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Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor: Useful or Not?

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Introduction:

As the technology improves, we get more functional, innovative products that help us in our everyday life. Same goes to for health technology and equipment. Nowadays, you can find almost every medical device that has some smart or wireless features. Blood pressure monitors are no exception. If you want, you can buy yourself wireless blood pressure monitor. But are they a great replacement for the standard blood pressure monitors? Are they better? More precise? Or are they just yet another marketing gimmick that will make you spend the money and overpay the product? On all of this questions we will try to give you the answer, so let`s start.

 

Wireless Blood Pressure Monitors:

Wireless blood pressure monitors are very new products on the market. They are, as their name says, wireless, which makes them very portable. Some of them have even some smart features. They can be connected to your smartphone for tracking your health status through months. The app on your phone can also give you the inside on what normal blood pressure ranges are for your sex, age, weight and height. They are definitely a useful addition to the wireless blood pressure monitors. There are also simpler wireless blood pressure monitors. They use the battery for the source of power and feature simple digital screen to provide you with the gathered info. They are not full of features like smart blood pressure monitors. But they are very simple to use, which is definitely a plus for an older people. Pretty much every modern blood pressure monitor is better than old ones because every modern blood pressure monitor can also track your heart rate, which was impossible with the old ones.

 

Are wireless blood pressure monitors just a gimmick?

Now we come to the serious question. Are wireless blood pressure monitors just a gimmick, or are they really worth of the money? In our opinion, they are worth of the money that you spend on them, even the simplest wireless heart rate monitor is better than those old ones. The first reason why is because there is no place for human error. With old heart rate monitors, there were always a possibility for the human error if they would not hear the heartbeat in the right time and etc. There was a serious chance for a wrong blood pressure reading. But, with wireless monitors, this possible error is removed because they are automatized and always work almost 100% right.

Second reason why wireless blood pressure monitors are better that the old ones are that they can measure your heart rate. Old blood pressure monitors never had that option, to begin with, you were only able to get the reading of your blood pressure, not heart rate.

Third reason is that wireless smart blood pressure monitors can keep track of your every reading. With the app for your smartphone, you can check how high or low was your blood pressure this day, week, month, or even a year. And with looking at this data you can see if there was any problem with your blood pressure or heart rate in the past. This is definitely the feature that is way beyond of what old blood pressure monitors were capable of.

 

But there are two problems…

There is one problem with wireless blood pressure monitors, especially with the smart blood pressure monitors. And that is the price. Some smart blood pressure monitors can cast you more than 100$. Which is definitely a high price. But, if you are in need for the added features and better quality of blood pressure readings, then the price should not be the problem.

Other possible problems with wireless blood pressure monitors are connection and software issues. It could happen that your blood pressure monitor does not record the data, or that it won`t connect to the smartphone. Then you have just a useless product. You need to realize when the product is more complexed than there is a higher chance that something could go wrong. But don`t feel discouraged, there is a pretty low chance that you would get the monitor with those problems. Wireless monitors are the future and the will only become better as the time passes.

What is Big Pharma?

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Introduction:

What really is Big Pharma? What is the meaning of this word? Well, Big Pharma is a name for a pharmaceutical lobby. A collection of pharmaceutical companies that work together for their own causes. But is this true? Are pharmaceutical companies working only for their own good? Are they in it only for a money? Is Big Pharma conspiracy just story? Or does it has some validity? Many people think that pharmaceutical companies are in it just for money, and there are some many evidence that confirms that claims. But is it really the truth? Should we be scared of Big Pharma and what it could do to our society? Well, we will tell you everything that we know, and hopefully, inform you about the topic. So let`s start.

 

Definition of Big Pharma:

So, what is the definition of Big Pharma? We pretty much said simple definition in the introduction, but there is much more that we need to take in consideration. Definition of Big Pharma is named for the collective global pharmaceutical industry. That means for all the big pharmaceutical companies. That was the only meaning of this name in the past. Now, demonized or not, this name has a whole and complete different meaning. When people hear Big Pharma, they immediately connect it to bad connotation, to negative meaning. This show that whole meaning and definition of the term can be warped by people. And this is a very common thing when you are talking about the pharmaceutical industry.

 

What does Big Pharma mean today?

