Friday, July 5, 2013

Acid Vs Alkaline Diet

Our body’s internal system needs a PH of just above 7.0; our immunologic, enzymatic and repair mechanisms all function at their best in this alkaline range.
If our body becomes over acidic, i.e. under a PH of 7, you may start to experience a combination of these symptoms;
Low energy, fatigue
Nasal congestion
Muscle Pain
Weak nails, dry skin, dry hair
Frequent colds, flu and infection

If you have these symptoms and eat foods which create acid in the body, you may need to balance it with an alkaline diet.
What foods cause acid in the body?
There is a whole list of foods that cause the body to be over-acidic: dairy and dairy substitutes, animal meat, most grains, chickpeas, condiments, aspartame, prunes, chocolate, peanuts, alcohol and quite a few other types of foods.

To balance your PH, the remedy is simple and logical; eat more alkaline causing foods.
To name but a few of these foods, there is; watermelon, lime, mango, most vegetables, vegetable juices, almonds, sprouts, avocados and green tea.

When you’re body becomes more alkaline, the changes that will take place are truly amazing! It will seem magical, but it’s all perfectly normal. You will feel how we all have the right to feel, we just don’t know it.

Benefits include:
Rapid weight loss
Increased energy
The need for less sleep
Improved skin and hair condition
Better mental attitude

Are these benefits worth pursuing? I think so, and you are crazy if you don’t agree with me! Fortunately, it is not hard to slowly alkalise your body. Take it one day at a time, add more and more green food to your diet, reduce the number of cups of coffee you have every day and you’ll soon reap the benefits.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

7 Easy Steps To Healthy Weight Loss Without Extreme Method

Today added than anytime there is so abundant advice out there on accident weight that is has become actual ambiguous and sometimes difficult to follow. It’s in actuality actual simple to lose weight if you chase my 7 principles.
7 Easy Steps to healthy weight loss

7 Easy Steps To Healthy Weight Loss Without Extreme Method

1. - Afore you can alpha any diet affairs you charge to be in the appropriate anatomy of mind. If you do not feel acceptable about yourself you apparently will not wish to accept advantageous foods. You cannot apprehend the act of traveling on a diet to accomplish you feel bigger about yourself. The alone way you can accept to eat an advantageous diet to lose weight is if you accept an absolute self-image. 

2. - Learn added about who your ancestors were. If you eat added like your ancestors you will be bistro aliment that is bigger for your body. You will acceptable lose weight, accept added action and feel great. It has been apparent if an accumulation of humans stop bistro the aliment that was aboriginal to them they alpha accepting weight and accepting bloom problems. 

3. - Eat accomplished foods that are as accustomed as possible. If you eat accomplished foods that are abounding of nutrients your physique will apperceive how abundant to eat and how abundant not to eat. You do not accept to calculation calories because your physique is an admirable machine. If accustomed the appropriate nutrients you will be at the best weight for you, accept affluence of action and feel great. Bistro awful candy abandoned calorie foods will could cause your physique to consistently be athirst because it’s aggravating to get the nutrients it needs.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

A Few Simple Tips To Lose Weight

Weight accident is a boxy aftereffect to access behindhand of weight or akin of concrete fitness. There are abounding altered means to lose weight, some added ailing than others, but the ones that plan are a lot of times the a lot of complicated to cull off. 

Some humans may acclaim bistro beneath to lose weight, and in some cases bistro beneath is a key basic of accident weight, but in a lot of cases, bistro is a call if one wishes to lower their own weight. Without aliment and the calories they supply, your physique has no activity to bake and in about-face will about-face your absolute beef into fat. In adjustment to lose weight you accept to accomplish a commitment, a charge that accept to not be torn if you admiration results. 

Do not distort this for the abstraction that you can never allow during your diet, but just be abiding that you accept set reasonable banned for yourself that you are accessible to accomplish to. If you are on a austere diet, a "cheat" meal actuality and there will go a continued way to befitting you happy. 

To be acknowledged in accomplishing your ambition of weight loss: set multiple, smaller, added calmly accessible goals for yourself. These will accumulate you cocky motivated and added acceptable to accepting your all-embracing ambition of a happier and convalescent life.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

12 Tips to Eat Healthy and Stay Within Your Budget

I often hear that cost is one of the biggest reasons as to why people aren't eating healthy. Today, I thought I would share 12 of the same tips that I use in my own home to keep our food costs down and stay within budget.

First off, let me tell you that I didn't always do this. It's taken some practice and some discipline to do it. But eating healthy is an important factor in how I feel.

After gaining weight after having my girls and then packing on even more due to the medication I was on for my Fibromyalgia and Rheumotoid Arthritis, it was critical that I make changes or end up like many of my family members who are suffering from obesity related illnesses.

And that would lead to more medication, more depression, and not living the life that I knew I could if I just made one choice to start living healthier. And the better I ate, the better I felt. BOOM! I could start living life again!!

Are you ready to start living a healthier life? Simply begin taking these 12 tips and apply. You don't have to do them all at once but even those gradual changes over time will help produce results.

1. Buy Family Size Portions of turkey, chicken or beef.

 Each week, browse through your supermarket circular for what's on special. I'll often plan our family meals around what's on sale and then prepare it in a variety of ways. Ground turkey for example can make spaghetti, burgers, and toppings for a healthy pizza, a super yummy veggie chili or as a meatloaf. To ease into the transition from ground beef, I used a ½ and ½ ratio. And, guess what!?! No one has figured that out in my house yet. That is until today when they read this article. I also use my "Food Saver" storage system to freeze any extra that I can use for later. In fact, you'll often catch me actually cooking and prepping some meals in advance just because I'm saving time down the road. My girls keep me busy; I feel better when I know I can give them a home cooked meal verses a drive by one.

2. Invest in portion control tools.

If you choose to have snacks in your home, like chips or crackers, invest in some portion control tools. I like the little snack size baggies that are perfect for one serving size. Be sure to check out the nutritional label for the exact amount and then place each serving into a baggie. Both you and the kids will know that one baggie is all you get. I also have measuring cups instead of just guessing. Referring to and sticking with the recommended portion size will help you save both money and extra calories.

3. Eat at home.

I'll be the first one to admit that there are times where I just don't feel like cooking. And, we do go out on occasion. Why? Cause this momma needs a break from time to time. But here's the thing... drinks, appetizers and the main meal add up and especially when you eat out. Making a meal at home is much more affordable and you can often find a healthy version of your favorite meal online these days. And that time saving tip in Tip 1 helps me greatly when I don't feel like cooking.

4. Watch what you eat.

 Instead of servings meals on such large plates and in such large bowls, opt for smaller sizes. You'll be surprised at how this one simple tip can help your waistline and stretch your dollar.

5. Simple swaps can add BIG flavor.

 Invest in a few herbs that you can easily plant and maintain all year around. Add to dishes and be amazed at what wonderful flavor these herbs add and for A LOT less that a dried version. Some of what I keep are cilantro, basil, oregano and parsley. Also, swap oils for reduced fat broths or even better, make your own chicken or turkey stock. You can add to brown rice, quinoa, etc for even added flavor or saute veggies.

6. Make your own dessert.

Most store bought desserts a larger dose of sugar than what we need and are way too expensive. You can enjoy homemade fruit popsicles, banana or zucchini breads or Shakeology ice cream without the guilt by eating a healthier version.

7. Cook with whole grain pasta (or a low carb version).

 A box is inexpensive, healthier than regular pasta and you'll eat much less than the portions served out when you combine it with in season veggies. One of my favorites is so simple... pasta, extra virgin oil, diced veggies sprinkled with a little parm cheese.

8. Pack your own snacks.

  If you know that you're going to be out running the kids to practice or you know that you'll want to snack while at work, pack your own snacks. You'll be less tempted to snack on some less than healthier options as well as save money that would end up in the vending machine. I keep Shakeology, almonds, an apple and a P90X bar in my purse so I'm less tempted. I know myself. If I get hungry and let it go for too long, I make poor choices.

