June 2007


The Benefits Of A Low Glycemic Level Diet
By Andy West

The United States is facing a health crisis. 31% of adults are
obese, as are 15% of adolescents and children with no sign that
this trend will be shifting any time in the near future. What’s
more, diabetes affects a staggering 18.2 million people in
America, which is over six percent of the population. Even more
shocking is the fact that this number increases each year.  In
short, the prognosis for many Americans’ health is not good.

So what can you do about it? The best thing you can do is to
take care of yourself and your children through proper diet and
exercise. Obesity can be eliminated and diabetes can be managed,
if not all together avoided. You can control the things you put
into your body, and from a chemical perspective, regulating
bloods sugar levels is the most effective way to release your
energy and fat burning capacity.

The Glycemic index is a system that ranks foods by how they
affect your levels of blood sugar. By following a low Glycemic
diet, you can control the dramatic rises in blood sugar that
pose serious threats to your health. Adhering to this
nutritional plan is not as complicated or difficult as you
might think. In fact, finding recipes and tips is as easy as
logging on to your computer.

There are a number of websites targeted for people living with
diabetes to help control blood sugar levels naturally. For a
comprehensive listing of sites that assist you in managing your
Glycemic level, take a quick look at Review Place. It has
reviews of sites like Glycemic Impact Diet, Living with
Diabetes Plan, Diabetic and Dieting Recipes and Hypoglycemia
Low Sugar Plan. These aren’t fad diets that make little sense
and achieve only short-term results. The plans are based on
scientific fact.

The beauty of these sites dealing with low Glycemic diets, is
that they essentially do all of the work for you. They not only
give recipes and health tips, but many go so far as to offer
prepared grocery lists to print on the go. Even better, the
recipes are not only healthy, but also tasty. You don’t feel as
though you are missing out on delicious food, you are enjoying
delicious, healthy food.

For example, Glycemic Impact Diet, also known as the GI Diet, a
member of the eDiets family, is a healthy nutrition plan you can
follow for life. It balances unrefined complex carbohydrates
with lean protein and healthy fat to help you stabilize blood
sugars and increase energy while losing weight. You can feel
fuller longer and avoid nasty sugar highs and lows.

A Low Glycemic Level Diet makes sense for anyone. It is not
just for individuals with diabetes, but any person concerned
with health and proper nutrition. If, as a nation, we all paid
closer attention to the Glycemic index and monitored or blood
sugar intake, we would see a sharp decline in the incidence of
diabetes and obesity. In turn, we’d experience healthier lives
and a better quality of life.

About the Author: Andy West is a freelance writer and marketing
communications specialist. For more information and reviews of
Glycemic Diets that can help lower your Glycemic level, please
visit ReviewPlace at http://www.GlycemicDiet-ReviewPlace.com

Source: http://www.isnare.com

How Tai Chi Helps Older Adults Avoid The Painful Skin Condition
Shingles
By Yoshi Kundagawa

Tai Chi for seniors is a martial art that originated in China,
and is normally practiced with the goal of living a long and
healthy life. Because Tai chi is becoming more popular, more
and more senior citizens are getting involved Tai Chi for
seniors and finding that they are living longer and healthier
lives.

Prior to Tai Chi being introduced into western countries, the
health benefit was explained through traditional Chinese
medicine, which is not supported by modern medicine. Tradition
Chinese medicine focuses more on the body and healing
mechanisms that come from within, rather than from a
pharmaceutical lab or doctors office. Many scientific studies
have been performed on the art of Tai Chi, and the results were
very favorable.

Some studies have shown that by practicing tai chi for seniors
over a long period of time can promote control of balance,
flexibility, and can even increase the condition of the heart
and cardiovascular system. Tai chi for seniors is also great
because it has shown to reduce pain that could be a result of a
fall in an elderly patient. Tai Chi can also help elderly
patients who may be experiencing arthritis, MS, Parkinson’s,
and even Alzheimer’s. The symptoms of ADHD can be reduced in
adolescents practicing Tai Chi, and one can even burn as many
calories as a skier when practicing the low-impact movements of
this martial art. Tai Chi provides many benefits for people of
all ages, but tai chi for seniors shows the most benefits. For
those who have ever suffered a heart attack, high blood
pressure, or heart surgery, Tai Chi for seniors will be simple
to practice and leave you feeling healthier and happier.

