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Possible Benefits of Deer Placenta

Possible Benefits of Deer Placenta

Finer skin texture and improved complexion
Smoother, softer and velvety skin
Hydrated skin and help reduce lines
Enhances skin renewal process
Helps to reduce sebum production and less open pores
Improvement in blood circulation
Assists in burning of excess body fats and firm up body
Improved energy and stamina

Placentophagia: Benefits of Eating the Placenta
This Age-old Tradition Has Some Surprising Benefits
by Amy Weekley

Placentophagia — the pratice of eating the placenta — has been observed throughout history in many parts of the world. In Western cultures, eating the placenta is often viewed as barbaric, but thanks to new information about the surprising benefits, there has been a recent push among young mothers to eat the placenta after giving birth. While many Western doctors discourage placentophagia with the claim that it carries no inherent benefits, studies have shown that eating the placenta can curb postpartum depression, replenish nutrients, increase milk production, and slow postpartum hemmorrhage.

Placentophagia may deter the onset of postpartum depression

The placenta contains high levels of various vitamins, such as B6, which can help curb postpartum depression. Eating the placenta enables the mother to “reclaim” these vitamins and put them to use in her own body. Placentophagia may also increase a mother’s blood levels of a hormone known as CRH (corticotropin-releasing hormone), a known stress-reducer. This hormone is normally secreted by the hypothalamus. According to a study performed by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), “During the last trimester of pregnancy, the placenta secretes so much CRH that the levels in the bloodstream increase threefold. However, it was also discovered that postpartum women have lower than average levels of CRH, triggering depressive symptoms. They concluded that the placenta secreted so much CRH that the hypothalamus stopped producing it (http://placentabenefits.info/medicinal.asp).” After childbirth, the hypothalamus doesn’t immediately receive the signal to begin producing CRH again, which can lead to postpartum depression. Eating the placenta can raise a mother’s CRH levels, reducing symptoms of postpartum depression.

Placentophagia may help replenish nutrients lost during childbirth

Human placenta is rich in various essential nutrients such as iron and protein. Placentophagia can help replenish these nutrients, which are often depleted during childbirth due to blood loss. This benefit of placentophagia may be especially important for vegetarian or vegan mothers, who may have slightly lower blood iron levels to begin with. (Many animals also practice placentophagia, presumably for this reason.)

Placentophagia can increase breastmilk production, especially in women at risk for low milk supply

For centuries, the Chinese have consumed the placenta as a way to increase insufficient milk production. In 1954, a study was conducted in which 210 women, expected to have low milk supply, were administered dried placenta. 86% of the mothers noticed a significant increase in milk production (http://placentabenefits.info/medicinal.asp). It follows, therefore, that placentophagia can be beneficial in stimulating breastmilk production, even for mothers who are not at risk for low supply.

Placentophagia can stimulate uterine contractions and slow postpartum hemmorhage

Oxytocin is a naturally-occurring chemical in the brain that stimulates uterine contractions that lead to the onset of labor. This same chemical also enables the uterus to contract and quickly return to its pre-pregnancy size, as well as slowing postpartum bleeding. Studies have shown that eating the placenta triggers the release of oxytocin into the bloodstream, enabling the uterus to quickly heal and tone itself after childbirth.

Many doctors, especially in Western culture, have expressed some concern that eating the placenta may spread disease such as HIV, hepatitis, and other blood-borne illness. However, placentophagia is traditionally practiced only by the mother and not by other parties, so there is no risk of spreading disease. If she has a disease, she cannot reinfect herself, and if she is not currently ill, she cannot become ill from eating her own placenta.

Other than that, there is little risk involved in placentophagia. As with any meat, the placenta must be properly cared for before consumption. Fresh placenta may be eaten raw, but if the placenta is to be stored and used at a later time, it should be frozen or otherwise prepared to prevent bacterial infection.

It is important to note that with some birth practices, such as lotus birth (in which the umbilical cord is left uncut until it dries and detaches naturally days after birth), eating the placenta is not possible due to the treatment of the placenta. However, in instances such as this, the placenta may be used for other purposes, such as placenta art, or the ritual of burial.

If you enjoyed this article and would like to read more by this author, please click on the picture of the baby’s bottom at the top of the article, next to the author’s name.

RESOURCES:

http://pregnancy.about.com/cs/placentas/a/placenta.htm

http://placentabenefits.info/medicinal.asp

http://melissabaker.com/placentophagia/

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Everything I eat is FAT FREE, why I am still FAT



Side Effects of Cola Soft Drinks

Side Effects of Cola Soft Drinks
Instead of occasionally having these drinks, people these days have started using it as an alternative for water and other natural drinks. There has been a remarkable rise in the consumption of the soft drinks and much of the credit goes to those alluring advertisements. Youngsters are mainly targeted through these advertisements and it is them who are going to suffer a lot due to their ignorance and negligence.

