Try these moves — from celeb trainer Steve Lee — that the “Biggest Loser” host swears by. Do them three days a week, one to three times per session. Do each one for 45 seconds, pause for 15 seconds, then do the next.
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Lie face-up with arms overhead, legs extended. As you sit up, bring knees to chest and wrap arms around your shins. Return to start.
<strong>Works:</strong> quads, hamstrings
Stand with feet shoulder-width, hands on either side of your chest, elbows up and parallel to the ground. Bend knees and lower your body as far as you can, coming onto the balls of your feet. Push through balls of feet until you’re standing again.
<strong>Works:</strong> upper and lower body
Begin in the up position of a push-up with your back straight. Bring left foot up outside left hand while keeping hips low. Alternate feet to complete the exercise.
<strong>Works:</strong> hips, lower back, shoulders
Begin in Downward Dog with head down and hips high. Maintain hand and feet positions while you lower hips and lift chest. Raise hips and lower head and chest back to start.
(NaturalNews) You probably haven’t heard much about it from the mainstream media, but the latest figures released by the privately-owned Federal Reserve (FED) indicate that America’s largest banks saw record cash withdrawals during the first full week of January 2013. As reported by Bloomberg Businessweek and scant others, account holders withdrew a record $114 billion in just one week, which represents the largest one-week withdrawal sum made in America since the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
The data, which accounts for all cash withdrawals made from the nation’s 25 largest banks, has reportedly shocked many financial analysts who say they are unsure exactly what sparked this minor bank run. Some have speculated that the December 31, 2012 expiration of the Transaction Account Guarantee (TAG) insurance program, which was designed to protect smaller banks from insolvency, may have played a role in triggering what appears to have been a wave of panic withdrawals.
But since the bulk of these withdrawals were made at larger banks that were not covered by TAG, this explanation hardly suffices. Another more likely explanation is that Americans are simply unsettled with the current state of the financial system, and for all intents and purposes are trying to protect their own assets from insolvency. This is further reinforced by the fact that a similar run on “physical” gold escalated around the exact same time, suggesting that depositors are anticipating rocky times rapidly approaching.
“[W]hat surprised analysts is that the withdrawals are from larger banks that were considered safe,” explains a report from AllVoices.com about the issue. “Expectations were for depositors in small and medium banks to put their deposits in the bigger banks when the insurance program ended,” it adds, noting that TAG’s expiration would have logically induced the opposite effect of what actually occurred.
Though many so-called experts are reluctant to admit it as a possibility, this ongoing trend of massive withdrawals of federal reserve notes and physical metal assets from banks and vaults just might be the people’s way of responding to the ominous writing on the wall, which does not appear to spell any type of real recovery for America. To the contrary, a perfect storm of attempted gun control legislation, ever-increasing taxes, inflation, reduced wages, and job cuts may finally be getting the attention of a critical mass of Americans, who for too long have ignored the progressive downfall of the financial system.
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(NaturalNews) There is a reason why America’s founding fathers were willing to shed their own blood to gain independence from the crushing authoritarianism of the Crown of England. Nearly three years after first becoming a target for destruction by state and federal government agencies, Morningland Dairy of Mountain View, Missouri, has officially and forcibly been driven out of business by a rogue police state that recently confiscated, at gunpoint, most of the farm’s inventory of perfectly safe, raw cheese, which was valued at roughly $250,000.
Morningland first found itself entangled in a government-initiated war against raw food back in 2005 when undercover agents targeted Rawesome Foods, a Venice, California-based private food buying club, for the “crime” of selling wholesome food to health-conscious club members. Five years later, in 2010, armed officials from local, state, federal, and even foreign government agencies came and raided the club at gunpoint, stealing thousands of dollars’ worth of farm-fresh food products, including raw milk cheese products made by Morningland.
Not surprisingly, the government thugs responsible for stealing food from Rawesome failed to follow their own confiscation protocols when they hauled off the cheese and other refrigerated goods in room-temperature crates rather than iced coolers, possibly subjecting these products to spoilage and contamination. And instead of immediately testing the allegedly tainted products, officials took their sweet time and waited an entire week before eventually claiming that the products, including Morningland‘s cheese, were tainted with harmful bacteria.
Not long after, officials from the Missouri Milk Board (MMB) suddenly started harassing Morningland, and jointly with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ordered the farm to destroy 50,000 pounds of perfectly safe, raw, artisan cheese worth more than $250,000. Besides representing the farm’s entire inventory, not a single pound of this 50,000 pounds had ever tested positive for bacterial contamination. In fact, neither the MMB nor the FDA had ever tested any of the cheese for safety prior to ordering its destruction.
