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The Truth About Ripped Abs For Women

The Truth About Ripped Abs For Women

The Truth About Ripped Abs For Women
By Andrew Bicknell

One of the most overlooked and important aspects about getting ripped abs for women is having the proper motivation. To many times women focus on the wrong things, worrying to much about which workout to use and which diet to follow. By maintaining focus on your goals and the reasons why you want a set of firm abs you will better see that goal met.

For those women aren't willing to make the proper sacrifices and make the necessary changes in their lifestyles getting that flat trim stomach may be nothing more then a dream. The reason for this is simple; much like anything in life if you wish to succeed you need to give forth the proper effort.

If you are a woman looking to get ripped abs what is your motivation. Is it a trim sexy body? Are you trying to improve your overall health? Only you can answer that question but whatever your reasons you need to use these to keep motivated to reach your goal. If you understand what a set of strong abs will do for you and you know why you want them it is much easier to stick with your healthy diet and exercise routine.

Ultimately this is what will tax your motivation the most because eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly is the only way to get a set of ripped abs for both women and men. It is so easy to just say the heck with it and go back to your old ways because it does take work to meet this goal.

There is no shortcut to a tight stomach regardless of the claims made by all those infomercials you see on TV. Do not get fooled by the hype that the latest fat burning pill or ab lounge rocker machine promise. The motivation to change the way you look and feel about yourself comes from within, not from the promise of some huckster on TV.

The point is that ripped abs for women requires you to change not only your way of thinking but many of those habits that are detrimental to your goal. If you stay focused on what you want and concentrate on those things that will get you there, namely hard work and healthy lifestyle choices you will soon have the set of abs you've always wanted.

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What Is Indonesian Massage Therapy?

What Is Indonesian Massage Therapy?

What Is Indonesian Massage Therapy?
By Sara Ryan

Indonesian massage therapy is an oriental type of massage method that uses both traditional Chinese medicine and Ayurvedic method in healing, revitalizing, calming and soothing a patient's body. Much like its Asian style counterparts, it also uses special massage oils and scented oils on the patient's skin for several benefits on the skin as well as for making the work more convenient for the masseuse.

This type of massage therapy was brought to Indonesia by traveling Buddhist monks which later on passed the medical care to practicing monks who developed and improved it by adding herbal medicines inspired by the ancient Chinese. Indonesian massage therapy traces its roots back to 4000 years ago which was then used as the main source of medical care for the public. Even royalties during that time uses this type of natural treatment for passing time and as a way to relax and relieve stress.

A common belief and practice of Oriental massage therapies is that the body has life force or energy within the vessel. These energies should be kept in constant good flow and should be in balance at all times to ensure health and prevent sickness due to the fall of the immune system of the body. In case of imbalanced energy within the patient's body, realignment, balancing and breaking of clogged energy path ways are the methods of retrieving the lost healthy condition.

If you are into deep massage therapy, this type of massage method fits your taste as it relies upon deep pressure massage in breaking formed tissues that have stiffened on the muscle tissues of a patient's body. These tensed muscles if not treated will result to muscle spasms, sprains and cramps as well as stress and the stiffening of the whole body. It will also limit the flexibility and mobility of the muscle and joints of the body. Addressing the problem helps reduce certain risks and promotes many beneficial improvements in the health of the patient. Deep thumb pushing using acupressure technique on the different vital parts of the body helps in stimulating and relaxing the soft tissues within the patient's body. Acupressure is known to be a type of technique that tackles the very essential areas within the body. These key areas are also known as meridian points more similar on acupuncture treatments, however without the good use of thin needles of the acupuncture method. Expect an increase and improvement in the circulation of blood and the lymphatic system. A good Indonesian massage therapy does not only release stress but also triggers the self-healing capabilities of the human body allowing it to recover much quicker than the normal rate. Regular sessions of this type of therapeutic massage do not only improve your overall health but also leave you feeling much better as you get relaxed, energized and rejuvenated.

Prior to a massage therapy session, make some preparations by asking your doctor's comments and opinions regarding the massage therapy. Check out for skin allergies or reaction from massage oils. Doing this will not only keep you from any problem but will also ensure you a successful and pleasurable massage session.

