If you have diabetes, you should certainly consider getting Diabetic Shoes for your everyday wear. Why? Diabetic Shoes are made to offer that perfect support for your feet and they are also very comfortable for wearing.
Diabetes is a chronic illness that affects a large number of people all over the world. This illness can cause a lot of complications, one of them being the way they affect your feet. Lets take a closer look at how this happens.
Diabetes damages your feet because it affects your nervous system. When this happens you loose sensation in your feet or your extremities. As a result you will get a feeling of numbness in your feet and if they get hurt in the course of any normal, everyday activities you would of course not notice it at all. If you wear improper fitting shoes or hard shoes, this problem can worsen. You can avoid such problems by using Diabetic Shoes. These shoes protect your feet and enable you to carry out your daily chores just like you always did. Without worrying if any normal exertions or accidental injuries will affect your feet.
Diabetic Shoes can give you a certain definite benefits. Here is a look at what they are:
No more Calluses ” One problem that often affects people with diabetes is Calluses. If Calluses are not properly trimmed they can become pretty thick and can result in ulcers.
No more Foot Ulcers ” If you happen to wear ill-fitting shoes, your feet can easily get ulcers. In a diabetic person this is a dangerous problem. Foot ulcers usually form at the ball of the foot or on the toes. Neglect of this problem can result on you losing your feet completely. By wearing Diabetic Shoes, you get proper fitting shoes, that feel comfortable and which prevent ulcers from forming on your feet.
Eliminate problems such as pinches and scratches ” You get scratches and pinches in your feet when you wear badly fitting shoes and also because diabetes cuts of all sensation in your feet. By wearing Diabetic Shoes, your feet are comfortable and they are well protected by the shoe material. As a result there are no scratches and pinches.
More Feet Comfort ” If you wear tight-fitting shoes, your feet has poor blood circulation. This problem worsens when you have diabetes. If you wear Diabetic Shoes, your feet enjoy better comfort levels and there is normal blood circulation in your feet.
Better Air for your Feet ” Diabetic Shoes so designed to give more air to your feet. They are made out of fabric, which allows your skin to breathe. This means no more clammy feet. When your feet are clammy with sweat they are more prone to injuries. You can avoid this problem by wearing Diabetic Shoes.
Custom Made for your Feet – Diabetic Shoes can be custom-made or designed according to the specific mould of a person; feet. This feature offers high quality comfort and prevents your feet from succumbing to any accidental injuries. Most often the problem arises when you use shoes that dont fit well for your kind of feet. With Diabetic Shoes, this problem is eliminated because they can be custom-designed according to your feets shape, thus giving more comfort for your feet.
Twenty Reasons Why Porridge Is The Ulimate Health Food
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It’s mid-winter here in New Zealand and we are almost at our shortest day of the year. Not the best weather for being outside taking photos, so I’ve no new images to post here.
Thought that over the next few days I would repost my most viewed photos here on flickr.
This one being top with 144,000 views.
I must have my porriage every morning, summer and winter.
Good for you, plus keeps the tummy satisfied all morning.
Swirls of pure Canadian maple syrup all over the top…oh! so yummy!
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Twenty reasons why porridge is the ultimate health food……..
(I’m not sure why reason # 1 is at the top of this list. #20 comes first with me at my age! Alas, a cup of tea is more appealing when I first wake up in the morning. Then I’m wide awake so bound out of bed to prepare and enjoy my porridge)
1. IMPROVES SEX LIFE
Porridge oats can boost libido by helping to re-balance testosterone and oestrogen in the body. Testosterone drives sexual desire in both sexes. Men with low testosterone levels go off sex.
2. GOOD FOR HANGOVERS
Oats neutralise acidity levels in the body and help absorb toxins. Since a hangover is the result of the "poisonous" effects of alcohol, a bowl of porridge might help relieve the symptoms.
Porridge also contains one of the highest levels of soluble fibre of any cereal. Soluble fibre is essential for healthy digestion. Since alcohol depletes sugar levels, the slow-releasing carbohydrates in porridge help redress this.
3. HELPS QUIT SMOKING
Compounds in oats can help calm the nervous system and reduce the craving for nicotine.
4. HEALS THE SKIN
Bathing in oat-based solutions can help problem skin. Anecdotal evidence suggests that the anti-inflammatory compounds in porridge oats can help conditions such as psoriasis and eczema. Fill a sock or stocking with porridge oats and place in water for 20 minutes while bathing.
