Tips On How To Choose Supplements To Increase Testosterone In Men

by Head Health Nutter on November 25, 2014

Another excellent article by guest blogger, Chelsea Sawyer, with some advice to consider before you start taking testosterone boosting supplements.

For men in their thirties and over, boosting testosterone levels through a healthier diet, lifestyle changes and supplements are all important. With healthy amounts of the male hormone in the body, they can ensure good health well into their golden years and beyond. Many studies conducted have shown that a lot of the health woes of aging men arise due to decreased levels of testosterone. Some of the most prevalent health issues associated with aging and lower amounts of the male hormone include erectile dysfunction, prostate cancer, osteoporosis, heart disease and depression.

building strength with pushupsAs mentioned earlier, change in diet, lifestyle alterations and taking testosterone boosters can help greatly in maintaining the right levels of the important hormone in the body. Among these though, supplements are believed to be the fastest-acting solution. Currently, the market carries a vast selection of these supplements to increase testosterone in men. The selection of options can be quite overwhelming; the all-natural and organic tonics alone are in the hundreds.

If you’re having difficulty choosing, provided below are some tips that can help you make the best decision.

  1. Determine your specific needs because there are supplements with ingredients that address particular health concerns of those with low testosterone levels. The importance of this is you want to end up with the most appropriate and effective formulation. For instance, there are testosterone boosters in the market that are not recommended for men with diabetes and heart disease. Know your needs and consult a doctor regarding the products you’re considering taking.
  2. Establish if you’re allergic to certain components. What’s completely safe and effective for others may not necessarily be safe for you to take.
  3. Determine if you want an all-natural solution, or would like to try mixed formulations (with both natural and synthetic ingredients). This is an important consideration especially if you’ve been a vegan for a long time.
  4. Go online and research your options and read reviews on leading testosterone boosters. You can find everything from Prime Male Testosterone Booster review to Testofuel reviews bodybuilding athletes and trainers provide. These reviews will provide you a solid idea of the how these products actually work for a lot of people – if they have side effects, and how long people had to take the supplements before they witnessed results – and you can base your buying decision on these reviews.
  5. Get a recommendation from a health professional; your own doctor and personal trainer can recommend some for you. You can trust that they know how safe and effective these supplements can be in addressing the health issues created by low testosterone levels.

About the Author

Chelsea Sawyer is a nurse and a certified health coach who has been helping many people in changing their behaviors to keep them focused on achieving their health and fitness goals. With great passion for writing, her hobbies include writing and sharing helpful techniques on topics like losing weight, achieving a healthy lifestyle through physical activities as well as through proper diet and way of eating. She uses helpful sites like Toptest Boosters when writing her articles.

Do you have any advice for others in how you chose the right testosterone boosting supplement for you?

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Did you see the Super Food Super Guide that we posted recently? Here’s a great follow up to this post (check it out if you missed it!) from guest blogger, Chelsea Sawyer.

The name super food isn’t an exaggeration. It really is an accurate description of how these wholesome, natural foods can provide such an abundance of vitamins, minerals and nutrients that are good not just for your body, but also for your mind and your mood as well. Make it organic, and the health benefits get kicked up a notch (or two or three) as well. Whether you’re trying to lose weight or just want to eat well, experts agree that incorporating more organic super foods in your daily menu is the way to go.

Pretty GluttonyOrganic super foods are super packed with nutrition boosters that, often, just a small serving of each will already provide you more than enough of the goodness you need to maintain a fitter and stronger body, enjoy an improved and energized mood, boast a sharper mind and minimize the risks of life-threatening conditions such as heart diseases and certain cancers. Moreover, super foods reverse the effects of aging as the health benefits they bring help you feel and look youthful – beauty inside and out.