Have you ever thought of the health effects of drinking such drinks? Majority of us are not aware that too much of soda can cause severe health problems from which one can hardly recover.

Most of the cola drinks are high in sugar and calories which your body doesn’t need at all. On the other hand there is only a meager amount of nutrients present in it and their frequent consumption may severely affect your immune system.

If harmful means, why people are craving for it? The answer is simple – they taste extremely good, easily available everywhere and creates a fake status impression.

Some of the major side effects which has been hidden under this great taste are

Obesity

If you are concerned about your excess weight, the very first thing you have to do is to stop the consumption of these cola drinks. The soda present in these drinks is full of sugar and fructose which eventually result in the increase of calories in your body and thereby a fatty body. However these calories which build up in your body do not provide you any energy.

High Blood Pressure and heart related problems

The excessive amount of sweetener results in high blood pressure which in turn causes giddiness and increased heartbeat. Increased heartbeat paves way for cardiac related disorder and may even cost your life.

Calcium depletion

Excessive consumption of these drinks may deteriorate the calcium content in your body. The acidic nature of the drink followed by the increased sugar content eventually leads to weaker bones and also erodes your tooth enamel.

Possibility of becoming an addict

Cola drinks are rich in caffeine, a stimulant which can slowly turn you addict towards this drink just like what a coffee does to you.

Infertility

Studies have shown that, if cola drinks were consumed on a regular basis they can make a person infertile. The ingredients of these drinks have such a harsh nature.

Gastrointestinal trouble and insomnia

Frequent use of cola drinks causes gastrointestinal troubles followed by insomnia. You may also feel a low appetite and therefore a drop in your overall body weight. The soda stimulates your nervous system and thereby disturbs your normal sleep.

http://www.justhealthtips.com/side-effects-of-cola-soft-drinks.html

Gastric bypass surgery

Gastric bypass surgery

Published by Bupa’s Health Information Team, December 2010.

This factsheet is for people who are having gastric bypass surgery, or who would like information about it.

Gastric bypass is a type of weight loss surgery. It works by making the stomach smaller and the digestive system shorter.

You will meet the surgeon carrying out your procedure to discuss your care. It may differ from what is described here as it will be designed to meet your individual needs.
About gastric bypass surgery What are the alternatives? Preparing for a gastric bypass operation What happens during a gastric bypass operation? What to expect afterwards Recovering from gastric bypass surgery What are the risks? About gastric bypass surgery A gastric bypass is an operation to make your stomach smaller and to shorten the length of small intestine that the food then passes through. This allows the food you eat to bypass most of your stomach and part of your small intestine. This means that you eat less and that some of the food you eat won’t be fully digested. It can help you lose weight if you’re very overweight (morbidly obese).

Gastric bypass surgery is sometimes called a Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (named after a surgeon called Roux). This is the most common gastric bypass operation done in the United Kingdom.

Your doctor will usually suggest you may be suitable for a gastric bypass operation only if you have tried other methods of weight loss, such as diet, exercise and medicines, and these haven’t worked. This type of operation will only be offered to you if:

you’re very overweight with a body mass index (BMI) of more than 40 you have a BMI of between 35 and 40 and have a medical condition, such as diabetes or high blood pressure, that might improve if you lose weight What are the alternatives? There are other types of surgery available that can help you to lose excess weight. Some of these involve creating a smaller stomach by inserting an adjustable band.

Your surgeon will talk to you about the options available.
Preparing for a gastric bypass operation When you meet your surgeon, this is your opportunity to understand what will happen, and gives you the opportunity to discuss and ask questions about the risks, benefits and your alternatives. Your surgeon will tell you about the options available to you and the pros and cons of each.

Your surgeon will explain how to prepare for your operation. For example, if you smoke you will be asked to stop, as smoking increases your risk of getting a wound infection, a chest infection or a blood clot and slows your recovery. This is particularly important before a gastric band operation as excess weight also increases your risk of a complication. You may be given a pre-operative diet to follow which is aimed at shrinking your liver, which gives your surgeon easier access to your stomach. You may be given printed advice in the form of a booklet.

A gastric bypass operation is usually done under general anaesthesia. This means you will be asleep during the operation. You will usually have to stay in hospital for between two and five days after your operation.

You will be asked to follow fasting instructions. This means not eating or drinking, typically for about six hours beforehand. However, it’s important to follow your surgeon’s advice.

