Amazing Weight Loss & Health Tips

Check out the “Amazing Weight Loss & Health Tips” book which is based on fat loss and exercises tips. Chubby baby looks good and lovable but that is the only stage in life when fat can look good on anybody’s body.

We all know this but eating tasty food is divine pleasure and exercise is work lot of sweat. These two facts together add to weight gain and unwanted fat on body.

Digestion is process of converting complex food to sugar level so that it can be absorbed in the blood and can be burned to produce energy. This energy is used for maintaining of our body temperature, for our activities and growth. As we constantly need energy to survive we have to eat at regular interval. The sugar, which is absorbed in amount excess of survival need is used for growth and building muscles. Sugar absorbed into blood beyond this gets converted in to fat and is stored in various tissues of body. This is body’s buffer stock but then sometimes this buffer stock rises very high and person becomes fat or obese

A fat person needs to burn out this fat and should avoid further deposition of such fat. There is nothing healthy about rapid weight loss.

Certain methods like use of diuretics or starvation can show good reading on weighing scale but these are not correct means and the effects are reversed very quickly. Well planned diet and proper exercises is a key for good fitness. Good proper diet is necessary for good health. Diet should include proteins, modest quantity of carbohydrates and very low fat other than friendly fats like flax seed oil or Omega3 oils.

Regular exercise is most important fat loss tip. A good fitness trainer can formulate exercise regime so that the deposition of fat on unwanted parts of body will burn out fast. Brisk walking, jogging, skipping ropes and other aerobic exercises can be considered as fat loss exercises. This will always produced desired results if done regularly. There will be lots of people to give guidance for fat loss tips and exercises but one should follow only those which have come from an expert.

There is e-Book available on ‘amazon’ with title ‘Amazing Weight Loss and Health Tips’ for very low price of $3.60.The book is edited by S. Mills. This book should be referred to for getting better results from your fat loss exercises.

Oriental Medicine Health Tips

It’s mid-Spring and according to Five Element Theory, the ‘Wood’ energy is coming to its lowest ebb.

If you’ve been reading BIOM’s Seasonal Health Tips, you’ve recognized that the effect Spring has on your body has been quite strong this year, based on whichever of the common Spring health problems you may be experiencing.

Self Checkup

Just as Five Element Theory indicates that the characteristic energy of Spring is “Wood,” it also says the color is ‘green,’ which is the color associated with your Liver and Gallbladder. The surging energy of Spring is seen in the vibrant green color of young leaves, and how you feel Spring’s energy in your body is determined by the health of your Liver and Gallbladder. If these organs are balanced, you’ll feel a smooth, pleasant energy flowing through you that stimulates your creativity and a sense that fundamentally all is well in your life.

If your Liver and Gallbladder are not functioning properly, emotional problems like frustration, irritation, anger, or rage are not uncommon. Physically, symptoms like insomnia, high blood pressure, sciatica, constipation, migraine headaches, vision and other eye-related problems, hives, asthma and eczema can all be exacerbated by Spring energy and may be bothering you more than usual right now.

Help Yourself

There are things you can do to help yourself get through this time of year more comfortably if you’re experiencing any of the problems mentioned above.

Foods To Avoid

Be aware that certain foods can have a detrimental effect on the Liver and Gallbladder. Try to avoid rich, fatty, oily, deep-fried, buttery, and creamy foods. For example, when you have a choice between fettuccine alfredo and fettuccine primavera, choose the primavera because fettuccine alfredo has cream and eggs in it, making it too rich for the Gallbladder. Also, be aware that the Liver and Gallbladder have a hard time processing alcohol — including beer and wine. So if you’re having Liver trouble consider avoiding, or minimizing, the amount of these foods you eat and drink.

Foods To Eat

Foods that improve the health and function of the Liver and Gallbladder include: shiitake mushrooms, sour citrus (grapefruit, lemon, lime, and sour apple), and marinades with a moderate amount of vinegar.

As always, Chinese medical herbs are extremely useful for strengthening and balancing the Liver and Gallbladder. Chinese medical herbal formulas have proven to be among the most effective treatments available for healing all degrees of Liver problems.

Get Enough Rest

Do your best to get enough rest. Rest is especially important for your body in the Spring because of the intensity of the energy discussed above. Remember that Liver imbalances can cause insomnia, which can be alleviated by Oriental Medicine.

Manage Your Stress With Exercise

Exercise is essential for your physical and emotional health, and Chi-based exercise methods like Chi Kung and Tai Chi for Gardeners are particularly beneficial in Spring to help the seasonal energy flow through your body. By combining a Chi-based exercise program with acupuncture and Chinese medical herbs, you can keep your body’s Chi, or energy, from becoming ‘stagnant.’

Summer Is Coming

Summer is the season of the Fire energy. It remains to be seen how quickly and intensely “Fire” flows into the northern hemisphere this year. Be aware that the drying out of all of the juicy Spring growth that you see today, is exactly what will happen to you and me in Summer. So think back and remember the health problems and discomforts you typically experience in Summer — now is definitely the time to get prepared.

