Astaxanthin’s role in reducing inflammation

Inflammation is an immune response to something harmful recognised by our body in order to neutralise it and heal the body. The five key signs of inflammation are pain, redness, immobility, swelling and heat. In the case of injury, inflammation is necessary in order to heal, acting as a signal to increase blood flow and nutrients to the area in need, this is known as acute inflammation. Low level chronic inflammation however is the type we all need to avoid to reduce our risk of developing many diseases such as arthritis, heart disease, strokes, asthma, and diabetes. This type of inflammation is caused by free radicals resulting from regular exposure to toxic substances such as sugar, processed foods, alcohol and smoke.

Astaxanthin is nature’s most power antioxidant, giving it the ability to fight free radicals extremely well. It is these free radicals caused by toxins that damage cells and result in inflammation. When this process continues over time it is called chronic inflammation. By supplementing astaxanthin, one builds up the antioxidant levels in the body, creating a free radical fighting army. When free radicals are constantly neutralised by antioxidants before they have time to do serious damage we are able to control most inflammation.

Astaxanthin separates itself from other antioxidants by its power and ability to nuetralise multiple free radicals at a time compared to other antioxidants such as vitamin E which only bind a single free radical. One must be careful with antioxidants in the case of them turning into harmful pro-oxidants, however astaxanthin is the only known antioxidant that does not become a pro-oxidant once its antioxidant ability is exhausted.

When dealing with on-going pain, rather than taking an anti-inflammatory drug, next time consider a natural antioxidant such as astaxanthin. While astaxanthin won’t give you results within hours, the build-up over a few weeks of supplementation can be just as effective as anti-inflammatory drugs but without the harmful side effects that come with them.

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Amazing natural anti-inflammatory – Astaxanthin

Thought to be the most powerful antioxidant found in nature, Astaxanthin is also a powerful anti-inflammatory. Astaxanthin is produced by a microalgae called Haematococcus pluvialis in times of stress and environmental change. For this microalgae, Astaxanthin is its defense mechanism, with the ability to keep the algae alive for over 40 years without food or water.

One of Astaxanthin’s everyday benefits to humans is its anti-inflammatory properties. So many of us suffer from aches and pains on a daily basis, with the majority of them a result of inflammation. Classic signs of inflammation are, redness, pain, warmth, and swelling. Sunburn is a classic example of inflammation, red, painful, warm skin. However it is the ‘silent inflammation’ that you should worry about. This is the inflammation that goes on inside the body that you can’t see, the inflammation that’s causing you stomach pains, or the inflammation in your gut you can’t see or feel that can go on undetected for years causing damage inside you.

Astaxanthin and many other anti-oxidants can help reduce inflammation. It suppresses a variety of inflammation causing cells and unlike many anti-inflammatory drugs which block a single targeted molecules, astaxanthin and other natural anti-inflammatories will lower a broad range of inflammatory cells. By hitting a broad spectrum of inflammatory mediators, astaxanthin is able to lower inflammation through the entire body with no harmful side effects, as opposed to common drugs which target specified areas with a long side of potential harmful side effects.

Most of astaxanthin’s anti-inflammatory research has been aimed at common pains from, tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis and post-exercise joint soreness where all have shown positive reactions to astaxanthin supplementation.

If you decide to start supplementing astaxanthin make sure you have the natural supplement from algae rather than the synthetic version. There are currently sythentic versions of astaxanthin made from petrochemicals that offer far inferior health benefits. The natural astaxanthin has been shown to be 20 times stronger as an antioxidant than the sythentic counterpart.

 

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Will You Lose Weight with the hCG Diet?

Will you lose weight fast with the hCG diet? Will you lose weight at all?

That’s what a study performed by The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition tried to discover.

The abstract of the paper quotes:

“Twenty female patients on 500- to 550- kcal diets receiving daily injections of 125 IU of human chorionic gonadotrophin (HCG) were compared with 20 female patients on 500- to 550-kcal diets receiving placebo injections. Patients in both groups were instructed to return for daily injections 6 days each week for a total of 36 injections (unless desired weight was achieved prior to this). The HCG group lost significantly more mean weight, had a significantly greater mean weight loss per injection, and lost a significantly greater mean percentage of their starting weight. The percentage of affirmative daily patient responses indicating “little or no hunger” and “feeling good to excellent” was significantly greater in the HCG group than in the placebo group. Additional investigation of the influence of HCG on weight loss, hunger, and well-being seems indicated.”

The paper goes on to note that even though there has been significant controversy about the use of human chorionic gonadotrophin (HCG) to assist weight loss, it appears to be a safe, effective way of losing weight.

Strictness of diet was one of the main things that patients struggled with, but the ones that perservered saw the best results. Doctors have speculated that the extremely strict nature of the diet could cause patients to be more careful with what they consume, both during the program and afterwards, which can only have positive ramifications.

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Fat Loss ,Fitness, and Fabulousness is Simple

This post is from the MAX Personal Training Courses Blog

Common sense, logical, no Cow Poo tips to make sure you get healthy, fit and strong and stay that way long term!! No products, pills, potions, powders or programs to sell you and no magic formulas, secrets or strategies either. Sometimes I think that’s why the western world has gotten so fat and unfit-they think it is complicated, hard or there is a magic key to being healthy and fit and strong-NO!!! It is easy, simple, uncomplicated and YOU will be if you choose to be! 

