Triathlon is one of the best things that has happened to bicycling. Many people who were runners and swimmers, or just people wanting to challenge themselves in a race against the clock, have taken up the Swim, Bike, Run phenomenon. I think it is super as it brings a different type of person into cycling. There is much to learn, however, and I have always been adding to my "triathlon bank" of information.

When cyclists dabble in triathlons, they are already good cyclists and running is relatively easy to learn. I remember when I was a full-time Category 2 bike racer in Dallas, I found a "Thursday Night Group" of runners at White Rock Lake in Dallas who seemed to be having a great time running and then going to a place after to drink Beer and eat. I did some 10K runs and found it easy enough to get to a 6:15 pace, but as luck would have it, I turned my ankle badly
And my running career was over. It also hurt my cycling and I remembered this when I started seeing people try triathlons back in the 80's.

I see many people who are triathletes and a trend has developed, at least to my perspective. I sense that triathletes will spend inordinate depths of time in the pool learning to perfect a swim stroke. They do intervals, speed work, and emulate the fast swimmers who can win a competitive swim meet. Additionally they run with the fast runners. I hear of all sorts of organized run workouts; Hill intervals, fartlek, speed work, track workouts, you name it. Here is the rub: I also hear so many of these people "just getting on their tri bike and riding." This does not compute to me!

In many past articles I have illustrated how much one needs to learn to ride a bicycle properly. I think that this fear of the unknown combined with bad anecdotal urban myths ("I do not draft on a group ride because I can not draft in a triathlon," etc.) causes triathletes to suffer on the bike and rarely the run . With this in mind, there are two things I ask triathletes to think about as they work on their bike leg; Fitting and Training.

Since I talk about fitting a lot, we can get this one out of the way. I believe the best and most aerodynamic position on a triathlon bike is one that is efficient enough to generate loads of power, balanced enough to avoid muscle imbalances that can cause premature fatigue and comfortable enough (read high enough!) To allow you to stay in The aerobars the entire event. I can not stress this last part. If the bike is set up so that you have to sit up and rest during the triathlon then you are going to pay a huge time penalty. My fitting process deals with this and I can answer direct questions from you regarding this part of the program.

The main topic of this article is "When in Rome, do as the Romans do." Translated into triathlon bikespeak, this means that if you swim with the fast swimmers and run with the fast runners, you need to learn to ride with the fast bike riders. I know this is so easy to say and so hard to do, and that is why I am mentioning it. More people lose time on the bike than anything, followed closely by losing time on the run because the bike leg was a disaster. The runner-centric thought process also contributions here, stating that if the bike leg is too taxing, the run is blown, so take it easy on the bike leg.

My thought is, the people finishing at the front of their age groups or overall are not taking it easy on the bike. They train like bike racers on the bike, just like they do swimming and running. Here is how you can do it:

1) Ride a road bike in group rides. Tri bikes are inherently designed to ride in a timed race, not in packs. You need the speed work and intensity of road group rides, particularly with people who are better than you. Get a good road bike and learn the tricks of the road racers. This finesse and expertise will transfer back to the triathlon. It's not easy to learn to ride with bike racers but it is well worth it.

2) You need to ride in a straight line in a triathlon. This is the shortest distance between two points. You learn to ride in a straight line in a peloton as you are close to other riders and the better the group, the closer they can ride together. You ever learn to relax and ride gracefully and smoothly.

3) Do intervals. Hill interviews, speed intervals, short and long intervals. You already do this on the swim and run, just do the same on the bike.

4) When riding in groups, get used to going fast. Once you are used to 30 miles an hour, holding 25 mph on the tri bike does not seem so bad.

5) Push your limits on hard training days. When you do interviews or go on a hard group ride, exceed your expectations. You may suffer. You may get dropped. This kind of conditioning will make you better. The logic is to train hard enough that two things happen. First, when you recover, you will get stronger. Second, the training is so hard that the race is easier.

6) Get a coach. A good coach will make a huge difference in your progress. You need to be accountable and the coach can help keep you from over training. You may need more input than one coach can give. If your coach is weak on swimming, for instance, you may need a separate swim coach to work in tandem with your main coach. It's ok. Nobody knows everything about everything. I do not coach running or swimming, but focus strictly on the bike. You need expert
Help from three disciples.

