Monday, February 21, 2011

Seasonal Allergies

Allergies are the inflammations that result from the sensitivity to allergens. They occur when the immune system reacts to a particular allergen. Many people suffer from allergies and there are also many types of allergies as well as difference in the severity of the reaction.. Seasonal allergies are the most common and are the result of certain trees, plants, or pollens that become air born at certain times of the year. Other people may experience allergies to particular foods or animals as well.

Symptoms of allergies vary by person and are classified by degree of severity, such as mild, moderate, and severe reactions. While there is no cure for allergies, there are treatments available both over the counter and by prescription . Most people experience only mild symptoms including watery eyes, itchy skin, a runny nose, coughing, and possibly hives. These types of allergies can be controlled by the use of antihistamines. Staying inside during these times can keep allergies at bay. An allergy shot may also help.

Food allergies can be more difficult to deal with. Peanuts, milk, and eggs are the most common. Many schools have gone so far as to ban peanuts and peanut products all together. Some of the symptoms of food allergies are swelling of the face, abdominal pain, cramps, hives. They can also include hives inside the throat or angiodema.  It is important to seek immediate medical attention for symptoms of a severe allergic reaction. Often a shot can help offset the reaction. The hives and rashes take longer to go away. They can be reduced by using a cortisone based cream.

Pet allergies are the most difficult deal with as many pet owners are not so quick to remove the family pet from the house. It may take up to 2 years exposure to an animal to develop and allergic reaction. This makes it hard to pinpoint the animal as the allergen because you can be fine for years, then it develops. Most people think as soon as you are away from the animal it should stop. When it doesn't they believe it must be something else causing the allergy, so they go back to their routine of interacting with that animal. Proper vacuuming with a HEPA style vacuum cleaner can help reduce the amount of pet dander in a home.

Some people have a severe allergy to bees and other stinging type insects. They may require medical attention to receive a shot of epinephrine. Many people also must keep these with them in case of a sting while out and about.

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Monday, February 7, 2011

Exercise Less, Not More!


[ Editor's Note:  Once again  - Fitness author Jon Benson shared this letter with me and gave me permission to share it with you. ]

If I had to pick out the number one reason most people fail to achieve good results in the gym, guess what it would be?

Over-training. Exercising too much.

Sounds counter-intuitive, but trust me: It's quite real.

Folks write to me all the time and say...

"Jon, I don't get it. I cannot lose bodyfat and I'm running six days a week for an hour and training in the gym five days a week for 45 minutes!"

My answer back is usually:

"You are training 4x more than me, and I'm a fitness pro!"

Look, do you take 21 aspirin for a headache, thinking the more you take the faster your pain will go away?


So why apply the same logic to fitness? Only a certain amount is required. Beyond that, you are spinning your wheels.

When I wrote 7 Minute Muscle  I exposed all the lies about training too long and why this is not the best way to achieve the results you want. Check it out if you want the facts.

One more thing:  75% of your progress will come in the kitchen, not in the gym or on the treadmill.

As for me, I would much rather eat smart and train less than train all the time and be forced to eat 6-8 times a day just to recover from it all.

That makes no sense to me at all.


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Friday, February 4, 2011

Burn More Bodfyat With Spices

[ Editor's Note:  Fitness author Jon Benson shared this letter with me and gave me permission to share it with you. ]

It's the spice of life.

Food that is. Or opinions. I guess there is a lot of things that are officially "the spice of life."

I think spices are the spice of life.

I have a new-found love of spices since hanging around a killer healthy-food chef for the past week.

Wow oh wow... I had no idea.

And hey -- I'm helping her put her recipes into to a book that will be out soon.

I'll send you all a video of this woman doing her thing too in a week or so... prepare to be blown away.

Back to spices:

Not only can spices save an otherwise boring healthy meal.... turns to find out spices can help you burn more bodyfat.

The January 2006 issue of The Journal of Physiology and Behavior cited numerous studies on several spices that increased thermogenesis in the body.

Thermogenesis is simply heat -- and since a calorie is a unit of heat, guess what?

More thermogenesis = more calories burned


Less bodyfat.

Pretty cool stuff this thermogenesis.

In fact thermogenesis is the foundation of my upcoming handbook "The Radical Fatloss Blueprint." Out in late February.

I'm giving this book away for freee for 21 days to anyone who owns a copy of "The Every Other Day Diet."

The book comes out in late February... and it is... well, radical.

Up to 21 pounds in 21 days.

But you can only do it for 21 days. Fair deal, right?

If you want the book for freee, make sure you have "Every Other Day Diet" so I can send it to you the last week of February.

