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The foods we recommend below have a low Glycemic Index and are high in fibre, helping to control blood glucose levels. Including them in your diet is key to controlling diabetes, and if you are not diabetic they help prevent you from developing it.

Foods That Lower Blood Sugar Level


1. Sweet potato


Potatoes have a high glycaemic index, which raises blood sugar rapidly, but sweet potatoes have low glycaemic index and are equally nutritious.

In addition, sweet potato meat contains even more fiber than skin, so it's especially good if you have diabetes.

2. Rye bread


Bread is often a "forbidden" food for diabetics because it is rich in simple carbohydrates that immediately raise blood sugar. However...

Rye bread, spelt bread and 100% whole wheat bread have a Glycemic Index below 55, which gradually releases glucose into the blood and does not cause sharp peaks.

3. Apple


With the exception of pineapple and melon, most fruits have a low glycemic index, especially apples and blueberries.

This is due to its high water and fiber content that compensates for its natural sugar (fructose).

Keep in mind that, as fruits ripen, the Glycemic Index (GI) increases. Fruit juices also have a high GI because some of the fiber is removed. So when you make them at home, at least don't strain them and the loss will be less.

4. Oats


Oatmeal has a double advantage:

It has a GI below 55 and contains a type of fiber (beta-glucans), which helps maintain glycemic control by improving insulin sensitivity.

The best thing to do in case of diabetes is to save it. Your flour is also healthy, but should be consumed in small amounts because it is rich in carbohydrates (1 cup contains 28 g of carbohydrates).

5. Nuts


They are very rich in dietary fiber and their GI is reduced.

They are also a source of phytochemicals such as flavonoids, minerals such as potassium and magnesium, and antioxidant vitamins that help improve insulin resistance.

Ideally, nuts should be processed as little as possible. Those with flavorings or coatings have higher GI values.

6. Garlic


The medicinal virtues of garlic have been well known for centuries. In addition, it has been scientifically proven to contain compounds that help improve insulin resistance.

Research by the American Chemistry Society has shown that its antioxidants protect the heart from diabetes-induced heart disease.

You can take it raw, add it to salads, or use it as a dressing to flavor your dishes.


legumes


7. Legumes


Chickpeas, lentils, beans or peas have a reduced glycemic index and, above all, a lot of fibre.

Research has shown that the addition of legumes to the diet improves glycaemic control and reduces the risk of coronary heart disease in people with type 2 diabetes.

Ideally, 3 servings a week.

8. Cod


Fish, like meat, does not contain carbohydrates, so its GI is 0.

However, a 5-year study of Norwegian women found that eating cold water fish, especially cod, helps control and prevent diabetes, which is not the case with meat.

Whenever possible, it is best to choose fish as a source of protein in the diet.

9. Avocado


Consuming 100 g of avocado daily (a quarter of a large piece) helps reduce cholesterol and glucose levels.

The reason is that it contains 9 g of fiber per 100 g of food, which prevents blood glucose levels from rising rapidly.

Good avocado fats also help improve cardiovascular health.

10. Yogurt


Drinking yogurt daily helps reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes.

This was demonstrated in a large meta-analysis conducted in 2014, according to which yogurt is the only dairy that decreases the risk of this disorder.

Of course, yogurt must be natural. Sweetened or flavored yogurt contains sugar and sweeteners that should obviously be avoided if you have diabetes.

SEE ALSO: Foods That Can Prevent Cancer - Based on Studies

DO YOU KNOW WHAT THE GLYCEMIC INDEX IS?


This term is used to measure how quickly carbohydrates from a food pass into the blood as glucose after being digested. Logically, the faster this process takes place, the more sugar peaks are produced and the worse it is for your health.

The glycaemic index of a food can be low, medium or high and is measured with a numerical scale from 0 to 110. The higher this value is, the more glycaemic rises it causes by eating them:


  • The GI is high if it is greater than 70.
  • The GI is medium if the value is between 56 and 69.
  • The GI is low when it ranges from 0 to 55.


Remember that this term only refers to foods that contain carbohydrates.

The 10 Foods That Lower Blood Sugar Level

The 10 Foods That Lower Blood Sugar Level

A baby's delicate stomach can't take any food. The maturation process required by the digestive system means that the baby is not prepared to digest certain foods during the first months of life, when in addition only breast milk is sufficient to cover its nutritional needs.

However, from 6 months, the baby needs other nutrients and pediatricians give parents some tables or recommendations on how, when and in what order to introduce food in the baby's diet. watch out! A child under the age of 2 years old should never eat these foods.

Never Give These 7 Foods To a Baby Under 2 Years Old

Salt


You might find it crazy to cook without salt. When you prepare different porridge for your little one and try them, you will find them terribly unsavory. However, too much salt is very harmful to children. With the sodium in the food and the sodium in the milk, they have enough.

Beverages


If you're a fan of cola drinks or sugary soft drinks, it's possible that - when your little one sees you drinking them - he'll want some too. Don't give him! The amount of sugar they have, in addition to caffeine, artificial coloring and sweeteners will affect your sleep cycle, make you irritable, lose your appetite and can lead to obesity.

Honey


Many people don't know it, but this food can cause botulism by containing the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. If - after eating honey - your little one gets intoxicated with it, you should take him immediately to a hospital because it can have deadly consequences. Some of the symptoms are: Seeing double or blurred, drooping eyelids, difficulty speaking or swallowing, dry mouth and muscle weakness.

Peanuts


Actually, any nut is totally forbidden. In addition to producing allergies, this food is one of the most frequent causes of child choking. Therefore, children should not consume it until at least their fifth birthday.

Candies


Actually any processed sugar or sweeteners. If you're going to give your little one a fruit dessert, you don't need to add any of these foods. In addition, sweets - in whatever format they come in - are full of empty calories (i.e. they don't provide any nutrients), and saturated sugars. Watch out! Kids can't eat chewing gum or snacks like Doritos, Chips, etc.

Sausages


Not only are they a source of processed meat, which means they are full of nitrates, sodium and fat, but they also make choking easier. Although they are easy to prepare and children love them, beware! If you give them to them, try to cut them into very small pieces and cook them only on special occasions.

Swordfish and bluefin tuna


they are fish with a high mercury content so the baby should not take them until the age of 3 years old.


SEE ALSO: Healthy Kids Thrive in the Kitchen


Watch out! Never Give These 7 Foods To a Child Under 2 Years Old

Watch out! Never Give These 7 Foods To a Child Under 2 Years Old

Chamomile tea accelerates metabolism and helps burn fats fast

Chamomile tea to lose weight is one of the most recommended by neurologists, to take and wake up the body at the beginning of the morning before any food, chamomile works as a metabolism accelerator and thus you can burn more fat quickly.

Chamomile Tea for weight loss and Calming Anxiety


You can start your day drinking tea but you can also drink chamomile before going to bed after dinner to sleep peacefully.

Chamomile tea is considered one of the methods to lose weight and is characterized by being one of the herbs that has greater therapeutic properties and helps you eliminate bad fats. This tea also has anti-stress effects so it calms anxiety and helps to fall asleep.

