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   Rob Regish

As mentioned on the intro, I have not known about Rob for that long but I have seen and heard enough from Rob to make me think this man may just be one of the people that will be remembered for a long time.  If you are looking to loose fat, build muscle improve sports specific performance, health or any number of other reasons then check out rob, his Blue Print protocol and his forum for personal support where rob himself will reply to any post yuou make there normally within  24 hours! Now that is service. 

  What I like about Rob Regish is his personal effort to help people on his forum acheive their goals, he want you to achieve your goals, I mean really wants you to! Therefore you know the research he has put into his  protocol The Blue Print has been painstakinly put together. Rob has even put together a new (very new at the time of writing this) supplement to help enhance the effects of his training and nutritional protocols and the early signs are that this could be a HUGE supplement in the Bodubuilding/muscle and fitness arena. The product can be found  HERE Rob Garuantees results and you have to have sme confidance for that. I could go on but I don’t want to sound like one huge advertisement  (although that is the point I guess). I want to do a Q&A with Rob when we can find time but below are some comments about Rob from various places. This list was copied from the Super human Radio website which you can find by clicking HERE

 
 

About Rob Regish

 Rob Regish is the author of “The Blueprint”, a highly acclaimed series of books that have allowed thousands to break pleateaus from the United States to Australia. He’s also done freelance work, writing articles for VPX Sports, Muscle and Sports Science and is a sought after consultant for program design, diets, supplement formulations and life coaching.

 In April of 2012, he formulated Mass Pro Synthagen – the first in a new category of supplements designed to radically improve work capacity and recovery from high intensity exercise. Finally, Rob appears weekly on www.SuperHumanRadio.com where he has both his own show answering listener questions, as well as participating in a bi-weekly roundtable on strength and hypertrophy, with world record holder/powerlifting great Wade Johnson.

 Praise for Rob Regish/The Blueprint

 Originally Posted by Frank-Castle

 “I’ve used ALOT of different training methods over the years but nothing compared to the results I saw with this”.

 Turboflex: Results in 7 weeks: From www.bodybuilding.com

http://forum.bodybuilding.com/showth…hp?t=124590841

 “Bench max..

start 265×1

end 295×1

 Squat max..

 start 330×1

end 405×3!!!! (WOW)”

 By sovabrat on The Blueprint forums:

 “I am still trying to wrap my head around the progress I have made. My bodyfat is literally melting away. I surprised myself yet again and am proud to say I destroyed all my previous PR’s”.

 Originally Posted by canIhas on the Thermolife Forum:

 “But yeah the strength gains so far are sick. I had high expectations but so far The Blueprint has surpassed them”.

 TheBig3’s bodybuilding.com 1st Blueprint Run

 “20lbs in just over a month. I am once again speechless at the power of this program. This program not only

gives incredible knowledge but also is one of the few out there that deliver results. I literally had all of my expectations exceeded about the BP and couldn’t be happier”.

 Originally Posted by JDK420

“The most effective muscle building plan in circulation to date combined with the best customer support of all-time, makes purchasing the blueprint the best 50 bucks I have ever spent. Keep up the great work!”

 Dracomuscle – A certified personal trainer:

 “The Blueprint along with coaching from Rob helped me gain again and taught me to listen to my body. I thought I new it all, I’m well read and will soon be a certified personal trainer. Rob has shed a new light on what I do, and will do for the rest of my life. I have run this program three times and have seen gains in some way shape or form each time”.

 Sloop’s Bodybuilding.com feedback, upon initially reading The Blueprint:

“I’ve always been curious as to what all the hype is about, just how much information is included, what information is included, etc.

 Even if my lifts don’t improve by 1 pound, the amount of information to learn from in 1 document is staggering and worth the money. Hell, I’ve spent 5x the price for college textbooks that weren’t this helpful”.

 By Dr. P. – Thermolife Scientific Advisor

“With regards to blueprint: It is definitely not just another program. It is very different from everything I haveseen from the ‘popular programs’ crowd because it tuned and tweaked to lead into repeated states of borderline-overtraining and then to cut back on training stress just in the right moment in order to have the optimal growth stimulus. The addition of a strong adaptogen then fortifies and speeds up recuperation and regeneration tremendously, allowing for some insane gains within relatively short periods of time.”

 ckeahey

“I bought the Blueprint back in september of this year and I was a little skeptical. I had just tested my bench press for work and pushed 270 lbs. I was happy with that but wanted a little more. I started to do the BP and after halfway through I was doing 290, and it appears that I will benching 315 – 320 here next week. I am more than happy with BluePrint and can’t wait to start my next run through.

