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API Pacific has instigated a unique medical insurance service proposition that ensures that our clients receive personal service that is not available with any other medical insurance product in Bali, Indonesia & Asia.

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  • This medical service has been developed to ensure that while living in Bali, Indonesia & Asia your safety is prioritized.
  • By controlling medical decisions in the region we:    
    - take into account the limitations of regional medical facilities
    - are able to guide you to the best medical options
    - have shortened response times significantly
    - will insure that you get to the most appropriate medical facilities in the area
    - can monitor your condition effectively and take appropriate action
    - are able to provide considerably shorter response times in medical emergencies
    - have extensive medical networks around the region for your safety
    - can initiate emergency evacuations immediately and make important decisions in minutes rather than hours.
    - have 24 hour help lines in your time zone, with people that speak your language
  • We have been active in South East Asia for over 20 years facilitating solutions for medical emergencies and routine health issues.

This personalized regional service has proven itself far more effective for dealing with medical problems experienced by our clients. A peripheral effect is that by micro managing individual cases our API Pacific Expacare products, whilst being identical to those on the global market are significantly less costly.

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Health Tips


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- Talk 2 or more languages to help protect your memory
Eat Fish to Slow Down Aging
Mobile Phones Health Risk
- Reduce Mobile Phone Risk
Regular cleaning of cuts and wounds is crucial to healing in the tropics
- Astounding number of Motorbike accidents in Bali
Blood Clots/Stroke - They Now Have a Fourth Indicator, the Tongue
Two More Drinks for Artery Health
- Great News About a Tiny Green Pasta Garnish

- All About YOU: Brain Pills

- Soft Drinks Are Bad for You

- Take Back Summer Damage
- Reel in Inflammation
- Powered Up Produce
- Impaired by the Blues
- A Whole Lot Healthier
- Legumes for the Lasses
- A Bright Idea
- Protein for the Pancreas

- Wake-up Call
- Apricot Delight
- Sweet Dreams Control Blood Sugar?
- Omega-3 Alternatives
- Exercise Your Choices
- Yogurt with a Twist
- More Talk About Almonds
- Forget Stress
- A Little Bite Before Bed
- Sweet on Antioxidants
- Plant It on Your Plate
- Herb of the Hour
- Love Those Limonoids
- Seeing Red
- Health at Every Size
- A Chewy Treat for Teeth
- It's in the E-mail
- Health-Happy Apples
- Vitamins for Moderate Drinkers
- Kid Gloves for Broccoli
- Keen on Chromium
- Real Age Benefit
- New Olive Oil Health Discovery
- Brain-Friendly Folate
- A Little Bit of Soy
- Eat the Good Carbs
- Less Meat, Less You?
- Keen on Chromium
- New Olive Oil Health DiscoveSry
- Pumpkin Joints
- Short Steps to a Long Life
- Lobster, T-Bones, and Your Knees
- Why Sweat Is Good for Colons
- A healthy Colon
- One of These a Day Keeps Colds Away
- Better Off Red
- Time for a Tea Party
- Some Say Prunes, Some Say Dried Plums
- Popcorn for your Colon
- Blood Sugar Concerns?
- Make Blood Healthier Instantly with This Oil, Health Insurance for your Heart
Peel This Tropical Treat for healthy Blood Pressure insurance
- The Coffee Hour That's Best for blood Suga
- Eat Rye Bread to insure Healthy Regularity
- Can Eggs Make You Smarter?
- Keep fit and fight Alzheimer's
- Oranges insure your health, fitness and youth
- Try This Cheap and Tasty Sun Wrinkle Fighter
- Black Rice Rivals Pricey Blueberries as Source of Healthful Antioxidants
Tea Yes Tea
- Black Raspberries May Prevent Colon Cancer




Talk 2 or more languages to help protect your memory

This is a happy message to all you that live in Bali and speak a number of different languages.

People who speak more than two languages may lower their risk of developing memory problems, according a study released today that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 63rd Annual Meeting in Honolulu April 9 to April 16, 2011.

“It appears speaking more than two languages has a protective effect on memory in seniors who practice foreign languages over their lifetime or at the time of the study,” said study author Magali Perquin, PhD, with the Center for Health Studies from the Public Research Center for Health in Luxembourg.

The study involved 230 men and women with an average age of 73 who had spoken or currently spoke two to seven languages. Of the participants, 44 reported cognitive problems; the rest of the group had no memory issues. Researchers discovered that those people who spoke four or more languages were five times less likely to develop cognitive problems compared to those people who only spoke two languages.

People who spoke three languages were three times less likely to have cognitive problems compared to bilinguals. In addition, people who currently spoke more than two languages were also four times less likely to have cognitive impairment. The results accounted for the age and the education of the participants.

In addition to speaking Indonesian for daily communication, you are stimulating your brain.
If you would like to know about any language classes available around Bali please contact us. 

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Eat Fish to Slow Down Aging

The fragile tips on the ends of your DNA reveal exactly how young or old you are.
Eating fish will help preserve your DNA for longer!

In a new study, the good-for-you omega-3 fatty acids found in fish appeared to help fragile DNA tips -- called telomeres which are broken down during abuse to your body. Omega 3 helps you stay younger for longer.

We are lucky to live in Bali as we are situated in the Indonesian island chain, and have an abundance of fresh fish available to us.

What happens as we age?

Telomeres guard DNA the way plastic shoelace tips stop your sneaker laces from fraying. But telomeres grow shorter as part of the natural aging process. And stress, body inflammation, a lack of exercise, and extra pounds can shorten those tips even faster, essentially opening wider the window to all sorts of body-aging cell damage. We're talking extra wrinkles, gray hair, brittle bones, and even heart disease and cancer

So how is fish so good for protecting our health?

Enter fish the cell police

Scientists suspect that the omega-3s in fish activate the body's antioxidant defenses against telomere-munching free radicals. These healthy omega-3 fats may also boost activity of a telomere-pampering enzyme called telomerase. Which probably helps explain why the volunteers in a recent study -- who all had heart disease and were in their 50s, 60s, and 70s -- showed such dramatically different telomere length. During the 5-year study, telomeres appeared to shorten three times faster in the people with the lowest blood levels of omega-3s, compared with people with the highest levels.

So eat fresh Indonesian fish to keep you healthy and slow the rate of health risks.

Remember grilled and steamed are your best options for keeping you healthy!

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Mobile Phones Health Risk

Research is beginning to show that mobile phone usage is causing a dramatic increase to cancer risks
Implications of Mobile Phone use on the brain

Mobile phone use has skyrocketed dramatically not only in Indonesia but in many countries, since its introduction in the mid 1980s. With more than four billion people now using mobile phones worldwide there is growing public concern regarding the health effects of radio frequency radiation

which is emitted by mobile devices[1]. Many recent epidemiological studies have been carried out to evaluate and determine the effect of radio frequency radiation and their link with associated illnesses, in particular those that affect the brain.  
The main concern regarding the increasing use of mobile phones is the

effect of microwave emissions or radio frequency (RF) radiation[2]. Mobile phones emit a microwave frequency which causes a thermal effect; this heating occurs when radiation is being absorbed, usually directly to the head of the user. The temperature rise is a result of vibrating molecules as the electromagnetic energy is being engaged.
Scientists have known for decades that high doses of radiofrequency emitted by mobile phones can heat tissues, penetrate the body, trigger

behavioural problems and damage sensitive tissues[3]. But the most concerned about, most publicised disease associated with mobile phones is brain cancer, and it is the key focus of the vast majority of studies. Mobile phone radiation is suspected of causing major forms of brain cancer such as acoustic neuroma, glioma, meningioma, and schwannoma. Particular attention is paid to subjects exhibiting ipsilateral tumours – i.e., use of the mobile phone on the same side where the tumour occurred.
While the debate still continues as to the effect of mobile phones on detrimental health effects a few recent studies link cell

phone radiation to brain cancer, salivary gland tumours, behavioural problems[4]. Two analyses of 25 different publications

identified a 50% – 90% increase in risk for two types of brain tumours:  acoustic neuroma and glioma[5]. In Israeli a study found

a 50% - 60% increased risk for salivary gland tumours among people who have the highest cell phone usage[6]. Danish researchers researched the radiation implications in 13’159 children, finding that 80% showed an elevated risk for hyperactivity

and emotional problems in those that used cell phones and whose mothers used cell phones during pregnancy[7].
Written & Edited

by: Mark Wall & Nathan Flax

[1] Australian government- Australian radiation protection and nuclear safety agency(ARPNSA). 2010.

