28 July 2011

Six Health Benefits of Infrared Saunas

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Home sauna is more affordable this day


The infrared sauna is one of the latest developments in a long history of sauna use. Used for thousands of years because of the numerous health benefits offered, saunas can help with detoxification, weight loss, and pain relief as well as for improving cardiovascular health, generating "resonance" in the body, and preparing the muscles for a deeper and more penetrative massage. Infrared saunas are employed within numerous settings including sports and health centres as well as becoming more and more commonplace within the home.

Enjoy the benefit of sauna: Aubrey O'Day tweeted to fans picture of her and friend at home sauna

1 - Detoxification

Even the healthier-living among us tend to accumulate potentially harmful toxins in our body. Smog filled roads and processed foods, as well as lifestyle choices, can lead to an unusually heightened level of toxins in the body. Infrared rays penetrate the body, the tissue, and the muscles and break down these toxins while the increased metabolic rate and heart rate causes us to sweat the broken down toxins out through our skin. The increased penetration offered by infrared saunas when compared to traditional saunas means that they can break even some of the more stubborn toxins.

2 - Weight Loss

A sauna increases the metabolic rate of the body which, in turn, causes the body to sweat. This means a loss of liquid throughout the body and while it is strongly advised that this calorie and liquid loss be replenished as quickly as possible, by drinking water to replace the fluid you may initially put that weight back on but do not put the calories back on. Therefore, regular saunas can help with a sustained weight loss effort when combined with exercise and healthy eating.
3 - Pain Relief And Injury Recovery

Infrared saunas are employed in sports and health centres around the world because they reduce pain and help to speed up recovery of physical injuries. They are also often used as a precursor to deep muscle massage and various other physiotherapy treatments. The fever caused by the heat will also cause the body to help fight bacteria and other problems which may arise as part of that physical injury.


Britney Spears in steamy sauna scene for her "Womanizer" video clip


4 - Massage Preparation

Infrared saunas are sometimes used as preparation for muscle therapy and massage therapy as well as other therapeutic treatments. The penetrative heat from the infrared rays causes the muscles to loosen up making them more malleable and offering greater benefit from a forthcoming massage. When combined in this way, a sauna and massage can yield greater results and benefit than through massage alone.

5 - Improved Cardiovascular Health

Cardiovascular health has really come to the fore and more and more of us are looking for viable methods to improve the health of our heart. A home sauna provides a comfortable and convenient method of helping the heart. As the body experiences increased heat, it cools itself by circulating more blood to the extremities. This causes the heart rate and metabolic rate to increase without having a detrimental effect on blood pressure.
6 - Resonance

The increased metabolic rate and increased blood flow is said to generate something called "resonance" within the body. Resonance acts to increase adrenalin and refreshes the body, increasing energy and reducing lethargy. It also relaxes the muscles and can relieve both physical and mental stress making it a healthy and beneficial supply of natural energy for the body.


Other Uses For Infrared Saunas

Far Infrared, or FIR, saunas have been deployed by doctors, physicians, and many other healthcare professionals for a wide variety of applications. As well as those listed above, they are also used for some substance dependency treatments, chronic fatigue, detoxification following chemotherapy, and even to improve the look of the skin without painful, invasive, and potentially harmful surgery.

With a Bullz.ca sauna you can enjoy all of these health benefits with the added convenience of having your own inexpensive and good looking home infrared sauna.

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How To Be Slim Like Demi Moore? Learn Raw Food Diet To Lose Weight

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Demi Moore

Does being slim makes you look younger? Sometimes it does. Just look at Demi Moore. Are you believe this gorgeous actress is actually 48 years old? She could be mistaken as her daughter's sister when she walk hand in hand with daughter, Tallulah Willis. Many speculated that Demi have undergone a series of expensive plastic surgeries to be slim and made her appear decades younger.

Demi Moore and daughter, Tallulah Willis


To be slim and maintain it, Demi is known to has been practice on raw food diet. Her stunning appearance, walking in a bikini on "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle" speak louder than words. Raw food diet is basically an uncooked food. However, heating food below 104 to 118 degrees Fahrenheit is acceptable. According to raw foodist, uncooked foods provide living enzyme, helping us to digest food and absorb nutrients. Foods which are cooked above this temperature have lost their enzymes, thus will lead to digestive problem, dull skin and weight gain.

Demi Moore in Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle

It looks like raw food diet works on Demi. If you think it might work for your goal to be slim but don't know where to start, what to eat and what tools to use, Karen Knowler the author of The Raw Food Coach save your time by sharing this 10 tips on how to start a raw food diet.

