Archive | May, 2017

Melt Away Belly Fat in 3 Weeks – Amazing Fat Loss Diet to Shrink the Midsection Very Quickly!

Here is the wonderful idea to melt away belly fat in 3 weeks time. Spend a few minutes time here to gain fantastic tips to lose fat. Since we are talking about the natural method of weight loss, you will not turn towards diet pills to shed fat.

Tip 1 – Metabolism rate should be at higher level for instant fat loss

Your body should have good metabolism rate to melt away belly fat in 3 weeks. You can hit this target only if your life style is full of nature. Yes, you should first free your body from chemicals and other diet pills that reduces metabolism rate. Replace this place with natural foods such as proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins, fibrous foods and healthy fats. Vegetables, fruits, egg whites, omega fatty acids, cod liver oil, nuts, almonds, dhal are some of the natural food products that can be utilized to boost metabolism. Water should be provided in plenty for quick action of digestive system. So, when you boost metabolism through natural food products, your weight loss will be permanent and consistent.

Tip 2 – Reject all the faded foods

Faded foods or the celebrity foods should be completely avoided as they squash the metabolism rate. Each and every part of your body starts working slowly, which results in accumulation of fat. The digestion power is very less when your body is fed with faded diets. These faded foods include your fancy foods such as pizzas (contains unhealthy fats), quick bites etc.

Tip 3 – Frequent eating and calorie shifting diet

Calorie shifting diet holds the key to melt away belly fat in 3 weeks. Along with this shifting technique, you need to stick to the frequently eating habit. That is, unlike in other weight loss methods, you are not going to starve for food. Four to five time meals is compulsory for peaking up the metabolism. You can increase or decrease the calorie level in your meal and aim at higher level of metabolism.

So, along with proper nutrition, if you can do the combination of shifting technique and eating technique effectively, you will be at the winning track to melt away belly fat in 3 weeks.

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Quick Guide to The Science of Losing Weight Naturally

Losing weight is no miracle. It takes months of effort, a good exercise plan and a diet program to get the right results. If you have been struggling with those extra pounds, there are a few things that you need to understand. In this post, we will try to understand the science and details of losing weight, without with unnatural and unhealthy diets, of course.

Don’t Believe Everything

We all want to lose as many pounds as possible at the earliest. Sadly, in the quest of dropping kilos, people end up following everything that they read or hear. No cabbage soup or alkaline diet can work for your body, unless you adopt certain essential lifestyle changes. The internet is full of hoax diets, tricks, supplements, and drugs, which promise to help without any consequences. Doctors and leading health experts always advise against such traps.

Understand The Two Components

There are two important factors for losing weight, and both are equally important – diet and exercise. Dieting doesn’t mean cutting down all the foods that you like, but it is more about eating a healthy and balanced diet. This includes the right balance between all the three macronutrients – protein, carbohydrates, and fats. If you are trying to lose weight, you need to create a calorie deficit diet in the first place, which will reduce the amount of carbohydrates you take each day. The next component is exercise. You cannot lose weight, unless you start exercising. You need at least one form of activity each day, which can be anything from extensive weight training to brisk walking. If you are out of shape and exercise, you can always start with light walking for an hour, which can be combined with cardio and other exercises.

Seek Help

There are some fantastic services for people looking to lose weight, and some of these follow the actual science of art loss. These are not ‘one package fits all’ kind of programs. Instead, the experts will understand your personal issues and guide you through a metabolic weight loss program, which will include all the possible aspects, including your metabolism rate, health problems, and other concerns. You will also have a personal counselor, who will offer all kinds of assistance, so that you are motivated throughout the journey. Of course, these programs can be different from each other, so you need to choose something that’s more customized. The costs typically depend on the service, but in most custom programs, the package prices are determined by the kind of assistance you need.

With exercise and diet, you can lose weight faster than you think. This inevitably requires patience and determination. Since most people start losing steam midway, there are coaches who help in staying motivated. If you have never tried an active lifestyle, it’s time for a change. Don’t delay in seeking help, because there are no secrets out there. The sooner you start, the better benefits you will get in a shorter time. Allow your body to ease!

