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Health Tip: Let a Stress Fracture Heal

A stress fracture is an overuse injury that usually occurs from exercise, such as running.

Fatigued muscles after a while aren’t able to absorb the stress of a certain activity, so the bone begins to absorb the impact, resulting in a tiny fracture.

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons suggests how to help a stress fracture heal:

  • Take a break from the exercise or activity that triggered the stress fracture. Generally, healing takes about six to eight weeks.
  • If possible, limit yourself to light activity that doesn’t cause pain for your particular fracture.
  • Using a brace or shoe insert may help speed healing.
  • Don’t resume the activity too early, as re-injuring the area could cause an even larger, longer-lasting problem.

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The Importance of Potassium and Salt

We have all heard how we should reduce our sodium intake, stop salting our foods and be wary of high sodium packaged and refined foods. Whilst this is true there is another side to the story……

Potassium is a type of Ionic Salt which is naturally found dissolved in sea water and as part of the mineral content of fruits and vegetables. It is thought to be key in balancing out levels of blood pressure and regulating them to a more standard level. New science even goes to show that pottasium can be equally as effective in treating hypertension (high blood pressure) as taking medication for the problem.

Diet and lifestyle plays an important role in managing blood pressure. High intakes of sodium and low intakes of potassium have unfavorable effects on blood pressure. Therefore, reducing the consumption of sodium and increasing the consumption of potassium are both good ways to improve blood pressure.

So this goes to show that eating your fruits and vegetables goes a lot further than simply lifting your intake of anti-oxidants and minerals. A solid intake of mineral rich foods will help to balance out your blood pressure, fortunately this does not only work for those with high levels by lowering the readings but also those of us with good levels of  blood pressure in which potassium works to maintain.

They key to making this work seems to be by displacing refined salt with potassium in your diet. If you cook at home or eat home cooked meals the majority of the time this should not be a problem.

Most household salt is to be found in processed foods such as bread, ready-made meals, soups, sauces and savoury snacks and pizzas.

Here are some of the tips you can use to get more potassium and less sodium in your diet:

  • Find a good sea salt and use it with all your cooking. I like Redmond Sea Salt. It is important your sea salt has a reddish/pinkish colour as this means minerals are retained.
  • Get rid of any refined/table salt that you have in the house. The stuff not only tastes worse than real salt but does harm to your health.
  • Try and minimise prepackaged foods with high sodium levels (above 1g per serving)
  • Eat a good selection of high Potassium foods……

Some of the foods richest in Pottasium are beans and pulses as well as fruits and vegetables: Spinach, Lima Beans, Sweet Potatoes, Lentils, Tropical Fruits (bananas, papaya, pineapple) and Avocados to name a few. Please see this link for more details…..

This shows why it is possible to eat a perfectly “healthy” diet but be plagued by problems of low potassium and high sodium levels, this can simply come from eating too many prepackaged or restaurant foods. These foods push sodium intake to a level that is very hard to displace by adding potassium to your diet. The problem is that refined salt is an easy way for food makers to add flavour to their food.

We need salt to live and it is hugely important. Unfortunately modern day refined salt (sodium chloride) is used everywhere now, it has all of the minerals removed including potassium which is its built in defence mechanism.

The key comes back to eating unrefined home cooked real foods with good ingredients when possible. Don’t be shy when using sea salt to season your food as it is full of minerals and is essential for adrenal health, just make sure you include some potassium rich foods in your diet especially if you eat out on a regular basis.


5 comments so far


  1. Comment by Grok
    16 September 2010

    Great stuff. Thought I’d note for athletes… Since starting a fruit based diet going on 3 moths ago, I haven’t had a single leg cramp. I used to get them all the time during longer workouts and during the night.

    I completely ditched salt of any kind. I also eat my fair share of bananas. 45 a day is not uncommon. Pre-dinner salads are based with about 250g of spinach, which is by far my favorite green! This has been serving me well so far. Even for 6-9hr workouts.

    Wish I could get papaya around here cheaper

    @ Grok: Good stuff, glad to hear the cramping is gone. I always recommend upping the potassium rich foods and popping some magnesium citrate when cramping kicks in. 45 Bananas a day, wowzers!

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Fog harvesting could bring water to poor

New fog harvesting processes may help make water more available to the worlds poor. Engineer Shreerang Chhatre is exploring fog harvesting, a way to develop a device to attract the run-off from the morning fog.

With this, poor villagers could collect clean water near their homes, instead of bringing it over the course of hours from streams and wells that are farther away.

