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New Research Links Causes Of Hair Loss To Nutritional Deficiency

Whilst it may be comforting to know that humans are not alone in suffering hair loss (primates such as monkeys also experience thinning on their head) - understanding the causes of hair loss means we can take proactive action. Even though genetics does play a part, new research has uncovered a nutritional deficiency link in both men and women. And other factors, such as stress, and poor hair care, are well within our capacity to change.

In women, estrogen usually counteracts the effects of testosterone.

The genetic link in hair loss has been well studied. It is associated with male and female pattern hair loss, or alopecia. In these individuals there is an increased sensitivity to the sex hormone, DHT. DHT stands for dihydrotestosterone, and is a powerful metabolite of testosterone. It contributes to men's unique gender characteristics, as well as facial and body hair, and the deepening of men's voices at puberty.

 

DHT causes the growth cycle of hair follicles to shorten, which in turn reduces the size of the hair shaft. Increasingly narrower hair is grown, sometimes as fine as fluff, and in more extreme cases, there is complete hair loss in that area.

 

But when women go through menopause, or suffer hormonal imbalances, the reduction in estrogen can lead to female pattern baldness. Fortunately, this is not as drastic in its hair loss effects as male pattern baldness. Instead the hair tends to thin, and the crown parting becomes wider.

 

But a very interesting study by L'Oreal has linked an iron deficiency to hair loss, in both men and women. This was a placebo controlled, double blind study in which 13,000 healthy men and women took a supplement, and had the ferritin (iron) levels in their blood measured and cross referenced with information on their hair loss.

 

The results showed not only a link between hair loss and iron deficiency, but they were able to estimate the risk of hair loss in a certain level of iron deficiency. For example, women whose blood ferritin levels dropped from a normal 70µg/l to 40µg/l, had a 28% higher chance of severe hair loss. The post menopausal women in the study who had severe hair loss all had much lower levels of iron than the women who didn't have severe hair loss.

 

The problem with iron supplementation, however, is that excess iron builds up in the body's tissues and becomes toxic. It has been associated with an increased risk of developing chronic illnesses. Iron levels can be tested by a doctor, so if hair loss is a concern, its best to get your iron levels tested first before taking iron supplements.

 

Other potential causes of hair loss - or at least, contributing factors are stress and poor hair care practices. Not brushing hair regularly, or washing it regularly, can affect the normal hair growth cycle.When hair that is naturally at the end of its life cycle is removed through brushing, it allows another hair to grow underneath it. Regular brushing naturally removes dead hair that is ready to fall out. Not removing that hair means new growth cannot occur, as the old hair smothers the new growth. Dirt and oil build up can have a similar effect, so its important to wash hair regularly.

 

Stress can affect the circulation of nutrients and oxygen to the scalp, by causing the muscles in the scalp to tighten. If this happens over a long period of time, premature hair loss can occur. This cause of hair loss is distinct from male pattern baldness (which is hormonal), but it can certainly exacerbate the condition. And stress reduction techniques are simple things that can be added to a daily routine, to prevent hair loss, and improve the overall quality of life.

References:
1. nutraingredients.com/news/ng.asp?id=49692
2. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hair_loss

 

Rebecca Prescott is a health writer with articles on hair growth products and hair loss here: http://www.vitaminstohealth.com/sp-premature-hair-loss.html

 

 

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Nutritional Myths and Facts

 

You can get all the nutrition from your supermarket (or from the infamous four food groups). If you believe this, you are a candidate to buy a piece of the Brooklyn Bridge.

 

First, let's destroy that myth of the "four food groups". If that were indeed true, a meal at Burger King would be "nutritious". No serious observer believes this - but it has all 4 food groups. Would you believe that this absurd FFF (four food fictions) is STILL being taught in medical schools and nutritionist courses in all too many colleges? (Nutritionists are those wonderful people who give you those "delicious" meals in schools, prisons, and hospitals.) Need I say more about this?

 

Next, why can't we just eat healthy foods from our supermarket? Need a few reasons?

1. Fruits and veggies are picked green and artificially ripened with chemicals. These same fruits and veggies are sprayed with insecticides that are also deadly to us humans. We do accumulate these, albeit slowly, and it takes additional nutrition to help our bodies get rid of these chemicals.

