Survivors of traumatic events, people with chronic illnesses, those struggling with addiction and many others usually do so much better when they have someone to talk to, which is always one of the everyday dilemmas of people.
We often hear our friends say that eating foods rich in antioxidants will help ward off cancer cells or free radicals within the body. Is this true? Well, it is one of the perks of regularly eating foods that are antioxidant-rich. It doesn’t mean though that if you already have cancer, eating these foods will make the cancer go away in a snap. The point here is that if you eat these foods early on, the onset of cancer might be prevented.
The World Health Organization announced that cancer is still among the leading causes of mortality, owing to the 8 million cancer deaths documented in 2012. Apparently, a large portion of these deaths are associated with improper diet and lifestyle routines, which include not getting the right nutrients from fruits, vegetables and other healthy foods. Second to cancer is heart disease, and following that are hypertension and hypercholesterolemia, with unhealthy diet being a contributing factor for all.
You eat this and that because you think that it’s healthy and nutritious. Well, you may have been eating a lot of “wholesome” foods, but in reality, it’s not really healthy at all. Your local grocery store may confuse you even more because they are focused on sales and not telling you the real deal.
My family owns a farm in our hometown. Before, it used to be a sugarcane farm and you won’t see any other plant except for some few palm trees lining the roads. We used to go there just to take a breather from the city life and we would buy food and fruits that we see along the way. After a few years, that farm is now transformed into a beautiful plantation of fruit trees and root crops and a generous land spared to grow organically fed pigs and chickens.
If there is one way to annoy an M.D., veterinarian or nutritionist, it is to start a sentence with “I saw on the internet that…” No, you didn’t. You saw something which you are not equipped to interpret or understand, out of context, from an unreliable source. This is why you are willing to pay money for the services of someone who has actually spent years and thousands of dollars to gain the scientific knowledge necessary to give credible advice.
Anxiety attack help is still seen by many as popping a Valium, or perhaps breathing into a paper bag. While such actions may be effective at the time, one has to wonder if it is not also possible to avoid or diminish anxiety or panic attacks, without the person at risk being forced to avoid stressors or otherwise constrain their daily activities.
As it happens, the answer is not just probably, but definitely “yes”. Exercise, meditation of various types and cognitive-behavioral therapy have all been shown to be effective ways of managing both the frequency and severity of anxiety attacks. On a physical level, just like exercise (particularly aerobic exercise) stabilizes hormone levels and improves metabolism, good nutrition also impacts the brain in a very direct sense. This means that a person’s mood is more stable and they are less likely to spiral into an uncontrollable, physical fight or flight state. “Activity scheduling entails creating a plan, say, Sunday night, for the week where you plot out times to be with people, take exercise classes, work on projects, etc. Often, people wait until a mood or motivation moves them. Rather than waiting for those tenuous experiences, I urge people to be proactive and follow their values. Don’t wait to feel better, but start to live better now.” Jennifer L. Taitz, PsyD, LA-based clinical psychologist said.
As far as long-term recovery goes, talk therapy in a variety of modes offers the best option, with around 90% of depression patients responding positively to treatment. This is unfortunately of little use when I can’t find a good therapist near me, or if I need to get back on track as quickly as possible and get on with my life.
Water has proven its significance in maintaining health and wellness, preventing simple illnesses, and improving one’s well being. Medical practitioners have incorporated fluid therapy in almost every medical management. In fact, we are already accustomed to following the rule of thumb of drinking at least 8 glasses of water every day to achieve its benefits.
Then just recently, social media and the internet went crazy over the infused water or also known as detox water. Weight loss enthusiasts are like prophets preaching about the many benefits of drinking infused water. As expected, almost everybody followed this new hype like members of a cult.
So what is infused water? Is it really effective as it claims to be? Or are we just following any new fad because they are viral on the internet?
In order to fully understand the concept of infused water, let us unravel the meaning of infusion and detoxification or detox for short. Infusion is defined as “the creation of a new substance by steeping another substance in a liquid, usually water”. In this regard, fruits, vegetables, and herbs are used and allowed to steep for some time in order to extract its nutritive contents into the water. If you happen to encounter the words fruit-flavored water or fruit infused water, they all relate to one purpose – detoxification.
Detoxification is the process of cleaning or getting rid of toxins from the body. In order to do this, one must stop from eating or drinking too much. It is considered harmful to the body, especially for the liver which is the main organ for detoxification. Another suggestion is to drink infused water instead of the regular water. It is believed that by drinking infused water, detoxification and other health benefits are achieved.
What does research tell us?
Aside from the fact that it elevates the taste of water to a fruity level, there is not enough research to prove that by drinking infused water alone can do miracles to our body. There are many claims that state infused water can do the following:
Weight loss by increasing metabolism
What we know: If you are drinking infused water, then you would be eliminating sugary or soft drinks from your diet. This is good. This way you are a step away from gaining weight because of fewer sodas and carbonated drinks. Plus, if we drink too much water, it makes us already full which can result in less food intake. Some fruits and vegetables like cucumber, have increased metabolism rate effects that can boost digestion and break down fats.
What we know: Water per se is able to do this wonderful benefit already. With added fruits, vegetables or herbs into the water, it enhances the effect more.
Aids in detoxification
What we know: The more we drink infused water, the more we tend to perspire. Through perspiration, we are able to eliminate toxins from our body.
Alkalinizes the body, thereby preventing illnesses
What we know: Lemon water, which is the most common type of infused water, helps in maintaining an alkaline ph level. Thereby, it helps in increasing the function of our immune system. Common ailments such as flu, cough, body aches are also prevented.
Drinking infused water is not at all harmful. Although little scientific evidence proves it’s worth, the fundamental element, water, which it is based upon is enough to prove that it can offer health benefits to our body. Nonetheless, this habit should not be taken as a single method only. In order to achieve optimal results, other practices such as diet, exercise, and healthy lifestyle should be included.
When acquaintances or strangers chat about their dietary habits, there’s often a holier-than-thou flavor to the conversation. If one person eats only organic produce, the other will claim to grow their own turnips. If one is lactose intolerant, the other is deathly allergic to oxygen, and so on. This stupid one-upmanship means that a great deal of useful advice is lost or discounted as faddish, especially when the subject seems a little “out there”. And this one-upmanship especially happens online because it is perceived as relatively safer, but is it really? Read this post.