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Welcome! This may be the last physical fitness website you will ever need to visit. Now don’t let the title of the site fool you. This web resource is for anyone male or female, regardless of age. Since I have to pick on an age group, I decided that it would be the over-fifty group. Somewhere around the late forties and surely by the time you hit fifty, most people get the idea that it is all over to stay young, fit and sexy. I am here to tell you that you will change all of those notions once you hang around here for a while.

I can show you how to totally transform your body and your life for the better in as little as 12 weeks.   And I will show you how to feel younger, and look better from birthday to birthday.

If you are ready to make the change. Get ready to step out of the old and into the new you.

“It is no longer how old you are, but how old you want to be.”

Warmly,

Charles Prosper

“The 12-Week Fitness Guru”

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Jack LaLanne, on January 23, 2011, passed at the ripe and healthy age of 96. Did you know that amongst his many fitness feats that he set the world record for push ups at age 42 by doing 1,033 push ups in 23 minutes?!

At age 45, Jack LaLanne did 1000 chin ups in 1 hour.

Jack LaLanne, at age 65, towed 65 boats weighing 6500 pounds of Louisiana Pacific wood pulp, while swimming handcuffed and shackled in Lake Ashinoko near Tokyo, Japan in 1979.

Jack your are a legend. We’ll always remember you.

Respectfully,

Charles Prosper

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The acai berry, pronounced ah-sigh-ee, is a super food and berry that no diet should be without.  Not only does it taste good but the health benefits of this exotic berry are totally off the charts!  In this article, you will discover the top 10 incredible health benefits of the acai berry.

Some Basic Facts About The Acai Berry

Acai is grown in the swamps and flood plains of the Brazilian Amazon forest and grows as the fruit of the acai palm tree.  There are eight species that are native to Central and  South America.  The botanical name is Euterpe Oleracea. The berry is an inch-long reddish-purple fruit, and it is a relative of the cranberry, blueberry and other dark purple fruits.

The Top 10 Amazing Benefits of The Acai Berry

Benefit Number 1It Aides Weight Loss –  Acai is A-1 for boosting the fat-burning metabolism.  When you burn fat, you emulsify it thus creating wastes and toxins in the blood stream.  One of the keys to rapid and healthy weight loss is the body’s ability to quickly eliminate this waste.  Acai can help you to flush out pounds of unwanted waste and body toxins leaving you thinner, cleaner and happier.

Benefit Number 2It Increases Your Overall Energy – One of the criteria and definitions of youth is energy level.  Because of its internal cleansing effect, the acai berry can improve your energy level by helping you to sleep better at night and to wake up more energetic and refreshed in the morning.

Benefit Number 3It Promotes Healthier Skin – One of the things that will surely take years off your appearance is that of healthier, more youthful-looking  and elastic skin.  Acai has unique properties that will help your skin to glow and for you to look and feel younger.

Benefit Number 4It Improves Your Blood Flow – Poor circulation is concomitant to a number of ills such as blood clotting, pre-mature balding and heart problems.  Acai improves your blood circulation.  Improved circulation makes you feel better and live longer.

Benefit Number 5Acai Promotes A Stronger Heart – It gives your heart the vital nutrients that it needs to work properly and efficiently.

Benefit Number 6It Improves Mental Clarity – Because one of the beneficial properties of the acai berry is that of  improved circulation, the connected benefit is improved blood flow to the brain as well.

Benefit Number 7It Reduces “Bad” Cholesterol – The berry has two essential fatty acids: one is known as Omega 6 (linoleic acid) and the other is Omega 9 (Oleic acid).  Research has shown that these fatty acids play a major role in the lowering and maintenance of normal cholesterol levels.

Benefit Number 8Acai Is A Powerful Anti-Oxidant – What  this means is that the nutrients found in this fruit have the ability to protect and shield the body from the attack of deranged scavenger cells called “free radicals” which are produced as a result of the  air pollution that we breathe and the residual pesticides that we ingest from supermarket fruit and vegetables.  Acai has been shown to have up to 33 times more anti-oxidant power than that of red wine grapes.

Benefit Number 9It Aides The Digestive System –  Acai cleanses and detoxifies the body;  it also contains high levels of fiber which enhance the proper elimination of body waste.