 If you haven’t bought this great ebook then you need to do it now”.

 elephino

“I was also skeptical. Very skeptical. But I’ve been going by the book, and am making great gains. I had been plateaued for months. In the last 5 weeks of the BP, I’ve added 15 lbs to my bench press, and 25 lbs on my squat. And I’m expecting to add another 5% to both in the next 4 weeks.The three things I really like about it are:

 1) The program. The routines are laid out to give you exactly what you need when you need it. When I was fee

ling battered, a deload day magically appeared. When I was feeling awesome, the plan stepped it up. The workouts are planned in a way that you can’t help but get stronger.

 2) The supplements. I’ve never been a believer in supplements, but decided to give them a try. I used to get horrible leg DOMS. Even after working legs consistently for a year, I couldn’t walk right for three days after leg day. It really held back my progress, as I dreaded doing legs, and always had to plan it around things I was doing in my life.

 With the Blueprint, I’m doing double the leg volume, and my legs don’t get sore /at all/. Not even a little. I can feel them the next day, like they’re the good kind of tired. But I can hit each body part MUCH more often. And the supplements aren’t shotgunned, they’re strategic. Like the workouts, you get what you need when you need it.

 3) Mixelflick/Rob Regish. He redefines customer service. He’s right there every step of the way. You have a question, he answers it. You go off track, he offers a suggestion. He helps tailor the plan to fit you and your goals. And he’s a super nice guy that brings a sense of community and family to the whole process. Like a one man support group.

 

He also stands behind his product. If you are willing to put in the effort, he will make the BP work for you”

 

 

Physical Culture


Physical Culture

 
   

Physical culture covers more than just weight lifting. Physical Culture encompasses a way of living. A term long lost, it has never been more needed. Back in the  the beginning of the 20th Century physical culture was led by people such as Arthur Saxon, Edgar Mueller and Eugene Sandow who were doing strong man shows.

       During the 20th century physical culture way of life which holistically incorporated good whole-food nutrition along with physical exercise became watered down and segregated into various, more specialized, disciplines such as bodybuilding, weight lifting and power lifting and so physical culture for the best part was lost. Fast forward to 21st century and in 2012 physical culture is on the upsurge at a time when it is most definitely needed. The internets ability to instantly share information with millions of people has reignited the physical culture flame. A book such as Randy Roach’s ‘Muscle Smoke & Mirrors’ is a fantastic, in depth writing of the history of physical culture. Rand now has part two out and is working on part three. If you want an insightful read into where it all began Randy’s books area MUST READ! 

       Below I will be building a database of articles and information about physical culture. I hope to add some history as well as up to date training tips and tricks for people of all ages. You don’t have to be a fanatic about physical culture; you just want to have the desire to live well, feel good and be healthy!  Incorporate whole foods, daily movement and some form of resistance exercise in your daily / weekly regimen and you will not only look good naked but you will turn back the clock! Remember, Live Longer Live Stronger!

 

 
   
 Articles  
   
   The Fundamentals, of Successful Weight Training  
    By rob Regish  

The Fundamentals, of Successful Weight Training

 

By Rob Regish
Founder of The Blue Print 
 
The fundamentals of successful weight training are threefold: Intensity, Volume and Frequency. If your results don’t match your expectations, then the answer to your problem will be found in one of these three variables. This article will focus on helping you to properly regulate the frequency of your training.    I assume you are training with the proper intensity and volume  (set-rep scheme). That is, you regularly attempt to add weight and/or reps each and every trip to the gym and do not overtrain with unnecessary  set volume. So far, so good.    

     Over the past 20 years I have traveled the country on  business and trained in gyms from MA to CA. What  I have noticed is that more often than not, trainees  adhere to a fixed training schedule or frequency. This can  spell disaster for even the most dedicated weight lifting  enthusiast. Allow me to explain why.    As you grow stronger your muscles adapt by growing larger.  They have a built in mechanism (hypertrophy) to adapt to  the demands you place upon them. What does NOT adapt  in a linear fashion is the body’s ability to clear out the  metabolic byproducts of training. For example, free radicals  generated by exercise will not be cleared by your internal  organs at a faster rate and can result in DNA damage.  This has been demonstrated in a number of studies (1).  The findings of this particular study conclude that overtraining  induces oxidative damage to nuclear DNA. Not ideal for your  muscle building efforts.  

   The question then is, what to do?    Step one is taking two weeks off. Tough for many to do but  it is necessary to let your body play catch up. More importantly,  it will give us the objective reference point we need in order to  properly regulate your exercise frequency; waking heart rate.  Each day, take your waking morning heart rate before getting out  of bed. Get in the habit as it pays dues. For example, let’s say on  day one you clock in at 70 beats per minute. If at the conclusion  of two weeks you’re down to 60 beats per minute you know you’ve  struck gold. A tool we can use to measure your true metabolic  (not overtrained) state. Now we go to school.   
 
