Orly Hope and Freedom Fest Spring 2013 Nail Polishes

Posted January 19, 2013 By Mev Rodgers
The spring 2013 season seems to be all about mood lifting elements and Orly proves this through its new colorful nail polish collection. Orly’s Hope and Freedom Fest spring 2013 nail polishes can help bring out your inner bohemian spirit, so let yourself be hypnotized by the festive nail lacquer hues and celebrate the changes that come along with the new season!

The spring 2013 nail polish color trends seem to be quite diverse but all have one thing in common: a high pigmentation that falls into the opaque matte/creamy/shimmery category. True fashionistas never hesitate to wrap their nails in the most seductive shades, so be more spontaneous and dare to pair pastels with achromatic shades and dark tones as the results can be totally worth the risk.

Orly’s Hope and Freedom Fest nail polishes bring to the nail art scene the joint energy-lifting powers of creamy textures and glittered-up nail lacquers, so if you’re ready to infuse a springish vibe into your look, experiment with Orly’s new limited edition nail polish collection as it includes the following pigments:

  • Peaceful Opposition – glittered-up silver-white
  • Coachella Dweller – pale green
  • Elation Generation – bright pink with glitter
  • Boho Bonnet – soft grey-blue
  • Melodious Utopia – soft yellow
  • High on Hope – navy with purple shimmer
  • The new Orly Hope and Freedom Fest collection will be made available for purchase starting this month, so keep an eye out on your favorite nail lacquers as with just $8.50 a bottle, you’ll be able to make your digits ooze style!

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    River Island Spring/Summer 2013 Lookbook

    Posted January 18, 2013 By Mev Rodgers
    Okay, so now with all the holiday sartorial craziness gone, it’s time to think about our warm-weather wardrobes! No, it’s not too soon! In fact, when it comes to our style, staying up-to-date with the latest and hottest trends is a must! Yes, we’ve already started our hunt for the perfect pieces to add to our dressing and we must admit there are so many beautiful goodies that make our choice even more difficult.
    We came across the latest River Island spring/summer 2013 lookbook and got our eyes on a gazillion of clothes and accessories delivered by the famous brand. Have a nosey, choose your favs and get ready to make a statement!

    Having a hard time finding the right pieces for your seasonal wardrobe- You definitely shouldn’t as there are so many stunners available in stores and online! Trust us, with the impressive range coming from some of the world’s most renowned labels, staying stylish is a piece of cake. Be a real fashionista and an inspiration for everyone putting together enviable, notice-me-now ensembles that shun all fashion stereotypes. If you need a little help, check out River Island’s newest collection chock full with wow-worthy and uber-cool pieces.

    Why we love River Island- Well, first of all, the brand is a constant provider of all-things-fashionable and hip. Then, their prices are pocket-friendly and are worth every bit of investment. Practically, the brand’s offerings are on-trend, wearable and affordable, the most sought-after characteristics of any clothing piece or accessory. Okay, in order to convince yourselves, you should undoubtedly check out their spring/summer 2013 lookbook!

    Heart it! What- River Island’s new line! Main reasons- Trendy, functional, safe for our budget. If you too are searching for hip and chic goods that can take you from day to night in an instant, this collection is the answer that can save you from your sartorial crisis.

    The line includes stripes, polka-dots, oriental-inspired motifs, animal prints, Ikebana florals, denim and crochet, fringes, studs, and different eye-catching embellishments. There are sexy mini skirts, leather jackets, jumpers, crop tops, black shorts, shirts, maxis, jumpsuits, kimonos, chic sundresses, swimsuits, but also sunglasses, hats and headbands to complete your outfits. Besides, River Island amazes us with a wide variety of accessories such as killer stilettos, comfy flat sandals and trainers, oversized totes, bowler bags, elegant clutches, and never-seen-before jewelry pieces like cuffs, neon buckle bracelets, earrings, skull pendants, rings, and many more.

    Photo courtesy of River Island

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    Psychiatrists and prostitutes: 5 sad similarities

    Posted January 17, 2013 By Mev Rodgers

    (NaturalNews) Almost any profession trading services for money can be loosely compared to prostitution, but the field of psychiatry is especially rich with similarities. Here are five. Can you think of others-

    1. Prostitutes are controlled by human trafficking cartels. Psychiatrists are controlled by drug trafficking cartels

    If you think big pharma is anything other than a criminal drug cartel, think again:



    If you think psychiatrists are “free” to practice how they please, think again. For one, when your entire tool bag consists of drugs manufactured by pharmaceutical giants, then who is in control-

    2. People who don’t want to bother with real relationships frequent prostitutes. People who don’t want to bother with real problem solving go to psychiatrists

    Emotional problems have real solutions that involve therapeutic intervention, effort and personal growth. My hat is off to anyone traveling this path. Millions of people, however, are not interested in doing the deep, inner work required to let go of emotional pain.

    These folks are perfect candidates for psychiatry, because psychiatrists do not require people to learn and grow. Check in, get your meds, check out. Come back when you need another quickie.

    3. People get counterfeit love from prostitutes. People get counterfeit solutions from psychiatrists

    Speaking of “the whores on 7th avenue,” Paul Simon wrote in the song, The Boxer:

    I do declare, there were times when I was so lonesome I took some comfort there.

    Lonely and emotionally desperate people might seek comfort with a prostitute, but never find it. The prostitute has no real comfort or companionship to offer.

    The counterfeit love you find with a prostitute is no different than the counterfeit solution your psychiatrist has to offer. Meds are not solutions to problems, but a way to avoid those problems (and their solutions). When you go to a prostitute seeking love, you actually end up further away from love. When you go to a psychiatrist seeking to solve a problem, you end up further away from real solutions.

    4. Prostitutes have rules of engagement. Psychiatrists have professional boundaries

    Prostitutes have their rules – things you can and can’t do. Kissing on the mouth is off limits, as they consider it too personal. There may be other rules as well to keep the relationship in a “proper” context as a business arrangement.

    Psychiatrists have similar rules. For example, you cannot ask them what meds they take, or how their marriage is going, or what they struggle with in life. The professional boundaries make it all about you, not them. For all you know, your psychiatrist could be a psychopath and you’d never know the difference.

    5. Prostitutes pretend they want to have sex with you. Psychiatrists pretend they understand you

    Prostitutes pretend they are interested in you. Psychiatrists pretend they understand your problems and know what to do about them. They don’t. The vast majority of psychiatrists do not understand the therapeutic process, family dynamics, the unconscious mind, or anything having to do with personal development.

    Moreover, they don’t spend enough time with you to even get to know you on a superficial level!

    About the author:
    Watch the free video that reveals the lost keys to personal change suppressed by modern mental health. Now, these deep insights serve as the iNLP Center’s free introductory course.

    Mike Bundrant is co-founder of the iNLP Center and host of Mental Health Exposed, a Natural News Radio program.

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    Useful Tips To Melt Those Unwanted Pounds

    Posted January 16, 2013 By Mev Rodgers

    There are lots of weight loss methods and it might be difficult to land on the right one. The quickest way to discover what works is to try to different strategies until you figure out what works best for your lifestyle. Here are a few ways to focus on weight loss.

    If you are looking to lose weight you should use a lot of blue in your environment. Surround yourself with blue items, it can help you control cravings and hunger. Try having blue at the kitchen table to find the affect. The warmer hues, like oranges, yellows and reds, can actually create the opposite effect by exciting the appetite. Sight plays a large role in how much we eat. Keep this in mind when putting out your plates or deciding what to wear.

    Reducing your fat intake from french fries will help your waist line and it will help your skin. Studies have repeatedly demonstrated the benefits of a high-protein, low fat diet. Your skin produces oils naturally, and if you consume foods that are high-glycemic, like french fries or candy, your body will produce more than it needs. This will take a toll on your complexion.

