Archive for November, 2010

How Type 2 Diabetics Can Fight Morning Hunger Or Cravings and Lose Weight

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010 No Commented
Under: Weight Loss

Type 2 diabetics and everybody else gets told that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. The problem for Type 2 diabetics is that breakfast is also often the biggest meal of the day. People with diabetes wake up in the morning ready to eat eggs, sausages, cereal, doughnuts, potatoes, juice, tomatoes, ready to eat everything in sight. But there is a way to fight off morning cravings.

Dr. Karen R. Kelly of the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio in the United States tried an experiment with 17 diabetic volunteers, all of them between 65 and 67 years old. Keeping all the volunteers on a constant-calorie diet (that is no additional food, but no weight loss dieting either), Dr. Kelly assigned:

9 volunteers to eat a high-glycemic index diet, averaging over 80, and
8 volunteers to eat a low-glycemic index diet, averaging below 40

  • A high-glycemic index diet includes potatoes, bread, rice, sweets, and breakfast cereals, although not in unlimited quantities. Remember, these test subjects did not get to eat extra calories.
  • A low-glycemic index diet eliminates potatoes, bread, rice, sweets, and breakfast cereals, and really does not leave a lot of room for fruit. There can be small servings of fruit, maybe a single piece of candy every few days, and so on, but mostly the diet is high-protein, low-fat foods plus vegetables.

All the volunteers were assigned to an exercise program 1 hour a day, 5 days a week. Remarkably, (this is actually rare in exercise programs), the participants lost an average of 16.7 pounds (7.6 kg), some as much as 3 pounds (1.5kg) more, and some as much as 3 pounds or 1.5 kgs less! But all the participants lost weight by doing exercise, because they did not consume more calories.

This study shows Type 2 diabetics actually can lose weight eating the “wrong” foods if they just exercise and do not eat too much. But the volunteers who ate the high-glycemic index diet found that to be a lot harder to do. Dr. Kelly looked for the underlying reason why.

There is something about eating foods that are low on the glycemic index that reduces secretion of the hormone GLP-1, also known as glucagon-like peptide-1. This is the hormone the small intestine secretes when there’s digested food inside. It signals the pancreas to release insulin to transport sugar and store fat. It also tells your stomach that its work is done and you are ready for more.

Because the volunteers in both groups limited the amount of food they ate, they did not have high blood sugars and they also lost weight. But the people in the high-glycemic index group made more GLP-1. Their stomachs got the signal, “OK, fill me up again,” and it was especially strong in the morning. This study tells us that if you don’t want to wake up hungry and stay hungry all day, eat vegetables, low-glycemic index fruits, and protein foods.

What Actually Is A Laminotomy?

Saturday, November 27th, 2010 No Commented
Under: Back pain

There are not few people in existence out there who suffer from spinal stenosis. However, a large portion of these people are often unfortunate enough that they cannot get over their sickness with physical medications and therapy. This makes is necessary for these people to undergo a surgery as their last resort in attempts and hopes of recovering from their sickness. A spinal surgery is usually capable of creating some spaces in their vertebrae for the purpose of relieving the pain and pressure on their nerve system. Speaking of surgeries intended to treat spinal stenosis, there are usually laminectomy, foraminotomy and laminotomy. In this case, only laminotomy will be discussed.

Laminotomy ends with the suffix “otomy”. This means creating an incision. With that being said, what a laminotomy actually means is a process of cutting away those spine ache sufferers’ lamina in part. This is also meant to give more spaces so that those trapped nerves can be released.

But there is one thing that those spine ache sufferers will have to bear in mind. If they happen to experience more severe spine ache cases, laminotomy may not be able to help them anymore. They will need to undergo a laminectomy treatment instead which attempts to remove their lamina as a whole.

A laminotomy surgery is a far less invasive surgery compared to laminectomy. With that being said, those spine ache sufferers who undergo this treatment will not experience quite a major bleeding or noticeable scar, if there is even any bleeding or scar at all. What this may also mean is that those sufferers will need less time in order to fully recover from their sickness. They will not need to spend too many nights staying at the hospitals.