It is also diuretic and antioxidant and is one of the best natural allies for losing weight. Chamomile also works as a natural anti-inflammatory and soothes pain.

Slimming Chamomile: Ingredients for preparing tea that will help you lose weight.

A litre of water, a spoonful of chamomile or for a cup two sachets of chamomile, if you do not have the chamomile flower, you can replace it with 4 sachets of chamomile tea.

HOW TO PREPARE CHAMOMILE TEA


Let the water boil and then add the chamomile sachets and let it rest for a few minutes.

You can strain if you used chamomile flower and drink hot in the morning and a cup at night before going to sleep. Chamomile tea helps to purify the body, especially at the digestive level. It works because it contributes to the assimilation of nutrients and at the moment of accelerating the metabolism you will start to lose weight. This tea is recommended to use it one week if and next week you could use the green tea but if you feel well you can continue taking it daily.

Chamomile Benefits for Anxiety and Digestion




SEE ALSO: Natural Remedies for Anxiety: 7 Natural Remedies to Calm Stress Anxiety Symptoms


More benefits of chamomile

This herb works mainly as an anti-inflammatory, is also used for allergies and is antibacterial.

Chamomile is used in some parts of the world as a sedative. In addition, it has good digestive advantages, so it is recommended to drink a cup of chamomile tea after eating to relieve aches and pains.

Another great benefit of chamomile is that it helps control diabetes by controlling the amount of sugar in the blood.

Chamomile Tea for Slimming and Calming Anxiety

Chamomile Tea for Slimming and Calming Anxiety

If your dry cough is bothering you, it's time to look for effective and practical solutions that will allow you to rest better. We tell you everything you can do to alleviate this annoying symptom.

Influenza viruses irritate the upper respiratory tract, causing a dry or unproductive cough, which only irritates your throat and ends up causing coughing spells.

How to Get Rid of Dry Cough


With this symptom you can make small changes in your sleeping routine and rely on medicinal plants to overcome the discomfort of the throat faster.

  • Avoid placing the heating high during the day or night, with it you will only make the environment dry.
  • If you need to maintain a good level of humidity, it is better to opt for a humidifier inside the room where you sleep. If you don't have one, you can use a pot of boiling water.
  • Remember to drink plenty of fluids, keeping your throat hydrated is essential.
  • You should also avoid caffeine because it dries the throat even more (these days forget the coffee, tea and colas).

THYME INHALATION


Inhale thyme but don't take it at night because it's stimulating.


  • Pour boiling water into a deep dish and add 5 drops of thyme or eucalyptus essential oil.
  • Bring your face closer to the dish and cover your head with a towel.
  • Breathe the steam deeply for a few minutes.
  • You can also take the thyme in decoction (boil a tablespoon of plant per glass of water for 5 minutes and let stand 10).
  • Another ideal plant for a dry cough is ginger root in decoction (make it with ½ cm of root per glass of water).


SLEEPING...



  • The stretched posture favors coughing, so it usually intensifies at night while you sleep.
  • To avoid it, place one or two cushions on the pillow, so you can rest a little bit incorporated.
  • Arrange an onion cut in half or grated on a plate on the bedside table.
  • Breathing in the effluent helps calm the cough.



SORE THROAT



  • Gargle with hot water, lemon and honey. Its soothing and anti-inflammatory action calms the sore throat.
  • Despite popular belief, it is preferable to use water instead of milk with honey, as dairy can increase mucus.
The broth relieves pain and allows you to eat effortlessly. 
  • Have some bird broth. It should have chicken, onion, potato, carrot, turnip, parsley, salt and pepper and boil for one hour. A study by the University of Nebraska (USA) has shown its effectiveness. Bird broth blocks the action of neutrophils, cells of the immune system that favor inflammation.
  • If your cough causes a sore throat, don't drink cold drinks and keep warm by covering your mouth on the coldest days (cold air, when entering through the oral cavity, irritates sensitive throats).
  • Infusions of sage or thyme can also help.

SEE ALSO: The 6 Health Benefits To Your Body After Eating Ginger Everyday For a Month


How to Get Rid of Dry Cough at Night


RELIEVING HEADACHE


When you have the flu, the headache can become very severe. This is mainly due to the congestion in the entire skull area.

Impregnate a tissue with a few drops of lavender essential oil and inhale throughout the day avoiding the eyes. In addition to the antiseptic effect it has on the mucous membranes, its sedative action calms pain.

Friction on the temples. Dilute 3 drops of mint essential oil in a tablespoon of almond oil and massage the temples and forehead with the mixture. Mint stimulates blood flow and fights headache.

Distribute oil diffusers around the house (lavender, mint...). If you stay close to the diffuser, you will breathe the essence and calm the pain.

REDUCES INTENSE MUSCLE PAIN

In your fight against viruses, your defenses release inflammatory molecules (prostaglandins). That's why you notice that your whole body hurts.


  • Willow bark is rich in acetylsalicylic acid, so it helps reduce the pain of the flu. It's not good if you're allergic to aspirin.
  • Harpagophytum, also called grapple plant, wood spider and most commonly devil's claw (its root) also reduces joint and muscle pain.
  • Ginger is of great help for its anti-inflammatory virtues. You can take the three plants in boiling decoction by 1 tablespoon of plant per cup of water 5 minutes.

THE RISK OF SELF-MEDICATING


These are the drugs most commonly used to alleviate flu symptoms, but they have their risks. Do not take medications without medical control.


  • Ibuprofen: Taking more than 1,200 mg daily (3 tablets of 400 mg) can damage the health of organs such as the heart or stomach.
  • Anti-flu drugs: These are mixtures of active ingredients. The problem is that you suffer some adverse reaction to any of them because it is difficult to find out the cause.
  • Cough syrups: They are usually formulated with morphine derivatives (minor opioids), such as codeine. It is not necessary to abuse, since they can cause addiction.
  • Antibiotics: They are useless if the disorder is viral and not bacterial. And taking them when you "don't touch" creates resistance: when you need them, they won't work.
  • Paracetamol: You should never take more than 4 g of acetaminophen in 24 hours. It is rare, but it can cause allergy. Avoid it if your liver is delicate.
  • Drugs to suck: These are to relieve swelling of the throat. Some have an anesthetic effect, so they shouldn't be taken as candy.
Drink these 3 things to get rid of your dry cough in 5 minutes 
 




How to Get Rid of Dry Cough at Night

How to Get Rid of Dry Cough at Night

Apple vinegar is one of the two most recommended natural remedies and I use it almost everyday, along with coconut oil. I use it and celebrate it for several reasons, including detoxification, improved digestion and as a natural energizer.

In addition, it can be used as a key ingredient for personal care as a conditioner, to whiten teeth and as a household cleaner. There are several medical studies suggesting that the use of apple cider vinegar can help cure reflux or heartburn, blood pressure, improve diabetes, and support weight loss.

