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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Five secret keys for fitness in 2014-15 (without hard exercise)

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Five secret keys for fitness


This is my new article on health and fitness. In this article you will find five secret keys for fitness in 2014-15. Every successful fitness and weight loss program boils down to two key ingredients: eating well – not dieting! And staying active – not exercising! Plus maintaining how we eat and stay active depends on consistency, intensity, moderation and support.
Here are 5 secret keys for fitness in 2014-15.

Five secret keys for fitness in 2014-15 (without hard exercise)

Key 1-Moderation formula

Diets that forbid you to eat sweets, fat or processed foods have their hearts in the right place but they’re not realistic. We’re all going to give in to temptation sooner or later. As long as you stay active and eat a balanced diet, you can give yourself permission to eat a burger and fries or ice cream once or twice a week. And when you do, don’t binge but moderate. Don’t sit in front of the TV with a bag or chips or container of ice cream. Grab a small bowl, dole out a satisfying portion, and enjoy. We rarely eat the foods that tempt us because we’re starving. We eat them because we have a craving. So satisfy your craving – in moderation.

 

Key 2-Eating well formula

Our ancestors didn’t diet much. They didn’t rigidly consume X% of carbs and Y% or protein or check food labels for grams of fat or calories from sugar or sugar substitutes. In fact, most of the time, finding enough to eat was the more immediate challenge. When they did, they tried to eat a reasonable balance of grain, meat, dairy, fruits and vegetables. What’s more, they obviously didn’t eat processed foods. They stuck to simple foods that come out of the ground or oceans, or are raised on land. Eating a lot of processed foods, often made with a lot of artificial ingredients, is not usually eating well.
Five secret keys for fitness in 2014-15 (without hard exercise)

Key 3- Staying active all the time formula

Our forebears didn’t have treadmills or barbells or stationary bicycles to stay active. They were too busy toiling fields, hunting wild game or raising livestock. While most of us don’t perform that sort of labor anymore, it doesn’t mean sitting at a computer, behind the wheel or curled up on a couch for hours every day is okay. Our bodies evolved to be active and we need to find ways to do so. Running or weight-training isn’t for everyone. But it’s still important to find an activity or sport you enjoy doing a few hours each week that can get your heart rate up and help you break a sweat. How much activity you need to lose weight depends on how much weight you want to lose and how much you’re eating. But think of it this way: each kilometer you walk burns around 100 calories – so walk 5 kilometers a day and you could burn an extra 300 calories that would otherwise turn to fat in your body. In a month, that’s about 9,000 calories, which amounts to about 2.6 pounds or 30 pounds in a year – 30 pounds by simply walking 5 KM every day.

Five secret keys for fitness in 2014-15 (without hard exercise)

Key 4- Consistency formula

As you can see, you can realistically lose 2 or 3 pounds in a month from brisk walking. If you’re 50 or 100 pounds overweight, that might sound discouraging but it shouldn’t be. Rome, as they say, wasn’t built in a day. Imagine if you were building a new home but only devoted an hour to it every week, or stopped for months or years. It would never get built. Achieving a big goal requires that you be consistent. If you can’t work out every day, that’s okay. Then work out longer three days a week, every week, all year, until it becomes second nature. And make it a priority to find the time. We all lead busy lives but most of us still miraculously find time to watch TV or surf the internet for hours every week. If you have time for Facebook, Candy Crush or NCIS, you have an hour a day to make yourself healthier and lose weight.

Key 5-Intensity formula


 Some people go to the gym and halfheartedly peddle on a stationary bike as they text or surf on their smartphone, or socialize with their friends. (Maybe that’s even you.) Whatever activity you choose to stay active and lose weight, focus on it. Research suggests that paying attention while you’re working out can increase the exercise’s effectiveness by 30 or 40% -- in other words, when you get in the zone, you get more out of what you’re doing.

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Try some unusual/weird lifestyles may help you lose weight

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Try some effective but Strange Weight Loss Tricks


You'd never guess it, but these unfamiliar habits may actually help you lose those extra pounds.