At the end of the day, getting your position on the bike better and learning to ride both the road bike and the triathlon bike well is not only important, but a realistic pathway to cut huge chunks of time from your events. Nobody said triathlon was easy, but so many people are finding the rewards that it must be worth it. Stay focused!

A recent survey showed that 22 percent of Americans considered health care to be the single most critical issue facing the US today. And for good reason. Since 2000, health-care costs have nearly doubled, rising at five times the rate of salary increases.

The good news is that there are things that families can do to lower those costs.

Signature up for an HMO

If yours is a healthy family that only uses a lot of routine care, you can probably get by with a Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) plan, if such a plan is available at your workplace. If you use doctors within the HMO network, you probably will not have to pay and deductibles and your co-pays will most likely be lower.

Pay less for medications

One area where you might be able to trim health-care costs is in medicines. Many employers are offering financial incentives to encourage the use of less expensive drugs. In fact, nearly nine out of 10 workers are now in some kind of a plan that has a tiered cost-sharing formula for medicines.

The way these work is that there is one co-payment for generic drugs. Then, there is usually higher co-pay for preferred, brand name drugs such as Claritan or Levatol for which there is no generic substitute, and even higher co-pays for non-preferred drugs.

Be sure to always check with your doctor or pharmacist to see if there is a generic substitute before filling a prescription. Generics generally cost 30 to 70 percent less than brand-name drugs with an average co-pay of just $ 10 vs. $ 33 for a brand name, non-preferred drug. If there is no generic equivalent to the drug you have been prescribed, ask your insurer or company HR department if there is a substitution that drug would cost less under your health plan.

Take advantage of a Flexible Spending Account (FSA)

An FSA allows you to deduct money pretax from your paycheck to cover out-of-pocket medical expenses. The good news has gotten even better, too, as the list of expenses you can pay using FSA dollars has been expanded dramatically. In fact, the list now includes most over-the-counter drugs, and new services that make it easier to spend down your account. Yet, despite all the many benefits of FSAs, only about 20 percent of eligible employees current take advantage of them.

While contributions vary by employer, you can often contribute as much as $ 5,000 per year. Given this, you'll save as much as 30 percent on your Federal Income Tax. Naturally, this will vary depending on your tax bracket.

You can use FSA dollars to pay insurance deductibles and co-pays, and for such un-reimbursed expenses as acupuncture, contact lenses, flu shots and LASIC surgery. You can find a list of eligible items at

Be sure to ask your HR department about the availability of an FSA. You can only elect to contribute to an FSA for a particular calendar year during an open enrollment benefits time or if you've had a life-altering event, such a marriage or the birth of a child.

Fight overcharges

Nobody's perfect, including doctors and hospital billing departments. Billing overcharges can occur and they cost you literally thousands of dollars.

Consider the case of one patient who received a bill for $ 15,333 for 49 vials of Pepcid. The correct amount: $ 317. Typos like this can happen and, as you can see, can be very expensive.

Keep a list of all lab tests, medications, procedures and specialists seen during an illness. Then, do not pay any bills until you see itemized statements. Check these statements against the list you deleted to spot common errors such as incorrect dates of service and duplicate or incorrect orders for medication. In the event you find an error, call the hospital's or doctor's billing department and your insurance company to get the mistake corrected.

Play Let's make a deal

While this may sound over the top, it is sometimes possible to negotiate lower prices. Some employees have found they were able to bargain with their pharmacists. Other employees, although fewer in number, have successfully played "let's make a deal" with doctors, dentists and hospitals. In fact, this can be surprisingly successful, as patients who have negotiated have nabbed a lower fee in about half of all cases.

Naturally, you will not want to try to negotiate emergency care but you may be able to save money on expensive services such as orthodontia or LASIK surgery.

Where can you negotiate most successfully? Try young doctors who are just starting a practice or doctors with what you have a long history. Before you start any negotiation, call your insurance company and see what it considers to be a reasonable and customary charge for the procedure. Then try to get your doctor to limit his or her bill to that amount – as the providers' prices often run 25 to 50 percent higher than what the insurance company would pay if possible, offer to pay part of your bill in cash.

Cutting the cost of your health care is not easy. But if you're willing to do the work and check out all available options, you just might be able to take a scalpel to them.

