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Power Up! Healthy Ways to Strengthen Immunity

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Power Up! Healthy Ways to Strengthen Immunity

The innate immune system is what we were born with. It is the first line of defense and provides general protection to ward off non-specific harmful substances within minutes. The adaptive immune system makes antibodies to tackle specific pathogens. The main defenders of the immune system are white blood cells, also known as leukocytes, which originate from bone marrow and migrate into the bloodstream and lymphatic system to perform the security work of immunity. Phagocytes, belonging to innate immune cells, are deployed in the first place when foreign pathogens enter the body. They then engulf unwelcome substances. Another cellular group, the lymphocytes, and phagocytes work together to assemble a more sophisticated guarding system. Our gut also plays a crucial role in immunity. The more health-promoting microbes there are in the gut, the better the immune system functions. Therefore, the food we eat is an important factor in strengthening our immunity. Eating a plant-based diet is the most fundamental way to achieve optimal health. For example, foods like garlic, ginger, cabbage, coconut oil, apple cider vinegar, echinacea, and oil of oregano, as well as grapefruit seed, myrrh and olive leaf extract are natural remedies that have antibiotic properties. A review study published in the journal “Nutrients” found out that, “Vitamin C deficiency results in impaired immunity and higher susceptibility to infections.” A study published online in the journal “Brain, Behavior and Immunity” found that “just 20 minutes of moderate exercise stimulated the immune system, which, in turn, produced an anti-inflammatory cellular response.” When we are exposed to sunlight, the body will convert it to vitamin D, which is essential for proper immune function. According to a review published in the journal “Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry,” chronic drinkers have lower levels of B-cells and T-cells, which are both important for coping with infections. As a result, habitual use of alcohol may hinder the normal functions of the immune system and slow down the time of recovery. While you make a switch to adopting a healthier lifestyle, please also keep in mind to protect our animal-people friends by ditching meat.
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2022-01-15   1230 Преглед
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2022-01-15

Stopping Zoonotic Diseases: The Vegan Lifestyle Matters, Part 1 of 2

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Stopping Zoonotic Diseases: The Vegan Lifestyle Matters, Part 1 of 2

This two-part series focuses on certain epidemics and pandemics from the past two decades that have killed many, such as severe acute respiratory syndrome(SARS), Ebola, swine flu, avian flu, and coronavirus and their roots in meat consumption or animal livestock raising, or both. We also cover how a plant-based diet is the best way to minimize zoonotic diseases or infectious diseases caused by the transmission of germs between animals and humans. “Scientists estimate that more than 6 out of every 10 known infectious diseases in people can be spread from animals, and 3 out of every 4 new or emerging infectious diseases in people come from animals.” This is known as zoonotic disease transmission. The CDC defines an epidemic as the number of cases of a transmittable disease arising suddenly above the expected level in a given population within a short period of time. A pandemic is “an epidemic that has spread over several countries or continents, usually affecting a large number of people.” It turns out that Mother Nature has already warned humanity about the meat-eating habit. The simple solution of adopting a vegan lifestyle to prevent zoonotic epidemics has been known for a long time. However, this obvious answer has been ignored….
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2020-04-18   2928 Преглед
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2020-04-18

Pesticide Impact – A Silent Menace

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Pesticide Impact – A Silent Menace

Pesticides, including herbicides, insecticides, fungicides, rodenticides and bactericides, are chemical or biological agents that are used in many agricultural and industrial sectors to control pests, weeds and diseases. According to the Pesticide Action Network UK, “There is a growing body of evidence that pesticides can become more harmful when combined, even when each individual chemical appears at levels at or below its ‘no-observed- effect-concentration.’” By 2017, the global agricultural use of pesticides had grown to 4.1 million metric tons per year, a nearly 81% increase from 1990. According to research, pesticides are responsible for over three million poisoning cases annually and an estimated 220,000 deaths. Due to their persistent nature and bioaccumulation properties, pesticides are harder to degrade in the environment. OCPs have strong lipophilicity. Therefore, when the toxic OCPs are ingested, they might partition into fat tissues and be stored inside. This is not only limited to humans, but also it affects other living beings in the same way. Eventually, the detrimental effect of biomagnification is at its greatest when it ends up in the stomachs of meat-eaters. If the amount of OCPs released into the blood circulation increases, there might be a higher risk of dementia. As a result, the amount of OCPs that end up in the brain might be less in those making a healthy lifestyle change. What can we do in communities to protect ourselves from the harmful effects of pesticides? One way is by implementing sustainable-oriented agroecology and vegan organic farming practices. The available methods, to name a few, include crop rotation and usage of cover crops, which encourage good soil health. It would be great to turn your garden or balcony into a mini-farm, or participate in a community farming project. One study showed that simply rinsing produce under cold water was already enough to reduce pesticide residues for 75%, or 9, of the 12 pesticides tested. 2. Vinegar is another way to get pesticides off vegetables and fruits. Lastly, going vegan is the simplest and most efficient way to help minimize our exposure to pesticides.
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2021-08-21   1242 Преглед
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2021-08-21

