Aging and Our Joints

Aging and Our Joints

Submitted by: Glenn Antoine

Have you ever experienced the early morning stiffness in the ankles or knees that makes getting up and walking not so much fun? What about going up stairs and the knees just don’t really feel quite up to the task? Have you reached for something that is above your head or just a little higher so that you have to reach more than the norm and the shoulder just didn’t want to?

If you use to enjoy walking, but your joints just didn’t want to cooperate take heart. There is a new product on the market that is getting all kinds of praise and that product is RegeniCare. Touted as the “Ultimate Joint Care Formula” RegeniCare backs up that claim with state of the art science, enough testimonials to fill a book and double blind placebo controlled human clinical trials where they beat out the leading COX2 inhibitors that were available at the time. Interested?

Now you have a choice and the best choice is RegeniCare. There are a lot of joint care products on the market, many of which contain glucosamine, chondroitin, and numerous other elements that have been found to help with the maintenance and repair of your joints. The real difference here is the quality of the nutrients provided, the quantity of those nutrients and in what combinations, how those nutrients are delivered and how fast will they work once in your body. Basically if research has proven that you need 1500 milligrams of glucosamine you better make sure that you are getting 1500 milligrams and be able to absorb the glucosamine provided. What good do you think it would do if I provided you with a tablet with 1500 milligrams of glucosamine, but the tablet was packed so tight that it was through your digestive system before your body could break it down? Right – none at all. In this scenario you might as well be taking your money and burning it because you are getting no benefit from the products you are taking.

All of these issues and more have been addressed in the design and production of RegeniCare. First and most obvious is that RegeniCare is provided in packets that are typically mixed in water. My preference is to mix my RegeniCare in a coffee cup full of lukewarm water as it seems to mix better for me and it tastes great. Univera LifeSciences has again made use of their full scale genomics to search thousands of plants extracts for the right combination of plant extracts to reduce the inflammation typically associated with joint pain. What they found is that your body can have all of the right nutrients, but if they can not get to the problem area due to inflammation the repair process never gets started. As such they added their patented ingredient Protectin™ to address this issue thereby letting the other nutrients do the job they were meant to do. And, RegeniCare was proven to provide faster and more complete results than other natural products on the market.

Another important aspect of RegeniCare is that it provides all of the required nutrients for complete repair and regeneration of the connective tissues in your body: Glucosamine sulfate, MSM, Chondroitin sulfate, CMO, Protectin™, Vitamin C, and Maxcell™

While we have addressed the Protectin™ contained in RegeniCare many of you may be asking your self about Maxcell™. Maxcell™ is a patented product of Univera LifeSciences that improves the bioavailability of the nutrients contained in RegeniCare. In short Maxcell™ helps to get the nutrients into the blood stream, so they can go to work in the body, more specifically helping you rebuild the connective tissues of your joints.

While both Glucosamine and Chondroitin are naturally occurring in our bodies we begin to produce less and less of these vital nutrients as we begin to age. These nutrients are known as proteoglycans and help to strengthen and hydrate the tendons in our bodies. As we begin to age we have less and less in our system therefore the connective tissues in our bodies begin to dehydrate. Needless to say has these connective tissues begin to dehydrate movement becomes more painful, we are more susceptible to injury and we don’t heal as quickly as we might have at one time. With new research proving daily that exercise is one of the keys to a life filled with vital energy, quicker recovery times from surgery or illness wouldn’t it make sense to do whatever you can to keep moving.

MSM is another critically important nutrient found in healthy joint tissue and as luck would have it most people are not getting this important sulfur compound from their diets. Again, in our battle against Mother Nature, MSM begins to decrease as we age. As such it was important that RegeniCare provide the proper amount of MSM as part of this joint care product.

CMO was proven to improve range of motion in knees during a 2002 Clinical study that was published in the Journal of Rheumatology, just to mention one study. Even with it being known as an aide to the improvement of joint range of motion, this is not a nutrient you will find in a lot of other joint care products.

While research has proven that exercise will help stimulate the body to produce new collagen and higher levels of the repair and rebuild proteoglycans we are still battling the age factor and RegeniCare is now available to help us win that battle. If you are planning to stay active and enjoy life, verses watching it go by, RegeniCare is a must have in your quest for healthy living. For most of us a single packet daily would be sufficient to help maintain our connective tissues at an optimal level of repair and rebuild. If you are suffering from some kind of an injury, have had a long battle with some connective tissue, or just aren’t seeing the results you expected there is nothing wrong with taking a packet of RegeniCare first thing in the morning and then again at night before bed. If possible it is best to take it on an empty stomach so that the RegeniCare is not competing with other nutrients for absorption, but the import part is to just get it into your system. Additionally for some nagging problems I have known a number of people that were taking the product for 6 to 8 weeks before noticing a significant difference. At the other end of the scale there are those that have experienced relief in a matter of hours, but the important thing to remember is that each of our bodies is unique and as such our results will vary. The one thing that you can, and should, count on is that this is the product to get you the relief that you have been looking for. Weather it is your knees, your back, your neck, your shoulder or any other area of your body that requires the functioning of connective tissue, RegeniCare can help. This is one product that I would put in the category of food and water. Basically I plan to stay active well into my aging years and RegeniCare will help me to ensure that I do so.

If you are Personal Trainer, Yoga Instructor, Massage Therapist, Physical or Occupational Therapist or a Chiropractor working with clients on range of motion and/or the rehabilitation of any joints you would be doing to your clients a huge disservice if you don’t take the time to check this product out. And if you don’t like the results the product is backed by a 100% Satisfaction Money Back Guarantee.

About the Author: Glenn has combined his passion for health and fitness with a great business model that allows him opportunities that would have otherwise not been possible. For more information visit: or

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Vitamin C: Why You Can’t Assume You’re Getting Enough

Vitamin C: Why You Can’t Assume You’re Getting Enough

Submitted by: Steve P Smith

Many benefits of vitamin C have been identified since the consumption of citrus fruit was first recognised as the immediately effective cure and preventative for the scurvy which so dreadfully afflicted the long distance sailors of a few centuries ago.

