Sunday, August 09, 2009

Natural ways to reduce the Weight

For looking more fit and staying active most experts will tell you to eat less and do as much physical activity as you can. It is very easy to say that one should starve for days to stay slim but it is very difficult to do. Your body will not tolerate this and react negatively if you keep starving for several days. The basic reason for getting fat deposited in your body is that whenever you are eating less, your body will be shattered and when you eat your food then your body will start depositing the fat in the inner wall of the skin from it. This is the basic reason why people don't reduce their weight even when they are eating less.

Luckily you don't have to quit eating food to stay slim or to reduce weight. There are several ways by which you can reduce weight without starving with full nutrients stock in your body. The ways for reducing weight quickly and easily will be discussed here. When you can reduce weight naturally by taking your regular diet then why should you starve? For burning fat and reducing weight your metabolic rate should be high. The process of increasing your metabolic rate is done by reducing the digestion. For doing this, fibre-rich diet helps a lot; taking a good amount of cereals and whole grains will increase the fibre content in your body which will help in reducing the fat of your body.

Another beverage article responsible for increasing your metabolism is green tea. Catechin is present in the green which is helpful in burning the fat of the body according to the recent studies made by the doctors. Green tea is also responsible by maintaining a healthy heart. It is anticipated that a flabby person will get heart problems sooner or later so it acts as a boon for the flabby person. So it is advisable to consume regularly a limited amount of green tea.

Another fat burner and metabolic rate advancer is almond and nuts. They contain a good amount of protein which help in keeping you energetic for the whole day and this will decrease the hunger. Similarly berries are another important article which help in increasing the metabolic rate and will burn the fat of your body. There are different types of berries which act as hunger suppressant for example raspberries act as fat burners and boost up the energy level of our body. There are various compounds available in the market which are made up of berries and help in reducing the fat, brindleberry diet in one such compound.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Liver Care and Liver Treatment

Our liver works hard for us all day every day but it is perhaps the organ we pay the least attention to, at least until it goes on strike. When your liver isn't functioning properly, you experience such symptoms as chronic fatigue and muscle aches. The liver regulates our metabolism and blood sugar, and helps us digest fats, use the nutrients from our food, eliminate toxins from our body, and heal. Yet in its struggle to keep us healthy, it is often overtaxed. And while we concentrate heavily on keeping our hearts healthy, many of us neglect our liver.

Treatment:

1. Chicory is one of the most useful herbs in treatment of liver problems. Almost all parts of the herb are important – flowers, seeds and roots. The juice of the chicory plant promotes the secretion of the bile. Hence it is used in different ways in treating liver problems such as bilary stasis, sluggishness of the liver, bile obstruction, jaundice and enlargement of the spleen.

2. The suggested amount of fiber is 25-30 grams of fiber per day. You need fiber to absorb bile properly otherwise the toxins in the bile can be reabsorbed back into your system. Plus, proper amounts of fiber will help keep your colon clean, help to lower cholesterol, and can reduce weight gain by giving you a feeling of fullness.

3. Proper hydration is essential to any detox program. This component cannot be skipped. Fortunately, it is the easiest to take care of. Plenty of pure water (which is not available from the tap!) with a slice of lemon will get the process started. Ideally, you would add electrolytic minerals or zeta crystals to the water.

4. As pitta will be elevated, diet should include those which help in cooling. As there is imbalance of agni diet should be an easy to digest one. Most fresh fruits are acceptable but exclude acid forming fruits. Eat vegetable raw or steamed with slight ghee ( Clarified butter) to help the agni to burn evenly.

5. You can improve you liver health if you haven't damaged it too badly. You liver can regenerate liver cells if any sign of disease can be caught before it becomes a major problem. A life style change may help your liver repair itself. Eating to much can cause your liver to work over time, if it is necessary to eat in between meals try a salad, piece of fruit, or some juice.

6. When a person consumes too much alcohol, the liver can swell with fat, enabling a condition called fatty liver. When the fat becomes inflamed during certain circumstances, it could potentially lead to either alcoholic hepatitis, a serious condition with the liver. Alcoholic hepatitis causes serious but generally reversible liver damage, or in worst case scenario, cirrhosis, which causes irreversible liver damage.

7. A yogasana aims to attain a sustained and comfortable sitting posture to facilitate meditation. They also have wide range of therapeutic use. Meditation helps to calm the mind. Yoga also helps to cultivate Sattva (superlative quality of mind) and Ojas ( ultimate positive energy in the body)which is critical for a positive mind frame and healing process.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Are You Fit Emotionally?

This week, I was surfing the web for ideas for fitness articles and something really caught my attention. It was an article on emotional fitness by Dr.Mathew Anderson called "Fat and Emotional Fitness".

What is emotional fitness? Well, it's really about our ability to recognize what each of our emotions are telling us, as well as being comfortable with all of our emotions and those of others. Dr. Anderson's premise is that emotional fitness is an important factor in weight control because so many of us eat, not only when we are hungry, but also when we do not recognize our emotions for what they are. The following "checklist" is excerpted from "Fat and Emotional Fitness":

An Emotionally Fit Person... 1. Knows how she/he feels at any given moment and can give that feeling a name. Such as angry, sad, happy, frustrated, joyful, excited, afraid and hurt. 2. Can and does communicate those feelings to at least one other person daily. 3. Can "be with" her/his intense feelings without having to act them out. To act out means to allow the feeling to dictate emotion driven action such as overeating or any addictive behavior, striking out at others or becoming self-destructive. 4. Understands that emotions, including intense emotions, are a normal part of life. 5. Does not make any emotion a forbidden emotion, even sexual feelings, sadness, fear and anger. 6. Can hear, accept and "be with" the emotions of others, even if they are sometimes intense, without judging them. 7. Understands that emotions, properly experienced, accepted and managed, contribute to one's quality of life. 8. Understands that chronic, extremely intense emotions are related to past wounds and traumas and need attention and deeper exploration, possibly with a professional. The very emotionally fit person will get the help she/he needs.

