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Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Don't Obsess About Food

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One of the dangers of dieting is the 'diet mentality'. The constant need to weigh, measure, count and account for food that most dieters feel can become an obsession with food that comes close to that experienced by someone with an eating disorder. Is it possible to lose weight without becoming obsessed with food?

Dr. David Katz, author of "The Way to Eat", suggests a better way.
While it's important to balance the calories you eat with the calories you burn, he says, i...


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One of the dangers of dieting is the 'diet mentality'. The constant need to weigh, measure, count and account for food that most dieters feel can become an obsession with food that comes close to that experienced by someone with an eating disorder. Is it possible to lose weight without becoming obsessed with food?

Dr. David Katz, author of "The Way to Eat", suggests a better way.
While it's important to balance the calories you eat with the calories you burn, he says, it's not necessary to obsess about food by counting every calorie. Instead, he suggests, focus on eating well for your health and permanent weight loss will follow.

Dr. Katz's suggestions include replacing highly processed foods which contain added sugar, fat, starch and salt with more wholesome foods with short ingredient lists. Avoid foods with added 'flavor enhancers' like monosodium glutamate and high fructose corn syrup which tend to stimulate the appetite and make you want to eat even more.

Instead, focus on healthier alternatives within food groups. That's far easier to do than you'd think. A simple change in your diet like replacing the light cream in your coffee with low-fat milk can save you 50 calories per cup. If you drink a lot of coffee, that could add up to a substantial lowering in your overall daily calorie intake - with the added bonus of giving you all the calcium and vitamin D you usually get with less than half the fat.

But, you say, you just can't drink your coffee with skim milk? That's fine, too. We all have little luxuries that we think we can't live without. Take a few minutes to analyze your diet and figure out which things you just can't give up - then make adjustments in other areas to account for them. Can't live without cream in your coffee? Skip the muffin you usually have with it, or replace the butter you use on it with a low-fat margarine substitute. Eating healthy is about choices - not obsession.

Here are some other suggestions to help you stop obsessing about calories and start eating healthier:

1. Toss out sugared breakfast cereals in favor of a whole-grain cereal that has little or no added sugar and drop a few berries into your bowl

2. Switch to an all natural, no additive peanut butter instead of a highly processed one that contains added sugar and oils for stabilization.

3. Keep a baggie of dried fruit in your desk drawer for a
high-potassium pick-me-up at mid-morning. You'll be far less inclined to overeat at lunch - and you won't find yourself yawning at 11 A.M.

Don’t Panic, It’s Only Asthma

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An asthma attack is usually regarded as a physical experience, yet it also has an emotional component. This article looks at why emotional triggers can start asthma attacks, the people most susceptible to these events, and how to deal with them.

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An asthma attack is usually regarded as a physical experience. Sufferers often experience chest tightness, coughing, and an increased effort to breathe. Yet asthma also has an emotional component. There is the frustration of experiencing an attack and the fear of what might happen if the attack worsens.

Asthma can be a life-threatening condition. This can increase levels of anxiety, leading to panic, which in turn can trigger or worsen an asthma attack. Anxiety, resentment and despair are common emotions felt by the asthmatic.

For centuries, many people believed asthma was caused by stress or emotional disorders. This led to a stigma being attached to the condition and there grew a stereotype of the asthmatic being a weak, anxious person, forever wheezing and coughing.

Breathing is obviously tied in with emotion. We gasp with fear when we watch a scary movie, and take short breaths if we get involved in an action flick. We catch our breath if something startles us. Laughing and crying are certainly expressions of emotion and they both involve a change in our normal breathing pattern.

Being under stress can gradually tighten the airways. Sometimes people suffer their first asthma attack at a time of heightened emotion, like the death of a close relative. In these cases the person was probably already susceptible to asthma and the traumatic event and stress triggered the attack.

The beliefs of a person can also influence their asthma. Experiments have shown that asthmatics can produce and decrease asthma attacks using the power of suggestion. Just as Pavlov's dogs salivated to the sound of a bell, asthma patients can suffer attacks if they are convinced they have inhaled an allergen even if the allergen is not present. Similarly they can experience relief if they believe they are taking a reliever drug though the substance they have taken has no medical effects. This 'placebo effect' has been noted for many conditions and situations.

This power of suggestion may explain why some people suffer a worsening of their asthma if they just see something related to their asthma trigger. It may also explain why some feel they cannot be without their inhaler.

The cause of asthma is not in the mind. It is in the genes and airways. But it seems that the mind can aggravate the condition.
Research has shown that asthma attacks can be connected to panic disorder - recurrent unexplained panic attacks. This connection seems stronger in smokers than non-smokers, and in women than in men.

It has also been found that the children of mothers prone to depression or panic attacks have an increased risk of developing asthma.

More recently researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison performed tests in which asthma patients heard various different words. They found that simply mentioning asthma related words such as 'wheeze' stimulated responses in two regions of the brain. One region is associated with emotional responses; the other is involved in obtaining information about the body's physiological condition, such as shortness of breath.

The results suggest a direct link between an emotion-processing area of the brain and the physical response to the disease. The brains of people with asthma may over-react to emotional and physiological signals, like inflammation, which in turn may affect the severity of symptoms. This may help explain why asthma attacks in response to allergens can worsen during stressful times.

This research may one day lead to drugs or behavioral interventions to control asthma. Meanwhile it is know that certain relaxation techniques and martial arts can help control asthma that is triggered by emotional events.

title:Don't Ruin Your Summer Fun
author:Roger Carr
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

I love summer!  Summer is my favorite season of the year.  I love playing sports outside and walking on the beach.  I especially enjoy being at an outdoor barbecue.  Maybe you enjoy summer activities as well.  Imagine with me for a moment being at an outdoor barbecue.  Just a little distance away from you there's a swimming pool full of kids who are having fun playing, laughing and splashing in the water.  In another spot there might be a horseshoe game playing.  You can hear the "clank" of the horseshoes hitting the posts as the players are trying to get a ringer.  And of course there's the barbecue grill.  On the grill might be hamburgers and hot dogs, chicken or steaks.  The only thing better than the smell coming from the grill is the taste of the food when it's time to eat.  Can you just imagine the fun that you will have this summer?
Now fast forward with me a few hours. You are at home and your skin is starting to itch.  Just before bedtime you're taking your shirt or blouse off to get into your bed clothes and just the material rubbing up against your skin is painful. When you do go to bed that evening you toss and turn trying to get into a position that isn't painful so that you can go to sleep.  However, you spend hours awake only thinking about the pain that your body is experiencing instead of the tremendous fun you had that day. What is the reason for this itching and pain?  You have probably guessed it.  You have a sunburn!
Fortunately you can do something about it before it happens. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has provided us with some steps that we can take to help reduce our chance of having to deal with sun damage. These seven simple action steps are as follows:

Limit Time in the Midday Sun - The sun's rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Whenever possible, limit exposure to the sun during these hours.
Wear a Hat - A hat with a wide brim offers good sun protection to your eyes, ears, face, and the back of your neck - areas particularly prone to overexposure to the sun.
Cover Up - Wearing tightly woven, loose-fitting, and full-length clothing is a good way to protect your skin from the sun's UV rays.
Wear Sunglasses that Block 99-100% of UV Radiation -Sunglasses that provide 99-100% UVA and UVB protection will greatly reduce sun exposure that can lead to cataracts and other eye damage. Check the label when buying sunglasses.
Always Use Sunscreen - Apply a broad spectrum sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of at least 15 or higher liberally on exposed skin. Reapply every 2 hours, or after working, swimming, playing, or exercising outdoors. Even waterproof sunscreen can come off when you towel off, sweat, or spend extended periods of time in the water.
Avoid Sunlamps and Tanning Parlors - The light source from sunbeds and sunlamps damages the skin and unprotected eyes. It's a good idea to avoid artificial sources of UV light.
Watch for the UV Index - The UV Index provides important information to help you plan your outdoor activities in ways that prevent overexposure to the sun. Developed by the National Weather Service (NWS) and EPA, the UV Index is issued daily in selected cities across the United States.

Why am I telling you about these simple action steps that can help protect you from the sun? I want you to have fun this summer. I want you to have fun this summer under the sun.
title:Don’t Spend Money on Acne Remedies. Fight Acne Naturally.
author:Scott Green
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Acne is commonly a skin condition that is seen as whiteheads, blackheads, pustules or infected and inflamed nodules. Acne often is found on a persons face, chest, neck, and back. While many acne types usually affect the teenagers, various acne conditions are not restricted to a particular age group; even adults in their late 20s or even well into their 40s - have the possibility to also suffer from acne.
Eventhough acne is not life threatening, it can cause unwanted permanent scarring and cause emotional distress if it is not treated properly. People with Acne problems often tend to be more self-conscious about their appearances when having outbreaks or blemishes.
Instead of having you dig deeper into your pocket for various types of expensive Acne Treatment remedies, you should attempt to fight acne naturally by avoiding your pores to get clogged.  For many people with acne outbreaks, it is about avoiding the common acne outbreak. Just by following some of the simply steps listed below, people that often have outbreaks can dramatically decrease their chance of another acne outbreaks:
- By not touching your face with your hands, including popping the zits.
- By washing your skin with a mild soap, acne cleanser such as Proactiv Solutions
- By avoiding stressful situations
- By allowing your skin to breath; wear loose clothing

Don't Undermine Your Diet

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Let's start this article off right. You are not 'going on a diet'. Our concept of 'a diet' implies a temporary change that will work miracles - if we're only strong enough to stick to it. That way of thinking is encouraged by decades of 'fad diets' that promised us quick, low-effort weight loss, if we just ate this one miracle food. I still remember the Cabbage diet, the No-Carb diet and the Banana diet, among others. Over and over throughout the last 40 years, diets that adv...


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Let's start this article off right. You are not 'going on a diet'. Our concept of 'a diet' implies a temporary change that will work miracles - if we're only strong enough to stick to it. That way of thinking is encouraged by decades of 'fad diets' that promised us quick, low-effort weight loss, if we just ate this one miracle food. I still remember the Cabbage diet, the No-Carb diet and the Banana diet, among others. Over and over throughout the last 40 years, diets that advocated eating by a strictly enforced menu have been proven ineffective, or worse, dangerous.

Going on a diet also implies that you will eventually go off your diet - whether you 'fall off' it, or return to 'normal eating'. The secret to losing weight and keeping it off is to create a new eating plan that will BECOME your normal eating. And this is the place that most of the popular 'diets' fail. Any diet that restricts your intake of ANY necessary nutrients too severely will ultimately fail you. In order to lose weight and maintain your weight loss indefinitely, you need to teach yourself to eat a balanced diet in portions that your body needs.

Below is a list of common diet mistakes that will undermine your attempts to lose weight.

* DON'T restrict your intake to less than 1000 calories a day, unless you are under the supervision of a doctor. Restricting your intake that severely can lead to serious health complications. It also will convince your body that it's starving and slow your metabolism so that it conserves your stores of food. In other words - your body will kick into gear to hold onto your fat so you don't starve to death.

* DON'T cut out one or more entire food groups, including fats. Your body needs an adequate intake of all nutrients in order to stay healthy. In every food group there are 'good' and 'bad' choices for weight loss. Stick to the good ones, and you'll see your weight dropping without compromising your health.

* DON'T fast for extended periods without medical supervision. For the same reasons that you shouldn't restrict your intake of calories to less than 1000 a day, you shouldn't embark on a fast that lasts more than 48 hours without a doctor's supervision.

* DON'T purge. Purging, whether by emetics, diuretics, vomit-induction or laxatives robs your body of more than the nutrients that you're getting rid of. It's unsafe at any speed. You can end up with far worse problems than a few extra pounds.

* DO see your doctor before starting a serious diet. He or she can recommend a visit to a nutritionist to help you design a common sense weight loss plan that will naturally evolve into a healthy eating style that will last a lifetime.

title:Don't Wait Until The New Year
author:Jan Wilhelm
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Why does everyone wait until the New Year to do something about their health and fitness?  It is traditional for everyone to resolve to lose weight or exercise more.  I think we should start now.   I guess you are laughing at the thought of watching your weight during the Holidays.
Do you have Holiday parties to go to?  It is possible to watch your weight even then.  One good tip is to drink at least one glass of water before you go to the party.  Very often we think we are hungry when we are actually dehydrated.  My next suggestion may not be received well.  Drink water at the party instead of alcohol.  First of all the roads will be much safer if people would do it.  But looking at it from a “weight” view, you could save a lot of calories.  Put a slice of lemon or lime in your water.  You don’t need alcohol to have a good time.
There are so many tempting foods at Holiday parties and Holiday dinners.   You do not just have to pick from the vegetable platters.  You can have anything you want.   Don’t deprive yourself.  That makes you want the food even more.  Allow yourself a taste or two of food that is really fattening.  Portion control allows you to eat many different things.  I believe that the dieter’s favorite word should be MODERATION.  If you follow moderation, you will not feel deprived.  You will not overeat.  You will try a variety of things.  It is not as difficult as you think.
That takes care of the food issue.  Now lets talk about exercise.   How stressed are you?   At this time of year many people get totally stressed.  There is just too much to do.  Do you find it hard to believe that you can fit exercise in your busy schedule?  You may not be able to fit in a workout at the gym but there are other things you can do.
The Christmas lights and decorations are scattered throughout your neighborhood.  Get the whole family out.  Take a walk and look at everything.  If your neighborhood does not decorate go to another one.  It will really get you in the spirit and the family will be exercising together.
The malls are really crowded at this time of year.   Use that to your advantage.  Don’t keep driving around trying to find a close parking place.  Park on the outskirts and walk.  What a novel idea.  It amazes me how people feel that they have to park close.  Not only are you getting a little exercise, but you are saving a few pennies of that black gold that fuels your car.
Most phone are cordless now, so when you are talking on the phone, do not sit.  Walk around.  Do exercises.  Just keep moving.  It is amazing how many calories you can burn when you keep moving.
Don't Want a Cigarette: Help Quit Smoking Is Here!

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If you don't want a cigarette: help quit smoking is what you need. Many people are tired of smoking and do not want to continue it. But their addiction drives them to continue to buy cigarettes...

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If you don't want a cigarette: help quit smoking is what you need. Many people are tired of smoking and do not want to continue it. But their addiction drives them to continue to buy cigarettes. The nicotine in there blood stream will not let them just give up it grabs them with constant cravings until the person finally gives in.

Smokers often fight daily with their cravings for more and more nicotine. It is a substance that once in the body has an extremely difficult time letting go. People who have only smoked for a couple of months can still find quitting smoking to be extremely difficult. For those that have smoked for years and year, the idea of quitting smoking is two fold.

Heavy smokers have to fight against the nicotine addiction and try to become smoke-free over time. It is difficult for the body to rely on nicotine and then have to start functioning on less and less of it. But most heavy smokers find that a gradual cessation from the nicotine or tobacco works best for them. Becoming totally smokeless can often take several months.

The second part of quitting for, people who have smoked for several years, is the lifestyle changes that it will bring. For years the person has spent hundreds of dollars on cigarettes every month. They are now faced with a surplus of cash that can be hard to handle productively. Smokers also have developed habits or rituals that surround their smoking habit. These may include meeting friends at work during smoke breaks or going to a favorite bar to smoke and have a drink.

When the smoker is finally able to quit smoking their trigger spots will still be there. If there was a certain restaurant that they always smoked at it may be hard to eat there and not have a cigarette. These responses are normal and it does not matter if you quit smoking cold turkey or did it over a long period of time. The craving for nicotine can last years after a person has quit smoking.

It is important for a person who is trying to quit smoking to incorporate other lifestyle changes into their lives. If they normally meet for a smoking break twice a day it may be helpful to use that time to go for a walk. Smokers need to recognize their triggers and learn to avoid situations that are tempting to them.

Through monitoring of their environment and adjusting their quitting techniques it is possible for people at all smoking levels to quit. Quitting smoking may take a different amount of time for each individual and there is not RIGHT or specific program that can guarantee success.

A smoker that is aware of their triggers and is able to avoid them when necessary will have a better probability of quitting smoking and sticking to it. Millions of people every year try to quit smoking; it is a difficult thing to do. But extremely worth it for the people who do it.

Dostinex-Cabergoline – A Dopamine Agonist!

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Dostinex-Cabergoline, a dopamine agonist is used to lower down prolactin in patients with pituitary tumors and other prolactin related conditions. Since it lowers prolactin effectively, Dostinex-Cabergoline has potency that goes far beyond the treatment of brain cancers.


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Dostinex-Cabergoline, a dopamine agonist is used to lower down prolactin in patients with pituitary tumors and other prolactin related conditions. Since it lowers prolactin effectively, Dostinex-Cabergoline has potency that goes far beyond the treatment of brain cancers.

Dostinex-Cabergoline can make sex better for practically everyone, not like Viagra, which is effectual just for people with a sexual trouble. It could perk up men’s sexual contentment. Dostinex-Cabergoline is also used to treat Parkinson's disease. In testing, the drug Dostinex-Cabergoline was prescribed to lessen the effects of the hormone prolactin that is formed by men at the orgasm point. Dostinex-Cabergoline is also used to take care of Restless Legs Syndrom (RLS), and to alter different hormone levels in certain ovarian diseases. Dostinex-Cabergoline may also be used to treat other problems as specified by your medical doctor.

Medical psychologist Manfred Schedlowski involved in the experiments at Essen in Germany alleged that Dostinex-Cabergoline conjured up the libido to let the male to orgasm again rapidly. According to an article released in the International Journal of Impotence Research, Dostinex-Cabergoline showed no fallouts on men during the trials. Now the investigators plan to carry out trials to examine whether Dostinex-Cabergoline will have the same result on women or not.

The common side effects that are known to be associated with Dostinex-Cabergoline are unusual weakness, fatigue, nausea or vomiting, constipation, headache, dizziness, drowsiness, mental/mood changes, tingling or numbness, fainting, swelling of feet or ankles, breast pain or menstrual changes or vision problems. It is important to discuss with the medical doctor if any of these fallouts continue or get worsen.

