Anyone can greatly improve their progress and performance by carefully choosing what foods they eat and beat juice should be at the top of their list! Raw beets are loaded with a form of nitrates that are easily converted to nitric oxide in the human body. These healthy nitrates oxygenate the blood making the muscles respond better to resistance training! Moreover, the improved oxygen distribution to all parts of your body, including your heart and brain, will give you more stamina during workouts!
Please note that the healthy nitrates in beets are not the same as the “bad” nitrates found in processed meats like bologna, hot dogs, and deli meats. Beet juice has many other health benefits for bodybuilders too! Many studies have pointed to the fact that it lowers blood pressure. Beet juice also stabilizes blood sugar, leveling out the lows and highs after you eat. This will reduce lethargy, prevent depression, and help keep you more motivated to stay on track with your workouts. The beet root is exceptionally high in folic acid and manganese. The leaves and stems are exceptionally high in vitamin K at 500 percent the recommended daily allowance. This will help maintain your bones and prevent osteoporosis. Beet juice is also quite high in vitamin A vitamin C, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, magnesium, sulfur, copper, choline, and silica. This is why some nutritionists call beets and beet juice a superfood.
What gives beets their color is a class of antioxidants called betalains, including both betanin and vulgaxanthin. These antioxidants are among the most powerful anti-inflammatories and fungicides known. Thus, beet juice will help your joints ache less after your workouts and will keep your feet free of fungus. Research has also shown that betalains retard cancer tumors. While the betalains are spread throughout the beet plant, they are most highly concentrated in the peel of the beet so you should never peel beets before you juice them. Continue readingContinue reading The Benefits of Beet Juice
EVERYONE walking the face of this earth has an abundance of
fat cells throughout their bodies. In fact, if you’re a healthy
adult with normal body composition, you have approximately
30 billion fat cells. This is an astronomical number when you
think about it. Did you ever wonder why you have so many?
Have you ever wondered what those fat cells are for?
Fat Cells Are Genetically Programmed
The answer is, fat cells are part of our genetic code and they
enable us to use stored energy when food is scarce. This survival
mechanism works very much the same today as it did 10,000
years ago. However, there is an abundance of food in modern
society today, and we no longer need to store so much fat to
When you consume too many calories, your body goes into
storage mode for the “lean times,” so to speak, but the lean
time never comes. So your body simply stores those extra
calories as fat. When you eat fewer calories than your body
demands, your cells release stored fat for energy. Pretty simple
equation; however, not all fat is the same.
Placement of Fat Deposits in Your Body
The placement of fat deposits on our bodies varies depending
on each person’s genetic influences, lifestyle choices, and
nutritional intake. Men tend to store their body fat around their
bellies and chest. Women tend to store it around their hips,
buttocks, thighs, and the backs of their arms. A complete
discussion of hormones and fat storage is beyond the scope of
this article, but let it suffice to say that certain hormonal
processes do determine body fat distribution.
Essential oils are powerful natural agents that have a myriad of benefits to improve your health and well being. Essential oils are derived from the flowers, leaves, stems and bark of plants. The use of these oils for health can be traced back many centuries ago – all the way back to the Ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans. Depending on the type of essential oil, they contain antibacterial, anti fungal or antiviral properties. They have a variety natural healing qualities that can be used to prevent and treat a wide range of physical and emotional ailments.
Are you sleepless because of the new aging spots visible on your skin? Does your face look dark and patchy? Well Face-lifting, skin toning, plastic surgeries can now take a back seat unless you want to look a celeb’s identical. Pigmentation and wrinkles are two persisting problems common to adults. These problems which starts in early 30s, often gives victims sleepless nights as they realize that their days of youth would soon be past and so would be their good looks. To counter fight early aging you do not have scarcity of anti-aging creams and lotions. But are you aware as to which one will suit you the best? Or which one has better effectiveness? If you are clueless then use DMAE and know the results for yourself. Does this interest you? Keen to know more? Then read on…
What is DMAE?