9. Make your own flavored coffee at home.

 Once again, you'll save so much money over the course of a year and extra calories. You can then chose the amount of sugar, skim milk verses whole, reduced fat whipped topping and so much more. Plus, it's fun whipping up your own specialty drink.

10. Plan your meals.

When you have a plan in place, it's easier to stay on track. Plan and pack your meals so you'll also have something healthier and less expensive on hand.

11. If you must eat out, skip the super size.

 You might think you're getting the best value for your money but over time, this choice ends up costing many folks. It starts as a few extra pounds then can turn into much more... medications, illnesses, etc.

12. Buy in season and locally.

 Local Farmer's Markets typically have the freshest and healthiest choices and are able to keep costs down because they aren't transporting if from all over. If you're like me, where there are only a few months out of the year where this is an option, your "Food Saver" can come in hand.

I buy fresh veggies, prep and then freeze to use throughout the winter months. There's nothing worse than buying what should be a pack of fresh strawberries and having to toss them because they looked good at the store and then didn't last when you got home.

So, as you can see, these are really easy tips that anyone can apply.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

2 Great Home Remedies for Weight Loss

When travelling around the world it is extremely difficult not to see how many people particularly in 3rd world countries still make use of home remedies to lose weight.
 Always make an effort to do your homework and find out as much as possible about a home remedy before you use it because there are a few of them that are just a waste of time and cash. Another crucial tip to remember before using a home remedy is to only use a remedy that requires everyday home vegetables or spices. 
Most home remedies are natural or organic so they do not have any side-effects however you should always remember to be careful for any changes in your body because some of them do cause mild side effects. Today we are going to look at some of the most common home remedies to lose weight that are easiest to make and don't cost a lot of money to make.
Ginger Tea - It is a common fact that ginger boosts your metabolism, lowers your cholesterol, and it helps to heal wounds. The 1st step in making this remedy is to slice a ginger root into little pieces. The second step is to add the shredded ginger to boiling water and let it boil for another 15 minutes. 
Then in the end you will allow it cool down and drink one cup. Ginger tea does have a bitter taste but you must drink it as it is and you should not add any sweetener like honey or sugar because it will take away its effectiveness. Try to drink at-least 1 cup before all your meals. Several people have claimed to lose 10 pounds after simply drinking this remedy for 2 weeks.
Honey and Cinnamon - is a home remedy that is not exclusively great for weight loss it is also used to boost your immune system, cure cancer, influenza, stomach aches, and it helps to get rid of pimples. 
To prepare you have to add one teaspoon cinnamon powder to a cup of water and boil for 30 minutes. The final step is to add a teaspoon honey but you should first let it cool down. 
Then you should drink one half of that cup before bedtime and drink the other half when you wake up in the morning. It is best to use cinnamon powder and not the cinnamon sticks because it works best.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Fitness For Good Health

Factors That Put Your Life in Peril:

These days, topics related to health have gained much momentum than before. Technology, industrialization, urbanization, deforestation, malnutrition, population growth, etc., have their lethal effects on health if not checked properly. The rate with which mankind is progressing for a better future has some underlying adverse effects, which upon years of negligence will lead to an irrevocable loss, i.e., life. So, the maintenance of good health whilst facing present-day challenges is mind-boggling. However, there are few factors which will ensure a good health if ever they are followed. In the discussion to follow, all the useful tips for a healthy life are discussed at great length for your convenience. Follow them and stay fit!
What's Your Definition of Good Health?

It is very important to have an idea as to what constitutes a good health. Many have varied opinions and beliefs on this topic, but they certainly fail to understand the important essence of being healthy. Being healthy means a positive balance of body, mind and soul, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. So, the next time when you say you're completely healthy then make sure you are mentally, physically and socially sound.
Now that we know the definition of good health, the next step will be to find out ways to keep up good health. Good health combined by happiness will bring the quality of life. In order to attain good health one needs fitness in their regular life. Fitness directly correlates with one's health.
Purpose of Fitness:
The purpose of fitness is to give you a better and happy living. Fitness is a measure of a set of attributes that helps a person to carry out physical activities. It can be strength, flexibility, endurance, etc., that will be determined by a combination of regular activity and genetically inherited ability. Many think activities such as gym, swimming, sports and aerobics will make them fully fit. Though this notion holds sway, the effective way of gaining fitness is to do some activity that you really like and with all possibility stick to it.
It is not suggestible to do heavy regimens in the beginning of your fitness routine. This will only cause you to lose interest as it may leave you sore or weak. The best exercise to begin with is walking everyday. It will put all of your body parts to work, thereby, stimulating your hormone generation. The end result would be a complete fit body. In addition, take more fruits, dairy products, leafy vegetables and try to avoid cholesterol rich products. A healthy diet complied by perfect exercise will ensure 100% fitness.
As a fitness freak, I feel today's mechanized life has necessitated us to stick on healthy diet and sweat out for a while. You don't have to burn money on weight loss programs or on pricey fitness centres. A simple exercise like walking daily will do enough to keep you fit. In my further articles, I will unleash more regimens to attain perfection in your body.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

The Safest Way to Lose Weight

With a number of crash diets and weight loss supplements available in the market today, it is tempting to lose weight in these manners. These shortcuts to having that bikini body that you have wanted promises to

cut off as much as 10 pounds within three days or 20 pounds for just a short week. However, these crash diets and weight loss supplements are just a more professional way of saying how to starve yourself. Of course, with only a thousand calorie- limit per day, you will really lose weight fast, but the most important question is - is it a safe way?

In order to lose weight in a safe way, avoiding shortcuts is still the best route to go to. It may be long and hard, and you will not see results as quickly as you want to, but it is still the best option because you are changing your lifestyle - which is the most basic element is losing weight.

With crash diets and weight loss supplements, you will lose weight quickly but you will gain them quickly, too. And it is possible to gain twice as much as your weight loss! This is because in trying these shortcuts, you starve yourself and disrupt your metabolism, making you gain more once you finish your diet weak and start eating normal again. Further, it will wreak havoc on your immune system and cause health problems for you in the long run.

To lose weight safely, the first thing to do is to consult your physician, dietitian, or nutritionist. These people are the most knowledgeable in terms of how much weight you can lose per week, how much calorie intake is necessary, and how much physical activity is needed and appropriate for your current health status. But their advice is mere guidance for you to see the overall picture of the lifestyle that you have to follow. With that clear picture in mind, realize that good food and good exercise are the core values of losing weight, and not a low-calorie diet,

no carbohydrate diet, or no dinner diet. So, with a healthy food and exercise combo, you will lose weight safely while gradually gaining more muscle, making you stronger and leaner.

Further, rather than starving yourself, eat more. Studies have shown that eating five to six small meals a day will help you improve your metabolism and will make your body feel fuller, so you will not eat starved during your next meal.
Remember that you do not have to exclude certain food groups in order to lose weight, but rather keep your plate colorful with a portion of all food groups. Calories are energies needed by the body to function well everyday. Without enough calories, your energy will not sustain for even half a day. Learn to eat a lot of vegetables and fruits that will give you a handful of vitamins and fiber, chose lean meat to give you protein for leaner muscles, and drink a lot of water to flush out toxins from your body and keep you hydrated.

