Increase Your Metabolism

Maximize muscle. This is simple the more muscle you have the easier it is to burn calories.

Don’t forget the cardio. Cardio is important for heart health and getting you into your target heart rate. Cardio is also great for blasting fat.

Stretch. Stretching helps your muscles to work better and enables you to isolate your body’s problem areas.

Focus on the good things. If you work on the favourite parts of your body you can boost confidence and draw attention to those areas helping you not worry about your problem areas as much. For example if you exercise your chest, arms and back it may make you more proportionate if you have wider hips.

Choosing The Right Breakfast Cereal

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Having a good breakfast helps boost your metabolism, gives you energy and is important in preventing a binge until your mid morning snack or lunch. There are so many breakfast cereals these days and you want to be sure you pick one that will be the most beneficial to you. With that in mind next time you visit the cereal aisle consider the following

Make sure you read between the lines. Just because a cereal may be labelled as “low fat”, or “low Sugar” doesn’t mean that it is healthy for you. The product may have extra hidden calories. Often if a product is low in fat they add more sugar to enhance flavour.

Make sure the cereal includes healthy grains. Look for cereals labelled as “whole grains”. Cereals with 7 grams of fibre or more are also recommended. Some cereals to consider are Nature Path, Kashi, or Go Lean. You want to get at least 25-30 grams of fibre per day.

Avoid sugar. When picking a cereal you want to choose one that has no more then 5 grams. Be aware of fruits containing dried fruit, they are often full of sugar. Some of the worst offenders when it comes to sugar are Fruit Loops and Apple Jacks.

Saturated Fat. Your cereal should have no more then 2 grams of saturated fat and definitely no trans fat. The American Heart Association recommends that that no more then 1% of your daily calories should come from trans  fat that means you should take no more then 2 grams of fat in.

Remember breakfast is extremely important in losing weight or maintaining a healthy weight so choose your cereal wisely.

Hot Tea Causes Cancer?

Iranian researches have come to believe that drinking hot tea may cause throat cancer. They suggest that people wait for drinks to cool before consumption.

Many studies have linked alcohol and tobacco with esophagus cancer and a recent study that has been published in the British Medical Journal suggests that hot beverages that may also cause the same tumours.

If you drink tea at a temperature greater then 70 degrees Celsius there is an increased risk of throat cancer 8 times higher then consumption of lukewarm tea of under 65 degrees.

The study conducted at the Tehran University of Medical Science studied the tea habits of 300 people who have esophageal cancer as well as over 500 healthy men and women in the same area of northern Iran.

Golestan has one of the highest rates of throat cancer but their consumption of alcohol and tobacco is considered low. All of the volunteers consumed more then 1 litre of black tea daily. Participants who drank their tea less than 2 minutes after they poured it were five times more likely to develop cancer then the participants who waited at least 4 minutes.

Though it isn’t clear on how the tea causes cancer, some suggest that injury to the lining of the throat somehow initiates it.

Pains No Man Should Ignore

Sudden Groin Pain: This pain isn’t as bad as getting hit in the balls but its pretty close. It sometimes may be accompanied by swelling.
Possible Condition: You may have Testicular Torsion. Under normal circumstances testicles are attached to a mans body in two ways: by spermatic cords and by flesh anchors near the scrotum. However in some cases there is a defect and these anchors are missing which allows the spermatic cords to get twisted which can cut off the flow to the testicle. If you catch this within 4-6 hours it is possible to save the testicle but if you wait 12-24 hours you’ll probably lose your testicles. Another possibility is an infection of the epididymis.
Getting Diagnosed: In most cases you would get a physical examination which may be accompanied by an ultrasound. Antibiotics can help with infection. If your spermatic cords are twisting then a surgeon will straighten them out and create artificial anchors near the scrotum.

Severe Back Pain: This pain is similar to if you had tried to clean and tug at a very heavy shelf. However, normally painkillers, heat, or even rest don’t make the pain go away.
Possible Condition: If you are certain your pain isn’t related to an exercise injury then you may be suffering from an aneurysm. Another possible condition is kidney stones.
Getting Diagnosed: Getting injected with dye and having a CT scan is the best way of revealing the shape and size of an aneurysm. Once the size is determined it will be treated with blood pressure medication or surgery to implant a synthetic graft.

Persistent Shin or Foot Pain: This is a pain that nags at the front of the shin or top of the foot which worsens with exercises. Ibuprofen and acetaminophen provide no relief.
Possible Condition: More then likely you are suffering from a stress fracture. Bones are like other tissues within your body they constantly regenerate. However, if you are exercising so hard and so much then your bones are not getting proper time to heal. This can lead to permanent bone damage.
Getting Diagnosed: During an X-ray, radioactive dye will reveal if you have a fracture. You will be told to stop exercising until it can heal and may have to wear a cast for awhile.

