How Twitter can assist people shed pounds

Posted on 22nd January 2013 in Healthy Pauses

(NaturalNews) When combined with guided interventions, the social networking site Twitter can be a powerful tool for promoting weight loss, according to a study conducted by researchers from the University of South Carolina and published in the journal Translational Behavioral Medicine.

The researchers found that participants who used Twitter more regularly to provide information and support to one another during the course of a weight loss program lost significantly more weight than participants who used the site less frequently.

Prior research has examined how people use social networking sites to discuss health-related topics, but few studies have examined how such sites could be used in behavioral weight loss interventions.

In the new study, researchers began by following 96 overweight and obese adults who lived in a metropolitan area over the course of six months. All participants owned an Internet-capable mobile device (either an Android-based phone, a BlackBerry, an iPhone or an iPod Touch), which they use to listen to two 15-minute podcasts per week for the first three months of the study and to two five-minute podcasts per week for the last three months. The podcasts featured information on exercise and nutrition, goal setting for weight loss, and an audio soap opera.

Some of the participants were also assigned to download an app onto their mobile devices to help them monitor their diet and physical activity, and a Twitter app, which they were asked to use each day to read and post messages for their weight loss counselor and their fellow participants. They also received two Twitter posts per day from the counselor, encouraging participant discussion and reminding participants of information from the podcasts.

The power of social support

The researchers found that in general, participants in both the “podcast only” and the “podcast plus mobile” groups lost approximately 2.7 percent of their original body weight over the study period. Among participants in the podcast plus mobile group; however, Twitter use was significantly correlated with better outcomes: for every 10 Twitter posts, participants lost another 0.5 percent of their original weight.

The researchers believe this effect can be explained by the critical role that Twitter played in helping the participants support each other’s weight loss. They noted that 75 percent of the posts made during the course of the study were informational, and 81 percent of those consisted of status updates that included some sort of weight loss strategy or tip, such as “I avoided eating a pastry this morning at a breakfast meeting! I did have a skim Mocha without whipped cream … not too bad.” Another 6.6 percent of the posts provided emotional support by making it clear that another participant was being listened to, while 4.6 percent provided esteem support by complimenting another participant.

“Traditional behavioral weight loss interventions generally provide social support through weekly, face-to-face group meetings,” said lead researcher Brie Turner-McGrievy. “Providing group support through online social networks can be a low cost way to reach a large number of people who are interested in achieving a healthy weight.”

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Seven amazing health benefits of sunlight

Posted on 22nd January 2013 in Healthy Pauses

(NaturalNews) An article in the Huffington Post blog a couple of years ago warned readers to avoid all sunlight all the time. The co-founder of the Melanoma Research Alliance and Broadway producer formed this alliance after her own experience with melanoma on the bottom of her foot.

Maybe she used to go into Central Park or onto the roof of her apartment building and do headstands for several hours daily, or she spent way too much time in tanning parlors. There’s no other way a Manhattanite would get melanoma on the bottom or her foot if sunlight is the sole culprit for skin cancers.

Despite the unlikelihood of getting too much sun on the bottom or her feet while hailing cabs and riding elevators in Manhattan, the author ended her article with this advice: “Prevention is uncomplicated: grab that sunblock and floppy hat when you head outdoors, even in the winter.”

Instead of realizing there may have been another cause for her skin cancer, she promoted carcinogenic sunblock creams and added to the sun phobia that deprives many of the health benefits from sunlight.

(1) Let’s start with the obvious. Sunlight is the initiator of vitamin D3 creation in our bodies. Sunshine’s UVB rays interact with the cholesterol in our skin that ignites a process to create vitamin D from our kidneys and liver. This doesn’t happen without sunlight.

Exposing more bare skin to sunlight is necessary for 20 to 30 minutes at least three or four times weekly. Glass windows and windshields block UVB rays while letting in UVA rays, which can be harmful.

One irony is that most sunscreens block only UVB rays, thus inhibiting vitamin D3 production. As a pre-hormone, vitamin D3 has many internal health functions.

Vitamin D3 production from sunlight has its own shut-down mechanism, safeguarding you from overdosing vitamin D. But if you wash the exposed skin with soap too soon, you may wash away the skin’s oils that have just begun the vitamin D process.

Tip: Use soap only where the sun didn’t shine. Options for D3 without sunlight include supplements, of which too much is remotely possible, and UVB tanning beds.

(2) Dr. Johanna Budwig promoted daily sunlight exposure in conjunction with her famous Budwig Diet for curing cancer. She had become aware of sunlight’s electromagnetic contribution to the dietary elements of her successful cancer cures.

(3) During long periods without sunshine, many get depressed. It’s called seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Besides feeling gloomy, people experiences low energy.

SAD results from an extended period of no sunshine. But it can be ameliorated during those periods with bright full spectrum lights or blue light to mimic the sun’s rays. (

(4) A substance in our bodies called melatin may be able to convert sunlight into metabolic energy. There are studies looking into this.

(5) Sunlight exposure was discovered to reduce the need for pain medication, stress, and anxiety among post operative patients in one hospital that conducted a study in 2005.

(6) A 2012 neuroscience study determined that those who had six hours of sunlight exposure during the day were more alert in the evening.

(7) A 2011 dermatological study observed the sunlight exposure helps burn subcutaneous fat, which is unattractive but doesn’t necessarily affect cardiovascular health adversely.

However, sunlight also helps reduce visceral fat indirectly. Vitamin D deficiencies have been associated to higher visceral fat production, which leads to obesity and subsequent health threatening diseases, including diabetes and cardiovascular issues.

Caveat: So it’s wise to avoid sunburn by developing a tan through gradual exposure times. A solid tan will protect your skin better than sunblocks.

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Berries dramatically slash heart attack risk

Posted on 21st January 2013 in Healthy Pauses

(NaturalNews) Imagine how excited Big Pharma executives would be if they could come up with a drug that could slash women’s risk of heart attacks by one-third. To top it off, what if this prescription could be conveniently taken three times a week and — as an added bonus — what if the medicine tasted great and had no side effects- Drug makers would have doctors pushing these pills as a “miracle drug” and Big Pharma would rake in millions of dollars.