One scientific study showed a significant link between Tai Chi
and a vaccine. A group of healthy adults were giving VARIVAX,
which is the Varicella vaccine, and only half of them
participated in Tai Chi. The Varicella zoster virus causes an
infection and rash referred to as the chicken pox, and if the
virus were to be reactivated it is referred to as shingles. The
study showed that 16 weeks later, those who participated in Tai
Chi on a regular basis had a higher level of immunity to the
zoster than those who did not perform the martial art.
Performing Tai Chi does not directly prevent anyone from
getting shingles, but it does increase the effectiveness of the
vaccine.

Because old age brings along poor health, it is important for
the elderly to participate in an activity to stimulate their
mind as well as their body. Tai Chi for seniors is a perfect
activity, since it is easy to keep up with and has been added
health benefits. Tai Chi is a family oriented martial arts
program, and can keep you living a long and healthy life.

About the Author: Yoshi E Kundagawa is a freelance journalist.
He covers the mixed martial arts industry. For a free report on
Tai Chi for seniors, visit his blog:
http://blog.martialarts3000.com/2007/06/07/exercise-and-excellence-in-the-martial-arts

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Dos And Don’ts For Taking
Natural Vitamin Supplements

By Mario R. Churchill

Natural vitamin supplements are mostly beneficial, but there are also rare instances when they become hazardous to your health. Practice caution when taking natural vitamin supplement by adhering to the following dos and don’ts.

Do consider your health. If you’re not willing to visit your doctor and have a general checkup, try to identify your physical strengths and weaknesses because this will let you know which specific vitamins you need regular dosages for and which ones you need extra of.

Do choose multivitamins over natural vitamin supplements that contain specific vitamins only. Taking multivitamins will ensure that you get a healthy dosage of all essential vitamins as well as important minerals. It also helps you maintain a routine more easily because you only need to take one tablet a day for multiple vitamins (thus its name).

Do practice care when choosing which natural vitamin supplements to take. Read consumer and professional reviews regarding the product.

Do consider your budget when choosing which natural vitamin supplements to take. As taking natural vitamin supplements can be a lifelong routine, it will become a permanent part of your budget. Make sure you purchase only one you can afford to take regularly without crippling your finances too much. You could also inquire with your insurance company if they have any advice and discounts to offer.

Do not buy any natural vitamin supplement that is not approved and licensed by the US Food and Drug Administration. Unlicensed drugs may have serious side effects that could endanger your health or worse, your life.

Do not buy any natural vitamin supplement from any illegitimate vendor. Even though you know the seller personally, it’s still better to purchase from a legitimate pharmacy.

Do check the expiry date of your natural vitamin supplements because there are illegal drugstores which continue to sell expired medication to the public. Consuming expired vitamin supplements can lead to a number of health complications.

Do observe time properly when taking natural vitamin supplements. It’s possible for their benefits and effects to be enhanced if you take them on the dot. Setting your watch to alarm on a particular hour every day isn’t too much to ask, is it?

Do eat healthy food if you wish to increase the effects of taking natural vitamin supplements. While they can certainly contribute a lot to your health, they shouldn’t be seen as miracle workers. Natural vitamin supplements won’t help at all if you counter them by eating too much fried foods and sweets. Match your healthy habit with a healthy diet. Eat lots of vegetables and fruits while reducing intake of oils and fats.

Do exercise regularly. A daily workout will only serve to complement the significant benefits provided by natural vitamin supplements. Think of it as natural vitamin supplements laying the foundation of good health and exercise as the glue that maintains it. Choose the type of exercise you can have fun with and one you won’t have any problem performing at your preferred time of the day. Fifteen to thirty minutes’ worth of workout would do.

Do adopt a healthy lifestyle as well if you wish to maximize use of natural vitamin supplements. Consider quitting smoking, reducing intake of liquor, and try sleeping the required number of hours every day.

Those are the dos and don’ts to make sure that natural vitamin supplements play their role the way they’re supposed to in your life. Stay healthy!

About the Author: Mario Churchill is a freelance author and has written over 200 articles on various subjects. For information on natural vitamin supplements and or to purchase nutritional vitamin suppSource: www.isnare.com

Need to lose a few pounds? Hypnosis for weight loss is a great
way to shrink the waistline. Hypnosis for weight loss allows
you to change yourself in several healthy ways. It will work
with your chosen diet, a bit like having your own personal
assistant always by your side.

