I LOVE OCTOBER!

I LOVE OCTOBER!

This is the month I treasure the most out of all the others in the year! The colors – bright reds, oranges, browns, deep greens. The glow of my favorite decorations that being primarily pumpkins. Along with the others that symbolize Halloween. We go to a farm further north from where we live to pick […]

Beware! Are Your Medications Causing Sun Sensitivities?

Beware! Are Your Medications Causing Sun Sensitivities?

    Ultraviolet (UV) photons, generated through natural sunlight can mix with medications making most of us sun sensitive. The reaction can be similar to sunburn. Sometimes worse!   Photosensitivity (or sun sensitivity) is inflammation of the skin induced by the combination of sunlight and certain medications or substances. Both the photosensitizing medication or chemical […]

Understanding Target Heart Rate In Exercise

Understanding Target Heart Rate In Exercise

Our bodies have a mind of their own!  Our brains tend to like convenience and comfort.  However, if you are trying to make progress in your aerobic plan then understanding what the target heart rate really means and how do we know if we are in it would be important. If we continue to just […]

Hormone Replacement Therapies Vs. Synthetic Varieties

Hormone Replacement Therapies Vs. Synthetic Varieties

Our endocrine system produces a variety of hormones.  All have their own purpose and function to perform.   Many interact with each other. The endocrine system is made up of glands that secrete these hormones.  These hormones function on body cells, tissues, organs or systems.  The pituitary, testes, ovaries, pancreas, thyroid and adrenal cortex make up […]

Calcium Supplements And Myocardial Infarction

Calcium Supplements And Myocardial Infarction

Once again a report surfaced that put terror in many people’s thinking.  This time it is calcium supplementation.  A recent meta-analysis study suggests that calcium supplements can increase the risk for myocardial infarction. I have read three reviews evaluating the studies. One says that “vitamin D supplements at a dose of approximately 1000 IU’s  per […]

Artifical Sweetners

Artifical Sweetners

You’ve heard the words Splenda, Nutrasweet, Saccharin (which is Sweet ‘N Low) and Stevia among others.  Artificial sweeteners, also called sugar substitutes, offer the sweetness of sugar without the calories.  Artificial sweeteners are many times sweetener than sugar, so it takes a smaller amount to sweeten foods.  This is why foods made with artificial sweeteners […]

Creatine and Strength Improvements

Creatine and Strength Improvements

A large body of work over several years has clearly shown that creatine supplementation enhances performance and strength gains.  All of which has proven that this is a safe and effective supplement to have in the athletes game plan. Creatine monohydrate is a synthetic version of an amino acid found naturally in the body, primarily […]

So Which Weight Is Right For You?

So Which Weight Is Right For You?

Written by Gail Sas It depends on your personal goals.  For example, a women looking for strength gains might be concerned primarily with the size of his/her muscles.  However, most people should use both the scale and the tape measure. But try not to be a slave to either instrument.  Instead, weigh yourself just once […]

Should I Lose Pounds or Inches?

Should I Lose Pounds or Inches?

Written by Gail Sas When you first start an exercise program, the scale may feel like your best friend.  Most people find their biggest successes in terms of pounds lost.  This happens during the first few weeks of any new exercise regimen.  However, body weight (the sum total of our body’s contents), can fluctuate based […]