DMAE or DiMethyl Amino Ethanol is the “smart drug” that has multiple benefits. It can cure your irritability, enhance your memory, work upon your focus level, improve your mood and also make you look glamorous. This organic compound is also an energy booster and at the same time it has proven anti aging properties. There are several success stories of DMAE and numerous case studies prove how it is benefited many people in diverse aspects. However before we go any further it is essential for us to know how exactly DMAE functions. Continue readingContinue reading DMAE – Is It A Miracle Supplement DiMethyl Amino Ethanol
So many people struggle with their weight. Whether its just a few pounds they need to lose or much more, it seems that weight loss is on the minds of more than half of the population at any given time. There are countless ads everywhere you look on how to effectively lose weight. No matter if it’s on television, the internet or billboards on the highway, you will see products and gyms that are so quick to promise you the results you’ve been waiting for, if you just try what they have to offer.
Truthfully, it isn’t as complicated as some would have you belief. It is by no means easy but it is completely doable with the implementation of two key things: water and walking. Both of these things used together will definitely have you seeing significant changes in your weight. You don’t need to shell out tons of money for diet products, special foods or gym memberships. Water and walking will quickly have you on your way to losing body fat and reducing your weight. Continue readingContinue reading The Benefits Of Walking And Drinking Water
Proper recovery is important to feeling great, keep soreness at bay,improve muscle density and stay injury free. I highly recommend after a workout a drink consisting of a 2-1 ratio of protein to carbs ratio.This helps prevent the hormone cortisol from breaking down muscle tissue.Post workout stretching and low impact cardio such as biking can also help in proper recovery. You can get a great organic whey protein at this link below http://budurl.com/defensenutrition
It is very important that you recover right after a workout. The activities you carry out after your work can impact greatly on your fitness gains and overall performance. So you just need to have a good fitness recovery plan.
Every year as Thanksgiving gets closer, you’ve probably seen the depressing reports: “Most people gain between 5 and 10 pounds of body fat in the six weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas.” I’m not sure if this worries you or not, but a lot of people are terrified about getting fatter in the next two months. They anticipate the workouts falling by the wayside and the holiday food calling out to them irresistibly, defeating even the strongest willpower. There’s good news and bad news about this.
Good news: According to the New England Journal of Medicine, the average amount gained is much more modest – just over a pound.
Bad news: A study by the National Institutes of Health found that this seasonal weight gain – even just a pound – is the kind of weight gain that most people don’t lose when the holidays are over; it simply adds to the weight creep that sneaks up on you as you get older.
I’m often asked to pick my favorite “to do’s” when it comes to slimming the waistline. So here they are:
1. Cut Calories
Cutting calories is the key to maintaining a trim midsection. The only way to see a solid set of abs is in the absence of body fat. To achieve this goal a person must reduce calories. However, what I find is people go whole hog and drop caloric intake too much and too fast. When reducing calories make sure it is not too drastic. This slows your metabolism and allows you to store more stubborn fat. When you reduce calories and increase energy output the body will be forced to burn fat all over, not just in one area. I’m not saying to starve, simply drop the junk food and reduce calories by 10 to 15percent. That may mean cutting out the donuts.
2. Eat at Least Five to Six Small Meals Per Day
Small meals eaten frequently help to keep your metabolism high, allowing you to burn fat, even while you sleep. This approach is in vogue with many fitness authorities. The main reason is stoking the furnace within your body. The more you practice eating small meals more often, the more you will find body fat leaving your body. For more information on this check out “Burn the Fat Feed the Muscle” mentioned at the end of this manual.
3. Reduce Carbohydrate Intake at Night
Since the majority of carbs consumed are complex (slow release), tapering them off toward the end of the day will minimize the possibility of carb-to-fat turnover. This is a proven fact eat, carbs at night and you will gain body fat. Think about it, if you eat late are you ever hungry in the morning? No! Blood sugar levels are still above average. So what happens? You do not eat a good breakfast …and poof you eat like a hog at lunch so you’re not hungry again until late at night….and the cycle continues over and over.
4. Eat a Healthy Serving of Fiber with Meals
Fiber helps with the digestion of protein, carbs and fat. It is the key to burning the sugar from carbs making muscles leaner. Adding fiber to your diet is one of the best things you can do. Also, anything containing fiber is usually going to be low in calories (i.e. vegetables). Get as much of this stuff as you possibly can. Fiber is necessary for a balanced nutritional plan.Continue readingContinue reading Nutrition Secrets for a flat, fat- free tummy
Question: Do fat-burning supplements or weight loss pills
Answer: Some supplements that are marketed as ‘fat burners’
really do have scientific research supporting their effectiveness,
while other fat-burning products make claims that are
completely unsubstantiated. The majority of the researchproven
products are thermogenic in nature, which means they
work by temporarily stimulating your central nervous system
and increasing your metabolic rate, thereby burning more
calories. The most common example of a legitimate
thermogenic fat burner is the ephedrine-caffeine combination,
or its herbal equivalent (for example, Ma Huang, kola nut or
The downside is that stimulant-based fat burners are dangerous
for some people with pre-existing health problems such as high
blood pressure, thyroid disorders, or cardiovascular disease.
