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Thursday, May 20, 2010


Recently I received a mail that showed some tips to protect our heart. I am not sure who collected these tips. But I felt these as nice tips I have ever read in protecting our heart. Hope my readers also find this as useful. If you have any disagree, please share with me too..So lets have a join effort to save our heart. And my mouthful of thanks to the person(s) who collected these tips.


  1. Visit once in every week to get good tips for health
  2. Avoid beverages like soda, coffee, colas and so on.
  3. Balance your lifestyle. Devote equal time each week to work and fun.
  4. Begin each meal with a raw vegetable salad.
  5. Choose to be radiantly healthy. Keep yourself informed about the nutritive value of every food you buy.
  6. Cut down on high sugar products like soft drinks, ice-cream, candy and cookies in your diet.
  7. Cut out all deep-fried foods from your diet.
  8. Do a nice turn to someone you don't know too well, but who could do with a friend.
  9. Do keep in touch with friends. Call up or visit them and be at peace with the world.
  10. Do not use elevators when you can climb the stairs.
  11. Do take a moment off to mentally list out the nutritional value of the food you're about to eat.
  12. Don't rush through your meals. Set aside enough time to appreciate, enjoy and digest your food.
  13. Drink eight glasses of water a day.
  14. Eat just to the point of the fullness. Don't stuff yourself!
  15. Eat only freshly cooked meals, not refrigerated leftovers.
  16. Eat popcorn (rather than chips) while watching a movie.
  17. Enroll in a TM program ( Transcendental Meditation) (TM) today.
  18. Enroll in an activity (like dancing, swimming or roller skating...) you never indulged in because you were afraid of what people might say.
  19. Enroll today in an exercise programme.
  20. Focus on your breathing. Take a deep breath, then exhale slowly. Repeat a couple of times a day.
  21. Forgive someone who you think has done you wrong and cleanse your spirit of rancor.
  22. Get a good night's sleep, every night.
  23. Go on a juice fast for a day. Start with vegetable juice, and sip fruit for lunch and dinner..
  24. Include high fiber foods and plenty of fruits, vegetables and grains in planning your diet.
  25. Include one green vegetable and one yellow vegetable in every meal.
  26. Include two vegetables and one fruit in every meal.
  27. Join kids in a sports activity and rediscover the joys of childhood.
  28. Kick the old coffee habit. Have a glass of fresh fruit juice instead.
  29. Learn the healing power of laughter. Watch a crazy movie, recall a joke or read a funny book and laugh out loud.
  30. Learn to relax. Spend 20 minutes consciously relaxing each muscle of your body. . Spend 20 minutes a day in silent meditation, prayer or contemplation.
  31. Listen to soothing music for 15 minutes at least each day.
  32. Make a light snack of assorted sprouts.
  33. Make every meal an enjoyable experience. Set dishes out attractively and chew slowly to appreciate the full flavor of the foods you eat.
  34. Make it a point to have dinner with the entire family at the table, and not in front of the TV.
  35. Never skip a meal, even if you're on a diet. Eat a fresh fruit or have vegetable juice instead.
  36. Once a week have only fresh fruits until noon, make lunch the first meal of the day.
  37. Read a great book once a week.
  38. Restrict alcohol consumption and Stop smoking.
  39. Retain peels of potato, cucumber, carrot and tomato while cooking.
  40. Shop for groceries yourself. Notice the look, feel and smell of fresh fruit and vegetables and enjoy their intrinsic goodness.
  41. Sit at the table at meal times. Don't read the paper or review bills while eating.
  42. Spend 10 minutes every morning and evening doing basic stretches.
  43. Spend a quiet half-hour chatting with your family.
  44. Start the day with a glass of warm water and a dash of lime.
  45. Stream or boil vegetables (rather than fry or saute).
  46. Take a brisk, 20 minute invigorating walk each morning.
  47. Tap the powers of your sub-conscious. Relax your body for 20 minutes and project the Perfect You're on your mind screen.
  48. Use only fresh vegetables.
  49. Use salt in moderation
  50. Wash vegetables thoroughly in clean water before chopping.
  51. Watch out for eating habits paired with emotional states, like reaching for a chocolate when you are depressed. Resist the urge and eat fruit instead.

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Friday, May 07, 2010


One of my reader contacted through the Contact Us form and asked about which foods to be avoided while taking Amitriptyline. Amitriptyline is a drug that indicated for the treatment of major depression, as well as clinical or endogenous depression and also involutional melancholia or general depression. Amitriptyline is a Tricyclic Antidepressant drug which inhibit the serotonin-nor epinephrine reuptake and cause a localized increase in the active Nor Adrenaline around the synaptic gap of nerve endings. Amitriptyline cause blockade of presynaptic alpha 2 adrenoreceptors.

AMITRIPTYLINE In different countries, Amitriptyline is available as OTC drug and in some other, available as POM( Prescription Only Medicine)

Avoid drinking alcohol while taking Amitriptyline. It can cause dangerous side effects when taken together with amitriptyline like synergizing the mood elevation.

Grapefruit and grapefruit juice may interact with Amitriptyline.

Any food that contain enzymes Mono Amino Oxidase or similar will work against the action of Amitriptyline. Also foods that are rich source of DOPA ( Dihydroxy phenylalanine) will synergize the action of Amitriptyline.

Broad Beans are rich source of DOPA,  which may increase the blood level of Nor Adrenaline in blood. If you take Amitriptyline, and broad beans together, then the amount of active Nor adrenaline increases which may cause serious side effects like increase in blood pressure.

Never take Yoghurt, buttermilk, meat extracts, soya beans, chocolate and banana  peels in huge quantities when you are in treatment with Amitriptyline.

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