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Cutting Weight Techniques for Judo

Making Weight Techniques

There are so many different ways to make weight, and sometimes it can become very confusing as to how or what you are going to do. Making weight can be difficult or easy; it all depends on how you approach it.

Many things need to be taken into consideration when preparing for a competition. This can include dieting before the comp, sauna-ing, starving yourself, or moving up a weight division. In this article I am going to give a brief outline of the different techniques people use and the theory behind each one. This is not going to be an article of exactly what to do its an outline of techniques used, for more info do some research.

Dieting before the competition

Many people believe in dieting before the competition. To burn the last bit of fat so that their entire body weight is all muscle they usually diet using low an protein dinner or no dinner at all. To lose weight you must burn MORE calories than what you put in your body. Many studies suggest that having 3 meals a day slows your Basal Metabolic Rate or BMR (metabolism) but by having 6 small meals a day your BMR is always increasing resulting in burning more calories through the day.

Depending on how much weight you have to lose you may have to start dieting 6 weeks leading up to the competition.

Many people find dieting the hardest opponent in Judo. Dieting requires discipline and constant monitoring and can be very mentally draining when preparing meals, knowing what and what not to eat as well as eating enough not to get run down or ill.

Low Carbohydrate diet:

Low Carb diets are very popular. There are many versions out there but are all very similar. Same say have carbs for breakfast and lunch but none after 2 pm, and a protein dinner, while others say have no dinner at all.

A very important rule when talking about dieting is, 'if you are losing weight, do not change the diet. Once you plateau then change the diet. "Make sure when dieting to talk to a professional or research yourself so you are doing all the right things. weeks, so within those 2 weeks I was training like crazy and because I was not losing any weight I was dieting even harder and stricter and I would end up run down and get some sort of illness like the flu. body; everyone is different so listen to your body and adjust your diet accordingly.

The dark side of Low carbohydrate diets

The human body uses 4 energy sources, these are fats, carbohydrates, protein and alcohol. But the brain (the human bodies control center) only uses Carbohydrate for energy. It does not use any other energy sources, so if your muscles have no energy either does your brain. This is why on a low carb diet you are tired, lethargic, sleepy and mentally drained. Many athletes do not like dieting on a low carb diet because on a low carb diet you can not train as intense or for as long. This is bad because leading up to a competition you want to be training at 100% without feeling tired, rundown and mentally drained.

Using a low carb diet (and dieting in general) is all about trial and error, the more times you compete and make weight the better you get at knowing how your body reacts and feels.

Low Residual diets

Low residual (Fiber) diets are mainly used in the last week or week and a half leading up to competition. The stomach can hold on the average male (75 kg) 4 kg, and girl (60 kg) 2 kg worth of weight and it can not take up to 1 week to rid the stomach of that weight. Low fiber diets are used to not flush the stomach but to make sure that whatever is getting eaten does not stay in the stomach. It goes in and out due to the fact that there is minimal fiber in it. These diets are great because you can eat things such as white bread, biscuits, rice bubbles etc and you know that they will not just sit in your gut unnecessarily weighing you down.

Another negative aspect of low fiber diets is the fact that these foods do not contain vitamins and minerals. I recommended that on any diet you should be taking multi vitamins and minerals to supplement any you may miss in your regular diet.

Diuretics

Diuretics are a drug that are used to flush out the body of fluid and food by making you go to the toilet a lot. I personally I have never used diuretics but I have friends who have used them before. Some athletes take celery tablets and this supposedly makes you go to the toilet more often.

Another technique people do is drink up to 6 liters of water a day 2 weeks out of competition and you can imagine how often you would go to the toilet drinking that much. Then in the last week they drink as little as possible. The theory behind this is to trick your body into thinking that it is holding water so it continues to flush itself out.

I think this is bad for 2 reasons. Your bladder is overworking and the human body is smarter than that.

Also 2 weeks out form the comp I would not want to be 2 kg heavy due to too much water, mentally that is not good.

