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Avocado Health Benefits

A supermarket at my neighborhood is having a promotion for avocados today.  At only 99 sen each, I could not resist buying at least 10 of them!  But I only bought 2 to test if they are fresh and yes they are almost perfect inside.   Tomorrow I’m set to charge the supermarket at 9am to grab a big bag of avos 😀

 

Avocado Sliced in Half

 

These days, the avocado has become an incredibly popular food among health conscious individuals. It is often referred to as a superfood… which is not surprising given its health properties.

Here are some of the health benefits of avocados:

1.  They are incredibly delicious!

2.  They contain more potassium than bananas

3. Avocado is loaded with heart-healthy Monounsaturated Fatty Acids

4. Loaded with fiber.

5. Eating avocados can lower Cholesterol and Triglyceride Levels

6. The fat in them can help you absorb nutrients from plant foods.

7. Avocados are loaded with powerful antioxidants (Lutein and Zeaxanthin) that can protect the eyes.

8. Avocados may help relieve the symptoms of Arthritis.

9. Eating avocados may help you lose weight.

10. Avocados can help stabilize blood sugar

Here are some of the most abundant nutrients, in a single 3.5 ounce (100 gram) serving of avocado:

  • Vitamin K: 26% of the RDA.
  • Folate: 20% of the RDA.
  • Vitamin C: 17% of the RDA.
  • Potassium: 14% of the RDA.
  • Vitamin B5: 14% of the RDA.
  • Vitamin B6: 13% of the RDA.
  • Vitamin E: 10% of the RDA.
  • Then it contains small amounts of Magnesium, Manganese, Copper, Iron, Zinc, Phosphorous, Vitamin A, B1 (Thiamine), B2 (Riboflavin) and B3 (Niacin).

An article from the Australia  Daily Mail Online on 16 June 2015 states that avocado could help fight cancer – in particular leukaemia cells and stops them from growing, raising hopes for a new drug.  Read more here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-3126200/How-avocado-day-fight-CANCER-Fat-fruit-targets-leukaemia-cells-stops-growing.html#ixzz3f5B7ry5Q

 

 

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5 Real Tips for Losing Weight

You’ve tried the fad diets. You’ve followed the advice of every tabloid out there. If you’re weary of ineffective or downright insulting weight loss tips, here are five real ones that will get the job done.

1. Add, Don’t Subtract

Instead of just denying yourself cookies and cakes, replace the junk food in your fridge with something else. For example, reach for sugar-free jello every time you really want candy. You’ll still be allowing yourself a treat but it won’t be the kind that sticks to your thighs.

2. Only Make Permanent Changes

Fitness fails when people make unrealistic changes to their lifestyle that they know they’ll never be able to sustain in the long run. Don’t force yourself to have a salad for lunch every day unless you plan to have salad for lunch every day for the rest of your life. Instead, stick to salad once a week.

3. Not Tomorrow, Today

How many times have you told yourself well, I messed up today, so I might as well stop dieting for the rest of the afternoon and pick it up again tomorrow? This is faulty and disordered thinking that leads directly to binging. Hold yourself accountable for every morsel that crosses your lips.

4. Find Exercise You Actually Enjoy

This ties back into #2, but don’t try to turn yourself into a morning jogger when you despise running. Find some kind of dance class or yoga workshop that you genuinely enjoy participating in, and then working out won’t be such a chore.

5. Consider Weight Loss Surgery

It isn’t giving up. It’s getting back in control of your life. Once you have things firmly in hand, it’ll be much easier to think about the future and make positive lifestyle changes than when you were careening around a corner with no brakes.

These are just a few tips for shedding the last of that body fat. For more information, including surgery options, talk to people like Dr Paul Collins St Petersburg FL. They’ll set you straight!

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Preventing Fever And ‘Heatiness’ With Hydrogen Water

I attended the girls’ Sports Day in school last Saturday.  It was a very hot and humid day.  When we left the school at about 2pm, the temperature in the car showed 40 degrees Celsius, holy cow!

