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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

Want a flat tummy this Christmas? Try these recipes

  A flat stomach at this time of the year seems impossible.   It will be tough, Dr. Vicki Belo says, but it can be done. "We're just human and delicious holiday food is our kryptonite," she points out.   "I won't be a grinch and tell you to stop eating all those goodies," she adds. "Instead, I'll share an appetizing holiday menu (for in-between days) so you can keep enjoying the 'season of eating' without the bloating."   Breakfast     Maple Berry Waffle   c low-fat plain yogurt 1 c fresh/frozen mixed berries 1 tbsp maple syrup 1 whole-grain waffle   Toast waffle. Add yogurt and maple syrup. T...Keep on reading: Want a flat tummy this Christmas? Try these recipes.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 12th, 2018

Iconic beach from popular K-drama named world’s best beach 2018

A beach in Greece that will be instantly recognizable to fans of K-drama tops a new list of theworld'sbest 100 beaches, as voted by journalists, editors and bloggers from around the world. For its list of world's best beaches, airfare agencyFlightNetworktapped 1,200 travel experts around the world on their picks for the most beautiful, postcard-perfect beach destinations around the world. Taking the top spot isNavagioBeach, better known as Shipwreck Beach in Zakynthos, Greece. The slice of paradise takes its rather ominous name from the rusty remains of the shipwrecked Freightliner MV Panagiotis, whichsits anchored againsttowering golden cliffs in the hidden cove. FlightN...Keep on reading: Iconic beach from popular K-drama named world’s best beach 2018.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 3rd, 2018

Chef Boy Logro aims to set world record with biggest boodle fight in Dubai

Filipino chef Pablo "Boy" Logro takes the helm in this year's Seafood Fest UAE, which will run from Nov. 30 to Dec. 2 in the Waterfront Market, Dubai. He and his team will aim to set a world record of having the most number of participants in a seafood boodle fight. A boodle fight, a tradition inherent in Philippine culture, is the practice of eating a meal together with family and friends while doing away with the niceties of using utensils and dishes. Food is laid out and spread on banana leaves. Everything, down to the tiniest morsel, is eaten by hand. It is a gastronomic sight popular in Filipino parties, but how can it be done for a group of 27,000? The thought alone seems...Keep on reading: Chef Boy Logro aims to set world record with biggest boodle fight in Dubai.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 30th, 2018

Leave Thailand’s Maya Bay alone — experts

KRABI, Thailand - Marine ecologists have urged the tourism sector to desist from pressuring authorities for an early reopening of the world-renowned Maya Bay in the southern island province of Krabi so as to ensure a proper rehabilitation process. Meanwhile, local tour operators affected by the closure will meet on Tuesday to discuss their next move as the peak tourism season draws near. On September 28, the National Parks Department issued an order for indefinite closure of Maya Bay in order to allow more time for damaged coral reefs to recover. Experts said the four-month closure of Maya Bay was insufficient for rehabilitation due to the popular site's fragile ecosystem. Assistan...Keep on reading: Leave Thailand’s Maya Bay alone — experts.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 8th, 2018

[ANALYSIS] Viral misconceptions about inflation, how to debunk them

    The past week saw an alarming explosion of myths and misconceptions about inflation (how fast prices are rising). This came in the heels of the shocking announcement of the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) that inflation in August clocked in at a whopping 6.4% . Not only is this ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 13th, 2018

Experts warn Cebuanos vs anonymous Facebook pages

CEBU CITY, Philippines – In July 2017, a number of schools in Cebu City canceled classes following a social media post on an alleged bomb threat. Cebu Flash Report  (CFR), a popular Facebook page, carried the unverified post on its news feed and amplified it to its almost 400,000 ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 2nd, 2018

Close your mouth! Dirty sea water mars Asiad sailing

JAKARTA -- Japan's Akira Takayanagi said he battled dire stomach pains after swallowing dirty sea water to win a gold medal at the Asian Games sailing on Friday. Takayanagi, 22, competing in the men's 470 event with team-mate Tetsuya Isozaki, was one of several athletes struck by stomach cramps and diarrhea in Jakarta, where the surrounding bay is heavily contaminated by sewage. "I had a really bad stomach earlier in the week, probably from getting the water in my mouth," said Takayanagi, who also developed a fever and stomach pains at the Asian sailing championships in Jakarta in June. His compatriot Shingen Furuya, gold medalist in the men's 49er with Shinji Hachiyama, was...Keep on reading: Close your mouth! Dirty sea water mars Asiad sailing.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 31st, 2018