And if you’re looking to lose weight without sacrificing your nutritional intake, then here’s more facts to make you run out to buy them: super foods contain absolutely no cholesterol, very few to zero calories, and a rich amount of fibre. Try to eat them on a regular basis, and they’ll help you feel full a lot easier, cut the cravings for sugar and junk food, and fuel you up for the workouts and physical activities you need to tackle to achieve your weight management goals.

The “good” in “super foods” also refers to the pure, wholesome, back-to-basics approach you take on once you commit to making them a regular, normal part of your daily routine. Eating more whole foods is a choice, which at first can be a hard one, with the proliferation of convenient, processed products in the market. But soon you’ll realize just how smart a choice they are: If you seek the right sources, these foods are readily available and more budget-friendly, especially considering how many benefits they provide and how much money you can save from avoiding the costs of being sick.

While the term super foods has been known to be a fitness buzzword several years ago, those who have experienced what all these wonderful foods have to offer know that it’s more than just a fad, but actually a way of living, or a philosophy in life. When you choose organic super foods, all you need to do is to ensure that you get them from a trusted source. These nutritional powerhouses don’t need a marketing label or glitzy promotion to advertise their advantages. There’s no advertising campaign to influence your buying decision. You get food, simply and superbly for what they are: a source of health and energy and well-being – a wonderful way to enjoy life’s pleasure’s without the frills.

About the Author

Chelsea Sawyer is a nurse and a certified health instructor. She is also a content creator who writes about health management, nutrition, fitness, beauty, weight loss, diseases and other topics about health. To know more about organic health products, she follows websites like https://naturallyradiant.com.au

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I Treated My Depression Naturally with Vitamin B12

by Head Health Nutter on November 20, 2014

Many people experience Seasonal Affect Disorder (SAD) this time of year. So what a perfect time to publish this guest post by Lindsey Dahlberg!

A major change had taken over my life and I didn’t even notice. But my husband did. One night, while I was tossing and turning, unable to fall asleep, he quietly whispered from the other side of the bed, “I think you are depressed.”

Ginkgo BilobaI turned on the lamp and sat up, giving him my best I-dare-you-to-say-that-again look. He sighed and carefully, lovingly started into his argument:

I had pulled away from him and the kids. I preferred to spend time alone, rather than join in with what the rest of the family was doing. I could sit on the sofa and stare into space for huge chunks of time without even realizing I was doing it—or what was going on around me in the meantime. I didn’t spend time with friends anymore. I groaned when my phone rang. I dreaded social gatherings.

I was irritable, lashing out at the littlest things. I oscillated between not being able to rest and sleeping way more than I should. I had trouble remembering things and concentrating on certain tasks was an unwelcomed challenge.

He was right. I was depressed. And the knowledge nearly crushed me.

Considering my Options
The next morning, I went online to do some research. I was immediately confronted with technical jargon and treatment options that were filled with unknown chemicals. I knew none of that was for me.

So I changed my search parameters to include natural treatment options. What I found changed my life. I began to read about vitamin B12 deficiencies—the causes, the symptoms and the treatments.

I checked the causes…
Vitamin B12 is only naturally found in animal products—meat, seafood, dairy products, eggs, etc. If you don’t eat enough of these foods, you could have a deficiency. Even if you do pack on the proteins, there is a chance your body has a hard time absorbing what you eat.

I wasn’t technically a vegetarian or a raw foods fanatic, but I did prefer vegetables and fruits to anything else. Analyzing what I was eating, I could easily see how I might not be getting enough vitamin B12.

I checked the symptoms…
A vitamin B12 deficiency is noted by several symptoms. Unfortunately, these symptoms are common of other ailments too—so the nutrient shortage often goes unnoticed.

A minor deficiency was commonly marked by:

  • Feeling weak
  • Dizzy spells
  • Constant fatigue
  • Spurts of elevated heart rate and breathing
  • Easy bruising or bleeding (especially the gums)
  • Digestive issues including upset stomach
  • Constipation or diarrhea
  • Tingling of the fingers and toes

The longer the deficiency persisted, the more advanced the symptoms:

  • Depression
  • Memory loss
  • Anxiety
  • Panic attacks
  • Mania
  • Dementia

Taking a careful look at the list of symptoms—and my overall health—I realized I was experiencing quite a few of these conditions.

