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Tips to fight fatigue

08 Nov

Fatigue may be caused due to increased family demands, work demands, inadequate sleep, poor diet. Fatigue leads to decreased mental activity, irritability

  • Avoid skipping the breakfast. Breakfast is the main thing in the morning. If you skip your breakfast you tend to get more sluggish as the time pass and your energy level decreases as the day passes.
  • Drink lot of water: Mild dehydration can make the heart to work more since the blood will thickens if the water in inadequate.
  • Have short and shallow breaths. Take deep breaths to increase the body’s oxygen supply.
  • If you have fatigue from long time, check for anemia, which is decreased hemoglobin in your blood. This leads to decreased energy levels.
  • Exercise regularly. Involve in some exercise for about 30-45 minutes for at least 5 days a week.
  • Control the stress by breathing exercises and meditation techniques.
  • Have adequate sleep every day. Sleep at least 8-9 hours per day.
  • Take a stress management class to reduce your stress levels. Learn various techniques to prevent stressors in the daily life. Learn relaxation methods and breathing techniques if you are stressed out.
  • Eat well balanced diet which has all the nutrients, carbohydrates, protein, calcium and potassium.
  • Nutrient deficiency can cause chronic fatigue, so identify it and incorporate in your diet
  • Drink plenty of fruit juices.
  • Take lemon tea, green tea instead of coffee and regular tea.
  • Avoid smoking, alcohol consumption.
  • Do not skip meals.
  • Avoid crash dieting.
  • Eat healthy diet which has more fruits, vegetables, whole grain food, lean meats, low fat dairy products.
  • Avoid over eating. Take small and frequent meals.
  • Take more of iron rich foods like papaya, dates.
  • Avoid using sleeping tablets on long term.

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Coenzyme Q10 deficiency

24 Jul
Uses based on scientific evidence Grade *
Coenzyme Q10 deficiency

Coenzyme Q10 is normally produced by the human body, although deficiency may occur in patients with impaired CoQ10 biosynthesis due to severe metabolic or mitochondrial disorders, not enough dietary CoQ10 intake, or too much CoQ10 use by the body. Depending on the cause of CoQ10 deficiency, supplementation or increased dietary intake of CoQ10 and the vitamins and minerals needed to produce CoQ10 may be effective.

High blood pressure (hypertension)

Preliminary research suggests that CoQ10 causes small decreases in blood pressure (systolic and possibly diastolic). Low blood levels of CoQ10 have been found in people with hypertension, although it is not clear if CoQ10 “deficiency” is a cause of high blood pressure. Well-designed long-term research is needed to strengthen this recommendation.

Age-related macular degeneration

Early study shows that acetyl-L-carnitine, n-3 fatty acids, and Coenzyme Q10 (Phototrop®) may help age-related macular degeneration. More research is needed using Coenzyme Q10 alone before a recommendation can be made.

Alzheimer’s disease

Promising preliminary evidence suggests that CoQ10 supplements may slow down, but not cure, dementia in people with Alzheimer’s disease. Additional well-designed studies are needed to confirm these results before a firm recommendation can be made.

Angina (chest pain from clogged heart arteries)

Preliminary small human studies suggest that CoQ10 may reduce angina and improve exercise tolerance in people with clogged heart arteries. Better studies are needed before a firm recommendation can be made.

Anthracycline chemotherapy heart toxicity

Anthracycline chemotherapy drugs, such as doxorubicin (Adriamycin®), are commonly used to treat cancers such as breast cancer or lymphoma. Heart damage (cardiomyopathy) is a major concern with the use of anthracyclines, and CoQ10 has been suggested to protect the heart. However, studies in this area are small and not high quality and the effects of CoQ10 remain unclear.


CoQ10 may benefit asthma patients when added to other therapies. Further research is needed. Asthma should be treated by a qualified healthcare provider.

Breast cancer

Supplementation with CoQ10 has not been proven to reduce cancer and has not been compared to other forms of treatment for breast cancer.


