high blood pressure and beets

How to ‘Beet’ High Blood Pressure (Guest Post)

My name is Lee Chilvers and I run Chilvers Reprographics, a print finishing and binding company in the UK. I have suffered from high blood pressure for the last 23 years and have always been prescribed drugs for it, which came with a multitude of side effects. Recently I discovered a much more natural treatment which helped tremendously.

As you may know, there are several different types of high blood pressure drugs on the market. And they all work in different ways. But all of them work by attaching to and affecting a receptor on your cells.

That receptor was not placed there to receive the drug. I assure you that you have no genetic deficiency of any petrochemical drug. That receptor is there to receive a natural compound or mineral. And once you start taking blood pressure drugs, you usually have to take them for life.

One of the newest high blood pressure drugs is Nebivolol or Nebilet. This drug works as an antioxidant. It reduces oxidative stress on your cardiovascular system. And it can restore levels of nitric oxide.

High oxidative stress and a deficiency in nitric oxide can cause a variety of health problems. They can cause heart attacks, stroke and heart failure, as well as kidney failure and diabetes. However, this drug is simply an expensive knock-off of one of nature’s most recently discovered secrets.

It’s well known that a diet rich in fruits and veggies reduces blood pressure and heart disease risks. But we still don’t know all of the mechanisms involved in this healing. However, researchers recently discovered one mechanism that responds to a very common food.

In this groundbreaking study, researchers in London tested 14 healthy volunteers. They received either 16 ounces of beet juice or water. Within one hour, the blood pressure of those taking the beet juice fell sharply.

In fact, it fell by 10.4 points systolic and 8 points diastolic. That’s a big drop. It beats the results from most drugs. And, even better, their blood pressure stayed down for 24 hours.

But that’s not all the improvement the researchers found. The beet juice protected the all-important endothelial cells as well. These are the cells that line your arteries. Protecting them protects your heart from heart attacks.

The researchers also found that the beet juice lowers the clotting tendencies of platelets. That can protect you from strokes.

So how does the lowly beetroot do all this?

The researchers had been perplexed by conflicts in fruit and veggie research. These foods are rich in antioxidants. Yet studies on antioxidants and blood pressure are conflicting at best. This group hypothesized that the mechanism could be the metabolism of nitric oxide or NO.

NO is a crucial short-lived chemical that’s absolutely required for keeping your arteries open and relaxed. You might even be more familiar with it from the popular drugs. These petrochemical drugs slow the degradation of NO in the male reproductive organ. Greater NO means more arterial dilation, blood flow, and, thus, better performance.

These researchers discovered that beets fit into the NO equation. They are rich in nitrates. Nitrate is NO3 (nitric trioxide). But nitrate never changes form in the human body. Your stomach absorbs most of it, and then you eliminate it in your urine.

So how does your body get from NO3 to NO when it can’t chemically convert NO3? It turns out that NO3 in blood is pulled out of your blood and is concentrated by your salivary glands.

They secrete concentrated NO3 into your saliva. On the back of your tongue reside symbiotic bacteria. These microbes are capable of stripping one oxygen from NO3 and converting it to nitrite or NO2 (nitric dioxide).

When you eat beets or drink its juice, swallowing doesn’t give enough time for the bacteria to do their thing. But saliva is in your mouth constantly, giving the germs time to act on the concentrated NO3.

The bacteria take off one oxygen atom and generate the NO2. So when you swallow, you’re swallowing NO2. And the acidic juices in your stomach can easily convert NO2 into large quantities of NO.

Here’s how the researchers proved this. They had some subjects spit out all their saliva after drinking the beet juice. In those who did, there was no drop in blood pressure. That is strong evidence that the NO2 generated in saliva was the key.

Regardless of how beets make it happen, the research is clear: Beets can lower your blood pressure.

Beets are cheap. They’re easy to grow (if I can do it, you can too). They store easily. You can juice them. And you can eat them raw or cooked. I now add a medium sized beet to my salad dressing blend.

It makes it deliciously sweeter and provides plenty of beet material to my salads. The Russians swear by borscht. I love it (even if it is cooked). A wonderful compound in beets, betaine, is relatively heat stable. And nitrate is totally heat stable. So if you prefer beets cooked, go for it.

My Thoughts on Mobile Phones

It is difficult to fully appreciate the huge difference mobile phones have made to our lives, especially to those who have grown up with them. Of course, those who are anything over thirty may remember that once upon a time, just about no one had mobile phones, and if you did, they were about the size and weight of a house-brick.