    TIP! You must avoid any food triggers you may have. You will have to tweak your environment in order for this to be possible.

    Eat more low-calorie foods that are also filling. Appetizers, such as soup and salads, will make you feel a little more full before eating an actual meal. Drinking low calorie beverages, like coffee, tea or sparkling water, before sitting down to a big meal can also blunt hunger pangs and help you eat less.

    Eating your meals at home instead of going out to eat will help you lose weight. People who eat at home more often tend to make healthier decisions about what to eat. You will save a lot of money by staying home for your meals.

    For most people, drastically cutting down on sugar is a sure path to weight loss. Cut foods that contain added sugars from your diet. It’s okay to eat foods with natural sugars, like root vegetables or fruit.

    TIP! Don’t neglect your water intake, either. Drinking water can make you feel less hungry.

    Instead of eating pasta, eat whole wheat noodles. Whole wheat pasta is healthier and will make you feel fuller. Pasta sauces that are full of fat or salt should be cut out of your diet. There are many hearty meals you can make with pasta, vegetables, lean meats, and flavorful sauces that do not rely on fattening ingredients.

    On your sandwiches, limit your condiments. Condiments, such as ketchup, have a large sugar content as well as unnecessary calories and no healthy content. If you must use these, only pour a small amount on your food.

    Even if you are at work, at a party or other place away from home, you can continue to follow your weight loss guidelines. If there are fruits or vegetables available, consume these instead. This makes it easier to stick with your weight loss program while enjoying the company of others. You don’t have to dwell on your diet while having fun; simply work with it.

    TIP! Stop drinking pop. It may have a sweet taste, however soda contains nothing of value for your body.

    Working out is an important aspect of losing weight. Make sure you have a set time each day for exercise. Include this time in your calendar or schedule, and take care not to plan anything to conflict with this important appointment.

    Skipping meals is never a good idea. It makes your body store fat, and it makes it much harder for your body to burn calories. If you find it totally necessary to miss a meal, then a nutritious snack should at least be available. Snacking on nuts, dried fruit, or whole-grain crackers is better than not eating.

    Losing weight through diet alone is inefficient. You have to exercise too. Since you lose weight by burning more calories each day than you consume, exercise will help you lose weight faster. You could also consider limiting your food intake. Biking or jogging are effective ways in burning calories, along with resistance training that helps you build up a little muscle, leading to a higher metabolism rate.

    TIP! If you are eating unhealthy food all of the time, you may just be doing that for the comfort food aspect. It is necessary to identify the circumstances that tend to cause you to eat the wrong sorts of food.

    If you are trying to lose weight, a pedometer is a great way to help you reach your goals. A pedometer keeps an accurate count of the number of steps you take per day. This tool can tell you if you are taking enough steps during the day. 10,000 walking steps is what you should strive for each day. If you aren’t walking that much, you need to increase your steps.

    When you keep the advice here in mind, you will be better armed to lose weight. Seeing real results can be a great motivator. Ensure you try many ways of shedding the pounds to look at what is going to work for you. Implement the tips you’ve just read.

    While you are grocery shopping, load up your cart with foods from aisles along the outer perimeter of the store. Foods containing the most nutrients, including vegetables, fruits, cheeses, meats and dairy are generally in that area. Normally unhealthy foods such as sugary items that are high calories and don’t give you the beneficial nutrients are located within the aisles. The best way to win at the temptation game is to not play at all; just avoid these aisles altogether.

    TIP! Avoid unhealthy foods. If you go out a lot to fast food places or candy stores it’s going to just tempt you every time you’re there.

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    (NaturalNews) As President Obama and his allies in Congress seek to limit your ability to provide armed protection for you and your family, the master political magician has just signed off on legislation forcing taxpayers to provide him with armed protection for life.

    “Former presidents have to give up rides on Air Force One. But now they don’t have to give up being shadowed by the armed-and-earpieced bodyguards of the Secret Service,” Yahoo! News reported Jan.10. “President Barack Obama on Thursday signed into a law a measure giving him, George W. Bush and future former presidents and their spouses lifetime Secret Service protection.”

    The legislation, which was introduced by Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., reverses a law passed in the mid-1990s imposing a 10-year limit on Secret Service protection for former commanders-in-chief. President Bush, the report said, would have been the first former president affected by the change.

    Protection for the elite; none for you

    When they initially passed the legislation, supporters said it would save taxpayers tens of millions of dollars. In addition, they said former presidents could follow the path of Richard M. Nixon, who shunned Secret Service protection in lieu of hiring his own private security firm in 1985.

    But the profligate spenders in the current Congress obviously felt no such loyalty to the taxpayer; Gowdy’s legislation rolling back the 10-year limit easily passed the House of Representatives on a voice vote in early December, then went on to sail through the Senate unopposed.

    The new law also mandates that the children of presidents receive government-subsidized protection until age 16; protection for spouses would be ongoing as well, but “protection of a spouse shall terminate in the event of remarriage,” the law says.

    Secret Service agents began protecting presidents in 1901 following the assassination of William McKinley; in 1965, Congress passed legislation authorizing the agency to protect presidents for life.

    Granted, presidents and their families can face extraordinary threats upon leaving office, but so can just about any ordinary American walking the streets in Chicago – the president’s hometown – or Washington, D.C., the nation’s capital. The point is, as this president moves to limit your right to self-defense, he obviously sees no irony in ensuring that he and his family are well-protected for the rest of their lives, and all on the taxpayer’s dime.

    But the irony doesn’t stop there. Consider that many in Congress – those same individuals who just voted for lifetime armed, taxpayer-provided protection for a millionaire president who will undoubtedly cash in even further on his fame once he finally does leave office – are some of the same hypocrites who are demanding that wealthy Americans who paid into the Social Security system all of their lives be denied benefits just because they are well-to-do.

    They are not better than you

    These hypocrite elite are the same ones who vote themselves pay raises year after year, while wages for most U.S. workers have stagnated or declined, thanks in large part to oppressive laws and bureaucratic policies they approve.

    And now, these uber-wealthy statists who have sheltered themselves from the dangers ordinary folks deal with and face daily want you to continue paying for their protection, even as they work feverishly to rob you of yours.

    If Sen. Dianne Feinstein feels the need to carry a concealed weapon; if blowhard filmmaker Michael Moore feels the need to hire armed bodyguards; and if leaders like New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg feel the need to travel with armed protection – why does the ordinary American citizen deserve less-

    Natural News does not, and will not, support laws that make anyone, including our leaders, more vulnerable to the criminal element, but at the same time we have not, and will never, support legislation that seems to say some certain segments of our society are more important, and more worthy of protection, than others.






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    Looking For Some Great Fitness Tips? Read On!

    Posted January 12, 2013 By Mev Rodgers

    Increasing your fitness and health is a fantastic goal. Getting fit probably seems like a monumental undertaking, especially if you are starting from zero, but it is possible if you have the right information. The ideas presented in the following paragraphs are sure to assist you in meeting your fitness objectives. When you follow the advice below, you will look great and feel better too.

    By doing different activities when exercising, a person will be able to receive maximum value for their effort. For instance, instead of doing all your workouts on your treadmill, take a walk around your neighborhood. Different results will be achieved when the person runs on the sidewalk or up a hill. Variety helps your body use more muscles.

    Exercising outdoors adds a new element to your workout, and gives a workout that might otherwise be getting boring a new excitement. Find something interesting, such as taking a hike or playing volleyball. Along with you providing you with an excellent workout, you will feel refreshed. Being outside can lead to clear thinking and lower stress.

    Are you short on exercise time? Split up your exercise time into dual sessions. Try cutting your total work out time into half or thirds. If you cut your work out into half, do the first session early in the day and the second half in the evening. If you break your work out into 3 sessions, do the middle session near lunch time. With two smaller workouts, you also have the flexibility to do one in the gym and one outside or at home.

