Thursday, 21 March 2013

The Major Health Benefits of Tea

Drinking teas everyday can lengthen
your life
Tea, it has been used for thousands of years and is possibly one the simplest and best ways to improve your general health. So what are the health benefits of Tea? How do they cause these health benefits?

There are ten main ways that tea improves your physical health, your mental health and your overall longevity.

All you need is one cup a day to have the amazing health benefits. So what are you waiting for? Read this list and maybe you’ll be convinced to swap just one of your daily coffees for a cup of delicious herbal tea.

Antioxidants are what protect your body from those nasty free radicals. Free radicals are like pollution for our body and the modern day world if full of them. Alcohol, cigarettes, many foods, and products we use every day are just some of the things that contain these nasties. They cause premature ageing, encourage cancer growth and take a general negative toll on your whole body.

How do we help protect our bodies from these bad health effects? Most herbal teas, but in particular green and black teas contain large amount of antioxidants that protect your body against free radicals.

Less Caffeine
A really great health benefit of tea is that it contains much less caffeine than coffee. For example a cup of coffee contains approximately 100mg of caffeine whereas an average cup of green tea contains 30mg.

A small amount of caffeine is theorized to be good for you in terms of preventing diseases such Alzheimer’s and Dementia, but large amounts can cause anxiety and heart issues. So the amount on tea is beneficial to your health.

Bone Protection
Among the many health benefits of tea there are studies that show drinking tea actually builds stronger bones. There have been scientific papers that compare the bone densities of tea drinkers with those of non-drinkers, finding that those who regularly drink herbal teas had the strongest bones. It is suggested to be the phytochemicals in tea that cause this health benefit in our bodies.

Reduce Risk of Heart Attack and Stroke
Drinking black tea everyday decreases your 
risk of heart attack by about 50%
There have been a number of large scientific studies whose findings report a lowered risk of fatal heart attacks and damaging strokes in tea drinkers. A minimum of at least two cups of black tea each day is said to give this health benefit. Tea can help keep your arteries smooth and free from potentially fatal blockages.

Protects Your Teeth
One of the wonderful health benefits in tea are the tannins and fluoride found within every cup. These actually keep plaque at bay, protecting your teeth from cavities, decay and potential gum disease. So why not add a cup of tea during the day to your usual dental routine for a more beautiful smile.

Immune system
Tea can aid in fighting off infections within your body. Studies have shown that tea, when compared with coffee, actually increases immune responses within the blood.

Protects Against Cancer
The polyphenols found in most herbal teas have amazing antioxidant powers that have the potential to actually fight cancer. Studies have been scarce and inconclusive to date, but preliminary theories do show that they have the potential to reduce the risk of getting cancer in the first place and potentially even fight it.

Tea is great way to increase your fluid intake. Tea hydrates the body so helps to make you feel more alert (which is the feeling proper hydration provides) and keeps all your body’s organ functions happy.

Calorie Free
Another great benefit of drinking tea is that it is calorie free. So drinking tea is great way to get different flavors (herbal teas come in every flavor of the taste rainbow) in your diet without the unwanted calories.

Metabolism and Fat Burning
Green tea has been proven to increase your metabolic rate.  Scientific studies have shown that drinking 2 cups of Green or Oolong tea each day increases your metabolic rate by an average of 5% and you burn 12% more body fat.  

Monday, 18 March 2013

10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer's Disease

It is important that all of us are aware of any changes that to our mind, just as we try to be aware of the changes in our physical body. Our mind is such a vital part of who we are and many people each day have to face the painful reality that their mind is slowly fading away.

So how do we know whether it will be us next? There are ten warning signs that we should all be aware of in order to catch Alzheimer’s as early as possible in order to begin treatment.

1.     Memory Loss
The first stages of Alzheimer’s often exhibit symptoms many of us may overlook. The first one to look out for is memory loss that not normal for you and affects your daily life. For example if someone normally remembers certain events but they have recently begun forgetting them and not remembering them later on this could be an indication of Alzheimer’s disease.

As people grow old they often do forget dates but tend to remember them later on, so if your grandmother forgets about a date you made but calls apologetically a few hours later, chances are she is just getting older and just got too busy chatting with the neighbor.

2.     Difficulty Completing Tasks
When people have Alzheimer’s they often find it challenging to complete normal daily tasks around the home or work. Things they once did daily now become much more difficult as they often forget key parts of the process.

An example of typical aging would be finding a new task hard to get the hang of. Otherwise Facebook would be filled with 90 year olds.

3.     Location and time Confusion
Alzheimer’s often causes people to lose track of how time progresses and different places. They may begin to forget what day it is, what season we are in or even where they are. It is assign of Alzheimer’s if they do not seem to remember something they forgot earlier.

4.     Understanding Visuals
For some people having certain vision problems may actually be a sign of Alzheimer’s. Difficulty reading, judging distances between objects and seeing the differences between colors can all be signs of potential Alzheimer’s.

