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May 13, 2006, May is Mental Health and Depression Month

Considering that one in four people suffer from depression or an anxiety related disorder, the National Mental Health Association (NMHA) has set aside the month of May to inform you about mental health disorders and mental health issues. Mental Health Month has been observed for over fifty years. Each May for more than 50 years, Mental Health Month has helped improve the health and lives of millions.

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May 2, 2006, Health and Longevity

Articles full of information on health and longevity topics such as common diseases, immune support, cardiac, mental & sexual health plus appropriate solutions to help you live longer.

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Apr 30, 2006, Heart Attack Symptoms

Heart attack symptoms are caused by a lack of oxygen. The coronary arteries are blocked and they cut off the heart's supply of oxygen. Attacks occur when the heart muscle cells lack oxygen.

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Apr 30, 2006, Health Resources

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Apr 25, 2006, Kicking the habit – putting and end to fast food and snacks in your diet

It’s always easy to gain weight and damned hard to lose it. Eating is one of the true pleasures in life and refraining from food has huge physical and psychological implications that cannot be easily discarded. Nobody likes to have to give up a pleasure, which is why many people drift farther and farther into fat without doing anything to stop the process. Moreover, recent data showed that the body does not respond to diets as doctors thought it should. The body has to adapt to changes and diets are seen as lean periods that should be offset by making fat harder to burn. While the body is certainly the most complex instrument we posses in our lives, it cannot discern between actual lean times and diets.

Another problem for the body is the widespread use of fast food, snacks and soft drinks. Fast food is highly powered food that fools the stomach into calling for more, despite the fact that one giant burger is the caloric equivalent of an entire meal. The giant burger is not usually enough to fill the stomach of an adult person, so most people eat more than one and wash it down with soft drinks that are little more than sugared water. This is an unfortunate way of eating, since the body gets far more than it needs from burgers and soft drinks. The largely sedentary lifestyles led by most urban residents mean that the excess calories will certainly be stored as fat.

Snacks are another threat to a healthy life by bringing in too much calories and by being too readily available when hunger strikes. The correct option for between meals snacks is to buy fruit. Sure, it may not taste as good, especially if one is used to chips or other types of snacks, but one or two bananas or some apples are far better for one’s health. A very important point is to remember that habits can be kicked just as easily as they take root. By ignoring the temptation of chips you will gradually lose interest in them and get used to fruit. Once chips are no longer a staple of your diet, you will find yourself wondering what was so good about them anyway.

Apr 23, 2006, The Latest News On Aging Research

Good news to all of you who are in constant search in finding the ultimate answer to all aging problems. Aging research is making big strides.

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Apr 23, 2006, Get in shape for the summer

Summer is just a couple of months away and undoubtedly you want to go out in the sun wearing as little clothing as possible. Still, this is an option only for those who look good and have no reason to hide their bodies. If heavy winter food and spring asthenia haven’t brought you down with depression, then you were certainly put off by a recent look into the mirror. It’s high time to lose that spare tire you are carrying around your waist and get in shape for the coming summer. You still have the time to get rid of the fat and make a good impression at the beach.

The best way to start when tackling the problem of shedding weight is by taking a good look at your diet. If you want to change anything about the way you look, this is your top priority. You are going to have to cut down on potatoes, pasta and bread. You are also going to skip chips, soda, fries and all sorts of fast food. Instead, you should rely on fruits and vegetables to keep hunger away. Keep fruits with you at all times and eat to your heart’s content. If you feel hungry and desperate for a snack, don’t buy a bag of chips or a hamburger. Instead, you should eat a banana or a couple of apples.

The second part of your weight loss strategy should be exercising. It doesn’t matter if you feel all rusty after the long winter and it doesn’t matter if you are not in the mood. Get off the couch and exercise for at least 30 minutes every day. Before you start growling, I’d like to point out that 30 minutes are by no means a sacrifice. If you can find a couple of hours to watch TV every day, then you can certainly find 30 minutes to exercise in order to stay in shape and healthy. The best way to exercise is to go to the gym. If you’re not comfortable with that, you should at least go jogging. It’s good for your heart and it helps you burn fat fast.