Benefit Number 10Acai Enhances Sexual Performance – Got your attention there, didn’t I !   When all of the above benefits are in effect, your sexual libido gets a jump start and boost as well.

A heads up.  100% pure organic acai juice can go for $25.00 for a 32 ounce bottle.  Still not bad for all of the health benefits you will get by drinking it.  So, try it daily for 3 weeks, and see what happens.  You’ll be glad you did!

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Yours in health,

Charles Prosper

The 12-Week Fitness Guru

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You notice that you are having trouble getting into your favorite jeans.  What you see in the mirror after you get out of the shower is not appealing.  With a deep breath and a sigh, you step on to the bathroom scale to weigh yourself.  Uh-Oh!  10 lbs. over-weight!  How did that happen?  Well, you probably have the answer to that question as we usually know what we are doing wrong as we are doing it – even though all those Italian dinners and the chocolate cream pies were oh soooo delicious!  Anyway, back to reality.

Now, how can we get serious about taking this excess weight off as quickly and as safely as possible.  Well, if you are like a lot of folks, you might think that cutting drastically down on your calories and jogging like hell every day will do the trick.  Wrong!  In this post, I will show you how just jogging excessively, every day, can have an effect of diminishing returns, that is, if you jog too much – you could actually get chubbier!  But how?  Let me explain.

The 3 Reasons How Just-Jogging Excessively Can Make You Fatter

1. Jogging Excessively Can Waste Your Muscle Tissue Away –  When you lose muscle tissue, this is not good news.  The more lean muscle that your frame carries, the more efficiently your body will burn or metabolize fat.  In the first 20 minutes of jogging, you body is using up its stores of glycogen or blood sugar for energy.  After 30 minutes (and especially if you jog over an hour) your body is beginning to dig into your muscle tissue for fuel.

2. Jogging Excessively Can Slow You Metabolism Down – When you lose muscle tissue, you lower your metabolic fat-burning rate, thus your body gradually begins to go in the other direction; it begins to go in the direction of storing fat.

3. Jogging Excessively Can Create You Into  A “Skinny Fat Person” – This is a phenomenon that is very common with fanatical joggers.  The person who is excessively jogging to the point of wasting away needed muscle tissue begins to store fat in “unflattering” places all around their body.  With their clothes on, a “skinny fat person” might look fine, but the minute that he or she takes their clothes off, you can see ugly rolls of fat around waist line or jiggly fat layers around the butt, particularly in the case of women.

The Solution: If You Jog – What Must You Also Do – Lift Weights!

Now don’t get me wrong.  I am all for jogging and vigorous aerobic activity for maximum physical fitness, but I am a strong advocate (almost to the point of an evangelic zeal) that whatever your stage or age – you must incorporate progressive weight resistance exercising, using barbells and dumbbells, as the core of your fitness routine.

Muscle, as previously stated, is a metabolically efficient tissue, that is, it can easily burn fat, even while you are at rest and for hours after you have finished working out.  Since your body will need that muscle as you continue to progress with your bodybuilding routine, using muscle tissue for fuel is the last thing that body will do.  Your body will go first for the fat tissue to burn as fuel – through the practice of weight training and sensible jogging (of about 20 to 30 minutes on alternate days to your weight training), you will achieve the best of both worlds – a body that is aerobically efficient and one that is a lean, mean muscular machine.

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Yours in health,

Charles Prosper

“The 12-Week Fitness Guru”

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It was 1973.  I was 25 years old at the time.  I remember the morning well.  I had just gotten out of the shower, and I was standing bare-chested in front of the bathroom mirror as I was about to shave.  I looked in admiration at my healthy, fit and youthful body.  And then, something struck me.  An idea.  An inspiration.  A promise.  All of these might be adequate ways of describing what went through my mind in that moment.  I then, in that moment, made a promise to myself.  I promised that I would never let an old man move into my body.

At the time, I didn’t truly realize the profound significance of that promise, but it is a commitment that I have kept to this day.  The result?  I am enjoying an amazing, healthy, youthful and abundant life today at 62 years young.  With the right attitude, and having taken proper care of myself through right eating and correct physical exercise (weight training), I look and feel almost as I did when I was 25 years old, that is, my weight and measurements are the same, and there is hardly a wrinkle on my face.  Accident?  Good fortune?  Or just good genes?  I don’t think so.

