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    Coconut is highly nutritious and rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals.  It is classified “functional food” because it provides many health benefits beyond it nutrition.

    In traditional medicine around the world coconut is used to treat is wide variety problems including the following: abscesses, asthma, baldness, bronchitis, colds, constipation, cough, dropsy, dysentery, earache, fever, flue, gingivitis, painful menstruation, jaundice, kidney stones, lice, malnutrition, skin infections, sore throat, swelling, toothache, ulcers, upset stomach, weakness, and wounds.

    Modern medical science is now confirming the use of coconut in treating many conditions.  Published studies in medical journals show that coconut, in one may provide a wide range of health benefits.  Some of these are summarized below:

    * Kills viruses that cause influenza, herpes, measles, hepatitis.
    * Kills bacteria that cause ulcers, throat infections, urinary tract infections and cavities, pneumonia, and other diseases.
    * Kills fungi and yeasts that cause candidacies, ringworm, athlete’s foot, and rash.
    * Expels or kills tapeworms, lice, and other parasites.
    * Provides a nutritional source of quick energy.
    * Boosts Energy and endurance.
    * Improves digestion
    * Improves insulin secretion
    * Helps protect against osteoporosis.
    * Helps relieve symptoms associated with gallbladder disease.
    * Relieves symptoms associated with Crohn”s disease, ulcerative colitis.
    * Improves digestion and bowel function.
    * Relieves pain and irritation caused by hemorrhoids.
    * Reduces inflammation.
    * Supports tissue healing and repair.
    * Supports and aids immune system function.
    * Helps protect the body from breast, colon, and other cancers.
    * Improves cholesterol ratio reducing risk of heart diseases.
    * Functions as a protective antioxidant.
    * Helps protect against kidney disease and bladder infections.
    * Dissolves kidney stones.
    * Helps prevent liver disease.
    * Supports thyroid function.
    * Support the natural chemical balance of the skin.
    * Prevents wrinkles, sagging skin, and age spots.
    * Softens skin and helps relieve dryness and flaking.
    * Promotes healthy looking hair and complexion.
    * Has no harmful or discomforting side effects.
    * Is completely non-toxic to humans

 
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    Refined sugar is lethal when ingested by humans because it provides only that which nutritionists describe as “empty” or “naked” calories.  It lacks the natural minerals which are present in the sugar beet or cane.

    In addition, sugar is worse than nothing because it drains and leaches the body of precious vitamins and minerals through the demand its digestion, detoxification and elimination makes upon one’s entire system.  So essential is balance to our bodies that we have many ways to provide against the sudden shock of a heavy intake of sugar.

    Sugar taken every day produces a continuously overacid condition, and more and more minerals are required from deep in the body in the attempt to rectify the imbalance.  Finally, in order to protect the blood, so much calcium is taken from the bones and teeth that decay and general weakening begin.

    Excess sugar eventually affects every organ in the body.  Initially, it is stored in the liver in the form of glucose.  Since the liver’s capacity is limited, a daily intake of refined sugar (above the  required amount of natural sugar) soon makes the liver expand like a balloon.  When the liver is filled to its maximum capacity, the excess glycogen is returned to the blood in the form of fatty acids.  These are taken to every part of the body and stored in the most inactive areas; the belly, the buttocks, the breasts and the thighs.

    When these comparatively harmless places are completely filled, fatty acids are then distributed among active organs, such as the heart and kidneys.  These begin to slow down; finally their tissues degenerate and turn to fat.  The whole body is affected by their reduced ability, and abnormal blood pressure is created.  The parasympathetic nervous system is affected; and organs governed by it, such as the small brain, become inactive or paralyzed.  The circulatory and lymphatic systems are invaded, and the quality of the red corpuscles starts to change.  

    An over abundance of white cells occurs, and the creation of tissue becomes slower.  Our body’s tolerance and immunizing power becomes more limited.  So we cannot respond properly to extreme attacks, whether they be cold, heat, mosquitoes or microbes. 

    Excessive sugar has a strong mal-effect on the functioning of the brain.  The key to orderly brain function is glutei acid, a vital compound found in many vegetables.  The B vitamins play a major role in dividing glutamic acid into antagonistic-complementary compounds which produce a “proceed” or “control” responses in the brain.  B vitamins are also manufactured by symbiotic bacteria which live in our intestines.  When refined sugar is taken daily, these bacteria wither and die, and our stock of B vitamins gets very low.  Too much sugar makes on sleepy; our ability to calculate and remember is lost.

 
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    Osteoporosis is a gradual and painless condition in which bones become more brittle because of mineral loss and structural deterioration.  It affects one in every three women over fifty years of age worldwide.  Most are not aware of it until they suffer a fracture - most commonly of the hip, wrist or back bones.  These fractures can significantly affect the quality of life and many cause premature death from complications such as pneumonia.

