Thursday, December 26, 2013

Whistling: Not Just for Dwarfs

In the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century, whistling was a popular way to entertain people in the United States and Europe. In music halls and Vaudeville, professional whistlers would whistle tunes and imitate bird and wildlife calls. Whistling was popular mainly with the working class, but today is more often associated with Disney dwarfs.

But whistling while you work shouldn't be a dwarfs-only activity. The once popular pastime offers several health benefits, from boosting your mood to attracting new friends. Read more

The Surprising Health Benefits of Coffee

(The Best Years in LifeMost people drink coffee to wake up or boost their mood, but studies show that consuming this favored beverage can also reduce the risks of certain cancers. That doesn't necessarily mean that you should drink five calorie-laden frappuccinos a day or switch to decaf and up your intake, but a basic cup, or four, of regular coffee a day might be good for your health.

Findings from a study published in Cancer Research journal suggest that drinking caffeinated coffee could decrease your risks of skin cancer. The type of skin cancer most often diagnosed is called basal cell carcinoma. The study found that the risks for basal cell carcinoma were lower for people who drank coffee.  Read more

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

The Wisest Three-Year-Old and the Birth of a Vegetarian

This is a beautiful video. This young boy is the most compassionate and wise individual I can think of except the Dali Lama. He displays simple wisdom of compassion, empathy, and joy. I love everything he says. And how sweet how he touches his mother and how kindly she reacts.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

HIIT Me Baby, One More Time: Use High-Intensity Interval Training for Fast Weight Loss

Extra weight, especially around the waist, is hazardous for your health. Belly fat, also known as visceral fat, elevates risk of heart disease, stroke, and an unsightly muffin top. Fortunately, there's a better way to drop weight than spending hours sweating over a treadmill or exercise bike. Tabata workouts are a type of high-intensity interval training (HIIT) that are quick, effective, and you can perform them in your living room. These four-minute workouts won't target belly fat specifically, but Tabata workouts do provide benefits as much as long exercise sessions in as little as four to eight minutes. Also, you can use pretty much any activity when doing Tabata workouts, so you don't need to stop doing your favorite cardio, only modify it.

Tabata Workouts

A scientist in Japan named Izumi Tabata discovered the Tabata Protocal as a means for athletes to improve sports performance. What he didn't count on is Tabata workouts having a positive impact on both short and long endurance physical activities. Using the Tabata workouts gave athletes an improved ability to do activities ranging from sprinting to endurance running. Perhaps most exciting for you, Tabata workouts were also shown to increase fat burning, even non-athletes see real benefits.

Men in college who did sports were the participants in the initial study led by Tabata. Students were asked to use an exercise bike and follow the four-minute Tabata routine. The routine has since been used with equipment other than exercise bikes, and further adapted for other types of physical activity, such as kettlebell or body weight exercises. You can pick your favorite exercise, from treadmill running to squats, and just follow the Tabata Workout protocal.

Tabata Workout Instructions

Tabata workouts are one of the most challenging types of high-intensity interval training (HIIT). HIIT involves alternating between bursts of high intense exercise with low or moderate exercise. Tabata workouts are unique for their short recovery periods, the time that you spend on the low to moderate intensity periods. During Tabata workouts, you perform high-intensity exercise for 20 seconds, followed with 10 seconds of low to moderate intensity exercise. This could be sprinting for 20 seconds and then walking for 10 seconds. Another possibility is to do squats for 20 seconds and then march in place for 10 seconds. No matter what activity you do, you must make sure that the 20 seconds are very difficult and that during the 10 second interval you go easy but don't stop. One 20-second interval follower by a 10-second interval counts as one round in the Tabata routine. Tabata workouts consist of eight rounds, which equals four minutes.

However, before you do the eight rounds, warm up for five minutes with gentle activity, such as jogging in place or cycling slowly to ease into the workout. You should also do a slow cooldown after the eight rounds to gently bring down your heart rate.

Tabata Workouts and Belly Fat

A dangerous myth floating around the exercise world is that sit-ups and other abdominal exercises affect belly fat. Strength training exercises do nothing for body fat. Your body stores excess fat when you eat more than you burn, and where it stores it, such as the waist or thighs, is mainly genetic. Using the Tabata Protocal to increase fat burning lowers your body fat percentage, which helps to ditch the muffin top, thunder thighs, or beer belly. Adopting a low-calorie, healthier diet is important too. There is no way around eating right.

