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Jan 30

Day 4 of My Juice Fast Diet

Day 4

Weight: 209

Not sure how I gained 3 lbs. I trained pretty hard yesterday, and didn’t feel like I had over done it with my juice intake. It is a mystery. I am studying nutrition, and the weight gain just doesn’t make sense.

Woke up early and with good energy. I didn’t feel like I needed to juice right away, so I waited a couple hours. I went with all fruit this morning to see if I couldn’t get a spike in energy for a morning workout.

As I stated yesterday, I don’t want to fill this article with gory details of my excrements. I think it is important to note, however, that yesterday was clearly a day of detox. My body was getting rid of things at a rapid pace. In my readings, I learned that at or around Day #3, your body begins to look for food sources in your liver. Most likely, there were a lot of toxins, and boy did I pay for it. Today, things have normalized, and I really don’t feel any side-effects to the diet, with the exception of being completely captivated by the smell of good food. I think this is just my mind being weak. I don’t think I NEED solid food. I just yearn for it because I cannot have it.

I went to a Mexican Market today to see what different types of fruits and vegetables they had. I could not believe how much better the produce looks here. Citrus fruits are three times the size of what you see in Smith’s. I found some interesting items to mix with- a few of which I had never heard of before. Should be interesting.

After enjoying a ‘mystery drink’ made from fruits I found and the Mexican Market, I paused to reflect about the fact that I haven’t experienced any heartburn since I started this diet. Typically, I take Prilosec three times a week, due to UNBEARABLE heartburn. I ALWAYS have to take it when I try new foods. I literally cannot function when these episodes kick in. I haven’t experience any sort of discomfort in my digestive system at all this week.

Since today is Friday, and the beginning of the weekend, I am a bit nervous about my ability to stick to my diet without the regimented confines of work. Weekends are usually spent creating culinary masterpieces (or at least in my mind they are). One of my favorite past times is cooking. Buy me a cook book, and you will have occupied me for a month.

We have a special event planned for the members of our gym this weekend. We are all going ‘Cosmic Bowling’. I’m not a big fan of bowling, but can be goaded into it for the cold beer, and ‘pool hall’ style food. The greasier, the better. My other reservation stems from the irregularity this diet has caused. There is nothing worse than bowling alley bathrooms. Except bowling alley bathrooms, after eating bowling alley food.:)



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Jan 30

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Memorable family meals were complete when these tangy bars were served, my husband remembers from his childhood. That’s still true today for our family. Their sweetness rounds out the meal, but the lemony flavor keeps them light. Don’t expect many leftovers once family and friends taste these bars! —Denise Baumert, Dalhart, Texas



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Jan 30

Advice Regarding The Importance Of Vitamins And Minerals


Vitamins and minerals are present in almost all of our food stuffs. These are essential elements to making us healthy and strong individuals. Vitamins and minerals can be supplemented by vitamin tablets and other pills but the most efficient sources of these are natural organic foods. A good combination of these organic foods can supply individuals with the right amount of vitamins and minerals needed to get through the day and maintain our health.

Vitamins for our Body

The definition of vitamins is that they are complex organic substances that are present in animal and plant tissue. These vitamins and minerals are essential to the various metabolic processes of our body. There are basically two kinds of vitamins; these are the water soluble and fat solublekinds. The water soluble vitamins are the B1, B2, B3, B12 and B6 vitamins, Biotin, Pantothenic Acid, Vitamin C and Folate. The water soluble vitamins are needed by our body to other vitamins, enzymes and catalysts. The fat soluble vitamins are vitamins D, E, A and K. These kinds of vitamins are stored in most of the fat deposits in our body.

Minerals for our Body

The definition of minerals is that they are inorganic elements that our bodies need to make and repair hard and soft body tissue and other functions of our body. There are two kinds of minerals in our body, trace elements and major elements. These vitamins and minerals go together to help maintain our bodies and keep it in prime condition.

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Vitamins and minerals are needed by people to enable growth and repair of our tissues and muscles. There is no time when our bodies do not need vitamins and minerals. Even if we are past our growing years we still need the various kinds of vitamins and minerals to promote our good health and proper nutrition. Our proper nutrition will ensure that we live well and our immune systems have the right capacity to protect us and uphold our body. Vitamins and minerals are what makes our bodies function well.