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Why Healthy Eating Is So Good for Hypermobility Syndrome Sufferers

So, we all know that eating healthily is good for us. We hear it enough times. It’s something we ‘should’ do. But I want to give you a personal take; make it real to you. I want you to know how much of a difference eating healthily has made to me as a Hypermobility Syndrome (HMS) sufferer and I want to give you some tips on how you can start to feel this health and vitality in your own life.

Let’s look at the facts first:

Why eating healthily is particularly good for HMS sufferers:

When our body is clean on the inside we are healthier on the outside.

Our organs of detoxification, including the liver and the kidneys, work 24/7 to keep our bodies clean. The more we eat natural food the less they have to work. This is great for two reasons: 1 – we look and feel better; 2 – our detoxification system can then spend its time doing internal ‘housework’ making sure every part of our body functions the very best it can. This means our joints can be kept healthy and recover from injury more quickly.

Eating healthily can satisfy us with fewer calories.

The more healthily we eat the more weight we’ll drop. That’s great for general health but also really important for us HMS sufferers.

Fresh food delivers us vitamins and minerals in abundance in a way that processed food cannot.

It’s very easy to be over-fed yet under-nourished when we eat a lot of processed food. If we enjoy plentiful fruit and vegetables we’ll be ensuring we deliver quality to our bodies. Vitamins and minerals are essential to ensure optimal health and functioning of our joints, tissues, bones and muscles.

• Eating more fresh fruit and vegetables, particularly greens can improve our digestion.

It’s all about having the right level of hydrochloric acid in your tummy – have a look at the writing of Victoria Boutenko for the details. Having efficient digestion is not just something that means we feel better – it also ensures we absorb more of the goodness from the food that we do eat. A double whammy!

Because our body is working less, we have more energy.

We look better and we feel better – a great way to make sure we are experiencing life in the best possible way we can at any given time.

• Because we have more energy and look better, we feel better. I know how easy it is to feel down when you have HMS. Feeling brighter on a daily basis and being happier when we look in the mirror are two all-important factors when it comes to feeling better every day.

We have less allergic response.

There are many, less healthy, foodstuffs that can cause allergies. (You can find out about the more common of these – wheat and dairy – by googling them or reading an author like Patrick Holford.) Allergies do not just show up as skin or breathing problems, they also clog up all the processes of our bodies, along with lowering our health and vitality generally. If we give our body a break from these we can function at a much more healthy level.

The body was designed for the natural sugar in fruit.

Eating less processed sugar and replacing it with natural sugar puts so much less stress on the body. Our system was not meant handle processed sugar and getting it cleaned out of the body day in day out really takes its toll. Noticed how you get more spots when you eat a lot of chocolate? It’s because the skin is an organ of detoxification and if the other organs in the body that clear unnatural foodstuffs are over-loaded then the toxins will be pushed out through your skin.

Natural water without having to remember to carry a bottle with you everywhere!

Our bodies need water to function properly. Without it, all our vital systems lack oxygen and just can’t work properly. It affects our joints, muscles and connective tissues too – all those things that we want to keep in the best state possible. If we eat more fruit and vegetables we’ll get water in its natural state – packaged inside some beautifully sweet-tasting fruit!

Now perhaps you are asking: “How does she know all this?” Well, that’s because eating healthily has literally changed my life.

I had my hypermobility diagnosed in 2008, but I’d been suffering for many years; RSI making my academic life hell, lower back problems putting me out of action over and over again while neck and shoulder problems plagued me from a very early age.

2008 was the worst I’d been. A problem with my neck and shoulder was so bad I had to leave the course of study I was on. I couldn’t hold my head up for long without muscle spasm and immense pain. I spent months in bed and became very depressed.

After what was a very long, dark time I was finally diagnosed with EDS and got to work with a great physiotherapist.

I decided that I wanted to do everything I could to improve my health. I started researching diet and was amazed at what I found. I learnt about how many of the food stuffs we take as normal (e.g. bread, milk, soy) can be highly allergenic. I learnt how our body is constantly detoxifying, and how, if we put unnatural substances into it, it has to work really to get rid of them. I learnt how many of the animal products we eat are full of chemicals and hormones that have been routinely used to treat the animals. I learnt how natural, raw foods are not only choc full of vitamins and minerals, but also include enzymes which make them easier to digest than processed food. I learnt how greens are a wonder food – not only providing minerals in abundance, but also actually improving the way our body digests.