From Dr. Anderson's list, I can see that not being "in tune" with one's emotions would cause all kinds of unsavory behaviors and overeating can be very self destructive. What about taking this idea to other addictive or self destructive behaviors in particular exercise addiction?

Like overeating, over exercising is a socially accepted addiction. In other words, on the surface it appears to be a good thing. Also, it seems like only the person engaged in the behavior is affected by it. However, if you have ever been involved with someone with an addiction or self destructive behavior of any kind, you know that friends, family members and work colleagues are all affected in one way or the other.

Exercise addiction is no exception. Exercise requires time and energy and when it becomes excessive, not only does the addict get hurt a lot, but the time and energy needed to sustain important relationships also goes to exercise. But exercise is good, right! YES unless it takes control over your life. Even professional athletes and fitness trainers know when to stop.

How do you know if you are over exercising? Well, probably the best indicator is if close family members or friends are REALLY complaining about how much time you are spending at it. Things like, "is it really so important that you spend 4 hours per day at the gym?" will be said. If you really don't feel like exercising because you are so tired yet you feel compelled to work out anyway, could be a sign especially if you do this often. If you insist on exercising when you are sick or injured and have been told by your doctor to rest, this too could be a sign of addiction.

If you are over exercising or engaging in any behavior that is causing relationship problems, work problems or serious stress, try looking inward to understand what your feelings really are telling you. Emotional fitness is just as important as physical and mental fitness for keeping us free from illness and injury. Your body depends on it!

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Herbs for High Blood Pressure

Many people don't trust drugs for high blood pressure; they prefer the natural way of dealing with it. Luckily for you, several herbs are very effective to control this common condition. Discover how you can use herbs for high blood pressure to treat hypertension and to improve your health.

Herbs have always been used successfully to treat many conditions. And hypertension treatment is not an exception. Of course, herbs don't give a dramatic effect like drugs, but their effect is long term. Also herbs are safer and doesn't have dangerous side effects.

Herbs used to treat high blood pressure are:

- Ginkgo Biloba
- Garlic
- Hawthorn
- Arjuna
- Ashwagandha
- Valerian (to relive stress)
- Cinnamon
- Nutmeg
- Ginger
- Cardamom
- Guelder rose

Ginkgo Biloba gives very good results. It relaxes blood vessels and stimulates the circulatory system. It reduces bloods ability to clot which allows blood to flow more freely. Ginkgo Biloba is the most known herb for natural high blood pressure control. Surprisingly, garlic has similar effect. Studies prove that people who take garlic supplement show reduction in hypertansion.

Hawthorn helps to dilate blood vessels and block Angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) also called blood-restricting enzyme.

Other herbs often used for treating hypertansion include passiflora incarnate which has a calming effect and also relaxes blood vessels, resulting in reduced blood pressure. Guelder rose bark also relaxes the entire cardiovascular system, lowering hypertansion.

A complex view of natural treatments

If you are serious about controlling your blood pressure the natural way, using herbal remedies is only part of the solution. You will also have to take a look at your lifestyle and make changes if necessary.

For example, no matter how many herbal medicine you use, your pressure will be high if you smoke. Nicotine constricts the blood vessels. So your heart has to work twice as hard. Reducing smoking is a good start, but eventually aims at giving it up completely.

Another thing that affects blood pressure greatly is whether you lead active or sedately lifestyle. You will have to move around to straighten your heart. In addition to using herbal remedies, diet and exercise needs to be part of the solution.

Diet is also greatly important. You will have to eat less foods high is saturated fat, cholesterol and salt. Salt is a number one enemy of a person with hypertension. When cooking your meals try using spices and herbs instead of salt. This will work especially well since several spices like cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger help to reduce blood pressure

It might be easier to take a pill once a day rather than work on treating your blood pressure naturally. But by using herbs for high blood pressure, exercising and eating right you will get long lasting results.

Friday, December 15, 2006

Active life may help elderly keep their eyesight

Keeping an active lifestyle can reduce the risk of developing an eye disease that is a leading cause of blindness in the elderly.

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) gradually destroys the central vision of the eye. It is linked to aging but scientists in the United States have found that physical activity such as walking and climbing stairs has a protective effect against it.

Exercise helped to reduce the odds of suffering from "wet," or exudative, AMD -- a form of the condition in which new blood vessels grow behind the eye causing bleeding and scarring which leads to distorted vision and impaired sight.

The effects were still noticed after taking of other risk factors such as weight, blood pressure and smoking.

"Engaging in an or walking more ... reduced the risk of developing exudative AMD over 15 years by 70 percent and 30 percent, respectively," Michael Knudtson, of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, said in a report in the British Journal of Ophthalmology.

Knudtson and his team studied the impact of exercise on 4,000 men and women in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin over 15 years. The volunteers were aged between 43 and 86 when the study started in 1988-1990.

They were questioned about how much exercise they did and assessed every five years. About 25 percent had an active lifestyle and nearly the same number climbed more than six flights of stairs each day.

The researchers said they could not rule out other factors but added that the report "provides evidence that a modifiable behavior, regular physical activity, such as walking, may have a protective effect for incident AMD."

Milk thistle may help diabetics

A herbal therapy that has been used for thousands of years may help to control blood sugar levels in people suffering from type 2 diabetes.

Milk thistle, a flowering herb, is a popular complementary therapy. It is also called silymarin, which is a mixture of the herb's active components, used to treat liver problems such as cirrhosis, chronic hepatitis and gallbladder problems.

Researchers in Iran have also found the remedy could benefit diabetes sufferers.

"We don't know the exact mechanism of action for this effect, but this work shows that silymarin could play an important role in treating type 2 diabetes," said Fallah Huseini, who works for the Institute of Medicinal Plants in Teheran.