[2] Schoemaker, M.J., Swerdlow, A.J., Ahlbom, A., Auvinen, A., Blaasaas, K.G., Cardis,E., Collatz, H.C., Feychting,M., Hepworth, S.J., Johansen,C., Klæboe,L., Lo¨nn, S., McKinney,P.A., Muir,J Raitanen,M., Salminen,T.,  Thomsen. J., and Tynes,T . 2005. “Mobile phone use and risk of acoustic neuroma: results of the Interphone case–control study in five North European countries”. British Journal of Cancer. 93, 842 – 848

[3] Heynick LN, Merritt JH. 2003. Radiofrequency fields and teratogenesis. Bioelectromagnetics Suppl 6: S174-86.

[4] Cell phone radiation science review on cancer risks and children's health. 2009. Washington, D.C.: Environmental Working Group (EWG).

[5] Hardell, Lennart, Michael Carlberg, and Kjell Hansson Mild. 2009. "Epidemiological evidence for an association between use of wireless phones and tumor diseases". Pathophysiology : Official Journal of the International Society for Pathophysiology. 16 (2): 113.

[6] Sadetzki S, Chetrit A, Jarus-Hakak A, Cardis E, Deutch Y, Duvdevani S, et al. 2008. Cellular phone use and risk of benign and malignant parotid gland tumors--a nationwide case-control study. Am J Epidemiol 167(4): 457-67.

[7] Divan, H.A., L. Kheifets, C. Obel, and J. Olsen. 2008. "Prenatal and Postnatal Exposure to Cell Phone Use and Behavioral Problems in Children". EPIDEMIOLOGY. 19 (6): 612-1001.

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Reduce Mobile Phone Risk!
(Caption Reduce your exposure to Mobile phone risk by following a few simple WHO guidelines)
While the research and evidence begins to pile up on the health implications of mobile phone radiation there are certain measures we can take to minimise our risk. The Environmental Working Group (2009) released a guide to safe cell phone use and ways to minimise mobile phone radiation, including[1];

- Buying a low radiation phone, one that emits a low specific absorption rate (SAR); to see how much SAR your mobile phone emits visit:

- Using the speaker phone option on your phone or purchasing a headset – studies show that using a headset in the head is 8 times lower than when making calls with the phone close to the ear (bit-batik 2003).

- Listen more and talk less, your phone emits radiation when you talk or text but not when you’re receiving messages.

- Choose text messaging over talking, phones use less power (radiation) to send a text than voice. If the signal is poor stay off   the phone, the phone needs to compensate by emitting more signal to the tower.

- Limit children’s phone usage, your children’s brains absorb twice the mobile phone radiation as adults.

- Skipping the radiation shield, radiation shields such as antenna caps or keypad covers reduce the connection quality and   force the phone to transmit at a higher power with higher radiation levels.

Written & Edited by: Mark Wall & Nathan Flax

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Regular cleaning of cuts and wounds is crucial to healing in the tropics

We live in Indonesia where the environment is hot and humid, its ideal for disease and infection to survive and spread. When you think about the high levels or parasites found in bathing water and the dirty water in oceans found around Bali and other crowded destinations, and you get the understanding why 13 million deaths a year are resultant of infections around the world (there are only six diseases that cause more death in the world; pneumonia, tuberculosis, diarrheal diseases, malaria measless and HIV/Aids).

So when it comes to reducing risks of infections it has been found that regular and proper wound cleaning and draining is more important then antibiotic choice. Subscribing antibiotics is an essential when you visit a doctor here in Indonesia. Clinics in Bali are filled with all sorts of different anitbiotis and its seems that this is the first form of defence. We suggest that you take a number of factors on board when you get a cut and want to reduce the risk of serious infection that may lead to staph.

Firstly, you might not need to use an antibiotic if you look after your cut rigorously. A basic low-tech wound care like Savlon or another antiseptic may work just as well. This will also limit your immune system from building tolerance to anti-biotics (which cause stronger does’s to be prescribed as your body becomes intolerant to anti-biotics).

If you clean your cut regularly up to 3 times a day, draining gunk and infection you can reduce your time spent out of the Bali surf.

Use a good dressing that stops dirt and other parasites from entering your wound.

Make sure you don’t wet your cut when you are bathing, try to stay out of the ocean and pools. If you find you do get your cut wet. Make sure to disinfect the area and reapply your ointment.

So next time you have a cut rather then let your doctor prescribe one of the many anti biotics found in Indonesia. Try to treat your cut with care don’t let it get infected! Look after it!

If your wound does not heal within a week, or if it becomes red and filled with white junk please see a doctor. Staph infections can become invasive and sometimes fatal especially when immune systems are weakened.

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Astounding number of Motorbike accidents in Bali

2010 road traffic accidents have been officially released from Bali's State run hospital in Denpasar, Indonesia.
The government run institute reported that there were more than 54,000 traffic accidents of which the majority were motorcycle related, of that the majority were between the ages of 16 and 25 years old.
80% of these incidents were head injuries resultant of not wearing helmets, or wearing helmets of poor quality.
Of the total Doctor Kresna Wibawa said that about 23% of those patients involved in road accidents that were admitted to Sanglah died as a result.
Doctor Wibawa went onto say that that the hospitals see's about 300 patients a day, of which half are traffic accident victims.

These figures are only from one hospital on the island of Bali, so one could only imagine the official number to be higher for the whole island.
Please wear a helmet and adequate footwear when driving around Bali on motorbikes.
To drive a little slower and get somewhere late is better then becoming one of these numbers.
API Pacific is developing insurance products that will cover emergencies such as the above mentioned for affordable prices but at the end of the day you need to take care and be road smart when dealing with traffic on the streets of Bali.
Indonesia may be a playground but insure the safety of yourself and your loved ones!
Contact API Pacific if you would like any more useful information

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Reel in Inflammation

Help control tissue-damaging inflammatory processes with a bit of fish oil.

Chronic inflammation of body tissues may play a role in the pathology of many diseases, including diabetes and heart disease. However, a new study reveals omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil may help reduce inflammation. Seek out a serving of oily fish such as salmon or tuna each week.

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Powered Up Produce

Pairing veggies with avocado may help you get the full power of your produce.

Healthy fats in avocados aid carotenoid absorption, a recent study reveals. Carotenoids are the bright red, orange, and yellow pigments of colorful fruits and vegetables. These carotenoids have antioxidant properties that may help decrease the risk of heart disease and certain kinds of cancer.

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Impaired by the Blues

Don't let a bout with the blues endanger your health.

