All about inflammation and anti-inflammatory lifestyle (Part 2)

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In Part I we discussed how inflammation can cause a wide variety of serious medical conditions.  So, obviously, you should make every effort to keep inflammation at bay.  This article discusses anti-inflammatory strategies to improve your health and prevent chronic diseases. One big problem with the way inflammation is being treated in traditional medicine today is that – as with many other conditions – the emphasis seems to be on managing symptoms with anti-inflammatory drugs, rather than eliminating the root cause (one could argue that this is a much more profitable approach for pharmaceutical companies in the long-run).  Anti-inflammatory drugs (also called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs) reduce pain, fever and swelling by blocking proteins and enzymes naturally produced in […]

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Heart Health: Part III – regeneration, genetics and supplements

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Wear and tear, cell regeneration and impact on heart health Most people pretty much accept the inevitable decline in heart health as they age, believing that the heart (just as the rest of the body) wears out with time.  It is almost expected that your heart, as you get older, will start changing for the worse – the cardiac muscle is expected to thicken (and weaken at the same time), arteries – to stiffen and overall cell regeneration process – to slow down.  The implied lack of exercise at an older age makes these processes accelerate even further. This grim picture, however, doesn’t have to be your reality. It is true that myocardium cells may not possess the same remarkable […]

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Heart health: Part II – Heart rate, variability and food

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Resting heart rate – slower is better As your heart gets more efficient and stronger – it can pump more blood with each stroke (and, potentially, require less energy to do that).  Eventually, what this leads to is slower resting heart rate.  Remember, the heart rate is a product of the demand for oxygenated blood and your heart’s ability to satisfy that demand.  As this ability improves, the heart doesn’t need to beat as fast. This is precisely where the benefit of exercise comes in.  Exercise not only strengthens the heart itself and makes it more efficient in accessing oxygen in the blood (by growing more mitochondria) – but it also triggers the growth of new mitochondria (as well as […]

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Heart health: Part I – Heart Disease and Cardiovascular Health

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What you need to know about heart disease, rate variability, effect of exercise, nutrition and more What is the most dreaded disease of the modern world?  Most people would probably say: cancer.  Yet, cancer is by far not the most prevalent cause of death.  That place is actually firmly occupied by ischemic heart disease, according to statistics published by World Health Organization (WHO). So it makes sense to try to do what you can to prevent being a part of this statistic.  The article below explores a few potential causes of heart disease, discusses risk factors (including some of those that are not well known) and preventive measures (including some unconventional but very effective ones). What makes your heart beat […]

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Why you cannot lose weight

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Let me start with some bad news – you cannot lose weight by following most of today’s conventional advice around what makes the best exercise to lose weight. Most exercise tips to lose weight these days focus on aerobics (often referred to as “cardio”) as the best way to tackle the problem.  They suggest that you should try walking to lose weight, endless running or any combination of demanding fitness activities that will have you sweating buckets and panting like a dog on a hot day. The reality, however, is that – despite following that advice and engaging into endless jogging, elliptical machine training, Zumba and other “fun” activities – the majority of people cannot lose weight and keep it off.  You […]

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Nutritional Ketosis, Part II – Ketogenic Diet in Weight Control and Sports

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Improved body composition and better endurance are only a few of the benefits of ketogenic diet – both have profoundly positive effects on health, longevity and quality of life. But why is ketogenic diet so effective for getting rid of body fat? Why is it more effective than, say, “low-fat” or “low-calorie” diets, popularized and promoted in the last several decades and still prevailing in the minds of most dieters? The second article in the series explains…

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Calories and why counting them is not a good idea

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Counting calories remains the most popular method to lose weight – yet, millions of people following it do not realize that they are dead wrong in their assumptions. Yes, it is a concept that is easy to understand, track (and sell) – but real life cannot be simplified to a couple of easy equations. Here is why relying on this method is a bad idea and what to do instead.

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