Type 2 diabetes, which is linked to being overweight or obese, is an increasing health problem worldwide. Most of the 194 million people who suffer from it have type 2 diabetes, which is caused by an inability to regulate the glucose, or sugar in the body properly.

Huseini compared the effects of daily supplements of silymarin, which contains a number of active constituents called flavolignans which help protect the liver from poisoning, against a placebo in 51 diabetics. The findings are reported in the journal Phytotherapy Research.

Half the patients received 200 milligrams of silymarin three times a day for four months or the dummy pill along with conventional treatments. At the end of the study, people in the herbal group had reductions in blood glucose levels compared to their earlier levels.

"The results are very encouraging, and we now need to do further large multi-centre studies," Huseini added in a statement.

The charity Diabetes UK said some substances appear to have an effect on lowering blood glucose levels in people with type 2 diabetes but they are not a cure and should not replace traditional therapies.

"Studies have shown that the best method of controlling glucose levels is through a combination of regular physical activity, a healthy diet and the relevant prescribed medication," a Diabetes UK spokesperson said.

"This study is very small and still in its early stages, therefore we would not recommend using milk thistle or any other supplement for people with diabetes."

Diabetes, which is a chronic illness, also increases the risk of heart disease, stroke, blindness, kidney damage and nerve disorders that can lead to foot ulceration and amputations.

The World Health Organization expects the number of people suffering from to rise to 300 million by 2025.

Exercise Prevent Colds

In the first randomized clinical trial to investigate the impact of moderate physical activity on the common cold, researchers from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center found that post-menopausal women who worked out regularly had about half the risk of colds as those who did not exercise.

"There has always been this anecdotal evidence, and some small studies, suggesting that with moderate exercise you can improve your immunity," said Cornelia Ulrich, lead author of the study published in the American Journal of Medicine.

"Our study ... is the first time that a rigorous trial showed that the number of colds can be affected by exercise," she said in an interview.

The study involved 115 overweight, post-menopausal women who had not been exercising before the trial.

The group was divided in two, with half the women assigned to undertake a moderate exercise program of 45 minutes a day, five days a week. The other half were told to take part in once-weekly, 45-minute stretching sessions.

The exercisers were told to do moderate physical activity such as walking on a treadmill, cycling on a stationary bicycle or rapid walking outside.

Over the course of a year, the women filled out questionnaires every three months to report the number of times they had allergies, colds or other problems.

The study found that over 12 months, the risk of colds decreased modestly in exercisers and increased modestly in the group of stretchers.

The researchers found that the ability of moderate exercise to ward off colds seemed to increase over time. In the last three months of the study, the group of women who were only stretching were three times as likely to catch a cold as those who were exercising regularly.

The study did not reach any conclusions about the benefit of stretching but said that regular cardiovascular exercise was most beneficial.

"With regards to preventing colds, it seems you really have to stick with exercise long term," Ulrich said.

The results were seen as important in understanding the health benefits of exercise, Ulrich said.

"It may apply also to other age groups, it may apply to men," she said. "In the past, immune studies have been quite consistent among men and women. I wouldn't expect that to be different."

Friday, December 01, 2006

Water for health

Unknown to many, water does more than just quench thirst. It's mother nature's own prescription for life and health. Eight glasses of water a day can do wonders for your body.

Our skin needs water for elasticity. Dehydration can leave skin looking dry and dull, drink lots of water. Water helps rid the body of toxins and rehydrates the skin to promote a healthier complexion.

Water suppresses the appetite naturally and helps the body metabolize stored fat. Studies have shown that a decrease in water intake will cause fat deposits to increase, while an increase in water intake can actually reduce fat deposits.

When you suddenly feel tired or drowsy in the middle of the day, you could be dehydrated.Mild dehydration is one of the most common causes of daytime fatigue.Drinking water throughout the day ang during exercise will keep you feeling vibrant ang energized.

Here'sa simple cure for constipation-drink lots of water.Water is necessary for proper digestion and absorption of vitamins and minerals.Water adds fluid to the colon ang bulk to the stools,making bowel movement softer and easier to pass.

Water is nature's most important detoxifier.It helps clean our bodies by helping dilute ang eliminate accumulated toxins through our kidneys and through sweating.

Can't concentrate? You might need a glass of water.Dehydration causes poor blood circulation, which leads to slower brain function.As a result, you feel more tired and you have difficulty concentrating.

Did you know that dehydration causes eye bags? Here's why: Lack of water makes the eye sink, while under-eye circles are caused by thin skin being bruised as fluid drains away. Drinking 2 glasses of water in the morning will help prevent eye bags.

Studies show that water helps lubricated and cushion joints and muscles. Drinking water before, during, and after exercise xcan also help reduce muscle cramping ang premature fatigue.

By increasing your water consumption, you can help lower the chances of your arteries hardening, high blood pressure and cholesterol-the leading causes of heart attack.

Studies show that chronic unintentional dehydration may cause arthritis, heartburn, migraine and many other body pains. Drinking 8-10 glasses of water a day could prevent body pain.

Exercise can reduce cancer treatment side effects

An estimated 1.3 million new cases of were diagnosed last year, according to the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. Most of those cases required treatment that produced side effects such as weight gain or loss, fatigue, nausea and vomiting. University of Missouri-Columbia researchers have found that exercise can benefit some cancer patients who undergo treatment, combating the chronic disease by helping them cope with the side effects.

Vicki Conn, associate dean of research and professor of nursing, and a team of researchers from MU's Sinclair School of Nursing examined the effects of exercise on cancer-treatment patients. They found that reduced side effects associated with cancer treatment such as chemotherapy and radiation. Specifically, the research showed that exercise does benefit the physical functions of patients currently or recently being treated for cancer.

