Monthly Archives: November 2012

Indigestion – How to Avoid it

By Deline Tan

Have you ever wonder why you are constipated all the time? Some people just live with this problem when there is a way out to indigestion. Our lifestyle will determine the effect to eliminate constipation and indigestion completely. The food you eat will determine your digestive state. If you eat too much fried food and drink very little water, you are in to a lifestyle of constant constipation and indigestion.

Water is the determining factor, as if even when you eat high fibre diet but have no water, your stool will be hard and it is impossible to eliminate the wastes. Bowels need moisture to pass properly in the colon. Eating lots of fruits and vegetables will help eased indigestion. Papaya is a great cleanser, along with carrots, corn, squash, bamboo shoots, zucchini and beets. These fruits and vegetables help to purge the old fecal matter that may have stuck in the colon for a long time.

Licorice tea is very good as it creates moisture and helps in the bowel movement. Eating whole grain diet with brown rice will ease digestion too. Be creative in your eating habit. Eat many different coloured vegetables daily, like white for cabbage, orange for carrot, green for leafy vegetable, purple for brinjo, red for tomato, and many other varied vegetables. The different coloured vegetables give a high dose of vitamins and minerals, as eating the various vegetables daily will assist you in your phytonutrient diet.

Drinking a lot of water is crucial for the moisture of the bowel, as without it, it prevents the wastes from passing smoothly through the colon; and it will cause a weakening of the colon muscles, as it finds it difficult to squeeze the muscle, thus causing constipation.

Some chronic constipation is hard to cure. This kind needs medical attention. It is known that Elvis Presley died of constipation, where the bloated stomach was beyond cure. You may not realise that there are people who died due to constipation. They carry between 30 to 40 lbs of fecal matter that is like cement.

When you feel a feeling of fullness, or discomfort during or after a meal, accompanied by burning or pain in the upper stomach, then you need to be cautious in the way you eat. If pain persisted, see a doctor. The symptoms of constipation is bloating, belching and gas, followed by nausea, vomiting, acidic taste, growling stomach, burning in the stomach and upper abdominal pain.

To avoid constipation, do not eat too much or eating too fast, or consuming high fat foods, or eating during stressful moments. Drinking too much alcohol and smoking will lead to stress and fatigue, causing an imbalance in the body hormones, thus causing constipation. Make a habit to eat slowly as eating too quickly will cause you to swallow excessive air, which may cause belching and bloating.

If you lead a healthy life style of eating a constant portion of food daily without overeating, and eat high fibre foods plus plenty of water, you will not have constipation. Avoid the hustle of suffering from this avoidable indigestion by always eating right and you will never have the difficulty in going to the toilet daily.


Coconut – The Many Health Benefits

By Deline Tan

Coconut – the ideal drinks for a thirst quencher, as the coconut water is really refreshing and natural, and you can also enjoy the white meat after emptying the coconut water. Coconut is known, in the latest nutritional research, to have been found to be the most important saturated fats after all other fats. It contains healthy fats, as it helps prevent heart disease and strengthens the HDL of the good cholesterol. It has been found in the latest research, that coconut oil is the best among all other fats nutrients that can help the body in so many aspects, including preventing and healing of bodily ailments.

It is known to protect arteries from injury caused by atherosclerosis. It can also help prevent periodontal disease and tooth decay, as well as help protect body from harmful free radicals that promote premature aging and degenerative disease. This tall and slender tree, with many round shaped coconut packed at the top of the coconut tree, belongs to the Arecacene (Palm) family tree, and is highly nutritious and rich in fibre, vitamins and minerals. It functions as a protective antioxidant, which the rich oil can also protect kidney disease and bladder infection, and dissolve kidney stones.

The liver is the most important organ in the body, as it receives food and secretes enzymes to send the digested food to the body, and regular consumption of coconut can help prevent liver disease. Compared to all other oils, coconut oil is lower in calories, and helps support thyroid function. It is ideal for obese people as it helps overcome overweight problem.

If you’re looking for healthy shampoo, know that shampoo made from coconut oil can promote healthy looking hair as well as producing good complexion. It also helps prevent dandruff. For older people, regular consumption of coconut can prevent wrinkles, sagging skin, as well as age spots. If you are an outdoor person, coconut can help provide protection from the damaging effects of ultraviolet radiation from the sun.

If you are one that enjoys cooking, know that coconut oil is one of the best oils, above olive and canola oil, as it does not form harmful by products when heated. It is a remarkable food and is known to have made many forms of medicines. Coconut is a medium-chain-fatty-acids, which possesses potent antibacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral activity. Taking 2 to 4 tablespoons of coconut oil daily with meals can help rid your body of chronic infection.

Coconut is also known to have helped prevent osteoporosis, and thus helps to improve nutrient absorption of minerals, such as calcium and magnesium, thus aids in preventing osteoporosis. It also increases the absorption of B Vitamins and the fat-soluble Vitamins A, D, E, K, and beta-carotene, as well as some amino acids. It also treats malnutrition.

Coconut also reduces blood clots and helps fight uncontrolled free-radicals affecting cells, and has higher antioxidant reserves in cells. It also aids those with diabetes by balancing the blood sugar levels and improves insulin secretion and insulin sensitivity, reversing the underlying cause of diabetes.

Coconut has also a very potent anti-cancer property, as the additional coconut oil helps to regulate the carcinogenic effects of the char cooked food like roasted or barbeque foods, and reduces the induced cancer chemicals in these foods. The coconut oil also can help reverse toxic chemicals found in the intestines, colon, kidney and the pancreas, and thoroughly wiped away the harmful effects of the chemicals produced in these organs.

