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Tired of being tired?

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If you’re tired of being tired, it’s time to muster all your energy to take action. First, make an appointment to see your doctor to find out if the fatigue you’re feeling is related to anemia, arthritis, depression, diabetes, heart disease, sleep apnea or thyroid disease. If you do indeed suffer from one (or more) of these diseases, your physician will help you find the proper treatment. If you continue to feel fatigue after starting your new medication, tell your doctor. But if you find you do not suffer from these diseases and need no medication, you probably need to change your habits.

Sleep on this
Make sure you’re getting enough rest. That may sound obvious but breaking bad sleep habits is not as easy as it sounds, particularly for people who are genetically-predisposed to experiencing energy boosts at night. If this is you, then try to accommodate your natural cycle by arranging your schedule to allow for short naps (no longer than 30 minutes) during the day. Believe or not, a 10-minute nap can sufficiently boost energy.

Movers and shakers
You may feel like you’re too exhausted to exercise but shaking off the cobwebs and moving around (ie, exercising) will give your body more energy. Even walking or doing yoga for 20 minutes a day will increase energy, enhance sleep, and help you lose weight!

Weighing in
Being overweight can negatively affect sleep and make one tired. So, be sure to look at what you’re eating, how much you’re eating, and how often you eat. Studies show a diet rich in omega-3 oils will boost alertness. Whole grains and other complex carbohydrates are preferable to refined carbohydrates. And drinking lots of water combats dehydration which drains energy. Being gluten-free, vegan or vegetarian also helps. Lastly, reduce the size of your portions and—believe it or not—increase the frequently of your meals. Several small dishes a day can help steady your blood sugar level more effectively than three meals that are huge.

Just breathe
Humans burn fat as their main source of energy but as we age, our breathing becomes shallower and we receive less oxygen. This slows down metabolism and other functions of the body. To help maintain a normal oxygen balance, begin breathing exercises with Breathslim® for 20 minutes a day. The safe and affordable respiratory trainer tool helps increases oxygen intake which then burns more calories and fatty tissues. As a result, you’ll have the energy, strength and motivation to exercise more, sleep better, and live a healthier and more active life.

Yeowza! You Look Great: 6 simple tips to get in shape

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Now that winter and its doldrums are done, there’s no excuse not to get into better shape by incorporating a healthy, safe and easy routine. Simply follow the six steps listed below and by summer you’ll be saying, “Yeowza! I look and feel great!”

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Yoga can change the physical and mental frame of anyone at any level. Whether taking classes at the gym or watching an instructional DVD at home, choose a method that works for you from Hatha yoga and relaxation yoga to hot yoga and power yoga—or even prenatal yoga.

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Eliminate temptation foods which are processed and high in calories, salt, sugar or carbs. You can’t break down and binge on fatty treats if they’re not in your reach.

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Oxygen is the key to everything. You need it to live—and to lose weight. By taking just 20 minutes a day to practice breathing exercises, you can increase lung ventilation up to almost 100% and increase oxygen intake which helps burn fat. Breathslim® is a safe and effective respiratory trainer tool that utilizes the concept of resistance breathing. It applies metered aero-dynamic resistance to properly oxygenate your body. Best of all, you can adopt this affordable method in the privacy of your own home.

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Water is essential. Not only does it have zero calories, it helps flush out excess water weight and jump-starts your metabolism. Plus, it’s refreshing—especially if you add a slice of cucumber, sprig of mint, or rind from a lemon or orange.

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Get your zzz’s. Research shows plenty of rest helps one’s metabolism. That’s why those who suffer from chronic sleep deprivation often gain weight. If you practice your breathing exercises with Breathslim® before you go to bed, it can help you sleep, so make sure you rearrange your schedule to allow for more zzz’s, even if it’s just 15 minutes to a half hour more a day—or rather, night.

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Alternative snacks will help you stay on the wagon. If you’re a sucker for ice cream, replace it with creamy Greek yogurt. Instead of reaching for oatmeal cookies, have a small bowl of oatmeal. Rather than eating fruit-flavored candy, why not just eat fruit. You’ll find it’s more filling and actually tastes better than processed treats. Plus, you’ll have more energy to boot.

If you follow this Y-E-O-W-Z-A list, you’re bound to have a spring in your step this spring—and for all the seasons to come.

