Natural Xanthine Oxidase Inhibitors Can Help Reduce Uric Acid

Natural xanthine Oxidase inhibitors can be part of the gout treatment regimen. There are three very potent and safe agents that have XOI effects, Casein protein, green tea leaf extract and resveratrol from Japanese Knotweed root.

Casein, which is a no-purine protein, is proven to increase the amount of uric acid excreted in urine, the uricosuric effect. Researchers have tested these effects in several studies. These studies have demonstrated in clinical trials that, in addition to casein’s known uricosuric effect, increasing uric acid excretion, the protein may acutely decrease serum UA concentration in the blood. This reduction in UA levels may significantly help in reducing the frequency and severity of gout attacks.

Casein makes up a significant percentage of the protein in milk. This milk protein is an excellent source of many essential amino acids. Casein is a slow-digesting protein which is very advantageous given its uric acid reduction properties. Interestly, this protein, while understood very well among body builders, has not, until recently been used as a natural agent for gout.

Green tea contains high level of catechins, in which Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) is the most abundant compound among other types of catechins. Their antioxidant effect contributes to various potential health benefits of green tea. Several in-vitro studies have found that green tea inhibits xanthine oxidase activity and subsequently uric acid production.

According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, taking 250 to 500 milligrams daily of green tea extract or drinking 2 to 4 cups of tea prepared from green tea leaves may help control the symptoms of gout. However, more clinical research is needed to determine the effects of long-term green tea use and to set safe dosage ranges.

It is interesting to note that the FDA has approved human clinical trials in the United States that will study the effects of green tea leaf extract on gout.

Resveratrol from Japanese Knotweed root, an exceptionally potent polyphenol compound, has been shown in-vitro to be capable of directly inhibiting xanthine oxidase activity and thus block the over production of uric acid. Researchers have investigated the free radical scavenging capacity of resveratrol, its effects on xanthine oxidase (XO) activity. Resveratrol showed a dose- dependent free radical scavenging activity, significant inhibition of XO activity and an anti-lipoperoxidative capacity.

It is important when considering natural agents to reduce hyperuricemia, that one considers both uricosuric and xanthine oxidase inhibitors ingredents. Equally important is to have your uric acid levels check on a regular basis as prescribed by your physician.

Putting Lottery Winners On Display

Merle and Pat Butler of Red Bud, Ill., Look happy in the video that has been circulating online. That's not surprising, because in the video, Merle Butler is holding a novelty check for over $ 218 million.

He was the last of three winners to claim a share of the $ 656 million Mega Millions lottery prize that set the record for the largest jackpot in US history.

Most likely, all three winners were pleased. But the Butlers were the only ones whose smiles were broadcast to the world. Maybe they enjoyed their turn in the spotlight; my guess is that they were just being good sports and would have preferred to keep the news quiet.

Unlike the other winners, however, the Butlers did not have a choice in the matter. Illinois requires that its lottery winners present their beaming faces for news conferences and other promotional appearances unless they have "compelling reasons" not to.

In fact, only six states – Kansas, Maryland, Delaware, Michigan, North Dakota and Ohio – allow lottery winners to remain anonymous. As it happened, the other two Mega Millions winners were from Kansas and Maryland. At a news conference, a poster stand in for the Kansas winner. The Maryland ticket belonged to three public school employees, who, like the Butlers, posed with a novelty check, but did so while holding the check, made out to "The Three Amigos," over their faces.

The other 37 states that run lotteries, along with the District of Columbia, differ in just how much publicity they require of winners. Some, like Illinois, insist on dragging winners before a camera, while others simply publish the winners' names and let media hounds follow the trail. In some places, including Colorado, Connecticut and Vermont, winners can evade the spotlight by forming a trust or a limited liability company to claim the money on their behalf. However, at least one state, Oregon, explicitly forbids this practice. I can not imagine the strategy would play well in states that require news conferences, either. No matter where one stands on issues of corporate personhood, trusts and limited liability companies are notoriously un-photogenic.

On its website, the Illinois Lottery has this to say on winners' obligations: "Multi-million dollar winners must participate in a one-time news conference, but we'll always respect your wishes of privacy as much as possible." Illinois Lottery Superintendent Michael Jones told The Associated Press that, despite the stated rule, the lottery would work with prizewinners wishing to retain their privacy. He warned, however, that "an extremely entrepreneur reporting reporter can find out who that person is." (1) Missouri, one of the states that does not require a press conference but does release winners' names, simply advises winners that they may prefer to simply get their unwanted 15 minutes of fame over and done with, since "If you choose not to do a news conference, the media may still attempt to contact you at home or your place of employment. "

When it talks about "compelling reasons" for remaining anonymous, Illinois seems to have in mind things like restraining orders. But in my view, most people have compelling reasons not to broadcast personal financial information, particularly news about coming into sudden, unexpected wealth. Dennis Wilson, the Kansas Lottery's executive director, said that the Mega Millions winner in that state chose to remain anonymous "for the obvious reasons that most of us would consider." (2)

There is the so-called "lottery curse" in which big winners quickly find themselves broke after being barraged by requests from friends and distant family members and being aggressively targeted by salespeople. Roughly nine out of 10 big prize winners lose their windfall within five years, according to both a Florida study that looked at bankruptcies and a Stanford University study on lottery winners, each cited by Reuters. While some lottery winners are wise enough to hire reputable lawyers and financial advisors, others do not, and find themselves facing claims they are not equipped to handle.

According to the Missouri Lottery, 97 percent of jackpot winners say that the experience is a "very positive" one. Even accepting that statistical at face value means that, for 3 percent of winners, the hassles of winning, including having their names released to the media, outweigh the benefits of being handed thousands or millions of dollars. And since advertising campaigns that urge players to dream big, we can assume that the percentage of less-than- positive outcomes is higher than 3 percent among those with the largest prizes.

