Nov 26, 2013
What is HGH and what does it do?
HGH stands for Human Growth Hormone. It is a hormone that is naturally produced by the body. This production lessens over time. Eventually as the body produces less and less HGH, it becomes HGH deficient. This deficiency results in several potentially problematic symptoms. HGH stimulates cell growth, reproduction and regeneration, hence when its presence is decreased in the body, the body no longer regenerates as quickly as it once did when HGH was in abundance. This is a common symptom in older people. HGH affects every cell in the body. Some of the first signs that HGH levels are decreasing, are the fine lines that appear in your skin, such as the fine lines that appear around your eyes and mouth, or on your hands. Other immediately recognizable signs are thinning hair, the appearance of veins through your skin indicating that the skin is thinning, flabby skin, loss of energy, and fatty deposits around the waist and thighs accumulate quicker than they ever have before, and you begin to heal slower, or get sick more often. Lower HGH levels have also been linked to loss of the short term memory, heart related ailments, kidney malfunctions and a lower bone density resulting in osteoporosis.
Can you take supplemental HGH?
HGH is available in supplemental form. It comes in both a fully natural formula and a synthetic formula. They come in the form of pills, spray and injection. Before taking HGH as a supplement you should consult your physician.
What are the benefits of taking HGH?
Studies show that patients that have undergone a regimen of a controlled HGH dosage for at least six months have shown a marked increase in energy and stamina, a lessening of wrinkling and more elastic skin, weight loss and an overall improvement in health. The benefits from taking HGH vary from one person to the next. Some test subjects’ experienced positive benefits in as little as a month.
Can HGH help with your osteoporosis?
It is difficult to cure osteoporosis once it has taken hold. Most physicians will tell you that it is far better to try and prevent it than to try and cure it. Along those lines the treatments that they prescribe to those that have osteoporosis are very similar to the treatments they prescribe to prevent it. Treatments generally include exercise, calcium either in food or as a supplement, and HGH supplements. There is good research that supports the premise that HGH, taken in the pill form, does in fact help osteoporosis patients increases the density of their bones. Taken in the appropriate quantity HGH can stimulate your own pituitary gland into producing more natural HGH. Your body works better with what it produces on its own. There are several HGH products that are endorsed by actual physicians for the part that they play in helping your body to fight off the effects of osteoporosis. Check with your own physician to see what course of action is best for you.
Nov 24, 2013
There is a lot of interest regarding omega-3 healthy fats. But, do you know just how beneficial omega-3 really is? Omega-3 are fats that play an important part in your health. These fats have three components for good nutrition. Alpha-linolenic acid is not made by your body. It must be eaten as part of your diet. ALA is found in nuts, vegetable oils and leafy vegetables. ALA is needed to make the other two components of omega-3. Eicosapentaenoic acid and docasahexaenoic acid are the other components that complete omega-3 fats. These fats benefit your health in many ways. If you do not like fish, you can get your omega-3 nutrients from beans, tofu, pumpkin seeds and walnuts.
Benefits of Omega-3
Studies indicate that people from Asian countries that eat a diet high in omega-3 have a lower risk of heart disease than people in Western countries. Omega-3 helps support a healthy pregnancy and breastfeeding. These fats also have other important nutrients such as protein, vitamins A and D. Fish that is high in omega-3 include pollack, coley, haddock, flounder and red mullet. You should strive to eat at least two servings of fish each week.
Omega-3 fats have been found to reduce the risk of death, abnormal heart rhythms, strokes and it slows the plaque buildup of arteries. It has also been found to reduce blood pressure in some individuals. Some controlled studies and trials have noted that omega-3 fats improves joint tenderness and stiffness that occurs in people with rheumatoid arthritis. However, too much omega-3 fats are not recommended. There are some species of fish that contain high levels of methylmercury.
Research has shown that fish oils can reduce feelings of depression. Omega-3 fats have also boosted the effects of antidepressants. These fats may also reduce depressive symptoms of people diagnosed with bipolar disorder. There is some evidence that suggest that people who have a diet rich in omega-3s have less inflammation that commonly occurs with asthma.