If you are a chocolate lover like I am, you're probably looking for any excuse at all to delve into your greatest guilty pleasure. Yet, there is actually scientific evidence that shows we do not have to feel so guilty … not when it's dark chocolate. I had heard for some time of the benefits of eating dark chocolate, but I had no idea that they were as beneficial as they are. I searched over a few websites like Fitday, WebMD, and Huffington Post to dig up lots of fascinating facts that make me feel great about eating every bite. Here's the skinny:

Health Benefits:

Cocoa solids have compounds called flavonoids that are healthy for you because they are rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. Antioxidants are molecules that inhibit other molecules from gaining oxygen or losing electrons (called oxidation). Oxidation is closely associated with free radical damage, so antioxidants are like the hero that bursts through the door and "takes out" the bad guys. Particularly the fight against aging and cancer are the ones most known and appreciated by those seeking out antioxidants. (Thanks Wikipedia.)

Looking for foods that are low on the glycemic index? You have found one! Dark chocolate will not spike your blood sugar and can even help protect against type 2 diabetes. The flavonoids are useful in insulin resistance because they are able to help your cells function normally and use your body's insulin in the correct way.

As if that was not enough, it provides your brain with improved cognitive function and reduction in the risk of a stroke. You know that feeling when you fall in love? That's a chemical that's created in our brains called phenylethylamine (PEA). Guess what … dark chocolate contains that chemical. Seriously! Have you ever bitten into a piece and felt your mood literally change to better and happier? That's why. You know what else that feeling does? Reduce stress. Stress is the other thing near oxidation and free radicals that are thought the be heavily associated with wrinkling skin. Your guilty pleasure is actually helping you look younger! I want to be like that chef on television who screams "bam" after everything. This information is making me so happy! That's not even all!

Cocoa solids also contain a chemical compound called theobromine which has been shown to harden tooth enamel. So if you practice proper dental hygiene, you do not have to worry about it wrecking your teeth like many other sweets. In addition to hardening tooth enamel, theobromine is known for it's ability to help suppress coughs. So when that seasonal cold comes around, you know where to turn for additional help after you've already taken your cough syrup. Need better nutrition? You'll find high concentrations of some very important vitamins and minerals in cocoa solids as well, like potassium, copper, magnesium, zinc and iron. Those happen to be some very important vitamins and minerals for hair growth, so if you're missing a few locks on top … eating your favorite guilty pleasure may help out.

When you were a child did you sing that song, "Butterbeans, butterbeans, good for your heart?"

Well, replace butterbeans with dark chocolate and you will not have to sing the flatulent ending to that song. Instead you can say "The more you eat it, you'll be so smart!" You'll get improved blood flow and help in preventing hardened arteries and blood clots. This is like the super-food that's been in hiding!

So, how much should you eat? I know, I know after reading all of that you'll want to eat gobs of it every day; But, we have to remember that even with all the health benefits, you can get too much of a good thing. The recommendation is a "small amount" three times a week. I'd prefer a small amount at least every day, would not you? Here's the thing I have learned about dark chocolate from my position as a Lindt RSVP advisor … when it's quality premium product, you only need a little bit to be satisfied. I'll still eat it every day rather than only three times a week, but I do not eat a lot every day. I do not need to! A little goes a long way.

It is recommended that you choose a product that is at least eighty percent solid solids. The higher the percentage, the more of all the benefits you just read about will be present. Still, a little benefit is better than no benefit so find the highest percentage that you like best and go with it.

Beauty Benefits:

I find it hard to believe that anyone would "waste" good chocolate by not actually eating it, but there are a few beauty tips that say it can do some very cool things. Since we know now the benefits of cocoa solids on skin, you could make do it yourself body scrub with brown sugar, olive oil, cocoa powder and vanilla. That would smell incredible. Your spouse would most likely "dig it" very much! Worried about UV damage? You could use it as a sunscreen, but I can not imagine who would! Maybe really rich people? For shinier strands of hair you could make a hair mask with it adding honey and yogurt and basking in it for about an hour. Some things just seem like they would be too difficult to get out once they are in to me, so I do not think I'll be trying that one.

From a healthy heart to beautiful hair, we've gone over many wonderful reasons to delve into dark chocolate. I hope you have learned some new things as I have. Whether you eat it in a candy bar or drink it hot in a cup … go forth to eat, drink, and be merry. I know I will!