When Morningland‘s owners tried to reason with the officials, explaining to them that the cheese samples collected in California were not properly stored or tested during the raid, their petitions fell on deaf ears. Morningland even offered to conduct its own independent tests on cheese samples from every production batch in its inventory to prove their safety, but the MMB and the FDA ultimately refused. Now, nearly three years later, the MMB, with the help of numerous government lackeys, has forcibly removed most of Morningland‘s entire inventory of cheese, effectively putting the farm out of business.
On January 25, 2013, representatives from the MMB, as well as sheriff’s deputies from the Howell County Sheriff’s Department, came and seized more than 36 tons of perfectly good raw cheese from Morningland, enforcing the unjustified tyranny perpetrated by their superiors against a family farm that did absolutely nothing wrong. In other words, Morningland has now been officially put out of business by the same type of rogue government authoritarianism that our nation’s founding fathers shed their blood to escape.
Not only did the MMB and the FDA refuse to allow Morningland to have any legitimate safety tests conducted on its cheese, but they also obtained illegitimate court orders to have the cheese seized without admissible warrants, for the sole purpose of destroying the farm. There is no other explanation as to why a farm producing a wholesome, clean food product was targeted, persecuted, and ultimately eliminated for absolutely no reason.
Friends, family, and other supporters of Morningland were actually onsite to capture video footage of the MMB’s minions and sheriff’s deputies hauling off the cheese the day of the confiscation. You can view this indicting footage at the following link: http://www.informationliberation.com/-id=42526
While the MMB was directly responsible for actually seizing the cheese, the Howell County Sheriff’s Department made sure the illegal seizure took place without any “physical” altercations — well, other than when Howell County Sheriff’s Lieutenant Al Jones physical swiped a video camera out of the hand of Michael Evans’ cameraman as they were capturing the incident for America’s Voice Now. The entire matter is truly disturbing, and clearly illustrates the rapid decline of America into complete totalitarianism and government dictatorship.
Be sure to watch the video footage of the January 25 raid here:
You can also listen to a powerful interview between Michael Evans and Joe and Denise Dixon, owners of Morningland Dairy, that took place just a few days after the recent raid here:
You can also contact the Howell County Sheriff’s Department and the MMB to share your thoughts about the destruction of Morningland Dairy:
Howell County Sheriff’s Office
1106 Missouri Ave.
West Plains, MO 65775
Missouri Milk Board
P.O. Box 630
1616 Missouri Blvd.
Jefferson City, MO 65102
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(NaturalNews) As most of the connected world knows by now, 230 people died recently in a Brazilian nightclub “as fire ravaged the building.” Why didn’t those 230 people get out of the burning building- Because all the exits were blocked except one, of course. And bouncers wouldn’t let people leave because they couldn’t determine whether the patrons had yet paid for their drinks.
So 230 people tragically died, yet again, in yet another fire of a nightclub, just like all the previous fires of previous nightclubs that have killed countless others over the past several decades. Why doesn’t humanity learn-
Here’s another question: Why is all this relevant to you-
Because people like myself, Alex Jones, Gerald Celente and a few others are precisely the kind of people who would have warned everyone to get the heck out of the nightclub BEFORE the fire broke out.
We would have been called “fear mongering pessimists,” of course, for pointing out things like, “Hey, there’s only one exit for this entire building.” People who point out reality are now called “pessimists,” and the act of warning people about reality is called “fear mongering.” If your neighbor’s house is burning down and you tell him about it, you are condemned for “being negative.”
Life is so much easier, we’re told, if we all just drink, party, dance, socialize and don’t pay any attention to the real situation around you. That’s trendy! That’s the kind of happy happy here-look-at-my-funny-cat-photos kind of crap that will go viral on Facebook.
Although people like myself are often called pessimists, we’re actually society’s early warning systems.
When most people stroll into a restaurant, they only care about what’s on the menu. I care far more about who is in the restaurant and where the exits are located. That’s the difference between a victim and a survivor. Victims foolishly rely on somebody else to protect them and they put their safety in someone else’s hands. Survivors take responsibility for their own safety and welfare. They think critically about their surroundings, and they take steps to minimize risk.
How do you minimize risk- All crowds are inherently dangerous, for starters. Crowds are insane and have no compassion for individuals. Crowds out in an open space like a public park pose very little danger, but crowds inside buildings or even sports stadiums have murdered countless thousands of innocent victims.
