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Does swimming after eating cause stomach cramps? Experts debunk popular myths

It's important to take extra care with certain aspects of our health and well-being, such as avoiding too much sun and making sure to drink enough fluids. To help keep you informed on some of the best ways to stay to safe in the sun, here experts debunk some popular summer health myths and offer their advice on how to look after yourself and the whole family this summer. False: Saltwater helps wounds heal "This is a myth because saltwater from the beach can actually contain germs or bacteria that can infect an open wound," says Baylor College of Medicine expert Isabel Valdez, a physician assistant and instructor of family and community medicine. "You should wait until the wound...Keep on reading: Does swimming after eating cause stomach cramps? Experts debunk popular myths.....»»

Category: newsSource: inquirer inquirerJul 8th, 2018

Fruit and veg off the menu for Indonesian girls as myths fuel malnutrition

LONDON — From fears that eating chicken wings makes it hard to find a husband to beliefs that pineapple jeopardizes fertility, a host of food taboos are fueling malnutrition among Indonesian girls, experts said as they launched an adolescent health drive. Nutritionists said girls ate very little protein, vegetables or fruit, preferring to fill up with […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsJun 12th, 2018

Apple cider vinegar: What the experts say – CNN News

Apple cider vinegar is one of the most popular natural health products around, with claims for everything from sanitizing toothbrushes to whittling waistlines. But how much of its popularity is based on hype? Could you be wasting your time or &'8212; even worse &'8212; harming your health? Here are 10 of the top ways people are using apple cider vinegar and what the science says. What's the most popular use for apple cider vinegar? If a simple internet search is any measure, it involves diabetes. Dietitian Carol Johnston has been studying the effects of the main component of any vinegar, acetic acid, on diabetic blood glucose levels since 2004. She's conducted 10 small randomly controlled studies and published six papers on the subject. Her studies indicate vinegar can help lower blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes; in those who are prediabetic, also called insulin-resistant; and even in healthy control subjects. The improvement was slight for all but those at risk for diabetes, she says. &'8220;In pre-diabetics, it was too good to be true,&'8221; says Johnston,who is also associate director of the University of Arizona's School of Nutrition and Health. &'8220;It fell a good bit and stayed that way. It may be this is the group that could benefit the most.&'8221; But this antiglycemic response can be induced by any sort of vinegar, she says: red and white wine vinegars, pomegranate vinegar or even white distilled vinegar. She suggests adding it to salads, as in the Mediterranean diet, or diluting it in water and drinking it before a meal. &'8220;Basically, what acetic acid is doing is blocking the absorption of starch,&'8221; Johnston says. &'8220;If my study subjects eat a starch and add vinegar, glucose will go down. But if they drink sugar water and add vinegar, nothing happens. So if you're having bacon and eggs, don't bother. It only helps if you are consuming a starch.&'8221; If you choose to use apple cider vinegar, be sure to tell your doctor, says nutritionist Lisa Drayer. &'8220;If you're taking a diabetes drug, the vinegar could amplify the effects of your meds,&'8221; she warns, &'8220;and your doctor might want to adjust your dosage.&'8221; Most important, if you're expecting vinegar to significantly alter or prevent diabetes, science suggests you reconsider. Johnston notes that there is no evidence, in her studies or others, to establish that connection. &'8220;I simply determine if your glucose level goes up and down,&'8221; she says. &'8220;If I was to show that vinegar slows progression to diabetes, then I would need hundreds of people and millions of dollars to do the studies, because diabetes has a lot of causes, including genetics.&'8221; Weight loss, or dieting, is another popular use for apple cider vinegar and there is some evidence that it can help. The most cited study was done with 175 heavy but otherwise healthy Japanese subjects. The 12-week treatment produced lower body weight, body mass index, visceral fat, waist measurements and triglyceride levels. Sounds great, right? The most cited study was done with 175 heavy but otherwise healthy Japanese subjects. The 12-week treatment produced lower body weight, body mass index, visceral fat, waist measurements and triglyceride levels. Sounds great, right? The best way to consume apple cider vinegar is on your salad, experts say. &'8220;If you were doing all the other things to lose weight, it might give you a slight edge,&'8221; Drayer says. &'8220;Also, if you're drinking it in water, that's good, as water makes you feel full.&'8221; &'8220;Sometimes, people get really excited to try something new, and then their other behaviors change, too,&'8221; she adds. &'8220;So if this helps people be more careful overall, that's a good thing.&'8221; &'8220;Some people like to use it to remove stains and whiten their teeth,&'8221; according to one of many online articles touting apple cider vinegar for this purpose: &'8220;To try this, rub a small amount of apple cider vinegar onto your teeth with a cotton swab.&'8221; &'8220;I let out an audible gasp when I read about this!&'8221; says Chicago dentist and American Dental Association spokeswoman Alice Boghosian. &'8220;It made me cringe, to be honest with you. What are people doing?&'8221; &'8220;You're putting acid on your teeth,&'8221; Boghosian continues, &'8220;the last thing you'd want to do to promote oral health. What would be a healthier option is to brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes, with a whitening toothpaste with the ADA seal. That shows it's been tested to do what it's supposed to do.&'8221; Other articles promote rinsing your mouth with apple cider vinegar, soaking dentures with a diluted mixture or using it to clean a toothbrush. &'8220;You just have to rinse off your toothbrush, get all the toothpaste out, and let it air out. That's all you have to do,&'8221; Boghosian says. &'8220;Cleaning dentures or rinsing with vinegar is not a good idea. It too could put your teeth at risk. And just think how it might affect the metal on partial dentures.&'8221; A pH of 7 is neutral, explains Boghosian; anything less is acid. She said many of today's popular apple cider vinegars are in the 2 to 3 range &'8212; about the same as stomach acid. &'8220;Anything acidic which contacts your teeth will wear out the enamel, the protective coating, and that will cause cavities,&'8221; Boghosian adds. &'8220;So, this is totally, completely wrong, unless you want to be paying more visits to your dentist.&'8221; Commonly suggested [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsApr 19th, 2017