The lotteries claim that they need to be able to identify winners in order to prove that they are actually paying out prizes. While lottery scams are a real problem, I doubt many people would steer clear of the Powerball out of skepticism. Independent auditors and state attorneys general could maintain public confidence, as they already do in the case of legally registered charities.

What lotteries really want, when they parade winners in front of the cameras, is to convince other people that they, too, could win. Of course the vast majority can not and will not win. That's what makes a lot a lottery and not something productive, like an investment.

Amid the hype before the big Mega Millions drawing, several news and blogging sites released lists of things more likely than winning the jackpot. Yet such information makes little difference in the way most people behave. Thanks to a phenomenon known as the "availability heuristic," people tend to consider events to be more probable if they can easily think of examples of those events occurring. So the more lottery winners we see, the more probable we think winning the lottery is, despite the fact that the real odds of a jackpot remain minuscule.

State-run lotteries that exploit winners and losers alike. Winners are subordinated to publicity they do not want so that lotteries can sell more tickets to people who are almost uniformly destined to lose.

I hope, for the Butlers' sake, that they avoid the "lottery curse." So far, they seem to be doing the right things. They took the time to consult with financial advisors and an attorney, keeping their big news quiet before appearing for the mandatory news conference. They have both full careers, have raised two children, and own the home they have lived in since 1977. If anyone is prepared to deal with the complications the publicized prize will bring, it is a mature, rock-steady couple like the Butlers seem to be.

Of course, their responsibility will not stop strangers from making poorly informed judgments about their character, as I am doing here. Nor will it prevent the Butlers from being made to feel guilty when they are inevitably accosted by former coworkers, neighbors, charities and suddenly not-so-distant relatives. They will have to field not only more requests to give, but requests to give greater amounts as well.

A fundraiser for a local civic group, who might have been very happy with a $ 100 contribution before the Butlers' windfall, may now look at them and say, "You have all this money, and you're just giving $ 100?" The implication, which is often used to manipulate suddenly wealthy people, is that they do not deserve their good fortune and then have an obligation to share when asked. A lot of us, raised to be good citizens on the playground and in kindergarten, have a very hard time saying "no." The pressure is greater for those who live in small towns, where saying no means getting a healthy dose of snark and patience from people they will see every day.

All lottery winners are, by definition, lucky. The luckiest are those who live in states that respect winners' privacy.

Sources:
1) The Associated Press , "Big lottery winners often decide to remain anonymous, if their state will let them"
2) The Courier-Journal , "Kansas says Mega Millions lottery winner will stay anonymous"

Single Dental Implants for a Missing Tooth or Teeth

Teeth are lost because of trauma or disease. Trauma may come in the form of an accident or excessive biting forces. Disease is generally tooth decay or periodontal disease [gum disease] but there are other categories such as cancer and various neoplasm's of the jaw that may result in tooth loss. Studies show that more than 50% of the population has one or more missing teeth. Trauma commonly causes the loss of a single front tooth. The effect this has on a persons' well being is obvious. Fortunately an experienced dental implantant can usually remove the remaining root, place a dental implant, and secure a new tooth to that implant in one visit of an hour or two. The loss of a single tooth in the back is usually caused by tooth decay or periodontal disease. Sometimes this can be treated just like front teeth but for various reasons it is often more time consuming.

More often than not the treatment for a single missing back tooth is as follows:

  1. Extraction of the damaged tooth and grafting of the root sockets. Wait 4 months then
  2. Placement of a dental implant to replace the root of the single missing tooth. Wait 4 to 6 months then
  3. Placement of an abutment on the dental implant and record taking for the fabrication of a crown to replace the single missing tooth. Wait 3 weeks then
  4. Permanent attachment of the abutment to the implant and cementation of the crown to the abutment. TREATMENT COMPLETE

The need for replacing a single missing tooth in the back is often times not as intuitively obvious as the need for replacing a single missing tooth in the front; but it is important. Teeth are very movable. We've all witnessed an Orthodontist putting tension on a tooth with a small rubber band and moving it where ever he wants. Each tooth in the mouth has a position and a purpose. When there is a single missing tooth the body's natural reaction is to drift adjacent teeth into the void that is created. Over time a single missing tooth may actually cause a change in the position of every other tooth in the mouth. Malocclusion may then develop contributing to TMJ [tempromandibular joint] dysfunction, headaches, muscle spasms in the neck and shoulders, food impaction between teeth, tooth decay, periodontal disease, and other problems. Because these problems do not always develop and because they may occur years after the single tooth is lost, people of times times do not associate the loss of their tooth to the problems it caused. It is a shame that a single missing tooth is frequently ignored in light of the possible consequences but the development of dental implants for the replacement of a single missing tooth is encouraging many more people to seek early treatment.

Multiple missing teeth usually follows a single missing tooth. Each time a tooth is lost and not replaced it accelerates the process of losing more teeth. As multiple teeth are lost all of the problems associated with a single missing tooth are exaggerated. But there are additional concerns as well. Those would include but not be limited to:

