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Intermittent Fasting: How to Enhance Your Body’s Ability to Burn Fat:

Intermittent Fasting: How to Enhance Your Body’s Ability to Burn Fat: | SELF HEALTH | Scoop.it

"Intermittent fasting is a powerful approach to eating that is becoming very popular because it can help you lose weight without feeling hunger, and help reduce your risk of chronic diseases like diabetes and heart disease. If done correctly, intermittent fasting can also lead to better sleep and lots of energy."

 

So far, research overwhelmingly supports this notion that ditching the “three square meals a day” approach in favor of intermittent fasting may do wonders for your health. This type of scheduled eating was practiced by our ancestors, since they did not have the frequent access to food that we have now.

 

Intermittent Fasting Infographic.

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7 Ways to Beat Sugar Cravings

7 Ways to Beat Sugar Cravings | SELF HEALTH | Scoop.it
Simple and natural ways to beat sugar cravings with l-glutamine, b-vitamins, chromium, sleep, meal planning, protein & exercise.

 

Based on the number of candy bar commercials that exploit apparently insurmountable sugar cravings that can only be alleviated with the help of a candy bar… sugar cravings seem to be a big problem. After all, you aren’t yourself if you don’t eat a packaged candy bar. (sarcasm)

 

Sugar cravings can certainly be a problem, and many people struggle with them. With a modern lifestyle that often includes processed foods, irregular sleep schedules, artificial light and lack of movement, hormone imbalance is a growing problem and cravings are a growing symptom.

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5 Ways To Hack Your Testosterone Levels

5 Ways To Hack Your Testosterone Levels | SELF HEALTH | Scoop.it
Combatting declining testosterone is easier than you think.

Testosterone does a lot of good stuff for you. It helps you burn fat and build muscle, increases sex drive, and keeps your cardiovascular system healthy. It also improves mood, according to several recent studies. 

 

It’s more important than ever to keep your testosterone up these days. The average testosterone level of American men has decreased dramatically over the past 30 years, by an average of 1% a year. It appears that the modern world is rough on us men. 

Fortunately, there are ways to combat declining testosterone. Here are 5 hacks to boost your testosterone naturally.

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Warren Broad's curator insight, August 31, 9:40 AM

Once again another article that points to exercise as the way to increase highly important and beneficial chemicals in the body. 
If you have a mindset issue that is keeping you from getting the exercise you need working with an accountability partner or coach  is essential. Hypnosis and meditation is also a great way to keep the drive required to make sure you stay motivated. Get motivated and get moving!
For more information or to have a introductory call. email: hello@warrenbroad.com  

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Age Is Irrelevant When It Comes to Fitness

Age Is Irrelevant When It Comes to Fitness | SELF HEALTH | Scoop.it
Want to continue to crush well into your 80s? Here’s how.

 

Last February, 59-year-old Ned Overend, aka “The Lung,” aka “Deadly Nedly,” won the first National Fatbike Championships, held in Ogden, Utah. Fat Bike Nats isn’t exactly the Tour de France, but it’s no charity ride, either. Overend had to compete against a field of much younger pros, including former national mountain bike champion Travis Brown, 46, on a tough 19-mile course.

 

It’s tempting to dismiss Overend as a genetic freak, an outlier who defies comparison with the rest of us. He has dominated nearly every sport he’s entered since the early ’90s, from cross-country mountain bike racing to off-road triathlon. But even among the genetically gifted—and many elite athletes are—Overend is unique in his competitive longevity. Which is the reason he’s also one of the dozen or so athletes spotlighted in Joe Friel’s latest book, Fast After 50 (Velo Press), part of a growing library devoted to salt-and-pepper chargers past (and occasionally well past) the half-century mark.

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Randy Bauer's curator insight, August 26, 9:32 PM

Fitness is a State-of-Mind

 

Ricardo Tubino's curator insight, August 31, 12:37 PM

As a Physical Therapist dealing with multiple patients over 60, it is obvious to me that lifestyle has  much to do with how active you will remain into your later years. Active lifestyle leads to fit seniors. And it also my experience that  it is never really too late.

Julianna Bonola's curator insight, Today, 1:52 AM

Ah ha! So being older can actually be to our advantage - all we have to do is 'do' whatever it is we do, diligently to get great long term results.  Of course that we have more time to 'do' once we retire is the key.  So don't just sit there, get up and 'do' something for your health.

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How Setting Intentions Can Revolutionize Your Workout

How Setting Intentions Can Revolutionize Your Workout | SELF HEALTH | Scoop.it

"If you find yourself dreading an activity that you once looked forward to, here's how to get back that feel-good motivation that inspired you to move in the first place."