1. Understand what all the fuss is about
As old as time itself, raw food was, of course, what we ate before fire was discovered (we must have done OK on it to get that far!) and more recently, thanks to the efforts of pioneering authors such as health researcher Leslie Kenton and others outside of the UK who bravely waved the flag for raw food in the 1980's and beyond, we now find ourselves in an era where raw food is no longer seen as the domain of extreme health "fanatics" but instead merrily making its way into the mainstream media, celebrity diets, healing centres and retreats, increasing numbers of health and nutrition books, products and seminars, as well as featuring more significantly in supermarkets, health food stores and much more besides.

2. So why raw?
Raw food is quite literally honest food - what you see is what you get. Untouched and untainted. Raw food is replete with everything that enabled it to sprout and grow in the first place - life force, enzymes, water, oxygen, hormones, vitamins and minerals and so much more besides. No hidden ingredients, nothing messed around with, just pure delicious fresh live food that we are designed to eat - living food for living bodies. And the good news for you is this: when you start dabbling with more raw food, you don't just understand this conceptually, you actually start to "get it" experientially as your whole body cheers, shifts up a gear and the concept of what real food and nutrition is really all about starts to take on a whole new meaning.

Cooked food  in contrary is a natural food which has been processed and/or heated to high temperatures where chemical changes have occurred and the food has changed from its original state to something which, depending on the severity of its treatment, can end up looking like a very pale shadow of its former self (think of spinach cooked and raw). While cooked foods may most certainly tantalise the taste buds, this is largely because of their stimulant effects on the body which - in actual fact - doesn't actually "understand" a lot of what it's taken in as many of the chemicals within cooked foods are unnatural and therefore the body sees them as foreign bodies! Indeed, fascinating research in the 1930's showed that when someone eats cooked food without having eaten some raw food first, the body sends the white blood cells (which fight toxins) to the digestive system in order to deal with the perceived "invader". Interesting, don't you think?! And while yes, we can glean nutrition from this fractured, denatured "food", every time we cook our food or buy something pre-prepared and cooked in a can, box or bag we lose up to 70% of the vitamins, some of the minerals, all of the enzymes, all of the oxygen, the important plant feel-good hormones and a high percentage of the water - all of which we need to reward us with truly vibrant health. So that's cooked food!

Doesn't seem quite as attractive when we look at it that way does it?!

3. What foods are raw?
To give you a brief overview of what raw food means in real terms, here's a list of the 20+ different raw food groups: Fresh fruits; Vegetables; Salad vegetables; Leafy green vegetables; Herbs and wild greens; Nuts; Dried fruits; Beans, pulses and legumes (sprouted); Grains (sprouted); Seeds; Sprouting seeds; Indoor greens; Vegetable seeds (sprouted); Edible flowers; Mushrooms; Sea vegetables; Algaes; Oils; Stimulants (e.g. chilli, ginger, onion); Spices; Superfoods; Flavourings and natural sweeteners (e.g. agave nectar, stevia).

4. How to get started
Getting started and keeping it doable is easy when you adopt the pure and simple approach: whole raw foods, prepared quickly, eaten simply - and you must only eat the foods you love! This must always be quick, easy, healthy and delicious - that's rule number one! Rather surprisingly to those new to raw food, the discovery process of what raw food is really all about is a never ending journey. So don't wait to get ill, overweight or lethargic before you start tending to your body's dietary needs - start your journey to exciting and rewarding pastures new today!
First, try your best to eat fresh fruit or a dairy-free smoothie for breakfast every day instead of your usual toast, cereal or coffee. Eat or drink as much as you want (of the raw stuff) but keep it clean. What you eat first sets you up for the day - so make sure you step out on high-energy, revitalising foods rather than charred bread, lifeless sugar-coated grains or caffeine-laden hot drinks!

For lunch and dinner, this is so easy. If you can make at least half of your plate consist of fresh living foods (salads, nuts, seeds, sprouted seeds, sprouted beans or any of the foods mentioned above in point 3 - but not all of them!!) then you'll be doing fantastically well and will typically start to feel the difference within a matter of days (look forward to more energy, better sleep, clearer thinking and clearer skin). Improve your results even further by drinking as much pure water as possible, eat only when hungry and not beyond full, and keep the remainder of your food as whole and pure as possible (no e-numbers or hydrogenated fats and so forth) and you will feel the benefits all the more. Also, of the raw foods you do choose, make sure that most of them are fruits and vegetables as these are the most nutritious and the highest in water content. Handfuls of nuts just don't work the same - they're very dense and fatty, but in small amounts are very good for you. If you can put most or all of the above into practise then you'll be amazed at the difference!

5. What you need and where to get it
Raw recipe books tend to focus on the more complicated dishes and therefore often fancy foods and equipment are utilised as part of the recipe creation - but don't be put off, raw food prep doesn't have to be complicated or expensive! While it's by no means imperative that you own every kitchen gadget going, it really does help to own at the very least a tabletop blender, a cheap juicer and a basic food processor - all of which you could buy for under £100 or even cheaper if you visit eBay; but if budget is an issue then a good sharp knife will take you a long way for free! However with the three items listed new and exciting vistas will open up to you, and if and when the time feels right to invest in something more durable and powerful then you'll be amazed at what's available in the health world right now.

