Vitamin C Good For Colds and Gout

Natural News is reporting on a study in the Archives of Internal Medicine that has found vitamin C may reduce the risk of gout in men. The study by researchers out of the Boston University School of Medicine looked at 47,000 male health care professionals over a 20-year period. Researchers found that men who took daily vitamin C supplements ranging from 1000mg to 1499mg were 34% less likely to have gout than men who took no supplement. Further, men who supplemented with 1500mg or greater of vitamin C had a 45% lower risk of contracting the disease versus those who took no supplement.

Gout is a form of arthritis that can be incredibly painful and debilitating. It is characterized by elevated levels of uric acid in the bloodstream, leading to the formation of monosodium urate crystals deposited in the tissues, cartilage and/or tendons, causing great pain. Gout is much more common in men, but women are also affected. Common risk factors include obesity, high alcohol consumption and an acidic, high-protein diet.

Lead researcher Hyon Choi is quoted as saying, “given the general safety profile associated with vitamin C intake, particularly in the generally consumed ranges as in the present study, vitamin C intake may provide a useful option in the prevention of gout.” Although it is not known by what mechanism vitamin C is able to prevent gout, researcher speculate that it may be attributable to the vitamin’s anti-inflammatory properties or its ability to reduce uric acid levels in the blood.

This study should not be used as a free license to eat and drink irresponsibly, however. According to Michael Snaith, member of the U.K. Gout Society “it would be unwise for people to think they can compensate for eating and drinking too much by taking vitamin C with their pint of beer.”


Have You Read Your Applescope?

Apples are so delicious, but there are so many varieties that I get confused trying to figure out which one I should be eating. I wish there were some way to know the type of apple I should be eating based on the esoteric details of my personality type.

At last – my prayers have been answered! The Ontario Apple Growers have come up with a helpful way to aid Ontarians in choosing what type of local apple they should be eating. Teaming up with an astrologer and a nutritionist, they’ve develop Applescopes – astrological readings that tell you what apple best suits your astrological sign.

Are you a Taurus? The Ontario Idared is the apple for you. A crabby Cancer? Ontario Jonagold should be your fruit of choice. Scorpio? Go for a Red Delicious.

Aside from matching apples to specific personality types, the applescopes actually give some solid nutritional advice while encouraging people to choose local fruit. They’re a fun mix of new age mysticism and down to earth advice on diet and nutrition. Take a few minutes to check the apple that matches your sun sign at the Applescope page.


Testing Yourself Regularly Essential For Healthy Living

Trying to follow a healthy lifestyle is all well and good, but how do you know if what you’re doing is really working?

That’s the one thing Bryce Wylde, author of The Antioxidant Prescription: How to Use the Power of Antioxidants to Prevent Disease and Stay Healthy for Life, wants people to take away from reading his book. “Even if they are well read and they know a lot of these things, what nobody is really doing is validating their actions,” he says. “What I’d like people to take away is get empowered. Start taking some subjective assessments and analysis of yourself. ”

Wylde suggests having your urine tested, checking your PH and Vitamin C levels and even getting an adrenal stress test among others.

“Do something about it, then re-test yourself. Over time, re-test yourself. Make sure you’re within the parameters of being healthy. It’s maintaining self-accountability. Some people will go that’s true, there’s some great studies, then that’s it, they lose it. If they were looking forward to the re-test, they aren’t going to stop. It gets them excited about it,” he says.

“You don’t have to feel bad to feel even better. It’s not enough motivation to actually do something. I test myself regularly all the time. You can get so specific these days. You can test your genetic code for it’s pre-disposition to certain outcomes. Any doctor can call for assessments to analyse their results or you can go to”

Bruce Wylde is a homeopathic doctor and nutritionist. You can get more information about testing yourself by going to his web site:


Good Choice Of Women’s Exercise Clothing

Running is now one of American’s fave techniques to get or keep in shape.Folks have enthusiastically taken up this activity for a spread of justified reasons. Running will help you shed weight, shed emotional stress, enhance your circulation and tone muscles. Unlike most sporting activities, you do not need any special gear. The sole investment you want make is in cosy clothing. While men can simply put up with two gymnasium shorts and a tank top or T-shirt, women’s running clothing present more of a challenge.

