Friday, May 29, 2009

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The Garmin Forerunner 305 GPS System combines form and function. This combination running partner and Personal trainer is designed for athletes of all levels. It features a high-sensitivity GPS receiver, new courses feature, and robust ANT wireless heart rate monitor for optimal performance. The super-sensitive GPS tracks your every move, even working on tree-covered trails and near tall buildings. The heart device monitors your heart rate, speed, distance, pace and calories burned so you can train smarter, more effectively. These taskmasters will continually push you to do your personal best.
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# Omron HJ-113 is a technological evolution in pedometers. It acts as a discreet partner to your exercise, an invisible accessory hidden from public scrutiny, that you can use throughout the day. The HJ-113 has been engineered with a new sensor technology that brings a whole list of added features than those found on more traditional step counters. Old style step counters have to be worn on the hip and the mercury movement detection mechanism they use is not particularly reliable, especially in cheaper models. Omron’s new sensor technology means you can pop the HJ-113 discreetly into your pocket or bag and it will reliably count every step you take. It even automatically calculates the difference between normal walking about and the rhythmic pattern of an aerobic workout. Better yet, the Omron Step Counter doesn’t just count your steps - it measures distance, too, and calculates calories and fat burned. With a 7-day memory, this step counter will motivate you to take more steps, every day, towards your fitness or Weight loss goals. So add all your daily steps to tally your actual exercise with the Omron HJ-113. Whether you place it in your pocket, bag, or belt, this pedometer will help keep track of your continuous waling habits. Unique dual accelerometer sensors let you carry your pedometer in your pocket or bag.
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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

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Monday, May 25, 2009

Estrogen Dominance: The Hidden Weight-Gain Epidemic

where your belly fat came from and why it won't budge

My guess is that you picked up this book because, over the last few years, you have put on ten, twenty, thirty, or even forty extra pounds around your abdomen, hips, and thighs. The extra weight makes you feel uncomfortable and unattractive. You've tried dieting and exercising to lose the belly fat, and while you may have lost a few pounds here and there for short periods of time, the bulk of your extra weight just hangs on.

In Part 1, you'll learn the medical reason why your belly fat appeared and why it just won't budge, no matter how hard you try. In Chapter 1, you'll learn how hormone balance is intricately connected with your body's metabolism and its predisposition to store fat. Even more important, you'll come to understand why estrogen dominance is very likely the primary hidden culprit adding pounds to your belly and inches to your waist. Already wondering if you might be estrogen dominant? In Chapter 2, you'll learn how to self-diagnose the problem.

Estrogen Dominance: The Hidden Weight-Gain Epidemic

When people hear the term hormonal imbalance, most immediately think about the change of life, menopause. Although it's true that women going through menopause have significant hormonal changes, the issues associated with hormonal imbalance, such as abdominal weight gain, typically begin in a woman's early to mid-thirties and a man's early forties.

In fact, weight-loss research proves that because of shifting hormone production, the average person will add one to two pounds around his or her middle each year between the ages of thirty-five and fifty-five. As long as your body's cellular metabolism is compromised by an untreated hormone im­balance—most particularly estrogen dominance—the extra pounds around your middle will be nearly impossible to lose.

I firmly believe that estrogen dominance is an epidemic in North America. We Americans are aging, we are constantly exposed to environmental estrogens, and too many of us are overweight.

Unfortunately, because the pharmaceutical industry has created so much marketing hype about a woman's need for estrogen replacement as a fountain-of-youth treatment for menopause, most medical practitioners and healthcare consumers are misinformed and/or confused. The consequence for millions of people is that the very real condition of estrogen dominance is often overlooked or, worse, misdiagnosed and mistreated. For instance, consider the case of a woman I'll call Sylvia.