Kitty Bradshaw is a licensed acupuncturist, with an advanced clinical degree in Oriental Medicine. Studying and working with Oriental Medicine since 1986, Kitty combines Traditional Oriental Medicine with Taoist healing methods to offer healing possibilities beyond the level of standard health care. Her deep understanding of Chinese medical herbs, combined with her intuitive abilities to diagnose and treat difficult problems, has helped many people regain and maintain their health.

Woman To Woman Health Tips

We women are usually the planners, the hostesses, the chefs, personal shoppers… I could go on and on but you know this already! A state of well being for women can be hard to achieve so it’s time for a huge woman to woman health tip!

With all the pressures, sometimes we start to feel less than sexy, especially for women mid life who may be experiencing hormonal fluctuations as well. There is a huge downside of losing your desire to have sex in that orgasms are great for your health: they help reduce stress AND they make you feel amazing. They release endorphins (aka the happy hormones) into your system, lowering blood pressure and even helping you sleep (something that is often in short supply for women mid life!).

But what’s a woman to do if you’re between partners, your dance card is empty, or your partner is even busier than you are? Sounds like its time to go shopping… for a vibrator! Trust us, it’s the gift that just keeps on giving. It can help spice up your relationship and it can be put in a drawer and ignored without questions whenever you want.

Need some convincing? Here is some straight talk about vibrators and sex:

If you are like 70% of women (that is 7 out of 10 of us!), you may have a difficult time having an orgasm from penetration alone. A vibrator is not only great for solo play but a lot of fun for couples play. No man wants to see his partner unhappy or unfulfilled in the bedroom and you can bet he will be willing and maybe even thrilled to try out a toy that will get you where you need to go!

Vibrators have come a long way! Many are designed by woman-owned companies who actually put some thought into creating products that work for women’s bodies. Some are so ‘cute’ and discreet no one would ever know what it was.

Some women can be shy or inexperienced with self-stimulation. Why not see what a vibrator can do for you. It was a lifesaver for me after my divorce and even now with a full dating card, it is a constant companion for me.

If you don’t know where to start, I have you covered. (I love to share no matter what the season is!).

I did some research with some friends at the Red Tent Sisters who shared with me their own personal favourite vibe and bestseller: the Lelo Gigi. What’s so great about the Lelo Gigi? It is a super versatile product that can be used for both internal and external stimulation. It has five speeds and five modes, giving you 25 combinations (ah, the versatility), to spice up your relationship, and leaves lots of room for experimentation. Plus, it’s rechargeable (meaning you don’t have to fiddle with batteries or cords that may break or run out just when you want it the most) and it’s made from body-safe, easy to clean silicone.

The key to well being for women isn’t just about diet and exercise. On of our best woman to woman health tips is to spice up your relationship or fly solo and get shopping for the perfect vibe!

As Mae West would say, “An orgasm a day keeps the doctor away.”

Prostate Natural Health

Natural Prostate Health Tips:

You may think that it’s kind of weird for a female naturopath to be discussing prostate issues, but I had a partner die of colon cancer and the cancer spread to his prostate. I miss him.

He had no clue that there were actually alternative treatments that he could do for his cancer. He knew something was wrong, but when he went to his doctor, they couldn’t find anything. He happened to be a veterinarian who worked in a teaching hospital, so he went to the horse barn, pulled out the ultrasound machine and did an ultrasound on the place on his body that hurt. He saw what he thought was a lump, so he took a videotape of the procedure, took it to his doctor who looked at the tape and said, “Gosh! I think you are right!” So, he was scheduled for surgery, but when they opened him up, the cancer had advanced too far. They closed him up without doing anything and sent him home to die. Which he did.

I made up my mind that if I could help anyone develop lifestyle changes that helped them overcome or prevent cancer of any kind that I would do just that–and there are some basic things that every person can do to prevent and overcome cancer. It just so happens that there are some specific things men can do for their prostate health so I’m sharing them.

Prostate Disease Statistics:

  • Prostate disorders usually begin after age 35
  • By age 50, over 25% of all men have an enlarged prostate
  • By age 70, that increased to over 50% and by age 80 it’s 80%

Signs of prostate dysfunction include many bladder outlet obstruction symptoms such as:

  • Getting up to pee more than normal for the amount of fluids you ingest
  • Can’t empty your bladder all the way or sensations of incomplete emptying
  • Increased frequency of urination
  • Smaller stream of urine–takes a long time to empty bladder
  • Foam in the urine- sign of protein in the urine (a sign of kidney disease)
  • Hesitancy with intermittency and decreased flow of urine
  • Terminal dribbling or urinary incontinence
  • Pain during intercourse, burning sensations when urinating, tugging sensation around the base of the penis, low back pain, blood in the urine or an orange staining in the underwear may have a different cause than Benign Prostate Hyperplasia (BPH)

Products that can keep the prostate healthy and decrease the PSA scores:

Saw Palmetto is the herb of choice for Benign Prostate Hyperplasia (BPH) because it tones the prostate, affects the hormones in a positive way and is also a urinary remedy. Tonic value: Strengthens and builds body tissues and encourages muscle mass. Anabolic. Hormonal: Estrogenic actions good for impotence, reduced or absent sex drive, testicular atrophy, premature ejaculation (in women it has been used for breast enlargement) Urinary remedy: Saw Palmetto is nicknamed the “plant catheter” because it strengthens the neck of the bladder and helps reduce enlarged prostate glands. It is used as a diuretic to improve urine flow (raw parsley is excellent for this as well) and it acts as a urinary antiseptic in cystitis. Take up to 3 capsules daily.

