Friday, June 29, 2007

Weight Maintenance-Relapse Prevention - Part II

The American media and fashion industry promotes and reflects mainstream cultural standards for women's body shape and size. This is a culturally molded image dictating the importance of beauty being ultra thin and other symbols of love, prestige, happiness and success for women.

Many women have adapted these idealized images with highly predictable side affects. These prolonged assaults to our self-esteem find many women coping by living with the on-going burden of compulsive eating/cravings and binge eating. The results of these habits often manifest as a low grade to moderate depression, nagging health problems and being chronically vigilant over healthy body weight.

Have you lost touch with who you truly are, and what you are deeply hungry for? Is the 'food as a quick fix' syndrome taking over?

-Is it time to think about filling up the yearning of your hungry heart with a different choice?

-Is it time to choose to focus on self-love, to breathe deep, seek peace, to nourish yourself from the inside out?

-Is it time to re-new your commitment; revive your intention to maintain your healthy body weight?

Many women all socio-economic and edicational levels of life are reinforcing healthy habits to remain on purpose and stay on course. Whatever you repetitively focus on that is what you achieve.

The best way to determine your ideal weight range is to use a body mass index (BMI) calculator. It measures your body fat based on height and weight.

BMI Categories:

• Underweight = less than 18.5

• Normal weight = 18.5-24.9

• Overweight = 25-29.9

• Obesity = BMI of 30 or greater

A calculator can be accessed at

If you are unable to get on track within a few weeks, consider professional help. Seeking professional help is not a sign of weakness or inability, it is a matter of giving yourself the assistance you deserve.

Learn how cutting the cords to emotional eating through hypnosis will relieve you from these ties as well as release the weight. By tuning into yourself, you will discover why you eat and learn how to release your attachment to unhealthy foods and unhealthy eating habits.

With Hypnotherapy, you allow your subconscious mind to release, resolve and heal weight issues. It's not about only the food; it's about eating behaviors we've learned in childhood that dictate the way we deal with our life and stuff our emotions with food. We eat when we're , anxious, nervous, bored, stressed, hyperactive, sad, lonely, frustrated, afraid, even when we're happy.'s-Not-Only-The-Food—It's-Also-What-You-Tell-Yourself:-Maintain-Your-Ideal-Weight-The-Right-Way&id=415366

Carpe Diem—Seize the day.

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Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Best Weight Loss Pills

What are the best weight loss pills? If you are overweight or obese you have definitely asked this question many times. Whatever our excess weight can be, we always want to be slim. And the best weight loss pills have been always sought after.

Let's think a little on this philosophic question and try to answer it based on what we know about this weight loss aid we can't refuse of using...

We all know the easiest and safest way to live a slim and healthy life is to: consume healthy foods in a balanced diet regime, exercise and stay physically active, and get a sufficient amount of rest each day. Well, weight loss pills may offer a short cut, it might not always be the best route to take. If we make a decision to take weight loss pills, it is always important to understand how they work. It should be in you best interest to know what you are inserting in your body.

Which are best weight loss pills - prescription or natural?

First, weight loss pills are divided into two major groups - prescribed or over-the-counter diet pills. Do you like to know which are best? Well, consider the following - prescription weight loss pills are clinically tested and proven to work as they claim. If say Xenical claims to block 25% of dietary fats from your meals - those are clinically proven results. And approved by official medical organizations that guarantees drug action according to claims.

But prescription weight loss pills are not the perfect - I would say they are far from it and mostly due to side effects and unnatural chemicals applied. The same Xenical gives you a bunch of "additional benefits" like oily spotting, oily stool, possible nausea, diarrhea and more.

At the same time, prescription weight loss pills are basically used in case of obesity with possible dangers to your health. Their effects, side effects are studied and known, and if there's no other ways for you to lose weight naturally - probably prescribed drugs are the best weight loss pills to choose.