As for foods, you can get most of what you need in the organic section at Tesco, or a local organic farm shop/farmer's market for the really good stuff that no supermarket can compete with in price or quality. If you didn't have a good Tesco then opt for an organic box delivery through a company such as Organic Connections, Abel and Cole or Everybody Organic.
6. How to keep it interesting
When you're new to raw food it's easy to assume that salads, soups and smoothies is as good as it gets when you're watching the clock. While it's true that the more elaborate recipes often do take more time and energy, there are always short cuts and whipping up a delicious dressing, dip or even a nut "cheese" or veggie pate takes literally seconds and can totally transform a meal! 
[For Karen's 50 Quick, Easy, Healthy & Delicious Raw Food Recipes eBook click here.]

7. What about eating out?
This is one of the most common questions asked - and the answer is - it's completely up to you. You can choose to eat "normally", to make healthier choices than usual or to ask for a juicy salad with all sorts of things thrown in, but above all, enjoy what you eat and feel at peace with it!

Demi Moore and her 15 year junior husband, Ashton Kutcher


8. Does it have to be all or nothing?
No, not at all. Until very recent times very few people ate an exclusively raw food diet ongoingly. In fact most people today still dabble for weeks, months or even years at a time until they feel inclined to "up the ante"! Also, nowadays people tend to talk in percentage terms - such as "I'm 80% raw" which basically means that they eat most of their food raw but not all of it, and they're guessing that 80% is about right in terms of plate space/ meal make-up etc. - but it's not really that important. What matters more is the quality of the food you choose - if 80% of someone's diet consists of nuts, seeds and raw food snack bars then that's never going to be a good thing (way too much fat!) whereas 80% worth of fresh fruits and vegetables is wonderful! What also matters is not just what you bring into your diet but what you leave out. It's no good eating lots of fresh vibrant food if you "balance" it out with take-aways and aspartame-ridden diet drinks! Much better to do 50/50 and make all of your foods good healthy choices, and then if you want to adjust the proportion of raw foods then you can do so at any time. All that said, the more raw food you eat, for most people at least (those with medical issues need to take professional advice), the better you will look and feel - and here's why...

9. What you can expect
When you choose raw, as we have already seen, you choose "life". Live food will nourish you at a deep level (deeper than any deep-pan pizza will ever reach!) and it will also start to work its magic on your body in a very short space of time. This magic sometimes doesn't look so magical though! Because as the toxins and debris begin to leave your body as the raw food starts to cleanse your system, you may experience some detoxification symptoms such as diarrhoea, rashes, pimples (spots), headaches, dizziness, coughing and mucous and other similar discomforts. This is usually nothing to worry about, but it may happen. If it does, keep drinking plenty of water and eat even more simply to speed the elimination process up if your circumstances permit it.

But if you feel as if it's all going a bit too fast for you then if you eat something cooked, especially something heavy like meat, potatoes or dairy, then you'll slow it all down or even stop it completely. You can restart again more slowly or leave it for a few days or weeks and go again when the time feels right.

On the flipside, the good news is that when this stuff comes out it means that your body is - of course - all the better for it and this will start to become apparent in your face, your body shape and body tone and your energy levels surprisingly quickly. And if you carry on the good work to any degree for more than a few weeks, then you'll find it very hard to go back to your old ways because there's really not a lot of fun to be had there. In fact most people find that very quickly cooked food starts to taste seriously bland and inferior to fresh and raw - especially if they've educated themselves in those delicious raw food recipes I keep alluding to!

10. Taking it further
As mentioned before, the raw food journey never ends, but it does get increasingly rewarding and exciting! Not only is there a whole new world of food and drink waiting for you (which is growing fast), but raw food tends to attract some pretty amazing people and takes you on an exciting adventure in terms of getting more in touch with your body and your whole self generally. 

Demi Moore in Marchesa's pink suede dress at the premiere of 'The Joneses' in Los Angeles


Final words
Whether you want to learn more about how to prepare delicious raw food meals, want to read more about any aspect of going raw, or want to meet others new to it or more experienced, the first port of call - especially for those in the UK - has got to be The Fresh Network, an organisation founded in 1992, which Karen Knowler ran between August 1998 and February 2007, which has been supporting people for 15 years and offers mail order, classes, a quarterly magazine, an annual raw food festival and much more. And if you're looking for more personal assistance, to find raw food recipes like those mentioned above, or to see the food made live (and to get your hands on it too!) then have a good look around Karen Knowler's web site - The Raw Food Coach for the myriad of ways she can assist you on your fabulous journey to health and wellness. 

ps - If raw food diet is not your thing, you may want to consider different approach to be slim in 30 days with Carb Rotation Diet.


