Drop 10 Pounds

Drop 10 pounds and you will feel better and your clothes will also fit better. Your skinny jeans will slip on without a struggle. But, did you also know that losing just 10 pounds has a number of health benefits that go along with the weight loss.

Scientific research has identified at least five health advantages of losing the weight.

The health benefits include:
+ Lower Cholesterol Level
+ Lower Blood Pressure
+ Reduced Risk of Heart Attacks
+ Reduced Risk for Cancer
+ Reduced Risk for Diabetes

Lower Cholesterol Level – Being overweight is linked to higher levels of LDL, which is known as the bad cholesterol. LDL's circulate through your blood and can be deposited on the walls of your arteries as plaque. These deposits can lead to blockage and have this numerous bad effects such as strokes and heart attacks.

Losing just 10 pounds can lower you cholesterol levels by up to 10%.

HDL's are known as the good cholesterol and they are linked to a healthy diet and exercise and they help prevent LDL's from attaching to the walls of your arteries.

Lower Blood Pressure – Blood pressure is measured by the amount of pressure on your artery walls. If there is plaque on the walls of your arteries it will increase your blood pressure. The extra pressure can cause the walls of your arteries to become stiff. The hardened passageways can lead to heart problems.

Reduced risk of Heart Attacks – Lower cholesterol levels and blood pressure are 2 of the main risks for heart attack. Studies have shown that just a weight loss of 10 pounds can reduce these risks by up to 50%.

Reduced Risk of Cancer – It is not entirely clear why losing weight can reduce the risk of cancer but studies show that it does. It is known that fat cells are highly active, and release large amounts of hormones like estrogen, insulin, and insulin-like growth factors that can fuel many cancers.

It has been shown that weight loss can reduce the levels of certain carcinogenic hormones.

Reduced Risk of Diabetes – Excess weight can lead to your cells becoming less sensitive to insulin. Insulin is the hormone that helps direct the movement of glucose into your cells.

The extra weight can make your body resistant to insulin which results the cells from functioning properly, which can lead to Type-2 Diabetes.

A weight loss of 10 pounds can reduce your chance of getting diabetes by 60%. As you can see all you have to do to be healthier and with less risk of a number of serious health problems is to drop 10 pounds.

Common Betta Diseases

Proper betta care is important to keep a betta free from sicknesses. How do you know if a betta is sick? You can look for signs revealed on its body as well as its behavior. For example, you can check where the betta has abnormal color spots on its body. Also, if the betta display poor appetite or shows no sign of interest in its surrounding, then most probably the betta is sick. If the betta is suffering from a disease, it is important that it received prompt treatment. Some common betta diseases are described below.

A common betta disease is the ich (short for ichthyophthirius), a protozoan disease. A betta suffering from this disease will have white spots reflected on its body. These spots are actually formed by parasites embedded in the betta's skin. This betta disease needs to be treated promptly. If left untreated, the betta will die. The treatment for ich is to raise the water temperature to 90 deg F (32 deg C) and add a little salt to the water. The water need to be change at least once a day to remove parasite existing in the water. If the parasites are not cleared, they may attack the fish again. There are some medications available at stores to treat the infection but care must be taken to use the correct dosage. Especially for small betta bowls, an overdose of mediation should be prevented.

Another common betta disease is the Velvet. It is also a protozoan disease which will cause small yellow spots to appear on the betta's body. The betta will have a "sandy" appearance. In order to see more clearly the spots, you can use a torch light to shine on the betta. Velvet is more commonly found in young bettas than old ones. For this disease, you can place some salt in the water. There are medications sold by stores to treat the infection caused by this disease. Regular changing of water is also recommended to remove the parasites in the water.

When a betta's fin is damaged, fin rot may occur. This is due to the damaged tissue causes infection. One of the ways of treating fin rot is to place the betta in clean water. If the fin rot is serious and providing clean water does not help the condition, then you can purchase some medications to remove the fin rot infection. As soon as the damaged is stopped, the betta could regenerate its fins. Even if the gills are affected by the fin rot, the betta can still take in oxygen from the air and stay alive.

The above are some common betta diseases. Prompt treatments are important to prevent the diseases from developing into more serious conditions which may result in death. Bettas must be kept in clean water, since regular changing of water is required. Proper betta care must be given for betta to maintain good health and have long life. ! Please visit Betta Fish website for more information.

The Therapy Delusion

The delusion is that any particular psychotherapy is based on fact, not metaphor.

All psychotherapies can be reduced to these four equations:

E + R = B
B + R = I
I + R = T
T + P = C

Where:

E = Explanation
R = Ritual
I = Input
B = Belief
T = Therapy
P = Practice
C = Change
In other words:

Explanation plus Ritual equals Belief
Belief plus Ritual equals Input
Input plus Ritual equals Therapy
Therapy plus Practice equals Change

Whiche of the 400 or so psychotherapies you choose you can be sure there is a Ritual involved.

Three examples:

1. The Ritual of classical Psychoanalysis associated of:

Patient lying on a couch
Free association by the patient
Mostly silence from the therapist

2. The Ritual of Emotional Freedom Techniques [EFT] consists of:

Finger tapping on or by the client on meridians in her body
Before and after measurement of discomfort on an imagined 1 – 10 scale.
Active involvement of the therapist.

3. The Ritual of Hypnotherapy consists of:

An induction Ritual [words, music and / or breathing techniques]
Positive suggestions for change and use of the client's imagination
Active involvement of the therapist

All three therapies (and all others) are preceded by an Explanation.

This Explanation may be offered directly to the client or patient or it may be implied. Books, movies, plays, TV and the Web frequently provide cultural expectations of what to expect in a therapist's office.

These expectations coupled with the relationship of therapist and client (arising from the 4 equals) are what bring about change. [This special relationship is also known as "Psychotherapeutic Eros"]

The Explanation rests on a Theory.