 

2. Many growing areas in the US are overworked and are more than a bit deficient in minerals needed for nutrition, and taste. You can easily prove this - just try growing your own tomatoes, or even getting them fresh from some of the local fruit stands. Bite into it - If the juice and seeds don't squirt 3-4 feet, it's not really picked ripe. AND THE TASTE! Not at all the same as those blobs of red plastic you get from the supermarket

 

3. Food animals are fed hormones to increase their weight. These hormones are illegal for athletes to use, but legal for farmers. If that's not bad enough, consider this - about half of all antibiotics in the US are used in food animals. I lived in Puerto Rico some years back, and when I found out about the very high level of penicillin in the milk. my kids stopped getting milk. Most of the cows there are tuberculin. Nice hey?

 

This factor of antibiotic use in our food is one of the prime factors facing us with bacteria becoming resistant to antibiotics. Antibiotics are way overused and even abused by the medical profession as well as by food producers In cows, pigs, and sheep, the hormones and antibiotics and other chemicals ingested by these animals is found largely in fatty tissues. (From cows that browse along highways, high levels of lead - from lead additives to gas - were found. This is why bone derived calcium is still not too good in the good old USA.). As we eat these meats, we get these chemicals as well. How do we get rid of them - well, it takes extra vitamins and minerals to excrete them.

 

4. Chickens are no longer the chickens our grandparents knew. Now, they're grown to "eating" size in a small cage, fed a "scientific" diet - not for nutrition - but for fastest growth. This results in much more fat and much more chemical input in this fat. When my wife and I were cruising around the Caribbean, and getting food in native markets, the difference in taste amazed us. It was not only the chicken, but also the beef and pork. It was often gotten from a shack with a dirt floor, and there were flies everywhere, but I know that it was much healthier for us than what we are now getting from our supermarket. The taste difference was marked, and the lack of fat was noticeable.

 

There have been many "disturbing" reports about cancerous growths and tumors in chicken and turkeys grown in these "factories". In addition, it seems that the automatic pluckers get chicken feces into the machinery, and both of these are passed on to us, the lucky (???) consumers.

 

5. Any scientist or even any knowledgeable person in the US can tell you that our environment is being poisoned by the chemicals we are putting into it. Our air, our water, and our soil are not even close to what it was 100 years ago. All of these chemicals are getting into our bodies in ever increasing amounts, and it takes ever increasing amounts of vitamins and necessary minerals to excrete them.

 

6. White bread and "Enriched" flour. This is one of the biggest jokes of all on us consumers. When steel rollers were invented around the turn of the century, the wheat germ and the fiber casing were removed. (It was then thought that fiber was not necessary to health because it wasn't absorbed. That‘s just another scientific stupidity.) This resulted in very white flour that was prettier and easier for housewives to use. A couple of problems became apparent - the lack of several vitamins actually caused several deficiency diseases in people who were eating it.

 

Anemia and schizophrenia were probably the worst, but there were others. The US government looked into it and decided that the wheat people had to add back a "few" items to reduce this problem. So, they added back iron, and 3 of the B vitamins. The advertising folks couldn't admit that white bread had been "poisoning" the consumers, so they added the beautiful word "enriched" to this flour.

This "new" white flour removed over 40 vitamins and minerals very necessary to our health. They added back in only minimum amounts of the 4 "most" needed ones. That's the equivalent of robbing a man of his clothes in a blizzard, and handing him back his tie, thereby "enriching" him! Isn't advertising great?

 

7. Sugar and processed foods. In 1900, the average intake of sugar was about 5-6 pounds per year per person. Today, that number is well above 200 pounds. In that same 1900, there were few "processed foods". What was eaten was grown fairly near, and eaten in season. Today, the supermarket is loaded with processed foods. Just look at a few labels!! Read the list of the chemicals in almost every food on the shelf!

 

These are only the most important reasons for taking vitamin and mineral supplements. Remember that to get rid of these accumulating chemicals, we need increasing amounts of vitamins and minerals, but because of some of the above factors, we are getting less and less. Maybe, those people who lived in 1900 could get their nutritional needs better satisfied from their foods, but only a fool would believe it today. (I doubt that they got enough either.)

