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Sunday, December 7, 2014

Cranberries – The Arsenal of Health

For most of us Cranberries for represent a sour berry that has treatment potential in case of cold or flu.   But few people know that drinking cranberry juice or consuming cranberries reduces the risk of urinary tract infections, lowers blood pressure, and have many more health benefits. 


What else you need to know about cranberries? It is a fact that a glass of cranberry contains only 50 calories and plenty of vitamins. For example these berries contain vitamin C - a natural antioxidant that can block certain types of damage caused by free radicals and increase the body's resistance to infectious diseases, Vitamin E - a fat-soluble antioxidant that can have an impact on chronic diseases associated with free radicals. Besides cranberries containvitamin K, manganese, a wide range of phytonutrients - natural nutrientsin plants and giving them a specific color, calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium, zinc, folic acid, nicotinic acid, vitamin B (B-12, B-6), thiamin, riboflavin, vitamin D, caffeine and phosphorus.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Muscle Building and Sex Life



Bodybuilders and athletes, as well as other people involved in bodybuilding process always feel a certain impact on their sexual life. Many of those involved in muscle building and especially active weight loss process start to find that their desire for sex radically decreases and they lose pleasure in the act. Besides, those on very low-fat diets may notice a similar occurrence as well.

Overtraining can also play a crucial role in declining libido levels. When the overtraining symptoms  occur, not only will you likely lose interest in many of the daily activities you used to enjoy, but you'll also lose your sexual drive and desire.

It is important to monitor your body fat levels closely and make sure that you are getting enough rest in between training sessions. This factor is critical to your general health and your sexual shape.
Another indirect effect of training that can impact your sex life, but in a positive way is the stress reduction as a result of active training. Many men use weight lifting as a way to escape stress they are experiencing, and since stress is one of the biggest sex-drive murderers, this will obviously have a positive effect.

And another important factor  that could be affecting you is any type of supplements or anabolic steroids you are taking to improve your results of the workout. Steroids will increase sex drive drastically; but you must be warned that they, at the same time, can have the negative side effects of increasing breast size, causing impotence and creating testicular atrophy. IT a known fact the benefits of using steroids are many times reduced to zero by the adverse side effects of these compounds.

Other supplements that can influence the sex drive in some males include yohimbe, tribulus and horny goat weed. It is also important to know that human growth hormone (HGH) increase your sex drive, but this supplement actually isn't all that beneficial unless it's administered medically which is quite costly and even if used in anabolic cycles, it should be administered in correct doses and stacks.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Hormones and Stubborn Fat


Stubborn fat develops in as person when its hormonal pathways are broken down. Age does play a role in this due to the facts that fat deposits increase and become more resistant to fat loss methods as people get older.

This a phenomenon people can not control, but some things that lead to stubborn fat development can be somehow controlled. Losing weight on crash diets and then regaining it—often known as the “rebound effect”—only increase stubborn fat on long term. A decrease in exercise and activity level also compounds the stubborn fat problem. This is why people who crash-diet on low calories and refuse to exercise often have the worst stubborn fat problems of all.

Our ancestors really never had to deal with this dilemma because they moved and engaged in physical labor as a normal part of daily life, whereas technological conveniences and the modern way of life have caused many of us to become indolent and inactive.



Stubborn fat is metabolized particularly slowly and resists the hormonal process that takes place when the fat burning process starts up. To burn fat, the adrenal hormones (better known as adrenaline and noradrenaline) attach to the fat cell receptors and basically “open them up” so the fat can be used in the energy pathways. There are two kinds of receptors in the fat cells: alpha and beta. The beta receptors are much more vigorous and respond to adrenal hormones. To lose body fat, the adrenal hormones switch on and the body begins to use fat as energy. Nevertheless, in the case of people with stubborn fat, this does not occur, so no body fat is lost.