However, there’s no drug that can do all of the above — but there is a natural food prescription that appears to do what Big Pharma’s chemicals can’t. According to research just reported in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association, eating three or more servings of blueberries and strawberries per week appears to slash women’s risk of a heart attack by about one-third.

“We have shown that even at an early age, eating more of these fruits may reduce risk of a heart attack later in life,” Aedin Cassidy, Ph.D., lead author and head of the Department of Nutrition at Norwich Medical School of the University of East Anglia, said in a media statement.

The scientists behind the study, who are from the Harvard School of Public Health and the University of East Anglia in the UK, note there are high levels of naturally occurring compounds called dietary flavonoids in blueberries and strawberries. These flavonoids are also found in grapes and wine, blackberries, eggplant, and other fruits. According to the new research, berries contain a specific sub-class of flavonoids, called anthocyanins, which help keep arteries open, and may provide other cardiovascular benefits — including preventing the buildup of heart attack-causing plaque.

The researchers came up with their results by studying 93,600 women between the ages 25 to 42 who were registered with the Nurses’ Health Study II. The women filled out questionnaires about their diet every four years for 18 years and, during this time, 405 heart attacks occurred. It turns out that the women who ate the most blueberries and strawberries had a large reduction in their risk of heart attack, about 32 percent, compared to women who ate the berries once a month or less. The findings held up even when the research team looked at possible risk factors for heart attack — such as age, high blood pressure, family history of heart attack, body mass, exercise, smoking, caffeine or alcohol intake.

“Blueberries and strawberries can easily be incorporated into what women eat every week,” Eric Rimm D.Sc., senior author and Associate Professor of Nutrition and Epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health, said in a press statement. “This simple dietary change could have a significant impact on prevention efforts.”


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Two Main Sorts of Fiber Present in Food

Posted on 20th January 2013 in Healthy Pauses

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Fruits and vegetables are rich in vitamins and minerals, but those are not the only health benefits they bring to your diet. They also contain flavonoids, antioxidant pigments that give plants their color. Different types of flavonoids have been identified based on their varying chemical structures. Over the past decade, scientists have become increasingly interested in the potential for various dietary flavonoids to explain some of the health benefits associated with fruit- and vegetable-rich diets.

Anthocyanins are the most abundant types of flavonoids in fruits and vegetables, according to researchers from the National Institutes of Health. The anthocyanins cyanidin, delphinidin, malvidin, pelargonidin, peonidin and petunidin are responsible for the red, blue and purple colors in berries and grapes. Anthocyanins may prevent cancer, according to the NIH researchers. They found that anthocyanins are capable of scavenging free radicals and stimulating enzymes that fight toxins, including cancer cells.

Flavanols are a type of flavonoid abundant in green tea, white tea, chocolate, apples and grapes. These foods predominantly contain flavanols called catechins and proanthocyanidins, which may benefit your brain function, according to a study published in the “Journal of Neuroscience” in 2012. The researchers in the study found that mice on catechin-rich diets had improved learning and memory abilities. The researchers called for further studies to determine whether these flavanols may be useful to treat people with cognitive problems, such as Alzheimer’s disease.

Flavanones are a type of flavonoid common in citrus fruit and foods derived from lemons, oranges and grapefruit. Citrus fruit contains eriodictyol, a flavanone that may help protect your vision, according to researchers who published a paper in “Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science” in 2009. They found a link between orange consumption and a lowered risk of macular degeneration, a leading cause of blindness, and suggested that eriodictyol may be responsible. Flavonols, a type of flavonoid abundant in apples, yellow onions, broccoli, kale, teas and berries, offer antioxidant benefits. Quercetin, kaempferol, myricetin and isorhamnetin are examples of flavanols.

Flavones and isoflavones are other types of flavonoids. The flavones apigenin and luteolin are found in thyme, celery, parsley and hot peppers. Many beans and legumes, including soybeans, are abundant in isoflavones. Flavones may decrease your risk of developing cardiovascular problems, according to Finnish researchers who published a study in the journal “Epidemiology” in 2001. They found that men who took in higher amounts of flavonols and flavones were less likely to die of a heart attack than men who took in low amounts of these phytonutrients.

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Lanvin Spring/Summer 2013 Bags

Posted on 20th January 2013 in Healthy Pauses
Sophistication was the buzzword on the Lanvin spring 2013 runway, where a multitude of exquisite elegant creations mesmerized the audience. Since the presentation sets the tone for the entire line for the new season, it’s perfectly natural to expect the same style perspective to be used for the spring 2013 accessories. Looking at the new Lanvin handbags, we indeed see the anticipated style congruence. The refined touch is noticeable in each and every handbag included in the collection.

Classiness is one of the most important attributes for most loyal fans and customers of the label and the new options sure enough live by the usual standard set by the label. From minimalistic designs suited for everyday wear to sophisticated clutches, the refined allure is kept consistent. Even though there are plenty of uber versatile options that can become investment pieces, trendy vibes are also present. The wild and luxurious allure of exotic skin textures is still seen as a great way to make a statement in the season to come despite the fact that animal prints are taking a backseat in the upcoming months.

Feminine vibes are also noticeable in many of the new handbag designs. Whether it’s through a fairly subtle hint or an eye-popping style element, the new handbags instantly draw attention like a magnet, the new options being diverse enough to satisfy even the most demanding style preferences. Perhaps an even more interesting perspective is the one that blends the sophistication of a classy handbag with the mystic allure of jewel-like details for an outstanding impact.

Chromatically speaking, things are fairly balanced and there are no major shockers in this department. With just the right touch between sophistication and practicality these fab handbags are for enhancing your looks for more than one season. A sophisticated, timeless vibe and just the right amount of modern elements will always be in, after all. Pay attention to accessorizing in order to update your new season looks quickly and easily without making any major changes in your wardrobe.