One of the most popular theories is that drinking caffeine is dries you out, this is true to an extent. Let me explain: If you drink 1 liter of water your body may hold onto 600ml of it, therefore excreting 400 ml of it. Caffeine is a diuretic meaning that if you drink 1 liter of it your body will only hold on 200 ml of it and excrete the rest. Therefore people assume it helps you loose weight but in actual fact your body just holds onto less than it that's all.

This theory is similar to the negative calorie theory with the celery.

Cutting weight

Cutting weight is the term used where you must sweat and eat as little as possible in order to make weight. This is the most common technique used to make weight in not just judo but also in wresting, boxing and even horse racing. Some athletes can lose up to 6 kg in the sauna depending on what weight division and also how much mass they have. How much muscle is very important because the muscle is 70% water, therefore the more muscle you have the more water you can lose in the sauna.

There are 4 ways you can lose weight in the sauna.

With clothes on: Some athletes get in the sauna with a lot of clothes on and sweat it out that way. This is a great way to heat yourself up quickly but once you start sweating your clothes become wet and I believe it cools you down resulting in less sweat being excreted by the skin.

Exercise in there: Push-ups, boxing, star jumps what ever you can think of. What these athletes do not understand is that once your body temperature has been raised, you start sweating. These athletes do not know that once your core temperature is raised you will start sweating, it does not just keep rising, once its raised it at that level. The sweat can only come out so fast and any more exercise is just going to waste your energy.

I have found that many females can not lose much weight in the sauna, these girls I recommended to go for a run or exercise in the sauna.

Sit in swimmers: Sitting in the sauna is, I believe, the best way to cut weight. Just sit in there and continuously wipe down all the sweat on your body. This will encourage more sweat to come out.

Baby Oil: Some people put baby oil all over their skin and the theory behind this is to clog up the pores in your skin. This will raise your core temperature resulting in more sweat. I think this method is stupid because why are you making it harder for your body to sweat by clogging the pores, you should not let the sweat come out.

How long do you sauna for?

Some people like to sweat it out in on big hit, (also saves money) but if you have a bit to lose and you do not mind paying trying losing the weight over a couple of days. For instance, if I fight on Sunday I will sauna a little on Friday and then sat avo and maybe if I'm lucky and I'm underweight ill eat some dinner. This is all up to the athlete and how comfortable they feel in doing it the way the want.

I do not lose weight in the sauna?

I do not know why but some females just do not loose weight in the sauna. For these people I recommend buying a sauna suit and go for a run or bike or something. Just rug up and go for it, maybe these girls need to go and exercise in the sauna that may help them out.

I can not find a sauna?

If you can not find a sauna here are a couple of options.

– Put on a lot of layers of winter clothing and go for a run or sit on an exercise bike and ride hard.

– Rug up and sit in a car with the heater turn on full blast.

– Turn the hot shower on in the bathroom and let it get nice and steamy sit in there and sweat it out. (Just do not burn yourself.)

– Sit in a hot bath and sweat that way.

Should I move up a weight division?

If you are sick of making weight and saunaing and all the rest of it just move up a weight division. It all depends on what you want to do judo wise. Are you a recreational player or competitive, even then what are your goals. Can you move up a weight division and still be competitive internationally if not nationally. All depends on what you want out of judo.

Some athletes especially in the heavy weights can afford to give some weight away, as long as they are faster than their heavier opponents. For example Kurt Angle wave away around 10kg when he did wrestling. Another example is the heavyweight girl from Slovenia. She fights +78 and only weighs at at 85 kg. She is so fast and strong she placed 2nd in the open t the 2007 world championships.

For more info on different ways to make weight ask some of the older competitors how they made weight. Also do some research on the internet and find what's best for you, remember that trial and error is the only way to perfect making weight comfortably.

I hope this report has helped you out when it comes to thinking about how you will tackle the making weight problem next time.

Matt D'Aquino

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Eat More Pectin For Successful Weight Loss

Would not it be great if there was a way to not feel so hungry all the time when you are trying to lose weight? Well there is a way and it's not some new fad either, it's something that's natural, has no adverse side effects and may be sitting right in your fridge – fiber.