    TIP! Be sure you have a great pair of workout shoes before you start your exercises. Shoes that are specifically designed for the workouts you do will help lessen the risk of painful and frustrating injuries.

    Help out at the elementary school during physical education classes to show your kids that you are invested in fitness, and impress upon them that they should be, too. They may be encouraged to pursue fitness and become more involved.

    In order to reach optimal fitness, seek routines meant to tone your muscles and add flexibility. See if any classes are offered in your area.

    Clean each machine and piece of equipment in the gym before you use it. Keep in mind the germs that could be left by the last user. You go to the gym in order to get healthier, not sick!

    One tip for keeping with your fitness regimen is to join a fitness club and pay upfront for multiple months. This way, you’ll be more likely to use the gym because of how you’d feel if you don’t use something you have already paid for. However, you should only do this if you’re struggling to get yourself to workout.

    TIP! Always exhale after each repetition. This will allow the body to intake more air, which will help raise your energy levels.

    Instead of just jumping into a workout routine for your arms, take a moment to figure out what you want to accomplish. Lifting weights that are more heavy will help you to increase your muscle mass. This is because it’s more intense for your body. If your goal is just more defined arms, lift lighter weights, but do extra repetitions.

    Test any workout bench before using it. Press down on the bench to test out the padding. If you feel wood or metal, find another weight bench.

    Don’t spend more than one hour lifting weights. If you exercise with weights beyond an hour, you can damage your muscles. For maximum performance, keep your weight lifting sessions on the short side.

    Block off a few minutes daily in your schedule for exercise. Doing extra things like taking the stairs can help you burn extra calories.

    TIP! Try dive-bomb push-ups to add a little extra challenge to your workouts. When you are doing dive bomb push ups you will put your self on the floor and arch your back.

    Wear comfortable shoes that fit you well when exercising. Feet are normally a bit larger in the evenings, so that is the right time to purchase new shoes. Allow a half-inch of room between the end of your shoe and your large toe. Wiggling your toes should be easy.

    In the past, weight belts were routinely use. These days, they are reserved for extra-heavy duty lifting only. There are drawbacks to using a weight belt routinely. The lower back and abdominal muscles will not have to work as hard as they should, resulting in weaker muscles and a greater chance of injury.

    Making some personal fitness goals are the key to improving your health and feeling good. This can be a real challenge if it’s been a long time since you exercised, but a little help will help you a great deal. The tips here will increase your level of fitness and help you achieve all of your goals.

    Running, while beneficial, can harm your body over time. In order to prevent negative consequences, spend one out of every six weeks running half of what you usually do. This cutback gives you a chance to and recuperate and rest, so you can be ready to go the next week. Failure to do this can result in permanent injuries associated with running.

    TIP! Set your goals first and this will help determine the rate at which you strength train and how often you must hit the gym. If you want muscle mass, you should not have more than one strength training session a week.

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    (NaturalNews) As challenging as it might sometimes seem, shedding those excess pounds and keeping them off is not an impossible task. For many overweight and obese people, simply making a few basic dietary changes is enough to achieve dramatic weight loss results that will actually last for the long haul. Here are six simple steps you can take right now to achieve your weight loss goals without having to go crazy taking diet pills, eating packaged meals, and spending endless hours on the treadmill.

    1) Consume only good quality oils and fats. This one is huge, as there is quite a bit of misinformation out there about the role and importance of fats as part of a healthy diet. Contrary to popular belief, oils and fats are actually beneficial to health, and they do not necessarily cause people to become fat. But the kicker here is that only certain kinds of oils and fats are healthy — and they may not be the ones you think.

    Vegetable oils like canola, corn, and soy are often touted by so-called health experts as preferable to fats like butter, coconut oil, and even animal fat. But as it turns out, vegetable oils are among the worst types of oils you can consume, as they contain high levels of omega-6 fatty acids that trigger inflammation and spur weight gain. Sticking solely with truly healthy fats like extra virgin olive oil, organic and/or raw butter, ghee, avocado oil, coconut oil, hemp oil, grass-fed animal fat, and lard can help you achieve and maintain the healthy weight you have always desired.

    2) Stop eating processed foods. At the same time, you will also need to cut out all trans fats, hydrogenated oils, and processed foods in order for this to work, as each of these unhealthy foods directly contributes to weight gain. Included in the processed food category are things like fried chicken, cookies, crackers, chips, cereals, and bread products, all of which tend to negatively alter the body’s hormone response to food, and switch it into a mode where it stores food as fat rather than burns it as energy.

    3) Eat organic fruits and vegetables with every meal. Rather than continue gorging on all those starchy, carbohydrate-rich, processed foods, work on training your mind to choose things like organic spring salads, sliced cucumbers, or Granny Smith apples instead. Eating whole fruits and vegetables with every meal, preferably before eating meat and other protein-dense foods, will not only help boost your metabolism and speed up weight loss, but also help you maintain a healthy and regular intestinal flow, which is crucial for proper weight regulation.

    4) Avoid all forms of refined sugar. Because of its high glycemic index and quick metabolism, refined sugar is another major no-no when it comes to weight loss. This even includes things like sweetened yogurt, bottled juices, smoothies, and other foods commonly misconstrued as being healthy. If you are serious about losing weight and keeping it off, it is absolutely vital that you cut out as much refined sugar as possible, in all of its forms — barley malt syrup, brown rice syrup, high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS), molasses, and even some forms of natural cane juice are all included in the category of refined sugars.

    5) Substitute one meal a day with a superfood smoothie. The idea that consuming fewer calories will automatically cause a person to lose weight is not only greatly oversimplified, but also false, as calorie type, body composition, and time of calorie consumption all play a combined role in determining a person’s weight. At the same time, many people are still consuming way too much food, particularly in the form of simple carbohydrates and sugars, which are quickly digested and turned into fat.

    If overeating typifies your lifestyle, why not try substituting one meal a day with a protein-rich superfood smoothie instead- Since eating breakfast regularly has been shown to help promote healthy weight levels, whipping up a shake every morning with some fresh fruit, almond butter, and eggs, for instance, will give your body a solid macronutrient boost, which in turn will help you stay “fuller” longer, and cut those constant cravings for cheap calories.

    6) Cut out the wheat and excess carbohydrates. Another common cause of obesity for many people is wheat consumption, as most modern wheat varieties possess high-glycemic carbohydrates that tend to encourage the development of visceral fat, or fat that accumulates around body cavity organs such as the stomach, intestines, and liver. It is this visceral fat that confuses the body’s normal hormone production cycle, and leads to the production of even more fat. Cutting out wheat and other gluten-containing products, as well as excess carbohydrates, from your diet can make all the difference in helping you achieve your weight loss goals.

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    Get The Body You Want With These Muscle Development Tips!

    Posted January 8, 2013 By Mev Rodgers

    Building solid and strong muscle mass takes time and persistence, but may not take as long as many people fear. There is more to muscle building than simply physical exercise. It’s important to know how building muscle works so you will see results faster. Continue reading to learn some great ideas for building muscle.

    Short terms goals are important, but make sure they are realistic. Although you would like to squat several hundred pounds in only a month, this is just not possible, and you are likely to injure yourself. Once you know what your baseline is, try to beat it moderately each time you exercise. At times you may be able to achieve more than you think. This can help build motivation and lead you to never missing a workout.

    Stop working out right away if you begin to feel pain. There are very real limits to what your muscles and tendons can handle, and you should not push those limits in an attempt to build muscle faster. When you feel sore, take a day off to rest your body so that you can get back to full strength.

    TIP! One of the most important things you can do to aid in muscle building is to stretch after working out. If you’re under the age of 40, hold each stretch for thirty seconds or more.

    Working out your muscles has many great benefits to your overall life, even if you don’t like the idea of being bulky. You will be raising your self-esteem, improving your joints and overall strength, and your lungs will even get stronger if you add some light or medium cardio work to your exercise routine.