"Improvement in physical function, such as the ability to climb a flight of stairs or walk a certain distance, is an important outcome because it greatly impacts patients with jobs and children," Conn said. "Exercise can reduce recovery time and help patients feel better as they deal with the side effects ofcancer treatment."

The research also demonstrated that exercise benefits patient body composition, or percentage of body fat, and eases symptoms other than fatigue, such as pain, nausea and vomiting. In addition, the scientists detected modest improvements in quality of life, mood and level of fatigue after exercise.

"All patients should speak with their doctors before implementing any exercise regimen with ," Conn said. "Many patients over the age of 50 have other chronic illnesses, such as high blood pressure or diabetes, which must be taken into consideration."

The study was published in the July issue of Supportive Care in Cancer. Conn's research is one component of the Sinclair School of Nursing research on chronic illness, an effort funded by a National Institutes of Health $800,000 grant. Conn recommends that future studies on exercise intervention and cancer treatment use a standardized exercise program to produce comparable results.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Tips to prevent weight gain

has worldwide problem. In fact, almost 2/3 of Americans need to and over 1 billion people in the world are overweight.

There are a number of reasons for the increased incidence of obesity and overweight individuals, as suggested by American statistics, but also a number of workout and nutrition tips that can counter the effects of each and exercise habit that we have:

* It has been estimated that for every high-sugar drink you consume, you increase your risk of obesity by 60%! Soft drinks provide 33% of all added sugars in American diets.

Tip #1: Avoid drinking calories!

* In the USA, sugar consumption has increased from 26 to 32 teaspoons (between the 1970’s and 1998).

* Americans eat an extra 150 kcal per day now in comparison to 1980. In theory, this could lead to 15 lbs. of weight gain per year!

Tip #2: Avoid over-eating treats at parties. If you can't have just one, don't have any at all!

* Your obesity risk increases 6-fold if you watch more than 2 hours of television each day.

Tip #3: Stay active. Walk around the mall a couple extra times if it means you'll avoid the couch and overeating at home. Stay busy, stay active, stay lean.

* Only 25% of individuals exercise moderately for 30 minutes each day, whereas 25% of the population does no exercise at all.

Tip #4: It's not all or nothing. If you can only do 15 minutes of exercise, that is still better than nothing. Don't stop all exercise just because you can't do 30 minutes that day.

* Obesity continues to increase in the USA despite a continued decrease in the consumption of . In 1994-96, fat accounted for 33% of total calories compared with 40% in the late 1970's.

* In 1994-96, just over half of the population reported eating fruit each day while the consumption of processed carbohydrates (such as bread, snack foods, and cereals) has increased 110% since the late 1970's.

Tip #5: Avoid processed carbs. Hit the veggie tray, the protein offerings, and the calorie free beverages at parties. If its rolled in pastry, don't eat it.

* Milk consumption has decreased in children by 16% since the late 1970's, while consumption of soft drinks increased by 16%.

Tip #6: Don't keep soda in the house. If you don't buy it, neither you nor the kids will drink it.

Stick to these 6 simle tips and you'll stay lean over the holidays. Add in a little more exercise and you could do the impossible - lose fat and prevent weight gain.

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Reducing your fat stomach

However, if you already have a fat belly, the best option is to follow a healthy weight loss diet, combined with fitness exercises such as aerobics (to burn extra calories) and a workout to help tighten and strengthen abdominal muscles. That said, reducing a fat stomach takes time - especially if you are an apple-shape.

Despite what commercials say, there is no diet-plan or type of exercise that can "target" your fat stomach. So please don't get impatient. Your fat belly will disappear for sure.

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Stress and stomach fat

Some health studies show that abdominal fat can develop as a result of stress. This is because the hormone cortisol is released during stress, and a high level of cortisol in the body appears to stimulate the storage of fat around the belly and abdomen. Researchers at Yale University studied 60 women and found that the more stress they were under, the more fat they stored around their stomachs. So it appears that a fat belly is most likely to develop in stressed men of any age, and older stressed women.

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Thursday, November 16, 2006

Weight loss pills

Dieters may actually require weight loss pills to help them get through the difficult weight reduction process. This is contrary to the common perception that a person who needs pills to achieve weight loss success is weak. There are many reasons why some of us need a little help.

You can wind up ruining your metabolism if you try to starve yourself in order to achieve a model’s figure. Losing weight will become increasingly difficult because of the fasting habits that we develop as we grow old. Weight loss pills that can boost the metabolism will enhance your metabolic rate.

Metabolic rate problems are not only limited to ex-dieters who have slowed their systems down to a screeching halt. People who are over thirty five years of age often turn to weight loss pills. This is because we slow down as we get older, and our metabolic rates may slow down as well.

Some people also use weight loss pills just to maintain their current size. My wife was struggling with the last ten pound that that she had to lose after having children and gaining and losing a bunch of weight. She realized that a lot of diet and exercise were not enough allow her to reach her goal. She was only able to slim down to the size that she wanted to be through weight loss pills.

However, she regained those last 10 pounds in no time. She had to quit taking supplements when she discovered that the extra pounds snuck back on when she wasn’t paying attention. She realized that balance and moderation is the key to successfully using weight loss pills for reduction as well as maintenance.

However, some pills can cause sleeplessness and irritability. You should try another product or take smaller doses to allow your body to adjust to the drug if you experience these side effects. You can choose from a wide variety of weight loss pills in the market.

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Tuesday, November 14, 2006

How to Quickly Drop 10 Pounds

Most of us would like to drop 10 pounds or more in a hurry and most of us would like to keep the weight off. If you are motivated, it is not difficult to lose 10 pounds quickly. The key is to limit your caloric intake to 1000-1200 calories per day and eliminate ALL sugar and starch from your diet.

