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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

The Pros and Cons of Human Growth Hormones (HGH) Use in Sports

Athletes are very competitive. In most times, they take whatever it takes to win and one of the ways is to take performance enhancement supplements. Some of these supplements include human growth hormones (HGH) and steroids, among others.

HGH or Human Growth Hormone is naturally produced by the body and its effects include increasing the body's lean mass and decreasing body fat. It is produced in greatest levels in children while the whole body is growing. However, as one ages, lesser amounts are being produced in the body. For older people, one way to increase HGH in the body is by taking HGH supplements. However, this may result to lesser production of the hormones in the body or none maybe produced anymore.

In a 1990 article in the New England Journal of Medicine, Daniel Rudman of the Medical College of Wisconsin led a research team where regular growth hormone injections were given to a dozen of men who were of the age 60. After the six-month treatment period, these men were checked to be more than 10 years younger than their age. The study resulted to leaner body tissue, lesser fat in the body compared to few months ago, thicker skin and denser bones. This study has led to more demand of the anti-aging drug preparations and the rejuvenation clinics industry has become a hit. HGH was believed to enhance athletic performance.

Side Effects of HGH

Taking human growth hormone supplements were found to shorten the life span of those in the intensive care unit. Its other side efffects include decreased insulin reception of the person and decreased thyroid function, edema or swelling of one's feet and hands as well as numbness or tingling of the feet and hands or carpal tunnel syndrome, thickening of the bones and enlarged organs. For some, water retention and gynocomastia was noticed. HGH also increases the growth rate and the size of the cells which is the reason why cancer patients are not advised to take this supplement as it may also increase the size of the cancer cells.

However, compared to steriods, it has not shown increase of physical abilities and the agility of a person like increase in muscle strength and weight-lifting ability. This also includes cardiovascular fitness.

Many people like our favorite athletes and body builders want to get extra energy and power to do better in their chosen craft. One way to do this is by taking steroids. Steroids have many benefits to the human body if administered properly and in regulated amounts. Deca Durabolin is an injectable form of steroid. Some people use this as the administration process is easier and faster. It helps build muscle mass in the body and is also known to be effective in treating the HIV or AIDS virus.

Steroids are popularly known to have side effects if not administered properly. We always hear about some athletes using steroids to make themselves bulk-up faster and to get extra strength and energy. Though some people believe that it has some side-effects to the body, still many people use it. Because of this, it is necessary to make sure that you buy legal steroids whether online or offline. Many types of steroids are being sold everywhere and extra precaution has to be observed. We have to make sure that the steroid you buy has the right amounts to ensure of your safety and total well-being.

How To Lose Weight in Two Weeks Part 1

The weight loss topic has always been a very important topic for people around the world. We always want to lose those unwanted fats in our body but most of the time to no avail.  Our too much eating and lesser physical activity have made those fats stay and be stored in our body. So, how long would it take us to get these fats to be burned? Many people resort to crash dieting most especially those individuals who have to look good for their jobs. They feel that their corporate and professional appearance is very necessary and one of the requirements is to look good. So, is it possible to achieve our weight loss goal in a short span of time? A weeks length might be too harsh for your body. It is necessary to lose weight slowly and surely. A well-regulated diet plan is necessary in order to be successful in your weight loss goal.

First and foremost is to minimize on your carbohydrates intake. Excess and unused carbohydrates in the body will be stored as fats. These are the stored fats we can find on our bellies, arms, buttocks and the other parts of our body. First we can cut our carbohydrates intake into a quarter and then to half until your body gets used to it. You can notice that your belly fat will slowly become smaller. A few days cut on your carbs intake will surely make a difference.

It is also necessary to minimize on your sugar intake. Sugar is converted into glucose in the body. Insulin regulates the body’s glucose levels. Once there is an access, this excess is also stored as fats inside the body. Eating sweet foods makes you fat and cutting on sweet foods is an effective way to lose the extra fats.

Drink a lot of water. Water is essential to life. Water is essential most especially to those who wants to lose weight. Drinking at least 6-8 glasses of water daily will give your stomach a signal of being full and will minimize your cravings. 

More tips in my next posts so see you around.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Dogs are Man's Best Friends

Almost all of us have our favorite little bestfriends at home. When we get home, they always welcome us excitedly. They waggle their tales to let us know they are most excited to see us and that we got home safely. We can always teach them tricks that they willingly follow. They always brighten our day with the cute little actions and facial expressions they have when we scold them or show them we really care.

Different kinds of dogs can be our domesticated companions. We have our favorite poodles and dalmatians, and many more. I was excited to know that recently, there's another breed of dogs that we can also choose. Have you ever heard of a "labradoodle"? Some people may already know about this breed but for those who don’t have a clear idea yet, a labradoodle is a popular hybrid dog which originally was a cross between a poodle and a labrador retriever. Labradoodles come in different generations of cross breeding. The f1b labradoodle definition states that this is a second generation labradoodle which is the offspring of an F1 that has been breed back with a Standard Poodle. This mix produces a 75/25 Poodle/Lab combination. This breed is also more allergy-friendly than their first generation counterparts.

Labradoodles were said to be breed in order to produce a dog that is allergy-free or non-allergenic, or hypoallergenic. Labradoodle hypoallergenic dogs are safe to be with at home as they won’t cause allergies unlike other dogs that would make us start sneezing, scratching and have a swollen eye or itchiness on other parts of our body. However, different people may have different allergic reactions. It is still necessary to be careful. You have to try first if the labradoodle that you have won’t cause these reactions.

Once you have found your true dog friend, you can always spend a relaxing time at home. You won’t feel alone anymore as they are always welcoming whenever we need them.