Further research is needed to determine if CoQ10 may help cancer when used with other therapies. Cancer should be treated by a qualified healthcare provider.

Cardiomyopathy (dilated, hypertrophic)

There is conflicting evidence from research on the use of CoQ10 in patients with dilated or hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Better research is needed in this area before a recommendation can be made.

Chronic fatigue syndrome

Early study shows that CoQ10 may improve symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome. High quality research is needed in this area before a decision can be made.

Cocaine dependence

A combination of Coenzyme Q10 and L-carnitine has been studied to reduce cocaine usage, but early study is inconclusive.

Coronary heart disease

There is not enough scientific evidence to recommend for or against the use of CoQ10 in patients with coronary heart disease.

Exercise performance

Results are variable, with some research suggesting benefits, and other studies showing no effects. Most trials have not been well designed. Better research is necessary before a firm conclusion can be drawn.

Friedreich’s ataxia

Preliminary research reports promising evidence for the use of CoQ10 in the treatment of Friedreich’s ataxia. Further evidence is necessary before a firm conclusion can be drawn.

Gum disease (periodontitis)

Preliminary human studies suggest possible benefits of CoQ10 taken by mouth or placed on the skin or gums in the treatment of periodontitis. Better research is needed before a strong conclusion can be drawn.

Heart attack (acute myocardial infarction)

There is preliminary human study of CoQ10 given to patients within three days after a heart attack. Better research is needed before a firm conclusion can be drawn.

Heart conditions (mitral valve prolapse in children)

There is early data to support the use of CoQ10 in children with mitral valve prolapse. Well-designed clinical trials are needed before a recommendation can be made.

Heart failure

The evidence for CoQ10 in the treatment of heart failure is controversial and remains unclear. Different levels of disease severity have been studied (New York Heart Association classes I through IV). Better research is needed in this area studying the effects on quality of life, hospitalization, and death rates before a recommendation can be made.

Heart protection during surgery

Several studies suggest that the function of the heart may be improved after major heart surgeries such as coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) or valve replacement when CoQ10 is given to patients before or during surgery. Better studies are necessary before a recommendation can be made.


There is limited evidence that natural levels of CoQ10 in the body may be reduced in people with HIV/AIDS. There is a lack of reliable scientific research showing that CoQ10 supplements have any effect on this disease.


Early study of CoQ10 for high triglyceride levels in the blood is unclear.

Increasing sperm count (idiopathic spermatozoa)

There is early evidence that supports the use of CoQ10 in the treatment of increasing sperm count and motility. Better studies are needed before a strong recommendation can be made.

Kidney failure

There is initial data to support the use of CoQ10 in the treatment of kidney (renal) failure. More research is needed before a recommendation can be made.

Lipid lowering (adjunct to statin therapy)

Coenzyme Q10 may reduce some adverse effects associated with statin therapy for high cholesterol, including reduced heart function. More study is needed before a recommendation can be made.


There is fair evidence to support the use of CoQ10 treatment in migraine prevention or treatment. However, more well-designed studies are needed to confirm these findings.

Mitochondrial diseases and Kearns-Sayre syndrome

CoQ10 is often recommended for patients with mitochondrial diseases, including myopathies, encephalomyopathies, and Kearns-Sayre syndrome. CoQ10 may help improve function in children with maternally-inherited diabetes and deafness. Better studies are needed before a strong recommendation can be made.

Muscular dystrophies

Preliminary studies in patients with muscular dystrophy taking CoQ10 supplements describe improvements in exercise capacity, heart function, and overall quality of life. Additional research is needed in this area.

Myelodysplastic syndrome

Further research is needed before a recommendation can be made. Early study results are unclear.

Parkinson’s disease

There is promising human evidence for the use of CoQ10 in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease. Better-designed trials are needed to confirm these results.

Post-surgical recovery (adjuvant)

In patients with stage I and II melanoma with surgically removed lesions, CoQ10 may decrease the rate of recurrence. Although these results are promising, more study is needed in this area to confirm these conclusions.