Research suggests people prone to blue moods may have an increased health risk. In a study, depressed men experienced an increased risk of dying from stroke compared to their more emotionally vital peers. Seek help from a professional for chronic depression, and find appropriate self-help methods for minor cases of the blues.

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An Update on NSAIDs

Which medication offers you the safest, most effective pain relief? Aspirin? Ibuprofen? A prescription pain reliever? The choices can be confusing. A recent government safety review of a class of pain relief medication known as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) has many people wondering what the most appropriate pain relief options are for them.

What You Need to Know About NSAIDs
All the medications within this class of pain relief medication -- from prescription COX-2 inhibitors to over-the-counter aspirin -- are associated with an increased risk of gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding or ulcers. COX-2s are believed to have the lowest risk to GI health, but they still carry some risk.

The newest safety concerns regarding NSAIDs relate to heart health. Early research suggests certain COX-2 NSAIDs may increase heart attack and stroke risk. Two brands increase risk enough -- without providing any additional benefit over similar medications -- that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has requested they be withdrawn from the market.

For other prescription and non-prescription NSAIDs, the FDA has deemed that their ultimate benefit to consumers outweighs potential risks, including risks to the heart. One exception is aspirin. Although it is a non-prescription NSAID and therefore carries some risk to GI health, its heart protection benefits are well established by research.

To determine which medication makes the most sense for you, you must work closely with your doctor. Ask him or her to balance your need for pain control with your cardiovascular and GI risks.

People at low risk of heart disease might safely take an FDA-approved COX-2 inhibitor if they monitor their blood pressure. And people with elevated risk of GI bleeding may be able to make using an NSAID safer by pairing it with a stomach-protecting prescription medication.

Ultimately, your pain medication decision is up to you, which makes it more important than ever to educate yourself about your choices. Here's a breakdown of the most recent NSAID rulings by the FDA:

Non-prescription NSAIDs
Labels for all non-prescription NSAIDs, from Advil® to Motrin®, will soon emphasize potential risks and urge consumers not to take too much or take the medication for longer than recommended. Certain patients also will be warned to speak with their doctors before using.

Prescription NSAIDs
COX-2 specific inhibitors: Vioxx® and Bextra® has been withdrawn from the market due to safety concerns.
Celebrex® will soon have a stronger warning label -- called a boxed warning -- to help educate consumers about potential health risks associated with this medication.
Other prescription NSAIDs: Products in this category -- such as Napralen®, Lodine®, Voltaren®, and Actron® -- also will have boxed warnings to emphasize safety risks associated with their use.

The Choice Is Yours
If you take any NSAID-class medications and are concerned about risks or side effects, speak with your healthcare provider. If you are currently taking Bextra or Vioxx, speak with your healthcare provider immediately about alternatives.

And whatever pain medication you choose, remember to continue monitoring your health; people may differ considerably in how they react to NSAID medications.

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A Whole Lot Healthier

Choosing whole apples over apple juice may provide extra health benefits.

Whole fruit and fruit juices are easy ways to get your recommended daily intake of fruit. However, whole apples may have certain advantages over apple juice. Research suggests apples with the peels help inhibit LDL oxidation more consistently than juice does. Minimizing LDL oxidation may help deter the development of arterial plaques.

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Legumes for the Lasses

Eat your beans to guard against a common cancer.

Eating beans at least twice per week may reduce the risk of breast cancer, a new study of women reveals. The fiber, flavonols, and other beneficial phytochemicals in beans may explain their cancer-fighting powers. Good choices include black or red beans, garbanzo beans, and soybeans.

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A Bright Idea

Turning up the lights may help you focus.

People, who work in brightly lit environments, such as near a sunny window, are more productive and less distracted than people who work in darker interior spaces, a recent study suggests. Maximize your output by working on tough tasks near a sunny window if you can, or bring in some extra lamps and overhead lighting.

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Protein for the Pancreas

If you make a conscious effort to minimize your intake of processed meats, your pancreas will thank you.

In a recent study, people who ate the most processed meats, such as hot dogs, bacon, cold cuts, and sausage, had as much as a 67 percent increase in their risk of pancreatic cancer. Protein choices such as fish, poultry, and eggs were not associated with an increased risk of the disease.

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Wake-up Call

Eating breakfast may tame your appetite and help keep your blood fats in check.

Breakfast eaters consume fewer calories throughout the day and have better blood lipid profiles and insulin sensitivity than breakfast skippers, a recent study concludes. Low-fat yogurt with fruit, granola with skim milk, or whole-grain toast with peanut butter are all great choices to start your day.

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Apricot Delight

A sweet dried fruit may help control blood pressure.

A small handful of apricots contain 480 milligrams of potassium, a mineral found in many fruits and vegetables. Research shows this mighty mineral helps control blood pressure. Mix dried chopped apricots with a handful of nuts and seeds for a high-protein, mineral-rich trail mix.

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Sweet Dreams Control Blood Sugar?

Bad sleep habits may set you up for poor blood sugar control.

Sleeping for less than 6 hours or more than 9 hours per night was associated with an increased risk of diabetes in a recent study. These same poor sleep habits also were linked to impaired glucose tolerance, a condition marked by higher-than-normal blood sugar levels. Aim for 6 to 8 hours of sleep per night.

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Omega-3 Alternatives

If you want heart-healthy omega-3s, fish oil is not your only option.

Omega-3 fatty acids are associated with a reduced risk of dangerous heart arrhythmias, and fish oil supplements are a great source. However, a new study shows omega-3-rich soy oil supplements may provide those heart-health benefits, too, albeit to a smaller degree. Speak to your healthcare provider about the best supplements for you.

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Exercise Your Choices

Getting stuck in an exercise rut could put body and mind at risk.

Repetitive exercise routines may cause overuse injuries, and new research shows they may hurt your mental health, too. According to a study, people 65 or older who engage in four or more different kinds of physical activities each week are less likely to develop Alzheimer's disease than people who participate in one or no activities.

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Yogurt with a Twist

Yogurt fortified with heart-healthy ingredients could be a helpful addition to your cholesterol-lowering efforts.

In a recent study, people who daily ate yogurt fortified with plant sterols -- heart-healthy plant compounds that help control cholesterol -- experienced reductions in both total and LDL cholesterol after three weeks. A mere 1 to 2 grams of plant sterols per day may help control your cholesterol.

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More Talk About Almonds

Seek out a handful of almonds for a serving of a potential Parkinson's fighter.

A diet packed with vitamin E may help protect against Parkinson's disease, recent research concludes, and almonds are a good source. Parkinson's is a chronic neurological condition that hampers motor function. Other good food sources of antioxidant vitamin E include hazelnuts, wheat-germ oil, sweet potatoes, and peanut butter.

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Forget Stress

Don't let stress hormones hamper your brain activity.

High levels of stress hormones muddle memory in people of all ages by impairing brain areas involved in cognitive processing, a recent study concludes. Keep your memory sharp by fighting stress with regular exercise, social interactions with supportive people, and deep-breathing exercises.

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A Little Bite Before Bed

If you have trouble drifting off, the right bedtime snack may help promote a more restful night's sleep.

In a study, a tryptophan-enriched snack before bed helped study participants sleep better and promoted morning alertness. Foods that provide a dose of tryptophan include bananas, dairy, nuts, eggs, soybeans, tuna, and chicken. Keep the serving size small and have your snack about an hour before bed.

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Sweet on Antioxidants

Reach for a certain sweet dried fruit for some extra antioxidants.