Since the body always uses the most readily available source of energy first, which is sugar and starch, eliminating them from your diet forces your body to burn fat instead. Any sugar that the body does not use will get stored as fat. Remember that the next time your reach for a brownie or cookie!

Tips to help you lose weight fast:

*Drink lots and lots of water. Water forces your body to run more efficiently, flushes harmful toxins out of your body, speeds up metabolism, and makes it easier to lose weight and burn fat.

*Start your day with breakfast. Eating a healthy, protein-packed breakfast (This does NOT include donuts!) revs up your metabolism and gives your body the energy it needs to get through the morning.

*Do not eat between meals, EVER, especially after 6:00 pm. If you absolutely must eat something, nibble on a piece of raw fruit or a couple of raw vegetables.

*Exercise every day for at least 20 minutes. have the greatest fat-burning potential. The best examples are walking (the easiest), swimming, bicycling, skating, and jogging. If you diet without participating in any exercise, your weight loss will be much slower.

If you are over the age of 40, your metabolism may be more sluggish than it used to be. The most effective way to overcome a sluggish metabolism is to increase the activity level of your body.

A short-term rapid weight loss regimen will stimulate initial and provide encouragement to continue, but rapid weight loss is not healthy for your body and should only be used as a temporary measure. The biggest challenge for most people is keeping the weight off permanently and not reverting to previous eating patterns.

Once you have accomplished reaching your weight loss goal, you must make changes to your lifestyle that will help you to maintain your weight and have a healthier body. For permanent weight loss to occur, you must be diligent in your eating and exercise habits.

Diligent does not mean going on a starvation diet! Starvation diets do not work and can cause serious health problems. They can actually work against you causing your metabolism to slow down in order to conserve energy. The slower metabolism causes you to regain the weight you initially lost plus put on additional weight.

Rapid weight loss is NOT healthy for your body. However, if you are someone with little patience who needs fast results, embarking on a quick weight loss program to lose 10 pounds can work for you; or if you are someone who needs to lose much more than 10 pounds, an initial quick weight loss can be good if you use it as motivation to permanently change your diet and lifestyle.

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Saturday, October 28, 2006

Dark Chocolate is good for the Heart

Researchers discovered that flavanol-rich foods like dark chocolate may keep high blood pressure down, thus contributing to a healthier heart. This is according to a recent study published in the Journal of Hypertension.

The study indicates that flavanols abundant in dark chocolate with high natural cocoa content enhance the body's production of nitric oxide which help dilate blood vessels, relax arteries and enhance blood flow.

Flavanols are flavonoids or potent plant-based antioxidants found in chocolates. Other types of flavonoids can be found in wine, tea, fruits and vegetables.

Another study suggests that flavanols can protect people from life-threatening blood clots. Research led by Carl L. Keen of the University of California, Davis found flavanols to prevent fat-like substances in the bloodstream from oxidizing and clogging the arteries.

All products containing natural cocoa (cacao) have flavano antioxidants, and the more natural cocoa there is in a of flavanol antioxidants it contains.

Such were the findings of a study sponsored by The Hershey Company in conjunction with Cornell University and Brunswick Laboratories.

Gram for gram, natural cocoa is one of the most concentrated sources of flavanol antioxidants among plant foods. Dark chocolate, with its ample natural cocoa, contains more heart-friendly flavonoids than red wine and green tea, as the Cornell University food scientists found.

With a high level of cacao, Hershey's Special Dark Chocolate Bars are also a natural source of flavanol antioxidants.

The Hershey Company has developed a special seal to appear on labels of selected products to help consumers identify those products that are high in cacao and therefore contain higher levels of natural flavanol antioxidants.

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Sunday, October 22, 2006

Arthritis

affects more than 40 million Americans. Doctors believe there are over 100 different forms of arthritis, all sharing one main characteristic, they all cause joint inflammation.

There is a great deal of debate in the medical world about the effects of overall diet on arthritis. Doctors have known for a long time that diet affects , a specific type of arthritic condition, however the jury remained out for a long time on other common types of arthritis such as and osteoarthritis.

What is known however, is that overall dietary health is important and does come into play. Weight and nutrition are two factors that play a role in arthritic pain. Being overweight can affect certain arthritic conditions, forcing some joints to carry more of a load. This added weight stresses the joints, causing overuse or more wear to components, and pain, especially in the knees.

If you suffer from arthritis make sure you eat good foods and get help from healthcare providers to create and follow a well-balanced dietary plan. Here are some vitamins, minerals, foods, supplements and herbal applications to consider. Vitamins that have shown to reduce tissue swelling or provide relief include Vitamins B5, B6, B12, the antioxidant vitamins C and E, and vitamin K, which improves bone health.

Several independent studies have found that patients given increased doses of zinc showed marginal improvement. Other minerals to consider include Boron, Calcium, Magnesium, Manganese (not to be taken with calcium), Copper, Germanium and Sulfur.

The National Institutes of Health is studying the food supplements, glucosamine and chondroitin, for use in relieving symptoms of pain and stiffness for some persons with osteoarthritis.

Patients with taking blood-thinners should be careful taking chondroitin as it can increase the blood-thinning and cause excessive bleeding.

Fish oil supplements have been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties. Increasing dietary fish intake or fish oil capsules (omega 3 capsules) can relieve inflammatory conditions like arthritis.

is an antioxidant with anti-inflammatory properties and can be safely boosted by consuming its precursors available in the supplements, N-Acetyl-Cysteine (NAC) or undenatured whey protein.

is also known to help reduce inflammation, while Type II Collagen plays a role in growth and repair of joints, articular cartilage and connective tissue.

Because of the risk in overdosing, one should be discouraged from taking doses of vitamins that are higher than recommended without a physician's direction.

Some vitamins and minerals can actually worsen certain conditions, and the concentration that can be attained through vitamins can be dangerous. It is always better to increase in vitamin or mineral intake through your normal diet.