21 July 2011

Quick Weight Loss Tips: How To Get Motivated To Lose Weight

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Olivia Ward

Olivia Ward weigh 261 pounds at 5 feet 9 inches when she join "The Biggest Loser" show. According to the Biggest Loser site, a poor nutrition and no exercise led to her weight problems. The weight gain continued as she was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) and being told she would likely never have children if she didn't lose weight.

The diagnosis turned out to be the greatest motivation for going on the show. Ward beats out her sister, Hannah Curlee when she was topped 'The Biggest Loser' and become $250,000 richer after complete the 11th season of reality TV show at 132 pounds.

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Olivia Ward before and after The Biggest Loser

It is inspiring to see Olivia Wards' amazing weight loss. Seeing at her picture after The Biggest Loser is like seeing someone who never have a weight problems before. She is living proof that weight loss is possible for every one! But many obese people think that they never lose weight, hence stop trying to lose weight. Study also shows that many obese people think they don't need to lose weight, because they think they look great the way they are.

Olivia Ward after the amazing weight loss


To set the realistic ideal weight for your body is by checking your height to weight ratio using the approximate height to weight chart guide here. After getting an honest idea of how much you should weight, visualize it. In the early chapter of Winning by Losing: Drop the Weight, Change Your Life written by The Biggest Loser Fitness Guru, Jillian Michaels, she suggested to keep a notebook. A notebook is more than just a food journal or an exercise log, but this is a place for you to write everything that inspired you to work through your issues and toward your goals.

Getting your goals in writing will help you to focus on it. Jillian provide in her book an example of how you can break a long-term goal down into less overwhelming minigoals to helps you to think fully about your goals, refer back to it often and stay motivated on your journey.


GOAL REWARD
ULTIMATE GOAL ULTIMATE REWARD
I want to lose 50 pounds I will take a vacation to Hawaii where
I want to feel healthy and strong I can show off my new beach body 
I want to fell in love and relax
MONTHLY GOALS MONTHLY REWARDS
I will 8 pounds this month. I will treat myself to amini-iPod so
I will learn 5 healthy new recipes. I can listen to music at the gym.
I will lose an inch around my waist.
WEEKLY GOALS WEEKLY REWARDS
I will workout 3 times this week. I will treat myself to a movie on 
Sunday afternoon.
DAILY GOALS DAILY REWARD
I will rearrange my schedule to I will make time for myself and take 
make time for the gym. a bubble bath.



Jillian advise in her book, to let go of your past as you envisioniong the changes in your future. Meditate on your daily goals every morning and every night before you go to sleep. Reaffirm your belief in yourself - the healthy you, the confident you, the new you, the physically and mentally strong of the new you. Be motivated!

PS - "Winning by Losing: Drop the Weight, Change Your Life" available HERE


14 July 2011

Acne Treatment: Reduce Milk Consumption and Other Acne Diets

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Even thick makeup can't hide Victoria Beckham's spot

Acne is an embarrassing skin conditions to most people. It's not only leave ugly scars, but it can cause low self-esteem. Acne does not affect teenagers alone. Many adults do suffer from it as well. Victoria Beckham is a rich and famous celebrity who suffers from serious adult acne.

Apart from using the right skincare to cure acne, a diet play a good role to treat one. What we eat can affect the hormones that contribute to the oil production, hyperproliferation, and inflammation that cause acne. Disease Proof has interesting facts about it.

1) Protein
Protein intake especially from dairy products determines circulating of IGF-1 levels. IGF-1 which stands for insulin-like growth factor 1 is a factor to changes in gene expression that cause inflammation, hormonal changes, increased oil production, and development of acne lesions. A research of scientists from RMIT University in Australia comes to build on a hypothesis stating that replacing high-carbohydrate foods in one's diet with products rich in proteins could lead to a decrease in acne by more than 50%. Fish, such as salmon, white-meat poultry (lean protein is the best), eggs, beans, cheese and yogurt are excellent source of protein.

2) High glycemic load foods
In several studies, a low glycemic load diet has been shown to improve acne symptoms, and decrease IGF-1 and skin oil production. High-GL foods like refined carbohydrates which produce dangerous spikes in blood glucose not only can cause serious health issues like diabetes, heart disease, and several cancers but also raises IGF-1 levels, further contributing to acne. Example source of refined carbohydrates are table sugar and syrup, sweetened fruit juice, beer, wine, soft drinks, sweet tea, sweetened canned fruits, frozen foods with sugar added, cookies, cakes and candy.