 

Right from the first step, I could tell today’s run wasn’t going to be easy. My limbs were heavy and my mood was as gloomy as the overcast skies above. Pulling off my planned 90-minute interval run seemed like an impossible task.

 

“You’re so lazy. What’s wrong with you?” I thought. Feeling defeated, I eased my jog down to a walk. Thoughts of next month’s race did nothing to motivate me. I just didn’t care. No vision of my future running greatness could get my legs moving.

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Is This Weird Vegetable Part Going To Be The Next Kale?

Is This Weird Vegetable Part Going To Be The Next Kale? | SELF HEALTH | Scoop.it

Introducing the BroccoLeaf, a waste part of broccoli repackaged for your superfood consuming convenience.

 

People started predicting peak kale in 2012. The number of farms growing the leafy green had more than doubled; Bon Appetit named it the Year of Kale. But we keep eating more. Sales went up another 31% last year. Peak Kale is nowhere in sight. But Big Produce is not resting on its kale laurels. Instead, it's on a quest: Creating the next kale.

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Your Ultimate Guide to Leafy Greens

Your Ultimate Guide to Leafy Greens | SELF HEALTH | Scoop.it
Once you experience all the different ways that greens can be delicious, no one will ever have to remind you to eat your greens again. There was a time when the only greens I ate were lettuce and even then, only iceberg and romaine. Later, I came to like spinach. To me, everything else looked like it was spewed out of a lawn mower. Boy, did that change. Today I eat all kinds of leafy greens; in fact, they happen to be my favorite veggies. Good for me because leafy greens are packed with vitamins A, B, C, E and K, minerals like magnesium, iron and calcium, and a bunch of flavonoids and phytochemicals. Greens benefit our health in so many ways including strengthening our immune system, cancer prevention, lowering cholesterol, and improved blood circulation. Find out about the 5 Health Ailments That Can be Treated by Eating More Greens.
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Eric Larson's curator insight, August 5, 11:00 AM

I enjoy my greens.

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ELANVEDA's curator insight, August 14, 9:13 PM

Why not harvest some great greens fresh from the garden this time of year!??!!!

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7 Things That Will Happen When You Start Doing Planks Every Day

7 Things That Will Happen When You Start Doing Planks Every Day | SELF HEALTH | Scoop.it
Do you want to stay healthy, strong, and shapely all year round? Then explore the health benefits of doing planks every day! Bodyweight exercises are gaining ground in the fitness world due to the practicality and simplicity of getting in shape using your own body weight. Planks are one form of bodyweight exercises that will never go out of fashion. Planks are one of the most effective exercises you can do. Why? Because they require a small time investment on your part, and offer the chance to achieve substantial results in a relatively short span of time.
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ELANVEDA's curator insight, August 14, 9:14 PM

yeah for the #plank!

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Alkaline Water: Beneficial or Bogus?

Alkaline Water: Beneficial or Bogus? | SELF HEALTH | Scoop.it

When it comes to health, water is kind of a big deal. In fact, no other substance is as important for our bodies. So if you're consistently drinking water, you're already doing something great for your health. 

 

But you may have heard that alkaline water -- water that's less acidic than tap water -- is even better. Let's investigate whether this is actually true, if alkalized water is really better for health and fitness.

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8 Proven Colloidal Silver Benefits and Uses

8 Proven Colloidal Silver Benefits and Uses | SELF HEALTH | Scoop.it
If you haven’t heard of colloidal silver, you will soon enough if you’re on the lookout for alternative therapies to common health issues, such as a sinus infection or a cold.

Most health food stores and pharmacies stock several brands of colloidal silver, and, of course, you can find a find a vast amount of information about colloidal silver benefits on the Internet. Unfortunately, the information out there is confusing as many sources have conflicting opinions.
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What is Adrenal Fatigue and Do I Have It?

What is Adrenal Fatigue and Do I Have It? | SELF HEALTH | Scoop.it
Considered the “stress syndrome” of the 20th century, adrenal fatigue is still an under-diagnosed and little understood condition. More people than ever before are battling with chronically depleted adrenal glands, yet it is unrecognized by most doctors.

Perhaps you have struggled for a long time with always being tired, for reasons you just can’t quite understand. Maybe several years of stressful circumstance after stressful circumstance have left you frequently sick, irritable, worn out or depressed. You might have pushed yourself physically too hard for too long, and found yourself suddenly unable to push anymore, your reserves completely drained.
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How the fitness industry turns people off exercise

How the fitness industry turns people off exercise | SELF HEALTH | Scoop.it
"You'll never have sex again if you look like that!" screamed the personal trainer. His abuse was targeted at a woman who had made the mistake of entrusting him to help her exercise.

This story came from a client of clinical psychologist Louise Adams. "She was in pieces after that comment. It took her weeks to recover," Adams says.