At the hospital your nurse may check your heart rate and blood pressure, and test your urine.

Your surgeon will discuss with you what will happen before, during and after your procedure, and any pain you might have. This will help you to be informed, so you can give your consent for the procedure to go ahead, which you will be asked to do by signing a consent form, which your surgeon also signs.

You may be asked to wear compression stockings and be given an injection of an anti-clotting medicine called heparin to help prevent blood clots forming in the veins in your legs.
What happens during a gastric bypass operation? A gastric bypass operation usually takes between one and three hours.

A gastric bypass operation is usually done using keyhole (laparoscopic) surgery. It can also be done through a single, longer incision. During keyhole surgery small cuts are made in your abdomen (tummy) rather than one large cut. During a keyhole operation your surgeon uses small instruments, guided by a special telescope with a camera, to perform the operation.

However, if you’re very overweight or have had surgery to your abdomen before, then your surgeon may recommend having an open operation, which is performed through a single larger incision.

Using surgical staples your surgeon will make a pouch at the top of your stomach, separating it from the lower part of your stomach. A new opening from this pouch is made. This is connected to a section of your small intestine so that food can bypass your old stomach and the first part of your intestine. Sometimes a drain is inserted to stop fluid from collecting inside your abdomen.

Afterwards, the cuts are closed with stitches or small metal clips. A dressing is placed over the wounds.
What to expect afterwards You will need to rest until the effects of the anaesthetic have passed. You may need pain relief to help with any discomfort as the anaesthetic wears off.

If you had open surgery, you may have a catheter to drain urine from your bladder into a bag. You may also have fine tubes coming from the wound which drain fluid into another bag and are usually removed after a day or two.

On the first day, you may have to wear special stockings on your lower legs, which are attached to an intermittent compression pump. The pump inflates the stockings and encourages healthy blood flow in your legs and helps to prevent deep vein thrombosis (DVT).

You may also need to wear compression stockings to help maintain your circulation. You will be encouraged to get out of bed and move around as this helps prevent chest infections and blood clots in your legs. You may have a nasogastric tube fitted (a tube inserted into your nose that goes down to your stomach) to keep your stomach pouch empty. This is usually removed after one or two days.

You will have a drip inserted into a vein in your hand or arm to give you fluids. If you feel well enough, you can start to drink small amounts of water soon after your operation.

Two to four days after your operation you may have an X-ray to check there are no leaks. You may be asked to swallow a fluid (barium) that shows up on X-ray images. If the X-ray shows that the operation has been successful, you will be able to start drinking freely, including soups and fruit juice.

You will usually be able to go home two to five days after your operation. You will need to arrange for someone to drive you home.

Your surgeon may use dissolvable stitches. The length of time your dissolvable stitches will take to disappear depends on what type you have. However, for this procedure they should usually disappear in seven to 10 days. If you have non-dissolvable stitches or clips you will need to have them taken out. Your surgeon will tell you when and where to have them removed.

Your nurse will give you advice about caring for your healing wounds before you go home and give you a date for a follow-up appointment.
Recovering from gastric bypass surgery If you need pain relief, you can take over-the-counter painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen. Always read the patient information that comes with your medicine and if you have any questions, ask your pharmacist for advice.

You will need to make changes to the foods you eat after your operation and you will only be able to eat small amounts at each meal. You will be given specific dietary advice. Initially your diet needs to be very soft and pureed; your dietitian or surgeon will explain how to reintroduce solids into your diet. You may also be asked to take vitamin and mineral supplements.

You will be asked to make other changes to your lifestyle, such as becoming more active. These changes will help you to get the most from your gastric bypass operation and will help you to lose weight and keep it off. Your dietician and surgeon will give you more advice about the foods you can eat and what other changes you need to make.

You may need to have regular blood tests after your operation. These are to check that you’re getting all of the vitamins, minerals and nutrients you need to stay healthy.

It usually takes between four and six weeks to make a full recovery from a gastric bypass operation. However this varies between individuals, so it’s important to follow your surgeon’s advice.
What are the risks? As with every procedure, there are some risks associated with gastric bypass surgery. We have not included the chance of these happening as they are specific to you and differ for every person. Ask your surgeon to explain how these risks apply to you.

Side-effectsSide-effects are the unwanted but mostly temporary effects you may get after having the procedure. You’re likely to have some bruising, pain and swelling of the skin around your wounds.

You may feel or be sick after eating, because the amount you’re able to eat is a lot less than before the operation. This will get better as you change your eating habits.

