Friday, November 10, 2017

Are You  Well? Know Your Body

Wellness refers to the condition of good physical and mental health, especially when maintained by proper diet, exercise, and habits.  Nutrition refers to the nurturing of our body, in our ability to keep it healthy and functioning as it is supposed to do.  Our ability to provide the body with all the necessary food, vitamins, and minerals so that we continue to thrive in our daily life processes.  But do we know if we are really well?  How do we tell?

The first place to start would be with the examination of your eating habits.  Since we are a product of what we eat, if our eating habits are unhealthy, or do not provide for the nutrition we need, we’re not going to be healthy individuals at the end of the process.

Do you take in more calories than your body needs?  Are you supplementing your vitamins and minerals to make sure you are getting your recommended daily allowances?  If you’re not making the most basic of efforts to take care of your nutritional needs, you aren’t a well individual.  You may not look sick, you may not have any noticeable symptoms of ill-health, but you’re not the well individual you could be.

Next, you might want to look at your exercise habits, if there are any.  If there aren’t any exercise routines to examine, no wellness.  Everyone, no matter what their age, benefits from exercise.  It keeps our bodies conditioned, our mental sharpness working at top speed, and thanks to the physical aspect, we get a boost to our cardio health, extra calorie burn, and more oxygen to those cells!

What about the stress levels in your life?  Do work in an environment with high levels of stress?  Is your personal life a source of comfort or does it add to your stress levels?  Do you engage in some form of stress-relieving activity?  Stress is the number on contributor to heart attacks and strokes, since they manage to speed up the affect of the real culprits.  Stress is basically an out of control situation for most adults today.  We manage to schedule every moment of our free time, and leave ourselves with no time for quiet reflection, or time to deal with life’s unexpected emergencies.

Stress brings us to the next two topics of health abuse.  Smoking and drinking are often used to offset the effect that stress has on our nervous system.  These solutions however do not provide any real help.  If you smoke, drink, or lose sleep to excess, you’re not the well individual you could be.  Smoking, drinking, and loss of sleep work to our detriment, and it takes extreme discipline to stop.  Smoking fills our body with carcinogens, and works to keep us tired and lethargic. 

There are so many occasions to stop and question our efforts at maintaining optimal health, that we usually don’t even take the time to begin the examination. But it is beneficial to our overall health, the quality and quantity of our life, to make every effort to be well, healthy, individuals. 



Be More Investigative When Choosing Weight Control Products

Millions of Americans undergo diet programs, in high hopes of controlling or losing weight. Unfortunately, not all these Americans are successful to keep their targeted weight off. So, what is the problem?


It can be because one of the three reasons:

• One is not sticking properly to the right regimen of the diet program; • One has chosen the wrong diet program; or

• Weight control products used are ineffective.

One of the common mistakes that these people commit when undergoing diet or weight loss programs is thinking they could get the fix overnight, so they always tend to overlook the requirements of properly losing weight. Also, it is not uncommon for people to enroll into a certain diet program but never sticks to its regimen afterwards.

In other cases, many people easily believe over the claims of some weight control products; thus, are also quickly trapped to false hopes of getting weight off their physical body immediately. Or that, are quickly chained into using ineffective products; hence, not gaining effective results at all.

Unfortunately, many people are yet to learn that they need the key to achieving your desired weight, which are the following:

• Using the right diet program/weight control product;

• Eating healthy, balanced foods; and

• Getting active in your daily lifestyle.

Conclusively, the kind of lifestyle you take together with the program or product has a large factor in accomplishing effective results. The bottom line, therefore, is to keep burning calories consistently because no matter how much expensive your program or product is, it would be useless if you constantly keep idling or being a couch potato.

Now, if you are going to choose from the many weight loss products available in the industry, remember that the number of choices is quite confusing. Nowadays, it isn’t surprising if you encounter hundreds of these products available through over the counter, local clinics, or your local dealers.

This number just shows how much intensified is the need of people to undergo some kind of weight loss/control program. Because of the dizzying number of these products, you need to be very vigilant than ever. In doing so, be sure to check with your physician, dietician, nutritionist, or whoever is the right person to consult with.

