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Healthy World Digest, February 2012

Posted Feb 02 2012 4:57pm

* Cavemen were slimmer because of exercise

* Easy check for dehydration

* Block fats with pickled peppers

* A concentration breakfast

* Wearing insoles

* Herbal extract for cancer

* Constipation supplement

* Dealing with problems with butt fat

* Quick remedy for tension & fatigue



Well, plenty of our major holidays are over, winter wanes, and for a many of us, New Years Resolutions are swept away like so much holiday confetti.

So what? Its still early in the year. We have plenty of time to get fit for spring and then swimsuit season. So lets buck up and move ahead.


* Cavemen were slimmer because of exercise

Because it sure ain’t because of their diets.

Our cavemen ancestors in fact gobbled much more than we do, approximately 3,000 calories daily.

We now eat less than our ancestors did but are fatter. Much fatter. In fact, we are much fatter than we were only a few decades ago. What’s the reason? The key?

Exercise. For the most part we simply aren’t as physically active as we used to be. We don’t have to be because of life’s conveniences. So we have to exercise.

Judging from the research, we’re not exercising enough.   


* Easy check for dehydration


One of the Healthy World websites deals with the importance of healthy water. One of its main concerns is on the effects of dehydration on us.

Well there is one quick and easy check to see whether you might be somewhat dehydrated.

Just pinch your skin on top of your hand and see if it springs back to normal right right afterward. If after pinch, it remains raised and discolored, it may signal you are dehydrated. Healthy hydrated skin should snap right back to normal.

For more on the issue of dehydration, visit our site Healthy Water  


* Block fats with pickled peppers

Yep. If you pickle hot peppers, both the vinegar and the capsaicin in the pepper help block fat from entering your system.

I would enjoy some before and with high fat meals.


* A concentration breakfast


Hey, want to assure greater concentration after breakfast especially if you are scheduled to have an important business meeting or take a test? Here’s a super breakfast.

Eat a couple of eggs for their protein and choline which both improve concentration. A little bran cereal will give you brain boosting zinc. Finally, a cup of coffee provides caffeine that will rev you for a couple of hours and antioxidants that are also good for thinking. Now go get ’em!


* Wearing insoles


In a recent Healthy World Digest, I suggested you never mess around in your walking or running shoes. Messes up the cushioning.

Another tip is to wear insoles for any shoes you walk or run in.

I place anywhere from 2 to 3 insoles in my shoes for extra cushioning. Frankly, I get the Dollar Store brand rather than the expensive Dr Scholl’s because I believe that 2 dollars worth of cheap insoles is a better bargain than expensive brands costing $10 or more. Look, just call me El Cheapo.


* Herbal extract for cancer


Grapeseed extract contains numerous powerful antioxidants believed to reduce the risk of many cancers. Purchase a high quality product and take as directed.

For more, visit our page on cancer herbs


* Constipation supplement


Magnesium. Just some humble magnesium, convenient, cheap should help with constipation.

Makes sense to me. I vividly recall my mom downing a whole bottle of milk of magnesia and being “busy” for the next day or so.

As an added bonus, magnesium lends you lots of other health benefits especially for heart and bone health.

For more, visit our page on herbs for constipation

* Dealing with problems with butt fat


The bane of so many women in the “1st world” - why is it so hard to get rid of? Simply put, your butt gets less blood flow and so is much harder to melt away fat from there than the jiggly belly fat.

Luckily, when it comes to health, fat around the butt and hips is much less of a health concern than fat that is centered around the torso. That’s because upper body fat surrounds vital organs while butt fat just makes too many women self-conscious.

But frankly, much of the pear shape effect cannot be undone, especially by women. But most of the problem is simple perception.

A recent Dr. Oz show featured a segment on this issue and the women who volunteered to present their butt fat (in jeans, of course) were, in no way, too fat around that area. They were just shapely but appeared self-conscious about being normal.

Look, most women aren’t designed to have the small buttocks of swimsuit models. If you are healthy, of normal weight, are active, be what you are.


* Quick remedy for tension & fatigue

Pulling hair gently, generates blood flow which tends to reduce fatigue and tension. I also recall reading a book as a teen that suggested slight hair tugs stave off thinning. Who knows?

 

tags: dehydration check, concentration breakfast, cancer herb, constipation supplement
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