  1. Collapse of vertical dimension- As multiple back teeth are lost the mouth loses their support when we close causing the chin to get closer to the nose. This has the effect of deep folds at the corner of the mouth and thinning of the lips. It can easily age a persons' appearance by 10 to 20 years.
  2. Collapse of facial structure-As multiple back teeth are lost facial support of the cheeks is lost causing a sunken in look. Once again the result is premature aging.
  3. Bone loss- The bones of our upper and lower jaws have only one natural purpose; the support of our tooth roots. When the roots are lost the bone begins to melt away much as a muscle does that is not used. These results in further lose of facial support and can make the wearing of artificial prosthetics such as dentures impossible. It can also make the placement of dental implants more challenging.
  4. Inability to chew foods properly-The mouth is the first in a series of organs designed to assimilate and digest foods. The more thoroughly we can chew the food the better the whole system works. Mom was not wrong when she admonished all of us to chew our food more slowly and thoroughly.
  5. Inability to eat a healthy diet-As more and more teeth are lost it becomes increasingly difficult to eat a balanced diet. Important staples such as raw vegetables and nuts became impossible to eat and we lose out on the many vitamins and minerals they provide.
  6. Inability to eat the foods we enjoy-Corn on the cob, ribs, steaks, fajitas, etc. become impossible to eat. Many people do not know how much being able to eat what they want means to them until it's too late.
  7. Embarrassment-There is a social stigma associated with missing teeth. Many people simply quit smiling or hide their smiles with their hands. That is unfortunate because we know of very few people who lost their teeth because they wanted to. Each person has their own story and all of them or sad.

These are but a few of the problems that people face because of single and multiple missing teeth. Now, dental implants offer amazingly simple and dependable solutions. Dental implants for single missing teeth or multiple missing teeth are artificial roots made of titanium that replace the roots of natural teeth. For a single missing tooth one implant is placed and a crown is attached to it. The result is a natural looking tooth that functions and works just like the natural tooth that was replaced. Many people think that with multiple missing teeth that one dental implant is required to replace each tooth; that is not usually the case. For example if three teeth in a row are missing it is often possible to replace them with only two dental implants and a fixed bridge between them. With the amazing All on 4 protocol and entire arch [16 teeth] can be replaced with only four implants and a fixed bridge.

The placement of a dental implant is usually quick and almost painless for those who are candidates. One requirement is an adequate quantity and quality of bone. As mentioned previously when a tooth is extracted the bone that once secured its' root begins to melt away. Some studies indicate that up to 40% of the bone volume in that area may be lost in the first twelve months. Modern dentist with an understanding of oral surgery and implants place materials in the sockets where the tooth roots were to prevent this from happening. The result is a healthy site for the future placement of a dental implant. Dentist with a more advanced understanding of dental implants may actually place an implant into the socket when the tooth is extracted. When this can be achieved it is the best and simplest solution for preventing bone loss. But because many dentist do not understand dental implants and the protocols necessary for preserving bone, and because many patients take a cavalier approach to the loss of a tooth, sometimes there is a need for an implant but not adequate bone to support it. Modern implant designs minimize this as do implant placement protocols such as those of the All on 4 technique but they can not eliminate the occasional need for more bone.

When there simply must be more bone, bone regeneration procedures are required. This typically incorporates one of many different types of materials that replace the lost bone volume and encourage the formation of new bone. With the advent of stem cell and bone morphogenic enhanced materials this has become far simpler and more predictable. What once required a maxillofacial and an orthopedic surgeon in a hospital setting can now be predictably performed by a well trained dental surgeon in his office. Once this new bone has matured, usually 4 to 6 months, a single or multiple tooth replacement dental implant can be placed just as predictably as if the graft had not been required.

Single Dental Implant Procedure: –

Steps for placement of a single dental implant in the site of a single missing tooth

  • After conscious sedation is administered the placement site of the single missing tooth is infiltrated with local anesthesia.
  • A small incision is made in the soft tissue covering the bone in the single missing tooth site and an osteotomy is prepared. An osteotomy is the same thing as a pilot hole made prior to the placement of a screw in wood. Once the osteotomy is completed a single dental implant is threaded into it. Now we have a man made root where the natural root was. Just like a natural root this dental implant is beneath the gums and in the bone and can not be seen in the mouth. A piece called an abutment is screwed into the single dental implant. The abutment provides the transition from the dental implant beneth the gums to a tooth above the gums. Impressions are taken from the abutment and they are sent to a dental laboratory
  • In about three weeks a crown is returned from the laboratory and it is secured to the abutment with glue [cement]. You now have a new tooth that looks, functions, and feels just like a natural tooth.

Dental implants for the replacement of single missing teeth and multiple missing teeth have become as routine for dental implantologist as fillings are at your family dentist. For those with single missing teeth they offer an exceptional replacement solution that can help prevent future problems. For those who have lost multiple teeth or all of their teeth dental implants can give them back their smile, confidence, and self esteem. It can really give them a second chance.

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Treatment For Acne Scars

PRP or Platelet Rich Plasma, which is sometimes also referred to as Plasma Rich in Growth Factors (PRGF), platelet gel, and Platelet Concentrate (PC) is an escalated concentration of platelets suspended in meager amounts of plasma. Simply put, PRP is blood plasma which is rich in platelets.

Being a concentrated source of autologous platelets, implying that the blood comes from patient’s own body, PRP is known to contain growth factors and cytokines that are capable of stimulating the healing of soft tissue (a tissue which supports, surrounds, or connects other organs and structures within a body).

Our blood mainly comprises of red blood cells (93%), white blood cells (1%) and platelets (6%), all of them suspended in plasma. During a PRP treatment, the red blood cell count is lowered to 5%, while the platelets are increased to a staggering 94%, and the white blood cell count remains the same.

Essentially, PRP has been used extensively in certain specialties of dentistry and dermatology.

PRP Collection

  • Blood is withdrawn from the patient’s body through a syringe
  • Centrifugation using a diligently defined protocol (it segregates the red and white blood cells from platelets)
  • Plasma that’s rich in platelets is drawn off
  • An activating agent is added to the plasma, rendering it suitable to use

PRP for Acne Scars

Acne Scars are a common skin condition among millions of people throughout. Acne scars are a form of hyper-pigmentation that’s left over the acne lesions and are difficult to get rid of, if treated traditionally.

