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Block Those Carbs With Carb Blocker

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It seems to be widely accepted that reducing carbohydrates is a safe and effective way to lose weight. It is particularly useful as a way for diabetics to control their weight and so their condition.

Proto-col produce their own Carb Blocker natural supplement product which uses a natural vegetable extract to block the enzyme responsible for digesting carbohydrates and turning starch into glucose.

This process is achieved with a protein taken from white kidney beans. Clinical trials have shown a 75% reduction in the starch absorbed with this method.

One advantage of this weight loss food supplement is that you can eat meals normally and not feel hungry. This also means that this product can even be used permanently.

As a result of the way it works, Proto-col Carb Blocker is the first diet natural supplement that encourages the body to burn stored fat in a safe way. Most of the new starch is simply excluded from the body and not absorbed.

As already mentioned, diabetics will find this a useful food supplement as it promotes glucose stability and reduces hypoglycemic episodes. The increase of blood glucose directly after eating is suppressed and free fatty acids, triglycerides and total cholesterol are all reduced. Insulin levels are not affected.

Triglycerides, incidentally, are fatty acids linked to atherosclerosis (or hardening of the arteries) and so could be a cause of heart disease and stroke. However triglycerides do have a role in the functions of the body in producing energy and transporting other fats so some are required but it is in excess they may cause problems.

Three Proto-col Carb Blocker capsules should be taken around 10-20 minutes before a carbohydrate-rich meal (such as starch-rich pasta, bread, pizza or potatoes) on no more than three occasions per day.

Obviously this does not mean you can go on a food binge. Like all weight loss health supplements, it depends on a certain amount of discipline but you should not feel deprived and indeed you may feel more energy. To lose weight most effectively a moderate exercise programme will be useful.

As with any food supplement it is wise to take medical advice before undertaking a weight loss programme (particularly if you have an underlying condition) but Proto-col Carb Blocker has been certified as entirely free of physical side effects by the British National Institute of Health.

Equally there are no negative psychological effects (no stimulants or appetite suppressants are used), indeed, this health supplement could improve your mood by preventing the surges in blood sugar or hormonal fluctuations usually associated with mood swings.

Proto-col Carb Blocker could be the safe way of losing weight you have wanted. Rumour has it that this natural supplement is already used by celebrities, such as Jennifer Lopez, to keep their figures trim.

Why not give it a try?

To find out more about this safe and effective health supplement, visit LookRavishing.com .

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All About Vitamin A (Video)

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The advantages of and reasons for taking vitamin A for nutritional health are set out in this informative video:

To supplement your nutritional health, why not try Proto-col’s natural health supplements? Go to LookRavishing.com to find out more.


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James Greenwell Talks About Proto-col (Video)

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This interesting video is an interview with James Greenwell founder and owner of the Proto-col company producing natural beauty products and nutritional health products.

To find out more about Proto-col and it’s products and opportunities for consultants, please visit LookRavishing.com.


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Slim With Thermo-Slim

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After the excesses of the holiday season it comes as no great surprise that many people make one of their New Year resolutions as losing weight.

To help with this goal, Proto-col have the Thermo-Slim natural supplement.

The idea behind Thermo-Slim is to use thermogenesis to boost energy levels and speed up the body’s metabolic rate. This food supplement thus helps the breakdown of fats in your food just as the body does naturally.

The net effect is a reduced feeling of hunger and more energy. This may even make you feel like exercising so helping you lose weight in that way too.

The Thermo-Slim natural supplement is ephedrine free. Ephedrine is a stimulant banned in several sports, which can become addictive. There are other slimming products that do contain ephedrine.

The main active ingredients of this health supplement are healthy green tea, ginseng, and guarana. Guarana is a plant of the Maple family found mostly in the Amazon basin, producing a berry about the size of a coffee bean but with twice the caffeine content. Thermo-Slim also contains vitamin C and a range of B vitamins.

Thermo-Slim natural supplement also contains Citrus Auranantium or bitter orange. This is also a natural stimulant and a hunger suppressant.

The health supplement is encased in a hard gelatin capsule, which breaks down very rapidly in the stomach. Pop one in a glass of water to test it.

This product comes in two sizes: 90 capsules (one month supply) or a 30 capsules 10-day trial size. Two capsules are to be taken in the morning and one further in the afternoon. As this health supplement stimulates the body’s functions it is not wise to take any after 7pm or you will not sleep!

