Treatment Methods For Lung Cancer

Cancer therapies serve the purpose of curing the patient of the disease (“curative” = healing therapy) or to stop the further growth and spread of the tumor as long as possible, to relieve discomfort, and to prolong the lifetime (“palliative” = alleviative) Therapy). An indispensable component of oncological care is the so-called “supportive therapy” (supportive therapy). It treats and prevents complications of cancer and survival-related but often aggressive cancer therapies.

How is lung cancer operated?

If the tumor has not exceeded a certain size and has not yet formed distant metastases, surgery is sought with the aim of completely removing the tumor tissue and the lymph nodes affected by tumor cells. The operation plays an important role especially in non-small cell lung cancer – as small cell lung cancer is often diagnosed at a later stage, then other treatments are in the foreground.

The surgical procedure is preceded by extensive research. In particular, it must be ensured that after the removal of part of the lung, the remaining lung sections are able to sufficiently take over the respiratory function. Condition for the operation is a good general condition of the patient; Severe comorbidities often rule out surgery. Furthermore, removal of the tumor should not pose a risk to neighboring vital organs such as large blood vessels or the esophagus. If the expected burdens and restrictions are too great, a different therapy strategy must be chosen.

During surgery, the tumor-bearing lung section and the adjacent lymph nodes are removed. The most common procedure is the removal of a lung lobe (lobectomy). With very large tumors the removal of an entire lung wing may be necessary (pneumectomy). In many cases, however, it is possible to avoid the removal of the entire lung through special, organ-preserving surgical techniques.

Possible side effects:

As a result of the operation, the available breathing area of ​​the patient is reduced. However, if the lung function before surgery is sufficient, it will not be a major problem for the patient, and he will usually be able to compensate well for the loss of lung tissue. Special breathing exercises in rehabilitation also help to improve lung performance after tumor therapy. The first exercises can already be learned in the clinic under the guidance of a physiotherapist and later be continued at home. For smokers, however, should stop smoking immediately before the operation to improve their lung function.

What happens during irradiation?

Radiation therapy is the only therapy for non-small cell lung cancer in stages I and II when surgery is not possible and for selected patients in stage III. Otherwise, it is usually combined with chemotherapy in patients with stage III and small cell lung cancer. If cancer has secondary tumors, called metastases, in other organs such as the brain or the bones, they may also be irradiated.

The high-energy ionizing radiation, which is directed from the outside to the tumor, destroys the cancer cells. The total radiation dose is divided into several single doses, which are administered about five times a week. In the so-called hypofractionated radiation, which can be used in lung cancer, is even twice a day at intervals of several hours, but then irradiated with lower single doses.

In addition to conventional radiotherapy, the so-called stereotactic radiotherapy is also used. Here, the disease is in a few sessions, sometimes in only one, irradiated with a high dose of radiation. This is possible because the beams are directed to the target area from different directions after computer-controlled irradiation planning. There, all the rays meet at one point and add up to the total dose, which is thus maximum at the site of the disease, while the surrounding healthy tissue is largely spared. For this reason, stereotactic radiotherapy is particularly well suited for small tumors and tumors in delicate environments, such as brain metastases.

Possible Side Effects

Side effects of radiotherapy may be hoarseness and difficulty swallowing. The skin is also sensitive to the treatment. In combination with chemotherapy in particular, mucous membrane inflammation and fungal infections can occur in the oral cavity. A late consequence is pneumonitis, an inflammation of the irradiated lung tissue. Overall, the severity of side effects depends on the type and intensity of the radiation used.

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How does chemotherapy work?

Chemotherapy uses cell-growth-inhibiting drugs known as cytostatics. They act primarily against fast-growing cells and thus especially against cancer cells. For the treatment of lung cancer several chemotherapeutic drugs are available, which are selected according to individual requirements.

Which medicines are used depends on various factors, including the stage of the disease, the general condition, and concomitant diseases. Usually, two or three substances are combined, with cisplatin or carboplatin as the basic drug in most cases. Commonly used cytostatic drugs in non-small cell lung carcinoma include cisplatin, carboplatin, vinorelbine, docetaxel, gemcitabine, paclitaxel, pemetrexed and etoposide, small cell lung carcinoma cisplatin, carboplatin, bendamustine, cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, etoposide, irinotecan, paclitaxel, topotecan and vinca alkaloids such as vincristine.

Possible side effects:

Chemotherapy affects all rapidly dividing lines. These include not only the malignant cancer cells but also healthy cells such as the mucous membrane cells of the digestive tract and the hair root cells. The most common side effects of chemotherapy include nausea, diarrhea, mouth sores, and hair loss. Red blood and white blood cells may also be reduced during chemotherapy, leading to anemia and increased susceptibility to infection. In addition, the various cytotoxic drugs can each cause specific side effects. A good education, as well as preventive and accompanying (supportive) medications, can avoid or at least alleviate many side effects. As a rule, they stop when the chemotherapy is over.

Which targeted medical therapies are used?

Novel therapeutic approaches, termed “targeted therapy,” are designed to target cancer cells exclusively or preferentially. The active ingredients are directed, for example, against factors that promote tumor growth, they prevent the blood supply to the tumor, repair defects in the genome or eliminate their consequences or prevent the signal transmission between tumor cells, so that cell division and growth signals are absent. Targeted therapies are currently used exclusively in advanced (metastatic) non-small cell lung cancer, because good efficacy has not yet been demonstrated in small cell lung cancer. Since intensive research is being carried out in this field, it can be expected that more targeted substances will be approved for the treatment of lung cancer in the near future.

The tyrosine kinase inhibitor of epidermal growth factor (EGFR tyrosine kinase inhibitor)

Activating genetic alterations in the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) cause tyrosine kinases, located in the cell interior of the receptor, to activate a signaling chain that promotes the division of the cancer cells and their multiplication. The EGFR tyrosine kinase inhibitors can stop this. The tiny molecules penetrate the cells through the cell wall and occupy the internal part of the EGF receptor. This breaks the signal chain for cell division and slows down the proliferation of cancer cells.