    Look closely at your body so you can realistically estimate what you will be able to do. This can help you create realistic goals for your routine. What are your composition and body weights?

    Take a creatine supplement. Creatine will help you build mass and get more energy for your workouts. Remain careful when taking supplement of any kind. You should ensure that you read and understand the directions, then follow them exactly so as not to overdose yourself.

    Avoid the temptation to use steroids to speed up your muscle development. Steroids have the unfortunate effect of making it difficult for the body to produce hormones naturally. Steroids cause damage to your liver, as well as lowering “good” cholesterol, and often causes men to develop some breast tissue. Steroids can have a negative effect on mood, as well as cause acne. This presents an undesirable picture.

    TIP! Make room in your regimen for plyometric exercises. Plyometric exercises target fast-twitch muscle tissue, encouraging faster muscle growth.

    Maximize the effectiveness of your biceps routine. If you can’t get the dumbbell or up past parallel, you will lose some of the effectiveness of the motion of a typical bicep curl. But, when it comes to bicep curls, the strongest part is the top half. Do your barbell curl sitting down to avoid losing the benefit of this exercise.

    Motivate yourself by setting goals that are short-term, and then rewarding yourself once you attain them. Motivation plays a key role in any long-term commitment. Your rewards can even be beneficial for further muscle gain. For example, you can obtain a massage; they improve blood flow, and will help you recover on your days off.

    You may have had some desire to grow your muscles prior to reading this. This article likely gave you the direction you needed to optimize your bodybuilding routine, however. Apply the tips in this article to assist you in reaching the goals you have for weight training.

    Do not attempt to build larger muscles while training for a marathon or doing other extreme cardio workouts. Getting a good cardio workout is essential, but it can diminish your efforts to gain muscle. If you want to build muscle, focus the bulk of your efforts of your strength-training regimen.

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    Top Weight Training Tips Anyone Can Use!

    Posted January 8, 2013 By Mev Rodgers

    Read this article if you are looking to build muscle. You can learn how to properly diet or how to properly workout. You should first identify your weak areas and then concentrate on building them to the level you desire.

    Free Weight Exercises

    When trying to gain muscle, eat healthy fats. They serve as a type of joint lubrication and increase the body’s testosterone. This can increase the speed with which you gain muscle. The key is to steer clear of saturated fats, because they are not good for your heart.

    TIP! Resist the urge to work out at warp speed. Performing each exercise more slowly can better your results, even if it means using less weight to do so.

    Include free weights, weight machine exercises, core building exercises and some cardiovascular programs for optimal bodybuilding. In general, free weight exercises provide the very best muscle-building results. If you’re new to weight lifting, however, you should try the machines first so that you don’t hurt yourself. As a beginner, you should include several free weight exercises in your routine so that you can avoid becoming overly dependent on the machines.

    Building muscle cannot happen if you’re not getting a good amount of protein. A simple way to make sure you consume the proper amount of protein is to drink protein shakes and consume other protein supplements. These supplements are most effective before or after a workout, as well as before bed. You should only drink one shake per day if you’re trying to lose weight. In order to bulk up your muscles as well strengthening them, you could consume as many as 3 per day.

    Building muscles requires an increase of food to fuel your body and feed your muscles. You would want to consume the required food in order to gain an average of one pound per week. Consider the ways you might increase your calories and protein intake, then reconsider your approach if you don’t put on any weight in 14 days.

    You should cease your workout immediately if you experience pain. Since muscles, ligaments and tendons are fragile tissues, you shouldn’t push them to the extreme just to gain added muscle. If you are sore, allow yourself a day off so that your body can return to complete strength.

    TIP! The first step is to make sure you know your body’s limits. This can help you create realistic goals for your routine.

    Be mindful of your diet and consumption when attempting to build muscle. Since muscles are seventy percent water, it is very crucial you stay properly hydrated. Additionally, keep alcohol consumption to a reasonable level, because an excess can cause dehydration and a break-down of muscle tissue.

    Vary your workout routine from week to week. Doing the same exercises each day can get static and dull so switch up your routine to keep it interesting. Make it a little difference by switching the exercise that you do each time that you head to the gym. By adjusting your workouts, you keep them interesting and you will stay engaged.

    Use proper form at all times. Improper form can be counterproductive. If you injure yourself your fitness goals become more elusive. When adding new exercises to your routine, do it directly in front of your mirror at first to ensure proper form.

    Muscle building isn’t always about getting ripped. Many routines will tone your muscles without bulking up. For those who want to build large muscles, consider a supplement as part of your regimen.

    TIP! Consider adding in a protein shake about thirty minutes before your weight lifting workout begins. That way, you will be able to provide your muscles with needed energy for the intense workout, but not make yourself feel too full.

    You can cheat a little as you lift. Using the leverage of your body weight to squeeze out a few more reps is an easy way to increase your workout results. But, it is important to keep cheating to a minimum. Maintain a rep speed that is controlled. Keep in mind that if you compromise your form, you will run the risk of injury.

    Look into obtaining a creatine supplement as part of your bodybuilding plan. These assist you in training harder and for a longer period of time, when used in conjunction with a diet full of carbs and proteins. Discuss this supplement, and any others you wish to use, with your doctor to determine if they are right for your situation.

    Don’t be tempted to use steroids. Steroids have been proven to interrupt the body’s synthesis of natural hormones. Additionally, steroids can hurt your liver and reduce cholesterol. It may even contribute to gynocomastia. Steroids negatively impact people’s moods, an effect that has been termed “roid rage,” and may promote acne outbreaks. So there really isn’t much that is good about them after all, right?

    When you are muscle-building, it is essential to eat well. Rebuilding muscle fibers involves consuming the proper amounts of certain nutrients. Research has shown that one of the reasons protein drinks work well when consumed after a workout is that they help rebuild muscle fibers.

    TIP! Compound exercises are essential to achieving optimal muscle growth. These exercises use several muscle groups in one lift.

    Carbohydrates are needed to see success in bodybuilding. You need carbohydrates to give your body the energy required for working out. People who engage in intensive daily workouts should eat 2 to 3 grams of carbohydrates per pound of weight. For example, if you weight 180 pounds, you need to eat 360 to 540 grams of carbohydrates a day.

    Make sure you keep your cardio workout going. It may seem as if cardio exercise doesn’t go along with muscle building, but they are vital to the health of the heart. Doing three moderate 20-minute cardio sessions a week is probably sufficient to maintain heart health without interfering with the growth of your muscles.

    As you have seen, there are a number of different techniques that can build muscles. Apply what you have learned in this article. Pick the ones that work best for you in achieving your goals. Don’t be afraid to try new combinations so that you can add the exercises that are right for your needs.

    When you want to add muscle mass to your frame, make sure you are getting enough protein. Protein is a chief building block of muscle, and consuming not enough of it may cause you to have less muscles, which kills the reason of trying to bulk up. You might need to eat over 100 grams of protein per day depending on your weight.

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    Tone Your Tummy And All Your Body

    Posted January 8, 2013 By Mev Rodgers

    Above all else, building muscle is a process that occurs slowly, over time. This is something that requires hard work and dedication in order to achieve your goals. Learn how to approach the process of proper muscle building with the helpful advice of the following article. Use this expert advice to improve your own muscle development efforts.

    As you start developing your muscles, you will find some groups grow faster than others. A fill set can target problem groups. This is an abbreviated set (only 25-30 reps) of an exercise to work the deficient muscle group. This set is performed once two to three days have passed since the group was previously exercised.

    If you are new to muscle building, make sure that you get your form right before intensifying your workout. You can always increase the amount of weight you are using, but incorrect form can lead to a lot of problems later on. The result will be an increase in injury, which will never help you to accomplish your long term goals.

    TIP! On the last set of exercises for building muscle, train to failure. If you’re not getting to that point, you will most likely not trigger the processes that encourage muscle growth.