And lastly, do exercises - whether it is strength training, cardio, or both. These are still the most effective solution to burn fats and keep them burning even during recovery and resting. If you do not have time to hit the gym or to run, just move around - walk around the house, do some squats while waiting for the egg to fry, do jumping jacks on the next commercial, do household chores - and keep your body busy.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Weight Loss for Today

It was only relatively recently when I retired that I began to take the subject of weight loss seriously. You see I never considered myself to be over weight and ambled through life without giving the subject of weight loss any real consideration.
 I always looked at others who were heavier than myself and very seldom at those who were fitter looking and slimmer than I was. Even when I began to think that I might have possibly put on some pounds (notice how I said possibly) I still believed that this weight loss business was for others and did not concern me.
The change came about when my daughter in law who happens to be doctor told me one day at the beach that I was definitely carrying excess weight around my middle and that this was a serious risk to my long term health. This was a wake up call for me and I decided to do something about it.
 I decided that I would take up walking on a regular basis. I really believed at the time that this would completely change the way I looked. I thought that this would give me slimmer look as well as being a health benefit something which I secretly desired even though I had locked out this desire from my life.
Having made the decision to start I was now going to give it my best shot. It just so happened that about this time I came across an unopened bathroom scales which showed weight in a digital format. It was however in kilograms and not stones and pounds which I had always used. In spite of this I quickly realized that the new scales had the big advantage of registering kilograms in tenths as for example 86.6 and 86.5 and 86.4 etc. The big advantage of this was that one could see one's weight descend from 75.5 to say 75.4 for example. This was capable of showing progress albeit only small progress but progress nonetheless. I could have never seen this on my previous scales which were impossible to read for such small changes. The feel good feeling that even small changes in weight loss delivered was for me fantastic. There is nothing to compare with real progress towards a goal.
The first problem that I then encountered was that I found the walking boring and after awhile found myself making excuses for not doing my daily walk. However I soon found a wonderful solution to this problem when I started what I call walking with purpose. 
By this I mean finding a purpose for the walk as distinct to walking in circles. In my case I decided to walk to the city's cemetery to visit my late departed family and friends. This was a walk of 3 miles each way which I never found boring because it had purpose and in fact I looked forward to it every day no matter what the weather threw up.
While I made some initial wonderful progress (I think that it was the shock to my body) I soon came to a stand still. It was then that I realized that I needed something extra. I knew that someday I would have to consider what I was eating and drinking but had again tried to fool myself into thinking that I could have avoided this.
I knew that I had to cut out sugar as much as possible in all it's forms. This would be for a start. When I decided to do this it led me into a world of knowledge that I did not know existed. This led me eventually to set up my own website where I could dispense helpful advice to those who both needed and wanted to loose weight.

Rapid Fat Loss Tips That Promise Visible Results

Losing weight is a normal course of action, but when attempting to a rapid fat loss plan, it becomes a dilemma since you are pressured to lose some inches in a matter of days or weeks. Ordinary steps taken towards weight loss may not be sufficient to provide you with the drastic results you want. What you need are tips that can help you achieve rapid fat loss for that significant change in size, weight, and shape.
-Rapid Fat Loss Tip #1: Get enough sleep.
It may seem funny to start with this tip when discussing losing weight, but a well-rested body is essential in achieving weight loss in many ways. For one, it keeps your hormones at normal levels. You all know that hormones play a big part in maintaining a properly functioning body system.
A slight change can make a big difference. For instance, if your insulin sensitivity is affected, the tendency is you will always feel hungry even if you are not. Sleep is also a means to recharge the body. A good night sleep can make you feel energetic in the morning, thus, making it easy for you to get into your workout sessions.
-Rapid Fat Loss Tip #2: Focus your workout on muscle building exercises.
Strong muscle tissues will help your body burn more fat. So, get into strength training three times a week, but make sure that you target different muscle group each time because you will only get better results if you give them ample rest between training.
Free weights exercises are better than other forms of strength training because they help you work out more muscles as you balance and stabilize the weights. In between your strength training, do other forms of exercises, like cardio or yoga. Putting some variety in your workout regimen will make them more fun to do.
-Rapid Fat Loss Tip #3: Watch what you eat.
If you have been used to eating large meals that are laden with fats, carbohydrates, and sugar, then it is time to make big changes. First, control your portions. You do not have to eat platefuls of food to satiate your hunger.
Chewing fast can also be a culprit because you tend to take in more food before your brain gets the signal that you are already full. So, chew slowly and eat just enough. Make it a habit to eat five to six small meals a day because it will eventually improve your metabolism. Second, add more fruits and vegetables in your diet. Fruits contain natural sugars that satisfy your hunger yet they are not fattening.
-Rapid Fat Loss Tip #4: Drink plenty of water.
Intense exercise will result to a huge loss in body fluids and it is essential that you replace this to sustain your body's ability to exercise. Drink water throughout the day, not just when you are sweating or feeling thirsty.
If you fail to rehydrate your body, there is a tendency that you can suffer some health problems and your energy level can be affected too. Further, a well-hydrated body can also trigger a better metabolic rate. These are just some of the many things you can do to lose weight.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Gymnastic Rings for Exercise

Few things inspire people like the Olympics. Something about all the countries competing against one another that brings people together in a way that few other things do. 
While the track and field events often garner the most press and excitement, gymnastics has always fascinated me, particularly the Rings. The ability to control your own body suspended above the ground and manipulate yourself demonstrates a strength that few have mastered and most wish they had. 
While all the gymnastic disciplines demonstrate amazing agility and strength, the rings have always seemed to draw me in.
Lets face it, most of us would also love to have the physical strength and physique of a world class gymnast. Few of us have the discipline, attitude, or time to commit to being able to getting that way, much less the facilities or coaches available to us. Using the tools a gymnast uses can help us and incorporating gymnastic rings into your workouts can bring a whole new level to your physical conditioning.
While professional gymnastic rings are designed for flipping and doing crazy stuff that makes normal people gasp and shake their head, simple gymnastic rings are available for home use. Think back to your childhood you may have even had the metal kind of rings at your playground, 
you can even still find these at some muscle beach locations or at playgrounds, though it is rare. The most common rings today are made from either a high density composite plastic or wood. There are still some made from metal available as well, however I will not really be addressing these. 
Exercise gymnastic rings attach utilizing fairly simple strapping systems that make the rings light, portable, and easy to use.
The big benefit to the composite style ring is price. It is inexpensive to make them and they are extremely durable. Composite rings are lightweight and because of the low cost, lead the way as the best way to get into ring training. You would be hard pressed to find any good fitness supplier that does not carry a good composite ring set for an affordable price. The biggest detractor to composite style rings is grip. 
Common sense dictates that as plastic gets wet it get slippery. Exercise leads to sweating (if it doesn't you are probably doing it wrong) which makes the rings slippery. This usually leads to people taping the rings with athletic tape or something like that to help increase grip.
Wood rings have been in use since the beginning. Wood eliminates the grip problems that plague composite rings. As wood gets wet the grain is raised which provides increased surface area and more grip. The grain in the wood rings also holds chalk infinitely better then composite allowing for better grip and less wear and tear on the hands. Wood also just feels better to most people.
 It seem to "break in" over time and generally just works well. The trade off for getting the wood rings is price. Wood rings are more difficult to manufacture and this in turn drives up the cost. Most people do not start with wood rings but if you are planning on getting serious with ring work then I highly recommend just getting the wood rings from the start. You will never regret having the wood rings.
The first time you use rings you will recognize right away that they are extremely fun but harder then you thought. The next day when muscles you didn't know existed all are screaming at you, you will suddenly realize how cruel they actually are. It always amazes me to watch very strong guys who can crank out weighted dips like nothing get on rings and fail miserably at doing a set of 10 dips on the rings. The reason for this is the amount of stabilization that is required to work on the rings. Ring work incorporates not only the primary muscle being worked but the myriad of tendons, ligaments, and stabilizer muscles in the body. Rings teach you to feel your body in an entirely new way.
Rings also help to prevent overuse injuries that are sometimes plague typical "weight lifting" workouts. Rings allow full range of motion in multiple planes and allow the user to move the way his or her body wants to move. In a pull up the hands will naturally turn in at the top of the movement eliminating undue stress in the shoulder joint. The amount of movement will vary person to person.
Pushups on the rings are a real eyeopener for many people as well. They rings feel like they want to just shoot out from under you. Keeping your core tight comes into focus in a whole new way. Pushups can also be varied almost infinitely, again helping prevent overuse injuries.
Basic movements on the rings are dips, pull/chin ups, rows, L-sits, and push ups. The muscle up is also a great exercise that combines the pull up to dip in one movement. For a gymnast the muscle up is not even a rated movement, for the rest of us, it isn't so simple. 
You can also get to some other great movements like skin the cats, inverted push ups (handstands on the rings), ice cream makers, and maybe even an iron cross. Some of the movements have funny names but they are anything but simple. A quick search on YouTube will show you many of these movements.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Green Coffee Vs Green Tea for Weight Loss?