However, before any back pain or spine ache sufferers even think about undergoing a laminotomy at all, it may be a wise thing to do if they try healing themselves with other non surgical methods in advance. If the normal non surgical methods do not seem to work at all, they may want to try the more adverse non surgical methods. Steroid injections are one good example in this case. However, this is only a temporary healing method and it may have adverse effects.

A surgery healing method such as the laminotomy, on the other hand, may often seem to be an extreme one. However, with the help of the right spine surgeon — preferably someone with a fellowship in spine treatment and experiences in treating a large number of spine patients — and the right operation procedures, this surgery healing method may prove to heal the pain and all other symptoms that the spine ache sufferers may have been experiencing due to their spine problems quite easily indeed.

Contact Lenses or Glasses?

Friday, November 26th, 2010 No Commented
Under: Vision

Everyone has seen the specs, but not everyone wears them from morning until evening.

How nice and helpful eyewear is – this is debatable – many are bored with their helplessness without them, others by the inconvenience during sports and other mobile activities, but when your vision depends on them, you must not be capricious. Or maybe you do?

For a long time on the market, there are small and inconspicuous substitutes for glasses – contact lenses. They are divided into two main types – soft and hard. Soft lenses have a much greater application in eye practice because they are physiological.

Their selection should not be done indiscriminately, as it is necessary to adhere to several indicators – radius, diameter, diopter, and the type of material. Last but not least contacts comply with the occupation of the patient. Lenses should not be over worn. In general, the patient must comply with several rules when wearing lenses, and also follow the doctor’s instructions.

In one year of use the lenses need to be properly cared for: disinfected and cleaned by a special solution. The main problem occurs if there was no good maintenance or one of them stop “working” properly.

For the last 5 years the range of parameters of these lenses has grown. The lenses have acquired other qualities – UV protection, corrections astigmatism, huge selection of colors, and lenses with unusual views – Crazy and Wild eyes.

The advantages of lenses compared to glasses are that they provide much better visual acuity and no field restriction. Having in mind the quality and materials which they are produced from, the contact lenses provide a significant comfort. Glasses naturally remain in practice, they also have their place, but contact lenses are preferred mostly by young people, ones with high diopter and those who have a significant difference in vision between both eyes, which cannot be corrected with glasses, as they raise separation of images from both eyes in the cerebral cortex.

What to choose – glasses or contact lenses? Everything depends on the patient’s age, on his/her profession, and are there any medical indications for wearing contact lenses. If the one in need of a means of vision correction is an athlete for example, of course, the contact lenses are better than glasses. Lenses are not recommended for people with certain eye diseases or when their side effects have already occurred – allergic reactions and others. Of course, everyone who uses contact lenses should have a pair of glasses – as a backup.

The reasons for which we give up on glasses and try contact lenses are various. Some people are unsatisfied by their appearance or they try to make their life more convenient. Others are willing to change their look and attract other people’s attention. Whatever the causes are to resort to the lens, the glasses have their advantages. They make us look more intelligent and charming.

Mind Power Techniques And The 10% Brain

Thursday, November 25th, 2010 No Commented
Under: Mental health

Have you ever heard that we only use 10% of our brains? This statement has been around a while – and is commonly made along with mind power techniques that offer to connect us to the mental capabilities that lie dormant in that remaining ninety percent. If this statement were a fact then it wouldn’t be a very big deal to become a brain surgeon! In reality, the ten percent brain is a myth. The fact is that we do use all of our brain – maybe it would be more accurate to say that we are AWARE of only 10% of our brain activity – with 90% occurring outside our conscious mind.

As an example: The brain makes sure that our lungs keep breathing and our heart keeps beating. It triggers the fight or flight response (so helpful to our ancestors, but so troublesome to modern man). It thinks. It dreams. And much more…
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Most of this activity goes on in the background of our consciousness. Shaping our subconscious brain activity to reach positive, intentional outcomes can be done through mind power techniques that reach into that background.