Dried figs are high in polyphenols, powerful antioxidants that help keep your heart and blood vessels healthy. Eating just 5 or 6 dried figs per day helps you meet your daily fiber and fruit requirements while satisfying your sweet tooth naturally.

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Plant It on Your Plate

Plant-based foods may help you rein in high cholesterol.

Although a diet that is low in fat and saturated fat may help lower both total and LDL cholesterol, a new study suggests you could do more.
Eating a variety of veggies, whole grains, and legumes appears to make the usual low-fat, cholesterol-control diet even more effective.
Reducing your total cholesterol to 160 mg/dL or lower can make your Real Age as much as 1 year younger.

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Herb of the Hour

A popular herb may help make cooking red meat safer.

Cooking meats may create carcinogenic compounds, especially if the meat is cooked at a high heat. However, a recent study reveals rosemary may minimize those compounds. In the study, adding a bit of rosemary extract to hamburger patty mixtures before cooking helped reduce the formation of the harmful substances.

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Love Those Limonoids

There's a new reason to love your morning glass of orange juice.

Orange juice and other sources of citrus are high in limonoids; phytochemicals that studies suggest inhibit the growth of certain types of cancer cells. While research confirming the benefits of limonoids continues, go ahead and drink up; orange juice also is high in heart-healthy potassium, folate, and vitamin C.

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Seeing Red

Cut back on red and processed meat to help keep your colon healthy.

Eating 160 grams or more of red or processed meat per day -- the equivalent of about 5 and half ounces -- was associated with a significant increase in a person's risk of colorectal cancer in a recent study. Try poultry, fish, dry beans, egg whites, tofu, or nuts for an alternative to red meat that is still rich in protein.

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Health at Every Size

Healthy living beats skinny living hands down.

In a recent study, obese women who focused on being healthy, regardless of their size, achieved greater long-lasting health benefits than women who focused on dieting. When you change your eating and exercise habits, make improving your health your primary goal, and take the focus off the bathroom scale.

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A Chewy Treat for Teeth

Research reveals that chewy raisins may provide special benefits to your choppers.

Phytochemicals in raisins appear to help fight cavities by inhibiting the growth of certain types of oral bacteria. Raisins also prevent the bacteria from sticking to teeth. Keep your teeth healthy by brushing and flossing every day, having regular dental checkups and professional teeth cleanings, and choosing smile-friendly snacks.

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It's in the E-mail

Better health habits may be a mere mouse click away.

If you regularly receive fitness and nutrition advice via e-mail, a recent study reveals you probably make better diet and exercise choices as a result. Using your e-mail to get daily health advice from a trusted source helps point you in a healthy direction.

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Health-Happy Apples

Reach for the right apple to get ahead of the nutrition game.

Researchers recently assessed the antioxidant capacity of eight different apple varieties and found Red Delicious apples to be highest in two powerful flavonoids, epicatechin and procyanidin. These flavonoids are especially abundant in apple peels, so wash them well and eat the skins.

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Vitamins for Moderate Drinkers

Don't overlook the B vitamins, especially if you have an occasional glass of wine.

In a recent study, women who consumed the most vitamin B6 had a 34 percent lower risk of colon cancer than women who consumed the least B6. The benefits appeared particularly great for women who drank two or more alcoholic drinks per week. Good choices for vitamin B6 include skinless chicken and turkey, bananas, and tomato paste.

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Kid Gloves for Broccoli

Sulforaphane, the cancer-fighting nutrient found in broccoli, needs a tender touch when cooking.

Sulforaphane may help fight cancer by increasing detoxification enzyme activity, and cooking broccoli stimulates production of this powerful nutrient. However, research shows that heating broccoli to over 158 degrees Fahrenheit will decrease levels of sulforaphane, so steam broccoli lightly to about 140 degrees.

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Keen on Chromium

Keep the chromium coming to help support cardiovascular health.

Low levels of chromium, a trace element involved in glucose metabolism, may increase the risk of nonfatal heart attacks in men, a recent study concludes. Do not, however, take a supplement; too much chromium can be dangerous. Most people can get their fill through diet by eating foods such as whole grains, low-fat dairy, and broccoli.

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Real Age Benefit

Eating a diverse diet that is low in calories and high in nutrients can make your Real Age as much as 4 years younger.

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New Olive Oil Health Discovery

Research shows that the beneficial effects of olive oil may extend beyond cholesterol control.

Replacing saturated fats with unsaturated fats such as olive oil can help reduce cholesterol and keep the heart healthy. Now researchers have discovered that fresh extra-virgin olive oil contains a compound that helps fight inflammation.

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Dark Thoughts

A bit of dark chocolate may do more than just tickle your taste buds.

Eating about 3 1/2 ounces of dark chocolate helped relax people's blood vessels in a recent study, which could help protect cardiovascular health. So go ahead and indulge, but don't overdo it; dark chocolate is still high in calories and fat.

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Brain-Friendly Folate

Protect your brain by kicking up your folate intake.

Adequate folate intake appears to protect against hemorrhagic stroke, a condition that causes bleeding in the brain. Hemorrhagic stroke is a less common type of stroke than ischemic stroke, which is caused by a blood clot-blocked artery. Protect your brain by packing your side dishes with folate-rich asparagus, Brussels sprouts, and artichokes.

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A Little Bit of Soy

A little soy goes a long way when it comes to blood pressure control.

Adding 40 grams of soy protein to daily diets -- the equivalent of a couple servings of soy milk and a couple ounces of soy flour -- may help lower blood pressure in people who have mild hypertension or prehypertension, a recent study suggests. Edamame, soy burgers, and soy-based cold cuts are other great ways to get your daily soy.

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Eat the Good Carbs

Eating the right kind of carbohydrates may help you lose weight.

Although diets that restrict carbohydrates promote weight loss in the short term, there may be a better recipe for long-term health. A new study suggests eating plenty of high-fiber, low-calorie whole grains helps prevent overeating and long-term weight gain.

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Less Meat, Less You?

Research suggests a little less meat on the plate could mean less bulk on your frame.

In a study, people who consumed few or no animal products were less likely to be overweight or obese than self-identified meat eaters. Make fresh fruit, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes your diet staples. For a protein fix, opt for low- or non-fat dairy, skinless chicken, nuts, or fish to control saturated fat intake.

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For optimal nutrition, don't let your spinach sit around too long before you
eat it.

Packaged spinach can lose as much as half of its health-boosting carotenoids and folate in as few as 4 days after you bring it home from the market, research shows. This is true even if the spinach is refrigerated. Try to eat fresh spinach within a day or two of purchase.

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Keen on Chromium

Keep the chromium coming to help support cardiovascular health.

Low levels of chromium, a trace element involved in glucose metabolism, may increase the risk of nonfatal heart attacks in men, a recent study concludes. Do not, however, take a supplement; too much chromium can be dangerous. Most people can get their fill through diet by eating foods such as whole grains, low-fat dairy, and broccoli.

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New Olive Oil Health Discovery

Research shows that the beneficial effects of olive oil may extend beyond cholesterol control.

Replacing saturated fats with unsaturated fats such as olive oil can help reduce cholesterol and keep the heart healthy. Now researchers have discovered that fresh extra-virgin olive oil contains a compound that helps fight inflammation.

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Pumpkin Joints

That orange-hued pumpkin on your patio may be the new symbol of arthritis prevention.

Beta-cryptoxanthin is a carotenoid found in yellow-, orange-, and red-hued produce, such as pumpkins and red peppers. Studies show this caroteniod could help reduce the risk of inflammatory polyarthritis by up to 40 percent. Get your fill from orange juice, carrots, and watermelon as well.
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Short Steps to a Long Life

How can you improve your cholesterol and your lung function in a mere 11 minutes? Just say, "I'll take the stairs."

