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Antioxidants For Fitness

Introduction And Background
Health and fitness is fast becoming a pretty popular subject if it isn’t already, in many countries of the world. In fact, governments are actually setting up funds and programs to improve the health and living lifestyle of people not just be educating them about diseases and hygiene but also about giving them a chance to achieve fitness. There is a lot of investment in gyms and exercise machines and the business is increasing behind it, which is a good thing because it means that people are turning towards it and giving it importance rather than setting it up for failure. However, with the number of obese people on the planet now, educating about fitness has become a necessity more than anything. In this article, you will learn about antioxidants, what they are and what exactly their role in fitness is.

What Are Antioxidants?
To understand antioxidants, you must first understand the concept of free radicals. When a chemical reaction occurs in the body, sometimes a particle escapes which does not combine with another particle and has the capacity to fix in elsewhere in the body and can cause a lot of damage. They can cause damage at a cellular level which means that your immunity can be compromised as well and you can easily catch an infection too. In fact, free radicals can even cause mutations and the development of cancer in the body. Now, in order to protect our body from these free radicals that can occur anytime, there are antioxidants in the body which help fight them off and get rid of them. Antioxidants either instigate enzymes and other nutrients or inhibit them, all in favor of battling off free radicals and the damage it has caused in the body till then, if any.

Where Are They Found?
Antioxidants are actually found in the food that you eat. For example, carotene is an antioxidant and you can find it many vegetables and fruits. Selenium is another antioxidant, a dietary chemical which is again available in many food items, especially in eggs as they are rich in this antioxidant. One of the most powerful of antioxidants is the vitamin C. It is naturally found in many fruits, especially the citrus fruits and it boosts immunity as well. Not only that, were you aware that vitamin C also plays a huge role in protecting the brain and the spinal cord from the free radicals and even plays protector of the blood vessels to boot. Time to power up on the vitamin C! There are many people who do not just get vitamin C from the diet but in fact they take vitamin C supplements because it is really healthy to do so. Vitamin E is also another powerful antioxidant which helps in inhibiting fat oxidation.

The Road To Fitness
While antioxidants might be very small nutrients to actually be foods that give you less calories or be fiber type foods that act as appetite suppressants but in fact, antioxidants play a bigger role than all of that. They keep every part of your body fit. Imagine if there were no antioxidants in the body, the many free radicals that are out to cause damage will actually cause that damage and sooner than later everybody will be in the hospital due to some disease or any other condition. Being fit does not only mean that you have muscles or at are at the perfect weight, it also means that you need to be healthy as well and to be mentally sound with everything inside the body working fine as well. What’s the point of having abs if your blood vessels are clotting inside due to lack of antioxidants? Hence, it is very important to take care of health and be fit from the inside as well and antioxidants are just the way to do that. Give importance to them as well. They can easily be found in many foods so you don’t even have to make much of an effort to actually get them like you do with the macronutrients like protein and carbohydrates and fats. All you have to do is realize their importance and to maybe get a few vitamins for yourself, just in case!

This will really help as you get older and will keep you fit. Imagine having minimum or next to none heart problems just because you were specific on your antioxidants and kept a healthy diet full of fruits and vegetables. This is also one of the main reasons why doctors keep informing to have a proper diet filled with them. They contain antioxidants that can actually keep you healthy and even improve intestinal health. Colonic cancer can be avoided if one eats the right kind of things at the right time!

5 Home Based Easy Workouts To Lose Weight

Introduction And Background
Losing weight is not that impossible if you set your mind to it because a lot of people can do it. You might have seen that there are many who deem it a task that is pretty hard to do and in their minds maybe they can never achieve it. Well, that should not be the case. It is tough to stay away from food and exercise but will power is a strong thing too and if you have enough will power to stick to your regime, you will be able to accomplish it. And good news for you is that you don’t have to join the gym or drive to the nearest park to go for a jog. You can exercise right at home and have your perfect little workout to lose weight. At least this should be a benefit in mind; you can’t make excuses for exercise now! Read the article to figure out the 5 home based easy workouts to lose weight.

Workout For The Abs
Now, working out for the abs is probably the first thing that comes to mind, especially a man’s mind since a protruding stomach is not at all something they want. Hence, working out for the abs is kind of a top priority and the best thing is, ab exercises are the easiest to do at home because you don’t even need any equipment for them. All you need to do is to know how to do the exercise. The first thing you need to learn however is to warmup a little before starting a workout. It could be loosening up a little or doing a few pushups even. For the abs, the best exercise is doing the planks. It is really hard and one rarely can do it for more than a minute the first time they are doing it but it gradually builds up as the stamina increases. For the planks, you need to lie down on your stomach and then support yourself on your toes and elbows only while being in a straight line in the air. It really puts pressure on the stomach and shoulders and builds the abs. Crunches can also help to develop abs.

