Sunday, 22 March 2015

5 Top Reasons Why Women Don’t Get Mammograms

What do wine, women, and mammograms equal
A midnight mammogram soiree!  And in some areas, midnight parties of wine, cheese, and mammograms are exactly what doctors are resorting to in an effort to entice women to get their mammograms.   This is great and it can make the process of getting a mammogram a lot more fun, but you shouldn’t wait for an invitation to a party before getting a mammogram.
Mammograms save lives.  Some studies show that mammograms decrease breast cancer mortality by 25 to 50 percent.  Yet, even though many women know the risk, they don’t make time to get their yearly mammogram.  The American Cancer Society reported that by 2005, mammography rates had decreased by four percent nationwide.  The researchers couldn’t say why women aren’t getting mammograms, but here are some of the most common excuses:
It’s too uncomfortable.  True, but the entire process only lasts twenty minutes.
It’s too expensive and my insurance doesn’t pay.   Mammograms generally costs between $200 and $250 and part of the cost is usually covered by health insurance or Medicare.  If you lack either of those options, call Susan G. Komen’s Cure’s Breast Care Helpline at 1-800-I’M AWARE (1-800-462-9273) for information on finding a low-cost mammogram.
My schedule doesn’t allow the time.  Early detection may result in fewer surgeries later.
The radiation exposure may increase my risk of getting cancer.  Radiation exposure from mammography equipment has been reduced by as much as 50 percent in recent years.
I’m afraid of the results.  Yes, but it could mean the difference between life and death.
Questions to ask.
Mammography is the best method of detecting breast cancer at its early stages, which means a higher chance of survival.  Women 40 and over should have a mammograph once a year.  Women who are a high risk for cancer should start sooner.   And if you have concerns, here are some questions to ask when you schedule your next mammogram (or midnight wine party):
Does your radiologist have training in mammography?  Training is essential for obtaining the best images with the least possible radiation and for properly reading those images.
Do you use “dedicated” mammography equipment?  This means the equipment is designed specifically for mammography and provides the best mammographs with as little radiation as possible.
How often is your mammography equipment inspected?  It should be annually.

Friday, 20 March 2015

The Power Of The Pomegranate

Pomegranates are now in season.  And they are delicious.  But more importantly, they are healthy! 

The pomegranate is a superfood which should be consumed daily (unless your doctor tells you otherwise).   It is a pinkish-red round fruit with hundreds of seeds in a juicy pulp.  It is rich in antioxidants which protects against cancer, heart disease, diabetes, urinary tract infections, and Alzheimer’s.  Plus, the antioxidants in the pomegranate help protect the skin and the body from free radical damage (cell aging).  The level of antioxidants in a pomegranate is much higher than that found in other fruits, even blueberries.

How to eat a pomegranate.

Eating the seeds of the pomegranate is like taking anti-cancer medicine.  Fresh and straight from the rind is a very beneficial way to eat pomegranate.   However, it can be quite messy if you don’t know how to eat it.  The best way to eat one is to first cut off the crown and then cut into the rind.  Separate the seeds in a bowl of warm water so as not to splatter the red juice everywhere (although I hate to wash away the extra juice).  Strain and eat!

You can opt to buy already prepared juice instead.  Another great way to consume it.  Unfortunately, though, just because a product says “100% Pomegranate Juice” on the front label does not mean you are getting a good dose of the juice.  Some companies are experts at deceptive advertising so as to convince us to buy what we believe to be a quality product and to save themselves money.   So read the label before buying the juice.

What to look for on juice labels.

Common wording to look for include:

    “Cocktail” or “Blend” … means the juice has been blended with cheap filler juices, such as apple, pear, or grape juice.  There is absolutely nothing wrong with apple, pear, or grape juice if that is what you want.  But a company calling their product Pomegranate Juice and then having a cheaper and less healthy juice such as apple juice as their main ingredient is quite misleading.  Blueberry, however, is another high-antioxidant superfood and is a good blend with promegranate.
    “100% Pure Juice” … this is true in some cases; however, often times the main ingredients are water, sugar, or high fructose corn syrup.  With these ingredients, how can it be considered pure juice?
    Concentrate … means it is not freshly squeezed and it contains chemical preservatives such as sodium benzoate, juice fillers, water, and malic or citric acid (an added flavor to hide the fact that the product is watered down). as many companies find it too difficult and expensive to make juice freshly squeezed.  And while concentrate contains fewer nutrients than freshly squeezed, it can still be a very good product.  However, if it is made without the sodium benzoate … that would be a big plus!