Weight loss supplements, or over-the-counter or natural weight loss pills, are not the best ones either, due to numerous reasons. Mostly because they don't back their claims. Have you noticed fantastic or amazing promises to help you lose pounds a day or permanent weight loss results?

The problem is most manufacturers don't support these claims with clinical studies. You cannot know for sure if you buy some real mix of ingredients proven to burn your fat or increase metabolism, or it's just placebo.

Another point of concern is natural or herbal ingredients. Natural does not mean safe. Consider this when choosing weight loss pills. Ephedra or ma huang were the most popular fat burner active ingredients and might be considered as best weight loss pills, until FDA found them being extremely dangerous to our nervous system and heart. Several death cases preceded the ephedra ban.

So our advice in choosing natural supplements - the best weight loss pills among over the counter are well known brands that everybody knows and many people use successfully.

Undoubted leader among natural weight loss pills in 2007 is Proactol - acknowledged by health professionals and customers as good and safe weight loss support.

Weight loss pills action types

We can differ weight loss pills by type of action. Here we have several major types like fat burners, appetite suppressants or fat blockers. They can be both prescription and natural weight loss pills.

Fat burners work accordingly to help the body in breaking down the fat, internally. Once released from fat cells, fat enters the blood stream as free acids that are then carried to muscle cells where they are to be burned.

Another, probably the most widespread pills are appetite suppressants. These pills take away the desire to eat and allow you to keep down the fat consumption. Most of prescription drugs are suppressants, like Phentermine, Meridia (sibutramine), Acomplia and several other brands. Appetite suppressants are the oldest type of pills to struggle extra weight, and many people use them successfully.

Their popularity grew even more after Hoodia Gordonii appeared on weight loss market. It's considered the best natural appetite suppressant that has not been researched thoroughly but showed good efficacy.

Another type of weight loss pills is gaining more popularity due to more safe and healthy effect comparing with others - fat blockers. Among prescription drugs it is Xenical, blocking fat by affecting lipase enzymes responsible for fat absorption. It helped many people lose weight along with good dieting regime, but it's side effects include abdomen discomfort, diarrhea, and the inability to absorb a lot of important fat-soluble vitamins and other nutrients.

Alli is a lighter version of Xenical with the same side effects and many medical professionals refuse to ally themselves with Alli as best weight loss pill because of moderate efficacy combined with many side effects.

Among natural fat blockers chitosan is widespread ingredient. There are many pills based on chitosan claiming fat blocking effect, but scientific researches proved weak fat blocking capacities of chitosan.

As fat blocker, acting somewhat like Xenical but binding fats directly in the stomach, Proactol now is a leading weight loss pill. It acts safely and helps lose weight steadily and prevent weight gain if we eat fatty meals.

The conclusion is simple - choose well known brands that many people used already and had positive results. There is no perfect weight loss aid - but weight loss pills are popular and one of the reasons is that they do help you lose weight more effectively.

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Monday, June 25, 2007

Yeast Infection - The Real Facts

Anyone can get a yeast infection. It's just a fact of life. Of course, women get them most commonly as vaginal yeast infections. Men can get yeast infections, too. Even children can even get them. A yeast infection is unpleasant and uncomfortable, but just what is a yeast infection?

Vaginal yeast infections effect nearly 75% of all women during their lives. Some 5% of these women will have recurring yeast infections through the years. Men can sometimes, but rarely, be effected after unprotected sex with a partner who has a yeast infection.

Children can become infected with yeast infections after taking antibiotics because the antibiotics kill the natural bacteria in the body that usually help prevent the buildup of yeast.

Because yeast infections thrive on moist environments such as the bowels and skin, a bad diaper rash can turn into a yeast infection, too. Thrush is a type of yeast infection of the mouth seen commonly in children. It can move through the system to become a yeast infection in the diaper area.

In children, the yeast infection will differ significantly from regular diaper rash. For one thing, it will not clear up in a few days. Also, some of the many red bumps could be pus-filled, and there could be a scaling pattern. The location of the rash might bee different, too, as it could be in the pubic area, groin area, and the lower abdomen.