After the big conspiracy theory by Robert Blaskiewicz, Big Pharma has a whole new, dark meaning. Nowadays, Big Pharma meaning is all the negative that is connected to the pharmaceutical companies. People believe that pharmaceutical companies work together to create desires so that they could create the cures and sell them for astronomical prices. Also, people believe that pharmaceutical companies don`t develop new medications, especially new medications for curing and destroying super-bacteria. And the reason is because the development of the cure is too high. So most people think that Big Pharma is in the business only for themselves, not for the betterment of whole humanity.

 

 

 

Is there any truth to Big Pharma conspiracy?

Considering all the rumors, conspiracies that are floating around the world, is there any validity to those claims? Well, first, we need to consider that pharmaceutical business is just that, business. There are many companies competing with one another to develop the better cure. To develop the best product that will be used all around the world. Considering the competition and greediness of people. It’s not hard to imagine that pharmaceutical companies would do all they can to improve their business, to earn more money and to sell more of their own products.  This is one of the points of Big Pharma conspiracy that is hard to argue, pretty much all of the pharmaceutical companies are in it for the money, not for the betterment of the whole human race.

Now comes to the question point about developing the cure. How pharmaceutical companies won`t develop the cure if they don`t see the financial benefit of developing it. It’s not easy to confirm this claim because we don`t have the access to the information about the development of the cures, but it is not hard to believe that this might be the case. Why would any pharmaceutical company develop potential cure if they don`t see any financial benefit from it? In their mind, they see the only potential financial problem that could destroy their company. Or they don`t see enough demand on the market for developing the cure. Or, one of the most immoral options, they have developed the cure, but they wait until the disease becomes more spread around, and then, and only then when there is a large need for the cure they will step up, sell it, and make a profit. This is a very disturbing thing to believe and consider, but hear us out. When there was a last ebola epidemic and there was a real threat of worldwide epidemic, it only took around one year or less for pharmaceutical companies to develop the cure for ebola. This only shows that pharmaceutical companies were able to develop the cure well before then, but they didn`t, they didn`t saw the need for the development because they didn`t saw any potential profit from it. This sounds scary, right? Thinking that there are already cures for some diseases from which people die, but they are not out just because of interest of the pharmaceutical companies.

And here is one of the most „Out of this world„ claims, that pharmaceutical companies create artificial diseases so that they could sell the cure for that disease. This part of the conspiracy is one that is pretty much very hard to believe, but, even this has some good points. And the point is that HIV virus didn`t exist until 1980`s or at least we didn`t detect it until then. The conspiracy theory goes that pharmaceutical companies have created the HIV virus, that they made it spread in the way that it spreads through population so it does not infect the whole population, but a large portion. And when the large population has become infected, they would develop the cure or treatments to prolong the lifespan of people that are infected, maybe even a cure in some period of time. This is definitely one of the most serious claims that we have heard, and if it is true, one of the evilest events in human history. But we don`t really believe that this is a case. If it was, we would probably hear a lot of leaks about the whole development of disease and etc. And we don`t believe that Big Pharma would be so evil to doom more than 50 million people around the world. HIV and AIDS are around now for almost 40 years if there was any cure we would have it already. And Pharmaceutical companies definitely would not wait for 40 years to get the profit for developing the cure. If there is a cure for HIV, pharmaceutical company that has a cure would start to sell it immediately, that is for sure.

Top Health Apps For Iphone

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Introduction:

Smartphones have taken over the world. And as such, they offer many benefits and functions that can help in our everyday life. We even have health apps on smartphones that are very functional and helpful in everyday life. In this article, we will name top 5 health apps for most prestige smartphone, iPhone. So let`s start.

 

1.iPhone Health app

iPhone has its own health app that is very functional. It can track your fitness and health data. You can also share your data with other users. To use this up, it would be preferred that you enter all of your personal information that app is asking for. Like age, weight, height, meals, steps and exercise. This data will be collected and added to your own health record. A great feature of this app is that it can create graphs of your activity during the day, week and months. And a unique feature is that you can create your own Medical ID which you can share with your doctor for a quick look at your physical state. This app is definitely one of the best health apps that you could have on your iPhone, and it comes preinstalled, which is definitely a plus.

 

2.RunKeeper

This app is a great choice for people who want to track how much they move during the day. RunKeeper will connect to your iPhone`s GPS and it will record your time, walking or running pace, how much calories have you burned and the distance that you have passed. A great feature of this app is that it has audio alerts for telling you how you are doing pace-wise. Also, it will record time and distance that you have passed during your run. RunKeeper is a great, simple app that is definitely worth to download.