When taking a health supplement such as this to lose weight, it is recommended you drink an additional 2 litres of water, as the body will produce heat as it burns energy.

With all health supplements it makes sense to consult a health professional before undertaking a course, especially if you are on prescription drugs, have an enlarged prostrate, high blood pressure, are pregnant, are breast feeding, have diabetes or heart or thyroid disease.

Weight loss should be seen within a few days.

Many people gain weight when their energy levels are low but with the combination of stimulated metabolism and increased energy from Thermo-Slim, together with a sensible exercise programme, the figure should start to look more trim.

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Alcohol And The Skin

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A moderate amount of alcohol is considered by many to be good for the functions of the body but can too much be a threat to healthy skin?

Studies have shown the consumption of alcohol can encourage good cholesterol and so reduce the chances of strokes and heart disease but another effect of alcohol is the dilation of the blood vessels in the skin.

No doubt you will have heard of the story that St Bernard dogs are used to rescue lost climbers in the European Alps. These animals are supposed to carry brandy to revive the victims. This of course is rubbish as the dilation caused by the alcohol actually promotes heat loss and actually causes hypothermia. Think of that when you drink whisky to stay warm.

Drinking excessive amounts of alcohol lead to telangiecyasias, a permanent chronic dilation of previously healthy skin. This is why alcoholics generally have a red face.

Alcohol also worsens acne and the redness of the skin called rosacea. The face in particular will suffer from flushing, redness, white spots and pimply bumps.

The excessive consumption of alcohol also causes formerly healthy skin to become more wrinkled and to have more lines. This is because alcohol actually dehydrates the body (another myth destroyed), as does caffeine so those drinks too are to be avoided in excess.

Both caffeine and alcohol are diuretics, which cause us to urinate more often (a common problem on a Saturday night) and this of course further reduces the water in the body.

Interestingly, alcohol is actually a toxin, which is why the liver is damaged in alcoholics. The liver is the organ responsible for dealing with toxins and poisons. Vitamin A, an important anti-oxidant is also depleted by attacks from alcohol.

A study in 1998 found that Americans drink an average of five alcoholic or caffeinated drinks a day. This sort of consumption would easily cancel out the intake of water.

If you are a smoker or perhaps combine sugary or caffeine-rich drinks with alcohol, then the chances of a healthy skin are greatly reduced.

Of course damage to previously healthy skin is not the only problem with excessive alcohol intake. The substance also depletes calcium intake (leading potentially to osteoporosis or brittle bones) and increases the build-up of fat cells (particularly in women) but those are subjects for later articles.

It would be wrong (and unrealistic) to stop the consumption of alcohol altogether, particularly as some consumption may be beneficial, so the obvious recommendation to avoid excessive intake. As with all things, moderation is important in maintaining a healthy skin.

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The Benefits Of Zinc Oxide To Natural Skincare

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Zinc oxide has many applications in several fields, including in the production of rubber and concrete and as a food additive. However this adaptable substance, probably used in India around 500BC and by the Romans too, is particularly useful in medicine and as a constituent of mineral cosmetics.

This additive to natural beauty products is a key ingredient of the traditional skin treatment calamine lotion. It is anti-inflammatory and is used in sunscreens as a result of its natural skincare property of adhering to the skin and reducing the amount of potentially dangerous ultra violet rays absorbed.

This feature of non-absorption means zinc oxide is nonirritating and nonallergenic. There is some evidence it may well be an anti-oxidant too.

Some cheaper sunscreens use a nano zinc oxide but this is absorbed by the skin and is less effective and may even cause health problems (although studies are yet to establish this).

This natural skincare ingredient also features in cream designed to prevent nappy (or diaper) rash due to its abilities to combat skin irritations through its adherence to the skins surface. Zinc oxide also has antibacterial properties, which help its abilities in natural skincare.

Acne can also be controlled as a result of zinc oxides anti-inflammatory properties and it ability to also control excessive skin oil. Through its promotion of healthy skin, this substance also helps scars heal more quickly.

As a result of these advantages, this useful substance can also be found in rectal suppositories and in treatments (such as calamine lotion) for chapped, dry or itching skin and minor burns.

Zinc oxide is also used in nutritional supplements as a source of zinc, which is useful for DNA and immune system maintenance.

With all its benefits to healthy skin, it is clear that zinc oxide is a useful ingredient in natural beauty products, especially natural skin products.