We're not talking Empire State Building stairs, either. If you climb a couple flights of stairs for just 2 minutes, five or six times a day, you'll be covered. Women in a study who did just that increased their cardio respiratory fitness by 17 percent and reduced their "bad" LDL cholesterol by 8 percent in just 8 weeks. That means a younger Real Age and a longer life, so start climbing. Once it's a habit, you'll hardly notice the effort.
Real Age Benefit: Exercising regularly can make your Real Age as much as 9 years younger. 

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Lobster, T-Bones, and Your Knees

Love Friday night surf and turf at your local pub? Got a bum knee or foot that often flares up on weekends? There may be a link.

Eating foods that are high in a protein called purine -- such as a seafood and steak dinner washed down with a cold beer -- can bring on gout, a particularly painful type of arthritis that primarily attacks leg and foot joints. If family history makes arthritis a potential hazard, turns out you can slash your risk of gout by eating more low-fat dairy foods (string cheese, yogurt, milk) and less surf and turf.

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Why Sweat Is Good for Colons

See those beads of sweat dripping onto the control panel of your exercise machine? That's a good sign for your colon.

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A healthy Colon.

Exercise helps keep your colon healthy, but moderate-to-vigorous exercise -- the kind that gets you winded and makes you perspire -- may be particularly important. It can help slow down the growth of colon cells, which is a good thing; slower growth means a lower risk of cancer. So be kind to your colon by sweating to the oldies -- or to whatever it is you like to sweat to -- for at least 30 minutes a day. Bump it up to over 40 minutes or more and you'll do even better.

Selenium's cancer-fighting reputation is growing. Prostate cancer risk seems to drop in men who get enough of the mineral, and colon cancer appears less likely to make a comeback in survivors who have high levels of selenium. More good news: You only need a smidge. Eat a few Brazil nuts or a tuna sandwich on whole wheat and you'll get the RealAge Optimum dose.

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One of These a Day Keeps Colds Away

'Tis the season! The season for the common cold -- that unwelcome guest in the midst of the festivities.

But you don't have to let sniffles spoil your holiday fun. Adding a little sweat to your day may help keep colds away. A new study shows that a 45-minute workout each day, 5 days a week, lowers the risk of catching a cold. And the longer you stick with a regular exercise program, the better the benefits. So dust off your walking shoes and start building up your immunity.

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Better Off Red

Beans may be a near-perfect health food -- especially if they're red.

We already know that beans are a great source of fiber and vegetable protein. But red kidney beans are also stellar when it comes to packing an antioxidant punch. In fact, red beans are right up there with blueberries when it comes to total antioxidant value. So brighten up your salads and stews by tossing in some crimson-colored beauties.

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Time for a Tea Party

It's time to resurrect the age-old tradition of afternoon tea parties. But in modern times, it is as much a health act as it is a social act -- especially for women.

Each daily cup of green or black tea helps beat down ovarian cancer risk. Two or more cups per day helped cut risk almost in half in a recent study. The likely good guys in this scenario are the tea polyphenols, which are potent cancer fighters in both men and women. So dust off the kettle -- it's high time for some fine tea!

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Some Say Prunes, Some Say Dried Plums

Either way, this is one wrinkle you want in your morning oatmeal.

Why? To give heart troubles a one-two knockout punch. Fiber-rich oatmeal protects your heart by helping control blood fats, and it seems dried plums have heart-friendly attributes, too.

Plum Choice
You might know dried plums best for their ability to get your bowels moving. But they can help your heart and arteries work better, too. They're chock-full of antioxidants (phenols) that have a reputation for stopping bad things from happening in your. How high -- or low -- is your heart attack risk? Find out here.

More to Love
Prunes also abound with fiber (which helps stop this), potassium (helps prevent this), and boron and copper (both help keep this strong). The sugars in prunes also appear to be safe for blood-sugar watchers.

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Take Back Summer Damage

Did you spend a little too much time in the sun this summer? Here's a pain-free way to undo some of the damage: Moisturize.

That's right. Research shows it really does help improve the condition of your skin. After 25 weeks of regular use by women in a study, 3-D texture measurements revealed less photo damage and blotchiness and fewer fine lines and coarse wrinkles. And this kind of moisturizer may have an edge.

Any moisturizer can help improve your skin. But a moisturizer that contains an antiaging ingredient can be particularly effective. Antiaging ingredients typically found in moisturizers include glycolic acid, lactic acid, citric acid, and salicylic acid. Women who used a cream with glycolic acid for 25 weeks saw even better results than the regular moisturizer group.

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Soft Drinks Are Bad for You

Excessive consumption of soft drinks has contributed to the epidemic of childhood obesity. The high fructose corn syrup in the drinks has potentially disruptive effects on metabolism and may further promote weight gain because it behaves in the body more like fat than glucose, the blood sugar derived from other sweet foods. Fructose in this form may interfere with the process by which the body tells us we are full.

Sodium benzoate has been used for decades in carbonated drinks. The headlines in May 2007 reported on a British researcher who suggested that sodium benzoate can turn off key parts of DNA, an effect that could lead to cirrhosis of the liver, Parkinson's disease and other degenerative disorders. Peter Piper, a professor of molecular biology and biotechnology at Britain's Sheffield University, warned that sodium benzoate can severely damage DNA in the mitochondria (the "power stations" inside cells). Dr. Piper's sensational charge made headlines worldwide and generated calls, especially in Britain, for further investigation. He may be right that modern methods reveal a danger that prior testing couldn't have identified.

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All About YOU: Brain Pills

Aspirin, vitamin E, the B vitamins, ginkgo biloba, vinpocetine... which vitamins and supplements really do give you a mental lift when you need it?
Experts Mehmet Oz, MD, and Michael Roizen, MD, give you the straight story on this and lots of other need-to-know aging issues in their new book, YOU: Staying Young. Here's their take on "brain pills."
Do these pills, supplements, and vitamins give you a stronger memory? Here's the short answer from the RealAge docs:

Aspirin: Yes. Research shows a 40 percent decrease in arterial aging, a major cause of memory loss, for those who take 162 milligrams of aspirin a day. (Learn at what age daily aspirin makes the most sense.)

Vitamin E: Yes (from food). People who consume the highest amount of vitamin E are 43 percent less likely to get Alzheimer's. And you can get all the E you need to satisfy the government RDA by eating just 3 ounces of nuts or seeds a day. To reach the RealAge Optimum dose, however, you'll probably need a supplement. Look up other food sources with this online tool.

B vitamins: Yes. The RealAge docs recommend 400 micrograms of folic acid, 800 micrograms of B12, and 40 milligrams of B6 per day, because B vitamins help your neurotransmitters work efficiently.

Ginkgo biloba: If you want to. No large studies support its use, but it has promise. The docs recommend trying 120 milligrams daily, as long as you don't have a blood clotting disorder or aren't anticipating surgery. Discontinue if you don't notice any benefits.

Vinpocetine. No.. There's not enough evidence that this supplement (from a periwinkle plant) helps. Plus, it could reduce blood pressure too much.

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Great News About a Tiny Green Pasta Garnish

More proof that good things come in small packages: The tiny pickled plant buds known as capers could do big things for your body.

That's because capers -- used for centuries in Mediterranean fare to add zing to fish, salads, and pasta -- may have their own special heart-disease-busting and cancer-thwarting powers.

