Archive | November, 2016

Why Stress Balls Can Help Battle Stress And Relieve Tension

Physical Stress – this occurs when the body starts to suffer as a result of a stressful situation. Symptoms can come in a variety of ways and vary in its seriousness. The most common physical symptom is headaches. Stress causes people to unconsciously tense their neck, forehead and shoulder muscles. However long-term stress can lead to digestive problems including ulcers, insomnia, fatigue, high blood pressure, nervousness and excessive sweating, heart disease, strokes and even hair loss.

Emotional Stress – these responses are due to stress affecting the mind and include anxiety, anger, depression, irritability, frustration, over-reaction to everyday issues, memory loss and a lack of concentration for any task. These symptoms if not treated can lead to serious consequences.

Anxiety is normally shown as a response to loss, failure, danger or a fear of what can happen in situations. Anger is a common response to frustration or social stress and can become a danger to other individuals if not kept in check. Depression is frequently seen as an emotional response to upsetting situations such as the death of a loved one, illness and failure. Do not dwell on a certain problem to long, you need to learn to let things go. If you don’t then you may miss something that is happening now.

Psychological – long-term stress can cause psychological problems in some individuals. Symptoms include withdrawal from society, phobias, compulsive behaviors, eating disorders and night terrors. If you have serious stress symptoms call your doctor.

Stress balls can have a positive effect on your health. They can help with the physical aspect of stress by creating blood flow to the hands. This helps people with arthritis and can strengthen their muscles. The stress relief ball is an easy alternative from medication, that can be is very effective for stress relief. It is a simple ball that you squeeze and it works wonders to help you reduce stress. All you have to do to benefit from a stress relief ball is hold it in the palm and squeeze it repeatedly with your fingers.

You will find that the repeated squeezing of the stress relief ball gives you a feeling of relief from all the emotional and physical stress that you may be going through. This ball is also used for exercising hand and forearm muscles.

The stress relief ball may not always be shaped like a ball. It can sometimes be found in other interesting and neat shapes. It is usually filled with foam rubber, but the ones that are meant for therapeutic use contains gel of different densities. Another type of stress relief ball contains fine powder that has a rubber coating.

You may wonder how stress relief ball actually helps in relieving stress. You generally experience muscle tension when your hand is turned into a fist, even if there is nothing in the palm. Once you release your grip, muscle tension is also released. It is this gripping and releasing that work your muscles and helps you reduce stress.

The reason you use a ball is that it is provides something for you to grip (It’s there). This gives a better meaning and effect to stress relieving exercises. In fact, stress relief balls are mostly used by computer professionals who often spend long hours working in a fixed position and help with relieving pain from typing to long.

Other than spherical stress relief balls, there are also creative balls that look like a car, the shape of a person. They even have a pack of cigarettes that is a great option for those who are trying to quit smoking. There are also imprinted stress balls that have smiley faces printed on them.

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Extreme Pecs Workouts For Ridiculous Muscle Mass

Look, you need to understand that Set after Set of Flat Bench Barbell just doesn’t cut it for all over Chest development. In order to witness extreme growth, muscularity and thickness you need to be learning about Pecs Workouts so hardcore they make grown men cry and women faint with envy.

What I’m covering today here is for serious dudes only. Pecs workouts this intense are certainly not for the faint hearted.

I strongly suggest that you only perform the following very occasionally when your body has begun to adapt to its usual Pecs Workouts. Chest is an incredibly adaptive muscle group and you will know it’s time to initiate this hardcore workout when you fail to see any measurable progress from your usual routine.

You MUST give your Chest a week off after this workout to properly recover and grow back stronger.

Before we start you must stretch and warm up thoroughly.

Important: 3×10,8,6 means 3 Sets of 10 then 8 then 6 Repetitions.

Ok, lets do it.

First up, Flat Bench Barbell Bench Presses

1x warm up set of 25 reps very light weight.

3×10,8,6 at your heaviest weight possible leading to total failure on Set 3

Immediately into flat floor Pushups – 3 Sets to failure.

