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Friday, 17 April 2009

An Apple A Day Keeps The Doctor Away

The proverb "An apple a day keeps the doctor away," addressing the health effects of the fruit, dates from 19th century Wales. Research suggests that apples may reduce the risk of colon cancer, prostate cancer and lung cancer. Compared to many other fruits and vegetables, apples contain relatively low amounts of Vitamin C as well as several other antioxidant compounds. The fiber content, while less than in most other fruits, helps regulate bowel movements and may thus reduce the risk of colon cancer. They may also help with heart disease, weight loss, and controlling cholesterol, as they do not have any cholesterol, have fiber, which reduces cholesterol by preventing reabsorption, and are bulky for their caloric content like most fruits and vegetables.

There is evidence that in vitro apples possess phenolic compounds which may be cancer-protective and demonstrate antioxidant activity. The predominant phenolic phytochemicals in apples are quercetin, epicatechin, and procyanidin B2.
Apple juice concentrate has been found to increase the production of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine in mice, providing a potential mechanism for the "prevent[ion of] the decline in cognitive performance that accompanies dietary and genetic deficiencies and aging." Others studies have shown an "alleviat[ion of] oxidative damage and cognitive decline" in mice after the administration of apple juice.
The seeds are mildly poisonous, containing a small amount of amygdalin, a cyanogenic glycoside; usually not enough to be dangerous to humans, but it can deter birds.

Thursday, 9 April 2009

Prevent Depression

Depression. It can affect anyone of any age. Young, old, male or female, it doesn't play favorites. There is no single cause for depression. It tends to run in families and can be triggered by certain events. Stress is a big factor in the development of depression. But can you prevent depression from happening to you? This article will give you a few suggestions on how to prevent depression.

The best way to prevent depression is to learn to battle your stress. Everyone faces stressors in their lives and we all must learn to deal with them. So when you are faced with a stressful situation, slow down and take a deep breath. Inhale slowly through your nose and exhale out through your mouth. Fill your lungs with as much oxygen as possible, but remember to breathe slow. Deep breathing will help you to relax and can help to lower your blood pressure and pulse rate.

Eat a healthy diet and don't skip meals. Have a healthy snack in between meals. This will keep your body and brain functioning at their best. It is also important that you get plenty of sleep. Most people need at least eight hours a night. Getting enough sleep will help you feel rejuvenated and be ready to tackle almost anything.

Get organized and plan every thing. Have a list of goals and when you want to accomplish them.

Plan your week and break it down to what you are going to do each day. Get your finances in order. Take proactive steps to pay off credit card debts and other debts. Spend time with the ones you love by going to a movie or out to dinner. Learn to say no and don't let people take advantage of you. These things can go a long way in relieving stress in your daily life.

Develop a method of meditation. This can be in the form of yoga or prayer. Search for the spiritual side of yourself. Having a spiritual side can make you feel more grounded and relaxed. Meditation can lower your heart rate, blood pressure and stress hormone level.

Stop worrying. This is easier said than done, but do your best to control your worrying. Do not try to be perfect with everything and don't procrastinate. Take care of problems right away. It gets you no where to sit and worry about your problems, when you could be using that time looking for ways to solve your problems.

Finally, start an exercise program. Exercise will release endorphins and other chemicals in your brain that can enhance your mood. Try to get at least 30 minutes of exercise a day.
If you follow the above tips you may be able to prevent depression. Everyone is different and some people may still need medication even if they try the above measures. There is no shame in needing to take a medication for your depression and the ones on the market these days are fairly safe. Talk to your doctor and follow his guidance.