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  1. Flex your muscles.. while you still have em!

    Losing muscle.. and you don’t know why? What is muscle loss? Muscles are vital to everyday function, and play a crucial role in human health. It allows us to stand, walk, balance, lift and breathe. Building and maintaining muscle is important for both men and women, because strong muscles can help to prevent falls and more. If you are noticeably losing muscle mass, especially without knowing why, it can be frightening. Have you noticed the following? A decrease in muscle size Reduced muscle strength Have difficulty balancing An impaired ability to perform physical activities                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     You may be experiencing muscle loss. Ageing A loss of muscle mass may be an inevitable result of the natural aging process. As a person gets older, their body produces fewer proteins that promote muscle growth, which can lead to a reduction in a person's strength. As a result, their balance and gait are also affected, impacting on a person's ability to perform everyday activities, such as climbing stairs, lifting objects and walking. Physical inactivity Getting little or no physical activity on a regular basis puts people at an increased risk of muscle loss. It may take as little as two weeks of physical inactivity for those who are physically fit to lose a significant amount of their muscle strength. Injury Sustaining an injury could lead to prolonged inactivity, such as bed rest, which in turn, can lead to a loss of muscle mass. If a muscle does not get any use, the body will eventually break it down to conserve energy. Poor nutrition Having a poor diet can lead to loss of muscle mass as your body breaks down the muscles for energy. The International Osteoporosis Foundation warn that diets low in lean protein, fruits, and vegetables can lead to reductions in muscle mass. Prevent muscle loss with 4 tips 1)      Increase your level of physical activity Doing a combination of aerobic exercise, resistance training and balance training can prevent and even reverse muscle loss. Resistance training strengthens and maintains the major muscle groups. Apart from exercises that use weights, exercises such as push ups, squats, planks, hip lifts and dips are just some of the equipment-free resistance training options. Yoga also builds muscle using body weight while improving flexibility and reducing stress.   2)      A healthy diet Eating plenty of fruits, veggies, and nuts will provide the protein, carbohydrates, healthy fats and vitamins that are necessary for muscle retention. Consuming more protein, which provides the necessary amino acids for muscle growth and repair, may help prevent muscle loss.   3)      Stay hydrated As we get older, our bodies tend to lose more water, which deprives your muscles of electrolytes. As a result, muscle strength decreases. To keep the cells in your muscles working effectively and optimally, be sure to consume the recommended daily intake of water (which includes drinking water and consuming it through foods). 4)      Xndo Le Muscle Xndo Le Muscle is a high potency proprietary blend designed to support muscle health and aid muscle recovery. It also helps minimise aging-related muscle loss. Xndo Le Muscle contains HMB, a muscle preservation nutrient which promotes lean body mass, protects and repairs muscle tissues by decreasing muscle protein breakdown and increasing protein synthesis. It’s time to flex those six-pack muscle facts! 1)      The heart is the hardest-working muscle in the body. It pumps 5 quarts of blood per minute and 2,000 gallons daily. 2)      The gluteus maximus is the body's largest muscle. It is in the buttocks and helps humans maintain an upright posture.  3)      The ear contains the smallest muscles in the body alongside the smallest bones. These muscles hold the inner ear together and are connected to the eardrum. 4)      A muscle called the masseter in the jaw is the strongest muscle by weight. It allows the teeth to close with a force of up to 55 pounds on the incisors or 200 pounds on the molars. 5)      Some of your busiest muscles are those controlling eye movements. These muscles are constantly making adjustments as you read, watch TV, or look around you. In an hour of reading, your eyes may make as many as 10,000 coordinated movements. 6)      Most of the heat produced in your body comes from muscle contraction. Muscle movement counts for almost 85 percent of the total heat produced inside the body. When you’re cold, your muscles contract involuntarily. When you shiver, those are muscles trying to warm your body.
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  2. Anti Aging

    5 PILLARS OF HEALTH Restore, renew, rejuvenate your body from within by unlocking your its own regenerative power. This line of naturally-sourced and bio-available supplements combat signs of age so you feel and look good inside and outside, naturally.
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  3. Collagen: The Anti-Ageing Protein

    Collagen: the anti-ageing protein You’ve heard about it, seen it sold in stores and even eaten it in one form or another. But what is collagen and what does it have to do with anti-ageing? Collagen is simply a type of protein found in organs and tissues. Its role is as a scaffold that provides firmness and elasticity to tendons, skin and cartilage. As we age, collagen levels dip. Collagen can also be damaged by sun exposure, smoking and environmental pollutants. A diet high in carbohydrates and sugar can also damage collagen. Sugar molecules attach to collagen proteins and cause them to become stiff, impairing their function. While you cannot stop the aging process, you can improve the appearance of your skin by boosting its collagen levels. Clinical studies have shown that 8 to 12 weeks of daily collagen supplementation results in improvements to wrinkles and skin texture. In the long term, increasing collagen not only continues to fight ageing, but has the secondary benefit of supporting overall joint, tissue health as well as gut health.
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  4. 12 side effects of sugar