By this time your Chest will be totally pumped and gorged with blood thanks to our friends the Pushups. Our next port of call is to zap the Pecs using Dumbbells. These are fantastic to go deep with and get a great stretch at the bottom end of the movement helping to expand your overall muscle fibers.

3×10,8,6 Flat Bench Dumbbell Presses

Then follow this up with –

3×12,10,8, Flat Bench Dumbbell Fly’s

Next – it’s time to return to your favourite Bench and this time to adjust it to the Decline Setting.

That’s correct – you need to grab those Dumbbells again.

3×10,8,6

Are you in pain yet?

Great! It must be working then. Next…

Incline Bench Barbell Press

3×10,8,6

Then move directly into a Set of Incline Pushups to failure.

3 minute rest and stretch.

Then Incline Dumbbell Fly’s

3×12,10,8

Finish with Incline Pushups again to failure.

…And congratulate yourself.

You have just accomplished 18 Sets of one of the most hardcore Pecs workouts you will ever experience in your Bodybuilding career.

It is absolutely vital that you now take in a Whey Protein Shake containing 30g+ Protein and some Carbs. If your Protein shake doesn’t contain Carbohydrate, blend it with Low Fat Milk and add Dextrose to replenish your bodies stores and assist Protein absorption.

It is also key that you warm down properly – stretch again and remember to lay off any other Chest routines for at least 5 whole days after this workout.

Eat right, rest well and enjoy the results!

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Beauty Pageant Interview Preparation Tips and Tricks

Ask any seasoned beauty pageant professional and they will tell you the contest is won during the interview. However, there is no other aspect of the beauty pageant that instills as much fear and nervousness as the interview and its question and answer session.

The interview portion of a beauty pageant is where the contestant has her chance to reveal that she is much more than a pretty face or a perfect body. The interview reveals the qualities that she holds dear and true to her heart as well as reveals her level of self-confidence in the areas that she believes in. Everything from what she says to how she says it will be judged during this time.

To answer interview questions effectively, the contestant will need to focus on gathering her thoughts before hand. Her answers should be given in a logical and coherent manner as well as spoken with proper inflection and annunciation. If you struggle with nervousness, then you will need to address this in your training. When you answer your interview questions, you need to sound confident, assured, and convicted of your answer. It is not just enough to say, “Yes” or “No”. You will need to give a detailed explanation of your convictions and beliefs and to present this answer to the judges in a confident manner.

Practicing sample interview questions is a great way for any contestant to help prepare themselves for their moment in the spotlight. Some of the most popular questions deal with topics that are important to humanitarian causes and reveal how you feel about societal issues. You may be asked how you would deal with homelessness, what qualities you believe a role model should possess, what your plans are for your future, why you entered the competition, how winning the crown would help you in your life, how did you prepare for the contest, and how would you change the world if you were elected president. Reviewing past contestant’s answers and taking notice of how the winner’s responded will shed great light on what type of answers judges are looking for.

No matter what interview question is posed to you, you should always answer any interview question in four simple steps. First, take at least three seconds to pause before you begin answering the question. This shows that you are not rushing to answer the question with a “packaged” answer. You don’t want to make the judges think that you have your answer prepared. Wait three seconds, and then begin to answer. Second, you should answer by stating that this is your belief or conviction. Sentence starters such as, “I believe” or “I feel strongly” will add meat to your answer. Third, after your lead in sentence, share your convictions while answering the question. When you are through answering the question you should summarize your statement. This is the fourth and final step. Summarize your answer by stating, “Overall, I believe.” Working with your personal beauty pageant trainer as well as a vocal coach can help you gain the confidence that you need to secure your crown.

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Lupus Diet Do’s and Don’ts – Nutritional Healing For Lupus

Several years ago I was diagnosed with lupus. I could barely get out of bed or walk, had a hard time holding a glass of juice due to joint pain, suffered from all over body muscle aches, endured a constant low grade fever, and itched uncontrollably on my arms with skin rash. I new my life, as I new it, was over. I was petrified.