3) Protective micronutrients
Maintaining micronutrient adequacy may help to prevent acne. World Health Organization define micronutrients as nutrients that required by human in small quantities to enable the body to produce enzymes, hormones and other substances essential for proper growth and development. Micronutrients such as carotenoids which can be found in green and orange vegetables, and Vitamin E which is abundant in nuts and seeds are proven to be an effective acne fighting agent.

4) Dairy Products
A three-year prospective study of US girls aged 9-15 year old in 1996 found that girls who had 2 or more servings of milk per day are 20% increase in acne prevalence compared to girls who had less than 1 per week.In the Nurses' Health Study, dairy products eaten during high school were associated with prevalence of physician-diagnosed severe teenage acne. According to the study, milk intake may affect acne severity through the Insulin-like Growth Factor-1 (IGF-1) pathway. Moderation of milk intake may be useful as part of the management of teenage acne.



12 July 2011

Lose Weight Fast: Why You Cannot Lose Weight Fast Eating Instant Noodles

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Instant noodles in block-like form

Noodles is a common staple of Asian cuisine. A big bowl of chicken noodle soup is not only a comfort food to serve when you are feel ill, but eating soup can help you lose weight as soups have fewer calorie and make you feel full longer, thus you will snack less between meals.

Making soup today is much easier since instant noodles were introduced in the market. Instant noodles are not only popular among university, but its popularity has spread around the globe because they are easy and quick to prepare. However, a plan to lose weight fast is a total failure if you eating instant noodles too often.

Why eating instant noodles too often is a bad ideas while you are trying to lose weight fast? The ingredients, nutritional value and manufacturing process are the key factor. Let us see closely this contributing factor.

1) Total calories
Many people think that to include instant noodles in their diet will help them to lose weight fast because they have fewer calories. But as a matter of fact, one package of noodles has 371 calories according to the USDA Nutrient Data Laboratory. How much calorie you need per day is depend on how much your weigh. If your health care provider determine that 1,500 calories is a total calorie you need in the entire day, then eating a package of instant noodles will add an extra of 25 percent to your 1,500-calorie diet.

2) Saturated fat
Instant noodles can be prepared as quick as 2 minutes because they are already cooked. In manufacturing process, noodles are basically fried first. This resulting in high levels of saturated fats. You cannot lose weight fast if you consume foods high in saturated fat combine with sugary foods. In addition, consume saturated fats in regular basis contributing to the development of type 2 diabetes.

3) Sodium
Instant noodles typically contain a high amounts of sodium. A high sodium intake can cause water retention. If you try to lose weight fast, it is best to solve your water retention problem by reduce salt and sodium in your diet.


4) High carbohydrates
Instant noodles is high in carbohydrates but low in fiber, vitamins and minerals. Eating high carbs food tend to make you crave more for this foods. Low carbohydrates diet plan is effective to lose weight fast. Combine your diet with lean protein intake, more fruits and vegetables to have a balance diet.

The Diet Plan
Livestrong suggest to eat instant noodles only once in a week rather than everyday if you plan to lose weight fast with instant noodles in your diet plan. Divide the instant noodles and seasoning package into two servings to reduce calories, fats and sodium in half. Serve with fresh vegetables to add nutritional value in your meal.


03 July 2011

Hot Dogs: How They Are Made and Its Effect To Our Health

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Hot dogs bun

Hot dog is best eaten with bun. It is also delicious to eat plain hot dog with sauce. Some people prefer it boiled, while others like it deep fried. But do you know how hot dog is made?

What are hot dogs made of?
Hot dogs are a processed meat product. Pork is most often used but other types of meat such as beef, chicken, turkey or a combination of meat and poultry may be used. Meats used in hot dogs come from the muscle of the animal. Sometimes "variety meats" which include livers, kidneys and hearts maybe use in hot dogs. However, the hot dog producers must clearly label the product with the statement "with variety meats" or "with meat by-products."

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Raw hot dogs

How hot dogs are made?
The typical raw hot dog is a pink, cylindrical-shaped piece of meat. During processing, the meat is mixed with a curing solution to improve the taste and increase the shelf life. Other ingredients include water, spices, such as garlic, salt, sugar, ground mustard, nutmeg, coriander and white pepper.

A major ingredient in this curing solution is salt. It is used to make the meat easier to work with, improve flavor, and inhibit bacterial growth. Water is another component of the curing solution. It has a variety of functions including helping create the necessary meat emulsion and adding to the meat's juiciness. Sodium nitrite is included in the curing solution to retard the development of rancidity and stabilize the meat color. Curing accelerators such as sodium ascorbate or sodium erythorbate may also be added to preserve the color of the meat during storage.

The meat is then stuffed in casings, cooked, removed from the casing, and put in the final package.

How healthy or unhealthy are hot dogs?
Hot dogs are processed meats. Eating lots of processed meats has been linked to an increased risk of cancer. The risk of cancer probably cause by the additives used in the meats.

