Health & Wellness

Sugar-Laden Soda

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Sugar -laden soda may be bittersweet
Written By: Boston Globe Newspaper / R. Scott Siewert Health & Wellness Director
"POP drinkers gained an average of 17 pounds over 8 years"

Women who drank a least one sugar-laden soda every day were substantially more likely to develop diabetes and gained significantly more weight than women who avoided the beverage. Harvard researchers reported in a study published amid urgent campaigns to shrink the ballooning waistline.
Scientists from Harvard of Public Health and Bringhams Women's Hospital in Boston tracked the health of thousands of female nurses during the 1990's through detailed questionnaires and discovered that women who consumed soft drinks were 83% more likely to develop type II diabetes than women who did not. Sugary fruit flavored drinks were even worst, doubling the risk of disease. The study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, concluded that soda drinkers gained an average of 17 pounds over eight years compared with an increase of six pounds by nurses who avoided soft drinks.
But it is not just the calories that matter in the soft drinks and fruit drinks: Researchers said that beverages send a rush of unhealthy sugar directly into the blood, which can disrupt the body's ability to normally process sugar.
Nutrition specialist said the findings could yield important clues to understanding why type II diabetes is increasing in both adults and adolescents, who once were rarely diagnosed with a disease that more commonly is seen in middle-aged adults. Among youths soft drink consumption had more than doubled from the 1970's to 1990's
Schools across the nation have pulled the plug on the vending machines that dispense soft drinks and fruity flavored beverages, substituting healthier which include juices, which do not appear to increase the prospect of developing diabetes.


What To Do If You Feel Tired All The Time

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As the weather begins to cool and fewer hours of daylight contribute to feeling rundown, there are several other possibilities to examine if your energy level seems lower than usual. Here are few:
Low Blood Sugar:
Did you skip breakfast or lunch or has it been several hours since you’ve had a snack?
If so perhaps your blood sugar levels have plummeted. This will contributed significantly to lack of energy. Eat some nuts, yogurt or a banana to refuel your body. If you have a habit of skipping breakfast, eat fewer calories at night so that you will be hungry in the morning. This small alternation in your daily caloric consumption pattern will help boost your metabolism and keep your energy levels more stable. Also make sure you are getting enough protein and fat.
Lack of Carbohydrates:
People are looking for low carbohydrate solutions to lose weight. For active people, it is a big mistake to watch carbohydrates levels too closely. Your body needs adequate amount of carbohydrates in order to meet the physical demands you place on it. Aim for a minimum of 30% of your daily caloric intake from carbohydrate. Good sources are: whole grains, pasta, rice, fruits and vegetables.


Healthy Aging Secrets for Improving Vitality

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Why should You Take Omega 3's

Written By: R. Scott Siewert / Health & Wellness

There are numerous studies about Omega 3's and your health. Everything from preventing heart problems, to helping your moods, hormones, pain and more.

Studies have been done on Omega 3's and heart attacks. One study found up to 53% decrease in mortality from heart disease after being on Omega 3's for only a short while!

Also reduced cholesterol and inflammatory hormones that result in pain. Triglycerides are lowered, sleep is improved, depression is lessened; the list goes on.

Another study indicated that taking Omega 3's fatty acids saved 20 lives per 1000 people. These are huge numbers.

With all nutritional supplements, there are benefits you can feel (or experience) and effects that work. You will feel better, be less stressed, sleep better, be able to handle your discomfort better and you'll have greater longevity and fewer chances of health problems hitting you.

Get a good Omega 3 supplement and take one or two capsules per day. Cut down on processed foods, especially the fried and junk foods. Increase your water intake and light excercise such as walking.



The Power of Vitamin C in Healing

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The Power of Vitamin C to Heal and Rejuvenate

Written By: R. Scott Siewert

We all know when you have a cold; you need to increase your Vitamin C intake. Unfortunately, that’s the extent of most people’s knowledge when it comes to Vitamin C and that goes for most doctors as well.

Vitamin C is needed for the body to produce collagen tissue. Collagen is the main connective tissue or glue that holds the body together. Without collagen, you literally fall apart, from the inside - out. Your joints, muscles, and nerves all depend on Vitamin C to be present in order to survive.


Gout The Forgotten Inflammatory Arthrtic Disease

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Health and Wellness

Written By: Mr. Scott Siewert, Director

Article:   “Gout The forgotten Inflammatory Arthritic Disease”

In this month column for Health & Wellness I wanted to touch on the topic of Gout. Gout is a complex disorder that can affect anyone. Men more likely to get gout than women, but women become more susceptible to get Gout after menopause.
Gout occurs when ureic crystals accumulate around your joint, causing the inflammation and intense pain. Ureic crystals can form when you have high levels of uric acid in your blood. Your body produces purines, substances that are found naturally in the body, as well as in certain food.

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