One type of fiber that you probably already have been eating is called pectin. Pectin is found in fruits, such as apples, strawberries, and peaches, along with vegetables including carrots, sweet potatoes and beans. Pectin is a carbohydrate that has no calories.

Pectin is a great source of fiber, which we all know is important for a healthy diet. Aside from helping you feel full longer, pectin can help to cut cholesterol and blood sugar levels. It may even aid in the prevention of colon cancer.

Pectin can help you lose and maintain your weight because it causes the stomach to empty more slowly. As a result, after eating pectin, you feel satisfied longer. This means that you will eat less, which will lead to weight loss. And if you think you'll have to be gobbling down hundreds of apples or guzzling pectin drinks, think again – that has shown that as little as a single teaspoon can help you to feel satisfied.

Where Can You Get Pectin?

Thankfully, you will not have to drive miles out of your way to get your supply of pectin because it is sold right in your local grocery store. It comes in a powder, which may be known as Sure-Jel, or a liquid, known as Certo. Derived from grapefruit and apples, pectin is usually found with the baking supplies in most supermarkets.

How To Take Pectin

You can mix pectin with orange juice, water, or soft drinks. It has no taste so should not affect the taste of the beverage you mix it in. It is best to increase your intake gradually to let your system adjust to the added fiber. Start off with a teaspoon a day and then gradually add more in to a max of 3 teaspoons a day. You can also add pectin to broth or soups, applesauce and even baked potatoes.

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A Comprehensive Review of the Cohen Diet

The Cohen diet is a great option for everyone who is trying to lose some weight and to introduce lifestyle changes. This is one of the easiest and most pleasant nutritional programs to follow. Just like any other diet, this diet comes with its pros and cons that need to be examined before you make up your mind about it.

Who is Doctor Cohen?

The Cohen diet is created by a French nutritional expert called doctor Jean Michel Cohen. He advocates balanced nutrition and limitation of the daily calorie amount as the best ways to achieve significant weight loss results. The diet was created following these principals. According to Cohen, processed foods are the largest evildoer, since they contain large amounts of sugar and processed fats. All other options are acceptable and beneficial for the human body. This philosophy gives the Cohen diet the label of a lifestyle choice rather than a restrictive nutritional plan.

The Variations of the Cohen Diet

The Cohen diet comes with two versions. The first one produces rapid results but it is very restrictive. This option involves a daily calorie intake of 900 calories or less. Although it guarantees immediate results, the diet may be difficult to follow, as it involves drastic calorie reduction. The second version of the Cohen diet is more moderate and the results become available within a month. This diet guarantees weight loss of nine to 11 pounds. In it, the calorie intake should remain below 1400 calories, which is easier to achieve and not as stressful on the body. Both of these diets need to be followed by a maintenance stage. This maintenance stage could continue a lifetime, as long as a person is willing to move on to healthier eating options.

Foods that are Allowed

The Cohen diet is far from a restrictive one. In fact, it comes with a great balance of nutrients and dietary options. The diet puts a limit on processed foods only. Fresh fruits and vegetables are very important. These should be consumed raw. In addition, dieters are advised to avoid products that are high in starch. An exemplary menu for a Cohen diet follower will be very easy to come up with. A breakfast can consist of tea or coffee, a favorite cereal and a cup of skimmed milk. The lunch can involve 200 grams of chicken fillet, 200 grams of steamed vegetables and half a grapefruit for dessert. The dinner option may be 150 grams of a lettuce salad, 100 grams of turkey fillet, 25 grams of cheese and 200 grams of steamed vegetables.

The Benefits and Disadvantages of the Cohen Diet

The best aspect of this diet is that people are free to choose their favorite foods, as long as the calorie count remains below the specified limit. This flexibility makes this diet easy to follow and even enjoyable. Once a person gets used to the healthier food choices, these will become a part of a better everyday diet. In addition, this diet involves no expensive supplements or harsh restrictions. On the downside, a person trying to achieve results through the fast version of the Cohen diet may be experiencing significant hunger and is likely to soon get discouraged and quit.