Nightclubs are inherently dangerous as well. For starters, they won’t let you bring weapons into most nightclubs, rendering you completely defenseless. See, if some of those people in Brazil had been allowed to carry handguns, they could have shot the idiotic bouncers and fought open an evacuation route for all the other people who then could have been saved. And yes, if some bar bouncer is trying to prevent me and 200 other people from exiting a burning building, he will absolutely be dealt with using whatever force is necessary, especially if there are other innocent lives at stake which might be saved by doing so.
But all that is beside the point. The real point here is that every major U.S. city is a lot like a Brazilian nightclub that’s about to go up in flames. Here’s why…
If you’re an American living in a city right now, you are metaphorically living inside a crowded nightclub with the exits blocked. Most U.S. cities are impossible for the vast majority of the population to evacuate. Roads are too few and population numbers are too high (too dense).
In Brazil, people died because they couldn’t leave, so they were forced to keep inhaling the smoke which eventually caused their deaths. In U.S. cities like Los Angeles, New York City and Miami, a sufficiently large “collapse” event will cause similar mass death because people can’t escape, and many will die from the violence, starvation, dehydration and disease that results from a crisis event.
As a simple thought experiment, suppose a terrorist organization plants a bomb at the base of the massive water pumps that push water up and over the Tehachapi Mountains and deliver it to the city of Los Angeles. One bomb is all it would take to cause an instant water shortage across the region. How do you supply emergency water to the nearly four million people in that city- You call FEMA, and then they come screw everything up like they always do. People will drop dead waiting for FEMA to save them.
The federal government is largely incompetent and unable to deliver much of anything except tyranny. I remember that during the central Texas fires two years ago, the feds showed up and actually ordered local firefighters to stop putting out fires and go home. Usually, the feds make every problem worse than it was to begin with.
Within 24 hours of water being cut off in Los Angeles, you’ll have fights, stabbings and shootings over water sold at retail stores. Within 96 hours, you’ll have riots in the streets. A few days later, people will simply start dropping dead from dehydration. Those who manage to escape will face hundreds of miles of desert — an almost impenetrable geographic barrier unless you have water, fuel and firearms.
Even worse, what happens if a solar flare takes out the power grid transformers across the nation- Now you’ve got a nationwide “grid down” scenario that instantly turns EVERY major city into a Brazilian nightclub inferno. People can’t evacuate. Gas stations can’t pump gas, and nobody stores enough gas to leave the cities. So the cars stall out on the highway, creating miles and miles of road blocks that effectively trap even more people inside the city.
Smart people who live in cities have planned their escape routes. Naive people who live in cities simply can’t imagine anything going wrong. The tap water always works, they imagine. The electricity is always on. The highways are navigable, 911 answers its phones, and so on. They cannot imagine a city with no food, no water, no electricity, no police and no 911. This is all way outside their delusional realm of existence.
And so they live their lives inside literal death traps. They watch the news coverage of the Brazilian nightclub inferno, and they think, “How could those people be so stupid-” But they fail to look in the mirror.
If you are living in a high population density city anywhere in the world, you are living inside a death trap.
Preppers are survivors. And it’s not about hoarding a bunch of canned food, it’s about a mindset of caution. We look critically at the world around us and take steps to reduce risks to our safety and our lives.
Only a very small minority of the total population has a prepper mindset. Over 90 percent of the people living in the world today are clueless when it comes to prepping; oblivious to the actual threats that exist to their lives and safety.
Sure, they can be easily manipulated into focusing fear on one thing — such as guns — but back at their home or apartment, they will have ZERO backup water supplies, no water purification equipment, no bug out bag, no escape route, no stored fuel, no means for self defense, and not even the sense to know how to navigate with a map and compass. (It’s all GPS these days.)
I urge you to become the kind of person who has the sense to get away from the “death trap” cities and become a prepper. Learn how to live in the country, and better yet move to the country NOW while you still have that opportunity.
The lower the population density, the safer you’ll be in a grid-down scenario, a financial collapse, social unrest, civil war, solar flares or other threats to survival.
I also strongly recommend you read James Wesley Rawles’ www.SurvivalBlog.com to learn more about practical preparedness skills. Check out his books on Amazon.com at this link:
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Taking care of your body is one of the most important things you can do to maintain a high quality of life. This will ensure you stay in shape after you already get fit. There’s a lot of fitness information available, so it can hard to figure out what is true and what isn’t. You can start getting in shape fast if you make use of the suggestions below.