Raw Hulled Pumpkin seeds (Food of choice for BPH) Dose: 4 teaspoons/day raw and hulled. Sources: Huckleberries, Local Co-ops, Winco (about $1.75/pound) and Health Food Stores

Foods are the strongest medicines we use but, “If a little is good a lot ain’t necessarily better.”Eating a BUNCH of them can give you diarrhea. All you need is a couple tablespoons/day maximum.

How to use pumpkin seeds:

  • Put them in a bowl next to the stove and eat a small handful once a day
  • Put them in sandwiches if you like crunch
  • Put them in omelets and salads
  • Put them in stir fry or on top of steamed vegetables
  • Add them to cookie recipes

Raw Fruits: 1 to 2 cups/day

Raw Vegetables: 1 to 2 cups/day. If you can’t chew them, juice them!

Power Foods For Prostate Health Include:

  • Wheat Germ oil— (high in zinc and opens up the seminal vesicles- great for infertility) Dose: 1/3 tea/day or 3 capsules/day.
  • Oatmeal (Aveno sativa)— Great zinc source and fiber even for blood type O. Dose: about cup cooked oatmeal per day or 3 cups/week.
  • Parsley— awesome source of minerals and highly recommended for most health problems. Dose: 2 tablespoons/day chopped.
  • Zucchini— I think there’s a reason why God made an excess of zucchini. Dose: 5 cups cooked or raw per week.
  • Yellow dock tea— Dose: 1 cup/day max. Do not use if you have sensitive teeth or gouty arthritis.
  • Watermelon is a great diuretic and good for the kidneys as well as the prostate. Dose: 3 cups/day in season.
  • Unsweetened Cranberry Concentrate: For urinary tract infections you will want to add unsweetened cranberry concentrate to your diet for a couple of weeks. That is NOT cranberry juice off the shelf with all the sugar in it. You can get this product at the Co-op or at Huckleberries. It comes in an 8oz. bottle and costs about $8. Dose: Take 2 Tablespoons/day. Chase it with water and it will taste sweeter. Cranberry causes a tightening of the bladder sphincter muscles and causes the inside of the bladder to be slicker so bacteria cannot stick to it. Good brands are Knudson’s or Tree of Life.

Techniques to Help the Prostate:

  • Inguinal massage technique–Move that lymph for about 3 minutes/day. Lying down on the bed, face up, massage from where your legs attach to your body up towards the heart. Pay special attention to the lower abdomen just above the base of the penis. Be gentle. It should not hurt, but you should feel pressure.
  • Total Body Massage–Once a week is best, but every other week is the very least you should shoot for.
  • Reflexology points–Achilles tendon and heel area. Massage each leg about 5 minutes/day.
  • Exercise: Dead Lifts to increase circulation in the pelvis area. Start light. Breathe in as you lift the weights. Breathe out as you set them down. Bend at the knees. Squeeze your buttocks, throw your shoulders back and stick your chest out. Do about 2 sets of 10/day and work up from there. Don’t overdo it. Repetitions are much better for your body than the amount of weight you lift.

The Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) test. What is it? How often? How is it scored?

The PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) is a protein produced only by the prostate gland. The current recommendation is to get a PSA test done once a year beginning at age 50. Other doctors recommend less frequent testing. I am a proponent of getting that base level test done so that if there is a problem in the future, there is something to compare to. Some men have a predisposition to prostate cancer or have had cancer. For this group of people the PSA test is recommended more frequently.

PSA Tests Can Be Elevated For Several Reasons Including:

  • Cancer
  • Benign Prostate Enlargement (BPE)
  • Inflammation
  • Infection
  • Age or Race (Blacks have higher PSA. Indians have the lowest amount of PSA)

PSA Scoring:

  • 0-4 nanograms/milliliter is normal
  • 4-10 ng/ml is slightly elevated
  • 10-20 ng/ml is moderately elevated
  • >20 is considered elevated

There are two types of PSA–Free and Attached.

The Free fraction is elevated with Benign Prostate Enlargement and the Attached fraction elevates with tumor involvement. Since there are both false positive and false negative tests, scientists are still studying various aspects of the Prostate Specific Antigen.

The “finger test” may pick up enlarged prostate, but increased PSA may not accompany enlarged prostate.

OK, men… now get out there and take care of yourselves because we love you and want you around for awhile.