TAG: Disease

Architecture Steps Up With High Fives

Architecture Steps Up With High Fives

Most of us don’t think of flooring as a luxury item, but as a basic element of housing. However, the impact of inadequate flooring is widespread. An effort called the High Fives Campaign is a movement by the nonprofit organization, Architecture for Health in Vulnerable Environments (ARCHIVE), that is determined to improve the lives of families simply by replacing the dirt floors in their homes. With a goal date of 2015, they are seeking to completely remove dirt floors in at least 500 homes in Bangladesh so children are healthier, safer and can celebrate their fifth birthdays by decreasing the… read more

Stress And The Body

The Effects of Stress On The Body

Stress doesn’t always announce itself. Though we all know what it’s like to occasionally feel stressed out, ongoing stress can actually store in the body and present itself in an array of symptoms. An inability to concentrate, recurrent headaches and insomnia can all be signs of stress, but sometimes they are not recognized as stress induced. Letting symptoms repeatedly continue without intervention can lead to other issues, like heart disease, high blood pressure and a host of other health problems. This infographic from HeartMath provides a summary of how stress can irritate the body: Many health studies have looked into how stress affects… read more

More Than Brain Food

Brain Food

Adopting behaviors that are healthy is something to strive for. A lot of the time, we may focus on the outward appearance for clues as to what needs to be fixed. However, there is a major area that we can tend to forget about, but is essential for the health of our entire system – our brains. Research has long shown that a diet rich in fresh fruits, vegetables and nutrient dense foods, but low in fats and cholesterol, can be effective for brain health and can work preventatively to decrease disease and increase the life span. In combination with… read more

Top Ten Nuts To Eat

Top 10 Nuts to Eat

Nuts are high in protein and ‘good’ fats that reduce the risk of heart disease and diabetes. Here are the specific benefits of commonly sourced nuts which should be included in your daily diet. Macadamia – High in monounsaturated fat, which also makes them high in calories. Macadamias are a great source of protein, calcium, potassium and dietary fibre and are low in sodium. Pecan – Pecans are a good source of thiamin, magnesium, iron, zinc and vitamin E. They also contain fibre and anti-antioxidants. Hazelnut – Hazelnuts contain Tontain, the plant enzyme, which helps to lower cholesterol. Hazelnuts have… read more

Health Needs in the Future

Climate Change

When climate change is discussed, no matter at what level, the primary concern is rising temperatures and the impact that will have on the environment. This is justified as rising temperatures are by far the most pertinent aspect of climate change which must be addressed. However, climate change is not exempt from the “focus problem”, wherein the smaller facets of an issue are ignored, usually unintentionally, due to the stronger focus on a large aspect of the issue. People frequently respond to a large scale issue with more determination, which is why it makes sense to present an argument in that… read more

Fish Farming

Fish Farming

Rapid industrialization of the fishing industry has come at the expense of sustainability. If current consumption rates persist, some scientists have estimated that our fish stocks will collapse by the middle of this century, crushing the livelihoods of millions of people and eliminating a critical food source. Industrial fishing is associated with a number of problems, including overfishing of various species and unnecessary killing of commercially useless bycatch including dolphins, whales, sharks, other fish, and seabirds. Certain industrial fishing methods also damage ecologically sensitive areas. However, fish farming can also create problems. Ecologically valuable habitats have been destroyed and local… read more

The Humble Cauliflower

Cauliflower

Cauliflower is a powerful source of antioxidants which we all know are great for eliminating free radicals. Vitamin C and manganese, which are both powerful antioxidants, are packed into the humble cauliflower.  Cauliflower also contains carotenoids and phytonutrients.  Introducing it into your diet can reduce your risk for diseases such as cardiovascular diseases and cancer. Cauliflower is an anti-inflammatory as it contains high amounts of vitamin K which help decrease inflammation. A great source of fiber which is essential for digestion. It also is packed with necessary B vitamins. Cauliflower contains purines, which when broken down by the body, produce… read more

Whole Grain Benefits

Whole Grain Health Benefits

Antioxidants protect against the oxidative cell damage that can cause a variety of deadly diseases. Many people are aware that fruits and vegetables contain antioxidants, but few know that whole grains are also rich sources of these beneficial substances. Modern diets are abundant in refined grains such as white flour and white rice, which have been stripped of much of their nutritional value during processing. Whole grains contain the plant’s embryo (germ) and food for that embryo (endosperm), as well as a protective covering (bran). These parts of the grain contain many health-promoting ingredients including antioxidants, dietary fiber, and omega-3… read more