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Webmaster | 31. May 2007 @ 16:17

There is a lot of finesse and etiquette involved when it comes to tasting wine, but this is no reason to be intimidated and run away! Tasting wine is where all the fun begins.

Smelling, sipping, tasting, and drinking! The etiquette in wine tasting exists because taste is entirely affected by smell. Wine has so much to offer our taste buds, so in order to get the whole experience a short ritual must first occur.

1. Color - Take a look. View the wine, examine its color. Each varietal will show similar variances of color so this will be your first clue in determining the right grape. For a sommelier or avid wine junkie, this step can paint a larger picture about the varietal, region, and age of the wine in question while even prepare the participant for what to expect. As an amateur however take a mental picture, admire the beauty the wine beholds and prepare to taste!

2. Swirl - I am quite sure you have seen diners swirling their glasses of wine at least somewhere once. This step is integral to the art of smelling as swirling acts as a catalyst in releasing the wine's bouquet. A bouquet refers to the overall smell of the wine, and is also known as "the nose". After a bottle is opened and poured it requires oxygen in order to develop into the treasure it was meant to be. Swirling encourages aeration, allowing more oxygen to get into the wine and release the bouquet. So get swirling!

3. Smell - This step is critical in tasting wine as our sense of taste is good, however our sense of smell is much better, in fact on average a person can smell over 2000 various scents! What we smell also affects what we taste so it is important to take the time to smell the wine before you taste. You will begin to notice many different scents that may be hard to differentiate at first. Try opening a few different bottles of white varietals or red varietals and smell each. Notice the differences between them. Does it smell like a particular fruit or spice? Does is smell burnt or like tar? Maybe it smells woody or nutty? By practicing you will be better able to determine different characteristics in the wine and of course be able to determine the varietal right away.

The last and equally important part about smelling wine is to identify whether the wine is "off" or in other words bad. Wine, like most everything, is not perfect all of the time. A nose that reflects the dank smell of a moldy cellar is a sure sign of a �corked wine�. This is the most common fault found in wine caused by a contaminant called TCA which is found mostly in corks but can also reside in wood barrels, walls, and beams. Unfortunately this ugly little impurity can cause a lot of damage. So use your senses to detect corked wine, and take your damaged bottle back to where you bought it for a refund!

4. Taste � This is not a cue for drinking! This simply means to take a sip and hold it on the palate for at least a few moments. We have thousands of taste buds all over the mouth so it makes sense to allow the wine to find almost all of them! Move the wine all around the mouth so that it reaches your cheeks and throat. Notice how your taste buds react to the substance. While tasting the wine, consider the following to help determine characteristics.

Sour/Tart: This is determined at the edges of the tongue and back of throat usually signaling acidity.

Sweet: You will experience this taste immediately if there is any residual sugar in the wine as sweetness is determined on the tip of the tongue.

Bitter: This taste is determined at the back of the tongue.

Weight: Felt in the middle of the tongue and around the gums. Light or full?

Tannin: Very astringent sensation felt throughout the mouth especially the gums and teeth. It often coats the taste buds making fruit difficult to detect.

The Finish

Whether you decide to swallow or spit out your taster, be sure to take a little time to review your entire experience with this wine. Really process the journey in order to secure its� story into your mental records. Ask yourself a few questions and take some tasting notes if you like: What did this wine show you? Did you enjoy it? What did you like/dislike about it? Was it well balanced? A well balanced wine is not too much of any one taste, flavor, or sensation; it�s just right!

It is also wise to pay attention to how long its� presence lasts in your mouth. This is known as the length of the wine. A great wine can last for several minutes!

Like any sport or hobby, practice makes perfect; the more you taste the more knowledge you�ll gain on this quenching subject.

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Jennie Wills has been a hospitality expert for 10 years whose passion for home renovation, food and drink has lead to the successful launch of ; a web-site dedicated to kitchen design, renovation, party planning, hospitality and much more. Perhaps you have a passion or hobby you�d like to write about. Discover how to turn your passion into a successful website, visit to learn how.

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Webmaster | 30. May 2007 @ 16:17

If you go to the gym a lot you get to see all sorts of people. You get to see those you are fitness enthusiasts; you see those who are confident and motivated. The gym at first sight can be intimidating and more so if you are out of shape. If you go to the gym frequently enough, you get used to seeing certain types: and what's important to remember is that the majority are there for the same reason and that is to improve there physical well being.

Then as you start to work out and look around you see those who can�t look you in the eye. Their demeanor suggests they're embarrassed. They look down move awkwardly, and are intimidated by the machines. This is a tough environment for these folks. I myself have been in situations where I could not use a machine and was too shy to ask anybody.

Like anything else nobody wants to admit that they do not know. I am sure you were there once. I am a male of the species so you could imagine what happens when I get lost out driving in a new city. Yes I fit the male stereotype.

Don't delay about giving them encouragement. A simple, sincere smile would go a long way. Don't give advice; don't offer to show them how a particular machine can be adjusted. If you smile at them everyday, chances are by next week, they shall have mustered enough courage to ask you to help them figure out their fitness routine. It works

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Piers Crispin | 29. May 2007 @ 16:17

What are Juice Extractors?

Juice extractors are electric machines from a variety of manufacturers such as Breville, Kenwood, Green Star, Omega, Champion, Jack Lalane, Samson and L'Equip that are used for the extraction of juice from fruit and vegetables. Juice extractors are perfect for healthy, refreshing and freshly blended treats like fruit and vegetable juices. Juice extractors are the best way to get great tasting nutritious drinks. Juice extractors are not the same as citrus juicers, which are designed to remove the juice from citrus fruit and nothing more. Juice extractors are perfectly suitable for making juice of soft and hard fruits and vegetables as well. Orange, apple and grape juice are all excellent juices that should be included in a healthy diet. Carrots, wheatgrass and barley grass have many outstanding health properties.

Types of Juice Extractors

Typically, automatic juice extractors are categorized into Centrifugal Juicers or Masticating Juicers. Centrifugal Juicers use cutters that shred the food into small pieces that are spun in a basket (where the centrifuge comes in) to extract the juice from the pulp. These centrifugal juice extractors can create oxidation that degrades nutrients over time which means that the juice should be drunk right away. Masticating Juicers "chew" the food up and are lower speed units that produce a higher quality juice because they produce less oxidation and release more nutrients. The juices produced have a longer shelf life. There is also a third type of juice extractors and these are the Hydraulic Press Juicers such as the Norwalk Juicer which cuts and grates the produce using a vortex triturator, with the resulting mass extracted into a linen bag which is then placed under a hydraulic press. The hydraulic press then exerts a huge downforce that sees the extraction from the Norwalk Juicer of 50%-100% more juice than other juicers. These juice extractors produce very little oxidation and are touted to make the highest nutrient juice, but are also much more expensive than the centrifugal or masticating juice extractors.

Which is the Best Juice Extractor?

The answer to this really lies with the user. The fastest juice extractors are the centrifugal juicers, but they are unable to handle leafy greens and wheatgrass as well as the other types. The hydraulic press extractors produce the best juice but are very expensive. And the masticating juicer requires more physical effort. So, to pick one machine from one manufacturer is not possible with each manufacturer having a range of home, commercial, pro or professional juice extractors. When buying a juice extractor, the best way is to decide which features you require in a machine, the type of juice you want to extract, whether from fruit such as apples, vegetables such as carrots or leafy greens such as wheatgrass, and the power needed.

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Health Guru : Winsor Pilates Can Be Very Effective For Weight Loss
Webmaster | 28. May 2007 @ 16:17

If you're seriously interested in knowing about weight loss, you need to think beyond the basics. This informative article takes a closer look at things you need to know about weight loss.

Winsor Pilates has gone all the rage in today's ever changing market for the best weight Loss programs, and so far, it has received good reviews both from users and professional analysts. But for someone, who just got introduced to this form of the ever famous exercise regimen, one cannot resist to ask, what is it? How can it help me?

Reviewers say that Winsor Pilates is best for weight loss, fat burning, mental conditioning, and like its namesake, it offers better health through exercise. You can get Winsor Pilates in a DVD, and claims when used 3 days a week can produce results in as little as a month. This is a rather big claim considering the weight loss programs available to us today. But according to most users, Winsor Pilates, does work, with extra effects to boot.

Are Winsor Pilates Right For Me and Where Did This System Come From?

Winsor Pilates is a low intensity exercise that burns a lot of calories, because it is low intensity, it can be done by almost anyone in almost any condition. Joseph Pilates, first invented the Pilates method, and focused on breathing and stretching in slow paced movements. Winsor Pilates is a derivation of the Pilates that Joseph Pilates invented, made by Mari Winsor. It aims to train the 'core' or the muscles in the abdomen, back and buttocks. It says that by strengthening your core, you get aside from physical fitness, mental clarity which allows the mind to work efficiently with the body.

Mari Winsor, the inventor of Winsor Pilates is 54 years old, with the physique of a 20 year old. Due to the Winsor Pilates System, her body is lean and flexible, which we cannot say for a lot of people her age.

I trust that what you've read so far has been informative. The following section should go a long way toward clearing up any uncertainty that may remain with this type of effective weight loss program.

Mari Winsor made Winsor Pilates for the use of the majority. It makes use of the Pilates method, modified into a low intensity exercise which as said earlier can be done by most people, even in the frailest of health stature. This makes it accessible as well as useful for anyone, even people of poor health, thus improving their health without the fancy requirements of other methods.

Beyond Weight Loss with Winsor Pilates

Some people even say the Winsor Pilates can be used for rehabilitation, although this is true, it is hardly very easy for a person with broken bones to work out only in front of a DVD. If however, someone wants to use it for rehabilitation, it should be under the supervision of a certified Pilates instructor. This is because, for rehabilitation, Pilates has to be precisely observed, no amount of DVD�s can replace an instructor, an instructor assures that you execute the moves correctly, and that you are not damaging or hurting yourself doing it, in addition, they are a good source of answers for most of the questions you'll have about Pilates. Plus it won�t hurt to consult your doctor either, before using Pilates for rehabilitation.

Should You Use Winsor Pilates If You Are Ill or Pregnant?

For pregnant women however, Mari Winsor did not, modify the Pilates method to accommodate the pregnant women, so care must be taken. During the third trimester, Pilates done lying down should be avoided; this could damage the blood flow to the baby.

All in all, aside from pregnant women and extremely ill people, Winsor Pilates is for everyone interested in weight loss. It provides an exercise that is easy on the joints muscles and bones. After the increased focus on abdominal muscles and all in one gym, Winsor is definitely a good replacement for methods that don't work.

There's a lot to understand about weight loss. We were able to provide you with some of the facts above, but there is still plenty more to write about in subsequent articles.

Copyright 2006 Dean Shainin

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Health Guru : Setting the right fitness goal is crucial to success
Webmaster | 27. May 2007 @ 16:17

Many fall short of their ideal level of fitness because they either do not set goals or set totally inappropriate goals with only one likely outcome - failure. Yet if you spend a little more time on setting your goals you will increase your chances of success and the rewards will be greater.

If you do not put enough thought into the goal setting stage of your plans you are more likely to fail. A carefully chosen goal, whether to do with your fitness, career or personal life will motivate you to stay on target and also add another factor to your training - it will engage your mind.

Your training and sport should be viewed as part of your personal development and not as a separate physical activity. Many individuals regard their sport and exercise as a way of taking a break from their intellectual pursuits and train their "mental" and "physical" self separately, but do you really perform at best by splitting yourself in two? Does taking the "mind" out of physical activity result in mindless action? Skills and abilities learnt from participating in your sport can translate back to your personal and professional life; it also works the other way around.

Choosing the right goal for you

A goal is a wish to achieve something you regard as worthwhile that represents a challenge. It will be a target beyond your current ability requiring a substantial effort on your behalf to attain. Once you have reached your goal it will be an achievement to take pride in and drive you on to achieve a higher level.