Numerous studies have recognised the vitamin as a possible protector against coronary heart disease, stroke, atherosclerosis, hypertension and cancer, to name but a few, and it is possible that all of these effects stem ultimately from vitamin C’s acknowledged role as a powerful anti-oxidant, active in preventing the free radical damage which is a known cause of premature ageing and many chronic degenerative diseases.

So the absence of acute deficiency diseases such as scurvy in modern affluent societies should not be taken as implying that the typical Western diet contains an adequate intake of vitamin C for optimum long-term health.

The United States Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) for vitamin C is 90 mg per day for a healthy, non-smoking man and 75 mg for a woman. But these suggested requirements are increased to 125mg and 110 mg respectively in the case of smokers, a tacit acknowledgement of the increased requirement for this vitamin which increased toxic stress places on the body. But these RDAs nevertheless appear to be set at a level sufficient only to avoid outright deficiency disease.

To be sure of obtaining all the optimum benefits of vitamin C, the authoritative Linus Pauling Institute has recommended a daily minimum intake of at least 400 mg. This amount has been shown to achieve saturation levels of the vitamin within the body’s tissues in healthy young adults who are non-smokers. To get this in perspective, even the consumption of the recommended five daily servings of fruits and vegetables may provide just 200 mg of vitamin C, whilst even commercial multi-vitamin supplements typically provide only around 60 mg.

But the real story’s actually even worse than this, not only because all too few people actually manage to consume the recommended quantities of fruit and vegetables, but because the nutritional quality of those that we do consume is poor, and getting worse.

As long ago as 1936, Senate Document 264 noted that the poor quality of American farm soils was leading to widespread nutritional deficiencies, and the 1992 Earth Summit reported that mineral concentrations in US farm soils were 85% lower than those of a hundred years ago.

Nor does the problem lie just in the soil. The modern Western diet’s preference for highly refined grains, and the treatment of fruits and vegetables with preservatives, dyes, pesticides and even radiation is a proven disaster for vitamin and mineral retention, as well as a significant toxic assault on the body.

Indeed, the problem for us in the twenty-first century is that our environment seems as though it might have been expressly designed for ill-health. Daily we’re exposed to a kind of toxic soup of pollutants such as industrial emissions, car exhausts, pesticides, herbicides, dyes and all kinds of everyday household chemicals. But as the liver works ever harder in an increasingly desperate struggle to detoxify the body, an unwelcome side effect is that it produces enormous quantities of the free radicals which are amongst the chief contributors to premature ageing and degenerative disease.

In these adverse circumstances it can only make sense to ensure that the body is as lavishly provided as possible with the top quality anti-oxidants of which vitamin C is certainly one of the most important.

Fortunately, high dosages of vitamin C are readily available as supplements and fortunately, too, it seems that the manufactured kind of l-ascorbic acid (vitamin C) is chemically identical to that obtained naturally. This is not in any way to deny the importance of healthy eating, or to suggest that it doesn’t make sense to try and eat the recommended five daily servings of fruit and vegetables, because these contain a myriad of trace nutrients which operate synergistically within the body, and which all need to be present for optimum health.

It does suggest, however, that to rely on diet alone, however apparently healthy, may well be to risk missing out on the vital anti-oxidant properties of vitamin C which may in time be reflected in chronic, degenerative, if not acute, disease. It should be noted as well, that as a water-soluble compound, any excess vitamin C is harmlessly excreted by the body. So with all the health benefits of vitamin C at stake, it surely makes sense to err on the side of taking in too much rather than too little.

About the Author: Steve Smith is a freelance copywriter specialising in direct marketing and with a particular interest in health products. Find out more at

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Female Hair Loss: The Shocking Truth

Female Hair Loss: The Shocking Truth

Female Hair Loss: The Shocking Truth

By: Michael Owen

When you talk about genetic hair loss most people think about the most common form of hair loss: male-pattern baldness. This is the type of hair loss that is passed on genetically to offspring from their mothers. Most often the recipients of this type of hair loss are men, but sometimes the gene can result in female hair loss.

While genetic baldness in men is identified by a receding hairline or balding crown, genetic hair loss in women is a bit different. In most cases, a woman will not lose her hair in spots only but will thin out evenly throughout the head. Sometimes, this thinning can be quite severe and result in the woman having to wear a wig to cover up her thinning tresses. While female hair loss almost never results in a completely bald head, it can be extreme enough to expose the scalp quite plainly.

For the woman facing this type of hair loss, there are a few hair loss treatment options that can be explored. They include shampoos, conditioners and topical treatments, such as Rogaine for women, which stimulate hair growth and prevent further hair loss; vitamin supplements; and stimulatory treatments such as massage and infra-red therapy. The most successful of these hair loss treatments are the topical treatments. While they are quite expensive, they produce the best results.

Hair loss due to chemical processes
No matter how healthy and strong your hair is today, you could experience severe hair loss after undergoing a harsh chemical process such as a perm or color. While almost all chemical hair fallout is due to operator error, the chance of it occurring is multiplied by chemical services that you perform on your hair at home. I've seen more than one case of female hair loss in clients who have bleached their hair at home, colored it over and then came to the salon for yet another bleaching. Not knowing this past history, the stylist used too strong a chemical, and the process resulted in hair loss.

Since most of these cases do not result in complete hair loss, the hair loss treatment options include protein treatments and other conditioning treatments to strengthen the remaining hair; a good hair cut that will remove most of the damage; and a gentle hair-care routine that will minimize further hair loss due to breakage. You should also refrain from using thermal styling tools and undergoing any further chemical procedures until the hair is completely grown out.

Hair loss due to stress
Cases of severe stress can literally cause handfuls of hair loss at a time. Women experiencing stressful conditions can experience female hair loss represented by thinning all over the head or in spots called alopecia areata. Alopecia areata means "Hair loss in spots or areas," and can result in bald circular patches on one or more spots of the scalp. While this type of hair loss is alarming, it is not permanent. After the stress is removed, most sufferers of this type of hair loss regrow all of the hair that they lost.

In most cases, the hair loss treatment for stress-related hair loss is minimal. After ruling out other causes of hair loss, your doctor will likely recommend changes in your diet or ideas to help alleviate your stress. Keep in mind that it can take months for your hair to grow back even after the stressors have been eliminated.

