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How To Treat Seasonal Allergies

As much as everyone looks forward to spring, some folks grit their teeth for weeks because of seasonal allergies. Although there are many different reasons for people's allergies, anyone who spends months blowing their nose can benefit from a few adjustments.

One of the best ways to alleviate those miserable symptoms is to steer clear of alcohol. Both red and white wine seem to be the worst instigators. Also, consider avoiding other foods subject to aging and fermentation like cheese and pickles. And as for yeast, it’s one more reason to stop consuming bread.

In addition, research supports the benefits of fresh produce, fish and nuts for reducing both the symptoms of existing allergies as well as the development of allergies later in life.

Although antioxidants and flavonoids are beneficial, certain nutrients like vitamin C are potent natural antihistamines. An extra dose of magnesium can help alleviate wheezing symptoms.

Finally, many people report a dramatic reduction in hay fever…

Antioxidants and Your Health

Research shows an abundance of antioxidants in our diets are essential to slowing down the damaging effects of free radicals. But do you need to be buying expensive and weird sounding berries from the Amazon jungle? Are your local foods enough? Do you even need to supplement in the first place?

The answers to these questions can be found in the understanding of free radicals and anti-oxidants. This may lead to the prevention of many lifestyle diseases.

Free radicals are molecules that are missing one of their electrons. That makes them unstable and highly reactive. The most common types of free radicals are made from oxygen molecules. That's why free radical damage is often called oxidation.

Oxygen free radicals "attack" the nearest molecule, trying to capture the needed electron to gain stability. This may cause damage by pulling an electron from an otherwise normal cell of your body.

When the "attacked" molecule loses its electron, it becomes a free radical - b…

What Causes Weight Gain?

"Overeating calories does not make us fat. Sedentary behavior does not make us fat. Obesity may associate with a positive caloric balance, but that does not mean that excess calories necessarily cause obesity. Increased levels of the hormone insulin does cause weight gain, independent of changes to diet or exercise." - Adam Kosloff

Dr. Heidi Interview with Jimmy Moore

Jimmy Moore, of Livin La Vida Low-Carb fame, lost nearly two hundred pounds with Atkins and kept it off. He's been telling his story ever since.

He heard about Dr. Heidi Dulay. He was so surprised by her take on Atkins, he interviewed her for his popular site.

Not one to mince words, Dr. Heidi offers Jimmy a few surprises. To listen to the "Atkins On Steriods" interview with Dr. Heidi Dulay, click here.

Obesity in America

"The recommendation to eat less fat and more carbohydrates is the cause of the rampaging epidemic of obesity in America." - Gary Taubes

Outdoor Bodyweight Workout Routine

Here is competitive CrossFitter Blair Morrison's interpretation of a bodyweight workout routine. If you could use a little activity, try out this routine to get your heart pumping.

Five rounds of:
Sprint to the top of stairs5 burpeesBear crawl down stairs5 burpees
Though eighty percent of your body composition will be determined by what you eat, exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle too.

How Dr. Heidi Dulay Stays Slim

Most do not know that as a kid, Dr. Heidi used to be a fat. It was so bad her friends called her 'Walking Ball.'

But today, at the time in her life when people say it's natural to gain weight, Dr. Heidi stays slim and energized. And she eats wonderful food and doesn't go hungry. She is a size 7-8 and has been for years.

She shows you three surprising things that are likely interfering with that weight loss:

1. Five "bad" good foods. Good as in has nutrition, bad because it interferes with weight loss.

2. Non-fat can make you fat. Who'd have guessed? She'll explain why.

3. "I can't drink enough water!" If that's you, Dr. Heidi will explain what she does each day. (Drinking all that water isn't her favorite thing either.)

Dr. Heidi has helped hundreds of people who never thought they could, lose weight and keep it off. What if you learn something that helps you drop 17 pounds in the next thirty days? And get your old energy back?

A Boost to Better Health with BarleyLife®

by Judie Westbrook 

On our journey to better health, one of the new disciplines that we added to our life was juicing. We started juicing in 1979 and we still do it to this day.