Whether conscious of it or not, most will have a goal in mind that determines what we do. It may be for a quiet, comfortable life, earn more money, look good, get fit or all of these. I believe it is important to have goals as a way to motivate and encourage continuous self-improvement but the goal itself must be carefully thought out before you set off on your journey toward it.

A goal should -

be something you know is achievable and provides you with the motivation to train.

have a specific target so you know when you have achieved it, for example, completing a 10 k run, making the first team or getting a black belt in a martial art.

involve doing an activity you can enjoy and benefit from.

be shared with the people around you so they will ask you about your progress adding to your motivation.

be broken down into smaller tangible steps so each stage represents a tick in a box allowing you to take satisfaction from the journey.

provide you with the opportunity to experiment and learn.

challenge your intellect as well as your body.

A goal should not be..

impossible or unrealistic

plucked out of the air just because it sounds good. "I want to run a marathon" is fine if you like running and are prepared to put in the time, but if you are not going to enjoy the months of training that lie ahead it is not a good goal to set.

given an arbitrary target without any meaning such as increasing your trips to the gym to 4 times a week, this doesn't meet the criteria of the should be's above. However, this might be a subset of a goal that will enable you to achieve the big one.

too easy and require little effort.

set in concrete and non-negotiable. Be prepared to re-assess your goal and your reasons for achieving it. Don�t suffer needlessly and struggle to achieve a goal that will adversely affect you, your family and your friends.

detrimental to your health.

Once you have decided your goal ask the following questions to clarify your reasons for selecting it.

Why do I want to achieve this? This could be any reason from giving you the motivation to get out of bed in the morning right up to achieving fame and fortune.

How will I benefit from pursing this goal? Will the reward justify the time and money you will need to commit to succeed? If your goal provides the opportunity for self-improvement then the answer has to be yes.

How will I know when I have succeeded? Have you set a definite finishing point, target or time limit? Can it be measured?

When you are satisfied with your answers write down your goal and then underneath add �How I am going to achieve this?� This will include steps to take you closer each day to your ultimate goal. List things that need to be done in preparation such as

buying new kit, research, finding useful sources of information/ advice, getting professional help, joining a sports club and getting a check-up from your doctor

Be sure that each step on your action plan is clear and contains just one action so you can tick the box when it�s done. Be methodical about your preparation and do not be tempted to rush straight into your training, the well known business mantra is just as applicable here � proper planning prevents poor performance! A good plan also helps you keep your mind focused on the task in hand increasing your chances of success. When you do achieve your goal you can also take satisfaction in your planning and application of that plan. You may wish to promise yourself a reward on successful completion but do make it relevant to your long-term goals. A weekend in Chicago to run the marathon would give your motivation for running a shot in the arm, whereas an all-you-can-eat meal on reaching your target weight would obviously set you back into bad habits. However, if you have chosen an appropriate goal and planned accordingly, the experience of the journey and achievement in itself will mean more than anything � although it�s nice to have some icing on the cake!

How to achieve your goal

At this stage all you have in front of you is a sheet of paper with your goal at the top and listed beneath your individual steps to get you there. Put this in a place where it can be seen. You may need to return to this on occasions when things may not be going too well and your motivation has taken a knock.

In addition to this important record keep a diary of your progress and include:-

what you did you set out to do

what you actually achieved

how you felt

what you learnt

The last point is crucial to achieving your goal. Be flexible and learn from your experience. If something doesn�t appear to be working, don�t try any harder using the same approach. If banging your head against a brick wall isn�t working, don�t bang it harder!

Be prepared to change your approach, method and technique is you feel you are getting nowhere fast or it�s starting to hurt. There is little to be gained from injuring yourself in the pursuit of a goal that is meant to improve your quality of life.

If your enthusiasm dips, return to your goal sheet and training diary to remind you of your objectives and the passion you felt when starting out. As you draw nearer to your goal start planning ahead for your next self-improvement activity. I always find this helps with the final stages as you can start to see yourself moving onwards and upwards towards a higher achievement.

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Roy Palmer is a teacher of The Alexander Technique and has studied performance enhancement in sport for the last 10 years. In 2001 he published a book called 'The Performance Paradox: Challenging the conventional methods of sports training and exercise' and is currently working on a new project about The Zone. More information about his unique approach to training can be found at

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Health Guru : Ice-cool ice milk, grilled fruit make perfect desserts
Webmaster | 26. May 2007 @ 16:17
Have you tried cool and refreshing, buttermilk ice milk.

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Health Guru : Strength Training for a Strong Neck
Webmaster | 25. May 2007 @ 16:17

Strength training is often thought of as the lurking ground for the strong and muscular among us. Only a few years ago the free weight area was a breeding ground for modern day Herculean men. Men that had on barely there tank tops and those 80's M.C. Hammer pants.

They strutted around and stuck out their chest, they made loud grunting noises and often times slammed down the free weights. The lesser among us, mostly women and average Joe's, were left to the cardio area and fitness classes.

Fast forward a few years and things have changed. A lot. Strength training is now becoming recognized as one of the best weight loss methods around. After all the more lean muscle someone has the more calories they will burn per day. Women and men, average Joe's and Jane's are all making their way to the free weight area.

They all know a thing or two about strength training. They know to lift a heavy enough weight over a period of several sets. They know to do strength training before they do their cardio. They also know to have proper form at all times. Or do they?

The other day I was walking around the gym and noticed one of my average Joe members on one of the neck machines. My eyes popped out of their sockets and I stood there in disbelief as this average Joe was whipping his head back and forth.

I quickly walked over to him and asked if he would like a few pointers. He stopped the back and forth motion of the neck machine and agreed to listen to some of my suggestions.

I started to explain that doing exercises for the neck is not necessary to do several times a week. I also mentioned that if he decided to do strength training for his neck muscles then he could get by with doing them about once per week. Anything more really was not necessary.

The average Joe sat attentively as I explained that his form was a bit off. All movements and motions should be done in a slow and controlled form when performing strength training exercises for the neck. It's not a good thing to have whiplash.

There are several neck exercises that can be performed in the gym or at home. Typically there is one machine in the gym that pertains to strengthening the neck. The side of the head will rest on a cushioned bar. The exerciser can slowly begin to push the cushioned bar down to their shoulder. Obviously this would need to be repeated on the opposite side of the head as well.

Similar exercises can be done at home. One friend can place their hand on the left side of another friend's head. The first friend can begin to apply resistance as the second friend slowly pushes their left ear towards their left shoulder. The right side should be done afterwards.

Another option to strength train the neck is to lie face down on a bed. Allow the head to relax off one of the sides. Slowly pick the head up as far as possible before you slowly begin to lower it back to start.

Alternatively, lie face up on the bed. The head should still be relaxed off the side. Slowly lift the head up as far as it is comfortable and then slowly lower back to start.

Work at a slow and controlled pace while strength training the neck. It is also important to stretch and warm up as one would with any other exercise program.

Several studies have shown that strength training the neck reduces neck pain in most individuals. It has also been show to increase neck strength and increase range of motion. The only caveat is to strength train with caution. Always talk with a qualified professional if you are not sure how to perform an exercise.

Copyright 2006

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Health Guru : The Hair Loss Stress Response
Webmaster | 24. May 2007 @ 16:17

Hair loss caused by excessive amounts of dihydrotestosterone (DHT) can affect men at practically any age due to a wide range of factors. But, how long your hair loss will last largely depends on your mindset, how you mentally cope with the trauma and the hair loss treatment you choose. This is extremely important as the wrong treatment could cost you valuable time, money and hair!

In the first early stages of hair loss, there is one immediate course of action which will greatly improve the hair loss recovery process. Fortunately, it doesn't involve expensive drugs or chemicals, just a level of emotional self control. This can sometimes be quite difficult to achieve and maintain but when you first notice any excessive amounts of hair in the sink or shower, do not panic, stay calm and relax. A calm, relaxed attitude to the hair loss process is essential if you wish to succeed in turning things around.

Initially, when the signs of hair loss are noticed, the first reaction is usually panic, followed closely by worry and stress. Unfortunately, these emotions will actually accelerate the hair loss process rather than help control it effectively. In most cases, if the initial stress response isn't recognised and eliminated, a vicious circle will develop and before you know it, those thinning areas willgradually spread across the scalp.

Unfortunately, a typical 'stressed' hair loss sufferer will probably proceed to spending half their lives desperately searching for a miracle cure and spending half their salaries each month paying for it. Their life will become totally dedicated to hair loss with daily inspections, counting lost hair, application of chemicals, taking before and after photos and searching hair loss forums late at night. It's an extremely unhealthy approach to hair loss which often ends in failure.

To permanently stop hair loss and encourage new hair growth, a calm, natural, proactive approach is required. Some positive lifestyle and dietary changes may be necessary but this will only improve the health and well being of the hair loss sufferer.

Anyone who seriously wishes to stop their hair loss must first investigate what caused their DHT levels to rise to such a damaging level. Was it due to genetics, stress, inadequate nutrition, lack of exercise, chemical food additives or other negative and unhealthy lifestyle habits? Every hair loss sufferer must be aware that nature gave us the tools to prevent hair loss; all we have to do is learn how to use them!

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Bob Lawrence is creator of Hair Nurture...The Natural Way to Beat Hair Loss A totally natural hair loss treatment. To find out more about this unique system, visit

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Health Guru : Understand What Causes Bad Breath
Webmaster | 23. May 2007 @ 16:17

Most people suffer from bad breath at some time in their lives. For something so commonplace, bad breath (or halitosis) isn't fully understood by the medical community.

Though the reasons for bad breath odor are not completely understood, most unpleasant odors are caused by food debris trapped in the mouth. It is really amazing to find as many as 400 different types of bacteria in an average mouth!

Trouble can occur when several dozen of these bacteria are allowed to flourish. Huge numbers can soon build up, or they may become genetically mutated before they reproduce in a large number.

Many species of these bacteria are usually found on the back of the tongue, where they find protection from normal mouth activity. The rough edges of our tongue usually harbor millions of bacteria, which create toxins by digesting debris, dead cells, and other residues. These toxins are harmful because they create a bad odor in the breath.

The chemical reactions - technically called anaerobic respiration -of these bacteria will accumulate residual compounds containing smelly sulfides and ammonia. These undesirable compounds often further mix with the breath to form an aerosol (spray of fine particles) further spreading the bad odor.

Other causes of chronic bad breath may be periodontitis (gum disease), diabetes, kidney failure, sinusitis, tonsilloliths, gastroesophageal reflux disorder (GERD), and a wide variety of prescription drugs.

But, as you may expect, the majority of bad breath problems begin in the mouth. As we�ve seen, bad breath originating in the mouth can be traced to a sulfur compound produced by bacteria. Dead and dying bacterial cells release this sulfur compound, which gives the breath a bad odor.

In addition, bacterial plaque, debris and food waste accumulate on the back of the tongue. Large amounts of sulfur compounds can be produced in this area, making it a frequent site of origin for bad breath.

Teeth attract bacteria by containing plaque and debris. If not cleaned regularly and thoroughly, this can result in large accumulations of bacteria which result in bad breath.

People who have Periodontitis disease often experience bad breath because of bacteria accumulating in areas that are not cleaned easily, such as deep fissures around teeth.

If your bad breath is originating in your mouth, you will be glad to know that very effective treatment is available.

You can use commercially available breath fresheners or mouth washes for temporary relief from bad breath. However, most of them are just that and act by masking the smell producing layers of tongue, once the effect wears off, the bad breath will resurface with renewed vigor.

Using anti-bacterial mouth rinses may provide you better results in controlling bad breath. Always avoid alcohol containing mouth rinses as alcohol is a drying agent and will worsen the problem sooner or later.

