Friday, April 26, 2013

African Mango Health Benefits

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Lets start of by explaining what is African Mango, where does it grow, what makes it so different from other types of mango and how it can benefit your health.

What is African Mango

African mango is a type of mango found in only one place in the world - the jungles of Cameroon. Also known as Irvingia Gabonensis, this fruit has been used to provide a wide variety of nutrients, increase energy and suppress appetite during long hunts by the native tribes for centuries.

Why is African Mango So Different From Other Types Of Mango

The main reason African mango is so different is not the fact that its quite smaller than the traditional mango, but the small seeds that are called by natives "Dikka Nuts". These seeds are a great source of protein, healthy fats and soluble fiber. Furthermore, they have been found to reduce LDL (bad cholesterol) and HDL (good cholesterol) but more on the benefits later. Another difference is the lower caloric content that African mangoes have. Clearly containing more nutrients and vitamins and less calories are some of the big advantages this type of mango has, but is that all? Is that why it has been included in Doctor Oz's show? Is that why everyone is crazy about it? Absolutely NO! Let's get to the core of the subject, shall we?

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The Amazing Health Benefits Of African Mango

The benefits that African mango is most known are connected to weight loss, however it will help you in a number of other ways, and that's where we will start this list from.

  • First of all African mango is known as the Happy Fruit, because of a compound called Tryptophan. This compound is used to cure depression, because it stimulates the production of the neurotransmitter Serotonin, which is responsible for good mood, memory, libido, good sleep and more.
  • This type of mango has great nutritional value. It contains a good amount of healthy fats and high quality protein, Vitamin B,  niacin, iron, calcium, riboflavin, beta-caroten and thiamin.
  • This African superfood is also known to increase energy. Studies show that the African mango boosts metabolism, which in turn will increase your energy levels. This is because it is rich in Vitamin B, which is responsible for the metabolism of carbs, fats and protein.
  • The happy fruit is also a great appetite suppressant.One of the reasons is the high content of soluble fiber which will make you feel full for longer. But the really important reason that makes African mango an appetite suppressant is the fact that after eating it, there is an increased secretion of a hormone known as Leptin. This hormone is responsible for the feeling of fullness. Or actually, let me rephrase- you won't feel like your stomach is full, instead it is a feeling of satisfaction that you get after a good meal. This is especially good for people who are having a hard time sticking to their diets. So eating African mango means no more cheating on your diet!
  • Another benefit is that it lowers the risk of diabetes and cardiovascular diseases thanks to the increase of a certain anti-inflammatory hormone called Adiponectin.This hormone is responsible for maintaining  the healthy levels of blood sugar and the processing of fats. It is generally low in diabetics and obese people. 
  • African mango helps your body with it's natural detoxification process thanks to the high amount of fiber. This also leads to better digestive system health.
  • As mentioned earlier, this type of mango boosts your metabolism. The faster your metabolism is the more fats you will burn. This means that African mango is very effective for fat loss.
OK, so this fruit is a great appetite suppressant, boosts your metabolism and increases the levels of a hormone that helps process fats? Clearly it is great for everybody, but even more so for people who are trying to lose weight. And quite frankly this is what all the buzz has been about- African mango's weight loss properties.

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There have been a couple of studies all confirming that the African superfood is indeed very beneficial for fat loss. The first one was done in Cameroon and showed that a controlled group of people taking 1.05 grams of an African mango supplement lost more than 5% bodyweight without changing any other part of their lifestyle. The other group, taking a placebo, lost only a little over 1% body weight.  There was also a great improvement in cholesterol levels in the first group. Other studies also show similar results.

The studies also displayed nearly no side effects from African mango supplements. The few side effects are short lasting and not really serious- headache and a little trouble going to sleep if taken late in the evening.

I realize that African mango might not be available for everyone reading this post, and let's face it not many of us are intending to eat the same fruit all the time. Right? This is OK, because what people, who want to give African mango a shot do, is take it in the form of a supplement. It is usually taken twice a day- before lunch and dinner. I suggest you pick a supplement that also contains other healthy and natural ingredients so it can be even more beneficial- after all you are paying for it and you want to get the most bang for your bucks, right?