5. FIGHTS INFECTION
Of all the cereals, porridge has the best proportion of protein needed for growth and repair in the body and to help boost the immune system.
6. FIGHTS HEART DISEASE
Many studies have shown that eating fibre-rich food such as porridge reduces the risk of heart disease. But scientists in the U.S. found that porridge contains avenanthramides – chemicals that stop blood cells sticking to artery walls, preventing the fatty deposits that cause heart disease.
7. REDUCES DIABETES RISK SLOWLY
Digested foods such as porridge might cut the risk of developing non-insulin dependent diabetes by absorbing sugar from the gut and cutting the need for large quantities of insulin to be released.
8. HELPS CONCENTRATION
The slow releasing complex carbohydrates in oats sustain energy levels, allowing full concentration to be maintained. Complex carbohydrates also stabilise and raise blood sugar levels.
9. BEATS DEPRESSION
Porridge is high in Vitamin B6, which promotes the brain chemical serotonin. High levels of serotonin are associated with feelings of well-being and also aid relaxation and restful sleep. Levels of serotonin dip when sunlight is limited – i.e. during winter – and can lead to the depressive condition Seasonal Affective Disorder.
10. BOOTS ENERGY
Porridge oats are high in complex carbohydrates and soluble fibre, which means they release energy slowly. A bowl of porridge should provide all the energy you need until lunchtime.
11. CUTS CHILDHOOD OBESITY
A study of 10,000 children by researchers at New York’s Columbia University found that among those who regularly ate whole-oat products, the proportion of overweight children almost halved.
Researchers at Oxford Brookes University also found that those eating foods with a low glycaemic index (GI), such as porridge, were less likely to binge on sugary snacks. Foods with a low GI rating release glucose into the body more slowly and evenly, leaving you feeling fuller for longer.
12. LOWERS CHOLESTEROL
Porridge is rich in soluble fibre, which has been shown to lower blood cholesterol. High cholesterol occurs when fat builds up and constricts the arteries, reducing blood flow to the heart. Eating oats can improve blood flow and bind to cholesterol in the gut, aiding its removal from the body. Scientists think the cholesterol-lowering effects of oats are due to the oat soluble fibre beta-glucan.
13. PREVENTS CONSTIPATION
High-fibre foods such as porridge increase the movement of food through the digestive tract.
This increased bowel action provides a good environment for beneficial bacteria in the gut to ferment while decreasing levels of destructive bacteria.
14. FIGHTS OSTEOPOROSIS
Porridge oats are blended with milk, making an excellent source of calcium which is essential for bone health. Lack of calcium can lead to osteoporosis, which involves a loss of bone density and can make bones fragile.
15. CAN HELP DIETING
Porridge oats are 100 per cent natural, with no added sugar, salt or additives, and are naturally low in calories. An average bowl of porridge made with water contains 171 calories.
16. GOOD FOR PREGNANT WOMEN
Porridge is a source of folic acid. Studies have shown that taking folic acid from before conception until the 12th week of pregnancy can reduce the chances of having a baby with spina bifida. Pregnant women need 400mcg of folic acid a day.
17. FIGHTS CANCER
Oats are rich in the antioxidant vitamin E, which protects the body from the damaging free radicals that can cause cancer. A diet high in soluble fibre foods such as porridge oats might also help reduce the chances of developing bowel, colon and breast cancer.
18. CONTAINS ESSENTIAL MINERALS
Porridge is a good source of manganese, which is essential in allowing the body to produce energy as well as helping to build bones and connective tissue. It also contains zinc, which is needed for normal growth, sexual development and reproduction, and a healthy immune system.
19. REDUCES BLOOD PRESSURE
A daily serving of oats can improve blood pressure control and reduce the need for anti-hypertensive medication, according to U.S. researchers – 73 per cent of those fed a wholegrain oat-based cereal (containing 3g of soluble fibre) stopped or reduced their blood pressure medication by half.
20. COULD HELP LONG LIFE
Britain’s longest living man, David Henderson, from Montrose, Scotland, who died in 1998 at 109, attributed his age and good health to a daily bowl of porridge. This could be because the lipids present in oats contain a good balance of essential fatty acids which have been linked to longevity and general good health.
Research by: Angela Epstein