10 Reasons To Use Apple Vinegar Everyday


The benefits of apple vinegar come from powerful healing compounds, including acetic acid, potassium, magnesium, probiotics, and enzymes. Acetic acid has the ability to kill dangerous bacteria and at the same time promote the growth of beneficial bacteria. Because acetic acid kills unwanted bacteria, it essentially acts as a natural antibiotic. This leads to many benefits related to skin, digestion, immunity and health, and no side effects :).

In addition, apple cider vinegar is a good source of polyphenols. Research supports the role of polyphenols in the prevention of cardiovascular disease, cancer, neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's, osteoporosis, and diabetes. Be sure to buy raw apple vinegar with the "mother" which means it still contains the beneficial compounds including probiotics.

Here are the 10 Reasons why you should use apple cider vinegar everyday:

1. Detoxification of your body


Apple vinegar is a natural depurative of the liver and a lymphatic tonic that helps detoxify your body. It helps balance the body's pH and stimulates the cardiovascular system, intestinal mobility and lymphatic drainage.


SEE ALSO: NATURAL LIVER CLEANSING FOODS (NATURAL LIVER DETOX)

2. Natural conditioner and deodorant 


Can be used as a natural hair conditioner, and gives it a lot of shine. Take an empty bottle of shampoo, then fill it with 1 tablespoon of apple vinegar and 1 cup of water. Pour this into the hair after shampooing three times a week for best results. Bad bacteria and yeasts are a major cause of body odor. The armpit can remain moist which also makes it a breeding ground for bad bacteria. Simply rubbing a little apple vinegar on your fingers and running in the armpit can kill the yeast and neutralize the odors keeping it smelling fresh all day long.

3. Natural Tooth Whitener


One of the most common uses is as a natural tooth whitener. Use apple vinegar with a finger and rub it on your teeth for 1 minute. Then rinse the mouth with water. The pH of apple cider vinegar can remove stains from teeth that help naturally whiten.

4. Regulate PH and improve reflux, heartburn and heartburn


Some of the main causes of reflux, heartburn and heartburn are an unbalanced stomach pH and lack of enzymes and probiotics. Cider vinegar is full of all these nutrients. Add 1 tablespoon of apple vinegar in a glass of water and drink it five minutes before meals.

5. Strengthen bacterial flora and eliminate Candida overpopulation 


Millions of people around the world struggle with Candida and fungi. Side effects can be bad breath, lack of energy and digestive problems. Vinegar contains probiotics and a type of acid that promotes the growth of probiotics that help kill Candida. Remove sugar from your diet and consume 1 tablespoon of apple vinegar a day as part of a yeast cleanse.

6. Improve metabolism and help you lose weight


A study published in the Journal of Diabetes Care found that consumption of apple vinegar may promote weight loss. There are several reasons, it promotes fat loss, reduces sugar cravings, and improves detoxification. Another study found that acetic acid supplementation found in apple cider vinegar reduces body fat in mice by 10%.


SEE ALSO: HOW TO LOSE WEIGHT NATURALLY AT HOME IN A MONTH

7. All-Natural Household Cleaner and Flea Relief 


The anti-bacterial properties and balanced pH of apple vinegar make it a perfect household cleaner. Fill a spray bottle with 50% water and 50% vinegar then spray windows and surfaces for cleaning. Mix a 50/50 solution of vinegar and water to invite your pet to enjoy a tub. Do this once a day for several weeks to get rid of flea pests.

8. Blood Sugar Levels, Diabetes and Blood Pressure Problems


Medical research has shown that the acetic acid found in apple cider vinegar can balance blood sugar and improve diabetes. Put apple cider vinegar in salads or consume 1 tablespoon dissolved in water before meals. In a 2009 12-week study they found that consumption of apple vinegar lowered triglycerides and blood pressure significantly.

9. Seasonal allergies, colds, and skin problems 


Another miracle cure is for allergy. Vinegar helps break down the mucus in your body and support lymphatic drainage. Apple cider vinegar is the ultimate remedy to cure a quick cold and malaise in general! Because it is loaded with vitamins and acetic acid boosting probiotic is a great natural remedy. Take 2 tablespoons of apple vinegar in a glass of water 3 times a day.

10. Fungi, warts and skin problems


The pH of apple vinegar makes it an excellent remedy for skin problems. Rub apple vinegar in an area or use it to wash an area then put coconut oil and essential oils in the area to further support healing. The anti-bacterial and anti-fungal compounds in apple cider vinegar make a great natural cure for skin and nail fungus. Simply rub on the area of 2x mushroom daily. In addition, the use of a mixture of coconut oil and oregano oil is ideal for killing the fungus.
Put apple cider vinegar typically on the wart and then cover in band aid or bandage. Leave to act overnight and remove in the morning. You can see the results in a week or it could take longer. Thousands of people have sworn that apple cider vinegar cured warts and other skin problems.

This is just some of the many uses of apple vinegar, it has been consumed for about 5,000 years! Historical records show that apple juice has been fermented in vinegar since before 5000 BC. Throughout the ages, apple cider vinegar has been used to stimulate circulation, aid in liver detoxification, to purify the blood, cleanse lymph nodes, and improve immune system response.

In fact, Hippocrates often prescribes it for coughs and colds when mixed with a touch of honey. Vinegar is produced in a similar way to other fermented drinks Kombucha, Kefir and Wine. Like all fermented products, apple cider vinegar is made using an active yeast that is combined with the natural sugar of crushed apples. The yeast actually consumes the sugar and uses it to grow healthy bacteria, which is how fermentation takes place.

The best apple vinegar for more therapeutic use should be made from certified organic apples, no pasteurization is necessary. The acidity of vinegar is sufficient to prevent unhealthy bacteria (including E. coli) from developing. After the fermentation process is complete, the result is the formation of acetic acid, the main beneficial compound in apple vinegar. Sometimes it may seem cloudy or have "cobwebs", but this is a good thing. This cloudy brown appearance of LCA, as well as the yeast strands that may be present, are actually a sign of the fact that the cider is of good quality. These filaments are living yeast fragments, and they are actually living. Although fructose is used, the sugar is consumed during fermentation, so almost none of that is ingested in the finished product. It has about 5.3 calories per tablespoon, and a little usually goes a long way. So they end up with a very beneficial drink and practically no calories or sugar. In fact, one of the biggest benefits of consuming vinegar is that it has a positive effect on blood sugar levels, helping to keep them stable and reducing the risk of diabetes or hypoglycemia.

Where to buy apple vinegar? It is important to keep in mind that not all apple vinegar is created equally! To get the most out of using LCA, be sure to buy raw and with the "mother" intact, which means it still contains the beneficial compounds including probiotics. It is imperative that you select organic apple cider vinegar, unfiltered, unpasteurized and reap its many health and beauty benefits. Rule number 1? Look for cloudy vinegar; this is the sign that the friendly enzymes and bacteria that promote healing have not been eliminated. Yeast strands is what is known as the "mother" (the mother of probiotics). One of the best brands of local and organic production is Saludix Flora.

After seeing all these benefits that apple vinegar brings to your health you should not hesitate to start consuming and using it. Don't wait any longer.