Since vitamins and minerals are found in plants and animals tissues, we can prepare what we need by preparing a proper diet which contains the essential vitamins and minerals we need everyday. Some people may not reach the right amount of minerals and vitamins needed for the correct operation of the body. This is the time you will need supplements to aid your body.

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Jan 30

Building Muscle and Increasing Your Metabolism

As we age you have read multiple articles by now on how we all loose lean muscle mass. Due to the loss of muscle, not only do day to day activities become more difficult but our bodies metabolism slows down as well. When the metabolism slows down our bodies do not burn the calories like it once did therefore we begin to see a gain in body weight.

When we were younger you were able to stay lean as your lean body mass was much higher in other words you had more muscle to burn those calories. You also were much more active and your body required the nourishment. Its important to keep exercise going through out your lifetime. Weight training is the type of exercise needed to keep muscle from losing its strength and maintaining its function. Its been proven that weight training at any age can be beneficial and in fact you can increase its size as well. As we age we will not build the muscle at the rate we did in our teenage years, but it can be accomplished.

There is more to it then just picking up a weight and throwing it around. There must be a proper technique used for instance, the right amount of resistance used has to be considered as well. If you have injuries they must be compensated for, be sure to check with your doctor before starting any exercise program once you reach 40 for most individuals.

The type of exercises you can do are what are called compound movements or exercises. They work multiple muscle groups using one exercise. The most basic compound movements are the bench press, squat, and the deadlift. There are others as well but these three if they are done alone will be sufficient to keep your body fined tuned and to keep your lean muscle mass high. It also helps to throw in some cardiovascular work as well but to maintain strength and muscle, weight training is the way to go.

Complete these three exercises for 3-4 sets each 10-15 reps, some may prefer 8-10 just use a weight that at the end of the rep count is sufficient to fatigue the muscle group you have targeted.

These exercises can be completed to start with three times a week. As you become more advanced, you can increase the number of days you lift and add different types of exercises as the body will adapt quickly to the same movements.

Proper nutrition is important and that is a subject in itself as well. Every one of us as we age should be adding a weight training program to our schedule to help combat the breakdown that is coming if you do not keep yourself strong. Pay the price now to improve your health or pay the doctor for the prescriptions that you will need to survive.



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Jan 30

Are you on Team Sympathetic or Team Parasympathetic?


Guest post written by: Mike Ritter

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Check out part 1 if you haven’t seen it yet.

 

“The opposite of love isn’t hate. The opposite of love is indifference.”- Steven Pressfield

 

Creating allostatic balance in our lives requires an understanding of stress itself and its various forms. There are two types of stress responses that are important: Acute and Chronic

Acute- Ball up a fist. Put your fist on your sternum, and then give yourself three good punches to the chest.

Do it one more time, and this time really give yourself three more. Harder. 1, 2, 3,.…Good.

That’s acute stress. It’s hard, it’s quick and then it’s over. If you did it correctly you’ll feel the room temperature rise and maybe some tingles on your skin. Those hard punches were interpreted by your body and brain to trigger a sympathetic response which we will talk more about later. Do not worry, very soon your body will return back to normal and that’s the work of your parasympathetic system. Acute stress is great unless you keep punching yourself in the chest continuously.

Chronic- Now, I want you to flick yourself in the same spot on the sternum 10 times. You didn’t quite get the same sympathetic response as the 3 punches did you? The finger flicking compared to a punch wasn’t acute enough to create the same sympathetic response.

Next, I want you to flick yourself in the chest again but, this time, continue doing so for the next 17 years.

Psychologically the stress be no big deal to handle at first. You may even get accustomed to the minor annoyance to the point where you won’t notice it. In a short deal of time you’ll eventually form a red mark on your chest. Then that red mark will darken, then a bruise will form, open up and finally bleed. Because the rhythmic flicking will become habitual, you will forget you were lightly flicking yourself altogether. The increase in pain will be so gradual your SNS won’t be alarmed to perform any defensive response such as fight, flee or freeze. This is chronic stress

 

Two sub-categories of acute and chronic stress are Distress and Eustress:

eustress vs. distress

Distress- unhappiness or pain : suffering that affects the mind or body

 

Eustress- moderate or normal psychological stress interpreted as being beneficial for the experiencer.

