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The liver is the largest organ of the human body without the skin, located below the ribs on right side of the abdomen.
Among its main functions include filtering the blood and toxic waste disposal, and the manufacture of enzymes that help digest food, converting them into substances needed for the proper functioning of the body. Some nutrients have to be chemically modified (metabolized) in the liver before the rest of the body can use as an energy source.
The liver produces some of the clotting factors that prevent the blood is too thin and also secretes bile to the intestine to help absorb nutrients.
The liver is divided into three lobes, the right, the left and a smaller one called square, which in turn are subdivided into segments. Unlike most other organs of the body receives blood from two sources.
The hepatic artery supplies the liver with blood rich in oxygen while the portal vein carries nutrient-rich blood from the intestines. All blood from the digestive tract through the liver before it reaches the rest of the body, making it a sort of ‘office’ from the outside world.
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This diet plan is based on 600 calories a day.
This is a type of low-calorie diet based on the limited consumption of fruits and vegetables not only provide few calories to the body but also contain more fiber and vitamins than many other foods.
Being a low calorie diet so it should be made under medical supervision to ensure that does not harm health and that it is really an adequate diet for those people who follow it.
Vegetables such as lettuce, spinach and eggplant, are eaten in the quantities you want. Additionally, we recommend drinking plenty of water and practice some type of exercise moderately and continuing for the body becomes more toned.
The Diet Procedure:
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Surely there are few foods that have the same importance in the kitchen such as garlic. And no wonder when we think of the thousand and one ways in which we can cook and benefit both of its properties and its taste. And the discovery of its health benefits is not new, as in the Egyptian papyri were already made with garlic recipes that were used to treat various ailments. But, what really are the benefits of garlic?
- First, it has great antibacterial properties, so that combat both fungi as bacteria and viruses and is also beneficial in case of animal bites.
- You can also lower blood pressure and cholesterol.
- If you have suffered atherosclerosis, garlic helps to reduce blockage of the arteries, thereby preventing many strokes.
- It also has anti-inflammatory properties, so it is highly recommended for all those diseases that cause inflammation. Prolonged use can help prevent certain cancers.
- Recently, some studies can be derived that may slightly increase the level of serotonin in the brain, one of the neurotransmitters responsible for our mood, which will help us fight stress and depression. Read the rest of this entry »
Legumes are a staple source of protein with moderate caloric intake, making them ideal for any diet. In addition, also contain high amounts of iron, even more than meat. These features have been recognized healthy place them in a balanced diet. Legumes can be eaten cold or warm, often constitute a unique dish because they are satiating. Complete with vegetables, provide vitamins, minerals and antioxidant substances.
For example, a preferred legumes are lentils, ideal ingredient to produce complete and nutritious recipes. The beans are a very interesting contribution of fiber. It is also possible to prepare salad with white beans or black. Peas are a perfect ingredient to deal with constipation. The recipe may be a cream of peas you can add spinach, mushrooms and Iberian palette.
The peanut is also a legume. Nor can we forget the garbanzo beans. Legumes have proved well suited as an ingredient in salads and purees. However, a problem of vegetables in general are causing gas, bloating and abdominal swelling. To avoid this, should finish the meal with a digestive tea such as chamomile.
We all know that fried foods are prepared in which most fat and produce more cholesterol. In short, nutritionists recommend avoiding cooking fried food is best to make Grilled, boiled or steamed. Fried foods are fatty foods, and caloric indigestible. However, it is possible to produce lighter fried home and make nutritious delight the whole family. It’s so easy to choose healthy ingredients, a good oil and follow some simple tips.
The fries are widespread because they are easy to prepare, can be taken as snacks, to accompany a dinner or even stop developing entrees, without excessive fat. The famous cakes prepared with ham, chicken, egg or cheese, can be healthier if we change other ingredients such as turkey, rice and vegetables, potatoes and mushrooms, peppers, spinach, carrots or any vegetable.
Add vegetables to the diet to replace animal ingredients, reduce the calorie content of many dishes and increase nutrients such as vitamins, minerals and fiber. The selection of fried seafood (mussels, cod, shrimp) is more accurate to fry meat, they are a good source of quality protein and healthy fats rich in omega 3 fatty acids, in the case of blue fish.
The leaves are very good (breaded, stuffed with anchovies, with peppers or ham and cheese), fried cauliflower with white sauce or spinach pies. All these recipes can be prepared in fried but are much healthier. Read the rest of this entry »
The patients with diabetes should limit the introduction of sugar and carbohydrates in general. Mild cases can be treated only with diet, although many patients must take anti-diabetic drugs as well .. The principle is based on which the diabetic diet is to reduce the intake of carbohydrates and, if necessary, to get the total number of calories with an additional protein. Once we know the total daily amount of carbohydrate that is allowed, usually 180-200 g, the patient may develop its own diet: a doctor can give him a list of different foods to be taken as an alternative and thus enable to vary the diet. Bearing in mind the maximum daily quota permit, any diabetic can thus establish his daily menu.
