Monday, August 18, 2014

Instant Noodles is Not Good for You

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If you are like me in college, then you must also have survived college eating instant noodles which is heavy on the stomach and very light on the wallet. The main reason why college kids eat instant noodles is because it's easy to make just put hot water and wait for a few minutes and it is very cheap. However, a new study suggests that instant noodles are linked to diabetes and heart illness. The research was published in the Journal of Nutrition. It stated that instant noodles can raise the risk of Cardiometabolic syndrome. It increases the risk of developing cardiovascular disease, particularly heart failure, and diabetes specially in women.

The research is very important since a lot of people eat instant noodles, and with a research like this will give them knowledge on the risks on consuming too much. The study was done by Baylor Heart and Vascular Hospital (BHVH) researchers.

Hyun Joon Shin, MD, a clinical cardiology fellow at Baylor University Medical Center and a nutrition epidemiology doctoral student at Harvard School of Public Health led the research.

Their research studied a total of 10,711 adults between the age of 19-64 years and with 54.5% of them are women. The found out that consuming instant noodles 2 or more times a week was associated with cardiometabolic syndrome. It also said that the result were more frequent in women, which is probably because of biological differences like sex hormones and metabolism.

They focused their research on South Koreans who have the highest consumption of Instant Noodles. So why not buy frozen veggies instead? It's healthier and also easy to prepare.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Breastfeeding Photo of Celebrities

Gisele Bundchen Breastfeeding
Gisele Bundchen Breastfeeding

Gwen Stefani Breastfeeding
Gwen Stefani Breastfeeding

Jaime King Breastfeeding
Jaime King Breastfeeding

Miranda Kerr Breastfeeding
Miranda Kerr Breastfeeding

Olivia Wilde Breastfeeding
Olivia Wilde Breastfeeding

Check out pictures of celebrities breastfeeding their babies to help glamorize and promote breastfeeding. Breastfeeding is a natural and healthy option of feeding your babies. Breast milk is the best for your baby, it offers a lot of benefits. It contains all the vitamins and nutrients your baby needs in the first 6 months of your baby's life. It also contains substances that fight disease and protect your little bundle of joy from illness.

American Academy of Pediatrics highly recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months. Colostrum, contains antibodies that help protect the mucous membranes in the throat, lungs, and intestines of the baby.

Breastfed babies have a lower incident of diseases as they grow older such as childhood diabetes, childhood obesity, multiple sclerosis, heart disease, and cancer before the age of 15. Babies who are breastfed have a lower risk of tooth decay.

Breastfeeding is also beneficial for the mothers, they connect emotionally to their babies and also it lowers the risk of breast cancer, ovarian cancer and anemia. It also helps lose weight faster for all the pound you've gained during pregnancy.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Ebola virus outbreak what we should know?

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The current outbreak of Ebola virus that is happening in Western Africa is the deadliest Ebola outbreak in history that has killed 729 people and infected about 1,323. The four West African countries affected are Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone. The deadliest outbreak before has just 224 deaths from 425 cases.  The current outbreak that began last March is from the deadliest form of the Ebola virus which is the Zaire Ebola virus that has 79% fatality rate.

The initial symptoms of Ebola is very similar to diseases like malaria and cholera, as well as the common flu, that means it can be difficult to detect.

Here is a list of the common symptoms of Ebola:

-Stomach pain
-Sore throat
-Aching in the muscles and joints

As the disease progresses, additional symptoms may include:

-Internal and external bleeding from the nose, mouth, ears and eyes
-Reduced liver and kidney function
-Trouble breathing

If you believe you have been infected with Ebola you must be isolated from the public immediately.

WHO Ebola virus disease, West Africa – update

Thursday, July 24, 2014

New Study Suggest that Paracetamol is just like Placebo for Low back pain


Paracetamol is our go to medicine for our low back pain, however according to a study taking paracetamol do not reduce pain nor it expedite recovery.

The Lancet medical journal research found that taking paracetamol to ease and cure low back pain is just like taking dummy pills (placebo). Christopher Williams a researcher at the University of Sydney in Australia said, "We need to reconsider the universal recommendation to provide paracetamol as a first-line treatment."

In their research, 1,652 patients with acute low back pain participated some of them were given paracetamol and others receive placebos. They receive doses 3x a day or as needed. The study showed that there is no major difference with the recovery period between the two groups, those who receive paracetamol and those who got placebos.

However, Professor Christine Lin who is also involve in the study said that "While we have shown that paracetamol does not speed recovery from acute back pain, there is evidence that paracetamol works to relieve pain for a range of other conditions, such as headaches, some acute musculoskeletal conditions, tooth ache and for pain straight after surgery."

"What this study indicates is that the mechanisms of back pain are likely to be different from other pain conditions, and this is an area that we need to study more," she added.