Currently, three EGFR tyrosine kinase inhibitors are approved for the treatment of lung cancer: erlotinib, gefitinib, and afatinib. These medicines are available in tablet form. The therapy can therefore be performed by the patients at home, which for many means a gain in quality of life. EGFR tyrosine kinase inhibits the progression of the disease and alleviates symptoms.

Possible side effects:

Although tyrosine kinase inhibitors are well tolerated compared to chemotherapy, they are not side effects. A common side effect is the appearance of an acne-like rash on the face and upper body, also called Rash. It can be a sign that the medication works well. Other typical side effects include diarrhea, concomitant weight loss, and prolonged fatigue. Preventive concomitant therapy for rash and diarrhea is recommended.

Drugs for resistance to EGFR tyrosine kinase inhibitors

Tumors can become resistant to the therapy with an EGFR tyrosine kinase inhibitor, ie resistant. In the majority of cases, it is the so-called gatekeeper mutation T790M. It causes the tyrosine kinase inhibitors of the first (gefitinib, erlotinib) and second-generation (afatinib) to be displaced from binding to the tyrosine kinase and unable to inhibit the growth factor. A novel EGFR tyrosine kinase inhibitor that selectively acts even when a T790M mutation is present is osimertinib. It is given in tablet form.

Possible side effects:

The most common side effects with osimertinib therapy are diarrhea, exanthematic rash, nausea, loss of appetite, and constipation. These side effects are significantly less pronounced than with the first and second-generation drugs (gefitinib, erlotinib, afatinib).

EGFR antibody

Although cancer cells on their surface form the “normal” (wild-type) EGF receptor, as is sometimes the case with squamous cell carcinomas of non-small cell lung cancer, cell division is increasingly initiated and tumor growth promoted. In this case, a combination of the chemotherapeutic agents cisplatin/gemcitabine and the anti-EGFR antibody necitumumab may be worthwhile. If this therapy starts and is well tolerated, maintenance therapy with necitumumab is possible. The side effects of Necitumumab are similar to those of the EGFR tyrosine kinase inhibitors but more pronounced in their severity than in the first and second generation of active agents.

Tyrosine kinase inhibitors of ALK and ROS1 kinases

Tyrosine kinase inhibitors of this group of drugs are directed against proteins in the cell that stimulate cell growth. The binding of the active ingredients to the proteins blocks certain signaling pathways and restricts uncontrolled cell growth in the tumor. For example, the ALK tyrosine kinase inhibitor crizotinib is approved for the first and second treatment (after chemotherapy) of patients with ALK translocation. Second-generation ALK tyrosine kinase inhibitors are alectinib and ceritinib. They have an even more specific effect on ALK kinase. Other effective ALK inhibitors currently being tested in studies are Brigatinib and Lorlatinib.

Rarer than ALK translocations are activating ROS1 translocations. The affected patients can be treated with the tyrosine kinase inhibitor crizotinib in the first therapy. A newer ROS1 inhibitor is lorlatinib.

Possible side effects:

ALK and ROS1 kinase inhibitors can also cause side effects, with each drug having its own specific side-effect profile. Often liver dysfunction, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and prolonged fatigue, but also visual disturbances and taste changes may occur.

Angiogenesis Inhibitors

Angiogenesis means the formation of blood vessels. These blood vessels are needed by the tumor to supply themselves with oxygen and nutrients. Ultimately, angiogenesis thus supports tumor growth and the spread of the tumor in the body.

Angiogenesis inhibitors hinder the blood supply to tumors by blocking the vascular cell growth factor VEGF (Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor). Studies have shown that cancer cells grow less and that given chemotherapies work better. Such angiogenesis inhibitors are bevacizumab, ramucirumab, and nintedanib. Bevacizumab may be used in patients with metastatic (stage IV) non-small cell non-epithelial lung carcinoma in combination with platinum-based chemotherapy for initial treatment. Ramucirumab (regardless of tumor type) and nintedanib (adenocarcinoma only) are used in patients undergoing second-line therapy in combination with docetaxel chemotherapy if relapses have occurred.

Possible side effects:

Patients with bevacizumab have an increased risk of bleeding and therefore good monitoring is essential. Often, high blood pressure occurs. Other typical but less common side effects include blood vessel obstruction (embolism), increased urinary protein excretion, and wound healing disorders. Common side effects of ramucirumab in combination with docetaxel are a lack of white blood cells with and without fever (neutropenia and febrile neutropenia), persistent fatigue and hypertension, and the side effects described with bevacizumab. The side effects of nintedanib are similar, with side effects such as EGFR tyrosine kinase inhibitors.

Other targeted agents

One to two percent of all non-small cell lung carcinomas has BRAF mutations, about half of which are V600E alterations. The BRAF gene produces a protein (B-Raf), which is involved in the normal growth and survival of cells as an important component of the so-called mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) pathway. Changes in the gene can cause this signaling pathway to becoming overly active, leading to uncontrolled cell growth and cancer. So-called BRAF inhibitors can stop this. However, experience has shown that tumors develop rapid resistance to BRAF inhibitors. However, inhibiting the so-called MEK kinases 1 and 2 in the MAP kinase pathway simultaneously with BRAF inhibition effectively prevents the development of resistance. Preliminary study results indicate that good response rates and disease control rates are achieved in multiple-chemotherapy patients with the progressive disease by combining the BRAF inhibitor dabrafenib with the MEK inhibitor trametinib.

Nearly one-third of all patients who do not have a KRAS, ALK, ROS, or EGFR mutation in the tumor have RET mutations. In this case, therapy with cabozantinib can be beneficial. Around two percent of all adenocarcinomas of non-small cell lung cancer show changes in the HER2 receptor. Affected patients often respond well to HER2 inhibitors such as trastuzumab or afatinib. For MET amplification and/or MET mutations, MET tyrosine kinase inhibitors such as capmatinib may be used.