    Don’t attempt to build muscles when you are preparing for a marathon or tackling other extreme cardio workouts. While doing cardio is great for fitness, too much of it may negate your attempts to build muscle through strength training. If adding muscle is your primary goal, focus on strength training and reduce the amount of cardio your perform.

    Your muscles need certain things in order to grow and carbohydrates are one of these things. Carbohydrates serve as the energy source the body needs to complete workouts. A good formula for your carb consumption is to eat two or three grams per every pound of your weight.

    When your exercise routine incorporates muscle development, you should remove alcohol from your life. You can go ahead and indulge in an occasional glass of wine from time to time, but not in excess. Alcohol deters your progress in a number of ways and has no place in a healthy diet.

    Don’t bother lifting for more than an hour at a time. Your body starts producing excess cortisol, the stress hormone, after 60 minutes of a workout session. The cortisol can block testosterone and waste the efforts you are putting toward your muscle building. Restricting workouts to 60 minutes or less helps you get more out of each workout.

    TIP! There’s a better way to do your bicep curls. When some people do a bicep curl, they do not get all the benefits they can.

    Building muscle should not mean that you eliminate all fats from your diet. Your muscles cannot grow without the right good fats. If your diet does not contain enough of these fats, then you will not get the muscle growth you are aiming for. Additionally, there is a relation between levels of fat and testosterone.

    Remember to do your stretches before you begin exercising. Stretching makes all the difference to a workout, as it can help to prevent injuries and reduce pain after the workout. Regular massages can also be useful for helping you to relax and encourage muscle recovery, which is part of building strong muscles.

    If you are looking to gain muscle, you will need to eat a lot more. Shoot for enough calories in your daily diet to gain a pound per week. Seek out ways to get more calories, and if you should not see any weight gain after two weeks, think about consuming more calories.

    Know your limits, and push yourself in an exercise to the point at which you hit that limit. Once your are more able to recognize the limits of your muscles, try to work them to exhaustion. You can then begin using heavier weights and doing less repetitions to increase muscle size.

    TIP! You must make sure that your overall daily calorie consumption is adequate. There are a number of online calculators that you can use to determine caloric needs dependent on your goals.

    Document your body fat loss while you are building your muscles. Scale weight can be deceptive, since you might be getting rid of fat while putting on muscle. In fact, tracking your weight may make you become discouraged since your weight may be increasing as you build muscle.

    Now, you will have a bevy of information to use to start building muscle. Now you should be able to get the most from your workouts. Remain dedicated on your goals, and eventually, you’ll notice incredible results.

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    (NaturalNews) In an effort to help parents “take the guesswork out of when to worry” about their children and rush them in for screening and treatment, researchers are ready to tell you that your tantrum-throwing kid is mentally ill.

    To “characterize the emergence of mental health problems” and “chart the progression from normal to abnormal” behavior, a National Institute of Mental Health sponsored study offers the following pathetically weak statistics.

    These stats are intended to suggest that your child may be developing a mental disorder. I couldn’t help but insert my own commentary in italics after each one.

    …with an adult who was not their parent, such as a babysitter or teacher (36 percent of tantrum-throwing children)

    Really- More than one third of tantrum-throwing kids do this and you are calling it abnormal- Sounds pretty desperate.

    …during which they broke or destroyed things (28 percent)

    I remember becoming so angry once when I was five that I punched a window and it shattered. After my mother checked to see if I was OK, she informed me that I would be paying for the window by doing chores around the house. Took me a month to pay it off. I never punched a window again.

    I guess these old school solutions won’t do anymore. Better to take your kid off to a psychiatrist for meds. He might have a window punching disorder.

    …”out of the blue,” or for which parents could not discern a reason (26 percent)

    Yeah, parents failing to understand why a child is upset means the child has a mental disorder. This is just sick.

    …that lasted an unusually long time (26 percent)

    Vague. Come on, guys. 15 seconds is a long time to deal with a screeching child.

    …during which they hit, bit, or kicked someone else (24 percent).

    Seriously- Children hitting, kicking and biting can be considered a mental disorder- I remember our twins, now 12, used to bite each other like a couple of puppies. Now, they are happy, well-adjusted, straight A students. We dealt with the biting by intervening as best we could. They grew out of it.

    By the way, kids naturally grow out of things, even without psychiatric intervention. Imagine that!

    “Our goal was to provide a standard method that would take the guesswork out of ‘when to worry’ about young children’s behavior and to provide a more developmentally sensitive way of characterizing the emergence of mental health problems, moving away from traditional approaches emphasizing extreme clinical distinctions to a dimensional approach that charts a progression from normal to abnormal,” said Lauren Wakschlag, one of the principals in the study.

    Yes, they want to ensure you watch your child progress from normal to abnormal. The problem is, they have clearly labeled normal behavior as abnormal.

    Maybe it’s you, the parent

    In 20 years as a coach and counselor, I’d say only 5% of parents come in and present the following:

    My child is misbehaving and I am concerned that I may not be adequately meeting his needs, so I’d like to discuss how I might become a better parent.

    95% of parents present something like:

    Here’s my kid – please fix him. When should I come back-

    Sorry, this is not an automobile repair shop. You can’t drop your kids off for a tune up while you head over to Starbucks. I always required my parents to be the center of their children’s counseling process.

    Maybe its just life

    Think for a moment about something that the vast majority of mental health professionals do not understand.

    From the womb onward, life is a series of challenges. In the womb, we experience warmth and security and oneness. The universe is us and we are the universe. Fetuses are true (and innocent) megalomaniacs.

    From there on, separation and loss is the name of the game. We separate from the womb. We lose our inherent sense of oneness by learning that others and the world exist apart from us. We lose instant gratification when we don’t get fed right when we are hungry, or get what we want when we want it. We lose control – other people tell us when to eat, sleep and even when and where to poop. Lines are drawn. Punishments are given for crossing them.

    Ultimately, we separate from our families, fantasies, some of our dreams, and eventually, our own lives. Life is tough.

    This is all normal, though. It is just life.

    So are childhood tantrums. In fact, they make perfect sense, all things considered. As parents, let’s help children through the tough spots, no matter how tough they are. It is part of life. Psychiatric drugs do not need to be.

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    (NaturalNews) Through a technique known as “neurofeedback,” people can learn to train their own brain activity in order to produce concrete health benefits – often better than more invasive interventions.

    In one recent study, researchers from University College London used neurofeedback to improve healthy patients’ vision, suggesting that the technique might some day be helpful in correcting abnormal brain activity such as that caused by strokes.

    “We’ve shown that we can train people to manipulate their own brain activity and improve their visual sensitivity, without surgery and without drugs,” said lead author Frank Scharnowski, who now works at the University of Geneva.

    The researchers used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to project non-invasive, real-time images of brain activity onto a screen in front of study participants. The participants were instructed to imagine images and observe how their brains responded. They underwent a training process in which they made a concerted effort to increase activity in the brain’s visual cortex, watching the screen to receive ongoing feedback about their progress.

    When training was completed, all participants underwent a test of visual perception in which they were asked to detect very subtle changes in image contrast. The participants were then asked to attend the task again, this time while making an effort to stimulate the visual cortex as they had learned to do during the training phase. The researchers found that when participants made this effort, they exhibited significantly higher visual sensitivity.

    “The next step is to test this approach in the clinic to see whether we can offer any benefit to patients, for example to stroke patients who may have problems with perception, even though there is no damage to their vision,” Scharnowski said.

    The study was published in the Journal of Neuroscience and funded by the Wellcome Trust, the Swiss National Science Foundation and the European Union.

    Clinical benefit

    Prior studies have shown that people can use neurofeedback to improve various cognitive functions, such as reaction time, emotional responses and even musical performance. These benefits were observed even when the only feedback available to participants were recordings of brain activity viewed after the fact, rather than the real-time images used in the University College study.