    There are reasons to avoid sugar that have nothing to do with a slimmer waistline. We know sugar leads to weight gain and obesity, and contributes to a growing number of diseases. Yet it seems the more research that is done, the more negative things we discover about sugar and its effects. Following are some of the more harmful side effects of sugar - and there are many! 1. Sugar is addictive Sugar affects the pleasure centres in our brains in exactly the same way hard drugs like cocaine and heroin do. Just like drugs, the more sugar we consume, the more we need in order to recapture the same feelings of pleasure. Once addicted, sugar creates powerful withdrawal symptoms that make it difficult to stop consuming it. 2. Sugar causes aging Sugar is proven to accelerate the aging process in our skin through a process called glycation. Sugar molecules attach to proteins and form harmful new advanced glycation end products(AGE). These molecules reduce the production and effect of collagen and elastin in our skin, leading to mottling, wrinkles, and sagging. 3. Sugar suppresses the immune system White blood cells need Vitamin C to effectively combat infection. Sugar and Vitamin C have a similar chemical structure so when you eat sugar it directly competes for space in our immune cells with Vitamin C. This results in a weakened defence for up to 5 hours after eating sugar. 4. Sugar causes anxiety and depression The peaks and troughs in blood glucose from eating sugar cause a yo-yoing mood effect that ends in fatigue, irritability, insomnia, and anxiety. Part of the reason for this is that high sugar, high carbohydrate foods use up the mood enhancing B vitamins and the nutrient chromium which is involved in the regulation of our moods. Many recent studies have shownthat high sugar diets are associated with an increased risk of depression. 5. Sugar increases triglycerides Triglycerides are one of the key indicators in heart disease. Extra calories which aren’t immediately utilized for energy, such as those from sugar, are converted into triglycerides and are normally stored in fat tissue. The danger is that some of the extra triglycerides created from sugar end up clinging to artery walls, inhibiting blood flow and leading to heart disease. 6. Sugar increases blood pressure Eating sugar causes significant increases in blood pressure independent of its effect upon weight gain (which also increases blood pressure). A recent analysisof 49 different trials showed that sugar contributes to high blood pressure directly, and that cutting back on how much we eat helps to reduce it. 7. Sugar affects digestion Eating too much sugar causes bad bacteria and yeast to rapidly multiply in our guts, creating inflammation and disrupting the delicate pH of our small intestines. That can lead to bloating, discomfort, constipation, and more serious diseases such as ulcers and leaky gut syndrome. On top of that, the inflammatory state created by eating too much sugar is a general cause of disease. 8. Sugar creates hormonal imbalance Because of its effect upon insulin which impacts all the other hormones in our bodies, sugar has a direct effect upon estrogen and testosterone levels. When insulin spikes it can lead to lower levels of the important sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG), which then can’t do its job in regulating the sex hormones. This affects our moods, and particularly affects women, making the effects of their normal hormonal cycle more extreme. 9. Sugar promotes tooth decay Sugar, along with other carbohydrates, is broken down by bacteria living in our mouths to produce an acid that combines with saliva to form plaque. Plaque, as we all know, leads to tooth decay. 10. Sugar increases water retention and bloating Sugar is a carbohydrate, and all carbohydrate causes fluid retention. This is because one of the things insulin does is to stimulate our kidneys to retain fluid. 11. Sugar can cause headaches and migraine Dehydration is a common cause of headache and sugar makes it worse. Increased blood sugar forces our bodies to dilute the extra sugar to keep it from causing harm, as sugar in our blood is actually toxic to our organs. Water is pulled from all parts of our bodies to do this, but our heads suffer the most. This cerebral dehydration often causes headaches. Sugar can also trigger migraines, although the exact reasons for this are not known. 12. Sugar makes us sleepy High blood sugar causes our bodies to over respond with high insulin levels. This inevitably leads to the well known post-sugar crash and fatigue as the rush of insulin rapidly depletes our blood of glucose. Sugar’s role in helping serotonin get to our brains also results in a surge of relaxation, and a double whammy of sleepiness. The good news! The good news is it's possible to reverse many of the harmful effects of sugar simply by no longer eating it. Xndo recommends a diet based upon a food pyramid that avoids sugar altogether, emphasizes protein and fiber, and limits carbohydrate. We provide the tools and products to help achieve that.  
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