Activate the immune system: immunotherapies

Activating one’s own immune system in such a way that it recognizes the tumor as “ill/foreign” and fights it is the goal of immunotherapy. Cancer cells can escape the natural immune defense, such as by losing their tumor-specific antigens, by which they would recognize the immune system as sick, by mutations, inhibit the activity of immune cells or manipulate so-called immune checkpoints. The latter regulates the intensity and quality of the activity of so-called T cells of the immune system. In lung cancer, the PD-1 checkpoint plays an important role. The PD1 receptor is typically produced on T cells of the immune system, the associated “ligand” PD-L1 of dendritic cells of the immune system, but also of cancer cells. When PD-L1 binds to its PD-1 receptor on the T cells, they are inactivated. If the tumor cells now release more PD-L1 themselves, they can escape the clutches of the immune system because they “paralyze” the T-cells. If the immune checkpoint PD-1 or PD-L1 is blocked by so-called PD-1 inhibitors such as pembrolizumab or nivolumab or PD-L1 inhibitors such as atezolizumab, its damaging effect on the immune cells is eliminated – these become active and fight the tumor cells.

Pembrolizumab may be used as the sole treatment for chemotherapy in patients with metastatic stage IV non-small cell lung cancer with> 50% PD-L1 expression and no EGFR and ALK alterations of tumor cells. In second-line therapy, when metastatic non-small cell lung cancer continues to grow or return despite therapy, immunotherapy with nivolumab, pembrolizumab (> 1% PD-LD1 expression) may be initiated.

Possible side effects:

In addition to fatigue, loss of appetite, and general weakness, the PD-1, and PD-L1 blocker therapy can be associated with side effects related to the immune system, such as disorders of thyroid function, pneumonia, hepatitis, and renal dysfunction. Also, side effects on the skin are possible, for example, rash, itching, and vitiligo (white spot disease). In addition, diarrhea can occur as a result of colitis.

Treatment of bone metastases

Lung tumors tend to form secondary tumors in the bones. These can cause significant pain and increase the risk of fractures. Single bone metastases can be removed by surgery or stereotactic radiotherapy. In addition, the administration of substances that inhibit bone loss, so-called bisphosphonates, reduces the risk of complications, alleviating pain. Another group of drugs used to treat bone metastases are so-called targeted therapies. In Germany, the antibody denosumab from this group is approved. It binds itself in the body specifically to a protein called RANKL, which normally activates bone-degrading cells. When denosumab blocks RANKL, bone-degrading cell activity diminishes, bone mass is retained and fractures become less common.

Supportive

The medical care of cancer patients is not only the antitumoral therapy, the cure, or cancer as long as possible to push back – an integral part is also the so-called supportive therapy. Irrespective of the stage of the tumor, it ensures that cancer patients do not suffer too much from the complications of cancer and as well as possible tolerate the survival-related but often aggressive tumor therapies. The catalog of measures for possible supportive therapies is long; Prevention and treatment of nausea and vomiting are also included, such as the treatment of anemia and missing white blood cells (neutropenia), the prevention of infections, the prevention, and treatment of oral mucosal inflammation and the prevention and treatment of skin manifestations.

Palliative Therapy

When lung cancer is too advanced, therapy is no longer focused on healing, but on relieving tumor-related symptoms and maintaining the quality of life for patients and their relatives. This includes not only the prevention and treatment of pain and other physical ailments but also assistance and therapy in psychosocial stress situations and problems that may be associated with cancer. In the case of physical symptoms, respiratory distress and pain are most prominent for lung cancer patients with advanced disease. They can be well-alleviated in many cases with the medicines and methods available today. Even if certain standards play a role in this, the therapy is always individually tailored to the patient’s situation.

Lung Cancer Centers

The treatment of lung cancer is complex and requires the cooperation of specialists of different disciplines. In addition, research into new therapies is in constant flux. In order to be able to guarantee optimal treatment for lung cancer patients based on the latest scientific findings and treatment guidelines, so-called lung cancer centers are being certified by the German Cancer Society. For certification, the facilities must meet strict standards, e.g. a minimum number of qualified specialists and a minimum number of lung cancer patients treated there each year. Only then can the centers gain sufficient experience with the disease and constantly expand it. The treatment in the lung cancer center is interdisciplinary by pulmonary specialists, thoracic surgeons, radiation therapists, oncologists, pathologists, and radiologists. They participate in regular tumor conferences, where individual treatment plans are developed for each patient. The treatment team is supplemented by psycho-oncologists, social workers, pastoral workers, and physiotherapists.

 

Source:

Esche B., Geiseler J. & Karg O. (ed.): Pulmonology. Textbook for Respiratory Therapists. German Society for Pulmonology and Respiratory Medicine e.V. Berlin 2016

Griesinger F & Heukamp L. What’s hot in lung cancer. TumorDiagn u Ther 2016;37:1–7

Improve Lung Function With Nutrition

If you want to do something good for your lungs, you should regularly eat plenty of apples and tomatoes. These two foods seem to have a particularly positive effect on lung health. They inhibit the natural aging process of the lungs and allow the lungs of former smokers to recover much faster. In addition to apples and tomatoes, other foods have been found to help the lungs in the past. There are also foods that should not be eaten for the sake of the lungs.

High fiber foods protect the lungs

The type of diet enormously influences the state of health of the individual organs. This is evident in the organs of the digestive system. After all, they come into direct contact with food. In the lungs, however, one can hardly imagine that these organs could be happy about fiber, for example. But that’s exactly the case:

People who eat high-fiber foods are more likely to have healthy lung function than low-fiber people, as we’ve already reported here: fiber protects the lungs, and you’ll also find a list of the best fiber suppliers.

Foods with beta-cryptoxanthin reduce lung cancer risk

And it’s not just fiber that’s good for the lungs. Even foods containing the so-called beta-cryptoxanthin seem to have an extremely positive effect on the lungs, as a study from November 2016 had shown. The substance is found in all red and orange vegetables and fruits and reduces the risk of lung cancer. Details and the corresponding food can be found here: Plant substance reduces lung cancer risk

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Apples, tomatoes, and bananas promote the repair of the lungs

Apples, tomatoes, and other antioxidant-rich foods also help to keep the lungs healthy, and even make sure that damaged lungs can recover faster – as reported by the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health in December 2017 at the European Respiratory Journal announced.

In their study, scientists looked at the nutrition and lung function of more than 650 adults – once in 2002 and then ten years later in 2012. Participants came from Germany, Norway, and the United Kingdom.