    Another recent study published in the journal Biofeedback, also delivered real time feedback to participants, this time using quantitative electroencephalography (QEEG) to produce images of brain electrical activity. In 11 separate cases, researchers trained children who suffered from bed wetting behavior to normalize activity in the mid-occipital region of the brain. This is because while most individuals showed little or no activity in that region, children who suffered from bed wetting (aneurysm) showed low-frequency activity there. The neurofeedback training consisted of a total of five to seven 20-minute sessions. Sessions were attended twice a week.

    In all 11 cases, neurofeedback training led to a cessation of bed wetting, with no recurrence for 12 months at the time of publication.

    The findings are particularly promising since bed wetting almost never corrects itself without intervention, but current intervention techniques are of notoriously limited effectiveness.



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    (NaturalNews) I want to take a moment out of our hectic investigative journalism schedule to recognize three non-GMO, organic health food companies that deserve top recognition in the new year.

    These brands not only provide some of the very best non-GMO organic grocery foods available today; they’re also engaged in activism for important causes such as GMO labeling.

    Each of these three brands wins the “Editor’s Choice Award” from Natural News for their organic foods activism, their avoidance of dangerous ingredients (such as MSG), and their dedication to providing high-quality, reasonably-priced foods for health-conscious consumers everywhere.

    You might not have heard of this brand because it’s not in all the mainstream stores, but this company is winning the hearts and minds of people everywhere with its amazing dedication to producing MSG-free snack chips that are incredibly delicious and USDA organic (meaning they don’t use GM corn).

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    Late July is proud to be an independent, family owned company dedicated to making delicious organic, NON-GMO snacks! It’s our mission is to ensure that future generations of families always have access to delicious food free from GMOs, toxic persistent pesticides and antibiotics. Founded in 2003 by Nicole Bernard Dawes & her late father Steve Bernard, we’re excited to be celebrating our 10th anniversary in 2013!

    I have personally tried numerous products from the Late July product line and found them all to be nothing short of remarkable in their taste and recipes. It’s incredibly exciting to see the company doing well in the marketplace, and I want to help support them to grow even larger.

    Try their Mild Green Mojo snack chips for an organic taste explosion that completely avoids MSG and yeast extract. Their Sweet Potato snack chips are incredibly delicious (and almost addicting). They also offer wholesome crackers and cookies of various flavors.

    Late July was a big supporter of Prop 37, and the company is run by a health-conscious mom in Cape Cod, Mass.

    Watch a video about Late July here:

    Where to get Late July products

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    There are a lot of cereal companies offering healthy-sounding cereals today, but none of them stand up to the scrutiny of Nature’s Path. For example, did you know that Barbara’s Bakery cereals are NOT organic- This means they could be using genetically modified corn in their popular cereals like Puffins. But Nature’s Path avoids GMOs across the board. All of Nature’s Path cereals are USDA organic — the entire product line! So you can buy Nature’s Path with confidence that you don’t even need to check the ingredients label.

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    I am now buying Nature’s Path cereals almost exclusively. I’ve dropped all non-organic cereals completely, and I’m recommending the same to others due to the risk of consuming hidden GM corn in other brands of cereal. If you want truly non-GMO cereal from a trusted, celebrated and high-ethics company, choose Nature’s Path.

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    Amy’s labels their products with words like “No added MSG” and “No bioengineered ingredients.” They are achieving huge awareness success among health-conscious consumers.

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    Just for the record, I want to be clear that I strongly encourage Natural News readers to grow your own food as much as you can. Fresh, living food right out of your garden is always superior to packaged food. But growing all our own food is just not practical for most people living today, either due to time restrictions or a lack of actual yard space (or suitable climate).

    That’s why packaged food remains the next best option, and when you’re shopping for packaged food, you can’t do better than companies like Late July, Nature’s Path and Amy’s Kitchen. In my view, these companies represent the best of the best that you’ll find anywhere today. This is vastly superior food, made with organic, authentic ingredients rather than the typical synthetic chemical additives you’ll find in conventional food.

    Bottom line- If you can, grow as much of your own food as possible. After that, buy fresh from local farmers markets and food cooperatives. Buy organic fresh produce at the grocery store, too. And when it comes to healthful packaged foods, reach for these brands: Late July, Nature’s Path and Amy’s Kitchen.

    You can get them all at Green PolkaDot Box or your local health food retailer.

    About the author: Mike Adams is an award-winning journalist and holistic nutritionist with a passion for sharing empowering information to help improve personal and planetary health He has authored more than 1,800 articles and dozens of reports, guides and interviews on natural health topics, and he has published numerous courses on preparedness and survival, including financial preparedness, emergency food supplies, urban survival and tactical self-defense. Adams is a trusted, independent journalist who receives no money or promotional fees whatsoever to write about other companies’ products. In 2010, Adams created TV.NaturalNews.com, a natural living video sharing site featuring thousands of user videos on foods, fitness, green living and more. He also launched an online retailer of environmentally-friendly products (BetterLifeGoods.com) and uses a portion of its profits to help fund non-profit endeavors. He’s also the founder of a well known HTML email software company whose ‘Email Marketing Director’ software currently runs the NaturalNews subscription database. Adams volunteers his time to serve as the executive director of the Consumer Wellness Center, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, and regularly pursues cycling, nature photography, Capoeira and Pilates. Known by his callsign, the ‘Health Ranger,’ Adams posts his missions statements, health statistics and health photos at www.HealthRanger.org

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    Gluten intolerance can cause additional food allergies

    Posted January 3, 2013 By Mev Rodgers

    (NaturalNews) Many people with a gluten intolerance or allergy are baffled when they adopt a gluten-free lifestyle and still experience symptoms of food allergies, symptoms that may have initially gone away once gluten was out of their diet. Sometimes people attribute these feelings of upset stomach, headache, or other symptoms to accidentally consuming small amounts of gluten. Perhaps they had food allergy tests done previously and gave up anything they were allergic to or discovered that gluten was the only thing that their body did not like. The possibility of developing a new allergy to something their body previously tolerated does not occur to them. What people do not realize is that a gluten intolerance can actually lead to new food allergies later in life.Eating gluten before people realize they are allergic can lead to a condition called leaky gut syndrome. The intestinal wall has several important jobs, including keeping undesirable food particles out of the bloodstream and identifying whether an approaching molecule is a friend or foe. Immune system cells along the intestines distinguish beneficial molecules like food particles or bacteria from unwanted bacteria or molecules that irritate the immune system. An unhealthy gut wall allows molecules that should not cross into the bloodstream to leak through. Intestines in a poor state of health may also be unable to tolerate substances like food proteins that it previously recognized as beneficial molecules. A compromised gut may identify food particles as an unwelcome invader and initiate an immune response, thus causing an allergic reaction that had not occurred when the intestines were healthy.People whose bodies cannot tolerate gluten experience an inflammatory response when they consume the protein. Chronic stress causes a breakdown in the lining of the intestines, leading to holes in the walls of the intestine that let substances leak through that should be kept out. Antibiotics can contribute to leaky gut syndrome by killing off the helpful bacteria in the gut, thereby allowing bad bacteria to grow in place of the good stuff.A gluten intolerance frequently results in various delayed food allergies thanks to a leaky gut. The premature crossing of food antigens into the bloodstream eventually leads to an overexposure of the antigens. The immune system then reacts to these food antigens whereas it tolerated them before. Someone may eat a food and then later experience symptoms that they do not connect to the trigger food because the reaction is delayed and eating the food had never been an issue.

    Immediate allergies are easier to spot because symptoms occur quickly. Delayed allergies may cause symptoms that occur days or even hours later, thus compounding the problem of identifying the new food a person’s body may suddenly be unable to tolerate. Eliminating gluten and dairy from the diet can help the intestinal wall to heal, but the new food allergies will not always go away. However, it is possible that some allergies can be overcome by healing the gut.