My 4 hours with Anthony Bourdain around ‘gritty’ Manila—with ‘No Reservations’

  It has been 10 years now, yet during our culinary walks around Binondo, we still get the occasional question, "How was he?" "He" was chef, writer and newsmaker Anthony Bourdain, who took his life last June 8. It was a decade ago when I had the rarest and most fortuitous privilege of giving Bourdain his first taste of the Manila culinary scene. To the multitude of fans, some of whom had to drive from Manila to Pampanga where a segment was shot, catching a glimpse of the man was enough. I had more than a glimpse. I had a whole day of eating out with him, and the irony of it was that I wasn't even a big fan. I had not read any of his books. While his popular TV ...Keep on reading: My 4 hours with Anthony Bourdain around ‘gritty’ Manila—with ‘No Reservations’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 14th, 2018

Is tilapia a ‘mutant, skinless, boneless’ fish? A viral meme claims it is

An Internet meme claiming that the popular tilapia fish is a dangerous “mutant” fish has gone viral again prompting the fact-check website Snopes.com to dispute the claims. The meme claims that eating tilapia was “worse than eating bacon or a hamburger” and that it has been killing families due to the toxic compound dioxin allegedly […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsJun 13th, 2018

Keto diet–would I recommend it? Yes, but…

Last month, I tried doing something I've never tried: go on a diet. No, it's not the one where you drink just lemon water and, when you're starving, meditate to make wanting to eat go away. Nor is it about moderation and eating brown rice. I decided that if I were to go on a diet, it would be something crazy and educational. After all, I've spent a good part of my youth trying to expand my mind by drinking stuff, and most of my adult life expanding my stomach by eating stuff. So I wanted to try something completely different. Successful failure It was, like what happened to Apollo 13, a successful failure. I tried the ketogenic diet for one month, and had to decline a lot of ...Keep on reading: Keto diet–would I recommend it? Yes, but….....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 9th, 2018

Sex Causes UTI? We’re Breaking Down Some Myths

Growing up, I was told that if don't drink enough water and/or if I hold in my pee, I would get sick. The usual warning I would hear from my family, teachers, and doctors was "You might get UTI (urinary tract infection) if you do that." A lot of people I know are also told the same thing. But recently, I found out that there are misconceptions around the the condition. Many would associate UTI solely on sexual interaction when really, it's not just that. We're now here to give you insight on what really causes this and also debunk some of the myths that you may have been told. Most especially since women are at greater risk of it. So educate yourselves and keep reading. There are...Keep on reading: Sex Causes UTI? We’re Breaking Down Some Myths.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 9th, 2018

‘Poor Filipinos are lazy’ and other myths about poverty

A popular tweet by a political science academic tells us something about false beliefs we might have about poor people and poverty......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsApr 24th, 2018

