November 2008

Testosterone Support

Friday, November 28, 2008 @ 09:11 AM
posted by Phil

Testosterone is the key male hormone and a lack of it can cause numerous health problems including impotence – but you don’t have to use testosterone replacement therapy which is expensive, you can simply boost levels naturally with these proven herbs…
Before we look at the herbs you need to aware that there is a mineral you need which is crucial to testosterone production and its zinc.

Zinc

Zinc is crucial for the production of testosterone in the body and zinc levels in the prostate gland and sperm are higher than in any other body tissues. Lack of zinc is associated with numerous sexual health problems, including sperm abnormalities and even prostate cancer. Zinc also helps to maintain adequate semen volume, as well as keeping sperm healthy. Taking zinc as a supplement, if you do not have a balanced diet is therefore essential.

Now let’s look at 3 herbs that are included in all the best natural sexual health pills and have been proven to boost testosterone.

Tongkat Ali (Eurycoma longfolia)
This herb is not just good for sexual health, its also good for overall health and has been used in traditonal Chinese medicine for centuries to cure low testosterone leves. The bioactive Glygopeptide compounds also boost levels of free testosterone and decrease SHBG levels and the effect of this is to increase libido and overall performance. Medical tests have also proved, Tongakat Ali keeps male sperm healthy by increasing overall sperm count, sperm size and motility.

Mucuna Pruriens
Several medical studies have shown the herb increases testosterone levels within the body the high concentrations of l-dopa contained are converted to dopamine which stimulates levels of production of testosterone by the pituitary gland. It also decreases prolactin levels in the body of which high levels are responsible for approximatley 80 percent of all erection failures.

Epimedium Grandiflorum Extract – “Horny Goat Weed
For 2000 years, horny goat weed has been used in China as a medicinal herb in reproductive tonics for boosting libido and treating impotence. It has many benefits and one of them is to boost levels of testosterone, improving sex drive and overall health.

Get them All
If you want a testosterone boost, the above herbs are ideal and have many other benefits in terms of sexual and general health. Many of the best natural sex pills will blend the above herbs, zinc and other minerals and herbs which will help boost libido, as well as your general health.

Does Low Potassium Signal High Blood Pressure

Friday, November 28, 2008 @ 06:11 AM
posted by Phil

potassiumAs I am sitting here eating my banana I remembered reading recently an article by Megan Rauscher in My Health. She wrote about a correlation between high blood pressure and low potassium levels. At least half of the population tested were African American. This was true regardless of the level of salt in the diet or cardiovascular risk factors.

The significance of what was observed is that it agrees with an earlier idea that potassium deficiency plays an important role in the development of high blood pressure.

Doctor Hedayati told Reuters Health that this association was stronger in African Americans than non-African Americans, which suggests possible racial differences in the development of high blood pressure.

In addition to having lower levels of potassium in the urine, individuals with hypertension were older, heavier, and more likely to be African American. These people also had lower glomerular filtration rates, which correlates with poor kidney function.

According to Hedayati, the potassium level in urine samples was strongly related to blood pressure. “The lower the potassium in the urine, the lower the potassium in the diet, the higher the blood pressure,” This effect was even more significant than the effect of salt on their blood pressure.

My doctor always tells me to cut down on salt in order to keep my blood pressure under control, but he has not mentioned anything about low potassium having an effect on it.

This is another case of needing more studies to see how much of a factor potassium may be in treating hypertension in humans. This may be something to check with your doctor about next time you are in for a checkup.

Caffeine Good or Bad?

Wednesday, November 26, 2008 @ 05:11 PM
posted by Phil

Caffeine, just about everyone has an opinion on this heavily consumed chemical. Some see it as a useful tool in the fitness area (like me), and others consider it to be really bad stuff! As a friend of caffeine, I am going to point out a few items of interest and new research into this controversial supplement.

