Thursday, October 11, 2012

Health info: Thyroid

I had been asked by a customer from Sihat Booster about whether there will be any side effects if you consume alfalfa for a person with thyroid illness. Since I had no clue what actually thyroid is, I tried googling and found this info about thyroid:

What is thyroid?

In Medicine , thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland located in the front of the neck just below the Adams apple. The gland wraps around the windpipe (trachea) and has a shape that is similar to a butterfly formed by two wings (lobes) and attached by a middle part (isthmus). The thyroid gland works like a tiny factory that uses iodine (mostly from the diet in foods such as seafood and salt) to produce thyroid hormones. These hormones help to regulate the body's metabolism and effects processes, such as growth and other important functions of the body.

Source : Medicine

Who is affected with thyroid?

According to Wikipedia a person is at risk with thyroid illness if they are  :

* Women
* Smoker
* Age more than 60 years old
* Currently having illness with their pituitary or other endocrine
* Genetic
* Low of iodine and selenium in the body
* An autoimmune disorder
* Consumption of medication(s) that could trigger this illness

There are two (2) main disease related to thyroid which are :

1. Hypothyroidism - is a state where the thyroid gland secretes T3 and T4 hormones less than a normal person and this may be a problem to a person
2. Hyperthyroidism - is a state where the thyroid gland secretes more T3 and T4 hormones and makes the body auto immune system to react with the thyroid gland and makes it more active. 

Do we have thyroid illness ?

A person might have thyroid related illness if they are having these symptoms :

Hypothyroidism :

  • fatigue,
  • mental fogginess and forgetfulness,
  • feeling excessively cold,
  • constipation,
  • dry skin,
  • fluid retention,
  • non specific aches and stiffness in muscles and joints,
  • excessive or prolonged menstrual bleeding (menorrhagia), and
  • depression

Hyperthyroidism :

  • excessive sweating,
  • heat intolerance,
  • increased bowel movements,
  • tremor (usually a fine shake),
  • nervousness; agitation,
  • rapid heart rate,
  • weight loss,
  • fatigue,
  • decreased concentration, and
  • irregular and scant menstrual flow.
 The difference of Hyperthyroidism  and Hypothyroidism is tabled as below:

Comparison table

having more frequent bowel movements or diarrhoea

depression and problems with  memory and concentration

feeling nervous, irritable or emotional
sore muscles, slow movements 
and weakness

muscle weakness and tremor (shaking)
heavy, irregular or prolonged menstrual periods. Infertility/miscarriages

having infrequent periods. infertility
General metabolism
weight gain
losing weight despite having an increased appetite (although around one in 10 people will gain weight)

a slow heart rate
increased heart rate or palpitations
dry and/or pale skin

Temperature sense
feeling the cold easily
being intolerant of heat and sweating more than usual

coarse, thinning hair and brittle nails.

loss of hair or finer hair than usual
feeling tired and sleeping a lot
feeling tired but sleeping poorly
Hoarse voice, poor facial 

Shortness of breath/gasping

Source : Lighthouse Medical Practice

How to overcome thyroid illness (Treatment)?

According to Medicine thyroid disease can be overcome by :

1. Surgery
2. Radioactive ablation
3. Medication

Personally I would prefer medication, as I think it would be the least painful and less cost.. 

At Sihat Booster we recommend natural and safe supplements for you to help minimize the effect of thyroid...

We recommend that you take:

             Sustained Release Vita C
                        B Complex
                 Sustained Release Vita C
                    Vita E Complex
                       Zinc Complex
                           B Complex
                      Vita E Complex
                      GLA Complex

For further info...just visit Sihat Booster

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Health Info : Caffeine

Here's a health info for you to know about caffeine...

What is actually caffeine? Well, according to Wikipedia the word "caffeine" is derived from the French word for coffee (café) while in Medicine Net.Com , it came from the German word kaffee which means coffee.

Source of caffeine :

Wikipedia explains that caffeine is found in varying quantities in the seeds, leaves, and fruit of some plants, where it acts as a natural pesticide that paralyzes and kills certain insects feeding on the plants. It is most commonly consumed by humans in infusions extracted from the seed of the coffee plant and the leaves of the tea bush, as well as from various foods and drinks containing products derived from the kola nut. Other sources include yerba matéguarana berries, guayusa, and the yaupon holly.

While Medicine Net.Com says that caffeine is naturally found in certain leaves, beans, and fruits of over 60 plants worldwide. Its bitterness acts as a deterrent to pests. The most common sources in our diet are coffee, tea leaves, cocoa beans, cola, and energy drinks. Caffeine can also be produced synthetically and added to food, beverages, supplements, and medications.

The table from Medicine Net .Com is shown as below for per servings of food & beverage product and even medicine :