Two Great Capers
Extracts from capers, even in small amounts, did two surprising things in a recent study. First, they limited toxic and gene-mutating by-products of meat digestion. Great news, because those by-products can spell trouble for your heart. (Learn how to lower your risk of a heart attack.)

Second, the caper extracts improved the bioavailability of vitamin E. Also great news, because vitamin E helps put a damper on certain cancer-causing processes.

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Two More Drinks for Artery Health

Red wine isn't the only beverage that helps keep your arteries clear. Here are two other mighty fine choices: cranberry juice and tea.

Both are bursting with heart-protective flavonoids. To get the RealAge-recommended daily dose, you can drink several cups of tea (any kind will do) or two and a half small glasses of cranberry juice a day. Yup, it's that easy.

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Blood Clots/Stroke - They Now Have a Fourth Indicator, the Tongue

I will continue to forward this every time it comes around!

STROKE:Remember the 1st Three Letters....S.T.R .

My nurse friend sent this and encouraged me to post it and spread the word.
I agree.

If everyone can remember something this simple, we could save some folks.

Please read:


During a BBQ, a friend stumbled and took a little fall - she assured everyone that she was fine (they offered to call paramedics) she said she had just tripped over a brick because of her new shoes.

They got her cleaned up and got her a new plate of food. While she appeared a bit shaken up, Ingrid went about enj oying herself the rest of the evening

Ingrid's husband called later telling everyon e that his wife had been taken to the hospital - (at 6:00 pm Ingrid passed away.) She had suffered a stroke at the BBQ. Had they known how to identify the signs of a stroke, perhaps Ingrid would be with us today. Some don't die. they end up in a helpless, hopeless condition instead.

It only takes a minute to read this...

A neurologist says that if he can get to a stroke victim within 3 hours he can totally reverse the effects of a stroke...totally. He said the trick was getting a stroke recognized, diagnosed, and then getting the patient medically cared for within 3 hours, which is tough.


Thank God for the sense to remember the '3' steps, STR . Read and Learn!

Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify. Unfortunately, the lack of awareness spells disaster. The stroke victim may suffer severe brain damage when people nearby fail to recognize the symptoms of a stroke.

Now doctors say a bystander c an recognize a stroke by asking three simple questions:

S *Ask the individual to SMILE.
T *Ask the person to TALK and SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE (Coherently)
(i.e. It is sunny out today)
R *Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS.

If he or she has trouble w it h ANY ONE of these tasks, call emergency number immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.

New Sign of a Stroke -------- Stick out Your Tongue

NOTE: Another 'sign' of a stroke is this: Ask the person to 'stick' out his tongue.. If the tongue is 'crooked', if it goes to one side or the other, that is also an indication of a stroke.

A cardiologist says if everyone who gets this e-mail sends it to 10 people; you can bet that at least one l ife will be saved.

I have done my part. would you?


Popcorn for your Colon

Expacare health insurance protects you from the medical costs of operations but why not help yourself and reduce the risk of needing operations in the first place:

Fortify Your GI Tract with This Midnight Munchie

It’s long been a favorite of midnight moviegoers, and research now shows that it could give your gastrointestinal (GI) tract the red-carpet treatment, too. It’s popcorn.

An 18-year study suggests that eating a couple of servings of the stuff each week could do nice things for your colon, like reduce the risk of diverticulitis by 28 percent.

Popcorn Not a Problem?
For years, doctors have warned patients with diverticulitis to avoid popcorn, thinking that the undigestible bits could cause serious complications. This new study has many wondering if that thinking could be a little off track. But don’t make any changes to your diet without talking to your doctor first. For people who do not have diverticular disease, a couple of servings of popcorn a week could be just the ticket to avoiding the painful condition down the road. Nuts also seemed to lower diverticulitis risk in the study. (Have unexplained GI problems?

More Popcorn Pros
Some of popcorn’s good GI deeds may come from the inflammation-fighting lutein in the kernels, as well as the magnesium content. And eating popcorn is a great way to bump up your fiber and whole-grain intake — two more things your GI tract loves. So go ahead, pop away!


Make Blood Healthier Instantly with This Oil, Health Insurance for your Heart

How many olive-oil-rich meals does it take before your heart starts to benefit? It’s possible your body will start reaping rewards after a single meal.

In a study of people with high cholesterol, their blood samples showed less clotting potential just 2 hours after eating a breakfast containing phenolic-rich olive oil. Whilst not native to Indonesia this oil is well worth buying. Other fatty oils like coconut oil and vegetable oils are used in Bali, Indonesia and Asia for a large amount of frying needs. This has an obvious correlation with the health of Indonesian’s as many are diabetic and strokes occur very regularly. So decrease your need for health insurance needs by using olive oil in your cooking needs.

The Path to Heart Trouble
Ah, your endothelium. You may not think much about this thin layer of cells that lines your blood vessels, but that layer does critical things for your body. It controls how your blood vessels dilate and constrict, allowing oxygen and nutrients to flow to every part of your body. Endothelial cells also help regulate blood clotting — important because too much clotting can lead to blocked arteries.

Eat for Better Blood Vessels
More and more research is showing how diets affect endothelium. Eating just one high-fat meal can inhibit artery function, but eating healthful antioxidant-rich fats like olive oil is a love pat for your endothelial cells. Researchers credit the phenolics in the oil for helping endothelium do its job in making blood less “sticky” (translation: less likely to clot). Give your circulation a boost with olive oil, its health insuracnce for your heart. Tell your friends around Bali, Indonesia and Asia to switch to olive oil.


Peel This Tropical Treat for healthy Blood Pressure insurance

Your blood pressure could be lower just by indulging more in this sweet tropical treat: bananas. Your overall health will improve and you won’t need insurance products to treat you for banana deficiencies.

Cheap and plentiful year-round, in Bali, Indonesia and Asia bananas are bursting with potassium. And a review of several major studies suggests that people who add the potassium equivalent of an extra 1 1/2 to 2 bananas to their day could drop their blood pressure 2 to 3 points, a simple insurance to continuing good health.

More Points for Potassium
Dropping BP by 2 or 3 points is nothing to sneeze at. In fact, it’s enough to lower stroke risk. In other research, people with the highest potassium intake levels cut their stroke risk by a whopping 38 percent compared with the people who got the least potassium. This magical mineral works by encouraging your kidneys to filter more pressure-boosting sodium out of your bloodstream. It also helps tiny blood vessels relax and makes pressure sensors in artery walls function more efficiently thus improving your health.

Mass A-Peel
Aim for 3,000 milligrams a day of potassium to get optimal Real Age benefits. But don’t rely on health pills; they can be dangerous if you have kidney problems. Go with fruits and veggies instead — not just bananas but prunes, watermelon, baked potatoes with the skin, mushrooms, tomatoes, and other produce, too. Produce will also give you a head start on these important blood pressure control strategies:

  • Slash the sodium. Fresh produce is naturally low in salt. And licking the salt habit can lower your blood pressure even if it’s just a bit high.
  • Mine more minerals. Fruits and veggies pack not just potassium but calcium and magnesium as well, two additional pressure-pampering minerals.
  • Seek a sleeker you. Low-cal fruits and veggies can help you hit a healthy weight, which is important for your blood pressure.

Did you know? Nearly 90 percent of adults in Bali, Indonesia, Asia and the world over will develop high blood pressure by the age of 65, insurance for your health “Bananas”


The Coffee Hour That's Best for Blood Sugar

The time of day you choose to sip your joe could affect your risk of type 2 diabetes. Diabetes is a major medical problem for people living in Bali, Indonesia and Asia.
In a study of women, having black decaf or regular coffee with lunch seemed to reduce diabetes risk better than having the brew at other times of the day.

