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Health Tips #10 ~ [Issue 0500-2]  Wellness Weekly
 May 09, 2000 15:58 PDT 

* Lower Cholesterol with Soy

Look to the lowly soybean to increase the cholesterol-controlling
power of your diet. Soybeans contain isoflavones, a group of
compounds that have a cholesterol-lowering effect. Consuming about 25
grams of soy protein each day has been shown to lower cholesterol
levels about 10 percent. To get the amount of soy protein that is
thought to offer the most protection, check food labels. A good
source will have 6.25 grams or more of soy protein per serving.
Substituting soy protein for animal protein is nutritionally sound.
That is because soy protein, unlike all other plant proteins,
contains all the essential amino acid building blocks needed to make
human proteins. As an added benefit, soy protein might also aid in
the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis and at least partially
relieve the hot flashes associated with menopause.

* Exercise Boosts the Immune System

The white blood cells are responsible for fighting infection.
Moderate physical exercise will temporarily increase the number of
white blood cells. After exercise periods lasting less than 30
minutes, the number of white blood cells will return to normal within
one to two hours. After exercise sessions lasting longer than 30
minutes, the white blood cell count will remain elevated for 24 or
more hours. An increased number of white blood cells suggest an
increased immunity to disease and infection. Therefore, exercise
makes people less susceptible to disease.

* Goldenrod Fights Bladder Infections

The Goldenrod herb (Solidago species) is one of the safest
genito-urinary antiseptic herbs. Widely used in Europe to treat
kidney and bladder infections as well as the elimination of kidney
stones, goldenrod has also been shown in clinical studies to be
effective in the treatment of chronic and acute nephritis.

* Symptoms of Lupus
Lupus is an autoimmune disorder that occurs most frequently in women
15 to 44 years of age. This disorder causes the immune system to kick
into overdrive, producing antibodies against healthy tissue. These
antibodies cause swelling, redness, and pain. There are three forms
of lupus: 1. Systemic (SLE), which may affect the heart, lungs,
kidneys, brain, joints, and skin; 2. Cutaneous, which affects mainly
the skin; 3. Drug-induced, which is caused by certain prescription
medications. This resembles SLE, but is less serious. The signs of
lupus are often hard to distinguish from other disorders, and lupus
is noted as the "great imitator." A red rash or color change on the
face (may look like a butterfly across the bridge of the nose), joint
pain and swelling, kidney inflammation, fever without a cause,
hair loss, chest pain, sun-sensitivity, and purple/pale toes or
fingers are a few of the common signs of lupus. In some women, lupus
may be triggered after exposure to sunlight, certain medications, or
from an infection. If you experience any of the above symptoms
without known cause, see your health care professional. There is no
known cure for lupus, but the symptoms can be treated.
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