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Pesticides and phthalates top the P.O.P. contaminants list, polluting earth for many years to return

Posted on 19th January 2013 in Healthy Pauses

(NaturalNews) Earth’s conventional food and water supply is quickly becoming its own huge “cancer.” Persistent organic pollutants, POPs for short, are “brewing and breeding” the ultimate destruction of organic life on planet earth, as they bio-accumulate in the environment AND in human and animal body tissues. If you have any illusions about the breadth of this planetary poison, know this; POPs have now been found in locations as remote as the Arctic Circle.

Most POPs are carbon-based chemicals which do NOT break down under environmental conditions. Some POPs have an inherent toxicity and can be semi-volatile, meaning they evaporate quickly, passing off as a form of toxic vapor, which rains (literally) right back down on the land and people. This is the elementary explanation of “acid rain.” (

This impenetrable RESISTANCE to breaking down is exactly what enables long range transport of these non-biodegradable, cancer causing synthetics to regions far from where they were originally created, used or released. The toxins are then taken up and bio-accumulated in terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems around the world. The United States and the “Big Agriculture and Biotech” plan to feed the world strictly GMO would add to the WORLD ECO CRISIS and could mean cancer cases reaching 80 to 90 percent of the world population within the next two decades. Cancer rates are already set to double in 10 years. (

Right now, one in every six Americans dies from cancer, in case you didn’t know. Why- Due to what is termed “lipophilicity,” POPs accumulate in the food chain, causing mutagenic activity in the blood and cells of all animals, including humans. Stop “marching” for the cure and learn the truth. This horror story of nutrition treason and the “burying of the cure” runs much deeper than most think. (

There are mainly 12 chemicals, as addressed in the Stockholm Convention, of which production and release into the environment is like a slow gas chamber for the whole world to breathe in and consume, and if you ever wondered what the NUMBER ONE CAUSE of most cancer is, you just found it. (

The math is simple. The science is in. In fact, it’s been in for about 75 years: chemical factories pour the “dirty dozen” on the land, blow it out smoke stacks and dump it in the oceans and rivers, and now they insert it into seeds of vegetables (GMO), and what do you have- You have cancer causing soil, air, water, and food. Understanding the dirty dozens’ ability to travel around the world and infect the environment is vital to understanding where to buy your own food, water, and natural medicine, which MUST ALL BE NON-MUTAGENIC if your goal is to avoid cancer.

“Cancer-causing dioxins polluting Canada’s Arctic region have been linked for the first time to specific incinerators and smelters thousands of miles south in the United States, Canada and Mexico, a recent study shows.”


RoundUp, Chlordane, DDT and more: Have no doubts, RoundUp is an herbicide and a PESTICIDE. ( This glyphosate-based poison is toxic to human placental cells within hours of exposure and at levels 10 TIMES lower than those found in agriculture use. Do you know what’s in and on 90 percent of U.S. corn and soy- RoundUp! Produced by Monsanto, which is simply a conglomerate of evil companies (I.G. Farben) dating back to Nazi mustard gas creation, and the gas chambers of WWII.

“The Conference of the Parties to the Stockholm Convention, in accordance with the World Health Organization recommendations and guidelines, allows the use of the insecticide DDT in disease vector control to protect public health.”

But we all know that’s a lie. Ever heard of Agent Orange, DDT and Vietnam- The following was taken directly from article entitled Veteran Exposures:

“There are a variety of means by which veterans could have been exposed to Agent Orange in Vietnam. Veterans may have taken part in the actual spraying which involved airplanes, helicopters, in Vietnam river boats, trucks or backpacks. They may also have been exposed to Agent Orange by consuming contaminated food or drinking water. Veterans could have been in areas while spraying occurred or in areas that were recently sprayed and areas that were sprayed and then burned.”

The conventional “crop” you buy at nearly every grocery store is “sprayed” to protect you from what- Bugs- Superbugs- The enemy hiding in the jungle- (

EXPOSURE TO CHLORDANE: Chlordane is a man-made mixture of chemicals that was widely used as an insecticide in the United States. Although no longer used, chlordane is very persistent and can still be found in soils. The most common use of chlordane was for termite control. It was poured or injected around foundations to protect homes and buildings from termite damage. It was also used to kill insects in the soil, to prevent them from damaging food crops.

Chlordane’s use on food crops was canceled in 1978 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Its use for protection of buildings and power transformers continued for another 10 years. Chlordane was found to stay in the environment and build up in animal and fish fat. In 1988, all commercial and domestic use of chlordane in the U.S. was banned by the EPA. Why- Laboratory mice fed chlordane over long periods of time had a high incidence of liver cancer. (

2. Industrial chemicals

Benzene, PCBs, lead and more: “Human exposure to benzene has been associated with a range of acute and long-term adverse health effects and diseases, including cancer and aplastic anaemia. Exposure can occur occupationally and domestically as a result of the use of benzene-containing petroleum products, including motor fuels and solvents. Active and passive exposure to tobacco smoke is also a significant source. Benzene is highly volatile, and exposure occurs mostly through inhalation.” (

Phthalates: Phthalates are chemicals used as softeners or plasticizers in PVC and vinyl products, including children’s toys, decorating and building products, blood bags, cosmetics, personal care products, pacifiers, food packaging cling wraps, medical devices, backpacks, shower curtains, wood finishes and of course, insecticides. Have no doubts, phthalates cause cancer. (

3. Byproducts and Contaminants

Hexachlorobenzene, dioxins and furans: Dioxins are byproduct toxins from chemical processes like metal refining and the chlorinated bleaching of pulp and paper. If you’ve ever driven past a paper mill, that wasn’t the skunks you smelled, that was the burning and creating of poison. These same dioxins are also linked to birth defects, neurological, reproductive and immune system damage. The most toxic and infamous member of this clan of serial killers is 2,3,7,8 TCDD. They can enter your body through simply breathing them in. (

The bottom line is that POPs kill nutrients in the soil. Without nutrients in the soil, the food is worthless. When the vegetation and produce contain pesticides inside the seed and plant, they are carcinogens and mutate cells. When GMO plants are sprayed with RoundUp and other “life killers,” they become even worse than dead and worthless (void of nutrients), they become cancer food. GMO food fuels cancer, and POPs ensure that the soil offers no bounty. Nature is being robbed of purity and sanctity by the biotech world of agriculture and the politics behind it all.