      Upon resuming your training, take careful note of your frequency.  Let’s say you start back on the popular every other day schedule.  Your weights are going up from workout to workout and all is well.  By week three, however, you notice an elevation in your waking  heart rate; it’s now 65 beats per minute or greater. The solution  is to add an extra rest day by moving to a one on, two off schedule.    Now, compare this to your training partner who isn’t availing himself  to such information. He stagnates. The weights aren’t going up like  they used to. His joints start to ache a bit and he has a general  disinclination to train. Subjectively, he’s noticing that he’s more  tired than usual.  He reasons that he must work harder (increase  intensity) or do more (increased volume). He is focusing in  the wrong area. The solution is to decrease frequency.  

    You will often hear knowledgeable vets say “listen to your body, it  won’t lie”. This is one way of doing that. Of course, proper feeding  of the machine can make a huge difference. You will be able to  increase protein synthesis to the tune of 400% (2) by incorporating  time tested supplements such as essential amino acids, creatine and  chelated multi-vitamins/minerals. A simple, one step strategy is to consume the “insulin  cascade cocktail” by mixing 2 cups grape juice with 10 grams of essential amino acids  along with 5 grams of creatine monohydrate consumed just prior to, during and finishing  up the last third of this drink, post workout.   

   To summarize, take a two week break from weight training. Start taking your waking heart rate daily to obtain an objective measure of your  metabolic status. Incorporate the insulin cascade cocktail to  supercharge your levels of glycogen (grape juice), adenosine  tri-phosphate (creatine monohydrate), critical amino acids (essential amino acids)  and all of the supporting micro nutrients (quality multi-vitamin/multi-mineral). Finally,  adjust your training frequency by incorporating an additional rest  day between workouts when your waking heart rate rises 5 beats  per minute or more.    

 Enjoy your newfound advantage over your training partner!    

 References:  
 (1) Can J Appl Physiol. 2005 Apr;30(2):186-95.
 (2) Journal of Applied Physiology; 88, 386-392, 2000

 
Enjoy your newfound advantage over your training partner!    

 References:  
 (1) Can J Appl Physiol. 2005 Apr;30(2):186-95.
 (2) Journal of Applied Physiology; 88, 386-392, 2000

 

You can find more about rob Regish and The Blue Print  HERE
 
Rob is also involved with the following supplement that is taking the strength and fitness world by storm right now  HERE

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The best foods to eat for type-2 diabetes

NaturalNews) Getting diagnosed with type-2 diabetes can do a lot of things to your perspective: Your life, your priorities, your family and even your food. “What am I supposed to eat now?” is a common question after the initial prognosis. Fortunately, enjoying food may still be possible. Diabetes educator, Kathy Honick, of the Barnes Jewish Hospital at St. Louis suggest that patients newly diagnosed with diabetes ask a dietitian to learn what foods may now be available for them and what to avoid.

Type-2 diabetics: Why you want to watch your diet

A diet of sugary drinks and highly processed food is an abnormal dietary intake that causes the increasing and prolonging of blood glucose after eating. This condition forces the pancreas to produce more insulin, the key factor responsible for the diabetes affecting more or less 25.8 million Americans of all ages.

For the type-2 diabetic, the body no longer has enough insulin to keep blood glucose level normal. The body acquires an insulin resistance, thus preventing it from being able to use blood glucose for energy. When this occurs, sugar levels in the body shoot up causing hyperglycemia. Common symptoms include frequent urination, fatigue and hunger. This condition builds up over time and normally affects people who are overweight, although it has been also known to happen to people who are thin. It is also commonly found in the elderly.

An unmanaged diabetes condition can cause serious complications such as kidney problems, nerve damage, high blood pressure and heart attack. The skin can develop sores and infections especially at the feet, sometimes times leading to amputation.

The Glycemic Index

Blood glucose levels are affected by the kind food taken. Food having the greatest effect is carbohydrates because they are processed into glucose from the intestine and into the blood. All carbohydrates, however, are not equally created. Some can be digested at different levels and produce varying effects in raising the glucose level after a meal.

This effect has been quantified by the Glycemic Index. According to the University of Sydney website, food with high GI are those rapidly digested and absorbed resulting to a marked fluctuation in blood sugar levels. The foods with low GI, on the other hand, are slowly digested and absorbed, producing a slow and gradual rise in blood sugar and insulin levels. Studies have shown that a low GI diet improves both glucose and lipid profiles in people with diabetes since the diet also reduces insulin levels and insulin resistance. It also has the added benefit of weight control since it helps control appetite and delays hunger.

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Food Agriculture Organization (FAO) in 1999 recommended to people of industrialized countries to base their diets on low GI food to prevent the diseases of affluence like diabetes, obesity and coronary disease.