In scientific terms, a vaginal yeast infection is caused by the fungus Candida albicans. The warm, moist environment makes an ideal situation for the fungus to take hold if other conditions are right. Another condition necessary is acidity. Yeast grows where there is less acidity.

Many things can change the acidity of the vagina. Antibiotics, as for children's yeast infections can alter the acidity. Menstruation can have an effect, too, as can pregnancy. Also, an illness such as diabetes can effect the acidity of the vagina.

Vaginal yeast infections are marked by burning and redness of the vagina and pain during urination. There may also be a vaginal discharge that is thick, white, and not bad-smelling. For the men who rarely get yeast infections, it may show as a red rash, and itching, and a burning sensation at the tip of the penis.

Yeast occurs naturally in all of us. It is when, for whatever reason, it gets out of balance, that it becomes a problem. Whether it is yeast infections in children, penile yeast infections in men, or vaginal yeast infections in women, they are a problem that needs to be treated. The first step in treating them is knowing "what is a yeast infection?"

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Friday, June 22, 2007

Get Rid Of Big Fat Thighs - Two Important Things You Must Know About Your Thighs

Many times I see people asking in forums what kinds of exercises they can do in order to get rid of big fat thighs. It is true that exercises play an important role when you want to get rid of big fat thighs. However, what is more important than exercises is to properly understand two things about your body. Once you understand these two things, you will be able to decide which types of exercises are best for you. In this article, I will tell you about these two things.

It is sad but true. People who want to lose the extra flab from their thighs mostly concentrate on external techniques and mechanisms. However, most of them don't have the most essential thing: a positive mindset. A positive mindset is needed in order to get rid of big fat thighs. Remember that any weight loss exercises, be it cardio or aerobics, is not easy so if you develop a positive mindset you will be able to sail through tough times. How to develop a positive mindset? A great way to develop a positive mindset is to tell yourself repeatedly: "I can lose this flab if I want to!" Say this repeatedly. This will boost your confidence.

Another way to develop a positive mindset is to keep a pair of jeans within your arms' reach that you used to wear when you were not so overweight. When you need to calculate your progress during weight loss exercises, don't assess it in terms of scale. Instead, wear that pair of jeans and see if it fits now. There is nothing like being able to wear a pair of jeans that you couldn't wear because of your big fat thighs.

One another thing you should remember is that our genes play a vital role in our body building. I hate to say this, but some of us are born with 'bad genes': that is, some of us have inherited big fat thighs from our forefathers. Don't feel bad about it though. There is no reason to get upset because even if you are born with 'bad genes', it is still possible to lose weight. It is just that you need to work a bit harder than others but you will definitely be able to get rid of big fat thighs. Always follow the old methods of getting rid of big fat thighs: do regular cardiovascular exercises and eat a low fat diet.

Also, never spend a buck on the so called 'diet pills' or 'weight loss supplements'. They don't work, period. I understand that you want to get rid of big fat thighs fast, but if you are serious about getting rid of big fat thighs, you need to be patient and follow the old methods your ancestors used in order to live a healthy life. Remember, while science has progressed much during the modern times, our body type has remained more or less the same as that of our ancestors. Needles to say, if you follow your ancestors' methods, you will be successful in getting rid of big fat thighs within a short period.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Learn How to Save Your Back at Work

Two of the most common complaints you hear at work on any given day are probably for back and neck pain.

Sitting on the Job and Lower Back Pain

Sitting, whether you are driving for your work or just sitting in a chair, is often the greatest cause of back pain.

Whenever you are sitting, whether in a relaxed position, driving or at work make sure to support your lower back.

Push your bottom up against the back of the chair and then stack your shoulders right up over your hips with ears aligned over the shoulders so your chin is parallel to the floor. Place a small pillow or rolled up towel at the lumbar or lower back. Change your position every half hour to give your back a change of position.

Avoid leaning to one side when you are sitting and avoid overstuffed furniture, which doesn't offer adequate support for your spine.