Sipping Tea to Savor a Healthy Life

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Sipping Tea to Savor a Healthy Life

Tea is beyond just a pleasant beverage. Studies have proven that drinking tea as part of our lifestyle is beneficial to our overall wellness. Tea originated in China and has been enjoyed by the Chinese people for thousands of years. All true teas are derived from a plant species called Camellia sinensis, which is an evergreen shrub and belongs to the flowering tea plant family called Theaceae. Tea is classified into five main categories, including White, Green, Oolong, Black and Pu-erh, depending on the processing methods. Tea’s health-promoting properties have been proven in many studies. The main substance that makes drinking tea healthy is polyphenols, which are a large group of naturally occurring compounds. They are abundant in plants and have excellent antioxidant effects. Research has found out that polyphenols in tea have the ability to regulate blood sugar by making cells more responsive to insulin’s effect, hence lowering the risk of diabetes. Instead of choosing sweetened beverages, drinking a cup of tea is a great way to optimize blood sugar control. Flavonoids found in black tea are another group of compounds that are beneficial to promoting cardiovascular health. A meta-analysis study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition found evidence that people who drank at least three cups of black tea per day had an 11% lower risk of developing heart disease. The polyphenols and antimicrobials in black and green tea can promote the growth of good bacteria and help repair the lining of the digestive tract. They help to enhance immunity. Tea can also protect the brain from aging in the long run. One study demonstrated that tea-drinkers who were aged 55-plus had better cognitive performance. When we talk about an infusion, it refers to steeping plants or fruits in hot water. These beverages of ancient wisdom have been proven beneficial to mental, emotional, and physical health. Most of them don’t contain caffeine and are suitable for people who prefer to avoid feeling jittery after drinking coffee. A cup of tea can do more than just boost immunity, the process of preparing and drinking it can also be relaxing. It’s a time reserved for a moment of tranquility, reunion, and joy.
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2022-01-08   930 Преглед
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2022-01-08

Veganism: A COVID-19 Pandemic Remedy and Zoonotic Disease Shield, Part 1 of 2

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Veganism: A COVID-19 Pandemic Remedy and Zoonotic Disease Shield, Part 1 of 2

The occurrence of new infectious diseases has gone up dramatically over the last century. Researchers have also found that the more humans have interacted with wildlife, including practicing domestication, the higher the chances are of diseases being shared between humans and animals. In 2004, the World Health Organization (WHO) had already noted an “increased demand for animal protein” as one of the causes of zoonoses. The consumption of meat, milk and eggs are key factors that accelerate the emergence of fatal infectious diseases that have caused innumerable lives of humans and animals to perish. New emerging diseases will continue to threaten humankind if we don't change the way we live. COVID-19 is the latest example, which is caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus and jumped from animals to humans. Supreme Master Ching Hai has spoken about what makes the COVID-19 pandemic so different from pandemics we have seen in the past. “There are quite a few variants of the COVID. But Delta, it seems to be the worst right now.” “Take good care of yourself. We are in a big, big problem right now, I mean the whole world – one variant after another.” “Important thing is, you must be humble. You cannot have a careless and arrogant attitude. You think that, like, raw food will protect you. No, no, no. It’s not that. It may be that your karma is better. You still have some good karma left. Plus God’s Blessing! But if you mingle too much with many people, you’ll get it. Not because the virus doesn’t spread as fast if you get out fast, but because you mingle with too many people, different energy, maybe very low-level spiritually. Then you’ll get it. Because your karma might not be enough to cover. Maybe you’re not humble enough.” Delta COVID has spread to at least 132 countries around the world. Now, it has become the dominant type in over a dozen countries, including the UK, Israel, and the US. Instances of fully vaccinated people getting infected are constantly being reported. According to the CDC, the transmissibility of the Delta variant is nearly twice as high as other identified variants.
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2021-09-15   1334 Преглед
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2021-09-15

Protect Your Eyes from Digital Eye Strain

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Protect Your Eyes from Digital Eye Strain

