• 07Jul

    When you are first trying to put on muscle, most guys just eat as much food as possible to gain weight. They quickly discover that this doesnt work, but only adds fat to the body. If you want to add real solid muscle, a certain diet must be followed. Here are some simple ways to help in your quest for building muscle fast.

    First of all the body needs protein and lots of it when you are following a really hard workout routine, so of course you want to beef up the protein intake. Most bodybuilders follow a minimum rule of 1-2 grams of protein per pound of bodyweight, so this translates into between 200-400 grams of protein for a 200 pound man. How to get this much protein? Thats quite a lot of protein for anyone, so eating just meat and eggs alone isnt going to be the way. Most bodybuilders rely on protein powder to supplement their protein intake, which I strongly recommend doing. There are many protein powders out there, just make sure you use one that has a low sugar content. Otherwise you may gain a different kind of weight instead.

    How about creatine? This is another one of those supplements that many bodybuilders use as a shortcut to putting on shredded muscle fast. Creatine is a natural substance found in the body which supplies energy directly to our muscles. Once it is in the muscles it is converted to creatine phosphate, a powerful metabolite is used to regenerate the muscles’ ultimate energy source, ATP (adenosine triphosphate). Increasing this natural compound is easy with creatine powder which can be purchased from any health food store. It does occur naturally in meat, but you need to eat a huge amount of meat to gain the fast benefits

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  • 07Jul

    A religious rights leader in the US recently sparked off a debate with his comments on the inappropriateness of Yoga for those of the Christian faith. Arguments have since flown fast and thick on all sides over the linking of Yoga with specific religions.

    As a proponent of Yoga as the ultimate challenge for the attainment of holistic wellness, I have been extremely pained to read all things related to the matter. For one, I havent been able to fathom the reasons as to why this should even be thrown on the table.

    It is true that Yoga originated in India, the same country which produced great religious systems such as Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, and Sikhism. Indeed, India is one of the two regions of the world which has been the cradle of religious thought, the other being the Middle East which produced Christianity, Islam, Judaism et al.

    However, Yoga at its best is a philosophical system which is thought to lead to self-realization. For as long as it has existed, there have been no religious incantations associated with the practice, nor does it propagate the worship of any one supreme figure. It is infact philosophical and not iconic in any way.

    The Yogic systems prevalent today are a fragment of an entire pristine system, and are mostly only corporeal; they strive to keep the body healthy through various poses and breathing techniques. The only Hindu connotation I have found evidence of, is the sounding of the syllable Om while breathing, which is also equally construable as a shortening of Amen. Interestingly, Om and Amen have similar meanings and origins as well.

    I personally know scores of people of various religious beliefs following Yoga, and who have found no conflict between their religion and the practice. Yoga, which is devoid

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  • 07Jul

    The benefits of fish oil for your health are certainly many, and people these days are enjoying the health benefits fish oil supplements can bring.

    Fish oil contains omega 3 fatty acids, DHA and EPA, which can help with a lot of health problems, as well as improve your hair, skin and nails.

    Omega 3 can help with joint pain, heart disease, arthritis, aid depression, lower high cholesterol and weight loss, to name a few.

    By including a supplement into your diet, you will be able to help strengthen weak fingernails. Omega 3 fatty acids will help moisturize and lubricate your hair, skin and nails.

    Fish oil supplements are often recommended for increasing strength and nail growth. If you body is lacking in omega 3 oils, the first place this will show is your hair, skin and nails. Giving you slow nail growth, dull skin and hair.

    Signs to look for if you are lacking in omega 3 fatty acids are dry skin, soft, brittle fingernails, unmanageable hair; you may feel irritable and fatigued.

    You do need to take a high quality supplement, as many inferior supplements, may contain mercury. You also need to look for supplements, which contain a higher level of DHA, for your nails, hair and skin.

    The supplements that do contain higher levels of DHA, come from deep cold water fish such as the Hoki fish. DHA and EPA support various functions in your body. DHA can be found in a mother’s milk, and is important for brain health. Some manufacturers will add DHA to an infant’s formula.

    It has been found many people are lacking in DHA.

    It is very necessary for you to get your daily dose of omega 3 fatty acids, as your body cannot manufacture it.

    Keep in mind when supplementing with fish oil that you don’t over do it, more does

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  • 05Jul

    Due to the specificity of administration according to age groups, liquid vitamins come to the help of many parents who need to supplement their children’s diet. Since they are often found under the form of a fruit or candy flavored syrup, liquid vitamins are true cocktails of healthy substances required for the proper development of a child. Such supplements are synthesis extracts manufactured to suit the needs of growing bodies, and they are all the easier to administrate when they are tasty too. All liquid vitamins come together with a dosage device, should it not be included in the package, you’ll have to buy a marked spoon in order to give the child the right amount of vitamins.

    Though children are the first to benefit from the use of liquid vitamins administration, they are also used by adults, and there is a variety of reasons for such a choice. Unlike capsules and tablets that have a longer passage through the digestive tract, liquid vitamins are more easily processed and absorbed. Furthermore, with tablets and capsules, the risk exists that part of them be eliminated through stool or urine, which is not the case with liquid vitamins. Moreover, liquid vitamins have a better tolerability rate with patients that suffer from some form of stomach problem.

    Liquid vitamins contain important antioxidants such as vitamins A, C and E; these three substances are found in any liquid multivitamin supplement, as they are necessary ingredients for the success of the formula. They boost up the body’s resistance in the fight against old age and disease, fortifying the natural defenses of the system. Another great argument in favor of liquid vitamins is that they are more concentrated than their solid counterparts, and the easiness of administration remains unsurpassed. However, there is one issue

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  • 05Jul

    Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) has been studied and tested for several years now. In diet and health, CLA has been attributed as an antioxidant and has anti-caner properties. More so, CLA has been a major use for weight management, studies show that the effects of conjugated linoleic acid supplementation have positive effects on body fat, especially abdominal fat in humans.

    PhD Nutrition CLA contains four isomer forms of conjugated linoleic acid, c-9, t-11 (predominantly found in milk and beef), t-10 and c-12, all having positive effects on reducing the amount of body fat.

    In overweight and non-obese people, conjugated linoleic acid is shown to reduce body fat mass and body weight. CLA has been found to prevent fat from being deposited into cells within the body, by acting to inhibit lipoprotein lipase, which is an enzyme that is required when fat cells take up fat from the bloodstream. Therefore, fat storage is reduced, leading to lower fat body mass.

    PhD CLA is also useful for increasing lean muscle mass. Further studies show that supplementation with conjugated linoleic acid increases lean body mass in people who frequently exercise. It has also been demonstrated that in overweight people, in an anabolic state – gaining weight after a weight loss diet session, preferentially gain lean mass, therefore improving body composition. Recent studies have shown that long term intake of conjugated linoleic acid can also considerably increase lean body mass and improve weight loss in overweight individuals without any diet or exercise contribution.

    Other dietary sources of conjugated linoleic acid are mutton and beef. Eggs are also a good source of CLA as it has been shown that conjugated linoleic acid in eggs survives the temperatures encountered during frying.

    PhD Nutrition CLA comes in a small container with 90 soft-gel capsules inside, each containing

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