Category: Yoga nutrition

12 Jul

Synotrophin-HGH Review

Have you been an athlete all your life? Maybe you swam, ran track, or played soccer growing up. However, as you age, your skin has started to sag, pounds are slowly piling on and your sex drive has decreased by leaps and bounds within the last few years.

Instead of giving into your aging body and being frustrated by your inability to see results with your workouts and aggravated sex life, you may consider trying an all-natural HGH supplement that claims to be able to help reverse the effects of aging. Synotrophin-HGH claims to be one of these supplements. Let’s take a closer look and see if Synotrophin-HGH is able to live up to this powerful claim and help you achieve your weight loss and workout goals. My sources.

What is Synotrophin-HGH?

Synotrophin-HGH is an HGH booster that uses natural ingredients in order to provide you with the safest and most effective results. Synotrophin-HGH is made using GHRP. GHRP stands for Growth Hormone Releasing Peptide and it has the ability to increase the body’s natural production of HGH. It works by targeting the pituitary gland, which is the body’s natural producer of HGH. The goal of targeting this gland is to up its production of HGH.

Additionally, GHRP claims to boost metabolism and enhances appetite. If you are looking to lose weight, this may obviously not be the product for your, however, if you are a bodybuilder, whose primary aim is to build muscle, you know that extra calories are necessary to get the results you’re looking for.

GHRP isn’t the only included ingredient. Also found in Synotrophin-HGH are:

  • Niacin
  • L-Arginine
  • GABA

L-Arginine is known for its ability to help increase blood circulation. GABA has been long used as a sleep aid and relaxation agent. According to manufacturers, studies have also shown that GABA can increase HGH.

Lastly, Niacin is an ingredient that is often used to decrease the occurrence of LDL (bad cholesterol) in the body and may also have HGH boosting properties.

As you may have noticed, HGH production is secondary on the list of the things that these ingredients are able to do. This is not always a bad thing, however, in this case, it seems that this secondary function is not very effective and leaves us questioning whether or not any HGH increasing results will actually be seen because of the inclusion of any of these ingredients.

Additional Information about Synotrophin-HGH

It appears that there have been studies done that have tested the use of the primary active ingredient GHRP with the use of insulin which have proved to be highly effective in increasing HGH levels. However, we have been unable to find any conclusive evidence that this specific product is able to produce HGH boosting effects.

Additionally, the retail price of Synotrophin-HGH is $79.99 and does not come with any kind of satisfaction guarantee, leading us to believe that the manufacturers don’t have a lot of confidence in their product.

In Conclusion

We don’t believe that Synotrophin-HGH is worth your time and money. There are a lot of unanswered questions when it comes to both safety and effectiveness of this product and for now we believe there are other products that can produce more proven results for a much more affordable price.

11 Jun

Butt Pain and food

Dora is a 36-year-old woman who recently began jogging and practicing Yoga. Gradually pain has developed deep in her left buttock. She describes the pain as an ache, and its aggravated by climbing stairs and running. Sometimes she feels pain in the back of her thigh and lower leg or a weird feeling on the side of her left foot. She hasnt taken any over-the-counter pain medicine for it, explaining that she doesnt like to take medicine. She wants to know whats wrong with her and how to fix it naturally without pills or surgery.

On physical examination, there is tenderness elicited over the left sciatic notch when pressure is applied with the thumb. When lying on the right side, lifting the left leg up is painful.

Diagnosis

Piriformis Syndrome

Usually pain in the sciatic nerve distribution is attributed to compression of the nerve by a slipped disk in the spine. An MRI may be done, and it may even show just that.

Two out of three adults pulled off the street randomly and offered an MRI of their lower back will have that same abnormality. The vast majority of them dont have pain. Its hard to be sure if symptoms are caused by the ruptured disk or irritation elsewhere along the course of the sciatic nerve.

Thats precisely what happens in Piriformis Syndrome. The piriformis is a muscle that runs from the sacrum of the spine to the outer aspect of the thigh bone underneath the big butt muscle, the gluteus maximus. On its way it passes through the sciatic notch of the pelvic bone. The sciatic nerve also passes through the notch below the piriformis muscle.

In Piriformis Syndrome, the sciatic nerve gets compressed or irritated by movement of the piriformis muscle rubbing against it with resulting inflammation. It can cause a chronic pain syndrome that lasts for years without appropriate recognition and therapy. Sometimes there is a precipitating trauma or bruise to the hip or buttock. Sometimes there is a history of a recent increase in activity, particularly jogging. Occasionally frequent and repetitive forward bends with straight legs, such as with padhastasana or paschimottanasana, appear to trigger or unmask it. Prolonged sitting is also a risk factor due to direct compression.

