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  Pulling back to save the knees

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013 | In Information | Tags: , ,

Pulling back to save the knees
~ Pulling back to save the knees ~

A new study suggests that women pull back on high-impact exercises, such as running, a week before their period is due in order to lessen their risk of knee injuries. While previous research has focused on the biomechanical differences between men and women, this study looked at how the menstrual cycle can affect nerves that control muscle activity.

A team of researchers from the University of Texas at Austin and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill measured the activity of nerve fibers and the muscles they control around the knees of seven female volunteers, aged between 19 and 35, at various points of their menstrual cycles.
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  Four reasons why diets fail

Saturday, November 23rd, 2013 | In Information | Tags: ,

Four reasons why diets fail
~ Four reasons why diets fail ~

Underestimating the number of calories consumed and not getting enough shut-eye are some of the reasons why dieters fail to win the battle of the bulge. That is according to one medical expect who doled out some helpful advice at a time when the weight loss industry churns at fever pitch, gyms the world over are filled to capacity and dieters take on a steely resolve to win the battle of the bulge.

But like every year, good intentions often fall by the wayside, dissolving at the sight of chocolate cake or morning snowfall. Conquering one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions is also about identifying some of the top reasons why weight loss efforts fail and only 20% of people who vow to lose weight succeed.

Dieting is a skill, much like riding a bicycle and requires practice and good instruction. You are going to fall over and feel frustrated, but eventually you will succeed and it will get easier. Here are four reasons why diets fail and how to avoid them.

1. Underestimating the number of calories consumed. Most people sabotage their weight loss efforts by underestimating their daily caloric intake, a theory that builds on a steady stream of research. A study out of Cornell University, for example, found that overweight people underestimate the number of calories consumed by as much as 40%. It is good to writing down everything you eat in a day, including drinks, snacks and bites of food to increase self-awareness. Also good to look up nutritional information of favorite take-out meals before going out to eat.
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  Martial arts way to relax

Friday, July 5th, 2013 | In Information | Tags: ,

Martial arts way to relax
~ Martial arts way to relax ~

Yoga, qigong and tai chi – these are techniques that can be adopted for relaxation in the office. Enlightenment at lunch and The Eight Minute Energy Shower are just two of the benefits that yoga, tai chi and qigong promise to bring to office workers. At least, that is what many advice books on the topic promise. Some claim that a few minutes of meditation at your desk can banish stress. If only it were that simple: Learning to switch off using techniques from the Far East requires overcoming inhibitions.

Whenever a person wants to relax, he/ she first to embrace a tree, then makes a ball shape and then he folds open a flower. Naturally all of this happens only in his imagination or more accurately in his cosmos. That is where everything revolves around the energy qi.

Ten years ago most business people would have shaken their heads at yoga or qigong. But now they are being accepted more. The techniques can easily be used by employees who do not have what he calls the “joss stick mentality”. Just a few minutes are all you need to do simple qigong exercises like the Round Finger Exercise: one hand forms a “Victory” sign while the thumb and index finger on the other hand shape an “O”. Then switch the shapes between hands as fast as possible. The exercise helps coordination.
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  Limiting alcohol intake

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013 | In Information | Tags: ,

Limiting alcohol intake
~ Limiting alcohol intake ~

In ancient times, people have attributed a variety of health “benefits” to moderate consumption of fermented beverages such as wine and beer. Even today, alcohol is still being used around the world as part of modern and traditional medical preparations.

But it is not secret that excessive alcohol consumption is linked to increased risk of morbidity and mortality as well as home-and-work-related and traffic accidents. Gaziano and Buring (1998) suggest that a higher risk of death at heavy drinking level is due to increased risk of cancer, liver diseases, cardiomyopathy and stroke.

Heart disease
Many studies have shown that light to moderate alcohol consumption (one to two dinks per day) may reduce risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD). But a sharp increase in CVD is associated with three or more drinks per day.

However, Hansel et al (2012) claim that the latest research findings of CVD protection by alcohol consumption may be based partly on misclassification of research data. Since there is no current data directly support a cause-and-effect relationship between alcohol intake and cardiovascular health, it seems premature to promote wine consumption as a basis for CVD protection.

Wine does seem to raise the good high density lipoprotein cholesterol. (HDL-C) level and it also favorably influences thrombotic (blood clotting) factors. Indeed, Hansen et al (2005) estimate that wine (not other alcoholic beverages) consumption may improve HDL-C by 11% to 16% and fasting fibrinogen by 8% to 15%.

Additionally, it may exert beneficial effects on the heart by decreasing platelet agreeability. But studies have shown adverse effects too, particularly at higher doses. Blood pressure can be raised leading to hypertension and alcohol damages the myocardium leading to arrhythmias (irregular heartbeat) and myocardiopathy (heart muscle disorders).

The so-called French Paradox has led many to believe that wine is the only protective alcoholic beverage for CVD. While organic red wine may contain resveratrol and possesses antioxidants or anticoagulant effects, ecological studies have shown that other alcoholic beverages also have similar “benefits”.

This means that the so-called benefits of consuming a small quantity of alcohol could come from beer, whisky, brandy or rice wine. In general, to derive maximum benefits, the safe amount to consume is less than one drink a day for Asian men. The American Heart Association limits alcohol intake to no more than two drinks per day for men and one for women.
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