Dostinex-Cabergoline is taken orally two-times a week. The quantity is adjusted generally at 4 week periods, which is based on blood examinations. It’s vital to follow all instructions. Dostinex-Cabergoline should not be shared with others. Before using Dostinex-Cabergoline, the doctor should be informed about the person’s medical history, including any allergies, drug allergies, kidney or liver problem, psychiatric illness, uncontrolled high blood pressure or high blood pressure during pregnancy. Alcohol should be avoided, as it may intensify side effects of Dostinex-Cabergoline. In order to keep away from faintness and dizziness when rising from a seated or lying position, a person on Dostinex-Cabergoline should get up slowly. The cases of pregnancy must be informed to doctors.

Do Antibiotics and Birth Control Flow?

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For many years now, some people and doctors have reported that antibiotics and  birth control medications don't mix very well. While concrete studies on the effects of antibiotics on the effectiveness of birth control are few, most doctors and women prefer to lean on the side of caution and use more than one method of birth control. This is sound advice because no evidence to prove antibiotics don't have an effect on birth control effectiveness has been found.

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It is a little known fact that birth control medications rely heavily on the body's natural biochemistry. A large number of pharmaceutical birth control products work by affecting the chemical or hormonal balance of the body to prevent pregnancy. While most of these medications are designed to be able to work despite the multitude of variables that cannot be fully accounted for in the body, that doesn't mean that they work no matter what. In particular, the drug interaction between antibiotics and birth control pills has been noted to be rather antagonistic towards one another. A number of antibiotics have been noted to interfere with how some birth control methods work, though other types of contraceptive pills work just fine. It is currently believed that something about the way antibiotics and birth control medications work is making them incompatible with one another on a chemical level, though it is still unknown what.

It should be noted that only one antibiotic has been definitively proven to reduce the effective abilities of birth control medication. Though this declaration was made by the Mayo Clinic, one of the most respected health care institutions in the world, it should be noted that long-term studies have not been conducted into the interaction between antibiotics and birth control medications either. This implies that while only one antibiotic has been found to have an effect, it is possible that the others may have an effect and simply have not yet been explored fully by the medical community. This blank spot has been recognized and most doctors, while waiting for further studies to be concluded and the findings made public knowledge, are keen on advising couples to use backup methods, such as condoms, in conjunction with the pills.

Most doctors believe that certain medications can lower the effectiveness of birth control, though the list is mercifully short at the moment. Most medications found to have an effect are noted to cause minimal increases in risk, usually within a certain margin of error. However, some medications are believed to cause a more noticeable increase in risk, such as rifampin, amoxicillin, penicillin, tetracycline, and minocycline. Other medications that might have an effect, depending on the circumstances and some physiological variables in the body, are phenobarbitol, nitrofurantoin, sulfonamide, and cotrimoxazole. Griseofulvin is sometimes believed to have an effect, though the possibilitiy of such is not widely accepted by the medical community.

Doctors might advise their patients to lean towards caution when dealing with antibiotics and birth control medications. It is advisable to have a second birth control method on hand, such as a condom or diaphragm to minimize the risk of unwanted pregnancy. This is considered good advice whether or not the female is taking an antibiotic, since no single pharmaceutical or blocking birth control method is 100% effective. A pharmacist may also be consulted to have a better idea of how drugs interact, to provide a better idea of whether or not risks would be reduced by using more than one method of contraception.

Do Anti Wrinkle Creams actually work?

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Anti wrinkle creams certainly help to reduce the ageing process by a margin but cannot prevent wrinkles forever.

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Ageing is an irreversible process. We all have to grow old some day or the other. The modern day youths are trying every possible thing to put an end to this process. But the fact is we cannot prevent ourselves from getting older.

Today one can find all types of herbals and natural wrinkle creams in the market. But the question is “Do anti wrinkle creams actually work?”

Anti wrinkle creams certainly help to reduce the ageing process by a margin but cannot prevent wrinkles forever. Wrinkles are a part of an ageing process and will occur with time, no matter how expensive cream you are using. These creams remove the dead outer layer of skin and give it a natural glow. The cream produces results max after a period of 30 days. But, once you stop using the product the wrinkles return making the skin uglier than before. This clearly suggests anti wrinkle creams are more or less bogus and work as long as you apply them. This certainly is waste of your hard earned money.
Anti wrinkle creams promises a young looking skin which will probably never happen.

If you are still worried of the ageing process you can try out the following natural methods.

• Avoid contacting the sun as much as possible. The Ultra violet rays of the sun are harmful to our skin and make the human skin dry.
• Drink at least six to eight glasses of water every day. This will keep the skin hydrated.
• Avoid having a sunbathe
• Moisturize your skin regularly
• You need to have healthy food which is high in anti-oxidants
• You need to exercise regularly
• Use hats and sunglasses when in the sun
• Have at least 9 hours of sleep per day
• Limit your alcohol intake
• Avoid smoking

title:Do Carb Blocker / Starch Blocker Pills Work?
author:Chris Chew
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:12

•What are carb blocker or starch blocker pills?
Drop in to any pharmacy or supermarket and you will see many brands of carb blocker pills for sale. The carb blocker pills or more specifically, starch blocker pills are supposed to block carbohydrate absorption from the food you have eaten for weight management and weight loss purposes.
They are generally made from bean and wheat germ extracts especially white kidney beans. Carb blocker pills when taken are supposed inhibit the release of a digestive enzyme called alpha amylase that breaks down starchy carbohydrates. This then prevent carbohydrates or starch from converting into glucose and then to body fat. The unabsorbed carbs are then passed through the intestinal tracts and subsequently excreted.
•Are there any side effects from taking carb blockers?
Some people suffer from various minor side effects and discomforts such bloating, gas, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea after taking the carb blocker pills. However, carb blocker manufacturers consistently claim that these syptoms are actually indications that the starch blocker pills are working just fine.
•Do carb blocker pills really work?
Are carb blocker pills effective in blocking carbohydrate absorption? Early reports and researches are not very convincing. However, recent studies at the Mayo Clinic seem to suggest that much higher doses than those found in most commercial carb blocker pills did slow carbohydrate absorption but was not proven that they could help people to lose weight.
•Then what is my take on carb blocker pills?
Well, if it is just as simple as popping some magical pills and you will lose weight and manage your weight successfully, then the developed world should be able to solve its obesity problems easily along with many obesity related diseases. Apparently this is not the case.
So from this simple fact, you can draw your own conclusion as to whether carb blocker pills indeed do work.
title:Do Cellulite Creams Actually Work?
author:Burke Jones
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

No cellulite cream can counteract the effects of a sedentary lifestyle, for instance.  Neither can a cream magically restore circulation or drop excess weight from a body that does very little and takes in more than it needs.
The best lotions, the most evolved lotions, cannot make up for diets composed of fast foods eaten on the run and deep fried fatty concoctions with little or no nutritional value.
Neither can lotions reduce stress for a body rigid with it and stress is often an element in the problem of cellulite.  Stress does not have to be physical to have very physical effects.
No lotion exists that can reverse genetic inheritances or balance hormones reliably.  These are all factors in the formation of cellulite.
So, now that we are clear on exactly what cellulite creams cannot do, we can move on to what they may be useful for.  Now you have them in perspective you may be less likely to believe advertising that tells you that you needn't move off the sofa.  That all you have to do is languidly stretch out your hand and apply this miracle lotion and you will look like the model in the picture who is often impossibly beautiful, prepubescent and photographed in a good light.
What some cellulite creams can do rather nicely is supplement your treatment program.  In this support capacity they can even be quite impressive.  Some creams will ardently claim to be all things to all women with cellulite.  Personally, I'd still watch the diet, do the exercise and keep the stress levels down.
Broadly speaking the creams on the market can be divided into those whose ingredients are botanical and those that are chemical.   Caffeine, and its derivatives, are natural tissue decongestants used in a number of cellulite creams.  Many prefer the "decaffeinated" versions that use potent herbs like horse chestnut, gotu kola, ivy and seaweeds to achieve the same results.  Many ingredients not only assist in the sloughing off of toxins but also in the stimulation of circulation.  Not, of course, as much as a good run around the block would do.
Many cellulite creams claim to contain patented transport systems that facilitate the delivery of ingredients through the outer layers and into the actual site of the damage.  This, they say-- and it makes sense--is a principal reason for the success of their particular product.
How a cellulite cream is applied is also an important factor.  Methods of application vary from the quick rub at home to high tech patented processes that use light frequencies along with specially designed rollers and suctions that help to mobilize the tissue and transport the good stuff deep down into the cellulite stricken areas.
title:Do Diet Pills Really Work?
author:Todd Brenner
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

You’ve seen diet pill advertisements… You have read the testimonials claiming diet pills work.  You have often wondered - will diet pills work for me?
For fast weight loss, diet pills can work.  If you are overweight or obese, using diet pills can help to kick start your weight loss program and help you in attaining your ideal weight.
A word of caution when determining whether diet pills are for you, diet pills are not the final answer to your weight loss concerns.  No diet pill will let you eat what you want, not exercise and still lose weight. You many see results short term but the challenge will be keeping it off. You should ensure that your consumption of diet pills is in conjunction with a healthy eating and exercise regime.  There is medical evidence that diet pills do work to aid in weight loss, but not as a miracle cure.  Researchers stress the use of diet pills along with diet and exercise.
Types of Diet Pills
There is a wide variety of diet pills on the market; prescription drugs, over-the-counter drugs and herbal supplements.  Here is a brief overview of the different types of diet pills available.
Prescription Diet Pills: Only available with a Doctor’s prescription, your Physician will monitor your health and weight loss progress while you are taking the diet pills.
Fat Blockers and Carb Blockers: Inhibits the action of the lipase enzyme. When you eat foods containing fat, lipase breaks down the fat in the intestine.  Fat blockers remove some of the fat ingested through bowel movements instead of being broken down and absorbed.
Appetite Suppressants: Affects the appetite-regulating region of the brain.  These diet pills decrease your appetite by increasing serotonin, a chemical in the brain that affects mood and appetite.
Over-the-counter Diet Pills: Widely available in your local drugstore, supermarket or online, OTC diet pills are monitored by the FDA for efficacy and product claims.  Most OTC diet pills work by increasing your energy while boosting metabolism. 
Herbal Diet Pills: Also available without a prescription, herbal diet pills found in health food and nutrition stores.  Some of the ingredients in herbal diet pills are very powerful when engineered correctly. Some work better than prescription medications. There are some you can try out free of charge to see it it’s right for you. One I would recommend is which can be taken before you go to bed and will not keep you up. It contains no caffeine or stimulants. Another powerful for of an herbal diet pill is Ephedra. Once banned for it’s potency (and a bad rap) it’s ban has been lifted and is available once more.
Research the different diet pills available to determine which are right for you.  Avoid diet pills that make ‘sweeping claims’ because you may just end up disappointed with your results.  Remember, in order to achieve sustainable weight loss while taking diet pills, you need to include a healthy eating plan and regular exercise. For more information on recommended diet pill sources, visit For public availability information on Ephedra, you can visit

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Drink plenty of water each day. That sounds so simple, but so few people adhere to this good advice. Water is a basic necessity, needed to maintain a healthy body, a clear mind, and a good balance within your tissues. About 60 percent of your body is water, and you must constantly replenish the supply, as it's used continuously in the processes of life.

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Drink plenty of water each day. That sounds so simple, but so few people adhere to this good advice. Water is a basic necessity, needed to maintain a healthy body, a clear mind, and a good balance within your tissues. About 60 percent of your body is water, and you must constantly replenish the supply, as it's used continuously in the processes of life.

So why do so many people fail to drink enough water? Many people don’t like the taste of water and have never gotten in the habit of drinking it.

Health and fitness experts say that drinking plenty of water is vital to maintaining good health and peak athletic performance. But even if you are not an athlete; you should drink plenty of water each day. The current recommendation for water is to include beverages with each meal and as your thirst dictates. The only exception is for athletes and they should use the guideline of replacing each pound lost during exercise with 2 cups of water. Your body absorbs water not only through liquids ingested but also from food. Many fruits and veggies are more than 80% water.

Water makes up more than two thirds of the weight of the human body, according to the National Institutes of Health. Without water, humans would die in a few days. All the cell and organ functions depend on water for functioning. It serves as a lubricant and forms the base for saliva and the fluids that surround the joints. Water regulates the body temperature, as the cooling and heating is distributed through perspiration. Water helps to alleviate constipation by moving food through the intestinal tract and thereby eliminating waste. If fluid levels aren’t up to par in a cell, it’s not going to be able to carry out its function. Each cell has a special function and its efficiency level will increase or decrease depending on the hydration level.

Steamy bedroom sessions are leaving couples tired because they are not drinking enough water to replenish their fluids, according to new research. Dehydration leads to fatigue, lethargy and headaches, meaning couples risk waking up the next day sapped of their energy and libido if they do not take enough water on board. Half-an-hour of making love can be as strenuous as a three-mile run, but only 42% of people drink water after making love.

Early symptoms that one is not getting enough water include dizziness, headaches, fatigue and diminished concentration. So if you drink enough water, you are going to feel better. Benefits of drinking plenty of water include improved muscular and cellular function and better brain function.

Don't rely on thirst to tell you when to drink. By the time you feel thirsty, you're already mildly dehydrated.

Make sure you drink plenty of water at work with a water cooler from Nestlé Waters Powwow

Do Eat With Your Emotions?

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Weight Loss Hypnosis

Is binging your number one problem? When you are alone and relaxed do you eat anything and everything. It doesn't matter what it is -- you feel have no self-control. It doesn't matter how I'm feeling because either way I always eat. Please help!

First, realize you are very much in control. It sounds like you are using food to meet needs and handle feelings that you don't know how to deal with in a healthier manner.

Yes, it feels "out of control" ...

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Weight Loss Hypnosis

Is binging your number one problem? When you are alone and relaxed do you eat anything and everything. It doesn't matter what it is -- you feel have no self-control. It doesn't matter how I'm feeling because either way I always eat. Please help!

First, realize you are very much in control. It sounds like you are using food to meet needs and handle feelings that you don't know how to deal with in a healthier manner.

Yes, it feels "out of control" as "emotional eaters." It often feels like the jelly doughnuts sprout wings and cram themselves down your throat. Other times it feels like an alien presence has invaded the decision-making center of our brains, making us do stupid things against our will. We criticize ourselves for being so weak and powerless, when what we really want is to be thin and healthy.

Let's get real. Fattening foods don't really fly. Eating requires a decision to eat. Eating requires a deliberate act. Therefore, it's impossible to be "out of control" of our eating.

Yes and no.

To understand this dilemma, understand that although eating does require a conscious decision to eat, it is influenced by both conscious and unconscious factors. We're not always aware of the feelings and issues that drive us to binge. We can be in such internal conflict that while our right hand is stuffing our face the left hand tries to stop it. We are bewildered with this vicious battle and end up feeling like a loser every time.

To understand this we also have to recognize the emotional power of food. Food is unique. It gets right down into our belly where we have all those "gut-wrenching" feelings and soothes turmoil. For many, food is a primary emotional coping technique. It distracts. It calms. It's dependable. And it is almost always readily available. No wonder, then, that so many of us feel out of control in the face of stress. We don't know what else to do besides eat.

When we spend all day meeting everyone else's needs, it's often the case that after the kids are no longer demanding our time and energy, we sit down and "give" to ourselves with food. It's crucial to avoid buying into the destructive and disempowering notion that we are "out of control" by recognizing that eating requires a choice. If we tune into the lurking feelings and issues that affect our judgment, then we can make a coping choice that might be more direct and ultimately, more satisfying than overeating.

Only then can we truly be in control.

Try an eating strategy called "empowered eating." By becoming an empowered eater you will be more aware of what you eat and why you eat it, which will help you develop more stable eating patterns. Get started with the following three steps.

Step 1: Take responsibility for your eating. Be accountable. Specifically, find an eating plan that can fit into your lifestyle. You must recognize that no one can do this for you. You must take the lead.

Step 2: Eat with a purpose. View all eating as goal-directed. An eating goal may be physical, like nourishing the body, or it may be emotional, like coping with psychological issues.