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Smoking And Your Skin

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The effects of aging and excess sun on the skin on otherwise healthy skin are well known but there is one pollutant that can have a detrimental effect too. Smoking.

Healthy skin comes from the inside through nutritional health but in the case of smoking damage comes from inside and outside too.

Of course there has been a lot of negative propaganda about smoking in recent years so it would be too easy to see this article as another annoying campaign to stop smoking. Nonetheless, I will try to set out how smoking affects the skin as a reasoned argument for healthy skin.

The primary role of the blood is to transport oxygen to the vital organs in the body including healthy skin. One of the byproducts of tobacco smoke is carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide is absorbed two hundred times more quickly than oxygen and displaces the oxygen in the bloodstream thus starving the vital organs. In excess carbon monoxide kills.

Carbon monoxide also creates extra free radicals in the body, which attack various areas, particularly the skin.

One of the roles of the liver in the body is to neutralize harmful chemicals. If it has to deal with too many it will have to switch from its usual functions to deal with the threat. Just to summarize the livers important functions, it helps process digested food and turns it into energy, controls the level of fats, glucose and amino acids, combats various infections in the body, cleans the body of infections, stores essential chemicals and vitamins, manufactures proteins and enzymes essential to the bodily functions, manufactures bile and of course neutralizes drugs and toxins. Pretty useful then.

Cigarette smoke contains several harmful chemicals including hydrogen cyanide, arsenic, cadmium and prussic acid. Overworking the liver in combatting these threats leads to healthy skin turning yellow: a condition that can get worse the more cigarettes smoked.

Smoking also damages the nutritional health of the skin by restricting the formation of vitamin C. This vitamin is itself an anti-oxidant so is unable to attack the extra free radicals produced by the act of smoking.

Vitamin C also helps in the production of collagen, which helps plump the skin. Reduced vitamin C begins the change from healthy skin to the dry, wrinkly and saggy skin seen in experienced smokers.

We all know smoking produces nicotine, another of the harmful chemicals, and this acts like an adrenaline, restricting the blood vessels to the skin. This further restricts the flow of nutrients and oxygen. Another consequence is wounds are slow to heal.

But it is not just the chemical effects that damage healthy skin. Think about the physical reactions to smoking. Firstly, smokers purse their lips to draw the smoke and this repeated action promotes extreme wrinkles around the mouth. Equally, the eyes are more frequently squeezed shut, both in the action of smoking and in avoiding smoke getting into the eyes. Again, this repeated action creates wrinkles around the eyes.

All of us probably know someone who has spent too long in the sun on a regular basis and is showing premature aging of his or her skin. If you look at a heavy smoker you will see similar effects, except the skin will also look sallow.

Clearly smoking tobacco has a detrimental effect on otherwise healthy skin. Natural supplements and natural beauty products can reverse the signs to an extent but the better option is to not smoke at all.


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Fats Can Be Good For You

In recent times we seem to have come to the conclusion that all fats are bad for us. This is not the case at all.

There are certain fats that can actually improve our day-to-day performance and health. They can even help provide a healthy skin!

These are the essential fatty acids (EFAs) and the most beneficial are omega 3 and omega 6. These fat molecules cannot be made by the human body and are essential to our nutritional health and the correct functioning of the body. These have to come from the foods we eat.

Avoiding fat in our diet prevents us getting the fitness fats we require and a low-fat diet makes us very ill. Indeed, a no-fat diet could actually be fatal in the long-term.

These fats help the kidneys function and remove the excess water, which can constitute the surplus weight carried by some people. Omegas 3 and 6 also improve the detoxification process of both the kidneys and the liver.

Ensuring our nutritional health with fitness fats can actually keep you slim. These fats are anabolic and metabolise oxygen, increasing energy levels and stamina. As a result, muscles grow faster. Oddly, they help us burn calories faster and help the blood flow faster through the capillaries so improving the oxygen distribution through the body.

Protein is kept in check by fitness fats. Yes, protein can actually become toxic and create muscle breakdown unless balanced by the correct fats. They also help the production of testosterone and insulin.

Interestingly the fitness fats also promote calmness and concentration. Those with the right levels also sleep better.

Fitness fats have several other advantages, such as a better digestion and a better immune system. They also protect us from environmental toxins such as pesticides and are anti-inflammatory and anti-depressive.