I checked the treatments…
A vitamin B12 deficiency can be managed with a variety of methods.

First, simply adding more vitamin rich foods to the diet can help. This is the most natural option available. However, it isn’t necessarily the most effective. Many people have absorption issues—meaning our bodies won’t be able to take advantage of all the nutrients in the foods we eat. No matter how much B12 is consume, the body might still have a shortage.

Second, oral pills are an option. Anyone who has walked through the aisles of a pharmacy knows there are supplements available for just about every vitamin, mineral and element under the sun. There are a few drawbacks to oral pills though. If your body struggles to absorb the vitamin B12 from the foods you eat, it will also have a hard time taking advantage of the nutrients in the supplement. Therefore, you might not be any better off with oral supplements.

Also, oral supplements must be digested and absorbed by the body. A lot of the dose is lost during this process. That means you are paying for a lot of supplement that your body will never use.

Lastly, oral pills usually include cheap fillers and potentially harmful chemicals. That didn’t sound like the natural treatment I was looking for.

The third supplementation option was my favorite. Vitamin B12 injections have many benefits over oral pills. Vitamin B12 injections are administered directly into the muscle. This bypasses the absorption process and ensures 100% of the injection dose reaches the bloodstream.

There are other benefits of injectable B12 too. For example, oral pills need to be taken daily (sometimes twice a day). Injectable B12 is much more efficient and therefore, don’t need to be administered as often. A quick and easy poke once or twice a week sure beats daily pills!

Getting the Official Stamp of Approval
Armed with all my research, I scheduled an appointment with my doctor to check my vitamin B12 levels. The simple blood test revealed what I believed to be true—I had a vitamin B12 deficiency.

Since my doctor is sympathetic to natural healing and preventative health, she whole-heartedly encouraged my depression treatment option. She pointed out that there was a proven link between a vitamin B12 deficiency and depression, even if the exact role of vitamin B12 injections in the treatment of depression was unclear.

Happy With My Decision
It had been a long time since I felt actual joy and enthusiasm for anything, but walking out of the doctor’s office that day was the closest I’d come to elation.

Since starting on my treatment journey, I’ve already noticed perceptible changes. Of course, those modifications didn’t happen overnight, but the cumulative change in my demeanor and mindset is amazing.

If you find yourself in a similar position—no matter what the health concern—consider holistic and natural treatments first. I could have easily started popping an anti-depressant; I might have even seen temporary results. But by understanding and treating the underlying issue, I can fill my body with natural, necessary goodness rather than questionable, toxic chemicals.

Treating ailments naturally is what all the cool kids are doing; have you tried it yet?

About the Author

Lindsey Dahlberg is a fan of natural healing and preventative health. When she finds something that works, she likes to share her story far and wide!

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Six Types of Food to Avoid for Healthier Teeth

by Head Health Nutter on November 16, 2014

When you see someone with a bright, white smile, don’t you just think, “healthy?” I do! It’s definitely a sign of someone who takes care of themselves. If you want to take better care of your teeth (which has extra health benefits… stay tuned for a future post on this!), check out today’s post by guest blogger, Anita.  

Sticky, filmy bacteria known as plaque naturally live in everyone’s mouth. Tooth enamel is a thin protective layer that minimizes the effects of plaque but does not grow back after decaying or cracking. Reducing the following types of food in your diet can assist in protecting your teeth.

Sticky Foods

6 Types of Food to Avoid for Healthier TeethChewy gooey foods like peanut butter, taffy, and caramel are infamous for making sugary deposits that bacteria digest, forming cavities. Without regular brushing and flossing, even healthy sticky foods like raisins or other dried fruits become leftovers for plaque. While dried fruit is normally considered a healthier choice of food, be sure to brush your teeth after eating it, since it can be just as bad as candy if it sticks around for too long.