Hair loss due to illness
Any type of extended illness or surgery can result in hair loss. Medications taken to combat certain types of illnesses can also cause your hair to become brittle and break or fall out altogether. The most identifiable type of hair loss is the loss associated with chemotherapy treatments. In most cases, this hair loss is complete and affects all areas of the body. While there is little that can be done to prevent this type of hair loss or promote growth during illness, surgery or chemotherapy treatments, this type of female hair loss is also temporary. In most cases, full recovery of hair is made after the illness is over.

You can promote hair growth after the illness by getting regular trims and using growth enhancing shampoos and conditioners. Vitamin supplements may also be beneficial.

As you may have already guessed, hair loss in women is more common than we might think. And many may be experiencing hair loss and dismiss it as a natural occurrence that comes along with age. A lot of these women fail to seek the necessary hair loss treatment that can help them keep their remaining hair and regrow new hair. So, if you are experiencing hair loss, do not think that it is just because you are getting older. There may be something that you can do to keep the hair on your head from clogging your drain.


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Michael Owen is considered an expert on hair loss and has helped thousands of people regrow their hair. Find out what he recommends: Hair Loss

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If we are blessed by God to live a long life, we are very likely to encounter some of its downsides - decreased energy and vitality. Much of this is caused by gradually declining levels of testosterone, a hormone which promotes strength, muscle growth, fat loss, alertness and sexual drive.

But the aging body doesn't necessarily have to undergo such hormonal changes. Scientific research points to a natural supplement that may help the body lower cortisol levels and stimulate testosterone production, promote healthy sleep and thereby restore the strength and energy that many folks gradually lose over the course of their lives. That groundbreaking research is the focus of this article.


Cortisol - What Is It?

Cortisol, commonly known as the "stress hormone", is produced by the adrenal gland; it functions primarily to:

  • metabolize fat
  • metabolize protein
  • metabolize carbohydrates
  • increase blood sugar
  • suppress the immune system
  • decrease bone formation

Although there are times when the body needs cortisol e.g. in response to stressful situations such as imminent danger, the everyday stresses of modern life cause many people to produce excess cortisol. Over the course of many years this can lead to problems such as obesity, insulin resistance, diabetes mellitus type 2 and metabolic syndrome. Stress can also lead to difficulty concentrating, getting a good night's sleep and poor mood. Later, I'll discuss how cortisol levels may be lowered safely.


Testosterone - What Is It?

Testosterone is a steroid hormone secreted by the male testes, female ovaries and adrenal glands of both sexes. Testosterone acts primarily as a sex hormone in human males; it is secreted at puberty and continues throughout adult life. The hormone functions to:

  • increase muscle tone
  • increase bone mass
  • distribute fat
  • deepen the voice
  • increases growth of body hair
  • promote mental alertness
  • develop the testes
  • develop the prostate

In human females testosterone is secreted by the ovaries and acts to:

  • increase muscle tone
  • increase bone mass
  • distribute fat
  • promote mental alertness

Testosterone is so essential to the normal functioning of the human body that decreased levels of the hormone can have adverse effects on quality of life.  Therefore, I'm going to devote the next section to discussing some of the problems associated with low testosterone.

Decreased Testosterone - What Happens To The Human Body?

Testosterone acts to promote strength, alertness and sex drive; thus declining levels of the hormone will lead to lower sex drive, loss of muscle mass and weight gain.

Studies show a relationship between low testosterone and dementia1,2,3. The evidence points to a link between low free testosterone and increased risk of Alzheimer's Disease in elderly men1,2,3.

Science also points to low testosterone as the culprit in decreased sex drive, weight gain and depression in elderly adults4,5.

As you can see, low testosterone is unhealthy. How the body reaches such a state is what I'm going to talk about in the next section.


Why Does Testosterone Decrease As We Get Older?

Testosterone levels gradually decrease with age5. This happens because free testosterone binds to a molecule called Sex Hormone Binding Globulin (SHBG). This rather large protein molecule is secreted by the liver where it circulates in the bloodstream. When SHBG comes into contact with testosterone and estrogen (a female sex steroid hormone), it binds to the steroids thereby rendering them unavailable for use.

Because SHBG is a naturally occurring biomolecule, it would stand to reason that circulating levels would be affected by other biochemicals.

Indeed it is. SHBG is sensitive to insulin, Tumor Necrosis Factor - alpha (TNF-alpha), growth hormone and various cytokines. All of the above can decrease circulating SHBG.

But is SHBG only affected by the aforementioned biomolecules - or more to the point - is there any way for the human body to boost its production of natural testosterone?

The answer is yes, and I'm going to discuss it in the next section.


LJ100® May Promote Physical and Mental Fitness - Clinical Trial Results

Okay. I've spent much time discussing some of the effects that stress and aging can have on the human body.

Now it's time to look at some natural ways to lower cortisol levels, boost the level of free testosterone, and promotion of the anabolic state which can help the body burn fat more efficiently.

It should come as no surprise that athletes and other people whom are in good physical shape tend to be physically stronger than people who do not exercise regularly. The reason for this is testosterone.

Weight training promotes testosterone production which leads to increased muscle growth and muscle tone. So a person who consistently maintains an intense strength training regimen throughout life will be more likely to stave off declining levels of testosterone.

But intense weight training is not suitable for everyone. How are those folks ever to become stronger and burn body fat?