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Vitamin D May Improve Eczema, Study



Vitamin D may improve atopic dermatitis, new research suggests. According to a study published in Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, vitamin D supplements may be useful for the treatment of atopic eczema. This is good news for people who deal with the discomfort of this common skin disorder.

This finding is the result of research conducted by Daniel P. McCauliffe of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his colleagues who studied the effects of vitamin D supplementation on the clinical manifestations of atopic dermatitis.

To this end, McCauliffe and his team studied 95 patients with atopic dermatitis (AD) and 58 patients without the disorder (controls). The scientists assessed and compared vitamin D levels between the control group and AD group and used a dermatologist to measure the skin disorder's severity.

It turned out that the serum vitamin D levels of the control and AD group were not statistically significant. However, McCauliffe's team noted that AD patients with low levels of vitamin D had a greater frequency of bacterial infections.

But after the patients received vitamin D supplements, their skin condition improved dramatically. How is this possible?


Vitamin D's Role In Skin Protection

Most people are familiar with vitamin D's role in promoting healthy bones. But one of its lesser known roles is immune health.

Eczema is known to effect the permeability barrier as well as the antimicrobial barrier of the stratum corneum (the skin's outermost layer) making the skin itchy and red.

Defects in the permeability barrier can lead to water loss and when a person uses basic soaps, an interplay between genetic defects and enzymes can dry out the skin making it easier for pathogens to enter the skin and create inflammation.

The body has developed a variety of methods to protect itself from pathogenic infection. One effective method defense is the secretion of antimicrobial proteins from cells on the surface of the skin. Unfortunately, people with atopic dermatitis are deficient in a very important antimicrobial protein named cathelicidin. 

But various studies have demonstrated that vitamin D can protect the health of the skin. In fact this nutrient plays an important role in the differentiation of keratinocytes, a specialized type of skin cell that protects the body against pathogens, harmful sun rays and other environmental stressors.

Vitamin D has also been proven to aid in wound healing and enhances the skin's permeability barrier.

So, essentially, the reason why the skin conditions of AD patients in McCaullife's study who received vitamin D supplements showed improvement, can be found in vitamin D's role in helping the immune system.

McCaullife and his colleagues concluded:"The results from this study indicate that vitamin D supplementation may help ameliorate clinical signs of the disease and can be considered as a safe and well-tolerated form of therapy."

Of course, as promising as the results of this study happen to be, more trials are needed to explore the full benefits of vitamin D therapy for eczema.


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Samochocki Z, Bogaczewicz J, Jeziorkowska R, Sysa-Jędrzejowska A, Glińska O, Karczmarewicz E, McCauliffe DP, & Woźniacka A (2013). Vitamin D effects in atopic dermatitis. Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology PMID: 23643343 

Gurlek, A. (2002). Modulation of Growth Factor/Cytokine Synthesis and Signaling by 1alpha,25-Dihydroxyvitamin D3: Implications in Cell Growth and Differentiation Endocrine Reviews, 23 (6), 763-786 DOI: 10.1210/er.2001-0044 

Elias PM, Hatano Y, & Williams ML (2008). Basis for the barrier abnormality in atopic dermatitis: outside-inside-outside pathogenic mechanisms. The Journal of allergy and clinical immunology, 121 (6), 1337-43 PMID: 18329087


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Pilates Vs Yoga - A New Viewpoint

Pilates Vs Yoga - A New Viewpoint

Pilates Vs Yoga - A New Viewpoint
By Robert Hannum

Here is a review of the differences and similarities between two of the most popular forms of exercise. Which one is better? Here's a viewpoint from one who has taught both methods for over 35 years.


Pilates and yoga are oddly similar and at the same time deeply different when it comes to breathing. Both methods emphasize breathing, but take it in a different direction.

Few in the Pilates world realize just how important breathing was to Joseph Pilates. Of all the principles of the Pilates technique, Joseph Pilates considered breathing the cardinal one according to his writings.

According to my teacher and Pilates Elder, Mary Bowen, Joseph Pilates never developed any special breathing mechanics, though "bellows breathing" was a technique developed after his death by his students. Instead Pilates created breathing patterns to accompany each exercise, natural breathing that allows full and frequent breathing while you move. The effect is exhilarating, and in fact, Pilates is known for being energizing rather than exhausting even after the most rigorous routine.