Belly dancing students have a lot of fun learning the movements of this beautiful art form of dancing. It is a fun discipline because both students and dancers enjoy this form of freelance dancing. This dance is unlike repetitive exercises which are boring and make you feel that you are laboring grudgingly.

The dancer stretches, tightens and releases, flexes and contracts, and vibrates muscle tissues in order to accomplish the various movements from selected areas of the body. While interpreting the rhythms she is burning body fat. toning muscles, and redistributing the body’s appearance for a personalized physical fitness. There is so much fun having the body freely move and respond to the exotic music that a person wants to keep dancing.

Exercising to music or dancing is appealing because physical, mental, and psychological satisfaction can be gained by marking time with your favorite rhythms. The proof of one’s accomplishment is reflected in the mirror. Wearing a beautiful costume which enhances your figure is an added boost to making a woman feel beautiful.

Muscle strength enables a dancer to complete twenty and thirty minute dance sets. Her legs, arms, body torso, and head are in constant movement which keeps her smiling and happy with not a care in the world while dancing.

Benefits of muscle strength:

1. The walking, skipping, sliding and shuffling movements offer bone strengthening for feet, ankles, and legs.

2. Shoulder, chest, and arm movement strengthen bones of the upper spine.

3. Abdominal movements condition the center area of the spine

4. Pelvic tucks and other similar movements strengthen the muscles of the lower spine.

5. Strengthening the spinal muscles affords flexibility and corrects spinal alignment ensuring good posture.

6. Working the muscles helps to burn fat resulting in a lean and toned body.

Another fun part of belly dancing for physical fitness is wearing parts of the costume. By wearing the bra, belt, hip scarf, a pair of harem pants or a skirt, it will make you feel beautiful as the movements are being performed. However, the major reason for wearing these items as practice garments is to be able to see and correct dance movements.

Practicing these belly dancing movements will require focusing and viewing feedback from a mirror helps to confirm the accuracy of the movements. However, the benefits of losing weight and toning the body without boring repetitive labored exercises are a welcome surprise when dancing your way to physical fitness.

Most people at one point in their life suffer from chronic pain in some form or another. The most common are low back pain and headaches. The most common solution is to just take an aspirin. Have you ever wondered if there are certain lifestyle choices that are causing your headaches or migraines?

There are many causes for headaches and migraines, but one of the leading causes is stress. Stress manifests itself in many different ways in the body. Some people will suffer from anxiety, insomnia, digestive disorders, weight gain and others will get migraines or headaches.

Improper Diet – For some foods such as dairy, gluten, chocolate, soy, soda, shellfish can trigger headaches and migraines. You can either order an expensive allergy test from your doctor or you can just cut out that food for five days and then reintroduce the food later. This is the least expensive and simple way to test. You can also go on a medically supervised cleanse to remove toxins and impurities from your system. Ask your Naturopath or Holistic Health Care professional what supplements they recommend that can help in better assimilation and digestion or to aid in your cleanse.

Lack of Sleep – Do you get at least 8 hours of sleep a night? Are you on the computer until a few minutes before you go to bed? Do you get woken up many times during the night by your family? Is your room warm or cool enough? Do you avoid caffeine, alcohol and food at least 3 hours before you go to bed? Most people in today's digital age are so wired to their cell phone, TV or computer that they have not disengaged enough to be able to start to go into rest mode. Their nervous system gets attuned to a high level of stimulation which makes it harder to rest. Start a new nighttime routine where you avoid the computer, phone call, alcohol, caffeine and instead you take a warm bath, read a book or do gentle yoga or meditation.

Structural Issues- Have you had a doctor order MRIs to make sure you do not have any structural problems such as a herniated disc? Weak ligaments in the back of your head (occipitol lobe) can compromise the anatomical stability of your head. Prolotherapy, which are injections of a sugar solution into your ligaments, can help to rebuild ligaments without the use of surgery or drugs.

Other causes of headaches and migraines can be toxic chemicals (many found in common household cleaners and beauty products) improper glasses and staring at a computer screen for too long. Switch to a greener brand of cleaning product, perfume oils (or stop using perfume) and use cleaner beauty products that do not have harsh chemicals on them (do not be fooled by seeing flowers or trees on the label) Look for terms such as USDA certified organic and shop from reputable sources such as Whole Foods which has higher standards for their products than most drugstores.