Acute bad breath may be temporarily controlled by using a hydrogen peroxide rinse in your mouth. Hydrogen peroxide at a minute concentration of 1.5% can be taken as an oral antiseptic by gargling 10 ml, for a few minutes.

Never forget to brush your teeth after meals and a regular flossing at least once in a day will remove putrefying food debris from between the teeth, especially at the gum line and rear of the tongue.

Gently cleaning the tongue surface twice daily with a tongue brush, tongue scraper or tongue cleaner will help you keep your tongue and teeth in good shape and health.

Alternatively, you can also use an inverted teaspoon to scrap the surface of your tongue. Tooth brush will not work well in scraping the back of your tongue as the bristles will not reach the back parts of your tongue. Be careful to avoid scraping the V-shaped row of taste buds found at the extreme back of the tongue. Brushing a small amount of antibacterial mouth rinse or tongue gel onto the tongue surface will further inhibit bacterial action.

Since a dry mouth can increase bacterial buildup and cause or worsen bad breath, chewing sugarless gum can help with the production of saliva, and thereby help to reduce bad breath. Some gums, toothpastes, sprays, and gels which combat dry mouth for several hours have recently been marketed over the counter.

Maintain water levels in the body by drinking several glasses of water a day. Adding lemon juice to your water is refreshing and also beneficial. Parsley is a natural breath freshener when chewed slowly, and is easy to grow at home.

Some studies have shown eating yoghurt, drinking green tea, or chewing cinnamon or sugarless cinnamon gum can also reduce bad breath.

Copyright 2006 David Drinkall

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David Drinkall has had a life-long interest in health issues, and is owner of Cure Your Bad Breath. Visit for information and advice, plus the complete text of the eBook Cure Your Bad Breath, free!

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Health Guru : The Back Massage - How Sweet It Is!
Webmaster | 22. May 2007 @ 16:17

All across the planet, the back massage is the ultimate method of relaxation. Why? Because the spine, including the neck, is where most people accumulate tension. Even a light massage, when performed with a good intent, in a good atmosphere, can help the recipient ease tension that radiates and creates problems throughout the entire body.

Here are some basic tips for doing a nice back massage, one that will relax a person and allow him or her to release the day-to-day stress that has become a way of life for our busy times.

Tips to remember:

Candles and scented oils will create an irresistibly pleasing atmosphere guaranteed to help relax the mind before any physical contact is even made. Put the lights down low, too, and make sure the area your subjectt will lie on is clean and comfortable. Check the temperature of the room, and adjust.

A hot bath before the massage will also help immensely in the recipient's relaxation process.

Ask if he or she is comfortable without clothes from the waist up for the back massage. If they hesitate, explain that you can keep the areas not being massaged covered. A massage through clothing will be better than no massage at all, but direct contact with the skin is better.

Use oil or lotion, but first make sure it is warmed to room or body temperature. Move both your hands in a mirror paths on either side of the spine. Start at the neck, then work down in long strokes. Try circles and long lines. Be intuitive!

Keep monitoring your subject for reactions, good and bad. The most important thing in any stress-relieving massage is that it feels good to the recipient, not what you think should feel good.

A light back massage is one of the easiest things to do, and one of the nicest. Try one today!

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Health Guru : What You Should Know About Arthritis
Webmaster | 21. May 2007 @ 16:17

Should the person experience some muscle pain which lasts more than 2 or 3 days, there is a strong chance that one has arthritis.

Arthritis is a common disease that affects millions of people worldwide. This can be felt in the person's joints, skin and organs inside the body. Should the person feel anything wrong, it is advisable to go straight to the doctor.

Doctors have discovered that there are over 100 types of arthritis. Given the number, the doctor will not be able to know which one is affecting the person without an examination.

There are 2 common forms of arthritis. The first is rheumatoid arthritis which is considered a chronic disease. There is inflammation in the joints caused by cartilage damage. Anyone who has this will suffer long term joint damage that will lead to chronic pain and disability. Pain is usually felt when waking up in the morning and will gradually disappear during the day.

Rheumatoid arthritis is a problem that will not go away. This happens in three stages. The first is swelling. The second is the rapid division and growth of cells. The third is when these cells release enzymes that will eat the bone causing the joint to lose shape until the person will not be able to move it anymore.

Since this is systemic disease, it can spread and affect other organs in the body. The best way to prevent is from happening is detecting it early to prevent the person from being disabled.

This can be treated with proper medication and therapy. There many drugs available that the patient can use. Some drugs offer pain relief to reduce the inflammation. Others can just do one function.

The second is called osteoarthritis. This happens more often than rheumatoid arthritis but unlike the first, there is no inflammation present. The cartilage in the joint is damaged and will eventually degenerate. Pain will slightly be felt when the person gets up but this will hurt later on during the day.

Osteoarthritis can either be primary or secondary. When it is primary, it is often associated with age. It is similar to a car where the parts have to be replaced due to wear and tear. Doctors consider this to be normal as people grow older.

The secondary type is often associated with something else that has caused this to happen. Some of these factors are an injury that took place, heredity, obesity and bone density.

Osteoarthritis can be treated with medication, exercise, weight control, joint protection, physical and occupational therapy. This is done to relieve the pain and slow the progression of the disease.

Both of these are caused by different things. The common thing between these 2 types is that joint pain can happen anywhere in the body.

Given the many medications available to treat this disease, the patient has to be aware of the side effects of each before choosing which one to use. The doctor should explain these to the person in order to make the right decision.

Arthritis and it�s different forms will not go away. Since this is an insurable disease, the best thing that the doctor and others can do until a cure if found is to help the patient ease the pain the slow the growth of the disease.

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Robert Thatcher is a freelance publisher based in Cupertino, California. He publishes articles and reports in various ezines and provides arthritis resources on Why not refer use pH miracle to solve your problem? Look out for more info.

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Health Guru : Irritable Bowel Syndrome Symptoms
Webmaster | 20. May 2007 @ 16:17

There are two basic types of irritable bowel syndrome. Symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome with diarrhea include abdominal pain or discomfort, bloating and frequent, loose or watery stools. To define frequent, you must look at what is normal for the individual. The number of bowel movements that a person has varies greatly. Some people have three movements per day, while others may have only three per week. A change in the frequency of bowel movements that is accompanied by abdominal pain often leads physicians to diagnose irritable bowel syndrome.

Symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome with constipation also include abdominal pain, discomfort and/or bloating, but the stools are hard or difficult to pass and movements are less frequent than what is normal for the individual. In a few cases, people with irritable bowel syndrome symptoms experience constipation at times and diarrhea at other times. Abdominal pain can be a symptom of a number of other medical conditions and should be evaluated by a physician. If a bowel movement relieves the pain, then the physician may determine that the abdominal pain is associated with symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome.

The exact causes of irritable bowel syndrome symptoms are unknown, but patients can often determine what triggers the symptoms by keeping a foods and symptoms journal; noting what foods or beverages were consumed before the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome began. Products containing caffeine, alcohol and carbonated beverages may trigger symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, though these products do not cause the condition. Food sensitivities often trigger symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. Some people are sensitive to wheat products; others are sensitive to milk products. And still others find that fructose, a simple sugar found in fruit and fruit juices triggers symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. This is why a food and symptoms diary is helpful. By avoiding certain foods, some people are able to keep the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome under control.

Symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome are more likely to show up in people between the ages of 13 and 40, than in those over 50. Women are more likely to have symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome than are men. This may indicate that irritable bowel syndrome symptoms are related to monthly changes in hormonal levels, but this is not certain. It seems that many people who suffer from symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome also are suffering from stress or other emotional difficulties and because of this stress management or behavior therapies are sometimes recommended. In addition, a recent study showed that hypnotic therapy was effective in controlling irritable bowel syndrome symptoms.

The causes and triggers of irritable bowel syndrome symptoms vary greatly among individuals. Treatment plans vary as well. Some prescription medications and herbal remedies may be helpful over the short term, but dietary and lifestyle changes are typically necessary to keep the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome under control for extended periods of time.

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Health Guru : Does Yogurt Help?
Webmaster | 19. May 2007 @ 16:17

White, creamy, cooling, and a bit acid in taste, yogurt is known for its benefits for the human body and immune system. Yogurt has been discovered by accident back in ancient times and the characteristics that distinguish it among many other dairy products are two microorganisms that break down lactose, known as Lactobacillus bulgaricus and Streptococcus thermophilus. These two "friendly" enzymes that belong to the category of lactic acid bacteria are included in yogurt and have a beneficiary effect to human intestines.

It is widely known that doctors support the consumption of yogurt when someone receives any type of antibiotic treatment. Since antibiotics destroy the physical balance of the human intestines and also some types of foods that contain the candida type of enzymes, have negative effects, such as swelling or feeling gassed, the human organism needs to restore its natural balance through foods like yogurt. Specifically, yogurt helps the intestine reestablish its natural balance as it provides it with the necessary microorganisms for its functions.

In order to increase your chances of eating a cup of yogurt that is good for your health, you have to ensure that its appearance is white, smooth and bright, and does not appear to have any type of pores. Moreover it has to have an acescent taste and a characteristic pleasant aroma. Additionally, dieticians advise that one should avoid eating yogurt that has added color substances, gelatin, sugar or preservatives. Always check the expiration date before buying a yogurt cup and in case its taste feels more acid than usual, or you can observe any kind of discoloration or other denaturizing, dispose it immediately. The good thing about a yogurt that has gone bad is that it one can easily see the changes on its surface and these symptoms can be spotted without the use of any scientific testing tools.

Experts' advice is to eat yogurt without adding sugar or any other type of chemical substances or perform complicated recipes before consuming it. Its natural benefits can only reach your organs if they are consumed without performing any alterations. Enjoy yogurt with fruits or cereals and add some extra cinnamon; it is a delicious and healthy treat.

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Health Guru : Indian Food as Part of a Weight Loss Regime
Webmaster | 18. May 2007 @ 16:17

Most people think that you can't possibly eat Indian food, if you're on a slimming diet. That�s a fair statement if you always eat Indian food in restaurants, because many traditional Indian recipes involve either deep frying or the use of ghee (clarified butter). However, if you cook Indian food at home, it can easily form part of a weight loss regime, just the same as any other food. You just need to follow a few simple general rules.

- Avoid altogether recipes which involve deep frying.

- If you need to seal meat before braising it for a curry, use a good non-stick pan and a spray bottle with sunflower or vegetable oil in it. Lightly spray the surface of your pan with oil and that should be enough to prevent the meat from sticking while you brown it.

- If a recipe includes cream or coconut cream, substitute plain yoghurt and another flavouring to replace the coconut.

Tandoori recipes are great as part of a low calorie or low carbohydrate diet. Just marinade some fish (cubed or whole), chicken (cubed or in pieces) or prawns (shrimp) in a mixture of low fat plain yogurt, ground turmeric, ground coriander, ground cumin, crushed garlic, grated root ginger and a little chilli powder (or to taste) for at least an hour. If you're using cubed meat, thread onto skewers. Grill or barbeque with a medium heat until done. Serve with mixed salad and wedges of lemon to squeeze over. If your diet isn�t too severe, you can also have a pitta bread, a baked potato or some boiled rice with this.

Curry dishes are fine too (preferably fish or chicken). If you use a recipe which has just a spice and water base or a tomato base, it certainly won�t do your calorie intake any harm but be sure to keep the oil you use for frying onions, spices or whatever, to an absolute minimum.

For vegetarians or those trying to cut down on meat because of its relatively high calorie content, Indian cooking is ideal. There are so many recipes for vegetables and pulses which are really tasty that you won�t even know you�re on a diet!

Don't forget paneer (Indian cottage cheese), which can be cooked as per the tandoori idea above, or in a spicy sauce. If you can�t get paneer, try substituting tofu.