People Age Differently Even Through Two People May Have Been Born In Exactly the Same Year and On the Same Day

People do not age the same.  If you doubt this, then you have not been very observant of life and the people in it.  There is a key concept or core belief on which hinges the destiny of your ongoing youth and vitality – or lack of it.  There is a question that I would ask you.  And this is the question.  At what age do you become “old”? Now, think about it a moment before you answer.

It is fascinating for me to hear the responses to this question by people.  I hear:  50 years old.  60 years old.  70 years old.  80 years old.  I have even heard someone say at 40 years because this is the age when one is then “over-the-hill”.  Well, all of them are right – and all of them are wrong, at the same time.

Whatever the age that you personally believe is the age to become old is the age to become old for you.   “As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.” If you are 40 years old, and if you make certain statements such as “When I get old at 60…” you are setting yourself up for twenty years of negative programming to become old as soon as you reach 60!

And What Exactly is “Old”?  What Does “Old” Really Mean?

When your really think about it, the true unspoken meaning of “old” is really “unable”.  To be old, means to be “unable”.  So once you program yourself to become “old”, at that age, whatever age number you have decided, you begin to look “old”, feel “old”  and act “old”.  This is how it really works.

If You Expect To Become “Old”, You Will Age Prematurely

Why expect to become “old” at all?  Why not accept youth and health as who you really are?  If you no longer believe that a certain age equals “old”, and if you also take care of your health, nutritionally speaking and with the right type of exercise (with weights), then that “old” man or that “old” woman is no longer able to move into your body.

Yours in health,

Charles Prosper

“The 12-Week Fitness Guru”

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I think that most people understand how beneficial running or bicycling is to the health of the heart and the body as a whole, but did you know that they have several important mental health benefits that can improve your brain efficiency as well?  In this article, I will show you the 4 amazing mental health benefits of that you can start enjoying today with jogging or bicycling.

The 4 Mental Health Benefits of Jogging or Bicycling

Benefit Number 1Enhances Mental Clarity – Are you the creative type stuck in a rut?  Well,  put that computer keyboard away.  Put on your running shoes, and go out for a 30-minute run.  You will be surprised at the freshness of new ideas that pour into your mind when you return and sit down to type.

Benefit Number 2Enhances Positively Your Mood – Just got into a fight on the phone with a relative or someone close to you?  Don’t punch a pillow!  Grab your bicycle, and hit the pavement for 10 to 20 minutes.  Your body will produce for you an “endorphin rush”.  (Endorphins are the body’s natural chemical mood enhancer which make you feel good – with no side effects.)  With a clear mind and a better mood, you are better able to think clearer and resolve rationally any conflict that you need to address in a calm and patient manner.

Benefit Number 3Helps To Relieve Minor Depression – Clinical depression notwithstanding, a 10 to 20 minute run can relieve the symptoms of mild depression, that is, of feeling overwhelmed that can sometimes be attributed to the stress of letting your thoughts run wild over-and-over in your head.  Running or bicycling  will slow the excessive thinking and worrying pattern of your mind, and will allow you to suddenly feel a greater state of peace.

Benefit Number 4 Improves Brain Circulation and Brain Efficiency – Running or cycling demands more oxygen into the bloodstream, and part beneficiary to this increase of oxygen-intake is the brain.  The brain is fueled by oxygen, and when you give your body an oxygen-boost through jogging or cycling, you have also enhanced the efficiency of your brain power.

Did you know that Einstein was an avid bicycle rider?

Yours in health,

Charles Prosper

“The 12-Week Fitness Guru”

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This is the second part of a 5-part series of the definitive guide to sugar substitutes.  This 5-part series  covers several popular brands of sugar substitutes which include  Splenda®, Stevia, Equal®, Truvía® and Sweet N’ Low®.  In this installment, I will cover the latest craze in sweeteners – Stevia.

What Is Stevia?