On my first (and last) visit to the rheumatologist I asked what I could do to support my health or to avoid a worsening my lupus symptoms. She casually responded ‘Come back when you’re worse and I’ll put you on steroids. Straining to get some kind of supportive information I mustered up a question about diet and if there were foods I should eat or avoid. Her response was, ‘continue to eat whatever you want, it won’t make a difference’.

After one more attempt at getting something useful to work with to help myself, I realized I was on my own dealing with lupus. In an internal fit of rage toward her cold, aloof attitude I decided right then and there that I would heal my lupus, (with the added bonus to never endure the presence of that ‘specialist’ again). I did. I don’t have lupus anymore.

As someone who has healed Lupus, I often get asked about the importance of diet. Many people tell me that their doctor also told them diet doesn’t matter. To that I ask you to consider does what you eat matter even when you are healthy? Of course it does, and it’s far more important when you’re suffering from ill health!!

In fact, diet matters so much that there are many testimonies of others who have completely healed from a lupus diet alone. Other common serious issues diet has been responsible for reversing also include fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, heart disease, cancer, diabetes, M.S., migraines, allergies and asthma to name just a few.

Your diet is a powerful foundation for you to work from to support your health, reduce inflammation and pain, and provide your body with what it needs to begin to heal. (For more information on my story, and other modalities of healing such as supplements and energy medicine in addition to an essential lupus diet, please visit my site listed below).

Below are the top 7 lupus diet do’s and lupus diet don’ts you need to know to support your healing.

The 7 Top Lupus Diet Don’ts

  1. Do not drink alcohol, pop (a.k.a. soda for those in the U.S.!), energy drinks, or other ‘acidic’ non-healthy drinks, including treated or public drinking water facilities.
  2. Do not eat processed foods, or foods with unhealthy preservatives such as MSG (which include most foods in the centre isles of big box food chains).
  3. Do not eat red meat. A little fish such as salmon is great, and chicken. For some even these may trigger flares, so be cognisant of how it makes you feel.
  4. Avoid fatty foods, (such as mono saturated fats, trans-fats, saturated fats, and some polyunsaturated omega 6 fats) found in commonly baked, fried and junk foods.
  5. Avoid the 4 white foods, including salt, sugar, white flour (refined carbohydrates and starches) and dairy.
  6. Avoid spicy foods. Spices are known to trigger flares.
  7. Avoid artificial sweeteners. These are toxic and by many believe it to even induce disease (I agree). There is no viable reason to use this product and they do not help you lose weight.

The 7 Top Lupus Diet Do’s

  1. Eat a diet that mostly consists of simple, natural whole foods such as fruits and vegetables in its raw form.
  2. Eat easy to digest foods, such as soaked almonds, soups, fruit/veggie smoothies, and salads based on natural, raw ingredients.
  3. Be sure to drink at least 8 glasses of water throughout the day. This supports the elimination of toxic build up in the body, and a faulty digestive process common with lupus sufferers.
  4. Support your body by supplementing with digestive enzymes and probiotics. Most lupus patients are not absorbing their food and nutrients properly and need extra enzymes to support the healing process.
  5. You must consume enough essential fatty acid (EFA’s), or supplement with it. This will support you in reducing inflammation and therefore reducing pain and avoiding flares.
  6. Avoid foods that cause food sensitivities or allergies. You must be tested for this in order to be sure of your bodies specific needs. Some tests do not indicate food sensitivities (such as to sugar, salt, etc.), so keep a journal of your body’s reactions to foods.
  7. Eat a varied diet, rich with alkaline, anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory foods. Always clean your food well, (including organic foods).

The above lists are the foundational principles your diet for lupus must follow. There are many, many other specifics of a lupus diet and nutrition that can and will support your body’s homeostasis and the healing process.