Sodium nitrite (or sodium nitrate) is used as a preservative, coloring and flavoring in hot dogs (and other processed meats), and studies have found it can lead to the formation of cancer-causing chemicals called nitrosamines.

MSG, a flavor enhancer used in hot dogs and many other processed foods, has been labeled as an "excitotoxin," which, according to Dr. Russell Blaylock, an author and neurosurgeon, are "a group of excitatory amino acids that can cause sensitive neurons to die."


Producing Hot Dogs in a Factory



Read more: How hot dog is made - History, Raw Materials, The Manufacturing Process and Quality Control and How Unhealthy Hot Dogs Are? by sixwise.com


Quiz: How Old Is Your Body?

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Processed food can age your body. Pic for illustration only


Do you know your body's age? According to health experts, we have two ages - a birth age and a biological age that's affected by how we treat our bodies.

Mirror.co.uk publish a test devised by Longevity researcher, David Niven Miller to find out your body's age. Answer the questions below, adding or subtracting the numbers after your answer from your actual age, then check to see how you did. 

1 How many friends can you share problems with?
None (+1 year)
1-3 (-0.5)
4 or over (-1)

2 1 How many hugs or kisses do you get a week?
None (+1)
1-3 (-0.5)
4 or over (-1)

3 At what age do you expect to die?
Under 75 (+2)
76-90 (+1)
91-99 (+0)
Over 100 (-2)

4 Can you touch your toes with your legs straight?
Easily (-1)
If I push myself (+0)
Almost (+0.5)
Between 1-2 inches away (+1)
Nowhere near +2

5 What's your body shape (honestly)
Obese (+3)
Clearly overweight (+2)
Up to 10lb overweight (+1)
Perfect for my height (-1.5)
Underweight (-1)

6 How big is your tummy?
It obscures everything below (+1)
Slightly rounded (+0.5)
Almost flat (+0)
Flat (-0.5)

7 How often do you get tired or get energy fluctuations?
Most days (+2)
Most days, only after lunch (+1.5)
Sometimes (+0.5)
Never (-1)

8 Are you a smoker?
No and never have been (-3)
I quit 5 or more years ago (-2)
I quit 3-5 years ago (-1)
I quit 1-3 years ago (+0)
I quit within the last year (+1)
I smoke (+3)

9 What's the most you've drunk in one day in the last year?
3 drinks or less (+0)
4 drinks (+0.5)
5 drinks or less (+1.0)
More than 5 drinks (+1.5)

10 Do you have lots of fillings/do your gums bleed when you brush them?
Bleeding gums and/or 11 or more of my teeth are filled (+1.5)
4-10 teeth are filled (+1)
1-3 teeth are filled (+0.5)
No (+0)

11 Do you drink soft drinks/ready-made fruit juices?
Never (-1)
1-3 glasses a week (+0.5)
4-6 glasses a week (+1)
Over 7 (+2)

12 Do you rely on packets or tins for?
All meals (+3)
Most meals (+1)
Less than half of my meals (-1)
I never use processed food (-2)

13 0 How many times a week do you feel too full after eating?
Over 7 (+3)
3-6 (+2)
1-2 (+1)
Never (-1.5)

14 How many colds/flu have you had in the last year?
5 or more (+1.5)
3-4 (+1)
1-2 (-0.5)
None (-1)
15 Have you taken antibiotics in the past five years?
No (-2)
1-2 courses (+2)
3 or more courses (+5)

16 How many times a week do you walk briskly, or do other exercise, for 30+ minutes?
Never (+1)
1-2 (+0)
3-4 (-0.5)
5 or more (-1.5)

17 How many times do you "strength train" a week?
Never (+1)
1-2 (+0.5)
3-5 (-1.5)
6 or more
(-0.5)


Check your score

If YOU'RE OLDER THAN YOUR YEARS
It's not too late to do something about it - studies show taking up exercise or changing your diet even in your 40s and 50s can still make a difference to your longevity. Any changes you can make will help lower your body age. "The biggest differences will come if you focus on your diet, stress levels and fitness," says David Niven Miller.

IF YOU'RE THE SAME AGE
Then chances are you're feeling a bit miffed now. "Oddly this is the result that upsets people the most as everyone wants to be younger and you're so close that you feel you've missed out," says David. The good news is, you probably only need to change one habit to start the transition to a younger you. Have a look at which questions you scored worst on and make that where you focus your energies to start with.

IF YOU'RE YOUNGER THAN YOUR YEARS
Well done. "Either you consciously take good care of your body or you're just one of those lucky people who naturally enjoys living a healthy life," says David. Keep up what you're doing, but still read our live-longer tips below - you might learn some new ways to boost your body's longevity even further.


