Thursday, January 6, 2011

Diet of Mental Energy

Some kids would think to themselves, "can I bend the stainless steel utensils with my mind?", "can I get hold of the cup without needing to enter the kitchen?", and then they claim that they could attain such kind of power, an extraordinary mind power. Consequently, they would sometimes nag their dad to buy some power source for them to acquire these new mental energy.

But come on, we know that those situations above can only be seen in many Hollywood sci-fi movies, and they are known as telekinesis, and they have got nothing to do with the mental energy we are talking about today (better tell that to your kids in case they are thinking the same thing :) ).

When mental energy is put into the picture, there are basically three different categories which we can break up into. The first would be mood (transient feelings about the presence of fatigue or energy), motivation (determination and enthusiasm), as well as cognition (sustained attention and vigilance). These three therefore forms what we everyday experience mentally.

In the past, there are four famous food sources which we could relate to the contribution of mental energy, and they are ginkgo biloba, ginseng, glucose and omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA). All these four are said to have effects in causing drastic improvement in human's mental health.

Life Sciences Research Organization, Inc. (LSRO), however has published a review article on the foursome, and about their effects on mental energy. From the article, ginkgo biloba appears to have strongest evidence to have effects on certain aspects of mood and attention in healthy subjects, while omega-3 PUFA has strong associations with reduced risk of age-related cognitive decline.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

All About Depression & Others

Recently in the United States, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had a somewhat discouraging results when they screened U.S. adults for depression. The probability of a person getting depression is 0.1, in other words, one in ten U.S. citizens has depression. When the word depression comes into the mind, people could just thought of the sad emotion one experiences. But depression is much more than just negative feelings that one feels, it contains even more than you could think of.

Other than affecting badly the quality of life of somebody, depression can also impacts an individual's physical health. Everybody knows this one. But what exactly could depression turn into when it is left untreated? CDC reported that untreated depression can adversely impact the outcome of such chronic conditions such as asthma, cancer (yes, even cancer), diabetes, obesity and arthritis. When the condition worsens, it could even transform into short-term disability.

So how do we know when one experiences depression? Beware and pay extra attention when symptoms below appear:

- Persistent sadness and the feelings of emptiness

- Acts pessimistic, hopelessly

- Lost of interest in normal activities

- Sudden decrease in energy and quick fatigue

- Difficulties in concentrating and making decisions

- Excessive sleeping or insomnia

- Loses appetite or over-eating

- Suicidal thoughts

- Weird aches that would not ease with treatment

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Dejavu, Chromium!

As a loyal user or distributor of GT&F Products, you might have noticed the importance, the usefulness of the special substance which known as trivalent chromium in those products. That is the core substance in GT&F Products which specifically improve diabetes and other metabolic syndromes.

Trivalent chromium, or some people might known it as Cr3+ (3 because it is tri- in its prefix) is the one exists within GT&F Products. But there are many outsiders who have yet know about these magnificent products, and at times, they would relate the products with another type of chromium, which is known as hexavalent chromium, or Cr6+. Which in contrast, hexavalent chromium is hazardous to human health. It is especially linked strongly to lung cancer as it is a genotoxic carcinogens.

Hexavalent chromium can be found in either surface or groundwater sources, and those sources can either be man-made or natural. Marhaba, a professor and chairman of the department of civil and environmental engineering and director of the New Jersey Applied Water Research Center at NJIT, advised that by installing a five-stage reverse osmosis home unit which could effectively filter these hazardous hexavalent chromium.

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