Perform this stretch several times throughout the day if you are having lower back pain. Slide forward in your chair to the edge of the seat. With your feet shoulder width apart inhale and then slowly roll the spine down from the top of the head exhaling until your head and arms are hanging down between your legs.

Take a breath in to hold the stretch and as you exhale roll the spine back up until you are sitting tall again with the vertebrae stacked over your hips. Initiate the movements by drawing your abdominals up and in deeply.

Tension and Pain in the Upper Back from Computers

When working at a computer pull your chair close to the Screen. Use a chair with short arm rests and adjustable height, back rests, and seats. The back rest spring should be adjusted so that the back rest moves with you. A seat that tilts forward is a particularly useful feature.

A swivel chair enables you to work without twisting your back and you can place machines and computer screens that you use often as close to you as possible to minimize the amount of twisting and turning you need to do.

Make sure to hinge forward at your hips keeping your spine in good alignment anytime you need to lean forward at your desk.

Below I have outlined an exercise to help relieve some of the upper back pain and tension you may be feeling.

Slide to the edge of your seat with your ankles directly under your feet, arms hanging at your sides, sitting up tall and lifted out of your hips. Inhale as you reach your arms down and back opening the chest and feeling the shoulder blades slide down and together. Then exhale to return your arms back to your sides. Repeat this for about 8 times every hour if needed throughout the day.

Talking on the Phone can be a Pain in the Neck

Holding the phone between your ear and shoulder can be one of many neck pain causes. Try using some of the new phone adapters.

Sometimes just sitting for a long period of time can cause severe neck pain and pain in upper back and shoulders. Practice straightening your back to an upright position and, or go for a walk.

Try this exercise for pain in the neck during the day. Sitting tall at the edge of your chair or standing lower your head letting your chin drop down, then roll your head so you are looking over one shoulder, roll it back down and then repeat to the other side. Perform this exercise 4 –5 times on each side.

Don't forget Exercise for your Back and Neck Pain

The key to alleviating some of this back and neck pain may be a supervised exercise program that addresses these common problems and aids in postural alignment.

Appropriate exercises, done on a regular basis, can provide strength and flexibility in the muscles that are needed to correct postural problems. My favorite, and probably the most effective way to address these length tension imbalances is with Pilates.

Pilates exercises can be performed on equipment using spring tension or on the mat using your own body weight and with balls and bands. Pilates exercises focus on strengthening the core muscles (abs and back) to decrease pain and tension in the body.

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Thursday, June 14, 2007

Home Sauna Kit

We, at Gaia Saunas, endow you with one of the best home saunas that suit your requirements and add to the luxury of your house. Our saunas come with affordable price and excellent quality as we take enough care in the design as well as construction of saunas.

We also offer home sauna kits that comprises of different materials or spare parts of the entire sauna system which can assembled on-site and a sauna can be made for your home specially customized as per your requirements. The biggest advantage of our home sauna kit is that it can be constructed and erected at your place itself and so you can easily choose the materials as per the space, shape and size of the room where it is to be fitted.

These days, such kits are becoming more and more popular specially in making a sauna for two persons, as it can even fit in smaller houses. They can be assembled near pools or in basements or even in attics wherever it fits the best. While constructing a home sauna from the kit, pool side is the most preferable location of all.

The home sauna kit consists of material for making sauna cabin, water supply system with different hoses as per the jet requirements, stoves or other fuel burnings for steam generation, benches for sitting, insulated doors and much more which is collated together to form your dream sauna for your home. One of the best parts of home sauna kit is that the user can himself mix and match from a variety of our product ranges and can select his pick from all of the above products to satisfy his necessities.