10 Reasons To Use Apple Vinegar Everyday

10 Reasons To Use Apple Vinegar Everyday!

The traditional Greek diet, formed by history and climatic conditions, meets the main criteria of an optimal diet: it has properties that promote health and is compatible with a sustainable environment.

The Greek Diet - The Key To a Healthier Life


In simple terms, the traditional Greek regime is based on:


  • High consumption of olive oil, which in Greece, more than in any other country, is extra virgin;
  • High consumption of unrefined vegetables, legumes, fruits and cereals;
  • Preference for fish over meat;
  • Emphasis on feta cheese and yogurt, instead of other dairy products;
  • Moderate consumption of wine, especially during meals.


Prototype of the traditional Mediterranean diet


The properties that promote the health of this diet have been documented among many populations, and at different times in history. In the late 1960s, the original work of Ansell Keys (a renowned scientist who studied the impact of diet on health) on the Greek population gave weight to the idea that the traditional Greek diet represents a distinguished prototype of the traditional Mediterranean diet.

The traditional Greek diet has been found to increase longevity and protect against serious diseases, such as coronary heart disease and many types of cancer.

Recent studies have also recognized the Greek diet for its health-promoting attributes. In addition, scientists have shown that there are two factors that play an important role in a healthy diet:


  • Combination of dietary intakes
  • High quality food components.


SEE ALSO: Paleo Diet vs Mediterranean Diet

High quality

Greece can rightly be proud of the high quality and supreme taste of many of its food products, including olive oil, dairy products, vegetables and fruits. But they are not only the products that form the most important components of this famous diet. Many traditional Greek recipes and sweets have an impressive array of beneficial properties. The unexpected nutritional properties of many Greek dishes are just now recognized.

The Greek Diet - The Key To a Healthier Life

People make diets to lose weight, look for remedies to eliminate grains, but few are concerned about detoxifying the colon, and in reality something very simple.

Homemade Colon Cleanse - 3 Juices To Detoxify the Colon


We share some juices that will help you have a healthy body, in addition to you also help you to have the ideal weight.

The doctor Alejandro Junger, founder of the Clean Method, states that when the body undergoes detoxification for 21 days with certain foods, the body regenerates 90 percent.

The most intoxicated organ is the colon, which is even damaged when you get too much bile.

That's why we share 3 juices that your colon will be thankful to consume for 21 days.

Are you ready?

Delicious pineapple juice


The juice of pineapple, celery, apple and aloe vera is ideal to start desinflamar and cleanse the colon, stimulates your peristaltic movements, improves your digestion and regularly eliminates toxins.

Ingredients

  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 glass natural pineapple, chopped
  • 1 red apple
  • 2 pieces celery
  • 1 lemon (juice)
  • 1 tablespoon aloe vera pulp

Blend all these vegetables and consume for 21 days.

Flaxseed juice with chlorophyll


If anything is extraordinary flaxseed is to detoxify, and its nutrients help to reduce inflammation of the colon due to its fiber that has

Ingredients


  • ½ glass of natural water
  • ½ glass of coconut water
  • 2 lemons (juice)
  • one tablespoon flaxseed
  • 1 tablespoon chlorophyll
  • 1 teaspoon agave honey (100% pure, no sugar added)


Mix everything in the blender and consume it for 21 days.

Cucumber juice with papaya


This is special to reduce inflammation of the colon, detoxify and above all will fill you with energy in your day.

Ingredients


  • 1 cup papaya
  • 1 tablespoon aloe vera
  • 2 lemons (juice)
  • ½ cup natural water
  • ½ coconut water
  • 1 teaspoon natural agave honey with no added sugar.


Mix everything in the blender and consume for 21 days.

Homemade Colon Cleanse - 3 Juices To Detoxify the Colon

Mucus is a substance that helps the stool move through the intestine, but is usually produced in small quantities, barely enough to lubricate the intestine and mix with the stool without being perceived by the naked eye.

What Can Cause Mucus in The Stool


So when you get to observe the stool with mucus, usually indicates the presence of an infection or other alteration at the intestinal level as an ulcer or irritable bowel syndrome, it is important to see a gastroenterologist for a full evaluation and identify if there is any problem that needs to be treated.

1. Food Intolerance


Food intolerances and allergies, such as sensitivity to lactose or gluten, cause inflammation of the walls of the intestine when food comes in contact with the mucosa, generating an increase in mucus production which can be observed in the stool.

In these cases, other symptoms may arise such as abdominal swelling, diarrhea, red spots on the skin, excess gas or constipation.

  • What to do: If intolerance to any type of food is suspected, it is important to consult a gastroenterologist for an intolerance test.

2. Gastroenteritis


Gastroenteritis occurs when some type of microorganism such as a bacterium or a virus infects the stomach and intestines, causing excess mucus in the stool, intense nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, loss of appetite and pain in the belly.

Normally, this type of problem arises due to the consumption of contaminated water or food, but can also occur after prolonged use of antibiotics, as good bacteria are eliminated from the intestinal mucosa, facilitating the development of more harmful ones.

  • What to do: normally gastroenteritis does not need a specific treatment, just rest at home and drink a large amount of fluids to avoid dehydration caused by diarrhea. In addition to this, food should be light, giving preference to well-cooked foods, cooked vegetables and fruits, and foods low in fat.

3. Irritable bowel


The irritable bowel causes an inflammation of the intestinal mucosa that increases the amount of mucus in the stool. Although it may occur in all cases of irritable bowel syndrome, mucus is more common in people who have long periods of diarrhea.

Other common symptoms of the IBS sufferer are excess gas, abdominal bloating, and periods of diarrhea that alternate with periods of constipation, mainly during periods of high stress or anxiety.

  • What to do: if there is already a diagnosis of irritable bowel, excess stress should be avoided by taking part in leisure activities, but adequate nutrition should also be provided by avoiding the consumption of irritating foods of the intestinal mucous such as coffee, spicy foods, pepper and foods with a high fat content. If an irritable bowel is suspected, a gastroenterologist should be consulted to assess whether this is really the problem.

4. Crohn's disease


Crohn's disease is a chronic intestinal disease that causes constant inflammation of the walls of the intestine, causing symptoms such as mucus in the stool, severe abdominal pain, fever, bloody diarrhea, and weakness.

Although there is not yet a specific cause for Crohn's disease, it can arise at any stage of life, especially if there is a decrease in the immune system.

  • What to do: Treatment for Crohn's disease usually includes changes in eating habits such as controlling the amount of fiber ingested and reducing the amount of fats and dairy products, including their derivatives.

5. Intestinal obstruction


Intestinal obstruction occurs when something prevents the passage of stool in the intestine. So the most common causes are hernias, a bowel twist, ingestion of some kind of object, chronic constipation, or even a tumor in the intestine.

In these cases, the mucus is produced in excess to try to push the stool, which ends up not passing and generates other symptoms such as abdominal swelling, severe abdominal pain, excess gas and decreased amount of stool.

  • What to do: Intestinal obstruction is an emergency that needs to be treated immediately to avoid serious complications such as dilation or rupture of the intestine. So if there is any suspicion of this problem, you should go immediately to the hospital.