Hard Foods

Hard candy and other tough foods test the strength of tooth enamel. Un-popped corn kernels lurking at the bottom of the popcorn bowl or ice cubes added to a warm drink might mean a visit to the local dentist to crown a cracked or broken tooth. Try not to bite down on foods that are too hard, even if they don’t have sugary content, like ice. These foods can still cause just as much as damage. [click to continue…]

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Super Food Super Guide

by Head Health Nutter on November 13, 2014

This is probably the cutest food guide ever created – and, wow, the sample daily meal plan sounds absolutely scrumptious! We’re pleased to present guest blogger, Cassie Brewer, with her super food super guide and witty article about some of the most yummiest super foods and meal suggestions.  

When it comes to weight loss, beauty, and general health, what we put into our bodies is just as important as our daily workouts and skincare regimens. It’s important to know that not all calories are created equal. Unfortunately, 200 calories worth of potato chips is not comparable to 200 calories of nutrient-rich, tasty, antioxidant-packed foods. However, when I’m strapped for time and money, it can be hard to make smart nutritional choices.

That’s why I’ve compiled a handy list for you to consult while grocery shopping. Here are my favorite super foods, as well as some easy tips for implementing them into your meals. It’s less of a diet and more of a lifestyle change. Plus, all of the listed superfoods are so delicious, you will feel decadent instead of deprived. Bon Appetite!

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Ways To Get Your Toddler Started Now On An Active Life

by Head Health Nutter on November 10, 2014

Ya know, my mom wasn’t the most active woman when I knew her growing up. She’s now 65 and in a nursing home with diabetes and dementia, along with some strokes thrown in there. I’ve struggled over the years myself to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Part of me wishes that I grew up with a model of health. It would have made things easier, I think. So here’s Savannah Coulsen with an article on getting your youngster started early.

In the first year of a toddler’s life, the most development occurs when they begin to learn how to crawl and walk. They often enjoy learning how to play with new toys, hold a bottle for the first time, and even say their first few words. To encourage your toddler to continue their active lifestyle as they develop, there are a few steps to take to facilitate their activity and increase their physical abilities.

Explore the Outdoors

Ways To Get Your Toddler Started Now On An Active LifeEncourage your child to have a natural curiosity with the outdoors by allowing them to explore throughout the week. Begin by taking the child to a playground where they can learn to play on outdoor structures that are in a natural setting. You can also take the toddler on various trails in parks and schedule fishing or camping trips throughout the year. Visiting a local beach will also allow the toddler to play in the sand and take a dip in the water for a great way to help them associate having fun with physical activity.

Enroll the Child in Swimming Classes

Introducing a child to the water at an early age will allow them to feel comfortable swimming as they develop. Find swimming lessons that are cheap in New York City or at your local pool for a great way to learn important methods of staying afloat and protecting themselves while they play in a pool. The activity will allow them to enjoy a seasonal sport with the company of other toddlers their age.

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Do we need nutritional supplements? Some people say, “No!” Guest blogger, Dixie Somers, says: perhaps in certain circumstances. Check out her article and see if you might want to try adding a supplement or two to add to your diet and exercise (or lack thereof) regime.

A diet rich in essential nutrients, proteins, healthy grains, good fats, fruits, and vegetables should accommodate what the body requires for proper function and overall health. However, food available today is over processed, genetically modified, and contains potential toxins—factors that deplete and destroy vital nutrients. Research indicates that a mere three percent of Americans eat three servings of vegetables and only twenty-eight percent eat two servings of fruit daily.

Think Your Nutrition is Lacking - How to Know Which Supplements Will HelpFurthermore, diseases, diet, body type, stress, and other circumstances can leave your body in need of extra help when it comes to getting the proper nutrients. Keep reading to learn about which supplements might help you get the full measure of nutrients your body needs—especially when you can’t get it from food.