What the heck is caffeine?
Caffeine is a psychoactive drug, yep it affects your brain and your mood (you coffee drinkers will be well aware of this). Caffeine is a bitter (try chewing a caffeine tablet – yuck) white crystalline xanthine alkaloid that acts as a psychoactive stimulant drug and a mild diuretic (makes you pee more).

Caffeine was discovered by a German chemist, Friedrich Ferdinand Runge, in 1819 (and I bet he was up all night!) He coined the term “kaffein”, a chemical compound in coffee, which in English became caffeine. Caffeine is also called guaranine when found in guarana, mateine when found in mate, and theine when found in tea; all of these names are synonyms for the same chemical compound.

Caffeine is found in many plants and is used by most folks to increase alertness and focus, and sometimes, just o get through the rest of the workday. Break out the coffee and Red Bull. So, other than making me feel pretty good, what else can this chemical do?

1.It causes vasoconstriction – (constricts your blood vessels) this can help alleviate headaches.
2.It can widen the airways in your lungs, which can be helpful to asthmatics.
3.Causes fat cells to be released into the blood stream – allowing the body to use them as energy.
4.Boosts your metabolism – which assists in weight loss.
5.Reduces the perceived effort during weight lifting exercises – this can make your workout feel easier.
6.May reduce the possibility of developing Parkinson’s disease (you don’t want this illness).
7.Reduces muscle pain during intense exercise – allows you to go harder or longer.

8.Caffeine does make you pee more but in healthy people it does not lead to dehydration.

And guess what?
It can also significantly lower the risk of diabetes due to its insulin regulating ability.
Ok, so it has all these positive benefits, there’s got to be some bad stuff. Of course there is. Like anything, too much can be bad, and if you’re sensitive to the stuff, you should cut back or cut it out. Here’s a few of the negative items;

1.Caffeine can cause insomnia, nervousness, irritability and related disorders.
2.Excessive use can lead to over-acidity in your stomach leading to ulcers and other nasties.
3.While OK for us humans, this chemical is really bad for dogs, parrots and horses. (And really bad for spiders.)
4.Caffeine can exacerbate existing conditions of the heart – but no studies have shown that it adversely affects the healthy heart.

How should you take caffeine?
For day to day use, whatever beverage is your choice. Getting caffeine through tea or coffee (and chocolate) has the added benefit of a big dose of healthy antioxidants. For exercise purposes try taking a caffeine supplement (tablet or powder) in a dosage between 100 & 400 milligrams around 1 hour before working out. Experiment with the dosage to find what works for you. I tried 400mgs and it was far too much for me (shake,rattle and roll), but 200mgs was just right!

I believe that caffeine is a useful and moderately healthy supplement when used smartly. Remember to always consult your doctor if in doubt. If you have any serious medical conditions do your research before taking any chemicals. As a final note, the most recent studies have shown no links between caffeine intake and miscarriage. I would probably reduce the intake as a general health measure anyway!

Test is the Key..

Wednesday, November 26, 2008 @ 02:11 AM
posted by Al

As you may know. The major reason for most high quality muscle mass, is Testosterone. The best way to boost your testosterone is with CytoTest. With CytoTest you will be able to be a monster in the gym. you will notice larger harder muscles. You will have wild pumps in the gym and your muscles will not just simply deflate like other supplements. It will also jump into action as soon as you take your first dose. Your Testosterone levels will be at a good level in juust 3 days.

Maintain your Weight Over the Holidays

Tuesday, November 25, 2008 @ 10:11 AM
posted by Phil

scalesNow that Thanksgiving is almost here, many of us are about to disengage our brains and put our mouths in gear. It happens annually like the time change.

The sad reality is that with all the family dinners, parties and snacks at work, socializing with friends, it is going to be another tempting time. The battle of the bulge is on.

But it does not have to be a lose-lose situation. I have learned that I can still enjoy all the holiday treats without going completely insane and still maintain my weight.

So during these holiday challenges here are some of the things I have tried to put into practice:

Try not skip breakfast. If I don’t eat something, by the time lunch rolls around I wind up eating enough for two meals, and then a snack about an hour after that.