Best foods for type-2 diabetics

People diagnosed with diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association, should take steps to control their blood sugar. However, this does not mean that their diet is vastly different from the general population. The main emphasis is losing weight and eating right. Below are some foods that can help in weight management and the prevention dangerous spikes in blood glucose:

1. Choose complex carbohydrates over simple carbohydrates – Keeping sugar levels stable is a top priority for diabetics. That is why complex carbohydrates are a better source of energy compared to simple carbohydrates that produce spikes in the bloodstream and cause serious problems. Try to avoid sweet drinks, cakes, candies or at the very least try to take them in very small quantities. Instead, choose complex carbohydrates like whole wheat, brown rice, beans, oats, quinoa and whole wheat pasta as they are slowly digested and absorbed into the blood, thus producing a gradual and consistent sugar level instead of unpredictable spikes.

2. Increase the amount of fiber you eat – Fiber is a type of carbohydrate; however, it is not broken down by the body and does not contribute any calories. Fiber has two kinds: soluble and insoluble. Insoluble fiber keeps the digestive tract working (i.e. whole wheat bran) while soluble fiber can lower cholesterol. The New England Journal of Medicine featured a study where diabetics more or less consumed 50 grams of soluble fiber daily. The study indicated that those who had more fiber were able to control their blood glucose much better than those who didn’t. An example of this type of fiber is oatmeal. Moreover, fiber adds bulk to what you eat, helping you manage your appetite and keeps those calories in check. Fruits and vegetables are a good source of this nutrient.

3. Don’t forget your proteins – proteins play a role in weight control. A study conducted in Sweden revealed that increasing protein intake can reduce weight faster than limiting carbohydrate consumption, moreover, protein rich meals tend to make people more alert than sugar or carbohydrate rich meals.

4. Use herbs and spices to flavor you dishes – Using natural products instead of food additives to flavor food is a great way to increase the medicinal value of your diet. The Journal of Nutrition and Food Science featured a study where it was revealed that the phytochemicals in common household spices can actually improve insulin activity, presenting a more natural way in treating and preventing type-2 diabetes. Examples of these common household spices are cinnamon, garlic, basil and oregano. These spices have also been found to lower blood pressure, increase platelet aggregation and protect blood vessels, greatly reducing cardiovascular disease associated with type-2 diabetes.

There is no predetermined standard diet for diabetes. The methods of controlling blood sugar are different for each person. Hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia are main concerns for patients receiving insulin and clearly there are a lot of factors to consider. Having a thorough understanding of your specific diabetes condition in consultation with your Naturopathic Doctor can go a long way in managing the onset of the symptoms of diabetes.

Sources for this article:
http://ginews.blogspot.com/2012/03/gi-update.html
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000313.htm
http://www.everydayhealth.com
http://www.naturalnews.com/028681_diabetes_healthy_diet.html
http://www.glycemicindex.com/about.php
http://www.cyberdiabetes.com/

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/035892_type-2_diabetes_foods_glycemic_index.html#ixzz1vDdsiqQm

Understanding of Gene Expression

ScienceDaily (May 17, 2012) — Over the past decade, research in the field of epigenetics has revealed that chemically modified bases are abundant components of the human genome and has forced us to abandon the notion we’ve had since high school genetics that DNA consists of only four bases.

Now, researchers at Weill Cornell Medical College have made a discovery that once again forces us to rewrite our textbooks. This time, however, the findings pertain to RNA, which like DNA carries information about our genes and how they are expressed. The researchers have identified a novel base modification in RNA which they say will revolutionize our understanding of gene expression.

Their report, published May 17 in the journal Cell, shows that messenger RNA (mRNA), long thought to be a simple blueprint for protein production, is often chemically modified by addition of a methyl group to one of its bases, adenine. Although mRNA was thought to contain only four nucleobases, their discovery shows that a fifth base, N6-methyladenosine (m6A), pervades the transcriptome. The researchers found that up to 20 percent of human mRNA is routinely methylated. Over 5,000 different mRNA molecules contain m6A, which means that this modification is likely to have widespread effects on how genes are expressed.

“This finding rewrites fundamental concepts of the composition of mRNA because, for 50 years, no one thought mRNA contained internal modifications that control function,” says the study’s senior investigator, Dr. Samie R. Jaffrey, an associate professor of pharmacology at Weill Cornell Medical College.

“We know that DNA and proteins are routinely modified by chemical switches that have profound effects on their function in both health and disease. But biologists believed mRNA was simply an intermediate between DNA and protein,” he says. “Now we know mRNA is much more complex, and defects in RNA methylation can lead to disease.”

Indeed, as part of the study, the researchers demonstrated that the obesity risk gene, FTO (fat mass and obesity-associated), encodes an enzyme capable of reversing this modification, converting m6A residues in mRNA back to regular adenosine. Humans with FTO mutations have an overactive FTO enzyme, which results in low levels of m6A and causes abnormalities in food intake and metabolism that lead to obesity.

The researchers uncovered links between m6A and other diseases as well.

“We found that m6A is present in many mRNAs encoded by genes linked to human diseases, including cancer as well as several brain disorders, such as autism, Alzheimer’s disease, and schizophrenia,” says the study’s lead investigator, Dr. Kate Meyer, a postdoctoral researcher in Dr. Jaffrey’s laboratory.