The Cohen diet is a wonderful dieting option that is developed by a renovated nutrition expert. This plan is easy to follow and fun. The Cohen diet lacks the harsh restrictions that other nutritional plans come with. It is flexible, it is easy and no foods are banned. What could be better than a diet that gives you so much freedom?

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The Positive Effects Of Diet Pills

Over time the obesity rates in various countries like America have continued to climb. The overall selection of diet pills and weight loss supplements has also climbed because of this. Burning fat while losing weight it absolutely possible without the use of these dieting options but there are so many advantages associated with these supplements to simply ignore them altogether.

Using these pills in conjunction with exercise and other methods can provide extremely explosive results for the average person. Inside most of these pills you will find stimulants which are very powerful when it comes to increasing your metabolic rate. There is a wide range of other ingredients found inside of your typical pill that can accelerate the fat burning process very efficiently.

The most powerful effect by far that these pills will have on your body is the appetite suppression. To achieve weight loss you need caloric restriction and this is what you will get with modern pills. The ingredients that can be found in your typical dieting pills have the power to suppress your appetite which will greatly increase the overall fat burning effect within your body.

By taking pills like this you will be able to keep all of your cravings under control while maintaining a healthy level of caloric intake. Most people underestimate the power of appetite restriction and this is bad since it is actually a very important factor when it comes to losing weight.

Aside from giving you the appetite suppression dieting pills can also provide a diuretic effect. This effect will basically help your body to get rid of the large amount of water that it is holding inside of it. Flushing a large amount of water from your body will only add to the overall amount of weight that you can lose from taking this type of pill.

Another powerful effect that you will find is known as reduced lipogenesis. The process that your body uses to generate new fat cells is called lipogenesis. Taking modern dieting pills can prevent this process from taking place. Make sure that you do your research on where to buy diet pills so you can make the best decisions.

This will prevent your body from creating an influx of new fat cells as you are trying to burn away the ones that you already have. You can even benefit from increased resting energy when you are taking these powerful supplements. The end result for most people that take dieting pills is a slimmer body and a reduced overall body weight.

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Are You a Serial Dieter? 3 Steps to Break the Cycle

  • Have you been on and off diets for most of your life?
  • Do you struggle to lose weight and then fail to keep it off?
  • Are you lacking motivation, accountability, and consistency?
  • Do you want to end the emotional eating, toxic guilt and negative self-talk?
  • Would you like to attain and maintain a healthy weight for life, but do not know how?

If you answered "Yes" to the questions above, then you are what I've termed a serial dieter. Serial dieters are people who have been on and off diets for years even decades yet they still can not attain and maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle. For serial dieters food, cooking and eating feels nothing at all like a source of pleasure, instead it's a source of complex decisions and emotions that cause confusion, anxiety, dread and self-doubt. The good news is that there is a way to end the yo-yo-ing weight, to enjoy food again and live healthy for the rest of your life. While some aspects of reaching your goals do vary for each individual, below are three steps that every serial dieter can take to begin the process of ending the serial diet cycle right now.

1-Take Responsibility

As a former serial dieter, I can tell you that healthy changes in your life and in your relationship with food and exercise will not happen until you take responsibility for your actions. Not the actions that have lead you to where you are, but the actions or lack of action that is keeping you there. Yes it's easier to eat fast and processed foods, yes it is difficult to work out 3 to 4 times a week and yes it is challenging to eat healthy most of the time. No one said the journey to healthy living would be easy. Stop making excuses, take responsibility and get it done. This is not about quick fixes, but a real commitment to a lifelong change for the better. Think of all the years, even decades that you have been overweight, unhappy, and frustrated. Are not you tired of it? Are not you ready for a real change. Stop making excuses and finally take responsibility for your health, weight and well-being.