Ongoing studies reveal the many different health benefits of eating a diet rich in omega-3 vitamins. Make sure you eat a variety of vegetables, fruits and whole-grains. A healthy diet should also include exercise that fits within your fitness level. Walking is a good form of exercise that most people can do without starting a strenuous exercise program. Ask your doctor to recommend a good fitness program for you.
Some people prefer to take omega-3 supplements rather than eat fish. You should check with your doctor before taking these supplements. Learn to read labels to discover how much protein, vitamins and fats are in food servings. Some experts recommend at least 650 milligrams a day of omega-3 fats. Store supplements in the refrigerator or a cool and dark place. Don’t take supplements with soft drinks or coffee. Take omega-3 supplements with a glass of water. Many health experts are divided on whether omega-3 supplements are the answer to good health. Eating foods that are high in omega-3 fats are preferred by most experts over taking supplements.
Oct 13, 2013
Probably the most common cause of acne and other skin related problems is the lack of probiotics in the body, whether you recognize it or not. One form of illness is very easy to identify – you are suddenly confronted with yeast infection that upsets your health without prior warning or symptoms. Even the small annoyances of health – non-absorption of Calcium, low energy level, cholesterol imbalance, traveler’s diarrhea, constipation and bad breath require special attention. If you are in a situation where you face many of these health issues, it is time to consider including probiotics in your food or give it some serious thoughts.
Probiotic Food Variety
You do not have to forgo flavor and live on pills and supplements to include probiotic in your diet. There are many delicious food that contain this substance in various forms such as acidophilus or lactobacillus. Yogurt is one of them. In fact, yogurt made from goat’s milk is a major source of this element. Kefir is another dairy product rich in acidophilus probiotic. Acidophilus can normalize gastrointestinal flora and help prevent diarrhea. This bacteria is especially useful for people who are taking antibiotics. Other sources rich in probiotic include dark chocolate, pickles, micro algae, Kombucha tea and Kimchi.
Impact of Probiotic on Health
Probiotic foods are among the simplest recipes to modify, and there are many versions that can be made perfectly safe for health. For example, one of the staple foods of traditional Japanese household, Miso, is used as a digestive regulator in the form of soup. This soup is made from beans, rice, barley, fermented rye and a few tablespoon of miso in hot water. The resulting dish is rich in bifidus and lactobacilli bacteria. Miso soup is also believed to neutralize the side effects of pollution and other environmental factors as well as the effects of carcinogens in the body.
Where to Find
Explore various markets especially ethnic ones to find probiotic foods. Asian grocery stores frequently carry snacks made with these foods that are low fat or non fat. Or find a well-stocked local health food store and try a wide range of yogurt, chocolate and so on. Use a small amount of blended, probiotic ingredients to thicken soups, shakes or sauces. Some things and names may sound unusual but they are worth a try. Most of them are healthy, delicious and safe to eat.
On a Final Note
The fantastic thing about probiotic foods is that they are most definitely not a trigger for a stomach upset. They contain no fat, no caffeine, no alcohol or no stimulant effect on the GI tract whatsoever. This fact is important because some people mistakenly assume probiotic as the underlying culprit for their discomfort. So how can you enjoy probiotic foods? Deliciously and easily! This also does not mean that probiotic should become a main component of your diet. Yogurt and many such dairy products have less amount of other nutritional value and come with lots of empty calories. They should be used in moderation for general good health and limited to medium portions following nutritious meals.
Oct 13, 2013
Antioxidant Alternatives Overview
There are many alternative rich antioxidant food sources that people often over-look, or are completely unaware of. In the article below we’ll list ten of these top antioxidant alternatives.
Top 1 – 5 Antioxidant Alternatives
(1) The first on the list is sugar beet molasses. Not only is it a major source of powerful antioxidants, but it’s also a great alternative to refined sugar.
(2) Dried plums are extremely rich in antioxidants. What is also great about them, is that they can easily be worked into other recipes that would otherwise be somewhat antioxidant deficient on their own, such as ground meats, sausages, pastries, cereals, and even oatmeal.
(3) Black beans are another powerful antioxidant that is somewhat underrated. Just one single cup of black beans can provide several hundred percent of the daily recommend antioxidant requirement. So the next time you serve a Mexican style dish, be sure to include some black beans.