I always tend to recommend my readers a supplement and I hope this really makes it easier for them to make their choice. And this time there will be no difference. There is a certain African mango supplement that I fancy more than others and this is African mango plus. It is a blend of green tea, caffeine and of course African mango. All of the compounds are known for their weight loss benefits. One more thing I like is that the company behind it is almost 17 years old and has a really great reputation. And it also has great confidence in it's product, offering a 90 day money back guarantee. They also add a free membership to their complete weight loss program to guide you through your journey. Thats just a few reasons I feel that this supplement is the right choice. To find out more or grab your own bottle click here!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Working in a Workout While Travel

Even those who lead a healthy lifestyle at home can find it difficult to maintain a good fitness routine while traveling. A little advanced planning and some reasonable expectations can help you stick to healthy habits anywhere you go.

Make sure to do some research concerning your destination before leaving. If you have the option of booking your own accommodations, try to select a hotel that offers fitness amenities that suit your preferences. On a recent trip to San Francisco I was able to book a hotel with a brand new fitness studio because I did some studying on a travel reviews site beforehand. This site gave me a list of hotels in San Francisco where I was able to click through and see whether the amenities were up to par. Yoga enthusiasts will enjoy a hotel with in-room yoga videos or yoga classes offered in the fitness center. Runners should look for accommodations with running trails or other accommodations.

• During your trip, try some of the following tips to stay fit:
• En route, whether you fly or drive, take the opportunity to do a few stretching and mobility exercises in your seat. 
• When you arrive at your hotel, take the time to locate fitness facilities and get oriented to your new surroundings.
• Before heading to meetings or other activities, spend some time stretching or moving through a few basic yoga positions in your room. This will help refresh you and get you grounded.
• If you belong to a nationwide gym, check to see if you can go to a local branch during your stay.
• Although your schedule may not allow you to complete the same workout you do at home, even a half-hour workout a few mornings a week will help.
• Do what you can whenever you can. If you have a few minutes between meetings, take that time to stretch or do a few aerobic exercises. Some fitness enthusiasts find five to ten minutes in the bathroom a great opportunity to knockout a few pushups, sit ups and jumping jacks.
• While traveling, also be careful to drink plenty of water to remain hydrated. Don’t forget that this is a very important part of fitness.
• Along the same lines, be sure to pack healthy snacks and eat healthy meals throughout your time away from home. By following these tips and paying attention to opportunities for fitness, you can successfully keep exercising while you travel.

This is a guest post. If anyone else would like to have the opportunity to do a guest post for this blog just contact me at stancho1234@gmail.com!

Causes, Symptoms And Relief For Your Joint Pain

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If you are suffering from joint pain, you are one of the almost 350 million people worldwide that have to live with that condition.

Joint pain is a general term people use to describe different conditions (such as arthritis) leading to joint inflammation. Other conditions that lead to this type of pain include injuries, tumors, gouts and others. But before we continue discussing the causes, symptoms and treatments of joint pain, I would like to make sure that we all know what exactly are our joints.

The joint is what forms connections between our bones. This connection, which is generally formed by cartilage, ligaments, tendons and bones within the joint, is what absorbs movements so that our bones don't rub in to each other every time we move. This is exactly where joint pains occur. The cartilage tissue is either damaged from aging, injury or infection in a way that doesn't allow it to do it's normal function. So if you want to relieve joint pain, the cartilage is exactly what you need to take care of. But more on that in a moment. First lets have a look at the common symptoms.