Monday, September 25, 2006

Fat Burning Diet

Have you tried to diet at one time or another, but did you ever think of how certain fat burning foods could flush out the fat in your body. Here's a free "Fat Burning Diet e-book" for you.

Saturday, September 02, 2006

Health With Herbs

In a day and age of increased awareness of "living healthy," attention has naturally turned to the use of whole foods as part of a healthy lifestyle. More and more people are reducing the use of processed foods and instead focusing on natural foods - in their whole form. As part of this process, it seems inevitable that those in search of a healthier lifestyle turn their attention to using herbs for health.

It's no secret that herbs have been used for centuries to enhance food, increase and sustain health, and remedy a host of ailments. Since prehistoric times herbs for health have been part of the human experience. And as more and more herbs were discovered to have healing principles, herbs for health were soon organized into a classification system that allowed people to take full advantage of their properties in food and medicine.

Some herbs for health that are used today include ginger root for help combating nausea, blackberry root in treating diarrhea, sore throat, and cough, ginseng to increase metabolism, and even dandelion to treat eczema. Many a culture - including the Native Americans and Chinese - have made a study of the way in which herbs can be used to increase overall vitality and treat minor ailments as well as disease.

Additionally, the use of herbs for health extends to their use in all types of cuisine. Natural herbs enhance flavor and do so without the use of added fats, preservatives, and salt. For those looking to focus their diet on natural foods, the use of natural herbs in their diet will go a long way to enhancing their lifestyle.

Using herbs for health can be as convenient and as simple as you make it. An array of natural herbs can be found as close as your local grocery store; as well as in farmers markets and health foods stores. But for those who want herbs at their fingertips for a variety of uses, it may be beneficial to plant your own herb garden.

Either way, a little bit of research will yield an enormous amount of information about the uses of herbs for health. With some planning and simple integration of herbs into your everyday routine, you may be surprised with how your overall health and vitality begins to improve.

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Ginseng


Ginseng root can be found mostly in Asia and North America, and has been use as medicine and tonic amongst the peoples of China, Korea, Thailand, Vietnam and Manchuria, as well as amongst Native Americans, for untold thousands of years. Frequently used as a potent preventative rather than a curative, it has also demonstrated tremendous therapeutic benefits for a wide variety of conditions. If taken regularly it increases vitality, and can extend... your life span.

A perennial plant, ginseng is often found in heavily wooded areas and requires rich soil to thrive. Ginseng usually takes several years to mature, with most roots cultivated when the plant is between 3-10 years old. After too many years ginseng and its root can begin to degenerate, and the root may become pitted and wooden.

The plant itself is very attractive, with well shaped green leaves and bright red berries; however it is only the root that has any medicinal value. Its original name means Man Root, due to the shape of the ginseng root which strongly resembles the form of a human body.

Ginseng is a member of the Araliacae family. The American ginseng plant, Panax Quinquefolius, has become in such high demand in Asia that more than 85% of American grown ginseng is exported to asian markets.
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Banaba


Banaba is a medicinal plant that grows in Southeast Asia. Traditional uses include brewing tea from the leaves as a treatment for diabetes and hyperglycemia (elevated blood sugar). The hypoglycemic (blood sugar lowering) effect of banaba leaf extract is similar to that of insulin – which induces glucose transport from the blood into body cells.

Banaba leaf extract contains a triterpenoid compound known as corosolic acid – which has actions in stimulating glucose transport into cells. As such, banaba plays a role in regulating levels of blood sugar and insulin in the blood. For some people, fluctuations in blood sugar and insulin are related to appetite, hunger and various food cravings – particularly craving for carbohydrates such as bread and sweets. By keeping blood sugar and insulin levels in check, banaba may be an effective supplement for promoting weight loss in certain individuals.

  • Balances blood sugar
  • Promotes healthy insulin levels
  • Controls appetite and food craving (especially carbohydrate cravings)
  • May promote weight loss

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Indian Mulberry


Noni also known as Indian Mulberry can see along or near seashores, throughout the Philippinesis. They are usually grows to a height of ten feet. The fruit, which starts out green and turns yellow, is used medicinally. Traditional healers have used the fruit of the noni plant for just about everything—from a tonic drink to mending broken bones—but it is said that because of its strong, unpleasant odor and bitter taste, a person won’t take it until they are too sick and desperate.

• Promotes Homeostasis
• Anti-Cancer
• Normalize and Repair Damaged Cells

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Ginger Herb


Ginger is said to be a native of Asia. A medicinal herb Cultivated in West Indies, Jamaica, Africa.

In ancient India, was called "the ." Ginger is an , an antidote for scorpions, an antiseptic, a digestive, a stimulant, and a tonic. It is commonly used to treat motion sickness and . It is believed that it can affect the part of the central nervous system that causes nausea. It is also used to treat asthma, backache, bronchitis, breast cancer, congestion, diarrhea, dog bites, fever, flu, headache, malaria, poor circulation, stomach ache, suppressed menstruation, swelling, syphilis, tetanus, toothache, and indigestion.

• Enhances Respiratory System
• Kills TB germs
• Prevents nausea/vomiting

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Momordica Charantia Linn or Ampalaya


What is Ampalaya? Commonly known in the USA as the Bitter Melon (Momordica charantia Linn.), the Ampalaya is both a nutritious vegetable and a traditionally trusted medicinal herb that grows abundant in many regions in Asia. Unlike most herbs, Ampalaya is commonly eaten as a dish, proof positive of its safety. With its quick growth and little need for attention, the Ampalaya plant has become ubiquitous in many rural backyards. The Ampalaya plant is a sturdy, creeping vine that loves the sun and welcomes the rain. For this reason, it is often used to adorn trellises for shade and foliage or to dress up a fence. During season, large yellow flowers add accent to this common vine, accompanying its much-cherished fruit.