Investigate more than what is required. And finally, know every weight control product presented to you and compare each to ensure you end up with the right product that suits your needs.

When it comes to weight control products choices, the following are some of the claimed effective products include the following:

• Diet drink – usually powdered formulas either in milk, chocolate, shakes, or juice form.
• Prescription diet medicines – pills that contain appetite suppressant. Can also contain ephedra or phenolpropanolamine hydrochloride.
• Herbal nutritional program – usually, in the form of shakes, pills, etc.
• Diet pills – to be taken once or twice.
• Chitosan supplements – contain dietary fiber from shellfish.
• Chromium supplements – usually available as chromium salts for easy absorption.
• Green tea extra diet supplements – believed to contain strong antioxidants, in the form of polyphenol.

In addition to the above list, there are also others that are popularly claimed as weight loss products:

• Diet patches
• Electrical muscle stimulators
• Magnetic diet pills
• Magic earrings
• Bulk fillers

The above list of weight control products are found to yield side effects, some of which are safe while others are not. So it is really important that necessary investigation is done before resorting to any of those.
Natural Remedies for Losing Weight – Aloe

Normally when you think of aloe (which contains over 400 different species), you think of it being used for wound healing and things like burns.  Aloe is actually added to herbal weight loss products for the main reason that it cleans you right out.  It induces a strong cathartic response, which is why they also say on the labels it is an internal cleanser.  One of the 400 species is Aloe Vera, and it is purported to have medicinal properties.   Many cosmetics companies use aloe in their products and market them as skin rejuvenators.

Aloe has been touted as a cure all for coughs, wounds, ulcers and gastritis as well as arthritis and immune system deficiencies when taken internally.  Apparently the only actual substantiated internal use is as a laxative.

Research on Aloe as a weight loss agent seems to consistently indicate it has no effect  on weight loss despite its inclusion in over-the-counter natural remedies for losing weight.  Many feel its inclusion is misleading to consumers.  An internal cleanser, when not spelled out that it promotes strong bowel movements, can mean many things, including it cleans up your system and rids you of fats.  Certainly it may lead to some minimal weight loss, due to the time spent recycling the product.  However, the real weight loss would come with a change in your diet and exercise program.

Aloe evidently also has some rather disturbing side effects - abdominal cramping, diarrhea, electrolyte disturbances, and decreases in potassium. It is also recommended you do not take aloe in combination with medications such as digoxin or diuretics.

The choice is yours and you can decide whether or not you want to try Aloe after you have read all you can about it.   Most definitely it is being promoted as being effective in weight loss and not just because it causes diarrhea.  It is said to reduce and stabilize body mass index by stimulating the metabolic rate in liver cells causing us to burn more energy.  The other point about Aloe is that is has a high collagen protein content.  Meaning, using aloe vera as a supplement in your diet would increase protein intake.  The body spends more time trying to digest proteins and spends more energy doing that - thus it burns fat.  It's baffling, but as always, talk to your Doctor.


5 Great Tips on Exercise

Have exercise misconceptions prevented you from starting an exercise program? Clear up any confusion and let these exercise tips improve your workout routine. Hopefully none of these common exercise myths, mistakes and misconceptions have prevented you from working out.

1. Common Mistake: Failure to set goals. Do you exercise without a clear goal in mind? Having a clear goal set is a critical step in exercise and weight loss success.  Tracking your progress in a journal will help ensure you see your improvements, will help motivate you and help you meet your ultimate goal.

2. Common Misconception: No Pain, No Gain. Pain is your body’s way of letting you know something is wrong. Do not ignore this. When you go beyond exercise and testing yourself, you will encounter physical discomfort and need to overcome it. An example of this would be training for a marathon. It is important that you have the “base training” before getting into the advance training. The base training develops the body and gets it ready for extensive training. You need to learn to “read” your body. Is the heavy breathing because you are pushing your body or could it be the beginning of a heart attack. Exercise is important. Do it correctly and you can do it for the rest of your life.

