Why Reducing Your Salt Intake May Actually Be Bad for You

For years, people have been told to eat less salt. The hugely popular paleo diet, which is based on consuming what our ancestors ate during the Paleolithic times, recommends limiting salt based on evidence of low salt intake during the Paleolithic era. A low salt intake has been touted to help lower blood pressure and help people live a longer life.

Recent evidence suggests that a low-salt diet might actually be harmful to one’s health, causing serious health consequences, according to Medical News Today. A new study in the Lancet found that low sodium intake may increase the risk of heart attack, stroke and death. Compared with people who had an average sodium intake, the rates of these issues were higher among those who had a low sodium intake, in spite of whether or not participants had high blood pressure. The researchers defined low salt intake as less than 3,000 milligrams a day. This is higher than the current sodium intake recommendations in the United States.

As a result of this study, the researchers recommend that only individuals who have high blood pressure reduce salt intake. They advise against universal limitations on salt. In addition, the researchers believe that the current salt intake recommendations may be too low. Lowering sodium intake should only be targeted towards those individuals that also have hypertension and have a current diet that is high in sodium.

Makari: The Proven Right Choice for Skin Lightening

Markari was formed in 2000, and it means “beautiful” in Swahili. This company is remarkable because they addresses the skin issues of men and women of color, in which the beauty industry has ignored for several decades. With Makari, short for Markari de Suisse, they have a full line of beauty products for hair, skin, and cosmetics. They even have a baby line.

Makari’s success has grown exponentially to the point where they are now in America, Western Europe, Africa, and Oceania. Makari started out with seven products, and now they are offering 60 products. They are manufactured in Switzerland, and their product line are sold in various locations in New York, Brussels, and Paris. Additionally, they are headquartered in New York, and they have 11 distributors around the globe. They have prospered so greatly due to them addressing the missing issues in the market regarding people of dark skin. Their success is also due to their great quality, and for their more affordable prices.

The Top Option for Skin Lightening Cream

Makari has established itself to being the best in the skin care industry. Customers all over the world are all abuzz of the amazing results they have gotten with their products. This company also gives tips for the health of one’s skin as well in their blogs. Not only do they help resolve skin issues, but they give information to prevent problems from reoccurring. Other than that, their products are filled with very beneficial and natural ingredients, such as Caviar, Carrot Oil, Argon Oil, and natural plant extracts. This oompany’s products help alleviate acne marks, dark spots, and stretch marks. Customers and their spouses have written great reviews of how well their skin looks now.

To ensure great quality, Makari has undergone intense technical and scientific testing. And as a result, most of their customers realized how well their skin fared, compared to many who used skin products that are worth hundreds of dollars. Not to mention, Makari skin lightening cream is only $52.45.

Conclusion

Hands down- Makari is the ultimate leader in this industry. And they practically put their competitors ashamed, especially with charging outrages prices for products that don’t come close in quality and results like Makari. It just goes to show that people of color can’t go wrong with Makari. And for more information, they should check their site, www.makari.com.

Could Eating Potatoes Put You at Risk for High Blood Pressure?

Do potatoes contribute to the risk for high blood pressure? Researchers seem to think they do. According to the New York Times, a large study conducted by the Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital looked at whether or not eating potatoes more than four times a week would increase the risk of hypertension. This study followed over 187,000 men and women over 25 years and found that even after controlling for smoking, body mass index and physical activity, the participants that ate potatoes four times or more per week had a 17 percent increased likelihood of developing hypertension compared to those that ate potatoes only once a month. The risk was the same regardless of whether the potatoes were baked, fried or mashed. Interestingly enough, the consumption of potato crisps were not link with an increased risk of blood pressure in either women or men.

Potatoes have a high glycemic index. Therefore, it is believed that potatoes cause a fast rise in blood glucose levels. This is associated with inflammation and blood vessel problems. These problems may increase the overall risk for high blood pressure. The researchers recommend swapping one serving of potatoes a day with a vegetable that has a low glycemic index, such as sweet corn or peas. Rather than just focusing on one food, researchers suggest additional studies to determine the overall role that diet plays in the regulation of blood pressure.

Is low salt intake correlated with heightened health risks?

