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Friday, July 22, 2011

Why we need to adopt hay diet?

A healthy diet is one that is arrived at with the intent of improving or maintaining optimal health. This usually involves consuming nutrients by eating the appropriate amounts from all of the food groups, including an adequate amount of water.
Usually we follow a particular diet plan for weight loss or weight gain aim. Among a long list of diets it is really difficult to chose a diet which fits you. But the main purpose of adopting a diet program should be staying healthy as well.

Today we are learning about hay diet which a nutrition mehod developed by the New York physician William Howard Hay in the 1920s. The founder of the Hay Diet was Diagnoseed with a kidney-related condition, high blood pressure and other illness, he discored the Hey Diet. The Hay Diet helped him to lose weight and to reduce the illness symptoms.

The Hay diet has traditionally been promoted as being effective for weight loss and digestive problems because it does not 'mix' starch and protein, thus preventing the body from having to produce starch-digesting and protein-digesting enzymes at the same time.

The Hay Diet claims to work by separating food into three groups: alkaline, acidic, and neutral. Acid foods are not combined with the alkaline ones. Acid foods are protein rich, meat, fish, dairy, etc., and "alkaline" the carbohydrate-rich starch foods like rice, grains and potatoes. It is also known as the food combining diet.

As hay diet is based on the idea that the body can not cope with proteins and carbohydrates at the same time because of the way they are digested. This came from the belief that the human body is used to eating only one type of food at time and that the combining of food is a modern habit that are ancestors never did.

Why hay diet?

The hay diet states that the things wrong with modern eating habits are
  • Poor elimination of wastes and toxins
  • Eating to few alkaline forming vegetables and fruits
  • Incompatible mixing of food
This can be remidied by the hay diet because it
  • Cuts down on protiens starches and highly processed foods
  • Improves the elimnation of toxins
  • Increases the intake of vegtables, salads and fruits
  • Doesn't mix any foods that fight
Read more at: 'Diet Review'
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* Therapeutic diets

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Why flowers are good for giving as a gift?

There is a chinese proverb which says: "When you have only two pennies left in the world, buy a loaf of bread with one, and a lily with the other." 

Saying of Park Benjamin: "Flowers are love's truest language."

Flowers or bouquets of flowers are considered a very romantic gift for our dear ones. But why we prefer to receive or give flowers? Many research studies have proved that flowers have an impact on our emotional health. The presence of flowers triggers happy emotions.
Flowers also have a strong, beneficial impact on those who receive them. So giving and receiving is the best gift for our near and dear ones.

"What's most exciting about this study is that it challenges established scientific beliefs about how people can manage their day-to-day moods in a healthy and natural way," said Jeannette Haviland-Jones, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology at Rutgers and lead researcher on the study.

A team of researchers explored the link between flowers and life satisfaction in a 10-month study of participants' behavioral and emotional responses to receiving flowers. The results show that flowers are a natural and healthful moderator of moods.

- It effects on humans increasing extraordinary delight and gratitude.
- Flowers have a long-term positive effect on moods.

- Flowers make intimate connections. The presence of flowers led to increased contact with family and friends.
"Common sense tells us that flowers make us happy," said Dr. Haviland-Jones. "Now, science shows that not only do flowers make us happier than we know, they have strong positive effects on our emotional well being."


Useful links:
* Bringing Flowers into Your Life

* 1-800 flowers reviews

Monday, July 18, 2011

Which one is better - Glasses or contact lenses?

Eye sight problems are common among most of the people such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism or Presbyopia. We need to wear or use glasses or contact lenses to ease vision related problems.
Contact lenses are now quite popular, worn by approximately 30 million people in the USA alone.