Factors on Women’s Exercise Clothing

Confidence and the feel good factor are big factors in the successfulness of your practice. And the standard of your yoga garments will impact your mood seriously. So it is a great idea to select women’s exercise clothing that match your character. In practicing yoga, there’s no need in selecting your garments. If you’ve got a body with excellent condition, you can wear opt for women’s exercise clothing like fitted shirts and pants.

Fabrics For Women’s Exercise Clothing

You will want to look for fabrics with moisture-wicking qualities. Your skin needs to breathe, too. Cotton is popular in t-shirts and shorts, it’s not the best choice if you’re looking for something to wick away the moisture. Instead, it will collect it, become heavy and uncomfortable, and leave you feeling soaked and sticky. If you don’t have an exceptionally intense workout planned, cotton is an acceptable choice. It’s also less expensive than other materials. For more intense workouts, look for fabrics like polyester, nylon, or Lycra/spandex. You’ll get the benefits of the different materials in the same piece of clothing.


Secure and Comfortable

Here is one of my friend’s mail:

I feel secure and comfortable knowing I have multiple sources of abundant income. This allows my wife the freedom to work or not, have time with our son, travel and help those less fortunate.

Now I reply to him as follow:

Most people want a lot of money not for the money itself, but for the time it would allow to spend on yourself, with your family, and with the things you love.

After all, that is what wealthy people get to do.

So start living like a wealthy person now by making time for yourself, your family and the things you love your top priorities. Get into that mindset and the money will come to support it.


Angelina Jolie’s magic number is 28

We’ve always hated on Hollywood’s tendency to tell women that they have to be X pounds in order to get parts, but now here’s a different spin. It seems that Angelina Jolie is being considered for the love interest in The Thomas Crown Affair 2: Electric Boogaloo, but producers don’t want a repeat performance of Wanted, where Ms. Jolie was apparently fainting on set and had to have all of her costumes taken in. Rumor has it that she’s been explicitly told to gain weight. How much weight? 28 pounds, or approximately 33 percent more body weight than she is currently.

I’m not going to make the smug ladies who lunch (or Rian) observation that girlfriend could use some cheeseburgers anyway (as Jane Seymour and TMZ and every other blog under the sun already has). Instead, I have only to bemoan the fact that stars have become such a commodity that it doesn’t even matter what they bring to the table anymore. If Angelina Jolie is currently not physically able to withstand the demands of an action movie, then why the heck is she getting the job? Aren’t there actors in Hollywood who could kick ass and take names just as handily as Ms. Jolie? Who would believably be able to chew on the lips of one Mister Pierce Brosnan without making us roll our eyes because everyone knows that a 10 like Pierce Brosnan would never end up with a 7 like Angelina (or vice versa, depending on your point of view). And I’m going to completely disregard the fact that Pierce Brosnan is old enough to be Angelina Jolie’s freaking father. Is Rene Russo now considered way over the hill by Hollywood? Wow, tuna salad has a longer shelf life than your average female actor in Hollywood.

And also, I’m stymied by the whole concept of 28 pounds. Why 28? Why not, say, 27? Or 29? It reminds me of those guys who say that they’d like a woman who is up to 5’11” tall and can be no more than 130 pounds. Wow, at a BMI of 18.1, that girl would be considered underweight. Is that really what they want? And what if the girl of your dreams had the audacity to weigh 150 pounds?

Granted, if the actor actually wants the part and tries to shape themselves into it, (a la Bridget Jones) that’s one thing, but let’s consider the idea of a studio approaching an actor and making these stipulations. What do you guys think? What do you guys think? Does Hollywood have the right to make demands on actors for their weight?


Lipodrene with Ephedra is on the Cutting Edge of Fat Loss!