Today, we will talk about the prevalent issue of digital eye strain – its causes and things you can do to prevent it. When we want to focus on an object close at hand, the action of the ciliary muscles puts tension on the eyeball that changes its shape and makes the lens thicker. In adults, prolonged use of these muscles can cause our eyes to ache. But there are more serious consequences for children since their eyes are still developing and will be depended on for many more years. How can you tell whether you have CVS? If you regularly spend two or more hours in front of an electronic visual display, two primary symptoms to be aware of are blurred vision and dry eyes. Other signs include redness, itching and possibly even a headache or pain in the neck. Fortunately, there are many things you can do to prevent CVS. First of all, doctors recommend adopting what is referred to as the 20-20-20 rule. It entails looking away from your device’s screen for 20 seconds every 20 minutes. Focus instead on something at least 20 feet (six meters) away. For example, gaze outside at a cloud in the sky. When your eyes switch from what is near to anything at a distance, they get a chance to relax. When using a computer, make sure the screen is at an appropriate distance and height relative to your head. It should be positioned 50 to 70 centimeters away from your eyes. Then, as you look straight ahead, you want the center of the display to be about 15 or 20 degrees below eye level. Also, experiment with tilting the screen until you find the most comfortable viewing position. Make a conscious effort to blink more often. Why? Because each blink spreads a thin layer of moisture over the surface of your eyes. So, remember to close your eyes periodically when using digital devices. Many dark green, leafy vegetables such as kale, spinach and broccoli, are great for maintaining your vision. They contain a pair of antioxidants – lutein and zeaxanthin – that protect against ultraviolet radiation from the sun. They also work to prevent cataracts and damage to the macula.
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2022-02-16   836 Преглед
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2022-02-16

Foods for a Healthier Heart

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Foods for a Healthier Heart

Heart disease is the leading cause of death globally in the 21st century. Vegan foods have lots of heart-protective nutrients and can reduce the risk of diabetes, hypertension and obesity, which are all major causes of heart disease. Plant-based foods are beneficial to your heart health in general, but the ingredients in them can make a difference in the health-promoting outcomes. Therefore, fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs are the most natural ingredients and the best options for keeping us healthy. Whole grains: Try swapping out white rice with brown rice, and use whole grain flour in baking instead of white flour. Soak raw oats with plant-based milk of choice in a jar, add your favorite vegan toppings and mix well, then cover and put it in the refrigerator overnight. The soluble oat fiber – beta-glucan is known to lower LDL cholesterol levels by 5 to 10%, and the overnight soaking process breaks down phytic acid, which can inhibit your body from absorbing minerals such as iron, zinc and calcium. Dark Green Leafy Vegetables: They are also an excellent source of heart-protective antioxidants and minerals, including the rich nitrates that can widen blood vessels, thus lowering blood pressure, and the abundant vitamin K can help prevent the hardening of heart arteries. Nuts: Pistachios can help people deal with stress better, thus lowering their blood pressure. Walnuts are the only nuts abundant in alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), which reduces plaque buildup in coronary arteries. Beans: Soy is rich in phytoestrogens or plant-based estrogens; hence it is naturally anti-atherosclerotic for postmenopausal women. Olive Oil: According to a large-scale study including more than 90,000 men and women from 1990 to 2014, replacing margarine, butter, mayonnaise, or dairy fat by 5 grams per day with the equivalent amount of olive oil reduced the risk of cardiovascular disease by 5-7%. Turmeric: Curcumin, the active compound in turmeric, may help reverse heart disease development. Although curcumin is not well absorbed in the body, combining black pepper with turmeric can improve curcumin absorption by up to 2,000%.
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2021-11-27   1153 Преглед
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Color Therapy: Uplifting Your Life with Colors

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Color Therapy: Uplifting Your Life with Colors

What is your favorite color? This is probably one of the earliest questions we were asked in childhood. A global survey shows that blue is the most popular color across four continents, including Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe. Color is said to affect our mood, eating habits, and even how we think about things and people. Now, you might be wondering why color and light are often mentioned in the same context as color therapy. What’s the connection there? In simple words, light gives colors. Without light, there are no colors. That’s why when we are in a completely dark room, we can’t see any color but complete darkness. The therapeutic method of using colors can be traced back to the ancient Egyptians, who decorated sun-filled rooms with colored glasses. When sunlight passed through these glasses, specific colors would fill a room. It is believed that rooms with specific colors would have different therapeutic purposes. Darker shades of blue are associated with sedative properties and represent calm and tranquility. Thus, color therapists may use this to help people who experience sleeping disorders such as insomnia. In addition to psychological benefits, a study published in the “European Journal of Preventive Cardiology,” shows that blue light exposure can lower blood pressure and increase blood flow. Regardless of the evolutionary theory, scientific evidence points out that just by spending more time in natural environments filled with plants or even by looking at pictures of nature with greenery, we can relieve stress and improve control and focus. Therefore, the color green is often used by color therapists to help people reduce tensions and relax. You can try to be intentional about color choices. For example, wearing bright-colored clothing may bring upliftment when you feel down. On the other hand, try to make use of nature whenever you can, such as taking a brisk walk in the park where you can be exposed to the greenery along with the refreshing scent from trees and grass. We hope that you found today’s show interesting and that you can further enhance your well-being through colors.
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2022-04-13   693 Преглед
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2022-04-13

