Archive for August, 2010

The Best Music for Stairclimbing

The Best Music for Stairclimbing
Run Hundred: Workout Music & Running Songs
by Chris Lawhorn, DJ, Workout Music Expert

Blogger Chris Lawhorn makes it his business to review 300-400 new singles each month to find the best new music for a workout. Check out his most recent playlist that will go perfectly with your stairclimbing workout.

The tempo range for stairclimbing–whether on a StairMaster or actual stairs–is generally from 124-128 BPM.

The music is a bit slower than what you’d use for a run, but you’re exerting more effort. So, it tends to even out.

For this playlist, I’ve tried to put together a handful of songs that have proven popular in the gym and will complement the pace of your workout.

1. Keane – Crystal Ball – 124 BPM

2. Olivia Newton-John & John Travolta – Summer Nights – 124 BPM

3. Wildchild – Renegade Master (Fatboy Slim Old Skool Mix) – 125 BPM

4. Pet Shop Boys – Always On My Mind – 125 BPM

5. David Bowie – Boys Keep Swinging – 125 BPM

Salad dressing -The Salad Dressing You Should NEVER Eat!

The Salad Dressing You Should NEVER Eat!

If you want to eat truly healthy, support your fat loss goals, and avoid some of the nasty additives in processed food, one thing you should eliminate is typical store-bought salad dressing.

I personally NEVER buy pre-made salad dressings from the store anymore, and here’s why:

1. Almost all store-bought salad dressings contain fairly large amounts of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). Unless you’re in a health food store, it’s almost impossible to find a salad dressing that doesn’t contain large amounts of HFCS.

2. Almost all store-bought salad dressings contain heavily refined soybean oil and/or refined canola oil… both of which are VERY unhealthy. Yes, that’s correct, canola oil IS unhealthy, despite the marketing propaganda you’ve been fed claiming that it’s healthy. You can read more about why canola oil is NOT healthy here.

Due to the refining process of both soybean or canola oils, the polyunsaturated component of the oils is oxidized and makes these oils very inflammatory inside your body. In addition, soybean oil is WAY too high in omega-6 fatty acids which throws your omega-6 to omega-3 balance out of whack.

We know that olive oil is healthier, but when it comes to store-bought dressings… Even salad dressings that claim to be “made with olive oil” on the FRONT label are deceptive, because if you read the ingredients on the BACK label, they are almost ALWAYS made of mostly refined soybean oil or canola oil as the main oil, with only a very small amount of actual olive oil as a secondary oil.

So here’s how to avoid all of these horrendously unhealthy store-bought salad dressings and make your own quick and easy SUPER-healthy dressing…

http://www.diet.com/dietblogs/read_blog.php?title=The+Salad+Dressing+You+Should+NEVER+Eat%21&blid=20466

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Hot Sexy Model in tight micro mini skirt and fishnet stockings sucking on lollipop

Leather Mini Skirt – A Few Things Every Woman Should Remember

Leather Mini Skirt – A Few Things Every Woman Should Remember
By Melissa Bennett
If you have a great figure, why not show it off with a gorgeous skirt? The leather mini skirt is a great way to show off all your curves and you’ll definitely grab the attention of everyone when you put on one of these skirts. Of course, there are a few things that you should remember about these skirts.

First, you need to take care of the leather. Make sure that you don’t spill anything on the skirt, which can lead to disaster. Keep up the leather by cleaning it and conditioning it so it looks great all the time.

When you are purchasing a leather mini skirt, remember sizes usually run small. You may want to buy a leather skirt in a size or even two sizes bigger to make sure you get the best fit. There is nothing sexy about a mini skirt that doesn’t fit right.

Consider wearing panty hose when you decide to wear this skirt. Black panty hose can look great, and fishnet stockings can really set off the sexy look for you.

If you are going to go with bare legs, make sure they are perfectly smooth. To make your legs really look good, apply a lotion that has a bit of shimmer so you legs look slim, shiny, and sexy.

Another thing to keep in mind when you are going to wear a leather skirt is that heels are going to give you the best look. Short skirts should always be worn with high heels, especially if you want to look sexy. Gladiator shoes, wedge shoes, and other types of high heels will really take your look to the next level.

Keep these tips and ideas in mind when you wear your mini leather skirt. You’ll be the one envied by women and there won’t be an eye in the room that isn’t on you.

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Melissa_Bennett

Hormone Balance

Hormone Balance
Natural Alternatives to Hormone Replacement Therapy
Jun 11, 2009 Veronica Timpanelli

Concern over the possible side effects (cancer and cardiovascular disease) of hormone replacement therapy has prompted many to consider natural alternatives.
Petrochemical-based xenoestrogens can be found in many things we come into contact with on a daily basis. They show up in our fuels, pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, plastics, clothing, personal care products, and more.

