Ways To Lose Your Beer Gut

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To lose your beer gut means taking away the traces of an unhealthy lifestyle that may be responsible for getting you a step closer to the grave.

Lose your beer gut and celebrate life

Many people are unaware of the toll their body takes as it ages that leaves your body prone to gaining weight and losing interest in exercise. What could have been your physical heydays back in your 20’s may not be the same as your 30’s, even your 40’s and up- regardless of how much time and effort you put in to your quest for physical fitness and health.

There are a lot of studies attributed to the science of physical fitness and the effects of time, age, diet and behavioural factors that impact your life. This is also true with the body developing a slower metabolism that leaves you with the risk of getting fat quick.

“You lose your love of lifting and training and then you’re running on willpower and a sense of obligation that is destined to fall in the short term,” fitness trainer Jonathan Ross said, adding that training is simply the stimulus for improvement while recovery is the response to that stimulus and one does not work without the other.

Listen to your body

Listen to your body. If you start feeling lethargic, it indicates that your body needs to turn up the heat as it could be the effects of poor eating habits that allows you to gain more fat into your body.

You need to do something to burn those fats away and couple it with a good calorie intake, good hydration, good sleep and good sense to adjust training volume and intensity, especially as you age. Always stay hydrated by drinking lots of water.

But keeping fit need not take you more than an hour ad experts agree that at least 30-minutes of time spent a day for regular cardio training and some simple but effective routines are guaranteed to let you keep a good body frame.

Treadmill workouts

Start putting back that treadmill into your daily activities and plan your regular exercise activities. If you are in a gym, use the treadmill to get you started.

Begin your workout by doing speed intervals, not only does it give a good cardio workout, it also lets you burn fat.

Start raising the incline once your body adjusts to the each difficulty level.

Go the extra mile, or in the case of the treadmill, spend a few more minutes to extend running on your machine.

Work your arms by taking it off the side rails when running. The more you move your arms, the more calories are burned.

Elliptical machine

Grab those handles while working the machine for a total body workout. Do not hesitate to use your arm strength to burn calories as your do your heart pumping cardio.

Use the resistance settings to make it more challenging. This enables you to up the ante on both the arm and leg muscles when you start tightening the resistance belts.

Keep pace. Sometimes the motion of the machine lets you slow down as you start to feel the momentum of the rotations, so make sure to maintain your pacing between 140 to 160 strides per minute.

Include intervals by alternating your workouts from easy to intense. This will give you a workout momentum that allows you to recover as well in between reps.

Weights

This is where it all begins to heat up, start with bodyweight exercises first, as studies have shown that body weight routines have been proven to burn more calories than working out with a good set of dumbbells.

Incorporate a high intensity interval training, like the Tabata workout to get you burning calories fast.

Work the body to create instability like standing on a leg while doing bicep curls or workout using an exercise ball as more muscles get to work to help you achieve that balance when working out, thus, maximizing the effect.

Do supersets, as these are good combinations that allow you to work those muscles better and help you burn fat faster.

So what are you waiting for? Start working your way to a better and fitter body.

So, know how much you need and control how much protein may consume to stay healthy and fit.

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How To Sharpen a Knife: The Video — Sharpen Up

While there’s definitely an argument to be made for taking your knives to a pro to get sharpened, there’s also a case to be made for doing it yourself. “I highly recommend knife sharpening,” says Eivin Kilcher, homesteader, cookbook author, and one of our “Cutting Board” knife experts. “It really is a great skill to bring into your life and an important thing to be able to do at home.”

That said, the first time you do it — and even the first dozen times you do it — can be intimidating. But practice makes perfect. Even Kilcher, who has been using knives since he was 10, notes, “Every time I sharpen a knife, I’m getting better. Sharpening knives is a lifelong art.”

Ready to get started? Read on to find out more about sharpening and watch the video to learn how to safely sharpen your knives.

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Why My Cast Iron Skillet Is My Favorite Biscuit Pan — Pan of Iron, Pan of Steel

A few years ago in an attempt to perfect my own biscuit recipe, I started experimenting with different baking pans. Starting with a simple baking sheet, I worked through metal and glass baking dishes, a pie pan, and a cake pan before finally landing on a likely candidate: my favorite cast iron skillet. A sturdy cast iron skillet has become my favorite biscuit pan for three reasons.

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Offshore Company OMICS Accused Of Publishing Junk Science

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A company based abroad is acquiring the publishing of Canada’s best medical journals. Here’s the catch: this company is accused of publishing “junk science journals.”

An investigative collaboration between CTV News and Toronto Star discovered this intriguing news.

People from the medical research community are alarmed about the company, OMICS Group Inc., while concerned about the reputation of the Canadian journals.

OMICS Group Inc. is a corporation based in Indiathat claims to offer medical and scientific journals that were reviewed by highly respected reviewers and scientific organizations. The group acquired Andrew John Publishing and Pulsus Group, two medical publishing companies in Canada.