The reason adults run in the name of fitness is because of what they hear as they get old. I look at children; If you told a child to go run do you think they would jog or sprint? Well, having four kids my kids never jogged anywhere. When I was young we ran hard than walked to get where we had to go. Jogging is the old person way to fitness.

The reason we slow down as we age is because we train to become slow. We lose fast twitch muscle fibers by training slowly for years that is the reason when you reach your forties, fifties and beyond you worry about injury and you tend to move slower.

So what do you expect to happen over years of slow training? Your body will adapt to slow training. There is no law that says you have to train slowly when you get to a certain age. Just because you see someone jogging down the road does not mean everyone needs to do it.

If you spotted someone on the side of the road doing pushups you would think the person was insane. Just because society say's one think does not make it right.

If you do not know by now looking at society and have not realized how people will just follow the masses and these people never seem to stand out they are just like everyone else.

If you are one of the many who follow the masses and want to be mediocre than that is okay, but being mediocre sucks!

You will hear many arguments about whether or not running is the key to ultimate physical fitness. Most people have no idea what real physical fitness is.

As a matter of fact most runners are rail thin and look like a number two pencil in running clothing a stick figure running in the name of fitness. Many people will tell you to do what works for you, well if being thin and bony is your thing keep on doing it. Look at marathon runners or tri-athletes they are all thin.

More and more studies are being done and the research is stating that this type of training is reversing the health and fitness benefits of running long distance.

Sprinters are muscular, strong and explosive and look younger while distance runners seem to look more aged.

Distance running is an easier type of training; It is much easier than explosive training, which is why it is the exercise of choice. Bottom line is if you train slow like an old person, you will get exactly that a slow and weak body.

Try it for yourself. Go for a two to three mile run one day. Then a couple of day's later try some sprints. Sprint one minute walk 30 seconds repeat this for 10 minutes. It should be no problem for a distance runner to do 10 one minute sprints. But you will find out different.

Cats are independent creatures happy to purr in your lap for a while only to jump down to investigate the food bowl or conduct one of many daily grooming sessions. Most cat health issues arise due to conditions the cat encounters outside your home or contagious diseases that can be prevented by vaccination. Cats confined indoors have fewer heath problems but there are some issues that are common to all cats.


Cat hairballs are seldom dangerous but can be messy and annoying. The problem is most often seen in cats with long, thick fur. When grooming, the cat ingests loose hair. Much of the hair may pass through the digestive tracts with no problem. However, the cat’s fur can also form into a ball in the animal’s stomach. For the feline, this is uncomfortable and he may eat grass in an attempt to force vomiting to relieve the discomfort.

Once the cat regurgitates the hairball, he feels better but his owner may not appreciate cleaning up the mess. Most cats will have a hair ball incident a few times during their life while some pets seem prone to chronic problems with cat hairballs.

Laxatone comes in several flavors for picky cats. This gel acts as a lubricant to keep the cat hairs from sticking together when they are ingested. This decreases the vomiting by helping the hair pass through the digestive system naturally. Petromalt is a similar hairball remedy that makes the hair easier to digest.

Frequent brushing will remove much of the loose fur on your cat before his grooming and licking causes him to swallow it. A habit of daily brushing of your long haired cat combined with a hairball remedy can greatly reduce the frequency of vomiting caused by cat hairballs.

De-Worming and Parasite Control

Untreated hookworms, roundworms, whipworms and tapeworm in cats can seriously harm the health of your pet. Cats may develop chronic diarrhea, anemia and weight loss and young kittens may die from the dehydration and blood loss resulting from parasites.

It is not only possible to treat worms and parasites – the treatment is simple and cost effective for pet owners. Cat worm medicine should be given to your cat on a regular basis. You may think the cat in your home is not exposed to worms but you would be wrong. Almost all pets have worms at some time. The problem of worms in cats is especially important in newborn kitten care. Kittens may be born with worms in their little system and worming small kittens is standard health care for cats.

Worm medications such as Drontal or pyrantel pamoate may be in tablet or liquid form and are given by mouth. This may sound easier than it is as cats are notorious for their resistance to taking a pill and will even ignore food when they know it contains medication. The quickest way to ensure your feline actually swallow his worm medicine is to administer a liquid with a small syringe that releases the medicine in the back of the cat’s mouth. Swallowing is then his only alternative.

