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Benefits of Fasting

Many people observe fasting as a religious obligation but only few know the health benefits it has. Fasting is a good practice, if properly implemented. It promotes elimination of toxins from the body, reduces blood sugar and fat stores. It promotes healthy eating habits and boost immunity.

Fasting Promotes Weight Loss
Fasting promotes rapid weight loss. It reduces the store of fats in the body. However, fasting is not a good weight loss strategy. Reducing fat and sugar intake, and increasing fruits and rest are better measures to achieve weight reduction.

Fasting Reduces Blood Sugar
Fasting increases breakdown of glucose so that the body can get energy. It reduces production of insulin. This rests the pancreas. Glucagon is produced to facilitate the breakdown of glucose. The outcome of fasting is a reduction in blood sugar.

Fasting Promotes A Healthy Diet
It has been observed that fasting reduces cravings for processed foods. It promotes desire for natural foods, especially water and fruits. This is one way in which fasting promotes a healthy lifestyle.

Fasting Boosts Immunity
When an individual is on a balanced diet in between fasts, this can boost immunity. Elimination of toxins and reduction in fat store also helps the body. When individuals take fruits to break a fast, they increase the body’s store of essential vitamins and minerals. Vitamin A and E are good antioxidants readily available in fruits. They help to boost immunity.

Fasting Increases Fat Breakdown
The first response of the body to fasting is break down of glucose. When the store of glucose is exhausted, ketosis begins. This is breakdown of fat to release energy. The fats stored in the kidney and muscles are broken down to release energy.

When Not To Fast?
If you are severely underweight, diabetic, pregnant, have a serious medical condition, or recovering from surgery, then you really shouldn’t fast without first consulting your physician.

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Standing Bent-Over Concentration Curls

1) Stand with feet in a wide staggered stance (one foot out in form of the other).
2) Bend at the waist keeping your back straight. You body should be leaning forwards and to the side that you are not lifting the dumbbell with (foot that is forward).
3) Keep your abs tight and head aligned with the spine, hold a dumbbell in your hand. Keep your arm hanging down with the other arm rested on top of your knee for added support.
4) Curl the dumbbell in a smooth arc to the top and then slowly return it to full-arm extension. Ensure that the elbow is positioned at the same point throughout the curl.

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Good Posture

Good Posture
Good posture is an easy and very important way to maintain a healthy mind and body. When you practice correct posture, your body is in alignment with itself. This can alleviate common problems such as back pain, headaches, and fatigue. Being in good general health and standing (or sitting) tall will also boost you’re bearing and self confidence.

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Oriental Broad Beans

Broad beans done the Egyptian way. This is a simple recipe that is high in protein and fibre.

Preparation: 20 minutes
Serves: 1 serving
Energy: 247 calories per serving

– juice of ½ lemon
– 1 medium tomato, chopped
– ¼ tsp dried coriander
– ¼ tsp cumin
– 1 dash pepper
– 1 dash salt
– 1 clove garlic, chopped
– 2 tbsps parsley
– 2 tbsps shallots, chopped
– 1 thin chilli pepper, chopped
– 1 cup broad beans

1) In a pan over medium heat add the tomato, shallots, chilli pepper and garlic (add a little water if needed).
2) Add the beans and stir together. Cook for 10 minutes.
3) Remove pan from heat and place in a serving dish.
4) Add the lemon juice, parsley, cumin, coriander, salt and pepper. Stir well.

Note: An egg can be added to the top of the beans or serve with a boiled egg on the side.

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Hammer Curls

Hammer Curls
Dumbbell hammer curls is an auxiliary arm exercise that primarily develops the bicep brachii (bicep) and forearm (brachioradialis). With the hammer curl, your get more forearm involvement.

1) Stand erect holding a dumbbell in each hand, to your side. Ensure palms are facing inwards and arms are straight.
2) With elbows to your sides, raise one dumbbell until the forearm is vertical and the thumb is facing your shoulder.
3) Lower to the original position and repeat with alternative arm.

The biceps may be exercised alternating (as described), simultaneous, or in simultaneous-alternating fashion. When elbows are fully flexed, they can travel forward slightly allowing forearms to be no more than vertical. This additional movement allows for relative release of tension in muscles between repetitions.