From these kits, sauna room, shower room and dressing room can be arranged and can be constructed with the boards available. These boards are made of cedar wood with tongue and groove joints to easily fit in the panels and form an insulated space where you can enjoy having sauna bath at your home itself. With these kits, any customized size of sauna can be erected at your place ranging from 3'x 3' to as big as 12'x 12' or even larger. Apart from cedar wood panels, the kit comes with various other accessories like ceiling boards, door jamb, cache, hinges, shower kits, benches, steam or heater options and many other luxurious accessories. Wiring is also an important part of sauna kit and for these wires and other installations it is advisable to take guidance, which is provided in the installation guideline booklet that comes along with our kit.

Constructing from home sauna kit

One need not worry about the construction and installation part of kit as it just requires a medium level skill for it. They are so user friendly and the guidance booklet is also so detailed that anyone can assemble it.

In case of new house, the space can be specially provided before by the architect for the home sauna. For this ha can suggest a frame space as wellas provide as flooring that is waterproof so that after the construction of your new home, sauna can be made from the kit. After that you can assemble different segments and build your home sauna in a pre-decided space as per your architect's suggestions. In an existing house, it can placed anywhere as per your choice but care should be taken to make the floor waterproof before its installation and use.

The saunas made with this kit are non portable but we have some innovative customers who have made them portable by making them in trailers or their vans. So if you have any innovative ideas for your own sauna, and you want it to be constructed as per your own specifications, we will definitely respect your suggestions and ideas and our team will put in its best to try that your ideas are turned into a stunning reality!

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Wednesday, June 13, 2007

A Man's Journey to Weight Loss Success

My name is Jonathan and I am overweight.

I am a pretty generic guy, married 2 kids with a 9-5 job sitting in front of a computer, and that is my downfall. when I was young and my metabolism was in top shape I was always active, now I sit in front of a computer drinking way too much coffee and coming home to do chores and then bed.

I am writing this to chronicle my weight loss efforts good or bad. So as much as I hate to admit it according to my BMI and BMR I need to lose about 40-50 lbs, not good news. I spent the last few days checking the internet to see if there were any wonder drugs or machines I could buy to lose weight without any effort. I didn't find much that was believable, I did however find two weight loss products I consider worth giving a try Eph 200 and Proactol, both of them had some merit. I wasn't looking for miracles, just a little extra help. I have ordered both and will continue writing as soon as one arrives.

11 Days Later Well Proactol was the first to arrive, checking on my Eph 200 its sitting at the border so I should have it in a couple of days. I will start taking it Monday, I have a 4 month supply of it, it comes in need little blister packs, I thought it would be in a bottle!

Day 1

( I will try to make these simple and to the point ) Typical day at work everybody brings in snacks and its hard to resist, drank more water than usual about 2 liters, no exercise and 3 large double milk double sugar coffees, dinner was spaghetti. took 7 proactol throughout the day. Day 2 Managed less snacks today and requested further coffee deliveries to be 2 milk and sweetener, drank 2 liters of water , went for a walk around the block when I got home, dinner was leftover spaghetti. 5 Proactol today.

Day 3

(still no sign of the Eph200, it still shows it at the border) Great day, we golfed at work so I got some exercise, polished off a couple of greasy sausages on the course though, drank plenty of water and a couple of beers. Skipped dinner and took 4 Proactol.

Day 4

Snacked all day fairly health muffins and some dried fruit brought, drank 3 liters of water and had a salad for dinner, also moved my scale to the kitchen as a reminder. took 4 Proactol today. I have noticed I don't feel as hungry during the day I think the appetite suppressant in the proactol works.

Day 5

Pretty much the same as yesterday, except it was chili for dinner and I still only took proactol, nice day so I went for a short walk as well.

Day 8

(not much worth reporting on the weekend I ate better but didn't exercise or sleep much, and I think I drank way too much at the clubs) Ok good news though, weighed in first thing in the morning and I have lost 3 lbs, from what I have read this could be water weight, but I do feel better I think I have more energy. Snacked on veggies, drank 3 liters and had a salad for dinner, I am going to lose weight or die trying, just took 4 Proactol today.