Numerous scientific disciplines have devoted much time to the study of longevity and vitality. In recent years, some investigators learned that a naturally occurring plant may also help the body to produce testosterone. That plant is Erycoma longifolia, which the native people of Malaysia locally refer to as "Tongkat Ali" 6. For many years the natives of that Asian country used E. longifolia to promote sexual virility. Scientists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the University of Malaysia have learned that Tongkat Ali has many interesting properties which were subsequently extracted for the promotion of good health. This extract is known as LJ100® and has many remarkable uses including:

  1. Help with maintenance of the anabolic state.
  2. Stimulation of physical and mental energy.
  3. Boosting of sports performance.
  4. Enhancement of sports performance through improvement of energy levels, increasing muscular force, strength, and arm circumferences, raising free testosterone while keeping cortisol levels low, increasing free fat mass, and increasing didehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA).
  5. Assists in sustaining health weight.
  6. Improvement of sleep quality.
  7. Helps the body feel less with fatigued.
  8. Encouragement of healthy cortisol levels and healthy hormone balance.
  9. Promotion of androgen (sex steroid hormone) synthesis.
  10. Encouragement of hormonal health and over-all well being.
  11. Improvement of post-partum women's state of mind.
  12. Acting as a restorative to facilitate to adapt to and counter the changes in mood and reduction of energy that often accompanies aging.
  13. Boosting of healthy alpha pheromones, the biochemicals that are necessary for sexual communication, psychological health and behavior.
  14. Enhancement of libido and sexual function.
  15. Help with the maintenance of normal free testosterone levels in men.

As I discussed in the first section, stress often accompanies aging. With it, we tend to become crankier, less energetic, and overweight. The process often begins in our early twenties and progressively worsens over time.

LJ100® has been clinically shown to lower cortisol levels in men and women. In a study published in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition7, scientists assigned 32 men and 31 women with moderate stress to a LJ100® group or a placebo group for four weeks; the LJ100® group took 200 mg of the health supplement on a daily basis, others took placebo.

At the end of four weeks, scientists noted the LJ100® group had reduced tension (-11 %), confusion (-15 %) and anger (-12 %) compared to participants in the placebo group. The LJ100® group also demonstrated Stress Hormone Profile (salivary cortisol and testosterone) improvements, with reduced cortisol (−16%) and increased testosterone (+37%).

The research team concluded :"These results indicate LJ100® has potential for restoring hormone balance (cortisol/testosterone) and enhancing psychological mood state in people exposed to aging, dieting, exercise strain and other stressors."

LJ100® can also promote sexual health. As men and women age, it is not uncommon for them to experience some difficulties pleasing their spouses. Even married couples may feel some frustration when husband and wife can't satisfy one another as they had in the early years of their marriage.

In a study published in Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 26 men with mild erectile dysfunction were given 200mg of LJ100® or a placebo for 12 weeks8. The LJ100® group demonstrated statistically higher scores than the placebo group in these endpoints: Erection Hardness Scale score improved by 39%, Aging Males’ Symptoms (AMS) scores improved by 24%, and Sexual Health Inventory for Men improved by 26%. These results suggest LJ100®, as a daily supplement, can improve sexual performance and satisfaction. The latter, when achieved, can also elevate quality of life.

That would be good news to husbands who wish to maintain the sexual spark they enjoyed with their wives during the earlier years of their marriages.

At this point some people maybe wondering if LJ100® is safe. I'm going to discuss that in the next section.


LJ100 - Is It Safe For Me To Use?

The United Nations Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) has classified Tongkat Ali root extract as Category 5 (extremely safe)6.

LJ100® is the patented extract for Tongkat Ali. The patent (dated November 7, 2006, number 7,132,117 [US] and WO 02/17946 A1 [worldwide]) is for the “Bioactive Eurypeptides isolated in Tongkat Ali that is proven to be the active compounds effective for treatment of sexual dysfunction, male infertility, and increase testosterone. This patent describes 16 claims that range from composition to how such aqueous extracts of Tongkat Ali positively increase androgen biosynthesis and influences reproductive capabilities in men6.

In fact, numerous studies have tested the safety of LJ100®  which we'll take a look at now.

Oral toxicity studies - performed on Wistar rats - determined the LD50 of Tongkat Ali root extract (LJ100®) as 2,000 mg/kg body weight (acute) and the No Observed Adverse Effect Level as greater than 1,000 mg/kg body weight (28-day sub-acute feeding)6. In addition to the very high safety profile demonstrated in the rodent toxicity studies, there are no reported side effects in human studies of LJ100® supplementation6.

In a study published in Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine9, 109 healthy men aged 30–55 were assigned to either 300 mg LJ100® or a placebo for 12 weeks. The safety evaluation showed no difference between the LJ100® and placebo groups in terms of physical exam, hematological, clinical blood chemistry, fasting blood sugar, liver function, full blood count, PSA or lipid profile.

LJ100® is self-affirmed generally recognized as safe (GRAS)6. In the self-affirmed GRAS document, HP Ingredients concludes:“Because the Malaysian government approves Eurycoma longifolia extracts as food and herbal products, having no adverse event history in 13 years of being sold in the U.S., being safer than many currently marketed herbs, and the idea of being able to take enough to cause harm precluding unintentional or intentional abuse, the results are so strongly in favor of the safety of Tongkat Ali, that HP Ingredient’s LJ100® is safe within the scope of normal intended use, and is generally recognized as safe for normal intended use as set by HP Ingredients".6

Now that we've learned so much about this remarkable product, I'm going to conclude by telling you how you can purchase it and perhaps improve your fitness and vitality.



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8. Udani, J., George, A., Musthapa M., Pakdaman, M., Abas, A. (2014)Effects of a Proprietary Freeze-Dried Water Extract of Eurycoma longifolia (Physta) and Polygonum minus on Sexual Performance and Well-Being in Men: A Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Study. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, vol. 2014, Article ID 179529, 10 pages, 2014. doi:10.1155/2014/179529

 9. Ismail, S. Mohammad, W., George A., Hussain, N., Kamal, Z., Liske, E. (2012) Randomized Clinical Trial on the Use of PHYSTA Freeze-Dried Water Extract of Eurycoma longifolia for the Improvement of Quality of Life and Sexual Well-Being in Men. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine vol. 2012 Article ID 429268, 10 pages, 2012. doi:10.1155/2012/429268 


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5 Anti-Aging Secrets You Need to Keep

5 Anti-Aging Secrets You Need to Keep

Submitted by: Anne C. Smith

Trying to look young has generated a multi-billion market as it ushered in several beauty products and treatments. If you are looking for a way to look young and pretty today, there are several options out there for the taking. But let me invite you in on some secrets. It actually pays to know them so that you can get the best possible anti-aging choice among the plethora of options.