Acne scars are generally caused by the following reasons:

  • Inflammation
  • Destruction of Elastin and Collagen
  • Excessive Collagen buildup

PRP treatment procedure leverages body’s blood rich is platelets to heal and treat injuries affecting the soft tissues. Regenerating and rejuvenating the soft tissues, PRP treatment for acne scars stimulate scar healing. What’s surprising is the fact that during the entire procedure, no foreign substance is used.

Not only does it induce growth and enrichment of platelets, it also regenerates soft tissues and stimulates the growth of new capillaries and blood vessels, thereby improving the texture and vitality of the skin.

Apparently, PRP treatment also stimulates fibroblasts and keratinocytes, helping in the generation of new skin in place of the scarred remains.

For deeper, pigmented acne scars, a PRP procedure should be ideally followed by a Micro Needling treatment. This helps to reduce the scar depth.

PRP, as an alternative to laser treatments and surgeries, is safe, natural and minimally invasive. It’s a procedure entirely free from risks.

For the best results, discuss your treatment plan with your dermatologist.

At Long Last Natural Collagen Elastin Skin Remedy

Collagen elastin skin remedies are extremely important in keeping skin firm, and healthy. These two vital proteins play an important role in skin health and without them the skin is unable to repair itself as it once could. With aging the production of collagen and elastin decrease therefore causing skin to sag and become wrinkled.

There are many collagen elastin treatments available such as injections, lotions and creams for those wanting rejuvenated skin. The need for nutrients and naturally active ingredients that will stimulate the production of collagen and elastin is necessary in the collagen and elastin therapies if you wish to achieve improve skin appearance.

The human skin can effectively repair itself, the damaged cells, tissues and fibers can be repaired automatically. Because all the repair and restructuring are naturally occurring in your body, it is less able to achieve this over time due to aging and the breakdown of the collagen and elastin. Free radicals also play a role in destroying the natural repair mechanism of the body.

Free radicals are natural molecules in the body's make up, however when confronted by toxins and UV radiation of the sun they can be destructive. Their actions have to be controlled by powerful antioxidants or they will destroy collagen and elastin fibers causing fine line and wrinkles to form.

For collagen elastin skin remedy to be effective they must contain certain ingredients such as Nano Lipobelle HEQ10. The molecules of this powerful antioxidant are so small that they are able to penetrate the many layers of the skin nourishing it with all the necessary, vitamins, minerals and help to stimulate your own production of collagen and elastin which are vital for healthy skin.

Other important substances for collagen elastin skin remedy are Cynergy TK which is very important in reducing fine lines and wrinkles, nourishing the skin and increasing the levels of collagen and elastin in the skin.

Phytessence Wakame which is another powerful antioxidant works wonders on the skin and provide antioxidant to make your skin healthy, vibrant and youngger looking almost like it was when you were younger. It helps your skin to produce its own natural collagen and elastin levels almost to that of a younger person.

The secret behind natural collagen elastin remedy has now been revealed and is not so much of a secret anymore. Visit my website to learn how to increase your body's collagen and elastin level for vibrant, smooth, even-toned skin.

Fast Ways to Lose Weight – 5 Great Tips

There is no doubt that losing weight is not easy. It requires that you make some changes in your habits, take new steps that are often extreme and all this has to be done during what is already a busy life.

Let's see if we can make this a little easier on you!

Here are 5 fast ways to lose weight that you can add to your daily weight loss program with ease:

  1. Eat smaller meals, more frequently. When you eat smaller meals you help your body stay fueled and operate efficiently, it also keep your metabolism running at full speed. Look to eat 5-6 meals a day which is about ever 3 hours.
  2. Eat a little lean protein at every meal. The benefit of eating lean protein is that your body will burn your food more slowly. It keeps your blood sugar in balance, cravings under control and you feel full longer.
  3. Make sure you get a good night's sleep. Proper sleep plays an important role in the hormone levels in your body. These hormones are responsible for regulating your metabolism and controlling your hunger.
  4. Get moving! A body in motion burns more calories and it stays healthy. Recent studies have shown that people who are active, not necessarily high endurance activities, but that keep moving through the day are healthier and more fit.
  5. Increase your muscle. Muscle burns fat better than your other tissues. And when you lift weights, your muscles burn calories and fat while they are repairing themselves – a full 36 hours after you've worked out.

When you are trying to lose weight on a permanent basis these 5 fast ways to lose weight are what you need to become habits and part of your daily lifestyle. When these become habit you will be well on your way to the healthy and fit weight that you are working towards.

The Various Hemorrhoid Treatment Options

If you’re hemorrhoids have gotten to the point where they are too much to bear, it’s time to look seriously into your treatment options. This process can be difficult because there a large number of treatments available that all vary in their level of invasion and intensity. This article will attempt to look at a sample of the available hemorrhoid treatments from the various categories and examine their merit individually.

First up, you need to weigh your most friendly options. The smartest strategy is to start out with the simplest treatments and only proceed to treatments that are more invasive if and as they are required.

This lowest level of treatments includes things that can be bought over the counter and through the internet, otherwise called home remedies. These can be creams, gels, or ointments that can be applied to the affected area or oral treatments that can go to work on the inner causes of hemorrhoids. If these treatments aren’t effective after two weeks of usage, sufferers can look to the next level.

Next up are treatments sometimes termed “minimally invasive” options, although relatively they are certainly more invasive than those we’ve previously discussed. They include things like “rubber ligation” therapy which cut off the blood supply to the painful hemorrhoids with the use of tiny rubber bands. Eventually through this treatment, the hemorrhoid simply falls off. This is an option mostly used for internal as opposed to external hemorrhoids.

The next level of treatment from here are what are termed surgical options. The most common forms here are hemorrhoidectomy, and stapling, both involving the physical removal or restriction of the hemorrhoid through surgical procedure. These options can have side affects and involve longer recovery times but may be necessary for serious cases.