Purchase a pair of rollerblades to engage in physical activity. Rollerblading has seen a decrease in popularity in recent years, but it is an excellent way to burn some calories and exercise. Another benefit of rollerblades is that they are very easy to find.
Find some extra time in the day to exercise. Scheduling your day to the hilt without including physical activity is a mistake, and you may have more opportunities to get fit than you think. If there are periods of your day when you have some down time, take advantage of them by tossing in a fitness activity.
You should lightly workout the muscles that you worked hard on the day before. An easier way to accomplish this is to work out tired muscles more lightly.
Here is another exercise to build muscle. Box squats are great for building your quadriceps. If you want explosive power for doing squats, try box squats. They are excellent! You only need a box that you can place behind you. You are going to pause briefly as you are coming back down from the squat.
Block out a few moments for daily exercise. Even simple things like taking the stairs, or parking farther away can make a great improvement in your health.
In order to avoid making excuses for inactivity, commit to a specific daily workout schedule. You might be tempted to come up with excuses to avoid exercising. Most likely, your excuse was not true.
Don’t be scared. Riding a bike is another effective fitness method. Riding a bike to work is not only fun but also saves money and improves your fitness level. Expect your commute to take about 30 minutes, if you live around 5 miles from where you work. It is a double bonus for fitness when you consider that the ride home is another 30 minutes of exercise.
Milk makes a great post-workout drink. This tasty dairy beverage can give you the correct amount of protein. Milks contains essential fats and proteins, which is why it’s what newborn humans and animals typically drink. Such nutritional elements are useful for building body mass.
Make sure that you have the appropriate shoes when you exercise. Protect your legs, feet and back from injury by choosing footwear designed for the activity you are engaged in. Also, your feet may be sore or cramped after exercising, which can lead to discouragement from continuing your workouts.
Seek out individuals who will cheer you on in your efforts. Enlist your buddies to workout with you, or meet new acquaintances at your gym. Exercising with others can help keep all of you motivated. Find people who have similar goals and reach them together.
When you are doing crunches or situps, press your tongue to the top of your mouth. This position engages your neck muscles and gives you the correct alignment while working your abs. You can avoid harmful strains or injuries this way.
The small muscle groups fatigue more quickly than large muscle groups. Start out your routine with dumbbells. Next, work with the barbells, followed by exercises on the machines.
Quit smoking for better immediate health and to prolong your life. Even if you’re getting older, quitting smoking can bring huge health benefits. Not only does quitting increase your lifespan, it also helps lower your heart attack risk. Take care of your body and drop the smoking habit.
Many classic exercises are still applicable, even with all of the modern exercise equipment available. Sit ups are a great example of an old fashioned exercise strengthens your core. By strengthening your abdominal muscles you are training your body to be able to do a wide variety of exercises.
Do television exercise routines for something different. These television workouts are available on TV via regular networks or on-demand showings. The workouts will go by fast as you anticipate what is to come next and learn new exercises. While not everyone has access to cable TV channels, there is also the option to stream these workouts online or purchase them in DVD form.
Fitness involves more than workouts. Part of staying fit is eating the right diet for your body and your workout. If you are a bodybuilder, then you need a different diet than someone trying to lose weight.
Always exhale after each repetition. This will let your body put out more energy while allowing you to get more oxygen into your blood. By doing this, you get more energy down the road.
You should get on track to a healthier you. If you are overweight it can put a strain on your heart. You can lose weight and have a healthier heart through proper exercise and fitness. Dieting is part of losing weight as well. Trim excess calories and saturated fats from your diet while adding fiber and plenty of fresh veggies.
Buying new clothes for your workouts may be the confidence boost you need to stay motivated. Even if you just buy something small, it will get you out of the house to show off your new clothing or accessory.
Having a clear picture of what you want and need is useful when it comes to exercise. By becoming educated about correct workout techniques, you should be able to gain much more from your workouts, no matter if you’re a hardcore athlete or a casual walker. Use what you’ve learned from this article, and soon you’ll be in great shape.
When working out your abs do not only do crunches. It has been shown that for every 250,000 crunches, only 1 pound of fat is burned. If you are focusing exclusively on crunches for chiseling your abs, therefore, you may not be getting the most effective ab workout. Find other ways to exercise your abdominal muscles for the best results.
