Monthly Archives: April 2011

Do You Know The Health Benefits Of Water?

How does drinking the recommended two litres of water every day improve men’s health?

Doctors are forever extolling the virtues of drinking water — six to eight glasses are recommended a day. A fairly inaccurate measure, granted, but one can safely assume it means around two litres of water a day.

This might seem like a lot but in reality it’s about half a glass for every hour you are awake (around 150ml), which isn’t going to prove too much of a challenge — particularly when you know what it’s doing for you.

Your body is over two-thirds water and it needs constant replenishment — breathing alone causes a loss of up to two to three glasses of water each day.

Weight loss
A lot of the time when you think you’re hungry you’re actually thirsty. Your body kicks out the same symptoms; common sense will often dictate whether you are actually hungry or not but just try it next time you start to feel peckish. You’ll find the hunger goes away very quickly if it is just a thirst.

This is great for those who struggle with weight loss, weight gain or snacking — a glass of water will often dispel hunger pangs and over time you’ll probably reduce your food intake.

Supple skin
Water helps keep your skin looking youthful and supple, two qualities particularly affected by sun exposure and pollution in cities and built-up areas. Water purifies your body, removing water-soluble toxins and waste that can’t be passed easily through your bowel — which also requires water to keep you regular.

A lack of H2O means your body struggles to remove toxins and if they aren’t passed out in your urine they try and sneak out in other ways — through your skin, for example, which can cause acne and eczema.

Water also transports oxygen, hormones and nutrients to areas of your body, keeping them healthy.

Sweat less
Sweaty pits showing through your shirt might not be the best look in summertime but they are a necessary evil. Water helps lower your body’s temperature to the right level through sweating.

It also helps with keeping your blood at the right thickness, lowering your risk of suffering a cardiovascular disorder.

Avoid kidney stones
A kidney stone is a right royal pain in the, er, kidney. Drinking the suggested two litres of water is one of the ways you can stave off kidney stones.

Water is a valuable solvent and thus prevents the build up of minerals and salts which cause the disorder; instead, the salts are diluted and passed out of the body through your urine.

A stronger immune system
Water maintains your pH balance; the correct range is about 7.35-7.45. If your PH begins to move towards being more acidic, your body can lose its ability to take in vitamins and minerals as well as leaving you vulnerable to sickness.

A pH above seven improves your body’s ability to take in oxygen. It will also boost your energy levels as well as your immune system.

No back pain
Backaches affect most of us desk-jockeys, not least because of our posture. These aches and pains can be lowered through drinking the right quantity of water. The core of your spinal discs are made of a large quantity of water and dehydration can lead to increased back pain.

Water in soft drinks
Contrary to what we’re often told, drinking soft drinks, teas and juices does count towards your water intake. Obviously your body does require some water to process these and do beware of sugar contents, particularly in cans of soft drink, but if you’re an avid tea drinker then go ahead and stick the kettle on.

Do remember though, that you can drink too much water — so stick with what the doctor ordered. Pour us a cuppa, while you’re at it.

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Posted by on April 28, 2011 in Diet, Health, Nutrition


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How To Avoid Weight Gain This Easter

The rest of the world may be consuming its collective weight in chocolate eggs, but you don’t have to let Easter derail your weight-loss efforts Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on April 20, 2011 in Diet, Food, Health, Nutrition


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Nutrition During Pregnancy

We all want to give our children the best start in life, so it’s not surprising that a lot of pregnant mothers get a little panicky about what they should and shouldn’t be eating. In this article, we look at:

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Posted by on April 19, 2011 in Diet, Health, Pregnancy, Women


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Exercises To Burn Fat

Exercise physiologist Michelle Drielsma shares the best exercises for reducing your derièrre, pins and love handles.

What’s a simple, easy, effective work-out for the biggest fat-loss effects? For years they used to recommend uber-long sessions of cardio. You’ll still see many women (and men) in the gym today slogging it out for hours on treadmills, bikes or cross-trainers with the intense desire to lose that stubborn weight that has hardly shifted since commencing their cardio program. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on April 18, 2011 in Excerise, Fitness, Men, Women


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Beef Casserole With Soft Polenta

As the air starts to get brisk in the morning, our eating habits change with heartier meals more desired over salads and stir fry’s. I have found this recipe which is sure to warm you up on the inside even though the temperature is dropping outside! And it’s good for you too! Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on April 13, 2011 in Food, Nutrition, Recipe


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How To Get Rid Of ‘Man Boobs’

With so many men now looking overweight or obese, developing a set of man boobs (or gynecomastia to give the condition its proper name) is alarmingly easy these days.

Unfortunately, getting rid of the dreaded ‘moobs’ is a lot more difficult, and it’s certainly not a simple case of pounding your chest with specific exercises. Melting away this unsightly phenomenon requires a finely tuned diet and, crucially, the right fitness programme. Read the rest of this entry »


Posted by on April 12, 2011 in Fitness, Health, Men


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Senior Citizens Can Be Older AND Stronger with Progressive Resistance Training

Researchers at the University of Michigan say older adults don’t have to accept strength and muscle loss as they age.

Gettingolder doesn’t mean giving up muscle strength. Not only can adults fight the battle of strength and muscle loss that comes with age, but the Golden Years can be a time to get stronger, say experts at the University of Michigan Health System.

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