How To Maintain Beauty And Acne Free Skin?

Whenever you hear or see the word "beauty" it is very obvious that the first thing that will surely come to your mind is the face. The face has been the symbol for the pride and dignity of a person. Having a perfect face means having a higher status in life. Beauty is also a symbol of power in this world.

This is the reason why people around the globe will do just anything to maintain a youthful look. From television advertisements to the cyber space of the Internet, there are lots of beauty products out there that are gaining more popularity as it reaches the maximum demand for beauty.

In maintaining a beautiful face, there is one thing that is considered the main problem of the person who is very obsessed in beauty. This problem is called the acne and pimple growth.

Pimple and acne that grows in almost all types of skin have a very nasty and irritating effect in the skin and especially the face. If the affected area is the face, it is very much disappointing because acne and pimples are unusual marks in the face that is very easy to be noticed.

Because of this, a person with acne and pimple will have his own self-confidence to decline and he will feel humiliated by everyone who looks at him. This proves that acne in the face not only irritates the person with acne but also, he will be irritated emotionally.

It will also be hard to dry the face of a person with acne using a piece of cloth because the friction between the cloth and the pimple causes some pain sensation to the person who is suffering the burdens caused by acne.

The pimple and acne usually start to grow in the skin and the other part of the body like the face during the period of puberty. It is a natural phenomenon in a body as it reaches the age of maturity.

Acne and pimple growth in the skin can be prevented and cured. Maintaining a clean face is the key to preventing pimple and acne to grow in the face. Some experts say that pimple and acne growth are caused due to dirt and bacteria.

If only the skin and the face will be maintained clean, acne and pimple will not be able to grow and the irritation caused by it will be eliminated.

Application of facial cleansers and skin moisturizers can also help to lessen the risk of pimple and acne growth. In choosing the right product to eliminate the humiliating effect of acne and pimples, you must first consult the experts. Some potions and astringents have a very unpleasant side effect to the body.

How To KiteSurf

You have been bitten by the KiteSurfing bug, you can not wait to hit the first current to propel your body screaming 40-feet into the air and crashing into the water. With each gains of wind your elevated high off the surface and breaking each wave as you land. The thrill associated with the sport of KiteSurfing has many able-bodied thrill seekers flocking to the beaches across the world to set sail and fly across the top of the ocean.

But before you could set your feet in the water you will need to know how to KiteSurf, if you have surfed or have sail surfed you have an immediate advantage to understand how to maneuver your board, however when KiteSurfing your feet will move a little and your arms and hands are the only thing holding you to the kite, your feet are attached to the board.

Most rookie KiteSurfers have accidents because they have trouble calculating distance and variable levels of speed that the kites can create by a gust of wind. Learning to KiteSurf through instruction and practice is by far the best way to learn and experience the heart-pounding action and gravity-defying jumps.

As with any sport there are safety precautions you should adhere to.

You must be a good swimmer. Swimming entails that if your kite flies away from you, you may have to swim after the handles or swim back to shore. Depending how far out you have gone on your board this may not be such an easy task.

You can be carded or rated by a professional instructor. This will help you understand the risks as well as the conditions that are appropriate for your time out on the water. Your instructor should be certified by the IKO, International KiteSurfing Organization. Never go out with a friend, it could prove disastrous.

You should always wear a helmet. Like bicycle laws they are encouraged in some countries and mandatory in others. Your head is the most delicate part of your body, if you crash into the sea at a high-rate of speed or run into rockets your chances of suffering head trauma can be disabling.

Watch the weather conditions. It is important to understand the weather and the effects of strong wind and how it can play havoc on avid KiteSurfers.

Other guidelines you will learn along the way will be important and somehow common knowledge but it is good to go over the basics to make sure you and the people around you remain safe as you launch.

· Never launch kites in crowded swimming areas
· Do not lay your lines out along the beach
· Whenever possible try not to launch kite from the sand
· Be willing to help KiteSurfers as they re-enter the beach
· When making jumps in the water, measure the downwind zone
· If you can not swim far distances avoid going deep into the ocean
· Use your self-rescue signals when killing power to the kite
· Always wear a life-jacket or a buoyancy jacket.

By following the simple rules you can keep yourself as well as those around you safe during launch and re-entry to the beach.

Safe Alternative To Vaniqa For Facial Hair Removal

Is there a safe alternative to Vaniqa cream for women wanting to do something about unwanted facial hair?

Yes there is! In fact, this alternative to Vaniqa was on the market some years before Vaniqa was finally approved by the FDA (Food And Drug Administration) for public distribution on prescription in the year 2000.

In the early 1990’s a lesser known company operating near Toronto in Canada by the name of Nisim International was carrying out extensive research in its laboratories for a natural herbal solution to hair loss.

In 1993 they released the NewHair Biofactors range which consisted of deep cleansing shampoos and a hair growth stimulator made from natural herbs. It received a positive write up in the Medical Post of 1993 and the article listed some impressive success results from the clinical trials. (See http://www.4-hair-loss-solutions.com/baldness-medical-post.html for the full text of the article)

In the course of this research the folks at Nisim stumbled on a way to not only stop hair loss and get hair to regrow, they also found a way to stop unwanted hair from growing by interrupting the mechanism for hair growth in the hair follicle.

This led to the release of Kalo Hair Growth Inhibitor in 1997, some years before Vaniqa arrived on the scene.

Vaniqa And Kalo Compared

There are some main differences between this alternative to Vaniqa and Vaniqa cream. For one thing, Kalo can be used by men, women and children whereas Vaniqa is only for women and girls under the age of 12 are recommended not to use it.