The theory behind how this occurs is that each of us is simply a manifestation of the energy of the universe. We are not as separate as our conscious mind believes, but rather we are connected through our subconscious mind to all the energy of the universe. Our subconscious has no boundaries; far different from our conscious mind for which we’ve established well defined boundaries. Our subconscious does not analyze, it simply accepts the information it receives, on the other hand, our conscious mind analyzes, prioritizes and makes choices.

People who have not been trained to communicate across their subconscious and conscious minds have unwittingly imposed the conscious mind’s sense of boundaries on their subconscious minds as well. The subconscious mind accepts the self-limiting beliefs of our conscious mind – and converts those beliefs into reality. Using mind power techniques, we can learn to communicate with our subconscious, and to plant positive thoughts there. New thoughts can grow into a new and more positive reality as practice trains the subconscious mind to accept them.

Here are some of the most popular mind power techniques:

  • Affirmations – Positive statements repeated to your subconscious mind to form desired outcomes.
  • Dream interpretation – assigning meaning to dreams in an effort to better understand messages from the subconscious mind.
  • Hypnotic suggestion – A suggestion made to the subconscious mind while a person is in a deeply relaxed and receptive state.
  • Journaling – a tool used to support other mind power techniques by reinforcing efforts to connect the conscious and the subconscious mind.
  • Meditation – a state of deep relaxation that brings a sense of calm and prepares an individual for subconscious exploration.
  • Visualization – to better prepare for a similar event or activity in reality, this mind power technique involves experiencing an event or activity in your mind as preparation.

Knowing how to harness our subconscious to obtain more of what we want from our lives is not something that comes naturally to most of us. It takes repetition. Mind power techniques begin with expressing thoughts in a positive way – a way that will achieve our desired outcome. Those thoughts need to be reinforced with frequent repetition once we plant them in our subconscious mind. Using patience and repetition, those concepts will start to take hold and a positive new reality will start to form.
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The Cause, Symptoms, and Treatment of the Tailor’s Bunion

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010 No Commented
Under: Health care

Bunions are a well known and much reviled foot deformity involving a prominent big toe joint. The issues regarding pain in shoes and pressure on the prominent big toe joint are generally understood by the general public, and many people seek wider shoes or surgery to have this potentially painful deformity corrected. Of lesser ‘fame’, but no less important is the Tailor’s bunion. This article will discuss this deformity, and how it can be treated.

The joint at the base of the little toe, called the 5th metatarsal phalangeal joint, is somewhat different than the joint at the base of the big toe, where a traditional bunion is located. Its anatomic function in sharing the weight of the body and propelling the foot during walking is different, so therefore its shape and structure will differ from the big toe joint on the other side of the foot. However, a similar deformity can occur generally for the same reasons bunions occur at the big toe joint, leading to pain and a prominent bone against the side of the shoe. In essence, a Tailor’s bunion (also called a bunionette) is either an enlargement of the end of the 5th metatarsal bone outward against the side of the foot, or it is a spreading or bowing of this bone away from the foot, causing the same pressure. The result is pressure of the joint against the skin on the outside of the foot, on the exact opposite end of where a traditional bunion develops. Tight shoes will initially aggravate this site, causing skin irritation where the rubbing occurs. Eventually, the irritation will spread to the tissue underneath the skin, and a protective fluid bag called a bursa may develop to pad the surface between the skin and the prominent bone. In time, this bag itself may become inflamed, and the direct tissue covering the joint will follow suit, as an inflammatory condition called capsulitis develops. In advanced cases, pain and irritation can develop even in the absence of a shoe, simply with pressure from barefoot walking.

Traditional myth holds that the name ‘Tailor’s bunion’ is derived from the way tailor’s would sit and sew, with the feet cross-legged and underneath the body. In this position, the outside of the foot receives great pressure, and the little toe joint would therefore become irritated and inflamed after awhile. Certainly not seen only in tailors, this condition in actuality has its origins in genetics and foot structure. If one is born with a foot that is somewhat more flexible and mobile, the resulting excess motion will eventually lead to a migration of the 5th metatarsal bone away from the rest of the foot. The little toe, on the other hand, will migrate inward toward the toe next to it, leading to the prominent area on the outside of the little toe joint seen in a Tailor’s bunion. If the foot is more stable structurally, a Tailor’s bunion can still develop through a process of mechanical irritation on the bone itself as a enlargement or spur of the side of the bone slowly grows over time in some people. Tight shoes do not really cause this condition, but they certainly will encourage inflammation of the tissue over the bone, leading to pain and a definite awareness of the deformity if it was not noticed before.