2-Stop "Going on a Diet"

I remember, in elementary school, being taught the definition of the word diet as the foods a person normally eats on a daily basis. I am a vegetarian, so my diet consist of fruits, vegetables and grains. But for the majority of people, the word diet has become conspicuous with a calorie restrictive diet in which we reduce the number of calories we consume, or eliminate total food groups from our daily regiment. Being on a calorie restrictive diet is a self-limiting, surface level change because when you reach your goal weight you stop the diet and return to the unhealthy eating habits that you started the diet with, the weight returns and the cycle begins again. The goal is stop going on a diet and instead learn how to make healthy weight management a part of your daily life with a plan and strategies that vary as priorities, environment, circumstances and needs change.

3-Have a Plan and Get Support

Let's be honest, most of us spend more time planning a special night out than we do planning our wellness goals. And for the majority of us telling others of our endeavors is just another avenue for criticism and disappointment. How many times have you declared "Starting tomorrow I'm going to start or stop .." with no clear plan and no support or accountability. I say this respectfully, but if you know how to lose weight and become healthy by winging it and without support and accountability you would not be in the unhealthy cycle you are currently in. Having a plan can consist of restocking your kitchen with healthy food options, journaling your progress and working with a personal trainer. Support can come by way of recruiting a friend with similar goals, joining a weight loss group or working individually with a wellness coach. The journey to your success needs to be planned out and you must have support and accountability. Honestly, there is no other way.

Breaking the serial diet cycle is not easy and will not happen overnight, but you can do it by taking responsibility, eating healthy and having a plan and support. Do not let another week, year or even decade (s) go by being overweight, unhealthy and unhappy. Take action right now to end your serial dieting cycle.

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Microbiotic Diet – A Low Fat Way of Dieting

There are many diets to consider when you wish to change your eating habits, lifestyle, health, and weight.

George Ohsawa, who promoted that a simple lifestyle produced positive health benefits, created the microbiotic diet. The diet was undertaken of ten restrictive steps, forcing the dieter to exhibit a great deal of self-control.

For example, the last stage of the microbiotic diet involves the dieter consuming only brown rice and water. Diet planners, due to its excessive restriction no longer suggest this first version of the microbiotic diet.

Well Being

The microbiotic diet appeals to some because it not only focuses on the physical well being of a dieter, but also deals with the spiritual and planetary aspects of health.

The microbiotic way of dieting is low in fat, as well as high in fiber. Vegetarians could easily follow this diet because the diet places emphasize on vegetables and whole grains.

The microbiotic diet calls for low amounts of sugar, dairy items, and meat.

Soy products

Soy products are also an integral part of the diet because they contain phytoestrogens, thought to have positive effects on cholesterol levels, menopause, as well as some types of cancers. This is why patients who are suffering from cancer or other chronic diseases have followed this strict regimen.

The phytoestrogens may also prove beneficial in the prevention of estrogen-related cancers like breast cancer. It is important not to confuse this healthy way of eating with a cure for serious medical conditions and diseases.

Whole Grains

When following the microbiotic diet, 50-60% of each meal will consist of whole grains, including brown rice, barley, millet, rye, corn and buckwheat. This diet allows an occasional meal with rolled oats, noodles, pasta, bread or baked products.

Soup

Each day, 1 to 2 bowls or cups of soup are required. It is suggested that a dieter choose shoyu or miso, which contains fermented soybeans.

Vegetables

Vegetables make up 25-30% of the daily food intake, where 1/3 of the vegetables should be eaten in their raw state. Boiling, steaming, baking or sautéing should prepare any other vegetable portions.

Beans

10% of the daily food intake should consist of cooked beans. Bean products such as tofu or tempeh can also be eaten.

Cooking Oil

The most common cooking oil used when preparing meals is dark sesame oil. Additional oils to consider include light sesame oil, corn oil, as well as mustard seed oil.

Flavorings

Natural sea salt, shoyu, brown rice vinegar, grated ginger root, fermented pickles, roasted sesame seeds and sliced ​​scallions are some of the seasonings that can be used when adding flavor to foods.

When it comes to animal by-products while on the microbiotic diet, small amounts of fish or seafood are acceptable each week.

Dieters should stay away from eggs, dairy, meat, and poultry.

When eating fish or seafood, microbiotic dieters should consume horseradish, wasabi, ginger, or mustard in order to aid in the detoxification process against the effects of the seafood.