“Methylation in RNA is a reversible modification that appears to be a central step in a wide variety of biological pathways and physiological processes,” she says.

The first time that m6A was detected in mRNA was in 1975, but at the time scientists were unsure whether this finding was a result of contamination by other RNA molecules, Dr. Jaffrey says. Over 90 percent of RNA is either transfer RNA (tRNA) or ribosomal RNA (rRNA), cellular workhorses that are routinely modified.

But Dr. Jaffrey says he has always been interested in the idea that mRNA may be modified — “DNA, proteins, other forms of RNA are modified, so why not mRNA?” he says — so he and investigators in his laboratory developed a technique to help them uncover methylation in mRNA taken from both mouse and human samples.

They used two different antibodies that recognize and bind to m6A in mRNA in order to selectively isolate the mRNAs that contain m6A. By subjecting these mRNAs to next-generation sequencing, they were able to identify the sequence of each individual mRNA they had isolated. Co-authors Dr. Christopher Mason and Dr. Olivier Elemento, assistant professors from the Department of Physiology and Biophysics and Computational Genomics in Computational Biomedicine at Weill Cornell Medical College, then developed computational algorithms to reveal the identity of each of these methylated mRNAs.

The Weill Cornell researchers don’t know how the thousands of m6As they detected in humans work to control the function of mRNAs, but they do note that the m6As are located near “stop codons” in mRNA sequences. These areas signal the end of translation of the mRNA, suggesting that m6A might influence ribosomal function. “But we really don’t know yet,” says Dr. Mason, a co-lead investigator on the study. “It may allow other proteins to bind to mRNA, or subject these mRNAs to a whole new regulatory pathway. Our bioinformatics analyses are providing several hints about the possible impact of methylation on RNA function.”

Indeed, in their study, the investigators have already found that m6A sites frequently occur in regions of mRNA that are highly conserved across several species of vertebrates. “This shows that m6A sites are not just important for humans, but rather are maintained under selection across hundreds of millions of years of evolution, and thus are likely of critical importance for all animals,” Dr. Mason says.

“This is the first demonstration of an epitranscriptomic modification — alterations in RNA function that are not due to changes in the underlying sequence,” he adds.

“These findings are very, very exciting, and amazing, really, when you consider that mRNA has been around for so long and that nobody realized, in all this time, that they were being regulated in this way,” Dr. Jaffrey says. “It was right under our noses.”

In addition to investigating how m6A regulates mRNAs within cells, the researchers are now focused on identifying the enzymes and pathways that control mRNA methylation.

Their study already demonstrates that FTO is capable of reversing adenosine methylation and suggests that it acts on a large proportion of cellular mRNA. “FTO mutations are estimated to occur in one billion people worldwide and are a leading cause of obesity and type 2 diabetes. Our studies link m6A levels in mRNA to these major health problems and identify for the first time the mRNAs which are potentially targeted by FTO,” Dr. Meyer says.

The investigators are currently working to understand how defective regulation of m6A in patients with FTO mutations causes obesity and metabolic disorders, and they are also developing tests to rapidly identify compounds that inhibit FTO activity. These compounds are expected to inhibit the overactive FTO found in humans, potentially leading to novel therapeutics for diabetes and obesity.

Other study co-authors are Yogesh Saletore and Paul Zumbo, members of Dr. Mason’s Integrative Functional Genomics laboratory, in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics at Weill Cornell

Boost your energy naturally with these ‘super’ herbs

NaturalNews) If you are one of the millions of Americans that struggles daily with lack of energy or chronic fatigue, then you are likely very familiar with those constant feelings of being tired and drained. But rather than turn to coffee, so-called energy drinks, or harsh stimulants for a quick pick-me-up, you might instead try supplementing with one or more of these amazing, energy-boosting “super” herbs.

Korean ginseng, also known as Panax ginseng

Stimulants like caffeine that tend to give the body a “kick” of energy also tend to put heavy strain on the body’s adrenal cortex, which regulates stress, by causing it to work harder than normal to produce more energy. But adaptogens like Korean ginseng (Panax schinsen) actually feed the adrenal cortex the nutrients it needs to produce lasting, stress-resistant energy the way the body was meant to produce it.

Adaptogens essentially increase the body’s natural resistance to stress, which can subsequently improve energy levels by taking a large burden off the adrenal system. And this is exactly what Korean ginseng, and also other forms of ginseng, to a lesser extent, can do for you when supplemented on a regular basis. Dr. C. Leigh Broadhurst, Ph.D., from The Herb Companion recommends taking 100 milligrams (mg) of the standardized extract in capsule or liquid form four times daily (http://www.herbcompanion.com/health/Herbs-for-energy.aspx?page=2).