Brands I trust and recommend:

    Purely Pomegranate - my preference and which I drink daily
    POM Wonderful - a very trusted and popular brand
    R.W. Knudsen Just Pomegranate Juice  - but not their “Blueberry and Pomegranate” where the primary ingredients are water and apple juice

Another little good-to-know tidbit about pomegranate juice … most of the phytonutrients are found in the rind.  Pomegranate juice squeezed by machine is healthier than juice squeezed only from the seeds.  The taste will be more bitter, but the bitterness means more phytonutrients.

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Dental care during pregnancy

You will find a huge number of people around you who believe that any form of dental treatment must be avoided during pregnancy. They are so very wrong. It is always wise to visit the dentist when you’re pregnant. Preventive dental cleanings and regular dental check up during pregnancy are not only safe, but are recommended. The American Academy of Period ontology and the ADA ( American Dental Association) both state the importance of maintaining oral health throughout pregnancy. This is due to the fact that there is a rise of hormonal level during pregnancy that increases your risk of developing gum disease and other oral infections that in turn can greatly affect the normal development of the baby

Planning to become Pregnant

If you have decided to get pregnant, try to make an appointment to your dentist if possible. Because it’s always best to complete any major dental treatment prior to pregnancy. The dentist can examine your mouth carefully to detect any dental problem you might have and may take actions as necessary. Professional dental cleaning will also help to minimize the risk of any complications that may arise due to poor oral hygiene

Dental treatment in pregnancy

    When you visit your dentist in this period, never hesitate to tell the dentist that you are pregnant. You must not overlook this thing. During the first trimester and second half of the third trimester should be avoided as much as possible. This information could change their treatment plans
    Tell your dentist the names and dosages of all medicines you are taking, also any specific medical advice your doctor has given you to follow. Your dentist will change your dental treatment plan according to this information. Certain drugs can affect the development of your child’s teeth and should be avoided during pregnancy.
    Don’t try to avoid your dentist just because you are pregnant and thinking that dental treatment is not important in this particular time. Rather it is more important than any other time. Pregnancy causes hormonal changes that put you at increased risk for periodontal disease and for tender gums that bleed easily which is known to be pregnancy gingivitis. To remove irritants, control plaque, and maintain optimum oral health, you might actually benefit from more frequent professional cleanings during your second trimester or early third trimester rather than fewer dental visits.
    Avoid dental X-rays during pregnancy as much as possible. Special precaution should be taken if X-ray is essential.
    Consult with your dentist or doctor about the need for anesthesia or other medicines should a dental emergency arise. If dental work is needed, the amount of anesthesia administered should be as little as possible, but still enough to make you comfortable
    It is always safe to postpone all unnecessary dental work, such as teeth whitening and other cosmetic procedures, until delivery of the baby. However, sometimes emergency dental work such as a root canal or tooth extraction may become necessary.

Taking Care of Yourself will minimize dental treatment need

    Follow good oral hygiene practices to prevent and/or reduce gum problems, including brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing at least once a day. Use a good-quality, soft-bristled toothbrush. Use a toothpaste that contains fluoride, and brush for at least two minutes to remove the plaque that forms on your teeth.
    If morning sickness is keeping you from brushing your teeth, change to a bland-tasting toothpaste during your pregnancy. Ask your dentist or hygienist to recommend brands.
    Rinse your mouth out with water or a mouth rinse if you suffer from morning sickness and have bouts of frequent vomiting.
    Ask your dentist about the need for fluoride supplements. Since fluoride is found in water and almost all brands of toothpaste, fluoride supplementation might not be necessary.
    Avoid sugary snacks. Though sweet cravings are common during pregnancy, keep in mind that the more frequently you take these types of food, the greater the chance of developing tooth decay. Additionally, some studies have shown that the bacteria responsible for tooth decay are passed from the mother to the child, so be careful of what you eat.
    Try to maintain a healthy, balanced diet. Your baby’s first teeth begin to develop in the womb. Healthy diets containing dairy products, cheese, and yogurt are good sources of these essential minerals and are good for your baby’s developing teeth, gums, and bones.
    Pay particular attention to any changes in your gums during pregnancy. If tenderness, bleeding, or gum swelling occurs at any time during your pregnancy, talk with your dentist or periodontist as soon as possible

After the baby is born

Visit your dentist soon after delivery to have your entire mouth examined and periodontal health evaluated specially if you have experienced any gum problems during your pregnancy.

