Optimize Your Liver Function

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Optimize Your Liver Function

Not only is your liver the largest organ in your body, it’s also
“chief cook and bottle washer,” responsible for keeping the
rest of your organs and systems free of toxins and functioning
smoothly and it has a pretty big job description:

> Produces bile, which aids digestion

> Metabolizes proteins & converts amino acids

> Regulates thyroid hormones

> Creates GTF to regulate blood sugar

> Transforms nearly all nutrients into biochemicals

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Weight-loss basics

Nice article by the Mayo Clinic

Weight-loss basics
By Mayo Clinic Staff

Your weight is a balancing act, and calories are
part of that equation. Fad diets may promise you
that counting carbs or eating a mountain of grapefruit
will make the pounds drop off. But when it comes
to weight loss, it’s calories that count. Weight loss
comes down to burning more calories that you take
in. You can do that by reducing extra calories from
food and beverages and increasing calories burned
through physical activity.

Once you understand that equation, you’re ready to
set your weight-loss goals and make a plan for reaching
them. Remember, you don’t have to do it alone. Talk to
your doctor, family and friends for support. Also, plan
smart: Anticipate how you’ll handle situations that challenge
your resolve and the inevitable minor setbacks.

If you have serious health problems because of your weight,
your doctor may suggest weight-loss surgery or medications
for you. In this case, you and your doctor will need to thoroughly
discuss the potential benefits and the possible risks.

But don’t forget the bottom line: The key to successful weight
loss is a commitment to making permanent changes in your
diet and exercise habits.

HOW IS YOUR BLOOD SUGAR?

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How is your blood sugar?
Do you know what your blood sugar is right now? Have you had you blood sugar checked
lately? why should you have your blood sugar checked?

For my, personally, I am very aware of my blood sugar count because I have diabetes
and low blood sugar in my family tree. My cousin had type 1 diabetes from his youth,
My Dad developed type 2 diabetes thru poor health and poor eating. I have felt the
effects of low blood sugar at various periods of my life. I know when it happens—
I start to feel weak and shaky. Then I know I need to eat some protein quick and
afterwards I am fine.

I get my blood sugar checked 2 times a year at a local grocery store. It only takes
a minute and costs about $20. The “sweet spot” for blood sugar is a reading of 70-110.
If you keep track of your blood sugar, then you can catch it before it gets out of
control. I had a friend who went into a diabetic coma because his blood sugar soared
to 800! Obviously, he was not keeping tabs on his blood sugar.

Eating good food and getting plenty of exercise will help greatly to keep diabetes
out of your life. I also quit eating sugar which has helped keep my weight under
control. Being overweight is courting high blood sugar, so I would encourage you to
do your best to keep your weight down!

Both high and low blood sugar are diabetic-like symptoms and indicate that the pancreas
is stressed—not good. Stay healthy, my friend!

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VEGETARIAN DIET

veggie diet
Losing weight can be a difficult task even if an individual is on a good diet. This is especially so if a person is on a western diet which mostly comprises of meat, carbohydrates like pasta, bread, pastries among other meals. For this reason, many people are turning to a vegetarian diet to be able to see the effects of weight loss fast and also to be healthier. This article therefore discusses on some of the benefits of having a vegetarian plan.

Before starting on the benefits, it is good that people understand what vegetarian nutrition entails. First, this is a plan that is composed mostly of substances from plants. The plant substances will therefore be high in some vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and healthy fats. Since the diet will be high in certain vitamins, vegetarians are always advised to supplement their meal plan with shellfish and certain white meat in order to get other important vitamins, protein and calcium in their diet.

To start the list on benefits of this plan is that it helps eliminate cholesterol. As mentioned earlier, vegetarian nutrition is high in minerals, vitamins and healthy fats. This means an individual will be reducing his or her consumption of cholesterol which is normally found in a non vegan nutrition. With low cholesterol level this will mean that one has a reduced chance of having a heart disease, getting diabetes and even low blood pressure.

There is also a lower risk of getting cancer when on such a diet. Other than genetic predisposition, what causes a majority of the cancer cases is lifestyle change. Whereby, an individual consumes a lot of processed foods and also high meat intake. Therefore with a vegan diet, an individual will be consuming more of fresh fruits, whole meal grains, vegetables. This will mean low chances of getting cancers such as colon, breast or prostate cancers.

Yet the other advantage of this nutrition is that it greatly aids in digestion. Most people normally get constipation or bowel problems because of poor digestion due to lack of roughage and fiber in their diet. But with a vegetarian diet, this problem is a thing of the past. This is because most of the meals one will be consuming will be high in fiber and roughage and these substances are crucial in having a proper digestion. Also the fiber contained in the vegetables and fruits do contain fat burning elements that also aid in weight loss.

Such a diet also helps protect persons against diseases. Vitamins are found mostly in fruits and vegetables. These vitamins are the ones which aid in building immunity in a person and with a strong immunity; the individual’s body will be able to fight diseases. Apart from this, fruits and vegetables do contain antioxidants which provide immunity against certain diseases.

There is hormonal balance when on a vegan meal plan. Most people are exposed to hormonal imbalance especially when they eat a lot of canned meat or meat in general. This is because animals these days are being fed with hormones so that they can grow faster and have more meat on them. Chemicals are also added on such meat especially if it is going to be canned in order to increase its shelf life. Consumption of such meat can lead to disruption of normal hormonal balance in a person.

In conclusion, eating healthy is crucial to maintaining a healthy life. Therefore individuals ought to start on a good diet to ensure that they are free from diseases and are leading healthy lives. With a vegetarian diet, this can be achieved. But one must ensure to put more thought on his meal plan to ensure that it is balanced.

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