Paracetamol is also widely known as "acetaminophen" in countries like United States, Canada, and Japan. Known brand in the US is Tylenol, while in Australia it is Panadol.  

So if you are having lower back pains, popping pills won't cure it nor it will help you reduce pain. I would suggest stretching and exercise. Try this "3 Easy Stretches to Prevent Back Pain," it worked for me.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Another Food Scandal in China

 McDonald's China

A news report from Dragon TV said that a supplier of McDonald's, Pizza Hut and KFC in China are selling them beef and chicken that are already past their expiry date. The supplier is Husi Food Co., Ltd., McDonald's, Pizza Hut, and KFC China have already stopped using meat from that supplier according to their released statements. Husi Food Co., Ltd. is owned by OSI Group of Aurora, Illinois.

The report said that Husi repack expired beef and chicken and tag them with a new expiry dates. This is disgusting, the Chinese government should monitor food companies more closely since food poisoning is not a joke and people can die.

Check out the report from Dragon TV, you can see how unsafe they handle the food products the workers even picked patties from the floor and dump them into meat mixers. I would never eat that.

On Husi Foods Co. Ltd. websites it mentioned that they have been supplying McDonald’s in China for 22 years and Pizza Hut for 6 years.

Monday, July 7, 2014

McDonald's Burger is the worst in the US?

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Do you agree that McDonald's Burger has the worst burger in the US? I like their burgers but other people who were asked in the Consumer Reports survey of fast food and fast-casual restaurants say otherwise.

The survey also stated that KFC has the worst chicken, Au Bon Pain has the worst sandwiches and subs, while the Taco Bell has the worst burritos.

The survey that ranks the best and worst burgers, sandwiches, chicken and burritos in the U.S. were released after Consumer Reports asked the opinion of 32,405 subscribers, who ate 96,208 meals at 65 fast-food chains. The participants were asked to grade their experiences at these 65 fast food and fast-casual chain restaurants on a scale of 1 to 10 (10 is the top and 1 is the least).

In the Burgers category the top 3 rating went to "The Habit Burger Grill" (8.1), "In-N-Out Burger" (8.0) and "Five Guys Burger and Fries" (7.9). The lowest three are "Burger King" (6.6), "Jack in the Box" (6.6) and "McDonald's" (5.8).

"Chick-fil-A" 8.1, "El Pollo Loco" (7.7), "Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen" (7.7) bagged the top three in the Chicken category. While "KFC" is the least with a 7.1 rating. 

"Portillo's Hot Dogs" is the king of sandwiches and subs with 8.5 rating. When it comes to Burritos "Chipotle Mexican Grill" is the top dog with 7.8 rating, while "Taco Bell" got the last spot with 6.3 rating.     

AS for me I'll still get my cheap burgers at McDonald's.... 

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Knee Pain

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While lifting a heavy object I just felt a pain in my right knee. I don't feel it when I'm seated or lying down but every time I walk I feel the pain, uggh. It's really inconvenient specially if your daily commute to work is by walking for a few blocks. Like most of ordinary people I don't have time to visit a doctor for such a minor inconvenience so I consult the web.

Knee pain is a general problem that can have a lot of causes such us acute injuries, medical conditions, body movements, and the common culprit is everyday wear and tear. Knee pains usually occurs while doing physical work, playing sports, lifting heavy stuffs, or other recreational activities.

The knee is the largest joint in the body, and the bones of the knee are separated by two menisci discs. The surface of the bones that are inside the knee joint is covered by articular cartilage. This cartilage absorbs shock and gives the moving joint a smooth surface.

The soft tissues around the front of the knee may become irritated that causes pain. Athletes frequently suffers with strain tendons that can cause knee pain. Other causes may include overuse, muscle imbalance and inadequate stretching. 

Here is how you can Prevent Knee Pain:
  • Stretch and do Warm-up before running or any other exercise. A 5-minute warm-up and a stretching exercise after is important. This will make joints flexible that can avoid being irritated. 
  • Always make sure that you have proper running form or lifting stance. Lean forward and keep your knees bent.
  • Eat less and keep your weight in check. Having a heavy body can put a lot of stress on your knees.
Treatment for knee pain you can do at home:
  • Rest and take a break from walking or any other strenuous exercise that can further exacerbate the pain. You can also place a small pillow under your knee.
  • Place ice or cold packs immediately to the affected knee to prevent and minimize swelling.
  • Avoid doing things that can cause swelling like alcoholic drinks and hot water.
  • Wrap the affected area with an elastic bandage to lessen swelling.
  • Keep the injured knee elevated above or within the level of your heart to help minimize swelling.
  • Massage the affected knee to elieve pain and encourage blood flow. Stop massaging if you experience pain.
Check out WebMD for more treatment on how to deal with Knee Pain.