In the past, there’s truly been no shortage in the amount of paranoia that some people have had in regard to salt. For as long as many dieters can remember, there’s been a stigma associated with sodium that has motivated people to treat salty foods like poison.

In contrast to the cult-like demonizing of salt that’s permeated mainstream nutrition media for so long, recent studies have made the implication that low salt intake just might give people more health risks than it actually mitigates.

In the Lancet, a report authored by Andrew Mente of McMaster University’s School of Medicine implied that the only people who truly need to be wary of salt intake are those who already have high blood pressure. The studies suggested that the current dietary suggestions for daily salt intake, at under 2300 milligrams, might actually be lower than what’s conducive to the best possible state of health.

To reach the study’s findings, over 130,000 people from 49 countries were examined in a sample group. The results showed that heart attacks, strokes and death were negatively somewhat correlated with the sodium intake levels of participants with low-salt diets. Salt has historically been implicated as an agent that could exacerbate weight loss stalling through water retention, but there recent findings might pose a challenge to the idea that dietary health be necessarily qualified through weight loss alone.

Low Salt Intake Could Lead to Heart Problems

Research Institute (PHRI) calls into question the long-accepted idea that low-salt diets are healthier for the heart.

Researchers studied more than 130,000 people from around the world in an attempt to determine if there are differences between how sodium intake affects those with high blood pressure versus those with normal blood pressure. What they discovered was surprising. In all subjects, whether their blood pressure was low or high, those who ate a low-salt diet had a greater incidence of strokes, heart attacks and death than subjects who ate a standard diet with an average salt intake.

The study also found that only subjects who already had high blood pressure were affected by eating high-sodium diets, which is defined as 6,000 milligrams or more of salt per day. Researchers believe this means that the only people who should reduce their salt intake are those who already have high blood pressure – and even then, they should be careful not to eat too little salt. They’ve put forth the idea that the current dietary guidelines for daily salt consumption are too low.

A better, healthier approach, they’ve proposed, would be to eat salt in moderation, neither too high nor too low.

Rates of Blindness Increasing at Alarming Rates in the Unites States

As of 2015, approximately 1 million Americans were legally blind. Legally blind refers to having 20/200 vision or worse. By 2050, two million Americans will be legally blind and another eight million people will experience significant visual impairment, according to Medical News Today. These rates are approximately double that of today’s rates. The group with the highest rates of visual impairment is non-Hispanic white women.

So, what is to blame for these alarming rates of blindness and visual impairment in the United States? According to researchers at the Roski Eye Institute in California, the rates of both blindness and visual impairment has been increasing all over the world, not just in the United States. This is largely due to an aging population. The incidence of visual impairment increases with age. Regardless of the reason why, increasing rates of blindness and visual impairment is a concern as people who are visually impaired have higher rates of injuries, depression, chronic health conditions and mortality.

Therefore, there is an increased need for screening and interventions for visual impairment, especially among non-Hispanic white women. Regular eye screening will be of the utmost importance of the United States population in order to identify people with correctable vision problems. Early detection of individuals at risk for vision impairment and blindness should help prevent a significant proportion of vision loss.

Nutritionists Caution That Alcoholism May Impair Vitamin C Absorption

A study recently conducted by scientists at the University of California at Irvine disclosed that excessive alcohol consumption may impair the ability of the body to absorb Vitamin C. The researchers concluded that consuming alcohol on a chronic basis poses a nutritional risk to the pancreas, and might contribute to the development of ailments such as pancreatitis, an inflammation of the pancreas. Human beings and most mammals possess an organ called the pancreas, which secretes digestive enzymes and insulin, a hormone that plays an important role in the regulation of blood sugar levels.

Dr. Hamid Said reported the research team’s findings in the American Journal of Physiology-Cell Physiology. The study indicated that pancreatic cells must absorb nutrients from the bloodstream in order to function optimally. Vitamin C assists the functioning of cells in the pancreas, the researchers concluded. They noted that a protein called sodium dependent Vitamin C transporter 2, or “SVCT-2” carried Vitamin C into pancreatic cells.

The research team fed mice a diet in which a quarter of the calories consumed derived from alcohol, in an effort to model human alcoholism. They discovered that both the alcohol-consuming mice and human pancreatic tissue exposed to the same blood levels of alcohol as chronic alcoholics displayed significantly fewer SVCT-2 transport cells.

