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Using Nutritional Health Supplements

 

 

Here is a useful video regarding nutritional health supplements.


 
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Nutritional Health Supplements: Excessive Exercise And The Immune System

We probably all know that moderate exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle, but did you know those who undertake a high level of exercise might need nutritional health supplements, as the immune system can be damaged?

Interestingly, Professor Greg Whyte of John Moore’s University, Liverpool points out that elite athletes, such as those training for the Olympics have a particular problem with infection especially if their nutrition is not carefully maintained. The body has a greater strain placed upon it and has to work harder so the immune system needs to be in top condition.

Research has shown that more than ninety minutes of high intensity endurance training makes sportsmen and women susceptible to illness for up to 72 hours after the exercise finishes. Stress hormones (adrenaline and cortisol) raise the blood pressure and cholesterol levels to aid energy but at the same time they suppress the immune system temporarily.

Amateur sportspeople can have a particularly tough time with their immune system as their professional counterparts usually have expert advice and a special diet.

This means that athletes need to ensure they have a healthy diet and sufficient recovery days to enable the body to allow the immune system to recover. Increasingly, specialized nutritional health supplements are also used to ensure top performance from the human body.

To discover nutritional health supplements created by Professor Whyte and former Olympic athlete James Greenwell, please go to LookRavishing.com.

 

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Natural Diet Supplement: Dealing With Hay Fever

This time of year can be a nuisance for those who suffer from hay fever. There are ways, such as a natural diet supplement, to offset the problems but what is hay fever and what are the other methods of dealing with it?

Hay fever is an allergy to pollen particles and varies according to which type of pollen affects you. The time of high risk lasts from the spring right through the summer.

The numbers of people suffering from hay fever has increased by 30% in the four years up to 2005 but there may be even more sufferers who sort the problem out for themselves. The figures were published in the British Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine and were the result of a study of nine million people on a General Practitioners database.

The reasons for the increase are not clear but may have something to do with the fact that we are exposed to less infection when younger so have less immunity.

It is possible for hay fever sufferers to develop asthma if the condition stays untreated.

There are a wide variety of treatments available and the most popular are antihistamine tablets and sprays but there are concerns in the medical profession that these are not suitable for everyone. Also available are steroid injections, which control the symptoms but these are discouraged now as they are linked to cataracts, skin thinning and even osteoporosis.

Practical steps can be taken too, including wearing wrap-around sunglasses to prevent pollen getting into the eyes, avoiding large expanses of grass, not mowing the lawn yourself and closing windows, especially during times of high pollen levels (generally mid-morning and early evening).

Read more about hay fever on the BBC Health website.

One way to deal with hay fever is to increase the effectiveness of your immune system with a good natural diet supplement. Proto-col are offering a large tub of their marvellous green magic superfood with a supply of the opti-msm immune system stimulant for a discount price of £64.95 (a saving of £14.95).

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Collagen Capsule: Interview With A Young Athlete

16-year-old Anna Alexander-Holmes is not your average teenager.  Studying for her exams in the hope of a career working with children, Anna spends over 20 hours each week training for competitions and trials all over the country.

Taking time out of her busy schedule to visit the proto-col office, Anna was kind enough to give us an insight into her life. Proto-col’s Winnie Howard-Taylor asked Anna to explain in more detail the heptathlon and what her training involved.

A: It’s made up of 7 different events: I do the high jump, the long jump, shot put, the javelin, 200 metres, 800 metres and an 80 metre hurdle. I have always been good at sprinting so the 200 metres is probably my favourite event but the high jump is my strongest. During training I focus on technique and I practice these to perfection, which is something I love to do.

W: Wow, that’s an impressive line-up. To be good at one thing is a blessing, how did you find out you had a talent for 7?

A: I don’t know really. I have always been quite sporty. When I was 12 I competed in a pole vault competition. After the event I was approached by Brett Smith – he was the manager at that point for Team Bath. He just came up to me and asked me to join, he said I had a vast amount of talent and that’s where it all kicked off. I loved it, everything about it made me want to train more and more. The social side, the competitive side; it was all so much fun at that age. It still is now!

At this point Anna’s smile is wide, her passion for being active is clear. She doesn’t have a lot of social time outside school/training hours to be herself but she assures me that even she has time for a facial routine.

A: I use proto-col skincare products on my face. The microdermabrasion keeps my skin soft and smooth.

I use the mineral foundation all the time and I love the mascara. Proto-col black mascara is water resistant and lasts through school and training. I started using proto-col collagen first as I had heard about its benefits for your bones.