There are plenty of resources, freely available online, written by doctors and enthusiasts alike, which provide evidence and experience to champion healthy eating.

I decided to become my own tester. It’s simple and cheap – I’d recommend giving it a go! ‘Try on’ a healthy diet for a few meals, a few days and see what it does for you. I did just that and I’ve never looked back.

I started to make changes to the way I ate. I cut down on the amount of animal produce and included a lot more fruit and vegetables. I found not only did I love it, but I felt and looked so much healthier. Without trying, I lost weight I never thought I’d lose, my skin cleared up and my eyes started to sparkle. I had more energy and slept better. I got ill with colds and passing bugs much less frequently. Importantly, along with the physiotherapy, the state of my joints and muscles improved. They hurt less often and with less intensity, and when I had a setback it was shorter and I healed more quickly.

I was so sold that I continued to work on my diet. I now eat a diet very high in fresh fruit and vegetables. I don’t eat any animal produce and I don’t cook my food.

You might think this is extreme, but, boy, it works for me! I feel the best I have ever done. I haven’t had a cold for over 2 years. I love the shape of my body. Even better, I love the food I am eating. Our taste buds are amazingly flexible. They adjust to new flavours very easily. For example, once I took processed sugar out of my diet I really started to taste the sweetness of natural produce. Now I can get my sugar kick from apples, oranges, pineapple and mango with no guilt!

Importantly, my hypermobility has improved immeasurably – I couldn’t even pick up a book two years ago and was in constant pain, now I frequently walk home from the shops with several shopping bags. I can exercise, engage in most pursuits and live relatively normally. A lot of this success is due to my wonderful physiotherapist and my own determination to strengthen, but I don’t doubt that a substantial part of my recovery has been due to my dietary changes.

My improved health and increased vitality has sky-rocketed my self confidence and general happiness. I’ve had the confidence to be able to start pursuing the things I’ve always wanted to – I’m much more creative in my everyday life and I’ve even moved to a different country, something I’d wanted to do from a very young age!

Who knows what it could do for you?

It’s super easy and tasty to ‘healthify’ your diet. How about trying a fruit smoothie? They are easy to make with a regular blender.

So, if you’ve got a blender get it out of the cupboard. Put it on the work surface in your kitchen. Then it’s there, ready to make you gorgeous fruit-based smoothies that your body will thank you for every day – loads of vitamins and minerals and natural hydration. If you’re up for it add some greens too – they’ll make it a wicked colour and you’ll send your mineral quota shooting up for the day.

Try this recipe for size:

• Get two really ripe pears. Quarter them and remove the cores. Then dice them roughly and put them in your blender. Pop the lid on the blender and pulse the blades until the pear is liquid.

• Chop a third of a medium cucumber and add in with the pears. Do the same thing with the pulse button to liquidise the cucumber.

• Take two large handfuls of spinach and add them to the blender. Blend again until the spinach is incorporated and you have a nice smooth liquid.

• Pour all this into a glass and sit back and enjoy the taste!

You can watch me showing you how to make this delicious and easy smoothie here: http://www.pathlesstrodden.com/pear-spinach-smoothie/

For more information on my diet and hypermobility journey, as well as recipes and a chance to sign up to my ezine check out my website.

Give your body a break and the chance to work the way it was intended to work!

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The Good and The Bad About Sugar

While current research has shown that people in general have reduced their consumption of fat, there are more alarming findings about sugar consumption. Obesity has now been declared a worldwide epidemic and statistical evidence suggests that obesity has more to do with sugar consumption than fat consumption.

We need a reasonable understanding of different sugars in order to make the right choices. As this may get a little too technical for some people, I have relegated a list of definitions to the end of this article.

Sugars of one type occur naturally in foods like fruits and vegetables. Processed sugars which have a different constitution are added to foods, fruit juices and other drinks as sweeteners in order to make the products more palatable. Herein lies the difference between what is good and what is bad.

We need to differentiate between sugars classified as monosaccharides and disaccharides and then we need to get familiar with the terms fructose, sucrose, glucose, lactoseand galactose. Then, there’s the role glucose vs. glycogen in our bodies. It gets complicated so let’s keep to the essentials.