If you eat too many sugary foods, you can get an unpleasant sensation called dumping. This is when the food moves too quickly through your digestive system and causes your blood sugar or blood pressure to fall. This is very rare if you follow your diet closely. It may make you feel sick or faint, or give you abdominal pain and diarrhoea. Eating small meals and eating little or no sugary food will help to ease these symptoms. You may also find it helpful to sit down for around 20 minutes after a meal and rest, rather than getting straight back to work or other activities.

ComplicationsComplications are when problems occur during or after the operation. Most people aren’t affected. The possible complications of any operation include an unexpected reaction to the anaesthetic, excessive bleeding or developing a blood clot, usually in a vein in the leg (DVT).

Being very overweight increases the risk of complications following any operation. You’re more likely to have complications from having a general anaesthetic and are more at risk of developing blood clots. If you have other conditions linked to your weight, such as high blood pressure or diabetes, then these can also increase your risk of developing complications.

Complications specific to a gastric bypass operation can include:

an infection in your wound or a chest infection
a blood clot in your lung (pulmonary embolism)
a leak at the place where your intestine is re-joined to your stomach. This can be serious and will need surgery to repair it straightaway
a lack of protein, vitamins and minerals caused by the change in the amount and type of food you’re able to eat after the operation. This can affect your general health. Vitamin and mineral supplements and a high protein diet can help to prevent this If you lose weight quickly, you may develop gallstones. These can be painful and you may need surgery to remove them. Your surgeon may advise removing your gallbladder when you have your operation or prescribe a medicine called ursodeoxycholic acid to reduce your risk. Always ask your surgeon for advice and read the patient information leaflet that comes with your medicine.

During your operation your surgeon may come across an unexpected problem and may need to convert the keyhole operation to an open procedure. This won’t affect how well the operation works, but it may take a longer time for you to recover afterwards.

Not everyone loses enough weight after gastric bypass surgery. If this happens your surgeon may suggest another operation.

The exact risks are specific to you and will differ for every person, so we have not included statistics here. Ask your surgeon to explain how these risks apply to you.

http://www.bupa.co.uk/individuals/health-information/directory/g/gastric-bypass

Irish Diet

An Irishman was terribly overweight, so his doctor put him on a diet.

‘I want you to eat regularly for 2 days, then skip a day, then eat regularly again for 2 days then skip a day …… And repeat this procedure for 2 weeks.

The next time I see you, you should have lost at least 5 pounds.’

When the Irishman returned, he shocked the doctor by having lost nearly 60lbs!

‘Why, that’s amazing!’ the doctor said, ‘Did you follow my instructions?’

The Irishman nodded …
‘I’ll tell you though, by jaesuz, I t’aut I were going to drop dead on dat 3rd day.’

‘From the hunger, you mean?’ asked the doctor.

‘No, from the f**kin’ skippin’!.

Why do some girls cut their pictures and leave only their faces?

Why do some girls cut their pictures and leave only their faces?

8 Secrets of the Naturally Slim

8 Secrets of the Naturally Slim
Act like you’re a size smaller, and you will be! Find out how thin women thrive in a super-sized world
By Megan McMorris
How Do They Do It?

We all have that one thin friend—one of those at-her-happy-weight-forever women who’s never bullied into submission by the bread basket, and when she says “I’ll just eat one bite,” she does just that. Is she for real?

Turns out, research shows that skinny people simply don’t think about food the same way as—well, the rest of us. “Thin people have a relaxed relationship with food,” explains David L. Katz, MD, MPH, director, Prevention Research Center, associate professor adjunct in Public Health, Yale University School of Medicine. “Those who are overweight, however, tend to be preoccupied by it. They focus on how much or how often they eat, or attach labels like good and bad to certain foods. As a result, mealtime is always on the brain.”

Here, weight loss experts explore the mysterious minds of the “naturally” slim, and how to eat like skinny women. Learn what they do, what they don’t, and how you can act the part.

1. They Choose Satisfied Over Stuffed

On a fullness scale of 1 to 10, skinny women stop eating at a level of 6 or 7, says Jill Fleming, RD, author of Thin People Don’t Clean Their Plates. The rest of us may keep going to an 8 or 10. Why? It may be because you mistakenly equate the sensation of fullness with satisfaction and feel deprived if you stop short, says Fleming. Or you may just be used to finishing what’s in front of you, regardless of whether you really need it.

Copy Them: To eat like skinny women, about halfway through your next meal, put your fork down and, using the 1 to 10 scale, rate your level of fullness. Do it again when you have about five bites left. The goal is to increase your awareness of how satisfied you feel during a meal. (Bonus: It also slows down your eating, which allows the sensation of fullness to settle in.)