 

Megavitamins are dangerous (and/or toxic). More nonsense that simply isn't true. Of course, vitamin A in very huge doses can be toxic, but it's pretty difficult to get that much vitamin A by accident. Most adults can tolerate up to 25,000 IU per day for several days, and even if too much is taken over a long period, the symptoms are pretty clear and obvious (yellow skin, eyes, jaundice like).

 

Some MD's (without much vitamin knowledge) heard that B6 can cut down PMS symptoms, and prescribed it for patients. Their patients came back after months with some different symptoms. Then, some MD's put out papers calling B6 "toxic". What every knowledgeable practitioner knows about the B complex is that it works together, and large amounts of any one MUST be balanced somewhat with a minimum of the rest. Another case of not knowing enough! Generally, you can take huge amounts of most B vitamins without any effects as long as you take sufficient amounts of the rest of the complex. It is much more dangerous to your health to take too much calcium or some of the other minerals.

 

Do you (and yours) need vitamin and mineral supplements? The answer is a resounding YES. Just because you feel pretty healthy is no reason to forego them. If you want to say healthy, you'll get on them, and stay on them. Remember this - You are what you eat.

Cholesterol Myths. All the media hype about cholesterol makes it an "enemy", which is just not so. Cholesterol is a fat that's a precursor to several hormones necessary to life. As a matter of fact, sunlight on the skin changes cholesterol into vitamin D. So, without cholesterol, we're in trouble.

 

So, if cholesterol is "good" what's the entire hullabaloo about? Well, it seems that some researchers found that high levels of cholesterol in the blood correlate to high incidence of heart problems. Also, artery plaque is composed of cholesterol (and other fats) along with calcium. Many medical researchers immediately "jumped" to the conclusion that cholesterol was "bad". Lots of articles came out in various magazines written by so-called medical "experts". The upshot was that foods that contain cholesterol were "banned" by many MD's. These included eggs, butter, cheeses, and meats. (A British research paper that showed people eating 6 eggs per week had lower cholesterol levels than those that ate none was ignored by most AMA "experts")

 

Once upon a time, there was a cardiac specialist MD who had high levels of cholesterol. He also had a family history of heart problems (a good reason to go into cardiac specialty just as some psychiatrists and psychologists go into their professions because of personal problems.)

 

He stopped eating any cholesterol-laden foods, and continually tested his HDL and LDL levels. He was very surprised to find that his cholesterol didn't drop. He was a bit smarter than most, and he did more research, and found that 80% of the cholesterol in the blood is manufactured in the liver, and is NOT derived directly from the cholesterol in food. And, that's not a fairy story!! So, if the liver makes it, why does it go high?

 

Next, let’s look at sugar which is the real culprit. When starches are broken down into sugars, they in turn, are changed to glucose, which the body needs for energy. Once the glucose is in the blood stream, it is literally forced into all cells in the body by insulin. If you are running a marathon, your body uses it as energy. BUT, if you are watching TV, you don't need much energy, so the cell converts this into "future" energy by changing it into a fatty acid, and ejects it back into the bloodstream. Depending on several factors, this fatty acid can be any combination of three types. (The term "triglycerides" means 3 fatty acids.)

 

Now, the liver "sees" this triglycerides level rising, and it starts to use some of these to make cholesterol in order to "balance" these levels. This is why high cholesterol levels are linked to high triglycerides levels. At the turn of the last century, the average person in the US ate 5-10 lbs of sugar PER YEAR. Today, it's up to over 200 lbs a year. If you want to correlate things, correlate this - in Africa among poor persons who eat a diet literally free of sugar, there is NO diabetes, NO occluded arteries, NONE of our "civilized diseases". If these "poor" persons are "Helped" to eat a modern diet full of sugar, they develop all these diseases.

 

Now, that's a correlation. There's another correlation that I use as an analogy. People who drive older used cars have lower cholesterol than people who drive new luxury cars. The moral - don't drive a new luxury car! Of course, it has nothing to do with the car, but the correlation is generally true simply because the people who drive a luxury car eat more sugar laden (high carbohydrate) diets. It's the same thing with foods containing cholesterol. (Another might be drawn about poorer families, including blacks that develop better athletes!) Is sugar a real enemy?