Grow your own food or buy it from local farmers you can trust, who use only organic soil, organic seeds, no pesticides, and who don’t live in or near a major city. Happy gardening to all and to all a long, healthy and organic life.

Stay informed, think positive, avoid POPs at all costs, avoid GMOs at all costs. Also avoid MSG, Aspartame, flu shots and RoundUp. And don’t use your surroundings as an excuse not to grow your own organic food. Check out “Gardening in small spaces 101: How to start a garden no matter your location” right here: (

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Kentucky sheriff announces resistance to federal gun grabs

Posted on 18th January 2013 in Healthy Pauses

(NaturalNews) During America’s Civil War, the state of Kentucky remained a “border state,” one geographically situated between the North and South and which remained officially neutral in the conflict. Now; however, a Kentucky sheriff is choosing sides over the Second Amendment, stating plainly that he has no intention of bowing to any federal demand or effort to seize lawfully owned firearms.

In an impassioned town hall-style speech to local residents, Jackson County Sheriff Denny Peyman sought to reassure constituents who helped put him in office that as long as he remained there, any federal laws requiring the confiscation of firearms would be ignored in his jurisdiction.

‘I couldn’t justify’ confiscating guns

“You’ll understand me very well when you leave here today, and why we’re all still going to have our guns here in Jackson,” he said during opening comments.

“I am responsible for the people inside this county… I couldn’t justify, if [President] Obama passes this, it doesn’t matter what he passes, the sheriff has more power than the federal people,” Peyman said, in conveying what many federal and state authorities know to be an inconvenient truth.

“They need to go back and study that. We are a commonwealth. I can ask federal people to leave, they have to leave. I can ask state people to leave, they have to leave,” he said, drawing on constitutional and legal principles and precedent that county sheriffs are the ultimate law of the land in their counties.

“I am the highest elected official in this county, and this is the only opportunity the people have to speak for themselves and say, ‘This is what we want,’” he told his audience.

Elitists in Washington, in academia and in the press will dispute Peyman’s claims. But hundreds of years of legal precedent prove him correct.

Former Sheriff Richard Mack, a noted expert on this legal principle writes:

The office of sheriff has a long and noble history. It dates back over a thousand years and originated in England. The sheriff is the only elected law enforcement official in America. He is the last line of defense for his citizens. He is the people’s protector. He is the keeper of the peace, he is the guardian of liberty and the protector of rights. A vast majority of sheriffs will agree with all of this until they are asked to apply these principles of protection to federal criminals … The truth and stark reality is…the sheriff has ultimate authority and law enforcement power within his jurisdiction.

Peyman, referring to an interview he recently conducted, added, “They asked, ‘How are you going to pull these guns-’ and I said, ‘You are never going to pull a gun from Jackson County.”

In a separate interview with the Lexington Herald-Leader, a local paper, he said of his duty, “I consider this a moral obligation… My office will not comply with any federal actions which violate the United States Constitution or the Kentucky Constitution which I swore to uphold.”

‘Will I’ uphold my oath of office-

In yet another interview with WKYT, Peyman talked about what could happen if federal officials tried to disarm the people of his county.

“We’ll see when push comes to shove. It’s going to have to go into the courtrooms,” he said. “It’s not going to be, I mean we don’t want a bloodbath in our community when they come in to take guns. It’s going to have to be taken care of in a court room before it gets to that point.”

He also said that “the only thing I’ve ever told people if someone is kicking or coming in their front door, is I only have to listen to one side of the story.”

Local law enforcement officials – county sheriffs, chiefs of police – will not necessarily be asked to help confiscate weapons, if it comes to that. But they may be asked by the people they swore to protect to stand in defiance with them.

“Will I-” is a question these individuals should be asking themselves now. More importantly, as some have suggested, it’s a question the people should be asking them.

Peyman should be commended, but in many circles he will be condemned.

“In Jackson county, as long as I am sheriff here, I got children, I got family, I got friends, I got everybody here, and I feel a whole lot better coming into a room if I know everybody is packing, than if I’m the only one, because if they take me out first, then they take everybody else out too,” he said at his town hall meeting.


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BPA exposure predisposes children to kidney damage, heart disease

Posted on 16th January 2013 in Healthy Pauses

(NaturalNews) Childhood exposure to the chemical bisphenol A (BPA) is associated with changes in the body that predispose people to heart and kidney disease later in life, according to a study conducted by researchers from New York University and published in the journal Kidney International.

The findings follow a study by the same research team, published in September in the Journal of the American Medical Association, which showed that children and adolescents with higher levels of BPA in their urine were significantly more likely to be obese.

“While our cross-sectional study cannot definitively confirm that BPA contributes to heart disease or kidney dysfunction in children, together with our previous study of BPA and obesity, this new data adds to already existing concerns about BPA as a contributor to cardiovascular risk in children and adolescents,” co-lead author Leonardo Trasande said.

“It further supports the call to limit exposure of BPA in this country, especially in children.”

BPA, a chemical widely used in plastics, in the linings of food and beverage cans, and in a wide variety of other applications from compact discs to the thermal paper used for receipts, has been implicated as an endocrine disruptor linked with changes to the human metabolic, nervous and reproductive systems. Its use in baby bottles and sippy cups has been banned in Canada and the European Union, which has caused it to be largely phased out of those products in the Western world.

Yet exposure to the chemical is still widespread, and 92 percent of U.S. children already have traces of BPA in their urine by age six.