Kremlin cracking down on internet to muzzle critics, say experts

MOSCOW, Russia – As Vladimir Putin starts his 4th Kremlin term, authorities are turning up the heat on popular websites and apps ostensibly to fight terrorism but analysts say the real motive is to muzzle critics. A move this week to block the strongly encrypted messenger Telegram , less than ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 8th, 2018

Cherry blossoms reach full bloom in Tokyo

TOKYO (AP) --- Japan's famous cherry blossoms have reached full bloom in Tokyo as spring-like weather descends on the nation's capital. Crowds flocked Monday to popular spots in much of Japan to enjoy the sea of delicate pink and white blooms. Some laid down picnic sheets at Shinjuku Gyoen, a former imperial garden in the heart of Tokyo, to enjoy "hanami", the custom of blossom viewing. Eating and drinking under the trees is a popular pastime. People young and old strolled beneath a canopy of cherry blossoms on a walkway along the Meguro River, also in central Tokyo. Some stopped to take selfies or close-ups of the blooms. "There are of course so many beautiful flowers, b...Keep on reading: Cherry blossoms reach full bloom in Tokyo.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 26th, 2018

Record highs and heists: Where is cryptocurrency heading?

TOKYO: A hacking theft that netted $530 million, a ban on Facebook advertising, regulation even in Russia and more wild price swings: despite another stomach-churning week for cryptocurrencies, analysts say they are here to stay. While headline-grabbing hacks like that suffered by Japan’s Coincheck are likely to attract the attention of regulators, experts say the [...] The post Record highs and heists: Where is cryptocurrency heading? appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsFeb 2nd, 2018

Record highs, record heists: where is crypocurrency heading?

TOKYO: A hacking theft that netted $530 million, a ban on Facebook advertising, regulation even in Russia and more wild price swings: despite another stomach-churning week for cryptocurrencies, analysts say they are here to stay. While headline-grabbing hacks like that suffered by Japan’s Coincheck are likely to attract the attention of regulators, experts say the [...] The post Record highs, record heists: where is crypocurrency heading? appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsFeb 2nd, 2018

Money myths that hinder financial success

(Part 2) Last month, we asked followers of our Facebook page to share common money myths that they feel Filipinos believe. The responses have been compiled into a two-part article where we debunk these myths. Last week, we discussed myths related to cash vs. credit card, education vs. financial success and pampering yourself. In this [...] The post Money myths that hinder financial success appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsDec 6th, 2017

Spending Time With Family/Pets as Popular as Healthy Eating and Exercise to Maintain ‘Physical Health’, Shows GfK Data

Spending Time With Family/Pets as Popular as Healthy Eating and Exercise to Maintain ‘Physical Health’, Shows GfK Data.....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsSep 28th, 2017

Oil spill forces Greek authorities to close Athens beaches

ATHENS — Greek health authorities have banned swimming along a long line of popular Athens beaches following extensive sea pollution from the sinking of a sm.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 15th, 2017

Twisting Solomon’s arm

I have just spent the last 24 hours walking around, eating, swimming, or sleeping on an island that has the longest strip mall-tiangge I have ever seen in th.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 18th, 2017