Sylvia, a thirty-six-year-old divorced mother of three, came to my office six months after moving to Florida from Oregon. She said that she had gained twenty-five pounds in three years and was suffering from what she called the 'love-handle blues.' She was in tears as she explained the ­following:
Ever since my divorce three years ago, I have felt as if someone was pumping up a spare tire around my middle. I used to wear size 6 pants, and now I can barely squeeze into size 10. I swear I'm not eating any more than I did five years ago. If anything, I eat less. Even though I go to the gym and walk on a treadmill at least five hours a week, this fat around my belly just won't budge.

I can't go on this way. I am almost at the point of considering diet pills. Also, my doctor on the West Coast had put me on antidepressants, but my prescription has expired. Please help me.

Sylvia's age, weight gain, and mild depression were common indicators of an underlying hormonal imbalance, specifically estrogen dominance. I told Sylvia that I could help her without diet pills or antidepressants. After following the plan for six weeks, she walked into the office a changed woman. She had lost nine pounds and an inch and a half from her waist. Within ten weeks, she celebrated with a shopping spree for new size 8 pants. In my practice, I have helped thousands of people like Sylvia, people who had no idea that shifting hormone production was the hidden culprit causing their weight gain.

In order for you to understand how a hormone imbalance could affect your weight, here's a quick refresher course in the production and function of your sex hormones.

estrogen and progesterone: a careful balancing act

The human body produces three sex hormones: estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. In this book I focus primarily on estrogen and progesterone because both medical research and my experience prove that they play the starring roles in any hormone-related weight-gain drama.
healthy hormone function from puberty to thirty
When a woman begins to menstruate until she is approximately thirty years old, her ratio of estrogen to progesterone is optimal. In this ideal scenario, estrogen does the following for her:
• Develops the sex organs and secondary sex characteristics such as breasts and pubic hair.
• Maintains the menstrual cycle.
• Supports the growth and function of the uterus, specifically creating the lining of the uterus to prepare it for pregnancy.
• Stimulates cell growth.
During these same years, progesterone does the following:
• Maintains the uterus and prepares it for pregnancy during the reproductive years.
• Promotes the survival of an ovum (egg) once it is ­fertilized.
• Stimulates bone building that can prevent or treat osteoporosis.
• Acts as a natural diuretic to prevent bloating.

In women and men, progesterone also does the ­following:

• Serves as a natural antidepressant.
• Fosters a calming effect on the body.
• Maintains libido.
• Promotes regular sleep patterns.
• Opposes estrogen's predisposition to promote cell growth, thereby providing protection from uterine, breast, and ovarian cancer as well as fibrocystic ­disease in females and an increased risk of prostate cancer in males.

As you can see, when they are in sync, estrogen and progesterone are responsible for important biochemical functions in both the female and male bodies. When the ratio of estrogen and progesterone gets out of sync, many health issues arise, including unwanted weight gain.

what is estrogen dominance?

It is important to understand that being estrogen dominant doesn't mean that your body is producing too much estrogen; rather, it means that your body's estrogen production is not balanced by progesterone production. Estrogen dominance occurs when the natural ratio of estrogen to progesterone is upset—in other words, when the body's internal estrogen-to-progesterone seesaw becomes tilted.

a weight-gain double whammy—how your body becomes a 'fat magnet'

Estrogen dominance causes a host of metabolic disturbances, which occur much like a chicken-and-egg ­relationship:

• Too much estrogen circulating in the body increases body fat, and fatty tissue within the body produces and stores more estrogen. Body fat contains an enzyme that converts adrenal steroids to estrogen. At a cellular level, body fat continues to produce more estrogen, and a high estrogen level, in turn, causes the body to increase its store of fatty tissue. In other words, your belly becomes a 'fat magnet.'
• When you're estrogen dominant, your body is unable to effectively use fat stores for energy, which means that your body's ability to metabolize or burn body fat for calories is compromised. The result is extra weight that won't go away even with more exercise or less eating.
• When high estrogen levels are unopposed by sufficient progesterone, the resulting condition of estrogen dominance also impacts your body fat's distribution. In both men and women, higher estrogen levels ­predispose the body to store fat around the abdomen. In women, estrogen dominance causes fat to be stored around the waist, hips, and thighs, and it's the main reason that many middle-age women have pear-shaped bodies. Estrogen dominance is also the reason for the middle-age spare tire in men.