In the case of psychoanalysis it was theorized that free association (letting the patient talk freely about whatever came into her head) would eventually help to resolve inner conflicts among her id, ego and superego.

In the case of EFT the theory is that there is an imbalance in the energy that runs in the client's body through a bundle of meridians.

In the case of hypnotherapy the theory holds that the client is basically governed by her subconscious and that hypnotic techniques provide her with direct access to her subconscious mind.

No meridians, ids, egos, superegos or subconscious ** minds can be seen under a microscope. In other words, they do not actually exist. But believing that they do – or at least behaving as if they exist – encourages Belief.

And with Belief we have the beginnings of successful psychotherapy. Because the fascinating fact is that Belief in any particular Ritual can bring a successful result.

In other words, the ritual itself is therapeutic because the client or patient, and often the therapist, believes it will be.

Let's look at another therapy: Rogerian. In contrast to classical psychoanalysis, the client faces the therapist. Whatever the client says is fed back to her in similar words thus demonstrating the therapist's understanding of the client.

'Unconditional positive regard' is a key element of the Rogerian Ritual.

The theory undering the Ritual of Rogerian discussion is that inner strengths in the client will be fostered as long as the therapist continues to reflect the client's words to her while at the same time displaying total acceptance of her as a person.

Another example of the 4 equations is EMDR, which is basically a form of hypnosis.
Is CBT [Cognitive Behavioral Therapy] different? Clearly, when CBT works, change in thoughts and behaviors is real, not metaphoric. But what enables one client to benefit from CBT and another not? It's the 4 equations herein presented.

** Donald Robertson answers the question: Is there actually such a thing as 'the subconscious'?

"I do not think so. The use of this term, in fact, really highlights one of the major problems in the field of hypnotherapy. only imported later by Pierre Janet – and 'the unconscious' by Freud and his followers. It's a slightly metaphysical and pseudoscientific concept that is not normally used in mainstream psychology, having fallen out of fashion about half a century ago.

Hypnotherapists often incorporate elements of seriously outdated psychological or psychotherapeutic theories into their work. They do this simply because they tend to attend courses which steer them away from modern research and toward slowly cultish or fadish 'pop psychology' approaches such as NLP, or towards very old books written before the 'cognitive revolution' in psychology penetrated psychotherapy.

Obviously, there are things which we are not conscious of at any given time, and things which we can not easily be aware of, such as certain internal processes of our body and nervous system. It seems clear, though, that people do not just mean 'brain' by 'subconscious mind' but something much more speculative.

Conveniently, the subconscious mind ends up being defined as a 'realm' which can contain almost anything and which can be directly observed by either therapist nor client. Unsurprisingly, therefore, it has become a magnet for pseudoscientific theories.

They say that flawed theories often collapse under their own internal contradictions. Freud thought the unconscious was the seat of the Oedipus complex, Adler thought it was the inferiority complex, Jung the archetypes, Klein the internalized breast, Rank thought it stored birth trauma, etc., etc. Therapists of all persuasions used it as a repository for whatever they wanted to project into it – because nobody could check.

There are, in fact, many different conceptual problems with the 'subconscious mind.' (The subject of my master's dissertation!) So perhaps the simplest point to make is that it's fallen out of use as a concept in most modern psychology, and has been replaced by reference to specific non-conscious neurological processes, etc.

To pick just one of the issues at stake, however, for anyone vaguely interested in philosophy of science … Aristotle warned nearly 2,500 years ago against the tendency to take "potential 'entities and treat them as' actual' ones – a common fallacy in primitive science.

When Freud and many hypnotherapists talk about 'the unconscious mind' or 'the subconscious', they are often simply referring to the potential that a person has to experience certain emotions or memories, etc.

If I am 'regressed', for example, and recall an event in childhood, the hypnotist often says that it was stored in my subconscious mind. The appeal of that is that it's close to a figure of speech we use in ordinary language. However, even in common sense 'folk psychology' people also recognize that by 'stored' they often mean that traces or elements of an experience exist which are reconstituted at a later date.

The memory or emotion could be stored, in other words, in the same form (like a picture in the attic) or in potential, in another form (like music stored on a hard drive). It's generally recognized now that when people try to recover memories they usually embellish them. The more vague or distant the memory, the more embellishment that occurs. That's because we're not simply 'missing' a picture in the attic, but re- assembling it from a few ingredients each time we re-experience it, and filling in the gaps with guesswork.

If we think of potential memories or emotions as being 'hidden' inside the subconscious awaiting being uncovered then we're usually led into many other similarly false conclusions about the nature of human experience and psychotherapy.

For instance, if we think of 'repressed emotions' as lurking hidden from view in the unconscious mind then it encourages the notion that 'venting' them should be the therapeutic, a notice which makes little sense if we think that potential emotions do not actually exist except in the form of a predisposition to respond under certain circumstances. In fact, there's a general consensus among researchers that 'venting' is of little long-term therapeutic value, and trying to 'vent' anger often makes it stronger, rather than purging it from the mind. "

Donald Robertson
College Principal & Executive Director
Senior Clinician Hypnotherapist (NCH)
Registered Psychotherapist (UKCP)
Member of the European Register of Psychotherapists (ERP)
Fellow of the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health (RSPH)
The UK College of Hypnosis & Hypnotherapy Ltd.

A great historical example of therapy delusion was published in The Skeptical Inquirer November / December 2012: The now near-dead therapy of Phrenology was exposed as "hugely influential permanently being totally invalid."

Hormone Therapy As Acne Treatment

Hormone therapy is used to reverse production of excess male hormones in women. This is important for controlling and treating acne because excess male hormones (androgen specifically) often leads to enlargement of oil-producing glands. In turn, such enlargements produce more sebum, which leads to acne breakouts.