 

You make up your own mind. I'm addicted to it, and so are most of the people I know. Eggs are not eaten by millions of people because the medical profession in its usual wrong-headedness trumpeted that correlation, and the media made it worse (also as usual). In fact, eggs are the most perfect food for humans. Measured on a scale of 100, eggs rate 99.99, and all other foods only reach 98 or less. Eggs actually contain lecithin, another fat that actually lowers cholesterol. (Remember the dieter who drinks a diet soda with his doughnut so it doesn't count. Not quite the same!)

 

A study in England, reported in the Lancet, 25 or so years ago, found that persons who ate 6 eggs per week had lower cholesterol than persons who ate none. Several studies have also shown that persons who eat butter live longer and better than those who eat margarine. Margarine has nickel (used to make oils into fats), trans-fatty acids, and it has close to the same fatty acid content as butter. Isn’t it interesting that lately scientists are also coming to the same conclusions?

 

I personally eat eggs 3-5 times per week, and we use only butter in our house. We try to only eat whole wheat bread, and/or whole wheat cereals. Of course, I also take even more than the recommended vitamin/mineral supplements, and that undoubtedly helps me. From all the research I've done and read, that's one man's educated opinion, you make up your own mind. The above is covered in much greater detail in my book “The Health Revolution” that can be found at www.Alternate-Health.com. It’s a hypertext book and is sent via email. It's very easy to find any subject in it, and it's a good reference book.

 

Phil Bate PhD - Retired Orthomolecular Psychologist Inventor and Patent Pending Holder for Brain Wave Amplitude Changing via Auditory Training http://Alternate-Health.com http://AuditoryBrainWaveTraining.com

 

Nutrition Online Schools

Online Nutrition Schools, colleges, and universities provide programs of study in nutrition and food sciences for the convenience of busy professionals with life and family obligations. Online study can take place at any time and wherever computer access is possible.

 

To understand this, you need a bit more information. When you eat something, it is broken down into very small bits in order to pass thru the intestinal walls. Protein is broken down into individual amino acids, starch is broken into various sugars, and fats are broken down into various fatty acids. An egg is broken down into all the essential amino acids needed for humans, some small sugars, and some fats which include cholesterol.

 

Some nutrition colleges and universities combine venues to allow online studies, campus studies, and combinations of both to meet the needs of students with busy schedules. Online offerings include individual courses, for brushing up on current information, and degree programs at the bachelor and master levels. Courses of study provide nutrition and health education for classroom teachers, nutritionists, and dietary professionals. Workshops are also available.

 

Studies address nutrition, cardiovascular health; communicable and sexually transmitted diseases; and physiological and sociological effects of addictive substances, including tobacco. Nutrition programs may include cultural mentoring, mastering eating disorders, health advocacy, and planning for professional careers.

 

There are many Online Nutrition Schools that offer the convenient and effective online venues of study for students with a personal interest in nutrition, as well as for fulfilling requirements of certification for teachers, personal trainers, and food science professionals alike.

 

Students can learn basic concepts of nutrition, ways to integrate good nutrition into their lifestyles, digestion and absorption principles, vitamin and mineral nutrient functions, changing nutritional needs during lifecycles, disease prevention, ways to modify diets for improved health, and weight control.

 

Goals for managing stress, manage personal health, fitness and injury prevention, sports nutrition, inspiring changes in lifestyles can be realized as students prepare for new professional endeavors and career advancement through online nutrition programs of study.

If you are interested in learning more about Online Nutrition Schools, please search our site for more in-depth information and resources.

 

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Healthy Nutrition Habits - "Everything in Moderation"?

Does good nutrition starts with "Everything in Moderation"? Have we not heard the captioned phrase numerous times throughout life? It has become so common that we have learned to accept it as self-evident. Very few people (if any) give it a second thought, let alone evaluate it critically. It is parroted every time someone desires to put an end to a discussion about lifestyle choices, especially when the issue of popular "standard American" foods is raised. Most people think that if they eat unhealthy foods "in moderation" they will be just fine, because this overused adage is so all-encompassing that it "allows" us to “safely” indulge in numerous addictive foods and activities that are highly detrimental to our bodies, our minds, and our environment. This directly benefits large corporations, which spend billions on advertising artificial and disease -- causing foods with addictive properties, long shelf life (no other living organisms are interested in it), and high profit margins.