It all began with a large sack of carrots. Later, we ventured into as many veggies as our juicer would handle and our garden or produce co-op provided. In 1994, we added another dimension to our juicing; we added wheatgrass.

This was not an easy task to accomplish, but was done out of sheer determination to do all we knew to do to improve and care for our health. You are probably wondering, "Why did you juice grass?" We mow grass, we have picnics on grass, we feed our animals grass and some people have been known to even smoke grass! What ever caused us to juice it?

The value of green juice came to our attention through seminars we attended by famous health advocates and through reading books by famous health pioneers. Many famous health clinics, such as the Gerson Institute, the Optimum Health Inst…

Vegetables and Bacon

"Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon." - Doug Larson

Is High Fructose Corn Syrup a Sweet Problem?

A recent report from Princeton University researchers showed that rats eating High Fructose Corn Syrup gained more weight than those eating plain table sugar (sucrose).  The two experiments, conducted by the Department of Psychology and the Princeton Neuroscience Institute, debunked the idea that there is no difference between sucrose and High Fructose Corn Syrup in terms of weight gain.

In the study of long-term consumption, rats that were allowed access to high fructose corn syrup, in addition to their rat food, not only gained 48% more weight, but also developed higher triglyceride levels and more abdominal fat.

In the second study, rats supplemented their standard diet with water containing either sucrose or high fructose corn syrup.  Once again, the rats fed the high fructose corn syrup diet gained significantly more weight than those eating table sugar - even though they consumed the same number of calories.

Because it's a cheap sweetener, High Fructose Corn Syrup is in thousan…

Death To The Diet

Diets. Perhaps one of the biggest failures Americans has ever experienced. Of the folks walking the streets, 70% of them are overweight or obese. And every month, this number continues to increase.

Not one diet works for more than a tiny number of people. That's why nearly everybody you know is overweight. They do NOT all live on junk food, candy and ice cream. Many eat "right" - and yet they still gain weight.

I've concluded that diets cannot work for more than that tiny number of people, no matter what it is.

More Proof Low Calorie Diets Don't Work

It's hard to lose weight by simply restricting calories. Eating less and losing excess body fat do not automatically go hand in hand.

Low-calorie, high-carbohydrate diets generate a series of biochemical signals in your body that will take you out of the balance, making it more difficult to access stored body fat for energy. Result: you'll reach a weight-loss plateau, beyond which you simply can't lose any more weight.
"For the first time in humans, we are finding out that cutting your calories increases cortisol," said lead researcher A. Janet Tomiyama, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health and Society Scholar at the University of California, San Francisco.

"We think this may be one reason dieters tend to have a hard time keeping weight off in the long-term," she said. Read the article here.Diets based on choice restriction and calorie limits usually fail. People on restrictive diets get tired of feeling hungry and deprived. They go off their diets, put…

Do You Need A Gym Membership To Get A Good Workout?

No money for a gym membership? Not enough time during the day to workout? No problem.

If you're creative, you can come up with a few body weight exercises, in order to get a good workout from home.

I walk with our black Lab several times a week. I also jog several days. Once a week, I run sprints at the nearby park. I also fit in some body weight exercises, such as push-ups and hindu squats, at home.

Another exercise I like to do is ride my bike. I'll put our little boy in his bike seat, get a bottle of water, and hit the bike/jogging/walking trail about a mile away.

What kind of creative exercises can you come up with, in order to get in a good workout from home?

Does Meat Shorten The Life of Man and Cause Cancer and Heart Disease?

Notes From The Westbrook's Weigh of Wisdom Newsletters 
Some people are afraid of animal products because they have come to believe that animal products are the primary cause of all mankind’s sickness. This is a pity because the real culprits are junk food, sugar, artificial foods, irradiated foods, genetically modified foods, and chemically treated foods. These foods are causing disease, not God's wholesome meat and animal products. Before the advent of processed junk food beginning in the early 1900's, cancer, heart disease and diabetes were almost unheard of diseases.