Here' to a slim new year!

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Home Remedies For Injuries
Kevin Pederson | 17. May 2007 @ 16:17

You do not need to run to a doctor for every small cut, puncture or burn. Here are some home remedies that you can use as an alternative to conventional allopathic medicine for the treatment of everyday wounds. All the ingredients used for these remedies are cent per cent natural. Of course, do bear in mind, that for more severe wounds you must immediately call for medical assistance.

Cuts and scrapes.

The main danger in cuts and scrapes is bacterial infection. If you can get rid of the bacteria from the site of the wound, your body�s natural defenses will take over and heal the affected body part in time. Gently clean wounds with soapy water to remove dirt and pat dry. For a natural antibacterial ointment for the cut or wound, use honey. Dab a thin film of honey onto the area. Avoid covering the wound with a bandage if possible. Exposing the wound to air, speeds up the formation of a crust on it. Do call your doctor or local emergency services if the wound is:

- More than a quarter-inch deep
- More than an inch long
- Is gaping
- Is on the face

If the wound resulted because of contact with rusty metal, you must consider the possibility of tetanus. You will need to get a tetanus shot if it has been five years since your last shot. Try to get the shot on the same day or at least within forty eight hours of getting the wound.

Paper cuts.

For prompt relief from irritating paper cuts rub some chap stick on the cut.


To staunch bleeding from a cut, apply pressure directly on the cut with a clean towel or bandage. Then take one tea bag and immerse it in cold water till it is totally saturated. Wring about half of the water out, place the bag on the cut and apply mild pressure for at least 10 minutes. Repeat the process if the bleeding has not completely stopped. If severe bleeding is taking place, apply pressure on the pressure point closest to the cut and get the patient to a doctor as soon as possible. The patient's life could depend on this.


The best thing for a burn is to apply water liberally. Do ensure that the water is not too hot or too cold. Blisters will be formed, but that is a part of the natural healing process. If you want to avoid blisters you could try one of these home remedies. Cut a tomato into wedges and rub one slice on the burn. The acid from the tomato takes the pain away and the burn will not blister. You can also use cold water and vinegar compresses until the pain goes away and then apply potato slices on the area.


To remove small splinters from the skin easily, wet a bar of soap and rub the sharp end of a sewing needle in it, so that the needle has a liberal coating of soap. Then rub the soapy needle in the opposite direction of the splinter. As soon as the splinter has some soap in it, squeeze it, and it should come right out. This method is painless and is good for children. For removing splinters of glass from the skin pour some hydrogen peroxide on the skin. The splinter will come out after a few minutes.

Warning: The reader of this article should exercise all precautionary measures while following instructions on the home remedies from this article. Avoid using any of these products if you are allergic to it. The responsibility lies with the reader and not with the site or the writer.

About the author:Kevin Pederson is the webmaster for home remedies sites similar to The site provides knowledge about home remedies and natural cure. Treat various injuries by use of simple and easy home remedies.

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Diet + Weight Control for Children
Chris Chenoweth | 16. May 2007 @ 16:17

Let your child know he or she is loved and appreciated whatever his or her weight. An overweight child probably knows better than anyone else that he or she has a weight problem. Overweight children need support, acceptance, and encouragement from their parents.

Focus on the health and positive qualities of your child. NEVER focus on the weight of your child.

Try not to treat your child differently if he or she is overweight. Instead, focus on gradually changing the physical activities and eating habits of your family.

Be a good role model for your child. If your child sees you enjoying healthy foods and physical activity, he or she is more likely to do the same now and for the rest of his or her life.

Realize that an appropriate goal for many overweight children is to maintain their current weight while growing normally in height. They do not necessarily need to lose weight.


Children normally need a certain number of calories each day (energy allowance). Their bodies use these calories as energy for normal daily activities (walking, breathing, etc.).

The approximate calorie-needs for boys are: from 2000 calories for a 7-10 year old, 2500 calories for an 11-14 year old, and 3000 calories for a 15-18 year old.

The approximate calorie needs for girls are: from 2000 calories for a 7-10 year old, to 2200 calories for an 11-18 year old.


*Decreasing calories-in: meaning eat fewer calories, or

*Increasing calories-out: meaning burn more calories, or

*Ideally, a combination of both.


The first goal of weight management in kids and young teenagers should be to stop weight gain and maintain normal growth in height. This way they can GROW INTO their weight. To start, have your child eat healthier (about 500 fewer calories each day) and begin a program of regular exercise and physical activity.

Once your child has stopped gaining weight and is on a regular program of dieting and exercising, you can set further goals of slow weight loss, if necessary. Do so cautiously.


It is important to modify the behaviors that have caused your child to become overweight and prevent weight loss, including:

You should limit television viewing to about one or two hours each day (this includes playing video games or using the computer). Watching television encourages lack of exercise and exposes the viewer to fatty food commercials.

You should limit snacks to two each day and they can include low-calorie foods, such as raw fruits or vegetables. Avoid using high calorie or high fat foods for snacks, especially chips, cookies, etc.

You should encourage your child to drink four to six glasses of water each day, especially before meals. Water has no calories and it will help you to feel full. Other drinks can include diet sodas and lowfat milk. Avoid letting your child drink regular soft drinks or fruit juices, as they are high in calories (150-170 calories per serving).

If you think it helps your child to improve his eating habits, (sometimes it does not) encourage him to keep a weekly journal of food and beverage intake. You should definitely encourage a teenager to keep track of the amount of time he spends watching television, playing videogames and exercising. You might also record your child's weight once a week.

It is not necessary to count calories, but you and your child should become more educated about the foods you eat and how many calories they contain. You should begin to routinely check the nutrition label of the foods that your family is eating. You want to try and eat foods low in calories and also low in fat. Be careful of many low fat or so-called diet foods, as they can still be high in calories even though they are low in fat.

Also, begin checking the serving size of prepared meals and snacks. A bag of chips might only have 200 calories, but you may be surprised when the serving size is only 10 chips.


Your child should eat three well-balanced meals of average size each day. Serve fewer fatty foods. It is best to prepare foods that are baked, broiled or steamed, rather than fried. In addition to a small serving of lean meat, provide large servings of vegetables.

Avoid serving seconds of the main course or desert. You can eat more salad or other vegetables if still hungry.

Serve fresh fruit as a dessert and avoid frequent eating of ice cream or cake or other high calorie foods.

Buy low-calorie and lower-fat meals, snacks and deserts and buy low fat or skim milk and diet drinks. Avoid buying high calorie deserts or snacks, such as snack chips, regular soft drinks or regular ice cream.

Avoid letting your child eat meals or snacks outside of the kitchen or dining room. And discourage eating while watching TV.

You should limit how often you allow your children to eat fast food, as it is usually high in fat and calories.


Be physically active. It is recommended that Americans accumulate at least 30 minutes (adults) or 60 minutes (children) of moderate physical activity most days of the week.

Even greater amounts of physical activity may be necessary for the prevention of weight gain, for weight loss, or for sustaining weight loss. Plan family activities that provide everyone with exercise and enjoyment.

Provide a safe environment for your children and their friends to play actively. Encourage swimming, biking, skating, ball sports, and other fun activities.


*Follow the dietary guidelines for healthy eating.

*Guide the choices for your family rather than dictate foods.

*Encourage your child to eat when hungry and to eat slowly.

*Eat meals together as a family as often as possible.

*Carefully cut down on the amount of fat and calories in the eating plan your family follows.

*Do not place your child on a restrictive diet.

*Avoid the use of food as a reward.

*Avoid withholding food as punishment.

*Children should be encouraged to drink water and to limit intake of beverages with added sugars, such as soft drinks, fruit juice drinks, and sports drinks.

*Plan for healthy snacks. Stock the refrigerator with fat-free or low-fat milk, fresh fruit, and vegetables instead of soft drinks or snacks that are high in fat, calories, or added sugars and low in essential nutrients.

*Aim to eat at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables each day.

*Eating a healthy breakfast is a good way to start the day and may be important in achieving and maintaining a healthy weight.


The diet for you child should be safe and nutritious. It should include all of the Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDAs) for vitamins, minerals, and protein and contain the foods from the major Food Guide Pyramid groups. Any weight-loss diet should be low in calories (energy) only, not in essential nutrients.

Even with extremely overweight children, weight loss should be gradual. Crash diets and diet pills can compromise growth and are not recommended by many health care professionals.

Weight lost during a diet is frequently regained unless children are motivated to change their eating habits and activity levels for a lifetime. Weight control must be considered a lifelong effort.

A physician should supervise any weight management program for children.

About the author:Chris Chenoweth

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Health Guru : Duck Allergy, an Introduction
Webmaster | 15. May 2007 @ 16:17

There are some people who are fond of eating duck meat. Duck meat can be turned into several delectable delicacies and there are a rising number of countries around the world that are somehow turning into consuming such meat.

Admit it or not, though duck dishes are not as popular as their chicken, lamb or beef counterparts, many people prefer them because of the somehow good and appetizing aroma and the satisfying aftertaste that comes with it.

Chefs and food critics also claim that duck meats are undoubtedly more meaty than chicken, and flavors tend to stick more into duck meat than into any other form of animal meat.

Whatever argument you are taking regarding duck meat, you still can not change the fact that ducks meats are becoming popular, be it on exotic or regular menus.

Duck allergy

There are some setbacks, however, to eating duck meat. Because duck belongs to the family of chicken and turkey, there a number of people who have duck allergy.

People with duck allergy may or may not know about the condition until they have eaten duck meat and symptoms of duck allergy begin to manifest.

Because people eating duck is relatively and comparatively few in number compared to vegetarians and people consuming pork, beef, lamb and chicken, statistics show that there are only a few recorded and reported cases of duck allergy.

There are other people who have duck allergy and also develop allergy to duck eggs. Just like in the case for chicken allergy, some duck allergic people do not exhibit symptoms to duck egg allergy.

Symptoms of duck allergy

Symptoms of duck allergy are somehow similar to symptoms of chicken allergy.

Duck allergy attacks are characterized by asthma attacks, eczema, unusual fatigue, insomnia, depression and chronic disturbance of the gastrointestinal system.

Unusual symptoms of duck allergy may also appear like bed-wetting and infections particularly in the bladder and in the ears. Migraine coming along with other symptoms may also be expected.

Sinusitis can also observed in people with duck allergy especially during duck allergy attacks.

Be aware that the manifestations of duck allergy attacks may occur and show up hours or even about one to days after taking in or eating duck meat.

Treating and preventing duck allergy

As usual, antihistamines are prescribed to people exhibiting apparent indications or manifestations of duck meat allergy. It is important to note, however, that antihistamines should not be taken without proper prescription as it may lead to over dosage and other serious medical conditions.

Antihistamines contain substances and anti-allergic enzymes that can pose adverse and irreversible side effects to people who take inappropriate dosages.

People with duck allergy, above all things, should also eliminate duck meat in their daily diet. Duck allergic people should do so immediately if the symptoms of duck allergy are already exhibiting or showing up. Doing so would certainly stop the prevalence or occurrence of such manifestations.

To avoid the onset of duck allergy, it is also imperative that people with duck allergy permanently and religiously eliminate duck meat in their diet. The reason behind is very logical and practical, don't you think?

Donald Duck is so cute, and you may probably have loved him one time or another during your growing up years. But ducks around can never be always fun, especially when you want to eat them and you have duck allergy.


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About the author:Charlene J. Nuble 2006.

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Health Guru : Brink's Unified Theory of Nutrition
Webmaster | 14. May 2007 @ 16:17

When people hear the term Unified Theory, some times called the Grand Unified Theory, or even "Theory of Everything," they probably think of it in terms of physics, where a Unified Theory, or single theory capable of defining the nature of the interrelationships among nuclear, electromagnetic, and gravitational forces, would reconcile seemingly incompatible aspects of various field theories to create a single comprehensive set of equations.