As you’ve possibly experienced, your doctor is not going to provide you with a healing regime so you must find your way to learning how to work with your body in a healing crisis. There are many, many answers that will support you in reducing your lupus symptoms, even reversing them altogether. Your diet for lupus should be the first line of defense.

Some of the benefits you will soon experience from a lupus diet include:

  • Reduced inflammation, pain and swelling
  • Decreased muscle pain, tissue damage and strain on organs
  • Significantly increased energy and stamina
  • Increased mobility
  • Reduced body fat
  • Relief of constipation, bloating and irregularities
  • Improved memory and cognitive functioning

… To name just a few!

There is no question what we eat affects how we feel physically, emotionally and spiritually, and how well our immune system functions in order to help us heal. Support yourself with highly nourishing foods that work with your body and immune system, not against it. A car can run on dirty oil only so long before it burns out. Don’t let that happen to your body.

The body is better able to heal itself when you eat foods that support the immune system and the healing process, and avoid food that interferes with it.

Remember, healing lupus is possible. Learn how to implement the appropriate diet for lupus, supplements, and other natural modalities that will support the healing process by visiting my site listed below.

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Hair Loss in Women, Get the Facts Before You Act

In the United States alone, pattern hair loss affects over forty million men. Less well known is that hair loss also occurs in twenty million women. Until recently, few viable options existed for women experiencing this problem. Today, great strides in research and treatment are occurring. In this article we will focus on the latest and greatest treatments as well as future therapies looming just around the corner.

But first, a short discussion to lay the framework for gender-based similarities and differences. In both sexes it’s called “pattern” hair loss because hair inside zone of loss is subject to thinning and fallout. Hair outside the zone is generally considered to be immune. This single fact has driven hair transplant surgery for more than fifty years because hair transplanted into the thinning zone retains its genetic immunity and continues to thrive. But there is an important caveat.

In men, pattern hair loss tends to leave a healthy dense area of hair bearing scalp available for transplantation. In women, this does not always occur. Often, women lose hair across the entire scalp to a degree that renders hair transplant surgery a non-starter because you’d be trading one region of sparse hair for another. Another point of differentiation between the sexes is that women with thinning hair tend to retain their juvenile or feminine hair line while bi-temporal recession is a very common finding in men. Thus, concisely, in men, the area of hair loss tends to be more severe but anatomically limited — while in women the degree of loss may not be as severe but the extent of affected territory may be much more extensive.

In this article, we will not delve into the biochemical hallmarks that differentiate male from female pattern hair loss. Suffice to say, the common biochemical features linked to pattern hair loss generally outweigh the gender-specific differences.

Okay, we’ve set down a reasonable foundation for the problem. Now what is there to be done? Let’s start by touching on the options that honestly just don’t work and then we’ll get into therapies that do. The first thing that doesn’t work is also usually the first thing that women try, i.e. “thickening” the hair. Using thickening sprays, gels, mists etc. on thinning hair is a bit like putting makeup on a corpse. Eventually, the jig is up. In hair loss affected women, eventually the hair thins to a point where no amount of flocking spray will be able to disguise what’s happening. This is because the visible hair above the scalp also happens to be the non-living part of the system. That’s why you don’t scream bloody murder when your stylist takes a scissor to your hair. It’s also why plumping up the hair shaft with thickening shampoos and volumizing hair spray ends up addressing precisely the wrong end of the problem. It is the hair follicle, buried several millimeters below the skin surface, where we need to focus attention.

Another thing that just doesn’t work is scalp massage, and/or variously, products designed to increase blood flow to the scalp. Pattern hair loss is not a function of compromised blood supply. So massaging the scalp or using products purported to “invigorate” the scalp do basically nothing but invigorate a disreputable hair company’s bank account. Next on our list of “things that just don’t work” are hair vitamins. Your hair isn’t starving. You aren’t missing trace elements or vitamin C. Your hair is being shut down by genetic and epigenetic factors that hair vitamins simply can’t fix.