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Apr 19, 2006, Your Mind, Spirit and Self

A strong mind is the first step to success in life, health and wellness. You need to be aware and pay close attention to what helps to keep you in balance, especially during times of great stress, immune system breakdown and a stressful environment. Your mind controls your body, so allow your mind the power to create the results you want to meet your goals and expectations in your health and your life.

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Apr 7, 2006, Allergies and Asthma

Allergies, hay fever, allergens and high pollen counts are annoying and debilitating to millions of people. You can work effectively to break free and deal with your allergies and asthma. It is important for allergy and asthma sufferers to recognize which indoor allergens may be causing their symptoms and also learn how to avoid or minimize exposure. An allergy may be an indication that your immune system is not quite right and needs to be balanced in order to function with the rest of your body. As annoying as the symptoms of allergy are, they do serve a purpose - they are an attempt by the body to wash away the offending allergen.

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Apr 7, 2006, Advair Get Label Alerts

The asthma medication Advair and a related drug will bear stronger warnings of an increased risk of death associated with one of their ingredients.

The revised warnings apply to Advair and Serevent, Food and Drug Administration spokeswoman Laura Alvey said. Advair is GlaxoSmithKline's best-selling product, and Serevent is another of the British company's drugs.

The updated versions of the "black-box" warnings on both drugs caution that salmeterol, one of the active ingredients in Advair and the active ingredient in Serevent, may increase the risk of asthma-related death. Black-box warnings are the most severe warnings the FDA can require of prescription drugs.

Advair should be used only by patients when other asthma drugs, such as low- to medium-dose inhaled corticosteroids, don't work or if their asthma is severe enough to merit use of two medications, the revised warning says.

As for Serevent, it should only be used as an additional medication when the low- to medium-dose inhaled corticosteroids aren't sufficient or, again, if the asthma is serious enough to merit use of two drugs.

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Mar 28, 2006, Diet and Aging

Today’s diet is deficient in many essential nutrients, but high in sugar, fat, and salt. Your diet should ideally comprise of 25% protein, 25% fat, and 50% carbohydrates. Your protein intake should primarily be from plant sources like tofu and beans, with modest amounts from animal sources like meat. Fat from nuts and olive oil are preferable than from animal products. Eat a lot of fruits and vegetables since these are the main sources of carbohydrates. As much as possible, steer clear of junk foods, colas and anything with refined sugars (e.g., doughnuts) since they induce the production of cortisol, a primary age-inducing hormone.

Diet alone cannot meet all the necessary nutrients needed by our body. Thus, you need to take supplements like vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and other nutritional factors to be able to meet your daily requirements.

Physical activity could also alleviate the symptoms of aging. Since aging decreases your bone and muscle mass, it is good to have regular exercise which includes cardiovascular, flexibility, and strength training. Getting regular exercise has shown to help increase your metabolism, allowing you to burn more fat. It also strengthens your heart and keeps your body flexible. Furthermore, exercise stimulates the production of growth hormones, which helps to rejuvenate aged cells and reverse the aging process.

Stress only accelerates the aging process. That’s why another key element in your anti-aging strategy is stress management. Try relaxing activities such as Yoga, sports, meditation, reading, massages, etc. These activities let you focus on other things and help you calm down and loosen up.

Another way to put off the common symptoms of aging is by natural hormone enhancement. The human growth hormone, produced by the pituitary gland, is largely involved with regulating the growth of body tissues. HGH comes in injections, spray and supplements (pills and tablets) which stimulate the pituitary gland to naturally increase its production. However, you should first consult with your physician before trying out anything.

Aging poses a great impact in the quality of our lives; but with a healthy lifestyle (including proper diet, supplements, regular exercise, stress management, and natural hormone enhancement), you can reduce or even prevent the symptoms associated with aging.

Mar 27, 2006, The effects of smoking and alcohol on your skin

Although smoking is best known for causing lung cancer, this habit is also among the biggest threats to your skin. Next to sun and chemicals, tobacco is one of the major accelerators of your skin’s natural ageing process and it’s thought to be one of the fastest acting threats. Young people start showing signs of early skin aging after as little as 10 years of smoking. If you think this is a long period of time, you should keep in mind that many young people start smoking in their teen years (16-19 year olds) and are still below 30 when the first signs appear.