World's Oldest Case Study On A Whole-Foods Meat Diet
After having tried a variety of diets over the years, we are absolutely convinced that the Plan B Diet™ is by far the best diet available for most people. Many people are eliminating or reducing their prescription medicines, gaining muscle, losing weight, and toning up. We are also seeing a variety of physical problems disappear such as bladder proble…

Sugar Content of Common Food Products

Refined sugars and high-fructose corn syrup are considered by many experts to be the biggest contributors to obesity and poor health.

Obviously sugar content is not the only factor in a food's nutritional value (and not all of these have added sugar), but it can be illuminating to see the relative amounts in the foods we consume.

Following is the sugar content of a few common foods.

Listed values are an average normal serving. Units are listed as grams of sugar.

Sugar Content of Common Food Products
Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut ..........................................10 gLuna Bar berry almond ..................................................................11 gFroot Loops breakfast cereal 3/4 cup ............................................12 gBen and Jerry's vanilla ice cream ....................................................16 gStarbucks caffè latte grande 16 oz ..................................................17 gGodiva 2 truffles ................................…

The Ten Fattest Countries

1) American Samoa, 93.5 percent (of population that's overweight)
2) Kiribati, 81.5 percent
3) USA, 66.7 percent
4) Germany, 66.5 percent
5) Egypt, 66 percent
6) Bosnia-Herzegovina, 62.9 percent
7) New Zealand, 62.7 percent
8) Israel, 61.9 percent
9) Croatia, 61.4 percent
10) United Kingdom, 61 percent

Source: here

Why are we fat and tired most of the time? It's what we eat.

Over the last twenty years, real food has been replaced with highly processed and refined food-like substances. Think 100% grass-fed beef versus Spam. Or pastured chicken versus Chicken McNuggets (56% corn plus butane.)

Here's why that's making you fat:

People are hungry all the time after eating nutritionless sweets, pastas, cereals, fake meats and more. Worse, things like powdered eggs or fake guacamole contain many anti-nutrients. Consequently, the body has to work to get rid of them before it can use what's left - which is the calories.

Our eating habits are now hazards.

How do we make it cool once again t…

Four Foods That Burn Fat

Here's a quick list of four foods that can help your body burn the fat:

Whole Eggs - Choose free range, organic eggs. Full of good fats and nutrition. A very high source of protein as well. Make sure to to consume the entire egg, including the yoke, which is the healthiest part of the egg.

Beef - Try to get grass-fed meat, as the health of the animal affects the health of the meat for consumption. Soy and corn, which are not the natural diet of cattle, changes the chemical balance of fats and other nutrients in beef. Grain-fed beef is typically much too high in omega-6 fatty acids and too low in omega-3 fatty acids.

Avocados - The healthy fats and other nutrition helps your body maintain proper levels of hormones, which help with fat loss and muscle building. And since avocados are extremely satiating, consuming them helps reduce your appetite and cravings.

Nuts - A good source of fiber and protein, which helps to control blood sugar and aids in weight loss. Almonds are some of the b…

Sun Exposure A Key To Good Health

Spring has sprung, bringing with it more daylight hours and warmer temperatures. Before rushing back outside, however, realize your skin is still vulnerable to overexposure - even though it is not yet summer.

Dr. Elizabeth K. Hale, Clinical Associate Professor of Dermatology at New York University School of Medicine, runs marathons in her spare time. She has these tips for staying sun-safe:
Convenience is Key. To help remember to apply sunscreen, keep a bottle in your medicine cabinet next to your toothbrush. Throw another bottle in your bag with your athletic gear, so applying before workouts becomes as routine as tying your shoelaces. Be an Early Bird. In springtime, the sun rises earlier, making it easier to get out of bed in the morning. If you schedule your outdoor workout during the early morning, you'll avoid the day's most powerful UV rays. Disguise your Eyes. UV radiation can damage the eyes and the skin around them, so remember to wear your shades. To provide the best …