1. Easy, All Natural Solutions to Dry Skin

    Easy, All Natural Solutions to Dry Skin

    Dry skin is usually a benign skin condition. Unfortunately, it can also be very uncomfortable. Our skin is our largest organ and acts as a waterproof, insulating shield guarding the body against extremes of temperature, damaging sunlight, and harmful chemicals. It also exudes antibacterial substances that prevent infection, manufactures vitamin D and helps detoxify our bodies of harmful toxins.

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  2. Sports Nutrition for Teens: Important Vitamins and Minerals

    Sports Nutrition for Teens: Important Vitamins and Minerals

    Dietary and lifestyle concerns change as a person ages, but the core vitamins and minerals that can help with exercise performance will benefit a person of any age. Young people engaging in regular physical activity should ensure that they have a healthy diet rich in vitamins and minerals that will help their bodies perform and recover optimally.

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  3. The Affect Of Massage Therapy And Patient Outcome

    The Affect Of Massage Therapy And Patient Outcome

    Massage therapy is the hands-on manipulation of the soft tissues in the body.  Soft tissue is found throughout our body, and is comprised of muscle, tendons, ligaments, fascia, nerves, fat tissue, joints and blood vessels.  Massage techniques are applied with the hands, elbows, forearms, and sometimes devices.   

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  4. Making Sense of Protein Ranking Scales

    The quality of a protein is determined by its essential amino acid composition and the digestibility and bioavailability of its amino acids, according to the Food and Agriculture Association and the World Health Organization (FAO/WHO). Several metrics have been developed in an effort to condense these qualitative terms into easy-to-understand scores:

    • Protein Efficiency Ratio (PER)
    • Biological Value (BV)
    • Net Protein Utilization (NPU)
    • Protein Digestibility Corrected Amino Acid Score (PDCAAS)
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  5. Which Protein Powder is Right?

    W hich Protein Powder is Right? Things to watch out for.
    Read the product labels carefully!

    1. Casein + WPC
    Whey Protein Concentrate (WPC) and caseinate are high in lactose, which can often cause bloating, flatulence, and gastrointestinal distress in some people.

    2. Gluten
    Food sensitivities to gluten

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  6. Mindful Gym Tips to Get Past the Ditch of Mediocrity

    Mindful Gym Tips to Get Past the Ditch of Mediocrity

    The expression, “I don’t have time to train”, has an unfavourable effect on prospective gym clientele. Life tends to get in the way of whatever you want to do. To believe that a lack of ‘time’ is responsible for why you cannot train sufficiently misses the point. The issue is firstly a failure to set and act upon a clear set practical goals. This is coupled with secondly, the need to develop a discipline of mental toughness and steadfast persistence to complete your personal fitness journey.
    When your mind is clear and focused, a strong body will follow.  I can assure you that a strong mind is rewarding. You will be eager to perform your workout and importantly, this discipline will serve you outside of the gym.
    Below, are practical tips on ho

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  7. Muscle Injuries

    All physical activity creates stress on the body. Whether it is shoveling in the winter, mowing the lawn in the summer, playing sports or an engaging exercise routine. Everything mentioned creates a physical demand on the body’s muscles and if care is not taken it can cause inflammation and cramping. Proper stretching and nutrients can avoid complications and injury.
    Nutrients such as systemic enzymes, electrolytes and magnesium can help remove the inflammation and avoid cramping within the muscles. Other nutrients such as glutamine, Co Q10, and proteins can help to repair any damage that can occur to the muscles.

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  8. Does beta-alanine really boost strength and endurance?

    There’s been a lot of talk about the new supplement beta-alanine that has hit the Sports Nutrition market.
    Beta-alanine is a precursor to carnosine, which is made in the body from two Amino Acids : histidine and beta-alanine. Carnosine is found in high concentrations in skeletal muscle of athletes that are fast-twitch muscle dominant, typically found in sprinters, football players, and bodybuilders. Supplementation with beta-alanine has shown to increase the concentration of carnosine in muscles, decrease fatigue in athletes and increase total muscular work.

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  9. Advice for the elderly on muscle loss

    Advice for the elderly on muscle loss

    An age-related progressive loss of muscle mass is called Sarcopenia, and this is what leads to muscle weakness, limited mobility, and increased susceptibility to injury.
    The exact mechanisms involved in sarcopenia have not been clearly understood. Indeed, an imbalance between protein synthesis and protein breakdown rate can lead to the loss of Muscles Proteins..

    What research has shown us
    In 2006 researchers, Fujita et al, reviewed the available literature and discussed the difference between young muscle fibres and old muscle fibres. The authors concluded that there is in fact a difference between how younger and older

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  10. Can we always blame our hormones?

    Outside forces like stress or temperature change are constantly acting on us. How do our bodies remain stable internally while such external fluctuations are present? Hormones are what make it possible for our bodies to respond at any moment to changes that threaten our internal equilibrium.

    Stress and Arousal
    The origin of the word hormone comes from the Greek-literally meaning "to arouse". Hormones arouse cells by altering cellular activity, increasing or decreasing the rate of normal metabolic processes to help maintain homeostasis.
    Since hormones govern processes like growth, reproduction and food use by cells, it follows that our body’s normal state of balance can be radically altered when hormonal imbalances occur.

    Our adrenal glands produce the hormones epinephrine

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