    People who suspect new food allergies have two basic choices. New allergy tests can reveal what foods are now problematic. Multiple pathway food allergy testing is useful in recognizing delayed food allergy triggers.

    Another option is to try an elimination diet. A person removes all foods from their diet that could be a problem and remains on this completely suspect-food-free diet until all symptoms disappear. One suspect food at a time is reintroduced to the diet until the one or ones causing the symptoms is identified.

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    Recent findings reveal green tea treats acne

    Posted December 31, 2012 By Mev Rodgers

    (NaturalNews) Recently, two studies were performed to measure the potential of green tea in acne treatment and the results give hope for those looking for an alternative. The findings of these recent studies show that when applied to the affected area, green tea can reduce sebum production, inflammation and bacterial growth in acne-prone skin, as a result of an antioxidant called epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG).The more recent of the studies appeared in the December 2012 issue of the Journal of Investigative Dermatology and showed that green tea helps to reduce sebum production. In the first part of this two part study, the South Korean researchers applied cream containing EGCG to rabbit ears and discovered that it reduced the size of sebaceous glands.

    The second part of the test was conducted in vitro (petri dish) and involved the incubation of human sebocytes (cells that produce sebum) in insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1) hormone. Several similar studies have also shown that IGF-1 increases sebocyte growth and is also one of the hormones linked to acne and oily skin. (http://www.acneeinstein.com/hormonal-acne/)

    Researchers in stage two of the test added EGCG to the mix and subsequently found that IGF-1 induced cell growth and sebum production was significantly decreased, which means the properties of EGCG are ideal for the treatment of acne. Further findings showed that an additional property of EGCG was its tendency to suppress pro-inflammatory cytokines which cause systematic inflammation. Cytokines are signaling molecules in the immune system to communicate.

    The second study was also conducted in South Korea, and was published in the October 2012 issue of the Journal of Investigative Dermatology. More intriguing than the first study due to the fact that it was carried out on human subjects and therefore showed tangible effects. In this second study using human subjects, EGCG was found to be a viable and safe treatment for dealing with the three primary causes of acne: P. Acnes bacteria, sebum production and inflammation.

    During the second part of the of the test, participants took part in a split-face, randomized clinical trial of EGCG cream and each participant was asked by researchers to apply two creams, one to the left side and one to the right side of the face. While one cream contained EGCG, the other cream was simply a placebo containing no active ingredients. During the test, participants were kept in the dark as to which cream was the ‘real deal.’ The results showed significant reduction in acne from the EGCG cream. Similarly, earlier studies on human subjects have shown that green tea extract creams do cause a noticeable reduction in sebum production.

    Now that we have the results, let’s look at the bigger picture here. Studies have shown acne-prone skin to be excessively sensitive to androgen hormones, and this causes an abnormally high production of sebum and skin cell growth.

    The other significant cause of acne, as shown by bleeding edge research is inflammatory damage to sebum, which seems to trigger the acne formation process.

    These studies show that green tea can tackle both. The effect of androgens can be markedly reduced through the use of green tea because EGCG blocks the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT) in the skin. Furthermore, EGCG has anti-inflammatory properties and as such serves as an excellent protection against inflammation caused by factors such as UV rays or air pollution. This is undoubtedly good news for men with acne, as recent research shows that women value healthy skin more than muscles. (http://www.cupidslibrary.com/blog/skin-more-important-than-muscles)

    In conclusion, there is no doubt that green tea will quickly become one of the most sought after treatments for acne, because of its amazing properties and sheer effectiveness at fighting acne.

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    (NaturalNews) It’s no secret that a healthy nervous system is important for well-being and longevity. The spinal nerves are responsible for controlling most of the muscles in your torso, arms, and legs, along with bowel, bladder, and reproductive functions. The cranial nerves reside mostly in the head region and control much of what goes on in the face and neck, but the tenth cranial nerve goes way beyond. The Vagus nerve influences your body and brain more than most people realize.The Vagus nerve is responsible for speech, swallowing, keeping the larynx open for breathing, slowing heart rate, monitoring and initiating digestive processes, and modulating inflammation, among other actions. It arises from the medulla in the brain and passes through the skull down within the chest cavity where it branches off in multiple directions to innervate organs and muscles. 80 to 90 percent of the nerve fibers are devoted to sending information from the organs/gut back to the brain. The Vagus nerve is the main line of communication between the brain and the energy-producing digestive tract. It also relays information to the brain from what is known as the Enteric Nervous System (ENS). The ENS is our “second brain” controlling the digestive process; it is made up of over 500 million neurons that surround the digestive tract. It is called a second brain because it can function independently from the brain if the Vagus nerve is severed. Research into the Vagus nerve and its effects on the body and brain have revealed good reasons to keep it stimulated.The Vagus nerve is an activator of the parasympathetic nervous system (PNS). The PNS is responsible for relaxation, slowed heart rate, digestion, sleep, and general well-being by the release of acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter that acts as a messenger. Furthermore, Vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) has been found to activate anti-inflammatory pathways that work in the digestive tract. Another recent study found VNS to be a possible treatment for chronic depression in people that didn’t respond to any other treatments. It is not entirely understood how VNS affects the brain in such a profound manner but it may be due to the inhibition of certain aberrant pathways. A secondary effect of VNS was weight loss due to the “feeling of fullness” caused by activation of the Vagus nerve, the same that is felt after consuming a large meal. Research is now moving forward into possible applications in the treatment of anxiety disorders, Alzheimer’s disease, and fibromyalgia.VNS is commonly performed as a surgical procedure to install a pacemaker-like device that continuously stimulates the nerve. Although effective, it carries many risks and there are easier ways you can stimulate the Vagus nerve without surgery. VNS can be achieved by performing a vagal maneuver; the same given to people with a fast heartbeat or blood pressure issues. These maneuvers include holding your breath, placing a cold, wet washcloth over your face, or tensing your abdomen as if you were going to get punched in the stomach. Taking deep, long breaths using your diaphragm to expand your belly is one of the best ways to achieve VNS while simultaneously oxygenating your blood. When hungry, performing these maneuvers may help you resist those high-calorie holiday snacks in the brake room.



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    Freshen Up Your Weight Loss Routine With These Tips

    Posted December 25, 2012 By Mev Rodgers

    There plenty of products out there that promise simple weight loss. However, no one ever says that you should also visit your doctor. They want to make fast money off of you, you should see your doctor first.

    Think about eating more avocados. Although they do contain a lot of fat, it is unsaturated fat, which is healthy. The richness they offer makes for a very satisfying experience for anyone steering clear of other types of fat. You can for instance make some veggie tacos: replace the meat with some avocado for a healthy and delicious meal.

    Make sure you are getting enough water to help contribute to a healthy diet. Most people need to drink around eight glasses of water a day to keep themselves hydrated. When things heat up, increase your water intake accordingly. Drinking lots of water aids in digestion while also making you feel full, and that helps to avoid overeating.

    TIP! Get enough sleep. Try to get at least eight hours of sleep per night.

    Use the number ONE as a guide. If you follow the rule of allowing yourself one treat each day, it will make you feel motivated, and it will help you feel less deprived. Keeping your taste for something sweet satisfied is easily done with just one snack size candy bar or one small cookie.

    A good way to start losing weight is to start drinking coffee. Many people drink coffee; however, most people do not realize the benefits of coffee. Coffee not only gives energy, but also boosts metabolism.

    Instead of using regular salad dressings and dips, switch to fat free options. Easy substitutions like this can remove significant calories from you diet.

    TIP! One key way to lose weight is find an activity or hobby and stick to it. Doing so will increase the total number of calories you burn during the way, which means you can eat more without gaining weight.

    Try not miss any meals. Aim to eat at least three meals every day. Snacking is fine in moderation. A great way to snack is to carefully make up portions of your favorite healthy snacks to ensure that you won’t over-eat. Your body works best on a regular eating schedule.