Yoga far exceeds Pilates in the development of particular breathing mechanics. The complexity and depth of the pranayama (breathing) yoga techniques include breathing through different nostrils in different patterns of inhalation, exhalation, and holding the breath, all designed to create and move energy in the body. I've explored breathing techniques in Pilates and yoga and have found both to be beneficial in their own distinct ways.

Mind and Body

Few exercise methods connect the mind and the body like Pilates and yoga. Focussing your attention on your movement is key to both methods. Yoga goes a step further by adding a spiritual or religious dimension with meditation and in certain traditions devotion to teachers.


Joseph Pilates was born in Germany in 1883. He studied all forms of exercise available in his day including eastern forms such as yoga. He first developed his method nearly 100 years ago. He moved to New York in the 60's and first introduced his method to the dance community where it was an instant hit. From there it gained worldwide popularity. It is used by nearly every elite athlete as well as physical therapist, and is particularly effective for the treatment of back problems.

In contrast yoga goes back thousands of years. The earliest evidence appears on 4500 year old seals from the Indus Valley. Experts agree that the yoga tradition is probably much older. Light on Yoga, universally considered the Bible of yoga, lists hundreds of treatments for illnesses using particular yoga positions.

No Machinery

Though both methods readily use balls and bands and other props, neither require any equipment. You can do them anywhere and anytime - the ultimate in convenience. You can use equipment specially designed for Pilates, but it is not necessary. In fact, the mat exercise routine which uses no equipment is the original Pilates method.


No review of these two exercise methods should ever neglect their distinct forms of stretching. Yet no other discussion I've ever read does!

Yoga features static stretching. This means holding a position while your muscles stretch. Pilates is dynamic stretch where muscles lengthen while you move. Research indicates a more benefit from dynamic stretching due to increased muscle recovery and decreased risk of injury.

Strength and Cardio

Exercise science has proven that our bodies need 3 distinct kinds of exercise - strength training, stretching, and cardiovascular conditioning popularly referred to as cardio or aerobics. All of these essential exercise are rarely included in one method. Pilates always includes 2 - stretching and strength training. Advanced Pilates mat exercises also include cardio for an unusually complete exercise method.

By contrast yoga is primarily stretching and rarely includes strength training or cardio. I know of no style of yoga that provides strength training except the very athletic Iyengar style. In my experience Bikram or hot yoga definitely offers a cardio workout.

Which Is Better?

I believe I can offer an interesting perspective on this question, because I've practiced and taught both for over 35 years. You get more out of yoga if you want a spiritual practice. I would add that if you want relaxing stress relief yoga is a better choice. I must emphasize that this last statement is my personal belief since research shows that any exercise is very effective at relieving stress.

If you want a quick and complete exercise method Pilates is a better choice.

I do both!

Robert Hannum, M. Ed., is an advanced certified teacher of Pilates mat exercise for nearly 4 decades. He has taught people of all ages and fitness levels including people with physical and psychiatric challenges. His teacher is the "Pilates Elder" Mary Bowen. He also repairs sculpture for artists and museums around the world. He lives with his wife and son in Northampton, MA. Check out his website for free online pilates lessons, a unique cardio Pilates workout, and a wide variety of Pilates information and resources including why Pilates is so effective for the relief of back pain. For daily Pilates tips, quotes, and news simply "like" his fan page at

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What Good Posture Can Do For You!

What Good Posture Can Do For You!

What Good Posture Can Do For You!
By Janice Novak

Do you think you would look better if you could just lose ten pounds?

Are you plagued by back pain? A sore neck? Headaches?

Have you been shocked by how rounded over you look in photographs?

Do you think you look older than your years?

Would you like to look ten years younger?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you can make a big difference in your health and your appearance by simply improving your posture.

If you are not currently happy with your posture, you have a lot of company. Bad posture is so common because many of us sit too much, exercise too little, and have habits like hanging our heads forward over our desks, computers and other handwork, and carrying heavy purses and briefcases always on the same side of our bodies.

Have no fear. Even after years of bad posture, it is never too late. You can turn things around. It is really just a matter of becoming aware of what your posture problems are and then strengthening the muscles that will correct alignment.