This anecdote is just one of many examples that confirmed what Adams, who runs a weight management clinic, has long suspected. People don't avoid exercise because they don't like exercising. They avoid it because they don't like their bodies - and they fear the way other people will judge their bodies. 
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The Best Foods for Your Brain (And Why We Might Owe Fat an Apology)

The Best Foods for Your Brain (And Why We Might Owe Fat an Apology) | SELF HEALTH | Scoop.it
Believe it or not, eating fat is essential for short- and long- term brain health. Here's the real deal on how fat benefits our brains, which types of fat are best, and the best foods to eat for the most brain-boosting benefits.

 

Fat: What was once the ugly stepchild of the dietary world is now being heralded as the savior of humankind. Okay, so maybe that’s taking things a little too far. But fat does offer great benefits for our bodies—and our minds. Read on to learn how to make fat work for your brain.

 
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Eric Larson's curator insight, May 18, 1:48 PM

Fat for the brain???

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Acupuncture and Pain: Magic or Science?

Acupuncture and Pain: Magic or Science? | SELF HEALTH | Scoop.it
Acupuncture helps to improve blood flow, increases range of motion through connective tissue mobility, and affects pain perception in the brain.

 

It is important for the future of integrative medicine to demystify acupuncture, and start discussing its physiological properties in a way that the modern person with a basic understanding of human anatomy and physiology can understand. Acupuncture often gets lumped into a general category of “Energy Medicine”, which for some, equates to non-scientific woo-woo therapies that must operate through placebo effect...

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Top 5 Reasons To Do More High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)

Top 5 Reasons To Do More High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) | SELF HEALTH | Scoop.it
HIIT workouts are more effective in less time. High-intensity interval training revs your metabolism and helps you burn post-workout calories!


High-intensity interval training (also known as HIIT): You’ve been hearing about it everywhere but you still don’t understand what’s so great about it. Maybe you think it’s only for uber-athletes (false), maybe you think you’re better off sticking to your tried-and-true steady cardio routine (nope), or maybe you just don’t know enough about HIIT yet to know what to think. Here are the top 5 reasons to do more HIIT.


- See more at: http://www.fitnessrepublic.com/fitness/reasons-to-do-more-high-intensity-interval-training-hiit.html#sthash.mEbMyqI5.dpuf

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5 outdoor exercises to tone your body

5 outdoor exercises to tone your body | SELF HEALTH | Scoop.it
Don't have the time or money to join a gym? That's okay, because exercising outdoors is the new big thing.

 

On the ground
Squats are a great way to strengthen your thighs and buttocks. Start in a standing position, with shoulders broad and back straight, feet at waist width and toes aiming slightly towards the outside. With your body weight on your heels, bend your knees and lower your body, making sure your knees do not pass your toes, until your legs form a 90-degree angle. Do five sets of 10 reps with a 30-second rest in between.

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6 Foods that Naturally improve the Health of your Eyes

6 Foods that Naturally improve the Health of your Eyes | SELF HEALTH | Scoop.it

"One of the most vital and delicate organs in our body is our eyes – it’s a scary prospect to think about losing your vision."


Typically, a lot of the natural degenerative processes in relation to the eyes are irreversible. But there are some important things we can do to maintain eye health and avoid problems down the road. As with a lot of common health issues, your diet and nutrition are essential steps to preventing future problems.

 

So, here are the foods you’ll want to focus on if you’re interested in improving the health and functioning of your eyes.

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4 Ways to Use a Foam Roller for Full-Body Relief

4 Ways to Use a Foam Roller for Full-Body Relief | SELF HEALTH | Scoop.it

"You know that feeling you get after a massage? Your body is better aligned, your muscles are looser, your mind is clearer? You can get that same feeling on your own with a foam roller."

 

Foam rollers, slightly soft cylinders of foam that are typically 36 inches long and six inches in diameter, are the go-to tool for self-massage. And we’re not just talking about athletes who need to iron out post-exercise kinks. Rolling is for everyone: It “allows the body to release long-held tension and improve ailments such as chronic pain, joint compression, posture, digestion, sleep problems, stress, and anxiety,” says Sue Hitzmann, creator of the Melt Method, a foam rolling technique taught in gyms and fitness studios across the country.

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How Alkaline Foods Can Save Your Life

How Alkaline Foods Can Save Your Life | SELF HEALTH | Scoop.it

Would you like to know how alkaline foods can save your life and possibly prevent terminal and chronic diseases? Acidic foods are slowly, or not so slowly deteriorating your health right now. In fact the could be setting the perfect environment for chronic inflammation or cancer cells to grow.

