Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Questions from Men

Q: How can I remove yellow armpit stains from my shirts?

A: No matter how cool you are, these stains are practically unavoidable. But that doesn't mean they're indestructible. The Soap and Detergent Association recommends soaking the new stains in ammonia. Stains that have been there a while, use vinegar. After 20-30 minutes, rinse. Next, blot the stains with a laundry detergent that contains either stain-fighting enzymes or oxygen bleach. Toss the shirt into the washer and use the hottest water the fabric will allow. Dry the shirt on a line, not the dryer.

Q: Is there any point to detox diets?

A: You can put down the wheat grass shot. Detox diets require you to complete a 3 to 21 day fast during which you consume only juice, water and other fluids. By doing this, proponents of the diet claim you cleanse your GI tract of chemicals and toxins such as sugar, nicotine, and alcohol that are stored in the intestines and colon. That theory is false. Christine M. Palumbo, R.D., an adjunct faculty member at Benedictine University in Naperville, IL says "There is no scientifically proven reason to put yourself on a detox diet. Mother Nature provides her own detoxification methods, and they work very well." Ordinary fiber rids your body of whatever waste you  you do accumulate, and these so-called toxins do not accumulate in our GI tracts.

Detox diets can also lead to a vitamin deficiency. Stay away from herbal laxatives and colonics. "Both can be downright dangerous. Colonics can lead to an infection or perforation of the bowel, while herbal laxatives can cause sever dehydration or a dependency on them for normal bowel functioning," says Palumbo.

Q: Eating breakfast makes me queasy. How can I fight this?

A: Try reducing your fatty foods before you go to bed. Eating a fat-laden dinner or evening snack may cause problems in the morning, because that fat can make you feel bloated and otherwise uncomfortable. Starting the day with acidic foods such as oranges and mangoes may also be to blame. So, if you want fruit for breakfast, try a banana instead. Another possibility is lactose in milk and other dairy products. Try a lactose-free milk for your cereal.

Sometimes solid food is harder to handle in the morning, so a low-fat liquid breakfast, like Stonyfield Farm's Light Smoothies may be in order. For men, choose a multivitamin without iron. Men don't need to supplement their diets with it and it could be an irritant.

Source: Men's Health

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