Dental treatment in pregnancy: Some statistics

A recent US survey, however, showed that most women did not visit the dentist during pregnancy; half of women who reported oral problems did not seek dental treatment because they believed poor oral health during pregnancy was normal or they feared dental treatments could harm the fetus.  Also, 49% of obstetricians rarely or never recommend a dental examination; only 10% of dentists perform all necessary dental treatments; and 14% of dentists are against using local anesthetics during pregnancy.  This is concerning, as poor oral health can lead to adverse pregnancy outcomes, including preeclampsia, pre-term birth, and LBW babies. Beginning in the second or third month of pregnancy, about half of pregnant women experience gingivitis due to increased estrogen and progesterone, which can progress to periodontitis. To maintain oral health, dental treatments such as plaque removal, scaling and root planing, local anesthetics, amalgams, and x-ray scans must be employed
Dental treatment is essential for optimal oral health, which extends to pregnancy. Routine dental visits can include the use of x-ray scans, plaque removal, dental scaling and polishing, local anesthetics, or amalgam fillings. Performing interventions for prevention and treatment of periodontitis or using local anesthetics during pregnancy have not been found to be associated with an increased risk to the developing fetus. Conversely, adverse pregnancy outcomes, such as LBW, preterm birth, and preeclampsia, occur in women who have not received treatment. Furthermore, using amalgams or dental x-ray scans during pregnancy has not been shown to increase risk to the fetus. Good oral health during pregnancy is important to the overall health of both expectant mothers and their babies

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Saturday, 14 March 2015

Green Smoothie Recipes

Green Smoothie Recipes

People now fully realize that health is the only thing they should be in order to run their life. Doing exercise, sleeping for such adequate time, and eat nutritious food are things they afford to do in order to keep their bodies fit. Diet is also a part of the health matter. It is not only related to beauty of body but it also gives us a way to be healthy. Diet smoothies is one of the diets programs which is very popular over these years. The mushrooming of diet smoothies force us to know what it is about, how to make it and what are the kinds of the diets. We may also need to know the recipes of the smoothies for us to make. Browsing through the internet and you will surely find green smoothie recipes as your references. Read them carefully and you can try to make it yourself

Smoothie is a very simple thing people may do related to health. It is quick, easy and also delicious. The general steps are also simple. The idea of smoothie is we can eat the whole fruit but in the liquid form. Juices only give us the water of the fruits; whereas smoothie let us drink the whole fruit by easily blending it. The vitamins and fiber are ready for us to consume in easy way. When you wish to know the green smoothie recipes, you firstly need to prepare the ingredients and also the blender. You can try Kale and Banana Smoothie then. You have to prepare two bananas, two tablespoons hulled hemp seed and a bag of frozen blue berries. Then you will need to have 2.5 cups of pure water, one teaspoon super food of choice (you choose it yourself) and the last one you should have is five leafs of kale. The next simple thing you should do is put all the ingredients into the jug of the blender in a high speed and you can add the water into it. Blend them well until you have smooth mixture consistency

Other green smoothie recipes you may find are arugula lettuce and pear, dandelion and apple smoothie, carrot ginger smoothie or even you can make your won smoothie. For arugula lettuce and pear, you have to prepare the ingredients. Those are a banana, two or three pears, two tablespoons hulled hemp seed, a bag of frozen raspberries, 2.5 cups pure water and a teaspoon super foods of choice. You will also need small bunch of arugula lettuce leafs and liquid stevia to taste. Put all the ingredients into the blender jug and blend them in high speed. Those can be served for two or three people

readQuick, Easy & Healthy Smoothie Recipes

Friday, 13 March 2015

The Food Pyramid

If one would choose which activity he could not live without, the top rater would be eating. We eat for the simple reason that we are hungry, some eat because they are depressed and some eat if they are happy. But we should also consider the fact that we eat to stay healthy