Right now, more Americans are fighting obesity than ever before in history. With technology growing and automation carrying out so many of our duties, the U.S. is becoming more and more of a fat nation. Lipodrene with Ephedra is the best eca stack and an answer to that problem. With fat burning qualities and the suppression of our appetites, this supplement can go hand in hand with proper diet and nutrition to help the U.S. lose weight.

If you want to lose weight, then most people will tell you that you have to eat well and get regular exercise. That is good, sound advice. It is also a way that takes a lot of hard work and time before you see any results. Many people prefer lipodrene and fitness instructors worldwide recommend this ephedra diet product to it’s clients to lose a lot more weight. Sometimes it feels like it would work much more effectively if there were something available to help the body burn fat – even when you are not exercising. That something comes in the form of this combination.

There are so many people that need a little help to boost their metabolism while working so hard to see some results quickly. The more results that a person sees as they work out, the harder they will work to continue the benefit from the exercise, proper nutrition and a lipodrene supplement that offers to speed up the fat loss process. This boost not only will help to fat burn faster but also helps to suppress the appetite as well.

You can’t escape the temptation of food. You cannot stay away from it, but a supplement that can help you avoid the craving of foods will in turn help keep the fat off of your body. Lipodrene has been proven to be effective in keeping the taboo items off the minds and stomachs of those trying to diet by slowing the absorption of serotonin. It not only fools the mind, it inhibits the absorption of dietary fats. This supplement with Ephedra is made up mostly of natural herbs that promote appetite suppression and fat burning in the body.

If you are concerned with weight loss and thinking about how to achieve results safely and healthily, then follow a proper diet and exercise program. Then you can add the supplement with Ephedra to enhance your hard work and gain amazing results much more quickly. Ephedra has not had the best reputation in the past, but after four years of testing, the mixture has been proven to be safe and helpful to those wishing to lose weight fast.


Strategies For Increasing Your Vertical Jump and Jumping Higher

Tips, Strategies and Resources For Increasing Your Vertical Jump and Jumping Higher!

Dear athletes and anyone wanting to jump higher,

My name is Ryan Ben.  A 6’2″ guy in my 30′s who couldn’t dunk a basketball up until a few years ago.  After adding 6 inches to my vertical leap in the first 4 weeks of my training, I was hooked on my new jumping ability.  Since adding the first six inches, I’ve added another 7 inches to my vertical through solid training techniques.   I’m no Michael Jordan, but I can now easily dunk a basketball over the high school kids at the local park!

I know first hand how frustrating it can be to try to add inches to your vertical – especially if you don’t know where to begin.  Over the years, I’ve tried many products and programs the claimed they would help me jump higher – jump shoes, jumping exercises, various training programs, performance enhancing drugs (just kidding), etc.  I had the motivation and commitment to train, but didn’t get the results I was looking for.

Then I came across Jacob Hiller’s Jump Manual.  It is truly the only program I can recommend with no hesitation.  The Jump Manual gave me the results I was looking for and I’m confident it will do the same for you.

Written by a professional trainer and jumping coach to many professional athletes, The Jump Manual, is an amazing report that explains in plain English everything you need to know about jumping higher.  Nothing is left out.  You will literally be guided step-by-step to successfully increasing your vertical by at least 10 inches, or your money back!

You can get instant access to The Jump Manual right now.  Click here to find reviews for The Jump Manual.

THE JUMP MANUAL: The only program that targets every facet of vertical explosion. Effectively training every aspect of vertical jump is the only way to maximize your vertical jump explosion. Read more here and learn about this strategy.


Review Annie’s Snacks

I’ve been talking lately about making snacks for my boys because I don’t want them to eat processed foods.  After two weeks and for many reasons, I resign.  I only resign to making the snacks myself though.

I can’t keep baking snacks because it is hard for me to resist them and some of them just don’t appeal to my picky three year old.  He didn’t like the sweet spinach cupcakes, a batch of whole wheat graham crackers, breakfast muffins with a preserve filling, black bean brownies, and whole wheat cheese crackers to mention a few.  My time (not to mention the wasted food) could be better served so I resign to finding healthy alternatives. I think my body will thank me later too.