The earlier point about healthy skin is relevent. Enough of the right fats promote a smooth, healthy skin. A lack of fitness fats results in dry skin. This is particularly a problem as the skin is the last organ to receive fats from the digestion.

Our nutritional health has been suffering recently from a phobia of all fats – good and bad. A healthy diet involves balance and should avoid the bad fats but importantly include the good fats. This is key to our nutritional health.

If you would like to know more about fitness fats, Dr Udo Erasmus has written a book, ‘Fats That Heal, Fats That Kill,’ on the subject.

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Vitamin C In Anti Aging Products

Many natural beauty products include vitamin C in their ingredients. What are the advantages of this particular vitamin to healthy skin, especially in those claiming anti- aging properties?

Vitamin C, also known as Ascorbic Acid, enables the production of collagen and, as we know, collagen is essential to healthy skin. A loss of vitamin C results in a loss of elasticity in the skin and wrinkling – similar to that seen in people who have spent too long in the sun. In addition, a lack of vitamin C results in wounds and indeed the gums not healing correctly.

A well-known symptom of an extreme lack of vitamin C is the condition known as scurvy. This was the curse of seafarers years ago and symptoms include bleeding gums and open wounds.

Vitamin C is also a good antioxidant and ensures healthy skin through the scavenging of free radicals. Vitamin C also has benefits to the health of blood vessels and the immune system.

One problem is vitamin C oxidizes easily on contact with the air so good natural beauty products have to carefully formulated to prevent this. You will know if oxidization has occurred as a light brown residue will form around the neck of the container. Oxidized vitamin C loses much of its antioxidant properties.

One way to overcome the problem is to use not vitamin C but a derivative of it but this is less effective on the skin. Pure vitamin C products are therefore usually expensive. This clearly gives manufacturers of natural beauty products a problem but there are quite a few that have solved the problem without making the natural skincare product too dear.

Of course, a good diet with plenty of vitamin C in it (using perhaps citrus fruit) will help, or if required, good natural supplements. Good nutrition always shows in the complexion.

Be sure to take care in your selection of natural beauty products.


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Aids And Nutrition

The AIDS/HIV virus is no longer big news but of course it is still a massive problem. At the end of 2009 it has been estimated that 33 million people were living with AIDS and 16 million orphans were created when their parents died of the disease.

During discussions on nutritional health and natural dietary supplements it has been mentioned that certain vitamins and minerals might be good for the immune system. The AIDS/HIV virus is of course an attack on the immune system so surely nutritional health could impact on the treatment or prevention of the disease?

In truth, each AIDS sufferer needs different nutrients so the advice seems to be for them to ensure they eat a balanced diet and then consult a nutritional health specialist who can perhaps recommend a set course of natural dietary supplements suited to the individual.

In many illnesses the sufferers can require more calories than the average person as the body is disrupted by the disease. This is certainly the case with AIDS and is the reason why the loss of body weight is such a problem with them.

Bad nutritional health is an aspect of AIDS for several reasons.

Firstly, the virus affects the absorption of nutrients into the gut as it damages the lining of the gastrointestinal tract.

As it is the immune system that is attacked other conditions, termed Opportunistic Infections (OI), attack the body and cause further nutritional health complications. Many cause vomiting for example, which obviously removes nutrients before they can be absorbed.

Medications used can often have side effects, which affect the intake of food. Again, vomiting and diarrhoea are possible and the use of antibiotics may kill off beneficial bacteria in the gut. In any case, the disease causes sufferers to lose appetite.

The attack of the AIDS/HIV virus alters the metabolism of the body and the processing and use of nutrients, so affecting nutritional health. In addition the response of the immune system uses more energy. The amount of calories and vitamins and minerals used is therefore greatly increased. Nutritional health can also be damaged by hormonal changes, which are a feature of the disease.

As we have seen previously, nutritional deficiencies damage the immune system and, in the case of AIDS/HIV this simply serves to deepen the damage wrought by the virus. It becomes a vicious circle. A reduction in the vitamins A, C, E and the B complexes as well as minerals selenium and zinc cause particular problems as they affect cell immunity antibodies.

In the treatment of AIDS/HIV, more consideration is now given to nutritional health immediately the diagnosis is made to try to reduce the worst effects of the virus. Let’s hope the more we understand the processes going on, the more we can get closer to reducing the instances and severity of this terrible disease.

More information on nutritional health and AIDS/HIV can be found at The Body.com

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