Day 9

(I think I am screwed on the Eph 200, I cant get it cleared through customs, couldn't understand why. will call the company I ordered from and see what they can do) More Veggies 2.5 Liters of water and a brisk walk at lunch, breakfast for dinner was a little greasy so I took 3 Proactol after dinner today for 5 total.

Day 10

I guess I should mention that I have had no side effects from the Proactol, I might be a bit more gassy, but I think that's my body adjusting to the healthier food. Salad for lunch today, no coffees at all and I think I actually drank 4 liters of water. Dinner was pork chops and salad. took 4 Proactol today.

Day 12

I have had a couple of great days of eating healthy, I did however have a coffee and honey glazed donut today, drank lots of water and dinner was Perogies and sour cream. Not the best day so I took 7 Proactol today.

Day 16

I am really happy with this diet so far, I am down 7 lbs now and I am motivated to keep losing the weight. I am eating healthy every day, I mask the occasional slip with extra Proactol and I am getting more exercise than I used too, mainly walking but that's all I have time for. I think I might buy a bike.

Day 18

I went and bought myself an awesome mountain bike, ate well today except for the two coffees I drank, ut otherwise I am drinking at least 3 liters of water everyday and eating healthier, somebody at work suggested that I don't skip breakfast and have a smoothie instead with protein powder to fill me up. Day 20, Look at me I think I am on the right track, I have gone for bike rides 2 days in a row, eaten completely healthy, not Tofu healthy but salads and brown bread healthy. My girlfriend commented that I have more energy and that she can now see that I am losing weight. 4 Proactol today.

Day 21

Weighed in at 16 lbs total weight loss, that means I lost 9 lbs in a week I read on the net that more than 5lbs is too much, but considering how different my life is I can't see how. I am winning the war on fat. Tuna on brown for lunch, lots of water and past for dinner, took 5 Proactol 2 with lunch and 3 at dinner.

Day 24

Been on my bike almost everyday since I bought it, I can't believe how fun it is to ride around. I had to wear a belt for the first time in my size 40 pants, I am not out of breath going up the stairs anymore and I feel great. I wish I had done this years ago, I thought this would be harder, I think the Proactol really helps and I can pat myself on the back for the new diet and the exercise.

Day 29

I played golf both days this weekend, and walked the front nine, I couldn't believe I was able to do it I have been dieting for a month, drinking my water taking my diet pills, eating better and exercising. just like I was read to do online and it has worked. In one month I have lost 21 Lbs, I feel better and the weight loss shows in the mirror. I will write submit another update after the end of next month. By the way, I never got my Eph 200, nor did I get a refund. Customer service sucked. I don't think in the end I needed it I think my weight loss in 28 days was more than expectable I will be a new man if I can keep this up for another month.

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Monday, June 11, 2007

A Guide To Low Carb Living

The idea of living a low carb life can make many people take cover and hide. The low carb lifestyle is more than simply following the Atkins diet; it's a total change in how you eat to live. Basically more and more of your life will revolve around a particular way of eating to maintain a healthy weight. This information isn't designed to put you off. Far from it. It's here simply to help you acknowledge that it will take work to develop a low carb routine but once you do it'll become much easier from that point onwards. This information is here to help you prepare for the Atkins diet; nothing more and nothing less.

The most important part of the low carb lifestyle is the diet itself. You'll have to make a real effort to eat only low carb foods and not slip back into the habit of eating carbohydrate rich foods. Carbs themselves can be highly addictive and it only takes one slip and you'll find yourself hooked again and suffering from those insane carb cravings. This can and will lead to a downward spiral and overall failure in your low carbohydrate dieting efforts.

One of the most tempting times to stray from the diet will be when you're at parties, as the high carbohydrate food on offer there (chips, cake, rolls etc) will be too much for some people, and they will break their promises of not touching these high carb items. To avoid this, make sure that before you leave your home you're stuffed full of low/no carb food, so feel much less of an urge, as it is common to arrive at parties feeling pretty hungry and this is when you're most likely to indulge

In a principle similar to "hitting the wall", a situation that many athletes find themselves in during the later part of a marathon where their body runs out of carbohydrates and they find it harder to run, the first couple of weeks on a low carb diet will make you feel very lethargic, while your body adjusts to its new energy source. However, like with the running phenomenon, you just need to push through this period, and once you have adjusted it will become much easier.

