Monday, March 31, 2008

Study Finds How Vitamin C May Stop Cancer

Linus Pauling is considered one of the most influential chemists of the 20th century and ranks among the most important scientists in history. However, Pauling's work on vitamin C in his later years generated controversy and was originally regarded by some adversaries in the field of medicine as outright quackery. Slowly, though, his claims are being vindicated.
Nearly 30 years after Nobel laureate Linus Pauling famously and controversially suggested that vitamin C supplements can prevent cancer, scientist have searched for the exact mechanism. Now a team of Johns Hopkins scientists may have found out how it happens. Read more

Friday, March 28, 2008

3 Easy Ways to Delay Ejaculation

Premature ejaculation is embarrassing for the man, disappointing to the woman, and frustrating to both. For most men, however, overcoming the problem is not difficult as long as you know how. Svetlana Ivanova at Sex Secrets gives 3 easy ways to delay ejaculation.
Premature ejaculation is the most common sexual problem in men, affecting 25%-40% of men. It’s defined as a lack of voluntary control over ejaculation. Most men experience premature ejaculation at least once in their lives, but, if premature ejaculation is a chronic or occasional problem, there are 3 easy ways to gain ejaculatory control. Read more

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

An Exercise Routine That You Can Do Anywhere

Lea Woodward describes an exercise routine suitable for both men and women that can be done anywhere. She even tells how to change it from a strength routine into a cardio routine.
... What if you could do an exercise routine that helped you:
  • Lose weight
  • Improve muscle tone & firm up
  • Improve your strength
…and requires no equipment whatsoever (except perhaps a gym mat or beach towel). Like the sound of that?

The following is a routine that you can do that takes no more than 20-30 minutes and is suitable for almost all levels (except if you’re a bodybuilder trying to pack on the muscle). Read more

Monday, March 24, 2008

Top Ten Natural Remedies for Insomnia

Popping a pill is quick and easy, but treating insomnia with sleeping pills is usually unnecessary because there are many simple, non-invasive solutions you can try that will help you improve the odds of finding the insomnia cure you need to get a good night of sleep tonight.
While not every person needs the same amount of sleep each night to feel well-rested, most studies show people feel their best when they get between 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night. When people are younger they tend to sleep more than when they are older, although this isn't always true. While insomnia can be a passing nuisance, many people, as many as 60 million people, find insomnia a chronic problem. What can you do to prevent insomnia from overwhelming your daily life? Plenty.

If you find you are constantly struggling to stay awake during the day, or battling lethargy almost daily by gulping down cup after cup of coffee, there's good news on the horizon. You don't have to pop another pill to start feeling your best. Just a few hours of extra rest a night may be all you need to recover from the dull cloud that currently surrounds your head. Here are some simple non-invasive solutions you can try that will help you get the ball rolling and improve the odds you will find the insomnia cure you need to get a good night of sleep tonight. Read more

Friday, March 21, 2008

Natural Alternatives to Breast Enlargement Surgery

Breast enlargement surgery is the most popular cosmetic surgical procedure. Though the results are often excellent, the surgery is still expensive and potentially dangerous. Doctors are warning of superbug infections in face lifts. How long before the same will be said of breast enlargement surgeries?

Caitlin MacKenna at Natural Remedies has a series of posts on natural alternatives to breast enlargement surgery. A herbal approach is given in Natural Breast Enlargement with Fenugreek, a "hands-on" approach is discussed in Increase a Cup Size in 30 Days with Breast Massage, and the power of the mind of used in Think and Grow Breasts.

Though all of these approaches are supposed to be effective by themselves, combining them should lead to faster and better results.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Push-up Variations That Strengthen Your Core

In this video, you will learn to two push-up variations that build your chest and strengthen your core to give you the six-pack abs you've always wanted. Six-pack abs are a key sign of fitness and nothing complements that more than having a nice, defined pecs as well. Push-ups are not for just men, however. Building your pecs with push-ups can also help women with their cleavage.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Teetotalers Should Start Drinking

Though study after study has shown the health benefits of light to moderate alcohol consumption, doctors have been unwilling to recommend that people who don't drink start. However, a new study clearly shows that teetotalers who aren't at risk for alcoholism, but who are at risk for heart disease, should head to the nearest liquor store at their earliest opportunity.
People who do not drink alcohol may finally have a reason to start -- a study published on Friday shows non-drinkers who begin taking the occasional tipple live longer and are less likely to develop heart disease.

