Ways To Lose Your Beer Gut

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To lose your beer gut means taking away the traces of an unhealthy lifestyle that may be responsible for getting you a step closer to the grave.

Lose your beer gut and celebrate life

Many people are unaware of the toll their body takes as it ages that leaves your body prone to gaining weight and losing interest in exercise. What could have been your physical heydays back in your 20’s may not be the same as your 30’s, even your 40’s and up- regardless of how much time and effort you put in to your quest for physical fitness and health.

There are a lot of studies attributed to the science of physical fitness and the effects of time, age, diet and behavioural factors that impact your life. This is also true with the body developing a slower metabolism that leaves you with the risk of getting fat quick.

“You lose your love of lifting and training and then you’re running on willpower and a sense of obligation that is destined to fall in the short term,” fitness trainer Jonathan Ross said, adding that training is simply the stimulus for improvement while recovery is the response to that stimulus and one does not work without the other.

Listen to your body

Listen to your body. If you start feeling lethargic, it indicates that your body needs to turn up the heat as it could be the effects of poor eating habits that allows you to gain more fat into your body.

You need to do something to burn those fats away and couple it with a good calorie intake, good hydration, good sleep and good sense to adjust training volume and intensity, especially as you age. Always stay hydrated by drinking lots of water.

But keeping fit need not take you more than an hour ad experts agree that at least 30-minutes of time spent a day for regular cardio training and some simple but effective routines are guaranteed to let you keep a good body frame.

Treadmill workouts

Start putting back that treadmill into your daily activities and plan your regular exercise activities. If you are in a gym, use the treadmill to get you started.

Begin your workout by doing speed intervals, not only does it give a good cardio workout, it also lets you burn fat.

Start raising the incline once your body adjusts to the each difficulty level.

Go the extra mile, or in the case of the treadmill, spend a few more minutes to extend running on your machine.

Work your arms by taking it off the side rails when running. The more you move your arms, the more calories are burned.

Elliptical machine

Grab those handles while working the machine for a total body workout. Do not hesitate to use your arm strength to burn calories as your do your heart pumping cardio.

Use the resistance settings to make it more challenging. This enables you to up the ante on both the arm and leg muscles when you start tightening the resistance belts.

Keep pace. Sometimes the motion of the machine lets you slow down as you start to feel the momentum of the rotations, so make sure to maintain your pacing between 140 to 160 strides per minute.

Include intervals by alternating your workouts from easy to intense. This will give you a workout momentum that allows you to recover as well in between reps.

Weights

This is where it all begins to heat up, start with bodyweight exercises first, as studies have shown that body weight routines have been proven to burn more calories than working out with a good set of dumbbells.

Incorporate a high intensity interval training, like the Tabata workout to get you burning calories fast.

Work the body to create instability like standing on a leg while doing bicep curls or workout using an exercise ball as more muscles get to work to help you achieve that balance when working out, thus, maximizing the effect.

Do supersets, as these are good combinations that allow you to work those muscles better and help you burn fat faster.

So what are you waiting for? Start working your way to a better and fitter body.

So, know how much you need and control how much protein may consume to stay healthy and fit.

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Offshore Company OMICS Accused Of Publishing Junk Science

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A company based abroad is acquiring the publishing of Canada’s best medical journals. Here’s the catch: this company is accused of publishing “junk science journals.”

An investigative collaboration between CTV News and Toronto Star discovered this intriguing news.

People from the medical research community are alarmed about the company, OMICS Group Inc., while concerned about the reputation of the Canadian journals.

OMICS Group Inc. is a corporation based in Indiathat claims to offer medical and scientific journals that were reviewed by highly respected reviewers and scientific organizations. The group acquired Andrew John Publishing and Pulsus Group, two medical publishing companies in Canada.

These two companies cover Plastic Surgery, Pathology, Optometry and General Internal Medicine. Since the OMICS purchase, the pathology, optometry and general internal medicine journals all signed with different publishers.

Last August, the United States Federal Trade Commission filed a lawsuit against the company. The statements from FTC included: “…deceiving academics and researchers about the nature of its publications and hiding publication fees ranging from hundreds to thousands of dollars” as well as falsely claiming their journals undergo strict peer-review practices and have editorial boards that are comprised of highly esteemed academics.

The OMICS Group is under the open-access model which means the articles are readily available for online readers. There are other open-access publications that were proven to have a strict compliance policy for the peer review process. In light of this, OMICS has attracted a lot of attention regarding the controversy.

Rose Simpson, the former managing editor of the Canadian Journal of General Internal Medicine, said that after the deal was announced, she did a little research on her own. She browsed the OMICS website and caught noticeable errors.