The more tomatoes, the better the lung functions

Anyone who had once smoked could slow down the natural aging process of his lungs if he followed a diet rich in vegetables and fruits. Especially tomatoes, bananas, and apples proved to be helpful in the investigation. These foods appear to contain special substances that also contributed to a faster recovery of the tobacco-damaged lungs after smoking cessation.

But also for people who had never smoked, a healthier lung function could be observed, if they had eaten the said food regularly. Yes, the more tomatoes the participants had on the diet, the better.

And because the condition of the lungs is closely correlated with the risk of death – be it through chronic lung disease, heart disease, lung cancer or other diseases – the increased consumption of tomatoes is certainly a very good idea. Read also: Drink for lung cleansing.

Only fresh fruits and vegetables work

However, it is not enough to eat a tomato or an apple now and then. You should consume more than two tomatoes per day or more than three servings of fresh fruits per day to achieve the mentioned benefits (1 serving = 80 g). Also processed tomato products, eg. B. tomato sauce from the glass or fruit from the can did not have a corresponding effect. Only fresh fruits and vegetables had a positive impact on lung health.

Nutrition advice for lung patients and risk groups recommended

Study author Dr. Vanessa Garcia-Larsen said the results showed the need for nutritional recommendations, especially for high-risk groups. People with weakened lungs or first signs of certain lung diseases, such as COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), should therefore be given appropriate nutritional advice.

More often eat foods that help with repair of the lungs

Already at the age of about thirty the lung functions begin to weaken – depending on the general condition of the person. If you eat many fruits and vegetables, you can slow down the age-related worsening of lung function and better repair lung damage such as smoking.

“Nutrition, as we now know, is an important way to combat increasingly common COPD diseases,” concludes Garcia-Larsen.

Further information on the positive effects of a healthy diet on lung health can be found here: Healthy diet protects against smoker’s cough. Important is here u. a. that sugar and white flour products as well as foods with a high glycemic load (= foods that cause high blood sugar levels) should be avoided.

The Benefits And Nutritional Value Of Garlic

By strengthening our bodies, we avoid the development of diseases. An important building block for this is healthy nutrition on a natural basis. A valuable medicinal plant that makes a special contribution to this is garlic. Not only does garlic taste good, it also has a lot to offer our bodies health.

It belongs to the so-called superfood – that is an umbrella term for particularly nutrient-rich foods that are enormously conducive to well-being. By eating them diseases can be prevented and healing processes can be accelerated. This garlic is a natural remedy in which no side effects occur compared to drug treatment.

Garlic protects, strengthens and heals the body

In addition to numerous vitamins and minerals, garlic contains phytochemicals such as polyphenols and sulfites. These have an anti-inflammatory and antibacterial effect. Regular consumption naturally boosts the immune system and thus protects against infectious diseases and fungi. In addition, garlic contains important antioxidants that trap free radicals and thus prevent the damage and degeneration of cells. The entire digestive tract is strengthened and protected by garlic. Already attacked cells are regenerated, inflammation is cured and the risk of cancer is reduced. In addition, garlic stimulates digestion and helps against bloating and other gastrointestinal complaints.

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Even those who often suffer from urinary tract infections will benefit from regular consumption. The contained active ingredients in garlic kill disease-causing bacteria against which even antibiotics can be resistant. Garlic should also reduce blood lipid levels and thus cholesterol levels. This lowers high blood pressure and stimulates blood circulation. In addition, harmful deposits in the blood vessels are prevented, which avoids the dangers of arteriosclerosis, cardiovascular diseases, thromboses, heart attacks, and the risk of stroke.

As another valuable feature, garlic helps the liver to detoxify. This benefits the whole body, as many diseases can arise from an overburdened liver.

Garlic for external use

By cutting or squeezing a toe, sulfur-containing alliin is released, which can be used for the prevention and treatment of pimples and impure skin. We cut open a toe and gently rubbed in the affected area. This process should be repeated several times a day with a new cut surface. Just as effective is the treatment of warts on the hands or feet. The garlic should act for a longer period of time by a bandage or a patch on the wart. 

Cost-effective spice and medicinal plant

You can easily grow garlic in your own garden. In addition to ready-made seeds, it is sufficient to put a fresh garlic clove into the soil in spring or autumn. After a while, it starts to sprout and develops new shoots. This will give you a healthy medicinal plant that can do your body good.

The only “side effect” is bad breath, which makes some frightening before eating. Some home remedies promise to alleviate the odor, such as parsley, ginger, a slice of lemon, or a coffee bean after a meal. Comparing the benefits and effects of garlic with this small flaw, it is a low price that you “pay” for your own health.

Black Seed Oil for Weight Loss

It is believed that even the beauties of ancient Egypt used the oil of black seed for weight loss and beauty. It isn’t only safe but additionally valuable to the human body.

How do I take black seed oil?

Black seed seeds can be added to foods, but instead of olive or vegetable oils, there is a special scheme to lose weight. It is designed for two months.

Strictly the rule: Before you drink the oil of black seed, you can not eat. After taking the oil, it is immediately forbidden to eat hot meals and drinks: you have to wait half an hour. In the first month, exclude all simple carbohydrates (sweet, potatoes, pastries, bread, pasta, etc.) from the diet. Use oil at the same time :

    • 1 week – 1 teaspoon of oil along with a glass of water ahead of breakfast
    • 2 weeks – 1 teaspoon of oil and a glass of water in advance breakfast and evening meal
    • 3 weeks – 2 teaspoons and 2 glasses of water before breakfast
    • 4 weeks – 1 teaspoon of oil and a glass of water until breakfast.

The second month excludes water from this scheme. At the same time fats are excluded from the diet to the maximum. If you keep a diet diary, remember that the fat was no more than 20 grams a day. Do not forget to observe how the dosage of black seed oil changes :

    • 1 week – 1 tablespoon of oil without having drinking water;
    • 2 weeks – 2 tablespoons oil without water;
    • 3 weeks – 2 teaspoons of oil for half an hour before meals three times a day;
    • 4 weeks – 1 teaspoon of oil and 1 glass of water twice a day.