6. Anal Fissure


The anal fissure is a relatively common problem, which consists of the presence of a small wound or tear in the mucosa that covers the anal region, being caused mainly by large, hard and dry stools which dilate the sphincter causing injuries. This fissure usually causes symptoms such as diarrhea, pain when evacuating, abdominal pain, bleeding when evacuating, itching around the anus and the stool may present mucus.

  • What to do: the most important thing in these cases is to maintain adequate intimate hygiene, but sitz baths can also be performed to relieve pain and place healing ointments to heal the fissure more quickly.

7. Ulcerative colitis


This is an intestinal disorder that causes ulcers in the intestine and constant inflammation of the mucosa. So it is common for people with ulcerative colitis to have stool accompanied by blood, pus, or mucus.

Other symptoms that help identify a case of ulcerative colitis are diarrhea, severe abdominal pain, skin lesions, and weight loss.

  • What to do: It is generally recommended to increase fiber intake, through foods such as papaya, lettuce or chickpeas, to increase the volume of stool and make them less hard. In addition to this, it may be necessary to take some medication to relieve abdominal cramps or even diarrhea.

When mucus in the stool can be dangerous


In most cases, mucus in the stool is not a dangerous situation, representing almost always an easy situation to treat. However, if the excess mucus arises associated with other symptoms such as:

  • Bloody or pussy stools;
  • Severe abdominal pain;
  • Exaggerated abdominal swelling;
  • Constant diarrhea.
It is recommended to go to the hospital or to mark a consultation in the gastroenterologist, since it can be signal of more serious diseases like ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease and even cancer.

What Can Cause Mucus in The Stool

We know that in late fall and winter flu is a very common illness. That's why it's important to know how to protect yourself from the flu. In this article you can learn 20 ways to prevent it.

How Can You Protect Yourself From The Flu


What is the contagious period of a cold?

The active disease is considered to last up to 7 days, with an incubation period of 3 to 4 days.

How to avoid the flu when it is starting?

Once flu symptoms start there is no way to avoid illness. However, it is very important that you take steps to prevent symptoms from becoming severe or complicated by a bacterial respiratory infection.

The most important thing is to stay hydrated, maintain a good diet. Include vitamin C and zinc supplements. You can also use probiotics.

How to avoid a cold that is starting?

A cold is a viral illness. Viruses have a short cycle in the human body and there are no antiviral drugs for the common cold. Therefore, measures should be taken to strengthen the immune system and prevent symptoms from progressing for a long time: sleep well, eat properly, maintain good hydration, and add some supplement of vitamin C, ginseng, probiotics, or zinc.

Also take care of the people around you in your family group or people close to your work or study and avoid infecting them.

For this we have organized for you 20 effective ways to prevent the flu. Let's get to know them.

1. Avoid alcohol consumption

Drinking alcohol interferes with the quality of your sleep, which increases your chance of getting sick from not getting enough rest.

It is known that drinking alcohol at night can disrupt your REM sleep, paradoxical sleep that is the most repairing part of it.

Drinking a lot of these beverages also affects the functioning of your immune cells, which leaves you prone to developing infectious diseases.(Reference)

2. Clean your spaces inside the gym

Gyms are often places that collect dirt and germs from sweat and sweaty towels. To avoid contact with these microorganisms as much as possible, place a clean towel on the benches before sitting down.

Before grabbing equipment, weights, or other training tools, first clean them with antibacterial towels.

3. Manage your stress

Stress weakens your immune system, making you more likely to catch a cold or the flu than a more serene person (Reference).

Try to avoid stressful situations. Look for recreational activities or exercises to keep your mind busy.

4. Clean up your office space

Clean with disinfectant at least once a week, even if it appears to be clean, anything that comes in contact with other people such as the copier keyboard, microwave, elevator buttons and a chair armrest.

Rhinoviruses, responsible for the flu, can live on surfaces for up to 48 hours (Reference).

5. Include enough protein in your diet

Include enough protein in your diet to prevent flu

 

Research has concluded that protein-poor diets deplete the immune system (Reference). To avoid this, eat fish, yogurt and eggs, foods rich in protein.

6. Take probiotics

Positive bacteria that keep you healthy and protected from hostile bacteria.

One study found that taking probiotics regularly reduces the incidence of upper respiratory infections, such as cold and flu viruses (Reference).

Yogurt, olives, raw cheese, milk kefir, water kefir and pickles are rich in probiotics.

7. Drink plenty of tea

Drink plenty of tea to prevent cold

 

Drinking tea and breathing its vapor stimulates the cilia or hair follicles of the nose, which efficiently eliminates germs.

Lemon slims mucus and honey is antibacterial, properties that make it the best tea complement to prevent cold. (Reference)

8. Take a zinc supplement

According to the Mayo Clinic, zinc can prevent the rhinovirus from multiplying and lodging in the mucous membranes of the throat and nose. (Reference)

The mineral functions more efficiently in syrup or tablet because the substance remains in the throat and comes into direct contact with the rhinovirus.

Despite these advances, science demands more controlled studies to demonstrate the effectiveness and safety of zinc in preventing colds.

9. Drink plenty of fluids

Drink plenty of fluids to prevent cold

 

Drinking plenty of water a day keeps your body strong and ready to fight the germs of the common cold and flu virus.

One study found that staying hydrated boosts a specific immune response, allowing the body to kill viruses faster.

Drink plenty of water, 6 to 8 glasses per day, and avoid caffeinated beverages.

10. Clean your nose

A daily nasal wash with a syringe helps to eliminate viruses and nasal secretions.

Buy your nasal saline irrigation at any pharmacy or prepare one at home. Mix three teaspoons of iodine-free salt with one teaspoon of baking soda. Then use a teaspoon of this mixture in a cup with water and you're done.

11. Exercise

In addition to boosting your appearance and mood, exercise also improves your immune system by preventing the spread of colds and flu.

One study found that obese and overweight people are more likely to suffer injuries and diseases (Reference)

Exercises don't have to be strenuous, you just have to be on record. Start with routines that you can tolerate for at least 30 minutes a day, three times a week.

12. Get a massage

Getting massages at least once a month helps to get rid of stress and increase circulation, which improves your immune system by nourishing cells with more oxygen and blood.

13. Eat well

A study in older adults found that eating lots of nutrients improves the immune system and helps prevent diseases such as the flu.

14. Get enough sleep

Many studies have found that 8 or more hours of sleep at night is critical to maintaining a healthy immune system. Lack of sleep or poor quality sleep is associated with a decrease in your defenses (Reference).

15. Wash your hands often

The value of hand washing is underestimated, yet it is one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of a cold or flu.

A scientific study revealed that young people who washed their hands more frequently had fewer infections with the flu than those who did not (Reference).

16. Eliminates tricks

Biting your nails or sucking on your fingers when you eat makes it easier for germs and viruses to get into your body.

Don't touch your eyes, nose, or mouth with your hands, because this is one of the ways germs enter your body and become an upper respiratory infection.