For inspiration, let's start by taking a closer look at the benefits you'll reap.


Simply by standing up straighter than you do now, you will instantly slim your waistline by an inch or more. Check it out! Place a cloth measuring tape around your waist and assume your normal stance. Now lift up your rib cage slightly, as if a string attached to your breastbone were pulling it toward the ceiling. With your rib cage lifted slightly, you'll see how much tighter you can pull the tape -as much as 1-2".


A study in Louisville, Kentucky, showed how posture affects perceptions of age and beauty. Two women, both five foot four inches, one weighing 105 pounds and the other 125, were asked to put on leotards and cover their faces. Side view pictures were taken of each woman with normal and slumping posture. Then sixty people were asked to look at the pictures and rate the women's appearances. When the women stood up straight, viewers consistently described them as younger and more attractive. In fact, the upright 125-pound woman was rated more favorably than the slumping 105-pound woman.

Nothing ages you faster than a shrinking, stooped posture. A strong, straight spine portrays youth and vigor. Slumping forward decreases your chest measurement, rounds and narrows your shoulders, and can decrease your height by as much as two inches.


Psychological studies have shown that a person with good posture exudes health, vitality, and confidence-while slouching signals insecurity, weakness, and self-doubt. Consciously or not, we tell the world a lot about our mental and emotional state by the way we stand, sit, move, and carry ourselves.

Improving your posture can help you build self-esteem, radiate confidence and capability, interview well for jobs, and improve work performance (particularly in sales or business). Other people will see you with a new eye. Good posture shows the world you respect yourself. This commands respect from others.


Because poor posture causes your joints to no longer fit together properly, when you work out or play sports, the chance is greatly increased that you will injure your neck, shoulder, upper back, lower back, hips, and knees. Good posture reduces the chance of injury, muscle strain, and aches; helps you move more easily, gracefully, and powerfully; and gives your lungs more room so you have a greater breathing capacity.


Most important, good posture can prevent a lifetime of annoying and painful back and neck problems. Poor posture is the leading cause of back pain.

Janice Novak, M.S., author of Posture, Get It Straight! book and companion DVD have been featured on the Oprah Winfrey show. Ms. Novak demonstrated to Oprah's audience how her One Minute To Better Posture technique could have them standing straighter instantly! Janice Novak is considered this country's premier posture expert. She is an internationally acclaimed author, speaker and wellness consultant. Her unique posture program has helped thousands of people look and feel better. To learn more or to order a copy of Posture, Get It Straight! book &/or companion exercise DVD, go to

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Rear Deltoid Exercises for Size and Strength

Rear Deltoid Exercises for Size and Strength

Rear Deltoid Exercises for Size and Strength
By Alain Gonzalez

It needs to stressed that it is extremely important to include your rear deltoid muscle exercises with your normal shoulder routine. This is crucial so that you are able to build a proportionate and solid upper body, but they also play a huge role in the lifting exercises like bench press, and also squats. When training shoulders, there are generally three types of people.

1. The ones that prefer to train arms, and NOT shoulders.
2. Those who actually train their shoulders without understanding the effects of various angles.
3. And the ones who actually train their shoulders the correct way.

The difference between the second and third group is simple.....those in group three actually perform rear deltoid exercises thoroughly. This is by far the most neglected region of the shoulder. Your rear deltoid is also known as the posterior deltoid, and it play a large role in bench-pressing and squats, as it assists with stabilizing the bar, providing more lifting power.

Performing three to five sets of exercises for your rear deltoids should be completed as you are performing your shoulder routine, as the muscle group is a rather small one.

Good Rear Daltoid Exercises

The "seated bent over lateral raise" and "bent over lateral raise" are the two most used exercises for these muslces. There is only one significant difference between the two, and that is the seated variety will require a bench to sit on.

Bent Over Lateral Raises -Taking hold of your dumbbells, make sure to bend over at your waist, keeping your feet at shoulder width apart. To prevent any stress in the lower back, keep your knees slightly bent. Whilst maintaining a tight bend at the elbows, face your palms to each other, and hold the dumbbells out in front of you. Through the use of your upper back, lift the dumbbells in a semi-circular manner. When you have lifted the dumbbells, hold them in that position for two seconds. Then repeat

The Seated Bent Over Lateral Raises -Although for this exercise you will be seated on your bench with your feet firmly in front of you, but the exercise is the same as for the first version. There is no reason why you should not be able to use the same weight that you lifted the first time.