(NaturalNews) Food allergies can undoubtedly cause some unpleasant effects on the body, but now it’s taking a turn for the worse. A new study has found that almost one-third of suffering children are bullied due to their food allergies.
The lead researcher in the study was Dr. Eyal Shemesh, an associate professor of pediatrics and psychiatry at New York City’s Mount Sinai School of Medicine. The researchers looked at 251 children between the ages of eight to 17, all of whom went to Mount Sinai’s allergy clinic. The participants, as well as their parents, answered a number of detailed questions related to bullying.
Half of the children reported that they have been bullied, and one-third of the participants stated that the occurrences of bullying were associated to their food allergies. Of the children who reported having been bullied, only half of the parents said they knew about it.
In many cases, the bullying only went so far as teasing at school. And, while teasing is not a kind thing to do, the bullying takes a darker turn. Many children said that they had been threatened by classmates with such things as having the allergen food waved in front of them, thrown at them, receiving taunts about sneaking it into their food, or even having the allergen stuffed into the child’s mouth.
When exposed to a food that is an allergen, some serious symptoms can arise in a wide variety. A child could break out in hives, develop swollen lips, or experience stomach pains. More frightening still are the life-threatening reactions that could pose fatal risks to the child, such as when the throat closes up and prevents breathing, or when blood pressure decreases rapidly and dangerously.
Shemesh points out that the participants in the study were primarily from white, upper-class families, and that these were only participants who attended one clinic. The data findings from the study may not represent all children with food allergies. However, a 2010 study by Dr. Jay Lieberman, an assistant professor of pediatrics at Memphis’s University of Tennessee Health Science Center, had similar results – 35 percent of the children in his study reported being bullied due to their food allergy.
Up to eight percent of American kids have been diagnosed with a food allergy. Because of this, many schools and classrooms have banned such items as tree nuts, eggs, or dairy from shared school snacks to ensure the safety of their students. Nevertheless, experts emphasize the importance of talking to your kids about being bullied, especially since something as small as a food allergy can be exploited.
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Trying to stop or reverse the progress of age is ultimately futile. As you get older, you must ensure that everything you do actively contributes to a lifetime of responsible, pleasurable and memorable days. This article will give you some tips to help you navigate the growing older process.
Try to keep your eyes healthy as you age. Some minor loss of eye sight happens as you age, but make sure you regularly visit a doctor for eye exams to catch any more serious eye-related diseases to keep your eyes at their best.
Having solid supportive friendships will give you the love, energy and fuel that keep you feeling emotionally positive. You are never beyond the age to make new friends. Friendships, both old and new, are a great way to contribute to a long and healthy life.
Let your hair gray, but change your makeup when it happens. Gray hair can make you appear pale or washed out, so adjust your make-up accordingly. Use a foundation that is a little darker the usual. Rose tones, as well as peach, are warm colors for cheeks and lips that will brighten your complexion. Define your brows with a pencil and apply a yellowish concealer to your eyelids before you apply eye shadow. Proper adjustments to your makeup will make you look great with your gray hair, and younger than you would look without making changes.
Facial massages can help reduce wrinkles and other signs of aging. The act of massaging increase blood flow to the surface to help reduce puffiness under your eyes and it helps prevent sagging and wrinkling. To get these benefits, all you need to do is use three fingers (you can leave out the thumb and pinkie) to rub your skin with gentle, circular motions.
Consume the right kinds of foods. Enjoy a balanced diet high in fruits and vegetables and low in sugars and fats. When you eat well, you will have plenty of energy to face the day. You will be healthier in body and mind.
Find ways to relieve stress to prevent premature aging. Exercise relieves stress. A regular session of aerobic exercise will do wonders for your physical health, but also for your outlook on life.
You should check your blood pressure on a regular basis. For most people there are no warning signs to signal that you have high blood pressure. Age will cause your cardiovascular system to slowly deteriorate, so it’s important to monitor these changes as you get older. You will have an easy time noticing a problem when you are monitoring your blood pressure, and will be able to address it quickly.
Be sure you get enough water as you start getting older. Elderly people get dehydrated much easier, so it is imperative that you drink purified water equivalent to 8-10 glasses.
Take good care of your body, and it will take good care of you against many of the most common problems of old age. Getting your exercise, eating nutritious food, and taking vitamin supplements will all help to stave off negative aging effects.
People often gain weight as they get older. As you most likely know, there is a long list of diseases that are caused by excess weight. Maintain a healthy weight by making beneficial food choices and participating in a daily exercise program.
