Wednesday, 3 October 2018

Fruits can be your diet ally or saboteur

First, not all sugars are the same. “While all sugars give us energy, there are subtle differences in the way each type of sugar is absorbed and digested,” said Jaclyn Reutens, clinical dietitian and the founder of Aptima Nutrition & Sports Consultants.

What gives fruit their sweetness is fructose – a carbohydrate naturally found in them. “When you eat fruit, your blood sugar levels rise slowly,” said Reutens.

“When you eat these foods, your blood sugars levels soar,” said Reutens, referring to the highly processed food, such as bubble tea, biscuits, cakes, sweets, and even savoury items like frozen dinners.

Fruits are a must if you want to lose weight. “Fruits give you satiety, which enables you to control your appetite. Fruit is also naturally sweet, so it helps to satisfy your sweet cravings with far fewer calories than cake or any sweets,” said Reutens.

But too much fruits will limit your intake of other food. So there must be a balanced intake of fruits and other food to supply the required nutrients to our bodies.


My 2 cents:
I used to have 2 servings of fruits, at lunch and dinner. But now, I have included a little bit of fruit during breakfast and tea break so as to help my digestion. Guess what? I lost a few kilo and happy to say my weight is constant now the way I like.

Abused children carry the trauma in their cells

Children subjected to abuse may carry the physical hallmark of that trauma in their cells, scientists said Tuesday (Oct 2), in research that could help criminal investigations probing historic mistreatment.

A team of researchers at the University of British Columbia examined the sperm cells of 34 adult men, some of whom had been victims of child abuse years earlier.

They found that the effects of the trauma were indelibly printed in 12 regions of the DNA of those men who had experienced varying levels of emotional, physical or sexual abuse.

Scientists believe these alterations, known as methylation, could one day be used by investigators or courts to weigh allegations of child abuse.

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Women who drink more water get fewer UTIs

Women who drink extra water to avoid urinary tract infections (UTIs) may be on to something. A new experiment offers fresh evidence that drinking more water each day can make UTIs less frequent.

For the study, researchers focused on 140 women with recurrent UTIs who typically drank fewer than 1.5 liters of fluid (about six 8-ounce glasses) a day. For 12 months, researchers asked half of these women to continue their usual fluid intake and asked the other half to drink an additional 1.5 liters of water daily.

Over the year, women who drank more water had an average of 1.7 UTIs, compared with 3.2 on average for women who didn't add extra water to their diets, the experiment found.

"The data strongly suggest that hydration status is associated with UTI risk," said lead study author Dr. Thomas M. Hooton, of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

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How to tell if you are dehydrated

Your body is almost 60% water.  Dehydration will happen when you do not get enough water.

Dehydration can be serious but there are several ways to tell if you are dehydrated:

  • Skin - cracked, redness, flaking or tightness
  • Breath -  mouth dry, no saliva to spit, bad breath, lips cracked
  • Urine - dark yellow or amber, less urine
  • Constipation - difficult or fewer bowel movements
  • Heart and blood pressure - 55% of your blood is liquid. Dehydration will lower the blood pressure. Heart will pound, fast heartbeat and quick breathing may be a sign of severe dehydration
  • Thirst and hunger
  • Tiredness
  • Headache and nausea
  • Fainting
  • Brain function - your brain has more than 70% water. Dehydration will slow your brain functions and may feel pain.