Workout For The Hips
This area concerns men but since it is the main area of storing fat for women, they are more likely to be concerned about a workout for the hips. Again, no equipment is required and you can do this right at home in a corner somewhere. The perfect workout for the hips is to do a set of squats. Squats will not only help you immensely in reducing the fat from the hip but it will also give it a good shape and is pretty good for women to avoid back pain when they reach their fifties or in menopausal state. A lot of workout experts recommend squats for fitness and weight loss. It is when you bend your knee so that the leg and the thigh are adjacent but keeps your back straight while doing it and then rise up after staying like that for a second or two. Searching for images to help in doing the exercise always helps.

Workout For The Legs
Working out for the legs is pretty easy. Either you can do the cardio exercise by climbing the stairs up and down in your home or if you can afford an exercise machine which can help you do that then well and good! Otherwise, even climbing up and down one step quickly is helpful too, you don’t really need any gym equipment. Exercise bicycles also come cheap at times; one can always get that too. They don’t take up much space either.

Workout For The Arms
Again, a workout for the arms is also really easy. There are numerous exercises which require raising the arms and twisting and turning them while holding them straight in the air. Other exercises require dumbbells which also do not cost that much either and most people have them at home – they can be of one kilogram or more.

A Full Body Workout
A full body workout would require doing all of these things together or perhaps doing sets of bench presses and maybe running on the treadmill if possible. A full body workout always consists of a workout of all parts of the body so it is up to you to decide how many reps in one set and how many sets of each exercise are you willing to do!

These home based workouts, as you can see, rarely require equipment or a proper gym setup. You just need to have the will and energy to lose weight and to exercise some body parts to lose weight from those parts and shape them well!

Vitamin E In Diet

Introduction And Background
We often focus on a lot of other things while dieting such as managing exercise and making sure we fit it into our schedules. We also pay a huge amount of attention the macronutrients in the diet such as resisting carbs and concentrating more on the proteins and limiting the fats altogether. While these things are of the utmost importance, we often don’t concentrate on the little things that could help in the dieting process; the vitamins and the minerals. This article will help you to understand the importance and significance of vitamin E in our diet and how even if we are curtailing our foods, we should make sure that there is no deficiency of vitamin E!

The Importance Of Vitamins
We’re often so obsessed and worried about how much protein we’re taking and how we can decrease fats from our foods that we often don’t give any thought to the vitamins present and how they can affect us. You might be thinking that something as small as vitamins could not have a very profound effect on the body but here’s where you should know; night blindness is caused by a deficiency of vitamin A and if you are deficient in vitamin C, not only will you have bleeding gums but your immunity will lower as well. And now on to vitamin E!

The Importance Of Vitamin E In Diet
The most important reason that we should take vitamin E in our diet is that it is a terrific antioxidant. To know how it is terrific, you need to understand what antioxidants do in the body. The human body has many chemical reactions occurring in it, in every cell and sometimes these reactions produce free radicals that have the ability to greatly harm the body. Antioxidants help to fight off the free radicals and remove toxicity from the body before anything happens. Vitamin E does that in the body and helps to protect it. In other words, your immunity is immensely improved with the vitamin in your body.

The Risk Of Heart Disease Is Decreased
Another crucial reason of having vitamin E in the diet is that the risk of heart disease is significantly decreased. Vitamin E has the power to thin the blood a little which means that the possibility of platelets clumping together or coagulation happening in the arteries becomes less and thus the chances of developing coronary heart disease or having a stroke because of arteriosclerosis is minimal.

Better Hair And Better Skin
We’re always told to have vitamins for having better hair and for better skin and while no one might have realized how essential it was, try to realize it now. With improved circulation due to this vitamin and decreased toxicity, it shows magnificently on the skin and on the scalp as well with healthier hair. Some people also use vitamin E extractions to get rid of acne scarring or any other wound they might have on their skin as the vitamin helps in regeneration and repair of damaged cells! It also adds a certain glow if people use vitamin E oil drops on their skin. Research is being done right now to see what is the effect of the anti-aging process and vitamin E?

Take Supplements
Vitamin E is a lipid soluble vitamin which means that you do not need a daily amount of it like the water soluble vitamins because it is stored in your body and not excreted. However, you still need a required dose of vitamin E and if you are not getting enough of it through the things you eat then you need to take up the alternative solution; supplements. Although everyone would prefer to naturally fulfill their requirements through the food they eat, taking vitamin supplements is often a healthy habit and can only aid in your health, not damage it. Taking vitamin E supplements is really good and improves health as well, as you can tell from the benefits above. There are many companies who sell daily multivitamins which have vitamin E in them or you can take specific vitamin E supplements, it is all up to you.

What you may have concluded from this article is that vitamin E is essential in the diet and the possibility that it could be deficient should never arise because it is too important. Aside from the benefits for the heart and the skin and the hair, it has the ability to provide immunity for the body and protect it against free radicals which is considered to be its most important function. Antioxidants are necessary and vitamin E happens to be one of them; This is also one of the reasons why you should turn to supplements so that there is no chance of any deficiency.


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