There's been rather a stir since green coffee came onto the scene in late 2012, making supplements packed with natural chlorogenic acid some of the best selling dietary aids in Europe and the States, but how exactly do they compare with green tea products for weight loss.
Green Coffee Ingredients
Green coffee dietary supplements are essentially capsules that include no more than roughly 3 ingredients.
Chlorogenic acid is what's present in the bean in abundance before it's roasted where it loses up to 95% of this anti-oxidant acid.
Whether your dietary capsule contains Svetol which is a product on its own that contains a mixture of chlorogenic acids from various plants, and/or CGA (chlorogenic acid), the overwhelming volume of the capsule will consist of chlorogenic acid.
The remaining few percent is a mixture of vegetable oil, vitamins and sometimes caffeine, but no way on a par with what you find a cup of coffee.
Green Tea Ingredients
Alternatively, it's the catechins in green tea that are a herbal extract form the Camellia Sinensis - green tea leaves, that are what is mostly present in the tea bag, which makes up a cup of specially modified green tea for weight loss.
Additional ingredients may include Pu-erh tea extracts which increase blood circulation, White tea extracts that contain a polyphenol that helps keep your arteries healthy and vitamins and minerals from Oolong tea which provide a number of different health benefits.
Green Coffee Benefits
Due to green coffee capsules consisting mainly of the beans chlorogenic acid, this is obviously where its benefits lie.
Chlorogenic Acid (CGA)
1. It restricts the absorption of high glucose foods:
When rich glucose carbs and fats enter the blood system through digestion they are very hard to break down. The green coffee beans chlorogenic acid prevents normal glucose volumes breaking down meaning they then pass on through and out in your stool.
2. Releases fatty acids from fat stores by increasing your metabolism:
This is an obvious and repetitive claim by so many weight loss supplements, but in essence, chlorogenic acids really do increase your current rate of metabolism as it has been clinically proven to increase fatty acid oxidation and when tested in laboratories, it improves lipid metabolism on high-fat diet-induced-mice.
3. It stimulates fat absorption in the liver:
By improving lipid metabolism, it lowers triglyceride levels in the liver. Triglyceride is laymen's terms is a concoction of three different fatty acids and glycerol, all harmful to your health and contribute heavily to weight gain.
Green Tea Benefits
Green tea benefits are quite different to the effect chlorogenic acid has on the digestion of high glucose foods and the build up of fat stores and glucose levels in the blood.
It's the catechins in green tea that are the anti-oxidants that have for some time been sought after by people pursuing health benefits.
Green Tea Catechins (GTC)
1. GTC anti-oxidant benefits:
The scavenging effect of lipid free radicals or free radicals are one of GTC anti-oxidant qualities. By eliminating lipid-derived free radicals you are essentially instructing your body to lose weight.
It is observed that GTC are 50 times stronger than almost any other catechin extract as they are preserved much better in the green tea leaf than other plants.
2. GTC anti-carcinogen benefits:
Green tea's anti-carcinogenic qualities are intriguing. In recent studies as late as 2012, more compelling evidence supports the fact that GTC block the cell cycle of cancer cells, and inhibit certain cancers such as prostatic cancer.
3. GTC anti-inflammatory benefits:
Most notably effective as an oral hygiene, its anti-inflammatory benefits may also help treat a wide range of inflammatory characteristics and diseases such as diabetes 2.
Green tea should be taken between meals so the body is not deprived from absorbing all its iron minerals.
Bottom line:
Green coffee's chlorogenic acid and green tea catechins or CGA and GTC display different synergistic qualities which are both essential for weight loss.
However, as listed below when pointing out their key benefits, a conclusion could well be drawn that while green tea provides some crucial anti-oxidant, anti-carcinogenic and anti-inflammatory health benefits - if you want to just strictly just lose weight through the most effective means, then chlorogenic acid derived from the green coffee bean is the more comprehensive supplement for burning fat stores.
(GTC) Green tea key benefits:
  • Lowers lipid levels in the blood
  • Blocks the cell cycle of cancer cells
  • Helps treat obesity related anti-inflammatory diseases
(CGA) Green coffee key benefits:
  • Restricts the absorption of high glucose foods when being digested
  • Releases fatty acids from fat stores through increased metabolism
  • Stimulates fat absorption in the liver
Could Green Coffee Extracts be the new super-powered supplement for losing weight fast?
Well if the supplement contains high doses of chlorogenic acid (45%+) then green coffee bean extracts are very potent, and if you fancy a cup of fresh coffee a day, this will still improve your endothelial function, potentially preventing you from heart disease.
For Green Tea Lovers!
Check out Kou Tea! which appears to be one of the most comprehensive green tea's on the market right now.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Top 10 Weight Loss Myths - Don't Believe the Hype!

The subject of weight loss is attended by an overwhelming amount of misinformation. Many of the myths originate from fad diets, which offer simple solutions to a complex problem. Keep reading to uncover some common myths debunked.
1. Low-carb, high-protein diets are ideal for losing weight.
Carbohydrates don't make you fat, I fell for that one too-eating excess calories does. Instead of cutting out entire food groups, focus on choosing healthier foods, like whole grain bread, pasta, and rice. The key to successful weight loss is simple; calories in-calories out.
2. Late-night eating will pack on the pounds.
When you eat doesn't matter as much as what you eat. Whether you're snacking in the morning or the middle of the night, your body turns excess calories into fat. Simply focus on burning more calories than you take in on any given day.
3. Drinking cold water will help you burn more calories.
This was something I was told by my P.E teacher in junior high. The extra calories burned by drinking ice-cold water won't help you shed more pounds. It's true that drinking water is a key part of any healthy lifestyle-but increasing your intake of water doesn't have a significant effect on weight loss.
4. You should cut out all your favorite foods.
If you remove your favorite foods from your diet, you'll be more likely to cave into the inevitable cravings. Instead of risking a diet-crashing binge, treat yourself occasionally to the foods you love. A healthy diet is about moderation, not deprivation.
5. The more calories you cut, the faster you'll lose weight.
If you reduce your caloric intake too fast, you actually send your body into starvation mode. When pushed to this extreme, your body will do everything it can to lower your metabolism and retain more fat. Your best bet is to find out the maximum amount of calories you can consume to lose the desired weight and then reduce them gradually until you reach that amount. This will give your body time to adjust to changes in your food intake so that it does not try to store extra fat.
6. Fatty and starchy foods are bad for you.
It's true that fatty and starchy foods, when eaten in excess, are a major cause of weight gain. At the same time, fats and starches are the most satisfying and palatable foods, so if you include them in your diet, you'll be less likely to overeat.
7. Spot-training will result in a spot reduction of fat.
I wish! No exercise regimen will remove fat from a specific part of your body. Your body makes the decisions on where fat goes and where it leaves. If you keep up your cardio routine, you can tone certain parts of your body as long as you incorporate a good weight training program.
8. If you exercise more, you DON'T need to watch your diet.
One of the biggest mistakes you can make is to choose between exercise and dieting. Eating a healthy diet and exercising several times a week is essential to your well-being. It's very easy to get caught up in the mind trap that tells you that you can eat like a sumo wrestler because you'll work it off in the morning. Don't believe it. If you fail to control your eating, you'll never experience the body you've always dreamed about.
9. Eating negative calorie foods will speed up weight loss.
The idea behind negative calorie foods is that they take more calories to digest than they provide. That's simply not true. While fiber is a zero-calorie food source, it doesn't mean your celery is shedding any pounds for you.
10. You shouldn't snack between meals.
On the contrary, eating small, healthy snacks between meals will keep your blood sugar up and stabilize your metabolism. You will also be less tempted to overeat at your next meal.
As you begin your weight loss journey, keep in mind that there is no secret or shortcut. The only way to start shedding pounds and keep them off is to make long-term lifestyle changes-and that's not an easy task. But like most things that require hard work, the payoff is well worth it.