 

The more you are concerned with having a healthy ageless body as part of your ageless lifestyle after 50, the more you will want to educate yourself on the power of alkaline foods. As you change your eating habits and move toward healthier eating and more vegan dishes you’ll notice that most of those foods are alkaline.

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Say Goodbye To Cellulite and Improve Your Lymphatic System With This Easy And Effective Technique

Say Goodbye To Cellulite and Improve Your Lymphatic System With This Easy And Effective Technique | SELF HEALTH | Scoop.it
Want to get rid of cellulite? Have silky, drool worthy, smooth skin? A firm and tone badonkadonk? The JLO glow? Of course ya do. Not only can dry body brushing help you with all of this, but it also increases lymphatic drainage and boosts your lymphatic system which will do wonders for your skin and internal health.
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Concrete Jungle Gym - Never Stop Exploring

Concrete Jungle Gym - Never Stop Exploring | SELF HEALTH | Scoop.it

"Don’t let the cost of a gym membership keep you from obtaining your training goals. The North Face Mountain Athletics San Francisco trainers, Liz Letchford and Brandon Wardle share outdoor exercises you can do in your Concrete Jungle."

 

You don’t need a fancy gym membership to get an effective workout, all you need is the city you live in. Complete the entire workout for a great full-body conditioning session courtesy of your own backyard..

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5 Daily Habits to Improve Brain Growth

5 Daily Habits to Improve Brain Growth | SELF HEALTH | Scoop.it
FORGET CROSSWORD PUZZLES AND BRAIN-TRAINING APPS. TRY THESE DAILY PRACTICES TO TRULY GROW YOUR BRAIN.
BY LISA EVANS


We’d all love our brains to process information faster and have better memory recall. While you might think doing crossword puzzles, math puzzles like Sudoku, or brain-training apps will keep your brain in top shape, Dr. Jennifer Jones, a psychologist and expert in the science of success, says there’s no real proof that these can improve your mental acuity. She offers some daily practices that can truly grow

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Lung Power - Need more air? Deep breathing can help you run longer with less effort

Lung Power - Need more air? Deep breathing can help you run longer with less effort | SELF HEALTH | Scoop.it
Just before you crest a hill or reach the end of a speed interval, your lungs go into overdrive. Your breath becomes shallow and rapid. You think if only you could pull in more air, you could surge up that hill or maintain your pace. But the more your chest heaves, the more you struggle. You may even end up exhausted, bent over, gasping for air.

"Runners think about training their heart and legs, but they rarely think about training their lungs," says Mindy Solkin, owner and head coach of The Running Center in New York City. "A strong respiratory system can improve your running. It's a simple equation: Better breathing equals more oxygen for your muscles, and that equals more endurance."
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The Spine - How it Works, What Can Go Wrong and How To Make It Stronger.

The Spine - How it Works, What Can Go Wrong and How To Make It Stronger. | SELF HEALTH | Scoop.it
Our backs are amazing, complex structures.

The spine alone houses the spinal cord and nerves that control our every movement and process the sensations that allow us to connect with the world around us. It’s also part of a system that both absorbs and distributes force, such as lifting and carrying loads through our shoulders and arms, while our legs move us around.

In order to accomplish the many tasks it’s supposed to, the back has to be flexible enough to move in every direction, while remaining rigid enough to transfer heavy loads through our arms and legs, whether we are sitting, standing, or lying down.
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Very thorough and helpful post on the spine. TY!
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5 Habits for a Healthier Brain (and Life)

5 Habits for a Healthier Brain (and Life) | SELF HEALTH | Scoop.it
I started having seizures when I was around 5—the kind of seizures you see in the movies: fall-flat-on-the-ground-shaking-like-you’re-electrocuted-eyes-rolling-to-the-top-of-your-head seizures. These kind of seizures are now called tonic-clonic seizures, but when I was a little girl, they were called “grand mal” seizures, which means “the big bad.” Perhaps they changed the name because calling something “the big bad” isn’t very hopeful for patients. No one is really sure why I started to have them, but it made me curious at an early age to figure out how this mushy mass inside our skull works.
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Top 15 Anti-Inflammatory Foods

Top 15 Anti-Inflammatory Foods | SELF HEALTH | Scoop.it

"In an anti-inflammatory diet, we primarily move away from the overly processed, unbalanced diets of the West and toward the ancient eating patterns of the Mediterranean."

 

When we look at the diseases that plague our society — arthritis, heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, asthma, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) — we see that long-term lifestyle changes are needed. What might not be as obvious is the common denominator tied to all of them and more: inflammation is at the root of most diseases

By addressing the inflammation with anti-inflammatory foods, not only can the symptoms of these diseases be alleviated, but we could even see them cured.

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Eric Larson's curator insight, May 18, 1:49 PM

Sounds like a plan.