Sharp Abdominal Pain: This pain would feel like a bullet in the stomach or getting knifed in the gut.
Possible Condition: This can be hard to determine because there are so many vital organs near your abdominal region. The pain could mean anything from appendicitis, pancreatitis, or even an inflamed gallbladder. Regardless in either case something has caused a blockage with your organ which can be fatal.
Getting Diagnosed: If you have pain in the lower right part of your abdomen and you have a high white blood cell count you probably have appendicitis (meaning you will have your appendix removed). If you have pain in the upper right part of your abdomen and your white blood cell count is high you probably have an inflamed gallbladder (so you will have your gallbladder removed). If its pain below your breast bone and certain enzyme levels are high then you may be having problems with your pancreas.

Transient Chest Pains: This is a heavy pain that leaves just as fast as it came.
Possible Condition: Possibly indigestion, or even a heart attack. Even if it only lasts for a short period of time it can be something very serious. Just how serious? You may have a blood clot that has placed itself in a narrow spot in your coronary artery which can completely cut off blood flow to your heart. If this is the case you may have no more then 3-4 hours.
Getting Diagnosed: A blood test normally checks certain markers for damaged heart tissue. Treatment may include a angioplasty or bypass surgery.

Leg Pain and Swelling: Your calve is extreme pain and its swollen and tender to the touch it may even feel warm.
Possible Condition: Even by just sitting in place for up to 6 hours can cause blood pools in your lower legs causing a clot. Before long that clot will be big enough to block blood flow through a vein which causes the pain and swelling. One of the first things you would probably do is rub your leg. However that is one of the worst things you can do as it can send a big clot up to your lung which could kill you.
Getting Diagnosed: A venogram would be the best way to determine if you have DVT (deep vein thrombosis). Doctors will try to dissolve the clot with drugs or place filters on certain veins to stop clots.

Painful Urination: Your urination is so painful it causes you to curse and scream and your urine has a rusty tint to it.
Possible Condition: Worst case scenario is you have bladder cancer which is the 4th most common cancer among men. Smoking is an extreme risk factor but if you catch this disease early you have a 90% of fixing the problem.
Getting Diagnosed: To diagnose Bladder cancer doctors have to go through the process of elimination. They may do a urinalysis to eliminate bugs, then they will look inside your bladder by inserting a scope. Surgery, radiation or chemotherapy will be used to remove any tumours.

Hemorrhoids

If you have swollen on inflamed veins in your anus or lower rectum then you may be suffering from hemorrhoids. Hemorrhoids can be caused by straining during bowel movements, pregnancy, obesity, chronic diarrhea or constipation, and anal intercourse.

Other symptoms of hemorrhoids include; bleeding during bowel movements, pain, discomfort, itching or irritation in your anal region, leakage of feces etc.

The constant blood loss from hemorrhoids can lead to anemia which would result in fatigue or weakness. Hemorrhoids can also cause extreme pain and gangrene if the blood supply to the hemorrhoid is cut off

To prevent hemorrhoids eat plenty of high fibre foods and drink plenty of fluids. Don’t strain during movements and make sure you go to the bathroom the second the urge hits.  Exercise and avoid long periods of sitting or standing to help  prevent hemorrhoids.

Genital Warts

Genital warts are normally bumps or growths caused by various strains of HPV which is one of the more common STDs.

For males you would find the warts on the penis, scrotum, groin or thigh. They can be bumps or flat,small or big. Many times they are flesh coloured. It could be months or years for the symptoms of the infection to appear.

Genital warts are passed through sexual contact. If you have genital warts and engage in sexual contact you pose the risk of passing it to your partner.

There is no actual treatment for genital warts doctors do treat the health problems that are associated with them. There is a vaccine that is currently being used to treat females but hasn’t been approved for use in males.

Dealing With Athlete’s Foot

Athlete’s foot is a type of fungus that is found within the moist spaces between the toes and sometimes on other parts of the foot.

If you think you may have athlete’s foot look for these symptoms; itching, stinging, burning, excessive dryness along the sides and bottom of your feet and cracking and peeling of the skin on your feet. Also pay attention to your toenails if they are discoloured, shaggy or pulling away from the nail bed then you may have athlete’s foot.

Athletes foot can be caused by contact with someone else who has the infection, contact with something that has been in contact with fungus such as floor mats, swimming pools, public showers, shoes, bed linens, etc.

To prevent athlete’s foot make sure you dry your feet especially in between your toes. Wear socks made from natural materials that keep moisture away from your feet like cotton and wool. Change your socks regularly, avoid rubber shoes and other synthetic materials, protect your feet in public places by wearing flip flops in public showers and pools, use antifungal powders daily and don’t share shoes or socks.

High Blood Pressure

What is high blood pressure?
High blood pressure is when the blood moves from your arteries at a higher pressure than normal. When high blood pressure can be linked to a certain drug or disease it is often referred to as hypertension. Your blood pressure varies throughout the day depending on certain factors, so it may be necessary to take numerous readings to learn to control your blood pressure.

