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Do You Need a Sports Drink?

Open any fitness magazines, turn on the TV or peruse the internet for exercise advice and chances are you’ll see at least a few adverts for sports drinks. The images used to promote these products make it look as though if you buy this particular product you’ll soon be sporting a six-pack, looking lean and mean and conquering all your opponents in your chosen competitive activity. You’ll certainly be crushing it in the gym! Reading between the lines it would seem that sports drinks are actually integral to your success but is this really the case?

Is IT in You?!

There are hundreds if not thousands of sports drinks for you to potentially choose from but in reality, there are three main types. They all share a common ingredient – sugar. This might be labeled as dextrose, glucose, fructose, xylitol or maltodextrin but the main reason any sports drink gives you energy is its sugar content. The amount of sugar in each type of sports drink is how it is characterized.

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How Exercise Leads to a Better Brain

“Exercise is really for the brain, not the body.”

- John J. Ratey, MD at Harvard Medical School


We all understand (I hope) that regular exercise is necessary to living a healthy life. But recently we have begun to, aside from theory, understand scientifically the direct benefits of exercise on our brain.

The two primary benefits our brain receives in response to regular exercise, in addition to a bevy of other benefits, are: mood enhancement and neurogenesis.

Mood Enhancement

It is commonly understood, by those who incorporate it into their routine, that exercise makes us feel better. More self-confident. Happier. Sexier. But why? Is this a placebo effect? Something that’s just in our minds? Well, in a sense, yes – it is just in our minds.

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Sildenafil Citrate Study on Mice - Weight Loss Protocol in Human Possible

A research study from the University of Bonn leads to a breakthrough discovery that Viagra is more than just a blue pill and treatment for impotence. The heart of the research outcome opened the possibility that it can be a potential weight loss protocol in humans after it was seen as capable of converting the undesirable white fat cells from the body of mice into beige ones. The outcome of the study was published in the Journal of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology.

Sildenafil - weight loss potential mechanism

lab mouseBefore sildenafil was discovered for its effectiveness in combating the erectile dysfunction symptoms, it was initially studied for its potential health benefit as a treatment for angina pectoris. This initial study led scientists to discover it as more effective in improving the blood circulation in the penile area, making it more efficient in causing an effective erection among men with impotence than treating angina.

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Home Brewed Supplements: Make Your Pre, Intra, and Post Workout Supps From Home!

Now, I love my supps as much as the next guy, but they’re not for everybody. Many modern day dietary supplements like concentrated whey protein and pre-workout energy boosters contain refined sugars and flavorings that go right against the healthy lifestyles of their target audience. There are ways around that, though.

You can make your own workout supplements that will not only keep you healthy, but will keep you on track to make some great gains as well. It will take a bit of creativity and some specific ingredients, but making your own workout supplements can be fun and rewarding. You can save money, eliminate unneeded calories from your diet, and tailor fit your pre-workout dosages to fit your needs.

First we want to take the most popular workout supplements used today, and break them down to their component parts, then rebuild them to fit a clean diet.

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5 Intense Workout DVDs for MMA Fighters

Due to the intensity of the sport, MMA athletes require a high-impact, well-balanced workout that includes all the essentials that they face while in the ring including: strength, cardio, power, agility, and balance, among others. A run around the track or an old Richard Simmons workout tape isn’t going to cut it.

These 5 workout DVDs promise to deliver the high-quality workout that MMA fighters need in order to see big results and become ring-ready:

1. Rushfit

Developed by MMA fighter Georges “Rush” St. Pierre, the intense “Rushfit” training camp style workout promises to share “the secrets of a champion” to achieve excellent results. The program includes six DVDs that contain seven 45-minute high-intensity workouts that focus on all the essential MMA training elements including: strength, balance, agility, flexibility, power, endurance and core stability. The system also includes 2 training guides with nutrition management plans to train from the inside out.  The workout requires a set of dumbbells and 8 weeks of dedication alongside instructor, Georges St. Pierre.