There are many forms of hormone therapy. The most common are birth control pills or oral contraceptives. In general, such pills could help in mopping up free androgen that may circulate in the bloodstream. For acne control, oral contraceptives block or inhibit male hormones that give way to a situation that is perfect for acne formation.

For many years now, a rising number of doctors have been using birth control pills as hormone therapy and as an off-label acne treatment. No less, the US Food and Drug Administration have approved the use of several birth control pills as possible acne medicines. Such pills are often prescribed following failure of other common options to treat and control the skin problem.

What Makes Birth Control Pills Effective?

Birth control pills are complied with estrogen and progestin which alter the natural reproductive cycle and hormonal patterns in women. Most of these pills have etradiol, which is an estrogen booster. The main goal of the substance is to lower testosterone levels in the body and improve hormone-caused acne breakouts. After production of the male hormone is suppressed, oil production in the sebaceous glands is significantly reduced.

There's no doubt that oral contraceptives are helpful in eliminating acne problems, especially in women who suffer from polycystic ovarian syndrome. Some oral contraceptives have progesterone that limit or regulate androgen hormones in the body to lower acne breakout activity. In this regard, excessive hair growth is also controlled.

However, it still is a must to get a prescription before taking birth control pills and other methods of hormone therapy to treat acne. The doctor could prescribe a particular brand that would certainly work as cure for acne problems. Beware because not all oral contraceptives bring about acne treatment. Some could actually make the problem worse.

Usage and Directions

Birth control pills are usually taken daily at about the same time of day on a 28 day cycle. Some contraceptive packs have 28 pills. Only 21 of those are actually 'active.' The other seven are just 'placebo' or reminder pills. Other contraceptive packs have just 21 pills and no pills are taken for the remaining 7 days. You should be very familiar and knowledgeable about the sequence of taking the pills if you do not want to incur unintentionally consequences.

You should also be reminded that birth control pills and other hormone therapy taken as a cure for acne will not bring about noticeable effects overnight. The ideal effect in acne control is usually noticeable approximately three months following initial intake. In some cases, it may take longer. It is also common for acne breakouts to get worse before any improvement is noticed. Thus, you should be properly advised before deciding to use it as acne treatment.

Possible Side Effects

Although the use of oral contraceptives may be effective for acne treatment, they could also bring about several side effects. Some side effects include headaches, episodes of depression, rise in blood pressure, breast tendness, mood swings, menstrual spotting, and nausea. Plus, intake of birth control pills could also lead to weight gain.

Birth control pills could be perfect as acne treatment for the long term, especially for women who also need to prevent unwanted pregnancy at the same time. Such pills are ideal if a woman normally experiences acne breakouts during menstruation and ovulation.

The Paleo Diet Lifestyle – A Diet For Life

Living according to the paleo blueprint, or according to Mark Sisson, the “Primal Blueprint”, is about adopting a set of rules and regulations with regard to what you eat. Although that is an over-simplified analysis of what it actually means to be paleo, the paradigm ultimately begins and ends with what you eat.

Basically, the way normal people eat is completely wrong and unhealthy. For example, when last did you hear someone say something like, “Let’s buy some healthy bread”, or “Don’t worry, I drink low fat milk”.

Both of these statements are completely incorrect. Breads contain grains and milk is a dairy product. Both of these foods are unacceptable, bar the one-day a week caloric binge you should be undertaking, that is however for another article entirely.

Foods Unacceptable According To The Paleo Foods List

Refined sugars: (Read pretty much all sugars) A general rule of thumb here is to avoid sugar and you’ll be fine and see results.

All grains: Yup, that means ALL bread and specifically anything that contains gluten. A note here, corn is a grain. I find this to be a sticky point for me as I enjoy a breakfast meal which is fairly nutritious and incredibly convenient. I have made steps to completely remove corn from my diet though.

General starch: Avoid things like potatoes and in general, any white food, or any food which could be white. This includes flour, rice and as mentioned, potatoes. Potatoes are really just a bad food. You can however eat sweet potatoes, some say no to this choice, but if you are following a relatively strict paleo for life ideology it won’t be a problem avoiding starch at all.

Legumes: According to strict paleo law, legumes aren’t allowed because they have to be cooked in order to be eaten. This obviously goes against what a super old school burly caveman would have been capable of. Having said that though, legumes can be included to maintain a sufficient amount of calories in your diet. I eat legumes to ensure I get enough caloric density in my meals.

Dairy products: Milk would have been fairly hard to come by for old Ugg the caveman. He’d have had to either have killed the animal providing the milk or he’d have to have caught and cared for it like the modern day cow. My recommendation here would be to avoid milk where possible and eat foods such as butter and ice-cream sparingly. Butter, interestingly enough, can be used to lower the GI of food that inherently has a high GI.

Processed meats: This includes any meat which has been overly processed. Meat like polony and vienna sausages are a no-no. This shouldn’t take much convincing as polony is pretty disgusting anyway.

Some oils: Avoid oils like corn oil and rice bran oil. You can cook with things like bacon fat and olive oil. Olive oil should be used wisely though as it has a lower burning point than other more common oils such as sunflower oil, for example.

Foods Acceptable According To The Paleo Foods List

Meats and eggs: Mark Sisson says you should get eggs wherever possible. I agree with this completely, and the whole cholesterol issue surrounding eggs is not accurate. The quantity and quality of nutrients in a single chicken’s egg is worth and cholesterol knock you might receive from overeating on eggs. Eggs also boost testosterone. FIsh are great for the paleo for life long term vision. Make fish part of your eating routine. You can eat meats with a relatively high fat content, as animal fats are good for the body, and because of the generally low carbohydrate intake on the paleo diet, fats are utilised for uses other than just adding body fat for later use.

