Chia Seed…Ancient Super Food of the Future

chiaIt’s true…some of the best things come in small packages. Although not much to look at, the powerhouse chia seed is one of those things.

This “Ancient Super food of the Future” is one of the most powerful and nutritious foods in the world. It’s packed with protein, chock full of antioxidants, loaded with vitamins and minerals, a great source of B vitamins including folic acid and the richest known plant source of omega-3 essential fatty acids and an excellent source of fiber. They help regulate blood sugar levels as well thus curbing the desire to overeat.

This amazing little powerhouse provides 97 percent of its calories from quality plant protein and lipids with very few calories from carbohydrates. The carbohydrate portion of chia is predominantly insoluble fiber, which is beneficial to digestion in that it passes through the gastrointestinal tract undigested resulting in a non-caloric effect to the body. Cram for gram, chia is the highest source of protein, bar none. They are high in magnesium and unlike flax seeds and hemp seeds, they are a good source of calcium. [Read more…]

Develop Strong Back and Core Muscles Using the Deadlift

strongmen_oldermenMany people exercise in an unbalanced manner spending too long fixating on their abdominal’s and not nearly enough time working the core or spinal muscles.

Core strength is important in terms of maintaining ones balance and weight transference (whether in sport or daily life). In other words, it has real life applications such as lifting objects off the ground from a variety of angles without getting injured.

The deadlift is a great mid-section exercise and is more productive at developing a strong core and back than many of the ineffective “fad” exercises you see performed today. [Read more…]

Be Aware of the Effects of Sarcopenia

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Sarcopenia is a word that most of us are not familiar with and yet its effects are felt in every family. Many men and women will become weak and frail as they age…all due to sever muscle loss.

The good news is that you do not have to be one of them.

The term sarcopenia is defined as the age-related loss of muscle mass which in turn causes a multitude of negative metabolic changes associated with decreased health and vitality in older people; sagging and wrinkled skin, hair loss, trembling extremities, loss of flexibility, balance and coordination and a stooped over posture are all signs of the onset of sacrcopenia. [Read more…]

Are Your Natural Male Hormones Suppressing Your Lifestyle?

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Men’s testosterone levels have declined in direct relation to the decrease in their physical activity and increase intake of processed food over the last 50 odd years.

The majority of men have desk jobs or other jobs that require extended periods of sitting or other sedentary behavior and this removes the physical work that boosted the male hormone testosterone.

If all of this wasn’t bad enough, men are now getting excess of the female hormone estrogen from the environment. When it gets into a man’s body it sends the signal to become more feminine…it is the beginning of man boobs.

The great news is you don’t have to live with this. You can restore your healthy levels of testosterone with changes in your lifestyle, exercise and activity levels and attention to your diet.

Are your natural male hormones suppressing your lifestyle?

Are you experiencing any of these signs or symptoms of low testosterone levels:

  • Decreased sex drive/problems with love life
  • Erectile dysfunction/impotence. No or poor erections of the penis
  • Decreased sperm count
  • Increased breast size
  • Expanded waistline
  • Feeling tired/lacking energy
  • Depressed/irritable [Read more…]