Monosaccharides

Monosaccharides are the simplest form of sugar and include fructose, glucose and galactose.

Fructose occurs naturally in fruits, honey, berries and most root vegetables. Your consumption of the foods in which it occurs naturally is healthy. Other monosaccharides include glucose and galactose.

A U.S. survey reveals that about 9% of average caloric intake comes from fructose. Only one-third of this fructose comes from fruit, while the other two-thirds come from added refined sugars; this is where you will find a correlation between unhealthy sugar consumption and obesity.

Disaccharides

Disaccharidesare carbohydrates that are created when two monosaccharides are joined. The best known disaccharides is sucrose, commonly known as table sugar, in which a fructose molecule is joined with a glucose molecule. Another common disaccharide is lactose, found only in milk, in which a glucose and a galactose molecule are combined.

Glucose

Glucose is a sugar that our metabolism converts into energy. Our brain and other tissues require a constant supply of blood glucose to survive. Glucose, transported via the bloodstream, is the primary source of energy for the body’s cells; it is the prime metabolic fuel source for most organisms, from bacteria to humans.

Our body produces glucose when we digest the sugar and starch that are contained in carbohydrates. Such foods include rice, grains, pasta, potatoes, fruits and vegetables. Enzymes break down the starch and sugar into glucose which is absorbed into our bloodstream. The glucose combines with insulin and together they provide the energy for our muscles and brain.

It is vital to our health to keep glucose levels within a normal range. Because the energy originates from the foods we eat, our body has a mechanism for maintaining a normal range. This mechanism is seated in our liver which stores excess glucose as glycogen.

Glucose and glycogen

Our body absorbs glucose from the foods we eat and this may obviously occur irregularly. The glucose that the body does not use immediately is converted into glycogen.

Glycogen is a chain of glucose sub-units stored primarily in the liver and in our muscles. This glycogen is used to buffer our blood glucose level. For example, our muscles use the glycogen stored in the liver for energy during strenuous exercise.

What is important in our pursuit of fat loss is the fact that any glucose in excess of the needs for energy and storage as glycogen is converted to fat. This is the underlying cause for the common argument that claims as follows:

  1. Fruit contains fructose.
  2. Fructose turns to fat.
  3. If you want to lose fat, do not eat fruit.

This argument is essentially false because it ignores the way in which our body metabolizes fructose.

Fructose and glycogen

Fructose can stimulate lipogenesis which means the accumulation and storage of fat. However, fructose is primarily stored in our liver as glycogen. The liver can comfortably handle a daily intake of 50 grams of fructose without storing any extra fat and it can store 100 grams of glycogen.

This is an important observation. A normal piece of fresh fruit contains approximately 6-7 grams of fructose so you would need to eat more than 5-7 pieces of fruit in a day to absorb 50 g. In contrast, you can very easily absorb more than 50 g of fructose by drinking a lot of carbonated soft drinks, or drinks sweetened with fructose corn syrup.

High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) consumption has increased dramatically and is now a main contributor to obesity. You need to understand the following misconceptions:

  • People confuse HFCS with fructose that occurs naturally in fresh fruit.
  • The entire weight of a piece of fruit is not made up of fructose; most of the weight is fiber.

Conclusion

You will suffer no ill effects from eating several pieces of fresh fruit on a daily basis. What you need to steer away from is HFCS consumption and processed sugars added as sweeteners to food products and drinks.

Additional definitions:

Fructose

Fructose, or fruit sugar, is one of three dietary monosaccharides, the other two being glucose and galactose. All three are absorbed into our blood stream during digestion.

Fructose is a naturally occurring sugar, typically found in fruits, honey, berries and most root vegetables. It is the most water-soluble of all sugars. In plants, fructose may exist as a monosaccharide and/or a component of sucrose. in scientific terms called a disaccharide.

Commercially, fructose is derived from sugar cane, sugar beets and corn. Derived from these sources, it comes in three forms:

  • Crystalline fructoseis the monosaccharide and has high purity when it has been dried and ground.
  • High-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is a mixture of glucose and fructose.
  • Sucrose (see definition below) is commonly added to foods, fruit juices and other drinks as a taste enhancement.