 

So what common food ingredients do we feel safe eating "in moderation"? Artificial preservatives, flavors and colors? Pesticides, insecticides, and fungicides? Mercury, lead, and other heavy metals that contaminate so much of our food supply? Advanced Glycosilated End-Products (AGE's) from baking, broiling, frying, and barbequing glycoproteins in meats, cheeses, grains, legumes, and seeds? Acrylamides from high-temperature cooking of starchy foods? Carcinogenic (cancer-causing) nitrosamines from animal flesh and Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAH's) from burning of flesh and other organic matter? Inflammation-promoting arachidonic acids from flesh and dairy products? Refined, concentrated, and processed sweeteners and flours? Trans-fats (partially-hydrogenated and hydrogenated vegetable oils) and rancidity-prone poly-unsaturated fats? Nutrient-depleting stimulants (in coffee, tea, colas, and cacao beans/chocolate) that cumulatively poison our brain, damage our energy metabolism, and poison our liver and kidney cells, blocking our ability to detoxify our body effectively?

 

Each and every one of these (and other) "food products" were non-existent nor were they considered "edible" until very recently. Their quantity in our environment is alarming, and some we can't control even if we tried (thus, we must control the ones we can, while relaxing about those we can't)!

 

Whether individually or in devastating combinations (similarly to known and unknown drug interactions), they are all proven to cause numerous health dysfunctions and diseases that are now plaguing our Western society with staggering epidemic statistics never previously encountered. Literally all people over 25 years of age are chronically ill, suffering from various symptoms and losing their vitality, vigor, vibrancy, and enjoyment of life as a result of "enjoying" poisons "in moderation." Cancer, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, developmental disorders, brain fog, depression, anxiety, auto-immune disease, degenerative neurological disorders, and many other syndromes are all directly associated with accumulation of many toxic substances that we ingest or breathe, especially when combined with exposure to other substances, stress, radiation, and activities that lead to cellular nutrient depletion. Even children today are suffering from conditions that previously were only affecting older people.

 

Quality of life is degraded for many years, eradicating productivity and eliminating the joy of living. Yet it seems easier to simply disregard the consequences of our own actions and come up with trite blanket statements that provide excuses for our behaviors, instead of intelligently taking responsibility for our actions and gradually seeking ways to improve our long-term fortune! What else should we safely be doing in moderation? Smoking? Drinking beer?

 

Taking prescription drugs? How about injecting street drugs? Is it not clear now that "everything in moderation" becomes an excuse to perpetuate lifelong habits and maintain addictive "comforts" that gradually destroy us while financially supporting the industries that knowingly create poisons for profit? Do we really want to let them control us and our choices, so they can win their corrupt game, at the expense of our entire society? It's time to develop a clear and critical vision of reality (recall "The Matrix"?), leave the advertisement-blinded, media-confused, big business-misguided, soon-to-be-slaughtered herd, and become independent of these corporations to take charge of our own environmental, mental, and physical health!

 

Eating "in moderation" can also have a positive meaning: If we make certain that at home (and at restaurants) we regularly eat wholesome, unrefined, unprocessed, nutrient-rich foods, while avoiding nutrient-depleting stimulants, toxins, stress, and un-natural substances, then we can allow ourselves to be "moderately" flexible when we join our friends and families for special occasions. In such events, we can eat a few foods that a case, means that we don’t continually obsess about our food choices, but that we are honest with ourselves about the integrity of what we put into our body, rather then find excuses to support eating harmful substances on a regular basis! Therefore, "moderation" can actually be our path towards truth, health, and the pleasure of community and family, instead of the path to self-deception! And the side effects? Ecological health, sustainability, and thriving community!

(related articles: "the Occasional Junk Food", "Eco-Raw Living" ).

 

Dr. Adiel Tel-Oren, http://www.ecopolitan.com/doctor-t, founder of Ecopolitan's Eco-Health Network -- harmonizing Health Sciences, Nutrition, Ecology, Community, and Education to Secure a Joyful, Sustainable Future for Life on Earth! ; President Emeritus & Professor, University of Natural Medicine, Santa Fe, NM; Professor, Clinical Nutrition Certification Board, International & American Association of Clinical Nutritionists; President, Integrated HealthCare Clinics, Inc., Minneapolis, MN; President, FDH Foundation; Medical Director, CCODER Nepal.