Chhatre, a doctoral candidate in chemical engineering at MIT, an MBA student at the MIT Sloan School of Management, and a fellow at MITs Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship, has a lot on his plate, but he is determined to work this idea through

According to the World Health Organization and UNICEF,  nearly 900 million people worldwide live without safe drinking water. The burdens falls mostly on women and children to supply for their families.

Chhatre has created a fog-harvesting device that is made of a fence-like mesh panel. This panel attracts droplets and connects to receptacles into which water drips.

Chhatres training as a chemical engineer has helped him build a useful prototype.

One basic principle of an efficient device is that it must have a combination of surfaces that attract and repel water.

For larger versions, mesh does the job; these harvesters captured one liter of water per one square meter of mesh, per day in their field tests. The next steps are bringing this into the community.

Read more from web.mit.edu and the full report from Science Daily.

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Something Delicious and Healthy for Your Body

If you are a smoker and also someone who happens to love the flavor of all the and then there is some very exciting news for you. There is a product on the market that will help you quit smoking called the electronic cigarette. And the best part of this is that they are also available with almond e-cigarette cartridges. This means that you can do something which is healthy for your body while still experiencing the delicious flavor of almond. Electronic cigarettes could be rather boring if they only came in one flavor but fortunately they come in a variety of them. There are many people will be are becoming more and more health conscious these days, eating only things which don’t consent preserving those and are only made organic.

There are also hundreds of thousands of people who were at one time smokers and have now quit. Many of them have used electronic cigarettes to do so. In addition, electronic cigarettes are not very hard to come by as they are sold in a number of places. Believe it or not you can even buy electronic cigarettes and all of the excess reason to go with them right down the street at your local smoke shop. If you cannot find them at your local bookshop and you may be a will to go to your local convenience store/gas station and find out if they in fact sell electronic cigarettes. If all else fails then you already know that you can go online to a number of different websites and find electronic cigarettes quite easily. In fact, no matter what you’re looking for you can always find it online if you are not able to find it in stores. The same can be said for electronic cigarettes and all of the different flavored cartridges that they come with today.

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Hawaii had four mass layoffs in June

Hawaii saw four mass layoffs during the month of June, resulting in 275 people filing for initial unemployment insurance. That’s down from five mass layoffs in May, which resulted in 351 people filing initial unemployment claims.

Last month’s total was also down from the seven mass layoffs in June 2010, which involved 562 workers filing for initial unemployment insurance, according to seasonally unadjusted data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The bureau does not identify the names of the companies involved in the layoffs.

There were a total of 1,532 mass layoffs across the U.S. in June, resulting in 143,444 people filing initial unemployment insurance claims, according to seasonally adjusted data. That’s compared to the 1,599 mass layoffs recorded in May, which resulted in 143,540 workers filing for initial unemployment insurance. Last month’s total is also down from the 1,729 mass layoffs in June of last year, which involved 153,937 people filing initial unemployment insurance claims.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics records a mass layoff when 50 or more individuals working for a single employer file initial claims for unemployment insurance benefits during a five-week period.

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Safety Tips for Driving at Night

 

Let us just say that driving at night is not one of my favorite things to do. The limited visibility, the sleepy drivers on the road, the temporary blindness from the oncoming driver who forgot to disable their high beams all pose special hazards when you are driving at night.

In fact, while there are fewer people on the road at night, the relative percentage of accidents for that smaller number of cars is pretty high. Here is how to protect yourself with some special safety tips for driving your car after dark.

Clean the Head Lights

Today, I got an emergency call from a friend who had to meet her husband at the hospital. I got my kids in the car and went to back the car out of its spot to pick her up. The rear camera was all cloudy from the recent bad weather. It reminded me that I had to clean off my head lights. The brightness of the headlights can be reduced significantly by just a little bit of dirt. Make sure to clean your lights (and the camera if you have one) regularly.

Give Other Drivers a Warning

When you stop quickly at night, you are more likely to be hit by the car behind you if you are traveling at night. This is because the driver may be tired and sleepy or not paying as much attention. If you can, pump your breaks a bit before you stop harder. This will make your break lights engage and hopefully make the other driver aware that you are about to stop or seriously slow down.

Dim the Inside Lights

Whether is it is a child in the back seat reading or the bright lights of your GPS, make sure to dim any inside lights while you are driving at night. Bright lights can cause glare or become a distraction for the driver. Many GPS units have a nighttime or dimming option. If yours doesn’t see if you can program it for audio only or turn the screen away from you.

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