Monday, August 21, 2017

Make it Happen Monday


Some people dream of success, while other people get up every morning and make it happen. Wayne Huizenga
Today is Monday. The day of the week that everyone uses to make a new start. Choose today to make something happen!
  Make it Happen Monday - brendamueller.com - autoimmune disorder/disease

I'm choosing to make my body in the body I have always wanted. It's taking me 52 years to do it, but better late than never! I'm starting to do a new exercise routine of the Supreme 90 Day challenge and my Walk Away the Pounds Miracle Miles.
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I walk Miracle Miles everyday, but I am pumping up the muscle with the Supreme 90 Day strength training. I'm starting my workout with one Miracle Mile and then switching to the supreme workout and finishing with one or two more Miracle Miles. The walks are great for warming up before and cooling down after the supreme workout.
  Supreme 90 Day System - brendamueller.com

I have used the supreme system a few years ago and it really worked. Now that I'm feeling so much better since I switched my diet to "The Starch Solution" by Dr. McDougall I'm looking forward to the workouts. I have so much energy that I feel lazy if I don't exercise.
  She believed she could so she did - brendamueller.com

Now it is your turn. What is something that you are going to make happen starting today? Please leave your comment below and I will cheer you on in your endeavor!  

Saturday, August 12, 2017

August is Psoriasis Awareness Month



In a recent post I discussed autoimmune disorders that affect the skin. I have heard the word psoriasis for many years, but I don’t know anything about it except that it affects the skin. I want to learn more about the five types of psoriasis, so I'm sharing the information I have found with you. First let's take a look at the financial burden psoriasis has on the individual and the nation.

The Economic Impact of Psoriasis - August is Psoriasis Awareness Month - brendamueller.com - autoimmune disorders/diseasesPsoriasis Stats

More than 3 million US cases per year

A new study on the economic burden of psoriasis found that the estimated annual expenses of psoriasis can be as high as $25,796 per person—or $135 billion for everyone with psoriasis in the United States.

Direct costs came with the highest price tag, which researchers estimated could be upwards of $8,000 annually per person.

Indirect costs, which take into account absences from work, or lost productivity on the job, due to psoriasis, were estimated to be upwards of $4,000 per person annually—or as much as $35.4 billion for the nation as a whole, according to the findings.

Researchers tallied intangible costs—which measure the toll that psoriasis takes on a patient’s quality of life—by looking at studies that asked patients what they would be willing to pay for relief from their disease.

Over the course of a lifetime, patients would pay up to $11,498 to be rid of the physical discomfort and negative emotional impact of psoriasis, researchers reported.

5 Types of Psoriasis - August is Psoriasis Awareness Month - brendamueller.com - autoimmune disorders/diseasesPsoriasis

Psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune disorder that manifests as skin redness and irritation. There are five different types of psoriasis: guttate, plaque, inverse, erythrodermic, and pustular. The most common is plaque psoriasis, in which raised, red skin patches are covered by flaky, silver-white patches of dead skin, known as scales. The autoimmune disease most strongly associated with psoriasis was rheumatoid arthritis (RA). If you have psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis, your risk for an additional autoimmune disease increases even more.  

Guttate

Guttate psoriasis is a type of psoriasis that shows up on your skin as red, scaly, small, teardrop-shaped spots. It doesn’t normally leave a scar. You usually get it as a child or young adult. Up to 10% of people with psoriasis have this type. Guttate psoriasis causes small, pink-red spots on your skin. They often appear on your:
  • Trunk
  • Upper arms
  • Thighs
  • Scalp
Guttate psoriasis often comes on quite suddenly. There are a variety of known triggers, including:
  • Upper respiratory infections
  • Streptococcal infections
  • Tonsillitis
  • Stress
  • Injury to the skin
  • Certain drugs (including antimalarials and beta blockers)

Plaque Psoriasis

Plaque psoriasis causes raised, inflamed, red skin covered with silvery, white scales. These patches may itch and burn. It can appear anywhere on your body, but often pops up in these areas:
  • Elbows
  • Knees
  • Scalp
  • Lower back

Inverse Psoriasis

This type shows up as areas that are bright red, smooth, and shiny, but don't have scales. It's usually found in these locations:
  • Armpits
  • Groin
  • Under thebreasts
  • Skin folds around the genitals and buttocks
Inverse psoriasis may worsen with sweating and rubbing. A buildup of yeast may trigger it.