Prostate cancer

One study using a combination that included CoQ10 did not find a significant effect on PSA levels in patients with prostate cancer. Although PSA levels may be an indicator of cancer, it is unclear whether CoQ10 would have any effect on cancer treatment of prevention. More study is needed.

Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)

More research is needed in patients with tinnitus with low levels of CoQ10 before a strong recommendation can be made.


Preliminary evidence suggests that CoQ10 does not affect blood sugar levels in patients with type 1 or type 2 diabetes, and it does not alter the need for diabetes medications.

Huntington’s disease

There is negative evidence from studies that used CoQ10 in the treatment of Huntington’s disease.


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Healthy Living With Salad

22 Mar

Make Salads a Gradual Lifestyle Change. Have you had your salad today? Eating salad almost every day may be one of the most healthy eating habits you can adopt — and one of the simplest salads are naturally low in calories and often too low to be a meal. While they are good for you, they are all delicious. Fresh, raw, vegetables contain vitamins, minerals, and fiber. By choosing salad for a meal at least three times per week and work up to including salad every day. Not only will your waistline shrink, but your cholesterol and blood pressure levels may also decrease thanks to all the colorful and fiber-rich veggies you’ll be eating

Salads are cool, crunchy, and fun to eat (lots of textures, colors, and flavors). Most people enjoy eating Salads–even kids! Whatever they say, salads are one of the most popular dishes be it a restaurant, a dinner party or any other occasions. This is because salads are healthy dishes with an abundance of different ingredients and there are many salad recipes readily available. Salad recipes can encompass so many different ingredients including regular everyday fruits and vegetables to exotic ones. Salad recipes can also include different meats, seafood, and even tofu.

The popularity of salads is already pretty big and will continue to grow as the obesity problem continues to grow. But weight loss isn’t the only reason why you should have salads there are many more, like:

  1. Salads are simply delicious. Anyone who has eaten salads knows that it is a great way to mix completely different kinds of foods, textures and flavors in one meal. In salads one can mix green crunchy leaves (spinach, lettuce, cabbage, etc), nuts (almonds, pine nuts, walnuts, etc.), cereals (boiled corn, beans, peas, etc), boiled lentils (black chana, rajmah, etc), herbs(,tulsi oregano, mint,etc), even some proteins like boiled eggs or chicken and toss it with a salad dressing of honey, lemon juice, balsamic vinegar. For those who have a sweet tooth you can also add raisins, apricots, Prunes, fig, etc.
  2. Salads are very filling. Once you add ingredients like potato, pasta, beans, corn or egg, it is a complete meal in itself. Eating a salad besides being very refreshing is also very fulfilling.
  3. Salads are healthy! It has fiber to keep the constipation and diseases away. It is loaded with enzymes which keep you looking very young. It is full of vitamins and minerals due to the nuts and greens. It has medicinal properties due to the fresh herbs. Dry fruits like raisin, apricots prunes, and figs, when added the added health benefit of green salad is that they are raw which can help you reduce cancer risk.
  4. Salads are ideal for people who do not like to eat a heavy lunch or dinner because it makes them feel overstuffed, lethargic or lazy. Therefore, they can make a great choice by having salads as it would at least keep them awake after eating to conduct the business.
  5. Salads are incredibly easy to make. It is very easy to make salad. Anyone can prepare it in minutes.
  6. Eat Salads for the Fiber It’s hard to believe that something we can’t even digest can be so good for us! Eating a high-fiber diet can help lower cholesterol levels and prevent constipation.
  7. Eat Salads for the Health Benefits of Fruits and Vegetables If you frequently eat green salads, you’ll likely have higher blood levels of a host of powerful antioxidants like vitamin C and E, folic acid, lycopene, and alpha- and beta-carotene, especially if your salad includes some raw vegetables. Antioxidants are substances that help protect the body from damage caused by harmful molecules called free radicals.
  8. Eat Salads to Cut Calories and Increase Satisfaction If losing weight is your goal, you may want to start your meals with a green salad. Studies have shown that eating a low-calorie first course, like a green salad of 150 calories or less enhances feelings of fullness and reduces the total number of calories eaten during the meal.