Sucrose

Sucrose is a complex carbohydrate that exists naturally in fruits and vegetables and occurs in greatest quantities in sugar cane and sugar beets. The food industry separates the sugar from these plants to produce table sugar and sweeteners which are added to foods, fruit juices and other drinks.

During digestion, sucrose is broken down into its constituent monosaccharides, glucose and fructose. The glucose and fructose molecules are absorbed into our blood stream and causes a rapid rise in blood glucose levels. This can cause problems for people who suffer from hypoglycemia or diabetes.

Galactose

This is a simple sugar found in lactose that is less sweet than glucose (table sugar). It is a monosaccharide (see above) that comes mainly from milk and milk products. Galactose is metabolized primarily in our liver into glucose 1-phosphate.

Lactose

A sugar formed by galactose and glucose found mainly in milk where it occurs at 2-8% by weight. When we consume milk, an enzyme called lactase breaks down lactose into glucose and galactose. Because of hereditary factors of food sources, European people are generally far more tolerant of lactose than people from Africa and Asia. People who are intolerant to lactose may suffer bloating and flatulence when they consume milk products.

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The Function of Carbohydrates in Our Life

Carbohydrates are called carbohydrates because the carbon, hydrogen and oxygen they contain are usually in the proportion to form water with the general formula Cn(H2O)n. Plants use sunlight (photosynthesis) to convert water and carbon dioxide into carbohydrates and oxygen.

Carbohydrates are classified into mono, di, tri, poly and heterosaccharides. The smallest carbohydrates are monosaccharides such as glucose whereas polysaccharides such as starch, cellulose and glycogen can be large and even indeterminate in length.

Carbohydrate: Mainly sugars and starches, together constituting one of the three principal types of nutrients used as energy sources (calories) by the body. Carbohydrates can also be defined chemically as neutral compounds of carbon, hydrogen and oxygen.

Carbohydrates come in simple forms such as sugars and in complex forms such as starches and fiber. The body breaks down most sugars and starches into glucose, a simple sugar that the body can use to feed its cells. Complex carbohydrates are derived from plants. Dietary intake of complex carbohydrates can lower blood cholesterol when they are substituted for saturated fat.

Carbohydrates are classified into mono, di, tri, poly and heterosaccharides. The smallest carbohydrates are monosaccharides such as glucose whereas polysaccharides such as starch, cellulose and glycogen can be large and even indeterminate in length.

Key Functions of Carbohydrates

  • When your body needs energy, it looks for carbohydrates first.
  • If you are not consuming enough carbohydrates, your body will look for other sources of energy, such as proteins found in muscle tissue. Proteins, however, are not efficient sources of energy for the body.
  • Carbohydrates are most abundant dietary source of energy for all organisms.
  • They supply energy and serve as storage form of energy.
  • Carbohydrates such as glucose, fructose, starch, glycogen, etc. provide energy for functioning of living organisms.
  • Carbohydrates also protect your muscles and help regulate the amount of sugar circulating in your blood so that all the cells get the energy they need.
  • Carbohydrates participate in cellular functions such as cell growth, adhesion and fertilization.

Food Sources of Carbohydrates

Carbohydrates come in two forms: simple and complex. Both are composed of units of sugar. The difference is how many sugar units they contain, and how they link together.

Examples of single sugars from foods include fructose (found in fruits) and galactose (found in milk products). Double sugars include lactose (found in dairy), maltose (found in certain vegetables and in beer), and sucrose (table sugar). Honey is also a double sugar, but unlike table sugar, contains a small amount of vitamins and minerals.

  • Complex carbohydrates release energy slowly and often contain fiber. These “healthier” forms of carbohydrates include whole grain bread, pasta, rice, potatoes, cereals and legumes.
  • Simple carbohydrates are sugars that give you instant energy and typically have no nutritional value. Simple carbohydrates that contain vitamins and minerals occur naturally in: fruits, milk and milk products, vegetables. Simple carbohydrates are also found in processed and refined sugars* such as: candy, table sugar, syrups (not including natural syrups such as maple), regular carbonated beverages.

*Refined sugars provide calories, but lack vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Such simple sugars are often called “empty calories” and can lead to weight gain. Also, many refined foods, such as white flour, sugar, and polished rice, lack B vitamins and other important nutrients unless they are marked “enriched.” It is healthiest to obtain carbohydrates, vitamins, and other nutrients in as natural a form as possible — for example, from fruit instead of table sugar.