Vegetables: Load up on veggies like broccoli and spinach. Both contain heaps of good nutrients and spinach covers multiple nutrient columns where it ranks in the top 5 of all foods. A great breakfast in fact is spinach and eggs together.

Fruits: I have oral allergy syndrome, which is partly why I started embracing paleo for life in the first case. Timothy Ferriss states that fruits aren’t necessary, and honestly I’d have to agree as fructose isn’t that great for your body. Enjoy fruits, but perhaps include them in your weekly caloric binge day only.

Nuts and seeds: Watch out here, while nuts are on the accepted paleo foods list, it is a common mistake for new adopters to over do it on the nut eating. Nuts are full of nutrients, but are also high in fat, and contain compounds which retard certain bodily functions. Eat nuts, but no more than a handful or two every day perhaps.

Liquids: Water, litres and litres of water is good. Water is essential for many bodily processes and organs like your liver require a certain minimum level of hydration to operate effectively.

Conclusion

While the lists above are brief, they can guide you in the right direction should you wish to enhance how you are eating at the moment, or if you are interested in what actually makes the paleo diet paleo. I can honestly recommend adopting the paleo for life philosophy, as it is effective and will keep you feeling great all the time. I would recommend a hard adoption, that is overnight. You might experience things such as carbohydrate lows while your body adjusts to the new low carbohydrate intake levels, but after two weeks or so you would have equalised and will have a hard time going back to eating a “regular” diet. Ironic that, as it is the modern day “regular” diet that is in fact irregular and incorrect.

Tips for adopting the “paleo for life” philosophy:

Start with a clear adoption plan: Start buying paleo foods immediately, but plan to replace existing food types with their paleo food equivalents before hand. This will help you build a correlation between what is good and what isn’t as well as make it easier for you to pick foods off of a menu when out for dinner.

Have a cheat day: While this isn’t actually a cheat day, but rather an increased calorie cycle. Calorie cycling is used by body builders to encourage calorie efficiency. You can eat whatever you like for one day a week only. This calorie spike ironically may make you actually lose weight instead of gain weight, and that weight you may gain on the days following the cheat day is for the most part water retention.

Eat more eggs: Eggs are fantastic. Eat them whenever you can, obviously within reason though, you don’t want to rely only on eggs for your protein intake.

Get some good supplements: This will help to build the bigger picture of nutrition that is the paleo lifestyle. I take omega’s, green tea extract and multivitamins. Protein shakes are good, but make sure that they don’t contain substances like maltodextrin for sweetness.

Read: Read all of Mark Sisson’s and Timothy Ferriss’s work. Mark is a middle aged guy who knows plenty about paleo and primal lifestyles, and you’ll possibly learn the most from his website marksdailyapple.com than any other resource. Timothy focuses more on becoming an effective, best possible version of yourself. He teaches life changing techniques to change every aspect of your life for the better. His new book “The 4 Hour Body” is amazing to say the least. His information on the benefits of certain foods to be included in your diet is worth purchasing the book alone. And that’s my article on the adoption of the “paleo for life” principle and philosophy. Ultimately, you have everything to gain from becoming a healthier person. You’ll sleep better, have better sex, and most importantly, be able to see and feel results immediately. Get your caveman on!

Top Motorcycle Injury Lawyer Talks Concussions

A simple car accident or a more serious motorcycle accident can have long lasting and serious effects. You may not even initially realize that you were injured. A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can result from a rear ender. A concussion may not seem like a big thing at first: you just may be so relieved that you’re not bleeding, or have broken bones that you might overlook the fact that the crash scrambled your brain. We hear more and more lately about the seriousness of concussions in sports such as football and soccer and the effects of repeated concussions. Motorcyclists are at an extreme risk for getting a concussion in an accident.

What are the signs of having suffered from a concussion? Symptoms may include some of the following:

• confusion;

• headache;

• feeling lightheaded or dizzy

• memory loss

• migraines

• sleep disruption

• mood changes;

• inability to concentrate

Even if you feel that you are fine, it is extremely important to seek proper medical care. Oftentimes the signs of a TBI take a few days to manifest and show symptoms. Without a diagnosis, the symptoms may become worse and can eventually cause severe damage to the brain.

What are the suggested treatments for a concussion?

Most people who have experienced a concussion are told that it’s just a matter of time to heal – up to 6 months is not uncommon, which can be very frustrating. Medical professionals will first focus on making the proper assessments to determine if there is indeed a concussion. Some of the treatment options available can include physical therapy and massage, and can involve medical treatment for migraine.

All of this medical treatment adds up, and if you were not the cause of the accident, why should you be financially responsible? This is when you need to consider bringing in an experienced motorcycle injury lawyer. Be sure to retain your medical expenses and all bills. Your motorcycle Injury attorney will work with you to seek compensation for your injuries, medical bills, property loss and lost wages due to your inability to work. It’s your job to recover your health and life, it’s the job of your motorcycle injury lawyer to recover your monetary losses.

If you have suffered a traumatic brain injury from a motorcycle accident, you need the best motorcycle injury lawyer you can find. He or she will evaluate your case, and should have a team of medical care providers and professionals who are skilled at proving treatment for TBI and concussion patients.

How to Increase Testosterone Naturally?

If you are a man, you have probably wondered how you could increase testosterone naturally. First, I just want to make it clear that in case you did not know, testosterone is one of the most important hormones that determine the virility of a man. Its function is to boost muscle and bone strength, reduce body fat, increase sex drive or libido in general, as well as everyday stamina. Oh and did I mention it also helps prevent osteoporosis? No doubt, having plenty of testosterone truly brings many physiological and psychological benefits. So as you can see, a lack of testosterone in a man's body would be, not only disastrous to him, but also to his partner and loved ones as a whole.