Ori Hofmekler in his book The Warrior Diet states that stubborn fat has a lower ratio of beta receptors to alpha receptors. As a result, the body’s hormonal fat dissolver, adrenaline, is unable to enter the fat cell and open the door. The author also points out that “to make these matters worse, stubborn fat has more estrogen receptors, which cause even a larger quantity of stubborn fat.” And what makes it even worse is that people indulge in the typical modern diet and sedentary lifestyle and that factor often results in insulin sensitivity.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Workout Guide: Back Kick with Shoulder Press



Muscles Involved: shoulders, chest, triceps, lower back, glutes, hamstrings, abs
Exercise Description: Stand on your left leg with your right leg off the floor, and your right knee pulled up toward your chest. Hold a pound dumbbell against your chest with both hands, keeping your elbows in tight next to your rib cage. Gradually bend at the waist, and press your right heel straight back behind you as if you were back-kicking someboidy standing directly behind you in the stomach. At the same time push the weight plate straight forward until your arms are fully extended. Your entire body should be parallel to the floor, except for your left leg, which should be vertical to the floor. Hold for a beat, then retract your limbs back to the starting position. Complete a full set on the right leg, and then switch to another side. 

Back Kick with Shoulder Press

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Get Stronger With Watermelon


Watermelon


Training supplements are often a shock to our financial possibilities. But science sometimes steps in with a solution both practical and budget friendly.

An amino acid found in watermelon has the potential to boost the amount of weight you can grip and add more reps to your workout. Citrulline malate, as the acid is called, buffers muscle fatigue if you consume it daily. You may want to blend a pre-workout smoothie with half of one. But taking one in your gym is not really the better solution:)

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Magical Berries



Powers: protects your heart; enhances eyesight; improves balance, coordination, and short-term memory; prevents cravings
Secret weapons: antioxidants, fiber, vitamin C, tannins
Prevent and Control: heart disease, cancer, obesity

Raspberries carry powerful levels of antioxidants, all-purpose components that help your body fight heart disease and cancer; the berries’ flavonoids may also help your eyesight, balance, coordination, and short-term memory. One cup of raspberries packs 6 grams of fiber and more than half of your daily requirement of vitamin C.


Berries
Blueberries are also loaded with the soluble fiber that, like oatmeal, keeps you fuller longer. In fact, they’re one of the most healthful foods you can eat. Blueberries beat out 39 other fruits and vegetables in the antioxidant power ratings. One study also found that rats that ate blueberries were more coordinated and smarter than rats that didn’t.

Berries

Strawberries contain another valuable form of fiber called pectin (as do grapefruits, peaches, apples, and oranges). In a study subjects drank plain orange juice or juice spiked with pectin. The people who got the loaded juice felt fuller after drinking it than those who got the juice without the pectin.

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Saturday, June 1, 2013

Workout Guide: Hammer Curl


Exercise Description: Stand with your feet a shoulder width-apart, arms at your sides. Hold a dumbbell in each hand with your palms facing the sides of your body. Exhale, and keeping your elbows locked firmly against your rib cage, curl both arms toward your shoulders three-quarters of the way up. Hold for a beat, focusing on squeezing your biceps. Inhale, then slowly lower your arms back to the starting pose. Try to think you are hammering nails into a board with two large hammers. This version of the Bicep Curl focuses concentration on the forearms, as well as some muscles that reside underneath the biceps. 

Hammer Curl
 

LESS IS MORE

Third time isn't always lucky. Warming up for too long could slow your sprinting, found a study. Athlets who completed three sets of lower-body dynamic stretches, such as buttock kicks and knee raises, sprinted more slowly than those who did one or two sets. More than 10 minutes of dynamic activity can cause acid build-up that slows you down.

UP FOR STRENGHT

It's time to upgrade your routine. By doing just a few more sets, you can gain a lot of extra strength, a study says.

Lifters who performed eight sets of a movement twice a week were about 20 per cent stronger.

It it recommended that you start your workout with heavy sets of bench presses, squat or deadlifts.

RAISING CANE

Does your brekky make you soar out of the door, then send you crashing back to Earth once you hit the office?

You could be coming down from a sugar high.

A study says that two out of three cereals are made up of at least 26 per cent sugar by weight.