In west Mosul, ‘nowhere is safe for civilians’ – Al Jazeera

The Iraqi army on Sunday resumed operations against ISIL in Mosul after a one-day pause, amid growing concerns over an escalating civilian death toll as fierce fighting spreads to the city's most densely populated areas. The offensive was briefly put on hold after local officials and residents in west Mosul said suspected US-led coalition  air raids last week had killed scores of civilians at the ISIL-held al-Jadida  district. Security forces on Saturday did not permit journalists to get to where the strikes were said to have taken place, but the  coalition admitted that it had struck the area on March 17, and said it was investigating the reports of civilian deaths. Details about what exactly happened on March 17 are difficult to confirm as Iraqi forces battle with Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) fighters to recapture the heavily populated parts of the western half of Mosul, the armed group's last stronghold in Iraq. Witnesses and local officials said that more than 200 bodies were pulled from a collapsed building after a coalition air raid. But in a statement on Sunday, the Iraqi army said there was no sign that the destroyed structure had been hit by a strike &'' blaming its collapse on booby traps set by ISIL instead. &'8220;A team of military experts from field commanders checked the building where the media reported that the house was completely destroyed. All walls were booby-trapped and there is no hole that indicates an air strike,&'8221; it said, adding that 61 bodies were recovered from the rubble. READ MORE: Grief and questions amid wreckage of Mosul air strikes Al Jazeera's Hoda Abdel-Hamid, reporting from a hospital in Erbil, northern Iraq, spoke to people who confirmed that they had lost family members in the air raids of March 17. &'8220;We've been speaking to some of the patients and certainly the words air strikes come up a lot in the conversation,&'8221; she said, referring to a man who said 22 of his relatives had been killed in an air raid, while he had to spend several days under the rubble before being rescued. &'8220;When you ask them what happened … people here say the main problem is that you have ISIL fighters who are roaming around, going in and out of houses, on top of rooftops to take positions and then disappearing. &'8220;So apparently many of the air strikes, according to the people we spoke here, hit the wrong target &'' simply by the time the air strike arrives and is called in, the ISIL fighters have disappeared.&'8221; The US-backed offensive to drive ISIL out of Mosul, now in its sixth month, has recaptured most of the city. The Iraqi government announced that eastern Mosul had been recaptured from ISIL in January, but residents still report almost daily fighting in some areas. Iraqi security and medical sources on Sunday said a t least 16 civilians, including two children, were killed by ISIL shelling in a popular marketplace in  eastern Mosul. Another 43 civilians were wounded in the attack, according to the sources. In western Mosul, the Iraqi army's advances have stuttered in the past two weeks as fighting enters the narrow alleys of the Old City, home to the al-Nuri Mosque where ISIL group's leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared a caliphate spanning large areas of Iraq and Syria in 2014. Iraqi forces on Sunday deployed snipers to target ISIL fighters who were using civilians as human shields, Joint Operations Command spokesman Brigadier General Yahya Rasool told the AFP news agency. The military was relying on &'8220;light and medium weapons, among them sniper [rifles], to hunt for Daesh [ISIL] members&'8221; located among civilians, he said. Rasool accused ISIL of gathering civilians together and then blowing up explosives-rigged vehicles nearby to make it look like &'8220;Iraqi forces &' are targeting innocent civilians&'8221;. However, Iraqi forces have also frequently fired mortar rounds and unguided rockets during the battle for west Mosul &'' weapons that pose a much greater risk to residents of areas where fighting is taking place. Hundreds of thousands of civilians are still inside the Old City and are exposed to the intense fighting. &'8220;Patients here say there is nowhere safe in western Mosul for civilians,&'8221; Al Jazeera's Abdel-Hamid, reporting from the hospital in Erbil, said. &'8220;They say the fight in western Mosul is not the same as the fight that happened in the east part of the city. They say it's much more brutal, with many more air strikes and much more shelling.&'8221; According to Iraqi authorities, more than 200,000 people have fled west Mosul since the operation to retake the area was launched on February 19. But the United Nations has said that about 600,000 are still present inside the city. Caroline Gluck, a senior public information officer in Iraq with the UN's refugee agency, said the situation is deteriorating daily. &'8220;The fighting is coming closer to people's homes. It's a very densely packed area, particularly in the Old City, so families have been terrified by the mortars, the shelling and the air strikes,&'8221; she told Al Jazeera from Baghdad. Gluck said a major factor in many residents' &'8220;very difficult decision&'8221; to flee is growing hunger. &'8220;Families have told us they rely on one meal a day &'' and that meal is really just water and flour. People are getting desperate; there is no fuel, no heating, and they are burning furniture and old [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsMar 27th, 2017

US government seeks ban on swimming with Hawaii dolphins

US federal officials are seeking a ban on swimming with Hawaii's spinner dolphins, saying the encounters popular with tourists are harming the nocturnal creatures' sleeping habits......»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsAug 26th, 2016

Run and play outdoors to be healthy!

Aside from eating nutritious food, the body also needs proper exercise to be healthy. Simple things such as playing outdoors, running, swimming and biking with the family may contribute to boost one’s social skills, self-esteem, and health......»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsAug 12th, 2016

Brain-eating amoeba found in popular Grand Teton soak spot

MOOSE, Wyo. — A parasitic amoeba that causes deadly brain infections has turned up in a warm spring in Grand Teton National Park, prompting a warning Monday for anybody intent on soaking in the popular pool: If you absolutely must take a dip, try n.....»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsAug 9th, 2016

Garin rapped anew over Dengvaxia

For former health secretary Janette Garin, when it rains, it really pours. Already swimming in numerous complaints regarding the controversial Dengvaxia anti-dengue vaccine being blamed for a number of children dying, Garin was haled anew yesterday before prosecutors of the Department of Justice (DoJ). This as another parent filed a criminal complaint against Janette Garin […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated News1 hr. 37 min. ago