 

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Nutrition Or Training - Which Is More Important

Legendary bodybuilding trainer Vince, "The Iron Guru" Gironda was famous for saying, "Bodybuilding is 80% nutrition!" But is this really true or is it just another fitness and bodybuilding myth passed down like gospel without ever being questioned? Which is really more important, nutrition or training? This IS an interesting question and I believe there is a definite answer:

The first thing I would say is that you cannot separate nutrition and training. The two work together synergistically and regardless of your goals - gaining muscle, losing fat, athletic conditioning, whatever. You will get less than-optimal or even non-existent results without paying attention paid to both.

 

In fact, I like to look at gaining muscle or losing fat in three parts - weight training, cardio training and nutrition - with each part like a leg of a three legged stool. pull ANY one of the legs off the stool, and guess what happens? In reality, it's impossible to put a specific percentage on which is more important - how could we possibly know such a number to the digit?

 

Nutrition and training are both important, but at certain stages of your training progress, I do believe placing more attention on one component over the other can create larger improvements. Let me explain:

 

If you're a beginner and you don't posses nutritional knowledge, then mastering nutrition is far more important than training and should become your number one priority. I say this because improving a poor diet can create rapid, quantum leaps in fat loss and muscle building progress.For example, if you've been skipping meals and only eating 2 times per day, jumping your meal frequency up to 5 or 6 smaller meals a day will transform your physique very rapidly.

 

If you're still eating lots of processed fats and refined sugars, cutting them out and replacing them with good fats like the omega threes found in fish and unrefined foods like fruits, vegetables and whole grains will make an enormous and noticeable difference in your physique very quickly.If your diet is low in protein, simply adding a complete protein food like chicken breast, fish or egg whites at each meal will muscle you up fast.

 

No matter how hard you train or what type of training routine you're on, it's all in vain if you don't provide yourself with the right nutritional support. In beginners (or in advanced trainees who are still eating poorly), these changes in diet are more likely to result in great improvements than a change in training.

 

The muscular and nervous systems of a beginner are unaccustomed to exercise. Therefore, just about any training program can cause muscle growth and strength development to occur because it's all a "shock" to the untrained body. You can almost always find ways to tweak your nutrition to higher and higher levels, but once you’ve mastered all the nutritional basics, then further improvements in your diet don't have as great of an impact as those initial important changes...

 

Eating more than six meals will have minimal effect. Eating more protein ad infinitum won't help. Once you're eating low fat, going to zero fat won't help more - it will probably hurt. If you're eating a wide variety of foods and taking a good multi vitamin/mineral, then more supplements probably wont help much either. If you're already eating natural complex carbs and lean proteins every three hours, there's not too much more you can do other than continue to be consistent day after day...

 

At this point, as an intermediate or advanced trainee who has the nutrition in place, changes in your training become much more important, relatively speaking. Your training must become downright scientific. Except for the changes that need to be made between an "off season" muscle growth diet and a "precontest" cutting diet, the diet won't and can't change much - it will remain fairly constant. But you can continue to pump up the intensity of your training and improve the efficiency of your workouts almost without limit. In fact, the more advanced you become, the more crucial training progression and variation becomes because the well-trained body adapts so quickly.

 

According to powerlifter Dave Tate, an advanced lifter may adapt to a routine within 1-2 weeks. That's why elite lifters rotate exercises constantly and use as many as 300 different variations on exercises. Strength coach Ian King says that unless you're a beginner, you'll adapt to any training routine within 3-4 weeks. Coach Charles Poliquin says that you'll adapt within 5-6 workouts.

 

So, to answer the question, while nutrition is ALWAYS critically important, it's more important to emphasize for the beginner (or the person whose diet is still a "mess"), while training is more important for the advanced person... (in my opinion). It's not that nutrition ever ceases to be important, the point is, further improvements in nutrition won't have as much impact once you already have all the fundamentals in place.

 

Once you've mastered nutrition, then it's all about keeping that nutrition consistent and progressively increasing the efficiency and intensity of your workouts, and mastering the art of planned workout variation, which is also known as "periodization."

The bottom line: There's a saying among strength coaches and personal trainers...

"You can't out-train a lousy diet!"

