Friday, 25 December 2015

Gym mistakes: 6 reasons you're probably not seeing the results you want

Workout mistakes to avoid

So you've been going to the gym for sometime now, know how to use the machines, your gym etiquette is spot on (wipe equipment after use – check!), but for some reason you thought all your hard work would have started paying off. Well, despite ditching the training wheels there are a few common mistakes people make at the gym time and time again. These easily avoidable mistakes can counteract your fitness progression. 

Weight loss tips from Tim Robards for the festive season

No one wants to diet over Christmas but there are a few simple things you can do to make sure you don’t end up a kilo heavier in January

I loved being able to grow up and experience a summer Christmas as a kid. Running under the sprinkler, before relentlessly out-bombing each other in the pool. Back then we were concerned with making the biggest splash, but as you get older those Christmas puddings add up and we become slightly more conscious of reducing the size of the splash we make.

Monday, 21 December 2015

What’s Your Drunk Personality? (There Are Four Types)

Earlier this year, researchers at the University of Missouri–Columbia published a study in the journal of Addiction Research & Theory in which they observed 374 tipsy undergrad students and discovered each of them took on one of four personalities after a few too many: the Mary Poppins, the Hemingway, the Nutty Professor and the Mr. Hyde. The authors hope to use their findings to develop intervention strategies in the future, but we beat them to it.

Sunday, 20 December 2015

Bone Drug can Protect stem cells From Ageing

A drug currently used to treat patients with osteoporosis can protect stem cells from ageing, a breakthrough study has found. Scientists from the University of Sheffield discovered the drug zoledronate is able to extend the lifespan of mesenchymal stem cells by reducing DNA damage. DNA damage is one of the most important mechanisms of ageing where stem cells lose their ability to maintain and repair the tissues in which they live and keep it working correctly. The pioneering research shows the drug protects the stem cells from DNA damage enhancing their survival and maintaining their function. ‘The drug enhances the repair of the damage in DNA occurring with age in stem cells in the bone. It is also likely to work in other stem cells too,’ said professor Ilaria Bellantuono from the University’s department of metabolism. 
‘This drug has been shown to delay mortality in patients affected by osteoporosis but until now we didn’t know why. These findings provide an explanation as to why it may help people to live longer,’ he added. Approximately 50 percent of over 75 year-olds globally have three or more diseases at the same time such as cardiovascular disease, infections, muscle weakness and osteoporosis. It is hoped this drug could be used to treat, prevent or delay the onset of such diseases rather than using a mixture of drugs. ‘We are hopeful that this research will pave the way for a better cure for cancer patients and keeping older people healthier for longer by reducing the risk of developing multiple age-related diseases,’ the authors noted in a paper in the journal Stem Cells
Source: IANS

10 Facts About Coconut oil

Michele Chevalley Hedge
10 Facts About Coconut oil
10 Facts About Coconut oil

This tropical trooper comes with a host of health benefits. Here's 10 reasons to pick up some coconut oil today.

From beating sugar cravings to aiding weight loss, there are more benefits of coconut oil than most of us may realise.

1. All fats are not created equal

Coconut oil contains short term medium-chain saturated fatty acids (MCFAs), which is a "healthy" form saturated fat compared to trans fat. Trans fatty acid consumption is linked with heart problems, depression and increased cholesterol levels. What does consuming MCFA fats in coconut oil mean for your body? Our body metabolises these fats in the liver, immediately coverting this into energy (fuel for the brain and muscle function) rather than it being stored as fat.

2. Controls weight

One 2009 study looked at the weight loss link between women's consumption of coconut oil and found that it reduces abdominal obesity. Researchers discovered coconut oil is easy to digest and also protects the body from insulin resistance. To try coconut oil for weight loss start by adding one teaspoon to your diet and gradually work your way up to four teaspoons per day.