To make matters worse, as we age, most of us men begin to notice a gradual drop in our testosterone level. This graduate decline is even more pronounced for those 40 years of age and up. However, the good news is, it is not an irreversible process. There are ways to prevent, stop and / or reverse this decline.

But one still needs to exert a great deal of caution when looking for ways to increase testosterone naturally. The simple reason being there are so many medications and patches currently on the market, none of which have been proven to be effective. Some products claim that if applied to the skin daily, you can raise the testosterone level in men. See, this is where folks need to be extremely cautious. Commonsense should suggest that messing with nature often results in unintended consequences and often produces adverse effects sooner or later. The fact of the matter is, scientists have yet to come to a conclusion on the negative consequences of these testosterone enhancing pills and patches. So why do not we let them finish up their work first, before we can take the leap of faith that these artificial products are promoting. Beside, what has happened to natural ways to help increase testosterone? Solving a condition naturally should always be the first avenue before seeking artificial methods, under any circumstance.

How to Increase testosterone level naturally There are multiple ways you can increase your testosterone naturally. But if they were to be segregated into two broad categories, they would be 1) exercising and 2) nutrition.

Exercises to help raise testosterone naturally Some claim that lifting very heavy weights is the only type of exercise that can help increase testosterone naturally. Although heavy lifting does boost testosterone level, thankfully, it is not the only exercise that can help you raise your testosterone level naturally. Any intense exercise that engages the majority of your muscle groups will contribute to driving up your testosterone. When I say intense, I mean "very" intense. Because remember, no pain, no gain. Here are two examples of exercises that increase testosterone naturally:

Squat Press with Dumbbell: Use a moderate weight dumbbell and dip really low, then press up with your legs. Keep alternating hands. Do this until failure, meaning until you can no longer do another one. This squat press exercise engages many key muscles in your leg. Just make sure you maintain proper form, as Squat, just like any other exercise exercise, can cause significant injury over time if not performed the right way.

High Intensity Interval Training : Any high intensity interval training routine that uses your body weight as strength training equipment should be perfect. The key here is very minimal break in between your sets. In the routine on the link above for instance, you are going through five different body-weight exercise routines of one minute each, with only 10 second break in between sets. Once you finish the cycle, rest for 30 seconds and then repeat the entire session again for five times total. This should last about half an hour. Then stretch for about 3 to 5 minute at the end. This exercise routine, if performed every other day, is a great way to help increase your testosterone level naturally.

Food that help raise testosterone naturally It is not a secret that your level of testosterone is vastly affected by your nutrition. There are plenty of foods you can add to your nutrition arsenal, in the quest for testosterone boost. Examples are:

Red meat: Do not be afraid to get in touch with your inner instincts of being a carnivore. The fact is, increasing your intake of red meat helps increase your level of testosterone production, period. However, let me underscore that you want to go for hormone free and grass-fed red meat. This is because animals that are fed this way provide high levels of omega-3 fatty acids. And I know some might scream Red meat equal Saturated fat! The truth is our bodies do need a certain level of saturated fat in order to produce certain hormones and conduct certain chemical reactions. In order to balance out the effect of too much saturated fat that comes from animal protein, consume fibrous vegetables such as cabbage or Brussels sprouts or broccoli.

Oyster or any zinc-rich food: Oysters have been consumed for centuries as natural aphrodisiacs in many parts of the world. The reason is, they are very rich in zinc, a potent mineral that directly contributes to the production of testosterone.

Nuts and Seeds: Nuts are packed with Omega-3 fats, which are not only great for fostering good cholesterol, but the majority of seeds also contain high degrees of zinc and Vitamin E, which are bound to boost your testosterone level naturally.

Other ways to help increase testosterone naturally Have frequent sex: According to scientists, simply having an erection triggers a significant rise in testosterone, which in turn triggers an increase in energy, strength, and overall vitality. Having sex frequently is a healthy way to boost your testosterone level. For men, there is obviously a discussion around whenever too many frequent ejaculations is harmful to you. Regardless of the answer, every man should learn ejaculation control (study Kegel exercises for example – they are a great natural remedy to premature ejaculation). It is not just a health issue; it can also save your relationship.

Avoid or give up smoking: Research has demonstrated that smoking leads to a drop in testosterone level, but also worse, shrinkage of genital size (this one according to the Boston University School of Medicine). The reason is smoking not only damages blood vessels in the lungs, but also in the penis!

Stay away from negative stress: If you get angry very quickly or worry too much, or have a grumpy attitude, your blood pressure can rise over time. High blood pressure is negatively correlated to low testosterone level. Therefore, attempt as much as possible to keep a smile on your face at all time. It is not only pleasant to other people; it is also very beneficial for your health.

Conclusion on Ways to boost your testosterone So there you have it. Incorporating zinc-based nutrition and high intensity interval training routines in your daily life, as well as keeping your sex life omnipresent, while lowering your stress level are all great tips that will help prevent, stop, and reverse the declining trend in male testosterone. Good luck on living a great and healthy life!

Female Hair Loss Remedy – Learn the Best Treatments for Fast Natural Hair Growth

The loss of hair in women can be caused by a variety of factors. Regardless of the cause, it is not a pleasant experience. Most women treasure their hair and spend a lot of time and money taking care of it. For women, hair represents their sense of style and beauty. This is why women sometimes have a hard time coping when they notice their hair is thinning. There are medications women can use to stimulate their hair to grow back but these treatments can cause side effects. A natural female hair loss remedy can work just as well without posing a risk to your health. First, you must determine why you are losing your hair.

Hormonal Changes Cause Female Thinning Hair

Hormonal fluctuations are a common cause of female thinning hair. Some women will notice that their hair sheds in clumps shortly after they give birth. The growth cycle of a woman’s hair may eventually return to normal as her hormones return to their natural levels. If it doesn’t, a female hair loss remedy may be needed in order for her hair to grow back.