Dr. Debra Shapiro (vegan): Champion of Women’s Health, Part 2 of 3

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Dr. Debra Shapiro (vegan): Champion of Women’s Health, Part 2 of 3

Today, we will find why dairy products are not good for our health. In the United States, 50% of women and 25% of men will experience an osteoporosis-related fracture in their lifetime. For generations, we’ve been taught that milk strengthens bones and helps prevent the condition. But does the scientific evidence really back that up? “Yes, another fallacy. And we've seen this over and over again in very large studies that milk does not prevent osteoporosis.” How much calcium should we be getting daily and what are good sources? Dr. Shapiro weighs in. “I would really try to get close to 1,000 milligrams of calcium a day. You get calcium from low oxalate greens and legumes and things like almonds and figs have calcium and sesame seeds in tahini have calcium, but it's really the low oxalate greens things like kale and collard greens that have much more calcium.” Apart from making bones become more brittle, milk is dangerous for a number of other reasons, chiefly because it contains a protein called casein. “The casein gets turned in our body - this is the protein again - to be something called casomorphins.” “And you actually are chemically addicted to cheese because of the casomorphins.” “We know that milk protein increases something called IGF-1 (Insulin-like Growth Factor-1), and that makes tumors grow; that makes things grow.” Lactose intolerance is a condition marked by bloating, diarrhea, and abdominal cramps and occurs after eating or drinking dairy products. “It's an interesting thing that so many people are drinking dairy because, all over the world, most people actually cannot digest that lactose, that milk sugar.” Surprisingly, milk also can potentially take away our ability to make insulin. “In addition, there's bovine insulin in milk. And bovine insulin can actually be a trigger for Type 1 diabetes in children that are genetically susceptible.”
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2021-07-17   1021 Преглед
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2021-07-17

Nordic Walking: Walk Your Way to Health

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Nordic Walking: Walk Your Way to Health

Walking is one of the most accessible and effective forms of fitness. It improves our health, alleviates depression and fatigue, lightens our mood, prevents weight gain, increases our endurance and circulation, and the list goes on. In the same vein, did you know that walking with two poles can help you burn up to 20 to 60% more calories than conventional walking? Nordic walking started when a Finnish gym teacher named Leena Jääskeläinen in Viherlaakso, Helsinki, Finland started to teach “walking with ski poles” in her school’s physical education class. Decades later, in 1987, Leena presented this idea to the participants of the Finlandia Walk in Tampere, Finland. There are many benefits of Nordic walking. One study conducted by Stanford University in the United States shows that walking of any kind promotes the free flow of ideas and can increase creative thinking by an average of 60%! In a meta-analysis of eight studies involving cardiovascular disease patients who participated in a Nordic walking regimen, some saw a notable improvement in their exercise capacity and were able to exercise longer. They also experienced a higher oxygen uptake compared to the patients in standard cardiac rehabilitation programs. The way that Nordic walkers carry themselves forward by pushing down and backwards with the poles activates the muscles of the abdomen all the way up to the back muscles and helps to straighten the spine to improve posture. Several studies suggest that Nordic walking is one of the effective ways to lessen chronic pain in the neck, shoulder, back, hips and knees. The poles help to share some of the body weight and remove pressure from the spine, thus reducing the number of muscle spasms and pain as well. Another finding suggests that weeks of Nordic walking training for people with Parkinson’s disease can help enhance their posture control and improve functional balance too. The process of learning to walk with poles can stimulate the generation of new motor learning and promote neuroplasticity, which is our brain’s ability to reorganize neural networks to adapt to a new environment.
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2022-02-09   750 Преглед
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2022-02-09

Ditching Dairy Brings Better Health

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Ditching Dairy Brings Better Health