10 WAYS TO LOWER YOUR BODY AGE

1 Make friends: 
Simon Reynolds, author of Better Than Chocolate: 50 Proven Ways To Feel Happier (Penguin) suggests writing a list of 10 people whose company you enjoy and then actively trying to get them more involved in your life.

2 Improve your love life: 
Being close to others releases a hormone called oxytocin that not only decreases stress but also inhibits the growth of cancer cells. While any touch will boost oxytocin levels, orgasms send it soaring.

3 Think healthy: 
According to David Niven Miller, if you expect to live a long healthy life you will. This is down to a part of the brain called the reticulating activating system, which filters the thousands of things we see or hear. If you think health is important you'll more likely notice cheap gym offers.

4 Boost your flexibility: 
The more bendy your body the less likely you'll suffer problems like back ache that age your body. To boost flexibility try PNF (Proprioceptive Neural Facilitation). It involves stretching the muscle and, while it's stretched, tensing it for 10-20 seconds. Then relax and stretch again - you'll always be able to go further on the next stretch.

5 Watch your weight: 
If you're overweight, every pound you lose adds 36 days to your life. The easiest way to do it? Eat around 1,400 calories a day and do a 20- minute walk - you'll drop a pound each week.

6 Cut down on booze: 
Binge drinking ages your body as alcohol damages healthy cells, so keeping to sensible levels of 2-3 units a day is important.

7 Boost your energy:
 Low energy is a sign of blood sugar imbalances that can raise your risk of heart disease and diabetes. Cinnamon helps balance things - add a pinch to your morning cereal.

8 Look after your teeth: 
The bacteria that causes gum disease and tooth decay is also linked to some cancers, heart disease and stroke. Brushing and flossing are vital here. Drinking green tea helps fight plaque bacteria too.

9 Learn to cook: 
Processed foods are high in nasties that can age your body - salt alone has been said to cut your lifespan by seven years. Try www.1click2cook.com for healthy recipes.

10 Quit smoking: 
Smoking ages your body inside and out - so quit.



David Niven Miller is author of Grow Youthful: A Practical Guide To Slowing Your Ageing (O Books), £10.99. Visit his website: www.growyouthful.com

02 July 2011

Jessica Alba Wears Girdle : Top 5 Girdle Wearing Guide to Lose Weight

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In the spotlight again: 
Jessica Alba only 2 months after giving birth 

Jessica Alba only takes two months to getting back into shape after giving birth to baby, Honor Marie in June 2008. But went from a size 8 to a size 4 pretty quickly is not achieved by luck. She admit that she works hard for it. "I did it for the Campari job. [The workouts] were horrible. I cried. And I haven’t worked out since," she says when asked by Elle Magazine reporter about her pre-pregnancy body.

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Jessica Alba for Campari

On the same interview, Jessica Alba admit to wearing girdle in an effort to shed the baby weight.

"I wore a girdle. Eight weeks after my girlfriend had her baby, you could see her six-pack. She told me to put an elastic band around my waist—any kind of band or girdle works. She was like, “I slept in it.” I didn’t recover as fast as she did. I don’t have a sixpack—that’s just not my body at all." - Jessica Alba

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Elken Corpsdereve Girdle

Wearing a girdle is somehow associated with weight loss as this garment suppress the appetite, thus reduce waistline. But some people prefer not to have one because a girdle can cause discomfort in breathing and can cause an unsightly and uncomfortable bulge of skin. A perfect girdle sits well on your body that you don’t even feel it. If you feel uncomfortable, then you need to choose another one with the right size.

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Here are how to wear a girdle successfully
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Marilyn Monroe: A timeless beauty icon
1) Correct measurement
Measure your body to get the correct hip, thigh and waist sizes. Get a girdles with at least one size larger than your normal size to allow room for comfort.

2) Healthy Diet
Don't eat a big meal before or when you wear a girdle. Avoid carbonated drinks, mint, tea, coffee, fatty foods and spicy foods which may irritate the spincter, and cause acid reflux.

3) Relax
Once it gets tighter, pause and relax. It may be a little uncomfortable to wear a girdle at first, but you are going to use to it after a while. The perfect girdle should not be too tight to hurt your hips and thighs.
4) Exercise daily
Work the back and stomach muscles while wearing a girdle. For good cardiovascular health, brisk walking is an excellent workout. However, always listen to your body. If it becomes labored, slow down to match your pace to your breathing capacity.

5) Don't do heavy exercise while wearing a girdle
If you plan to go run for marathon, just leave the girdle off.