After being in the sun for over 7 hours, my head was throbbing – from the school, all the way back home.  It’s kind of funny that during my school days, I was a very active teenager whose life was so involved in camping, hiking, cycling, cross-country and did everything under the sun without any issue.  Perhaps the earth  then was not as polluted as it is now, that’s why?  I don’t know. But as I age, I find that I cannot stand being exposed to the sun anymore.

On the Sports Day morning, I lugged along a few packets of Izumio hydrogen water along with me as I knew that everyone would need it badly to rehydrate and recover from the blazing heat.  For 3 years straight, Alycia and Sherilyn were down with fever after attending their Sports Day event under the ferocious sun at the stadium.  Sherilyn lost her voice and had a bad strep throat too.

This year I preempted the fever and ‘heatiness’ with Izumio and it was effective!  I had a blasting headache after 7 hours in the sun but the headache was subdued with 2 packets of Izumio…amazing, I kid you not.  You really got to try it to believe it.

After her team’s relay event, I quickly handed out a packet of Izumio to Cass. She bolted it down.

Once again, Izumio saves the day!  And I am forever thankful to my friend who introduced the product to me.

In our bodies, hydrogen functions as an antioxidant, helping to prevent cell damage and inflammation, protect DNA and combat out-of-control cell growth.  Izumio is a highly concentrated   hydrogen water at 2.6 mg/l or 2.6 ppm.

Hydrogen is the smallest atom in the chemical chart making it perfect for accessing the deepest darkest parts of the body (mitochondrial cells) where others cannot reach. Every chromosome, amino acid and protein block in our bodies need Hydrogen to build good quality cells.

For more reading on Izumio and Super Lutein, please click on the following link:

Izumio Hydrogen Water and Super Lutein

Izumio and Incontinence

Super Lutein

Day 18 On Izumio Hydrogen Water For Incontinence

Symptoms of a Body Detox

IZUMIO – Antioxidant Hydrogen Water

Hydrogen Water Facts

Super Lutein Goodness

Cancer Patients Drinking Hydrogen-Rich Water

Dangers of Eczema Steroid Creams

Super Lutein and Izumio Hydrogen Water For Glaucoma

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HFM’s Healthy Breakfast – 24 June 2015

Goooood morning world!

If you’re tucking into some not so healthy breakfast right now, like a couple of greasy sausages, spam meat, ham or bacon (I know how good they taste), go easy on processed meat and artery-clogging food.  A little of something unhealthy everyday can accumulate into something really nasty inside you over time.

For a start, challenge yourself to eat something healthier today. C’mon you all can do it – for yourself and your loved ones :)

Let me show you my breakfast for today…

A slice of flour-free sprouted 7-grain bread with dad’s homemade pandan kaya, half a bowl of gluten-free macadamia cranberry muesli (brand – Brookfarm from Australia) and a tiny wedge of Patchi chocolate (thanks to hubs for the treat!).  This is my mid-morning brekkie.  I had an orange and a kiwi fruit at 6am this  morning and also a glass of apple cider vinegar with mangosteen juice and psyllium husk first thing in the morning.  Oh yes, I also downed a 200ML packet of Izumio hydrogen water for the much needed energy and to zap away the free radicals :)

Are you motivated yet to try having a healthy breakfast for a good headstart?  Your tastebuds can be trained and tamed, just like mine. In no time, you’ll feel the difference, trust me! 😉

 

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Alfalfa Sprouts Salad With Korean Kimchi, Kobe Beef And Meat Floss

I try to eat raw alfalfa sprouts twice a week. Depending on what is available at the supermarket,  I’ll alternate between alfalfa sprouts, alfalfa and broccoli sprouts,  onion and alfalfa sprouts (onion sprouts are a tad bitter) and salad sprouts.  I only buy organic sprouts. I normally buy organic or pesticide-free  veggies that we eat raw.

My alfalfa sprouts salad  yesterday was very refreshing!  I paired it with Korean kimchi, cool cherry tomatoes, Kobe beef jerky and crunchy meat floss.  The Kobe beef jerky and crunchy meat floss were bought from Japan and Taiwan respectively by the MIL recently.