A sample menu:
- 14 grams of pasta
- 12 grams of rice (boiled absolutely)
- 60 g boiled potatoes
- 50 g fresh beans
- 60 g fresh peas
- 20 g bread
- 15 oz sticks
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According to new research, cutting salt intake to recommended levels worldwide could save about 3 million lives a year.
Take less salt can help lower your blood pressure. By itself, high blood pressure is not necessarily a big problem, but over time and combined with other factors like high cholesterol levels or overweight can increase our risk of having a heart attack or stroke. It would be interesting to know whether a low salt diet could reduce our risk of these serious health problems, rather than just lowering blood pressure.
Now, researchers have analyzed many small studies on salt intake to obtain a broader understanding of its effects on health. The researchers combined the results of 13 studies involving over 177,000 people from six countries including the U.S., Scotland and Japan.
In the new study, published in the BMJ (British Medical Journal), the British Medical Association, people who ate more salt were found to have more chances of suffering a stroke. On average, an extra consumption of 5 grams per day was associated with a risk of stroke by 23% higher.
This might seem a large increase, but the impact depends on what each one that is prone to suffer a stroke in the first instance.
The impact of salt on cardiovascular disease overall was not as clear.
A research problem is that it is difficult to measure precisely the amount of salt in a person. Most of the analyzed studies used food questionnaires to find out what took the participants, which determines the outcome in terms of accuracy (and integrity) of the replies. Only 4 of the 13 studies measured the amount of salt in the urine of participants (a much more accurate), but even these only measured the levels of salt for a day, so it did not take into account changes in the diet of people over time.
The Food Standards Agency says people should not drink more than 6g salt a day and the WHO recommendation is even lower (5g). However, salt intake in most countries is much higher than these recommendations.
Modern diets rich processed foods, canned and fast foods tend to have a high salt content. Even foods that seem innocuous, such as bread and breakfast cereals contain large amounts of salt. Therefore, according to the researchers, achieving important changes in the diets of people would, probably, a nationwide action, instead of simply recommending people to take less salt.
Personally, if we reduce our consumption of salt should:
* Look at the amount of salt in foods such as bread, breakfast cereals and convenience foods.
* Replace canned soups and vegetables for fresh vegetables and homemade soups, or else choose low-salt varieties.
* Drink fruit and vegetables as snacks instead of crackers.
* Avoid adding salt when cooking systematically or at the table.
* Season with herbs, spices, black pepper, lime, lemon, wine, tomatoes and garlic instead of salt to flavor cooked foods.
Eating a healthy diet requires common sense and knowledge of rules that provide the foundation for a nutritious meal plan.
RULE 1: EAT VARIETY OF FOODS
Each food group vary in the amount and type of nutrients contained so when planning your meals, it is important to select foods from each food group: grains and cereals, vegetables and fruits, meat, dairy, oils and sugars .
RULE 2: Choose foods low in fat and cholesterol
Cholesterol is a substance found in some foods but also occurs in the body. It is the main component of fatty deposits found in coronary arteries when coronary disease. At higher levels of blood cholesterol, the greater the likelihood of developing disease and progresses more rapidly. To lower cholesterol levels should be decreased cholesterol-rich foods: red meat, egg yolk, milk and butter products. You should also check the type and amount of fat in the diet.
There are 2 types of fat:
* Saturated fats, which increase the level of cholesterol fats are those that tend to become solid at room temperature, is found in animal products and some vegetables, meat, egg yolks, butter, ice cream, coconut oil and palm oil.
* Unsaturated fats: These are fats that have no significant effect in raising cholesterol levels. Saturated fats are usually found in liquid at room temperature, such as oil, which are derived from plants or plants. Can be used in limited quantities.
There are 2 types of unsaturated fats:
+ Poly-unsaturated fats: corn oil, sunflower, sesame, soybean
+ Mono-unsaturated fats: Olive oil, peanut
RULE 3: reducing salt in your diet
You may be consuming more sodium than you need. If you drink much fluid the body retains sodium and this can cause an increase in blood pressure. Lower sodium intake means:
Reducing the use of table salt and seasoning salt (garlic salt, onion salt)
Replace salt with combinations of herbs and spices to flavor foods
Ask your doctor or dietitian before using salt substitutes artificial.
Use fewer processed foods, these foods generally contain greater amounts of salt used to preserve them as a general rule, the more processed a food is (less natural), increased salt content. Examples of processed foods are packaged and prepared foods, canned or instant soups, canned meat, frozen food, packaged food preparation and instant powdered mashed potatoes, instant rice, etc..