Low carb living is not as difficult as you might think and this article may have made that harder to believe. We just believe that honesty is the best policy for anyone starting a new diet; especially one like the Atkins diet which must be strictly adhered to for maximum results and long term weight loss. Once you see the starting results possible with low carb dieting your weekly weighin will be more than enough to keep you motivated and on the straight-and-narrow of the low carb lifestyle.

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Friday, June 8, 2007

Looking For A Double Chin Exercise?

At some point, you might feel that all that running and aerobics is doing is making you sweat and lose breath. Even the diet you started out you are beginning to doubt. What you want is some double chine exercise that will firm up your neck and banish that extra chub of chin. Look no further. Here are three double chin exercises.

1. You need to use your palm and place it on your forehead, with fingers spread out and up. Now press against your forehead. You will feel some tension from your neck muscles. Those muscles are the one you want to strain in order to work them out. This time, when you press, resist with a forward motion of your head. The muscles under your chin will strain. Hold that strain for about ten seconds. Do the exact same palm pressing on the left and right sides of your head, and also against the back of your head. Make sure that your head resists against your palm, and that your head is upright, not bent. Do this double chin exercise three times a day.

2. With your head upright and not bent, pretend to chew on something with some exaggeration, opening and closing your mouth bigger than usual. You will feel almost no strain on the muscles under your chin. Now, tilt your head up slightly, like you were a sign way above, and do the same exaggerated chewing. You will feel your chin's undermuscles strain. Keep chewing for ten seconds. For extra strain, tilt your head up a little more and slow down the chewing. Thrice a day, do this.

3. Do a neck rotation. With your head upright, tilt it back and do a windmill motion with your head from one side until the circle completes. Notice that the arc of the circle when your head is tilted backwards strains the neck muscles. Do that arc and that arc only, for ten seconds. Do this three times everyday.


Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Bananas - Medicinal Uses

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Monday, June 4, 2007

How To Get Rid Of Love Handles - Manage Your Weight Loss Like A Project

If you find liposuction expensive or too girlie, you are left with one other option on how to get ride of love handles: you lose weight through a paced workout while observing a sensible and healthy diet. But that's not going to happen on its own: you have to have a way to monitor weight changes after a specific period, you have to have some targets against which to compare your current weight. In short, you need to manage your weight loss like a project, that is how to get rid of love handles.

Here's the thing: starting a diet can be a good experience, at least on a short term run. You will lose some pounds on the first five days, up to a week, and then you will smile happily. The diet seems to be real! Your love handles will soon be only a memory. Or so you hope.

On the second week, the weighing scale won't lie: you've gained a couple of pounds again. How on earth? you ask. Time for some hard fat facts.

First, whatever you lose in the first couple of weeks during your diet is nothing but fluid loss, it's not fat. This initial weight loss gives a lot of people some false security and they tend to slide back into their previous eating habits. Second, no matter how much you hate those love handles, as with the other flabs on your body, they will not go away on their own.

How to get rid of love handles is essentially how to lose weight. Remember those construction workers on TV, with their hardhats and clipboards and line charts marking the progress of their building project? That's how you should treat your weight loss, like a project.

You will have to pace yourself. Mark off some estimates, like if you lose two to three pounds a week, and you have twenty pounds as your target weight to lose, you can sit down to do the math: you have about ten weeks before you are even in the vicinity of that target weight. Better not promise to attend that high school reunion, that birthday batch, or a week on the beach. Losing weight is not something to hastily commit to. It is a methodical and planner process.