Step 3:Be mindful of your eating behavior. Pay attention. Be fully aware of your feelings and the issues that are associated with your eating. Being an empowered eater doesn't mean you never again overeat because of emotional stress. It does mean, however, that when you do overeat, you understand why. And understanding the "why" behind your choices will make it easier for you to develop new, healthy habits.

title:Do Electric Ab Stimulators Really Work?
author:Nick Nilsson
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10

Electronic muscle stimulators are the latest craze, the hottest fad... but you want to know "do they really work!" Right?
To answer that question, let’s start with a little background information on what this equipment was originally designed for.
Electric ab stimulators were (and still are) used in medical rehab situations. They are designed to keep muscles from atrophying (wasting away) in situations where a limb must be immobilized. For example, if you broke your leg, the doctor could place an electrode on the muscle and use electricity to make it contract. This would provide a minimum level of stimulation, thus keeping the muscle active.
As far as building muscle, such as the ads on TV claim, this is not backed up by research. The level of electrical stimulation necessary to build up the abdominal muscles to what you see on TV would be extremely high, and thus very painful.
Many companies that sell these belts also claim that the belts help burn fat. In reality, the small muscle contractions produced by these belts burn about as many calories as the effort required to take the belt out of the box and put the batteries in.
If you read the fine print in these ads, you will also notice that the instructions for use also include a suggested exercise and nutrition plan. This, without a doubt, would be the true source of the results people get from this equipment.
But what about people you may know who have tried the belts and say that they feel something when they use it?
Let’s put it this way... the belt does provide a small level of stimulation to the abdominal muscles. When a person’s abs are totally lacking any form of stimulation, any amount of stimulation has the potential to produce results. It is simply a matter of something is better than nothing (in this case, not a whole lot better, though).
A much better solution for working your abdominal muscles effectively is to do the unglamorous crunch exercise. It may not send electric shocks into your guts but it will get the job done. Crunches, even done properly and regularly, won’t burn fat but they will definitely tighten up your abs.
For detailed instructions on how to do the crunch most efficiently visit:
Do electric ab stimulators work? In a nutshell, no. These companies are simply preying upon society’s desire for results without effort. Don’t be fooled by the hype.
title:Do I Look Fat? The Top Five Reasons To Say No…..
author:David Skul
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

The question is asked by your wife or girl friend every time you get ready to go out right. Well let me tell you something and you better listen up and listen up good. If you like having a wife or a girlfriend you will say no. Not just when it is the trust but when it is a lie too. Here are the top five reasons to say no.
Reason1: Your wife or girlfriend trusts you
Let’s face it cave brothers the women like us to like the way they look. Now for a man that lives with ridicule and trials everyday of his life the truth is all that matters right? Well not all the time. Your wife or girlfriend trusts that you love her for who she is not what she looks like. We all say it, but do we mean it? You had better because of not she will start to lose trust in you as her support system. Sometimes the truth hurts and this time it might be you.
Reason 2: People believe what they hear about themselves
Humans are social beings. We crave interaction from one another. We love to hear that we are beautiful, smart, or sexy from another person. It makes us feel good. Well that is not all this feedback does. It can also shape the way we see ourselves. No matter how confident your wife or girlfriend appears to be on the inside repeated verbal conditioning about her weight and the way she looks can contribute to obesity and lethargy.
Reason 3: Diets are hell (For everyone)
Do you like that inevitable crankiness every woman exhibits toward you on a regular basis? Do you want to amplify the effects of this type of behavior? If you are wise you will do everything in your power to avoid dieting for your wife or girlfriend. You not encourage anything, but healthy portions of good food coupled with exercise. It is proven that we get angry when we are hungry. It is a primal response to hunger. Why in the name of all that it holy would you intentionally set loose this primal urge upon yourself and the outside world.
Reason 4: Men need love and support too
As men we like to pretend that we are on top of things and that we can live all alone with no one helping or loving us right. Yeah right. Men need more attention to keep our pretty feathers from fading than women do. We need affirmation of our ability to lead, support, and yes please the women in our lives. If we did not feel this way we would not love our mommies. How many men can say that they do not ole their moms?
Reason 5: It is just mean
Did anyone you really loved ever break your heart? The answer for most of us is yes. Were they ever really mean to you. I am talking about the tear out your heart and throw it on the floor mean. Spit in your eye and kick you in the groin mean?  If the answer is yes, then remember how it felt before you open your big mouth and ruin your wife or girlfriend’s day. See more at
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title:Do I Or Don't I Do Diet Sweeteners?
author:Dr. Janet Starr Hull, PhD., CN
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Whether or not you decide to use chemical sweeteners is your choice. BUT, in order to make an educated decision about the safety of diet chemical sugar substitutes, consumers must be informed about the negative aspects of these chemical sweeteners. 
A healthy eating lifestyle requires an education in chemistry these days, especially when laboratory chemicals are used as replacements for natural elements essential to health and wellness. Take Splenda® for example: it's a big deal that the manufacturers of sucralose (Splenda's primary ingredient) replace three sugar atoms in the sugar molecule with three man-made chlorine atoms. If you choose to eat or drink the chlorine found in Splenda® , it is only fair that you, the consumer, be aware of the fact that studies show the chlorine in drinking water can cause birth defects and cancer in humans .
It is reasonable to inform the public that aspartame (found in NutraSweet/Equal®) caused holes to form in laboratory animal studies  as early as the 1960s . Dr. Morando Soffritti of the European Ramazzini Foundation of Oncology and Environmental Sciences, Bologna, Italy, recently confirmed four different types of cancers formed in laboratory rats after administering aspartame .
It is YOUR CHOICE whether or not to consume diet chemical, sweetener substitutes, but it is also YOUR RIGHT to know the negative side of these questionable chemicals added to your foods and drinks. Especially if you use them during pregnancy or give them to your children.
For more information on the dangers of chemical sweetener substitutes, visit,, and
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2. Magnus P. Chlorinated Tap Water and Birth Defects. Paper presentation. Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Association. Feb 2000.
3. Olney, J. Journal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology. Nov 1996.
4. Soffritti, M. European Ramazzini Foundation of Oncology and Environmental Sciences, Bologna, Italy. July 2005.
title:Do Low Carbohydrate Diets Lead to Weight Loss Success?
author:Marsha J. Hudnall, MS, RD, CD
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10

So your neighbor, office mate, best friend, whoever just lost 10 pounds in only two weeks following the latest in high protein low carbohydrate diets. And now you’re thinking you should give it a go -- have even started the search for high protein low carbohydrate recipes?
True, high protein low carb diets seem to be leading many people to weight loss success. Trouble is, they seemed to do it 30 years ago, too. They were the rage in the early 70s, and look where many of us are today: growing fatter with each decade.
The bottom line: Diets -- low carb diets or not -- simply don’t work for the vast majority of people. If that doesn't convince you, look at some of the reasons why high protein low carbohydrate diets seem to create weight loss success stories -- but really don't.
“I’m not hungry when I eat high protein low carb diets.”
Many people say they feel more satisfied eating low carbohydrate diets. And indeed, studies show protein is the most satiating nutrient. Proteins and fat (which is usually in high protein low carbohydrate foods) cause your body to release cholecystokinin, a hormone that contributes to the feeling of fullness. Some protein in meals and even snacks may help us feel more satisfied and go longer between eating. But the key word is “some.” We don’t need an excess of protein, or low carb diets, to get these effects. By just eating balanced meals that contain grain/starchy foods, protein foods, vegetables and/or fruits and some fat, most people can achieve the same satiety. One other important note is that hunger control with low carbohydrate diets is often the result of ketosis (when your body burns fat for fuel.) Ketosis is very unhealthy, causing nausea, headaches, fatigue, even coma.
“Results are results – I saw successful weight loss, didn’t I?”
Many people do lose weight on high protein low carb diets. Instead of fat, however, they're initially losing more water than anything else -- and it quickly returns once off low carb diets. They seem to see successful weight loss, too, because low carb diets restrict many foods, resulting in eating less than usual.
The big question is: Is it really successful weight loss if it doesn't stay off? For most people, if weight loss is achieved quickly and with a restrictive method such as a diet that does not allow for individual likes and dislikes, then the lost pounds will return, along with discouragement, defeat and even more pounds than before. What’s more, high protein low carb diets may also increase risk for health problems such as osteoporosis, cancer, even heart disease. A healthy intake of whole grain foods, fruits and vegetables -- often on the “avoid” list in high protein low carb diets – appears to help reduce this risk, and is the mainstay of a sensible plan to achieve weight loss success.
Create your own weight loss success story.
Despite what you hear about high protein low carb diets, there's little evidence that weight loss success is truly (permanently) achieved. What's more, disordered eating behaviors are usually reinforced by high protein low carb diets, adding to the struggles that low carbohydrate diets and other diets are supposed to solve. Stop dieting now and start living a healthy lifestyle that truly leaves you feeling good!
title:Do Magnetic Bracelets Ease Arthritis Pain?: Five Things You Must Know Before Trying Magnetic Therapy
author:Tom Frost
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Although the idea of magnetic therapy has been around for centuries, the use of magnetic bracelets to ease pain is a hot topic in medical news today.
According to the December 2004 issue of the British Medical Journal, one study concluded that wearing magnetic bracelets can significantly reduce the pain of arthritis. With Celebrex and Vioxx recently called into question as treatments for arthritis, the study is good news to the over 70 million Americans suffering from the disease.
Arthritis affects one in three adults in the United States, and over half of those feel that there is nothing that can be done to ease their pain. Many of those who used to take Vioxx or Celebrex are currently choosing to suffer in silence, confused about the best medication to take.
This is a crying shame. There are a number of alternative pain management techniques-- including massage, acupuncture, ice/heat treatments, mindfulness training, and magnetic therapy—and now is a perfect time to test them.
In the study published in the British Medical Journal, researchers acknowledged the need for more research regarding the placebo effect. We know that believing in any particular remedy is more likely to create a positive subjective report of improvement. It’s also true that taking any kind of action to alleviate pain results in some sense of ease.
Does the placebo effect play a role in magnetic therapy? Of course it does—just as it plays a role in the effectiveness of medication. Does this mean the therapy isn’t useful? No. If it works, it works—and isn’t that what you really care about?
If you’re considering wearing magnetic bracelets to test the idea of magnetic therapy, here are five points to keep in mind:

Trying something is better than trying nothing.
Trying something inexpensive is better than investing in a costly remedy that may not work for you.
Trying something natural and noninvasive is preferable to beginning a new medication.
It is easier to tell if a natural therapy is helping if you are not taking any pain medication that might interfere with the results.
Trying something and finding that it works for you is extremely valuable even if you are unable to find documentation to support your results.

If you’re suffering from the pain of arthritis, you might as well test magnetic therapy. It can’t hurt, and it might really help.
And that’s what matters.

title:Do Natural Stress, Anxiety and Depression Supplements Really Work?
author:Tess Morris
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Unfortunately, millions of Americans currently suffer from the debilitating effects of stress, anxiety, and depression. In the pharmaceutical industry, anti-anxiety medications and antidepressants are among the best-selling medications on the market.
The everyday stressors faced by Americans have simply become too much for many to bear, and reasonably so. In recent years, taking an anti-anxiety medication or antidepressant has become as common as taking a multivitamin. However, the side effects and long-term effects of such medications were for the most part unknown until recently.
In the past year, some of the drastic negative effects of such medications have come to light, much to the horror of patients and physicians alike. Anti-anxiety medications and antidepressants have been linked to addiction, severe withdrawal, weight gain, vertigo, and even suicide and death. To treat the symptoms of stress, anxiety, and depression, without negative health implications, many are now turning to natural supplements -- safely and with much success.
Most consumers are confused about which natural stress, anxiety, and depression supplements to take. Fortunately, there are now a few promising natural supplements on the market which offer truly effective results, safely. The challenge lies in distinguishing the effective products from the one's that are based more on marketing hype. It is critical that the product you choose contains those ingredients proven effective for treatment through clinical study, and that those ingredients are of the highest grade and included in the proper dosage in the product. This is the key to getting the results you desire – freedom from stress, anxiety, and depression.
After researching nearly every available natural anxiety product on the market today I can tell you that many products contain low-grade ingredients in amounts far too small to be truly effective. There are a few, however, with clinical research behind them that also contain quality ingredients in efficacious doses. These products offer the definite potential to counter your emotional and physical responses to stress, anxiety, and depression. After review of the products and the available scientific literature only those products that met the criteria were recommended, Here is a list of the Top The Top 10 Stress, Anxiety and Depression Supplements On The Market Today:
1) Anxietol 7™
2) Welatonin™
3) Pinadol™
4) Seredyn™
5) Prosera™
6) Amoryn™
7) Euphorx™
8) HerbVal Supra™
9) Clarocet-NRI™
10) Relora™
title:Do Natural Thyroid Boosters Work?
author:Darlene Manchester
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

How Well Does Thyrin-ATC and Other Natural Thyroid Products Work?
Hypothyroidism occurs when there is an inadequate secretion of thyroid hormones resulting in a slowing down of the body's metabolism. So many people just don't know how far-reaching an underactive thyroid problem can be. Unfortunately, people do not know what symptoms an underactive thyroid can cause.
Many of the symptoms associated with an underactive thyroid are fatigue, weight gain, decreased interest in daily activities, difficulty in maintaining concentration, sleep disturbances, cold extremities, and abdominal bloating.
Are Prescription Thyroid Medications Worth The Potential Risks?
Many physicians have prescribed thyroid medications, only to find out that they were associated with significant side effects. These drugs may cause chest pain, increased pulse rate, palpitations, excessive sweating, heat intolerance, or nervousness. It is recommended that people who have multiple health concerns use caution when taking any prescription medications. There is also the possibility that once started on these prescriptions, the body becomes dependent on them and they become a lifelong medication.
Are there alternatives? Nonprescription All Natural Thyroid Support Products
What makes a nonprescription thyroid booster so appealing? Is it the fact that quality, all natural ingredients are used? Is the lack of side effects when taken properly? Is it the fact that prescription products pose the risk for too many potential side effects and drug interactions? The best nonprescription products on the market today are:

Thyrin ATC™

These products contain thyroid boosting ingredients which support healthy thyroid function. What other benefits can these products offer you?

They can increase metabolic rate and the number of calories burned
They can increase memory and concentration
They can decrease fatigue and sleep disturbances
Improve your quality of life

You might not need to resort to prescription strength drugs to achieve your goal of optimal thyroid function. Natural supplements give you an excellent alternative to prescription strength thyroid drugs. These products have limited side effects, less drug interactions, and are less expensive than a lot of the prescription strength thyroid medications available on the market today.
Based on current research and recent problems with both pharmaceuticals and over-the-counter drugs, natural alternative thyroid boosting products are probably the more logical option. Be consistent and administer as directed and hopefully you will get the desired results thousands of others have already experienced using these natural aids.
Do Skin Tighteners and Skin Creams Really Help to Reduce Wrinkles?

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Learn how you can reduce wrinkles and why some anti-aging skin creams work better than others...

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You've probably tried everything you can think of to get rid of those annoying wrinkles. Line erasers, anti-wrinkle eye creams, wrinkle erasers, skin creams, Botox - you may have even tried yelling into the mirror, "Be gone, ugly wrinkles!" But when that didn't work, maybe you gave up. Maybe you feel there's no hope in seeing those wrinkles disappear. Well, don't give up. Here's why...

There are several things you can do to help reduce wrinkles. There's no one magical formula, but it's a combination of things - lifestyle, food and drink, amount of sun exposure, vitamins, facial rejuvenation creams, and even the position of your body while sleeping! It sounds like a lot of work, but most of these involve simple things you can do each day to help reduce and prevent wrinkles. Here are some brief pointers.

Daily Lifestyle and Wrinkles

Several things you do in your daily life could be causing excessive wrinkles to appear. For instance, if you are under continuous stress, expect more wrinkles. You should do whatever it takes to reduce stress - even change jobs if necessary. It's not worth losing your health or good appearance! Another important factor is your intake of liquids, particularly water, throughout the day. Drink water every day to help hydrate your body and skin. Dried-out skin will wrinkle more easily.

Eat a healthy diet abundant with fruits and vegetables, and schedule your meals and exercise each day. Staying on schedule with healthy eating and exercise has been proven in studies to reduce stress.

Also, try to get a good night's sleep every night. While sleeping, lie on your back instead of on your face. Wrinkles can form overnight as you sleep! Also, avoid smoking, alcohol, and excessive sun exposure. If you work outdoors, wear strong, protective sunscreen on your face and hands.

Anti-wrinkle Creams

There are many facial rejuvenation creams, anti-wrinkle eye creams, line erasers and wrinkle erasers on the market today. There are even affordable Botox alternatives that work just as well. These can help to reduce wrinkles if they contain the right combination of vitamins to help revitalize your skin. A number of studies have shown that applying vitamins to the skin may significantly reduce wrinkles and help repair skin damage.

The key vitamins to look for in a skin cream are Vitamins A, C, E, and K. One reason is because these contain antioxidants, which help to eliminate toxins from your body and reduce signs of aging. Antioxidants rid your body and skin of free radicals. Free radicals can cause aging, cellular damage, and even skin cancer in some cases.

Vitamin K can lessen the look of aging lines on the skin by building up the skin around the lines or wrinkles, causing them to disappear. Vitamins K and E are also good for scars and stretch marks.

When choosing an anti-wrinkle eye cream, skin cream, or wrinkle eraser, look for products with all of these vitamins combined for the best results.

As you can see, wrinkles don't have to control your life (or your face). You can reduce wrinkles significantly by combining a healthy lifestyle with vitamin-rich skin creams and wrinkle erasers. Start turning back the clock today!

Do’s And Don’ts Of Using Rowing Machines In Your Workout

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When you begin using rowing machines in your workout you will naturally be excited to use the equipment and want to begin exercising on it as soon as possible. Though you should be aware of many of the exercise routine do’s and don’ts.

When you begin working out do so moderately. Don’t use a tension setting at first. Just get used to the machine and the way it works. You can add tension to the rowing machines setting later on but for starters see how the rowing machine fee...

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When you begin using rowing machines in your workout you will naturally be excited to use the equipment and want to begin exercising on it as soon as possible. Though you should be aware of many of the exercise routine do’s and don’ts.

When you begin working out do so moderately. Don’t use a tension setting at first. Just get used to the machine and the way it works. You can add tension to the rowing machines setting later on but for starters see how the rowing machine feels.

Do not exercise too much. As mentioned previously don’t add to the tension setting until you are used to the machine. When you are regularly exercising, vary your workout routine between heavy and light settings and fast and slow rowing. Also make sure that you give yourself at least twenty four hours between workouts so that your muscles have time to recover.

Make sure that you are doing warm-up and cool-down exercises. These are stretches designed to loosen up your muscles and work out the kinks that may develop during the workout routine. The warm-up exercises will make you more limber too and prevent possible sprains.

If you do manage to injure yourself on the rowing machines don’t try to push through it. When you feel pain that is a signal from your body telling you that something is wrong. Its not a good idea to keep pushing yourself when working out on rowing machines. Especially as back injuries tend to be the most common injury from this type of machine. So stop and relax to keep a small injury from turning into a big one. If your pain doesn’t go away in a few days make an appointment to see the doctor.

Also remember to stay properly hydrated. Rowing machines can give you a lot of calorie burn but it can also make you dehydrated. Don’t forget to check out rowing machines reviews online for more information.

Do's and Don'ts of Wearing Perfume

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Looking for that perfect perfume fragrance?  Here are some do's and don'ts of wearing perfume...

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The perfume fragrances you wear can cause people to be attracted to you or, unfortunately, to flee from you! You should carefully choose perfumes that enhance the space around you. Be careful not to offend others with fragrances that are too strong. Here are some quick perfume tips on choosing and wearing fragrances.

Choosing a Perfume Fragrance

Find a fragrance that complements your skin and natural aroma of your body. The scent should be subtle enough to not invade anyone else's "personal space" but pleasant enough that others will want to stay around you. Perfume is meant to enhance your personality, attire, and overall being.

When you visit the fragrance department in a department store, sample perfumes by spraying a couple of fragrances on your skin in areas located far apart from one another. For example, spray one type on your hand and the other on your upper arm. Don't try spraying on more than two fragrances in a single trip. Then, leave the store or at least the perfume section for a few minutes to smell the fragrances on your skin. This will allow you to smell the scents without them blending with others from the fragrance section.

Try each scent directly on your skin to be sure it's the perfect match. The fragrance should blend well with your normal body aroma, as well as the scents of your clothing detergent, shampoos, and makeup.