Cat Dental Health

The idea of cat teeth cleaning or feline gingivitis is a relatively new addition in the field of health care for cats. During health exams, the cat’s teeth received only a cursory inspection in the past. Now we know that dental health in cats is as complex and problematic as the health of teeth and gums in humans.

Cats eat and salivate and both of those can lead to tooth and gum problems. Plague builds up and forms tarter on the feline teeth when joined with minerals in the cat’s saliva. Cat teeth can decay and gums may become inflamed and infected.

Feline gingivitis is common and uncomfortable. If your cat has bad breath or is drooling, this may be an indication of infection causing pain in his mouth. Bacteria growing as infection in the animal’s can move through the blood stream and attack organs such as the liver, kidneys and the heart.

Evaluating the dental health of your cat will require the expertise of your veterinarian. It may take help to open your cat’s mouth wide enough to clearly see the back teeth where dental problems will be most visible.

Dental examinations are also useful in routine health exams. Gums that are constantly inflamed may be a problem of feline gingivitis or a symptom of a serious problem in the immune system. Drooling may indicate pain from an infected tooth but may also be a symptom of a growth in the mouth or throat.

By following basic guidelines for feline health care you can provide your cat with an active, comfortable and happy life as a valuable member of your family. Treat common cat health problems quickly as they occur to avoid secondary infections and life threatening emergencies.

It sees as if the health of America is failing. One million Americans will die of circulatory disease this year. Six hundred thousand lives will be cut short by cancer as well. How did we get in such a mess? I'm not sure. But there is a way out that is starting to generate a real buzz! Since CNN and the gang will not talk about it I decided to write is article.

Dear readers, I want to introduce you to the most nutrient dessert food on the earth; Wolfberries, or more specifically Lycium Barbarum.

The western scientific community have verified what Chinese and Tibetan health practitioners have known for thousands of years. Wolfberries are the healthiest known food on our planet.

In this report I will be talking specifically about wolfberries. In my research on the subject I found that not all wolberries are created equal. The three most potent berries in the wolfberry family are Tibetan Goji berries, Chinese Xinjiang wolfberries and Chinese Ningxia wolfberries which all belong to the Lycium genus.

Wolfberries, a national treasure in China, have been used in traditional Chinese folk medicine for over 5,000 years. Ancient Chinese medical texts celebrated wolfberries for their wide range of health benefits including strengthening the 'chi' or life force of the body. The people who consumed this fruit allegedly lived free of common diseases like arthritis, cancer and diabetes. Has reached over 100 years!

In 1988, the Beijing Nutrition Research Institute produced detailed chemical analysis and nutritional composition studies of the dried wolfberry fruit. Hold on to your socks, this is what they discovered. In addition to being packed with vitamins B1 and B6 (which is needed by the body to convert food into energy), and vitamin E (which has never been found in fruit before), wolfberries contain more protein then whole wheat, 18 amino acids ( 8 of them essential for life), 21 trace minerals (including significant amounts of zinc, iron, copper, calcium, selenium, phosphorus and germanium; a very rare anti-cancer agent almost never found in food), more beta carotene than carrots, 500 times more vitamin C by weight than oranges, essential fatty acids (required for the production of hormones and smooth functioning of the brain and nervous system) and is the richest source of carotenoids (natural fat-soluble pigments that play a critical role in vitamin A activity in humans) of any food on the planet. That's not all.

Here is a short list of other health promoting compounds found in Lycium Barbarum:

Beta Sitosterol: An anti-inflammatory agent found to lower cholesterol, and used to treat sexual impotence and prostrate enlargement.

Zeaxanthin and Lutine: Valued for their role in protecting the eyes.

Betaine: Used by the liver to produce Choline which assists detoxification reactions in the liver. Betaine is known to protect DNA, enhance memory, promote muscle growth and protect us from fatty liver disease.

Cyperone: A sesquiterpene used in treatment of cervical cancer. It is also known to benefit heart and blood pressure problems as well as menstruation problems.

Solavetivone: A powerful anti-fungal and anti-bacterial agent.

Physalin: A natural compound that boosts the immune system. Found to be effective in treating leukemia, hepatitis B and cancer.

A laboratory procedure was recently developed to measure the amount of antioxidants the foods we eat contain. The procedure known as ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) was developed by Dr. Guohua Cao at USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University, USA. ORAC is one of the most sensitive and reliable methods for measuring the ability of antioxidants to absorb free radicals. It is the only test to combine both time and degree of inhibition of free radicals.