Synthetic estrogens are used to fatten cattle and poultry, and other meat-producing animals, and also to increase milk and egg production.

Many illnesses and diseases have been attributed to hormonal imbalance. Hormone imbalance can cause decreased antibodies and lowered immunity and lead to conditions such as acne, migraines, infertility, anxiety, depression, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, fibromyalgia, and obesity, among others.

There are a multitude of different hormones in the human body and any number of hormones can become depleted or out of balance in both men and women but the three most commonly noted are estrogen, testosterone, and progesterone.

Estrogen Dominance
Estrogen dominance is connected to many conditions such as hair loss, fibrocystic breasts, uterine fibroids, acceleration of the aging process, breast cancer, polycystic ovaries, mood swings, osteoporosis, uterine cancer, memory loss, endometrial cancer, bone loss, PMS, low sex drive, allergies, thyroid dysfunction, water retention, weight gain, irregular periods, high blood pressure, blot clots, and headaches.

Low Testosterone
Low testosterone can cause fatigue, loss of lean muscle, fat accumulation, increased risk of osteoporosis and bone fractures, increased risk of cardiovascular disease, and possibly prostate cancer.

Testosterone levels can be boosted by adding more omega 3 fatty acids like fish oil, and also adding more zinc (brazil nuts, oysters, oats, peanuts, pecans, pumpkin seeds, rye, split peas, organic beef, organic turkey, eggs) and magnesium: green vegetables such as spinach and some beans, peas, nuts, seeds, and whole, unrefined grains. (Refined grains are generally low in magnesium due to the processing. Bread made from whole grain wheat flour provides more magnesium than bread made from white, refined flour. Also note that “hard” water usually contains more magnesium than “soft” water.)

Progesterone
To promote progesterone production it helps to increase Vitamin C (citrus, red chili peppers, red peppers, red cabbage, guava, rose-hips) and zinc (brazil nuts, oysters, oats, peanuts, pecans, pumpkin seeds, rye, split peas.)

Hypothyroidism
Estrogen dominance can also cause of hypothyroidism. The crucial nutrient for thyroid hormone synthesis in the body is iodine. Herbal supplements like kelp are a rich source of natural iodine. Natural, unrefined sea salt is also a good source of natural iodine. Peas are also rich in iodine.

Herbal Remedies
Black cohosh is a traditional remedy and was used by Native Americans for various ills from fever and rheumatism to menstrual cramps and snake bites. It has come into wider use worldwide to ease hot flashes and other symptoms of hormonal imbalance. In clinical studies it delivered better results than many conventional therapies such as hormonal drugs and antidepressants in alleviating hot flashes, mood swings, vaginal atrophy, depression, and anxiety.

Red Clover is also used for various conditions as well as to regulate hormones and to reduce hot flashes. Its isoflavones are natural hormones and it is high in nutrients.

Wild yam has been used as a progesterone enhancer. It, too, is nutrient-rich and multi-purposed.

Lifestyle
Getting enough natural sunlight and sleeping in total darkness at night helps hormone production. Daily exercise aids in restful sleep. Reducing stress and practicing conscious relaxation techniques, yoga, and meditation also helps to bring hormone levels into balance.

http://naturalmedicine.suite101.com/article.cfm/hormone_balance#ixzz0xJ3V45Z2

Obesity Link to Cancer

Obesity Link to Cancer
Jun 28, 2010 Evelyn De Matias
Obesity is being linked to cancer with strong indications that excessive gain weigth does induce the development of various forms of cancers.

Obesity is becoming a prevalent public health concern, with an estimated one third of American adult population being either overweight or obese, according to the National Cancer Institute. The rising percentage of obese or overweight children is also alarming. About 3.2% of new cases of cancers have been reportedly linked to obesity. The American Institute for Cancer Research is making progress in their study how obesity can predispose a person to the risk of cancer, with different types of cancers found to be associated with obesity.

Obesity Links to Cancers
A number of cancer types have been associated with obesity, namely cancer of the colon, breast cancer, endometrial cancer, cancer of the kidney and esophageal cancer. There has also been a reported link of obesity to the cancer of the ovaries, gallbladder, and pancreas. The European Cancer Organization, together with European Society for Medical Oncology, declared colorectal cancer, postmenopausal breast cancer, and endometrial cancer as accounting for 65% of obesity-related cancer cases. Experts consider physical inactivity and excessive weight to be accountable for 25 to 30 percent of cancers affecting the colon, breast, kidney, endometrial, and esophagus.