    Remove milk or anything in your diet made with milk and see if that results in any changes to your weight. Some people may have lactose intolerance or mild milk allergies without knowing the cause. In many cases, people will experience an increase in weight or bloating without realizing that milk is the culprit.

    If you are going out and are offered salad or soup you should get the clear soup, but if the soup seems really creamy or thick you should go with the salad. These simple before meal choices will help you to eat less and, perhaps, take home some leftovers from your entree.

    TIP! A pedometer can keep track of your walking when you are losing weight. Every day, you should be taking at least 10,000 steps.

    See a physician to increase your effectiveness at losing weight. This will ensure that you are healthy enough to diet and rule out potential problems. In addition, you can save some money because you won’t be wasting it on things that won’t work. Instead, your money can be spent on things that will.

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    Angeles Burke: No-Fail Holiday Anywhere Workouts

    Posted December 25, 2012 By Mev Rodgers

    The holidays can become a stressful time. Whenever we become stressed and overwhelmed, the easiest thing to do is place our health and fitness on the backburner. While getting to the gym may not be an option for you during the holiday months, it does not mean that you cannot get in a great workout using your body weight and a few seasonal props. Try some of my no-fail holiday lower body workouts listed below to get your holiday chores done while staying fit!

    1. Present Stacking Pop Squats

    Continue the workout into Christmas Day! Volunteer to pass presents around during the holiday swap. As you’re passing holiday cheer throughout the room, sneak a quick workout in to tone quads and hamstrings.

    a. Start with feet directly underneath you, legs slightly bent.

    b. Jump up and land in a squat position, dropping glutes low and back, keeping knees open. Try not to let them buckle inward.

    c. Jump back into starting position standing up with legs underneath you.

    Modification: Step out into squat position and step into standing position instead of jumping. Hold gifts in your arms or overhead for an added challenge.

    2. Christmas Eve Couch Step Ups

    Before friends and family arrive, use your couch or a chair to work out your legs and get ready for the feast ahead.

    a. Start with your right leg on chair. Keep your knee behind your toes. Arms are relaxed and down by your side.

    b. With your chest up and back straight, drive through your right heel and lift your left leg off of the ground.

    c. Hold at the top for one second.

    d. You can add a glute kick back (extending the leg back and squeezing your glutes) with your left leg at the top.

    e. Relax and control your body on the way down. Try to move as fast as possible while keeping your balance, barely touch the ground. Then explode back up to the top. Since you are working on one foot, your legs are working hard to stabilize your body.

    Modification: Place your hand on the wall to help with stability. Hold small presents by your side for added resistance.

    3. Holiday Cooking Lunges

    Who says cooking for the holidays has to be dreaded work- Make it fun and get a great workout as you only allow yourself to lunge across the kitchen while cooking and baking: No walking allowed! Grab ingredients as you need them, making this workout more intense and earning that holiday pie for dessert.

    a. Start with your right leg forward, left leg back in a lunge stance.

    b. Keep your front knee behind your toes and the majority of your weight on the front heel.

    c. Push off the ground with your front heel and step your left leg forward past the right.

    d. Keep your chest up, back is nice and tall. This is great for stability as well.

    Modification: Bring legs together to gain stability before moving into next lunge. The deeper the lunge and the straighter you back leg, the more challenging it will become.

    I hope that you give these lower body workout tips a try so that you can make the most out of your holidays. Now you have no excuse, since these workouts can be done anywhere in the comfort of your home. Get a family member to join you in these fun exercises so that you can motivate one another and challenge yourselves to see who completes the most repetitions. Stay healthy this holiday seasons, take care of your body and stay fit. You will be happy you did once it is time to wear your shorts in the spring.

    Angeles Burke is an American Fitness and Aerobics Association (A.F.A.A.) certified group fitness instructor and national level National Physique Committee (NPC) bikini competitor training with IFBB Pro Shannon Dey’s Team Bombshell. Angeles is a Celsius sponsored athlete with a master’s degree in Communication Studies. She can be found at: http://www.celsius.com/live-healthy/angeles-burke and http://angelesburke.wordpress.com/.

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    Follow These Tips To Help Reach Your Fitness Goals

    Posted December 23, 2012 By Mev Rodgers

    Some people find that adopting a fitness routine is second nature, whereas others will struggle to stay motivated; both types are capable of succeeding. No matter which group you fall into, you can learn some great fitness tips when you read the article below.

    If you are going for a prolonged workout of over thirty minutes, make sure you keep hydrated. You should begin the hydration process one hour before you begin exercising, and should continue one hour after exercising.

    You should check the padding thickness on your workout bench by pressing down on the cushioning. If the wood is easily felt below the padding, you need to choose a different machine. Working out on a machine with insufficient padding can lead to bruising because it is failing to provide adequate support during your workout.

    Many people need to feel and see results before they keep their motivation. Rather than weighing yourself constantly, try using tight-fitting clothes to help provide motivation. Try these garments on every week as you progress through your program in order to determine your progress.

    TIP! If you want to stay comfortable buy some shoes that fit and feel good. Shop for exercise shoes at night because your feet stretch during the day and will be at their largest when the sun goes down.

    When you first design your fitness plan, make it something you can see yourself doing every day for the rest of your life. Making exercise a priority is as important as writing down the goals you wish to achieve in your fitness program.

    No matter what kind of fitness program you choose, stretching is always important. Make sure you properly stretch yourself beforehand and when you are done exercising. Failing to do the right types of stretching can increase your risk of injuries. Stretching is essential, both before and after working out. It helps your muscles warm up and cool down.

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    Consider the benefits of yogurt to health and fitness. Yogurt is good for your health in many ways, including improving your digestive system. If you want to eat a high-calcium, high-protein food, look no further than yogurt. Studies have shown that those who consume dairy regularly tend to be healthier, so get dairy products into your diet.

    TIP! Are you short on time and think you cannot fit in a workout? Split up your workout. Try cutting your total work out time into half or thirds.

    A good investment in your physical health is to seek the help of a fitness trainer to help you improve your fitness level. A personal trainer can provide you with professional knowledge that they can share with you. In addition, they can help motivate you to stick through your difficult workouts. Although a personal trainer may not be for everyone, he or she can have a big influence.

    While many people focus on the exercise routine being the most important part of a fitness plan, stretching can be equally as important. Pre-workout stretching makes muscles looser and prepares them for the upcoming workout. This helps to reduce strains and potential muscle tears.

    Include fitness in your life every day. If your schedule is full of activities, but none of them incorporate fitness, then you are passing up many opportunities to get in better shape. Consider doing some sort of physical activity during any down time you may have.

    Prior to beginning a tough workout regimen, it may be wise to visit your doctor for a check up. Your doctor will know if exercising is right for you and which ones are best for you. Even if you’re generally healthy, you can still get some great input by visiting with a professional.

    TIP! A friend can be a great motivator when it comes to running. Running with a companion makes the exercise much more enjoyable.

    Dedicate some time out of your day to exercise. Just a simple action, like climbing your office building stairs every morning, can improve your health tremendously.

    Before beginning an exercise program, visit your doctor for a complete physical exam. This will ensure that you are not compromising your health and that you will maximize the benefits. If you have any previous health problems, or you smoke, it is extremely important that you do this.

    As you can see, no matter what your fitness style, there are strategies that can help you achieve your goals. Learn each and every tip and find a way to fit it into your daily fitness routine. If you make the time to get fit, you will have lasting benefits and a longer lifespan.

    Try to note take or keep a diary of all of the workouts that you complete. A journal can help you see your accomplishments and keep you accountable. Treat your fitness as something that your life will depend on.

    TIP! Everyone should strive for a balanced diet and exercise program to achieve their fitness goals. Eating a balanced diet helps you live a healthy lifestyle, no matter what your weight is.

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