The choice between eyeglasses and contact lenses depends on what sight problem you have, and the degree of the disorder. There are contact lenses to correct nearly every kind of vision problem, including astigmatism and presbyopia. Even if you enjoy wearing eyeglasses, contact lenses can be worn on a part time basis to suit your needs. Contacts are especially a good choice for sports, working out at the gym, and other leisure activities.                                                                          

Contact lenses offer many advantages over eyeglasses:

Distortion: In glasses the lenses vary in thickness, depending on the weakness of vision. The shape of an eyeglass lens creates distortion and the thicker the glass, the greater the distortion. The eye, looking through the center and then suddenly switching to the edge, sees the object being looked at move. This is called the "prism effect". If you look through a prism you can see how a straight line becomes bent. Even though the prism effect is gradual as the eye moves across the glasses lens and does not disturb the wearer very much, it can be a nuisance. This distortion can also affect stereoscopic vision until the brain has had time to compensate.
Contact lenses can also have this effect, but to a lesser degree. For anyone needing high powered correction, wearing contact lenses should be a real advantage.

Lens Strength:
Because of its closeness to the pupil, the contact lens often does not need to be as strong as glasses. The image formed at the back of the eye for the near-sighted is larger and less dazzling than with glasses-an effect which makes many near-sighted people who wear glasses choose lenses weaker than their full prescription, so they many not see well. For far-sighted people the image is smaller than with glasses. The power needed for contact lenses can be greater than for glasses. However, when far sight is fully corrected by contact lenses close work is easier than with glasses because the wearer does not have to accommodate so much.
Eye Problems: Some eye disorders can only be treated by contact lenses. These are: extreme far and near sight, unequal vision and astigmatism. People with keratoconus (a cone shaped cornea) or who have had a cataract operation are often better off with a contact lens.
Cosmetic Effect: This is the major reason for many people trying contact lenses. Either they feel glasses don’t look good, or they find them heavy and uncomfortable. The freedom of contact lenses is worth the effort involved in getting used to them.
To start with, wearing contact lenses is certainly more uncomfortable than glasses. In the long term, provided you can learn to adapt, you don’t notice you’re wearing them. Glasses, on the other hand, may be heavy on the bridge of the nose, steamy or sticky in wet or hot weather. There are, however, some common eye conditions that make wearing contact lenses impossible:
Dry Eyes: If your tear glands don’t make enough tears your eyes will become gritty and sore. The discomfort is relieved with eyedrops and by avoiding a dry or rapidly ventilated atmosphere. But contact lenses would irritate the soreness and so are unsuitable.
Wet Eyes: Too many tears can interfere with your vision. Watering eyes may be due to a cold, a foreign body or crying. But if your eyes are continually watery, this may be due to a blockage in the drainage channels and until it has been put right, it will not be possible to wear contact lenses.

Adapting To Lenses: It takes some perserverance to get used to lenses and a lot of people give up in the first two or three weeks. Motivation is of course, all important.
Expense: The cost of contact lenses are generally higher than a pair of eye glasses, when factoring in the cost of saline and cleaning solutions, lens cases, etc. This is especially true if you are using disposable contacts, some of which are designed to be thrown away every month, week, or day.
Much depends on where you live, and whether free health care is available. Some insurance plans will not pay for contact lenses, as they are considered cosmetic and not essential.

With the comfort and ease of contact lenses today, there is nothing wrong with wearing contacts part time and glasses the rest of the time.

Note: Even if you wear contact lenses full time, you should have an up-to-date pair of eyeglasses handy to wear when you are not wearing your contact lenses. For the greatest safety and comfort, you should remove your contact lenses at least one hour before sleep. You should also remove your contact lenses and wear eyeglasses if your eyes feel dry or become uncomfortable for any reason. If the discomfort persists, see your eye doctor immediately.

Useful links:

‘Eye Topics’
‘All about contact lenses’
‘Eyes and vision’
Wouldn’t You Rather Wear Contacts Than Glasses?
**** Article first published at 'Factoidz'

You may like to read: How to Keep Your Eyes Safe and Healthy Using Contact Lenses?

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