 

Eustress can be described as the feeling an athlete gets before game time. The lights are on and he/she is getting the “butterflies.” They are feeling the effects of stress that help them rise to the occasion and elevate his/her level of play to a higher level than they can achieve in practice. They will experience a euphoria which elevates mood, cognitive speed, awareness and athletic performance.

Distress can be associated with feelings of desperation, defeat and hopelessness. A soldier held captive overseas experiences distress. They are hungry, in physical pain and tired. Upon capture, they felt heightened sympathetic response similar to the athlete before game time. Now after months in captivity they’ve gone far past the point of elevated cognition and strategy and will experience a decrease in motivation, cognition and athletic performance. The longer the soldier stays in this state, the more difficult it will be to return to normal.

In the training world, these are things we are ultimately attempting to balance. The truth is, the reason no one training method works for everyone is because each individual, at the time of your tenure, possesses a relative bias specific to their current state. No two people are exactly the same. But why? If genetically speaking we are all 99% identical, how could there be such a difference in athletic gains? Well, trying to propose the answer to that question is simple, it’s like saying hurricanes are just drops of water. Clearly they are much more complex than that. Human bodies are a lot like hurricanes. These amazing storms are technically just made of water but I’ve never seen a glass of water knock over an entire city. It’s the complexity of the storm system that makes the water powerful. Allostatic balance works almost the same way. Although different hurricane systems have many similarities, they all possess unique strengths and weakness which evolve throughout the storms short life span. The human body is amazingly similar and there’s a lot left to be learned, but there are two things we do know; we are extremely adaptive and we are always in flux.elephants on a see saw

Allostatic balance isn’t represented as the Sympathetic Nervous System and Parasympathetic Nervous System in complete 50/50 balance but as two systems constantly in flux, alternating, and balancing one another from opposite ends. They take turns like two boxers dancing back and forth purposefully alternating between offense and defense. They work together but are never in complete congruency. In people, personal life, relationships, jobs, sleep schedule, diet and exercise routine are factored in to each person’s SNS/PNS state of balance and dominance. It has been suggested that a person’s personality also factors into their stress response.

The Sympathetic State A primitive example of the sympathetic state is a predator vs. prey scenario. Imagine yourself on vacation in Aruba taking your first deep sea scuba autonomic stress responselesson. The salt water is very cool but your suction cupped wet suit keeps you warm. When you began, you were nervous about breathing through an air hose and a mouth piece but now you’ve been underwater for 3 minutes. You have a patient instructor and everything’s ok as most of your fear of the deep blue is slowly going away as you begin to become more comfortable. The scenery of sea life is overtaking your imagination. Below your floating body, you see beautiful coral and schools of fish which are different shades of golds and blues, shining fragments from the warm sun from above. You are finally relaxing and enjoying yourself watching their casual nature. Out of the corner of your eye you see something you did not expect and neither did your instructor. A hammerhead shark swimming from your right closing in from 40 yards away. Your heart begins racing, blood vessels constrict elevating your blood pressure, cortisol and adrenaline production goes through the roof and your muscles are filled with glycogen. You freeze and begin thinking of a way out. The resistance of the water holds you back from moving your arms fast enough as you begin to panic. The hammerhead takes a left turn towards you and you can begin to make out some scratch marks on the left side of its body and all you can hear are the bubbles coming out of your mask. Because your body is in a flight mode unnecessary non-essential systems dial down or nearly off. When you are fleeing from an unknown predator you are farthest from thinking about reproduction, pondering the meaning of life or eating a giant meal. You’re brain and body has made a switch to elevate the most basic of necessities only, surviving a potential attack which requires speed, reactive cognition only and only the essential fuel to do so. Inside the brain the hippocampus releases instructional hormones to the pituitary gland which then streams instructions to the lymph node and adrenal gland to release adrenaline and glucocorticoid in to the blood stream. When your sympathetic signals are elevated your cognition is also appropriated towards the part of brain responsible for logistics and strategy; the limbic brain. You, the scuba diver, don’t have time to ponder the meaning of God or analyze modern art or you die. You have a specific need and your sympathetic nervous system turns on the necessary signals to get it done. This is made possible by the parasympathetic nervous system pulling back allowing room for the SNS to do its job. There’s a balancing act at play here.