“Removing it from aluminum cans is probably one of the best ways we can limit exposure,” Trasande said. “There are alternatives that manufacturers can use to line aluminum cans.”

Protein in the urine

The researchers analyzed data on 710 US residents between the ages of six and 19 who had participated in the 2009-2010 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). The researchers compared the BPA levels in urine with those of a protein called albumin.

In healthy people, the kidney’s glomerular membrane prevents protein molecules from entering the urine. When this membrane is damaged, however, albumin may enter the urine.

Even after controlling for other risk factors including age, gender, weight, race and ethnicity, caregiver education, poverty to income ratio, high blood pressure, insulin resistance, high cholesterol and exposure to tobacco smoke, the researchers found that higher levels of BPA were significantly associated with a higher albumin to creatinine ratio – an early marker associated with an elevated risk of kidney damage and heart disease. Notably, the BPA levels observed in the study were actually relatively low.

Trasande noted that while the study excluded children who already had kidney disease, it is likely that such children would be even more vulnerable to the effects of BPA.

“Because their kidneys are already working harder to compensate and have limited functional reserve, they may be more susceptible to the adverse effects of environmental toxins,” he said.

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Health And Fitness Tips For Men And Women

Posted on 15th January 2013 in Healthy Pauses

Getting fit is crucial to the lives of most folks. However, it is sometimes difficult to gain sufficient knowledge about fitness, because there is so much material available on the topic. Read through this article to learn everything you can about getting into shape and what you should do on a daily and weekly basis.

A good tip for proper maintenance is to sign up with a club or some other gym that requires upfront payment. Hopefully by paying all at once in the beginning it gives you the motivation to go to the gym, otherwise you would be losing out on a lot of money. Only do this if you can’t find any other motivation for getting yourself there.

Before starting to work on your physical fitness, make sure to schedule a physical with a physician before doing anything strenuous. Your doctor can provide you with advise and opinions that will keep you healthy as you work to change your body. Even if you are already close to being fit, your doctor can help you with a little expert advice.

If you do not like to exercise in public, or you don’t want to invest in a gym membership, exercise at home. You can easily do push-ups, squats, lunges, pull-ups, crunches and abs. Invest in a a few dumbbells, elastic exercising bands and an exercise ball. A jump rope is all you need when doing cardio exercises.

TIP! Each time you lift weights, flex your glutes. This habit will improve your weight-lifting form and reduce the chance of injury; it also provides a little bit of exercise to help tone up your butt.

You may need to see a physician if you have pain or get too tired when working out. A great method of keeping track of pain encountered while exercising is to keep an exercise journal or log.

The benefits of fitness are not only physical. By starting to work out regularly, you can even feel better emotionally. You will get a ‘workout high’ from endorphins! You can improve how you view yourself by working out and giving yourself some confidence. So really, your own happiness depends on you working out and starting a fitness routine.

You should try to get about half an hour of cardio exercise each day. This strengthens your cardiovascular system, resulting in better health, as well as stronger muscles and a lower body mass. However, you need to remember that your body will need time to recover after each session. If you exercise for longer, your body will need longer to recover.

Make sure not to take weekends off from your exercise routine. The weekends are not a time to get lazy and eat unhealthy. Weight loss needs to be on your mind 7 days a week. You don’t want to splurge all weekend and then have to start your program over again, every Monday.

TIP! Schedule your workout routines and stick to it. After powering through your doubts and doing the exercise routine you committed to, ask yourself if you really needed to avoid it.

Be sure you’ve got the correct shoes for your exercises. When you are not wearing the proper footwear you can injure your back, legs, and feet. Not to mention, your feet will become uncomfortable more quickly and can lead to discouragement during your workouts and a higher chance of leaving the gym early.

You may be able to find special fitness routines than can be done at home by searching online. You should also check with the local community center or gym to determine if fitness classes are offered for the disabled there. Medical sports clinics are a great place to get referrals.

You won’t be able to get a six pack by doing endless crunches. Although strengthening abdominal muscles has great benefits, the process alone will not get rid of your belly fat. If you want washboard abs, you will need to reduce your total body fat by improving your diet and doing plenty of cardio and resistance training.

Look for ways to involve your entire family in a fitness routine. Every time you’re going to do a fitness activity, take turns letting a family member choose it. Document everybody’s progress along the way. Make sure everyone is doing something they enjoy and feel good doing.

TIP! Give a TV workout a try if you want to avoid falling into a rut. Find exercise shows that can help your workout from the comfort of home.

Volunteer your assistance at your child’s school fitness programs, to set a good example and help your child become more comfortable with physical fitness as a life habit. Keep them involved this way.

If you have suffered from an injury to one of your arms or legs it is important that you still exercise the healthy limbs to maintain or improve you fitness level. This will not only help you keep your strength up, but also help to stimulate the muscles and nerves in your entire body which prevents muscle loss.

Don’t abandon your fitness efforts if you can’t get into a gym. You need nothing more than a good pair of running shoes! Try running or walking at the park and then do some steps on the benches there. Take some weights and resistance bands along with you, then you can step up the resistance training if you feel ready.

Shop for workout shoes in the evening. Throughout the day your feet may become swollen from standing and working; trying on shoes in the evening ensures that you do not buy shoes that are too small.

TIP! If you want to give your fitness a boost, get into walking. To maximize the workout of your calf muscles, put your heel down first and roll forward onto your toes.

Integrating a variety of activities into your routine will get you the best results for your hard work. Someone who usually uses an indoor exercise bike can bike around on the streets in their neighborhood. The different kinds of stress that the different exercises put on the body will yield different results. Having various kinds of exercises can help the body not fall into becoming used to just one type, so that you can keep losing weight.

While many people agree that fitness is important, they have no idea how to achieve it. This is why the above article exists. It provides you all the knowledge that you need for getting yourself in good physical condition and remaining this way.

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Increase Your Size With These Muscle Development Tips!

