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)

http://healthcare-research.suite101.com/article.cfm/obesity-link-to-cancer#ixzz0xJ0mfoer

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.

Read more: Best Way – Natural Ways to Cure a Fibroid Tumor | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/way_5626705_natural-ways-cure-fibroid-tumor.html#ixzz0xDKuIBxp

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

    Top Secret Nutrition Tips For Losing Body Fat

    A couple of other most important aspects of nutrition to help you get lean for life…

    1. Get enough quality protein in the daily diet – not only does it have a higher thermic effect than carbs and fat (so you burn more calories digesting it), but it also creates satisfaction to your hunger longer. It’s also a building block for maintaining and building lean muscle. Remember that the amount of lean muscle you carry is one of the main factors for controlling your metabolism.

    2. Think fiber! When it comes to carbs, make sure that almost all of your carbohydrate intake is from higher fiber sources like vegetables, fruits, and high fiber unrefined grains. Avoid refined sugars and refined grains because it’s one of the main reasons so many people struggle with body fat. Most of my carbs are from veggies and fruits, but included in that would be sprouted grains. I recommend looking for carbohydrate sources that have at least 2-3 grams of fiber per each 10 grams of total carbs. Fiber helps you fill up and also slows down the glycemic response of the foods you eat, a key trigger for getting super lean.

    3. Don’t be afraid to eat fat! Many people try to go way too low on their fat intake and this can negatively affect hormone levels in your body as well as causing more cravings. Try to eat enough healthy fats daily. Good sources are all nuts and seeds, nut butters, avocados, olive oil, organic meats and eggs, coconuts and virgin coconut oil. On that note, saturated fats from tropical oils are VERY misunderstood, even by many nutritionists and other health professionals. Yes they are composed highly of saturated fats, but are actually beneficial (but that’s way beyond the scope of this article).

    4. Avoid the two worst things in our food supply at ALL COSTS: *artificial trans fats from margarines, shortening, and hydrogenated oils that are in most processed foods *high fructose corn syrup, which is in almost all sweetened products on the market Again, if you avoid processed foods, it becomes easy to avoid these two worst offenders in our food supply. Once you get a handle on these 4 main points above in your nutrition plan, the rest starts to take care of itself while you take control over your appetite, blood sugar levels, hormone levels, etc. It all falls into place, and you eventually gain total control over how lean you want to get.

    by Robert D Franklin

    Health Tips to Stay Fit Forever

    By Jack Albert Anderson

    Health should be the first and foremost priority of every individual. As with good health only you can feel energetic and fresh all the time. Healthy mind and body boost up your morale to work more efficiently. You cannot perform well without a healthy body.

    Maintaining a good health is not at all an easy job to do. You need to take out time to focus on your health like by doing exercises, proper diet, gym etc.

    You can find plenty of websites available on the internet that keep you updated with daily health tips. These sites provide you plenty of information about how to keep your body fit all the time. You just need to search the internet carefully to grab best information which you can follow on regular basis.

    There are some tips which can be useful for you to keep your health in tone that is, drink as much water as you can. Much of our body and brain is made up by water. So, it is necessary to keep hydrated and flush out toxins. Exercise is very important factor or tip to keep your body in shape and energetic. The various types of physical exercises generate flexibility and strength in the body. One should eat well. Fresh fruits and vegetables are the most important foods to eat to keep your body healthy. A proper diet plan should be from breakfast to dinner which should contain a balanced diet.

    Sleeping is also one of the important tips to relax your body and mind from hectic schedule. When you sleep your muscles relax and grow. It is essential to sleep at least 6 hours at night. You are suggested to sleep well and do not take tension at all if you want a healthy body.

    A regular adherence to these tips may increase your chances of living a healthy and enjoyable life.

    Daily health tips providing sites work 24X7 for the welfare of the people. You can ask all your health related queries anytime and these sites also offer you expert approval guidance. These daily tips are not bound with any age group. No matter whether you are an adolescent or old aged, everyone can find numerous health tips daily. They understand the stress of work on your life; likewise they suggest you some exercises or technique which you can obtain while sitting at office only.

    The experts from these sites guide you with best healthy vitamins and other pills available in the market which suits your body. So, start taking your health seriously to stay fit forever.

    How to eat yourself well

    How to eat yourself well
    RESEARCH is proving the old saying “you are what you eat” to be true.
    A FEW years ago, James Colquhoun’s father Roy was in a very bad place, physically and mentally.
    Suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome, anxiety, depression and persistent flu-like symptoms, Roy Colquhoun was on a cocktail of prescription drugs, eating poorly and mostly couldn’t get out of bed.

    So James, a Sunshine Coast filmmaker, decided to launch an intervention, virtually forcing his father to begin exercising, start eating mostly raw fruits and vegetables and take vitamin supplements.

    “My life was a psychotic daze spiralling out of control,” Roy recalls. “Feelings of hopelessness started to dominate my life. Suicide was becoming a frightening and very real option.”

    James and his wife Laurentine ten Bosch decided to harass Roy until he went on a detox that involved “eating only raw food, no alcohol and continuing on a special cleansing diet thereafter”.

    The results have been spectacular, with Roy now out of bed, 20 kilograms lighter than he was before, and jogging twice a week.