Menopause is another time in a woman’s live when her hormones are changing. Some women will notice that their hair is thinning.

Female Pattern Baldness

The leading cause to female thinning hair is a condition known as androgenic alopecia. Most people call this condition female pattern baldness. This condition is passed on through the genes and is linked to an over production of the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT).

DHT destroys the follicles making them unable to hold on to the strands. The hair then starts to fall out and new hair cannot grow back in because of the damaged follicles. Women with this condition should use a female hair loss remedy which prevents the production of DHT.

Female Hair Loss Remedy for Hair Regrowth

Vitamin E is very effective in stimulating natural hair growth. It promotes a healthy flow of blood to the scalp. This will help ensure vitamins and minerals are able to get to the roots to nourish the strands.

Green tea is an effective female hair loss remedy for treating female pattern baldness. The tea contains compounds which curb the production of DHT.

Living Water

"When the well is dry, then we know the worth of water", unfortunately many of us take it for granted. The significance of water is so much deeper than drinking 8 to 10 glasses per day. Although vitally important; water quenches more than just our physical thirst …

Mind / Spirit Wade in the water …. Just as water is significant in baptism because it symbolizes the cleansing away of our sins and the renewal of our spirit, biblically water is a reminder that when our spirit is dehydrated we can go to God's well and refill our cup over and over again. (John 4: 7-14 & 7:38). Water represents the tranquility and serenity that is necessary to reflect, renew and seek peace of mind.

Body Inner – Water is necessary for nutrient and oxygen transport and for absorption and utilization of vitamins and minerals. Our bodies are made up of over 80% water. We lose up to 2 -3 quarts of water per day, more if you exercise. That water loss needs to be replaced. Without enough water, constipation, dehydration and a weakened immune system can occur. 8 – 10 glasses of water per day is the popular belief but did you know for every caffeine drink you drink like coffee, tea or soda, you must drink an additional 8 ounces of water. You can determine how much water you need per day by dividing your weight by 2 … the result is approximately the amount of water you should drink in ounces. Drinking the daily-recommended amounts of water will result in a healthier, stronger body as well as reduce your risks of bladder infections, increase metabolism, keep healthy bowels and reduces halitosis.

Outer – Water improves elasticity in your skin leaving it more more supple. Water also helps the body rid itself of toxins, which results in a more radiant complexion and adds a healthy glow to skin. Keeping your body hydrated not only keeps your skin radiant but it reduces acne flair ups and chapped lips.

There's nothing like a nice warm bath to renew your mind and cleanse your body. Add these goodies to your bath for a more enjoyable experience. Origin's "Peace of Mind" Tension-releasing vapor bath is very soothing if you like the smell of peppermint and eucalyptus. Or Bath & Body Works' Aromatherapy Sleep Foam Bath is a soothing blend of Lavendar & Vanilla that will leave you on cloud 9.

Exercise – Swimming provides a great workout to your entire body. It's toning from head to toe, while providing an excellent cardiovascular workout. It also strengthens your heart muscles and improvements circulation. According to the American Heart Association, just 30-60 minutes of physical activity 3-4 days per week can help reduce your risk for heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. As a regular physical activity, swimming can also help lower your blood pressure and cholesterol. Swimming is a relatively in expensive sport to begin, since you do not need much equipment. For most of us, a good swim cap is all the biggest challenge. For more information on pools in your area, contact your local YMCA, 24 Hour Fitness or gym near you. Swiminfo.com gives advice for swimming workouts.

Beauty really does start from within. So if you want to raise your beauty factor from the inside out, just add water.

Homeopathy For Depression

If you find yourself agreeing with the founder of homeopathy, Samuel Hahnemann, that conventional medicine can do more harm than good, then sometimes it's time for you to turn to homeopathy depression remedies.

It is a modern misnomer that homeopathy simply refers to any natural form of treating a malady. Homeopathy, which has been around since the 1790s, is based on the belief that "like cures like".

In the words of Samuel Hahnemann, "The highest ideal of cure is the speedy, gentle and enduring restoration of health by the most trustworthy and least harmful way." It's difficult to find fault with that statement!

There's No Place Like the Homeopath's

If you are interested in using homeopathy for depression, schedule an appointment with a homeopathic practitioner. If you do not know where to begin, try asking your friends at your local health food store to recommend someone or perform an internet search on the term, "homeopath".

Homeopathy is where the Art Is

Homeopathic depression remedies are considered to be safe and free from side effects. This is a pleasant change from the side effects that can result taking antidepressants.

Many people now consider homeopathy to be a good trade for side effects associated with some prescription medications.

If you do choose to see a doctor of homeopathy for your depression, you may be pleasantly surprised to discover that much emphasis is placed on determining the underlying cause of your depression. You will not be given a Pez dispenser full of one-size-fits-all pills.

Homeopathic practitioners work on the "minimal dose" promise. You will be given the lowest possible dose the practiceer believes will stimulate your body to heal itself. Homeopathy for depression does not seek to zap each symptom with harsh pharmaceuticals.

Homeopathy, Sweet Homeopathy

Your doctor of homeopathy will make careful note of your specific symptoms.

Here's a brief list of some homeopathy depression treatments:

* Arsencium album is a commonly prescribed homeopathy remedy for depression. It is used for anxiety and people with unrealistic expectations.

* Calcarea carbonic is used for people who are feeling overwhelmed.

* Argentum niticum, or silver nitrate, is used for people experiencing nervousness, grief, agitation and fear.

* Natrum muriatidcum is prescribed as a homeopathy remedy when the person is experiencing sleeplessness and nervousness.