What to do:

  1. First, what NOT to do. Forward bends with the legs straight, both standing and sitting poses, stretch the sciatic nerve and may increase pain and irritation. Avoid them for six to eight weeks.
  2. Dont sit for more than 20 minutes at once. Set a timer while on the computer or doing whatever at a desk. Get up and move around for a few minutes to relieve compression and improve blood flow to the area.
  3. If a repetitive motion, like initiation of a daily jogging routine, seems to have triggered the symptoms, stop doing it. Give the body a chance to heal itself of the inflammation without continuing aggravation.
  4. Concentrate on the following asanas during Yoga practice. If possible, do at least one of the three every two hours.
    1. Gomukhasana
    2. Raja Kapotasana
    3. Matsyendrasana with minimal torso twist
  5. Continue the program for six to eight weeks even if feeling better in order to ensure complete healing and avoid re-injury.

 

References:

Boden SD et al. Abnormal magnetic resonance scans of lumbar spine in asymptomatic subjects. J Bone Join Surg Am 72:403-408, 1990.

http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/87545-overview

http://www.aafp.org/afp/20000401/2109.html

7 May

Top Yoga Food: Barley


When I think of barley, two things come to mind…

beer and MOMOS!

Almost all beer includes the malted form of this grain as its starch. And momos? They’re dumplings made from tsampa, a flour that is the main carbohydrate source for most Tibetans.

  1. and I ate plenty of momos when we were traveling in Tibet in 2006. We were far in the west, making a pilgrimage around Mount Kailash. It was high and cold, beyond the point of growth for most veggies and beyond much of civilization. Barley flour, cabbage, potatoes, and rice were our main foods – anything to avoid yak, yak grease, and heavy yak buttermilk.

Even though barley reminds me of my time in Tibet and south Asia, I was surprised to see it on the list of recommended food for yogis in the Gheranda Samhita. But, of course, there were great Tibetan Buddhist yogis like Milarepa and Padmasambhava. I bet they ate their fill of tsampa. Others, too.

And with good reason. Barley is a health food, particularly the hulled type, which is a whole grain, unlike the pearled variety. Epidemiological studies have shown that populations eating whole grains are less likely to develop type-2 diabetes and heart disease.

This month a meta-analysis of randomized, controlled trials of the effects of barley consumption on cholesterol levels was published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition. The authors found a highly statistically significant lowering of LDL cholesterol levels in people who regularly eat barley, and they recommend adding barley to the diet to help to control cholesterol levels. I think that’s a great idea – anything to lower the amount of drugs taken or maybe to get off cholesterol-lowering medications entirely.

Consumption of barley may also help to stave off the development of type 2 diabetes, and it can help diabetics to control their blood sugar levels. Barley, and other whole grain cereal products rich in indigestible carbs, improves blood sugar levels by raising levels of short chain fatty acids (SCFA) like butyrate. The carbs that can’t be digested in the small intestine are fermented in the colon by bacteria, producing SCFA. SCFA act on cells in the pancreas to help control insulin release, and they work in the liver to control glycogen breakdown. SCFA can also stimulate the expression of genes that code for glucose transporters in the intestine, helping to decrease the amount of sugar absorbed.

Barley suppresses appetite, an effect of increasing health importance as the world population grows more and more obese. Obesity is a major preventable risk factor for serious health problems, second only to smoking cigarettes in the damage it concurs on our population. A study published last year concluded that consumption of whole grain high-fiber barley foods significantly decreased hunger whereas whole wheat and refined rice foods did not.

One cup of cooked barley added to your favorite vegetable soup adds 6 grams of fiber to the diet, providing one quarter of the body’s daily need. That fiber not only provides the health benefits outlined above, it also improves colon function and decreases constipation to keep you regular.

One cup of barley also has 4 grams of protein, 12 % of the body’s daily need for iron, and 20% of the body’s need for selenium. It’s packaged naturally with high levels of B vitamins.

Here’s a hearty, healthy winter soup to try:

  • ½ cup dry, hulled barley
  • 1 cup lentils
  • 1 medium chopped onion
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • 2 chopped celery sticks
  • 2 chopped carrots
  • 4 cups fresh spinach
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • ¼ tsp dry red pepper
  • 6 to 8 cups of water

Bring all ingredients except spinach to a boil and then simmer covered for about an hour. Add spinach and simmer until wilted. Adapted from NewCenturyNutrition.com.

References:

Gheranda Samhita. Kaivalyadhama Institute edition. Lonavla, India. 1978.

Abumweis SS, Jew S, Ames NP. ?-glucan from barley and its lipid-lowering capacity: a meta-analysis of randomized, controlled trials. Eur J Clin Nutr. 2010 Dec;64(12):1472-80. Epub 2010 Oct 6.

Nilsson AC, Östman EM, Knudsen KE, Holst JJ, Björck IM. A cereal-based evening meal rich in indigestible carbohydrates increases plasma butyrate the next morning. J Nutr. 2010 Nov;140(11):1932-6. Epub 2010 Sep 1.

Schroeder N, Gallaher DD, Arndt EA, Marquart L. Influence of whole grain barley, whole grain wheat, and refined rice-based foods on short-term satiety and energy intake. Appetite. 2009 Dec;53(3):363-9. Epub 2009 Jul 28.