Daily Usage of Carbohydrates

Carbohydrates typically consist of 45 – 60% of your total caloric intake.

The levels of carbohydrate allowed can vary according to levels of activity. The range is from 20 up to 70 grams daily.

However, 70 grams daily is very generous and is usually only for those who are engaging in weight training in addition to cardio exercise.

The normal low carbohydrate range for weight loss is 20 to 50 grams daily. You must determine how strict you need to be; the best way is to experiment and discover what amount works well for you as an individual.

There is in fact no minimum daily requirement for carbohydrates, but they do have many beneficial phytochemicals and fiber so eating some is fine (as long as they are unrefined/unprocessed).

Nutritional Safety

If you consume excess carbohydrates and participate in little or no physical activity, these excess carbohydrates will be converted and stored in the body as fat – which may lead to weight gain and other health risks.

My next article entitled “The Function of Protein in our Life” will examine the role of protein in good nutrition.

See you on the Beaches of the World,

Kevin McNabb

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Tight Hamstrings – Why Stretching May Not Work

As a trainer, I have found that clients seeking to improve their flexibility complain about tight hamstrings more than any other muscle group. Time and time again, clients are consistently surprised to find that hamstring flexibility can be improved without stretching at all.

Before I can talk about flexibility, we need to define what a “tight muscle” really is. A very big flexibility misconception is that muscles need to be physically lengthened and the best way to lengthen muscles is through stretching. This is simply not true! Muscles already have all the length they need and attempting to change that length via intense stretching is liable to cause ligament damage rather than actually increase the range of motion.

Riddle me this: If muscles need to be lengthened, then why are people incredibly flexible when unconscious or under anesthesia? If a normally stiff man who can not touch his toes is put under anesthesia, he will become as flexible as a professional ballerina. The key concept here is that the flexibility of a muscle is determined by the central nervous system. The human body is wired for survival, and the brain only doles out as much flexibility as it thinks is safe to use.

With that said, over the years as a trainer I have encountered three common presentations of tight hamstrings:

In the first situation, you have someone who once was very mobile but simply experienced a loss of range of motion (ROM) due to inactivity over the years. For this group of people, traditional static stretching is often enough to quickly return ROM to normal levels. However, if you were in this group, you probably would not be reading this article. This group is also one of the reasons why static stretching remains popular; for this particular subset of the population, it works quite well and acts fairly quickly.

In the second situation, there is the person who has a marked difference between active ROM and passive ROM. Active ROM is the range of motion a person can actively control their hamstring through (think trying to touch your toes). Passive ROM is the range of motion a hamstring can be moved by an outside force (like when a partner stretches you out). To test your active ROM, lie on your back and lift one leg up as high as you can without bending the knee. To test your passive ROM, perform the same test but have a partner move your leg up and back as far as she can. Differences of more than an inch or two between active ROM and passive ROM are a very undesirable trait and come along with a high risk of injury. This essentially means that your brain is allotting more range of motion than it can actively control. A lack of motor control is an injury risk; if you were forced into a position in which you had no muscular control (falling for example) an injury is likely to occur. In my experience, this is most common in females.

If you are in this group, an easy fix is proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF) stretching. It is a mouthful, but it is not as difficult as it sounds. This basically is stretching interspersed with muscular contractions. Here is how to do it:

– Lie on your back, and have a partner lift your leg (with a slight knee bend) in a traditional partner hamstring stretch.

– Once you reach the end of your range of motion, push down into your partner’s hand to contract the hamstring. Start the contraction slow and build up to a strong contraction over the next 10 seconds.

– Release the contraction, and have your partner push your leg back a little further.

– Repeat this process for a few more repetitions.

This is effective in fixing discrepancies between active and passive ROM because the muscular contraction in combination with stretching builds strength in the stretched position, thereby increasing involvement of motor neurons. This practice will lead to improved motor control over time and as a result, more active flexibility.

The third group consists of people who have had “tight hamstrings” since birth. This group has never been able to touch their toes. This group can stretch, get professional massage, therapy – the whole nine yards without seeing the hamstrings budge more than an inch or two.