 

 

I used Mat Kimchi brand of kimchi imported from Korea. It’s my first time buying this brand and the girls and I are pretty satisfied with it. The spiciness level is very acceptable and even those who cannot stomach spicy food should be able to take this brand of kimchi.  I always try to get kimchi that has added Lactobacillus for its health properties and Mat Kimchi’s kimchi has this beneficial bacteria.

 

The health benefits of eating raw alfalfa sprouts are myriad.

Some of alfalfa’s benefits include:

Cancer Prevention Properties:
Alfalfa sprouts are rich in canavanine, an amino acid analog known to be beneficial in fighting leukemia, pancreatic and colon cancer as well as fibrocystic breast tumors.

Lowering Bad Cholesterol Levels:
Alfalfa sprouts are rich in saponins, a chemical compound believed to help lower bad cholesterol (LDL) levels while maintaining good cholesterol (HDL) levels.

Improving Heart Health:
Saponins are also believed to reduce atherosclerosis (the hardening of the arteries) and other cardiovascular diseases due to its anti-inflammatory properties.

Anti-Inflammatory Properties:
The anti-inflammatory properties of saponins are believed to help prevent strokes, reduce the inflammatory process in arthritis and lower chronic inflammatory disorders.

Rich in Antioxidants:
Alfalfa sprouts are known to be one of the vegetables with the highest amount of antioxidants. Antioxidants are crucial in boosting the immune system as well as fighting free radicals. Antioxidants have long been known to lower the rate of cancer, stroke and heart disease.

Immune System Booster:
Studies have shown that saponins also play a role in the immune system by boosting the activity of natural killer cells, T-lymphocytes and interferons.

Weight-Loss Properties:
Alfalfa sprouts not only taste delicious but are also low in calories. They are rich in protein and fiber, making this vegetable a great alternative to greasy, fatty foods, which means it can help efforts to lose and control weight.

Improving Bone Health:
Estrogen, a compound found in alfalfa sprouts, are believed to help increase bone formation and improve bone density, therefore helping prevent osteoporosis.

Controlling Blood Sugar:
Studies have shown that consuming alfalfa sprouts may help manage diabetes. Limited studies have shown a small reduction in blood sugar levels; however, more research on the benefits of alfalfa sprouts in reducing blood sugar levels are needed in order to substantiate this argument

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Super Lutein and Izumio Hydrogen Water For Glaucoma

Glaucoma is a terrifying disease of the eyes. You will not know when you start having Glaucoma as there are no symptoms till much later. The only way of detecting it is when it is already too late and you start having symptoms and then you have to treat it, or to regularly go for an eye check up every 1-2 years if you are over age 40 and have a family history of Glaucoma. I am 42 this year and yes, I am terrified of getting Glaucoma and losing my sight!!   Very rarely do babies and children have glaucoma but it is possible. Better still, to be on the super safe side, just consume Izumio and Super Lutein for Glaucoma prevention and you will be able to prevent further deterioration of your eyes.

Glaucoma is a slowly progressing disease that causes damage to the eye’s optic nerve and can result in blindness. Open angle glaucoma, the most common form of the disease, affects about 3 million Americans. It is the leading cause of blindness in the United States. Since there are usually no early symptoms, half of the people with this disease don’t know they have it. With early treatment, serious vision loss and blindness can usually be prevented.

Glaucoma can only get worse or preserved. Meaning traditionally, it is treated with a life time of regular eye drops (can you imagine how inconvenient that is?) that you have to keep in temperatures below 25 degrees Celsius and applied regularly throughout the day? That would certainly be a pain for me and knowing how forgetful I am, I will probably just go blind.

The critical thing to note is that when you start having glaucoma (and I must stress this), you have no symptoms. That’s scary, isn’t it? We could all be happily going about our day to day lives and then suddenly, BANG!! Well, at least it’s not cancer. But you stand to lose your vision. It’s just as bad as cancer, no?