Tabata workouts and HIIT is not designed for people who are not already exercising. It's a smart idea to start a walking program, and then work up to moderate-intensity cardio and interval training, before trying Tabata.

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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Best Allergy Relief Remedies for Avoiding Shellfish Allergies

Best Allergy Relief Remedies for Avoiding Shellfish Allergies
Best Allergy Relief Remedies for Avoiding Shellfish Allergies

by JB Bardot

Shellfish allergies are the most common types of allergies developed by adults. Symptoms of shellfish allergy are likely to have a sudden onset, without warning or any previous symptoms. Because shellfish and seafood allergies are often dangerous and potentially life-threatening, it's wise to learn what to look for beforehand. Not eating shellfish is not enough to protect a highly sensitive individual against from reacting to a deadly allergy attack.

Shellfish Allergy Symptoms

Ask you doctor to perform allergy tests to confirm a shellfish allergy if symptoms occurred after eating any type of shellfish. People with allergies to dust mites, cockroaches, and bees, have an increased risk of developing a shellfish allergy. The reactive allergenic toxins found in those substances are the same as those found in shellfish.

Shellfish allergy symptoms range from puffiness around eyes and mouth, irritability, hives anywhere on the body, itching, and swelling of the face, mouth and throat. Additionally, anaphylaxis may occur, making it difficult or impossible to breath. If you experience any of these symptoms, see emergency medical treatment immediately.

How to Avoid the Onset of Shellfish Allergy

Becoming knowledgeable about what induces a shellfish allergy is important for people seeking allergy relief and ways to protect their health. Various triggers and conditions can induce an allergic reaction.

  1. Eating shellfish is not the only trigger for an allergic reaction. Merely handling it or inhaling cooking vapors can set off a reaction in highly sensitive individuals with shellfish allergies. This is known as oral allergy syndrome.
  2. All types of shellfish have the same allergenic proteins and should be avoided for the best allergy relief, even if the person is only allergic to one type. Steer clear of eating shrimp, lobster, clams, mussels, abalone, crayfish, sea urchin, oysters and scallops.
  3. People with allergies to shellfish should be careful when eating in restaurants about ordering fried foods. Many restaurants may use the same oil to fry shellfish as they do other foods. And some restaurants use the same oil repeatedly, increasing the chances for contamination.
  4. Check labels for foods and food supplements for ingredients that may contain or be made from shellfish. Additionally, shellfish flavoring is used to enhance various foods and should be avoided.
  5. When dining in restaurants, ask if pans used for preparing shellfish are also used for preparing other foods. Request that they use a pan that has not been used for shellfish, or a pan that is just out of the dishwasher which has not had other foods in it that day.
  6. Individuals taking glucosamine and chondroitin supplements to relieve joint pain should be aware that most glucosamine is sourced from ground shellfish shells. Check the origin of your glucosamine before consuming. There are brands that provide shellfish-free supplements.

Heart Healthy Foods Lower Blood Pressure and Reduce Cholesterol

 Lower Blood Pressure and Reduce Cholesterol
Heart Healthy Foods Lower Blood Pressure and Reduce Cholesterol 

Food pleasures the palette, seducing the body into delivering powerful healing agents where they are needed. Most people probably never consider that their morning grapefruit protects their blood vessels or that eating a handful of raw almonds daily can protect them from cancer. Specific, heart-healthy foods reduce elevated triglyceride levels and high blood pressure. Grocery stores are brimming with delicious foods that promote a healthy circulatory system and protect against high cholesterol and heart disease.

Learn how to naturally lower high blood pressure and high cholesterol by adding some of the recommended foods to a daily diet routine.

Controlling High Cholesterol With Animal Proteins

Animal proteins like fresh fish are high in omega-3 oils, monounsaturated fats and calcium; all helpful in reducing heart attack risk and lowering blood pressure and cholesterol.

Dr. Liz Applegate, nationally renowned expert on nutrition and fitness, has created a list of 22 heart-smart foods including clams and salmon, two proteins low in fat and calories and high in omega-3 oils and sterols. Clams help the body block the absorption of cholesterol and are good for the heart and arteries.

Grains Lower LDL Cholesterol

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Vegetarian Power: Singer Christine Bibawi and Chick-Lit Author Sarka-Jonae Join Forces to Create an Awesome Book Trailer

Vegetarian singer/songwriter Christine Bibawi and vegan author Sarka-Jonae pooled their talent to create this fun and catchy book trailer for Between Boyfriends chick-lit novel. Put on your dancing shoes and watch it now.

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