Get EODD here -- ; <--- more thermogenesis, less bodyfat

For now, here's the spices that work the best to help you burn bodyfat:

1. Capsaicin, the compound gives red chili pepper its heat, increased energy via heat expenditure by up to 23% after ingesting it at breakfast.

2. Black Pepper increases body heat (thermogenesis) by bonding to TRPV1 receptors in the brain.

3. Turmeric has both anti-cancer and pro-thermogenic support. Best of two worlds if you ask me.

Combine these three spices:  Red chili pepper, black pepper and turmeric, and use them liberally (as you can handle them) on your lunch and dinner meals.

Just be careful not to overdo the spices, otherwise you'll end up with more heartburn than fatburn.

I'll be including FAR more powerful ways to burn bodyfat radically in "The Radical Fatloss Blueprint" -- and you can get your copy free the last week of February if you own Every Other Day Diet.

Get it here --;   more thermogenesis, less bodyfat

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Lowering Your Blood Pressure

Do you have high blood pressure? Do you even know if you have it? Are you thinking of preventing high this in your future? No matter what the case is, there are many things you can do to prevent it. Your eating habits, you exercise regime if any, even your habits can cause this common problem. Thankfully, there are many ways to deal with this issue today. They include both medications and simple lifestyle changes.

If you visit your doctor for checkups on a regular basis you should be having your blood pressure checked during each visit. There are also may free screening that are held throughout the year from different health organizations, just check around to see what is available to you on your area. This is a necessary procedure to monitor your pressure and be sure it is not on the rise. There are many different reasons that high blood pressure can occur. There are also many different things you can do to help lower it and keep it low.

If it is high, it can damage your blood vessels and increase your risk of stroke and heart or kidney disease. In other words, it can be extremely harmful to your health and needs to be treated as soon as possible. By taking preventive measures you can catch this early and help insure a long healthy life.

Lifestyle change is the first first step when you want to lower blood pressure. If these simple changes do not help and you have to use medication, continue to implement the changes along with the medication. The lifestyle changes alone may just not be enough and added with medication may help quite a bit. Starting off slowly will make these changes seem easy. do not make the mistake that may people do and start off with too much at one time. This is a recipe for failure!

If you are a smoker, stop your use of tobacco or decrease it significantly. Smoking makes your blood vessels constrict resulting in an increased heart rate. This elevated heart rate raises your blood pressure significantly. You can easily find products that will help you quit smoking. From gum to patches and more.

If you are heavy you are at an increased risk of high blood pressure. Start a diet program immediately and start eating healthier. Exercising is very beneficial to lowering your blood pressure as well as having an overall impact on your well being. Plan and track your exercise program as well as your progress. This will show you what is working and what is not working.

Increase the amount of fresh fruit and veggies and try a low fat diet. Decrease your intake of sodium, alcohol and caffeine drinks or at least limit your intake. Sodium isn't harmful to everyone's blood pressure but until you know how it affects you, it is better to take precautionary measures.

Alcohol can cause high blood pressure in many people as well. Try to limit your drinks to one or two alcoholic beverages a day or less. If you know this is increasing your blood pressure, try to quit altogether.

Stress can affect your blood pressure. Stress is very common and there are many ways to help reduce stress. Try relaxing techniques first and if they don't work, talk to your doctor. They may have some other ideas on reducing stress for you.

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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Learning More about Fish Oil Supplements

One of the most recommended supplements over the past few years are the fish oil supplements. The reason why this has created such a buzz among health enthusiasts is pretty obvious. It is because of the positive health effects that have been proven through extensive research.

Fish oil is rich in DHA and EPA, which are omega 3 fatty acids. Even the non-health enthusiast would know that there are two types of fat – the good and the bad. The fatty acids mentioned are under the good category and certain types of fish happened to be the richest source of these types of fats.

Omega 3 therefore is an essential fatty acid, which our body cannot manufacture on its own thus we need to get this essential fatty acid elsewhere. The problem with this is that most people don’t have a diet that regularly contains enough of omega 3, which make them deficient in this essential fatty acid. This is the reason why fish oil supplements are released so that everyone may enjoy its benefits.

What are the benefits of fish oil?

It lowers the levels of cholesterol and triglyceride in the blood thus reducing the chances of atherosclerosis and other conditions of the circulatory system.

When the circulatory system is healthy, it can be safely deduced that heart attack or conditions are kept at bay. When both the heart and circulatory system are healthy and functioning properly, stroke can be prevented and blood pressure will not spike up.

Fish oil supplements are also found to be great against preventing inflammation thus improvement in the chronic conditions such as Rheumatoid arthritis.

These are just some of the benefits that you can get with fish oil supplements.
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