Blue color effect

Surround Yourself with Blue will help you lose weight. There’s a good reason you won’t see many fast-food restaurants decorated in blue: Believe it or not, the color blue functions as an appetite suppressant. So, serve up dinner on blue plates, dress in blue while you eat, and cover your table with a blue tablecloth. Conversely, avoid red, yellow, and orange in your dining areas. Studies find these colors encourage overeating.
Try some unusual/weird lifestyles may help you lose weight

 

Mirror effect

Hang a Mirror opposite Your Seat at the Table. Eating in front of mirrors decreases the amount people eat by nearly one-third, according to recent research. Seems having to look yourself in the eye reflects back some of your own inner standards and goals, and reminds you of why you’re trying to lose weight in the first place.

 

Tying yourself effect

Weight-conscious French women wear a ribbon around their waist and underneath their clothes when they go out for dinner. It keeps them conscious of the tummy—particularly if the ribbon starts to feel tighter as the evening goes on.

 

Shooting Your Food effect

Rather than writing down every morsel, take a picture of it, and file the photos on your phone or computer by date. A visual account of your consumption may help you curb your intake. Snapping photos can make people stop and think before indulging. It needn’t be a big production: your cell phone will do.


Try some unusual/weird lifestyles may help you lose weight

Moderate Chocolate and Wine

While you may think that chocolate and alcohol are taboo when dieting, these foods can actually help release fat. Just be sure to stick to moderate quantities and go for dark chocolate and red wine.

Try a Sniffing effect

You might feel silly but Sniffing a Banana, Apple, or Peppermint works. Research discovered that the more frequently people sniffed, the less hungry they were and the more weight they lost — an average of 30 pounds each. One theory is that sniffing the food tricks the brain into thinking you’re actually eating it.

Try some unusual/weird lifestyles may help you lose weight

No scale watching

In the first few days, if the scale doesn’t budge, try to focus on what is changing, whether that’s a slimmer face, looser fitting clothes, compliments from friends and family members, and higher energy levels. Stick with it and the weight loss will follow.

 

Swapping food effect

There are many kind of swapping foods-Vegetarian? Lactose Intolerant? Gluten allergies? Dieting can still work. Just substitute certain foods. For instance, if you’re a vegetarian, you can get protein from beans, tofu, and nuts instead of meat and fish; if you can’t drink milk you can swap in lactose-free milk.

Lastly- Remember: It's Not a Diet, it's a Lifestyle Plan

Repeat the mantra “I can commit to anything for 21 days.” But after that, you’ll be surprised that you feel so healthy and energized after sticking with your diet.


 

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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Best five simple home remedies for Arthritis

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Simple home remedies for arthritis


What is arthritis?


Arthritis is inflammation of one or more joints. A joint is the area where two bones meet. There are over 100 different types of arthritis
Arthritis involves the breakdown of cartilage. Normal cartilage protects a joint and allows it to move smoothly. Cartilage also absorbs shock when pressure is placed on the joint, such as when you walk. Without the normal amount of cartilage, the bones rub together. This causes, swelling (inflammation), and stiffness.

Best five simple home remedies for Arthritis
Joint inflammation may result from:
•An autoimmune disease (the body's immune system mistakenly attacks healthy tissue)
•Broken bone
•General "wear and tear" on joints
•Infection, usually by bacteria or virus
In most cases, the joint inflammation goes away after the cause goes away or is treated. Sometimes it does not. When this happens, you have chronic arthritis. Arthritis may occur in men or women. Osteoarthritis is the most common type.