Make sure you have your medical records. This will allow you to have a complete medical history whenever you see a new doctor.
Think of the grocery store like a pharmacy. Following a nutritious diet can be effective as a tool to aid you in aging gracefully. Eliminating junk food and adding natural foods to your diet can help you feel healthy later in life.
A good diet is the key to aging gracefully. A balanced diet consisting of healthy fats, whole grains, vegetables, fruits and lean proteins is best as we get older. Processed foods are not doing you any favors in your diet or getting older.
Try using avocado oil as an anti-aging agent for your skin. Avocado oil has a unique ability to absorb deep into skin tissues which makes it great for mature and dry skin. It is high in sterolins, which can reduce age spots and help to heal sun damage.
Staying active will allow you to age gracefully. Staying active keeps your mind and your body sharp, which in turn, leads to a younger looking and feeling person. If you do not stay active, however, your quality of life will be negatively affected. Do what you love! The activities that you enjoy can keep you young.
Take precautions to keep yourself safe from fraud. Older people can be victims of scams as criminals seek out easy marks. Do not give out personal information over the phone or Internet to people you do not know. Also, do not leave personal papers lying around the house when someone comes to your home, as scammers can steal this information. This will help protect you from scams.
Setting a regular and generous sleep schedule grows more important as you get older. Depending on your own body, most people need between seven and nine hours of quality sleep each day. There are many diseases that can be instigated by insufficient sleep.
Exercising regularly helps you stay younger, longer. Studies have proven that those who exercise regularly show fewer physical signs of the stress of growing older than their counterparts who get little exercise. Working out will not only improve your muscle strength, but will also improve your body overall, from your cardiovascular system to your skin.
Getting plenty of sleep, at least 8 hours per night, can actually reduce signs of aging. Sleep is when your body heals itself, so it’s essential that you always get at least 7-8 hours of sleep a night in order to look healthy and refreshed. For most people, eight hours of sleep is enough. However, this amount varies from person to person.
When you age, you often do not want to leave the home because it is safe. Days may seem longer and more challenging, so you need to make sure that your home is an oasis of comfort and personality you can retreat to. Your home will always be waiting for you; ready to provide comfort.
A balanced diet, while important at any age, is especially important as you age. Fiber, whole grans, fruits and vegetables that are low in cholesterol, saturated fats and trans fats are essential to a healthy diet. This well-balanced diet will give you all the essential nutrients you need to maintain good health.
It is very challenging giving full-time care to an aged family member. It is stressful and can take up your whole life. Adult daycare is an option you should look at if you need a break or you have other obligations to take care of. This allows you to spend the day completing long-neglected errands while your ward enjoys an exciting change of environment.
There are tons of different ways to make the years after being retired better and full of opportunities. Just make sure that you keep your body and mind healthy so that you can enjoy the rest of your years. You can get ideas of what to do by reading newsletters and articles about retirement. By learning new ways to stay healthy and strong, your sunset years can be the most rewarding of your life.
(NaturalNews) Women who have their ovaries surgically removed before menopause experience earlier and more severe cognitive decline, according to a study conducted by researchers from Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and due to be presented at the 65th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Neurology in San Diego.
The researchers studied 1,837 postmenopausal women between the ages of 53 and 100 who were taking part in the Memory and Aging Project at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. The researchers recorded the age at which women began menstruating, how many years they had menstruated, whether they used hormone replacement therapy and for how long, and whether they had undergone natural or surgical menopause.
“Surgical menopause” refers to the surgical removal of both ovaries before the onset of natural menopause, and is commonly performed along with hysterectomies. One-third of the women in the study had undergone this procedure.
The researchers found that the earlier a woman underwent surgical menopause, the faster she experienced a decline in overall thinking abilities and memory, particularly memory relating to time and place and long-term memory relating to ideas and concepts. No such association was seen between cognitive decline and the onset of natural menopause.
In addition, the brains of women who underwent surgical menopause at a younger age had significantly more of the plaques associated with Alzheimer’s disease than those of women who had undergone the procedure later in life. Younger age of surgical menopause was not associated with overall risk of Alzheimer’s disease, however.
Sudden drop in hormone levels
Researchers have known for quite some time that many women report short-term cognitive problems following menopause, both natural and surgical. A recent study, conducted by researchers from the University of Rochester and published in the journal Menopause, found that women between the ages of 40 and 60 who were in their first year after menopause scored significantly lower on tests of motor function, verbal learning, verbal memory, working memory and attention than pre-menopausal women. The effects were largest for verbal learning and memory.