Such a theory could potentially unlock all the secrets of nature and the universe itself, or as theoretical physicist Michio Katu, puts it "an equation an inch long that would allow us to read the mind of God." That's how important unified theories can be. However, unified theories don't have to deal with such heady topics as physics or the nature of the universe itself, but can be applied to far more mundane topics, in this case nutrition.

Regardless of the topic, a unified theory, as stated above, seeks to explain seemingly incompatible aspects of various theories. In this article I attempt to unify seemingly incompatible or opposing views regarding nutrition, namely, what is probably the longest running debate in the nutritional sciences: calories vs. macro nutrients.

One school, I would say the 'old school' of nutrition, maintains weight loss or weight gain is all about calories, and "a calorie is a calorie," no matter the source (e.g., carbs, fats, or proteins). They base their position on various lines of evidence to come to that conclusion.

The other school, I would call more the 'new school' of thought on the issue, would state that gaining or losing weight is really about where the calories come from (e.g., carbs, fats, and proteins), and that dictates weight loss or weight gain. Meaning, they feel, the "calorie is a calorie" mantra of the old school is wrong. They too come to this conclusion using various lines of evidence.

This has been an ongoing debate between people in the field of nutrition, biology, physiology, and many other disciplines, for decades. The result of which has led to conflicting advice and a great deal of confusion by the general public, not to mention many medical professionals and other groups.

Before I go any further, two key points that are essential to understand about any unified theory:

* A good unified theory is simple, concise, and understandable even to lay people. However, underneath, or behind that theory, is often a great deal of information that can take up many volumes of books. So, for me to outline all the information I have used to come to these conclusions, would take a large book, if not several and is far beyond the scope of this article.

* A unified theory is often proposed by some theorist before it can even be proven or fully supported by physical evidence. Over time, different lines of evidence, whether it be mathematical, physical, etc., supports the theory and thus solidifies that theory as being correct, or continued lines of evidence shows the theory needs to be revised or is simply incorrect. I feel there is now more than enough evidence at this point to give a unified theory of nutrition and continuing lines of evidence will continue (with some possible revisions) to solidify the theory as fact.

"A Calorie Is A Calorie"

The old school of nutrition, which often includes most nutritionists, is a calorie is a calorie when it comes to gaining or losing weight. That weight loss or weight gain is strictly a matter of "calories in, calories out." Translated, if you "burn" more calories than you take in, you will lose weight regardless of the calorie source and if you eat more calories than you burn off each day, you will gain weight, regardless of the calorie source.

This long held and accepted view of nutrition is based on the fact that protein and carbs contain approx 4 calories per gram and fat approximately 9 calories per gram and the source of those calories matters not. They base this on the many studies that finds if one reduces calories by X number each day, weight loss is the result and so it goes if you add X number of calories above what you use each day for gaining weight.

However, the "calories in calories out" mantra fails to take into account modern research that finds that fats, carbs, and proteins have very different effects on the metabolism via countless pathways, such as their effects on hormones (e.g., insulin, leptin, glucagon, etc), effects on hunger and appetite, thermic effects (heat production), effects on uncoupling proteins (UCPs), and 1000 other effects that could be mentioned.

Even worse, this school of thought fails to take into account the fact that even within a macro nutrient, they too can have different effects on metabolism. This school of thought ignores the ever mounting volume of studies that have found diets with different macro nutrient ratios with identical calorie intakes have different effects on body composition, cholesterol levels, oxidative stress, etc.

Translated, not only is the mantra "a calorie us a calorie" proven to be false, "all fats are created equal" or "protein is protein" is also incorrect. For example, we no know different fats (e.g. fish oils vs. saturated fats) have vastly different effects on metabolism and health in general, as we now know different carbohydrates have their own effects (e.g. high GI vs. low GI), as we know different proteins can have unique effects.

The "Calories Don't Matter" School Of Thought

This school of thought will typically tell you that if you eat large amounts of some particular macro nutrient in their magic ratios, calories don't matter. For example, followers of ketogenic style diets that consist of high fat intakes and very low carbohydrate intakes (i.e., Atkins, etc.) often maintain calories don't matter in such a diet.

Others maintain if you eat very high protein intakes with very low fat and carbohydrate intakes, calories don't matter. Like the old school, this school fails to take into account the effects such diets have on various pathways and ignore the simple realities of human physiology, not to mention the laws of thermodynamics!

The reality is, although it's clear different macro nutrients in different amounts and ratios have different effects on weight loss, fat loss, and other metabolic effects, calories do matter. They always have and they always will. The data, and real world experience of millions of dieters, is quite clear on that reality.

The truth behind such diets is that they are often quite good at suppressing appetite and thus the person simply ends up eating fewer calories and losing weight. Also, the weight loss from such diets is often from water vs. fat, at least in the first few weeks. That's not to say people can't experience meaningful weight loss with some of these diets, but the effect comes from a reduction in calories vs. any magical effects often claimed by proponents of such diets.

Weight Loss Vs. Fat Loss!

This is where we get into the crux of the true debate and why the two schools of thought are not actually as far apart from one another as they appear to the untrained eye. What has become abundantly clear from the studies performed and real world evidence is that to lose weight we need to use more calories than we take in (via reducing calorie intake and or increasing exercise), but we know different diets have different effects on the metabolism, appetite, body composition, and other physiological variables...

Brink's Unified Theory of Nutrition

...Thus, this reality has led me to Brink's Unified Theory of Nutrition which states:

"Total calories dictates how much weight a person gains or loses;

macro nutrient ratios dictates what a person gains or loses"

This seemingly simple statement allows people to understand the differences between the two schools of thought. For example, studies often find that two groups of people put on the same calorie intakes but very different ratios of carbs, fats, and proteins will lose different amounts of bodyfat and or lean body mass (i.e., muscle, bone, etc.).

Some studies find for example people on a higher protein lower carb diet lose approximately the same amount of weight as another group on a high carb lower protein diet, but the group on the higher protein diet lost more actual fat and less lean body mass (muscle). Or, some studies using the same calorie intakes but different macro nutrient intakes often find the higher protein diet may lose less actual weight than the higher carb lower protein diets, but the actual fat loss is higher in the higher protein low carb diets. This effect has also been seen in some studies that compared high fat/low carb vs. high carb/low fat diets. The effect is usually amplified if exercise is involved as one might expect.

Of course these effects are not found universally in all studies that examine the issue, but the bulk of the data is clear: diets containing different macro nutrient ratios do have different effects on human physiology even when calorie intakes are identical (1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11).

Or, As The Authors Of One Recent Study That Looked At The Issue Concluded:

"Diets with identical energy contents can have different effects on leptin concentrations, energy expenditure, voluntary food intake, and nitrogen balance, suggesting that the physiologic adaptations to energy restriction can be modified by dietary composition."(12)

The point being, there are many studies confirming that the actual ratio of carbs, fats, and proteins in a given diet can effect what is actually lost (i.e., fat, muscle, bone, and water) and that total calories has the greatest effect on how much total weight is lost. Are you starting to see how my unified theory of nutrition combines the "calorie is a calorie" school with the "calories don't matter" school to help people make decisions about nutrition?

Knowing this, it becomes much easier for people to understand the seemingly conflicting diet and nutrition advice out there (of course this does not account for the down right unscientific and dangerous nutrition advice people are subjected to via bad books, TV, the 'net, and well meaning friends, but that's another article altogether).

Knowing the above information and keeping the Unified Theory of Nutrition in mind, leads us to some important and potentially useful conclusions:

* An optimal diet designed to make a person lose fat and retain as much LBM as possible is not the same as a diet simply designed to lose weight.

* A nutrition program designed to create fat loss is not simply a reduced calorie version of a nutrition program designed to gain weight, and visa versa.

* Diets need to be designed with fat loss, NOT just weight loss, as the goal, but total calories can't be ignored.

* This is why the diets I design for people-or write about-for gaining or losing weight are not simply higher or lower calorie versions of the same diet. In short: diets plans I design for gaining LBM start with total calories and build macro nutrient ratios into the number of calories required. However, diets designed for fat loss (vs. weight loss!) start with the correct macro nutrient ratios that depend on variables such as amount of LBM the person carries vs. bodyfat percent , activity levels, etc., and figure out calories based on the proper macro nutrient ratios to achieve fat loss with a minimum loss of LBM. The actual ratio of macro nutrients can be quite different for both diets and even for individuals.

* Diets that give the same macro nutrient ratio to all people (e.g., 40/30/30, or 70,30,10, etc.) regardless of total calories, goals, activity levels, etc., will always be less than optimal. Optimal macro nutrient ratios can change with total calories and other variables.

* Perhaps most important, the unified theory explains why the focus on weight loss vs. fat loss by the vast majority of people, including most medical professionals, and the media, will always fail in the long run to deliver the results people want.

* Finally, the Universal Theory makes it clear that the optimal diet for losing fat, or gaining muscle, or what ever the goal, must account not only for total calories, but macro nutrient ratios that optimize metabolic effects and answer the questions: what effects will this diet have on appetite? What effects will this diet have on metabolic rate? What effects will this diet have on my lean body mass (LBM)? What effects will this diet have on hormones; both hormones that may improve or impede my goals? What effects will this diet have on (fill in the blank)?

Simply asking, "how much weight will I lose?" is the wrong question which will lead to the wrong answer. To get the optimal effects from your next diet, whether looking to gain weight or lose it, you must ask the right questions to get meaningful answers.

Asking the right questions will also help you avoid the pitfalls of unscientific poorly thought out diets which make promises they can't keep and go against what we know about human physiology and the very laws of physics!

People that want to know my thoughts on the correct way to lose fat should read my ebook Diet Supplements Revealed, see this website

If you want to know my thoughts on the best way to set up a diet to gain weight in the form of muscle while minimizing bodyfat, consider reading my ebook Muscle Building Nutrition (AKA Brink's Bodybuilding Bible) at this web site:

BTW, both ebooks also cover supplements for their respective goals along with exercise advice.

There are of course many additional questions that can be asked and points that can be raised as it applies to the above, but those are some of the key issues that come to mind. Bottom line here is, if the diet you are following to either gain or loss weight does not address those issues and or questions, then you can count on being among the millions of disappointed people who don't receive the optimal results they had hoped for and have made yet another nutrition "guru" laugh all the way to the bank at your expense.

Any diet that claims calories don't matter, forget it. Any diet that tells you they have a magic ratio of foods, ignore it. Any diet that tells you any one food source is evil, it's a scam. Any diet that tells you it will work for all people all the time no matter the circumstances, throw it out or give it to someone you don't like!


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About the author:

Will Brink writes for numerous health, fitness, medical, and bodybuilding publications. His articles can be found in Life Extension Magazine, Muscle n Fitness, Inside Karate, Exercise For Men Only, Oxygen, Women's World, The Townsend Letter For Doctors and many more. His website is

Muscle Building Nutrition
A complete guide bodybuilding supplements and eating to gain lean muscle

Diet Supplements Revealed
A review of diet supplements and guide to eating for maximum fat loss

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Health Guru : Beauty Routine
Webmaster | 13. May 2007 @ 16:17

1. I never ever ever go to bed with my makeup on, even if I have been out partying and had one too many. If you do, you will wake up the next morning, not only with a possible hangover, but with gunged, screwed up, dirty eyes that need loads of tlc. (tender loving care) So you must develop your own bedtime routine.

2. I try to get a good nights sleep as this, in my opinion, is the best beauty treatment you can have. And it's free. As we go through life this is not always possible with all the stresses and tensions that modern day living has brought to us. But as I said, I try.

3. In the morning I have a cup of tea, if I feel particularly virtuous I'll have a cup of green tea, ugh, and then get up to face the day.