Saturday, July 08, 2006

Reishi Grows In Popularity


As grows in popularity, more and more people are looking for a source of high quality herbal products. Many of the herbs we carry are raised organically or wildcrafted; others are blended by certified herbalists. Moreishi offers a wide variety of difficult to find products, including a large selection of medicinal teas, tinctures and supplements, a variety of salves and oils.

• Immune System Booster
• Lower Blood Pressure
• Cell Builder, Cleanser, Regenerator

Medicinal Properties of Reishi

In the 16th Century pharmacopedia Pen T'sao Kang Mu, which contains hundreds of natural medicines the Chinese have used for thousands of years, compiler Le Shih-chen described the uses of Reishi. "It positively affects the life energy, or qi of the heart, repairing the chest area and benefiting those with a knotted and tight chest." He wrote that.... it also increases intellectual capacity and banishes forgetfulness. "Taken over a long period of time, agility of the body will not cease, and the years are lengthened to those of the Immortal Fairies."

In the Orient, Reishi is considered a Fu Zhen herb (immune modulation). Presently, Reishi has various applications including lowering or raising blood pressure, stimulating liver actions, blood cleansing, and acting as an adaptogen in helping the body fight the effects of stress.

Chinese herbalists prize it for its abilities to regenerate the liver. In high doses, and to some degree normal doses, Ganoderma maybe classified as a liver detoxicant and protectant.

In traditional Oriental applications Reishi is also used to treat insomnia, gastric ulcers, neurasthenia, arthritis, nephritis, asthma, bronchitis, hypertension and poisoning. It is also being used in treating neuromuscular disorders -- stress-induced tension, myasthenia gravis and muscular dystrophy -- all with varying degrees of success.

Toxicity studies show no toxic effects on humans. In research, patients are given much higher doses, as high as 10 grams of extract per day, with no ill effects.

by: Maris COA-TAPI (DOST) #0927-5229801

Sunday, June 11, 2006

Moreishi Products

Golden Herbs Juice Drink (750 and 150ml)

Golden Herbs Juice Drink is a phenomenal juice drink. The synergy of 20 superior herbs and extracts will give you the overall satisfaction that will ultimately make you energetic, beautiful, and healthy.

Golden Herbs Juice Drink is a delicious and precious mixture of herbs and extracts that can help strengthen your immune system, improve your health, and revitalize your body. The master ingredients used in this product are Mangosteen and Bignay.

• Helps support microbiological balance
• Rejuvinating tonic that has anti-aging properties
• Beneficial in dyspeptic conditions with flatulence and signs of liver inadequacy
• Helps ease headaches and migraines
• Aids in the stimulation of proper digestion
• Mangosteen's Xanthones have been shown to:
Maintain the immune system, protect against free radical damage, and provide vital anti-oxidant support.

Bureau of Food and Drug Registration No. FR-40259

Golden Herbs Capsule

Golden Herbs Capsules are specially made to aid in the treatment of a wide variety of ailments. It has all the benefits of Golden Herbs Tonic in capsule form. The twelve wondrous herbs contained in each Golden Herb Capsule are synergistically combined to enhance your total well-being. Golden Herbs Capsules taken daily can help your body get re-energized and fit to fight all ailments and illnesses. Golden Herbs Capsules are specially made to aid in the treatment of a wide variety of ailments. It has all the benefits of Golden Herbs Tonic in capsule form. The twelve wondrous herbs contained in each Golden Herb Capsule are synergistically combined to enhance your total well-being.
Bureau of Food and Drug Registration No. FR-40259

Golden Herbs Premium Coffee

Golden Herbs Premium Insta Brew Coffee is an all-natural complete supplement that contains twelve superb herbs synergistically blended to boost overall health. It has all the benefits of Golden Herbs Tonic in coffee form.
Relish the taste of Golden Herbs Premium Coffee with its delightfully rich and brewed coffee flavor. We use only the finest ingredients for your ultimate drinking experience.
Bureau of Food and Drug Registration No. FR-40259

Golden Herbs (750 ml and 150 ml)

Golden is a powerful drink formulated for a synergistic interaction of the herbs. This is a nutraceutical-quality drink that approaches pharmaceutical standards in providing health benefits that effectively enhance the treatment being given by medical professionals. Golden Herbs contains Indian Mulberry, , Chanca Piedra, Sambong, Lagundi, Ginseng, Banaba, Turmeric, Ginger, Gotu Kola, Kelp, and Pandan.
Bureau of Food and Drug Registration No. FR-40259


Moreishi Tonic Drink (750 ml and 150 ml)

A nutraceutical drink formulated to effectively complement the treatment of a wide variety of ailments, boost vital energy, and strengthen the . It contains Reishi, Lagundi, Indian Mulberry, Gotu Kola, Ginger, Kelp, Turmeric, Ginseng, Banaba, and Chanca Piedra.
Bureau of Food and Drug Registration No. FR-40267



Super Lacto Power

Super Lacto Power is the only Lacto Drink to contain 7 species of Lactobacillus! These are: L.acidophilus, L. bulgaricus, L. plantarum, L. casei, L. fermentum, L. brevis, and L. bifidus. Super Lacto Power contains 50% nutrients and has no preservatives. This may help in lowering levels, facilitating digestion, and enhancing the absorption level of nutrients.
Bureau of Food and Drug Registration No. RDI-MM-FW-1660


Moreishi Instant Chocolate Drink

Enjoy Swiss chocolate mixed with Lecithin, Gotu Kola, Tienchi , Reishi and Astragalus. A health drink that is good for adults and kids alike.
Bureau of Food and Drug Registration No. FR-40701


Moreishi Power Drink

The first orange juice drink with herbs and natural beehive extracts. Power Drink is ideal for busy and active people. Every glass of will give you the power-packed combination of Ginger, Reishi, and Tienchi Ginseng along with beehive extracts Royal Jelly and Bee Propolis.
Bureau of Food and Drug Registration No. FR-40258