Eleuthero root, also known as Siberian ginseng

Though not technically a true member of the ginseng family, eleuthero root (Eleutherococcus senticosus, Acanthopanax senticosus) is also a powerful adaptogenic herb with multiple health-promoting characteristics (http://www.tasteforlife.com).

Besides containing powerful analgesic (painkilling), anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, aphrodisiac, and immune-boosting compounds, eleuthero root and root bark is similar to Korean (Panax) ginseng in that it helps regulate key hormones in the body related to stress, endurance, and overall energy levels. When taken steadily over a period of time, eleuthero root can help lessen fatigue and stimulate the adrenal cortex to produce more cortisol, the key stress hormone in the body that is responsible for producing “get up and go” feelings after a normal night’s sleep.

Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), one of the most vital herbs in Ayurvedic healing, is another adaptogenic herb that actually works quite well when taken together with ginseng of eleuthero root. According to The Herb Companion, taking one to two teaspoons twice or three times daily of this shrub extract — or one 500 mg capsule of ashwagandha three times daily — is plenty to obtain its energy-boosting power.

The Chopra Center adds that ashwagandha can also help boost immunity; improve memory and learning capacity; reduce anxiety and depression without causing fatigue; stabilize blood sugar; lower bad cholesterol levels; protect the brain against degeneration; fight malaria; and reduce or eliminate inflammation. This group recommends taking between 600 and 1000 mg of ashwagandha twice daily (http://www.chopra.com/ashwagandha).

Yerba mate

A powerful herbal tea with 24 vitamins and minerals, 15 amino acids, and 11 polyphenols and antioxidants, yerba mate, an amazing rainforest plant, is an excellent alternative to coffee for boosting energy levels naturally. Yerba mate contains low levels of caffeine, but because this is balanced out with a host of other nutrients, brewed yerba mate tea will not give you the “jitters,” and will not harm your adrenal glands.

Yerba mate tea also helps stimulate the immune system; reduce bad cholesterol levels; improve mental clarity; relieve allergies; and fight bad breath. Here are some helpful instructions for how to prepare yerba mate tea at home (http://yerbamatedrinker.com/how_to_prepare_the_mate.html).

Other energy-boosting herbs that you may wish to investigate further include licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra), schisandra (Schizandra chinensis), raw cacao, and goji berries (Lycium barbarum).

Sources for this article include:

http://www.herbcompanion.com/health/Herbs-for-energy.aspx

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/035888_herbs_energy_boost_natural.html#ixzz1vDT1smCF

Chinese herbs prevent hair loss & stimulate natural hair restoration without the need for baldness drugs

NaturalNews) Chinese herbs have been used for centuries on their own and in conjunction with other alternative therapies such as acupuncture, acupressure and Ayurveda to prevent hair loss, re-grow hair and restore natural pigment to gray hair.

Hair loss has many causes, such as the genetic male pattern baldness and diseases affecting glands and hormones. Lack of circulation to the scalp and vitamin deficiencies play a major role in hair health. Chemotherapy is the primary cause of hair loss in patients suffering from cancer.

Hair loss prevention with Chinese medicine

Certain herbs help bring the body into balance and are used for thinning hair treatment and as baldness cures. The first steps toward hair restoration is increasing the quality of the blood and circulation to the scalp. The key to limiting thinning hair and promoting hair re-growth is early intervention. Natural hair loss treatments may extend from 3 to 12 months or longer, depending on the severity of the problem, the length of time the condition has persisted, and on the response of each individual being treated.

Best hair restoration products using Chinese herbs

Below are listed some of the best hair restoration treatments using Chinese herbs. An herbal specialist should be consulted for additional information on how to prepare a tonic.

1. The best natural hair restoration herbal remedy is Fo-Ti, also known as He Shou Wu, or by its Latin name, Polygonum Multiflorum. This herb has shown efficacy for hundreds of years in not only helping with hair restoration, but also for restoring gray hair to its original color. It strengthens hair, builds the blood and reverses the process of aging throughout the body.

2. Ganoderma lucidum or Reishi mushroom is known in TCM for enhancing kidney energy which effects blood flow. This highly touted herbal cure is known in China as a cure for immune disorders and helps protect against aging. In China, Reishi mushroom is so well respected it has been called the “mushroom of immortality.”

3. Ligustrum lucidum or Nu Shen Zi improves circulation to the scalp and is considered a Yin kidney and liver tonic. In China it is said that this herb extends life and acts on the immune system as a blood tonic helping with hair restoration and hair loss prevention.

4. Schisandra chinensis or Wu Wei Zin is a well known herbal tonic used to enhance beauty and as a baldness cure. It is one of the most widely used natural hair restoration products, enhancing skin quality on the scalp and on the rest of the body.

5. Additional Chinese herbs used in natural hair restoration products and herbal tonics include Thallus algae, a type of seaweed high in micronutrients; Morus albus or Mulberry fruit spike, used to prevent the premature graying of hair; Stinging nettle, which provides important minerals and nutrients to prevent hair loss and stimulate hair re-growth; Rehmannia glutinosa, Angelica sinensis, Eclipta prostratea, Sesame indicum, and Salvia miltiorrhiza.