By now, you’re probably saying to yourself, well then, if none of these things works, then I’m basically out of luck, right? Wrong. From a therapeutic standpoint, there has actually never been a time in human history with better options than today. For starters, just as there are male-indicated hair loss treatment drugs that are off limits for women, there are female-indicated hair growth treatment pharmaceuticals that are not appropriate for use by men. The first drug on the list is spironolactone.

Spironolactone (marketed under the trade names Aldactone, Novo-Spiroton, Aldactazide, Spiractin, Spirotone, Verospiron or Berlactone) is a diuretic and is used as an antiandrogen.

It is a synthetic 17-lactone drug that is a renal competitive aldosterone antagonist in a class of pharmaceuticals called potassium-sparing diuretics, used primarily to treat heart failure, ascites in patients with liver disease, low-renin hypertension, hypokalemia, secondary hyperaldosteronism (such as occurs with hepatic cirrhosis), and Conn’s syndrome (primary hyperaldosteronism). Due to its antiandrogen effect, it can also be used to treat hirsutism, and it is a common component in hormone therapy for male-to-female transsexual and transgender people. Interestingly, it is also used for treating hair loss and acne in women, and has been used off label as a topical medication for treatment of male baldness. Spironolactone is commonly used to treat symptoms of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) such as excess facial hair and acne. It can also cause gynecomastia in males and should never be given with potassium supplementation for fear of the development of hyperkalemia.

The next female hair loss drug is flutamide. Flutamide is an oral nonsteroidal antiandrogen drug primarily used to treat prostate cancer. It competes with testosterone and its powerful metabolite, dihydrotestosterone (DHT) for binding to androgen receptors in the prostate gland. By doing so, it prevents them from stimulating the prostate cancer cells to grow. Flutamide has been largely replaced as a cancer drug by bicalutamide, due to a better side-effect profile. Flutamide may also be used to treat excess androgen levels in women, and it is here that the drug has also been used to treat female hair loss. It is marketed by Schering-Plough under the brand name Eulexin, also known as Flutamin. Like spironolactone, flutamide has the potential to cause feminizing side effects in men such as gynecomastia, and so this is a hair loss treatment drug that is generally useful only for hair challenged women.

Drugs are great. Thank goodness for drugs. Surely, the greatest achievement of the Twentieth Century was the creation of miracle drugs, such as streptomycin and penicillin. But drugs also come with common but sometimes highly significant negative side effects. Interestingly, it is also a fact that more than 50% of the pharmaceutical drugs in worldwide use today were originally derived from natural substances, either all or in part. For instance one of the earliest TB drugs was extracted from a bacillus found in cranberry bogs. Mother nature has been busy creating biochemically active molecules for many millions of years. Human beings have been at it for a somewhat shorter period of time.

The elegance of natural phytochemicals both staggers and ignites the imagination. And while natural medicine has been in use for thousands of years, it is only recently that evidence-based scientific analysis has been applied to validate these ‘nutraceuticals’ as such substances are sometimes called. A new field is emerging where sophisticated tools of molecular biology and protein chemistry are being harnessed to test, concentrate, and generally improve naturally-derived compounds, all without turning them into synthetic drugs.

In this lab, the focus of our work is directed toward the development of naturally-based hair loss treatment formulations. Here, the goal is to take all we’ve learned and find safe, botanically-based substances that can offer testable benefit in the setting of pattern hair loss.

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Importance of Yoga Teacher Certification Credentials Like RYT 200 For Becoming a Yoga Teacher

Yoga is a centuries old art and science of health, healing and wellness. These days as more and more people are discovering the health benefits of yoga there is also an increase in yoga schools, making this the perfect time to pursue it as a career option. To become a certified yoga trainer or teacher, one needs to undergo a lot of intrinsic training and meticulous study. One of which is completing at least 200 hours of training in order to become a registered yoga teacher (RYT). Read our article to find out more about Yoga teacher certifications like RYT 200.