Other, more common types of arthritis include:
•Ankylosing spondylitis
•Crystal arthritis, gout, pseudogout
•Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (in children)
•Bacterial infections
•Psoriatic arthritis
•Reactive arthritis (Reiter syndrome)
•Rheumatoid arthritis (in adults)
•Scleroderma
•Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)
Symptoms
Arthritis causes joint pain, swelling, stiffness, and limited movement. Symptoms can include:
•Joint pain
•Joint swelling
•Reduced ability to move the joint
•Redness and warmth of the skin around a joint
•Joint stiffness, especially in the morning
A doctor can prescribe medication or you can take over-the-counter pain relievers. But many people experience improvement simply by staying physically active along with one or more simple natural treatments
Here best five home remedies for arthritis

Best five simple home remedies for Arthritis

1. Use more Ginger in diet


Best ingredient that can help treat arthritis is ginger, which has natural anti-inflammatory properties.
•Dry grind a mixture of 6 teaspoons of dried ginger, 6 teaspoons of caraway seeds and 3 teaspoons of black pepper. Take half a teaspoon of this mixture along with water, thrice daily.
•Ginger oil, when applied on the affected area on a regular basis, can reduce pain, inflammation and stiffness.
•Eating raw ginger on a regular basis can help to alleviate pain by improving blood circulation. Simply peel and slice fresh ginger and eat it along with each meal.

2. Eat more Turmeric


Regular consumption of turmeric can reduce inflammation. It contains curcumin that possesses anti-inflammatory properties. It is particularly good when dealing with rheumatoid arthritis.
•You can take 500mg to 1,000mg turmeric capsules three times per day.
•You can also drink fresh turmeric juice, or a glass of milk mixed with one teaspoon of turmeric powder daily before going to bed.

3. Daily use of Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is rich in minerals such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, and phosphorus. Thus, it is useful in relieving joint pain. Moreover, it helps remove the buildup of toxins in the joints and connective tissues.
1.Take a cup of warm water.
2.Mix one teaspoon each of apple cider vinegar and honey in it.
3.Drink this solution daily in the morning as it gives an alkalizing effect.

4. More Cinnamon in food

Cinnamon can be used to relieve arthritis pain due to its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties .
•Mix one-half teaspoon of cinnamon powder and one tablespoon of honey in a cup of warm water and drink it every morning on an empty stomach. Do this daily for several days.
•You can also make a paste of cinnamon and honey and massage it gently on the painful area.

5.More Cherries


Cherries are a very good source of magnesium and potassium, both of which help arthritis sufferers. Magnesium is a natural painkiller, and potassium helps reduce inflammation.
•Eat eight to 10 cherries daily. You can use canned, frozen or fresh cherries depending upon which is easily available.
•You can also drink cherry syrup. Boil some cherries in water for a few minutes until it creates a strong, sweet syrup. Drink this daily for a few months
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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Two New Treatments for Severe Food Allergies MAY SAVE many KIDS LIVES

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New Treatments for Severe Food Allergies


This is good news for treating kids with allergies. These new approaches can help every family in long way.

 

What is food allergy?

Food allergy is an abnormal response to a food, triggered by the body’s immune system. There are several types of immune responses to food. The information on this Web site focuses on one type of adverse reaction to food, in which the body produces a specific type of antibody, called immunoglobulin E (IgE).

Two New Treatments for Severe Food Allergies MAY SAVE many KIDS LIVES

The binding of IgE antibodies to specific molecules in a food triggers the immune response
The response may be mild, or in rare cases it can be associated with the severe and life-threatening reaction called anaphylaxis.
If you have a food allergy, it is extremely important for you to work with your healthcare professional to learn what foods cause your allergic reaction
Sometimes, a reaction to food is not an allergy at all but another type of reaction called food intolerance.

What are new treatments?

1. The first treatment involves oral immunotherapy, a type of allergy management that involves desensitization.
2. This approach is being tested at the Northwest Asthma and Allergy Center (NAAC) in Seattle. Researchers at the NAAC have experimented with a skin patch containing a small amount of known food allergen’s proteins