A variety of hair loss tonics are available in health food stores; however, they may not work. Chinese apothecaries and herb stores are the best places to purchase tonics for hair restoration. The herbs are usually fresh and a trained herbal practitioner can properly diagnose and choose the best products for each individual need. Some herbs can cause side effects and should be administered only under supervision.

For those who have unsuccessfully used conventional hair restoration methods such as pharmaceutical drugs, laser treatments or surgery, Traditional Chinese Medicine offers options that may be helpful for hair restoration, reversing gray hair and overcoming health disorders resulting in successful hair replacement treatment.

Sources for this article include:

Ageless Herbs: Ageless Herbs Formula List
http://www.agelessherbs.com/hairlossremedy.html

Family Doctor.org: Hair Loss and Its Causes
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Regular physical activity and active lifestyle lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease

NaturalNews) Scientific studies have previously demonstrated that many lifestyle factors as well as diet can have a major impact on genetic expression that either promotes or inhibits the development of Alzheimer’s dementia. Recent studies have demonstrated that insulin signaling and resistance in the brain result in the formation of amyloid protein tangles that are a hallmark of disease progression.
A new study by neurological researchers from Rush University Medical Center that will be published in the online journal of Neurologydemonstrates that daily physical activity may reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and cognitive decline, even in people over the age of 80. Integrating a healthy diet including foods known to suppress sharp insulin and glucose spikes along with sensible supplementation (curcumin, resveratrol, grape seed extract and omega-3 fatty acids) and regular physical activity may be sufficient to halt Alzheimer’s progression as we age.

All types of physical activity found to dramatically lower Alzheimer’s disease risk

Lead author of the study, Dr. Aron S. Buchman noted “The results of our study indicate that all physical activities including exercise as well as other activities such as cooking, washing the dishes, and cleaning are associated with a reduced risk of Alzheimer’s disease.” The study reinforced the concept of remaining physically active each day to ward off this devastating form of dementia.
Strenuous exercise is not essential and may hold potential health risks for the aging population. The key is to avoid becoming confined to a chair: keeping the muscles and brain active can dramatically alter brain chemistry and metabolism to prevent Alzheimer’s.

Lack of physical activity nearly triples the risk of developing Alzheimer’s

To determine daily physical activity levels, researchers asked 716 older individuals without dementia and an average age of 82 to wear a device called an actigraph, a device attached to the wrist that monitors activity levels, for a period of ten days. Additionally, participants were given annual cognitive tests during this ongoing study to measure memory and thinking abilities. All types of physical activity from structured exercise sessions to common everyday tasks were recorded for analysis.
Over a three and a half year follow up period, 71 participants developed Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers determined that those individuals in the bottom 10 percent of daily physical activity were more than twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease compared to those in the top ten percent. Further, the scientists found that those in the top ten percent as rated by physical intensity were nearly three times as likely to develop Alzheimer’s dementia, as compared to the lowest intensity group.
Dr. Buchman concluded “Our study shows that physical activity, which is an easily modifiable risk factor, is associated with cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease.” This study adds to the mounting evidence that Alzheimer’s disease can be prevented by adopting a lifestyle of healthy eating, stress-reduction, minimized exposure to pesticides and toxins and engaging in daily physical activity.
Sources for this article include: http://www.neurology.org http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/04/120418203530.htm http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2012-04/aaon-gmd041012.php http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/244315.php
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The anti-aging superfood avocado

NaturalNews) Foods that have an incredible array of health benefits that go well beyond just their nutrient value are considered superfoods. These foods are typically loaded with a combination of critical fatty acids, anti-oxidant phytonutrients and essential amino acids. Avocados are one of the best anti-aging superfoods to consume.
Avocados are native to Central America and were a favorite food of the Aztec Indians. It is part of the flowering plant family Lauraceae which includes camphor, bay laurel and cinnamon. Avocados are considered a fruit. They are cultivated in tropical climates throughout the world including southern Florida and California.
The oldest known evidence of avocado use as a food was found in a cave in Puebla, Mexico. The dates of the writings are thought to be from around 10,000 BC. The two major types of avocados are the Hass Avocado and Florida Avocado. The Hass avocado was named after Rudolph Hass who developed an avocado farm and obtained a patent for the avocados he was growing.
Florida avocados are significantly larger than the Hass avocados but are lower in overall fat and calories. The Hass avocado is more dense in monounsaturated fatty acids than the Florida avocado. The Hass avocado averages between 18-30% fatty acids while the Florida avocado has about 3-5% fats. This equals out to the Florida avocados being about 25-50% of the total fat content found in the Hass avocados.