Indeed coconut has so many useful effects in treating the problems and diseases of the body, and we should try to drink coconut juice and eat its meat at least once a week. If you keep at it, you will find that the many symptoms that you faced in your health issues will slowly diminished away. You will find that you are healthier and more robust with exhilarating energy to face your work week with more confidence and poise. You will find that you will be the most cheerful person in your office all week, and you wonder why all your colleagues are so sluggish and weak.

Drink coconut juice and eat the white meat – it’s guaranteed to good health.

Pork – The Unhealthy Means

By Deline Tan

Are you a pork lover? We eat pork as it has been a tradition for thousands of years, but if you were to check the biblical principles in Leviticus 11, God has strictly lay down His laws what are clean and unclean animals.

We see in Leviticus 11:4 God underlies those animals that chew the cud and have cloven hooves, are considered unclean and are not to be eaten. In verse 7 of Leviticus 11, it says that the swine though it divides the hoof, having cloven hooves, yet does not chew the cud, is considered unclean. God specifically says that we are not to eat pork because it is an unclean animal. According to each one’s conscience, we are to follow our conviction without wavering. If you think you want to violate the scripture and still eat pork, then it is up to your own consciousness.

There are many reasons why we should not eat pork. First, it’s a dirty animal that eats rubbish and dirty food and sludge itself in the mud all the time. The flesh of the pig is full of fats and unhealthy for our consumption because of saturated fats. Secondly, what the pigs eat will affect our health, as they ate dead animals and food which is unclean. If you eat the pig, you are eating the deadly food that may cause you ill health.

I’ve observed how my mother cooks the pork. First she would drain it with hot water, and the water will be oily and smell bad. My mum said that the meat is dirty, therefore it needs to be boiled over before finally cooking it. The cloudy water after she washes it over the hot water looks really dirty. Do you want to eat something that is dirty?

I’ve this experience when I ate my dinner one day, where I feel that I wanted to vomit while eating the pork meat. There is a sense that the meat is dirty and that I should not eat it. God has warned me not to eat pork because it is considered an unclean animal, therefore I’m not eating pork anymore, even though I like char siew rice. I just have to sacrifice my so call favoured meal because it is not right to eat pork.

I know you may eat pork all your life and have grown to like it, and so do I. However, taking the side of a healthy diet, I’ll rather not eat it anymore as I choose to eat foods that are healthy like beef and lamb. Beef has good protein, is soft and tender, and is healthy to consume. I enjoy the beef ball noodles, as the soup is really beefy as it is thick and taste really nice. Beef steak is also one of the many good foods that you can indulge in, as personally myself, I love fillet and sirloin steaks; having it rare, and it is really tender.

The next time you go out to the restaurant to eat, stop ordering pork chop and go for sirloin steak or lamb chop. You will pat yourself on your back if you were to do so because it really is the right choice to eat a descent meal with the right diet. I miss steaks and lamb chops. It’s been a while that I eat them, but I certainly wouldn’t go for bak tuk teh at all, even though many people love it.

Sacrifice yourself from eating pork, and you’ll find that you’re obeying God’s Word, as well as keeping healthy with better choice to eat from. When was the last time that you eat pork? Do not do it again the next time you have the opportunity to sacrifice your loved bowl of bak tuk teh.

Walking – The Ideal Exercise

By Deline Tan

Walking – your ideal way to weight loss if you know how to pace yourself through the week, with five hours per week, and walk about an hour per trip. Yes, you can lose weight if you are serious to commit yourself to this routine.

Walking has been found to benefit the body, preventing tension and stress, and even depression, if you know how to ward off this negative mood. Walking also get rids of bad cholesterol and lowers it, and also increases good cholesterol. When done regularly, it will also prevent heart attack, high blood pressure, stroke, and even colon cancer. Walking also help postmenopausal woman build up its bone density.

Walking is one form of exercise that don’t requires expensive gadgets, but just a good pair of shorts and a tee-shirt and a pair of good walking shoe, and one that will not cause bristle. You can adopt  the habit of walking to the early morning hour than taking a bus, and walk round the shopping mall when you go window shopping, and do it for about an hour, and that takes the form of exercise for you.

You can plan your walking route through the week, and aim to lose weight by walking further and faster as you progresses in your exercises. Researchers have found that walking is one of the best means to keep to optimum health, and the longer you walk, you can actually extend your life span. Walking is one way that also helps to get rid of the abdominal fats, and builds calf muscles.

In our modern society, where everything we do has become machine oriented, like the mow lawn is used by motor, cutting off the labour effort of cutting the grass with a cutter, washing the disher pots with a washer saucer machine, brushing the teeth too, has a motor running tooth-brush. Watching the television with a remote control button, lessening the effort to walk to the TV, and many other lazy man’s way of doing things.

Rather, we need to walk the extra mile to keep off the lazy bones, and the more we walk the better it is for us. You can also count the calories that you want to lose, by using up to 3,500 calories, which lose to a pound. If you walk a mile for about 15 minutes, and increase it through the week, you will reach optimum heath, as the distances are long and at a face pace. For those of us who are not competitive, you may want to settle for shorter distance and a slower speed.

Walking does many things to your body, as the heart pumps faster, strengthening the heart, and the leg muscles are developed, as well as losing body fats build around the waist and hip. If you have no time for exercise, walk about thirty minutes a day, from walking from your house to the market daily, or find ways and means to walk within the vicinity of the house.

There are many opportunities to walk through the day, if you were to find ways and means to do so. Walking can be an everyday affair, as there are hundred and one things that you do that require walking; like running errands, walk to the food centre instead of taking a bus or drive, and making habits to walk to your destinations instead of taking short cuts.

If you’re determined to loss weight and be energetic and bubbly, walk everyday and you will do so with ease without fussing, and soon you’ll find that you are doing those extra exercises without you realising it. Stride your steps each day, and soon it will be an effortless walk daily.