Archive for November, 2009

How to Fight Hair Loss

hair lossHealthy hair is essentially dead at its length, but it is actually attached to a living reproducing structure- the root, which is situated just below the surface of the scalp. Living cells within the root produce hair and, if not properly nourished, their ability to make hair is badly affected. As we age, there are some physical changes that will inevitably take place and unfortunately, hair loss could be one of them. Hair loss or baldness could strike men and women alike. The usual sign is thinning at the crown and temples first followed by wider hair loss of the scalp thus being more visible.

Although hair loss is not a serious condition or a disease, many who suffer from it often feel bad about their loss and can suffer from low self-esteem and low confidence. It not only makes them feel unattractive but it can also hamper depression. Excessive hair loss can be caused by hormonal problems if female or male hormones (estrogens and androgens) are out of balance. Correcting the hormone imbalance may stop your hair loss. Your hair may also fall out if your thyroid gland is overactive or underactive. Depending on the cause of hair loss, you can stop it by determining the root cause and with a professional help, get the appropriate approach for solving the core issues of baldness. There are recommended procedures that have been proven effective that may also work for your individual needs. With these techniques, you are sure to find one that will help you through your journey in regaining not only your hair, but also your confidence and self-esteem.

The Banana Diet

6a00d83451d48a69e20105359a89aa970c-800wiDid you know that the banana diet originated from the Japanese? Bananas are currently earning popularity in dieting all over the world. Bananas are easily accessible, thus making this diet regimen a quick hit in Asia, and has now spread even in the US.

Research shows that the Japanese, particularly Okinawans, live longer than any other people in the world. There are at least, 457 Okinawan centenarians (people who are or over 100 years old), as compared with 10 centenarians for every 100,000 US people.  The Japanese outlive any other race in the world which is attributed in living better quality lives. This outstanding phenomenon is accounted for by a proper Japanese diet, all based on the fundamental principle of good eating. This diet consists mainly of rice, fresh fruits, fish, and a lot of vegetables. The Japanese also serve a lot of dishes but only in small portions, so they tend to slowly savor each bite, allowing the brain to have enough time to signal the stomach that it has reached its capacity.

The current craze for the banana diet, however, has become more simple and elemental. The Morning Banana Diet was invented by a Japanese pharmacist, Sumiko Watanabe, for her overweight husband, who lost 37 pounds under this diet regimen. This is how the diet became popular not only in Japan, but all over the world.

Bananas were chosen other than any other fruits because of their flexibility. They are effective not only in shedding off those extra pounds, but are also proven effective in weight gaining regimens when coupled with milk. In addition to this, bananas have a few basic nutritional facts that are well underappreciated.

Bananas are rich in potassium. Potassium is important in the regulation of heart function, blood pressure, fluid balance, and also in the synthesis of nucleic acids, and serves to enhance muscle control. Bananas are also a great source of Vitamin C. Eating one banana is alone comprises 1/6 of the total daily value of Vitamin C, which your body needs. Furthermore, a banana contains only 90 calories per 100 g, which reduces a person’s calories intake, substitutes calories with fiber, and helps in weight loss.

The Morning Banana Diet is quite simple to follow. Under this diet regimen, a person only needs to remember 3 things. The first is to eat as many bananas as he likes for breakfast, accompanied by room temperature water; second is to stop eating by 8PM; and third is to be asleep by midnight. Its prime objective is to limit calorie intake, starting with the first meal of the day. Although desserts are a big no throughout the diet, you can eat whatever you want for lunch and dinner, plus, 3 PM snacks are alright.

Toddlers may breathe Easier on their Tummy

toddlerToddlers who have obstructed nighttime breathing, or sleep apnea, appear to experience more breathing problems when they sleep on their backs compared to when they sleep in other positions, a new study finds.

The findings, which contradict earlier research, appear in the November issue of the journal Archives of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery.

Researchers studied the association between obstructive sleep apnea syndrome and body positions by observing 60 toddlers while they slept. They analyzed data about the time spent in each body position during sleep, the number of apnea episodes in each position, blood oxygen levels, time spent in each stage of sleep, and the “respiratory disturbance index (RDI)”.

“The mean RDI rose when more than 50 percent of the time was spent in supine (face forward) sleep,” study lead author Dr. Kevin D. Pereira, a professor of otolaryngology at the University of Texas Medical School in Houston, said in a prepared statement. “There was even more of an increase when supine sleep compromised 75 percent of the total sleep time. In fact, the RDI in this position was greater than in all other positions combined.”

“This finding is in contrast to previous studies that have demonstrated no correlation between sleep position and obstructive sleep apnea in children,” Pereira said.

He noted that this study did not look at infants, so the findings shouldn’t be confused with the healthy practice of having infants sleep on their sides or backs to help avoid Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).