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Losing Weight, For Good

Losing weight is not that hard. Most of us are able to do it, and do it often. The problem is that usually, that weight comes back.

The reason behind this is because we change our lifestyle to lose weight, but when we do lose it, we go straight back to living like we did when we were fat, and we gain all the weight back, with worst interest than one offered from a loanshark.

None of these work long term

So, we have all these bright ideas on how to lose weight, from eat only carbs to don't eat carbs, from eat a breakfast every day to never eat a breakfast, from eat multiple small meals per day to eat only once a day.

Man, where do these "experts" get off? Yeah, you will lose weight, of course. You will because it all works short term. But, if you stopped eating carbs or ate only carbs for a year, I imagine you would be sick.

The solution is...
The solution to losing weight forever is fairly simple, yet most people don't do it for one reason or another.

Basically, all you need to lose weight is to eat less, but still a moderate amount of healthy food, and workout more.

After you lose weight, keep doing what you were doing to lose it! Common sense, right?
All the help you need

You really just need to stick to a natural, healthy program. Eat quality foods, eat enough but not too much, take a walk each day or hit the gym, that's it.

But, in order to stay motivated you may benefit from outside help. You can use your spouse or friends to nudge you in the right direction when you need it, or undergo hypnosis or use the power of positive affirmations.

All of that helps you stay mentally strong and focused, so you don't slip up. Once you do, it is way too easy to go back to the old lifestyle that you "ran" away from in the first place.
I love to use hypnosis to help keep me motivated. It is a natural way of aligning my subconscious thoughts with my conscious desires. And, it presents a great way to relax, too.

What hypnosis does is help me relax and enter a "hypnotic" state, which basically means that I am completely relaxed and focused.

Then, it would offer me suggestions which I would accept much more easily than if I was tense and nervous. And that's it.

No matter what help you use to stay consistent with your goal, I advise you to take a natural approach and alter your lifestyle slightly so the weight loss becomes permanent.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

12 Best Fat Burning Foods

Excess fat is never good for the human body. It often leads to weight gain or obesity. In any case, it can be reduced through eating healthy diets. One can also control it by following a unique diet plan. There are several fat burning foods one should be eating on daily basis. Let's take a look at some of them.

1. Almonds
Almonds reduce excess weight and also build the human muscles.

2. Cheese
Cheese enhance weight loss. They also build strong bones.

3. Eggs
Eggs are rich sources of protein. They burn fat as well.

4. Lean Meats
Lean meats strengthen the muscle. They also improve the immune system.

5. Berries
Berries are good for sound health. They also prevent cravings.

6. Peanuts
Peanuts build body tissues and also boost testosterone in ladies.

7. Fish
Fish products like salmon, mackerel and tuna contain omega-3 fatty acids. They burn fat and also improve the condition of the human heart.

8. Grapefruits
Grapefruit lower insulin and also regulate blood sugar.

9. Green tea
Green tea is gotten from an ancient herbal plant. It's very good for weight loss.

10. Spinach
Spinach and other green vegetables fight free radicals and also build muscles.

11. Whole grains
Whole grains like brown rice, oatmeal, cereal, and others are good for weight loss.

12. Beans and Legumes
Beans and legumes build body tissues and also improve digestion.

These twelve food items outlined above are very good at burning fat. Aside from that, they also have other functions as described above.

Such edibles must be taken on daily basis when looking for quick results. Obese people are expected to follow diet plans that are rich in most of the food items outlined above. They can also follow a recommended diet plan in order to control their weight.

Meanwhile, the food items outlined above are very easy to come by. One can easily purchase them at the food market. Many of them are very cheap. It's important to include them as part of daily diet when thinking of slimming down with ease.

 There are also diet supplements that contain many of the edibles outlined above. Such supplements are often costly because they are carefully processed. In any case, they are highly recommended for everyone that truly wants to lose weight.

In all, fat burning is quite possible through regular consumption of the food items outlined above. However, it's important to consult your dietitian or doctor for further guidance when thinking of following any diet.
Healthy eating requires proper direction.

Diet Tips for Weight Loss - Benefits of Snacking

Planning is crucial to a healthy diet. Know what you are going to eat and when. Your body is a machine, you must keep it fueled to transform it into a fat-burning machine. Make a menu of smart, healthy meals and a menu for your food intake between meals.

 Yes, I am referring to snacking. Once thought detrimental to a successful weight loss plan, it is now viewed as essential, so start snacking your way to a leaner, stronger you.

Jump start your metabolism in the morning by eating a solid breakfast. You have already gone over eight hours without food, so try to eat within an hour of waking up. The sooner you get your metabolism pumping, the better. You must keep it going constantly, when you cut the fuel, you cut the energy and proficiency.

Choose foods full of complex carbohydrates keep your energy levels up throughout the day and protein to help with muscle repair. They will take the edge off your hunger and you will be more apt to make sensible choices for lunch and dinner.

It can be as simple as a handful of nuts or an apple with a slice of cheese. Perhaps some Greek yogurt, a serving of 1%milk or chocolate milk, dried fruit or raw vegetables. Hummus goes well with vegetables or on cracker. Try eating some fresh fruit,

 a serving of oatmeal or granola, sunflower or pumpkin seeds, pistachios or some tuna or chicken salad on crackers. Trail mix is always good (you may even sneak a little chocolate in there), or maybe some Rice cakes or cottage cheese with fruit (peaches or cantaloupe are my favorite). Try a variety of things to find ones that you like and mix it up to keep things interesting.

Decide which snacks you want for the day and have them on hand, that way you can resist the doughnut cart when it rolls around. The best times to snack around 10:00 am and 3:00 pm., approximately two hours before your next meal.

 Following this strategy you may end up eating more, but you'll be less likely to put on weight because you burn those calories more efficiently. Fueling your body in moderate doses throughout the day keeps nutrients optimally available,

your blood sugar levels more stable, and helps avoid the energy crash that affects your mood, concentration and effectiveness. If you wait until you are starving, then you are more prone to make bad eating decisions.

There is nothing wrong with the occasional sugary snack, just don't over indulge in it. If you are one of those types that can have a little something sweet and be satisfied, then go for it.

 Myself, I do better if I avoid them all together. If I have a little, I can't help myself and end up having a lot. The more you avoid, the less sugar your body has to process.

Be sure to drink enough water. Thirst is often mistaken for hunger and causes you to raid the vending machine when all you really needed was a drink.

Think of your metabolism as an engine. When you increase the rpm's, you burn more calories, even when you are idling. So grab a snack and get keep your engine burning throughout the day. Be smart. Make a good plan and stick with it.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Short Historical View of Asian Martial Arts

"The Ultimate aim of Karate lies not in victory or defeat, but in the perfection of the character of the participant." Gichin Funakoshi (1868-1957)

Asian Martial Arts are practiced for many reasons, including self-defense, sport, and as a mind-body exercise. If practiced properly, the martial arts are an excellent exercise,

as well as artistic expression. Some students enjoy severe training as a type of ascetic discipline, sublimation, and other train for just pure excitement. However, some arts have a greater risk of injury and would not be considered suitable as a health promotion exercise.

