Saturday, February 28, 2009

5 Easy Ways to Your Ideal Weight

How is your New Year's resolution to lose weight going? Not so well? Actress Sophie Keller reveals five easy ways get to your ideal weight by thinking long term and not being in a rush to do it all at once.
Your body is housing you through this lifetime. It is like a car, treat it well, and it will look after you. You can't ignore this and then complain when it starts to fail on you later on in life. It makes much more sense when it comes to health to chose the tortoise mentality and think long term, rather than the hare mentality of abuse now and think about it, and often pay the penalty, later. Here are five easy ways to help you to get to your optimum size and to help you become more conscious of what you are putting in your body and how you are treating it. Read more

Friday, February 20, 2009

To Keep Off the Weight, It's Not Only What You Eat but How You Eat

To keep off the weight, it's not only what you eat, but how you eat.
Wolfing down your meal may double your risk of being overweight. Drinking just the right amount of alcohol is the key to staying lean.

It is not just what you eat but how you eat that can make all the difference. Read more

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

100 Best Herbs for Your Health and Wellness

Kelly Kirkpatrick at lists the 100 best herbs and medicinal plants for your health and wellness and their uses.
If you’re interested in supplementing your health and wellness routine with some natural remedies, herbs offer a valuable and time-tested way to do so. Whether you want to boost the health of your heart, ease the discomfort of arthritis, or just wake up your mind, this list of 100 herbs and medicinal plants can help you do it. Please keep in mind, however, that not all herbal supplements are appropriate for all people, so check with your doctor to see if you’re in the clear. Read more

Monday, February 16, 2009

Vitamin D Fuels Muscle Power in Teen Girls

Vitamin D is not only a remedy for rickets and osteoporosis, but is important for muscle power, force, velocity, and jump height.
Although vitamin D is naturally produced in the body through exposure to direct sunlight, vitamin D deficiency is now common in the U.S. The result can be a host of health ills, including severe conditions such as bone thinning osteoporosis and bone deforming rickets. Although a lack of vitamin D has long been known to weaken both the muscular and the skeletal systems of the human body, little has been known about how vitamin D contributes to muscle power and force --- until now. For the first time, scientists have found that vitamin D is important for muscle power, force, velocity and jump height. Read more

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Sex: The Natural Way to Stress Relief

When stress is at its worst, sex can stop you fretting. It reduces cortisol, lowers blood pressure, improves moods, and bonds people emotionally.
... Recessions cause high levels of stress, which reduces people’s sex hormones and lowers their libido. When a couple are lying in bed and the man is worrying about his job and the woman is fretting about her savings, neither of them is properly primed for sex.

It is a pity, because sex offers a host of beneficial effects. Read more

Monday, February 9, 2009

Snow: The Newest Superfood

Before the great thaw begins, save as much snow as you can. Eating it can be good for your kidneys and for arthritis and gallstones, too.
... The latest issue of Psychologies magazine – the women's wellbeing magazine that, according to the tagline, helps you "make sense of your world" – reports that rainwater's "slightly acidic chemistry may assist kidney function and remove toxins, alleviating arthritis and gallstones". It also suggests it can protect us from stomach upsets, citing a University of Western Australia study that found children who drank rainwater were less likely to contract gastroenteritis. Read more

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Running on Empty: Does Fasting Help or Hurt?

Intermittent fasting is just taking times of fasting and working them into your lifestyle. This can be either daily or a couple times a week. The Los Angeles Times reports that science is beginning to confirm its benefits.
Something about the way Americans eat isn't working -- and hasn't been for a long time.


Taking that inclination into account, some people are adopting an unusual solution to overeating. Rather than battling temptation in grocery stores, restaurants and their own kitchens, they simply don't eat. At least not at certain times of the day or specific days of the week.

Called intermittent fasting, this rather stark approach to weight control appears to be supported by science, not to mention various religious and cultural practices around the globe. The practice is a way to become more circumspect about food, its adherents say. But it also seems to yield the benefits of calorie restriction, which may ultimately reduce the risk of some diseases and even extend life. Read more