To ensure that the properties of black seed oil going on positively affect your health, do not forget that you need to continue it to include it in your menu as a refueling salad, etc. It really is great for filling fresh new vegetable salads in many different versions. In the cold season, however, you can add it to sauerkraut.

How to choose the black seed oil for weight loss?

The use of black seed oil will only become effective once you have decided on a fresh, high-quality product. Do not forget that in high-quality oil flakes do not swim, there are no sediments and white divorces on the neck. Moreover, the oil needs to be stored while in the refrigerator. When picking up the oil, make sure that it does not touch the metal: Use a wooden spoon or at least a plastic spoon to hold it.

For those who can not tolerate the taste of butter, there is an option such as black seed oil in capsules. Depending on the manufacturer, dosage and dosage regimen may be different, but usually, this is indicated on the packaging.

Analysis of Body Fat Scale Accuracy

A body fat scale determines the body fat percentage by measuring the bioelectric resistance. The bioelectrical impedance analysis makes use of the fact that different body tissues (body fat, musculature, bones) build up different resistances when current flows through.

An electrical signal travels from one foot to the other. The greater the resistance, the higher the body fat percentage. Adipose tissue blocks or obstructs the signal, while muscles quickly transmit the signal.

The difference in conductivity is due to the different water content of fat and muscle. Muscles consist of 70 percent water, while fat contains only 5 to 13 percent water. Taking into account body size, weight, age, and gender, the proportion of lean and fat mass can be determined.

The currents used are not noticeable and harmless to health. The bioimpedance measurement uses an alternating current with a high frequency (5 to 100 kHz).

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Risks and side effects of a body fat scale

A body fat balance and other bioimpedance equipment should not be used by pregnant women and people with a pacemaker. The current flow could affect the pacemaker.

Accuracy of the measurement results of a body fat scale

The error rate of body fat scales is very high. There are multiple reasons for this:

    • The current is only passed from one leg to the other and not through the entire body. (Foot to foot measurement). As a result, only the body fat percentage of the lower half of the body is measured.
    • Dehydration z. B. after training or alcohol consumption falsifies the result since at a lower salt and liquid level in the body, the current is conducted worse.
    • Sweaty or creamy feet can falsify the measurement result.

What should be considered with a body fat scale :

To determine as accurately as possible the body fat percentage with a body fat scale, you should always measure at the same time of day. The last food and drink intake should be the same long ago. Only the results of one and the same body fat scale are comparable. The result is of little importance due to the high degree of inaccuracy. Meaningful, however, is a long-term change in body fat levels.

In women’s bodies, fat measurement with a body fat scale is due to the monthly cycle to fluctuations.

 

Laxative for Weight Loss – Helps You The Best!

What does not a woman do to lose weight this unfortunate? If there does not seem to be anything to help, no physical exercise is not to the benefit of counting calories in vain, then there is an extreme measure needed to address the non-traditional, mechanical stress on the body. Yes, yes, we talk about enemas and forced vomiting.

For those who for one reason or another do not dare to take such drastic steps during a procedure for using special laxatives. By the way, this method is considered the most common among dieters. The reason may be that the other methods are too painful and not very pleasant. But a laxative for weight loss, that’s easy and clear! 

The Statistics

After graduation experts said unanimously that in recent years, sales laxatives increased several times (to be exact, 30 percent in 10 years a lot, is not it?) And today continues to grow. Of course, there are among these people who actually use the medication for their intended use, because the wrong food, crazy rhythm of life and good ecology has disgusting service to everyone still served, but still the vast majority – those who want to lose weight by any means.

Probably everyone (and especially any girl, girl or woman) has faced it at least once, but with the added kilos problem in their lives. From this disaster, I want to get rid of it forever as soon as possible and get forgotten. In this fight, all means are good. Many believe in the miracle power of special weight-loss teas. However, on having experienced this drug, having faced the following lines: extra weight going everywhere and not going, but the new extra weight is starting to add up, and moreover, they are doing it quite fast.

The reason for this blind belief in what they say in advertising. Because the people who did not really understand what was going on to record all those offered on television, firmly believe that after the second set, for example, their options will be similar to the parameters of Sindi Krouford. It is therefore necessary to have some clarity about how the laxative to create weight loss really is.

Top Major Misconceptions.

So, what dangers is a non-standard way to lose weight? There are four main misconceptions that prevent and alleviate suffering and not necessary to achieve the desired weight.

    1. Due to the laxative fats and carbohydrates do not stay in the intestine. As you probably guessed, this is complete nonsense. Carbohydrates – one of the fastest-growing elements, allowing them to penetrate the blood immediately after they enter the body. After a necessary part of them turn into useful energy balances turn into fats that are not displayed. Therefore, all of the unwanted processes occur long before you take action.
    2. Intestine with laxatives too normal. Yes, but not for long. The intestine works steadily, but only as long as you have not left the administration of medication. Also it is fraught with problems: after the body gets used to the fact that you are taking a laxative to lose weight, he simply refuses to work and relax, so that their own, to go to the bathroom, you can not.
    3. After reading “Laxatives Reviews for Weight Loss Reviews” section in any forum, you can certainly find tips that will help you to take regular baths to lose weight. That may be true, but only if you follow the right diet, do not eat junk food or fatty alcohol, do not smoke, and exercise constantly. If you already created to acquire overweight, then regular stool can serve for you as indicators of bowel can only function properly, in addition to the natural, and the parties do not promote drugs. Clogging body medicine, and you risk injuring your metabolism, and it certainly does not lead to weight loss, but the opposite.
    4. Purify laxative intestine, remove toxins from the body. If you delve into this question, we can conclude that, in principle, not something like “slag” and does not exist. There are toxins in the gut, but they have no relationship, and output is not laxative.

So, how do you use the problem of weight loss laxative rather controversial? That’s why it’s better to try to find another way that is more natural and effective.

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Some Nutrition Facts About Bee Pollen, And How It Helps Your Health

Bee pollen has been used for centuries as folk remedies: it has been referred as a sedative, astringent, aphrodisiac, and anti-upset stomach in various crops as early as the 1100s and 1200s. Today bee pollen is heralded as a superfood, with claims that it has anti-aging properties and also that it contains all the nutrients needed for human life. But are these claims too good to be true? Let’s see if bee pollen gets up control.