Symptoms of joint pain include

  • Well of course the first one is pain in your joints...
  • Swelling 
  • Warmth in the joint area
  • Stiffness
  • Sudden pain when a storm is coming (I will write another post explaining why your joints hurt right before a storm)
If you feel any of those symptoms you better turn to your doctor as soon as possible so he can prescribe an adequate treatment. These treatments will largely depend on what is causing your joint pain. If the problem is caused by an injury, treatments will include pain control and anti-inflammatory medications, cold applications and physical therapy like massaging.
  •  My advice is that you apply ice on the joint several times a day for as long as 15 minutes
  • Avoid activities
  • Keep the joint elevated
  • Compress the joint

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If joint pain is caused by arthritis there is a bigger variety of treatments that include
  • Lifestyle changes - This means changing your diet (eating lots of fruits and vegetables, foods high in healthy fats like fish, nuts, olive oil and others, ), exercising (stretching to increase flexibility , low impact aerobics, strength training to increase the strength of the muscles supporting your joints), losing weight in order to decrease pressure on the joints, improving your sleeping pattern and others.
  • Physical therapy - This includes massaging, water therapy and again exercising to increase strength and range of motion of the muscles surrounding the joint. 
  • Oral medications - These include over the counter medications like Acetaminophen and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), natural supplements and prescription medicines.
    • Acetaminophen (Tylenol) is a drug used to reduce pain. Possible side effect from it is liver damage.
    • Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory drugs or NSAIDs are also used to relieve the pain symptoms of arthritis. Ibuprofen, Aspirin and Naproxen. 
    • They also have side effects, in fact they are a bit more than Acetaminophen's and include- heart attack, stroke, kidney damage and others.
    • Natural Supplements are usually in the form of pills or tablets. They use extracts from different plants and most importantly Glucosamine, Chondroitin, MSM. These ingredients not only relieve the pain, but also act towards improving the health of your connecting tissue and cartilage. Usually these supplements are a preferred option for people who would also like to skip the side effects of the other medications used for joint pain. Because of their natural ingredient list, these solutions have no side effects. Such a supplement is Joint Relief Solution. For the reasons mentioned above, I invite you to have a look at it by clicking HERE.  
    • Corticosteroids, which are used to reduce inflammations and suppress the immune system (you can probably figure out the effects of this on your general health).
    • Disease-Modifying drugs - Unlike the medications used for pain relief, this type of drugs actually slow joint damage. Their side effect is an increased risk of more severe infections. 
  • Surgery - A bit of a more drastic measure than the ones described previously. It is generally used when medications don't help. There are 4 types of surgery- Arthroscopy ( your doctor will creat a small cut and cleans the joint form the inside), Osteotomy ( removing a section of your bone to produce better joint alignement- it is used to perserve the joint and delay arthroscopy), Arthroplasty ( a surgery that replaces your worn out joint with a plastic or metal one) and Joint fusion ( removing the joint and connecting the ends of the bones in order to infuse them in to one )
This is my list of ways that joint pain can be relieved. I hope it is helpful to you. I would love if the readers that have experience with any of these treatments share their results by leaving a comment. This way we can be even more helpful to everyone.

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Friday, April 19, 2013

What is Rosacea?

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In this post we are going to talk about rosacea- What is it? What causes it? What are it's symptoms? And how is it treated?

What Is Rosacea

It is a common chronic skin disease that affects over 17 million American adults! Normally it starts after the age of 30 and is known for causing facial redness, visible blood vessels and small puss filled bumps. These occur mostly on the cheeks, forehead, nose and chin, but sometimes also on the neck, ears, scalp and chest.

This chronic condition tends to come an go in cycles, however, the longer it's left untreated the worse your cycles will be. That's why you should see your doctor and start treating it as soon as you suspect you have it.

What Causes Rosacea

The causes for this disease are not fully understood, but there seem to be 3 main reasons:
  • Light color of the skin
  • Northern European genes
  • Medications that cause blood vessels to widen
There is a bit more clarity on what triggers flare-ups:
  • Exposure to too much sun
  • Caffeine
  • Spicy foods
  • Alcohol
  • Hot baths and saunas
  • Intense exercising
  • Stress
  • Hot drinks and food
  • Extreme climate conditions like heat, cold, strong wind and high humidity

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What Are The Symptoms of Rosacea?