Most countries practice martial arts, either indigenous or borrowed. Most of the popular Asian martial arts that are practiced in the West can be traced to originally to Japan, Korea, China,

and India. The martial arts have evolved into the variations commonly seen today across the USA and Canada, in mini-malls and schools. Traditional arts, if practiced correctly and regularly, will improve the fitness of the exerciser.

There are some arts that are purely for sport or self defense and may not be suitable for health promotion.

Arts of India and China

India has a long history of martial arts. Indian epic religious texts such as the Mahabarata discuss martial skill. Stick fighting and hand-to-hand combat--e.g., Kalarippayat and wrestling--are true Indian arts. Some martial artists believe that the arts of India were transported to China.

Indian medicine and training methods also were taken to Sri Lanka, Burma and Thailand. Then they were combined with indigenous martial arts and medicine. There are also Greek and Persian technological, religious, medical, and philosophical influences on Chinese and Indian culture, and vice versa. For example, in 688 BCE the martial art of pankration was practiced in Greece.

Martial arts were practiced in pre-Buddhist India. Today there are hundreds of styles of martial arts practiced in China differing by region and clan. It is a popular myth that kung-fu exercises were brought by the Buddhist Monk Bodhidharma (Chinese:

 Tamo or Damo, Japanese: Dharuma) from India to the already existing Shaolin (Small Forest) Monastery in China. The first Buddhist temple in China was actually the White Horse Temple (68 AD). The arts were practiced in China hundreds of years prior to Bodhidharma's arrival.

"Bodhi" means awakened or enlightened. Bodhi also refers to the Bo Tree, a Banyan tree called the Sacred Fig (Ficus religiosa) that the Buddha was said to meditate under the bodhi tree and achieve enlightenment. The monks at that temple practiced what is called Ch'an Buddhism. In Ch'an

Buddhism, the focus was on meditation and direct experience of cosmic consciousness. Ch'an became what we know as Zen in Japan. The monks were said to be in poor health and weak when Bodhidharma arrived, so he taught them exercises to improve their health and fitness. There is a great deal of controversy over what these exercises were,

and there is no clear history as to when they were brought to the monastery, but most likely they were similar to physical yoga methods. There are hundreds of variations and, though usually practiced within the martial arts, they are also excellent as exercise methods.

The martial arts developed within the Shaolin monastery are called Shaolin ch'üan. Ch'üan (Quan) means fist--punching, or boxing in Chinese--and was the forerunner to the modern "hard style" kung-fu known as Wei Chia Ch'üan (Weijiaquan)--the"External Family Arts".

They are called "external" or "outside" arts because they came from India. The temple was disbanded and monks were purged several times during Chinese history; the last time was during the communist "Cultural Revolution" from 1966 to 1976. There are other "hard" styles, which are regional and classified by the area name. Regional versions include O'mei (Emei, Ermei), T'ai Shan, and Wu Tang (Wudang) styles. There are modern forms and traditional forms from each region.

The "Internal Family Arts," Nei Chia Ch'üan (Neijiaquan) are commonly thought to be based on Chinese philosophy, in contrast to the "Outside" Buddhist based art of Shaolin. The arts of t'ai-chi ch'üan, pa-kua chang, and hsing-i ch'üan were classified as Nei Chia Ch'üan,

 "Internal Family Arts," in 1894 by an association of several famous masters. In 1928, the three arts were called Wu Tang ch'üan (Wudang quan) by the Central Martial Arts Academy in Nanking. Wu Tang was the Taoist area and these arts came to be associated with Taoist philosophy.

 Wu Tang region has its own versions of martial arts that may have had no direct connection to the Nei Chia group. They were called Internal Arts or Wu Tang arts to contrast them with the Shaolin arts, due to philosophical and training differences. T'ai-chi ch'üan (taijiquan) is the most popular of the Chinese Internal Arts for health promotion.

Running Is Fun!

Well... for some of us it is. I really enjoy running but I know lots of people enjoy it the most once they have finished. I used to be like that too.

When I was younger and played football and cricket and basketball... in fact any sport that was on offer at school or in my local teams. I used to hate the training part of it.

 And especially running. I loved the running around during a game but the actual training and all the running you had to do to get fit for it was something I really did not like doing.

Fast forward some 20 or 30 years and I love running, can't get enough of it in fact. Running is fun to me. I know Joy likes finishing and the good feeling once you cross that line or finish that 5 k's or whatever particular type of running we do, but the actual act of running she is not all that thrilled about.

How can you make running fun?

You really can make running fun. If you are always running on your own it is hard work and not much fun at all. However if you join a running group or start entering fun runs and running with lots of other people it can be one of the best things you will ever do.

I entered my first fun run some 12 years ago now down in Melbourne. It was the Olympic Dream 10 K Run and I absolutely loved it.

The thrill of starting a run with some 10,000 other crazy runners and walkers like yourself is a real adrenalin rush and when you cross the finish line the sense of achievement you feel is real, emotional and so very exciting.

I have entered many events since and having met my partner Joy back in 2008, she is slowly getting into the addiction that comes with fun runs. I remember her first run over 5 k's when we were still living in Melbourne.

As she was approaching the finish line the announcer called out over the P.A "And now we have Joy Reynolds about to finish and cross the line. Well done, Joy!" The crowd cheered her home.

She certainly felt that thrill of crossing the line and finishing and although she was totally exhausted she loved the whole experience.

As I mentioned earlier many people don't like the actual running aspect of running but they love the sense of accomplishment.

We both run 5 k's every Saturday morning now in the Main Beach Parkrun. Parkruns are held all over the world. This is an event that is free to enter and was first started back in 2004 in Bushy Park, Teddington in England.

It has grown enormously since then. It is open to anyone of any age and any running or walking level.

And thanks to a fantastic volunteer program all the events are timed and free. I highly recommend getting involved or even starting your own Parkrun. Like I said, running is fun, at least it certainly can be.

There are literally thousands of fun runs held all around the world each year. Many charity runs and many just pure and simple for fun.

Why not get the kids (Great fun pushing a pram around a course!) the parents, friends or work mates and go and enter your first fun run? Parkruns are free and really are FUN! Once you do your first I have no doubt you will agree with me, RUNNING IS FUN!
Kevin McNamara is a motivational speaker, author. educator and Life Coach. He is rising to National prominence by delivering inspiring messages that encourage people to live up to their full potential by breaking the cycles of procrastination,

hopelessness and despair that many face daily through grief and depression. Kevin lost his daughter, Holly, to SIDS at 5 months of age and devotes his life now to helping others.

Kevin has a mission to help everyone he meets find their true calling in life and move from a place of mediocrity to GREATNESS!

The Benefits Of Owning An Electric Folding Treadmill

Everyone knows how important it is to exercise on a regular basis, not only to stay healthy, but to stay fit as well, and also to give you that general feeling of well-being.

Jogging is one of the best and most popular forms of exercise for many people, but for some, jogging on a regular basis is just not possible for various reasons, and it is for these people that an electric folding treadmill would work perfectly.

There are many benefits to owning your own treadmill, the main one being that you are able to jog as and when you want to, as time will allow. In other words, even if you're a mother with small children, you can get your daily exercise when the little ones are tucked up in bed in the night, and still keep an eye on them while you exercise.

You might have a job that ties you down to the office at all sorts of hours, in which case it would be impossible for you to go to a gym regularly. However, if you owned your own treadmill, your gym is right there in your home or office, ready for you to use when you want to.

Then of course there is the weather. So many times friends or couples will make arrangements to go jogging in one of the local jogging tracks, only to have to cancel due to the weather being too hot,

too wet, or there is a gale force wind blowing. Having a treadmill of your own though, means that you can jog in the comfort of your own home, no matter what the weather conditions are outside.