 

Tom Venuto is a certified personal trainer, nutritionist, natural bodybuilder and author of the #1 best selling diet e-book, "Burn the Fat, Feed The Muscle.” You can get info on Tom's fat burning e-book at http://www.burnthefat.com To get Tom's free monthly fitness newsletter, visit http://www.tomvenuto.com

 

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Healthy Saturated Fats - If you went to AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) meetings to get sober, you remember the overabundance of coffee and cookies available (not to mention smoke). At OA (Overeaters Anonymous) meetings you find a number of people who are coming from other 12-step meetings, people who originally treated their alcohol or drug addiction and now find that their eating has become compulsive.

Healthy Weight Pyramid - There are many nutrition supplements at your local health food store. So many to choose from so confusing which ones are the right ones. How many should you take? Here you will learn what you need to take for the best health benefits.

Macro Nutrient Ratios - Most sex problems include loss of sex drive, lack of sex interest (which may differ from the preceding), impotence, premature climax, sterility, damage to the pelvic organs (which may inhibit pleasure and encourage infections), inherent weaknesses in the sex system, diet- or lifestyle-related fatigue, and various other problems.

Herbal Diet Pill - Real stories are windows into the practical application of orthomolecular nutrition We live in an age where we are constantly being bombarded with conflicting information by people selling us products or services to earn a profit -most of which turn out to be of no value or benefit. In this case, however, you are being made aware of your body's most elemental requirements for health and healing.

Herbal Nutrition Supplement - A new study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry shows that children who experience malnutrition exhibit strikingly increased behavioral disorders and aggressive behavior as they grow older. The study looked at children between the ages of eight and 17 years, and found some rather shocking statistics about their behaviors.

Herbal Nutrition Supplement - A new study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry shows that children who experience malnutrition exhibit strikingly increased behavioral disorders and aggressive behavior as they grow older. The study looked at children between the ages of eight and 17 years, and found some rather shocking statistics about their behaviors.

Herbal Nutrition Supplements - We are born inherently with the best doctor in the world - our immune system. When the immune system is funtioning proberly, it should serve as a strong defense from most illness. Nutrition and proper care of the body can do wonders for the immune system. Regardless of the condition of our health, our bodies constantly require nutrition.

Macro Nutrient Ratios - We all love chocolate candy, but as we grow older some of us begin to consider it a forbidden fruit. How did something that ancient civilizations considered the food of the gods become so riddled with controversy today?In this day of saturated versus unsaturated fats and monitoring cholesterol levels, chocolate candy has taken a bad wrap.

High Glycemic Carbohydrates - Once a child reaches their toddler years, ages 1 to 3, feeding can become a challenge. Developmental changes are occurring at this age. Toddlers are trying to gain independence and control and meals are part of that pattern. Keep in mind that good sense as well as planning will make this transition a smooth one.

High Quality Vitamins - Hair loss is a genetic/hormonal process that can affect both men and women. Hormones that bind to hair follicles can cause an imbalance in the biological processes that cause hair growth. Eventually, excess hormonal action on the follicle causes hair to stop growing and the follicle dies.

Increased Nutrient Needs - Legendary bodybuilding trainer Vince, "The Iron Guru" Gironda was famous for saying, "Bodybuilding is 80% nutrition!" But is this really true or is it just another fitness and bodybuilding myth passed down like gospel without ever being questioned? Which is really more important, nutrition or training? This IS an interesting question and I believe there is a definite answer.

Mcdonalds Nutrition Information - The American public has been deceived about foods for the last 90 years or so, starting with WW1 and the priority to send our real butter to the troops overseas, and the invention of margarine and shortening for the home folks.

Anti Aging Treatments - Life, these days, is at such a fast pace, many people do not take the time to eat properly, thereby shortening their lives. When people do not eat right, their body cells cannot repair themselves. It is increasingly difficult to supply the family with the proper nutrition, because of the depletion of minerals and nutrients in farmland.

Colon Cancer - Alternative medicine is the use of means, in addition to, or instead of conventional, to treat disease or pain.

Breast Cancer Survivor - Although chemo drugs haven't changed that much, and they're still terribly hard on our bodies, the management drugs have changed a lot. Chemotherapy, for many of us, isn't the show-stopper we thought it would be.

 

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Permanent Weight Loss - For most people, the Chinese green tea is a stuff of legends. It has been known to be very beneficial to human health and has been talked about and written about because of its countless positive effects for thousands of years.

 

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