Vitamins and Minerals

Vitamins are essential organic nutrients that the body cannot create but needs in small amounts. Minerals are inorganic elements found in plants. Although most vitamins and minerals are available through the diet, many sources are destroyed during cooking. This is why “eating healthy” doesn’t always guarantee that you are getting the essential nutrients.

Protein and Joint Complexes

Proteins make up the hormones and enzymes that are part of the body’s metabolic and physiological processes. They also maintain tissues, enhance immunity, build muscle, heal wounds, replace dead cells, replenish blood loss, and promote proper function of the nervous system. Research at the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons suggests a number of supplements that may improve joint health, increase mobility, relieve pain, and reduce inflammation. Once again, many people need protein supplements because of diseases, a lack of protein in the diet, or other special circumstances.

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6 Steps to Supercharge Your Immune System this Season

by Head Health Nutter on November 5, 2014

Everyone around me is coming down with colds! To the rescue, here’s guest blogger, Stu Lieberman, with some advice on how to strengthen your immune system so you can battle those cold viruses running rampant in these colder temperatures.

healthy chicken soupThis time of year you probably have a thousand things to do. Between the cooking and cleaning for incoming guests, to the shopping for your loved ones, the last thing you need is a runny nose and cold to slow you down.

Here are six ways to help keep your immune system in tip-top shape so you can fight off the bugs and stay healthy this season.

  1. Get a Good Night’s Sleep. Restful sleep, especially during busy times, allows you to recharge your batteries so you have the energy to tackle all there is to do. But when you don’t get enough sleep, your levels of the stress hormone, cortisol, increase. And, elevated cortisol levels can suppress your immune function.
  2. Try Probiotics. Did you know that 70% of your immune system lives in your digestive tract? When you take a daily probiotic, the “good bugs” trigger the immune cells in your gut to tell the immune cells in your nose to fight off pathogens that can suppress your immune system.
  3. Laugh Your Stress Away. Research has found that during stressful times, one’s immunity can go way down. To help combat stress, try checking out a funny movie or television show. Or, get together with some friends that can lift your spirits. Laughing lowers levels of the stress hormone, cortisol and boosts “feel good” endorphins.
  4. Chomp on Some Garlic. When I was a kid, my mother would always hand me glove of garlic to chew on whenever I started to feel under the weather. My teenage self would yell “gross!”, but maybe my mom had it right. Garlic has an active ingredient called allicin, which supports your immune system and helps your body fight infections. In one British study, researchers gave 146 people either a garlic extract or placebo for 12 weeks. Those that received the garlic were two-thirds less likely to catch a cold.
  5. Slurp Chicken Soup. When you’re feeling like you’re getting sick, nothing provides more soothing comfort than a warm bowl of chicken soup. Now research has shown that Grandma’s soup can support your immune system, too. One study out of the University of Nebraska found that chicken soup contains a number of substances that ease the symptoms of upper respiratory tract infections. If you don’t want to make soup from scratch, the researchers tested 13 commercial brands and found that many may even work better than homemade. Among those brands that were shown to benefit the immune system were: Knorr’s Chicken Noodle, Campbell’s Home Cookin’ Chicken Vegetable, Campbell’s Healthy Request Chicken Noodle, Lipton Cup-o-Soup Chicken Noodle and Progresso Chicken Noodle.
  6. Get Intimate. Sex with your partner not only lowers levels of cortisol, it also can rev up your immune system. Making love with your partner once or twice a week has been linked with higher levels of immunoglobulin A, (IgA). IgA is a protein that helps your immune system fight colds and flu.

About the Author

This article is written by + Stu Lieberman the writer for Nutri-Health.com, an online High Quality Probiotics and Health Store. Assisting people and helping them find quality natural health supplements and products online is what Stu has been doing for over 3 years. Nutri-Health.com carries Digestive Supplements to Probiotics to Joint Health.