And while on the topic of snacks. If I miss lunch, I still try to have some kind of healthy snack every few hours during the day. I wind up eating less at the main meals this way.

When my wife and I go out to a restaurant on date night, we have started to share entrees. It makes the occasion feel more intimate also.

If I go to a holiday party, I carry some almonds, or a piece of fruit like a banana, cheese and an apple in a sandwich bag, and put them in the car. Especially when I know there is going to be chocolate goodies where I am going.

When I am at the dinner table I have tried to slow down my eating, by chewing longer, and putting the fork down between bites. Keep in mind that it takes about 20 minutes before the stomach realizes that I have started put things in my mouth. Socializing more during the meal is another good way to slow down.

When the family gets together on holidays, we all bring something to share. I try to bring something on the lighter, healthier side rather than potato chips or a cheese dip.

When I’m at the feast, I don’t pass up all the good stuff, but I do try to take a taste of everything, instead of making a meal of each portion. I have learned over the years that a good portion is about the size of your fist, and I use that for a guideline.

Instead of going to an event, just for the food, I try to focus on the whole gathering and socialize more throughout the event. Even though I know it is a good idea to mentally visualize myself as being successful at not overeating, it is still a challenge.

The Latest Vitamin Update

Monday, November 24, 2008 @ 09:11 AM
posted by Phil

vitaminsLast week I read about a couple of vitamin studies conducted recently, and just released. There are millions of Americans that already take at least two vitamins a day, and the varieties are overwhelming. The choices range from A to Z and everything in between.

One of the studies, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, had to do with heart disease in men. They found that vitamins C and E do not seem to protect men from getting heart disease. In addition, in rare cases vitamin E might raise the risk of a bleeding stroke. However I believe that vitamin C and E still are still good anti oxidants that fight free radicals. And in the study, women receiving vitamin E experienced 24% less total cardiovascular disease deaths.

The other study, of interest to women, came out in the Journal of the national Cancer Institute. They found that a daily dose of vitamin D and calcium did not protect women against invasive breast cancer.

Originally both studies thought that the opposite might be true. Even though these results are discouraging, they were only single studies and are not the final words on these issues.

Just taking Vitamins or supplements alone are not going to be a magic cure for anything, and new studies come out all the time. There are at least 3 factors that need to be balanced to lead a healthy life. You cannot forget about diet or exercise. In addition heredity also has to be factored into the equation.

CNN medical correspondent Elizabeth Cohen interviewed 4 doctors, and also offered some advice on how to choose the right vitamins.

The male doctors both took a multivitamin and Vitamin D, and one also took magnesium, and one to increase cellular health and function like Co-Q-10.

The male doctors advised men not to take iron unless their doctor says they have a deficiency, and men taking calcium supplements could increase the risk of prostate cancer.

On the female side both took calcium and vitamin D, and Fish oil/Omega3. Also on the list were coenzyme Q10, an antioxidant and magnesium, and one took a multivitamin as an insurance policy for disease prevention.

What not to take for postmenopausal women was iron (too much might pose a heart risk) and beautiful skin vitamins really were not much help, it’s much better to get the nutrients from your diet, drink water, and wear sunscreen.

Couch Potato Training Regimen

Friday, November 21, 2008 @ 10:11 AM
posted by Phil

Well, my annual family and friends Thanksgiving Turkey Bowl football game is fast approaching and of course I didn’t follow through on my goal to be in shape and ready to go all out. Even though I have Worked Out it has been well below what it takes to play at my full potential.

This yearly event has been going on ever since we were in high school, and has become a tradition with our families.

As we original enthusiasts have turned into the Old Farts, and are only playing once a year, we spend more time spent on the sidelines watching the younger crowd go at it. I am afraid that soon, I may be in the category of enjoying the outing as a spectator.

Already some of the old timers come out and sit on their butts, instead of moving them on the field. They bring their morning doughnuts, and coffee, and did I forget the frosty’s for after the game?