The researchers believe that this effect is caused by a sudden drop in the levels of estrogen, which plays a critical role in cognition and memory. This hypothesis is supported by the fact that the researchers in the surgical menopause study found that women who had undergone hormone replacement therapy had a slower rate of cognitive decline.
“In the months after a woman has her last period, hormonal changes are most abrupt,” said Pauline Maki, lead researcher of the Rochester study.
In the case of natural menopause, cognitive changes are temporary, and do not appear to be linked to the risk of dementia. According to the new study, the changes associated with surgical menopause are more long-term.
Due to the severe health risks associated with hormone replacement therapy; however, the researchers did not recommend it as a treatment for these symptoms.
“At this time, there’s no indication to use hormone replacement therapy for the sole treatment of memory problems in natural or surgical menopause,” Maki said.
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Getting fit is the act of improving and maintaining the health of your body. Following the advice in this article can help you keep in shape and stay toned. When you remain fit, not only do you look young and attractive, you also are less likely to sustain injuries. Your body should not be neglected. Utilize the fitness advice found below.
Before you start a weight lifting program for your arms, define the goals that you wish to achieve. If you want to build more muscle, lift heavier weights to increase the level of intensity on your body. High repetitions of smaller weights will allow you to sculpt and define your arms.
If you use lat pull-downs and pull-ups in your work out routine, change the position of your thumb. Just by placing your thumb alongside the index finger the involvement of arm muscles will be less and the focus will be on your primary back muscles. Even though this may feel strange, this will assist you in targeting the right muscles.
Improve your heart health. Some things, like being overweight, can really put pressure on your heart. Fitness and exercise can improve heart health and help with weight loss. But you also need to adjust your diet. Consume vegetables and fruits while trying to reduce the carbohydrates and saturated fats from your diet.
Consider purchasing a piece of equipment to aid in your exercise routine. Investing in the equipment will help boost your motivation, and provides a handy platform for working out. Try shopping around so that you get the best possible deal. Always buy good equipment so that you get the most from your investment.
You should always have a balanced diet in order to have fuel for working out. No matter where you are in your fitness goals, a balanced diet will help you reach and maintain the lifestyle that you are reaching for. It is important to eat well even if you don’t want to lose weight.
Conquer the exercises you don’t like by doing them more often. It is probable that the reason you do not like the exercise is because you are not good at it. The best way to conquer a weak exercise is to practice it regularly.
One way to become healthy and fit is to eat pears and apples. If you eat a lot of fresh and whole foods it will help you stay healthy.
Make exercise a top priority. If you remember to shower everyday, you can remember to exercise everyday. Make a schedule for exercise, and be sure to check it off your list by the end of the day. When you make it a daily event, you will have to make time for exercise.
When you are stretching it is vital that you don’t bounce your body. This can cause unnecessary strain on your muscle. Although many people do bounce when stretching, this does not cause greater flexibility. Further, you are inviting possible harm or injury when you do this. Stretching should be stable instead.
Work out often and develop a sustainable schedule. You should be working out a minimum of twice a week, but more is better. Your workout sessions don’t need to be lengthy ones. Fifteen or twenty minutes each day will suffice. As a rule, don’t go more than an hour in total. It is important to focus on quality as well as quantity for the best results.
Schedule daily fitness activities, so that it becomes habitual behavior. A day filled with other activities that leave no time for fitness means that you are missing out on opportunities to improve your health. Down time during the day are the best times to which you can incorporate fitness activities.
Work out in your house. There are a number of exercises that you can do in the comfort of your own home, such as squats, push-ups, lunges, crunches, and pull-ups. Also, you can incorporate dumbbells into your routine if you want to build muscle. You just need a jump rope in order to achieve an excellent cardiovascular workout.
Before you use a piece of equipment at the gym, clean it off. Consider the germs that another individual might have left behind. Remember why you actually went to the gym; to feel better, not worse.
Both tennis and racquetball players have discovered one of the secrets to strong forearms. Place a sheet of your local newspaper on a table. Wrinkle the paper for half a minute with the hand that is most dominant. After repeating this exercise twice, switch hands and perform the same action once, then twice more with your dominant hand.
When you begin working out with weights, always start out with smaller muscles first. This helps to build endurance and prepares your muscles for the heavier weights that are to come. Beginning with dumbbells is a great idea. That way, your smaller muscles can rest once you get to the big weight machines.