Signs and Symptoms
While symptoms do not initially occur, as the disease progresses, you can lose peripheral (side) vision and then central vision. Some signs can be found only during an eye exam, such as increased pressure inside the eye and optic nerve abnormalities. Other patients may complain of ocular pain, brow ache, rainbow-colored halos around lights, or blurred vision.  Nausea and vomiting are other symptoms.

What Causes It?
A clear fluid flows in and out of the space at the front of the eye, nourishing nearby tissues. Glaucoma causes the fluid to pass through too slowly or to stop draining altogether. As the fluid builds up, the pressure inside the eye increases, causing damage to the optic nerve and vision loss.

Supplements And Vitamins 
Before you consider incorporating nutritional therapy into your glaucoma treatment regimen, it is important to consult your general physician. While no conclusive studies prove a connection between specific foods or drinks and glaucoma, it has been suggested that foods rich in the antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin may be the most effective in protecting the health of the eye.

Foods high in lutein include egg yolks, kale, spinach, broccoli, corn and peas and other fruits and vegetables.

Zeaxanthin is found in many of these same foods, but oranges and corn contain more zeaxanthin than lutein. It is also believed that individuals with a high intake of omega-3 fatty acids may have a lower incidence of certain eye diseases. Good sources are coldwater fish, such as salmon, cod and mackerel, blackcurrant seed oil and flaxseed oil.

Lutein supplements are typically used in alternative medicine for eye diseases, such as cataracts and macular degeneration. Known to build up in the retina and lens of the eye, lutein is thought to protect the eye from injury induced by free radicals (chemical byproducts shown to damage cells and contribute to the development of certain diseases).

Some alternative medicine proponents claim that lutein supplements can also help prevent colon cancer, breast cancer, diabetes and heart disease.

Taken at the correct dosage, Super Lutein can help to prevent Glaucoma, Cataract, Eye Floaters and other ailments from your entire body.

Super Lutein is a nutritional supplement containing rich amounts of carotenoids with benefits comparable to eating red, yellow, orange and dark green leafy vegetables.

Lutein, a pigment (carotenoid) found in fruits and vegetables, is known for being abundantly contained in kale, a vegetable made famous as the main ingredient of aojiru, or green juice. Spinach and broccoli are also sources of lutein. Carotenoids are pigments, available in a variety of bright colours such as yellow, red, purple, and orange, and are necessary for photosynthesis in plants. Several hundred kinds of carotenoids have been found in plants, among which, about 50 types are present in edible fruits and vegetables.

SUPER LUTEIN is formulated with lutein, lycopene—found in tomatoes, zeaxanthan—found in maize and egg yolk, as well as carotene—found in the orange-coloured pigments of carrots and pumpkins.

 

 

How much lutein do I need?

Without adequate consumption, the amount of lutein in the eye may deplete with age. Leading doctors recommend at least 6 mg of lutein per day to help maintain proper eye health. Since your body does not produce lutein, you must constantly replace it through the foods you eat. Dark, leafy green vegetables such as spinach or kale are very good sources.  However, you would have to consume more than two bowls of spinach every day to get the recommended dose of lutein!   Taking a multivitamin may help, but most multivitamins contain only a fraction of the recommended dosage of lutein.

 

Carotenoids in Super Lutein helps to suppress Cancer

Super Lutein – No. 1 Natural Anti – Cancer Food in Japan.

 

Super Lutein – a great source of lutein

Super Lutein from Naturally Plus contains high-quality  FloraGLO Lutein plus other vitamins and minerals to help address your eye health concerns, or maintain your eye health.

Make your choice. Would you rather prevent Glaucoma or would you rather treat it? Izumio and Super Lutein for Glaucoma do not only help to prevent Glaucoma but prevents many other chronic diseases for your entire body too. What a great deal that is. Some people get it. Some don’t. It is a choice that you need to think smart about.

I have spent umpteen number of days with Cass at numerous hospitals since she was 6 weeks old  and I have seen too many chronically ill people. It is really heart-breaking if you are the parent of a dying child. I have seen them all.  Take a trip to HKL (Hospital KL) – to the Nephrology and Urology Department (that’s where I normally bring Cass to) or better still, take half a day to visit the Radiology Department of HKL and these trips will be life altering. I have gone through it all, for 7 years and that is why, I value good health too much to let it slip away and then spend days on end at the hospital just to get it back.