Vaniqa is available on prescription only, Kalo is a non-prescription hair growth inhibitor.

Some may raise a question over Kalo being a viable alternative to Vaniqa because it is not FDA approved. While that is true it is important to understand the process of FDA approval.

Vaniqa was brought to the market by two powerful giants in the personal care industry, Bristol-Myer Squibb and The Gillette Company. Will millions of dollars available they put up the necessary funding to get Vaniqa through the many years of tests and trials necessary before the FDA gives approval.

The final clinical trial results showed that 58% of women who used Vaniqa found a reduction in hair growth. That means a fairly large percentage did not see any difference.

The alternative to Vaniqa, Kalo, is produced by a small company without the massive resources available to the major pharmaceuticals. They also rely on word of mouth instead of pouring large sums into advertising. As a result, Kalo has grown in popularity and since the appearance of Vaniqa on the personal care scene, it has proven to be a viable non-prescription alternative to Vaniqa cream.

Reasonable Expectations

As with Vaniqa, Kalo doesn’t work for everyone. That’s why the company offers a money back guarantee. Given the rate of returns and refunds however, no more than about 1%, it is evident the majority of users are satisfied to a degree.

Finding an ideal method of facial hair removal is a matter of experimentation for many women before settling on the method that suits their pocket, skin sensitivity and lifestyle.

Combining the use of Vaniqa cream, or an alternative to Vaniqa such as Kalo, has helped thousands of women make facial hair removal sessions much easier and more convenient!

Benefits of Chemical Peels for Acne Scars

There are instances in which chemical peels for acne scars are the best treatment option. Of course many other treatment options exist but chemical peels have long been used to help scars fade. For this reason, chemical peels remain one of the top choices and with more advanced processes and chemicals used, it is quickly becoming one of the favorite options of doctors and people who live with acne.

The Way Chemical Peels Are Performed

When chemical peels for acne scars are used, the top layer of skin that has been affected would have been removed. With this layer being removed, healthy skin takes the place as the outer layer so any scars would have significantly improved or possibly removed completely. In addition, as the person heals, the new skin that becomes the dermis is rejuvenated, creating a more youthful appearance.

Just as the name implies, harsh chemicals are used to remove the top layer of skin so obviously, choosing a true professional licensed to perform the procedure would be mandatory. During the consultation, this professional would be able to tell a person whether he or she is a good candidate for this procedure or if another type of acne scar removal would be better. While there are many factors to consider, those considered most important include skin color, type and severity of acne, level of scarring, and even the level of oil in the person's skin.

Different Options for Chemical Peels

There are actually a number of options for chemical peels according to severity and type of scarring. With the information provided below, an individual would gain a better understanding of chemical peel options according to situation.

o Alphahydroxy and Betahydroxy Acids – Of all chemicals used, these are two of the mildest. As mild chemicals, they work well for people who have mild cases of scarring caused by acne. With this, a person would have virtually no healing time despite over the course of a few days, slight redness and irritation would have been expected. For the best results in diminishing acne scars, chemical peels of this type would need to be performed every four to six weeks until the results achieved had been achieved.

o Salicylic Acid – Another one of the top choices of chemical peels for acne scars is with this type of acid. Again, this chemical is reliably mild, working best for mild cases of acne, short recovery period, and only slight side effects.

o Phenol and Trichloroacetic Acid – In this case, one of these two acids would have been used to treat larger or more stubborn acne scars. Because these chemicals are harsher, they actually affect deeper layers of skin. Due to deer layers of skin being impected, a person would need a longer period to heal despite the outcome would be incredible. Although harsher chemicals can help serious scars fade, they also increase side effect risks. While meeting with the doctor, a person with serious scarring from acne would be deemed a good or bad candidate for the more intense type of chemical peels.

Other Options over Chemical Peels

If traditional chemical peels are not an option, a person's type and severity of scarring, along with skin texture, color, and type would be reviewed by a medical professional to see if although alternative chemical treatments would help reduce signs of scarring. One particular possibility is known as the TCA Peel. In addition to being an effective and safe option for diminishing acne scars, the TCA Peel is beneficial for lightening tattoos, removing sun and age spots, and closing large pores.

When damaged or dead skin cells cover the dermis layer of skin, bacteria begin to develop that can cause clogged pores to become infected. There are many benefits associated with the TCA Peel and removal of the outer layer of skin to include bacteria being prevented from growing, acne scars fading, and skin looking more youthful.

Additional benefits would have been experienced with a TCA Peel to include better blood flow and circulation to skin tissue that stimulates production of new skin cells. This procedure also encourages collagen and elastin fiber production while skinny would look amazing but also be stronger. While there are many excellent choices of chemical peels specific to acne scarring, without doubt, the TCA Peel has some advantages that others do not offer.

Discover Why Losing Weight Is Difficult And What To Do About It

Why losing weight is difficult is because you need to put your body in the best position to help you first. To reach and maintain the ideal weight you have desired for so long, give your body the means to eliminate what it doesn’t need efficiently. The average diet (excluding starvation diets) requires you to eat fewer calories, give or take certain food types, regardless of your body type, for you to lose weight. Simple?! You exercise the required amount per week and still no weight loss. You give it a bit longer and you do lose some pounds but that’s it.

Then what, you’re upset, you begin to crave the foods your body is lacking, for example, carbs. and fat, or worse, you become the perfect candidate for our ‘interested in making money only friends’ and start the (desperate) and vicious cycle of dieting, or you turn to diet pills that you can’t really afford, ka ching for the drug companies.

Fad diets, diet pills and the like are almost always responsible for your body getting less nutrients than it actually needs, in order for you to lose weight slowly but surely.

So, where does that leave you?

