Saturday, March 6, 2010

Extremes of Sleep



Sleeping has been a hot topic, at least within this very blog of GTF Worldwide Sdn Bhd. Earlier, we have talked about the bad consequences of sleep deprivation, and we also have closely relating how insufficient sleep triggers high blood pressure in a healthy individual, and so on. From all these posts, apparently the right amount of sleeping time seems to be very essential.

In a recent study, a March issue in the journal Sleep. Researchers found another breakthrough discovery about sleeping. They found a close linkage between sleep and obesity. This research was being done by studying individuals who were under the age of 40.

Insufficient sleeping time, is often said to cause various metabolic syndromes, such as heart diseases, type 2 diabetes, insulin resistance, as well as obesity. That is about insufficient sleep which is averagely less than 5 hours of sleep or so. Have you ever think about what could happen should you sleep too long? For example more than 8 hours of good night sleep each day?

Surprisingly, sleeping the day away does not do good to one's health as well. The researchers involved found that, by sleeping more than 8 hours for a night, it generally causing the same effect just as sleeping for less than 5 hours per night. In other words, sleeping for such number of hours (more than 8), metabolic syndromes which are mentioned would similarly occur, only less pronounced.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Lactose Intolerance is Unnecessary



Tons of people do not like to drink milk. The reason? Simple. They often claim that they experience discomfort after consuming it. Their stomachs got bloated, they are afraid of the fact that they would experience acute diarrhea after swallowing it into their tummies.

As a result, people start by shunning away from taking in milk and other related dairy products as one of their important food sources. But we need to know that, milk is the most important source of vitamin D as well as the famous mineral, calcium.

Calcium is vital to us as we need certain amount of it each day, in guaranteeing that our bone is healthy always, and hopefully when we grow old in the later days. And especially for ladies, since they are more prone to experience osteoporosis should their calcium storage is not enough.

But many are believed to have heard the above statements too many times, but yet, due to the misconception of lactose intolerance, many still do not accept milk is an edible food. By shunning away from milk, it means that we are excluding a nutrient-rich food out of our lives.

According to the outcomes of the recent NIH Consensus Development Conference on Lactose Intolerance, it is said that without the consumption of low-fat and fat free milk and other dairy products in the diet, it would be difficult to meet our nutrient needs.

What is more, there was available research saying that, people who suffer from lactose intolerance, are genuinely tolerate to about 12 grams of lactose, which is about a cup of milk. That very individual who consumed that cup of milk would experience no or minor symptoms.

So, why limit yourself from taking dairy products?