These two companies cover Plastic Surgery, Pathology, Optometry and General Internal Medicine. Since the OMICS purchase, the pathology, optometry and general internal medicine journals all signed with different publishers.

Last August, the United States Federal Trade Commission filed a lawsuit against the company. The statements from FTC included: “…deceiving academics and researchers about the nature of its publications and hiding publication fees ranging from hundreds to thousands of dollars” as well as falsely claiming their journals undergo strict peer-review practices and have editorial boards that are comprised of highly esteemed academics.

The OMICS Group is under the open-access model which means the articles are readily available for online readers. There are other open-access publications that were proven to have a strict compliance policy for the peer review process. In light of this, OMICS has attracted a lot of attention regarding the controversy.

Rose Simpson, the former managing editor of the Canadian Journal of General Internal Medicine, said that after the deal was announced, she did a little research on her own. She browsed the OMICS website and caught noticeable errors.

“There were all kinds of typos, the grammar was wrong.” She added, “In medical journals, everything has to be accurate — every comma, every word — so that was my first suspicion.”

She said she was informed that all work would be transferred to India. She was hired by OMICS but then decided to stop because she found out that the company was being sued by FTC. She immediately started warning medical practitioners as well as medical groups about this.

She added, “This is a foreign company that has a questionable reputation that has bought up Canadian companies and is using their names as a front for whatever activities they are doing, which are not necessarily above board.”

Simpson has worked with a lot of doctors and researchers. She said that they exert true effort in their work and they do it tirelessly just to conduct and analyze their studies.  “If they deal with a company that is not reputable then their manuscript becomes not reputable and they have wasted their time with their research,” she said.

Jessica Rich, director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, said last August.: “The defendants in this case used false promises to convince researchers to submit articles presenting work that may have taken months or years to complete, and then held that work hostage over undisclosed publication fees ranging into the thousands of dollars.”

OMICS International CEO and managing director, Srinubabu Gedela said that all allegations against his company are false. “We are getting huge support from the scientific community for our open-access journal.”

He continued, “All the allegations we are getting are from Western countries…and from a few publishers as well as their agents.”

“We are disrupting their business by making scientific information open access and we are fighting for that.” Gedela said his company has support from 50,000 editorial board members.

However, there was one Canadian researcher enlisted as a member of the editorial board who confirmed that he has not participated in any journal review activities for OMICS.

As an associate professor at the University of British Columbia’s Brain Research Centre, William Jia was invited to be an editor but never received any work from OMICS.  He states that if there is an issue concerning the journal review process at OMICS, then he would like to have his name removed from the editorial board.

Robert Kalina, the former publisher of Pulsus Group, claimed that the name “Pulsus” was sold and not the corporation. The Canadian medical journals were not sold to the OMICS Group as well. The medical organizations in charge of the editorial content still own those journals.

Dr. Stephen Hwang said, “As soon as we were alerted to the fact that (OMICS) had purchased these two publishing companies, we moved immediately to sever our connection with them and terminate our contract.” Dr. Hwang is the president of the Canadian Society of Internal Medicine, the same group that owns the Canadian Journal of General Internal Medicine,

Dr. Madhukar Pai, a professor at Montreal’s McGill University and Canada Research Chair in Epidemiology and Global Health told CTV News,“This is a huge scam that is going on in the publishing world.”

Dr. Pai said he is alarmed about such companies acquiring Canadian publications. He added, “It really pisses me off that this can even be happening in Canada.”

The story is not yet finished – everyone’s still in play. Scientists in Canada are struggling to come up with a solution and some are trying to find new and trust-worthy publishers.

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Recipe: Muffin-Pan Shepherd’s Pie — Recipes from The Kitchn

Shepherd’s pie is a marvelous comfort food: hearty meat and veg under a mashed potato crust. This upside-down version, made in a muffin pan and baked in shredded potato cups, is both ingenious and cute. Ingenious in that it takes so little time — no more than what you have on an average Monday evening; cute in that, hello! These are small and adorable muffin cups of shepherd’s pie.

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New Research On Crohn’s Disease Show Hope For Treatment

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A breakthrough from the research team of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine suggests good results for those who are diagnosed with Crohn’s disease.

Crohn’s disease is a serious condition. This involves the inflammation of the different areas of the gastrointestinal tract. The patient exhibits symptoms of abdominal cramps and pain, diarrhea, fatigue, and weight loss. Although research is ongoing, there is no exact cure available for the disease which can result to severe complications.

The research has found some clues as to what causes the disease. This can initiate efforts in finding new treatments and possibly a cure.

The reasons that contribute to the cause of the disease are not known however, experts state that bacteria, hereditary and environmental factors play a great role.

In addition to the list, the new study found another factor: fungi.

The study’s senior author, Mahmoud A. Ghannoum, PhD, professor and director of the Center for Medical Mycology at Case Western Reserve and University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, said to CBS News, “Most of the studies that have looked at this disease looked at bacteria only.”