Rosacea is sometimes hard to diagnose mostly because it's symptoms are oftenly mistaken for skin allergies, acne, herpes, eczema and others.

The symptoms that you need to be on the lookout for are:
  • Bumps and pimples
  • Excess facial redness
  • Dry, red eyes
  • Puffy skin
  • Visible blood vessels
  • Facial swelling
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How is Rosacea Treated?

As you have probably noticed I used the word treated instead of the word cured. Unfortunately, this is caused by the fact that there is no cure for this skin condition, instead there are only treatments that relieve the symptoms. These treatments include:

  • Oral antibiotics- These include tetracycline, minocycline and erythromycin. They are oftenly prescribed for their anti-inflammatory properties. This treatment has a few side effects including nausea, diarrhea, stomach discomfort and others.
  • Lifestyle changes- avoiding the triggers already mentioned- Alcohol, spicy food, stress, extreme climates and others
  • Topical medications- These medications are applied to your skin. Again here you can see antibiotic medications, however, you can also find natural creams containing  herbal extracts and peptides. These creams work in a number of ways- they act as a protection to environmental triggers, reduce skin sensitivity and combat inflammation. There are many creams out there- some are combination solutions that are supposed to fight a few different skin conditions and some are specifically used to treat rosacea. I recommend you stick to them if you really want results. Out of all the topical medications out there I would recommend Skinception Rosacea Relief Serum, which contains natural ingredients like ginkgo biloba, green tea extract and peptides and very importantly- no antibiotics. But enough on this, if you would like to see more details, I invite you to click here.
  • Surgery-This method is mostly used in severe cases. It often reduces the visibility of blood vessels and removes the tissue build-up around your nose. While it is a good way to treat the symptoms and improve your appearance, surgery will not help you prevent further flare-ups.
  • Laser and intense pulsed light- This rather new treatment is used in order to shrink the visible blood vessels. This procedure might cause mild pain and discomfort. Unfortunately, it has a few side effects like swelling, crusting and in some cases infection of the skin- these side effects can persist for up to a few weeks. The treatment is done in multiple sessions with at least 3 weeks in between.

Those are the 5 primary ways to treat rosacea, you might want to consider consulting your personal physician before you decide to choose any of them.

I hope you enjoyed this post and you really take this condition serious, because as I stated above, when left untreated it will get much worse that you expect!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

What Is Detoxification and Why Do We Need It?

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In this introduction post we are going to talk about the basics of detoxification or detox for short.

Detoxification is a natural process during which our body cleanses itself from the toxins that have built up mostly because of stress, infections, food, water, air and general environment risks.

The vital organs that partake in this natural process are

  • liver 
  • kidneys
  • lungs
  • skin
  • blood
  • lymphatic system 

These organs work towards their common goal of removing the toxic chemicals from our bodies.

Usually our body is designed to be able to detoxify on it's own, however, many experts point out that today's world is much more toxic than ever, and our body actually needs a little help to keep up. And really, when we look at it, it's obvious that our bodies could not have possibly adapted to today's processed foods, tap water contamination, air pollution, stress and much more. It's simply too much!

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As I just told you detoxification is a natural process, but in most cases when people are speaking to you about detox they probably mean detox diets and plans. This is exactly what is intended to be the body's little helper in the war against toxins.

There are many detox plans out there and many of them consist of different things like raw food plans, juice fasting, enemas, supplements, colon cleanse and others. Really, the variety is huge and it's up to you to choose what suits you best.

In following posts I will explain different things about detox in a more detailed manner, tilled then you can asko any questions you have at stancho1234@gmail.com or by leaving a comment.

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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Painkillers and Injuries

Injuries can be painful and mentally difficult to endure. Often times the pain is so severe that people will take moderate to strong pain relievers to help them bear the pain through the healing process, especially after recovering from surgery. While many people never have an issue with taking prescription drugs properly, others will continue taking them beyond the recommended time and correct dose. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),in 2010, about 12 million Americans (age 12 or older)reported nonmedical use of prescription painkillers in the past year. General painkiller names are known as vicodin or hydrocodone, oxycontin, dilaudid, oxycodone, percocet, codeine and morphine.