1. Try checking what you put into your body as much as what you put on

When it comes to making yourself look and feel young, it’s not just what you rub over your face but also on what you take in. Why is this so important? It's because if you want your glow to radiate from within, you have to make sure that the system is “well oiled” or running optimally. You have to put importance on your food choices and water intake. Choosing a healthy diet may not be the best for the palate at all times, but it is what's best for your cells. It nourishes them so that they generate and renew faster, improve their quality and make them stronger. Some people fail to do this and even skip this very important step. Choose fruits, greens, healthy meats, and why not even try out juicing instead of sweet or alcoholic drinks. You could also really do well if you avoid processed foods. Usually, these healthy diet alterations are quite hard to follow especially for the younger generation.

People in their twenties usually recuperate easy, which is why they don't see or feel the damage right away. It is when a person enters their 30s when some of the problem starts to become evident. This is when most people scram to do something. But don't worry because it’s not too late for you yet. Just allow yourself to make the radical change. You can wear your face creams and serums, but healthy dietary changes will set you a few steps ahead when it comes to generating results.

2. Be wise with sun exposure

Sun is not so bad for you, given that you get some exposure at the right time and at the right amounts. This holds true even for those who are living in places that have below zero temperatures. Now the secret here is that you should always give your skin the protection it needs. This is where sunscreen use comes in. If you have not been slathering some everyday, you are depriving your skin the much needed protection it deserves.

Sunscreen should be worn everyday and it should have at least an SPF of 15. On top of that it also has to be broad spectrum. What that means is that you protect your skin from both UVA and UVB rays. These are the reasons why sun exposure give you uneven skin pigmentation, sun spots, fine lines, wrinkles and skin sagging. UVA, in particular, reaches deep down into the dermal layer causing the degeneration of skin layers. A layer of sunscreen a day could really help you prevent premature skin aging. Be sure to reapply every two hours if you do have to go enjoy a day out on the beach or if you have to go swimming.

If you have to get that daily jog, stay at out of the sun between the hours of 10 am to 4 pm. But it doesn't mean that you should just lock yourself indoors within these hours. So if you have to go out and run errands, be sure to protect yourself appropriately. Aside from sunscreen, protective clothing will also be very helpful.

3. Choose skin treatments that promote skin regeneration

If you are really down on making it right with your skin and avoid premature aging, it pays to invest on professional treatments. Chemical peels, mechanical dermabrasion and laser treatments are among those procedures that can actually do your skin a whole lot of good. Without having to resort to surgery, you help reverse skin aging while promoting skin renewal and regeneration. You don't get that from a facelift. But these treatments work by waking up your skin cells and help them function optimally.

Now the drawback with non-invasive skin treatments is that they only work best with those who have minimal to moderate skin problems. Individuals with advanced skin aging may want more radical treatment or surgery.

There are skin care products that actually provide this action, but the reason why professional skin care treatments are better is that they provide faster and better results. What you may get out of months of applying skin cream may be achieved two or three sessions with professional treatments. So, you better decide on how serious you are with your anti-aging measures and choose which treatments you want to invest your money on. But you really don't have to choose one over the other, skin care products and treatments can actually work synergistically to create an overall pleasing result.

4. Pay attention to retinoids

Retinoids are actually something that you should welcome into your skin care routine. You may have encountered this before, but you may not be giving it the attention it deserves. Retinoids are considered to be the gold standard in anti-aging due to its action of preventing and repairing the skin cell damage. This corrects problem such as hyperpigmentation, acne scars, fine lines and some degree of sagging.

The problem with retinoids is that there are individuals who cannot tolerate this on their skin. But you don’t have to worry because retinoids are not the sole answer to your skin aging problems. But these help in heaps and bounds; so if your skin is happy with it, make sure that you choose products that contain retinoids. If you really want to promote skin firming and anti aging, a prescription-strength retinoid can be your best option.

5. Get a good basic skin care routine

This may not be newsflash for you, but what I want to underline is the importance of having a good skin care routine. Even without the anti-aging details, a cleanser and moisturizer everyday can already make a significant difference. This is way much better than simply doing nothing at all.This will be your safety net in avoiding premature skin aging, even without the breakthrough products and treatments.

Also, remember that you focus in common problem areas, such as the eyes, mouth, neck and hands. Once you get down with the basics, you can then add a few more tweaks that will certainly bring anti-aging to a whole new level. So when you feel tired and out to go through all the frills of keeping your skin clean and youthful, at least you have your basics down like it’s second nature to you.

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How to Stay Fit in your 50s


Kya Grace

At the age of 50, staying fit becomes increasingly tougher. At this stage, nature too conspires against you. You start hearing warning bells when that slight middle age paunch appears. This is the forerunner to the silent killers like heart diseases, diabetes and hypertension. So what do you do?

First of all you have to be mentally fit. Think young, think fit. This will have a significant positive impact on your ageing process. But thinking alone will not help. You have to take steps to slow down your cells from ageing. You have to work to prevent your brain cells from ageing quickly too.

Your diet is an important factor. Eat as much vegetables, fruits and nuts as possible and reduce the intake of sweets, fried food and processed food. Stay away from meat as much as you can. Avoid junk food at all costs. Food rich in omega-3 fatty acids is one thing that can stem the rapidity of the ageing process of your cells. Supplement your daily nutrition with items like cold water fish, especially salmons, the richest source of omega-3. This nutrient also helps in unclogging your arteries much like the flushing agents that unclog a sink, and reduces the risk of age related maladies like arthritis and cardiac diseases.

Increase your intake of water, as at this age the fluid retention capacity of the body decreases. Drinking the right fluids in proper quantities is very vital. Try and stay away from caffeinated or alcoholic drinks.

A balanced diet definitely helps you to stay healthy, but you have to exercise in order to stay fit. With age, the body requires some time to get used to changes. Hence you should not start off immediately with rigorous exercises. At this stage in life, most people are way too busy to spend time in gyms. Therefore the best way to start would be to take the help of a trained Personal Trainers Double Bay. Get him to draw out a proper schedule that will suit you.

