In our life, we somtimes do not care much about the effects of food to our hralth. Though we understand that there are some certain types of foods which are not good for health such as heavy eating habit, we don’t pay attention to the illnessses that we ca get. For instance, comsuming too much fat foods can result in ebesity, or saturated fatscan cause arteriosclerosis, heart attack and stroke. Foods that can contribute to the growth of diabetes are white bread, pasta and rice.
Let’s look at six aspects of your diet that can affect your health in a positive or negative way:
Organic vs. non-organic foods
Good and bad fats
Your digestive system
Many substances in our food attack and damage our DNA, which can cause faster aging (because the cells can’t regenerate correctly) or even cancer. Antioxidant-rich foods (e.g. berries, red beans, artichokes) can help to protect your cells and prevent these processes. Some foods even help your body to create its own antioxidants.
2. Organic vs. non-organic foods
Fruit and vegetables that were grown organic taste better and contain more nutrients because they were given their time to grow. Vitamins are essential to keep our body functioning and to keep our immune system strong. This will not only keep us healthier but also slow down our body’s aging process. In addition, organic foods are free from health-harming chemicals and contaminants.
3. Good and bad fats
Fat is not our enemy. Yes, too much fat causes problems like overweight. But our body needs fat. There are good fats that heal, and bad fats that make us ill. Saturated fat (mainly in animal products) increases the bad cholesterol level. Vegetable fats, on the contrary, are mainly unsaturated which is much healthier. Olive oil even lowers the bad and raises the good cholesterol level, preventing coronary disease.
4. Glycemic level
A high or strongly fluctuating blood sugar level is unhealthy. Refined foods like white bread or rice, and especially sugar, quickly push the blood sugar up but are absorbed rather fast. Eating large amounts of these simple-carbohydrate-foods increases your risk of diabetes. Grains and whole grain products, on the other hand, which are rich in complex carbohydrates keep your blood sugar fairly constant.
5. Your digestive system
It’s crucial to keep your digestive system performing at its best. If it doesn’t, you feel uncomfortable, detoxification works insufficiently, and nutrient absorption is disturbed. This can lead to a lack of vitamins and minerals which will cause a weak immune system. Eating many high fiber foods, like fruits, vegetables and whole grain products, can help to keep your digestive system balanced.
6. Cooking techniques
The health benefits of food lie not only in what you eat, but also in how you prepare it. Overheating oil in your pan, for example, can produce health-harming substances. Frying chips in oil will add lots of unhealthy fat to the healthy potatoes; it would be much healthier to oven-bake them with a bit of olive oil or without fat. Cooking vegetables in water, especially when overcooking, makes them lose many nutrients, whilst steaming retains most of them.
This should give you an idea of the importance of our food for our health. If you eat the right amount of the right things, prepared correctly, you can prevent many illnesses, feel energetic and grow old in health. If you eat the wrong things or too much of them, or prepare foods in an unhealthy way, this will have a negative impact on your health.
The good thing is that you don’t fall ill because you eat unhealthy once. Trouble starts when your body is exposed to health-harming substances over a long period. It’s never too late to change your diet. If you are not ill yet, you might be able to prevent illness. If you have fallen ill already, still change your diet! For if you start eating healthy, you can achieve improvements of your symptoms, giving more quality of life, or slow down the progress of your disease.
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U.S. Army Medical Research Unit - Improving malaria diagnostics, Kisumu, Kenya 05-2010
Image by US Army Africa www.usaraf.army.mil U.S Army Medical Research Unit – Kenya: Improving malaria diagnosis, one lab at a time By Rick Scavetta, U.S. Army Africa OYUGIS, Kenya – Inside Rachuonyo district hospital, Simba Mobagi peers through his laboratory’s only microscope at a sick woman’s blood sample. The 33-year-old laboratory technologist’s goal – rapidly identifying malaria parasites. Dozens more samples await his eyes. Each represents a patient suffering outside on wooden benches. Mogabi takes little time to ponder his workload. He quickly finds malaria parasites, marks his finding on a pink patient record and moves to the next slide. Much to his surprise, a U.S. Army officer arrives, removes his black beret and sets down a large box. Inside Maj. Eric Wagar’s box is a new microscope – a small gesture within U.S. Army Medical Research Unit-Kenya’s larger efforts to improve malaria diagnostics in Africa. For more than 40 years, USAMRU-K – known locally as the Walter Reed Project – has studied diseases in East Africa through a partnership with the Kenya Medical Research Institute. Wagar heads USAMRU-K’s Malaria Diagnostics and Control Center of Excellence in Kisumu, a unique establishment begun in 2004 that’s since trained more than 650 laboratory specialist to better their malaria microscopy skills. “Working with the Walter Reed Project is so good for the community, as it benefits the patient,” Mobagi said, who is looking forward to attending the center’s malaria diagnostics course. “Plus, having a new microscope improves our work environment. Work will be easier and we will have better outcomes.” Back in Kisumu, wall maps mark the center’s success, with hundreds of trained lab technicians from more than a dozen countries across the African continent. International students have come from Ireland, the U.S. and Thailand. Many students are sponsored through U.S. government aid programs aimed at reducing disease in Africa or by nongovernmental organizations. Most of the center’s 0,000 annual budget comes from the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative. Other funding is from the U.S. Defense Department, NGOs and pharmaceutical companies. For students to practice malaria identification, five Kenyan lab workers work tirelessly to create a variety of blood specimens. Slides may show one or more of malaria’s several species – others are free of parasites. The majority