in a children's TV program during the 80s, but he also starred in many TV series in much more dramatic roles.

November: Khayreya Ahmed

19/11/2011 - At the age of 74, the veteran funny Egyptian actress had died at the Shorouk hospital in Cairo after starring in many movies and TV series; her funeral was attended by many artists.

November: Talaat AlSadat

20/11/2011 - The fierce government opponent of the former Egyptian regime had died following a heart attack. He was a very prominent politician and the nephew of the late Egyptian President Anwar AlSadat.

November: Amer Mounib

26/11/2011 - The music arena in Egypt lost Amer Mounib who deceased at the age of 48. The Egyptian popular singer passed away after loosing his battle with cancer and falling into a coma prior to his death.

December: Sócrates

5 December 2011. The legendary former Brazilian football captain (and qualified doctor) died at the age of 57 after being rushed to hospital suffering from intestinal problems.

December: Ahmed Samy Abdallah

12 December 2011. The most famous Old Man in the modern Egyptian cinema has passed away at the age of 81. Abdallah had only started working in movies after his retirement at the age of 51, but proved to be one of the most wanted faces by audience. He’s given one of his most memorable performances in “Kit Kat” movie.

Patriots Rout Broncos 45-10 in AFC Playoff Rout

Patriots Rout Broncos 45-10 in AFC Playoff Rout: Tebowmania had no chance against Tom Brady’s playoff pedigree.

All the heroics, all the big plays and quite a few records belonged to Brady and the New England Patriots on Saturday night in a 45-10 rout of overmatched Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos. Brady threw six touchdown passes, five in the first half, putting the Patriots into the AFC championship game and silencing the nationwide frenzy surrounding Tebow.

The Patriots (14-3), winners of nine straight games, will host either Baltimore or Houston next Sunday for a spot in the Super Bowl. Saturday night’s romp snapped a three-game postseason losing streak, two of those at Gillette Stadium, and lifted the Patriots to the verge of their fifth Super Bowl appearance in 11 seasons. They’ve won three of those, two with Brady as the game’s MVP.

“We came in and started fast and it was a big win for us,” said Brady, who even got off a 48-yard punt on third down. Continue Reading…