If you think you've found the perfect perfume for you, wait a day before buying. Try on a sample of only that particular perfume from the department store and then leave it on for a day. Be sure it doesn't lose its scent during the day, change scents, or cause any allergies or headaches. Wearing it for a day should reveal all of these.

Do's of Wearing Perfume

If you have dry skin, wear extra perfume. The oils in your skin, or lack thereof, can enhance or weaken the scent. When it's cold out, wear extra perfume. Cold weather tends to weaken the scent as well. When, buying new perfume, don't base your decision on what works for someone else. Try it out on your own skin first. Everyone's skin reacts differently to a scent.

The best time to apply perfume is right after a shower or bath. After bathing, your skin pores will be open and will soak up the perfume's fragrance. Also when bathing, use non-deodorized soap where the perfume will be applied. Soaps and deodorants can affect how the perfume will smell on your skin; the mixture won't always be pleasant!

When applying perfume, dab it in unusual places where it will stay warm and keep its scent longer. It can be applied on the inside of the elbow, on the wrist, neck, stomach, cleavage, and back of the knees.

Don'ts of Wearing Perfume

While there are many positives to wearing perfume, there are few things to avoid. One involves perfume and jewelry. Certain types of jewelry, such as costume or pearl jewelry, can become discolored due to perfume alcohols. Some jewelry can also be stripped of its outer coating. When wearing perfume with this type of jewelry, apply it away from the jewelry.

Don't use only one perfume year round. Test out various perfumes during seasonal changes to see which ones work best in the hot or cool temperatures. Different fragrances are affected by temperatures when it comes to scent intensity.

Never apply perfume behind the ears. It can blend with skin secretions and create a bad smell. Also, don't spray perfume onto light-colored clothes because it can turn the fabric yellow.

When buying perfumes online, try out the same brand and scent in a local store first to be sure it's right for you. You can often find great perfumes and men's colognes such as Adidas, Antonio Puig, Anucci, Byblos, Britney Spears, Bulgari, Chanel, Capucci, Cartier, and more at online shopping stores.

These stores carry a wide supply of fragrances, even at wholesale prices. You can also shop for other great items while you're there including sporting goods products, computers, DVDs, pet supply items, office supply products, tools, car items, electronics, jewelry, and more.

Use these tips to find that perfect perfume for you and start drawing people to you with your lovely scent!

title:Do Traditional Hair Loss Remedies Have Any Relevance Today?
author:Richard Mitchell
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10

Could it be possible that our ancestors got it right with some of their traditional hair loss remedies? Folklore tells us they certainly went to great lengths to find solutions to thinning hair.
Although each culture had its own approach influenced by local conditions, there seem to have been many examples of common practices. Nettles, for example, formed an important element of traditional hair loss remedies throughout the world.
The samples outlined here have been sourced from the very informative work "Hair Loss Prevention Through Natural Remedies" by Peters et al. This book provides a wealth of information on this topic and can be easily purchased through Amazon or other good booksellers.
Rosemary Solution - this herb crops up frequently in herbal texts for its ability to cleanse the scalp and stimulate the hair root. Here is one recipe that features rosemary as its core ingredient.
Recipe: boil rosemary, sage, peach leaf, nettle and burdock in water. Strain and use to wash hair daily.
Apple Cider Vinegar - this is mentioned often in folk remedies for hair loss. It is believed to exert a normalizing effect on the scalp's oil glands and has a strong cleansing effect.
Method: Part hair into sections. Apply two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar directly to the scalp with a moistened cotton ball. Allow between fifteen minutes and three hours before shampooing.
Essential Oils - essential oils distilled from plants have long been recognized for their ability to improve scalp circulation and encourage cell generation. Amongst the most useful are cedarwood, clary sage, eucalyptus, lavender and rosemary.
Method: mix ten drops of essential oil with one ounce of carrier oil (jojoba or olive oil). Massage it into the scalp for a minimum of fifteen minutes before shampooing.
Cayenne Pepper Hair Tonic - the ability of this herb to irritate the skin, increase blood flow and stimulate cell division is well known.
Recipe: mix four ounces of cayenne pepper with one pint of one hundred proof vodka or pure alcohol diluted with 20 percent distilled water. Let it stand for two weeks, shaking the mixture once each day. Strain through several layers of fine cloth until the mixture is free of pepper. Once or twice a day, rub a small amount onto the thinning areas of the scalp.
You can learn more about these traditional hair loss remedies by visiting the site listed below.
title:Do We Enjoy Sickness?
author:Tyler Brooker
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Its starting to get cold outside. I have noticed recently that very few people in the last few years have done anything to prevent those little colds that you always come down with at the beginning of the chilly season. Why is that? I remember being a youngster... wanting to go outside and play in the snow even though i had the sniffles. Mom wouldn't let me. "Your going to get sick!" she would holler. So i wasn't ever sick!
Nowadays, no one is really concerned with PREVENTING sickness. We all believe that there is enough medicine out there to cure whatever it is we come down with. Well, that's mostly true. In fact, a good friend of mine came down with Winter Vomiting Disease last year. It sounds like a scary illness, and we all feared for him, until we read up on it and realized that it goes away in 24-36 hours. You just vomit alot and have diarrhea. Not so bad.
But why do we let things get that far every year? Granted there is usually a cure, but we continue to suffer through the times when we DO have a virus. Is it that we enjoy it? Ya right! I think it's more like we forget how much it sucks, because it was a year ago.
This year, lets all try and stay healthy through the cold season. Keep up on our vegetables and our rest. The problem today is, we all think that we have so much to do. RELAX! Running yourselves down until your are bed ridden is not exactly time efficient. Enjoy the winter and stay cold free!
Do Your Body A Favour Naturally – Natural Health Alternatives

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You live a busy, hectic life. There’s never enough time left in the day to do everything you think you need to do. Your job, family and extra curricular activities keep you going at a pace that often can result in over-load, causing your body to very often rebel and simply not work as well as you are capable.

Your body does so much for you and should be treated with respect, so why not return the favour. Natural health is one of the ways you can learn to appreciate all tha...

natural health, alternative health, vitamins, womens health, healthy lifestyle, healthy food

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You live a busy, hectic life. There’s never enough time left in the day to do everything you think you need to do. Your job, family and extra curricular activities keep you going at a pace that often can result in over-load, causing your body to very often rebel and simply not work as well as you are capable.

Your body does so much for you and should be treated with respect, so why not return the favour. Natural health is one of the ways you can learn to appreciate all that Mother Nature has to offer in the ways of ingredients that help your body.

Natural health is about being pro-active; taking charge of your own health, life and destiny. You need to understand that if you want to be happy and healthy for years to come, then you must be dedicated to making your life and especially your body healthy.

Living healthy is not about being a health freak, but about becoming health-conscious. It is about making the lifestyle work with and for you. To truly appreciate what natural health has to offer, consider investing in a natural health book and some good natural food cookbooks.

If you have been living the junk food and quick meal life, then you will need to incorporate vitamins into your natural health regime; to be successful in this, you will need to obtain knowledge on what vitamins your body lacks.

Through your research on natural health, you will quickly discover that there are many options open to you to help you in your aim of living the natural health way. Natural health also means incorporating more naturalistic solutions into your life. You will be able to enjoy the pleasures of life with a body that functions at its optimum at all times.

And if you are truly dedicated, you will succeed, and the best part is that once you start living better, you start feeling better; and that is crucial in dealing with everyday stresses and depressions.

Take time out of your busy, hectic life to learn more about living a healthy lifestyle by incorporating natural health alternatives to your daily routine. Your body works hard for you, and it’s time to return the favour.

title:Do Your Emotions Control Your Weight?
author:Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, PhD, ND, DACBN
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

There are those who eat because they are hungry. However, there are those who eat because, to them, food is like a pacifier. They eat when they are frustrated, angry, sad, depressed or bored. This is can lead into a major eating disorder.
There’s a reason why many of us eat this way. When we were young, we were brainwashed as it were to believe that many of the foods we ate were “comfort foods,” that to eat food meant we were feeling good. Ever so often our families would come over for dinner or an outdoor barbecue, stuffing ourselves while engaging in fun and frolicking.
If you think about it we celebrate our birthdays, graduations, weddings, and any other social gathering with food. So we automatically associate gorging ourselves with feeling good. Or perhaps as a child you were taught to eat over your pain. Hey, you fell down and hurt your leg mommy will treat you with a nice big bowl of ice cream. Sometimes, when we fell out of love for some reason, we would resort to eating to ease the pain of it. 
The psychology behind that is the eater thinks that food will never reject them nor will it make them feel bad. Food will never turn traitor. In other words, we look to have control (look is the key word here). After all, we get to eat when, where, and decide how much to eat. This is a fallacy.
In past history, we can see this many times. People will feel some type of emotion, be it stress, sadness, anger, loneliness, boredom, or any other emotion that sees fit to enter the picture, and turn to food to ease those feelings. This again is a fallacy because no matter how it may satisfy us initially, it is only a temporary fix. The end result – guilt or frustration, and above all that – fat.
How do I know I’m an emotional eater?
You know you’re an emotional eater when your first response to any sort of emotion that is beyond the norm is to eat and eat a lot. Emotional eaters use food as a pacifier and manager of their feelings. Even if those feelings give you minor discomfort, you will binge. What it does, is take your mind off the problem for a while – but eventually, after it is all said and done, the problem will still be there, along with more pain and anguish from you for giving in to the craving. For emotional eaters it is a roller coaster ride. Can it be stopped? 
The best way to stop is by starting a food journal so you can keep track of what you eat and when. This way you can recognize patterns. You can recognize what emotions you felt when you ate.
After you have tracked your routine for a while, go back and take a look at your food journal. You should be able to spot a pattern quickly and easily. When you identify what causes you to binge so much, it will be much easier to know when to expect them, and in turn, how to deal with the emotion itself instead of trying to mask it with food. The best way to fight it is to learn what emotion you feel and tackle that emotion head-on!
Other Choices
While writing things down in your journal, make a list of things you can do during those emotional stages instead of eating. For example, if you feel bored, instead of going for food, do a little exercising. This will strengthen your body and make you feel better. Another way to describe it is to replace the emotion with something more positive that will give you beneficial results.
Learn what is emotion and hunger
There are many times when it is difficult to know the difference between a physiological need for food and a psychological want. Real, physical hunger comes on gradually, giving you signs to let you know when it is time to eat - small gurgles followed by large rumbles. At this time you eat more than one kind of food. You eat a variety. But you eat only to satisfy that hunger.
On the other hand, emotional eating comes on suddenly. At the moment you weren’t even thinking about food. But then the next minute you think you are famished. This is not physically based, it is psychologically based. You think you need to eat but you don’t.  Your mind plays tricks on you and causes you to eat when you don’t need to.
The best ways to avoid this problem when cravings hit are to wait for twenty to thirty minutes before you indulge. During this time, you may realize that you really don’t have any cravings, or you may figure out what you really do need and go after that instead. Usually after a few minutes have passed, the cravings will go away and you won’t have the temptation anymore.
Another way to combat binging is to schedule your eating patterns throughout the day. Only eat three meals a day, plus two snacks, and stop eating two hours before bedtime. When your body gets use to this schedule, you’re more likely to be hungry at the same times each day.
Make sure you go after the main issues that are causing you to eat when emotions strike. By going after and changing these feelings, your eating habits and attitude toward food will change to.
author:Jane Kriese
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10

Regardless of your age, you could have Arthritis. In North America over Fifty five million people suffer from this debilitating disease.
Arthritis is an inflammation of one or more joints. It is characterized by pain, swelling, stiffness, deformity, or a diminished range of motion.
The most common types of Arthritis and their symptoms are;
Osteoarthritis; the symptoms are, stiffness, and pain on joint motion. Usually this comes on gradually and occurs after the age of forty.
Rheumatoid arthritis; the symptoms are joint stiffness upon awakening; this usually lasts for a couple hours, also swelling in the finger and wrist joints. This usually affects people between the ages of, twenty five to fifty.
Spondyloarthropathies (including psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, Reiter's syndrome) this group of disorders tends to affect the spine, causing pain, stiffness, inflammation, and changes in body position. This usually affects people between the ages of twenty and forty years of age.
Gout; The symptoms come on quickly with extreme pain and swelling. It usually affects people over forty years of age.
Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis; the symptoms are joint stiffness, often in the knee, wrist and hands. It can also involve the organs and the nervous system. It usually affects children under eighteen years of age.
If you have this disease here are some of the choices available to you.
You can take pain killers, steroids or anti-inflammatory drugs, and manage the disease, or you can use holistic products, and cure the disease.
You can learn more, visit The Arthritis Foundation at Knowledge is power and life style diseases are curable!
You can change your lifestyle and be good to your joints.
Here are 12 life style changes that will help your joints and the rest of your body.

Lose weight
Turn off the T.V.
Eat well
Add color to your diet, fruits and veggies
Eat a diet high in protein, eliminate refined carbohydrates, white bread, white pasta, white rice and potatoes.
Visit the salad bar when you eat out
Keep a food journal
Cut down on caffeine intake; no more than two caffeinated drinks a day.
Take calcium, vitamins and minerals each day. All supplements should be a high quality, liquid plant extract.
Cleanse your body of impurities, to learn more about cleanses refer to click on The E book “9 Steps To A Healthy Vibrant Body”, Chapter three “Cleansing The Body”
Eliminate the bad stresses from your lifestyle
Address any addictions in your life, smoking, alcohol, or drugs
Get plenty of exercise

Many people feel that having some form of an arthritic condition is inevitable; they feel it is part of aging. This is not true; many people who practice a holistic life style are free of this disease for their whole life. Our life style determines our health, if you have led an unhealthy life style, you can change your lifestyle, rebuild your body, and you too can have a healthy vibrant body.
© Jane Kriese

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title:Do You Have Arthritis?
author:Lambert Klein
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Do you have arthritis? If so you are not alone. 66,000,000 people do almost 1 in 3 adults.
Arthritis is second only to heart disease as a cause of work disability. Besides limiting daily activities arthritis can cause many lifestyle problems. You may assume there's nothing you can do that will help. Don't believe that. There are steps including supplements and lifestyle changes you can make to significantly improve your life.
Your doctor may ask a few of these questions:
• Where is your pain
• When does it hurt
• How long have you had it
• Any swelling or redness
• Family history of arthritis
He may wish to perform a movement test and have some x-rays taken.
Inflammation from your arthritis is a significant source of pain. Your physician may recommend OTC medicines or a prescription.
You should be aware of alternatives such as natural supplements and physical exercise.
Nettle Leaf Extract This supplement appears to suppress TNF-alpha and IL-1-beta. Nettle leaf may inhibit inflammatory cascade in rheumatoid arthritis. Also joint protection is assisted with nettle leaf.
MSM: Msm contain Sulfur and anti-inflammatory properties
Glucosamine Sulfate/Chondroitin: Reduces joint pain and may substantially rebuild cartilage. This may take a while to see results.
Fish Oil: DHA, EPA and Omega 3 found in quality fish oil. Reduces painful inflammation and may promote joint lubrication. Look for a high quality, low mercury supplements like Carlson's fish oils. Flax seed is another practical choice.
Try high quality multivitamins such as Purity's Perfect Multi Super Greens.
Vitamin E: Use a natural product like Vitamin E-8 daily.
Cherries: Recent research has shown that tart cherries contain powerful antioxidants that may help relieve the pain of arthritis and gout and also protect the body against cardiovascular disease and inhibit cancer tumors.
There is also a cherry capsule that is very good named Fruit Advantage.
Exercise: Exercise is important not only for arthritis but your overall health.
Weight Control: Even modest weight loss will bring healthy results. Start slow if you need to, and then try to reach your target weight.
Stress: Ah Stress. This one unnecessarily causes us so many health concerns. It practically seems to be the source of most health problems.
There are many options to help deal with excess stress. Exercise is one of these. Even if you begin by walking to the corner and back, then around the block pretty soon you will be walking a mile or more.
Other things you may consider are Yoga, Meditation, Music and a new hobby.
There is a rather unique procedure I came across a while back called Emotional Freedom Technique or EFT for short. This works on the principles of Acupressure and Acupuncture.
Wait! Don't let that intimidate you. Even though EFT is a remarkable tool it is actually easy to grasp. I personally have seen significant results. You won't have to poke yourself at all. It just basically requires limited number of words and some tapping on certain key points.
So don't give up.  There are many options for you to vastly improve your health.
Copyright 2005 Lambert Klein

title:Do You Have A Healthy Brain?  The Secret to Mental Agility
author:Catherine Calder
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

We all know to exercise our bodies to keep fit, but how often do you think about exercising your brain?  And what type of exercise does it need anyway?  What are the facts? What is the secret to mental agility?
Keeping mentally active will keep your brain in good shape. Getting older does not mean that you have to be forgetful!
Recent research into Alzheimer's disease found that people who were less active between the ages of 20 and 60 years are almost 4 times more likely to develop the disease.  The brain, like the rest of the body, needs to be kept active to keep healthy.
You exercise your body to keep it in shape.  Now it has been shown that exercising your brain can keep it in shape too.
That leaves us with the question of what to do to keep our brains active.  The research discovered that how you spend your leisure time can affect the health of your brain. 
Leisure activities can be divided into -
Passive activities, which include watching TV, participating in social activities, and listening to music.
Intellectual activities are reading, painting, playing a musical instrument, woodworking.
Physical activities, for example, gardening, playing sport, working out at the gym, walking, jogging.
The only 'activity' that the Alzheimer's patients had performed more frequently than the control group was watching TV!
The research team was lead by Robert Friedland, professor of neurology, University Hospitals of Cleveland.  He said "A relative increase in the amount of time devoted to intellectual activities from early adulthood (ages 20-39) to mid-adulthood (ages 40-60) was associated with a significant decrease in the probability of having Alzheimer's disease later in life."
An intellectual or physical hobby stimulates the brain and may reduce neurodegeneration as seen in diseases such as Alzheimer's.  So sitting watching the TV isn't enough for your brain, you need to keep it active.  One way is by learning new things.
Many of the finalists in the Learning in Later Life Campaign 2000 to find England's oldest and most inspiring learners had art and painting as their hobby. 
England's Oldest Learner was Fred Moore who was then aged 107 years.  Fred continued with art classes until he died at the age of 109.  The manager of his residential home said "Fred was a remarkable chap.  He kept his memory, going back to the death of Queen Victoria, and always retained his great sense of humor."
So it's official then, learning a new hobby is good for you. Fancy learning to paint?  Painting can be done indoors and outdoors, as well as by yourself or in a group.
It is never too late to start.  Local night classes offer a range of options.  Have a look at online courses too.
Remember you can have a healthy brain and enjoy a hobby too. Don't leave it until tomorrow, begin today!
title:Do You Have Degenerative Arthritis?
author:Rudy Silva
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