    Because calcium is the main mineral lost in osteoporosis, it has been thought that high calcium intake would reduce bone loss.  However, research has not borne this out.  Instead it shows that high protein intake from meat and dairy sources robs calcium from the bones, even when calcium supplements are being taken.  Interestingly, higher consumption of vegetable protein does not appear to be related to osteoporosis or bone fractures.  

    There are some lifestyle factors that help to significantly protect against osteoporosis:

    1.  Nutrition.  The optimum plan for this condition is a vegetarian diet low in protein with a moderate calcium intake from plant sources.  It has been found that humans can assimilate calcium as well or better from plants than from dairy products.  The body also uses calcium to process excess salt and phosphorus.  Watch out for foods that introduce high amounts of phosphates into the diet without providing the necessary calcium to process them.  Such foods include soda pop, meat, and dairy products.

    2.  Exercise.  Studies show that lack of exercise is a risk factor in osteoporosis.  The bones need to be pushed, pulled and stressed against gravity to retain their minerals.  Bone density can be increased by a daily exercise program.

    3.  Sunlight.  Inadequate levels of vitamin D have been associated with osteoporosis.  Sunlight stimulates the body to convert cholesterol into vitamin D, which helps the body absorb calcium.  Vitamin D supplements are not as effective.

    4.  Abstention.  Alcohol, caffeine, and nicotine consumption increase the risk of osteoporosis.

 
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    Obesity is one of America’s greatest health problems.  It lays the foundation for heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer, and diabetes as well as numerous other problems like osteoarthritis, back pain, fatigue and low self esteem.

    Every extra pound takes about one month from your life span.  Sixty extra pounds can cost you five years.  Excess fat has such a direct correlation to health that every pound lost or gained makes a difference.

    Losing weight has become a nation obsession.  We spend billions of dollars each year on quick-fix fads, diets, and weight loss pills.  The sad fact is that most are useless and some are actually quite dangerous.  Programs that include a diuretic are essentially forcing the body to shed some of its much needed water.

    A protein overdose will do practically the same thing.  The body uses a lot of water to wash the waste products from excess protein out of the system.  These diets can cause impressive weight loss in a short time.  However losing weight by forcing water from the system is dangerous and ineffective, since the body replaces the water as fast as it can.

    “Starvation” diets that provide less than 500 calories per day become counterproductive if kept up for more than two or three days.  They body then figures out the food has stopped and conserves energy by lowering the metabolism - the rate at which you burn calories.  It then begins to consume the parts of the body that use the most energy - the muscles.  When you come off the diet with less muscle and a much lowered metabolism you will gain weight more readily than before.  Remaining overweight would be more healthful than the repeated weight-loss/weight-gain cycles that gradually deplete muscle and replace it with fat tissue, making further weight loss nearly impossible.

    The only weight loss program that will have a permanent effect is one that involves permanent lifestyle changes.

 

 

The weight puzzle solved


    The basic problem in obesity is too many calories.  Whenever more calories are consumed than the body can use, it stores them as fat.  Every 3,500 extra calories equals another pound of stored fat.  There are two strategies to combat the problem; reduce the number of calories coming in and increase the number of calories you burn.


Calorie intake

    
    A successful and healthy weight loss program will provide adequate energy and nutrition, and also be something you can make a permanent part of your life.

    * Build menus around fresh fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes and other plant foods.  These foods provide variety, energy, and all the nutrients necessary.  They are colorful, tasty, and low calories as well.

    * Eliminate or greatly reduce refined sugar and fats in the diet.  Thanks to modern food processing it is now possible to eat an entire day’s worth of calories at one sitting.  Since meat and dairy products are especially high in fat and calories, limiting their use can make weight loss easier; meats and cheeses are 60-80 percent fat.  Learn to read food labels; look for hidden fat and sugar calories.  Butter, sauces, dressings, and gravy are all condiments that can double or triple the calories in an otherwise healthy meal.

    * Eat a generous breakfast, a moderate lunch, and skip supper completely.  If you must eat in the evening choose whole fruit.  Calories eaten in the morning are burned as you go through the day.  Calories eaten at night are stored as fat.  Timing plays a tremendous part in weight loss.  This could be they key to your success.

    * Avoid snacks and beverages other than water between meals.  It is easy to get your entire allotment of calories for the day just from snacks.  Try recording your snack calories for a day or two and see.

    *Calorie expenditure

    To successfully lose weight more calories must be burned than are consumed, and that means increased exercise and activity.  Exercise burns calories in several ways.

    * The exercise itself burns calories.
    