Choose healthy snacks and treats and low salt, such as popcorn or fruit instead of fries in bag, cheetah, crackers, and the like.
RULE 4: KEEP THE WEIGHT DESIRED
The body gets calories when you eat and uses Cuado is active. If you consume more calories than are expended, the excess calories are stored primarily as fat.
Even when taken a few more calories for a prolonged period can lead to a gradual increase in weight and more weight, your heart work harder to bear and feed the excess weight. To lose weight, you need to eat fewer calories than you use. To do this, look at your eating habits and identify what areas can be changed to improve them. It is better to start small to try to change the overnight all their dietary patterns.
* Reduce foods high in cholesterol and saturated fats. These are high in calories. Eat less of these foods is a great way to maintain a diet low in calories and healthier.
* Beware of fad diets, lost more than one or two pounds a week may do more harm than good. Many people try these diets for rapid weight loss only to realize that despite their efforts to recover those kilos again quickly once return to normal eating.
* The management of overweight should be an ongoing and gradual. Set goals for short and long term. At first it is very difficult but remember that you have the motivation to improve their health and general welfare. If you need assistance for a weight loss plan, consult a doctor or dietitian.
RULE 5: Follow a regular exercise plan:
Your heart is a muscle, and the muscles of his arms and legs, you need regular exercise to make it stronger and work better. For best results, exercise should be:
* Regular: at least 3 times a week
* Aerobic: involving a large group of muscles and is repetitive, such as walking, swimming, rowing and aerobics.
* Insurance: ask your doctor the type and amount of exercise for you before starting the program.
Soon you will feel and see the benefits of an ongoing program of exercises, such as reduction of high cholesterol levels, weight loss, diabetes control, and stress management. It is also a way to recover energy level and stamina required for daily activities.
RULE 6: decrease sugar:
Eating too much sugar and sugary foods can cause tooth decay and weight gain. Choose foods that add nutritional value to your diet. This includes choosing foods from the other major food groups like fruits, vegetables.
RULE 7: Eat more foods rich in starch and FIBER:
Starchy foods are also called complex carbohydrates, are a great source of energy and nutrients. Most starches are found in the group of grains and cereals. Some foods such as whole grains, bran, fruits and vegetables are rich in fiber. A diet high in fiber may help lower blood cholesterol levels, regulate bowel function and prevent constipation.
Your food choices can modulate their emotions and brain power, say experts. Perhaps the old saying you are right: the heart of man is attained through the belly.
The breads and other foods high in carbohydrates can make you smile, while fish and meat are high in protein may help get the maximum grade on a test, according to research suggesting that what we eat changes how we think and feel.
“You can manipulate your mood and mental acuity just by what you eat and when it does, and such effects can happen very quickly,” said Dr. Judith Wurtman, research scientist at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and author of Managing Your Mind and Mood Through Food (Managing your mind and mood with food).
She and her husband, Dr. Richard Wurtman (also of MIT) have studied the relationship between food and mood during the past 30 years.
According to Wurtman, the news that carbohydrates can raise the spirits first emerged a dozen years ago, in studies conducted with women suffering from premenstrual syndrome.
“Eating carbohydrates have a profound and dramatic effect in improving mood,” said Wurtman. “I mean the anger, irritability, depression, difficulty concentrating and mental confusion. We find that such changes in mood could be reversed with carbohydrate-rich foods in about 30 minutes.”
Carbohydrates can do little to change serious clinical depression, but does seem to help battle the everyday sorrows small, he said. He noted that the reason could be simple: the body uses carbohydrates to manufacture serotonin, the main regulator of emotion in the brain. “The carbohydrates you eat and produce serotonin, the inconvenience of the moods that you may have can disappear, at least for a while,” he said.
However, there is a problem: eating a fatty food with carbohydrates makes the slower digestion and inhibits the response of welfare. “So if you really want to feel better, try carbohydrates, but something like a fat cereal for breakfast instead of a slice of bread smeared with [fatty] peanut butter,” Wurtman advised.
And what about protein? Wurtman noted that the science on it is a bit less solid.
“However, my husband discovered years ago that one of the amino acids in the protein, called tyrosine, it does increase the synthesis of two key chemicals in the brain, norepinephrine and dopamine, chemicals that we call the ‘brain alert’ he said. For this reason, Wurtman recommends high-protein diets for people who face long periods of mental effort, like preparing for an important exam. “These will help to replenish those chemicals in your brain,” he said.
The researcher noted that there are many myths about specific foods and their effects on emotions. The main myth is the supposed effect hiperactivante sugar.