Other foods allowed while on the microbiotic diet include the moderate consumption of seeds or nuts, as well as desserts such as apples and dried food.

Dieters should not consume sugar, honey, molasses, chocolate, or carob.

Fruit

Several times a week, the diet permits fruit such as pears, peaches, apricots, grapes, berries, and melons. Avoid tropical fruits, such as pineapples and mangoes.

The microbiotic diet can be tailored to fit individuals depending on their age, gender, health concerns, as well as climate and seasonal factors.

Side Effects

There are a few side effects associated with this diet. Certain nutrients are not absorbed into the body through this diet, such as protein, vitamin B12, iron, magnesium, and calcium. This can affect a dieter by lowering their energy levels, as well as lead to health complications.

Some nutritionists frown upon this diet because they feel it is too restrictive.

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Tips on How to Enjoy a Healthy Diet and Lose Fat Faster

Your first priority when losing weight should be to eat a healthy diet. Of course, exercise is important, but consistently eating the right foods daily should come first. Follow these simple and effective tips to lose fat more easily.

Healthy Fats

Healthy fats are crucial to your weight loss efforts so aim to include healthy fats in most meals. Doing this assists your body to maintain the optimum hormone levels needed for fat burning and muscle-building. Healthy fats will also help to curb your appetite.

Include the following healthy fat foods in your diet: seeds, raw nuts, avocados, egg yolks (from free range, organic eggs), coconut oil and extra virgin olive oil. Grass fed meat is also an excellent source of healthy fats.

Here is a tip to quell your appetite and provide your body with protein, healthy fats and fiber. Try eating a handful of raw nuts half an hour before each meal 3 times daily. Nuts are nutrient dense as well so this simple trick will go a long way to improving your overall diet. Good choices are almonds, walnuts, and pecans.

Quality Protein

Include a quality protein with each snack and meal. High-quality sources include grass-fed meats, raw dairy, and plants sources such as beans and nuts. Protein helps with appetite suppression, which encourages you to ultimately consume fewer calories.

Eating enough protein assists your body to build lean muscle if you are working out. The more lean muscle you have, the greater will be the rate your metabolism runs at.

Eating enough protein at each meal also helps to regulate your blood sugar and insulin levels as protein slows down the breakdown of carbohydrates.

Carbohydrates

While it is not necessary to reduce carbohydrates to extremely low levels, many people do struggle to lose weight because they eat too many refined carbohydrates and sugars.

The sugars in fruits are better because the fiber in the fruits slows your body’s blood sugar response. An exception is fruit juices that are loaded with sugar and stripped of fiber during processing.

Try minimizing your consumption of carbohydrates from processed grains such as pasta, bread, cereals, bagels and so on. If you increase carbohydrate consumption from fruit and vegetables, you will most likely find it easier to shed body fat. This simple step alone can have a noticeable effect.

Follow these tips to a healthier smarter diet that will help you to lose fat more readily and build muscle, all the while providing more energy.

I hope this article helps you on the road to a healthy and hardy body.

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How Diet And Lifestyle Can Reduce The Lower Back Risk

Lower back pain can be as a result of accidents and falls. But usually, the pain and issues attacking the lower back are from everyday activities that are done incorrectly. When you twist reaching for something or sit in the same position working on your computer for hours or even carry heavy things you could end up with lower back pain. Apart from the activities, what you eat may be contributing to the pain because there are foods that increase inflammation. Inflammation is one of the major causes of lower back pain so you may need to check your diet as well.

With this in mind, it is clear that you can easily reduce lower back risk by being more diet alert and making a few lifestyle changes. The dietary and lifestyle changes do not only reduce the risks but can also help in alleviating pain that already exists. It is always better to find natural ways of dealing with health issues before turning to medications to enjoy the relief.

Diet

Fresh vegetables and fruits make some of the best diet remedies to reduce risks of lower back pain. Deeply colored vegetables and fruits are especially good anti-inflammatory food and can include cherries, beets, carrots, watermelon, sweet potatoes and berries, kale, broccoli and spinach. They are nutrient loaded and will reduce the pain. You can also consider spices and herbs like garlic, oregano, turmeric, rosemary, ginger, basil and cinnamon as they are rich in anti-inflammatory agents.