Although the rear deltoid exercises are very simple, they are very effective, and everyone should consider them necessary.

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How to Weigh Less and Eat More Food

How to Weigh Less and Eat More Food

How to Weigh Less and Eat More Food
By Greg Garner

You may have tried your share of diets, exercise machines, supplements and pills to help you lose weight. So many people have a constant struggle and battle with food. This is because the underlying problem is not just exercise and healthy eating. It goes much further than that to the psychological state of the individual. Why do you think we call certain foods "comfort foods"? These are used as a replacement for genuine methods to restore a sense of emotional balance within.

The person who reaches for a pack of jelly filled donuts after a stressful day of work is doing the same thing by principle as the person who reaches for heroin, alcohol, or cigarettes after a stressful day. The only difference is that the drug of choice for the heroin addict is illegal. Overeating, especially eating unhealthy foods will end up killing an individual, just as cigarettes and illegal drugs can. If you have any doubt about this statement, simply visit your local hospital's telemetry unit. You'll meet all kinds of people who from years of eating unhealthy foods now have to face the consequences of heart disease, heart attacks, kidney failure, just to name a few.

So How Do You Eat More & Still Lose Weight?

It is possible to eat a lot more than you're eating now, and still lose weight. This is because many natural fruits and vegetables are less calorie dense than chemically processed foods. In addition, they do not have all of the sugars, fats, salts, and grease that can greatly increase your calorie intake.

1. Substitute more fresh and raw fruits and vegetables in your meals. A bowl of raw broccoli will have approximately 100 calories and zero fats, as compared to a same bowl of macaroni and cheese, which will have approximately 700 to 900 calories and approximately 40 grams of fat.

2. Drink more water. Your body is made up of 75% water, and therefore water is vital for any health conscious life style.

3. Move more. Your body needs exercise. If you haven't worked out in a long time, and you're out of shape, start small. Walk for five minutes, at a pace you can comfortably handle. If you feel tired or in pain, stop immediately. Rest a few days and then start again. As you gain more stamina, you can gradually increase the time and the tempo.

4. Have fun. It's important to find a way to completely relax and let go each day, even if it is just for fifteen or thirty minutes. Go into this with the attitude of playfulness, focused and constructive playfulness.

As you can see, the formula for being able to eat more and still lose weight is simple. The key is changing your taste buds so that you will not just tolerate healthy foods, but you will also actually enjoy the taste. That's not always easy to do, especially in our culture, where we are constantly inundated with commercials prompting us to buy, buy, buy useless trinkets and eat, eat, eat toxic foods.

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Walking Has Numerous Benefits

Walking Has Numerous Benefits

Walking Has Numerous Benefits
By Frank Ferrari DPM

A daily fitness walk is the best activity for everyone, especially 50+ seniors. If it could be put into a pill it would be one of the most popular prescriptions in the world.

There are so many health benefits that a person gets from walking. Walking can reduce the risk of getting many diseases like heart attack, stroke to even getting type 2 diabetes.

A daily walk will do that for you. These claims are true and backed by major university and government research.

Walking requires no prescription, side effects are very low, and the benefits are great. I have listed some of these walking benefits for all my walkers.

Controlling your weight. Walking together with healthy eating is a great sport or activity for anyone to do. This physical activity is a real important plan for long-lasting weight control. Keeping your weight within healthy limits can lower your risk in getting type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, osteoarthritis and a lot more.

Keeping your blood pressure in normal limits. Physical activity strengthens the heart so it can pump more blood with less effort and with less pressure on the arteries. Walking is a superb activity for all fifty-plus seniors. Staying fit is more important than some medications to keep your blood pressure in its normal range.

Decreasing your risk of heart attack. Exercise such as a brisk walking for two and � hours a week -- or just half an hour a day for 5 days-- is associated with a 30% to 40% lower risk of heart disease in women. (Based on the 20-year Nurses' Health Study of 72,000 female nurses.)