Today, we are going to explore why dairy is scary and best to be avoided. Each milk type is naturally designed to meet the nutritional requirements needed for a baby’s optimal growth. Thus, it is plain to see that cow’s milk is not suited for human consumption. For example, it contains twice the protein of human milk and a unique amino acid called leucine that stimulates muscle protein synthesis. High amounts of leucine and protein in milk cause a calf to double its birth weight in around 40 days. Human breast milk has less protein, and a baby takes about 180 days to double its birth weight. A human baby needs less protein, but more fat, during the early stages of infancy when their energy is primarily focused on developing the brain, spinal cord and nerves, instead of muscle. Now let’s examine cow’s milk’s effects on grownups. Lactose is the main carbohydrate or sugar in milk, and a staggering number - 3 out of 4 adults - in the world are unable to break down the substance, a condition commonly known as lactose intolerance. People who are lactose intolerant will have indigestion upon consuming dairy products. Symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. We now turn to the logical solution, which is to ditch dairy. One of the most commonly asked questions is: How do we get our calcium if not from milk? Studies show that even though milk and dairy products seem to contain a certain level of calcium, people who consume high amounts of cow’s milk have a significantly higher mortality and bone fracture rate than those who drink little to no milk. In the US, the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) for adults each day is 1000 milligrams, the UK’s National Health Service advises a daily intake of 700 milligrams, and the World Health Organization recommends 500 milligrams of calcium per day. These amounts can easily be obtained through a vegan or animal-free diet.
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2021-01-09   1338 Преглед
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2021-01-09

Resistance Training: A Simple Workout to Strengthen Muscles, Part 2 of 2

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Resistance Training: A Simple Workout to Strengthen Muscles, Part 2 of 2

In today’s show, we will elaborate on core training and present some entry-level routines suitable for all as well as some that are well-suited for seniors and women. Core exercises activate muscles located in the abdomen, hips, lower back, and pelvis, as well as the inner muscles that wrap around the spine. Here are some top core exercise routines suitable for beginners: 1. Two-point superman: On a flat surface like a mat, get on your hands and knees and have your head down and back flat. Slowly lift one arm and the opposite leg. 2. Forearm plank: Lie on the floor with both forearms flat and elbows aligned with the shoulders. Engage the core muscles to lift the body, keeping both forearms flat on the floor and not allowing the hips to rise or drop. 3. Side plank: Lie on your right side, legs extended and stacked from hip to feet. Contract your core and lift your hips off the floor as much as possible. 4. Bridge: Lie with your back on the floor, knees bent, feet flat under your knees, hands along your sides. Lift the hips off the ground until your knees, hips and shoulders form a straight line. Let us now examine a few great exercises for our treasured seniors: 1. Chair squat: This will greatly help seniors to strengthen their leg muscles. 2. Back and side leg raises: This exercise reinforces the lower back, trains hip flexors and improves balance. 3. Lunges: This exercise builds upon the quadriceps and hips and thus improves a senior’s ability to move out of a chair and do chores around the house that require lifting items. Next, let’s turn to resistance training geared to women. A key question women may ask is whether resistance routines could lead to a bulky look and weight gain. Losing weight and gaining muscle may effectively generate a slight gain in weight but will also result in a leaner and toned silhouette, as muscle is denser than fat and occupies less body space. 1. Side-lying hip abduction. 2. Hip thrust. 3. Lateral band walking. To sum up, resistance training routines warrants everyone various physical and mental benefits. The exercises can be done inexpensively anywhere, anytime!
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2021-05-01   1285 Преглед
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2021-05-01

The Importance of Getting Quality Sleep, Part 1 of 2

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The Importance of Getting Quality Sleep, Part 1 of 2

Even though we seem to be the least active when we’re asleep, our body is still working a lot. Every night, we experience four stages of sleep. The first three stages are known as non-rapid eye movement (NREM) sleep, and the last stage is known as rapid eye movement (REM) sleep. Most dreaming occurs in this stage. Sleep also supports learning and memory. A study published in the Science Advances journal showed that for children under two-and-a-half years of age, REM sleep is important for learning and neural reorganization, which is the reconnection between brain cells in response to learning and adapting to a changing environment. Memory consolidation happens during our sleep, and it allows the brain to process and preserve key information. The hippocampus acts like a USB stick, gathering information during the day. Sleep will help connect these memories together, so that’s why sometimes we wake up with wonderful ideas and solutions to problems. Sleep is crucial for healing and repairing cells to maintain our physical health. A study published in the journal “BMJ Nutrition, Prevention & Health” concluded that, “sleep and burnout may be risk factors for COVID-19 in high-risk healthcare workers.” Each additional one hour of sleep the workers got reduced the risk of contracting COVID-19 by 12%. Our body performs a detoxification process through the lymphatic system. It’s intriguing to know that our brain also has a cleansing mechanism called the glymphatic system, which can decrease the risk of Alzheimer’s disease if it runs well during sleep. It can clear waste such as the harmful beta-amyloid protein that accumulates in the brain. During quality sleep, the heart rate slows and blood pressure drops by 10-20%. A published study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found that people who regularly got fewer than 6 hours of sleep had a 20% higher risk of a heart attack compared with those who slept 6 to 9 hours. In addition, sleep is a key regulator of neuroendocrine function and glucose metabolism. Want to keep an ideal body weight? Getting a good night’s sleep may be an easy and effective way to achieve this.
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2021-09-04   882 Преглед
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2021-09-04

