Water Makes the Human Body Go RoundWritten by Rachel Williamson
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Like all things in life, too much of a good thing can be bad. It's up to you to determine your water intake needs based on your lifestyle and activity level. In hot weather, make sure to balance high water intake with enough sodium to maintain electrolyte balance.
If you don't like water, problem may be kind you're drinking. If your tap water tastes bad, try bottled water or install a filtration system on your tap. If your bottled water tastes strange, try another brand.
Our bodies can't function without water. Perhaps old saying "you are what you eat" should be "you are what you drink." Treat your body well and it will return favor in kind.
Rachel Williamson is a contributing writer for Eat This!, a collaborative blog dedicated to food and nutrition, where she has written about the benefits of drinking water.
Atherosclerosis -- The Silent KillerWritten by Nicholas Webb
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What is atherosclerosis and what are its consequences? As we have seen, with atherosclerosis plaques form along inner lining of arteries. Sometimes plaques may weaken and become unstable and eventually rupture. When this occurs, contents of plaque, when coming into contact with blood flow within artery, form a clot or thrombus. Such clot may totally block blood flow. If clot breaks off and travels through artery to another part of body, this is called an embolus. If clot blocks an artery to heart, a heart attack will be result. If clot blocks an artery that supplies brain result will be a stroke. Finally if clot blocks a peripheral artery of leg, walking may become and difficult and gangrene There is much debate just lately as to whether diet, in particular our intake of fats and cholesterol, is such an important issue. We have big medical establishments saying we should limit eating foods such as red meat, eggs and cheese and on other hand apparently healthy people eating a high protein, low carb diet. Such diets are frequently based on meat, fish, cheese and eggs.
To avoid any confusion, it is a safe approach to eat a healthy well balanced diet and pay particular attention to way in which food is prepared. Limit frying and opt for steaming or broiling. Regular exercise is also highly recommended and if you smoke: stop. These measures will greatly help to keep your cholesterol under control and make progression of atherosclerosis less of an issue.
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