Lowering your risk of stroke. Regular, moderate exercise such as a good walk to brisk walking for an hour a day, five days a week, can cut the risk of stroke in half, according to a Harvard study of more than 11,000 men.

Walking will lower your "bad" cholesterol and increases "good" cholesterol. The level of (HDL) cholesterol if you can keep that level high you are in good shape. Physical activity helps reduce LDL or "bad" cholesterol in your blood, which can cause plaque buildup along the artery walls. This is a major cause of heart attacks.

Reducing your risk of getting type 2 diabetes. The Nurses' Health Study claims that walking will lower your risk of you getting type 2 diabetes. That is a big disease for 50+ seniors today. The associated risk in getting foot and hand vascular problems are great.

Protecting against hip fracture. This is a little out of my specialty but I know that consistent activity, like walking, diminishes the risk of hip fracture. This was shown by a study of more than 30,000 men and women ages 20 to 93.

The list goes on for many more conditions. Many other studies indicate a daily brisk walk also can help:

Strengthen muscles, bones, and joints Elevate overall mood and sense of well-being.

Keep You Walking Steady. A daily routine is the most important factor in getting the most out of your walking. As long as you walk for at least 30 minutes a day, for at least 5 or more days a week, walking is a great exercise for you. This is the amount of walking that all doctors and other physical professionals recommend.

I have some good tips that you can use:

During your walks, you should be able to maintain a conversation with your pal or walking "buddy". You should walk at a good pace. If you can't catch your breath, you are walking too fast and slow down. Walk around the local area after lunch. You can walk for 15 minutes at break time to walking up and down stairs. Climbing stairs is a good physical activity; it is an excellent way to strengthen your heart.

At night, you can swap a half hour of TV time for a brisk stroll around the block. Take a friend with you for company or get the whole family involved. The Best Medicine Any amount of walking is good for you. For the best health results, set a brisk walking pace and walk for 30 minutes at least 5 times a week. Be sure to check with your health care provider on the level of walking exercise that's best for you.

A walking program has many benefits for the 50+ population. I tell you many of them and what they can do for you. Walking programs are a great exercise and they give the seniors a lot of fitness tips. You can find out more information on the art of walking in my web site:

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A walking program has many benefits for the 50+ population. I tell you many of them and what they can do for you. Walking programs are a great exercise and they give the seniors a lot of fitness tips. You can find out more information on the art of walking in my web site:

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Depression Increases Stroke Risk for Women



According to a report published in Stroke, depressed women are twice as likely to suffer a stroke than middle-aged women without depression. This finding demonstrates that state of mind can affect other areas of human health.

Researchers Carolina A. Jackson and Gita D. Mishra learned about the increased risk for stroke after studying the effects of stroke on a large cohort of middle-aged women with no history of stroke. The researchers looked at 10,547 women (age 47 -72 years) who participated in the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health. 

Beginning in 1998 and ending in 2010, Jackson and Mishra surveyed the women every three years collecting data on physiological and lifestyle factors e.g. diet, exercise, etc. in order to determine the association between depression and stroke.


Depression Increases The Chances That Middle-Aged Women Will Have A Stroke

During the course of the study, 24% of the women surveyed reportedly had depression, and 117 participants suffered a first time stroke.

The pair of University of Queensland researchers, noted that depression was associated with a two-fold increase for stroke among the women participating in the study. 

When the researchers removed age, lifestyle and physiological factors women who suffered from depression continued to remain at higher risk for stroke.

The association between depression and stroke has been known for sometime. Last year Harvard researchers noted that people with depression were at increased risk for fatal stroke. In their analysis of 28 cohort studies involving approximately 318,000 adults, they found 8478 cases of stroke.

A few months later, a report published in the Journal of Clinical Nursing found that while between depression increases stroke risk in women and men, the effects appear to be worse for women. In fact, based on surveys of 1048 patients attending a Swedish clinic, it was reported that women who suffered strokes experienced drastic changes in their ability to participate in social and leisure activities, and household tasks.


Other Ways Depression Affects Women's Health

While we're on the discussion of how depression increases stroke risk in middle aged women, it's important to point out other ways the condition can affect women's health.

There is scientific evidence that depression increases heart disease risk in women. It is established fact that heart disease is the number one killer of women. However, you may not be aware that depression significantly increases women's chances of having a heart attack. 

