Is the Credit Crunch Affecting Your Hair?

The credit crunch has hit all of our pockets, but has it also started to make a hole in your health? It is said that by Christmas 2008 at least 2 million people will become unemployed with that figure set to rise in 2009, leaving people struggling to an uncontrollable financial level.

With all of the financial worry that is burdening over us, one of the most devastating affects that it will have on your body, will probably be your skin and hair. We will now take a look at some of the symptoms that the credit crunch may bring to you.

If you have had healthy hair for the whole of your life and suddenly see greys popping up, then you should be worried. As this means that your body is under a lot of stress, and the way your body responds to combat this is by developing grey hairs. As people get older, the pigment cells in the hair follicles steadily die. When there are less pigment cells in a hair follicle, that wisp of hair will no longer contain as much melanin and will become a more transparent colour, like gray, silver, or white as it grows. But enormous amounts of worry and stress can also have this adverse affect to the melanin and cause greying of the hair.

Another affect that you may notice the stress of the credit crunch cause, is starting to notice patching around the base of your head or a receding hair line. If this has occurred during a short period of time, then it would be probably due to the stress and strains that you are experiencing financially.

Probably one of the more annoying aspects is if you start noticing your hair falling out. This may be a sign that you need to slowly start finding the causes and eliminating them, as if this progresses it could indicate signs of complete baldness.

The credit crunch is a very worrying time for everyone, and its not just hair that it can affect. Stress is one of the major killers in the world and can have health implementations such as slow blood circulation, heart attacks and major fatigue. You should therefore sit down and try to budget to the best of your abilities and get through these tough times with ease rather than strain. Remember the credit crunch will not last forever, so there is a ray of light at the end of the tunnel.

Who Knew That Youthful Looks and Glowing Good Health Were As Easy As Enjoying a Delicious Crunch?

Want to eat healthier and look younger? Perhaps looking for a great-tasting, satisfying crunch to add to your meals? Look no further than cruciferous vegetables, also sometimes called “super-vegetables.”

Cruciferous vegetables, which include broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, kale, cabbage, and bok choy, earned their “super” status by being rich sources of fabulous phytochemicals, vitamins, minerals, and fiber. And, since they are also brimming with great taste, they make wonderful additions to your family’s meals every day.

The properties of these crunchy “super-veggies” offer a number of healthful effects, including the apparent ability to stem pre-cancerous cell mutation. In fact, some laboratory studies indicate that sulforaphane, which is one of the naturally-occurring phytochemicals found in cruciferous vegetables, can stimulate enzymes that detoxify carcinogens before they can damage cells. Other cruciferous phytochemicals appear to support this amazing ability.

Another important benefit of including cruciferous veggies in your daily diet is found in their powerful antioxidant properties. Now, you might wonder why antioxidants are such an integral component of glowing good health.

To help your body protect itself from the rigors of oxidation, Mother Nature provides thousands of different antioxidants in various amounts in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and nuts. When your body needs to put up its best defense, especially true in today’s environment, antioxidants are crucial to your health.

As oxygen interacts with cells of any type – an apple slice or, in your body, the cells lining your lungs or in a cut on your skin — oxidation occurs. This produces some type of change in those cells. They may die, such as with rotting fruit. In the case of cut skin, dead cells are replaced in time by fresh, new cells, resulting in a healed cut.

This birth and death of cells in the body goes on continuously, 24 hours a day. It is a process that is necessary to keep the body healthy.

Yet there is a downside. While the body metabolizes oxygen very efficiently, one or two percent of cells will get damaged in the process and turn into free radicals.

Now, “free radicals” is a term often used to describe damaged cells that can be problematic. They are “free” because they are missing a critical molecule, which sends them on a rampage to pair with another molecule. These molecules will rob any molecule to quench that need.

When free radicals are on the attack, they don’t just kill cells to acquire their missing molecule. If free radicals simply killed a cell, it wouldn’t be so bad… the body could just regenerate another one. The problem is, free radicals often injure the cell, damaging the DNA, which creates the seed for disease.

When a cell’s DNA changes, the cell becomes mutated. It grows abnormally and reproduces abnormally — and quickly.

Antioxidants work to stop this damaging, disease-causing chain reaction that free radicals have started. Each type of antioxidant works either to prevent the chain reaction or stop it after it’s started.

This is particularly important because free radicals have been linked to diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, and about sixty other diseases. These free radicals are also considered to be a primary cause of premature aging.

By reducing the body’s overload of free radicals, the delightful crunch of crucifers can help protect your body from disease while also providing marvelous anti-aging benefits.

All in all, the evidence is strong that eating cruciferous vegetables is a particularly healthful choice. Plus, they taste great!

Tips for enjoying cruciferous vegetables To maximize taste and nutrition, here are some handy tips for buying and preparing cruciferous vegetables:

  • As with all veggies, do not overcook cruciferous vegetables.
  • For extra flavor and color pizzazz, include dark green broccoli and snowy white cauliflower in your next veggie tray.
  • Give your green salad a nutritious boost with raw broccoli and cauliflower florets.
  • For quick and easy nutrition, check out the fresh or frozen bagged, ready-to-go broccoli, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts available at your local grocery store.
  • When buying fresh broccoli, always look for florets that are firm and have a purple, dark green or bluish hue on top. These contain higher concentrations of beta carotene and vitamin C than their light green counterparts. Also if the broccoli has yellow in the florets or is limp, these are signs that the produce is far from fresh.