Sources of caffeine
Caffeine content
Plain, brewed 8 oz
135 mg (range 102-200)
Instant 8 oz95 mg (range 27-173)
Espresso 1 oz40 mg (range 30-90)
Plain, decaffeinated 8 oz5 mg (range 3-12)
Tea, brewed53 mg (range 40-120)
Green tea 8 oz25-40 mg
Black tea 8 oz40-70 mg
Soft drinks
Barq's Root Beer22 mg
Coca-Cola Classic 12 oz35 mg
Diet Coke 12 oz47 mg
Dr. Pepper 12 oz42 mg
Dr. Pepper, diet 12 oz44 mg
Jolt Cola 12 oz72 mg
Mountain Dew, regular or diet 12 oz54 mg
Mountain Dew, MDX, regular or diet 12 oz71 mg
Pepsi-Cola 12 oz38 mg
Pepsi, diet 12 oz36 mg
Sunkist Orange 12 oz42 mg
Tab 12 oz46.5 mg
Vault 12 oz71 mg
Energy drink
Full Throttle 16 oz144 mg
Monster Energy 16 oz160 mg
Red Bull 8.5 oz80 mg
Rip It 8 oz100 mg
SoBe No Fear 8 oz130 mg
Spike Shooter 8.4 oz300 mg
Chocolate, candies, other
Candy, milk chocolate 1 bar (1.5 oz)9 mg
Candy, sweet chocolate 1 bar (1.45 oz)27 mg
Cocoa mix, powder 3 tsp5 mg
Hershey's Special Dark Chocolate Bar 1.45 oz31 mg
Hot cocoa 8 oz9 mg (range 3-13 mg)
Jolt caffeinated gum 1 stick33 mg
Puddings, chocolate, ready to eat 4 oz9 mg
Frozen desserts
Ben & Jerry's Coffee Heath Bar Crunch 8 oz84 mg
Ben & Jerry's Coffee Flavored ice cream 8 oz68 mg
Häagen-Dazs Coffee ice cream 8 oz58 mg
Häagen-Dazs Coffee frozen yogurt 8 oz58 mg
Medicine: over the counter
Excedrin Extra Strength 1 tablet65 mg
Bayer Select Maximum Strength65.4 mg
Midol Menstrual Maximum Strength60 mg
NoDoz Maximum Strength 1 tablet200 mg
Pain Reliever Tablets65 mg
Vivarin 1 tablet200 mg

Effects of caffeine to our body :

Picture source : Wikipedia

Caffeine has its advantages and disadvantages. According to Nemours caffeine is diuretic, meaning it causes a person to urinate (pee) more. It's not clear whether this causes dehydration or not. To be safe, it's probably a good idea to stay away from too much caffeine in hot weather, during long workouts, or in other situations where you might sweat a lot.
Caffeine may also cause the body to lose calcium, and that can lead to bone loss over time. Drinking caffeine-containing soft drinks and coffee instead of milk can have an even greater impact on bone density and the risk of developing osteoporosis.
Caffeine can aggravate certain heart problems. It may also interact with some medications or supplements. If you are stressed or anxious, caffeine can make these feelings worse. Although caffeine is sometimes used to treat migraine headaches, it can make headaches worse for some people.
Although caffeine gives effect to the body, it can be controlled by the amount intake of caffeine in a persons daily food consumption. But, take good precautions as it can also be fatal if a person if taken in high dosage..
Mayo Clinic

Monday, October 8, 2012

Hi all,

Starting from this month, I will try my best to update at least once a month my blog. For sharing purposes, I would also update some health information as well as about me and my family.

Well, as I have informed in my recent post, that we are currently promoting the Shaklee product which is ESP. ESP or also known as Soy Protein drink, is actually low in glysemic index, which means that it is low in sugar and helps the body keep energy longer in the body....

ESP is is basically from natural plant based and , low fat, free from cholesterol and high in important amino acid. It has been clinically proven that it could provide energy for hours...

...It helps to improve the immune system, helps to control the cholesterol level to normal and improve the heart and prostate....

To know more about can go to here and here....

Thursday, October 4, 2012

New blog....

Dear friends and readers,

I have been busy (handling kids, family and work) for the past few months...Phew...and also venturing into an online business. As we all know the financial situations that most of us had to go, its time for me and dear hubby to do it as well...Luckily, we have an advantage where dear hubby is a stay at home dad, working from home and looking after my dearest Kamila and Harriz. 

So, Harriz is already a year and 3 months and is very active...Kamila is going for her kinddie soon, next year.... Well, I actually would like to invite my dear friends, followers and readers, to come and join our dedicated blog for healthy food and online business blog as well as to support and share our blog to your friends and relatives. 

Please come and visit our blog at Sihat Booster

Your support are very much appreciated. We ship to Malaysia, Brunei, Indonesia and internationally as well....Feel free to contact us by:

SMS/Whatsapp : 012 -3797372
Emel :
Facebook : Nor Hana / Mohd Faiz Hashim

P/S: For this month the promotion is Energizing Soy Protein (ESP)..... Buy 6 free 1...But,you need not to buy 6....We offer you the best price....Feel free to contact us...

A bit about ESP it is a protein that helps to :

- Improve our metabolism
- helps our body to build new cells
- is suitable for kids above 1 year , teenagers, adults ( suitable for all ages)

the rest of the details of the products offered are as in our dedicated blog.

Thank you for your support and sharing....

Friday, January 13, 2012

7 months old Harriz


I have finally achieved my short term goal, which is to breastfeed Harriz until he is 6 months old. He is now 7 months old and I am still breastfeeding him. My long term would be until he is 2 years old. He has already started to eat, and loves to eat. but, he still likes his mommy's milk :)... His progress is going very well. He now wants to crawl, and would push himself up with his hands in a 'get set' gear and would start to crawl a bit and then he would fall ( on a mat ).But, so far his progress is as what everyone would say is okay and I think that weight gain is also a good sign.

He likes to play with Kamila and he'll laugh at her jokes. I am glad that I have a wonderful husband that understands my feeling to be able to breastfeed Harriz fully, where his elder's sister (Kamila) did not had that chance (although breastfeed + formula milk until 10 months old).

I am able to feel proud of myself where I can still go on breastfeeding Harriz when I am still working (although bottle fed with mom's milk). Thank you Dear Sayang for being there when I needed comfort and felt worthless....You have been encouraging me to continue to breastfeed Harriz although there are a lot of obstacles to go through the journey of breastfeeding Harriz.Love you lots.Love you and the kids.