Staying hydrated - Staying Healthy

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Staying hydrated - Staying Healthy

Water aids many essential processes to keep us going, including but not limited to: - Its amazing ability to dissolve many substances enables our cells to use minerals, other nutrients and oxygen in biological processes. Adequate hydration has numerous health benefits, including: Maximizing physical performance: Dehydration reduces the blood volume, hence hindering the oxygen flow to muscles and increasing the injury risk. In addition, dehydration is detrimental to the lubrication of joints, which is critical to deal with additional tension during exercise. To stay hydrated for sports, a rule of thumb is to drink 500 milliliters of water 30 minutes before exercising and 200-250 milliliters at 15-20 minute intervals during your workout. Preventing kidney stones: Kidney stones are quite common – about 1 in 10 people will be affected during their lives, and half of the people who have one will develop additional stones within 5-7 years. The UK’s National Health Service suggests those who have had stones before should strive to drink 3 liters of fluid every day to lower the risk of further kidney stones. Lemon juice becomes alkaline when digested, and when the urine is less acidic, stones are less likely to form. Preserving brain function: The human brain is approximately 75% water. Studies have shown even mild dehydration of 2% of body mass can cause impaired cognitive function in areas of memory, attention and processing speed. However, chronic dehydration might also lead to high blood pressure. Inadequate hydration in seniors is associated with morbidity and mortality. In a 2015 study, 37% of the 200 people aged 65 or older admitted to a hospital were dehydrated. To prevent dehydration, seniors can incorporate nutritious vegetable soups in their diet, as well as veggies and fruits with high water content: watermelon, strawberries, peaches, celery, cauliflower and tomatoes are some excellent choices. In addition, men require more water intake than women, as men have less body fat and thus a higher body water percentage.
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2022-01-29   472 Преглед
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2022-01-29

Documentaries on Plant Power

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Documentaries on Plant Power

This program, “Documentaries on Plant Power” explores four American films that focus on the adoption of the vegan diet and resulting health benefits. The first documentary we profile is “What the Health.” The work follows American filmmakers Kip Andersen and Keegan Kuhn as they uncover the open secret to preventing and even reversing chronic diseases – the plant-based diet. The work shares knowledge from a wide array of respected vegan American medical experts including Drs. Neal Barnard, Michael Greger, Michael Klaper, Alan Goldhamer, Milton Mills and many others. Our next film is “Forks Over Knives.” The film examines the lives and careers of famed American nutritional biochemist and co-author of the best-selling book “The China Study,” Dr. T. Colin Campbell, and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Jr. a surgeon at the renowned Cleveland Clinic in the USA, and how each discovered that plant-based foods are the path to robust health. The film “Forks Over Knives” also follows the lives of several chronically ill patients who took the advice of their doctors and adopted the healing, nutritious vegan diet.The next movie that we will review is “PlantPure Nation.” This documentary film tells the story of key individuals who are on a mission to spread the message regarding the value of the whole foods vegan diet. The production follows the enlightening speech that Dr. T. Colin Campbell gives to the State of Kentucky’s House of Representatives. Following his stirring oration, Dr. Campbell’s son, Nelson Campbell, and then-Kentucky State Representative, Reverend Tom Riner, join forces and propose a pilot program to document the benefits of the plant-based diet. A film that shows just how easy adopting the whole foods vegan diet can be is “Forks Over Knives Presents: The Engine 2 Kitchen Rescue.” The work features Rip Esselstyn, author of “The Engine 2 Diet” and a former firefighter and triathlete, who visits two families and helps them to transition to what he calls a “plant-strong diet!”
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2018-01-08   3774 Преглед
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2018-01-08

The Protective Power of Masks, Part 1 of 2

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The Protective Power of Masks, Part 1 of 2