Smoking causes the narrowing of blood vessels throughout your body, including those that supply the outermost layers of the skin with oxygen and nutrients. Thus, your skin is slowly starved of vital oxygen and other substances, such as immunity-boosting Vitamin A. Alcohol has a similar effect by destroying the body’s supply of Vitamin A. This will lower your skin’s role as the first line of defense against bacteria and infections.

The same Vitamin A is used in the skin turnover process to help generate the new cells that replace the dead ones. The vitamin provides a temporary boost in the production of collagen and can lend the skin a more youthful appearance for a while.

Over time, the lack of oxygen and nutrients would allow the formation of harmful free radicals that slowly damage the elastic fibers and collagen, which keep the skin strong and flexible. The result is usually the appearance of premature wrinkles. It is also thought likely that the repeated pursing of lips when inhaling smoke helps build wrinkles around the mouth, while the heat of the burning cigarette tip is also damaging the skin.

The bottom line is that every person who wants to enjoy healthy skin for as long as possible should refrain from alcohol and tobacco consumption and should also take the basic steps in skin protection. There’s no reason to harm yourself with unhealthy smoking and drinking and to damage your face with premature wrinkles. It’s so simple to stay healthy.

Mar 26, 2006, Understand sexual stamina problems

Sexual stamina problems are difficulties during any stage of the sexual act (desire, arousal, orgasm, and resolution) that prevents the individual or couple from enjoying sexual activity.

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Mar 22, 2006, Keep your Brain Functions Healthy

The brain is the most complex living structure. This single organ controls all body activities, from your heart rate and sexual function to your emotion, learning, and memory. The brain may even influence the immune system’s response to disease and to a degree determine how well people respond to medical treatments. It shapes your thoughts, hopes, dreams, aspirations and imagination.

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Mar 15, 2006, How sleep can help you stay younger longer

Recent studies show that sleep plays a very important part in lengthening our lives and help us stay younger longer.

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Mar 15, 2006, Protect Your Kidneys and Health

Your kidneys work hard for you all day, every day. They clean your blood, regulate blood pressure and excrete waste from your body by producing urine. The kidney is an organ in your body that filters toxins out of the blood and helps to regulate other bodily processes. Kidney disease can start through hypertension, diabetes or a host of other issues. The kidneys are an integral part of the body functioning properly - they remove urine and waste, release important hormones, and measure out chemicals and release them back to the blood. With them providing such important roles in the body, any illness or disease needs to be treated immediately.

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Feb 17, 2006, The Longevity Report, our free newsletter

The Longevity Report, a free newsletter, published once a month.

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Feb 17, 2006, Natural herbs for weight loss

Aside from aggressive dieting and exercising, some natural herbs for weight loss may aid in raising metabolism or suppressing the appetite. However, you should also be wary of their side efffects.

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Feb 17, 2006, Resistence Exercise to Burn Calories

Most people, especially women, discard resistence exercise to burn calories, such as weight lifting, as a good form of exercise because they think that it may make their bodies look like a man.

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Feb 17, 2006, Obesity statistics confirm the Epidemic

Obesity statistics are staggering : obesity has become a global pandemic affecting the lives and health of millions of people, according to the World Health Organization.

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Feb 17, 2006, How to lose body fat fast : Is there a way ?

If you want to learn how to lose body fat fast, the first thing you need to know is that you need to BURN fat. Burning fat is all about using up more calories than you take in.

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Feb 17, 2006, How To Calculate Body Fat Percentage

When it all comes down to losing weight, most people turn to the scales to determine how much they should lose to have the weight or the shape that they desire. Why not calculate body fat percentage ?

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Feb 16, 2006, The Many Benefits of Walking To Burn Calories

You probably always hear the expression ‘take a hike!’ You know what? There are many benefits of walking to burn calories. This why health experts are actually encouraging you to follow that advice.

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Feb 16, 2006, Are sports energy drinks that good ?

We all see ads for sports energy drinks and energy bars. How many times have you seen a coach get some Gatoraide poured over his head? I've seen it so many times it makes me sick.

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Feb 16, 2006, Milk Shake Recipes

As you know, protein is an important part of the diet. I like to make milk shake recipes that are not only refreshing, but good for me as well.

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