With 10 million or more people with arthritis, the majority of them will have degenerative arthritis.  This arthritis is called Osteoarthritis.  Degenerative arthritis occurs when joints are overworked, rub against each other, experience excess friction, and slowly degenerate.
Most joints rub against each other, but bone joints have a protective layer called cartilage. This cartilage has no blood vessels or nerves so it cannot receive nutrients directly.  This cartilage serves as a cushion or pad between bones so that bones don't wear out and so you don't feel pain.
Cartilage should not wear out if its surfaces remain lubricated with oils that you eat.  But if you are not eating the right oils or the proper amount, then your cartilage can become dry.  Under these conditions you will slowly deteriorate the cartilage, which will lead to degenerative arthritis.
Once your cartilage becomes damage or grinded down, it is hard to regenerate it.  Cartilage is not a living tissue and does not receive its nourishment directly from blood vessels.  It is made up of mucin, albumin and sulfuric acid.  It absorbs oils and nutrients by osmosis. 
Osmosis is the movement of oil from an area of high oil concentration passing through a membrane into an area of low oil concentration.  So if the cartilage is deficient in oil and you don't eat the oil it needs to minimize cartilage-to-cartilage friction, then degenerative arthritis will occur over time.
Eating oil that is high in vitamin D and iodine is what is necessary for good cartilage strength and function.  Oil such as cod liver oil is ideal as lubrication for cartilage function.  Fish oil is another good oil to eat. When you eat cod liver oil, this oil passes through the joint lining into the joint cavity.  Once in the cavity, this oil is absorbed into the cartilage through osmosis. 
Once the cartilage is properly lubricated, it has an elasticity and lubrication so that when it rubs against other cartilage little friction and cartilage degeneration occurs.
There is another process that can affect the integrity of the cartilage.  Calcium can deposit on the bone near the cartilage and breaking to the cartilage and wear it down. 
To prevent this condition, calcium must be kept in solution in the lymph liquid.  This is done by maintain a balance diet.
Degenerative arthritis is a process where the cartilage at the end of bones in joint structures slowly degrades.  This degradation occurs from the lack of the right oil in the diet and through calcium build up in the bone joint.  Joint degeneration starts to occur after the age of 20 and can continue if the right diet if not followed.
Eating the right food to prevent degenerative arthritis is difficult to do if you have been brought up eating the wrong kinds of food.   But as an adult you can now make a choice as to whether you will have Osteoarthritis when you get older by eating the foods.
title:Do You Have Heart Failure?
author:Jane Kriese
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Heart failure is a condition in which a weak or over worked heart doesn't pump efficiently enough, to adequately supply the body with blood. Usually this occurs because the heart muscle is damaged, and its contractions weaken.
Symptoms of heart failure are:
When the heart becomes weak, blood flow slows and fluid builds up in the heart, lungs, and body tissues while muscles are denied oxygen.
This can result in; Shortness of breath, trouble breathing during activity or rest, a persistent cough or raspy wheezing and breathing, tiredness and fatigue as a result of every day activities, swollen ankles legs or feet, dementia, sudden weight gain due to fluid build up, rapid or irregular beats as the heart tries to compensate for inefficient pumping.
Two life style diseases, that lead to heart attack or heart failure are;
High Cholesterol, and High Blood pressure.
Have you been told that you have high cholesterol, or high blood pressure?
If the answer is yes, you will be concerned. The great news is; high cholesterol, and high blood pressure are reversible .
To reverse these diseases you need to change your life style.
Are you ready to make some life style changes and to heal your body? If so visit and print off the E book “ 9 Steps To A Healthy Vibrant Body”
In this book you will find valuable information on changing you life style, and changing your diet.
Are you motivated to make these changes? If so, you have one other consideration.
Your body needs vitamins and minerals;
You should be taking; calcium and magnesium, a multi vitamin with a high vitamin B content and trace minerals (sometimes this is available in a multi mineral combination), and you need a special herbal product designed for the cardiovascular system.
Remember that, in order to get the goodness from your supplements they need to be a liquid herbal extract.
We have only touched the tip of the ice burg with this information, I would like to suggest that you read the book, Left For Dead” by Dick Quinn. This book is a wealth of information on heart disease and how to heal yourself. In the book Dick says “after my heart attack and failed by pass, I saved my life and beat heart disease, without drugs, you can too”.
Your healing is in your hands, the more you know, the better you are prepared to heal yourself ,and have a healthy vibrant body.
© 2005 Jane Kriese
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title:Do You Have Insomnia, or Just Temporary Sleep Problems?
author:Candace Rice
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Very few people can claim to never have difficulty sleeping.  But for those who do, it may be a case of wondering do you have insomnia, or just temporary sleep problems?
Insomnia is usually a chronic, long term condition, during which a person may have any or all of the following: difficulty getting to sleep, waking up and unable to go back to sleep, early waking patterns, restless leg syndrome.  It is classified into two categories: secondary insomnia, which is unrelated to any physical or environmental causes such as illness, pain, medications, etc. and primary insomnia, the repetitive sleep difficulties that seem to have no real cause or identifiable origins.
Temporary sleep problems happen to almost everyone, and can be the result of heartburn, a bad day at work, hot weather, jet lag, and other relatively minor disruptions of your daily life or sleep patterns.  Insomnia on the other hand, can impact a person's ability to function, resulting in sleepiness during the day, excessive irritability, and even depression.
Insomnia can occur for a few days, or even weeks, and on a sporadic basis where the sufferer sleeps well for months and it recurs again without obvious reasons.
It's unlikely that temporary sleep problems will cause any significant disruption in a person's life.  However, some circumstances such as pain due to injury, accident or surgery, may require medication to allow you to get the sleep you need to recover both mentally and physically.
If you are suffering prolonged and repeated bouts of sleep disruptions, are unable to get to sleep, and finding yourself unable to concentrate during the day, it would be wise to consult your physician.  They will ask about any changes in your personal life, diet, and other factors that could have an effect on your ability to sleep.  Treatment will depend on their assessment of your condition.
title:Do you have Sinus Infection Symptoms?
author:Mike Nielsen
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

You’ve heard the saying, “No pain, no gain” but for many of us who have experienced the tremendous, annoying pain associated with having a sinus infection, I am sure you feel as I do; there isn’t anything that I can gain or want to gain from having a sinus infection. Most of us have all experienced the pain and pressure in our head and face that only seems to get worse before it gets better. In the following article I will be talking about what causes sinus infections, some general sinus infection symptoms, where sinus infections occur, and some possible remedies to treating your sinus infection symptoms.
What causes sinus infection symptoms?
First of all we need to know what the sinuses are. The sinuses are hollow packets of air located on either side of the nose, behind and in-between the eyes, and in the forehead. The sinuses produce mucus that cleans and moistens the membranes of the nose and throat. Each sinus has an opening into the nose that allows for free exchange of mucus and air. Sinus infection symptoms are the result of inflammation and blockage of the openings. The mucus and pressure then build in the sinuses creating a perfect breading ground for bacteria. Sinus infection symptoms generally follow a cold or some other respiratory illness. For someone who suffers from allergies they can also be caused by an allergic reaction. Other causes include: blowing the nose too hard, not completely treating the first sinus infection, or frequent swimming.
General sinus infection symptoms:

Upper jaw and tooth ache
Tenderness around the nose, forehead and cheeks
Swelling and pressure around the eyes
Ear ache and infection
Weakness or fatigue
A cough, runny nose or nasal congestion
Bad breath

Other symptoms can include:

Nasal sounding speech
Only being able to breathe through your mouth because your nasal passages are so plugged.
A decreased or total loss of smell
A nasty, possibility green, stinky nasal discharge. (Sounds exciting doesn’t it!?)
That gross feeling of mucus draining down the back of your throat known as post nasal drip.

Where areas do Sinus infection symptoms affect?
There are essentially four areas where you can feel the pain and pressure from a sinus infection. You may have experienced a headache in the forehead caused by an infection in the frontal sinuses. If the pain is more focused in the cheekbone area then your maxillary sinuses are infected. Your sphenoid sinuses may be infected if the pain you experience is more general and goes all the way to the top of your head. The sphenoid sinuses are located deep behind the eyes right above the throat. Finally, if the infection centers in the ethmoidal sinuses, you'll get that extremely uncomfortable pain behind the eyes.
What are the remedies for sinus infection symptoms?
Sinus infection symptoms are usually treated with an antibiotic, various nasal sprays, or other medication. Because sinus infection symptoms are common and chronic for many individuals, prevention is much better than the cure. There are some simple activities, such as using a humidifier and regularly cleansing nasal passages, which can greatly decrease your chances of experiencing sinus infection symptoms.
In this article we have looked at what causes sinus infection symptoms, some of the general sinus infection symptoms, where the sinus infections take place and some possible remedies to curing your sinus infection symptoms. I hope that you learned as much from reading this article as I did from writing it. I also hope that you will find the information in this article valuable to the health of you and your loved ones.

Do You Have the Balls? Do the Fitness Ball Workout

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The article is about the health benefits that can be acquired by incorporating fitness and medicine balls in exercise programs. These exercise equipments may improve the health of individuals who do have the luxury of going to gyms and workout. Fitness and medicine ball exercises can be done at the comfort of one's home.

anxiety, stress, diet

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Regular physical activity and exercise is essential in weight loss, weight control, and improved health. Exercise when incorporated into one's daily regimen may help reduce heart disease, cancer, certain types of diabetes, and other metabolic conditions. In addition, exercise may also improve brain chemistry and reduce anxiety.

Because of its physical and mental health benefits, many people have incorporated exercise in their lifestyles. However because of money constraints, certain individuals are not able to go to the gym or purchase the necessary equipments. One of the best options these individuals can consider is using a medicine ball and fitness ball. These equipments which has become popular among many health and exercise enthusiasts.

A medicine ball is a heavy exercise equipment, about the size of a basketball or volleyball. This ball is often sold as five to 15 pound balls. This ball is often used for circuit training and plyometrics programs. The weight of the medicine ball allows exercises to be performed in a dynamic manner, or what fitness experts terms as explosive movement. Medicine balls are often used by professional boxers to improve the strength of their abdominal muscles. Other athletes use this ball to increase core strength and improve the strength of their arms, chest, and leg muscles. Medicine ball exercises are most effective if training closely mirrors the movements within a sport.

Things to be remembered in performing medicine ball exercises include:

Perform warm-ups thoroughly before starting a medicine ball routine;
Ensure ample space and a competent partner when doing drills;
Medicine ball exercises, like other types of power training, should be done before heavy aerobic or anaerobic training if done in the same day;
Do not choose a ball that is too heavy, replace it if it slows down the movement of the exercise;
Complete one to three sets of eight to 10 repetitions for each exercise; and
Take extreme caution  when doing exercises that require standing positions and throwing the ball behind the head. Improper execution of this exercise may hyper extend and put unnecessary stress to the spine. 

A fitness ball, also known as Pilates ball, stability ball, Swiss ball, and gym ball is made of elastic rubber which usually has a diameter of 14 to 34 inches. Instead of exercising directly on a flat surface, exercising with a fitness ball provides instability that create tension to certain muscle parts. These muscles gain strength as they try to maintain balance. With frequent training, these muscles may become stronger and gain mass overtime. In addition, fitness balls works effectively while causing minimal strain or injuries. Many fitness experts reveal that fitness ball exercises, if executed wrongly may cause injury. Nonetheless, training on a fitness ball is one way of working out many hard-to-reach muscles. Adding a fitness ball in a fitness program may help surpass some difficult levels involved during exercise. Studies show that by simply sitting on the ball, stabilizer muscles are activated, these muscles are essential in improving one's posture.

Fitness balls come in different sizes. Individuals who want to engage in fitness ball training should choose the correct size to achieve their health goals. The following list shows the appropriate ball size  to height ratios:

Ball Diameter Height
30 cm – 11.8”  Under 4'6”
45 cm – 17.7”  4'6” to 5'0” 
55 cm – 21.6”  5'1” to 5'7”
65 cm – 25.5”  5'8” to 6'1”
75 cm – 29.5”  6'2” to 6'7”
85 cm – 33.5”  6'7” and up

Regular exercise coupled with nutritious diet are vital components of good health. Individuals who seek to improve their health should seek the advice of health professionals to maximize the effects of exercise and healthy food regimen. Obtaining the right information from experts is important to improve one's health. Good health is a lifetime journey and is one of the components of a happy life.

title:Do you Have the Burning Desire to Lose Weight or Reach any Goal?
author:Mike Matthews
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10

NOTE: This article is one of the component parts of the 9-step WTA3 program contained in the ebook titled "The Action Path -Your Key to Success!" due out in 2005 at
- Do you have a Burning Desire? -
Do you have a burning desire to lose weight and reduce your body fat to 10%?
Do you have a burning desire to get a flat, well-toned midsection?
Do you have a burning desire to increase your net worth to $500,000?
Do you have a burning desire to improve your personal relationships?
Do you have a burning desire to start a business next year?
Do you have a burning desire to reduce your credit card debt?
The key phrase is "Do you have a burning desire to...". We all have hopes, dreams, wants and wishes. Do you have a 'Burning Desire' to make the right choices on a daily basis and take positive action steps toward your goals?
Let's start with a common goal of reducing body fat or losing weight. While losing weight is a more common goal, reducing body fat to your body's optimum level is the better route to take. For this illustration, imagine you had a personal goal of losing 10 lbs in 30 days. Because you're smart, you know that losing weight can be accomplished by taking in fewer calories than you burn. This is a law of nature and makes logical sense. Even though we are aware of this basic principle, losing weight continues to be a difficult goal for many people to accomplish. Now the question; do you really have a 'Burning Desire' to lose 10 lbs in 30 days? If you're like many, your answer is "...yes, I have a desire to lose weight..." but in reality you don't have a 'Burning Desire'.
Another source for creating your own 'Burning Desire' is a program from Tony Robbins titled, Get the Edge! You can see a product review of his program at
To further illustrate our day-to-day choices and the difference between a desire and a 'Burning Desire' let's pretend that you are two days into your diet and you're at your favorite hamburger restaurant for your usual lunch. What are you going to choose from the menu? What choice are you going to make?
Will it be the usual double cheeseburger, large fries and a soft drink?
Will it be a double cheeseburger, small fries and a small soft drink?
Will it be a single burger, no small fries and a diet soft drink?
Will it be a burger (no bun), small salad (light dressing) and water?
Will you leave your favorite hamburger restaurant and find a different place to eat?
Most will order the usual lunch or might only cut down slightly. You might even justify it by convincing yourself that later in the day you'll eat less, you'll exercise more at the gym or you need all this food because you are 'starving'. By choosing to order the usual lunch, you've made a choice to take action towards your goal of losing weight. Let me repeat in a slightly different way. By selecting the usual lunch, you have made a (wrong) choice to take (a negative) action towards your goal of losing weight. Every minute of every day you have the power, potential and intellect to make good choices that will help direct you to take positive actions towards meeting your goals. Will you succumb to a need for immediate gratification or can you delay it for a short period with your eye on the prize, of a larger, more gratifying long-term goal.
Was choosing the usual lunch the right choice for you to meet your goal of losing weight? It probably wasn't the best choice, but only you can make the decision to make the right choice. Your decision to eat a high calorie lunch was probably based on a short-term craving and the need for immediate gratification. After the meal, you've met your short-term craving but you've moved farther away from your long-term goal of losing 10 lbs. You need to be aware that your day-to-day choices are often based on a superficial need to satisfy your immediate gratification. When short-term wins over long-term, it shows that your immediate gratification cravings have registered more votes in your brain. Your objective it to move the pendulum; make your long-term goals register more votes so you will automatically start taking more consistent and positive action steps. You need to create a 'Burning Desire' to make long-term win over short-term.
Don't forget to check out the other examples, such as increasing your net worth, outlined in other chapters of this book. You can also check out a product review of Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle at
Stop reading and take your first positive action step to create a 'Burning Desire'. You can apply this technique to any goal. To make this exercise easier, use the form in the appendix section of this book.

List at least 6 reasons why you want to attain a weight loss goal (or any other goal). List both the positive reasons (I want to look good for the Caribbean vacation) and the negative reasons (I can't fit into my pants). Positive reasons are "What will I get if I attain this goal". Negative reasons are "What will happen if I don't attain this goal".
Next to each reason you listed above, write a short, visual description of that reason. It's important that you visualize your reasons. If one of your reasons is "...I can't fit into these pants...", describe this visualization as a picture with your stomach hanging over the edge of your belt or waistband. Make sure you complete this visualization description for each reason. As you go through this visualization process you may start thinking of more reasons - go ahead jot them down on your list.
Take 10-15 minutes and read your 6 (or more) reasons along with your visualization descriptions. Which one or two reasons trigger the most emotionally energized response?
Take the top 1,2 or 3 emotionally energized reasons, write them down on a business card size piece of paper and place them in your wallet, purse, desk and/or car. For the next 3-5 days, take out this card and read the reasons and the visualization description out loud.
By the end of the 3-5 days, if you still get emotionally energized and excited; congratulations, you now have created your own 'Burning Desire'.