As a result of the study, medical experts cautioned that alcoholism may place patients at a heightened risk of pancreatic disease and low Vitamin C absorption levels. The study may hold important implications for diabetics in particular.

New Nutrition Labels Are Coming Soon

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is shaking up the way manufacturers label packaged foods. This will be the first major overhaul of nutrition labels since the 1990s, when they became mandatory per federal law. The aim of this initiative, according to the FDA, is to provide people with better information, to reflect the current eating habits of the population and to incorporate the latest discoveries on nutrition.

The most obvious visual change to the label is the way the calorie count is displayed. On the new labels, the number of calories is listed in large, bold type. The other changes are subtle. For example, labels must now include a line for “Added Sugars” but the “Calories from Fat” line is being removed. The serving sizes have also been adjusted to more accurately reflect the portions that people typically eat.

Thanks to the latest scientific findings on nutrition, the label will include updated daily values for important vitamins and nutrients, such as vitamin D and sodium. Manufacturers will be required to list the values for calcium, iron, vitamin D and potassium. Listing the amount of vitamins C and A will be voluntary.

Large manufacturers have until July 26, 2018 to implement the new labels, while smaller companies have an additional year to comply.

Venezuela’s Economy May Be Nearing Collapse

The economic situation in Venezuela has deteriorated so badly in the last few months that some believe the country is now teetering on the brink of collapse. President Maduro’s popularity has taken a huge downturn  revealed an Open Corporates report, with anti-government protests now being common. The government has taken a variety of measures that have been both ineffective and unpopular, such as reducing the workweek for public sector employees to just two days a week in an attempt to conserve electricity and threatening to nationalize closed private factories.
The poor performance of the economy has led to shortages of things that are essential for daily life says expert Jose Velasquez. Electricity is being rationed, with daily power cuts being ordered around the nation and rolling blackouts becoming commonplace. Water is being rationed in many reasons after the mainland reservoir has become dry. Shelves on supermarkets are frequently empty, as there is a lack of foreign currency to pay for imports and local production has come to a halt. More worrying is the lack of basic medicines, such as antibiotics, in public hospitals.

For many years, Venezuela has relied on oil exports for revenue. Things ran relatively well when oil was trading at $100 per barrel. Now that oil prices have hovered around $50 for a while, the country has faced a shortage of hard currency. According to recent media reports, Venezuela’s government would only be able to return to a balanced budget if oil prices reached $124 per barrel, which is unlikely to happen anytime soon.

 

CSC Raised To The Clouds By Eric Pulier’s ServiceMesh

ServiceMesh was founded by Eric Pulier to create leading edge cloud computing systems. He recently sold his company to Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) and himself joined the management team at CSC. For over 56 years, CSC has been a premier computer and networking services business. With the addition of ServiceMesh and the deep expertise of its founder, Eric Pulier, CSC has been moved into 21st century cloud computing. Pulier brings much-needed experience and cloud tech savvy to the business. He has already proved his worth with major improvements to CSC’s technology offerings.

This adds to many decades of experience working with major organizations, such ass IBM corp., NASA, and Honeywell corp. ServiceMesh brings new tools and technology savvy to CSC, extending their already very long list of tools and security systems knowledge. CSC had already acquired DynCorp in 2003 and Covansys in 2007. They have been listed in the Fortune 500 for more than two decades and their growth seems to be accelerating.

CSC now operates in 80 different countries, employing 90,000 people, and contributing many of today’s best technology integration solutions. They are highly ranked: #185 out of the full 500. Many clients from very diverse industries throughout the world rely on CSC to provide the data infrastructure services and high technology solutions. Their clients include small businesses, medium sized companies, and many U.S. government agencies. They have always had their headquarters within the U.S. and are the only IT provider company that has remained entirely hardware-independent with their software. Besides the U.S., CSC has several offices in Europe, Australia, and Asia.

CSC was ranked #8 by Software Magazine in their Software 500 listings. As the company matured over the decades, their engineers and computer researchers have become top leaders in their respective fields. They are experts at producing software that is both maintainable and continues to operate correctly for the full duration, achieving the best fault tolerance and continuous running times in the computer industry.

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