4. Before I have a shower I tie my hair up and clean my teeth while waiting for the water to get hot.

5. After my shower I cleanse my face with one of those new style wipes and they are brilliant.

6. I spritz my face with a water spray then moisturise. I would not miss this for the world because moisturiser holds the water in your skin and helps keep your skin hydrated.

7. Next. Wow but Next. I always, without fail, use a TOTAL sunblock. My daughter says I look too pale but, if you don't want a pale face, the answer is to use either a brown cheek shadow, blusher or an artificial sun colorant.

8. Let the cream dry thoroughly before applying your makeup. This is a pain but necessary or your skin will be too greasy.

Then I have my two minute plan.

9. Take a large soft brush, like a shaving brush, and the dust your face with mineral powder make up. This is the best make up I have ever used for a day time make up. You can add extra if you want a more made up look for evening or if you want to conceal blemishes.

10. Then with a flat eye shadow brush and using a basic beige powder shadow I brush all over my lids, fading it out the closer to the brows I get. I normally accentuate the creases of my eyelids for a slightly more dramatic look with a darker shade.

11. Then a quick lick of mascara (brown) a touch of lip gloss and I'm off. I promise you that this quick beauty routine is all you need to have a beautiful look that will keep in all day and not look overmade up or take forever to apply.

Why waste your valuable time doing all that heavy smuck?

P.S. I only ever buy moisturiser and face creams from the local supermarket, because in my opinion, unless you have a problem skin that may need specialist treatment, the designer products are over priced, often celebrity endorsed and offer little value for money.

Copyright 2006 Jaks Lloyd

About the author:Jaks Lloyd, former photographic fashion model, is the author of the above article which appears in her definitive website

The Ultimate Cutting Edge in Eye Beauty.

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Health Guru : The Top 10 Quick Tips that will save common household recipes!!!
Webmaster | 12. May 2007 @ 16:17

1. Making great biscuits: biscuits are great from scratch because most recipes use only 5-6 ingredients. My personal recipe uses only baking soda, baking powder, flour, buttermilk, salt, and butter. The most important thing to remember to ensure that your biscuits come out fluffy is to make sure that you use cold butter and that you leave the butter in small chunks throughout the mixing process. A common error is to mix the butter smoothly into the mixture. If you leave the butter in chunks, as your biscuits cook, the butter will form layers in the dough and the result will be more rise and fluff. This also works for making any puff pastry from scratch. Another great idea is to take the dough and put a thin layer over the top of a bowl of soup, then to bake the whole bowl in your oven. This will give your soups a beautifully fluffy top. Of course, make sure that your bowl is oven safe before baking it.

2. Get a really good non-stick skillet: if you're tired of having food stick to the bottom of your cookware, then you really need to invest in a great non-stick skillet. The one that I have only set me back $30 and I can cook an egg on it over easy without any oil and not break the yolk . I'm very partial to Caphalon's commercial lines, but definitely check out Anolon, T-Fal, and Farberware as well. Some other very important features are whether the skillet comes with a cover, whether or not the handle gets hot when it cooks, and how long other buyers have found that the non-stick surface lasts for. Make sure that you don't confuse non-stick with hard anodized. Hard anodized is definitely not non-stick and you'll get very frustrated if you get the two mixed up. The additional bonus of a non-stick pan is that cleaning is really easy. Run your pan under water and most extraneous food will slide off easily.

3. Grilling or pan frying chicken without getting it stuck in the pan: one of the biggest problems with cooking chicken is trying to move it off the grill or pan. The key is to be patient. Use a spatula and wait for the chicken to release, because it will. Of course, if you didn't use any oil then the chicken will most likely get stuck anyway. But all proteins reach a certain temperature where they will release and it's just a matter of being patient and waiting for this.

4. It's never too late to marinate: a lot of people end up eating bland food because they think that they don't have time to marinate their food. Even if you only have less than an hour, you can make a great marinade. Just make the marinade twice as strong, and use strong flavors. Here's a few quick marinades that have worked for me - balsamic vinaigrette, soy sauce and minced garlic, or lemon juice/zest and white wine. Also try using dry rubs such as crushed red pepper and garlic powder.

5. Use kosher salt to season: kosher salt is the what every professional cook uses and there's good reason. Regular iodized salt breaks down right away when added to water. In contrast, kosher salt breaks down slower and delivers a more pronounced flavor to whatever you are cooking. If you want your steaks to taste like steak house quality, all you need is kosher salt and coarse ground black pepper.

6. Extra virgin olive oil is pasta's best friend: after cooking pasta, make sure that you mix the pasta with some extra virgin olive oil immediately. Otherwise, you'll find that the pasta will start to stick together after a short amount of time. Don't ever refrigerate plain pasta without adding olive oil. If you do, you'll end up pulling a big pasta block out of the fridge. Also, when you boil pasta, make sure you add a cup of kosher salt per gallon of water. This is what will give the pasta its flavor.

7. Making amazing french toast: the best way to make amazing french toast is to avoid using regular bread. Extraordinary french toast is made with cakes or specialty breads. Try slicing a pound cake from your local grocery store and turning it into french toast the same way you'd usually do it with bread. Another great idea is to make french toast out of banana bread.

8. Making icing for pastries. Making icing for pastries is one of the simplest secrets in the pastry world. To make icing, all you need is water and powdered sugar. Start with the powdered sugar in a bowl and add water slowly until you get the consistency that you desire. Then just use the icing to make danishes, cakes, and other pastries even more delicious.

9. Keep your kitchen knife sharp. A common misconception is that people cut themselves in the kitchen because their knives are too sharp. The reason for most kitchen cutting accidents is actually the total opposite. When you use a blunt knife, the knife will slide off whatever you're cooking and this when the knife usually cuts your hand. To keep your knife sharp, use a diamond steel and bring your knife down the steel at an 18 degree angle.

10. Cracking an egg without getting shells in the mixing bowl. This seems easy enough, but it's surprising how many experienced cooks still experience the annoyance of getting egg shells in their favorite foods. The way to avoid this is to first gently hit the egg's middle against a hard surface. Then, use two hands to do the rest. If you're right handed, hold the egg with your left hand, and use your right thumb to push the middle in and then pull the egg apart with both hands. If you are left handed, just switch the directions above.

Good luck with your culinary adventures!

About the author:

Jonathan Chin is the editor of, an online resource that helps regular people connect with great home cooking secrets.

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Health Guru : Drinking Tea
Webmaster | 11. May 2007 @ 16:17

The second most consumed beverage behind water is tea. Interestingly enough the 3,200,000 tones of tea produced worldwide come from only one plant species, named "camellia sinensis." But how a plant becomes a beverage? Tea is made by steeping processed leaves, buds, or twigs of the tea bush in hot water for a few minutes, a great variety of tea tastes, aromas and colors can excite even the more skeptical drinker. If you do like tea drinking, but simply never had the opportunity to learn more about it beyond the fact that you enjoy it, you should know that there are thousands of kinds of tea offered on today's market. Shades in flavor derive from the region of cultivation and the method of processing the tea leaves. It is the processing techniques that produce the four simple tea categories are considered the art of tea making. In its most basic form, processing is the taking of the raw green leaves and deciding whether or not, and how much oxidation (or fermentation) should take place before drying them out. Oxidation is the reaction of the enzymes contained in tea leaves when they are broken, bruised or crushed.

The first category is that of black tea. Black tea is nothing more than the leaves of the camellia sinensis after being exposed to 8-24 hours of open air. After the leaves are picked up they are spread out to let the water they contain evaporate. You have probably witnessed it happening to a flower that is left without being watered. The foliage curls up and begins to dry. After this part of the process, the tea leaves are balled into rolls that encourage oxidization. When fully oxidized, the leaves turn into a rich black color. Tea producers then put the tea leaves into the final drying period before sorting and packaging them.

Oolong tea is another tea category and is considered to be the most difficult of the four types of teas to process. The best way to describe oolong tea is that it is somewhere in between green and black tea. This is because the leaves are only partially oxidized during the processing. As with black tea, the leaves are spread out to dry for 8-24 hours, but after that, they are tossed about in a basket in order to create a bruising and partial exposure to the air. The final step involves steaming the leaves, which neutralizes the enzymes in the tea and prevents further oxidization.

Green teas, like white teas, are closer to tasting like fresh leaves of grass that the other two tea categories. This type of tea is also lower in caffeine and has higher antioxidant properties. The whole process of creating green tea revolves around preventing oxidization from taking place in the leaves. Though the tea leaves are sometimes laid out to dry for a few hours, then, in order to neutralize the enzymes and prevent further oxidation, the leaves are steamed or pan fried. It is this very technique which results in the preservation of the enzymes which have recently become the focus of medical research. After steaming, the leaves are rolled up, still quite green in color.

Finally, white tea has recently become a popular item in the west as it is the least processed tea and thus tastes the most like fresh leaves or grass. White tea is made of the little buds of the tea plant. Again like green tea, white tea is steamed or pan fried to prevent any kind of oxidization, and great care is taken to avoid bruising or crushing the tea. The dried buds have a silver-like appearance because the tiny white hairs of new growth are still present.

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Health Guru : Omega 3 Fish Oil and Alzheimer's Disease
Webmaster | 10. May 2007 @ 16:17

Although no one knows what causes Alzheimer's disease, many research studies indicate that those who regularly eat fatty fish or who supplement with fish oil have a lower risk of developing Alzheimer's disease later in life. Why this is the case remains an interesting topic of investigation but it is believed to be due, at least in part, to the role Omega 3 fatty acids play in the general functioning of the brain itself.

Omega 3 fatty acids are known to improve mental function, mood, memory and concentration and have already demonstrated considerable success in the treatment of conditions such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, ADD and ADHD. Currently there is no cure for Alzheimer's, although research does indicate that Omega 3 fatty acids can slow down the ageing of the brain and possibly delay the onset as well as slow down the progress of Alzheimer's too.

One research team from Aberdeen and Edinburgh University led by Professor Lawrence Whalley, questioned approximately 300 people aged 64 on their Omega 3 intake, they also tested their blood levels of Omega 3. The participants had previously taken part in a survey on IQ in 1947 when they were 11 years old. They found that those who had taken Omega 3 supplements showed better results on mental speed tests and there was even an association between the results and the level of Omega 3 in the blood of the participants. The team reported that the evidence seemed to suggest that Omega 3 could slow down the ageing of the brain and help it to work faster.

Another study conducted by Uppsala University in Sweden looked at the effect of Omega 3 fatty acids on patients who already had Alzheimer's disease. Researchers gave 89 patients the Omega 3 fatty acids Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) for a period of 6 months and another 85 were given a placebo in the form of corn oil. After the initial 6-month period, the placebo group also switched to Omega 3 for a further 6 months. Although there was no real differences noted between the two groups in general, there was an interesting result where 32 patients who had milder mental impairment showed less of a decline whilst taking Omega 3.

The results of both these studies indicate that Omega 3 supplementation might not only improve mental function in the twilight years, it could possibly be beneficial in slowing down the progress of Alzheimer's disease, particularly in the early stages, however, more research is required to substantiate this.

DHA deficiency and the "fatty acid paradox"

The brain is composed mostly of fat, in particular, the Omega 3 fatty acid Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Patients with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia have shown very low concentrations of DHA in the brain indicating a possible DHA deficiency. This has naturally led to the conclusion that supplementing with DHA might offer therapeutic help.

However, what has been dubbed the "fatty acid paradox" is the belief that the best way to correct any DHA deficiency is not by increasing intake of DHA as what one might expect, but to increase intake of EPA instead. If enough EPA is present, the body can produce DHA as required.

EPA is believed to inhibit the activity of the enzyme phospholipase A2. Over-activity of this enzyme is associated with neurotoxicity and death of brain cells and is a feature of Alzheimer's disease as well as other neurodegenerative diseases.