Stevia is a genus of the sunflower and is an herb in the Chrysanthemum family.  Though the botanical classification of the plant is called Stevia rebaudiana, it is commonly known as sweetleaf, sweet leaf, sugarleaf, or simply stevia; it is widely grown for its sweet leaves.  Generally speaking, the word stevia refers to the entire plant, but it is only some parts of the plant which are sweet.  The sweet-tasting components of the plant are  isolated from what is called the steviol glycosides.   Once the steviol glycosides are isolated and purified from the plant the stevia sweetener as we find now in supermarkets can be produced.

Stevia Extract in the Raw®

The History of Stevia

As with so many “new”  plants discovered, the stevia plant turns out to not be new at all.  The plant was widely used by herbalists in Paraguay, and the South American naturalist, Bertoni, “discovered” stevia in the late 1800’s.  Stevia is cultivated in Paraguay, Brazil, Japan and China, however, probably due to it’s recent popularity, stevia is also being cultivated in Canada, Mexico and California.

The Benefits of Stevia

Stevia is a natural sugar substitute with zero calories.  Here are some of its other benefits:

Benefit  Number 1Stevia Aides in the Treatment of Obesity – As a no-calorie sweetener, desserts may be prepared without the excessive calories of sugar.

Benefit  Number 2Stevia Inhibits the Growth of Some Bacteria in the Mouth – Unlike the cavity causing effects of sugar, stevia can aide in the prevention of tooth decay and gum disease.

Benefit  Number 3Stevia Helps Regulate Blood Sugar Levels (Good News for Diabetics) – Stevia has almost no effect on blood glucose (blood sugar) levels.  This is good news for those suffering with diabetes and hypoglycemia.  (Hypoglycemia occurs when your blood sugar glucose is too low, and is usually a side effect of diabetes medicines; stevia can help in the balance of blood sugar.)

The 2 Key Ingredients of Stevia

  • Malodextrin – a filler added to prolong shelf life (also a type of sugar)
  • Stevia Rebaudiana – the key ingredient of the stevia sugar substitute

How Sweet Is Stevia?

Stevia has a curious property of sweetness that I found.  When you first taste it, it doesn’t taste that sweet on the onset – but ­ – it appears that the sweetness increases gradually and tends to last longer in your mouth than sugar (and without the negative tooth-decaying effects of sugar.) On The Prosper “Sweet-Ometer”, my personal sweetness rating, I give stevia a 3-star rating (four stars being best).

Stevia rates (3 stars)  •  2 packet needed to sweeten my cup of tea

How Affordable Is Stevia?

A 9.7 ounce of Stevia in the Raw® goes for $8.29.  A servig is considered a teaspoon.  In this bag, you get the equivalent of 550 servings, that is, 550 teaspoons of sweetner.  Not bad.

In the next instalment of the series on sugar substitutes, part 3 of this 5-part series, I will talk about the sugar substitute known as Equal®.   Until then…

Yours in health,

Charles Prosper

“The 12-Week Fitness Guru”

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What is “intuitive eating”? Knowing what to eat at each meal without excessive measuring or pre-planning. In this article you will discover a principle and a concept (coined by me) that will take your eating for nutrition to a whole new level. Fasten your seat belts – enter the realm of “intuitive eating”, and make gains and progress than you may have never made before.

The “Intuitive Cooking” of New Orleans, Louisiana

Down south where I’m from, New Orleans, to be exact, you will find some of the best cooking in the world – bar none! And the greatest cooks that I have ever known throughout my life where in my family, my grandmother, my mother and a plethora of aunts who could cook any chef out of the kitchen. And you want to know what? What all of them had in common was that they never measured anything, that is, they never used measuring cups or measuring spoons – or anything like that. It was always a “pinch of this”, “a handful of that”, or a “few more of those”. Only God knows how they did it! – but it was always some of the best eating on the planet. So, I guess you would have to indeed call this “intuitive cooking”.

“Intuitive Eating”

Okay, now let me give you the parallel to “intuitive cooking” – “intuitive eating”! As I define it, it is the ability to know how much and what to eat (and at the same time know how much protein, carbohydrates, fats and calories any meal would contain that you would intend to eat) without excessive measuring or the checking of food charts.