They may be harmful even to healthy individuals if abused or
taken in excess. Ephedrine and caffeine are drugs, and as with
any drug or medicine, those who have contraindications should
not use them. You must use them with caution and common
sense, and not exceed recommended dosages.
Now that ephedrine has been banned in the United States for
use in weight loss or fat-burning formulas, supplement
companies have raced to find a replacement for what was their
top seller and major cash cow. The ingredients in these
ephedrine-free fat-burning products varies, but most often
include synephrine (essentially a weaker cousin of ephedrine),
green tea extract, yohimbe, caffeine, guarana or kola nut.
Although you may feel an energy buzz from these stimulantbased
products, few, if any, of these ingredients (with the
possible exception of green tea), have significant fat-burning
benefits that have been proven through research.
Other fat-burning supplements in the post-ephedrine-ban era
are stimulant-free (no buzz) and seek to improve thyroid
function, increase insulin sensitivity, suppress cortisol, or
decrease appetite. Like most ephedrine alternatives, the
majority of the ingredients in these next-generation fat burners
are also largely unproven and without much scientific support
backing their advertising claims.
In addition to lack of research with the newer crop of fatburning
supplements, is that the quantity of active ingredients
in many products is often insufficient to produce any beneficial
effect. Furthermore, secret proprietary formulas often do not
reveal the amount of active ingredients used. What you might
get is a diluted product with an ineffectual dosage of the active
ingredient. The product that actually reaches the consumer
often contains only a fraction of the dosage used in the
research. For example, a product may advertise green tea as one
of the active ingredients in its formula, and quote research
about its fat-burning and health benefits. However, the product
may contain such a small dose that it is virtually ineffective.
Another example is the commonly advertised cortisolsuppressing
supplements that contain phosphatidylserine (PS).
In well-conducted studies, PS has been shown to suppress
cortisol, and these studies are quoted in the advertisements for
the product. However, unknown to the consumer, the dosage
contained in each serving of someYet another way that supplement
companies deceive the consumer is by quoting research about ingredients that were
administered intravenously during research, but oral ingestion
of the compound was not even studied!
The best ways to avoid being scammed are to get your
supplements from a reputable source, purchase pharmaceuticalgrade
products, verify that all ingredients and their dosage in
standardized extract are listed on the label, and do your
homework by reviewing the research before spending a dime.
If you choose to experiment with any of these various types of
fat-burning supplements’or any other kind of supplement for
that matter’understand that no supplement can help you burn
fat without proper diet and exercise. Even the words “fat
burner” are somewhat misleading, in my opinion.
Fat burners burn very little fat. They may increase your
metabolism, which should ultimately burn fat, but they do not
elevate your metabolism high enough or long enough for
anything major to happen. After taking these products, the
major effect most people feel is a 15- to 30-minute energy buzz
or “rush,” as their central nervous system is stimulated, much
like the effect of drinking a very strong cup of coffee.
To create a substantial fat-burning effect, you must create a
caloric deficit and elevate your body’s metabolism over the
course of an entire day. Fat-burning supplements are not magic
pills. At best, the products that are well formulated with
scientifically proven ingredients in the right dosages may
provide a few percent increase in your results. At worst, the
products may be complete scams with no scientific support, or
with insufficient dosages to burn anything but a hole in your
wallet. Also, keep in mind that even the most effective
thermogenic products become less effective the more you take
them. Your body literally becomes immune to them, and you’ll
notice diminishing effects over time.
Using excessive amounts of stimulant-based pills may cause
harmful side effects. They can damage the stomach lining and
kidneys, and exhaust your entire nervous system, or cause
uncontrollable shaking, jitters, or nervousness. If you’ve never
used a stimulant-based (thermogenic) fat burner before and you
don’t know how your body will react, consider starting with only
half the recommended dose on the back of the bottle, then work
your way up to the full dose. Keep in mind that dosages can and
should be related to body weight, although the dosages listed
on many products do not take this into consideration; ‘normal’
dosages can be dangerous for people with low body weights.
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