People who started drinking in middle age were 38 percent less likely to have a heart attack or other serious heart event than abstainers -- even if they were overweight, had diabetes, high blood pressure or other heart risks, Dr. Dana King of the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston and colleagues Read more

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

12 Steps to Better Sleep

From having occasional difficulty sleeping to insomnia, there is a lot you can do to get a better night's sleep, feel refreshed when you awake, and remain alert throughout the day. We all have trouble sleeping from time to time, but you can sleep better every night by following these 12 simple steps.

1) Maintain a regular sleep schedule. Get up at the same time each morning, regardless of the previous night’s sleep, to help set your biological clock.

2) To consolidate and deepen sleep, restrict the amount of sleep to only as much as needed to feel refreshed during the following day - usually 7-8 hours.

3) Arrange the bedroom so that it is a comfortable setting. Insulate it against sound and light by using carpets and curtains. Ear plugs and eye masks may be helpful.

4) Keep the room at a cool to moderate temperature. Excessive heat disturbs sleep.

5) Use the bedroom for sleeping and sexual activity only.

6) Turn off your phone.

7) Avoid liquids before going to sleep to minimize nighttime trips to the bathroom. If liquids are not a problem, try drinking warm milk at bedtime.

8) Avoid alcohol, tobacco, and caffeinated beverages, especially in the evening. Although alcohol may help you fall asleep, it causes subsequent sleep to be fragmented.

9) Avoid napping longer than one hour or after 4 pm.

10) Exercising regularly helps deepen sleep, but strenuous exercise should be completed no later than three hours before going to bed.

11) Try a relaxation techniques, such as, biofeedback, meditation, yoga, progressive muscle relaxation, or massage to prepare the mind and body for sleep.

12) As far as possible, work out family or job-related problems before going to sleep.

It is becoming increasing clear how critical sound sleep is to your health and well-being, Many sleep problems go unrecognized for years, leading to unnecessary suffering, poor quality of life, accidents, and great expense. Following the 12 steps to better sleep can have a tremendous impact upon your overall health and quality of life.

To get FREE access to the exclusive series "What Are the 7 Biggest Mistakes Most Insomniacs Make?" click here. To read my review of the two best resources for better sleep you can choose, go to my blog Better Sleep.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Do Women Prefer Muscle Tone over Muscle Mass?

Which do women prefer: muscle tone or muscle mass? To find out, researchers at UCLA showed 141 women photos of shirtless men and had them rank the photos. The results? The women ranked the athletic bodies higher than their more muscular counterparts.

One of the best ways to develop an athletic body that appeals to women is through sprint training.
The reason why Sprinter’s [sic] seemed blessed with an impressive, lean and muscular physique is all in the science…

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A sprinter’s physique is designed for power and actually builds your total body, not just legs. If you don’t believe me, do a session where you are doing sprint intervals and talk to me in the morning when everything is sore…not just your legs.

Here are some quick ways to not only reduce that mid section of yours but also build a solid foundation for a nice looking body. Read more

Sunday, March 9, 2008

What to Do If You Have Used Aspartame

Aspartame is a dangerous chemical food additive. After more than twenty years of aspartame use, the number of its victims is rapidly piling up, and people are figuring out for themselves that aspartame is at the root of their health problems. Once you have taken the important first step of not using aspartame, how do you take the next step of detoxification?
The most important starting point of any detoxification program is to stop exposure to the toxin or toxins. This means avoiding even small amounts, since once sensitized to the toxin even minute amounts can produce full-blown toxicity. This is especially so with accumulative toxins, such as aspartame. It has been shown conclusively that the metabolic products of methanol breakdown, formaldehyde in particular, accumulates on the DNA and cellular proteins.

Once you have cleansed your diet of the toxin, removal of the toxin and its metabolic products from your system will begin. Central to this process is the body's detoxification system, which exist in all cells of the body, with the bulk of detoxification taking place in the liver. The detoxification system is divided into two components called phase I and phase II, which work in tandem. Toxins pass through phase I and then pass to phase II where they are further detoxified and made water-soluble for eventual disposal. It is now known that you can significantly enhance the body's ability to detoxify these substances through the judicious use of specific supplements. Of the two systems phase II is most important and most often impaired.