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The Reality of Medical Tourism

Maybe you’ve heard about people flying off to distant lands for cosmetic surgery on the cheap. Tummy tucks are one-third of the price and breast lifts are available for $1,000 each. I lived in Costa Rica for a year, the mecca of medical tourism, and I know exactly what it’s like. While abroad, I got four major cosmetic surgeries from an American-educated doctor for a fraction of the cost back home.

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When you’ve lost a substantial amount of weight, especially in a short time, there’s often nothing you can do about loose skin. No amount of toning or lifting weights is going to make you look better. Your trainer will tell you this, and so will your doctor. However, just like e-therapy, insurance doesn’t cover cosmetic surgery most of the time.

Put a Number on It

I lost 100 pounds in less than a year, which meant I had loose skin pretty much everywhere. I got a thigh lift, tummy tuck, breast lift and upper arm lift in one long, nine-hour surgery. It’s always nerve-wracking going into surgery, and even more so in a foreign country where you don’t speak the language. While my doctor spoke English fluently, the rest of the staff only spoke Spanish.

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Weight Loss Drug Mediator Involved In a New Wide Scale Public Health Scandal in France

A new wide scale public health scandal in France once again stirred the country involving the previously sensationalized pharmaceutical scandal of the Laboratoires Servier. The company manufactured the amphetamine derivative Mediator which is a weight loss drug prescribed for diabetics who are overweight and is also used as an appetite suppressant drug, like Cialis. The scandal involves the reported numerous deaths owing to the intake of Mediator mostly by diabetics and weight loss buffs.

Fresh public health scandal

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Neuro Gastric Band Review

It seems the latest new craze for the weight loss industry in 2013 is weight loss psychology.  The latest advancement sent to me being something called the Neuro Gastric Band Program.  Created in the UK by weight loss psychologist Marvin Phythian it claims to increase mental strength, program good eating habits and make you feel valued.  Having spent years on every diet under the sun I thought I’d road test something different.

The online product talks about how regular healthy people don’t rely on fad diets, weight loss clubs etc to stay in shape.  Instead it says that if you let go of your dependence on crash and fad diets and strengthen your inner psychology you will find the discipline to stick to a healthy regime and lose weight.  Well that sounded right to me and highlighted my lifelong problem of not being able to stick to a diet, I was interested if not sceptical.

So how does it work?

Before I’d even accessed the product I had been given 3 audios to listen to.  Each of them had the psychologist talking about a different principle followed by an exercise to help focus and strengthen your mind. 

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Valeo Deluxe Speed Rope Review

I love practicing personal fitness in my own house and I usually execute a number of different fitness activities to keep myself fit and healthy. Recently, I watched on TV a fitness exercise performed with the jumping rope and I instantly loved it. Right away, I thought that for my personal fitness training, skipping would be a really beneficial activity not only as fun and recreation but also as a cardiovascular workout.

I so much wanted to start practicing the jumping rope aerobic exercise in my own home. My first thought was to find and buy a really effective and of high value jump rope. Although this particular market was completely unknown to me, I was immediately attracted to the “Valeo Deluxe Speed Rope”. But could that jump rope give me an effective cardiovascular exercise? Is it made of good material? I just needed to get into the detail of this jump rope and find out more about it.

How does the “Valeo Deluxe Speed Rope” work?

In the video below, you can watch two guys who describe in every detail the "Valeo Speed Rope". They explain the features of this jump rope which make it unique, they show how to adjust the length of the rope and they finally proceed and give a demonstration.

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Review: Nourish™ Skin Tight™ Body Firming Lotion

When I was asked if I wanted to review Faber Products’ Nourish™ Skin Tight™ Body Firming Lotion, I agreed with equal measures of skepticism and hope.  I recalled reading an article a while back that asserted that no topically-applied product could penetrate deeply enough to achieve the skin-tightening effects attributed to these types of lotions.  On the other hand, the Director of Design & Development of Faber Products had contacted the editor of and suggested that a review of his company’s body firming lotion might be of interest to the website’s readers.  Only unbiased reviews are posted on, an independent blog focusing on diets and weight loss, so I reasoned that the Director must be fairly confident that his company’s product actually works. 

What Is Nourish™ Skin Tight™ Body Firming Lotion?

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