 

For more reading on Izumio and Super Lutein, please click on the following link:

Izumio Hydrogen Water and Super Lutein

Izumio and Incontinence

Super Lutein

Day 18 On Izumio Hydrogen Water For Incontinence

Symptoms of a Body Detox

IZUMIO – Antioxidant Hydrogen Water

Hydrogen Water Facts

Super Lutein Goodness

Cancer Patients Drinking Hydrogen-Rich Water

Dangers of Eczema Steroid Creams

 

 

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Healthy Breakfast – 30 May 2015

These are some light snacks for Cass yesterday while waiting for me to bring her out for breakfast of bitter gourd + minced pork vermicelli, which is our absolute favorite on a Saturday morning…

Izumio hydrogen water (to zap away free radicals), toasted almonds and toasted organic pumpkin seeds…

 

And of course our smoothie of the day of orange + green apple + mangosteen juice + fresh coconut water and a teaspoon of organic beetroot powder.

Healthy stuff eh?  This is my little investment for my family and myself for good health and hopefully a life free from major ailments. :)

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3 Ways to Make Your Medical Office More Inviting

Most people dread visiting the doctor because most of it is out of our norm. Having someone exam your body can be uncomfortable and even embarrassing. Ensuring that patients feel at ease in your office is important in sealing their next appointment with you. Doing so can be easier than you thought.

Pleasant Atmosphere
Temperature is key here. Whether in the exam room or the waiting room, it is often colder than most prefer. Many exams require the removal of clothing which makes the visitor feel even less comfortable. Adding paintings, a television or other noticeable decor makes the person feel more at ease and relaxed during their wait and visit. Improving all aspects will leave the person feeling happier with their experience.

Friendly Service
Put frankly, people expect to be treated with respect and friendly intentions. Ensuring that you and your staff are trained to do so will leave patients with the highest impressions and promote their return.

Adequate Equipment
Plenty of people are already nervous with the idea of their appointment so making sure that everything in the office is up to date and of great quality will ease the patient slightly. Learn more about the newest options for your equipment for better reactions and results.

Many doctor visits are unavoidable so making the most of them for your clients will leave them feeling appreciated and willing to revisit. They might also spread good reviews of their pleasant experience.

 

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Dangerous Chemicals In Toiletries and Make-Up

My face is often devoid of make-up. I don’t even have foundation and face powder in my vanity pouch.  Thank God for my parents’ genes, I have pretty flawless skin.  The most I’ll do is to dust some baby powder on my face and brush a stroke or two of blusher on my cheeks. Occasionally, I will draw my eyebrows and put on a little color on my lips. I dispose my lipstick after a year, even if the stick is not even 50% used.  I really hate to think of what the chemicals will do to my body when I ingest chemicals from the lipstick that I put on.

See this list here?  This applies to everyone, not just eczema sufferers. When we use these products with hidden chemical, it is indirectly entering our bloodstream and over time causes harm to our bodies. Breast cancer is just one disease you can get from over use of such products, for example.

This is how manufacturers screw consumers!

 

My friend chanced upon this Drug Facts labelling when her young daughter peeled it off her Lady Speed Stick.  Tell me, who would actually tear the label off to read what’s overleaf.  I’ll just chuck my empty toiletry container into the recycle bin without giving a hoot to peel off the label to read what’s overleaf.

This particular speed stick, looked pretty innocent with a sticker at the back showing its ingredients.  Check out the 4th line – it says ‘Ask a doctor before use if you have kidney disease’.  So what does this mean?  It is trying to warn you that the chemicals from the Speed Stick enter our bloodstream and if you are a kidney patient, the chemicals may exacerbate your condition.