Avoid touching surfaces in public places such as stair railings or sinks in bathrooms because they are full of bacteria. (Reference)

17. Exhale

Exhale gently and slowly as you pass a person who has sneezed or coughed. Do it until you get a few feet away from it. This will prevent you from inhaling the polluted air.

18. Meditate

Meditate To Protect Yourself From The Flu

 

According to a study by the University of Wisconsin, United States, your mind is capable of reducing the chances of getting the flu by up to 50% (Reference).

The study included 51 people who did meditation exercises. They recorded 13 fewer illnesses and 51 fewer sick days than the control group during a flu season.

This result is probably a consequence of the reduction in the physical effects of stress, which weakens the immune system.

19. Clean the mobile

Your mobile phone can collect more bacteria than a public toilet. So clean it with a sanitizing wipe that eliminates the microorganisms that potentially enter your mouth.

Avoid using your phone in the bathroom or while eating. (Reference)

20. Don't eat sweets

A study by Loma Linda University in the United States found that eating 6 tablespoons of sugar in orange juice or a sugary drink weakens the white blood cells responsible for fighting infections.

The researchers found that the immune system slows down for several hours after eating or drinking sugar, so your resistance to infection will decrease significantly if you drink several sodas a day.

These are the best steps you can take and help you prevent a cold or flu.

Whether or not you get the flu or a cold is now up to you. It's up to you to spend days in bed or enjoy the winter with typical activities of this season.

What are the symptoms of a common cold?

The main symptoms of a common cold are:

  • Crystalline nasal mucus (medically called anterior rhinorrhea hyaline)
  • Nasal congestion and obstruction
  • Throat irritation
  • Dry cough
  • Fever or breakage
  • General malaise
  • Sneezing
  • Lack of appetite
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Although the health community mostly defends the glass of milk as an example and good practice of a healthy diet and nutritional quality (for example with campaigns such as Get the Glass), the milk and dairy is a food group harshly punished by the new nutritional trends. The lactose intolerance of a good part of human beings has contributed to reinforce this black legend. Or books like "Your life in your hands", written by geochemistry teacher Jane Plant, have fanned the flames against them, as the author thinks she was cured of breast cancer by stopping drinking milk and dairy products.

Are Milk and Dairy Healthy? Do They Cause Cancer?


Also the latest trends in the so-called paleolithic diets, especially those more in line with Loren Cordain's guidelines, restrict them significantly, since according to these approaches did not appear in the diet of our ancestors. This argument is usually reinforced by the possible presence of antibiotics or hormones that industry uses on livestock (something that can really be a problem) and by the supposed nutritional degradation that occurs during pasteurization. Specifically, this process in which the product is heated to high temperatures for a very short time in order to eliminate microorganisms, is one of the most criticized, being blamed for a good number of drawbacks that, according to some, surpass its more than interesting sterilizing efficiency.

As you can imagine, for a server the argument "we are the only animal that continues to drink adult milk" is not enough. We are the only animal that does many things, without having to be bad or negative because of it. Although some of the advocates of these anti-dairy theories propose different mechanisms and studies to justify them, the most direct way we have to check if all these fears really make any sense is through epidemiological studies. If dairy products cause breast cancer, we will find a higher prevalence of this disease among women who consume it in greater quantity. Or if its intake affects the cells of our pancreas, the increased incidence of diabetes will also be evident.

Fortunately, extensive reviews and meta-analyses have recently been published on the subject, so we won't have to go study by study because many experts have done so before:

Nutrients


- A systematic review and meta-analysis of the effects of pasteurization on milk vitamins, and evidence for raw milk consumption and other health-related outcomes was published in 2011, in which it was concluded that although the process causes some decrease in the concentration of some vitamins, they are not many nor is it a particularly important reduction. Regarding the consumption of raw milk, the review did not identify solid studies that found neither clear advantages nor disadvantages.

- The publication of "Unpasteurized Milk: A Continued Public Health Threat" (2009) also highlighted the large number of risks involved in consuming unpasteurized milk and the lack of scientific evidence regarding the accusations of nutrient loss after this process. The following table included described in detail how little various nutrients were affected.

Cancer


- In 2011 the meta-analysis "Dairy consumption and risk of breast cancer: a meta-analysis of prospective cohort studies" was published, reviewing studies on breast and dairy cancer and concluded that higher consumption correlates with lower incidence of this type of cancer (inverse relationship).

- In 2012 in the meta-analysis "Dairy products and colorectal cancer risk: a systematic review and meta-analysis of cohort studies" the researchers also concluded that a higher total consumption of dairy and milk was associated with a lower rate of colorectal cancer. The 2004 study "Dairy foods, calcium, and colorectal cancer: a pooled analysis of 10 cohort studies" reached similar conclusions.

The 2008 meta-analysis "Dairy products, dietary calcium and vitamin D intake as risk factors for prostate cancer: a meta-analysis of 26,769 cases from 45 observational studies" also found no correlation between dairy consumption and prostate cancer. On the other hand, the global review Evaluating the links between intake of milk/dairy products and cancer published in 2012 analyzed the studies that have investigated during the last years the relationship between dairy and cancers of the gallbladder, prostate, breast and colon. The authors found no clear evidence of any association with prostate cancer and found an inverse relationship (more dairy - less cancer) in the rest.

- The research "Milk and dairy consumption and risk of bladder cancer: a meta-analysis" (2011) found no solid scientific evidence associating the consumption of milk or dairy products with gallbladder cancer.

Diabetes


- In the 2009 article "Milk products, insulin resistance syndrome and type 2 diabetes" the inverse correlation (more dairy - less diabetes) between dairy consumption and diabetes and the metabolic syndrome was highlighted and references from studies confirming this were included. Similar conclusions were reached in the 2010 review "The consumption of milk and dairy foods and the incidence of vascular disease and diabetes: an overview of the evidence".

- Similarly, in the 2012 review of which we spoke in an earlier article "The relationship between high-fat dairy consumption and obesity, cardiovascular, and metabolic disease" in the different included studies no relationship was found between dairy and diabetes, or the one found was an inverse relationship.

Mortality and Other Diseases


- These are the meta-analyses on cardiovascular diseases, all of them with favourable or neutral results for dairy products:
- In 2015 the meta-analysis "Dairy products consumption and metabolic syndrome in adults: systematic review and meta-analysis of observational studies" concluded that higher dairy consumption was associated with lower risk of metabolic syndrome.

- The review A systematic review and meta-analysis of elevated blood pressure and consumption of dairy foods" (2012) concluded that higher consumption of skimmed dairy products is associated with lower blood pressure and that whole dairy products have no association with this pathology.

- The 2008 meta-analysis "The survival advantage of milk and dairy consumption: an overview of evidence from cohort studies of vascular diseases, diabetes and cancer" analyzing studies that investigated the correlation between dairy and mortality in relation to cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer, concluded that there is a correlation between increased survival and increased dairy intake.