Plan a based diet that includes chia and flax seeds is also very good. You can combine with omega-3 from fish like sardines, tuna, herring and salmon among others. Other foods you should include in your diet to beat the pain are pecans, almonds, lean proteins and avocados.

Calcium and Vitamin D are also very important in reducing the risks of the lower back. This is because they maintain bone mass, but they should also be taken in moderation. Natural food sources of calcium include cheese, yoghurt and milk and leafy green vegetables.

Lifestyle

When it comes to lifestyle changes that can help you reduce lower back risks, there is so much you can do. Some of the easiest changes include:

• Modifying daily activities so they do not include heavy lifting

• Improving your posture, especially when sitting on your computer for long periods

• Creating an exercise program that is easy to follow

• Managing weight and losing the excess pounds so you do not end up straining the back too much

• Sleeping sideways to keep stress off your back or using supportive pillows where necessary

• Keeping stress levels down to avoid muscle tension that contributes to the pain

• Quitting smoking as it raises risks of persistent back pain, heart disease and even cancer

If you observe the right diet and make necessary changes to your everyday life, you will be sure to see tremendous changes with your back health. If the changes do not yield the expected results and the pain gets worse or persistent, then it could be time to see a doctor.

Watching your diet and keeping up with an active lifestyle is one of the best ways of keeping health issues at bay. Always try natural remedies before turning to medication.

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Is Penis Rash From a Latex Allergy or Diet?

Penis sensitivity is one of the reasons why stimulation of the penis is so effective. The skin is very thin and filled with nerve endings – but that thinness also leaves it prone to the development of a penis rash. Penis health practitioners know that determining the cause of the penis rash is important. For some men, that cause may be latex. But interestingly enough, men with a latex allergy may also have a food allergy that needs to be taken into consideration.

Latex allergy is real

Although it is sometimes joked about, latex allergy is indeed a real thing and can have an impact upon those who regularly use latex condoms. Both men and women can be affected by such an allergic reaction. While statistics are hard to come by, it is estimated that between 1% and 3% of American men and women have a reaction to latex. (In some subcategories, the percentage is higher. For example, about 6%-7% of people who come into contact regularly with latex in their working lives develop an allergy to it.)

Reactions

So what happens when a man with a latex allergy wears a latex condom? That really depends upon how allergic the man is, on the amount of latex in the condom and on the length of time the condom is worn.

The most common reaction is the appearance of a penis rash, often severe, and typically presenting within 6-48 hours after exposure. The rash is frequently a source of considerable itchiness as well. The skin of the affected area may become quite dry and eczema may develop as the reaction progresses. In some extreme cases, welting or blistering may appear, which can be quite uncomfortable and very worrisome.

But more alarming – and thankfully rarer – is wheezing or difficulty breathing, often accompanied by scratchiness in the throat and possibly with nausea. This may indicate anaphylactic shock. Again, such situations are rare with latex allergies, but they can occur. Anyone who suspects this is the case should consult with a doctor immediately, as this can be quite dangerous.

Diet

The latex allergy is caused by a certain protein within the latex. The reason why a man with a latex allergy may also have a food allergy is because that same protein is found in some foods. The most likely culprits to contain this protein are:

– Tomatoes

– Chestnuts

– Kiwi fruits

– Bananas

– Avocados

A man with a strong latex allergy should limit his exposure to these foods, as well as to foods in which they are main ingredients. For example, avocados are the primary ingredient in guacamole. Marinara sauce is primarily tomatoes. Working with an allergist to determine how much of these foods may be safely consumed is advisable if a known latex allergy is present.

Of course, men still need to find alternatives to latex condoms as well. Fortunately, there are other options out there. Probably the most widely available is a polyurethane condom. Some form of protection is needed, both to avoid unwanted pregnancy and to protect against STIs.