Two New Treatments for Severe Food Allergies MAY SAVE many KIDS LIVES
Allergies caused by foods can be not only bothersome, they can be fatal. This fact makes two new breakthrough treatments for children with severe food allergies a breath of fresh air for parents and researchers hoping to save the lives of their children who suffer from extreme allergic reactions to certain types of foods. The new treatments focus on desensitizing children to foods that cause extreme allergic reactions. The significance of food allergies is not a trite matter. In fact, experts see a parallel between food allergies and the sharp rise of other recent epidemics such as asthma, diabetes and autoimmune diseases. There is no rational explanation for the growth of these diseases, but they continue to afflict millions of Americans.
  According to NBC News Chief Medical Editor, Dr. Nancy Snyderman, while there is no true cure for food allergies in children, the new research offers hope for experts who want to stop the deadly reactions associated with allergies. Snyderman explained that researcher’s estimate that nearly 15 million Americans have food allergies, and that potentially deadly reaction to food allergies affects nearly six million children under the age of 18 throughout the United States each year. The new research shows a glimmer of hope in curbing deaths causes by food allergies. The hope is that allergies can now be managed so that they are not deadly.
The American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) reported that food-related allergies are caused by a number of foods. However, the most common foods known to trigger severe allergic reactions are well-known. Peanuts and cow’s milk top the list of foods most likely to cause allergies in children. Other foods include eggs, tree nuts, wheat and soy, and shellfish. Experts explain an allergic reaction starts with an ordinary food, like a peanut. The protein within a peanut is misidentified in the body as an invader, like a virus or bad bacteria. The body immediately starts to create a defense for the invader.


Two New Treatments for Severe Food Allergies MAY SAVE many KIDS LIVES

 This sets off a fire hydrant-like release of chemicals into the bloodstream, including histamines. Those chemicals trigger the release of more chemicals, and the chemical chain reaction escalates in a sustained loop. This ever-increasing chemical chain reaction escalates in a sustained loop. This ever-increasing chemical cascade continues until the heart or the lungs to fail, and the person collapses. This is called anaphylactic shock and it can be deadly. Finding a cure, therefore, becomes a critical focus for researchers who are hopeful new treatments will save lives of children with severe food allergies. Finding a new treatment for severe food allergies will not only save lives, it will save money as well. According to American Journal of the American Medical Association’s (JAMA) researcher, Dr. Ruchi Gupta, the overall economic cost in pediatric food allergy was estimated at just under $25 billion a year. That equates to approximately $5,000 for every child afflicted with allergies across the United States. This figure includes medical costs, clinician visits, emergency department visits, and even hospitalization, explained Gupta. She further stated, “Childhood food allergy results in significant medical costs for our health care system but even larger costs for families.” The new approach to helping find a cure for food related allergies in children involves two different types of treatments. The first treatment involves oral immunotherapy, a type of allergy management that involves desensitization. According to New York Times reporter, Melanie Thernstrom, the revolutionary new treatment helps children re-educate their over active immune systems by feeding them very small doses of allergy causing foods, gradually increasing the amounts over the course of several months. In addition to the allergy causing foods, patients are injected with the asthma drug Xolair.

“Eventually patients build up their tolerance for the food until it is no longer dangerous,” said Stanford University Allergy Center Director, Dr. Kari Nadeau, who heads up the study on oral immunotherapy. The results of Nadeau’s research has shown remarkable results in childhood patients who suffer from food allergies. After six months of treatment, many children have become desensitized to the foods that used to send them to the hospital. Still Nadeau explained that the treatment is not a complete solution for children suffering from food-related allergies. “Oral immunotherapy is still experimental. Patients are not cured, they are desensitized enough that they can tolerate their former allergens,” said Nadeau.

The second approach is being tested at the Northwest Asthma and Allergy Center (NAAC) in Seattle. Researchers at the NAAC have experimented with a skin patch containing a small amount of known food allergen’s proteins. Because peanuts are one of the most common forms of foods children are allergic to, and because reaction to peanuts can often times be life threatening, the initial research at the Seattle-based NAAC focused on the legume. According to Dr. Stephen Tilles, as the protein-tainted patch is absorbed into the skin, it provides a form of immunotherapy. “The goal is to achieve the same type of results as a vaccination,” said Dr. Tilles. Whether it is peanuts or cashews, milk or eggs, shrimp or fish, severe food allergies among children is a growing concern among doctors who are searching for new food allergy treatments that will save lives and create a better life for children. While these two experiments have shown great promise to reduce food-related allergies among children, they are still both in the early stages of experimentation, and awaiting FDA approval.

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