Posted on 12th January 2013 in Healthy Pauses

If you want to build muscles, start by exercising your brain. You have to know a lot in order to develop efficient techniques when it comes to weight training, in order to get the results that you are looking for. The tips in the next few paragraphs as a starting point to gaining muscle and sculpting the body you’ve always wanted.

Take a break between sets to let each muscle group relax by doing a little stretch. This will help decrease the time those muscles will take to recover. When you do these kind of stretches you should experience some uncomfortable feelings, yet keep in mind that these stretches are going to help you.

It is vital to warm up before you start your muscle building routine. Stronger muscles will be more stressed and prone to injury. If you warm up, you avoid injuries like these. Before you lift anything heavy, do 5-10 minutes of light cardio, followed by a few light or intermediate sets of your regular exercises.

TIP! When you start strength training, make sure you have good form first. You will use more weight over time, but if your form is slightly off to start with, it will be really off later.

A large factor in increasing muscle mass is ingesting enough protein. An excellent method of consuming an adequate amount of protein is by making use of supplements, such as protein shakes. These shakes work very well immediately after you workout and right before you hit the sack. If you are looking to shed pounds while you are trying to gain muscle, consume around one per day. But, if you want to increase mass as well as muscle, it is okay to have three daily.

A lot of people try to workout too quickly. No matter what exercise you are performing, slow down on reps and put your focus on your technique. This will give you better results. Take time to be certain you are doing the exercise correctly.

You need to make certain you are getting enough vegetables in your diet. While diets focused on increasing muscle tend to focus on carbohydrates and protein, they forget about vegetables. Veggies have nutrients that other foods high in carbs and proteins do not. You will also get a lot of fibers from vegetables. Fiber will allow your body to utilize protein more efficiently.

You need the right diet to get the best muscle-building results. Your body needs specific vitamins and nutrients to properly build and maintain your muscles. It has been proven that drinking a protein shake can help rebuild your fibers after working out.

TIP! It’s vital that you begin exercising with warm-ups. Just 10 or 15 minutes of light exercises will give your muscles enough blood flow to prepare them for the serious repetitions to follow.

If you are seeking increased muscle mass, make sure your diet is filled with whole fresh foods. Avoid foods that are loaded with chemicals, dyes and fillers; these substances may compromise your immunity. Eating healthy helps your immune system and assists you in building muscles.

Fuel your body with sufficient protein to build muscle mass. Protein synthesis is the process your body uses to store protein. During this process, muscles get larger and stronger. Lean meats, like chicken, beef, pork and fish, will provide you with ample amounts of protein.

Follow the advice of the experts to help you reach your muscle-building goals. Learning from the professionals can give you an edge on the competition, and it can help you develop the proper foundation that you need for success. This will help you keep your motivation high and your confidence levels rising.

You need to eat enough protein before you begin any workout. Ingest at least 20 grams of high-quality whey protein right before you do a workout. This extra protein enables your muscles to recover and increase in mass without using the muscle protein.

TIP! Train opposite muscles, such as chest and back or the quads and hamstrings, in the same session. This way, one muscle can get a rest while you are working out the other.

Keep the “big three” in mind and incorporate them in your exercise routine. This trio of exercises includes dead lifts, bench presses and squats. These exercises are designed to help you bulk up, but they also improve your strength and endurance as well. Make sure you try to include a variation of these types of exercises during your workouts regularly.

Try consuming a protein shake 30 minutes prior to lifting weights. Do not eat until you feel full but eat enough to fuel your workout. A good shake is one made with a protein powder mixed into some low-fat yogurt or milk.

Bodybuilding isn’t just about how often you visit the gym. It requires the right mindset to succeed. Follow these tips in order to build a program that is efficient and quick.

Compound exercises are vital if you wish to achieve optimum growth of muscle. These exercises use several muscle groups in one lift. For example, a bench press will utilize shoulder, tricep and chest muscles all at once.

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Strengthening Your Muscles To Improve Your Health!

Posted on 10th January 2013 in Healthy Pauses

Exercise your brain to build muscle. It is important to gain knowledge in the subject of muscle development, if you hope to reach your goals. In order to build up the kind of body you want yourself to have and to do it with the greatest possible efficiency, take heed of the advice laid out below.

You might want to try something for your back, like mixing the grip. Use a mixed or staged grip to perform rack pulls or deadlifts to achieve greater strength. Staggering your grip assists you in twisting the bar in a singular direction while you twist the bar in the opposite direction with your underhand grip. This will stop the bar when it starts to roll on your hands.

Try learning your limits, but don’t stop exercising until you use everything at your disposal. For every set, push to continue until you cannot continue with a single additional rep. You can then begin using heavier weights and doing less repetitions to increase muscle size.

TIP! Set goals which are both realistic and short term. If you are hoping to do a three-hundred pound squat before your fourth week is over, you are only setting yourself up for disappointment and possibly an injury! After finding your baseline strength, attempt to modestly improve every routine.

Use a creatine supplement to aid you in building muscle. This aids muscle development because it enables you to push yourself harder during your workouts. If you are using any form of supplements, be careful when you take them. Follow the instructions, and don’t take more that the recommended dosage.

Do not continue to work out if you are in any pain. It is easy to injure your muscles and tendons, so don’t push yourself too hard just to build muscle. When feeling sore, be sure that you take a day to have your body rest, so that you could get back to your full strength.

Resist the temptation to complete your reps and sets at top speeds. Using slow and controlled movement will incorporate more muscle fibers and actually be more effective because it eliminates momentum. A smart target is to try for between 5 and 10 seconds to complete each portion of the movement, totaling 20 seconds in all.

Developing a smart schedule for your muscle building workouts will keep your muscles growing and keep you from injury. New bodybuilders should avoid working out more than twice a week. Three times is perfect for experienced people.

TIP! Think about getting a gym membership if you are just starting out with weight training. Not only does a gym have a variety of equipment that will help you get the most out of each workout session, a gym also has professionals that know about body building.

Building muscle doesn’t necessarily mean you have to get ripped. All different kinds of muscle-building programs exist. You have to determine which type you want to do prior to beginning one. Depending on how large you want your muscles, you may want to consider adding a supplement to your diet.