Pustular Psoriasis

This kind of psoriasis is uncommon and mostly appears in adults. It causes pus-filled bumps (pustules) surrounded by red skin. These may look infectious, but are not. This type may show up on one area of your body, such as the hands and feet. Sometimes it covers most of your body, which is called "generalized" pustular psoriasis. When this happens it can be very serious, so get immediate medical attention.

Triggers

  • Internal medications
  • Irritating topical agents
  • Overexposure to UV light
  • Pregnancy
  • Systemic steroids
  • Infections
  • Emotional stress
  • Sudden withdrawal of systemic medications or potent topical steroids

Erythrodermic Psoriasis

Erythrodermic psoriasis "throws off" the body's chemistry. This causes protein and fluid loss that can lead to severe illness. Edema (swelling from fluid retention), especially around the ankles, may develop, along with infection. The body may not be able to maintain its temperature. This can produce shivering episodes. Erythrodermic psoriasis also can bring on pneumonia and congestive heart failure. People with severe cases often require hospitalization. Erythrodermic psoriasis can occur abruptly at the first signs of psoriasis or it can come on gradually in people with plaque psoriasis. The reason erythrodermic psoriasis appears is not understood. However, there are some known triggers. This type is the least common, but it's very serious. It affects most of your body and causes widespread, fiery skin that appears burned. You might also have:
  • Severe itching, burning, or peeling
  • A faster heart rate
  • Changes in body temperature

Triggers

  • Abrupt withdrawal of systemic treatment
  • Severe sunburn
  • Allergic, drug-induced rash that brings on the Koebner phenomenon (a tendency for psoriasis to appear on the site of skin injuries)
  • Use of systemic steroids (cortisone)
  • Infection
  • Emotional stress
  • Alcoholism
If you have these symptoms, see your doctor right away. You may need to get treated in a hospital. This type of psoriasis can cause severe illness from protein and fluid loss. You may also develop an infection, pneumonia, or congestive heart failure. Psoriasis More than Just a Rash - brendamueller.com - autoimmune disorders/diseases

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

"No Vacancy" for Negative Thoughts

How many times during the day do we let thoughts of negativity come into our mind? Once, twice, three times? Staying positive is something that we all need to work on. Some of us have a great outlook on life and everything is coming up roses. There are others who are like Glum from Gulliver's Travels where everything that can go wrong will go wrong. Picture your mind like it is a hotel. All of the rooms are filled with negative thoughts. By all the rooms being occupied with negativity there is no vacancy for any good and positive thoughts. I think we need to fill our hotel with all positive thoughts. Then we have no vacancy for the negative.

Paul wrote in, Philippians 4:8 Brothers and sisters, continue to think about what is good and worthy of praise. Think about what is true and honorable and right and pure and beautiful and respected.   We can use negative words to describe how we are. We can say,
  • "I am sick."
  • "I am weak."
  • "I am exhausted."
  • "I can't do anything right."
  • "I'm not as talented as, Jane."
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How different we could be if we started using positive words to describe how we want to be! What if we said,
  • "I am conquering my illness; I am defeating it steadily each day.
  • "Today, I am brimming with energy and overflowing with joy."
  • "I wake up today with strength in my heart and clarity in my mind."
  • "I have been given endless talents which I begin to utilize today."
  • "I possess the qualities needed to be extremely successful."
So clear out those visitors in your hotel of negativity and make way for the new occupants of positive thought!

Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-carmen-harra/affirmations_b_3527028.html

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

5 Reason You Should be Eating Potatoes

I Love a Potato!

I have fallen in love with the potato! I don't know how many years it has been that I have been avoiding thing wonderful starch, but I'm glad I have changed and added it back into my diet. I have been eating at least two potatoes everyday for the last four weeks. Guess what? I haven't gained any weight. I thought for sure that I would because in the past I have, but not any more. Today I want to learn more about these tasty spuds and see why they are so good for us.
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Potatoes are...

– An excellent source of vitamin C – A good source of potassium (more than a banana!) – A good source of vitamin B6 – Fat-, sodium- and cholesterol-free – Only 110 calories per serving

Sweet Potatoes vs. white potatoes

  • They are similar in their calorie content as well as the amount of fiber, protein and vitamin B6.
  • White potatoes pack the greater potassium punch (620 mg vs 440 mg) whereas sweet potatoes definitely lead the way in vitamin A (120% of the daily value).
  • Both potatoes provide an excellent source of vitamin C (45% of the daily value for white potatoes and 30% of the daily value for sweet potatoes).