Treatment for Tailor’s bunions can be as simple as changing shoes to as complicated as reconstructive surgery. One of the first things that needs to be employed when treating this condition is to look at the shoes worn on a daily basis. The majority of the time when a Tailor’s bunion is painful, these shoes will be narrow or pointed. Women’s dress shoes, and certain types of men’s dress shoes or reinforced boots will be in this category. Sometimes a simple conversion to a wider or more box-shaped shoe will alleviate all discomfort. In advanced cases, however, even roomier shoes will cause discomfort. This is mainly due to the inflammation occurring under the skin. In some cases, gel, foam, or felt padding can be used to help decrease joint pressure, although this tends to increase the ‘bulk’ of the foot in the shoe, and may have the opposite effect by making the shoe tighter. The inflammation itself can be treated with anti-inflammatory medications or injections, although these do not have any effect on the actual cause of structural irritation of the joint. In some cases, the use of prescription inserts (orthotics) can stabilize the 5th metatarsal, and limit the amount of instability, leading to a lessening of Tailor’s bunion symptoms. Long term use of orthotics may even help limit the development of a Tailor’s bunion outright, although use must begin at an early age.

In order to permanently correct a Tailor’s bunion, and eliminate the shoe irritation from the equation, surgery is required. Surgery essentially involves removal of the bone prominence. How this is done can vary depending on the nature of the bone deformity. If the side of the bone is simply enlarged, the surgeon can shave the enlarged portion off and this will be enough to relieve the symptoms. Healing for this is relatively quick, with most patients returning to a regular shoe within a few weeks, and time off the foot is usually limited to only a few days after surgery. If the bone position is abnormal, and the 5th metatarsal is angled or bowed away from the foot, a procedure to return it to a correct position is required. During this surgery, the bone is cut and moved in such a way that the normal position is restored, and screws or wires are used to hold the bone down so the cut end can heal. Recovery takes six weeks on average, usually while in a walking boot, although some surgeons may prefer a cast in certain cases. Both these surgeries tend to be quite successful, and have low rates of significant complications.

While not as well known as a traditional bunion, a Tailor’s bunion is nonetheless just as common, and can be just as painful. As one can see from this article, treatment options for this condition are available and can provide long lasting relief. It is yet another example of a foot condition that does not need to be suffered through for a lifetime.

Urticaria Treatment

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010 No Commented
Under: Allergies

Who Needs an Urticaria Treatment?

For many people Urticaria is a straight forward allergy…or is it? Through most peoples lives they will at some point experience an episode of Urticaria, the cause of such an outbreak might be something as simple as eating fresh berries such as strawberries, or perhaps an occurrence of Urticaria may be attributed to the use of a cosmetic or perfume, either way an Urticaria treatment is seldom required or sought.

In most cases these types of Urticaria outbreaks are referred to as acute. The Urticaria symptoms may appear as the direct result of a specific allergen and may dissipate just as quick. As mentioned most people will develop an allergic reaction such as skin hives (Urticaria) at some point.

The problems begin when Urticaria starts to become more frequent, and perhaps more worrying for no obvious reason, this type of Urticaria is normally referred to as idiopathic Urticaria. Even infrequent episodes of acute uticaria can be cause for some concern as they are often an early warning sign of the more serious condition called chronic Urticaria, which may become a problem later in life, this is when people start looking for an effective urticaria treatment.

This is how things developed for me, It started out with the occasional acute uticaria outbreak and then proceeded to grow worse as I got older, until my condition turned into chronic Urticaria and became a real problem, one I had to live with on an almost daily basis to varying degrees.This was when I began my search for an Urticaria treatment that would help my condition.