effects on the thyroid gland

The thyroid gland is best known for its metabolic function affecting weight. Estrogen dominance renders the thyroid hormones dysfunctional, causing your body's metabolism to slow down. The resulting condition is called relative hypothyroidism. In addition, the changes in your body's blood sugar levels—some of which occur naturally with age and some of which are due to a hormone imbalance—are also linked to weight gain. As the body's progesterone production decreases with age and estrogen becomes dominant, your body releases insulin more rapidly and more often. When fluctuating hormones unnaturally stimulate insulin release, you get hungry faster and will often crave sugar. In fact, these food cravings can sometimes be uncontrollable, and people who are estrogen dominant tend to consume more sweets even when they aren't truly hungry. As a result, they ingest more calories than their bodies require and pack on even more pounds.
If you are a woman in your thirties, you need to understand that estrogen dominance is not 'your mother's problem.' For most women, estrogen dominance is a concern to be reckoned with long before middle age or menopause. As a woman approaches her midthirties, the balance of hormones within her body begins to shift, starting with a decline in progesterone. In fact, progesterone production declines 120 times more rapidly than does estrogen production. It is this downward shift in progesterone production that causes the body to become estrogen dominant.

© by C.W. Randolph M.D.
Excerpted from the book From Belly Fat to Belly Flat: How Your Hormones Are Adding Inches to Your Waist and Subtracting Years from Your Life -- the Medically Proven Way to Reset Your Metabolism and Reshape Your Body

About the Author
C.W. Randolph, M.D., graduated from Auburn University's School of Pharmacy and received his medical degree at Louisiana State University's School of Medicine. In 2000, Dr. Randolph attended Columbia University Medical School where he completed an intensivetraining in the field of integrated medicine under Andrew Weill, M.D. He is a frequent speaker at medical organizations and is the coauthor of From Hormone Hell to Hormone Well.

Genie James, M.M.Sc., cofounded The Natural Hormone Institute of America with C. W. Randolph, M.D. A writer and consultant with an emphasis on women's health and integrative medicine, James also serves as the Executive Director of Women's Medicine, Inc., an organization dedicated to offering women natural medicine products.

About he book
Discover the hidden culprit behind the 'middle-age spread'--and the simple plan that's helped hundreds of women over 30 break the fat cycle!

It's an all-too-common problem once you hit thirty: Despite your best efforts, you just can't seem to lose the extra weight around your middle, and you look in the mirror wondering what month and year you lost your waistline. Medical research proves you're not alone--that the average American gains one to two pounds a year after age thirty--usually around the stomach. Not only does this excess belly fat make you look and feel bad, it's the most damaging kind of fat; a precursor to heart attacks and certain types of cancer.

To the contrary of other diet books, C.W. Randolph, M.D., a champion for women's health, explains that the real reason behind this problem has less to do with calories, carbs, or crunches and everything to do with a little-known but very real medical problem called 'estrogen dominance.' By treating thousands of women safely and effectively for over two decades, Dr. Randolph has discovered why we are in the midst of an estrogen epidemic and how you can save your waistline . . . and your health . . . using his 3-step plan comprised of an anti-estrogenic diet, natural progesterone supplementation, and exercise. You'll learn:

-How to self-diagnose estrogen dominance
-The top ten belly-blasting foods that jump-start weight loss and maintain hormone balance
-How your sleep patterns, exercise habits, and stress levels impact your hormone levels
-Which vitamins and supplements support, not sabotage, your overall hormone balance

The result? Well within four weeks you'll lose pounds and inches… and reveal the flat belly--and the health and vitality that go along with it.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

How to Fight a Food Temptation

When it comes to dieting successfully, temptation may be a good thing.When we try to lose weight, the first thing we usually do is banish all those tempting, high-calorie foods we know will sabotage our diet. We make sure we have no ice cream, cookies, potato chips or doughnuts in the house to derail our weight loss. Now a study from Lessius Hogeschool in Antwerpen, Belgium concludes that keeping some sweet treats and savory snacks in the house could be a good way to build willpower, reports Reuters Health.