Sympathetic dominance and it’s problems. Symptomatically, a major difference between you (the human) and a primate like a gorilla is that once a gorilla has escaped an attack and the scenario is calm again, it returns to normal a normal state of stress fairly quickly. It goes back to it’s next meal, laying in the sun or finding shade. Humans on the other hand are cursed with a blessing called the imagination. We don’t need to see a hammerhead/lion/robbery to imagine that it’s there. Unlike the gorilla, we possess the ability to ask ourselves “What if a lion attacked me?” This poses a problem that is unique to us because the thought of a stressor can actually trigger the same response as a real life attack given the vividness of thought. Don’t believe me? I want you to close your eyes. Imagine a time when you were bullied when you were a kid, or a frightening childhood memory. Think of where you were, who bullied you and what they said. As you go through the dialogue and scenery in your head do you feel the old emotions come back? Do you feel tightness in your chest and did your breathing become shallower? You are feeling the effects of the sympathetic nervous system being turned on and the parasympathetic being turned down. This is a pretty awesome gift because it allows us to imagine, plan and predict scenarios and stay one step ahead of our challengers/predators. It is a curse because when turned on for a long period of time this sympathetic dominance begins to degrade your health. And we have the ability to have it turned on for long and sometimes unnatural periods of time.

In a constantly stressed state, vessels adapt to constriction, becoming muscular and therefore maintaining an extremely narrow diameter, requiring larger amounts of blood to be pumped through them naturally increasing blood pressure. This can happen even in a seemingly uneventful scenario. This is the prefrontal cortex at work which we will talk about in the next section. Appetite suppression is a common symptom of sympathetic dominance. Have you ever noticed at work you can go hours on end working on an important pressure packed project without eating much of anything at all? Low libido and arousal are other symptoms of sympathetic dominance. It is not uncommon for older males in very stressful professions to suffer from low testosterone, both men and women can suffer from low estrogen levels which is an antioxidant preventing a number of cardio vascular diseases and atherosclerosis. Due to the seemingly never ending supply of cortisol mobilized glucose, many sympathetic dominant people will retain “stubborn belly fat” as a result. People with stressful, low ranking jobs or stay-at-home parents are at much higher risk of developing health issues related to stress induced sympathetic dominance.

 

The Parasympathetic State

The attack is over and you’ve escaped. You’re a very lucky scuba diver for having survived one of the most dangerous of predators. Everything is intact and life can calm down. The SNS turns itself down and the parasympathetic nervous system signals your blood vessels to open in diameter decreasing your blood pressure. Breathing slows down which slows your heart rate, and your digestive, reproductive and heightened brain activity return to normal or heightened state. When primates like gorillas, with no social pressures, return from a sympathetic state they return to a very naturally low stress life.

A parasympathetic state can be reached in a conscious and unconscious state, and therefore can even be achieved during sleep. It can also be achieved through an external stimulus such as a change in environment, foam rolling, massage or a purposeful internal stimulus such as meditation.

Parasympathetic dominance- There aren’t as many chronic health diseases associated with low stressed individuals, possibly because we don’t have very many in that population. As illustrated in section 1, culturally we don’t champion the parasympathetic state. There are very few training facilities with the slogan “Meditate like a champion tonight” on their walls. There are some dangers with becoming parasympathetic dominant though. Should you think this is a clearance to stay away from stressful movement based training, weight training or high intensity training, think again.

In a deep parasympathetic state your heart rate drops and blood vessels relax. In a constant parasympathetic state low blood flow to extremeties can result in a lack of oxygen, nutrients and all of the benefits of strong blood flow. Your metabolism wanes and you can easily slip into a catabolic state which ultimately deteriorates muscle tissue.