“There were all kinds of typos, the grammar was wrong.” She added, “In medical journals, everything has to be accurate — every comma, every word — so that was my first suspicion.”

She said she was informed that all work would be transferred to India. She was hired by OMICS but then decided to stop because she found out that the company was being sued by FTC. She immediately started warning medical practitioners as well as medical groups about this.

She added, “This is a foreign company that has a questionable reputation that has bought up Canadian companies and is using their names as a front for whatever activities they are doing, which are not necessarily above board.”

Simpson has worked with a lot of doctors and researchers. She said that they exert true effort in their work and they do it tirelessly just to conduct and analyze their studies.  “If they deal with a company that is not reputable then their manuscript becomes not reputable and they have wasted their time with their research,” she said.

Jessica Rich, director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, said last August.: “The defendants in this case used false promises to convince researchers to submit articles presenting work that may have taken months or years to complete, and then held that work hostage over undisclosed publication fees ranging into the thousands of dollars.”

OMICS International CEO and managing director, Srinubabu Gedela said that all allegations against his company are false. “We are getting huge support from the scientific community for our open-access journal.”

He continued, “All the allegations we are getting are from Western countries…and from a few publishers as well as their agents.”

“We are disrupting their business by making scientific information open access and we are fighting for that.” Gedela said his company has support from 50,000 editorial board members.

However, there was one Canadian researcher enlisted as a member of the editorial board who confirmed that he has not participated in any journal review activities for OMICS.

As an associate professor at the University of British Columbia’s Brain Research Centre, William Jia was invited to be an editor but never received any work from OMICS.  He states that if there is an issue concerning the journal review process at OMICS, then he would like to have his name removed from the editorial board.

Robert Kalina, the former publisher of Pulsus Group, claimed that the name “Pulsus” was sold and not the corporation. The Canadian medical journals were not sold to the OMICS Group as well. The medical organizations in charge of the editorial content still own those journals.

Dr. Stephen Hwang said, “As soon as we were alerted to the fact that (OMICS) had purchased these two publishing companies, we moved immediately to sever our connection with them and terminate our contract.” Dr. Hwang is the president of the Canadian Society of Internal Medicine, the same group that owns the Canadian Journal of General Internal Medicine,

Dr. Madhukar Pai, a professor at Montreal’s McGill University and Canada Research Chair in Epidemiology and Global Health told CTV News,“This is a huge scam that is going on in the publishing world.”

Dr. Pai said he is alarmed about such companies acquiring Canadian publications. He added, “It really pisses me off that this can even be happening in Canada.”

The story is not yet finished – everyone’s still in play. Scientists in Canada are struggling to come up with a solution and some are trying to find new and trust-worthy publishers.

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New Research On Crohn’s Disease Show Hope For Treatment

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A breakthrough from the research team of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine suggests good results for those who are diagnosed with Crohn’s disease.

Crohn’s disease is a serious condition. This involves the inflammation of the different areas of the gastrointestinal tract. The patient exhibits symptoms of abdominal cramps and pain, diarrhea, fatigue, and weight loss. Although research is ongoing, there is no exact cure available for the disease which can result to severe complications.

The research has found some clues as to what causes the disease. This can initiate efforts in finding new treatments and possibly a cure.

The reasons that contribute to the cause of the disease are not known however, experts state that bacteria, hereditary and environmental factors play a great role.

In addition to the list, the new study found another factor: fungi.

The study’s senior author, Mahmoud A. Ghannoum, PhD, professor and director of the Center for Medical Mycology at Case Western Reserve and University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, said to CBS News, “Most of the studies that have looked at this disease looked at bacteria only.”

The author continued, “We looked at both bacteria and fungi because it is very well known that these organisms both live in our body and definitely interact with one another. So to look at bacteria alone, we didn’t really have the full story.”

The researchers gathered 20 fecal samples from patients diagnosed with Crohn’s, and 28 from patients who do not have this disease (these samples came from nine families). Aside from this, they added 21 samples from four other families that were Crohn’s-free. These subjects were from France and Belgium.

The study showed that there were interactions between fungi and bacteria for those with Crohn’s. The culprits were the bacteria: E. coli and Serratia marcescens, and the fungus called Candida tropicalis. It appears that for the patients with the disease, the presence of these three are remarkably higher. It appears that these three interact with each other in the intestines.

The research results indicated that this is the first occurrence for the bacteria Serratia marcescens and any type of fungus to be linked to Crohn’s in humans.

The researchers discovered through test-tube research that the microorganisms coordinate with each other to create a biofilm that results to inflammation and the cause of the disease. 

Ghannoum said, “These organisms have evolved together so that they can operate to protect each other and at the same time cause problems to the host, or the patient.”