Caught Between A Rock And A Hard Place:

Why you can’t lose weight has nothing to do with lack of willpower or that you haven’t tried hard enough and everything to do with being caught between a rock and a hard place. The diet and food industries, and the drug companies, continue to ‘peddle their wares’, knowing full well that they are only short-term fixes, in that your body can only go so far before it starts to go into preservation mode. But, you don’t know that? You can bet millions of dollars are spent on research which surely shows how the body works (or doesn’t) when it’s on a diet. Things like, your body cannot produce the ideal results when your metabolism has slowed right down to accommodate for the lack of nutrients, or, that when your digestive system is running right, losing weight is made much easier and you don’t need to subject yourself to dieting at all.

Until you put two and two together, you will always be wondering why you’re still overweight.

Getting Out From A Rock And A Hard Place:

A good diet is simply a well-balanced one, leaning away from processed foods, which literally, wreaks havoc on your body (if you let it) and more towards a diet of fresh fruits, veg and good old nuts for protein and roughage. To maintain a healthy body weight would be futile without making sure your body gets the help it needs to work properly. We are all shapes and sizes and require different foods and calorie counts for our ideal weight, but the one thing we do have in common is a digestive system. If kept in top condition your body can then perform its’ duties of getting rid of toxins and wastes easily.

Get out from a rock and hard place

All body processes require energy in order to function properly

Eat a healthy diet with all the necessary nutrients, to restore your health, via your digestive system, and you get to lose weight you never knew you had, and, you can expect it to be a natural and permanent way of life. So, when things aren’t adding up, take into account what the diet and food industries must already know. And, that is, that their fad diets, their diet pills and processed foods do not allow your body enough energy, is the reason why losing weight is difficult, and why you never feel well.

4 Very Effective Weight Loss Tips

Are you one of those diet-hoppers that try diet after diet without losing as much as a pound of body fat? Well, hope is on the way for you and it does not involve starting on another type of diet. It simply accepts the fact that there indeed simple and logical ways by which body fat can be lost. This advice is not rocket science. It is a set of easily comprehensible recommendations that have been ignored in the recent past.

The effectiveness lies in the simplicity.

An increased rate of metabolism. For sustained and long term weight loss it is advisable that you find ways and means to increase your body's metabolism. The best and most effective way to do so is by ensuring that your body contains as much lean muscle as possible. Of course the best way to increase the lean muscle mass in your body is through strength training. Strength training imparts a spike to your rate of metabolism such that more fat is burnt as a result.

Fat loss is all about maintaining lean muscle. The bodybuilder should know that the amount of fat that his body can burn is directly proportional to the body muscle content. Provided that your muscles are capable of summoning enough strength to power through workouts then the body will also be capable of burning off excess bodily fat. This is to say that the more strong the muscles are the better equipped the body will be at losing excess fat.

The effort to increase muscle strength does not go unnoticed. As the muscle mass increases the body will get a more even tone and the muscle groups will now be more exposed as a result of the loss of sub-dermal fats. Do not forget that you will be increasingly healthy and energetic.

Decreasing the daily calorific intake is vital. Weight loss should never be about depriving the body of food as suggested by the many types of diets found all around. If you deprive yourself of enough food the body will supplement its energy sources by breaking down muscle reserves instead of the fat content. This will lower the rate of metabolism. This rate will remain low even when you start eating properly again and as a result fat will not be burnt but rather it will be stored in the body. The best way to reduce the daily calorific intake is by embarking on a gradual decrease of the amount of calories in such a way that the body will not respond in 'starvation mode'.

Learn to walk fast, it helps burn fat. Fast walking has been attributed as being more effective in losing weight as compared to running or jogging. Fast walking is conventional, easily done, a natural body motion, an injury-free exercise, and generally the most comprehensive minimal effort for weight and fat loss. The above listed methods are some of the most basic ways in which you can mange your weight with ease and efficiency.

Hypnosis Weight Loss Is The Best Natural Diet Program

Is weight loss hypnosis the best weight loss program for you? Maybe the following article will help you decide whether weight loss hypnosis is the best natural weight loss method available for you to attain healthy weight loss, fast weight loss, and to lose weight easily and permanently.

You are overweight. You have attempted to lose excess weight in the past. Most likely, you’ve tried many times to do this, maybe even being successful at losing weight… for awhile. Probably, what happened was that any weight you lost has gradually come back, and even more weight has come back with it.

Don’t feel badly You’re not alone. I’m sure of this because…I’ve been there myself!

I was always a chubby kid. I never became morbidly obese, but I continued to carry around about 25 to 30 pounds more than I should have. I loved to eat, and my family encouraged me to do so. When a plate of food was placed in front of me, I was expected to completely finish it, and I was never discouraged from asking for more, which I did quite often. I was, however, the only child, out of the four in our family, that became overweight.

I grew up when there was no internet, no computers, or video games, no MySpace, Facebook or YouTube, or any 24 hour movie and TV downloads to keep me constantly anchored at home in a chair. Most of my spare time was spent outside riding my bike, swimming, roller skating, and playing with my friends. I was always very active, and yet I was always overweight.

I was always fed well prepared, nutritious meals by my parents. I just ate too much. I didn’t even realize I was doing this. During my childhood I became used to eating a certain amount of food. I became an habitual overeater. I kept overeating, automatically, and never thought about changing my behavior. Yet, I never did become morbidly obese. I simply continued to carry around the extra 25 to 30 pounds that I always had carried around.

It is now thought that the major factor controlling how much you weigh is not your level of physical activity, but how much food you eat in relation to your level of physical activity. If you consume more calories than you burn off, you will gain weight and you will keep it on. Also, your body tends to remain at a fairly consistent level of weight, no matter what that level happens to be.. If you are now at your ideal weight, you will tend to remain that way. If you are 10 or 20 pounds overweight, you will tend to remain that way. If you weigh 40, 60, or 150 pounds more than you should, you will tend to continue carrying that same excess weight.