The author continued, “We looked at both bacteria and fungi because it is very well known that these organisms both live in our body and definitely interact with one another. So to look at bacteria alone, we didn’t really have the full story.”

The researchers gathered 20 fecal samples from patients diagnosed with Crohn’s, and 28 from patients who do not have this disease (these samples came from nine families). Aside from this, they added 21 samples from four other families that were Crohn’s-free. These subjects were from France and Belgium.

The study showed that there were interactions between fungi and bacteria for those with Crohn’s. The culprits were the bacteria: E. coli and Serratia marcescens, and the fungus called Candida tropicalis. It appears that for the patients with the disease, the presence of these three are remarkably higher. It appears that these three interact with each other in the intestines.

The research results indicated that this is the first occurrence for the bacteria Serratia marcescens and any type of fungus to be linked to Crohn’s in humans.

The researchers discovered through test-tube research that the microorganisms coordinate with each other to create a biofilm that results to inflammation and the cause of the disease. 

Ghannoum said, “These organisms have evolved together so that they can operate to protect each other and at the same time cause problems to the host, or the patient.”

The study concluded that for sick patients, they had a reduced number of good bacteria in their intestines compared to healthier patients.

Ghannoum also added, “Among hundreds of bacterial and fungal species inhabiting the intestines, it is telling that the three we identified were so highly correlated in Crohn’s patients.” The author continued, “Furthermore, we found strong similarities in what may be called the ‘gut profiles’ of the Crohn’s-affected families, which were strikingly different from the Crohn’s-free families.”

The author wanted to emphasize that conclusions about the bacterial and fungal interaction must not be finalized since there are other numerous factors that should be considered. These factors include family lifestyles like diet and environment.

Ghannoum stated, “We also looked at healthy people and found what are the good bugs, or microorganisms, that keep the balance.” He added, “So now we want to see if we can use some of these good bugs to control the bad ones.”

The author said that studying how the bad microorganisms work together can influence the advancement of a drug that is capable of cutting or disrupting the connection.

Ghannoum is determined to proceed with the research study. He is hopeful that his team will be able to come up with new ways to treat Crohn’s disease.

He said, “I think that within five years, with a bit of luck, we’ll be able to move into what’s called translational research which means you take your research findings and start working to develop a drug or probiotic.”    

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Ibuprofen Is Linked to Heart Failure, Research Shows

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A recent study has discovered that ibuprofen, the well-known and commonly used drug as a painkiller, increases the risk of heart failure.

The research results showed that this drug poses a risk and it increases the chances of the condition by 20 per cent. Those who take the drug regularly were warned to lower the dosage and to limit the frequency or the interval of taking the medicine.

The study involved 10 million patients. In the British Medical Journal, it was stated: “The risk of hospital admission for heart failure associated with current use of NSAIDs appears to vary between individual [drugs]. Risk of admission is doubled for some used at very high doses.”

Ibuprofen is a kind of NSAIDs (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug) that is used by people to treat muscle pain and even fever.

NSAIDs are ordinarily prescribed to those who suffer from joint pain and fever. However, the NHS claims that not everyone can be compatible with this drug; there are those who experience adverse side effects.

Peter Weissberg, a professor at the British Heart Foundation, said: “It has been known for some years that such drugs need to be used with caution in patients with, or at high risk of heart disease.”

The professor added that this study acts as a strong reminder for medical practitioners to consider such factors when they prescribe NSAID use for their patients. For patients, they should abide by the dosage guidelines by taking the lowest effective dose.

In Italy, the research team from the University of Milano-Bicocca discovered that current use of NSAIDs is related to an increased risk compared with previous use. They correlated this with factors such as the type of NSAID drug and the dosage intake.

Dr. Tim Chico, a Reader in Cardiovascular Medicine at the University of Sheffield, mentioned that heart failure can be caused by factors such as blood pressure, heart attacks, alcohol intake and obesity.

He continued, “It seems unlikely that NSAIDs would cause problems in people with otherwise healthy hearts, but they may unmask heart failure due to these other causes.”

An analysis was conducted for subjects aged over 18 years old from the UK, Holland, Germany and Italy. The study involved 27 NSAID drugs, and this went on from 2000-2010.

A whopping 92,163 hospital admissions were related to heart failure and linked with the 8,246,403 control patients. The risk of hospital admission due to this condition is increased by 19 percent and it is connected to current NSAID use. 

Are you aware of the negative effects? Are you following your doctor’s prescription or do you go beyond the guidelines? It might be time to re-evaluate habits involving NSAID drugs.

Helen Williams said: “The link between use of NSAIDs and increased risk of heart failure is well-established.”

Williams is a consultant pharmacist at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society. She added, “People regularly purchasing NSAIDs over the counter, such as ibuprofen, should seek advice from their pharmacist or doctor. People needing treatment with long-term or frequent short courses should be regularly assessed.”

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