Types of Weight Loss Supplements

Tape measure with supplement pills

Tape measure with supplement pillsEvery day we are bombarded by advertisements of products that can supposedly help us lose weight, it seems that the new illnesses affecting people’s lives have become more severe.  People suffering from diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and stroke come from lack of exercise and being overweight.

No one wants to be fat, but sometimes it’s one of those things that subconsciously happens, maybe because we are very sedentary, don’t have the time or don’t pay attention to what we eat. There are other reasons weight gain can creep up on people,  such as thyroid issues lack of sleep and even stress can cause weight gain.

Ok, so you have gained the weight and now want to eliminate those excess pounds, that is the hard part, you know that a proper diet and exercise are the best way to lose weight. A simple rule of thumb is taking in fewer calories than you are burning.  If you consume more calories than you are burning off in a day you are going to to gain weight. Read more

Peanut Butter What You Should Know

Jar of Peanut Butter

Jar of Peanut ButterPeanut butter over the last few years has had a bad rap, some people have actually died because of allergic reactions to the stuff. Sure some people have succumbed from this delicious peanut paste, but have you ever looked into the positive nutrients natural peanut butter has.

You will definitely think twice about spreading the average store bought peanut butter on a piece of toast, pancake or whatever else you choose to top with this creamy spread.

Store bough peanut butter is generally loaded with sugar, hydrogenated oil, and sodium along with preservatives which are things your body does not need. There are some natural peanut butter brands that are a little bit better,  but many still contain sugars to make them taste better.

If you have never had real homemade peanut butter you have been missing out on nature’s great gift. Homemade peanut butter is not hard to make, it is just a matter of mildly roasting some fresh peanuts on a cookie sheet in your oven and blending it up in an old blender or food processor.  Fresh made peanut butter is very good for you.

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The Health Benefits of Tomatoes

Pizza tomatoes and sauce

Most of us take tomatoes for granted. We mechanically go on eating without realizing the goodness that is contained in this small fruit. Though strange as it may seem, tomatoes contain innumerable health benefits which can help in the prevention of several ailments, some of which could also be termed as life-threatening.

The Health Benefits of Tomatoes

To understand the goodness of tomatoes, we need to know that these fruits are endowed with four prime carotenoids. These are alpha carotene, beta carotene, lutein, and lycopene. While these individually are good for health, together they can provide great amount of nutrition. For instance, the redness of the fruit, which is one of the most attractive parts of the fruit in terms of looks, is due to a red pigment called lycopene. We are keen to take external antioxidants when this lycopene is one of the most powerful antioxidants which we get from tomatoes. Read more

For Natural Healing Herbal Medicines Are the Best

Herbs

HerbsThese days herbal medicines are perhaps the most common and popular form of natural medication. There are some basic reasons for its growing popularity: affordability, safety, lack of side effects and of course efficacy. For people who find it beyond their means to buy expensive medicines for treating an ailment, many have found an alternative way to look after their health, which are not only endorsed by many health professionals but are also equally effective.

One of the most redeeming features about herbal medicines is that they are not just preferred for treating simple ailments, but also for serious diseases, which require prolonged therapy. Herbal medicines for the latter group of ailments, in many cases are much more economical than regular allopathic medicines, where the patient has to cope with unmanageable side effects. Read more

Trying to Eat Right and Avoiding Bad Food

Mangos

photomeI can see why so much of the American population is overweight, Im sure a lot of it is due to lack of inactivity and exercise, in fact I could stand to lose a couple of pounds myself. Rarely am I subjected to ads about food anymore from commercial TV advertising. I don’t have satellite or cable TV any longer. I just got tired of watching the same old crap.

I was born in the U.S, my parents were both born and raised there, my father from German and English decent grew up in Anaheim Ca. and my mother in Hugo Oklahoma, at the age of 5 my parents moved to Mexico and now in my late 40’s I still live in the same town. While there is a Wallmart and several of what are called OXXO convenience stores, I call them cancer stores because they are just like 7Eleven and sell junk.

In my teens rarely did you see someone in Mexico who was overweight, in fact when I was a child there were many friends who’s fathers or mothers would go to the U.S for a few years to work, when they came back they had usually doubled or tripled their weight. Mexicans have become seriously overweight; every time I head to the big city I see more and more overweight children, teenagers and adults. I am a firm believer that fast food and convenience stores are a big contributor. Read more

Zumba The Solution for Weight Loss

Women in Zumba Class

Women in Zumba ClassZumba is the new exercise craze. It is a Latin word that loosely translated means to move fast and have fun. It is an aerobic dance routine that most enjoy so much they forget they are exercising. Some Zumba classes also incorporate small weights into the class, for a dance or two. These weights increase the calories burned but also tighten and tone muscles. On average a Zumba class burns between 600 and 800 calories. Of course working harder, burns more and being a sloth you would burn less.