When starting a muscle development regimen, it is important to make sure you have a proper form before trying for power. You can add weight as time passes, but if you have bad form initially, things are unlikely to improve in the future. This means your chance for injury will be increased, which is opposite of your desired results.

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Avoiding alcohol is an important step when your exercise regime is centered on muscle building. A single glass of wine or beer every so often is not a deal breaker, but that’s about all. When you are trying to build muscles it is not a smart idea to intake alcohol.

TIP! Consider taking a creatine supplement. This may help to increase your stamina and endurance, so you can grow muscle faster.

A 60 minute workout is the optimum length for maximum results. After you have worked out for sixty minutes, your body starts to produce a stress hormone called cortisol. Extra cortisol may block testosterone and your efforts at muscle building can be wasted. To get the best out of a workout, try limiting them to sixty minutes.

Again, muscle building isn’t a matter of how often you go to the gym or how dedicated you are. It must be done correctly to get your desired results. Remember these tips so you can build muscle quickly and efficiently.

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Useful Techniques For Shedding Those Unwanted Pounds

Posted on 8th January 2013 in Healthy Pauses

You may have a thousand questions about how to get started, and this article can help. The tips that follow will help get you going and help you to meet your goals.

You’re going to want to consider cardiovascular exercises if you want to lose weight. Weight training is important for building muscle tone and shapely muscles, but cardio exercise is responsible for fat burning and weight loss. While muscle mass certainly has its place in weight loss, raising the heart rate is far more important for loss to occur.

You need to start recording the calories or fat grams that you are eating and drinking daily. If you don’t, you may not realize that you are eating far more calories or fat than you are working off. Even healthy calories need to be included in your total daily calorie count. You can write down what you eat to assure you’re eating the amount of calories needed to lose weight.

TIP! When buying meat in large quantities, use a meat mallet to pound it. This will cause it to be divided into smaller portions when you’re cooking and eating it.

When you set out to modify your diet to fit a more healthy lifestyle, concentrate on trimming portion sizes before you worry about counting calories. Too many diets these days focus exclusively on ingredient lists and which foods to include and exclude from your diet. Reducing the amount of food you consume can go a long way. Try eating less to boost your diet.

Keep your stress under control. Stress has been proven to lead to obesity, because people turn to food as a form of comfort. Make a plan to help deal with stress and avoid using food as a mechanism.

As you are losing weight, nothing is better than a positive attitude. If you can think positively about your diet plan and your exercise routine, you are more likely to continue pursuing your weight loss goals. This is particularly helpful on days where you aren’t feeling very motivated.

TIP! Don’t give in to cravings for unhealthy food. This is often difficult when you are fighting a particularly strong craving.

Avoid eating closer than three hours before bedtime, and keep that meal low on carbohydrates. Eating a good healthy meal early enough in the evening should help nourish your body throughout the night.

A great way to lose weight is to keep yourself active so you do not think about food as much. If you’re sitting around doing nothing, there’s a good chance you’ll start getting the urge to eat. Keeping busy will stop this from happening.

A good food item to eat is mashed potatoes using cauliflower substitute for those that love potatoes. Simply cook cauliflower florets in a covered pot with a bit of water and chopped onion until tender, then puree it while hot with vegetable or chicken bouillon and freshly-ground pepper to taste. Then you’ll have a great side dish that has all the nutrients contained in the cole family but with only a fraction of the amount of carbs.

TIP! The best way to eat less food is to put that food on a small plate. Research has found that people have a tendency to eat the food in front of them, regardless of the serving size.

Eat dinner early so that you are not tempted to eat late at night. When you eat a little earlier, your metabolism has longer to do its thing. Research has shown that your ability to burn off calories slows as it gets closer to bedtime. If you’re done eating dinner at an early hour, you’ll burn it off sooner.

Flatten your belly as you sit behind your desk. By flattening your abdomen, you are using your transversus abdominis. Make it stronger by sucking in your stomach and hold it while you breathe.

Drink mainly water after you have eaten breakfast for the day. Water is your best choice when it comes to beverages due to the fact that it doesn’t contain any calories. This means you are giving your body proper hydration. To lose weight, drink water instead of high calorie fruit juices or sodas.

TIP! After coming to the conclusion that you need to lose weight, forgive and then motivate yourself to look better. Then, you will find it much easier to start moving forward and finally letting your former self go.

If you’re eating too much unhealthy food, it’s a red flag that you might be trying to comfort yourself with food. Look for situations or problems in your life that create a stronger desire to consume these comfort foods. Whenever you begin to crave comfort food you need to put yourself in a different situation that helps to alleviate these feelings.

When you get home from the grocery store, split the food into containers. This way, your food is already set in the right portion sizes when you go to prepare it. Use plastic bags and other storage containers to store your portioned out food. You’ll be less likely to binge when you have your food portioned out.

You need to view unhealthy, fattening foods differently that you do what you should be eating when you want to lose weight. A sliver of cake that is surrounded by fresh, healthy fruit will make the cake seem a most decadent treat indeed. If you alternate enjoying a bit of your cake with a bite of fruit, you’ll feel much more satisfied when you’ve finished eating.

TIP! while on your diet meal plan, you might make plans to have dinner at a good restaurant. Remember that meals are ordinarily served in much larger portions that you actually need to consume.

Find ways to have fun while exercising if you don’t like traditional exercise. Ride your bike, play with the dog, go skiing or wash your car. There are lots of different ways that you can shed the pounds without having to endure repetitive exercises. Pick the activities that you love and then engage in them more often.

Avoid high fatty foods and limit the amount of sugary drinks you consume. Avoid fast food like the plague; it has some of the highest fat and sodium content you will find anywhere. Stay away from sugary sodas as well.

Eat more low fat fruits to achieve your weight-loss goal. If you are going to eat fruit stick with low calorie kinds like oranges, bananas, and apples. Stay away from grapes that have high calories.