Raven-Symone Weight Loss Story: 70lbs Down and Not Wearing a Girdle Anymore

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Raven-Symone at the People's Choice Awards
Raven-Symone, a former child star in The Cosby Show debuted her decidedly slim-down figure at the People's Choice Awards early this year in a cleavage-bearing, all-black leather ensemble with thigh-high Louboutin boots.
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Before and after photo: Raven-Symone Now and Then
The former "That's So Raven" star taking a break from the spotlight in 2007 and decided to focus on her health and well being. She speaks to People magazine that being no longer in the show gives her a relief from stress, which according to her contributed to her weight gain.
"That's what stress does to you. I've been not stressing. I've been in my own house, decorating and finding hobbies." - Raven-Symone

Raven-Symone overhauled her eating habits to lose weight. She incorporates her six small meals a day with exercise at least four times a week, including 30-minutes on the elliptical machine. Kickboxing is her another favorite workout. According to The DailyMail, Raven now favours oatmeal and apple slices with almond butter for breakfast and salmon and steamed asparagus for dinner. She also traded her favourite cupcakes for baked pears with agave syrup.

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That's So Raven: The slim-down Raven

Perhaps, the best thing about losing 70lbs is about feeling great to put on clothes and not have to wear a girdle anymore. "It feels good to put something on and not have a girdle underneath!" she says.

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Speaking of girdle, it gives an instant slimmer look to the wearer when worn underneath their clothes. It hide ugly bulging tummy, make it look flatter and waist appear smaller. However, there are pretty risk to pay for looking pretty in a girdle. The disadvantages are:

1) Discomfort in breathing
2) Fatigue due to lower oxygen level in body
3) Impede digestion
4) Pinch nerves

It's not easy to look beautiful, huh? Don't forget to check my next post on how to overcome those girdle advantages.


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01 July 2011

Julia Roberts Swimming to Stays Slim: The 10 Guides To Do Power Jump and Lose Weight

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Brunette Beauty: The "Pretty Woman"
Julia Roberts never looks less than her remarkable roles in "Pretty Woman". She maintain her stunning looks and still look hot in bikini even now in her 40s. But her great shape is not an accident. Julia works hard for it. Her longtime trainer Kathy Kaehler, reveals to Instyle Magazine that Julia doing some running, cross-country ski movements, arm exercises and swimming to stay in shape. 

Julia Roberts in bikini 40s
Pretty Woman: Julia Roberts still looking hot in her bikini body
Swimming and water exercises are great ways to build up endurance and stay fit. Kahler says, Julia begin her swimming exercise with a few laps of swimming to warms up, then wears the Floatation Belt to run one-minute intervals in the water at slow, moderate and fast speeds, repeating the entire exercise five times. According to Kahler, a 150 pounds person can burn 200 calories in 30 minutes if doing moderate swimming. Vigorous swimming can burn up to 330 calories during the same amount of time.

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Swimming is a low impact exercise that works for all people with different body types. To get flat and toned abs like Julia Roberts, invest your times with swimming activity. Breast stroke, the back stroke and the butterfly stroke works different muscle groups in a variety of ways. But if you do not know how to swim, water aerobics is an ideal way to get fit with water activity. Just make sure you don't drift off into the deep end.

BestWeightLossForUs.com suggest the Power Jumps to burned and toning muscle. To expand your knowledge on exercises for the obese, feel free to visit BestWeightLossForUs.com.

Here are the 10 Steps of Power Jumps. Have fun!

1. Start in shallow water.
The water level should be between the ribcage and the underarm.

2. Warm up
Jog around the pool and do kicks, jumping jacks, strides and knee lifts to warm up the body for 6 to 8 minutes.

3. Stretching
floatation belt
Lightly stretch the quadriceps, calf muscles, hip flexors and hamstrings.

4. Intense Jogging
Perform the moves in step 2 at a higher intensity for 8 to 10 minutes. Make the movements long and exaggerated.

5. Execute a tuck jump
Start in a standing position, then keep the knees and ankles together as you pull the knees into the chest. Return to a standing position. Move the arms in a circular motion at the side of the body; the arms lengthen as the knees lift, and bend at the elbow as the legs straighten.

6. Perform a frog jump
Begin with the toes, knees and thighs slightly turned out. The arms are bent in a diamond shape, with the fists close to the chest. Push the arms down to the hips while lifting the legs up and into a diamond shape. The knees point to each side at the top of the jump and mimic frog legs. Return to the starting position.

7. Execute a scissors jump
Start in a standing position. As you jump, one leg moves straight forward and the other moves directly behind the body. Alternate front and back. The arms move in opposition to the legs.

8. Heel Lift
Begin in a standing position for a heel lift. While keeping the knees and heels close together, jump and lift the heels toward the buttocks. The heels should not lift higher than knee height. The arms are extended away from the body at shoulder height, slightly rounded at the elbows. As you lift the legs, pull the arms down to the hips.

9. Jogging again
light jog
Kick the legs and jog for two to three minutes.

10. Cool down
Stretch the quadriceps, hamstrings, hip flexors and calves deeply.



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