A Buddhist monk who masters deep meditation may possess great understanding of their purpose in life but may have a great deal of trouble dealing with physical threats or performing difficult tasks in a timely manner. If your health goals involve fitness, then physical fitness is a big part of the equation. Without sympathetic training you become susceptible to injury, suffer from low metabolism, and lose proper nervous system function in adverse situations. In the case of the scuba diver, you tapped into your well prepared fight or flight system to escape a dangerous situation. Without that capability, you would be toast. Aside from a fight or flight, most animals have a third option to use in a defensive situation: freeze. Think of another animal like a turtle, in a scuba divers’s situation. Most turtles aren’t physically matched for their predators; they aren’t fast enough to flight, not strong enough to fight, so they default to freeze. Possums famously default to freeze, thus the well-known phrase “playing possum.” Humans have all three capabilities installed from birth ready to use. Freeze isn’t your best option in most dangerous scenarios though. But freeze is a useful observatory function when unpredictable scenarios arise. Just like walking a tight rope, or experiencing an earthquake for the first time, an unfamiliar situation will trigger a freeze.

Parasympathetic dominance can be just as harmful as sympathetic dominance, just in different ways. This is like being able to exhale but not inhale. This parasympathetic dominance poses a problem because our immune, muscular and glycolytic systems suffer. Threats are real for all of us, and unless you exercise the fight and flight systems, your body isn’t able to handle the overload when it is needed. Again, we don’t live in a world that provides these stimulations naturally on a regular basis. We have to take time to provide the stimulus. As far as physical threats go, it’s best to stay prepared. You shouldn’t live in fear, and the best way to manage fear is to prepare. Preparation builds confidence, and confidence allows you to be more relaxed and focus. It comes full circle.

Humans Thrive on Volitility

For this reason human beings do not do well in the middle ground. That is why the sedentary population have so many chronic health issues continuously connected with chronic stress. Although on a day to day basis this population may feel that they are staying away from danger they are actually allowing all of these healthy systems that are the foundation for human health and vitality to fall asleep. When some people stop eating animal protein, their bodies stop producing digestive enzymes responsible for breaking down complex animal proteins simply because they are not needed. Elite athletes, such as Usain Bolt allocate so much of their time to develop enough synapses in the brain to perfect a movement cycle that they lack optimal synapses in other tasks. Here is a famous yet painful video of Usain Bolt playing basketball.

The interplay between the SNS and PNS loses flexibility the same way if it is not used consistently. Dominance in one will lead to an inability to use the other effectively. Essentially when these systems are not exercising to the end points of their capabilities they are slowly going to sleep when they aren’t used often. The interplay between these two systems might be the most human part of us all. They make up our limbic system which starts with a portion of the brain which ultimately controls self preservation and reproduction of a species, endocrine function, and response to stressors. We live in a world where our fight or flight is rarely ever challenged naturally and the parasympathetic nervous system is undervalued due to a society hell bent on long work weeks and demanding workloads. You must create opportunities to exercise these systems. There are a number of chronic health issues directly correlated with SNS and PNS dominance.

  • Low/high testosterone
  • Low/high estrogen
  • Digestive
  • Poor sleep patterns
  • Decreasing or low athletic performance
  • Joint pain
  • Low metabolism
  • Poor mood
  • Inexcitability
  • Poor physical fitness
  • Loss of muscle mass
  • Vericose veins

At a purely human level, your ability to flexibly stimulate your SNS and PNS is a strength that goes far beyond your muscles. By deliberately practicing sympathetic and parasympathetic training into your lifestyle, you are giving yourself control of your longevity. The more well-known benefits of sympathetic training (high intensity) include: self-defense, injury prevention, strength performance, heightened metabolism, and endorphin/dopamine production. Also purposeful parasympathetic training promotes hormone regulation, mental clarity, increased libido, creativity, sense of purpose, sense of connectedness and more healing of the sympathetic nervous system to run at an optimum level. Even if you’re hell bent on competing at a high level of sport, the benefits of parasympathetic training will enhance your ability to thrive in the sympathetic. Allostatic balance and flexibility is a skill, and skills only develop with frequent practice. With the current state of our civilization which is very sympathetic dominant, the more the parasympathetic is practiced, the deeper you may dive into sympathetic and parasympathetic responses and you can eventually possess control over their use.