That is why I never use roll-on anti-perspirant and anti-deodorant. Even with talcum powders, I read the ingredients very carefully and only use baby talcum powders made from corn and other natural ingredients.  Once I bought a bottle of talcum powder with cooling effect. I liked it a lot as it gave me a nice cooling sensation and I loved the fragrance.  Then, the health freak me read the list of ingredients carefully and I was horrified when I read that Triclosan is one of the ingredients in it. Go Google to find out what Triclosan is.   I  buy shampoos and soaps without  SLS and paraben, though they cost so much more than regular ones.  And I drink Izumio everyday.  The hydrogen from Izumio acts to flush out toxins from our body through sweat and urine, besides balancing the pH within the body.  Hydrogen is the smallest atom in the world that can penetrate your cells at a mitochondrial level and has strong anti-oxidant properties, eliminating free radicals within your body at enormous rates.

It is really quite hard for many of us to avoid using make-up, toiletries with hidden chemicals and expose ourselves to toxic chemicals. Even the Clorox (which is highly corrosive) that you use to clean your toilets and whiten your white shirts are highly toxic when mixed with ammonia.

So do yourself a favor today by giving your body a detox to rid it of toxins and free radicals.  Besides the simple fruit and veggie detox, juice cleanse, exercise and drinking detox tea, you can also drink hydrogen water.  Choose one that suits your lifestyle.  Do not wait till your body is overloaded with toxins and serious ailments start to creep out.  Start detoxing your body today! :)

For more reading on Izumio and Super Lutein, please click on the following link:

Izumio Hydrogen Water and Super Lutein

Izumio and Incontinence

Super Lutein

Day 18 On Izumio Hydrogen Water For Incontinence

Symptoms of a Body Detox

IZUMIO – Antioxidant Hydrogen Water

Hydrogen Water Facts

Super Lutein Goodness

Cancer Patients Drinking Hydrogen-Rich Water

Dangers of Eczema Steroid Creams

 

 

 

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Effects Of Sleep Deprivation

If you ask me which department I really need to start buckling down with immediate effect, it would be my ‘sleep department’.  I am chronically sleep deprived ever since my live-in helper went back to her country for good 3 years ago.  Even when our live-in helper was around, I was already not getting sufficient sleep and with her leaving, I have since been piling more onto my already full-to-the-brim plate.

Next, you would be wondering how much sleep I get everyday.  On good days, I get a maximum of 6 hours. On most days, I get 5 hours. Sometimes fewer hours.  I know this is bad.  I have already cut down on many non-necessity chores and I have no time to watch TV or to indulge in online games, unlike many of my friends who still have the luxury for these. I wonder how some full-time working mums and SAHMs can still find the time to watch TV and play online games.   My social life is pretty pathetic and meeting friends is an occasional luxury that I get.

All I can say is that being chronically sleep deprived is damaging to my health.  My tolerance and patience levels are very low, I snap at everyone quickly, especially my kids, I am grumpy, groggy, forgetful, foggy at times, emotional, have lowered stamina when I exercise every morning and I feel lethargic.  Fortunately, I was introduced to Izumio hydrogen water and Super Lutein about 1.5 months ago to help  ease my lethargy and strengthen my immune system.  These products have given me back the energy and mental acuity that I need so much everyday so that I can function.

To be a full-time SAHM (stay at home mum) is tough already. But to juggle between being a SAHM and WFHM (work from home mum), it is akin to juggling 5 balls whilst walking on a tightrope hung 10 meters above ground!  Every single day.

The average adult needs about seven to nine hours of sleep each night, according to the National Sleep Foundation, but most of us don’t even get that much. But getting too little sleep — generally understood to mean six hours or less a night, can be serious — enough to change your genes!

Of course, one night of short sleep won’t put you at serious risk, but one week can. After just seven nights of too little sleep, researchers observed more than 700 genetic changes that could play a role in consequences including heart problems and obesity, according to a recent study.  OMG, I am petrified! And I am trying my level best to let go of some things just so I can get an hour extra of sleep each day.

 

Today, I want to share with you the scary effects of sleep deprivation.