The following details are some of the methods I tried or had prescribed in pursuit of an Urticaria treatment. I will say that although some offered me some relief others weren’t as helpful, but that’s not to say they wont help you with your condition or at least offer some relief or reduction in your Urticaria symptoms.

Traditional Urticaria Treatment:

As far as traditional medicine goes, urticaria treatments are limited. In actual fact these aren’t even real urticaria treatments at all, what they are, are methods of reducing symptoms of the condition. While these symptomatic methods may seem like a good idea at the time of the urticaria outbreak they seldom achieve any lasting results, plus it’s also true to say that prolonged use of certain drugs can actually make chronic uticaria far worse.

Symptomatic urticaria treatments include the following:

Antihistamine is always at the top of the list of medication used to control urticaria outbreaks, there’s nothing wrong with antihistamines and they can prove effective in treating acute uticaria, but they are no match for an ongoing condition.
The chronic version of the condition may respond better to a course of steroids, although this still isn’t a long term option for a chronic condition.
For very quick relief & in limited cases your doctor may even give you a cortisone injection to disperse a serious attack when nothing else is working. However in my experience it is difficult to get your doctor to go straight for a shot, my doctor preferred to keep prescribing further courses of steroids (UK)

An urticaria treatment which might help:

I still wouldn’t call the following method a real cure, but as a short to medium term urticaria treatment this might help. I used the following combination for several weeks with some degree of success, until I found something better.

Use a combination of H1 & H2 Antihistamines to control your urticaria:

  • Taking a combination of prescribed H1 and over the counter H2 antihistamines worked well for me for some time, I know it has also helped many more people suffering with urticaria in the short term. You could try this method to control your chronic urticaria, especially if you have any type of event or special occasion coming up.
  • I would point out however that this method should not be continued over long periods as the toxins from the medication may do you more harm than good.

Although, not a long term urticaria treatment-this may help.

Get Rid Of Belly Fat

Saturday, November 20th, 2010 No Commented
Under: Weight Loss

Hi, getting rid of belly fat is not difficult but it does take following a few simple guidelines. In this article, I will discuss 3 steps anyone can take to get them moving in the right direction and seeing the results they want!

1. Make a decision to follow a disciplined routine

When the word discipline is mentioned it normally brings the thought that its hard or difficult to achieve but although there will be some work involved the main difficulty is the way we think about what we are going to do.

If you think its going to be hard, it will be. But if you see losing weight as something you will enjoy it will be a lot easier. Question is, can you enjoy losing weight? Will it be a discipline you can enjoy? If you do something you like or enjoy you will more than likely take action rather than if you don’t enjoy it you’ll definitely find it a lot harder to lose weight.

2. Find out what works for you

Using a simple plan will get you started and then continue to go on to get the results you want. For example, there’s a method or principle that a lot of people use to get themselves to take action with something you need to do.

It’s called the pain/pleasure principle. Have you ever said to yourself, that you should lose weight or I’ll go on a diet next week? We all have but the problem is that doesn’t really get us to take action does it?

If you said to yourself, if I don’t lose this weight this week/month/year what will be the outcome? Do you want to keep looking in the mirror and not liking what you see staring back at you? This is the pain side of the principle that if you don’t take action the results are not going to make you happy.

The other side to this is, what if you do take action and you do lose the weight this week/month/year how that is going to make you feel? A whole lot better than you do at the moment! This is the pleasure side of the principle.

3. Track your progress

When tracking your progress don’t expect results overnight. If you haven’t exercised or tried to lose weight for a long period of time then allow for that. Don’t give yourself a few days because all that will do is set you up for disappointment and then you’ll probably stop altogether.

Give yourself a couple of weeks and check how you’re doing and then again at the end of month. Also don’t give yourself too long a time scale before you check how much weight you’ve lost either. Get a nice balance. You can’t give yourself too short a time schedule but you don’t give yourself 1 year from now either, be realistic.