Understanding the numbers.
You may have watched TV or heard your doctor say BP 120/80. What does that mean? The top number is used to measure systolic pressure which occurs when your heart is squeezing out blood. The bottom (second number) is known as diastolic pressure which is used to measure the pressure when your heart is filling with blood –relaxing between beats.  A normal range for blood pressure is below 120/80. If your pressure is more then 140/90 then you have high blood pressure (this will vary if you are over the age of 65.) 

How do you determine if you have high blood pressure.
When you go to visit your doctor he will place a blood pressure cuff around arm and he will listen to the flow of your blood. Your doctor will measure your pressure on more than one visit to determine if you have high blood pressure.

How often you should have your blood pressure will vary. You should get it checked once every 2 years after you turn 18. If you are on medication for a high blood pressure or have a family history of high blood pressure it will be checked at every visit to ensure your medication is working and that it is under control.

Suffering from high blood pressure can damage blood vessels in the heart early on. Which would make you more susceptible to conditions like heart disease, stroke, and kidney problems.

Typically high blood pressure doesn’t have any symptoms which is why it’s very important to get it checked regularly.

If you suffer from high blood pressure your doctor will get you to change your lifestyle. If that still doesn’t help then you may need to be placed on medication. Lifestyle changes include;
Avoiding Tobacco products
Losing weight if you have a BMI greater then 25
Regular exercise 30-60 minutes 4-7 days a week
Reduction of sodium intake
Reduction of Alcohol
Avoidance of fat and cholesterol
Relaxation exercises
Increasing intake of potassium, calcium, and magnesium

If you are lucky enough the lifestyle changes alone may get rid of your high blood pressure.

Playstation Palmar Hidradentitis

We have all heard the stories about how gaming is bad for you. People become lazy or withdrawn and become consumed with the fantasy world while forgetting that we have to live in the real world. Well now add “Playstation Palmar Hidradentitis to that list, the term scientists use for a newly discovered skin disorder. This disorder can cause painful lesions on the hands similar to the ones on a persons feet after intense physical activity. When someone is continuously grasping the controller and repeatedly pushing the buttons it causes minor trauma to the surface of the hands. Since this is a fairly new finding there isn’t much information available. Another common health problem is Acute Tendonitis which can also be caused by the motions used playing the Nintendo Wii

Want A Great Immunity? Eat These Foods

It takes more than an apple a day to keep the doctor away, and well a decent diet all around is helpful there are 9 foods that can give your immunity an extra boost.

ddf-adp-yogurt-types-1Yogurt: The probiotics found in yogurt help to protect your gut and intestinal track clean from disease. A study was conducted in Sweden where employees of a factory drank a daily supplement of Lactobacillus Reuteri (specific probiotic) which is known to stimulate white blood cells. These employees took fewer sick days then their counterparts who had taken the placebo.

sweet_potatoSweet Potatoes: Our skin is very important it provides a first line of defense against bacteria. To keep our skin strong it needs vitamin A. The best way to get Vitamin A into your body is to eat foods rich in Beta Carotene. Sweet Potatoes are not only healthy but provide you with 40% of your daily recommended intake of Vitamin A. If you are looking for other foods rich in Beta Carotene go for orange foods; carrots, squash,pumpkin etc.

tea_with_mintTea: A study conducted by Harvard immunologists showed that people who consumed 5 cups of black tea per day for 2 weeks improved their T cells which pumped out 10 times more interferon; a cold and flu fighter. Other conditions may be improved by an increase in interferon such as food poisoning, athlete’s foot etc.

chicken-soup_0Chicken Soup: University of Nebraska researchers found that 13 of the soups they studied blocked migration of inflammatory white cells. Unfortunately chicken flavoured ichi ban doesn’t count. The saltiness of the broth helps keep mucus away similar to the effects of cough medicine. If you want to give your chicken soup an extra boost add some garlic and onions.

Beef steakBeef: Zinc is very important for the development of white blood cells. Even just a small deficiency can increase your risk to infections. Many people don’t get enough zinc especially vegetarians. If you don’t like beef, then try cereals, milk, yogurt, poultry,  etc.

mushroomsMushrooms: Mushrooms that pack the biggest bang for your health include shitakes, and maitake mushrooms. Mushrooms increase activity and production of white blood cells. Adding mushrooms to your diet can be as easy as adding them to pasta sauce, stirfries, burgers, etc.

salmon45Fish/Shellfish: Cytokin production is increased when you get adequate levels of selenium. Cytokins are important for getting cold and flu cells out of your body. Selenium rich foods include; crabs, oysters, lobsters, etc.

garlicGarlic: Garlic is important in the fight against infections and bacteria’s this is thanks to the ingredient Allicin. Studies have shown if garlic intake is enough it reduces risk of colorectal cancer, stomach cancer, and the common cold.

oatsOats/Barley: Have antioxidant capabilities. Not only does it boost immunity it speeds healing and may help your antibiotics work better.