The health benefits of yoga are well known throughout the world, some of which include – weight loss, building a strong and flexible body, glowing beautiful skin, peaceful mind, good health, a strong immune system, etc. No wonder, so many people are practicing it as a means to attaining a healthy body and mind from the inside out, especially in European and American countries. All of this makes it a very lucrative career option that also keeps one healthy and fit unlike working in a 9-5 job staring at the computer screen all day long. To be a successful yoga trainer or teacher, just knowing the asanas is not enough; one needs to undergo comprehensive training to gain thorough knowledge of the science of yoga.

Gaining certification credentials like RYT 200 is essential if one wants to start one’s career as a yoga teacher. RYT stands for registered yoga teacher. Similarly, RYT 200 means that the teacher has completed a 200-hour registered training program and is fit to teach others. There are various Certifications and RYT 200 is just the starting one. A teacher can get registered as a RYT 200 yoga teacher, after completing 200 hours of intrinsic training, including mastering the asanas, as well as the practical and theory aspects, writing papers, attending seminars and by giving exams. Teaching hours are not required to gain this certification.

Teachers with more hours of training receive RYT 500 credential, which means that they have completed 500 hours of yoga teacher training. As a yoga teacher gains more and more experience, the alphabet E is prefixed before RYT 500, which means that the teacher is an experienced registered yoga teacher. Similarly, there are different kinds of certification credentials for prenatal and kids yoga trainers or teachers and with experience and more hours of teaching, their credentials gradually increase, displaying their mastery over teaching yoga.

Gaining these credentials is of utmost importance to anyone who would like to take up teaching yoga as a profession. Together with gaining knowledge of the theory and practical aspects of the subject, intrinsic practice will only help one become better at it. Generally, undertaking a 3 month long course, together with passing exams is sufficient to gain the RYT 200 certification. For receiving training certification credentials like RYT 200, one can get enrolled in a registered training institute.

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Marathon Running Tips – The 10 X 800 Workout

One of the most critical aspects of a successful marathon is running at the correct pace. Start too fast, then you hit the wall and will be lucky to finish. Start too slow, then you might see the finish line, but will always be left wondering how much better race you could have run. So where is the happy medium, that elusive perfect pace?

The 10 x 800 Workout

One of the best marathon running tips I know is the 10 x 800 training workout. You can use this method to evaluate your overall running fitness and determine the optimum marathon pace for you to run at. Try this workout, and you will soon discover just how good you can be.

Let’s say that you think you can run a 3:45 marathon. What you do is try running 800 meters on the track at at 3:45 (3 minute 45 second) pace. Then rest and recover for an equal amount of time ( 3m 45s). Repeat this run-rest interval nine more times for a total of ten cycles. It’s very simple!

If your goal is a 4 hour marathon, then pace your 800m repeats at 4:00 and rest for 4 minutes in between. The same formula works just as well for a 2:30 marathon or a 4:27 marathon. See how easy it is?

Determine Your Workout Pace

If you’re not sure what is the right pace to start at, then just take your best guess and start there. If you can’t keep up the same pace for all ten intervals, then you have to slow down and try again. If you have energy to spare after repeat number ten, then next time pick up the pace by 10 seconds or so.

Experiment until you arrive at the best pace that you can maintain consistently for all ten intervals. That’s your new marathon pace! Keep doing your workouts at that pace, right up until about two weeks before you run your marathon. Then you can run with confidence, knowing that you won’t hit the wall, or finish only half as well as you could.

Training For Other Distances

Thanks to some crazy mathematical quirk, this pace training technique works for the marathon, but don’t try to use it to determine your race pace for the 5k. It doesn’t work that way! However, you can still use the 10 x 800 workout to do your base training for other distances, because it’s a fantastic workout for any distance race.

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Cayenne Pepper and Acne Treatment

Acne sufferers seem to be receiving a lot of enlightenment to alter their diet structure, thanks to the growing research on the link between food and acne. There is no dearth to herbal formulations and home remedies for acne. Did you know that even peppers can reduce the inflammation of pimples? It may sound weird, but the quest for acne relief has indeed led to such strange discoveries! Cayenne pepper contains Vitamin C and antioxidants that are important nutrients to promote skin health. So, let’s delve into some detail about using peppers for acne cure.