In one famous study, Harvard scientists, in a study involving 63,469 participants in the Women's Health Study, found that clinical depression increased the odds that a woman would suffer a fatal heart attack by nearly 50 percent.

The results of another study which was conducted as part of the global REduction of Atherothrombosis for Continued Health Registry (REACH) found a correlation between loneliness, mental stress and increased risk of death from heart disease.

While there is scientific evidence that citrus fruit may reduce ischemic stroke risk in women, we must not underestimate the danger depression poses to human health.

Depression tends to be a recurring illness, meaning that a person with the condition is likely to experience it again and again. God created people to have fellowship with Him, He did not intend for us to needlessly suffer. And because depression and stroke can have such a devastating effects on both the quality and quanity of life, it's important to be know the symptoms of depression as well as the symptoms of stroke

When Jackson and Mishra looked at the results of their study into the association between stroke and depression among Australian women they concluded: "Depression is a strong risk factor for stroke in midaged women, with the association partially explained by lifestyle and physiological factors."

The scientists, understanding that more research into the association between depression and stroke risk went on to say: "Further studies of midaged and older women from the same population are needed to confirm whether depression is particularly important in younger women and to inform targeted intervention approaches."


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Jackson CA, & Mishra GD (2013). Depression and Risk of Stroke in Midaged Women: A Prospective Longitudinal Study. Stroke; a journal of cerebral circulation PMID: 23686976

Depression Can Increase Stroke Risk

Effects Of Strokes Are Worse For Women, Study

Living Alone Is A Heartbreaker


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How To Gain Weight And Look Good

How To Gain Weight And Look Good

How To Gain Weight And Look Good
By Chris Chew

So you think that you are grossly underweight and is embarrassed to show off your body at the beach or the swimming pool for fear of being laughed at. You are already eating all you can and yet gaining even one pound of body weight is utterly elusive.

You know something? Go take up bodybuilding. This is because of your naturally high metabolic rate, you burn up all the calories that you eat easily and quickly. However, if you lift weights, you will force your body to channel those calories to your muscles for them to be repaired from the training as well as forcing the muscles to grow!

Furthermore, you will be looking good with well toned muscularity instead of ugly and unhealthy body fat. So if you intend to increase weight, then make that muscle weight. Also muscles weigh heavier than fat and so you can put on the pounds faster. Of course you have to continue eating and even eat more to feed your muscles to grow bigger.

If you have the budget, hire a good personal trainer who is experienced in getting results in helping thin people to increase their muscle weight. With professional help, you can achieve your goals much faster. If not, here are some tips on how thin people can increase their weight through bodybuilding.

The keyword here to remember is progressive overload. What is progressive overload? It means that every time when you lift the weights, you either have to increase the repetition or the weight load. For example, if you curl with ten pounds of eight reps today, try to go for eleven pounds or ten reps of ten pounds the next time you hit the gym.

Have you seen people who do the same exercises with the same reps and the same weight day in and day out? Do you know what their results will be? Of course you do. They will stay the same, that's all. When you do the same thing, you get the same result, isn't it?

Next important factor in building muscles is training with compound exercises. Isolation exercises have its uses, but not for you at the moment because your aim is to make your entire body grow, not just specific body parts. So what are compound exercises?

These are exercises that require the movement of two or more joints. This is because the more joints are involved in the movements, the more muscle fibers and parts are activated and thus with more muscles involved, naturally more muscles will grow. Exercises like dead lift, full squats and bench presses are excellent compound exercises.

Because of your propensity to burn more calories naturally, you will need to supplement your diet with protein powders. You need protein to build muscles but if the proteins that you consume during your meals are metabolized away, then you will not have enough of it to repair and build your muscles.

Last but not least, you must have adequate rest and sleep. Your muscles repair and grow during your sleep. Sleep is also the time when your body produces more growth hormones and testosterone which are essential to building muscles.

So if you want to gain weight, take up bodybuilding and not only will you increase your weight, you will be looking fabulously good as well.

Chris Chew is a sought after fitness and health consultant who counts models, actors and other celebrities as his clients. Read his free articles at How to gain weight quickly and How to grow muscles fast

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