An average Zumba class lasts approximately an hour from warm up to cool down. In that hour (depending on the instructor) you will try a little bit of plenty of Latin dances. You will get a taste of salsa, mambo, rumba, flamenco and sometimes some hip hop as well. Each of these dances is fast moving, forcing the body to burn calories. There will be periods of rest, and a chance to grab a drink of water, so be sure to bring a water bottle with you. Read more

Cholesterol Issue or Myth

Cholesterol report

Cholesterol reportCholesterol has been a controversial topic for nearly two decades now and the debate shows no signs of winding down any time soon.  Even among medical practitioners, widely divergent opinions exist as to “good” and “bad” cholesterol, appropriate levels, effective measurement and whether cholesterol-lowering medications may, in fact, do more harm than good.

Millions of people take daily statin drugs like Lipitor to reduce cholesterol; only blood pressure medication is prescribed more frequently.

Interestingly, the plot of John Grisham’s recent best seller “The Litigators” revolves around a lawsuit against the manufacturers of a cholesterol reducing drug with supposedly lethal side effects.  While this particular story is fiction, the premise is completely plausible; there have been entirely too many real-life instances of drugs with sinister side effects and long-term consequences.

We’ve been indoctrinated with the belief that high cholesterol levels are dangerous to our health, and a significant risk factor for heart disease.  For decades now, the nutrition community has promoted a “low fat” diet and demonized eggs, dairy, red meat and other “artery clogging” fats.  Unfortunately, this has resulted in an increasing dependence on vegetable oils, high fructose corn syrup and processed grains; all of which are now proving to be unhealthy alternatives.  Ongoing studies are producing results which may refute previous assumptions of a link between saturated fats and heart disease.    Read more

Causes and Treatments of Hemorrhoids

Man sitting on toilet in pain

Man sitting on toilet in painHemorrhoids in other terms would also be known as piles. This is when the anal veins within are inflamed and swollen, sometimes around the lower rectum as well. The condition can occur when the bowel movements of an individual is strenuous. In some cases even pregnancy forces extra pressure on the veins inside the rectum and causes Hemorrhoids. You have two typed of Hemorrhoids found commonly amongst humans, internal and external.

What are the symptoms of Hemorrhoids?

  1. When passing bowels if you do notice bright red blood droplets on the toilet paper or in the bowl, and you haven’t felt pain, its time you check for Hemorrhoids.
  2. The anal region would itch or irritate
  3. Discomfort and pain in the anus
  4. The anus is swollen
  5. Lump formations around the anus, which can be very painful or be very sensitive
  6. Feces leakages

Treatment options

The treatment of Hemorrhoids can be done at home or through the help of a professional, and for one you need to change the way you live. However, there are cases when you need medicines and surgery to help with the condition. Read more

The Benefits of Arnica

Arnica Flowers in field

Arnica Flowers in fieldArnica is a herb that belongs to the sunflower family. It is a native to southern part of Russia and mountainous regions of  Europe. It is also known as Arnica Montana and it is widely used for various medicinal purposes specially homeopathic treatments. Arnica flower as well as the root is used in herbal medicines. Basically, it is used for treating pain and skin problems. Arnica has a bright yellow flower that looks similar to daisy. All parts of Arnica are used, that includes: flowers, roots and rhizomes.

Arnica is also used in foods as a flavoring ingredient in pudding, gelatin, frozen dairy desserts, beverages etc. Along with this, it is also used in hair tonics and anti-dandruff hair treatments. The oil produced from Arnica is used in cosmetics and perfumes. However, it is still majorly used for medicinal purposes and is a very popular homeopathic remedy to relieve pain and swelling. Read more

Fight off Disease with Omega 3 Fish Oil

Fresh Salmon and Tuna

Fresh Salmon and TunaHealth benefits of Omega 3 fish oils are endless. Hundreds of medical journals and other health magazines have published these facts to the public. Does this make you interested in omega 3 fish oil benefits? Well you will certainly discover all the answers right here.

In the 1900s, Omega 3 fatty acids were discovered by scientists and ever since, medical science has been uncovering new health benefits of omega-3.

Not all fish oil is created equal, which means some fish oils is not as easy to digest as others, in fact there are two types of fish oil, processed glyceryl ester and natural ethyl ester fish oil, while the processed fish oil was not as easy to digest, the differences between the processed glyceryl ester and natural glyceryl ester was minimal.

There are other sources of omega 3 fatty acids and recently  krill oil supplements have become a popular alternative to that of regular fish oil. Krill oil is a relatively new discovery and a good source of omega 3 faty acids; many sources support krill oil as being a superior source of omega 3, in fact krill oil offers the same amount of EPA and DHA at lower doses of that of regular fish oil. Read more