In February 2010, during the indoor season I started getting consistent pains in both my legs. I continued training for 4 months in the hope it would just go away but during a 200-metre event, mid-race the pain started and that was it. I could not complete the race, my legs felt like they were going to snap! It turns out I had level 2 bone stresses in both Tibia. I had to have 2 MRI scans and could hardly move. I spent 5 months in pain, sat around at home and it was a low time for me. I began taking collagen capsules; I take 3-6 capsules a day. The benefits were brilliant, my body began to repair at a fast pace and my bones are stronger now and the pain reduced. At the moment I notice that my legs get less sore and I can train for longer. I also take 2 glasses of green magic a day to keep healthy and energetic.  3 tablets of proto-col vita balance a day keeps a steady energy level. I take both green magic and vita balance in the mornings, which I have found makes it easier to get up early and I’m much happier in myself. It definitely helps me to juggle school, my exams and training.

As for sports nutrition, proto-col ultra-fuel works wonders. It contains Creatine, which is great for the gym.

W: So, no chance of anything getting in the way of your dreams no then – you seem to have recovered from your injuries and have come back with a vengeance!

A: Yes, it was a tough time and looking back if I had continued with the race I may have fractured both my Tibia. It is something I love so I had to get myself back into it and now I’m better than ever.

I have only been back in full training since April 2011 and I have already competed in some important competitions. I have the South West Championship trials at Millfield School in June with Team Bath.

I have a scholarship to attend in September to study. It is a brilliant opportunity for me; it will be a very personal level of education, specific to me. There will only be about 6 people per class, in academia as well as physical training. Coming up I have the English Schools’ Athletic Association (ESAA) event 17th – 18th September, which is a big achievement and may well be my first event after starting at Millfield.

W: Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?

A: I’m hoping that after my 2 years at Millfield School, I can move abroad somewhere and work with children. I would love to be a coach or sports teacher. After watching the Sports Relief show on television I was really inspired. I would love to make a difference like that!

Although Anna has not been training intensively and is still taking supplements to strengthen her legs, she never fails to put her best into each and every competition she enters. On Sunday 22nd May she jumped a personal best. Now ranked as number 1 in the South West and in the top 20 (UK) under 17 girls, Ann is ambitious and passionate despite her age and at proto-col we want to wish her every success for the future.

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Discover the nutritional health supplements and other products from proto-col that Anna and other athletes have benefited from at LookRavishing.com.

 

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Tips To Beautiful Skin: Sugar And Your Skin

We all know about the damage to the skin created by alcohol, smoking and the sun but did you know one of the healthy skin tips we should follow is to avoid consuming excess sugar?

Of course the body needs some sugar for energy but too often we eat sugary foods and drinks that provide amounts in excess of our requirements. Interestingly sugar molecules will attach themselves to proteins and create a damaging process called glycation. This takes place where there is a lack of enzymes, which usually control the damage caused by sugar.

The type of sugar consumed makes a difference too. Fructose and galactose have ten times the glycation activity of glucose. The reactions are slow but end up as advanced glycation end products (or AGEs). It is these AGEs that cause the trouble as they can lead to heart disease, deafness, cancer and even Alzheimer’s disease. In other words, an excess of sugar accelerates the sign of ageing.

You will not be surprised therefore to learn that glycation damages the proteins (collagen) in the skin so leading to yet more wrinkles. This happens in two ways; the AGEs reduce the abilities of collagen to rebuild the skin and also they increase the rate at which collagen breaks down.

So the best way to keep your collagen health is to lay off the sugary foods and perhaps take a collagen capsule course.

Read more about the effects of sugar on the skin on the BangkokPost.com website.

 

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Natural Diet Supplement: Nutrition In Developing Countries

As populations become more affluent you would expect their nutrition to improve and so they would not need a natural diet supplement.

The inlive.in.com website however reports a talk given to the National Priorities in Nutrition Research conference in Hydrabad recently by Dr B Sesikeran of the Indian National Institute of Nutrition.

In his talk, Dr Sesikeran outlined a change in food habits as people’s socio-economic status improves but the signs are that nutrition does not necessarily get better. It seems Indian consumers are turning to packaged convenience foods for their affordability and as a result of consumers being open to marketing.

A new affluent lifestyle also has repercussions in terms of reduced physical activity, which suggests that obesity and heart disease may be on the increase.

It seems the affluence has brought with it a new range of diseases.

Perhaps more people are going to need to take a natural diet supplement after all.

Read more about Dr Sesikeran’s address on the ibnlive.in.com website.

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Natural Diet Supplement: Breakfast Suggestions

 

Young Woman With Breakfast Cereal And Milk

An important part of a healthy diet is eating a good breakfast every day. Of course the right natural diet supplement will help but a good breakfast is still important. This video includes some useful suggestions.

 

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Nutritional Health Supplements: A Winning Combination For Skin

When choosing nutritional health supplements to ensure you have the healthiest skin, it is now clear that you should consider those that combine calcium and vitamin D.

The Journal Of Clinical Oncology reported recently on a new study by Dr. Jean Tang at the Stanford University School of Medicine that discovered evidence that this combination has great benefits for skin.