Cayenne pepper, which is widely used for spicing up food, has valuable medicinal properties. In fact, its medicinal use dates back to almost nine centuries! Most of us associate pepper with hot and chilly taste, which is rather unwelcoming for many people. But, what is that magic ingredient that imparts healing qualities to pepper? Capsaicin is considered to be the active acne-fighting ingredient in Cayenne pepper. This ingredient has anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial and pain-relieving properties. It works in two ways. First it opens your skin pore and steps up blood flow to your skin surface. Next, it kills bacteria hidden within your skin layers. In case, you have sensitive skin, this ingredient can help de-sensitize the skin and provide relief from topical pain caused by circulatory problems. It is the best known herb for improving blood circulation. Inflammation is invariably associated with acne, be it comedones or zits. Severe inflammation is the cause for cystic acne, which is manifested as large and swollen pimples filled with pus. Given that fighting inflammation is the key to treat acne, Capsaicin can be an effective medicine.

How does Cayenne work? Cayenne works by stimulating blood circulation to any sick area in your body. When you consume cayenne, or when it touches your tongue, it is instantly absorbed, as evident from the sensation you get. Your nervous system transmits signals to all parts of your body, so as to send fresh blood wherever required. Further, Cayenne itself contains Vitamins C, E and carotenoids that impart healing; its capsaicin reduces platelet stickiness to alleviate pain. Therefore, it helps you accomplish a natural acne treatment method by treating your system internally. Clearade reviews explain this mechanism very well.

How can you utilize the acne-fighting property of Cayenne pepper? The simplest method is to increase the use of chili peppers in your meals. Herbalists recommend using pepper powder rather than capsules. This is because your stomach prepares to receive the pepper the moment the powder touches your tongue, whereas if you swallow a capsule form, your stomach senses the pepper only a few minutes after the gelatin melts in the stomach; hence, your stomach is caught unawares and you cannot get the benefits of consuming pepper. Alternatively, you may crush the pepper and apply it on your skin. You may also find acne sprays containing capsaicin as an active ingredient, in addition to green tea, cucumber and other ingredients. However, its use in acne treatment is not backed by scientific study. It may cause a stinging or burning sensation or irritate your skin. And, make sure that you’re not allergic to peppers. So, its best to get the opinion of a naturopathy specialist or dermatologist to assess you skin and recommend the right method.

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Diabetic Diet: How Lemon and Lemon Water Can Help Cure Diabetes

I started buying fresh lemons by the bag after I found out how they can help cure diabetes. They are quite literally a miracle from Mother Nature! I have always loved fresh lemon but now I make an extra effort to eat lots of them. In fact, I believe lemons should be an important staple in every diabetic diet.

Lemon Lowers the Glycemic Index of Other Foods

Research has shown that lemon lowers the glycemic index of any food it is added to. And… we are not talking a few points here. The drop is very significant! To benefit from this, all you have to do is add a little squeeze of fresh lemon over your food. Almost like waving a magic wand, this will instantly lower the glycemic index of your meal. Best of all, lemon is such an excellent flavor enhancer, it makes many foods taste better too. I often add a squeeze of fresh lemon to a hot bowl of soup (yum!), casseroles, stove top goulashes, almost any kind of salad (including salads containing fruit), and sauteed vegetables (especially greens!). Anything with chicken or fish of course tastes especially good with lemon. Please note that it is best to add the fresh lemon right before you eat the food. If you cook it in soup, for example, it can become a little bitter and the health benefits won’t be quite as great.

Have A Glass of Lemon Water First Thing In the Morning

A glass of lemon water is the perfect way for a diabetic to start the day. Most people start their day with coffee (very acidic) and food that shift the pH of the body toward the acid side. However, if you shift the pH back toward the alkaline side, you will notice your blood sugar will go down. Moreover, your cell membranes will become more sensitive to insulin – i.e. you will be LESS insulin resistant. In fact, this will actually aid your body in repairing those damaged cell membranes.