Warming up at the beginning of a session is a must for all. Start off with some aerobics or yoga. These will help you relax mentally while your body muscles get relaxed too. Warming up, basically increases your heart rate thereby the flow of blood in the body. This in turn stirs up the blood vessels and helps to produce nitric oxide, which again dilates your arteries and protects them from blockages and other problems.

After 50, not only does the growth of body cells stop, but degeneration sets in. To keep your muscles and joints in order is a tough ask. You will have to work harder, as normally people at this age become more sedentary. To overcome this problem, you have to exercise the muscles. After the aerobics or yoga, go in for some strength training. This is done, using weights. Any wrong movements or use of excessive weights might lead to serious injury. Your Personal Trainers Double Bay should be helping you out when you are going through this routine. Also, do sufficient balancing and stretching moves to strengthen your limbs. After exercising your muscles, cool down.

Your body needs adequate rest to stay fit. Sleep well. You need from 7 to 8 hours of sleep a day. Above all always stay positive and happy.

Kya Grace is a personal trainer at Dangerously Fit Personal Training. If you would like to hire Personal Trainers Double Bay or to register for a Boot Camp session, visit Sydney Boot Camp.

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Declining health and increased vulnerability to disease are characteristics of aging. In many ways this seems almost paradoxical - with advances in medical science comes the promise of longevity and indeed people are enjoying longer lives, but over time the body gradually loses vigor. It's not uncommon for elderly people to be afflicted with at least of one the following ailments:

  • obesity
  • diabetes
  • arthritis
  • stroke
  • cardiovascular disease

Although medical science has yet to understand precisely how the human body enters a state of physical decline, we do know that part of the reason is a gradual loss of cellular energy and with it, increased susceptibility to internal and external stressors.

In this article, I'm going to talk about some of the stressors and how supplementing your diet with bergamot may help your body to remain healthy for a longer period of time.


Aging and Metabolism

God has given us a set amount of time to live; at present He does not want these bodies to continue indefinitely. Therefore He incorporated an almost incalculable number of mechanisms into the functioning of the human body, their interaction can keep the internal machinery running smoothly i.e. prolonged health or fall into a state of illness and eventual death.

To get a better appreciation of this, I'm going to tell you some interesting facts about the physiology and biochemistry that we rely on every second of our lives.

The human body is amazingly designed, it's composed of trillions of living cells and each of them is equipped with internal machinery and the ability to regulate itself and to regulate and be regulated by other cells.

We should think of cells as living machines and as with any machine, they require a battery, a steady supply of fuel and a means to remove excess waste.

Food is the fuel of the body; in the stomach and small intestine, food is digested i.e. broken into chemicals which are eventually transported to each cell. From there the fuel is used by the cells for energy.

Mitochondia are the cellular batteries that I mentioned above. You maybe surprised to know that our cells "breathe". Mitochondria use oxygen from cellular respiration to produce adenosine triphosphate (ATP). ATP is a high energy molecule; when it is used up, ATP is broken down to adenosine diphosphate (ADP) and eventually adenosine monophosphate (AMP). AMP is the "end of the line" so to speak, the cell would be out of energy if it were left with only AMP.

Fortunately, the body produces 5'adenosine monophosphate-activated protein kinase (AMPK) which is a special chemical that makes good use of AMP. 

One of the functions of AMPK is to recognize when cells are running low on ATP.

When ATP is low, AMPK helps stimulate production of more ATP through a variety of mechanisms including:

  • fatty acid oxidation - breaking down fat for energy
  • glycolysis - converting stored glucose for energy
  • increased synthesis of a protein that transports glucose across cell membranes
  • increased production of mitochondrial enzymes involved in the production of oxygen carrier molecule

Unfortunately, we gradually lose energy as we age. Although aging is a natural part of living, some of its consequences can be very problematic, because they can lead to metabolic syndrome and with it a host of potentially deadly illnesses. 


Metabolic Syndrome - the Killer Within

Metabolic syndrome is a name given to a condition that encompasses a variety of inter-related illnesses. I've written several articles discussing its potential danger to the human body. In short, people diagnosed with metabolic syndrome often have the following ailments:

  • obesity
  • type 2 diabetes
  • high cholesterol
  • high blood pressure
  • inflammation

Each of the above illnesses are serious in and of themselves, but imagine how much more deadly they are when a person is afflicted with all of them. Even worse, fatty liver disease - a condition wherein the liver accumulates excess fat - often accompanies metabolic syndrome.

Does this mean that we are destined to be destroyed by this affliction? Not necessarily. 


AMPK and Bergamot May Hinder Metabolic Syndrome

Medical scientists have been devoting a great deal of study to finding ways to combat age-related illnesses. Recently research teams have discovered that bergomot polypehlic fraction (BPF) can work with AMPK to combat the effects of metabolic syndrome.