What if this didn't work and you're not emotionally excited - what if you didn't create a 'Burning Desire'. Your current goal has reverted back to a wish, a want, a dream or a hope. At this stage you have a few options. First, you should go back to step #1 and try this exercise again. Often during the first attempts, you may not have put enough time or energy into the process. Right now is the time to change for the better - take a positive action step and give it another chance. Second, if you've tried this exercise or other techniques and still can't seem to create a 'Burning Desire', than you may need to pick another goal, abandon the goal or change the goal. Changing the goal is not giving up; changing the goal is often one of the best ways to get yourself re-energized, motivated and excited about moving forward.
By taking these 5 steps to create a 'Burning Desire' for each one of your goals (large or small), you will make your goals much more attainable, you will start to consistently meet more of your goals and you will have more fun along the path to success. This technique can be used in other areas of your life such as your business (career), your personal finances and your relationships. Other chapters in this book will provide the details on how to use this technique to succeed with more of your personal goals.
Author's Personal Note: I have successfully used this technique in the area of weight loss and have lost 10 lbs (in 45 days), reduced my body fat by 3% and dropped from a 35-inch waist to a 32-inch waist. What was my 'Burning Desire'? I had about seven of them, but two created the most passion and drive.
First, was when my youngest son commented about how big my stomach was getting and that I looked out of shape. This comment was my negative reason that drove me to make a change. If I didn't attain this goal, I would continue to hear these comments . Second, I had a closet full of size 32 pants and was ready to go out a buy more tight-fitting 34 size pants. Since I personally don't like (despise) spending money on clothes, I created a visualization of all the money I would save by not having to buy another 3-4 pairs of pants. If I did attain this goal, I would have another $150 to do what I love most - invest.
My personal visualization for the first reason was a flat stomach instead of the love handles and no 'fat' comments from my son. My visualization for the second reason was seeing $150 invested in 3 shares of a blue chip stock on my portfolio statement, instead of pants hanging in my closet. While my personal visualizations might not get you motivated, these visualizations created enough push, motivation and drive for me to change my dietary habits and eat right (not necessarily less) and exercise more often. Remember, each of you will have your own personal visualizations that will get you to take action.
It was the first time in my 40+ years that I've ever wanted to lose weight and while it was difficult to make these dietary and exercise changes; I sacrificed my short-term immediate gratification needs for the benefit and success of my long-term weight loss goal. Not only did I receive gratification from meeting my weight loss goal, but I received even more gratification by knowing that I could make the appropriate day-to-day choices to minimize my short-term immediate gratification needs to meet a long-term, more gratifying goal. It was worth the efforts. Other personal success stories can be found throughout this book.
It's time for You to take Action!
What are you going to do right now to take one positive action step towards meeting one of your personal goals? To get the momentum moving in your favor, you need to take immediate action. After reading this article, take the next 30 minutes to complete this 5-step process for one of your goals? You don't have 30 minutes, take 5 minutes to start the process. The key is to take Action. You owe it to yourself to be successful and one key component for making your personal goals attainable, is to create your own personal 'Burning Desire'. Start it now!
Do You Know Body Effects Of Steroids?

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Steroids are man-made compounds related chemically to the male sex hormone testosterone. For the first time, these artificial substances were developed in the 1930’s to assist men whose bodies generate lesser quantities of the natural hormone, which is responsible for the growth of male characteristics taking place during puberty.

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Steroids are man-made compounds related chemically to the male sex hormone testosterone. For the first time, these artificial substances were developed in the 1930’s to assist men whose bodies generate lesser quantities of the natural hormone, which is responsible for the growth of male characteristics taking place during puberty.

Steroids are not harmful, if used in a right manner. But if they are abused, they will surely give negative outcomes. Steroid abusers subject themselves to over 70 fallouts ranging from liver tumors to skin disorders. There are many body effects of steroids. Abusing steroids may affect your body in many ways.

The body effects of steroids encompass both psychological plus physical reactions. The body parts that are severely affected by steroids include liver, cardiovascular and reproductive systems.

The body effects of steroids in males can cause withered testicles, sterility, and impotence. In case of females, irreversible masculine traits can build up in conjunction with menstrual irregularities, reduction in breast size or nipples, and sterility. Psychosomatic outcomes in both sexes include aggressiveness, behavioral changes and depression.

A number of body effects of steroids may not come out for longer times, which includes coronary failure and stroking, and some might not even be known as side effects, for example failure to achieve full height potential due to halted bone growth during teenage years.

Steroid ill-treatment has been linked with cardiovascular disease, which can even occur to jocks under the age of 30. Steroids have an effect on your look as well as your mood. Steroids can make you angry and hostile for no reason.

The other body effects of steroids include increasing your risk of infectivity. Sharing needles or using unclean needles to inject steroids puts you at possibility for maladies such as HIV/AIDS and hepatitis.

When you buy steroids, you should appropriately study how to utilize them appropriately. You must see their possible risks and side effects. You must know the rules and regulations (law) that steroids are illegitimate to have without a recommendation from a licensed medical practitioner. It is banned for individuals to sell steroids without proper recommendation.

title:Do You Know If You Are Dehydrated?
author:Willie Jones
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Keeping your body hydrated is extremely important to your health and you need to know the warning signs of dehydration so you can take action, especially if you have a very active lifestyle. Your body needs a minimum of 64 oz of water per day. That’s at least 8 glasses of water and you could probably drink more.
If you live in a warmer climate then you may need to drink more than 8 glasses. If you active in sports or have a hectic stressful lifestyle then you may also need to drink more.
You should:
1) Start drinking water soon after you wake up. A squirt of lemon is a good idea for your first glass of the day.
2) Take sips rather than gulping down water all at once.
3) Drink steadily throughout the day especially if you are active.
4) You can also get some liquid into your system by eating fruits and vegetables which contain anywhere from 70% to 92% of water.
Here are some signs that you are dehydrated:
1) Fatigue
2) Flushed skin
3) Dry mouth
4) Dry lips
5) Cramps
6) Headache
7) Sunken eyes
8) Stiff Joints
9) Dark Urine
When you wake up in the morning your urine should be clear with no odor. This is a quick and easy way to tell if you are dehydrated.
You can alleviate many physical problems just by drinking the appropriate amount of water per day. This is especially true if you have difficulty with constipation. When you drink water it gets into the intestines where some of it gets into the bloodstream to nourish all the cells of the body, some goes to other major organs such as the kidneys, bladder etc., but the rest is utilized by the colon to remove fecal matter. You would not expect your toilet to flush properly without water, it is also true for your body. You will not be able to flush sufficient fecal matter without enough water in your system.
As you start getting older you can lose some of your ability to recognize if you are thirsty so it is especially important for the elderly to drink water through out the day. So many physical problems for the elderly stem from being dehydrated.
Dehydration can be a serious problem but it is easily handled. Pay attention to your body and learn to recognize the symptoms and drink, drink, drink water all day long. You’ll be glad you did.
Do You Know Someone Suffering From PHN?

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Most of us are familiar with Shingles, the painful and intense illness people sometimes call "the adult version of Chicken Pox." What is lesser known is that of the 800,000 Americans who develop Shingles this year, 20% will go on to experience Post Herpetic Neuralgia or PHN.

PHN is often a long-term illness that can cause extreme pain and sensitivity for years. One patient's skin was so sensitive that he couldn't button his shirt, ride in a car, or even sleep normally (he ...


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Most of us are familiar with Shingles, the painful and intense illness people sometimes call "the adult version of Chicken Pox." What is lesser known is that of the 800,000 Americans who develop Shingles this year, 20% will go on to experience Post Herpetic Neuralgia or PHN.

PHN is often a long-term illness that can cause extreme pain and sensitivity for years. One patient's skin was so sensitive that he couldn't button his shirt, ride in a car, or even sleep normally (he slept sitting up for an amazing six and a half years!).

Can we give patients a pill or a shot that will relieve or cure PHN? Sadly, no. This illness is very difficult to treat for several daunting reasons:

* Patients' nerves can be damaged by the Varicella-Zoster viruses. Damaged nerves lead to long-term problems.

* The viruses sometimes set up a chronic infection state in a patient's tissues and nerves, preventing complete healing from taking place. The infection can go on and on, sometimes for years, even when treated.

* Individual responses to various forms of treatment vary widely. What works for one person may not bring any improvement or relief for another person.

Dealing with this kind of pain for a long period of time can cause depression and sleep problems. Studies indicate that the same biochemicals that intensify pain can also cause and intensify depression. This depression is classified as reactive depression, and is reversible with treatment. It is quite different from endogenous depression which is caused by chemical imbalances. Understanding what is happening to you, and why, can go a long way in helping you to deal with it successfully. And of course, medical treatments can help even more.

Some years ago I developed a topical analgesic that helps relieve the pain of PHN. Thousands of patients have used it over the years to dramatically reduce their symptoms.

If you or someone you know is suffering from PHN, do all you can to educate them and yourself about effective treatments and nutrition. Through proper treatment, the effects of PHN can be far less devastating.

title:Do You Know These Benefits of Home Treadmills ?
author:Paul Johnson
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

In our society today, there are more and more people who are determined to lose as much weight as possible as quickly and easily as possible. 
More time than not these are the same people that say they do not have enough time to work out or go to the gym. However, these people are the ideal candidates for getting a home treadmill. 
Other than being able to use this in the convenience of your own home, there are several other benefits that a result of using a treadmill.
Treadmills are proven to be the most consistent calorie burning machine on the market.  They are better at burning calories than an ab machine, rowing machine, and stationary bikes. 
Your results are very easy to track on your home treadmill. With the digital readouts to view on the machine, you have the ability to track length walked, calories burned, and how much time you have been using. 
With a home treadmill they are open anytime for use with no lines whatsoever.  There is never any waiting for the gym to open or cannot go because it has gotten too late and it is closed already. 
Any person no matter the height, age, or weight, as long as they can walk, can use a treadmill.  The features of treadmills to be able to adjust to variable speeds makes it ideal for all no matter the pace at which they wish to exercise. 
They are documented as one of the safest and most reliable ways to exercise on the market.  Treadmills tend to be less painful on the joints and tendons than other machines and sports because when using you use your natural everyday walking motion.
There are some other, non health reasons as to why treadmills are seen as beneficial to those who wish to exercise. 
First, unlike most exercising where time just seems to be dragging by, a treadmill allows for you to watch TV, read a magazine, or listen to music while not distracting you from your workout, which makes the time go by more quickly than other forms of exercise. 
Also, in this day and age when home gyms or gym membership fees may be very expensive, treadmills can be found for less than a couple of hundred bucks. 
Do not misunderstand, there are those that can range upwards of a thousand dollars, but spending this much on something one time in five or six years will prove to be cost effective over time, where you would renew a $500 gym membership each year.

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title:Do You Know These Tricks To Help Conquer Food Cravings?
author:Tracy Lee
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Food cravings are crafty -- they appear from nowhere and hit you just when you least expect them, don't they?
And the critical thing is that the way you respond to your food cravings might just make or break your success at weight loss and maintenance.
That's why you need simple ways to deal with cravings whenever they pop up. 
Now, veering off from your eating plan occasionally will not be earth-shattering, but if you make a habit of giving in to your eating impulses, your moments of weakness will certainly catch up with you.
The good news is that if you can remember these tips that I am going to share with you today, you will be able to conquer those pesky cravings of yours!
1. Avoid being hungry
Eat 5 times a day -- 3 meals a day with 2 planned snacks, but remember to moderate your portions for each of your meals.
Once you start eating 5 times a day instead of the usual 3, you'll find that you'll be hungry less often, and you'll automatically have fewer cravings throughout the day.
On top of that, eating 5 times a day also helps to boost your metabolism level, so you'll be burning more calories throughout the day than before.  And that's why this is my number one tip!
2. Catch your cravings early
If you can catch your cravings early, you have more control over them.
So, when do cravings start? A craving starts with a thought of something good to eat. It can be triggered by encountering a situation in which you see or smell tempting food, or by just thinking of something good and dwelling on the idea.
After a while, you'll be able to recognize the situations which are likely to make you start craving for certain foods.
The moment you catch the cravings coming on, you can start to put the tips below into use.  The earlier you can catch your cravings, the better chances you have of overcoming them.
3. Ride out a craving
Believe it or not, you can simply wait out a craving. Sometimes we may even mistake a craving for actual hunger. Don't dwell on thoughts of food or eating -- distract yourself!
By playing the waiting game for about 20 minutes, it can help you to distinguish between the craving and actual hunger.
In the meantime, get busy by doing something else to distract your mind: take a walk, play a game, or concentrate on your work projects.  You may be pleasantly surprised to find that the craving has subsided after some time has passed.  If you still want something 20 minutes later, chances are that you are truly hungry.  By giving yourself a little time to take a pause before giving in, you may find the craving will disappear altogether.
4. Drink your water
Sometimes all you need is just a glass of water, that's all! Many times, we can mistake dehydration for hunger or cravings.  Take a moment and drink a glass or two of water; it may be just what you need.
And this has another side benefit too -- even if you were truly hungry, the water will help to make you fill fuller (without adding any calories to your daily intake), so you'll not need to eat as much later.
5. Temporarily ruin your taste buds
After drinking your water, if you find that your craving still does not go away and you cannot stop thinking about eating, what you can try to do next is to disrupt your sense of taste or smell.
Try a strong mouth mint.  Or you can brush your teeth or dab some cologne or strong smelling ointment under your nose.
This may only work for a while, so you must get busy doing something else to take your mind off eating. After a while, you will find yourself not thinking of the craving, and before you know it, it is already time for your next meal.
6. Giving in to your craving BUT only just a little
You will face the biggest danger about cravings when you give in to them.
What happens to a lot of people is that when they give in to the craving, they also lose control of how much they eat too.
Thus, please be extra careful when you decide to eat something to satisfy your cravings.
Don't overdo it.  Eat an amount that seems reasonable and appropriate.
For example, you should never allow yourself to finish an entire carton of ice cream or a whole bag of chips in one sitting. What you can do is to take a small serving out and put the rest away. Alternatively, you can buy small portions to begin with. In most cases, you will find that the first few bites actually satisfy the craving anyway!
7. Don't fool yourself
If you are dying to have a chocolate chip cookie, you know that the low fat energy bar is not going to do the trick. So, what should you do?
Well, there's no point trying to fool yourself.
That's right, go for the "bad" choice. But remember: "Moderation, moderation, MODERATION!"
It is fine to allow yourself to indulge in what you really want, provided you watch your portion size. You will not feel deprived, and you'll be able to sustain these new healthy eating habits for the long haul.
On the other hand, if you abstain completely from all your favorite foods, you are more likely to eat that energy bar AND the chocolate chip cookie.
Easy, right?  I'm sure they'll be able to help you manage your cravings better.  So go ahead and try out the 7 tips above... _today_! 
Copyright 2005 Tracy Lee
title:Do You Know The History Of Trampolines As Exercise Equipment ?
author:Jeb Taylor
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

The manufactured trampoline, as we know it today, was
created by two men, George Nissen and Larry Griswold.
Around 1935, Griswold, then the assistant gymnastics coach
at the University of Iowa, and Nissen, a tumbler on the
University of Iowa gymnastics team, "made regular jaunts to
Bloomington, Illinois where numerous circus people had
their winter homes.

Among them were the "Flying Wards", some of the finest
trapeze performers in the world. Griswold and Nissen worked
out with them at the local YMCA, and frequently helped them
make or mend their large trapeze nets. Nissen remembers the
hours they spent in the basement of the YMCA, threading the
long cords of the nets, using large javelin-head needles.
This experience was one of several that led them to the
idea of creating a trampoline.

One day, with the help of the wrestling coach at the
University of Iowa, Griswold and Nissen bolted together an
angle iron frame. A piece of canvas, in which they had
inserted grommets along each side, was then attached to the
frame by using springs. This was the first trampoline.

Since Nissen was still training for tumbling, they decided
to move the trampoline to a YMCA camp where he was an
instructor. There, during his free time, Nissen used it for
his tumbling training. Immediately, he found that the
children loved it. This was the first realization that the
trampoline could be more than a piece of equipment to use
when performing, or seriously training. It was something
that many others could enjoy.

In 1942, Griswold and Nissen decided to formalize their
small operation of making trampolines. They created the
Griswold-Nissen Trampoline & Tumbling Company, and history
was made.

But where does the name "Trampoline" come from? "El
trampolin" means diving board, in Spanish. George Nissen,
the co-creator of the competitive style trampoline, heard
the word on a performance tour in Mexico in the late
1930's. He liked the sound of it, and decided to Anglicize
the spelling and call his bouncing rig a Trampoline, a term
he later registered as a trademark.

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Do you know the method of asbestos testing?

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Asbestos testing is a very important process, since people know the dangers of this mineral (asbestos is a group of fibrous metamorphic minerals of the hydrous magnesium silicate variety). Most asbestos fibers are invisible to the human eye because their size. The method:

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Asbestos testing is a very important process, since people know the dangers of this mineral (asbestos is a group of fibrous metamorphic minerals of the hydrous magnesium silicate variety). Most asbestos fibers are invisible to the human eye because their size.

Asbestos testing is necessary, because you can't tell whether a material contains asbestos simply by looking at it, unless it is labeled. If in doubt, treat the material as if it contains asbestos or have it sampled and analyzed by a qualified professional. A professional should take samples for analysis, a professional knows what to look for, and because there may be an increased health risk if fibers are released.
Asbestos testing should always be done by an expert.

For asbestos testing the requirement of EPA is the polarized light microscopy (PLM asbestos test method) analysis with specialized microscopes. The results of asbestos testing establish the percentage and type of asbestos present in the sample material.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or sometimes USEPA) is an agency of the federal government of the United States charged with protecting human health and with safeguarding the natural environment: air, water, and land. The EPA began operation on December 2, 1970. The current Administrator (as of 2006) is Stephen L. Johnson.

If you would like to know, where you can find EPA regional offices and the list of EPA administrators you need to check the following URL:

Asbestos Fiber Analysis (PLM Test Method)

The purpose of the Bulk Asbestos Program is to accredit testing laboratories to assure that they are competent to analyze bulk samples for asbestos testing, using polarized light microscopy (PLM).
National Institute of Standards and Technology (formerly the National Bureau of Standards) develop an accreditation program for laboratories conducting analyses of bulk samples of asbestos-containing material.