The study concluded that for sick patients, they had a reduced number of good bacteria in their intestines compared to healthier patients.

Ghannoum also added, “Among hundreds of bacterial and fungal species inhabiting the intestines, it is telling that the three we identified were so highly correlated in Crohn’s patients.” The author continued, “Furthermore, we found strong similarities in what may be called the ‘gut profiles’ of the Crohn’s-affected families, which were strikingly different from the Crohn’s-free families.”

The author wanted to emphasize that conclusions about the bacterial and fungal interaction must not be finalized since there are other numerous factors that should be considered. These factors include family lifestyles like diet and environment.

Ghannoum stated, “We also looked at healthy people and found what are the good bugs, or microorganisms, that keep the balance.” He added, “So now we want to see if we can use some of these good bugs to control the bad ones.”

The author said that studying how the bad microorganisms work together can influence the advancement of a drug that is capable of cutting or disrupting the connection.

Ghannoum is determined to proceed with the research study. He is hopeful that his team will be able to come up with new ways to treat Crohn’s disease.

He said, “I think that within five years, with a bit of luck, we’ll be able to move into what’s called translational research which means you take your research findings and start working to develop a drug or probiotic.”    

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Ibuprofen Is Linked to Heart Failure, Research Shows

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A recent study has discovered that ibuprofen, the well-known and commonly used drug as a painkiller, increases the risk of heart failure.

The research results showed that this drug poses a risk and it increases the chances of the condition by 20 per cent. Those who take the drug regularly were warned to lower the dosage and to limit the frequency or the interval of taking the medicine.

The study involved 10 million patients. In the British Medical Journal, it was stated: “The risk of hospital admission for heart failure associated with current use of NSAIDs appears to vary between individual [drugs]. Risk of admission is doubled for some used at very high doses.”

Ibuprofen is a kind of NSAIDs (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug) that is used by people to treat muscle pain and even fever.

NSAIDs are ordinarily prescribed to those who suffer from joint pain and fever. However, the NHS claims that not everyone can be compatible with this drug; there are those who experience adverse side effects.

Peter Weissberg, a professor at the British Heart Foundation, said: “It has been known for some years that such drugs need to be used with caution in patients with, or at high risk of heart disease.”

The professor added that this study acts as a strong reminder for medical practitioners to consider such factors when they prescribe NSAID use for their patients. For patients, they should abide by the dosage guidelines by taking the lowest effective dose.

In Italy, the research team from the University of Milano-Bicocca discovered that current use of NSAIDs is related to an increased risk compared with previous use. They correlated this with factors such as the type of NSAID drug and the dosage intake.

Dr. Tim Chico, a Reader in Cardiovascular Medicine at the University of Sheffield, mentioned that heart failure can be caused by factors such as blood pressure, heart attacks, alcohol intake and obesity.

He continued, “It seems unlikely that NSAIDs would cause problems in people with otherwise healthy hearts, but they may unmask heart failure due to these other causes.”

An analysis was conducted for subjects aged over 18 years old from the UK, Holland, Germany and Italy. The study involved 27 NSAID drugs, and this went on from 2000-2010.

A whopping 92,163 hospital admissions were related to heart failure and linked with the 8,246,403 control patients. The risk of hospital admission due to this condition is increased by 19 percent and it is connected to current NSAID use. 

Are you aware of the negative effects? Are you following your doctor’s prescription or do you go beyond the guidelines? It might be time to re-evaluate habits involving NSAID drugs.

Helen Williams said: “The link between use of NSAIDs and increased risk of heart failure is well-established.”

Williams is a consultant pharmacist at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society. She added, “People regularly purchasing NSAIDs over the counter, such as ibuprofen, should seek advice from their pharmacist or doctor. People needing treatment with long-term or frequent short courses should be regularly assessed.”

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8 Awesome Ways Your Pet Keeps You Healthy

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Ah, the life of a pet. They eat, they nap, they play, they exercise for the fun of it, and the littlest things bring out nothing but total and complete joy. We could all learn something from them, right? And, turns out, we do a little. Or a lot! Their zen way of living might be a little furry and may have it out for the mail carrier (sorry, USPS!), but some of their best traits do rub off on us, according to research. Read on for eight ways your pet keeps you healthy — and doggone happy — in this fun infographic. …

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Top Worst Condiments You Can Eat

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Worst condiments you can eat are those that you think you commonly treat as healthy but are in fact not very well suited to promote good health, but there are alternative options that are better.

Worst condiments you can eat are those that you commonly see everyday

You may not be aware of it, but hopefully you don’t get too discouraged about what you may be about to discover. But hey, it’s all for the best, right?

So, here’s a list of the worst condiments that you should avoid.