According to Tufts University, the average person needs approximately 3,000 to 5,000 ORAC units per day to have a significant impact on plasma and tissue antioxidant capacity. Three servings of fruits and vegetables per day provide approximately 1200 ORAC units. This means the average person is short by up to 3800 ORAC units each day, depending on the fruits and vegetables they are choosing and their body's requirements. To make up the difference, experts recommend supplementing our diet with high ORAC foods to become and stay healthy and slow down the aging process caused by free radical damage.

Lycium Barbarum was rated the food with the highest antioxidant ability coming in at an amazing 3,472 ORAC units per fluid oz. Some of the other notable complaints are vitamin E oil at 3,309, pomegranates at 3,037, blueberries 2,400, raspberries 1,220.

Wolfberries have been found to have extremely high levels of immune-stimulating polysaccharides. What are polysaccharides? Polysaccharides are very large, long-chain sugar molecules that are nourishment for macrophages (large white blood cells) in the gut wall. The macrophages are then transported to other immune cells, setting off a chain of defensive events in our bodies.

Several years ago German researchers isolated polysaccharides from Echinacea purpurea (often used in medicinal formulas) and mixed them with macrophages in test tubes. They found that the polysaccharides significantly activated the macrophages, stimulating them to effectively kill tumor cells! Also it found macrophages increased their production of interleukin, a chemical which spurs the immune system to greater activity, and the polysaccharides also enhanced the activity of B lymphocytes, immune-system cells which fight bacterial infections.

Below are the results of a 2002 study on the effects of a Ningxia wolfberry product on phagocytes. First, why should we care about phagocytes? Phagocytes are a critical component of the immune system and are found in the spleen. They digest foreign substances that invade the body including bacteria and other disease causing organizations. Having large numbers of phagocytes in the spleen will enable the body to more quickly eliminate foreign substances and thus prevent the development of potential illness. The effects were astounding. Spleenic phagocyte cell counts (immune cells) increased by 81% and the ORAC (antioxidant capacity) the subjects' whole blood increased as well. Essentially, you could say the subjects' blood became younger.

The conclusion I have come to after doing this research is: I believe this little fruit can change the health of the world.

Thank you for spending the time to read my article. My hope is that you have learned something useful and will put that knowledge to use for your own sake and the ones you love.

Paul Brelin

When you are trying to lose weight, be healthy, and simply live a lifestyle that is good for your mind, body, and spirit, what you put into your body has a huge impact on your overall health. You want to be sure that what you eat or drink provides some benefit to your health, which is why fitness drinks are so important. They provide your body with the proper nutrients necessary for a healthy lifestyle.

Fitness drinks contain ingredients that work along your body and promote good health and a healthy attitude. Skinny Water is one of these fitness drinks. The ingredients in Skinny Water, Super CitriMax and ChromeMate, work along your body to promote good health. They help control your hunger, keep a level blood sugar, and regulate your metabolism. With these three factors in place, Skinny Water is able to help you lose weight and keep it off.

Fitness drinks in general are drinks which are good for you because they do not have high levels of unhealthy ingredients. Sodas and other sweet tasting drinks contain high levels of sugar. Too much sugar is harmful to your body and it affects your blood sugar, your metabolism, and your ability to burn calories. Skinny Water, like other fitness drinks, does not contain sugar. This alone benefits your health significantly and it is much better for you than sugary beverages such as soft drinks.

Calories are also present is most drinks such as sodas and juices. Since losing weight is all about burning fat and calories, drinking these high calorie beverages are not going to help you lose weight and get in better shape. Therefore, drinks like Skinny Water and other fitness drinks are an excellent choice because they do not contain any calories. You can take advantage of the great taste and benefits provided by Skinny Water and other fitness drinks. Without the addition of extra calories, it can become much easier to lose weight or prevent yourself from gaining weight.

Too many carbohydrates are also unhealthy because they make it more difficult to lose weight and they are present in many foods and drinks that are consumed daily. Skinny Water and other types of fitness drinks have no carbohydrates, and this makes them worth drinking.