(4) Just one once out of pecans contains 5,900 total antioxidants per serving. That is even more antioxidants than what you would find in a large Gala apple. It’s best to eat your pecans unsalted and plain, as the pecans rolled in oils, fats, and salts are particularly unhealthy to eat in larger quantities.
(5) Russet potatoes are absolutely packed with antioxidants. One cooked Russet potato contains 5,000 antioxidant components per serving. If you eat the potato with a healthy fat, such as extra virgin olive oil or avocado, then you will be able to absorb more of the antioxidant load.
Top 6 – 10 Antioxidant Alternatives
(6) Acai powder is largely considered to be one of the most powerful antioxidant sources on the planet. You can buy it anywhere too, it is very accessible. Mix it into your smoothies, oatmeal, or warm tea. Just one small tablespoon contains several hundred percent of the recommended daily allowance of antioxidants.
(7) Green tea has long been known in Japan to possess powerful health benefits. Green tea possesses a large volume of antioxidants, some of which specifically act as anti-aging agents. To get the full power offered by green tea, you should drink half to a full glass of it each day.
(8) Green smoothies are one of the most delicious ways to get several hundred percent of the daily recommended allowance of antioxidants. Toss some fresh kale, spinach, banana, blueberries and some orange juice into a blender, and then liquefy the ingredients. You would be very hard pressed to find a food source richer in antioxidants than this.
(9) Did you know that hot cocoa contains an abundance of antioxidants? Researches have recently discovered that hot cocoa contains more antioxidants than red wine and green tea. If you want to keep your hot cocoa healthy, then add hemp milk or almond milk to it as opposed to dairy milk.
(10) Hemp products have recently been shown to contain tons of antioxidants. Products such as hemp milk, hemp protein powder, hemp seeds, and hemp bars all contain as much antioxidants as you would find in a handful of fresh berries.
Aug 1, 2013
Cellulite is often one of the biggest problems a woman can face in maintaining her goal of having youthful healthy looking skin. But, what causes the formation of cellulite?
First, it’s important to understand there are three different types of cellulite: Adipose cellulite, oedematous cellulite and fibrotic cellulite. Adipose cellulite is firm and causes a slightly orange peel effect on skin while oedematous cellulite is a type of fluid retention cellulite often found on looser skin. And lastly, Fibrotic cellulite is hard leaving a compact orange peel effect on skin.
The formation of cellulite is caused by several different factors such as:
Clothing: tight elastic clothing can cause blood flow issues in the body that can lead to the formation of cellulite.
Genetics: Certain genes have been shown to heighten cellulite development due to slowed metabolism, fatty deposits under the skin and circulatory issues.
Hormonal factors: An imbalance in female regulatory hormones such as insulin, estrogenic, prolactin and thyroid hormone have all been shown to increase the problem of cellulite.
Diet: it’s important to try to eat a balanced diet to avoid cellulite because people eating too much fat, carbohydrates and consuming too little fiber have been shown to have greater amounts of cellulite.
Lack of physical activity: People with lower levels of physical activity have been shown to have greater problems with cellulite formation.
Thickness and color of your skin: Cellulite is less noticeable on darker skin types because the shadows caused by dimpling are less obvious than those with fairer skin.
Dehydration: beauty experts agree that dehydration can cause cellulite and make current cellulite more noticeable.
Weakened collagen: This is due to weakened production in older women and too much in younger women and can be caused by eating high amounts of processed food and soy products.
So, what can you do to reduce the appearance of cellulite?
One of the best ways is to increase the body’s fat burning responses by following a low carbohydrate diet that stresses more fruits, protein and vegetables versus carbohydrates to heat up the lower body’s fat release system. Exercises that move and focus on the buttocks, thighs and calves such as weight training help increase blood flow and build muscles plus has been shown to tighten connective body tissues involved in cellulite production making it a very good cellulite reduction exercise.
The appearance of cellulite can be reduced. However, this process can only be achieved with hard work on correcting and understand the issues that cause it. But, once this balance has been achieved the results are worth it.