Friday, July 17, 2009

The Link of Calorie

People are becoming more and more calorie-conscious nowadays. Many of us think that excessive calorie intake will leave bad scars, especially in our minds, leading us to think that our body weight would be probably increased by several folds if extra calories are being taken consecutively.

Indeed, excessive calorie intake will definitely increase the likeliness that you'll gain unwanted weight, and probably fats too (excessive carbohydrates which are not utilized will very likely converted into fats which are being stored in adipose tissues).

So, what should we do? Have you ever thought of reducing calorie intake? If you think that by consuming lesser calorie would not meet the requirement of your personal satiety, think again.

Recent study shows that by eating fewer calories links closely to prevention of certain diseases and could actually have you live longer than the others who consume relatively higher calories. A group of researchers from University of Winsconsin, led by author Ricki J Colman, had used some 35 rhesus macaques, one of the primates to human, as the study subjects. The age of these primates was then ranged from 7 to 14 years old. Among these macaques, half of them were allow to eat freely while the other half were restricted 30 percent less than their normal diet. By making sure that they did not become malnourished, the researchers also fed them supplements to keep them strong physically.

When the oldest macaque became 29 years old many years later, only 33 monkeys were survived. And the result shows that macaques which consumed less calories have longer lifespan. Apart from that, the occurence risk of certain diseases such as diabetes and cancer are also reduced greatly in those which consumed less calorie. In addition, macaques with restricted diet control also have better memory and are more prone in problem-solving than those allowed to eat freely.

This study seems to be very encouraging as it shows positive effects in primates such as rhesus macaques which are very similar to human, be it genetically or physically. Researchers are still looking in depth about this matter and will soon carry out more specific studies to further ensure that calorie intake has close linkages with lifespan and occurence of disease.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

OPP - Nutrition Care for Patient with Kidney Disease

When food is broken down in the stomach and intestines, waste is made. Next up, kidney will always be the only one organ which is responsible to remove the produced waste from the blood. If the kidney is not functioning properly, filtering system becomes impaired, resulting the accumulation of waste, consequently you may feel weak, tired, and possibly fall sick!

In addition, kidney also acts as the regulator of body fluid balance. Some people who suffer from kidney diseases may retain fluid, which would lead to puffiness, breathing difficulties, swelling in ankles, hands and feet. The number of kidney disease sufferers is increasing rapidly currently, especially in developing countries such as Malaysia. Following the upsurge of aging population and the prevalence of obesity, hypertension and diabetes, the number of chronic kidney disease sufferers will also continue to rise.

Mr Kayvi Ang brought out a talk on a topic entitled “Nutrition Care for Patient with Kidney Disease” on 13
th July 2009 (Monday). After giving a brief introduction about kidney disease, he also gave a number of golden advices on the methods in managing kidney disease. Furthermore, he shared that traditional herbal supplements which contain gingko, garlic and ginseng are not really reliable as it may cause adverse effects to the kidney. In addition, the audience were also informed that controlling the intake of sodium proves to be essential.

Another highlight of the night was the motivation speech which was delivered by one of our very own crown managers, Mr Tan. He delivered the talk in an extremely humorous way, but on the other hand, incredibly inspiring. He started his speech with a mind-twisting question which sounds, "Do you believe that we can get GT&F® Milk Powder with only 60 cents?". The audiences were immediately amused by such question. Mr. Tan then shared his strategies and experiences in making the question a reality.

Mrs Tam was very excited at that night as one of her customers, who is a prostrate disease sufferer started to recover from the disease after consuming GT&F® Milk Powder. She rushed to the stage and started to share the testimony of her customer immediately after Mr. Tan put an end to his mesmerizing talk. Eventually, our honorable managing director, Mr Lim also shared about the positive feedbacks he received from his business trip to Vietnam and some convincing testimonies throughout South East Asia (SEA). Audiences were pleasantly motivated with such awesome achievement.

Coming up next, a speech entitled "Nutrition Care for Allergy Period" will be presented to you by our senior nutritionist, Mr. Heng Kiang Soon. Straight after that, Mr. Wong Tiam Choy will enlighten you with his exclusive motivational speech on 20th July 2009 (Monday), from 8.00pm -9.30pm. As how William Shakespeare put it, "Our bodies are our gardens, our wills are our gardeners", we ought to really take good care of our bodies, especially by consuming GT&F® Products everyday.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Aerobic & Strength Training

First of all, let's take a closer look at what aerobic exercise is all about. Many people have a kind of impression that aerobic exercise is just an exercise which involves individuals conducting activities with exaggerating movements, for example by jumping here and there. That's correct, but only partially. "Aerobic" relates to oxygen, it refers to the utilization of oxygen in body metabolic processes. That is why, when individuals are carrying out big movement exercises, people refer it as aerobic exercise, as the individuals who carry out such exercises need large amount of oxygen to increase endurance, thus increasing aerobic capacity (maximum amount of oxygen the body can utilize) in the long run.

How about strength exercises? Strength exercises also known as strength training. Strength training is a kind of exercise where it builds up the strength and size of our muscles. When strength training is properly conducted, many great benefits could be obtained. For instance, the strength of your bones, muscles, tendon, ligament, it can even increase the rate of metabolism.

A group researchers which was led by Mogens T. Pedersen, PhD, from University of Copenhagen, has now proven that cardiovascular risk factors like high blood pressure and excessive body fat can be decreased drastically by carrying out either aerobic exercises or strength training in a study which involved 841 Danish officer workers.

The study also shows that both types of exercises also cause reduction in back and shoulder pain by 30 percents. Currently, researchers are still working hard to find out whether specific strength training or the all-rounded exercises could reduce aches and pains in certain parts of the body.

Therefore, it is highly recommended that you carry out these exercises to stay healthy other than consuming GT&F Products.