This is how simple…

  • Love yourself and your body. Respect it so much you only put top quality thing in to it!!
  • Exercise/MOVE to be healthy and feel fabulous-not to lose weight!!
  • Be as excited as a puppy dog to exercise!!
  • Drink more water until you have clear wee’s
  • Eat a higher percentage of fruit and vegetables than any other foods
  • Eat for performance and pleasure and enjoy your food
  • Eat logical amounts of food;-move more, eat more!! Don’t move much, no need to eat much!!
  • The only exercise program that works is the one you do!!
  • CHOOSE to BEHAPPY, be positive and have fun-everyday!! All are YOUR choice and happy folks get fit faster!! 

AND The BEWARE and Warning…Some of those tips will make the fitness fanatics grumpy and the people who sell silly products, that don’t work-VERY grumpy!! But I know you are too smart to get caught up in dodgy sales tricks!!

  • Stick with what you know makes sense
  • If it sounds to good to be true-it is not true
  • If any advice comes wrapped with a product you  MUST buy –the advice is tainted at best or dodgy and dangerous at worst!!
  • If it says, “Must be used in conjunction with a regular exercise plan and a healthy eating plan-do the first 2 and DO NOT buy the product!!
  • Real food, fruit and vegetables will always be the best way to get your vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants, fibre and nutrition-please BEWARE of a pill or powder that claims it is better than real food-you are too smart!!
  • Your body moves in a normal natural way and all the muscles work together-BEWARE of an exercise or exercise program that suggests you should exercise separate body parts at a time!!
  • When you burn fat-it comes out of all the fat cells in your body-a BIG BEWARE of an exercise or exercise program that suggests you can burn fat off one place and not another-UNTRUE and not possible-the program has revealed itself as DODGY!!!
  • If the advice suggests you, “ can’t have”, “must not have”, “ should not have”, “don’t  have”-ANY of the things you love please be careful. When you think you can’t have it, you will want it more! There is not one food that will make you fat or unhealthy-not ONE!! It is just the amount and the time-frame that is the challenge. A whole chocolate cake, at one time, could be a challenge-and no logic or common sense in eating a whole cake!! However, the equivalent of a whole chocolate cake, over a whole year is not a challenge!!

AND an exercise program you don’t like or one that suggests you should do hours of it at the start-please be careful. Start with just a few minutes a day-EVERYDAY and even if you never do more than a few minutes (everyday) the
accumulation of regular exercise will make you feel like an achiever-AND achievers feel good about themselves!!
Something that sets you up to fail because it is too long or too hard for your fitness level or your lifestyle, makes you feel like a failure. Feeling like a failure will make you act like one and the only failure is when you give up!!

 

 

 

 

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Weight Loss vs. Fat Loss

Weigh Loss vs. Fat Loss

Although this trend is changing recently, most diet books tend to only talk about weight loss and I suspect that most dieters only think in terms of weight loss.

Weight versus fat loss: they are not the same thing

Every tissue in your body (including muscle, body fat, your heart, liver, spleen, kidneys, bones, water, minerals etc.) weighs a given amount. We could (conceivably anyhow) take each of them out of your body, plop them on a scale and find out how much they weigh. Your total body weight is comprised of the weight of every one of those tissues. But only some portion of your total weight is fat. For this reason, researchers and techie types frequently divide the body into two (or more) components including fat mass (the sum total of the bodyfat you have on your body) and lean body mass (everything else). While there are different ‘types’ of body fat, this is more detail than we need.
Let’s say that we could magically determine the weight of only your fat cells. Of course, we know your total weight by throwing you on a scale. By dividing the total amount of fat into the total bodyweight, you can determine a body fat percentage which represents the percentage of your total weight is fat.
Lean athletes might only have 5-10% body fat, meaning that only 5-10% of their total weight is fat. So a 200 pound athlete with 10% bodyfat is carrying 20 lbs. (200 * 0.10 = 20) of body fat. The remaining 180 pounds (200 total pounds – 20 pounds of fat weight = 180 lbs.) is muscle, organs, bones, water, etc. Researchers call the remaining 180 pounds lean body mass or LBM. In cases of extreme obesity, a bodyfat percentage of 40-50% or higher is not unheard of. Meaning that nearly one-half of that person’s total weight is fat. A 400 pound person with 50% bodyfat
is carrying 200 lbs. of bodyfat. The other 200 pounds is muscle, organs, bones, etc. Again, 200
pounds of LBM along with 200 pounds of fat.

Most people fall somewhere between these two extremes. An average male may carry from 18-23% bodyfat and an average female somewhere between 25-30% bodyfat. So a male at 180 lbs. and 20% bodyfat is carrying 36 pounds of fat and the rest of his weight (144 lbs.) is LBM. A 150 pound female at 30% bodyfat has 50 pounds of bodyfat and 100 pounds of LBM.

Healthy levels of bodyfat are somewhat up to debate but most ‘authorities’ recommend 11-18% as being optimally healthy for males and 18-25% as being optimal for females.

Why is this important?

So let’s say you start a diet, reducing some part of your daily food intake. Maybe you start exercising, too. After some time period, you get on the scale and it says you’ve lost 10 lbs.. That’s 10 lbs. of weight. But how much of it is fat? Frankly, you have no way of knowing with just the scale (unless it’s one of those Tanita bodyfat scales, which attempt to estimate bodyfat percentage but don’t work very well in my opinion). You could have lost fat or muscle or just dropped a lot of water. Even a big bowel movement can cause a weight loss of a pound or two (or more, depending). A colonic that clears out your entire lower intestinal tract may cause a significant weight loss. The scale can’t tell you what you’ve lost, it can only tell you how much you have lost.

When you’re worrying about long-term changes, the real goal is fat loss (some LBM loss is occasionally acceptable but that’s more detail than I want to get into here). That is, cycling water weight on and off of your body (as frequently happens with certain dieting approaches) isn’t really moving you towards any real goal even if makes you think you are.

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