Wednesday, April 28, 2010

What's the Deal About Antioxidants?

We all hear about the benefits of getting antioxidants into our bodies. Do you know why, though? The antioxidants really are phenomenal. I'm talking about vitamins A, C, and E in this article. After doing tons of research and sharing information with others, here is a summary list I have come up with...

Your appearance can improve. If signs of aging skin is a concern to you, getting more antioxidants can help your skin look more vibrant and younger. Your skin tone (coloring) will appear more bright. They will nourish your skin. Antioxidants also assist in disease prevention. Increased circulation also helps your body function at its optimum level.

Vitamin A contains retinol, an ingredient known for lessening the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The Mayo Clinic states that retinol was the first anti-aging ingredient found in original wrinkle creams.

Since antioxidants help increase blood circulation by fighting free radicals (harmful antibodies), they can increase the growth of your hair.

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Monday, April 19, 2010

Heart Nutrients

Isn't it interesting how the pharmaceutical companies have come up with another needed medication? Statins have been used for years as a remedy for lowering harmful cholesterol levels. Within the past couple of years, more publicity has been gained that this "remedy" also lowers the necessary level of Coenzyme 10 that our bodies produce naturally. (Coenzyme-10 is also known as CO-10,a nutrient helps to protect our heart health). By prescribing statins, the pharmaceutical companies are actually killing the patients who are taking them.

So....the "we're here for you" drug manufacturers have counterattacked with a prescription-needed drug that "protects" our Co-10. Spare me.

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Thursday, April 08, 2010

Get in Shape with Isometrics

Isometrics are muscle contractions that can increase the blood supply to your muscles. This form of exercising can also increase your muscle strength in a short period of time. All muscles in your body can benefit.

While sitting or standing, tighten your butt muscles. You can do this one side at a time or both together. Hold the contraction for six seconds. Relax for a few seconds. Repeat this exercise as many times as you want throughout the day.

Strengthen your abdominal muscles by holding your stomach in while you are walking or sitting. You can also tighten your stomach muscles and hold the contraction for six seconds. Squeeze together different parts of your abdomen to get a full-abdominal workout. One popular exercise involves sitting upright in a firm chair. Wrap one end of a resistance band around your chair legs. Grab a hold of the other end of your band with each hand. Inhale. Gently pull on the bands until you feel a stretch in your stomach muscles. Hold this stretch for six seconds. Release the tension as you exhale. Repeat this exercise five to ten times.

These are just some examples of how to use isometrics to your advantage.