Living the Unending Cycle of Depression

Friday, November 19th, 2010 No Commented
Under: Depression

As a thinking and feeling being, man naturally gets depressed once in a while. However, when the feeling of drowning, sadness and bitterness goes on for more than a week or a month, this is already an indication or a warning sign that something is wrong.

Knowing that you might be prone to depression is tricky. Sometimes others may already have depression but still do not know it. This can become dangerous or health-hazardous. I should know because I nearly ended my life just because I did not fully understand what was going on with me. The worse is, I would feel that I was in control and keep myself in a cycle of denial that I was getting better and better and that I could over come it. I was wrong.

The biggest mistake of people with depression is denial. As I have mentioned earlier, when you have this nagging feeling that you are always down, like someone has died on a daily basis, even when there are occasions that would call for celebration, enjoyment or happiness, one usually shrugs this off. Until it is usually too late and one is already caught deep within the cycle of depression that never ends.
The usual signs that a person is having depression are easily the following:

• A person who just lost interest in life – everything about going through daily living, like eating, sleeping, talking to people, socializing, working and doing usual hobbies;

• An unusual change in sleeping patterns – others find it hard to sleep and keep tossing and turning; or like me, others would tend to sleep most of the time, even when my head would ache from all the sleeping, I would not have any motivation to get up from bed. I would rather find solace in escaping into the darkness of sleep

• An immense feeling of worthlessness or uselessness and that life is not worth living anymore – for no apparent reason. I used to feel unwanted. When people talk to me I would think that they hate me or don’t want me around them. It is pretty weird, but I would think that I am the loneliest person there is in the planet;

• Unusual occurrence of aches and pains in the body and inability to focus on work at hand or a particular topic (for students). Since I was oversleeping, and mostly I would force myself to work and get through the day, I would be lethargic and I would not be able to concentrate on anything at all.

The common signs associated with depression seem natural that a normal person would go through. This is the reason why it is oftentimes hard to detect people with depression unless they really share their feelings.

Usually people with depression think that they can get out of the cycle. Then most often these people just force themselves into activities that they thought would help alleviate the feeling of depression, only to realize in the end that these activities – clubbing, drinking, too-much socializing, spending time out of work and having more vacation time, etc. – would make them even sinker deeper into the depression pit.

The results of these efforts to temporarily alleviate depression – poor work or study performance, low energy levels, suspensions or ultimately loss of work due to poor output – only push depressed persons farther into the cycle. I lost my job because I would find more comfort in escaping responsibilities and the possibility that I would get reprimanded for poor work output or late work submission. Memos kept piling up my desk until I was asked to find another work.

Others would resort to what they think as the ultimate solution – ending their lives. I used to always feel that too. I felt that it would not matter if I killed myself since the world has no use for me anyway.

People suffering from depression and suicidal tendencies need people to talk to. I find relief in talking to my friends. Their patience and encouragement give me the strength I need to keep trying and to follow intervention activities so that I may finally be free of this cycle.

Best Hair Loss Treatments For Women

Thursday, November 18th, 2010 No Commented
Under: Hair Loss

The best hair loss treatments for women actually involve a lot of the things men use for hair problems. A lot of women notice hair loss. It is a very common problem and the urge to find a treatment can be very normal. Most women actually notice that they are losing hair around the age of thirty when they are combing their hair. The hairs tend to come out slowly, but gradually, until on day you are touching your hair and you notice something wrong.

The thinning of a woman’s hair is natural. Everyone loses thousands of hair every day, and that is no need to be alarmed. We only need to be worried when the hair continues to fall out from a specific place on our heads. If you see patches of hair missing then there is definitely a problem and you should seek out the best hair loss treatments for women.

Hair loss treatments can be found quite easily these days. The easiest place, and least embarrassing is to look on the Internet. If you search for different hair products you will be able to find amazing solutions to your hair loss problem. You need to know that you are not alone in this, and that there are plenty of other women out there losing hair.