 

  1. 7 Minute Workout

Name of this app says it all. This app will provide you with the best workouts that you can do in only 7 minutes. All the exercises that you would do are calisthenics exercises. The app comes with a whole number of instructions on how to perform each exercise as intended. This app will help you to train every muscle group in your body in a very short period of time. When you start to workout, the app will guide you through the whole process. You can also arrange a custom session for a muscle group that you need to work the most. All in all, great health app.

 

 

  1. UP by Jawbone

UP is a fitness tracker that has only become better with latest iOS updates. It can count steps that you have taken, quality of sleep, daily food intake and etc. The latest version also allows manual input if there is any mistake or miscalculation done by the app. The design of the app is also pretty good, it features bright colors and it is very easy to use. You will definitely enjoy to use UP by Jawbone on daily basis, that is for sure.

 

5.Sick Weather

This health app is a lot different than the other ones. Most of the health apps are made to track your workout sessions, to count your steps and etc. But not the Sick Weather. This app will give you all the information that you need if you want to avoid places where there is a chance for catching a cold or flu. Sick Weather combines social media aspect with the health information. People can put in the app when they feel under the weather. Then if a lot of people feel sick in the same area, the app will alert you in which part of town there are most people who feel sick. The great and very unique app, that is for sure.

 

Conclusion:

Health apps are one of the best apps that you can use on your smartphone, especially on your iPhone. They will help you to stay safe, healthy and in good shape. This is just a few great apps that you can find on App store. With time, there will be even more health apps that will be even better and more functional. It is very exciting to think what could future bring us, what kind of functions we will be able to use with the future health apps.

 

Top 15 health and nutrition tips

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Introduction

If you want to have a healthy and function body, then  first thing that you need to take in considuration is your nutrition. You can work out as much as you want, but if you don`t change your nutrition habbits you won`t see any change. That is why it is so important to change your  nutrtrition habbits when you are trying to get more healthyer. Because your health should be in the first place. And the way you can achive this is by eating healthy. In this article, we will give you top  15 health and nutrition tips. So let`s start.

 

1.Don`t drink drinks with a lot of sugar

This should be evident, but many people don`t take it very seriously. Sugary drinks are one of the main problems in our modern society. They are full of sugar that can cause serious problems to our bodies, and it will allow us to gain a lot of weight in a very short period of time.

 

  1. You should eat nuts

Nuts are high in fat, but they are amazingly nutritious and healthy for your body. They are full of magnesium, vitamin E, fibers and many other nutrients. They can also help you to lose weight and help you to fight type2 diabetes and heart diseases.

 

3.Don`t be afraid of the coffee

You can hear from many people that coffee is bad for you. But the truth couldn`t be any more different, coffee is very healthy. It is full of antioxidants, also, some studies have shown that coffee drinkers live longer than other people. Coffee also reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes, Parkinson disease, Alzheimer’s and many other.

 

4.Eat Fatty Fish

We all know that fish is very healthy. It is especially true for fatty fish, fishes like salmon, which is loaded with omega-3 fatty acids and various other nutrients. Some studies have shown that people who eat a lot of fish have a lower risk of all sorts of diseases, including depression, dementia, and heart diseases.

  1. Sleep enough

Sleep is very important for normal function of our bodies. Sleep is probably more important than nutrition and exercise combined. If you don`t get the enough sleep your body will suffer tremendously. So be sure that you are getting enough sleep.

 

  1. Use probiotics and fiber

Probiotics and fiber are very healthy for your bowels. Probiotics will give your body all the good bacteria that you might have missed and helped your bowels to function properly. Same goes with the fibers, they will help your gut to function properly.

 

7.Drink water before every meal

Drinking a lot of water has many benefits for your body. One of the most important factors is that it can boost calories that you burn daily. If you drink water 30 minutes before a meal, it will weaken your appetite, which, in the end, will result in less food inside your stomach. Some studies has shown that drinking half a liter of water 30 minutes before each meal, can increase weight loss by 44%

 

  1. Don`t burn or overcook your meat

When you are preparing the meal, the first thing that should be on your mind is that you should not overcook or burn your food, especially meat. Because if you overcook or burn the meat, this can lead to the formation of very harmful compounds that are connected to the risk of cancer. So when you are preparing the meat at home just be sure that you didn`t overcook it.