Soy Sauce

What? Isn’t soy touted as a wonder food? Well, if you’re talking about the soybean, then yes that is true. But when you talk about soy sauce, then that is another thing.

Soy sauce may not be high in calories, but try to taste a drop and you could tell that it is loaded with sodium. Also, having too much soy sauce can interfere with digestion and in face, can interfere with hormone production.

Try healthier alternatives like coconut or liquid aminos and tamari or you can look for low-sodium organic soy sauce. It may cost a bit more compared to the regular ones, but it sure can make up for the risks that come along with it.

Ketchup

Store- bought ketchup is high in added sugar and a load of artificial ingredients. Many, if not most, processed ketchup bought in stores are also loaded with artificial preservatives to prolong shelf life.

This is the primary reason why organic and fresh ketchup may be a bit pricey, but at least you have a good and healthier alternative. You can even make homemade ketchup using basic and fresh ingredients but you need to have it consumed right away before it turns stale.

You can also use fresh tomatoes to ensure that get a kick out of the lycopene from fresh ones.

BBQ Sauce

Why waste money on store bought barbecue sauce that’s chuck full of artificial ingredients, sugar and food preservatives? Store-bought barbecue sauces are made with made with additives to enhance flavour and freshness to extend shelf life.

It is also made with lots of sugar to make it more tasty and tempting. But since you may want to switch to a fresh batch, you can make your own barbecue sauce. There may be quite a number of ingredients that you can use, still it would be your best option because you know what goes into your homemade sauce.

Pickle Relish

Most brands on supermarket shelves use artificial colouring lots and lots of sugar and preservatives. You can even make your own using sliced or shredded cucumber together with onion, vinegar and a little bit of sugar just to balance the taste between the sour and sweet.

So the next time you try to your well-loved condiment, you surely would not want to miss out on the flavour.

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Family Health: Cancer Passed On Through Genetics

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The genes in your body manage how the cells work. They are also in charge of the cells’ growth and division. Changes in one or more genes in a cell might possibly result to cancer. 

These changes are known as faults or mutations. It is known that this disease is the effect of lifestyle choices and rarely related to genes. However, genes can be the cause of these irregularities. With this in mind, it’s highly probable to inherit the disease from parents and grandparents. It is likely to be passed on through genes.

These changes result to cancer if there six or more faults in a cell. This will lead to abnormal functions such as uncontrollable growth and division of cells. It usually happens as people reach a certain age. When people get older, there are random mistakes when a cell divides. If you get exposed to sunlight or cigarette smoke, it increases the occurrence of these changes.

The gene changes can be cancerous however, it does not involve all body cells nor are they inherited. These cannot be transferred on to the offspring. Even though cancer is such a common disease, only a small number of all cancers are inherited.

Inherited cancer genes are the faulty genes that raise the chances of passing the disease from parent to offspring.  This occurs when an egg or sperm cell contains faulty genes.  If this is the case, inheriting a copy of the genes means that it is not capable of repairing damaged cell DNA. These can then turn into cancerous cells.

The genes are inherited from both parents. The child has 1 in 2 chance of getting the disease if a both parents have gene faults.

Cancers caused by gene changes due to aging are more common than the cancers caused by inherited faulty genes. Most cases of cancer progress because of environment factors combined with chance. Although this is the case, around 5-10% of all the disease cases involve people with inherited genetic changes. This definitely increases the risk of cancer.

In order to be certain of your condition, there are tests for gene faults that can help identify the risks for breast, bowel, ovarian, womb, and prostate cancer. For rare gene faults, test for kidney, skin, and thyroid cancer, and even a type of eye cancer called retinoblastoma are also available. There is no final word yet when gene tests for other types of cancers will be made available but research is consistently being conducted. 

Predictive genetic testing is capable of showing if there are distinctive changes in your genes, not the presence of cancer.  This test can give you possibilities about what may happen, but this cannot give you a definite answer as to what will happen.

These tests may not be perfect and interpretations may vary. However, you always have the option to consult a reputable genetics counselor. They should be able to set the right expectations from the test results.

Who are the candidates for testing? Based from Cancer Research UK, the situations indicated below should be indicative of a cancer history in the family:

Two or more close relatives on one side of the family have had the disease.

The family has relatives that have had the same type of cancer or different type of cancers that can be caused by the same gene fault

The relatives were below the age of 50 when the cancer started manifesting.

If a family member has a gene fault discovered through genetic testing.

If you are high at risk, according to the American Cancer Society, the most effective way to combat the disease is to do the simple tasks indicated below:

  • Maintaining a healthy diet.
  • Avoid smoking or smokers.
  • Daily or weekly exercise.
  • Observing a healthy weight.

Stay protected, even under the heat of the sun.

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