The study collected data from 36,282 women in the age range of 50 to 79 years old who were given either a supplement containing vitamin D and calcium or a placebo. The initial intention was to see if the nutritional health supplements given had an effect on the number of hip fractures or colon cancer but, during the seven year follow up from the project, it was discovered that the subjects who had previously experienced non-melanoma skin cancer reduced the risk of melanoma by 57 per cent, compared to those not taking the supplement.

The next stage is to try the combination on cancer cells directly to see if there is an effect.

Ironically the best source of vitamin D other than nutritional health supplements is sunlight. Of course the problem is the ultra violet rays also cause skin cancer too.

See the report on this study on the USNews.com health website.

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Tips To Beautiful Skin: Sensible Skincare

The market for skincare products is massive and yet some of the best tips to beautiful skin involve common sense techniques that do not involve skin products at all.

It is important to keep your skin clean. Remove all the dust, oil, dirt and makeup from your skin and have a good wash, patting your skin dry with a soft towel after. All natural makeup or mineral makeup can be worn to bed on the odd occasion but it is always better to clean your skin before bed as often as possible.

Cleaning your skin in this way will prevent grime working its way into your pores and creating blackheads, pimples and other nasties. Equally the advantage of all natural makeup is that it allows the skin to breathe and function freely; a build up of oil and dirt will prevent that, as will many cheap cosmetics.

It’s worth observing what is happening to your skin. As mentioned above pimple and spots indicate there is something wrong with perhaps your cleaning routine or a lack of sleep or even your nutrition. The whole body functions from the intake of the right vitamins and minerals and the skin indicates an imbalance as clearly as any part of the body.

Hormones can cause difficulties with the skin so, if there is a problem you cannot identify then it might be worth consulting a dermatologist or your doctor for advice.

Last among the tips to beautiful skin is the advice to cut down on alcohol. This is probably an unpopular tip but that doesn’t stop it being correct. Alcohol is a diuretic so it makes you urinate more, which dehydrates the body, especially the skin. In any case, the imbibing of any substance not naturally occurring in the body will have a negative effect and alcohol can affect the absorption of certain nutrients into the body. Some of these are necessary for healthy skin.

Instead of alcohol, drink lots of water and this will help you to have a plump, soft, hydrated skin.

Look after your skin and you will look and feel ravishing.

 

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Nutritional Health Supplements: The Dangers Of Dieting

It seems that every day we see an advertisement for some great weight loss plan that will turn us into a supermodel in days. At the same time the magazines and Internet are full of products with the same claims.

The truth is our bodies run on nutrition; we need certain vitamins and minerals to function. The danger of suddenly adopting a radical programme of weight loss is we will not give the body the nutrition it needs. Reducing a food group will remove the nutrition that group may provide.

Fad diets may help you lose some weight but only in the short term and goodness knows what damage they could do to your nutrition.

Remove all the hype and you start to understand the way the body works. The weight loss industry makes billions of dollars every year and yet obesity is an increasing problem. The reason for this is there is only really one way to gain and keep a healthy weight; you have to eat a healthy diet, not too much, and get regular exercise.

This is why obesity is a modern problem. Go back in history and you will find that life was more physical and there was little time for the body to collect excess fats. Indeed the problem was more a case of a lack of nutrition through poor diet. Some fad diets come close to replicating this ancient problem, despite a better choice of healthy foods and nutritional health supplements.

Stress was a useful reaction as it flooded the body with adrenaline ready to fight or flee from a threat. Modern stress creates the same reaction but involves a mental response and the adrenaline and energy remains uselessly in the body.

If you think about it we collect excess fats in our bodies over a long period of time. It would be foolish to suppose we can remove them quickly. In some cases such a weight reduction could cause unhealthy stresses on the body anyway. The key is to switch to a healthy balance of the correct foods and regular exercise. Fad diets often run the risk of removing the nutrition we need.

The best diet contains a good range of assorted natural foods as these are what makes the body work most effectively. Obviously fruit and vegetables are key to this and a good intake of water keeps everything hydrated and functioning. The best foods have to be home grown or locally sourced as they contain the best range of vitamins and minerals.

Exercise does not necessarily mean a trip to the gym. In fact, the best exercise involves something you can do every day without too much effort. Ditch the car for short trips and instead take a bicycle or even walk. Housework and gardening, using manual tools where possible, can provide gentle aerobic exercise and getting a pet dog gives you a great excuse for long walks.

Adopting a healthy lifestyle does not involve magic solutions but rather understanding what you eat, improve the quality of your food, reduce the quantity if necessary, eating regularly and exercising regularly. If you are worried about your nutrition levels you might consider nutritional health supplements, perhaps a multi-vitamin containing natural ingredients, but special weight reduction diets and products are rarely needed.

 

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