I was struck by a strange sense of time-vertigo recently, as I was reading a book that was written in the early part of the twentieth century. Since I spent the first twenty-two years of my life in that century, it still has the ring of modernity to it – the twentieth century was the latest, and greatest of all centuries. Reading this author, who was writing just shy of one hundred years ago, speaking of the twentieth century as his current century, when the second world war had not even happened, gave me this strange sense of vertigo.

Since we are now a full sixteen years into the new 21st Century, it struck me that if this century was anything like the last, by the time it draws to its close the world will be simply unrecognisable, as the world at the close of the 20th century would likely have been to the author who was writing in the 1920s. This was a slightly disconcerting feeling. Suddenly the epic changes the world has been undergoing, and their extreme rapidity was brought home to me.

Perhaps this is just an artefact of the fact that I am now nearly forty, and so my appreciation of time has naturally begun to alter, since I have experienced more of it, but nonetheless, I think it may be something that is peculiar to my generation. The mobile phone could be the key item that really brings this all home, so to speak. Since they are now all actually computers, so powerful that once upon a not very long ago they would have required an entire building to house, and they fit in the palm of your hand, the mobile phone has come to encapsulate the computer revolution as well.

Between these two things which are now one, the computer and the phone, the world has changed and the rate of change has also sped up dramatically. There’s a feeling of being on a rollercoaster. It was like looking back at the twentieth century was a kind of “Phew, I’m glad that’s all done with”, only to look ahead and see that the big drop and the speedy ride that looked like the biggest part of the ride was in fact only a very small warm up for what happens next.

The acceleration of the creation of knowledge, and the dissemination of that knowledge, at times seem to be working at odds with each other. Yes we can now disseminate knowledge at lightning speed, but since there is now so much of it being created, the dissemination of what you might call “True Knowledge” is arguably not getting any faster. In fact, if pop culture is anything to go by, much of what was worthwhile from previous ages is being lost in a torrent of newness. It is said that the true mystery protects itself from the eyes of the profane, or hides in plain sight, and this seems to be as true as it ever was, despite our advanced tech. All is as it should be then, I suppose. 🙂

What is it with Women and Food?

Women have long since had a hard time with food. The statistics nowadays for women with eating disorders is through the roof – and that’s just those who have been diagnosed.

Of course it’s not just women that have food issues – men have too. But women seem to be bearing the brunt of this strange affliction of the modern world.

Information on women’s diets is everywhere. Combined with photoshopped images of “perfect” women’s bodies; it truly is crazy. Thankfully there is also a movement of ‘self love’ and ‘self acceptance’ which seems to be gathering pace.

Here’s a fantastic succession of images from a young lady who has recovered from anorexia.

Eating Disorder Recovery

 

A quick look in Google trends shows us all the most common searches that are related to binge eating – the most common eating disorder amongst women:

According to these stats, almost 10 million women in the USA are fighting an eating disorder…

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And there are hundreds of thousands of images and adverts out there like this one, which promotes appetite suppressants alongside a picture of a ‘happy’ thin model. Something needs to be done about this!!

WHAT IS STRAWBERRY GARCINIA CAMBOGIA REGARDING?

 

What do you think about all this? I’d love to hear from you. Let me know in the comments below.

Best Modern Hair Removal Techniques

Being a modern woman is not all about the image you develop, but a neat body plays a huge role in your success. For most women, there is a daily struggle with the hair not only how to find and maintain flattering haircut, but how to get rid of unwanted facial, arm, leg, underarm and pubic hairs without a lot of effort or expenses. Because people are different, the choices in hair removal techniques and hair removal products vary from one person to the other.

Waxing
It is an effective hair removal technique for nearly every part of the body. It is the most common used and popular hair removal technique for women. Waxing can be performed in the salons and spas or even at home with waxing kit. Wax has a low potential for causing allergic reactions and it is also cheap because it can be reused for several times. The only problem for this technique is the pain that it causes. Even if waxing is considered the safest method, it may have side effects in the eyebrow area. This is because waxing removes a top layer of the skin and the skin around the skin has no oil glands and require a gentle method.

Laser hair removal
The old laser had an effect on darker skin and wasn’t effective on very light hair; modern lasers are used to treat any skin and hair type. It is the efficient way of removing unwanted hair. This method uses pulsed light to remove unwanted hair by destroying it at the root. For noticeable results, you need five sessions at the laser clinic, and you only do it once a year after that. Laser hair removal is expensive than most of the hair removal techniques. One of the best home laser devices in the Philips Lumea. You can read more on the Philips Lumea Review Website.