The food pyramid is an important guide in eating. On the top of the pyramid are those foods we should take less. These foods are those containing sugar and fats. We should not entirely avoid eating such because we need it for health reasons but it should be taken in moderation. If these foods are taken in excess, it would have a damaging result to our body. The middle of the pyramid contains poultry and dairy products which gives us our daily dose of protein. It also contains fruits and vegetables which are the ultimate source of vitamins. The last layer contains those foods which supplies our body with energy

Following the food pyramid would ensure us that our body will receive its needed nutrients. Vegetables should be taken constantly but we should not forego eating other foods because they have some nutrients that cannot be provided by eating vegetables alone. Fruits as well should be taken in moderation. Yes it is healthy but if eaten too much it could affect our sugar levels since some fruits have high sugar content. Care should be taken to make sure that we provide healthy food for kids. If they start to eat correctly early in life then they should continue the good habit later on

At the end of the day, what we should bear in mind is that everything taken in excess is never good for the health. We should learn to control what we put in our mouth for it will have drastic effects on our health

A Tasty and Healthy Breakfast Booster Recipe

A good morning won’t be complete with a delicious breakfast that’ll pump up the energy you need for the whole day.  Healthy food for children is very important but getting them to eat it is sometimes a problem. Breakfast is regarded as the most important meal of the day so it’s really important that this meal should not only be appetizing but also nutritious and healthy at the same time.
If your idea of a good morning starter includes a bagel with cream cheese, think again. A breakfast of bagel with cream cheese has a total of 300 calories depending on the bagel variety and the amount of cheese you put in it. This meal’s heavy but you don’t want to start your day with a bulky stomach if you want to move around your office with ease.
Neither do you want yourself fainting around your desk with eating just a little breakfast. So carefully choose your first day’s meal with a menu that goes like this one:
Mushroom and pepper omelet see recipe below

2 slices of toasted bread
Fresh orange juice
8 pieces ripe strawberries
Here’s the recipe for the Mushroom and Pepper Omelet:
2 eggs, beaten
5 large button mushrooms, canned or fresh
1 small green pepper, chopped
½ half white onion, chopped
cheddar cheese, chopped (optional)
salt and pepper
olive oil
Put the stove on low heat. Pour in a little olive oil on a non-stick pan. Put the eggs and wait until it gets cooked. When the outer edge of the egg becomes firm, place all the veggies at the center of the egg. Cover and let it cook for about 3 minutes. Flip one side of the omelet and remove from heat. Makes 2 servings.

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Gluten Free Diet And What It Means

The Difficulty Of Going Gluten Free
Those who are trying to stick to a gluten free diet often find it tough. They are often kept wondering which food items are gluten free and which are not. It is a tricky proposition to stick to a diet that is free of gluten. Gluten can be an ingredient that can turn up in many unlikely food items even. When starting out on such a diet it is reasonable to be confused. One will be bewildered having to read the ingredients in every food they buy or the food labels on every packet. There are many foods that are off limit for such people. However, superbest uden gluten is one such brand that believes in offering such people gluten-free alternatives for their favorite baked goods

How To Make The Right Food Choices
There are broadly different categories of food groups. From fruits and vegetables to meat, dairy items, dry goods, snacks and bread as well as prepared food, one will need to know the ways of choosing food that is fit in every category. It is known that gluten is present in refined flours, in rye and wheat based products. Thus, most ordinary baked goods are out of reach for such people. However if one opts for a food brand that makes gluten free versions of such products, one can resort to their bread, buns and other products and stock them up in their larder. For knowledge of a gluten free food brand, go here

Guidelines To Stick To
In order to stick to the gluten free diet and not have to spend a lifetime reading food labels, it is best to go natural. Fruits and vegetables, fresh meat, dairy products – these are some items that are gluten free in their natural form. Thus, it is best to buy fresh vegetables and fruits and use them as snacks and in one’s meals. It is best to eat home cooked food most of the time as one will know what goes into the making of such food items. Even sauces and other food condiments that are used in cooking need to be checked for gluten inclusion. Usage of natural ingredients is recommended for such people. Canned fruits or frozen and processed meat and other items can also contain gluten and hence it is advised to steer clear of them. If you find a brand like Superbest where you can find all the gluten free alternatives of your favorite baked goods, then there is nothing like it. You can have your bread as you used to and still enjoy it without being sick.