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Archive for October 2012

How to Take Off Those Last 10 Pounds

You know what I like to call those last 10 or 15 pounds that won’t come off no matter what you do? Vanity pounds. The term describes our desire to lose weight that, as far as our bodies are concerned, actually feels healthy. Today’s society pressures us to want to look a certain way, so…

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Steer Clear of These Testosterone Reducers

Just as some foods can raise your testosterone level, others can bring it down. Studies have show that alcohol reduces testosterone levels in men, and one study revealed an increase in testosterone levels among alcoholics who became sober. Just one more reason to hold yourself to one drink a day, tops. Not getting enough fat…

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Foods That Boost Muscle Growth

Whether you’re a girl or a guy, if you’re trying to get fit, you’re in the testosterone-boosting business. (Unless you have polycystic ovary syndrome, or PCOS, in which case your body produces too much testosterone.) Testosterone gives us energy, builds muscle, and heightens our libido. It also helps protect our bones and brains — all…

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Summer Cardio

The great thing about summer vacation is that you can bring your cardio workout with you! Walking, jogging, and running can all be taken outdoors at your leisure. Just be sure to get your heart rate up. Swimming is another fun cardio activity that’s usually easy to engage in during the summer — plus, it’s…

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How To Stay on Track During Vacation

Q: I’ve been really good about doing my workouts and eating right, but I’m about to go on vacation with my family. I want to have fun and not be too strict, but I don’t want to fall off the wagon completely! What do you recommend? A: Here’s what I suggest — EXERCISE! Even if…

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Listen to Your Doctor

I’m not suggesting that you never take antibiotics again — sometimes there are really good reasons to use them. (That strep throat or sinus or urinary tract infection probably won’t go away without them.) But very often, people take antibiotics for illnesses that aren’t even caused by bacteria (colds and flu are caused by viruses,…

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The Issue With Antibiotics

Americans are totally addicted to antibiotics. In our quest to kill anything around us that seems bothersome or threatening, we try to rid ourselves of every last germ with an arsenal of antibacterial products, we pump our livestock full of antibiotics — heck, we pump ourselves full of antibiotics. Here’s the deal: Not only is…

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