5.     Problem Solving
A sign of Alzheimer’s is a change in problem solving ability. They may have difficulty following a recipe or paying bills.

It is a normal part of aging to make occasional errors.

6.     Communication
A sign that someone may have Alzheimer’s disease is a newly developed difficulty with language. This could manifest itself through a lessened ability to maintain spoken conversation, or clear struggle with vocabulary.

It is normal for people to struggle with finding the right word, so once again the biggest factor is to watch for changes.

7.     Misplacing Things
We all forget where we have put something on occasion but for people who suffer the burden of Alzheimer’s it is much more frequent. They will place something is a strange place and also be unable to retrace their steps in order to locate the lost object.

8.     Poor Judgment
One of the signs that you or someone you love may have Alzheimer’s is an inexplicable change in their decision-making. Decisions when it comes to money is often as easily recognizable gauge as often people with Alzheimer’s will give odd quantities of money to telemarketers or door to door salesmen.  It can often lead to financial difficulties because the poor judgment is decently frequent.

9.     Social Withdrawal
Withdrawal from social activities can be a sign of Alzheimer’s in many cases. An individual may begin to stop attending social events, talking with friend and stop doing the hobby they’ve had for years. This is often because they are uncomfortable or uneasy with the mental changes they are experiencing.

Be aware that is not necessarily a sign of Alzheimer’s, and can in many cases be an indication of depression. In either case if you or someone you care about is showing these symptoms of disinterest, a doctor is the best next step.

10. Personality Changes
Alzheimer’s is a distressing disease for those around the person and for this individual who has to suffer the mental changes. For this reason changes in personality and mood are often key signs someone may be struggling with Alzheimer’s.

The main thing to remember is to ask yourself whether these changes feel normal? Things sometimes just slip out of our minds when we feel stressed or upset, this may be normal for you. However if you start feeling like you are doing this more or your mind is losing track of things when it normally wouldn’t, this could be a sign of early stage Alzheimer’s. A doctor can help you figure out whether this is normal for you or if it is something else.

Sometimes we are the first to notice something wrong with our own behavior but at other times it is a loved one or close friend. Remember to always listen to those you love.

If you are he one with a loved one who you suspect may in the early stages of Dementia or Alzheimer’s, remember to always be considerate and never condescending. Play out what you are going to say to yourself and if you would react badly to someone saying that to you, then think of another way of communicating your concerns. Our mind is a sensitive area and no one wants to hear that they are acting differently, so always remember: Considerate not condescending. 

Friday, 15 March 2013

Natural Alzheimer's Treatments and Preventions

Alzheimer’s is a devastating disease, both for the person suffering from it and for their entire family and friends. Alzheimer’s disease is a form of dementia that affects many people throughout the world while they are often still in the prime of their lives. The age group of 40-50 is the most common time that people are diagnosed.

Alzheimer’s affects the individual’s brain by causing impaired memory, thinking and general behavior. In the early stages it can simply feel like you are not completely yourself and are forgetting where you left your keys a little more than usual. The symptoms then worsen with time and in the diseases late stages it eventuates into the complete loss of ability to hold a conversation. Alzheimer’s is a leading cause of death and the progression of the disease is dependent on a number of factors that include age and health.

Alzheimer’s is not a normal part of the aging process and although there is no cure as yet, but there are things we can do to help prevent and treat this devastating condition.

Treatments and Preventions

Coconut Oil
Research has outlined that the development and progression of Alzheimer’s symptoms is a result of the brains decreased (or even complete loss) in its ability to process glucose. This means the brain is essentially being starved. Providing the body with ketones could be the key to treating Alzheimer’s; it is an external energy source that can provide the brain with energy.

Coconut oil has ketones present within it and shows amazing results as an Alzheimer’s treatment so far. Individual patient results have displayed immense changes to the disease’s progression when given daily coconut oil. In some cases brain atrophy has come to a complete stop!

Carrots contain a very high amount of beta-carotene, which is an excellent way to provide yourself with vitamin A through dietary means. You can also take vitamin A supplements if you feel you cannot have enough through food intake alone.

A diet that lacks in sufficient vitamin A will cause that person to suffer from an impaired nervous system and loss of memory function. So it may indeed help to delay the onset of Alzheimer’s symptoms.

Research indicates that blueberries may decrease the rate of age-related motor changes. This includes the symptoms that are exhibited in Alzheimer’s. Blueberries therefore may not only slow down the rate of Alzheimer’s symptoms, but also delay its onset.

Omega 3
Omega 3 is amazing for all things brain related. Not only is Omega 3 amazing for general brain health but research has shown it also may assist the immune system in clearing the brain of amyloid plaques. Amyloid plaques are linked with Alzheimer’s disease and clearing these plaques could be the key to preventing, slowing or even curing Alzheimer’s .

Research has indicated that the isoflavones that are found in soy protein may actually protect postmenopausal women from Alzheimer’s disease. You can substitute soy products in almost everything, cereal, coffee and even maybe use some tofu in stir-frys.