What is Alzheimer's disease?

Alois Alzheimer first identified Alzheimer's disease in the early 1900's. It affects over half a million people in the UK alone. It is characterised by progressive mental decline and begins with periods of memory loss, confusion, and personality changes before proceeding to full-blown dementia with complete loss of most cognitive abilities and even physical abilities. No one knows what causes it, it is irreversible and there is no cure. It is relatively rare under 50 years of age but the chances of developing it increase the older you become. Medication is aimed at slowing down the progression of the disease. It is not the same as normal age-related cognitive decline where some impairment in mental function is considered a normal part of the ageing process.


Although no evidence exists that Omega 3 fatty acid supplementation prevents you from developing Alzheimer's disease, the indications are that increasing intake of Omega 3 does decrease your risk of developing Alzheimer's disease later in life. There are indeed many other health benefits afforded by getting an adequate amount of Omega 3 in the diet including increased protection against cardiovascular disease, arthritis and many other inflammatory conditions. Bearing in mind the toxicity risk involved in eating too much fresh fish, supplementing with high quality fish oil would seem the best way to gain the protective benefits associated with Omega 3 fatty acids.

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Migraine Headaches Be Gone
Amanda Baker | 9. May 2007 @ 16:17

Twenty-Four million people in the United States alone suffer from migraines. A migraine is typically a throbbing or pulsing headache, often focused on one-side of the head, and associated with nausea, sensitivity to light and sound, as well as certain smells. Attacks are typically recurring, and can be less severe as the migraine sufferer ages.

Migraines can occur at any age, but typically begin between the ages of 10 and 40. While some people experience several migraines a month, a select few only have a few migraines throughout their lifetime. Nearly 75% of migraine sufferers are women. Though migraines can happen at any time, some women experience migraines just prior to or during mentruation. These migraines, called menstrual migraines, are related to hormonal changes and often do not occur during pregnancy. Meanwhile, some women only develop migraines for the first time during pregnancy, or even after menopause.

The actual cause of a migraine is unknown. It is believed, however, that the condition results from a series of reactions in the central nervous system, usually caused by changes in the body or in the environment. Migraines often appear to be inherited, as there is often a family history of the condition. These migraine sufferers may inherit the sensitivity to triggers that produce inflammation in blood vessels and nerves around the brain, which cause pain.

The signs and symptoms of migraine pain are often intense and severe, described by throbbing or pulsating pain that only gets intensified by routine physical activity, coughing, straining, or even moving the head. These headaches can often gets so severe that they interfere with the day-to-day activity of a person. Sleeping migraine sufferers can be awakened by the attack, which can also cause a numbing sensation in hands and lips, as well as interfere with eyesight and vision for the duration of the attack. Migraines can be so debilitating - causing sufferers to feel tired and weak even long after the migraine has passed.

Migraines typically begin in a specific area, usually on one side of the head, and can spread and build in intensity over a course of a few hours, then gradually subside. They can last an entire day, or in some extremely severe cases, several days.

The problem with migraine symptoms is that they are as varied as the individual sufferer. The strange sensations, such as tingling or the feeling of numbness, are known as auras, and can start anywhere from ten to thirty minutes before the migraine pain actually sets in.

Migraine treatment is possible. Knowing what triggers your migraines and avoiding them is one of the best ways to avoid a migraine. Treating acute attacks as they appear is crucial. Talking to your doctor, who may prescribe regular use of a preventative mediation can also be the way to go. Over the counter treatments for migraines can be helpful, as well as resting or sleeping in a completely dark and quiet place.

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Health Guru : Avoid These Top 5 Workout Myths
Webmaster | 8. May 2007 @ 16:17

Do you know the health and fitness industry is plagued by an over abundance of workout myths? A myth is a fiction or half truth, especially one that forms part of an ideology. Rob tells Jen about a new fitness program that is suppose to deliver amazing results; Jen tells Ted, and Ted then tells Pam, but only half of what Rob said. Confused? Just image how confusing Rob's "cutting edge" theory has become. And the funny thing is, Rob made this up by telling people they will lose 3 inches from their bellies, and hips by holding their breath for 30 seconds. Rob, without any scientific backing, dreamed this all up.

The sad thing is most people believe what they hear from so-called uninformed myth spreaders. After consulting with thousands of people, I have heard every possible workout myth known to man, and continue to de-bunk myths daily. Listed below are my all time 5 favorite workout myths. Always look for the science and logic behind what people claim. Don't automatically assume it is true unless studies back it, or specific quantitative results are shown.

After reading my 5 workout myths, you will be able to finally protect your own workout results, and share the fitness truth with others.

Myth 1 - Doing crunches, or abdominal work will decrease fat in the stomach area (If you do thousands of crunches, then you will have a flat stomach.)

This is what some infomercials preach. They state you can obtain a flat, beautiful, stomach by using their simple ab machine. All you need to do is exercise 2 minutes per day, and voila!

Please note, dear reader, you can't SPOT REDUCE! By doing a specific exercise for a certain muscle does not make fat suddenly vanish. Fat is lost over time by burning more calories than the body consumes on a regular basis. Fat will then disappear throughout your entire body, and you don't have control of where it comes off. Doing a certain exercise for a specific muscle will only guarantee a stronger, more fit muscle.

The SECRET keys to fat loss are decreasing caloric intake, increasing activity for an extended period of time, and incorporating a workout of strength, cardio, and flexibility.

Myth 2 - Lifting heavy weight for 8-12 reps will build big muscles (especially women.) You should lift very light weights and do a lot of reps, 20 +.

This is one that NEVER seems to go away. It keeps coming back to haunt me again, and again, and again. Ladies, doing heavier weights WILL NOT suddenly turn you into the Incredible Hulk. Your objective should be to maintain, or slightly increase your fat burning lean tissue. In order to do this you must increase the intensity of the exercise by elevating weight, number of reps, or decreasing rest time between sets.

If you increase intensity regularly, you will see good results. If you do not, you will get the same results you have been getting. Increase the intensity until you are happy with the progress you have made, and then maintain the same intensity level.

Women, generally, don't have the physiological make-up to develop big muscles unless they use steroids, and train with gut busting intensity. Most men workout a lifetime, and won't build big muscles. Ladies, please don't worry; challenge yourself in the gym.

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Myth 3 - For resistance training, you need to do 3 sets of 10-15 reps, 3 exercises per body part, and a frequency of 3 days per week.

Where the heck did 3 come from? 3 X 3 X 3? I think someone, many years ago, decided 3 was a good number to use, and people started to believe in this myth.

How many sets are really needed? According to scientific studies, the exact number of sets needed to stimulate lean tissue development is one, if preformed at 100% momentary muscle failure. A single all out set is the ideal stimulus to trigger lean tissue development. All other sets only hinder the recovery process when lean tissue develops.

Rest- people generally don't get enough rest between workouts. Please be aware that the higher the intensity, the more rest is required between workouts to allow lean tissue development. If you workout (strength train) too soon, before you are fully recovered, you will short circuit your results.

It is better to wait longer between workouts, then to workout not fully recovered.You WON'T lose your muscle tissue if you don't workout for 2 weeks.

Ideal rest times (depending upon intensity) are anywhere from 3 - 10 + days between strength training workouts.

You will need to track your progress to determine when your gains cease. When progress stops, increase your rest time even further.

If your strength keeps increasing during each workout, you are assured of getting optimal rest between sessions.

Myth 4 - All I need to do is cardiovascular training to be in shape.

Wrong! Please don't make this mistake! Cardiovascular exercise is only one piece of the workout puzzle. To design an optimal fitness program, incorporate cardiovascular exercise, strength training, and flexibility into an efficient, results producing program.

Cardiovascular exercise will do very little to increase your flexibility, and maintain or increase your lean tissue. If you avoid any of these three components, you are decreasing your results by one third.

As a result of the aging process, on average, 5-7 pounds of muscle is lost each decade, that is, if you don't strength train.

Myth 5 - All fitness equipment is good if you use it.

All fitness equipment is not created equal, especially home fitness equipment advertised in infomercials. Some pieces of fitness equipment are not well built, and can cause injury to specific individuals resulting from medical limitations.

My advice is to clear your exercise program with a physician prior to exercising or buying home gym equipment.

Home Gym Shopping Secrets is a great consumer awareness guide to rely on prior to purchasing home gym equipment. This guide will take you by the hand and show you what to buy, what to avoid, and why.

Home Gym Shopping Secrets

Another tip I recommend is never plan an exercise program without input from an Exercise Physiologist, Certified Personal Trainer, or Physical Therapist.

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About the author:

Jim O'Connor, Beverly Hills celebrity fitness consultant, has conducted thousands of personal fitness consultations with celebrites, business executives, and highly motivated individuals throughout Los Angeles. He is the Chief Exercise Physiologist for Wellness WORD, LLC, a health, fitness, and nutrition promotion company. Jim is the author of a well known, world wide multimedia newsletter called Wellness WORD, published online every other week promoting the health and fitness truth.

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Health Guru : Back Pain Remedies
Webmaster | 7. May 2007 @ 16:17

Back pain Remedies are required as back pain is quite a common phenomenon and generally occurs due to wrong posture or sudden movements. Each one of us is prone to back pain since the lower portion of our back supports a large portion of our body weight. The stability and the fitness of the lower back is dependant on the strength and the position of our vertebral bodies and the inter-vertebral disks.

Back pain is often a short-term phenomenon and can be rectified by exercises or painkillers. However, back pain can also become chronic and recur by even a small movement.

Back pain is generally not associated with an injury or illness and may even go away without any medication. Painkillers, such as Aspirin, Ibuprofen and acetaminophen, can prove to be quite useful in relieving back pain in initial stages. The application of a cold pack on the affected area in the first 24-48 hours is also effective in reducing the pain. Other most commonly available back pain remedies for back pain include a mixture made from Comfrey Root and special massage oils.

People suffering from back pain should avoid sudden turning or bending movements. Bed rest is not recommended for people suffering from back pain. Instead, one should continue with his/her normal activities, while taking precaution of avoiding sudden movements. Exercises, such as short walks, stretching and swimming, are recommended in case of moderate pain. Since back pain is generally not related to an injury, limited medical treatment is available.

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Saurabh Jain is the Executive Editor of Online Back pain resource, He has developed this site to provide valuable information to people suffering from back pain. This site enumerates different causes and factors related to back pain, guides through the different back pain treatments and suggests exercises for treatments of different types of back pain. The site is a free online resource for back pain and its remedies. The visitors can also find valuable information and reviews about the different equipments and therapies for back pain relief. Visit for more information.

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Health Guru : Why Do I Overeat?
Webmaster | 6. May 2007 @ 16:17

The primary cause of being overweight is simple. We overeat. Why do we overeat? What can we do to stop?

Did you know that 8 out of every 10 adults over the age of 25 are overweight? America has been labeled as a "fat nation". We may ask ourselves why. With a variety of bad food choices available on every corner promising fast service, sometimes we are in such a hurry that we pay little attention to what we're putting in our bodies. The majority of us don�t just simply eat. We overeat. In the midst of it all, we search for the best weight loss product.

The truth of the matter is that even the best weight loss product will be able to help us lose weight if we don't stop overeating. Why do we do it? It's a question that's been studied for years. Can you even start searching for the best weight loss product if you're clueless about why you're overeating?

Many people say, "I just can't stop eating." This isn't true. But it is true that eating can become a type of addiction. The first reason why we eat is because it's great. It looks good. It tastes great. It's something that gives us a satisfied feeling after we consume it. That feeling of being "full" is one that we crave.

As you search for the best weight loss product, often you are looking for something that won't leave you hungry, empty, and unsatisfied. Many of the products that offer so called "hunger control" just don't live up to their claims. When experimenting with new weight loss products, it's frustrating to be constantly hungry. We are prone to overeating and deriving that satisfaction we gain from eating a big meal. Is there a best weight loss product that can actually help you lose weight and stop overeating by getting rid of hunger? Most people will answer "No" because they've tried plan after plan that promises this type of thing.