How People Misuse Prescription Painkillers

 Most doctors and pharmacies follow strict laws regarding prescription pills and will not continually prescribe patients painkillers for months and months after surgery. Every state is different, but most pharmacies follow a best practice when it comes to filling prescriptions which helps prevent excessive use, and stock piling of medications. After the last dose runs out the person will not be able to refill a prescription without the doctor’s consent.  Some people try to stock-pile pills by filling their prescription early each month, this is a trend that pharmacies will watch and may make future prescriptions ineligible to be filled.

 These strict laws, however, do not stop drug users who feel "addicted" to painkillers from obtaining prescriptions from several health practitioners at one time, which is referred to as "doctor shopping." There are state-by-state laws that are enforced to prevent this type of fraud, but in some cases it will still occur without each medical professional knowing that the patient already has several prescriptions from other doctors. Lastly, if a person is really desperate to maintain their high, they will illegally purchase these drugs off the street.

It is important to know that when taken as prescribed, painkillers and other prescription drugs can be used safely. In the case of opiate painkillers, your body may build a tolerance to the drug overtime which may require an increase in dosage to remain comfortable. Consulting with your physician is recommended prior to making any adjustments to dosage. People who suffer from chronic pain from injuries or illness may need to take a pain relief medication for years at a time, but these are extreme cases. Even with long-term use these pills do not need to be abused and most people do not experience problems.

Discontinuing The Use Of Painkillers

If you are ready to stop using painkillers, speak with your doctor about a plan to safely wean you off the drugs. This is the best way to come off of a high dose prescription pain reliever without feeling withdrawal symptoms. A complete wean-off may take several weeks. It is also important to avoid completely stopping use of the drug without your doctor's consent.

Painkillers are sometimes necessary for athletes, or just regular people to function daily after a traumatic injury or surgery. They will help to keep you comfortable and pain free so you can function more comfortably. When people misuse their medications and take high dose of pills, it may be because they are trying to mask other pain in their life with prescription pills, or perhaps they simply enjoy the pain free experience and do not want it to stop. Prescription pill and painkiller addiction can be stopped with the right medically supervised detox and a non treatment drug program. It is important to avoid rehab programs that use long term replacement therapy medications such as suboxone or methadone to stop cravings, as this is simply substituting one drug habit for another. Through self-control, discipline and the right education it is possible to stop problematic prescription painkiller overuse.

Source:

 http://www.cdc.gov/Features/VitalSigns/PainkillerOverdoses/index.html

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Burn The Fat, Feed The Muscles- What An Amazing Book!

burn the fat feed the muscle book coverI just finished reading an amazing book about weight loss, or actually fat loss. I am so excited about it because it really makes fat loss simple! This guide covers so many topics, that I personally don't think you would ever need to read anything else (at least anything that covers fat loss of course)!



The book I am so crazy about is Burn the fat, Feed the muscles by Tom Venuto. It covers topics like


  • why dieting and starving doesn't work
  • metabolic individuality and body type
  • secrets of meal frequency and timing
  • Macronutrient ratio- how much carbs, protein and fat do you need
  • Good fats vs bad fats
  • Protein
  • What exactly are carbs - are they our friend or our enemies?
  • How to design your personal meal plan
  • Cardio training insights 
  • Supplements- secrets supplement companies hoped you'll never find out!
  • Weight training for weight loss
And much more!

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A specific eye opener for me was the effect that your liver has on burning fats and also the effects of alcohol. It's interesting that he states that alcohol is one of the most caloric things out there, however these calories don't turn in to fats. Instead it has a different devastating effect by making the liver work harder on eliminating toxins then on burning fats!

Something else that may come as a surprise to many is the fact that getting your calories in a liquid form like juices for example will have a negative impact on your fat loss efforts, because hard foods improve our metabolism!

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