Although lemons contain a weak acid, when they are metabolized by the body they have an alkalizing effect. If fact, they are the strongest alkalizing food you can eat! This is why adding lemon to your diet can go a long way toward restoring the pH of your body to the alkaline side where it should be. It has been found that most diabetics have a very acidic body pH (as have cancer patients). Bringing back to the alkaline side will go a long way toward helping to cure your diabetes.

Making lemon water is very easy. Just squeeze the juice from a half lemon (or a full lemon if you are a larger person) into a glass of water, swirl it around a little, and drink it up. Do this first thing in the morning on an empty stomach before you have your coffee or breakfast.

Lemons Have TWICE the Vitamin C As Oranges

This was a fact that surprised me as you always hear that orange juice is so loaded with vitamin C. Well, the orange’s citrus cousin has it beat with twice the vitamin C. Most people don’t realize but vitamin C is an extremely powerful antioxidant. It is important to note that vitamin taken in the form of food is MUCH better absorbed by the body than vitamin C taken in the form of a pill!

Vitamin C is at least part of the reason lemons interact with the cell membrane and make it less insulin resistant. However, vitamin C also have other very important benefits to the diabetic as well. For example, it increases the production of collagen which strengthens blood vessels. This is key since many diabetics have problems with circulation and arterial damage.

Aids In Repairing Digestion

Most diabetics have impaired digestive enzymes and lowered acidity in the stomach. This means that they don’t always reap the full benefit from the nutritious food they eat. Lemon goes a long way toward curing this problem as well.

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Do You Have These Panic Attack Symptoms?

A panic attack is a one of those things that literally grabs you by the throat and doesn’t let go. A sufferer can virtually find himself or herself running around in circles trying to “escape” the feeling of dread. However, that’s the extreme case. What about those times when you’re quite not sure what it is you’re suffering from? Not all panic symptoms hit you over the head with a sledge hammer.

So the question is, how can you tell if you’re having a panic? If you’re having any of the following symptoms, you just might be. One of the most common symptoms of a panic is a racing heart. It can almost feel like it’s trying to jump out of your body. If you put your hand to your chest, you can feel it pounding.

Another common symptom of panic attacks is feeling weak or dizzy. You may lose your balance or feel like you’re going to pass out. Of course these symptoms can also be caused by high blood pressure or even low blood sugar. That’s why it’s important to make note of all your symptoms and not just one or two.

You may also feel a tingling or numbing sensation in the fingers. However, and most people don’t know this, sinus problems can also cause the same sensation. If you’re prone to sinus problems or have allergies (see your allergist) that tingling sensation doesn’t have to be caused by panic.

A common symptom is a feeling of dread or death. At times this can almost feel like a premonition. I’m not suggesting that people having panic attacks can actually predict the future (that’s a topic for another time) but in their minds, the person having the attack is sure that something terrible is going to happen.

In addition to the above, you may also feel sweaty or might be having chills. Of course this could also be caused by having the flue or a severe cold. Again, you need to look at all the symptoms in order to make a proper self diagnosis.

A serious symptom is one of chest pains. The reason this is serious is because what may appear to be a panic attack could very well be the onset of a heart episode. If you are having chest pains, don’t guess. See a doctor immediately, especially if the pains worsen.

You may also have trouble breathing or feel like you are losing control of yourself. That sense of loss of control is usually when the panic attack begins to worsen. If you are having several of the above symptoms, it is quite possible that you’re having a panic attack. Once you’ve determined that much, the question is…what next?

Treating panic attacks, outside of traditional medicine which can have serious side effects, is your safest and best option. And yes, there are natural treatments for panic attacks. For more information on that subject, please see the link below.

In the meantime, please make a note of these symptoms any time that you feel that you’re having a panic attack. Proper diagnosis is the first step to finding a cure.

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