I still don’t want them to eat unhealthy highly processed foods so I’ve been searching for acceptable snacks that don’t have hydrogenated oils, high fructose corn syrup, or other unnecessary additives, preservatives, etc.  Enter Annie’s.

Have you tried Annie’s products?  When I was pregnant with my first son I would eat Annie’s macaroni and cheese.  I craved macaroni and cheese but didn’t have the energy to make it from scratch.  I just loved the flavor but I never really tried any other products since then.

Today I was browsing at Target when I saw the Annie’s products.  After careful examination of the ingredients list, all of the ingredients were recognizable containing no hydrogenated oils or sugars so I bought my sons the White Cheddar Bunnies.  I made them a trail mix with some chopped walnuts, golden raisins, pretzels, and bunnies which they loved.

From Annie’s website: We say “yes” to ingredients that come straight from nature, and “no” to icky additives, pesticides and artificial colors. Annie’s products are delicious organic and natural alternatives to traditional convenience foods, snacks, cereal and more.

Rich, healthy soil that hasn’t been treated with chemical pesticides or fertilizers is where all organic ingredients begin. We believe the best tasting food comes from the simplest ingredients, and strongly support organic and sustainable farming because it is better for consumers, farmers, and the environment.

Annie’s thinks consumers should have the choice of knowing what’s in their food, and believes GMO ingredients should be labeled as such, so consumers can make a fully informed choice. Annie’s uses only non-GMO ingredients.

After looking at the website and ingredient list of products my sons would enjoy, I definitely feel comfortable buying Annie’s products.

Do you have healthy snack foods for your kids to recommend?

Note: I was not compensated for this post at all.


What is the History of Yoga

Where did Yoga come from? What are all those strange words and the chanting? Let’s look into the history of Yoga and why people practice it.

The history of Yoga comes from the Sanskrit word ‘Yuga’ which means ‘to join’.

Yoga is an ancient philosophy that came from India that promotes personal health, growth and wellness. It doesn’t conflict with any religion but has impact on our spiritual path.

Even though no one is sure who invented yoga most modern forms are traced back to the yoga Sutras. Patanjal, an ancient philosopher wrote them around 500 BC. Again no one is sure of the exact date they were written, however we do know are that it became a tradition and was practiced regularly around soon there after and the Sutras written by Patanjal became the basis for the practice of yoga. The practices and philosophies are just as valid and popular today as they were then.

Yoga has become popular with many western medical practitioners and therapists as a treatment for a large variety of physical and emotional illnesses.

The practice of yoga is not a form of religion or a cult, nor do you need to be a contortionist, or stare at a candle and breath incense, and it’s not just for young people who are thin and supple.

What yoga is then? Yoga is more than an exercise, it’s a way of life that aims for the union of the body, mind and spirit through exercises and postures, breathing techniques, and meditation.

The practice of yoga promote greater flexibility and strength, creates greater mental clarity and focus as well as allowing for emotional balance in your body.

Yoga does involve concentration, focused breathing, and discipline. A greater union of mind, body, and spirit is the result of practicing yoga and anyone regardless of age, experience, body type, or physical abilities can practice yoga.

While it does help to have a little knowledge, you don’t need to know all the words or understand their meanings in order to receive the benefits that yoga provides.

Yoga can give you the sense of satisfaction that only meditation and physical exercise combined can give you. The beauty of that is it can be carried out all in one exercise program!

The more dedicated you are, the more you will get out of yoga. It offers a chance to have true union between your mind, body and spirit. Yoga is right in the middle between physical exercise and meditation.

In physical sense, the body is physically taxed and, of course, you sweat. It doesn’t take much thinking to go through an exercise routine.

Meditation on the other hand, the body does nothing; it is all with calming your mind, eliminating your stress and reaching in for your inner spirit.

Yoga’s increasing popularity is because it ties the two, physical and mental, together into a comfortable package.