Too Hot? Try Breathwork

Long-awaited summer is finally here and we all are hoping to have a good time. But sometimes summer heat can cause some undesired problems. First of all, heat can cause additional discomfort for people with extra weight.

It’s not easy to stay active when it’s above 90F outside and even a simple walk becomes a real struggle. It’s hard to breathe, we start breathing faster and this may even lead to wheezing.

We also sweat more when it’s hot and thus get dehydrated. Our air passages get dry because of faster water evaporation which also makes it harder to breathe. Heart and vessels also need to work harder in hot weather – heart beat rises and blood pressure shoots up.

Dealing with temperature extremes like severe heat can lead to extra stress upon the body. Our body is constantly working to maintain its normal temperature, and when we are exposed to higher levels of heat (or cold), the body will require extra amounts of energy to keep itself at 98.6 degrees. And this extra energy will need higher amounts of oxygen to fuel, and will make lungs work much harder to supply the extra level required.

So, how can we help our body to protect itself against the negative effects of heat?

The answer is simple. Just learn to breathe correctly and train your lungs with Breathslim®! These short exercises (just 20 minutes a day) can be done anytime anywhere – at home, at work… Even in a traffic jam!

Breathing exercises help improve lung function and capacity and decrease the risk of gasping in a hot weather. Slow deep breathing that you’ll acquire will improve heart activity and blood circulation in vessels.

With Breathslim®, your body will also intake twice more oxygen than with normal breathing. This will provide that extra energy your body needs to maintain normal body temperature and reduce stress.

Let’s get a breath of fresh air this summer with Breathslim®!

Obesity and asthma

 

Being overweight, especially obese (a body mass index, or BMI, greater than or equal to 30), is a risk factor for developing asthma.

In a meta-analysis of seven prospective studies that included 333,000 subjects, obesity increased the risk of developing asthma in both men and women by 50 percent.

There are various reasons why obesity worsens asthma. The reasons for this include the mechanical effects of truncal obesity and the metabolic effects of adipose tissue. Оbese asthmatics have smaller lung capacity, which causes the muscles around the lung airways to contract more, resulting in more asthma symptoms. The small airways in obese asthmatics are more likely to stay closed during normal breathing, causing less oxygen exchange in these airways.

 

Excess weight impairs respiratory function via mechanical and metabolic pathways. The accumulation of abdominal fat, for example, may limit the descent of the diaphragm, and in turn, lung expansion, while the accumulation of visceral fat can reduce the flexibility of the chest wall, sap respiratory muscle strength, and narrow airways in the lungs.

Asthma is more common and often harder to treat in the obese population.

Asthma in patients with obesity is characterized by more severe course, a reduced response to standard therapy.

Obese asthmatics get hospitalized 4.6 times more than asthmatics with normal BMI.

Researchers at National Jewish Health have shown that glucocorticoids, the primary controller medication for asthma, are 40 percent less effective in overweight and obese asthma patients than in those of normal weight.

“This study identifies what could be a significant issue for the 20 million Americans with asthma; specifically, the main controller medication might be less effective if you are overweight or obese,” said Dr. Sutherland.

The main reason is that obese people usually need a higher dose of medications.

This is why for obese people with asthma special breathing exercises that improve lung function, increase lung ventilation and improve oxygen exchange are especially necessary.

Breathslim program is targeted to solve these particular problems. Its main goal is to develop optimal diaphragmatic breathing which increases lung ventilation, decreases shortness of breath, improves oxygen supply to the blood and gives you energy to do physical exercises. Training with Breathslim also switches on the optimal function of a diaphragm that starts working as a powerful pump that circulates lymph through the whole body, therefore providing quick toxins removal.

All this combined with other benefits of this program provides a better quality of life for people with asthma and excess weight.

How breathing exercises can help with hypodynamia

 

According to World Health Organization experts, hypodynamia causes untimely death to 3.3 million people every year. In USA where about 56% of adults don’t do even minimum physical activities, sedentary lifestyle is the main cause of untimely death.

 

 

 

 

Hypodynamia worsens normal functions of all organs and systems in the body.

When there is not enough physical activity, lung function is the first to be affected. As a result tissues don’t get enough oxygen which slows down the metabolism and leads to weight gain.

And excess weight further complicates the normal functioning of lungs and makes it harder to exercise.