Just like most of the rest of our behavior, our eating habits are dictated by our beliefs, expectations, thoughts, and emotions. All of these are controlled by our subconscious mind. Our subconscious mind programs us to maintain a certain level of weight, and we will continue to eat the amount of food that is needed to keep us at that level. All of this is done automatically.

In order to weigh less, we must eat less. In order to eat less, we must reprogram our subconscious mind, and use our subconscious power to believe, feel, and think, like a thin, lean person. If we can do this, our eating habits will change, and we will achieve rapid weight loss, natural weight loss, and healthy weight loss, permanently.

I finally decided to lose weight during my second year of high school. I started on a “crash diet.” I severely restricted my intake of food, and lost about 30 pounds fairly quickly. I was not even exercising.

After I lost the weight, I noticed my appearance had changed. My forearms had become much thinner. My face was a bit drawn. I was lighter, and people complimented me on how skinny I had become, but I had the feeling that something was just not right. At the time I was not aware of the fact that that whenever we loss weight, we not only lose fat tissue, we also lose muscle tissue. If we are not exercising, and we severely limit our food intake in order to lose weight quickly, the amount of muscle tissue that is destroyed increases dramatically. Using a fad fast weight loss diet, or one of the many weight loss pills often bring on this effect.

Also, I noticed that when I stopped my crash diet, my old eating habits returned. Because I hadn’t gone about exercising in order to replace any of my depleted muscle tissue, I easily gained back all the weight that I had lost. Not only did all the lost weight return, but I also gained back even more weight. I had gone back to my normal overeating habits. Doesn’t this sound familiar?

I could have tried, once again, to severely restrict my diet and lose weight, but I was certain that I would just gain it all back like before. Instead, I decided to have my father help me with my weight loss problem.

My father was a dentist. He had gone about studying the methods of hypnosis during the early part of his career, and he had used hypnosis with a great deal of success on many patients in his dental practice. He also used hypnosis many times on all us kids.. He would amuse our family by having us bark like a dog, or quack like a duck He also used hypnosis to help us with our study skills, and to keep us focused and relaxed when we took exams at school.

For this reason, I was very familiar with the practice of hypnosis. I was not afraid of hypnosis, and I knew it could be a useful tool. I requested him to use weight loss hypnosis on me because I knew that it would work.

During the following few months my father and I spent a number of short hypnosis sessions together. He would first induce a trance state in me, and then he would make some positive suggestions that I become a trim, lean, fit person. Gradually, that is just what I became. My beliefs, feelings, and thoughts changed. Slowly, my eating habits also changed. I began to exercise on a regular basis, and I was able to lose the weight I wanted to, and I have been able to permanently keep it off. This was all accomplished without a lot of effort on my part. It just seemed to happen naturally.

I have been overweight. I have experienced the difficulties involved in trying to lose excess weight, and how hard it is to keep it off.. I was able to change my life. I was able to become a trim, lean and fit person. I accomplished all of this by using weight loss hypnosis.

Countless others beside myself, have used, and are now using, weight loss hypnosis to achieve fast weight loss, healthy weight loss, and to lose weight easily and permanently. You can too!

Make the commitment to use the best weight loss program, hypnosis weight loss. You can lose weight and change your life forever. Start today!

If you want to learn about the four issues you must know before you start a hypnosis for weight loss program you can check out this article: Problems With Diet Goal Setting.

Tips To Stay Motivated To Achieve Your Weight Loss Goals

After setting your weight loss goals, the only thing that will determine if you will achieve those goals are; 'your determination' and 'your ability to stay motivated'. One reason a lot of people fail to meet their weight loss goals is because they lack the motivation to keep going when they are yet to see results.

Motivation plays a very important role in achieving and goal, because it is your motivation that will keep you going during hard times when it is very easy to let go. This article will run through four tips to keep you motivated in order to achieve that your weight loss goal.

FOUR TIPS TO STAY MOTIVATED IN ODER TO ACHIEVE YOUR WEIGHT LOSS GOALS:

– MAINTAIN A POSITIVE MINDSET: The importance of having a positive mindset can not be over emphasized, which was why I had to dedicate any article to talk about it. A positive Mindset keeps you going even when it looks like you're not making progress. It is very vital to have a positive mindset, the I Can Do mind in to stay motivated, and remember to do your little Self talks before or during your workout routine.

– REMEMBER TO CELEBRATE YOUR LITTLE SUCCESSES: It is important to celebrate every little progress you make all the way. If you lost 2kg in the past two weeks, it is a very good reason to celebrate. Celebrating little successes will motivate you to do more, in order to achieve more. Do not wait till you get to destination before you remember to acknowledge your little achievements.

– FOLLOW YOUR ROUTINE: Following a routine through following following in everything you planned in order to achieve your goal. Since the goal here is Weight Loss, it could be eating healthy food only, working out for 45 minutes, three times a week, what ever it is, try to follow it through in order of preference, it will help you know which of the routines you have done, the once you are yet to do and the progress you have made so far, and that will keep you motivated and going.

– GET A MENTOR: A Mentor might be someone who has achieved a massive weight loss goal, or a fitness director who can check-mate your progress. But it is better to have a Mentor who has actually achieved what you are trying to achieve. This will develop a mindset of 'If He Can Achieve It, So Will I' in you. If possible get to know your mentor on a personal level, ask him some specific questions on how He was able to achieve the goal, and get as much inspiration for the answer, and put it to work in your on life.

in conclusion, this article has discussed the need for motivation in order to achieve a weight loss goal, and have given tips on how to stay motivated in order to reach your goal. Most importantly, celebrate your success as you go all the way to achieve your goal.