* Causticum is used for people who are experiencing overwhelming emotions that accompanious grief. Your homeopathy depression remedies will be tailor made to fit your needs. What a novel approach!

Male Fertility Test – How to Prepare

Taking a male fertility test requires preparedness-mentally, physically and, yes, emotionally. Men may not be great at expressing their emotions all the time, but they do have feelings, just like you. As his partner, you can play a big role in helping him express his unvoiced fears and apprehensions about his test.

Getting ready for the big day

A semen analysis is the first, most common, and non-invasive fertility test typically performed in a lab. Two to three days before the test, your man must abstain from sexual intercourse. On the big day, his health care provider will ask him for a fresh semen sample to be collected in a sterile container via masturbation or in a special condom via ejaculation.

The collected sample must be analyzed within two hours; the fresher the sample, the more accurate the test results. Your man can do a home fertility test. But if you live near a lab, you might as well let the experts handle it for him.

His sample will be assessed for:

Sperm Count

This is his number of sperm per milliliter of semen. The healthy average is above 60 million sperm. Below 20 million sperm indications infertility. He will register zero sperm if he suffers from azoospermia. However, a high sperm count may still indicate infertility due to other factors.

Sperm Motility / Movement

Ideally, 50 percent or more of your man's sperm should be active. Grade 3 or 4 motility indicators fertility. Ask your health care provider to explain the grading system for sperm motility.

Clumping

This test will analyze if his sperm sticks together, since clumping can hamper motility and may lead to infertility.

Sperm Morphology

Normal sperm shape (sperm with oval heads, mid-piece, and long tail) indicates fertility. At least 30 percent of your man's sperm should look like this. If not, there is a big chance that the rest of his sperm are also abnormal.

Other fertility factors

The semen analysis will also assess his ejaculate volume, total motile count (the number of motile sperm based on ejaculates), white blood cell level in the semen, and seminal fluidity, among others. Ask your health care provider to explain these other factors.

Emotional preparedness

Unfamiliar experiences such as getting tested normally trigger a gamut of emotional reactions, even in men. Here, expect the process to be emotionally demanding to both of you and be ready for this.

Testing is an important part of your larger goal to get pregnant. Remind him this and insure him that it is normal to feel anxious or uncertain about his test. This is nothing to be embarrassed about. If he feels uncomfortably about any part of the test, encourage him to discuss this with his health care provider.

Handle with care

What possible emotions can he experience when D Day arrives and test results turn out to be bad news? Experts say most men usually feel shocked, because they assume that infertility is a female issue. Other common male reactions include stress, feelings of vulnerability, confusion, disbelief, and denial.

Your partner may struggle with the idea of ​​incapacity and worthlessness, and start to question his sexuality, masculinity, and virility. He may also feel angry toward you or medical attendants; resent his participation in further tests; feel depressed and insecure; and experience temporary sexual problems such as loss of interest or poor erection.

If your man exhibits any of these, do not worry. His reaction is normal. Psychologically, he is expressing grief and will need a lot of compassion and understanding. But as he comes to terms with his infertility, such emotions will gradually diminish. Of course, your support, encouragement, and love as well as the help of your health care provider or an infertility counselor will also play a big part in helping him overcome.

Find Help

Social support can further assist both of you in coping with the emotional stresses that come with infertility. It is important for both of you to agree with such emotions in a healthy and positive way.

Your loved one may find it more comfortable to join an all-male support group to help him express his stressful experience. Ask your health care provider for references. Doing some online or library research can help him better understand male infertility.

There are many medical and alternative treatments for male infertility and most types can be deal with so that you can become pregnant. Knowing the cause of your infertility as a couple can now help you both find a solution and this can be considered a very positive step! Talk with your doctor and do your research to find the best medical and complimentary treatments for beating male factor infertility so that you can have a baby together.

The New Rules of Home Improvement

Many homeowners are beginning to recognize the higher standards that are being demanded from home improvement contractors.The new rules of certification, accreditation and independent verification have complemented well the old ways of selecting a contractor so that the two establish a benchmark that bodes well for the professional perception of the industry. It is not a coincident that in 2010 credentialing and training organizations have achieved their highest growth rate in recent years.

I believe that a profound shift is taken place in the home improvement industry. This shift has embroidered certification, accreditation and independent verification as the new rules of doing business. As a contractor who has been in the business for many years, for me, this shift means one thing – a chance to increase market share by showcasing a brand that understands and welcomes the new reality. Indeed, homeowners are beginning to demand this higher standard of training and perceived credibility to measure value. And, the surest way to achieve this is by checking for the credential of companies and the skill of their people. Now, along the old ways of relying chiefly on word-of-mouth recommendation, customers will be able to more independently check for and measure the training and professional underpinning of a company. This is quite a significant development in the home improvement business bought on by dramatic emphasis on energy efficiency improvements in building.

The Federal government and large utility companies have contributed to this by providing tax credits and purchase rebates respectively for energy efficiency improvement initiatives. States have located on these opportunities and have enacted changes to their building codes to encourage higher efficiency standards in building. The State of Massachusetts for example, has adopted the 'Stretch Energy Code' "which its cities and towns are using to promote energy efficiency improvement to their building stock.The execution of these strategies create jobs, save money on utility bills and decrease the Carbon The savviest of small home improvement contractors are using these new rules to improve their companies' image to portray a well trained professional operation. improvement, if we are committed to improving our building stock then the adoption of these new rules are just the start of the revolutionizing of the home improvement industry.

To be clear, the changes that are taking root are a result of the budding Home Performance Improvement industry that is taking shape and which is buttress by the Building Performance Institute (BPI), a national credentialing and training organization. Indeed, I believe two things, one, this is setting a new benchmark for the professional assessing of the home remodeling industry. Two, brand recognition will be an important criterion in selecting a home improvement company. The companies that recognize this and make the necessary positioning adjustment will be the winners.