The most popular solution to this problem is to start eating less. However physical therapists say that such limitations are a bit aggressive and offer alternative ways to fight with hypodynamia.

For example, Professor Steven Blair (University of South Carolina), claims – “better fit and fat, than thin and lazy”.

But in order to be able to do physical activities regularly, it is important to have respiratory system working properly. When lung function is weak, overweight people have difficulties moving and exercising, there is shortness of breath and tiredness.

These problems can be solved by improving respiratory system function first. There are special breathing techniques for that. These techniques help master correct diaphragmatic breathing by creating resistance to breathing during the training. This improves lung ventilation and blood supply in the body that was weakened by sedentary lifestyle. Such positive changes help gradually increase the level and quality of physical activities.

Holidays, African Elephants, and Obesity

Yes, we eat 3.6% of the Elephant's daily intake!

 


I want to wish everyone a very Happy Holidays season and a safe New Year.  With that said, many of us are going to be enjoying THE feast of feasts. The holidays are usually marked by family, friends, gifts and thousands of calories. Between  the end of December and New Years, most of us are going to be consuming so much food it would make an elephant blush. How much food? According to an article by webMD, the average holiday meal can be over 2500 calories. Assuming that most people are on a 2000 calorie/day diet, your daily intake on any given holiday can be well over the daily limit…in a single meal. See I told you an elephant would blush. Speaking of elephants, did you know African elephants consume an average of 70,158 calories per day? However, this is mostly grass and nutritious wild food. Ok, so maybe we got a long way to go to get to 70,158 calories…and maybe they won’t be blushing quite yet. I mean, c’mon, we are only eating 3.6% of the total calories per day an elephant eats for a single holiday meal. Unfortunately, for us, these are mostly empty calories unlike the nutritionally (and fiber) dense food the elephant eats. The Holiday foods usually consist of a turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, ample deserts, alcohol, and plenty of chocolate. It’s a full days work to prepare such a feast and it only takes a few hours to eat all of it. So what’s the point? We are not elephants nor are we eating grass. The point is because the Holidays are right around the corner, it is important to watch those calories and watch your weight.

I’m sure you have heard, obesity is an epidemic in America. 33.8% of Americans are stricken with the disease. And this only costs us $147 BILLION annually (and that number is growing). The problem with obesity is not that it’s only the fat that’s killing us, it causes a host of other health complications. Just look at this list provided by the CDC:

 Research has shown that as weight increases to reach the levels referred to as “overweight” and “obesity,”* the risks for the following conditions also increases:1

  • Coronary heart disease
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Cancers (endometrial, breast, and colon)
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Dyslipidemia (for example, high total cholesterol or high levels of triglycerides)
  • Stroke
  • Liver and Gallbladder disease
  • Sleep apnea and respiratory problems
  • Osteoarthritis (a degeneration of cartilage and its underlying bone within a joint)
  • Gynecological problems (abnormal menses, infertility)

 

The simple fact is we eat too much and don’t do enough weight loss activities. We eat empty calories that have low nutrition and consume tons (literally) of fast food. We are eating too much and not burning enough. Unlike elephants, which require 70k calories to move around and keep their systems functioning (not to mention all the rough housing) we are usually sedentary: sitting on the car to work, sitting on a chair at work, coming home eating a large meal followed by more couch grazing at night. All day and all night we sit and barely move. Imagine when we were hunter-gatherers. We barely got enough calories to survive and as a result our bodies took on a more athletic look. We were forced to continue moving and actively chase our food.  Indeed, we are all still supposed to be hunter-gatherers according to our thousands of years of evolution. However, we are not. We are grocery shoppers. 33.8% of Americans don’t get enough exercise and at risk of all the above. Let’s face it, we are a fat culture that loves eating. Especially during the holidays.

So this season, let’s try to be more like hunter-gatherers. No, I don’t mean go hunting, but instead let’s lean up our lifestyles. Let’s lose some weight instead of gaining weight for the holidays.  In fact, losing weight has gotten easier than ever with the help of Breathslim. You simply breathe and your weight will be exhaled. Just 20  minutes a day and you will be able to exhale those unwanted pounds within a few weeks. Try it today risk free for 30 days and let us know what you think! You can drop us a testimonial here or just leave a comment in the blog!