It may take a person 20-30 minutes to switch over from a sympathetic state to a parasympathetic but those who are practiced can achieve it within minutes. Massage therapist Ryan Destafano says that roughly roughly 45 out of 50 people he sees on a weekly basis take the full 20-30 minutes to show signs of the parasympathetic activation. Oddly enough, most of these people are in the working class 25-45yr old age range. “People who are younger and older than that tend to respond quicker. It may be that people younger than 25 have a better physiological response and the older clientele tend to be more mentally relaxed. But it really seems to depend on their lifestyle, personality and state of mind.”

Stay tuned for Part 3.

 

MikeRitter

Mike Ritter is a Personal Trainer and Corrective Exercise Specialist at Harbour Island Athletic Club in Tampa, FL and Co-Founder of resultcult.com. The mission of the Result Cult is to provide you with tools which help support local health based business, restore innate human movement and health, and connect you with a supportive community.



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Jan 30

Health – Depression & Broken Heart

You don’t have to suffer in silence. In most cases of panic attack, it usually starts with depression. A female reporter in Hong Kong who successfully juggled the demands of writing for publications around the world suddenly suffered panic attack. She often had panic attacks as she was overwhelmed by feelings of isolation, hopelessness, inadequacy and failure. She would always excuse herself and pretended to have urgent private calls to make so that she could get out and calm down.

A cartoonist for a famous Japanese magazines; suddenly hit a dry spell in 1986 and she was afraid to get out of bed in the morning. She stopped eating and lost seven kilos within a few days. She was left without getting any assignments for a month and spent her time lying in bed, smoking and drinking and was overwhelmed with thoughts of dying. Both the female reporter and cartoonist were suffering from clinical depression.

There are millions of people like them and they kept the illness to themselves. In Japan alone there are more than six millions people suffering from depression according to Dr Takahashi Toru of the Toru Clinic in Tokyo. It is estimated that one in 13 people aged 24 to 64 suffered from depression according to a study done by Singapore National Mental Health survey.

We seldom hear about depression just thirty years ago but the world is different now. People were different then, but presently many human beings have lost their value of life. Many have lost their conscience and killing is everywhere. People live in fear from many kinds of threats and even in the comfort of their homes, danger is there. There is no peace even to just go marketing for fresh vegetables. A bomb may explode anytime, anyplace.

Financial security is one of the main causes for depression. Jobless people or those hardly can make end meet, are usually victims of depression which can after some time of suffering start to have panic attacks. Depressive disorders range from dysthymia – low grade, chronic depression – to bipolar disorder, or manic depression, which causes extreme swings between depressive lows and manic high. Depression remains widely misunderstood and sufferers lead a double life. One minute full of confidence and another minute worse than a little mouse when panic attack. Depression is a taboo among Chinese and if people know that you are depressed, they will avoid you.

I should say broken heart is the worst mental blues and almost everyone gets the blues once in a lifetime. Those who have not experience it are lucky or maybe they have never fallen in love before. They will not be able to grasp the anguish depression brings. It’s so emotionally intense that it paralyses you and says one sufferer, “You never know when it will end, the pain is so overwhelming that you want to end it all.”

People will sometimes give advice with the best intentions for broken heart but says Siti Mohammad, a young female accountant who has lived with depression for much of her life: “Sometimes my relatives will tell me to look at the positive side of things. They say, ‘You have to be strong and believe in God.’ They make it sound as if I could just snap out of it. If it was that simple, I wouldn’t be like this.”

Depression is often inadequately treated or not treated at all because the truth of broken heart may not be admitted by the sufferers. For instance, many Malays believe the emotions lie in the liver and will complain about stomach soreness rather than admit to depression. Among the Chinese, the heart is often seen as the source of emotions, so they complain about chest discomfort. Singapore National University’s Kua says these cultural factors lead to misdiagnosis or no diagnosis at all in as many as one-third of cases.