The Secret of “Intuitive Eating” Revealed

This is a skill that is acquired over time. The first and foremost secret is to be very strict, exacting and methodical in your food selection, preparation and measurement of its contents during the first 4 to 6 weeks. What I mean to say is that in this first stage, you will do lots of measuring and checking of food charts. But there will come a time when you will know that certain food amounts contain x amount of calories, protein, carbohydrates and fats.

Get Used To Preparing Several Set Meals That You Know Exactly What They Contain

We are creatures of habit, and I can pretty much assure you that you will repeatedly prepare and consume maybe four or five set food combinations that you come to know very well. From this point onward, even if you don’t realize it at first, you will always be creating some variation of the meals you have prepared most frequently. Even though an accomplished musician can read a sheet of music, she can also play an enjoyable selection of music without one.

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Yours  in health,

Charles Prosper

“The 12-Week Fitness Guru”

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This is the first part of a 5-part series on sugar substitutes.  In this 5-part series, I will cover several popular proprietary brands of sugar substitutes:  Splenda®, Stevia®, Equal®, Truvía® and Sweet N’ Low®.  In this part 1 of the series, I will cover the sweetener Splenda®.

Key Concepts While Reading This Series on Sugar Substitutes

To help you get the most from this information, it is good that you keep in mind as few things about your choice of sugar substitutes.

Key Concept Number 1A Proprietary Brand Name Is Less Important Than The Ingredients – Each brand name will equal certain ingredients.  This is important because now you have a handle to comparing it with supermarket generic brands – which have the exact same ingredients ­– but the generic supermarket brand may cost you up to 50% less than the brand name!  Why pay more for the exact same product!

A Supermarket’s Lower-Priced Sucralose Generic Version

Key Concept Number 2When Comparing Prices, Always Look At The Cost-Per-Ounce – Don’t just look at the total price of the package or box.  Take your time.  Go deeper.  Look closer – at the small tags below each package-price-tag.  Your grocer will also have listed for you ­– the cost per ounce! This is extremely important if saving money matters to you.  Example.  I saw a small bottle of Splenda® containing 50 packets for $3.99 (at a cost of $2.28 per ounce).  Right next to it, I saw on sale another box of the supermarket generic blend containing the same ingredients as Splenda® – but for only $6.99 – and containing 200 packets (at a cost of $1.28 per ounce!)  Is this a savings – or what!

Key Concept Number 3What Is  The Sweetness Level on The Prosper “Sweet-Ometer” – The  sweetness of each sugar substitute product to be reviewed will be measured and calibrated scientifically for sweetness – by my taste buds.  It is supposed that each 1 packet  = 2 teaspoons of sugar which is theoretically enough to sweeten my cup of hot green tea.  I will taste and tell.  On The Prosper “Sweet-Ometer”, the sweetness rating is measured from 1 to 4 sweetness stars, 4 stars being good and sweet, the highest rating, and 1 star being not so sweet, the lowest sweetness rating (according to my taste buds).

The Prosper “Sweet-Ometer” Scale

(4 stars) •  1 packet   = enough to sweeten my cup of tea

(3 stars) •  2 packets = needed to sweeten my cup of tea

(2 stars) •  3 packets = needed to sweeten my cup of tea

(1 star)   •  4 packets = needed to sweeten my cup of tea

(Warning: I’ve always had a “sweet tooth”. Taste buds may vary.)

Basic Facts About Splenda®

Splenda® is a non-nutritive sweetener that contains no calories. Splenda® is used in equal amounts as granulated sugar.

The 3 Key Ingredients of Splenda®

  • Dextrose – a filler added to prolong shelf life (also a type of sugar)
  • Malodextrin – a filler added to prolong shelf life (also a type of sugar)
  • Sucralose ­– a by-product of sugar, and the main and primary ingredient of Splenda®.  When you look at generic versions of Splenda® in your supermarket, they will show on the side of the box the three key ingredients of dextrose, malodextrin and sucralose, but they will emphasize, on the front of the box that it is a sucralose sweetener.

The 3 Key Advantages of Splenda®

Advantage Number 1 –Splenda®, unlike some other sweeteners has the ability to retain its flavor when it is heated.

Advantage Number 2 – Splenda® will keep a very long time on your shelf, and it does not require any refrigeration.