How? By challenging yourself to resist the temptation to eat the ice cream you know is in your freezer, you'll develop greater willpower to resist this and other temptations than if you ban all sweets and snack foods from your house. "The main message is that banishing food temptations may not be the best way to limit the amount eaten. Tempting foods can actually increase willpower," lead author Kelly Geyskens told Reuters Health.

She admits this is counterintuitive. After all, you can't eat the ice cream if you never brought it home and put it in your freezer. Instead, she insists we can learn to make the tempting food a trigger for self-control strategies. "When a new temptation situation subsequently arises, these activated strategies will be activated again and will be strengthened," Geyskens told Reuters Health.

The study: Female college students were recruited for three experiments in which they were tempted with forbidden food. In each study, the women were told that a candy manufacturer was doing consumer research. They were shown photos of candy--the food temptation--but obviously they couldn't eat it since it was only a photograph. In addition, some of the women were presented with a bowl of the candy pictured in the photo, but were specifically instructed not to eat it. Soon after that, they were given a bowl of M&Ms.

The results: The women who had been presented with the forbidden bowl of candy were more likely than those who'd merely seen pictures of that candy to exercise self-restraint around the M&Ms, reports Reuters Health.

The takeaway: Removing all tempting foods from your daily life may not be the most effective weight-loss solution. Otherwise, when food temptations arise, you may not have the willpower to resist because you will not have learned self-control.

The study findings were published in the Journal of Consumer Research.
--From the Editors at Netscape

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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

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Saturday, May 2, 2009

This Food May Prevent Alzheimer's!

A diet that is rich in the omega-3 fatty acids that are found in salmon and other types of fish could prevent Alzheimer's disease by thwarting the buildup of brain proteins, reports Reuters of new research in mice.

The fatty acid DHA appears to interfere with the Alzheimer's plaques and tangles that form in the brain. Docosahexaenoic acid, or DHA, is a type of omega-3 fatty acid found mainly in fatty fish and to a lesser extent in seaweed, eggs, organ meats and DHA-fortified foods. These results confirm earlier studies in human beings that show people who eat more fish have higher blood levels of DHA and a lower risk of developing Alzheimer's disease.

The study: Led by Dr. Frank LaFerla of the University of California at Irvine along with a team from Martek Biosciences Corp. of Columbia, Maryland, the researchers used mice genetically engineered to develop Alzheimer's-like plaques and tangles. When the mice were three months old, they were placed on one of four diets:

  • A typical American diet with low amounts of omega-3 fats and far higher levels of omega-6 fats, which are found in vegetable oils, eggs and meat.
  • A diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids that was supplemented with DHA.
  • A diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids that was supplemented with omega-6 fats.
  • A diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids that was supplemented with DHA and omega-6 fats.

The results: After nine months, the mice on the diet supplemented with DHA alone had lower levels of beta-amyloid and tau in their brain tissue than the animals in the other three groups, reports Reuters. Beta-amyloid and tau are the two proteins that cause the abnormal clumping in the brain that leads to the telltale tangles and plaques that characterize Alzheimer's disease.

What's next? Clinical trials involving people with early-stage Alzheimer's is the next research step to confirm whether DHA supplements can slow the progression of the disease in humans. Martek, which makes a DHA product used in a range of infant formulas, foods and supplements, has launched just such a study.

The study findings were published in the Journal of Neuroscience.
--From the Editors at Netscape

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