AMPK and bergomot polypehlic fraction (BPF) can improve metabolic syndrome in a variety of ways:
in terms of the pancreas, liver, heart, healthy weight management, and free radicals from Reactive Oxygen Species-
The pancreas is an organ that produces insulin in response to glucose that is produced by the liver. One of insulin's jobs is to tell cells to open up so the glucose can enter. When the level of serum glucose increases, so does insulin output from the pancreas. Eventually this can lead to insulin resistance, a condition whereby cells start to ignore the signals from insulin which causes more glucose to accumulate in the bloodstream which triggers more insulin from the pancreas. This feedback loop then creates a situation that we in science refer to as a "snowball effect."
Imagine that you've placed a little snowball at the top of a snow covered hill. Now you roll that snowball down the hill. The snowball gets larger as it rolls downhill because more snow sticks to it. By the time you reach the bottom of the hill, you've got a huge snowball.
This is what can happen if insulin resistance goes unchecked. Gradually it may develop into full blown diabetes.
AMPK helps the cells accept glucose. This will reduce the strain on the liver. Bergomot polyphenols also assist in glucose uptake into cells.
Metabolic syndrome can also cause the liver to accumulate large amounts of fat leading to nonalcoholic fatty liver disease(NAFLD). If something isn't done to reverse the process, it will eventually kill you. In fact the condition is linked to the life-threatening ailment cirrhosis.
AMPK prevents the liver from collecting too much fat (triglycerides) and stimulates fatty acid oxidation. This is an example where oxidation is a good thing, wherein it helps the body use fat for energy.
Although the precise mechanism hasn't been discovered, a study of patients with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease has found that BPF improves lipid profile. The patients experienced improved high density lipoprotein (HDL) and lower low density lipoprotein (LDL) and serum cholesterol. Thus, bergomot polyphenolic fraction also prevents NAFLD.
By helping glucose uptake, the enzyme also eases the work of the pancreas. When the pancreas is overworked it may become scarred, inflammed or develop other problems. In fact, inflammation is one of the hallmarks of metabolic syndrome, pancreatitis and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.
There are also benefits to heart health; risk for heart attack and stroke increase when the body has too much LDL, and unhealthy cholesterol. AMPK and bergamot polyphenol effects on fatty acid oxidation (as I discussed above) may improve cardiovascular health thereby reducing the risk of stroke and heart attacks.
AMPK and bergamot polyphenolic fraction may be helpful for healthy weight management, too. Bergamot activates AMPK, and AMPK stimulates cellular metabolism. When your body is using more energy, less of it will be stored as body fat.
AMPK stimulates mitochondia to make cellular energy but one of the drawbacks of this important process is production of leftover oxygen molecules or Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS). Free radicals create oxidative stress which cause cellular aging and eventual death. Polyphenols have been shown to combat oxidative stress thereby inhibiting this by-product of cellular metabolism.
Bergamot Polyphenolic Fraction Activates AMPK Naturally
Medical science has sought many remedies for the treatment of metabolic disorders such as type 2 diabetes. Metformin is one such medication; it is a man-made pharmacological agent that helps lower blood sugar levels. It is also a very powerful AMPK activator.
Interestingly, bergomot polyphenolic fraction is a natural activator of AMPK. It's important to point out that metformin is manufactured by the pharmaceutical industry, and only pharmaceutical companies are authorized to make claims about a medicine's ability to cure disease. But for people who are seeking natural ways to keep healthy and reduce their risk for developing metabolic syndrome, bergamot polyphenolic fraction is an option.
Bergamonte vegetarian capsules which are distributed by Nutri Lifescience are made from bergamot citrus fruit and contain the bergamot polyphenolic fraction that I talked about in this article.
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Aging populations are susceptible to metabolic syndrome which can have a detrimental effect on quality and quantity of life. Fortunately, God has created the human body to be able to make use of food for fuel and provided numerous mechanisms to help the body function efficiently.

AMPK is an enzyme that is manufactured by every cell of the body and is involved in energy production for cellular metabolism. Therefore, AMPK is a chemical that can have a positive effect on metabolic syndrome because it is necessary for health and longevity i.e. it slows down the aging process.

Bergamot polyphenolic fraction are chemicals that come directly from bergamot citrus fruit. Bergamot polyphenolic fraction is a natural activator of AMPK, thus bergamot polyphenolic fraction may also help slow down the effects of aging.

Health supplements should not be mistaken for medicinal drugs that would be prescribed by physicians for treatment of any given disease.

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Menopause Not Causing Increased Heart Problems for Women

(Note: Heather MacGibbon submitted this article to on 2011-09-12; I have decided to post it on Living Fit, Healthy and Happy(SM) because of its relevance to cardiovascular health news.)



Heather MacGibbon

For years doctors have attributed raised rates of heart disease in women after menopause as somehow linked to hormonal changes. However researchers at Johns Hopkins announced yesterday that current research shows age alone is the main factor.

"Our data show there is no big shift toward higher fatal heart attack rates after menopause," says Dhananjay Vaidya, Ph.D., the studies leader at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. "What we believe is going on is that the cells of the heart and arteries are aging like every other tissue in the body, and that is why we see more and more heart attacks every year as women age. Aging itself is an adequate explanation and the arrival of menopause with its altered hormonal impact does not seem to play a role."

While rates of fatal heart disease are different for men and women, this difference may lay in different rate of cellular changes in men and women when cells replicate. Cell aging may hold the key -- most notably the concept of shrinking telomere length -- could account for some of the gender differences, Vaidya suggested when discussing different heart disease rates.

Telomeres are found at the end of each chromosome in the body and act as shields that protect important genes from assault. Telomeres shrink every time they are copied, which occurs every time cells divide. As telomeres get shorter, there is the chance that the genes at the end of the chromosome will get damaged, and if they are, they will not recover, leading to the damaging effects of aging.

Previous studies show that telomere lengths are similar in male and female babies, but become significantly shorter in young adult men as compared to young adult women, which could account for the finding that men have increased risk of cardiovascular mortality at younger ages. At later ages, telomeres shorten at similar rates in men and women, which could account for their similar heart disease mortality rate increases during older ages.

Staff Writers Science Daily. â ¬No Ling between Menopause and Increased Risk of Fata Heart, Research Suggestsâ ¬ In Science Daily Sept 6, 2011. Ibid.
Aubert, Geraldine and Peter M. Lansdrop. â ¬Telomeres and Agingâ ¬ in American Physiological Society Journal Vol. 88, no. 2
Staff Writers Science Daily. â ¬No Ling between Menopause and Increased Risk of Fata Heart, Research Suggestsâ ¬ In Science Daily Sept 6, 2011.

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Aging Exercise Rustles Thoughts Of Aches And Pains

Aging Exercise Rustles Thoughts Of Aches And Pains

Submitted by: Ellen Miller

I am still looking for the fountain of youth. I have not found it yet, but I am hoping that it will pop up in a bottle on the grocery shelf at a reasonable price. I doubt it, but there is always hope. On my more realistic days, I like to think that I am drastically slowing the aging process, though not halting it completely. Through my daily exercise routine and nutritional choices, I feel and look younger than other people my age. I know this personally and I am told this on a daily basis.

Unfortunately, as we age, our bodies start to get a bit weak. That is, things like osteoporosis and arthritis affect our ability to move like we used to when we were young. There are still plenty of ways to get quality exercise without endangering oneself or promoting further arthritis difficulties.

