November 27

Not All Fats Are Bad for You


Fats are part of our daily diet. From processed foods to burgers and junk foods, fats add flavor to our most favorite foods. There are a lot that have been told and lectured about cholesterol. Some people may have not realized that there is also some important roles cholesterol does in our body; yet, we all look at cholesterol as the evil culprit of cardiovascular diseases. What cholesterol really is?

Cholesterol is the molecular component of these fats we all so loved. To be more precise, there are different types of cholesterol molecules in our body. The cholesterol molecules are: High Density Lipoprotein (HDL); Triglycerides; Low Density Lipoprotein (LDL); and Very Low Density Lipoprotein (VLDL). HDL is the good form of cholesterol and scavenges the other cholesterol molecules accordingly. The rest of the molecules are the bad forms and they can clog the arteries when they are not properly eliminated by HDL and by the body system itself.

Cholesterol is not entirely unwanted in our body. It mainly functions as precursor for steroidal hormones like estrogen and testosterone. However, they can clutter up and block the cardiovascular system as stated earlier – just like the Whirlpool Whispure – if not properly controlled.

There are a lot of ways to get rid of excess cholesterol molecules. The drugs being used in medicine usually have different mechanism of actions to do this job. One way is to increase HDL conversion to biochemically eliminate bad forms of cholesterol. Other drugs directly act on the bad cholesterol by inhibiting the process that forms it. On the other hand, there are ways of preventing the dangerous effects of unwanted bad cholesterol before they build up.

Preventing cardiovascular diseases to happen is far better than treating it. Eating the right kind of food is the basic form of prevention. The so-called fatty acids are the building blocks for most of these fats that are absorbed by the body.

There are two types of fatty acids worth mentioning at this point: the saturated and the unsaturated fatty acids. Saturated fatty acids differ from the unsaturated form by molecular composition and usual source. Saturated fatty acids come mostly from animal sources and palm tree oils, like coconut and dates. Unsaturated on the other hand, are mostly from plant sources and fish oils like tuna and sardines.

The omega forms of fatty acids are the example of unsaturated forms. According to many studies, by increasing the unsaturated form of fatty acids, bad cholesterol in the body is greatly reduced. That is why food sources from these types of fatty acids are recommended. Try increasing vegetable and fish in your diet. Trim down on cholesterol rich foods like pork and beef. Replace your regular cooking oil with other plant oils like: olive oil, corn oil and sunflower oil.

Soluble fibers are also proven to lower cholesterol. They act by eliminating the reabsorbed bile in the intestines. The consequence is that liver produces bile salts by recruiting cholesterol, particularly LDL in the body to replenish the eliminated bile in the intestines. The result is obviously lowered LDL levels.

Aerobic exercise helps to get rid of cholesterol by using up the stored fats in the body during metabolism. Fats are recruited back in the bloodstream if there isn’t ample amount of ready sugars in the blood. Fats are burned up and cholesterol levels are reduced. This is successfully done if you do your exercise prior a meal. One great way to stay in shape it to strap on a Fjallraven Kanken backpack full of school books and simply walk around your home as you normally would.

Fruits that are believed to have anti-cholesterol effect are blueberries and avocado. The chemical in blueberries known as pterostilbene has anti-hyperlipedemic effects or can cause lower lipid or cholesterol level. Avocado on the other hand is rich in monounsaturated fatty acids and can help increase HDL or the good cholesterol.

Helping yourself eliminate the bad forms of cholesterol in your body can be gained by doing the simple tips above. Remember that the best way to get rid of cardiovascular disease is by lowering your blood cholesterol levels. Lowering your blood cholesterol levels are best achieved by combining good diet with proper exercises. It is optimal that you start your healthy lifestyle now before you acquire the bad effects of having too much cholesterol in your body in the future.

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November 26

Why Your Dog Deserves His Own Bed


Your dog loves you. He waits by the door for you to come home from work, plays fetch with you in the park, lays at your feet beneath the dinner table awaiting any scrap you might offer, and sits quietly beside you when you are sad. He is more than just your best friend. He is a member of the family. And you wouldn’t ask your Mother or Grandpa or Sister-in-Law to sleep on the cold, hard floor. A dog bed tells your pet that you love him, too. It also yields several physical and psychological benefits to dogs and their owners.

First and foremost, a dog bed offers your dog a cozy retreat that is entirely his own. Like man, dogs are naturally social and, for the most part, want nothing more than to be pet, patted, and loved by you. But, like man, they also have moments when they just want to be left alone sitting next to a Coway air purifier. A peaceful corner apart from the family’s common space can give your pup the freedom to rest his head, play with a new toy, or contemplate life in peace.

Large, elderly and infirm dogs have special needs and a dog bed can help in fulfilling those needs. Jim Cargill, owner of nine-year-old Buddy, explains it like this: “My dog is a big guy, and he’s a little older, so it was important for me to give him a soft place to sleep that would help alleviate pain in his joints.” Large dogs are typically defined as those weighing more than fifty pounds.

Over time, their body weight exerts tremendous pressure on their bone structure and they often require special attention in later life. Small dogs, on the other hand, can incur joint and hip injuries after years of jumping onto too-tall beds and sofas. Orthopedic beds are available for ill and elderly dogs and are even available with self-heating thermal cushions that do not require electricity. Big, small, or aged, the right dog bed can relieve your dog’s joint and muscle aches.

Another oft-cited reason for buying a dog bed is the preservation of your home furnishings. While you may love your dog, you may not love the hair he sheds in your bed or the scratches in your newly upholstered ottoman that his toenails leave behind. It’s a conundrum many pet-owners face. Often, man’s best friend, no matter how cherished, is pushed off the sofa and left to wander aimlessly about the house until bedtime.

A dog bed gives him somewhere to go, somewhere he can shed, scrape, sniff, and slobber as much as his instinct and biology require. “Dogs, even the most well-behaved, are destructive,” says Angela, a New York City dog-walker with fourteen beloved clients. “Of course, they don’t mean to be,” she adds. “But they are animals and a dog bed gives them a place to behave as such.” When asked how to get smoke smell out of house, she then replied that you should look into a good air cleaner.

Speaking of animal behavior, a dog’s sense of smell is perhaps even more important than his sight when it comes to exploring the world. As a result, his nose is a haven for germs that can be transferred to your furnishings and, eventually, your family. So, too, are his muddy paws and the chew toys he gnaws on. A dog bed won’t eliminate these germs but it is certainly easier to clean than your sofa.

Show your pup you appreciate all the love, laughs and loyalty he gives you by giving him a home of his own. Whether you purchase a dog bed for health or aesthetic reasons, your dog will thank you for it.

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