    “Dad is great now,” says James. “He’s turned his life around. What we learned in the process is that food and what you eat is critical to wellbeing.”

    After his father’s recovery, James made Food Matters, a documentary about the connection between food and wellness. “The mantra ‘you are what you eat’ is very real,” he says, “because the foods we consume become the cells and tissues of our bodies.

    “If we want lasting energy, vibrant skin and also to prevent and help with chronic illnesses we need to pay special attention to the food we eat.”

    But is it possible to cure – or at least prevent – illness just by eating certain foods?

    While only the most passionate followers of alternative medicine would argue that food alone can cure sickness, nutritionists, dietitians and medical professionals certainly advocate diet as a means of promoting health.

    And research is increasingly showing that some foods can actively work to cure certain illnesses, especially when used in conjunction with exercise. Here, we check out the best foods to eat to maintain good health.

    Colourful fruit and vegies

    Mothers always badger their kids to eat their vegetables and it seems mum really does know best. Studies are increasingly demonstrating that consuming a range of colourful vegetables is the best way to ward off lifestyle-induced illnesses.

    Dietitian Fiona Pelly, from Queensland’s University of the Sunshine Coast, says the rule that the more colourful the vegetable, the better its health properties, is true.

    “When you’re looking at chronic diseases, such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, hypertension and high blood pressure, all of these tend to be classed together as diseases that occur due to lifestyle,” Pelly says.

    “This means poor eating and no exercise. Improving the way you eat can make a difference to that.”

    She says the National Health and Medical Research Council is redrafting its guidelines about how much fruit and vegetable matter people should consume daily to place greater emphasis on eating the right types of vegetables, such as those that are red, orange or green.

    Pelly says colourful vegetables such as broccoli, watercress, pumpkin, capsicum and sweet potato and fruits including watermelon, oranges and papayas, are high in antioxidants, vitamin A and other health-giving nutrients, which can help reduce chronic health conditions by boosting the immune system.

    Grains, oats and bran

    Another way to reduce chronic health problems including diabetes and high blood pressure is to switch from processed to wholegrain foods such as wholemeal bread, rice and pasta.

    Dietitian Caitlin Reid, author of the website Health & The City, says switching to wholegrains can give an immense health boost.

    “Wholegrains improve glucose metabolism in the body – this effect is thought to be because of the soluble fibre and magnesium in the wholegrains,” she says. “Insoluble fibre slows digestion, thereby reducing the absorption of glucose into the bloodstream and helping to control blood glucose levels after a meal.”

    She says heart problems caused by high cholesterol can also be reduced by eating oats and bran, which can work to naturally block cholesterol entering the bloodstream.

    “As little as three grams of soluble fibre a day has been shown to have a small but significant effect on reducing bad cholesterol levels,” Reid explains.

    She says that other foods high in beta-glucan include psyllium and barley, which can also help with heart and blood-pressure health.

    Legumes and nuts

    Pelly says research is increasingly pointing to the benefits of legumes such as chickpeas, cannellini and kidney beans, and nuts, including walnuts and almonds, in the diet.

    “In the past I don’t think people thought of legumes as an alternative to meat, but the recommendations these days are to eat a bit less meat, or balance it with other protein sources as well. Legumes are a good source of fibre and protein, they’re low in fat, and many, like walnuts and linseeds, are high in omega-3s.”

    Reid says people suffering from heart disease, or potential heart disease, should boost their intake of plant sterols, which are found naturally in nuts, seeds, fruits, vegetables and legumes. But she says a shortcut is to use plant sterol-enriched margarines such as Pro-activ or Logicol.

    Fresh seasonal foods

    For James Colquhoun, who has interviewed natural food advocates from around the world for his documentary, the best approach to eating well is a “natural and holistic approach that… sees the body as a whole operating system”.

    “The best foods for supporting the human form include raw, organic, in-season, plant-cased fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, superfoods, herbs and sprouts,” he argues. “These foods promote health and boost energy.”

    “Eating good food helps your immunity,” adds Pelly. “The best idea is to eat food as close to its natural state as possible, that hasn’t gone through a lot of refinement processes.”

    Nourishing winter fuel

    •    Chicken soup: US researchers have found that chicken soup has anti-inflammatory properties that can help ease chest         infections and reduce chills and fever.
    •    Oranges, lemons and grapefruit: Packed with vitamin C, citrus fruits can help reduce the length and severity of     colds. Research has found that regularly consuming 200mg of vitamin C reduces the length of a cold by eight per cent     in adults and 14 per cent in children.
    •    Garlic: Contains allicin, a property that is believed to help reduce the severity of colds.
    •    Green tea: Full of powerful antioxidants, green tea can help boost the immune system, which will help the body fight     off bacteria and viruses.
    •    Ginger tea: Ginger has several bacteria-fighting properties that can help suppress colds. It is also used as an     anti-nausea therapy and contains gingerol, which can suppress coughing fits.
    •    Red meat: When eaten in moderation, red meat boosts the immune system and helps fight anaemia and feelings of     lethargy.
    •    Oysters: One of the richest sources of zinc, oysters help aid the development of white blood cells, the body’s     natural immunity boosters.
    •    Wasabi and chilli: Hot and spicy foods can clear out the throat and nose when congested and warm the body to ease chills and fever.