What is bee pollen?

Before diving into all sorts of benefits of bee pollen consuming, it is helpful to actually understand which bee pollen is. When bees are looking for nectar to make honey, they collect pollen along the way. The byproduct of these pollen, combined with the digestive enzymes bees, is called bee pollen. It is packed by the bees and stored in small balls in the hive and is the main source of protein for the hive.

It is important that bee pollen is not the same as honey, royal jelly, or honeycomb to note, the other by-products of bees are the health benefits can have.

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Bee pollen nutritional values

Bee pollen is rich in vitamins, minerals, amino acids, antioxidants, and trace elements. But to say that it has every nutrient needed for human life is a stretch. The exact amount of nutrients depends on the plants of the pollen, and the protein harvested in bee pollen is more difficult for humans to digest protein from other sources.

Nutritional value also decreases with time after harvest and how it is stored.

Bee pollen and allergies

Another bee pollen claim is that by taking local bee pollen you can expose your body to all the different pollens in the air. Over time, your body will become desensitized to the pollen of the season and your allergies will disappear. However, the FDA has specifically cracked on bee pollen labeling because there is not enough evidence to say that preventing bee pollen is allergies.

In addition, some people are actually allergic to bee pollen. The reactions to bee pollen and bee pollen supplements in those who are allergic can range from mild to fatal, and are wheezing, malaise, rashes, or anaphylaxis. If you are prone to allergies and asthma, you should not experiment with bee pollen.

The Bottom Line about bee pollen and health

Best of all, bee pollen could be an alternative to your daily vitamin, but the evidence is not there yet. All of the immune-related, anticancer claims of bee pollen are centered on vitamins and found in minerals. You can get these vitamins and minerals from multiple sources, not just from bee pollen.

The Best Body Fat Scale – Most Accurate Body Fat Scale Ratings

What are body fat scales?

A scale is a simple device that allows you to measure your total weight. However, it does not provide detailed reading such as intuitive fat content or body fat percentage. Everything a traditional balance gives you is a basic idea of ​​your condition in terms of weight. Advances in technology have surpassed traditional scales by modern digital body fat scales models that are accurate to within 0.2 pounds. These advanced scales also measure all readings and give you a better view of your health. So, this definitive review guide is all about 14 best body fat scale on the market.

Why do you need the best balance?

In the event that you have no idea of ​​your weight or how much you weigh, there is no way to determine how much overweight you’ve been driving. Overweight and obese people are at much higher risk of suffering from medical conditions such as high blood pressure, heart attacks, strokes, type 2 diabetes, to name but a few. A large number of individuals struggle with their weight, but that should not be a problem to worry about. With the most accurate body fat scale, you will usually start a weight loss program that will help you lose weight to your expectations and continue on the right path of weight loss.

A guide to body fat scales

It is true that body fat scales are a convenient way to measure your body fat percentage. But the question is, how accurate and reliable are they? Body fat percentage scales have many advantages over other body composition tests. Below are some reasons:

      • Availability

How many spots do you know that provide these digital scales? You should consider buying scales that are readily available when you need them.

      • Accuracy

It is important to choose scales that use both bioelectric and hydrostatic weighing techniques to get accurate results.

      • High-tech models

People who want to improve their overall health and also love accessing their data through their phone, then choosing these digital scale models is the best for them.

      • Convenience

Consider buying body fat scales because they are comfortable and provide privacy while you use them. There is also no need to get appointments with doctors to have a body fat test.

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How To Measure Body Fat At Home

Believe it or not, measuring body fat can actually be fun. This does not necessarily mean that you are going to see the results, but you do not know exactly, someone has to tell either. The process involved in finding your body fat involves a little legwork and a few key tools.

Manual

Digital Readings

  • Weigh yourself. On the scales first thing in the morning. Wear as little clothing as possible.
  • Purchase an analyzer. This is a battery powered digital machine that is held in the hands or stood up to read body fat. The hand version costs about $ 60 (see Resources below).
  • Enter your data. The digital screen will ask you about your age, weight, height, activity and gender.
  • Wait for the display. Now wrap your hands around the galvanized handles and stretch your arms straight out in front of you. Press the Start button and wait about seven seconds. Your body fat percentage will now be displayed.

The Squeeze Is On

  • Get a caliper. A caliper is a handheld device that you use to pinch different areas of skin folds on your body. These come in digital or regular versions and cost about $ 30.
  • Enter your data. The digital skin folds also requires that you enter personal information. Follow the instructions and answer the questions. Unlike the body fat analyzer, that only asks about your age and gender.
  • Find your skin wrinkles. On the screen you will ask for three different skin folds. They are up, middle and low. The upper chest area is that between the nipple and the shoulder in a diagonal line. The middle is the area between the main strand and the pelvic bone and which is low on the front of the thigh.
  • Get trapped. This is where an assistant comes in. Have him do the skin folds for you. Locate the location of the crease, pinch the area with your thumb and forefinger and place the caliper about 1 inch below it. (He should be pinching the skin with one hand and using the caliper with the other side.) Since he’s pinching the skin with the caliper, have him press the button on the top pinching arm. It will make a beep. Then do the same for the middle and lower. The results will then be displayed.
  • track your results. Write down all your results, giving you something to compare with for future results. Be sure to make a note of the date, and the best rule of thumb is to check every four weeks.
  • Use a handbrake caliper. There are also hand brake calipers available that work in a similar way. Such an instrument is called AccuMeasure. To use this saddle, pinch the same three locations as digital calipers. Then you can add these numbers and the comparison types them the chart that comes with it. This will then give you your body fat percentage (see Resources below).
  • In the event that you have no idea of ​​your weight or how much you weigh, there is no way to determine how much overweight you’ve been driving. Overweight and obese people are at much higher risk of suffering from medical conditions such as high blood pressure, heart attacks, strokes, type 2 diabetes, to name but a few.
Tips and Warnings

If you use the skinfold method, women have a different location for the upper crease. It is performed on the back of the upper arm (middle of the triceps). When making the skin folds, using the non-saddle fingers, place them about 3 inches apart, then hold the skin. Whenever you do follow-up measurements they always do exactly the same way, at the same time, under the exact same variables. Doing skin folds, always do it on the right side of the body.