 

9.Take Vitamin D3 if you don`t get enough Sun during the day

In the past, most of the people got their dose of vitamin D for the Sun itself. But in this modern times, many of us don`t get enough sunlight daily, which, in the end, leads to a deficiency of the vitamin D. This vitamin has many benefits for your body, some of them are:  increased strength, improved bone health, reduced symptoms of depression and lower risk of cancer. And it can also help you to live longer.

 

  1. Eat a lot of vegetables and fruits

Pretty much every person knows that fruits and vegetables are very healthy for you. They are full of vitamins, prebiotic fiber, vitamins, minerals and all sorts of antioxidants. Studies have shown that people who eat a lot of fruits and vegetables will live longer and they also have a lower risk of developing the type 2 diabetes, obesity, and all other diseases.

 

  1. Be sure that you are eating enough protein

Protein is very important for our bodies. Protein helps you to lose the weight, it is building a block of our bodies. High protein intake can boost you metabolism significantly and it will make you feel full, which, in the end, makes you it fewer calories.

 

  1. Move around

If you want to have a healthy body, then move around. Aerobic exercise is one of the best things that you can for your physical and mental health. It is particularly effective at reducing belly fat. It will also help you become more fit in the long run.

 

13.Lift heavy weight

Lifting heavy weight is the best thing you can do to strengthen your body and improve your whole body composition. It can also lead to big improvement of your metabolic health and improved insulin sensitivity.  So you should definitely visit the gym and star lifting heavy weights.

 

  1. Track your food intake

This is the only way that you will know how much calories you are eating daily. It will help you stay on track and lose all of your excess fat. This will also help you to know how many grams of protein you are taking, how much grams of fat and carbohydrates you are eating daily.

 

  1. You should never go on a „Diet“

When people say that they are on the diet, that means that they will eat healthy food for a short period of time. This is a very bad approach to the weight loss. The thing you should do is to change your diet for good, not for only a few weeks. Only that way you will see the positive results in the long run.

 

Spring Allergies: Natural Remedies

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Introduction:

Spring has finally come. Warmer weather, sunny days, people enjoying their free time outside. Nature has started to wake up, everything looks nice and feels warm. For most people, this is one of the best parts of the whole year. But, for some is not. For some, spring is a time of annoyance, problems, visits to the hospital, allergic reactions. The time of allergies. So what can you do to make spring little tolerable? Can you use some natural remedies to help yourself? Of course, you can! We will give you top 5 home remedies that you can use during allergy season. So let`s start.

 

1.Neti Pots

Neti pots may look strange, or even exotic, but nowadays they have become a must own item for treating allergies or stuffed-up sinuses. The treatment itself is simple, but it could cause some discomfort for some people. You need to rinsing your nasal cavity with a saline solution that you have made in Neti pot. That way you will flush all the allergens that have stuck inside your nasal cavity, and you will able to loose accumulated mucus. This is simple, but yet effective way to treat your nasal cavity and reduce allergic reaction and problems during spring.

 

2.Saline spray

Saline nasal spray is a product that you can find in pretty much any better store. It works very similarly to the Neti pot. The big plus of Saline spray over Nati pots is that is much easier to use and to find. You won`t need to create your own saline solution, just take a saline spray bottle and use it. Saline sprays are very effective in calming some of the allergy symptoms. Although some studies have shown that Nati pots can be more effective, the Saline spray is still simpler and easier solution.

 

3.Local Honey

We all know how curative honey can be, especially locally made and homemade honey from reliable sources. By eating honey that has been produced in your region you can help yourself relieve allergic reactions. The way that it works is that by eating honey you intake little doses of allergens that are found in your area. And that way your body gradually becomes inoculated against the irritating effect of allergen that is bothering you. The problem is that there is no study that could confirm those claims, it is only still a theory. But there is still hope, a small study made in 2011 in Finland has provided some encouraging results. You have nothing to lose if you try it.

4.Showering

This one is probably easiest and most common thing that you can do to help yourself during allergy season. By showering, you will remove all the allergens that had accumulated on your body during the day, especially if you spend a lot of time outside. Also, hot and steaming showering can clean your sinuses and nasal cavity from the allergens that had been stuck there. So, if you have a problem with allergies in the allergy season, take at least two showers during a day, you will feel much better.