    * Exercise increases the Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) for several hours afterwards, which means calories burn at a faster rate even when you are inactive.
    
    * Exercise builds muscle.  It takes roughly 50 calories per day to just maintain one pound of muscle.  This increases your metabolism long term.
    
    Those who choose to build muscle as a means of getting rid of fat may not see much weight change initially, since muscle tissue weights three times more than fat tissue.  Yet they will find their body composition changing - fat will be lost and inches will gradually disappear.  It is not uncommon for men to report going down a pants sze and women going down two dress sizes while their total weight actually increases as they build muscle.

 

Tips for Success


    * Focus on the hundreds of delicious fruits and vegetables you have never tasted, not on the foods you shouldn’t eat.  Food preferences are not inborn; they are learned and cultivated.  Like any other habit they can be changed.

    * Conquer those food cravings.  When hunger strikes, drink a large glass of water.  That will help you feel full.  Take an exercise break.  Exercise raises the blood sugar.
    
    * Everything, including weight loss, is more fun with a friend.  Find a “buddy” you can encourage; be accountable to each other as you lose weight together.

    * Don’t strive for perfection and then give up when you don’t achieve it.  Persistence is far more valuable in weight loss.

    * While all weight loss is difficult thousands of people have been successful in achieving and maintaining normal weight while using these simple but effective methods.

 
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    Diabetes is a serious condition that occurs when the body becomes unable to use glucose (sugar), which builds up to dangerous levels in the blood.  High blood sugar levels damage the body in a number of ways.  Life expectance is shortened by 5 to 10 years of more.  The risk of heart disease, stroke, blindness, foot and leg amputations, kidney failure, peripheral neuropathy, and breast and uterine cancer is increased.  It is estimated that sixteen million Americans are diabetic, and one third are unaware of it.

    There are two types of diabetes, Juvenile onset diabetes - called Type 1 or insulin dependent diabetes - is the more severe form.  Adult onset diabetes - called Type 2 or no insulin dependent diabetes - is more common.  Both have problems with insulin the substance which acts as the “key” to open the “door” of each body cell to let glucose enter and fuel the cell.

    Type 1 diabetics do not produce enough insulin and must have regular shots, or they will die.  Type 2 diabetics have a less severe underproduction of insulin, and/or an insulin resistant condition, in which the cells do not respond to it.  As a result, glucose builds up in the blood while the cells starve.  Type 2 diabetes is usually the result of a genetic predisposition couple with obesity, a diet high in fat, and too little exercise.

    The good news is that diabetes can often be controlled by lifestyle modifications.  If a person is receiving medication, these changes must be made in consultation with a doctor, since medications will need to be lowered quickly - sometimes within a matter of hours.

    1.  Avoid dietary fats.  They are the main factor responsible for making cells unresponsive to insulin.  Studies show that a 65 percent fat diet will induce diabetes in less than two weeks.

    2.  Lose weight.  Obesity is one of the primary reasons cells become insulin resistant.  Losing weight makes the cells more responsive, and this alone will cure many Type 2 diabetics.

    3.  Exercise regularly.  Physical inactivity contributes to the development of insulin resistance.  Regular exercise enhances the cell’s ability to use insulin.  Regular exercise is critical for the diabetic and for those at high risk of developing the disease because of excess weight of genetic predisposition.

    4.  Avoid things that aggravate the problem.  Refined sugar, caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol unbalance insulin production and blood sugar levels.  High blood pressure, and excess protein facilitate kidney deterioration.

    5.  Eat a proper diet.  The American Diabetic Association now recommends a diet low in fat, moderate in protein, and containing complex carbohydrates such as beans, vegetables, and grains.  The fiber found in such foods is a critical ingredient in the control of blood sugar.  Even fruit can be handled in this kind of diet if eaten unrefined and in moderation.

    6.  Space meals appropriately.  Five to seven meals have often been prescribed for diabetics, but eating frequent meals raises absolute blood sugar levels 10 to 15 percent.  On a low-fat diet high in complex carbohydrate most people can easily maintain adequate blood glucose levels with three or even two meals a day.  Mealtimes should be regular, with at least five hours between meals, and no snacks.  The evening meal can be omitted or kept very light.  This will also help with weight loss.  Ask your doctor to adjust your insulin injections as needed.

    7.  Harness the benefits of sunlight.  Exposure to sunlight lowers blood sugar by stimulating its storage in the muscles and liver.  Diabetic are benefited by getting moderate amounts of sunshine, but lengthy sunbathing is not recommended.

    Thousands of people have been successful in bring this disease under control.  Begin today to follow these simple suggestions, and you too will lose weight, feel better, have more energy, and achieve the mastery over diabetes.

 

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