Nothing like numbers to tell you straight facts. So go get one of those large calendars, which you can pin beside your bathroom mirror, and write at the end of every week two things: the pounds you are to lose by that time, and the verdict of the weighing scale also at that point in time. Commit to this practice of weighing yourself and marking off your weight and you will be able to check if you are within your projected pace of weight loss.

On a week when you exceed you two to three pounds to shed off, smile and pat yourself on the back, but don't be to assured. Any sudden splurge on sweets and junk foods and you could easily gain the pounds you lost.

At the end of those estimated ten weeks, you should arrive at a number to be compared with the verdict of the weighing scale. With some perseverance and a chosen workout plus diet of your choice, you should be on your way. Approach your weight loss as a project, that is how to get rid of love handles.

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Friday, June 1, 2007

Controlling Joint Pain With a Healthy Diet

Yes, I know it's not what you wanted to hear but the truth is, being over-weight puts a load on our joints that they were never intended to bear. Several forms of arthritis are said to be genetically induced and are strongly correlated with the presence of a specific gene shared by 70% of arthritis sufferers: HLA-B27. Therefore, many specialists believe that arthritis is an ailment that cannot be prevented but can be treated. The most common form of arthritis is osteoarthritis that affects the load-bearing joints of the body such as the hips, spines, and limbs. It results from the inflammation of the joint's connective tissues or cartilages. Inflammation may stem from traumatic injuries, malnutrition, dehydration, and other sources of excess pressure. A prevalent cause of osteoarthritis in Americans is obesity. Being overweight adds more pressure to these joints inducing pain and lessens mobility and flexibility.

An early treatment for osteoarthritis, which is strongly recommended by doctors, is an effective weight loss program combined with a healthy and nutritious diet. Obesity or being overweight has something to do with the presence of excess fat, cholesterol, carbohydrates, sodium, and sugar in the body and may cause a series of other diseases such as cardiovascular diseases and diabetes. A healthy diet that involves food portioning allows less of the following components that add to one's weight:


We all have heard that fat keeps foods tasty and keeps us feeling full for a longer time. However, fat that is more often found in meat, cooking oils, butter, eggs, and others come with cholesterol that not only makes you heavy but burdens your heart as well.


Carbohydrates appear in various foods but are more often associated with bread and rice. The most effective weight loss programs and diets have to do with lessening the intake of carbohydrates by lessening the intake of rice or bread.


Packaged preserved foods in the grocery are often high in sodium. Sodium is basically salt that is present in preserved foods to keep them fresh for a span of time and to trap in the flavor of these foods. Sodium in normal amounts is not at all bad but must be avoided especially by overweight people or those who plan on losing some pounds because sodium is known to trap in body fluids such as water which adds to a person's weight.


Processed foods, pastries, candy, sweet foods and even fruits contain sugar. Only the latter contains minerals and vitamins that balance with sugar intake while the others are full of empty calories. Sugar not only adds significant calories but it's also a leading source of diabetes.

Regular exercise goes hand in hand with a healthy diet. It keeps your body strong and burns those calories. Exercise that involves a lot of cardio burns your body's stored fat and carbohydrates which causes weight loss and keeps your heart and joints healthy. Stretching exercises and other flexibility exercises help keep your joints in motion and will eventually make them stronger.

Alternative Treatment

Short term, NSAIDS (Celebrex), Ibuprophen etc. can provide short term arthritis pain relief but with health risks familiar to us all, through countless warnings in the news. Another alternative, much safer and made for long term use is Glucosamine supplements such as Synflex Liquid Glucosamine. Used widely in the treatment for osteoarthritis, Syn-flex combines ingredients such as shark cartilage and chondroitin that protects and strengthens your joints with an adequate amount of vitamins and minerals such as essential fatty acids and vitamins A and E to slow the progression of osteoarthritis (because osteoarthritis is not an isolated condition and may affect other joints due to further damages in the joints) and keep your immune systems healthy. Synflex glucosamine supplements are very effective because they come in liquid form which allows faster, more complete absorption (98%) and digestion of the minerals to the body's cells.

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