The first thing hypnosis for weight loss helps you lose weight
is retraining your body to not need so much food. Your body may
become addicted to food for several reasons, you may have eaten
due to boredom, to be social or to make yourself feel better.
Eating for reasons such as the ones previously mentioned is
unhealthy and can lead to health problems. With hypnosis for
weight loss you can retrain your sub conscious back to a
natural, healthy state.

The second thing hypnosis for weight loss can do is make you
have the energy you need to work out. Working out is important
when losing weight, because the scales do not tell you how much
muscle you have (unless you’ve bought one of the top of the
range body monitor scales, of course). Without muscle, you may
lose weight but you become fat on the inside, which is more
dangerous to your health than fat on the outside. You can use
hypnosis for weight loss to gain the energy you need to keep
your cardiovascular system running smoothly.

The third thing weight loss hypnosis can do for you is allow
you to get a better nights sleep. With less time sleeping
because of weight loss hypnosis, you will have more time. With
this time you can use it on more weight loss hypnosis,
exercising or spend it with the family or doing tasks you
otherwise wouldn’t have the time to do.

Weight loss hypnosis, its for your health.

About The Author: Discover how you can lose weight with
hypnosis at http://www.squidoo. com/lose- weight-with- hypnosis

Being a runner you have no doubt suffered from a “charley horse” or leg cramp.  Ever wonder why? 

In my experience, I discovered that if I wasn’t fully hydrated, then a cramp was definitely on the horizon.  In fact, there are several different causes for cramping, especially amongst athletes.   

Obviously, one cause is dehydration. This happens when we fail to intake enough fluids. How to know how much fluid to ingest? Well, if you don’t mind me getting a tab gross here, the easiest way is to check your urine. 

Contrary to popular opinion your urine is not supposed to be yellow, but rather clear or pale yellow. Therefore, if you are capable of passing at least one clear urine a day, then you are fully hydrated. 

Another method is to take your body weight, say 100 lbs. and divide that number by 2 (100/2 = 50)  Now, you should be drinking at least 50 ounces of fluid, preferably water, a day. This will help you avoid most leg cramps. 

Of course, dehydration isn’t the only cause for the leg cramps. Lack of sodium, potassium, chloride, calcium and phosphate may be another cause, especially if you are running in hot weather. Replacement of the lost electrolytes will definitely help. Try drinking some Gatorade or other sports drink about one-half hour before you go out for your run to be sure that your body is ready for the work. Also, be sure to drink a sports drink immediately after your workout. 

Over exertion, or fatigue, is the most common cause of cramping.  When your muscles are deprived of oxygen it leads to the accumulation of a byproduct called “lactic acid” in the muscle.  Once this accumulation of lactic acid becomes too great, the muscle revolts by going into spasm or cramping.

Try to listen to your body. You may be surprised at what it is saying. Pushing through the pain is not always a wise decision.  Try not to buy into the “no pain no gain” philosophy of exercise.

You do your body more harm than good and it could cost you weeks in recovery time; whereas, if you just rested one day, you wouldn’t miss that much training time and be well on your way to your goal. 

Curiously, another cause for leg cramping could also be due to you having one leg longer than the other.

Or you run with too much rolling in of the foot or too much rolling out of the foot. Proper form is crucial as well as the proper fitting shoes. 

These cramps are quite painful and usually disappear on their own, sometimes leaving the affected area sore for several days. 

Here are a few tips to help you get through the pain: 

Stop running and gently stretch and massage the cramping muscle. Hold the stretch until the cramp stops. 

Of course, the best way to conquer the leg cramp is not to get one in the first place! 

Here are a few preventive measures: 

Stretching – after a few minutes of a light jog/run, stop and stretch your muscles. Do light stretching, no jerking, and hold for 5 seconds.

Never, ever stretch cold muscles. If you have been running for awhile you would say wait a minute here, you are supposed to stretch before you run. Wrong. Current research has shown that stretching without warming up your muscles first causes more injury than prevention. 

After your run, take a few minutes, after your cool down of slow walking for 5 – 10 minutes, and perform the following:

Stretch the calf muscle: In a standing lunge with both feet pointed forward, straighten the rear leg.

Stretch the hamstring muscle: Sit with one leg folded in and the other straight out, foot upright and toes and ankle relaxed. Lean forward slightly, touch foot of straightened leg. (Repeat with opposite leg.)  

Stretch the Quadriceps muscle: While standing, hold top of foot with opposite hand and gently pull heel toward buttocks. (Repeat with opposite leg.)