The "Why" on "When"

The researchers weren't exactly sure why lunchtime coffee seemed to have the most favorable effect on diabetes risk, but they suspect that chlorogenic acids in coffee may somehow slow down glucose absorption from the small intestine into the blood stream. And that effect may have been especially helpful for the women in the study, because lunch tended to be their largest meal of the day.

Coffee Caveats

If you're sensitive to caffeine or have high blood pressure, there's no good reason to start up a java habit. And if you already have type 2 diabetes, coffee may not do your medical treatment plan any favors. In fact, some research suggests it could be harmful, but the results have been mixed so far.


Eat Rye Bread to insure Healthy Regularity

Feeling a little irregular? There's a certain type of bread that may help keep things moving along: rye. It is possible these days to buy good Rye Bread in Bali
In a study, eating whole-grain rye bread every day for 3 weeks produced even better relief from constipation than laxatives did. , Indonesia now imports good grains and medically you are better off eating your way to good health, than you are taking laxatives and other medicines to keep your bowels healthy.

Something in the Rye

Cramps, bloating, abdominal pressure . . . being constipated sure is uncomfortable. And unfortunately, about 30 percent of people living in Western countries suffer from chronic constipation. Eating more fiber is a great way to get things moving again, and whole-grain rye bread is a great source. In the study, people who bulked up their diets with about nine slices of fiber-rich (4 grams of fiber/slice) rye bread daily experienced significant relief from their constipation. Food took less time to pass through their bodies, and they were able to go more times each week.

Colon Cues

If you add more fiber to your diet, remember to add more water as well. Fiber can help bulk up and soften stools, but without enough water, it may be hard to go. In addition to adding more fiber and water to your diet, here are some other ways to keep your bowels healthy.
So when living in Bali forget the Indonesian charcoal pills, your medical wellbeing is insured by Rye!


Can Eggs Make You Smarter?

Like your poached egg and whole-wheat toast in the morning? Your brain might enjoy it, too.
Eating selenium-rich foods -- like eggs -- could help keep your memory sharp and your brain speed on high as you age. Keep your brain healthy and insure a productive start to your working the day in Bali, Indonesia or other parts of Asia.

Your Brain on Selenium

In rural China, researchers found that elderly people who got at least the recommended daily value of selenium (about 55 micrograms per day) had cognitive test scores that put them in a league with people 10 years younger. Good Eggs are an easy food to obtain in Bali. Indonesia has many specialist suppliers of good quality free range eggs that insure that your mental health is prolonged. Bali now has many different kinds of eggs freely available in all kind food stores.

Super Sources

You can get your daily dose of selenium by eating whole-wheat bread (10 micrograms per slice), eggs (14 micrograms per egg), tuna (63 micrograms per 3-ounces), Brazil nuts (270 micrograms per half ounce), and many other foods. In other words, you don't have to go overboard with eggs -- and probably shouldn't -- to get your fill of selenium.


Keep fit and fight Alzheimer's

To cut your risk of Alzheimer's by more than half, just do this for 20 minutes twice a week: walk.

Exercising for 20 to 30 minutes a couple of times a week not only slashed Alzheimer's risk by as much as 60 percent in a study but also cut the risk of regular dementia in half.

43% of Indonesia’s population lives in urban areas and recent studies have shown that people living in cities are more at risk to killer diseases then rural citizens.

Lifestyle vs. Genes
In the study, midlife exercise appeared to be key in warding off mental decline later in life. And those who had genes that made them more susceptible to Alzheimer's reaped the greatest protective benefits from physical activity. Great to know that genes don't necessarily control your destiny, right?  Your health and well being are in your hands. Indonesia has a huge supply of healthy food , great opportunities to exercise and stay fit can be part of your routine every day.

Little Effort, Big Rewards
People in the study didn't have to exercise hard to protect their brain, either. A couple of moderately intense workouts a week was all it took. Researchers suspect that exercise protects the brain by promoting blood vessel health and boosting the brain's ability to repair damage.

Keep your noggin young: There is no excuse here in Bali not to be fit and healthy
We all live in Indonesia to experience a better lifestyle and fitness is a major part of this so stay fit and see your medical health improve


Oranges insure your health, fitness and youth  
When you overdo it and down a day's calories in one sitting whilst feasting at one of Bali’s great restaurants, be it Indonesian food or some otherworldly cuisine, your body's inflammatory processes go into overdrive. Here's a way you can counter your overindulgence: Drink orange juice or Bali’s famous Es-Jeruk as its know in Indonesian. In a recent study, people who had eaten a supersized fast-food breakfast experienced a much milder inflammatory response in their bodies when they drank OJ with the meal.

High-Calorie Catastrophe
Whatever you do, don't pair that overindulgence eating with a soda the way junk food establishments serve there meals.  Researchers compared the effects that three different beverages had on the way bodies process big, fatty, inflammation-triggering foods, sugar water was the worst of the bunch. It seemed to exacerbate the inflammatory response. Plain water faired somewhere in between orange juice and sugar water. But it has the added benefit of being calorie-free

The Flavonoid Fix
What makes orange juice so good at helping clamp down on the inflammation and oxidation that big, fatty meals cause? The heroes are likely two important flavonoids found in oranges -- naringenin and hesperidin. These powerful antioxidants help tamp down body processes that can damage blood vessels and lay the groundwork for big health problems, like atherosclerosis and heart disease.

Orange peel, pulp, or juice: Which one has the most vitamin C?

Orange pulp wins, according to the authors of the book SuperFoods HealthStyle. The pulp has twice as much vitamin C as the peel and 10 times as much as the juice. And here's what all that nutrition means to your body.

Code Orange: Super Stuff
Oranges are one of nature's super foods Each orange packs over 60 flavonoids, 170 phytochemicals, and a healthy dose of vitamin C.

Good Stuff Keeps You Going
And all that healthy stuff in oranges may help prevent a host of health conditions, including arthritis, asthma, high blood pressure, blood clots, colds, and even cancer. Oranges have got you covered from A to Z. Readily available in Bali fresh Indonesian oranges are one of the best ways of keeping healthy.



Try This Cheap and Tasty Sun Wrinkle Fighter

The Bali sun means lots of fun, Indonesia straddles the equator, which we love, but does your skin? Keeping it healthy is an issue, well now there is simple healthy way to limit the damage the sun can do:

For younger looking skin, skip the high-priced wrinkle creams and invest in a 50-cent can of this: tomato paste.
Eating a little tomato paste every day not only may help your wallet, but a new study suggests that it may give you deep-down 24/7 protection against wrinkles and skin cancer, too.

A Tomato in the Sun

In a small study, people supplemented their normal diets with about 2 1/2 tablespoons of tomato paste mixed with a couple of teaspoons of olive oil every day for 10 weeks while a control group got just the olive oil. The volunteers also sat under a sun lamp at the beginning, middle, and end of the study -- just long enough to lightly sunburn their shoulders. But by week 10, the tomato-paste group showed 40 percent less sun damage than the olive-oil eaters did.