There are some external factors that can alter body fat measurements. These include hydration, caffeine, mealtimes and high levels of sodium. Take these into account when calculating your body fat.

The Importance of Meal Plan For Extreme Weight Loss

When you need to lose a lot of weight, you want to lose it fast. Do not fall victim to fad diets that make big promises and are not profitable in the long run. To lose a lot of weight and not take it back, you need a diet that provides the right amount of calories and contains a healthy balance of nutrient-rich foods. Consult your doctor or dietitian to discuss dieting for your specific health needs.

The Right Caloric Balance

To lose weight, you must find the right caloric balance to lose 1 to 2 pounds per week. Starvation diets that severely limit caloric intake can help you lose weight faster, but you lose water and muscle, not fat. In addition, when you eat too few calories, your body can retain fat as a means of protection against starvation. This change in metabolism makes it even more difficult to lose the extra pounds.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggest subtracting 500 to 1000 calories from your usual intake each day to lose them at a healthy pace. First, keep a food diary to estimate the number of calories you currently eat, then subtract the calories to determine your weight loss calorie needs. For example, if you currently eat 2,300 calories a day, to lose 1 to 2 pounds a week, you need to reduce your intake to 1,800 calories or 1,300 calories a day, respectively.

Healthy dieting generally provides a minimum of 1,200 calories a day for women and 1,800 calories a day for men. Do not consume less than 1200 calories a day unless your doctor recommends it.

Calories are an important part of your weight loss journey, but the foods you choose to spend are also important. This is not surprising, but a 2011 study published in the New England Journal of Extreme Weight found that people who fill their diet with fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts and yogurt are thinner than those who eat more. soft drinks, potato chips and processed meat. Eating more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains can help you consume fewer calories, which helps you lose weight. These high fiber foods slow down digestion and delay hunger. In the case of yogurt, researchers believe that the good bacteria in fermented foods can alter the bacteria in your gut, which can help prevent weight gain.

Complement your healthy diet with protein foods such as seafood, poultry, beans and soy-based foods, as well as healthy fats such as avocados, nuts, seeds and oil. ‘olive.

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Breakfast

You may be tempted to skip meals such as breakfast when trying to lose a lot of weight, but those who manage to lose weight make breakfast a priority. Try a poached egg on a slice of whole wheat toast covered with one-eighth avocado and served with 1 cup of sliced ​​strawberries and a container of 6 fat-free yogurt-free yoghurt for 420 calories. A 1/2 cup serving of low-fat cottage cheese with a sliced ​​banana and an English muffin with 2 teaspoons of peanut butter is also a good choice for your breakfast. This option contains 440 calories. Or enjoy a smoothie at breakfast by mixing 12 ounces of fat-free Greek yogurt with 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed, 3/4 cup blueberries, 1 cup raspberries and ice cream for 400 calories.

Lunch

It’s not just breakfast that counts for weight loss. So it’s lunch. An article published in 2015 in Current Obesity Reports notes that regular and planned eating habits play an important role in promoting a healthy weight. Enjoy 2 cups of minestrone soup with five whole grain crackers and 1 ounce of low-fat cheddar cheese for your next breakfast for 410 calories. A quinoa salad prepared with 1 cup cooked quinoa mixed with 1 cup diced raw vegetables such as tomatoes, red onions and peppers, 1/2 cup firm pressed tofu, 1 teaspoon sesame oil and ginger grated for 390 calories makes a good lunch option on your weight loss diet. Or try a simple turkey sandwich prepared with two slices of whole wheat bread, 3 ounces of turkey breast with lettuce, tomatoes and mustard and served with 6 ounces of non-fat yogurt, a small apple and 1 cup sliced ​​cucumber.

Dinner

By knowing what you are going to eat for dinner, you will be able to avoid those last minute stops at the fast food restaurant. Spend some time once a week planning your dinner menu and preparing your meal, such as defrosting your chicken and cutting vegetables. Prepare a healthy Parmesan chicken by garnishing a 3-ounce grilled chicken breast with 1/2 cup tomato sauce and 1 ounce low-fat mozzarella cheese and serve with 2 cups of steamed broccoli and 1/2 cup cooked whole wheat spaghetti. This meal contains 425 calories.

Use the remaining spaghetti for the next night. Mix 1 cup of spaghetti with 12 peanuts and 1 cup of celery, chopped onions and bok choy that were sauteed in 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil for 425 calories. Prepare fish tacos with 3 ounces of grilled halibut stuffed into two 6-inch corn tortillas with lettuce and chopped tomatoes and serve with 1/2 cup of a mixture of corn, black beans and brown rice for 405 calories.

If you do it right, snacks also contribute to your meal plan for extreme weight loss. Keep snacks and know in advance when you are going to eat them, for example between lunch and dinner or after dinner. Keep calories from snacks at 200 or less. Good options include 2 cups of popcorn popcorn with 12 peanuts; a non-fat yoghurt container with 1/2 cup unsweetened whole grain cereal; 2 cups of raw vegetables such as, cucumbers, carrots and broccoli with 1/4 cup of hummus; or a small apple with 1 tablespoon of almond butter.

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Exercise

In addition to making changes to your diet, you also want to add exercise to help you lose weight. Being more active not only helps you burn calories, but also helps you increase the number of calories that your body burns throughout the day. For most benefits, include aerobic and strength training.

Try at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise, such as brisk walking or low-impact aerobics, five days a week. In addition, you should work on all major muscle groups with weight training exercises, such as lifting weights or using a resistance band, for 30 minutes two days a week. When you lose weight and your fitness improves, you can increase your exercise up to 60 minutes a day to burn more calories, but with the permission and supervision of your doctor.

Main Rules of Nutrition In Intestinal Fungus

Again and again, the spread of intestinal fungi is discussed and discussed. Before going into the topic of “nutrition in intestinal fungus”, first a few basic explanations about possible complaints and causes of the spread of intestinal fungi. Often the intestinal fungus is not localized or as the cause of complaints such. As flatulence and abdominal pain, indigestion, diarrhea, heartburn, allergies, and acne, it remains unnoticed.

