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Fitness Tip#299 - January 24, 2013

Thursday, January 24, 2013

What Are the Causes of Thyroid Problems?

Hormones that are created in the thyroid gland help regulate the rate at which the body burns fuel. Thyroid gland dysfunction can cause either overproduction or underproduction of thyroxine, triiodothyronine, or calcitonin, three hormones that the gland produces. An imbalance in thyroid hormones can result in a slowing or speeding of metabolism. Increases in thyroid hormone cause the heart rate to accelerate, with nervousness and insomnia frequently reported. Slowed heart rate and fatigue are often experienced in cases where thyroid hormone levels are decreased.

Autoimmune Disorders
Autoimmune disorders occur when your immune system mistakenly mounts an unwarranted defensive attack against something it has deemed to be a threat. In certain diseases, such as Graves’ disease and Hashimoto’s disease, the healthy cells of the thyroid gland are targeted for attack by the immune system.
Benign and cancerous tumors can cause problems in the thyroid gland. The University of Maryland Medical Center says benign tumors such as adenomas can secrete large amounts of thyroid hormone that cause hyperthyroidism.

Too Much Iodine
The thyroid gland needs iodine in order to manufacture hormones. When you consume too much iodine, you can get hyperthyroidism. Merck lists expectorants and X-ray contrast agents as possible sources of excess iodine.

Pituitary Disorders
Disorders of the pituitary gland are an additional, but rare, cause of hyperthyroidism. The pituitary gland is the source of thyroid stimulating hormone, or TSH. Lab Tests Online says pituitary disorders can be caused by hereditary factors, trauma, tumors and numerous other influences.


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LTMURPHY7 1/24/2013 4:42PM

I had Graves Disease & was given a necular pill to kill the thyroid
I've been on Synthroid for 5-8Years, my insurance changed & I've a new Dr.
She put me on the generic pill, mgaining inches but the same weight. I'm tired & have lost hair & dry skin. My Dr says that if she changes my meds I'll be over active because my numbers are OK
This is frustrating

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GRACEISENUF 1/24/2013 12:37PM

    Thanks for the info.

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Fitness Tip#298 - January 23, 2013

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

emoticon HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my 3 year old daughter!!! emoticon

Causes of Unusual Body Odors
Unpleasant body odor can impair a person's social and work life. In most cases, a person's odor will be reduced or disappear after bathing and the use of an antiperspirant or deodorant. But body odor sometimes persists despite those efforts.

Emotional distress can cause increased sweating. Stress-induced sweat is produced by the apocrine glands, which are found in the armpit, groin and scalp areas. The sweat reaches the skin surface, where bacteria quickly starts to break it down. This bacterial action causes distinct body odor. Proper stress management will help alleviate the problem.

Phenylketonuria is a disease characterized by the inability to metabolize phenylalanine, an amino acid, according to Merck Medical Manuals. It is usually diagnosed in infancy because newborn babies are routinely tested for it in the United States. It often causes a "mousy" body odor if it goes undetected and untreated because of built-up phenylalanine byproducts being excreted in the sweat. A pediatrician can treat this condition, which is usually controlled through strict diet.

Yeast Metabolism
Some people emit a "beer-like" body odor because of the way they metabolize yeast, according to Global Healing Center, a holistic health website. The yeast turns sugar into alcohol in their bodies, resulting in the smell. This can usually be controlled with anti-yeast dietary supplements, which are available at natural food stores and some pharmacies.

Digestive System Bacteria
Researchers at the Imperial College in London discovered that bacterial imbalances in the digestive system can trigger unpleasant body odor. This often happens after a person has been on an antibiotic regimen because of illness. The medication can kill good bacteria along with infection-causing agents. The odor will disappear when the balance is restored by taking probiotic supplements.


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LTMURPHY7 1/23/2013 5:17PM


Thanks for info

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    Thanks for the info.

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GRACEISENUF 1/23/2013 2:30PM

    Happy 3rd Birthday to your beautiful little girl! Also happy " birth" day to her beautiful Momma and of course Daddy too.

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Ultimate Reset 21 day Results (pics)

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

My 21 day Ultimate Reset experience has come to an end. Like so many people that have experienced the 21 days have said, "it is bitter sweet." There is a lot of food preparation time, but for the most part the food is good. I thought the weight results that I saw other people experienced was crazy until I experienced it. The weight loss was not my main focus. Ridding my body of sugar and eating healthy was my main focus. The weight loss was just a result from doing that. I started my 21 days at 173.2 lbs and ended at 159 lbs. 14.2 lbs in 21 days is pretty significant. I have never lost that much that quickly and not workout. The plan states no workouts during the 21 days, but you can walk briskly for 20 minutes. I couldn't even find time to do that. That makes the 14.2 lbs even more significant since I didn't walk or workout. My body fat % went from 19.75% down to 16.39%. -3.36% is also a lot considering a person on average loses .5% per week.

Not having a strict nutrition guide line to follow every day is going to be difficult. I am going to try to continue using some of the recipe's. I will have to increase the protein though.