Since I have started exercising, I have seen my energy go through the roof. Whereas before, when I was merely watching what I eat or completely ignoring my body’s needs, I felt sluggish on nine hours of sleep and could barely get through my day without yawning incessantly or drinking multiple cups of coffee. Caffeine is not only bad for the body but it yellows the teeth, which adds to the overall aged look.

When I discovered that isometric exercise could be used in combination with resistance band training to help get fit, I was skeptical. After all, a great number of older people suffer from arthritis and osteoporosis that can make simple hand motions painful. However, the resistance bands offer varying degrees of difficulty that I am in control of at all times. There is no need for me to setup complicated equipment or lift heavy weights and machines. The band can be stored in my pocket and purse and pulled out whenever I have a few minutes.

Isometric exercise is essential to increasing the effectiveness of my resistance band exercise. This is as simple as a breathing technique and muscle contraction at the right time. In a few weeks of participating in this exercise route, I had as much energy as when I was a teenager. I could never have hoped for more. I feel younger and healthier just because of a few strength training exercises per day.

The idea behind isometric exercise and resistance band exercise is that very select muscles are worked. Because it is resistance training, the muscle and joint only have to be moved as far as you are comfortable with. That is why these techniques are used by physical therapists to recuperate patients and the morbidly obese. Movement is limited to what you feel comfortable. Usually, after seven days, that range of motion increases a bit. Slowly you will find yourself more flexible and tolerant of motion in your muscles and joints.

In order to lose weight and build muscle, I participate in the strength training program, but I also eat very healthy. I do not count calories or avoid breads altogether, I just use common sense. It goes a long way towards a healthy lifestyle. I coupled proper food choices with strength training and a brisk walk in the morning and find myself the best “me” I could be. I feel like I am in my twenties, look younger than most of my peers, and have the energy to go non-stop through my busy day. Come to think of it, I really do not need the fountain of youth. Aging exercise is easy with the IsoBreathing System. I’ll leave searching for an instant answer to those who do not want to take a proactive role in their own health.

About the Author: Owner of IsoBreathing Inc. and creator of IsoBreathing® Ellen has been teaching life style and fitness over 20 years and is a certified fitness practitioner and personal trainer. Find out about Isometric Exercise, Weight Loss Exercise or buy her Exercise DVD - visit

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Just What Are Your Optimal Levels Of Vitamin C Intake?

Just What Are Your Optimal Levels Of Vitamin C Intake?

Submitted by: Steve P Smith

Amongst the general public today, vitamin C is probably the most popular of all nutritional supplements, perhaps principally because it is widely believed to be effective as a cure for the common cold. But there is much more to the nutrient than this, as was demonstrated by the celebrated Dr Linus Pauling, whose pioneering work hailed optimal intakes of vitamin C as a powerful weapon against flu, heart disease and even cancer.

Pauling’s books became extremely popular, but it almost goes without saying that the medical establishment was quick to ridicule his ideas and still largely refuses to recognize the value of large doses of vitamin C. Not that either the public or Pauling, a double Nobel Laureate, seemed to care much. He regularly took doses of well in excess of 1,000 mg daily, and was working almost until the end of his incredibly active 93 year life.

As well as the happy coincidence of Pauling’s longevity, if coincidence it is; a great deal of research now supports his claims for vitamin C, as well as recognizing it as one of nature’s most powerful anti-oxidants and anti-ageing nutrients. But despite this, the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) remains set at just 60 mg; and, more worryingly still, research suggests that around a quarter of people in the affluent western world, including America and the United Kingdom, manage to consume only about 40 mg of vitamin C a day, just 2/3rds of this already very low RDA.

Despite repeated lectures from government and health agencies to eat five portions of fruit and vegetables a day, it seems that many people still do not do so. And even for those who do, the amount of vitamin C yielded from these foods, grown as they are on nutrient depleted soils, is likely to be low; and will be depleted further by pesticides, transport, storage, processing and cooking.

And as if this were not enough, vitamin C is used up easily once in the body; both by combating the free radicals released by normal oxidative biochemical reactions and by the toxic stresses produced by environmental pollution. The use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, including common medications, is also highly destructive of vitamin C.

Given all these factors, it’s hard to think many of us are getting optimal levels of vitamin C, an observation that’s strongly supported by a look at intakes in the animal kingdom.

What particularly interested Pauling was that human being are unusual, though not unique, amongst animals in that we are unable to manufacture vitamin C within our bodies. Little in nature is ever wasted, and Pauling argued, logically enough, that animals which do manufacture their own vitamin C would only make as much as their health demanded. It seems, however, that most animals produce around 30 mg of vitamin C per kilo of body weight, and this figure rises dramatically when the organism is under particular stress. For an adult human weighing, say, 75kg (165 pounds), the figure of 30 mg would equate to a vitamin C requirement of 2,250 mg, which of course must be obtained from the daily diet or through supplements.

But in case this figure seems high, it is fortunately possible to compare typical human intakes with those of closest genetic relatives in the animal kingdom, the great apes, who are also unable to synthesis vitamin C within their bodies. Interestingly, the diets prepared for chimpanzees and gorillas in captivity, presumably with their optimal health as the intention, seem typically to yield between 20 and 30 mg of vitamin C per kilo of the animals’ bodyweight. And a 1940s study of gorillas in the wild estimated a vitamin C intake from their food of around 4,500 mg, typically around 22.5 mg per kilo of the animal’s bodyweight.

And of course, it needs to be remembered that these creatures in the wild are likely to be subject to far less environmental stress and fewer toxins than human beings, thereby making better use of the larger amounts of vitamin C they consume, and further emphasizing the inadequacy of most human’s intakes.

In the face of all this evidence, given that humans are estimated to be around 98% genetically identical to the great apes, an intake of 1,000 – 2,000 mg a day for a typical adult would not seem excessive; and the RDA, in fact, appears pitifully low.

Happily, these optimal intakes of vitamin C are easily achieved through supplementation, and there are no known problems of toxicity at any level. But it is probably best to stagger the intake of high doses through the day, to maximize absorption and maintain saturation levels in blood and tissue at all times.

About the Author: Steve Smith is a freelance copywriter specializing in direct marketing and with a particular interest in health products. Find out more at

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