Thursday, April 28, 2011

What you shouldn't eat while you're pregnant?

While pregnant you should be so careful in foods which you intake. It is not only affecting you, but your baby as well. There are few food items, which you should include in this No-No list. I hope these also will help pregnant mothers.

* Avoid raw eggs.
* Avoid processed or raw meat.
* Avoid shellfishes such as oyster and mussels. Avoid fishes that may contain high levels of mercury such as shark, swordfish, king mackerel, and tilefish. Minimize the amount of canned tuna intake as well.
* Avoid artificial juices, and apple cider.
* Avoid any food that has passed it's 'use by' date. 
* Avoid peanut as it may increase the risk of asthma and eczema. It may be linked to peanut allergy in babies when they grow up. 
* Avoid raw mayonnaise and ice cream, which includes raw eggs.
* Avoid unpasteurized milk; this may contain bacteria called listeria, which can cause miscarriage.
* Minimize the amount of liver you eat as it contains very high level of Vitamin A.
* Avoid unwashed vegetables.
* Due to pregnancy cravings, you tend to eat non-food substance such as ice chips, dirt, laundry soap, starch, hair, clay, matches, ash, etc. Try to minimize them as little as possible. Please consult the doctor if you could not avoid this condition.

You can have Avocados instead of mayonnaise, Broccoli, Carrot, Red pepper that are rich in Vitamins, Lentils which contains protein, Vitamin B6, Iron and folic acid. You must eat spinach, which is rich in iron. This can help yours and your baby's blood cell production. 

Monday, April 25, 2011

Be cautious about muscle building supplements

When we choose the supplements for muscle building we have to be cautious because there are thousands of products available for customers from stores and websites and most of these have too many side effects.

1. Overuse of supplements could lead to liver failure.

2. Increased risk of heart attack.

3. Low blood pressure.

4. Abdominal and muscle cramping.

5 .Long lasting diarrhea

6. Do not take supplements with pre-hormones designer steroids. It may change the natural hormonal regulation and will result mental and physical changes.
  1. Mental Changes:
Sadness, depression. 
  1. Physical changes:
For men – Breast growth, hair loss, extra breast tissues, shrunken testicles
For Women – male voice, body hair growth, enlarged clitoris

But not all the muscle building supplements have side effects. Before using the supplements check their ingredients and make sure they are made of natural formulas. Always check the "Real Customer" reviews of the particular products on web.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Apple Cider Vinegar – Does it really help to lose weight?

I have seen many people and websites recommend apple cider vinegar as a weight loss remedy. But does it really help to lose weight?

It is a traditional remedy which has been continued successfully for centuries.  But it has not proven scientifically as a weight loss cure. They believe vinegar can cut the fat out as it cleans the fatty oil stains in dishes.

Still we can’t just say it is just a diet sham. It has few qualities which can help weight loss indirectly.

  1. Apple cider vinegar helps balance blood sugar levels which could lead for weight loss.
  2. Taking apple cider vinegar before meal helps to prevent from overeating.
  3. It contains some properties which can lower the cholesterol level.

Apple cider vinegar has so many medical benefits other than weight loss cure. It also helps people who suffer from Diarrhea, Yeast infections, Fatigue, Acne or Skin problems and Menstrual Cramps.

Method of apple cider vinegar intake:

Take 1-2 tsp of apple cider vinegar before meal. Mix it with honey or fresh juice. Do not ever have pure vinegar, only diluted solution has to be taken.

While in taking apple cider vinegar, be cautious about side effects as well. It may leave yellowish stains on your teeth.  Try using a straw if you could. It also leads to heart burn and nausea.

Is apple cider the same as apple cider vinegar?

Apple cider is the pressed unstrained juice of fresh apples. Apple cider vinegar is made from apple cider by fermentation of the alcoholic part into acid. During this process, sugar in the apple cider is broken down by bacteria and yeast into alcohol and then into vinegar. It is sour like any other vinegar but it is light yellow-brown color.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

How to reduce your fat tummy - Three effective exercises

Before starting any types of exercises, prepare your self accordingly. Wear proper clothing and footwear for workout. Set up your workout program. The important point, maintain your workout program as you planned. 
Always remember you can’t focus on one particular body part. But there are few special exercises for abs. Easy but effective. Follow these simple exercises with other workouts.

Lie on the floor (on your back) with your fingers on the sides of your head. Bend your leg and Place your feet on the floor. Lift your upper body, lifting shoulder blades off the floor and bend towards your stomach. Hold for two counts, and then lower slowly to the starting position (don’t hold your breath). Repeat the exercise.

Reverse Crunches
Lie on the same position but position the feet a few inches off the floor. Contract the abdominals; bring your knees towards your rib cage. Hold for two counts at the top and then slowly lower your knees to the starting position. Repeat.