As mentioned before, this is completely neural in nature. Not everyone was born as a gymnast. In this situation, for whatever reason, the brain is not comfortable with allowing too much range of motion from the hamstrings. There is a myriad of reasons why this could occur, the discussion of which is far beyond the scope of this article. In this situation, PNF stretching is sometimes effective, but usually only results in a few inches of ROM increase. The most effective way to improve flexibility in this situation is through various motor control drills. As motor control improves, the brain will loosen the reins and allow for more flexibility on a whole body level.

Conclusion

If you wish you could get a little more range of motion out of your hamstrings, rather than just stretch, try to figure out which group you belong to and act accordingly. You will not be disappointed!

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What is Chlorella Growth Factor and Why is it Beneficial?

Chlorella growth factor is found in a single-celled algae that contains vast amounts of nutrients that scientists are beginning to discover have great health benefits. This algae is believed to have been around for over 3 billion years, providing it’s nutritional benefits throughout the ages, and now we get to take part in that with chlorella growth factor, which is taken from the nucleus of this power packed algae. This growth factor is considered something of a “super food” because it has such a high nutrient density, containing amino acids, RNA/DNA, carbohydrates and vitamins.

The health benefits that come about from the Chlorella algae are many and include dietary supplements to help complete your overall nutrition as well as helping you ingest more chlorophyll, which has been shown to help cleanse the blood, along with immune support and stress reduction. When the Chlorella growth factor is extracted it’s made up of several nucleic acids including several different natural sugars, xylose, which is a source of natural energy and amino acids, which are beneficial in providing support for the body’s cells. Children that are given CGF are shown to grow faster without having any negative effects.

The biggest benefit of Chlorella growth factor is that it can be compared to a protective covering for the entire body and something of a mobile workshop too, one that can help to detoxify the body, fight disease and help to slow premature ageing. If we want to keep our bodies healthy, then the key is to build up our immune system. Most viral infections can be successfully fended off if our cells are healthy and Chlorella is a great booster of the immune system, helping to keep pathogens in check and fighting off illnesses.

Chlorella is considered a well balanced package of complete and essential nutrients and its growth factor works to directly nourish and stimulate each of the over 60-trillion cells that make up our individual bodies. Taking chlorella growth factor daily can provide critical nutritional support that could be lacking in some diets, and it’s also an ideal supplement that the entire family can take since it has been proven safe for both children and adults.

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The Joy And Benefits Of Jumping Stilts

Some people would want to have a fitter body but rarely stick to an exercise regimen. This could be for many reasons, but a lot of them quit their routines because they have become so boring. It is human nature to want to keep trying other avenues of achieving their goals, and when they can’t seem to find that variety, they can just stop right on their tracks and probably never go back. When it comes to exercise, the more common have been jogging, brisk walking, aerobics and weight training. A relatively new method of working out which people may try though is with the use of jumping stilts.

Jumping stilts have been quite a trend these days among people who want to lose weight without getting stuck with an old and boring way to do it. What’s great about exercising with these stilts is the fun that one can have, especially when he exercises with friends. Instead of their usual walk or job around the park, jumping around on those stilts can provide a nice twist to their quest for health regimen. Most of the time, boredom is the enemy of those who are struggling to adhere to an exercise program. But with jumping stilts, this is almost impossible.

The best thing about using jumping stilts is the fact that it gives a person the benefits of cardiovascular and respiratory organ strengthening and muscle training. Because jumping with those stilts will increase the person’s heart rate, the activity also tends to give the heart a good workout which is good for cardiovascular health. At the same time, because of specific muscles that are being engaged as one struggles to maintain his balance on the stilts while jumping around, toning becomes an inevitable effect. On top of that, because this is an exercise that will have one catching his breath, the respiratory organs are also exercised.

Apart from its health benefits, most people find exercising on jumping stilts to be a whole lot of fun, especially when they do it with kids. It’s definitely a great way for the young ones and their parents or elders to bond with each other. It’s rather rare for adults and kids to find an activity that they both enjoy doing together and using jumping stilts is one. They may have different purposes for doing it – adults want to lose weight while kids want to play – all of them will always cherish the great memories they spend while simply enjoying themselves on those jumping stilts.