You can find the accredit asbestos testing laboratories list here:

Asbestos Lawyers are the lawyers that specialize in the cases dealing specifically with the hazardous effects induced by Asbestos exposure. If you are or someone in your family is  an asbestos victim, you will need an asbestos lawyer. More info you can check the following site:

title:Do You Know Where Your Food Thermometer Is?
author:News Canada
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10

(NC)-Consumers have long been advised to use food thermometers to measure the internal temperature of foods, such as meat and poultry, to verify that a safe temperature is reached and that harmful bacteria like Salmonella and E. coli O157:H7 are destroyed.
There are many good reasons to use a food thermometer. Food thermometers help you to:

cook food to a safe temperature
prevent overcooking and get the best flavour
take the guesswork out of cooking

During this barbecue season, remember to use an instant-read food thermometer every time you prepare beef patties. Health Canada recommends cooking ground beef to a minimum internal temperature of 71°C (160°F). Insert a probe-type instant-read thermometer through the side of the beef patty until the tip reaches the centre. Fork-style temperature devices can be inserted through the top into the centre of the patty.
For more information on food safety, visit the Canadian Partnership for Consumer Food Safety Education Web site at
title:Do You Know Your Fats?
author:David McEvoy
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

What is fat?
There are three classes of nutrients; proteins, carbohydrates and fat, which is also known as lipid. Fat’s function is to provide energy for the body, and pound per pound it contains more energy in the form of calories than protein and carbohydrate. The three types of fat are triglycerides, cholesterol and phospholipids.
Fat calories are mostly stored in triglycerides. Fat does not just serve as an energy provider but fulfils other bodily functions - cholesterol and phospholipids are components of cell membranes and sheaths surrounding nerve cells, and cholesterol is also vital for the production of hormones (sex and adrenal hormones) as well as bile acids.
What are fatty acids?
Fatty acids are chains of carbon atoms linked by chemical bonds, with a methyl group at one end and a carboxyl group at the other. A methyl group is a cluster of carbon and hydrogen atoms, while a carboxyl group consists of carbon and hydrogen plus oxygen atoms. The chains come in different lengths, with short chain fatty acids having less than six carbons and long ones having 12 or more There are either single or double chemical bonds keeping the chain together – single bonds have more hydrogen molecules around them. These bonds determine whether a fatty acid is saturated or unsaturated.
Fatty acids provide energy to organs including the heart as well as muscles – they are also building blocks for cell membranes, and energy storage for the body. Fatty acids are converted into triglycerides if not used up as energy – these are molecules comprising three fatty acids with a glycerol compound ‘backbone’. They are stored in the body as adipose fat tissue.
What are saturated fatty acids?
Saturated fatty acids only have single chemical bonds, and fats containing them are known as saturated fats. These occur in high quantities in lard, butter, whole milk, cream, eggs, red meat, chocolate and solid shortenings. Too much saturated fat in your diet can raise cholesterol in the blood, as well as increasing the risk of coronary artery disease.
What are monounsaturated fatty acids?
Where saturated fatty acids have a single bond, monounsaturated fatty acids have a double bond. Monounsaturated fats are found in avocados, nuts and oils including olive, peanut and canola oil. It is believed by scientists that consuming a lot of monounsaturated fats helps to lower LDL cholesterol – ‘bad’ cholesterol – and lower the risk of coronary heart disease. This is especially the case when these fats are used in place of saturated fats and refined sugars.
What are polyunsaturated fatty acids?
Polyunsaturated fatty acids are distinguished by the fact that they have more than one double bond. You can find polyunsaturated fats in high quantities in vegetable oils, corn, soy and sunflower.
What are essential fatty acids?
Polyunsaturated fatty acids which the body cannot produce on its own but that it needs for metabolic function are known as essential fatty acids. It is necessary to eat foods containing essential fatty acids to maintain metabolic function.
What are omega-3 fatty acids?
Omega 3 fatty acids are found in many varieties of fish including salmon, halibut, sardines, albacore, trout, herring, shrimp, clams, tuna, catfish and cod. They are essential polyunsaturated fatty acids with a double bond in the third carbon position from the methyl terminal (chain end) – this position accounts for the ‘3’ in the description. You can also obtain Omega 3 from walnuts, flaxseed oil, canola oil and spinach.
What are omega-6 fatty acids?
As the name would suggest, Omega 6 fatty acids have a double bond in the sixth carbon position from the methyl group – they can be found in corn, safflower, sunflower, soybean and cottonseed oil.
What are the n-3 and n-6 fatty acids?
N3 is another name for Omega 3, while N6 is another name for Omega 6.
What are trans fatty acids?
Known as trans fats, trans fatty acids solidify liquid oils having been made through hydrogenation. If you heat an Omega 6 oil such as corn oil to a high temperature, trans fats are created. Trans fats increase the shelf life of oils and can be found in some margarines as well as vegetable shortenings, commercial pastries, fried foods, crackers, cookies and other snacks. Trans fats should not be consumed to excess as they increase ‘bad’ cholesterol or blood LDL cholesterol, while decreasing HDL or ‘good’ cholesterol and raising the risk of coronary heart disease.
Although it may not seem logical, fats are a necessary part of a healthy diet – it is important however to identify which fats are beneficial to health and which are detrimental to it. A good intake of the correct balance of omega3 to omega6 essential fatty acids is vital to keep the body healthy.
Copyright 2005 David McEvoy

Do You Know, What Are Mexican Steroids?

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You often find the Mexican Steroids showing up, whenever you make searches for cheap steroids online. Do you know – what are Mexican Steroids? Actually, your Mexican Steroids are the cheap steroids manufactured and marketed in Mexico.

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You often find the Mexican Steroids showing up, whenever you make searches for cheap steroids online. Do you know – what are Mexican Steroids? Actually, your Mexican Steroids are the cheap steroids manufactured and marketed in Mexico.

The majority of your Mexican Steroids are veterinary steroids, and often cheap steroids. These steroids are one of the most coveted steroids online. These steroids are very popular among the consumers looking for the inexpensive steroids. Generally, Mexican Steroids are quality wise below standards, but the quality has greatly improved with the coming up of several new competent manufacturers. 

There are a number of companies manufacturing Mexican Steroids, but the five well known companies that stand apart from the rest of Mexican steroid manufacturers are – Denkall, Quality Vet, Ttokkyo Labs, Tornel, and Brovel.

DENKALL is actually an Australian company that markets steroids in Mexico. The company markets high quality Mexican Steroids. T-400 and Ultragn 100mg EQ are two of its best products. QUALITY VET, popularly known as QV, is a new company in Mexico. QV is known for marketing high quality, inexpensive, clean Mexican Steroids. QV manufacturers 50ml bottles of Deca 200mg/ml and Test Enanthate 250mg/ml. Other QV products include 100mg/ml Test Prop, the Test Cypionate, Deca 300, and Equipoise 200mg/ml.

TTOKKYO LABS produces high quality vet Mexican Steroids, which include a 300mg ml Deca, 10mg Dianabol, Anavar, Anadrol, Tren, Sustanon and more. Initially, these steroids came under fire for being underdosed and contaminated, but these problems have been cleared up and these are one of the top Mexican steroids. TORNEL is one of the veteran manufacturers of Mexican Steroids. They have produced great Test Enanthate and Deca Durabolin. However, they have been known to be underdosed initially. BROVEL is known for manufacturing one of the best muscle building Mexican Steroids, but like Tornel, it also got infamy of producing underdosed steroids initially.

You can buy your Mexican Steroids online. Internet is the plenteous source of steroids, and it offers you the easiest and the most convenient way to buy steroids online. There are numerous sites selling steroids online, but you should buy your Mexican Steroids only from the genuine and licensed sites.

Do You Know – What Are Steroids?

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You are at right site, if you want to know the answer of the question – what are steroids? The answer to the question – what are steroids – is often searched by a large number of people who really want to know – what are steroids?

You people often search for – what are steroids – to know what exactly steroids are. Actually, the recent controversies and side effects associated with steroids have really compelled you to look for the answer of – what are steroids?

You can find a number of sites offering you satisfactory answer of the question – what are steroids, but there are a few reliable sites, such as,,, etc. that can provide you the most elaborated and reliable answer of – what are steroids.

If you are looking for the information about – what are steroids, here is a brief info for you. The synthetic hormones derived from testosterone, the male sex hormone responsible for growth and maturity are known as steroids. These steroids have a number of anabolic and androgenic properties, thus these synthetic drugs are often called anabolic steroids.

In medical arenas, Anabolic steroids are often used to treat the conditions associated with abnormally low production of testosterone in body; the conditions include delayed puberty and some types of impotence. Anabolic steroids are also used to treat chronic wasting diseases, such as AIDS.

In sports, bodybuilders, weightlifters, athletes, and other sports persons often use anabolic steroids to enhance their performance levels, power, and stamina. Youngsters also use anabolic steroids cosmetic reasons, but such non medicinal use of steroids has serious side effects.

If you are on steroids, these drugs may affect your reproductive systems. If you are male, steroids may cause your testicular shrinkage, powerlessness, hair loss, sterility, development of breasts or nipples, urinary problems, increased size of prostate gland and reduced sperm count. If you are female, steroids may cause your development of male features, increased facial hair growth, breast shrinkage and increased size of the clitoris.

The common steroids side effects may include wooziness, early loss of hair, sleeping troubles, nausea, depression, mood changes, joint pain, hallucinations, paranoia, urination problems, yellow fever, stroke, increased risk of heart disease, trembling, high levels of blood pressure, and increased chance of injuring muscles and tendons. The serious consequences of steroids side effects may include aggressiveness, depression, anxiety and uncontrolled bouts of anger.

title:Do You Make These South Beach Diet Mistakes?
author:Neil Stelling
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10

The South Beach Diet works, for most people. Its low fat, low carb approach helps you lose weight quickly and easily. Health benefits are great too.
But there's some easy mistakes you must avoid.
Gain Weight in Phase 2
Most people do well being strict in Phase 1. But what happens when you switch into Phase 2 ?  Often, you put some weight back on again. Why ? Because your body's starved of carbs for 2 or 3 weeks. At the start of Phase 2 it grabs at every carb you give it, and turns them into fat. I learned this lesson the hard way, gaining 2 lbs in my first Phase 2 week.  So reintroduce carbs slowly when you go into Phase 2, and make sure they're good carbs.
Feel Hungry
Yes, if South Beach makes you hungry, you're doing it wrong.  You don't need to feel hungry. Eat 3 meals a day, with snacks in between, choosing from the foods allowed in your current phase.
Stay in Phase 1 for too Long
Isn't Phase 1 great ?  You can lose from 8 to 13 lbs in just 2 weeks, without being hungry. So why leave Phase 1 ? Why not keep up your rapid weight loss ? Because you must start adding some carbs back in. A healthy diet includes some good carbs like wholemeal bread, porridge and fruit. A permanent Phase 1 also gets a little boring, and you'll start to cheat. Yes you will. A few biscuits here, a few biscuits there, and soon you're cheating rather than dieting. It's better to switch into Phase 2 after 2-3 weeks, and accept a slower healthier weight loss.
Fall Victim to Bread Craving
How many people list 'bread' as an addiction ?  Seriously, there's a lot. Unfortunately, white bread is right near the top of the Glycemic index, and about the worst food you can eat on your diet. When you get into Phase 2 you're allowed to eat bread, but only slices of wholemeal. Same with rice and pasta.  Small amounts, and ideally whole grain versions. Bad carbs add weight.
Ignore the Health Benefits
Most people start a diet to lose weight. I guess that's what a diet is for. But some diets, particularly South Beach, have major health benefits. In fact, it's worth going on the South Beach Diet just for the health benefits, even if you don't lose weight (but you do).  My blood pressure was high when I started. After 3 weeks it was back to normal. People with pre-diabetes, or potential heart problems, can much reduce their risk by following this diet. So there's lots of beneficial internal changes in your blood chemistry happening while you're losing weight.
So if you follow the South Beach Diet properly, you'll get great results. You'll lose weight quickly, keep it off, and get some major health benefits.

Discover easy to follow weight loss secrets with a free mini-series of South Beach Diet Tips. And learn how to get your own 'virtual personal trainer' video. Click or send blank email to
Do You Need a Testosterone Supplement To Gain A Lean Physique?

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As you explore the various supplements designed to help you achieve greater results with your bodybuilding efforts, you are sure to be confronted with the great testosterone supplement debate. Do you need testosterone supplements? Are testosterone supplements safe?

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As you explore the various supplements designed to help you achieve greater results with your bodybuilding efforts, you are sure to be confronted with the great testosterone supplement debate. Do you need testosterone supplements? Are testosterone supplements safe?

This debate has been going on for some time now. There are testosterone supplements that are safe, but they are typically made of all natural ingredients, and do not contain anabolic steroids. All bodybuilding organizations ban the use of anabolic steroids, and the FDA bans over the counter supplements that contain anabolic steroids as well.

When using natural testosterone supplements, there are no side effects - under the right conditions. You see, you can have a testosterone level that is normal, low, or high. If it is low or high, there is a negative impact on your health and your bodybuilding efforts.

Bodybuilders should strive for a normal testosterone level, and the level of your testosterone can only be determined by a visit to your doctor, with a simple blood test.

It is important to realize that a high testosterone level does not result in bigger muscles or better performance. Only a normal level of testosterone can accomplish this. When excess testosterone is detected by your body, it stops production of its own testosterone. It also turns the excess testosterone into DHT, which is responsible for baldness and leads to prostate problems.

The body can also turn excess testosterone into estrogen, which is a female hormone, which can result in an appearance that a male bodybuilder definitely does not want. It does all of this, and you get absolutely zero bodybuilding rewards from it.

Typically, when a bodybuilder is using testosterone supplements, without even knowing if he has a low testosterone level, it is because he has been misinformed concerning the benefits - or lack of benefits - of an increased testosterone level.

If you aren't sure whether you need a testosterone supplement or not, you should first visit your doctor for that blood test. Talk to him about your bodybuilding efforts, and how testosterone affects the building of muscles - and how too much and too little testosterone have a negative effect on your efforts.

If you are in your teens or twenties, you can probably save yourself some money on that doctor's visit. This is when your testosterone production is at its highest, and you most likely have a normal level of testosterone. However, if you are over thirty, and you are serious about bodybuilding, a visit to your doctor for that blood test to determine whether you need a testosterone supplement is definitely in order.

title:Do you need Glyconutrients?
author:George Satovich
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

With all of the exciting things people are seeing in their lives as a result of adding glyconutrients to their diet, the question has been raised "Are glyconutrients a miracle cure or are the results people have seen a placebo effect?"
The answer is: NEITHER!
A wealth of information on glyconutrients is available at:
If you haven't heard the term "Placebo Effect", this is a nice way of saying "It was all in your head." This can refer to either the disease itself or the "cure."  If glyconutrients were in fact a placebo, you would see little scientific evidence to support the results.  However, there have been numerous studies on glyconutrients, which scientifically validate the technology. Such studies can easily be found on the Internet by searching for information on Glycobiology.  One organization that has done extensive research in the field of glyconutrients and disease is The Fisher Institute. They can be found at
To understand why people have such dramatic results after they begin taking glyconutrients, you need to take a look at how and why the body begins the disease process. First of all, glyconutrients are NOT prescription drugs that are prescribed to "cure" or "treat" any particular condition. They are a food. In fact, they are sugars. When you think of sugar, you probably think of the white stuff you put on top of your cereal. However, it has been discovered that all of our cells contain sugars at their core. Without these sugars, the cells cannot communicate properly. There are 8 of these known sugars today, but most diets only contain 2 of these sugars. Fortunately, your body can manufacture the other 6 sugars, however due to stress and other factors; this process can be slowed down or come to a grinding halt. When this happens, cells begin to miss-communicate and the disease process begins.
Once the disease process begins, your immune system recognizes that something is wrong and tries to defend the body against the disease. As with any war, if your immune system has enough "ammunition" to battle the disease, your body will return to its original state of health. However, if your immune system does not have the ammunition or the proper artillery to handle the disease, the disease begins to get the upper hand and your health declines.
You may be asking yourself where glyconutrients play a role in this disease process. As mentioned before, glyconutrients are not prescription drugs. They are naturally occurring sugars and found in certain plants.  When you add these sugars to your diet, your cells have the necessary components to communicate effectively.  It's this very process that allows your body to win the war against the disease and heal itself. As stated previously, glyconutrients do not cure or treat conditions. Rather, they allow the body to "treat" or defend itself against diseases.
For years, doctors believed that when you ate sugars, they were immediately converted to energy. In fact some doctors went as far as saying that eating any dietary supplements (such as vitamins purchased at the grocery store) did nothing more for you than make "expensive excrement." As a result, a study was conducted to understand what happened when a person added glyconutrients to their diet to determine whether or not they were converted to energy or absorbed into the body.  The study showed that the body did NOT convert glyconutrients to energy as previously thought. The bottom line is that you can eat glyconutrients and gain significant health benefits.
title:Do You Need To Cut Down 100 Calories A Day? But Don’t Know What 100 Calories Is?
author:Roy Thomsitt
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

The difference between weight loss, and steady or weight gain, can be as little as 100 calories a day. Well, that is according to the American Dietetic Association, and it is very easy to believe the underlying truth in that.
Most overweight people in the US and UK put on weight very slowly over the years. A weight gain of 2lbs per year, which is about average, may seem very little. In fact, it is very little, if it stops there and you take it off again. However, a steady weight gain of 2 lbs per year for 10 years is 20lb. In 20 years it is 40lb. Now, that is a serious weight gain that can increase vulnerability to chronic disease. If you are in your 20’s now, you can look forward to a weight drift upwards of 60 lbs by the time you reach your 50’s.
That, for sure, is not a healthy trend. But the cause of that 2lb weight gain each year could be as little as an extra 100 calories a day regularly over the year. So, if you can cut out 100 calories a day, you may keep your weight under control over the years. Or how about doing that little bit extra that will use 100 calories per day? Neither task is that difficult
title:Do You Really Want To Stop Smoking? Or Do You Use The Weight Gain Excuse?
author:Keith Watson
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

I do not smoke, never have, and admit to being one of those 'pain in the butts' (OK, bad pun!) that go on about the foul stench, and anti-social behaviour of smokers, especially in public places.
You can imagine my joy when one of my local pubs recently banned smoking. Shortly after the ban had come into force I spotted a guy poised with cigarette in hand, and was about to get huffy and even confrontational. Fortunately I held back and continued my beer - but was puzzled. The cigarette was unlit and yet he was putting it near his mouth, flicking the imaginary ash and generally acting as if he was smoking it. Curious about this I eventually enquired, only to find out this was his own rather unorthodox approach to keeping his hands busy and therefore, as he put it, keeping his weight down.
Although everyone knows that smoking is detrimental to health, it's surprising how many smokers cite fear of putting on weight as a reason to not quit smoking.
The simple fact is that it is not quitting smoking that affects your weight, but the change of habit can result in you increasing your food intake.
But there are plenty of ways to ensure this does not happen to you.
There is no need for a special diet when you stop smoking, but you must use your common sense. If you eat chocolates instead of smoking then you are very likely to gain weight!
Monitor your diet for a fortnight before you stop smoking - write a food diary, noting everything you eat and when. You simply use this to make sure that what you eat post-quitting follows a similar pattern.
In a similar way, note how much exercise you can do as a smoker. When you stop smoking, you can begin to compare how much more exercise you can do with ease. This will inspire you to the possibility of becoming fitter in other ways, and will actually help you through the tough period of giving up the addiction.
Even moderate amounts of exercise can reduce tobacco cravings. A recent study found that women that maintained a rigorous exercise regime coupled with a stop-smoking programme were twice as likely to succeed as those who didn't. Frankly, exercising is incompatible with smoking, and you are also more likely to be mixing with non-smokers.
Let's face it, if you smoke 20 cigarettes daily, you are putting your hand to your mouth at least 200 times a day. When you quit, you need to keep your hands busy. How about peeling fruit for snacks, doing jigsaws or maybe even knitting.
Keep visualising yourself as a fit non-smoker, especially when your motivation starts to flag. You can always get help with this through the use of hypnotherapy. As in so many behavioural issues, it is simply a matter of re-programming our mind. Giving up smoking is tough, and self-hypnosis is a method that many are discovering as a simple way to help keep the mental attitude and motivation on course.
Like the chap in the pub, you may find your own method of coping with your quit smoking challenge, and well.. if it works - great!
Good health!
Do you remember those good ole days when fresh air was free!