TIP! Always pay close attention to food labels if you are trying to lose weight. One thing to look for is how many calories are in each serving.

You can make working out fun by including a good friend. This will provide you with company and motivation as you work toward your goals. The extra adrenaline boost of working out with your friend can increase your overall efficiency.

Drink water before and during your meal. Our minds often confuse thirst with hunger which causes us to overeat when we really do not need to. Drinking water keeps you from overeating.

To assist in weight loss, a person should engage in other methods of travel other than an automobile. Jogging, walking, biking and others means of getting around helps to burn more calories. Your body stores the calories that you take in throughout the day. If these calories are burned instead, then they won’t be stored.

TIP! Instead of striving to reach a particular weight, make it your goal to fit into a particular size of clothing. Do not pay attention to the number on your scale.

It is vital to steer clear of your particular food triggers. This means you need to have control over your environment. You must maximize avoidance with trigger foods anywhere you are. When you are around these temptations, you are more likely to cheat and get off track.

At this point, you are much better prepared for weight loss and its challenges. The tips you have learned will get you motivated to reach your goals and get in better shape.

When it comes to weight loss use the word “one.” By allowing yourself a single treat daily, you can encourage yourself to stay the course with weight loss without feeling deprived. Make a decision such as one cookie, a single ice cream scoop or just a long mini-candy to keep your sweet tooth happy.

TIP! Keep close track of how many calories you eat. Buy a notebook to jot down all the foods that you eat on a daily basis.

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Proper diet is the major to avoid a second (and primary) heart attack and stroke

Posted on 7th January 2013 in Healthy Pauses

(NaturalNews) Although it may not sound like a cutting edge scientific discovery, researchers have confirmed that eating a proper diet and avoiding processed convenience foods can dramatically lower the risk of suffering a second heart attack or stroke. Health-minded individuals and alternative medical practitioners have known this for many years, as healthy eating also is the key lifestyle factor in preventing vascular and many other chronic illnesses in the first place. Nonetheless, it may signal an important turning point in mainstream medicine to have this information published in the well respected journal of the American Heart Association, Stroke.

A research team from the McMaster University’s Population Health Research Institute in Canada has found that a heart-healthy diet rich in fruits, vegetables and fish significantly reduces the chance of a second heart attack and stroke in people with cardiovascular disease. The scientists determined that heart healthy dietary modifications prove much more important to prevent future vascular events as compared to those prescribed the typical pharmaceutical cocktail of dangerous drugs.

Lead study author, Dr. Mahshid Dehghan noted “At times, patients don’t think they need to follow a healthy diet since their medications have already lowered their blood pressure and cholesterol — that is wrong… dietary modification has benefits in addition to those seen with aspirin, angiotensin modulators, lipid-lowering agents and beta blockers.” To assess the impact of diet on cardiovascular health, researchers conducted a five year study on a cohort of 32,000 patients with an average age of 66.5 years.

To conduct their study, the team utilized food frequency questionnaires to determine consumption of milk, vegetables, fruits, grains, fish, nuts, meat and poultry over the past 12 months. They then used two dietary indexes to assess diet quality to provide a composite of cardiovascular death, myocardial infarction, stroke, or congestive heart failure. During the 56 month study period, the scientists recorded 5,190 events that followed a graded association between diet quality and the recurrence of cardiovascular events.

The researchers found that those with the healthiest eating patterns that excluded sources of sugar, hydrogenated fats and chemical preservatives experienced a “consistent benefit” over and above the benefits of taking medications to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke. Healthy eating was associated with a lower risk of cardiovascular disease by more than 20 percent.

The authors concluded “Physicians should advise their high-risk patients to improve their diet and eat more vegetables, fruits, grains and fish…. this could substantially reduce cardiovascular recurrence beyond drug therapy alone and save lives globally.” Although this study focused on patients with existing cardiovascular disease, health-conscious individuals understand that a diet consisting primarily of vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds and organic meats will dramatically lower the risk of vascular and most deadly chronic illnesses.

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IVF treatments could cause asthma in children

Posted on 5th January 2013 in Healthy Pauses

(NaturalNews) Children born to parents who used in vitro fertilization, also known as IVF, or some other form of assisted reproductive technology (ART) in order to conceive are as much as four times more likely to develop asthma or similar respiratory failure compared to children born naturally. These are the findings of a new study out of England that raises potential red flags about the long-term safety of these and various other modern pregnancy options.

Researchers from both Oxford University and the University of Essex in the U.K. evaluated data compiled as part of the Millennium Cohort Study on 19,000 children born between 2000 and 2002. Published in the journal Human Reproduction, their findings reveal a strong connection between children born via ART and higher than normal rates of asthma, wheezing, and the use of anti-asthmatic drugs.

Claire Carson and her colleagues compiled data specifically on single-birth children, meaning they were not born as twins or triplets, between the ages of five and seven. Among the five-year-old group, 100 were born as a result of ART, which was confirmed through surveys with the children’s parents that took into account other factors that may have affected asthma rates, including premature birth, family history of smoking, body mass index (BMI), socioeconomic status, and the presence of pets at home.

After adjusting for these external factors, the research team determined that children born as a result of ART are between two and four times more likely than their peers to develop an asthmatic condition. And while these findings do not definitively establish a cause and effect relationship between ART and asthma, they do raise some interesting questions about how artificial birth affects a child later in life.

“15 percent of the children in our study had asthma at the age of five,” explained Carson. “Although this figure was higher, 24 percent, in the IVF children, it isn’t much higher than the one in five risk for all children in the U.K.,” she added, contrasting the relative risk of ART children developing asthma with the absolute, overall risk among all children.

Even so, Carson admits that her study’s findings build upon a growing body of evidence that shows IVF and other forms of ART may be linked to high rates of asthma. A 2011 study published in the Swedish journal Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica, for instance, also found that children born through IVF are at an increased risk of developing asthma, as well as other conditions such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and cerebral palsy.

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