Electrolysis
It is a permanent hair removal method. In the electrolysis process, the cells responsible for the growth of hair is permanently disabled by a small electric current. The hair usually does not grow back. The major drawbacks of this techniques are that it is expensive, and you require 25 sessions to acquire the desired results. Also, it can be painful without the use of local anesthetic cream, because it requires insertion of a tiny needle into each hair follicle.

Epilators
They look like electric razors, expect they pull out hair from the root instead of cutting it. They are basically electric tweezers which are an effective way of tweezing. Using epilators can be uncomfortable, and the hair must be long enough for it to grasp.

Hormone treatments
They are recommended for women who are suffering excessive hair growth. Some medication such as prescribed birth control pills, incorporated drugs that control hormones responsible for hair growth.

Vaniqa hair removal cream
It is a prescription cream that contains eflornithine chemical that inhibits production of enzymes responsible for hair growth. It may be helpful to women who suffer excessive hair growth.

Depilatory creams
They include compounds that dissolve hair protein. The cream is effective on facial hair, but the hair will grow back faster than in other hair removal methods. The cream must be used at least once a week.

So, Are Backlinks Still Important For SEO Purposes?

Up until a few years ago, backlinks were the number one tactic when trying to rank a website high in search engine rankings. Google and other search engines used the sheer number of links pointing to a website as evidence of its overall importance to the Internet community. Owners and operators of websites that wanted to rank high would just have thousands if not hundreds or thousands of backlinks pointed to their sites, often done through link exchanges or pyramids of blog networks. Google updates changed this drastically, leaving many website owners wondering if backlinks are still important for SEO purposes.

The answer is yes, backlinks are still crucial for search engine optimization, but the ways they are important have changed drastically. Google and other search engines now stringently punish the mass backlink approach, going as far as blacklisting websites that are deemed to have low quality or even duplicated content that used to proliferate for the sole purpose of just throwing up backlinks. Instead, search engines now look for relevant content on the source page and prioritize links from one website to another when it appears the subject matter of the sites is very similar. Beforehand, this was not checked for.

Something else that new search engine crawlers, spiders, and algorithms look for is the authority level of the site with the backlink. SEO Sheffield tell us this is crucially important. A WordPress blog that no one hardly visits and is a low page rank level with little-documented history is not going to get its backlinks taken seriously. On the other hand, the most prized backlinks (and the notoriously most difficult to get) come from educational institutions with .edu domains. In keeping with a quality over quantity approach, search engines now look at the site as much as the links.

Another factor that now counts in backlinks is how recent they are. Google in particular not only favors relevant content from authoritative websites but also chooses to place an emphasis on websites that have recently updated content. This opens up a new area of backlink generation for website operators to explore, as links from Tweets, Facebook posts, and other forms of social media can now be continuously manufactured on a daily or even hourly basis and keep a steady stream of backlinks for Google to take note of.

Backlinks are still useful in search engine optimization, but the old school methods of creating a hundred bare-bones websites just to dump links into or floating out a thousand copies of the same, even if spun, the article just does not work anymore. In fact, continuing the traditional tactics can actually backfire and hurt a website. On the other hand, getting quality links from established sites, such as news sites or niche-specific blogs, can be of tremendous benefit. Complementing these high-quality links with recent and fresh links via social media gives search engines the idea that your site is fresh and worth keeping at the top of listings, more so than static sites that sit dormant for long periods of time.

Are Web Designers on Their Way Out?

With the advent of more and more self-hosted platforms that make it very easy for people to build their own websites, are there going to be any jobs left for us web designers? Take a look at this Google trends graph which show the interest in web design over the last 10 years. Definitely a decline going on there.


However, I am hopeful that there will always be a need for web designers because at the end of the day, people want more and more out of their websites. And however clever these self hosted platforms are, us web designers can stay one step ahead by keeping up with current trends and always making sure we are practicing our creativity.

I mean for example, how many of the general public do you think could create a site that looks like this:

Tucson Web And Design -  Programming Online Game

At the end of the day there will always be a need for good web design. So don’t lose hope (as I did recently). Stick with what you love and keep striving to get better.

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The Important Frameworks for Web Design

There are two important frameworks for website design:

Functionality and Aesthetics

Both are equally as important as the other, but cover different aspects of what it means to create a website. A website plays three roles. First of all it is the outward facing sales person for the business – on hand 24/7. Secondly it is the user interface for customers who are looking for information, services or products. And thirdly, it is a source of information for Google and other search engines. This third point may not seem inportant because if you cover the first two points then surely this is covered?

Not so. There are certain things Google can see and certain things it can’t. For your website to be fully functional, you need to have optimised it in a way that makes it incredibly easy for Google to know what your site is about.

When you combine these three factors, you truly have a winning website that will carry you and your business a long way.