Sleep deprivation can:

1) Lead to obesity
Too little sleep can spur some less-than-ideal food choices, including serving yourself larger portions, and a hankering for junk food, thanks to some complicated hormonal changes that occur when you don’t get sufficient shuteye. It seems that six hours of sleep or less bumps up production of the hunger hormone ghrelin and limits leptin, which helps you balance your food intake, according to a 2012 review of 18 studies of sleep and appetite
2) Up Diabetes risk
A pair of small studies from 2012 examined the link between poor sleep and insulin resistance, a telltale risk factor for diabetes. One found that among healthy teenagers, the shortest sleepers had the highest insulin resistance, meaning the body is not using insulin effectively, according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. The second study examined fat cells, in particular, and found that cutting back on sleep increased insulin resistance in these cells, even when diet and calorie intake were restricted, Health.com reported.

3) Damage bones
At least in rats, long-term sleep deprivation seems to contribute to osteoporosis, according to a 2012 study. Researchers found changes to bone mineral density and bone marrow in the rodents when they were deprived of shuteye over a period of 72 days.

4) Increase Cancer risk
A small (but growing) body of research suggests that short and poor sleep can up risk for certain types of cancer. A 2010 study found that among 1,240 people screened for colorectal cancer, the 338 who were diagnosed were more likely to average fewer than six hours of sleep a night. Even after controlling for more traditional risk factors, polyps were more common in people who slept less, according to the study.

Getting just six hours of sleep a night has also been linked to an increase of recurrence in breast cancer patients. The study’s author has pointed to more and better sleep as a possible pathway of reducing risk and recurrence.

5) Hurt your heart
The stress and strain of too little sleep can cause the body to produce more of the chemicals and hormones that can lead to heart disease, according to 2011 research. The study found that people who slept for six hours or less each night and have problems staying asleep had a 48 percent higher risk of developing or dying from heart disease.

6) Kill sex drive
Sleep specialists say that sleep-deprived men and women report lower libidos and less interest in sex. Depleted energy, sleepiness, and increased tension may be largely to blame.

For men with sleep apnea, a respiratory problem that interrupts sleep, there may be another factor in the sexual slump. A study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism in 2002 suggests that many men with sleep apnea also have low testosterone levels. In the study, nearly half of the men who suffered from severe sleep apnea also secreted abnormally low levels of testosterone during the night.

7) Kill you
It’s not just heart problems that can lead to sleep-deprivation-related death. In fact, short sleepers seem to die younger of any cause than people who sleep about 6.5 to 7.5 hours a night, TIME reported. A 2010 study examined the impact of short sleep on mortality and found that men who slept for less than six hours of sleep a night were four times more likely to die over a 14-year period. The study’s authors called this link “a risk that has been underestimated.”

8) Age your skin
Most people have experienced sallow skin and puffy eyes after a few nights of missed sleep. But it turns out that chronic sleep loss can lead to lackluster skin, fine lines, and dark circles under the eyes.

When you don’t get enough sleep, your body releases more of the stress hormone cortisol. In excess amounts, cortisol can break down skin collagen, the protein that keeps skin smooth and elastic.

Sleep loss also causes the body to release too little human growth hormone. When we’re young, human growth hormone promotes growth. As we age, it helps increase muscle mass, thicken skin, and strengthen bones.

“It’s during deep sleep — what we call slow-wave sleep — that growth hormone is released,” says sleep expert Phil Gehrman, PhD. “It seems to be part of normal tissue repair — patching the wear and tear of the day.”

9) Make you forgetful
Trying to keep your memory sharp? Try getting plenty of sleep.

In 2009, American and French researchers determined that brain events called “sharp wave ripples” are responsible for consolidating memory. The ripples also transfer learned information from the hippocampus to the neocortex of the brain, where long-term memories are stored. Sharp wave ripples occur mostly during the deepest levels of sleep.

For more reading on Izumio and Super Lutein, please click on the following link:

Izumio Hydrogen Water and Super Lutein

Izumio and Incontinence

Super Lutein

Day 18 On Izumio Hydrogen Water For Incontinence

Symptoms of a Body Detox

IZUMIO – Antioxidant Hydrogen Water

Hydrogen Water Facts

Super Lutein Goodness

Cancer Patients Drinking Hydrogen-Rich Water

Dangers of Eczema Steroid Creams

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