Understanding the mode of transmission of an infectious disease like MERS or COVID-19, caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, is essential to lessen or prevent the further spread of the illness. Viruses can be transmitted between people through airborne droplets made of mucus, saliva and water. Particles containing viruses can be detected when an infected individual coughs, sneezes, talks, or even exhales. Catching a virus is much easier than you think, and even chatting is a hazard. With the aid of aerodynamic particle sizing, it was found that up to 330 particles were released into the air per second when a person made the “Aah” sound. The louder the sound a person made, the greater the number of particles that were emitted. These results suggest a significant risk from COVID-19 asymptomatic people unknowingly spreading the coronavirus by merely talking. One effective way to prevent coronavirus transmission is through social distancing or keeping 3 meters or more away from others. Personal protective equipment (PPE), such as masks and face shields, are another line of defense. The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends wearing a mask in indoor spaces outside of the home. Because the coronavirus may be shedding from infected individuals, including asymptomatic ones, a poorly ventilated building can be dangerous. Another advantage of wearing a mask includes preventing one from touching their nose and mouth. A study released in March 2020 found plastic and stainless steel surfaces can harbor the novel coronavirus for up to 72 hours, and it can live on cardboard for up to 24 hours. “High-touch” areas that may be contaminated include doorknobs, elevator buttons, tables, light switches, handrails, countertops, and bathroom fixtures. Wearers must also be careful to not touch their face when adjusting or taking off their masks because unclean hands can come into contact with the eyes. In today’s program, we hope you have learned how wearing a mask can help you and the people around you to stay safe and healthy during the pandemic.
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2021-02-06

Recharge Your Health with Vitamin C

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Recharge Your Health with Vitamin C

We are constantly reminded of the importance of incorporating abundant fruits and vegetables into our diet for getting enough vitamin C. Neither animal-people nor plants can survive without it. Interestingly, most mammal-people are capable of making their own vitamin C. The mammal-people’s natural ability to produce vitamin C to cope with stress shows us the important role of the nutrient for the immune system. As we have just mentioned, because we are unable to synthesize our own vitamin C, it is important for us to consume enough of the nutrient daily through a fresh and wholesome vegan diet. In addition, vitamin C is a potent antioxidant. It helps the body fight against harmful compounds known as free radicals. These are detrimental byproducts of metabolism and also generated by environmental pollution and can cause damage to our body as well as contribute to inflammation, cancer, heart disease and other conditions. Research also shows that some allergies, which are the result of the immune response to certain substances, could be alleviated with vitamin C. Research shows that taking vitamin C regularly may help lessen the duration and severity of a cold. In addition to maintaining a healthy immune system, vitamin C may also help lower the risk of cataracts and slow age-related macular degeneration. Moreover, vitamin C helps the body make a type of protein called collagen, which is one of the basic components of the skin, cartilage, tendons, ligaments and blood vessels. Furthermore, vitamin C can be beneficial for metabolic disorders, such as diabetes. Not only is vitamin C helpful for controlling blood sugar levels, but it also has been found to have a positive impact on cardiovascular health. In order to keep vitamin C intact to work at its best inside the body, it is always best to consume your vegetables raw and fresh or lightly cooked because vitamin C is sensitive to heat and light. A healthy and balanced vegan diet readily provides all essential nutrients for our body to thrive. The vegan diet is suitable for people of all ages and stages of life, including pregnancy, infancy, childhood, adolescence and older adulthood, as well as for athletes.
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Mind-Body-Chi – Dr. Wen B-Chen’s Marvelous Relaxation Exercises, Part 1 of 5 (Hsin-Chu, Formosa)

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Mind-Body-Chi – Dr. Wen B-Chen’s Marvelous Relaxation Exercises, Part 1 of 5 (Hsin-Chu, Formosa)