Conclusion: Dairy products are associated with better health and lower mortality

It seems to me that the evidence is strong. If you do not have any kind of intolerance, dairy and milk do not seem to be bad at all, quite the contrary, your usual consumption has a lot of benefits and the most reasonable decision is to take them after pasteurization. The hypotheses and theories against them may be interesting or sound good, but for the moment the epidemiology contradicts them categorically.

However, drink milk, cheese and yogurt as naturally as possible and avoid added sugars and high processing, which result in products more similar to soft drinks or sweets than real food. A drinkable one of those given to children at snack time is much less recommended than a normal glass of milk. And even a glass of water.

It is true that much of the research on dairy products has been funded by industry, but there are also many independent studies and the review "Relationship between funding sources and outcomes of obesity-related research" (2012) found no evidence that there were differences between the results depending on their funding.

Are Milk and Dairy Healthy? Do They Cause Cancer?

Although more studies are needed, there is a very close and beneficial association between women taking low doses of this drug.

Aspirin May Reduce Risk of Ovarian Cancer


Regular use of low-dose aspirin may reduce the risk of ovarian cancer, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed data from more than 205,000 American women, and found that those who reported recent and regular use of low-dose aspirin (defined as 100 milligrams or less) had a 23 percent lower risk of developing ovarian cancer than those who did not take aspirin regularly.

The risk wasn't reduced the longer women used low-dose aspirin. The study also failed to prove that aspirin reduced the risk of cancer, only that there was an association. And taking standard-dose aspirin (325 milligrams) was not associated with a lower risk of ovarian cancer.

On the other hand, taking 10 or more non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) tablets per week that were not aspirin, such as ibuprofen or naproxen, for several years was associated with an increased risk of ovarian cancer, the study authors noted.

"What really differentiated this study from previous work was that we were able to analyze low-dose aspirin separately from standard-dose aspirin," said study leader Mollie Barnard, who conducted the research while a doctoral student at Harvard University's T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

"Our findings emphasize that research on aspirin use and cancer risk should take into account the dose of aspirin," he added in a Harvard news release.

Barnard is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah.

Ovarian cancer is the fifth leading cause of cancer death among women in the United States. There is growing evidence that inflammation plays a role in the development of that cancer. It is believed that aspirin may reduce the risk of ovarian cancer by reducing inflammation.

"More research is needed to find out which women can get the most benefit from taking low-dose aspirin to reduce their risk of ovarian cancer," study author Shelley Tworoger, an associate professor of population sciences at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Fla., said in the news release. Moffitt scientists participated in the study.

Aspirin May Reduce Risk of Ovarian Cancer

The egg is a particularly attractive food to delve into. It is full of nutrients and yet has been demonized for decades because of its high cholesterol and fat content and its unfavorable results in relation to cardiovascular disease in various studies. Although in recent years the stringent restrictions of yesteryear (which were almost banned) have been relaxed to some extent, there is much confusion about the appropriateness of their consumption.

Is it Bad To Eat Lots of Eggs? How Many Eggs Is It Safe To Eat Per Day?


The egg is a cheap food, easy to obtain, which provides a large quantity and variety of proteins and fats (saturated, monounsaturated and poinnsaturated), cholesterol and many vitamins. With regard to cardiovascular risk, many analyses have been carried out depending on how it affects cholesterol levels, but this type of assessment is not very useful. Firstly, because it has been repeatedly demonstrated that the intake of eggs does not usually affect colestrol in blood in most people (not to mention the discrepancies that there are in some circles regarding the levels of cholesterol most recommended by studies such as this). Secondly, because it is more practical to skip the intermediate step of cholesterol and analyze directly what the studies say about its relationship with cardiovascular disease.

It is relatively simple to analyze the short-term effect of eating eggs frequently. Intervention studies show that they are mostly positive. If we refer to the long term, decades ago several researches were carried out that related their intake with an increase in cardiovascular risk. An article like this has even been published recently: Dietary cholesterol and egg yolks: Not for patients at risk of vascular disease in 2010 (it is an opinion-review, not epidemiological) alerting of the risks of eating eggs, with the consequent subsequent discrepant responses (so that they later say that there is scientific consensus).

The problem with old epidemiological studies is that they did not isolate the effect and possible influence of other foods. That is, the increased risk could be caused by the egg, bacon, coffee or butter toast that usually accompanies eggs. Or by any other factor. This is highlighted by the probably best reviews that have been made on the subject and which I strongly recommend reading: A Review of Scientific Research and Recommendations Regarding Eggs (2004) and Egg Consumption and Coronary Heart Disease: An Epidemiologic Overview (2000).

As the methodology of the studies was refined, especially by separating in more detail the influence of different foods, the risk disappeared. It occurred most dramatically in the famous massive 1999 study "A Prospective Study of Egg Consumption and Risk of Cardiovascular Disease in Men and Women," which followed nearly 120,000 people for 14 years. No increased cardiovascular risk was found among people who ate more than one egg a day (although it was found among people with diabetes).

How Many Eggs Is It Safe To Eat Per Day


Since then and over the last ten years most studies have reached similar conclusions.
On the other hand, in an analysis of what these risks socially mean, the 2009 review "A comparison of egg consumption with other modifiable coronary heart disease lifestyle risk factors: a relative risk apportionment study" calculated that limiting the number of eggs would, at best and for most people, reduce the risk by less than 1%. A really negligible impact.

A number of positive results that have been obtained among people with diabetes remain to be clarified. Let us hope that future research will shed light on this.

Is it Bad To Eat Lots of Eggs? How Many Eggs Is It Safe To Eat Per Day?


In conclusion, my view is that there is no compelling evidence that eating eggs is a health risk, and they are an exceptional and affordable nutritional option. As I have said on other occasions, I think it is much more important to eliminate factors with a demonstrated increased risk: stress, sedentary lifestyle, smoking, obesity, refined carbohydrates, alcohol and so on. If you are very prudent, you can limit yourself to one egg a day, as all the most recent and rigorous studies do not find any risk up to this amount. It will be enough for you to watch your usual blood indicators and results to monitor how your body responds and if, as expected, you do not see anything out of the ordinary, you will even be able to increase this amount considerably without any problems.

You also don't need to emulate Margaret Tatcher, with her 28 eggs a week.

Is it Bad To Eat Lots of Eggs? How Many Eggs Is It Safe To Eat Per Day?

What should we eat in the summer months and what foods are banned at this time of year? "The answer is not reduced to one, but has different nuances depending on each person and their habits," explains María José Tapia, a member of the Nutrition area of the Spanish Society of Endocrinology and Nutrition (SEEN):

10 Healthy Habits To Take Care of Your summer Diet


1. Be hydrated. This specialist reminds us that adequate hydration is essential and that is why we must increase our intake of water as well as of fruit and vegetables in the form of gazpacho or cold soups.

2. Follow the Mediterranean diet, also on holidays. "It could be summed up as using olive oil as the main fat of addition, eating fruits, vegetables, bread and other foods from cereals (pasta, rice and especially whole-grain products) or pulses on a daily basis, moderating the intake of red and processed meats by replacing them with fish and eggs, promoting the intake of unprocessed foods and dispensing with sweets and cakes," Tapia says. In his opinion, this nutritional pattern should be maintained because of its health benefits such as the prevention of obesity and cardiovascular disease.