Menopausal women who are obese are 1.5 times more at risk for breast cancer than those with an ideal weight. The risk is reduced when a woman is able to maintain a body mass index of 25 and below post-menopause and throughout their adult life. The increased estrogen secretion by the body fats among postmenopausal women is linked with the risk to breast cancer.

The lifetime exposure to hormones such as high estrogen and insulin levels caused by excessive weight are believed to be the cause of endometrial cancer. Excessive abdominal fat deposits can predispose one to the risk for colon cancers, according to a study conducted by the American Institute for Cancer Research. The risk of renal cancer due to obesity is linked to the possible cause of high exposure to the sex steroids androgen and estrogen. The gastric reflux that often occurs in obesity is associated with the development of esophageal cancer. High levels of leptin and insulin can increase the risk to prostate cancer among obese men.

The Biological Connection Between Cancer and Obesity
Several clinical trials were undertaken in order to find the link between obesity and cancer, and the mechanism that cause cancer risk due to obesity involve varied factors with difficulty in establishing the exact mechanism. Among the possible mechanisms that link obesity to cancer are alterations in sex hormones, physical inactivity, excessive weight, and a high fat and calorie diet. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) suggests that the lifestyle habits of an individual can significantly affect their risk of cancer survival, particularly having a high body mass index (BMI) and sedentary lifestyle. A healthy diet coupled with physical activity can reduce the risk to increased fatty build-ups in the body and may help reduce one’s risk to cancer due to obesity.

References:

Breast Cancer Hormone Therapy Options
The Link Between Weight, Obesity and Cancer Risk
Studies Reveal a Link Between Obesity and Cancer
AICR.org, “Obesity and Cancer: The Link” (accessed June 30, 2010)

NationalCancerInstitute.gov, “Obesity and Cancer Q & A” (accessed June 30, 2010)

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Natural Ways to Cure a Fibroid Tumor

Natural Ways to Cure a Fibroid Tumor

Fibroid tumors are commonly found in women in their 30s and 40s before menopause. They are caused by an abnormal growth in the uterus. A fibroid tumor can be painless or painful depending on the size and location. There are three types of fibroids which are determined by where the fibroid is located. Subserous are located in the outside of the uterus, intramural fibroids are located in the walls of the uterus and submucous are inside the uterus. There are several natural methods to shrink a fibroid tumor.

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Traditional Chinese Formulas
  • Although the cause of fibroids tumors is not completely understood, studies have shown that high estrogen levels may contribute to the formation of fibroid tumors. Cinnamon twig and poria pills can work to lower the estrogen levels without hindering your menstrual cycle. This method may help to shrink the size of your fibroid of prevent further growth.

    Estrogen levels are also reduced by dong quai and peony powder. This herbal remedy also works to reduce inflammation. You should take no more than 10 drops of dong quai because it can increase the size of your fibroid when used excessively. If you have symptoms such as painful urination, dry mouth or blurry vision, you can use Augmented Rambling Powder as needed. This remedy also lowers estrogen levels to treat fibroid tumors.

  • Herbs

  • To stop pelvic inflammation, mix 1 tbsp. of Reishi tincture with ¼ cup of water. You will take this herbal remedy three times a day until symptoms are relieved. You can take 250 to 500 mg black cohosh in tablet form per day as an herbal supplement to relieve any pain. You can take 25 to 30 drops of Vitex Berry (Chaste Tree) Tincture twice a day to shrink small fibroids. This method will take two months to begin to shrink your fibroid tumor and may be used for a maximum of two years. Hot ginger and warm castor oil can be used as a compress and placed over your fibroid to relieve pain.

    You can also combine equal parts of Gromwell herb or seeds (Lithospermum officialis), Lady’s Mantle herb (Alchemilla Vulgaris), Black Currant buds or leaves (Ribes nigrum), Yarrow flowers (Achillea Millefolium), Chaste Tree berries (Vitex agnes-castus) and Wild Pansy flowers (Viola tricolor). You should take a teaspoon of this mixture until your fibroid has shrunk. This formula typically takes between two to four months. You can also take any of the above herbs individually to treat fibroids.

  • Cinnamon

    Cinnamon can be used to reduce or eliminate the bleeding that is associated with fibroid tumors. Mix 1 tsp. of cinnamon bark or cinnamon tincture with one cup of hot water and drink daily. You can also take 5 to 10 drops of cinnamon oil every 15 minutes for four hours or until the bleeding stops.

    Source:Best Way – Natural Ways to Cure a Fibroid Tumor | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/way_5626705_natural-ways-cure-fibroid-tumor.html#ixzz0xDKUzt4u