It is normal for you to hurt after you exercise, but it must be done gradually with a good amount of rest periods to allow proper healing. There are two common problems here with beginning exercisers. You can cause long lasting damage to muscles, tendons and ligaments if you work out while you are in pain, without allowing enough rest time to heal. You might find yourself in constant and long lasting pain if you do this which means that you will no longer be able to exercise.

If you wake up the next morning after you exercised and can barely drag your aching body out of bed because everything hurts, you are going to be less motivated to exercise at all. Constant pain is a sure way to kill your exercise program.

3. Common Mistake: Sacrificing Quality for Quantity. When you are ready to increase the number of reps of a particular exercise, and strengthen the corresponding muscles, instead of forcing yourself to do a little more each time try decreasing the number of reps in a set but increase the number of sets. Also, back off to half your usual number of reps but add a couple of more sets. You will feel less tired and will be able to gain strength in your fast-twitch muscles.

4. Common Myth: Weight Training Makes Women Bulky. Weight training for a woman will strengthen and tone muscle, burn fat and increase metabolism, not build mass. Women do not produce enough of testosterone to build muscle mass the way that men do.

5. Common Mistake: Over-Emphasizing Strengths. You should start focusing on your points rather then what you are good at. This will help you balance things. For example, if your lower body is stronger than you upper body, then try to work only on this area one day a week.


Being smart about how you exercise will take you a long way. It is important to have a healthy body so get out there and start exercising today.
Diet and Fitness, Winning Tactics For Weight Loss
Tell me, does this describe you? 'I tried a zillion diets in fits and starts and was never successful.' Just going on a diet will not give you a complete healthy persona. I finally paid attention to what everybody was saying, but I was too lazy to do.

I added exercise and fitness to the equation. We also need to stay fit as well as diet to lose weight. Our true wealth is our health. Isn't it worth your time bring it into peak condition and maintain it? Diet fitness is all about an accurate mix of diet and an appropriate fitness program.

This basically includes three levels of consideration:

1. Balance-A balanced diet must contain carbohydrate, protein, fat, vitamin, mineral salts and fiber in well proportionate quantity.  Carbohydrates are the source of energy so these play an important role in balanced diet. Intentional inclusion of all foods from fruits to vegetables and meats to grains.

2. Moderation- portion control, small quantity at regular intervals. I had to laugh when I heard the results of a 5-year study costing millions of dollars the government ran to find out why the population of the US is getting heavier. The results…they determined we eat larger quantities! 'Super Size it!'

3. Variation - wide variety in food,means higher chances of complete nutrition. And variety in your workout routine means a greater chance of sustaining it.

It is a well-known fact that poor diet leads to diseases, like obesity, even cancer and heart disease. The link between diet and physical fitness has well been established and recognized as a science in itself. It's the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.  How do you balance diet and fitness? What changes in your diet and fitness regimes will prove to be the most beneficial ones?

These questions may have been on your mind for a long time but you didn't know where to start. I let the paralysis of analysis prevent me from getting started for a long time. I wanted the 'perfect' fitness plan. My advice? Just get started anywhere, but get started. There are the solutions at your doorstep. First and foremost, you need to ensure that the diet you are on, supplies you enough strength and energy to carry out the fitness training which means:

The basic fitness diet should:

1. Have a wide variety of foods-- wholegrain breads and cereals for vitamins and minerals, leafy green vegetables for iron fueling, fruit for adequate fiber, lean meat and Fish (lowers cholesterol and helps prevent cancer) and low fat dairy products.

2. Enable you to have optimal weight and energy to carry out daily activities with ease.

3. Enhance quick and complete recovery during exercise.

4. Supply enough fluids to have maximum hydration.

5. Provide both short and long term benefits and ease of maintenance.

When the above criterion is satisfied, you can confirm that you are on a diet that is not starving you or running you the risk of malnutrition and weakness. Fitness programs can include not only basic gymnasium but modern techniques like dancing, aerobics and yoga for variety and fun. If it is enjoyable it will be easier to maintain.


Make no mistake about it, fitness regimes help you speed up the process of loosing weight along with the diet. That is the key, the magic diet accelerator. So eat healthy, exercise and be wise!