Do you have any tips for us to boost our immune systems?

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Home Remedies for Hair Growth

by Head Health Nutter on October 20, 2014

Who doesn’t want a head-full of full, luscious healthy hair? If you do, check out today’s guest article by Madhavi Dandu about natural ways to grow healthy hair!

Having long luxurious locks is everyone’s dream and taking care of hair for proper growth is very important. Your hair is made up of dead cells filled with keratin (a type of protein). So it is a given that as you increase the amount of protein in your diet, you see your hair grow better.

Pure Beauty. Portrait of Young Brunette with Glossy MakeupBut this is not always easy and many factors like the harsh weather, stress or chemicals cause hair fall out, leading to premature balding.

Here are some home remedies for hair growth:

  • Onion Juice: Boil an onion in water and use this water to wash your hair every week. Or, you can juice an onion and apply this juice in your hair, leave it for an hour and then wash it off. Onion contains many types of natural sulphides which are very good for the hair and promote good hair growth.
  • Eggs: Eggs are full of protein and applying these on your hair will ensure good and natural hair growth. You can take 2 egg whites and use them on your hair after shampooing, as a conditioner. Wash this off after a whole day. Another method is to take 2 egg yolks and beat them. Apply this paste on your hair as a hair mask. You need to cover your hair tightly as eggs tend to drop and wash this off after an hour or two. Use eggs every two weeks on your head to improve the quality of hair and promote growth.
  • Yoghurt: Yoghurt is made from milk and has essential nutrients like calcium, fats and proteins. It is a very good form of milk and very beneficial for any type of hair growth. Lightly beat a cup of yoghurt and apply this on your hair an hour before you go for a bath. Try not to apply any shampoo and simply wash the yoghurt off with water. The next day, follow your regular shampoo and conditioner routine. Do this regularly every week to see good hair growth.
  • Vinegar: There is something about vinegar that is very good for your hair. It contains a very mild form of acetic acid and washes off all the dirt and grime from your hair leaving them looking smooth and shiny. In a mug full of water, mix 1 tablespoon of vinegar and after you have washed your hair; pour this water on your hair. If you do this every time you wash your hair, you will notice a very good change in the quality and shine of your hair.
  • Hot oil Treatment: Take a tablespoon of almond oil and 2 tablespoons of olive oil, heat them up. This should be warm to touch and not burn you. Now, apply this hot oil in your scalp, massaging gently till you have oiled all of your hair completely.

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The Truth about Drinking Flavoured Water

by Head Health Nutter on October 16, 2014

Have you turned to commercial flavoured water to get your required H2O intake? Before you spend a ton of money and ingest liters of this substance, read this guest article by Dixie Somers to make a more informed decision. 

Soft drink moguls Coca-Cola and Pepsi have both found a winner in flavoured water. Accounting for over $300 million dollars in sales a year, this popular drink is a hit amongst people trying to lose weight or live a healthier lifestyle. But how healthy is it? There has been more and more debate lately on what ingredients are added, and how they affect the human body. Keep reading to get an inside look at how your favorite “healthy” drink might not be doing your body any favors.

blackberry-mint-infused-waterSugars
The unfortunate truth about flavoured waters is that to achieve a strong flavor, there is going to be either natural or artificial sugars involved. While not necessarily at high levels, they could still be plenty enough to cause cavities and other dental problems. It’s still not a reliable alternative to getting your vitamins from the proper intake of vegetables, fruits, and other foods. Some of these drinks actually use high fructose corn syrup, which has the ability to suppress the body’s natural ability to recognize when it isn’t hungry, making you think you still must eat.

Calorie Count
If you’re in the business of calorie counting, it may interest you to know that many bottles of flavoured water are on average packing about 120 calories. This makes it a poor alternative to regular water or other beverages when attempting to lose weight. It’s true that some have zero calories, but they are few and far between. If your flavoured water contains natural sugar, this may be a high source of those calories.

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