The following is a list of nutrients that enhance detoxification: Read more

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

The Top 9 Herbs for Better Sleep

Insomnia can make falling asleep difficult, wake you up in the middle of the night, or awaken you way too early in the morning. Insomnia can be naturally relieved with herbal teas, infusions, and baths. The following nine herbs can aid in getting to sleep and staying asleep.

1) California poppy (Escholtzschia californica). California poppy is a sedative and sleep-promoting herb which can currently be found in a variety of herbal remedies for promoting sleep, helping one to relax, and easing mild anxiety. Because of its mild sedative and analgesic properties, it can be given safely to children. Clinical research on California poppy has clearly demonstrated the plant's sedative and anti-anxiety properties. It has been shown to improve both sleep latency and quality.

2) Chamomile (Anthemis nobilis). Chamomile is a time-honored sedative herb which can be safely used by children and adults alike. Chamomile tea is commonly used in Europe, South America, and Mexico for insomnia and restlessness combined with irritability, particularly in children.

3) Hops (Humulus lupulus). In the early 1900s, physicians used hops as a sedative specifically for insomnia due to worry or nerve weakness. Hops, a major ingredient of beer, has a long history of use for sleeplessness, nervousness, and restlessness. Hops pillows are sometimes used for mild insomnia.

4) Kava kava (Piper methysticum). Kava is the national drink of Fiji and is popular throughout the South Seas. It imparts a calm feeling, relaxes the body, and sometimes enhances communication and dreaming. This sedative herb is often used for sleeplessness and fatigue.

5) Lavender (Lavandula officinalis). Lavender is a gentle strengthening tonic for the nervous system. A few drops of lavender oil added to a bath before bedtime are recommended for persons with sleep disorders. Additionally, the oil may be used as a compress or massage oil or simply inhaled to alleviate insomnia.

6) Passion flower (Passiflora incarnata). Herbalists consider passion flower an important herb for insomnia caused by mental worry, overwork, or nervous exhaustion. In England it is an ingredient in forty different commonly-sold sedative preparations. Passion flower is used for minor sleep problems in both children and adults. It is an excellent sedative with no side effects even when used in large doses.

7) St. John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum). This common yellow-flowered weedy herb from Europe is quickly becoming an important part of modern herbal medicine. It has a long history of use dating back to ancient Greek times. Modern scientific studies show that it can help relieve chronic insomnia and mild depression when related to certain brain chemistry imbalances. Because this herb can sensitize the skin to sunlight, if you are taking a full dose, avoid direct skin exposure to bright sunlight.

8) Valerian (Valeriana officinalis). Herbalists use valerian extensively for its sedative action against insomnia, nervousness, and restlessness. It is recommended for those type of people who have a hard time falling asleep, because it shortens sleep latency. It also reduces nighttime waking. Valerian is an excellent herbal sedative that has none of the negative side effects of Valium and other synthetic sedatives. It works well in combination with other sedative herbs, such as California poppy, skullcap, hops, and passion flower.

9) Wild lettuce (Lactuca virosa). Wild lettuce is a mild sedative and nervine used for restlessness and insomnia. It may be found in a variety of formulas for the treatment of acute and chronic insomnia. It is used homeopathically for restlessness and insomnia. Because of its safety of use and calming effects, wild lettuce is a good children’s remedy.

Unless otherwise specified, for insomnia, take one or two cupfuls of an infusion or decoction in the evening about 30-60 minutes before bedtime. An additional cup can be taken in the night if you wake up. Where a remedy that will not make you drowsy is indicated for conditions associated with insomnia, you can take it three times a day.

Reduce the dosage of herbs taken by mouth by a quarter for children under five years old and by a half for children under twelve. Consult a professional herbalist and your doctor before administering any herbs to children.

To get FREE access to the exclusive series "What Are the 7 Biggest Mistakes Most Insomniacs Make?" click here. To read my review of the two best resources for better sleep you can choose, go to my blog Better Sleep.

Monday, March 3, 2008

No Gym? No Problem

Celebrity trainer Kathy Kaehler describes ways to exercise for free in your own home using furniture and products that you probably already own.
It doesn't matter where you work out, as long as you do it. Here, celebrity trainer Kathy Kaehler offers tips for turning your home into a gym. Try for three sets of ten unless otherwise noted. Read more

 
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