10 Workout Secrets From the Pros

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Getting and staying fit can be a challenge.

For many of us, it’s hard just to get up off the couch.

 So what’s the secret of people who have managed to make exercise a way of life?

Experts and successful exercisers reveal the top tips and tricks they use to get the most from their fitness routines.

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10 Workout Secrets From the Pros

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The Many Uses of Honey

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Throughout history honey has been a staple in homes across the globe. Many people use it because it tastes great, but that isn’t all you can use it for.

It never spoils, honey has been found inside tombs in Egypt and it is still edible, and delicious. According to WebMD, laboratory research is showing exactly how well honey works on many different types of wounds, but they also caution to not give honey to infants, because of the risk of botulism. So, whether you are looking for a great all natural sweetener or an all natural anti-bacterial, Honey has you covered. Here are just a few of the great ways you can use honey.

 Antibacterial Honey

Honey can hamper the growth of food-borne pathogens such as E. coli and salmonella, and to fight certain bacteria, including Staphylococcus aureus and Pseudomonas aeruginosa, both of which are common in hospitals and doctors’ offices. But whether it does the same in people hasn’t been proven.

Shop for honey and you’ll see that some are lighter, others are darker. In general, the darker the honey, the better its antibacterial and antioxidant power.

 Manuka honey is made in New Zealand from the nectar of Leptospermum scoparium. The product Medihoney, which has been FDA approved since 2007 is used for treating skin ulcers and wounds.

Honey For Allergies

If you suffer from seasonal allergies, instead of heading out to the pharmacy or reaching for an over the counter allergy medication, try a tablespoon of honey. While some laboratory studies have suggested that honey has the potential to clear up stuffy noses and help with allergies triggered by pollen, it won’t work with just any honey. You need to make sure that the honey you use is from your local area. The closer to your home the better and it isn’t an immediate fix. To see what works best for you, try a spoonful of local honey every day.

Honey and Colds

A study that involved 139 children, honey beat out dextromethorphan (a cough suppressant) and diphenhydramine (an antihistamine) in easing nighttime cough in children and improving their sleep.

Another simular study that involved 105 children found that buckwheat honey worked much better dextromethorphan in suppressing nighttime coughs.

These are just a few of the many ways you can use honey. Check back tomorrow for more ways you can use honey!

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Hair loss and Men

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Are you starting to notice just a little less on top? Is your hairline slowly slipping further back?

You aren’t alone. Hair loss is a common issue but for some reason, people just don’t like to talk about it. But, there are things you need to know.

Hair is a very important part of the body and has many benefits and uses. Most doctors have been asked about hair loss at some point. Losing a little bit of hair is actually very normal and we do lose some everyday at about 100 – 150 strands a day, it’s the big amounts that causes baldness and that is what we all want to avoid.

There are many reasons for hair loss and they can range from stress, medical treatment, illness, and even over processing of the hair.

Most of the time hair loss is not related to any diseases, it is from normal reasons like being hereditary or genetics, or even just getting old. But there is not just one cause, as some think. As you get older it is common to see your hair thinning a bit, but that tends to happen much later in life, unless you have a family history of baldness.

Baldness can also be caused from medications and also thyroid issues and anemia. Basically hair loss is a condition that effects many of us, regardless of age. While hair loss was more prevalent with older generations, the issue has always been there. These days, while it may seem like more young people, some even in their 20’s, are suddenly losing their hair, there has not been an actual increase. We just happen to have more technolgy which keeps us in closer contact with people all across the globe. There isn’t more baldness, we just hear about it more.

When many men first start to see a hair loss pattern developing, it tends to start on top and towards the back of the head or only on the sides or even complete baldness may happen. This is known as androgenic or androgenic alopecia and is known as male-pattern baldness or female-pattern baldness. This pattern starts growing with the increase in age. Mainly such types of hair loss occur due to the hormone called testosterone. Testosterone gets converted to Dihydrotestosterone or DHT and the follicles respond to this and follicles get affected at varied times.

There are 3 medications that are known to be reliable when it comes to slowing down the hair loss rate and these are Minoxidill, Avodart and Porpecia. These are really for maintaining the amount of hair as opposed to regrowth so it might be of use to start with. The most important thing to realize is that hair loss is normal but in more extreme situations it is hereditary or caused by medications and from certain stages in your life. I hope this article has helped give you more information on how you lose hair and what you can do to care for it.

For more information check out our partner Emerging Health Care Solutions or go to WebMD as they have a wealth of information on all sorts of topics.

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Fall Allergies

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It’s fall, and the blooms of summer have faded. So how come you’re still sneezing? Fall allergy triggers are different, but they can cause just as many symptoms as you have in spring and summer.

What Causes Fall Allergies? Read on to find out and see what you can do to ease symptoms.

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 Fall Allergies

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