Also remember to also include a high-quality nutritional supplement. If your family is like most, they simply do not consume the recommended five to eight servings of vegetables every day. Because of this, I strongly recommend that children and adults alike incorporate a high-quality nutritional supplement into their daily diet.

Personally, I feel that liquid supplements are the best choice, primarily because they are typically absorbed into the body’s cells much more effectively than pills. Plus, pill-form supplements often contain binders and fillers that give the pills their shape, and preservatives that enhance product shelf life. These collateral ingredients can actually prevent the vitamins, minerals and any other nutrients in the supplements from being effectively absorbed in the upper small intestine. This is due to the slower disintegration of binders, fillers, and preservatives in the stomach.

Additionally, liquid nutritional supplements are often much easier to ingest than their pill-form counterparts. Liquids are also a great option for those individuals who simply do not want to be burdened with taking handfuls of pills every day, as liquid nutritional supplements are usually more concentrated.

When selecting the nutritional supplement that is right for you, be sure to investigate the product’s ORAC score. ORAC stands for Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity and it is a proven method of measuring the antioxidant capacities of different foods. This antioxidant testing method was developed in 1992 at the National Institutes of Aging. ORAC antioxidant scoring is so accurate that it has been adopted by the USDA Human Nutrition Center on Aging.

So, for great health and increased longevity, be sure to include the delectable crunch of fresh cruciferous vegetables into your daily meals and also incorporate a good liquid nutritional supplement into your morning routine.

Can You Achieve a Six Pack Abs Through Crunches Alone?

I guess there is literally no individual in this world who doesn’t desire to have a six pack abs or sexy lingerie body of models and celebrities. There’s nothing wrong about being a little vain sometimes. However, there are other benefits we should be aware of on having a trimmer, sexier waistline than a flabby tummy. If you’re not aware, then you should consult your local physician or watch health television shows to know the multitude of heart diseases, diabetes, high blood pressure, kidney problems, pancreatitis and others one will suffer by being overweight / obese.

Several people sign-up membership in the gym to be in shape and to achieve that chiseled rock hard abs. They get a trainer and follow each and every exercises the trainer ask them to do. Some of these exercises I see perform at the gym are absolutely flawless and really essential but some may not be as effective as you think.

One key exercise personal trainers ask their students to do is the Ab crunch. This has a lot of variations such as machine ab crunches, ab-roller machines, manual crunches and positions to target different parts of the abs like side crunches for the obliques and decline crunches for the mid and lower abdominal muscles. However, as effective as they sound, why is it that not all individuals who do these exercises have six pack abs?

Ab crunches can be helpful for building abdominal muscles – no doubt about that but not for sculpting or showing them. Everybody has abdominal muscles, these are group of muscles you use for movement, bending, crunching, running etc. The abdominal muscles provide support to your overall body. Like every muscle group abdominals can be trained to become bigger and tone by putting ample amount of stress (crunch or weighted crunches). Eventually, these muscles will become bigger and more define. However, above our abdominals are layers of fat (could be thick or thin). The fat hides our six pack abs from showing up no matter how big and bold they are!

So the best way to flaunt your six pack ab muscles is to trim fat. How? Via cardio vascular exercises and cutting calories in your diet. Cardio exercises like running on the treadmill or pedaling on a stationary bike burns calories (carbs, fat and protein). The key equation here is that if you want to lose weight calories in > calories out and inverse if you want to gain weight.

Eliminating these layers of fat in your abdominals is the quickest and surest way to flaunt our abs finally. Always remember this tag line if you want to achieve a six pack abs: crunches are for building while cardio are for sculpting. It’s easy isn’t it?

To Crunch Or Not to Crunch? That is the Question

But what is the answer? How do you get a washboard stomach?

Even the so called ‘experts’ seem divided on this one. A flat stomach is most people’s dream but is the crunch the way to get it? Well consider this recently published number one answer to a yahoo question:

“those who suggest crunches and sit-ups actually have no idea what they are talking about. Large amounts of ab stimulation will actually make your abdominal region larger and give your stomach a more rounded look.”

The source for this reply is listed as being someone with “years of training and common sense.”

Another quote on a website offering advice on Postpartum Tummy states, “Take care that you do not do any ‘crunches’ which can make abdominal separation worse.”

However other ‘experts’ disagree:

“If you want sexy abs then you need to know how to do a perfect crunch. The crunch is the classic abs movement and it is classic for good reason – it works!”

This quote was taken from a women’s health and fitness website.

So again I have to ask, “What is the real answer?” After all haven’t we all been doing crunches or sit-ups for years to get a toned flat stomach? I’m sure I’m not the only one who remembers lying on the floor, hands behind my head with my younger brother holding my feet as I struggled to sit upright. Of course this only led to crippling back pain but I soldiered on until the new way of thinking was to keep your feet flat on the floor and bend your knees.

Nowadays you don’t even have to sit upright at all. You simply raise your head slightly off the floor and let your legs do the work with cycling movements. Having said that, I still haven’t got a washboard stomach despite clocking up thousands of crunches over the years so maybe it’s time I sided with the ‘against lobby’. Of course the hardliners will probably say it’s all down to technique but I think I’m going to abandon crunches and look for an alternative. I recently read that reducing fat on the stomach by increasing activity and following a sensible diet will help to reveal the hidden six-pack hiding beneath the surface. So that’s going to be my goal from now on. Goodbye gruelling crunches, hello healthy lifestyle and hopefully by summer I’ll finally be able to reveal a sexy, washboard stomach