For those of you that are inquiring if this program is healthy. Yes it is. It is all natural/organic. The reason for no workouts is because it is a detox/cleansing program. No you don't run to the bathroom all the time. As far as that is concerned, the only reason I can think of that you would go to the bathroom more often is because of all the water intake. If your not used to drinking 8 cups or more water per day, then you will run to the bathroom more. The food that you eat on this program has a lot of water in it too. Which is good since your body is supposed to have 60% water.

Now to the pictures

The things that I can see here is the belly has obviously shrunk a little. Also my definition in my shoulder has increased at 21 days.

Same results as above

Like most people, I see the weight loss in my face and upper body.

I see more definition in my tri's and upper back.

I thank my wife and family for supporting me during these 21 days. My wife has also done AWESOME during this. She did lose some. Of course I don't know how much, LOL. She cooked the evening meals. While I either stayed up late or woke up early or both, to get breakfast and lunch ready for the both of us.

If any one has any question or would like to know more, just let me know.

Good night & God bless,

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GRACEISENUF 1/23/2013 3:42PM

    Wow, I missed this one....that is terrific progress! I too have a supportive spouse..it is great isn't it? I would like to know more about the program. I am eating low carb and having results but I would like to know more. You can really see the difference in such a short time.


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BEKA3B 1/23/2013 2:35PM

  results are amazaing, where do i sign up?? :) no seriously im am interested in this 21 day program.

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RUN4FOOD 1/23/2013 7:13AM

    Congratulations. You can really see the difference.

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2NDCHANCES 1/23/2013 1:09AM


I am very, very proud of you... but then that's nothing new. ;) You know, I have always admired your discipline and ability to follow-through, no matter what it is. This was no different and your results prove that. Now that yoga should just be a breeze for you. he he

I love you bunches!!
xx me

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Fitness Tip#297 - January 22, 2013

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Herbal Cure for Hypertension

Herbal Approach
Herbs have been used for many years to help lower elevated blood pressure. According to Pizzorno, some of the most effective herbs for this task include hawthorn, garlic, onion and mistletoe. Naturopath and author of "Herbal Medicine From the Heart of the Earth," Dr. Sharol Tilgner, states that certain herbs possess hypotensive action, or the ability to reduce your blood pressure. Hypotensive herbs include cayenne, ginger, linden flower, motherwort and rauvolfia.

A Popular Herb
Hawthorn is one of the most popular -- and one of the most effective -- herbs for hypertension. According to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, hawthorn has been used to treat numerous types of cardiovascular system ailments, including coronary artery disease, angina, heart failure and hypertension. Hawthorn is purported to be a cardioprotective, or a substance that helps protect the health and function of your cardiovascular system structures. The berries of the hawthorn plant are used in herbal medicine.

Herbs should be taken according to the directions provided by your physician or herbal medicine specialist. Herbs, like prescription drugs, can have powerful effects on your body and should be taken with great caution. Not all herbs are suitable for every individual.


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LTMURPHY7 1/22/2013 9:28PM


Thanks for the info

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LILY_SPARK 1/22/2013 4:05PM

    I've used hawthorne in some compounds I've taken but mistletoe is usually counter-indicated. As you said, be careful!

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GRACEISENUF 1/22/2013 3:19PM

    Very interesting info.

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Fitness Tip#296 - January 21, 2013

Monday, January 21, 2013

Unusual Causes of Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)

Hypertension, more commonly known as high blood pressure, affects about one-third of American adults, according to the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute. Blood pressure higher than 140/90 is considered hypertension. Although no precise cause is known, most cases of hypertension are related to poor diet, obesity, lack of physical activity or genetics. More rarely, though, high blood pressure may be referred to as secondary hypertension, which means that it develops as the result of another medical condition.

Thyroid Disorders
Several thyroid conditions may cause high blood pressure, and hypertension is often one of many symptoms of the disorders.

Sleep Apnea
When left untreated, sleep apnea can cause your blood pressure to become high enough to be classified as hypertension. You also are more likely to experience a heart attack or stroke if apnea is not treated properly.

In rare cases, women may develop high blood pressure when they are pregnant; this is a condition called pregnancy-induced hypertension or pre-eclampsia. If you are pregnant, your risk of developing hypertension is greater if you are older than 35, are carrying multiple babies, have diabetes or kidney disease, are obese or you've have had the condition before, according to The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

Kidney Disease
If your kidneys are not working properly, you may develop hypertension. For example, in the case of kidney cysts, the development of cysts may cause blood pressure to spike, MayoClinic.com reports. If your kidneys cannot filter waste materials efficiently, this also may cause a rise in your blood pressure, because sodium levels are increased.

Complication of Diabetes
Diabetes may also result in hypertension. As with kidney disease, diabetes can cause the kidneys to filter waste improperly, causing blood pressure to elevate.

Coarctation of the Aorta
Coarctation of the aorta is a rare birth defect in which the aorta is abnormally narrow. People who suffer from the defect often develop hypertension, because the heart must work harder than it normally would to pump blood to the rest of the body, MedlinePlus reports.


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RUN4FOOD 1/21/2013 7:43PM

    Think I'll exercise more, eat wiser and pray I don't end up with secondary hypertension.
My wife, who studies hypertension, agrees with what you said.

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LTMURPHY7 1/21/2013 7:37PM


I've an under active thyroid
My BP isn't stable & I'm on meds

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