Lie on the floor (on your chest and stomach). Begin the exercise by placing elbows on the floor; lift your body up a little and rest body on the knees. Pull the abs tight. Stay firm. Hold your body in a straight line from head to knees without sagging in the middle. Hold this position for sometime, relax and repeat the same.

ʘ        Warm up with some light cardio before doing these exercises.
ʘ        Do each exercise slowly and controlled.
ʘ        Focus on good form for each repetition.
ʘ        Do this workout 2-3 non-consecutive days a week
ʘ        Do each exercise for at least 1 set of 10-16 reps

Finals of Cricket World Cup 2011 - Was it a fixed match? Match Fixing Rumours Raise up again.

Cricket world cup 2011 is over. But the rumours about the matches have risen up again (as usual). The fans are always ready to admit the winning or defeat of their favourite team; even it is really hard to digest it sometimes. They congratulate the winning team and cheer up the team who lost by tapping on their shoulders, wish them for the future. But if the victory or defeat is fixed before they start playing, how it will affect the fans as well as the players?

There were some rumours about Paki-Sri Lanka match, and a local Sri Lankan Media claimed against two leading players in Sri Lanka saying the match was fixed and they were forced to lose in the particular match. But Sri Lankan board and management team rejected the allegations completely.

Now there is another rumour raised about the finals of World cup 2011 claiming Sri Lankan Cricket team was forced to lose in the finals in the second half of the match. It is still a rumour, NOT CONFIRMED. 

But Sri Lankan cricket fans and Medias are raising their list of questions. 

  • Why the Sri Lankan team didn’t show any enthusiasm in the second half of the match? 
  • Why Captain Sangakkara didn’t even try setting up the fielding proper when he saw the Indian players were scoring well?
  • Why the fielding was so poor on the particular match? 
  • Why the captain or other players didn’t cheer them up while they were playing? 
  • Why they didn't fight hard until the last minute? 
  • Why they showed the facial expressions as they were dead already, during the match?
  • Why Sri Lankan team captain, vice Captain, Selection team members' resign decision?

But the best part is, Sri Lankan cricket fans were so generous.  Even when their team lost in match, they had welcome ceremonies for their players. They welcomed and cheered up their players on the roads when the players returning to their country. It was really touching. When you have this kind of fans, isn’t it bad to disappoint them and make them as fools? It is not a mistake of the players. When they were forced to do so what they will do?

Match fixing is a nasty thing. Really nasty. The people who fix the matches will never know how badly it affects the hard core fans of the particular game. There were some people who bought the tickets for more than Rs.25000 which is just worth of Rs.500 and went to see the match. How this fixed match might have disappointed them?

I do not claim saying the match was fixed. But as a hard core cricket fan I have all the rights to know the TRUTH. I’m just asking this question from players, bookies, brokers (who fixes the matches), politicians, money makers who make money out of this nasty game. Why you never think about the fans who really love the sports? Would you ever have any games or tournaments without the fans?

Until now the rumours about the match fixing was not proven. We still believe and pray it should just stay as a rumour. Time has to answer this question. 

“They are our Heroes. Whatever said and done, we will be with them always”

Lose weight/fat fast. Are you one of them who still believe in Weight loss myths?

Whether you believe it or not, you can’t just lose weight over night. When you try to lose your weight you should know what all the facts help you in losing your excessive weight. The main fact which takes part in weight loss is calorie burning. Each and every food or drink which we intake contains calories. But the calorie count is varying from item to item. So when we think of losing weight we have to consider about intake as well as calorie burning as well.

The simple methodology behind the weight loss is burn the calories than the amount which you intake. It’s not too difficult to lose fat quickly. But you have to make sure the results are fast and forever. Always remember you can’t just get the results by dieting or exercise alone. You must carry out both in order to empty fat cells. If you follow any other way, it will result water loss and regain fat after diet stops.

There are some simple tips you need to follow to lose fat.

ʘ        Have a diet plan and stick to it.
ʘ        Follow a proper timing on your eating habits. Fix the meal times. Don’t skip it.
ʘ        Go for healthy Fats. It will help you to lose weight (Olive oil, Fish Oil, Nuts)
ʘ        Eat Less Starches.
ʘ        Eat Before Going Out. Don’t stay hungry.
ʘ        Stay active. You can burn calories even by simple day to day activities.
ʘ        Walk a lot.
ʘ        Do not hold breath during exercise.
ʘ        Drink sufficient water.
ʘ        Do not eat after 6.30pm.
ʘ        Protein supplements are very popular in weight loss. Consume them with a dietician’s help.
ʘ        Don’t waste your money on slimming or fat burning pills without knowing about them properly.

You can find so many sites in web which can help you to prepare a proper diet plan. They will help you to find out the calorie count of the food items which you intake. The same time they will help you to measure the amount of burning calories for each and every activity.

Don’t get caught for scams when buying weight loss products. Check with real customers as well as the reliability of the websites which sell those products. Try the free samples before you buy them. Make sure they offer full money back guarantee.