Thursday, November 09, 2017


Another natural remedy for losing weight that has raised a few eyebrows is a substance called 5-hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP).  In fact, its been called into question for its safety record.  5-HTP actually replaced tryptophan  supplements banned due to its link to a rare and potentially deadly blood disorder. Also, there has been a difference of opinion on whether or not it is actually a viable substance for achieving weight loss.  Now, having said that, 5-HTP is found in some over-the-counter natural remedies for losing weight.

5-HTP is used to make serotonin for normal nerve and brain function. Lack of it affects sleep, emotional moods, pain control, inflammation, intestinal peristalsis (acts as a stimulant), and other body functions.  It's found in the cells of the brain(acts as a neurotransmitter speeding nerve impulses between synapses) and intestine and in platelets in our blood. When walls of blood vessels are damaged, serotonin is released from platelets to constrict the vessel and prevent hemorrhage.  

The human body doesn't make a lot of this.  5-HTP is derived from the seeds of a West African plant called Griffoniasimplicifoli.  Dieters who use this product claim it helps suppress appetite, and helps promote weight loss.  

Initial research says 5-HTP is noted for its ability to reduce appetite by stimulating serotonin production in the brain. Clinical trials have appetite reduction and weight loss (averaging 11 pounds in 12 weeks) with 600 to 900 mg daily.  Trials using 5-HTP did show that some people taking large amounts of 5-HTP had nausea, headaches, sleepiness, muscle pain, or anxiety.


With this natural remedy for losing weight, and others as well, you must change your eating habits and increase exercise.  It will not work all that well just on its own.  In addition, if you happen to be pregnant or nursing, check with a Doctor, as there is no research in this area to indicate whether it is safe to take this substance under these circumstances.   Try not to get taken in with the common belief that if it is natural, it won't hurt you.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  Get as much information as you can before you decide to try anything.
Wellness and Fitness

Fitness refers to ability of the body to function with vigor and alertness.  Nutrition refers to the nurturing of our body, in our ability to keep it healthy and functioning as it is supposed to do.  Our ability to provide the body with all the necessary food, vitamins, and minerals so that we continue to thrive in our daily life processes.  But do we know if we are really fit?  How do we tell?

First, you might want to look at your exercise habits, if there are any.  If there aren’t any exercise routines to examine, no fitness.  Everyone, no matter what their age, benefits from exercise.  It keeps our bodies conditioned, our mental sharpness working at top speed, and thanks to the physical aspect, we get a boost to our cardio health, extra calorie burn, and more oxygen to those cells!

Do you take in more calories than your body needs?  Are you supplementing your vitamins and minerals to make sure you are getting your recommended daily allowances?  If you’re not making the most basic of efforts to take care of your nutritional needs, you aren’t a fit individual.  You may not look sick, you may not have any noticeable symptoms of ill-health, but you’re not the fit and toned individual you could be.

What about the stress levels in your life?  Do work in an environment with high levels of stress?  Is your personal life a source of comfort or does it add to your stress levels?  Do you engage in some form of stress-relieving activity?  Stress is the number on contributor to heart attacks and strokes, since they manage to speed up the affect of the real culprits.  Stress is basically an out of control situation for most adults today.  We manage to schedule every moment of our free time, and leave ourselves with no time for quiet reflection, or time to deal with life’s unexpected emergencies.

Fitness requires us to examine more than just our exercise routine.  The mere definition of fitness refers to the body’s ability to meet physical stresses. That includes coping with our day to day life, getting from the beginning of the day to the end, without being worn completely out. In order to be truly fit, we find ways to rid ourselves of built up stress, the kind that begins to affect our muscles, muscle tone, and composition.  Massages are the best cure for ridding our bodies of the stress buildup that can occur, even with exercise regimens and detract from our overall fitness. 

Exercises that demand total body involvement are the best for maintaining and improving your level of fitness most effectively.   Running, swimming, jogging, dancing, cycling, and very brisk walking are some of the more popular total body involvement exercises.

There are so many occasions to stop and question our efforts at maintaining optimal health, that we usually don’t even take the time to begin the examination. But it is beneficial to our overall health, the quality and quantity of our life, to make every effort to be fit, healthy, individuals. 


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