Advantage Number 3 – Splenda® contains no digestible carbohydrates therefore it does not affect blood glucose by causing a spike in insulin levels as does sugar taken.  When excess sugar triggers insulin levels this signals the body to store fat.  This problem is circumvented through the use of Splenda®.

Splenda® rates on The Prosper “Sweet-Ometer” Scale:  3 stars (2 packets needed to sweeten my cup of green tea)

In part 2 of this 5-part series on sugar substitutes, I will talk about the latest craze  in sweeteners – Stevia®.

Yours in health,

Charles Prosper

“The 12-Week Fitness Guru”

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I have no way of knowing where you are at present on the time and age continuum, but God-willing, you will sooner or later make it to your 80th year.  I could have chosen 70 or even 90, but 80 plus seems like a good target decade to focus on.  Have you thought at all about how you will be eating and how you will be exercising at this stage?  You know very few people even consider these two questions – yet they should.  If you know what I know, and if you care about your body and quality-of-life, like I do, you will be doing certain things, health-wise, in a certain way every day.

First of All Start Your Health and Exercise Routine Now!

I was very lucky in that I started my regimen of healthy eating and working out with weights at the tender age of 57.  (I am still only a youthful 62 at present.)  I know of several physical fitness super stars who started weight training at 70 and some beyond that.  Bottom line – wherever you are, it’s never too late to start.  In short, start now.

How You Would Be Eating At 80 plus

1. You Would Be Eating Low Fat, High Fiber Foods –  You would be eating 5 small, healthy meals of about 500 to 600 calories every couple of hours.  You would broil your chicken or fish, and you would drastically cut down your consumption of red meats.

2. You Would Drink Half of Your Body Weight in Water Per Day – As we age, our body tends to hold less and less water, therefore you would need to conscientiously hydrate your body to maintain high levels of energy.

3. The Foods That You Would Eat Would Include “Super-Fruit”:

• Acai Berries

• Pomegranates

• Cranberries

• Blueberries

4. The “Super-Beverages” That You Would Drink Would Include:

• Green Tea

• Ginseng Tea

• Probiotic “Green” Drinks

5. The Supplements That You Would Take Would Include:

• A Mega-Vitamin Pack (with meals)

• A Mega-Mineral Pack (with meals)

• Flaxseed Oil or Omega Fish Oil

• Saw Palmetto Capsules (for prostate health if happen to be a man)

How You Would Be Exercising At 80 plus

1. You Would Take 15 Minutes to Stretch Before Any Strenuous Exercise –  Stretching before strenuous exercise is what everyone, young and older should practice.  The need to warm up the muscles and joints by stretching becomes even more imperative after age 40.

2. You Would Be Exercising With Barbells and Dumbbells Four Times A Week –  The core of your exercise routine would consist of progressive weight resistance exercises.  You would continue to strengthen your muscles, bones and joints.  You would use comfortable poundage, but you would not be worried about how heavy you used to lift.

3. You Would Do Aerobic Activity Such As Jogging or Cycling – On the days that you are not lifting weights, you would practice cardiovascular exercises for at least 20 or 30 minutes per day to keep your heart and circulatory system strong.

How Much Sleep Would You Get At 80 plus

You Would Get Eight Good Hours of Sleep Each Night – Rest and recuperation is essential at this stage of the game.  You would need to sleep well to wake up refreshed.

How Often Would You Visit Your Doctor At 80 plus

You Would See Your Doctor for Regular Physical Check Ups Every 6 Months – Unless you have a particular medical condition that requires more frequent visits, you should see your physician for a physical check up at least twice a year.

What Would Your Life Philosophy Be At 80 plus

You Would Take Better Care of Your Soul – What I am talking about here is the practice of being more grateful – more grateful for life, more grateful for having made it this far, and grateful for every new day of life.  At this stage – as nowevery day must count, and every day must be lived to the fullest.  One day, we’re all going to run out of days – that’s for sure.  It could be today – it could be tomorrow.  Why chance it – live and love this day to its fullest. Now, until that day does comes, if you’ve played your cards right, you will have lived strong, erect, handsome, healthy and happy. And that last grateful expiration of your breath will be given – with a smile – of a life well lived.