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Starting a Women’s Group

Have you thought about starting a women’s group? Maybe you stop yourself because you don’t know where to begin or have some idea but can’t seem to find the time to organize the group. It does take some time to organize the group – though not as much as you may think – and the benefits all the women in the group receive are significant.

Women seem to naturally come together to share everyday activities. Life is easier when you can shop, exercise or share a problem with a friend. So creating a group around a specific topic feeds us emotionally.

We have different relationships in our lives, all of which are important. Yet it’s the women in our lives who add silly laughter, endless hours of conversation, caring for us when we are ill, and a loving ear when we are hurting. Are you more relaxed with your women friends?

We started our women’s group 11 years ago with the vision that women know how to naturally brainstorm and help each other problem solve. We meet once a month over dinner and the hostess picks a topic for the evening, usually around self-help. In the past, we’ve had psychic readings and massages, too. After 11 years, we have a special bond with each other. We’ve shared problems, joys, celebrations and grandchildren. More importantly, we have each grown because of our consistent connections with each other and the topics that we have chosen to discuss.

When you first start a group, it may seem a bit awkward. The excitement is there yet you haven’t bonded as a group. Over time, the group creates itself and the power of gathering together impacts each one of you individually.

Why would you want to start a group? There are many reasons why women gather. In the old days, women formed “quilting bees” where they talked and shared the sewing together. It’s all about sharing. So what would you like to share with other women?

To jumpstart your thinking, here are some ideas that women are interested in:

– Parents gather together who have similar aged children.

– Women want to become financially savvy so they start investment clubs.

– Spiritual circles – sharing a spiritual lifestyle together.

– Women at work – professional women creating mastermind groups to move them forward in their careers.

– Working moms – Moms don’t have to be alone in finding solutions to the challenges of working and creating a satisfying home life.

– Community oriented – helping impact the communities we live in.

– Building a stronger family – helping each other brainstorm on how to create a loving and caring family.

– Cultural – plan outings to different cultural events.

-…and more!

Society has changed significantly. For women in the past, we were part of a large, strong and extended family network. For some of us that may still be true. For many of us, our families reside in different places nowadays. So our women connections fill in the gaps. Each one of us can build stronger lives on the strength of our connections with other women. Why not gather in one room, each member bringing their unique selves to share with others, so all of us can grow and build stronger lives.

In today’s busy world, we need to find a place that is there for us, and building a community of women adds a lot of value to your life.

Copyright (c) 2008 Pat Brill

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How to Make Carrot Juice With a Blender

Learning how to make carrot juice is a great idea, especially if you want to be healthy. Many people have already experienced the benefits which include a reduction in cancer risk and lots of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

Making carrot juice with a blender will work, though you may not get as much juice as you want. Try using an electric juicer if you’ve got one, or otherwise, just use this method. Either way, you’ll feel great afterwards.

How to Make Carrot Juice in 5 Steps

To get a sizable amount of juice you’ll need around a kilo (2 pounds) of carrots.

  1. Place the carrots in your blender or food processor and hit the on switch. Keep it going until all the carrots are finely chopped or mashed. Add a little water if it’s too dry.
  2. Pour the blended carrots into a large jug and add at least half a liter of water.
  3. Leave for 30 minutes to soak.
  4. Strain the mixture and hopefully, you’ll have yourself a good amount of tasty carrot juice.
  5. Pour into a few glasses over ice and enjoy.

If you want to make the recipe more interesting, add a couple of oranges.

Also, the best way to make the juice go further is to add water. You’d be better off with a proper juicer, but water will be fine for now.

What are the benefits?

The benefits are numerous and have long been enjoyed by people who know how to make carrot juice.

They are one of the richest sources of vitamin A that is available for use in our diet. This contributes to strong bones and teeth, higher immune function and resistance to sickness.

Vitamin A is also great for pregnant mothers and it is an effective promoter of strong health in both mother and child.

Quick facts about how to make carrot juice.

  • Early or unripe carrots are pale and low in carotene, so there is not much point in juicing them.
  • The darker the color of the carrot the better it is for you.
  • Carrot has a high concentration of sugar, so diabetics should be careful with their consumption.

If you can add this juice to your diet, you will experience a much higher level of health than you are used to.

Now that you know how to make carrot juice, you’re set to give jump start yourself in the middle of the day.

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