Thursday, September 30, 2010

How to Cure a Sinus Infection

You can cure a sinus infection by adding apple cider vinegar or lavender to steam, clearing the sinuses with ginger tea and cayenne pepper, or by taking eyebright or golden seal.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Don't Get the Flu This Winter

You can resist the flu with natural immune boosters, says Margaret Durst.
Flu – we all want to avoid it. Here are some natural options that will help build your immunity so you do not get it.

Olive leaf enhances immune function and helps keep viruses from replicating. I see many people who tell me that they have not been sick since they began taking olive leaf daily. With olive leaf, quality is very important. The active component, oleuropein, should be 18% at a minimum. The best brands contain over 20% oleuropein.

Elderberry is another herb that builds immunity and keeps viruses from replicating. Read more

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Intense Parkour Strength and Conditioning at the Park

Fitness enthusiast/free runner Ramon "Razor" Dickenson performs an intense strength and condition workout to increase speed, strength, and agility. Not every park has a parkour course, but most parks have playground equipment that can be used for dips, pull-ups, etc.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Reduce Cholesterol Naturally

There are many ways to reduce your cholesterol naturally, says Margaret Durst.
It seems like everyone wants to reduce their cholesterol. There are some great natural ways to do this, but everyone is unique – so what works for one, may not work for another. Cholesterol is necessary for many body functions, meaning that you don’t want to reduce it completely, but you don’t want unhealthy levels either. Read more

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

12 Medical Myths Most Doctors Believe

Joseph Mercola says there are twelve medical myths even most doctors believe, from cardio being one of the best types of exercise to low-fat diets being healthy.
... With all the medical misinformation we’re currently exposed to on a daily basis, it’s disappointing to see CNN waste time and space on yet another entertainment-style fluff piece, discussing “health myths” that have no real bearing on your health whatsoever.

Because, believe me, there is no shortage of real health myths that can, and do, have a massive impact on tens of thousands if not millions of people.

Here is my list of the top 12 health myths, none of which CNN bothered to mention:
1: Cardio is One of the Best Types of Exercise

In recent years, researchers have begun to realize that conventional cardio, such as jogging, is not all it’s been cracked up to be, and that you can actually improve your health and increase fat burning by making slight modifications to your cardio routine.

The problem is that traditional cardio only works on the slow twitch muscle fibers in your red muscle, completely ignoring your white muscle super-fast twitch fibers. Read more

Friday, September 17, 2010

Time/Volume Training for Mass

A lot of people say that you can't build muscle mass with bodyweight exercises, but that's because they're ignorant. There are several ways to build muscle mass with bodyweight exercise, and time/volume training is a good one. Nick Nilsson lays out a complete, easy-to-follow bodyweight workout program for trainers whose primary goal is building muscle.
... Time/Volume Training is relatively simple. I'll use back training for my example (chin-ups, specifically).

For working back, I use a 15 minute block of time (this will vary according to bodypart - less time for smaller parts - e.g. 10 minutes for biceps).

First, start by doing a set of 3 reps. Then stop and rest 10 seconds. Now do another set of 3 reps. Stop and rest 10 seconds.

Keep going using 3 rep sets and 10 seconds rest until you can't get 3 reps anymore. When you hit this point, now starting taking 20 SECONDS rest in between 3 rep sets.

Keep going using 3 rep sets and 20 seconds rest until you again can't get 3 reps anymore. then take 30 SECONDS rest in between your 3 rep sets. If you have to increase again, go to 40 seconds, and so on.

Keep going in this fashion until your 15 minutes are up. Read more

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Basic Plyometric Exercises

My post Improve Your Speed with Plyometrics described some basic plyometric exercises and workouts. This video demonstrates a few of those exercises.

There is a common misconception that people are born with speed, but speed is like intelligence; it is invisible until developed. An amazing new book called Developing Killer Speed reveals how you can decrease your forty yard dash By .4 seconds in 2 weeks! To discover the simple formula that can increase your speed and decrease your times, click here.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Natural Remedies for Prostate Health

Dr. Aaron Katz offers alternative natural remedies to keep the prostate healthy and treat prostate symptoms and conditions.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Cherries May Help You Sleep Better

This sounds better than sleeping pills: cherry juice reduces insomnia with older adults, according to a recent study.
Hopefully the cherry growers and distributor industry won't publicize this to bring more threats from the FDA upon them, but a pilot study by research scientists showed that tart cherry juice reduced insomnia with older adults. The study was conducted by researchers from two universities at the VA Center of Canandaigua, and the findings were published in the June 3, 2010 issue of the Journal of Medicinal Food. Read more

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Could This Simple Habit Actually Reduce Cancer and Diabetes by 50%?

Dr. Joseph Mercola discusses why you need more vitamin D than you're probably getting and the best ways to get more.
In recent years vitamin D has emerged as a star of the “vitamin” world. For example, there are currently over 800 studies showing vitamin D’s effectiveness against cancer. Optimizing your vitamin D levels can literally cut your risk of several cancers by 50 percent!

Further, middle aged and elderly people with high levels of vitamin D could reduce their chances of developing heart disease or diabetes by 43 percent. Read more

Friday, September 3, 2010

Benefit from Calorie Restriction and Intermittent Fasting

Calorie restriction is the one method proven to extend life, but you don't have to do it every day to benefit. Occasional or intermittent fasting is an alternative way of reducing your calories without feeling deprived all the time.
Part I reviewed the latest findings in longevity research. In a word, dietary restriction (DR) creates physiological changes that slow down aging and protects against age-related diseases. It is now known that these effects are related to insulin and that reducing insulin secretion plays a major role in extending life.

Therefore, one must learn to efficiently burn foods that do not provoke insulin secretion - fats. Fats are stable, slow burning sources of energy that do not create advanced glycation end-products and that naturally satiate. They have many roles in the body and are the only macromolecules that can carry the fat-soluble vitamins that build healthy bone, teeth, and nervous system. Some fats are essential and therefore must be supplied by the diet regularly. Read more

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Heavy Drinkers Outlive Nondrinkers, Study Finds

In another blow to the convention wisdom, a new study has found that heavy drinkers outlive lnondrinkers.
One of the most contentious issues in the vast literature about alcohol consumption has been the consistent finding that those who don't drink actually tend to die sooner than those who do. The standard Alcoholics Anonymous explanation for this finding is that many of those who show up as abstainers in such research are actually former hard-core drunks who had already incurred health problems associated with drinking.

But a new paper in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research suggests that - for reasons that aren't entirely clear - abstaining from alcohol does actually tend to increase one's risk of dying even when you exclude former drinkers. The most shocking part? Abstainers' mortality rates are higher than those of heavy drinkers. Read more

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