Also, while out jogging on a running track you always run the risk of injuring yourself somehow, such as falling, or twisting your ankle, in which case, you will have to limp home in pain, or wait for someone to help you.

 Being able to exercise on your own treadmill eliminates this problem altogether, because if you do injure yourself somehow you are at home, and can simply stop jogging to take care of your injury.

Treadmills are great for people from all walks of life, even those that are just starting out, and are not used to jogging at all.

 No special skills are needed to operate these machines, as they can be adjusted to suit the needs of the individual, for running, jogging, or even just for walking.

Whether you want to jog for the sake of jogging, want to keep yourself fit, or have a few extra pounds to lose, there is no doubt that a treadmill is the answer you're looking for. Buy one that suits your budget and your particular needs, and you can get all the exercise you need, no matter what type of lifestyle you lead.

Treadmills are well made, last for a long time, and will give you all the exercise you need for years to come. If you have a dog at home, and don't have the time to take him for a walk, then do what many dog owners do, and let your dog have his daily run on your treadmill as well.

Why High Intensity Interval Training Is Better Than Steady State Cardiovascular Training

Endurance training helps develop a stronger cardiovascular system, including heart, muscles, lungs and blood vessels, and can add years to your life.

 Cardiovascular endurance also enhances your heart's ability to control the oxygen flow to all of your muscles, improving your overall workout efficiency. You should aim for 30 minutes of daily activity for improved endurance performance.

Since the heart is a muscle, it can be strengthened just like the other muscles in your body. The American College of Sports Medicine recommends 30 minutes of daily physical activity.

Just 30 minutes per day can improve your endurance, give you stronger muscles, better sleep and reduced stress levels!

Some examples of steady State endurance exercises (SSCT) include running, walking, swimming, bicycling, dancing, but any sport or exercise that can be performed for longer periods of time to get the heart pumping is considered SSCT.

There is a better alternative though. High intensity interval training (HIIT).
HIIT can boost athletic performance, improve the health of recreational exercisers, and provide the benefits of SSCT in less time and fewer workouts!

SSCT is considered aerobic exercise (running, biking, rowing, swimming, etc.) for greater than 20 min. HIIT is considered a short amount of time exercising at maximum intensity followed by short rest.

Timing varies from method to method, but it usually follows a 2:1 ratio of intense exercise to rest. For example, Tabata (a form of HIIT) is 8 rounds of 20 seconds of intense exercise followed by 10 seconds of rest.

Both methods increase stroke volume (amount of blood pumped per heart beat), heart contractility (force of each contraction), and left ventricle heart mass. Both of these variables increase blood flow and the amount of O2 supplied to your muscles. But HIIT:

• Improves stroke volume better than SSCT
• Improves VO2 Max more effectively, which is important for fighting heart disease
During aerobic exercise, mitochondria (energy factory of a cell) use O2 to manufacture adenosine triphosphate (ATP- the energy source of a cell) through the breakdown of carbs and fat. As mitochondrial density increases,

more energy becomes available to working muscles. HIIT leads to an increase in mitochondrial oxidative enzymes; thus, making your body more effective at breaking down carbs and fat for fuel.

HIIT also has greater excess post exercise O2 consumption (EPOC) after exercise sessions than does SSCT. O2 consumption (and thus caloric expenditure) remains elevated as working muscle cells restore physiological and metabolic factors in the cell to pre-exercise levels.

Some Foods Can Have An Anti-Aging Effect

As much as we want to stay young and live in our own body forever while reaping the benefits of having a youthful skin, we cannot do anything to stave off age permanently. That's why we need to find simple solutions to keep our skin in good health.

 There are a number of ways to keep our skin young and healthy, but try not to depend too much on skin and beauty products which contain chemicals. It is better to stick with foods that are natural and chemical-free.

The following are the foods that can best help you fight signs of aging.

1. Broccoli

If you want to maintain a youthful look, try to consume broccoli on a regular basis. Broccoli is found to take away many years from your looks, keeping you young and healthy. Broccoli contains a powerful antioxidant known as quercetin. It is a natural anti-inflammatory substance that prevents inflammation in the skin which is a primary cause of aging.

2. Beans

Beans also have an anti-aging property. They rich in antioxidants which are known to prevent free radicals from damaging your skin cells. Not only do antioxidants protect your skin from damage but it also protects your tissues and organs.

3. Tea

You usually include tea in your everyday diet, and what you know about this herb is its function as a stress reliever. But aside from its stress relieving effect, tea can also make you stay young looking by hydrating your cells and keeping the aging process in control.

4. Berries

Berries also contain antioxidants that fight free radicals. These fruits not only serve as anti-aging foods, but they are also anti-cancer and anti-heart diseases foods. Including these fruits in your daily diet will benefit your skin as well as your overall health.

5. Avocados

Avocados contain amazing anti-aging agents. These delicious fruits contain fatty acids that nourish cells to make them function well. Avocados also contain vitamin E that protects the skin cells from suffering damaging effects from ultraviolet light and free radicals.

6. Chocolates

These yummy and irresistible sweets can also be beneficial. They are one of the best anti-aging foods because they contain resveratol, a natural substance that boosts the health of human body cells.

7. Walnuts

Walnuts help your skin maintain its youthfulness. As these foods contain Omega-3, which is a very good substance to maintain your cell membranes' fluidity, you are guaranteed that you are getting the right amount of nutrients.

Though we can't prevent aging altogether, and certainly we get older each day, it's better to keep those years away from our image at least. And the very best way to achieve it is to consume the right and healthiest foods. So, start eating your way to youthfulness now!

Join A Pregnancy Fitness Class - Becoming Healthy and Prepared

Ask any pregnant woman what worries she has with her pregnancy and she will likely scroll off a long list. Her concerns will range from maintaining a healthy weight gain to even knowing the right time to push; the list goes on and on.

If you are amongst the majority of would-be moms that are not what you call gym buff and fitness rat, then this would probably be the best time to be concerned about your fitness.

 After all, what you do to your body not only affects yourself but mainly the life inside your womb. It is important to stay fit and active all throughout the 9 months of pregnancy. Exercise is encouraged, but should be taken with great care and moderation.

For most pregnant women, especially for first-time moms to be, scouting to find useful information regarding daily health up to things to do on the big day is inevitable. But if you want to be the most prepared mom in the debut of your precious little angel, then attending pregnancy fitness classes may claim to address all your concerns.

As your pregnancy progresses, it would be safer for both you and your baby if you can enroll in pregnancy fitness classes. These classes not only strengthen and tone your muscles in preparation for your big day but it also allows you to be in a crowd of pregnant women. This way, you can socialize and share each of your experiences and get advices from one another.

Pregnancy fitness classes nowadays are composed of highly trained fitness professionals all geared towards making your pregnancy the safest and your body the fittest as in can possibly be. Pregnancy fitness classes not only focus on exercising and proper diet.

It also is a beneficial source of reliable information for your every question regarding labor and delivery. Pregnancy fitness classes are made up with various classes that can be attended.

It ranges from physically enhancing your body to even birth classes that teaches you the proper technique when your most anticipated time finally arrives.

Childbirth classes may prepare your mind for labor and delivery, but pregnancy fitness classes prepares you body.

This way you gain strength and endurance that will help you throughout your labor and finally the birth of your child. Pregnancy is just like being an athlete for an upcoming Olympic games, proper eating, regular exercise, and a positive mental attitude are equally needed for you to win.

Mild Strokes Require Careful Home Recovery Efforts

Mild strokes happen when there is an insufficient supply of blood to the brain because of the narrowing of or blockage in blood vessels. Usually, the narrowing of blood vessels is due to the increasing amount of cholesterol in the body which hinders the continuous flow of the blood.

Although a mild stroke is just a less serious condition compared to Stroke, this condition can be uncomfortable for someone who experiences it, as it brings with it symptoms such as weakness or numbness on the one side of the body, loss of balance, visual disturbances, headaches and confusion.