It is important to consider what you are putting into your body. You need to be certain that you give your body every chance to be as healthy as possible, and this is part of why you want to focus on fitness drinks. Skinny Water has Super CitriMax and ChromeMate, two ingredients which have been proven to be beneficial to a person's body. They suppress the appetite, regulate the blood sugar, and help to regulate a person's metabolism. These are similar to the benefits provided by other fitness waters.

Controlling the appetite is an important factor when trying to lose weight. Fitness drinks control the appetite by reducing one's hunger, which allows fewer calories to be injected into one's body. A good majority of those who gain weight do so because they are eating more than they need. This extra food provides the body with extra calories that are not needed by the body. Blood sugar is another factor that leads to overeating. When a person begins a diet and they are no longer eating the same amount that they are used to eating, an unsafe drop in blood sugar levels may occur. This can lead to dizziness, weakness, and overall ill health. It can also cause a person to feel as if they need to binge on sugars in order to get that level back up. Skinny Water controls the blood sugar, meaning that it keeps it at a safe level for you.

Metabolism is the last thing that fitness beverages help to control. Your metabolism is supposed to allow you to burn calories that you take in, but when a person's metabolism is low, they are not burning all of these calories. When this happens, you gain weight because the excess calories have now to go. Fitness drinks help to regulate your metabolism. First, you are not bringing in too many calories, and secondly, you are burning those that you do bring in, to help you lose weight.

Living a healthy life is much easier than it looks. There are many benefits including feeling much better and having more energy. Fitness water is an excellent product to consider when looking for a way to improve your health. The main benefit of Skinny Water is its ability to help curb your appetite, allowing you to eat less. This limits calories taken into ones body and provides the nutrients necessary for losing weight. Fitness drinks also help control the metabolism and sugar present in the body. When beginning a new diet or looking for a way to live healthy, be sure to consider the benefits of fitness water.

When you think about losing weight, working out is usually the first thing that comes to mind, along with dieting most of the times. Obviously, this is with a reason, working out plays a huge role in weight loss. Here we’ll find out a couple of things you need to know when you want to start working out for weight loss.

Always start small

When you haven’t worked out for years and suddenly want to start hitting the gym five days a week, you are setting yourself up for failure. Not only do your muscles need to be build up slowly, your mind also needs to accustom to your new routine and make a habit out of it. So, it’s a better idea to start with working out one or two days a week and stick to light exercises in the week. Yoga or walking can be a great place to start building some muscle and improving your fitness.

You need to plan your work-out sessions

I don’t know how this works for you, but if I don’t plan something than it doesn’t happen. This also goes for work-outs, you need to create a plan that fits within your schedule and stick to it. You should also make it yourself as easy as possible. This means that you put out your work-out wear before you go to bed, or sleep in it even. This could also mean that you work-out at home or that you choose a gym that is close to your home or work.

Don’t try to make it perfect

Trust me, you’re not always going to stick to your schedule perfectly. Some days you won’t find the time or you’re just not feeling it. You could give up your entire journey because you failed one time, but isn’t is a lot better to go harder the next day. Use your failures to remind yourself why you are doing what you’re doing and don’t let them get you down.

Learn to persists

When you start with your fitness journey you are very motivated, but this initial motivation will fade slowly. Many people quit trying when they do lose their motivation. If you always quit when it’s getting hard then you won’t ever be able to achieve anything. So, change things this time and persist just a little longer to make working out a habit, before you know it you’ll have lost all the weight and gained muscle.

Find a work-out that you love

The only way you’ll stick to your routine is when you love what you’re doing. Don’t force yourself to hit the gym when you absolutely hate it, maybe you’re more of a runner. Or when you despise having to get out in the cold to run, then possibly an inside yoga session is more your thing. I promise that there is something out there for you as well, you only need to find it.

Find the motivation within yourself

Exercising because you promised your wife, or because you want to be skinny isn’t the best motivation in the world. Of course, it will work the first few weeks, but you won’t last long. You need a motivation that comes from within, like feeling happier or improving your health. That kind of motivation will last a lifetime.

Fitness is a personal journey that I can tell you all about what I want, but you’re the one that will need to do the work. There are no shortcuts to health, you’ll need to work. So, don’t wait around any longer, start today if you can. Starting is half the work, so purchase a fitness book, go out and buy new sportswear or create your work-out schedule for next week. Now all I can do for you is hope that you follow my tips and wish you all the best of luck on your fitness journey.