It makes me think of how I am changing from a sports player to a “sports spectator.” Later on in the day on Thanksgiving, I’ll be the couch potato, chowing down on all the wrong kinds of snacks, and other delicious fattening delights that will be served up.

As I look around in the local pubs at the more vocal sports fans, I am sure that if they calculated their BMI it would be higher than more casual spectators. Their diets are mostly high fat, and fast foods are a staple rather than an exception. I have seen reviews that the true couch potatoes is also more inclined to skip breakfast more often, eat more bread and pasta, but fewer vegetables. The more rabid sports fans also drink a lot more alcohol than their more controlled spectator buddies.

I was talking to a dietitian recently who told me that the experts want to target the more zealous sports fans and somehow get them to eat better and exercise more, since they are a significant part of the new obesity statistics. The health care professionals feel that being a diehard sports fan, has some psychological benefits, but is destructive when it comes to health, obesity and disease prevention.

And many experts feel that Health Providers and the Pros have a great opportunity to send the Joe’s along with the rest of the fans. As I was watching the football games last week I saw the EAS sports nutrition commercials, so it is starting to have an effect.

So if you are a dedicated fan, remember that that your favorite sports hero works out constantly, for the most part eats healthy and definitely watches their personal health, so they can excel at their sport. If we fans started to copy just some of their healthier behaviors, we could lower obesity and poor health habits that we are currently at risk for.

Here are a few ways to work up to being a healthier fan:

– Have healthier snacks during TV watching – veggies and bean dip, turkey and veggie wraps, cut up fruit, baked pita chips and hummus, veggie burgers
– Have less caloric drinks and control the alcohol – one glass of light beer and then seltzers and flavored waters
– Get up and move during commercials – how about some sit ups and pushups??
– Control the amount of food you eat , mindless eating during any TV experience is a bad health habit.
– Decide or pre-portion how much you are going to eat and make it last.
– Don’t have huge bowls of food out for grabbing.

So enjoy the holiday feast, but make this year the one where you don’t have to say: I can’t believe I ate the whole thing.

Watch the Post Workout Snacks

Thursday, November 20, 2008 @ 07:11 PM
posted by Al

In order to lose weight, you have to watch your calorie intake. Too many calories is bad but not enough can also be hazardous. Not enough calories will send your body into a starvation mode, forcing you to store fat. But some make the mistake of eating junk directly after their workout. Doing this will cancel and progress you made at the gym. You have to know what to take after a workout. Your body will be like a sponge ready to take in whatever you put in your body. Creatine is a good option, along with Muscle Provide.

Thursday, November 20, 2008 @ 04:11 AM
posted by Phil

One of the biggest keys to successful weight loss is being able to overcome cravings for foods that make you fat. Anyone can follow a diet plan for one meal, but in order to lose weight you’ve got to do it right day after day. After a while those old cravings may start to pop up and you’ll end up sabotaging yourself. With an effective weight loss pill you’ll be able to overcome your cravings. Phenphedra has ingredients that suppress your appetite and specifically eliminate your desire to eat sugary and fatty foods. Just imagine being able to walk by the donut shop and not even want to go in. This isn’t possible with low-quality diet pills from other manufacturers. Phenphedra is effective because it gives you the help that you need to stick to a healthy way of eating.

Another major problem for dieters is energy. Without really realizing it, you may have been using food to give you enough energy to get through the day. Think about how many times you reach for a snack mid-morning or mid-afternoon just to keep you going. When you reduce the amount of food that you’re eating, which is necessary for weight-loss, you’ll find yourself dragging at the end of the day. When you’re tired, you may succumb to eating food that you shouldn’t be. Phenphedra has several ingredients that help keep you motivated and energized. It’s an effective weight loss pills because when you have energy you’re less likely to stimulate your body with sugary and fatty foods. Phenphedra helps you get off the crutch that has been keeping you fat.