Avocados rich in healthy Fats & anti-Oxidants

This amazing fruit is very high in healthy oleic acid. This is a monounsaturated fat that helps increase fat metabolism. It is also rich in the powerful carotenoid anti-oxidants lutein and zeaxanthin as well as vitamin E (tocopherol).
These anti-oxidants decrease oxidative stress and allow for a healthier cellular environment. Other critical components include ionic potassium and folate. These elements are alkaline forming in the body, helping to buffer acidic wastes that accumulate within the human tissue and bloodstream.
Avocados are a terrific complement to a vegetable based meal. Most vegetables, particularly in their raw state, contain a high amount of carotenoid based anti-oxidants. Studies have shown that these anti-oxidants are lipophilic (fat-loving) and are absorbed best in the body when combined with a healthy fat such as oleic acid.
A study published in the Journal of Nutrition in March 2005 showed that adding avocados to salad increased absorption of alpha-carotene, beta-carotene and lutein 7.2, 15.3, and 5.1 times higher, respectively, than the average amount of these carotenoids absorbed when avocado-free salad was eaten.
Hass avocados have been found to be the most densely concentrated variety of the avocado fruit. They contain the highest content of lutein and zeaxanthin and other fat-soluble nutrients. Both types of avocados are terrific for the digestive system as they contain a good variety of both soluble and insoluble fibers.
Avocados are one of the best anti-aging foods that prevent wrinkles and skin aging. The D-manno-heptulose sugar that is found in avocados has been shown to improve the skin epidermis by boosting collagen formation. Avocados also contain specific amino acids and carotenoid anti-oxidants that reduce age spots, soothe inflammation and heals scars and burns.
When looking to find a ripe avocado it is best to feel the consistency rather than judge them off of their color. Ripe avocados that are still good are typically firm but have slight give to them. Any sort of mushy consistency is a warning sign that the inside meat is oxidized and rotten. Refrigerating your avocados will increase their shelf life while putting them in a bag with an old banana peel will make them ripen faster.
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Earthing: A simple (and free) way to reduce pain and inflammation

NaturalNews) Since the beginning of creation there has been a flow of energy between our bodies and Mother Earth that works to support the various systems in our body and scavenge up free radicals that promote inflammation. More specifically, there is a flow of electrons through direct skin contact with the earth’s surface. Our planet has a negative electrical potential that is generated by solar winds, our ionosphere and lightning storms. When our skin is in direct contact with the earth we maintain the same electrical potential as our planet. This phenomenon has been occurring mostly without interference up until the last several generations.
What has happened to interfere with this natural process? For many of us, we spend the majority of our days with shoes on that are made of a rubber, insulating sole which blocks this natural flow of electrons, and when we are barefoot, we’re typically indoors, which again blocks this natural flow of electrons. Many people in industrialized countries and societies rarely make direct skin contact with the earth. So what’s the big deal if we’re not spending regular time in touch with our planet?

Healthy electron flow

Over the last decade, research has been under way to demonstrate that this separation or insulation could be a significant factor in fueling inflammation and physiologic dysfunction in our bodies. We also know that inflammation is behind the majority of diseases and illnesses in our society. This concept is referred to as Earthing (or grounding) and has started to accumulate some convincing research about the detriment of being insulated from the earth’s flow of electrons and the benefits of reconnecting. These studies have demonstrated improvements in various biomarkers after Earthing which include improved cortisol cycles, reduced pain, better sleep, improved balance in the autonomic nervous system and a blood-thinning effect.

How it works

To better understand why such a simple process can have such a profound effect on our health and wellness, we must look at the role of these electrons in our bodies. It is the electron that neutralizes the damaging free radicals that are produced by our immune and inflammatory responses. By neutralizing these free radicals, chronic and acute inflammation are reduced. This is what actually determines the strength of any antioxidant – the amount of free electrons it can donate. This begs to question whether many people with chronic conditions are suffering from an “electron deficiency.”

Join the “who’s who” of Earthing

Dr. Jeff Spencer, chiropractor to many elite athletes and performers, utilized this technology in the last four of eight victories of the US Cycle Team led by Lance Armstrong at the Tour de France. He observed more rapid recovery rates, reduction of injury repair time and enhanced performance compared to the prior years where this technology was not utilized.
Earthing is as simple as spending 20-30 minutes barefoot in the lawn (walking or sitting) or taking a walk along the beach sans sandals. If this is not an option for you based on where you live or other limitations, there are indoor devices such as bed pads, mattresses and grounding electrodes that can be used.
Even though research in this area is relatively new, we may soon discover that Earthing is an essential requirement for long-term optimal health and wellness.
Sources for this article include
http://www.earthinginstitute.net
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About the author: Kelly Pepper, D.C., is a mother of five with a home birth on the way. An avid reader, eclectic cook, home manager, and untiring sleuth to natural living, she gathers her experience to share with children of all ages. She is currently working on a wellness book series for children ages 4-7. She and her husband own Affinity Health Professionals
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