Because of all these reasons, next time at a restaurant or even hosting a party at home, definitely go with the salad as a side or main dish.


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Garlic For Heart

19 Mar

Garlic has long been reknowned as one of the natures most effective cure-alls and is among the oldest herbal folks remedies for ailments such as coughs, colds, stomach upset and sore throats. Modern research also suggests that garlic could be good for your heart.

Garlic helps to keep blood flowing freely by discouraging blood platelets from clumping together. It appears to increase the level of beneficial HDL cholesterol in blood and to reduce level of more harmful LDL cholesterol, so helping to keep arteries clear and reducing the risk of heart disease. Garlic also appears to help to reduce high blood pressure and therefore to offer some protection against heart attacks  and other circulatory problems such as strokes.

The beneficial effect of garlic is largely due to a pungent substance called allicin, which is produced only when fresh garlic is cut, crushed, or heated. As allicin loses its potency rapidly, it is better to get your garlic in the fresh form, whether cooked or raw, than to use products such as dried flakes, garlic powder or garlic salt.

Studies indicate that eating between one and there fresh garlic cloves a day provides enough allicin to reduce the risk of heart attack significantly. These findings seems to be confirmed by relatively low incidence of heart attacks among people who eat Mediterranean – style diet that is rich in garlic.
Garlic capsules, which do not release their allicin until they reach the stomach, are a good alternative to fresh garlic if you are worried about bad breath or do not like the flavor of the fresh herb.

CAUTION – However good garlic may be for the heart, it cannot work miracles by itself. You still need to eat a healthy diet, take regular exercise and avoid smoking. 

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Diet For ADHD

18 Mar

What NOT to eat for TWO WEEKS: the first step in this ADHD Diet

First, let’s find out if there are food allergies causing the ADHD symptoms or behaviors. Eliminate these foods for two weeks, then get ready to add them back in to the ADHD diet…

  • NO DAIRY PRODUCTS, especially cow’s milk.

This is the single most important restriction. The American Pediatric Association estimates that a significant percentage of all children are allergic to milk. Instead try Almond milk, Rice milk, or Better Than Milk. And drink lots of water instead of milk for two weeks.

  • NO YELLOW FOODS. Especially Corn or Squash. Bananas are white, but don’t eat the peel. About 1/1000 people have problems with the stuff that makes these foods yellow in color.
  • NO JUNK FOODS. If it comes in a cellophane wrapper, don’t eat it. Stop eating junk food and your brain will work better. Junk foods tend to be very high in sugars and carbohydrates, and our brains get fuzzy and our kids get more hyperactive when sugars and carbohydrates are eaten together.
  • NO FRUIT JUICES. They have too much sugar. One small glass of apple juice has the sugar content of eight apples. Later on you can have juice, but for now if you have to have any juice just dilute it with water 50/50.
  • CUT SUGAR INTAKE BY 90%. If you can, cut it down to zero. Sugar is in just about everything, but give it a try. Do your best to reduce your sugar intake without going crazy.
  • CUT CHOCOLATE BY 90%. No more than a single piece, once a week.
  • NO NUTRASWEET. None. Period. Never. It’s bad for you. It is bad for your brain.
  • NO PROCESSED MEATS and NO MSG. Only get meats with labels that say, “Turkey and Water,” etc. If the meat has chemicals listed that you can’t pronounce, don’t buy it and don’t eat it.
  • AVOID FOOD COLORINGS WHENEVER POSSIBLE. See if your child is sensitive to any particular colors, such as Reds, Yellows, etc. For now, though, avoid all if possible.
  • AVOID FISH. We hate to say this, as there used to be so many benefits to eating fish, especially the Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) or Omega Oils. But the problem these days is that the mercury levels in most fish is simply too high to be either safe or healthy. Mercury is the second most toxic metal on earth, and is a terrible neuro-toxin. Until we clean up the oceans and the rivers of mercury, just don’t eat it. Sorry.



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