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Exercise!

Author: Nathan
June 14, 2011

Benefits of exercise.

What fits your busy schedule better, exercising one hour a day or being dead 24 hours a day?

Sometimes a good sweat session is just what the doctor ordered: Exercise has been shown to help ease menstrual cramps, joint pain, headaches, stress and depression, for starters. But if you’re not feeling up to your workout, your body might be trying to tell you that it needs a break. Here are five science-backed reasons to throw in the towel (for today).
Something hurts. There’s the good, normal kind of postworkout pain—the achy soreness you feel for a day or two after you’ve pushed your muscles a little harder than usual or tried something new—and the bad kind that feels like more of an ouch and lingers, explains SELF contributing expert Lisa Callahan, M.D., codirector of the Women’s Sports Medicine Center at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. If a pain persists longer than 72 hours, causes swelling at the site, keeps you up at night or hurts more when you exercise, it’s time to sit on the sidelines and call your doc.
You’re sleep-deprived. Insufficient zzz’s could be as devastating to your well-being as lack of exercise, says James B. Maas, Ph.D., professor of psychology at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. “Your body uses sleep to restore itself both physically and mentally, yet people continue to put it off as if it’s optional,” says Maas. If you’ve been falling short of the seven to eight hours of nightly shut-eye experts recommend and feel downright exhausted when your alarm goes off in the morning, hit snooze and leave your workout for another day. Bonus: The extra rest will give you more energy to punch through that last mile or set of reps when you do hit the gym again.
You feel dizzy, thirsty or clammy. These are signs of warm weather injuries like heatstroke and exhaustion, cases of which are up 133 percent in the past decade, a study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine warns. Heatstroke can happen even on mild days, so always keep water handy, and if you start to feel the above symptoms, rest, drink up and call it quits for the day. Better safe than sorry!
Your stomach’s been feeling queasy. A little bit of indigestion is no biggie, but if you’re throwing up or experiencing severe diarrhea, you’re already on your way to dehydration and exercise will only make it worse. A 12-hour bug causes most upset stomachs, so you should be fine after a day in bed (or in the bathroom). Just be sure to drink plenty of clear fluids in the meantime.
You have a fever. If the thermometer reads above 100 and you feel exhausted or achy all over, you could have the flu, so trade your gym clothes for your PJ’s and get thee to bed! You’ll likely be too zonked to work up a non-fever-induced sweat anyway. Plus, you’re contagious a full day before you have any symptoms and for the first few days after symptoms strike, and I’m betting your fellow gymgoers don’t want the flu any more than you do. So rest up, drink plenty of fluids and don’t even think about those sneakers until your fever breaks and you’re feeling normal again.

Better than doctors.

Get off your butt!

My advise: stop looking for excuses and get your butt off the couch! Make it a habit to exercise at least 3 time a week. We are creatures of habit-in a few month you will feel that something is missing if you don’t work out.

Gym is much cheaper than a doctor. And good supplements will help.

Food

Author: Nathan
May 4, 2011

Junk food

Junk Food

With nutritionally-depleted foods, chemical additives and our tendency to rely upon pharmaceutical drugs to treat what’s wrong with our malnourished bodies, it’s no wonder that modern society is getting sicker.

Food Matters sets about uncovering the trillion dollar worldwide sickness industry and gives people some scientifically verifiable solutions for overcoming illness naturally.

In what promises to be the most contentious idea put forward, the filmmakers have interviewed several leading experts in nutrition and natural healing who claim that not only are we harming our bodies with improper nutrition, but that the right kind of foods, supplements and detoxification can be used to treat chronic illnesses as fatal as terminally diagnosed cancer.

The focus of the film is in helping us rethink the belief systems fed to us by our modern medical and health care establishments. The interviewees point out that not every problem requires costly, major medical attention and reveal many alternative therapies that can be more effective, more economical, less harmful and less invasive than conventional medical treatments.

A “New” Approach to Health from Jamie Simko on Vimeo.

There are natural supplements available that help us to reduce harmful effects of processed foods and chemical in our lives.

April 13, 2011

Vegetarian diet

Good for you

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Eating less meat and more vegetables is tied to a lower risk of cataracts, a British study says.