Fitbit Unveils Smart, Swim-friendly Charge 3 Tracker

Freshly introduced Charge 3 is a fitness tracker by popular fitness company Fitbit boasting unique swim tracking and smartwatch-style features. Fitbit’s Charge 3 is water resistant up to a considerable depth of 50 meters and tracks the user’s swimming. In addition, it checks step count, calories burned, active minutes exercised, among others; these statistics are […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsAug 25th, 2018

Bhutan: No medals yet in the Asian Games, but still happy

By STEPHEN WADE,  AP Sports Writer JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan has never won a medal of any kind at the Asian Games, much less the Olympics. The country's fame, instead, comes from its billing as one of the happiest places on earth. In fact, the government promotes a concept it terms "Gross National Happiness" as a way to measure success. "People at home are not unhappy we have not won," Younten Tshedup, a reporter for the national newspaper Kuensel, told the Associated Press at the Asian Games. "Everyone is happy, even with no medals. But medals this time would be icing on the cake." By comparison, Bhutan's giant neighbor China has won more than 3,000 medals — about 1,500 gold — in Asian Games competitions. "We are hoping to change it this time," Younten added. Bhutan, with a population of only 750,000, has 24 athletes entered in sports including archery, taekwondo, boxing and — believe it or not — golf. Karma Karma, who competed two years ago at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, could break through in archery, which is Bhutan's national sport. She was also the flagbearer in Saturday's opening ceremony in Jakarta. Soccer and cricket are also popular in Bhutan, but competition is amateur. Archery has many participants, but the disciplines practiced at home are different than those on the Asian Games and Olympic sports programs. "We'd be happy with any medal," Nim Dorji, the head of the delegation, told The AP. Several athletes in taekwondo could break through. They talked up their chances — but were realistic, too — on Monday while seated around a table eating lunch and decked out in their distinctive red and yellow uniforms with the dragon crest on the chest. "Bhutan is a very small country," taekwondo athlete Tenzin Dorji explained. "We don't have the facilities. Maybe that's why we are not winning. In Bhutan we (athletes) are all students and we only practice for four hours. In other countries they are almost practicing for a whole day." Part of the challenge has been Bhutan's isolation, trapped between China and India in the Himalayas. It has just recently begun to open up with television and social media pushing quick change, and the natural beauty also is a lure that attracts outsiders. Nim, the head of the delegation, said the Bhutan government was getting more involved and offering incentives. "We are a small country known for our culture and traditions," taekwondo athlete Kinzang Choden said. "But sports are not our careers. Education is given more importance than sports by the government." Bhutan has sent athletes to every Asian Games since 1990, according the country's profile on the Asian Games website. The closest it has come to winning a medal was in 1998 in Bangkok, when its men's archery team lost a bronze-medal match against China. Bhutan is not alone in Asia in its medal struggles. East Timor, Indonesia's neighbor on the eastern border, is also yet to win a medal at the Asian Games, a quadrennial event that has attracted more than 11,000 athletes from 45 countries and territories competing in 40 sports. The website for the Olympic Council of Asia — the governing body of regional sports — shows six other nations that have won medals, but never a gold medal: Afghanistan, Brunei, Laos, Nepal, Palestine, and Yemen. "Everyone here is expecting a medal," Younten, the Bhutanese reporter said. "We are expecting a few, but we're not very sure about which disciplines."    .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 20th, 2018

Skin bleaching in Africa: A factfile

  Skin bleaching, or lightening, has become popular in many African countries. Here's a factfile: Creams Skin creams are by far the most popular form of bleaching. They work by inhibiting production of melanin, the pigment produced by exposure from the sun. Ingredients include hydroquinone, steroids, lead and mercury. Such creams may be safe in specific doses for a limited amount of time. But they may be dangerous when used for extended periods or in high concentrations, say experts. "What you find is that people use the products for much longer than they're supposed to and so they start getting those really harmful side effects," said Dr. Rasheedah Adesokan...Keep on reading: Skin bleaching in Africa: A factfile.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 9th, 2018

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