Hoodia Gordonii is a different type of weight loss plan. There are no false promises, no strict rules to follow, and no health risks. Hoodia Gordonii is actually a cactus-like plant that grows in the African deserts. Bushmen have been consuming it for centuries to ward off hunger during long journeys. Little did they know that Hoodia would be a valuable tool for the best weight loss product on the market.

In the late 1990's, the CSIR (The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research) was doing a study on the natural food the bushmen ate. Mainly, they were testing the foods to see if they were toxic. When they ordered animal testing on Hoodia Gordonii, they found some surprising results. The animals that ate it began losing weight. This was just the beginning of the development of the best weight loss product for consumers.

With the Hoodia Gordonii weight loss plan, you don't have to do anything. You can eat as you like, but the indisputable truth is that you will lose your desire to overeat because you won�t be hungry anymore. Hoodia works in conjunction with your brain's hypothalamus, making you feel as if you've already eaten. You will enjoy that feeling of satisfaction, and you will not want to overeat anymore. Countless people have benefited from the best weight loss product on the market. You can be next. Don't miss out.

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Health Guru : Chemical-Free Sleep
Webmaster | 5. May 2007 @ 16:17

For those of us who get the recommended 8 hours of sleep a night, we will spend a whole third of our lives on top of our mattress. Because this is such a significant amount of time, the last thing we want to be is sleeping with chemicals; most of us would rather sleep with the fishes. But, the truth is many of us may be sleeping on mattresses containing chemicals and not even realize it.

Chemicals, by textbook definition, are explained as being something made of or generated from substances produced by reactions involving atomic or molecular changes. In the dictionary of modern day life, chemicals have become synonymous with disease, particularly cancer, and therefore many of us do not want to be sleeping with them, not even if they buy us dinner first.

Mattresses don't strike most people as something stuffed with chemicals; a black cloud doesn't surround them like it does smoke stacks or a semi-truck. They seem, to the average sleeper, perfectly harmless. But, because manufacturers of consumer products have found that they can save money by cutting production costs and replacing natural materials with materials that are petroleum based or made of synthetic chemicals, mattresses are becoming cheaper, but possibly at a more expensive cost.

Health wise, chemicals are not viewed as a good thing. Whether they are ingested, or inhaled, they can be dangerous; the human body would benefit from a "Do Not Enter" sign placed around its perimeter. For these reasons, many people are turning to more natural ways to sleep.

A Natural Latex Mattress, as the name insinuates, provides not only a natural way of sleeping, but undeniable comfort. Conforming to the body, disallowing for the build up of pressure points, and providing natural back support, the Natural Latex Mattress provides both short term and long term benefits.

Unique to other mattresses, the benefits of the Natural Latex Mattress are all given on an organic, synthetic-free basis. This makes the mattress highly recommended for all those who want to remove all unnatural materials from their bed.

With solid comfort, and natural ingredients, the Natural Latex Mattress allows both the body and the mind to rest more comfortably.

About the author:Jennifer Marie Jordan is a senior editor for When she isn't sleeping on a FoamSource mattress, she concentrates on living as comfortably as possible.

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Health Guru : Stay Young Longer
Webmaster | 4. May 2007 @ 16:17

It's obvious, some day in your life, you looked at a pretty face, trying to guess in which college she studies and then suddenly from nowhere a kid aged around 8 years comes and hugs that beautiful lady and says "mumma" and you are shocked. Yes, shocked is the word. It's more than stunning how some people look a lot younger than their age and some look like that were born old.

How you can be on the earlier side is what you can find here:

Go on read carefully and most important, follow religiously.

1) Cleanse & Moisturise:

As far as possible, keep your skin especially face as clean as possible and after every wash, make sure you moisturize it. The more your skin retains moisture the younger look you maintain. Take extra care of sensitive wrinkle areas, near mouth and eyes.

2) Sleep Well:

Well everyone has a different version of how many hours of sleep. Although most of the researchers recommend 8 hours of sleep; but my view is you should get enough sleep, so that when you wake up, you should feel reenergized. What for sleep is? It�s basically time for body to rejuvenate itself. So better your sleep, more good for you and your skin.

3) Eat Healthy:

Drink loads of water at least 8 glasses a day. And water means water, not just any liquid. Water is known to cleanse our system of toxins. Also increase fresh juicy fruits in your diet. Fresh vegetables and good protein diet will also go a long way in giving you a younger look.

4) Don't overeat:

When we overeat for long, our skin stretches and body expands, so when we try to loose weight after that, some stretch marks may remain. So, it�s better to be careful from beginning. Don�t overeat and don�t under eat. Try to keep your weight as close as possible to your ideal weight.

5) Exercise:

Ideally a 30 minutes exercise will keep you fit and looking young. Exercise improves your blood circulation and keeps your muscles working. However, don't overdo.

6) Avoid Smoking:

There's an old saying. Those who smoke never get old because they die in their youth. I am sure you won't like to do that to you. Moreover, you might have noticed those who smoke, look tired and pale. With smoking the skin ages faster and looks older. So, it�s best to say no the first time.

7) Avoid Stress:

Stress will take its toll. Nothing gets better by worrying, it only gets worst. There's no problem in this world that doesn't have a solution and definitely by worrying it doesn't get resolved. Patience pays. Every night however long is followed by a day. So stay calm. Stress disrupts normal sleep which will adversely affect your health and your looks. The problem will get a solution today or tomorrow but your skin vitality once lost will not be easy to get back.

So, to stay young longer, eat healthy, stay calm and SMILE a lot.

Till we meet again, stay healthy, stay young.

Jaspreet Batra
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Health Guru : Back Pain and Its Remedies
Webmaster | 3. May 2007 @ 16:17

Back pain is quite a common phenomenon and generally occurs due to wrong posture or sudden movements. Each one of us is prone to back pain since the lower portion of our back supports a large portion of our body weight. The stability and the fitness of the lower back is dependant on the strength and the position of our vertebral bodies and the inter-vertebral disks.

Back pain is often a short-term phenomenon and can be rectified by exercises or painkillers. However, back pains can also become chronic and recur by even a small movement.

Back Pain is generally not associated with an injury or illness and may even go away without any medication. Painkillers, such as Aspirin, Ibuprofen and acetaminophen, can prove to be quite useful in relieving back pain in initial stages. The application of a cold pack on the affected area in the first 24-48 hours is also effective in reducing the pain. Other most commonly available remedies for back pain include a mixture made from Comfrey Root and special massage oils.

People suffering from back pain should avoid sudden turning or bending movements. Bed rest is not recommended for people suffering from back pain. Instead, one should continue with his/her normal activities, while taking precaution of avoiding sudden movements. Exercises, such as short walks, stretching and swimming, are recommended in case of moderate pain. Since back pain is generally not related to an injury, limited medical treatment is available.

About the author:

Saurabh Jain is the Executive Editor of Online Back pain resource, He has developed this site to provide valuable information to people suffering from back pain. This site enumerates different causes and factors related to back pain, guides through the different back pain treatments and suggests exercises for treatments of different types of back pain. The site is a free online resource for back pain and its remedies. The visitors can also find valuable information and reviews about the different equipments and therapies for back pain relief. Visit for more information.

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Health Guru : Various Back Pain Causes
Webmaster | 2. May 2007 @ 16:17

Back Pain causes a lot of inconvenience and hindrance to the normal lifestyle of a person. There are a number of Back Pain Causes, but the two most common causes related to discs are disc injury and degenerative disc. Disc degeneration leads to water content loss that narrows the gap between two vertebrae. This can cause pinching of a nerve and subsequent pain. Bulging discs are generally confused with ruptured discs. While the former condition is normal, the later condition can be serious. Discs may bulge during the day as they carry the body weight, and get back to normal at night when we sleep. Ruptured discs are damaged discs caused by leakage of jelly like substance called nucleus pulposus.

Back Pain Causes - The Middle Back

Among the Back Pain Causes, mid-back pain can be caused by poor posturing or sitting in one position for a long time. A poorly designed chair can also lead to mid-back pain. At the ethereal level, stress, and emotional worries can cause muscle stiffness that leads to pain in the back. Most back pain cases can be attributed to emotional imbalance.

If your pain in the back is started by normal movements like bending or twisting, it could be a result of a slipped disc or a joint problem of the spine. It could also be because of muscle pull in the back. Muscular pain is among the common Back Pain Causes, which can occur while attempting to carry a heavy weight. Pain that is constant around the chest or mid back area could be the result of a fractured rib. The reason could be an injury or long set osteoporosis, which weakens the bones. Kidney infections can also cause pain in the mid-back. The symptoms are pain and discomfort during passing of urine.

One of the common Back Pain Causes is stomach ulcer. Pain occurs in the mid-back that is accentuated after a meal. Strenuous exercise can also cause pain due to injury to the back muscles.

Your back plays a vital role in mobility and needs care and attention through exercise and proper diet.

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Saurabh Jain is the Executive Editor of Online Back pain resource, He has developed this site to provide valuable information to people suffering from back pain. This site enumerates different causes and factors related to back pain, guides through the different back pain treatments and suggests exercises for treatments of different types of back pain. The site is a free online resource for back pain and its remedies. The visitors can also find valuable information and reviews about the different equipments and therapies for back pain relief. Visit for more information.

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Health Guru : Keep Your Kitchen Cool with These Hot Crock Pot Recipes
Webmaster | 1. May 2007 @ 16:17

Crock Pot recipes can make the end of a long day easy. Give your oven a rest, and keep your kitchen cool this summer with these easy crockpot meals.


This crockpot recipe is a simple kid pleaser! Great to have after a long work day.

2 (28.00 ounces) cans pork and beans
1 (16.00 ounces) can pork and beans
1 (1.00 lb) package hot dog, halved lengthwise and cut into 1-inch pieces
1 large onion, chopped
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
3 tablespoons prepared mustard
4 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled

In a crockpot, combine all ingredients; mix well.

Cover and cook on low for 7-8 hours.


1 lb. hamburger
1 can chili (no beans)
1 lb. mild Mexican Velveeta cheese, cubed or shredded

Brown hamburger; drain and place in slow cooker. Add chili and cheese; cover and cook on low until cheese is melted, about 1 to 1 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally to blend ingredients. Serve warm with taco or tortilla chips.


1 (2 pound) block Velveeta cheese
1 (16 ounce) carton half-and-half
1 (10 ounce) can Ro-Tel tomatoes
1 small onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 pound raw shrimp
Cooked pasta of choice

Place cheese, half-and-half, Ro-tel tomatoes, onion and garlic in crockpot. Cook on LOW for 4 hours.

Add shrimp and cook for 30 minutes longer.


7 ounces Caramels
1/4 cup Miniature marshmallows
1/3 cup Whipping cream
2 teaspoons Rum or 1/4 tsp rum extract

Combine caramels and cream in Crock Pot. Cover and heat until melted, 30 to 60 minutes. Stir in marshmallows and rum. Cover and continue cooking 30 minutes.

Serve with apple wedges or pound cake.


3 lbs. cooking apples
10 slices of bread, cubed (about 4 cups)
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/8 tsp. salt
3/4 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. butter or margarine, melted

Wash apples, peel, core, cut into eighths; place in bottom of crockpot. Combine bread cubes, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, sugar, butter; toss together. Place on top of apples in crock. Cover. Place crock into outer shell. Cook on low setting 2 to 4 hours.

Makes 6 to 8 servings.

Hope you enjoy these easy crockpot recipes. Try one at home today!

I guarantee your nose will thank you when you walk into the house to the delicious aromas of a home cooked meal.

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Suzanne Webb
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