In a large dietary survey that followed people for as long as 15 years, researchers found that about three in 50 meat eaters had cataracts, compared to about two in 50 vegans and vegetarians.
A cataract occurs when the lens of the eye becomes cloudy, blurring vision. They’re more common in older people, and more than half of Americans either have cataracts by the time they’re 80 or have had surgery for them, according to the National Eye Institute.
The study does not prove that eating meat promotes cataracts. Eating a lot of vegetables might be protective, for instance – some past research has linked certain nutrients in plant foods to a lowered risk of cataracts. A vegetarian diet may also simply be a sign of other healthy behaviors that contribute to the lowered risk.
Blurred vision

Cataract

The highest risk was seen among the heaviest meat-eaters – those who consumed more than 100 grams (3.5 ounces) of meat daily. Moderate meat eaters were only slightly less likely to develop cataracts. Fish eaters’ risk was 15 percent lower than that of the heavy meat eaters, vegetarians’ 30 percent lower and vegans’ 40 percent lower

“The moral of the story is, live life in moderation,” Dodick added. “A healthy active lifestyle with exercise might decrease the risk of cataracts.”
Supplements and vitamins.
Vitamin A prevents night blindness and focal drying of the eyes called Xerophthalmia and can retard the development of cataracts and macular age related changes, a private news channel reported.
You can get vitamin A from two types of food sources: Animal products that contain vitamin A (such as liver or butter) or plant products that contain carotene, which your body converts into vitamin A.
Foods containing carotene are usually yellow or orange, or leafy and green.
Carotenoids are yellow, orange, and red pigments synthesized by plants. The most common carotenoids in North American diets are alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, beta-cryptoxanthin, lutein, zeaxanthin, and lycopene.
The best source of Lutein and Zeaxanthin is green, leafy vegetables, particularly spinach. Kale and collard greens are also good choices. You can also find Lutein and Zeaxanthin in yellow and orange fruits and vegetables, such as corn.
Vitamin C, an antioxidant, works well for the retina, delays cataracts, and is helpful in the healing and strengthening of the eye. If you smoke or have diabetes, you should increase you vitamin C intake, because its levels will tend to be lower than average.
Citrus fruits, berries, peppers, tropical fruits, potatoes and green, leafy vegetables are good sources.

Isotonix vision formula.

Vision Supplement

Prevention is more important than treatment.

Isotonix Vision Formula with Lutein is an isotonic-capable dietary supplement, combining vitamins and minerals with lutein, quercetin, eyebright, zeaxanthin and bilberry, designed to promote healthy vision throughout the aging process. Isotonix Vision Formula helps maintain the structural integrity of blood vessels and capillaries, helps maintain the membranes of cone cells in the eyes, helps maintain lens transparency, helps strengthen the cells of the retina, and promotes healthy oxygen and nutrient flow to the eyes. The antioxidant properties of Isotonix Vision Formula help protect the eyes from oxidative stress. It promotes healthy macular density, promotes healthy vision and supports night vision.

March 29, 2011

A good quality vitamin and mineral supplement creates a sound micronutrient foundation to accompany a balanced diet. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), “Nutrition is the foundation for health and development. Better nutrition means stronger immune systems, less illness and better health. Healthy children learn better. Healthy people are stronger, more productive, and more able to create opportunities to gradually break the cycles of both poverty and hunger in a sustainable way. Better nutrition is a prime entry point to ending poverty and a milestone to achieving better quality of life.

Evidence is rapidly accumulating that specific components of food, alone or in combination with one another, have potent effects upon prevention of a wide variety of neoplasms. Bioactive food components in cancer prevention have been studied, and the complexity of the issue is daunting. Reviewing the potential nutrient modifiers of prostate cancer illustrates the complexity, especially given the difficulties in using blood levels to measure their response, their intake, and their actions. Nutrient modifiers being studied for prostate cancer include: allylsulfides, considered the most important potential nutrient modifier; calcium and Vitamin D (the latter causes differentiation and regulates calcium metabolism); epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), obtained from tea and related compounds (this modifier has been related to prostate cancer prevalence); fatty acids found in fish, which appear to relate to the decrease in prostate cancer with fish intake; genistein from soy, which has estrogenic activities and appears to be an important agent in prostate cancer prevention; indole-3-carbinol, found in cruciferous vegetables (its metabolites are not themselves potent hormones but influence hormone metabolism); lycopene, found in tomatoes and tomato products; resveratrol, found in grapes and ancient Chinese weeds, has at least eight actions that are protective against cancer and some that are protective against heart disease; selenium, whose importance is supported by basic science and for which translational research is now being done;

Vitamin A, whose uptake and binding are being explored; and

Vitamin E. Measurement of the serum levels of these agents often provides an insensitive, inaccurate, or misleading index of dietary intake. Why is it difficult to measure the responses of these nutrient modifiers using blood samples? A good example of the difficulty can be seen by reviewing the metabolism of garlic, calcium, vitamin A, and vitamin E.

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