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Aw those where the days, you could go outside you’re door and breathe in to your hearts content and it wouldn’t cost a penny! O.K… I know I’m being a bit over the top here, but can I ask you… would you pay for fresh air?

A couple of years ago you’d never have thought of going into a shop to buy a bottle of water, if you said it to people back then that you were thinking of selling water in your shop you’d have been told that you were crazy and who was going to buy water when all you had to do was stick your head under the tap for free!

But times have change and attitudes have changed. With the great advances we’ve made with new technology unfortunately we also have produced a lot of waste products and gases. The way we live nowadays it seems harder to find somewhere you can go to get a breath of fresh air, you watch the footage on TV of people commuting through smog or in some of the oriental countries where all you can see is cyclists traveling around with what looks like doctors masks on their faces.

So what are you to do?... O.k. you could travel to mountain top get some there but this option isn’t available to everyone and it would also be a bit time consuming if you could do it a couple of times a week but, what about the average Joe.

Well your problems is solved if you live in Columbus in the U.S (although they are popping up all over the place), you can now try out an oxygen bar where you can sit and have a cup of tea and put on a mask and breath in pure oxygen. The bar (no alcohol is served) is supposed to be doing really well. Its clients use it to help relieve headaches and the local hockey team uses it before their matches for an added energy.

It may seem a bit crazy to some of you, the thought of people paying for air but then they said that about bottled water and look what happened there.

title:Do You Suffer From Psoriasis?
author:Garret Belisle
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

For those of you who do not know what psoriasis is, here is a generalized idea of this condition.
"What is Psoriasis?
PSORIASIS IS A CHRONIC SCALING DISEASE of the skin. It may range from just a few spots anywhere on the body to large areas of involvement. It is not contagious or spreadable from one part of the body to another or from one person to another.
There is no blood test for psoriasis. The diagnosis is made by observation and examination of the skin.
The exact cause of psoriasis is unknown, but hereditary and genetic factors are important. Psoriasis runs in families. This does not mean, however, that every child of a parent with psoriasis will develop psoriasis, but it is common that somewhere down the line psoriasis will appear in families. Psoriasis is not caused by allergies, infections, dietary deficiencies or excesses, or nervous tension"
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title:Do You Think You Are Anorexic As Others?
author:Michael Sanford
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

There are many ways of which to obtain weight loss and some of these techniques are excessive exercise, intake of laxatives and not eating. Some people submit themselves to starving – this is what you call anorexia. These are the people who believe that they would be happier and most successful if they were thin. Anorexia is an eating disorder that usually begins in young people around the onset of puberty, mostly for teenage girls, but it can also appear to teenage boys and adult men and women. Typically, anorexic have extreme weight loss which is usually 15% below the person’s normal body weight. People suffering from anorexia are very skinny but are convinced that they are overweight.
Generally, anorexic individuals have the intense fear of becoming fat thus pushing them to have their dieting habits particularly with adolescent girls. They continuously think that they are overweight even after they become extremely thin, very ill and near death. Anorexic often have a strange eating habit like refusing to eat in front of other people or preparing meals but refuse to eat any of it.
Anorexic people have many medical risks including mineral loss, low body temperature, irregular heartbeat, shrunken bones, permanent failure of normal growth, development of osteoporosis and bulimia nervosa. Other anorexic persons show many symptoms of anorexia while others don’t. Symptoms include body that is inconsistent with age and build and height that is usually 15% below the normal weight. Other symptoms are loss of at least 3 consecutive menstrual periods for girls, not wanting or refusing to eat in public, anxiety, and shortness of breath, weakness, brittle skin, and obsessiveness about calorie intake. Other anorexic individuals continuously use laxatives without even knowing that the excessive use of the thing is harmful to their body. It wears out the bowel muscle thus causing it to decrease in function. These laxatives contain harsh substances that may be reabsorbed into the human system.
Since most anorexic individuals are women and with the fact that they are to be conceiving a child any time in their future and will be going through pregnancy stages, it’s like you’re telling the anorexic women that she has to gain 100 pounds. Anorexic women will definitely have trouble conceiving a baby and carrying it to its full term. The irregular menstrual cycles and weak bones make it more difficult to conceive. Both you and the baby you are conceiving could be in danger you being underweight and don’t eat proper variety of foods. Women with eating disorders such as anorexia have higher rates of miscarriages and the baby might be born prematurely thus putting them at risk for many medical problems. Particularly those anorexic pregnant women, they should always take proper pre-natal care such as taking pre-natal vitamins and having regular pre-natal visits. It is a good idea to enroll in a prenatal exercise class to be sure you are not overexerting yourself.
Generally, anorexic has a poor self-image, low self-esteem, loss of control and a yearning for a better body as they are obsessed with being thin. Anorexic individuals lose a lot of weight and terrified of gaining weight. They believe they are fat even though they are very thin. Therefore, they tend to starve themselves, avoiding high calorie foods and exercise constantly. Moreover, treating anorexic is difficult because people with anorexia believe that there is nothing wrong with them. Anorexic who are on their early stages of anorexia may be successfully treated without having to be admitted to the hospital. However, those anorexic who are with more serious conditions need care in the hospital and usually in a special unit of people with anorexia and bulimia. The patient often needs counseling so they can work on changing the feelings that are causing their eating problems. Most importantly, family and friends of anorexic individuals may help in making the patient feel safe, secure and comfortable with their illness.
title:Do You Think You Have Depression?
author:David Smith
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Do you have days where nothing can make you happy? You are not alone. I ignored my depressive thoughts about life for years. Unfortunately I didn't do anything to fix my situation until they became so dehabilitating that I had no choice.
Mental disorders are common in the United States and internationally. In a given year, an estimated 22.1% of Americans aged 18 and older (about 1 in 5 adults) suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder. According to the 1998 United States Census population estimate, this figure translates to 44.3 million people! In addition, 4 of the 10 leading causes of disability in the U.S. and other developed countries are mental disorders, with major depression being the leading cause of disability.
It is estimated that depression alone will occur in approximately 18.8 million American adults, or about 9.5% of the United States population aged 18 or above. If you are a woman, you are twice as likely than a man (12% vs. 6.6%) to be affected by depression each year.
My symptoms of depression started with an occasional case of the blahs. I was able to cope with them for a long time. I thought that since this happens to a lot of people, that it would pass and I didn't need to worry. I didn't think about finding out why it was happening. Besides, after a few drinks I always felt much better. I later learned that depressive disorders commonly occur with substance abuse…
So what is the cause of all of this sadness in our society? Speaking from experience, I wasn't happy with my life and the direction it was taking me. I would look back at a past week and not be able to recall one thing that I enjoyed. It was a blur. Nor would I look forward to the coming weeks ahead. All I saw were potential stresses that were going to present themselves. But I didn't do anything about it. I accepted that this was life. Looking back I don't know how I could have ever believed this.
When we are suffering from depression, it seems that we lose our objectivity. Does thinking that we have nothing to look forward to sound rational to you? Where did my enjoyment in life disappear to? It was my perception of the world that had slowly changed and I was unable to see it because of the control that my depression had over me.
In the fast pace of today's world we often don't allow ourselves time to evaluate our lives and set goals to realize our ambitions. Whether you do or do not have depression, you're reading this article because you think something might be wrong with your life. Have you tried to identify the things you are unhappy with? The first step for me was to educate myself and find out what it was that I was dealing with. I started reading books. I consulted a psychologist to get some unbiased insight about myself.
Otherwise, how do we find solutions for problems that we don't yet understand? So let's get started. What's stopping you?
title:Do You Use Your Body As A Garbage Can?
author:Melanie Mendelson
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:12

Do you clean off your plate even when you are already full? Do you finish the dinner scraps just because you can't stand the thought of throwing out the food? Do you eat that last spoonful of chili in the pot just because nobody in your family wanted to finish it? To get rid of this extra food, do you choose to throw it right in your mouth?
If that sounds like you, you are not alone. This behavior is very common. Most of us have been taught not to be wasteful. When we were little, we were told to clean off our plates, so it is deeply ingrained in our minds. We feel guilty about throwing out good food, especially since we know that there are so many starving people in this world.
In addition, since we paid money for the food, we perceive leaving food on our plate as wasting money. It is especially true in restaurants - if there is not enough leftovers to take home, most of us will clean off our plate because we feel we have to get our money's worth.
Obviously, those last pieces of food that we eat just so we don't have to throw them out go right to our waist and hips. Day after day, it really adds up. All this food that we eat after we are already full turns into tens of pounds of body fat. You avoid wasting the food, but instead you waste your health, your goals and your weight loss efforts.
Next time you are about to eat because you feel guilty for the wasted food, tell yourself:
- You Are Not A Garbage Can!
Instead of throwing the unwanted food in a trash, you are throwing it into your stomach. By doing that, you are treating your body as a garbage can. You are not the medium to gather stuff that nobody wanted to eat!
To get over the guilt associated with wasted food, think of it from the perspective that this excess food is actually serving a better purpose when it's thrown out than it would have if you'd eaten it. If you'd eaten this excess food, this food would do harm (make you gain weight). If that food is thrown out, it has no benefit, but it does not do any harm either. No use versus harm - throwing the food out is the lesser of the two evils.
When you do clean off your plate, it definitely does not help any of those starving people that you feel so guilty about. Also, don't think that you are wasting your money if you don't finish all the food you paid for. The money is already spent - you are not going to gain more money by eating more!
If you break the habit of cleaning off your plate when you are not hungry, you will automatically start losing weight. Treat your body well. Don't use it in the same way you'd use a garbage can.
title:Do You Want to Be Healthy? Then Get to Steppin!
author:Dr. John Rumberger
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

From fat burning, to improved cardiovascular health, to improved recovery abilities, some aerobic work is recommended as an integral part of all training programs. Aerobic is a low-intensity, sustained activity that relies on oxygen for energy. This activity builds endurance, burns fat and conditions the cardiovascular system.
Improving the body's ability to process and deliver oxygen may improve stamina, not only in sports but also in every day life, doing any activity. To reach this goal, you need to strengthen and condition your heart because it is the organ that pumps oxygen-rich blood to the rest of your body. Like any muscle, the heart can grow stronger and more efficient by progressive demands in oxygen.
The aim is to develop bigger and stronger muscle units so that you can transport oxygen throughout the body with less effort and use more stored fat as energy. Increased oxygen consumption promotes overall health and increases metabolism resulting in burning extra fat stores. However, a mild activity can often just do the trick; it is not necessary to work up a heavy sweat.
Recent research results could hardly be clearer, when the subject of walking is brought up in the realm of exercise. Taking a walk is one of the best ways to take charge of your health. A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association showed that walking briskly for half an hour just six times a month cut the risk of premature death in men and women by 44 percent. Another study in the New England Journal of Medicine reported that men 61 to 81 years old sharply reduced their risk of death from all causes, including cancer and heart disease, by walking two miles a day. Other research has shown similar results for women.
Besides the well-documented health benefits, the beauty of walking is you can go at your own pace. If you are new to exercise or recovering from injury or childbirth, you can aim to walk for 20 to 45 minutes four or five days a week at the good fitness walking speed of three miles an hour. When (and if) you want to power up, you can take longer walks and work up to walking each mile in 15 minutes or less.
Once you are ready to hit the road (or the trail, track, treadmill or mall), how do you make the most of your walking workout? Here are a few tips and tricks:
Warm Up First, Then Stretch. Start by walking for just seven to 10 minutes (wear a watch) and then do a few gentle stretches. Your muscles will stretch better if you have warmed them up first. Ask a fitness professional which stretches are best for you.
Get Used To Walking. When you first start to walk, just walk. Take your time and get used to doing it again. Once your body has gotten used to the exercise it is time to improve and expand.
Take Short, Quick Steps. By taking short, quick steps, rather than long strides, you will work your glute muscles (in your buttocks) as you log miles.
Keep Your Head Up. Look about 10 feet ahead of you. Imagine you are wearing a baseball cap and have to look up just enough to see the road. This keeps your neck aligned properly.
Practice the Heel-Toe Roll. Push off from your heel, roll through the outside of the foot, then push through the big toe. Think of the big toe as the go button and push off with propulsion. Keep the other toes relaxed. (This takes practice.)
Smile and Have Fun. Learning these techniques takes time and concentration. Be patient and enjoy your workout. Dress comfortably, find a partner or wear a headset and listen to music you love and, if you're walking outdoors, vary your route.
Squeeze Your Glutes. Imagine squeezing and lifting your glutes up and back, as if you were holding a bill between them! This will strengthen your low-back muscles. Developing the ability to maintain this deep contraction throughout your walk will take a while.
Feel a hand on your back. Imagine as you walk that somebody has a gentle but pushing hand on the small of your back – mentally you feel as if you have a silent partner.
Pump Your Arms. Imagine you are holding the rubber grips of ski poles in your hands. Stand straight, drop your shoulders, squeeze your shoulder blades behind you and push back your elbows with each step. Keep your arm movements smooth and strong.
Zip Up Your Abs. During your walk, imagine you are zipping up a tight pair of jeans. Stand tall and pull your abdominal muscles up and in. You can practice this even when you are not walking.
Keep Your Chest Up, Shoulders Back. Use your walk as an opportunity to practice perfect posture. Imagine someone dumped ice down your back. That is the feeling you want to have as you hold your chest up and shoulders back.
Practice Mental Fitness. Do not replay the problems of the day while you walk. Try to maintain a state of relaxed awareness by paying attention to your breathing and noticing how your body feels. Visualize yourself getting healthier, stronger and leaner.
Consistency is probably the most important part of your walking workout. The more committed you are to walking all or most days of the week, the healthier you will be. Remember that short walks are better than none at all. The path to good health, like life, is a journey. All you have to do is take the first step.
title:Do you want to be thinner, healthy and fit?
author:Lucy E. Riddell
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

While we offer an effective and natural fat loss product – the Jen Fe Next Fat Loss Patch and the Power Patch, we also know that without a commitment from you to bring about some lifestyle changes, you won’t reach optimal fat loss.  There is no product in the world that can produce fat loss while we are eating and drinking excessively, and moving only slowly from couch to car to office chair.  We need a program of sensible diet and exercise that will support the products we utilize to help our weight loss.
Here’s what to eat:
1. Lots of vegetables and fruits
2. Increase healthy protein intake. This is how you build lean muscle tissue, which in turn speeds up your metabolism. Examples are fish, lean meats, low-fat dairy products, beans, and soy products.
3. Fiber-Rich foods. They will fill up and they make they are satisfying. In this category are: peas, beans, bran cereals, potato skins, nuts and seeds, oatmeal, bulger wheat, 100% whole wheat baked goods, fruits and vegetables.
4. Minerals. Calcium and other minerals are you “secret weapons” against body fat. They are found in low-fat dairy products, small or canned fish, soy tofu, green vegetables, nuts, seeds, bran cereals, and calcium fortified orange juice, and avoid processed, salt-loaded foods.
5. Eat fish and beneficial fats. Omega-3 unsaturated fatty acid in some fish, oils and nuts is a good fat. Eat moderate amounts of salmon, herring, mackerel, sardines and other oily fish. Soybeans, nuts, pumpkin seed are also excellent sources for Omega-3.
6. Reduce harmful fats – saturated and trans fats. These are not only high in calories; they are also loaded with harmful fatty acids that cause disease.
7. Always eat an adequate breakfast for several reasons: it will speed up your metabolism earlier in the day and when you skip breakfast, it makes it harder to control your appetite later in the day.
8. Cut back or eliminate alcohol. It is high in non-filling calories. Ideal consumption is one glass of beer or wine a day.
9. Stay away from junk carbohydrates – sugar and white flour are diet killers in all but the smallest amounts.
10. Gradually reduce your calorie intake because extreme and sudden dieting causes your body to conserve, not burn calories, and it slows fat loss.
11. Snack instead of eating large meals – larger, higher calorie meals tend to be stored as fat, instead of burned for energy. Ideally, you should eat five or six smaller, nutritious snacks each day instead of large meals.
12. Move! You must exercise to build lean tissue that burns fat. As little as two to three hours per week of brisk walking at minimum, and you will notice a major impact on your weight loss.
13. Reduce stress. It produces adverse fat-producing chemistry in your body. Try warm baths, meditation, deep breathing, stretching, massage, prayer and rest.
14. Get outside into the sunshine at lest 20 minutes per day – the vitamin D you get from sunshine works with calcium for health and body fat control.
For more information on the Fat Loss Patch, go to or call 888-407-0570.


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