Moreishi 10 in 1 Instant Coffee

The synergistic combination of coffee, non-dairy creamer, sugar, and 7 premium herbs is perfect for people who are always on the go. MOREISHI 10-in-1 can help to increase stamina, enhance mental function, and protect the body from the most common ailments. It contains Ginger, Kelp, Sambong, Ginseng, Gotu Kola, Reishi, and Turmeric.
Bureau of Food and Drug Registration No. FR-40700


Moreishi Slimming Coffee

A unique coffee blend with and Banaba, which are known to be effective in regulating blood sugar levels. Especially designed for people with and those aspiring to keep a fit and slim physique. Contains Reishi, Ginseng, Banaba, Kelp, Ginger, Turmeric and Ampalaya.
Bureau of Food and Drug Registration No. FR-40266


Moreishi Lite Coffee

Ideal for health-conscious coffee drinkers with a discriminating taste. MOREISHI Lite is blended with premium herbs, Reishi and Gotu Kola and enhanced with mocha flavoring, but best of all, it's sugar free!
Bureau of Food and Drug Registration No. RDI-MM-FW-1660


Moreishi Classic Coffee

An enticing creation of rich mocha-flavored coffee, fortified with two popular herbs, Lucidum (Red Mushroom, Ace of Herbs), and Gotu Kola, which are known for revitalizing the brain and nervous system, increasing energy, and improving memory & mental activity.
Bureau of Food and Drug Registration No. RDI-MM-FW-1660


Moreishi Herbal Toothpaste

A dental care formula that contains three superb natural ingredients: Bee propolis, Tea tree and Green Tea, which promotes healthy gums, whiter teeth, and a cleaner tongue.
Bureau of Food and Drug Registration No. CR-18479


Herbalin Capsules

Made from Ampalaya, which was traditionally used as food supplement for and those with kidney problems. Ampalaya or Bitter Gourd has been recommended by the Department of Health of the as one of the best herbal remedies due to its ability to help those with liver problems and diabetes.
Bureau of Food and Drug Registration No. RDI-MM-FW-1660


Herbasul Capsules

Made from Ampalaya and 7 accordant herbs, this is popularly known as "MOREISHI Tonic in a capsule." is an immunity builder that helps regulate cell function and aids in inhibiting cancer. It contains Ampalaya, Indian Mulberry, Gotu kola, Lagundi, Chanca piedra, Banaba, Kelp, and Ginseng.
Bureau of Food and Drug Registration No. RDI-MM-FW-1660


Herbalin Tea

Herbalin Tea - is a natural herbal beverage made from Ampalaya. It is both Sugar-free and caffeine-free. This is recommended for diabetics and those with kidney and bladder problems.
Bureau of Food and Drug Registration No. RDI-MM-FW-1660


GO! Nutritional Energy Drink

Go! Energy is an all-natural energy drink designed to put the bounce back in your step. It is fast-acting and can help revitalize your mind and body. Go! Energy contains a premium blend of Coenzyme Q10, berry extracts, Indian Mulberry, Citrus extracts, Ginseng, Honey, and .
Bureau of Food and Drug Registration No. RDI-MM-FW-1660


Nature's Magic Throat Spray

A soothing and refreshing formula with anti-oxidant, anti-bacterial, and anti-viral properties. The combination of Bee Propolis, Honey, and Peppermint is ideal for freshening your breath and helping to ease sore throats. This is also good for helping to alleviate smoker's cough and for keeping gums healthy.
Bureau of Food and Drug Registration No. RDI-MM-FW-1660


Nature's Magic Ointment

The combination of Tea Tree, Green Tea, , and Aloe Vera help to ease a wide variety of skin irritations. Tea Tree has anti-inflammatory properties, while Propolis, known as nature's antibiotic acts as a wound-healing agent. Green Tea works as an anti-oxidant that aids in relieving irritable itching or inflamed and infected skin. Aloe Vera works to stimulate blood circulation and smoothen skin.
Bureau of Food and Drug Registration No. RDI-MM-FW-1660

Sunday, May 21, 2006

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What is Reishi?

Reishi (Ganoderma Lucidum), commonly known as Ling Zhi in Chinese, is a herbal mushroom known to have miraculous health benefits.

It has been used in Japan and China for over 2,000 years and thus making it the oldest mushroom known to have been used as medicine. Since ancient times, the Reishi mushroom was reserved for emperors and royalties. It has been revered as nature’s rarest and most beneficial herb. In the Superior category of Shen Nung Ben Cao Jing, the oldest and most famous medical text on Oriental herbal medicine, red Reishi is ranked as the number one herb, ahead of ginseng, because of its following qualities:
1. It is non-toxic and can be taken daily without producing any side effects.
2. When it is taken regularly, it can restore the body to its natural state, enabling all organs to function normally.
3. Immune modulator - regulates and fine tunes the immune system.

What are the benefits of Reishi?
Reishi is primarily composed of complex carbohydrates called water-soluble polysaccharides, triterpeniods, proteins and amino acids. Researchers have identified that water-soluble polysaccharides are the most active element found in Red Reishi that have anti-tumour, immune modulating and blood pressure lowering effects. Another major active ingredient found in Red Reishi are triterpenes , called ganoderic acids. Preliminary studies indicated that ganoderic acids help alleviate common allergies by inhibiting histamine release, improve oxygen utilization and improve liver functions. Triterpenes are bitter in taste and the level of the triterpene content contained in a product can be determined by the bitterness.
Regular consumption of red Reishi can enhance our body's immune system and improve blood circulation, thus improving better health conditions. Generally, Reishi is recommended as an immune modulator and a general tonic. Red Reishi is also used to help treat anxiety, high blood pressure, hepatitis, bronchitis, insomnia, and asthma.