3. Eases digestion

If you suffer from poor digestion or tummy bloating try adding coconut oil to your diet. Coconut oil has been found to benefit digestive disorders including irritable bowel syndrome and microbial related tummy bugs. Fatty acids in coconut oil contain anti microbial properties, which have a soothing affect on bacteria, candida, or parasites that cause poor digestion.

4. Manage type 2 diabetes

A recent study by the Garvan Institute of Medical Research found that coconut oil protects against insulin resistance, reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes. MCFA fats are small enough to be absorbed into the cells where they're quickly converted to energy. It is this process that not only reduces the amount of fat we pack into storage, but improves insulin sensitivity.

5. Supports immunity

Coconut oil is made up of healthy fats lauric acid, caprylic acid and capric acid which contain antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral prosperities to boost the immune system. Lauric acid contains the highest concentration of MCFA fatty acids, approximately 75 per cent. The body turn this fat into monolaurin which is claimed to help heal viruses such as herpes, influenza, cytomegalovirus, helicobacter pylori and candida.

6. Boost metabolism

A study reported in the Journal of Nutrition found that coconut oil boosts metabolism. Researchers found that participants who consumed two tablespoons of coconut oil per day burned more kilojoules than those who consumed less. A speedy metabolism helps boost the body's immune system and keep weight off.

7. Slows fine lines

Coconut is not just for your cooking – it's a wonderfully hydrating treat for skin too. It keeps the skin's connective tissues strong, which prevents sagging and wrinkles. Apply coconut oil directly to your skin to soften the appearance of fine lines or use it daily on your face and body for a healthy glow. Be sure you use virgin coconut oil with no additives.

8. Cooks in high temperatures

Because coconut oil is a medium-chain saturated fatty acid, it gives it a higher smoking temperature than most polyunsaturated or monounsaturated oils. If you're preparing recipes that require high temperatures you should consider coconut oil for this type of cooking. Unlike olive oil which will oxidise at high temperatures, creating free radicals.

9. Stops sugar cravings

Instead of reaching for the lollie jar for an afternoon sweet hit, try eating a teaspoon of virgin coconut oil to beat sugar cravings. This is because good quality fat is more satiating than carbs, so if you cut down on sugar you will feel less 'ravenous'. Most of us do not realize but constant hunger is a major clue that your body is not being fed correctly.  With the proper amounts of fats and protein, you can fuel your energy reserves properly, and come off the sugar roller coaster that many of us are on.

10. Coconut oil is simple to cook with

Try this recipe for a nutritious high protein, gluten and dairy free coconut treat. 1 teaspoon of Niugini Organics Coconut Oil (available from health food stores)1 cup of almonds or walnuts1 cup of organic dates3-4 tablespoons of raw cocoa powderShredded coconut (check it contains no preservatives)Place all ingredients in a food processor. Roll into small bite size balls and roll into shredded coconut. Place in the refrigerator for 15 minutes to set.

Michele Chevalley Hedge is an accredited nutritionist, author and presenter. Visit her website

Four ways to Tame Frizzy Hair

From frizzy hair to split-ends, winter can get harsh on your hair. Keep hot water away from it and opt for safe styling methods to let your hair stay healthy even when the temperature takes a dip.

Daniel Bauer, TRESemmé’s official hair expert, suggests ways to combat winter dryness:

* Keep hair washing to a minimum: There has never been a defined answer to how often one should wash their hair as it all depends on your hair type and styling choices. But washing your hair too often in the winters will remove the natural oils secreted by your hair, leaving them dry and prone to breakage. So make sure you don’t wash your hair too often. Also, it’s best to use products that tame frizz.

* Conditioning is the key: So many people deal with rough

Saturday, 21 November 2015

5 Tips for big, Brighter Eyes

Your eyes are the window to your soul. They can also say a lot about your mood and health. We all want sparkling youthful eyes that sparkle and make us appear youthful; here are five ways to get pretty eyes naturally.

Age, stress, long hours in front of the computer, poor diet, pollution, lack of sleep—all amount to poor eyesight and make your peepers look duller. But, here’s how you can bring them back to life-