Facts You Should Know About Fats

1. The best oils are the ones least refined and pressed at low temperatures.

2. Oils should be stored in a cool dry place without exposure to oxygen or light. The refrigerator is ideal.

3. Fat-free diets lead to Essential Fatty Acid deficiency, which in turn leads to many serious health concerns.

4. Low-fat, high-sugar diets have a negative effect on mood, mental performance and behaviour in children and adults.

5. Omega 3 and 6 fats assist weight management by helping reduce fat production in the body, increase fat burning and metabolism, and shift the body from burning glucose for energy to burning fat.

6. Saturated fat is the most plentiful fat in the body. Because it is non-essential the body can produce it and we don’t require much from the diet. However, in modest amounts, it’s not harmful and is necessary for energy production.

7. In Canada, a product can claim to be trans fat-free if it contains less than 0.2g of trans fat per serving.

8. Nutrition labels can list 0 trans fats if the product contains less than 0.5g of trans fat per serving.

9. Health Canada has made it optional for baby and toddler food manufacturers to list trans fats on nutrition labels.

Great Health: The Key Factors You Must Know

Life is difficult and unfortunately we all experience various stresses.  The sorrows surrounding death, the stress involved with financial difficulties and even the fear of making the wrong decisions in life all make us feel like we are navigating an emotional land mine.  Emotions stemming from fear, triggered by the external world, is something we all face from time to time.  Some of us more then others.

When so much is going on in life, it’s difficult at times to keep your head up and stay positive.  You find yourself thinking of the what ifs, dwelling on the sadness or anger, walking with your head down or simply wanting to be left alone.

Whatever emotion is being brought up to the surface, it is very important that you acknowledge it.  Your emotions are very real and it doesn’t matter whether or not someone else understands them – they are yours and need to be valued and addressed.

We are all told by so many other people that our emotions are ridiculous or we shouldn’t feel that way.  Well, part of the healing process is accepting that you have emotions and that they are real to you.  It’s far better to feel, then to not feel at all.

So sit with your emotions and really feel them.  Feel where they are coming from.  What part of your body is being affected by them?  Ask yourself why you feel the way you do and do you ever recall feeling that way in the past.  Also concentrate on your heart and ask yourself what the emotion is really telling you about you.

By asking yourself these questions, you can really get personal with your emotions in order to understand them.  This is the beginning of understanding, accepting and loving yourself.

When you love yourself, getting through external situations becomes a lot easier.  You will find your health gets better, your relationships are more pleasant and you get to enjoy the beauty life has to offer.

Taking supplements, exercising and eating healthy has been proven to help in dealing with emotions and the mind.  However, in order to be successful, you need to love yourself.  Loving yourself in good times and in bad is really the key to happiness, which plays a major role in good health.

What’s your poo telling you?

Terri Coles, Reuters

Everything you ever wanted to know about gastrointestinal health

When it comes to ways to keep track of our health, a daily peek in the toilet bowl is probably not what first comes to mind.

But one gastroenterologist says that your bowel movements can be an important clue to the state of your digestive health.

Dr. Anish Sheth — otherwise known as Dr. Stool — and Josh Richman outline all the things you can learn from examining your feces in “What’s Your Poo Telling You?,” a book that uses jokes and trivia as a way to get people comfortable with talking about gastrointestinal health.

A look in the toilet bowl reveals a lot about your gastrointestinal health.

“Of course there’s a humorous side to the subject of poo,” said Sheth, a gastroenterology fellow at Yale University. “But what isn’t as well known is that you can learn about your health by looking in the bowl.”

The book comes with a serious message about the importance of preventing colon cancer, the second deadliest cancer in the United States, Sheth said. People may have some embarrassment when they first pick up the book, he said, but making health the focus of taboo topics makes it easier to discuss them. “I think that’s a safe place.”
The increasing availability of information online is breaking down taboos about previously undiscussed personal health topics, Sheth said.

“Patients are coming to the table with a lot more information about particular conditions or concerns they may have.”

Discussions of bowel health in popular culture also help open up discourse, he said.

Oprah Winfrey recently devoted an episode of her talk show to discussing gastrointestinal health with Dr. Mehmet Oz.

“The Fiber 35 Diet” — a book advocating a high-fiber diet, along with cleansing and detox, for weight loss — hit the New York Times bestsellers list, and a new book called “The ’Regular’ Gourmet Everyday: Sumptuous Recipes for the GastroAmerican Cancer Societyintestinally Challenged,” by author Danielle Svetcov, will soon be released.

And last year, the hospital sitcom Scrubs devoted a song to bowel movements — “Everything Comes Down to Poo” — in a musical episode.

READ THE BOWL

So what can your bowel movements reveal?

A floater is usually the result of too many burritos, but if it comes accompanied by a particularly bad smell and the presence of grease — an indication of fat in the stool — that can be a sign of underlying GI problems, usually related to the liver or pancreas and the body’s ability to digest fat.

Thin stools — The Snake — are probably just a sign that you’re straining too hard and causing your sphincter to contract, but when seen progressively over a longer period of time they might indicate a colonic blockage due to rectal cancer.

Variations in stool colour are expected, but persistent changes can be an indication of a health problem: green stools can indicate a gastrointestinal infection, while white or grey stools may be the result of a bile duct blockage or liver disease.

Most serious of all is what Sheth and Richman term Rambo Poo. The appearance of blood in the stool is often an indication of gastrointestinal bleeding, Sheth said. Blood can be the result of something relatively minor, like hemorrhoids or diverticulosis. But it could also be the result of colon cancer, and the book advises anyone who sees blood in their stool to visit a doctor. Sheth pointed out that many people may not realize that black stool can indicate blood as well. GI bleeding can develop gradually over time, he said, so paying attention to bowel movements can help to catch it — and its cause — early on. (To that end, he and Richman are releasing a second book, “The Poo Log,” this spring.)

But the book is not meant to be alarmist. There is no perfect bowel movement, Sheth said, and regularity can be defined as emptying your bowels anywhere from three times a day to three times a week. The average weight of a day’s worth of stool is 450 grams, which is about a pound, but day-to-day variations are normal based on factors like diet and stress levels.

Serious issues aside, good bowel movements can affect how you feel each day, Sheth said.

Do Vitamins Extend Lifespan?

In a UCLA report in 1992 it was announced that men who took 800 mg a day of vitamins C lived six years longer than those who consumed the FDA’s recommended daily allowance of 60 mg a day. The study, which evaluated 11, 348 participants over a ten year period of time, showed that high vitamin C intake extended average life span and reduced mortality from cardiovascular disease by 42%. This study was published in the journal Epidemiology (1992; 3:3, pp 194-202).

In another study involving 11, 178 participants (published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition August 1996) those who took vitamin C and E supplements experienced a 42% reduction in overall mortality.

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