All in all, these new rules that are required to operate a professional home performance improvement entity will no doubt usher in a change in the way the home remodeling industry generally operates.

Importance of a Spa

In the age of endless stress and routine workloads, humans have slowly embraced the idea that self-relaxation and pampering have become necessities rather than luxuries. Combining the health benefits of hydrotherapy and thermal therapy used in ancient Rome; and the healthy body massage therapy from eastern culture, modern man has re-invented the “SPA” as an important place of physical and mental healing within the bounds of the metropolis. In the United States alone, more than 57 million Americans or one-fourth of their adult population has visited a spa at least once a year. Such patronage has propelled the spa industry to its present height and popularity.

People visit a spa for a number of important reasons. The most common reason is to de-stress after a day of hard work, which is almost always combined with physical stress and mental stress. In the modern times, the church and the spa seem to be the only two places in our society where we can truly remove ourselves from the influence of technology and self-meditate in silence. A full body massage can make muscles feel relaxed and flexible after a strenuous day at the office. Pampering oneself with the complete body spa experience, consisting of therapeutic massages, a facial, foot scrubs, a manicure and a pedicure; can garner psychological benefits and improve self-confidence.

A health spa can enroll patrons to weight loss programs to improve their body physique and prevent diseases that stem from being obese and overweight. Getting rid of those excess fluids and toxins from the body is one of the most important functions of detoxification therapies available in a spa. Toxins may be suctioned from the body using “moxa ventosa” or candle suction. Internal cleansing regimens and natural fiber therapy are also available for a healthier gut and prevent gastro-intestinal cancer.

It is also important to note that a facial is one of the few body spa approaches that causes one to feel and look good at the same time. Spas have actually carved a niche in anti-aging treatments by making skin firmer and preventing premature wrinkling. The applications of massage therapy, hydrotherapy and thermal therapy have been proven to improve blood circulation in the body and control hypertension among patients. Better circulation can also augment the body’s immune response against invading pathogens. These therapies can also ease the pain of chronic arthritis in its naturopathic sense. Some health spas provide yoga and Pilates classes which improve breathing. The relaxation that one achieves during a session in a spa has been proven to improve sleeping disorders by restoring the natural biorhythms of the body.

The possibilities are endless as newer trends and researches are constantly pursued in the spa industry. Sometimes it is not only about the health importance of a spa that satisfies the mind and body. The spa culture has become an opportunity to provide people with real personal time or “me time.” Such freedom to get pampered is truly rare and precious in this busy world of ours.

Know The Difference Between Raw Food and Vegetarian Diet

Most people do not know the difference between raw food diet and vegetarian diet. In order to first know the difference among the two, we must first take a closer look on their similarities. True, a person who is on a strict raw food diet can be considered as a vegetarian. However, unlike a vegetarian who can eat cooked vegetables, a raw foodist only consumes foods that are uncooked and unprocessed. A vegetarian is a person who eats cooked and uncooked, processed and unprocessed fruits and vegetables. A vegetarian can eat onion rings in a restaurant but a raw foodist can only eat raw fruits and vegetables and drink fruit juices. If you think it is hard for vegetarians to find something to eat, how much more for the raw foodist.

There are several different types of vegetarians – vegans, fruitarians, etc. – and a raw foodist is a type of vegetarianism. Unlike that of a vegetarian, a raw foodist can include sushi on their diet. As long as the food is not cooked and unprocessed. A vegetarian may eat steamed broccoli, however, a raw foodist only consumes it in its raw form. A vegetarian's diet does not include meat, fish, or any kinds of animal product while a raw foodist – as mentioned above – can include it in its diet as long as it is in its raw form. Meaning, a person who is on a raw food diet is also considered a vegan who consumes uncooked, unprocessed raw foods.

Raw only?

If you are on a diet that only consumes foods that are at least 75% raw, or uncooked fruits and vegetables, then you are one of the many people who are on a raw food diet. Raw foods contain the necessary food enzymes that our body needs. As a matter of fact, raw foods have high levels of enzyme than that of cooked foods. Studies show that cooking foods (especially above 116 ° F) is able to reduce the enzymes of the food.

Those who are on a raw food diet have a strict method in preparing their food such as sprouting seeds, grains and beans; soaking nuts and dried fruits; and extract juice from fruits and vegetables.

Consuming organic foods is the best way to have a healthy diet. Lots of supermarkets and grocery stores are now offering packaged fruits and vegetables. As a matter of fact, more and more fruits and vegetable retailers have been popping up these days. It is now much easier purchase bags of fruits and vegetables.

Weight Loss Workouts For the Busy Individuals

It is possible that you are interested in getting rid of some pounds because you've bumped into this article. The consolation is that there is no need for you to look further because this article will serve as your guide to understand weight loss workouts better.

Many workouts are available that you are bound to get one that is perfect for your needs. In fact, there are even those kinds of workout that will work well on even the busiest man alive. There are those workouts that will only require someone to work about an hour per week but can potentially get a desirable effect.

Here are some of the most effective yet still stress-free workouts in the market:

1. One of those things that you can do is the high intensity training which will allow you to work your muscle so that they can grow in an amazing size while getting rid of that annoying fat bulges all around your body. By doing the process of working the whole body at a particular time, you can lessen the amount of workout that you need to do in a week. After which, you can take an entire week off to give your body the chance to fully repair itself.

2. On the other hand, there are those high-intensity weight loss workouts which can be done with cardiovascular machines. You can either do this process inside the gym or have it inside the house by carrying out a cardiovascular workout, like riding a bike.

Other weight loss workouts are available, but the two listed above are the kinds which will allow you to experience maximum weight loss without really going through the hassle of working out for a very long period of time. Indeed, the two are the best choices for busy individuals.