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The Acai Berry Diet

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

The acai berry is actually one of the greatest superfoods found on Earth. A superfood is a term used to describe a food that boasts an inordinately high phytonutrient content along with a reasonable to small amount of calories. Scientific studies support the belief that these foods offer exceptional health benefits such as assisting in lowering cholesterol and blood pressure and protecting the body from disease such as cancer and cardiovascular disease.

The acai berry has the added benefit of boosting your metabolism and helping the body burn fat, which can contribute to weight loss. Like many of the healthy superfoods the acai berry contains a significant amount of fiber, which helps to break down nutrients and move food through your digestive tract. But the acai berry also contains a remarkable range of macronutrients, micronutrients and trace elements. The acai berry has also been proven to have superior and exceptionally high antioxidant activity.

The acai berry diet can help you to lose weight but it is by no means a magic bullet. You will still need to reduce your food intake and exercise; however, your body will respond well to the added nutrition and that can make both exercising and watching your diet easier to do. Our bodies crave superior nutrition and sometimes a body will naturally release excess fat when it is given the superior nutrition that it needs.

There are many acai diet products available on the market today. You can consume the whole fruit, drink the delicious juice or even take it in capsule or pill form. Any one of these ways can contribute to your healthy weight loss. Just make sure that the product you are using is processed using the highest standards. There are inferior products out there that will not give you the results that you want so be diligent about getting a quality product.

The rich antioxidant content and nutritional value of the acai berry diet will contribute greatly to your weight loss goals but you will still need to watch your diet and do some exercise. However, because of the superior nutrition that you are providing your body dieting and exercising will be easier to do.

Osteopathy Information

Monday, September 14th, 2009

Osteopathy is an established, recognised system of diagnosis and treatment that lays its main emphasis on the structural integrity of the body. Osteopathy is a branch of mainstream medicine that follows the philosophy that the body is a whole system. Osteopaths are trained in palpation and manipulation techniques to diagnose and treat various illnesses and dysfunctions. The body has the ability to heal itself and the Osteopath is the facilitator in that process. Osteopaths use a wide variety of approaches to treatment and can bring relief or improvement to many conditions affecting, for example, children, the elderly, sportsmen and women.

Osteopathy is based on the hypothesis that many of the system’s health problems are payable to misplaced vertebrae which hamper the system’s own self-healing procedure. Osteopaths put good importance on ‘lesions’ which happen when a joint becomes jammed and thus restricted within its normal range of campaign. Lesions in the lower backwards can reduce away circulation which may head to disease, they can too induce disk harm and inflamed nerves. As an addition to osteopathy, a pupil discovered that there is a mild campaign in the joints of the cranial bones and that when these bones get misaligned and limit this campaign.

For reasons such as a birth defect or a blow to the head, then this can lead to disease. It is through this discovery that cranial osteopathy was developed, and just like osteopathy it involves the manipulation of the cranial bones. Osteopathy is a naturalistic, vitalistic, holistic and drugless approach to health and disease. It is based on the idea that man is not a collection of parts but a synthetic whole imbued with spirit. The body functions as a total unit and possesses self-healing and self-regulating mechanisms. Osteopathy maintains that there is a reciprocal relationship between structure and function.

The osteopath may use blood and urine tests to aid diagnosis and will pay close attention to certain areas with palpation. There are several techniques that the osteopath may use to treat the patient’s condition, such as needle cracking, soft tissue technique which is similar to massage, osteopathic manipulative therapy which is used to restore movement in the musculo-skeletal system, or movement of the joints to restore muscle alignment. The technique will depend on the diagnosis of the health problem. The osteopath will most likely give advice on posture, nutrition, exercise and relaxation in addition to the manipulation treatment.