A penis rash from a latex allergy without open welts, blisters or sores may respond to use of a top drawer penis health crème (health professionals recommend Man1 Man Oil, which is clinically proven mild and safe for skin). While such a crème cannot treat an allergy, it can provide soothing treatment for skin stressed from a penis rash and resultant dry skin. Be sure to find a crème that is a potent moisturizer, which means it should include both a natural hydrator (such as vitamin E) and a high-end emollient (Shea butter is one of the best). The crème should also be packed with vitamin D, the “miracle vitamin” that fights disease and helps maintain healthy penile cellular function.

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The Cancer Prevention Diet: Lower Your Risks Today

Fighting cancer is hard, so why not do something to prevent it from occurring in the first place? More and more people are finding out that simple changes in diet and lifestyle are enough to drastically reduce their chances of getting all types of cancer. This can also work for those who have already been diagnosed by the disease and are seeking help from a naturopathic doctor.

In this case, the physician will tell you to remove foods that feed cancer and consume foods that boost your immune system and cleanse your body. This way, you can enhance your health and your ability to combat cancer.

The Ties Between Cancer and Your Diet

There’s plenty of evidence that links together what you eat with the development of cancer. This is great news for people who don’t mind exercising their free will to pick and choose better foods and drinks to consume. Your lifestyle choices also greatly affect your risks of getting cancer. Obviously, drinking too much alcohol and smoking cigarettes can also increase your chances of getting cancer.

If you don’t workout, this is inviting cancer to take over. You need to exercise to keep your vital organs doing what they do best – keeping you alive. Sedentary lifestyles lead to obesity, heart disease and diabetes, among other illnesses.

Eating organic foods is essential to keeping away harmful chemicals that can contribute to cancerous growths. Pesticides and herbicides are dangerous and accumulate in your body. This toxic buildup is what eventually allows cancer to form. Once it does, you will need to start eating and living better. You can also get help from one of the qualified alternative cancer treatment centers near you.

Do GMOs Cause Cancer?

There’s a lot of talk in the conventional and naturopathic doctor community regarding the dangers of genetically modified foods. This consists of plants and animals that have had their DNA altered to allow it to withstand droughts, cold weather and grow larger. They are also are designed to produce an insecticide to keep bugs from eating them.

The FDA insists that GMOs are safe for human consumption, however, these foods have only been placed in short-term studies. Animal tests have been done by independent scientists that reveal otherwise. It shows that GMOs can cause certain types of cancer. It also showed that even small amounts of pesticide can increase your risks of certain cancers, like breast cancer, leukemia, brain tumors, lymphoma, prostate cancer and brain tumors.

Now, let’s review what you can do to improve your diet to lower your risk of cancer.

Eat More Cancer-Fighting Fruits and Veggies

There’s no particular food you should be eating, but an assortment of fruits and veggies that help to combat cancerous growths is recommended. Eating a well-balanced whole food diet is still crucial. However, the following should definitely be implemented into your daily meals:

  • Broccoli
  • Spinach
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Carrots
  • Beans
  • Dark leafy greens
  • Tomatoes
  • Guava
  • Watermelon
  • Peas
  • Oranges
  • Berries

Eat Plenty of Fiber

Keeping a clean colon is essential for maintaining a healthy body. One way to do this is to consume lots of fiber. There are a variety of foods you can add to your breakfast, lunch, snacks and dinner to increase your intake of fiber, which can stem from whole grains, fruit, legumes and vegetables, such as the following:

  • Bran muffins
  • Brown rice
  • Apples
  • Pears
  • Bananas
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Bell peppers
  • Beans

Water should also be added – drink plenty of this to keep your body flushed of toxins and waste.

Cut Back On Processed and Red Meat

The number one issue with meat is that it processes through the body very slowly. This is because it lacks fiber, which as we see is essential for fighting cancer. Those who consume a lot of processed meats tend to have a higher risk of colon cancer. Then most processed meats are contaminated with pesticides, herbicides, GMOs and hormonal injections, which further increase your chances of developing cancer. Naturopathic doctors recommend choosing non-processed meat that is organic, grass-fed and contains no injected hormones or antibiotics.

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