Power in the Paste

Tomatoes are one of the best sources of lycopene around, and scientists speculate that this antioxidant may help to soften some of the sun's damaging effects on skin. Of course, no food can take the place of using good sunscreen and being smart about sun exposure. So use the following tips and advice to keep that face of yours young, fresh, and wrinkle-free:
The best sunscreens are not necessarily the high priced ones. For decent full-body protection, an average-size person needs to apply an ounce of sunscreen. That's the amount that fits in a shot glass . . . and probably a whole lot more than you're using. Which brings us back to the trouble with the pricey stuff: Even fewer people will use a full ounce every day when that amount costs $20.
So you can narrow your choices to some of the cheaper products, there are still important decisions to be made. The best ingredient to reach for, especially if you're the impatient type, is an inexpensive product made with zinc oxide. These work immediately, unlike other blocks (called “chemical” blocks) that need at least 15 to 30 minutes to soak into your skin to be effective. Another plus for zinc oxide: It's now made in nanoparticle form, so it doesn't look like it did when you were a kid (in other words, you don't look like you've spread cream cheese on your face). One more plus: Zinc oxide protects against both types of damaging UV rays (UVA and UVB), helping to shield you from skin cancer and wrinkling.
Another okay option if your not going to get wet is sunscreen containing titanium dioxide. These also reflect the Indonesians sun's harmful rays, so you avoid sun damage. But the downside is that these titanium blends often turn white, making you look ghostlike when your in the water



Black Rice Rivals Pricey Blueberries as Source of Healthful Antioxidants

Health conscious consumers who hesitate at the price of fresh imported blueberries and blackberries, fruits renowned for high levels of healthful antioxidants, now have an economical alternative, scientists reported here today at the 240th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS). It is black rice, one variety of which got the moniker “Forbidden Rice” in ancient China because nobles commandeered every grain for themselves and forbade the common people from eating it. Black Rice is a common Indonesian dish found in many restaurants in Bali.
“Just a spoonful of black rice bran contains more health promoting anthocyanin antioxidants than are found in a spoonful of blueberries, but with less sugar and more fiber and vitamin E antioxidants,” said Zhimin Xu, Associate Professor at the Department of Food Science at Louisiana State University Agricultural Center in Baton Rouge, La., who reported on the research. “If berries are used to boost health, why not black rice and black rice bran? Especially, black rice bran would be a unique and economical material to increase consumption of health promoting antioxidants.”
Like fruits, “black rice” is rich in anthocyanin antioxidants, substances that show promise for fighting heart disease, cancer, and other diseases. Food manufacturers could potentially use black rice bran or the bran extracts to boost the health value of breakfast cereals, beverages, cakes, cookies, and other foods, Xu and colleagues suggested.
Brown rice is the most widely produced rice variety worldwide. Rice millers remove only the outer husks, or “chaff,” from each rice grain to produce brown rice. If they process the rice further, removing the underlying nutrient rich “bran,” it becomes white rice. Xu noted that many consumers have heard that brown rice is more nutritious than white rice. The reason is that the bran of brown rice contains higher levels of gamma-tocotrienol, one of the vitamin E compounds, and gamma-oryzanol antioxidants, which are lipid-soluble antioxidants. Numerous studies showed that these antioxidants can reduce blood levels of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL) — so called “bad” cholesterol — and may help fight heart disease. Xu and colleagues analyzed samples of black rice bran from rice grown in the southern United States. In addition, the lipid soluble antioxidants they found in black rice bran possess higher level of anthocyanins antioxidants, which are water-soluble antioxidants. Thus, black rice bran may be even healthier than brown rice bran, suggested Dr. Xu.
The scientists also showed that pigments in black rice bran extracts can produce a variety of different colors, ranging from pink to black, and may provide a healthier alternative to artificial food colorants that manufacturers now add to some foods and beverages. Several studies have linked some artificial colorants to cancer, behavioral problems in children, and other health problems.
Black rice is used mainly in Asia for food decoration, noodles, sushi, and pudding. Dr. Xu said that farmers are interested in growing black rice in Louisiana and that he would like to see people in the country embrace its use.

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Tea yes tea
Indonesians call it teh and as long as it doesn’t come in a bottle or in a box can have surprising effects, insure your body is revitalised!
Here's a pleasant little pastime that takes about 5 minutes to do each day but could make you up to 5 years younger if you're faithful to it: drinking tea.
In a Chinese study, the cells of enthusiastic tea drinkers showed about 5 fewer years' worth of wear and tear compared with the cells of people who drank little tea.

Age Marker
The enthusiastic tea drinkers averaged 3 or more cups of green or oolong tea daily, while the group that showed more signs of cell aging averaged less than a cup. The researchers looked specifically at the study participants' telomeres to see how much their cells had aged. Telomeres are the protective end caps on your DNA strands. They get a smidge shorter every time cells divide, so the shorter these caps are, the older your cells are, too. And in the study, the most avid tea drinkers had significantly longer telomeres than the people who drank less than a cup a day). So  while a cup of Java is our daily brew  in Bali, your  health is shored up and insured when  you drink few cuppa’s a day

Turn Back the Clock
Researchers think it's the antioxidants in tea that help keep telomeres long. It's a beneficial chain reaction of sorts. Antioxidants fight diseases like cancer, diabetes, and heart disease -- conditions that tend to damage cells. And when damaged, cells divide in order to repair injuries and the telomeres -- a finite resource -- shrink. Interestingly, the tea study showed telomere benefits only in men, possibly because cell-protecting hormones unique to women left less room for improvement. But there are plenty of other reasons for both men and women to drink tea. So bottoms up!

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Black Raspberries May Prevent Colon Cancer

Black raspberries are highly effective in preventing colorectal tumors in two mouse models of the disease, according to a University of Illinois at Chicago study.
The findings are published in the November issue of Cancer Prevention Research.
Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer and the second leading cause of cancer-related death in both men and women in the U.S., according to the National Cancer Institute.
Building on previous research that found black raspberries have antioxidant, anti-cancer, anti-neurodegenerative and anti-inflammatory properties, the researchers looked at the fruit's ability to prevent colon cancer.
"We saw the black raspberry as a natural product, very powerful, and easy to access," said Dr. Wancai Yang, assistant professor of pathology at the UIC College of Medicine and senior author of the study, whose research focuses on the interactions of genetic and nutritional factors in the development of intestinal cancer and tumor prevention.
The researchers used two strains of mice, Apc1638 and Muc2, which each have a specific gene knocked out, causing the mice to develop either intestinal tumors (in the case of Apc1638) or colitis in the case of Muc2. Colitis is an inflammation of the large intestine that can contribute to the development of colorectal cancer.
Both mouse strains were randomized to be fed either a Western-style, high-risk diet (high in fat and low in calcium and vitamin D) or the same diet supplemented with 10 percent freeze-dried black raspberry powder for 12 weeks.
The researchers found that in both mouse strains the black raspberry-supplemented diet produced a broad range of protective effects in the intestine, colon and rectum and inhibited tumor formation.
In the Apc1638 mice, tumor incidence was reduced by 45 percent and the number of tumors by 60 percent. The researchers found that black raspberries inhibited tumor development by suppressing a protein, known as beta-catenin, which binds to the APC gene.
In the Muc2 mice, tumor incidence and the number of tumors were both reduced by 50 percent, and black raspberries inhibited tumor development by reducing chronic inflammation associated with colitis.
The researchers now hope to obtain funding to begin clinical trials in humans, said Yang. Because black raspberries not only prevent cancer but also inflammation, they may also protect against other diseases, such as heart disease.
Yang is a member of the UIC Cancer Center. Co-authors are Xiuli Bi of UIC, Wenfeng Fang of UIC and Wuhan University in China, and Li-Shu Wang and Gary Stoner of the Ohio State University.
The research was funded by UIC's department of pathology and the National Cancer Institute.

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