of malaria cases are the falciparum species, but many people are co-infected with other species and it’s important for students to recognize that, Wagar said. A recent review of the course’s effectiveness showed that microscopy students went back to labs lacking organization and equipment. In some cases, the training was not having the desired impact on local people facing malaria. “At our course, lab students learn skills and habits that increase their ability to accurately detect malaria on blood slides. Yet, when they return to their local laboratories, they face the challenge of changing habits and procedures,” Wagar said. “Changing behavior is hard to do.” In late- April, Wagar accompanied Jew Ochola, 28, the center’s daily operations manager to Oyugis, the district center of Rachuonyo that lies roughly 30 miles south of Kisumu in Kenya’s Nyanza province. The visit marked the initial visit of the center’s supervision support project – monthly visits to six local district hospitals – to implement tools that increase efficient oversight of malaria diagnosis. The yearlong 0,000 initiative – funded by the President’s Malaria Initiative, a USAID sponsored program – is designed to help translate school learning into field practices, Ochola said. “First I do an assessment of the hospital’s lab, what procedures they have, the number of people on staff and the equipment they use,” Ochola said. “By partnering with laboratory managers, we hope to increase standards and improve efficient and effective diagnosis. The goal is to lessen the burden of malaria on the local people.” To mark progress, lab staff must collect 20 slides each month that show properly handled blood samples. Monthly visits will mark performance improvement. Through quality malaria diagnosis, USAMRU-K is part of a larger public health effort to reduce malaria’s impacts Kenyan’s lives. Illness means paying for treatment and less wages earned, creating an impact on the economy. “By mitigating a public health burden, people should have more time to grow food and have money for things other than medical care,” Wagar said. “We can’t expect to see change right away, but hopefully things will be a little bit better every month.” Working with the Djibouti-based Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa and other DoD agencies, the center recently offered microscopy courses through U.S. military partnership events in Ghana, Nigeria and Tanzania. The effort supports U.S. Africa Command’s strategic engagement goal of increasing capabilities and strengthening capacity with the militaries of African nations, Wagar said. “To date, that includes eight Kenyans military lab techs, 17 from the Tanzania People’s Defense Force and 30 Nigerians,” Wagar said. Accurate diagnosis is also a key factor for military readiness, Wagar said. For example, a Kenyan soldier stationed in Nairobi – where malaria is less prevalent – is susceptible to the disease if posted elsewhere in the country. “Improving malaria diagnosis within African military laboratories sets conditions for healthier troops,” Wagar said. “When forces are healthy, they are more capable to support their government and regional security.” To learn more about U.S. Army Africa visit our official website at www.usaraf.army.mil Official Twitter Feed: www.twitter.com/usarmyafrica Official YouTube video channel: www.youtube.com/usarmyafrica
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Image by E.Briel Ink and Acrylic on handmade paper, 2010, 100 x 70cm Two flattened figures of different sizes. On the left are a few of the many ways to say "Fat" in English, like "Lard" and "Potbelly". On the right is written "Fat" and "Girl" in Japanese. The paper is a paler color than the photo indicates. -------------- Ten days ago, I went from being a size L/XL to a Medium overnight. It’s easy: catch a plane from anywhere in Asia to a western country, particularly an Anglo-influenced one like the US/Australia. It’s a shock as soon as you step into a new, more western mix of humanity: everyone around you is HUGE, compared to what you’ve gotten used to in Asia. The mind has to readjust to new version of normality. A new template. This new version’s often taller, and is always wider. This holds true from clothing sizes to bra sizes [more on those later on]. Last weekend I met an old friend Sydney’s Chinatown. We’d met during my time in Korea, and hadn’t seen one another in four years. “You look tired,” he said, a polite reference to how I’ve aged during my early 30s. [He'd aged too, but I didn't say anything; I'd forgotten how forward Korean men were about appearance.] We walked through a warren of alleys dotted by fluorescent-lit signs of estate agents and restaurants, the bilingual traditional Chinese-English signs more familiar than those in our present west Sydney neighborhood. As we speared meat into a reasonably-authentic Korean barbeque, he looked over at me and said: “How come you haven’t changed, but your husband got a belly now?” It was probably because I’d spent most of this year in Asia. Australia is as car-mad as America. Australian food, while as fresh and healthy as anything I’ve had in California, is in Texas-sized portions as in the States, with a similar emphasis on meat & dairy. Numbers can do wonder for one’s self-confidence – and for clothing companies’ bottom lines. Take vanity sizing: since I began leaving the US frequently for the past 12 years, I’ve noticed that american sizes have been creeping downward as our waistlines fill out. This adds more confusion to already-baffling international sizes. When asked “What size are you,”by a salesperson, my answer is: “It depends”. It ranges from size 4-8 (U.S., depending on the brand) to size 38 (European) to XxL (Vietnam/Thailand). However, in urban Asia, sizes are also increasing along with a more modern lifestyle. This is particularly noticeable in China, a vast country where those with northern ancestors can be significantly taller than southerners. In a Kunming department store, I saw a row of festive brilliant red bras, of a hue I’ve never seen in a Western lingerie shop: they looked like a celebration waiting to happen under conservative clothes. A closer look at them revealed that yes, indeed, some Chinese women even wear my size. So I bought a Chinese-red bra as a souvenir of the nation’s time of transition. And to make some more memories once I got back home. <a href="http://EBriel.com" rel="nofollow">EBriel.com</a>
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