The Best Hair Loss Treatments

The best hair loss treatments that you will come across are going to be lotions, shampoo, or something you take orally. Of course if you do decide to take any kind of oral medicine, or topical for that matter, I highly suggest that you seek medical advice first. You don’t want to use some strange lotion on your scalp only to find out that you are allergic, and then you’ll end up losing more hair or with an embarrassing rash.

Drastic Hair Treatments

If your situation is very serious then you can always consider drastic hair loss treatments. These may end up being the best hair loss treatments for you, even though they can be dangerous and expensive.

1. Laser Hair Treatment – Laser hair treatment will involved a series of visits to the doctor’s office in order to get individual hairs attached to your head. This is a serious surgery and should not be taken seriously. It can also be very expensive, although it is more likely to be covered for women than for men.

2. A wig – You can always buy an expensive wig to wear around if your loss is too serious. You can find many high-quality wigs either on the Internet or in your local wig shop. The best quality wigs are made from human hair, and obviously those ones are more expensive. If you choose the less expensive route you can get fake hair, but it is more visibly fake, like for a Halloween costume.

3. Shave your head – You could go with the bald-chick look. Actually a lot of men find it sexy, but not many women would ever choose this. This is a very drastic hair treatment.

Whichever route you take, just remember that a lot of women experience loss, but if you notice it falling out in handfuls then you should get to the doctor as soon as possible to run blood tests. Hair problems can be a sign of severe physical illness, and you can never be too careful with your health.

Fastest Way to Lose Weight Update

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010 No Commented
Under: Weight Loss

For people who have struggled with weight issues at some point in their lives, finding the fastest way to lose weight is something they would welcome with open arms. This may come as a shock to many people but the fastest way to lose weight safely is also the easiest way to lose weight. Don’t be fooled by fad diets which require you to either give up entire food groups or everything that tastes good to you. Losing weight fast and in the right way requires people to change the way they eat, get on a regular exercise program and change their entire lifestyle.

The following dieting tips do not involve starving yourself or going on any fad diets which will ultimately affect your health; these tips require only that you make simple changes in your everyday life.

Tip 1 – Drink Plenty of Water

Water plays a huge role in helping you to lose weight. It acts as an appetite suppressant, which means that you will be less hungry between meals. Often, you will find that people mistake thirst for hunger so they end up eating when they should be drinking water.

Water fends off dehydration which masquerades as cravings or hunger. It also aids in metabolizing stored fat by flushing waste from the kidneys.

Tip 2 – Eat Small Meals throughout the Day

Eating five or six small meals during the day as opposed to three large meals is better for your metabolism. Eating small meals spread throughout the day ensures that you don’t feel hungry so you’ll be less likely to give into those cravings. The most important meal of the day, and the one which you should not skip under any circumstances, is breakfast. Breakfast fuels your body first thing in the morning. This gets your metabolism going. Eating small meals throughout the day is the fastest way to lose weight.

Tip 3 – Eat Plenty of Fiber

Fiber comes from plant-based foods. Our bodies cannot digest fiber readily and it therefore simply passes through the body. It helps to burn calories as it attaches itself to fat and protein as it passes through the body, thus causing it to be eliminated. Foods rich in fiber are low in calories and also very filling. The fastest way to lose weight is to consume fewer calories than before while eating fiber-rich foods.

Tip 4 – Eliminate Bad Fats and Consume More Good Fats

Not all fats are bad. In fact, the fastest way to lose weight requires that you consume some good fats. Good fats supply the body with essential fatty acids required for reproduction and growth. These good fats also help to regulate blood pressure and lower risk of cardiovascular disease. Some good sources of essential fats are salmon, olive oil and sardines. Eat plenty of good protein as well, as protein helps to burn fat. It also helps to maintain muscle mass which keeps your metabolism elevated. Fish, cheese, chicken, lean meats and eggs are good sources of protein.

Why Is The Acai Berry Considered A Superfruit?

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010 No Commented
Under: Nutrition

The Acai Berry is considered a superfruit because of the numerous health benefits that it provides. The fruit itself is full of powerful antioxidants that play a vital role in keeping our bodies healthy. Antioxidants are important for your body because they help rid your body of any toxins and waste, but they can also help repair some of the damage caused by free radicals.