Chi gong is an ancient Chinese exercise that people practice to cultivate the chi – the vital life-force all around and within us. It utilizes meditation, controlled breathing, guided visualization and movements to stimulate the flow of chi throughout the body, thus assisting one in self-healing and preventing illnesses. Tai chi, a popular form of chi gong exercise, is now regarded as a health-promoting activity worldwide. This five-part series features our interview with Dr. Wen B-Chen, the creator of the marvelous Mind-Body-Chi (MBC) relaxation exercise program that incorporates the essence of chi gong, tai chi, yoga and meditation. He will present a unique interpretation of MBC’s various health benefits from a Western medical perspective and give demonstrations of the MBC exercises. Dr. Wen is a former radiation oncologist at the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami, USA. He was also the radiation oncology medical director at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Florida, USA. “For people at the age of 30 to 55, that’s my target. Some of them really don’t have time to do exercise to maintain their health. I put together these movements and breathing to help those people. As long as they carve out a certain portion of time for themselves during the day, then their health gets maintained.” “MBC stands for Mind, Body, Chi, and Chi is c-h-i. In our (Chinese) culture, chi represents air, or spirit, or breath, or vitalities. We were taught in our culture that chi exists everywhere, in the universe and in our bodies. Inside the body, chi is supposed to follow the blood, or even go with the blood and nurture our internal organs and extremities, joints, and muscles.” To cater to senior citizens, Dr. Wen has recently expanded the MBC program from the original 6 exercises to 10, with the sequence rearranged. In our series, we’ll cover all 10 exercises. Let’s now see Dr. Wen's demonstration of exercise #1 and #2 of the MBC program.
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2020-11-21

Reconnect with the Earth: The Benefits of Grounding

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Reconnect with the Earth: The Benefits of Grounding

There are different ways to connect yourself with nature. Some people enjoy surfing, hiking or strolling in the park in the morning, while others choose to reconnect themselves by walking barefoot on the soil. This is often referred to as “grounding” or “earthing.” The Earth’s surface, which is abundant in negative electrical charges, is one of the overlooked global resources for maintaining health. According to Coulomb's Law, which is a statement in physics, like charges will repel each other, while opposite charges will be attracted to each other. Based on this scientific principle, if free electrons can be absorbed into the body by establishing direct bodily contact with the Earth, then the free radicals can be neutralized in order to reduce inflammation. Even though people immerse in nature from time to time, the direct connection to these electrons is still greatly reduced due to insulating rubber or plastic soled shoes being worn. If you have to stay indoors, don’t worry. Grounding can also be achieved by using some simple equipment, such as a grounding mat, sheet or pad, which can be applied whether you’re working in front of a desk or sleeping. Having learned the methods of grounding, now let’s have a look at some of the potential health benefits. In a clinical study to evaluate the correlations of cortisol levels to circadian rhythm and changes in sleep, pain and stress, 12 subjects with sleep dysfunction, pain and stress were given a conductive mattress pad to use on their beds for a period of eight weeks. Eleven out of the 12 study subjects reported that they were able to fall asleep faster, and the number of times waking up during the night was reduced for all 12 individuals. Furthermore, the results demonstrated that grounding the body during sleep alleviated morning fatigue levels, and improved daytime energy and nighttime pain levels. In another study of randomized double-blind design, 58 healthy adult participants were given a conductive adhesive patch to place on the sole of each foot to simulate grounding with the Earth. All the test results demonstrated that grounding is able to reduce stress levels. In addition to reducing tension, grounding can also have beneficial effects on improving cardiovascular risk factors, such as red blood cell clumping.
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Dr. Leila (vegan): A Life Transformed Through Whole-food Plant-based Eating

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Dr. Leila (vegan): A Life Transformed Through Whole-food Plant-based Eating

"Hallo, I'm Dr. Leila. I used to be a doctor, but I'm now a plant-based nutritionist, and I'm an advisory board member of Plant-Based Health Professionals UK." Dr. Leila has been experiencing severe migraines since childhood, and no medical treatment has been able to resolve this condition permanently. It was a fortunate course of events that brought Dr. Leila to attend a conference in 2018 organized by the Plant-Based Health Professionals UK. She was then introduced to the concept of food’s power to truly act as medicine! She explored it further and the astounding effects on her health, particularly with respect to migraines, confirmed to her the benefits of a plant-based diet centered on whole-foods. Regaining health and finding joy in life through whole-food plant-based meals motivated Dr. Leila to launch her practice called Plant Powered Qi Nutrition. She provides consultations on nutrition, weight management, disease prevention, and recovery from serious illnesses. "When we say whole-food plant-based, what we're talking about is no processed food. So no refined sugar, no refined carbs and no salt. So, yes, the main change for me was no processed food, and whole grains, legumes, a lot of fruits and vegetables." "Going plant-based is really the best diet because it's not just about your health. It's also about the animals and the environment. And the benefit is that you'll be pain-free. And I think we don't realize that. We always accept some health problems as part of aging, but it is not true. We can actually have a healthy life and be fit, and at the same time help the environment and animals. So give it a try, and no matter what your background is, what your tradition and culture are, if you look into your culture, you realize that the root of it was a plant-based diet. So just do your research and if you need any help, there are a lot of people out there to help you to make a transition. Be veg, go green and save the planet."
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