3. Eat seasonal fruits and vegetables. At this time of year there are many fruits and vegetables that, in addition to hydrating us, are very low in calories. Mid-morning and mid-afternoon are good times to eat pieces of fruit such as watermelon or melon portions that despite their sweet taste are low in added sugars and suitable for people with diabetes.


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4. Eliminate caloric drinks. To control weight, calorie-containing beverages such as alcohol, sweetened soft drinks, and even those labeled as non-alcoholic products should be avoided altogether. The SEEN suggests replacing them with water and infusions.

5. Moderate meat consumption. It is advisable to eat more fish rations than meat rations per week, especially to limit red meat dishes. In particular, it is recommended to take fish five or six times, of which at least three should be oily fish.

6. Take care of the quantities. Try not to overdo the amount of food and avoid large meals. "We must control the intake of those foods that, although healthy, provide a lot of calories if eaten in excess such as fruits, vegetables, pasta or rice".

7. Choose simple recipes. In order not to increase the caloric intake, the way of preparing the dishes must be simple. Taking raw vegetables, for example, is the best way to take advantage of all their vitamins and minerals.

8. Do not abuse fats. The SEEN indicates that it is not necessary to eliminate them but to reduce the quantities and incorporate them into the diet through olive oil. In addition, the way of cooking directly conditions its consumption, so it is best to opt for grilled, juice or cooked dishes.

9. Eat ice cream occasionally. It is recommended to take them in a timely manner and knowing their nutritional composition. In the case of desserts or snacks, it is best to replace ice cream with fruit or dairy desserts. Experts remember that both sweets and ice cream are not essential foods in a balanced diet.

10. Increase physical activity. In order not to gain weight, it is important to do moderate or light physical activity at least four or five times a week. With the good weather, you can take advantage of it to do outdoor sports but always avoiding the central hours of the day.

The expert reminds us that once the summer is over, "we must continue to maintain a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle habits in order to maintain an adequate physical condition that allows us to resume our normal work activity and routines normally".

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10 Healthy Habits To Take Care of Your summer Diet

Why do you have to be careful in summer when eating eggs or mayonnaise? In the summer months, mothers often repeat ad nauseam that you have to be careful with certain foods, especially if you eat away from home. The reason is simple, during this time food poisoning increases due to eating foods that contain toxic microorganisms.

What To Do in Case of Food Poisoning


Summer poisonings are more frequent for two main reasons.

"On the one hand, because natural causes favor it, since bacteria, which are present in the soil, air or water, grow faster in the hot months (they need temperatures between 36 and 37 degrees Celsius to live and reproduce) and on the other hand, there is a greater tendency to eat outdoors (barbecues, picnics, swimming pools, travel, etc.), where security controls are not the same as in a home kitchen."

Among the main mistakes that are made to increase the risk of intoxication, the specialist points out maintaining inadequate storage temperatures, undercooking food, improper hygiene and leaving products cooked at room temperature for several hours.

The severity of a poisoning and the symptoms a person has will depend on the amount of contaminated food ingested, the person and the type of organism causing the contamination.

The first symptoms usually appear between 2-6 hours after ingestion. The most common are stomach upset, diarrhea, fever, vomiting, abdominal cramps, dehydration, general weakness and headache. "The people who are most susceptible to this type of illness are children, pregnant women, the elderly and individuals with weakened immune systems, so we must pay special attention to these groups," he adds.

The foods that cause the most poisoning


Among the foods that most often cause food poisoning, we highlights:


Eggs
This food may contain the bacteria Salmonella, which causes diarrhea, vomiting and fever. The risk of intoxication is greater when consumed undercooked, with the yolk soft, or raw, in the case of mayonnaise preparation.

"A good option is to opt for pasteurized eggs, since this process eliminates possible bacteria."

Mayonnaise
According to the specialist, homemade mayonnaise is the ideal way to avoid poisoning, the problem is that the risk of contamination is great if there is a lack of hygiene and handling.

"You should never eat mayonnaise in packages or containers outside the refrigerator," he says. "It is preferable to take mayonnaise, served in individual disposable airtight bags."

Green leafy vegetables
Green leafy vegetables offered in buffet restaurants may contain hidden bacteria. The expert points out that in these cases it is not enough to wash them with water (unlike at home, where the product can be sanitized in this way), it is necessary to disinfect to eliminate microorganisms.

"Soak the vegetables for about 15 minutes in a solution of water and sodium hypochlorite. For every liter of water we need a spoonful of hypochlorite of good origin and without smell", he adds.

Meat
Meats may also contain bacteria such as Clostridium perfringens. The meat must always be kept at a temperature of less than 5ºC and, at the moment of consumption, it must be eaten well done.

What To Do in Case of Food Poisoning - Seafood


Seafood
Raw or improperly cooked shellfish may contain harmful viruses and bacteria. To avoid intoxication it is necessary to follow some handling and hygiene measures.

Thus, we should make sure that they have a good smell and a bright appearance (although the colour of the mussels does not always reflect the quality, but indicates whether they are female or male). In addition, the shells of clams, cockles, mussels and oysters must be hermetically sealed. If they are not closed it means that the animal is no longer alive. The liquid that sometimes comes out of the shells must be clear, abundant and smelling of the sea.

Sausages
The sausages must be removed from the original packaging and stored in containers with lids.

"When serving, use a fork to pick up individual slices, avoiding handling the food with your hands," he says before adding that it is best to eat it within two days after opening. "If you see that the sausage has a change in coloring, this is a sign that the bacteria are already present", he insists.

Canned products
Canned products have an internal varnish that preserves their contents; however, small bumps can break this protection. When opening a can, make sure there are no bubbles, as if it were fermenting.

"If we open a can and do not want to consume all its contents, it is best to remove it from the packaging and store it in another container with a tightly closed lid and consume it in up to three days," he says.

Hot Dog
Finally, the specialist points out that hot dog sausage can carry the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes. To avoid eating sausages that are not refrigerated, they need to be cooked for five minutes.



How to treat food poisoning


In most cases, the poisonings are mild and symptoms disappear within two to three days, when contaminated food is completely eliminated.

"However, food poisoning can be aggravated, even leading to the death of the affected person, although these extreme and very rare cases are caused by Clostridium botulinum poisoning, which causes botulism, for example".

In general, the following steps can relieve symptoms of food poisoning and prevent dehydration in adults:

  • Drink plenty of fluids such as fruit juices, caffeine-free drinks, and broths to replace fluids and electrolytes.
  • Drink small sips of clear liquids or crushed ice if there is still a problem with vomiting.
  • Gradually reintroduce foods. We can start with soft, easily digestible foods such as rice, toast or bread, cereal, lean meat, applesauce and bananas and avoid fatty, sugary, dairy, caffeine and alcohol foods until full recovery.
  • Infants and children have special concerns. They are likely to become dehydrated more quickly from diarrhea and vomiting, so consult your pediatrician.
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What To Do in Case of Food Poisoning