5 Benefits of Eating Potatoes

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Reduce Inflammation I have found that a lot of my inflammation has subsided since I've been eating potatoes. I also am not having the constant pain of indigestion. Both rice and potatoes are very soothing to my digestive tract. This may be one of the reasons. Potatoes are very effective in reducing inflammation, both internal and external. Since it is soft, easily digested and has a lot of vitamin-C (a very good antioxidant that repairs tissue wear and tear), potassium and vitamin-B6, it can relieve any inflammation of the intestines and the digestive system.

Increase Immunity Vitamin C can help prevent everything from scurvy to the common cold, and potatoes are full of this nutrient, with about 45 percent of the daily recommended intake per medium baked potato, according to the Washington State Potato Commission. Potatoes are an excellent source of vitamin C (45% of the DV), which is more vitamin C than one medium tomato (40% DV) or sweet potato (30% DV).

Vitamin C aids in:
  • collagen production
  • assists with iron absorption
  • and helps heal wounds and keep your gums healthy
  • may help support the body’s immune system.

Maintain blood pressure Bananas are often suggested when people need to maintain their blood pressure because of their potassium. But did you know that while a banana has nine percent of your daily needs, a baked regular potato has twice as much-20 percent-and a sweet one has 12 percent.

Improve Gut Health A single baked potato will provide nearly 12% of the daily recommended amount of fiber. High levels of dietary fiber and 'bulking agents' support healthy digestion and regular bowel movements, while giving a protective effect from colon cancer. If you suffer from slow bowel movements, eat cooked potatoes that have been cooled. The cooling process increases the amount of indigestible starch from 7% to 13%. I have found that for me, eating the potatoes cause regular elimination. Potatoes are much tastier than a magnesium tablet.

Reduce Your Stress Potatoes are exceedingly rich in Vitamin B6, a vitamin needed for a balanced mood. Just  1/2 a cup of a baked potato contains 21 per cent of the daily value of the vitamin. Vitamin B6 is needed for normal brain development and function, and helps the body make the hormones serotonin and norepinephrine, which influence mood, and melatonin, which helps regulate the body clock.

Baked Russet Potato 4 Oz

Calories 110 Sodium 9 mg
Total Fat 0 g Potassium 624 mg
Saturated 0 g Total Carbs 24 g
Polyunsaturated 0 g Dietary Fiber 3 g
Monounsaturated 0 g Sugars 1 g
Trans 0 g Protein 3 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Vitamin A 0% Calcium 2%
Vitamin C 24% Iron 7%

The Baby Reds 1 Cup

Calories 110 Sodium 0 mg
Total Fat 0 g Potassium 620 mg
Saturated 0 g Total Carbs 26 g
Polyunsaturated 0 g Dietary Fiber 2 g
Monounsaturated 0 g Sugars 1 g
Trans 0 g Protein 3 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Vitamin A 0% Calcium 2%
Vitamin C 45% Iron 6%

The Yukon Golds 1/2 Medium Potato

Calories 77 Sodium 6 mg
Total Fat 0 g Potassium 421 mg
Saturated 0 g Total Carbs 25 g
Polyunsaturated 0 g Dietary Fiber 2 g
Monounsaturated 0 g Sugars 1 g
Trans 0 g Protein 2 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Vitamin A 0% Calcium 1%
Vitamin C 26% Iron 4%

The Yam 6 oz

Calories 150 Sodium 230 mg
Total Fat 2 g Potassium 0 mg
Saturated 1 g Total Carbs 30 g
Polyunsaturated 1 g Dietary Fiber 2 g
Monounsaturated 0 g Sugars 4 g
Trans 0 g Protein 5 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Vitamin A 0% Calcium 25%
Vitamin C 0% Iron 10%
Percentages are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Source:

  • https://www.potatogoodness.com/nutrition/
  • http://www.myfitnesspal.com/food/calories/
  • https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/vegetable/health-benefits-of-potato.html
  • https://www.livescience.com/45838-potato-nutrition.html
  • http://www.besthealthmag.ca/best-eats/healthy-eating/6-health-benefits-of-potatoes/
  • http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1206765/Why-potatoes-suprising-health-benefit-key-lasting-weight-loss.html