 

5.Eucalyptus oil

Eucalyptus oil has a strong aroma that will supercharge your steam inhalation, Eucalyptus oil will open your nasal passages and sinuses much better than just steam inhalation. Some studies suggest that extract got from Eucalyptus leaves has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. Which will definitely help you if you have allergies problems. By just breathing in the steam of Eucalyptus oil, you will breathe much easier. Which is, in the end, the whole point. And of course, steam will remove most allergens that are stuck in your sinuses, even better with added Eucalyptus oil.

10 Enzymes Found In The Human Body

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Introduction:

Enzymes are very important for a normal function of our bodies. They are biocatalyst that enhances the rate of the reactions that are going inside our bodies. In this article, we will name 10 enzymes that are crucial for our normal body function.

 

1.Amylase

Amylase is an enzyme that helps with digestion of carbohydrates. It helps our body to break carbohydrates into glucose that we use as a source of energy. We can find amylase in our saliva or saliva of other mammals.  Amylase starts to react as soon as we put the food in our mouth. By chewing, we mix the food with saliva and amylase that will help our body to break down carbohydrates faster.

 

2.Trypsin

Trypsin is an enzyme that helps our bodies to digest proteins. Trypsin hydrolyzes proteins, which in the end helps to break down proteins in the simpler amino acids. The place where Trypsin is formed is in the small intestine. Trypsin will cleave to the peptide chains mainly at the carboxyl side of the amino acids lysine or arginine.Trypsin is present in many biological processes in our bodies, but mainly in the protein digestion.

 

3.Lipase

Lipase is yet another digestive enzyme. It has an essential role in the digestion of the food. Lipase function is to transport and process dietary lipids, for example, triglycerides, fats, and oils. It can be found in pretty much all living organisms. It can be found even in some certain viruses. Lipase is the main enzyme that helps with the breaking down fats in the human digestive system. It also converts triglyceride substrates that are found in ingested oils into monoglycerides and two fatty acids. There are many types of Lipase in nature and that is why it is not strange why Lipase has such a major role in our digestive system.

 

 

 

  1. Oxidase

Oxidase is an enzyme that helps in the oxidation-reduction reaction, it works as a catalyzer, it is especially involved in reactions that have dioxygen (O2) as the electron acceptor. This enzyme is very important for normal function of our bodies. It allows over bodies to reduce potentially dangerous chemicals in our bodies to the non-harmfull ones, such as water (H2O). In its reaction, Oxidase gives its own Oxide atoms to balance the reaction in our body. This is a metabolic enzyme that helps with metabolic processes inside our bodies.

 

5.Ligase

Ligase is an enzyme that helps in catalyzation of the two large molecules by forming a new chemical bond. It usually works by accompanying hydrolysis of a small pendant chemical group on the on of the larger molecules, or in the enzyme catalyzation when linking together two compounds. Usually, Ligase reaction goes as following: Ab + C → A-C + b and sometimes it goes: Ab + cD → A-D + b+ c + d + e + f. The main function of the Ligase is to catalyze the reaction of the two joining molecules by creating a new chemical bond.

 

6.Kinase

Kinase is an enzyme that catalyzes the transfer of phosphate groups from high-energy, phosphate-donating molecules to specific substrates. Name of this process is phosphorylation.  In which the substrate will gain a phosphate group and the high-energy ATP molecule will donate a phosphate group.  This reaction, in the end, produces phosphorylated substrate and ADP. Kinase is a very important enzyme for normal function of our bodies. Kinase is a part of the larger family, phosphatases, this group removes phosphates groups from the molecules in their reactions. Kinasis is very important in metabolism, protein regulation, cellular transport, secretory processes, cell signaling and many other processes inside our bodies.

 

7.Topoisomerase

Topoisomerase is an enzyme that is used in overwinding or underwinding of DNA. The problem with winding a DNA arises due to the nature of its double-helical structure (double-chain structure). When the DNA replicates and transcript itself, DNA becomes overwound ahead of a replication fork. If DNA would stay that way, that would, in the end, stop the ability of DNA or RNA polymerases involved in these processes to continue down a strand of DNA. Topoisomerase helps in the process to stop the DNA chains to overwound. Which, in the end, help in a normal replication of DNA and RNA.

 

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