2. They Realize Hunger Isn’t an Emergency

Most of us who struggle with extra pounds tend to view hunger as a condition that needs to be cured—and fast, says Judith S. Beck, PhD, author of the Beck Diet Solution. “If you fear hunger, you might routinely overeat to avoid it,” she says. Thin people tolerate it because they know hunger pangs always come and go, buying them some time.

Copy Them: Pick a busy day to purposely delay lunch by an hour or two. Or try skipping an afternoon snack one day. You’ll see that you can still function just fine. Then next time you feel those grumbles, you’ll hold off before making a beeline for the fridge.

3. They Don’t Cure Sadness with Food

It’s not that skinny women are immune to emotional eating, says Kara Gallagher, PhD, a weight loss expert based in Louisville. But they tend to recognize when they’re doing it and stop.

Copy Them: Add the word ‘Halt’ to your vocabulary, says Gallagher. More than just a command (as in stop eating that entire sleeve of cookies), it’s an acronym that stands for Hungry, Angry, Lonely, or Tired—the four most common triggers for emotional eating.

If you’re truly hungry, eat a balanced snack, such as a handful of nuts, to tide you over until your next meal. But if you’re angry, lonely, or tired, seek an alternative calorie-free solution to your emotional need. Blow off steam by going for a run or just jumping around—the heartbeat boost will help dissipate your anger. Lonely? Call a friend, e-mail a family member, or walk to the park or mall. Being around others will make you feel more connected to your community (even if you don’t bump into anyone you know). If you’re tired, for heaven’s sake, sleep!

4. They Eat More Fruit

Skinny women, on average, have one more serving of fruit and eat more fiber and less fat per day than overweight people, reports a 2006 study published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association.

Copy Them: Start tinkering. To eat like skinny women, examine your diet for ways to add whole fruits (not juices) to your meals and snacks. Aim for two or three servings per day. Sprinkle berries in your cereal or on your yogurt. Add sliced pears to your turkey sandwich, or bake an apple for dessert. Keep a bowl of fruit on your kitchen table or desk to motivate you to think fruit first, vending machine never.

5. They’re Creatures of Habit

Any dietitian will tell you that a varied diet is good–but too much variety can backfire, says Katz, author of The Flavor-Full Diet. Studies have shown that too many tastes and textures encourage you to overeat, he explains. “Thin people have what I call a food groove—the majority of their meals consist of well-planned staples,” says Beck. “There are a few surprises thrown in, but for the most part, their diets are fairly predictable.”

Copy Them: Try to eat as consistently as possible with your major meals—have cereal for breakfast, a salad at lunch, and so forth. It’s okay to add grilled chicken to the salad one day and tuna the next, but by sticking to a loosely prescribed meal schedule, you limit the opportunities to overindulge.

6. They Have a Self-Control Gene

Researchers at Tufts University found that the biggest predictor of weight gain among women in their 50s and 60s was their level of disinhibition, or unrestrained behavior. Women with low disinhibition (in other words, a finely tuned sense of restraint) had the lowest body mass index. High disinhibition (i.e., low restraint) was linked to an adult weight gain of as much as 33 pounds.

Copy Them: Prepare for moments when your disinhibition is likely to be higher—such as when you’re in a festive atmosphere with a large group of friends. If you’re at a party, tell yourself you’ll take one of every fourth passed hors d’oeuvre. If you’re out at dinner, order an appetizer portion and share dessert. Or if you’re stressed—another low-restraint moment—make sure you have a source of crunchy snacks (like fruit or carrot sticks) at the ready.

7. They’re Movers and Shakers

On average, skinny women are on their feet an extra 2 1/2 hours per day—which can help burn off 33 pounds a year, according to a study from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.

Copy Them: Try a reality check. Studies have shown that people often overestimate how active they really are, says Gallagher. Most people actually spend 16 to 20 hours a day just sitting. Wear a pedometer on an average day, and see how close you get to the recommended 10,000 steps. Your day should combine 30 minutes of structured exercise with a variety of healthy habits, such as taking the stairs instead of the elevator or mopping the floor with extra vigor.

8. They Sleep Well

Skinny women snooze 2 more hours per week, compared with overweight people, says a study from Eastern Virginia Medical School. Researchers theorize that a lack of shut-eye is linked to lower levels of appetite-suppressing hormones like leptin and higher levels of the appetite-boosting hormone ghrelin.

Copy Them: Break it down: Two extra hours of sleep a week is only 17 more minutes a day—a lot more manageable, even for the most packed of schedules. Start there and slowly work toward 8 hours of snooze time a night—the right amount for most adults.

http://www.prevention.com/naturallyslim/