For the elderly, physical ailments can mask symptoms of depression (it is often confused with Alzheimer’s disease), and there is a belief, even in the medical community, that depression is simply a fact of an older person’s life. According to a study conducted in the 1980s by Dr Lee Aik Hoe, president of the Malaysian Mental Health Association, showed that three-quarters of people who had attempted suicide also suffered from depression.

Rose Lee’s depression nearly killed her. As a teenager, she tumbled into a black pit and said, “I was severely depressed – the pain was terrible. It seemed logical to kill myself.” Richard Ng of Kuala Lumpur said he lost his father to suicide. “He displayed signs of depression – being withdrawn and losing his appetite – signs that I recognized but did nothing about, but when he committed suicide, I was shattered.”

The road to recovery is a tough one but it can be treated. If it is not because of broken heart, then the chances of recovery is good with medication. If it is because of broken heart, then there is no medicine that can cure a broken heart. There are many drugs that physicians can prescribe and certain antidepressants really work effectively so as to allow the sufferers to get on with life. But drug may have side effects like insomnia and sexual dysfunction, professional help is advised in such a case to take the right type and also avoid the risk of taking an overdose.

One of the best rescues is interpersonal and cognitive counselling. Therapy can help to change a patient’s thinking and reappraise their external circumstances. Interpersonal therapy focuses on specific-related problems, while cognitive therapy tries to counter the feelings of worthlessness and hopelessness that plague those who are depressed. In Malaysia the “Befrienders” is doing an excellent voluntarily job to make life worth living. The 24-hour helpline, modelled on the Samaritans in the United Kingdom, is one of the oldest services in Asia. It has more than 200 volunteers and fielded 24,000 calls a year.

Suicide is a grave sin according to spiritual teachings in almost every religion. Certain religion says that if a person commits suicide, he will also commit suicide for his next seven future lives. I had a relative who committed suicide many years ago. She was one of the most beautiful women in my hometown and married to one of the richest men there. Very fortunate during her younger days because of her beauty, but when her husband passed away early in life, she was cheated of everything she possessed by a conman who only wanted her properties. Unable to take the pain of her broken heart and loss of all her possessions, she took her life.

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Jan 30

Advice Regarding The Importance Of Vitamins And Minerals


Vitamins and minerals are present in almost all of our food stuffs. These are essential elements to making us healthy and strong individuals. Vitamins and minerals can be supplemented by vitamin tablets and other pills but the most efficient sources of these are natural organic foods. A good combination of these organic foods can supply individuals with the right amount of vitamins and minerals needed to get through the day and maintain our health.

Vitamins for our Body

The definition of vitamins is that they are complex organic substances that are present in animal and plant tissue. These vitamins and minerals are essential to the various metabolic processes of our body. There are basically two kinds of vitamins; these are the water soluble and fat solublekinds. The water soluble vitamins are the B1, B2, B3, B12 and B6 vitamins, Biotin, Pantothenic Acid, Vitamin C and Folate. The water soluble vitamins are needed by our body to other vitamins, enzymes and catalysts. The fat soluble vitamins are vitamins D, E, A and K. These kinds of vitamins are stored in most of the fat deposits in our body.

Minerals for our Body

The definition of minerals is that they are inorganic elements that our bodies need to make and repair hard and soft body tissue and other functions of our body. There are two kinds of minerals in our body, trace elements and major elements. These vitamins and minerals go together to help maintain our bodies and keep it in prime condition.

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Vitamins and minerals are needed by people to enable growth and repair of our tissues and muscles. There is no time when our bodies do not need vitamins and minerals. Even if we are past our growing years we still need the various kinds of vitamins and minerals to promote our good health and proper nutrition. Our proper nutrition will ensure that we live well and our immune systems have the right capacity to protect us and uphold our body. Vitamins and minerals are what makes our bodies function well.

Since vitamins and minerals are found in plants and animals tissues, we can prepare what we need by preparing a proper diet which contains the essential vitamins and minerals we need everyday. Some people may not reach the right amount of minerals and vitamins needed for the correct operation of the body. This is the time you will need supplements to aid your body.

Source by Caroline Bourke



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