Going outside to play with your children can give you a great workout. Do something fun, like running through a park, playing a game, or going on a bicycle ride. Your children will benefit from any type of physical activity.
Exercise daily, even on the weekends. A lot of people relax during the weekends and do not exercise at all during these days. You should keep weight loss on your mind, daily. You never want to break your routine on a weekend by splurging on some food, then you will be back at square one and have to begin all over again.
Walking will help to increase fitness and is a fantastic workout. For increased effort, walk by pushing off your heel and going to your toe. Don’t forget to swing your arms as you walk to burn more calories.
A lot of people like the abstract idea of exercising in the morning but can’t quite commit to such an early workout. workout. Start out slowly by getting up about fifteen minutes early, and using those minutes to walk, jump rope, some sit-ups or other exercises. This slow and steady approach will provide you with a great start to your day and allow you to develop healthy exercise patterns that you can gradually intensify over time.
Breakfast foods are not the only whole grain foods available. Many grains can be used at any meal. These can be used in soups, stir-frys, and many other dishes. You will be more apt to eat whole grains this way.
When doing bicep curls, make sure that your technique is solid. Not only can you strain your arms and muscles, but you could injure yourself. Lifting correctly requires you to extend the wrists in a backwards angle and hold. Move your wrists slowly back into a natural position. This builds up the biceps more efficiently without straining them too much.
You don’t have to face all the negativity of fitness. This article will give you some ways you can find time to exercise. It takes a lot to be more physically fit, but it is worth every minute. Get yourself fit and stay that way by putting these suggestions into action.
Educating yourself is the first step towards attaining any goal you have in life. Building your muscles will require the same thing. To succeed, you need to be sure to have the proper tools. The following are some tips and tricks that will increase your muscles; you can even start using them today if you wish.
Eating the standard three meals a deal could actually inhibit your body from building muscle faster. You need to feed your body with protein, healthy fats and carbohydrates in six to eight small meals per day. This practice will increase your metabolism and help your muscles quickly repair themselves.
Watch what you eat when you’re working to build muscle. Staying hydrated is always important, but it is even more so in building muscle since up to 70% of muscle mass is water. You should also steer clear of excessive alcohol, because it can cause degeneration of muscle tissues.
Use a creatine supplement to aid you in building muscle. They can give you that extra push that you need to really build muscle mass. Check for interaction warnings if you use any other medications or supplements. Follow the directions to a tee, and never take more than recommended for your body.
Taking in food is a good idea, both immediately prior to and immediately following your workout. If you are beginning, any high protein snack will help. As your muscle building routine becomes more intense, you can begin to pay strict attention to calculating your protein and have planned out meal schedule.
An important component of muscle development is your diet. There are good calories and bad calories, and you need to know the difference. Poor dietary decisions will not lead to muscle growth, and might even cause you to retain unwanted fat.
Creatine supplements should be used carefully, especially if they are used for several months or more. If you have any kidney problems, do not use this supplement. There are other side effects from creatine, including heart arrhythmias and muscle disorders like cramping. Teenagers have a higher rate of complications due to their growing body’s needs. Adhere to the recommended quantities for your safety when using these supplements.
In each workout, train the opposing muscles. For example, work out your chest and back together, and your hamstrings and quads together. By doing this, you can allow one muscle to relax while you are working on the other one. This method is also more efficient and allows you to increase your intensity since your workout is shorter.
Warming up with some light exercises is essential before you do any heavy lifting. Including ten or fifteen minute warm-ups can increase your blood flow and prepare your muscles for intense workouts. Don’t have your work out sessions delayed with injuries resulting from jumping right into your training without warming up first.
It is always important that you use the proper form. Just picking up weights without knowing how to do it correctly can lead to permanent injury. Take the time to watch yourself in a mirror when you first start a new exercise. This will allow you to see if your form is correct.
You should try to consume 20-30 grams of protein at each meal to ensure you meet your daily requirements. If you distribute your protein consumption throughout the day, it will be easier to reach your target intake. If you determine that you need around 180 grams per day, divide it among six evenly spaced meals, each with 30 grams.
It is perfectly fine if you need to cheat some as you lift. Slightly using your body for pumping out a few final reps is a great way to increase your workout volume. Though, be mindful that you do not do this often. Even when you are cheating, maintain your usual rep speed. Do not compromise your form.
In order to succeed in anything in life, knowing what tools to use and the proper way to do it is key. It all holds true with muscle building as well. Apply the tips and advice from this article you have read in order to be on your way to stronger muscles.