Yours in health,

Charles Prosper

“The 12-Week Fitness Guru”

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Garlic has been used all throughout history for both the kitchen and for healing and medicinal purposes.  Though very popular as a condiment of master cooks and chefs, few people know that garlic has some amazing health and healing properties.  In the article, you will discover the 5 surprising health benefits of garlic.

Some Basic Facts About Garlic

The garlic is a very close relative to the onion, shallot, leek and chive.  The botanical name of garlic is Allium Sativum.  The bulb of the garlic is the part that is most commonly used from which are taken small crescent shaped garlic cloves.

The 5 Surprising Benefits of Garlic

Benefit Number 1Garlic Lowers Cholesterol and Improves Cardiovascular Health – Garlic helps to lower the ratio of good to bad cholesterol in the body.  The bad cholesterol, also known as LDL, is the type of cholesterol that accumulates in the circulatory pathways and in time begin to block the flow of blood to the arteries.  Garlic contains an ingredient called allicin which prevents LDL from being oxidized.  Recent research also has shown that by taking garlic supplements, persons suffering from hypertension, can reduce their high blood pressure by 5%.  This in turn means that they are reducing their chance of stroke by 40% !  You may ask, if garlic is so good for lowering cholesterol, why don’t drug companies research it more.  Why?  Because there is no monetary incentive in the way of financial reward for researching something so affordable and accessible as a food that can be easily found and obtained in any supermarket.

Benefit Number 2Garlic Is A Potent Anti-Oxidant – What this means is that when erratic and deranged cells (called free radicals) attack the healthy cells of the body, foods that are classified as anti-oxidants such as garlic put of a protective shield against the onslaught of these free radicals.  (Free radical cells, by the way, result from breathing air pollution and from ingesting the residual pesticides of fruit and vegetable produce.)  The allicin in garlic naturally increases the  enzymes atalase and glutathione peroxidase in your blood which in turn become the anti-oxidant agent.

Benefit Number 3Garlic Can Help in the Overcoming of Nicotine Addiction – Good news for those trying to kick the cigarette habit and the addiction to nicotine! Garlic can help counteract the damaging effects of nicotine addiction.  It also slows down the aging process of your liver by inhibiting lipid peroxidation.  (Lipids in a word are the fatty acids of the body.)  Lipid peroxidation refers to the degeneration and degradation of lipids whereby the free radicals “steal” electrons from the lipids in cell membranes, resulting in cell damage.  Garlic protects the healthy liver cells from this through their anti-oxidant shield.  The liver is responsible for removing impurities and toxins from the body – including nicotine.

Benefit Number 4Garlic Can Help Improve and Clear Up Acne – There are many reasons for acne, including stress, hormones and diet.  It is not likely that garlic can be claimed as a cure for acne, but there is strong evidence to believe that it can improve the condition of acne in conjunction with other treatment because of its antibiotic and blood cleansing properties.

Benefit Number 5Garlic Is Nature’s Infection-Fighting Antibiotic – Garlic can effectively fight off a number of harmful bacteria, such as:  E. coli, Listeria, Cryptococcal Meningitis, Salmonella, Candida Albican and Staphylococcus. Garlic has 1% of the potency of penicillin, but don’t let that dissuade you or fool you into believing that garlic lacks potency or effectiveness.  Eating garlic daily or regularly has a cumulative effect for making your body resistant to infection.  Back in the early 19th century, some English priests caught some infectious fevers, the daily garlic-eating French priests did not catch these fevers.  The main problem with most commercial antibiotics like penicillin is that the bacteria being fought can develop resistance to them; this is not the case with garlic.

What About Garlic Breath

Eating a fresh chopped garlic clove or two as part of your daily diet in your salad or other food will definitely improve your health.  However, the down side of eating plenty of garlic is “garlic breath” which most people find offensive.  There is a way around this problem; it is through the use of garlic supplements found at your supermarket or health found store.   Garlic supplements are very affordable.  You can get a 180 capsule bottle for as little as $10. One to two capsules taken two times a day after meals is all you need.

Who ever thought those tiny little cloves could do so much good.

Yours in health,

Charles Prosper

“The 12-Week Fitness Guru”

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