People who experience and survive this condition should take necessary management steps in order to prevent a stroke from happening again. After being released from the hospital, you have to continue taking the medications prescribed by your physician.

As you are recovering, you need to take into consideration the importance of not tiring yourself out. Take a rest frequently. This is essential, since during your earliest days of recovery, you will still experience some symptoms and these symptoms do not entirely go away.

If you are working, you have to inform your employer about your need for a few days of break for you to relax and fully recover yourself.

One of the symptoms that may still affect you is the weakness of one side of your body. An essential thing to do is to undergo rehabilitation through physical therapy in which you will be guided to relearn basic coordinating skills. Initially,

you will be assisted in doing Range of Motion (ROM) exercises to build up your affected limbs' strength until you can completely do it yourself. You are also encouraged to change position frequently while lying down.

Because of your affected limbs, you may find it difficult to perform your everyday tasks during the first few days of recovery like tooth brushing, bathing, eating and other basic doings. It may take a while for your affected side to carry out its functions,

but take your time and do not pressure yourself.
It is also expected for you to experience difficulty in balancing your body and walking. Assistance from your family members is needed for a time until you can fully stand up and walk without their support.

Do not rush yourself in performing this task. Remember that doing it abruptly may put you at risk of falling and that may injure your head. While lying down, start by slowly getting up. Sit for a while and wait for a minute before you can finally gain strength to stand up. Remember to only do it when you already have enough strength.

A few days or weeks after recovering, you may also begin to get involved in exercises. Take note that you don't have to do it heavily at first.

Exercise in a gradual motion until you can fully manage it. The recovery time of a person with a mild stroke may be either slow or fast, depending on a person's age and response to treatment.

Mild stroke recovery requires continuous health management in order to prevent a re occurrence and even complications.

A Terrific Way of Losing Weight: Walking

Creating some kind of personal exercise program is a fantastic way to get rolling losing weight. But you likely haven't worked out in a while, so you have no clue where to begin. It could even feel a little frightening, commitment wise. Fortunately, it's not that confusing or tough to do - simply start walking. You should make walking a huge part of your exercise plan.

There are lots of ways to fit walking into your day-to-day agenda. This is easy if you have a dog - merely take it for no less than 10 minute plus walk each day. After 7 days, you'll have walked a minimum of seventy minutes more than if you hadn't gone for walks at all.

You can double this by merely walking with your dog once in the morning and once in the afternoon. If you don't live too far away from work try walking there, or at least a part of the way.

For sure, irrespective of how far you are located from your office, you can work something out to get some exercise on the way there. Of course, you'll need to walk back at the end of your work day, too,

 so that doubles your exercise - which is great! But then, if you catch the bus to work, just use a bus stop farther away than the one you ordinarily use. It's not hard to incorporate walking in your daily life.

Walking is excellent for your body and overall health. The reason walking is so good for your heart and at helping you lose weight is that it is the best aerobic exercise.

There is no need for you to be concerned about overworking your joints or muscles like when running, because you can walk as slowly as you must. I have a brother who's one of those individuals who eats a ton of junk and fast food but never gets bigger. How does he do it?

 He tells me doesn't know, but he did tell me that he goes for a walk daily. When he reminded me of that, things suddenly became clear. Walking is simple exercise, so there really is no reason you shouldn't walk.

Try and get into the habit of walking daily since you'll have a better chance of sticking to it, and with the correct diet, you'll be able to lose weight with no problem. As you start to get used to walking,

you'll notice that you're decidedly feeling healthier and, because it's not that hard on you, your motivation will be enhanced as well. As you walk more and notice changes,

you'll want to do more or step up the level of intensity of your walks. Why should you hold back, if you feel like it? Once you get to the point where you're walking at a reasonably good pace and feel ready, You may be ready for jogging. After that, the sky's the limit.

There should be no excuse for you to not walk a short distance daily. No matter how busy you may be, you can surely find 10 minutes here and there for a quick walk. Another possibility is to join a gym and use their treadmills for a half hour or so each day.

The Advantages Of Using An Ab Toning Belt

You've seen the ads on television. "Get flat and toned abs fast by using this belt!"

As you rub your stomach, a frown creases your face in skepticism. You would love to tone up your abdomen. Yet you've learned through experience when purchasing other televised products that you can't believe everything you hear from the paid actors on the screen. Can these ab belts actually do what they say they can do? Will you have the abdomen you will be proud to show off during swimsuit season?

Benefits Of Ab Toning Belts - How They Work

Before finding out what benefits that abdominal belts give, you have to understand how one works. A basic toning ab belt will consist of breathable, lightweight material that allows you to wear it underneath your clothing as you are doing daily chores or exercises. The belt comes equipped with small pads that you stick to the skin of your abdominal area.

These pads contain tiny electrodes that send electrical pulses into the stomach. These electrical pulses stimulate the nerves in your stomach muscles, making them contract and relax. This contraction and relaxation of muscles simulate the exercises you would do to tone and strengthen your ab muscles.
Benefits Of Ab Toning Belts - Advantages To Your Body

While the ab toning belt isn't a full replacement for adopting a healthy lifestyle filled with exercise and eating healthy foods, it can give you several advantages.

The ab toning belt will help you tone and strengthen the abdominal muscles. It will also sculpt and define the ab region. If you have a regular exercise routine, the ab toning belt may help to speed things up to get quicker results.

Abdominal toning devices can't work miracles if you are looking to skip out on exercise and eating a healthy diet as you expect the belt to make you drop the excess body fat. Like with any other type of exercise tool, the ab toning belt is to be used in conjunction with a healthy lifestyle for you to see true results.

It is recommended that you only use ab toning belts approved by the FDA. Follow the instructions on wearing the belt for 30 minutes a day and set the belt at the right intensity. Although your results may vary, a person can typically see positive results in the toning and strengthening of their abs in about 4-to-8 weeks.

The Bowflex Revolution - You Will Never Need Another Piece of Workout Equipment

The Bowflex revolution is upon us and thanks to this technology you will never need another piece of workout equipment again. This equipment is designed to provide a complete body workout, targeting the muscle systems you choose to work on.

 Once you acquire one of these machines not only will you start looking and feeling great but it is going to save you a ton of space inside your home or exercise space. The new Revolution SpiraFlex system has replaced the old tension rod mechanisms but still provides excellent resistance for your routines. Just like always, the Bowflex eliminates the need for a variety of different weight sizes as well as the need for extra storage.

The Bowflex Revolution provides the ability to over 100 different exercises. The stock components offer 220 lbs of resistance for the upper body (which can be upgraded to 300 lbs, for those looking to up their workout) and 600 lbs of resistance on the lower body (with an upgrade).

This is a complete machine for a complete body workout and you will feel the burn. Combinations allow for the following exercises: leg presses, vertical bench press, leg extensions, preacher curls (with attachment) and so many more.

The varieties don't stop there! The Bowflex Revolution with SpiraFlex technology is an all in one station. The Freedom Arms have 10 different positions with 170 degrees of motion. There are 5 way hand grips and ankle cuffs that provide massive flexibility and workout performance.

There are cuffs for the ankle shoulder, foot and no grip style for the hands. It even comes with a built in rowing machine for the warm up and cool down periods of your workout. Plus it is very compact, it folds down to 55 x 38 inches. They have thought of everything in this device.

There revolution can be upon you too. The weather is warming up now and its time to get your body in to shape for the summer. Work off that winter weight. Take the Bowflex challenge and see the results that a Revolution machine can produce for you.

The machine will typically ship in days or less from their warehouse and arrive unassembled. They do provide assembly service to some locations, check to see if this is available for your location.

Which may be advisable, if you have taken a look at this space age technology, it might take a professional to put this thing together correctly without getting lost.