One of the biggest benefits of Acai to your health is that it provides you with the antioxidants that you need to support a healthy heart. These berries are one of the best sources of anthocyanins; red wine is one of the only other sources of this compound. Acai is one of the better sources for anthocyanins because of its high concentration level. Another benefit to receiving the compounds from the Acai berry rather than from red wine is you don’t have to worry about the dangers of consuming alcohol.

The Acai berry is also high in both Omega-6 and Omega-9 fatty acids, which are vital for your heart’s health. However, these fatty acids have also been shown to help protect your entire cardiovascular system, not just your heart. Some studies also suggest that these two fatty acids can help lower cholesterol, and lowering your cholesterol levels is needed to help keep your heart healthy. This berry is also a great source for dietary fiber and protein, which both are needed to keep your heart strong.

Another benefit of Acai is how it is thought to slow down the aging process, but not prevent it. While there is no solid proof that the Acai berry can slow down the aging process it is widely believed by many doctors that this superfruit contains enough antioxidants to help restore the youthful look in the skin, which is what can help us look younger. Another thought on slowing down the aging process is that the combination of the high number of anthocyanins and the antioxidants found in the fruit are working together to slow down the process, but again no studies have been done to show this to be true.

Most studies do show that antioxidants can help slow down the aging process because they help prevent damage from free radicals, which can help minimize the effects of aging on your body. It used to be that grapes and blueberries were the best fruits you could find if you were looking for fruits high in antioxidants. Now buy Acai berry Canada can be added to that list, as long as the berry has been freeze dried right after it has been harvested so that it doesn’t lose its nutritional value.

With all of the health benefits provided from the Acai berry it is easy to overlook another significant benefit, which is a reported increase in natural energy and stamina. It is through this increase that many people feel that Acai can help them lose weight. By increasing your energy and stamina it can help you lose weight because you will have more energy to exercise, but will also have the stamina needed to exercise for a longer period of time.

Sytropin Consumer Reviews

Saturday, November 13th, 2010 No Commented
Under: Nutrition

There are consumer reviews and there are consumer reviews. If you read between the lines, you know what i mean. There are some consumer reviews that may be legitimate while others may be a marketing ploy for the company for its own benefit. Some legitimate consumer reviews will have its fair of both and good comments about the product. Sytropin consumer reviews may fall into this category. There are others that are misleading. One consumer review may lambaste one company but then have an internal link to that company’s competitor. Those are red flag signals that indicate the partiality of the review and for most people, are often ignored as a good review.

The advent of the internet has magnified the proliferation of consumer reviews. This is not necessarily bad. In this information age, the need to sift through so much data is a necessity and a skill requirement that most people are learning fast. This may be a problem for new users of the internet and herein lies the caveat that they may be victims to scams and frauds. There are some who use email scams by emailing people and telling them that they have won this much amount etc and all they need is for someone to deposit a small amount to get the whole amount. This email scam is normally sent to the trash bin of your email software but there are cases when people do reply and they get taken for a lot of money. Such a terrible thing to deceive someone but that is the reality of this era of information. Information may be good or bad but it is information.

For many of us internet users, this technology has changed our lives. The way we communicate has changed. We started off sending regular mail, now known as snail mail. Wireless dispatches over the telegraph made messaging almost instantaneous with certain limitations and quite expensive if you do the word count. The message would be like this for those of you who do not know what it was like sending telegrams: Arriving on Thursday June 23 stop. Please bring car stop. Many things stop. Sounds weird, but the truth of the matter was using Morse codes, the dotting sound did not mean the end of the sentence but taps to letters that made the sentence. The other thing is that stop has less letters than period. Then came the telephone and long distance telephone charges were so expensive. These days through the internet and telephony, you can have video chats for free and talk to anyone who is on the same video chat software anywhere in the world. Electronic mail can be sent to those with email accounts that you know and you can attach pictures, music, files, etc. In essence, the action of doing a Sytropin Consumer Review can be done in minutes by anyone in the world. Communication has become almost effortless and definitely inexpensive.

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