Medicine and research suggest that an intestinal fungus called Candida albicans meddles on the intestinal mucosa of 60 to 80 percent of all humans. If the biological balance in the intestine is correct and there is no excessive spread of the fungus, then it has no adverse effect on our well-being and our health. Problems arise in that the intestinal fungus disproportionately spread and the intestinal flora is disturbed. The reason for this can be e.g. a weakened or disturbed immune system or the administration of antibiotics.

Nutrition in intestinal fungus – what do you have to look for in a bowel fungus diet?

Patients who are already suffering from excessive intestinal infections, but also people who want to prevent the excessive spread of intestinal fungi can create by adhering to some nutritional rules, the basis for a healthy intestinal flora and counteract the development and spread of intestinal fungi.

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Main rules of nutrition in intestinal fungus / Candida albicans

The top priority is that intestinal fungi can love and use sugar in every form. Thus, you should avoid sugar in any form or omit completely. Caution is also required with dietetic foods. Although they contain no sugar, they are made with sugars such as maltose, which in turn favor the fungus. Without sugar, of course, also means without fructose, maple syrup, or honey. Even sweet drinks contain amounts of fructose. During a fungal attack, you should therefore abstain from lemonades or sweet juices. Of course, as fruits contain sugar as well, it is essential to consume only sour types of fruit such as apples and grapefruit. High fructose fruits such as grapes, plums, bananas, and pears should be removed from the diet during fungal infestations.

You should definitely refrain from eating white flour products. These include white bread, light bread rolls, or baguettes. Also, yeast pastry is in the time of a fungal infection of the intestine necessarily banish from the diet.

Foods that do not like intestinal fungi

Of course, there are also foods that do not like intestinal fungi. These include salads and raw food. Also, vegetables are among the suggested foods in the diet during a fungal attack. Here you can choose freely among all types of vegetables. Every type of salad and vegetable prevents the growth of the fungus through herbal ingredients. Artichokes, radish or cauliflower have a particularly favorable effect. You can also consume tomatoes, leeks, or onions.

We recommend wholegrain products of all kinds, as they contain fiber, minerals, vitamins, and trace elements that are good for the intestinal flora and intestinal mucosa.

Also suitable for nutrition in intestinal fungus legumes, they are also rich in fiber, contain high-quality proteins, and plant substances to support the intestinal flora. Whole grain rice, potatoes or wholemeal pasta are also suitable foods for Candida.

You do not have to do without eating meat or fish. Fats and oils are also harmless.

For lovers of dairy products, there are also no restrictions. Especially dairy products such as natural yogurt with live Lactobacillus cultures are recommended as they provide a healthy intestinal environment. Also in sauerkraut lactic acid bacteria are included, which are good for the intestinal flora. Alcohol consumption should be avoided during a bowel fungus diet.

An important tip to conclude: Under no circumstances should you try a zero diet because the fungus could change, as a result, becomes more aggressive and attacks the tissue.

How and Why Spirulina Weight Loss Benefits

Can Spirulina help you lose weight?

This is certainly a question that lots of individuals ask, and the answer is absolutely YES! Spirulina can help with weight loss. Remember, spirulina is not a fad, a magic diet pill, or any type of instant weight loss formula. Spirulina is an all-natural source of protein, natural vitamins, essential minerals, and essential fatty acids. It can help your body become more healthy, natural and easy.

In the Western world, our diets hardly contain the fuel our body needs for optimal health. Fast, processed foods do not contain any of the natural goodness that was once found in regular, regular diets years ago. Our body needs help with getting everything they need to do their best. A healthy body will lose fat easily, as it has everything to do well. A fast metabolism, combined with a high protein intake, will help tremendously when losing weight. This is where spirulina can help. It contains so many vitamins, minerals, and vital substances our body needs, all in one substance. That’s why Spirulina is nicknamed “Nature’s Wonder Food”. There is nothing comparable!

Many people who support spirulina with weight loss take spirulina powder or a tablet one hour before they sit down to eat a meal. The high protein levels of spirulina slow their digestion, lighten their appetite, and help them feel less hungry. We all know, the less you eat, the more you will lose! Combined with regular daily exercise and a healthy and balanced diet, Spirulina can help you achieve your weight loss goals sooner!

Spirulina Weight Loss Benefits

Without doubt one of the best known and talked about Spirulina benefits, it’s natural ability to help and support weight loss. While Spirulina has weight-loss benefits, Spirulina itself does not burn fat directly but it does not naturally support the body in many different ways. When combined with a healthy eating plan and regular exercise, it is highly effective and beneficial for your body to take full advantage of spirulina benefits when following a weight loss plan. Let us explore some of the different ways Spirulina weight loss benefits.

    1. High in protein

Spirulina is among the finest sources of protein that available. It contains far more protein than other sources such as meat, soybeans, and corn. A longer sense of satiety is the effect of a high-protein diet that you will feel. Most people have heard of ‘low GI’ foods. They are foods that help to digest your body longer, help you stay away from snacks, and treat high-sugar when you feel hungry. You can see how and why Spirulina weight loss benefits. Even a high protein diet leads to a faster metabolism. This means that you burn the calories you eat faster, allowing you to make your diet and exercise program more efficient. You will see and notice great weight loss results!

    1. Essential vitamins and minerals

No wonder, they call it Natures Great Food. Spirulina contains many essential vitamins and minerals required for good health and is a premier source of essential omega-3 fatty acids that can also boost brain function. While a healthy diet and a regular mainting exercise routine benefits from giving your body a boost, Spirulina weight loss, of course.

Spirulina can help you in giving your body exactly what it needs, of course. There is no other natural source quite like it, and no one can match pretty much all of the spirulina’s health benefits. Whether you want to lose weight, or just want to do a favor for your body, and give it all the nutrients and vitamins it needs, enjoying these Spirulina benefits will speed you up in the fast lane for good health.

In a world of weight loss supplements, high protein shakes, loss magic weight pills, and diets, spirulina differs from them all because it is a natural substance, not a man-made invention. You can be sure that spirulina is a healthy weight loss option.